Yet another release based around an anniversary. This time it’s Kickers, who are celebrating the 40th birthday of their Kick Hi boot. And to mark the occasion, the brand have collaborated with Port Magazine’s David Hellqvist and Document Studios to produce a retrospective publication, tracing the historical and aesthetic legacy of this footwear classic.
Designed by Mark Thompson, FORTY features interviews with stylist Simon Foxton, a collaborator and wearer of the brand; an overview of the Kick Hi’s denim roots by writer Dean Mayo Davies; the sub-cultural impact of the boot by editor Daryoush Haj-Najafi and a selection of new editorial that celebrates the boot’s contemporary influence.
It’s fair to say that the Kick Hi has left a cultural footprint across the last four decades and continues to do so until this day – even my four year old daughter stomps around in a pair and she’s the coolest person I know. For more information on the brand and to find your nearest stockist, go to the website here: Kickers.
Outerwear specialists, Penfield are an impressive 40 years old this year. And to mark the occasion the brand have developed a one-off anniversary fabric – using original design drawings and spec sheets dating back to 1975 – and have applied it to two of their classic armaments, the Kasson Mountain Parka and Outback Vest.
The Kasson is recreated in a classic navy blue colourway, with red pull cords and tan leather cord locks giving some contrast, all of which is inspired by the original archive collection. The Outback follows a similar formula but instead of pull cords, the red highlight is found on the inside hanging loop.
Both are lined with the anniversary fabric, which gives a great visual contrast from the simple outer. The print includes drawings of many of Penfield’s most recognisable styles, some even having been drawn by Penfield founder, Harvey Gross. As you would probably expect, both are a limited edition and will feature an individually numbered label.
They’re released this month, so for more information, or to buy from their online shop, go to the website here: Penfield.
I don’t think I’ve featured COS in a very long time. Other blogs are featuring their new collection but this short film is a thing of such simple beauty that I thought I’d post it here. Produced by filmmaking duo Lernert & Sander, the film couldn’t be more stripped down – a 360 degree view, hula hoop, some lovely clothes and a white round canvas to shoot against. Lovely.
For more information on the brand, to find your nearest store, or to buy online, go to the website here: COS.
New Yorks Outlier have kicked into the Autumn/Winter season with some new pieces and updated iterations of their staple garments. In true Outlier fashion, the pieces marry the traditional with the cutting edge to produce clothes that are more comfortable and herder wearing whilst still looking great.
First in line is the Liberated Wool Duffle coat. It’s made from Outlier’s four-way stretch Liberated Wool fabric, making a for a lighter but no less weather proof piece of outerwear. The real innovation though is in the ‘magnomechanical’ toggles – magnets allow you to close them with a single hand, while the mechanical aspect keeps things securely in place.
Their classic Liberated Wool Peacoat is back again and in exactly the same form as last Winter. For this season the Pivot Shirt is also constructed from Merino wool and now features welt pockets in addition to the advanced pivot sleeves. Finally, small accessories in the form of Watch Caps and scarves round out the collection and also come in beautifully soft, extra-fine merino wool.
For more information on the label, or to order from their online shop, go to the website here: Outlier.
The fact I’m a bit of a sock pervert is pretty obvious to anyone who knows me. I’m always on the lookout for new brands and a few months ago I discovered London based Form & Thread. As you can see, I finally succumbed to ordering from them recently and their socks are even better than I thought they would be.
The brand is based in London and New York and was founded by a couple of blokes (Rich and Chris) who’ve been in the industry for a number of years. The pair thought there room in the market for a product that competed in quality terms with well known brands, but retailed at a fraction of the price. And with this, Form and Thread was born.
Working to a different retail model to most sock brands, Form & Thread only sell online and only offer multi-packs as standard. This, in addition to working to fair and reasonable margins, means you get cheaper socks without sacrificing any quality. The brand’s core ethos is based around three words – materials, textures and construction. Their products are made with one of the finest sock manufacturers in Portugal, a factory renowned for its craftsmanship and this is clearly evident in the final product.
For £24 you get a box of three pairs, which as far as I’m concerned is a bargain. You can also create your own boxes, meaning you get exactly what you want, or go for one of their standard options. I opted for three pairs of their ’textured’ socks – ecru, navy and a light grey (keeping it simple for Winter, yeah). They’re beautifully soft and comfortable and they also feel thick enough to last for a decent amount of time and not wear out just by looking at them. One thing’s for certain, it won’t be the last box of socks I buy from the label.
For more information on the label and to buy online, go to the website here: Form & Thread.
You can never have too many jackets. It’s a simple fact of life. And as such, one should always be on the lookout for new outerwear, because a good coat is a necessity. My short jacket desire was sated recently with a shaggy blue number from Our Legacy, but that hasn’t stopped me thinking about this, the RAF jacket from Nigel Cabourn.
Based on an original 1950s design, the jacket is part of Cabourn’s Lybro range, with new life having being breathed into this UK heritage brand, culminating in a range of vintage inspired work wear clothes, which are manufactured using the best British and Japanese fabrics and trims.
The jacket is constructed from cotton poplin, with wool ribbed collar and cuffs. The exterior also features a pair of hand warmer pockets and adjustable herringbone tape at the waist. It’s fastened with a Japanese WWII zip with leather pull and inside you’ll find a light quilted lining.
I know these have been everywhere over the last few days but how could I not feature something this nice? Produced in collaboration with Clarks, 6876 have released a pair of classic footwear styles – the Desert Boot and Desert Trek. The two styles are the initial part of an ongoing collaboration between these two British labels, with leather versions to come early next year.
But keeping things in the here and now, what we’ve got is a cracking pair of desert boots (time to admit that I’m not a fan of Desert Treks in general though). Constructed with premium British suede from Charles F Stead, the colour way of the boots is a perfect understated grey, balanced with the simple natural crepe sole. Vegetable tanned leather is used for the inner sole, which features embossed Clarks & 6876 logos, as does the tonal lace fob. And with the laces, you get two pairs – tonal cotton or leather.
Both these Desert Boots and the Desert Treks are available now, so if you fancy grabbing a pair go to the website here: 6876.