Tribute to Travel Fox

Late 80's / 90's was when my sneaker addiction really took off! but even though my brain & heart always led me to Nike/Jordan brand, I have pretty much owned every brand of shoes out there. When I got the heads up about doing a Travel Fox Tribute event, you know I jumped on the chance. TF has been around for decades, fine leathers/suede materials in a casual lifestyle design shoe were always a hit in the growing urban scenes of Toronto. Just thinking about the name 'travel fox takes me back to high school days, owning some all black suede joints to match with the dress code of a uniformed school but that's a story for another time haha.

My good folks at Toronto Loves Kicks along with Viss International decided that we should make some #NewMemories while holding down this event at the Bata Shoe Museum. Graciously ICEBerg Vodka jumped on board as the main sponsor, some ridiculously delicious chicken & waffle was on site courtesy of J&S, mini cupcakes were provided by Don't Call Me Cupcake and we had Michie Mee hanging with us all night, chatting about our earlier days many years ago haha! all while having our ear drums dancing, DJTABS made it nice with the beats. Shout out to Travel Fox for still being around after all these years. To my folks that came and supported this nice night, I thank you!  If you'd like to view some images I put together for the event as well as of the evening, check the links below, Cheers!

Creator \\ Lucas @eye_projekt

 

Direct links to Travel Fox Gallery 1 \\ Travel Fox Gallery 2

& I thank you for your continued support and always appreciate your feedback!

Salute with a rare selfie haha!

TorontoLovesKicks x SneakerDesignProject x FNLROM


 

When you think of your cities museum, it's a place that's normally library quiet, filled with boring on lookers, school field trips, senior citizens and tourists. You never see it as night life, drinks, food, party type atmosphere, well that's not the case with the Royal Ontario Museum (rom) in downtown Toronto. For eight weeks every Friday night starting Oct 18th-Dec 6th the ROM transforms it's inner shell, becoming Friday night live at the ROM aka FNLROM. It's like walking into a time warp of some sort, that's if you can even get in with the line up outside wrapping around the entire building, I'd hate to wonder how many people actually do not even make it inside. By ROM's count, 3000 people venture out Friday night to get their drink/eat/ groove on. Witnessing the night myself, I don't doubt that number at all, it's absolutely packed inside. Toronto Loves Kicks put on another installment of the Sneaker Design Project that evening and celebrating their 3rd year anniversary could not have been in a better venue. With special Beat Boxing presentation by Chris Fernandez & Killa Beatz, Beat Box Canada, threw down some mouth rhythms. Unity BreakDance crew violated the stage with their performance getting the crowd all hyped up. While this was going on, next to the main stage the sneaker design project artists were set up to create. With a blank pair of Converse in hand along side a bag full of freshly opened Sharpies the visionary skills was just waiting to be unleashed on a shoe canvas. Our artists had roughly 20-30mins to create something on the spot, pressure you may think? Not so, the talent were prepped & ready! When it came time to draw, they were in the zone, surrounded by on lookers, flashes from cameras going off every few seconds. I asked myself 'how these guys could manage to work under pressure in low lit, mad traffic situations like these. No matter how, they pulled it off and their work spoke for itself. There was no winner chosen for this competition but their artistry and abilities were recognized.  I'm sure the crowd had their favorite pair out of the 4 created. Ig/twitter could attest to that. The sneaker design was held to expose Torontonians to the arts, sneaker culture/lifestyle etc... This was really a special evening for TLK. Being part of an event to this scale was something to remember. Now that the artists creations have been delivered to me, I can proudly share them with everyone. Shout out to the entire TorontoLovesKicks family, all who supported this incredible evening & celebrated with us! Below you can enlarge the images of the creative creations from the Sneaker Design Project 3

Full gallery of the Sneaker Design Project click here!!!

Creator \\ Lucas @eye_projekt
 

BSM \\ TLK \\ Mache Customs

Filling in for the missing 'letter

Since the Out of the Box exhibit opened its doors a few weeks back, the directors at BSM along with TLK have done numerous events to keep people coming in like bringing in probably one of the most recognized names in the artistic sneaker customizing field, Mache Customs.  After driving for hours and hours from State side, being interrogated by border patrol, Mrs. & Mr. Mache made their way over to the Bata Shoe Museum for a small intimate crowd.  The devotees eagerly watched and listened to Mache touch on everything and anything from his beginnings to current trends, all things sneaker and culture related were discussed.  The floor was open to questions, comments etc...even though Mache did spend the last half of the day driving, you would never tell, signing autographs, taking pictures, as well as bringing some of his work to display for others to see, such as his most sought after creations,  the '112 Penny II's, 'What the KD IV's, 2012 'Scooby Snacks Hyperdunks, artistic works of art that have been painted by hand, air brush to crazy out of his mind creations such as the 'LeBronboutin Lebron X's that are more customized using 'spikes. Of course the revealing of the most recent, never seen by the world 'What the kobe VIII's, where the entire shoe has been de-constructed, re-materialized with python, snake skin, shark, real animal print to make this one of the most intriguing custom creations to date. The night came to a end, for most that is. We then had a bit of time to hang with Mache inside the Out of the Box exhibit, where one of his pieces currently rests on display. So as myself and my fam at TLK walked about, chatted and snapped some pics. We quickly realized how humble Mache really is. & that's nothing new to see, since I have read numerous people in the past mentioning the same thing about Mache. It was just a pleasure to witness it myself. Mache, thanks for your time spent here with us. Hope you can come back sooner than later (winkwink)

Creator \\ Lucas @eye_projekt  

Sole Lecture by Mache

I'm just going to drop this here for now. Image of custom sneakers created for todays open minded sneaker enthusiast, one that appreciates the time & effort it took someone talented to create such a fine detailed custom.

This here is exclusively revealed by Mache Customs (@Mache275) to the small intimate crowd at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto Canada earlier this evening. Keep an eye this weekend for a full right up, cheers !

Creator \\ Lucas @eye_projekt

@Mache275

TLK x BHM LE Tee

There are people that you meet thru out your lifetime that you feel like that they were sent to your face on purpose. Such is the story of the my peeps from TLK aka Toronto Loves Kicks.com. A crew of Torontonians that are doing big things for our youth, educating, enlightening a positive message, all while putting on lifestyle events around the city. Sneakers, music, culture is what they're all about. This year for Feb & BHM(Black History Month) they got together to brainstorm a idea that would be laid out on a tee shirt/crewneck. Something limited, and a design that was broken down from our past as young T.DoT teens. Now that the canvas has been finalized, thrown on my lap to spit my own 2cents on. I had a chance to chat with 'D from TLK today, about the past/present and the future of our Sneaker culture/lifestyle. As the weather dipped below zero, and we both had a busy day ahead, I grabbed my crews and headed home.  

TLK \\ BHM LE tee

The design idea is one of a kind, brainstormed by TLK and put on paper by DVYNEART. It really hit close to my heart, as growing up in the city wearing all the shoes that are on the design. Travel Fox, LA. Gear, Ewing, BK & Fila. Brand names that barely get any recognition these days, unfortunately. Seeing these sneaker silhouettes with a CN tower city skyline printed on a piece of clothing just gave me the chills, really good chills that is. Making me feel all so ever young again. Looking forward to a few future projects with TLK this year. Even if you aren't a local, please check out their site for more upcoming info on future events. 

TLK \\ BHM LE tee

Creator \\ Lucas @Eye_ProjekT