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Ami New Arrivals

Ami Deliver A Fresh Batch Of Sophisticated Cool

Ami SS19 Arrivals

Ami or Alexandre Mattiusi for those of us with an affinity for French fashion are certainly never one to disappoint, especially when it comes to putting together some of the finest contemporary wears, we’ve had the pleasure of setting our eyes upon.

Falling firmly into the category of brands that prioritise timeless design and well-put together silhouettes over the everchanging winds of trends and fads, Ami have been effortlessly pumping out quality garments since 2013 encapsulating the youthful, laidback Parisian cool found littered throughout the cobbled streets of the capital city of love. Meaning ‘friend’ in French Ami are certainly a companion worth keeping close, proving time and time again their ability to blur the lines that stand between the worlds of casual outfitting and chic tailoring, bringing a more authentic and comprehensive approach to modern day menswear staples.

With all that in mind we thought we would pull together a few of our favourite bits from the recent collection that tick all the boxes when it comes to looks, quality and that all important je ne sais quoi x factor.

Ami Denim Jacket

Demonstrating an eye for the finer details, this denim jacket from Ami is certainly high on our list of favourite things made from the perpetually stylish, cotton-based fabric. Featuring a zig zagged stitch design down the central button placket, panelled side pockets and a subtle leather patch to the back it’s bursting at the seams with a menagerie of understated talking points. Dress it up with your best smart shirt or in this case down with a colour blocked, pullover hoodie and you’ve got yourself a winner no matter the occasion.

Ami Denim Jacket

Ami Hoodie

If like us you find yourself waiting for spring to finally get it’s finger out than you will more than likely have some seriously indecisive trans-seasonal weather on your hands. Luckily Ami have provided us with the perfect solution when it comes to dealing with this unpredictably awkward foe in the shape of the half-zip sweatshirt. Coming equipped with a high neck and aforementioned half-zip combo they provide the perfect on-the-go solution when it comes to both warming up and cooling down with a front kangaroo pouch pocket, embroidered branding and dart shoulders bringing that classic refined Ami edge.

Ami Half-Zip Sweatshirt

Ami Half-Zip Sweatshirt

Below Ami somehow manage to extract the very essence of summer and inject it into everyone’s favourite button-down wardrobe workhorse, updating a classic Oxford with the addition of some delightful yellow striping and the ever-familiar embroidered Ami de couer logo to the chest.

Ami Rugby Shirt

Next up we have Ami’s take on the ever-popular rugby shirt. Featuring a concealed three-button placket, lightweight 100% cotton construction and a bold striped design typical of sporting jerseys from years gone by it would not only look perfectly at home enjoying a cool afternoon in the vineyards of Bordeaux but three players deep in the scrum on a dreary Sunday morning. Finished with side splits for ease of movement, contrast stitch detailing and some contrast branding to the chest.

Ami Rugby Shirt

Taking all the best bits from everyone’s most beloved vintage sportswear bits and fusing them together this all in one ensemble takes casual outfitting to the depths of its stylistic limits. Made from a soft and comfortable cotton blend typically found on track tops the sweatshirt / joggers combo boasts contrast striped details, subtle hits of branding and a selection of fit enhancing ribbing. In short, it’s every athleisure lovers dream.

Ami New Arrivals
Ami Sweatshirt

Ami Joggers
So there we have it a small selection of some of the exceptional Ami gear we have available both in store and online. But there is plenty more where that came from so why not pop in and see us or take a look at our full SS19 offering over on our website.

Stone Island Membrana 3L TC Jacket

Stone Island Membrana 3L TC Jacket: An In Depth Look

Stone Island Membrana 3L TC Jacket

A brand new Stone Island Membrana 3L TC jacket recently found its way through our doors and it got us all fondly reminiscing about the numerous reasons we can’t get enough of the Italian sportswear brand. So in an ode to the material maestros themselves and a pledge of allegiance to the compass patch we took a quick look into what makes them so good at what they do and why this fresh bit of Membrana has got us flying the Ravarino flag for all to see. 

Take one glance at the sheer scale and variety of Stone Island’s impressive textiles resume and you know they mean business. Favouring the worlds of laboratories and practicality over that of runways and frivolity, Osti’s brand pursues a fierce desire to push the limits of what can and can’t be done when it comes to clothing, priding themselves on their defined sensibilities and a strong philosophy driven design ethos that prioritises the cornerstones of research, experimentation and functionality above all else.

