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One Block Down celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Original Timberland Boot with @kiddarthh
December 04, 2023

One Block Down celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Original Timberland Boot with @kiddarthh

One Block Down has partnered with @kidarthh to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Timberland® Premium 6-inch Boot, one of the most iconic footwear pieces with a strong connection to workwear.

Riding Dirty - A Guide to Southern Car Culture
November 25, 2023

Riding Dirty - A Guide to Southern Car Culture

Car culture and hip-hop have been inherently entwined since the birth of the genre when hip-hop originators DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, and the Sugarhill Gang defined the aspirations for automobiles. Just as hip-hop evolved in style and sound as it spread across America, so too did the variations of car culture. From coast to coast, state to state, rap automobiles have come to define specific regions, with each area championing a distinct appetite for shape, size and brand.

Needles x One Block Down
November 14, 2023

Needles x One Block Down

In its most recent endeavor, One Block Down collaborates with Schott N.Y.C., the quintessential American brand whose roots extend back to the early 20th century. This collaboration features a leather jacket available in four distinct colorways: “Night”, “Cloud”, “Fire”, and “Field”. Inspired by classic aviation designs, the jacket features a shirt collar and a boxy fit that's short and squared, with elastic at the bottom and on the wrists, and a fit echoing the style of college jackets.

One Block Down x Schott NYC "Fly Away"
November 14, 2023

One Block Down x Schott NYC "Fly Away"

In its most recent endeavor, One Block Down collaborates with Schott N.Y.C., the quintessential American brand whose roots extend back to the early 20th century. This collaboration features a leather jacket available in four distinct colorways: “Night”, “Cloud”, “Fire”, and “Field”. Inspired by classic aviation designs, the jacket features a shirt collar and a boxy fit that's short and squared, with elastic at the bottom and on the wrists, and a fit echoing the style of college jackets.

One Block Down presents "Snow Miles" - A Collaboration With C.P. Company: Release Date, Price & How To Buy
November 14, 2023

One Block Down presents "Snow Miles" - A Collaboration With C.P. Company: Release Date, Price & How To Buy

One Block Down explores what lies at the center of a subcultural movement with C.P. Company. Looking to the past, it examines the roots: what gave them life, sustained them, and later allowed them to evolve. It is that which remains ever-present throughout the movement's journey that is immortalized. 

One Block Down presents "Flame Wave" - A Collaboration With Mizuno
October 27, 2023

One Block Down presents "Flame Wave" - A Collaboration With Mizuno

One Block Down explores what sits at the center of a subcultural movement with Mizuno. In celebration of this enduring legacy and global influence, this collaboration, called “Flame Wave” introduces a new model available in three colorways, with details taken from the Wave Rider 10 and Mizuno’s archive.

One Block Down celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Original Timberland Boot with @mosa.one
October 17, 2023

One Block Down celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Original Timberland Boot with @mosa.one

One Block Down has partnered with @mosa.one to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Original Timberland® Boot, an iconic shoe that has stood the test of time due to its enduring power and resilience in diverse situations.

Exploring Hiking Patrol's Journey with Wai Tsui: Past, Present, Future, and the Keen Collaboration.
September 02, 2023

Exploring Hiking Patrol's Journey with Wai Tsui: Past, Present, Future, and the Keen Collaboration.

On the occasion of the new collaboration between Hiking Patrol and footwear brand Keen, One Block Down sat down with Wai Tsui, founder of Hiking Patrol, to discover more about his life, work, and this new collaboration. From the origin of Hiking Patrol to its evolution into product collaboration and what the future holds.

Beyond the Music: Exploring the Straight Edge Movement’s Affinity for New Balance
June 26, 2023

Beyond the Music: Exploring the Straight Edge Movement’s Affinity for New Balance

The profound echoes of bands like Minor Threat and Youth of Today might resonate in your mind when you ponder the straight edge movement. Rooted in punk culture, straight edge is a call to sobriety and self-discipline, promoting abstinence from alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. In a realm often associated with rebellion and alternative lifestyles, an unexpected fashion icon has emerged: New Balance.

The Kings of Kawaii: How Mascots Became Japan's Greatest Marketing Stunt
June 02, 2023

The Kings of Kawaii: How Mascots Became Japan's Greatest Marketing Stunt

Also known as Yuru-chara, roughly translating to “loose characters”, this keyword is used for the thousands of mascots found in Japan. Ranging from dinky to gigantic, from fuzzy to ugly, but mostly, unquestionably cute, these mascots spread across the country and are used to promote a region, a governmental institution, companies, and events. Believe it or not, even some jails in Japan have mascots, too, just highlighting how vast these furry little friends can wander.

