Continuing this year’s tributes to the Chinese zodiac, Nike Sportswear has crafted yet another “Year of the Snake” pack – this time featuring a trio of woven silhouettes with the brand’s Solarsoft cushioning. Opting for premium materials and subtle snakeskin detailing, the collection includes the Solarsoft Moccasin Woven alongside the Solarsoft Rache Woven and the Solarsoft Mule Woven. Eschewing its usual suede and synthetics, the Moccasin pairs a smooth leather toe box with matching snakeskin quarter panels while the Rache opts for a greyscale palette across its woven nylon and snakeskin upper. Finally, the unique edition of the clog-like Mule features an upper of green, yellow and black woven nylon while the lone snakeskin accent appears in the form of a black branding tab. All three Quickstrikes are set to be available in limited quantities from Scotland’s Hanon beginning this Saturday, March 23.
John Varvatos releases the Artisan Double Lace sneaker – part of their Spring Summer 2013 collection. These sneakers feature a double row leather lacing system with antique eyelets and are garment dyed giving it an age-worn look. Made from natural canvas and Italian calf skin leather, the Artisan Double Lace also have a medial zipper making them easy to slip on. A hand painted sole with tire tread rubber provides additional comfort. Available in grey or tan online.
Thorocraft is a California-based brand founded in 2009, known for pairing modern technology and rebellious, bold style with classic footwear silhouettes. New for Spring 2013 is the Mercer Shoe — an oxford that features camo uppers, a laser-cut ventilation pattern, and combination sole — along with the Ross Shoe, with its full-grain hand-woven leather uppers and EVA/foam soles. The uppers are finished off with a pigskin inner lining and a raw, undyed Vachetta leather heel detail and each shoe should be breathable and lightweight — yet durable — enough for all your spring walking needs.
For the remaining cold winter days, the exclusive pop-up store F.I.L. Indigo Camping Trailer releases this stunning down jacket from the visionary mind of visvim director Hiroki Nakamura. Compiled of vintage American bandana segments and coordinated patchwork dating back from the 1960s to the 1980s, the Kerchief Down Jacket’s jaw-dropping looks are complimented further with the inclusion of premium white mother goose down feathers and sleek classic buttons. All pieces sold exclusively at the pop-up store share similar characteristics such as tag-free branding, extremely limited numbers and individualized production, meaning no single item is the same. Available in red, black and navy for ¥147,000 JPY (approximately $1595 USD).
The Ace Hotel x Alpha Industries Waterproof Fishtail Parka is designed to breathe easy even while it keeps you warm and dry, based on the classic US Army M-65 Fishtail parka. The nylon shell is seam-sealed with an adjustable hood and waist for easy layering options in all wet weather conditions. The classic fishtail bottom can be snapped up. Soldiers of the olden days used to wrap the tails around their upper legs for freedom of movement and an additional waterproof surface. You can too if you want to.
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The Bosun mid-weight Merino riding jacket is perfect for those chilly fall mornings. Layers nicely with the Orion waterproof shell.
The jacket is made from New Zealand Merino wool woven with a stretch Lycra fiber for greater mobility. The Bosun has one internal chest pocket, a touring-style rear pocket and one internal ported media pocket. It is cut slightly longer in the back and has reinforced shoulders and elbows made from military-spec 4-way stretch fabric from the USA.
Before you knew it, the collaborative holiday release between The Brooklyn Circus and Ebbets Field Flannels sold out with only a few blogs even aware of its existence. Well in true BKc fashion, the American heritage brand thanks its loyal patrons with a re-release of the finely crafted Ball Caps. Made in the USA with 100% wool, this hat features a leather adjustable strap-back, denim under-visor, satin inside taping and cotton sweatband. Available in three favorite BKc color tones of navy, maroon and black, this joint effort with historical athletic clothing purveyor Ebbets Field Flannels will be available within a week, starting online with BKc locations to follow.
