FRESH SPRING COURT SELECTION

FRESH SPRING COURT SELECTION

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FRESH SPRING COURT SELECTION

French label Spring Court have just delivered a fresh batch of their latest trainers to us here at the store. Blending bold colourways and unusual fabrics, they are the ideal for a laid back summer look.

Spring Court trainers made a real impact when they were first created in 1936 by Georges Grimmeisen. The Frenchman crafted them for use by tennis players but they soon caught on in fashion circles with people loving their simple design. One such fan was John Lennon who sported a pair not only on the front cover of the iconic Abbey Road album, but was so taken by the shoes that he even wore them on his wedding day.

The same unmistakable look remains to this day, but the offering of colourways and material types have expanded somewhat. In store we have an array of styles, from the classic white canvas to the highly textured hemp. All come complete with tonal laces, rubber toe cap and comfortable padded sole with trademark ventilation holes. We think that their strongest point though is their versatility. Slip on with  shorts, wear with some relaxed chinos or even pair with some washed denim, the choices are almost endless.

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Shop the Spring Court collection in full either in store or online now. 

 

 

GETTING OUTDOORS WITH BATTENWEAR

GETTING OUTDOORS WITH BATTENWEAR

GETTING OUTDOORS WITH BATTENWEAR

Truth be told, we’ve had just about enough of winter. The glimpses of sunshine that spring has given us so far has us eager to stash the winter coats away, grab some lighter layers and head outside. Thankfully the latest collection from New York based label Battenwear is made with the great outdoors in mind. Head designer Shinya Hasegawa has a love of both surfing and adventure and these two passions can clearly be seen in his clothing.

SS17 continues this trend and amongst the latest arrivals are bold graphic tees, climbing pants and vibrant patterned shirts. With this in mind, we decided it was time to take a long overdue visit to Brighton beach to soak up some rays. For us, a highlight from the collection has to be the Five Pocket Island Shirt, a relaxed number ideal for the summer weather. Coming in a vivid navy pyramid print throughout, it has been made in the USA from lightweight cotton. A utilitarian focus is seen in the five front pockets, regular fit and curved hem.

Another standout is Tortoise Tee, featuring graphic detailing on the chest and reverse. We paired it with the Field Cap, a peaked number that comes in a pleasingly refreshing salmon colourway. Be sure to take a look at the full Battenwear collection either in store or online now.

 

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SPRING JACKETS: THIS SEASON'S TOP STYLES - Engineered Garments

SPRING JACKETS: THIS SEASON’S TOP STYLES

SPRING JACKETS: THIS SEASON'S TOP STYLES - Stutterheim

Spring, dare we say it, is on the way. The evenings are beginning to stretch out that little bit longer and the sun’s rays seem just that little bit more powerful. We can always tell when spring is on the way when we begin to put away the heavy down coats for the winter and begin the search for lighter styles more suited for the change in weather.

Here in store we have received a fine selection of spring appropriate outerwear, covering all types of styles from smart to workwear, bomber jackets to waterproof coats. A highlight for us is the latest selection of raincoats from Swedish label Stutterheim. Their block striped Stockholm model has particularly caught our eye. Not only do we love the pattern, but thanks to the rubberised cotton construction and welded seams, it is also completely waterproof, something essential in the temperamental British spring weather.

Parisian label A.P.C. continue to take influence from classic military garments and the Blouson Alain shown below is their take on the iconic MA-1 flight jacket. The dark navy exterior has been cut from a cotton blend and the interior is fully lined. The front is fastened with a Riri zip that leads to a shawl collar in traditional fashion and two pockets are located on the hips. Completing matters is the obligatory pocket detailing on the upper left arm.

As we enter the season of weddings, it’s also important to keep something a little more formal in your wardrobe. For this, Engineered Garments have matters covered with their Andover Jacket. Cut from lightweight 100% cotton, it comes in a navy colourway and classic details such as the four external pockets, three-button fastening and notched lapel are all present. However, what makes this jacket for us is the fit. Perfectly cut, it remains unstructured but spans the divide between smart and casual perfectly.

