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Stone Island: 5 Things You May Not Know

Known for their fiercely innovative approach and long list of refined fabrics, complex treatments and expert dyeing procedures, Stone Island are undoubtedly one of the most widely recognised and influential brands in modern day existence. Having permeated into sub-cultural movements around the globe the brand have spent the past 38 years putting out some of the most strikingly sought after garments in fashion history.

Many of us may think we know all there is to know about the Italian powerhouse’s history but, much like many of the iconic jackets they devise, there’s a lot more hiding beneath the surface that, dare we say, even the most die hard of Stone Island fan may be unaware of. So with that in mind and to test your knowledge on all things compass patch we thought we would compile a list of 5 things you may not know about  Stone Island.

 

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Stone Island Wasn’t Intentional

As many people may already know Stone Island was founded by non-other than the legendary designer Massimo Osti, but did you know that the brand was originally a diffusion line? Before laying the foundations of what we now know as the modern day Stone Island in 1982, Otsi was hard at work researching, manufacturing and engineering a selection of textiles and fibres to use in his various CP Company collections having established the brand 11 years prior.

During his experimentation Osti was inspired by the fabric which was used on the tarpaulin of military trucks, drawing from it as his source material to develop a two-tone, durable membrane that gave the now signature worn-in finish found on many of the brand’s garment to this day. Officially dubbed Tella Stella, despite struggles to align the heavyweight cotton with his CP endeavours, Osti knew he was onto something special, making the decision to instead piece together 7 individually crafted jackets that would become the first ever Stone Island branded collection.

 

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Origins of the name

From the beginning Osti knew he needed a strong name and identity to regiment his latest creations under. The name Stone Island was actually derived from the novels of Ukrainian born writer Joseph Conrad. Delving into his novels they extracted the two most recurring words from his texts, ‘stone’ and ‘island’. There are also those that say it was named such due to their use of pumice stones during the washing process to break down the rigidity of fibres, such as the brand’s debut Tella Stella material, or to symbolise the brands’s close affiliation with the use of water during several stages of the fabrication process.

 

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More Than Meets The Patch

The Stone Island patch is arguably one of the most iconic and easily distinguishable features of the brand. No matter how left-field and exploratory their fabrics, cuts or silhouettes get, a garment can easily be identified from a circular flash of black, green and yellow. Purposely made fully removable nature due to Osti’s fascination with the details of military pieces he found during his many visits to the flea markets of the ’70s. Officially named the wind rose, much like the name itself, it conjures up nautical themes and represents Stone Island’s never-ending pursuit of evolutionary endeavours.

Originally framed by a green border up until 2000, Stone Island make use of a number of subtle changes in appearance to differentiate their troupe. From the blacked out Shadow Project patch and monochromatic ghost patches to the scarcely seen mesh patches, one off anniversary patch and the white / black, ‘champagne’ patch that signifies limited pieces which utilise in-house fabrics.

 

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Colour Chemistry

Garment dyeing is no doubt the bread and butter of Stone Island’s masterful output so it should come as no surprise to hear that they have their own dedicated colour laboratory which focuses on researching new hues but different techniques in which they can be applied to finished pieces to best suit each fabrics unique properties and make up. Through hard-work and dedication they have currently created over 60,000 bespoke recipes a number that continues to grow season to season.

 

 

Technical Fabrics

We’ve said it once but we will say it again Stone Island know their way around a fabric or two. With a strong functional and militaristic undercurrent to the majority of their output the brand have fashioned everything from thermo-sensitive garments which fluctuate in appearance based on the temperature – such as the ICE range – to garments coated with a stainless steel / bronze film and even, in the case of the Liquid Glass collection, jackets which employ thousands of glass microspheres to reflect light as the wearer moves. If that wasn’t enough the brand have also been know to implement some of the worlds toughest materials like Kevlar and Dyneema, create glow in the dark finishes and even combine polar opposites such as leather and aluminium into one creation.

So there we have it, let us know in the comments if you knew any already or if you have any fascinating Stone Island titbits that we missed. If you would like more information to satiate your Stone Island cravings check out our brand guide or you can shop our latest arrivals here.

adidas SL7600

adidas SL7600 : Vintage Meets Modern

The adidas SL7600 are set to surface on our shores very soon so in preparation for their arrival, and to show off some of their best bits, we thought we would share some words on what is sure to be an instant footwear classic.

As the age old saying goes you can never have too much of a good thing, and adidas’ Super Light lineup is the perfect example. Originally conceived during the ’70s to service the needs of athletes taking part in the Munich Olympics, not only was the SL series responsible for supplying the goods when it came to the age old question of weight vs performance, but it held its own in an era long turf war with arguably some of the fiercest competition in running history.

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Utilising a robust array of stellar three stripped source material, adidas’ next addition to their featherweight family comes in the form of the SL7600. As forward thinking in name as they are in construction, the sneakers mix a best of both worlds culmination of vintage old school class, cutting-edge ingenuity and on-trend multi-faceted design that is sure to please even the most traditionalist of trefoil fanatic.

