Throw Swiss rationalism, Akzidenz-Grotesesk medium and vintage punk rock together and this is what you get. The work of celebrated New York designer Mike Joyce who has taken rock concert posters from the 70s, 80s and 90s, and reimagend them through a Swiss modernist lens. He's called it Swissted. We call it 200 super cool ready-to-frame posters. Font nerdery at its very finest.
We can always rely on Folk for a playful detail or blast of colour. It's still there this season, just a little more subtle and restrained than we might expect. The pinky red t-shirt is washed out, not fluro. The classic shirt has stitch detailing on the pocket - in a colour that matches rather than clashes. The sweater is classic navy stripes for summer, while the tapered chinos feature simple folds of fabric in just the right places. Even the trim on the grown-up Howard jacket is ultra subdued. Yes, safe to say we approve of the new down low Folk.
If Lucy and Victoria both place sizeable personal orders at the same buying appointment, then the label in question must be doing something rather special. And rather special is exactly what Just in Case SS13 is. No question, it's the collection of the season. Where all the super pretty bright colours and glittery threads come together.
Slighty more refined and sleeker than in previous seasons, there's still a good spoonful of the romance and fluff we always fall in love with. A floral story, all sepia chocolate box roses on silk, a gorgeous ice-cream stripe theme, as well as a whole spectrum of plain bright coloured textures to slot through and work the whole fabulous shebang.
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.
Paul & Joe Sister goes on a jetsetting extravaganza for SS13. Returning with prints of all permutations in every colour under the sun - from blowsy English florals to a full blown Tahitan jungle scene. A strong shirting offer sees flocks of birds and teeny honey bears make an appearence for maximum girliness. Metallic neon tweed outerwear covers spring city chic. While fun and flirty dresses range from rainbow embroidered daytime cotton through to balmy evening floaty numbers. There's an option here to see you from early spring through to late summer, wherever in the world you might be.
How we're longing to shed the thick socks and heavy soles. And when that time comes we'll be stepping straight in to this lovely lot from Bloch. Lined up patiently from pretty pink patent to chic grey snakesin. Very simply the best ballerina pumps around.
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.
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For us, Leon & Harper SS13 is a tightly edited collection with two extremes and plenty of pink. On one end of the rail we have great t-shirting basics in the softest cotton. Pink, grey and white. And at the other end we have the jacket of the season. A fluro patchwork spectacular, zipped and nipped in all the right places. With t-shirt underneath and topped off with one of their lovely star print scarfs, it's spring's top half nicely taken care of.
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.