Product Of The Week: Common Ground

Product Of The Week: Common Ground

“Be aware, be open, be remarkable.” When John Tawney, founder of Common Ground, set out to launch a new footwear brand, he wanted to create something focusing on change and progress in our world. He saw an opportunity to create a canvas for opposing views, which ultimately can bring us all closer together.  Common Ground aims to create conversation around different beliefs such as gun control, immigration, gender equality and marriage equality. These are all hot topics in the news today, and John has come up with a creative way to bring the two…Read more …
Product Of The Week: Infinity by Matt Bernson

Product Of The Week: Infinity by Matt Bernson

Matt Bernson's use of materials and texture has definitely caught the eye of our team at Nine Concept Creation. By contrasting materials and textures he creates shoes with a unique yet thoughtful design aesthetic that we love. We have many favorites after spending too much time this week looking through the entire collection. However, the Infinity by Matt Berson is a stand out for the shoulder season as we move closer to winter in Portland, OR. The chelsea inspired Infinity uses full grain leather with a slight pebbled look that adds to its…Read more …
Product Of The Week: Casgrain by Rachel Fortin

Product Of The Week: Casgrain by Rachel Fortin

The team at Nine Concept Creation loves exploring and visiting new places to find new products we have not experienced before. On a recent trip to Montreal, Carina Hamel stumbled across a new shop called Lo Well. Lo Well is owned by designers Rachel Fortin and Mathieu Mudie of Montreal. The store is the couple's perfect location to showcase their beautiful creations, which are designed and made in Montreal. Next time you make it to Montreal make sure to stop by Lo Well to take a look at the unique products Fortin and…Read more …
Product Of The Week: Phlo Wooden Clutch

Product Of The Week: Phlo Wooden Clutch

Nothing is impossible with human's rich imagination; and this unique capacity to imagine is exactly where innovation comes from. Vega Zaishi Wang, one of the most creative and bold designers out of China is a great example of one's depth of imagination. Vega's designs take inspiration from her cultural heritage and her experiences from studying in the UK. Vega's collection from 2012 called Alpha Lyrae used electroluminescent fabric; an example of her ability to tie new technology to the fashion world. Recently, Vega teamed up with; Christian Melz, a Beijing based German designer…Read more …
Product Of The Week: Nike Roshe Run NM Breeze “White/Black-Hot Lava”

Product Of The Week: Nike Roshe Run NM Breeze “White/Black-Hot Lava”

Innovation as a word or process is common these days among design and development communities. It also has become the foundation of many companies brand identities and one of the key ways to portray their stories to the world. Even with innovation becoming a strategy many companies are willing to invest time and money in, it is still an art that is easier said than done. One challenging innovation task our team has been talking about lately is creating a product that uses a simplistic design approach, allowing the product to be offered…Read more …
Product Of The Week: The Hobes Boat Shoe

Product Of The Week: The Hobes Boat Shoe

Since 2010, Hobes has been making a name for itself by providing the world with shoes built off of basic silhouettes and beautiful materials to create its timeless appeal. Starting in Melbourne, Australia Hobes has quickly grown to a global brand by capturing a large audience desiring the brand's unique take on classic footwear. This week's product of the week is the Hobes Boat Shoe, one of the brand's go-to styles that completely encompasses the design personality of the brand. The Hobes Boat Shoe is made with a 100% suede upper and a…Read more …
Product Of The Week: Mountain Cut in Pleated Mint

Product Of The Week: Mountain Cut in Pleated Mint

At Nine Concept Creation we love shoes. We love to think about how to make them, how to design them, and how the footwear industry will change in the future to adapt to new consumer behavior. We are always on the lookout for new brands that catch our interest, which is why it has become a weekly ritual for each of our employees to share their latest footwear finds. Whether it is a new brand, shoe, technology, or construction method we frequently get together to discuss and determine how these new "finds" will…Read more …
Product Of The Week: The Stanley by People Footwear

Product Of The Week: The Stanley by People Footwear

After leaving their successful startup, Native Shoes, co-founders Damian Van Zyll de Jong and Matt Penner are back at it again with a new vision and startup called People Footwear. Their new project has innovation and comfort at the center of its brand strategy and a goal to create products that bring the future to us, the people. The brand's slogan, "Feet First Into The Future" confirms that People Footwear will again be a brand created to push the boundaries of today's footwear. People Footwear's SS15 collection has recently been launched in select…Read more …
Product Of The Week: Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight

Product Of The Week: Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight

Recently, at Nine Concept Creation's office color and light have been hot topics of conversation in our weekly meetings. We are constantly reminded by our work in product design and development just how important utilizing color is to the success of our products. A subtle change of color has the ability to influence a consumer's perspective on a product both positively and negatively. Projecting color through light with its ability to embrace surroundings and create energetic or soothing atmospheres is another area Nine Concept Creation's employees are intrigued by. As light technology such…Read more …

Product Of The Week: CLIP by Carbon3D

Last week the TED2015 conference took place in Vancouver where more than 90 speakers contributed to 20+ hours of talks on a variety of topics from advancements in technology to space travel. One of the most intriguing and relevant talks to the employees of Nine Concept Creation has been the unveiling of the Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) by Carbon3D's CEO, Joseph DeSimone. CLIP is a new advancement in additive printing commonly called 3D printing. Unlike traditional 3D printing techniques which involve building a 3D model out of layer upon layer of printable…Read more …