nanamica AW17

Is it time for an outerwear update? The days are getting shorter and the temperature’s heading in one direction and that’s down. Japanese label nanamica has come through with an exceptional delivery of down jackets for the winter season. Nanamica has been synonymous with high-performance fabrics and classic cuts since its inception in Tokyo, Japan in 2003. Designer, Eiichiro Homma delivers a collection that is rich in technical fabrics yet simple in design.

Keep warm in the coldest of times with nanamica AW17. Now available online.

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ASICS Tiger for AW17

Our ever-growing brand roster continues to go from strength-to-strength and this season shows no sign of slowing down as we welcome ASICS Tiger to our footwear offering.

Combining Japanese sports-tech and global street style, ASICS Tiger is the lifestyle division of the ASICS brand. Our debut collection is not to be missed, including some legendary GEL-LYTE styles and brand-new silhouettes in an array of colourways. 

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First released in 1993, the GEL-LYTE V is the fourth shape in the GEL-LYTE series but as the number four has connotations with bad luck in Japan, the number five was used. This lightweight trainer is performance-based, form-fitting and infused with GEL technology.

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First released in 1989, the GEL-LYTE III has evolved enormously over the past three decades whilst staying true to the original shape. The GEL-LYTE III is probably ASICS Tigers’ most-loved shape and the split tongue is an iconic bit of design in the world of trainers. This 90s runner offers style with the benefit of performance technology and for this season, ASICS Tiger present the GEL-LYTE III in a ‘Forest Camo’ colourway.

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The ultramodern GEL-Kayano Trainer Lo has been crafted through a one-piece knitted upper with a reflective yarn for a modern look and feel. The trainer stays true to the innovative design of the original model including the exoskeletal cage design that wraps the knitted upper. The GEL-KAYANO Trainer Lo has a comfortable sock-like construction, a tonal rubber sole and an embroidered gold logo above the tongue.

Flannel Up

Wear it open, layered or alone, the flannel shirt is a versatile choice for this time of year and it’ll be your best friend in-between seasons. A handy garment that is essentially timeless and is sure to go with most things in your wardrobe. We’ve narrowed down our favourite flannels of the season, all designed to keep you warm over the next few months.

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Eco-friendly outdoor brand Patagonia not only doing cracking outerwear but its mid-layer and shirt selection is also second to none. This Fjord Flannel Shirt is traditional but casual, crafted from a heavy 6.5oz. 100% organic cotton.

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New England outfit Cape Heights specialise in extremely warm wares and the Hyak Check Flannel Shirt mixes style and substance. An over-the-head style overshirt in a playful ombre check, crafted from a soft and warm 100% cotton with the addition of a handy front pouch pocket.  

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Trends come and go but Engineered Garments will always remain. With an undeniable Japanese aesthetic, this US-made shirt is more engineered than designed and feature modern fabrics and heritage details offering an ideal winter layering option.

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Swedish outdoor label Fjallraven has come through with new goods for AW17 including an exceptional shirt selection. Within its latest shirt offering is the regular fitting Singi Heavy Flannel Shirt, crafted from a 100% organic cotton with G-1000 reinforcements to the inside collar, sleeve cuffs and pocket flaps.

Four outstanding shirts from four outstanding brands. If that’s not enough, take a closer look at our flannel shirt collection from Portuguese Flannel and Folk.

Flannel not your thing? Discover our full range of shirts here.

Patagonia | Fair Trade Fleece

Just as you thought Patagonia couldn’t get any better at making the best product with the cleanest fabric and smallest footprint possible, it launches the Fair Trade Fleece program. A movement that supports the people behind the product. A refreshing strategy from a responsible brand.

Every time a Patagonia Better Sweater, Synchilla Snap T Pullover or a Retro Pile style is purchased money gets directed back to the factory employees who crafted them.

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For every Fair Trade Certified item sewn, Patagonia pays a premium. The money goes into an account that the employees maintain (not the management), controlled by a democratically-elected Fair Trade worker committee. This group then decides how the funds are used, whether designated for social, economic and environmental community projects or as a cash bonus that helps employees get closer to a living wage.

