London - keeping a finger on the pulse

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London

      The round up

 

Its always a good time during my regularl trips to London! Making new links, eating good and taking in new spots. The 5 day excursion was heavy through the viewfinder and relied on a constant supply of caffeine. Within this short handed post, will be a round up of days spent, who i met up with and where I've visited. So here is my London highlights!

 

 Monocle & West Central

@Olvh @Mat_buckets @Jordanbunker

Lisson Gallery           Monocle's Kioskafe

67 Lisson Street       31 Norfolk Place
London                     London
NW1 5DA                  W21QH

Go East

 

All Press Roastery             Hostem

55 Dalston Ln                    28 Old Nichol St

London                              London

E8 2NG28                          E27HR

 

Southwark and Barbican

@edbrrw  @courtsidestudio

Tate Modern                                                                Southwark, The Shard

Bankside, London                                                       South London 

SE19TG                                  

http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern

 

 

 

 

 

A days shooting with Redstar Clothing

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   Location

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    Studio

           

       

 
 

Cats and dogs - A shoot with GT

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Grace Turner

 

After a long time coming me and Grace finally had a test shoot organised and prepped.

But in true NE fashion heavy rain ruined our plans and my original location ideas. 

But we did what we always do up north and crack on despite the weather, retiring to shelter to get some shots in.

 
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      CDG

               Converse 1970's

 
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COS Bomber

 

 

 

Carhartt Chase Sweatshirt

 

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Armor-Lux

 

 

                   LS Tee

 

 

Model : Grace Turner

 

 

Shot by: Cal Cowie 

 

Email - Cal@ContemporaryContent.co.uk

CC Captures - Hannah Cassidy

 
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' I shoot mostly with natural light, focusing on strong contrasting shadows and tones"

 
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"I relish the endeavour of capturing emotion and raw personality through the lens"

 
 
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I am a photographer

 

based in Liverpool, where I have my own creative studio. I mainly shoot a lot of portraits and fashion editorials for brands and publications. When shooting I try to utilise natural light as much as possible - focusing on strong contrasting shadows and tones. My portfolio includes work with brands such as Adidas, Belstaff, G Star Raw and many more. Photography for me is all about the challenge of applying my style and creative vision to the needs of a commercial campaign, in a unique way. I love photographing people, capturing their emotions and raw personality through the lens. 

 

In this shoot, I photographed brothers Johan and Yeesha. We shot it in a skate part as the colourful artwork and shapely location matched their vibrant sense of style and personality. 

 
 

Imagery by Hannah Cassidy

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Paladrin - 'Workwear with a nod towards contemporary culture'

 
 

Designed, sourced and made in London, menswear brand Paladrin works with local designers and craftspeople to create a collaborative body of work. It is an honest brand that supports emerging and existing talent in the belief that clothes should be made both responsibly and ethically.  

Heavily influenced by workwear from previous centuries, with a nod to contemporary culture, the collection aspires to unite functional needs with considered aesthetics. Each piece is made from sustainable and durable fabrics and will withstand the necesities of all seasons, whatever the weather.

Paladin’s first collection of everyday wear includes classic-cut worker’s jackets and shirts crafted from high-quality fabrics including corduroy, denim, moleskin and wool. Each piece is reliable and hardwearing, using a restricted colour palette to give a minimalist feel.  

 

PALADRIN. Functional Simplicity. Made in London. 

 

 

 

 

 

Contemporary Content for Nigel Cabourn - The SS17 Editorial

 
 
Directed and styled by Cal Cowie and Chris Harrison
Shot by Luke Million
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Contemporary Content

CC Essentials - Transitional Summer Picks

Here at CC we have curated a set of wardrobe options in regards to the transitional summer period.  Although appropriate for all, this is more so directed towards the temperamental weather of the UK and other northwestern European territories.

 
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Relaxed Ankle Trouser

Look smart, while still repping team cozy. These trousers are a perfect example of an adaptable smart-casual piece. Favourable features include; a a cotton polyester blend aiding range of movement and breathability, a subtle crop creating a clean look opposed to your standard turn up and a drawstring belt for ease                 and comfort.

 

 

 

 

Champion Reverse Weave

The reverse weave tee by Champion is a modernised athletic staple and the prototypical summer base layer. Construction consists of a dense yet lightweight cotton jersey body, subtle sleeve branding and a well shaped neck line that will hold it's shape over time. For a more relaxed aesthetic be sure to size up as for the majority of champions garments, they tend to fit on the smaller side.

