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Maison Margiela Sneakers | Winter 2017/18 | Available Now

For those in the know, the Maison Margiela Replica sneaker is the very definition of a modern classic: inspired by a purely functional trainer used by the German army in the 70s, the Replica uses the finest Italian craftsmanship and premium leathers to elevate the silhouette to a luxurious footwear option for any casual outfit. Forming the basis of the core Margiela  footwear collection, the Replica sneaker returns to Aphrodite once again this season, along with two new additions to our lineup: the Mid Top and Retro Runner sneakers.

The Mid-Top sneaker is a brand new style for this season, a minimal take on classic moccasin styles merged with a skate influence. The uppers are crafted from luxurious calf leather and suede with hidden elasticated gussets for a comfortable fit, while square leather laces are looped through the ankle for extra support, all sat atop a solid rubber sole unit. Butter-soft leather linings and a cushioned insole finish off this ultra-premium sneaker.

The Retro Runner is part of the same family as the Replica sneaker, sharing similar detailing to the original but translated into a rugged vintage trail running silhouette, with mixed leather, suede and mesh uppers, cushioned foam midsole and a cleated Italian rubber outsole for superior grip. The materials, construction and comfort are all top-notch as to be expected, and the chunky profile of the shoe is ideal for pairing with slim or cuffed trousers for a stylish look.

Finally, the iconic Replica Sneaker itself returns in three all-new colourways: tonal black and white options, along with a 70s-inspired light blue and gum makeup that would be perfect to keep aside until the warmer months. All feature the usual Italian calf leather uppers with suede overlays to the toe, heel and sides, solid rubber soles and woven cotton laces, and are finished with typically low-key branding, simply displaying the iconic Margiela label to the tongue.

All these new styles are available at Aphrodite Clothing now, alongside our full range of Maison Margiela clothing, footwear and accessories.

Norse Projects Lookbook: Winter 2017

One of those always-reliable brands that have become a firm favourite here at Aphrodite, Norse Projects apply their particular Scandinavian sensibilities to wardrobe staples in a way that is distinctive without being flashy, easy to build an entire outfit from, or as individual pieces to supplement your own signature look.

Season after season, this minimal approach has been the brand’s hallmark, with simple silhouettes elevated with the use of unique fabrics, colours and detailing, and Winter 2017 is no exception. Compiled with layering in mind, the collection boasts shirting in exclusive Portuguese flannel fabrics, crisp cotton and heavy-wale corduroy; hoodies and long-sleeves in a smooth mercerised cotton interlock fabric, all presented in a cohesive, earthy colour palette that’s perfect for mixing and matching this season.

Shop our collection instore and online at Aphrodite Clothing, and keep an eye on our social media feeds for more new releases.

Imagery: Norse Projects

Grenson – Stylist’s Picks Autumn Winter 2017

In Grenson’s long and enriched history since the 1800s, they have became the benchmark for producing the highest quality in leather footwear in the industry, and are still striving in being the crème de la crème.
Grenson have been making shoes continuously since 1866 and they are only in our third factory in all of that time, and that has been based in Northamptonshire. With Northampton’s historic cattle market it has been the hub of providing a ready supply of fine leather for the local workshops. So with that fruitful heritage, we know that they are a brand that will be here for the long haul. We thought we should treat you all to a look at our stylist’s top picks, as after all it is nearly the festive period.
One of our favourite pieces this season has to be the iconic Fred boot. With the classic Grenson Archie brogue being an essential piece of footwear for every formal occasion imaginable. I mean how can you not lust after the Fred boot; the Archie’s taller sibling, that has successfully been bridging the gap between formal-wear and smart casual. The key features to this sturdy boot are its oversized brogue punch-holes to the tan calf leather upper sat upon a Goodyear welt leather sole. With the Goodyear welt often cited as a hallmark of well-made shoes, this is yet another string to Fred’s bow.

