R/H is a Helsinki-based womenswear brand that was founded by designers Hanna Riiheläinen and Emilia Hernesniemi who met while studying at the University of Art & Design Helsinki. The brand is fun, contemporary and creative. On that note, I found these great denim shorts while flicking through International Playground, a wonderful store supporting new, independent and emerging designers and brands. They’re made from 100% cotton and feature frayed edges to add a kooky twist. They’re also quite practical, featuring an elastic waist for comfort and side slash pockets. If you’re after a pair of cool shorts for summer, R/H is definitely the way to go!
Shorts, $129.00, from R/H
You can view and purchase more from R/H through the brands website.
Images courtesy of International Playground
This simple dress, available in ivory and black, from Carly Hunter‘s Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, “Escape into Reality”, is a favourite of mine. The dress is made from cotton linen and lined with 100% silk, following Carly’s dedication to luxury and quality. It also features an invisible zip closure and two front welt and two front patch pockets, ensuring complete practicality. At first I thought the dress may be too simple, but the pockets definitely add to the piece, creating a blank canvas for what will undoubtedly be an impeccable, edgy outfit.
Dress, £260.00, from Carly Hunter
You can view and purchase the full collection through Carly’s website.
Photography by Carine Thevenau
Images courtesy of Carly Hunter
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
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
Natalie B Coleman’s use of pleats is one of the many reasons I love her work. This printed dress from Natalie’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection, “Sarah’s Suitcase”, is made from 100% stretch jersey and features pleated back detailing. The oyster digital print is incredibly feminine and the use of pastel blue, pink and green tones are perfect for the spring and summer months. I think it’s safe to say that “Sarah’s Suitcase” is going to be another hit for Natalie!
Dress, €270.00, from Natalie B Coleman
You can view and purchase the full collection through Natalie’s website.
Photography by Lee Malone
Images courtesy of Natalie B Coleman
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 love this dress from DZHUS, a conceptual wear brand that was founded by Ukrainian designer Irina Dzhus. The brands structured aesthetic is sublime, creating unique but intriguing pieces. The dress is made from jersey and neoprene coquette, making it light and airy while enhancing its comfort, and features a zip detail on the front. I don’t normally like a zip to be so evident. However, I think on this piece it adds rather than takes away.
Dress, $175.00, from DZHUS
You can view and purchase more from DZHUS through Hako.
Images courtesy of Hako
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