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You can take a look at our full selection of spring jackets over on our website or in store now. 

 

 

ENGINEERED GARMENTS SS17 COLLECTION

ENGINEERED GARMENTS SS17 COLLECTION

ENGINEERED GARMENTS SS17 COLLECTION

It’s always a good day when the new Engineered Garments collection arrives here at the store. New York’s finest never fail to deliver and their latest SS17 selection is no different. Part of what makes head designer Daiki Suzuki’s approach so good is his points of reference, effortlessly blending both workwear and military into something new and interesting. With this in mind, we decided to head to the grounds of Brighton’s famous Royal Pavilion to take a closer look at his latest work.

One of our top picks has to be the Light Poplin Parka, a spring weight jacket that comes in an olive colourway. Made using a poplin cotton blend, it has a great regular fit and a large adjustable hood. The front is fastened with tonal snap buttons and the hips feature dual function pockets. Elasticated cuffs also feature in traditional fashion as does a drawstring hem. Here we paired it with another Suzuki mainstay, the 19th Century Shirt that comes in a colourful check pattern.

Another standout is the Baker Jacket that for SS17 Daiki Suzuki has kitted out in bold paisley. Although retaining a slightly formal edge, the vivid print definitely imparts a playful feel, making it an ideal jacket for a summer wedding. It is this versatility that is the beauty of Engineered Garments. They have a knack for being able to effortlessly switch styles without feeling contrived or over thought. The result is beautifully made, highly wearable clothing that lasts.

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You can take a look at the Engineered Garments SS17 collection in full either in store or over on our website now.

A.P.C. GO SPORTSWEAR FOR SS17

A.P.C. GO SPORTSWEAR FOR SS17

A.P.C. GO SPORTSWEAR FOR SS17

The clothing from Parisian label A.P.C. is usually defined by its sharp cuts, military detailing and contemporary Gallic cool. We’re used to the label producing smart button down shirts and long wool overcoats, so the arrival of the SS17 collection here in store came as somewhat of a surprise. For this season, Jean Touitou’s brand have turned their attention to the world of sportswear with sweats, hoodies and branded cotton t-shirts all featuring heavily.

Featured in the latest selection is a small capsule collection of clothing that sees A.P.C. pay homage to the spiritual home of sportswear, America. All made in California, bold branding plays a key part, but as with everything from the French label, the quality of the material and fit are given serious consideration.

Another standout is the Blouson Alain, a trimmed down version of the iconic MA-1 flight jacket. The dark navy exterior has been cut from a cotton blend and the interior is fully lined. The front is fastened with a Riri zip that leads to a shawl collar in traditional fashion and two pockets are located on the hips. Completing matters is the obligatory pocket detailing on the upper left arm.

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Take a look at latest A.P.C. collection in full either in store or over on our website now…

 

 

NORSE PROJECTS SS17

NORSE PROJECTS SS17

NORSE PROJECTS SS17

We always look forward to the arrival of Norse Projects. Copenhagen’s finest seem to be able to condense down and distill the feeling of their home city in each of their collections. Whether it be laid back shirting with fuss-free patterns, great fitting tees paired with bold colourways or outerwear that perfectly balances form with function, the great Danes get it just right.

As expected, SS17 is no different. Their first drop has arrived here in store and is full of updated Scandinavian takes on classic wardrobe staples. A standout in the Ryan Crisp Cotton Bomber. All the traditional details you would expect to find in a bomber jacket are present such as the shawl collar and slightly boxy fit, but Norse have kitted this one out with a lightweight outer and a blue colourway.

The Anton Oxford also makes a welcome return, this time in a multitude of colourways and patterns. What we love about the Anton is it can be used as basis for a wide array of looks. The 100% Oxford cotton construction works with smart or relaxed outfits, shorts or jeans, dress shoes or trainers. It’s strength is in its versatility.

