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February 2008

OntFront Clothing – A new perspective

OntFront Clothing - A new perspectiveApparel OntFront creates innovative street fashion by combining classical elements of men’s suit tailoring with modern, cutting edge street influences. This combination bridges the gap between these two distinct styles to create a new adult clothing generation. OntFront has created a new perspective on men’s tailoring and City Slick is born.

Liza Koifman is the designer for Apparel OntFront. Liza lived in St.Petersburg until she was nine and then moved to the Netherlands where she is currently based. In 2007 Liza graduated in art direction from the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam. Her specialization was costume design. Liza’s mission is to combine classical and timeless tailoring with innovative street style, establishing the brand OntFront as a cutting edge representation of culture today while broadening the range available.

A Peace Treaty 2008 Collection

A Peace Treaty 2008 Collection Born as a personal treaty between Faraf Malik, a Pakistani Muslim and Dana Arbib, a Libyan Jew, A PEACE TREATY is a statement in fashion aimed at an international audience. Their production enables talented artisans to ply their trade in difficult socio-economic conditions. Each collection focuses on a specific region, with the 2008 collection inspired by the Punjab region of India.

Studio Da Artisan Jeans

Studio D’Artisan Jeans Studio D’Artisan may not be in the same league as the mighty Sugar Cane or Samurai jeans but they are worth a second look if Sugar Cane and Samurai or out of your range.

Studio D’Artisan has been producing denim of the highest order since 1979. The original architect of vintage denim production using disused shuttle looms, Studio D’Artisan is one of the worlds finest Japanese denim producers.

Products are designed in Osaka whilst the production takes place in the Okayama prefecture, the traditional cotton weaving area famous for its indigo dying and denim production.

Studio D’artisan as a brand is defined by the pig (buta), finding its way into the designs of all products with an element of humour.

Paul Smith Ladieswear 2008 Clothing

Paul Smith Ladieswear 2008 Clothing Paul Smith showed his Womens Collection for Autumn / Winter 2008 at The Ballroom, Claridges, London.

1950’s Couture was the major theme to the show with flattering silhouettes, fitted pencil coats, cinched-in waists and cropped jackets all evident.

Prints are inspired by bold Fifties imagery in vivid colours, a quirky people print and wide stripe are both strong and reminiscent of the era.

Fabrics are all about glamour, femininity and elegance. Silks come in taffetas, moire and organza in order to carry the structured dresses and enhance the hourglass silhouette. Whilst heavy couture coating, milano jersey and boucles add volume to full skirts and coats.

Ijin Jeans by Phil Goss

Ijin Jeans by Phil GossPhil Goss of IJIN MATERIAL a man with an unrivalled denim pedigree!

Despite such a strong background in the field of traditional japanese jean-making, Philip Goss and ljin Material choose to make denim product with the clear intention of presenting the classic “leg” in an alternative way. The ethos of the brand is artisinal denim ideas. Whilst remaining strictly in the field of specialist jeans making , the ljin Material item purposley plays with distorting the rules of denim know-how & detailing and specifically avoids simply making vintage replicas. Italian based and produced , this free thinking label specialises in denim craftmanship and single production runs. The individualism of ljin Material centres around the “Half-Man” logo which symbolises the symmetrical folding techniques inherent to the way products are cut. Fanatical attention to detail is apparent in the manufacture, which uniquely minimises pattern pieces, reduces waste aswell as fully respecting the heritage of hand-made detailing.

Two principle cutting techniques identify ljin Material denim:

The highly original J5030 “foldedge-cut” leg was originated in 2003 as an idea to re-present the traditions of denim in an untraditional way. It is a highly deceptive item , with many common vintage details that have been either exaggerated or re-interpreted. This ” foldedge ” cutting technique is highly specialised, with the garment centred on the stronger warp thread and legs which will naturally collapse around the knee . This is where the fabric reaches near bias point,creating an inherent softness to the unwashed cloth. Worn from dry these ljin Material legs will render your wear patterns in a unique manner and can actually advance the natural ageing process of unlaundered indigo denim. This is defined by ljin Material as ” seasoning “.

