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What I want – Common Projects BBall low

March 13, 2015

I tweeted about these a couple of days back and haven’t stopped thinking about them since. Common Projects call them the ‘BBall low’ and say they take their cues from iconic basketball footwear. Now I’m not going to argue that, but for me they’re mid-90s skate shoe through and through – think és Accel, Sal 23 etc. And that makes them very, very cool in my book.

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Constructed from premium suede, the uppers feature leather detailing and are double stitched (another skate shoe cue in my book) with a padded ankle collar and tan leather lining. Flat tonal laces finish things off and the only exterior cue as to what the shoes actually are is the brand’s trademark gold stamp. The sole is the standard unit used on all Common Projects’ footwear but has the addition of a gum outsole (there’s that skate shoe influence again). They’re definitely missing a trick if they don’t supply a pair of white laces with these…

Available from Très Bien shop now, for more information, or to buy online go here: Common Projects BBall low.

PHARMACIE – the sock subscription service

March 10, 2015

Trust me when I say you need this sock subscription service in your life. I first heard about PHARMACIE after a chat with Paul at S.E.H Kelly, who mentioned that they might be relevant to my interests… I went home, signed up imediately and I’ve now had about seven pairs off the guys. I’ve not worn them all yet and have been craftily deadstocking them for later use (deadstocking socks? Fuck yeah) but the ones that have made it onto my feet have been perfect.

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The way it works is simple. There are three types of subscription – three, six or 12 months, and on the first day of every month the guys release a new sock style and deliver it to their subscribers. The socks themselves are constructed in a Northern Italy, by a family run business consisting of father, son and grandson. The factory remains proudly traditional in terms of using techniques like hand-linking toes and utilises nothing but the finest yarns, all of which makes the comfort of the socks paramount. A total of 12 quality checks are carried out on every pair and each one I’ve had delivered has been perfect in terms of construction and fit. If you’ve more than a little fond of socks, then this is for you.

For more information on the brand and to get yourself subscribed to the service, go to the website here: PHARMACIE.

Private White V.C. – Spring/Summer 2015 Outerwear

March 9, 2015

More jacket lovelyness from Manchester’s Private White V.C., who have recently released images from their latest instalment of outerwear for Spring/Summer 2015. And for this season, there’s a mix of reworked brand staples and also some cracking new additions to the range.

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The brand still keeps elements of British heritage in the collection, with some new styles taking inspiration from vintage pilots and ground crew uniforms. Their Twin Track and Rainrider jackets have both been made more lightweight and cooler this season by being constructed from Nylon. Elsewhere, the Ventile A1 Long comes in new colours, as does their take on the classic Harrington. And in addition to these, you’ll also find Ventile parka’s, lightweight macs and even short bodied leathers amongst the wider range.

For more information on the brand, or to buy any of the above online, go to the website here: Private White V.C.

Baartmans and Siegel Spring/Summer 2015 collection

March 4, 2015

For their latest Spring/Summer 2015 season, Baartmans and Siegel explore action with a playful and quintessentially English approach to utility. Entitled ‘Platoon’, the range is said to take its inspiration from active environments and the Men who partake in them: the collection references platoons, sports teams and street gangs.

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The range fuses military aesthetics with sports classics, and each piece is simple yet luxurious in finishes and fabrication. Trademark ‘modern-classic’ shapes such as the car coat and reversible tank jacket all exude a quiet simplicity, as well as considered touches of modernity. Black coated hardware sits comfortably next to perforated suede’s and brushed Italian wools.

Overcoats with brushed panels are water resistant, with breathable nylon linings and adjustable waists. Multi-zip blouson jackets sit alongside colour blocked tailoring, while soft-shell bombers provide effortless sophistication. Both form and function are celebrated through button-down army shirts, and box cut shirts and jackets, all utilising cotton Airtex in their construction. Jackets with detachable hoods cater to changing climates and indecisive moments, as do jersey-lined, soft-tailored suit jackets in water-resistant nylon.

