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the north face purple label 2014 fall winter lookbook 1 North Face Purple Label FW14 Lookbook

the north face purple label 2014 fall winter lookbook 3 North Face Purple Label FW14 Lookbook

North Face Purple label is the sartorial equivalent of those elusive Japanese Green tea or Red Bean Kit-Kats. While North Face’s reputation in the states is mainly based on it’s ability to deliver functional garments in a variety of challenging environmental  conditions, Purple label is it’s more exclusive and refined sister label.

As in the past few lookbooks, the collection is presented with format with looks for both genders that are consistently on point. I also have to note that the model in this is a dime and a far cry from countless basic bitch still rocking those North Face fleeces with UGGs. The garments themselves are mostly navy, tan or olive and in terms of the men’s pieces there’s a great variety of things here. From what looks to be a gore-tex fur-lined hooded parka to an easy grey crewneck/suitpant combination. The mix of proportions and textures really give some solid inspiration for how to dress for colder days ahead. See all the looks after the jump and hit nanamica to cop.

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11 by boris bidjan saberi 2014 fall winter lookbook 1 11 by Boris Bidjan Saberi FW14 Lookbook

11 by Boris Bidjan Saberi is the Barcelona’s-based designer’s more accessible menswear line. It shares much of the same design DNA as the Saberi’ namesake mainline : monochrome color palette, distressed treatments and a heavy militaristic edge. A continual theme throughout the line are the badge patterns derived from military award ceremonies. The most exciting takeaway from this lookbook for me were the jackets. Looking forward to seeing more close-up images of the bomber jacket and the hooded raincoat. You can find select pieces from the collection already online at Antonioli.

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Neighborhood has collaborated with a long list of brands over it’s history and now there’s one more label to add the list. Neighborhood links up with Carhartt on a capsule collection that merges the workwear aesthetic of Carhartt with the punk/biker look of Neighborhood. Alot of the items are familiar flips of existing Neighborhood styles such as the embroidered denim shirt. Many of the pieces from the capsule collection riff use leopard print accents. The most interesting piece from the collection is what looks to be a workwear cotton rider jacket.  I’d like to see what the retail price ends up being on these pieces to see if there are indeed some gems worth picking up. Look for the collection to drop in-stores by late August and online via Carhartt WIP on September 4th.

neighborhood x carhartt wip 2014 fall lookbook 1 Neighborhood x Carhartt WIP 2014 Capsule collection

neighborhood x carhartt wip 2014 fall lookbook 2 Neighborhood x Carhartt WIP 2014 Capsule collection

neighborhood x carhartt wip 2014 fall lookbook 3 Neighborhood x Carhartt WIP 2014 Capsule collection

neighborhood x carhartt wip 2014 fall lookbook 4 Neighborhood x Carhartt WIP 2014 Capsule collection

neighborhood x carhartt wip 2014 fall lookbook 5 Neighborhood x Carhartt WIP 2014 Capsule collection

neighborhood x carhartt wip 2014 fall lookbook 6 Neighborhood x Carhartt WIP 2014 Capsule collection

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johnundercover 2015 spring summer lookbook 15 johnUNDERCOVER SS15 Lookbook

I was a little skeptical about johnUNDERCOVER when the diffusion line was first announced. It seemed like it was a bit redundant alongside the main UC line , especially seeing that the price-point wasn’t that far off from the mainline. That being said I enjoyed viewing the spring/summer 2015 collection. Ostensibly johnUNDERCOVER is supposed to offer wardrobe mainstays, staples and subtle twists of classic UC styles and it seems as though this collection has been successful in translating the aesthetic of recent UC collections into some easy to shop/wear separates.

All the looks are stylized with either creepers or sandals and the styling embues the looks with a 70′s rock and roll vibe throughout. There’s a few nice prints in the collection and I’m really into the souvenir jacket above. I’ve been looking for one in some time and may have just the one. While SS15 is far from being in-stores, enjoy these images after the jump and check the Undercoverism website for more info.

