Luxury. The world is all about luxury nowadays. And adding a bit of that into the humble trainer are the Northampton Sneaker Co. – makers of luxury footwear, hand-crafted in England and using only the finest materials. The label launched earlier this year and boldly aims to take casual footwear and combine it with the quality and manufacturing techniques found in classic English shoe making.
As you may have guessed from the company’s name, All of NSC’s footwear is made entirely in Northamptonshire, with all components sourced locally whenever possible. Each pair of sneakers takes around thirty hours to hand-craft and each pair undertakes 200 separate operations during their production. And uniquely one of these processes is Goodyear welting, a method normally the preserve of shoe-making but used here to make certain the sneakers last decades rather than mere months. And the sole of choice is Italy’s Vibram, arguably the best sole makers in the world.
Every piece of this footwear is cut, stitched and assembled entirely by hand by highly skilled craftsmen and women in a Northampton factory that’s been producing welted boots and shoes for well over a hundred years. The sneakers get their shape from handcrafted Springline (also Northampton based) lasts created bespoke for the brand by master craftsmen. Finally, the premium leather used is sourced from a family business located on the outskirts of Northampton who supply some of the finest leathers in the world to the shoe factories across Northamptonshire.
For more information on the brand, or to buy from their online shop, go to the website here: Northampton Sneaker Co.
Here’s the latest video lookbook from friends of the blog, Jamboree store. Shot on location on the shingle coastline of Dungeness, the film is inspired by the namesake poem by Suffolk author Andy Brown.
This store’s aesthetic for this season is a combination of nautical grit with vintage sportswear sensibilities via a colour palette that’s rich in hues of indigo, and features wares from the likes of Arpenteur, Ebbets Field Flannels, Wrenchmonkees and Industry of All Nations to name a few.
For more information, or to shop online, go to the website here: Jamboree Store.
Swedish outerwear brand Stutterheim Raincoats has released its latest cookbook for Autumn/Winter 2015 and it’s chock-full of the kind of jackets you’ll need for the rainy season. The brand have put their own interpretation into various guises of classic rainwear, all in the brand’s trademark rubberised cotton.
Starting with the label’s iconic Stockholm coat, it comes in new additions of brown and light blue, as well as two excellent colour block versions – a white/sand/grey and a darker grey/charcoal/black. Next comes the Skeppsbron, a double-breasted peacoat which offers a dressier alternative to the classic raincoat but loses nothing in durability and weather protection. There’s an entirely new coat style, the Mosebacke, an A-line version of the original Stockholm coat, catering for those that like a slightly more spacious coat.
Everything is made with paramount attention to detail and provides a range that’s chock-full of the kind of jackets you’ll need for the rainy season, whatever your taste. For more information on the brand, to find your nearest stockist, or to buy from the brand’s online shop, go to the website here: Stutterheim.
Last month, Albam gave customers the chance to make their very own tote bag in a day long workshop held at their Spitalfield, East London store.
Using machinery from their Nottingham Studio, customers were tutored by Ray Pope, a man with decades worth of experience in the manufacturing industry and the person that makes all of Albam’s bags, aprons and hats. And the above short film gives a brief insight into how the bags are made and the people who made them.
For more information on the brand and to buy one of their totes, go to the website here: Albam.
Hawksmill Denim Co.are the latest label to join the ever growing British denim scene. The brand is the endeavour of Fraser Trewick, a man with two decades of experience who recently gave up an international sales role at Nudie Jeans to finally launch this new denim label.
The influence for the product comes (as you would somewhat expect) from vintage workwear. But whereas many brands focus on an Americanised version of this, Hawksmill are set on a more European aesthetic for its product range. Although the brand is based in Brighton, Europe also sees itself used for production, with the jeans constructed from Cone Mills’ White Oak selvedge and made with vintage Union Special machines.
There are five individual cuts that make up the launch range – from a regular through to slim, all coming in a raw, unwashed state and all based on the classic five-pocket design. And in addition to the jeans, there’s also going to be a small range of apparel, including jackets, shirts and jerseywear. Launching properly later this year, for more information on the label and to find a stockist as and when the products are available, keep an eye on the website here: Hawksmill Denim Co.
More sock action today and a brand who’s socks I’m wearing as I type this. Dove In Grey Haze is a small hosiery brand that produce playful, unique designs, as well as a mix and match socks in a multitude of colours and patterns.
But this playfulness isn’t to the detriment of comfort and practicality. The brand work fully understand the important technical aspects that go into creating good socks and use the best cotton yarn to ensure the comfort of wearer’s skin. They also work directly with ‘Daramitr’, an established manufacturer based in Thailand who has been producing high quality hosiery since 1977. I’ve got a pair of their socks and they’re great – so if you’re in the market for something new to put on your feet, give them a go.
For more information on the brand, or to buy any of their products online, go to the website here: Dove in Grey Haze.
As part of their continued development and refinement of their products, London’s Nomoi have released an update of the 689 jacket. It’s their take on an unstructured soft jacket, that most staple of items and nice rendition of this classic piece.
Nomoi’s version is marked by a few defining features, the most prominent of which is the soft shoulder – the shoulder pads having been replaced with a small sleeve head, which instead of enhancing and smoothing the lines of your shoulder, follows them. The jacket’s constructed from a soft cotton twill, sourced from a renowned British mill and features a three button placket and patch pockets (two lower and one breast), with bound seams throughout.
It’s available in three sizes and also in either regular and long sleeve, with the additional option to request your sleeve length, which can be finished in-house to your specification. For more information and to see other products in the range, go to the website here: NOMOI.