Continuing with spring layering is the Thor Crisp Cotton. Perfect for the coming months, it has been based around a classic mac style with a long body and slim to regular fit. It features a water resistant outer, comes in a navy colourway and features a concealed button fastened placket to keep the look clean and minimal. A spread collar, two pockets on the hips and a split hem on the reverse completes the look.

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Shop the Norse Project SS17 collection in full either in store or online now…

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NEW PORTER-YOSHIDA & CO. BAGS

NEW PORTER-YOSHIDA & CO. BAGS

There’s somewhat of a folklore surrounding Japanese label Porter-Yoshida & Co. Established in 1962, they have long been famed for their expert craftsmanship and attention to detail, both of which are immediately evident when you pick up one of their bags.

Needless to say we here at Peggs & son are big fans. Their latest collection has arrived here in store and we have four great styles now available. A highlight is the Tanker 3 Way Briefcase that, like all Porter bags, has been made in Japan. Extremely versatile, it features stowaway shoulder straps in the back compartment and a sturdy YKK zip to fasten the main central section. Two external pockets have been paired with an orange interior and subtle Porter branding.

Also in store is the highly portable Tanker 2 Way Waist Bag and the Tanker 2 Way Helmet Bag, both sporting the same level of quality in both design and construction. Take a look at our picks from the collection in the images below…

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Take a look at the new Porter-Yoshida & Co. bags in full either in store or over on our website now…

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SEE THE LATEST COLLECTION OF LEXDRAY BAGS

Lexdray Bags

New York based label Lexdray have been creating innovative bags and luggage since 2009. They take staple designs such as backpacks and messenger bags and construct them using tough, durable materials that can withstand the rigour of daily use. Their minimal aesthetic has garnered them many fans over the years, but it is their ingenious use of space that really sets them apart. Each bag has multiple compartments, hidden pockets and padded segments in order to keep your belongings safe and close to hand.

Here at Peggs & son we have the UK exclusive of the Tokyo Pack as seen above. This versatile backpack has been cut from a mixture of rip-stop nylon and neoprene that is both scuff and weather resistant. Military grade hardware has been paired with padded, adjustable shoulder straps and a fleece lined laptop compartment. So whether you’re about to embark on a new adventure or just commuting to work, be sure to take a look at our range of Lexdray bags either in store or online now. 

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Grenson Trunk Show at Peggs & son.

GRENSON TRUNK SHOW AT PEGGS & SON.

Grenson Trunk Show at Peggs & son.

Many thanks to all those who came down to our Grenson Trunk Show event last week, it made for a fun and memorable night. On show were the latest selection of Grenson styles and owner Tim Little was on hand to offer his expertise on the range. If you haven’t had the chance yet, be sure to read our interview with Tim in our previous blog post. For those who couldn’t make it down on the evening, here are some images courtesy of James Hole.

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Thanks to Tim, Laura, Jen, Sarah and Joe from Grenson for making it happen. You can shop our selection of Grenson shoes over on the website by clicking here…

TIM LITTLE FROM GRENSON INTERVIEW

TIM LITTLE FROM GRENSON INTERVIEW

TIM LITTLE FROM GRENSON INTERVIEW

When it comes to the grand old tradition of English shoe making, few can compare to Grenson. With a long and illustrious history dating back 150 years, they certainly know their way around a last or two. But rather being stuck in the past, obsessing over heritage and reminiscing about bygone eras, they are a progressive company who are always looking to innovate with both material and design. One of the main reasons for this is the passion and enthusiasm of Grenson’s owner, Tim Little. Ahead of our hosting of the Grenson Trunk Show this week (you can RSVP here by the way), we thought it a great opportunity to sit down with the man to discuss footwear, fashion and the future…

 

Peggs: What attracted you to Grenson to begin with?

Tim: I knew Grenson from when I was I my 20s, they were always a classic brand with a bit of an edge. I was asked to join the business but I was worried that it would encroach on my own business, however 10 minutes in the factory and I was hooked.

How important is it to move forward with design whilst still staying true to the company’s heritage?

This is the balance that is at the heart of what we do. Without our heritage we are nothing, but without innovation design and relevance we would slowly die. The job is to mix the two with the right amount of each. Sometimes we get it wrong!

