Patagonia at Peggs & son.

GET OUTSIDE WITH PATAGONIA AND MANASTASH

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Patagonia at Peggs & son.

With the weather slowly but surely taking a turn for the better, more than ever we’re looking forward to getting outside and soaking some of that spring sunshine. Two brands very much about the great outdoors are Patagonia and Manastash and we have both of their latest collections here in store. First up is Patagonia, a label synonymous with adventure. Founded by environmentalist Yvon Chouinard in 1973, their approach is to create clothing that blends form, function and the latest advancements in material technology. They have pioneered many different fabrics over their 43 year history, all with a focus on ecology.

Patagonia at Peggs & son. Patagonia at Peggs & son.

In store we have some of their most iconic designs, the P6 Logo Tee, Torrentshell Jacket and Baggies Jacket. Cut from 100% organic cotton, the P6 Logo Tee is an easy wearing, casual item that features the instantly recognisable Patagonia logo across the back. For many, the Torrentshell in red is an indispensable bit of kit. Lightweight, water resistant and breathable, it is perfect for temperamental weather conditions. Finally we have the Baggies Jacket, a versatile number that is ideal for the spring and summer weather. Based around a windbreaker style, the regular cut and absorbent lining have been paired with a moss green colourway and high collar.

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Next we have Manastash, originally created by Rob Jungmann, the man behind Jungmaven. As well as creating some of our favourite t-shirts, he started Manastash in 1993. Rob is big on ecology, and the original range featured a lot of hemp and recycled materials. Famed for utilising a varied colour palette, the label injected style and flare into outdoors clothing. Now Manastash is owned by Japanese collective who focus on the brand’s iconic heritage. The same dedication to the environment is present, as is the use of the latest materials. One item, the Pertex Compact Jacket, is lightweight, water resistant and highly breathable, making it a great match for the spring weather. The trademark bold stylings can be seen in the asymmetric paneling throughout.

Manastash at Peggs & son. Manastash at Peggs & son.

Also in store we have a selection their graphic cotton tees and the Cozy Sweat. Coming in an ecru colourway, this has a relaxed feel thanks to the open chest pocket, regular fit and crew neck collar. The soft jersey interior is complimented by an internal pocket near the hem and thumb holes in the shallow cuffs.

To see the Patagonia collection in full, please click here to head over to the website. You can also see our Manastash collection by clicking here.

visvim at Peggs & son.

NEW VISVIM NOW IN STORE

visvim at Peggs & son.

We are happy to announce that the latest batch of visvim has arrived here in store and it doesn’t disappoint. From lightweight shirts to durable backpacks, the Japanese based brand have once again delivered, showcasing why they are one of the most respected names in contemporary menswear. One of our favourite pieces is the Irving SS Shirt, a lightweight number cut from a super soft blend of cotton and rayon. With a distinctly summer feel, the back features a large stitched design that borrows from visvim’s love of Native American culture.

visvim at Peggs & son.

Also in this second drop is a staple from their collections, the Ballistic 20L Backpack. Cut from tough Cordura nylon, this water resistant material helps protect from abrasions as well as keeping your belongings safe. Coming in two colourways (red, as well as the black shown here), the multi pocketed design is versatile enough to make this your day to day bag. Feature wise, the main compartment features multiple internal pockets and the back section has padded sleeves intended to protect a laptop. A suede base is accompanied by smaller pockets on the front and side and completing matters is subtle visvim branding, adjustable shoulder straps and cushioned back support designed to allow air to circulate around.

visvim at Peggs & son.

Last but not least, we have the Asche Jacket, a military inspired number that utilises visvim’s admiration of vintage Americana. As with many items from the visvim stable, the fabric has undergone further treatment to get the feel and colour just right. Here the Asche has taken a sulphur wash, which although may seem a bit extreme, actually loosens up the material to give a softer, worn in handle. It also means that the olive colourway has a subtle, faded appearance. Completing matters are four external pockets in traditional fashion, a button through front and subtle stencil detailing on the upper arm.

See the rest of the visvim collection either in store or online now…

Norse Projects SS16 at Peggs & son

NORSE PROJECTS SS16

Norse Projects SS16 at Peggs & son

It is always with great excitement that we await each new Norse Projects’ collection. The Danish based label always deliver season after season and thankfully SS16 is no different. Taking some of their most iconic shapes, such as the Niels Tees, Aros Chinos and Anton Shirts, the new selection sees interesting use of material and colour that makes for a perfect summer wardrobe. Shown above is the Ryan Ripstop Jacket, a lightweight number that has been pared back for the coming months. Based around classic military jackets, it has features a shawl style collar and nylon construction for a contemporary look.