The result? Some of the most technically pleasing garments we’ve had the fortune of getting our hands on, and that’s putting it lightly. In the years they’ve spent redefining the expectations when it comes to anything from outerwear to joggers they’ve not only amassed over 60,000 different dye recipes to compliment a vast list of bespoke materials, but turned things on their head when it comes to how garments are created, treated and subsequently finished all the while developing a dedicated cult following of detachable patch fanatics.

Stone Island

Photo Credit: Stone Island

Just take a look at when the brand adopted something as ubiquitous as a chunky knitwear jumper into their revered ICE collection infusing it with a double layering of both pure wool and a thermo-sensitive yarn that resulted in changes of colour when the garment was exposed to a drop in temperature. Or, what about Stone Island’s nylon metal ripstop fabric? Arguably one of their most recognisable materials to date, it has been applied to a countless number of silhouettes boasting a trilobate structure that undergoes an intensive double-dye procedure to adapt it’s iconic metallic / tonic sheen with some pieces optimised further still with an internal resin treatment for an extra functional flair of elemental protection. In truth you could pick up any one of Stone Island’s products and spend hours discussing its nuances and intricate details whether it be a Tella Stella jacket or a pair of Felpa Placatta shorts the possibilities, in Stone Island’s opinion, truly are endless.

This latest addition to our Stone Island arsenal is no different. Cut in a slightly longer parka style length the jacket boasts plenty of intrinsic militaristic appeal and delivers on all fronts when it comes to a number of constructive complexities. Engineered from a lightweight performance fabric Stone Island refer to as Membrana 3L TC the jacket utilises a three pronged approach putting to work an opaque nylon outer layer laminated to a breathable, water resistant and windproof membrane which is then further reinforced with an impalpable polyester base. Not only does this mean the jacket is perfect for this time of year but it allows for Stone Island’s dyeing expertise to be applied directly to the outer layer whilst preserving the protective qualities of the underlying fabric.

Stone Island Membrana 3L TC Jacket

But that’s not all, aside from the top notch composition on offer the Stone Island Membrana 3L TC Jacket also comes equipped with an array of utilitarian attributes to serve your day to day needs including a plethora of pockets to keep your personal possessions safe, double velcro secured storm flaps with two-way main zip and both waist and hem adjusters to add shape if necessary. Perhaps one of the most notable features of the jacket however is it’s ability to be altered to fit your specific needs as fast as you could say, trilobate structure nylon micro ripstop weave, with the hood and both sleeves easily removable should the occasion call for it… and did we mention there is a removable compass patch on the sleeve?

Perhaps as they say in the world of motion picture it would be better to show rather than tell…

The Stone Island Membrana Jacket is available now at Aphrodite both in store and online.

Moncler SS’19: From Summits to Streets

Moncler SS’19: From Summits to Streets      

Moncler SS’19 showcases the brand’s dedication to the perfect blend of functionality and fashion. After spending years mastering the harshest conditions found atop the highest peaks, the Italian luxury brand turns its attention to the concrete jungle and applies their refined mountaineering sensibilities to a collection filled with bold graphic prints, urban appeal and contemporary style.

This all-white ensemble gives visions of fresh powder snow at basecamp and offers a more laid-back take on Moncler’s usual aesthetic. The Montreal Jacket in White boasts a technical design whilst dripping in French tri-colour goodness with unapologetic branding to the chest and sleeve. This piece will have you feeling comfortable but looking good, whether it’s on top of the slopes or just your casual rotation. We styled the versatile jacket with some of our favourite garments from the latest batch; including Moncler Sweatpants in White and Moncler Hoodie in White.

Moncler SS19 Montreal Jacket

Presenting an athletic style whilst committing to the theme of ‘as white as snow’, we paired the all-white fit with the brand’s Anakin Sneakers in White. Assembled from panels of white and light grey suede and a paint-splattered black and white rubber sole, these contemporary sneakers are finished with a lace-up front in a red colourway; staying devoted to paying homage to their namesake town, Monestier-de-Clermont.

Moncler Trainers in White

Moncler Anakin Sneakers

Going back to their roots, Moncler didn’t forget to include some of their revered padded garments in the new collection. Designed with the finest ‘duvet neuf’ quilted panels; this seasons Gui Gilet is not only a personal favourite of ours but probably one of the best insulating layering pieces we’ve come across. Moncler ensures to deliver their products to the highest standard and this piece is no exception, featuring a two-way zip closure, angled side pockets for easy access and the brand’s iconic logo plaque to the chest.

The outfit is completed with the similarly impressive Dreux Jacket. Although this is a more lightweight version of the time-honoured padded down jacket, Moncler doesn’t cut corners on quality with this piece. Crafted with 90% down, 10% feather padding and perfected in Romania, the Dreux is the ideal addition to your technical outerwear collection. Two-way zip fastening and elasticated cuffs and hem assure to keep in all the warmth, making it a no brainer when it comes to inclement weather and unpleasant temperatures. Finished with some understated joggers; the vibrant orange lining in the hood contrasts with this all-black outfit and will add a pop of colour to anyone’s wardrobe.

