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FOLK X PEGGS ARTIST TEES: ILOVEDUST INTERVIEW

FOLK X PEGGS ARTIST TEES: ILOVEDUST INTERVIEW

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FOLK X PEGGS ARTIST TEES: ILOVEDUST INTERVIEW

To celebrate 10 years of stocking Folk here at Peggs & son, we’ve teamed up with some of our favourite artists to create a capsule collection of artist tees. The three designs, from Mark Vessey, ILOVEDUST and Ryan Gillett, will be launched to coincide with our party at MEATliquor on March 20th (which you can RSVP by clicking here) and all profits will be given to local charity Amaze.

Following Mark Vessey we have ILOVEDUST, a Brighton based design team that have worked with some of the biggest names in the fashion, tech and sports industries. They specialise in design concepts, brand identity and experimental artwork across a range of mediums and the work they produce is always eye-catching and unique.

We caught up with Mark Graham from the team to talk about how they got their break, the challenges of working with some of the world’s largest clients and what advice he has for up and coming designers.

 


 

P&s: How did ILOVEDUST begin?

ILD: We started out 14 years ago doing anything and everything we could get our hands. From local band artwork to tool box catalogues, porn ads and anything in between, we just wanted to get our name out there and gain some experience in the industry.

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You do a lot of commercial work with larger brands, can you list some of the people you have worked with? 

We pretty much work with our dream client list in all honesty. We do a ton of work for Nike and their football and basketball categories as well as their Jordan brand which is nothing short of a stellar line up on its own. We also do a lot of creative work for Red Bull, Xbox and just recently we have started working with the England squad and the FA. But as a studio it’s very important for us to take on smaller creative briefs too so we work on little drinks brands and interesting interior spaces for example too.

 

How much of a challenge is it working with large clients, are you given the freedom to explore different approaches or are you often confined to a brief? 

Every client has its challenges and sometimes knowing that larger brands have more branding guidelines in place often actually helps us concentrate on what’s important rather than have a brief that is too open. A ‘do anything you like’ brief sounds like a dream but rarely does that actually equate to the reality once we show the client. Design is so subjective it can be difficult to please all of the people all of the time to be honest. And a safe middle ground isn’t really our style.

FOLK X PEGGS ARTIST TEES: ILOVEDUST INTERVIEW

You have 27 members all with different approaches, how do you balance this? 

It’s actually of now 34 so it is even harder to balance! But we have a great team ethic and our crüe is held together by all wanting to get the best work out of our studio. Having our project manager bring support and reality to briefs has been essential in navigating our success of late and they keep us all nice and steady and on track.

 

Is there an underpinning design/aesthetic philosophy for ILOVEDUST?

We like to tell stories and we like to obsess the detail in our work whenever we can. It’s nice to have some layers to our creative approach.

 

Do you have any advice for aspiring graphic designers?

If you know something, it’s that you know nothing. Plus a cup of coffee is an essential piece of the process.

FOLK X PEGGS ARTIST TEES: ILOVEDUST INTERVIEW

Many thanks to Jay and Mark from ILOVEDUST for taking the time to answer our questions. You can take a closer look at their work here. Their Folk X Peggs Artist Series tee will be available at our MEATliquor party and on the site shortly with all proceeds going to local Brighton charity, Amaze.

FOLK X PEGGS ARTIST TEES: RYAN GILLETT INTERVIEW

FOLK X PEGGS ARTIST TEES: RYAN GILLETT INTERVIEW

FOLK X PEGGS ARTIST TEES: RYAN GILLETT INTERVIEW

To celebrate 10 years of stocking Folk here at Peggs & son, we’ve teamed up with some of our favourite artists to create a capsule collection of artist tees. The three designs, from Mark Vessey, ILOVEDUST and Ryan Gillett, will be launched to coincide with our party at MEATliquor on March 20th (which you can RSVP by clicking here) and all profits will be given to local charity Amaze.

Next up we have Brighton based freelance illustrator Ryan Gillett. We love his quirky, irreverent work that always looks at life from a positive, humorous angle. Ryan has been a friend of the store for a while, helping us out with illustrations during our early years and it’s great to finally work with him on a project that sees his imagery on a garment.

 


 

P&s: Can you briefly introduce yourself?

RG: Hi! I’m a freelance graphic artist/illustrator working and living in Brighton for just under ten years now. My favourite past times involve hanging with my four legged friends, drinking coffee, collecting records and seeking out vintage clobber.

