Each season our favourite eco fashion pioneers People Tree secure their fashion credentials with the help of a big name designer. For SS13 they've enlisted Danish designer Peter Jensen and we think it has to be their biggest fashion moment yet; a capsule collection of cotton dresses, t-shirts and sweatshirts that are highly wearable, fantastically affordable and unmistakably Jensen.
It might seem crazy and odd, spring arriving in winter, but if you can get your head around it, then there's a lot to love about looking ahead to peeling off those layers. MiH's pre-SS13 collection is just the gentle nudge into the new season we need. Inspired by "the swimming pool blues of the sky" and "inevitable drops of rain as we peer out the window" this earlybird installment features beautiful cotton shirting, loose-fitting cotton/linen vests, boyfriend jeans (we're really excited about) plus a leather jacket and heavy knit to fill in until some warmth returns to the sun.
It was during the gold rush years of the late 1800s that C. C. Filson found his calling. And it wasn't digging and sieving. Setting up shop in Seattle, his was the job of kitting out the fortune hunters on route to the bitter Yukon, pioneering designs 'you can depend absolutely upon...both as to material and workmanship'. Today, Filson continue to kit out adventure seekers to the highest standard, even here in Winchester where we can't do without their excellent luggage. Crafted from the heaviest cotton canvas and genuine bridle leather, their medium duffle bag, wash bag and computer brief case are built to survive seriously adverse conditions, from packed commuter trains to the roughest and toughest budget airline queue.
Now that soggy school trips are a distant enough memory, K-Way has won its way back into our hearts with its trusty pac-a-mac, the classic lightweight waterproof designed by French man Leon-Claude Duhamel back in 1965. The original design, known as Claude, is our mac of choice - a full zip up folding neatly away into a small hip bag. Suitably grown up in black, navy, burgundy and grey, we're really not sure how we survived without it all these years.
If you missed, or are missing, the amazing accessories bonanza that was our Beck Sondergaard Project then you'll be pleased to know that womenswear has just taken delivery of a rather lovely new Christmas installment from the Danish brand. Get ready for more stars, more stripes, beaded clutches, leather gloves, cosy mittens, Christmas hearts and a warm snow poncho!
Sultry black lace, fitted shirts, sharp little jackets, lurex knits, midnight blue brocade and shoulder zips. Baum und Pferdgarten's winter party is a little bit luxe and a lot rock. It's the invitation we're all hankering after.
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.
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.
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.
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.