Norse Projects AW’16

Back with a bang for AW’16, the team at Norse Projects present their usual quality, style and substance.

There is a distinct focus on the use of standout materials, such as Primaloft and Elka, which are applied to some of the brand’s classic designs – think winter wardrobe essentials with a distinct scandi twist.

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Patta AW’16

There’s not long left to wait until the latest drop from everyones favourite Dutch streetwear brand, Patta. With that in mind we take a quick look at what’s to come. Some particular favourites include the Heavy Sports Pique Half Zip and Athletic Cord Crew Neck Sweater.

The collection will be available in store and online very soon so keep an eye out for it landing.

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The collection will be available in store and online very soon so keep an eye out for it landing.

 

Clarks Originals x Le Fix

Clarks love a good collaboration and this season sees them join forces with Copenhagen based Le Fix to produce this latest iteration of their classic Desert Boot.

Le Fix are known for their love of art and creativity and possess that distinct Scandinavian style which can be seen in this re-imagined design.

Featured in petrol suede, this rework has a leather heel and sits on the classic crepe sole. The contrasting red stitching and tri coloured heel tab giving that all important finishing touch.

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Universal Works AW16

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Autumn is fast approaching and that can mean only one thing, layering.

Luckily for us, the design team at Universal Works recognise this need and their AW16 collection showcases that perfectly.

In the town where Universal Works was born the changing of the season is marked by a traveling fair coming to town, a tradition which has been alive and well for over 700 years.

The latest collection takes its inspiration from that very same fair, the atmosphere that goes with it and the characters who dominate it.

A perfect combination of dark tones, sophisticated fabrics and strong styling, the collection features some key pieces and some well loved classics re-imagined for the coming season.

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What to pack for a weekend getaway?

What to pack for a weekend getaway?

You can’t beat a weekend getaway, and whether you’re staying within these fair isles or travelling further afield, making the most of your limited baggage allowance is key. The unpredictability of the weather at the moment makes it even harder to pack for, and you can be forgiven for feeling a sense of foreboding at the prospect of choosing what to take and what to leave.

Ever helpful, the Hip Store wants to make your life as easy as possible. We’ve pulled together the ultimate weekend bag, full to the brim with the best garms to cover you whatever the weather.

The bag

No, that wheel along suitcase your nan gave you just won’t cut it. You want something lightweight, portable yet rugged to transport your trusty cargo from A to B, and the small duffle bag in Otter green from Filson is the answer you were looking for.

The tee

Next you want to get your layering right, and the best place to start is a good quality, well-cut tee. Your choice is nigh on endless these days for great quality t-shirts, but this week we’re really feeling Saturdays Surf NYC’s range of 100 per cent cotton pique tees with pockets in block colours, especially this heather number. The perfect base on which to build any outfit (maybe pack a spare in case the weekend takes a turn for the messy).

The jeans

A sensible yet stylish choice that can be worn all weekend no matter the occasion. Bring a bit of Japanese craftsmanship to your weekend bag by choosing the slim fit OrSlow 107s in onewash.

The shirt

Not just any shirt will do here, you want something that will work well pulled on unbuttoned if a Saturday afternoon walk takes the turn for the chilly, and can be buttoned up to the nines when you hit that ‘little place you know’ on the evening. For such occasions, the Hip Store will invariably reach for the lightweight Bakers overshirt from Nottingham’s finest Universal Works.

The trainers

You’re relaxing, so you want to make sure your shoe options aren’t all business. As such, good trainers are a necessity for a weekend break, and they don’t get much more versatile than Novesta’s Star Master in ecru. The soft canvas uppers are lightweight and breathable – perfect should Mr Sunshine decide to make an appearance.

The boots

While a good pair of trainers will see you through most occasions these days, packing something a bit more robust is recommended too. If robust is what you’re after, it’s hard to look away from Redwing, especially the original styling of the Moc Toe boot in Oro Russet – perfect for a long way on path or pavement and the pub afterwards.

The sunglasses

Let’s be optimistic – the weather hasn’t been that bad this year so far, therefore carrying with you a pair of good-quality sunglasses is definitely a good idea. Timeless by name, timeless by nature, the Han Kjobenhavn clip-on sunglasses in amber sun are built to last a lifetime.

The jacket

However, let’s not get too ahead of ourselves. The chance of a freak shower is never beyond the realms of possibility, and carrying a hooded, summer-weight jacket is a practical solution. The crisp, clean lines of the Nunk summer cotton jacket in navy from Norse Projects is the one.

The toiletries

Perennially left behind, packing up your own favoured toiletries is a sure fire way to ensure you get a little taste of home while on your break. Plump for a good quality soap that will refresh you enough to make the most of your trip, such as Mr Natty’s handpressed Shipwreck soap.

