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6876 x The Fourness

March 23, 2015

Here’s yet another blinding collaboration from Kenneth Mackenzie’s 6876. This time working with Kazuki Kuraishi on his latest project, The Fourness. Together the pair have produced a four-piece capsule collection that brings backsome  items from the 6876 archieve and updates them for 2015.

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Starting with outerwear, first up is the ‘Jacques’ a technical pullover jacket that initially saw the light of day back in 2003. This updated version is constructed from a lightweight, micro-ripstop polyester and is available in four colours – charcoal, navy, grey and orange. Next is a revised version of 2007’s ‘MDC’ jacket. It’s made from a high density all-weather 100% cotton, which provides water repellency, whilst keeping things lightweight. Features include under-arm vents, a detachable hood and interior mesh pockets. It’s available in either blue, navy, or olive.

The range also includes two shirt styles. First is an updated version of the ‘Kerb’ shirt first released in 2013. This style now incorporates a pair of breast pockets, both featurning angular flaps. A joint branded label is situated on the edge of the left pocket, and it’s constructed from 100% Cotton. Finally comes a completely new style – the ‘Modulo’ shirt. Made from 87% cotton and 13% flax, the shirt includes front breast pockets, one of which features an extended flap with zip and mini-pocket. There’s also a notched front placket and angled crossover back yoke, both of which reinforce 6876’s unique shirt aesthetic.

Everything is made in Japan to the exacting standards you’d expect of the brand and is available to purchase now. So for more information, or to buy the collection online, go to the website here: 6876.

 

Engineered Garments Bedford Jacket

March 18, 2015

The Bedford jacket is one of my favourite EG pieces. A staple of the collection, this versatile jacket appears season after season, always looking good and versatile enough to go with pretty much anything.

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This season, the jacket is constructed from a lightweight flat Cotton Twill, the pick of which is the navy blue version featured here (or maybe that’s just because I always wear navy blue). Features are the same as ever with four patch pockets adorning the front, zig-zag stitching on the front placket and further stitch detailing on the shoulders. Additionally, it also features four removable leather buttons, which when in place, allow the jacket to be buttoned right up on the notch lapels. Available now from Superdenim, if you fancy one, go to the website here: Engineered Garments Bedford Jacket.

END Spring 2015 lookbook

March 17, 2015

With a roster of brands that continues to expand and diversify, END clothing have released their latest lookbook, showcasing their the key products for Spring 2015. With the motto “Globally Sourced Menswear” the shop has reflected this by putting together seven key looks for the season from a broad mix of labels.

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The location for the shoot was the historic City Pool and Baths in Newcastle-upon-Tyne city centre, only a stones-throw away from END’s pair of shops and the perfect backdrop for which to photograph a range of classic Menswear and technical sportswear.

The lookbook features staple END brands like A.P.C, Acne Studios, Our Legacy, Junya Watanabe and Common Projects, mixed together with relative newcomers to the portfolio, such as Alexander Wang, Rick Owens and UNDERCOVER. There’s also pieces from Dries Van Noten, Norse Projects, Nike and Stone Island Shadow Project. All of which culminates to produce a range of looks that deftly combine luxury with a streetwear-informed appeal.

For more information, or to buy online, go to the website here: END.

What I want – Common Projects BBall low

March 13, 2015

I tweeted about these a couple of days back and haven’t stopped thinking about them since. Common Projects call them the ‘BBall low’ and say they take their cues from iconic basketball footwear. Now I’m not going to argue that, but for me they’re mid-90s skate shoe through and through – think és Accel, Sal 23 etc. And that makes them very, very cool in my book.

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Constructed from premium suede, the uppers feature leather detailing and are double stitched (another skate shoe cue in my book) with a padded ankle collar and tan leather lining. Flat tonal laces finish things off and the only exterior cue as to what the shoes actually are is the brand’s trademark gold stamp. The sole is the standard unit used on all Common Projects’ footwear but has the addition of a gum outsole (there’s that skate shoe influence again). They’re definitely missing a trick if they don’t supply a pair of white laces with these…

Available from Très Bien shop now, for more information, or to buy online go here: Common Projects BBall low.

PHARMACIE – the sock subscription service

March 10, 2015

Trust me when I say you need this sock subscription service in your life. I first heard about PHARMACIE after a chat with Paul at S.E.H Kelly, who mentioned that they might be relevant to my interests… I went home, signed up imediately and I’ve now had about seven pairs off the guys. I’ve not worn them all yet and have been craftily deadstocking them for later use (deadstocking socks? Fuck yeah) but the ones that have made it onto my feet have been perfect.

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The way it works is simple. There are three types of subscription – three, six or 12 months, and on the first day of every month the guys release a new sock style and deliver it to their subscribers. The socks themselves are constructed in a Northern Italy, by a family run business consisting of father, son and grandson. The factory remains proudly traditional in terms of using techniques like hand-linking toes and utilises nothing but the finest yarns, all of which makes the comfort of the socks paramount. A total of 12 quality checks are carried out on every pair and each one I’ve had delivered has been perfect in terms of construction and fit. If you’ve more than a little fond of socks, then this is for you.

For more information on the brand and to get yourself subscribed to the service, go to the website here: PHARMACIE.

Private White V.C. – Spring/Summer 2015 Outerwear

March 9, 2015

More jacket lovelyness from Manchester’s Private White V.C., who have recently released images from their latest instalment of outerwear for Spring/Summer 2015. And for this season, there’s a mix of reworked brand staples and also some cracking new additions to the range.

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The brand still keeps elements of British heritage in the collection, with some new styles taking inspiration from vintage pilots and ground crew uniforms. Their Twin Track and Rainrider jackets have both been made more lightweight and cooler this season by being constructed from Nylon. Elsewhere, the Ventile A1 Long comes in new colours, as does their take on the classic Harrington. And in addition to these, you’ll also find Ventile parka’s, lightweight macs and even short bodied leathers amongst the wider range.

For more information on the brand, or to buy any of the above online, go to the website here: Private White V.C.

Baartmans and Siegel Spring/Summer 2015 collection

March 4, 2015

For their latest Spring/Summer 2015 season, Baartmans and Siegel explore action with a playful and quintessentially English approach to utility. Entitled ‘Platoon’, the range is said to take its inspiration from active environments and the Men who partake in them: the collection references platoons, sports teams and street gangs.

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The range fuses military aesthetics with sports classics, and each piece is simple yet luxurious in finishes and fabrication. Trademark ‘modern-classic’ shapes such as the car coat and reversible tank jacket all exude a quiet simplicity, as well as considered touches of modernity. Black coated hardware sits comfortably next to perforated suede’s and brushed Italian wools.

Overcoats with brushed panels are water resistant, with breathable nylon linings and adjustable waists. Multi-zip blouson jackets sit alongside colour blocked tailoring, while soft-shell bombers provide effortless sophistication. Both form and function are celebrated through button-down army shirts, and box cut shirts and jackets, all utilising cotton Airtex in their construction. Jackets with detachable hoods cater to changing climates and indecisive moments, as do jersey-lined, soft-tailored suit jackets in water-resistant nylon.

In addition to the new range, two collaboration accompany the collection. The first of which is in conjunction with Fanoptics, with whom two styles of optical glasses and sunglasses have been designed. Each pair is hand-crafted in England and created in marbled compressed fibres and they’re available in either blue or green. Finally, the much anticipated footwear collaboration with Kickers features two complementary styles, created in durable and robust mixed leathers. The colour tones reflect the palette of the ready-to-wear collection, also evoking sky and earth tones of blue and green.

For more information on the brand, go to the website here: Baartmans and Siegel.

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