Now available online and instore is the beautiful PARFUMS collection from Comme Des Garçons. The collection encompasses both eau de toilette and some beautifully fragranced candles. There`s the incense inspired Kyoto, Avignon and Jaisalmer Natural Sprays for him with a candle also available in each of the three distinct fragrances.
To sit nicely alongside the current CdG PLAY collection, there`s the 100ml spray featuring the iconic heart logo, which smells stunning featuring a mixture of unique ingredients including Bitter Orange and Black Pepper. Limited in availability, the fragrance is called... you guessed it - PLAY.
All very limited and highly collectable, you can purchase the collection online here
John Chapman, based in Cumbria, England, have been producing hand-crafted canvas, leather and tweed bags for travel, leisure, business and sporting activities for many years. With inspiration coming from the natural beauty of the surrounding Lake District and Borders, Chapman add a somewhat contemporary approach to a classic English style with a dedicated attention to premium quality.
All the bags produced by Chapman are made in their very own workshops in Tannery Road, Carlisle. The building itself is part of an old industrial site dating back over three hundred years; living proof of the regions rich industrial heritage. Some of the amazing materials and manufacturing processes used by Chapman include:
HAND CUTTING - like a bespoke suit, the material for each bag is hand cut on the premises and constructed using traditional methods.
PATTERNS - Chapman use traditional patterns for cutting, not computer controlled machinery. Each bag produced is in some way completely unique.
HAND MACHINING - All bags are machined by hand, producing a quite different effect to mass produced, computer controlled machinery.
LEATHER FINISHES - All leather finishes on each bag are produced using English bridle leather in one of three colours: Papaya, Old Australian Nut and Dark Havana.
COTTON WEBBING - The webbing used to produce the straps is 100% Cotton military grade. The original weave was designed to prevent parachutes failing. It is woven on a shuttle loom and is the best quality webbing available.
THE CHAPMAN SIGNATURE - Every bag is individually checkout, that goes without question. You will find a personal signature on every bag confirming it has met Chapman`s rigorous standards.
With the exhaustive work that goes into the production of each Chapman bag, the collections, as to be expected, are very exclusive and limited in their availability. The SS11 collection is no different, and some highlights include the Large City Rucksack and the classic Flyfisher and Rambler styles. The collection is available in store now and available to purchase online here.
For the new and exclusive Blank Canvas collection, Fred Perry have re-issued four classic, iconic polo shirts, each of which focuses on representing the impact that Fred Perry had on the most important Youth movements of the 20th Century and the effect that these movements had in turn on Fred Perry.
The 1957 polo tells the story of how the iconic twin tipping came to be. Back in `57, West Ham United football fans asked the famous retailer Lilywhites of London whether their team colours could be added to a Fred Perry shirt. After enquiring with Fred Perry, the colours were duly added and formed the now iconic maroon/white/ice colour combination. The re-issued 1957 shirt has been created in a lightweight, vintage finish cotton pique with a slightly shorter placket and non-branded buttons. MADE IN ENGLAND, the hem sits slightly longer at the back with vents at either side to enhance fit. Finished with the signature Laurel Wreath embroidery, the shirt also has a cotton canvas traditional back neck label.
MADE IN ENGLAND, the 1963 Northern Soul Shirt celebrates Fred Perry`s unique relationship with this vibrant sub-culture. Largely ignored by the southern based media, word of mouth spread about the infamous 'all-nighters' at the Twisted Wheel, The Torch and The Wigan Casino and soon young people from across the country embraced Northern Soul. The re-issued 1963 shirts feature unique club patches, set against a choice of the traditional black and champagne tipped or pure white pique shirt. These shirts feature a cotton canvas back neck label and fasten with unbranded buttons. They have also been finished with the signature Laurel Wreath embroidery on the chest.
The black Fred Perry shirt with champagne tipping and Laurel Wreath has become synonymous with Fred Perry`s music fans, but first came to prevelance in 1976 when the Punk and New Wave movements adopted it as their own. MADE IN ENGLAND, the 1976 re-issue shirt had kept the iconic black/champagne colouring and comes with a unique bleach-splash design on the front and back of each shirt. To top it off, Fred Perry have finished it with their signature Laurel Wreath embroidery and a woven back neck label.
One of the best projects of the year so far is finally on its way for a possible launch of tomorrow, Friday 20th, or Monday 23rd. We are talking about the exclusive collection from Stussy and cult Australian fashion/art collective Perks and Mini or as they are more famously known, P.A.M.
For the collection, P.A.M. graced a range of artfully modified seperates with their signature captivating graphic touch in the form of bold polka dots and Roman iconography.
The collection is VERY EXCLUSIVE and was not made available to all Stussy stockists. Keep a check on the NEW ARRIVALS section of our site or you can view the current Stussy collection, including the European exclusive Goldie t-shirt collection, here.
Dame Vivienne Westwood has never been one to shy away from expressing her feelings and standing up for what she believes is right, a trait which has seen the legendary fashion designer grow into a respected speaker and universal inspiration. Taking time from her hectic schedule surrounding the launch of her S/S-2011 collections, Vivienne Westwood has joined forces with renowned magazine, Marie Claire, to help raise awareness on the importance of saving the world's rainforests.
The quirky Queen of fashion self-styled a photoshoot using old clothes and fabrics to create stunning looks with minimal waste, teaching us how to recycle those bits and pieces we thought we'd NEVER wear! Amongst the items she used were a beach towel shawl, paper earrings and a plastic wallet - Intrigued?....
To find out more about this fantastic campaign, go to www.marieclaire.com