The second cutting technique used is the” wrap-leg cut ” which involves cutting the cloth with a folded outer leg, as if using a selvedge denim.These are noteable by the fact that they have a completely clean finish hem. If they are turned up you will not see any unfinished or overlocked seams. Wrap-leg cut items are composed of only 10 key pattern pieces.This includes the 3 pockets. All ljin Material satndard legs are tailor-finished inside with a striped ticking lining , a coloured binding , whose colour is changed every year, up to 5 thread colours including the real lindigo ” invisible” thread and the classic union chain stitch hem, sewn on a vintage machine more than 60 yrs old.

ljin Material, however , will be five years old in is sold globally to specialist stores. “IJIN” is a very traditional japanese word once used to define someone as an ” outsider “, or ” foreigner “. It can sometimes mean “alien” , or ” black sheep “. These very words define the independant, self-financed company structure and label philosophy pioneered by Philip Goss , a Londoner, now resident in Italy. It is designed, presented and managed by one person and has been since 2003.

Ex St.Martins class of ’87, Philip has had numerous lives in the international design field. As creative director of Evisu International in 2000 for 3 years , he was reponsible for establishing the foundation of this highly specialised denim product line and then creating all of thecommercial designer lines into Europe. He now collaborates personally with Evis founder & friend – Yamane san – to produce a specialist denim line for the Japanese market only. His private label is called ” Evis 9055 -Philip Goss Edition ”
Ijin Jeans by Phil Goss

Nooka watch of the future

Nooka watch of the future In addition to being a fashionable conversation piece, the Nooka Zirc keeps time – the 12 dots represent hours and the horizontal row counts minutes. The Nooka Zirc was designed for creative individuals who are looking for more from their fashion accessories, or more from their timepieces.  As a fashion accessory it is not only eye-catching, but also practical.  As a timepiece its unique case design and intuitive display separate it from other timepieces available today.
The wide 45mm by 35mm display is unique because the strap is off-center. This should make the watch more comfortable to wear since the display rests on the arm and is away from the hand.  Currently available for left arm wearers, an adjustable Zirc that can be modified for use on the right arm will be available in late 2008. The Nooka logo is deep-etched into either side of the case.  The mode buttons become part of the logo by rising from inside the infinity sign.  Modes: Time, Date and Alarm.

Designer Cap + Cap Bites

Designer Cap + Cap BitesCAP BITE accessories allow you to customise your favorite fitted cap. These alphanumeric metal clips attach to the brim of any cap and are freely adjustable. The choices are in chromed stainless steel, silver, 18k plated Gold and jeweled versions. Pictured here is a limited edition release with Japanese brand, Liquor, Woman and Tears in a special display case.

Green Fashion = FutureFashion

Green Fashion = FutureFashionDuring New York Fashion Week, 28 top designers dazzled New York with cutting edge eco-friendly fashions on the runway.  Renewable, reusable, non-polluting fabrics such as organic cotton and wool, bamboo, corn-based fibers, recycled fibers and biopolymers were transformed into everything from elegant couture to street wear.

Why FutureFashion?

FutureFashion have launched FutureFashion as an Earth Pledge Initiative to continue to educate, research and demonstrate to the industry and consumers that there are interesting options and that we still have a long way to go.

25% of agricultural pesticides are used on cotton, causing major water pollution, chronic illness in farm workers, and devastating impacts on wildlife. In the United States, cancer rates in states that produce cotton are significantly higher than in neighboring states that do not. The acidic chemicals used to process synthetic fabrics find their way into our rivers and streams, lowering the pH and destroying ecosystems. Materials such as bamboo and hemp are faster growing, more durable, and more renewable than conventional textiles.

Sustainable fashion is within reach and need not limit the range and quality of products that designers can offer, from couture to sportswear to home furnishings. By promoting eco-friendly products such as organic cotton, organic wool, corn fibers, recycled fabrics, biopolymers, natural dyes to industry and consumers, we can prove that style and sustainability can coexist – creating market demand and improving our environment and health.

Kim Jones Clothing gone Dunhill

Kim Jones Clothing gone Dunhill Kim Jones, the British men’s wear designer, probably best known for his collaborations with Umbto, has been named creative director of Dunhill, and will give up his own label to focus on the brand.

Alongside his own collection Jones designs and works for a variety of companies, including Uniqlo, Topman, Umbro, producing Umbro by Kim Jones, Mulberry, Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss and Iceberg. Kim works both as Stylist and Art Director for magazines including Dazed and Confused, Arena Homme Plus, Another Magazine, the New York Times T Style magazine, 10 Men, V Man, i-D magazine and Numero Homme with contributions to Fantastic Man. He has also contributed womenswear styling for V and POP magazines. The Face magazine had him as one of the top 100 influential people in fashion, at number 20.