Buckler is a menswear line which melds the roguish American icon with a Brit edge. Designer Andrew Buckler disregards the universal monotony which plagues menswear, evading uniformity by superimposing eccentric undertones with classic silhouettes.
Launched in 2001, Buckler has stayed true to its original aesthetic conception: English Bloke meets New York. The designs are tailored, versatile, masculine and sexy, brought to life with quality textiles from the U.S. and Italy. Buckler sells throughout the US, Canada & UK. On April 12th, 2005 Andrew made New York’s Meatpacking District the subterranean home for his first flagship store.
Perhaps they’re jumping on the Pet Shop Boys’ interpretation of the dichotomy of style between East End boys and West End girls. In truth is there such a thing as East London style as opposed to style that exists across the whole of London encircled within the M25? Regardless, this vid is worth a butchers even if it is tongue-in-cheek.
100 years of East London style in 100 seconds. Sept 13th 1911 – Sept 13th 2011.
Here we are, back with the Stone Island Shadow collection for the upcoming AW ‘011’012 season. No one better than the mastermind behind the project, designer Errolson Hugh, to introduce the new collection. He lends himself to be the hero of this video introducing us to the PARSEQ GRID, the performance system at the base of the Shadow Project since its inception and the AW collection pieces, explaining concepts/design/technical features/functionalities, all thought for a perfect symbiosis between item, environment and wearer. Nothing is left to chance, as in the best Shadow tradition.
If rumours are to be believed Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty exhibition could be jumping over to London. Housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York earlier this year, the exhibition was a run away success.
About the Exhibition
The exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute, celebrates the late Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary contributions to fashion. From his Central Saint Martins postgraduate collection of 1992 to his final runway presentation, which took place after his death in February 2010, Mr. McQueen challenged and expanded the understanding of fashion beyond utility to a conceptual expression of culture, politics, and identity. His iconic designs constitute the work of an artist whose medium of expression was fashion. The exhibition features approximately one hundred ensembles and seventy accessories from Mr. McQueen’s prolific nineteen-year career. Drawn primarily from the Alexander McQueen Archive in London, with some pieces from the Givenchy Archive in Paris as well as private collections, signature designs including the “bumster” trouser, the kimono jacket, and the three-point “origami” frock coat are on view. McQueen’s fashions often referenced the exaggerated silhouettes of the 1860s, 1880s, 1890s, and 1950s, but his technical ingenuity always imbued his designs with an innovative sensibility that kept him at the vanguard.
The exhibition is organized by Andrew Bolton, curator, with the support of Harold Koda, curator in charge, both of The Costume Institute. Sam Gainsbury and Joseph Bennett, the production designers for Alexander McQueen’s fashion shows, served as the exhibition’s creative director and production designer, respectively. All head treatments and masks are designed by Guido.
The West London Triangle is back. Not often do we see the stellar alignment of Chelsea, Fulham and OPR in top flight English football together but here they are in the 2011/12 season. The likelihood of this rare alignment burning next seasons is doubtful at best, so enjoy it why you can. Below is a face-off between the 3 home kits. By the way, does anyone remember the old plastic pitch at Loftus Road? I still laugh about that today!
Here are a couple of Stone Island Jackets worth a butchers.
Stone Island coated cotton black jacket. SI6714. Stone Island, mens regular fit, polyurethane coated cotton, black jacket. Signature star logo embroidered on sleeve. Zip front closure. Raised collar with drawstring and buttonned flap. Peaked hood with adjustable buckle and tab. Inner lined elasticated sleeve cuffs, drawstring at jacket bottom. 2 lower front pockets with folded flap and button closure. Shoulder epaulettes. 100% cotton detachable inner sleeveless lining with printed logo and single pocket. Made in Italy.
