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Y3 Sprint / Y3 Boxing

Y3 Boxing & Y3 Sprint Return

Having taken a brief moment of respite from the forefront of Y3’s diverse arsenal of fashion meets sports sneakers, The Y3 Boxing and Y3 Sprint make a more than welcome return to the limelight after several seasons spent MIA. Taking influence from traditional sports footwear this re-release of the fan favourite silhouettes sees the signature characteristics of the originals remain unchanged whilst injecting a slue of subtle modern iterations for a fresh and respectful update.

 

Y3 Boxing & Y3 Sprint

 

Y3 Boxing

Using their sleek shape and unassuming proportions, the Y3 Boxing, as the name suggests, references conventional low-top boxing boots used by fighters inside the ring. Released in two subtle colour ways of a contrasting white / black and low key black / orange, the pair utilise a multi-material application to their uppers, employing both premium leather panelling alongside a airy mesh base. Further enhancing the opulent feel the sneakers employ  embossed logo branding to the heel and tongue, with tonal three striped accents found to both the medial and lateral sides.

 

Y3 Boxing

Y3 Boxing

 

Y3 Sprint

Next on the agenda, the Y3 Sprint finds its history more aligned with the worlds of running and athleticism. Inspired by shoes which were typically seen in track and field events, the sneakers, much like the Boxing, retain a slender outline equipping an angular rubber outsole for added traction when worn. Utilising a range of materials and construction techniques to add texture, stability and visual depth, the trainers aim to fill the void that sits between high end luxury and functional practicality, deploying a cushioned sole and unsurprisingly subdued colour palette of whites, blacks and blues. Finished with an unconventional take on the iconic three stripe marking, the Sprint showcases the collaborative brands craft when it comes to moulding themes, ideas and craft into something that feels wholly unique.

 

Y3 Sprint Trainers

Y3 Sprint Trainers

 

The Y3 Sprint and Y3 Boxing are available online and in store now.

 

Aphrodite Reopening COVID-19

Aphrodite Store Reopening

Store Reopening – Everything You Need To Know

It’s been a short while since we last saw you all face to face but that’s soon about to change. After almost three months of being closed due to COVID-19, we’re pleased to say that our Sunderland store will be reopening from Monday 15th of June and while we’re excited to get back to the grind and reunite with our local clientele, we must do this cautiously and with the right measures in place.

Customer service has always been at the heart of Aphrodite and the business will continue to provide the personable interaction it always has while ensuring the utmost health and safety for both our staff and customers. Preventing the spread of the virus still remains a priority and as a business, we are committed to acting responsibly in order to make everyone that visits the store feel comfortable.

With that said, we would like to run you through some of the simple steps that we’re putting in place in preparation of the store reopening:

 

Protecting Staff

Washing your hands regularly protects against infection, therefore, we will be providing alcohol-based hand sanitiser throughout the store for both staff and customers. We encourage all customers to use these stations every time they shop with us in-store.

 

Social Distancing Store

In line with government guidance, social distancing markers will be displayed throughout the store and staff along with customers should remain 2 meters apart – store capacity will be monitored to make this possible.

 

Contactless Payment In Store

Along with protective perspex screens at the till points, contactless payment is also available to customers. The transaction limit for contactless payments recently changed from £30 to £45.

 

 

Protective Till Screens Store Reopening

Thanks to Simon West Interiors for installing the store’s new protective till screens – photographed here at the downstairs & upstairs payment points.

Product Sanitation Aphrodite

Customers are still permitted to try on garments in store, however, extra measures will be implemented to make this process as safe as possible. All tried on clothing will be safely stored for 72 hours.

 

Cleaning Rotas Store Reopening

Rigorous cleaning measures will be implemented and adhered to each day.

Store Reopening

The Aphrodite team working hard to get the store prepared for reopening on 15/06/2020.

