WORDS BY KEANU ADORABLE

Sportswear giant Adidas has a had a big presence on the footwear market with their highly successful NMD shoes.  And this summer sees a series of new additions to the NMD family in the form of the second generation NMD model, the R2. The latest drop includes three silhouettes; the ‘NMD_R2’, ‘NMD_R2 primeknit’ and ‘City Sock’. To bring to life the latest NMD drops, Adidas Originals collaborated with London photographer  to showcase the NMD additions exploring the city, highlighting some of London’s hidden spots.

The NMD_R2 drops this summer in a duo of understated colour palettes, both featuring a ‘white noise’motif and the already iconic asymmetric EVA insert, now synonymous with the R2 model. Contrastly, this season’s primeknit NMD_R2 uses a unique ‘shadow knit’ technique to cause the shoe to shift colour in the light and is rendered in either a black and striking pink colorway or eye-catching grey. All sitting atop the essential NMD boost tooling, welded 3-stripe and premium nubuck heel-patch.

Finally, the NMD_CS2 sock-fit minimalist silhouette steps out in two new colourways for men and women. Both receive the full primeknit construction with the shoe’s signature single-panel design which wraps around the foot. Elevated with an all-over graphic pattern, the women’s black colourway is elevated with a flash of pink and the men’s features a tonal black palette. Both finished with the classic white BOOST midsole and tooling.

Watch out for these products releasing in store and online at from Thursday 13th July.

We’re in that odd position, 2017 isn’t particularly, or at all you could say, a Summer of Sport. We are equidistance from the end of the last football season and the next.

So this project from Strut and Fibre really whetted our appetite. Strut and Fibre templates have been designed to offer an ideal fit for your tastes and preferences, whether classic or contemporary. They incorporate the latest design trends and seasonal colours, the cards feature a broad range of design styles, typography, colour and patterns so you can be confident of great results through every choice and option.

For their latest project, The Football Crest Index, this is a new publication that tells the stories behind the crests of the greatest clubs in world football. 49 Clubs, 49 Artists, 49 prints, is where 49 super talented designers were handpicked to produce original and exclusive artwork to sit alongside their own favourite club’s history – they have collaborated with The Football Crest Index to make each of them available as A3 prints.

WORDS BY AMANDA LEWIS

Picture the scene the hustle, bustle, noise and a myriad of smells of a souk in North Africa and you’ll often find exotic fabulous smelling black liquid soaps and strange scrubbing gloves. These are the tools of the traditional Hammam experience – where in steamy rooms you can be smothered and scrubbed to a soft glow truly the cleanest and softest you’ll ever be.
Being able to recreate the evocative smells and soft deeply cleansed skin experienced only thus far in a Moroccan Hammam now thanks to RITUALS.


Here’s how – take some time. Switch off your mobile phone (candles and drink optional, but encouraged )
Firstly, slather with Black Soap – full of eucalyptus and oils that keeps skin supple whilst it’s prepared for a real good cleanse. Using a dampened exfoliating mitt made from Kessa this is the first step in preparing skin.
Follow with a hot scrub that exfoliates with purifying sea salt and warms with ginger and oil of eucalyptus.
Thirdly, a Body mud can be applied that purifies and polishes skin.
Rinse off – and finish with RITUALS Body Oil or Body Cream and relax, with the worries of the world and your all your cares and trepidations washed away down the plug hole.

Words by Charlie Britton

Sunglasses are most definitely a seasonless accessory and here at Clothes Make The Man, we’re certain the warmer weather is a perfect excuse to update your eyewear armoury. From New York designers to Italian craftsmen, we’ve picked out 6 of the best design led, forward thinking sunglasses brands and ranges that should be on your essentials list this summer. Forget the norm and put down those Wayfarers gents, it’s time for an upgrade.

Otherwise known as ‘A Bathing Ape’, Japanese clothing brand Bape is most often associated with streetwear. As an ever-growing brand, Bape continues to produce iconic garments such as the ‘Shark Hoodie’ and designs such as ‘Bape Camo’ which can be seen in the streetwear scene across the world. Part of the Nowhere Co., Ltd company, Bape has now expanded its range to offer an edgy but contemporary collection of fashionable sunglasses and glasses frames, perfect for the summer season. Chunky silhouettes and round lensed frames make up part of the collection, with interesting textures and design details running throughout. It’s obvious that Bape has been very consistent as their clothing range is definitely reflected through their glasses design. If you fancy picking up a pair that’ll definitely turn heads this summer, you can shop their full range .

 

Created to keep up with your pace and lifestyle, Movitra is an Italian glasses brand that produces some truly unique glasses. Fitted with a 360 movement system, Movitra glasses bend and twist each and every way to help prevent breakages. The design itself is very unique, making use of both contrasting half and half frames and lenses, depending on the style, which brings quite an interesting finish to these glasses. If you’re looking for some shades that wont stand in the shade this summer, you can find Movitra’s engineered eyewear .

