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Y-3 Take Sportswear To The Next Level

Since 2003, when adidas and avant garde designer Yohji Yamamoto put their heads together in the pursuit of more unique ventures, Y-3 has always been an interesting one to watch. Established well before the days when the word Athleisure was even coined, let alone unblinkingly accepted onto some of the biggest runways in the world, the brand not only carved a reputation for challenging the pre-conceived conceptions that surround sportswear silhouettes as a whole, but set the bar when it came to how collaborations can and should be done.

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Perhaps one of the most alluring qualities Y-3 possess is their sense of identity. Inspired by the contrast between smart and casual outfitting and fuelled by a growing disinterest with making, ‘fancy clothing’ the brand combines Yohji’s more left-field approach with that of adidas’ performance-driven sensibilities, balancing, twisting and combining iconic elements from both sides into something that feels wholly Y-3.

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Uniting the majority of their offering under a monochromatic banner, Y-3’s decision to remove colour from their designs allows more emphasis to be placed upon shape, form and function giving way for a selection of technical nuance and interesting use of fabrics to find their way to the surface.

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Take for example this seasons interpretation of the classic track pants. Placing the bold contrasting three stripes to the inside leg for a slight spin on a quintessential trait, the pants are imbued with masterful modern tailoring with a relaxed fit through the thigh, slight taper to the ankles and a cropped length. Finished with inner zip cuffs, four pockets and an elasticated drawstring waist, the track pants give way to a tonal Y-3 logo for a hit of subtle branding.

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Track tops have also been given some love with asymmetrical details and subtle alterations aligning the somewhat everyday garment with the other quality bits up for grabs. Featuring a contrasting varsity style applique YOHJI callout to the back, the jacket also comes with adjustable cuffs, a fleece lined interior and two front concealed zip pockets, the track top comes complete with tonal stripes and Y-3 logo to the left side only.

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Unsurprisingly some of the main talking points found throughout the collection are the accessories, most notably Y-3’s fresh interpretation of the cross-body bag. Constructed in a sling design, the bags come with the ability to be customised to suit the wearers desired needs with straps and storage compartments easily added or removed.

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Staple pieces have also been given a precise update with t-shirts, hoodies and hats boasting an array of enviable qualities which include sleek one piece constructions, juxtaposed monikers and signature Yohji cuts.

Making their welcome return both the Y-3 Ren and Kaiwa can be found amongst the greyscale ranks. With updated colourways applied and notable characteristics preserved the sneakers make use of adidas’ affinity for footwear to ensure their staunch looks are matched with plenty of practical utility. Sat alongside the decisively geometric Y-3 Yuuto, which revives one of the first sneakers ever released by Y-3, and the ultra-contemporary Yohji Courts the brand once again prove they are not to be crossed when it comes to on-foot craftsmanship.

Shop the full Y-3 line-up online or in store now.

Y-3 New Arrivals

Comme des Garcons Multi Wallets

COMME des GARÇONS WALLET: Lost In Logomania

COMME des GARÇONS WALLET ‘Huge Logo’ Capsule

For some seasons now fashion brands across the board have pleaded their case for logomania. From streetwear labels to luxury houses and every circuit in-between, the movement’s undoubtedly industry approved. No stranger to an emblazoned aesthetic, Rei Kawakubo’s Japanese imprint COMME des GARÇONS has led the logomania vanguard for years. Spanning tees, hoodies, shirts and accessories, the label’s moniker, and subsequent logo, unapologetically takes the identity of a globally renowned empire.

For SS19, the brand’s WALLET diffusion line embarks on a logo-charged tirade. Crafted to exacting standards in Spain, the premium collection employs cowhide leather to construct each silhouettes smooth surface. Brought to life in punchy cherry red and black hues, the capsule lends itself to several wallet shapes and sizes. Designs vary from billfold, to coin holder and elongated, while each possessing a common denominator; the COMME des GARÇONS logo stationed front and centre.

COMME des GARÇONS WALLETS

COMME des GARÇONS WALLET Huge LogoThe French term, that translates to ‘like boys’, is stamped to each wallets exterior, presenting an unmistakable finish to every accessory in the line up. Gold hardware secures the zipped versions, while gold-foil branding also appears within the capsule.

