We’ve been big fans of Edwin for many years now. Their premium selvedge denim, their innovative blend of the new and the traditional, and in recent seasons, their burgeoning clothing range, hits all the right notes for us. Merging workwear, heritage and sportswear with consummate ease, their references are on point, as is their dedication to quality. We thought it high time to sit down for an interview with Edwin head designer Dean Webster to talk about inspiration, design process and managing to take the historic label in a new direction whilst still retaining its core values. Read below to see what Dean has to say about Edwin…


Peggs: Edwin is a brand steeped in tradition and history, having produced high quality denim products since 1947. How difficult is it to bring your own design ethos to the table yet still represent Edwin’s core values?

Dean: It’s a curious balance, but whilst respecting the brands illustrious heritage as a traditional denim brand, my remit as part of the creative team at Edwin Europe has always been to help keep it moving forward and progressively minded.


What were your initial aims when you first started working at Edwin?

I came to Edwin over four years ago now with no pre-conceptions about how my work would turn out. It’s taken time for me to understand the brand, it’s subtle rules, it’s codes and it is still a work in progress for me. Each season is a new learning curve and a challenge which keeps the work fresh I hope.



Have you always harboured a passion for designing clothing?

I guess you could say that I’ve had an almost obsessive interest in clothes from my early teenage years, but I never set out or formally trained to be a designer. I came from a small town, always the outsider, so I was drawn to fashion and its connections with ‘tribes’ and the sub-culture music scene.  As a young kid, I was buying and customising second-hand flea market clothing with pins, patches and whatever I could lay my hands on. I guess I’m still doing the same now but in a slightly more structured way.


Do you design with a particular guy in mind?

Not really. Our clothing is democratic. A good denim brand should be for everyone and I think that if a guy looks great in our clothes then that’s good enough for me.  If he has a rebellious attitude and great haircut, even better.



What are your influences when designing? How do you start off the creative process?

I always start with the same phrase in mind –  ‘What would EDWIN do?’


What does your day-to-day entail?

It changes but generally, lots of coffee, cigarettes, research, meetings and general problem solving. Drinks after work.


What are the most rewarding aspects of your job? And what are the most challenging?

Being able to do what I love doing and getting paid for doing it is the most rewarding. Keeping the brand relevant, commercial and interesting in today’s menswear market without losing sight of its’ origins is perhaps the most challenging.



How do you go about sourcing the materials, it can’t be easy acquiring the fabrics you need and processing them into something usable?

We do the usual fabric fairs to research market trends and, of course, I have my favourite mills to visit each season. It’s all out there if you know where to look and if what you’re looking for isn’t, then it’s a case of developing it, which we do with the help of our suppliers.


Are there any favourite pieces that stick out in your mind?

Although my work at Edwin-Europe concentrates more on the ‘tops’ or seasonal mainline collection (non-denim), I’m a big fan of the jeans we produce, especially the Made In Japan line. My favourite pair of jeans is our Japan 50’s model. A killer anti-fit jean, beautifully crafted, in great denims. My favourite SS17 mainline collection pieces are the cotton poplin bowling shirts and the ‘So Far So Good’ embroidered black poly cotton Garage Jacket (shown above). Both dope items every Edwin fan should be wearing next season. I’m also a big fan of the ‘fuck you, we don’t just make blue’ pastel story. Men in pink, at Edwin! Who would have thought…


Who would have thought indeed. A huge thanks to Dean and Ally for taking the time to get this together. You can shop our selection of Edwin jeans, including their new ED-45 style, over on the website now…





Our AW16 Looks are now available to view over on the website. Each season we put together a series of outfits making use of the great stock we have here in store for some wardrobe inspiration over the coming months. This season’s Looks feature clothing, footwear and accessories from the likes of Norse Projects, YMC, Engineered Garments, Our Legacy, Nike and many more. We will be continually uploading more looks as the season progresses so be sure to check back.