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Collaboration with companies like New Balance are really interesting, do you plan to do any more of these in the future?

Yes, we do. We love collabs when they make sense. They need to add something. New Balance was wonderful because we made each shoe partly in our factory and partly in theirs. It was a celebration of English shoemaking between a Northampton shoemaker and a sneaker brand. It was hard to do but it was so much more than just sharing logos. With collabs you have to keep them quiet until launch so I can’t say much but watch this space!

How important is it to you to retain production in the UK?

Our factory is our heart; it is vital to the authenticity of the brand. It’s very hard these days to manage a factory as the labour isn’t available but it’s worth the hassle. We have been making shoes continuously for 150 years and that is not going to change.

What makes a great shoe?

For me it’s the combination of quality and design. Both are subjective but the consumer will tell us when we get something wrong. Design-wise I love simplicity, I always have. Simplicity is way harder than complicated design because it bare, you focus on every detail. Some people think design is about being different at all costs. Add as many things to the shoe as you can and people will say it’s original. I don’t buy that, I spend time on shape, proportion and lines. My favourite shoe is a wholecut which has no seams at all.

TIM LITTLE FROM GRENSON INTERVIEW

What’s your day to day like?

Random. I’m a bit all over the place. I tend to do things as they feel right not plan ahead. It’s also a combination of design, manufacturing, wholesale and retail, so every day is different.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Seeing our shoes being made and seeing them being worn.

What is the most challenging aspect of your job?

The same as everyone; the lack of time. I always think if I had 20% more time everything would be OK. It wouldn’t of course, I’d just be 20% more tired.

What is your vision for Grenson in the future?

Keep it simple. Make good shoes. Work with great retailers. Hire good people. The rest is out of my hands.

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Many thanks to Tim and Laura from Grenson for helping to put this interview together. To take a look at our Grenson collection in full, please head to the website by clicking here…

LOOK AT THE NEW A.P.C. COLLECTION at Peggs & son.

LOOK AT THE NEW A.P.C. COLLECTION

LOOK AT THE NEW A.P.C. COLLECTION at Peggs & son.

In our latest blog post, we take a look at the new A.P.C. collection. The Parisian label need little introduction having been pioneers in the world of fashion for well over 20 years. Their trademark approach of blending military and sportswear influences with a minimalist Gallic aesthetic has seen them acquire a legion of dedicated followers and their latest collection is a continuation of this approach. We picked out some key pieces and took to the streets of Brighton for a closer look at their clothing and accessories.

First up we have the Sweat Bro in grey, a relaxed hooded style that has been cut from 100% cotton. The patch pocket on the front has been paired with a large hood, looser fit and a versatile grey colourway. A.P.C. love to straddle the line between formal and casual, so we paired this item with the Escharpe Large Homme Scarf. Cut from soft wool, it comes in an autumnal beige colourway. Completing matters is the Chemise Oliver, a smart, tailored shirt cut from crisp cotton with a subtle pinstripe pattern throughout.

Next up we have the Ivy League inspired Sweat College in dark navy with mismatched lettering covering the chest. To help with the cold weather in the winter months, we paired it with the heavyweight Surchemise Gary that has been cut from an insulating wool blend. Completing matters are the Panatalon Para, a light pair of olive trousers that take cues from classic military garments.

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To see the A.P.C. collection in full, be sure to head in store or head on over to our website.

INTERVIEW WITH EDWIN HEAD DESIGNER DEAN WEBSTER

INTERVIEW WITH EDWIN HEAD DESIGNER DEAN WEBSTER

INTERVIEW WITH EDWIN HEAD DESIGNER DEAN WEBSTER

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.

 

INTERVIEW WITH EDWIN HEAD DESIGNER DEAN WEBSTER

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.

 

INTERVIEW WITH EDWIN HEAD DESIGNER DEAN WEBSTER

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.

 

INTERVIEW WITH EDWIN HEAD DESIGNER DEAN WEBSTER

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…