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You have quite an irreverent, playful style, where do you get your inspiration from? 

I’ve always looked on the bright side of life and have never been one to take things too seriously. I take every day mundane things and spruce them up with exaggerated features, whimsical colours and a ton of imagination. I love taking things out of context and placing them in a surreal environment to elaborate the mood of the drawing.

 

How do you go about creating your work, do you start with a rough sketch on paper and build from there?

My usual practice involves aimlessly pencil sketching until something of relevance emerges. I then doodle numerous variations until I find one I’m super happy with. From there I experiment with colour, layering up the image much like you would in screen printing.

FOLK X PEGGS ARTIST TEES: RYAN GILLETT INTERVIEW

Are we right in saying that you feature heavily in your own work? Do your draw inspiration from your own life?

It’s common to stumble upon a big nosed feller with short back and sides in my illustrations – I see it as a different approach to taking a selfie. I like to imagine myself in the picture just to step out of reality for a brief second, running over a river of crocodiles is a lot more exciting than sitting at desk sipping a cold cup of tea.

 

Can you talk a bit about the design you created for us?

The concept behind my t-shirt represents hopes and dreams. Every now and then I come across a surfer paddling out to sea, searching for a wave that doesn’t really exist on Brighton Beach. Everyone has a dream, for this gnarly surfer dude it’s to get totally tubular in a wave represented by the little guy in his hair.

FOLK X PEGGS ARTIST TEES: RYAN GILLETT INTERVIEW

Can you list some on the clients you have worked with? 

In the past few years I’ve worked with brands such as Nike, Virgin, EasyJet, The Sunday Times and Lucky Peach alongside various other commissions. Most recently I worked for Hato Studio and D&AD on their ‘Start with a Mark’ campaign. I created various 3D images to be part of the 2018 D&AD festival identity alongside starring in a How To tutorial video.

 

How much of a challenge is it working with clients, are you given the freedom to explore different approaches or are you often confined to a brief?

Working towards a brief is great fun. It takes you out of your natural thinking pattern, sparking your imagination in ways that wouldn’t usually occur. Sometimes having creative freedom can be overwhelming, being aided by a brief can help narrow down your ideas and really focus on what the client really wants.

FOLK X PEGGS ARTIST TEES: RYAN GILLETT INTERVIEW

A huge thanks to Ryan Gillett for taking the time to answer our questions. You can take a look at more of his artwork by clicking here. His Folk X Peggs Artists Series Tee is now available over on our site.

 

FOLK X PEGGS ARTIST TEES: MARK VESSEY

FOLK X PEGGS ARTIST TEES: MARK VESSEY INTERVIEW

FOLK X PEGGS ARTIST TEES: MARK VESSEY

To celebrate 10 years of stocking Folk here at Peggs & son, we’ve teamed up with some of our favourite artists to create a capsule collection of artist tees. The three designs, from Mark Vessey, ILOVEDUST and Ryan Gillett, will be launched to coincide with our party at MEATliquor on March 20th (which you can RSVP by clicking here) and all profits will be given to local charity Amaze.

First up is fine art photographer Mark Vessey, a man whose artwork is inspired and dominated by collections of everyday objects. Whilst his imagery is full of magazines, books and records, all showcasing the passion of collectors, his imagery speaks about the emotional connection people have with their possessions.

We’ve been a big fan of Vessey’s work for a while now and there is something undeniably satisfying about seeing a complete collection arranged in an aesthetically pleasing manner. To find out more about his method, we sat down to discuss hoarding, influences and the idea behind DISCO, the print he has chosen for his Folk X Peggs Tee.

 


 

P&s: You are perhaps best known for your Collections series. What was it that lead you to focus on the idea of collecting?

MV: I guess it all started with my own collection of Attitude Magazine. I started to buy it at a time when I was discovering myself and my own identify. I lived in Chingford, a dull suburban of London on the boarders of Essex, and Attitude Magazine was an insight into a world I wanted to belong in. I religiously collected each issue. I loved the spines and how they became to represent a timeline of that period of my life. Photographing them captured the emotional connection that they represented.

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What is it about searching, acquiring and arranging objects that holds a fascination for you?

I get enjoyment from searching for objects that I believe will work well as a collection. An example would be collecting all of the British Vogues with Kate Moss on the front cover which was a bit like put together a jigsaw puzzle. I had to research each issue Kate Moss featured on the cover and then I had to eBay them or hunt for them. Once I had them all the work naturally comes from arranging the collection and how the magazines work together. I wanted it be a celebration of her career.

