Monthly Archives: March 2015

Alpha Industries Classic MA-1 Jacket

Alpha Industries MA-1 | The Style RaconteurBefore bouncers, punks, skinheads and Yeezy started wearing Alpha’s MA-1 jacket it was the flight jacket of U.S. Air Force and Navy. The MA-1  jacket was the first military flight jacket to cross over into civilian fashion.

AI’s classic flight jacket includes knit cuffs, a knit collar and waistband, as well as a strong front zipper with storm flap for warmth. There are multiple snap-closure pockets as well as the utility/pencil pocket with the “Remove Before Flight” key chain. An addition to the jacket in the 60’s was the reversibility to show off an Indian Orange lining. The reason being if a plane crashed, the pilot could reverse the jacket to the orange side to signal rescue personnel, exactly what you need on a night out up North!

This classic version has been kept as close as possible to the classic specifications, it has been the subject of many colabs over the years but this in its purist version is pretty iconic.

‘TCG’ the artist formally known as Thorocraft

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Maybe you heard of Thorocraft at some point during your past #menswear 1.0 travels. They were purveyors of perfectly fine footwear, but, for the most part, their designs were always a bit too swagless for out taste. But none of that wack shit matters anymore because Thorocraft just pulled off the ill rebrand, flipping the script and reemerging as TCG (aka Thoroughly Crafted Goods), a brand with an aesthetic much more in line with today’s customer. The first installment of their new philosophy is seen with the brand’s “Olympia” pack of two athletic-leaning sneakerboots that are more sneaker than they are boot. Im looking forward to see what they have in store over the next couple of seasons.

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New Balance Made in USA M996CPS

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When it comes to New Balance, everyone loves a bit of “Made in…”, wether it’s our very own Flimby, allowing us to be proud of our nations flailing manufacturing industry, or the exotic Made in USA range such as this. This colourway of the 996 form the much loved 990 Series (one of NB’s best series) gives the shoe a tonal Mint Green suede and mesh upper that conjures up thoughts of Easter. Maybe that’s just me getting seasonal. Detailing is provided with 3M reflective material and matching hits of grey, while the N logo and midsole pop in white.

For some reason, I feel like this one might go a bit under the radar, mainly because New Balance seems to be living under the radar at the moment, but that just makes the brand even more cool, especially in todays era of super-hype. This premium New Balance Made in USA M996CSP is available now

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Passarella Death Squad x Penthouse

14-01-2015_passarelladeathsquadxpenthouse_brettrossitee_white_1I first come in contact with Passarella Death Squad in around 2008 when I saw a t-shirt print of half naked girls convorting with Big Ben (The clock!) since then they have taken us on a journey fron scantly clad women to vintage arcade games..now they have teamed up with storied men’s lifestyle magazine (Jazz Mag!) Penthouse to produce a limited number of prints, based on David Cronenberg’s Videodrome. The deeply unsettling film explores the darker corners of sexuality in the information age, and these prints owe their grainy affect to its exploitative VHS aesthetic. With models taken from the Penthouse archive, the images are perfectly clipped which ooze 80’s cool. Available now…there also will be an exhibition showcasing the prints so keep your peepers out here for more info asap.

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Autumn Winter 2105 Y-3 Retro Boost

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Y-3′s ultra popular Retro Boost gets two new colorways for the fall, with the introduction of different luxury materials incorporated in the silhouette. A black colorway gets a luxurious remake with embossed crocodile leather paneled in the heel of the upper, for an inconspicuous twist against the neoprene upper and white pebbled outsole. A blue colorway sees suede included among neoprene and a striped midsole upon a pebbled white outside. Check out the pictures above, and expect the new styles to hit stores later this year. If you cant wait for a Y-3 head HERE for a vast selection to buy now.

Alife x Puma R698 Liquid Metal

Puma x Alife | The Style RaconteurHaving worked on a few projects already in the past, the new ALIFE x PUMA  R698 sneaker has released at select sneaker accounts this week. The New York crew gave the sneaker silhouette a full metallic silver upper. While some parts of the sneaker feature perforated silver metallic leather uppers, others feature an ALIFE all-over embossed leather. A special ALIFE x PUMA  tag has been placed on the tongue and the Trinomic branding has been embossed on the heel of the sneakers. Furthermore both brands have logo placements on the cork insoles. You can purchase the ALIFE x PUMA R698 now from Concept by Cruise.

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Penfield Pac Jac Jacket

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The Penfield Pac Jac Jacket was made famous when worn by both Gallagher brothers in the mid 90s when Oasis were in their prime and most memorably when Noel swanned on stage in Red and Tan version at Maine road in 1996 for what was most probably Oasis’s greatest ever set.

The jacket is made from showerproof nylon with drawstring to hood, inner waist & hem and large pouch pocket on the front with Penfield logo on. The cut of the jacket is pretty amazing with 3 drawstrings giving you the option to pull it in around the waist, hem and hood, there’s no wonder it was favoured by Rock n Roll stars and it’s perfect for gigs and festivals as it folds into its own pocket for easy storage. Available here

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Valentino Camouflage Canvas Backpack

valentino-camouflage-canvas-backpack-00Never one to shy away from bold prints, iconic fashion house label Valentino channels their inner streetwear with the Camouflage Canvas Backpack. Like many of their accessories, including the weekender from last year, this model boasts a canvas body featuring the brand’s signature camo print along with light blue leather accents. The “Rockstud” detailing on the top handle and straps offers an edgy look that combines high fashion with an urban sensibility. Made with premium materials in Italy. Buy Valentinos Spring Summer collection here

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adidas by Pharrell Williams Superstar Supercolor

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Following a preview in last month’s issue of L’Officiel Hommes Italia, adidas Originals and Pharrell officially unveil their massive Superstar Supercolor pack. In total, the classic silhouette is redone in 50 different colorways, spanning the majority of the color spectrum. Describing the pack, Pharrell offers, “Supercolor is a celebration of equality through diversity. With 50 colors of the Superstar, everybody will be able to select his or her color. It is more diverse than any pack ever before and therefore it is more individual than any pack ever before.”

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Hender Scheme Homage Collection

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Hender Scheme utilise incredible artisan craftsmanship in order to create what has to be some of world’s most unique footwear. Hailing from Japan, a nation where expertise, precision and quality are prised above all else, Hender Scheme have quite literally got footwear production down to an art-form, combining raw leather with expert execution in order to create a piece of footwear that will age and patina like no other.

Their ‘Homage’ collection, borrowing the silhouettes and detailing from some of the sneaker world’s best loved designs, the Hender Scheme products are hand-made, stripped back version of iconic sillhouettes such the german army trainer, micropacer & superstar  Constructed with natural leather uppers that will patina and age unlike any other, this distinctive design sits on top of a stacked sole unit.

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