Italian fashion house Valentino continues to outfit their popular low-top sneaker in decadent materials and textures. This time around, they’ve wrapped the silhouette in black leather and suede for Autumn Winter 2014, resulting in a subtle, luxurious take on the premium kick. Rubber pyramid studs along the sides and heel-counter complement and reinforce the design of the treaded rubber outsole. Available soon from Cruise
Never one to shy away from leather, Givenchy offers this black leather baseball jacket sporting its signature star design. The stars are embroidered in an understated black while the jacket itself remains minimalistic in style. Black ribbed cuffs are used for the sleeves, collar and waist, while metal snap buttons are used for closure. Without needing to compensate with flash, the Givenchy Leather Baseball Jacket leaves it up to the quality in construction while keeping things simple in design.
I’m a sucker for well crafted accessories and Tom Hide is a London based creative company, developed from a desire to produce heritage inspired items, made with quality materials and superior craftsmanship. Careful attention is given to the selection of materials that are durable, timeless and shall develop individual character as they age. The current line of belts, bags and leather goods uses waxed canvas from Scotland, leather from premium suppliers in Europe and USA and high strength thread from Japan. Constructed by hand in England using a blend of modern and traditional techniques, each item is unique and enduring. Check em out here
Los Angeles’ Killspencer has released this practical and versatile bridle leather Carrier Pouch for the iPad Mini. Handmade from U.K.-sourced leather, the pouch features slots for business cards, cables and assorted other items you may need to take with you. Available in the array of colors pictured below, the pouch features a foil-embossed Killspencer brand stamp, as well as the embossing of your choice. Head over to Killspencer now to pick one up.
A 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
These days a pair of wayfarers is pretty common sight — though that’s not meant to diminish the classic style of a timeless pair of frames. Stand out the next time you want to block the sun’s rays with a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarer Leather Sunglasses. Made in the retro silhouette that’s been around since 1956, these sunglasses have been updated for a new generation with genuine calf leather frames. Available in black or brown calf leather, with brown or green neophan polarized lenses. Available in exchange for your hard earned cash HERE
DAVID BECKHAM has designed a collection for British brand Belstaff – a menswear offering inspired by “reviving luxury moto classics that have been redefined by Beckham’s iconic personal style”. The former footballer will also star in the label’s 2014 global advertising campaign, photographed by Peter Lindbergh in rural Buckinghamshire.
The campaign depicts a “band of brothers” led by Beckham, travellelling around the English countryside on their motorbikes, something Beckham enjoys off-camera too.
“I’ve always loved motorbikes,” Beckham told us at the Belstaff store opening in London. “But I’ve never really been allowed to ride them. Obviously now that I’ve finished playing, it’s enabled me to spend more time on my bikes, which is great.”
The Beckham for Belstaff collection will launch exclusively at Belstaff stores worldwide and Belstaff.com in March 2014, and will then roll out with select global distribution in June 2014. Retailers will have there hands in the air because one thing the Beckhams can do its sell clothes. Buy Belstaff Autumn Winter 2013 here
Belstaff has been around since 1924, then sold and relaunched in 2011 now David Beckham has prob just about to send the brand to all time high. Here are some facts ou might not know about Belstaff.
Belstaff’s signature waxing technique goes back centuries.
According to Doug Gunn, owner of the UK’s Vintage Showroom (and a Belstaff expert), fishermen have used a combination of beeswax, fish oil, and other waxes and oils to waterproof their coats and smocks for centuries. Belstaff was the first company to actually manufacture the waterproof but breathable material.
Belstaff gear is battle-tested.
Eli Belovitch, who founded the brand in 1924, once supplied waxed cotton and other waterproof materials to British manufacturers of capes, tents, and groundsheets for WWI. By the time World War II rolled around, Belovitch and his son-in-law, Belstaff cofounder Harry Grosberg, were producing survival suits, parachutes, barrage balloons, and other wartime essentials as an official military contractor.
Yep, it’s TRIAL-master, not TRAIL-master.
Debuting in 1948, the Trialmaster was made for the harsh weather conditions of the Scottish Six Days Trial, the oldest motorcycle trials (a scored, non-speed event that tests the rider’s skill on an obstacle course) in the world. Per Gunn, the design was based off a jacket worn by Royal Navy sailors on the lookout towers of submarines.
The brand was worn by Amelia Earhart and T.E. Lawrence.
Simply put: If world-class explorers, aviatrixes, record breakers, and other daredevils like land speed record holders and mountaineers stand behind it, it’s probably going to do just fine keeping you dry on your morning commute.
Oh, and some dude named Steve McQueen, too.
So great was the King of Cool’s love for the brand that rumor has it he once skipped a date with girlfriend Ali MacGraw to stay home and give his Belstaff jacket a fresh coat of wax.
Belstaff cast Kate Moss in a campaign before she was Kate Moss.
In 1990, long before she became a household name, Kate posed for a Belstaff catalogue that brought the waxed cotton look to the mainstream, non-motorcyclist market. She reprised the shoot for an ad campaign in 2006, proving that her beauty has — shockingly, if you think about it — held up as well as, well, a Belstaff jacket.
Belstaff created the best-selling waterproof jacket of all time.
The Black Prince leather jacket — which has sold 40,000 pieces annually for 40 years — moved enough volume to require its own factory in Silverdale, England.
The brand is now part owned by Tommy Hilfiger.
When you think about it, this says less about the brand than the taste of Mr. H, who bought the brand in 2011 conjunction with businessman Harry Slatkin and the Labelux Group.
The Belstaff logo is based on the legend of the Phoenix.
Cofounder Harry Grosberg chose the symbol in the 1920s to signify ascendency and continuity. We’re going to go out on a limb and predict that he’d be pretty happy with the way things have turned out.
The BLOOD BROTHER Autumn Winter 13 Collection is inspired by the connotations of FUTURE. With the introduction of more sophisticated methods and fabrications. The highlight is the fact that leather has been used heavily in the collection, with the introduction of a black leather tracksuit with dropped crotch pants, a black hooded jacket and a gilet inspired by body armour. Blood Brother has revisited the Varsity Jacket again this season and used innovative finishes with cracked leather and luxurious shearling lining and black version jacket with silver reflective sleeves. Get leathered here (see what I did there)
Troubadour launches their inaugural accessories collection this year. Founded by former bankers, the accessories are extremely conservative and office-friendly, but they are far from boring. Albeit a plain, sans logo surface, the material is handcrafted Italian leather that’s been vegetable-tanned for an extremely soft and glossy look. This timelessly classic collection includes a weekender, briefcase, iPad case, wallet and more, all in matte black.