The classic A-line construction espadrille has been going strong for a good few years, a staple in any fashion conscious individuals wardrobe or just an easy going item for the beach and house lounging. SS14 is no exception with the espadrille being seen in more variations than ever before in mens, womens and childrens footwear. It is not the most exciting bit of footwear but it is never the less a big trend for the season, following through no doubt to 2015. Make the most of its cheap price point and consider pushing it up a little with some additional features.
Updating it for Spring Summer 2014 with hybrid versions of the espadrille is an interesting way to ride the trend and push it forward. If you have a successfully selling lightweight (canvas or textile based upper), simple construction style (plimsoll or … Read More »
If you don’t know anything about Feit the first thing to know is that this small company run by 2 brothers, Tull and Josh Price, produces with their Feit team, hand made shoes at there own small factory. Made with literally the best materials that have been sourced from some of the best tanneries in the world. These shoes are hand stitched and (depending on the design) signed off on the tongue label with the shoe makers name. Those little touches make all the difference. To learn more about some of their techniques take a look at this article from Hypebeast.
This is a unique brand with a unique take on footwear. There most modern designs are my favourite (look at their early work and then the latest, clear distinction in style). Using all sorts of materials … Read More »
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In mid 2012 I travelled to the carribean island of Cuba to gain inspiration on colour and material forecasting for 2013. Why Cuba you say? Why not? Right now this island is going through a huge transition from a dedicated Communist state to a slightly more open Communist state (sort of like China…kind of…). If you go now you can see what Cuba is like before it is really opened up to the rest of the world, in it’s raw state. Which leads me onto the main reason for my visit. The US trade embargo was put on Cuba in 1960. Up until this point it had benefited from huge investment from … Read More »
Hardly anyone knows about a long established, highly reputable and luxurious British company called Fleming & Howland, but everyone will know about the furniture company that incorporated them into their brand, Chesterfield. Chesterfield has the reputation of being the best classic furniture for a long time and rightly so. You may not love the Chesterfield furniture as a sofa to sit on in your front room, or even as a stool in your bedroom, but none the less, you will recognise the sheer quality and craftsmanship that this product is ingrained with. And just for the record, I would love a Chesterfield sofa/chair/stool and anything else available!
Fleming & Howland began in 1780. Using high-grade skins and golden rivets that have long been their recognizable trade mark. A shoemaker and attendee at Cordwainer’s, Solomon Howland left the footwear business behind and … Read More »
At Changi Singapore Airport departure-check-in hall of Terminal 1, sits a beautiful piece of moving art. During refurbishment at the airport, ART+COM was commissioned to create a signature installation. The result of this is Kinetic Rain.
“The sculpture aims to be a source of identity for its location, and provides a moment for passengers to contemplate and reflect despite the busy travelling atmosphere.”
Composed of 2 parts, each consists of 608 rain droplets made of lightweight aluminium covered with copper. Dangling from thin, almost invisible steel wires above the 2 opposing escalators creates a sense of organised chaos. Watch each drop move, precisely and deliberately by a computerised motor hidden in the ceiling. The sequence of “droplets” movement covers a 15 minute choreography “here the two parts move together in unison, sometimes mirroring, sometimes complementing, … Read More »
For my eye and taste in footwear, some people/brands out there really hit the nail on the head. Generally you won’t find me making a post about something I don’t like, although I will not be shy to point out aspects or elements that I dislike. One of these people/brands in footwear I always look forward to seeing (their latest release or what they are working on or generally follow) are Diversitile. Based in central Florida this group has been customising all aspects of fashion clothing and footwear for some time and been doing it with great skill and forethought into the design. The level of expertise required to achieve what they do sometimes bordering factory line small volume output, (which is not an insult I assure you!) for hand decorated, de-constructed, re-crafted footwear in my opinion is … Read More »
“The Wrap, a modern interpretation of a traditional CVO low top silhouette, has been redesigned”, that is from the official Supra website! They also describe the shoe as featuring the unique 2 piece canvas upper construction. The last’s profile has been slightly increased to accommodate the slightly larger foxing tape (which is in line with more traditional vulcanised styles, especially those from Supra, eg – Vaider). This “new” style is available from Supra in 12 colours at 40 quid a pair. The A-symmetric pattern really does freshen it up and justify this revamp. I am always sceptical when companies try to relaunch a design after giving it some tweaks, it almost feels like a money grabber, but this relaunch, in my opinion, (as stated before) is justified. Launching it mid AW12 is a great way to fill this sort of … Read More »
Every mens heritage brand has got a Tricker, when I say Tricker I of course mean a classic Brogue / Derby / 3 eye Gibson / Oxford / Etc…. with a modern refreshing tweak. As you may have guessed I am calling it a Tricker as a derivitive of the hand made footwear brand Tricker’s. This resurgance in classic English heritage footwear has been (in my opinion) displayed excellently in their collaboration with Junya Watanabe, in particular this navy Wingtip beauty. Showing everyone else how the original should be moved on. White flat laces and highly polished navy leather starkly contrasted by the white sports outsole. Maintaining the classic brogue punching and neat gentlemans silhouette with a bold red lining for that extra detail. Dabbling in Ath’leisure but still heavily planted with its Trickers roots, the balance is perfect for casual … Read More »
Predicted by the Pantone Colour Team, the colour for 2012 is… Tangerine Tango! Ok, so I am not to mad on the colour as it stands on a TCX square (17-1463TCX)… but none the less, it is a bright, eye catching colour that feels warm and welcoming. Rich as a base and striking as a highlight, it will intrigue and challenge designers alike. For the slightly more feint of heart, expect to see small pops in the upper with the main burst hidden out of sight when worn and standing, ie, bright satin tangerine linings and steps in the heels of formal footwear bursting with a sheet of orange… I mean tangerine… And for those that embrace the colour of the year, we can expect bold, covered in colour units, complimenting the leather of a mens shoe welt.
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With the military boot having a strong presence last Winter, the military theme is doing equally as well, utilised last season and going forward to the next in various forms . This SS12 it is taking its shape as lightweight but durable materials and directly borrowing the trusty old military camouflage.
As with most things in fashion (if not all), it’s all about interpretation. Personally I prefer the more subtle take of a camo with a twist than the outright raw traditional blur of colours it used to offer. Take a look at my light hearted and not so literal version of a 21st century camouflage.
A good example of this is the Huf Choice & Hupper “Rain Camouflage” from AW11. Start stop lines criss crossing the upper pattern to create a modern fresh camouflage which represent “what is being called … Read More »