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August 2011

Zoologie Clothing Autumn/Winter 2011

Zoologie Clothing Autumn/Winter 2011

Here we take a butchers at the Ozzie brand, Zoologie Autumn/Winter 2011. Have to love the name!

The ZOOLOGIE! Story So Far…

Well, we have been going for 3 years now and its been quite a journey. Our aim when we started was to build a long lasting independent company dedicated to quality and craftsmanship. We wanted to make modern crafted clothing with authentic construction and detail and we wanted to do it locally in small batches.

In a world that is seemingly ruled by globalization, mass production and ‘cheapest of the cheapest’ throwaway clothes, we wanted to produce future classics. Garments that will work as well half a century down the road as they do today.
But more than that, we wanted to build a company that treated people fairly. We work together with small factories in Melbourne, Australia where craftsmanship still reigns supreme. Melbourne was the traditional home of garment making in Australia and still has some of the most highly skilled manufacturers around. We realise that making clothes locally is almost an old mindset in a globalized world, but there is something great in making clothes in the same area as you live, in knowing the people making them and in keeping both our production people and our customers as an integral part of our personal community. That way, when we grow and develop our business, our local manufacturers grow and develop with us.

The ZOOLOGIE! Design philosophy is based on functionality and quality, in creating classic clothes with a modern crafted feel and meticulous attention to detail. We see every garment we design as being at the beginning of a long journey that will see it one day reinvigorated as a quality vintage garment that someone else may own.

Designers Bio

ZOOLOGIE was formed in Melbourne in 2008 by husband and wife team George Haughton and Bonita Francis.
Having been together since 2006, the duo’s backgrounds in fashion & graphic design naturally progressed into the quirky laid back label ZOOLOGIE! is today.
Hailing from the wildly different landscapes of Ireland and the tropical Cook Islands respectively, their differing approach to design can be attributed to the dichotomous nature of these formative landscapes. This friction is always at the heart of their designs and is reflected in the push-pull dynamic of the husband and wife team.

Blanco Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection

Blanco Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection

Here’s the latest campaign by Blanco, the Spanish brand on the rise. Worth a quick butchers. Blanco sound like a brand that should be outfitting the current England Team!

And this is their marketing mumble:

“At Blanco they like the freedom to dream that fashion offers. Therefore, each season they work to provide their customers with a product at the top of the trends but affordable; an inspiring product that makes the dream a reality.

They focus on young women and men, with an urban and uninhibited spirit, who are excited about combining garments and finding in them a form of personal expression.”

Fred Perry x The Specials 2011 Collection

Fred Perry x The Specials 2011 Collection

Here Fred Perry optimise their legitimate Ska roots and continue their relationship with the mighty SPECIALS!

Following the 2009 collection, FRED PERRY revisit the The Specials colab.

The two styles will be released prior to the band’s 2011 European tour, the band’s belief that “black and white unite (a fusion of black and white),” a faithful representation of details of color and black and white checkerboard.

The special edition T-shirts and band logo printed on the back has the tour set list. Both styles include the adapted FRED PERRY logo. Decorated in black and white leaf embroidered Laurel leaves.

One of the most influential bands of the 20th century and FRED PERRY, we celebrate a unique relationship.

Fred Perry Black & White Polo Shirt

The Specials will play:

Amsterdam Paradiso (September 15)
Copenhagen Vega (16)
Stokholm Circus (18)
Berlin Astra (19)
Munich Backstage (21)
Milan Alcatraz (22)
Cologne E Werk (24)
Hamburg Grosse Freiheit (25)
Paris Olympia (27)
Brussells Ancienne Belgique (28)
Wolverhampton Civic Hall (11, 12)
Manchester Apollo (14)
Hull Arena (16)
Glasgow SECC (18)
Nottingham Arena (21)
Plymouth Pavilion (23)
Cheltenham Centaur (24)
Brighton Centre (25)
Bournemouth International Centre (27)
Cardiff International Arena (28)
Coventry Ricoh Arena (29)
London Alexandra Palace (November 3)

Red Wing Shoes Amsterdam

Red Wing Shoes

Red Wing Shoes Amsterdam is excited to announce it will soon open its online Red Wing Shoes Store. This September, to be more precise. The store is going to stock a unique, broad range of Red Wing Heritage shoes, as well as a truly one of a kind range of accessories. Some of the brands on offer include Double RL, American Optical, Duluth Pack, Heritage Leather Company, Royal Republiq, Tanner Goods, The Hill-Side and Nigel Cabourn. The Red Wing Shoes Amsterdam crew would like to make special mention of the daily updates on the new Red Wing website that they will provide. Aside from the evident focus on all things Red Wing, the site will also shine a light on any things that boots and workwear aficionado’s alike would love to gather.