See our AW16 Looks in full by heading to the website now…





MHL by Margaret Howell AW16 collection at Peggs & son.

Synonymous with quality, timeless clothing, Margaret Howell once again delivers contemporary classics with her latest MHL by Margaret Howell collection. Although there is a central focus on workwear (as there always is), nautical themes are prevalent and can be seen in the Naval Jersey Stripe Tee. Shown here in a dark green and ecru colourway, it has been cut from super soft jersey cotton with a bold Breton stripe pattern featuring throughout.

Another store favourite is the Workwear Shirt, which has been cut from crisp, lightweight poplin cotton. Coming in a charcoal colourway with a slight green hue, it has a generous fit in typical MHL style. Staying true to its workwear roots, it features two large flapped pockets on the chest, rugged construction throughout and a curved hem with high side vents. Completing matters are tonal buttons, wide placket and short collar.

MHL by Margaret Howell AW16 collection at Peggs & son. MHL by Margaret Howell AW16 collection at Peggs & son.

Shop the rest of the MHL by Margaret Howell AW16 collection in store or online now.





Aquascutum AW16 collection

Founded in 1851, Aquascutum have been creating luxury men’s clothing for well over 150 years. Created by John Emary, a man who pioneered waterproof technology, the name Aquascutum is actually derived from Latin and means ‘watershield’. Their style in unmistakable and timeless; from the iconic house check to elegant overcoats, they have helped shape British fashion with flattering cuts and use of premium materials.

It is our first season with the label and we are happy to have their clothing and accessories now available in store and online. The check pattern is one of the most identifiable in menswear and a good proportion of their AW16 collection features it. From the Elmsworth Shirt to the Reversible Bucket Hat, those colours of white, burnished orange and navy appear throughout.

Aquascutum have also taken a look back through their archives to create some classic items from times gone by. One such piece is the Berkeley Raincoat a long, overcoat style that comes in both a navy and a camel colourway. With a flattering slim silhouette, the outer has been cut from a cotton blend that is hardwearing and water resistant. A large spread collar, two welt pockets on the hips and concealed placket keeps the detailing clean and minimal.

Also available are their selection of accessories, ranging from shoulder bags to wallets. Each features the house check and are available over on the website now.

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Shop the full Aquascutum AW16 collection either in store or online now.

Norse Projects at Peggs & son.


NORSE PROJECTS AW16 at Peggs & son.

We get a lot of clothing through the door here at Peggs & son, but one of the collections we most look forward to receiving each season is from Copenhagen’s Norse Projects. Products from the cold north, for us their AW clothing and accessories provide the perfect balance between style and functionality, especially in the depths of winter. This season is no different with a fine selection of soft shirts, heavyweight trousers and sumptuous knitwear. We headed out to the streets and parks of Brighton to take a closer look at the latest arrivals.

What Norse Projects do best is elevate wardrobe basics. Items such as Niels Tees and Aros Chinos return season after season, and for good reason. Take the Anton Shirt, their imagining of the classic button down. For AW16 it has been cut from brushed cotton that results in a super soft handle that’s perfect for cold winter days. Its versatility remains thanks to the regular fit, curved hem, button down collar and single chest pocket.

The winter months also herald the arrival of knitwear here at the store and as always, Norse have delivered. The Verner Pure New Wool is perfect for the colder months thanks to the insulating nature of the fabric. Constructed using 100% pure new wool, the Verner has slight nautical undertones thanks to the subtle navy colourway and horizontal white stripes throughout. Complimenting matters is a versatile regular fit, crew neck collar and subtle branding on the left arm.

NORSE PROJECTS AW16 at Peggs & son.NORSE PROJECTS AW16 at Peggs & son.NORSE PROJECTS AW16 at Peggs & son.NORSE PROJECTS AW16 at Peggs & son.

To see the rest of the Norse Projects AW16 collection in full, head either in store or online now…

Beams X Champion at Peggs & son.