Moncler Gilet

Moncler Dreux Jacket

The brands recently released Bubble Sneakers offer a seemingly relaxed look with plenty of intrinsic practicality. There was no holding back when it comes to the construction of the Bubble Sneaker. Printed branding to the sides, the brand’s signature colours to the collar of the shoe and a rubberised Moncler badge sits proudly to the tongue. Crafted with perfection in mind, these sneakers combine luxury construction with sportswear aesthetics.

Moncler Bubble Sneaker

Shop the rest of the Moncler SS’19 collection online and in-store now at Aphrodite.

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Paul Smith: Best of British New Arrivals

Paul Smith New Arrivals Spring Summer

Although British designer Paul Smith needs no introduction, quite frankly, his twist of fate backstory is worth a run over. Having kicked-off his youth as an avid cyclist, Smith’s sporting ambitions quickly ground to a halt due to a serious accident – in what would later be labelled ‘cycling’s loss and fashion’s greatest gain’. Discovering an immense appreciation for design during his recovery, Paul’s creative flair soon landed him his debut in Mayfair’s suiting stronghold, Savile Row. And well, the rest remains history.

Spring Summer 19

Roll the clocks forward 50 years later and with immeasurable amounts of experience under his belt, Sir Paul Smith and his label are as relevant as ever to the masses. Here at Aphrodite, staff and customers alike can’t get enough of the London-based brand and its classics of tomorrow vibe. Echoing last season’s pledge to simplicity, unrivalled quality and easy-to-wear aesthetic, SS19 invites more of the same into the mix. So expect plenty of short-sleeve staples, colourful cotton essentials and the brand’s iconic Zebra leading operations from the front.

One of several new arrivals dropping online and in-store, this zebra tee represents Smith’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. Crafted with pride from organic cotton, the eco-friendly design holds a super soft touch and is a certified hit for the streets. Rounding out with a ribbed crewneck, the brand’s playful zebra and signature logo complete the silhouette at the centre. Shop styles in black and white online.

Paul Smith Jacket

Next into the spotlight, this slick overshirt offers a two-in-one shirt jacket aesthetic, presenting to the wearer a seamless blend of style and substance. With only a woven brand tab fitted to the chest, the versatile piece comes prepared to serve your wardrobe all year round, while its buttoned pockets provide space for keeping all your small valuables in check. Cop navy and khaki versions online now.

Paul Smith Navy Overshirt

Paul Smith Blue Overshirt

Other hits among the line-up include contrasting versions of this lightweight, nylon-blend jacket. Designed to ensure you never fall victim to the forecast again, the jacket’s shower-proof properties and foldable hood undoubtedly pack a practical punch. Finished with a stand collar and drawstring hem, the weather-conscious styling guarantees elevated levels of warmth. Shop now in blue and lemon.

Paul Smith Jacket

Finally, consider your streetwear wishes granted with the issue of this blacked-out hoodie, made from pure cotton and boasting a distinctive Paul Smith difference. Decorated at the chest with the designer’s logo, its contemporary construction secures on the body with a half zip closure. Detailed with ribbed trimmings, the pullover’s roomy kangaroo pocket promises to transport all your trusty items from one place and on to the next. The ultimate layering companion, throw this cosy piece on and set straight off on your travels.

Paul Smith Hoodie

Every inch fashion’s national treasure, Paul Smith and his offerings remain as synonymous with Britain as a hearty full English, The Beatles and a good cup of tea. To ensure you don’t miss out on this timeless collection, pop in-store or browse Aphrodite online now.

adidas By Raf Simons Trumpe-l'oeil collection

adidas By Raf Simons Trumpe-l’oeil Collection

adidas By Raf Simons Trumpe-l’oeil Collection

Since 2013 adidas and esteemed Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons have been hellbent on pushing the boundaries when it comes to both classic and contemporary footwear silhouettes.Whether it’s collaborating on the trend-setting, fore father of chunky sneakers Ozweego or infusing the worlds of runway and sportswear with stylistic reinvention, the pair have done so with an emphasis on preserving the intrinsic qualities of each shoe they turn their attention to, keeping unique characteristics and historical relevancy high on the agenda amid a multi influenced design process. Now, as they get set to roll out the latest amalgamation of their combined endeavours in the form of the adidas By Raf Simons Trumpe-l’oeil collectionit seems not much has changed when it comes to the pairings defined sensibilities and sharp conceptual direction.

