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.
The latest collection from London’s Percival is entitled ‘The Mineral Room’ and continues with the brand’s deft use of colour and pattern, taking its inspiration from the intricate crystalline structures produced by nature.
Shirting cottons have been sourced from Japan and are printed with intricate patterns that take their cues from regimented polygon growths and speckled silicate rock. The more eccentric patterns that punctuate the collection are contrasted by solid colours of stone and navy that find themselves used across the brand’s classic waterproof Sherlock jacket and Waxed Mac, both of which are made in England.
The new season also sees the addition of a pair of new outerwear styles – Fishing Mac and Coach Jacket, both waterproof and lightweight with colourful contrasted binding as a nod to the collection’s original inspiration. Finishing off the range is a jersey collection of specially-knit pyrite repeat jacquards and an all-over t-shirt pattern inspired by layers of sediment found in rock formations.
It’s yet another accomplished collection from a brand that continues to grow and produce interesting Menswear with each passing season. For more information on the brand, to buy online or to find your nearest stockist, go to the website here: Percival.
Not ones to rest on their laurels, Campbell Cole have been busy updating their ‘simple collection’ of small leather goods for Spring/Summer 2015. Simply designed to carry your daily essentials, the collection is perfectly suited to modern needs and encompasses a wallet, card holder and key wrap, with all pieces designed and made in England.
The seasonal update comes in the form of the introduction of the Pebble Grey colourway to the already existing black and tan colourways, plus the addition of a whole new product – an iPhone 6 Case with external card pocket and dot emboss detail. Everything in the range is produced from the finest vegetable tanned, Italian leather and each piece goes through a number of manufacturing techniques during its construction, including embossing, hand stitching and edge inking. All of which ensures both quality and character is present throughout the collection.
The above images are part of an ongoing and ong-term collaboration between the brand and photographer Reuben James Brown, which show off these simple, beautiful products to great effect. FOr more information on the brand, or to buy online, go to the website here: Campbell Cole.
One of Cliff’s finest moments if you ask me… But this post isn’t about that. It’s actually about a pair of headphones. But no ordinary pair of headphones. These are a pair of Sony MRD-1A high resolution headphones. Now this is the point where I admit that my hearing is a disaster, as years of both attending and playing gigs has left my ears less than perfect. BUT when used with one of their HR walkmans even I can hear the difference when I listen to music through these.
The High-Resolution bit comes from the headphones having an extended frequency range up to 100kHz, giving everything more definition at a range that’s much higher than a standard CD recording. The technical bits include a 40mm HD driver with an aluminium-coated liquid crystal polymer (LCP) diaphragm – said to give a more consistent and precise sound across the entire frequency range than a conventional LCP driver. In addition, they’re also equipped with a Beat Response Control, which helps to reduces heavy bass distortion.
The build quality of the headphones is equally impressive – high quality plastics and textured finish metals are put together perfectly. Comfort comes from the soft leather headband and ear pads, which themselves are ergonomicly 3D designed to keep the music in and minimise outside noise. As said they’re High-Resolution Audio compatible but they’re also a vast improvement over the in-ear headphones I’ve been using for years. So even when using my most ubiquitous of portable music devices, I’ve gained a huge improvement in sound quality and also enjoyment of music. Thanks Sony, these are ace.
For more information on any of Sony’s High-Resolution audio products, go to the website here: SONY.
If you’ve read the blog for a while, you’ll know that Mamnick are a label I’ve featured many times and have followed closely since it started up a couple of years ago. With an ever expanding range of products and growing customer base, the brand has recently taken the big step of opening its first shop. So it seemed like a good idea to feature some of Lee Basford’s images of the new shop, and catch up with label owner Thom and talk about this latest venture in more detail.
A shop. An actual bricks and mortar shop. That’s pretty bloody exciting, how does it feel to have your own shop, full of your own products?
Obviously, it’s a nice feeling. If you’d have said to me two years ago that we would be opening a store in Tokyo this early, then I wouldn’t have believed you. That said, I think it’s still very early days for the brand and I still believe that Mamnick is in it’s infancy. There is a lot of hard work to be done.
Mamnick has grown from a brand I’ve self-financed with little-to-no budget, in a time where many people are struggling locally, so I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in such a challenging time, especially in the North of England. But I do firmly believe that you’re only as good as your last product and there’s plenty more to do. It’s hard-work to get things right but very easy to make a mess of things. So it’s a matter of keeping focused and making sure the brand continues to grow and fulfills its potential. I hope that doesn’t make me sound very boring! I’m obviously excited, but still keeping level-headed.
And why Tokyo, instead of London, Manchester, Sheffield, etc?
