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Bombinate x The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear Launch

Bombinate x The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear Launch

In light of its first year anniversary, online platform Bombinate announces the launch of its very first capsule product in collaboration with one of its brands. This announcement comes soon after the company’s recent Pop Up Store in East London, and marks its first steps into the physical world – an exciting feat. The capsule product, created in collaboration with The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear, is a custom-made pair of sunglasses.

Bombinate x The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear Launch

“Meet the Habanera – a versatile, sophisticated yet relaxed version of one of our favourite frames ever; TBDE’s Crans. Weekend or workday, it’s a beautifully wearable representation of Italian savoir faire.” say Elliott and Massimilano of Bombinate. The product, to be released on Tuesday the 26th June will be limited to 15 pieces worldwide.

Bombinate x The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear Launch

Andrea Viganò and Fabio Attanasio’s reputation in the Milanese, sartorially-inclined menswear scene precedes them. Built upon their passion for Neapolitan tailoring tradition, TBDE – a happy consequence of Attanasio’s eponymous fashion blog, The Bespoke Dudes – offers timeless designs with modern twists, always with handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pride. “We’re proud to release this unique model with Bombinate. It’s symbolic of our long term relationship and our shared commitment to quality” says Andrea Viganò

Bombinate x The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear Launch

Founded by Elliott Aeschlimann and Massimiliano Gritti in late 2016, Bombinate is a menswear e-commerce casting light on craftsmanship brands and offering them a place to thrive in the modern world. The platform hosts creative collaborations annually to support its brand community and encourage their exposure, allowing brands to showcase their artisanry and highly skilled work to a contemporary, global audience. These capsule products are the first of their kind, creating a connection between a purely digital company and the very manual world of craftsmanship.

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How Vans Became the Most Iconic Shoe on the Planet

How Vans Became the Most Iconic Shoe on the Planet

First launched in Anaheim, Cali 1966, The Paul Van Doren Rubber Company had little knowledge that they would quickly become one of the worlds favourite shoe companies and in doing so created one of, if not the most iconic shoe of all time, the Vans Old Skool. Working as an executive at one of Americas largest shoe companies Paul noticed that there was serious money to be made seeing as the retailers took home the majority of sales whilst manufacturers were barely covering the costs of their product.



How Vans Became the Most Iconic Shoe on the Planet

So, he set up his own company in which he made and sold his own shoe. His employees built the factory from the ground up and their efforts were awarded with 17 people coming in and placing an order on opening day. Within hours they were able to turn out the product but when the customers came to collect the shoe, Vans realised they had no money to give as change, so they had to ask their customers to return the next day with the correct amount of cash and sure enough they made their first few sales.

How Vans Became the Most Iconic Shoe on the Planet

Slowly but surely the company started to gain traction. With Doren striving to make the best shoe possible, he made the soles twice as thick with the upper made from duck canvas, making them one of the strongest shoes money could buy. The idea behind this was to ensure the shoe didn’t wear as quick over time. Of course, this made the shoe a staple amongst surfers for its grip and toughness, so when these surfers turned to surfing tarmac instead of waves, every skater on the east coast was wearing Vans, of which they customized, giving birth to the checkerboard and Old Skool. From this Doren decided to sponsor the best skaters he could find (who were mostly teenagers) and give them free shoes and as the skate scene began to grow in America so did the shoe itself.

How Vans Became the Most Iconic Shoe on the Planet

The real turning point for Vans came in 1982 as a representative from Universal came to Vans asking for a pair of checkerboard shoes for a movie involving an East Coast teen skater, Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The film helped propel Vans into a nationwide phenomenon. The Vans Old Skool debuted in 1977 and was an instant hit showcasing the iconic side stripe along both sides of the upper. It was Vans’ very first skate shoe that fused leather panels and a wax sole leading to an increase in endurance and comfort. It started off as just a doodle by Doren, which he referred to as the “Jazz Stripe” but soon became the hallmark of the company and is now displayed on the Logo.

How Vans Became the Most Iconic Shoe on the Planet

During the 80s, customisation of shoes became a craze, with Nike releasing the Air Max and running shoes general rise in pop culture – a period driven by the quest for individuality. Speaking about the Old Skool during the 80s, the son and owner of Vans Steve Van Doren stated, “people realized the possibilities of the simple idea of pulling a pen out and creating your own unique footwear work of art. Vans’ Old Skool style offered the particular perk of many panels and material parts that could be tweaked to anybody’s liking.” The brand can be credited as laying the foundation for the customisation feature adopted by every major shoe brand in modern society today. Over the course of its lifetime the Old Skool has displayed a countless show of colours, patterns and original takes of the shoe, helping cement itself as the king of shoes. Infinitely different yet instantly recognisable.

