What’s Up Chuck?

The Converse Chuck 70 is quite simply our go-to shoe. They pretty much go with anything you wear so you can just lace them up whenever without much thought. With plenty of colourways on offer it’s quite easy to end up having a few pairs before you know it. What’s great about the Chuck 70 is that it can completely elevate your look whatever iteration you choose, low or high. The low is great for the summer months, but if you run into some rain you’re in trouble due to the low-cut silhouette it possesses. With the high you get the addition of the beautiful All-Star branding to the inside ankle and they combat the elements really well, but if we’re honest, we prefer our Chuck’s a little rough around the edges.

Last week we received our first AW17 delivery and it was full of lovely new season colours including a re-stock of the ‘parchment’ as well as a ‘Chateau Rose’ (Pink), ‘Dark Sangria’ (Burgundy), ‘Blue Slate’ (Light Blue), ‘Jaded’ (Light Green) and ‘Midnight’ (Navy). But it’s not the colour options that makes this shoe great; anyone who knows a thing or two about footwear will tell you that it’s the Chuck 70’s finer details that make this such a celebrated shoe.

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Explore our Chuck 70 offering here.

Late Summer Spree

If you have planned an end-of-summer holiday we have some great news. We have an abundance of new season deliveries that include some ideal bits for warmer climes. Whether you’re headed to the beach, a city-break or someplace else you’ll find something you’ll need in our new arrivals. If you’re looking to enhance your airport uniform (that’s a thing, right?) or simply some smart bits so you look your best abroad you should keep reading.

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Armor Lux have come through with a new collection of nautical naughtiness that includes some superb Breton striped splendours. Their long sleeve t-shirts are a great addition to any mid-season wardrobe and rumor has it they love a holiday just as much as we do.

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New Converse Chuck 70s have landed and we can’t stop smiling. The ‘parchment’ colourway has decided to show it’s face once more in a form of a restock and there are some lovely new colours in both low and high versions. The Chuck 70 is more than a holiday shoe though isn’t it.

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It goes with out saying that you need some decent sunnies for any holiday. Squinting in the sun is the worst; this is where London-based label YMC enter the fold. They make some really classy summer eyewear that’ll combat the sun but also offer a helping hand when the head’s a little sore from the night before.

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If we had a ‘holiday shoe’ category the Novesta Star Master would probably be sitting top of the pile. It’s lightweight, breathable, comfortable and looks best worn with shorts. There are some cracking new colours for the new season too. Check them out.

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A good cap and a good holiday go hand in hand. Throw it on when the midday heat hits or when your hair is quite clearly in ‘out of office’ mode too. Fjallraven do this one called Heglas; we have no idea what that means but we’re not letting that worry us – you need one of these for your last minute jaunts.

 

New Balance UK 35th Anniversary Pack

New Balance are celebrating the 35th anniversary of its UK factory, Flimby with a special edition ‘Flimby 35th Anniversary Pack’. In 1982 New Balance manufactured their first ever ‘Made in UK’ trainer and have been manufacturing footwear in Cumbria ever since. This rather classy collection consists of four ‘Made In UK’ trainers including its much loved 1500, the normcore 991, the vintagesque 770 and rarely used Epic Tr silhouette. All four trainers have been crafted using the finest materials available including premium nubuck and leather in a colour palette of light blue, navy, white and grey. The New Balance ‘Flimby 35th Anniversary Pack’ is launching online now.

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The 1500 is one of New Balance’s most striking silhouettes; there’s quite a lot going on but the several overlays to the upper just works. Also for us, this colourway is probably one of the most wearable 1500’s to date.

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Aside from the fact this is Larry David’s go-to shoe, what we love most is the fine detailing and overall retro aesthetic. You can’t get any more normcore than the 991.

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The 770 is vintage in structure and shape but has been updated for the modern era. This almost fully tonal colourway looks great and we admire this shoe most for its’ sizeable ‘N’ logo embroidered to the side walls.

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The Epic Tr silhouette has only been used a handful of times and is based on the “Epic” football boot New Balance used to create back in the day. If you’re after a slightly different, low-profile, white trainer then stop, you’ve found it.

visvim’s latest offering

visvim are perhaps Japan’s finest menswear label and their latest offering doesn’t let up one bit. They’ve come through with a stellar selection of new goods for the autum season including a few classic styles with seasonal updates. What we have been presented with is a fine selection of Japanese made clothing including their Albarcore Blanket Shirt that is built on a classic Oxford shirt only with a beautiful Americana twist via the elbow patches. 

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As we’ve come to expect from visvim their apparel is second to none with signature touches throughout their collection including their Motorcycle Club T-Shirt that has been cut from the finest 100% cotton and features a hand painted graphic detail to the front. 

