Firstly I’m a huge fan of the classic denim jacket, and these are some of the best I’ve seen in a long time.
The Denim Jacket Project sees the high street store commission six British and American designers to have a crack at reinventing the classic jean jacket. It’s no easy feat: the jean jacket has long been a staple of men’s wardrobes. While fashions come and go (stone-washed, indigo or acid wash denim, slim fit or boxy), the general idea hasn’t changed a huge amount since Levi’s started producing them in the early 1900s.
One most high profile name on board is the British designer Oliver Spencer, known for his relaxed casual tailoring and outerwear. Here he has taken inspiration from the classic leather biker jacket and recreated it in a bright blue denim.
I expect one of the most popular jackets will be the one by Katie Eary, who has used bleached out denim and added a detachable borg collar. It’s an unassuming, simple design – until you unbutton it. It’s lined in a bold animal print. Very on-trend this spring is the offering by Topman Design, which is my particular favourite Topman’s in-house design studio. It’s based on a 1930s shape and has been created made from a dark, polka dot printed denim. The other designers on board are Lou Dalton, Shaun Samson and Mark McNairy. See all the designs below
Denim Jacket Project launched yesterday , April 4, and is available at Topman Oxford Circus, Topman General Store Shoreditch, Topman General Store Seven Dials, Topman.com, Harrods, Selfridges, Topman Manchester Arndale.
Posted in Jackets, New Contemporary, Young Fashion
Tagged Denim, Design, Jacket, Kate Eary, Lou Dalton, Mark McNairy, Oliver Spencer, Project, Shaune Samson, Topman
4 designs for 40th anniversary, that’s the premise behind the Art & Sole Nike Cortez iD Project, now exclusively available through the just opened NIKEiD Studio at London’s BOXPARK In East London. Curated by Intercity Studio, the creator of Art & Sole book series, four young artist were asked to design four different covers for the book as well as pairs of Nike Cortez iD in matching colors.
Illustrator Jiro Bevis used references from London and his home country of Japan for an expressive juxtaposition of cartoonish beaver, as in Beaverton, OR, in red. As for designer Matthew Nicholson, his magenta colored graphics are representations of children’s toys. A globetrotter and modern day nomad, Shantell Martin illustrates freely on her computer about her travels to Tokyo, New York, and beyond. Because her computer is also her medium, there is a USB drive to her custom green Art & Sole cover as well. As an image maker, Rose Stallard interprets the world through her screen prints with the occasional doodles in blue felt-tip markers.
Limited to 40 units per design with each book and sneaker pack priced at £125, the Art & Sole x Nike Cortez iD Project will only be available at the new NIKEiD Studio within the BOXPARK Pop-Up.
Posted in Art, Footwear, Sneakers
Tagged Art & Sole, Box Park, Cortex, iD, Jiro Bevis, Matthew Nicholson, Nike, Project, Rose Stallard, Shantell Martin, Sneakers, Trainers
Stone Island have come up trumps yet again they preview a new Ghost Jacket which its states as the camouflage concept carried to its extremes. Produced in all-white and all-black versions, the jacket is put through a special process that requires them being dipped into a tin of paint, with everything in these jackets – including the badge with the Compass Rose in a special mono-color version – uniformed to one of the two absolute colors. Stay tuned for further news on this release. This is what Stone Island says…
The Ghost Ventile jacket is made using a high performance cotton fabric, which was developed during wartime for fighter pilot suits. Ventile fabric is un-coated and un-laminated yet the combination of the dense weave and the swelling properties of the fibres when wet, provide an excellent weatherproof barrier. White Ghost Ventile jacket uses this season’s unique feature; the buttons and Stone Island badge match the base colour product. This iconic jacket features:
- Zip and press stud fastening
- Velcro adjustable hood
- Adjustable Velcro fastening cuffs
- Internal elasticated adjustment
- Front concealed zip pockets
- One chest pocket
- Stone Island arm badge- can be worn either internally or externally
Fabric Composition: 100% Cotton Ventile.
Buy The Ventile Ghost Jacket here