Atelier de L’Armée AW13 Lookbook
Following my previous interview with Atelier de L’Armée founders Elza & Joost where I showed my love for their outstanding project, it has become a daily routine to browse their website looking for the latest bags, leather goods and vintage finds. Making use of this unique combination along with spot on styling and photography, here’s their latest lookbook…
Buttero x Por Vocação Window Display
Located at Corso Garibaldi in one of Milan’s most hyped districts, Buttero’s “flagship” store is a mandatory stop for everyone visiting the Italian fashion capital. In a recent collaboration with former menswear store turned creative marketing agency Por Vocação, the space now presents a unique window display resorting to vintage faceted backlit glass pieces, evoking the traditional craftsmanship of Murano glass.
Bringing together two very special brands, Por Vocação (my former employer) whose creative director is not only a good friend but a mentor as well and Buttero with whom I have been developing a growing relation based on our mutual love for footwear, this project definitely has a special meaning for me.
I believe accessories are the ultimate complement to any attire: be it on the more casual or formal side of things, there are always small details that can elevate your image to new levels. Jewelry in particular, has experienced a rampage growth in popularity during recent years, with more and more men sporting bracelets, strings, and such. As experience has shown, the trick to pulling it off is avoid going overboard and try to keep things simple and well balanced.
A while back I got in touch with Madlords, a french retailer/ art gallery specialized in men’s luxury accessories. A haven for menswear aficionados, the project run by Serge and Caroline Muller brings together a carefully curated selection of artisans, providing an ever-evolving pool of creative talents. Embodying the very essence of luxury, each item is crafted in very limited series and using only the most precious and rare materials, with a strong emphasis on authenticity. Combining their unique skills and keen eye for discovering talents, Serge and Caroline manage to deliver an unseen selection of jewelry, eyewear, scarves and leather goods, easily incorporated into a variety of styles. Whether you’re looking for discretion or to stand out amidst the crowd, chances are you’ll come across it by browsing their alternatives.
Introducing: Atelier de l’Armée
Apart from mindblowing creations shown on fashion week runways, getting in touch with unique brands and concepts who deliver something out of the box you can actually wear (and purchase), is getting harder each passing day. Plus, with the amount of clothing and accessories production increasing on a daily basis there’s no getting around the waste from exceeding stocks or wardrobe purges; so, when I came across Atelier de L’Armée I couldn’t help to be absolutely blown away.
After going through their website and placing an order for a 1974 belgian paratrooper jacket and a pair of dutch airlines pants (more on that later), I lost track of time browsing through a neverending list of unique, numbered bags handcrafted with vintage army deadstock such as tents, jackets, pants, linings, denim and rifle handles. I got a chance to talk to Elza & Joost, the minds behind this amazing brand…
Herschel Supply Co. 2012 Holiday Releases
Master-Piece AW12 Collection showcases a variety of bags and small leather goods sure to fit everyone’s needs…
Stamp of Approval - Lotuff & Clegg
More and more I strengthen my belief that accessories are crucial to a men’s attire. What was once limited to a watch a few years back, has now evolved into a passion to the point where I feel “naked” without any on. Nowadays, my wardrobe is packed with a paraphernalia of ties, bowties, pocket squares, tie pins, cufflinks, the works.
However, if I were to name (only) one I could not live without, the choice would have to be my holdall. Definitely, a bag is one of the most useful and indispensable accessories of my everyday life, allowing me to carry around the daily essentials (more on that on a future post). The truth is that these days men have as many, if not more, items to take with them on their daily tasks, than women. Up until now, my canvas holdall has served me well, but recently I’ve been meaning to upgrade it, by means of a leather alternative. This was when I came across Lotuff & Clegg…
I had heard about them before while cruising the blogsphere, but it wasn’t up until now that I carefully went through their amazing selection of leather goods. The company results from the merging of the Lotuff family, rooted in the textile industry, and Frank Clegg, a master craftsman committed to pursuing and delivering exquisite quality, character and value in each of his pieces. This goal implies a thorough crafting process, with no speeding up, during which Frank proudly passes on his knowledge to his sons, future master tanners in the making.
This is what Lotuff and Clegg is all about: love for the products, tradition, heritage and quality, known to withstand the test of time for more than 30 years: to ensure it, their production is limited. Their selection of goods includes leather totes, briefcases, messengers, travel luggage, portfolios and other accessories, all of which can be ordered through their e-shop.
For delivering some of the best bags out there, many of which made my wish list, Lotuff & Clegg receives Beyond Fabric’s Stamp of Approval.