From the earliest stages, both Coda Clothing and Leopold’s Tavern have been about their community. This is easy to see from the smiling faces that are more than happy to great you, along with the second-to-none product that keeps people coming back to both spots. Over the weekend these two Cathedral Village mainstays came together to host a party of epic proportions.
For the first instalment of the Coda x Leopold’s Fiesta, the bar appears to have been set, almost intimidatingly high. This Saturday and Sunday saw the perfect combination of music, weather, food, drinks and of course, people. From morning ‘til night (11am -11pm both days) patrons of both locales enjoyed upbeat music while taking in Mexican inspired food and drink, along with each others company.
Everywhere you looked there were smiling faces dancing, singing, eating and drinking. It was a “Fiesta” in every sense of the word. The mood was set with a perfect combination of DJs and live music, giving the pseudo backyard party, a somewhat festival atmosphere. Mix in top-notch food, a piñata full of goodies and the fact that this shindig was smack in the middle of Regina’s downtown and you’ve got perhaps the best weekend in recent memory.
Of course, along with warm weather fun, comes some of the best style moments of the season. Thanks to the perfect combination of Coda and the most aesthetically creative minds in the city, the Fiesta was a treat for all the senses!
Can’t wait to do it all again
Collaborations aren’t something to be taken lightly. While they may seem like a great way to push a product out that has twice the possible reach, they also have double the potential audience to fail in front of. Add to that, the fact that teaming up with the wrong label could alienate long-term fans before your product even drops, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
On a lighter note, and since we light to think positive around here, a proper collab also offers the potential for an outstanding and memorable success. See: PB & J. When the thoughts and ideas of two brands come together and mesh correctly, the results can be so outstanding that it captures the spirit of the individuals and brings them together, equaling something greater than the sum of their parts.
This certainly seems to be the case with the latest release from footwear stalwart Puma as they bring to market a design duet with French streetwear staple Brooklyn We Go Hard. Appreciation for the classics is something both brands hold dear, which in itself is a good place to start. On Puma’s end, it’s more an appreciation for timeless silhouettes, clean lines and a mentality that says “If it aint broke, don’t fix it”. BWGH on the other hand looks at classics like American Expressionist painters and color palates that make a statement, for their weapons of choice.
No matter how you slice it, these are two parties with clearly defined personalities. Never a bad thing; especially when you are making pieces this bold. The coming together of these two nostalgic clothiers leaves us with a collection of footwear and apparel that can make a massive statement, or fly nicely under the radar.
The Puma x BWGH footwear and apparel may technically be a fall/winter release, but we know better than to expect that stale of a concept from these two hard hitting purveyors of style. Perhaps the best part of this collaboration is, like its sandwich counterpart, it’s good anytime. So rock it now with your favourite summer shorts, but rest assured it will look just as fresh with some heavy denim when the temperature drops.
Since its drop in early February, Dag Savage’s debut album E & J has been on constant rotation around the crib, in my car and in my sets. Johaz (Deep Rooted) keeps listeners engaged as he shares stories of his childhood, past relationships and of course cali weather, women and weed. Exile (Dirty Science) still remains one of my favorite all time producers. Why? Well for one, he brings out the best out of all the artists he works with. Not only that, but his concecptual albums with Fashawn (Boy Meets World) and Blu (Below The Heavens) are timeless and classic pieces of material. His beats remain in a league of their own. His drums are bouncey as shit. Sample selections and chops still retaining all the dust from the record. His flexibility of beats on this project range from a dark grimey back alley steez to chillin on a beach sucking mojitos outta umbrella straws. Peep the visuals below and get
the album if you haven’t yet.