Here’s a brand I hadn’t heard about until recently – Bellroy, an Australian accessories company, who say they exist to ‘slim your wallet’ . Working with an international network of creatives, the brand’s aspiration is to produce elegant accessories, which they construct from three main types of leather – naked, dressed and all-weather.
Their new ‘Elements’ collection is designed to keep out rain, snow, sand and grit, and utilise hard-wearing leather and water-resistant zips. Each style has been crafted for those times when you’re on the move and need a bit more protection for your pocket contents, whilst remaining sleek, slim and functional.
The range is made up of three styles – the Elements Travel, Elements Pocket and Elements Sleeve. Each one having been well researched and considered. All feature internal organisation that defy the external shape, with surprises like travel pens, key pockets and layered pouches. Perfect for travel, or simple everyday use.
For more information on the brand and to find your nearest stockist, go to the website here: Bellroy.
I’ve been coveting these for what feels like ages now (well I’m stalking them for when they hit the sales). If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time you’ll know I’m a Common Projects fan boy and can’t get enough of their Italian-made goodness.
This is their latest iteration of their somewhat classic (the style is 10 years old now), Achilles low and it comes in an all military green colour way – with upper, sole unit and laces and all matching to keep the silhouette clean and simple. Absolute bangers and as I say, firmly on my want list. If you fancy a pair yourself they’re on MR PORTER now, so get yourself here for more details: Common Projects Achilles Low.
It’s nearly cold enough to dust off and start wearing my beloved Malory jacket again. And with the change in seasons comes the latest collection from Cabourn for Autumn/Winter 2014. It continues to feature classic pieces like the aforementioned Mallory, plus the Everest Parka and a new iteration of the Coastal Command jacket.
In addition there’s also a new take on the Cold Weather Parka, the Atkinson jacket now finds itself constructed from corduroy and this season’s Aircraft jacket comes in washed oilcloth. In addition to the outerwear, and as it’s a Winter season there’s plenty of knitwear throughout the latest range too.
And this cold weather goodness also coincides rather nicely with the label opening its first shop outside of Japan, with a the new flagship in London’s Covent Garden. If you fancy a look round you’ll find it at 28 Henrietta Street, London WC2E.
For more information on the brand and to buy any of the above from their online shop, go to the website here: Nigel Cabourn.
Friends of the blog, S.E.H Kelly are about to launch a pre-fall collection chock-full of more cracking pieces, from outerwear to soft tailored suits. And rather than me waffle on about it, I caught up with Paul from the label and got him to talk through what we can expect to see from them going forwards.
So it’s going to be Autumn soon and you’re releasing some new stuff, what can we expect?
You can expect things which are neither too light, nor too heavy, and which are all very well made with the best cloth made in the British Isles. Ahem. Most of the garments are updates on what we have made before — we learn how to make them better by what our customers tell us, and our own experience, of course — and one or two are new developments. It will set the path for heavier and woollier things later in the year: top-layers for now, and mid-layers when things get chilly.
I know you give every garment the same amount of attention and development but what’s your favourite piece of the collection?
The new reversible overshirt. It is the simplest thing we have designed in a fair old while. Very reductive sort of approach we took with it. It has two sides — one of which is deadstock cord, and the other is a clever type of wool with a cord-like corrugated structure. So you have a sort of balance and logic there. It has six pockets, but none of them are immediately visible. It also has a two-piece raglan sleeve. The balance and pitch of it all is tremendous. It is cut like an overcoat or mac, proportion and fit-wise, but it is an overshirt. Time to make the overshirt more than just a heavy shirt, if you ask me. There is quite a lot to it, and it is a tricky one to manufacture — despite its simple appearance. I like that sort of thing.
Fabrication’s always a key point of your clothing, is there anything new you’ve been experimenting with recently that will see itself on future pieces?
Yes. We’ve begun work with a little mill in the Inner Hebrides. Not the Outer Hebrides. The Inner. It is Scottish, and it is a type of tweed, but it is a world away from Harris. Garments made with it will pop up early winter.
Are there any plans to expand the range into accessories? You did a small run of socks not so long back and you’ve got some hats in the range too, any more of this on the horizon?
Gloves are coming up before too long. Deerskin or peccary. Cashmere-lined. Some wool on them somewhere. Excellent things, made by a place so old and venerable, it seems remiss not to bow every time we mention them. And then spectacle frames. These are probably the most exciting of our new developments. There is a lot to the design of a spectacle frame. Lots of variables. So this has kept us very busy indeed. Right now, I’m on the way to a little leather workshop who is making our cases. Watch this space and all that.
For more information on the label and their products, or to buy from their online shop, go to the website here: S.E.H Kelly.
The latest range from Nottingham’s Campbell Cole sees the label move into new territory. They still stay within the accessories arena, but now with a product that’s more refined, more premium and a real distillation of what the brand is about. I was privy to one of the early samples and loved it from the moment I saw it – it was beautifully made, understated but shouted quality from miles off.
Fast forward 12 months and the full range is now available. Entitled Annex, the collection is inspired by modern living architecture – the concept being that each bag is a portable living space for your belongings, an extension of your home if you will. Sculptural forms combine with soft premium leathers and an attention to detail that’s absolutely meticulous, creating a sleek, ultra-luxe exterior and a range of bags that are simply awesome.
Inside, a refined panama lining with considered pocket layout allows for easy organisation of your daily essentials. There are three bag sizes – the day bag is the smallest (and it was the sample I saw originally), then there’s the larger work bag and biggest of all an overnight bag. In addition is a washbag that follows the same aesthetic and finally, the small card holder and key wrap fit into the collection too.
Designed and Made in England, the range is available now. So for more information or to buy online, go to the website here: Campbell Cole.
Having been brought up on the outskirts of the Lake District, there are some local brands that are very close to my heart, one of which is Chapman Bags. Thanks to my old man using their shooting bags for years, the brand always had a place in our household when I was growing up, and they’re still a brand I have a huge amount of time for.
The label has recently re-branded itself, with an identity that draws on their origins as a field sports company, and one that’s deeply rooted in the local Borders community. The new logo features a pair of crossed fishing hooks – a reference to the Chapman’s historical association with the manufacture of fishing bags and accessories – and is further bolstered with a plethora of stunning landscape photography of the Borders region in which Chapman is based, and also with a brand new website.
And if all that wasn’t enough there’s also the beautiful brand film above. It depicts the hand-making of a classic fishing bag in Chapman’s Carlisle factory, and highlights the traditional manufacturing techniques they employ in producing their bags – including hand-cutting everything from original patterns, hand-machining and traditional saddlery work.
For more information on the brand, go to their new website here: Chapman Bags.
The collaboration between South Shields’ Barbour and Saville Row’s Norton & Sons continues for another season, and once again the two brands have produced a capsule range that typifies what each does best.
Presided over by Patrick Grant, the collection takes lesser known silhouettes from the Barbour archives and refines them with a touch of Saville Row elegance and techniques normally found in tailoring – elevating each piece from the functional to the grand. That’s not to say that the collection doesn’t keep its strong workwear heritage though, because that remains in abundance – Barbour’s traditional waxed cottons remain, as does their trademark quilting, all giving their outerwear the requisite weather resistance you’d expect from the brand.
For more information, or to buy the first drop of this impressive collection online, go to the END website here: Barbour x Norton & Sons.