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Nike Blazer Mid ’77 Vintage: For Old Times’ Sake

Although we’ve very recently clicked toward a new decade, it seems that for Nike, the clock only seems to be rolling backwards. For 2020, the sporting stalwart is digging through its extensive archive to re-deliver the iconic look of ‘70s B-Ball, encapsulated perfectly this season by the upcoming release of the all-new Nike Blazer Mid ‘77 Vintage, set for release at Aphrodite on 23/01/2020.

It’s certainly no secret that the Beaverton-hailing brand has a penchant for shooting sartorial hoops; for generations now, the Swoosh bearing label has visually represented pioneering players across the globe, while its iconic footwear designs have scaled professional leagues from the top to the bottom. The latest Nike Blazer Mid ‘77 Vintage distinctively harks back to times gone by, referencing an early age in the game, whereby the likes of Moses Malone and Julius Erving would be dominating play with their trailblazing performances.

Nike Blazers

Clad in blinding whites and punchy blacks, this retro silhouette sets just high of the ankle, providing the wearer superlative support during a plethora of activity. Composition wise, leather and synthetic uppers supply these sneakers with a textural, tonal finish while supplying a supple build for all-day comfort. As well as vintage treated midsoles, these sneakers also boast exposed foam at the inner tongue, a signature component of the Nike Blazer and a feature that catapults the throwback theme to new heights.

Underfoot, Nike utilises an autoclave construction which firmly bolsters the shoe’s outsole to the midsole, giving the design its streamlined, ergonomically considered shape, while its non-marking, solid rubber surface is articulated with a herringbone pattern that promises to provide stable traction.

Nike Sneakers

Keep your eyes peeled in the coming days for the release of the Nike Blazer Mid ‘77 Vintage, we’re confident the sportswear giant is about to score a huge slam-dunk with these retro-rendered kicks.

The North Face Extreme: Tapping Into The Archives

The North Face Extreme Capsule, From The ’90s To Now

The North Face may originate from humble beginnings on the west coast of America, but its ambitions – from the outset – were anything but ordinary. Born out of a passion for mountaineering, the San Fran-hailing label sought to outfit people bound for global pursuits, whether that meant those consumed by wanderlust or extreme go-getters. Their mission statement was simple.

By seeking this status and stature during their formative years, the ‘North Face’ namesake quickly grew into its own entity and was soon distinguishable through every corner of the globe. Whether it was on the slopes of the French Alps or around campfires in Norway, The North Face’s identity quickly discovered mass circulation.

From this point, the brand officially ‘began sponsoring expeditions to some of the most far-flung, still largely untouched corners of the globe’, thus making way for the iconic introduction of, Never Stop Exploring™, a company mantra that still resonates today. Bonding camaraderie with these individuals and their adventures led TNF to uncover design cues in myriads of areas, all derived from one common denominator – humanity.

More than 50 years after its inception, TNF has now delivered countless collections while positioned high on the world’s stage, and for 2020 the brand chooses to revisit its extensive archive. Comprising retro typefaces, decorative graphics and a tricolour aesthetic, the latest The North Face pieces turn back the clock on the ‘90s.

The North Face Extreme Capsule

Perfectly in sync with the resurgence of the era and the industry’s grip of it, these colourful garms call on the 1992 The North Face Extreme capsule. Referencing once more the brand’s penchant for the great outdoors, each piece is emblazoned with an ‘extreme’ slogan, while clad in commanding hues of black, cherry and turquoise.

In many ways reminiscent of the brand’s Black Label ‘Rage’ capsule, that was trialled and tested by professional skiers and extreme snowboarders, this new offering has a distinctive urban edge to it. From breezy tees to rain jackets, and heavy-duty backpacks, the collection can transform from climate to climate, from purpose to purpose and from every environment.

Shop The North Face Extreme Collection at Aphrodite from 15/01/2020.

Drole de Monesieur

Drôle de Monsieur: Brand Guide

One of the newer brands to find themselves among the Aphrodite ranks we thought we would take some time to take a peak behind the Drôle de Monsieur curtain and shed some light on exactly why they should be a very large blip on your clothing orientated radar.