 

 

 

 

 

Images by Jen Alderson

 

 

Words from Cal Cowie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Legacy Quarter Zip Shirt 

An easy opt for a mid layer garment, it is available in a variety of fabrics such as; linen, cotton twill or as shown here in a loose weave fleece. The garment has a relaxed, slightly boxy fit and the zip as a great addition for temperature regulation. The linen iteration is the favoured by the majority and easily the most summer-time appropriate iteration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MHL Tote Bag

In continuing an oversized-relaxed theme we'd like to highlight this heavy cotton twill tote bag by MHL. Great for all your daily carry needs, featuring a more subtle brushed MHL logo as apposed to     its' more overtly branded Margaret Howell counterpart.

 
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Vans Old Skool

A streetwear/skate classic that requires no introduction. Comprised of robust suede uppers, a clean low profile, and a sturdy vulcanised rubber sole unit. Look no further for an affordable, iconic summer silhouette to complete          your look.

Acronym Spring '17 - Patent Pending

Errolson Hugh is somewhat of an enigmatic character. His rearing by architect parents combined with an obsession with martial arts is ultimately what led to the realisation of his cult label Acronym. While training Hugh noticed how the traditional garb worn by martial artists - a 'gee' - allowed him to move so freely, not restricting any range of motion necessary to complete the moves. Hugh wanted this feeling of freedom to exist throughout his wardrobe, not just in his martial arts training uniform. He set out to create clothing that reflected his utilitarian requirements, yet did so in a way that was aesthetically challenging - albeit in subtle ways. 

The first Acronym product release to see the light of day was actually a full kit that included a jacket, a bag, and even a soundtrack amongst other various accoutrement. It’s clear that from the outset that acronym is not only selling some incredibly well thought out and executed garments, but also the desire to create some sort of all encapsulating lifestyle appeal. This desire to create something that extends beyond the physical product and extend into the users' everyday life is certainly seen in the customers of Acronym. It is not uncommon to see a patron of the label wearing a full outfit, walking down the streets resembling something akin to an anime ninja decked out in weatherproof, anatomically cut clothing; a full Acronym fit truly creates a striking silhouette. The cultish appeal of the brand to it’s consumers is not unlike that of avant grade designer Rick Owens whose ‘followers’ as they could be referred to at an extent are usually seen draped head to toe in the designers recognisable designs, identifiable usually by hallmarks only noticed by those in the know. The similarities between appeal is apparent, and in some ways Hugh seems to have even taken note of some of Owens trademark designs as part of Acronyms' ss17 collection. 

Now it can be argued that Rick Owens obviously drew influence from other sources, for instance the iconic drop crotch trousers obviously contain the DNA of traditional hareem pants taken to an extreme, so this isn't a sizeable point of contention. However upon seeing Acronyms' use of a full zip-up hoodie, eerily similar to that of Owens iconic ‘gimp’ hoodie one begins to wonder whether Hugh is respectfully nodding to a trailblazer of the avant grade fashion world, or simply producing very similar garments with no sense of respect. There certainly isn't anything playful or ironic about Acronym’s designs. Quite the contrary, they are harsh, intimidating cuts of clothing.   

This musing aside, this collection from Acronym is much of the same we have come to expect from the brand. There has obviously been great care poured over the construction of the outerwear pieces, with returning stalwarts such as the J46 ever-present, however this spring iteration losing the wadded down fill for a lighter summer weight. In terms of the other jackets on offer, the obviously highlight is the two-tone J1 jacket completed in olive and black. Visually slightly more interesting than the full black iteration due to the way in which the two colours are split to highlight seams and silhouette of the garment, it is in typical acronym style adorned with all the pockets and zips one could ever dream up, as well as sporting cult acronym details such as the sought after 'gravity pocket' feature and the 'sling' system used to carry the jacket as a bag. Another obvious talking point as previously mentioned is the aggressively composed drop crotch jersey trousers - one for the real die hard urban ninja types. Outside of these highlights, the collection is rounded out by other Acronym staples such as functional cargo trousers in both slim an wide cuts, some lightweight jersey tees and what looks to be a very sleek and well tailored viscose shirt with a mandarin collar. 

