Any creative type in Newcastle knows or at least recognises PREFABs work. The self-made art collective has expanded from the streets of Newcastle to galleries of the world thanks to their distinct style and unique flair.
The Prefab team have just released their latest run of unique prints, named 'Sunday Girl', which are available to purchase on the Prefab we bstore now.
You MUST check out the video below, showcasing the design and print process of a piece from Prefabs studio.
Photograph by @TheFickle
Check out this amazing clip, showcasing our beautiful city of Newcastle via drone footage. If this doesn't make you want to visit we don't know what will.
"The City of Newcastle was formed over 2000 years ago by the Romans and has been directly at the forefront of industry, research, and innovation ever since. Within the Tyneside area, notable achievements have included the invention of the stream-train by George Stephenson, the first ever use of electric street lighting in an urban environment on Mosley Street, globally recognised ship building industries, and one of the strongest and most efficient mining communities which lasted well into the 19th century. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne has consistently been at the heart of the UK’s industry as a powerhouse for trade and manufacturing, and as standard bearers for independence and local pride."
Nike Air Presto Utility 'Dark Anthracite'
Nike have redrafted the Air Presto for the winter months, without losing any of the momentum the sneaker has accumulated through 2016. With synthetic, winterized/water repellent uppers and traction enhanced midsole lugs, this seasonal presto comes ready for just about anything.
This sneaker has already caught the attention of our staff who cycle into work who have been looking for a durable alternative, and the addition of water resistant uppers is such a bonus. The urban commute will never be the same.
Aside from this, the Presto Utility features a thermally lined neoprene interior, still offering that famous comfort, enhanced even further via the use of 'AIR' technology in the midsole of every pair.
Sneaker Focus: Presto Essential 'Black / Photo Blue'
The sneaker in the spotlight today is the Presto Essential from Nike, which comes easy to pair up with dark denim or light sweats, and is ideal for the streets, the gym or on holiday thanks to the foot hugging feel and Phylon midsole.
If you haven't experienced the Presto yet, this could be the perfect opportunity for you to know what you've been missing out on!
The Presto has made quite the comeback through 2016, Soleheaven have seen some fresh colourways come and go over the months, and this iteration stands out as one of the best, using traditional colour blocking with a simple 3 tones for an eye-catching variation to the sneaker-head favorite.
Around the back end of 2015, we were introduced to Anderson .Paak via Benji B's radio 1 show, and we dug it, to say the least. From then on he's been smashing, track after track and gig after gig, providing a breath of fresh air via soulful lyricism, catchy tracks and a consistent and concise cool vibe that runs through everything he does. His Album 'Malibu' is still a regular in the Soleheaven in store shuffle.
Alongside this, we have always been fans of Stones Throw, always. The label understands the origins of Hip-hop, but isn't afraid to combine this with an open mind towards new styles of rap and new production values.
So, when it was brought to our attention that Anderson Paak was linking up with Stones Throws hip-hop guru Knxwledge as NXWORRES, we have been pretty excited, to say the least. Then, to our pleasure, the full album was available to stream one week ahead of release, so here are our thoughts.
Overall, this project is great. Knowledge's experimental style keeps Paak on his toes and allows hm to really showcase his vocal range and styles. Generally speaking, this isn't easy, and experimenting can often lead to inconsistencies in albums, however, YES LAWD swerves this with just enough of everything from the spectrum to keep the listener engaged.
One issue we have is that the tracks released prior to this album's release could be considered the best tracks from the project (Suede, Lyk Dis, Link Up). This has resulted in a certain amount of familiarity with the albums highlights, even though it has only just released. In the grand scheme of things though, it's refreshing to now see these tracks in context, they all slot into their allocated slots in this LP perfectly.
In Newcastle, when it rains, it pours. This can often lead to outside the box thinking when it comes to shooting our products in the urban environment, which often leads amazing results you could not have predicted. Like the OTF of the Air Max Tavas black mono above, taken on wet tarmac layered with reflective oil, matching the almost glossy synthetic of this Tavas updates upper.
There are those moments when watching videos online where the outstanding point does not come from what you are watching, but from the fact that it has been recorded, rendered and uploaded for your viewing pleasure. Within graffiti, this plays a huge role in the spread of clips online. The fact that the crew have gone out to paint, with the sole intention of recording the crime spree, documenting the details and showcasing the crime in a first-hand form.
PROBATION VACATION documents the real story of Utah and Ether as they flee their arrest warrants in the USA, taking their escapades to the far east, a side of the planet that rarely sees the type of criminal damage these two specialize in.
