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Introducing THE FARADAY PROJECT

December 9, 2015

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.

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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.

6876 Barkas B1000 bomber jacket

December 3, 2015

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.

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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.

Hancock x Tenue de Nîmes

December 2, 2015

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.

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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.

The ongoing allure of Common Projects

December 1, 2015

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.

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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.

Garbstore Knitwear

December 1, 2015

Now that it’s starting to get properly cold outside, investing in quality knitwear makes perfect sense. Firstly because it’s not getting warmer anytime soon and secondly, because jumpers are like jackets – you can’t have too many of them. So for your perusal today is the latest range from West London’s Garbstore.

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Made on these shores from high-grade cotton or soft Lambswool, there are two styles available – the crew neck ‘Boston’ and the stand neck ‘Seafarer’.  Starting with the Boston, it’s a raglan sleeve jumper, made from mid-weight cotton, using a racking-stitch technique – which in turn creates the textured finish. The neck and hem are both roll over, whist the sleeve cuffs are ribbed. The piece is slightly oversized, making it perfect for layering over the top of shirts and available in either navy blue or olive green.

The Seafarer is made from Lambswool and uses a honeycomb-knit on the front body and sleeves, with a contrasting birds eye knit on the reverse. The stitch is made from two different coloured yarns – cream and either blue or olive green, the solid of which features on the collar (blue or olive green), cuffs and hem (cream). It’s a great looking stitch and the different knit on the back makes for a really interesting piece of knitwear. Lovely stuff and just what you need for Winter.

For more information on the brand, or to buy online, go to the website here: Garbstore.

 

Campbell Cole – Annex back pack

November 30, 2015

Continuing on my new bag quest (which seems to be turing into a rucksack hunt, rather than any type of bag), this beauty caught my eye. It’s courtesy of Nottingham’s Campbell Cole and sits as part of their Annex collection.

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Constructed entirely from soft grain, vegetable-tanned leather, it’s a much more luxurious affair than the Mismo bag I featured last week (and that’s not exactly lacking in quality either) but even though not as hard wearing as ballistic nylon, it should wear its age well as it develops a patina over time.

In terms of styling, it follows the same cues as the other pieces in the Annex collection, with the diagonal seams on the front and a very structured feel overall. Bag closure is via a roll top that’s fastened with a heavy-duty clip – indeed, hardware is top class throughout with Riri zips (with leather pulls) and black, high quality buckles used to keep with the premium theme.

Internally the bag features a slip pocket and a smaller zip-fastening pocket with the whole thing being lined in cotton panama. The bag is not only designed in England but also made here, in one of the best accessories factories in the world. None of this comes cheaply and as such the bag is very expensive. But as the old adage goes – you get what you pay for.

For more information on the brand, or to buy online, go to the website here: Campbell Cole.

Atelier Tossijn – WARDROBE

November 23, 2015

If you’ve been reading the blog for a few years, you may remember me featuring a label called MOOS. Run by Koen Tossijn, the label produced stunning bespoke made jeans and other items like small runs of T-shirts, sweatshirts and shorts. Now Koen has moved on a step and set up Atelier Tossijn which is producing its own line, WARDROBE.

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This new range was born as an alternative for the typical, seasonal approach traditional fashion takes. So instead of an ever-changing new collection, Atelier Tossijn aims to create a steady stream of everyday essential pieces that transcend the seasons. Garments designed to their most essential form, from only the best materials available.

The range is an evolving one which currently consists of four pieces (items 3, 7, 8 and 12) – a pair of trousers, a jumper a jacket and a cap. Starting with the jacket, its constructed from a 10oz yarn-dyed black selvage twill, made of US cotton and woven at the Kuroki mill in Japan. The same fabric is used on the trousers and both items are made-to-measure, being produced in-house on a single thread machine. The process for each item takes two to four weeks and encompasses a measuring session, fitting and then final completion.

The jumper is a particularly beautiful piece of knitwear, made from merino wool from Loro Piana and knitted in Italy. It comes in a shade of blue so dark it’s nearly black. The cap finishes off the initial range and is made from a wool/cashmere blend from Loro Piana and is made in England, in collaboration with James Lock & Co.

Finally, the jeans that started all of this are still available and made from a 14oz selvage made of US cotton, dyed with natural indigo and woven at Kuroki in Japan. As with the other items here, each pair is also made-to-measure and produced in-house on a single thread machine.

For more information on the new range and their bespoke denim service, go to the website here: Atelier Tossijn.

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