In summary, Acronym is recognised as an avant grade outerwear focused label known for boundary pushing technical garments that look the part, however this collection seemed to be lacking that edge in most items apart from one striking trouser. Even highlighted details such as the mag lock headphone holder isn't that impressive anymore - we've seen this all before. If nothing else, Acronym is consistently providing incredibly functional garments that are bit of a change from comparable bands such as the minimalist yet similarly technical offerings from Arcteryx Veilance, or other indy offerings from sporty tech-wear brand Isaora. That being said - is 'a bit' of a change enough to maintain the reputation they've garnered as vanguards of the tech wear fashion market? Despite this, Acronym will unanimously sell out - everywhere. 

CC Captures - Joe Petini in Croatia

 

 

The combination of devastation caused by war and natural disaster has left Croatia’s landscapes full of abandoned beauty. The countries recent fight for independence from Yugoslavia which happened in the early 1990’s has left many towns and villages ruined and abandoned with no means of repair. It was also wounded by a devastating earthquake in 1962, causing citizens to flee their homes on the mountain sides towards the coast, where they could begin to rebuild settlements.

Noticing the vast amount of abandonment and rural dereliction located throughout the countryside I found it extremely interesting to pursue this with my camera. The importance of religion is clear when exploring even the most unpopulated areas. Churches, statues and monuments are scattered aplenty around the mountainaneous terrain.

In Markarska - the rural coastal area where I was situated, I naturally captured glimpses of derelict beauty in photograph as it’s echoed all over the landscape. Houses were left empty as they fell when the earthquake hit, emptying their contents in the surrounding area leaving a strange sense of eeriness behind. I was particularly attracted to these aspects of Croatia’s past and how undocumented these places seemed to be. The combination of rocky mountains and crystal clean coasts were ideal for me to capture as they were right beside one another, resulting in plenty of opportunities to photograph the contrast of nature. The places featured in the series are from Markarska, Dubrovnik and the island of Hvar within Croatia.

 

 

 

 

Words and imagery by Joe Petini

In The Presence of Quality - Cole Buxton's London Pop Up Store

 

The Cole Buxton obsession of working with natural fibres and combining them with technical synthetics creates the perfect balance between garment comfort and performance. Cole's project is the result of a lifelong passion to create real everyday menswear essentials that fit an athletic lifestyle.

In coalition with the current menswear movement of smart casual CB puts out seamless garment iterations, with relaxed cozy fits and sublime quality. This obsession over the finer details and Cole's stripped back approach to design stems from an ever-relevant phrase throughout his youth; 'clutter kills minimalism'.

A large online presence has followed the brand since its first collection launched mid last year, with interest from industry insiders and influencers alike. Were now looking onward in anticipation to a debut physical location, consisting of a pop up store in London's budding neighborhood of Shoreditch.  The presentation takes place at CALVERT AVENUE SHOREDITCH, between the 27TH MARCH - 2ND APRIL. 

 
Be sure to get yourself down to sample the collection and meet the man behind the brand.
 
 

 

 

 

Images From Cole Buxton

Cal Cowie

Raf Simons in New York - A retrospective of recent events

Heralded as the saviour of American Fashion, has Raf Simons arrival in the U.S. made an impact?

 

Quite a stir was caused when it was announced after months of speculation that famed designer Raf Simons had been confirmed as chief creative officer of global fashion brand Calvin Klein. Upon leaving his previous post as head of couture at Dior, Simons had commented on the hyper-kinetic pace of the fashion industry; he bemoaned the loss of 'incubation' for ideas, to be able to take ones time and set something aside to come back later to re-examine it in a different light. This being said, Simons new post as the head of one of the largest commercial fashion brands in the world seems odd at first glance. 
 
New York mens week is often cited as a rather lacklustre affair on the menswear schedule of fashion month, this is not to say that there isn't still good working coming out of the big Apple. Robert Geller, John Elliott and Siki Im to name a few are consistently producing fantastic clothes - however New York seems to miss something special. The boundary pushing creations of London, the youthful energy of Paris, or the storied luxury heritage of Milan. Something is missing - that something might just be Raf. 

Calvin Klein is a multi-billion dollar company comprised of multiple product lines and sub brands. It's all very confusing, and not the most coherent business model, however Calvin Klein still manages to produce huge sales numbers year on year - although this could be attributed largely to the revenues and brand power held by the famous underwear line sported by various celebrities. Implementing Raf as chief creative officer of the business, alongside his trusted partner Peter Mullier as creative director marks a shift in strategy for Calvin Klein - it's clear someone realised that their multi brand business model was incoherent for the consumer, and therefore they must unify under one singular vision. 

