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Aphrodite Christmas Wishlist

Staff Christmas Wishlist : Jonny

What’s On Our Wishlist…

Whether you’re itching to self-splurge this festive period or still have some essential gift hunting to undertake, who better to gain some seasonal inspiration from than the Aphrodite team? Depended on in-store for our trusty know-how and commended by customers for our daily fits; we’re certainly well versed when it comes to the designer products that are suspended from our rails. Forgive us for blowing our own trumpet though.

Having worked for the company for four-plus years, Aphrodite Store Supervisor Jonny finds himself shrewdly guiding shoppers into making the right purchases throughout the week. And this time, he’s kindly selected his top picks for our customers, this time – far and wide, to enjoy virtually. So, kick back and let’s delve into the expert’s favourite AW20 items.

 

Staff Wishlist Aphrodite

 

Patagonia Retro Pile Fleece Jacket

In recent years we’ve all become aware of the harsh reality that the fashion industry imposes on carbon emissions, pollution, waste and the general sustainability of planet earth. With this in mind, it has never felt more imperative to make wiser choices when we’re shopping, but luckily for us, outdoor-centric brand Patagonia is always on hand to keep our mindsets conscious.

Offering an assortment of sustainable styles for AW20, Patagonia continue to bolster their eco-friendly aesthetic as the seasons tick by. This winter we’ve welcomed a range of recycled fleece silhouettes from the brand.

 

Patagonia Retro Fleece Jacket

 

Jonny wears the Patagonia Retro Pile Fleece Jacket in El Cap Khaki which is crafted from double-side recycled polyester shearling for a snug and superbly sustainable finish.

“The Patagonia fleece is perfect for this time of year, can easily be worn on its own or as a layering piece underneath a jacket.”

Gramicci Just Cut NN Pants

Boasting a design philosophy that’s free from unnecessary drama, climbing brand Gramicci is lauded globally for its no-nonsense but function-first approach to menswear. The label’s gimmick-free agenda never waivers each season and this understated attitude continuously helps Gramicci top all of our wishlists in store.

Finding a harmonious balance between work and play, the Gramicci ‘Just Cut NN’ pants are the answer to all of your wardrobe’s FAQs. Wider on the leg and falling just short of the ankle, at exactly 7cm shorter than the label’s standard NN design, these bottoms offer added volume, turned up cuffs and a gusseted crotch for unrestricted movement through a range of activity.

 

Gramicci NN Just Cut Pants

 

Jonny wears Gramicci Just Cut NN Pants in Navy.

“I own three colours in this style so I’m sure another pair wouldn’t go a miss.’

Nike Challenger OG Trainers

Nike trainers always go down a treat with our in-store team and this year we’ve found ourselves in possession of vintage Swoosh runners and a selection of fresh-faced arrivals live and direct from Nike HQ. All in all, there’s been a silhouette in there for everyone.

Jonny’s recent favourite though is the Nike Challenger OG. Donning a retro palette that consists of primary hues, this ultra-lightweight shoe melds suede and mesh across the upper for a breathable but textured finish. Underfoot, a responsive foam midsole cushions every pursuit you plan for while a stable rubber sole keeps things durable.

 

Nike Challenger OG Trainers

 

Jonny wears the Nike Challenger OG in University Red / Coastal Blue.

“I’m a big fan of Nike running shoes from the late ’70s and early ’80s so I’m really enjoying the re-releases of the Challenger, Tailwind and Daybreak.”

Spotted something you like from our Staff Christmas Wishlist feature? Why not add it onto your own wishlist, or better yet, take the leap and secure the purchase yourself, it is Christmas time after all.

Aphrodite Staff Wishlist

Staff Christmas Wishlist : Jorge

What’s On Our Wishlist…

In-store customers rejoice, we’re back in action after nationwide restrictions forced the high-street to lie low for a second time this year and, just like you, we’re enjoying making up for last month’s lost time. Staff members are steadily reuniting, familiar faces are stepping back through the doors, Christmas lists are being whittled down and, collectively, we’re all basking in the latest deliveries to hit our racks.

You see our in-store team thrive most when surrounded by the company of customers and this is down to one common ground shared between both parties – a genuine affinity for the designer brands and products we carry. In fact, the outfit choices of our staff members often generate huge interest from customers in-store and therefore inform their shopping habits. That’s no surprise though since the Aphrodite team are well versed when it comes to personal style and designer know-how.