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Crafted using both rugged suede overlays, nubuck accents and a breathable nylon base, the trainers boast a D-ring lacing system, similar to those found in both the Trimm Star / SL76, as well as iconic T-toe detailing. Further enhanced with a blanketing of minimal white which serves to add a subdued touch to the overall proportions of the silhouette, the SL7600 truly shines when it comes to underfoot cushioning.

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Not only can an authentic jagged traction outsole be found to improve on-foot grip but an EVA midsole sees its already superior cushioning properties bolstered by a selection of comforting BOOST foam inserts. Finished with a branded tongue and tonal three striped sides, the SL7600 is a true homage to some of the key defining moments in adidas history, highlighting pivotal moments in the brand’s past and perhaps making nods to their not so distant future.

The adidas SL7600 is available online and in store at Aphrodite 01/04/20, 00:001am.

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Stussy Drop 2 SS20

Stüssy SS20 Drop 2: Preview

Take Your First Glimpse at Stussy SS20 Drop 2

Hot on the heels of its inaugural 2020 collection, Cali born and bred label Stussy returns to Aphrodite this month with a fresh batch of spring/summer preened offerings. Building on the comfort-rich constructions and patterned palettes of preceding issues, Stussy SS20 Drop 2 sees a number of essential fits find their way onto our shelves.

Designed for when balmy climates set in, the capsule’s t-shirt assortment is both breezy and vibrant; expect a kaleidoscope of hues, ranging anywhere from candy pink to sunshine yellow. Of course, there are more subdued iterations too, navys, whites and other pared-back colourways can be picked up within the offering, teamed with striped silhouettes and seldom hits of colour blocking for an unexpected dose of colour clashing.

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Also amidst the lineup, and sitting perfectly within the utility-wise zeitgeist, is a checkerboard black and blue gilet. Though not your average menswear staple, this sleeveless piece will assemble effortlessly with neutral tones, while adding texture and industry-approved credentials to your outfit. Below we’ve opted to style the off-kilter garment with Stussy’s signature Snooker Ball tee – also available at Aphrodite when Stussy SS20 Drop 2 launches later this week.

Stussy Gilet SS20

To finish, the brand’s iconic typeface hits garments in their dozens. Discover Shawn Stussy’s emblematic scribble across the entire Drop 2 capsule, surfacing on tees, sweats, outerwear and accessories, with added punctuation from the imprint’s main hotspots, comprising New York, Los Angeles, Londo, Paris and finally, Tokyo.

Get your hands on Stussy SS20 Drop 2 when the collection becomes available in store and online from 13/03/2020 at 9am.

 

Polo Sport

Polo Ralph Lauren: Sophisticated Sportswear

If you have a thing for bold branding, eye watering colour blocking and smartly dressed bears, you’ll no doubt be filled to the brim with excitement at the first glimpse of this all new Polo Ralph Lauren gear. Providing a preppy twist on athleisure sensibilities you can find almost everything you need to satisfy that yacht club certified itch with technical fleeces, pockets aplenty jackets and low key embroidered essentials ready and waiting to deliver a substantial slice of collegiate cool. Take a glimpse below and shop the full collection here. 

 

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DSquared2

Achieve ICON Status With DSquared

Known for their high quality denim, intricate embellishments and larger than life attitude, DSquared are a brand that certainly need no introduction. Having spent years outfitting a selection of some of the most well-known celebrity figures and more recently football players, the brothers employ a wealth of global influences throughout their all encompassing collections, resulting in easily wearable clothing with plenty of visual punch. Take a look at some recent DSquared snaps we put together below, or shop the collection here.

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DSquared Hats: Status-Heavy Street Style

The Range of DSquared Hats Set To Dominate SS20

When streetwear locked down the menswear industry a few years ago, no one could have predicted its long-standing stature, but like any stark shift that occurs within fashion, designers were to waste little time gaining access to the movement, turning out myriads of slick garments and accessories that spoke to the scene’s most stylish denizens.

Quick off the mark, luxury clothing label DSquared uncovered a penchant for the resurging urban landscape, and with that came a new-age in the street-ready zeitgeist. The brand’s products, which regularly carry the now-synonymous ‘ICON’ slogan, quickly gained immense traction, and DSquared hats became a standout style across the board; turning into an essential access point for every customer hoping to grasp the imprint’s sartorial prestige.

Utilising a classic baseball design, DSquared’s cap range can be found through almost every corner of the globe, gracing the crowns of athletes, celebrities, millennials and the fashion world’s elite, and luckily for you, we’re found ourselves in the possession of some of the designer’s latest headwear styles. Take a look below at what DSquared hats are on offer for the SS20 season, and if you find one that particularly pleases, don’t waste too much time deliberating, these caps don’t hang about for long!

DSquared Icon Cap – Black £135

Melding Dean and Dan Caten’s Canadian-Milanese aesthetic perfectly, this DSquared cap is crafted to exacting standards in Italy, employing a five-panel cotton-twill construction to frame the wearer’s head in a range of branded credentials. To the face, the design is headlined with the label’s ‘ICON’ mantra, while to each side, further wording spills out onto the base in a contrasting tone of white.

