News From October 2012

Bloomin beautiful

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Picture a garden busting with perfect blooms, a full on floral extravaganza of dreamy proportions and you’re somewhere close to this season’s rather spectacular offering from Epice. Never has more beauty been woven into a giant woolen scarf. 

Epice AW12 news

An underwear icon

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It wasn't just the Levi's that did well out of that iconic 80s commercial. If you can call a boxer short a design classic then Sunspel's crisp white version (as modelled so well by Nick Kamen in that laundrette), is most definitely that. They were the company responsible for introducing the boxer short to Britain in 1947 and with only a few refinements since, they have the perfect design all sewn up. No one makes them softer or more comfortable. The cotton is as fine as it comes while the seams are double-folded and 'feld locked' to eliminate itchy edges. They even feature a back panel to avoid an uncomfortable central seam. 

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Serious Sweaters from SNS

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This winter, if not every winter, is all about a chunky knit and while there are many respectable efforts out there, none manage to steal the crown from SNS Herning for a serious sweater. Theirs will always be the genuine article, descendents of the original fisherman sweaters that Soren Nielsen Skyt (hence SNS) knitted for the fishing communities of Denmark back in the twenties; his trademark chunky ‘bubble’ construction developed to provide added insulation against the elements. Today they’re still being made to the same patterns in the same factory in Herning, and continue to insulate fishermen, but now many a discerning knitwear connoisseur too.

SNS Herning AW12 news

Any excuse for confetti

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No need to wait til the next wedding thanks to our latest delivery from favourite stationers Knot & Bow. We now have 'Party Confetti,' beautifully bright coloured tissue paper, made jumbo size in one-inch round die-cut circles. Here's how to add an extra special sprinkling to proceedings... 

1. Tuck into an envelope for a memorable invite

2. Scatter over a tabletop for instant party effect

3. Attach to some twine for a pretty party garland

4. Throw generously over the birthday boy or girl to make them feel extra special

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Working the land MHL style

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No gimmicks or surprises here. Just more immaculately constructed classics from MHL.

This season we're seeing a picture of traditional rural England, all ruddy cheeks and hardy knits.

Margaret’s girl feels very outdoorsy but in a Balmoral fashion. Relaxed slacks and gently pleated knee length skirts are paired with cotton shirts and thick jumpers. Colour is a particular highlight. The staple greys and navys giving way to cornfield yellows, burnt reds and washed out pinks. We even have stripes and a spot of fairisle.

Meanwhile the boys are facing the elements in a navy wool melton hooded jacket and working the land in a heavy duty khaki wool rib sweater and brushed twill utility pant. 

MHL AW12 news

Fine English Socks

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Cotton socks. Cashmere socks. Stripey socks. Fairisle socks. Socks for him. Socks for her. Great quality socks from Pantherella. You won't poke your toe through these any time soon.

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Streamer spectacular

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Sewing. Stapling. Snipping. Silliness. This is what happens when Miss Penney gets her magnificent merch on. Who would have thought a simple crepe streamer was capable of such a spectacular?! 

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Introducing Post Overalls

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New to menswear we have another of New York's finest. Both the genetics and aesthetics bare a close resemblance to basement favourite, Engineered Garments, but when it's as good as this, more is definitely a welcome thing.

Like Engineered, Post Overalls is led by a Japanese designer and based in Hell's Kitchen in close proximity to some of America's finest garment manufacturers. Takeshi Ohfuchi developed his obsession with workwear from America's golden era of production as a teenager; wanting to wear the 'real stuff' from the American movies he grew up watching back in Japan. Today he is dedicated to producing the same 'real stuff', replicating every stitch and every button while subtly tweaking a design here and there to fit the character and frame of today's slightly rumpled modern man.

Highlights from our first buy include the royal traveller waistcoat in navy wool melton and the triple-stitched, bar-tacked engineer's jacket, available in navy wool melton and tabacco duck canvas. 

Post Overalls AW12 news

A winter tradition

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It's not winter in Hambledon womenswear without a bit of crazy colourful Eribé fairisle. Says cosy, happy and homespun like nothing else. Probably because it is. Starting life in a big Victorian house high on a hill in Galashiels where you'll find a handful of cats, a conservatory filled with potted plants, a big log fire, Peter, the spinner, Laurence, the fairisle expert, Kim and Katherine the handknitters, Rosemary the designer and Shona the colour expert. All together they make the kind of hats, scarves and gloves you always wished grandma would knit. 

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Hardworking Garments

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Daiki Suzuki's Engineered Garment's continues its artful reconstruction of 20th Century American workwear. This season's showpiece - a field parka constucted from NyCo ripstop, a fabric which features heavily in the uniforms of the US military. Then there's the four button Baker blazer and updated CPO shirt made from the same navy wool melton that goes into the iconic NYPD uniform. Also hard at work is the Andover suit - a grey wool flannel blazer and cynch-back pant which must be worn with the chambray workshirt and an obligatory tie. Not that we mind. This is the kind of uniform we don't mind wearing.  

Engineered Garments AW12 news