How Vans Became the Most Iconic Shoe on the Planet

Collaborations in fashion can prove to be a major step for a company. In the case of Vans their collaboration with Marc Jacobs, Supreme and Coors Light Beer (yes beer, but they do look rather sick). The Marc Jacobs collab allowed Vans to work on shoes with some premium material and state of the art technology at the time, whilst only producing the shoe in short and limited runs drove up demand like crazy and turned them into one of the first exclusive mainstream sneakers before Michael Joran decided to do the same. Meanwhile, the Supreme collab marked the beginning of an era that would see countless shoes being produced with hundreds of different styles and a brand image amongst skaters and street culture alike that would last to this day. James Jebbia, Supreme founder states “The Old Skool is iconic, classic skate. In 1996, it was one of the best shoes offered by Vans and really stood the test of time.”

How Vans Became the Most Iconic Shoe on the Planet

By the ‘00s Vans had grown into a $300 million company as they were sold to VF Corp who promised that Vans could still operate independently as long as they went global. With this change Vans moved away from just producing footwear and instead looked to establish their name amongst the 4 pillars; music, action sport, street culture and art. The change saw the Old Skool worn by some of the biggest names in the music scene with artists such as Henry Rollins performing on smaller stages and crowd surfing teens following his rise to the top. Vans developed a musical shoe programme that evolved from small independent gigs into worldwide festivals with fashion styles dictated by genres. With their name plastered in every action sport possible and worn by stars of the 00s it was an inevitability for Vans to keep on growing.

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The Trailblazing Human Computer Who Represented a New Age of Working Women

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Before the introduction of machine-based computer sciences, ‘human computers’ were relied upon to solve and execute complex mathematical equations – that is, people with superior mathematical skills who would do workings out by hand to forward research. This was the case at NASA in 1955 – or NACA, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, as it existed until 1958 – when Cleveland resident Annie Easley applied for a job as a ‘human computer’, having read a newspaper…

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The Duo Blurring the Boundaries of Art and Interior Design

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Following in the footsteps of prominent contemporary culture names Travis Scott and Demna Gvasalia’s subversive design collective Vetements, Belgian photographer Fien Muller and artist Hans Van Severen – better known as furniture collective Muller Van Severen – are the latest creatives to take over the entrance space at London’s Browns East. For those unfamiliar with the building itself, this outpost of the…

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Introducing Stay Fine Watches

Introducing Stay Fine Watches

There are just some watches that leap out from the screen. This was truly the case with my introduction into the world of Stay Fine watches. You don’t hear of too many watches that hail from NYC. There’s certainly a few peppered around LA and Detroit that I could mention, but today I want to focus on Stay Fine Watches. The founders Paul and Vincent have tapped into a very healthy sub-genre of minimalist wood watches and on first glance, it looks like they’ve cooked up something really special.

Introducing Stay Fine Watches

After rounds of prototyping and testing, Stay Fine Watches have released their first collection, Urban Timber, featuring iconic timepieces with clean and classic designs for both men and women. The Urban Timber (sounds like the next Dwayne Johnson movie) has been inspired by the founder’s homeland of NYC, taking the blend of an elevated greenway built on disused railroad tracks that stretches across the NYC High Line. The Urban Timber is looking to incept the luxury wood watches movement with its even grained wood dial, composed from a selection of some of the most exotic woods currently on the market.

Introducing Stay Fine Watches

African Blackwood: The African Blackwood AKA the ‘Holy Grail’ of tonewood and chosen by prominent custom guitar builders such as Kevin Ryan to give their guitars a powerful yet crisp sound. 

Brazilian Rosewood: Brazilian Rosewood is highly desirable and exceptionally rare. It has earned worldwide fame because of its sweet aroma (similar to roses) and decay resistance. It’s used on the finest Bentley cars, Steinway pianos and Martin guitars.

Introducing Stay Fine Watches

The details 

The movement is Swiss, and a good thing to note or parlay to fellow admirers is that it features the Swiss Ronda movement. The very same movement that makes a $1500 Gucci watch tick. Although be sure to check the brand on the watch of the person you’re telling this to. If they’re wearing said brand you’ll run the risk of ruining his night with that kind of information. The glass dome is a scratch-resistant sapphire glass cut by diamond and embedded in a sleek convex watch case. The vegetable-tan Italian leather strap will age authentically and is equipped with a spring release bar for convenience. As Q would say to James Bond, ‘all in all, rather stocked’.

Introducing Stay Fine Watches

We’d love to hear your thoughts on Stay Fine Watches. Can you see yourself wearing this as a dress watch? An everyday watch? Do luxury wood watches have a place at Baselworld? Leave us a comment in the box below. Stay Fine are currently doing a short summer blowout sale with limited quantities, selling their watches with free worldwide shipping for only $79 down from $149.

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Mini Fashion x The Woolmark Company Field Notes

Mini Fashion x The Woolmark Company Field Notes

The iconic Mini is a much-loved car, but auto is not only where this brand sits within business. They’ve put a big focus on other areas of life that their typical customers have strong interests in, such as home design (Mini Living) and now fashion (Mini Fashion). On a rather hot day in Florence, this year’s Mini Fashion project titled ‘Field Notes’ in collaboration with The Woolmark Company was unveiled to the menswear industry at Pitti Uomo 94. An impressive space housed each of the young and talented designer’s creations along with displays showing the processes and inspirations involved. Each of the designers were also on hand to talk through their garments in further detail. This year’s collection is limited-edition and will be sold exclusively through the streetwear publishing giant Highsnobiety who have a strong and dedicated modern audience which matches the foundations of this Mini Fashion collection rather well.