 

We hope we’ve covered everything you need to know about the store reopening – please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you need more info. We’re looking forward to reuniting with you all soon. Please note, Aphrodite reopens 15/06/2020 under the following business hours: Mon-Sat 9:00AM – 5:30PM, Sunday 11:00AM – 4PM. Last but not least, thank you for all your continued support over these last few months, the Aphrodite Team.

 

 

 

Courtside Kicks

Courtside Kicks

A Lookback At Some Of The Game’s Prolific Forerunners

Thanks to ESPN’s ‘The Last Dance’ – a docuseries that depicts the mesmerizing star power of five-time MVP Michael Jordan and his team the Chicago Bulls in their ‘90s heyday – basketball’s bygone era has never felt more relevant. With that in mind and given the UK’s new-found affinity for the NBA, we’re digging through our portfolio to shine light on the shoes that first made their debut on the court, comprising the notorious Nike Blazer and adidas Superstar.

Courtside Kicks – History of the Nike Blazer:

In 1973 sportswear newbie Nike was a mere nine years of age when it launched the new kid on basketball’s block, the Nike Blazer. Dubbed the ‘Nike Blazer’ in tribute to local team the ‘Portland Trail Blazers’, the sneaker was specifically tailored to bolster game play, possesing supple leather in its upper, nylon and breathable mesh in the tongue and a robust vulcanised rubber sole underfoot. It’s construction, which employed the vulcanisation process and done so to superlative standards, was deemed hugely popular with players of the era, leading San Antonio Spurs shooting guard George Gervin to link up with the Swoosh and subsequently become the first player to front the Nike Blazer courtside.

Cool by name and by nature, George ‘The Iceman’ Gervin possessed the kind of star power that could transcend a silhouette from the hardwood and into favour with global popular culture. In fact, it’s thought that Nike and George Gervin’s partnership initiated the logistics of ‘player exclusive’ deals back then which of course are so ubiquitous these days.

Nike Blazer San Antonio Spurs NBA

Former San Antonio Spurs shooting guard George Gervin sporting the Nike Blazer during a game.

Nike Blazer Mid Vintage 77 Sketch

Nike Blazer Mid Vintage ’77 in White/Red and White/Black colourways, available now at Aphrodite.

 

Nike’s quick off the march approach to identifying players and utilising their likeness in such a way would become the cornerstone of the brand’s global operations. Just 12 years after the Nike Blazer debuted, a new courtside crep was preparing to take the NBA by storm; named the ‘Air Jordan’ after gravity-defying Bulls shooting guard Michael Jordan. This immensely lucrative and longstanding partnership is responsible for MJ’s title as the richest athlete on the globe and although the Nike Blazer’s basketball invasion was short-lived, it did lay down the foundations for future successors such as Mike’s Air Jordan.

Having paved the way for player endorsements and Swoosh-bearing status on the court, the Nike Blazer gave up shooting hoops and skated into fresh tenure. Turns out, the design’s tremendous traction came in super handy for skaters, and so the Nike Blazer was reincarnated. These days though, the sneaker doesn’t require a specific purpose to make it a modern necessity – it’s now welcomed worldwide thanks to its unwavering throwback feel and logo-laden look.

Courtside Kicks – History of the adidas Superstar:

German heavyweight adidas had already built a great rapport with NBA greats way before rival Nike and its famous Blazer hit the scene. In 1969 the adidas Superstar launched as the first low-profile basketball sneaker to feature an all-leather upper and a rubber shelltoe, this making way for the shoe’s myriad nicknames since, including the ‘shelltoe’, ‘shell tops’ and ‘shell shoes’.

Given that sneaker innovation in the ‘60s was still very much at the inception stage, the shoe’s rubber shell toe and non-marking outsole were in every way unprecedented. The striking nature of the design quickly began to garner attention from some of the game’s most accomplished players, one being Kareem Abdul Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers, whom some claim is the greatest player in NBA history. But these 3-Stripes sneakers weren’t solely reserved for the unstoppable feet of Kareem Abdul Jabbar, as by its third year of production the adidas Superstar was donned by over 75% of all NBA players. Pretty impressive.

adidas Superstar NBA History

NBA players of the past repping the adidas Superstar, including former New York Knicks power forward and Chicago Bulls Head Coach Phil Jackson.

adidas Superstar Sneakers

adidas Originals Superstar Trainers in Black/White and adidas Superstar WS2 Trainers in White/Black, available now at Aphrodite.

