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.
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.
A little less of the masculine/feminine structured/unstructured dual going on in this High Summer collection. Expect to find some good old fashioned lady dressing. We are loving a Jackie O inspired silver jacket, a chiffon blouse in duck egg blue and a nod to geometric print maxi dress. And there is of course the ultimate lady accessory in a cool as you like silk scarf.
And we thought it couldn't get any better. Hot (and we use the word advisedly) on the heels of a beautiful Spring collection and Beck Sondergaard are all about Summer. We want to use words like neon and popping and pretty and stars and glitter and stripes and sunny and bright, bright, bright. This collection is a total smile.
Every Christys' Panama hat starts life not in Panama, but on the coastal plains of Ecuador, where most of the world's Toquilla straw is grown and from where the world's Panama hats are exported. Christy's hats are handwoven (in its natural state toquilla is too fragile to weave by machine) and the hoods are then shipped to the Christy's factory in Witney to be shaped and trimmed into the finished hats. This summer we are all about a trilby: classic narrow brim in cream, navy or pink and wider down turned brim. May the season's sunshine rain down on us.
Collette Dinnigan is back with a high summer collection of extraordinary beauty. Situation normal then. This is what we have come to expect from Australia's designer of choice for laid back chic. This season sees classic lace, embroidery and a super pretty print on her trademark tunics, tops and sunny dresses.
Can't go wrong with a conversational sock. These are just the right side of silly for the boys: featuring polka dots, summery stripes, a bit of floral and some bunting. And nothing says summer like bunting.
Staying true to their name, we love that we never know quite what to expect from YMC, apart from great quality and detailing. Here they go mix it up again with a collection we think granny had a hand in. Highlights include a whimisical 40s floral tea dress crafted in colourful sand washed silk, a patchwork crocheted cardigan in sugary brights, and a highly practical classic swing cut mac in an uplifting shade of lime.
This season Peter Jensen adds Barbara Hepworth to his collection of oddball muses. And oddly enough, cites her blandness as his inspiration. Jensen, as we know, doesn't do bland and there is certainly not a dull moment here. We see a a nod to the artist's smock in the the shapes of the dresses; a depiction of her home town of St Ives with a fun and colourful beach print; a play on her specialty for organic shapes in a series of pebble, pink and white dresses; more reference to her work on layers and holes in beautiful broderie anglaise; a definite sculptural form to the coats; as well as an effort to capture the austerity of her era with a print of hand-drawn sequins. What that all adds up to is a collection with Jensen's unique chic meets charming mastery written all over.