Orlebar Brown SS15 Pitti Preview
When it comes to high-end beachwear, few other brands have earned the success and recognition of Orlebar Brown…and rightfully so. It feels kind of limiting referring to OB as purely beach/swimwear, especially since the company has been constantly evolving to expand and improve their offerings.
Although their swim shorts and casual polos still take the lead when it comes to brand awareness and sheer quality, namely the versions with photographic prints, the SS15 collection features welcome additions such as a variety of tees using the same technique, sweaters, shirts and sneakers. Besides the quality and fit of the garments, production is based in Portugal which just adds another note of personal love from my end. Hopefully I’ll be able to visit their facilities soon and grant you a sneak peek into the backstage.
Ph: Beyond Fabric
Wolverine “Made in Portugal” Collection
American bootmaker giant Wolverine crosses the pond for its first endeavor in European grounds. Produced in Portugal, the Bento boot presents a moccasin construction with nubuck and leather uppers, contrasting side panels in felt and a sturdy rubber outsole.
La Paz AW13 Shetland Knits
La Paz Almada Melange Sweatpants
Just in….The Laces Company
The latest addition to the online store is yet another Portuguese label, this time around focused on bringing new life to your footwear collection. The Laces Company sets out to deliver an array of exclusively designed laces, suitable for every occasion and type of footwear, be it more formal or casual. The first batch features solid colored cotton laces perfect to upgrade your shoes, as well as three different interpretations of camo patterns for your sneakers or boots.
Check them here.
Labels? Stitching? What for?
Portuguese brand AGVA is now on the process of developing some exquisite seamless pants. My friend Álvaro the brand’s founder, was kind enough to send me this short video showing the laser engraving on the waistband…
Brand Feature: Agva
A couple of days ago I was contacted by my friend Álvaro, founder of portuguese bespoke menswear brand Agva, to check a few of his recent pieces before he delivered them to clients. Bet on creating unique items according to the client’s specifications, nothing is overlooked during the manufacturing process which takes place entirely in Portugal. Having nothing short of perfection in mind, their offerings range from shirts to full suits and even shoes. The final pieces I had access to included several shirt models and a 2 button blazer with an outstanding attention to detail. Here’s one of my favourites, more to come…
Houndstooth widespread collar shirt with french cuffs and mother of pearl buttons
n.d.c. Pablo suede espadrilles
Originally resulting from a combined handcraft effort of both men and women in the 19th century, this unique French variant of the slip on has recently become one of the most sought alternatives for men’s Summer footwear. Usually consisting of a braided natural fiber jute sole and canvas uppers, espadrilles are perfect for hot Summer days, allowing your feet to breathe and adding a stylish vibe to your attire.
Nowadays, besides the traditional models, you’ll be able to find more refined ones, with rubber/leather additions to the rope sole and a variety of materials for the uppers. Although the essence of the espadrille itself remains intact, the use of higher quality materials allows for a longer life span and a sleeker look than the originals; the downside? Instead of a 20€-30€ price tag, you’ll be looking at something in the 100€-200€ range.
I guess it all comes down to what you’re looking for…I was after a model which would stand out amongst the crowd of cloned offerings out there, and as such, was willing to spend a tad more. These n.d.c.’s feature super soft greyish brown suede uppers, leather stitched soles and the characteristic rope layer; to top it off, they’re made right here in Portugal.
I’ll be wearing the s**t out of these this Summer…
Photographed @ Praia da Luz, Porto, Portugal.