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. 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 […]

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.

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, […]

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.

 

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-shirts, shorts, a pair of sandals, some sort of headwear and potentially swim shorts. Our Holiday Checklist is designed to ease the packing process and […]

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.

 

Fresh Fragrance

Founded in 2011, niche British perfume house Laboratory Perfumes craft unique, natural scents that are scientifically formulated to respond to the wearer and evolve on the skin over time. The contemporary fragrances are inspired by the flora and fauna of the British countryside and have been precisely blended with natural oils. The resulting scents are modern, wholesome […]

Founded in 2011, niche British perfume house Laboratory Perfumes craft unique, natural scents that are scientifically formulated to respond to the wearer and evolve on the skin over time. The contemporary fragrances are inspired by the flora and fauna of the British countryside and have been precisely blended with natural oils. The resulting scents are modern, wholesome and fresh that evoke the natural ambiance of the British landscape. The humble brown packaging and understated clear bottles reflect the brand’s love of simplicity but the fragrances are quite the opposite; a complex, truly elegant aroma features throughout each individual scent. 

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Atlas, Tonka, Gorse, Amber and Samphire by Laboratory Perfumes can all be found online now.

Festival Fever

As the festival season enters its peak we put together a few bits we could see ourselves wearing depending on the type of festival we’re off to. Covering everything from accessories that’ll carry all of our festival essentials to the perfect tops, pants, outerwear and footwear. Best of British | Think Glastonbury, Festival No. 6. Let’s […]

As the festival season enters its peak we put together a few bits we could see ourselves wearing depending on the type of festival we’re off to. Covering everything from accessories that’ll carry all of our festival essentials to the perfect tops, pants, outerwear and footwear.

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Best of British | Think Glastonbury, Festival No. 6. Let’s start with headwear that’ll combat that inevitable British rain or if you’re an optimist, something that will be ideal for when the sun shows. Our selection of summer coats and jackets will be just the ticket for when the cold starts to bite after sundown too.

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Featured above: Patagonia – P-6 Logo Trucker Cap | Armor Lux – 74724 Popover Jacket  | Polo Ralph Lauren – Embroided Chino Short | Bata Heritage – Bata Bullet High Top Canvas

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Featured above: TSPTR – | California T-Shirt

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Featured above: Beams Plus – BD Madras Crazy Short Sleeve Shirt | Barbour – Tiverton Tee | Norse Projects – Aros Light Shorts | Eastland – Stonington 1955 Boot

City Slicks | Think Field Day, Primavera Sound. For a city-based festival you’re going to need a completely an entirely different set of clothes. For us, a festival in the city and a technical pair of runners is an absolute no-brainer, these New Balance 247 Luxe would be ideal. On top we’re thinking a plenty of pieces that work as layers so you can peel off a layer depending on where you’re up to; at a bar in the city or at the festival site. You need to try and look a bit more presentable don’t you, well we’ve plenty of lovely clothes that’ll sort you out.

 

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Featured above: Universal Works – Mambo Cotton Road Shirt | Norse Projects – Esben Blind Stitch T-Shirt

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Featured above: Polo Ralph Lauren – Chino Short

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Featured above: Universal Works – Twill Military Work Short | Carhartt – Fatigue Short | New Balance – 247 Luxe

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Featured above: Norse Projects – James Fine Stripe T-Shirt | Patagonia – LW Travel Mini Hip Bag

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Featured above: Edwin – Federal Jacket | New Balance – 247 Luxe

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Beach Boy | Think Soundwave Festival, Hideout Festival. These festivals are great; a summer holiday and festival combined. You’re not going to need to pack a lot, trust us we are in-the-know (loads of t-shirts, one pair of shorts, one pair of swim shorts for the duration and you’re set). Sunglasses are a must, a shed-load of t-shirts is the obvious one and then some hot-weather appropriate footwear will do just nicely. Finally, a little bag will be a life saver; you can keep allsorts in here including that fancy currency, sun cream and some valuables.

Featured above: Universal Works – Brick Print Road Shirt | Universal Works – Brick Print Beach Short | Converse – Chuck 70

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Featured above: Universal Works – Single Jersey Embroidered T-Shirt | Han Kjobenhavn Sunglassses

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Featured above: Polo Ralph Lauren – Chino Short

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Featured above: Universal Works – Havana Stripe Road Shirt

So they’re have it. Our take on what we feel is appropriate clothing for whatever festival you’re off to this summer. Enjoy yourself wherever you go, sincerely The Hip Store.

 

How to be a stylish cyclist

With the Tour de Yorkshire at the weekend, and more of us jumping on our bikes as a mode of transport, we thought we would give you the low-down at how to look good when you’re riding from A to B.  Whether you’re a speedy commuter or a casual Boris Biker take inspiration from our […]

With the Tour de Yorkshire at the weekend, and more of us jumping on our bikes as a mode of transport, we thought we would give you the low-down at how to look good when you’re riding from A to B.  Whether you’re a speedy commuter or a casual Boris Biker take inspiration from our guide on how to be a stylish cyclist.

Disclaimer: we always encourage you wear a helmet.  Safety first.

 

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When you have valuables to carry, but you’re on a bike – the Nanamica Cycling Pack is your go to.  Yes, it’s an obvious statement but you’ll thank us later for finding a practical holdall that fits everything but still looks good.

Worn here with Albam T-shirt, Barbour Classic Check Shirt and Clark Originals Brown Leather Weavers.

 

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Beat the wind, and the rain, with the weather proof Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket.  On a grey day you’ll always find yourself picking it up.  Plus, choose a jazzy colour and passing motorists will take note. Worn here with adidas Stan Smith Trainers and Patagonia Hip Pack.

 

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Unlined and unstructured to create a relaxed look, this Universal Works Twill London Jacket will not only be the perfect layer for the Summer months but it has all the qualities for comfortable cycling as you race to your next meeting.  Completed with two front pockets, there’s no need for a bag and you’ll definitely look the part too. Worn here with Novesta Starmaster Plimsolls and Norse Project Aros Chinos.

 

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The Battenwear Packable Tote is ideal for when you’re on the move.  With two handles and a longer strap it has all the elements for a speedy commuter.  Quickly throw over your shoulder and off you go. Worn here with Carhartt Long Sleeve Union Shirt, Carhartt Sid Shorts and Fjallraven Helags Cap.