 

Just like the Nike blazer, the stellar adidas Superstar eventually, and gracefully, made its way off the court and into the city streets, picking up recognition from Hip Hop’s elite rap group Run-D.M.C. – with the trio paying tribute to the design in a song titled ‘My Adidas’ which aimed to redefine b-boy culture. Later down the line the 3-Stripes label struck up an advertising deal with Run-D.M.C., in turn, marking the first major sports company / hip-hop partnership of its kind. In the decades since this fundamental link up, adidas has frequently employed celebrity industry crossovers as a formula to its success, notably with this very Superstar style and rapper Pharrell Williams, not to mention Kanye West’s dollar seizing Yeezy line.

So there you have it, two of the globe’s most crowd-pleasing footwear styles unearthed from their basketball origins. Shop the featured colourways by checking out our Nike and adidas departments now.

Aphrodite Isolation Playlist

Aphrodite’s Lockdown Playlist

Aphrodite’s Lockdown Playlist: Songs To See You Through Isolation

We’re currently eight weeks deep into lockdown and we’re sure that by now you’re all feeling frustrated with the process – as are we. But, as with any trying time life throws our way, it’s vital to search for the positives. We don’t know about you, but we’ve actually grown accustomed to the slower pace of life. There’s finally time to read that book you’ve heard so many great things about. There’s time to lose an entire day binging Netflix. There’s simply more time to do things we couldn’t find the time for before.

Another silver lining of the lockdown process is the ability to spend more time listening to music. Here at Aphrodite, we’ve sought solace from songs, both old and new, that are able to lift our moods or take us back to happier times. With that said, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to curate a playlist to keep your spirits up in the days and weeks that lie ahead in lockdown. From Fatboy Slim’s ’90s anthem ‘Praise You’ to the late Bill Withers’ ‘Lovely Day’ and Midland’s ‘Final Credits’, discover a variety of tracks below to take your quarantine mindset to the next level.

Lockdown Playlist

 

Classic Records:

  • New Radicals – You Get What You Give
  • David Bowie – Heroes
  • James – Sit Down
  • Primal Scream – Loaded
  • Bill Withers – Lovely Day
  • David Bowie – Changes
  • Fatboy Slim – Praise You
  • Kasabian – L.S.F.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire – September
  • Jimmy Cliff – Wonderful World, Beautiful People

 

 

Feel-Good Records:

  • Soul Reductions – Got 2 Be Loved
  • ESG – Dance
  • Floorplan – Tell You No Lie
  • Jamiroquai – Love Foolosophy
  • Mathame – Never Give Up
  • Finn – Sometimes The Going Gets A Little Tough (Ferreck Dawn & Robbosonic Remix)
  • Room 5 – Make Luv
  • Midland – Final Credits

 

Lockdown Songs

 

Uplifting Records:

  • Ben Howard – Keep Your Head Up
  • Andra Day – Rise Up
  • Sampa The Great – Final Form
  • Candi Staton – You Got The Love
  • Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
  • Two Door Cinema Club – Undercover Martyn
  • Lykke Li – No Rest For The Wicked
  • LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends

 

LCD Soundsystem

 

Mellow Records:

  • Courtneers – Hanging Off Your Cloud
  • Fugees – Killing Me Softly With His Song
  • All Saints – Pure Shores
  • Liam Gallagher – Stand By Me (Acoustic)
  • Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
  • Lovebirds ft. Stee Downes – Want You In My Soul
  • Ross From Friends – John Cage
  • Catching Flies – When The Sun Bursts
  • DMA’s – Time & Money
  • Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side
  • Baz Luhrmann – Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

 

Primal Scream Vinyl

 

As ever, stay safe and sane through lockdown everyone – we’re looking forward to seeing you all once our Sunderland store can re-open!

