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Roux Scuro Lookbook

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The second AW14 release from Roux. focuses on the qualities of bold contrasts, drawing its inspiration from the artistic technique of Chiaroscuro, literally meaning ‘light and dark’ and how the strength of darkness often defines light. To fully appreciate the relationship, the project, shot by renowned street photograper Mr Whisper, relies entirely on the natural shadows and highlights produced by the city, with no additional lighting introduced. The continuous focus on prominent angles and obliques the environment casts is distinctive across the shoot. Consisting of a tonal black-on-black varsity jacket and shirt, tonally contrasting sweatshirts and joggers in a lighter grey marl, and three black-on-black t-shirts limited to 48 prints, the collection marks an increase in product categories since the launch in August.

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Roux Autumn Winter 2014 Drop 1

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Drawing on nearly 10 years experience living and working in London’s Soho district, Roux. founder Greg White and those involved with the label continue to be inspired by the people, architecture and style that embody the area and seek to imbue their clothes with the same unique qualities. Roux.’s presence has been achieved in partnership with advertising agency Kastner & Partners in London, by using the agency’s creative strength and resources to bring the label’s vision to market.

The first AW14 drop from Roux. is a collection of carefully considered hand-printed t-shirts, inspired by the often over-delivered, and suggestion that it’s all been done before. Predominantly monochrome in delivery with subtle uses of teal, the graphics follow designer Greg White’s favoured style of bold shapes, repeat patterning and subtle concealed messages.

Printed in the UK onto a soft mix of 50% cotton 50% modal t-shirts. Buy HERE

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London Collections Men Spring Summer 2015, Street Style

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It isn’t just the designers on show that catch the eye at London Collections: Men – it’s the well-dressed and sometimes fancy dressed attendees, too. Here’s a few from around the blogosphere.

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Clarks Originals Desert London

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Clarks Originals have released the latest version of its Desert London silhouette. The lace-up shoe has a look that’s casual, refined, and perfect for any laid-back summer outfit. It’s constructed of rich suede in beeswax with a leather and fabric lining for all-over comfort. The natural crepe outsole is designed to last, while offering enhanced cushioning. The Clarks Originals Desert London “Beeswax” is now available HERE

A Look inside Ace Hotel, Shoreditch

ace-hotel-london-01-630x472Back in June, Ace Hotel Group announced the launch of their first European location in London’s Shoreditch. As it nears its opening date this September, the hotel releases a couple of images of the immaculately designed interior which also shows off their conscious efforts to cater to local culture.

The design approach for the hotel focuses on partnerships with makers that use traditional UK craftsmanship. The lobby is home to a flower shop by Hattie Fox, a cafe put on by Square Mile Coffee Roasters and a full restaurant and bar run by David Waddington and Pablo Flack of Bistrotheque. If you’re still not intrigued, beds come with quilts designed by French label A.P.C. and staff uniforms were crafted in partnership with designers like John Smedley, Assembil, and Gloverall. Ace Hotel continues to provide design and experiences totally unexpected in the hospitality world. I suggest a stay if you find yourself in London. Make a reservation here.

Nudie Jeans Opens Concept Store and Repair Station in London

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“Repairing is Caring” reads outside Swedish denim brand Nudie Jeans‘ new London based concept and repair store. The recent enterprise aims at giving its customers much more than a basic “enter, purchase and leave experience,” with a conceptually driven retail space, as well as services for already purchased goods. Such offerings include free jean repair, cleaning services and 20% off for new purchases if old pairs are returned. The ground level shop is located at 29, D’Arbley Street, near Soho square.

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Burberry London Short Trench Coat

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The hallmark of Burberry London‘s sensibility is modernized interpretations of the brand’s classic outerwear, seen here in the short slim-fit cotton-twill trench coat. Made in the UK from durable cotton-twill in a neutral cream hue, this waist-length trench updates the century-old Burberry raincoat staple. Details include buttoned epaulettes, two button-through front pockets, adjustable cuffs, storm flap and side adjusters. A concealed button front, topped with hook and eye collar fastening, gives way to a plaid cotton lining.

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Nike Independent Olympic Athlete Uniforms

So the opening ceremony made me pretty proud to be British, I didnt think we had it in us to produce an OC that would stand side by side with the best. Anyhow two things that I found myself doing during it was a: hanging my head in shame at the amount of countries that I didnt know excisted & b: getting excited to see the team ‘uniforms’ Ralph for USA, Armani for Italy good auld Stella for GB etc etc..so the imo the best was by far Independent Olympic Athletes which Nike provided unique  uniforms for the whole team (all 4 of them!) competing in the London 2012 Games as Independent Olympic Athletes (IOA), individuals whose home nations have undergone shifting borders and governments and currently do not have their own National Olympic Committees. Three of the athletes are from the Netherlands Antilles (yep another I have never heard of!) — Philipine van Aanholt (Sailing), Liemarvin Bonevacia (400m) and Reginald de Windt — while the fourth, marathon runner Guor Marial (who will be competing in the men’s marathon on August 12th), hails from the new nation of South Sudan. In addition to competition and warm-up footwear and apparel, Nike has created an Opening and Closing ceremonies consisting of an M65 sportswear jacket and specially adapated Nike Flyknit running shoes, both featuring Olympic rings and IOA logos. The finishing piece takes the form of a knit scarf in Olympic colours, featuring quotes from young people Nike has worked with through its “Access to Sport” program.

 

 

 

 

New Banksy Work : Olympics

 

With the 2012 London Olympics set to begin this Friday, Banksy gets in on the pomp and circumstance with two new works that tackle the athletic competition. Adding his signature political wit, the javelin and pole vault are given a twist – presenting each athlete as both a long-range arms dealer as well as an eager prison escapee. With the games mere days away, expect a lot more “cheekiness” from the Bristol-native.

Wolsey London Store Opening

Last Thursday night I had the pleasure to joining influential buyers, bloggers, and general movers and shakers from the menswear industry (don’t know why I was invited!?) to the opening of British Heritage brand, WOLSEY’s flagship store in good auld London Town.

Regular readers will know I have done a number of posts regarding Wolsey’s products, the main reason being I believe that this brand has been in hibernation for a long time, and now on the cloud of the heritage culture we have created in the industry will reach heights that it hasn’t before in its 257 years.

So then the store…. Located on Brewer Street in the heart of Soho, the store feels like Wolsey’s ethos contemporary styling of iconic classics. Brushed steel beams, exposed brick walls, aged wooden tables and original draper’s cabinets. To be honest it was totally what I expected the shop would look and thats not a criticism, it does what it says on the tin not another brand that produces a cutting edge design on the facia and interior and forgets that it no way reflects the product thats housed in it. The product, ascetics and the feel of the store perfectly fit together for me a store where you want to shop.

Check out the store for yourselves

Wolsey
83a Brewer Street
London, W1F 9ZN