Introducing S.E.H. Kelly
I’ve documented my love for smaller, independent brands several times over the years, as I believe this is where a significant part of the future of fashion lies. Sometimes it’s not about the latest technical developments or paramount designs…sometimes all it takes is embracing time tested essentials with new found love for their essence, quality and craftsmanship. And that’s exactly what S.E.H. Kelly is all about…
Out of its East London workshop, the label has managed to actively engage Britain’s finest makers in an assortment of fields, ensuring the highest quality fabrics, trimmings and manufacturing techniques. Every element that goes into the production process is sourced from renowned mills and manufacturers (some of which the last remaining) located in London, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Donegal, Kent and Nottinghamshire. Combining the best materials with a passion for quality, each garment is cut, sewn and hand-finished in specialised workshops. The result is a collection thriving with authenticity and superbly crafted pieces, embodying years of experience and love for the making.
What I love the most is how they manage to seamlessly blend simplicity with a distinct identity that transpires in each item, an identity focused on the product itself and its real value. I believe they describe it best - “shipping is always free, orders are always wrapped and dispatched within two working days, and prices — because the value of a garment is the value of a garment — are always the same.” This hands down approach along with trademark designs and materials, crafted “as and when”, definitely sets them apart from most brands. One of my must sees next time I’m in London…
Lotuff Leather SS14 Editorial by Barneys
Yuketen AW14 Pitti Preview
Mr. Yuki Matsuda’s label has now become a mandatory visit whenever I’m at Pitti. As a footwear aficionado, it’s hard not to drool when faced with Yuketen’s extensive collection, comprised of trademark designs that are constantly elevated to new levels, be it through subtle aesthetical tweaks or core construction techniques.
Although some particular models may be somewhat over the top for my personal taste, the common denominator for all things Yuketen is superb quality and craftsmanship. Starting with skilled artisans who resort to traditional construction techniques, up to the high-end materials and attention to detail, every single item transpires authenticity and love for the product (this goes for both shoes and accessories).
Some of my personal favourites included a beautiful derby shoe with ripple soles, available in supple leather and suede, along with an updated version of the Maine Guide Boot with silver Concho and hand-painted beads.
Ph: Beyond Fabric
Sneak Preview - Beyond Fabric Portuguese Capes
Digging deep into its cultural heritage, Beyond Fabric presents a reinterpretation of the traditional century-old capes worn by shepherds in Southern Portugal. Maintaining all the traditional manufacturing techniques and authentic materials, such as the unique wool fabric Burel, this exclusive version delivers a unique design with more fitted silhouette.
Available in 4 colors with contrasting checked inner linings, this is truly an excepcional outerwear piece, made to withstand harsh weather conditions being both wind and waterproof.
Soon available online: for pre-orders contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Much has been said about love brands: those with an uncanny ability to connect with consumers and develop a unique relationship and history. For me, a perfect example is Tuscany based family brand BUTTERO: undoubtedly one of my favourite footwear labels, this is one of the stands I never miss while at Pitti. What can I say? Buttero has earned a special place in my heart, not only due to closely working with it and accompanying its evolution while working back at Por Vocação, but also because simply put, it produces some of the most unique models out there. Resorting to the most luxurious vegetable tanned leathers and remaining true to its origins, there’s a trademark craftsmanship and authenticity in everything they deliver. Stopping by their stand is a treat in every way, not only do I get a glimpse of upcoming creations (which already account for more than half of my shoe collection), but I also get a chance to keep up with my friends Luca, Massimiliano and Don.