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Universal Works – not another catwalk

February 3, 2016

Great clobber, great bit of filmmaking. Produced to highlight the label’s latest collection for Spring/Summer 2016, this short film is another collaboration between the brand and Allan Buxton.

The film perfectly translates the brand’s personality and also shows that this new season is well worth a closer look. So to do just that, or for more information on the brand and to buy the new collection online, go to the website here: Universal Works.

Tenue de Nîmes hand-made leather belts

January 29, 2016

That most humble – and often vital – of items (and often a complete afterthought for many), the belt has been given the special treatment by Amsterdam’s Tenue de Nîmes. The results of which are striking for their beautiful simplicity.







The belts are made from Scandinavian-sourced hides that are naturally tanned in Belgium, with final hand production taking place in Holland. Each is also dyed by hand, meaning every piece is unique. The belts are available in two widths – wide (38mm), medium (32mm) and in three colours – natural oiled, Indigo and black (the indigo being featured here).

Final touches include heavy-duty brass buckles and industrial copper rivets from England, plus the brand’s logo and belt size debossed into the leather. For more information on the brand and to buy from their online shop, go to the website here: Tenue de Nîmes.

S.E.H Kelly hopsack overshirt

January 27, 2016

Another absolute beauty of a garment from the good ship S.E.H Kelly. This is their take on the overshirt and it comes resplendent in a marine blue cotton-linen hopsack cloth. It’s a great looking piece, devoid of fuss but full of detail – just as good clothing should be.







In addition to the East Lancashire hopsack, the shirt also has a lightweight cotton lining from the same region and the brand’s trademark Midlands-sourced horn buttons. Those buttons total six on the fly-front, with only the top button left visible. The exterior also features a trio of welt pockets – two large lower pockets and a small one on the chest.

The raglan sleeves finish with blouson-style cuffs, again fastened with real horn buttons and the shirt is finished with a beautifully shaped collar – again something of a brand trademark, as nobody else makes a collar quite as handsome (if a collar can be such a thing). For more information on the brand, and to buy from their online shop, go to the website here: S.E.H Kelly.

Mamnick stainless steel knives

January 26, 2016

Knives. Not something I’ve featured on the blog before but these are more than worthy of a write up. They sit as part of Mamnick’s stainless steel products and both are made and constructed in Sheffield. There are two versions – the everyday double-knife and the Yomping knife.












The double-knife is now on its second edition and comes in a brushed, stainless steel body that’s laser etched and individually numbered. It features a taper ground Drop-Point blade and a combined bottle-opener / screwdriver tool which locks into position for extra safety. A split ring allows the knife to be fastened to a keyring for ease of carrying, although it’s compact enough to fit in a pocket.

The Yomping knife is a brand new product and although it shares a brushed and laser etched steel body (this time with exposed rivets), is more feature-laden, having been based on a three-piece army clasp knife. These features include a stainless steel Sheepfoot blade for heavy-duty cutting, a can opener and a marline spike tool for rope work. The handle has an integrated screwdriver and is also fitted with a shackle to allow for attachment to a lanyard or keyring.

Both are very limited in numbers, with 50 double-knives and only 20 Yomping knives having been produced. For more information on the brand and to buy online, go to the website here: Mamnick.

Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2016 collection

January 5, 2016

So let’s begin the New Year here on the blog with a new collection. Dries Van Noten’s Spring/Summer 2016 offering to be exact. For this latest range, the designed imagined an imaginary meeting between screen icon Marilyn Monroe and surrealist Salvador Dali. If the sound of that puts you off (and it does me), then worry not as the clothing is as well executed and brilliant as usual.





Yes there’s a lot of leopard print throughout the collection and although it does nothing for me in its natural tone, the different coloured versions are much more accessible. Where the collection really shines though are in the perfectly cut and detailed jackets, the crisp shirts, great sweatshirts and the casual pieces that reference some of Dali’s well known work. The use of contrasting textures is something that Van Noten does particularly well and the marriage of tailoring, technicality and bold print is as good as always.

The collection is available from END, so for more information, or to buy online, go to the website here: Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2016.

The blog is six

January 4, 2016

Six years. I never thought it would last that long when I started the blog on January 5th 2010, but I’m impressed that I’ve managed to keep it going. During that time plenty of other blogs have come and gone, or morphed into different things, but even though the posting round here has become more sporadic, I’ve always tried to keep Lineage of Influence as I originally saw it – the hobby of someone who spends way too much time thinking about clothes.

Since I began I’ve got married, become father to two brilliant daughters and managed to further my career (well I took a creative director job that in hindsight I shouldn’t have done, but I quit and it’s fine now). All of which has had a huge impact on the blog and how much time I spent on it over the last few years. But I hope that 2016 will allow me to dedicate more time to the blog and see a more concerted effort to post more regularly – potentially a couple of times a week, maybe more, but hopefully no less.

I’m also going to try and do more of the things I used to on here – interviews with designers and visits to studios, shops and trade fairs (family time and work permitting), we’ll see how that pans out…

Finally a huge thanks to everyone who continues to read and support the blog, cheers.

Norse Projects x Kvadrat x Head Porter

December 15, 2015

I’m a fan or both Norse Projects and Porter, so a collaboration between the two was always going to pique my interest. Throw Danish textile company, Kvadrat into the mix too and you’ve got a winner in my book. The three parties have taken Porter’s well known 3-Way Bag (from the Tanker collection) and shod it in Kvadrat’s “Memory” textile to striking effect.




The bag features a plethora of compartments, with a two-way zip-fastening main section, pair of large press-stud fastened front pockets, and a further zip-fastening pocket on the bag’s reverse. The inside is no different and the ‘rescue orange’ lined interior is home to an interior zipper pocket, slot pockets and pen holders too. In addition to the top carry handles (themselves fastened together with a small Nylon strap), the bag also comes with a removable & adjustable shoulder strap in the same blue Nylon that can be fastened to the bag in two different positions, depending on how you want to carry it.

For more information on the brand, to find your nearest stockist, or to buy online, go to the website here: Norse Projects



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