Stone Island yellow hooded bomber jacket. SI5069. Stone Island, mens regular fit, polyurethane coated cotton/nylon yellow bomber jacket. Signature star logo button badge on sleeve. Zip front closure. Drawstring hood and bottom hem. Adjustable press stud on waistband and sleeve cuffs. Chest patch pocket with side zip closure. Further double chest patch pocket with side zip closure and top double press stud closure. All zips on nylon tape and have canvas zip pulls. 57% nylon 43% cotton, 100% polyurethane coating. Made in Italy.
One of Kitmeout’s favourite brands has a touch of bother with Her Majesty’s R&C!
Fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood has agreed to pay almost £350,000 in tax to HM Revenue & Customs for underestimating the value of her own brand.
Vivienne Westwood Italy’s legal and corporate affairs director, Giorgio Ravasio, said the original 2002 licensing deal only allowed Vivienne Westwood Limited (VWL) to sell its trademarked wares to Japan.
He added the trademarks had been independently valued and that profits from the trademarks had subsequently “exceeded expectations”.
Mr Ravasio further confirmed that the license arrangement with Latimo had come up for renewal in 2010 and this was when the discrepancy with Westwood’s UK sales had been spotted.
“It was recognized that VWL had in fact, also been selling certain trademarked collections in the UK and elsewhere,” he said. “This was retrospectively rectified; an agreed sum of £3m to be paid to Latimo.”
Mr Ravasio added: “There was no link between the payment to HMRC and the payment to Latimo.”
Since she launched her Comme des Garçons (French for “like the boys”) fashion brand 41 years ago, Rei Kawakubo has always played by her own rules. Fascinated by challenging conventional standards of beauty, she’s reconstructed “hybrid” clothes, sewn the left half of a jacket onto the right half of a different jacket and designed asymmetrical dresses made from her own vintage scarves—and that was all just in her last women’s presentation. It’s never just about creating something to wear, but rather expressing an idea.
UNIQLO will introduce its All-Product Recycling Initiative at its stores in the US, UK and France starting September 1, 2011. UNIQLO began its Fleece Recycling Campaign in Japan in September 2001 as part of its corporate social responsibility activities. In 2006, the project was expanded to include all UNIQLO products and titled the All-Product Recycling Initiative. Global expansion was the next step, as UNIQLO introduced the project in South Korea in March 2011.
As of July 2011 UNIQLO has collected more than 11,510,000 articles of clothing since launching the All-Product Recycling Initiative in 2006. UNIQLO aims to eventually introduce this project in every country of operation. UNIQLO will also continue to work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other Organizations, so it can continue to donate clothing from its customers and pass on their goodwill to refugee camps and others in need.
All-Product Recycling Initiative:
The scope of the All-Product Recycling Initiative will expand on September 1, 2011 to include UNIQLO stores in the US, UK and France. As in Japan, clothing collected at UNIQLO’s US stores will be donated to refugee and IDP camps through the cooperation of the UNHCR.
The All-Product Recycling Initiative will kickoff in the US at the UNIQLO Soho location at 546 Broadway on September 1, 2011 then will spread to the two new store locations as they open at Fifth Avenue and 5 Street and finally to the 34th Street between 5ty and 6th Avenue locations. At the Soho location customers will be able to donate their used UNIQLO items at one of the three cash wrap locations where an official UNIQLO All-Product Recycling box will3rd be located. Stay tuned for more information as this important corporate initiative evolves.
Collection period: Year-round
Collection locations: All UNIQLO US Locations starting with 546 Broadway in Soho
Valid items: Any products sold in UNIQLO stores
1. Wet, damp or soiled clothing will not be accepted
2. Please wash items before recycling
Nearly 300 Cambodian workers fell sick this week at a garment factory producing goods for Swedish fashion brand Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M), police said on Thursday.
A total 284 workers collapsed on Tuesday and Thursday at M&V International Manufacturing Ltd, a supplier for H&M, in Kompong Chhnang province, 91 km (56 miles) from the capital Phnom Penh, police said. Some reported a pungent smell before fainting.
“Workers smelled something bad coming from the shirts,” said 26-year-old Norn Leakhena, a worker at the factory.
