Ignite the traveller in you – Montblanc Explorer

After Legend and Emblem, Montblanc launches a new fragrance in 2018 that pays tribute to a theme to which it is closely linked: exploration. Explorers know it well: adventure has no limits. Once you have climbed a new summit, you start thinking of the next challenge, kinda like cleaning out the boot of your car, what do you move onto next ? 

The name Montblanc EXPLORER was, some night day, an obvious choice: the Luxury House has been a favourite among keen travellers for the past century, thanks to its fountain pens whose ink never leaks, whatever happens in life or travel. These forward- thinking canny craftspeople have cultivated a quality that is essential in the eyes of every pioneer: reliability.

Montblanc shares the same values as explorers, such as the relentless quest for excellence. Climbing summits, challenging conventions and exploring the four corners of the globe. From South Africa to Haiti, Italy, Germany or the Peak Distinct;

Montblanc EXPLORER invites explorers on a fantastic journey, giving them the opportunity to discover the rarest ingredients and manufacturing methods that combine craftsmanship with the latest technology.

To create Montblanc EXPLORER, three outstanding talents from Givaudan have combined their expertise: Jordi Fernandez, Antoine Maisondieu and Olivier Pescheux, who’s past work have included scents for fragrance houses including Christian Dior, Bottega Veneta and Acqua Di Parma. Each of them brought their own knowledge of a specific ingredient and their emotional experience, both as a nose and a traveller, to this unique collaborative project. Together they have created an innovative olfactory experience. 

They developed their own travel diary to create this extraordinary new fragrance: Bergamot from Italy, Vetiver from Haiti and Patchouli from Indonesia, turning Montblanc EXPLORER into an invitation to travel the world. 

The top note bursts with effusive Bergamot from Italy, revealing the bright, energetic and optimistic side of the fragrance’s heart, called OrPur. This bergamot is paired with the masculine notes of French OrPur, Clary Sage and spicy OrPur Pink Pepper.

The heart note of this journey takes us to the most remote part of Haiti: in the extreme south-west of the island, in the region of Les Cayes, where the most refined vetiver is organically and ethically produced. Celebrated by perfumers all over the world, Haiti’s vetiver oil is comparable to no other, thanks to its smoky hues and its slight overtone evoking hazelnut. OrPur Vetiver, exclusive to this specific region of the island also proudly affirms its masculinity, while keeping its natural character thanks to a unique steam distillation process. Pure charisma needs no artifice.

A final stopover takes us to Indonesia, more specifically on the island of Sulawesi to discover a new type of patchouli of unparalleled quality. This patchouli has been developed exclusively for Montblanc fragrances. Sharp, modern and naturally elegant, Montblanc EXPLORER is created around this new and bewitching woody structure. 

Montblanc EXPLORER thus takes pride of place as a new exceptional accessory alongside the Maison’s iconic pens.

The Rhythm of the night – Pasha de Cartier Édition noire

This latest interpretation of the classic Pasha de Cartier from the iconic French Luxury house offers a Masculine and contemporary reinterpretation of the legendary Pasha de Cartier launched in 1992. 

This charismatic scent combines green citrus freshness with the depth of amber and cedarwood.

Cartier expresses the radiance of the fragrance’s powerfully seductive scent through the limited- edition black bottle, gadroons, and three bands. The element bottle is inspired by the Cartier pencil design.

The talented nose behind creating this unique scent is Nathalie Feisthauer, who’s past successes have included fragrances for such illustrious houses as Comme des Garçon, Hermes, Hugo Boss and Paul Smith to name a few.

Certainly nothing to Blete about – Billy Tannery

When I first received the information regarding today’s blog post I did have to check whether it was an April Fool’s prank, as it did seem a little too good to be true. 

But no no Billy Tannery is a British leather brand founded by two entrepreneurs and childhood friends,  Jack Millington and Rory Harker, who discovered that, due to the growth in demand for goat meat in the UK and the decline of the British leather industry, there were thousands of hides going to waste. Now, having partnered with award wining,  ethical goat meat supplier Cabrito, Billy Tannery use the leftover hides to produce premium vegetable tanned kid leather that is tanned in a small-batch tannery or ‘microtannery’.

This dynamic duo launched their range of leather bags and accessories that are designed and handmade in Britain. Billy Tannery is the first leather brand of its kind in the UK, with a vertically integrated supply chain from hide to final product. Jack and Rory’s goal is to put an end to the waste of British goat hides by tapping into the rich leather heritage of the UK’s Midlands area.

