Before his untimely death at the age of 27, Jean Michel Basquiat produced works of art that evoked neo-expressionism and primitivism. His work is remarkably edgy, and a boldness was exhibited through its composition and colour. Basquiat paintings also reflected his social commentary on political institutions and inequality.
KOMONO are creators of accessories that to aim juxtapose classic and contemporary styles. Their pieces are both design-savvy and fashionable, minimalistic in its approach but colourfully executed.
The combination of Basquiat’s artwork and Komono’s approach to accessories is a perfect match. The collaborators have created 6 watch styles utilizing some the artist’s most reputable works.
We love the contrast between the clean, minimalistic face and the use of Basquiat’s artwork exhibited on the band.
The collection is available in limited quantities at KOMONO.
L.L. Bean‘s Signature range is focused on creating authentic classics with a modern sense of style and fit. One of our favourite pieces for the coming the coming Fall and Winter 2014 season is their Leather Duffle.
This classic leather duffle is constructed from 100% leather and is finished off with antique inspired fastenings. It serves well as a handsome carry-on luggage or a daily bag for your daily commute.
We can’t wait to get our hands on this piece!
Browse the L.L. Bean’s current bag collection.
A few weeks ago, Montreal’s own Upper ground boutique Off The Hook unveiled its collaborative collection with the Impact de Montréal Football Club (Montréal Impact) of the MLS.
Above are some of our favourite accessories from the collection.
OTH X IMFC soccer scarf – $40 – This classic soccer scarf is made in a navy blue with grey stripes complete with the IMFC patch. It is a great piece that you can wear on a chilly day or wave around at the Impact game.
OTH X IMFC five panel cap – $40 – It is a solidly constructed five panel that is finished off with the IMFC patch.
Browse the rest of the collection at Off The Hook.
Hender Scheme creates pieces with the belief that gender plays no role in determining how you should dress but it is your sex that determines your appearance. With that being said, they consistently create leather pieces with a high level in craftsmanship that appeals to anyone.
Upgrade your typical laptop case with their PC case that is constructed from suede that is reinforced with raw full grain leather edging, the interior is lined with canvas to for extra protection. The case is finished off with a contrast white zipper with raw leather pull and a stamped leather patch.
Available at HAVEN.
Montreal based clothiers Raised By Wolves has been steadily releasing some dope streetwear pieces for men since 2008.
We particularly love the two-tone colour blocking on their Morocco Blue Algonquin 5 Panel. Further, a simple and minimalistic paisley pattern gives the cap a touch of character.
Available online at Raised By Wolves.
Fresh for this season, Korean-based brand IISE hits us with the 2014 additions to their Natural Dye Collection. Making the rounds this time are a series of Daypacks, Weekender Bags, Pouches, Card Holders, and Lighter Cases – all playing heavy into the naturally-dyed theme that takes center stage within the materials used.
In addition to the unique Korean silks/cotton blends and top-tier leathers used throughout the collection, you’ll find a mature color pallette of colorways, all hand dyed in the countrysides of South Korea using historic methods that can be dated back to the 13th Century. There’s a broad sense of respect to the architects here (literally) since the technique was typically put to use in Korean architecture.
The ingredients used to achieve the end-results are plentiful in range, including Korean persimmon juice, chestnut burr, sappan wood, gardenia seeds, knopper gall, indigo, charcoal, and ash. The pure level of detail in each piece is uncanny as they are all handmade in Seoul in limited numbers.
The relatively unknown IISE puts a strong foot forward with this collection and we’re excited for what’s to come in the future!
Available now. Browse and shop the full collection here.
Denmark according to RAINS is a nation that experiences numerous periods of rainy conditions. The brand has made the wet weather more bearable with their attractive, high-quality rainwear.
The backpack’s waterproof material is perfect for keeping your valuables dry when the rain comes pouring. The large compartment also features an inside laptop pocket, along with a hidden iPhone pocket on the backside of the bag. Further, adjustable shoulder straps ensure comfortability for any wearer.
Available at RAINS.
Using rare and vintage fabrics collected from around the world, General Knot & C0 specialize in creating vintage-inspired menswear accessories. When one thinks vintage, it is often associated with limited edition, to imbue the “vintage” feel, each piece is made in limited quantities.
We particularly love the 1930s leaf print on their navy silk pocket square – the square would look great against a denim jacket or sitting in the breast pocket of a formal blazer.
Available online at General Knot & Co.
L.A based eyewear brand Garrett Leight and apparel designer Waraire Boswell have collaborated to create a limited edition frame called “Made in America.” Founded in 2010, Garrett Leight California Optical is fueled by a group of young, passionate purveyors of eyewear, dedicated to creating classic design by combining perfect craftsmanship with timeless aesthetics.
Waraire Boswell is best known for constructing handsome apparel for men who are 6’2-plus, along with outfitting celebrities, athletes and businessmen.
Their collaboration is a fitting combination of both brand’s dedication to craftmanship, style, and quality. Available as optical or sunglasses, the frames come in three striking styles, a rich shade of oxblood red, classic tortoise and black.
- Handcrafted in the U.S.A.
- Made with cured cellulose acetate from Japan
- CR-39 sun lenses with anti-reflective coating and 100% UV Protection
- 5 barrel hinge for frame strength and durability
- Hand inspected and adjusted before leaving GLCO studio
Available now at Garrett Leight.