Editor’s Note: Welcome to In My Cart, a regular series in which we ask some of the coolest guys we know what they’ve recently acquired, are thinking about buying, or need to buy more of — but for whatever reason don’t have in hand just yet. This week, Vic Mensa, a rapper hailing from Chicago.
Vic Mensa doesn’t want to be pigeonholed in one musical genre. In recent years, the Chicago-born musician has recorded with Kanye West, Skrillex, Weezer and Pharrell Williams. His latest musical project 93Punx features collaborations with H.R. from Bad Brains and Joel Madden from Good Charlotte (it was largely produced by Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker). On top of producing genre-bending music, Mensa has a clothing line — also called 93Punx — and a new collaboration with Michigan-based footwear brand Wolverine.
The Wolverine x Vic Mensa 1000 Mile Combat Collection riffs on combat boots in three different heights and colors. Ranging in price from $190 to $210, each of the silhouettes features custom chunky Vibram sneaker soles appropriate for daily wear in the city. Mensa’s choice of leathers reflects his personal style: The Ink colorway features black Horween Rookery leather that is classic punk; Burnout utilizes C.F. Stead Cracked Spitfire leather that looks beat to hell; Anthracite uses matte-black C.F. Stead Metallic Rambler leather that has unique silver streaks. What’s more, a portion of the proceeds benefits Mensa’s foundation SaveMoneySaveLife which trains people in Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods how to treat gunshot wounds, among other things.
Since the release of the collaboration in May, Mensa’s kept busy. He filmed a movie in Toronto and released a new music video with 93Punx called “Camp America.” Despite his busy schedule, he took a few minutes to share some products he’s currently got his eye on. Ranging from bottled green tea to a vocal effects processor to a vintage t-shirt, the things reflect a life based in music and fashion. But Mensa tells it best.
“Me and my homie design a line of clothing called 93Punx. We make reworked vintage leather jackets, jeans, hoodies and T-shirts. I’m often wearing the latest sample pieces we produce.”
Woverine x Vic Mensa 1000 Mile Combat Collection
“I recently collaborated with Wolverine on a combat collection, that’s part boot and part sneaker. With a custom Vibram sole and leather uppers that I was able to hand select, these are great shoes for whatever you might get into.”
Motorcycle Keys with Tile Tracker
“I ride a custom CB750 cafe racer everywhere. With the chaos of everyday life, a Tile tracker attached to my key is vital for being able to find my keys no matter what. The Pro has a long battery life and is super durable.”
“My rings change often depending on what I can find and what I feel like wearing that day. Some of my favorites are from Great Frog London, Vivienne Westwood and various flea markets.”
“This is my songwriting tool. It provides vocal effects, reverb, harmonizer and tuning.”
“Unless it’s a plain white tee, I’m usually wearing a vintage shirt of some sort. There’s something about the way tees used to be made that no one can seem to get right today.”
Ito En Bottled Green Tea
“I started drinking these on my last trip to Japan — a good clean way to get that extra boost in the studio.”
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