COS

Dude, where’s my mask?



Lemaire vegetable tanned molded Taco bag

The accessory of 2020 may have been the Covid mask, but a close second was the mini hands-free bag. I was very lucky to receive a Porter Yoshida & Co Force bag* (below) for Christmas; a compact crossbody bag with adjustable strap that can be worn inside or outside your jacket.

It’s what I currently use for my walks or coffee runs as it fits my mask (in a clear Ziploc), phone, earphones, keys and cash without bulking out. If I wanted to, I could fit in a mini umbrella as well.

I also like the look of the Lemaire vegetable-tanned Tacco (above), Toast Rambler pocket bag (below, by West Country makers Francli), Joseph slim pocket bag* (below) and COS padded belt bag*. Although of course, the Hermès Kelly pocket belt is top of my fantasy shopping list.

What bag are you using?

Porter Yoshida & co Force shoulder bagJoseph mini hands free bagToast Francli Rambler pocket bag

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Top to bottom: Lemaire vegetable tanned molded Taco bag, Porter Yoshida & Co Force bag, Joseph pocket bag, Toast Francli Rambler pocket bag
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Everyday movement



COS Active collection SS21

Don’t panic! This is a ‘new year, new me’-free zone, but I’ve just been served a fresh drop of COS active wear that I thought I’d share. COS positions its COS Active* collection (quite cleverly) as ‘designed for everyday movement’, thus taking it out of pure gym-speak.

As well as Lycra fare, there are Prada Sport-esque windbreakers*, some interesting quilted capes*, oversized hoodies* and boxy sweats*. Just the thing for the restricted Lockdown 2.0 walkabout, no? (more…)



Palate cleanser: The Row SS21



The Row SS21

After overindulging in 90s trash movies, toasted Panettone and lashings of brandy cream, it’s time for a palate cleanse. Here’s mine: The Row SS21.

What’s nice is that you can recreate these looks with stuff you already own. Just super-starch the shirts and steam iron the pants so they have a crease so sharp they could stand up on their own. (more…)



Can elevated basics help fix the fast fashion problem?



Back to Basics - the rise of blank staples

What’s the appeal of blank staples?

H&M just launched Blank Staples, a line of sub American Apparel plain sweats and tees marketed in the millennial language of muted minimalism to capture the post-COVID, stay-home crowd. Meanwhile, COS (also owned by the H&M group) has launched its Core by COS* collection, which will feature seasonal wardrobe essentials for men and women.

The H&M product (below) actually looks really nice. I’m not a tracksuit kinda girl but I do have a fetish for superior quality heavyweight sweatshirts and hoodies. The Blank Staples line is a collaboration with the media brand Highsnobiety, so is targeting the maturing streetwear crowd who want quieter sporty staples. (more…)