The gorgeous & Other Stories, cooler sister of H&M and bolder sister of COS, has just announced that they will begin shipping to Ireland and Austria in the spring. Joyous news for us stranded in Ireland without even a stand alone COS shop (yet) let alone the delights of an & Other Stories store.
Exact launch date is unconfirmed but they promise to kep us update on their Facebook page.
For too long Belstaff have (for me anyway) been a sort of pseudo-Barbour, pedalling a similar heritage driven motorcycle/countryside aesthetic. When Wolsey came along with their rugged early twenthieth century explorer thing, I pretty much forgot about Belstaff. BUT NOW. Their AW14 menswear collection is everything Belstaff should be. Slightly dystopian vigilante gang, slightly World War One motorbike batallion, it’s tough, warm, and indisputably cool.
Image via Stylesight.
Things I want today.
Grey eminence. Luxurious softness at Ralph Lauren Pre-Fall ‘14.
Images via Fashionista.com.
Things I want today. These appeal to the Austrian in me. Antonio Marras, pre-fall ‘14. Images via Style.com.
Things I want today. All via Stylesight.
The new Equestrian Collection from Massimo Dutti for AW13 is perfect in its distillation of everything that is elegant, aspirational and glamorous about equestrian chic style a la Betty Draper, Jackie Onassis, Grace Kelly and her great grand-daughter and Gucci muse Charlotte Casiraghi. Working for a major equestrian apparel brand, it’s interesting to see this continued adoption by mainstream fashion of a style that riding clothes have moved away from in recent years in favour of more advanced fabrics and clothing styled for athletes. As a rider I am very slowly letting go of my attachment to my traditional, made-to-measure tweed hacking jacket and considering a more sporty competition jacket and I love that the elegance of old fashioned equestrian style continues to be relevant and accesible with this collection.
I do love a good ‘behind the scenes’ film. While we were making our Horseware ‘Rugs for Life’ ad, we decided to get some making of footage and introduce the people and the horses who helped to make the ad happen. Shot and edited by my friend and collaborator in several hilarious endeavours - photographer (and now videographer) Lucy Nuzum, it features writer/actor Sam and writer/director Sean looking dashing, Emma and I looking tired, and some very vocal rooks recreating the soundtrack of The Birds.
If you watch one YouTube video tonight, watch this one for Horseware. I would say that, because I was part of making it. I work for Horseware, a smallish Irish company who are big in the equestrian world. Without an advertising agency and with a very small budget we decided to make our first TV commercial. It’s the story of a man and his horse. We wanted to show how that relationship can last a lifetime and how Horseware is an everyday part of it. The partnership between horse and rider is something that means a lot to a lot of people. It’s a beautiful treatment by director Sean Branigan, poetic storytelling by the same Sean with copywriter Sam Doyle, and cinematography by the always excellent Piers McGrail. Have a look.
Vine. Best new app since Instagram. Here’s Sam in an army surplus jumper and several hats: ‘actor’ hat, H&M beret, Parisian boater, M&S floppy felt hat, Declan’s French gendarme hat, Zara feather head dress.
I haven’t posted in ages. I’ve been a disaster. Anyway. Always a fan of a good waxed jacket and clothes that keep you cosy, I came across Benthik, a brand new Irish label who make clothes aimed at that particularly crazy breed of surfers - the cold water/giant terrifying wave surfers, of which Ireland is full. So far they have waxed jackets and heavy cotton shirts in their online store, with things like thick t-shirts and hoodies on the way. I love the cuff detail on the shirts, apparently ‘designed for Antarctic exploration to stop the breeze infiltrating.’ Set up last year by a surfing/sailing obsessive that I knew in college, Benthik is a great challenge to the idea of the sun drenched surf-life that brands like Quiksilver and Ripcurl glorify and will surely have appeal beyond the surf fraternity.
[All images via Benthik.ie]
Shutterbug vintage just keeps getting better. From it’s origins as a vintage boutique in Kilkenny city, it quickly developed into a hub of creativity and earlier this year launched Folkster, an online presence selling select vintage pieces and a collection of weird and wild things like Jeffrey Cambell’s range of slightly terrifying shoes. Photo shoots that push the envelope as well as a carefully curated vintage collection have helped to reinforce Shutterbug’s position as vintage shop of choice for the vintage hipster elite. And now, finally, they are bringing their fabled kilo sale to the Dublin masses. Starting at 11am on December 8th in The Chocolate Factory on King’s Inn St, you can join the army of Shutterbug devotees and comb the rails cramming in as much as you can to your bag. Once satisfied with your haul, your bag is weighed and you pay by the pound (or kilo in this metric age) and off you go, possibly several tons the trendier.
I’m being lazy and reposting what was first published on le cool Dublin. But it gives me an excuse to post another gorgeous Folkster image.
Can Harris Tweed do no wrong? They’ve collaborated with Topman, Converse, and Clarks among others, and most recently with Urban Ears and The North Face Purple Label. It makes for stylish, wearable and modern interpretations of a classic fabric with an important heritage.