There's nothing fashionable about frostbite, so it's worth investing in a pair of quality gloves to protect your hands from the elements this winter. Practicality aside, gloves are great for adding a contrasting point of texture or colour to your outfit and, crafted from fine leather, they are attractive to the eye in their own right. After all, gloves have been worn by kings and emperors as a status symbol since antiquity. -Mr. Porter
Kris Van Assche’s fascination with denim continues in his upcoming collection with Lee for Spring/Summer 2013. Sharp angled cuts highlight this season’s range for a look that is both masculine and streamlined. There’s more emphasis on tailored looks that are more refined, making the denim more about stylish ensembles rather than being workwear inspired. Look out for the collection to come around January 2013.
Seiko has released a line of military watches as a part of their 5 Series. While not particularly aligned with BMW’s car series of the same namesake, the focus on quality and craftsmanship is similarly shared. The Made In Japan Military Watches celebrate Seiko’s Japanese heritage while also keeping a certain minimal, modern aesthetic. Said aesthetic is reflected in the five concentrations of the watch: shock resistance, water resistance (10atm), day and date keepers, and of course, automatic function. These pieces are composed of high-grade stainless steel, Hardlex crystal lenses, and also feature a clear back cover. All of the essentials are fused into one timeless piece that meets function with elegant form.
When it comes to leather bike jackets, Lewis Leathers is a bit of an authority. The UK-based brand has been around since 1892, but really came to life in the 1950s and 60s as their styles became synonymous with rockers and mods. Since then, after a revamp and new ownership in the early Noughties, the brand and its London shop have evolved into a worldwide destination for people in search of quality leather dripping with attitude. A lot of this is down to the current proprietor and designer, Derek Harris, who’s the driving force behind Lewis Leathers. An avid collector and walking LL advertisement, Harris has not only managed to push and develop his own products, but also collaborate with brands such as Comme des Garçons and Junya Watanabe.
It was this mixture of attitude and craftsmanship that led photographer Horst A. Friedrichs to turn the lens on biker jackets for his latest book project, Pride & Glory: The Art of the Rockers’ Jacket. With exclusive access to Harris’ personal archive, never-seen-before vintage Lewis Leathers jackets and images of contemporary jackets, the book offers a beautiful insight into the garment’s beauty and mythology. The German-born, London-based photographer’s book is well-deserved moment of glory for Derek Harris and Lewis Leathers; the brand has helped take a product known for youth rebellion and make it a 21st century design classic.
German design studio and webstore YBDPT (YeahBoyDepartmentStudio) present their Fall Winter 2012 lookbook. Shot by Kipling Phillips, the story features men and womenswear from the likes of Comme de Garçons, Dana Lee, Norse Projects, Libertine-Libertine, Wood Wood, Sperry, Soulland, Airbag Craftworks and Trickers.
Word. Pocket Notebooks were conceived with the simplest of needs — a notebook that was both stylish and functional, detailed enough to contain a myriad of lists and compact enough for one’s back pocket. A nice blend of aesthetics and function, each product features a unique system designed to organize notes and to-do lists, while the environmentally and socially-conscious will appreciate Word.’s use of 100% post consumer recycled paper and domestic manufacturing practices. In an attractive array of camouflage and solid-color options, all Word. Pocket Notebooks contain 48 pages and are now being sold in packs of 3 at their online store.
The Eiger is Mission Workshop's version of the classic M-65 military field jacket updated with all the modern advantages of technical outerwear. This limited edition Eiger is constructed from Swiss-made Schoeller c_change™ fabric which utilizes a heat reactive, waterproof-breathable membrane to regulate body temperature and comfort. The waterproof membrane provides complete protection from rain, wind, and snow. Full seam taping and a three-point adjustable hood ensure that you'll stay dry when the storm rolls in.
True to its heritage, this field jacket is equipped with the traditional four-pocket front. Additionally, there are zippered hand-warmer pockets and two internal media pockets.
Made in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Bryan Bowie’s Tipton & Co. makes leather products and what caught our eye was his leather camera strap. Made with a single piece of heavyweight wax and oiled English bridled leather, they are all about toughness and durability. The edges are coated in black and lightly burnished to ensure comfort when wearing it around your neck. Choose from 28 or 34-inch lengths as well as finished or unfinished edges with a split ring lug. Made in the U.S.A. Now available online.
Available for pre-order is the Barbour x Tokihito Yoshida Sports jacket as worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall. The multi-functional garment draws inspiration from genuine vintage sporting pieces, fusing Tokihito Yoshida’s functional design ethos with fabrics and details from the Barbour archive. The result is a considered, modern jacket, ideal for unpredictable, wet weather. Take a look at the jacket above and head over to End to pre-order yours.
- H&C cutaway collar - an elegant but forward style
- Contrast gussets
- 100% two-ply Egyptian Cotton
- Environmentally safe fabric - with easy care finish for easy ironing
- H&C convertible cuffs - can be worn with buttons, or with cuff links
- Single-needle construction
- Box placket
I once again visited Frank Clegg in his shop in Fall River, MA. I always get such a homely feeling every time i visit this shop. It's quiet, and very much peaceful. The perfect place to allow your creative side take shape in the form of leather working. Frank and I decided we were going to make a quick iPad Mini case. I took a few pictures of the process and also around the shop that caught my eye.
Korchmar continues to show off some of their beautifully made pieces. The Justin Briefcase is perfect for the consumer who doesn't like to over-kill with all leather briefcases. It blends Rugged 10 oz. waxed canvas with American Steer hide leather. It also features a removable computer sleeve and a multipocket organizer on the interior. They use antique brass for the hardware to accent the colors. If you're already a fan of waxed canvas carry goods. Check this one out HERE.
Well dressed geezers sport the likes of Maison Martin Margiela, Christopher Shannon, Thom Browne and LVC in this ‘Gangland’ editorial from Oki-ni. A fully shoppable story, the store explains “As the long winter nights draw in and the temperature brings to drop, groups of young men choose to trade the street corner or park for the warmth of a bar, pool hall or cinema. At this time of year social circles tighten and cliques form, as activities move inside and underground.” Check out the OKI-NI Styled - Gangland feature here
Jean Paul Gaultier has announced that he is planning to launch a streetwear clothing line in Spring 2014. The French haute couture designer is apparently still going through the details of a five year contract with licensing company Ittierre SpA, and further details are limited, although reportedly there will be both a women's and men's line. Although it is of course cool to see Gaultier branching out into a more 'street' line of craft, it once agin poses that question; "what is streetwear?". Certainly not what it once was, that's for sure, as we've seen time and time again particularly over the last year or two with high-fashion designers appropriating streetwear styles for a higher end market. We'll keep you posted with updates on this!
The Walker is the first style of sunglasses by Saturdays. It is available in three styles, Tokyo Tort Mazzucchelli with green grey glass polarized lenses, Classic Tort with brown glass polarized lenses, and Shiny Black with green grey glass lenses. Featuring a lasercut Saturdays logo on a metal plaque inside of the right arm, the glasses are handcrafted in Japan and retail for $295. The lenses are covered in AR (anti reflective) and hydrophobic coatings to repel water and prevent glare. They are available for purchase at all Saturdays locations, as well as online at saturdaysnyc.com.