UNIVERSAL WORKS INTERVIEW WITH PEGGS & SON.

UNIVERSAL WORKS INTERVIEW WITH PEGGS & SON.

Last week we had a good catch up with our friends over at Universal Works to discuss the origins of Peggs & son and the shared passion we both have for good clothing. Having been with the Nottingham based label for many years now, we were one of the original retailers and are as proud as ever to have their clothing on our rails.

Each season the brand continues to make incredibly well crafted clothing that is based around classic items of British work and military wear. AW14 sees no change in their approach with a fine selection of Japanese milled suiting, premium English made denim and heritage inspired jackets. Ian, the store owner, sat down with Universal Works for a chat about Brighton, Greggs and, of course, clothing. You can check the full Universal Works interview with Peggs & son over on the Universal Works Journal.

Nike Air Max 1 Escape QS at Peggs & son.

Nike Air Max 1 Escape QS at Peggs & son.

After a delayed release, we’ve finally got our hands on the final incarnation of Nike’s Escape pack, the Air Max 1. This most iconic of trainers has been given the premium treatment with a supple leather upper sitting on the simple but instantly recognisable sole unit. Carrying on from where the Air Max 90 and Internationalist Mid left off, the Nike Air Max 1 Escape QS at Peggs & son features a suitably winter colourway of deep bronze and rusty orange. Mix in swathes of white with red and black accents and you have a subtle yet lux take on one of the most famous running shoes of all time. The Air Max 1 Escape QS is now available in store and online in limited quantities.

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CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS #2

Christmas Gift Ideas #2 at Peggs & son.

As the big day nears, the issue of gift buying becomes ever more pressing. Of course there are those frustratingly organised people who have all their shopping done before December even starts, but unfortunately we can’t all be that efficient.

But don’t fear if you haven’t managed to get around to it yet, we’re here to help with our second selection of gift ideas. With great products from Ally Capellino, Nudie, Marvis, APC, Nike and more, we’re sure you will find the perfect gift to make someones day extra special this Christmas.

We are also now offering FREE UK shipping on all orders. Take advantage of our generosity and don’t pay a single penny for UK delivery, no matter what you purchase. Please click here to see our Christmas delivery times and store opening hours.

SCANDINAVIAN STYLE AT PEGGS & SON.

Scandinavian Style at Peggs & son.

Since the 1950s, Scandinavia has been a centre for design, creativity and craftsmanship. Renowned for a minimalist and functional aesthetic, these ideals have given birth to a new wave of menswear designers who have taken the region’s design ethos as inspiration for their clothing. Minimal details, elegant lines and premium fabrics are all trademarks of this new movement with Copenhagen and Stockholm being the epicentres.

Another reason for the recent surge in popularity of Scandinavian clothing is down to the fact that it meets the demands of men’s wardrobe needs. A lot of guys don’t want things to be too fussy or over styled, they want to wake up and throw something on that looks good. The clothing from labels such as Our Legacy, Soulland, Another Shirt Please, Elka, CMMN, Norse Projects, Human Scales and others epitomise this clean, refined and easy wearing approach. Below we’ve picked out some key pieces of the season from these brands to showcase all that is good about Scandinavian style.

Scandinavian Style at Peggs & son.

Scandinavian Style at Peggs & son.

Scandinavian Style at Peggs & son.

To take a look at the clothing you see above, plus the rest of the Scandinavian clothing we have in stock, please head on over to the website.

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS #1

Peggs & son, Christmas Gift Guide #1

As the more astute of you may well be aware, Christmas is but mere weeks away. The time for feasting, family and festivity is almost upon us and now is the perfect time to start thinking about gifts. Whether you’re stuck for Christmas gift ideas or you don’t know what you want yourself, we’re sure you will find the perfect present here at Peggs & son.

To make the whole process easier, we’ve been busy putting together a selection of the top gift ideas we have in store. From the small stocking fillers to something a little bigger, we’re sure you will find something for even the most difficult of person to buy for. So, sit back, relax and peruse our selection of gift ideas that are bound to make Christmas that little bit extra special.

We are also now offering FREE UK shipping on all orders. Take advantage of our generosity and don’t pay a single penny for UK delivery, no matter what you purchase.

NIKE AIR MAX 90 ICE QS

Peggs & son Nike Air Max 90 Ice QS

The Air Max 90 is a true icon from Nike and its bold style has led many to think that this is the finest trainer the company has ever created. It’s origins were based on typical running shoe models and it is said that designer Tinker Hatfield was inspired by the Pompidou Centre’s architectural ingenuity when creating the Air Max 90.

Following up on the Ice pack released earlier this year, Nike have graced us with a new incarnation coming in a wintery deep green colourway. The same angular pattern features on the upper as does perforated material to aid with ventilation. To protect the Air Max 90 from the wet weather of winter, Hyperfuse technology has been used on the sides. The trainer features orange and pink accents and a Phylon sole system features for durability and comfort.