Fair Trade’s approach generates both better pay and employee participation in the life of a community. It also helps create better working conditions and safeguards against the use of child labour.

All Fair Trade Certified factories have thorough health and safety standards, respect for the environment, zero child or forced labour, maternity and paid leave, a sense of empowerment throughout the community and drives additional money back to the workers.

This program has also improved dialogue between employees and management; another vital aspect of Fair Trade. In one factory, upon learning that Fair Trade committee were contemplating spending a percentage of their premium on building a kitchen, the management recognised this as a basic need it should provide and paid for a new kitchen.

3 real-life examples of Fair Trade at Patagonia

In Hirdaramani, Sri Lanka, employees voted to open a daycare centre that provided workers with free child care; this meant parents could continue working as opposed to staying at home, which improved financial landscapes for each family. In addition to this, employees also established a health and sanitation program that’s provided a place for employees to voice any health concerns plus resources that addresses basic health and hygiene issues (often considered a taboo in their culture). This amendment has had a drastic impact on the employees’ physical and mental well-being, resulting in greater personal comfort and improved productivity at work. To top this off, employees were also handed coupons to pay for a variety of essentials prior to their annual New Year’s holiday.

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In the Nature USA factory in California a vote was made to take their share of the money (which equated to one or two weeks’ pay) as a cash bonus. The staff used the extra money for things such as healthcare, school fees and holidays. One of the reasons Fair Trade was established was to help employees earn closer to the minimum wage. At Nature USA, tangible results are evident.

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At the MAS Active-Leisureline factory in Katunayake, Sri Lanka, employees voted to use the Fair Trade premiums to pay for household basics and medicine. Roughly 525 employees received their premium in 2016. They used this additional money to buy packs of essential household essentials including dry foods, toiletries, medicine and personal products. This would have cost them around two weeks’ pay, plus they benefited from 10% off the retail price as well as free delivery. This might not seem like an exciting way of spending a bonus but the money saved meant that they had extra money to be spent elsewhere. The first delivery of premiums arrived just before the Sinhala and Tamil New Year; a timely welcome before an important period of celebrations.

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Overall, more than 15,700 employees have benefitted from the premiums Patagonia has paid through the Fair Trade Certified program. Not only have employees benefited financially, this program has improved lives and increased pride, dignity, hope and self-confidence.

As the program has been such a hit amongst employees, factory owners and customers interested in change and progress, Patagonia’s participation in Fair Trade has grown at quite a rate. In 2014 Patagonia started off by offering 11 Fair Trade styles via one factory. By spring this year, Patagonia offered 287 styles via ten different factories. Today, the Patagonia Fair Trade offering has grown to 480 styles including 94 fleece styles via 14 different factories.

 

All our Patagonia Better Sweater, Synchilla Snap T and Retro Pile styles are Fair Trade Certified crafted, through Fair Trade Certified sewing and crafted with bluesign approved fabrics. Bluesign technologies evaluate and reduce resource consumption in the material supply chain, managing the chemicals, dyes and finishes used in the process making sure the products are safe for the environment, factory employees and for the customers. Back in 2007 Patagonia was the first official partners to join the bluesign system network.

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This is very inspirational stuff and certainly gives you another reason to invest in Patagonia. Like you needed one.

Next-Level Knits

As the chill is really starts to set in we thought there is no time like the present to round up our warmest, fuzziest, softest, most favourite knits of the season. This lot will carry you through the winter and as the temperature drops and drops you’ll be wrapped up warm.

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The roll neck is making a comeback this autumn and rightly so, as it’s the perfect winter layer. This chunky Universal Works knit has been crafted from a lambswool / nylon blend that offers warmth, durability and lightness. The subtle fleck throughout provides a bit of oomph.

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The Cable Knit is probably the most classic bit of knit of all time. A wear-forever style that will seamlessly add a layer of warmth and fit perfectly over your first layer and just right under your coat.

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A bold addition to your winter wardrobe. This Norse Projects number has been crafted in Scotland from a fuzzy, tactile and soft, 100% lambswool with a striking Nordic fairisle pattern.