The Grenson Fred Boot in Tan are available here for £239.00

As Sir Hardy Amies once said “It’s totally impossible to be well-dressed in cheap shoes” and by George he was right. The Grenson Triple Welt Archie Brogues in Mahogany, takes out a big felt tip pen and firmly ticks that well dressed box. Since we are not shy in showing our passion for our home-grown brands, we love that this brogue has been finely crafted in the Grenson factory in Northamptonshire. These brogues have been produced from ‘skin to box’ within the English factory, and are an exquisite example of fine British craftsmanship. (If you haven’t already check out when we saw the process first hand over on our youtube channel)  The key features of these essential party shoes are their massive triple sole that been given the durable edge with its triple welt construction.

The Grenson Archie Brogues in Mahogany are available here for £429.00

Finally our third stylist’s pick is the fresh faced Grenson Sneaker 1 in White. With Grenson serving its country in the Great War by producing thousands of boots and shoes for the soldiers, stepping into the sneakers market was big leap for the brands. They may be new kids of the block when it comes to sneakers, but their wealth of knowledge when it comes to premium leather means they are for sure not falling short. The Sneaker 1 has been based on a super clean 70’s tennis shoe and crafted from luxury calf leather sat upon an Italian white rubber sole.

The Grenson Sneaker 1 in White are available here for £149.00

Grenson’s key pieces wouldn’t look out of place down at your local boozer or on a wedding dance floor one of the many reasons we can not get enough of this British heritage brand. This brand is just crying out for you to use the shoes emojis on your #grams!!
We were scratching our heads on how we could select only a handful of our favourite pieces from the range. The autumn winter Grenson collection is now available online prices ranging from £149.00 to £435.00.

Canada Goose AW17

The weather is getting colder by the day and in this instance, a durable and comfortable winter jacket is just what you need. This season, Canada Goose is offering exactly that with their range of versatile but stylish jackets which a range of arctic tech properties to fight against the elements.

Canada Goose Lodge Hoody

One jacket which is practical and ensures ultimate warmth is the Lodge hoody. Presented in a vibrant scarlet colour-way, the Lodge hoody offers a slim fit and sits at hip length. With wind resistant properties in temperatures as low as -15 degrees, the Lodge hoody has a hooded construction with toggle fastening. Lycra stretch cuffs enable extra comfort and movement, with a premium duck down fill for warmth and comfort. A practical element of this jacket is that it can be packed down into its own outer pocket, making it ideal to store away.

Canada Goose Hybridge Lite

The Hybridge Lite jacket would be a better choice if you prefer a slimmer fit. The style is featherlight with a sleek silhouette and filled with 800 fill power Hutterite white goose down for extra warmth. The tensile-tech fabric is under the arms and to the sides of the jacket to allow maximised fit and extra comfort, with a durable nylon shell. The Canada Goose logo makes a statement to the sleeve of the jacket, giving that signature designer finish.

Canada Goose Chateau Parka

A choice for those who love their versatile jackets is the Chateau parka. With a slim fit and high standing collar to keep the cold out, the Chateau parka is designed to keep you comfortable and warm in the freezing cold weather. The jacket has Arctic-Tech elements which will keep you dry in extreme conditions. This practical piece is hooded with a removable fit trim and holds three outer pockets for all of your essentials.

To accessorise, why not treat yourself to a matching Canada Goose beanie? A minimal accessory with subtle branding will be the perfect addition to your outfit during the colder days.

You can shop our full range of Canada Goose outerwear on our website here.

Vivienne Westwood Autumn/Winter 2017 | The Edit

A stalwart of the British fashion scene since the 1970s, Vivienne Westwood once again delivers a solid collection for Autumn/Winter 2017. Comprising classic menswear staples both casual and formal, Westwood imbues the collection with her own idiosyncratic twists, from exaggerated suiting proportions to whimsical hand-stitched embroidery, not to mention politically-charged graphics, all the while maintaining the punk spirit her work is renowned for.

