Ok, we never had much of a summer here in the UK, with the odd "Indian Summer" weekend thrown in every now and again, but who really cares? Winter is the best season anyway, dark nights, bright lights and obviously Christmas comes only in winter too!! But perhaps best of all are the collections, especially the outerwear, that comes from our brands - fighting it out at far flung factories and offices the world over, finding the latest fabrics combined with the freshest technologies. What we really love though, is a brand who combines the latest innovations with classic styling with a nod to vintage pieces. So with this in mind, please step forward Monitaly.
What you could call the "sister company" of the famous Yuketen footwear company, Monitaly is the brainchild of Yuki Matsuda, who has worked quietly on Monitaly since the brands inception in 1997. The name Monitaly is derived from Yuki's three loves - his daughter Monica, the military and his favourite destination, Italy. The brand itself is not unlike Yuketen in its thinking, with a distinct heritage feel and high-quality construction.
The AW12 collection showcases a true testmanent to the talents of the Monitaly design team, and although we are loving the overall collection, our favourite piece is definitely the Waxed Mountain Parka in the tan colourway. Produced using a premium Waxed Army Duck Canvas, the jacket is rugged to the core and will withstand any of the elements thrown at it. The addition of a full wool lining gives you supreme warmth with the cowhide leather detailing giving the Mountain Parka a somewhat luxury feel. You may agree or disagree that this is the stand-out piece, so why not view the collection for yourselves here.
Following on from the highly successful Adidas Originals by Originals collection, the folk at Adidas have once again utilised the design talents of Kazuki Kuraishi, this time in association with possibly the biggest snowboarding company in the world, Burton Snowboards.
Kazuki, an avid snowboarder himself, is no stanger to Burton having helped them with their high-tech AK line for a number of years. The footwear collection itself consists of three styles in a number of colours, the Winterball Hi KZK, Vulc Mid KZK and the Vulc Low KZK. Very exclusive, the collection has been released through a super-tight distribution network and comes just in time for the coming cold months!! The apparel collection will be launched in a weeks time and believe us, you will not be disappointed!
You can view and purchase the Adidas x B.Snowboards collection here.
Now available to buy instore and online is the latest edition of the ongoing collaborative series between Puma and Los Angeles sneaker super-boutique, Undefeated. Entitled the "Coverblock Pack", Undefeated have taken the classic that is the Clyde though added a touch to the iconic she that has never been done before - the addition of a leather toe-cap.
The shoes comes in four stunning colourways - green, bordeaux, grey and black, all of which come with white outsoles and of course, white leather toe-caps. The famous Undefeated stike logo is featured on the tongue with a tonal suede tag.
Extremely limited edition, these are perhaps the most luxurious of all the Puma and Undefeated releases and will be available through only four stores in the UK - ourselves and........ well obviously we are not gonna tell you that!!. Now available in sizes UK 6 - 11 priced £90.00.
You can grab yourself a pair here.
New in for Autumn/Winter is the beautiful knitwear collection from Antwerp, Belgium based (via Scotland and Ireland!) Howlin' by Morrison.
Ever since 1981, Morrison have been renowned for producing high-quality knitwear, manufactured with great care by traditionally skilled craftsmen in the Scottish Highlandsor the Irish hills. Each garment is handled individually with care throughout its entire production, from the first precise stitch to the delicate pressing and folding. The family run business are well known in their home city of Antwerp for their expert knowledge on fine knitwear.
Now, the second generation of the family have shown respect to the tradition of the hand crafted finishing technique, though in order to innovate, have created the new line: Howlin' by Morrison. While the original Morrison label will stay unaltered belonging to the father of the two brothers who have created Howlin, the younger Howlin collection offers more room for fantasy in terms of shape and design.
From the design stage through to each area of manufacture, both Morrison and Howlin strive for the best, and successfully combine tradition with modern techniques to produce garments unmatched in design excellence.
The new Blank Canvas collection sees Fred Perry collaborate with legendary English pop artist Peter Blake. Blake is best known for designing the sleeve of the Beatles` album "Sgt. Pepper`s Lonely Hearts Club Band" but also famously designed album sleeve work for Paul Weller (Stanley Road), The Who (Face Dances) and perhaps the biggest of them all, the single cover artwork for Band Aid`s "Do they know its Christmas time?". A lesser know fact is that Blake also designed the artwork for the Ian Drury tribute album "Brand new boots and Panties", a work close to Blake`s heart as he was Drury`s tutor at the Royal College of Art in the mid-60`s.
All Made in England, Blake has used the classic Fred Perry M12 Polo shirts as a blank canvas, adding his personal touch to the traditional Perry styling details to create these unique Blank Canvas designs. The shirt`s feature sewn-on badges alongside hand screen printed icons, referencing the artist`s renowned use of pop iconography.
To specify just how limited production has been on these, each shirt also comes with an individually numbered collar tag (theres only a 1000 pieces produced Worldwide in each design) , with a presentation box topping things off nicely.
You can view and purchase the Fred Perry Blank Canvas x Peter Blake Collection here.