Fashion Retailer – SMYTHE

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The fashion retailer Smythe was launched in 2004 with blazers and jackets. Co-designers Andrea Lenczner and Christie Smythe’s wardrobe essential designs are given a unique sense of occasion. They have now gained a cult-status following with their full ready-to-wear collection continuing to be relevant, versatile and timeless.

I have now added Smythe to the list of retailers in the Shop section of the site. They can also be found in Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge, London. Hope you enjoy shopping with them as much as I have.

Harvey Nichols

109 -125 Knightsbridge

London 

+44 (0) 207 235 5000

Maison Margiela – Explore the Collection More!

Below are a selection are a selection of items from the Maison Margiela collection. The French fashion house was founded in Paris in 1988 by Martin Margiela. The brand is described as conceptual, enigmatic, mysterious and iconoclast. Today the house is recognised for its unique approach to modern elegance.

Description: Techno fabric reflective trims lapel collar long sleeves two pockets one inside pocket self-tie wrap closure rear slit fully lined. 100% Polyester. $3690

Description: Cool wool stitching wide neckline sleeveless hook-and-bar, zip. a nod to the maison’s ‘the memory of’ design code, this mohair-blend top is crafted and designed from a skirt form. this piece is finished with open-cut arm holes, front zip fastening and white topstitch detailing on the front. the back is marked with the Maison’s iconic four white stitches. 60% Mohair, 40% Virgin Wool. $1370

Description: Denim stitching solid color classic neckline sleeveless button closing unlined. a nod to the maison’s iconic ‘the memory of’ design code, this coat takes the form of a denim jacket, finished with décortiqué details at the pockets, arm holes and hems. crafted from pure cotton bonded with jersey, the front features button fastening with collars and raw edge finishing. the back is marked with the Maison’s iconic four white stitches. 100% Cotton. $1590

Description: Poplin logo classic neckline long sleeves buttoned cuffs button closing. crafted in pure cotton, this oversized shirt merges the classic with the contemporary to create a bold, statement piece. the garment features décortiqué detailing to the hem, offering a voluminous, distressed finish and open-cut sleeves which create a unique, cape-like effect. inspired by the concept of rediscovery and reinvention, these innovative style notes are juxtaposed with the conventional, button-down shirt style to create a look that celebrates heritage and tradition whilst embracing the future. 100% Cotton. $895

Description: Bow-detailed leather lining leather sole basic solid color. tabi ballet flats in ultra-soft calfskin and leather soles. 100% Bovine leather. $665

Red Leather Sneakers
Description:
Velcro closure laces rubber sole worn effect two-tone round toeline cuban heel. Part of the new Maison Margiela iconic line, these ‘retro fit’ leather sneakers in haute red colour feature décortiqué details allover, with black inner soles and trim. The pair is purposefully cut-out and scuffed for an ‘undone’ finish. Its sponge inserts have been hand-dyed, propelling these iconic sneakers into a retrofuturistic mood – seen across the autumn/winter’18-19 collection. 100% Ovine leather, Polyurethane. Price: $895 (US), €770 (IT), €770 (FR)

Red Quilted Leather Bag
Description:
Magnetic fastening logo internal zip pocket removable shoulder strap. The Maison Margiela quilted leather “glam slam” bag has been reworked for a new season in this “red carpet” rendition in bold red. Carried as a clutch or by the removable silver chain shoulder strap, the bag is accented by a white logo tab. 100% Ovine leather. Price: $1,335 (US), €990 (IT), €990 (FR)

Black Quilted Leather Bag
Description:
Magnetic fastening logo internal zip pocket removable shoulder strap. The Maison Margiela quilted leather “glam slam” bag has been reworked for a new season in this “red carpet” rendition. Carried as a clutch or by the removable silver chain shoulder strap, the bag is accented by a white logo tab. 100% Ovine leather. Price: $1,335 (US), €990 (IT), €990 (FR)

White High-Top Sneakers
Description:
Solid color laces rubber sole logo velcro closure worn effect round toeline. Part of the new Maison Margiela iconic line, these high-top ‘retro fit’ sneakers are cut from white leather-blend, featured with a décortiqué detailing all-over that reveals the inner hand-dyed sponge inserts beneath. This pair is purposefully cut-out and scuffed for an undone finish, trimmed with inner black soles – celebrating a retrofuturistic mood that is seen across the autumn-winter’18 collection. 100% Lambskin. Price: $895 (US), €870 (IT), €870 (FR)