For Spring/Summer 2013, Lou Dalton‘s archetype seemed to be the sort of everyman who enjoys ’70s movies such as Taxi Driver, likes his silhouettes sporty and relaxed, and prefers pairing sneakers with his tailoring. Her collection of retro-inspired garments showcased a mix of classicism and refined tailoring that has become her signature, while also infusing those elements with modern, athletic touches. There were baseball-style tops, colorblocked suits paneled with technical materials and suede-accented shirts, along with shorts and trousers that veered away from too-short or too-skinny. And, as if to emphasize the wearability of the garments, black socks and athletic sneakers grounded each outfit, putting the finishing touches on a strong collection from British menswear’s newest starlet.
For Spring/Summer 2013, Still Good designer Clément Taverniti found his inspiration in the work of American artist Barnett Newman. Newman’s pure — and often hard-edged — use of color fields is referenced throughout the “MOMENT NOW” collection in colorblocked shirts, trunks and tees, while nautical influences appear on Breton-striped jacket linings and horizontally-striped button-downs. This being a Still Good collection, however, the French label’s signature street elements appear elsewhere in the form of graphic tees, lightweight jackets and hoodies, each colored in neutral hues that should serve one well both at the beach and in the city. Look for the collection to release at select stockists – including our online store — in the coming weeks.
Photography: Yannick Roudier
Denham continue their work with denim and found fabrics for Spring Summer 2013. Taking inspiration from two sources “the contemporary music festival (think
Fuji Rocks in Japan) and the influence of modern mil-spec contemporary military detailing, ” old styles are reintroduced in new fabrics as well as the introduction of fresh designs. Ever wondered what happened to skydiving parachutes when their times up? Denham scoops them up and offers them a new life as a smart technical parka. Fancy fabrics such as silver-back waterproof-breathable packable nylon and custom-printed blue camo sit alongside simpler linens and cottons, with plenty of smaller collections within the Spring 2013 line offering a bit of variety. We’ll take a closer look in weeks to come, for now check out the lookbook in the gallery.
Within the latest issue of the magazine Sense, Japanese Label Visvim reveals a preview of the new collection for Spring / Summer 2013. It displays some of the new creations of designer Hiroki Nakamura: jackets, shirts, t-shirts, shoes, accessories, etc..
Founded in 2008, Song for the Mute has quietly been making waves with its unique approach to tailoring; Its aesthetic is characterized by drapey silhouettes and a meticulous attention to detail. Just launched is it’s 2013 spring/summer ‘Ligne’ collection which features new silhouettes portrayed by strong lines and unique textures. The minimal color palette of white, black and grey really lets the construction and details of this season’s garments shine. Highlights include the various outerwear options and the unique drop-crotch trousers. Look for this latest collection at international retailers including For Tomorrow.
The Samaritan jacket design is inspired by the Special Operations Forces Protective Clothing Unit Level 5 jacket (PCU L5). The PCU Jacket has been the staple for elite forces, from Navy SEALS to Green Berets, all over the world and favored by outdoorsmen and adventure seekers alike. In the Samaritan we have borrowed the functions that have made these jackets popular under extreme conditions and made them more “urban friendly” for everyday use. But still protection is the number one concern so they are made of durable 4 way stretch soft shell material and are wind/ water resistant with a DWR protective membrane cloth that lets water vapor out but contains body heat. The Samaritan jacket works great by itself but is also light enough to layer beneath making it a great shell jacket to weather most harsh conditions.
Additional features are the ambidextrous upper arm pocket for holding objects for quick access, lower wrist pocket for accessing quick items such as ID/PASSPORTS or travel tickets, under arm zipper for quick ventilation after aerobic movements, large front zippered pockets - with interior hooking loops, that can be easily accessed while wearing a backpack or other equipment and a comfortable adjustable hood. For outdoor visibility and team activities there is also two upper arm velcro patches to use with any velcro hook patch or item.
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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.
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.