Concept by Cruise Spring Summer 14 Edit

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Concept by Cruise brings you its latest Spring/Summer 2014 Edit, complete with the most sought-after street style labels sourced from around the world, including Wood Wood, Moncler W, Filling Pieces, Common Projects, Nike, Our Legacy and Garbstore. Inspired by the concrete locations of North East England, the bold prints, textured fabrics and iconic footwear of the popular labels are brought to life in stark contrast to the bitter-sweet, industrial backgrop which personifies the region. Shop online HERE

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Concept by Cruise Meets Johan Lindenberg

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Concept by Cruise recently grabbed an interview with Mr Johan Lindenberg of BLK-DNM, scan your peepers over the inverview below:

CNCPT – Hi Johan, pleasure to meet you. You’ve got an impressive CV in the fashion industry with most of us are familiar with your iconic J. Lindeberg line, but for those of us just discovering BLK DNM can you tell us a little bit about the label and how it all come about?

Johan – BLK DNM is a manifest of my entire career, there are pieces from my time at Diesel in the early 90’s, in jeans, leather jackets and also the way I packaged Diesel. J. Lindeberg was a lot of tailoring, which is now something that is very important at BLK DNM for women as well as men.
After leaving J. Lindeberg I worked on other things like with Justin Timberlake for a while on his brand and as his personal stylist, then I went through a separation after a long marriage in March 2010 and it was the hardest period of my life so far. I decided to used the energy of that change to create a new project and I wanted to make it something very personal. In this stage of my life, I felt a need to express myself in a deeper way, so while the name BLK DNM is more generic, I am more pure in my taste than ever. Somehow there’s just a constant flow of ideas inspired by things I feel deep inside myself.

What was your earliest experience of fashion and how did this shape/influence the way you design?

I grew up in the south of Sweden in a university town that was politically engaged. I remember the student protestors wearing denim and leather as a symbol of freedom, it is something that always stayed in my mind. I also like sharp shapes as it shows confidence and strength. I always went to Copenhagen for vintage shopping, that is where I found my first leather jacket that I adjusted the length of. My first girlfriend and my sister were also both designers. Every label strives to develop and progress, to capture and hold our interest.

What is your vision for the future of BLK DNM?

I want to build a brand with a voice, to build the BLK DNM culture through images and to work contrarian to certain industry standards, using streets as the runway.

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The creative process is well documented for being both cathartic and difficult. Which is it for you? Or is it a healthy mix of the two?

The creative process for me is freeing, it’s getting the pain out of my body. I go deep into my self to find what I really think, strip away the outside influences and try to go deep to really feel what I like and I don’t like.
The brand reflects the life I live. Our stores are as I like to live, BLK DNM is the most personal project I’ve done. I am using it as a vehicle to explore new levels of creativity. It is through BLK DNM that I found photography and I am also now working with film.

If you hadn’t found your way into the fashion industry, what else would you want to be doing?

Was there any other profession that appealed to you?
I just do what I like and follow what I feel intensely. In creating BLK DNM as such a personal expression I got really interested in film so maybe a director. But in the end, BLK DNM is who I am, I don’t see any borders of what to do. I can experiment and cross over in many different fields, I just want to create energy and inspire people.

What are your daily essentials that you wear/carry with you?

BLK DNM Jeans 25, leather jacket or blazer, silk scarf and I sleep with my Fuji X Pro 1 under my pillow.

Which city do you think expresses fashion in the best way?

I think it’s more personal but I like how you are free to be yourself in New York City as well as the energy downtown. And I’m always inspired by a chic Parisian twist.

What’s your personal soundtrack at the moment and does it affect the design process?

Thom Yorke, Thom Yorke, Thom Yorke. I just feel connected to his music like (the songs) True Love Waits, Exit Music For a Film and Street Spirit. I also listen a lot to Pearl Jam and I just think Black is such a beautiful song. Every morning to wake up my daughter, Blue, I play her Agnes Obel.

Buy BLK-DNM’s Spring Summer Collection HERE

Blood Brother Babe Baseball Shirt

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If you don’t have a luxe baseball jersey by now you need to get with the program sharpish. I’m not talking about those that you’ve seen the local ‘roid head’ wearing with Sick or what have ya across the front in leopard print, I’m talking taking a classic style and understating it. Luckily, the people at London based Blood Brother have created a perfectly minimal garment you can wear with everything. Rock this over a plain tee and reminis about playing rounders at school or the first time you watched a Rap video on MTV and instantly bought a baseball jersey 6 sizes too big. A simple must have item for this summer coming in two colourways, navy & white. Available hereBABE SHIRT NAVY

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A.P.C. x M/M Spring Summer 2014 T-Shirt Collection

apc-mm-spring-summer-2014-t-shirt-collection-04-960x640French brand A.P.C. teams up with Parisian design studio M/M on a collection of T-shirts for Spring/Summer 2014. Comprised of Mathias and Michael, the two added their own messages to A.P.C.’s tees through the use of customized typeface and graphics. In the past, the design duo has worked with Björk, Madonna, Kanye West, Nicolas Ghesquière, Yohji Yamamoto, Jil Sander, Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney and Riccardo Tisci, and now the two add their flair for fashion to A.P.C.’s latest offerings. Look for the collaborative collection HERE

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Blood Brother Leather Panel Sweatshirt

Blood Brother Leather Sweat | The Style RaconteurA key piece from Blood Brother’s collection, illustrating the brand’s creative use of leather, confidently mixing materials to challenge perceptions of streetwear. A classic collegiate sweatshirt using thick, black 100% cotton jersey as its base, replacing the front chest panel with full grain black 100% leather. With classic flat ribbed collar, cuffs and waistband, and authentic V-shape neck detail. I have seen a lot of leather detailed sweatshirts but pound for pound this is one of the best. A massive plus point is the price..worth £165 of anyones cash. Buy it HERE

Mike Frederiqo “Designers as Logos” Collection

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Young Dutch artist Mike Frederiqo presents his latest collection of T-shirts featuring designers as their own logos. The collection useing the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Coco Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent, Anna Wintour, Gianni Versace and Louis Vuitton, range in price from €50-€125 all of which are available now over at his online shop.

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A.P.C. Pre-Spring 2014 Collection

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Today, French label A.P.C. has released its pre-Spring 2014 collection. It seems like it’s only now starting to get cold and therefore it might seem a little early for a Spring collection. But perfect for in between, A.P.C. delivers warm jackets, sweaters, knitwear, T-shirts, shirts and a small range of accessories as part of the collection. You can shop the full collection now in A.P.C. stores.

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