Thursday, 24 December 2009
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
If a man is known by the company he keeps - and the companies that retain his services - then Martyn Bal deserves to be more widely recognised. Having completed an MA at London's Royal College of Art in 2000, the young designer was instantly recruited to assist Hedi Slimane at Dior Homme, helping to make the label arguably the most influential in early Noughties menswear. Bal followed that plum first job with stints as creative director and design consultant at Verri Uomo and Versace respectively before being hired by Burberry as menswear design director. (Burberry Prorsum autumn/winter 2007 was his last collection.)
Bal's constructivist (and unsurprisingly sharp) design ethic is tempered by a certain fluidity of movement and softening details such as raglan sleeves, which filter into his more relaxed spring/summer 2010 capsule collection, featuring lightweight trenches and leathers. His muse for S/S 2010 is musician Erik Hassle, a Swedish singer/songwriter who, although not widely recognised outside his Scandinavian homeland, has recently been signed by Island Records. (His single Pieces is out on 10 February 2010.) Promisingly, the campaign was shot at Knebworth House, which in the past has played host to - or rather been played by - the Rolling Stones.
Monday, 21 December 2009
St Paul’s Cathedral has been garnering high praise of late, but not (at least as far as we’re aware) for anything liturgical. The object of this newfound adulation is the excellent restaurant in the crypt.
While i struggled slightly to find it (as you’re facing the main door, head left around the building to the discreet entrance), once inside the no-nonsense space you will be in excellent hands.
Its Christmas menu is thoughtfully presented – although a trad dinner of roast goose with bread sauce and Brussels takes the lead role, there are also excellent options such as braised shin of venison or pork belly (with possibly London’s best crackling) for those who have already overdosed on turkey, etc.
Puddings, such as gingerbread and honey ice sandwich, should not be missed. It’s anything but ostentatious: the ingredients have been lovingly selected, are well presented, and details like sides of “forgotten veg” (East Anglian rampart brussel sprouts & chantenay carrots) add extra interest. An excellent addition to east London dining. The Restaurant At St Paul’s,
Friday, 18 December 2009
The on-pitch power house brand Umbro, has released a sportswear collection inspired by Football and English culture which is the amalgamation of over 85 years of referencing from the Umbro print archives, with style inspirations taken from sport, music and art. The collection offers retro graphic tees featuring prints influenced from the Mancunian music scene, vintage advertising and the ever famous classic tracksuit, depicted in a fun line of male joggers!
The collection is available now launched exclusively with House of Fraser.
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Encased in luxurious dark brown Mara calf leather, inside and out, and housing leather pockets with nubuck lining, this Smythson Lippiatt folder will certainly look more sophisticated under your arm than that Ryman document wallet. It comes complete with one A4 pad of pale blue featherweight paper, a gilt pencil, and plain Kings correspondence cards and envelopes. £415
Monday, 14 December 2009
Despite producing its wares in the same Derbyshire factory for the last 150 years, t-shirt and underwear specialist Sunspel – official supplier of James Bond’s very own undergarments no less – has taken the modernist view of making its entire collection available online via its new website, which for us ensures we are able to furnish our bottom draws with knitted delights!
Friday, 11 December 2009
Nike Sportswear have released another killer collaboration - the Air Max Current sneaker created in partnership with British designer, Ben Drury,who has worked extensively in the music industry, creating album artwork for the likes of Turin and Dizzee Rascal amongst others. Nike, a brand which has so many iconic products all under the mighty Swoosh, have taken the Air Max 90 and given it the updated treatment.
With a colour combination of jet black and electric blue the details of Drury's Air Max 90 Current reflects his supposed dual inspiration of town and country. Featuring metal D-rings; bright urban light laces and technical fabrics guaranteed from Nike Sportswear, gives this shoe the desirability for...
The Nike Air Max Current will be available exclusively from Nike Sportswear at 1948 Store, Batemans Row, Shoreditch, London from today , 11th December, 2009.
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Todays rat-race of brand messaging means having a unique way of supplying a product with a voice is always a tricky task, and requires a brand to strive for 'the next level' of consumer messaging.
Welcome then, to the simplistic genius of TRIWA - the Italian based watch maker who decided to showcase their sartorially correct and colourful timepieces through the transport system of Stockholm! The hand grips in all inner city buses have been replaced with pictures of their timepieces, showcasing a variety of styles in rainbow colours suiting any day of the week!
This promotional exercise is of course utterly useless for actually telling the time, but perfectly frustrating enough to ensure you stop off at the nearest TRIWA retail outlet to buy one!
Luckily for us the range starts from £55 and are all available online from http://www.triwa.com
Monday, 7 December 2009
A site full of parisian promise holds the key to a much needed gap filler in the jersey-wear, sweaters and t-shirt apparel market. Holding designs that separate them them from the everyday scope of apparel available out there right now, SixPack is an online store which spreads across many towns, countries and continents collecting and recruiting the best creatives to take part in design collaboration.
Take the 'General' t-shirt by Todd James for example, the internationally recognised artist flexes his military artistic passion through this tee (and 2 other designs) with a rich display of medals and a trusty sword, whilst graphic designer Kimou Meyer aka Grotesk from Sweden provides straight-up impact-full garments through simplistic witty font, seen below in the 'Always Remember To Thank' sweater.
The page space of sixpack.fr is extensive, with over 40 artists to choose from and surprisingly light on your wallet for the recessionary season - this means click on and spend! spend! spend!
Thursday, 3 December 2009
High quaility chambray does seem to come and go each season from various brands, whom i believe to not know how to distinguish or define the word 'quality', especially when they are flogging some upscale Primark-esque shirt with little or no idea for what quaility craftmanship truly is!
Studio D'artisan however, have produced a fine specimen of Salvage cotton shirting, unquestionable in quality and dyed in an intense indigo wash, it gives me feelings of pleasure even when i see the £165 price tag!
Made in japan, the land of Salvage, it has classic workman pockets, a hidden button down collar and a perfect detail of ye olde chain-stitching (a stitch with a series of loops that lay on the fabric forming a loose style line dating back to the 1800's) this makes for a Gentry Style must have which will provide you with an assured lifetime of style.
Priced £165 and available now from - www.superdenim.co.uk
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Pop up stores seem to be a continued trend this season, and the latest temporary boutique to open is by menswear brand Hentsch Man, which is open now for business for one month only, located in the Princes Arcade off Jermyn Street London.
The brand started up with the aim of producing simple, elegant and wearable menswear, which the perfect white shirt being their start base classic but soon diversified into everything from perfectly tailored trousers, quirky weekend bags and even authentic venetian slippers.
With brand values of simplicity and functionality we salute you Hentsch Man for making our choices easy with your simplistic no-compromise way about designing for the modern man.
The store will be open from 10am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday until December 23rd so get a skate on down to store now!