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DSquared Denim Cap – Blue £149

Perfect for anyone hoping to announce their arrival at casual occasions, this DSquared hat will add a statement touch to every ensemble. Built with a reinforced crown and five panels, its bold, decorative branding is mirrored symmetrically across its base which also features embroidered eyelets in tonal hues for heightened breathability under balmy temperatures.

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DSquared Mirror Logo Cap – White £125

Refreshing in all white, the next DSquared hat calls upon warmer times, making it the perfect accessory to pack away into your suitcase this summer. Sure to shield you from sun-drenched locations, this iteration is adorned with vibrant embroidery, whereby DSquared’s moniker is playfully turned on its head, while at the reverse, brand founders Dean and Dan Caten literally sign off the design.

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DSquared Icon Cap – Black / White £115

Hit with frayed accents at its peak for a distinctively lived-in look, this monochrome DSquared cap is emblazoned with the brand’s instantly-recognisable ‘ICON’ signature at its crown, while embroidered eyelets and an adjustable slider both promise to support needs for fit and function.

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Wherever you’re heading to this season, don’t leave the decorative edge and sought-after status of DSquared hats behind. Shop SS20 styles in-store and online at Aphrodite now.

Stussy SS20

Stussy SS20 Collection: First Look

Brand Staples Are Steered Into A Subversive New Direction.  

Informed by the breezy, laidback living of America’s west coast, Stussy’s SS20 offering is exactly as it states; a capsule that perfectly personifies the two warmer seasons simultaneously, utilising myriads of saturated hues, psychedelic prints and an assortment of comfort-heavy silhouettes.

It goes without saying that this season’s collection is wholly littered in Jan Stussy’s iconic signature; a scribble now so recognisable that it’s almost become a byword for the tranquil vibrations of Laguna Beach – Shawn Stussy’s Cali native – and the streetwear scene as a collective. In addition to the label’s unwavering, seasonless typeface, an abundance of habitual designs also resume their tenancy within the Stussy SS20 collection; think loose-fitting, fleece-lined sweats that call on Stussy’s longtime skating credentials and bucket hats designed for shielding Orange County’s sun-drenched visage.

Stussy SS20 Collection

Presenting a welcomed twist on the norm, this exemplary SS20 Stussy hoodie (pictured below) comes draped in blacked-out cotton, featuring the brand’s printed logo minimised to the chest, accompanied by a trio of surrounding colourful dots. To the reverse, the hooded garment boasts a series of abstract illustrations, including an image of a gorilla and nature visuals, which merge to the tune of ‘Stussy International Design Corporation’ wording, demonstrating and then elevating the idiosyncratic taste of the streetwear stalwart – as we’ve encountered a number of times throughout previous seasons.

Stussy SS20 Hoodie

For those with a penchant for Stussy outerwear, these next two styles are sure to please. Bundled in a shade of mustard with overlays of eye-catching tie-dye, Stussy’s latest polar fleece is guaranteed to turn heads; as well as its super-soft texture, the garment is also equipped with a mock neck for sealing out cool drafts, while its three-pocket construction wears the label’s moniker on its sleeve like a badge of industry honour. And for those not brave enough to wear the previously mentioned pullover? Turn your attention to the collection’s more pared-back anorak, available in both all-black and this diffused yellow colourway (pictured below), featuring a half-zip closure with storm flap, concealed chest pocket and unmissable branding.

Stussy SS20 Polar Fleece

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On the whole, the Stussy SS20 collection is leisurely and dynamic. Conventional, comforting shapes are imbued with a range of off-kilter accents, accessories are practical and weather-ready yet remain band on-trend, while hues are varied in tone and vibrancy, promising, in turn, to command an audience down in the streets without over-stepping the mark. Accumulate a dependable, Cali-endorsed rotation from this entire Stussy SS20 serving – available at Aphrodite in-store and online from 21/02/2020.

Kenzo

Kenzo SS20: Eye of The Tiger

Known for their bold unapologetic graphics and hyper-luxurious quality, Kenzo present the latest instalment of their largely anticipated SS20 collection. Playing with juxtaposing themes, the collection sees function focused outerwear pieces imbued with reversible contrast prints, sophisticated shirting treated to bold back branding and casual sweats emblazoned with iconic tiger monikers. United by their display of pinpoint craftsmanship, Kenzo hold no punches when it comes to showcasing the unique intricacies that have sat the core of the brand since their beginnings almost 50 years ago.

 

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BOSS New Arrivals

New BOSS: An Athleisure Assembly

Purveyors of the Athleisure movement BOSS present yet another substantial chunk of menswear essentials. With everything from smart/casual polo shirts, two-piece tracksuits and ultra-relaxed loungewear up for grabs we couldn’t help ourselves but show it off with a stroll around our local pastures. Take a peek at the full editorial below or browse our full lineup of BOSS here.

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