When it comes to leather motorcycle jackets Schott is the de-facto standard. The makers of the original Perfecto model have teamed up with Neighborhood to deliver this excellent One Star Leather Jacket. The quality of the leather looks incredibly on this jacket that is sure to last for years and continue to be a workhorse item in your closet. Details include Talon zippers (which are no longer standard issue on regular Schott mainline Perfectos), custom branded buttons and a custom lining. All this doesn’t come cheap at a retail price of $2315 USD but if you have stacks burning a hole in your pocket, you gotta respect a jawn like this when you see it.
Available at Haven
From the same creative forces who launched Silent Whisper last year comes Eyes & Sins, a T-shirt label which compliments the Silent Whisper collection. The two brands exist under the Guerilla Group umbrella and were created by the overarching creative agency GFIRMG . The full-service agency has members scattered worldwide and they tackle multi-disciplinary projects from art direction to web development. The above video entitled LUDOVICO TECHNIQUE 001 was released by the group with this accompanying message.
E.\S’ primary tasks are idea consultation, blueprinting and garment production. Virtually all information about the unit is highly classified and details about their objectives and operations are generally not publicly available.
Since I saw Silent Whisper online, I knew it was something special and have been more than happy with the pieces I own by them. I wrote a review of the accessories previously HERE. I do have a Eyes & Sins T-shirt which I wear regularly. It’s held up awesome over multiple washes but what I like most about it is the soft cotton and the slim and long fit of the t-shirt. It’s nice to feel a T-shirt that was cut and sewn instead of just printed on a generic blank. Eyes & Sins released four new designs my favorite of is the Transmutation T-shirt below.
Tim Coppens is one of the most exciting menswear designers to emerge out of New York in the past several years and his recent Fall/Winter 2014 showing may have been his strongest yet. His experience as a sportswear designer for RLX has helped him carve out a unique aesthetic with his namesake brand, one that melds technical functionality with polished luxurious textiles.
I liked this sweater when it was featured in his Spring/Summer runway show and its even more impressive now that I get a chance to see the details up-close. The perforated holes in the leather and athletic style cuffs (and the fact that it’s made in the USA) set this apart from most of the sweatshirts out there. I love crewnecks both in the spring and in colder weather as they’re so easy to thrown on and take care of. Definetly recommend this piece and I’d suggest wearing this over jeans/sweatpants or classed up with slim-cut trousers.
Available at Mr.Porter, $695
Select items from Raf Simons Spring/Summer 2014 season have dropped over at Très Bien Shop. The selection includes an assortment of pop-art inspired graphic tees and new bright colorways of seasonal sneaker styles (The Velcro highs and Holographic lows). I enjoyed the presentation of SS14 on the Paris runway and I also liked what Raf did in tandem with Sterling Ruby for Fall/Winter 2014.
C.E (CAVEMPT) has just released a video showcasing items from their Spring/Summer 2014 collection. The visual features a variety of cropped detail shots of the pieces in slow motion. To me it really gave off the feeling of what attending a C.E presentation in person must be like. The music and visual effects serve as useful additions; adding atmosphere to the clip’s otherwise straightforward style. It’s nice to see the C.E looks head to toe like this in such a clear video (particularly in contrast to prior videos C.E has put out). I definitely enjoyed seeing this video much more than most ‘fashion’ videos out there.
C.E is a hard brand to pin down as it really stands at the intersection of all these disparate influences. The quality of the garments keep it from entering gimmicky territory. I got to check these Spring pieces when they were samples were on display at the brand’s New York Showroom and I hope to share snaps from that with you shortly.
You can start purchasing select spring pieces now directly from C.E’s webshop. I’ve listed my personal favorite pieces below:
PLAGUE HEAVY HOODY
GLOVE by Ashram Japan
PVC #3 Jacket
KOMAKINO delivers more strong pieces for Fall/Winter 2014 with a collection inspired by industrial and electronic music. The usual brand signatures are here : graphic detailing, color-blocking and military themes. I first became interested in KOMAKINO after seeing their well-executed MA-1s at Opening Ceremony and have been tracking the brand since. I feel it’s a brand that actually rides the line between high fashion and streetwear quite well and in this regard it reminds me of Nom de Geurre (RIP). The standout outerwear pieces this time around are the leather trench and MA-1 bomber. While I’m admittedly sick of fashion camo, KOMAKINO did do a respectable job of remixing the German Army (Camo Flecktarn).