Another Italian made brand that has made our top 6 is Illesteva. This sunglasses brand started in 2010 and aims to design and produce sunglasses using classic shapes and styles with contemporary materials. Made in family-run factories in Italy, these glasses are designed in New York, carry a high standard of excellence and are made with simplicity and practicality in mind. You can shop the Illesteva collections .

The brand name is as unique as the product with Grey Ant. A reinvention of the traditional style of glasses, Grey Ant reinterprets the shapes and silhouettes and produces some extremely interesting eyewear pieces for the modern man and woman. Hand made in Italy and Japan and produced in limited quantities, the brand lives up to their unique selling point of ensuring quality and individuality are paramount. You can view the whole range .

Since its launch in 2012, Westward Leaning have grown to become one of the worlds leading independent sunglasses brands. Unisex, mirrored lenses and universally-flattering are the 3 things that best describe this brand as they create and produce some very well designed glasses that we really do love here at Clothes Make The Man.
Often recognised for their reflected lenses, Westward Leaning continues to develop and evolve into a remarkable eyewear brand and we cant wait to see what’s next. Check them out for some serious sun-worthy sunnies.

The last to triumph in our top 6 is French eyewear brand Izipizi. Challenging the normal high pricing that sunglasses often carry, Izipizi is growing in popularity as they produce interesting, fashionable and good quality glasses at a price point to suit all. What’s more, all glasses from their reading, screen and sunglasses ranges are available to customise in regards to correctional lenses, so no more faffing down the local opticians replacing the stock lenses. Their current SS17 range has a huge variety of styles and shapes to chose from, so if you’re looking for an ‘easy-peasy’ pair of specs or glasses, Izipizi might just be the way to go. You can view the full range.

izipizi glasses
izipizi glasses

On a final note, one of our editors recently collaborated with Farfetch on SS17 sunglasses piece where 6 bloggers and influencers picked out a pair of essential shades for the season. You can read all about it .

by Keanu Adorable

British brand Folk have collaborated with the ever so talented Goss Brothers, no not Matt and Luke tut, on a capsule collection and gallery pop-up shop. The menswear collection fuses art, fashion and literature in a collaboration with the artists Nick and Phil Goss. The collection of around 20 pieces is the result of an ongoing exploration of the J.G.Ballard novel, The Drowned World. This dystopian sci-fi book creates a vision of the future where the ice caps have melted and the planet is burning up. London is unfortunately submerged under water, a nightmarish, stinking tropical swamp where alligators and strange prehistoric reptiles are unleashed and pelicans squawk in the angry red sky. It’s a work of fiction, at the moment,  but for the artists, it strikes a very raw nerve.

The collaboration is the result of a chance meeting between Folk’s founder Cathal Mcateer and Nick Goss in the brand’s Soho store. “Nick was wearing my favourite Folk jacket,” recalls Mcateer. They got chatting and realised they shared a mutual admiration for each other’s work. Mcateer had seen Nick’s work in the Josh Lilley Gallery and connected with his paintings.

“A lot of the way I make paintings is really material based,” says Nick Goss who experiments with the fabric quality of the canvas, using fabric dye to create otherworldly landscapes. “I tend to use lots of linens and fabrics and stain them and I’m really drawn to natural indigos, bright yellow – real Folk colours. It’s probably why I was drawn to Folk in the first place.” It is a meeting of minds and aesthetics.For their first fashion collaboration, the brothers took The Drowned World as their inspiration. It taps into the current feeling of unease and instability in the world, politically and environmentally. RCA graduate Phil Goss has a more illustrative quality to his work and his drawings – flamingos, reptiles and zig zags of water – add a surreal quality to Nick’s more painterly radioactive sunsets and watery reflections.“The Drowned World lets you into this crazy other world of hyper intense imagery and atmosphere,” says Phil Goss.

The resulting collection is a bold and graphic taste of the novel itself, transposed eloquently onto limited edition T-shirts, shorts, summer shirts and sweatshirts. This is wearable art. A pop-up shop on London’s Redchurch Street will fuse gallery and retail space to show the clothing against a backdrop of the Goss Brothers’ paintings and drawings. “More now than ever, people want to connect what’s going on in the world with what they are wearing,” says Cathal Mcateer. “Our safe world of London is being disrupted more than we have ever experienced it. I feel confident doing this collaboration with the Goss Brothers. It feels right. It’s about the garment and the art. I’m looking forward to these different elements coming together.”

Folk x Goss Brothers pop up shop will be open from July 6th. 11am- 7pm 

shop the collection online at www.folkclothing.com