We're celebrating this year with Vader's Little Princess, the most amusing follow up to Jeffrey Brown's breakout bestseller Darth Vader and Son. This time, poor Vader's parenting skills are put to the test as Leia grows from a sweet little girl into a rebellious teenager intent on leaving the house wearing only a skirted metal bikini. The perfect gift for your favourite Star Wars fan.
DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL WORKING DAY?
I start by responding to emails from around the world from our distributors, retailers and/or consumers. Then Pete and I will assess the situation regarding orders to ship during the day -- orders from distributors, retailers and/or webshop orders. Then it is off to the factory to check on production and take care of hems for customers.
WHEN AND WHERE ARE YOU MOST PRODUCTIVE?
At my home office in the morning before heading to our studio.
WHO OR WHAT COULDN'T YOU WORK WITHOUT?
I find myself depending on my iPhone and Dropbox quite often.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
Interacting with consumers. Talking with them about durable products and the value in buying things that last versus cheap, disposable items. The all-important "cost-per-wear" idea.
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Pete and I tend to look back on our childhoods in California during the 1970s and the punk rock ethos prevalent back then. We didn't know it as teenagers, but the honest, do-it-yourself and be-yourself spirit of the punk movement had a lasting impact on us. We realize that it is important to have a specific point of view and to not try to be all things to all people.
TELL US SOMETHING WE'RE UNLIKEY TO KNOW ABOUT TELLASON DENIM?
One aspect of Tellason that we're most proud of and feel that we do not talk about enough is the fact that all three of our Cone Mills White Oak selvage denims (12.5, 14.75 and 16.5 oz) are exclusive to us and that we developed these fabrics with Cone to fit specific wear and aging profiles. We believe that it is important for the consumer and retailer to know that our Ladbroke Grove fit in 14.75 oz denim will be the same a year from today as it is today.
WHAT PROJECT, COLLECTION OR ACHIEVEMENT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
We're really proud of the aforementioned Cone White Oak selvage fabrics we developed and are also very pleased with our distribution in Japan. If you would've told us two years ago that we would be sold in 100+ stores in what is arguably the world's most sophisticated denim market, I wouldn't have believed it.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON LEARNED?
Be nice to people. If they're a consumer, understand that they have 100s of choices when it comes to buying pants and that they deserve your respect and time if they're considering yours. If they're a supplier and they deliver the product or service you asked for, pay them. If they're a retailer, realize it is a partnership and it is in both parties best interest that Tellason sells well in their shop.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO IN THE FUTURE?
Buy a house on the island of Anguilla (BWI) and live there a couple of months per year. The rest of the time, let friends use it for free.
WHAT IS THE TELLASON TEAM'S GUILTY PLEASURE?
Sounds silly, but we love the tacos de carnitas dorados at La Taqueria in San Francisco and take great pleasure in taking any carnivorous visitors to eat what we believe is the finest use of swine on the planet.
AND FINALLY, TONY PATELLA'S TOP 3 SAN FRANCISCO MUST SEE/DOS?
I can't name only three. Here is a rambling, incoherent list:
Tacos de carnitas dorados at La Taqueria
Espresso at Four Barrel Coffee
Beers at Toronado
A visit to the the Ferry Building farmer's market
Dinner at Delfina
A journey across the Golden Gate Bridge to the Marin Headlands
Dinner at Sushi Ran in Sausalito
A Giants game at AT&T Park
Oysters in West Marin
Pints at the Pelican Inn in Marin
California Academy of Science
Menswear shopping at Unionmade
It's another serving of utter scrumminess from Yvette van Boven; an irresistible concoction of gorgeous illustrations, tempting recipes and her husband's beautiful photography. Raised in both Ireland and the Netherlands by her Dutch parents, our favourite foodie now makes her home in Amsterdam and Paris. Summers spent in Provence with her husband's family hosting barbecues and backyard feasts with friends under the stars were the inspiration for Home Made Summer. Yes please, we'll have a slice of that!
Graphic designer, fine artist, all round bon viveur, we are delighted to welcome Ashkahn Shahparnia and his brilliant cards to The Hambledon. He trained at Otis School of Art and Design (found Graphics a little boring and switched to Fine Art), set up his studio in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, straight out of college and has worked on all sorts of projects for all sorts of clients: custom typefaces, wallpaper, tee shirts, album covers and the infamous 'Evolution of the Muff' print. We were looking to bring humour, whimsy, cool and a little bit of exclusivity to our stationery domain and Ashkahn is ticking all the boxes. You saw him here first. We are the only UK stockist.
Thank you to Michael Sinclair, lovely photographer, Chloe Mitchell, lovely journalist and Caroline Taylor, lovely factotum at 91 Magazine. You have made us look very good indeed.
It's a funny fashion thing. Designers naming their creations as if they were pets. Sometimes obscure. Often daft. Save 0039 Italy's 'Holiday'. If ever a dress were more aptly named this is it. We're not quite sure what we packed before this heavy linen scoop neck tunic came along. This season it returns (alongside some other great linen staples) all the better for some subtle refinements; less material, more shape, slightly nipped, longer as a tunic, shorter as a top, in some great new colours including our favourite bright, bright pink.
Pete and Tony, founders of menswear's latest denim offering Tellason, freely admit to being influenced by the punk era of their childhoods. Perhaps it's why there's a little bit of rebel sewn into their jeans. Established in San Francisco in 2008, the pair dared put a red tab on the back pocket of their first designs and subsequently felt the full force of Levi's reign down on them. So they moved the tab. To the inside of the back pocket, where it can still be found reading 'Legal'. Continuing on theme, the style names 'Ladbroke Grove' (a regular tapered fit in 16.5oz selvedge) and 'Gustave' (a slim tapered fit in 14.5oz selvedge) are inspired by their love of The Clash (answers on a postcard please).
Punk influences aside, what Tellason is really all about is two denim fanatics producing their dream jeans. Which means they're of course made from Cone Mills White Oak selvage denim, exclusive fabrics they developed with Cone to fit specific wear and aging profiles. The leather tab on the back isn't any old either, and comes courtesy of Tanner Goods of Portland. The bottom of the back pocket comes lined and with stitch detail that reveals a subtle T as the denim fades. All the kind of stuff that makes them "proper, proper jeans" according to Rob.
Hands up. There's no denying we've gone crazy for all things bright and pink up in womenswear this season. But the latest addition to our hoard takes bright and pink to a new extreme. The iconic 1950s summer shoe - the Riviera - has arrived in an eye popping acid pink. Put your sunglasses on and step outside, boldest foot first. Or opt for the other end of the scale, with navy or beige for extreme summer chic.
Vinyls, die-cut, inkjet. Filthy dirty words in the world of the traditional sign writers. In 2010 filmmakers Faythe Levine and Sam Macon began documenting these dedicated practitioners, their time-honored methods, and their appreciation for quality and craftsmanship. Sign Painters, the first anecdotal history of the craft, features the stories of more than two dozen sign painters working in cities throughout the United States. The documentary and book profiles sign painters young and old, from the new vanguard working solo to collaborative shops such as San Francisco’s New Bohemia Signs and New York’s Colossal Media’s Sky High Murals.
Daiki Suzuki comes over all Hawaiian this Summer. With impeccable attention to detail, trademark soft finishes and easy layering, this is a stand out Engineered collection. Winchester welcomes reverse print shirts, tailored shorts, Oxford button downs and the iconic Bedford jacket. And selvedge denim makes its first appearance here. Just don't forget your surf board.