 Find your perfect weekend away outfit at the Hip Store.

6 essential shoes for summer

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The beer gardens are full. The ice cream vans are out. Men are marauding Britain’s high streets in short-vest combos. They can only mean one thing – the sun has arrived.

It’s the time of year when are hardy-soled, sturdy-uppered boots and brogues are given a spring clean and placed in a safe place for a rainy day, to be replaced by the breathable, slip-on friendly shoes of summer.

To help you make this transition without any slip ups, we’ve pulled together six of the Hip Store’s must-have footwear styles for the season.

The penny loafer

Getting a smart shoe that will also keep your feet cool as the temperature rises is notoriously difficult to get right. At least it was, until Bass Weejuns invented the Penny Loafer. Hand-stitched, available in wine, black or cognac and signature penny-keeper strap, the Bass Weejun Larson and Logan loafer is a shoe that won’t look out of place in the office or the pub, no matter how hot it gets.

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The deck shoe

Just because you’re hitting up the beach doesn’t mean leather and suede are out of the question, as shown by the following two perfect exponents of the deck shoe. Smart yet casual and today a true menswear classic, the deck shoe should have a place in every man’s wardrobe. Whether you go classic leather with the original Sperry Topsider, or suede with the subtle charm of Sebago’s deck shoes, hit the deck and pick up a pair today.

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The canvas pump

Like many of the above, the canvas pump was born as a practical solution for a functional issue, before transcending its original purpose to become a style staple in its own right. Sported by tennis players the world over from the 30s onwards, the canvas pump is now synonymous with easy wearing summer style. Go for the original with new to the Hip Store’s Spring Court, or take a contemporary step with our favourites Novesta.

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The sandals

Sometimes, the heat gets to such a level that those toes need to be freed. Worn correctly, the sandal is the perfect choice to keep cool and comfortable this summer. Leather Birkenstocks have been the go-to sandal for men in the know for as long as we can remember, while Suicoke of Japan’s Depa range are ones not to be mixed.

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The luxury option

Who says sneakers can’t be smart? Common Projects trainers are about as luxury as trainers come, with their incredible build quality, detailing and durability. Go with the 1895 for the finest slip-on choice. Filling Pieces have also long been treading the line between high fashion and streetwear when it comes premium summer sneakers.

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The casual option

Last but not least, the casual option is also well worth considering when you come to choose one of your many summer sneaker options. The undisputed kings in this field are of course adidas Originals and New Balance. Whether you go for the vintage, sporty styling of the former’s Racing 1, or the unnerving quality of the latter’s M577BDB, you won’t go wrong.

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Introducing our latest addition: Albam

Welcoming a new brand to the Hip Store family is always cause for celebration, especially when they align so closely with our ethos and values. For the past decade, Albam has been winning over legions of new followers with its understated, quality menswear, and if you haven’t already met, we’d like to introduce this stellar British brand to you today.

History

Albam was created in 2006 by London-based Alastair Rae and James Shaw, who were yearning for a menswear brand built around ‘the confidence you get from wearing a favourite piece of clothing,’ and the inherent, special connection between man and cloth.

Since the early days on Bleak Street in Soho, the brand has focused on producing wardrobe essentials that value quality fabric, fits and finishes above all else. Adhering to the ‘good design is something you never see’ principle, Albam has never been described as flash, and that’s exactly the way they like it. Each seasonal collection carries an understated elegance, creating a timeless quality engrained into the fabric of each garment, meaning your favourite Albam piece will stay with you for years to come.

Key pieces

Boat jacket

This versatile jacket should be a mainstay in any man’s wardrobe, and is the perfect outerwear for summer evenings. Available in navy, white or khaki, the Albam boat jacket is constructed in the ‘trucker’ style, with front pockets and adjustable side straps from 100 per cent cotton.

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Rail shirt

A lightweight shirt is a must for warmer months, and we can’t think of many better options that Albam’s rail shirt, complete with ticking stripe. The pyjama collar creates a level of informality perfect for the season and the ultra-light Portuguese linen will keep you cool and calm no matter how high that heat dial soars.

Classic pocket t-shirt

You can never have too many t-shirts, and Albam’s version of this menswear staple definitely deserves to be that ‘just one more’ in your collection. Available in white, navy and regatta blue flavours, this classic pocket tee is 100% cotton with a regular fit to ensure you don’t get hot under the fabric-trimmed collar.

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View the Hip Store’s complete handpicked selection from Albam online and instore now.