Beams X Champion at Peggs & son.

The new capsule collection from Japanese brand/retailer Beams and American heritage sportswear brand Champion is now available in store and online. For this collaboration Beams have taken the classic casual style and illustrious history of Champion and updated with fashion forward detailing.

The Reverse Weave Crew Sweat is a Champion staple; people love the cosy fit, insulating properties and soft interior. Classic details such as the thick collar, ribbed side panelling and patch logo on the chest are present, but Beams have introduced zips to the side seams as well as presenting branding on the cuffs and hem. The result is a contemporary look that still stays true to the roots of both labels.

Also to arrive in store is a wardrobe staple in the form of the Reverse Weave Jersey Crew Tee. Cut from 100% cotton, it comes in a both grey and black and features a versatile regular fit. The garment is constructed using double layered fabric that not only gives a heavier feel, but also allows for a large pocket to be concealed on the front that can be accessed via a zip. Once again dual branding features throughout.

Beams X Champion at Peggs & son.Beams X Champion at Peggs & son.Beams X Champion at Peggs & son.Beams X Champion at Peggs & son.

Shop the rest of the Beams X Champion collection either in store or online now.





There’s no summer holiday quite like a British holiday. With the grey skies and cold months all but a distant memory, it’s finally that time of year to crack out the shorts and sandals, drink copious amounts of cold beer and burn some food on the barbecue. Fear not, here in store we have all the clothing you need to accompany these activities.

Over on our Inspirations page we’ve created our holiday planning guides, where you will find our curated selection of packing essentials for all types of vacations. Whether you’re planning a short city break, a heavy festival weekend or a family trip to the beach, we have it all covered. You will find a fine selection of essentials, from the luxury luggage of Globe-Trotter to the quality sunglasses from Sun Buddies.

We always think that to make the most of your holiday, you want the clothing you bring to be both comfortable and versatile. Our featured selection includes tried and tested pieces from Norse Projects, A.P.C., Our Legacy, Sunspel, Officine Generale and Universal Works. Keeping it simple with grooming products, we’ve delved into our range from the likes of Baxter of California, Marvis, Laboratory Perfume and Barbasol.

To get us in the mood, we headed over to the Artist Residence, a small, boutique hotel located just off the seafront in the historic Regency Square. With sea views and an eclectic aesthetic, it is the perfect place to stay for a weekend away here in Brighton. See below for our experience when we headed there earlier this month.



Shop the full selection of our holiday planning guide over on our website now…



Arpenteur at Peggs & son.

We’ve been fans of Arpenteur for a long time now. The first to stock their clothing in the UK, we loved their simplistic, contemporary take on classic French style the moment we locked eyes on it. From the colourful swing tags to the French production, everything about the label is bang on the money.

The arrival of their latest collection has brought with it an uplift in the weather and this combo has got us hankering for a game of pétanque in the sunshine – followed, of course, by a swift half of Kronenbourg. From lightweight cotton shirts to their knitted take on the classic Breton stripe tee, it’s clothing the way it should be done. We thought it high time to catch up with guys behind the brand, Marc and Laurent, to discuss Arpenteur’s origins, their dedication to quality and working collaboratively.


How and when did you both decide to create Arpenteur?

Laurent: We started the brand a little more than five years ago. Marc and myself got fed up with our previous jobs and quit by late 2010, working full time on the brand’s birth. While working on our debut collection, we met a person who had a workwear factory in Bordeaux incepted in the 1950s by his father (now closed unfortunately). He liked our concept and helped us to find our first fabric suppliers and factories. He was a major help to the brand in the beginning.


What was the inspiration behind the brand?

Laurent: When we started, we had this project in our minds for a bit. The main point was to create a menswear brand, inspired by understated details of French clothing culture, that encapsulated simple designs we could wear on a daily basis. The same idea remains today but our inspirations since then are numerous and can come from the elderly in our neighbourhood, to a vintage piece of clothing, or merely from one of the existing styles we wish to update.

