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April 2007

Paul & Shark, The ultimate Polo Shirt for S/S 07?

Paul & Shark, The ultimate Polo Shirt for S/S 07?This Paul & Shark Striped Polo Shirt is from the very latest Paul & Shark Spring Summer 2007 Riviera Maya Collection. Paul & Shark is synonymous with the creation of high quality and high fashion shirts and polo shirts and this season is no different. The attention to detail and quality demonstrated in the above Paul & Shark Polo Shirt speaks volumes about the brand!

Take Two jeans S/S 2007

Take Two jeans S/S 2007The Take-Two S/S 2007 Collection has a Miami theme and a real sassy edge. This is the brand blurb:

“Take-Two was born in Germany in 1982 mainly as a denim brand and a 1996 became an Italian brand. Actually its design and manufacture are entirely made in Italy. Step by step Take-Two has grown as total look brand keeping its maximum expression in the denim world. Take-Two identity mixes together three essential elements: fantastic fitting, renewed washing and research on fashion details.

Identifyng features: a disarming simplicity that disconcerts and overwhelms women. Fresh, very wearable, with a democratic look, this is what the Take-Two Spring-Summer ’07 collection is all about. The collection is pervaded with a strong penchant for simplification that keeps the old minimalist style at bay and concetrates on complex structures where the focus is on decorations.

Take-Two is the brand for people who want to be protagonist of their life, for people who want to express personality, emotion and freedom throught their fashion style. In a world full of denim, if you have one shot, one possibility….choose a Take-Two and you will be different.”

Perhaps we’re missing something in translation!
Take Two jeans S/S 2007

Stone Island Jacket + reflective Japanese fabric

Stone Island Jacket + reflective Japanese fabricStone Island has a legendary reputation for designing innovative jackets. The brand continues to reflect the vision of their founder, the late great fashion genius, Massimo Osti. The above Stone Island Jacket is the 4023. White blouson in reflective Japanese fabric composed of thousands of glass microspheres enabling the piece to reflect light. Anti-wind pockets. Zip Closure. This Stone Island Jacket is from their Spring Summer 2007 Collection.

Armani Jeans S/S 2007 Collection

Armani Jeans S/S 2007 Collection The armani Jeans Spring Summer 2007 Collection continues to build on the brands growing reputation for foresight and innovation. The style is, as you would expect from Armani, clean and sharp with subtle flare. Overall the S/S 2007 collection gets a big thumbs up!Armani Jeans F6J21 and CABAN F6K02

Griffin + Barucuta Jacket = True Harrington Jacket

Griffin + Barucuta Jacket = True Harrington JacketGriffin are very excited to be collaborating with Baracuta for a second time, a brand with such great heritage and the originators of the first ever Harrington jacket as worn by Steve McQueen and Elvis Presley. The first Griffin X Barucuta was made using authentic British camo, enter No2, made with original German camo, that is actually made in Belgium, and has been for years…

Griffin have taken the classic slim fit G9 block, not normally used in the UK, making it even more special… ‘The bastard child of these two famous brands is so wrong it is right’, was the comment made by one of Italy’s finest retailers.

Only 65 exclusive pieces have been produced worldwide, with 50 going to Japan and the rest scattered across the globe. Griffin have a few and they will go live on our online store very soon.

KU Clothing coming to Europe

KU Clothing coming to Europe The word on the fashion grapevine is KU, the original Japanese high-fashion brand, is coming to Europe. KU is widely acknowedged as the first and ultimate Japanese designer brand. The brand has a well-deserved reputation for creating unique and innovative designs which are invariably seen as fashion leaders. Anyone who knows Japanese fashion will know KU has an unrivalled ability to design timeless and forward-thinking fashion. Keep your eyes peeled for KU in 2007.

MHI Clothing + Maharishi Snopants

MHI Clothing + Maharishi Snopants Since its birth in 1994, maharishi has evolved into one of the UK’s most influential designer labels, offering men’s, women’s and children’s collections available from exclusive fashion retailers worldwide. Founded by (creative director) Hardy Blechman, maharishi carries a strong ethos of respect for nature while utilising the latest technology.

Blechman, whose former experience lay in the international military and industrial clothing surplus trade, started maharishi by producing hemp and other natural fibre clothing as well as recycling workwear and military surplus. In fact, his work in the field of natural fibres helped them to gain wider acceptance among larger commercial fashion retailers. In 1995, Blechman designed and launched Snopants® – an original design concept with unique detailing that became a significant style statement and the label’s signature. Arena Homme Plus described them in their Millennium round-up as “the most copied pants of the decade” and into the 21st century Snopants® have formed the basis of the evolution of a new style of dressing.