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sophnet 2014 fall winter lookbook main Sophnet FW14 Collection Lookbook

We posted the collection video a few days back, now comes the full photo lookbook. Sophnet really slays this collection in all aspects: styling, presentation and the pieces themselves. Plenty of awesome looks here with the outerwear stealing the show in my opinion. A great varsity, vest and an awesome version of what appears to be a down filled parka. Sophnet continues to deliver in time for colder weather and I can’t wait to see or even grab some of these pieces myself. Don’t own any Soph right now but I figure that will change in the very near future. If you’re looking for a North American stockist, check Haven which should have a selection of FW14. Sophnet continues to hit that perfect balance of refined streetwear that so many brands are trying (and often failing) to reach.

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nonnative 14aw styles 19 Nonnative AW14 Collection

Nonnative released images of their AW14 collection today.  The reliable japanese label outdoes their respectable spring collection with some great cold weather coats and several well thought out complete looks. I enjoyed the  monochromatic styling which pops up throughout the collection . Nonnative doesn’t strive too far outside the comfort zone for most men but it has presented some solid pieces here that should be worth investing come Fall. For a brand taking on men’s staples it’s nice to see that they’ve considered usability and made items that are stand above the typical lame basics that countless brands are currently churning out.   See more on their website and all the looks after the jump.

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4dimension aw14 15 4dimension Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection Big Data

4dimension may not be a familiar brand outside of Asia but the brand has been growing a niche audience from it’s home base of Taipei. The Taiwanese label was launched in 2013 and recently released images of its Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection ‘Big Data. The collection is inspired by duality of our public online and offline personas in the current hyper-connected digital age.

The collection has a utilitarian mix of greyscale technical garments and accessories. While many brands are making currently pushing a similar techninja aesthetic, I do appreciate the amount of restraint shown in the product design. You can grab one of these pieces and easily work into many different looks.  I’m particularly interested in the trousers and outerwear from this collection which I feel are some of the standouts. It’s also a nice touch that the footwear choices in the lookbook are on point ranging everything from Air Maxes to Rick Owens Adidas.

While there’s nothing in here that comes out of left field , the pricing seems to be reasonable given the fit and apparent quality of the garments. I haven’t had the chance to handle them in person so I can’t vouch for the durability and feel of the garments but it seems like 4dimension is worth investing in and at the very least keeping an eye on from here on out.  You can shop the SS14 collection (including sale items) on their international order friendly webstore. See all the looks after the jump.

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Japanese Label SOPHNET is more than 15 years in the game. In recent years SOPHNET have expanded their empire through it’s sister labels FCRB (a soccer-focused collaboration with Nike) and Uniform Experiment. In presenting it’s Fall/Winter 2014 video, the brand reaches back in time finding inspiration in 90′s music videos. Timed and set to break beats the clothes are secondary to the mood and feeling created through the strobe-like visuals. The gear that is visible tends to focus on the outerwear and accessory side of things. Expect items to begin dropping in retailers next month.

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damir doma silent 2015 spring summer collection main Damir Doma Silent SS15

Damir Doma has quietly built himself a fashion empire that topped over 9 million euros in sales in 2013. Silent (which launched in 2010) is ostensibly a diffusion line which offers moderately priced basics such as t-shirts, hoodies and denim. The spring/summer 2014 men’s collection marks a bit of departure from the brand as it embraces  minimalism and some of the trends commonplace in menswear today: oversized graphic t-shirts, sweatpants.

That being said there is something refreshing about this line with it’s unique color palette: pastels and khakis done Damir’s way mixed with black/white and grey.  I also appreciate the inclusion of both oversized and cropped summer outerwear overtop both slim shorts or baggier trousers and pants. While past collections of Silent were decidedly more bohemian (and more of a natural element to the materials), I like this cleaner direction for SS15 and I think there will be plenty of pieces worth picking up in it.

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undercover 2015 spring summer collection main Undercover SS15 Collection

While it’s a little early to really start planning purchases for next summer, it’s always exciting for me to see what UC puts out each season. Now that the brand has so many seasons to pull from the design team can mix and match themes and concepts from previous seasons and incorporate them in new ways. You see many of these UC signatures in this collection: large-print graphics (this time courtesy of the influential 70′s rock band Television) novel prints, screen-printed branding and a familiar punk rock proportions (think razor sharp and skinny distressed denim with rider jackets and coats). Standouts are the statement wool hats, printed bomber and rainy-day outerwear.  To me this collection is a continuation of the similar ideas and cuts from the pyscho candy but mixed in with some of the mod influence from the UC Neoboy/Poptone collection.

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