The videos themselves are uploaded by the infamous 'Grifters', a collective of street art/graffiti aficionados, and they are all worth a watch, Probation Vacation is available in separate parts, with each part showing the duo's escapades in a different country.
Last Wednesday Boiler Room treated us to something special, we got almost 5 hours of music from the one and only CHURCH Records, repped by the likes of Chaos In The CBD, APES, and Seb Wildblood. Trust us when we say, this one will be bumping in the shop on more than one occasion.
Shout out APES dropping some disco bangers!
There are some absolute gems in this one, you can enjoy streaming the full evening below courtesy of Boiler Room.
Here we have the Nike Air Jordan 3 ‘Cyber Monday’, switching it up with a combination of tumbled leathers on the monochromatic uppers, designed above a clean white midsole for iconic contrast, all of which takes the traditional 3 form.
Through this, Air Jordan have created a plush pair of sneakers giving off a smarter appeal, ready to be matched up with almost any outfit. That is the unique appeal behind this shoe, its adaptability and ability to form to match almost every look.
Launching tomorrow at 08:00AM BST (15/10/16)
It's our favourite season!
Alongside the chance to layer up and sport a scarf, the Autumn season brings an array of seasonal colour pallets to the table, those ones you forgot you loved through the summer. One of those colourways is burgundy, there is just something about deep red sneakers that boasts a premium, cool vibe.
At Soleheaven HQ, we understand the heritage of burgundy hues and the palettes roots in the b-boy scene, where it was first seen on the likes of the Air Force and Cortez. Today, we're stocking a huge amount of premium burgundy products, all available in store and online.
We've compiled a little lookbook for your viewing pleasure, click the image to view a full product page.
Do you think you have what it takes to become a member of team Soleheaven?
We're currently searching to fill two vacant roles in our Newcastle store, firstly, we're looking for a part time warehouse and dispatch assistant, and secondly, a part time content writer to join our creative team.
Warehouse and Dispatch Assistant (Part time)
- Daily dispatch (picking & packing customer orders).
- Processing inbound deliveries.
- Checking stock levels.
- General warehouse organisation.
- Quality control.
- Communicating effectively with other personnel.
- Shop floor & stockroom replenishment.
- General customer service inquiries.
- Shipping queries.
- Ability to take direction, and respond to it.
- Good teamwork skills.
- The ability to work as an individual.
- The ability to work quickly and efficiently.
- The ability to complete paperwork and count stock items.
- Basic computer skills, with the ability to learn new processes quickly.
- A good level telephone communication skill.
- An understanding of health and safety regulations.
- Honesty and reliability.
- A willingness to work on a flexible basis around key retail occasions.
- Able to work to strict deadlines.
- Resourcefulness and adaptiveness.
- A general level of fitness (heavy liftings is regularly required).
To apply for this positions, please forward a CV and covering letter to Jobs@Soleheaven.com, or bring these in store.
Content Writer (Part Time/Newcastle Based)
- Research ideas and facts pertinent to the type of content/topic assigned.
- Develop ideas into engaging stories or descriptions.
- Write fresh content based on research, social reception & technical specifications.
- Reference engaging content for articles, blogs, stories and social media to entice and engage audience & build industry relationships.
- Proofread content for errors or additions and ensure that content is written per instructions.
- Ensure that web page content is edited correctly to increase on-screen readability.
- Proofread content created by other content writers and provide feedback.
- Ensure that content contains sufficient keywords for search engine optimization
Social Media Duties;
- Manage the company’s social media presence with the Creative Content Team.
- Create suitable captioning for use on various social media platforms.
- Understand areas of impact on engagement across social media.
- Analyse strategies to promote sales through written content.
- Expansive knowledge of both sneakers and sneaker industry.
- An outstanding level of written English.
- Ability to write in various styles.
- Ability to create original content.
- Understanding of SEO.
- A keen interest & understanding of social media.
- Effective research skills.
- Ability to work to strict deadlines.
- Resourcefulness and adaptiveness.
- A genuine passion for writing.
- Ability to take direction, and respond to it.
- Good teamwork skills.
- The ability to work as an individual.
To apply for this positions, please forward a CV and covering letter to Jobs@Soleheaven.com, as well as examples of written work, preferably published.
We've blogged about this one before, we included it briefly in a list of graffiti films you must see, but, after watching the full piece again we're letting you guys know again; you GOTTA see this.
Via a high-octane combination of graffiti, chases, train surfing and parkour, Berlin Kidz is an eye-opening glimpse into high octane life in one of the cultural capitals of the world, where the lines between art and crime are blurred the most by some astoundingly brave , creative and original people.
