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SHOPPING: GENTLE MONSTER

SHOPPING: GENTLE MONSTER

You can define Gentle Monster as the Acne Studios of eyewear. Disruptive design and independent thinking have propelled Gentle Monster as the most sought after designer brand in Korea. Originally created five years ago to satisfy a niche market (i.e. the perfect fit for Korean faces), the sunglasses and frames found a quick following among celebrities and fashionistas. Their...
SHOPPING: AMI SS16

SHOPPING: AMI SS16

In just a few seasons, AMI has become the ultimate cool Parisian brand, eclipsing venerable brands like A.P.C., and keeping editors (and buyers) all excited. The secret of the recipe is simple: revisited staples (i.e. the right fit and the right fabric), trendy or quirky details and the right price point. It’s technically called contemporary menswear since it...
SHOPPING: MAISON KITSUNE FOR MR PORTER

SHOPPING: MAISON KITSUNE FOR MR PORTER

This capsule collection really feels like love at first sight. Think about it: the preppy French brand teaming up with the ultra-chic Mr Porter. Can we really do more cool and chic than that? This 18 piece collection is almost a preview of the upcoming season already all about Japan, its memorabilia and an ode to travel. It has,...
SHOPPING: KIRK ORIGINALS

SHOPPING: KIRK ORIGINALS

Modern reinterpretations of styles brings somehow the best of both worlds, the vintage feeling intertwined with the contemporary take. Kirk Original does it quite well. You won’t find anything ostentatious here, just this charming sensation of deja-vu whether it’s the design of the frames (60’s or 70’s), the textures (love the Havana acetate) or the tint of...
SHOPPING: FILLING PIECES SS16

SHOPPING: FILLING PIECES SS16

Filling Pieces has achieved in a few seasons what almost nobody has ever done so far: bridging the gap between streetwear and premium high-quality sneakers. Handmade in Portugal using the finest Italian materials, Filling Pieces flirts with both worlds, using the visual street codes (low and high top silhouettes, detailed soles, unique color palette,… ) mixed with an impeccable...
SHOPPHING: NUDIE JEANS - BLEACH DENIM

SHOPPHING: NUDIE JEANS – BLEACH DENIM

Finding the right bleach jeans is always a bit tricky. European brands have always designed somehow stronger styles (think of the APC’s Japanese stonewashed ones). Swedish brand Nudie Jeans, renowned for its sustainable denim, offers this season different shades and treatments from lighter to distressed. Unlike most of American brands, the results are more subtle and have a...
SHOPPING: REEBOK ALIEN STOMPER

SHOPPING: REEBOK ALIEN STOMPER

If you are a diehard fan of the Alien franchise like I’m, this might be for you. At the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the James Cameron film, ALIENS (first in order), Reebok teamed up with Fox Studios to reissue the sneakers worn by Sigourney Weaver. The capsule collection includes mid and high-top styles, both reprising the bulky but retro design...
SHOPPING: FRED PERRY x NIGEL CABOURN SS16

SHOPPING: FRED PERRY x NIGEL CABOURN SS16

The new Fred Perry x Nigel Cabourn collection explores another time the British label’s archives, delving into the 1950’s and 1970’s. The original tennis kits and Fred Perry Sportswear leisure styles created Perry and Tibby Wegner, his business partner at that time, were the inspiration behind for this capsule collection, emphasizing the importance of the UK manufacturing, the faded...
SHOPPING: ADIEU SS16

SHOPPING: ADIEU SS16

We are so used of the same styles (and quite often ugly ones), that I can’t help but be emotional when discovering new shoes. That’s what happened almost three years ago with Adieu. This guy, who was wearing a pair during Paris Fashion Week, gave me the name and store location. I went there right away, looked at...
SHOPPING: KENZO x THE JUNGLE BOOK

SHOPPING: KENZO x THE JUNGLE BOOK

Kenzo just teamed up with Disney for the release of The Jungle Book movie, the 3D version the classic animated movie. This capsule collection reprises the luxuriant decor used in the original movie as a playful background on shirts, sweaters, pants and jackets. “What we found most appealing for this project was to marry strong Jungle Book elements with...
SHOPPING: ACNE STUDIOS EYEWEAR SS16

