Rapha – City Riding Fall/Winter 2013

Love or hate Rapha, you can’t deny their influence upon cycling culture over the past few years: establishing a high-end niche based upon performance and presentation, the brand has produced some of the best cycling media the sport has ever seen, focusing on lifestyle and as a natural extension of riding. It works for me: I’m a cycling obsessive through and through (the proof is in the grams), and while for the most part the product hits on a too-premium pricepoint for my budget I love the core brand ethos and dedication to well-made, thoughtfully considered goods with a presentation to match. This lookbook was shot in Antwerp and Berlin, and nails it… peep more of the City Line over at Rapha online.

Edwin: London to Biarritz and back again

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Edwin Europe and Kingdom of Kicks collaborate on this video/lookbook for the summer 2013 season, not a bad jaunt to the southwest of France. Actually everything about this is killer, Edwin has just been kinging the videos and collaborations, one of the very few larger brands utilizing the motorcycle aesthetic in a non-trandsparently corny way. KoK are rad as well, game tight bikes in this vid for sure.


The River Spring/Summer 2013

Japanese/UK label The River here shows off their s/s 2013 collection, futuristic urban/nature looks that while overall land on the more precious side of the spectrum than we usually endorse, still has plenty strong moments and pieces. Not gonna lie, socks and sandals is a win for me here, as well as the restrained use of camo… keep reading for more.


Rapha Fall/Winter 2012

Stunner of a lookbook from Rapha for f/w 2012 shot by Ben Ingham, who the brand has worked with on projects before. It’s become commonplace for the London cycling lifestyle/performance powerhouse label to present top media on a regular basis now, from short films documenting the beauty, pain and backstories of road riding through to these seasonal lookbooks showcasing much more than product. Cycling is a lifestyle that can consume all so quickly, so if you’re not afflicted with it you may not understand… but those who do, do. More selects from this series after the jump.


The River Autumn/Winter 2012

Japanese label The River present their f/w 2012 collection entitled Gentle Bridge, a take on British trad styles utilizing UK deadstock fabrics. The label’s two principals Jun Hagan and Tetsuya Omura apparently live in London these days, hence this direction. Feeling the styling here, wild out with denim, wool and sweats mixing easily; more after the jump.


Brutus Trimfit 2012 Preview

Here’s a lookbook/catalog for the forthcoming 2012 offerings from the recently relaunched Brutus Trimfit out of England. Expanding their range of styles come next year, the line has seen great success since their entry back in to the market, staying true to the original cuts and ethos that made the line a skins/mod/etc staple for decades. Cutty styling and tight plaids make this presentation pretty appealing, throw in some oxblood Docs and I’m sold… more after the jump, click images to expand.


Crack & Shine International

London’s Topsafe are back it again with Crack & Shine International, the follow up to their first release Crack & Shine. After the success of their online gallery through Topsafe and the release of London’s first graffiti book, Crack & Shine publisher Fred Forsyth and photographer Will Robson-Scott set out to showcase the international graffiti and street art scene. The book features in depth interviews, unseen photographs, and original artwork from the likes of Roid, Horfe, Retna, Espo, Katsu, Tomek, and Andre, just to name a few. The book will be accompanied by a film, done in conjunction with Vans, set to drop in early June 2011. Another fantastic looking project done by the good folks at Topsafe, with the book now available for pre-order at the Topsafe shop. Keep reading for more preview spreads from the book…