Though visually each wallet is of the same aesthetic, internally, the styles serve different purposes. Ideal for keeping your loose change safe, the small to medium coin holders are perfect for general storing and transporting. In contrast, the billfold and elongated wallets arrive with organisation in mind. With slots for cards, notes and coins, these slick versions don’t compromise on space or security. COMME des GARÇONS WALLET BillfoldCOMME des GARÇONS WALLET Huge Logo Collection

As Rei Kawakbuo’s designs don’t hang about for long, be quick to add one of these bold wallets to your collection before they’re all gone. Shop the entire COMME des GARÇONS WALLET collection in-store or on our website.

Fjallraven Kanken Backpack & T-Shirt

Win A Fjällräven Kanken Bag & T-Shirt

Win A Fjällräven Kanken Bag & T-Shirt With Aphrodite

With summer just around the corner, what better way to kick off the new season than with some new clobber? Here at Aphrodite, we’ve teamed up with Swedish label Fjällräven to provide you with just that. You can thank us later.

Offering one lucky individual the chance to win a Fjällräven prize worth RRP £124, this competition deserves your attention. Up for grabs is the brand’s famous Kanken backpack – a streetwear favourite and an accessory icon in its own right. Also in the mix is a branded short sleeve t-shirt that will prove perfect for summer and features Fjällräven’s Arctic Fox logo to its chest.

Fancy your chances at winning these absolute steals? Listen up.

The giveaway will run from Friday 3rd May until Friday 10th of May, with the lucky winner announced in the following days after the competition closes. Here’s how to enter – head over to Instagram and search for ‘@aphroditeclothing’. Next, scroll to the original competition post and follow the simple instructions. And there you have it, you’re just a few clicks away from winning this amazing Fjällräven package.

Fjallraven Competition

Win A Fjällräven Kanken Bag & T-Shirt

TO ENTER FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE STEPS:

  1. Follow @aphroditeclothing
  2. Like the competition post
  3. Tag a mate in the comments on the original competition post

GOOD LUCK.

Win A Fjällräven Kanken Bag & T-Shirt T&C’s

1 Entry per person will be counted. The competition will end 5PM (UK time) on Friday 10th of May 2019. After the closing date, 1 winner will be chosen at random and contacted via direct message within 3 days. Items must be in stock at aphrodite1994.com in the desired size when requesting prize. Finally, if the winner fails to contact aphrodite1994 within 5 days of being announced, another winner will be chosen at random.

While you’re waiting for the competition winner to be announced, feel free to browse Fjällräven’s entire offerings on our website. After all, the brand’s a household name for good reason, so don’t hold back on discovering their fashion-forward approach to design at Aphrodite online and in-store.

This competition is now CLOSED and one lucky winner has been picked & contacted. Thank you for your entries and please keep a look out for future competitions. 

Grooming Tips For The Summer

The warmer weather can take its toll on your skin and hair, which is why it’s so important to invest in some top quality grooming products to get you through. Check out our top grooming tips below.

Opt for a Lightweight Moisturiser

Keep your skin hydrated and healthy with a lightweight, organic moisturiser. It’ll keep your skin feeling fresh and soft all day, and will benefit in the long run to stop your skin from drying out in the hot sun. Baxter of California has come to help your stressed skin with their Oil-Free Moisturiser, using plant-based hydration technology to restore skins moisture this formula is a perfect concoction for the summer months leaving skin without a shiny quality.

It’s worth doubling up on the moisturisers for the hands to avoid the inevitable dry and chapped skin that occurs during summer. L:A Bruket Hand Cream No159 is blended in Sweden, the essential oils of lemongrass & rosemary have a cleansing and bacteriostatic effect, while the shea butter and coconut oil not only protects the skin but moisturises and nourishes. Perfect size to pop away in a bag for accompaniment anywhere.

Don’t Skip Sunscreen

It’s important to moisturise, but it’s equally as important to protect your skin from the UV rays. This SPF30 luxe sunscreen from L:A Bruket has been crafted in Sweden from an organic sunflower and avocado oil base. It also holds hints of mint, patchouli, and lavender oil fragrance, and will do just the trick to protect your skin. With our current British climate displaying particularly un-British qualities, it’s essential to cover your back, literally and figuratively with this essential sunscreen.

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Give Your Hair a Natural, Healthy Shine

Restoring essential oils into your hair and fortifying your follicles is an essential grooming key to surviving the summer months. Teaming a Baxter of California Shampoo and Conditioner combo with liberal application to the hair will ensure a vibrant palette rather than a sun-bleached, damaged look. Both the shampoo and conditioner are created with wheat protein, coconut extract & vitamin E, with a fresh mint scent.

Apply an added bit of California Love in the form of the Soft Water Pomade, providing a light to medium hold, with a non-greasy shine finish. This product is perfect for a more relaxed look to your mane, due to its blend of wax and oils.

