For Spring/Summer 2014 the Amsterdam Shoe Co. launches a new range of footwear referred to as the ‘Formal Athletics’ collection. Consisting of four all new styles based on shoe silhouettes – the slipper, Derby shoe, saddle shoe and brogue boot but reinterpreted into a more casual style.
The range features tweaked proportions, leathers in more casual colors and treatments, and also added features such as hand-stitching, wrap-around quarters and laser cut details. The materials used for the collection include premium suede, tumbled nubuck and waxed pull up.
Starting with the Slipper Sneaker, this slip-on shoe is available in cobalt blue suede and black waxed pull up, with both versions features tonal piping along the collar, contrasting stitching at the heel, leather lining and an off-white outsole. The Derby sneaker is available in dark navy, beige and rust tumbled nubuck and features a wrap around quarter with a hand-stitched heel detail, antiqued eyelets, white flat laces, leather lining and an off-white outsole.
The saddle sneaker is available in black, cobalt/brown and red/stone with mixed nubuck and suede uppers with a padded collar and tongue, laser cut brogueing, dark metal eyelets, tonal round laces, leather lining and an off-white outsole. Last but not least, the brogue boot sneaker is available in dove grey suede and also features laser cut brogueing, contrasting black flat laces, leather lining and the same sole unit as the other models.
Available now, fo rmore information and to buy online, go to the website here: Amsterdam Shoe Co.
Here’s the latest collection from Nottingham’s Universal Works. This Spring/Summer 2014 collection is said to capture the optimism and joy of a first trip overseas, and as such is chock full of print and splashes of colour.
The collection stays very much within Universal Work’s already defined aesthetic – modern takes on workwear and casual tailoring sits alongside cargo pants and lightweight technical outerwear. Washed blazers and slim trousers create a youthful edge to traditional Italian suiting and boxy shirts feature bright tropical prints.
The whole collection revolves around the melding of traditional wardrobe staples with holiday clothes and finds from local shops to create a mix of fabrics, textures and prints that looks completely modern. Bomber jackets give a modern sporty edge and strong coloured shorts leave you in no doubt what season the collection is for. Finally, lightweight knitwear and a selection of casual footwear fishing things off.
For more information on the label, to find your nearest stockist, or to buy online, go to the website here: Universal Works.
Marcus De is the brainchild of Miguel de Almeida, who through being influenced by his grandfather’s love of shoes was urged to follow his own passion for footwear and start up his own label. The brand takes its name from Miguel’s grandfather and provides an uncompromising blend of classic English craftsmanship with a contemporary slant.
As you would expect from a company that’s producing footwear in England, there’s a focus on quality with the shoes being built to last a lifetime. Attention to detail is meticulous and each pair is bench-made by hand, by artisans in Northampton in very limited numbers. There’s a wide selection of models from classic Longwing brogues (with crepe, Dainite or leather soles), through to suede monks and Oxfords and chukka boots in leather or suede.
The full range is available to purchase through the label’s online shop, so if you want more information, or fancy gettingyourself a pair, go to the website here: Marcus De.
Considered by many as the quintessential Italian hiking boot, Fracap have been making quality footwear for over 100 years and through three generations. And the latest collection for Spring/Summer 2014 continues in the same vein with more beautifully made rugged boots.
The brand effortlessly combines the necessary functionality of this footwear style, with an understated luxury through the use of exquisite leathers from an array of Italian tanneries – much of which is sourced as close to the label’s Monteroni di Lecce base as possible. Performance is still imperative though and a mix of sole units such as Vibram, Neoprene and Commando, plus full leather linings and heavy duty laces fastened through D-Rings, keeps the functionality of the footwear in check.
END have recently taken delivery of both the M120 and M127 styles in a range of colourways and finishes, some of which are featured above. All are beautifully handmade to the standards you’d expect of this prestigious of labels. For more information and to buy online, go to END’s website here: Fracap Spring/Summer 2014.
And we’re back. Here’s a (very) short film highlighting the latest Spring/Summer 2014 collection from the good people at London’s Garbstore. Entitled ‘Indoor Cavalry’, the range features a selection of floral prints, soft tailoring, jersey basics and technical outerwear, all blended together in Garbstore’s own unique way.
And the use of a commercial greenhouse as the backdrop for all of this works to great effect. For more information on the label and shop, or to buy online, go to their website here: Garbstore.
I don’t feature caps that much (well, at all to be honest) on the blog because I don’t wear them anymore. But if I did, they’d look a lot like this beauty, which comes as a collaboration between the Amsterdam Shoe Co. and America’s Ebbets Field Flannels.
The cap is made by Ebbets in Washington, USA and uses their classic 6-panel design as with standard 3 inch visor and adjustable leather strap as the foundation for the collaboration. And on the front of the cap you’ll find the Amsterdam Shoe Co’s “handwriting logo” made out of cream felt.
The cap is constructed from vintage spec navy wool broadcloth including the under visor and top button with simple tonal stitching and black cotton seam tape and sweatband. The whole thing is made with a high degree of manual labour with a a fit and finish that’s first class.
For more information on the label, to find your nearest stockist, or to buy online, go to their website here: Amsterdam Shoe Co.
Carhartt Work In Progress have teamed up with Dutch accessory brand Ikku to produce a collection of protective sleeves for a variety of mobile devices. All four items in this capsule collection feature Carhartt WIP’s ‘Camo Stain’ pattern, which contrasts perfectly with the deep blue cotton used throughout.
With durability being a shared value at the heart of the both brands, the sleeves combine both functional protection with timeless design and environmentally friendly quality. Ikku is the first Dutch brand to collaborate with Carhartt WIP, and this is very much considered the first instalment of an ongoing partnership.
The four-piece collection consists of sleeves for both 13 and 15 inch MacBooks, plus iPad and iPad minis. The sleeves are made from organic canvas, which is derived from cotton crops without the use of harmful toxins. As well as the environmental considerations, this also guarantees exceptional durability thanks to the fibres having not been weakened by chemicals.