Enough of Autumn. It?s all about Fall. We are super proud to have our first delivery of Engineered Garments. Inspired by the American sportswear, outdoor clothing and military uniforms he coveted in his youth in Japan, designer Daiki Suzuki has engineered a collection of meticulous detail. We?re showing Engineered with Quoddy footwear, handsewn by the Shorey family in Maine since 1909. Get to The Hambledon for a full blast of Americana.
New Balance is an American heritage brand, fourth largest sports good manufacturer in the world and making shoes in the tiny town of Flimby in the Lake District. Think global, act local.
Founded by William Riley in Massachusetts at the turn of the century (not this one), New Balance originally specialised in orthopaedic shoes and arch supports. William Riley developed his first pair of running shoes in 1938. When the company was taken over by Jim Davis (who still owns 100% of the business) in 1972 New Balance made a single style of shoe, the iconic Trackster, and employed just 6 staff. 1n 1976 the NB 320 and 305 were voted the world?s best running shoes by Runner?s World and the company, in its present incarnation, was launched. New Balance now employs 2,400 people worldwide, makes 200 different kinds of shoe, has 5 factories in the US and the UK and sells in 120 countries.
Production in the Britain is indicative of the company?s commitment to domestic manufacture: in part about support of the local economy and in part about super quick turnaround and tip top quality. Go glocal.
A/W '11 - A.P.C., Andersons, Baracuta, Converse, Edwin, Engineered Garments, Filson, Folk, Gitman Bros., Grenson, Howies, Hudson, Il Bussetto, John Smedley, New Balance, Norse Projects, Nudie Jeans, Moscot, Oliver Spencer, Pantherella, PS Paul Smith, Quoddy, Redwing, Schiesser, S.N.S. Herning, Sunspel, The Hill-Side, Trickers, Universal Works, YMC.
Johnny Depp is never wrong (well, way too many Pirates of the Caribbean movies but no one?s perfect). Moscot, founded in a pushcart in New York in 1899 by great grandfather and family patriarch Hyman Moscot, but now in slightly more salubrious quarters on the corner of Delancey and Orchard, is the eyewear brand of choice for the super stylish.
And it's not just Johnny in his trademark Lemtosh; Ryan Adams and January Jones are rocking the Vilda, Justin Timberlake (is he super stylish?) the Nebb and Ben Harper the Zulu. We are delighted to be one of the very few stores in the UK with these super cool specs (and really delighted to be able to offer both sunglasses and frames for optical lenses).
Don't forget your dad. Father's Day is 19 June. Super nice clothes and shoes if you?re feeling really generous. Brilliant books, barbecue and DR Harris if you?re feeling pretty generous. And a hilarious Lazy Oaf card if maybe he forgot your pocket money this week.
Edwin is one of those iconic denim brands. Established in Japan in 1947 as the Tsunemi KK Company, it was originally an importer of used denim from the States. Influenced by the fit, wash and quality of American denim, and disappointed by homegrown attempts at its manufacture, denim afficionado Mr Tsunemi set about creating his own brand (playing boggle with the letters in the word DENIM and coming up with EDWIN) and revitalising the industry in Japan.
By 1961 he had created his first pair of Edwins. By 1963 Edwin had produced the world?s heaviest ringspun (this is a weaving technique, ask me later) 16oz denim. These jeans can stand up all by themselves. And they featured the rainbow selvedge which is still in use today. In the 70s Edwin were the first company to develop ?old wash? techniques to mimic the wear on vintage workwear.
In the 80s this was further developed with the advent of ?stone washing? (pay attention, this properly revolutionised the industry worldwide) and in the 90s Edwin created the ?new vintage? concept, using subtle hand techniques to replicate vintage washes from pre 1947. At once both old school and innovative Edwin is the denim man?s denim. Go for ED47 for a straight classic (the clue?s in the name, this is really about Edwin?s heritage), ED55 for a carrot leg and ED71 for a slim fit.
Spring 11 for Norse Projects, Copenhagen's coolest street wear brand, is all about 'barefooted beach days in the long and mystical Scandinavian summer light'. So says their press book. We think it's a great hybrid: still about reworking classic Nordic workwear with impeccable detailing but embracing a more Southern European nautical feel with even a touch of the American preppie. Their much lauded collaboration with French retailer Colette and Breton outfitters Armor Lux seems to have given them a taste of warmer climes.
The Universal Works story is as much about founder David Keyte, as the label's three years in business building a solid reputation for good, honest menswear. It's the kind of story we love, the sort to inspire the likes of anyone working in fashion who has ever thought "I can do this."
Twenty-five years ago Keyte was a Saturday shop boy working in a small fashion store. From there he went on to climb the industry rungs at Paul Smith before heading up Maharishi for five years. As he puts it, "I was always telling others how they were getting it wrong, and at some point you have to put your neck on the line." And in 2008, he did just that with Universal Works.
"Less interested in fashion and more in the function, fit and cut of garments" David placed these values at the heart of the Universal Works brand. Pioneering a distinctly British look, loosely based on traditional workwear, the focus is simplicity and craftsmanship rather than seasonal trends. As such, provenance is paramount and there's not a whiff of mass-produced to be had. Everything is made in small, highly skilled factories, many of which are here in the UK.
For all these reasons, we've been fans since the beginning and are pleased to bring the label's fourth collection to Hambledon menswear this Spring. Watch this space for a sneak preview.
More exciting times here at The Hambledon. Our super talented new visual merchandiser Laura has just unveiled her first installation and it really is rather special. Head to our new men's denim pop-up shop and you'll find a wall of brightly coloured placards advocating our superb men's denim ranges - Edwin, A.P.C and Nudie - and other such words of wisdom. Inspired by the 1968 french students revolt, the message is fight for fit, fly your fly and sois jeune et tais toi, be young and shut up!