Thursday, 10 July 2014
Technology is now an integral part of the the production, aesthetic and workings of a car however taking that into the home is a little rarer. However, now Norwegian luxury audio manufacturer Audiomoda, has teamed with their official licensee partner Aston Martin, to create the absolutely stunning Aston Martin Zygote. Expecting nothing less from Aston Martin, this luxurious stand-alone compact audio system is enclosed within a beautifully fluid, sculptured case. Don't be mislead by these images, as it is quite sizable and is an complete focal point however this is, I think, designed, like the Aston's themselves, to be timeless and fit in with an environment that is either classic or contemporary.
The Zygote showcases spectacular capabilities in sound reproduction, with taking only a moment to start, as all the complexities associated with setting up a high performance home audio system have been removed and cable clutter reduced to a single power cord. Once the Zygote is plugged into a wall outlet, it connects wirelessly to virtually any audio source, as well as wirelessly linked to other of their units and showcasing a perfect example of system integration with multi connectivity. The internals of the Zygote are designed around the cutting-edge Audiomoda digital platform and allows the user to benefit through integrated USB, RCA and Coax input connectors. Compatible with most modern analogue or digital signal sources, connecting with your Apple and Android products wirelessly via Apple Airplay, DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct, it also works seamlessly with their specifically designed app for even easier set up.
There are few true icons within fashion, however the Tod's Gommino - better known as the driving shoe - is one of them. Developing and updating an icon is difficult however Tod's have got this right for many years. Their combination of form and function combined is the key and for AW14 Tod’s introduces the new City Gommino, an evolution of the House classic that boasts the highest level of Made in Italy craftsmanship and a new level of functionality.
Having been involved with their #Gommino Dots for Life project, I have experienced the comfort, style and craftsmanship of this iconic footwear as well as the brand.
A key modification is a new sole, made entirely of rubber whilst retaining the signature 133 rubber pebbles, which ensures better a performance in wet and slippery conditions. Like all Tod’s Gommini, the City model is hugely versatile, a shoe for day and night that can be teamed equally with formal and casual outfits, making it a modern, democratic and a truly stand out footwear style.
What is fascinating about the Gommino is that it takes over 100 steps to build and depending on the design, each shoe can require the use of up to 35 pieces of leather. Each piece needs to be individually treated and checked by hand before being assembled to create the final shoe, which is an incredible piece of craftsmanship. The process of hand-working requires the skill of artisans, and the finished product perfectly embodies the values of quality and style associated with Made in Italy.
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
There are few brands which speak to many-a-man collectively but Red Wing is one of them. Walking into one of their stores, whether it be London, Berlin or New York, each location speaks of a deep rooted heritage, love of a common appreciation for well made product and simply, simple style. Something missing from the brand is something that brings this together, however launching on the 9th July is the Red Wing Post. A journal of great stories, from exploring Red Wing’s rich history as well as celebrating its contemporary influences and advocates.
Honouring the pioneers in this first edition, it focuses on the people who work with their hands and hearts to forge their own frontiers. This inaugural does exactly what I think is missing; an in-depth look at the heritage of the brand, focusing on product, craftsmanship and a feature following the footsteps of Red Wing Shoe Company founder Charles Beckman. It maybe thought that this could be an outlet for brand ego-rubbing but this is far from the truth, as it also goes deeper into uncovering the stories of different kinds of people from all over the world who are all similarly driven to do what they love with a keen eye and a passion for detail.
Monday, 7 July 2014
Going from strength to strength, season after season - and not forgetting an exclusive Harvey Nichols collaboration range this season - Serge DeNimes is truly into the summer spirit. Having featured the label since its inception by Ollie Proudlock in 2011, it started with photographic images from 1978 taken in Brazil by his mum, Lena Proudlock. What has developed is a millennial-focused lifestyle brand, the palette is quite monochrome but rooted with great prints. These high summer shots show the urban attitude of the label, that takes simple cuts and imagery to present a wearable, commercial yet very desirable distinction within the market place.
With Dunhill presenting a stunning, almost colonial vs Gastby, collection over the London Collections: Men last month, these new shots from their AW14 set the tone for the focus onto travel - or in this case, 'Motorities'. Since Kim Jones, the first ever Creative Director at Alfred Dunhill, left for Louis Vuitton to head up menswear, menswear watchers have been waiting to see who would fill the helm. Enter John Ray, who has, for AW14 focused onto automobile travel, which is deeply rooted into the brands psyche.
