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Weekend Away Lookbook | SS15

Weekend Away Lookbook | SS15

With those April showers beating down, are your feet starting to itch for a long weekend getaway? This week’s lookbook features our favourite holdalls from our top brands this season like Barbour , Paul Smith & Pretty Green, so you can make the dream a reality with a designer edge. Shop all of our bags here.  

Samantha Carruthers is an Online Editor at Aphrodite. Find her on Google+

Stylist’s Gift Picks From Hugo Boss

Stylist’s Gift Picks – Part One Featuring Hugo Boss

This week’s lookbook shows how our excitement for the festive season in the office is starting to bubble over. The Stylist’s Gift Picks is all about the must have presents from the lead menswear designers, this week is all about Hugo Boss, so cue the snow and Christmas trees on set.

Shop the gift lookbook here & if that isn’t enough gifting for you, shop our entire gift shop right here.

Hugo Boss Gifts

Stylist Gift Picks Bags

Stylists Gifts Picks Underwear

Stylists Gift Picks - Winter Warmers

Stylist's Gift Picks Socks

 

Samantha Carruthers is an Online Editor at Aphrodite. Find her on Google+

 

Sandqvist Bags – Form Following Function

Sandqvist Bags

With a unique style that is entirely their own, Sandqvist herald from one of the worlds most fashionable and trend conscious corners. Inspired by the bleak, cold surroundings around them, Sandqvist perfectly reflect the sparse and individual landscape of its Scandanavian home. Coming out of Stockholm, Sandqvist have a heritage of natural development, which, like many designs that come from Northern Europe came about thanks to a genuine necessity. Founded by Anton Sandqvist, the niche label began crafting subtly designed bags in 2004, following Anton making his own tote bag to use on his commute to work, which gained a lot of attention from his work colleagues.

The message of Sandqvist bags has always been firm and true. Believing in high quality production and design that is inspired by minimal, natural forms, Sandqvist have made a name for themselves as a brand that truly reflects the intimate nature of Scandinavian aesthetics.

This niche approach to design is reflected in everything that Sandqvist do. The brand don’t believe in heavily marketing themselves, backing word of mouth from their customers to spread the word of their products. This unique concept works, with Sandqvist bags being used in cities all over the world-their blend of subtle design, and minimalistic branding providing stark contrast against the busy hustle and bustle of the pavements.

It is testament to Sandqvist that their bags are instantly recognizable, despite their basic designs- the high quality materials use to craft them, from soft leathers and canvas to high shine metal buckles perfectly blend with the brands mission to inject simple yet elegant Scandinavian style into everyone’s look, no matter where they take their Sandqvist bag.

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Published by Sarah Kearney, Online Editor at Aphrodite Clothing

Sandqvist Bags

With a unique style that is entirely their own, Sandqvist herald from one of the worlds most fashionable and trend conscious corners. Inspired by the bleak, cold surroundings around them, Sandqvist perfectly reflect the sparse and individual landscape of its Scandanavian home.

Coming out of Stockholm, Sandqvist have a heritage of natural development, which, like many designs that come from Northern Europe came about thanks to a genuine necessity. Founded by Anton Sandqvist, the niche label began crafting subtly designed bags in 2004, following Anton making his own tote bag to use on his commute to work, which gained a lot of attention from his work colleagues.

The message of Sandqvist bags has always been firm and true. Believing in high quality production and design that is inspired by minimal, natural forms, Sandqvist have made a name for themselves as a brand that truly reflects the intimate nature of Scandinavian aesthetics.

This niche approach to design is reflected in everything that Sandqvist do. The brand don’t believe in heavily marketing themselves, backing word of mouth from their customers to spread the word of their products. This unique concept works, with Sandqvist bags being used in cities all over the world-their blend of subtle design, and minimalistic branding providing stark contrast against the busy hustle and bustle of the pavements.

It is testament to Sandqvist that their bags are instantly recognizable, despite their basic designs- the high quality materials use to craft them, from soft leathers and canvas to high shine metal buckles perfectly blend with the brands mission to inject simple yet elegant Scandinavian style into everyone’s look, no matter where they take their Sandqvist bag.

View full collection of Sandqvist Bags

Published by Sarah Kearney

Filson Brand Guide

With a characteristic history that spans some of the United States of America’s most iconic eras, Filson has become a stalwart for honest, quality production that will forever carry a timelessly functional style. At over 100 years old, the label can boast an illustrious history of creation, that can all be traced back to one man; C.C. Filson himself.

Born in 1850, C.C. Filson was destined for the outdoors. From a young age it was obvious that he had inherited the pioneering spirit of his father, as he roamed the country as a railroad conductor, homesteading in the great wilderness of Nebraska. However, the 1890’s saw C.C. Filson take a different approach to life, as he settled down in Seattle- a small city in Washington State.

It was a time of excitement in America, as the great gold rush had just begun- the atmosphere in the north was palpable, as fortune hunters streamed up the country to make their riches in the baron and harsh north.

Seattle was a favourite resting point for weary travellers on the hunt for gold, and C.C. Filson planned on exploiting the position he found himself in in his new home, by opening his own store and mill. In 1897, he opened C.C. Filson’s Pioneer Alaska Clothing and Blanket Manufacturers- a company that would create goods to cater for anyone stopping in Seattle on the way to the gold rush.

Although the era had bought huge excitement to the nation for its obvious allure of striking gold- it was also one of great peril. Stories began to leak down from the north of extreme cold like none of the naïve gold hunters had ever experienced. People were freezing to death at night- journals told of unimaginable temperatures that outdoorsmen began to truly fear over any other jeopardy in the search for gold. Filson used this to his advantage. Using his own mill, he crafted woolen blankets and knitted goods, then sold boots, accessories and sleeping bags that would help the gold hungry entrepreneurs when they encountered the cold climes of the north. Through feedback and innovation, Filson continued to develop his products to suit the needs of his clients, soon growing a reputation as a dependable man who became the key to survival to anyone brave enough to hunt for gold.