Wash Liberally and Appropriately 

It might go without saying but with the hotter climate comes to dreaded sweat. Although no one truly smells like roses, you can come close with this simple, easy three-step clean up in the washing department. Begin with the Baxter of California Body Wash an invigorating and hydrating body wash that is blessed with the scent of Italian Lime and Pomegranate. Mixing aloe, jojoba and vitamin E it’s a perfect combo of cleansing, moisturising, and a revitalising base scent to apply embellishing aftershaves or moisturisers.

For the face, Baxter also have a super exfoliating Facial Scrub that leaves skin feeling smooth and renewed whilst revitalizing complexion. With only the need for a bi-weekly application, this is some super strength juice that only needs used in the scarcest of occasions.

Our final step comes optional for the more follically gifted of us in the form of L:A Bruket’s super trendy design to the customary beard wash in their No154 Laurel Leaf concoction. Blended with witch hazel and horse chestnut extracts to nourish and soothe the skin, essential oil from Laurel leaf will clean, calm and provide a bacteriostatic effect.

Travel Prepared

For the traveling businessman, the weekend commuter, the festival fellas and the holidaying hommes the Baxter of California Travel Kitt & Dopp Bag  is the perfect compact companion for any serious journey. Comes with a handy travel bag to pack your products into. Contains 2oz units of Daily Face Wash, After Shave Balm, Super Close Shave Formula, Daily Protein Shampoo, and Oil Free Moisturiser, readying you for the best and worst case scenarios on the road, ready to perform with the same consistency as their sizable brethren.

 

10 Ways To Look After Grenson Shoes

Grenson Shoes – How To Look After

Grenson Shoes Care Guide – 10 Tips To Look After Grenson Shoes

So you have just spent a small fortune on a pair of shoes, you want them to last right? With help from the lovely people over at Grenson, we have put together a Grenson care guide, 10 tips to look after Grenson shoes which will hopefully help keep your shoes in perfect condition for as long as possible.

Aphrodite have recently added shoe care products to their accessories collection, including Jason Markk, Crepe Protect and Sneaker Lab which are perfect for the sneaker and trainer enthusiasts among us, along with a range of Grenson items including Grenson cream /polish, brushes and cloths, to help keep your footwear in great condition no matter what the weather.

Following these few simple steps will help prolong the life of your most trustworthy Grenson shoes.

Tips To Looks After Grenson Shoes

10 Tips To Look After Grenson Shoes

  1. Never wear your new shoes in the rain until they have been worn at least 3-4 times.
  2. If your shoes do end up getting wet put shoe trees inside them (if you don’t have trees newspaper will work just as well) and let them dry out at room temperature for 48 hours before you wear them again. Wet sole leather will wear out twice as quick as dry sole leather.
  3. Before polishing, wipe off any excess surface dirt with a dry cloth.
  4. When its time to polish, use plenty of polish/cream and make sure its into the welt and the cracks between the upper and the sole. Let the polish sit on for as long as possible, over night is an ideal time scale. Browse our range of Grenson creams.
  5. Use a Grenson cloth or brush to take off any excess polish/cream to shine them up.
  6. If you want to darken your tan shoes use a dark polish, some people like to use black polish which makes them instantly look older.
  7. Goodyear Welted shoes are easy to repair and the soles can be changed if needed.
  8. A little test can be done to see if your shoe are ready for repair; If you can feel a soft spot in the middle of the front of the shoe where you walk, push it in with your thumb. If its very soft, its about to go, if its a little soft, you can get another few months out of them.
  9. Leather soles can be very slippery, making it a task in itself to navigate across some floors. A cheeky little trick, cut open a potato and rub it into the sole, this will give you grip.
  10. If you look after your shoes, they could last for years and years.

Take a look at our recent trip to the Grenson factory and interview with Grenson’s owner and creative director Tim Little. Read full blog post here

How To Look After Grenson Shoes

 

Maison Margiela Sailor Bag Tan

Maison Margiela’s Sailor Bag is Your Perfect Weekend Companion

When planning for a short break, it can be difficult to strike a balance between style and practicality — your ratty old gym bag won’t win you any admirers, while that high-end aluminium suitcase is overkill for a weekend away. Luckily, as with many things, Maison Margiela have nailed the sweet spot between utility and luxury with their Sailor Bag.

