The London List: Alpha Shadows brings hip Japanese menswear and West Coast ceramics to Peckham’s Bussey BuildingThe London List

Posted in London, London List, Style
By Sam Bathe on 2 Jan 2018



Located in the Bussey Building in Peckham, Alpha Shadows is London’s best kept secret for trendy Japanese menswear and Californian ceramics. Started by Tom Piercy, Alpha Shadows brings many of their minimalist Japanese labels over to the UK for the first time, stocking everything from slick chambray shirts, to leather accessories, beautiful hand-made footwear and effortlessly cool quilted jackets. Show the rest of this post…

On the other side of the store is their amazing homeware collection. Of course carrying a range from staple Hasami Ceramics, Alpha Shadows is the only UK stockist for dreamy California potters Kat & Roger and A Question of Eagles. Such is the demand, when new Kat & Roger pieces come into stock, most are sold out within the first few days. This is one store, more than worth the trip across the river.

Alpha Shadows, The Bussey Building, 133 Copeland Road, London, SE15 3SN




Arlo Skye team up with blog Sight Unseen to create the ultimate design-conscious traveller’s suitcase

Posted in Design, Products, Travel
By Sam Bathe on 2 Dec 2017



In collaboration with design blog Sight Unseen, hip luggage company Arlo Skye are releasing their Carry-On and Check-In cases in a limited-edition Sage colourway. Founded by alums from Tumi and Louis Vuitton, Arlo Skye’s cases are made of a lightweight makrolon polycarbonate shell, with micro-textured surface, aluminum-alloy trim and a removable USB charger built-in. Remarkably the design actually involves no outer zippers, instead the cases are held shut by two TSA-approved combination locks and an interlocking seal along each edge. Inside you’ll find more of Sight Unseen’s influence, commissioning Finnish illustrator Antti Kekki to design a print for the lining and dividers. The Carry-On is $375, while the Check-In is just $20 more at $395, shipping at the end of November from Arlo Skye’s online store:

LA footwear label release their minimalist Bravo Trainer in a luxe, Autumn-friendly hue

Posted in Products, Style
By Sam Bathe on 8 Nov 2017



A luxe and minimalist take on their Bravo Trainer, LA-based footwear label, No.One, is releasing the sleek Baby Bull Bravo to match the autumnal palette. Inspired by the classic tennis shoe design, No.One’s latest line is produced in collaboration with leather supplier Remy Carriat for the full grain, all-in-one upper. A utilitarian silhouette with refined details that elevate the design, the tongue is embossed Vachetta leather with a French plongé lambskin lining. The Baby Bull Bravo is $675, available through No.One’s online store:

VOR’s sleek 1B high-tops work for Wednesday in the office, or the weekend around town

Posted in Products, Style
By Sam Bathe on 9 Feb 2017



From German footwear label VOR, the 1B high-tops are a suave and sophisticated sneaker, hand-made from tongue to sole in Germany. With supreme attention to detail in the stitching and finish, 1Bs are available in five colourways; white, white with gum rubber sole, off-white, rose and black. With an upper in full grain leather, 1Bs are lined with soft calfskin leather, tonal laces and a rubber cupsole, also available in an ankle-cut style. VOR’s 1B high-tops are available from their online store for €349:

The London List Abroad: Freemans Sporting Club team up with eyewear designers Ayame for a limited edition of their ‘General’ sunglassesThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 21 Jun 2016


Teaming up for a Tokyo exclusive, eyewear designers Ayame have collaborated with Freemans Sporting Club for a limited edition of their stylish ‘General’ frames. Available in a gorgeous mottled blue/gold colourways, the sunglasses are hand finished with intricate detailing on the arm hinge and nose bridge. Coming with a custom leather case and signature lens cloth, the General sunglasses are available from Freemans Sporting Club for ¥35,000 (approximately £240).

Freemans Sporting Club, 5-46-4 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo, 150-0001

Snarkitecture team up with The Arrivals for a sleek, limited edition waterproof poncho

Posted in Products, Style
By Sam Bathe on 5 May 2016



Teaming up with trendy clothing label, The Arrivals, Snarkitecture’s latest apparel venture is a stylish, minimalist waterproof poncho. Dubbed the Element, the poncho is available in two colourways (of course, black and white), constructed from a breathable, waterproof shell and hand-cut for clean and precise edges. Lined with ventilating mesh inside there’s also an amazing later-cut pocket system, including an earbud hole for easy listening. The Element poncho was shot in the Catskills by photographer Noah Kalina and is available for $345 from the Arrivals online store:

Photographer Kourtney Roy shoots a fictional film noir in rural Canada for book ‘Northern Noir’

Posted in Art, Photography, Shoots, Style
By Sam Bathe on 19 Apr 2016



Shot over several road trips through Ontario and British Columbia, photographer Kourtney Roy‘s series, Northern Noir, are like stills from a fictional film noir. Wanting to photograph the “non-events that encircle the places where transgressive acts may have taken place,” Kourtney creates a sinister undertone in otherwise mundane situations. The series is published in a book by Editions la Pionniere titled by the same name. Show the rest of this post…









Check out more of Kourtney’s photography on her site:

(multee)project take inspiration from Picasso’s ‘Blue Period’ for their latest streetwear collection

Posted in Shoots, Style
By Sam Bathe on 25 Mar 2016



A mix of casual and streetwear, (multee)project’s The Blue Period Collection was inspired by Pablo Picasso’s ‘Blue Period’ of work. Featuring a jacket, sweatshirt, jogger, shirt, tee and throw, the line features premium tri-blend and water resistant fabrics. The lookbook is shot in partnership with Los Angeles creative agency, The Neue School, and references some of Picasso’s most iconic Blue Period pieces. You can shop the full collection on (multee)project’s site:

The London List Abroad: Menswear label The Hill-Side open their first store Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighbourhoodThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 23 Dec 2015



One of the hottest menswear labels in recent years, Japanese-influenced The Hill-Side have opened first-ever physical store located in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg district, the label’s own backyard. Slotting in perfectly alongside the wealth of shops in the hip Williamsburg neighbourhood, outfront, a New York Subway-style mosaic tile sign adorns the pavement, with tall windows letting light spill into the store. Mixing rugged daywear with more smart-cusual styles, the Brooklyn store carries The Hill-Side’s whole line, including shirts, outerwear, jeans, footwear and accessories, plus ceramics from local artists. The store is open six days a week, closed Monday.

The Hill-Side, 263 S 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Sekford release their first edition of Swiss-made wristwatches, the stylish and timeless Type 1A

Posted in Products, Style
By Sam Bathe on 1 Dec 2015



Born out of frustration of an inability to find a stylish luxury, dress watch for everyday use, at the price of a great pair of shoes, bag or jacket, Sekford have produced their first edition of wristwatches, the Type 1A. From Port Magazine co-founder Kuchar Swara (creative director), watch designer Cédric Bellon and industrial designer Pierre Foulonneau, the Sekford Type 1A is available in four colourways, 200 in gold and 300 in stainless steel, all with a unique edition number. Inspired by classic English pocket watches, the pieces are Swiss-made, collaborating with Commercial Type to craft a new font for the watchface. The Sekford Type 1A watch is available for £695-£795 from their online store and select stockists in London:

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