Of course, the gold rush soon became a distant memory for a fast advancing America. The days of scavenging for gold ended, but Filson diversified, keeping both his name and company alive. He knew that there was still a need for his products for the outdoorsmen of the country; so he began making garments to serve anybody working in the great outdoors. This diversification saw more success for Filson, as he strove to create authentic, functional pieces that were entirely reliable through their quality construction and material.

The belief that Filson put into his own creations was unheard of at the time- he guaranteed every piece of merchandise he made. If he didn’t stock a particular item a customer requested, he custom made it for them. He became a phenomenon, with his reputation for service, reliability and traditional, honest quality spreading across the world.

By the 1960’s Filson’s unmissable aura of superiority and premier American outdoor styling had gained his company orders from as far as Greenland, with outdoorsmen the world over wanting to use Filson products to help cope with the rigors of their day to day lives. The brand had travelled far and wide by this point- being stocked in some of the best out door retailers across the globe. With times changing since Filson’s first steps into creating goods for the outdoors, the brand he founded has continued to develop and adapt- in the traditional Filson way.

Now creating pieces that have been inspired by the unique story of the brands founder, Filson have added their sought after blend of quality production and class to styles that are designed for modern life, whether it is being lived in the great open or amongst the city streets. With designs that carry the outdoor inspirations that gave the label its first footing in the world, the Filson range is as diverse as ever.

From bags that carry muses from the needs of the original entrepreneurs from the American gold rush, to pieces that dictate a decorated and diverse past, Filson is now the culmination of over 100 years of experience in traditional craftsmanship.

Stylish, durable and comfortable, Filson products are as relevant now as they have ever been- spanning generations, purposes and genres, to unite everyone in a style that has defied time, trends and fads, by using honest, classic values that will remain forever timeless.

View our full range of Filson products

Published by Sarah Kearney

Barbour Bags

Barbour Bags

A must have accessory for any discerning gent may as well come from a must have, trusted brand; blending the functional with the desirable, Barbour bags provide practicality and style for the modern man on the go.

Barbour Bags

An iconic element of true British style, Barbour having been putting their best foot forward in the fashion stakes since 1894. A true institution of classic style, Barbour have been a key part of the British gentleman’s wardrobe ever since they launched their iconic waxed jackets.  Endorsed by Royalty, the Barbour label carries a prestige that dissects trends and fads, promising a timelessly stylish look that will never fade.

The perfect way to work this iconic style into your look, Barbour bags provides a dash of traditional British fashion into any look.

Barbour Bags

 Barbour Tarra Bag in Olive

Using various high quality materials in their construction, the desirability of Barbour bags is more than skin deep. From smooth leather, to the instantly recognizable waxed cotton that has made the brand a world wide phenomenon, Barbour bags are crafted using hard wearing, sleek materials that promise to only get better with age.

From weekend bags that are set to provide ample space to keep a short break wardrobe together, to shoulder bags that make for the perfect place to store your things on a daily commute, Barbour bags are one of the few accessories that can link iconic craftsmanship, undeniable quality and timeless style together, whilst constantly complimenting your style.

Barbour Bags

Barbour Leather Travel Explorer Bag

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Published by Mark Logan

November Competition: Win A Paul Smith Goodie Bag

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Paul Smith Competition

Our November competition comes from one of the biggest names in world fashion – Paul Smith. One lucky winner will be able to get their hands on this fantastic Paul Smith washbag, toothbrush and handkerchief. This is a valuable prize that many a fan of fashion would love to get their hands on.

Paul Smith is seen as one of the true heavyweights of the British designer menswear scene. In business for over 40 years, it is often apparent that Paul Smith doesn’t follow trends; he sets them.  His wonderful and diverse collections entice customers in from different backgrounds and ultimately with different tastes in fashion. If you like smart, casual clothing, his Paul Smith Jeans collection will tick most of the boxes for you. On the other hand you might prefer a smarter, more tailored fit and this is where the PS By Paul Smith collection comes into its own. Accenting your wardrobe is made easy when browsing the Paul Smith Accessories collection, filled with various extras for everyman and his dog (literally). This consists of handkerchiefs, scarves, cufflinks, boxer shorts, socks whilst the collection also boasts branded dog leads and bowls.

All you need to do to enter this months competition is follow the steps below. You have the choice of entering via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.  Entries received after 15 December 2013 will not be counted.

Herschel Supply Backpacks For AW2013 Revealed

Herschel Supply Co. are going from strength to strength since establishing in 2009, with a series of collaborations and new ideas allowing them to reach new heights in terms of popularity and reputation. The Heritage backpack was one of the founding styles and has since been a staple piece in each collection it produces. With a 21 litre capacity, reinforced base and inner laptop sleeve, the Heritage backpack is a practical solution to everyday haulage for students and workers and the Autumn/Winter 2013 collection brings new colourways and prints to the classic style.

Aside from regular block colourways, Herschel have offered a Woodland Camo print on its Heritage backpack that covers the whole bag, with a matching diamond leather tab at the top which is complimented by similarly coloured real grain leather tipped zips. The second new print comes thanks to an effort in conjunction with Real Tree to use their signature print. Used for the likes of hunting, the Real Tree print is synonymous with Autumn and offers a fresh look to the Heritage backpack.

The Woodland Camouflage and Real Tree Heritage Backpacks are available now, with the Woodland Camo priced at £55 and the Real Tree priced at £75.  Buy on the aphrodite1994.com website now