Maison Margiela Tan Leather Sailor Bag

Crafted from buttery-soft aniline calfskin in the perfect shade of tan, the Sailor Bag falls part way between a tote and a boston bag, with a spacious lined main compartment accessed via two-way zip closure, along with organiser pockets and a further zipped pouch pocket inside for all of your small essentials.

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Sporting top-stitched carry handles and a detachable leather shoulder strap (with snap-down, leather-covered fixtures; the kind of thoughtful detail you’d expect from the Maison), the bag boasts enough capacity for a weekend’s worth of clothes plus a dopp kit, ensuring you’ve everything you need to look your best in every way, while still remaining compact enough to not get in the way of your adventures (or misadventures).

Maison Margiela SS18 Sailor Bag

Finally — perhaps most crucially — the bag is finished with the Maison’s all-important signature four white stitches to the exterior; probably the most subtle indicator of high luxury around. From the sumptuous materials to the timeless styling, this is one bag that can easily be classed as an investment piece, sure to look ever better with age. The Maison Margiela Sailor Bag in Tan Calfskin is available to buy now from Aphrodite Clothing.

DIY Fashion – IKEA Bags Re-Designs

You may have recently seen over on our social channels the hype around the IKEA bag redesigns and customization’s of the original blue bag. Costing the whole of 40p, the blue IKEA bag is instantly recognisable, and on the back of Balenciaga leather bag costing $2,145 (£1,672) a number of Instagramers and bloggers have jumped on the idea to see what they can create from the familiar bright blue IKEA essential.  We can safely say there are a few interesting creations in the collection.

IKEA Bag

Over on Hypebeast they have put together a few of their favourites including mock ups of Yeezy 350s, face masks and caps.

it seemed like the majority of the DIY community wanted to prove something in response — if Balenciaga can charge thousands on an uninspired copy of a bag that costs less than a dollar then crafty creatives can somehow push themselves to try to make other products that are better and more economically attainable.

 

Check out the full article over at Hypebeast.

The On The Run Edit: Classic bags and Instagram-worthy sneakers for the man about town

Are you a guy who is always on his feet running from A to B? If so, that is the perfect excuse to invest in a pair of classic sneakers and a statement holdall.

This season we have a wide range of footwear and accessories to fit your travelling needs, with bags from Porter and Paul Smith and footwear from Filling Pieces and EQT.

Every working man needs a trustworthy bag, whether it is to carry clothing for an overnight business trip or just your laptop and general work essentials. This Paul Smith leather holdall is a statement in itself. Presented in a classic dark navy colour-way, it remains versatile and practical. The bag is crafted from a premium grain leather with a removable shoulder strap to cater to your preference.

If you desire a more street style bag, make Porter your first port of call. The Felix tote bag is the perfect choice, with a choice between back straps or carrying the bag by the handles. Inside lies a media pocket for your laptop, with discreet branding to the front.

When it comes to footwear, style and comfort is key. Brands such as EQT, Android Homme and Filling Pieces provide just that. EQT is a brand new to us this season. Crafted from 100% premium leather with a durable rubber sole, the EQU Low 1 in Mint have the ability to brighten up an outfit while providing you with endless comfort.

Next on the list are the Android Homme Omega Low trainers in navy, also crafted from 100% leather with a distinctive croc pattern.

Why not opt for suede with the Filling Pieces Apache Runner Low? With a distinctive lace-up style and unique leather laces. Match up with a smart Filson backpack, crafted from a rugged twill and offering water repellent properties.

perfect sunglasses

How To Choose The Perfect Sunglasses

Now we know it’s not summer just yet but it’s already sunny outside even up here in the North East! So we need to be prepared, I mean who wants crows feet off squinting when you could be wearing a nice pair of shades not having a care in the world. We know this process can be either easy or daunting, some people can just put on any pair of shades and suit them (some of us aren’t so lucky). But fashion editors at FASHIONBEANS have compiled a blog together showing us what perfect sunglasses best fit our faces, from heart-shaped to square they have you covered. So don’t worry for those who nodded yes when we said this could be a daunting task, because now it couldn’t be simpler! They go into all types of detail about different colours, materials and lens, what’s in trend and what are the classics.
We love this advice when it comes to colour;

While it’s often a classic choice for clothes, black is not always necessarily a perfect match for every skin type when it comes to sunglasses. “Black frames mean business but can sometimes overpower a paler complexion,” say Maul. For a timeless alternative, try tortoiseshell or a dark woodgrain finish.

We think FASHIONBEANS has covered all areas pretty well, if you would like to find the full article on how to choose the perfect sunglasses by clicking here.