adidas By Raf Simons L.A. Trainers

adidas By Raf Simons Micro Pacer

No stranger to a Stan Smith, Raf Simons not only has a soft spot for the unmistakable tennis shoe, having been sighted donning them for himself on numerous occasions, but has utilised the shoe to great effect as part of his debut collaborative line with the German sportswear giant, updating the sneaker with a plethora of bold colours and the now iconic perforated R to the lateral side. Choosing once again to focus their attention toward that of the understated ‘70s classic this latest evolutionary step in the partnerships creative venture sees not only the adilette sliders brought along for the ride several but several archival styles including the Micropacer, Torsion Conquest Super, Peach Tree, Samba and the L.A. Trainer, transported back into modern day rotations through the use of an innovative application and unconventional finish.

adidas By Raf Simons Peach Tree

adidas By Raf Simons Samba

Deriving its name from the French painting technique meaning ‘to deceive the eye’ the collection plays with perceptions through the use of realistic photography, 3D modelling and precise printing, capturing each vintage trainer down to the finest detail before subsequently blanketing them across both a Stan Smith and adilette canvas. Blending together past, present and future the clean lines and minimal nature of each chosen model only seeks to enhance the deceptive approach, allowing distinguishing features and authentic worn in markings – such as stains and exposed glue – to be showcased to full optical illusion inducing effect.

The result is a product that both blends cross generational styles and functional purpose whilst simultaneously paying homage to adidas’ rich history of iconic classics in a way only achievable by a collaboration of this magnitude.

adidas By Raf Simons Torsion Conquest Super

The adidas by Raf Simons Trompe-l’oeil collection launches both online and in store at Aphrodite on the 12th of April at 9:00am with the RS adilettes launching on the 3rd of May.

The North Face Iridescent Collection

The North Face Iridescent Pack Delivers a Fresh Look for SS19

Far from its image as a strictly outdoor label, The North Face has always had a finger on the pulse of the city-dweller and a distinct urban presence, setting itself apart from ‘serious’ mountain climbing brands while still delivering performance and innovation in spades. Ever since the opening of their very first store in Berkeley, CA, the brand has adorned its signature pieces with bold colour-blocking and prints that have appealed just as much to the casual consumer as the outdoor enthusiast. Ever willing to push the boundaries, The North Face now present their latest capsule of urban classics: The Iridescent Collection.

The North Face Iridescent Cyclone II Jacket

Taking a brace of their most iconic outerwear styles — the 1996 Nuptse Jacket, 1990 Mountain Jacket and the Cyclone II windbreaker — The North Face have draped the familiar silhouettes in a multi-faceted, woven iridescent fabric, with a geometric pattern that changes aspect with the wearer’s movement. Showing off a palette of cool tones from purple to green to blue, the fabrics lose none of their performance attributes, with proprietary weather-proofing technologies like DryVent and WindWall all in full effect to help the wearer adapt to whatever the day brings.

The North Face Iridescent Pack Mountain Jacket

To bring things to the next level, the Nuptse down jacket and Mountain hard shell are modular, featuring zips and toggles to allow both to be worn together for the ultimate in weather resistance and warmth; these pieces may look good, but they’re also highly functional for even the harshest environments.

The North Face Iridescent Nuptse Jacket

Rounding out the Iridescent Collection is a clutch of apparel pieces including a t-shirt, hoodie and baseball cap, presented in stealthy black colourways and adorned with classic TNF branding in an iridescent treatment, perfect for mixing and matching with the outerwear, or for wearing solo on those warmer days. Owing to the technical nature of the fabrics, numbers for these pieces are strictly limited, so don’t sleep if you want to snag your favourite bits.

The North Face 1990 Mountain Jacket Iridescent

The North Face Iridescent Collection will be available from Aphrodite Clothing from the 10th of April 2019.

Nike Air Max Tailwind

All You Need Is Love… And The Nike Air Max Tailwind

Keeping things casual with the inclusion of the timeless Nike Air Max Tailwind runners on foot, this staff selection comes from non-other than our very own store assistant Johnathon Collins. Known fondly round these parts as Jonny, he’s as good at his job as he is matching the colour of his socks to his coat and boasts a refined palette for the finer things in life such as a sturdy pair of selvage denim, a crisp white Oxford and some of the most far-out tunes imaginable pressed into vinyl shaped discs.

Nike Air Max Tailwind

Putting to work some versatile, brand-spanning layering Jonny manages to not only mould together a collection of fan favourites like Stutterheim, Edwin, Andersons BeltsRalph Lauren and Albam but, effortlessly blend contemporary sensibilities with classic silhouettes for a look that’s suitable come rain, shine or anywhere in between.

