News on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

8:00 am

A Beautiful Set of Hand-Forged Grooming Tools from Studebaker Metals

A Beautiful Set of Hand Forged Grooming Tools from Studebaker Metals

Hand-forged in Pittsburgh, Studebaker Metals release a new set of products following on from their popular jewellery series. Brass tools for the fellas, first up, a beautiful shave brush allowing you to finally incorporate badger hair into your morning routine, finished with a textured planished brass handle. To accompany, a 3 piece double edge safety razor, equally handsome in sterling silver and 260-alloy brass with 5 Personna brand comfort coated blades to get you started. Finally, for those who like their facial hair neat, untangled and slick, a comb created from a single piece of brass, its teeth cut one by one to ensure a smooth journey across your face. Each piece unique.

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7:00 am

Inside the Parisian Studio of Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz with The New York Times

Inside the Parisian Studio of Lanvins Alber Elbaz with The New York Times

Another great studio visit from NYT as they head inside the eighth arrondissement studio space belonging to Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz. Described as his “bunker,” Elbaz is a self-confessed workaholic, shutting himself away from the outside world, this is his place of protection, a second home. In contrast to the clothing he produces, the office purposely leans towards a stark, black, palette, Elbaz admits he is “comfortable in the dark.” A revealing look at the mindset of this celebrated designer.

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News on Monday, September 29th, 2014

6:00 pm

Premium Outerwear from Schott NYC Perfecto Brand Fall/Winter 2014

Premium Outerwear from Schott NYC Perfecto Brand Fall/Winter 2014

After celebrating 101 years as a brand, Schott NYC continues on with its premium line, the Perfecto BrandFor Fall/Winter 2014, the Perfecto Brand took inspiration from Schott’s own archives, reintroducing the iconic styles that made it an outerwear staple.

Perfecto Brand helped shape each decade in the mid 1900s — dressing the military in the ’40s, James Dean in the ’50s, the “Easy Rider” film in ’60s through the ’80s — as well as rebel “rockstars” of the time like The Ramones, Bruce Springsteen and Glenn O’Brien. Now we can re-live each style with this new line, made of the same materials that made them successful in the past but modernized for today.

Woolrich wool from the Woolen Mills and Martexin Orignial wax hand-waxed cowhide make up bombers, moto jackets and worker’s coats. The styles are rugged and manly, while retaining an updated urban feel with details like fur and trendy colors (oxblood plum, for one).

Shop the outerwear here, with prices ranging from $550 to $1,375.

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5:00 pm

Omega Releases the Speedmaster “Grey Side of the Moon”

Omega Releases the Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon

Omega follows up on the release of its revolutionary Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon with the state-of-the-art Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon. Continuing its space legacy, Omega draws inspiration from the lunar dust that captured mankind’s first steps on the celestial body.

The brilliantly constructed timepiece is made from platinum and pure white ceramic that’s been heated in a plasma heating chamber to create a shimmering metallic look. Other features include an engraved sapphire crystal caseback, grey leather straps with red stitchings, and a glow-in-the-dark Super-LumiNova tachymetric scale on the bezel. The cool colorway is a refined twist to the usual formal timepiece. We like.

Omega Releases the Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon

Words: Luke Licata/Selectism.com

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Walk Through the 2014 New York Art Book Fair

Walk Through the 2014 New York Art Book Fair

We spent the (unusually hot) September weekend last week in Queens, New York at the annual Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1. Here at Selectism, we’re big fans of print — especially of niche zines — and this is the biggest event for its kind. Looking for vintage Warhol paraphernalia? Searching for artist edition prints? Or out-of-print ephemera? Super underground, hand-drawn/photo-copied zines? This place literally has it all and more. Walk with us as we explore the show and make sure to keep up to date with the next Art Book Fair through Printed Matter.

Photography: Thomas Welch/Selectism.com 

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3:00 pm

A More Mature Fall/Winter 2014 from Korea’s Tonywack

A More Mature Fall/Winter 2014 from Koreas Tonywack

Tonywack‘s Fall/Winter 2014 collection entitled “Lost” is everything but. Tonywack is definitely not “lost.” No. If its Spring/Summer 2014 collection was boyish and youthful, its lineup for fall is a bit more grown up, elevated.

Taking inspiration from the compass, the South Korean label incorporates embroidery and prints of the direction indicator on crew-neck sweatshirts, bomber jackets and scarves, all subtly with tonal stitching. Denim and leather are used as accents at interesting detail points, like at the lining of pant pockets, again subtly so as to not sacrifice sophistication. Our favorite pieces from the range are the shirts, especially the denim one with a side pocket at the waist and the black corduroy button-up with a contrasting vertical front panel. You can see all the styles in detail here

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2:00 pm

Denham the Jeanmaker and London Cloth Create 2 Pure Indigo-Dye Coats

Denham the Jeanmaker and London Cloth Create 2 Pure Indigo Dye Coats

Denham the Jeanmaker and London Cloth collaborate — or in Denham’s words, “collude” — on two one-of-a-kind coats. The Indigo Dye Stuff Group, a “collection within Denham’s collection,” designed pure indigo-dyed shetland wool coats made of yarn woven in vintage looms at London Cloth’s East London mill. The result is clean pieces of outerwear that transition well between the summer and fall seasons, especially in areas with fickle weather. It’s not often we see long overcoats in this texture or color, so we’re excited. Shop them at Denham’s stores now.

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1:00 pm

A Man of Few Words – Leather Accessories Handcrafted in Poland

A Man of Few Words   Leather Accessories Handcrafted in Poland

A Man Of Few Words, a Polish leather accessories maker devoted to “concise classics,” traveled to Lake Como in Italy to draw inspiration for their new limited edition line, Como Unspoken. The Como Unspoken accessories range from backpacks, clutches and wallets to tablet cases handmade from pure Polish vegetable-tanned cowhide and the finest of Italian cottons. The colors chosen for this collection — black, cream, natural, cognac, burgundy, and brown — will age naturally and beautifully over time. This made-to-order collection is available now online.

Words: Luke Licata/Selectism.com

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11:57 am

The Garbstore Collaborate with Crescent Down Works and Chapman for Fall/Winter 2014

The Garbstore Collaborate with Crescent Down Works and Chapman for Fall/Winter 2014

The Garbstore unveil special collaborative projects for the Fall/Winter 2014 season. The London mainstay look to America’s Crescent Down Works to produce heavy-duty outerwear and Britain’s Chapman for a set of luggage, all exclusive to the retailer. Garbstore continue with their “unfamiliar vintage” theme with timeless pieces in unexpected color combinations like army green with plum or camo with navy accents. See the items above and shop the new collaborations directly at The Garbstore.

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11:09 am

Go Inside the New Nigel Cabourn Store – “The Army Gym” London

Go Inside the New Nigel Cabourn Store   The Army Gym London

Nigel Cabourn offers us a peek into his camo-clad world via this fresh retail space in London’s Covent Garden, his first store in Europe. “The Army Gym” offers the Nigel Cabourn Authentic collection, made in the UK, Japanese lines and Women’s styles alongside a selection of collaboration’s. Cabourn’s forty years of experience and obsessive attention to detail has been extended to this latest space, not the over-stylised temple to vintage menswear you’d expect, the designer has created a relatively clean and uncluttered shop, adding carefully chosen mementos and furnishings, allowing the clothing to tell the story.

Nigel Cabourn – The Army Gym: 28 Henrietta Street, London WC2E

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