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.
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.
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
It’s always a treat discovering labels and getting to feature them on the blog. Today’s post is a new Paris based brand called THE FARADAY PROJECT. The guys got in touch to see if I liked what they were doing and would put them on the blog. And the answer to that was a resounding yes.
The label has worked tirelessly to scour the globe for the best fabrics and fittings with which to produce their garments. Selvedge denim comes from Japan and the United States, cotton from England, buttons from Italy, leather from France and silver linen from Switzerland (more of that later). The road to launch has seen myriad design iterations and prototypes of product, all of which has culminated in five product lines – shirts, jackets, jeans, chinos and small accessories.
In addition to cut, detail and fabrication, there’s also a large focus on technology throughout the collection. The aforementioned Swiss silver linen is utilised due to its shielding properties, which are said to considerably contribute to reducing the risks of cancer in lower parts of their body. This shielding property also works as an “anti-hacking” device, blocking any communication between the NFC/RFID technology integrated in your credit cards and malicious devices.
Production takes place in either Paris (where the entire collection is designed) or Bergamo, Italy, where everything is made by hand. The label is also committed to doing good and is partnered with the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) – a Geneva-based international organisation founded in 1933. It supports the cause by donating $10 to the UICC for every pair of jeans sold.
For more information on the label, or to buy online, go to their website here: THE FARADAY PROJECT.
The latest piece in 6876’s ever evolving line of modernist, functional clothing is this, the Barkas B1000 jacket. A reinterpretation of the classic bomber, the Barkas finds itself brought bang up to date by the London-based label.
Constructed from Halley Stevenson wax treated cotton, the jacket is manufactured in London and also features a custom-made quilted lining, with ribbed Italian cotton collar, hem and cuffs. The front of the jacket is home to a pair of press-stud fastening lower front pockets and a further two concealed, front access chest pockets. Finally, the partial storm guard covers an Italian Lampo zip. Each piece comes with a tin of Haley Stevenson wax for after care and is available from the brand’s online shop now.
So for more information and to buy online, head to the website here: 6876.
I’ve been looking forward to the launch of this collaboration, since seeing an image of the article 41 in the latest issue of Journal De Nîmes. Hancock continue to make the finest handmade outerwear and the guys at Tenue De Nîmes aren’t too shabby on the product front either. Meaning this meeting of minds was always going to produce fantastic results.
Indeed, the partnership has given us a pair of stunning raincoats – the aforementioned article 41 which is styled like a traditional mac, and the article 49, which is trench coat styled. However, to simply say one’s a mac and the other’s a trench belies the care, attention to detail and design sensibilities that have gone into each style.
The Article 41 is constructed from a black-taupe vulcanised cotton, rubberised in the same traditional method that’s been used since 1843. The coat carries the features you’d expect of a Mackintosh – clean, sleek outer with a pair of lower pockets, concealed placket with only the top button visible and a stand collar. Where it differs from a standard mac is on the inside, with the addition of a detachable quilted liner that will help to keep the cold out (because as good as a mac is for keeping you dry, it’s not great at keeping you warm).
The Article 49 is a “modern trench coat redefined”. Again it’s waterproofed and comes in a night/ink colourway. It features cross-over, concealed fastening which keeps the front clean and makes the jacket stand out against other trench coats. A tension belt with leather buckle allows for a more tailored fit whist the traditional adjustable sleeve tabs complete the look. A pair of stunning coats from a pair of labels at the top of their field. For more information on Hancock go here, and for more on Tenue de Nîmes and to buy online, go here.
Ten. That’s how many pairs of Common Projects I’ve had in the last eight years. Two pairs of white Achilles have been worn to destruction in that time (and have been binned), with a third pair about to be purchased to fill the void. The rest are worn in constant rotation depending on the weather. There is just something that keeps me coming back to, and wanting more of these excellent trainers.
It’s almost certainly down to the pure simplicity and the sheer handsomeness of the damn things – good proportions, great colours and a perfect minimal aesthetic. They’re almost exclusively the only things found on my feet nowadays, even though I’m still at Imelda Marcos proportions of footwear.
The Achilles (in either low or mid) is still the pick of the bunch, and even though the Margom sole is now beyond ubiquity, no trainer wears it as well, or designs to its proportions as perfectly. Other brands have caught my attention, but still nothing has tempted me into a purchase. The allure of the Common Project is still as strong as ever and I don’t think that’s going to change any time soon.
An extensive range is available from END (where the above images come from). So if you fancy a pair yourself, go to the website here.