Maiden Noir Spring 2012

Another Pac Northwest coast line that we are always happy to give some shine to is Seattle-based Maiden Noir. This collection for the spring 2012 season is titled St. Helen {The First Seven} after Mount St. Helens, the volcanic mountain located in Washington state that had a very famous eruption back in 1980. I dig the collection with the line continuing the military influence and styling, this time with a heavy amount of Tigerstripe camo which was seen most prevelently in the ‘Nam war. Click through for the rest of the spring ’12 lookbook.

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Brixton Spring 2012 Lookbook

This is one that I have been waiting to pop up on the old internetz, Brixton and their spring 2012 lookbook. The Brixton crew do such a damn good job with their collections, lookbooks, blog etc. They really encompass that full-out lifestyle brand that so many try to capture but don’t quite hit it. The spring ’12 lookbook is what is to be expected from the brand, their clothes in action in real life scenarios, not some lame model standing in a forest. Anyway read through for the rest of the collection.

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Nanamica Cycling Bag Spring 2012

For their spring 2012 collection Nanamica have released this great roll top style cycling bag. I am a big fan of roll tops and this particular one really nails it for me, especially in the camo colorway. If camo isn’t your thing then there is the navy and white/cream options to choose from. As is expected from Nanamica the bags are completely technical: waterproof, windproof, and made to the highest level of standards.

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Quenchloud Spring 2012


Tokyo label Quenchloud gives us a look at their spring 2012 line via Unbar. At the vanguard of the Japanese hybrid workwear trends, it looks like the label has moved on to other things, with much more reeled-in styling and understated pieces seen here, unlike seasons past. One unifying thread to all Quenchloud collections is music, always a reference in there somewhere… keep reading for more.

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Manastash ‘Campfire’ 2012 Collection


Part of Seattle’s Two Jupiters clothing group, Manastash was founded in 1993 with a mandate of environmentalism and to utilize hemp as it’s primary material, due to the plant’s sustainability and versatility. Inspired by the technical outdoors styling of Patagonia and their commitment to environmental causes, Manastash founder Robert E. Jungmann has been pushing hemp as a long-term textile solution for two decades, with his goal being everyone in hemp by 2020. I’d seen Manastash featured in Monocle and again recently on Inventory, and while the line may not have the strongest internet presence and promotional material, the clothing and ethos are so good that I had to get a post up regardless. These pieces come from the forthcoming Campfire 2012 run, which is pure amazing… like a flashback straight out of my parent’s closet circa 1993, a worthy tribute to how good Patagonia’s designs and colorways were at the time. Also, Manastash (obviously) has a keen following in Japan, and has already completed a few exclusive collaborations for retailers, as the line is perfectly on-trend with the Japanese men’s market. I will take one of each piece please, especially the colorpatch jackets and vest… keep reading for more standouts from the collection.

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