Preview: L.L. Bean Signature Line Bags

We previously wrote about the new offshoot of traditional outdoors wear company L.L Bean and their new ‘Signature Line‘ that is headed by Rouges Gallery founder Alex Carleton. The line takes a more refined, slightly younger take on the company’s archive pieces. The first pieces to drop online for pre-sale (the full collection drops March 2010) are two tote bags,¬† including the ‘Heritage tote’ and the ‘Saltwash Canvas tote,’ both great looking classic bags. The first two offerings from the Signature collection are looking solid, I can’t wait to see what else is to come…

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Hackett Spring/Summer 2010 Lookbook

A collection that’s probably more for me to look at and enjoy than to wear, Hackett‘s spring / summer 2010 line is hitting all the right notes with classic English sporting fashions. Drawing from the gentlemanly style of yachting, polo, car racing and golf, Hackett creates a very sartorial aesthetic for the warmer seasons, and there’s definitely pieces in the collection that I would love to acquire. Kind of like a more attainable RL Purple Label, Hackett is one of those lines that when put together properly is pretty untouchable. Keep reading for more shots from the lookbook.

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sub l division Podcast 01 January 2010

Self-promo time: the club night I’m involved in, sub l division, has started a podcast series, and I had the pleasure of doing the first one. Focusing on the primarily UK-based sounds I’ve been enjoying lately, I think this mix is pretty representative of how I approach a DJ set, both in song selection and mixing style. Enjoy!

download sub|div podcast 01: Eames [Jan. 2010]

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A.P.C. Spring/Summer 2010 Lookbook

I’d be hard pressed to name a line that brings a more expansive collection of rock-solid looks season after season than A.P.C. The French label always provides a wide range of classic basics pieces, and the color stories make for an easy mix and match. These looks are appropriate for men of most ages, and never come off too fashion-oriented, holding an air of functionality and effortlessness. I’m really feeling the camo flourishes and the use of oxblood loafers (one of this coming season’s must-haves for me) throughout the lookbook. Thanks to Hypebeast for the images, and keep reading for the full collection.

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Throwback: Frankie Knuckles

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What can really be said about Frankie Knuckles. The undisputed godfather of Chicago House, Knuckles was the pioneer of the true original American House movement, and has continued to make amazing tunes for 20 years since. Much of the electronic music I currently enjoy is directly influenced by the template Knuckles created, and his tracks sound just as good today as they must have two decades+ ago, at the warehouse parties where it was all began. For an awesome primer on Knuckles and the disco connection that house grew out of, I highly recommend watching a film entitled Maestro (or reading the extensive writeup on his myspace). Keep reading for more of my all-time favorite Frankie Knuckles jams.

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Won Hundred Spring/Summer 2010

Danish line Won Hundred has just released imagery for their spring/summer 2010 collection, entitled Dressing In Memories, and the line gives men yet another classic option for dressing come the warmer months. Continuing with the current trend of simplicity and clean fits (but not skinny), the line is supposedly inspired by 70′s Harlem, even though the looks are a reference to a solid couple of decades in menswear with khaki, denim, light cottons and chambray as the focal points. Won Hundred is a line that lacks a huge presence in the North American market, but hopefully they can continue to make inroads as the looks and prices are usually pretty reliable. Keep reading for a few more preview pics.

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Dr. Martens Autumn 2010 Preview

Here’s a quick look at a few Dr. Martens autumn 2010 offerings, courtesy of Selectism at Capsule Paris. As I’ve ranted on 84/85 all season long, I’m loving Docs for winter footwear, as the styling is directly on point for how I dress in a ‘fashiony’ kind of way, and the collaborations have been awesome as well. Fall 2010 looks to be no different, with the 14 hole brogue boot being the early standout. Click through for a few more preview pics.

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Junya Watanabe Fall/Winter 2010

Junya Watanabe is one of the newest collections to be previewed at Paris fashion week, and I can confidently say it is one of my favourites thus far. Watanabe’s fall/winter 2010 takes inspiration from his f/w 2009 collection, which was largely fuelled by hunting styling, with the 2010 collection taking the hunting influence and toning it down. The line has a great deal of vintage style suiting, with double breasted/three button styles making a huge comeback as we’ve seen over the last few seasons. I love the overall look and feel of the collection, easily wearable pieces with great cuts and just enough tradition fused with current styling, making for one of my favourite collections seen for f/w 2010. Keep reading for more looks…

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Images: GQ