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Like the sound of that? Explore new visvim arrivals here 

adidas Originals x Pharrell Williams Tennis HU

The Stan Smith inspired Pharrell Williams adidas Originals Tennis HU returns in 4 new seasonal colourways. Two icons, adidas and Pharrell join forces once more with this signature style celebrating the hues of humanity. As you’d expect from Pharrell Williams, the design is unique and incorporates his vibrant style and these colourways are colourful to say the least.

Likewise from Adidas, the premium uppers are made using their innovative Primenit material making them light, breathable and ultra-comfortable, complete with a marble-look EVA midsole. The trainers are finished with a simply stunning, minimal lacing system, perforated 3-Stripes to the side, a reflective tongue tab and an ‘Equality’ logo heel patch with reflexology-inspired inserts.

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The adidas Originals Pharrell Tennis HU is online now.

Neighborhood Blowback Incense Chamber

Motorcycle enthusiast Shinsuke Takizawa founded Tokyo based brand Neighborhood in 1994.  From the beginning the brand has been producing pieces inspired by military apparel and workwear.

Paying tribute to the rebel and cult iconography, the latest Neighborhood Incense Chamber follows in the same suit.  The ‘Uzi’ machine gun rests on a box base which transforms the submachine gun into a high-gloss, metallic painted porcelain incense chamber – available in both gold and silver.  The ‘Uzi’ maintained its popularity with rebels during the infamous Mexican and Miami drug wars.  Now, Neighborhood have taken reference from the Drug Lords to create their latest inspired incense chamber, that for many, can be seen as a piece of functional art.

Interested in the full range?  Shop Neighborhood here.

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Fresh Tones from Armor Lux

It is that time of year again when the new season starts to arrive in store and we start thinking of layering up for the Autumn.  Some might say a bleak thought whilst the sun is still making an appearance – however we all know this weather can be so unpredictable that tomorrow the enviable might happen (yes, rain).

One does need to be prepared for such occasions and how better than with fresh tones from Armor Lux?  The 2297 Classic Long Sleeve T-shirt is a signature piece for everyone’s wardrobe.  The 100% cotton has a weight good enough to wear on its own as the nights go cooler, and even underneath a jacket when it starts to get really cold.  Made in France and finished with an authentic Breton Stripe, Armor Lux really does boast about being the best.  Shop their signature pattern that still remains a core piece in the collection.

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Tranquil Tones

No one wants to look like a Crayola Crayon do they? That might sound odd but wearing multiple garments from the same colour palette can often make one feel that way. We wanted to reveal how tonal dressing can look elegant, understated and achievable by following a few simple steps.

The most important rule to live by is to always wear the lightest colour closest to your body and the darkest outside and then basically layer and mix textures of the same shades and always remember to finish with flattering footwear.

Keep these simple steps in mind and you’ll get it right every time; maximising your wardrobe, re-imagining past season items with a striking, distinguished style. Tonal dressing is a great way to add depth to your outfit and you’ll soon appreciate there’s more than one shade of white and there’s alternatives to ‘all black everything’.

With the AW season just around the corner (sorry but it is), now more than ever is the time to start trialling some tonal, layered outfits. Via different hues, soft prints and texture clashes, wearing one colour head-to-toe can not look too matchy-matchy. Why don’t you try it?

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Pure Platinum

Pictured above: A.P.C. Bros Sweatshirt

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Pictured above: Norse Projects Spring Twill OvershirtStan Ray Painter Pants | Novesta Star Master Colour Sole

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Pictured above: Barbour Cascade Sports CapFolk linen Zip ShirtFolk Overlap T-Shirt | Barbour Neuston Twill Short | Converse Chuck 70 Natural

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Midnight Navy

Pictured above: Barbour Japan Garment Dyed Bedale Jacket | Norse Projects James Flame Stripe T-Shirt

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Midnight Navy

Pictured above: Post Overalls Sweetbear JacketBeams Plus Linen V CardiganPost Overalls Menpolini Shorts | Clarks Originals Weaver

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Pictured above: adidas Originals Bermuda | Carhartt Star Master Pants | Barbour Reversible WP Bucket Hat

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Hunter Green

Pictured above: Norse Projects Garment Dyed Nylon JacketNorse Projects Niels Basic Short Sleeve Shirt

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Pictured above: Arpenteur Travial Linen Jacket | Norse Projects Laurits Garment Dyed Twill Pants | Astorflex Greenflex Suede

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Hunter Green

Pictured above: Norse Projects Laurits Garment Dyed Twill Shorts | Spring Court Canvas G2

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Natural Grey

Pictured above: Baracuta G9 Original Jacket | Reigning Champ Crewneck T-Shirt

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Natural Grey

Pictured above: Norse Projects Spring Niels Logo T-Shirt

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Natural Grey

Pictured above: Reigning Champ Sweat Shorts | Common Projects 1528 Achilles Low

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White Mountaineering and adidas Originals reunite for AW17

Once more, Japanese menswear label White Mountaineering combine forces with adidas Originals. For the AW17 season we welcome two styles of NMD’s; NMD R2 Primeknit and NMD Trail, both presented in two colourways.

