News on Friday, October 17th, 2014

4:45 pm

Barbour for SOTO Berlin Exclusive Waxed Bewick Jacket Colorways

Barbour for SOTO Berlin Exclusive Waxed Bewick Jacket Colorways

Our friends at SOTO Berlin team up with iconic English label Barbour for a capsule of exclusive outwear for Fall/Winter 2014. The two forces come together to redefine the traditional Waxed Bewick Jacket through contemporary amendments — a slimmed silhouette with contrasting color-blocked sections throughout. Made from Barbour’s standard issue 6-oz. waxed cotton, the jackets appear in various tones of navy and rust with a classic tartan plaid lining. Shop the two exclusive pieces directly through SOTO Berlin.

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3:45 pm

Simple Oak Furniture from Boston’s Greycork

Simple Oak Furniture from Bostons Greycork

What happens when three guys with different interests meet for the first time via Google Hangout? The possibilities are both endless and endlessly weird, depending on the guys. In the case of manufacturer John Humphrey, furniture designer Bruce Kim and user experience designer Alec Babala, it was a pretty tame meeting. The trio talked about furniture. They thought about how they could make it better, more aesthetically pleasing, and all-around more suited for making wonderful memories.

Greycork Furniture was born from this impromptu Hangout session, and with it came a Kurt Vonnegut-inspired philosophy and a few simple ground rules for honest design. Their three golden rules of listening well, acting responsibly and surprising others is panning out in their favor so far. Add that to an ethos informed by a Vonnegut-borrowed theory on the “universal shapes of stories,” and you’ve got a no-nonsense collection of simplistic wooden furniture.

Their collection of tables, chairs and benches are made with white, ash, or walnut oak and a selection of other tree species. White or charcoal powdered metal legs finish them off, which give the organic wooden surfaces an industrial touch.

All products are created and manufactured in Boston and ship to your home for free. The company also promises fast and pain-free shipping along with easy product assembly. Shop the furniture here, with prices ranging from $550 to $950.

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1:53 pm

Santoni for Mercedes-Benz AMG Driving Boots and Backpack

Santoni for Mercedes Benz AMG Driving Boots and Backpack

AMG, the high-performance arm of  Mercedes-Benz meets the high luxury of Santoni in this new all-leather Santoni for AMG accessories collection. Part of the offering is a tribute to the G-Wagon AMG series and its punched-up take on performance and quality. Santoni themselves, are no stranger to quality: their shoes share many of the same adjectives used to describe the AMG line, with footwear that not only look great but are also built with function in mind.

The two heroes of the Santoni for AMG collection are the G-63 ankle boot and the backpack. Both stand very strong in their respective categories and drive home positive impressions on what we believe to be a well-considered collaboration between two outstanding European firms. Shop the collection here.

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12:54 pm

Affordable and Luxe Outerwear from The Arrivals

Affordable and Luxe Outerwear from The Arrivals

“Nothing requires the architect’s care more than the due proportions of design,” reads the site of The Arrivals’ freshly launched outerwear collection. And in the case of the New York brand, a truer story was never told. Founder, creative director and designer of the new line, Jeff Johnson, just happens to be a former architect who graduated from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Aside from merely wanting to venture into the fashion realm, Johnson had a larger agenda: to offer high-quality fashion affordably. Every item in The Arrivals collection retails for under $700, a surprisingly fair price for outerwear constructed in the same factories as those of high-end luxury designers.

Function plays the master role in The Arrivals’ collection. Cozy materials like shearling, genuine leather and heavyweight virgin wool are reinforced with sealed seams for secure warmth. But there is not a doubt that their overall minimalist aesthetic contributes to their appeal. Affordable, tailored to perfection, in tune with trend and cleanly designed, The Arrivals may be on to something. Shop their release 1.0 here.

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12:00 pm

The New Double Caseback Breitling Transocean Chronograph

The New Double Caseback Breitling Transocean Chronograph

Taking notes from the original 1958 version, Breitling introduce their all-new Transocean Chronograph featuring a beautiful double caseback that shares a view into the mechanics of this fine chronograph and a place to engrave a personal inscription. The Transocean Chronograph Edition is inspired by the 1958 original with a 43mm case, vintage-style counters and silver-tone highlights throughout. A steel mesh bracelet finishes off the chronograph’s look (leather or crocodile leather straps also available). The chronograph will be limited to 2,000 units worldwide. Available now at Breitling boutiques globally.

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10:00 am

Albam Release Portrait Book for Fall

Albam Release Portrait Book for Fall

Putting their own spin on the standard lookbook format, Albam release this portrait-focused set of shot displaying their Fall/Winter 2014 collection.  With photography by John Spinks, the series puts the figures who inspire the brand at the forefront. Each page features complimenting imagery alongside this season’s beautifully simple garments, treated with a fresh set  of colors. A brilliant mix of impressive pieces alongside a refreshing creative approach.

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8:00 am

Illustrators SWASH Re-Design 2 Frames for tokyobike

Illustrators SWASH Re Design 2 Frames for tokyobike

UK-based SWASH, Sarah Swash and Toshio Yamanaka, best known for their mix of hand-drawn, painted and digital artworks, get their hands on a couple of tokyobikes. Having worked with the likes of Barneys, Camper, Wallpaper*, Liberty and Isetan, the duo join the cycling brand, taking the 8 speed CS and 7 speed Bisou models, adding floral and text prints across the frame, all finished off with with a Brooks Cambium or Brooks B17 yellow canvas saddles and a silver whippet mascot. For details on availability contact tokyobike.

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