Arpenteur at Peggs & son.

Do you have a particular person in mind when designing your collections?

Marc: Not really. It’s more about combining fabrics we wish to wear with the best styles possible. But we can imagine a whole collection by thinking of a place in a specific context, time or atmosphere. For instance, the concept behind our SS14 collection was to recreate the feeling you could get when entering a “comptoir marin”, an old store on the Brittany sea shore where you could find clothing, fishing apparel, accessories etc. There used to be plenty of them, but now most of these stores are gone unfortunately.


We’ve noticed that you are heavily influenced by French and Belgian comics. As well as your clothing of course, we at Peggs & son are fans of the cartoons on your swing tags. Can you tell us a little bit about those? Does your love of comic book characters influence your designs? 

Marc: The comic book identity we use is called “ligne claire” in French. It was actually invented by Hergé, who is from Belgium, but many French people adopted his aesthetic. We work with Régric since the very beginning. We had our first illustrations before our first samples!

We see the clothing first and then think of the best way to accompany them with spot-on illustrations. This “ligne claire” style is close to Arpenteur as it’s all in the detail (very precise, never blazing, quite classic but easy to reinvent). But they are two different medias to illustrate the same philosophy.

Arpenteur at Peggs & son.

It’s great to see French culture feature so prominently in your clothing. I know you are based in Lyon, and that your factories are based locally. Is it important to you that they are produced in France?

Laurent: Yes, it’s very important. It’s been part of the brand’s DNA since day one. Our aim is to reproduce the French spirit of these tacky or pared-down vintage pieces we collect and the way they were made is a major component. We could work with factories abroad and get good quality there, yet knowing the people operating the machines, and being able to visit them every week, is compulsory for the desired result.


It must be quite an effort to find manufacturers to produce all the different styles, how do you get around this problem?

Laurent: It can be an issue, as our designs sometimes depend on a specific knowledge we need on one style. We actually travel a lot in France to constantly meet new people. Sometimes factories or suppliers can recommend a colleague with a different knowledge. We take the car and pay a visit as soon as possible! Even if we don’t work directly work with people we just met, we keep their techniques in mind for future designs.


What have been the inspirations for the SS16 collection?

Marc: The SS16 collection was more casual than the previous ones. We used fabrics with lighter weights on our iconic styles. We used plain navy and white and balanced them with Evian blue (inspired by the colour of Evian bottle tops!) and deep green from the Lacoste crocodile. We also introduced the Rachel cotton fabric to our t-shirts and polos – it’s the same material the French Navy utilised for decades on their “marinière”.

Arpenteur at Peggs & son.

Do you both have a clear vision together as designers, or do you ever have to compromise ideas?

Marc: Fortunately, we do have a clear vision of the brand and scarcely argue on a design! A major part of our work for Arpenteur is to make choices on numerous small details for each style: the right size of a pocket, the stud or zip puller we use etc. All of these must be selected to get the most well-balanced product in the end and if we didn’t have a common vision, I guess the brand would had stopped on collection number one!


Do you have a favourite item that’s stood out to you over the years?

Laurent: The Villefranche jacket has probably played that part since the beginning. It is very easy to dress it up or down and the variety of fabrics you can make it from completely transforms its perception, changing one style into multiple.


So there you have it. Many thanks to both Laurent and Marc, not only for taking the time to do this interview, but also for creating Arpenteur in the first place. Be sure to check out the Arpenteur collection in full either in store or online.


YMC interview with Fraser Moss at Peggs & son.


YMC interview with Fraser Moss at Peggs & son.