What Makes Design “Modern”?
May 23, 2023

What Makes Design “Modern”?

Something you’ve more than likely heard a thousand times, “modern design” is a term given as a label to so many different facets in current culture. From architecture and interior design to sculpture and even fashion. The words are now used so ambiguously that I feel we’re losing touch of what it means and if it’s even the way of the future, let’s discuss.

How Mid-Century American Denim became An Obsession For Japan
May 14, 2023

How Mid-Century American Denim became An Obsession For Japan

The iconic blue jean may be one of America’s biggest cultural exports, but it’s in Japan where you’ll find the best denim in the world today. From the high-end selvedge fabrics churned out at the prestigious mills in Kojima to the highly coveted jeans from influential brands like the Osaka five, “Made in Japan” denim has become a signifier for not only quality and durability, but also of artistry.

"Dazed and Confused" - The Fundamental Stoner Movie
April 19, 2023

"Dazed and Confused" - The Fundamental Stoner Movie

"Dazed and Confused" is a film that holds a special place in the hearts of many. Released in 1993, it was a coming-of-age comedy set in the summer of 1976, directed by Richard Linklater. The film follows a group of high school students on the last day of school, as they navigate parties, hazing rituals, and the general ups and downs of teenage life. For many viewers, "Dazed and Confused" was an instant classic.

One Block Down x Cassina "The Right Chair"
April 17, 2023

One Block Down x Cassina "The Right Chair"

One Block Down and Cassina have once again joined to develop a unique interpretation of the iconic Leggera chair, originally designed by Gio Ponti in 1951 for Cassina. This exciting partnership brings together two industry leaders to showcase the beauty of contemporary craftsmanship and industrialization while celebrating an icon of Italian design innovated.

One Block Down "Global Neighborhood" x Nike Air Max Day 2023.
March 30, 2023

One Block Down "Global Neighborhood" x Nike Air Max Day 2023.

On the occasion of Air Max Day 2023, One Block Down got in touch with biking communities in Milan and Paris, understanding what "Give Fresh Air" means for them and how, through their passion and activity, these communities are creating new values and inspiring the youth.

JDM Culture
March 02, 2023

JDM Culture

Thanks to excellent design, performance, and affordability, Japanese vehicles have dominated the global racing and car community for decades. Since Japan’s industrial boom in the 1960s, Japan has become one of the largest car producing countries globally. These vehicles were exported around the world, and quickly developed a subculture of loyal fanatics within the broader car community.

Iconic Mayhem – The Yakuza Games
March 02, 2023

Iconic Mayhem – The Yakuza Games

The Yakuza franchise is beloved and truly unique. Originally released in 2005, you play as a professional criminal, Kazuma Kiryu, after he goes to prison for a crime he did not commit and each game sees you be reintroduced to the dark underbelly of the Yakuza and the underworld of Japan.

Oakleys in Movies - Pop Culture’s King
March 02, 2023

Oakleys in Movies - Pop Culture’s King

Performance-driven brand Oakley have been pioneers of eyewear ever since they were founded in 1975. Born in California, they are worn by A-list celebrities, ultimate athletes, and everyone in between. As Y2K fashion heroes they are everywhere in pop culture from around the era including TV and film. Found in countless franchises, some fan favourite films include X-Men, Blade, and Mission Impossible.

One Block Down x Cassina "Chromatic Floating Opposites"
February 14, 2023

One Block Down x Cassina "Chromatic Floating Opposites"

One Block Down collaborates with Cassina, marking their second collaboration, to present the latest version of the Zig Zag chair that honors the significance of De Stijl three striking colors which the architect used to express the true essentiality of the object’s form

Taking it to the Max - UK Boy Racers and The Max Power Generation
January 08, 2023

Taking it to the Max - UK Boy Racers and The Max Power Generation

When you're a teenager, there are many things you desperately want to find: friends, fun, a future, freedom. In post-war America, teenagers found all of that just by getting in their cars. Not just contempt with driving, young car owners of the 50s saw their vehicle as an extension of their personality — and as such they customised them to reflect their individuality and uniqueness.

Timberland x Bee Line
December 16, 2022

Timberland x Bee Line

One Block Down teams up with @redlongo to present the latest collaboration between Timberland and Bee Line, now at their ninth collaborative project. The capsule collection celebrates the past and takes ownership of the future with the iconic rubber toe boot reappearing in classic monochromatic colourways.