 

 

 

 

adidas Hamburg ‘Fish Market’

adidas City Series Returns

Aiming to capture the unique intricacies and subtle quirks of cultural hot spots around the globe and condense them into extremely eye-pleasing trainers,  to say the City Series is a fan favourite collection would not only be a monumental understatement but a disservice to this extremely nice adidas Hamburg we recently found in our possession.

adidas Hamburg City Series
Originally introduced in the ’80s the Hamburg quickly found its place nestled comfortably among adidas’ selection of terrace classics, boasting the low-profile, three striped, uncomplicated design that football fans couldn’t, and still can’t, get enough of. For this iteration however, the Hamburg swaps out the suede, instead choosing to employ a plush leather construction for a more lux feel and robust finish. Blanketing its uppers in a coating of minimal white, the sneakers feature classic elements such as the t-toe overlay, trefoil tongue and three stripe markings alongsidesubtle nods to its German eponym.


adidas Hamburg Fish Market
Referencing the North German cities famous Sunday fish market, the trainers employ a  textured ‘fish scale’ effect as well as bespoke branding to the in-sole and a metal interpretation of Hamburg’s iconic flag insignia to the heel. With gold inscription situated both to the lateral and medial side, proceedings are brought to a close with a gum midsole underfoot for that all important hit of heritage class.

The adidas City Series Hamburg are available now online at Aphrodite.

Barbour Beacon Aphrodite Giveaway

GIVEAWAY: Win £150 Worth of Barbour Beacon Products

Win £150 Worth of Barbour Beacon Products at Aphrodite

Good news, we’ve teamed up with a close neighbour of ours to give you the chance to WIN £150 worth of Barbour Beacon products. Yes, you read that correctly – £150 worth of new-season gear from our mates up the road at Barbour Beacon! And in even better news, the lucky winner will get the pick of the entire bunch… Once selected and announced, the competition winner will be offered the chance to pick out garments of their choice, totalling an amount of £150 (RRP).

So how exactly do you enter this stellar giveaway? Well, it’s actually very simple. All you need to do to enter the draw is hit this LINK and follow the on-screen instructions. Once we receive the details required you’ll automatically be entered into the competition. So, what are you waiting for? Stop your lockdown blues in their tracks and give your wardrobe something to look forward to this coming season.

Starting today 05/05/2020 you will have 1 week to place your entry as the draw closes at midnight on 12/05/2020. Please see the competition terms and conditions below and in the meantime why not set your sights on the prize by checking out the Barbour Beacon SS20 collection at Aphrodite.

GIVEAWAY Barbour Beacon Aphrodite Clothing

Win £150 Worth of Barbour Beacon Products – T&Cs:

1 Entry per person will be entered. The competition will run from 02/05/2020 to 12/05/2020 (midnight). One lucky winner will be selected at random. The prize must be chosen from the Barbour Beacon collection only and up to the value of £150. No cash exchange. No other alternative. Items chosen must be in stock on Aphrodite’s website at the time of choosing.

Thank you, good luck and take care during these extraordinary times!

Stone Island

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.

 

Massimo Osti

Photo credit Pinterest

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.

 

Joseph Conrad

Photo credit Harvard Magazine

Origins of the Stone Island

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.

 

Stone Island Patches

Photo credit Pinterest

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.

 

Stone Island dyes

Photo credit Stone Island

Stone Island 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.

 

Stone Island Jacket

Stone Island’s 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.