The Berlin Kidz follows the escapades of a young collective living life on the edge and filming the whole thing.
Strap yourself in and enjoy. (If you can find a version with subtitles please let us know).
First unveiled in 2010, the Saucony Elite designs were drafted to craft plush redesigned envisions of iconic Saucony silhouettes. The 'Elite' sneakers were originally only to be released in Japanese sneaker stores, but due to popular demand, the sneakers trickled into European and American retailers, while still maintaining core elements of exclusivity for that desirability the 'Elite' sneakers aimed to have.
Via beautiful contrast and colour blocking on only the highest quality materials, these iterations of the famous 5000 celebrate Bodega's ongoing tenth-anniversary celebrations in premium style, liberating the 5000 silhouette with a duo of sneakers that ooze cool, premium vibes throughout.
At Soleheaven, we are proud to be one of few hand selected retailers in the UK to stock these collab pairs.
The Saucony x Bodega Shadow 5000 releases 15/10/16 00:00 AM BST
Very limited sizes available.
Available on our web store at time of release
Ladies and gentleman, we are proud to showcase the latest rendition of the undisputed king of the streets, the Air Max 90. In its 'ULTRA' form, the 90's upper paneling has been remixed with a 'fused' mix of synthetics, contrasted by beautiful soft touch suedes on the mudguard, a real game changer.
Aside from this, the form fits the same specifications as the classics including visible Air in the Midsole and Nike branding on the sides and tongue, linking together for one of the best iterations of the 90 we have seen this side of the summer.
We're taking it easy in store today, rotating through some chilled out LP's, with a few bangers in between to keep the pace up. We've already had on Chet Fakers impeccable 'Built Upon Glass' this morning, which is our go-to album when it comes to chilled out mornings, the Melbourne residents debut studio album flows steady, showing strength through a tight combination of unique vocals and immersive backing tracks.
Aside from this record, you can check out Chets first Boiler Room below, to get an idea of his style of production and performance.
With Team Soleheaven, you can win this entire collection of Jason Markk premium sneaker cleaning products. All you have to do is enter your email address into to the pop-up box that appears on our homepage.
This amazing prize includes:
Premium Microfibre Towel
Suede Cleaning Kit
1 Bottle Of Repel Spray
1 Cleaning Kit w/Brush
1 Bottle of Cleaning Solution
1 Pack of Cleaning Wipes
And an extra brush!
Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified. Soleheaven reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice.
By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions. By entering this competition the user accepts they will be signed up to the Soleheaven mailing lists. No data will be shared with any external 3rd parties.
This week's shot selection from our in-house photographer comes in the form of this excellent on-the-foot picture of the Vans Old Skool Zip. Using an over the shoulder technique, Ant has created a much more engaging image, showcasing a lot more of the sneakers surfaces and angles than other methods.
Hailing from Madrid, Spain, Kilian Martin brought a breath of fresh air to the skateboarding scene. His eclectic style of skating can only be compared to the likes of Richie Jackson, who is is famed globally for his abstract ways with a deck, looking for different ways to rotate, flip and slide the board using varying surfaces and locations to do so.
You can watch our favorite piece by Martin below, Shout out the cinematography too.
For the first time, Team Soleheaven are now stocking the court-ready KD 9, Kevin Durant's 9th signature basketball shoe. Here, in triple black, the now Golden State Warriors stars model offers a stealthy alternative to up your game in a major way.
The use of woven 'Flyknit' technology on the upper allows the KD 9 to provide serious breathability to the wearer's feet, something Nike have given heavy focus to through 2016, as well as giving the sneaker a special texture and aesthetic .
Aside from this, the uppers of the 9 intricately incorporate the laces into the fly woven upper, while the tongue extends up for ease of access.
How long will we mourn him?
Since 1996 this man has been mourned, 20 years from when his life was taken by unknown rivals in Las Vegas. But, thank the lord we have his music which will remain timeless for eras to come. We've been bumping Tupac's greatest hits in store, so we thought we would list our favourite tracks by the Californian native here for your listening pleasure.
Contrasting premium vibes with an urban aesthetic. This shot showcases the latest from Californian Vans, their famous 'Old Skool' Premium, with the addition of a zip for ease of access. Here, our photographer Ant has scouted the latest location, using his initiative and eye to find these rocky steps on the brand new 'Stephenson Quater' of Newcastle, a new cluster of hotels and offices, build behind our historic Central Station, just up from the beautiful quayside.