For a selection of this magnitude, it’s only right that we hear from the man himself…

For the outfit, I decided to choose everything that is an essential in my wardrobe. Living in the North of England you never know when it’s going to rain so I went for the Stutterheim raincoat for a light piece of outerwear that’s easy to layer under. In this case I paired it with a white oxford shirt as I think they not only dress things up but you can wear them with anything, and I seem to have about 3 in my wardrobe. I decided to go for some Edwin selvage denim jeans when it came to legwear as I wore a pair in over the winter and I love the way they’re looking even just after a few months. The yellow Albam socks matched the colour of the raincoat whilst the Nike Tailwind trainers are a classic. As for the records, The War on Drugs album is the first ever bit of vinyl I bought and I was gifted The Beatles album for Christmas which I’ve been enjoying lately.

So, if you’re looking for some very nice clothes freshly stamped with the Jonny seal of approval you can find them now (minus the tunes) both in store and online.

Clarks Originals Seven

New Kicks On The Block:

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of stomping around in some of the footwear on offer from Clarks Originals than you don’t need us to tell you that they’re dead comfy on the toes and go with just about any bottom half attire you could think of. From the effortless sophistication of a good pair of Wallabees to the casual cool of the Weaver and the rugged charm of a Desert Trek, there’s a ‘sole’ mate out there guaranteed to fit every foot, style and formality. Well, as Spring looms on the now not so distant horizon it appears that Clarks have heard our cries for some quality suede kicks delivering a brand new silhouette that’s soon to be as synonymous with summer as a day at the beach, a cold drink in a hot beer garden or the race to eat your ice cream before it melts on your hand.

Clarks Originals Seven

Arriving on our doorstep in both a black and beige colourway the Clarks Originals Seven takes sensibilities formed through years of knocking out instant classics and combines it with some on-trend contemporary design direction. With stitched detailing and debossed hiker to the heel tab, the sevens keep things traditional up top putting to work a two eyelet lacing system that tightens the ultra-soft uppers around the foot for an unquestionably snug fit. Elsewhere things take a more modern turn with a leather sock liner and resilient trainer-like rubber outsole supplying the goods when it comes to mid-stride support and reflective striped laces bringing with them a dash of extra functional flair.

Clarks Originals Seven Shoes

So the question on everyone’s mind, why are they called the seven? Perhaps they derive their name from the seven individual pieces they are made up of? The 70% recycled rubber that can be found in their soles? Or maybe it’s something to do with the magical qualities associated with the mysterious prime number?  No matter the reason, if we had to sum up the Sevens in seven words it would be, ‘quality shoes that look and feel outstanding.’ Get your hands on them now whilst you still can in store and online here.

Clarks Originals Shoes

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The Future Is Now: Nike Air Max 270

Since its release around this time last year, the Nike Air Max 270 has earned itself quite the reputation. Having been dressed in countless colour combinations, topped sales charts and took on a variety of materials and fabrics, the trainers mark the coming of a new generation of Air Max that’s spearheaded by the unrelenting advancements in on foot-technology and got the old-timers shaking in their pressurised air repositories. Backed up by the likes of the VaporMax and hungry for its spot in the limelight the 270 has not only already earned its spot in the upper echelons of the Air Max ranks but provided the inspirational base material for fellow young guns, such as the 720 and the 270s more outdoorsy sibling, the Bowfin, to follow in its footsteps.

Nike Air Max 270

But, we aren’t here to talk about the Bowfin or the 720, we’re here to tell you about this very nice pair of 270s set to come through our doors very, very soon. Boasting Nike’s biggest air unit to date, this iteration of the instant classic showcases an understated black colourway that acts as the perfect contrasting base layer to amplify the cool blues and sharp whites. Born out of a mish-mash of some of the best elements found evident both in the Air Max 180 and 93, the trainer comes with a knit upper which hugs the shape of the foot and utilises hits of mesh and solid panelling to not only create a streamlined silhouette but retain structure and airflow.

An asymmetrical lacing system helps to enhance the supportive qualities above whilst a dual-density foam sole and aforementioned air unit tucked neatly under the heel give in-step cushioning from below. Finished with garnishes of tasteful branding to the tongue, sides and pull tab, the trainer captures that highly in demand, ultra-technical sporty aesthetic we all can’t seem to get enough of.

Nike Air Max 270

The Nike Air Max 270 is available both in store and online now. Be sure to follow us on social media and sign up to our newsletter for the latest news and information surrounding upcoming drops and releases.

Nike Air Max 270