Friday, 18 November 2011

Cool Cats x SUPER W Sunglasses


To name your brand Cool Cats you not only have to have some big cojones but also be able to deliver on said claim. Luckily this group have got both covered in abundance. With the tragic loss of DJ Mehdi from the crew 2 months ago its nice to see the camp bringing the positivity back with this funky little release. Taking the already popular 'W' model from the Super range and adding a tongue and cheek lens design which gives birth to the Sunglasses which adorn their own Cats logo. I think this is an extremely good brand match and concept. Although wearability is possibly an issue this is a great little collaboration with alot of heart. Available in Matt or Shiny Black frames now from Cool Cats and Super direct...



Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Totally Flecked...


I'm really loving the ready availability of interesting fabrics and textures in current mens fashion. The flecked look is both very popular and very rewarding when worn right. I think for me what is exciting about pieces like these is that they are never boring they are different from every angle just as they are different when viewed from afar to close proximity. There is always something going on which means they are far more engaging for the eye and can really upgrade an outfit no matter how subtly...







Monday, 14 November 2011


The overshirt is becoming one of my favourite pieces of clothing on the market right now, I purchased one a few months ago on the cheap and have hardly taken it off they are so versatile and after watching the Bill Cunningham film this week it has only increased my allure for them. It is not only useful all year round but looks great as an outerwear piece or simply for layering. There are currently 3 particular favourites of mine on the market and they all comes with a high pedigree, very robust construction and great detailing.

DoverStreetMarket x Bleu De Paname


Bleu De Paname bring their parisian style to London's premier shopping experience and collaborate on their Veste de Comptoir jacket. Premium in every sense of the word.

Natural Selection Denim Gas Flap


NS Denim have already garnered a huge amount of fans in their short lifespan. This Workwear inspired overshirt is a great colour it has even better buttons and detailing, this shirt will probably outlast you.

D.S.Dundee Moleskin Overshirt


This is definately more heavy than the previous two but it was this particular Tumeric colour that got me hooked. Proving Moleskin isn't just for your granddad.

British Remains Creepers

After an initial collection of interesting graphic t-shirts the British Remains brand has remained on my radar but has failed to impress with subsequent releases. This however is their first foray into footwear and they have definitely redeemed themselves. The Creeper is iconically British and refers to the suede boots with crepe soles that were worn by Soldiers based in North Africa during World War II known for their durability and comfort. After the war was over the soldiers returned and so did the footwear being adopted by the Teddys and Dandies. This modern take on the idea with the Derby shape is excellently finished in Black Suede with tan leather lining. I particularly like the ridged midsole which contrasts against the black really well and acts as a division above the crepe sole. I'm glad this brand is back on track and I hope they continue down this creative route. The Creepers are available now at Goodhood...

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Common Projects: New Editions


Common Projects without a doubt create the most understated but incredibly luxury sneakers on the market right now and news that they are to launch a diffusion line is music to my ears. By ditching the premium leather and using canvas for the outerskin CP have created a more casual collection but still very much in keeping with their previous works. But these are far from a simple downgrade. With the addition of Vibram soles and leather lining for comfort the New Editions line will not only be an affordable everyday sneaker but also still maintain the luxury feel and aesthetics which make CP products so continually desirable, expect these to release Spring 2012 at all CP stockists...




Flying Rhinos


This is an amazing video chronicling the WWF's Black Rhino Range Expansion Project. Relocating endangered Black Rhinos by transporting them upside down by helicopter to secret locations establishing new populations throughout South Africa and increasing their range by over 150,000 hectares. Such great visuals and a very important project if we want to be able to see these wonderful animals in years to come, take a look...

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

New Balance 996 Black/Grey


After the buzz of the Salmon Toe release what next for Ronnie Fieg and Kith NYC. Well with the official store opening only two days away are quickly building a formidable repertoire. Although the Kith Set are marking their launch with two custom New Balance colorways on the American made 574 model something else has caught my eye. I previewed these New Balance 996's back in May 2010, so i'm not sure where these have been hiding since but I have not seen them on offer anywhere else since. I love the use of the black leather on the upper which splits the purple suede and gives it the feeling of a saddle shoe, this coupled with the really good quality grey mesh which is one of my favourite features on any good New Balance these are the perfect winter colorway, and are available now via KithNYC online...