The Hip Store X adidas Originals SPEZIAL Event Review

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To celebrate the launch of the latest exemplary collection by adidas Originals x SPEZIAL, we opened up the doors of the Hip Store for a very special Friday evening event.

SPEZIAL aficionados queued around the block to gain entry to the store, and were presented with the chance to take a closer look at the French Riviera-inspired collection and chat with the stellar team that made it all possible, Gary Aspden, Mike Chetcuti and Peter O’Toole. The guys also brought along some classic pieces from SPEZIAL lines past as free beer did flow and the much sought after adidas Originals gift bags were distributed.

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While the adidas paraphernalia included was much appreciated by all, the item everyone desired was the latest instalment of the now legendary adidas SPEZIAL book, showcasing some of the key pieces and the story behind the collection to date, before highlighting the current SS16 collection.

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If you couldn’t make the evening, don’t worry, we still have a few items from the range left in a variety of sizes. The Shadsworth polo in off white can still be picked up, while the on pointHarwood anorak in navy is also still available in most sizes. When it comes to sneakers, the Hip Store still has selected sizes in most styles, the Hochelaga SPZL Onix was the largest spread.

To browse the full range, please view the adidas Originals x SPEZIAL collection here.

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Spring Shirting

Spring shirting: The Hip Store’s guide

After we nailed the art of the transitional spring jacket last week, this time out we’re peeling back to another key layer of your spring wardrobe: the shirt.

While picking a shirt seems an easy task on the surface, many a man has come a cropper by being all Lasseiz-faire about their choice. To prevent the same fate from befalling you, the Hip Store presents for you our ultimate guide to the three key shirt types for you this spring.

The Oxford Shirt

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The Oxford shirt is the perfect laid-back piece that conveys a sense of ease and comfort while creating a sleek, clean look’. That’s how Ralph Lauren describe our ultimate go to on the shirt front, and we couldn’t put it better ourselves. It’s the ultimate smart-casual shirt, that can be dressed up or down at your behest. As you’d expect from our description above, Polo Ralph Lauren is a dab hand at the Oxford shirt, while Norse Projects’ seminal Anton shirt and the understated cool of A.P.C’s Oxford also can’t be missed.

The Grandad shirt

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The sophisticated older brother of the Oxford shirt, the Grandad collar is a classic cut that can be worked into any outfit. The banded collar on this blue chambray Grandpa shirt from Scottish-favourites Folk is a prime example of the style, with the close-fitting neck juxtaposed with a slightly wider than the norm, curved hem meaning it’s another great choice for smart or casual looks. We also can’t get enough of this banded collar shirt from Engineered Garments, in a cool grey/blue, either.

The Overshirt

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Perfectly treading that line between a shirt and a jacket, the overshirt is a workwear mainstay that is now an essential part of every man’s wardrobe. Perfect for layering during the notoriously tricky period between winter and spring, the overshirt is a favourite garment here at the Hip Store. If you’re looking to dip your toes in the water, it doesn’t get much better than the Veste de Comptoir in navy by French brand Bleu de Paname, while Universal Works’ poplin Bakers overshirt is a modern menswear classic.

Visit the shirt section of the Hip Store site to find the perfect shirt for you.

 

Brand Focus: Edwin

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Edwin, with its signature selvedge finishes and the iconic ED-55 and ED-80 cuts, is today synonymous with easy-wearing, perfectly-cut jeans that can be relied upon no matter the occasion or season. While the brand is now one of many players in a Japanese denim scene full of exemplary craftsman, this wasn’t always the case.

Back in 1947, a good pair of jeans was hard to find in Japan. That all changed when Yonehachi Tsunemi, who had been sourcing his own jeans from the USA, decided to share the wealth and setup a denim import business. By 1961, and decided to give his compatriots a taste of what they’d been missing by creating the first ever pair of Edwin jeans, inspired by the pairs he had so lovingly handpicked from the USA.

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After just three years, Tsunemi had created his first classic – the world’s heaviest ring-spun denim jean at a hefty 16oz – that always marked the world’s first exposure to the three-colour rainbow selvedge that is still held up as a denim icon to this day.

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After revolutionising the denim industry in both the 1970s and 80s by pioneering the old wash and stone wash techniques respectively, the brand turned its hand to replicating classic washes from the 40s at the turn of the millennium, again reimagining what a great pair of jeans could be.

Today, the brand still prides itself on this same spirit of inspiration and craftsmanship – always going the extra mile to create washes and cuts that elevate the humble jean into something different entirely.

While Edwin jeans come in a variety of fits, the two most popular, and perennial favourites at the Hip Store, are without doubt the ED-55 with its relaxed, tapered fit and a mid-rise and the ED-80, a more contemporary slim fit with a leg that tapers just so.

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