The major theme of this collection, as with a lot of Westwood’s recent work, is climate change, and the impact that has – and should be having – on our shopping choices. Utilising fine, natural materials like organic, undyed cotton and virgin wool, the ethos is ‘Buy less, choose well, make it last’: the idea that investing in these timeless, luxurious pieces will limit consumption and reduce the environmental impact on the planet. The standout tailoring and formal topcoats embody this ideology perfectly, crafted with the signature detailing expected from Westwood and designed to stand the test of time and serve the wearer well for years to come, and goes to show just how many different ways there are to be a conscious consumer.

Elsewhere, the collection presents a range of t-shirts, polos and shirts to form the basis of a quality capsule wardrobe, all bearing the iconic Westwood Orb logo and directional detailing like elongated hems, drop shoulders and extended button plackets, elevating them far beyond the basics.

The Vivienne Westwood Autumn/Winter 2017 collection is available now at Aphrodite Clothing.

Patagonia Autumn Winter 2017 | The Edit

This week we have chosen to showcase our favourite pieces from Patagonia‘s latest collection, in our Autumn Winter edit.

This season Patagonia have once again, pulled out all the stops to create the perfect collection for your inner explorer. With refreshing seasonal colour pallets added to the iconic Torrentshell jacket and the Fjord flannel shirt. Making bold streetwear statements as well as being the clothing brand for climbers.

The ever reliable Torrentshell lands just at the right time, with the seasons turning for the worst. Constructed from recycled nylon ripstop fabric with H2No coating. Featuring a hood with a drawcord adjustment, a half zip, elasticated cuffs and a zip front pocket, finished with the iconic Patagonia P6 logo badge to the chest. This piece is perfect to layer up over other key Patagonia pieces and style with a pair of Redwing boots.

Another piece we had to feature was the Better Sweater jacket. It has been crafted from knitted, heathered polyester and has been dyed using a process which reduces the use of dyestuffs, energy and water. Another fact we found out about this fleece, from our Patagonia rep, is that a medium sized fleece is constructed from 32 recycled plastic bottles.

The perfect note to end this edit on has to be the Patagonia mission statement “Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis”  You can shop the full collection from Patagonia here

 

adidas EQT Support ADV Winter | Grey & Scarlet | Launching 27th of October

The sock-fit sneaker has been one of the most popular and enduring trends in recent times, and it’s easy to see why: equal parts sleek and comfortable, technologies like adidas Primeknit and Nike Flyknit have changed the game when it comes to securing the ideal fit for your feet. Now adidas have taken the concept even further with the Winter edition of their ever-popular EQT Support ADV lifestyle sneaker, adding an extra-tall, ribbed textile sock to the ankle for additional support and protection against the elements.

The textured knit uppers are backed with a weather-resistant membrane to keep wind and water at bay, while TPU welding in key areas provides extra protection. Elsewhere we see the iconic heel support cage comes rendered in milled leather for a premium look, and the moulded EVA sole unit sports the brand’s signature 3 Stripe branding, continued from the webbing lace-stays on the uppers.

The shoe’s outdoor inspiration is rounded out with the inclusion of 3M reflective rope laces for some low-light flash. This brand new version of the modern classic is delivered in both a subtle grey and a bold scarlet colourway; whether you want to blend in or stand out on the streets this winter, adidas has you covered.

The adidas EQT Support ADV Winter in both Grey and Scarlet will be dropping on the 27th of October here at Aphrodite Clothing.

5 Sneaker Styles to See You Through the Winter

Let’s face it: when the weather is really going for it — heavy rain, sleet, snow, the whole works — sneakers aren’t exactly the ideal choice to keep you warm and dry, and you’d be better served by a sturdy pair of boots or leather derbies. But for the rest of the time, on those clear frosty days, sneakers can add some casual appeal to your wrapped-up winter attire. Here are five of our favourites for Autumn/Winter 2017.

Novesta Star Master Felt

Novesta are a bit of a favourite around here, with the cult Slovakian brand’s vulcanised plimsolls serving as a chunky alternative to Vans or Converse styles. Made in the same factory for decades, they’ve recently expanded their range to include these versions, with cosy melton wool felt uppers for a warmer, more luxurious feel. Perfect if your winter style skews more towards the hoodie than the topcoat.

