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  • New Stockist: Out to Lunch

    We’re glad to announce that we have a new stockist aboard, the Out to Lunch store in our hometown Porto.

    The OTL store is runned by a great Japanese fellow – Yoske – that has a particular and original aesthetic sense. Based in Berlin, he first started flying to Porto around 2012 to search for production facilities and it was love at first sight. He immediately fell in love with the city and three years after his first contact with the Invicta city… he moved and established here. Not happy with just moving, three months after his arrival he decided to take the risk and opened a store at Galerias Lumiére, downtown Porto, bringing surprises by placing different things next to each other. We dare say that Yoske would deserve something like a “Tripeiro Honorary Citizenship” for his commitment to the city.

    At Out to Lunch you can find different things, among which you can find stormproof umbrellas from Senz, quality raincoats from Rains, functional bags from Qwstion, foldable sunset-chairs, small pouch bags made by a 96-year-old Japanese lady and now Newfangle!

    If you visit Porto don’t forget to visit OTL store and if you already know it, have in mind that they just moved to a bigger store in the same Galerias Lumiére, so another great excuse to pop by.

    https://www.facebook.com/OTLSTORE

     

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  • Industry Talks – Iain Trickett

    Trickett is one of those small labels that you start appreciating right from the beginning. They are based in Lancashire, England and they are really keen on sports heritage and everything that comes in between. Sportswear from the past is one of their main influences. Other ones are food and clothing goods. As Portugeezers we truly understand them in what concerns food, for those who know us and our culture, if there’s something we really give a lot of importance it’s food… Call it delicious, call it massive… but we can’t live without our Sardines, “Bacalhau” or “Francesinha”.

    Well, this is what happens when we talk about food… Let’s get back to Trickett. They source all their fabrics in the UK, USA and Canada and of course their production is made in a small scale. Basically it’s reinventing timeless sportsmen garments for the modern bloke. Let’s hear what Iain has to say about our Q&A.

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    What type of music do you listen to?

    On a day-to-day basis, I would say it would be hip-hop. I am no snob either – anything from the past, present, Future (pun there for anyone who fancies laughing at it), underground and over ground. I grew up in a family with an extremely eclectic taste in music too. They listened to Country, Northern Soul, Jazz, Opera – the lot, so my ears are always open to anything. I also like listening to a lot of new stuff from all genres (I am well into Floating Points, Anderson Paak & Arca at the moment). I find it keeps you on your toes, rather than being that old man in a corner at the pub talking about how nothing good came after the Beatles.

    How’s a typical day for you?
    I am obsessed with TRiCKETT, so my day pretty much revolves around that. I wake up, check Tweets, emails and Instagrams and then hop downstairs for a brew and some porridge. Then it’s off to the gym, shower and then down to business. Most mornings are spent packing up parcels and replying to however many of our lovely customers have chosen to get in touch with us. Then the rest of the day is spent designing, visiting factories, playing with fabrics and watching Michael Jordan / free kick montages on YouTube. We base a lot of our design on movement and bringing old performance garments right up to date, so a fair proportion of the day / week is spent testing and analyzing garments and pinpointing where we can improve them. Then it’s back home, walk the dogs, drink an Italian hot chocolate, catch up on sporting highlights and off to bed.

    What is your Trickett team like?
    Team TRiCKETT is pretty much just me day-to-day, but I do have the Pippen to my Jordan (that’ll annoy her) who pops in a few days a week. Everything that you see, smell and touch is done by us and for that we are really proud. Sometimes, when my dad has a day off, he will help package a few things up, but that’s usually when we have had a sock release and it goes a bit mental.
    On a larger scale though, I believe that all our customers are our team. That may sound a bit corny, but it’s true. In a world of retail experiences and exceeding customer expectations, we have something more important than buzz words: we have a team. They help us when things go slightly wrong, develop ideas with us and are there to celebrate when things go right. Whether you are buying a packet of bubblegum or a bubble jacket, whether you buy one thing a year or every single release, we are really very humbled by everyone’s interest and that’s why we welcome our customers to the squad. Hopefully, like any team member / fan, we can celebrate when we win the cup, but also look on the bright side when things need to improve. I suppose this comes from our love of sport.

    Workwear, heritage, sportswear, streetwear, Ivy League… what is your cup of tea?
    I think I have a pretty unhealthy obsession with sportswear. I have collected football shirts since I was about 4. Genuinely, I had my dad faxing Borussia Dortmund when the first Nike illuminous yellow shirt came out and it has been with me ever since. Sportswear, in my opinion, has shaped the way that we dress in our daily lives and has made dressing casually much more acceptable. What I find interesting is that trends in sport apparel have swayed towards a slightly smarter, tailored appearance, which seems a bit odd really. Sorry I could waffle on about this all day.
    I am a genuine nightmare when it comes to detailing my influences as I really am like a sponge and I am so incredibly influenced by my environment. If you would’ve asked me last week what I liked, it would have been Italian tailoring, this week it is definitely 60’s American sportswear. But I love streetwear from the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, traditional ‘50s workwear, Los Angeles ‘80s style, ‘70s Ivy League, sportswear from all eras… The best way to describe my cup of tea is just an appreciation of form.

