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Finisterre and RNLI Collaborate for Charity

Finisterre and RNLI Collaborate for Charity

Starting out in 2003, based on the coastline of England in St Agnes, Tom Kay set out to create a company that provided functional, durable and innovative items for people who love the sea. Although their head office is situated in the far south of the country, they actually have their own store in central London on Earlham Street. If you aren’t familiar with the brand, they produce great classic everyday casualwear including a variety of chinos, colourful merino layers (perfect for autumn) along with basic tees, printed swim shorts and brilliant wool socks. They sell more practical accessories for those who regularly surf and swim and are even currently researching into designing recyclable wetsuits to aid the prevention of huge amounts of wastage created by surfers every year. A very interesting idea. Their collections are extremely wearable and the company pride themselves on making quality clothes that last. They even provide their own repair service for scrapes and tears.

Finisterre and RNLI Collaborate for Charity

Most recently, Finisterre have collaborated with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution for a limited-edition capsule collection. This seems to make total sense for the brand, as not only do their style aesthetics revolve around the British coastline, but founding member, Tom Kay, acts as a volunteer crew member for this lifesaving charity. He started working for the RNLI around the same time that he set up Finisterre and its clear the importance of this charity still remains strong; “The RNLI + Finisterre means a lot to me personally, and to work with the RNLI on this limited-edition range was a big moment for us. The resulting product embodies our shared love and respect for the ocean, a seafaring heritage and the hardiness of the human spirit.”

Finisterre and RNLI Collaborate for Charity

The collection has their forthcoming season in mind as it consists of warm items such as the thick Gansey lambswool fisherman jumpers (£95) and Alpaca beanies. Both are ideal key items for the winter wardrobe. The jumpers would look great worn over a pair of chinos or with their own selvedge 13 oz denim, made from 100% organic Japanese cotton. Possibly the most dominant item in the collection is the Cromer jacket (£275). This fully waterproof outerwear piece is ideal for the wet and windy weather we will undoubtedly experience during the winter months. It also has waterproof zips to keep out the rain. Keeping environmental aspects in mind with the design, Finisterre have created their own recycled ‘engineered insulation’ for this jacket and an FC (fluoro-carbon)-free outer fabric. Remaining as sustainable as possible is another key commitment of Finisterre.

Finisterre and RNLI Collaborate for Charity

In addition to their heavy knit jumpers, there is also the versatile 100% organic cotton navy hoody and classic grey sweatshirt which will be perfect for relaxing in on a weekend, or for layering up underneath the jacket. Both come in a simple design with the ‘RNLI + Finsterre logo’ in the bottom corner. There are a small select range of accessories available in this collaboration too, which include a pompom rib stitch beanie, Alpaca blend socks, organic cotton printed tote and even an RNLI pin designed by Falmouth artist, David Doran.

Finisterre will donate 10% of all sales to the RNLI charity in support of their hard work to save lives at sea.

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10 Transitional Style Commandments

10 Transitional Style Commandments

Just as we’re settling into Summer nicely, we bring you an update on transitioning your wardrobe into autumn. Yes, we’re sorry about that, but preparation is key gentlemen. We recently sat down with Giles Farnham, the Head of River Island Style Studio to get his expert tips and ideas on a swift transition into next season.

10 Transitional Style Commandments

1. Thou Shalt Do Denim 

As the weather turns, it’s out with lightweight linens and in with more rugged attire. Our new 14oz ‘warp’ denim has a tough look, but stretches vertically to move with you, for maximum comfort. 

Recommendations: Faded Skinny Jeans / Ripped Skinny Jeans / Skinny Stretch Jeans

10 Transitional Style Commandments

2. Brave the Elements
 

It might be a touch too warm in temperate to don that shearling coat just yet, but one should be prepared for when the dark clouds inevitably draw in! A lightweight jacket will protect you from those pesky showers. 

Recommendations: Double Breasted Mac / Stone Hooded Jacket / Blue Denim Jacket 

3. Boot Up
 

Appropriate footwear wouldn’t go amiss as you trudge your way through town on your daily commute. Chunkier footwear will be much appreciated when it gets a little cooler. 

Recommendations: Leather Chukka Boots / Suede Chelsea Boots / Pointed Desert Boots

10 Transitional Style Commandments

4. Polo Perfection 

More laidback than a shirt and more grown-up than a tee, the polo is the perfect middle ground between smart and casual, try yours with a tailored Harrington jacket. 

Recommendations: Muscle Fit Polo Shirt / Knitted Polo Shirt / Ribbed Polo Shirt 

5. Knits Versus Nip 

It might not be time to dust off that chunky pullover just yet, however the nights are getting longer and come nightfall there’s a nip in the air. Arm yourself against the evening chill with a fine gauge knit or a loose crew neck. 

Recommendations: Turtle Neck Jumper / Fisherman Jumper / Open Front Cardigan

10 Transitional Style Commandments

6. Adorn Your Ankles
 

As the mercury begins to drop, those lily-white mankles are really not becoming. Cover up in style. 

Recommendations: Stripe Tube Socks / Geometric Print Socks 

7. Jersey Boys 

Sweats have enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent seasons. Easy to dress up or dress down, they’re fast becoming the laid-back essential for those fresher months when a shirt on its own won’t quite cut it. 

Recommendations: Zip Sleeve Hoodie / Stitch Sweatshirt / New York Hoodie

10 Transitional Style Commandments

8. Headgear Essentials 

Planning a late summer festival trip? Whatever the weather, a hat is essential for protection against the elements and a stylish antidote to three days without a mirror or shampoo.