Norse Projects SS16 at Peggs & son

As well as more muted tones, Norse Projects have added splashes of colour to their latest range. The summer weight Aros chinos shown above come in a vivid botanical blue colourway and offer great contrast to the sober ecrus and greens that feature prominently throughout. This is only the first drop of the SS16 from Norse Projects, so be sure to check back to see the rest of the collection once it arrives here in store.

Shop Norse Projects either in store or over on our website by clicking here…

 

 

 

visvim SS16 collection

VISVIM SS16 COLLECTION

visvim SS16 collection

We’re very happy to announce the arrival of the visvim SS16 collection to the rails here at Peggs & son. One of the most revered labels in modern menswear, they manage to blend a range of influences to create something that is not only innovative, but also highly wearable.

Founder and head designer Hiroki Nakamura pays close attention to fabrics, often finding deadstock materials and adding his own treatments to get just the right finish. Couple this with unrivalled attention to detail and you have a collection of clothing that subtly blends traditional elements with a contemporary aesthetic.

For SS16, visvim return to one of their most iconic items, the 101 Jacket. Based around vintage Levi’s models, this Damaged Indigo version has been made in Japan and has been cut from premium selvedge denim. The subtle washing that the denim has gone through has resulted in a soft handle and an authentic faded appearance that looks great paired with the contrast orange stitching.

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Part of what makes visvim standout is the brand’s ability to blend different styles from a range of influences. As well as workwear, military detailing often features, as shown here by the Nakota Parka. Made more casual with a relaxed fit, it comes in a navy colourway and the cotton exterior has been treated to create a soft handle. Fastened through the front with a Riri zip, the Nakota Parka features a fully adjustable hood, complete with bold lining, and two pockets on the waist.

visvim SS16 collection

Another classic from the visvim archive to feature in the SS16 collection is the Albacore Shirt. This Oxford cloth number has been made in Japan and cut from premium Egyptian cotton to give a feel that strikes the perfect balance between softness and durability. Traditional details are present such as the button down collar, curved hem and open chest pocket, but it is the dart detailing on the arms that really sets this shirt apart. The Native American style design has been cut from blanket cloth for a contrast in both colour and texture

visvim SS16 collection

Finally we turn our attention to the Grizzly, a boot that has been based around a classic moccasin style. The mid-cut version has been constructed using premium leather on the toe and main body and contrast rough-cut suede is present on the ankle. A Vibram sole provides comfort and durability and the stitched tongue helps to keep the elements at bay. Metal eyelets, a rugged build and subtle visvim branding completes the look.

Take a look at the full visvim collection by either heading in store or over to our website now

 

 

Nanamica winter coats at Peggs & son.

NANAMICA WINTER COATS COLLECTION

Nanamica winter coats at Peggs & son.

For us here at Peggs & son, we always await the latest collection from Nanamica with much anticipation. And now that the winter is upon us, it really is time for the Japanese label to shine. What Nanamica do best is blend traditional cuts such as varsities and overcoats with modern materials and construction techniques. AW15 is no different and sees them deliver a stellar line up of jackets that are more than a match for the British weather at this time of year.

Nanamica winter coats at Peggs & son.

First up we have the Varsity Jacket, a take on a classic style that embodies vintage Americana. Although the details such as shawl collar, boxy fit and slanted pockets on the hips are all present, it is the fully waterproof, highly breathable GORE-TEX exterior that gives the item a technical edge. Coming in a deep green colourway, the front is fastened via a zip and a buttoned storm flap and the cuffs and collar are presented in wool.

Nanamica winter coats at Peggs & son.

Next up we have a Nanamica main-stay, the GORE-TEX Cruiser. As the title suggests, it has been cut from GORE-TEX and features taped seams for complete protection from the elements. The vibrant green colourway plays with the military aesthetic of the jacket. The Cruiser features a series of pockets on the chest and arm, a fully adjustable hood, zip fastened front and a buttoned storm flap completes the look.

Nanamica winter coats at Peggs & son.

As well as displaying aptitude in creating more relaxed and casual pieces, Nanamica have also turned their attention to smarter pieces items such as the Soutien Collar Coat. Coming in a versatile driftwood colourway, it is longer on the body with a slim, sophisticated cut. Lightweight, it also features a water resistant outer to help protect from the elements. Two pockets feature on the hips and a concealed placket keeps things looking smart.

