ACF x Kooples Fedora Hats
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…
Drake’s London SS14 Pitti Preview
It’s a fact that Drake’s range of accessories hardly ever disappoints and this time was no exception. The welcoming stand filled with warm lightning and that quintessential regal British feel, featured a healthy dose of bright colors, bold patterns and interesting textures. By now, you all know the quality and variety behind Drake’s offerings, so there’s little more to be said…nonetheless, it’s great to see how they seem to strike the perfect balance between classic and updated pieces, ensuring that in this unique mix you are bound to find something to your liking.
Devendra Banhart and Cibelle reinterpret Caetano Veloso’s original “London London” while cruising the city’s East End. God I miss that city, got to book a flight soon…
Thanks to Driftwood Collective for the heads up