Recommendations: Felt Fedora / Navy Flat Cap / Denim Baseball Cap 

9. Military Swagger 

The season-appropriate answer to chinos. The key to not looking like Melanie Blatt circa 1999 is in the fit – try a slim or tapered leg. 

Recommendations: Khaki Cargo Trousers / Navy Cargo Trouser / Black Cargo Trousers

10 Transitional Style Commandments

10. All Black Everything 

You may want to avoid exposing those crisp white crepes to the changeable weather, so invest in a slick black pair. 

Recommendations: Black Runner Trainers / Black Hi Tops / Black Lace Up Trainers
 

To book an appointment at the River Island Style Studio in Liverpool, Birmingham or London, head to riverisland.com/stylestudio

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Designer Spotlight on Raf Simons

Designer Spotlight on Raf Simons

At first glance, Raf Simons’ appearance gives away very little about his god-like reputation within the world of fashion. The Calvin Klein Creative Director’s trademark black jumper, black dress trousers and battered Adidas Stan Smiths are a good visual metaphor for his minimalist roots. However, they are in stark contrast to his eye-catching runway shows for his eponymous menswear label, or the dazzling, floral couture he designed whilst serving as Creative Director at the helm of Dior.

Designer Spotlight on Raf Simons

The 49-year-old is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most influential designers of his generation and is held in esteem by anyone with so much as a passing interest in fashion. All of this on its own is impressive by anyone’s standards but the unconventional route that Simons took into fashion makes his status today all the more awe-inspiring.

Designer Spotlight on Raf Simons

Growing up in the small town of Neerpelt in Belgium, Raf Simons made his first major step toward his current position when he began a course in industrial and furniture design at a college in Genk. During his studies Simons secured an internship with Belgian fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck – in spite of having previously seen fashion as “a bit superficial” and “all glitz and glamour”. Keen to alter his intern’s perception, Beirendonck took Simons to Paris Fashion Week where he saw his first runway show – fellow Belgian Martin Margiela’s 1991 ‘all-white’ show – it was at this point, Simons says, that he knew he wanted to be a fashion designer: “I walked out of it and I thought, ‘that’s what I’m going to do’. That show is the reason I became a fashion designer.”

Designer Spotlight on Raf Simons

Four years later in 1995, Simons founded his now legendary, namesake menswear label and presented his first few collections on 8mm film. These early works caught the attention of the fashion community and earned him a spot at Paris Fashion Week in 1997. Following his debut runway show, Raf continued with his menswear label, as well as doing work for the likes of V Magazine and Ruffo Research. Shortly after, in 2000, he secured a teaching position in the fashion department at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, a position he would hold for five years until he made the biggest leap in his career thus far.

Designer Spotlight on Raf Simons

In 2005 Raf Simons was appointed Creative Director for luxury German fashion house, Jil Sander. He stayed in his role there until 2012 when he was replaced by Jil Sander herself who returned to resume her old position, leaving Raf to step down. In the months following his departure the rumour mill was working overtime with speculation about where he might end up next. That was until April of the same year when it was announced that Simons would be replacing John Galliano, following his dismissal, as Creative Director of one of the most revered fashion houses on the face of the earth, Dior.

Designer Spotlight on Raf Simons

Simons’ move to Dior thrust him, not just into the high-fashion spotlight, but also into the public eye in a way that he hadn’t been before. This introduced his work to an entirely new audience and earned him legions of new fans in the process. His first couture show at Dior was a colossal success and even had the feature film – Dior and I – made about it.

With hype around the designer growing all the time, German sportswear behemoths Adidas signed a contract with Raf to collaborate on a line of footwear. Their first joint effort was, of course, Raf’s take on his favourite Adidas silhouette, the Stan Smith. His version featured a premium leather upper, perforated ‘R’ detailing to the sides and was released season by season in a variety of interesting colours. Since then the pair have gone on to release some of the most hyped footwear in recent history, including the opinion polarising Ozweego.

Designer Spotlight on Raf Simons

After several very successful years at Dior, Simons shocked the fashion world when he announced in October 2015 that he would be leaving the legendary French fashion house. His decision resulted in him ranking as Google’s top trending fashion designer of 2016. In the years that followed Raf Simons continued with his label before it was announced in August 2016 that he was to be hired by Calvin Klein as their Chief Creative Officer. His first show with CK held at New York Fashion Week this year. Prior to this, eager fashion fanatics had their appetites whet with images of Stranger Things star, Millie Bobby Brown, modelling some of the first CK designs since Raf has been in charge.

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Six 20th-Century Photographs of the Beach to Buy Now

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Wanderlust was the genesis for Michael Hoppen’s online exhibition Sandy: “I was looking through images from our stock and thinking wouldn’t it be nice to be on that beach?” he confesses. It seems only fitting, then, that the images selected have us craving the seaside. With snapshots of everything from friends playing in the surf, to abstract meditations on the human body and the ever-changing coastline, the spirit of the seaside soaks you right…

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Susan Sarandon on Hanging Out With the Good Guys

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How to accurately and concisely introduce Susan Sarandon? It’s not an easy assignment, given the prolific work that this actress, activist and humanitarian has produced over her almost five decades in the film industry. But many have been tasked to – whether on behalf of the Academy, for one of the five Best Actress Oscars she has been nominated for (she won one, too, for Dead Man Walking in 1996; at that ceremony Tom Hanks did an excellent job of it), or on the…

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Voyeuristic Photographs of Museum Visitors Looking at Art

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Amsterdam-based photographer Caspar Claasen is a people watcher. “I am fascinated by extraordinary interactions between individuals and their everyday surroundings,” he notes. Believing that ordinary moments have the power to become short stories when photographed, Claasen’s exceptionally clever photo series Musea explores the world of museums, placing the spotlight onto the weird and wonderful ways in which we look at…

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