Silver High-Top Sneakers
Description:
Rubber sole solid color iridescent effect logo suede effect laces velcro closure round toeline. Part of the new Maison Margiela iconic line, these high-top ‘retro fit’ sneakers are cut from reflective America silver laminated leather-blend, featured with a décortiqué detailing all-over that reveals the inner hand-dyed sponge inserts beneath. This pair is purposefully cut-out and scuffed for an undone finish, trimmed with inner black soles – celebrating a retrofuturistic mood that is seen across the autumn-winter’18 collection. 76% Polyurethane, 24% Polyester. Price: $1,260 (US), €870 (IT), €870 (FR)

Black Nappa Leather Clutch Bag
Description:
Magnetic fastening internal compartments double handle. With a fresh take on the “glam slam” aesthetics, this quilted ‘Boston’ clutch bag in reflective black embossed nappa leather is accented with a white logo tab insert. This medium-sized bag can be carried as a clutch or with a removable shoulder strap. 65% Cotton, 35% Polyester, Leather. Price: $1,790 (US), €1,290 (IT), €1,290 (FR)

Beige Leather Bag
Description:
The Glam Slam bag, debuted on the Maison Margiela Spring-Summer 2018 runway. This bag is constructed of ultra-soft tufted leather with supple rounded edges. It can either be carried as a clutch or from its removable shoulder strap. 100% Ovine leather. Price: $1,790 (US)

Red Ovine Leather Bag
Description:
The Glam Slam bag, debuted on the Maison Margiela Spring-Summer 2018 runway. This bag is constructed of ultra-soft tufted leather with supple rounded edges. It can either be carried as a clutch or from its removable shoulder strap. 100% Ovine leather. Price: $1,790 (US), €1,490 (IT), €1,490 (FR)

Black Ovine Leather Bag
Description:
The Glam Slam bag, debuted on the Maison Margiela Spring-Summer 2018 runway. This bag is constructed of ultra-soft tufted leather with supple rounded edges. It can either be carried as a clutch or from its removable shoulder strap. 100% Ovine leather. Price: $1,790 (US), €1,490 (IT), €1,490 (FR)

Red Ankle Tabi Boot
Description:
Solid color hook-and-eye closure leather sole leather geometric heel. The iconic Maison Margiela Tabi boot in calfskin with leather soles. 8cm cylindrical heel. 100% Bovine leather, Lambskin, Leather. Price: $980 (US), €720 (IT), €720 (FR)

Beige Tabi Ankle Boot
Description:
Solid color hook-and-eye closure leather sole geometric heel. The iconic Maison Margiela Tabi boot in calfskin with leather soles. 8cm cylindrical heel. 100% Bovine leather, Lambskin, Leather. Price: $980 (US), €720 (IT), €720 (FR)

Black Tabi Ballet Flats
Description:
Basic solid color leather sole leather polished leather. Tabi ballet flats in ultra-soft calfskin and leather soles. 100% Bovine leather, Lambskin, Leather. Price: $660 (US), €490 (IT), €490 (FR)

Red Tabi Ballet Flats
Description:
Basic solid color leather sole polished leather leather. Tabi ballet flats in ultra-soft calfskin and leather soles. 100% Bovine leather, Lambskin, Leather. Price: $660 (US), €490 (IT), €490 (FR)

Bow Tie Sneakers
Description:
Neoprene two-tone rubber cleated sole ties leather applications flatform round toeline. Bow tie sneakers with chunky rubber soles. These shoes are composed of a mix of fabric and leather. 89% Polyamide, 11% Elastane, Cotton. Price: $390 (US), €290 (IT), €290 (FR)

New Shop Openings – London

The Shop at Bluebird

The famous Kings Road store has moved. The Shop at Bluebird has opened a new store in Covent Garden. The store has an array of designer brands, including Chloe, Alexander McQueen, Peter Polotto and Ports 1961. As well as smaller labels like Isa Arfen, Rixo London, Ganni and Forte Forte.