Here the two Mersey giants go head-2-head with their 2012 home kits. Everton FC sporting their classify Le Coq Sportif kit which has a strong retro look versus a more contemporary looking Liverpool kit designed by adidas. Do you really think I’m going to pick a winner out of these two? You’ve got to be joking, I often pop up to Mersyside and don’t fancy a slap from either supporters!
A sneaker project from ellesse heritage involving five of Europes leading retailers.
Ellesse was founded by Leonardo Servadio in Perugia in 1959. The name Ellesse derives from the initials of Servadio’s name, “L.S.”
Ellesse grew in popularity during the 1970s as a producer of skiwear such as quilted jackets and ski pants. In 1979, Ellesse’s Jet Pant, a ski pant featuring padded knees and a wide lower leg to fit around a ski boot, was included in an event at the Pompidou Centre in Paris celebrating Italian design.
Another sport with which Ellesse has been closely associated since its early years is tennis. The Ellesse logo references the form of a tennis ball with the shape of the tips of a pair of skis.
Through the 1970s and 1980s, Ellesse gained a reputation for combining sportswear functionality with street-level fashion styling. It was one of the first sportswear brands to feature their logo prominently on the outside of its garments. During the mid-1980s, French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac worked with Ellesse, an early collaboration between a sportswear company and a fashion designer. The uk casuals / dressers adopted the brand in the 80s as premium sportswear took off across British terrace culture known today as 80s casuals a talked about comeback style back available in 2011 in limited Ellesse Heritage stores.
Autumn 2011 brings a collection inspired by the Great British outdoorsmen of the 1950s, with particular reference to the challengers of the World Water Speed Records; a prestigious title that was intermittently but vehemently contested on Coniston Water by the more eccentrically epicurean gentlemen of the 1900s.
The collection draws upon the functional utility of the attire from this bygone era, the glory days of these courageous outdoorsmen.
Paying homage to the authentic fabrication of the era’s attire, the collection features premium British fabrics such as Harris Tweed and Millerain Waxed Canvas as well as a classic Oxford Shirt, proudly made in England.
We all know Sugar Cane Co as the original eco-brand from Japan. The brand is synonymous is classic style and innovative materials. Here we get a butchers at a unique combo of Sugar Cane Pants and Waistcoat vest.
Sugar Cane SC40942 covert engineer pants, grey black cotton heather, vintage cut loose fit workwear covert engineer pants. 1940s model with cinch back detail and large patch pockets. Laurel tack bar waistband button. Reinforced stitching on stress spots. Original printed material logo patch on waistband. Made in Japan.
Sugar Cane SC12243 covert engineer 40s model waistcoat vest, SC12243 grey black cotton heather, vintage cut regular fit workwear waistcoat vest. 1940s model with cinch back detail and front collar only. 2 chest patch pockets one for pocket watch and pen and 2 lower front pockets . Donut style tack bar buttons. Reinforced stitching on stress spots. Original printed material logo patch on inner neckline. Made in Japan.
Both pieces will be available at Togged this Autumn.
Sporting a pair of Armani patent leather sneakers, Armani jeans and a polo shirt, Nadal described his style as. “Jeans, polo shirts and jackets — that’s normally how I dress,” he said. “Now that I’m working with Armani it is a new experience. It’s a different world that is very positive for me. I enjoy it a lot,”
Rafael Nadal debuted his new ad campaign for Armani jeans on Thursday. The 20-foot tall image was unveiled by the Spanish tennis star on the main floor of Macy’s Herald Square jammed – packed with hundreds of onlookers.
So Dirk Bikkemberg is staking claim to the first ever Designer Football Boots. No doubt, a controversial claim but the designer is certainly within his rights to make it. We at Kitmeout are major admirers of the Bikkemberg brand so give the claim our vote of confidence! Take a butchers…
I suppose all the Londoners here are going to nod their heads and shoot a wink to New York, Paris and Milan.