Created in 2014 by friends, Dany and Maxime, Drôle de Monsieur is a French ready-to-wear label that places emphasis on clean lines, quality fabrication and bold design. Born out of a shared passion for clothing, the desire to put their own stamp on the industry and a distinct vision for the future, the brand quickly found itself carving out a distinct identity in the French fashion sphere for their off-kilter take on contemporary clothing.Drole de Monsieur

Roughly translated to, “funny gentleman” the brand finds their roots based in the small town of Dijon where, with no prior experience in the fashion world, the brothers coined the phrase, “not from Paris madame” as part of their first collection. Standing as not only a tongue in cheek reference to their fashion capital outsider status and lack of industry knowledge, but a now iconic focal point of their core offering, the callout can still be found embroidered, printed and embossed across their garments to this day.

Drawing from a vast list of differentiated influences Drôle de Monsieur boast a particular knack when it comes to their ability to cleverly merge a range of juxtaposing themes. Blurring the lines that stand between everything from retro styling and modern minimalism to vintage cuts and on-trend fabrication the brand effortlessly mix their expansive selection of source material with a healthy dose of vibrant hues and strong branding.

Drole de MonsieurFocusing on everyday versatility and uniting their collections under one common theme the brand instead opts to utilise intricate detailing, quality fabrics and clever alterations to add playful twists to timeless staples and subtle modifications on traditional sportswear tropes. The result is everything from pristinely tailored tracksuits, velvet rugby shirts and reworked outerwear to modern sportswear, quality sweats and bold accessory pieces all dripping with quintessential Drôle de Monsieur flavour.

Take a look at our full Drôle de Monsieur lineup here and look out for the brand’s SS20 collection coming very soon.

A.P.C. Carhartt Interaction #5

A.P.C. Carhartt WIP Interaction #5: Coming Soon

Following a slew of high-profile collaborations, A.P.C. is set to showcase yet another ‘Interaction’ alongside workwear stalwart Carhartt Work In Progress, with whom it has already worked with four times previous. Launching in the coming weeks at Aphrodite in-store and online, ‘A.P.C. Carhartt WIP Interaction #5’ sees the two revered labels blend their tastes to deliver a collection that harmonises both A.P.C.’s understated elegance and Carhartt WIP’s steady embodiment of streetwear.

A.P.C. x Carhartt

Fronted by a co-branded logo, in which the label’s iconic ‘C’ emblem falls to the end of the French brand’s three letter acronym, this series takes signature Carhartt pieces, such as the brand’s Michigan Chore Jacket and elevates them via the employment of A.P.C.’s extensive fabric expertise. Steering the capsule in this way quickly sees each garment redefined, for example, the jacket’s rugged indigo canvas is replaced with a smooth cotton construction.

In addition to reworking materials, the ‘A.P.C. Carhartt WIP Interaction #5’ collection also embraces a sustainable shift. Organic cotton tees, sweats and hoodies – in unisex formulas – form a weighted part of the offering, demonstrating once more the industry’s pursuit for a cleaner planet and the ever-increasing consciousness of brands globally.

A.P.C. x Carhartt Interaction #5

As well as an array of essential pieces in pared-back hues of washed denim, greys and khakis, ‘Interaction #5’ also includes super-soft cashmere beanies, caps, jeans and co-branded tote bags for commuting your necessities in superior style throughout the city.

The campaign for the collection is headed by Matteo Montanari, an Italian photographer who currently divides his time between London and New York. Having produced editorial imagery for the likes of Vogue Italia, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, it certainly comes as no surprise that the images effortlessly capture each brands agenda to a T. Shot candidly in Paris, the images hone in on A.P.C. and Carhartt staff selected from stores in Paris, Antwerp and London. Also on hand is French stylist, Charlotte Collet, who supplies her laidback, undone look to each ensemble.

APC Carhartt Collection

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the ‘A.P.C. Carhartt WIP Interaction #5’ collection dropping later this month, and in the meantime, shop an assortment of carefully-constructed, sleek styles from A.P.C. online at Aphrodite here.

Canada Goose Armstrong Coat

Canada Goose Armstrong Hoody: A Closer Look

The cool, blustery conditions of winter are unavoidable as we enter January and far beyond, but with thay said, it’s certainly not all doom and gloom from here on out. With these plummeting, erratic temperatures, comes a much-needed chance to update your rotation, making this month the perfect time to invest in the Canada Goose Armstrong Hoody.

