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.

adidas SPEZIAL AW17 Drop 2

We welcome the 2nd drop of  Gary Aspden’s adidas Spezial on Friday 6th October. The drop features another four shoes, following up from the six which launched on 22nd September.

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The entire range was shot by photographer Nick Knight and modelled by Drum ‘n Bass producer and DJ “Goldie”, a guy who is one of the few people to have done a Boiler Room set and hold an MBE. But before he became known for his Jungle bass lines, Goldie was big in the graffiti scene during the 1980s and continues today to be keen activist for the art style. So inspired by the man himself, we’ll be giving away limited edition spray paint cans with adidas Spezial orders, instore and online. Please note, there is only a limited amount available, so will be given out on a first come, first served basis. Each one comes in a co-branded box and filled with metallic gold paint.

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Here’s a closer look at the footwear from Drop 2…

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Intack SPZL

A different colourway to the first drop, the Intack SPZL takes inspiration from the 70s and 80s Freizeit collection.

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Lacombe SPZL

Similar to the SS16 drop, the French Riviera inspired piece is back once again – the design taken from the Newcombe, originally a tennis shoe

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TRX SPZL

A true 70s runner, the TRX SPZL combines a suede and nylon upper for a true vintage feel true to the original design.

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Super Tobacco SPZL

A super soft leather upper and minimal tonal design, with minor refinements from the original archive product.

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Drop 2 launches online 00:01BST 6th October.

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Driven by a desire to recreate iconic adidas silhouettes from a clean, contemporary perspective, adidas SPEZIAL returns for AW17. This time out the collection has been shot by illustrious British fashion photographer Nick Knight and features Goldie, the pioneering graffiti artist, break beat innovator and all round creative polymath.

The collection references unforgettable highlights from the brand’s history, reinventing classic silhouettes with premium materials, contemporary cuts and a progressive sartorial touch to create an adaptive, understated collection defined by the wearer’s individual style. This season, SPEZIAL once again takes inspiration from adidas’ enduring legacy in sport and leisure offering a carefully curated collection of apparel alongside an expansive range of footwear.

Familiar footwear silhouettes from the SS17 and SS16 collections re-appear for AW17; the GT Wensley SPZL and the Lacombe SPZL. In addition to this, the line-up features archive classics including the Super Tobacco SPZL, Intack SPZL, McMarten SPZL, Spiritus SPZL, TRX SPZL and Winterhill SPZL. The outstanding Super Tobacco model is presented in a SPZL makeup with a T-Toe overlay taken from the Bermuda. The Spiritus and Intack both return in SPZL treatments, reconstructed in premium materials and offered in bright colourways.  The new casual-favourite McCarten SPZL launches in a Derby cut with black tooling for a true smart-casual aesthetic.

The apparel offering is a stellar update of original designs brought into the SPEZIAL oeuvre through material updates and contemporary branding details. The Abenstein Jacket reinvents the classic bomber silhouette taken from the Adidas archive featuring a reversible construction, ultrasonic welding and PRIMAloft insulation. The Ardwick Anorak translates a vintage workwear shape into a modern wardrobe staple, featuring a weather-ready ClimaStorm polyester composition, fleece-lined pockets and 3-stripes branding on the pocket flaps. The Ardwick Anorak has the same colour palette as the Ardwick SPZL shoe from very first SPEZIAL collection, green and charcoal grey. The final bit of outerwear is the lightweight and down-filled Kopelman Vest that’s designed to fit under any jacket as well as contemporary updates to the Beckenbauer. For AW17 the Lapkaus track suit makes its debut as well as a concise offering of graphic t-shirts inspired by archive adidas artwork.

The adidas SPEZIAL AW17 is launching online now.

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Barbour x Wood Wood for AW17

Contemporary fashion and lifestyle brand Wood Wood are celebrating 15 years. Amongst the celebrations is a special capsule collection for AW17 with the global, British heritage label Barbour. In 2012, the two brands combined efforts in honour of Wood Wood celebrating 10 years; the finished product was solely a limited-edition Bedale jacket. This time around what’s on offer is a much more comprehensive collection featuring outerwear, t-shirts, corduroy pants and shirts.

The Copenhagen outfit and quintessentially British brand have created highly collectable pieces; the outerwear is so clearly Barbour only with a contemporary Wood Wood twist. The offering is playful and stylish whilst remaining highly functional, crafted to the high standards we have come to expect from both parties. This capsule collection blends modern and traditional design and the use of strong base colours and bright neon flashes is subtle but equally striking. The Wood Wood x Barbour collaboration is launching online and in-store on 23/09/17.