Tiger King Netflix March 2020

Social Distancing & Netflix Binging

Keeping Occupied In Quarantine

When your home office shuts up shop for the day and you’ve already exhausted that cherished exercise allowance, naturally, your attention will soon wander to remaining sane in the evening time when faced with the virtually unheard of, until now, prospect of social distancing. Even before these unprecedented times, Netflix very graciously geared up a space that allowed our minds to unwind – serving up some well earned downtime from the constant hustle and bustle of daily life. So with that said, and given the amount that we’ll all be leaning on the streaming service in the coming weeks, we’ve taken the liberty of rounding up some seriously good Netflix binging to be had whilst living solo… Thank us later!

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

New to Netflix for March and already causing quite the stir on social media in the short time since its release, ‘Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness’ introduces us to the celebrity of ‘Joe Exotic’ – real name, Joseph Maldonado-Passage. Not your ‘average Joe’ by any means, Exotic is a mulleted, Hulk Hogan-meets-country western character described by his real-life peers as truly ‘mythical’. The narrative uncovers America’s unbridled problem with big cat captivity, following the industry’s ‘misfits’ as they strive for commercial reign and play with some serious fire. Eventually hitting a dark twist, this true story captures Exotic’s murder-for-hire arrest against one of his biggest rivals and the so-called ‘Mother Teresa’ of the big cat market, Carole Baskin. 

  • All 7 episodes available now on Netflix.

Tiger King Joe Exotic

Sunderland ‘Til I Die Series 2 (or series 1 if you’re yet to catch it)

For anyone that doesn’t know, we’re proud Sunderland natives and the official team news sponsor of Sunderland Association Football Club, so this one’s particularly fitting for us and our immediate customer base. The sports documentary series, first released at the back end of 2018, followed the club on its journey through the 2017-2018 league season, with exclusive behind the scenes footage following the highs and lows of SAFC and its fans through pretty pressing times. On the contrary, series 2 promises more uplifting notes and better odds than the last; the lads race for league promotion under the helm of new ownership, a new manager and the same staunch fans as always. No matter what unfolds this time around, Sunderland we can’t help falling in love with you… Let’s have it.

  • Returning to Netflix April 1st, 2020.

Sunderland 'Til I Die

Power Series 1-6

With a total of six seasons to devour at the drop of a hat, 50 Cent’s crime drama series ‘Power’ ticks every binging criteria about. Crowned one of Netflix’s most highly rated shows, ‘Power’ follows the rogue lifestyle of James St. Patrick or ‘Ghost’ as he’s better known in the streets, alongside his partner in crime, Tommy Egan, as they negotiate the underground drug scene in NYC. Though trying to maintain legitimate enterprise on the surface, Jamie and Tommy quickly find themselves drowning in the conflicts of thug-life. Expect a heap of renegade behaviour and criminal shenanigans.

  • All six series’ available for Netflix binging now.

Power Season 6

The English Game

Also new to Netflix for March and from the fabled creator of ‘Downton Abbey’, writer Julian Fellowes takes us on a trip back in time with 19th century drama ‘The English Game’, centred on two gifted footballers flanked by intense rivalry and eye-opening class division. Based upon true events, the series unveils the industry’s profit-making origins while showcasing the game’s now seldom-seen formations as its characters hog the ball as if bees around honey. Both informative and staggering, the show’s standout star ‘Fergus Suter’ – real name Kevin Guthrie, is an up and coming actor that we reckon is destined for greatness.

– Catch all 6 episodes on Netflix now.

The English Game Netflix

After Life Series 2

British comedy series ‘After Life’ is back on our screens come April 24th, so, if self-isolation is still a thing by then, count our Netflix binging down as sorted for the foreseeable. Directed and produced by the legendary Ricky Gervais, series 1 shone light on his character Tony Way through life’s trying times. Having sadly lost his wife to breast cancer, Tony unleashes his fury on the world and the surrounding cast as a coping mechanism for his grief. Though a somber situation remains at the core of this sitcom, the sarky, dry-wit of Way’s personality and his beloved four-legged friend, Brandy, make it an unmissable watch. Catch up with Tony’s brazen ways later next month.

– Returning to Netflix April 24th, 2020.