See all the looks after the jump
When it comes to straight forward streetwear, few brands are doing it better than C.E right now. I’m happy to own a handful of pieces from the label and I’ve mostly found the quality, fit and detailing to be best in class when it comes to streetwear basics such as tees, hoodies and crewnecks. They paired up with fellow Japanese label Beauty & Youth for a small capsule collection of items featuring an ‘eyes’ motif.
The release date for the capsule collection is Jan 28 at Beauty & Youth stores around Japan. If interested in finding out more about C.E this interview with co-founder Toby Feltwell is a must-read.
See more after the jump
Nexus VII and Stussy have teamed up for a capsule collection entitled ‘Rainy Dayz’. Previous collaborations between the two labels have resulted in some awesome outerwear and this joint venture follows in that pedigree. This gore-tex shell is a pullover-style combined with a fishtail design. Other key design elements include sleeve snap button pocket, waist snap button pockets and contrast braided drawstrings. The piece comes in purple and black but it appears the black version has already completely sold out online.
$720CDN / $675USD from Haven
With a huge snowstorm currently making it’s way through the North East I thought there would be no better time to make this post recommending sweatpants for the season. 2013 was a big year for staying cozy and 2014 looks to be no different. If you want to stay comfortable while making more than just corner bodega runs in sweats, you’ll be well served with any of the below options.
Nike Tech Fleece Pant
These have Nike sweats have been hyped up and often sellout within hours when they drop online at Nike.com. I wasn’t sure they would live up to the acclaim but after getting two pairs for myself, I wholeheartly recommended these joints. The tech fleece material is lighter and provides great comfort without being any less warm. The zipper pockets at the back and left side of the pants keep your belongings safe and the cuffed design works well with a variety of sneakers and boots. Plus these are a relative steal at $80 retail.
Available at Nike.com
Thom Browne Drawstring Lounge Pants
You may have seen Lucas rocking these in the recent style profile, but these sweatpants are definitely winners. The branded tri-color cuffs and leg detail make this the perfect item to pair with TB shirting or if you’re really splashing out a Moncler Gamme Bleu outerwear piece. These will set you back a pretty penny at a retail price of over $550 but you can catch a detail over at SSENSE for the olive green ones. New Yorkers can find these at the Thom Browne shop-in-shop at Dover Street Market New York.
Tartan Sweatpant by Wings + Horns for Steven Alan
These joints by Wings and Horns will get get the job done. A classy drawstring detail and a slimish fit and non-descript heather grey cotton round out the features on these sweats. Scoop these at Steven Alan on sale for $136.
Norse Projects – Gustav Wool Pant
A wool/cotton blend and plenty of color choices make this a solid contender. Norse Project delivers good quality basics at reasonable prices and once again that’s the case here. The above ‘fig’ colorway keeps things civilized enough that you could theoretically wear these to a wine and cheese without getting laughed at.
WTAPS Hellweek Sweats
Mil-spec specialists WTAPS puts out the heavy-weight Hellweek sweatpants. Quite a bit of branding on here but if you have other WTAPS gear to pair with this, these sweats are an easy choice. 168 EURO at Firmament.
Y-3 Track Pants
I spotted these in the Y-3 boutique this past week but didn’t get a chance to try them on unfortunately. I definitely liked the material and technical details and I didn’t mind the placement of the logo hit either. These feel luxe, and you can scoop em in-store at the Y-3 store or find them on sale at Memes.
Adidas have been making headlines all this last quarter of the year with their signing of Kanye West, their collaboration with Raf Simons and the re-release of the Stan Smiths.
You’ve probably seen these before but now we can take a look at all the colorways of the Rick Owens Adidas sneaker which is dropping for the Spring/Summer 2014 season. To me the best colorway is still the white/black joints. I’m not really feeling the brown or tan colors as much, but time will tell if they grow on me. I’m on the fence about buying these myself but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing and trying them on in person.
The shoes will be available for €440-490 EUR (approximately $600-670 USD) at Sneakerboy and other select outlets.
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