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adidas Originals by White Mountaineering AW17 Drop 2

Japanese brand White Mountaineering and adidas Originals combine forces once more for the AW17 season, delivering Drop 2. Included in this latest offering is a Boston Super, Seeulater Alledo Trail Runner and a collection of utilitarian-inspired, technical apparel.

This collection features the same neutral, understated, earth-based colour palette as Drop 1 back in July. Once more, throughout both the clothing and footwear are recognizable traits of Yousuke Aizawa’s flamboyant design work featuring collaborative branding.

Both the Boston Super and Seeulater have been fashioned with Primeknit construction for a luxury feel and upmost comfort with the same military colour scheme carried over from the clothing. The collection includes original clothing pieces  from the Adidas Archive all graced with a hint of White Mountaineering.

The collection blends Adidas’ archive aesthetic with high-end Japanese design perfectly, launching online and in-store on 09/09/17.

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adidas Originals EQT Cushion ADV

The latest addition to the adidas Originals EQT story is the EQT Cushion ADV in a monochrome colourway for AW17.

This new EQT features a knitted mesh upper with nubuck quarter panels, welded suede panels to the toe and a premium pigskin nubuck heel patch. This trainer has signature EQT molded details exhibiting the 3 stripes branding and reflective yarn, OG-inspired TPU lace loops, finished with the brand’s signature EVA outsole and dual-density tooling system.

This clean and contemporary adidas Originals EQT Cushion ADV is online now.

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A.P.C. ‘HIVER 87’

Our opening AW17 delivery from French label A.P.C. includes essential pieces from its HIVER 87 capsule collection. A.P.C. is celebrating 30 years by digging into the archive and producing a limited edition run of clothing and accessories, all decorated with original graphics and branding.

During the early days A.P.C. product was branded with either HIVER 87 or ETE 87 meaning Winter 87 and Summer 87. However, the French brand dropped this concept and subsequently the easier and cleaner A.P.C. branding came to fruition. As always, its collection is full of luxe, low-key staples that’ll enhance your winter wardrobe.

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New Balance 997 ‘Deconstructed’

Boston-based New Balance has come through with a fantastic offering just in time for autumn including two new ‘deconstructed’ 997s, two 998s and the newly launched 247 model in three colours.

This new deconstructed 997 offers a refined interpretation of a classic New Balance silhouette. This revered style features a neoprene inner lining with a sock-like entry system to the ankle for excellent all-round comfort. It’s more of a sophisticated, low profile shape than the regular 997 that can perhaps feel a bit too chunky on foot. This trainer is equipped with premium uppers and classic New Balance touches throughout including its signature REVlite technology to the sole. This ‘Made in USA’ trainer is finished with tonal laces, contrasting ‘N’ branding to the sides and a heel tab and tongue tab with embossed tonal branding including an American flag to the latter.

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The new 247 style has turned into a bit of a New Balance gateway trainer; staying true to the New Balance vintage aesthetic but technical in specification. it’s been updated for AW17 in three very wearable, understated colours with premium suede uppers. The 247 is not even a year old yet but it’s surely got to be one of the best new styles around.

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If you were to breakdown the New Balance line-up, the ‘Made in USA’ 998 sits at the top of the triangle. A beloved style due to the high-quality construction, fabrics and the nature of the layered mesh and suede uppers creates some striking colourways, just like the 998 CSU.

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KARHU ‘Outdoor Pack’

We are delighted to welcome a new footwear label to our brand line-up for AW17, KARHU. Manufacturers of technical runners and outdoor gear for 100 years, KARHU is an established running label from Finland. KARHU follow the Finnish principles of design simplicity and running purity boasting an authentic heritage in athletics with a deep connection to the outdoors. KARHU trainers have been worn by some of the great Finnish runners including Paavo Nurmi and five Boston Marathon champions.

Its latest offering is the ‘Outdoor Pack’ that consists of the Synchron Classic and the Fusion 2.0 silhouette. A pack of three that draws inspiration from hiking and walking trails in Finland that feature durable, weather resistant materials with colours that match the current season. The Fusion 2.0 is crafted with pigskin suede and water repellent nylon uppers with a blue and grey speckled injected EVA midsole, finished with nylon rope laces to complete the ‘outdoor’ feel. The Synchron Classic gives a nod to the original silhouette with the same heritage and craftsmanship as the ’95 version. The autumnal colourways include pigskin suede for a soft and comfortable feel and the traditional nylon mesh is tightly woven to limit water entering the shoe.

The KARHU ‘Outdoor Pack’ is launching online on 02/09/17 at 00:01 and in-store from 09:00.

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