If you’re already the proud owner of a Canada Goose garment, we’re pretty confident you can vouch for the brand’s function-first motto. CG pieces are undeniably purpose-driven; they fuse the brand’s affinity for extreme conditions with a desire to develop apparel that responds to the harshest of elements in a robust, yet sleek, street-sturdy manner. All sound good? Keep reading…

Features of The Jacket

Whether you’re bound for an Après Ski scenario this year, or simply need to navigate the UK’s climates, we’re recommending the Canada Goose Armstrong Hoody as your number one companion. Why? Well, to begin with, the jacket is fabricated with a durable nylon shell, featuring Cordura® fabric in pinpoint areas to withstand everyday wear and tear. In addition to this, the entire silhouette is packed to the brim with fluffy down fill; meaning whether you’re on the slopes or in the city’s tangled streets, this one will keep you immensely insulated.

Canada Goose Armstrong JacketCanada Goose Armstrong Hoody BackCanada Goose Logo

How Does The Canada Goose Armstrong Hoody Fit?

While we’re on the topic of the jacket’s exterior appeal, it would be foolish to continue without mentioning its favourable fit. The Canada Goose Armstrong Hoody is built to retain heat through the utilisation of a bespoke cut and an assortment of functional features. These include drawstring adjustments at its hood, a zip-through closure and Recessed Power Stretch® cuffs with a thumbhole construction for keeping sleeves in place during activity.

Also to the exterior, two fleece-lined pockets sit either side of the coat’s waist for keeping your hands warm through cold days or for storing several of your everyday essentials. As well as these crucial compartments, a further set of interior pockets provide more storage for necessities, while one of them also allows the jacket to fold down and pack away into within a moment’s notice. Convenient or what?

To finish, adept and meticulous Canadian craftsmanship ensures every feature on the jacket is certified to the highest of standards, while the brand’s signature red disc logo completes the left arm with performance prestige.

Where Can I Buy The Canada Goose Armstrong Jacket?

Take a more in-depth look at the Canada Goose Armstrong Hoody in the video below or browse our full selection of Canada Goose online.

adidas Ultraboost 20

adidas Ultraboost 20: One Bold Step For Mankind

Fans of dead comfy trainers and the final frontier rejoice, adidas have only gone and teamed up with the International Space Station to create the next evolution of Ultraboost endowed footwear. Officially dubbed the adidas Ultraboost 20, the sneakers take adidas’ passion for performance enhancing stompers to never before seen heights of scientific ingenuity, making them perfect for those either looking to improve their athletic abilities or add some futuristic options to their footwear resume.

adidas Ultraboost 20

Having enlisted the help of the ISS astronauts to test out their revered Boost foam moulding procedure without interference from pesky gravity, adidas hopes that the data collected will lead to further technological advancements in their upcoming runner lineup. Marking the monumentous occasion, the new and improved adidas Ultraboost 20 takes its design influence from the shape and construction of space shuttles, boasting a revised flexible primeknit upper that not only brings with it a slue of familiar comfort bearing qualities, but makes use of a new tailored fiber placement technique to adapt its fit to whatever foot it finds itself on.

Elsewhere a responsive full-length Boost infused midsole provides signature levels of energy return, reducing impact, transferring momentum and propelling the wearer forward with each stride. Supported by a TPU heel clip, Continental stretch web outsole and pinpoint stitched reinforcement, the trainer is finished with a futuristic iridescent sheen and Space station branding to the tongue.

If you ever wanted to find out how Neil Armstrong felt when he took those first steps on the moon these are the shoes to do it. The adidas Ultraboost 20 are available online and in store 06/12/19.

adidas x International Space Station

 

adidas Ultraboost 20 Trainers

adidas Ultraboost 20 Trainers

The North Face AW19: New Arrivals

From peaks to pavements; The North Face is not only world famous for its outdoor gear, but is now considered a global street culture standard. Exciting new arrivals to The North Face’s AW19 Collection feature instantly-recognisable logos, classic colourways and eye-catching prints – boasting the brand’s signature aesthetic.

