Something for the Weekend

Words by Cameron McLauchlan

In this, the latest edition of ‘something for the weekend’ we’ll be continuing the summer aesthetic as in London and the wider UK we seem to be having a sustained period or good weather this summer at long bloody last!

 

1. Judy Blame (Barry tee) – £65.00

This Judy Blame T-Shirt features designs by the late creative. Forming one of a five design T-shirt collection available currently at Dover Street Market London by Judy Blame.

Judy Blame born Christopher Barnes sadly passed away aged 58 last year, his work and influence particularly in the mid-to-late eighties  will stand the test of time for years to come. Blame grew to prominence in the 80’s as one of the London’s most well-known punks especially within the circles of fashion and the thriving clubbing scene of the time.

One of his most talked about points of significance dates back to 1985, Blame along with John Moore a fellow jewellery designer set-up The House Of Beauty and Culture in DalstonNorth London which was a group of similar craft creatives including Fiona Bowen and Christopher Nemeth to name a couple.

Originally known for his design within accessories often creating chains and necklaces from scrap metal and bones. The bones coming often from the side of the river Thames, a method known as mudlarking originating from the 18/19 hundreds he also made other jewellery items and t-shirts.

Throughout his years Blame consulted for the likes of Ricardo Tisci, Marc Jacobs, John Galliano and Kim Jones during his time at Louis Vuitton more recently, highlighting the need for his invaluable angles on bringing the concepts of fashion big league designers to life.

To shop the T-shirt hit the link in the image where you can view the full collection of T-Shirts by Judy Blame.

 

 

2. Needles Side-Stripe track pant (Nude) – £204.95 down from £289.95

This iconic side-stripe style of track pant from Needles has become a totem within the streetwear community, being donned on the regular by the likes A$AP Rocky Tyga and more. Needles has added to a returned trend of looser, straight-fit pants more common than its skinnier counter-part.

Needles  was birthed through the well known American-inspired Japanese store Nepenthes.  Keizo Shimizu Nepenthes’ and subsequently Needles owner broke away from his former store ‘Redwood’ in 1987 and created Nepenthes the following year in 88.

During the 90’s when importing quality US goods became more difficult this is when Keizo decided to begin to create the clothes himself hence the birth of Needles. 

Keizo’s catalyst came when he read a ‘Made in u.s.a’ catalogue which in his own words “started to think that there wouldn’t be any rules to be cool.” He also had a passion for the beloved American sport of baseball as a kid. The time he spent studying at fashion college along with his fondness of authentic American apparel has taken him to where he is today.

Overall Needles, with some parallels to Kapital, takes forms of American inspiration which obviously strikes a chord with consumers worldwide whether it’s their deconstructed cotton shirts to their athletics inspired tracksuits.

Be sure to check out Nepenthes’ store in London and as of recent its online UK Store where you’ll find the latest from Needles and other brands such as Daiki Suzuki’s Engineered Garments and more.

Needles is also available on Farfetch, Net-a-porter, WellGosh and GoodHood.

Nepenthes London Address : 8 Woburn Walk, Bloomsbury,WC1H 0JL.

Shop the pants above by hitting the image:

3. Maison Margeila ‘Replica’ Sneakers – £319.00

Easily Margeila’s most successful silhouette, this particular iteration of the ‘replica’ features a full leather upper with off-white suede overlays. The perfect summer sneaker whether your heading out smart or casual and subtlety flex on those who know about MARGEILA!

The story of Maison Margeila begins in the year 1988 when it was officially founded by the great Martin Margeila. The original idea being to create a single dress-code for all with references to Haute Couture of previous times.

Margeila has the ability to create both wearable everyday pieces and real works of art referring to his Haute Couture collections. All formed with a dystopian aesthetic prominently conceptualised for Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ tour in 2013 rolling into 14′ with West wearing custom made mask’s, overthrows, jackets and as equally talked about as the masks ; pony hair high top sneakers. All designed by Margeila.

Originally designing womenswear Margeila now runs a total of 23 lines for both men and women including accessories and read-to-wear with line 14 named ‘Replica’ hence the sneakers name. In addition to the 23 lines Margeila also creates Haute Couture pieces.

“Each garment is marked with a plain white label, fastened by four stitches, which can be cut and removed to render the garment anonymous.”

MaisonMargeila.com

 

This a message from the designer prompting one to look past the name situated on the tag and instead take a deeper look into the design concept and connotation in the garment.

To find out more about the Parisian based house click the image.

for the timeline in the words of the brand itself:

Hit the image below to shop the Replica’s and the rest of the Margiela RTW collection for SS/19:

5. HIGHSNOBIETY – “The complete Highsnobiety guide to sweet fashion & culture” £40.00 – Available at other retailers.

For anyone looking to become more knowledgeable on the snowballing rise of the streetwear community from origins to to near present day, this book curated by fashion magazine and now pure-play retailer Highsnobiety is both easy on the eye and informative. And looks great on your contemporary Ikea Coffee table.   