We here at Peggs & son are big fans of YMC. We have been stocking the London based label’s collections every season for the past 16 years. That’s a long time in the world of menswear. YMC are now approaching their 20th anniversary so we thought it a great time to have a sit down with our good friend Fraser Moss, co-founder and head designer at YMC, to discuss the past, present and future of the label. It’s a bit of a long one, so grab a cup of tea, get comfy and read on…


I’m guessing you’ve known Ian (owner of Peggs & son) for quite a while now?

Well, he was one of the first guys to stick with us at the beginning when he had Minky. I’ve probably known him nearly 20 years.


So, you have an anniversary coming up, when does YMC celebrate its 20th birthday? 

I think we started with a winter collection, so it will have 20 years of wholesale this July. But Jimmy Collins (YMC co-founder) and I actually created the idea of YMC the year before.


What was the original idea for YMC?

At the time I was very disillusioned with fashion. We had just come out of the whole Seattle thing and I’d gone a bit anti-fashion in the late 80s to early 90s. It was run by big Italian labels, all about heavily branded clothing. On the other side it was all about skatewear, again, very heavily branded but a bit too street. I wanted to bring in some sophistication to wearable clothing and take a European edge, to move away from an American look that had come through skate and hip-hop and brands like Ralph Lauren. We wanted to create something more pared back, minimalist and utilitarian.

YMC interview with Fraser Moss at Peggs & son.

It’s a big step from thinking about creating clothes to actually doing it, how did you go about doing so?

All I had were the ideas and Jimmy Collins, my business partner, managed to get friends of his to finance it for a small share of the business. In those days you didn’t need as much as you need today. We had the concept, and with the small investment we managed to scrape together enough to create the collection. I had worked for Vivienne Westwood for five years previously and a lot of my friends at the time were setting up magazines like Dazed & Confused or working for i:D and The Face. Through these guys I pulled in a lot of favours for them to sort of back our brand. And they did and it was amazing because they helped introduce us to new markets.


The initial collections, were the fully-fledged?

The concept, the idea was fully fledged, but the execution wasn’t. If I look back at our very first collection, I’m still proud of it and would still stand by it from a conceptual point of view, the idea we were trying to purvey. But from a functional point of view, not so much. We were naive and learning as we went.

Our very first season we were doing lettered jumpers, you see that a lot of that now, but we started that on vintage sweatshirts with flock lettering. A lot of what we did then is still relevant to what we do now. I wouldn’t say we’ve changed that much, we still stick to our core values. The whole name came from Raymond Loewy, he was doing a speech to Russian students and his catchphrase was ‘you must create’. That really summed up my ideas. I came from a generation where we were a bit more DIY and we kind of found our own looks. That what the message I was trying to put across: it’s up to you to find your own look. We can give you basic staples but we want you to wear and embellish them how you want.

YMC interview with Fraser Moss at Peggs & son.

Was there always a passion for designing clothes?

When I was younger, I was really into music and through that I discovered fashion. My love for Vivienne Westwood, from a design a point of view, was when Bow Wow Wow wore her pirate collection and they looked amazing. That was the moment I realised that you can really use clothes to express yourself. I’d never really thought of it that way before and that came from Vivienne Westwood. She was so relevant in the 70s and 80s, highly conceptual and pushing boundaries. I wouldn’t of started YMC without that attitude.


20 years a long time, what do you think has helped the longevity?

I think having integrity, I hope, trying to be honest and never knowingly taking from anywhere else. I’m not hugely interested in what other people are doing. I also think that there’s still a hunger, there is still a job to be finished.


And you think people relate to this honesty?

Well, hopefully we never come across as being elitist, because it’s easy to get carried away in this business. It is easy to get caught up in the bullshit of fashion shows and press, so it’s important that you don’t. I just treat fashion shows like a dream day, it happens and then the next day it’s all back to normal. I’m not really part of that world apart from that one day.


For a lot of guys, the concept of a catwalk show is so utterly alien to them, do you begrudgingly accept that aspect of it?

