Old school British outdoors brand Karrimor is about to suprise you. At the moment it is super under-appreciated in its home country by the fashionista who thinks its just a cheap collection which is languishes on the rails of a certain sports retailer but when you actually step back and look at the quality and design it stands equally with any sports brand. Thats not why its going to surprise you though Autumn Winter 15 will see the launch of a new collection K100 which will including a colab with British designer and outerwear guru Nigel Cabourn sitting at an elevated level which I will have more information on soon.
The Japaneese arm of the company have tapped into its countries appreciation of classic walking gear. Knowing that a little clever styling can go a long way in changing brand perception, the label put together a set of uncomplicated, contemporary looks for men and women. Familiar pieces from Karrimor’s archive sit beside reworked styles, the usual mix of shell jackets, rain-hats, parkas, multi-pocket trousers and performance layers utilize technical fabrics including durable, wind resistant Pertex® and the breathable cotton-like Supplex®. A top selection both in looks and spec, send out the signal to your proxy and see more from Karrimor Japan over at the website and as I said keep an eye out here for more on brands rising profile.
Although not an official Nike collaboration, the customized SweatSUIT by Clothsurgeon is something that can easily sit at any Nike shelf. More as a personalized project, the brand took four standard grey Nike fleece sweatpants and reconstructed them into a suit jacket and pants set, dubbed the “SweatSUIT.” The single breasted suit jacket is fully lined and features working cuffs, as well as front dual bucket pockets from the fleece pant’s original pockets. The “SweatSUIT” pants feature a single pleat and is of cropped length, while maintaining the original pant’s elastic waistband. Synonymous with fine tailoring, The Clothsurgeon “SweatSUIT” is definitely a show of skill from the brand, the only downside being that this one-off isn’t for sale.
Goodbye, Patrik Ervell. Hello, Chevrolet. Manchester United has a new home kit. The previous, a sharp number that paid homage to Manchester’s connection to the textile industry (i.e. gingham), clothed the Red Devils during David Moyes’ remarkably dreadful tenure as manager. And, as such, goes the way of the gray kits that rendered players invisible on the pitch during the ’90s. Those little collars have been told to fuck right of, except on Puma’s new Arsenal alternate.
In replacement of the Ervellian design is a new look that borrows, seemingly, from Little League baseball. There is a single button henley placket and then there is, well, a fantastically large Chevy ribbon. Americanness doesn’t suit football (sorry, Glazer family), and unless Louis van Gaal rights the ship, this one should, like last year’s kit, go the way of the dodo in 12 months time.
Every summer when we are waiting for the new football season to start enjoyment is to be had in the releases of all teams new kits…(apart from the year my own team brought a shitty red checked one out!) and the World Cup kits are the same. Nike has just unveiled England‘s new home and away kits ahead of the team’s campaign at this year’s World Cup in Brazil. The new kits pack the latest in technical innovations from Nike while sticking to an aesthetic inspired by classic England kits of the past and St. George’s cross. The all-white home kits are a direct reference to the ones worn by England in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico and feature an engineered pinstripe in the fabric, white satin tape on the shoulders and a subtle metallic weave on the Three Lions crest. The away kit plays up the national symbols of England and features a subtle, tonal pinstripe design with a graphic interpretation of St. George’s cross on the front that can only be seen when viewing the jersey from a distance. The away kit also features a unique treatment that makes it come to life under UV light. Look for the new kits on the backs of the England players when the team takes to pitch in Brazil.
Japan always get the best stuff, FACT! There are too many brands out there that dont sell or even ship to our shores. Saying that one of my favourite US heritage brands, Champion have seen sense and at the back end of last year they re-released their legendary Reverse Weave Collection of sweats, hoodies & joggers. For the uninitiated this weaving method ensures the garments avoid vertical shrinkage, so all that heavyweight fleecy cotton goodness won’t change shape any time soon. Two colours Grey Marl & Navy Blue, unfortunately not in the amazing colours available in Japan buy hey its a start and they are available on your door step.
Stone Island presents its new Lasered Reflex Mat Jacket from its spring/summer 2014 collection. Aside from being both water and wind-resistant, the jacket features a polyester base treated with a special Lasered Reflex Mat coating composed of thousands of glass microspheres enriched with high-saturation coloring agents. This coating becomes transformed when shot by specially programmed lasers to produce unique engraved patterns, making each piece one-of-a-kind. Other features of the jacket include a button-fastened storm flap, vertical zip pocket, storeable hood, front yoke air vents and ribbed interior cuffs. Buy Stone Island here
SOPHNET. has teamed up with British outerwear specialist Barbour to offer its take on the slim-fit Bedale Jacket. This collaborative version features a predominantly olive-tone camo waxed cotton exterior and a MultiCam-esque camo interior. A multitude of pockets inside and out, a contrasting corduroy collar, and an optional zip-in liner and hood round out the details for this great looking jacket. Look for this at SOPHNET. stockists soon.
For fans of KITH‘s Mercer pant — the garment that was unable stay on store shelves (or online for us Brits) — they’ll be interested to know that the renowned New York retailer is set to release a follow-up of sorts in the form of the Bleecker Sweatpant. Crafted from 320 GSM 100% cotton French terry, the Bleecker is soft yet durable, featuring a nylon waistband and functional button fly covered by a placket. Two YKK zippered asymmetrical hip pockets are matched by a pair of zippered pockets at the back, while a slim silhouette tapers to ribbed cuffs at the ankles. A 3M KITH logo hit at the lower leg finishes the look. The pants are joined by the Bergen, a reversible hoodie built with the same 320 GSM 100% cotton French terry fabric in black. Both pieces are set to launch at a random time today online.
Giving us a preview of next year’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection, Stone Island delivers another drop of outerwear in summer-appropriate bright colors. Known for the use of technical fabrics in their outerwear, the upcoming range features sweatshirts, light windbreakers, hooded jackets and parkas, in shades of orange, purple, blue and teal. Already something to look forward to during these dark winter days. Buy Stone Island HERE
Stone Island have created two jackets using thermo-sensitive, color-changing technology for their Autumn Winter 2013 collection. The fabric is comprised of a water and wind resistant polyurethane film that is embedded with micro-encapsulated pigments, causing it to change color as the temperature changes. Available in two styles – the Ice Jacket-J is a collared button-up that uses the thermo-sensitive fabric all over, while the Knit features thermo-sensitive fabric on the torso, knit black sleeves and a hood. Check out the video they’ve released that tracks the colour change. Buy Stone Island Autumn Winter 2013 HERE