Friends Doing Work

Footwear, Friends Doing Work, Inspiration

[VIDEO] The Butcher's Block x jeffstaple

My friend Frank The Butcher wears many hats. Besides running Boylston Trading Co., designing clothing/footwear, his numerous his music endeavors, he also has his show The Butcher's Block in which he interviews various individuals. The most recent episode features jeffstaple, owner and creator of staple design and the store reed space. jeffstaple has always been an inspiration to me because of his approach to all aspects of his life and business.

Episode info:

Tune in as Frank The Butcher catches up with Jeff Staple, creative director of Staple Design, on his much-debated Complex Magazine list “50 Most Influential People in Sneaker History”, why Penny Hardaway didn’t make the cut and where he felt he would rate among the greats. Love it or hate it, check out what he had to say about it.

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Friends Doing Work, Music

Frank The Butcher & DJ 7L Present: The Essential Dipset Mix

Here is a new mix courtesy of my friends DJ 7L of The Bladerunners and Frank The Butcher. Many of the tracks on this mix bring back vivid memories of the past for me. Anyone around during the Dipset reign remembers the boundaries they crossed (w/ Cam'Ron wearing pink, ha) and standards they set as a unified crew.

The reign of the Harlem Diplomats is without a doubt one of the most influential periods in modern hip-hop. The movement that officially started with family features on Camron’s ‘S.D.E.’ album turned into one of New York City’s most powerful crews. Dipset created a sound that transcended the borders of east coast rap with a style that fueled urban culture for the better half of the 2000s. Killa Cam’s unapologetic uptown crew, Jim Jones, Freaky Zeeky and Juelz Santana, evolved to be leaders in their own rights commanding offshoot rap groups while still reppin’ the eagle and still screaming Harlem.

To celebrate the legacy of the Diplomats, we put together a comprehensive mix spanning years of bandana wearing and flag waving. While there is no possible way to include every significant offering of their vast catalogue, we believe we compiled some of Dipset’s best music in this 100+ minute homage.



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You can check the tracklist here.

Events, Friends Doing Work

Bodega x Bushmills "Since Way Back" Boston Launch

I recently came across this flick and video from a Bushmills event I attended about a month back. The event marked the launch of Bushmills "Since Way Back" campaign featuring the owners of Boston based shop Bodega with the likes of actors Elijah Wood and musicians Bon Iver, Chromeo, and Theophilus London. Pictured left to right... Legendary record collector/DJ/producer Kon, Oliver of Bodega/Fourth Wall Project, Sam & Ben of Flavorheard (aka Whiskey Barons), and I.

Look out for the BDGA guys on billboards (second pic.) throughout the city. Congrats on the success.

Friends Doing Work, Phone Flicks

Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch The Throne Tour

Watch The Throne - BB_1

The Watch The Throne tour hit Boston this past week... Got a couple passes courtesy of Million $ Mano who happens to be Kanye's DJ. Amazing stages designed by my dude Virgil Abloh and Ye himself. The show itself was amazing as well. With the passes came the ability to watch The Throne (yeah, double entendre) from almost anywhere in the arena; From almost any angle/seat/view, no detail was over looked, visuals and lighting were figuratively and literally on point.

These are just a few flicks from my phone.


Bags, Friends Doing Work

Boylston Trading Co. x Lexdray

The first of many bag posts... I consider myself somewhat of a bag collector of sorts. I am a fan of style and function. This is a perfect example of both. This bag comes from a collaboration between my good friend FRANK THE BUTCHER, his new endeavor BOYLSTON TRADING CO. and Lexdray. Shown here is is the Boulder bag; one of three bags to come from the collaboration between the two companies. The traditional Boulder pack comes in a all black silhouette.

Limited to 100 pieces. I'll be sure to put up more in-depth pictures when I pick mine up soon.