 

Can you talk about the process of acquiring and shooting these works? Are they all your collections?

After I had exhibited my first pieces such as Attitude, friends began to tell me about their collections and asked if I wanted to photograph them. My dad’s friend said he had a huge collection of Playboy Magazine.  So dad brought these over from New York for me to photograph. They were stunning, so much colour with the iconic Playboy logo. As with all of work, I photograph them in my studio using a medium format camera inside a tent. I arrange them together and square them up to face the camera.

FOLK X PEGGS ARTIST TEES: MARK VESSEY

Are there any collections you want to shoot but can’t as they aren’t complete?

I’m still working on the Royal Ballet brochures, I have a fair few but still need to collect certain ones. I have approached the Opera House to visit their archives so that’s really exciting. This may lead the piece I have in mind in a whole new direction. It just takes patience sometimes with certain projects.

 

Aside from the aesthetically pleasing sight of a completed collection, your work speaks about the emotional attachment that people have with inanimate objects. What objects have had an important influence on your life?

I would say that along with Attitude Magazine, which I had a strong emotional connection to, I would choose DISCO.  I was able to photograph Seamus Haji’s vinyl collection and chose to focus on the DISCO element of his vast collection as I had an emotional connection to music.  It can naturally to pick out and edit titles such Cheryl Lynn too Stevie Wonder that meant so much to me. It is this image that I have chosen for my Folk X Peggs Artist Series Tee.

FOLK X PEGGS ARTIST TEES: MARK VESSEY

Themes of repetition are strong in your work and this leads to a strong emphasis on formal elements such as shape, tone and colour. How much time is spent contemplating composition?

I spend a fair amount of time just sitting with the objects before photographing them. To be able to focus on the subtleties between the objects. With Vogue the colours bled through from in between the spines. How they worked together within the composition is really important.

 

There are references in your work to pop artists such as Andy Warhol as well as movements like New Objectivity and its followers such as Gursky and the Bechers. What artists do you respect and admire?

Pop Artists such as Andy Warhol and Keith Haring I love. Discovering their stories and work I found fascinating. How their work transcended into galleries, magazines and culture I also found so inspiring. I would visit the Tate Modern and view Gursky’s work along with Andy Warhol, Nan Goldin, the Bechers and Wolfgang Tillmans. Photography has the ability for us to stop and take in the world we live in. Later I was also lucky to work closely and assist Polly Borland who I not only learnt so much from but respect the huge body of work she has created over her career.

 

Would you call yourself a hoarder?

I wouldn’t call myself a hoarder – the opposite actually. I really think that it is healthy to live minimally and uncluttered as possible. I move collections on after I have photographed them and have only kept my Attitude Magazines.

 

A huge thanks to Mark Vessey for taking the time to answer our questions. You can take a look at more of his artwork by clicking here. His Folk X Peggs Artists Series Tee will be available at our party at MEATliquor as well as on our site.

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WINTER KNITS: OUR TOP PICKS THIS SEASON

WINTER KNITS: OUR TOP PICKS THIS SEASON

As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, our focus inevitably shifts from shirts and sweats to that most winter of garments, knitwear. From luxurious merino to brushed lambswool, this season we have a huge selection of knits in store from brands such as YMC, Norse Projects, MHL by Margaret Howell, S.N.S. Herning, Folk and many more.

Injecting some much needed colour and pattern into the grey days that lie ahead is Folk’s Interference Crew. The British label have carved out a reputation for themselves for creating unique clothing with a contemporary twist and the Interference crew, using geometric layered weave, is a prime example of this.

For something a little subtler, we have the Sigfred Lambswool from Danish label Norse Projects. Creating products perfectly suited for Scandinavian winters, the Sigfred is their minimal take on a simple winter knit and has been constructed using 100% lambswool that features a soft, brushed handle. But it is the glacier blue colourway that really wins it for us.

French brand Armor Lux know a thing or two about creating hardwearing warm clothing having supplied Brittany’s sailors with knitwear since 1938. Our pick is their winter take on the classic Breton stripe, the Pull Martin Heritage Knit that has been cut from dense lambswool. Complimenting the navy, white and red colourway are four Armor Lux branded buttons and finishing things off are a regular fit, heavy crew neck collar and small Armor Lux patch logo located near the hem.

Shop our selection of winter knits in full over on our website now.