The high concept flagship store located at 19 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London opened in September 2001. Designed by architect François Scali, the space cleverly achieves a combination of nature and technology. In addition to clothing collections, the store offers reference and art books alongside rare Japanese toys. The store also houses the Churchill Gallery, where exhibitions are staged of works by maharishi collaborators and guest artists. Henry Chalfant, legendary graffiti archivist (author of Subway Art, Spraycan Art and the documentary Style Wars), staged his first UK exhibition here.

DKNY Clothing + Donna Karan the philanthropist

DKNY Clothing + Donna Karan the philanthropist Apparently Donna Karan is reputedly quoted as saying she wants to be remembered as a philanthropist. Perhaps there is no surer way of destroying your credibility than to make such a sanctimonious statement. We, the punters on the high street, don’t want to hear about the righteous cravings of clothing designers, we just want them to design us clothes that make us feel good — and if a designer does have a philanthropic bent the honourable thing is for them to kept it to themselves and donate their finance and time amply and anonymously. So Donna, keep on doing what you’re good at, designing clothes, and spare us the agony of having to listen to another vocal philanthropic wannabe.

Organic Jeans + Organic Denim = Original Sugar Cane Jeans!

Organic Jeans + Organic Denim = Original Sugar Cane Jeans!Organic cotton used to create so called organic jeans is all the rage at the moment. According to Sugar Cane’s UK brand director, Paul Morarji, though, bar all the hype, it’s actually nothing new. “We have always offered an organic denim, ever since we started producing jeans in 1975,” he says. “The cotton and the sugarcane we produce are not treated with any chenicals and are 100 per cent organically grown in Japan and Hawaii. The indigo we use is 100 per cent pure indigo, which we have developed to dye our denim using traditional Japanese dyeing techniques, by hand. Our textile experts were the first in the world to produce a selvage denim fabric made from woevn cotton yarns and sugarcane fibres way back in the mid-’70s.

“Also, sugarcane fibres contain essential amino acid enzymes necessary to fuel and rejuvenate other bodies. Likewise, by-products from sugarcane are used to fuel cars in Brazil in order to have a less harmful impact on the environment, as opposed to burned fuesl of a purely fossil origin.” To all those brands only just getting on the eco-issue, put that in your pipe and smoke it!

Kilo Clothing + Kilo Goods Hoody

Kilo Clothing + Kilo Goods Hoody The highly anticipated KILO GOODS Spring Collection arrives on shelves this week with a worldwide rollout to retailers in Japan, Europe, Canada and the United States. The KILO GOODS Spring delivery continues to raise the bar with quality technical construction and fresh directional design. “The KILO GOODS spring collection is inspired by the attitude of Miami lifestyle in the 80’s,” explains Erik Marino, co-founder of the brand. “It isn’t literally interpreted in the graphics but the color story and mood reflects that era of decadence and style.”

Art Deco, Hollywood and politics also inspire the line. The Cut-Up hoodie is a precisely constructed lightweight terry perfect for Spring. Each panel is measured and pieced together and printed using a water-based ink. The Breakfast at Tiffany’s hoodie debuts a graphic theme for KILO GOODS 2007 depicting a modern and fresh abstraction of Tiffany diamonds. The LT tee pays homage to Lawrence Taylor with a four-color process print; LT was known for not only haunting quarterbacks but for also being a legend of the South Beach party scene. The Ex-Presidents tee has a watercolor effect and takes inspiration from a pop film classic.

James Jeans = Sexy Jeans!

James Jeans = Sexy Jeans! James Jeans continues to make some noise in the denim arena. James jeans has a well deserved reputation for making comfortable and sexy jeans and this season builds on that fact. L.A. clothing designer Seun Lim created James Jeans slimming by eschewing trendy top stitching and concentrating on the manipulation of subtle details to present a leaner, meaner silhouette. All styles feature designer Seun Lim’s signature slash-corner pockets and strategic fading that lengthen the leg, lift the butt, and make you look slimmer and trimmer in comfort.

Armani Underwear + Armani Cap

Armani Wallet + Armani Underwear Armani accessories continue to expand and generate growth. Armani is renowned for exceptional wallets, scarves, caps, underwear, sox and other designer accessories across the brand platform, including Armani Jeans, Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani and A|X Armani Exchange.

