Frank The Butcher Speaks On His Love For Streetwear and Butcher’s Block Series
What are your thoughts on the current state of sneakers?
I feel like many of my peers do, whether its the Clark Kents, or the people at nicekicks.com. We all feel the same, that the quality could be better. Its a matter of supply and demand at this point. It is so many factors that determine the quality of a shoe—prices, economy—and it effects us. Its a combination of them trying to grow their business and other factors. I feel disappointed with the climate about shoes. Today, I feel like the sneaker culture is back at the fever pitch again, the way be people want these shoes can be borderline dangerous. There is an element that these companies are taking advantage. They can develop a shoe, in a cheaper way and sell it to you as a premium, and we buy them. So yeah, when I compare my shoes today from 10 years ago, I am absolutely disappointed in terms of quality and execution. Its terrible but we continue to buy. We are apart of the problem.
So you telling us the only way to stop it is to stop buying as much?
You gotta think about it, if someone drops a faulty product, if people acknowledge it verbally, but it still sells out every time it drops, where is the need to change? Why is there a need? There is no need. People can complain, but actions speak louder than words.
Tell us one brand that is making some incredible sneakers and one clothing brand that people are sleeping on.
I have a friend, who was actually a designer at Black Scale in the beginning named Rob Garcia. He has then moved on to start En Noir. When you see Kanye and everyone wearing leather sweatpants, that’s his creation. It is obviously trendy and popping, but this guy Rob is intelligent. He is really talented. On the low, he has hit us with the rope a dope, because hes pulling people in with these amazing pieces, Kanye wears his pants with Timbs, Pusha wears him as well. What he has coming though, is going to set him up for the rest of his life.
Shoes, I find myself wearing a lot of Converse lately. They have been doing a lot of good things. For me for awhile, it wasn’t cool. West Coast guys wore it, and it kind of represented the other side. But today in fashion, I don’t see that, there are no sides anymore. Those who weren’t on to that brand will begin to look and be like, there’s some shit over here.
You have collaborated with Bolyston and Mitchell and Ness for the vintage Jerseys. I have seen basketball retro jerseys make a little noise last summer. You think there will be a re-emergence?
It’s already here. When I was working on the project, people were like, “Baseball jerseys?” Then leading up to the release of the jersey, athletic wear became popular again. We saw hints, but I knew it was coming full circle. Did it come back the same like when Fab was heavy in jerseys? No. But I think its still building. It is here to stay. I think it wont be as baggy, more tailored, but at its core, its back.
Now you are in the second season of your show “The Butchers Block.” For fans now familiar with the movement, shed some light on that.
Its a reflection of who I am. I love rap music, clothes, and I have a knack for talking. The show is a culmination of all that. It gives me a chance to link and discuss things on a platform with people I know and respect.
Whats next for Frank The Butcher?
I have an ongoing relationship with Reebok, so there will be multiple projects. Maybe two or three sneakers this year with them. I will also be doing work with my brand B.A.U coming with some new stuff in Spring 2013. Just continue pushing the culture.