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You can take a look at the Air Max 90 Ice QS and the rest of the Nike collection over on our website.

 

JAPANESE STYLE AT PEGGS & SON.

Peggs & son Japanese Style with orSlow, Buzz Rickson's, Nanmica, Porter Yoshida

To us Europeans, there is something intriguing and beguiling about Japan, its people and their customs. The ability to apply focus to one specific area has led to some incredible craftsmanship and unrivalled attention to detail. This pursuit of excellence has meant huge leaps forward in technology and industry but, on the flip side, it has resulted in bizarre creations such as the Lonely Man Pillow.

Another area where the Japanese excel is clothing and two of the most recent labels to arrive in store, orSlow and Nanamica, are perfect examples of this. Both have different styles and ways of approaching design, but at the root of each brand is a commitment to quality and heritage. Below we have picked out some of our favourite pieces of the season and styled them for looks that we think represent modern Japanese style at its best.

 

orSlow 

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The clothing from orSlow has its influences ranging from workwear to classic Americana and the military. For us this certainly ticks all the boxes when it comes to design references. Add to this Japanese construction and you have a collection of clothes that have got us very excited here at Peggs & son.

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Designer Ichiro Nakatsu is one serious denim hoarder with his collection featuring incredibly rare and vintage pieces from America, Europe and Japan. The influences from this collection really show in the clothing, especially in the denim and legwear. The vintage shapes of Levi’s can be seen but with an ever so slight modern twist. Add to this impeccable fabric quality and you have denim suitable for even the most discerning of selvedge connoisseurs.

 

Nanamica, Edwin, Porter Yoshida and Buzz Rickson’s

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When it comes to Japanese style, it would be hard to ignore the clothing and accessories of fellow compatriots Porter, Nanamica, Buzz Rickson’s and Edwin. With these three brands quality in construction and material choice is what really sets them apart from the crowd.

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Porter bags are durable, robust and have an undeniable look. The jackets and coats from Nanamica take classic shapes and cuts and rework them with modern materials and fabrics. Buzz Rickson’s are a label obsessed with the US military and recreate some of the most iconic styles from the past 70 years. Edwin’s jeans uses all the best elements of iconic Levi’s and Lee models and elevates them to new levels thanks to the premium denim that has been crafted on vintage looms.

To check out the full range of Japanese clothing we have in store, please visit our website.

 

DOWN FILLED JACKETS FOR WINTER

Peggs & son, winter coats

It’s cold. There’s no getting away from it. The mornings are bitter and then, as night approaches, the power of the already weakened winter sun fades and we are entombed in an even unkinder, darker world. Are we being too bleak, too miserable? Perhaps. But there is one way to remedy this seasonal affliction: a proper winter coat. As luck would have it, we have a big selection here in store.

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When winter coats are mentioned, large, hooded, down filled numbers often spring to mind. Their insulating properties and water resistant outer shells are the perfect solution to a wet and cold British winter. Based mostly around a classic parka style, they sit longer on the body and come in an array of different colourways.

Winter coats at Peggs & son, Canada Goose, CMMN, Spiewak, Norse Projects

One brand synonymous with down filled jackets is Canada Goose. Hailing somewhat unsurprisingly from Canada, they have been crafting exceptional outerwear since 1957. Part of the reason for their continued success is the quality of the down used to fill their jackets. Using a mixture of goose and duck down clusters, Canada Goose use different blends for each of their coats in order to strike the right balance between warmth, comfort and manoeuvrability.

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We have three styles from them in store, the Chateau jacket, the Chilliwack bomber and the Freestyle vest. Offering incredible levels of insulation to stave off the chilling effects of winter, they are all constructed using a mixture of down blends. The long body and premium goose down fill makes the Chateau jacket capable of withstanding temperatures as low as -25°C. For those who don’t need that level of protection, the Chilliwack and Freestyle are lighter in weight with slimmer cuts to increase manoeuvrability. Still filled with the finest down clusters, they offer more versatility and expand on the level of choice in the Canada Goose range.

Take a look at our full selection of winter coats over on the website…

 

NIKE ESCAPE PACK

Peggs & son Nike Escape pack Air Max 90 QS and Internationalist Mid QS

Just in time for winter, Nike have graced us with their latest QuickStrike release, the Escape pack. Featuring two bold styles, the Air Max 90 and Internationalist Mid, the use of premium materials are present as are hues of fallen autumn leaves. We teamed up with photographer Jack Stocker to take a closer look at two modern interpretations of the classic styles.

