Mulberry with an Urban feel – Mulberry Introduces New Urban Ranges For Men

Words by Daniel Ramsdale

Under the creative direction of Johnny Coca, Mulberry continue to spark a quiet renaissance, with the introduction of their new urban range for men adding fuel to the fire.

The iconic British brand have launched 3 new collections, Zipped, Urban and City, which have all been designed with modern lifestyles and functionality in mind.

The overarching aesthetic is relaxed but athletic, with a focus on everyday practicality, exploring new materials, styles and colours tailored to the needs of the man today- which there are many!

The small leather goods consist of soft pouches with exposed zips hanging from lanyards or snap hooks and studded wallets on metal chains. On the other hand, the bags cover all of the demands of modern life- from every day to weekends away- with Urban belt bags and backpacks, Zipped reporter bags and weekends and updated City iterations of briefcases and messenger bags.

 

Innovative and lightweight materials add a utilitarian energy to the ranges. The use of mesh, canvas, and nylon give a youthful, dynamic edge with a unisex appeal and are reminiscent of the military inspired aesthetic that continues to play a big part in a man’s wardrobe

A collaboration with HYPEBEAST celebrated the launch of the ranges via both a look book shoot and an interactive digital hub, where shoppers can scroll through the range, browsing eye-catching and interactive edits of the collection.

The partnership  very much reflected the direction in which Johnny Coca is looking to take the brand, in appealing to a younger, street-savvy and more urban consumer. With luxury powerhouses generating the majority of their profits from the millennial of today, it’s a direction which Mulberry must continue with to stay relevant and connected.

CHÈ – Leading the Menswear Revolution

Oliver Cheshire is best known as one of the most well known Male Supermodels on the circuit today. He has been a model for over 15 years and is represented by Select Model Management and has fronted campaigns for brands including Calvin Klein, Dolce and Gabbana, Versace and Marks & Spencer. Over the years Oli has received numerous offers to put his name to collaborations and collections. However, none were quite the right fit – until the opportunity came along to team up with his friend, and now business partner, Toby Watkins.

The launch of the stylish Menswear brand,   CHÉ is Oli’s first foray into the fashion world as designer and Creative Director, it’s an exciting new step for him.

The very first collection from CHÉ focuses on resort-wear and features a fresh take on men’s swim shorts that combine clean lines and relaxed styling with Savile Row influences and technologically advanced, environmentally sustainable fabrics such as ECONYL. ECOVERO is derived from certified renewable wood sources using an eco-responsible production process. The manufacturing of LENZINGTM ECOVEROTM fibers generates up to 50% lower emissions and water impact compared to generic Viscose. It’s fibres are produced using pulp, which is derived from the renewable resource wood as raw material. Meaning ethically conscious consumers can be assured that retailers and brands are incorporating genuine LENZINGTM ECOVEROTM eco-responsible Viscose in their products.

In CHÉ’s first collection, playful details and luxuriously tactile fabrics echo Oliver’s own sense of personal style. Inspiration comes from the past as well as the present, with references and cues taken from a contemporary streetstyle aesthetic as well as vintage photographs and the best traditions of British tailoring. Oliver, who is Creative Director, and Toby, CHÉ’s Managing Director, have also called on the expertise of Savile Row alumnus Mehm Ali. Formerly of Hardy Amies, Mehm comes onboard as Technical Design Consultant.

CHÉ is a proudly British brand, but doesn’t shy away from cosmopolitan, international inspiration. An aesthetic of retro Miami street-styling has been beautifully captured in the campaign photography shot by internationally renowned fashion photographer Olivier Yoan. The shoot features some of Oliver’s closest friends, who are also among the biggest names in the modelling world: Jacey Elthalion, Sasha M’Baye and Sam Webb.

Oli says of the CHÉ launch:

“I’ve been approached to design collections in the past, but I was always keen to create a brand and designs of my own. With CHÉ, Toby and I are business partners, and we’ve worked together on everything from the initial concept, to the development of the garments and the look and feel of the brand.”

“Men’s swim shorts and resort-wear have come a long way in the past decade or so and I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some of the brands at the forefront of that change. However, over recent years I’ve struggled to find great styles that reflect me. With CHÉ, we’re shaking things up by creating relevant, wearable designs that are genuinely different from what’s already on the market.”

Stranger things have happened – Nike’s new Stranger Things range

Words by Cameron McLauchlan

A welcomed collaboration between Netflix’s superstar series stranger thingsand Nike has been announced with a scheduled release date of 27th of June.

For those of you who dont know, Stranger Things is a Netflix hit series in which 4 best friends unearth an alternate world and must use their youthful grit and determination to overcome the many dark and mysterious tribulations that lay ahead. The series is set in back the 80s and offers an authentic mis-en-scene of the time. Major E.T. Vibes.

This anticipated collaboration boasts nostalgic silhouettes from the 80s including the Blazer, Cortez and the Tailwind. All featuring the signature green and orange tones of the Hawkins Highschool featured in the show. In addition all three feature the schools tiger emblem.

1. The Blazer consists of a white mid-sole and upper with the orange and green tones coming Im the way of the swoosh, heel counter and tongue tab. The tiger emblem is seen on the inner upper pictured below.
2. The Cortez, one of nikes first ever trainers and probably  the most iconic out of the 3 features a similar simple colour-way to the blazer with again a coloured swoosh, heel counter, tongue tab  and a bold orange streak racing through the mid-sole.
3. The Tailwind is by far the most colour filled lout of the three featured a an entire green upper and tongue, orange swoosh and heal tab with the tiger emblem emblazoned on the heel.

Running along this sneaker collection will be a small addition of branded Hawkins Highsportswear.