Friday, 4 November 2011

Vans Vault Chukka Bardenas LX


Falling somewhere between casual and formal this relative newbie into the Vans line up gets a luxury makeover for its first Vault outing. The coffee colorway is the main attraction with the all black version failing to impress. The brick red sole having a Mark McNairy feel and with leather laces to match the premium leather upper these have a very autumnal feel and since i've been looking for something with a desert boot feel recently these could fill the void...

Nonnative SS12 Collection


I find it increasingly hard to write about each passing collection from Nonnative without sounding like I am in some way being blackmailed by them into writing excellent reviews, but the fact is they have been producing alarming quality collections so consistently its virtually impossible to grumble about anything except for the price and with product which is good as this even that seems like an innate argument. Lightweight fabrics allow for some fine layering without being too bulky for the warmer months and I really love the use of colour blocking with several pieces in similar colours but with varied textures and fabrics. Showcasing design, functionality and style this collection is hugely accomplished and I guess its time for me to start saving for the release in 2012...





Steven Alan Crossover V-Neck Sweater


Thick patterned knitwear is a hard one to get right, you don't want to end up looking like your wearing your Nan's knitted christmas jumper but you also want to add a little more game to your winter wardrobe. This Steven Alan V-neck could be your go to piece, although im more of a round neck guy this one is particularly inoffensive as a neck line. It is a heavy knit so its guaranteed not to let you down in the cold and i'm hoping like me you agree that the pattern although it is bold also makes for some pretty interesting winter knitwear, available now from Garbstore...


Air Jordan III 'Black Cement'


The Air Jordan III is what a would call a seminal sneaker, one of such brilliant aesthetics it is hard to describe it in mortal words. And this colorway is arguably the best in its long history. Although this is a retro release and thus it will be missing the original Nike Air rear logo which the Jumpman now adorns, it will be missing the superior leather and build quality of the originals. What they will not be missing is the nostalgia, the grey/black and red colorway with the iconic elephant print, the silhouette which helped Jordan to his 1988 Dunk Championship win and helped create the iconic Mars Blackmon. These shoes are without a doubt in my top 5 of all time and on release represented a new era in sneaker design and in recent times have remerged still as strong as they day they were first debuted. Make sure you don't miss out on these believe me you will end up wishing you hadn't...

Beard by Matt Rainwaters


I have been waiting for the right time to post this, and as we seem to be well into the claws of winter it became apparent that the time was here. Although the popularity of facial hair has boomed over the last few years it seems that the shine may be wearing off. I have always been a fan of facial hair which is probably in some way down to the fact my dad has always had a beard and I now do aswell (this is mainly to stop anyone realising that without it I look like a 12 year old but this is beside the point) because of this I quickly realised the effort and maintenance involved in a beard. Then around 6 months back I came across 'Beard' a collection by Matt Rainwaters which portrays the winners/losers and the inbetweeners at the World Beard and Moustache Championships in Alaska during the spring of 2009. These guys are seriously into beards and I give them massive respect, the problem is which one to choose for my winter growth....






Its so Yeezy...


Finally after various blurred, cropped and poor quality photos of the Air Yeezy 2 we finally get a decent look at the Black/Pink colorway. Although its not known wether these will be one of pairs released I think it is probably a good bet. Do you prefer these to the original Black colorway seen early this year? And what do you think the other colorways have in store?

General Idea SS12 Collection


General Idea first debuted this collection at New York fashion week but it fell under my radar but the second showing from the Korean Brand was on home turf in Seoul and I was glad to see it second time round. With designer Bumsuck Choi at the helm their SS12 collection is a vibrant colourful affair. The collection has a definitive nautical inspiration with a host of horizontal lines, and lightweight outerwear with large pockets and toggles. The loose fitting trousers and shorts are great and give the collection a very summer feeling along with the awesome use of bold colours which don't overpower but add to the looks. This collection will definately inspire me to go more bold with colour next summer...






Thursday, 3 November 2011

MANIAC Short Film

Shia Lebeouf and Kid Cudi come together to collaborate on a Short Film based on the 'Maniac' titled song from Cudi’s Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager. This was not only an interesting watch over Halloween but also maybe a showcase of great things to come from both Lebeouf, who clearly has a flare as a director aswell as an actor and Cudi who is very believable and maybe has his eyes on an acting role in the future...


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