Find At:

The Shop at Bluebird, Carriage Hall, 29 Floral Street, London. WC2E 9DP

Website

https://theshopatbluebird.com/

Stussy

Stussy opened a new store last week in London. The Californian surf brand has said that they will be starting a new chapter.

The store is located in Soho and stocks Stussy’s Fall 2018 collection, some of which are already available at London’s Dover Street market.

Find at:

Stussy, 115 Wardour Street, London. W1F 0UN

Website

https://www.stussy.co.uk/

London Pop Ups – June 2018

Free People’s Endless Summer Shop pop-up is currently running in Shoreditch – London. You can find a good mix of entrepreneurial talks, creative workshops, shopping and more.

When

15th – 24th June 2018

Times

Monday – Saturday, 10.30am – 6.30pm & Sunday 12pm – 6pm

Where

1-3 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3DT

Free People has four wholesale showrooms – in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London. Free People’s line sells in over 1,400 specialty stores worldwide.

Event Website

https://www.freepeople.com/uk/uk-endless-summer-popup/

 

Luxury Designers Collective

When

14th May 2018 to 24th June 2018
Free Entry

Times

Monday – Saturday, 10am – 7pm & Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Where

Denise Manning, 133 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London SW3 6RT

Event Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/luxury-designers-collective-summer-pop-up-tickets-45584220631

 

 

 

 

 

Top 10 Fashion Brands

The 10 best brands right now are on top because they are continually coming up with designs, that impress their customers. They create a buzz around them, making themselves relevant every time. This has been all perfectly timed, through product collaborations, pop-ups and influencer partnerships.

In no particular order, below is a list of the best 10 brands at the moment.

1.

ALYX – Chicago-born Matthew Williams is the creative director of ALYX. He has worked with top talent from the worlds of music, art and fashion. After high school he started working in fashion production in Los Angeles. Later transitioning to designing costumes for musical artists, he found his way to Lady Gaga and then to Kanye West two years ago as the art director of Donda, West’s creative agency. He has also worked for Nike, Hood by Air, Supreme, Stussy, and founded the popular DJ and art collective Been Trill with Heron Preston and Virgil Abloh. They also launched footwear with iconic skate shoe brand Vans.

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2.

GUCCI – The fashion house sales have continued to grow and aligned itself with Gucci Ghost, Dapper Dan and MR PORTER with exciting exclusives which created more of a buzz.

3.

A-COLD-WALL* – Founded by the London designer Samuel Ross in 2015, his collection merges British working-class uniforms with elements of Savile Row tailoring.  After graduating from De Montfort University in Leicester with a degree in graphic design and illustration, Ross contacted a range of companies across the UK and the US. Samuel Ross was once the ex-assistant and now the consultant of OFF-WHITE founder Virgil Abloh.

4.

Stone Island – is an Italian high-end men’s apparel brand from Ravarino. Massimo Osti started his first label C.P. Company in 1974. Stone Island was a secondary line or diffusion collection of his main label. The brand specialized in surface treatment of fabrics and dyeing techniques. They have an ongoing relationship with Supreme, and plans to build new stores in Tokyo and Venice this year.

5.

Palace – Founded in 2009 in London by Lev Tanju. Palace takes its name from what was originally the skate crew Palace Wayward Boys Choir, the Palace part nicknamed the houses he was living in which were in no way fit for a king! Palace now produce everything now from skateboards to hoodies and with numerous notable collaborations, especially Adidas.

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6.

Balenciaga – Notable moments for the brand were the release of the IKEA lookalike bags, the introduction of the Speed Trainers and the Triple-S sneakers last year. They expanded their Athleisure 2.0 trend and added a new kids line.

7.

Off-White™ – Virgil Abloh’s brand had collaborations with names, such as Nike and Moncler. Opened new stores in New York (EM PTY Gallery), Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney.

8.

Supreme – The power move was collaborating with Louis Vuitton. The other big one was their investment deal with The Carlyle Group.

9.

Raf Simons – With the awards CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year last June and International of the Year by The British Fashion Council, the brand is riding high. collaborating with the Woolmark company, his knitwear politically-inspired designs had fans very excited.

10.

Vetemets

The actual collaboration between DHL and Verments happened in November last year, with a pop up shop. Other notable collaborations were Reebok kicks, Maxfield dry cleaning pop-up and clothes pile display at Saks Fifth.