    What brands have you been wearing lately? And which brands from the past would you give a round of applause?
    I am very lucky in that I love the clothes that we design and I would say that the vast majority of my wardrobe is TRiCKETT – especially after we have made our own jeans (not so subtle hint). If I am not wearing that, I would generally say I am in Jordan or SEH Kelly. Two ends of the spectrum there… but I think that typifies what I like in clothing.
    Growing up I loved Surrender, Tenderloin and Supreme, but I am a forward thinking guy and think there are some genuinely exciting brands coming out now too. I love the new 7Layer System brand that launches this year, it looks like what someone from the future would walk the dog in and I think Brand Black make amazing sportswear.

    What would you change in the menswear industry?
    I try my very best not to get involved with any fashion stuff, it all seems to be really confusing. As people have said before in your interviews, the whole fashion seasons stuff and going to exhibitions all seems a bit archaic. I think fashion is art and forcing creative people to make two seasons a year can only make for a pretty stagnant marketplace. I think that executing ideas as soon as they arrive in your head and not having to wait for a season to slot them into is much more of a creative and exciting way to work.
    I also think we are getting to the point where people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. I believe that when you buy from a small independent – be it a coffee shop, clothes brand, tattoo shop, whatever – the impact your purchase makes is huge. Not only does it support them, but it also helps them grow and give back to the local and wider community. We seem to be in a state at the moment where people want to find the similar thing for cheaper. That is all well and good, but getting that cheaper option from a huge chain or buying something made abroad restricts yourself in the future, as the smaller brands with a more unique offering can’t do so and the bigger shops will just churn out the same drivel. Buying bigger and less often is the way forward as no-one wants an IKEA wardrobe… well maybe you do to put your clothes in… but not like a metaphorical IKEA wardrobe…

    http://trickett-england.co.uk/

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  • Out to Lunch – New Store Opening

    If you’re in Porto this Saturday make sure you pop by Out To Lunch, a great store and one of our new stockists for SS16. We’ll tell you more about OTL Store soon.

     

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  • Industry Talks – Sam Jones Weekend Offender

    We had already approached Weekend Offender here in our blog when they worked with Rig Out in this Dressers short film, but today we speak directly with one of the main heads behind the brand – Sam Jones.

    Sam and his Welsh mate Rhydian Powell created Weekend Offender in 2004. Sam had already experience in the fashion industry, having been a store owner and agent, Rhydian was more related with graphic designing but always with a sharp eye into fashion, which was in fact a perfect combination to get things rolling. Always strongly inspired by various subcultures, like terrace casuals, the acid house scene etc… they created functional garments with an insubordinate twist, no-nonsense as they like to point out.

    They have evolved a lot in these last years, strong collections, cool collaborations and a store in London – in the heart of Soho – made the brand firm and steady in the fashion scene. Let’s see what Sam has to say in our Industry Talks interview.

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    What type of music do you listen to?

    I listen to all types of music but I’ve been getting back into my hip hip lately

    How’s a typical day for you?
    A typical day for me is to ride my bike into work and maybe stop off for coffee , open up the store , do some work , go to the gym , little walk about soho to see whats going on , more work then cycle home.

    What is your Weekend Offender team like?
    We have a nice mix of people working for us from the designers , to the admin team to the lads in the warehouse. Everyone does their fair share.

    Workwear, heritage, sportswear, streetwear, Ivy League… what is your cup of tea?
    Depends on my mood that day. I can look like i should be walking up a mountain one day to looking like a dodgy car sales man the next. But i do wear a plain white crew neck t-shirt EVERYDAY.

    What brands have you been wearing lately? And which brands from the past would you give a round of applause?
    I like APC and Our Legacy at the moment. I know its a typical answer but Stone Island has always been a big part of growing up.

    What would you change in the menswear industry?
    Fickle people selling Big coats in July and shorts in January.

    www.weekendoffender.com

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  • 11 Interesting facts about David Bowie

    On the day one of the greatest artist/musicians of all time disappeared, the chameleon of rock as he was many times nicknamed, here are some interesting facts about this master of invention, one that played all sorts of music styles like rock, pop, soul, electronic etc… and reinvented them in his own shape. David Bowie, the most eclectic genius ever in pop music!

     

    1 . David Bowie was born David Robert Jones in Brixton, London, on 8 January 1947. He shares the same birthday as Elvis.

    2 . One of his pupils was permanently dilated due to a fight over a girl.

    3 . He changed his name to Bowie to avoid confusion with Monkee Davy Jones.

    4 . At the age of 17, he was interviewed on a BBC programme as the founder of The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-haired Men. He complained: “It’s not nice when people call you darling and that”.

    5 . Bowie co-produced some of the best tracks on Lou Reed’s legendary album Transformer.

    6 . In 1967 he released the single “The Laughing Gnome”, which many fans argue is the worst song he has ever recorded.

    7 . In 1970 when Bowie briefly formed The Hype, everyone in the band dressed up as super heroes. They were booed off everywhere they played.

    8 . When Bowie suggested that his fans should vote via phone which tracks he should play for his 1990 world tour, “The Laughing Gnome” was the most requested. He didn’t play it.

    9 . Arcade Fire and TV On The Radio are two of Bowie’s favourite bands of the last 10 years.

    10 . Bowie appeared as Pontius Pilate in Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ”.

    11 . Bowie turned 69 on 8 January 2016. He released Blackstar on the same day.

     

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    David Bowie with Mick Jagger and Lou Reed

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