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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.

END lookbook – Winter 2014

December 19, 2014

It’s Winter, the time of the year to get yourself wrapped up warm, especially if your thoughts turn to heading outdoors. And to help you with that, here’s the latest lookbook from Newcastle based END.

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For this latest shoot, the shop has taken to the hills around Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland to produce a series of photographs full of their current stock, including the likes of APC, Beams Plus, Nigel Cabourn and Stone Island. Chock full of great pieces from outerwear to accessories like hats and gloves,they’ve got everything you need to get through the cold months.

So for more information on any of the above products, or to buy online, go to the website here: END.

Engineered Garments Spring/Summer 2015 collection

December 5, 2014

The Spring/Summer 2015 collection from New York’s Engineered Garments is entitled ‘Travel & Safari’, which in itself gives the biggest nod to what you’re getting with the collection – Daiki Suzuki has produced yet another range that’s bold in colour and print, with his take on workwear and casual tailoring.


Above is a lovely piece of short film that shows the brand and this collection off perfectly. For more information on the brand, or to find your nearest stockist, go to the website here: Engineered Garments.

Smith-Wykes Autumn/Winter 2014 collection – behind-the-scenes film

December 4, 2014

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at Smith-Wyke’ Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. The inspiration for the collection came from the disruptive pattern designs by Norman Wilkson, which were used on boats extensively through World War I. And this bold and graphic print finds itself utilised throughout the range.


Fabrication is just as important as pattern however, with Wool flannel, Cashmere, cotton twill and micro-jacquard being used on pieces that span outerwear, knits, shirts and soft tailoring. As always,the brand play with cut and proportion, encouraging “oversized shapes, new cropped lengths, tucking and volume”. Have a look at the above video to see exactly what I’m talking about.

For more information on the brand, or to buy any of the collection online, go to the website here: Smith-Wykes.

NOMOI – new collection

December 3, 2014

A year ago this month, I did a post on the then newly founded Menswear label, Nomoi. And now 12 months later the label is back, with a collection that has grown from three pieces to nine. But although the range has grown, the founding idea of everyday products that make you look and feel great remains the same.

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This increase in range sizes comes from the addition of  a new piece of outerwear, a pair of jackets, a mid-layer garment, overshirt, trousers and finally, a scarf. All of the products are made in London using high grade cloth from renowned British and Italian mills. Each product makes subtle reference to what has gone before but this is mated to a modern clean aesthetic.

And for the launch of these new products, the label took the time to photograph them in an editorial shoot that took place around their local area of Whitechapel and Wapping, which served as the perfect backdrop to showcase this modest but brilliant collection of Menswear.

For more information on the label and to buy their products online, go to the website here: NOMOI.

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