Byron Hawes

A Damn. Coronation

Has there ever been a mainstream rapper more difficult to parse than Kendrick Lamar? More complicated; obfuscatory; excoriatingly honest; conflicted?Kendrick's mainstream success continues to amaze. Not because it's not deserved, but precisely be... More...

Ushering the Nike Air Force 1 into 2017

"I like the all white high top strap with the gum bottom/there's something 'bout them that's dirty why I got 'em/I leave um strapped and laced and come up out um."That's Nelly talking about Nike's Air Force 1. Not current, 'please stream me out of ... More...

The Basel Conundrum

Photo by Zach Slootsky'Why does anyone go to Miami? Ass, and the emerging contemporary art scene.' So said Alec Baldwin's iconic 30 Rock character, Jack Donag... More...

Fast Fashion: Is It Really Worth It?

Another season. Another fast fashion collabo.Kenzo x H&M releases this week. Pioneered, of course, by the downtown stage-setting, fêted af duo of Humberto Leon and Carol Lim; founders of Opening Ceremony.Imagine a PirateBay download queue... More...

Frank Ocean’s ‘Blond(e)’ Unpacked

So we don’t know each other.But, chances are, the last week or so, we’ve had a shared experience. Well, one aside from the ‘ride the subway/drink a Daiquiri/vow to quit Facebook’ experience that we’re always sharing. Alone together.A specific one... More...

Byron Hawes

Contributing Editor

Boulevardier. Sprezzaturista. Architecture and avarice. Rakim and Rilke. Founding Editor at The Après Garde. Contributing Editor at Hypebeast.