thanks to Tomboy Style for introducing me to South2 West8, a Japanese line of classic outdoor sportswear and accessories. their bags are, interestingly enough, produced in the USA – and take influence from heavy duty outdoor bags, particularly those manufactured in the 70s & 80s (Filson came to mind). you can shop their entire range online, in the US from Maas & Stacks and Inventory and in the UK from Couverture & The Garbstore and The Bureau Belfast.
i was lucky enough to get a sneak peak of the new lookbook for LA-based shop Myrtle over the weekend, which just launched today. it was shot by Megan McIsaac (who shot the previous Myrtle lookbooks) and Laura Taylor – and instead of getting models they photographed each other, which is why the lookbook is called Double EP. that’s a bit of a stroke of genius, if you ask me. the newly renovated Echo Lake in Echo Park, LA was the setting. you can shop Myrtle’s wares online here and be sure to follow the adorable Whitney on Instagram where she often showcases their new arrivals.
Another Feather is an Asheville-based accessories label by jewellery designer Hannah Ferrara. the lookbooks for her various collections never cease to wow me – and so I was excited to see the imagery for her new collection Artemis II, taken by photographer Olivia Rae James. you can peruse all her pieces at her online shop.
Take Care is a Cape Town based label by designer Jessica Harwood. their winter collection suits my taste for beautiful pared down pieces. i went into their shop on Kloof Street recently, shared with menswear label Adriaan Kuiters, and man-handled (woman-handled?) some of the beautiful coats. i am particularly taken by the double waterfall jacket below. also happy to tell you that you can now peruse Take Care at their online shop – glad to see more and more South African designers selling on the web.
Need Supply Co has been doing some amazing lookbooks lately, a particular favourite of mine was It’s In The Bag which featured those rad Falconwright pouches. they have just collaborated with Jennifer Hagler of A Merry Mishap who, if you don’t follow already, has incredible taste & such a beautiful aesthetic – be sure to follow her blog, pinterest and instagram. she is also a talented jewellery maker.
wow i am kind of besotted with the summer 2013 lookbook for Finnish label Samuji, Changing Patterns. the model, the clothes, the paint, the clever parallax scrolling… i ended up going up and down and up and down. these are just screenshots, you definitely have to go on over and experience it for yourself. i’m not sure if all these pieces are available to buy yet, but keep an eye on their online shop for more.
you’ll remember the beautiful lookbook from shoemakers TEN & Co. that i shared last year. well, they have gone in a completely different direction to showcase their Spring 2013 collection! showing off their beautiful handmade shoes in sumptuous table settings of food & drink, reminiscent of the still life paintings from Dutch golden age artists like Pieter Claesz, Willem van Aelst, Jan Davidsz. de Heem and Willem Claeszoon Heda (to mention a few). be sure to check out the entire lookbook and read about the story behind these rad shoes.
Yo Vintage is one of my rad sponsors, a vintage shop based in Portland with an excellent online shop that also stocks new jewellery and accessories from independent designers. they just released their latest lookbook Desert Warrior which just ticks all the boxes for me, especially that beautiful cream skirt & blouse combo – classic. be sure to have a gander through their other lookbooks – Rose City is another great one.
i haven’t been able to get the spring lookbook for Barena Venezia out of my mind since spotting it at Honey Kennedy yesterday. Jen and i were actually swooning over it on twitter too, and we might have gone off on a tangent about bearded men and Roman gods… and bearded men as Roman gods (or in this case, Venetian gods). but please, don’t get side tracked. i need you to focus here.