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Introducing MOMOTARO JEANS

The thinking behind MOMOTARO can be summed up with their own maxim - 'Made by hand without compromise'. Founded in the birthplace of Japanese denim, Kojima, Okayama in 2006, their attention to construction, detail and dedication to quality has seen them go from strength to strength. As part of Collect mill and fabric provider, MOMOTARO has access to the absolute best in Japanese fabrics and this shows up in every single piece they make.

Named after a popular Japanese folktale, 'Momotaro' or "Peach Boy', is a Japanese fable for adults passed down through generations. In the legend, Momotaro is the name of a small boy born from a giant peach who descends to Earth to be the son of an elderly couple. The boy rejuvenates the old couple, making them feel young again, and encouraging them to follow their dreams. In the same vein, the birth of Momotaro represents the dreams of a small island nation to expand and cross the vast oceans.

As a brand, MOMOTARO are bring this to life with garments that transcend passing fads and fashions but always retain style and are recognized worldwide as being of superior quality and material - and you'll find a nod to the folktale throughout their denim, including Pink selvedge ID and stitching, representing the peach from the Momotaro folklore story. Another (perhaps not so subtle) unique signature are two white stripes across the back pocket on the denim, a reference to the brands Japanese roots and a nod to the Samurai of the Edo period.

For it's denim, MOMOTARO uses Zimbabwe cotton which is known as the highest quality in the world. It combines flexibility with excellent dye-ability, and because machines are never used and harvesting is done solely by hand, the cotton can be harvested with less damage and fewer impurities, featuring excellent whiteness, a highly uniform fabric, and a rich sheen and softness to it. Once picked, the cotton gets dyed. Indigo dye has properties that make it so unstable that it is often called “creature”. However, through extensive research, testing and strong relationships with factories, MOMOTARO is able to develop original indigo colors specific for their jeans.

Selvedge denim, known for its clean edge that is thought to be superior in durability because the ends of the fabric are woven together and won't fray, is indispensable in the denim industry. By weaving the denim at low speeds on vintage machines called, shuttle loom, MOMOTARO achieves high quality denim with planned irregularities that give their denim character. 

 

Take a look at the below video for a full run through of how MOMOTARO makes their jeans.

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

White In Summer

When it comes to style, sometimes less really is more. As much as bright colours and vivid prints have their place in every man’s warm-weather wardrobe, the power of taking a minimal approach should not be underestimated. Much of the popularity of wearing white is down to its clean, fresh and contemporary feel. Sometimes – while everyone else is busy making statements with eye-catching hues and clashing patterns – all it takes is a neutral ensemble to set a man apart from his peers.

 

Of course wearing white does have a potential to be a catastrophe. To keep your white attire stain-free and looking its best, it may sound obvious, but it’s best to avoid certain foods and drinks when sporting white-on-white. If you do have a marinara-related mishap, the worst thing you can do is let the stain dry. Wet the affected area and, as soon as you can, plunge the stained garment into warm water with a scoop of stain removing agent. Leave it to soak for six hours, cross your fingers, and then wash the garment as you normally would. Wash whites separately.  

 

If you're opting to go for white-on-white, the key to crafting a stylish single colour look is to create clear separation between each piece. The easiest way to do this is by mixing up your shades. There is no rule that states you must stick to pure white here – hues such as off-white, cream, ivory, eggshell and light beige complement white perfectly and will help create that subtle definition we desire. Similarly, you can differentiate through texture.

 

If you're keeping your look sharp, key pieces you should be looking to invest in are pieces that can be combined with everything you have in your wardrobe, making them a solid addition to your separates collection. You can pair a linen shirt under a blazer, or a lightweight short-sleeve shirt under a think sweater. 

 

If you're keeping your look more casual, keep it simple with a relaxed yet structured t-shirt. A white t-shirt paired with light jeans and white sneakers is an easy look to pull off. Or pair a colourful tee with a pair of white shorts to for the perfect wear-weather look.