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features, health, Lifestyle & Gadgets, News

Skate For Cancer takes on France

By Laura on June 2nd, 2011

Skate for Cancer (S4C) was started by Rob Dyer after he lost a number of important people including his mother to Cancer. Anyone who has ever met Rob will tell you that he is a truly inspirational individual who turned something very tragic into a source of inspiration, dedicating himself to raising awareness of cancer amongst young people.

In 2004, S4C was formed as a project that would see him and his crew skate across North America, building awareness and raising money to fight cancer. Since then he has now skateboarded across North America, New Zealand and Australia. Next up he will be tacking France

S4C is about “inspiring youth and building a community of informed people who were hyped on getting involved and making healthy choices that prevented contracting the disease in the first place. Rob always understood the importance of medical research, but felt that his purpose was to focus more on the preventative lifestyle decisions that are often ignored by many charities. Instead of concentrating on collecting money for research, Rob preferred to inspire people…”

Rob is an amazing individual who proves on a daily basis just how much one can achieve with a little bit of passion. To follow his journey as he prepares to for his Skate across France you can check out his blog here.



Accessories, Designer Spotlight, features

Lanvin Neckties and Bowties for Autumn/Winter 2011

By Laura on May 23rd, 2011

Lanvin has giving the necktie an interesting spin in their Autumn/Winter 2011 collection combining silk and wool splits. As you can see above the long end of the necktie is finished in a wool. Similarly, the bowties have a wool application that personally I think sits well with the silk. What do you think? Would you wear these split neckties?



Brand Spotlight, Clothing, features

From the North with Love by Stussy

By Laura on May 17th, 2011

Here is another collection I wish was available in the UK. Stussy Canada has drawn upon the history of the West Coast and the First Nations culture there, to create a special capsule dubbed “From the North with Love.” The collection includes tees, sweats and special woven shirts which represent the perfect layering components for Canadian weather.
Unfortunately for us though the collection is only available through Stussy in Vancouver and Toronto.

From the North with Love

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Brand Spotlight, Clothing, Collaborations, features

Opening Ceremony x Warriors of Radness “Beach Crew!” collection

By Laura on May 17th, 2011

I love the fresh, day- faded pastels of Opening Ceremony x Warriors of Radness “Beach Crew!” Collection. However, that said I can’t help but feel these shorts will only work on super skinny model types. Unlike some, I have no issues with men wearing shorts… but it is all about the length, and well short shorts just aren’t a good look.

Check out the limited edition collection below, and available online here



bags, Brand Spotlight, features

Introducing: Lexdray Bags

By Laura on May 17th, 2011

A few months ago I was introduced to this great new line of travel bags by Lexdray.
Set to launch this month the debut collection, “The Classified Collection,” is inspired by concepts of utility and exploration.

The bags are understated on the outside, yet technically sophisticated on the inside, with secret pockets and concealed details. Each piece is constructed from high quality materials, including 1680D nylon, neoprene and leather, as well as military grade hardware, buckles, and zippers.

Retail prices are expected to range from $325 – $510.



Brand Spotlight, Clothing, features

Cape Madras long sleeve summer shirts

By Laura on May 17th, 2011

Cape Madras have just released their “perfect summer attire” longsleeve shirt. I know those are two words you don’t usually see together, however Madras insists it is made from “the best warm weather fabric ever created.”

The fabric apparently has a great history behind it and gets its name from the “English name of the city of Chennai, India with their ‘Madrasi checks’.” The Cape Madras’ shirt has a button-down collar and shirttail hem. It’s made of 100% cotton patch madras and is offered in two colors: Trundy and Richmond LS.



Brand Spotlight, features, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

Introducing the Baldr Collective

By Laura on May 9th, 2011

One of our favourite new menswear labels to come out this year is the Baldr Collective. The entirely European made label originated in Norway, and have focused their first collection on classic t-shirts and button downs.
The label started with the aim of reinventing and redefining scandinavian values within design, craftsmanship and materials while making use of the nordic cultural heritage and its craftsman traditions. The result are some nice styles and a beautiful look-book – make sure to check them out here



Brand Spotlight, Clothing, Coats & Jackets, Denim, features, Sportswear

Levi’s Commuter Cycling Series

By Laura on May 5th, 2011

Levi’s latest collection aimed at cyclists has been creating a lot of buzz this week and it is not hard to see why.

Their debut cycling line draws on their workwear heritage, while incorporating technical functionality. One of my favourite pieces from the collection is the Trucker Jacket, based on a 1967 design. It’s long cut with a slight drop tail flatters most body types and is perfect for cycling in. The jacket is well thought out and designed with the wearer in mind, from the angled front pockets for easy access, the extra fabric in the underarm for added mobility, to the lip on the cuff to partially cover hands while riding. Like all the pieces in the line, the jacket also features antimicrobial odor-protection and reflective accents for visibility.

Another key detail to point out is the Nanosphere Technology, which is used across the line. This application was developed in partnership with Swiss fabric brand Schoeller Technologies and makes materials water and dirt resistant, increasing the lifespan of the material.