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INTERVIEW WITH CATHAL MCATEER OF FOLK

INTERVIEW WITH CATHAL MCATEER OF FOLK

INTERVIEW WITH CATHAL MCATEER OF FOLK

For 15 years British label Folk have been staging a quiet revolution in the world of menswear. Taking the principles of good design, they have made a name for themselves through crafting clothing with intricate detailing and sumptuous materials. This, combined with their use of unusual patterns and bold colours, has garnered them many fans over the years whilst at the same time spawning countless imitators.

Founder and designer Cathal McAteer has been a long time friend of the store ever since we began stocking his label over 10 years ago. As his brand celebrate an important milestone, we thought it high time to sit down with the man to discuss the history of Folk, where he finds his inspiration and what the future has in store…

 

Folk was founded some 15 years ago; can you tell us a bit about the origins of the label?

Cathal: The origins are simply my desire to make my own clothes and all the notes I had squirrelled away on how I would do it if I could. I’ve been lucky to have gotten around a bit and all my life experiences have also assisted what we do here at Folk.

You’ve had a long history with menswear, starting in Glasgow I believe?

It started with a Saturday job I had in the shop Ichi Ni San. I was 16 and we sold many many magic brands: Dries Van Noten, Joe Casely Hayford, Costume National, Helmut Lang, Vivienne Westwood. From that moment I was involved. Knee deep. At 21 I moved to London to continue learning.

Without a pot to piss in I had to bide my time and save my pennies, learn and wait for the right opportunities to fall.

You’ve become known for your detail driven design aesthetic, so much so that is has turned into somewhat of a signature. Can you explain your obsession with the minutiae?

When I first started Folk the numbers were tiny.  This meant we did not reach minimums for fabrics and had to buy everything from stock houses. With these slim pickings it was of course not the most exciting range so we had to add the spark, the something else that would get us noticed.

Using colour and detail we shaped our aesthetic. This has evolved throughout the 15 years and has become something we now do very well. That extra, the discovery after purchase.

Your ambitions to design and create extend beyond just creating clothing, you have also made furniture in the past. What is it about furniture design that fascinates you?

I love all forms of design and furniture raised its head young for me. I was completely incompetent at school so going to Art/Design School was not option. I have never really wondered what it is about furniture design that I love, I just happen to draw a lot of furniture pieces. Hopefully one day I can get more of them made.

In the past you’ve also talked about Folk becoming a design house. Do you feel you have more to say beyond the confines of clothing design?  

For sure, but that is ambitious – which I am. But my first responsibility is to insure my fashion business is working. We have so much more to give in this area.

There seems to be a conscious effort to have a cohesive voice for Folk, how much importance do you put on things like shop fits, visual merchandising and social media all fitting with the ‘Folk’ way of doing things?

From the get go we have just gotten on with making product and opening stores, but in recent years we have been careful to bring it all together. This is a constant process and as it’s not my field we enrolled someone to assist us with a singular voice. The result is that we got more fucking focused and I am hoping everyone will benefit from this. I on the other hand get a bit twitchy…

What do we have to look forward to in AW17?

A reversible, metallic hooded, wadded jacket. A magic sheepskin, some great sweats. We also have a collaborative project involving Nick & Phil Goss two very lovely and talented artists.

What does the future hold for Folk?

More and more great product. Independence. Protesting with my family. Having fun… lots and lots of fun…

 

Many thanks to Cathal for taking the time to do this interview. You can see our latest Folk selection in store and online now.

 

 

SPRING LAYERS WITH JAKE FROM OVERDILUTED

SPRING LAYERS WITH JAKE FROM OVERDILUTED

SPRING LAYERS WITH JAKE FROM OVERDILUTED

We teamed up with our good friend and local menswear blogger Jake Story from Overdiluted to run through some of his favourite spring styles we have here in store. Taking to the streets of Brighton’s Seven Dials area, he chose an array of outfits all with the ever changing weather conditions in mind. Take a look below at his picks and see what he had to say about them:

 

“Initially, there might not seem much difference between my spring style and what I might wear in the winter – apart from the shorts, of course – but a lot of it comes down to the weight of materials. Spring is about as unpredictable as it comes, so it’s important that pieces are lightweight and layered. It’s all about adding up and taking away to keep yourself comfortable, which in my eyes is the art to perfecting your spring wardrobe.