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The crew neck knit is a necessity that’ll compliment any outfit. Universal Works has come through with a knitted pullover featuring an 80% wool, 20% polyamide blend that’s light and soft to touch with geometric patterned detailing at the sleeves.

Take a closer look at our full knitwear offering here.

adidas Originals by wings+horns AW17

adidas Originals and wings+horns collaborate for the AW17 season with a brand-new collection. This latest effort strengthens the connection between the two brands that marries the timeless adidas Originals sportswear design with wings+horns’ precise, contemporary aesthetic.

For AW17 we are presented with silhouettes both old and new, featuring fresh fabrics and natural tones through elevated production techniques. This understated collection has taken inspiration from old-world tailoring and classic clothing production to create a referential collection informed by contemporary fashion design. As always, the collection includes dual-branded logos and embroidered patches displaying the adidas trefoil encased within a circular frame.

Apparel-wise the offering includes a collection of jersey essentials; hoodies, track pants, sweatshirts and a t-shirt. Iconic 3-stripes designs transformed with unique materials and innovation approaches. Within the clothing are panel constructions, hand-stitch details, tonal textures and fading 3-stripes suede print motifs.

Beyond the clothing, four footwear styles are thrown into to the mix. A Campus, Superstar Pro Model, an NMD C2 and an NMD R2 PK.

The Campus is adidas’ headline silhouette for 2017. This colab elevates a classic style with paired-back design; the Campus has been crafted with a one-piece premium leather make-up with 3D molded 3-stripes and low-key, dual branding.

The Superstar Pro Model is the high-top version of the iconic Superstar. This iteration features an all-black waterproof leather upper, waxed laces, a gusset tongue and hand-stitched detailing on the heel with dual branding.

The NMD R2 receives two new treatments. The original design adopts a charcoal Primeknit wool blend construction with welded overlays and a black leather heel-patch to finish.

The NMD C2 is a brand-new shape that combines texture and tone through a felt upper in heather brown with tonal details including a decon leather heel patch.

adidas Originals by wings+horns is launching online on 26/10/17.

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In Cord We Trust

With most of our autumn deliveries receipted in, it turns out, this season corduroy is back, in a big way.

A durable, comfortable warm fabric that we’ve also been fond of but are now seeing it used on some of our favourite styles. Scroll down to see how easy it is to introduce cord into your wardrobe.

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Take this 100% Italian cord, overshirt-style jacket from Our Legacy. This is a great example of how to wear a stand-out piece of cord whilst remaining fairly low-key.

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If you’re new to cord, a pair of pants is the easy option, take the Aston pants by Universal Works for example. Best worn with a darker coloured shirt, a plain white t-shirt or a basic Breton stripe. Always remember to tone it down and don’t mix too many textures in one fit.

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Just like denim-on-denim, executed correctly, cord squared can look unreal. What’s key is getting slim cuts, a pop of colour beneath somewhere else and a style it up with some techy footwear.

The Re-Kanken by Fjallraven

Fjallraven has come through with an impressive, wide-ranging collection for the autumn season including different levels outwear, overshirts, knits, fleecewear, shirts and accessories. Included within the latest delivery is the Re-Kanken; an environmentally-friendly update to the most celebrated Fjallraven backpack.

The Re-Kanken takes the same shape and design as the regular Kanken only this special version is crafted entirely from recycled polyester from eleven plastic bottles. The colouring is fashioned via SpinDye technology; a process that drastically reduces the amount of water, energy and chemicals used.

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The Kanken is a go-to backpack to so many people for lots of reasons. A large zip front opening leads to a main compartment where there’s loads of space for belongings including a laptop. Additional features comprise of two side pockets, two ergonomic and adjustable shoulder straps, a top handle and a small zipped front pocket. The Kanken is finished with a hidden seat pad that stows away neatly to the back of the inside compartment and instead of contrasting branding, this sustainable version of the Kanken is complete with tonal branding above the front pocket.

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The highly-functioning, ship-shape, eco-friendly, Re-Kanken can be found online now. Use it, love it and wear it forever.