London based label Percival are one that I’ve featured on the blog since they set up back in 2010. Since then they’ve continuously upper their game to produce contemporary Menswear that’s as good as anything out there.
This piece is a take on the traditional parka jacket, but an Abraham Moon heavy wool replaces the usual cotton outer and a quilted orange lining adds to the cold weather protection. Features include a wax yolk back panel and multiple pockets with wax flaps, drawstrings on the waistline and hood (which also features a detachable fur collar) and bright white buttons add contrast to proceedings.
The label continues to source it’s manufacturers and textiles as close to home as possible – with considered design, local production and quality workmanship all going into the label’s ever excellent garments. For more information on the label and to find your nearest stockist, go to their website here: Percival.
Here’s a lovely short film that goes behind the scenes at outerwear label, Hancock. In it we gain insight into the processes behind the construction of their beautiful rubberised coats, all of which are hand-made at its factory in Scotland.
Two generations of expert coat-makers work in the factory, transforming vulcanised cloths such as wool flannel, Cashmere, silk and cotton (which are bonded using the traditional rubber manufacturing process at an original Victorian factory in England) into contemporary and totally weatherproof outerwear. For more information on the brand, to see the full range and to find a stockist near you, go to the website here: Hancock.
The latest range of garments form Danish label Norse Projects has landed at END and the Geordie lads have once again styled it up to cracking effect on their blog. And with the brand line ‘a product of the cold, cold North’ you know you’re getting clothing that’s perfectly suited to the Winter months.
A focus on the importance of construction is something that’s consistently marked the label out amongst its competition. This season sees the brand take a technical approach to ubiquitous sportswear design by incorporating wool into their Gustav Crew Neck Sweaters and Sweat Pants, thus creating an exceptionally warm jersey that still manages to be incredibly soft, thanks to fully flat locked seams.
For the Patrik Reverse Fair Isle Sweat this focus of what’s on the inside has been literally brought to the forefront, with their signature fair isle design reversed to expose the complexity of this traditional design to great effect. Elsewhere there’s still a selection of the brand’s excellent shirts with the Anton in classic Oxford cotton or printed cotton poplin and the Jens in Melton wool.
Outerwear consists of their now classic Elka jackets, plus the Willum down jacket and lighter weight Nunk. Add in accessories like hats, socks, scarves and gloves and you’re good to go, no matter what the elements throw at you. To buy any of the above online, go to the END website here: Norse Projects Autumn/Winter 2013 collection.
It’s been a while since I last featured the J.Panther Luggage Co. but in that time the guys have been busy developing new styles and creating new options on existing bags. One of those is this latest iteration of their Courier Ruc Case, which now comes in a canvas version.
This new version swaps the main leather sections for a hard wearing cotton canvas, whilst everywhere else sticks to the Horween leather of its predecessor. It also retains the highly functional three-way carry system – the top handles allow fro carrying as a classic whilst twin straps to the rear provide simple yet efficient ruck-style carry, with the third option of a shoulder strap. All straps are fully detachable and can be simply stashed inside when not in use.
As an owner of one of their bags, I’ll say that build quality and functionality of their products are top notch and well worth consideration if you’re in the market for a new piece of luggage. London’s Trunk LABS are now stocking a small selection of the label’s leather bags and for more information on the brand, or to buy online go to the website here: J.Panther Luggage Co.
Following on from their Stapleton raincoat, comes a Winter version of 6876′s Petrel jacket. It continues with the modernist and functional design lines of the original version but utilizes a much softer, more classic fabrication than its previous iteration.
The jacket is constructed of a heavy 300 gram moleskin cotton and the interior is lined with 100% cotton, quilted in a custom made Japanese pine bark design. The distinctive pocket shapes and sleeve construction follow through to this latest version and other features include a ribbed collar and storm cuffs, pair of button-fastening front patch pockets and a further chest pocket.
The jacket is manufactured in London to impeccable standards and is another example of the label’s commitment to producing forward thinking and great looking clothing. The Petrel jacket is available now, so if you’d like more information, or to purchase one via the label’s online shop, go to the website here: 6876.
Yet more excellent Menswear from Italian experts, Aspesi and their latest collection for Autumn/Winter 2013. The label continues to produce a comprehensive range of clothing that site perfectly within the smart casual arena.
The collection is classic Aspesi and yet again expertly straddles technicality and soft tailoring. There’s a large range of outerwear in many different styles, so from down-filled nylon jackets to waxed cotton, through to more formal Pea Coats – plus casual blazers and some very striking red camouflage – there’s plenty to choose from in the range. Knitwear consists of the usual jumpers and cardigans and there’s differing knit and neck styles throughout.
Shirts are well represented with a selection of classic styles like white cotton Oxford, chambray and different checks. Finishing off are Aspesi’s excellent chinos, plus corduroy and wool trousers. The palette is a sea of dark blue and forest green and this is punctuated with brighter shades of green, blue, red and orange to great effect. Lovely stuff yet again.
For more information on the brand, or to buy online, go to their website here: Aspesi.
Over the last five years Berlin based shop, Akeef established itself as the go-to spot for the discerning gentleman of Kreuzberg. However, not content with only reflecting contemporary sensibilities, the guys behind the shop decided to close down and refine their retail concept. Reopening this autumn as Atelier Akeef, Berlin’s very first high-end menswear boutique, dedicated entirely to sustainable fashion.
The space is brand new and has been created using upcycled wood, sustainable clay and non-toxic colorants – further reinforcing Atelier Akeef’s eco-friendly principles and no-fuss style. Accessories are presented upon reclaimed industrial trolleys and locally sourced slate, whilst clothing hangs in front of an original floor-to-ceiling, deep blue backdrop. Even the changing rooms are high-spec, featuring wooden Japanese sliding doors.
The shop currently stocks more than 20 ethical fashion labels, including the likes of Atelier Awash, who produce all their items using organic fabrics that are custom woven in family-run studios in Tuscany – reusing discarded materials like coconut shells to make the shirt buttons. Amsterdam based denim label, Kings of Indigo and their sustainable take on American classics are also stocked, as are Elvis and Kresse produce bags, belts and wallets out of recycled hoses from the London Fire Brigade.
A small passionate team, headed by Alan Sommerville and Michael Ashley, are on-hand to welcome customers into the shop and address the growing interest in where and how our clothes are made. To that end, each item also comes with a customized label that elaborates on the exact nature of its sustainability, as the shop tries to be as transparent about it’s product origin as possible. For more information, or to buy online, go to the website here: Atelier Akeef.