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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. 

Fjällräven Brand Guide

Trust the Swedish to know a thing or two about excellent outdoor gear; with their naturally rough terrain and classically Scandinavian climate, plus the country’s traditional inclination towards a minimal aesthetic, they’re well-positioned to know exactly what to put into clothing to make it work without being overdesigned, and none have been doing it for longer and with more success than Fjällräven.

Named after the Swedish word for the arctic fox, the brand was first conceived in 1960 when a teenage Åke Nordin came up with the idea of a rucksack with an external frame to relieve back pressure. Working in his parents’ home, Nordin honed his idea until it was finally ready: utilising a lightweight aluminium frame, the body of the bag was made from tent material, which was both wind- and water-resistant and highly durable. Over time, the brand developed their own version of this fabric, dubbed G-1000: a 65/35 poly/cotton mix, the fabric refined the properties of the surplus tent fabric into something more supple and easy to wear. The first piece of clothing to use the newly-developed fabric was the now-iconic Fjällräven Greenland Jacket, which quickly became a hit among the fellwalkers, climbers and general outdoor enthusiasts across Europe for its simple, stylish design and utilitarian resistant properties, and was readily identifiable by its distinctive brown leather Arctic Fox patch sewn to the left arm.

Fast-forward to 1978 and Fjällräven has established itself as one of Europe’s go-to outdoor brands for both clothing and accessories. Responding to a report of a rise in back problems among Sweden’s schoolchildren, the brand goes back to its roots to design a better backpack for kids: the Kånken. With its distinctive rectangular shape and canvas Arctic Fox patch, the Kånken remains a hit with kids and adults alike for its comfortable wear, deceptively-spacious capacity and wide selection of colours.

Like many brands who focus on the outdoors, Fjällräven are keenly interested in protecting the environment they love so much: today’s G-1000 fabric utilises recycled polyester and organic cotton, the brand has recently eliminated PFC coatings from its whole range to mitigate any potential harm to the environment, while its supply chain is regulated by the Fair Labor Alliance (FLA), a global organisation to provide fair working conditions and wages across the world. Further, the brand has also donated to initiatives for conservation of its namesake arctic fox, which is under threat from climate change and hunting.

We’re proud to welcome Fjällräven to our selection of the world’s finest menswear brands here at Aphrodite Clothing, and whether you’re after a classic Greenland Jacket, a Kånken backpack or wardrobe essentials like flannel shirts and wool beanies, the leather Arctic Fox mark is your sign of hardwearing quality for years to come.

 

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.

Maison Margiela Weekend Bag Tan

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.

Watch: Porter Yoshida & Co Create The Tanker Series

 

Founded in 1935, Porter Yoshida & Co are famous worldwide for their high quality luggage. One of their most popular creations is the Tanker series, which is achieved by using high quality materials and expert craftsmanship to provide the masses with practical, stylish and minimal bags.

The brand have published an interesting video which demonstrates just how much passion and technology goes into making the unique Tanker bag.

Uploaded on YouTube by Osamu Sugimoto

Here at Aphrodite we stock a range of Porter Yoshida & Co bags, which are available to buy here.

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.

C6 Bags – Available Now

Introducing a new addition to Aphrodite. C6 is a contemporary brand designed to protect your digital life. Launched in 2012, the accessories brand has been delivering high performance bags and cases to style conscious individuals. Named after the element carbon and its atomic number 6, the brand embraces the fast paced world of digital technology. Intertwining fashion and technology the C6 brand embodies the modern man. With their simple aesthetic, these bags are not only an essential for practical reasons but also for their streamlined style.

Our new range features expertly designed long lasting accessories, including slimline backpacks and messenger bags. Aphrodite are now stocking the ‘RNA Messenger Bag in Navy‘ featuring a 13 inch laptop compartment, a compartment for everyday items and also internal organisers. The zip fastenings are secure and waterproof to protect your personal items. With an adjustable padded shoudler strap, the RNA Messenger bag is ideal for confidently carrying your digital items. The ‘Slim Backpack‘ is available in gun metal and black. The slim backpack features a large main compartment with a 25 litre capacity for your everyday items, with a padded back panel for laptops up to 15 inches in size. The adjustable shoulder straps are padded for extra comfort and can be concealed within a mesh slip pocket for easy storage. Other characteristics include mesh organiser pockets and extra zip pockets to the outer, this backpack is ideal for everyday use and travelling.

C6’s clean designs are ideal for everyday or a weekend away, with the hard wearing rucksacks and waterproof laptop cases an essential whatever the occasion. Double layered bonded canvas is used for longevity and a waterproof finish. While the lightweight inner lining provides a strong practical element to the bags. Each style combines technology with a simple aesthetic for a refined finish.

Shop the C6 range online and in-store now.

C6 BagsC6 Bag

 

Porter, by Yoshida & Co., Ltd. Bags – Available Now

Aphrodite are now proud to stock a selection of the best selling series of Tanker bags hand-crafted by the Japanese company Yoshida & Co., Ltd, as part of their ‘Porter’ brand.

Established in 1935 in Tokyo, Yoshida & Co. Ltd. are at the helm of manufacturing excellence of functional, high quality bags and accessories constructed by the finest craftsmen Japan has to offer. “Heart and Soul into every stitch”, the company’s philosophy, is carefully followed by the employees at every stage required to create their products.

‘Porter’ was launched in 1962, to establish the company’s name at a time when department stores were the most popular outlet for designer wares. ‘Tanker’ is one of the best-selling series’ of the brand, inspired by the U.S. Airforce Flight Jacket MA-1. The series was released in 1983 and has remained popular through the years due to its functional design features and celebrated 3-layer construction. The signature bright orange – or ‘Rescue Orange’ – lining of the bags adds a contemporary edge to the otherwise classically designed bags.

Aphrodite are now stocking three styles developed as part of the Tanker series. The bags have a simple exterior, with the Porter Yoshida & Co., Ltd. logo patch stitched onto an outer pocket. The ‘Day Pack’ backpack, the ‘2Way Helmet Bag’ and the ‘2Way Briefcase’ are available in both Black and Khaki colourways. Developed with nylon twill, polycotton and nylon taffeta and featuring coated metal zips, buttons and eyelets, the ‘Tanker’ bags are made to age well and last a lifetime.

Shop the Porter Yoshida & Co. range online and in-store now.

Porter Bags

Porter Bags

Porter Bag

 

Cabin Approved Luggage

Paul Smith Belvior Tiles’ Holdall

The holiday season is upon and finding a quality holdall for those long weekends away or the family holiday might be causing you a little trouble that you could do without. Paul Smith has a variety of holdalls and bags including the ‘Belvior’ collection that will be the ideal addition to your holiday assemble.

Inspired by the intricate marble floor in the Guard Room at Belvoir Castle, this luxurious holdall boasts the tiled pattern throughout on a polyester base, stud protected leather V base for added protection and stability along with 2 adjustable and removable shoulder straps teamed with two 100% premium quality cows leather carry handles. Open the chunky gold coloured zipper to reveal the brands iconic deep purple twill lining, one large slip pocket and one large zip fasten pocket. Finished with gold Paul Smith signature embossed hardwear and signture woven label to the inner, this bag will hold all the essentials and more for a comfortable holiday.

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Published by Sarah Kearney, Online Editor at Aphrodite Clothing