“Regarding our future potential growth, the Armani brand has a remarkable resonance around the world, which we are now just beginning to capitalize upon with our expansion into new and emerging markets, the rollout of our lifestyle brands such as A|X Armani Exchange, product diversification including home interiors, hotels and skin care and product expansion with the accessories,” said Armani. “We are not short on ideas or opportunities, so there is significant scope for our continued expansion.”

Yoropiko Jeans = Rare Denim

Yoropiko Jeans = Rare Denim Here’s a quick shot of the Yoropiko Jeans collection colourways. This collection is ultra-limited and the attention to detail and embroidery is simply unheard of in the denim world. These jeans are true collectors items.

Etro clothing = Etro Style

Etro clothing = Etro Style Etro clothing has a distinct style that is undeniably unique. The brand has that certain indescrible something that just works. That said, not too sure what to make of this pearl of wisdom from the Etro archives:

“Two men – the Gentle Man and the Busy Man – meet on the Etro runway. They represent the two personalities that live within Etro , but not mutually exclusive. Both find themselves before a meter that measures reality and Etro . The Busy Man, the man on the go, prefers the rigid ruler for measuring distances. The Gentle Man, a more sensitive dreamer, uses a measuring tape that more easily adapts to the curves of life. But which of the two can say he has the right tool for measuring in an impartial way? And what is the standard and universally recognized unit of measurement?”

CK Jeans + CK Underwear = Beijing

CK Jeans + CK Underwear = Beijing Is China the next gold-rush for designer brands? Calvin Klein targets China with a new 2,690-square-foot store on the lower ground floor of the Peninsula Arcade in the Peninsula Beijing Hotel in Beijing. China boasts 44 Calvin Klein boutiques across brands such as Calvin Klein Jeans, ck Calvin Klein and Calvin Klein Underwear, and Hong Kong 26, the new Beijing store, marks the company’s first Collection store in the region. The Peninsula Arcade is home to many top fashion brands, including Cartier, Burberry, Bulgari, Chanel, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Prada. CK apparently plans to open more stores in China, and Shanghai is likely to be the next destination.

Alasachini Jeans + Big & Tall Clothing

Alasachini Jeans + Big & Tall Clothing The name alasachini has a different appeal than other brands names. The name and goods have the ability to attract the american market by the quality of their aged selvaged denim and their fine quality 100% cotton shirts and wool blend jumper jackets.  European like brands don’t usually give the big and tall men the chance to fit in to their garments that’s were alasachini steps in to give that chance to the big and tall. Their items will give the consumer a more diversity outlook for more big and tall men to purchase our products.

Their fabrication is the most important part of our product. The feel of their aged denim on the body and the feel of the soft cotton blended shirts as well as the wool blended items to give the garments and the man that edge they have been looking for in fashion. The embroidery on their denim is a new twist that is structured with african influences that gives our product a different look by itself. Their designs have a unique style not just a fad look cleaner styles.  Not so heavy on the brand logo name but enough labels for authenticity of the mark branded name. The quality of their fabric and designs can put alasachini in high demand for the big and tall industry. They have innovative styles, superior quality and their main goal is to make alasachini a brand of choice.

Yoropiko Jeans + Bejewelled Buttons

Yoropiko Jeans + Bejewelled Buttons Yoropiko Jeans take “attention-to-detail” to the next level. Yoropiko jeans come with gold buttons as standard. For a little extra you can buy a set of additional gem stone buttons for these unique jeans, which you can even use as cufflinks! The gems offerred vary from rubies to diamonds. Each set has 5 buttons and you’re able to buy different sets to add even more style to your denim.

Nudie Jeans + Organic Denim

Nudie Jeans + Organic Denim Nudie Jeans made with organic cotton — the reasons why:

“Denim is made of cotton, which causes great damage to our environment both in terms of water consumption (7000 to 29.000 litres of water for each kilogram of ready garment) and in terms of poisonous substances and insecticides. Cotton fields stand for 25% of all insecticides worldwide! Air, water and other natural resources are critical to any kind of future, and therefore essential to the future of business. In denim production we see a lot of potential to make a difference for the environment.

Nudie denim producers are ahead on developing organic denim, both out of 100% organic cotton and as blended yarn, where they blend in organic cotton into the normal production. Every step of the production follows detailed and accurate rules that makes it organic denim. The cotton comes from organic production, and the spinning, dyeing and finishing of the yarn is also carried out according to ecological procedures. Making use of ecological stuff, like potato starch and pre-reduced indigo, any kind of chemical stuff is excluded from the schedule of operation, in order to respect these principles to 100%.”