Peggs & son Nike Escape pack Air Max 90 QS and Internationalist Mid QS

Peggs & son Nike Escape pack Air Max 90 QS and Internationalist Mid QS

Here we have the Internationalist Mid, a rework of one of Nike’s classic runners from over thirty years ago. Coming in a deep brown and dark caramel colourway on the upper, white and red accents have been used to give a pop of colour. We particularly like the bright red laces that add a playful bit of vibrancy to an otherwise subtle shoe. Nike have once again opted for the mid silhouette with its cushioned ankle support. Initially meant to help runners with the stress of running on tarmac, it is ideal for the winter weather and gives the Internationalist Mid a slight work boot feel.

Peggs & son Nike Escape pack Air Max 90 QS and Internationalist Mid QS

Peggs & son Nike Escape pack Air Max 90 QS and Internationalist Mid QS

The Air Max 90 is one of the most iconic trainer designs of all time. Initially dreamt up by Tinker Hatfield, a veteran designer at Nike and the creator of the Air Max 1, he used the Pompidou Centre in Paris as inspiration. Making the internal workings of the shoe visible on the outside led to the futuristic sole unit design that is still present to this day. For this QuickStrike release, Nike have decked out the upper in soft, supple leather that is ideal for those wet winter days. With a more robust grip on the sole, the Air Max 90 also has you covered in icy conditions.

Check these two trainers plus the rest of the Nike collection over on the website…

WINTER ESSENTIALS: KNITWEAR

Peggs & son Knitwear Norse Projects Gant Rugger SNS Herning Armor Lux

With a chill in the air, shortening days and frosty mornings, the time for knitwear is well and truly upon us. For many, the excuse to crack out their favourite woollen garment is one of the joys of the colder weather. In store we have plenty of different styles that range from rugged pure virgin wool offerings to more luxurious merino numbers. Whatever your taste, we have a knit here at Peggs & son to keep you warm over the coming months.

We have picked out our favourites of the season from four brands that approach the creation of knitwear in very different ways. The authentic offerings from S.N.S. Herning and Armor Lux have transcended their original purpose of keeping sailors warm on the open seas to become iconic in their own right. Norse Projects and Gant Rugger have gone for a modern and opulent approach using bold colours and patterns alongside materials such as alpaca to create their own contemporary takes on the humble knit.

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As the old adage goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This statement could easily apply to the traditional knitwear of Danish label S.N.S. Herning. Founded in 1931 in the small town of Herning by Søren Nielsen Skyt, the company continue to produce exceptional knitwear using the famed bobble style that was pioneered all those years ago.

What sets their knits apart is more than just the bobble texture, it is the material used. S.N.S. Herning go to great lengths to source the finest pure new wool that is then woven on vintage machinery to create thick, robust garments. Take their iconic Fisherman knit, soft to the touch with the unmistakable bo bble texture, it features the colours of the sea and also has a fair bit of weight behind it. Holding it in your hands, you just know it will be warm, providing you with many years of protection from the cold weather.

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Norse Projects have two things in common with S.N.S. Herning: they hail from Denmark and create exceptional knitwear. Where their fellow compatriots are based in heritage and tradition, Norse Projects are slightly more contemporary, pushing forward with interesting use of material and style. 

For AW14 they have released a collection of bubble knits that have been crafted using extra fine merino wool. This material comes from, unsurprisingly, the Merino sheep and is considered one of the softest wools in the world. It is highly prized for its hand feel, compact fibres, ability to draw moisture away from the skin and fantastic warmth to weight ratio. All of this adds up to some top quality knitwear that when mixed with Norse Project’s eye for detail creates something unique, modern and distinctly Scandinavian.

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Gant Rugger have a long history of creating clothing with a distinct American East Coast style. Blending the collegiate look with preppy influences, there is a gulf in aesthetic between their clothing and that of labels such as S.N.S. Herning. However different the appearance, the same dedication to quality underlines everything they do.

Gant Rugger’s approach utilises premium wool blends and mixes in modern cuts and traditional detailing to create something new and exciting. We are big fans of The Cable that is their take on the iconic Aran knit. Coming in the traditional off white ivory colourway, it is made using 100% wool and features a bold cable knit across the main body. This is a piece that encapsulates knitwear and for many is a wardrobe staple in the colder months. Throw on with a pair of jeans for a laid back, casual look.

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With a rich history dating back to 1938, Armor Lux has a tradition of creating clothes with a nautical theme with colours reminiscent of the sea. The company has a rich Gallic heritage and is based in Brittany. Producing many of their own materials within France, Armor Lux is famous for its Breton striped patterns that adorn a large number of their knits.

Another one of their trademarks is the use of branded buttons that fasten the shoulder opening. This is a relic from a by gone era when sailors needed an easy way to get their clothing on and off whilst it was wet. All of their Sailor sweaters have been crafted using pure virgin wool for a hardwearing, thick feel. So interweaved is Armor Lux within French culture that they produce the uniforms for the French police, post office workers and SNCF railway staff. For that unmistakable French style, you need not look much further than Armor Lux.

Take a look at our full range of knitwear including labels such as Officine Generale, Hentsch Man, Our Legacy, Folk and over on the website.