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Fashion| Barbour x Norton & Sons – Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection

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•In 2005, Patrick Grant – with little money and no experience in the industry – sold his car and home in order to purchase Norton & Sons, a struggling London tailors. Under his stewardship, Norton & Sons began looking back on its heritage and focusing all of the company’s efforts on the creating of superior quality bespoke suiting, and those efforts have certainly paid off.

Autumn/Winter 2014 sees Norton & Sons strengthen yet another chapter in their fascinating history, continuing a increasingly popular collaboration with South Shields outerwear legends Barbour that showcases the aesthetics of both esteemed brands.

Presided over by Grant, the collection takes lesser known silhouettes from the Barbour archives and lathers them in opulent coating of Savile Row tailoring expertise that elevates each piece from the functional to the grands. Taking this as a starting point, the collection as a whole glances a sympathetic nod at Barbour’s workwear heritage with the use of Sylkoil and quilted fabrics giving the range unmistakably rural feel.

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Fashion|We are Hooked on Miansai

• Known for its signature fishhook bracelets and cuffs, spotted on the wrists of celebrities and industry professionals alike, Miansai‘s preppy, rustic and classic accessories add deft finishing touches to both casual and formal outfits.

Miansai, the Miami-based handmade accessories brand that began with a single bracelet in 2008, has made great strides since its’ inception. Over the past five years, Founder and Creative Director Michael Saiger (who’s aesthetic apparently lies in the nexus of vintage American style, traditional craftsmanship, and old New England) has turned his vision into a timeless and tasteful multi-category lifestyle label that is sought after across the globe by fashionable men (yes, and women). With a healthy retail presence in 40 US states and 36 countries, and the recent opening of its’ retail flagship in New York’s esteemed Soho neighborhood, Miansai continues to evolve keeping its’ reputation and customers at the highest regard.

Do note that all products are crafted by over 30 skilled craftsman and artisans with the highest grade quality available, including French Calf and Italian leathers, custom made US Military Grade rope and ribbons – and fine metals including 925 Sterling Silver, 14k Gold and Rose Gold, and 18k Gold. All of their plated and enamel pieces have a solid brass base, as it is the best metal to use to ensure day-to-day wear will not affect its look. And yes, they plan to introduce exotic skins into the collection on select pieces in the near future.

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Art|Hair Highway by Studio Swine

• What if you could use human hair as an alternative to diminishing natural materials? Studio Swine travel along the Hair Highway to explore the hair trade and its potential as a future resource.

Hair Highway is a contemporary take on the ancient Silk Road which transported not only silk but also technologies, aesthetics and ideas between East and West. Investigating the global hair industry in the Shandong province of China, Studio Swine followed the journey of the material from the people who sell their hair through to the hair merchants, markets and factories. The project documents this journey in a film and a collection of highly decorative objects.

Do note that China is both the largest importer of tropical hardwood and the biggest exporter of human hair. So, by combining hair with a natural resin, Studio Swine has created a composite material that provides a sustainable alternative to the planet’s diminishing natural resources with an aesthetic that evokes the palettes of tortoiseshell and a grain resembling that of polished horn or exotic hardwoods. The result is a unique collection of exquisite objects inspired by the 1930’s Shanghai-deco style.

As the world’s population rises, human hair is one natural resource that is increasing. Asian hair regenerates the fastest, growing 16 times more rapidly than tropical hardwoods; it is also incredibly strong – a single strand can take up to 100 grams. Hair Highway reflects on China’s relationship with the rest of the world, while exploring the idea that trade has the ability to not only transport products but also values and perceptions.

About Studio Swine: Co-founded by a Japanese Architect Azusa Murakami and a British Artist Alexander Groves, Studio Swine operates across a wide range of disciplines, working with various clients such as Veuve Clicquot, Heineken, Unilever, and those who seek imaginative and visionary ways of developing their brand messages, whether through product, interiors or unique commissions. Studio Swine joined London Connoisseur, brokers in luxury artisanship, in 2014.

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Music| Watch the Official Music Video for BANKS’ “Beggin For Thread”

• LA songstress BANKS follows up the release of her track “Beggin For Thread” with the above visuals. Beautiful as always, BANKS treats us to a mostly black and white video with dramatic flashes of tonal red cut in for contrast. Interpretive dancers and a white horse appear on an empty sound stage, moving and writhing to the California musician’s haunting melody and lyrics. Enjoy the video above and watch the video for “Drowning” here.

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Fashion & Design| Opperman, Leather Brand’s Core Collection

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• We seem to continue to find friends from all over the world who are dedicated to building and distributing quality materials. Our newest friend is our European friends at OPPERMAN leather making brand. This unique brand thrives on presenting the best fabrics with amazing styling. This brand is forming a following who is intrigued by great leather and destinct designs. Opperman’s solution is to become a vertically integrated, online-only brand.

 We started to work directly with each manufacturing partner and distribute to our customers without middlemen, giving us complete control over our supply chain.

