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Saturday
Dec042010

South 2 West 8 Winter Sweater

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—01. Navy.
—02. Snowflake detail.
—03. Bottom hem.

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With the holidays around the corner, decorated sweaters are about to hit their prime season. Thick winter sweaters adorned with skiers, trees and snowflakes will be out in full force, but there aren't a lot of them I'd like to wear myself. This piece from South 2 West 8 has a nice look and feel to it though; and while it is probably best suited to the middle of winter, the colors and styling feel classic enough to be a little more versatile.

Nepenthes

Friday
Dec032010

Present FW10 Collection

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—01. 3 Button Jacket and Elbow Patch Sweater.

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As Ryan noted on Monday, Present have recently launched a wider range of products under their own name. They've been making small runs of items since opening, but the current offering is their first full collection. Well-rounded, compact, and sitting neatly alongside the other brands they carry, it's an impressive and reasonably priced addition to the shop's ever expanding selection. Highlights include quilted outerwear and accessories made in England, shirting, jackets and chinos in a variety of Japanese fabrics, and some great Scottish knitwear. The collection also features a range of footwear made with Tricker's, and socks by Corgi. These images are taken from a lookbook produced for a new section of the Present website and provide a hint of what's on offer. For a more detailed look at the collection as a whole, follow the link below.

Present FW10 Collection

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Thursday
Dec022010

In Stock: British Folk Part One

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—01. British Folk Part One by James Pearson-Howes.

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James Pearson-Howes has been shooting features and editorials for Inventory magazine since the first issue. His photographs are always full of character, beautifully composed and consistently highlight an ability to put his subjects at ease. The latter is even more evident when you visit his website and look through his personal projects and work for other clients; James can shoot anyone and anything. Diversity and portraiture are a common thread and it's these priorities that underpin his first book. British Folk documents a series of unconventional British folk traditions. These events were originally about exorcising a towns' demons or ensuring a better crop, but today they're all about being part of a community.

Litho printed and perfect bound with a buckram cloth spine, this edition of 250 is the first in a trilogy of planned releases. Designed by Ben Freeman, it focuses on three regions - Dorset, Devon and Peterborough - and specifically Hunters Moon Morris, Tar Barrels, the Straw Bear and the Red Leicester Morris Men. The subsequent two editions are scheduled for release next year and will feature, among other things, the Obby Oss, Lewes Bonfire Night and the Pearly King and Queen.

—Available at Inventory Stockroom and Dover Street Market

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Wednesday
Dec012010

O-Check Design Graphics

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Back when we were opening our store, we went on a hunt for a nice looking stapler for our check out desk. We really didn't find what we were after, but we ended up with a great industrial version, which ended up working perfectly. For home and in the office however, it was a little overboard. My search came to an end this week when I found one by O-Check Design Graphics at Old Faithful. The Korean company makes a great selection of staplers, hole-punchers, pencils, rulers and other useful office tools. With a clean design and affordable price, they are pretty ideal for just about anybody who likes their functional items to also look good.

O-Check Design Graphics

Tuesday
Nov302010

Last Few Months

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—01. I Want That, shot at Old Faithful.

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Another few months gone by, another couple of rolls back. I think I like looking at some of these past shots as they don't feel nearly as stressful and strenuous as the last couple of months have been. Most of the shots are from around the shop, my home and Vancouver. One thing I do miss from this time was the weather, especially now that it seems to be regularly freezing outside.

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Tuesday
Nov302010

Tenue de Nîmes & London Undercover

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—01. Illustrations by Hiyoko Imai.
—02. Natural beech woodwork.

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It's definitely the time of year to have an umbrella handy at all times. For some reason I've never actually purchased one that will last me, although I often wish I had. There are some great classic options out there, but if you're after something a little more unique, Tenue de Nîmes have teamed up with London Undercover to produce this denim umbrella. The design is subtle and the materials look nice, but are still functional. I actually like the small illustrations as well, done by Hiyoko Imai.

Tenue de Nîmes

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Monday
Nov292010

Present Wool Crusiers

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—01. Quilted plaid wool.
—02. Made in England.

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Present have been working hard over the last year to develop a solid range of products under their own brand name. We got a sneak peek back in the summer and even then, the Crusier jacket was a stand out for me. The jackets are made from warm wools, feature nice quilting through the body and arms and come in at a nice price as well. The tones and fabrics look great, classic and very wearable too. Within the collection there are a few more items that are well worth checking out as well, but I wouldn't wait around too long on these.

Present

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Monday
Nov292010

North Face Purple Label Mountain Jacket

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—01. Available in beige and burgundy.

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It feels like the anticipation for North Face Purple Label to break into the western market is building. I would imagine it's only a matter of seasons now, so hopefully this jacket is still in the collection by then. Coming in beige and burgundy, it has a number of great looking design aspects from the buttons to the collar to the pocketing. The burgundy would definitely be my choice, and it's even available in sizes up to XL for those willing to order from Japan.

Available at Digital Mountain

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