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Tiger of Sweden’s Fall ‘19 Collection Blends Sustainability With Swedish History

Twelve jars of plum jam have invaded Christoffer Lundman’s kitchen. It’s okay, though. They’re just the beginning. Pickling season has kicked off in Sweden and, like any self-respecting Swede, he has fully dived back into the berry-picking-and-pickling lifestyle he immersed himself in as a child hawking lingonberries after school. But this isn’t about Lundman’s affinity for pickling — even if the pastime won over his Tiger of Sweden team when he bakes cakes and pickles jam for work meetings. Beyond becoming Boss of the Year, it’s also one piece a puzzle that adds up to a very clear reality: he was a perfect fit to take the reins of the legacy Swedish brand.

Two years ago, when it was announced that Lundman would be moving to Stockholm as Tiger of Sweden’s Creative Director, it signaled a major shift for a brand that began over a century ago in 1903 when Markus Schwarzmann went door-to-door measuring farmers for expertly tailored suits. It was also a seismic shift for Lundman, who moved from his hometown of Luleå, Sweden to London two decades ago to attend Central Saint Martins; racking up years of street cred in the design world for his work at Acne Studios, Tom Ford, and Burberry.

With London’s breakneck pace behind him, he packed up, moved his life back to Sweden, and found a newfound sense of time that lent itself well to things like pottery and, yes, pickling. Whether the shift in pace reflects a sense of serenity or “sheer panic” is up for debate, but one thing is certain: Lundman’s job of introducing Tiger of Sweden to a new audience has connected. Last year, the Swede’s equivalent of GQ or Esquire, Café Magazine, handed him their Designer of the Year award for his work. One reason for the strong response may lay in his unique approach to design, modernizing each collection while, ironically, excavating Swedish history for inspiration. “We always find a period or a place and then we step into that period and we talk about it, and we look at it from different angles, and we do really big research and build massive boards of images.” For Fall 2019, this approach to design led to a collection of garments steeped in references to an era of neoclassical architecture and design called the Swedish Grace period.

If you’re wondering how an architectural era that stretched through the 1910s and ‘20s corresponds to a fashion line, don’t expect a convoluted story about how Lundman might’ve, for example, taken a detail from a window sill and made it into a pocket. As he explained over an early morning call (as I desperately sipped extra-strength coffee to keep up), “I’m not [that] kind of designer. It’s about finding a place to be in. And that’s why we approach Swedish Grace because it gives us an environment to be in and for me, that’s an amazing way to design.” The period, he says, “has a sort of purity of line and elegance to it, and it lends itself very well” to the company, given their strong tailoring tradition.

Beyond all of that, at a time when a positive news story is a rarity, looking back at such an invigorating era of progressive growth was a reprieve. “it was a period of true craftsmanship. But there was also this period of social change because people finally got the right to vote [and] socialists made a huge impact on Swedish design and did for a long time.” Reflecting back on that era, for Lundman, means finding inspiration in seeing a society actually make progress. Or, to put it in his words, “it doesn’t all have to spiral,” which is a piece of positivity we could all afford to write down and intensely stare at as roughly six million news notifications flood our phones every hour of every day.

Highsnobiety / Petter Lundgren

Highsnobiety / Petter Lundgren

As much time as Lundman spends parsing through history for inspiration, his focus isn’t solely turned towards the past. Throughout our roving 40-minute chat, one concept from the Swedish Grace period took on a new life. As artists and architects like Axel Einar Hjorth and Gunnar Asplund dreamt up new forms and buildings, they created with a focus on changing society for the better through engaging, applied beauty. If there’s ever been a time to use beauty and creativity to change the world for the better, it’s right now as the fashion industry holds up a mirror to itself and takes a long, hard look at the environmental impact of designing clothes.

“Fashion is going through an immense challenge, and I think that challenge is positive. We’re an industry that hasn’t reflected for a long time because we weren’t asked to,” he concedes. “In my role, I can promote positive change in how we make things or do things, and who we work with, and the materials we choose. There are so many ways to approach it but what we’ve done is to really try to change our company’s way of working and do that very fast. For me, the [Fall 2019] collection also marks this complete change in how we work. That’s not to say we weren’t doing [environmentally-friendly] stuff before, but the conversation changed and it became the only thing we talk about.”

At Tiger of Sweden, that has meant a switch to materials like Tencel, a fiber created from wood pulp, and the end of cashmere — a “super painful” decision for the designer who used to count it among his favorite fabrics. “There are things that you have to give up that you love, but from there you just have to approach it differently.” While the materials and fabrics have shifted under his leadership, one constant anchoring Tiger of Sweden to its cultural history are the seemingly contradictory ideas of empowerment and uniformity. “It makes people comfortable and it dresses them for their life,” Lundman says of the empowering power of a good suit. “When you buy something from us, I would like it to be a part of your life, not just this picture-perfect T-shirt that you only wear once.” Yet, tied into the thread of this ethos, he also wants to create clothing that can unite people under a common uniform. “If we’re going through a period of change where we all have to pull together, then a uniform can give you some kind of comfort.”