The day of the show of Raf's eponymous menswear line arrives, with a decorated who's who of fashion press and celebrities descending upon his setting, eager to see what the acclaimed designer would churn out on his debut in a distinctly foreign setting to his usual dwelling of Paris. What came down the runway was a more mature Raf Simons aesthetic, laced with idiosyncratic motifs one would only run into in New York, such as Raf's signature oversized knits adorned with 'NY' evocative of 'I Love NY' tourist merch found on street corners; a slightly overt reference if not a heartfelt gesture of respect for his new home. Raf has consistently been a designer that has celebrated youth culture, it has taken centre stage in his work however this collection saw a toned down use of these sentiments such as styling the more formal ensembles of wool city coats and slightly baggy tailored trousers with shiny tape belts containing slogans such as 'Youth Project'. The codes of Raf Simons were ever present, such as oversized knits harkening to school uniforms, or work wear style shirts that could be compared to Boy Scout uniforms - familiar yet slightly incongruous in terms of the proportion utilised.

This subversion of a garments purpose and setting is signature Raf through and through; however there was still something decidedly grown up about this collection. Maybe this signals a new chapter for Simons. The designer turned 49 this year, and perhaps as he reaches this sign post for middle-life he is retrospectively viewing his archive of obsession with the concept of Youth, and what it means to him now as a more mature man as opposed to his earlier collections. Perhaps his appointment to such a powerful position at the helm of a multi-billion dollar fashion company has affected his consideration of clothing and what he wants to say with his designs. The responsibility on him to grow Calvin Klein's already monolithic business through creativity and execution is of huge magnitude, and maybe this weight of responsibility has inspired a new lens of maturity with which he views life through.

In the run up to Raf's New York at Calvin Klein debut there was much debate over what would become of this new iteration of the label. Advertisements began to appear sporting the moniker 'Calvin Klein - By Appointment Only' adding an air of luxurious mystery to the massive debut. The smallest part of Calvin Klein's business at present is their high-end runway offerings, being sold only at their flagship store in New York and in a very limited selection of stockists. Had Raf's experience in couture at Dior driven him to want to expand Calvin Klein's offering beyond ready to wear and produce some stunning pseudo-couture style pieces? This would be highly off-brand in terms of the offerings Calvin Klein currently sports, however Raf's ideals of modern beauty shaped his approach to couture at Dior and could be just what Calvin Klein needs to enthuse a new luxury customer to spend their money with Calvin Klein. However Calvin Klein has a storied history and is an iconic American institution, containing a strong DNA that goes back to the very first designs offered by the man Klein himself. Calvin Klein has something distinctly American about it, yet it's a minimal approach as opposed to America's perceived relationship with over-zealousness that is often cited as one of its defining factors. This tied with a penchant for sensuality is the main identifier for the brand.

The setting for the show said as much for the collection as the clothes themselves in some ways. Discarding the typical proposition of a trendy gallery space and instead opting to show in the basement of the brands Manhattan headquarters, show invitations adorned proudly in bold "established 1968". A sense of sincerity on Simon's behalf to show respect to the history of the brand was certainly present, although this was not without him utilising his own creative license to assert that this was to be his interpretation - 'You are sitting in an artwork by Sterling Ruby... It is part of Simon's curatorial approach to the brand'. Simon's longstanding friendship with artist Sterling Ruby is well documented. The two have collaborated on multiple occasions including Ruby's store designs for Simons, Simons use of Sterling Ruby artworks as prints for couture dresses in his inaugural Dior collection, and the two's collaborative collection produced under Raf's label for the Fall '14 season. This assertiveness on Raf's part of forcing his audience to sit in a Sterling Ruby installation while viewing the collection speaks to his deep appreciation of Art and how this relationship with the art world seeps into his creations, one way or another.

