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Gourmet Autumn Winter ’14

August 8, 2014 – 14:46 in Fashion | Calum

Gourmet Autumn Winter ’14

Gourmet’s penchant for classic sportswear silhouettes has been apparent since the brand’s first collection, but Autum Winter ’14 sees a slight change in pace for the Italian-American shoe connoisseurs. The influence of technical hiking boots is more prevalent, in a collection which is more ACG than AF1, and the wilderness-led lookbook also reflects this. Two new styles have been added this season – The Gaetano and Corridore – complimenting the Gourmet staple Quadici, which riffs on a classic duck boot, and their iconic 35.

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The Black Lodge – Tom Bagshaw

August 1, 2014 – 12:14 in Design | Robert

The Black Lodge – Tom Bagshaw

British artist Tom Bagshaw has announced the availability of all new and original work entitled “The Black Lodge“. Reportedly taking a year and a half to complete, the series consists of eighteen one-off prints on heavy cotton rag stock, mounted on board, varnished and framed and comes with a COA.

Tom, also known under the moniker Mostlywanted, enlisted the help of fellow illustrators, artists, and even a tattooist as models for this series including Teresa Oaxaca, Toni Moore, Michelle Romero and Aviva Artzy. For his personal work he has developed a highly rendered digital painting style through which he explores themes of fantasy, beauty and mysticism and this is continued through this series. The prints are already selling out so be quick. Prices range from £350 – £550 and I would be surprised if any are left by the end of today.

Also available is The Black Lodge collectors book limited to 100 numbered, signed and embossed copies. Containing the collected Black Lodge portraits together with additional complimentary works, the book is produced on a soft eggshell stock, perfect bound and finished with a velvet laminate and spot UV cover.

Check out the remaining prints and the book via Mostly Wanted here.

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Garbstore AW14 Lookbook

July 31, 2014 – 12:42 in Fashion | Calum

Garbstore AW14 Lookbook

In a field as wide-ranging and subjective as fashion, it would be almost redundant to label a brand as the best within Britain. What is certain, is that Garbstore is my favourite – largely because of their unique design sensibilities, which eschews twee notions of British heritage, but also because there is an obstinate consistency in the brand’s seasonal collections. At first glance, Garbstore’s Autumn Winter 14 collection continues with the brand’s commitment to fusing worlds of sportswear and Americana together in an array of terry cloths and mountain parkas, but in a manner that is almost Japanese. The cuts look perfect and the emphasis on layering lightweight mid-layers is what consistently makes Garbstore seem worldlier than many of their British contemporaries.

The collection is due to arrive in both their London and LA stores in the coming month.

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Haven Shop’s Paris Fashion Week Buyer’s Log

July 30, 2014 – 12:59 in Fashion | Calum

Haven Shop’s Paris Fashion Week Buyer’s Log

In an e-world of esoteric hegemony you need to appeal to the consumer on a level beyond aesthetics.  Haven Shop are one of the few who manage this; the Candadian retailer balances a burgeoning roster of niche brands – and the burden of making that concept financially viable where so many have came unstuck – whilst also retaining an essence that is unique to them. Anyone with the right investors, some contacts and a bit of knowledge can curate a list of obscure Japanese brands and create a shop, but Haven delves deeper than that. Literally and metaphorically, the journey is often as important as the end product for Arthur and Daniel Chmielewski (the store’s founders); they present quality product but in a context which provides an understanding or vibe about the brand. The journey – from design to manufacturing – is how they exhibit their brand’s authenticity. There are few shops that provide such a comprehensive, almost magazine-like, approach to content. And, in doing so, it makes me far more inclined to visit their website; because I’m being sold a story or an idea instead of a mere product.

Haven’s Journal, which provides a candid look into their buying process is the type of content which gives Haven soul. We are given a behind the scenes insight into running a shop and also the people that are execute their unique retail vision. Personally, I’ve spent the last half hour reliving Paris Fashion Week vicariously through the Chmielewski bothers and this selection of photos from their buying trip in the French capital. Aside from the beautifully merchandised showrooms and glimpses of a stylish Parisian vibrancy, the detailed look at the Boro indigo patchwork of Junya Watanabe’s Spring Summer 15 offering is certainly worth a fleeting moment of your time.

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