A bag for life – those plastic things you use over and over again until you rip them or the handles fall off. Maybe something a bit sturdier and frankly, cooler is in order? Campbell Cole think so and have produced what’s almost certainly the smartest packable shopper you’re ever going to find – an actual, proper, bag for life.
The nylon tote bag is stowed in an outer made from beautifully soft, full grain leather, and fastened with a chunky Nylon zip with leather pull (which features the brand’s logo). It all packs away into a size you can fit into your pocket (hence the name, obvs), and in addition to helping you with the weekly shop, it would also make the perfect extra piece of luggage for travelling. The bag is designed and produced in England, and comes supplied with its own gift box.
For more information on the brand and its products, or to buy online, go to the website here: Campbell Cole.
Trainer collaborations are nothing new. But after years of seeing collaboration after collaboration, the really good ones are few and far between. But worry not because Universal Works and Saucony have got together and made something you’d actually want to wear.
Going under the title of ‘work pack’, the two brands have produced a trainer that translates each other’s ethos into something that’s minimally detailed but beautiful, with real attention paid to the materials used. Available in either navy blue or stone, the trainers are released tomorrow. And to highlight the launch is a lovely bit of stop motion by graphic designer Allan Buxton.
If you fancy getting your hands on a pair, head over to The Drop Date, who have all the relevant stockist information you need: Universal Works x Saucony ‘work pack’.
The latest brand feature from Norway’s Norse Projects is entitled ‘Monochrome’, which succinctly tells you exactly what you’re getting – a shoot that features select pieces from the brand’s Autumn/Winter 2015 collection, all in tones of grey and black.
The shoot was done on location at the disused Burmeister & Wain shipyard, which serves as the perfect foil to show off the brand’s wares. The mini lookbook includes a range of garments – with everything from outerwear, jersey pieces, shirts, knitwear and accessories featured. In fact, there’s pretty much everything you’d need for the Winter months.
For more information on the label, to buy online, or find your nearest stockist, go to the website here: Norse Projects.
Home grown labels are something I’ve always enjoyed featuring and watching many of them grow over the last five years of the blog has been great. Hopefully another brand set to make an impact is Double A•Side. The label caters for both sexes, producing a range that’s clean, crisp and perfectly (minimally) detailed.
The brand is said to be heavily influenced by the Brutalist architecture that dominates London’s South Bank and much of the social housing across the city. As such, the collection is all about clean lines, subtle paneling and a neutral colour palette, which are all brought together to great effect.
The entire range is manufactured in the capital, in very limited quantities by genuinely skilled machinists. The Men’s pieces are casual but refined – jersey sweatshirts, T-shirts and sweatpants are all constructed from Japanese loopwheeled cotton, produced on vintage machines. The only non-jersey piece so far is a lovely navy blue, asymmetric-fronted bomber jacket.
The range is still in it’s infancy but already shows great promise. For London based readers, you can find the collection at East London’s Number Six. For more information on the label, or to buy from their online shop, go to the website here: Double A•Side.
Sorry about the lack of blog posts, I’ve been waiting until the weather was cold enough to start talking about jackets. Okay, so that may be a lie. But the bit about it being cold enough to start talking about jackets is bang on. Which leads us nicely into this piece by friends of the blog, Mamnick.
Constructed from a linen/cotton mix and available in the French navy, the jacket is relaxed with a mid seam running across the front of the jacket that frames the single breast pocket and two larger hand-warmer patch pockets. A concealed placket is fastened with freshwater pearl buttons made in Sheffield, and these buttons are utilised again to fasten the shortened cuffs that features on the
jacket’s two-piece sleeves.
In addition to all this, the jacket also has two-piece back and a shortened collar that can be worn either up or down. As ever the jacket is made in England and in strictly limited numbers. In addition to the version shown here, the jacket is also available in a heavy graphite twill, with alloy buttons, lovely stuff. For more information on the label and to buy their products online, go to the website here: Mamnick.
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.