Sustainable fashion gaining momentum?


The Guardian reports: “Luxury and sustainability are two words you may not particularly expect to find in the same sentence. You may even think they are antithetical concepts.” But this is just what innovative NOHARM brand has been doing for the past 6 years.

Looks like the traditional old brands are starting to get the message. Earlier this year PPR — the owner of a string of luxury brands including Gucci – set out a major new sustainability strategy called PPR HOME. Its CEO, François-Henri Pinault, said: “My deep conviction that sustainability creates value is part of my strategic vision for PPR. Sustainability can – and must – give rise to new, highly ambitious business models and become a lever of competitiveness for our brands.”

NOHARM has just released news on 3 new men’s footwear styles:





BRIONI is shelfing its womenswear line!

Brioni Clothes

So are we really surprised to hear that BRIONI is shelfing its womenswear line. WWD report that Brioni’s manufacturing plant in Italy, which was dedicated to the production of the brand’s womenswear collections, will be shut down in September. There’s been a lot of talk on Kitmeout over the years regarding the need for brands to remain gender specific and grow from a single point of strength and not lose their identify in the all too common androgynous trap.

BRIONI is shelfing its womenswear line!

West Ham Utd vs Millwall Kits 2011/12

Now both West Ham and Millwall are playing in the Npower Championship league and in anticipation of the one and only Eastend Derby we thought a quick butchers at the 2011/12 kits was in order.

The Lions home kit is traditional blue with a white collar and is sponsored by Racing.

Millwall Home Kit

The Hammers home kit is made by Macron, who are in the second season of their shirt deal with the Hammers.

West Ham Home Kit

Looking forward to the matches at the Boleyn Ground and New Den.

IJIN Jeans 50% OFF Special Deal!

IJIN Jeans 50% OFF Special Deal!

Togged is offering a stunning collection of IJIN Material Jeans and Tops at an incredible 50% OFF. Take a butchers CLICK HERE

BLACKBARRETT + mote sinabel released in collaboration T-shirts

BLACKBARRETT + mote sinabel released in collaboration T-shirts

Blackbarrett is made to exceed the boundaries set by traditional design through the use of denim together with knits. Also known as Barrett’s Japanese Line of clothing, Black Barrett includes dyed denims that leave a good style impression and is suitable for men looking for something unique.

Mote sinabel art director working on a broad range of music and fashion for Barrett (Motoshinaberu) with his full collaboration T-shirts!


WTAPS Clothing Autumn/Winter ‘Way of Life’ Collection

WTAPS Clothing

WTAPS philosophy is built on a strong foundation of dynamic craftsmanship. In the Autumn/Winter ‘Way of Life’ Collection they stay true to their philosophy and offer a solid range of range of jackets, shirts, pants and accessories.

Paul Smith Menswear Spring Summer 2012

Paul Smith Trainers

We’re big Smithy fans here at Kitmeout and are always looking for an opportunity to shout about the good old British brand!

For Spring Summer 2012 the mainline collection has a minimal and classic aesthetic, drawing inspiration from traditional workwear but reinterpreted to create modern, elegant shapes.

The colour palette is inspired by a singular colour, navy blue, and is complimented by brief shades of terracotta, coral and various shades of grey. Prints are bright, bold and graphic.

The silhouette is sharp; workwear inspired box shaped jackets with neat shoulders are seen alongside short, slim workers’ smocks with extreme drop shoulders. The traditional interior detailing of work jackets has been brought to the exterior. Collars are either removed or stitched down and when combined with large patch pockets, create a distinctly utilitarian sensibility to the collection.

Football Wallets & Belts

Football Belt

As we enter the new football season we thought it would be worth taking a butchers at a few football pieces by Bangers & Mash. Here the brand offer a football themed belt and wallet. Both available at Togged.

The Wallet: Printed footballs on canvas applied over leather. Holds 3 credit cards. Coin pouch stud fastening. Width 11cm Height 9.5cm. Embossed signature logo on inside. stitched trim. Made in England.

The Belt: Bangers and Mash mens footballs belt. 3.5cm wide printed canvas applied over leather. Leather lined stitch trim. 7cm wide brushed steel buckle. Made in England.

Football Wallet

Marc Jacobs to Dior? Galliano for Louis Vuitton…

Marc Jacobs to Dior? Galliano for Louis Vuitton...