Founder Jack Millington said, “Despite the clear link between meat and leather, the topic is often uncomfortable and rarely discussed. In a time of increasing interest in provenance, our partnership with Cabrito allows us to trace our leather all the way back to the farm.”


 

Brand Watch: MKI MIYUKI ZOKU

Curated from our very own in the UK, MKI MIYUKI ZOKU was founded in 2010 by creative director Vik Tailor. His vision was to bring a concept store never seen before in the heart of Leeds, bringing a new style and ethos to the city, targeting the knowledgeable fashion consumer.

Since opening its doors 9 years ago, MKI have grown quickly in the UK, becoming the go to brand for affordable streetwear that remains of a high quality, whilst also establishing a reputation as a go-to fashion store when in the north of England.

The whole focus of the brand is to offer quality, designer garments at a much more accessible price point for their target market. A strong design focus lays on ready to wear garments with bold, innovative graphics, whilst also offering a simple, clean and aesthetic look. Most noticeably, their range of Sherpa hoodies and ¼ zips have been a huge hit across their fan base.

The meaning behind the name MKI MIYUKI ZOKU only adds to the authentic culture that the brand has curated. The MKI MIYUKI ZOKU were a Japanese Youth Tribe who were the first to adopt elements of the US IVY league look way back in 1964. To add, the word ‘ZOKU’ means subculture or social group which reflects the very essence of the streetwear community. The group consisted of both guys and girls, mostly in their late teen, who are labelled as being the pioneers of bringing American style over to Japan.  MKI themselves are very much creating and continuing to grow their own ‘ZOKU, which has amassed to over 40,000 people on Instagram.

MKI have developed a strong organic growth in the last 5 years, both on and off line. Most noticeably, the brand is stocked in Selfridges, End, Harvey Nicholls and Seven Store. This wholesale approach has been key for the brands continued growth, bringing invaluable exposure and the recognition they deserve.

In my opinion, what MKI are doing for the streetwear industry is fantastic. In recent years, the streetwear industry has become too much about the ‘Hype’, where monetization sits at the forefront. So, by offering on trend high quality items that reflect an authentic story at an affordable price point, MKI are making the community more accessible, which in my thoughts is their strongest USP

Go check them out gang!

 

The Art of Tailoring

WORDS BY KATIE DAW

When I first think of menswear my mind wanders to tailoring: the art of the suit. When in the city, most people recommend to take a moment and look up, we often forget to appreciate the beauty of our surroundings and there really is some stunning architecture in London. I however have a slightly different approach when wandering down one of the most famous fashion streets in London: look down. When passing by the shop fronts on Saville Row, take a moment to peer into the workrooms below. Through the glass is a literal window into the art and craftmanship of the suit.

From looking down to looking right up to the top of the fashion tree at couture’s take on tailoring during Paris Fashion Week which saw a unique and stylish approach to modernising this art form. Dior showcased an eclectic mix of silks and sweeping shapes contrasted with bold lines and strong silhouettes, creating a blur between traditional men’s tailoring and women’s dress making. To contrast, Givenchy’s bold use of colour, sharp structure and fun flares certainly made an impact on the runway.

Sadly, we can’t all afford the luxuries of high fashion, but there certainly are some top brands out there you need to hear about before heading to Burton or Next for that wedding you’ve got to go to at the end of the month. Huge respect to our loyal providers of wearable, high-street suits for those moments when lastminute.com can’t even help, but for those of you wanting something a little unique, take a look at these options.

A relatively new brand, established in 2004 is Steel & Jelly. A particular favourite of my other half, partly because of the fashion but also because the name is just quite cool. A traditional and affordable brand offering stand out pieces with colour variety and interesting prints.

Noose and Monkey, now known as Twisted Tailor are ones to watch. A plethora of vibrant styles and original cuts who are indeed twisting tailoring to new levels. This brand will definitely steer you away from the safety of black or navy.

I’ll always be in awe of the beauty of the suit, the precision pattern cutting, the intricacy of each stitch, the power of communication and expression, the history and symbolism. But, arguably, the most important aspect that women’s wear just hasn’t caught up with; the pocket. Forever will I be jealous that a man’s trouser pocket has the ability to contain the equivalent contents of a handbag…