The Peggs & son winter SALE is now on. With big reductions on brands such as Norse Projects, Our Legacy, Arc’teryx Veilance and many more, be sure to take a look over on our website or in store now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With Christmas only 31 days away, we here at Peggs & son thought we would give you a helping hand with gift ideas for the big day. Whether you’re super organised or love to leave it until the last minute, don’t worry, we have you covered. With our Christmas inspirations, we can help you to find the perfect gift for even the fussiest person. From stocking fillers to the main present, we have a big selection in store for all tastes. Get prepared for the cold with our range of gloves, hats and scarves from labels such as Norse Projects, Universal Works and many more.
We also have a huge choice when it comes to that quintessential Christmas present, the humble sock. Instead of some novelty ones that get put to the back of the drawer, this year why not treat him to the Japanese made numbers from Anonymous Ism? Made from a heavy blend of cotton, they are ideal for the cold weather and come in an array of bold designs.
From jumpers to coats, wallets to grooming products, we have all you need to make someone’s Christmas here at Peggs & son.
What’s more, we are currently offering FREE shipping on every single order, so now’s the perfect time to get organised and save yourself some money. Take a look at our Christmas gift guide in full by clicking here…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
London based Uniform Wares construct intelligent yet simplified watches that are defined by their minimalist aesthetic and use of premium materials. Founders Patrick Beck and Oliver Fowles met whilst studying design at Birmingham University and went on to create Uniform Wares as a direct response to the array of over embellished timepieces that had flooded the market. Steering away from heavy branding, their watches take influence from modern utilitarian design, especially 20th century British wall clocks that were often seen in large factories.
Here at Peggs & son we have just taken delivery of their latest collection and some of our favourite models include the straightforward M37, the C35 with its use of luxurious Nappa leather and the highly polished C40 with Milanese mesh strap. Each represent a different take on the minimal approach with precise, Swiss made quartz movement at the heart of each watch.
For uncluttered, functional design at it’s finest, the watches from Uniform Wares are the ultimate non-descript accessory. Shunning heavy branding, their models are a perfect accompaniment to any outfit and can be dressed up with a suit or work down with a pair of washed jeans and a t-shirt. We paired them with some of our favourite AW15 garments around Brighton, giving us a chance to try them out with different styles and situations.
Few jackets are as iconic as the one worn by Robert De Niro in Michael Cimino’s film, The Deer Hunter. This jacket has entered coat folklore with fans of outerwear and the film crazed in their pursuit of finding one. Well, it has also been a slight obsession for us too and, after much work, we managed to track down the original manufacturer to create this world exclusive, exact reproduction.
One of the original outdoor clothing manufacturers, Holubar have been making exceptional and innovative mountaineering equipment since 1947. Founded by Roy and Alice Holubar in Boulder, Colorado, they pioneered new materials such as 60/40 cloth and were one of the first companies in America to work with nylon and down.
But what bought them attention from the wider world was when one De Niro donned one of their parkas for the classic Vietnam film from 1979. Staying faithful to the original in every way, it features four external pockets, one on the reverse, large adjustable hood and a water resistant outer in that instantly recognisable orange colourway. Completing matters is Holubar and Peggs & son dual branding on the inner label. This is an incredibly rare jacket, exclusive to us with the kind of cultural heritage that very few other garments can achieve.