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March 2010

Edwin Jeans supports One Percenters

Edwin Jeans supports One Percenters
Edwin Jeans is one of the main sponsors of the One Percenters. Their generous support will provide a comprehensive list of desperately needed equipment to schools in India.

Whats this all about? A Race across India in a superbly unsuitable 3 wheel Rickshaw. We will travel over 2000 miles from tropical south to Himalayan north in just 14 days.

The Machine? Indian manufactured, powered by 7 lame horses, this beast will reach 34 mph in perfect conditions- ie. downhill, unblemished tarmac, favourable wind- but this is India! Loud, uncomfortable, prone to breaking down and completely useless at protecting you. Perfect!

The Risks? Yes. There is no safety team, no back up mechanics, no assurances. Racers have been hit by buses, rolled their rickshaws, chased by men with sticks, and many end in hospital. No road signs, no rules, dodgy stomachs, and tigers.

Why? To raise heaps of cash for amazing charities! We, the One Percenters, pay for all our travel and costs. So EVERY single penny you donate goes directly to the charities.

Who? Dylan O’Shea & Simon Devine are the One Percenters

How to Donate? We are raising for three charities. £500 for Frank Water Projects who provide clean sustainable water in India another £500 for Mercy Corps who provide disater relief to places like Haiti. Please click on the Just Giving links to the right to donate to these important charities.

Our third and primary charity is Education For All -these guys (headed up by Si) rescue and recycle school equipment destined for landfill in the UK and arrange it to be sent to equip schools in developing countries.

BIG GIVERS so far are EDWIN Jeans – thanks for your support guys! Everyone should buy Edwin Jeans today – trust us they fit gooood! Edwin’s generosity will fund more than one container of equipment that will kit out a school of 500-700 pupils. Superb!


I had just 6 days to complete this mural and although I thought it wasn’t humanly possible, I somehow pulled it off!……….The piece spans 80ft x 30ft and is on the rooftop of the Ricardo Montalban Theater on Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles….It’s one of my most proud pieces I have created….”MAKE THE D!FFERENCE”-madsteez

IJIN – denominazione originale controllato

IJIN - denominazione originale controllato
In todays denim market we are spoilt for choice. And now that Nippon has (finally…) been ”discovered” by indigo affecionados & the land of the rising sun shines brightly on the blue horizon as the current focus in the premium denim world, we should perhaps be reminded that genericism is not strictly confined to the East. At Ijin they use the letters D.O.C ,very carefully & very quietly (whilst maybe they should speak them a little bit louder). At least just loud enough to be heard over the current cacophony about the japanese labels….

To explain ”D.O.C” ia an abbreviation of denominazione originale controllato in Italian ( & in French is almost identical ) meaning guaranteed as original or basically the ”Real Mckoy” ( in olde-speake denim slang).So, as a living & breathing example of an original, here is the Ijin Belt-Back Six (in nipponese 14 ounce akamimi…what else)

Like all true denim classics, this item flies the heritage jeans-making flag in sewing specs & details & like all true Ijin classics it carries the Phil Ijin touch & interpretation to transform the classic into a generic model.But just enough to customize history without making it unwearable or ( heavens above ) ”fashion”. The sixth pocket is the most obvious element here, a detail taken from a regenerated vintage Baseball Pitcher’s shirt some time ago , but also serving as the branding itself. A ”victorian” belt style (an ironic pseudonym obviously as there is no monarchy in the US ) is added in the Ijin signature style, in itself quite anonymous , whereas its real purpose is not only to show that you know your onions , but to display the beautiful sewing skills of the Ijin Italian workshop & the way in which the belt lies flat against the back without interfering with the yoke line, nor creating the merest pucker as it is inserted cleanly into the waistband.

Further more there is the solid-cast, single piece belt ”buckle” & those tight & over-long, indigo thread bar tacks that melt back in colour with the natural wear of the garment.Not to mention that standard Ijin triple needle seat seam….

So remember, that in a denim world where you have to shout to be heard,independent indigenous indigo items exist, quietly & patiently waiting in the wings,unsung Blue Heroes, as authentic as the rest & as beautiful as the best.

Silent but deadly….

And ”guaranteed as original”.

