Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Sunspel Ian Flemming Collection.

We love Sunspel, indeed, our post a few years back on the best white tee for men mentioned Sunspel, and was used by them on their website in their "press" section until recently.  So we are going to try to be objective here, but honestly,  this is an awesome little capsule from Sunspel.

Since Daniel Craig wore Sunpel clothing in Casino Royale, in particular, the Riviera Polo, the brand has been synonymous with James Bond.  A minimalist aesthetic, which has always been intrinsic to the brands identity, combined with the brand power of Bond, has allowed this 170 year old company to find a new audience.  This new collection nods to Ian Flemming, the creator of James Bond, who wrote many of his novels in his Jamaican home, Goldeneye, and was a fan of sea island cotton clothing.  For the uninitiated wanting a quick read, sea island cotton is the "Vicuna" of cotton, for those wanting to know more, read on.

Cotton quality is determined by the length of the staple, which is the length of the fibres taken from the cotton plant.  The longer the staple, the higher the quality.  Sea island cotton, which grows in tropical locations, was so named as it traditionally comes from the West Indies (although it is now cultivated in other locations), and is known as an "Extra Long Staple Cotton" due to having fibres more than 34mm in length.The advantages of this for consumers is a softer fabric, more resistant to wear, which rather than degrading over time, improves from wash to wash.  

To the untrained eye, these products look like the standard Sunspel offerings, and they are, with the exception of the fact that each is crafted from this ultra-rare, premium quality cotton.  The price of course reflects this, with tee's starting from £115, unadorned with logos or branding, which will likely put off mant.  But this is not a collection for those people, this is for those who appreciate quality over trends.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Lacoste Save Our Species Collection.

Lacoste created a limited range of polo's to draw attention to the extinction crisis that currently exists in the world.  The special edition tops remove Lacoste's crocodile, and replace it with one of 10 critically endangered species, and has been developed in collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Save Our Species (SOS) partnership.

The species being highlighted, and the numbers involved in the crisis are, the Vaquita dolphin with 30 remaining, the Burmese roofed turtle at 40, the northern sportive lemur at 50, the Javan rhino at 67, Cao-Vit gibbon at 150, the kakap at 157, the Californian condor at 231, the Saola at 250, the Anegda Ground Iguana, and the Sumatran tiger which has 350 specimens remaining.

This is not just marketing, proceeds from each of the 1,775 tops sold will be donated to the IUCN and SOS, meaning consumers actually contribute to positive change with their purchase.  You will need to look to resale however, the tops sold out on the first day they were put up, so expect to pay more than the £150 asking price, and this time it wont be going to charity.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Vetements DHL 2018 Capsule.

Back when the Vetements DHL pieces were released people went crazy, they went crazy for numerous reasons.  Fashion people loved the ironic take on delivery persons uniforms.  It encapsulated the zeitgeist perfectly, as in the world of today, you would be more likely to be seeing a delivery persons uniform attached to receiving your clothes, rather than the sleek all black store staff of old.  Critics failed to grasp this, along with all the other subtle references and undercurrents the original tee incorporated, and most commented "£400 for a DHL uniform?  I would rather buy mine for £10 from DHL's online store!".

Now for 2018 Gosha's label have decided to court controversy again, with a three piece capsule, tee, polo and long sleeved polo.  The prices are still very much the same, £485 for the tee, up to £620 for the long sleeved polo, however, the pieces, which can be gotten from mrporter's online store now, lack the rebel spirit of the original.

The original collection left only the owner and those in the know aware it was Vetements, a simple DHL logo, and 3 stripes all around, no Vetements branding existed, the owner could smile to themselves ironically when asked "do you work for DHL?".  The new collection seems made for consumers who want Vetements, want the DHL "feel", but are not brave enough to risk questions like that.  Cool assymetric stitching, with "Vetements" clearly written, side branded again with "Vetements" and barcode adornments would leave no-one ever puzzling, this is clearly high fashion.  And in making it so, the impact of the original has been lost.  These are nice pieces, no doubt, but the lack the humour and daring of the first release.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

BAPE Signal Pocket Torch.

If you thought Supreme was the only go-to for idiotic overpriced novelty pieces (Supreme Brick anyone?),  Don't forget BAPE, who were the OG when it comes to silly collectibles.  Back in the day they were producing BATHING APE mouse mats way before Supreme dared risking anything other than skateboards.

BAPE have reminded us that they can do useless stuff too, with this branded keychain torch, that casts the BAPE Gorilla Head logo on the wall when turned on.  Available now, this slice of novelty idiocy costs £50, before it reaches the aftermarket.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Gucci Padlock Quartz Watch In Leather Case

On top of Gucci's remarkable runway show which saw models walking down the runway clutching replicas of their own heads, and baby dragon models, Gucci have released a simple little version of an accessory they have long had in their line-up.  The padlock watch, in classic green and red, without the belt strap style wrist strap.

The fun little piece now comes with a little leather pouch, which means that the original purpose of the accessory, to use on bags etc, can be effected without damaging the body of the watch.  Other than this change, the mother-of-pearl dial is there, sapphire crystal glass, gold tone accents, and Swiss-made quartz movement.

The watch costs £500, and is available now.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

LG HU80K 4K UHD Projector.

From LG comes a stylish and compact 4K UHD home projector.  Powerful enough to provide vivid bright colours in most spaces, and small enough to be carried around in the hand by the integrated carry strap.  

The mirrorless l-shaped engine means it can be placed on the floor, ceiling or wall, and it will allow streaming of HDR content, as well as webOS 3.5 interface, USB, Ethernet, HDMI, and external device support.  

The HU80K should cost around £1,500 when released.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018


Matthew Williams ALYX and the classic MACKINTOSH have collaborated to produce a collection of reinvented macs, and new iterations of ALYX's statement rollercoaster belt.  The macs are bonded cotton, with ALYX belt details, and the special edition belt uses bonded cotton, the MACKINTOSH go to.  Also up for grabs is a roll-top bag with clip fastening.

All pieces are available now from MACKINTOSH priced from £370.