Nanamica winter coats at Peggs & son.

Finally we have the Chesterfield Coat, another longer number with a formal edge.  Very traditional in its cut and look, it has an appearance of soft wool. However, on closer inspection, the material has been cut from GORE-TEX and is therefore fully waterproof. The notched lapel is complimented by a three button placket and four pockets on the front.

To take a look at the complete Nanamica winter coats collection, please visit our website now.

Scandinavian Style at Peggs & son.

SCANDINAVIAN STYLE AT PEGGS & SON

Scandinavian Style at Peggs & son.

Scandinavia has long been a centre for high quality, modern design. From architecture to art, furniture to textiles, this small area of Northern Europe punches well above its weight in the style stakes. We here at Peggs & son are big fans of the clothing from this region which is exemplified by flattering cuts and use of premium materials. Some of our favourite brands such as Norse Projects, Soulland, Our Legacy and Uniforms For The Dedicated all hail from the region, each with their own unique take on contemporary men’s clothing. We thought we would put a shoot together focusing on some key pieces of the season for your browsing pleasure. So carry on reading below for the latest in Scandinavian style at Peggs & son.

Scandinavian Style at Peggs & son.

With restaurants such as Noma and Amass, a vibrant art scene and picturesque city centre, Denmark’s Copenhagen is cultural and creative hub. Norse Projects, a brand who we have been stocking for many years, also happen to call it their home. Norse Projects have a clean, almost utilitarian approach to creating clothing. It is highly functional, well made, but with a distinct Scandinavian feel. Highlights include their winter accessories such as the Sigurd Scarf that has been made from an Italian virgin wool blend.

Scandinavian Style at Peggs & son.

We’re big fans of denim here at Peggs & son and for a unique and modern take on the humble jean, you can’t do much better than Sweden’s Nudie. We have a big range of styles here in store to cater for all tastes. Slim and straight, regular and tapered, washed or raw, we have you covered. All Nudie jeans are made from organic cotton and feature the instantly recognisable back pocket arcuate stitching.

Scandinavian Style at Peggs & son.

If there’s one thing that us British and the Scandinavian have in common, it’s the rain. Fortunately Swedish label Stutterheim have found a stylish way to combat the elements in the form of their Stockholm raincoat. Not made from fancy fabrics developed in a laboratory, instead founder Alexander Stutterheim looked to his grandfather’s wardrobe for inspiration. Cut from waxed cotton and featuring taped seams, the Stockholm is based around a classic fisherman’s style. Completely waterproof, it features a large adjustable hood, rivets on the slanted hip pockets and comes in a variety of different colourways.

Scandinavian Style at Peggs & son.

Finally in this Scandinavian special we look at the clothing from Soulland. Head designer Silas Adler takes in a range of influences when creating each new collection, but the clothing remains simple and understated in classic Scandinavian fashion. Wardrobe essentials are the brand’s main focus with contemporary updates on pieces such as long sleeve tees, hooded tops and turtle necks. Shown is the Miller Shirt, a multi patterned number that exudes Nordic cool.

Take a look at the selection of Scandinavian clothing we have here in store over on our website now…

Nike HO15 Winter Tech Pack

NIKE HO15 TECH PACK

Nike HO15 Winter Tech Pack

Always ones to push forward with design and function, sportswear giants Nike have released their HO15 Tech Pack, just in time for the winter. Utilising innovative new materials, this is gear that will help you through the cold weather of the coming months in style. Shown above is the Tech Fleece Aeroloft Bomber in an olive colourway. The arms are compromised of Nike’s tri-layering technology that sandwiches plush foam between two layers of fine cotton jersey. This does an incredible job of trapping body heat that would otherwise escape through more porous fabric. This has been paired with Aeroloft insulation that features on the main body to create a lightweight jacket perfectly suited for the British winter.

Nike HO15 Winter Tech Pack

Also included in the Nike HO15 Tech Pack is a take on the the Flyknit Chukka, known as the SneakerBoot. Based around the same silhouette, this version features a robust sole unit with improved grip for icy conditions. However the innovations don’t just stop there. With a layer of wool lining the Flyknit fabric, they are ideal at keeping the cold air out and the warmth in. Nike’s trademark ‘Defender Repellent System’ also coats the whole trainer, meaning the exterior is resistant to water and dirt, something we will no doubt see a lot of in the not too distant future. Completing matters is iridescent 3M reflective technology on the toe box and heel to aid with visibility, even in low light conditions.