Highsnobiety was originally created by a Mr David Fischer and initially formed in 2005 as the result of a streetwear blog run at his time studying in his home country of Switzerland.

Speaking with the business of fashionFischer spoke on finding his niche  

“It was at a time that there wasn’t a lot of choice for someone interested in a creative discipline in fashion outside of fashion design, There was no fit for me in terms of courses offered in Europe.”

In 2009 Fischer moved to Berlin to open the first Highsnobiety office, Highsnobiety now operates on a global scale with further offices in London and New-York. Operating as a fashion and lifestyle magazine Highsnobiety covers all areas of the culture.

Some important news to add as of late, Highsnobiety has now launched its first ever e-commerce platform which will be operating via a drop based scheduling where brands will create exclusive collaborations and wholesale opportunities for the Highsnob platform. To celebrate the e-commerce channels launch Prada exclusively re-released its Linea Rossa apparel through Highsnobiety. More recently Highsnobiety has created an exclusive collection with hit U.S. hit series Stranger Things. 

To Shop the magazine hit the image below:

 

Thank you for reading another Something For The Weekend, we hope you learned something new! Enjoy the sun while it lasts.


REPRESENTING REPRESENT

Words by Isaac Perry

Although the UK is a country stacked with Heritage and known for having some of the highest expectations in terms of quality for our clothing in the world a lot of up and coming brands seem to let us down relying on Gildan tee’s and the cheapest printing methods to WOW us. However, Represent over the last couple of years have taken this into their own hands and have adopted a cut-and-sew aesthetic which founders George and Mike had a helping hand from their Grandmother, who is probably the coolest Nan ever yeah?!

Represent started from humble beginnings in 2012 up North in Manchester originally making graphic design t-shirts for friends, however, the brothers soon realised that there was an actual market for this which they could make money from so they went with it and now seven years later owners Mike and George probably haven’t looked back.

Now in 2019 they are one of the most sort after brands and the once small northern brand has now excelled into a UK phenomenon showcasing in Milan, London and New York fashion weeks as well as being worn by some of the most relevant names in the streetwear scene today such as Leo Mandella, Lukka Sabbat as well as global superstars including Justin Bieber, Dua Lipa, the Migos and many more!

Represent have recently released their FW19 collection and this is said to have taken inspiration from Britpop culture and the ’90s and pays homage to Manchester-born music and a style decade that will forever remain in the memories of all fashion lovers. The collection consists of; Jackets, Hoodies, T-Shirts, Jeans, Trainers, Boots and Sunglasses. Within this collection, there is simply something for everyone with floral, tartan as well as more minimalistic pieces which go back to the brand’s original routes in screen printing with hoodies and tee’s available.

The campaign shoot for this was truly wonderful with them using model Sonny Hall as the face for this collection. Sonny is currently one of the largest models in the industry having worked alongside some of the largest brands within the fashion world. Sonny’s Instagram perfectly showcases him as a person and the journey which he has been through in his life and he often shares his poetry surrounding mental health and struggles. Definitely, an account which you should check out!

A couple of our favourites include the Logo sweater in Red Marble due to the depth of colour and it is a perfect piece for this upcoming fall/winter. Represent have always been one of the brands showcasing a military vibe and their most recent Cargo pants in black have no disappointed and are a piece which should be worn every day! Last but by no means least we have a pair of their Western Boots in Black with a steel toe cap. These are hand made in Italy and are made from 100% leather meaning only one thing. These will get better and better with time so are definitely a piece which you should be investing in.

 

Check Represent out!

Wake up and smell far more than the Coffee – Rens New Coffee created trainers

The Finnish based company RENs  is proud to announce the launch of the world’s first ‘coffee sneaker’. Every pair of Rens is innovatively crafted from an upper made from a mixture of coffee yarn (from used coffee grounds) and recycled polyester (made with post-consumer plastic). Each shoe also includes a coffee-infused inner lining designed with a breathable, ultra-lightweight material. 100% waterproof, the shoes adapt to your movements to provide all-day comfort.

Their aim is to design the perfect sustainable sneaker for everyone – from the commuter to the thrill seeker. Stylish and versatile, Rens sneakers can be worn on the metro or on the mountain. What’s more, coffee’s natural antibacterial properties make Rens odor-resistant for their entire lifecycle

2 billion cups of coffeeare consumed every day and 3 million plastic bottlesare bought every minute. Spent coffee grounds produce methane  – a major contributor to climate change – and the world is drowning in plastic waste. Frustrated by the unsustainability of the fashion industry, Rens decided to harness the power of waste – putting 21 cups of coffee and 6 plastic bottles into every pair of Rens.

