Sunday, 26 May 2013

Blitz it with Edwin Ts

A REAL taste of Americana, en Francais, has arrive in the shape of the new Edwin jeans T-shirts.
The Blitz Old School and other ranges of shirts smack of Cola, muscle cars and Aviator shades, tag on a pair of Levis, especially stone wash, or drop in a pair of Dockers Chinos and you are halfway to a James Dean filled summer of style.

The 100 per cent cotton shirts, in the Blitz range, deal with Motor City images and branding, homage from the Paris motorcycle collective called Blitz.

This is the second collaboration between the two, with the t-shirts emblazoned with the Blitz Customs name and a wheel logo on the black and white round neck shirts, while the BC X EDC shirt sports a dash of colour both collaborators names and a spark plug logo.

The Nam Girl shirt, is an white 100 per cent cotton affair, with a delicious large print of a beachside babe, draped in the Stars and S

tripes sat atop a marines helmet, donning a peace badge.

The shirts can mix well with a preppy look, or the aforementioned bleached out road hog biker style.

If you really want to top this look off, then top with a leather biker jacket.

So much to Nike Free Run 2

I REMEMBER many moos ago there was a newspaper or magazine advert, where the strapline was: ‘I never knew there was so much in it’, well when you look at the amount of work that has gone into the Nike Free Run 2 trainer, that strapline

springs to mind again.
The amazing space age turqouise shoe, which is part of the Nike SS13 collection is of course lace up, with a suede and nylon upper, it has as the official documentation states:
            Combination mesh and textile upper reinforced with lightweight, strong synthetic strips for durability and support

            Inner-sleeve for a snug fit and enhanced breathability

            Fused Phylite midsole and outsole for an ultra-lightweight, resilient ride
            Woven upper with leather overlays for premium comfort and support

            Numerous flex grooves for a more natural, barefoot-like stride

            Deep flex grooves along the outsole for a natural range of motion and flexibility
            Asymmetrical lacing system to help reduce pressure over the top ridge of the foot

            Waffle lugs at the outsole for impact absorption and traction.

You were warned.

They also look pretty cool as well.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Get airborne with Nike

GREEN FOR go and red for well go airborne as the latest edition to the Nike Air Force 1 Uni range arrives in town.

Part of the classic vintage collection the lace up low cut leather and suede upper trainer, which sport the classic metal take to denote the shoe’s 1982 debut on the feet and streets of the UK.

The classic white Swoosh on the side, is followed by an upper colour match Nike and Swoosh on the right hand side of the sole and the heal pull.

The AF1 really is a trip down memory lane, with the chunky white non-marking sole, the only decision you will have to make is which colour way you prefer green or red?

Don't get caught short with Orlebar Brown

THERE IS one sure fire way to avoid coming up short this summer plump for Orlebar Brown shorts, the cult American label has hit town and what an impact.

The stand out designs of the OB Bulldog shorts are timeless, classic and, well, just feast your eyes on them.

The 23-piece pattern used for the shorts, which are made of quick drying polyamide with a polyester lining.

They have a non-elastic waistband, with adjustable engraved side fasteners, zip fly, two side front pockets and a zip rear one, with zip fastener and metal popper.

The Bulldog shorts come in red and navy, and the fantastic spiral blue, but this is a beach short, not a swim trunk, while the sky swim shorts are a similar design to the bulldog, coming in a lighter colour.
Rounding off the set comes the slightly longer Dane tailored board short, in navy.

The metal waistband fasteners are gone for a sleeker short design, with an internal drawstring. The Dane is more of an all round short, from surf to turf if you like.

The shorts ring of LA Seventies class, cocktails and summer pool parties.

Things are definitely heating up this year.

Adidas & Norse made for each other

GREAT COMBOS make life worth living in many ways; pie and mash, beer and summer and so it goes with Norse Projects x Daniel Frost T-shirts, which are divine and the Adidas Keglers.

This in my eyes, is a heavenly combination, like Surf and Turf, and oh, enough of the fucking stupid examples and on with the show.

The Kegler as everyone knows has a much lorded history in trainer legend and rightly show, one of the later shoes on the block, it stood the test and latest releases are stunning.

Coming in two colour ways, the white running which sports the iconic full leather upper, nubuck toe bumper, green three stripes and heal, with the tri-foil symbol and of course they sport the mid sole plugs, designed for customized comfort, but like that was ever going to be used. Style over content, as always.

The True Blue trainers are incredible as well, using a muted blue, with fluorescent yellow for the three stripes, and a black toe bumper, they are a terrific edition and will have anyone scratching their head to choose between, so just buy both.

Now from the bottom to the top, the Norse Project x Daniel Frost Ts are simply exquisite and work on so many levels together, there are three designs and of course there are other T-shirts, but I just love these.

The Mountain Walker shirt has a real Euro feel to it, almost Transalpino for the old Casuals among you.
Coming in white 100 per cent cotton with a NP woven patch at the hem the crew neck shirt sports the brightly coloured print design from the artist, with his signature on the back.

The Rock Climber shorts has a bright yellow sun print on the front, while the Running in the Bushes shirt has a contrasting green, blue and yellow almost ‘oil’ painting print on the front.