When it comes to our roster, few people are better informed than full-time Sales Assistant Jorge which is why he’s handpicked his favourite items to offer you a dose of seasonal gift inspiration. Keep on reading to find out what’s on Jorge’s #StaffChristmasWishlist.

 

Staff Christmas Wishlist

 

Taion Button Down Vest

Roughly meaning ‘body temperature’ in Japanese, Taion doesn’t just inform this outerwear brand’s namesake but also its entire design philosophy. Running no risk of getting lost in translation, Taion’s garments are wholly thermal in every realm – they employ high-quality fabrics, baffle constructions and unrestrictive fits to deliver a contemporary capsule of layering must-haves.

 

 

Taion Button Down Vest

 

Jorge opts for the Taion Button Down Vest in Black:

“I’m a big fan of Tokyo-hailing label Taion – they’re new to our roster for AW20 and provide some great layering pieces for this time of year.”

Stone Island Cargo Pants

Trends within the menswear circuit come, go and swing in roundabouts. From time to time certain looks and products will transcend and then never be seen or heard of again for decades. A prime example of this is the resurgence of cargo pants which men across the globe welcomed back into their lives circa 2018 and seemingly haven’t looked back since.

 

Stone Island Cargo Trousers

 

Reworked with a fresh, urban edge but with the same exact functionalities, the new-look cargo pant is tailor-made for the cityscape. Jorge opts for Stone Island Cargo Pants in Green.

“These trousers are exceptionally comfortable and ideal for the busy Christmas period serving on the shop floor!”

Nike Air Max 270 Vistascape Trainers

Last up on Jorge’s Staff Wishlist, but by no means least, is a fresh-faced arrival from Swoosh HQ. The Nike Air Max 270 Vistascape first landed on our radar earlier this year, bringing a small shot of delight to an otherwise turbulent year for all. Borrowing design codes from Nike’s ‘All Conditions Line’, this particular version embodies utilitarian accents and function-heavy detailing.

 

Nike Air Max 270 Vistascape Trainers

 

Jorge opts for the Nike Air Max 270 Vistascape Trainers in Light Orewood Brown.

“The great thing about this design is that it fuses three top Nike silhouettes into one shoe!”

 

Spotted something you like from our Staff Christmas Wishlist feature? Why not add it onto your own wishlist, or better yet, take the leap and secure the purchase yourself, it is Christmas time after all.

Lanvin Bumpr Sneakers

Parisian Luxury : Introducing Lanvin

Founded by Jeanne Lanvin way back in 1889 and one of the oldest French fashion houses still in existence, we are more than pleased to welcome Lanvin to our roster. Known for their impeccable quality, precise craftsmanship and far-reaching influences, the Parisian based outfit, slot themselves seamlessly alongside our vast offering of high-end luxury brand’s. With Bruno Sialell recently taking over the reigns as head designer in 2019, Lanvin are thriving from a decisive shift to a more youthful direction, combining playful graphic branding and more laidback aesthetics, such as retro sportswear, with high-quality materials and opulent detailing.

 

Lanvin Sneakers

 

Arriving just in time for AW20, not only do we have what we’re sure will be the first of many clothing based arrivals but a host of notable footwear silhouettes, such as non-other than the brand’s hyper-relevant Bumper Sneakers. Taking their design inspiration from ’70s running footwear, the pairing employ a selection of carefully curated fabrics such as calfskin leather and breathable mesh alongside exaggerated proportions to deliver a unique twist on the classic formula.

Continuing the athletic theme, Lanvin’s Low Top Clay Trainers, borrow characteristics from atypical tennis footwear, whilst the brand’s DBB1 trainers utilise a sleeker outer face and more refined elements, such as a cap toe accent, for an effortlessly suave and sophisticated approach. If you’re a fan of trainers put together with an extra pinch of opulence, you’re certainly in the right place.

Read our Lanvin Brand Guide to find out more.

Gifts For Him Designer

Designer Gifts For Men

Christmas Gifts For Him

Somehow – we repeat – somehow, we’ve found ourselves in the twelfth and final month of the year once again. Yes, it’s December 2020 and oh what a strange year it’s proved to be. And while these last months will remain etched in history books for eternity, it’s a point in time that we’re all looking forward to turning the page on. . . Agreed? Anyways, less of the gloom and doom chit chat from us because it’s nearly Christmas and it’s never felt more important to spread a little festive cheer, so, here we are and we’re raring to go.

