Camoshita United Arrows AW14 Pitti Preview
Yasuto Kamoshita is, simply put, one of the most stylish individuals around. With a background in architecture and a refined aesthetic sense, heavily influenced by the strong Ivy League movement lived in Japan during the 1960s, his creations embody a modern Japanese dandyism. As creative director of United Arrows, this unique blend of Japanese and American styles results in outstanding collections, marked by beautifully tailored garments and exquisite use of fabrics, patterns and textures.
The AW14 collection maintains the line of thought, delivering a modern take on classic essentials through small tweaks and attention to detail. While the Ivy League and European tailoring references are still at its core, the Japanese will to evolve and elevate things to a new level is visible in each piece. An extensive (and for some, unusual) color palette is paired with a variety of textures, print and patterns, portraying classic elegance with unique panache: bold stripes, diamonds and polka dots come to life in topcoats, suits, blazers and shirts, adding a refreshing twist on these menswear essentials. All perfectly complemented by an array of luxurious accessories such as the paisley silk scarfs of which I’m an unconditional fan.
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Spread the word: Hillflint
Kickstarter has rightfully earned its place on my list of favourites, as one of the most brilliant concepts to bless the web. Thankfully, as of lately, there’s been a wide array of outstanding projects who’ve seen their goals matched or even surpassed, with Hillflint being one of them.
Created by John Shi and Woody Hines, the brand sets out to deliver the perfect sweater, suitably named The Mark One. Admittedly inspired by a preppy aesthetic, reminiscent of “Take Ivy” times, Hillflint aims to recreate a luxury version of the timeless crewneck sweater. Combining over a pound of the finest two-ply Australian Merino wool, with ribbed cuffs and hem, raglan sleeves and 7-gauge stitching, they are able to deliver both exquisite quality and fit in a unique sweater. The brand has now surpassed their goal (over 50% in the first 12 hours), but feel free to visit their Kickstarter and give them hand!
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