According to sources close to WWD, Dior is in talks with Marc Jacobs about becoming the new couturier of the French house. Dior has been without a creative leader since the loss of John Galliano in the wake of allegations of racism. Such a move would unseat Jacobs from Louis Vuitton, the cash-cow brand at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton — and possibly set in motion a reshuffling at the French luxury giant. Who knows, perhaps Galliano will go the other way…

Marc Jacobs to Dior? Galliano for Louis Vuitton...

NIKE, Inc. Commitment on Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals

Nike Sustainable Trainers

Following Greenpeace’s challenge to NIKE to clean up toxic river pollution in China, the sports-fashion goliath has picked on the picked up the gauntlet…

Nike NOHARM trainers

In support of the principles of prevention and precaution1, and in line with our overall commitment to water stewardship, NIKE, Inc.2 supports the goal of systemic change to achieve zero discharge of hazardous chemicals associated with supply chains and the lifecycles of products within one generation3 or less.

NIKE, Inc. is committed to the goal of zero discharge4 of hazardous chemicals5 by 2020.

To make this a reality, NIKE, Inc. will continue phasing out hazardous chemicals in our supply chain and we will accelerate the phase out of the highest priority6 hazardous chemicals. NIKE, Inc. will continue to work with brands, material suppliers, the broader chemical industry, NGOs and other stakeholders to achieve this goal. We will drive towards innovative solutions for transparency in chemical management disclosure.

We recognize the path to reaching this goal must be through innovation, the application of green chemistry7, and broad industry and regulatory collaboration and engagement. NIKE, Inc.’s commitment and investment towards this goal and the dedication to system change is unwavering.

We will work tirelessly to affect system change across the industry towards this goal. This commitment includes sustained investment in moving industry, government, science and technology to deliver on systemic change.

We commit to continue to share what we learn, our approaches and tools and work with others in finding new solutions and removing existing barriers, and to report progress towards comprehensive chemicals management.

Within eight weeks, NIKE, Inc. will announce its action plan for the goal of eliminating hazardous chemicals within our supply chain addressing transparency, chemical management, including how we will address the need for industry disclosure in line with right to know principles and a timeline for the elimination of the highest priority hazardous chemicals. Due to the highly complex and shared nature of supply chains, we invite others in our industry to co-create a broader action plan for the industry, as collaboration is critical to drive progress.

1 “The Precautionary Principle means that when (on the basis of available evidence) an activity may harm human health or the environment, a cautious approach should be taken in advance – even if the full extent of harm has not yet been fully established scientifically. It recognizes that such proof of harm may never be possible, at least until it is too late to avoid or reverse the damage done. The process of applying the Precautionary Principle must involve an examination of the full range of alternatives, including, where necessary, the development of sustainable alternatives where they do not already exist.”

2 NIKE, Inc. includes the Nike Brand, Cole Haan, Converse, Hurley, and Umbro.

3 One generation is generally regarded as 20-25 years. However, we intend to accelerate timelines for elimination and substitution through active engagement with material and chemical suppliers and green chemistry innovation.

4 Discharge means all release pathways from our supply chain (contract factories, material suppliers, and dyeing/finishing facilities).

5 Hazardous chemicals are identified through the evaluation of intrinsic hazards including persistence, bioaccumulation and toxic (PBT), very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB), carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic for reproduction (CMR), and endocrine disruptors (ED), or other properties of equivalent concern.

6 Our approach is to prioritize hazardous chemicals that pose the greatest risk to consumers, workers and the environment.

7 Green Chemistry is the design, development, and implementation of chemical products and processes to reduce or eliminate the use and generation of substances hazardous to human health and the environment. The principles of Green Chemistry such as proactive pollution prevention and the use of inherently safer chemistries are consistent with the intentions of the Precautionary Principle.

8 A partial list of Nike tools include: the Restricted Substances List (RSL), Green Chemistry Program, Sustainable Chemistry Guidance, H2O-Insight Water Tool, Materials Analysis Tool (MAT), and the Considered Index. A partial list of current collaboration partners includes: AFIRM, BSR, CEO Water Mandate, the Apparel Coalition, Green Chemistry Institute (GCI), Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.

9 Right to know is defined as practices that allow members of the public access to environmental information – in this case specifically about the uses and discharges of chemicals based on reported quantities of releases of hazardous chemicals to the environment, facility-by-facility, year-by-year.