We’re not sure about you but for us, as the years go by, gift-giving becomes considerably more satisfying than gift-receiving, that’s – of course – if you get it right. So, if you’re still locked in intense deliberation over what to get the men in your life look no further as our gift guide can hopefully put the pedal to the metal and steer you well. Check out our curated selection of designer gifts for men below.

Timeless Footwear

Our picks – Stepney Workers Club Dellow Trainers & Grenson Bobby Hiker Boots

Personal taste aside, footwear is always a great place to start when it comes to gifting. It’s a given that men tend to enjoy box-fresh kicks and even more so when they are wholly versatile. Styles with too much noise and not enough ageless sensibilities are a complete no go, simply because they don’t have the ability to serve the wearer endlessly. One brand that certainly nails that no-nonsense approach is Stepney Workers Club; a home-grown label with a liberal attitude and a plethora of vulcanized, timeless trainers on board.

Our favourite is the ‘Dellow’ silhouette in military green. Shop it here.

Grenson Bobby Hiker Boots

For smarter occasions, we still recommend that you pursue fuss-free silhouettes in quality constructions. Perhaps the Grenson Bobby hiker boot is your best bet – it’s wrapped in a warm taupe tone, featuring a metal eyelet lacing system and that signature high-rise wedge sole. Shop it here.

Designer Headwear

Capable of kicking your winter ‘fits up that extra notch, designer beanies balance the need for warmth and comfort with the desire for status. Here at Aphrodite, we boast an expansive range of woollen beanies from an array of revered menswear brands, such as Stone Island, CP Company, Maison Kitsune, Ami, Norse Projects and more.

Designer Hats

Shop our hat collection here.

Status-Heavy Outerwear

Our picks – Moncler Vignemale Jacket & Stone Island Crinkle Reps Gilet

Winter is well on its way and what better time to flex your designer jacket collection then over the Christmas period? While our top picks from outerwear experts Moncler and Stone Island come dripping in status they are also immensely functional for cool climes.

Perfect for retaining heat from the torso, Stone Island’s Crinkle Reps gilet is delivered in a dependable olive colourway with a garment-dyed, textured exterior finish. Taking reference from military surplus, the utilitarian design is made to be wind-resistant and features three handy pockets for storing essentials. Shop it here.

Outerwear Aphrodite Clothing

The Moncler Vignemale jacket comes in an eye-popping shade of emerald-green with a shiny nylon laqué outer. Guaranteed to provide insane levels of warmth to the lucky person you’re gifting it to, the silhouette boasts a direct feather injection technique which evenly distributes the down insulation throughout baffles. Shop it here.

Contemporary Knitwear

Our Picks – Cosy styles from Norse Projects, A.P.C. and Maison Kitsuné

The weather forecast is forever fickle here in Britain which means that you can never have enough cashmere and merino wool layers to bundle up in, so it’s a good job that our favourite European exports Norse Projects, A.P.C. and Maison Kitsune have plenty of charming winter knits for you to either self-indulge in or lovingly present to someone else.

Knitwear Aphrodite

Shop our knitwear collection here.

Everything COMME des GARÇONS

Rated by those in the know for decades, Rei Kawakubo’s multi-faceted design studio COMME des GARÇONS is a favourite with the fashion elite. This Tokyo-hailing label’s aesthetic is unorthodox and littered with flashy logos, making it the ideal go-to for hype-worthy gifts with a distinctly youthful taste in mind. From the COMME des GARÇONS PARFUMS collection to the brand’s expansive WALLET lineup and of course the lauded COMME des GARÇONS SHIRT range, there are extravagant gestures and small treasures up for grabs for all.

Comme des Garcons WALLET

 

We’re hopeful that we’ve rounded up plenty of designer gifts for men that you can shortlist this festive season, however, if you’re still yet to put your finger on that certain something you can shop our full range of gifts here.

Enjoy, stay safe & have a very merry Christmas from the entire team here at Aphrodite.

About Lanvin Paris

Lanvin Paris Brand Guide

Find Out About Lanvin Paris

A mainstay on the Parisian fashion week lineup and an integral part of the industry’s history, Lanvin remains France’s oldest and most storied maison. Established in the 19th century by Jeanne Lanvin, the label has worked hard to embrace a series of generational and trend shifts during its 131 years in operation, not forgetting to mention the plethora of prolific creative directors it’s called family over the decades.

