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Kick the Cans

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When it comes to headphones, we’ve always preferred keeping things simple, black, and as hi-fi as possible.

All of which makes us very partial to AiAiAi’s new pair of DJ headphones. They’re professional-grade, which means they’re designed to overpower noisy club speakers…so the gabber next to you in line at the coffee shop won’t stand a chance.

We suggest christening it with a little mid-70s Bowie, just like the professionals.

Dancing with the Stars

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In these media-saturated times, criticism can come in many forms. But the recontextualized dance mix is a new one on us.

The Brooklyn-based video group Eclectic Method chopped up Quentin Tarantino’s film work for this AV/DJ set, which boils down into a stew of kung fu, drug use, gunplay, blood spatters, female feet, and retro dancing.

In other words, it's pretty much what Tarantino gave them to start with. But the set lays out Q’s obsessions better than a whole crowd of critics, with a few handclaps and sirens thrown in for appropriate emphasis.

Just imagine how it looks with a real sound system behind it.

See the mashup»

Foxes

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The French brand Kitsune caught our eye with their spring collection, shown above. The name is Japanese for “fox”—hence the logo—and the designs are suitably multicultural. (For instance, the collar on that dress shirt seems distinctly Asian.) The brand doubles as an electronic music label, leading to one of the more confusing websites we’ve seen in some time.

They opened a flagship store in Paris a few weeks ago— 52 rue de Richelieu, for the curious—that will focus as much on their music as their clothing.

More on the French Fox»

Elocution Lessons and Viking Chic

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Nau

Green Man: Nau co-founder Ian Yolles explains fashionable sustainability. [PSFK]

Not So Horny: "Vivid colors, flowing silk ribbons, and glittering bits of mirrors." And you thought Vikings looked like this, silly goose. [Eurekaltert]

Incoming!: Suface2Air's Spring/Summer 08 available now. [Word is Bomb]

The Boom Bip: The perfect footwear for the Ed Lover Dance. [Hypebeast]

The Barn Jacket: Seems we're not the only ones with a fetish for waxed cotton. [A Suitable Wardrobe]

Def Junk: Russell Simmons officially launches his already launched hip-hop-on-the-back-nine fashion brand. It will suck. [Celebrity Brands]

How To Pronounce Comme des Garçons: Don't blow this one. [Robby Wells]

International Champion: According to the Nielsen company Gucci is the most desired fashion line in the world. Tom Ford commemorates the success of his former employer by rolling over in his sable-covered bed and snoring. [Bloomberg]

High Kicks: Adidas has their Yohji Yamamoto. Now Puma has their Hussein Chalayan. [Fashion Week Daily]

Hang The DJ: Dear Elle UK, hitting "play" on iTunes does not count as "branching out." [ElleUK]