Julia Gabriel Studio’s new ‘Circular Series’ bag collection pairs sharp geometric shapes with bright, bold colour combinations

Posted in Products, Style
By Sam Bathe on 25 Sep 2015



Handmade by a “one woman production line”, Julia Gabriel Studio’s ‘Circular Series’ is colorful collection of handmade leather bags that includes clutches, totes, handbags, duffles and backpacks. The architecturally-minded designs feature sharp geometric shapes and bold colour combinations, with each bag made-to-order and the canvas dyed in a big pot in her bathtub. The end result is a mature third collection from the designer, wanting colours that would both stand out against a classic black winter coat and pair subtly with a camel sweater. The ‘Circular Series’ bags are available through Julia Gabriel Studio’s online store: www.juliagabrielstudio.com

Herschel Supply Co. go sleek and minimal with their Fall 2015 Studio Collection

Posted in Products, Style
By Sam Bathe on 29 Jul 2015



Already the go-to urban duffle bag, Herschel Supply Co.’s Fall 2015 Studio Collection takes their bags and accessories down a minimal, ultra stylish route. In monotone – black, white or army surplus – plus a camo colourway, the collection includes a tote, travel bag, backpack, hippack, pouch and duffle. Show the rest of this post…

All products are water-resistant, with numerous hidden pockets and compartments, and are available in-store and online from the Herschel online store: www.shop.herschelsupply.com/collections/studio-fall-2015





Burberry creates a modern, preppy look for the library and the beach with their new ‘Scholar’ eyewear collection

Posted in Products, Style
By Sam Bathe on 16 Jul 2015


Inspired by the signature shapes of Oliver Peoples, Burberry‘s new FW2015 eyewear collection channels a suave and stylish look. Available in a number of colourways for both reading and sun glasses, the collection starts at $225 in a circular and more squared off model. Titled ‘The Scholar Collection’, Burberry’s new eyewear range will hit Burberry stores and select retailers later this summer.

Hong Kong label MMT bring back a classical style with their pocket and new wristwatch collection

Posted in Products, Style
By Sam Bathe on 12 Jun 2015



Founded in 2011 to make pocket watches, MMT, short for Momento, have now spread their wings with with four stylish and sleek timepieces for the wrist. The R collection features a removeable solid wood shell, while the C range is a more classic model. The Hong Kong label uses a thin-style watch strap, while those looking for something even more classical can choose from MMT’s pocket watches. The MMT range is available from their online store, with engraving available at checkout: www.mmtstore.com

Leather artisans Hard Graft take on the classic men’s briefcase with their gorgeous Atelier Assembly bag

Posted in Products, Style
By Sam Bathe on 11 May 2015



A coming together of the best Tuscan leather and classic Italian style, the Atelier Assembly Briefcase is a painstaking artisan creation from masters Hard Graft. From superior leather, hand-picked and mastered by one Italian craftsman, the exclusive edition of products come with triple hand-painted edges and subtle hand-stitched details, with enough room in the main compartment to fit a 13″ laptop, A4 documents and folders and an inside zip pocket. Four small metal feet protect the base of the Atelier Assembly Briefcase, which is available now from the Hard Graft online store for a cool £658: www.hardgraft.com/products/atelier-assembly-briefcase

A Kind of Guise go wonderfully muted for their Women’s S/S 2015 collection

Posted in Shoots, Style
By Sam Bathe on 27 Apr 2015



After taking a tour of Istanbul for their last collection, A Kind of Guise are urban again to launch their Women’s S/S 2015 styles. Including sweatshirts, caps, dresses, jackets and more, the collection features their signature muted style with flashier cuts and materials. Show the rest of this post…














The A Kind of Guise Women’s S/S 2015 is available now from their online store: www.akindofguise.com/product-category/womens

Thisispaper launch their stylish and summery S/S15 linen, sailcloth and denim bag collection

Posted in Products, Style
By Sam Bathe on 16 Apr 2015



Magazine-turned-online lifestyle store, Thisispaper, get ready for summer with their new collection of linen, sailcloth and denim bags. Including the Handle Backpack – a hybrid between a tote bag and a backpack – plus a slew of other backpacks, the Top Roll roll top rucksack, a larger gym bag and the smaller Pocket Bags, all of Thisispaper’s bags are handmade in their Warsaw studio from the finest Polish materials. Varying from two natural linens to cotton denim and cotton sailcloth, all with vegetable-tanned leather details, the collection is available in five colourways and starts at €80 from the Thisispaper online store: www.thisispapershop.com

Prada releases ‘The Postman Dreams’ series of shorts to celebrate their iconic Galleria bag

Posted in Film, Short Films, Style
By Sam Bathe on 10 Apr 2015



Inspired by the style and tone of past collaborator, Wes Anderson, Prada have released a series of new shorts about a daydreaming postman. Starring Prada’s iconic Galleria bag, the five The Postman Dreams shorts are directed by Autumn De Wilde, with a quirky, almost slapstick, approach to their comedy. With two more yet to be release, the first short in the series sleep through half of his shift, dreaming about the Galleria, while another sees him avoid a passionate embrace on the stairs and the last about a young boy using the bag as the battlefield for his toys. Stay tuned to The Postman Dreams microsite for the final two shorts: www.thepostmandreams.prada.com

Paulin’s C200 Chronograph watches blend function with a gorgeous modern industrial look

Posted in Products, Style
By Sam Bathe on 12 Mar 2015



Available in five colourways, Paulin’s C200 Chronograph watch features a Japanese Miyota Quartz movement and Italian calfskin leather straps with embossing on the underside, all designed and assembled in the UK. Paulin’s sharp yet classic look on the C200 features a domed mineral glass crystal, with a 24h dial, 30 minute and 60 second stopwatch powered by the chronograph. The C200 is available from the Paulin online store for £195: www.paulinwatches.com

Aer’s Duffle Pack is a stylish, durable bag for the office and the gym

Posted in Products, Style
By Sam Bathe on 6 Mar 2015



Wanting to create a well-designed gym bag that you could take into the office, Aer’s Duffle Pack features a separate water-resistant and ventilated shoe pocket to keep your gym shoes separate from everyday essentials. A laptop pocket at the back plus the 24L main compartment and two side pockets are all accessible via separate water-proofed zips, allowing for quick and easy access to your stuff. The Duffle Pack also features a 1680D ballistic nylon exterior, horizontal and vertical handles a spacer mesh back panel for breathability. The Duffle Pack ships May 2015 and is avilable for pre-order now from the Aer website: www.aersf.com/duffel-pack

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