A remarkable study in patience. The Making of “Hero” by Miguel Endara.
The story of Stutterheim reads like a dark and foreboding Jack London novel: a man stumbles across his grandfather’s old rain coat, bringing back memories of stormy seas in the vast world that make up the Stockholm archipelago. This story is true, and designer Alexander Stutterheim remembers it well: “He scared me to the bone every time he set off to sea to catch fish (or life, as he said), defying the worst weather, the heaviest rains and the loudest of thunderstorms.” Several years back Alex came across the old vintage coat, and after modifying and updating it, brought it to the last standing textile factory in Sweden in the small town of Borås. After significant work, “There it was. The coat. With all its seams taped and sealed. In the very best quality. Handmade and with a discreet, classical cut.” You can read the full story here, and then be inspired to buy one of the coats. Our favorite, the “Stockholm Vit” in ivory white is available for $368 at Stutterheim.
Two luxury powerhouses have combined forces to create “PRADASPHERE,” an exhibition debuting at Harrods in London during the month of May. It’s an interesting concept, one that takes the retail experience to the next level, somewhat of a parred down version of 2012′s Met Ball exhibit.
“The exuberant exhibition will catalog the multifaceted activities of the Italian design powerhouse – from fashion and accessories to architecture, cinema, and beyond. Concurrently, the legendary Harrods Exhibition Windows will showcase treasures from the Prada archives coupled with a capsule collection of ready-to-wear, bags, shoes and accessories inspired by iconic Prada collections from the last 100 years – developed exclusively for Harrods.” You can read the full release here.
Nike unveiled their latest and greatest football boot last week in a carefully orchestrated PR event in Madrid starring superstar Cristano Ronaldo. Donning the new “Mercurial Superfly” cleat, along with the uniform for his Portugal World Cup team, he showed off his juggling skills amongst a packed house. There is no bigger sport in the world, and with the cup just months away, you can expect the media blitz to continue well into the summer. The first match is Thursday, June 12th, as Brazil takes on Croatia in Sao Paolo.
Spotted at the popular retail shop Bird on Court Street in Brooklyn: AMAZINGREEN by Japanese-based brand Comme des Garçons. The scent features notes of palm tree leaf, green pepper, hazelnut, coriander seed, gunpowder accord, vetiver, smoke and white musk. Which all adds up to an incredibly unique spring scent – a “concentrated dose of natural freshness.” $105, available at Bird.
We always appreciate well priced good style here at Style Ledger and there’s no better example then this sporty padded vest by H&M. At $59, it’s a smart spring buy for a layer that can do it all: wear it over a dress shirt for the office, or under a sport jacket when sunny afternoons turn to chilly April nights. The stand up collar with white stripes adds just the right amount of collegiate cool. $59, available at H&M.
True artistry at work.
Jack Spade only recently got into the watch game, but they arrived with guns blazing – red hot. Their collection of timepieces are both well designed and reasonably priced, an often hard to find combination in the elitist world of one-upmanship that is the watch industry. You can either go low and embrace the everyman approach, like Swatch, or shoot for the stars, with mighty Rolex. For a versatile, summer friendly option, go with the Conway. It comes in three colorways, but as red is our favorite color this season, try something new and bold. $298, available at Jack Spade.
Here are four fun items for the beach or lawn this summer, beer coozie not included. Adidas Country Jacket, $78, available at Adidas. The key is to balance out the sporty look with casual items and avoid pairing with hi-tech running shoes – unless you’re in training. Riviera blue mid-length swim trunks, $240, available at Orlebar Brown. Pricey, but notice the mid-length cut of these shorts. Styles that cover the the knee are too long. Island Slipper, $89, available at Island Slipper. Handmade in Hawaii since 1946, these incredibly comfortable flip flops are right up there at the top of a very crowded field. Artemare beach racquets, $190, available at Threads & Fins. This beautiful set is constructed in California using hardwoods, including American pine, walnut, teak, purple heart and African mahogany. The set comes with a ball used traditionally in racquet ball, making your game more challenging then traditional paddle beach racquets.
No word yet on when the Gi, a fold-able electric bike, will be available, but from the looks of it, it’s a winner. Incredibly lightweight, it easily folds to a manageable size with a simple flip action. It’s also loaded with cool tech features like an internal GPS hub that links to your apps and maps, and a lock you can control from your iPhone. It also runs 40 miles while on battery, not bad for when your legs get a bit tired and you just want to cruise about town.
And from a branding strategy, it’s smart that they’ve put together a well-designed website in advance of their Kickstarter campaign. Too often we receive links to Kickstarter efforts and it’s the first you’ve ever heard of a hopeful product. A good strategy is to create a teaser like the team at Gi has done with their press release, website and short video. Get people behind the effort before asking for dough.
You can’t go wrong with any of the sharp colorways from the iconic Stan Smith line of sneakers from Adidas, but we’re feeling red for spring. When paired with navy denim and a white or gray v-neck tee, there’s a laid back, All-American sportswear vibe that’s just right for warm weekend afternoons. $75, available at Adidas.
This actually looks pretty cool. Let’s hope it’s better than director Andy Wachowski’s last film, “Cloud Atlas,” that left audience asking themselves “WTF was that??” Jupiter Ascending hits theaters July 18, 2014.