From Munich comes Unu, an electric scooter producer committed to design, performance and affordability. The name Unu, meaning “one” or “unique,” references their business model to customize every bike by combining a myriad of colors and leather types that yield 65 different options. From Barista Brown, Tree Mint and Pigeons Blue to Sunset Orange, the two-seater e-motorbike comes in every solid color you’d want. The scooter also prides itself on its light weight, weighing no more than 127 pounds, which is approximately half of that of a Vespa. Its electricity-driven engine is extremely quiet, powered by the latest technology of rechargeable Panasonic batteries that currently have the highest energy density in the market. With a starting price of just over $2,200, this scooter seems like a no-brainer to those who yearn to cruise around the city with ease. Comes with a two-year warranty. Find more info and order your Unu here.
The Motley surprised us with our very own personalized “Selectism” bottle of their signature Cyprus cologne. The distinct fragrance holds notes of pine, ginger, cedar and ambergris and is finished off with a heavy dose of what we think is classic man — shave cream. Every bottle is compounded and hand-bottled in Los Angles to ensure a fresh, quality product. The Motley makes the ever-so-difficult task of finding the perfect cologne a bit easier with a very user-friendly online shop. Learn more at The Motley.
We are excited to score some new luggage this week In The Mail. From classics like Jack Spade to new ventures hailing from Brooklyn, we’re all set to embark on our next big trip. We’re just praying airline tickets show up in the mail one of these days. See our review of what we got this week below.
Amsterdam-based designer Olaf Hussein channels mod style in his Spring/Summer 2015 collection, which was recently presented at Mercedes-Benz Fashion week in the designers’ hometown. Full of understated essentials with contemporary modish twists, the collection aims to “make a strong first impression rather than a bold statement.”
Hussein’s aesthetically sleek, grown-up permutations of standard denim and skillfully tailored, refined takes on hoodies and tees certainly do make a stylish statement. Though the collection is inspired by the fashion forward men of the 1950s, the designer manages to infuse modern details via the use of bonded fabrics, drawstring hems, seam sealing tape, and timely updates on traditional menswear collars and shirt bodies.
Michael Maccari comes at us as the new creative director for Perry Ellis. The former fashion director and senior vice president of design at Armani Exchange made the move earlier this year, now bringing Perry Ellis back to New York Fashion Week after the brand’s three-year break. With Maccari at the helm, their Spring/Summer 2015 collection, “Changes and Horizontals,” will walk the runway this September 4. The new collection is said to elevate PE’s sartorial IQ with updated materials and tighter tailoring, which are undoubtedly influenced by Maccari’s previous work at labels such as J.Crew and Calvin Klein.
Here, Perry Ellis gave us an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at their upcoming menswear collection, with snippets of Maccari’s design process as well as an interview. We can see glimpses of really interesting fabric and clean styles that have us excited for the new collection. Take a look yourself below and watch out for what they’ll be showcasing come September 4.
Inspired by film Noir and ’50s suspense thrillers, more in spirit than colour palette perhaps, Hentsch Man Fall/Winter 2014 combines strong print with bold shades across the line. From casual slim suits to slouchy knitwear, comfy sweats, floral tailoring and outerwear, collaboration footwear lands via SAWA and Stubbs & Wooten. “Things have taken an all-together darker turn…Hitchcock hangs heavy and Lynch looms over Fall, with dark and mysterious prints, we’re all wondering what lurks in the shadows.”
After hearing rumours of some shuttle looms kicking around in Italy, the folks at Taylor Stitch decided to put these beautiful, rare machines to good use. With this mission resulting in a hefty 14.75 oz denim, the boys have produced two models, the democratic fit and the slim fit, offered in black or indigo options. Each pair comes fitted with antique copper YKK hardware and a Wickett & Craig steer hide patch. All the ingredients needed for one tough pair of jeans. Pick out a pair here.
With one of the strongest histories in Swedish fashion, Oscar Jacobson show no signs of slowing with their Spring/Summer 2015 collection presented this week at Stockholm Fashion Week. In the practice of suiting since 1903, the label take a fresh approach to the upcoming Spring season, using a palette of crisp royal blues, rich pine green as well as bold white styles. With both classic tartan and more contemporary sheen fabrics, the collection pulls inspiration from both their early days as well as the modern, seen in the slimmer, contemporary cuts. An impressive fusion.
Now that all the bandana hysteria has somewhat subsided, let’s have another look at the pattern in its original form, a simple cotton handkerchief. Best placed in your top pocket rather than around the forehead, Axl-style, NYC brand Alex Mill, creators of ”wash & go” basics, from button down shirts to simple jersey, offer these traditional numbers in a selection of styles. Lightweight cotton or wool twill, with finished edges, classic bandana blue and red are your choices. Find them here.
Located on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountains in Stellenbosch, a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa, “Hillside” by GASS Architecture Studios. Described as “a modern interpretation of a traditional farmhouse,” built amongst lush vineyards, a forecourt and barn like garage lead to the 3-storey home. Stacked granite stone walls play against timber slats, floor to ceiling windows fill the house with light, the living/kitchen area opening put onto a decked patio and narrow pool. An incredible build with even more impressive views.