You’ll need weatherproof jackets one day and shorts the next, which is why the Universal Works Bakers Jacket is a great piece: thin enough for a jumper or hoodie underneath and thick enough to do you some favours when things get a little chilly. Equally, both the YMC Deja Vu Trousers and visvim High Water Chinos aren’t as heavy as you might need for the colder months, which means you can comfortably get away with them on warmer days, despite the fact they’re full length. My favourite piece we shot has to be the Engineered Garments Parka in a nice and light poplin cotton that’s ace for the ever-changing conditions.”

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And there you have it, spring layers courtesy of Overdiluted.  Many thanks to Jake Story for the words, modelling and styling and Jordan Wright for the images. You can see more of Jake’s work by clicking here.

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SUMMER HOLIDAY: ARTIST RESIDENCE HOTEL

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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.

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

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FOLK AW14: FIRST LOOK

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With the new season starting to get underway, we have received the first drop from shop floor favourites, Folk. As much as we love their spring/summer collections, we think it is winter that they truly come into their own. The brand’s laid back but innovative approach has won them many plaudits over the years but they still continue to push forward with inventive ideas season after season.

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For AW14, a use of rich textures and interesting patterns are subtle enough not to be over the top, but each garment has its own personality and style. It is easy to boil Folk’s design ethos down to merely details, but the clothes themselves are much more than that. It is the choice of fabrics, the relaxed but modern cuts as well as the tiny features that give Folk an undeniable and unique aesthetic.

Peggs & son, Folk

Although it may be almost blasphemous to think about knits and coats at the beginning of July, these collections are full of lighter pieces. Long sleeve tees and shirts bridge the gap between the last lazy days of summer and the arrival of the autumn weather.

To take a look at the whole Folk collection, please head on over to our online store.

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SHORTS FOR SUMMER

Peggs & son, summer shortsArc’teryx Veilance – Voronoi Shorts

With the days getting longer and the temperature rising, the time has inevitably come to bare those calves that have been kept under wraps for the past eight months. Fortunately we have a huge selection of shorts in store and online to suit all styles and needs. Whether you prefer something casual that finishes below the knee or you like to show off a bit of thigh, we have plenty to choose from.

Below we have set out some of our favourites of the season so far from the likes of Norse Projects, Engineered Garments, Oliver Spencer and more. For something a little more tailored and smart, the offerings from Gant Rugger are perfect. Premium materials and classic fits combine with light summer colours. For those that want something a bit more relaxed, the Austin shorts from Saturdays Surf NYC have been dyed with indigo and come in a lightweight material similar to that of jogging bottoms.

So, take a look below at the selections we have available (model wears a 34″ waist).

Peggs & son, summer shorts Saturdays Surf NYC – Austin Shorts

Peggs & son, summer shorts APC – Short Army Chic

Peggs & son, summer shorts Norse Projects – Harri Shorts

Peggs & son, summer shorts Engineered Garments – Tux Shorts

Peggs & son, summer shorts Gant Rugger – Oxford Check Shorts

Peggs & son, summer shortsUniversal Works – Dune Short

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Peggs & son, summer shorts Gant Rugger – Glencheck Dress ShortsPeggs & son, summer shortsOliver Spencer – Skinny Short 

To see our complete selection of shorts, please head on over to the online store to see more from the likes of Folk, Common, Edwin, Hentsch Man and LVC…

GLOVES, HATS AND SCARVES: OUR PICKS

Gloves, hats and scarves at Peggs & son.From the unmistakable Gallic styles of Armor Lux to the refined Scandinavian simplicity of Norse Projects, we have plenty of insulating accessories to help keep you warm over the coming months. And whilst a good coat and shoe combo can help keep your body and feet warm, gloves, hats and scarves are all equally important. As they say, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

Gloves, hats and scarves at Peggs & son.

Gloves, hats and scarves at Peggs & son.For a smart and sophisticated look, try pairing the Oliver Spencer Biking gloves with a luxury silk scarf from Scottish label Crombie. If you fancy a modern twist on traditional British style, an MHL by Margaret Howell scarf works really well with the offerings from Universal Works and Folk. Below we have compiled a few looks that utilise our favourite winter accessories of the season so take a browse for some inspiration.

Gloves, hats and scarves at Peggs & son.

Gloves, hats and scarves at Peggs & son.
Hats, gloves and scarves also make great gift ideas and don’t forget that we are offering FREE standard UK shipping on all orders, no matter how much you spend. So if you see something you like, you won’t pay a penny extra to get it delivered.