Bringing together those concepts is no easy task, especially for one person, which is why the team at Tiger of Sweden has become just as integral to Lundman’s vision as Lundman himself. As John Donne’s famous poem goes, “No man is an island entire of itself,” and within Tiger of Sweden’s Stockholm HQ, the creative process is refreshingly open. “The young [people] in my team bring a very different angle and a lot of great energy; they’re not, sort of, tainted by the same things as I am. They don’t have the same experience or the same view of fashion. It’s interesting because most of my knowledge comes from actually flicking through books or magazines, or watching films, and that’s sort of changed. People get it in different ways now. It’s not this old school [way of] digging through stuff.” That is one very creative way of saying that he has skipped the “just google it” boat entirely, opting instead for trips to the library, museum, or far-off lands “because I heard about a house that I need to see.”

Highsnobiety / Petter Lundgren

Highsnobiety / Petter Lundgren

Should these methods leave him empty-handed, he’s also amassed a big library in the small apartment he has cultivated since his move back to Stockholm. It’s here, among his books and pickling jars, that Lundman’s reintegration into Sweden is most evident. “My apartment is quite small and quite spare with furniture. There’s no TV set on the wall,” he explains over the phone of the 1880s-era home. Still, beyond the signature Swedish minimalism, any lingering traces of an IKEAfied space have been obliterated. The kitchen, once split Frankenstein-style between original ‘30s-era fittings and modern IKEA design, has been fully restored to its original glory in the same way he produces his seasonal collections: “Research, conversation, thinking, testing things.”

There’s no telling what pocket of history Lundman will dive into next or how Tiger of Sweden will continue to shift under his creative eye but, far removed from the hectic pace of his old life in London, Lundman can settle into the linen, Belgian lounge chair that has become a staple of his living room and just think. With his house in order at Tiger of Sweden and at home, he has the time.

Now that you’ve entered the mind of Christoffer Lundman, journey through time to peep how Tiger of Sweden’s Fall 2019 collection embodies the progressive spirit of the Swedish Grace era.

These Friends & Family Air Jordan 12s are For NFL Athletes Only

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This week, Jordan Brand is giving its sponsored football athletes a pair of custom, football-inspired Air Jordan 12s that come in a locker-themed box with Jordan Brand and football-specific stickers and magnets.

The custom sneakers feature an upper material that takes inspiration from a football, with turf-like elements incorporated in the outsole. Michael Jordan’s signature features on the the tongue, similar to how the commissioner’s signature is featured on an official football. The orange sock liner is a nod to the pylons in the endzone.

This special gifting pack follows the Jordan Brand PEs that were worn on opening day of the NLF last weekend. Check it out above, because that’s likely the closest look you’re going to get at it, unless you’re a Jordan Brand athlete, of course.

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Kim Kardashian Reveals Texts from Kanye & Her Last Google Search in ‘Fallon’ Clip

Kim Kardashian appeared on last night’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and took part in a hilarious game that resulted in her being forced to randomly reveal things from her phone on the spot. Watch above.

The first challenge saw Kardashian sharing the last text exchanged between her and husband Kanye West. The message was a picture of a lake and captioned, “West Lake. The first ranch in our family. 50 years from now this will mean so much to us.” Kardashian then explains that the lake is on West’s new ranch in Wyoming.

“It has something that’s called West Lake. So he took a picture of it and that’s like a ‘sign.’ He’s so excited to maybe be moving to Wyoming” she added, before quickly clarifying, “not full-time.”

The funniest part of the game involved Kardashian revealing her last Google search. “Do I have to? You’re not going to understand,” she offered, embarrassed. That search? “Is shapewear with pee hole better.” Of course, she swiftly launched into an explanation.

“I just launched (her shapewear line) SKIMS and I’ve been debating if I need a pee hole in certain things.” To set the scene and provide an example, she reveals that she’d wear a pair “under a dress at the EMMYs or whatever. I’d try to use the peehole and then you pee all over yourself as it doesn’t work half the time anyway.”

Gift Guide: Eco-Friendly Grooming Products

While we wait for big corporations and governmental change, we can all do a little better For many of us, waiting for big corporations and government sectors to take responsibility for the damage being done to our planet isn’t quite enough. We can all make small but significant changes through our routines—even if it’s just taking the time to read a label to see if …

Gary Aspden’s Latest adidas Blackburn SPZL Is the Antithesis of Hype

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Brand: adidas Originals

Model: Blackburn SPZL

Key Features: The adidas Blackburn SPZL is the newest addition to the brand’s iconic City Series line of footwear. Its green and red colorway is inspired by the red rose of Lancashire and named after the town where Gary Aspden, creator of the adidas Spezial range, grew up. A ‘Nightsafe’ edition, which is limited to just 200 pairs, features a Nightsafe logo on its footbed in honor of the local charity that provides support to homeless youth in Blackburn.

