Diemme's history is a rich one and few footwear manufacturers boast the kind of credentials this Italian brand does. Diemme as it is today is a collaborative effort between Calzaturificio Diemme, Blender Agency, GMT Tokyo & MnO International. Normally we're of the opinion that too many cooks can spoil the broth but this all star team seem to have improved the flavour. Each of Diemme's counterparts plays a different role and from production to press releases everything the brand does is fresh and exciting but backed by real experience.
It's exactly this manufacturing experience that makes Diemme products as strong as they are. For over 20 years the Calzaturificio Diemme factory in Montebelluna, Italy has been responsible for military grade footwear as well as high end creations filtering through to brands like Maison Martin Margiela, Chanel & Botegga Veneta to name just a few. So from trekking silhouettes to luxury sneakers Dennis and Maico Signor's factory has produced it all.
As well as craftsmanship and tested production techniques Diemme also put extra focus on intelligent material choices. From imported Horween Leather to German Sympatex the Italians certainly how to make durable and withstanding uppers. Although Diemme scour the world for the best tanneries, all other components are sourced in their home country or very rarely the brand turn to Austria, both nations known for excellent produce.
For autumn and winter '13 the brand have tweeked their acclaimed Roccia Vet silhouette. Doing away with the Vet prefix the new model is named the Roccia Due with the difference being the overlayed panel to the mid-section. This revamped upper sits atop the frequently used Vibram sole and extra ankle support is provided where it matters. Add these functional elements to three aesthetically pleasing colourways and the result is a succinct little offering perfect for the colder months ahead.
You can shop our full Diemme section here.
To mark their ongoing friendship and find a vehicle for their creativity Jeremy Scott & ASAP Rocky have teamed with adidas Originals to rework the Wings 2.0. Much like the Harlem born hip hop prince the silhouette takes on an edgy aesthetic bringing a unique dimension to the iconic shoe. A$AP Rocky has shaped the urban landscape not only sonically but also in terms of fashion so it's no suprise then that the rapper has teamed up with one of fashion's most contorversial designers. Approaching the shoe with only one colour on the palette both parties have succeeded in making a design that's contemporary whilst curiously toned down.
The 'Black Flag' moniker comes from Rocky's first major release Live.Love.ASAP for which the cover art utilised an adapted American flag, photographed in black and white. This icon has become instantly recognisable as a sign of ASAP Rocky, even more so as the artist rose to fame. In terms of materials it's a considered affair with a heavy canvas paired with leather hits to the interior and reverse of the wings. The wait is finally over and the "Black Flag Wings 2.0" will be available online at 00.01 September 28. Sizes range from UK5 to UK11 priced at £160.
Alongside their ever reliable mainline efforts Barbour have this season unveiled the premium Dept. (B) line. It takes it's name from an area of the Barbour factory that deals specifically with customisation and modification. Traditionally, Dept. (B) has handled the varied requests of it's customers and from an extra lining to some reinforced elbow pads Barbour's skilled craftsmen have made it happen. For autumn and winter '13 the brand have effectively opened up Dept. (B) to a wider audience after realising it's potential and the character of some of the pieces they were asked to design.
From the evolved motorcycle shirt to the equipped hunting piece the Dept (B) collection is visually exciting as well as alarmingly well constructed. The focus is on unique product created by reworking old classics and we're definitely excited to see how the line evolves. You can check out our full Dept (B) collection here as well as Barbour's more traditional efforts here.
Collaborating with the view that less design is better design, APC have this season teamed with the legendary Eastpak. Functional design meets Parisian cool and the result is a succinct capsule collection reworking two dependable silhouettes. Although we doubt prior to the colab anybody would have put the two together, the collection works well and both brands seem to have taken a lot from each other.
Just like APC, Eastpak for the most part seem to enjoy simplicity. Their Pak'r is considered the original backpack and for decades the design has been left unchanged simply because it can't be bettered. As a brand APC has also remained the same. Jean Toutiou, the Parisian founder takes inspiration from a large personal archive and season after season the formula stays the same and the silhouettes clean cut and versatile. This minimalism is what APC have brought to the table whereas Eastpak have presented the durability and hard working nature, something we've seen happen previously when they teamed with Carhartt.
The models chosen are functional yet appealing and the perfect combination of form and function. Throughout the collection a premium and vegetable tanned leather has been utilised. On some heritage backpacks, a touch of leather is added for aesthetic purposes but with this colab it's there for purpose. The leather re-inforces the bottom panels and just like the inner linings, it's there to protect and hold up well. In contrast to APC's apparel the collaboration actually features a small touch of branding in the form of a stamped leather label positioned on the back panel. Another dash of dual branding is also present on the front of each bag, a touch that connotes quality to those around the wearer.
All three bags are now online in limited numbers.
Patagonia was born in the wild 70s in sunny California and brought to life by it's charismatic founder,Yvon Chouinard. Spending his winter in Stoney Point and his summer hanging off a rock near Palm Springs the young and energetic climber developed a taste for the sport's wilder side. No longer content with frequenting the same spots he got involved with a like minded group of people. After much deliberation around the camp fire the youthful crew began importing Umbro shirts from our shores and hustling hiking apparatus before Yvon changed direction in favour of starting his own clothing brand.
This natural move sparked the beginning of Patagonia, a radical brand that changed the previously dull world of outdoor apparel. Since it's humble beginnings Patagonia has stayed true to it's roots, even keeping the Fitz Roy mountain logo and always considering environmental impact and cultural values.
For over thirty years the company has been at the forefront of innovation, field testing their products and finding out what works best. Despite their many changes and their constant advances their autumn and winter '13 collection seems particularly strong. From the water resistant Torrentshell to the ground breaking Synchilla fleece, each piece is the result of prolonged experimentation and designed to withstand the planet's most extreme environments.
You can shop our full Patagonia collection here in the coming days.