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Collection Review - Kestin Hare SS19 - A Summer On Speyside

The new SS19 collection from Kestin Hare, A Summer on Speyside, tells the story of childhood summer holidays spent around this unspoilt area in North East Scotland which is known for its world famous whisky distilleries and fly fishing.

The Scottish countryside-inspired collection is focused on functionality using water resistant fabrics and details influenced by golfing and fishing attire. The colour palette is made up of soft tones of golden sand, peat, grass green and navy with deckchair stripes and rip stop nylons. Illustrated thistle and abstract whisky cask prints on technical fabrics challenge the preconceptions of traditional Scottish design.

 

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Kestin Hare has developed a Limited Edition collection with references drawn from the Ben Riach Whisky Distillery. Hare has teamed up with Scottish mill, Halley Stevensons, to develop traditional peat dyed and garment dyed products, referencing the three classic distillations and unique colours of aged Ben Riach whisky.

 

“Lazy days with nothing much to do apart from outdoor adventures and fly fishing with my dad on some of the finest beats on the River Spey. Speyside is filled with epic scenery and world-famous whisky distilleries. I wanted to bring in those functional elements of country attire but update them and make clothes that you can wear every day. We shot the campaign up at the BenRiach Distillery, the copper stills, the mash tuns, the warehouses with all the casks - it was an amazing experience. Bringing the whisky element into the collection made so much sense to me, it’s all about weaving in the references and challenging the preconceptions of Scottish design."

Kestin Hare – Founder and Creative Director

Collection Review - BREDA SS19 - Kinship

The BREDA Spring 2019 collection takes a modern approach to classic characteristics, an ode to the items that travel through generations while making way for new pieces to be cherished. The Kinship collectionis meant to evoke the quality and sentiment of the heriloom, allowing us to fell connection to another time.

"In a time where the world often feels disconnected or divided, I continue to seek ideas that bring people together and find comfort in making connections in a real human way. When exploring the concept for this collection I wanted to show uncomplicated love within friendship, within family. As it can be difficult to find a comfortable place and a clear voice in such a rapidly changing environment, I wanted to speak to the things that help us navigate what truly matters underneath all of the chaos. The little reminders we live with - a shared curl of a smile I carry from my mom, the occasional cackle laugh adopted from my aunt. Sometimes we find it in the items we hang on to, it's a handkerchief that still holds the scent of perfume, the handwritten letters on a leafy paper, the gold watch with soft warm leather. To me, the Kinship collection is an ode to the things that hold our history and our memories. Capturing an elemnts or a feeling from the totems that tether and tie us to another time."

- Kendall Falcon, Creative Director, BREDA

New Balance 2019 Q1

A new year means new sneakers (right?). New Balance kicks things off for the first quarter of the year with a silhouette they debuted late last year, the X-90

Through the 1980s, New Balance released updated versions of the formula established by the 990, giving rise to an expanded line that became known as the 99x series. While all three iterations that released in the first decade were all success stories, it wasn’t until the 90s that the 99x series really hit its stride. It’s this generation of game-changing designs that has directly inspired the X-90.

From the 997’s ‘Hytrel strap’ from 1990, to the 991’s midsole window that debuted in 2001, the design references built into the X-90 span an entire decade of 99x evolutionary history. But the X-90 isn’t a one-note retro throwback. In keeping with contemporary standards of comfort and all-round wearability, the X-90 is infused with modern shoe tech engineered with an easy-going lifestyle focus. 

Expected in early February, the 997H is hitting our floor. The original 997 first saw the light of day during the dawn of the ‘90s, and with it came a plethora of technological advancements on its predecessors, the pigskin suede uppers were introduced to a saw-tooth instep and thermoplastic Hytrel Strap system across the midfoot lock; paired with an ENCAP sole unit, triple density innersole and XAR-100 rubber outsole for the ultimate in underfoot comfort.

Rehashing the silhouette once more, the 997H updates the model once more, this time rolling out a synthetic leather, mesh and suede option in more accessible price bracket, complete with a GCEVA construction and improved outsole. While the 997H might not be as premium as the Made in USA versions, it will definitely be more affordable.

 

Portuguese Flannel FW18 "Lighthouse" Collection

This season's collection from Portuguese Flannel is entitled "Lighthouse" and is inspired by Cabo da Roca (Cape Roca), a cape which forms the westernmost extent of mainland Portugal. 

 

Cabo da Roca is one of the most popular capes in Portugal. Luís Vaz de Camões described this cape as the point "Where the earth ends and the sea begins" (in Os Lusíadas, Canto III). This phrase is stoned in the cross brace on the cord.

O Cabo da Roca é um dos cabos mais populares de Portugal, sendo o que está mais a ocidente na Europa continental. Luís Vaz de Camões descreveu este cabo como o ponto “Onde a terra se acaba e o mar começa” (in Os Lusíadas, Canto III). Esta frase está lapidada no suporte à cruz situada no cabo.

Kestin Hare "The Trainspotters" FW17 Collection

‘The Trainspotters’ is the new Fall/Winter 17 collection from Kestin Hare, which draws inspiration from Britain’s long standing fascination with railways and the cult British pastime of trainspotting. Outerwear has been influenced by durable, practical garments with hidden details which would have been suitable for long cold days on draughty platforms battling against the elements. Pull over-the-head smock parkas and technical seam-sealed hooded styles reference 70s kagool styles, with the idea that these can be layered over or under the other garments in the collection.

  

The bold colour blocked train exteriors of the 60s and 70s lend themselves to this season’s colour palette, with flashes of teal, burnt orange and burgundy mixed with a strong neutral base of navy, grey and olive. Texture and pattern across the selection of shirting and outerwear is reminiscent of the seat upholstery and carpets of the carriage interiors of the same period.

Considered design details are present across the range, with large map pockets on jackets, stitched pen pockets across shirting and striped woven tape used throughout the collection inside trouser waistbands and hanging neck tag details, again drawing parallels with the colour blocked train striped exteriors. Fabrics include a combination of Hare’s love for technical materials, off set with superfine Harris Tweed, boucle wool and tartan.