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So there’s this thing called the election coming up.

We don’t want to get all political on your ass BUT. Voting bro. It’s a “God-given right”, a “mean buzz” and a Kiwi “rite of passage”.

Plus it’s already legalised…

Check out the video below from the local Poor Sailors Art Collective

Jump on the mean buzz here.

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GAG has the perfect thing for weening yourself way away from those heavy knits you’ve been living in all Winter. That thing is the latest drop from Cheap Monday. We guarantee your separation anxiety won’t last long once you get this gear on. The collection stays true to the Cheap Monday way, featuring easy to wear garments and soft fabrics that make you feel like you’ve owned the pieces for years. And for all you denim lovers out there we’ve definitely got your dose right here ready to be administered. We love that all these pieces encourage you to be lazy with their ability to transition from day to night. These throw over sweaters and relaxed style shirts have to be the only things associated with word Monday that are actually likeable and wantable. So see for yourself in store or online here, get it on and go back to sitting on the couch with a 2litre tub of ice-cream.

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REEBOK X DISTINCT LIFE 

Making it’s grand return for the third time this year is the Reebok x Distinct Life GL6000 collaboration. Based on the four corporate colours synonymous with Detroit-based design company Distinct Life, this shoe is number three of four in a year long rework of the retro silhouette.

Smooth black leather sits together with tan suede accents and subtle embossing to deliver a shoe that compromises nothing. If you didn’t get a chance to hustle a pair instore today, you still might be lucky enough to nab a pair online here.

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BUILDING BLOCKS

Ethical in every aspect, Kowtow strikes again with the drop of their latest Building Blocks collection. All of the cotton is 100% certified fair trade organic cotton making the fabric as soft as it can get. Designed to be worn alone or with any of the other pieces, this range is full of staple pieces from cropped t-shirts to low crotch pants. What ever gets you going there’s something in it for everyone and the best part is it’s instore and online here.

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Our minds almost melted thinking about the latest range from Soulland. Drawing inspiration from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 - A Space Odyssey, the team have created a collection that makes us feel nostalgic for the future.  

Check out their trademark contemporary spin on classic artisanal crafts like towelling applique, embroidery and watercolour prints. All the goods are in store and online now.

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One of the busiest weeks of the year is almost over for our Good As Gold Distribution team up at NZ Fashion Week. After arriving last Sunday, Janelle, Mel and Jess have been hard at it in their lush Viaduct apartment, showing off all the up and coming wares from the likes of Finders Keepers, Cameo the Label, Keepsake, The Fifth Label, Mad Love, Hansel from Basel, Suit, Gram, Colab and A Good Thing.

In between back to back appointments, they have still managed to celebrate both Jess and Janelle’s birthdays with various cake options, visit the new Good As Gold store opening in Auckland very soon and meet up with our buyers Ruben and Sadaf for some tiny fashion-sandwiches at the local cafe. 

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We would like to say a massive thank you to all our Welly sponsors who hooked it up this year not only for us but also filled our goodie bags and kept our clients pumped on coming to visit the showroom. Acme & Co, The Wellington Apothecary, The Wellington Chocolate Factory, Garage Project, Karma Cola, Mount Gay Rum, Quina Fina Tonic Water and Coffee Supreme, you guys are the tits and we really appreciate the support!

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Portland based Art Director & Designer (with a cool name) Antonio Brasko, created a personal project ‘BRANDALISM that aimed to showcase the ever-emerging blend of graffiti, high-fashion, art & street wear in today’s popular culture. He used the classic Montana spray can as a canvas for the project, carefully planning and tastefully re-designing every can to reflect the essence of an iconic fashion brand. These brands included Chanel, Gucci, Fendi, Supreme, Reebok, Nike and many more. The final product nails its intention and is stupidly slick, but what do you expect? Working for Nike Global and his own brand Norwood – Brasko’s one pretty talented dude. See this CLIP for more of an insight into the project and the laid back man him self.  

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It’s just too hard to choose which one you like best and whilst they’re probably not something you’d want to use practically – we feel the start of a new collection coming on. 

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If you want to see more and even display one on your shelf at home – you can shop them here on Brasko’s personal site. Be sure to check out the rest of his talent while you’re at it – he sure does have a tonne to go around. 

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The second ever range from The Fifth Label ‘Runaway’ has hit our shores and stores. Available instore and online now they have put together an eclectic mix of sherbert, denim chambray, maroon, stripes and navy. Have a geez online here.

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In celebration of the release of the Flyknit Roshe Run, we thought we would revisit some of the best Nike references to date in the history of Hip Hop. The amount of people asking after these sneaker is a pretty clear indication of how fast these sneakers are going to sell out. So why not cop the new lightweight runner, whilst jamming these tunes and experience comfort like never before. 

"Where I’m from, life’s a gamble, grab the dice/’Fore I leave, pray to God, then I grab my Nikes"
It’s a dangerous world out there, but if Fashawn is going to go out, he’s going to go out in style.