SHOPPING: ACNE STUDIOS EYEWEAR SS16

The new Acne Studios eyewear series is more an update of existing styles than a completely new collection. We still have to keep in mind that the first iteration was exceptionally strong and introduced a quite unusual full range of styles from slick aviator to overly dramatic acetate frames. This new series plays with different hues (green forest, light green), remixes materials (the golden,...
SHOPPING: PIERRE HARDY COMET SNEAKERS

SHOPPING: PIERRE HARDY COMET SNEAKERS

Pierre Hardy’s cube is probably one of my favorite patterns ever since it was launched in 2006. Initially envisioned as a purely decorative, it was gradually expanded to all categories until used as inspiration for his new sneakers, the Comet. ‘I decided to take this archetype because it’s like a pixel in a way – it’s a motif and a pattern but it’s...
SHOPPING: COS ESSENTIALS SS16

SHOPPING: COS ESSENTIALS SS16

I’m not sure I can remember my days prior COS launch in the US. As dramatic and overstated it might sound, my wardrobe has shifted, spanning a full range of pastels, clean t-shirts (from their kimono tee to crisps classic T-shape), and slick shirts. Each season sees a new arrival of essentials, staples you can wear from morning to...
SHOPPING: GRENSON SS16

SHOPPING: GRENSON SS16

After a few seasons focusing on their triplewelt, the Grenson team embarked on new adventures, primarily focusing on their 150 year anniversary with the New Balance drop earlier this year being the first commemoration. This summer sees the return of vintage inspired sandals, the Neville, the Waldo and the Wilf, all reprising or updating designs from the...
SHOPPING: DR MARTENS SS16

SHOPPING: DR MARTENS SS16

You probably know my fascination for Dr Martens and everything Made In England if you’ve been following me for a while. Rare are the brands like Dr Martens capable to almost reinvent themselves season after season. This new collection is a particular good representation of their creativity, revisiting for example a few classics like these brogues with a slimmer sole, the suede Chelsea...
SHOPPING: NIKE AIR MAX 90 ULTRA SUPERFLY T

SHOPPING: NIKE AIR MAX 90 ULTRA SUPERFLY T

Nike has made innovation the core of its business since many years, creating new performance technologies and challenging established standards. One of its design groups, HTM, launched in 2002 and acronym for the first initials of its three contributors, Hiroshi Fujiwara, founder of the studio Fragment Design, and Nike’s anchors Tinker Hatfield and Mark Parker, has recently brainstormed on how...
SHOPPING: NIXON BACKPACKS

SHOPPING: NIXON BACKPACKS

You don’t necessarily think of Nixon when looking for a new backpack. Nixon mades primarily watches, a lot of them, super affordable and quite resistant. It’s only recently that I discovered their backpacks as I needed volumes, functionalities, space for my MacBook Pro and resistant materials. Nixon uses the same nylons (1200D and 600D coated ripstop) used for hot air...
SHOPPING: NATIVE APOLLO MOC XL

SHOPPING: NATIVE APOLLO MOC XL

Native shoes makes one of the most lightweight sneakers you will ever find thanks to their microfiber upper and EVA midsole and outsole. Their new Apollo Moc XL is also super breathable (perforated patterns), beast free (like the other Native products) and shock absorbent. The new iteration is available in four different color ways – Jiffy Black,...
SHOPPING: HÆRFEST

SHOPPING: HÆRFEST

My quest for the perfect backpack continues bringing us back to NYC with HÆRFEST (pronounced “harvest”). The two founders (and brothers) opted for a radical and understated design, eliminating all the unnecessary elements and focusing on premium materials and features (embossed nylon, gun-metal hardware, high-quality zippers). While the overall aesthetic might feel simple and slightly familiar, the materials and...
SHOPPING: ADIDAS ORIGINALS NMD R_1 Mono

SHOPPING: ADIDAS ORIGINALS NMD R_1 Mono

Adidas Originals has definitely found a new groundbreaking hit with this new NMD series presented last December in NYC. The new iterations reprises the exact same design launched in January minus the color blocking. The result is two minimalist and slick sneakers, available in black and in white, both available March 17th.
SHOPPING: INDIGO

SHOPPING: INDIGO

Indigo has been trending since quite some time now, first resurrected by the denimheads and their selvedge obsession and then by the Made in Japan fanatics. Due to its inherent technicality, indigo-dyed pieces were expensive, and as a result, reserved to connoisseurs. Things changed lately thanks mostly to a new generation of manufacturers nailing perfectly...