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Nippon Jeans

Gareth Pugh Autumn/Winter 2010

Gareth Pugh Autumn/Winter 2010
Paris Fashion Week | Gareth Pugh Autumn/Winter 2010

Gareth Pugh, the master of androgenous fashion presented his inimitable style at Paris Fashion Week. The customary colour palette of black and gray, had a mitigating air issued by material and cut. Pugh certainly didn’t let anyone down with his latest fashion feast, although the “Matrix” influence was evident.
Gareth Pugh Clothing



Stainless steel case with dark nickel plating and tiny pyramids detailing all over. Tonal dial with digital movement.

Stainless steel and rubber
Rubber buckle strap with Burberry Sport logo
Case dimension: 44 mm
Water resistant to 10ATM/100m
Swiss made

PF Flyers Introduces the Box Cut Center Hi

PF Flyers Introduces the Box Cut Center Hi

New for spring 2010, the everlasting modernism of PF Flyers’ 1953 Center Hi finds a new way of expression in the innovative Box Cut Center Hi. With a unique contrast-layered upper, which can be worn up or folded down, the angular reveal creates a pop of color to the basic background of the shoe. When the Hi top is worn up, the layered ankle panels reveal an angular pennant of color. Fold down the top layer of panels for fresh two-tone styling and lacing possibilities.

The Box Cut Center Hi features modern details including ballistic nylon fabrics, arc toecap counterpoint classic canvas, archival diamond tread and true Posture Foundation soles.

Young & Reckless Pop Up Shop at Diamond Supply Co.

Diamond Supply Co. Clothing
In addition to the limited edition collaboration tee with Diaomond Supply Co., streetwear brand Young and Reckless has opened up a pop up shop at the Diamond Supply Co. storefront in Los Angeles in the Fairfax District that will remain open until March 12, 2010. The pop up shop features exclusive Young & Reckless garments not available in any stores such as cardigans, military jackets, track jackets, flannels and the Young & Reckless x Diamond Supply Co. tee in all black.

To kick off the opening of the pop up store and to celebrate their “Skate 2 Death” collaboration tee, Young & Reckless threw a launch party at the Diamond Supply Store last week hosted by Nick Diamond and the whole cast of the Fantasy Factory including Drama, Rob Dyrdek, Chanel, and Jeremy Larner. The MTV Fantasy factory camera crew was also in the house to document the event and all of the star studded attendees such as Chad Ocho Cinco and Jordan Palmer from the Cincinatti Bengals, Justin Fargas from the Oakland Raiders, Angela Simmons, skateboarder Torey Pudwill, the Alchemist and of course Ben Baller. The party was a huge success with the help of drinks provided by Ciroc Vodka, Ty-Ku Sake, and Vita-Coco Coconut water and DJ Politik on the decks.
Young & Reckless Pop Up Shop at Diamond Supply Co.

Fred Perry for Liberty Spring/Summer 2010

Fred Perry for Liberty Spring/Summer 2010
Fred Perry for Liberty Spring/Summer 2010

Fred Perry and Liberty of London present a new line called Blank Canvas to arrive in-store in April. The exclusive line includes signature paisley and floral prints, plus classic M12 polos, a short sleeved shirt and a black Harrington jacket. Worth a butchers.

Fred Perry Jacket

The Clash. Daddy, Who Were The Clash?

The Clash. Daddy, Who Were The Clash?
Here’s a worthwhile piece in the new Love mag: Daddy, Who Were The Clash?

Models Louis and Claude Simonon are the sons of The Clash bassist Paul Simonon, definitely chips off the old block!

And just incase… The Clash were an English rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk rock. Along with punk, they experimented with reggae, ska, dub, funk, rap, dance and rockabilly. For most of their recording career, The Clash consisted of Joe Strummer (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Mick Jones (lead guitar, vocals), Paul Simonon (bass, backing vocals, occasional lead vocals) and Nicky “Topper” Headon (drums, percussion). Headon left the group in 1982, and internal friction led to Jones’s departure the following year. The group continued with new members, but finally disbanded in early 1986.

The Clash were a major success in the UK from the release of their debut album, The Clash, in 1977. Their third album, London Calling, released in the UK in December 1979, brought them popularity in the United States when it came out there the following month. Critically acclaimed, it was declared the best album of the 1980s a decade later by Rolling Stone magazine.

The Clash’s politicised lyrics, musical experimentation and rebellious attitude had a far-reaching influence on rock, alternative rock in particular. They became widely referred to as “The Only Band That Matters”, originally a promotional slogan introduced by the group’s record label, CBS. In January 2003 the band—including original drummer Terry Chimes—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked The Clash number 30 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

The Clash