Taking its inspiration from the candid images of politicians and presidents in their weekend attire, the latest range from British label Dodd Clothing again builds on the ethos of creating modern Menswear that balances formality with a sense of relaxation and comfort.
This latest range is a re-imagining of how these important figures would dress and be preceived in a more contemporary context. As such there is a particular focus on cutting garments for maximum comfort whilst maintaining their sense of purpose, and to an extent, formality.
The tailored and outerwear pieces see themselves cut from under the armpit, removing the shoulder construction and in effect creating a softer, drape like effect to the fit. Shirts are light in weight and boxy in fit – purposely cut to be worn un-tucked, elsewhere formal trousers find comfort in elasticated waist bands.
Colours are kept simple with a palette of black, grey and purple to represent the wealthy circles in which these Men socialised and the whole collection is beautifully constructed and detailed. For more information on the label, to find a stockist, or to buy any of the current range via their online shop, go to the website here: Dodd Clothing.
Friends of the blog and makers of beautiful denim (amongst other things), Tender have kindly sent over some images of their latest collection for Spring/Summer 2014. This latest range sees the label creating clothes that are softer and lighter in feeling, and also experimenting with construction and the way that the garments are put together.
In addition to the core denim range which is brilliant as ever, new items to the collection come in the form of ‘butterfly’ shirts – so named from the idea that a small change can bring about a cascade of different effects. In this case removing the side seam on a shirt means the sleeve is put on upside down, the pockets shift, the armhole construction is reconsidered, the plackets are reversed, and extra wide selvage fabric has to be specially woven in England. It’s a remaining of the garment from the ground up but still looking like a shirt.
The railway references that have been present in earlier collections remain, but in a subtler and less workwear influenced manner than previous seasons. Jjacket shoulders overlap, reinterpreting a 1960′s British Rail driver’s Harrington jacket liner, and shirt sleeves are cut from English ticking on a plain fabric body, giving a nod to early 20th Century conductor’s sleeved waistcoats. Pyjama trousers are cut from cross-hatched English calico, and dyed with green chlorophyll, tan wattle, and deep blue woad.
The range of beautiful leather goods the label produces are still present – heavy-duty and Oak bark tanned leather belts feature either natural or painted brass buckles (in a variety of styles) and the same leather also goes into making wallets, coin purses and Tender’s fantastic Siding boots. And if that wasn’t enough, the accessories and produce range developed for the Trestle Shop continues to expand with hand thrown red clay carafes, mouth blown glass bottles stoppered with natural cork, and hand-linked, hand-dyed cotton socks.
As always everything is made in England and is designed to improve and become more personal to its owner over time. For more information on the label, to find a stockist, or to buy online go to the website here: Tender.
Scroll down and you’ll see a post I did this week on a new overshirt from Mamnick. The thing is, it’s proved so popular it’s already completely sold out (when I say they’re made in limited numbers, I mean it). But fear not, because from 7pm tonight there are two new fabrics being released, and they’re both stunners.
The first is a lovely charcoal 100% cotton drill, with brushed Sheffield-made stainless steel buttons. The second version is in my opinion the best piece Mamnick have produced yet. It’s a Cashmere/wool blend in an oatmeal colour with reverse Trocas shell buttons and it’s an absolute beauty.
As with the first two versions, these also feature a tab collar, lower hand-warmer pockets and some excellent detailing. As usual production is a UK affair and the shirts are available in limited numbers (you see, I’m telling you for your own good). As I said, there go live at 7pm tonight, so for more information on the label and to buy online, go to the website here: Mamnick.
Entitled ‘Summer rambling tales’ the Spring/Summer 2014 video lookbook from Common People takes us on a trip to the coast to highlight the latest collection from the Scottish label.
Shot by Jonathan Pryce, this short film showcases the casual apparel the label crafts with supreme attention to detail – lightweight outerwear, shorts aplenty, jersey T-shirts and cotton shirts are the order of the day. Perfect for a trip beside the sea (when the weather gets better). For more information on the label and to buy online, go to the website here: Common People.
Sheffield’s Mamnick are getting a reputation for hitting the spot time-after-time with their well thought through and perfectly executed products. And somewhat unsurprisingly they’ve done it again with this, their ‘Monyash’ overshirt.
Taking its name from a small village in the limestone southern upland of the Peak District, the shirt is designed to be versatile garment that can be worn layered-up throughout the Winter months, before being used as a piece of lightweight outerwear into the Spring/Summer seasons.
There are two fabrications available – a red cotton outer with yellow lining and also a more sombre (but no less interesting) knitted denim. Both feature a tab collar, Sheffield-made stainless steel buttons and a pair of lower hand-warmer pockets. As usual production is a UK affair and the shirts are available in limited numbers.
For more information on the label and to buy online, go to the website here: Mamnick.
Here’s a look at the latest collection for Spring/Summer 2014 from British label, Folk. Said to take its inspiration from the architectural movement that is Brutalism, and specifically the work of Brazilian Modernists, Decio Tozzi and Oscar Niemeyer it’s yet another fantastic range of clothing.
This inspiration manifests itself through exterior constructional elements and also the kind of interesting details the label are renowned for. The range features tougher, harder wearing fabrics like durable heavy canvas, crisp salt washed cotton and bleached denim, and there’s multiple fabrications throughout – knitwear pieces coming in a mix of different yarns and textures, whilst shirts feature contrasting panels.
As we’ve come to expect and colour is once again strongly represented throughout and there’s print and pattern aplenty too. The range encompasses everything from technical, more sports based pieces in cotton/nylon blends and Japanese performance fabrics, all the way through to more tailored garments – all of which retain their sense of the brand and its modern, fresh take on Menswear.
For more information on the label, or to buy online, go to the website here: Folk.
Sorry for the lack of posting, big things are afoot for me at the moment so the blog is having to take a bit of a back seat. To redress things slightly, here’s a look at Ben Sherman’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection for its Plectrum range, which takes its inspiration from the construction of parachutes.
The parachute’s skeletal frame and internal construction has inspired geometric prints and the technical fabrics that make up the collection. The whole thing feels considered and forward thinking. Take a look at the film above and see for yourself.
For more information on the brand and to find your nearest stockist, go to the website here: Ben Sherman.