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Oppermann represents a synergy of Anglo-
Swedish design. An aesthetic inspired by Swedish minimalism and the individuality of London style, where excellent crafts-
manship and sturdy constructions meet crisp lines and geometric shapes. Drawing influences from modernist architecture and design, we strip away the clutter so that what’s there, is all that’s needed. We’re on a quest to find and partner with the best manufacturers across Europe and beyond. By taking the time to find the most skilled people, we can offer you a truly unique product. One that will stand the test of time. We believe that every material and component has a tale to tell and we’d like to share them with you.

“Great design is achieved by those who know what to subtract and what to retain”

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SURFACES COLLECTION

SOFT, SMOOTH, SALIENT

Our second line is centered around a duality of surfaces. Tumbled leather from Tärnsjö Garveri in Sweden and a smooth trim leather from Italy create an understated, but sharp contrast of textures. With the handle and trim endings receding underneath the outer panels, the collection explores the interplay of layers and surfaces.

With a softer leather, the bags are designed with a more relaxed silhoutte than our Core Collection, but keep that essential elegant appearance. The Surfaces collection is rep-resented by a duo of our newest briefcase and a compact weekend bag.

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Fashion| Aimé Leon Dore x Frank Clegg Bag Collection

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•As part of its stellar Pre-Fall 2014 range, Aimé Leon Dore presents a limited-edition joint venture produced with the storied American leather bag maker Frank Clegg. Crafted by hand in the USA, the goods comprise the Travel Pack and Tall Tote, both featuring 22oz natural canvas, RiRi zippers and tumbled vegetable-tanned leather in an attractive cognac hue. The Travel Pack comes quipped with adjustable shoulder straps, outside pouch, pen pocket and sleeves for a MacBook and iPad Mini, while the Tall Tote packs an iPad Mini Sleeve, pen pocket and key clip. Continue reading for detailed looks, and purchase the Aimé Leon Dore x Frank Clegg Collection through the former’s online store.

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Lifestyle & Events|Converse CONS Launches a Series of Project Workshops in North America

Converse has announced the continuation of its North American CONS Project – a series of global community workshops designed to inspire the next generation of creative spirits through skate, art and music workshops taking place in New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Toronto. Demonstrating the brand’s continuous dedication to fueling creativity all over the globe, the creative seminars will offer tangible, hands-on lessons for local youth ranging from ages 16 and up, at no cost. Led by an expert roster of renowned legends and up-and-coming superstars alike, each CONS Project workshop is set to focus on various aspects within the CONS lifestyle including building skate structures, filming skate videos and more.

“Building Skate Structures” – the first set of workshops slated to start on Saturday, August 9 in New York and Los Angeles, and Saturday, August 16 in Boston and Toronto – kicks off the series, where local workshop ambassadors in each city teach participants to create and design skate-able structures such as mini-ramps, quarter pipes, barriers and more.

To register, find out more information and view original CONS Project content be sure to visit CONS Project.

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Fashion| Garbstore Fall/Winter 2014 “Within the Bills” Lookbook

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• With a focus looking ahead, we discover the Fall/Winter deliveries, Garbstore presents us with a first look at its in-house collection for the forthcoming season. Drawing influence from what can be coined “unfamiliar vintage,” familiar garments that reference the past but with a modern edge, the lookbook highlights the forthcoming collection’s impressive display of clean jackets and knit sweaters. Keeping things local in both the pieces and location, the brand took to its native streets of Notting Hill to photograph the photo set they also delivered on even offering a preview of its London-made bag collaboration with Chapman – which is due in September. Enjoy this initial look at the smart, mature Fall/Winter 2014 offering from Garbstore, due to land in the coming months.

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Fashion| Filson Dry Bag Collection

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• In fashion today accessories can almost make the outfit and for those who seek to remain fashionable but live the hikers lifestyle there is an accessory line for you. As backpakers ourselves, we at Goodgarbs have stumbled across a brand that keeps fashion and convenience close together.

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 Filson‘s Dry Bag collection is one of the newest innovative designs for travel. These are lightweight, durable, and stylish bags that can protect your stuff in just about any situation. The Dry Messenger bag ($140), for instance, is made from 18-oz. vinyl-coated polyester and features a roll top with hook-and-loop tab, adjustable buckle straps that cinch down on the sides, an adjustable shoulder strap, and a water-resistant zip front pocket.

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Lifestyle & Food| Watch Episode 3 of Action Bronson’s ‘F*ck, That’s Delicious’

• VICE‘s food channel Munchies is back with a new episode of F*ck, That’s Delicious featuring chef-turned-rapper Action Bronson. Arriving in the UK for episode three, the rapper shows us around his favorite restaurants, which include a vast array of international cuisine thanks to London’s multi-ethnic population. From his own concoction “white trash bruschetta,” to Chinese BBQ pork buns and Nigerian home cooking, Bronson tastes the world without ever having to leave Old Blighty and He Raps.

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