In addition to the new range, two collaboration accompany the collection. The first of which is in conjunction with Fanoptics, with whom two styles of optical glasses and sunglasses have been designed. Each pair is hand-crafted in England and created in marbled compressed fibres and they’re available in either blue or green. Finally, the much anticipated footwear collaboration with Kickers features two complementary styles, created in durable and robust mixed leathers. The colour tones reflect the palette of the ready-to-wear collection, also evoking sky and earth tones of blue and green.

For more information on the brand, go to the website here: Baartmans and Siegel.

Fred Perry X Nigel Cabourn‏ Spring/Summer 2015 collection

March 3, 2015

With a collection that takes its cues from Table Tennis, comes a collaboration between Fred Perry and Nigel Cabourn. Both brands are quintessentially British, with the collection being inspired by Fred Perry’s heritage in the sport (Perry himself was World Champion of Table Tennis in 1929 before pursuing tennis) and Nigel’s personal love for it, being a regular player.

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The pieces that make up the collection are inspired by those worn by both Perry and Victor Barna – the British-Hungarian five-time World Champion of Table Tennis and winner of 40 medals during 1929-1954. In typical Cabourn fashion, detail and fabrication are paramount – the pique cotton used on early 1950s Fred Perry tennis styles has been sourced and used across the collection to add authenticity, while branding is also inspired by the same era of design.

The fit across the range has been inspired by Nigel’s own casual aesthetic, as well as the looser style Fred Perry created for training during the early 50s. Garments include a three-button Blazer (constructed from Dawes weaving fabric with horn buttons) and the Cameraman Windcheater Bomber, inspired by Nigel’s own successful Cameraman jacket (featuring navy colour-blocking and knit stripe ribs on the collar and cuffs), both of which are made in the Mackintosh factory. Elsewhere the Pullover Head Sweat with half riri zip and matching 1953 Training Pants are made in cotton fleece and have a soft retro track top feel.

Rounding off the collection are a selection of accessories. First is the Table Tennis shoe, which is based on the design of an archive Fred Perry tennis footwear style, while also taking elements from a 1930s tennis shoe from Nigel’s archive. The final piece is a navy holdall made from Halley Stevenson’s 18oz dry wax canvas and featuring brass feet. It’s produced by Chapman’s, and will be exclusive to Fred Perry Laurel Wreath shops only.

For more information on the collaboration, go to the website here: Fred Perry.

Notch London Spring/Summer 2015 collection

January 15, 2015

Here’s the latest collection from Notch London. The fledgling brand continues to build upon the foundations it put down with last years inaugural collection (find that here) and sticks with the overarching ethos of producing well-constructed contemporary menswear essentials that are simple and understated.

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For this new Spring/Summer season, the label has looked to the Henley Royal Regatta for inspiration, along with the classic detailing that’s found within British naval uniforms. And the results are as nautical as you’d expect – heavy in tonal blues, with white, light grey, and bursts of bold colour breaking up the palette.

Soft tailored jerseys and reshaped classic striped and checked shirts are layered under military inspired outerwear (with the the cavalry twill airfield jacket being a stand-out piece). Bold blocks of white are applied over grey T-shirts and sweatshirts, whilst elsewhere plain cotton poplin short sleeve shirts are teamed up with simple shorts to form a collection that’s understated but full of detail.

For more information on the label and to find your nearest stockist, go to the website here: Notch London.

Hunting Ensemble – a chat with Percival

January 5, 2015

Amsterdam based Menswear shop, Hunting Ensemble have recently produced this, a short film where they speak to Chris Glove and Luke Stenzhorn, founders of Percival, a label I’ve followed from their beginning back in 2010.


Filmed in London last October, the film visits them in their Soho based shop, where they guys talked about their passion for running their own label and some of the hardships they’ve faced along the way. For more information on Hunting Ensemble go here and for Percival go here.

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