In terms of what was sent down the runway courtesy of Simons and Mulier, there was definitely a willing compliance with Calvin Klein's iconic notions of Americanism and Sexiness. Sheer figure hugging tops were paired with brightly coloured wool trousers and metal toed cowboy boots. Some of these references are a little blatant, such as an American flag wrap-come dress type garment that lay under a coat in one look. Whether this was styling choice or an actual garment remains to be seen, however it felt a little forced. Alternatively there was some subtle, playful references that definitely deserve credit. Peeking out from the inner of the men's parkas were what looked to be quilted patchwork liners, perhaps a reference to America's native culture of quilt making. Subtext aside, they look to be beautiful additions to some already extraordinary pieces of outerwear. There was also a staggered use of a clear shiny fabric that wrapped garments or full looks from the tailored jackets to overcoats to dresses. This subtle reference to the American obsession with plastic wrapped furniture was a nice self-aware gesture to what could be considered an institution of the American household. The highlight of this use was definitely the use of the 'plastic covering' over the plaid printed, business-like double breasted city coats. This subversion of classic American uniform pieces typically seen on Wall Street bankers with another classically American object in the furniture covering is both thought provoking and visually interesting. Martin Margiela's use of semi-sheer lycra style fabric wrappings over herringbone wool coats particularly springs to mind with these pieces, however Simons and Mulier have executed the style in a much more coherent aesthetic with the Calvin Klein identity. Whether pieces such as these will attract commercial success is another musing that is up for discussion. Pieces such as the floral print dresses, the printed coats, the denim and the parkas are all easy and beautiful clothes that will surely be successful, however the more maximalist offerings such as the plastic wrapped brightly coloured furry coats and the head turning feather dresses that resemble something from a carnival dance troupe may be a step too far for the conservative Calvin Klein customer who have the money to spend on these pieces. The bottom line of this collection is that although the response overall on a commercial level may be mixed, there is no denying that these clothes are simply charming and make you want to own and wear them. Their sincerity and sensuality is enticing at best, and perhaps in places a minor step too far for some at worst.  The offering on a whole definitely wasn't perfect, however it was a pleasant glimpse of what Simons and Mulier want Calvin Klein to be; modern, sensual, desirable, and unapologetically American.

 

Raf Simon's arrival in New York was heralded as the saving grace of American Fashion. Raf & co arrived at a tumultuous time of uncertainty, however it seems like they have embraced their new home with open arms and minds. If something is to be taken away from both showings from the Simons camp it is a sense of optimism, which right now if nothing else is highly valued in the land of the free.

 

 

Words by Chris Harrison 

Images by Voguerunway.com  

A Concise Guide To Layering

In this we guide we hope to further develop your current understanding in the art of layering. By referencing the aspects discussed in this piece we hope to assist you in composing stylish, yet functional outfit ideas.

 

 

                                                   Overcoat - Reiss      Cardigan- H&M       Tee - Sunspel      Trousers - A.P.C.

Colour and Tonal Coordination

By this we're not talking squaller such as not wearing navy with black, more to consider the awareness of colour pallets when forming clothing into styled looks. One of the easiest ways to achieve this is quite simply reducing the number of colours on option in your wardrobe. Black white and grey for the everyday, or black white and navy to keep you wavey, take your pick but either are a good rule of thumb for a sturdy foundation. Although we recommend this to include essentials for the majority of your wardrobe staples pops of colour are also essential.

Finding the right balance between these two aspects will create a consistent and flowing colour pallet throughout your garments. For example, observe the image above, consisting for two alternative tones of navy, with a crisp white tee and Pale Green cotton pants. The shade of the green is key in this case as it unites with the white and the navy; a brighter or more vibrant colour green would not please the pallet. Electing the appropriate colour of undergarment can break up the sectional tones of your outfit and can be used well to brighten up darker tones. It is favourable to select different tones of the same colour  to cause lasting effect, especially when utilising a lot of black.

 

                                                  Overcoat - A.P.C.      Vest - Unqilo      Fleece - Uniqlo      Tee - Cole Buxton

 Fabric and Textures

In this we focus on specific fabrics and ideas on how to line them up appropriately for utilitarian and visual impact. We understand at CC this is temperamental with regards to seasonal changes but this will give you a general sense of how to combine textures.

 The construction of most outfits consists of base, mid and outer layers. For base layers cotton is always a good go to. Available in a variation of weights, textures and silhouettes its an easy wear for any occasion , top picks include a solid tee or a dense cotton oxford . Mid layers( usually concerning long sleeve pieces) is where you can really experiment with fabrics and where more designated thought should be placed, usual suspects include cotton sweats, linen quarter zips, vests, twill overshirts and woollen knitwear. Outer layer garments as are the highlight to most outfits usually containing some technical aspects be it; waxing, waterproofing, down or Gore-Tex. 

