Drifter started out as a parachute rigging business in Ohio in 1977. Their skydiving customers demanded the highest quality materials and workmanship (as you would, jumping out of a plane) which evolved into the great luggage range we see them making today. We're a little less high octane here, but we love a good quality bag. Contructed from 100% nylon, webbing, binding tape and coil zipers, the range is produced in the US and comes with a lifetime guarantee attached - for the bag, not for you, if you choose to go jumping out of planes.
We don't really go in for stats, but get this: Rob has had to double the numbers on his Gitman Brothers order each season. Testament to a mighty fine shirt if ever there was and proof that once you've got a Gitman you can't help but have another. And another. And definitely one of these lovely numbers from our new SS13 collection. The best classic Oxford out there, availabe in four colours. White cotton poplin, back by popular demand. A linen-cotton mix star print or micro check for upping the interest levels.
Spring Summer 2013 from Norse Projects is blue, through and through. From pale and faded to navy and cobalt. Rob's declaring it their best collection in seasons. The beautiful heavily washed denim shirting is a particular highlight. As is the sky blue Elka raincoat. In between, you'll find three shades of the all time favourite Aros chinos and shorts, some great stripe t-shirts and lightweight blazers.
We've carried Levi's Vintage for a couple of seasons now and in that time two things have become apparent.
One, Rob was right, no other label compares on heritage and quality. No faulty goods, no complaints, all we have are happy customers who've found their perfect jeans.
And two, the 505 is a firm favourite with the menswear customer. For spring, its back alongside the 501 in three washes including the all new rinsed selvedge. A lovely smart dark denim with no need to break in.
Cue more happy LV customers we think.
Borgen, The Killing, The Bridge. We have been hitching a ride on the whole Danish thing. But shed any notions of bleak dockyards, creepy killers and slightly matted jumpers, we were in a very different, fashiony, cool and colourful Copenhagen. Day 1: Gallery Fashion Show and we discover a super gorgeous knitwear brand and have a lovely appointment with Stella Nova in their beautiful showroom. Day 2: New homeware show in old cattle market and we're very excited about brand spanking new Scandi things about to be delivered to sunny Winchester. And then much wandering about in the Meat Packing district. Go to Mother for pizza (very good). Visit vintage shop Affaer (very good but they don't take cards).
We've just taken a hefty delivery from basement favourite - Red Wing. Here we have Rob's number one choice of boot for spring, the Chukka. While we'll forever be faithful to the iconic 875 workboot, with milder climes on the horizon, the Chukka makes for a great lightweight allrounder. Featuring the signature white crepe sole, premium leather and Goodyear welt construction, it's made of sturdy stuff just minus some of the stomp factor of its bigger, chunkier cousin.
SS13 in menswear looks a bit like this. All red, white and blue. Mostly washed out and worn. But ocassionally crispy and bright.
Oliver Spencer kicks off the new season down in menswear with the signature stuff we love; classic wardobe staples bought to life with subtle detailing. The lightweight Farringdon mac is back in desert sand, featuring a great pop of colour under the collar. The navy cotton / linen single breasted blazer no wardrobe can do without also reappears. Further along the rail we see blocks of colour give way to some great striped t-shirts, playful shirting and lightweight textured knits, all working some variation on the seasonal pallette of red, white and blue. Another solid collection from an old time favourite.
Rob continued his adventures in Europe last week with a stop off in a -6°c Berlin. Of course the Germans have no problem with snow so it was business as usual. And inbetween explorations of The Bauhaus Museum and currywhurst consumption, some seriously efficient buying got done. The haul included amazing vintage loopwheel jersey products from Germany, New Balance trainers in lots of new flavours and styles, leather goods from Portland Oregon, made to last a lifetime, plus some exciting new product from our friends at Redwing boots. Our latest collaboration with Trickers was also nailed down to top off the promise of exciting things to come.
Rob headed off on his annual trip to Florence last week. He saw Rembrandts, Carvaggios and Da Vincis at the Uffizi Gallery, ate the best steak in Europe and partied at WP's 30th anniversary bash. And then came the serious business of Pitti and kitting out menswear for AW13. Top of the agenda was specialist denim and he managed to get a major tick with a new brand that manufactures in the spiritual home of denim, San Francisco. Workwear continued to feature heavily so expect plenty more unconstructed wool tailoring, only cleaner and more pared down than in previous seasons. All in all a pleasing haul but the most exciting find of all has to be a young, up and coming British tailor. Plans are afoot to work together, so watch this space.