History of Lanvin:

With strong roots to the hat industry, former milliner apprentice Jeanne Lanvin humbly set up the eponymous brand in 1889 after clothing she had hand produced for her daughter, Marie-Blanche de Polignac, started to command attention on the tangled streets of Paris. Soon after, mothers in their masses were requesting garments for their own children, and eventually, due to overwhelming demand, Jeanne opened up her own boutique on the iconic rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré which steadily drew in some of Europe’s finest clientele.

 

Lanvin Sneaker Collection

 

Exactly two decades after the brand first transcended the fashion scene, and became one of France’s most revered monikers, Lanvin officially became a member of Syndicat de la Couture – the regulating body for haute couture. The term haute couture has a longstanding history and a tangible prestige within France. It’s widely understood that only the crème de la crème of the fashion industry produces a haute couture line, so when Jeanne officially became a couturière in 1909, and the house an atelier, it was a monumental move that would go on to shape the brand’s identity.

Having gained huge recognition in the haute couture sphere, Lanvin ushered in its first menswear line in 1926 which further articulated the house’s ability to challenge all creative genres. In this same era the brand expanded its boutiques to carry home décor.

Creative Directors of Lanvin:

Over the years Lanvin has evolved and steadily adapted to the times, with lauded designers including Lucas Ossendrijver, Olivier Lapidus and Bouchra Jarrar taking the helm at various pivotal moments. Most notably, Alber Elbaz, an Israeli-born fashion designer, who held tenure at the company for a total of fourteen years, bolstered the esteem of Lanvin within contemporary culture.

A true labour of love, self-confessed workaholic Elbaz revived a true ‘sleeping beauty’ within the house when he was handed the reins in the early noughties; allowing the collections to acquire a distinctly younger taste, with many of his signature styles becoming trademarks, such as exposed zippers and button plackets in the reverse – hallmarks which still inform Lanvin designs to this day.

Since early 2019 Bruno Sialelli has steered the ship, having arrived from Loewe and with previous positions at Paco Rabanne and Balenciaga under his belt, it’s safe to say that Lanvin is in safe hands with Sialelli on board.

 

Lanvin Bumpr Sneakers

 

Lanvin at Aphrodite:

We’re delighted to welcome Lanvin to Aphrodite’s expansive designer roster for AW20. The initial drop comprises a spectacular selection of footwear alongside a preview of the brand’s unrivalled apparel. Lanvin’s Low Top DDB1 sneakers feature, and although these kicks are refreshed each and every season, the agenda always remains the same – clean lines, neutral tones and a healthy dose of deluxe fabrication.

 

Lanvin DDB1 Sneakers

 

Bruno Sialelli’s design temperament particular shines in the clothing on offer, playful graphic branding adorns colourful cotton sweats while spliced and striped aesthetics tackle the shirt realm.

Browse the latest Lanvin collection online or, alternatively, pop by our store which is situated in Sunderland.

Nike Air Max Vistascape Sneakers

Nike Air Max Vistacape Triple Black

Introducing the Swoosh’s fresh-faced triple – black – threat

Good news, a fresh-faced arrival from Swoosh HQ has just landed here at Aphrodite, introducing the Nike Air Max Vistascape, a brand-new silhouette to feast your eyes on as we come to the end of a turbulent 2020. And while this newbie might appear reversed on the surface, please don’t confuse its lack of vibrancy for weakness, it’s quite the triple – black – threat, indeed.

Air Max Vistascape

Leaning heavily on utilitarian design cues, the Nike Air Max Vistascape is delivered here in an all-black colourway with a rendering of durable ripstop up top and lashings of reinforced leather for a tonal and three-dimensional look and feel.

Air Max Vistacape Sneakers

Underfoot the brand’s innovative tendencies are wholly expressed as the Swoosh’s trusty Air bubble and React technology join forces to shoulder the burden of everyday wear and tear, bringing spring-imbued cushioning and a smooth, uncompromised ride to the lower foundations of this Nike Air Max Vistacape.

Vistascape Sneakers

As with many of the street-ready styles that are taking the sneaker scene by storm at the moment, this Air Max design is detailed with a toggle lock lacing system which further defines the fit on the upper foot. Elsewhere, a small swatch of Air branding graces the tongue, acting as the only hit of saturated colour that you’ll discover on this stealthy, blacked-out offering.


