Design

JM Weston’s 180 update



J M Weston 180 loafer

I haven’t seen a physical copy of the mag yet but I’m enjoying the Konfekt email newsletter. It alerted me to this gem last week: JM Weston’s classic 180 loafer with a hefty triple sole.

I still wear my old Bass Weejuns, but I like the idea of a chunkier penny loafer too.

See it here. And read the Konfekt (Monocle’s new women’s mag) email newsletter here.

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IMAGE: JM Weston
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Save the date: Uniqlo U SS21



Uniqlo U SS21

Loving the new Uniqlo U SS21 look book, which features the ‘walking in the city’ vibe now familiar from artistic director Christophe Lemaire and partner Sarah-Linh Tran’s shows.

The collection has all the pieces we expect from Uniqlo U – superior shirting, fine gauge knits, trench coats, plus some great looking denim. I’ve not really rated Uniqlo’s denim until now but these true blue washes and cuts look like they’re aiming to grab some Arket market share.

The collection launches on 28th January and there’s men’s and kids’ too.

See more here*.

Uniqlo U SS21
Uniqlo U ss21 denim


Uniqlo U ss21 jeans



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IMAGES: Uniqlo U SS21
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Palate cleanser: part two



Joseph Tape New Cady trousers

Continuing my palate cleanse, I spotted these New Cady Tape trousers* (above) on the Joseph* website and remembered how obsessed I was with their Queen jeans a few year ago. Being 5’2″, I prefer my tailored trousers a bit cropped. I’m guessing these would need altering if they look like this on a tall model, but overall they’re a super useful shape. Annoying not to be able to try them on IRL though.

Joseph’s website is full of restful winter neutrals. These creamy colours may seem completely impractical, but I quite fancy myself as a modern day Slim Aarons heroine slurping après ski hot chocolate on imaginary winter slopes.

I also have my eye on this chunky merino diamond sweater* as I have some Christmas money to spend (and if there’s one thing you can rely of Joseph for it’s chunky jumpers).

NOW CLICK BELOW TO SHOP THE POST (I MAY EARN A COMMISSION ON THE BASKET VALUE OF ITEMS BOUGHT*)…

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IMAGE: Joseph
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Media merch is the new fashion flex



New York Herald Tribune t-shirt Jean Seberg

Reading about the ubiquity of the New Yorker tote recently got me thinking about the rise of media branded merch.

The New Yorker has just expanded its merch line, allowing its cultured readership to outwardly express their taste and identity. As traditional magazine sales and ad revenues decline, reinforcing the ‘brand’ is a commercial savvy move for media titles. In a timely plot twist, it also effectively lets the reader advertise the magazine, instead of the magazine selling advertising to its readers. “The New Yorker knows that it is now a brand, that it represents a cross-section of a very specific, cultured, informed, democratic public, who knows who they are (or aspires to be) and loves to show it off,” observes NSS Magazine.

New Yorker tote bag by NSS magazine

In a similar vein, the New York Times has been enjoying its elevated style status, with its logo and ad campaigns being co-opted in recent years by the likes of Etudes and Sacai as part of official collaborations. It reminded me of my 20-something year-old New York Herald Tribune tee. A riff on the cinematic classic worn by Jean Seberg in A Bout de Souffle (top), the combo of gothic nameplate typography and trusted legacy journalism seem particularly resonant right now. (You can actually buy an official copy here, among a variety of NYT-branded fare.)

New York Herald Tribune tee

Some other media brands that have good merch: Monocle, IDEA Books (it kind of counts) and The London Review of Books*, which sells not only a number of chic book bags but branded chocolate and this cool enamel pin too.

And if they’re open to requests, I’d suggest Air Mail (a red and white tote!), the FT (a cute peach sweatshirt?), and Porter magazine (maybe a Sporty & Rich-style logo cap)…

 

*As I’m wont to do, I was diverted down a Google tunnel while researching links and found this revealing article on the LRB from 2014. The business model is most fascinating!

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IMAGES: To come, NSS, New York Times
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