The Subcultural Influence and Success of New Balance in the UK
December 06, 2022

The Subcultural Influence and Success of New Balance in the UK

New Balance is one of the most relevant footwear brands worldwide, from its origins in the Boston area to every corner of the globe. Together with Cold Archive, One Block Down looked into the history and legacy of this brand in the UK, from the opening of the Flimby factory to the success in various subcultures.

The Art of Airbrush Tees
November 28, 2022

The Art of Airbrush Tees

The t-shirt might be one of the most simple and modest garments in our wardrobes, but equipped with the right message or visual cue it can become one of the most powerful forms of self expression. Screen printing is one of the most common ways to apply a visual, but some creatives have applied to alternative techniques to realise their vision.

One Block Down and FC Internazionale Milano partners for the new "Highlight the Future" campaign, presenting the new club Third Kit
October 20, 2022

One Block Down and FC Internazionale Milano partners for the new "Highlight the Future" campaign, presenting the new club Third Kit

Inter DNA is deeply linked with its historical values and strong bond and relation with the city of Milan. For this reason, One Block Down decided to work on a campaign for the new team Third Kit that could show both entities' links with the city and the cutting-edge and contemporary look of this new kit.

How PlayStation Tapped Underground Club Culture to Forever Change the Face of Gaming
October 15, 2022

How PlayStation Tapped Underground Club Culture to Forever Change the Face of Gaming

When Sony launched the Playstation in the UK in September 1995, it not only revolutionized the gaming market with its ground-breaking console technologically, but it simultaneously transformed the whole industry culturally too.

How TOMMY JEANS Established Itself as a Staple of Street Culture
October 11, 2022

How TOMMY JEANS Established Itself as a Staple of Street Culture

In the history and legacy of American fashion, only a few designers' names stand out as much as Tommy Hilfiger. The designer was one of the main acts working to innovate style in the US by understanding the potential and creativity of engaging with subcultures, while most other brands at the time stood still on old-minded principles.

Opinel N°08 by One Block Down: Release Date, Price & How To Buy
October 05, 2022

Opinel N°08 by One Block Down: Release Date, Price & How To Buy

One Block Down is proud to announce its latest partnership with Opinel for an exclusive makeover of their iconic Opinel N°08 knife. Click here for full release information and the chance to explore the project’s immersive multimedia campaign.

How the Pictures Generation Challenged the Concept of Originality and Authenticity
September 18, 2022

How the Pictures Generation Challenged the Concept of Originality and Authenticity

The name "Pictures Generation" comes from a 1977 exhibition held at Artist's Space in New York, featuring the work of Troy Brauntuch, Jack Goldstein, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, and Philip Smith. They showed a critical analysis and view of US culture, demonstrating the dominance of consumerism in the population.

Asian Extreme at its Finest - Takashi Miike and his Fascination of Violence
September 17, 2022

Asian Extreme at its Finest - Takashi Miike and his Fascination of Violence

Among the names of Kinji Fukasaku, Takeshi Kitano, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa, there was another film prodigy that established himself as a prominent figure in the scene of gruesome, horror, and violence films in the late 20th century, Takashi Miike. Employing over-the-top plots and unapologetically capitalizing on violence, Miike in the early days of his career is a one of a kind director that fascinated the world with the so-called “Asian Extreme” genre.

How the Mafia K'1 Fry Showed the Aesthetic of the Suburbs
September 11, 2022

How the Mafia K'1 Fry Showed the Aesthetic of the Suburbs

In the 90s, French rap groups mainly took inspiration from American rappers, with the best-selling artists signed to major labels that hired commercial directors for their videos. The Mafia K'1 Fry collective decided to keep an authentic aesthetic that would change forever how the French suburbs were portrayed.

Amapiano: The Online Heartbeat of SA's Youth Culture
September 09, 2022

Amapiano: The Online Heartbeat of SA's Youth Culture

Over the past year, Amapiano has taken over dancefloors and playlists around the world and has become the driving force behind some of TikToks most viral dance challenges. But where did the sound come from? For those unlucky enough to be uninitiated, Amapiano is an electronic music movement - created and still most popular - in the townships of South Africa’s Gauteng province.

The Game Boy Color - The Story of a Childhood Icon
August 29, 2022

The Game Boy Color - The Story of a Childhood Icon

The Game Boy Color was initially released in Japan on October 21st, 1998, while it was released in the rest of the world in November. As the successor of the Game Boy, it represented a new step in the history of Nintendo, the GB line, and a piece of childhood for millions of people worldwide.