it is the 16th March 2013 and I am amazed to see the last posting on the site was the 28th August 2012, that is over 5 months ago and yet it only seems like a few weeks ago. So my apologies for the lack of input in the blog, especially as so many good things have been happening.
The new collections are arriving every day and we have already received quite a bit of Rundholz, Black Label and Mainline more to come though and nothing from the Dip collection has arrived yet.
The Nigel Cabourn has arrived and as usual it is great although I am concerned with the shape on some of the jackets, very reminiscent of Comme des Garcons, tight, short and young, so very not our Cabourn customer. That said there is much that is fantastic, all the trousers for example. The camo zip jacket is a peach as are the Japanese collection soft fabric Mallory jackets. The outerwear is as usual excellent with the taped Ventile Aircraft jacket, the Rangoon jacket and the Dobley End on End jacket all being fantastic. The Japanese shirting is brilliant. Nigel has moved some of the Authentic Label manufacturing away from the UK, which will upset a few customers and these shirts are also very reminiscent of shirts from the Comme des Garcons Shirt collection, which is probably far from ideal. Personally I think it is a pity and sticking to the Authentic heritage concepts would be wiser.
The PEdAL ED collection for men from Japan is quite wonderful, and there is not a piece in it that I wouldn’t recommend, comfortable, stylish, casual and very cool and you really do not have to ride a bike to appreciate or wear it. I will be putting the collection on the website this coming week.
The High by Claire Campbell, goes from strength to strength and we are amazed at how well it sells and how good it looks when worn. The are some beautiful lace work pieces in this new collection that have to be seen.
Vivienne Westwood has produced a gem in the Anglomania collection this season and it is hard to not recommend every piece. The Rose Flower print in the long dresses are wonderful and must be seen.
Masnada have produced a small collection for men, which we have now in stock, it is very smart, edgy, beautifully made and as cool as ice, suits, jackets, trousers, waistcoats and coats make up this collection and each piece is special. The womens collection is once again one of my favourites. These items will be available on line from next week.
This season in addition to introducing the Masnada Mens collection we have added a wonderful collection from the French designer Sandrine Philippe. Her collection is as close as you could get to couture from off the peg with each piece having some form of individual attention, eg. hand painted or hand made. We think you will love it.
That is all just for now and I will keep things up to date, Promise!