Saturday, 16 April 2011

D S Dundee x 10% Off

As a blogger, I am on HUNDREDS of mail-outs and newsletters - whether I chose to or not. It is a little rude, though common practice, to add someone that might not want to be added to your database - but when brand's like D S Dundee add me, I don't care where they got my email from. 

They sent this stunning email documenting their weekend bag contents for a trip to Paris this weekend - and also they are sharing 10% OFF  if you enter PARIS at checkout. 

1. Simple and classic, our superfine jersey polo is an indispensable basic to make sure you look sharp all weekend.
2. Perfect with those rolled up jeans, be sure to remember this Vintage Leather Belt.
3. Keep the Euros safe in this Country Calf Wallet. Keep the wallet safe in the inside pocket of your new tailored jacket.
4. Chic and sturdy, this beautiful bonded canvas & leather weekend bag (in-store and made to order) is your perfect kitbag for the weekend.
5. Book? Phone? Book/phone? BOOK!
6. Go fully analogue & feel like one of the French paparazzi with this vintage Rolleiflex camera. Used in the 40’s and 50’s to shoot the glamorous and famous. Find your own Sophia Loren and get shooting.
7. If you’re doing a spot of shopping head down to D.S.DUNDEE stockist French Trotters in Le Marais before heading to Le Progr├Ęs, Rue de Bretagne. The perfect spot for a beer and a bit of people watching.

Wollrich Woolen Mills AW11

There is not much I can say about this collection that the pictures do not say themselves. Woolrich has really come to the fore of late, partially through collaborations with brands such as Liberty of London. The Italian brand has fast become one of my favorite brands and the mix of chinos with cotton pladding and thick wool jackets is overtly cool. To say I like is an understatement, but there are few word's to describe how much I adore this incredible collection. 

Friday, 15 April 2011

LA Diary: Killspencer

Rugged, recycled and organic chic, Killspencer is the brainchild of Spencer Nikosey who is an industrial based designer in Los Angeles, California. A true craftsman, he likes to bring quality, performance and functionality to his pieces which have an incredible design edge translatable both in LA and the UK.  

The current collection consists of three selections; The Repurposed Collection which been reclaimed from former-active military truck tarps. Not only are they waterproof, they  are individually numbered and because they were previously used, have authentic wear and tear. The Historical Reserve Collection is made from aged coated cotton canvas that has been constructed by using up-to 60 year old material. Lastly, The Classic Collection is recently crafted from techie materials which makes up for the ruggedness of the other offerings.

They have a new and improved 'open top' design feature of Swiss made Riri Aquazip waterproof zippers with directional locking buttons-snaps - meaning the bag can be submerged in water and it will not break water in. Further more, two interior side pockets and a waterproof internal zip pocket are ideal to carry a Macbook Air or IPAD2. 

Check out the collection, and shop it here, with the pieces above starting at $375 - or £230. 

Thursday, 14 April 2011


As the Festival season is nearly upon us (with this year's Glastobury being a particular highlight) London based menswear label Braille have designed the prefect festival survival poncho. 

The contemporary poncho is made from a stunning Scottish waxed cotton keeping it light enough to cope with the humidity and heat of the dance tent, as well as protecting from sudden showers at the Main Stage. The Braille poncho comes complete with zips to free your dancing arms and pockets to keep your festival essentials secure.

The festival poncho is part of Braille’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection, Colt, inspired by the modernist design of Palm Springs juxtaposed with the natural landscape of Agua Caliente Canyon. 

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

LA Diary: Topo Ranch, Venice Beach

With Dave Grohl wearing one at SXSW in navy and it becoming a fast seller, the infamous 'Flying Topo' logo from Topo Ranch has became an icon of Venice Beach, where the flagship store of Topo Ranch is located on Abbot Kinney. Their signature Topo Tee can be spotted on men roaming the streets of the beach community and the shirt is also available in black, brown, grey, red, green and salmon through their website for $39 or £23. They are ethically using 100% organic sustainable cotton and get even more comfortable with wear. Buy yours here

Monday, 11 April 2011

Bologna x L'Inde Le Palais x Eugenio Recuenco

Bologna, Italy; home of the world's leading leather fair and a reputation for excellent food. Last week, I took a trip to the north Italian city for said leather fair and to meet up with Real Nob, two of the biggest bloggers in Italy. They took me to the L'Inde Le Palais 10th Birthday party but more of that later. Enjoy the stunning architecture and the beautiful colours...

L'Inde Le Palais is one of Bologna's and Europe's most influential boutiques and it was a pleasure to attend. Situated in the uber cool Via de Musei, I was introduced to the owner and had a chat with London based womenswear designer David Koma and fashion photographer Eugenio Recuenco. His English was not great, but we communicated through broken local languages and Real Nob! He also did the below installation for the boutique which was just around the corner from the party - it was a very conceptual way of showing some of his work. Also at the event was Diego Dolcini, Giuseppe Zanotti, Maurizio Pecoraro, Gareth Pugh, and Alain Quilici, and also jewelry designer's Emanuele Bicocchi, Goti and Ugo Cacciotori.

I had an aweome night with the Real Nob, and can not wait to see them again in Florence and Milan during July.