For us, the highlight of this collection lies within the footwear pack that features the same neutral, understated, earth-based colour palette that can found on the apparel. Incorporated on both the Trail and R2 are traces of Yousuke Aizawa’s unmistakable flair with collaborative branding making an appearance on both styles. The NMD R2 features the same striking white stripes along the forefront of the shoe that was so very well received last time out.

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The White Mountaineering x adidas Originals NMD R2 Primeknit and NMD Trail are launching online at 00:01 on 15/07/17.

 

First Look: Clarks Originals AW17

Clarks Originals have come through with some incredibly tasty looking shoes for the final summer months. We are thrilled to reveal new colour updates on two of their most loved silhouettes; the Weaver and Wallabee. This time out Clarks Originals present the Weaver in a Slate Blue colourway and the Wallabee in rich autumnul tones of Dark Orche and Burgundy.

We can envisage a pair of these sitting effortlessly in our autumn wardrobe taking us on a journey right up until the chilly season, notably the Weavers. So although we find ourselves strictly in the middle of British summer, we are eagerly anticipating the full AW17 delivery.

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Pictured above: Clarks Originals – Wallabee Dark Orche

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Pictured above: Clarks Originals Weaver – Slate Blue

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Pictured above: Clarks Originals Wallabee – Burgundy Suede

Want to check out our entire Clarks Originals offering? Here you go.

 

Norse Projects SS17 Finale

Take a closer look at our late-summer delivery from Scandinavian supremoes Norse Projects. A pastel infused palette of attire that is both stunning and striking in complexion. Throw in our exclusive Anton Oxford short sleeve shirt and it’s nothing short of spectacular.

The closing Norse Projects drop of the season is full of what you’d expect from the brand; everyday clothes constructed from the finest cottons, only refined for the summer months. Swipe down, click and enjoy.

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Pictured above: 6 Panel Fine Stripe Flat Cap | The Hip Store Exclusive – Anton Oxford Short Sleeve Shirt | Aros Light Twill Shorts | Converse Chuck 70

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Pictured above: Spring Light Twill Sports Cap | Jens Garment Dyed Twill Jacket | Aros Light Twill Chino | New Balance x Norse Projects 770

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Pictured above: Spring Light Twill Sports Cap | Anton Oxford ShirtAros Light Twill Shorts | Jack Purcell Signature Ox

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Pictured above: Skipper Double Dyed Jacket | Aros Light Twill Shorts | Converse Chuck 70

Pictured above: Jens Garment Dyed Twill Jacket | Spring Niels Logo T-ShirtAros Light Twill Shorts | Converse Chuck 70

Explore the entire Norse Projects SS17 collection here.

Holiday Checklist

Whichever type of holiday you have planned this summer, packing the right bits can often be an overwhelming task. One thing that’s certain is that you’re probably going to need plenty of t-shirtsshorts, a pair of sandals, some sort of headwear and potentially swim shorts. Our Holiday Checklist is designed to ease the packing process and fully equip you to enjoy your holiday from start to finish.

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If you’ve a city-break planned this summer, a pair of sandals can combat that inner city heat. Let’s be honest, that sweaty feet feeling is far from ideal. For beach-bound folk sandals are crucial, that’s obvious though isn’t it. Japanese label Suicoke make some unreal, high-performance sandals that’ll be just the ticket, the Vibram sole gives gives you the added benefit of all-day comfort.

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Okay we’re stating the obvious here but if you’re off to someplace with a pool or a beach then swim shorts are a basic fundamental. The Patagonia Baggies are a classic part of the Patagonia product roster every summer season and handy features include side pockets, a snap rear pocket and a quick drying fabric that makes them ultra dependable.

With the sun beating down on you all day long, holiday headwear is essential. The sun takes it’s toll on that old cranium of yours, it’s important to look after things like ones head. Our cap offering is plentiful with a selection of different styles from Filson, Norse Projects, Fjallraven and Patagonia.

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If you’re anything like us then packing the right number of t-shirts is high up on the agenda; one for each day and one for every evening – that’s basically a stack of tees. The Our Legacy Perfect T-Shirt is, as the brand say themselves, just perfect and it’s ideal for any holiday. One not enough? Shop all t-shirts.