“London fashion now has an explosion of internationally bought talent, an array of serious businesses, is a significant contributor to national exports, and is bolstering UK manufacturing into the bargain. Ten years ago, the despairing moan was that everyone was leaving London to show abroad: nobody talks about designers defecting any more, only about how we’re going to fit in everyone who wants to show.”
Now the question arises, which brand can lay claim to being London’s oldest and most admired fashion brand. Some people might claim Burberry but let’s not forget Burberry was founded in Basingstoke, Hampshire. So which fashion brand deserves the accolade?
Abercrombie & Fitch, Ralph Lauren, H&M Linked to Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals, Says Greenpeace (But let’s not forget FAKES!)
Abercrombie & Fitch is among 14 global brands Greenpeace is calling out for allegedly releasing hormone-disrupting chemicals—specifically nonylphenol ethoxylates—into the environment. Used as surfactants in textile production, NPEs subsequently break down to form toxic nonphenol, an endocrine disruptor that builds up in the food chain and is pretty nasty even at minute levels.
Since the release of the first report, Nike and Puma have pledged to work with their suppliers to eliminate the release of toxic effluent from their supply chains. But other brands remain in Greenpeace’s sights. “By failing to take action to eliminate these chemicals, global brands like Adidas are expecting customers to do their dirty laundry for them,” Li says. “Every time clothes containing these chemicals are washed, hazardous substances are released into waterways across the world.”
Manufacturers need to remove these chemicals from their products, Li says. The best way to do so? “Eliminate them from their production processes and to come clean about what chemicals their factories are using and discharging,” she adds. Until then, Shore fans, we suggest GTL’ing in something else.
Needless to say, Greenpeace deserve credit for their efforts to highlight the need for fashion brands to tied up their production methods. However, there is perhaps an even greater urgancy and risk being overlooked by the social campaigners and that is, COUNTERFEITS! It’s widely agreed fake clothing is produced in environments where there is no regard for the workers and even less for production methods. Most experts agree fake clothing is saturated in poisonous chemicals that have a disturbing consequence for ignorant consumers. This whole area warrants much greater investigation by Greenpeace!
The original environmental brand, Sugar Cane, offers a stunning new collection of denim and work wear. Have a butchers!
Sugar Cane SC12241H brown vintage wash denim work wear jacket, brown vintage wash, vintage cut work wear brown denim button front jacket/overshirt. 8oz brown denim 1910s era model. Heavy fading and staining to give realistic vintage work wear finish. Distinctive shaped left chest pocket for pocket watch, flap closure right chest pocket, additional inner chest patch pocket. Steel embossed logo buttons throughout. Straight bottom with split side seams. Key points reinforced with rivets. Original printed material logo patch. Made in Japan
Sugar Cane SC25355H blue chambray 1934 worlds fair souvenir work shirt, soft pointed collar, long sleeve regular fit work shirt. Hard wash with heavy fading, whiskering and staining for vintage work wear finish. Soft pointed collar. Chest flap patch pocket with button closure, chest pocket with button closure and pen pocket . Front button placket, applied sleeve gauntlet, single button cuffs. New non breakable buttons throughout. Full back shaped yoke. Rounded shirt tail with turned back single stitched hem. 100% cotton. Made in Japan.
One of the biggest anticipated collaborations on the Kitmeout forum has been the potential for Hidehiko Yamane and Martin Ksohoh to unite their Evisu and Red Monkey brands in a fashion extravaganza. As we all know Martin Ksohoh spent many years working with Evisu before launching the Red Monkey Company brand, so the history and affinity is certainly there for a partnership. Is it time for fan action? Let’s urge both companies to create a small collection by emailing them both with our ideas.
As some of you may or may not know, Donwan Harrell is the Head Designer/Creative Director at PRPS since the company was founded. We put together a special video exclusively for you, to show how PRPS started and also bring to light an inspiring story of a creative genius with a dream and the sacrifice it took for him to reach his ultimate goals and see his vision materialize into greatness.