If you can’t stay, come for breakfast. If you can’t get a table, then just sit in the lobby. Either way you just have to drop in, sit down and have a moment to take this beautiful madness in. Knights in shining armour guarding the toilets, an indoor fire pit and lounge Barbarella would feel at home in and running through the hallways and stairs you have the very same carpet from that all familiar scene in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Perfectly mental. Parker
I first saw a REVO when I stayed at the Ace Hotel London. Since then i’ve been trying to find the all-black ’Shadow’ iteration featured in their rooms. The SuperSignal and SuperConnect are this Scottish companies flagship models and although the black edition is discontinued the next generation radios are out now and hot as hell – the standard finishes are just as impressive. Please consider doing these in all-black again revo.
Kicking off the year with Alpha industries and this special edition NASA version of their classic MA-1. Set up in 1959, Alpha built it’s business through various US military defence contracts. That kind of experience alone should be validation enough that their products are good enough for you and your ‘flouncing around the town’ needs. Check it out here.
Last week we celebrated the launch of our Kickers ‘Forty’ Document and development of our Document story telling vehicle. Stories were told, interviews were made, shoots were shot and a book was produced. To commemorate the history and 40th anniversary of the Kickers Kick-Hi boot, we created ‘Forty’, a specially curated retrospective magazine. A collaboration between menswear writer and publisher David Hellqvist, we put together a feast of delicious interviews and conversations with Christopher Shannon and Simon Foxton with photography contributions from Pelle Crepin and James Pearson-Howes.
Here’s a cheeky little glimpse at Japanese Neighborhood’s second drop of their latest AW15 collection for October. Layers and layers of delicious workwear and military inspired garms to convince the cloth geeks out there that you know your shit. Check out the main collection, including their Addidas collab here at END.
Twitter is going bat shit crazy over channel 4’s rebrand and specifically the series of stings/idents that support it. As usual an initial spout of bemusement unfortunately projected as hate is being thrown around over what I think to be some fantastic and progressive creative work. The new brand is centred around the ownership of an all familiar shard element that makes up the classic logo mark.
Those who remember Lambie Nairn’s classic 4 logo, first created in 1982 will totally appreciate that this new idea hasn’t just sprung up from no where (as if any idea ever does). It’s a wonderful iteration and development of a brand and logo mark that was too iconic too ignore. “We went back to the start, we went back to the iconic Lambie-Nairn 4… and we broke it apart. It was incredibly liberating,”. A dream team comprising of 4 creative, creative agency DBLG, Neville Brody and Jonathan Glazer.read more
Before you climb up into Memphis Bell’s belly gun and start machine gunning those Messerschmitts, you should know that this is far from bullet proof. Founded in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Rocky Mountain Featherbed began by creating down vests for cowboys with the iconic and seamless single-piece leather yoke. Made in Japan, it’s constructed from light water resistant nylon and filled with 90% down and 10% feather. Usually I would steer clear of anything flesh coloured and certainly anything that looks like it’s reacted to a rather nasty bee sting but something keeps pulling me back to this oddity. superdenim
…just been going through ts(s)’s AW15 collection look book and it’s everything I want to be. Workwear inspired outerwear thrown over casual sportswear pieces with plenty of earthy tones and a good few jacket liners peppered in there too. Layer up, like a tramp with taste. notsohardwork
H2O haters RAINS have teamed up with American sailing brand Sperry. I mean this totally makes sense; right? Where are all the water-proof shoes anyway? I write this as I look down after walking home from the studio. I’m wearing suede Clarks, it’s wet, and my toe caps are flecked like a painters radio.
Copenhagen’s RAINS have always been a respected brand of mine, producing wearable water proofing gear at a humble price point. If we’re talking sailing shoes, then this definitely makes sense. If we’re talking a commute through London in these sodden autumn months; well then, that makes sense too. Designs based on the familiar classic Sperry Topsider silhouette and a modest plimsole iteration. Sperryread more
…and here’s the adults. Shot by Dan Martensen our men’s and women’s collection showcase the Details Matter, Day to Night and Pre-collection product trading stories; John Halls and Hannah Cassidy just a few of the great faces this season. Take a closer look here.
Our latest work for Clarks Global Kids AW15 campaign has dropped. A campaign that saw us work up several different product trading stories, featuring School, Winter Storm, Funtime Favourites and Playground Heroes and all shot by the incredibly talented Tim Marsella . You can see more of the stories here.
Gentry: ‘Ever stand there in your bathrobe thinking “this is probably the best winter coat around”’. Simon Miller replies with the Hughes Wool Coat. At this very moment I have an alternate browser window open. I’m in the midst of buying a pram for the impending child baby, and anybody who’s recently done this knows it means thousand dollar coats are off the menu for a while. Take a look here for me Gentry
David Hellqvist talks to Michael Hill of Drake’s for Port. Michael Hill, managing & creative director of British clothing and accessories brand Drake’s, talks to David Hellqvist about classic design language, the new AW15 season, and how Jason Jules became the face of the collection. read it here
Actually rather god damn genius. Acne Studios shoot AW/15 womenswear modelled on 11 year-old Frasse, creative director Jonny Johansson’s son. Shot by Dutch artist Viviane Sassen Jonny says he “wanted to portray that feeling of first experiences with fashion, like a kid is experimenting with their look for the first time”. For me, this simple idea puts focus on the garments like never before. Swamped by the outerwear, you’re forced into a reality that’s quite removed from the regular engagement with fashion imagery. There’s no lifestyle or necessarily fashion here. Instead it makes you focus on shape, texture and cut. Perhaps a little jibe at the fashion machine, forcing us to focus more on craft?
Quite simply a colour we would like to see a lot more of in menswear this AW. DRIES VAN NOTEN