In addition to the Trucker Jacket, Levi’s have also created the 511 Skinny Commuter pants (available in elasticized denim or khaki). What makes these pants unique is the loop built into the waistband for or carrying around your u-lock, and the reflective tape on the inner seam to provide increased safety at night. The reinforced crotch is also a nice touch that should save you from regular trips to the tailor.

If you are a cyclist in need of a new jacket or jeans definitely check out this collection.



Accessories, Designer Spotlight, features

Miansai Fish Hook Bracelet

By Laura on May 3rd, 2011

The Miansai’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection has really caught my attention recently, inspired in part by vintage jewellery and commonly found items. I particularly love this Fish Hook Bracelet with its nautical styling and colorful cord. It is available in several colors… perfect to remind you of lazy summer days while stuck in the office.

The collection is available now at select retailers including Roden Gray.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, features

Adam Kimmel Bandana Roll-Up Sleeve Shirts inspired by Snoop Dogg

By Laura on May 3rd, 2011

Personally I have never really thought of Snoop Dogg as much of a fashion icon, but that is exactly where Adam Kimmel got his inspiration for his latest series of roll-up shirts. Utilizing a custom bandana print reflective of Snoop’s personal style, the shirts feature several different cashmere/cotton designs incorporated into the roll-up part of both T-shirts and button-downs. Overall creating an refreshing take on the classic T. Shirts are available through Por Vocacao.



Accessories, features, Luggage, Luggage & Travel

Globe-Trotter “William & Kate” Luggage Collection

By Laura on May 3rd, 2011

It seems like everyone is trying to find a way to capitalize on the royal couples big day including luggage maker Globe-Trotter. Now I’m sure most of you are about as sick of hearing about the wedding as I am, but when I saw Globe-Trotters special edition luggage, I couldn’t help but write about it. I have always had a weak spot for classic luggage and this collection exemplifies why.
The British luxury company Globe-Trotter has a history of over 100 years of serving the British Royal Family, so I guess in some ways it is fitting that they would release a collection in celebration of the Royal Wedding.

The collection includes seven different hard-shell models in both “William” and “Kate” versions. While the “William” set features a navy and chocolate shell with a striped shirt lining, the “Kate” set features an ivory and navy shell lined with a more feminine print. You can order the set exclusively through Globe-Trotter here.



Accessories, features, Outfit picks, Suits & Tailoring

Great summer ties from General Knot & Co.

By Laura on May 3rd, 2011

I know we are all a bit tired of weddings (thanks Will and Kate), but with the summer wedding season just kicking off, it is probably a good time to invest in a new tie to refresh that suit you wore last year. One of my favourite tie makers as of late has to be General Knot & Co.

The New England-based furnishings label has just released their new collection featuring chambray, plaid and floral prints. The vintage ties are handmade and use various fine fabrics and materials that date back as far as World War II. All ties are released as part of a one-time-only run, so you better move fast if you want to get your hands on one. Prices start at $78 USD (£47) and are available from their website General Knot & Co.



Clothing, features

The other royal wedding

By Laura on April 21st, 2011

Tired of hearing all about Kate & Wills? Well fear not, you’re not alone! Which is why we love this cheeky campaign by the east London Ad agency, Albion. They have designed t-shirts and other memorabilia to support our Other Royal Wedding, the impending marriage of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall.

Albion London founder and CEO, Jason Goodman, said, ‘We wanted to create a mini-movement to support Zara and Mike on the run up to their wedding. Kate and Wills have all the hype, but we think this wedding is going to be much more fun.’

To get your own ‘I’d rather be at Zara & Mike’s’ shirt check out the shop. All profits go to Sargent Cancer Care for Children



Accessories, Designer Spotlight, features

Symmetry Scarves

By Laura on April 21st, 2011

I recently was introduced to this awesome LA based label Symmetry by a friend in California. I immediately fell in love with the way they have put a contemporary spin on the traditional wrap scarf.

The husband-and-wife design duo first launched their accessory brand in 2010, and have made a name for themselves by combining quality and function. After a well-received first run, Symmetry is back and continue to play on the innate versatility of scarves by adding supple leather strips that connect by clasp to leather-backed grommets. One of my favourite pieces has to be the Dixon, which turns from a scarf to a large tote bag.

Check out Symmetry’s online shop here. Prices start at $155.



Clothing, features, News, Outfit picks

Hackett London launches ‘Hope’ polo shirt to aid victims of the Tohoku Earthquake in Japan

By Laura on April 5th, 2011

As we all know on Friday 11th March 2011 a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and destructive tsunami caused extensive and severe damage in Northeastern Japan leaving thousands of people confirmed dead, injured or missing and millions more affected by the lack of water, electricity and transportation.

Over the past few weeks we have seen people all over the world coming together to raise money through the sale of everything from cakes to posters. Hackett London is just one of the many brands who have also stepped up to try and raise money for those who have been affected, by launching a limited edition polo shirt.

All profits from the sale of these shirts is being donated to the Japan Society “Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund”. The polo shirt has been designed with traditional Japanese embroidery of the cherry blossom which is an emblem of love and affection. The declaration of ‘Hope’ is embroidered on the polo in English and Japanese characters.

The cotton polo shirt is available in navy and white colourways for £49. You can purchase the shirt in Hackett stores worldwide and online from the end of April.




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