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Tuesday
Jan262016

Sacai x Hender Scheme Leather Lace-Up Boots

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01. Black.
02. Natural.

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The rugged elegance of these boots from Sacai's Spring-Summer '16 men’s line proves that the brand made the right choice in working with Hender Scheme on a small selection of footwear this season. The subsequent collaboration sees the familiar work boot silhouette given a unique update in two beautiful leathers.

Available from Mr Porter

Monday
Jan252016

Final Week – Tintin: Hergé's Masterpiece

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Somerset House
Terrace Rooms, South Wing
London WC2R 1LA
November 12, 2015 – January 31, 2016

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"Stepping inside the wonderfully eccentric world of artist-author Hergé and Tintin, his intrepid young reporter, the exhibition explores the evolution of the artwork of Hergé, from the simplicity of early newspaper strips to the genre-defining graphic work of the later books. Drawing on the archives of the Hergé Museum in Belgium, Tintin: Hergé's Masterpiece features pencil sketches, character drawings, and watercolours alongside original artwork from the finished stories.

The exhibition also reveals more about the man behind the masterpiece. Hergé had an enduring fascination with architecture and design. With his skill as an illustrator and a draughtsman's eye for design, the settings in which the stories were played out were always rendered in meticulous detail."

Somerset House

Sunday
Jan242016

Boncoura Off-White Denim

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01. Straight leg.
02. Made in Japan.

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Controversial as it might be in some quarters, I'm quite partial to an off-white jean, especially a pair with a seemingly perfect fit like this option from the Japanese brand Boncoura. They’re not overly slim, offering a vintage-inspired straight cut in an appealing buttermilk shade of selvedge denim.

Available from Alpha Shadows

Saturday
Jan232016

Shoes Like Pottery Vulcanized Cloth Brown

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01. Kiln fired in Kurume, Japan.

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This brown duck cloth sneaker with a black sole and toe cap is one of the best versions the Shoes Like Pottery low top I think I've seen, but it's also the hardest to find. Good Weaver has the model exclusively available, alongside other enticing footwear produced in the Kurume region by the likes of Doek and Sols.

Available from Good Weaver

Friday
Jan222016

Heller's Cafe 1930s Duck Print Field Jacket

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01. Corduroy collar.
02. Olive interior.

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This Heller’s Cafe piece, based on 1930s references from Larry McKaughan’s acclaimed vintage collection, looks like a hunting jacket mixed with the classic American coaches style. The details, which include an interesting diagonal print, a rounded corduroy collar and leather reinforced pockets, are impressive too, thanks as ever to the reproduction masters at Warehouse.

Available from Warehouse

Thursday
Jan212016

Carl Auböck Rooster Bell

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01. Three inches high.

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When considering Carl Auböck’s wide array of brass objects, which includes bookends, paperweights and keychains, things like this rooster-shaped bell seem to receive a little less attention. I suppose there aren’t many uses for it, but everyone should have at least one seemingly superfluous item displayed around the home that brings them joy.

Available from The Future Perfect

Wednesday
Jan202016

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: The Conny Plank Session

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01. Released on LP and CD.

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"Unreleased Ellington studio sessions have a paucity to match the plentitude of his vault live releases, so this crafty little quickie – just 29 minutes – is something of a revelation. The unlikely setup: Duke in Cologne in 1970 to record for synth-maven engineer Conny Plank, a man accustomed to working with Kraftwerk rather than swing titans.

But it’s fascinating to hear late-career Ellington go all experimental, embracing studio wackery. Of the two cuts here, meted out in alternate takes, 'Alerado' has the surest form. It’s akin to a bluesy, flute-infused African samba, as though Ellington’s roots have enmeshed with Brazilian rhythms and commenced growing in Germany. One wonders how quickly the takes came after each other, if their approaches were much debated or decided on the fly. The first take is pastoral; the second has a more assertive ensemble that bucks up against Ellington’s Jimmy Smith-type organ voicings; and the third is gutbucket hoodoo driven by Harold Ashby’s tenor saxophone. This, clearly, is the Duke enjoying himself.

The three takes of 'Afrique' could have been lifted from some bizarroland Can project. The first and best is pure sound painting with sweeps of organ roiling atop a drum roll that is akin to some tribal summoning. Stabbing piano notes break in at intervals, like that needly percussion one encounters in noir films as someone creeps up the back stairs. The old Turk has gone young again." Colin Fleming, JazzTimes.

Available from Grönland Records

Tuesday
Jan192016

Sanca Satin Field Jacket

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01. Four front pockets with concealed buttons.
02. Two piece sleeves with button cuffs.

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Although it's been around since 2007, Sanca is one of those brands that is still disappointingly underrepresented outside of Japan. Thankfully, The Garbstore is buying the line and one of the items they've selected is this mid-weight cotton field jacket, featuring twin needle topstitching and a personal favourite design detail of mine: useful oversized pockets.

Available from Couverture & The Garbstore

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