I think the Tokyo shop was a natural progression in all honesty. I’d already been doing some wholesale out there and it was important from the start to get the product out of the UK and raise brand awareness globally. The demand seemed to be getting higher out there so the shop was the next step. Obviously, the link with Japan is a ‘cool’ thing to our UK customers and I’ve been very happy with the Black Label products (which are manufactured in Japan). It seems the UK audience is fond of this and the Japanese audience like the ‘Made in England’ pieces. I’ll be looking to produce an equal amount of both products both here and in Japan in 2015/16.
So, if this goes well do you have plans to open a UK based version?
I’ve always wanted to have full-control of the Mamnick product and how it reaches it’s audience here in the UK. When I say ‘full-control’ I mean from the social-media feeds right through to the hand-written compliment note that goes with every sale. I want the brand to feel as personal as possible because it is, and I believe being honest in business and branding is the only way to go (for me anyway). The internet has made the world a small place which makes it easy to reach an audience and build a following, but it’s also challenging to get things to stand out, especially if you don’t ‘know the right people’ or have a tendency and desire to do things your own way.
I don’t want to wholesale to other shops in the UK because I personally don’t understand or agree with the ‘sale-culture’ that we have. Nor do I think the spring/summer, autumn/winter framework inspires the brand Mamnick. I understand I’m taking a risk this way, but I’ve tried to price the product as reasonably as possible from the start, to sell direct and build a core of proper customers. If the demand for Mamnick grows then a store might be possible in future. I’ve been looking to import other unknown Japanese brands that have a similar ethos, a few of which I found on my recent trips but I think I’m still at least 12-16 months away from this becoming a reality in the UK.
I won’t allow Mamnick to be a here-today gone-tomorrow brand, I’m in no rush to for it to be massive. Right now I’m happy for Mamnick to be a personal brand that manufactures fine products really-well, that are reasonably priced. A brand that promotes a healthy outdoors lifestyle without trying to sell you sportswear, a brand that celebrates craftsmanship. So far, selling direct through the site allows me the freedom to do this. In future maybe things will change but it’s important for me that our customers know they are getting something very limited and special every time I create and launch a new product.
As well as your own, what other labels can customers expect to find stocked?
We’ve just taken some trainers-on over there, Muro.EXE which have been received well. We’ve been selling a lot of rare and vintage pieces alongside the product – Belstaff, Barbour, Lewis Leather and handmade English shoes from the likes of Trickers, Cheaney, Edward Green etc. Also, selected Nike and Adidas, vintage SPW and some selected 6876.
We’re still looking at bringing in more brands that fit into the store, but we’ve been focusing a lot of time on our new products out there, this is far more important to us at the moment. We are very small team, so there are only so many steps forward we can take at a time. But I think this also allows us to be versatile and interesting constantly.
With such a keen interest in cycling, do you see the shop (and any others you might own) becoming more cycling focused, or are they always going to be more Menswear/fashion based?
I make no secret of loving the bike and it’s an important part of my life and Mamnick without actually producing any cycling kit! Perhaps in future I might do a wind-jacket or jersey, but right now it’s just a tool that gives me some free-time to think and stay level headed. I like clothing off the bike and that’s why I design these things.
I think there’s plenty of great cycling clothing on the market, with technologies and materials being used that you can’t get in this country. To turn Mamnick into a quality cycling brand I’d need help. I do defiantly see the potential. The place (Mam Nick / Mam Tor) itself is cycling heaven. A collaboration would be great, perhaps that’s something I can make happen next year…
Finally, what can we expect next from Mamnick?
There are a lot of new shirts coming from Japan, the Alport and Wheston overshirts are two that I’m excited about. Also a sweat collection, which is something else completely. I’ve not decided weather this will be a Japanese release only yet though. Here in the UK I’m doing some shoes in Northampton which again, is something I wanted to do from the start. I’ll be adding to the ‘Made in Sheffield’ collection too and we’re about to launch the second version of the Monyash overshirt. In late June we’ll be a doing a small run of watches too with another up-and-coming British brand.
For more information on the label and to buy their products online, go to the webaite here: Mamnick.
Danish accessories experts Mismo have taken themselves to the cold climbs of Iceland and used it as the perfect backdrop to showcase the latest products that sit within their Contemporary collection. Over the last seven years the collection has been constantly expanded to include a wide range of luggage, all of which superbly combine classic design with modern detailing and functionality.
This update is less about new models (although there is newness in the range) and more about using new colourways and prints on already existing styles. As such, favourites like the M/S Backpack and M/S Sprint feature in new fabrications – a rust colourway and monogram print for the Backpack and black leather for the Sprint.
New for the season is the M/S Stanchion, a canvas bodied tote with leather strips running vertically across its surface. It’s a striking piece and one that is every bit as much about function as form, the leather detailing also offering extra support to the bag’s body, as well as being a design feature. All in all, an excellent lookbook to show off a selection of excellent products.
For more information on the brand, or to buy online, go to the website here: Mismo.