Coming from Vietnam, both Rens founders have first-hand experience of the footwear industry’s environmental impact:

“It’s unbelievable how giant companies churn out millions of unsustainable products, using unsustainable materials and doing very little to mitigate their impact,” says CEO Jesse Tran.

Conversely, when looking for sustainable footwear, the founders found the options to be lacking.

Co-founder Son Chu explains, “Jesse and I are both young sneakerheads who are also concerned about the origin and impact of the shoes we wear. It felt like no one was making an eco-friendly option for us – for our generation. So, we decided to make one ourselves.

Summer isn’t Summer without T-shirts – T-lab

Independent clothing retailer  new Summer collection features a range of original and distinctive menswear designs that raise a pint glass to everything we love about summertime –cooking on the BBQ, chilling with mates, getting away and exploring the great outdoors.

T- lab’s story begins way before the brand’s inception in 2010, with the history of the now legendary T-shirt standing as the influence that carries across all its collections to date. T-shirts were created as a way for us to express ourselves – a silent protest against the norm, to stand apart from the crowd and tell the world who you are. This same idea is the inspiration behind T-lab’s collections.

What started with T-shirts has now grown to include a full wardrobe of apparel, including shorts, jeans and sweatshirts, all independently designed right here in the UK.

T-lab is attracting a loyal and growing following. The T-lab design team create high quality and well-crafted pieces for men whowant to feel proud of what they’re wearing and feel good in it too. Inspired by the heritage of the T-shirt as an original symbol of self-expression, T-lab’s designs are a way of subtly showing the world who you are, and what you’re into. What started with T-shirts has now grown to include a full wardrobe of apparel, including shorts, jeans and sweatshirts.

Kings of the grill will love the collection’s new BBQStar T-Shirt — a tribute to all those charcoal-smudged, hot-handed artisans making it happen over a hot grill and a cold beer. Travel plays a big part in the range, with the Roadtrip Berlin T-Shirt, inspired by European getaways and the classic cars that take us there. For those who prefer a more laid-back approach, the Freedom Polo Shirt captures the free and breezy attitude that comes with a day spent in the sun. All T-lab T-shirts are screen printed in the UK onto soft 100% cotton.

Whiter than White – 10 Common Myths About Dentistry

Now we are all, you could say, painfully aware of the importance of oral and dental hygiene. Particularly if we have recently paid a trip to our friendly neighbourhood dentist. Furthermore, recent research has uncovered, Nearly half the population are unhappy with their teeth (48%) with discoloured teeth (64 per cent) the main reason for being unhappy. 50% of people surveyed say that a person’s smile is the first physical trait they notice and • One in four adults admit they don’t brush twice a day, including a third of men !!!!! So we caught up with leading Harley Street dentist Dr Richard Marques, who has provided his top ten misconceptions about dentistry below.

10 COMMON MYTHS ABOUT DENTISTRY:

1) Dentistry is expensive – prevention is always better than a cure. Look after your teeth and regularly visit your dentist for check-ups, and you’re far less likely to require costly procedures to fix bigger problems.

2)Kids don’t need to see a dentist until their permanent teeth come in – baby teeth are actually just as vulnerable to issues such as cavities which can become infected. Primary teeth also help with the alignment of permanent teeth, so book them in every six months.

3) Whiter teeth are healthier – dentists gauge oral health on the absence of plaque and decay, along with gum and jaw health. Teeth which are slightly discoloured aren’t necessarily unhealthy, but often just stained from things like coffee and dark foods.

4) I don’t need to floss – by neglecting to clean in-between teeth, you’re missing out around 35% of the teeth’s surfaces. Interdental cleaning removes debris trapped in these spaces and prevents the bacteria from multiplying and creating plaque.

5) Braces are just for children – whilst adolescence is the optimum time to correct teeth alignment, braces are possible at any age. A number of factors can cause teeth to move position throughout your life, and modern dentistry means there are more discreet, timely options available.

6) Babies steal calcium from teeth during pregnancy – if a baby isn’t getting enough calcium in the womb, it will be naturally derived from the bones as opposed to the teeth, which replenishes after the baby is born.

7) You shouldn’t brush bleeding gums – bleeding, inflamed gums are a strong indicator of gum disease and need urgent attention. You should still brush gently over the gums to avoid a build-up of plaque that will worsen the condition.

8) My teeth don’t hurt so I don’t need to see the dentist – don’t skip your six monthly check-ups! Your dentist will be able to detect issues before they become painful or expensive problems.

9) Wisdom teeth have to be removed – many people’s wisdom teeth will come through with no complications. Most dentists will only recommend removal when discomfort and pain is persistent.

10) Teeth whitening is painful – most professional whitening treatments actually cause only minor sensitivity and discomfort, just be sure to consult a professional and avoid at-home kits that can be harsh and damaging to tooth enamel.