Burberry Jacket + Burberry Sport = Reversible?

Burberry Jacket + Burberry Sport = Reversible? Burberry’s expansion of their sportswear collection in Spring/Summer 2007 delivers the goods? This light weight reversible Burberry Jacket is offered on Amazon: Burberry mens beige, zipped front regular fit hooded jacket, Classic beige check, large chest pocket with zip closure, classic beige check woven tab Adjustable chord bottom, elasticated sleeve cuffs. Ideal for the Spring/Summer months. BUY HERE

Dr Denim Jeans + Scandinavian Jeans

Dr Denim Jeans + Scandinavian Jeans Dr Denim Jeans – a new Scandinavian interpretation of fashion denim with focus on the product. Experimental fits, forbidden combinations, anachronistic details and “fair” pricing as opposed to cost-plus pricing have been critical features of the collection from the beginning. With a wide range from 59″ flat-finished denims to 29″ selvage denims, the Dr Denim Jeansmakers collection draws on a more than century-old tradition of garment manufacture with its modern dressed up look, combined with subtle details that remind us of the historical roots of good old denim production.

Swear Shoes + Designer Trainers

Swear Shoes + Designer Trainers Londoners Swear makes footwear that are neither shoes nor trainers but live in the strange hinter land in the midst of this realm. Swear shoes are for those who have grown tired of trainers and want to try something different, without foregoing the attitude of the trainer rebellion. Swear shoes has gained a wide cult following and dominates this niche market for the weird and wonderful. Swear to be Strange!

Evisu Jeans + Puma Evisu = Go Green

Evisu Jeans + Puma Evisu = Go Green There’s Green and there’s GREEN denim. Most of us think of Sugar Cane, Loomstate, Edun or a list of other Eco-friendly denim offerings when we think of GREEN jeans. Evisu, however, have opted to take it literally and offer a pair of green-hued jeans. To quote the guys: “In addition to ring spun denim with which Evisu has built a solid foundation to their denim assortment in Spring/Summers past, Evisu are now adding an exciting new colour to their offering. For this Spring/Summer, they launch a green shade that will literally make all your friends green with envy. The Evisu designers found the inspiration for this hue when looking through piles of vintage Japanese indigo, as well as kimonos and workwear, all fell in love with it.”

Puma Trainers + Puma Clothing = PPR

Puma Trainers + Puma Clothing = PPR Puma Trainers to cross the German/French border? PPR announced that it has taken a 27% stake in German sportswear retailer Puma. The French luxury goods group confirmed that it planned to take over the rest of the company for €5.3 billion. With the sale of their stake to PPR, siblings Gunther and Daniela Herz, until now Puma’s largest shareholders, have relinquished all control of Puma.

“The Puma Board of Management unanimously believes that PPR’s engagement is in the best interests of the company and that the announced offer price per share of €330 for the voluntary public take-over offer is fair,” said Jochen Zeitz, chairman and chief executive of Puma. “Going forward Puma can utilize PPR’s premium segment design and sourcing expertise, contributing to the further improvement of Puma’s product offering. Additionally, PPR’s experience in worldwide retail, wholesale and multi-brand management will provide valuable support to Puma’s brand expansion plans.”

Fred Perry Shirt + Comme des Garcons shirts

Fred Perry Shirt + Comme des Garcons shirts The Fred Perry and Comme des Garcons shirt introduce their new collection for spring/summer 2007.

The well-respected collaboration continues to build on the success of the previous six seasons with a range that successfully combines Fred Perry classic pieces with signature Comme des Garcons shirt styling.

The Fred Perry shirt is the focus product for spring/summer 2007 and is the cornerstone of the collection. The shirt falls into three product stories: Colour, Marl and Woven Shirts.

Reebok Trainers vs Nike Trainers

Reebok Trainers vs Nike Trainers Reebok International has filed a lawsuit against Nike Inc. for allegedly copying its patented technology in sneakers now on store shelves. Reebok received a patent in January for collapsible or “flexible sole” technology allowing shoes to be folded into a more compact form for packaging or to save space while travelling. The athletic footwear and apparel company claims that 11 Nike shoes marketed under various “Free” product names incorporate that technology and therefore infringe on its patent, according to documents filed yesterday in federal district court in Tyler, Texas.

