Architectural Record selects A House in the Woods as the House of the Month for March 2014. William Reue Architecture completed the house last year, in a densely forested area of Ulster County, New York. Surrounded by Norway spruces, the structure has a rectangular shape with one bended Cor-Ten wall leading visitors into the secluded entrance. The inside is lined with dark wooden floors and all-white walls that frame the current winterscape beautifully. Browse the gallery for more views.
Sandqvist once again collaborate with Niklas Ekstedt, one of the top-reigning chefs in Sweden, to design the new Ekstedt work apron. Made of heavyweight 18-oz cotton canvas and leather straps, the apron seems to belong more in a woodshop than a kitchen, and we like that just fine. It features two large front pockets and a square in which to insert a name tag. Available at Need Supply for $180.
Belgian designer Tim Coppens puts forward this contender for backpack of the season with a little something from his Spring/Summer 2014 collection. A leather-trimmed nylon backpack in military green, somewhere between functional and just plain handsome, a drawstring closure, orange leather front panel, white clip straps, mesh back panel and an internal laptop pocket may not justify the heavy price tag but do make for an all-round top choice if you’re looking for something to throw your cash at. Find it here.
Etiquette Clothiers design the Tabi socks inspired by Japan’s traditional men’s split-toe socks that “give the wearer a holistic balance [and] provide dexterity and ultimate control over movements.” Sounds ambitious for a pair of socks, we know, but we still love them. In Etiquette’s signature poppy and brightly colored zig zags, stripes and polka dots, the ankle and mid-calf socks exist in fine mercerized cotton to that are sure to make your feet happy. Get them here, with prices ranging from $28 for ankle socks and $32 for mid-calf ones.
Clae team up with AXS Folk Technology on the Mills Shoe. Hairy suede and natural leather combine with AXS’s signature hand-dyed indigo for a unique look we don’t much see on our footwear. Cork and rubber soles top off the eccentricity of the sneaker and add functional sportiness. Available starting today for $160.
Retailer Bureau Belfast release a lookbook for Spring/Summer 2014. Featured brands include Engineered Garments, Oliver Peoples, Alden and more, styled to The Bureau’s own eccentric taste. Plaid scarves, light boots, denim pants, and printed hats all have us begging for warm weather. Shop The Bureau’s latest delivery here.
Inspired by Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel releasing in theatres today, fragrance retailer Nose partner with Twentieth Century Fox on the “L’Air de Panache” eau de cologne. Created by Mark Buxton, British perfumer of 25 years, the cologne carries notes of green apple, jasmine, rose and dandies. Panache “honors the style of Monsieur Gustave H.” (the movie protagonist played by Ralph Fiennes), who “never leaves his hotel room without a spray of the elegant” and intense scent. Find more info on the cologne here and watch a preview of The Grand Budapest Hotel below if you haven’t already.
Private White V.C. is the last standing coat manufacturer in Manchester, England, solely representing the trade that started the whole industry. PW stays true to the old coat manufacturing processes, remaining local with everything from the mills to the sheep; even employing local villagers to model the lookbook. The Fall/Winter 2014 collection features both men’s outerwear and women’s outerwear, and our favorites include the Tweed Biker Jacket, Dispatch Motor Trench, and the all-cashmere work blazer. Browse the full collection above.
The Guardian run this fascinating article on everybody’s favourite outdoors specialist, Patagonia. Interviewing their new CEO, Rose Marcario, having spent five years at various positions within the company she now looks to uphold and expand their socially concious, sustainable business model while dealing with the pressure of keeping up with an organization that has doubled in size and tripled its profits. From donating 1% of sales to grassroots environmental groups to investing in new start-ups via the $20 Million & Change internal investment fund, Yvon Chouinard’s aim to balance business with social responsibility continues to pervade the culture at Patagonia. Venturing into new territory, the company recently launched Patagonia Provisions, “Rethinking our food chain” by selling ethically sourced produce, ”we aim to make the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, and perhaps most important, inspire solutions to the environmental crisis.” First up - Wild sockeye salmon from the icy waters of the North Pacific. Keeping things simple, Marcario plans to continue along the path laid out by Chouinard, “Patagonia is built on the principle of living an examined life…We look for ways to innovate so that it has less impact on the environment and that requires a lot of self-reflection. The result of that is a better product that people feel better about buying.” Read the article in full over here.
Hope you’ve got a few minutes for this big old helping of Yuketen, a sizeable Spring/Summer 2014 collection covering footwear and accessories. As usual, shoes are divided into categories, with Hippy, Yacht, Camp,Sneaker and Old School throwing us some alternatives to the usual (always reliable) Yuketen silhouettes. New additions for the brand include clean white running and tennis shoes, print fabric plimsols, grecian sandals and skate models. Alongside all this you’ll find standard shapes in new colors as well as an expanded accessory line with some incredible leather and canvas bag choices. See it all here.