Uniform Wares is a favourite of mine when it comes to cool, classic watches. This simple, contemporary watch featuring a 4 jewel Swiss made two hand movement, an ultra-thin silhouette and a tapered leather strap from the 152 Series is nothing less than sublime. Uniform Wares always manage to create slick, versatile watches, and this piece is perfect for pretty much every occasion, whether it be a date, work, or just a casual drink with friends.
Watch, £220.00, from Uniform Wares
You can view and purchase the full selection of watches through Uniform Wares’ website.
Images courtesy of Uniform Wares
Trine Lindegaard‘s Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, “Happiness”, “brings together needlework from UK-based prisoners and traditional textile crafts of West Africa known as Kente”. Trine worked with Fine Cell Work, “a social enterprise that trains prisoners in paid, skilled and creative needlework”, in collaboration with prisoners to create beautiful hand embellishments, a truly inspirational edge to Lindegaard’s work. Trine “drew inspiration from a painting prisoner Ziga was asked to create on the subject of happiness, an amazing imaginative image for someone who rarely sees the outside world – both native and surreal”.
Despite this being Trine’s Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, she continues to use a complex palette of red, yellow, black, blue, white, green, grey, brown and pink. Soft sweatshirts are embellished with what I can only describe as cute hearts and flowers, while Trine’s signature padded tops carry an exuberant African print. The collection is cool, kooky and exuberant, three words I associate and will continue to associate with the phenomenal work of Trine Lindegaard, a Danish menswear talent living and working in London.
You can view the full collection through Trine’s blog.
Photography by Ivona Chrzastek
Images courtesy of Trine Lindegaard
The very nice people at CLAE, a footwear brand, established in 2001, with a “commitment to innovation” and aim to produce a “distinct collection of smart essentials fit for the modern man”, gifted me these wonderful shoes, which I received this morning.
The Powell style “delivers classic elements of the saddle shoe and brogueing details to create a modern wingtip”, and is fully lined to ensure comfort. Being somewhat impatient, I had to give them a spin almost immediately. I slipped them on an hour or two after receiving them and wore them all day. They’re incredibly comfortable, look great, predominately due to the contrast of the dark navy leather next to the denim, and they’re perfectly versatile for the spring and summer months, looking great with both a pair of jeans or shorts. Plus, if you’re not completely in love with the deep navy style, they’re also available in caramel tan, smoke concrete and black, just to name a few of the many colour variations.
Shoes, €110.00, from CLAE
You can view and purchase the full range through the CLAE website.
Photography by Anna Finlayson
Images courtesy of Anna Finlayson
Capital is a California-based unisex eyewear brand specialising in handmade wooden sunglasses. All of the wood used in the production of each pair of sunglasses is sourced in the USA, giving the brand a great ethical edge over more commercial brands. The wood used in the frames is treated to ensure strength, meaning that by purchasing a pair of Capital sunglasses you are, without doubt, investing in a pair of great looking and long-lasting sunglasses.
Knowing that someone has taken the time to sit down, cut, sand and put together each pair by hand is incredibly inspiring. Not to mention, because the frames are made using wood, each pair differs slightly, making each and every pair a little unique. With quality, ethics and true craftsmanship at its heart, I can honestly say that Capital may have, in my mind at least, just snatched the title of most admirable independent sunglasses brand.
You can view and purchase Capital’s great selection of sunglasses through its e-shop.
Images courtesy of Capital
I was delighted to receive a slap watch from Slappie, an emerging slap watch brand that aims to reinvent the slap bracelet of the 80s/90s with 10 colours and 100 possible colour combinations, earlier this week. The brand was founded in October 2011, and is now run by 16-year-old Max Stern from Oxford, England. The design is clean, simple and nostalgic, and, despite not being sure about the watch when I first latched eyes on it, I love the concept and, now I’ve seen and tried on the watch, its aesthetic appeal. Better yet, Max isn’t trying to sell the slap watch as a luxury item, but instead as simple, versatile product that anyone can wear, retailing at an incredibly reasonable £14.99. I can see the slap watch from Slappie becoming somewhat of a fad and if, like me, you’re a fan of pairing the luxury with the practical, I urge you to support this great new brand.
Let me remind you, Max is just 16-years-old and he’s already running what I see as being a successful business. That’s an entrepreneur for you!
Thanks for my watch, Max!
You can view the full range of watches on the Slappie website.
Images courtesy of my Sony Xperia T
After seeing KTZ‘s Autumn/Winter 2013 collection during London Fashion Week in February, I’ve grown increasingly fond of the brand. Their edgy style is everything I love to see in a designer or brand, emerging or established. This passport bag which I found while flicking through BOYS BOYS BOYS is great if you’re shopping on a budget but want your passport to travel in style. Although, let’s be honest, it’s a great piece if you’re looking to add a hint of edge to an otherwise simple outfit, passport or not. This bag is from the brands Spring/Summer 2012 collection, which explains its affordability, and made from 100% leather. I want one!
Bag, €165.00, from KTZ
Images courtesy of BOYS BOYS BOYS
For Autumn/Winter 2013, in the men’s half of the collection, Brazilian unisex brand Vish presents an abundance of quirky graphic t-shirts, printed shorts, shirts, trousers, sweatshirts and jackets. “To The Hills” is a great assortment of unique but versatile garments for the young, contemporary man. Fleece-lined coats ensure warmth during the cold autumn and winter months, while the hope of sunshine is still evident as numerous pair’s shorts bombard a large chunk of the collection. I’ve always loved Vish for its versatility, creating garments that can easily be paired with one another or worn alongside another brand or two, and Luiz Wachelke and Andreia Passos, the duo behind Vish, have, once again, done superbly!
You can view the full collection on the Vish website.
My piece on the women’s half of the collection will follow next week.
Images courtesy of Vish