Take the image above as an example of textile experimentation on a crisp winters day of -2 degrees. The base layer of the outfit is a cotton t-shirt providing good breathability and comfort. Above is a high neck , long strand fleece with a soft handle. The high neck keeps out a draft, also withdraws the use of a scarf. Also incorporated in the mid layer is a down vest, providing superb insulation. The sleeveless aspect of the garment is paramount, as it does not inflict your range of movement( unlike a long sleeve alternative). The outer layer consists of a brushed wool mac. This is a good choice as the collar is coming away from the neck, thus not imposing on the high neck of the fleece. The ensemble is a fine example of providing a sense of depth to one tone outfit. 

 

                                Overcoat - Acronym      Hoodie - John Elliot      Tee - Rick Owens      Trousers - Helmut Lang

Garment Lengths

Garment length is an essential thought process when pondering what to wear. This component can have a dramatic effect on the flow of your garments between layers and how things fit together. The first thing to consider is your base and mid layers. A preference for us is to have your base layer lying lower than your mid layer this creates seamless continuity between garments while also giving you the option to amplify the seperation of layers with a pop of colour (as shown in the image above).

Additionally this concept can be applied to legwear. The leg length of your trousers and the way they sit can have many implications. For example with tapered multi layered styling of varied lengths, particularly with a more fashion forward fit, (like the example above) a complimenting cropped length of trouser would sit well. With more over sized ensembles, a spill over cuff could sit a lot better workwear. With more classic and clean compositions try chinos or denim with a slick turn up.

 

                          Overcoat -  H&M      Roll neck Knit -  COS      Trousers -  Whistles      Footwear - Common Projects

Formality

By this were not talking about pretentious social constructs such as 'that big meeting' or 'catching a business lunch', we asses the daily trifles that could alter the need of formality of your attire for example; The active duration of your day, an evening meal with friends, casual weekends or your choice of work attire.

The line between smart and casual can be an surprisingly fine, all it takes some minor details within your outfit choices to steer between either desired preference.  Take the example above; a turtle neck knit has been chosen rather than a cotton sweatshirt, providing comfort with a slightly less athletically inspired garment. Swap your formal trousers for tailored wool track pants providing relaxed tapered fit and avoiding the use of an cumbersome belt and buckle. Sporting a monochromatic leather or suede sneaker , specifically a low top, makes reference to a more proper iteration of footwear. The midsole for comfort is of high importance, if in doubt look for the Margom Cup Sole or a Vibram unit for the CC tick of approval.

Finally let's not forget a major CC go to, who can knock a classic over coat? Whether single or double breasted make sure to pay close attention to the fit and how to garment lies, when assessing the need for smart or casual. A more oversized coat of a double breasted nature was used, creating a well rounded look fit for purpose.

 

 

Cal Cowie

Winter Sale Highlights - The Rick Owen 'Mastadon' Flight Jacket

From the FW/16 season titled 'Mastadon', the DRKSHDW flight jacket perfectly showcases how Rick transforms a classic menswear garment with some nuanced details, making a truly standout jacket. The Bomber is cut slightly longer in the body than the standard waist length of its classic counterpart, as to adhere to Rick's continued motif of oversizing. The outer shell of the garment is fabricated in a thick black nylon shell which provides some technical weatherproofing capabilities. The inner of the jacket is completed in a soft cotton with an intricate stitched patterns throughout the lining and features a wadded down fill that provides more than sufficient warmth on colder days. The details this jacket features are the show stoppers; The sleeve lining is completed in an extremely soft silk as to allow the wearer to easily slide their arms in and out, the zip is extremely chunky and adds a small flare to an otherwise understated jacket, alongside the oversized zip guard which really rounds out this modernist take on a staple jacket. 

 

This past run of winter sales said goodbye to the fall/winter '16 season providing the opportunity to grab some great pieces on the low. As usual a broad spectrum of  fashion purveyors got involved from contemporary menswear retailers such as OPUMO and END to the more avant garde and fashion forward stores such as Antonioli and SSENSE.

One thing that end of season sales are great for is grabbing usually expensive pieces from high end or niche designers for steal prices, and this winter was no exception. A firm favourite here at CC is cult designer Rick Owens. Uniquely recognisable for his uncompromisingly narrow aesthetic centred upon draping layers of luscious fabrics over the body, with drop crotched legwear and his signature chunky take on footwear. A far cry from Rick's artistic and sometimes visually shocking runway presentations, the diffusion line DRKSHDW presents some great options to mix up your look with a piece that is more exaggerated or aesthetically challenging that you'd usually wear. 