More Info:

Brand – Novesta
Style:  Star Master Felt N772010 15Y00Y003 (Green)
Price: £69

Vans Ground Breaker SK8 Hi

This Ground Breaker edition of the legendary skate shoe keeps the beloved silhouette intact, but adds some outdoor-inspired Taslan laces and premium leather uppers in a rich shade of brown for some winter boot appeal without all the bulk.

More Info:

Brand – Vans
Style:  Ground Breaker Sk8 Hi (Rum Raisin)
Price: £85

Nike Air Max 90 ‘Rebel Skull’

One of the best outings for the retro runner in recent memory, the mix of premium leather and suede on the uppers, coupled with the blacked-out colourway and contrasting sole unit make this a luxurious take on a classic. That ridged outsole is sure to grip the rainy city streets while the Air Max technology keeps your feet comfortable throughout the shorter days and into the nights.

More Info:

Brand – Nike
Style:  Air Max ’90 Premium  700155-009 (Black)
Price: £109

Grenson Sneaker 2

It almost feels like cheating with this one, given Grenson’s reputation for making boots and shoes rather than sneakers, but the handsome hand-painted tan uppers coupled with the clean rubber sole strike the perfect balance between smart and casual for any occasion.

More Info:

Brand – Grenson
Style:  Sneaker 2 111448 (Tan)
Price: £159

Moncler Joachim Sneaker

Outdoor-inspired outsole: check. Weatherproof textured rubber toecap: check. Premium leather uppers and construction: check. This luxury sneaker ticks all the boxes for your winter footwear game. The tongue is even padded like the brand’s down jackets for the ultimate cosy vibe.

More Info:

Brand – Moncler
Style:  Joachim Sneaker 10154-00-01678-999 (Black)
Price: £305

Find these styles and more season-appropriate footwear at Aphrodite Clothing today.

Top 5 Jackets To Survive This Winter

Summer now feels like a distance memory, with Pumpkin Spice Lattes now being poured by baristas, which can only mean winter is on the horizon. Don’t panic though we have put together the Top 5 Jackets To Survive This Winter. It can never be too early to buy your winter coat, you can shop our full range here.

Norse Projects Elliot Shearling Jacket in Camel

This classic flight jacket is a perfect piece to carry you through the milder winter days. Cut to sit above the hip and crafted from a luxurious soft Italian suede with a shearling collar and lining, this jacket will add some luxe texture to your off duty look. Available to purchase here
Brand: Norse Projects Style: Elliot Shearling Jacket N5503402001 Price: £1,149.00.

Barbour Beacon Sports Jacket in Olive

This waxed cotton jacket has been inspired by the Tokihito sports jacket that Daniel Craig when he played James Bond in Skyfall. You will probably feel like you need a jacket 007 worthy to battle the British rain, on those melancholy days. Available to purchase here
Brand: Barbour Style: Beacon Sports Commander Jacket MWX007OL71 Price: £399.00.

 

Canada Goose Carson Parka in Black

This parka has been inspired by Arctic exploration, crafted to withstand temperatures up to -25 degrees celsius, making it ideal for those who spend time in extreme conditions. The Carson is heavily insulated, filled with premium white duck down, perfect for the cold hearted. Available to purchase here
Brand: Canada Goose Style: Carson Parka MWX007OL71 Price: £799.00.

 

The North Face Nuptse Jacket in Red

The Nuptse jacket is sure not only to add a splash of colour but a retro edge to your winter wardrobe. With the 90’s revival in full swing this outdoor puffer jacket is sure to gain nods of approval, especially 550-500 responsibly sourced down.  Available to purchase here
Brand: North Face Style: Nuptse Jacket T92ZWE682 Price: £249.00.

 

Stutterheim Stockholm Raincoat in Navy

The classic fisherman’s coat has been given a minimalist overhaul, given it a fresh appeal to the modern man. Crafted from cotton-poly membrane with a weatherproof PVC coating making it the perfect piece for those wet and windy winter days.  Available to purchase here
Brand: Stutterheim Style: Stockholm Raincoat 1009-2001 Price: £185.00.