Pike Brothers Superior Garments: Stylebook 2011

Pike Brothers is a German/British based workwear company which draws its inspiration from classic military and work style pieces from the 1930′s-50′s. The label was started by the Pike Brothers back in 1930 on Portobello road in London’s Notting Hill, where they made custom men’s wear and also U.S. military uniforms during the Second World War. The label is now based in Germany and makes a small but thorough collection of work pieces, based on classic American military and work styles. The collection ranges from various denims, work bibs, workshirts, sweats and accessories like wallets and suspenders. The label also has close ties to both motorcycle and hot rod cultures sponsoring racers and events such as the Rust n’ Dust Jalopy. Another great feature that they are doing is the Pike Brothers workwear test, selecting three guys who work in outdoor professions such as welding and carpentry and testing their products hard at work on a day to day basis to see how they hold up. I really dig the Pike Brothers approach, standing behind their products 100% and taking on any challenge that is given them, real hard workers. Keep reading for the full stylebook in hi-res and click images to enlarge.

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Mad Hectic Fall/Winter 2011

Japan’s Mad Hectic is back with this f/w 2011 lookbook, from the same fashion family as Masterpiece (which we featured a few days ago). Classic streetwear looks are the game here, with the top pic above being my favourite – can’t go wrong with a camo / Timbs combo. Feeling the styling throughout, pretty easy and natural… more after the jump, click for full size.

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A Closer Look: Eat Dust


Based in Antwerp, Belgium, Eat Dust is a line I’ve only recently come across, via the vast interconnected international motorcycle blogger network. Started by Keith and Rob, two friends who met after both spending years in the fashion industry (working with lines from Levis to Raf Simmons), Eat Dust was born out of the idea of combining quality clothing design with motorcycle customization, two seemingly opposing concepts, but successfully accomplished by many Japanese lines over the years. Also combining their influences from punk rock and formative years in the skateboarding business, the line is based around a core collection of basics pieces, not a seasonal structure with entirely new designs every six months. This is a strategy Brendan and I have discussed for a while now, as it seems to be a good foundation for a line in this shaky fashion economy, especially menswear. The pieces should appeal to anyone from denim purists through to core motorcycle guys, as the prints feature classic MC imagery and the vest, jeans, and jacket look tough as nails, constructed from 131/4OZ double ring Japanese indigo blue selvage. Hit their online store pick something up for yourself, and check some new Eat Dust products after the jump (click pics for full size), including a chore jacket with blanket liner, all deadstock material limited to 60 pieces. Also, visit the Reference Council for an extensive interview with Keith and Rob, where the expand on many things touched on here.

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Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man

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I don’t know how it took me until last night to see this movie, but wow… maybe the best, most shameless, action-packed biker/robbery/drug film I’ve ever seen. Featuring an ‘all-star’ cast (including Tia Carerra, a Baldwin, Vanessa Williams, Tom Sizemore, etc), Mickey Rourke and Don Johnson blaze across the western US on a wild ride, with an wesome late-80′s / early-90′s soundtrack to boot. The opening sequence is pretty untouchable, and might have made a Bon Jovi fan out of me… check it out above.

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Mister Freedom NOS American Sportswear Fall/Winter 2011

Here is one half of Mister Freedom‘s offerings for fall/winter 2011, the New Old Stock American Sportswear collection, designed and manufactured in California from MF’s backstock of vintage US-spun selvedge. This run is Mister Freedom’s take on 1950′s California sportswear, with the designs inspired by classic silhouettes and found photos from that era. As the source material for the NOS collection is limited my nature, so are the pieces, with a small production run to be released shortly. Mister Freedom is a label/retailer that we have a lot of respect for; their business ethos is no-compromise (see the Hall of Shame), something we believe is generally lacking in this industry… not to mention the collections are always on-point as well. The second half of the MF fall/winter offering is entitled ‘Les Apaches’ and will be entirely produced in Japan, to come at a later date… for now, click through for more from the NOS American Sportswear line.

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Patrick Ervell Fall/Winter 2011 Field Coat

I am a goddamn sucker for a good military jacket, especially the M-65 version and Patrick Ervell really killed it with this Field Coat for the f/w 11 season. Made out of army cotton moleskin fabric and done in a great tan color, the jacket features a stow-away hood, four front pockets with snap closure, a removable wool lining, one interior pocket, drawstring waist, metal snaps and velcro fasteners on the cuffs and collar. This jacket is now available at Neighbour Shop in Vancouver, who are getting in some really nice new product for fall.

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Goodhood Men’s A/W 11 Illustrated Preview

Goodhood have put together this great little illustrated lookbook preview of what is to come for the autumn/winter 2011 season at the shop. This is a rather unconventional way to show off your product but Goodhood really do nail it with this one. The preview features 5 illustrated looks made up of new pieces for the a/w 11 season from lines such as Norse Projects, Junya Wantanabe Man, Trickers and more. This is a unique and fun way of showcasing your collections, I am sure we will see more things like this from other shops and labels soon in the near future.

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