Veja and FrenchTrotters Sustainable-Luxury Trainers

Veja Trainers

Continuing the theme of psuedo-green style, here we take a butchers at the new Veja and FrenchTrotters Sustainable-Luxury Trainers. Available in low and boot styles and priced at £110 and £125, they come in three colors, navy blue, white, and camel. The green angle is attained by the wild Amazonian rubber and leather that has been naturally-tanned with acacia extracts.

FrenchTrotters Trainers

RMC MKWS Camo Teaser


Here’s the new RMC MKWS Camo Teaser. The new collection will include shirts, shorts and pants arriving in stores soon. Stay tuned for updates.

MKWS Clothing

adidas Originals B-Sides – Jeremy Scott Forum Hi

adidas Originals B-Sides - Jeremy Scott Forum Hi

More from the man, Scott! Well worth a butchers!

Unconventional, boundary-pushing designer Jeremy Scott is favoured by a stack of celebrities for his fearless creative vision. At first a collaboration with adidas Originals may have seemed as a pairing from the left-field to some. However, the ongoing partnership has proved a runaway success, with both sneakerheads and fashionistas alike embracing his direction in a range that involves all-over prints, wings and even teddy bears and pandas. Jeremy Scott is well known for his prints and the B-Sides version of his inimitable 2002 ‘Dollar Bill’ Forum Hi complements neatly with the designer’s name emblazoned over fabric in a medium khaki and dark brown colourway.

Dr. Martens A/W 2011 Lookbook featuring Agyness Deyn

Dr Martens bother boots

English model Agyness Deyn features in the new Dr Martens Autumn/Winter 2011 Lookbook. DMs are clearly looking to personify their very real Brisitish heritage in their latest lookbook. Take a butchers! you won’t be disappointed:

Deconstruct a pair of jeans

Denim Fibres

For her UBS 12 x 12 presentation, Moore presents Garment Work, a durational collective performance project in which the artist and visitors deconstruct a pair of jeans. Over the course of the month, in twice-weekly performance/workshop/discussions, Moore creates connections between Cambodia’s garment manufacturing industry, where the jeans were made, and Michigan Avenue, where the jeans were purchased. Together, Moore and visitors then take the jeans apart by hand. Research regarding the origins of the pants as well as the experiences of the makers and sellers is also presented. Garment Work is a meditation on the international garment trade and women’s issues in developing nations.

Photos: Elizabeth White

Deconstruct a pair of jeans

Nature is a language, can’t you read? by Lucio Castro

Nature is a language, can’t you read? by Lucio Castro

Lucio Castro, Spring/Summer 2012

Following the lead set by the NOHARM brand, ex Armani Exchange (yes, Armani Exchange), Argentinean designer Lucio Castro sees the future in sustainable fabrics and artisanal techniques. His Spring/Summer 2012 collection, named “Nature is a language, can’t you read?” after a Smiths’ (Morrissey being a famous veggie) song, comprises clean-cut, minimalist pieces inspired, for the most part, by French filmmaker Fernand Deligny’s concept of “elevated simplicity.” Is the future of fashion, ehtical?

Nature is a language, can’t you read? by Lucio Castro

Armani Bomber Jacket

Armani Summer Jacket

Here’s a quality Armani Collezioni Summer Bomber Jacket well worth a butchers:

Armani Collezioni, mens regular fit, ivory bomber jacket. Double zip front closure, logo embossed zip pulls. Elasticated waistband and sleeve cuffs. High collar, back stitched yoke. 2 front slash pockets with hidden zip closure, logo embossed zip pulls. 2 large inner pockets, one with smaller additional pocket with logo zip pull closure. 52% nylon 48% polyester.


Armani Bomber Jacket

Andy Warhol iPhone Case

Andy Warhol iPhone Case

As a cutting-edge visual artist, Andy Warhol understood and embraced technology and saw it as the future of contemporary culture and the arts. The Warhol edition Snap Case for iPhone 4 features some of the artist’s most beloved works along with the same reliable protection and easy attachment of our standard Snap Case.

Andy Warhol Case

Terry Richardson For ALDO Autumn/Winter 2011 Campaign

Aldo Boots

What does lucky mean to you? Hitting the jackpot? Falling in love in an elevator? That day when you’re making every shot, killing every joke? Or is it simply waking up with a certain spring in your step? We like to think that luck is simply a personal taste for the unknown, for magic and excitement, a ready-for-anything joie de vivre that you can find in anything, anywhere.

Our Autumn/Winter collection is full of lucky moments, no matter how you define them. Feeling sexy in your leopard print wedges? That’s lucky. Glittery heels for a glitzy night out? Sounds pretty lucky. A classic brogue in the perfect brown for your summer suit? Feeling lucky again. Spend the whole day in slippers? Definitely. Definitely lucky.

