Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Antique Belstaff jackets

A weekend at home is always a good thing. Just two hours away from London is a place where everyone talks likes me, will happily exchange pleasantries on the underground and say "sorry" if they step on your foot. Or give you a sly dig if they’re wearing an all-black The North Face outfit.

Aside from the usual trips into Liverpool city centre and Southport, I discovered some treasures in my dad’s garage – namely two vintage motorcycle jackets from the 1960s. One‘s a Belstaff, the other is a ringer for a Barbour International, though whether it’s real or not, I’m not sure. One thing is certain, though, they look absolutely great.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Stone Island 2006/7 catalogue

The whole thing about Umbrella is that we believe that there’s beauty in the everyday, in the objects we normally discard after a cursory glance. This catalogue from perhaps Stone Island’s best year of the decade is a fine example of this. Not only do the clothes looks great – especially the stand-up collar jumpers – but the way the catalogue is designed and printed also make it a very special object. Let’s hope they come out with something similar this season.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Smart vintage models of London and its Underground

I know this is really, really nerdy, but I absolutely love these models of some of the capital’s best Tube stations, forever fixed in the 1950s/’60s. There’s even one of the Kingsway tunnel, now eerily gated up, never – it seems – to be opened again. The work of model-maker John Howe you can find out more at the great Londonist site.