Conversing about the origins of camouflage, maharishi founder Hardy Blechman sits down with PORT Magazine to discuss the evolution of camouflage, its utility and its relevance today. Positing that the use of camouflage is not just a military invention, Blechman touches on the various looks army garb has taken on over the years, culminating in the use and purpose of camouflage in today's contemporary landscape. Associating camo with a timeless sense of cool that has permeated army attire for centuries, Blechman offers a bit of background as to why camo is so prevalent within maharishi's designs today. Check out his interview with PORT Magazine for more information on the history of camouflage.
MKI BLACK is the name of a new range of premium outerwear from MKI Miyuki-Zoku Store in Leeds. Founded by creative director Vik Tailor in 2010, the retailer is a hub for the conscious fashion consumer, with a focus on in-house, affordably-priced label MKI and a host of international names like COMME des GARCONS and Saint James. Despite its English location however, the origins of MKI Miyuki-Zoku Store are found in Miyuki-Zoku, a tribe of Japanese youth who were the first to adopt the Ivy Style look in 1964. This reverence for an appropriated classic aesthetic is also evident in MKI BLACK, a 5-piece capsule collection constructed with quality materials at reasonable prices. The collection consists of biker jackets, pea coats and varsity styles, each featuring premium cow nappa leather, 24oz melton wool, high grade metal work and solid craftsmanship. Designer-grade products at modest prices, MKI BLACK’s 2012 Fall/Winter pieces available now online.
WELCOME‘s Track Shoe is a collaboration between the new Swedish label and pared-down sneaker experts at Common Projects. Part of Our Legacy/Tres Bien Shop‘s debut collection for Fall/Winter 2012, the shoe’s rich leather uppers and slight sheen are tempered by panels in a special fabric called Kinsal Double, while tonal stitching and laces make for a sporty yet sophisticated package. Elsewhere, a gold heel panel and printed insole add subtle, graphic doses and a rubber running-inspired sole provides comfort. The WELCOME x Common Projects Track Shoe is available now at Tres Bien’s online store.
Pharrell Williams and Mark McNairy made waves earlier this year with the announcement of Bee Line for Billionaire Boys Club, an inspired collaboration that further merges the worlds of menswear and streetwear. With a blend of BBC’s signature colors, patterns and streeetwear aesthetic and New Amsterdam’s post-trad design cues, the Bee Line collection for Fall/Winter 2012 is comprised of twisted garments grounded in traditional wardrobe staples. Included among this season’s offerings are a range of jackets and shirts that update classic garments with pops of color, pattern and considered details like strategically-placed pleats, underarm vents and numerous pockets. The MA2 Camo Jacket, for instance, brings the military garment into 2012 with a belted waist, Bee Line camo print, central front zip-up closure and underarm grommets, while the Anorak Jacket features honeycomb stitching on its hood and a subtly-placed zip-up pocket. As a layering piece, meanwhile, the Bee Line check shirt offers an attractive option with its New Amsterdam fit and construction and graphic plaid pattern. Each garment is made in the U.S.A. and a few pieces available now at our online store.
Scottish retailer W2 presents its Fall/Winter 2012 lookbook entitled “In the Mood.” Featuring emotional and textured pieces from the likes of COMME des GARCONS, JUNYA WATANABE MAN and Adam Kimmel, the lookbook manages to harness W2′s desire to bring an eclectic mix to the marketplace. Expect to see the latest pieces at their Glasgow shop in the very near future.
The Great Divide would like to present their new AW12 lookbook featuring the familiar names such as Our Legacy, Penfield, Reigning Champ, Gant Rugger & Wood Wood. And some less familiar ones like Key & Eastie.
Raif Adelberg designed a series of sweaters for Aloha Rag. Pulling inspiration from Raif’s archive, the two sweaters are fairly unique. The “skull” sweater is made from 100% cashmere and come in “black, red and grey with a traditional flower and flake motif, and along the back of the sweater is a skull, lightning bolts, and the world ALOHA!” Limited to three sweaters and damn, they are killer. The “hula girl” sweater is made from 100% wool and comes in “color blocks of black, gray, and white, and features a snowflake, palm tree, the word ALOHA.” Limited to nine sweaters. Find them at Aloha Rag online.
From Japanese label nonnative comes this handsome backpack dubbed the Dweller Ribstop Daypack. Crafted from a rugged cotton-nylon blend, this pack features a large zippered main compartment and an exterior zippered pouch. Big enough to accommodate a laptop and the daily essentials, the padded, adjustable shoulder straps will ensure a comfortable carrying experience no matter the contents within. Available in a clean beige colorway, this made in Japan beauty is available now from Tres Bien’s online store for $565 USD.
Newly available from CASH CA as a part of the menswear label’s Fall/Winter 2012 collection is its Spanish Stadium Jacket. An updated take on a classic varsity jacket, the piece offers wool construction with a contrasting body and sleeves, a buttoned placket, and two flapped patch pockets near the hem. Featuring an extra long ribbed collar and matching cuffs with contrasting stripes, the piece offers a button fastening for the collar – thus allowing it to be flipped down or extended upwards for added protection from the elements in especially harsh weather. Available in navy, black and beige, the Spanish Stadium Jacket can be purchased from Kazuki Kuraishi‘s Heather Grey Wall now for ￥71,400 JPY (approximately $888 USD). Source: honeyee.com