“We will act to protect our research and development efforts whenever companies try to claim Reebok technology as their own,” Diana Wainrib, Reebok’s chief counsel, said in a statement. Former Reebok footwear designer Andrew Gillespie, now vice president of global sport, footwear and apparel for Reebok, designed the technology in question, and Reebok applied for the patent in 2002. The technology enables the company to dispense sneakers in vending machines.

“We are evaluating the claims related to this very recently issued U.S. patent and any potential limited application to the successful Nike Free product,” Nike said in a statement. Reebok filed the lawsuit in an east Texas court that a PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP study ranked as the second most favourable in the nation for patent lawsuits, according to Bloomberg News. Inventors and patent owners have won jury verdicts 90 percent of the time there since 1994.

Sapporo + Jhung Yuro = Designer Sneakers

Sapporo + Jhung Yuro  = Designer Sneakers Premium beer maker Sapporo has teamed up with premium shoe maker Jhung Yuro  for “The Sapporo Inspired Runway Show” in Miami, May 4th. Sapporo has also linked up with Ciano Farmer for some quality Japanese selvedge denim jeans and Crooks & Castles for tees for the show.

Sling & Stones jeans + eco-friendly jeans

Sling & Stones jeans + eco-friendly jeans Sling & Stones jeans for the socially responsible follower of fashion. Sling & Stones is a collective of dreamers turned doers. Began in 2005 with nary a fashion designer on staff, Sling & Stones represents a reckless pursuit of revolution. From mathematicians to fine artists, each of them has sacrificed the security of paychecks and pensions to pursue the passions of their hearts. Together they burn for social change and fashion has become their vehicle. Sling & Stones offers a socially conscious, environmentally responsible denim collection which exemplifies excellence in the everyday – – hand constructed pieces featuring progressive fits, world class materials, and everyday versatility.

Sugar Cane Union Star Jeans

Sugar Cane Union Star Jeans The newest addition to the Sugar Cane denim line-up for 2007 is the Union Star Jean. Sugar Cane Union Star Jeans available from listed retailers on the official website and online at Togged

In July of 1965 Toyo Enterprise, the parent company of Sugar Cane, was commissioned to make a limited  run of jeans for the U.S. Military PX.  At that time Toyo Enterprise had been producing Aloha shirts for the U.S. Military PX but this order marked Toyo’s first entry into the production of denim jeans. The pair of jeans pictured are of an actual pair from that order along with a copy of the order sheet issued by the U.S. Military PX to Toyo Enterprise. In recognition of this event in Toyo’s history Sugar Cane has released the Union Star Jeans. The denim is 14.25 ounce selvage denim made from the finest 100% double ring-spun Zimbabwe cotton and includes details such as iron-made buttons, deer skin leather patch, and redline selvage.

Available in :Unwashed raw, 1 Wash and 2 Hard wash

Straight leg fit

Explanation of Detail Images:
1.Original designed tack buttons are made of iron

2.For sewing: from the thickest to the finest cotton threads, a total of up to 13 different types are used (size 0 threads, the thickest, are used at the areas with the most stress and size 30, the finest, are used for the decorative stitches).

3.Deer skin leather patch in the shape of the United States mainland with a hand-sewn star in the center.

4.Back pocket stitching in the shape of a star

5.Rayon Union Star tab

6.Redline selvage, a feature of the old shuttle looms

Hugo Boss Clothing + Suit = Bayern Munich

Hugo Boss Clothing + Suit = Bayern Munich Hugo Boss dress the Bayern Munich football team with some sharp threads. This is the official spiel: “They’re renowned for their stylish play. But in fashion terms too, the Bayern Munich squad are top of the league with Hugo Boss. In his luxury blue suit, sky-blue shirt and diagonally-striped tie from the Boss Collection, striker Lukas Podolski more than lives up to his nickname: Prince Poldi.” The question is will Owen Hargreaves be wearing Hugo Boss or Paul Smith next season?

dVb jeans + Jennifer Lopez + Victoria Beckham

dVb jeans + Jennifer Lopez + Victoria Beckham Jennifer Lopez has reputedly agreed to be Victoria Beckham’s “fashion guinea pig” for Posh’s dVb jeans collection. “Jennifer’s as fashion-obsessed as Posh and they’ve had several girlie chats about Victoria’s new range. Jen thinks Posh is incredibly stylish and has asked for some tips, but they’ve got different body shapes and she was concerned that things that look amazing on Posh wouldn’t suit her at all,” a source was reputedly quoted as saying. Following the Rock & Republic rumpus, Victoria Beckham is determined to make her dVb brand into a global success.