Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Edouard Sepulchre - Bike Rider Series


After studying psychology for 5 years and working the following 10 years in advertising Edouard Sepulchre decided to take a different path in 2010 to do something for himself. He started to take his passion for photography and share it in several collection of photographs and videos. This series taken at the L'Eroica vintage cycling event held every year through the roads of Tuscany has to be my favourite. I think the shots and video and not only very enjoyable but also inspiring and give a real insight into the past culture of cycling and how it has inspired this recent surge in popularity for road bikes and fixies. View the full collection and several other projects on Edouards website...






Paul Smith 'Feather' Daypack

Paul Smith are well known for perfect tailoring and smart cuts. But as this Daypack shows they are no slouch when it comes to accessories either. I think the vintage bag shape is solid and with a japanese inspired olive green feather print outer and nylon straps this is a perfect unisex bag. It is also a colour that can be worn throughout the year, available now via End...

The Talks


I found this site recently and have been really enjoying the interviews. The Talks is a weekly updated online interview magazine. Over the past decade its founders Johannes Bonke and Sven Schumann have met with cultural figures of all kinds. The interviews are great, the questions are completely out of the ordinary and this makes the answers a revealing look at some of your favourite celebrities...

Topman x Loake Footwear Collection


With an upcoming Mr Hare collaboration releasing this Thursday Topman introduce us to a second footwear collaboration this time with another British Brand Loake. With a Derby, Toecap Boot and Fringe Loafer all decked out in polished leather with a contrasting white sole. Having seen both Burberry and Comme des Garcon bringing this look onto the catwalk these are an affordable and quality alternative, available right now...




Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Opening Ceremony Multi Leather Oxford


Opening Ceremony is one of the webstores I often visit online for inspiration, they have such a hugely varied selection of brands on offer that everyday is different. This pair of Multi Leather Oxfords is from their AW11 Footwear collection and has to be one of the best looking shoes I have ever seen. I have been waxing lyrical about Mark McNairy for the past few seasons as his footwear is outstanding but these for me are on a higher plain. The detailing is incredible, from the 5 types of leather and suede used to build the shoe, the brass eyelets, the brogue patterning which flows from leather to leather flawlessly, down to the brilliant combination of browns with the red heel. Someone give me a pedestal because these are going on the top of one...


Gant Rugger x Close Up and Private


Although I had never come across Sergei Sviatchenko until this shoot after visiting his very successful blog Close Up and Private it is clear his eye for art and fashion is outstanding. By compiling shots of his own clothing and inspirations throughout the year he is able to bring you not only a feeling for each season but ideas on how to wear and enhance your own personal style. I have previously mentioned Gant Rugger and their superb AW11 Collection and the combination of the two is a match made in heaven. The photography compliments the collection and vice versa, this is the perfect example of why collaborations between creatives breed even bigger and better visions...






Atmos x Asics Gel Lyte III


The Asics Gel Lyte III continues to dominate this year with Atmos Japan dropping another highly loveable colorway. What I always seem to forget is that this shoe is actually one of the most technologically forward shoes in running. The split tongue was designed specifically to reduce unnecessary strain on the top of the foot during long distances and with a triple-density compression moulded midsole for excellent rear foot shock absorption these are as much at home during a marathon as they are walking to the shop. And with an original Batmanesc black and gold upper and one of my favourite design features the splatter effect midsole these are definitely a rival for RF's releases this year...



Vanishing Elephant SS12 Collection


Vanishing Elephant have been making waves down under since their launch in 2008, with a successful footwear line the apparel game seemed a likely next step but to create such a great collection so soon is an amazing achievement and testament to the trio who created it. With what is clearly a great eye for colour combinations and a varied selection of pieces which are made for longevity rather than pure trend. No wonder they were honored with a Designer of the Year Award from GQ Australia in 2009. I look forward to seeing some stockists here in the UK very soon...






CLOT x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Low


CLOT are well known for their eye catching sneaker designs, but not usually such refined offerings. This Autumn brings a collaboration with Converse and a Chuck Taylor All Star Low which appeals to the more to the style conscious man than the average sneaker head. This is not however a bad thing because with two colorways in suede and leather, and what a can only describe as an inspired gum toe insert these are simple brilliance. With detailing that can only be applied by truely experienced footwear designers I think these offer a nice change of pace for a brand known for their excess...



Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Mark McNairy New Amsterdam SS12 Collection


No one can ever accuse Mark McNairy of being boring. In every collection I have seen from this designer I have seen great skill and talent but also fun. His collections infuse colour and patterns in abundance but still manage to keep a very clean and simple aesthetic. I have no idea how he manages to create these almost contradictory looks and more importantly make them look good, but I say hats off and keep up the good work...




Nike SB Janoksi Mid Oil Green


The Janoski SB was from the outset a brilliant design no doubt but I was apprehensive when I saw the Mid silhouette for the first time. Luckily just as the original it has borred a whole in my heart with both simplicity and wearability, no matter wether it be on the board or sitting in a cafe with a rolled chino these look so eloquent and for this reason it is becoming the adonis of the SB family, I have to say I can see this being the shoe that represents the Nike SB brand more that any other, sorry P-Rod...

Braun BN0082 Stainless Steel Watch


Although Braun clearly attended the same school of naming products as the Mclaren automotive department. The BN0082 is nonetheless a thing of beauty. With minimal aesthetics picked up from a wealth of experience in the world of product design, this watch is very simple but with its brushed metal case and mesh strap it looks splendid and will no doubt tell the time with perfect German efficiency...

Nike 'The Ones' Web Series

Nike's Air Force One presents the first in a web video series entitled 'The Ones'. The series profiles creative individuals who are transforming their fields and explores how they think and what makes them the influential individuals they are. In this installment they showcase Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs the two masterminds behind the men's lifestyle blog 'Street Etiquette'. One of the most aesthetically pleasing blogs on the web and definitely one of my favourite places for inspiration...

Nike x Tiger Woods Free


The Nike Innovation Kitchen, the stuff of dream but alas the place where some thought things had gone stale. I must admit given the huge resurrection of much 'lesser brands' it was easy to say Nike has fallen off the the radar somewhat in the sneaker market. But I think what has happened is probably almost the opposite. By taking a step back from the continually saturating market I feel Nike has once again risen to the top because not because of extra money but because of experience. Given the rate of current releases by competing brands it seems Nike has taken the foot off the accelerator to concentrate on what in most cases is the most important thing the quality of the product. Yes they are still continually dipping into the archives and dishing out what the general populous are feeding on and why not. But they are also taking the initiative and creating the future of footwear. Take the Nike x Tiger Woods Free shoe, taking a concept from a running shoe and pitching it into a new environment (no pun intended). I really wholeheartedly love this shoe, I think it looks crazy but in a good way and more importantly is pushing the boundaries of footwear design...


Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Molletta BiciBands

I recently purchased some new MKS pedals for my road bike and have found that they look great but are sometimes a bit easy for your foot to slip off in wet conditions. And so it seems that Molletta Design have come up with an affordable and great looking solution. BiciBands fit easily onto your pedals giving you not only a good foot hold but also a flash of colour. They are available now via their webstore...

Timex Weekender Collection

Timex Weekender Collection

Following the J.Crew x Timex collaboration last week Timex bring us their new weekender collection. With a simple anthracite or cream faces and the choice of a selection of nylon and metal bands all for under $60, these are perfectly affordable and look great, no word on availability over here in the UK but i'm sure it won't be too long...

Our Legacy Generation Shirt

Our Legacy Generation Shirt

Our Legacy have crafted another lovely collection of shirts for this Autumn/Winter and having purchased this one I can happily confirm that the quality and fit is brilliant. This blue/red patterning has an almost african feel to it and the bone effect buttons really set off the whole look. Although the material is quite thick it is not too much for a summer evening and will definitely hold its own into winter too, available now via oi polloi...

Fragment Design x Nike AW11 All Court 2's

Fragment Nike All Court 2011

Fragment Design are set to bring a selection of collaborative efforts with Nike to the table this year starting with this selection of 6. The All Court 1 which brought so much success in 2010 is out and the more slimline All Court 2 silhouette has been brought in. You will probably notice they have a much slimmer outsole and smaller rubber toe caps. Sticking to a simple formula of de swooshing the shoe and keeping it super simple with 3 singular colorways all with white stitching. The only branding to be seen small FRGMNT tab, on the inner eyestay, as you can see there will be hi and lo top options available and they are guaranteed to go with everything in your wardrode...

Fragment Nike All Court 2011


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