Terry Richardson For ALDO Autumn/Winter 2011 Campaign

Quoddy Shoes Workshop – Lewiston, Maine

Quoddy Boots

The Quoddy workshop in Maine is an amazing place, the craftsman are extremely skilled and very friendly and open. Special thanks to Dan for giving such a great insight.

Filmed with a skeleton kit of the 5D with 24-70mm and gorilla pod. Audio recorded onto my iphone with the surprisingly good irig mic. Edited on the Mac book air 11″.

Quoddy Shoes Workshop

Fiat 500 by Gucci

Fiat 500 by Gucci

The Fiat 500 by Gucci editions will arrive at Fiat dealerships in December, along with assorted Gucci-branded travel accessories to ensure a truly chic driving experience. Pricing has yet to be announced.

FIAT BY Gucci al Fasion August 16, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Set to debut during New York Fashion Week (Sept. 8 — 15) on Fashion’s Night Out (Sept. 8), the new Fiat 500 by Gucci limited-edition models represent the perfect combination of craftsmanship and style, and bring together two of Italy’s most respected brands. In the year that sees the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy and Gucci’s 90th anniversary, these special editions of the Fiat 500 and 500 Cabrio have been customized by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini in partnership with Fiat’s Centro Stile.

APC Jeans Go Green!

APC Jeans Go Green!

APC goes green by recycling. Simply take your old APC jeans over to their Dover Street store and swap them for a brand new pair for half the price. Your old jeans will then be washed, pressed and resold as part of the new Butler Worn-Out series. Not exactly sure if this is going to be a winner since most of us spend a fortune in time wearing our denim in and probably won’t want to part with them for any dazzling discount deal.

APC Jeans Go Green!

Arsenal 125th Anniversary Kit – Days down the Woolwich Market

Arsenal Kit

I remember years ago working down the Woolwich Market near the old London Arsenal the original home of the Gunners which makes the 125th Anniversary kit especially meaningful. I know there’s been a lot of questions over the style of the new kit and badge and although I’m no Gunners fan, I have to say I admire the club and it’s history. The effort to go green with recycled polyester is an admirable step too!

I used to travel down from the East End where I would leave my partner at Roman Road Market to South London’s Woolwich Market and enjoy the old South Londoner jabber. I have to say the South Londoner shoppers were well hard to pplease. Could n’t give the stuff away!

Founded in Woolwich in 1886 and called The Royal Arsenal, the celebratory design features 15 laurel leaves to the left side of the Club’s crest to reflect the detail on the reverse of the six pence pieces paid by 15 men to establish the Club – the laurel leaves also represent strength. The 15 oak leaves to the right of the crest acknowledge the founders who would meet in the local Royal Oak pub. Underneath the crest is one of the first recorded mottos related to the armament and battle – ‘Forward’ – with the anniversary dates of 1886 and 2011 either side of the heart of the shirt.

The classic design is inspired by the 1970’s strips and boasts a clean, refined look with a block red body and white sleeves with red speed stripe detail. The shorts are white with a red speed stripe. On the back of the shirt below the neck reads ‘Arsenal’, while inside the front, on the back of the crest, reads ‘Victoria Concordia Crescit’, (‘Victory Through Harmony’), Arsenal’s Latin motto, which was previously featured on earlier versions of their club crest between 1949 and 2002.

The new home kit is made from Nike’s ground-breaking recycled polyester – which for the first time includes both the shirt and shorts. Each complete kit is made up of up to thirteen reclaimed plastic water bottles. The improved Nike Dri-Fit fabric, now 13% lighter than previous kits, helps to quickly evaporate moisture by drawing through the fabric to the surface and keep players dry.

Arsenal Badge

Surface to Air Comes to New York

Surface to Air Comes to New York

Surface to Air Comes to New York

“WE chose the name because we thought it was a nice metaphor for creativity,” said Jérémie Rozan, the founder of Surface to Air. “We’re not pro-war,” Mr. Rozan said.

“When I started, I tried to reconcile things that couldn’t be reconciled,” said Mr. Rozan, 36, who studied business and worked for a consulting firm in London for all of six months before starting his own company. “It was about trying to do 20 things at the same time and still being the best in every field.”

Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi in Surface to Air Jacket

“It’s a way to show the specificity of our brand, which is a fashion brand with an eye for creative artistic capital,” Mr. Rozan said. “It helps us express who we are without spending an extraordinary amount of cash.”