News in Menswear

everyday neckwear

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Menswear is in full favour of neckwear for summer. Not the compulsory sort but the everyday, laidback and stylish sort. Japanese utility fabrics from The Hill-Side go head to head with rare vintage textiles crafted by General Knot & Co. Chambray, florals, stripes and some school teacher plaid, modelled to perfection here by our very own Richard Humby, who spent a good hour working on his bow tie technique.
 

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Edwin Surplus in short supply

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Keeping you on your toes with this latest offering from Edwin. Going by the name of Surplus, it's a neat little collection of just fifteen styles, each limited to a run of just 200 pieces a pop. As minimal and functional as it gets, it's Edwin's take on workaday wear, pieces sure to be your everday uniform. Constructed from hand picked, premium fabrics including Japanese selvage denim, organic denim, technical fine ripstop and a generous offering of coloured twill. Clean and simple shirts, slacks, coats and shorts with a price tag shouting amazing value. No time to sit on the fence here folks... 

Edwin Surplus

Q&A WITH TONY PATELLA, DESIGNER AND FOUNDER OF TELLASON DENIM

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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

Tellason Interview news

Basement's new rebels

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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. 


Engineered For You

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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.

Engineered Garments SS13 news

Richard James Socks

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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.

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Welcoming one of Winchester's own

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This is new territory for us. Menswear is off on holiday. With Orlebar Brown no less, the luxury beachwear label founded by Winchester's own Adam Brown in 2007.

Time to ditch those faded bermudas because this is what James Bond wears to the beach (cue Daniel Craig in those pale blue shorts in Skyfall). In fact it's the whole 'resort lifestyle' taken care of here. Beautifully tailored shorts for hanging out by the pool, polo and linen shirts for sipping beachside martinis, and lightweight blazers for stepping off jet in style. In one immaculately packed suitcase, Orlebar Brown dispels that myth that Brits can't dress abroad. 

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Q&A with Adam Brown, designer and founder of Orlebar Brown

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DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL WORKING DAY?
I prefer to start early and am awake for 6.30am, walking the dogs by 7am and in the office for 8.15. Days are usually taken up with meetings both with staff and externally. I like to leave the office at 5pm and squeeze in the gym before getting home at 7pm to deal with evening emails.

WHEN AND WHERE ARE YOU MOST PRODUCTIVE?
Early mornings are when I feel most productive and walking the dogs is a great time for thinking and planning.

WHO OR WHAT COULDN'T YOU WORK WITHOUT?
The OB staff and my iphone.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
The whole process of seeing something through from an idea that transforms into an actual product in a shop is immensely satisfying.

WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
The world at large, my friends, my experiences, art and music… everything drips through in one way or another.

TELL US SOMETHING WE'RE UNLIKEY TO KNOW ABOUT ORLEBAR BROWN?
We are launching a women’s collection for May 2013- watch this space.

WHAT PROJECT, COLLECTION OR ACHIEVEMENT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
Our Fifth Year Anniversary in May 2012 which was marked with a party, Hulton Getty special edition Photographic print shorts and a Photography competition which launched the,’OB way of life’.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON LEARNED?
Cash flow is king!

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO IN THE FUTURE?
Write a hit song, tell a joke on a stage, run a marathon and be happy.

WHAT IS THE ORLABAR BROWN TEAM'S GUILTY PLEASURE?
Thirsty Thursdays.

WE KNOW YOU'RE A BIT OF A LOCAL BOY OFTEN SPOTTED IN OUT MENSWEAR DEPARTMENT. CAN YOU TELL US WHAT CONNECTS YOU TO THE AREA?
Having been brought up in Winchester, I went to Henry Beaufort, Peter Symonds Sixth Form and Winchester School of Art. My sister still lives here and I used to have a cottage outside Stockbridge in the Test Valley. Winchester is still where my heart is and I try to come back as often as I can. Now The Hambledon has such a great men’s offering there is even more reason to come back.

Orlebar Brown

salty sea dog style

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To continue with the washed out theme in menswear this season we've added a super nice washed out canvas option to our Jack Purcell range. Available in navy and olive, the salt wash gives the effect of spending summer in and out of boats, on and off the beach. If this isn't the life for you, then worry not, the smart white leather option is still a basement favourite. 

Jack Purcell SS13 news

new summer shoes

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We're in full holiday mode this week. 1950s Riviera style. Lounging poolside in St Tropez, beach combing on Capri and sailing off Sardinia. You get the picture. But take a closer look at our feet boys and you'll see a pair of Rivieras, the quintessential 1950s summer shoe. Relaunched in France in 2009 by designers Fabrizio Corveddu and Dan Amzallag from a Spanish classic, they're our new favourite off duty choice for summer. Perfectly practical in canvas and cotton mesh with leather lines and rubber soles. Simple. Elegant. Job done.

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