Mini Fashion x The Woolmark Company Field Notes

The 16-piece capsule collection sees a quartet of up-and-coming international designers translating personal memories from travelling into fashion pieces for the urban traveller using the finest Merino wool. “Travelling for us amounts to more than just stepping over physical borders, going from A to B; it’s about our experiences and the blurring of the lines between feelings, cultures and perspectives,” explains Sabine Ringel, Creative Lead at Mini Fashion.

Mini Fashion x The Woolmark Company Field Notes

All four designers have sourced inspiration from trips to foreign cities – and woven the encounters and stories they’ve picked up along the way into garments for the collection.
The designers involved this season are Liam Hodges, Staffonly, PH5 and Rike Feurstein. These designers are among the most exciting new names on the fashion scene. And most of them being alumni of the International Woolmark Prize, one of the world’s most renowned awards for rising stars of the fashion world. The products included are reflective of the designers’ travels – using a variety of colours, forms and material composition, and featuring contemporary, innovative uses of wool as the principal material.

Mini Fashion x The Woolmark Company Field Notes

Liam Hodges’ designs have a touch of the new yet familiar, giving classics such as jeans, denim jackets and long-sleeves something fresh and new to say through the use of wool and Wool Denim. Rounding off Hodges’ six-piece look is a car coat, a bucket hat and a travel pouch made from a water-repellent bonded wool fabric with classical Prince of Wales check. Staffonly’s creations focus on Greenwich Park in England, a bolthole of tranquillity for the designers during their studies in London. The lush green of the park lawns provides the central colour theme for this contribution to the limited-edition collection. And the Meridian Line running through the park recalls the Bonnet Stripes on a Mini. These two elements form the connecting theme for Staffonly’s ensemble of jacket, shirt and patchwork jeans. One of the highlights of their creation is the matching duffle bag, which also serves as a garment bag.

Mini Fashion x The Woolmark Company Field Notes

PH5 sets out to create boundary-breaking knitwear with a new and playful twist. Their pieces are inspired by the Art Deco District of Miami Beach. The combination of pastel colours and special technical design features can be found in the Jacquard woven wool sweater with Mini and PH5 logos, sleeveless knitted jumpsuit and hand-crocheted shawl, which doubles up as a travel rug. Rike Feurstein’s hats draw on impressions from a trip to Russia – and in particular the Catherine Palace south of St. Petersburg, the original home to the legendary Amber Room.

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Travel and Sample the World of Beer

Travel and Sample the World of Beer

Whether your beer-sipping preference is slipping off to the pub after work for a drink with colleagues or kicking back on a sun lounger beneath a parasol on a tropical island, there is no shortage of styles, flavours and types of beer to suit any occasion or location, no matter what mood you’re in. If you’re keen on a crisp craft offering, or salivating for a sturdy stout, Holiday Hypermarket has put together this fun, interactive local beers of the world map that features a sample of the incredible variety of beer produced from countries and regions from all over the globe.

Travel and Sample the World of Beer

Forget the idea that all beer is the same, and explore this broad collection of lagers, IPAs, stouts and more, and spark your beer-loving imagination with this comprehensive guide. Ian Crawford of Holiday Hypermarket says: “A lot of Brits love to sample the local beer in the sun while enjoying a well-earned holiday. So, if beer is your thing, there’s a whole world out there to discover while away, and this map is a fun and interactive way to get exploring before you go.”

Travel and Sample the World of Beer

If you’re tempted by a beer that’s steeped in tradition, why not try a Spaten Oktoberfest? Originating from the heart of the world-renowned beer-producing city of Munich in southern Germany, this Märzen-style offering from the Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu brewery even shares its name with the infamous beer festival, cementing its position as a beer not to be missed. A malty affair, with its hint of sweetcorn and honey, is sure to satisfy the true beer connoisseur and leave you wanting more – especially if you’re taking it on in its rightful glass – the iconic stein! Heading further afield to a land perhaps less associated with beers, Lion Stout from Sri Lanka, boasts a rich, malty flavour with intense overtones of roasted coffee and sweet chocolate. This exotic offering with a difference is not for the faint-hearted, with an ABV of 8.8%, a high number matching the impressive high altitude at which it’s brewed – 1,000 metres feet above sea level!

Travel and Sample the World of Beer

If it’s a lighter option you’re after, you may prefer a trip across the Atlantic to the laid-back beaches of Brazil, where you can kick back in the soft sand of Copacabana with a bottle of Brahma. This gentle, mild lager slips down easily, and perfectly complements the relaxed vibes of South America. Let the tantalising tastes and compelling variety of international brewing lure you into an overseas adventure and see how much of a taste of a place you can get through their beer.

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