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.
Universal Works have taken the step into producing footwear. It’s a move that makes perfect sense for a label that already makes everything else your wardrobe needs, and it’s one that’s also produced a lovely casual chukka boot too.
The Portuguese uuede upper is reminiscent of a classic two-hole desert boot and features brass eyelets with rawhide laces (there’s also a coated cotton pair included too). The boot’s interior is lined with tan leather and the whole thing attaches onto a casual, Italian rubber sole via a contrasting red stitch and leather heel cup.
Like all of Universal Work’s products, these too are a low volume production and made to the high quality you’s expect form the brand. The boot comes in a range four colourways – flint, brown, navy and sand. For more information on the brand, or to find your nearest stockist, go to the website here: Universal Works.
There’s plenty of online shops out there nowadays, so when starting a new one it’s probably pertinent to have something that will mark you out from the competition. This often comes down to stock and also, in the case of newly opened Jamboree, a concept based around a solid aesthetic and point in time.
The overarching theme that runs through the shop and its range of wares is the re-appropriation of the nostalgia of 1940’s and 1950’s utilitarian clothing and athletic wear, plus a desire to support both domestic manufacture and the pockets of skilled craftsmen and women across the globe. This not only manifests itself with new garments from labels Arpenteur, Archival, Indigofera, Leftfield NYC and Japanese label, Birocompany, but also through the inclusion of a considered selection of vintage clothing and also homewares.
In addition, the shop also stocks fine leather accessories from Winter Session, socks from Two Feet Ahead and a smattering of shoes by The Klaxon Footwear. This mix of old and new balances perfectly and gives the shop something that marks it out as different from everybody else. And because Jamboree understand that running an online shop can sometimes pose problems with your customers getting a good idea of the product, they’ll be holding a series of seasonal pop-up events across London and beyond.
To have a look at the full range of stock, go to the website here: Jamboree.
More Winter boots on the blog today, this time from the Amsterdam Shoe Co. and another new style for the Autumn/Winter 2013 season – the Merchant boot.
Available in either a brown burnished horse leather & moss suede, or a black waterproofed horse leather & herringbone wool, the boots are a sturdy affair and a welcome new take on the more traditional work boot. Both styles feature a welted heavy-duty rubber lugsole and an interior fleece fur lining for extra Winter warmth.
In addition there’s also subtle hand-stitched detailing, antiqued eyelets and woven hiking laces for the right off-duty appeal. For more information on the label, to find your nearest stockist, or to buy online, go to their website here: Amsterdam Shoe Co.
From the many posts on here about the label, you’ve probably noticed that S.E.H Kelly go about things rather differently to everyone else. A huge part of what they’re about as a brand is finding makers who are the best at what they do, and then working with them to manufacture products that aren’t quite what they’d ordinarily do.
The tweed the label has had woven for them is a case in point. Emanating from County Donegal, this particular Tweed is somewhat more contemporary than the traditional types you get in that part of the world. It’s still produced from the same Donegal yarn flecks, and is still a classic hefty weight, but the colours are more muted and the patterns are more geometric than normal.
And with this cloth, S.E.H Kelly have created a range of typically refined and understated garments, including a stunner of a Pea Coat, a three-button blazer and a range of caps (originally a Japan only release but they’ve now found themselves over in Blighty too). All of these pieces have recently been restocked in time for Winter, so for a piece of out of the ordinary Irish Tweed, go to the website here: S.E.H Kelly.