After replacing Tom Ford in designing menswear at Gucci, his vision of a unapologetic yet nontheatrical sense of British-ness comes through within these shots by Annie Leibovitz. The collection combines an understated appearance and British sense of appropriateness with youthful edge and inherent wearability. The series of five campaign images features models Tara Ferry, Andrew Cooper and Norbert Michalke, each of whom individually represents distinct characteristics of the Dunhill man; yet the combination of these three men epitomises Dunhill’s broader appeal - which are arriving now in-store and online.
Friday, 4 July 2014
As LSoD approaches its fifth birthday next month, it is worth having a focus to one of the blogs favorite males models, Nevs Isaac Carew. Having met at LC:M, this multi-talented (he was a chef prior to modeling under Angela Hartnett) man has walked for Hermes, campaigned for French Connection among others but his enduing style has lead him to become a modern male supermodel. I have worked with a number of Nevs models in the past, who have all displayed a sense of fun, professionalism and gusto - as well as having the best guys on their books. These shots for Fucking Young by Luc Coiffait capture a face that represents the zeitgeist perfectly.
Thursday, 3 July 2014
Browsing around Liberty of London last weekend, I realised my enduring infatuation with Valentino sneakers. Leading the sneaker and sports luxe maxi trend that has been running for a couple of seasons - and set to continue - their retro-runner profile combined with innovative combinations are incredible. These AW14 shots by controversial photographer Terry Richardson have that distinctive hue that bot only highlights the studded detail on the heal, the colour and material combination as well as the great tattoos on the models arm. Under Mr Valentino himself, having such fringe images would have been discarded but since his departure, the house has taken a new turn. With an emphasis on dress-casual, the styles designed by Valentino creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli reflect the modern man and a huge hint of desire.
Hand-crafted, premium and a fresh British brand, it is hard to believe that Cubitts, based in Kings Cross, can give you prescription spectacles for £100. Yes, that includes frames and lenses. I was invited to try the ease and pleasure of experiencing the hassle free, well presented and convenient service about a fortnight ago. The Cubitts' home trial, where I chose four pairs of spectacles for five days, allowed me to try them on in front of colleagues, the mirror, family and friends - free of charge, and with a lovely note from founder Tom Broughton.
With the decision clearly made with the semi-rectangular Argyle frame, I sent the entire package back with my choice indicated via email. What is incredible about this service is not only that postage is paid by Cubitts both ways, but they use a courier service which picks up from many local business - in my case, McColls. A local chain of newsagents which is open before and after work, this means I had no wasted lunchtime at the Post Office, liaising with a courier or tedious drive to find a depot. Then, after supplying my prescription, 10 days later I have a pair of hand-crafted glasses made from Italian acetate which goes through 50 stages of crafting over six weeks.
They are delivered with a sturdy handmade foldable case, dust bag, adjusting optical screwdriver and finally a wonderfully illustrated cleaning cloth which depicts the brands heritage. Whilst many a brand speak of and play on heritage and an illustrious history, Cubitts make no apology of stating their 'youth'. Together with their dedication to the Kings Cross area, they design, finish and mail out the spectacles from their location in the original building yard of the Cubitt brothers, of whom the brand is named after. With the frames referencing streets around Kings Cross and details on the frames inspired by details on the Kings Cross train station, this a brand who refreshingly is looking forward with a glance back.
With ease, convenience, style and dedication, where else can you find well made glasses/spectacles that focuses on affordability? I think Cubitts has the charge on that one.
Wednesday, 2 July 2014
Ahhh, Kit Harrington. During the London Collections: Men, I was invited to the first Jimmy Choo show, launching SS15, which was cleverly done with the seats at eye level as models, in monochrome clothing, walked upon a circular catwalk. Afterwards, I watched Kit talk about his involvement with both Jimmy Choo and their first men's fragrance which I shall be reviewing later on this year. These AW14 images have been shot by Peter Lindbergh in Los Angeles at a private home designed by famed architect John Lautner. The signature modernist style creates a dramatic backdrop for the moody atmosphere of Lindbergh’s imagery as well as highlighting the quality and vibrancy of the new footwear - Alaric, Foxley and Belgravia.