Sloan Evans share a new self-produced track titled “In The Night.” Listen below.
A$AP Bari of A$AP Mob kicked off the VLONE pop-up at Art Basel Miami recently. At the pop-up, fans can expect a collection of limited pieces to be available including painted denim, signature VLONE “V”-branded items alongside Nike, as well as capsule drops in conjunction with No Vacancy Inn, OFF-WHITE and Marino Infantry. The label is also offering a chance to buy the rare VLONE x Nike Air Force 1s via an in-store raffle. With retail prices ranging from $175 to $250 USD, the Miami pop-up is set to run from December 1 to December 4. Check out what went down on day one of the VLONE Art Basel Miami pop-up.
VLONE and No Vacancy Inn combine for a capsule collection of long-sleeved shirts and shorts during Art Basel Miami. Check out the lookbook shot by Akhil Sesh below.
Imagine growing up in Harlem and Nike asking you to make your own pair of Air Force 1s or, as you’d call them, Uptowns. That’s exactly what ASAP Bari is dealing with right now, as his clothing brand, VLONE, is the most recent collaboration on the sneaker that’s approaching its 35th birthday.
The sneakers themselves are black with orange highlights, made from premium leather, and debuting at ComplexCon, which is going down right now in Long Beach, California. We had the opportunity to talk to Bari about what this project means to him and his neighborhood. Edison Chen, the Hong Kong entertainment mogul and co-founder of CLOT, was also able to provide insights on why the Air Force 1 remains a massive sneaker almost three and a half decades after they were first released.
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“It’s like the X-Men, and we’re a group of mutants,” says A$AP Bari of Vlone, the cult-fashion label that he helms alongside A$AP Rocky. “I’m Professor X just trying to bring people together to change the world.” To continue the metaphor, these mutants’ special powers are, essentially, their own fiercely particular type of personal style, or as Bari puts it, “Everybody that’s a part of Vlone has his own thoughts and creative vibe.” In the three years since the brand launched, it has garnered a following that extends far beyond the A$AP Mob: Fashion-forward music impresarios like Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa have worn the line, drawn to it for its various street-culled inspirations. This season, that translated into working with Virgil Abloh of Off-White on some pieces, as well as casting fellow rapper Lil Uzi Vert to model for the lookbook.
“Uzi is a young, up-and-coming artist, and he’s living the Vlone lifestyle,” said Bari. The Lamborghini convertible and Yamaha motorcycle featured in the shoot are there to represent the artist’s dreams realized. “Having the car he has always wanted, the bike he’s always wanted,” said Bari, “doing the things he likes to do. It might seem bourgeoisie or whatever, but it’s really about Uzi being happy in life.” The casting was a matter of art imitating life. Bari first met Uzi after he gave a shout-out to Vlone on his track “Ready Set Go (VLone).” Bari also liked Uzi’s laissez-faire approach to style. “He doesn’t care what he wears—he’s a rock star, and that’s why I love him,” said Bari. “He’s not a follower. He doesn’t dress like me or Rocky.” And as for the other half of Vlone, Bari says it’s a creative partnership the pair share, with the two engaged in something of a constant discussion. “Sometime I take Rocky’s suggestions, and sometimes he takes my suggestions,” said Bari. “Everything, including the design process, is based on a freestyle . . . back and forth, and we brainstorm.”
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The first VLONE-managed artist Sloan Evans drops his new single “One Thing.” Check out the track below.
Missed the pop-ups in LA and Paris? No worries, the VLONE web store is once again open, featuring the staple VLONE hoodies and shirts as well as the FRIENDS- collection. Shop online now.
When A$AP Rocky released his Live. Love. A$AP mixtape, all the rules went out the window. Rocky belonged to A$AP Mob, a group of friends from Harlem who had built a fierce fan-base through a handful of free releases. Along with Drake’s OVO crew and the since-disbanded Odd Future, the Mob defined a new era of rap where groups of talented friends could boost each other to success. Two album cycles later, they’ve moved on to disrupting fashion.
“I make my own trends, my own style, my own lifestyle,” explains A$AP Bari, the Mob’s resident style expert. Along with Rocky, he helms the concept brand VLONE. “Nobody’s gonna hear you if you’re not out there yelling in their face,” he adds. With his husky whisper, it’s hard to imagine him yelling in anyone’s face. What the 24-year-old is getting at, though, is that it pays to be bold. VLONE lacks fashion industry traditions like seasons, set release dates, or an online store; that hasn’t deterred the brand’s devoted fans, though. On the opening day of VLONE’s Los Angeles pop-up in the arts district, a line stretched around the block hours before the doors would even open. Some die-hard fans had been camping out since the night before, when Bari and Rocky had presented their new “Freestyle” collection. It was modeled by skateboarders sliding and grinding along a two-story ramp.
The next morning, Bari skates around the warehouse space, modeling a look that Rocky will wear two days later when he takes the stage at Coachella: a pair of sweatpants emblazoned with flames and a sweatshirt stamped with the Donnie Darko quote, “Every living creature on Earth dies alone.” Like the rest of the collection, Bari dreamed up the outfit in only 24 hours. He credits this brisk creative pace to “magic, baby.” Like the spray-painted walls around us, the fit is inspired by Bari’s new home, California, and the scenes it reminds him of: “punk, metal, hip-hop and skate culture.”
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Following the launch party of A$AP Bari’s VLONE label inside a cavernous space in Los Angeles, we take a look at the interior itself, which now plays host to a pop-up shop displaying the brand’s wares and collaborations with Virgil Abloh’s OFF-WHITE. Drawing influences from punk, skate culture, metal, and a range of other underground influences, the clothes feature VLONE branding over camo prints and on prison jumpsuits, and are displayed against graffiti-daubed walls and other paraphernalia. Open for the next two weeks only until April 30, take a look at the space above and plan a visit before it’s gone.
VLONE Pop-up Shop
Unit C, 801 Mateo St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
The VLONE shop is now officially open. Head over to the official website to purchase your VLONE tee or hoodie, both available in black and white. Peep some more product shots of the gear below.
Here is the official video to A$AP Rocky’s latest track “Riot Rave,” premiered on the brand new VLONE website. This is the first video off his upcoming instrumental album Beauty N The Bea$t: Slowed Down Sessions Chapter 1. Watch the video above and check the second leak off the project below titled “Unicorn.”
Vlone – (vee-lown) sui generis, uncommonly rare, whilst being uniquely odd; alone. Incorporating street wear to high fashion, and moving high fashion to its pinnacle, all while keeping things “respectable”.Vlone is the first of three fashion lines to launch out of the ASAP collective. To be followed by Toast To The God and Toast To The Goddess, each brand holding a certain mystic pointing to its rarity, all evident through music and social media mentions.
Musechase is taken into the creative mind of the brands co-creator ASAP K!. A talk on style, inspiration and aspiration. How the “uptown lifestyle” is bringing a rebirth of street wear through vlone and an evolution of high fashion through Toast to the God.
Already the brand has launched a few pop-up stores, the latest being in SoHo last week. In attendance was Cam’ron, Travis Scott, Funk Master Flex, ASAP Rocky, ASAP Ferg and the entire mob.
Since day one, ASAP Rocky has been an innovative industry trend setter, its only right we see a brand come out of the uptown collective… Now ASAP K! and ASAP Bari give us something to look forward to. Above, watch part 1 of our saga behind the origins and growth of vlone. Stayed tuned for the saga to continue…
Via Muse Chase.