 

Although this jacket was purchased from U.K. retailer 18Montrose for a steal of a price the fabric and construction quality, and incongruous nature of the cut of the Bomber jacket that set it apart from the classic menswear staple it draws inspiration from definitely make it worth the retail price.

 

With their sale still running at up to 80% off array of brands such as; Stone Island, Folk and Y3, be sure to check them out for more sale steals and to sample their laboriously procured brand list.
 
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£5000 - The Big Giveaway With OPUMO

 

Our friends and industry leaders in Contemporary Menswear over at Opumo have been busy building a revolutionary new shopping experience and finally after much anticipation the wait is nearly over... To celebrate they are giving away an astounding prize of £1,000 to four lucky winners to spend on OPUMO across all departments including; contemporary menswear, art, interiors and homeware.

 

Click here to enter!

 

 

 

 

Northside Tattoo Exhibition @ Pink lane Coffee

A Maritime Exhibition by Northside Tattoo in collaboration with Pink Lane Coffee, held in association with the Lifeboat Station Project by  Jack Lowe.

 Following the success of Northside’s anniversary event at Pink Lane Coffee last year, a follow up was arranged and met with the same success with outstanding contributions from: Firebrick Brewery with a steady supply of beer and the Mama Zen’s Gang for the vegan and vegetarian cuisine at hand.

With Jack Lowe’s Lifeboat Station Project being the main focus for the event, a maritime theme was the main inspiration of the artwork. Lowe took the opportune time to publicly show one of the prints from his project for the first time. The success of the event was more than proven by the facilitation of 288 pints served up in 2 and a half hours and a huge quantity of food sold.

Northside Tattooz

Pink Lane Coffee

 

 

 

Words and content by Sam Cook

Folk Clothing - Style without drama

 

 

 Here at Contemporary Content we’re a big fan of staple pieces that will stand the test of time, without a doubt one of the leaders in this is London based brand, Folk.

Founder Cathal McAteer, hailing from Cumbernauld (a town used to accommodate the population overspill of Glasgow) started out his career in the fashion industry at the budding age of 15 after being asked by Stephen Flannery, Co-Owner of the infamous Glasgow boutique - Ichi Ni San to model for the store. This then lead him to working his way up from Sales staff, to Store Manager and eventually ending his time as part of the buying team - bringing CC favourites such as Dries Van Noten and Helmut Lang to Glasgow. Not being satisfied doing all this work for someone else, he knew had to carve out his own path in the industry.

Jump forward to 2001; Trucker hats donned the heads of anyone wanting to make a statement. Their collar most probably popped, loud colours and logos were all the rage. Cathal, stating that he felt at the time everything was ‘too designer’ for his taste set out to create the first Folk collection. With no great funding or finance he drew upon inspiration from his favourite pieces in his own wardrobe and began designing and producing easy to wear, understated products with focus on a combination of fabric quality and a diverse colour palette.

The brand has come a long way from when Cathal produced his first shirt; now spanning featherweight Wadded Jackets, clean and simple Tailored Blazers, perfectly fitting T-Shirts and chunky Mohair Crew jumpers all feature prominently throughout their collections. There really is something for everyone.

Cathal quotes iconic designer Charles Eames, “The details are not the details, they make the design”. This design philosophy couldn’t be more appropriate to Folk. Every aspect of a Folk garment is considered, from thread colour to pocket linings. This attention to detail is still at the forefront of the label and is constantly being evolved by Elbe Lealman - who became the brands Head of Design in 2011. The distinct lack of branding on Folk pieces stems from this ethos, Lealman stating “We consider every single design option, all the thought processes are so pain staking and laborious that when you get to branding it feels so difficult” and “to stick a fucking name on the outside feels like we’re spoiling it".

 

Folk was Cathal’s ‘Lifetime Ambition’ and that ambition has definitely been realized. The brand consistently goes from strength to strength with every collection. The brand currently has three brick-and-mortar stores in London, the first one opening in 2007 on Conduit Street in Bloomsbury - now neighboring the Folk Womens store, housing Folk’s Womenswear offerings launched in 2012. In 2015 the brand launched a ‘see all, buy all’ concept store in the heart of Soho surrounded by the likes of Our Legacy, Albam, Oliver Spencer and Universal Works. Everything in the store from the clothes to the lighting and furniture are all designed by Folk and available to buy.

If you’re looking to build that wardrobe of essentials that will see you from season to season you don’t need to look any further than Folk.