The North Face Down Jackets

The winter weather is well and truly here and every wardrobe requires a practical and reliable jacket to fight off the inclement weather. Combining unbeatable warmth and comfort, The North Face offer the understated Lhotse Jacket. Proudly named after the fourth highest mountain in the world, the Jacket is filled with goose down and features a full zip closure and adjustable cuffs and hem – allowing the jacket to fit perfect to you and ensuring ultimate warmth throughout the entire day. Two exterior side entry pockets and one inner security pocket grant easy access and safeguard all of your essentials. Similar to the Lhoste is an instantly-recognisable silhouette that channels ‘90s vibes; the Nupste Jacket. Boasting Durable Water Repellent coating and ripstop fabric, the Nupste is also filled with 700 goose down.

The North Face Mountain Jackets

Adaptable and practical; The North Face Mountain Q Jacket guarantees to stick with you for many seasons to come. Lightweight and beautifully dressed in an eye-catching tangerine colourway, the Mountain Q Jacket will sit perfectly within your outerwear wardrobe – whether you’re hitting the streets or the mountain peaks. Boasting a waterproof polyester outer and fully breathable mesh lining. If bright colours aren’t your vibe, an alternative is the Mountain Q Jacket in black. Equally as iconic, the silhouette features an adjustable drawstring hood and hem and is detailed with The North Face branding.

The North Face Denali Jackets

Ideal for layering, The North Face presents the Denali Jacket. Offered in three impressive colourways including blue, turquoise and yellow and named after the highest mountain peak in North America, the Denali is constructed from polar fleece with unique nylon overlays. Practical and functional, four zip pockets add an alternative spin on the silhouette. Vertical and horizontal zip pockets to the chest and two easy-access side-entry pockets.

The North Face Gilets

Inspired by silhouettes from 1996, the Nupste Vest boasts a boxy design that guarantees to keep you feeling warm and snug during the colder seasons. Offered in two exciting colourways, the gilet is filled with goose down and features a concealed stow-away hood. The Nupste Vest can be easily thrown on when the weather is unpredictable and pack-away design allows the garment to be folded and stored into its right-hand pocket.

The North Face Hoodie

The North Face T-Shirt

Every outfit requires perfect layering pieces to see you through the colder months, and The North Face have you covered. Presenting a range of hoodies and tees – ideal for constructing an outfit that keeps you feeling warm and looking good. The North Face Apline Hoodie is a staple piece for your off-duty rotation. Dripping with The North Face branding, the hoodie boasts large logo accompanied by ‘Fine Apline Equipment’ branding printed unapologetically to the chest. The collection includes a range of different t-shirts including Fine Alp Equipment Tee and The North Face Basic Tee. Crafted from superbly soft cotton, the t-shirts are designed with movement and ventilation in mind.

The North Face Hats

No winter instalment would be complete without a handful of accessories and The North Face AW19 Collection is no exception. Presenting the Bobble Hat in yellow / black and Logo Beanie in twill beige. Both crafted to exceptional standards and coated with the brand’s signature aesthetic. The knit pieces guarantee to deliver both style and comfort.

Shop the whole collection online and in-store now.

 

 

 

Stone Island Shadow Project Parka Rust

Autumn Arrival: Stone Island Shadow Project Contour Parka

A Design Imagined Under The Concept of ‘Variable Adaptability’

Remember Stone Island’s so-called ‘Toffee Wrapper’ jacket from way back in ’92? Well, this Shadow Project Contour Parka doesn’t stray too far from the unforgettable essence of that retro number. Glazed in the same rusted hue, the jacket rolls out as a striking silhouette from Shadow Project’s 23rd collection, yes you heard that right, their 23rd collection! So, with such a monumental touchpoint insight for Shadow Project, the tastemakers behind the brand felt this hooded garm would be the perfect piece to conceptualise under their ‘variable adaptibility’ notion for the new season.

Shadow Project Contour Parka

By ‘variable adaptibility’, we’re talking about the need for change dependant on your setting or unexpected weather, which, if you’re living in good old England like us fine people, it’s an element you, unfortunately, need to consider on the daily. Shadow Project call out the collection with these words, ‘the looming conditions of winter serve as a starting point for the concept of variable adaptability. Mechanisms of conversion, attachment, and expansion serve to widen the use of potential garments, empowering the wearer to modify them in accordance with shifting environmental circumstance.’