I accept that it is something that I have to do. When we first started I was against it and managed to resist doing any for 16 years. Now it is expected of you as a brand, something you have to do in order to reach a global audience. But all the same, it goes against my principles, it doesn’t sit comfortably with me.


When you’re designing a collection, do you have a particular guy in mind?

I design for myself, which is quite selfish. It started as more of a need for clothing that I couldn’t find myself. Which I guess is even more selfish! As I’ve become older, there are other people who inspire me. Friends that I tend to look at for inspiration, people who are like-minded.


Is it just you designing the collections?

In menswear I’m the sole designer, designing 120 pieces a season, including footwear and accessories, but I’m aware of trying not to be a jack of all trades. If you spread yourself too thinly you cannot give an item love. I try not to look back, although maybe I should, it would make life easier! I carry a sketchpad with me at all times and when I get an idea I scribble it down. It’s a bit of a mess, but somehow it all pieces together. I started the womenswear, but now the talented Julie Eilenberger heads that up, she’s much better at it than I am!

YMC interview with Fraser Moss at Peggs & son.

One thing that has always stood out about YMC for us is the use of fabric. How much importance do you place on sourcing the right materials?

They are very important to us. Sometimes the way to make a garment more interesting is through the fabric and the detailing, because at the end of the day, menswear tends to be about the classics. I know that’s an obvious thing to say. But we take our time with it, visit lots of manufacturers, collect a lot of vintage fabrics, and research their origins thoroughly. Often I focus on historical prints but twist them for modern times. I source them from everywhere, using everything from interior fabrics to feed sacks from the American depression.


Where do you see YMC in the next 20 years? Any grand plans?

Well ill just be happy to be alive! It’s a bit of a miracle to make it this far. We’ve been very lucky and I feel privileged to have survived this long. We would like to expand retail past our two London stores and outside of the UK as well.


Menswear has obviously changed a lot in the last two decades, how hard do you think it would be to start something like YMC now?

I think that without serious backing, and without a real individual angle to what you are trying to create, it would be really difficult. When we started it was to do with great timing. It was just at the point where the whole world was looking at Britain. This was the time of New Labour, Britpop, Young British Artists and ultimately people were looking for British clothing such as us, 6876 and Maharishi. It was a bit of luck and I don’t want to put people off starting anything, but the world is a lot more corporate. If you don’t know your onions, I wouldn’t bother. The customer is much more educated. You need an edge to set you apart, you’ve got to be saying something different.

YMC interview with Fraser Moss at Peggs & son.

LC:M, you were there this year, how was that?

Well, erm. What can I say, it was a dream-like day! This year we thought we would change things up a little and created a kind of prog/space/rock/middle eastern psych show called the Parallelogram, featuring the members of the Brighton based band, Toy. They created this 10-minute piece of music that built up to a mad Moog crescendo. It worked really well. The collections I design tend to take influence from music, it plays a huge part in my life, so to blend the two made sense.


So do you prefer something different to the typical catwalk show?

Well I think it adds something, it shows more about what you stand for and what you’re about. It helps the person who doesn’t really know YMC, it’s like a window into our world really. At the end of the day, we are a clothing brand, but behind that there’s more to us than just clothes, my loves aren’t solely clothing, in fact music is much more important to me. We would like to showcase the things that inform us and make us who we are as a label.

YMC interview with Fraser Moss at Peggs & son.

Does that mean that this season at LC:M the show is going to be more like live band experience?

We’re not actually going to do a traditional catwalk, we are going to do more of an event where we take a space. It’s going to be over an hour rather than 10 minutes on a catwalk that way people can be a bit closer to the clothing, touch it and see it in a better light. Although I may contradict myself and go back to it at a later time! To me catwalks can seem a little elitist, so anything to break the status quo is a good thing. After all we rely on people to buy our clothes, so why try and exclude them?


Huge thanks to Fraser for taking the time to do this interview. You can see the latest YMC collection by clicking here…




Patagonia at Peggs & son.


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.


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.