All are beautiful shirts and limited editions.

Out in the Country with New Balance

CHESHIRE’S FINEST are back with another colourful summer bonanza in the shape of the New Balance M577 Country Fair trainers, that are a piece of pure English class.

The stunning range, and let’s face it, when are NB never stunning, comes in three colour-ways, the red, which is a lovely light colour, playing the suede upper superbly against the darker red mesh and light brown leather heal pull and tongue, which sports the Country Fair tag, with a Union Flag on the heal.
For the blue, once again a nice working of lighter , almost French blue against the navy mesh finish.

And of course all the shoes come with the Encap enhanced midsole, with a thinner, less chunky sole than some 577s.

Also, well worth a mention and what isn’t from NB, the M576, an iconic trainer.

This retro style shoe has a leather upper and come in lights blue, with superb colour contrasts of white and the great heal support.

Using suede and mesh in a similar style to the 577, this is more pronounced shoe and will take any trainer fan back their youth.

Dropping these trainers with some of the lightweight Woolrich Wali or Penfield Vintage, Big Bear or Fletcher t-shirts and i reckon you are half way there.


Friday, 24 May 2013

THE PURE design of the rainmac has got my mind buzzing, simple, but totally effective styles, so to go with that I am plumping for the Tellason jeans range, they are mouthwateringly beautiful.

These American made jeans are made from Cone Mills white Oak selvage denim and privide clean lines, with plain stitching.
The extra heavy canvas used for the pockets helps add to the tapered lines and fit of the jean.
The Ladbroke Grove and Gustave jean both come in slim, in beautiful dark leather.

Now with fashion the bottom is always as important as the top and I just couldn’t resist selecting a top few pairs of shoes.
I have fallen for the Grenson Lawrence black leather shoe, which is sublime.
The 100 per cent leather shoe has Goodyear welted soles, sports a kittle and strap across the instep and really are stand out.

Combining a sort of distressed tan leather finish, the Jeffrey West Love Wing shoes is stunning.
The Gibson shoe, has a ‘burnished’ leather lace up top, again Goodyear welted, wing tip finish.
Or how about a total classic, the Loake Princeton, another great English shoe manufacturer, this perfect moccasin shoe comes in black or maroon, medium fit.

The name perfectly suits the shoe and would round off any boy about town’s bank holiday fashion bonanza.

So what are you waiting for?

Set for the weekend: Part 1

THERE ARE too many songs written around the importance of the weekend and Bank Holiday weekends are especially welcome, providing extra time to show off a new set of threads.

So with the British summer time being its usual unpredictable self there are some superb pieces about to make sure you look well turned out whatever the weather.
Starting from the top, a sure fire winner is a corner stone of any man’s wardrobe a rainmac, and the Crombie navy or blue waterproof piece both stirs a history or recognition and a simple appreciation of style.

The three quarter length jackets, that use the pioneering lightweight, yet soft and durable outer fabric, is all clean lines, with two hand pockets, button cuff, hidden front Corozzo button front, with one proud neck button on show.

The natural resin coat, comes in a  tailored fit, a superb beige and green inner lining, along with one pocket, on the navy mac the inner sporting red.

This piece is nothing short of perfect and is a great way to kick off some classic style this weekend.

The Matinique Cunningham trench coat is along similar lines, coming in navy or khaki.
The coat  does not sport the smooth lines of the Crombie, more a combination of lines, with the nice round edged neck strap closure, front chest pocket as well as two hands, with adjustable cuffs, it also comes in a tailored fit, with a light blue inner, with zip pocket on the navy and white with the khaki.

Hat wise, I am plumping for the magnificent Stetson range of hatteras or newsboy cap. These lightweight, 100% linen caps are beautiful, but what would you expect from the most famous hat manufacturer in America, yes, that Stetson.

The range comes in a variety of finishes, waxed, wool, corduroy, even leather and 17 variations of colour and fabric.

The hats sits perfectly alongside the aforementioned rainmacs, but then you could also check out Barbour, or the Lacoste caps, along with the Oliver Spencer

Lynmouth Bridge raincoat.
Drop the Norse Projects Fjell nylon rucksack, design in conjunction with All Capellino and you have a perfect part on of my Bank Holiday set up.
The bag comes in navy, with a beige suede base and leather straps, and is a bell shape to it, leather shoulder straps and has a fully lined 15” laptop compartment.
It is, as are the aforementioned pieces, very nice.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Special for all season

SOMETHINGS IN life catch your attention and automatically engraciate you to them, such it is with the tidy little label inside the sublime Anton botanical leaf print shirt that states: ‘The mark of true luxury is not the grand gesture, but the simple things done well’.

What a class thing to put on your garments, although to be honest when you look at the Norse Projects range it makes perfect sense.

The Botanical print shirt is a fabulous long sleeve is a soft 100 per cent cotton, with all over floral print. Button collar and front pocket, button neck and rear, the shirt is deemed part of the labels summer range, but I cannot see this being anything other than an all year round piece.

The Anton floral range the deep blue shirt which sports a floral print, but not the usual one you will have to check the fine details out, but it’s a terrific design.

Both shirts come in regular fit and once again are definitely for all seasons.