Nike HO15 Winter Tech Pack

To see the collection in full, as well as the rest of the Nike clothing and footwear we have here in store, please head over to our website now. 

Andrew Ibi at Peggs & son.

ANDREW IBI INTERVIEW

Andrew Ibi at Peggs & son.

Andrew Ibi is a man of many talents. A person who clearly lives and  breathes design in all its various forms, he opened the forward thinking retail space, The Convenience Fashion Store, started his own own eponymous label and has gone on to teach the next generation of talented designers through his lecturing at Kingston University.

We have been big fans of his work for many years. With two of his artworks hanging in our shop and the arrival of his new selection of hand painted sweatshirts gracing our rails, we thought it high time to catch up with Andrew to discuss creativity, embracing mistakes and the rewards associated with teaching.

 

How did your clothing line start?

My first love is design (actually that’s a lie, it sits behind football and music – but probably once was) and in 1996 I was graduate designer of the year. The path of a designer has to include some kind of sustained attack on the market to test the validity of your work. My first brand in 1997 was Ibi-Smith; collaboration with a fellow graduate – we were making all the garments ourselves and to be honest, any orders were painful. From 1997 to nearly 2000, I worked with Joe Casely-Hayford and learned the mechanics of running a business locally but with international presence and I also learned a lot about design and how ideas of contemporary value form. Invaluable experience. I set up a manageable concept in 2000 whilst developing the CMX line for Club Monaco in Toronto and New York – I was multi tasking. When Club Monaco was sold to Ralph Lauren – I had my first real business back in London.

Was it a natural progression from your art?

The art was actually a product of research, looking at artists like Basquiat, Haring, Beuys and Twombly. The illustrations formed as cultural commentary and became an opportunity to share knowledge, sometimes serious, sometimes light heartedly laced with wit and humour. Strangely, this time around, the art is a more valuable commodity and I treat it like a business in its own right. The imagery is often considered as large-scale paintings or wall drawings often conceived through a series of quick, fearless doodles or sketches. The Rudeboy Sound System was the last large scale, commissioned piece I completed, but my apartment is turning into a gallery of sorts.

Andrew Ibi at Peggs & son.

A lot of people see distinct boundaries between different design/creative disciplines, your collections merge icons from sport, music, film. Is this breaking down of boundaries intentional? Are they your heroes?

They are heroes in the most part, performing a critical intervention in culture – the Cruyff turn, a tipping point for individual skill in the game or perhaps Coltrane’s Acknowledgement. They are all part of my experience as a human, but have shaped culture as we know it. It’s very South London when I analyse it, circa 1980-85, we were really creative as kids with style, how we played sport and what music we absorbed. I just pursued that concept further as a designer, effectively, it’s my sketchbook just expanded into items of accessible clothing. So the boundaries, in my world, are non-existent. I teach fashion, play Sun-Ra when I DJ and Lee Scratch Perry before I play a game of football. I watch Kung Fu movies and marvel at Arthur Ashe’s dismantling of Jimmy Connors. It’s all the same to me really. Politics play a huge part of the idea formation.

What are the criteria for making it onto one of your pieces?

Cult status (often political) and changing the course of history, protagonists and events that were are often overlooked or little known. The best pieces are never bought – they are often the most obscure. They communicate with a specific audience and fly over the rest of us. The reverse text imagery was great from the 2004 – they could be considered ‘selfies’ now. I still wear my Miles vs Jimi, it gets me every time I look in the mirror. I catch people trying to decode it too.

Each piece is hand painted, and stamped by yourself, how important is it that you are part of the process for every item produced?

The heartbeat of the brand is my physical labour, almost masochistic in its diligence and pursuit of the ultimate DIY product. Appearing naïve and accidental but really a process of sophistication and precision where content outperforms aesthetic. Hence the ultimate utility item, The Humble Sweatshirt at the centre of the product. People who have owned these sweatshirts in the passed – treat them like their favourite item of clothing, some precious about their care whilst others wear them until they melt or explode. Either way, I’m happy that the concentration I employ to produce an order does not go unnoticed. The stamping is like authenticating the work, a point of transition and transference of ownership. In the end, it’s the work ethic that creates a unique product that can’t really be replicated, hand processed products are far and few between when we look at modern culture. Mine aren’t terribly expensive considering there are often only between 10 and 30 of each piece at any one time in the world. The numbering is very important.

Andrew Ibi at Peggs & son.

How many do you ruin? Or are the mistakes part of the process and outcome?