After Life Series 2

Stay safe and stay sane guys, we hope to see you soon – Aphrodite Team.

*Imagery Credit – all Netflix*

5 Things To Do During-Self Isolation

With the effects of Coronavirus being felt worldwide many of us may find ourselves spending a lot more time at home. Whilst it can be easy to let the overwhelming gravity of the situation begin to weigh you down and allow the upheaval in routine to displace well-formed habits, there are some things which you could do to bring about some beneficial influence into your daily life. It’s true what they say, small efforts can have big impacts which is why, to give you a starting block to build upon, we’ve pulled together an isolation itinerary of five things you can do whilst we all do our bit during the quarantine.

Clean your sneakers

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life the upkeep of our footwear can often get shifted towards the bottom of the priority list. Whether you’re adamant that they look better, ‘beat up’ or guilty of relentlessly putting the task off, this substantial increase of time spent indoors could be the perfect time to treat some of even your rotations longest serving members to a well needed, and long overdue, helping of TLC.

Not only will the process give you a gleaming arsenal of trainers to choose from for those first steps back out into the great outdoors but regular maintenance helps with the longevity and prevents the build up of nasty smells, stains and discolouration. If you’re looking for a starting point we recently made a video guide detailing step-by-step how to bring even the most tired pairs back from the brink and we have a huge selection of cleaning products up for grabs from Jason Markk, Crep protect and Sneakers ER for you to experiment with. Who knows, in the manic landscape we currently find ourselves in, you may even find the process somewhat cathartic.

Re-wax jackets

Of course its not just the footwear that could be due some some well needed attention, now could also be the ideal time to revitalise any wax jackets you have at your disposal. Similarly this can also be a task we may find ourselves procrastinating over, but the truth is regular re-waxing can go a long way in not only retaining your jackets quality but improving its practicality, durability and weather resistance.

Despite waxed cotton being one of the most robust fabrics used in clothing it can with repeated wear start to become dried out in areas of regular abrasion, such as armpits, pockets and creases leading to not only a change in the overall look of the garment but decreased levels of functionality. In short, when looked after correctly your jacket should see you through years of service and for those of us in possession of a Barbour garment, you can not only find just the wax for the job here but read our re-waxing guide.

Organise wardrobe

Organising your wardrobe is a great way to freshen up an area and clear out some space indoors. Through the simple act of spending some time to take stock of the clothing that you own, you can clear out unwanted garments, discover forgotten gems and possibly even make some money in the process. Whether it’s the satisfaction of regimentation you crave or the ability to concisely weigh up pairing options, clearing out your wardrobe can also lead to more conscious consumption habits, allowing you to make more informed choices to fill gaps in your outfitting and build your wardrobe around foundational key pieces.

Of course we would always recommend choosing eco-friendly and sustainable options to dispose of your unwanted clothing or footwear such as selling, recycling or charity shop donation.

Begin or maintain an exercise routine

Despite being stuck inside it is important to still look after ourselves and either focus on maintaining previously established routines or taking the first steps toward putting them in place. With gyms closed and a good number of us left without equipment now more than ever its easy to exchange regular exercise for an extended Netflix session but it’s important to remember that staying mobile can be a great way to boost positive feelings, release pent up energy and ensure our bodies fill up on the required psychical activity they need to stay fit. A quick online search will reveal any number of workout plans, nutritional information and advice with anything from HIIT, bodyweight and even live streamed classes on offer to work up a sweat in the confines of your familiar four walls.

Start your passion project

Do you find yourself with a more time on your hands during self-isolation? Ever dreamed of becoming an artist? Learning the guitar? Or do you want to get really good at making a curry? Well now is the perfect time! With many of lifes social aspects out the window that pipe dream passion project has never seemed so tantalisingly close. By applying that new found wiggle room in your schedule you could open yourself up to the opportunity you’ve been looking for to sink some hours into mastering a new skill. No matter what it is or how insignificant it seems honing your craft can be a great way to turn negatives into positives and challenge yourself day to day.