Welcome to the 10th edition of something for the weekend, the bi-monthly series where we share some of our favourite picks from the past, present and near-ish future — all available to cop.
We further give you a brief brand history to hopefully uplift your fashion general knowledge. If your new to this mini-series we hope you enjoy! If you’re one our many returning readers, thank you for reading week upon week! Be sure to hit us up @clothesmaketheman on the socials to let us know which brand you would like us to feature next time. Without further blabble lets get into this weeks #SFTW.
1. Dickies Fleeced Flannel Portland Shirt – Amazon – £28.95 (Free Delivery via Amazon)
This over-shirt from American brand Dickies provides a quality outer layer for your Autumn wardrobe transition. Available in other colours we decided on the conservative grey/black version for the outfit this week. Having recently grabbed a couple of these shirt’s myself, the return on investment second to none. No surprises really with the workwear brand behind it.
Dickies foundations were laid in the early 1920’s. Dickie, his cousin and his cousins son — the Williamson’s — formed a manufacturer named Williamson-Dickie. The 1930’s saw a surge in demand for affordable workwear which Dickies provided to the mainly working class public successfully. The brand managed to secure contracts with the US armed forces providing uniforms during World War II. Post war when Dickies could put its focus back on members of the public, it became a household name for quality workwear.
When oil workers began to travel over to Europe and the middle-east for work, they took with them their Dickies clothing. Spreading the word. Kickstarting the brands global presence. To this day dickies has kept its positioning as the affordable, quality workwear for your everyday guy or girl. Adding to their male product offering in the 1980’s with the introduction of workwear for women.
The brand today, whilst maintaining its weighty stake in the industrial sector. Like many workwear brands — too many to name. The streetwear community has adapted its offering to carry it over into a more pop lane. The 871,872,873 work pants in-particular becoming a modern day staple.
The fit of the shirt comes oversized, its definitely advisable taking a size down or if your
in-between sizes choose the smaller of the two. Link to it below :
2. Y-3 Track pants – £283.33 (10% off with fwrd.com)
Y-3 born in 2003 is possibly one of the most successful and long standing partnerships between a footwear giant and acclaimed designer. Adidas and Yohji Yamamoto. The ‘Y’ representing Yohji. The ‘3’ representing Adidas’ iconic three stripes.
Tokyo born Yohji, like many other major designers had an alternate route into fashion. Shortly after gaining his law degree in 1966, Yohji decided it wasn’t the right lane for his calling. He began assisting his mother – a dressmaker, before enrolling at Bunka Fashion College, the stomping ground of equally hailed designer Junya Watanabe. Upon graduating Yohji was awarded a prize to go and work in the Mecca of fashion design— Paris. Despite this offer Yohji decided to build his pre-natal empire in Japan, going on to open his first ready to wear store in Tokyo. Eureka.
After growing successfully in Japan with multiple stores, Yohji eventually made the jump to Paris where his namesake label blew up. Yohji was praised for his avant grade silhouettes which were black, black and more black.
The birth of Y-3 came around as a result of Yohji’s wish to explore an alternate avenue within fashion design. Not rare for a creative mind at all. He contacted Adidas directly with this proposition. Not before calling Nike of course.
He was denied the chance to work with Nike however. In an interview with Vogue-Runway Yohji spoke on his experience when he approached Nike with his proposition.
“I made a phone call to Nike,” “They gave me a very proper answer: ‘Thank you very much, Mr. Yamamoto, but we are going never to fashion, we are going only to sportswear.”
The rest really is history, Yohji originally made subtle references to the sportswear brand by placing the three-stripes on his Y-3 designs, the collaborative effort has built a huge entity, with successful lines in apparel and footwear. Menswear & Womenswear. Adidas and Yohji.
Link to the pants below:
3. Adidas Ozweego – £90.00 ]
The Adidas Ozweego is back after a long lay off. The silhouette was re-invented a few years ago by luxury menswear designer Raf Simons. Whilst the Raf Simons Ozweego receives new iterations season by season, its make-up is a far cry from the OG pair which was first released in 96’. But looking at the new silhouette it likewise appears rather distant in its appearance from its father the OG. Similarities can be drawn on the sole design, mud guard and lace eyelets but thats about it. Oh and the three stripes.
The Ozweego has proved popular since it’s re-launch last month. Another stripe over check in the Adidas vs Nike war. Adidas as a brand has been around longer than its Rival Nike, around 15 years.
The sportswear giants beginnings can be traced back to 1924 in a then town called Herzogenaurach under the name ‘Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik’’. Registered by a man named Adi Dassler. You can see where this end up. Like many other sportswear pioneers Dasslers mission was to provide quality athletes with quality gear to compete in.
Mr Dassler didn’t do to badly picking up the small company’s first gold medal in Amsterdam in 1928 with runner Linda Radke. After the end of world war two in 1949, Dassler renamed the company ‘Adi Dassler adidas Sportschuhfabrik’. Supported by a wealth of around 50 or so employees the company made football boots for the German national team, winning the 1954 world cup final against close rival Hungary. If there was ever a catalyst for the brands success it was this moment.
Following on from the 54’ world cup, Adidas like Nike has become a household name leveraging its huge influence in the sporting world to etch huge endorsement deals with athletes, artists, public figures and hyped brands alike. Lionel Messi, Run DMC, James Harden, Kendall Jenner, Palace Skateboards, A$AP Ferg. Given that I’m writing this as a fairly novice 22 year old in my celebrity history forgive me if I’ve missed out some heavy hitter in that list.
Link to the sneakers are below!
We hope you enjoyed this weeks edition of #SFTW, see you in a couple of weeks