"Shoes on the coupe, bitch I got a Nike shop/Counts the profits you could bring ‘em in a Nike box/Grinding in my Jordan’s kick ‘em off they might be hot/Swish"
A true boss knows how to use things to their fullest extent-especially the Nike symbol. Rick Ross has every right to call those rims on his multiple whips a Nike shop; he’s the one who bought them after all. 

"Niggas try P Imma blast ‘em right there/You don’t want your ear right next to your Nike Airs"
Styles P gives us a rather cold reminder that you can’t take your footwear with you to the afterlife.

"I got more soul than Nike Airs, givin MC’s nightmares"
We won’t argue with Big L. Period. RIP.

"Walking on the clouds, suspended in thin air/The ones beneath me recognise the red bottoms I wear"
Rick Ross arguably at his finest. 

“Aye lace em up, Lace em up, Lace em up, & Lace em/Blue suede shoes stay crispy like bacon/Nikes on my feet make my cypher complete”
Mac Miller praising Nike like the holy grail. Amen Miller. Amen. 

Hip hop quotes and rappers aside—the Flyknits have been instore all day so if you’re lucky you still might be able to nab a pair online here!

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Add together a cup of skateboarding, generous handful of photography and huge dollop of music and get Andy Mueller & Jennifer Pitt (more talented than talent) to blend together until smooth. That’s the recipe of L.A based brand The Quiet Life. They’re back and their latest drop is currently in store at GAG. We’re warning you though, this gear has the same effect as walking into a house and smelling fresh baked cookies – It’s gonna get inhaled.

Andy Mueller has ten fingers on each hand, with each individual finger in a different creative pie. Also a member of ART DUMP, he’s one of those guys who turns everything he touches into something you want (NEED).

We’ve all been looking forward to this drop and it hasn’t disappointed. They’ve absolutely treated us with a range of Tees and most of all HATS. SO for those of you itching to get out of your woolly winter clothes QL has just granted you permission. These guys never fail to produce innovative patterns and colour palettes – a result of their strong focus on design. We’re stoked you can see with your own eyes what we’ve been expecting – and we can let our excitement completely bubble over.

Come in store or online here and let this drop put you in a good mood.

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ISSUE 43 - THE MIKE D BOX SET

It’s no secret Monster Children is a bit of a fav here at GAG. More so now than ever with the recent release of the Mike D Box Set…more commonly known as Issue 43 of Monster Children! 

This time round the mags been edited by none other than guest editor Mike D of the Beastie Boys and as per usual is full of all things art, music and culture. Setting it apart from all the rest is the range of limited edition freebies jam packed into a custom-designed box! It includes a pair Mike D x MC x Stance socks, a piece of Sage Vaughn artwork, a Josh Cheuse print of the Big Apple and a Mike D x MC x Clare Vivier dust bag cover! There’s enough goods in there to tide you over until the next issue and it’s available instore or online here.

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Sweet sweet Melissa really knows how to put the focus on the feet, the latest collab with Jason Wu is a true gift. We get to travel back in time to the days of the jellies… we all had them. And now we can all have them again.

 A fashionable step forward, these sandals will have you looking good and feeling good. They are hypoallergenic, water-resistant AND recyclable. The future is here ladies. Get in quick. 

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BE@RBRICK SERIES 28


We’ve received a drop from Medicom Toy…you know what this means…

Series 28 is here. It will turn you into a kid that’s a week out from Christmas – shaking all the presents under the tree trying to figure out what’s in what. The only problem is shaking won’t help as they all sound the same - If only you had wished for x-ray vision when blew out your birthday candles. Put your wondering at ease by getting yourself one (or five) of these mystery boxes. If you use to get excited about Kinder Surprises – this series is a whole other level, featuring a yellow/gold matte basic, a beautiful new pink jellybean colour, Halo’s Master Chief figure, Godzilla BB, the Chinese Vampire BB and more! It’s granted that you may pee your pants a little. Get your little box or boxes of pure excitement instore now or online here.

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We love introducing new brands to you guys and Standsure Manufacturing Co. is no exception….
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Born and breed in our own backyard, SSM is a premium whole person brand. Founded in 2014 they are a young New Zealand brand with values they are proud to stand behind and they endeavor to offer content that supports the whole person.


Their love of creating and making something and everything is how SSM was born, and will continue to drive their creativity with the hope that what they create will help others stand sure.

They believe that everything is connected. Their actions are connected to how they think, their words are connected to what’s in their hearts, their ability for ideation is connected to that deep ocean of creativity - all surfacing in those things that one wears, listens to, eats, sees and makes. They celebrate this connectedness.x

"As a person thinks, so shall they be". Weather it’s through meditation, retraining our minds to think in healthier ways, or simply practicing a mindfulness ritual like brewing coffee - SSM are ardent students of growing a sound mind.

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Jumping off the starting block with Made in New Zealand pieces for the head, we highly recommend you head over and check them out online here.

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Don’t let the rain get you down, Cameo is hinting at good things to come this Summer. Their crispy, cotton, cropped shirts are a feast for the eyes. And as the days get longer, the dresses get shorter. Some bootyful floating dresses have also hit the racks. Shop our Cameo instore or online here.

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