menswear duchamp relaunches menswear ss22 the chic geekThere is a new collaboration between artist and environmentalist Coco Capitan and Belgian ebike brand Cowboy

Left - Coco Capitan X Cowboy T-Shirt - £40

Coco and Cowboy have collaborated on a limited edition T-shirt to celebrate the positive impact the cycling community has on cities. The T-shirt features Coco’s prose in her signature handwritten style, is made from organic cotton and is GOTS, Fairwear and Oeko-tex certified. All sale proceeds will go to Cool Earth, a non-profit organization, working to protect the rainforest and fight the climate crisis by supporting indigenous communities. 

The collaboration started from a very simple observation: when communities around the world come together for a common purpose, we can do good for the earth. The bike has been a symbol (and part) of protest for generations, seen as a remedy for car culture and a better way forward for the environment. As the original connected bike, Cowboy is at the forefront of this movement, having reached the amazing number of 10 million rides since its inception. 

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Friday, 10 June 2022 11:55

Duchamp Relaunches

menswear duchamp relaunches menswear ss22 the chic geekDuchamp, the British luxury brand known for elegant tailoring is returning with a 2022 resort collection this summer, followed by an AW22 collection in September.

A new designer is at the helm; ex-Kent & Curwen Head of Design, and Gieves & Hawkes Design Director, Mark Frost, producing a launch collection evoking the lightness, joy and nostalgia of holidays.

Left - Duchamp - Suede jacket - £1750, Cotton / Linen Tee - £90

Floor tiles become shirts in a variety of styles, whilst lightweight summer ready linen and cotton poplin add an airiness throughout the range. Silhouettes and fabrication feels relaxed and ready to be lived in, tailoring is evolved and casually influenced, yet garments still utilise expert construction techniques and hand finishing to shift a focus toward comfort and versatility for the wearer. Luxury yarns are reflected playfully throughout knitwear and the inclusion of new products adds to the adaptability of the collection. This sense of approachability for the season brings a refined playfulness to the brand, in keeping with its history, whilst developing a consistent handwriting that is recognisable as Duchamp.

High quality construction and quality fabrics also play a big part in the new Duchamp, which remains recognisable to its previous incarnation whilst effortlessly managing to be progressive.

Whilst categorically a British label, the brand is named after the French artist Marcel Duchamp and was launched in 1989 by Mitchell Jacobs, an Englishman then working as a buyer for Browns. It was originally based on a vast collection of vintage cufflinks that Jacobs had discovered in a Parisian market. 

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TheChicGeek says, "Duchamp was well known for its formal men's accessories, and was a regular fixture on the men's fashion week calendar.

Right - Duchamp - Stripe Shirt - £165, Swim Shorts - £185

Men's formalwear has changed post pandemic, so the brand returns with something looser and more relaxed. There is a market for affordable, quality and completely wearable menswear for a man who wants to look contemporary without being a slave to trends or novelty.

It's good the brand is relaunching with two collections in quick succession to give a fully rounded view of the new brand. Favourites pieces include the linen summer shirts and intarsia knits."

The 2022 resort collection will be available on the relaunched Duchamp website as of mid-June, www.duchamplondon.com

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Tuesday, 07 June 2022 15:05

Boardies x Liberty SS22 Swimwear

menswear boardies liberty print swim shorts ss22 the chic geekBoardies has teamed up with Liberty to create a limited-edition collection of swim shorts. The unique designs are made from 'Repreve' recycled plastic water bottles, sustainable materials and packaging. Each pair comes with a matching Liberty x Boardies bag. 

Left & Below - Boardies x Liberty - Men's Short - £80

The collection contains four hand drawn graphics: Studio Bohemia, Charleston Posy, Curious Land and Liberty Dazzle. 
 
Studio Bohemia features a kaleidoscopic abstract painted print with rich vibrant colours. It is inspired by a variety of Liberty’s archival 1970s motifs, featuring bold geometrics alongside Art Nouveau-style florals, intricate ikat shapes and detailed paisley prints. 
 
The Charleston Posy short is a classic Liberty floral print, a vibrant motif created with oil pastels to evoke the untamed nature of bohemian gardens, with their abundant beds of wild roses. 
 
The Curious Land short is inspired by the dream-like world that Lewis Carroll imagined in his story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, depicting a magical floral utopia of enchanted flowers and mushrooms. This hand-drawn motif is a visionary celebration of the glory of nature, a whimsical take on Boardies tailored shorts. 
 
The Liberty Dazzle Print short is inspired by the starlike flowers found in the paintings of Gustav Klimt, with an all-over ditsy floral print that twinkles and glimmers like a meadow on a hazy summer’s day. 
 
Available exclusively at Liberty London, Liberty online and Boardies® online
 
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menswear RM Williams celebrates 90th anniversary the chic geekBorn from humble beginnings in the South Australian bush, Reginald Murray Williams first crafted an elastic-sided leather boot in 1932 – a product that would later become synonymous with authentic outback dressing. He crafted products for hardworking stockmen and soon had a thriving mail order business, before the increasing popularity of his products demanded the establishment of a full factory at Percy Street in 1934. Many craftsmen and women joined him and later settled into a new workshop at Frost Road in the 1970s, where production currently remains.

That was 90 years' ago. Today, hundreds of highly skilled artisans continue to handcraft leather boots, apparel and accessories for R.M.Williams, using the same techniques as those who went before them. 

A capsule collection of limited-edition products will be released as part of the celebrations, including boots, belts, apparel and lifestyle items.

The limited-edition Craftsman, Lady Yearling boots and Jerrawa belts are complete with 90th anniversary trims and a commemorative plaque, offering the opportunity to own a piece of an Australian legend. These styles will be made on demand and handcrafted, as always, in the Adelaide workshop.

The clothing assortment consists of T-shirts and sweatshirts in classic colours of grey, navy and khaki, each emblazoned with unique 90th anniversary branding. All styles are made in Australia – the T-shirts in collaboration with Good Earth Cotton, the world’s first carbon positive cotton company. 

In celebration of the brand’s heritage of craftsmanship, a new Makers Kit will be released, complete with the materials, tools and instructions needed to craft a durable leather cover for RM’s classic book, The Bushman’s Handcrafts.

A limited-edition care tin will be available, perfect for brand loyalists, new boot owners and anyone looking to get the most out of their R.M.Williams boots. The tin includes the Stockman’s Shoe Polish in black or chestnut, plus Leather Conditioner, Brush and Polish Cloth.

www.rmwilliams.com

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Friday, 15 April 2022 14:01

TELFAR x EASTPAK Launches

Telfar Eastpak bag collaboration buy SS22

After a blind pre-sale that sold out in minutes, the TELFAR X EASTPAK collaboration has finally arrived and includes the brand's first ever backpack. In collaboration with Eastpak—purveyor of high quality packs and luggage since 1976 —the two brands have debuted a collection that is both fashionable and functional.

The four-piece lineup consists of TELFAR’s iconic shopping bag in three sizes and a new circle bag reworked with Eastpak’s expertise and emphasis on utility.

Left - TELFAR x EASTPAK - From £70

TheChicGeek says, "The original vegan Telfar tote became a cult accessory almost over night. That encircled T logo was ingrain on people's consciousness long before anybody had even heard of the 'genderless fashion project' founded in 2004 by Telfar Clemens in New York City. Due to its affordability, it quickly an it-bag, a hard task in today's market drowning in product.

Here it gets the Eastpak makeover in its trademark polyester and the signature tote is cleverly turned into a practical backpack. Prices are great too."

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