Release Date: FW19

Price: TBC

Buy: The Nightsafe edition will be available exclusively at the adidas SPEZIAL exhibition at the British Textile Biennial.

Editor’s Notes: adidas Originals today announced the lead release from its Spezial FW19 range, the all-new Blackburn SPZL. Designed by Gary Aspden and named after the town he grew up in, the Blackburn SPZL will be available in two versions, a regular retail version and a special ‘Nightsafe’ version. The latter will be available at a special Spezial exhibition at the British Textile Biennial from October 4 to October 20 and is limited to just 200 pairs. All proceeds will benefit Nightsafe, a local charity that supports homeless and vulnerably housed young people in the Blackburn with Darwen area.

Archivist and adidas collaborator Gary Aspden once again looks to substance and storytelling over hype for this latest adidas Blackburn makeup. Establishing himself as a juxtaposition to other adidas collaborators like Pharrell Williams or Kanye West, Aspden’s design narratives often revolve around UK culture.

Check out the Blackburn SPZL above, as well as a preview of the Spezial exhibition below, where over 1000 pairs of Spezial footwear will be on show.

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Watch BROCKHAMPTON Answer Comments on Reddit & Twitter in Hilarious Video

Rap collective BROCKHAMPTON go undercover in a new episode of GQ’s series “Actually Me.” The clip sees the group creating new user accounts on sites such as Twitter, Reddit, and YouTube, and diving into the depths of comment sections to answer real questions. Watch above.

Throughout the ten-minute long clip Kevin Abstract crowd sources answers from the rest of the group. Some of the question highlights include, “i love brockhampton! how does he do all those different voices??? really dope!!,” “how many one direction references does brockhampton make?” and “Paul Rudd in BROCKHAMPTON?”

In response to the Rudd question, it turns out Abstract has a pretty cute anecdote about the actor — apparently Rudd took the rapper aside to congratulate him on one of his solo albums. It also looks like Meryln needs to brush up on his Marvel knowledge as he said, “Paul Rudd said he said he wants us to join the Justice League,” before being corrected by Romil Hemnani. “Avengers, bro!”

Watch the video above.

Post Malone’s New “Saint-Tropez” Video Is a Luxe Vacation Vibe

Post Malone has dropped new visuals for “Saint-Tropez,” one of the track highlights from his latest album release, Hollywood’s Bleeding. Watch above.

Directed by Chris Villa and shot in the French Rivera, the scenic-video is as luxe as the rapper’s lyrics. “Ooh, this shit bliss, I’m so rich / Mille on my wrist / Versace boxers on my dick / Bud Light runnin’ through my piss / On a yacht, 50 meters it’s a fish / 50 carats on my fist,” he raps while wearing a custom Louis Vuitton utility vest. At one point he’s shown standing before a fleet of sports cars — which may or may not be parked outside of his home in Utah.

Malone’s third studio album Hollywood’s Bleeding dropped last week and is stacked with great tracks including “Goodbyes” featuring Young Thug and “Sunflower” with Swae Lee, which appeared on the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack. Revisit the album here.

Prints Run Amok in New 0 Moncler Richard Quinn Collection

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The next stop on the Moncler Genius World Tour is presented by London-born designer Richard Quinn. The latest rendition of the “one house, different voices” philosophy, Quinn brings his typically bold and fearless design language to another unstoppable Moncler Genius collection.

Manifested in bright and unapologetic patterns, Quinn’s silhouettes reference the elegance of ‘50s and ‘60s couture. When combined with Moncler’s typically functional apparel and accessories, the result is visually striking and deliberately kitsch.

The antithesis of the minimalist style heralded by Apple and Scandinavian brands, the collection represents maximalism from head-to-toe and is made to be worn in a mix and match manner that relishes a clash of prints.

Signature design cues include puffy duvet across everything from opera coats to thing-high boots, jewels on sleeves, clasps, and buttons, and bold lettering spelling out Moncler.

The Moncler Genius World Tour takes the Moncler Genius project to new heights, giving each designer collaboration its own dedicated launch event in a unique city. As someone smart once said, “brands are the new bands,” and Moncler is giving each collection its own one-off tour date.

The 0 Moncler Richard Quinn collection is available now online, at Moncler boutiques, and select wholesalers worldwide.

DOOR Oozes Timeless Cool in SS20 Lookbook

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DOOR has unveiled its “STILL” collection for SS20 with a range of clothes that stand the test of time. The New York City-based brand’s suits, button-downs, and trousers come in unexpected fabrics, like light- and medium-weight cotton, with subtle details, breathing life into long-established staples of menswear. The three buttons on the back of the jacket instantly catch you eye and add some ~flair~ to the classic piece.

All of the garms are cut oversized and a versatile enough to fit into your everyday wardrobe. That roomy fit also make them easy to layer, allowing you to rock them all year round.

Head to DOOR’s Instagram for more information, and look out for the new collection in select stores.