Not much is known about accessories label Silent Whisper. From the small number of online communications that have been released , we can piece together some key information on the secretive Asia-based outfit. Silent Whisper produces a variety of leather goods : belts, bags, bracelets, necklaces and wallets.
The leather items are carefully crafted and in most cases, handsewn. The look is decidedly raw and this is further emphasized by the distressed materials and gloomy industrial visuals released through their tumblr and other outlets. There’s also a strong militaristic presence in the brands visual language that’s hard to place a finger on, but works on a very personal level for me. Considering the apparent quality of the pieces, the price-points are incredibly fair. Small leather goods and accessories start at around $50. Belts and larger wallets will run you in the $100-$150 range and bags around $500. Look out for more in-depth coverage of the line in the coming days.
If you’re looking for a new wallet to store your essentials in, these might be the option for you. A collaboration between spanish leather specialists Loewe and Junya Watanabe, these wallets feature a mix of fabrics from denim and leather to tartan plaid canvas. Look for these to drop at the end of August at Dover Street Market in London, and in the rest of the world in September.
Japanese accessories brand Head Porter is known for their practical, well-designed bags, wallets and clothing basics. In this lookbook for the Spring/Summer collection, the pieces are shot to replicate everyday situations. The standpoint items to me are the clear tote bag and the Hawaiian shirt (which is one of the best executions of that style I’ve seen for Spring/Summer). I love the casual presentation through these images, they give the whole lookbook a sense of reliability.
I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Oliver Peoples showroom in soho to check out their upcoming designs. What excited me the most was the forth collaboration between Takahiro Miyashita of The Soloist. Since the sub-lines intial launch, Oliver Peoples has been steadily cranking out beautiful eyeglasses that would be perfect to pair with clothes by the Soloist.
This time around the designs are simple but bold. The voluminous shape of the frames was created by shearing a pressed sheet of acetate to 12mm thick at the hinge, resulting in the frame front appearing to flow backward. The distinctive styles boast sharp-edged beveling of varied widths along the frame front and temples.
The icing on the cake is the special cleaning cloth that comes with each pair, which is designed with the Soloist paisley bandana pattern. All models should be available now at select Oliver Peoples retailers.
Special thanks to Jon Carlo for inviting me.
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Undercover Fall/Winter 2011 backpack on the left and Carhartt WIP Spring/Summer 2013 Bag on the right
I was browsing Hypebeast today and saw their post on the new Carhartt WIP Spring/Summer 2013 bag collection. At first glance I thought, hm that orange backpack looks just like the backpacks Undercover has been doing since 2009.
Here are the details I spotted that are strikingly similar
1. Logo placement on the bottom right.
2. Use of leather pulls and double zips on all closures.
3. The pouches/pockets have the exact same placement.
4. The leather detail is moved on the Carhartt piece to the middle instead of off-center to the left.
5. The bottom of the backpack is fabricated in leather.
6. On other models of the Undercover backpack, there’s the same hanger attachment at the top of the bag.
To me this seems like too many similarities to ignore. Undercover is a brand I personally love and I feel it was necessary to point out my personal observations.
Please feel free to chime in if you feel I am off here and jumping the gun. If you know the original design this Carhartt WIP bag may be referencing please feel free to post about it in the DISQUS comments below.
I’ve also posted some other iterations of this UC design below
Fall/Winter 2009 Undercover Backpacks
Undercover Spring/Summer 2009 ‘Camo backpack’
Undercover Spring/Summer 2011 Backpack
The collection will be available at Supreme shops in New York, Los Angeles, London, and online on March 14th and in Japan on March 16th. Finally, Dover Street Market London and DSM online will release on March 14th while Dover Street Market Ginza will debut on March 16th.
Two days ago in Paris, Raf Simons showed his fall/winter 2013 collection. The bags at the show were the result of the forth collaboration between Eastpak and the Beglian designer. The first collection of Raf Eastpaks was one of my favorite accessories collections ever so I always look forward to seeing what these two brands are able to create together.
This time around Raf re-invents EASTPAK’s iconic backpack shilouette through silky Jacquard looms with satiny belts and embroidered logos. Other design touches include blind hems and the hidden stitching.
EASTPAK X RAF SIMONS #4 collection will be available on June 2013, in differents colors developped in limited edition : 6 stripped patterns and 7 color blocks (purple, navy blue, black/silver, and brown/navy blue).
For more information visit the official website.
Eastpak might have made the backpack you bummed around in middle school but they have been stepping up their game in recent years with a series of designer collaborations. Eastpak has worked with the likes of Rick Owens, Raf Simons and Kris Van Asche to produce capsule accessory collections.
In this second collection with Danish brand Wood Wood entitled ‘Modulation’ , Eastpak presents a series of tech-friendly accessories. The bags are constructed from a high quality bonded nylon and feature detachable pockets for gadgets such as iPhones, iPads and laptops. The collection will be released in stores next January.
Photos via The Fader
This Undercover accessory has a 3D text ‘Fuck’ monogram reminiscent of Goyard and Pierre Hardy printed on textured poly vinyl. Subtly branded Undercover/Undercoverism in gold foil the one zipper compartment is sized to be appropriate for carrying day to day needs such as cards, bills folded notes, receipts, coins and keys. The colorway displayed above is ‘green’ but various accessories including wallets and tote bags with this same monogram can be found in an assortment of colors.
The wallet version is still available at Haven in Bordeax for $321 CDN.
This zip pouch is also available through Oki-Ni for £70.00 in the small size, or £120 for the medium.
Photos by Rocky Li
Izzy of the Dandy Project just posted his Jil Sander leather lunch bag from the Fall/Winter 2012 collection. While at first glance the idea of a leather lunch bag may seem the opposite of practical to many guys out there, there are some features that make this piece a viable option as a bag. The bag has two metal bars at the top that act as a frame to help the wearer hold comfortably as well as two patch pockets within to help organize the contents
After seeing these detail photographs I would definitely love to have this piece in my life, not just as an occasional accessory but also as keepsake from Raf Simons last season designing at the helm of Jil Sander. Unfortunately the item flew off shelves and seems to be sold out most everywhere. Feel free to comment if you know where it is still being sold.