Thursday, August 27, 2015

Markaware F/W 2015

You are very excited about designer Shunsuke Ishikawa's forthcoming fall-winter Markaware collection. Outerwear features prominently with an array military-inspired pieces taking center stage. The complete lookbook begins below and continues after the jump.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Barbour x White Mountaineering F/W 2015

As far as collaborations go, it doesn’t get much better than Barbour and White Mountaineering. Barbour, the storied British clothier known for its rugged outerwear, is no stranger to partnerships (see Adidas, Norton & Sons, Sophnet, etc.), but in pairing with Tokyo’s White Mountaineering, there appears to be a return to the kind of chemistry not seen since Barbour’s relationship with Tokihito Yoshida of To Ki To. It’s not surprising. Designer Yosuke Aizawa of White Mountaineering has a contemporary, technical design sensibility, and like Yoshida, is interested in outdoor and heritage fashion. In dropping their sophomore capsule collection, the highlight of which are waxed, pocketed jackets, the two brands unite to pack one heck of a punch. Click the images for larger views.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

IISE | F/W 2015 Backpacks

IISE is the Korean word meaning "second generation." It is also a Korean accessories brand with a line of backpacks that fuse urban tastes and traditional Korean influences. What does that mean, exactly? Well, for starters, IISE fabrics are organically dyed using a traditional Korean method that dates to the 13th century. Persimmon fruits are smashed into a juice in which fabrics soak. Charcoal ash and indigo plant extract are added. Dyed fabrics are laid out in a field to dry in the sun, and the whole cycle of dyeing and drying is repeated every three to four days for five weeks. The result is that each piece has its own one-of-a-kind color and texture.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Curly F/W 2015

The F/W 2015 lookbook from Japanese menswear brand Curly features a range of American-inspired staples. The collection is headlined by outerwear and knits in classic silhouettes and muted tones, and it is supplemented with banded collars, blazers, and long shirts in luxe wool and cottons. The skilful mix creates a look that's grown enough to be respectable while still keeping it cozy.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Neal Unger Is A 60-Year-Old Skateboarder

The first video, courtesy of Germany's Old Skateboards, is about Neal Unger, who is still skating in his 60s. It's a young man's game, but Mr. Unger is shredding. 

The second video offers a bit more insight into what makes Mr. Unger tick. 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Filling Pieces | F/W 2015 Editorial

Amsterdam-based footwear brand Filling Pieces just dropped a lookbook showcasing its recently released fall/winter collection. The unisex sneakers include, among others, their Low Top, Mountain Cut, and Runner Transformed models rendered in everything from printed iguana skins to recycled rubber to aged leathers. The textured "Pyramid" styles are among the highlights of the 65-piece collection, which is available now.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Lanona Shoe Co.

High-fives to Huckberry for their keen eye when it comes to spotting interesting brands like Lanona Shoe Co. 

The idea for Lanona came to founder Ben Ransom in 2011, when he wanted to learn how to build himself a pair of custom leather shoes. After two years of apprenticing with a master shoemaker, Ransom, operating out of St. Paul, Minnesota, began producing footwear that is entirely American made (in Maine, Minnesota, and Florida) and American sourced (using such quality materials as Horween leather and Lanona's own patent-pending outsoles). The resulting creations are stylish and built to last.

Kitoko Studio | Maid's Room Renovation

While you're on the topic of cleverly designed, tiny European living spaces, Kitoko Studio's 2014 overhaul of an 86-square-foot (8-square-meter) Parisian maid's room deserves to be mentioned. 

The upper floors of the beautiful Haussman buildings usually accommodated the servants of the people living below and tended to be quite small. In the case of the private residence pictured here, the family wanted to convert the former garret to an independent living space for their au pair. The architects at Kitoko Studio were drawn to the idea of a multifunctional Swiss Army knife; thus, they constructed a large cabinet into which one can enter (for access to bed and bathroom) and from which storage and furnishings can be withdrawn. 

Click images to enlarge and/or watch the video for a more complete tour.