Nike Air Max Vistascape
Style code: CQ7740 001
Price : £149


If there was ever a better time to slip under the radar, it’s now, especially with this covert construction by your side. Shop the Nike Air Max Vistascape online now.

COMME des GARCONS SHIRT x Asics GEL-Lyte III

COMME des GARÇONS SHIRT x Asics GEL-Lyte III

First spotted on the Paris fashion runways the COMME des GARÇONS SHIRT x Asics GEL-Lyte III has finally dropped in all its abstract goodness. Read below to find out more…
Teaming up with AsicsCOMME des GARÇONS SHIRT add a bold new twist to the now iconic GEL-Lyte III silhouette. Coating their breathable nylon base and foam midsoles in a multi-coloured camo print, the sneakers take vibrancy to the next level spanning a variety of vibrant tones, ranging from pink, orange, blue, yellow and red. Layered with paired back suede panelling for additional structure and support, the classic ‘tiger stripe’ detailing synonymous with the brand cane be found to both the lateral and medial side for a familiar and instantly recognisable look.
COMME des GARÇONS SHIRT x Asics GEL-Lyte III
In a move which could be seen as celebrating the sneakers 30th anniversary, the GEL-Lyte III Offers up an array of subtle branding that congregates toward the rear of the shoe. In a more subtle move,  the collaborative venture offers up a never before seen variation of the models split tongue construction. Inspired by the GEL-LD RACER, this iteration takes on an asymmetrical application, with one side wrapping across the other for a snug, comfortable and unique fit.
 
The COMME des GARÇONS SHIRT x Asics GEL-Lyte III is available at Aphrodite now.
COMME des GARÇONS SHIRT x Asics GEL-Lyte III
New Balance 920 M920NBR

New Balance 920 Launching 26.09.20

Orchestrators of the ‘dad shoe’ trend and with a host of culturally relevant silhouettes already under their belt, the New Balance 920 aims to build upon well established traditions. Placing homegrown construction and quality design at the very top of its priority list, the fresh-faced arrival marks a push toward the future, introducing a never-before-seen drop into a vast sea of numerical named footwear.

 

New Balance 920 M920NBR

 

Made, like many of its predecessors, in England, the New Balance 920 signals the next chapter of the brand’s ‘Nine Series’ which aims to reinterpret and combine iconic past designs. Hailing more specifically from their Flimsby factory, the trainers primarily take inspiration from both the 1000 and 900 series, featuring a breathable mesh base and premium suede / nubuck panelling alongside a soothing muted colour palette of grey, navy, blues and white.

 

New Balance 920 M920NBR

 

With a selection of embroidered branding found to the tongue and heel, reflective N details can be found to both the lateral and medial sides whilst a cushioning ENCAP midsole and TPU heel clip completes the shoe with a trusty and comforting finish. The New Balance 920 (M920NBR) launches at Aphrodite 26.09.20.
New Balance 920 M920NBR
adidas Overdub

adidas Overdub – New Name, OG Style

adidas Overdub
‘Blue / White’ & ‘White / Green’
FV9682 & FV9683

 

Originally released way back in 1959 apart from its newly bestowed name not much has changed for the adidas Overdub. Formerly known as the Rekord, the trainers burst onto the scene in the name of performance boasting sleek proportions and a lightweight construction that quickly captured the hearts of both athletes and casual folk alike.

 

adidas Overdub FV9682

 

Re-releasing in both its debut OG blue and white colourway as well as a very pleasing mixture of vintage-inspired white and green, the adidas Overdub boasts a number of subtle features that make it a seamless addition to the three stripe arsenal even by today’s standards. Constructed from a smooth leather, typical of training shoes of the time, they come equipped with serrated three stripe branding to each side alongside a trefoil printed to the heel.

 

adidas Overdub FV9683

 

Bearing a remarkable resemblance to closely related silhouettes such as the Perfekt and Japan, the adidas Overdub equips a suede t-toe overlay to the toebox that not only oozes with heritage charm but adds extra structural support and longevity. Finished with subtle exposed stitch detailing and sturdy rubber outsole.

The adidas Overdub ‘Blue / White’ and ‘White / Green’ are available online now at Aphrodite.