On the radar this week, we are zooming into our friends at Heddels who produced a tasty studio visit to FDMTL in Tokyo. It’s interesting to watch indigo sprout, bloom, blossom, and start to decay throughout the world as we find ourselves meditating on workwear taking strides and lengths of time through a harsh trend-based landscape.
As the beginnings of a women’s workwear line that plunges into a lifestyle driven design philosophy, Syndrome is the ’her’ to established mens brand, ’Syndro’ out of Taiwan. Perfectly (geographically) positioned for production, a strong work ethic, passion, a growing economy, as well as access to an incredibly diverse range of textiles from neighbouring China, Korea, Japan, and further down to South East Asia; these guys are exceptionally geared for making niche luxury workwear.
To enter into the wild world of Kapital is a little like stepping into a twisted wonderland, one that has its own gravitational force that has you walking upwards, backwards, inside, and outwards. Let us take you into the friend making, beer soaked experience that is the Kapital catalogue shoot, one that never disappoints and one that takes us to the famous and forgotten corners of the earth.
Buying denim, or buying a pair of jeans is a really big decision for a lot of us. It’s that pair that you hope will flatter you in all the right places, last for a good long while, and also a style that you won’t get sick of a few weeks in. Choosing denim is not only about fit, but it’s about colour, wash, stitching, pockets, crotch, weight, and don’t be embarrassed if you have no idea what this word ’selvedge’ even means, or why people are so obsessed with raw denim. Don’t worry, Ponytail got-cha-back.
We think that the move to design and create products in a more mindful way is the future of business. Black Horse Lane Ateliers are trying out a more responsible and transparent model, which should be a great pay-off to the industry itself. So a couple of weeks ago these guys opened their doors to welcome us to the seasoning of their remarkable new brand that hopes to connect nature with industry in E17, London.
Levi’s invited our pals at Heddels to tour their priceless archive in light of their Spring Summer 16 collection, based on a photograph of the company’s baseball team in 1913. What a rare experience to say the least.
Our latest mens style profile delves into the realms of basketball, hip-hop, and thrift stores with the ever impeccably dressed Onra.
Lets talk about the new Kapital Spring Summer 16 collection, "Denim Perth, Land Loves Indigo", an Australian story about the land and the sun. It’s a celebration of strangeness, and about a community of people who take life by the blue tongue’s tail.
We collaborated with Aussie object designers Lyn Balzer and Tony Perkins [ 2 by Lyn and Tony ] to produce a jewellery collection...
This is a little exploration into the art of styling, and the delicate art of having your picture taken. There are so many elements to be considered and it can be an all overwhelming experience. The way we see style or coolness if you like, is something that can’t be put down in words. You can’t dissect it, nor can you force to try to capture its essence. So don’t bother trying to force it into a photograph. We take you in on what goes into a PTJ photoshoot with this series by Ryan Plett in NYC.
We just want to say that Matthew Dolan’s work made our week in New York. As he did with his first collection, (that we must have raved on about a minute ago) workwear was given a new form. His poetic approach to creation and construction, was spun into thread and woven into realness, was alliterative and continuative, which sets a steady pace for the future of his label. This collection felt a little more consumable, which was a smart move. We like smarty pants who think about these things, it hints a little about what we can imagine the creativity taking us.
We’ve just made new friends with The Mercantile, internet newness that speaks to a slightly more feminine flavour of w’menswear to the table. The store together hand selected vintage pieces from California alongside modern basics and interior accessories designed by the founders themselves, and we bring you favourites from their latest vintage drop.