Very few are ruined, accepting that ‘there will be mistakes’ is part of the outcome and process. Sometimes I hope for errors – but I’ve almost perfected the technique so well that I very rarely misspell anything. I did notice a bad spelling error recently though, I just scribble it out and re-scrawl. The process of painting can be quite stressful if the illustration is particularly complex – replicating them over and over and being happy with them is tough sometimes.

What was the inspiration for opening the Convenience Store?

The Convenience Store was an idea that came to me over breakfast (or it could have been lunch), the point is, I’m always thinking about the ‘what if?’ It drives me creatively. In reality, it was also a market opportunity as well as the opportunity to create one of the most interesting, luxury and avant-garde retail experiences in the world.

How has the London retail landscape changed since the opening?

Retail has changed beyond recognition since 2008 (was it that long ago?); my considerations at the time were very radical, designed as an experience and an idea that, potentially, could corner a creative market from a product and customer perspective. Online was optional for a brief moment, and we were exploring the concept of destination. The Pop-up concept didn’t exist, guerrilla was a better term. Matches was called Matches, not Matches.com and Browns was not selling on Farfetch.com, in fact it didn’t exist. Tumblr was a newborn and instagram hadn’t been conceived. There was no Redchurch Street, no Layers, Hostem or Darkroom – three very successful, modern retail stores, two of which came to see my activity before opening themselves. The very pillars that now make up a huge percentage of brand and retail business was in flux. Retail was still vey much about bricks and mortar – the complete internet revolution had not hit the contemporary, luxury fashion market and the recession or credit crunch had not yet occurred. The drastic sale strategies that still grip the global market had not come to fruition. Not seeing the recession coming in 2007, however, was fatal.

Andrew Ibi at Peggs & son.

You mention you went from shopkeeper to academic and now teach at Kingston University, how did this transition occur?

I’ve always been involved in teaching, about 10 years now, after The Convenience Store it was a good time to focus on knowledge transferal. I’m the Course Director of the MA Fashion at Kingston University now and treat education like I treat all of my business ideas. My students also need to see an active and engaged figure at the helm, still energised and excited.

What are the biggest challenges in teaching a creative discipline?

Communication and being able to leave your personal values behind and deal with the here and now. To understand that my reality, culture and approach may not be relevant to my students and that the reverse is also true. We have to find a point of reference where it all makes sense. Often we are walking a fine line between the ridiculous and the genius. But, in the end, design is narrative, cultural commentary and/or problem solving – if it’s good it speaks to us. The one thing that’s very difficult to articulate is taste – even more difficult to mark academically.

Andrew Ibi at Peggs & son.

 

A huge, huge thanks to Andrew Ibi for taking the time to answer our questions in such detail. You can view his latest selection of clothing either in store or over on our website.

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AW15 LOOKS

It’s that time of the season once again where we showcase our favourite clothes to have arrived in store. Giving you some winter wardrobe inspiration, our AW15 Looks feature clothing from the likes of Holubar, Norse Projects, Our Legacy, Engineered Garments and many more. Below we have picked out a few choice selections, AW15 Looks at Peggs & son.. All the clothing shown is also available in store and online.

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Neighborhood at Peggs & son.

NEIGHBORHOOD AW15 COLLECTION

Neighborhood at Peggs & son.

Merging the world’s of motorcycle culture, the military and streetwear, Japanese label Neighborhood have a unique and contemporary take on modern menswear. After stocking them for a couple of seasons, we are happy to announce that their new AW15 collection is now available in store and online. Once again blending influences, the attention to detail and craftsmanship is as high as you would expect from a label with such a formidable reputation. As well as the branded t-shirts, premium selvedge jeans and Booze incense chambers, we have received stock of some special pieces which we will explore in a little more detail below.

Neighborhood at Peggs & son.

One standout item is the PAP C-Hooded top that features intricate embroidery on the chest, arms and back. This piece is typical of Neighborhood’s approach, with eastern motifs blending seamlessly with American tinged influences to create something new and exciting. Made in Japan from 100% cotton, it features an almost fleece like interior for protecting against the cold weather and a large adjustable hood completes the look.

Neighborhood at Peggs & son.

Typically Neighborhood are associated with more casual pieces, but every now and again they turn their attention to something a little more formal. The No.1 Stripe shirt is a prime example of this direction with its 100% cotton construction and lightweight, crisp feel. Featuring a classic vertical stripe pattern throughout, it still manages to retain contemporary elements with embroidered detailing on the chest and collar.

Neighborhood at Peggs & son.

To see the full Neighborhood AW15 collection, please head in store or visit our website…