So, with that said, how does this Shadow Project Contour Parka actually diversify to battle general changes in scenery or harsh weather conditions? Well, sitting underneath its dual grid nylon outer that’s both translucent and light-refractive, not to mention insanely durable, is an insulating layer of quilted padding, perfect for retaining heat and protecting the wearer from declining temperatures. Additionally, in honour of its ‘Contour’ moniker, drawstring adjustments clinch in the design at its hood, hem and cuffs, locking in warmth while custom-fitting the design to your own personal stature. Furthermore, nylon jersey inlays tonally articulate the base – starting at the cuffs and working their way right up to the style’s chest to present an element of flexibility in areas which move the most.

Stone Island Shadow Project Parka Shadow Project Dual Grid Nylon Parka

As well as being garment-dyed, this Shadow Project Contour Parka also boasts an anti-drop agent, designed to supply a lasting viel of water repellency on the outer, while further detailing comprises of the brand’s signature, all-black compass badge at the left sleeve, joined by two hand-warmer pockets and a utility zip pocket on the arm.

Anything but bashful, this Parka is commanding in every sense, whether it be in colour, construction or purpose. Take a leap out of your comfort zone this season and soak up the goodness on offer from Stone Island Shadow Project as they continue to serve up their 23rd capsule to the industry’s watching eyes.

 

Patagonia AW19

Patagonia AW19 Latest Arrivals

Garments With Purpose From Patagonia

If you weren’t already aware, American outdoors brand Patagonia is, in many ways, a forerunner of several developments welcomed by the fashion industry in recent years. Not familiar? Let us get you acquainted…

Take the label’s bid for a sustainable future as a starting point; little to no brands had even considered the impact of fashion on the planet before Patagonia led the way with its introduction of recycled fabrics. Or, cast your mind back to the inception of the brand’s ‘Worn Wear’ initiative – a repair service designed to make your gear last the ages. Whatever the case for review, there’s no doubting that Patagonia is doing its bit to honour founder, Yvon Chouinard’s, lifelong proposal for functional, repairable and durable apparel for everyone.

So, with that said, let’s see how this season’s Patagonia AW19 collection lives up to all the above, beginning with the label’s trusty layering pieces.

It goes without saying that with the onset of colder months ahead, your wardrobe can never have too many layers and perhaps the perfect piece to start with is a hoodie. Simple in structure and cosy in construction, a hoodie is pretty much an indispensable item all year round, especially when it comes baring Patagonia’s credentials to the chest. The brand’s P6 Logo hoodie, in particular, is a great silhouette for everyday; as expected, it’s responsibly crafted from recycled materials and boasts a warming fleece lining to the inner.

Patagonia Silent Down Shirt Jacket

With the necessities of warmth and comfort covered by the brand’s hoodie, adding a sharp shirting style into the mix then successfully elevates the look for everyday pursuits. Here we’ve placed Patagonia’s Fjord flannel shirt and Silent Down shirt jacket atop the hoodie, thus injecting varied tones into the lineup, while doubling up on layers and structuring the ensemble on top. Not to mention the shirt jacket is padded with 100% recycled down.

Patagonia Logo Hoodie

Next, a slew of autumnal colour cues finds their way into the Patagonia AW19 collection. With Patagonia’s signature Fitz Roy Scope tee in black acting as a breathable base layer beneath, the brand’s more neutral-toned garments can take centre stage in the following look. Both clad in earthy pigments, the brand’s Retro Pile Gilet comes imagined above a Patagonia Fjord Flannel shirt yet again – this time in stripes of ‘bristle brown’, beige and grey. The great thing about these two designs is their ability to do the job – functionality-wise – while looking equally on point for the city streets.

Patagonia GiletPatagonia Retro Pile Gilet

Wrapping things up, this last look debuts as perhaps the most practical all of them all, though each puts up a pretty tough fight for the prize. Each garment in this lineup zips down to reveal yet another branded garment beneath it, until it finally reaches a 1973 infused Fitz Roy, organic cotton tee in light blue. In addition, Patagonia’s Isthmus Parka serves out ‘60s expedition vibes to the outer, bolstered by a wind-resistant ‘mojave khaki’ shell and teamed alongside another iteration of the label’s Retro Pile Gilet in navy.

Patagonia Isthmus JacketPatagonia Parka Beige

All in all, if you’re one of these people that drifts in-between the city life for those well-deserved breaks in the great outdoors, make sure to hit up the Patagonia latest arrivals for all your long-lasting, adventure clobber this season. You won’t leave disappointed, we assure you.