New to our radar this fall, Philadelphia’s Blue Claw are doing it right when it comes to a vertically integrated production and marketing model for quality small-run goods. From their FAQs,
‘We are American. Blue Claw’s goal was not only to make the perfect bag, but to bring domestic production back to the USA. Domestic manufacturing not only improves the quality of life for fellow countrymen, but we are able to monitor the quality of our bags much more closely. A rare but true Win-Win.’
Check their site for a breakdown on all materials used in manufacturing the collections, and make sure to peruse the shop and peep the wise range of items and styles… best part? Free shipping in the USA and reasonable rates internationally… click through for more from this lookbook
Japanese bag and accessories specialists Master-Piece have released this new lookbook for the autumn/winter 2013-14 season. I think we have posted about this brand enough that you know the drill, ultra high quality bags made with not only style but purpose and function in mind. This seasonal lookbook for the a/w ’13 collection has a real New England feel to it, shot mostly in a beautiful ‘Colonial’ style home. Another impressive collection as well as presentation from the Osaka-based label.
Unfamiliar with the DUAL-ISM line up until now, here is Descente’s concept behind the line:
From Street To Extreme” Implies the intention to go across the ordinary and the extraordinary with imaginative thinking:
1. DUAL-ISM is a project of sartorial engineering that mixes innovation and tradition
2. The project shall be a long-standing one based on the concept of “connecting”
3. It shall exhaustively pursue the potential of sportswear that is attractive and functional
4. It shall develop, “timeless products” that can maintain their appeal beyond fashion
The key concept of the project DUAL-ISM is to ‘connect’ contrasting elements: city and nature, ordinary and extraordinary, digital and analog, classic and modern, the past and the future…
They would never be joined without someone’s voluntary efforts. Significantly, the project aims not merely to develop premium products, but to create new values through the development of premium products. DUAL-ISM won’t live up to its name unless it brings about values and excitement.
The inspiration for 2013 Fall & Winter collection is ‘KASANEGI’ = layering in Japanese, and the theme is “Urban Mobility” and includes fabrics such as kevlar, shape memory polyester, and high density waterproof cotton. In addition 3D technical patterns based on ergonomics have been utilized to adjusting weather conditions. A highlight of the collection includes a welded, non-quilted seam tapered down jacket utilizing Japanese 4 way stretch fabric made in Japan.
When it comes to the highest-tech merged with ultra-clean streetwear/dress styles, it truly doesn’t get any better than ACRONYM. Showcasing their fall/winter 2013-14 collection in this video, the presentation is perfect giving insight in to more than just the cut and fit: intended use and function are on display, from pocketing through to features like the sidezip to cover a shoulder bag.
Another year, another MOONEYES custom show in Yokohama that we wish we could fly to Japan for… an honour to be invited from this side of the pond, American builders this year will include T-Bone Jones from Noise, Big Scott from Cycle Zombies and Chopper Daves (Loud Fast Rules). A tasteful selection (not your typical over-chromed chopper show), MOONEYES always doing it right.
‘VANDEYK goes Composite. We`re thrilled to present this asphalt machine. Engineered by our Formula 1 proven engineer Ralf Brand and fully manufactured in Germany by ax-lightness, this bike delivers the very finest in carbon fibre technology. It’s a pure and balanced connection between rider and road – it`s the MACHINE FOR RIDING. The visual language is reduced to a code, going as far as the downtube logo. No interruption, just a unity of machine hieroglyphic language and pure bicycle form.’
Brand promo aside, beautiful short vid featuring Alp vistas and winter riding… the hardman seasons are here, get stoked.
Tenspeed Hero is one of my favourite road cycling sites going; great design in their products, great writing on the sport, and a great outlook on what makes obsessives out of roadies in the first place. They recently published a fantastic feature entitled Cycling is not the new Golf… words:
‘It is way more colorful and fun. nothing wrong with golf, it is a fine game, its just that cycling is not the new golf. We think when people say its the new golf they must imagine people finalizing some acquisitions and mergers while staring at their Campagnolo SRM or joining a ceo weekend with some former pros. We must shout a different tale because our patron saint is Dave Stoller coasting home lost in thought, thinking about life and this beautiful sport that meant everything to him. Its like his best friend. Its like your best friend when you are not with your best friend. Cycling is not the new golf.’
Couldn’t have said it better myself. Dave Stoller reference being paramount… click through for the editorial shoot.