If you’ve been reading the blog for a few years, you may remember me featuring a label called MOOS. Run by Koen Tossijn, the label produced stunning bespoke made jeans and other items like small runs of T-shirts, sweatshirts and shorts. Now Koen has moved on a step and set up Atelier Tossijn which is producing its own line, WARDROBE.
This new range was born as an alternative for the typical, seasonal approach traditional fashion takes. So instead of an ever-changing new collection, Atelier Tossijn aims to create a steady stream of everyday essential pieces that transcend the seasons. Garments designed to their most essential form, from only the best materials available.
The range is an evolving one which currently consists of four pieces (items 3, 7, 8 and 12) – a pair of trousers, a jumper a jacket and a cap. Starting with the jacket, its constructed from a 10oz yarn-dyed black selvage twill, made of US cotton and woven at the Kuroki mill in Japan. The same fabric is used on the trousers and both items are made-to-measure, being produced in-house on a single thread machine. The process for each item takes two to four weeks and encompasses a measuring session, fitting and then final completion.
The jumper is a particularly beautiful piece of knitwear, made from merino wool from Loro Piana and knitted in Italy. It comes in a shade of blue so dark it’s nearly black. The cap finishes off the initial range and is made from a wool/cashmere blend from Loro Piana and is made in England, in collaboration with James Lock & Co.
Finally, the jeans that started all of this are still available and made from a 14oz selvage made of US cotton, dyed with natural indigo and woven at Kuroki in Japan. As with the other items here, each pair is also made-to-measure and produced in-house on a single thread machine.
For more information on the new range and their bespoke denim service, go to the website here: Atelier Tossijn.
In addition to their own, ever growing clothing and accessories ranges, Sheffield’s Mamnick are also unafraid of the odd collaboration, each of which always produces simple and beautiful results. And this latest venture with Glasgow’s INSTRMNT is no different, having culminated in a cracking timepiece.
Watches are tricky things – easy to get wrong and go overboard with, or get so bogged down in functionality that you forget they have to look good. Luckily neither are the case here – the watch is beautifully simple. There’s a touch of Braun about its look, and the overall understatement of the piece works in its favour.
The case is PVD coated, with a simple crown and elegant lugs (personally, I can not stand watches that don’t have lugs) which hold an 18mm black leather strap of German origin. This is contrasted with the bright white face featuring fine black hands (which unlike standard INSTRMNT watches are pointed to reference the two peaks of the Mamnick logo) and a polished brass second hand being the only concession to the black and white theme.
The watch is powered by a Swiss Ronda quartz movement (585 3H calibre) and is water resistant up to 5ATM. Finishing things off, the case back features the logos of both brands and the watch’s individual number. Pieces are limited to 150 units worldwide and are available now from the brands’ websites, for a more than reasonable £180.
It’s time for a new bag. I’ve said that before and done nothing about it but now, after eight years of using my Porter tote, it’s time. And so begins the search for something durable that’s going to look good no matter what I throw at it (I want the same amount of time out of my new bag as I’ve got out of the old one). So let’s start with an old blog favourite – Mismo and their MS backpack.
The bag’s constructed from Ballistic Nylon (as is my Porter), so it’s guaranteed to stand up to a huge amount of punishment. The black on black colourway keeps it looking classic and grown-up and the vegetable tanned bridal leather adds contrast to the more technical Nylon outer.
The bag’s most well known feature is it’s roll-top closure that’s secured with an over flap and fastened with a pair of heavy duty chrome-plated brass clips and D-rings. There are three external front pockets (divided by the straps, with the middle one being press-stud fastened) and on the inside you’ll find a capacious main compartment, with a foam insulated laptop compartment and a small zip pocket for valuables, all of which is cotton lined.
I first featured New York’s Unis back in 2010 and the brand was already a decade old then. Fast forward to today and the label are now celebrating their 15th birthday with an Autumn/Winter 2015 anniversary collection and accompanying editorial.
The collection is built around the garments that have made the label what it is today – casual wear that’s perfectly cut and minimally detailed. There’s their perfect chinos, the beautiful outerwear and a smattering of fine knits too. As Unis Lee says herself “These are our cornerstone pieces – the ones we’ve built our reputation on”. For more information on the 15th anniversary collection, or to buy via the label’s online shop, go to the website here: Unis.
I pulled out my old Hiut Hacka’s out this morning (find my original post about them here), after a conversation with a mate reminded me I had a pair. Having not worn them for months (I’ve been wearing a pair of APC’s to death instead), I’m embarrassed to say I’d forgotten just how good they are. But suffice to say, they are very, very good.
Which brings us on to this short film. As it shows, the jeans are completely made by hand, by hugely experienced craftspeople who have spent their working lives working with denim. Here we get a behind the scenes look at the brand and the people who make the jeans.
For more information on the brand, to find a stockist, or to buy online, go to the website here: Hiut.
Although the Autumn/Winter 2015 collection from White Mountaineering did the rounds a few months ago, everyones favourite mega-blog, Hypebeast have just released a series of images showing the collection in more detail, which give a better idea of just what all the fuss is about.
Technical fabrication is what the brand is known for and technical fabrication is what you get, with materials like GORE-TEX, PrimaLoft insulation and stretch corduroy utilised in the latest range and shown here up close. In addition to this are details of flannel shirts, luggage and small accessories, plus the brand’s ongoing collaboration with adidas – this season taking the shape of an all-over printed ZX Flux. For more information on the brand and to find your nearest stockist, go to the website here: White Mountaineering.
Outerwear, you can never have too much outerwear. And if you were thinking about something like an overshirt, or something you can use to layer under a bigger jacket, then look no further. Private White V.C. have produced this cracking piece – the Mechanic shirt.
The manchester-made piece is a fly-fronted workshirt is constructed from Lancashire woven cotton and utilises French seams throughout. The shirt is lined on the inside shoulder panel and also features four front pockets, including two reverse angle chest pockets, a concealed placket and button fastening cuffs – all featuring the Private White V.C. logo. For more information on the brand, to find your nearest stockist, or to buy online, go to the website here: Private White V.C.