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Champion AW/18 ‘Athleisure Prince’

The 90s is still leaking, and one’s planning on fixing the ceiling any time soon. Dropping a metric ton of nostalgia flavoured water on to derelict structure that we know as fashion are the kings of classic sportswear design, Champion. From vintage rehashes in the form of their taped tracksuit, rugby shirts and the staple reverse weave constructed sweats that arrival in different colour and logo variations.

Unashamed vintage influence aside, the taped tracksuit set of top and bottoms comes constructed in an incredibly durable nylon complexion. The dominant navy colouring is broken up by pale and pastel colouring in the form of white and lavender colour blocking. Small chest embroidery allows the taped embroidery to do the branding work, letting this retro garment place panels of pastel colour blocking to its design for maximum throwback appeal. Without one another piece, this design isn’t being used to its full effect.

Continuing to offer their patented reverse weave, this season’s drop of sporting sweats come constructed in a multitude of colourings and branded styles. From bold big logo designs with a script take, to the minimal logo offerings available in conjunction, the renaissance of branded sportswear doesn’t intend to stop any time soon, so it’s ideal that Champion offer some of the highest quality sweatshirt constructions.

We welcome some fine accessories this season from the American athletic company, highlighted by this red, white and blue bobble hat in a reverse weave construction. With the winter seasons setting in, you know it makes sense to complete the look with the best on offer from Champion.

Best of Summer at Aphrodite

The summer is well and truly kicking in, with the hot temperatures set to soar and holiday plans heating up, it only seemed fair to show our best of the summer selections with a mixture of brand new items and sale steals, make sure you’re kitted out with the best of summer.

T-Shirts

Champion T-Shirt Script Logo – SALE
It’s all about being vibrant in our best of summer highlights, no one wants to go to the beach in all black. We’re stout advocates of a good quality t-shirt, and Champion is a brand that doesn’t scrimp on quality. Their script logo t-shirt comes in an eye-catching yellow base, with the red, white and blue of the logo shining brightly on the chest.
 
Fred Perry T-Shirt  Colour Block 
Sometimes it’s hard to show off whilst in your minimal holiday dressing, but at least show a contemporary air with a colour blocked piece. Fred Perry have placed their laurel wreath to this pastel-tinged design and it’s perfect for on its own or under a linen shirt.
 
Polo Shirts
Lacoste Polo Shirt  – SALE
With certain brands, you just can’t argue with the pedigree, and for polo shirts, that’s Lacoste all over. The brand were the originators of this classy design back in the 30s, and they’re still going strong with the design today, dressed here in a warm weather ready light blue.
The world cup might be over but we’ve still got football fever over here at Aphrodite. In honour of the finals, Fred Perry commemorated specific nations with their own polo shirts prior to the cup, so channel your inner samba with this Brazillian iteration of the staple twin tipped polo.
Shirts
If it isn’t a lightweight fabric then it’s not even worth it. The Folks at Folk thought that too, issuing a subtle but sure-fire holiday hit in the form of their linen and cotton blended horizon shirt, decked here in a soft yellow.
 
It never gets easier trying to reinvent the wheel, but the punk spirit still lives on through Vivienne Westwood. Embellishing the standard white shirt with a side fastening pointed collar and extra panelling at the rear for more room to breathe.
 
Shorts
Who cares about pairing and matching, you’re on holiday just chill out! These proud pink terry shorts by the way of the original streetwear company, Stussy, have the skate and surf pedigree to guarantee comfort in the sunshine. After all, it is a California brand.
 
From one warm climate to another, we’ve got the towelling style of Stone Island’s sweat shorts ready to be equipped for the sunshine. With four outer pockets to choose from, there’s a lot of versatility in this perfect holiday garment.
 
Swim Shorts
When it comes to swimming, the individual with the jazziest shorts always looks best poolside. Whether you go reserved with a simple colour combo pattern, or with an outlandish eye-catching display, just remember you won’t see them again for another year. Your safe bet is with these gingham edition Barbour swim shorts.
 
Paul Smith Multi Stripe Swim Shorts
As stated above your shorts have to be jazzy, and there’s nothing jazzier than this instantly recognisable pattern from Paul Smith.
 
Bags
Eastpak Springer Bum Bag – SALE
Tourist vibes courtesy of the ever dependable Eastpak brand. Sling your passport, money, suncream and anything else worthy of its confines.
 
BOSS Green Holdall Pixel ZT
On the other spectrum, if you’re the sort that likes to pack light when travelling, this Boss Green Holdall is a perfect size for daily or monthly travel. With carrying handles reinforced with leather this is the classy statement holdall every travelling gent needs.
 
Hats
Norse Projects Heather Cap  – SALE
In a perfect summery pastel palette, this basic Norse Project cap is popping essential to protect your face from the rays.
 
Paul & Shark Cap 
With their yachting pedigree, you can guarantee this Paul & Shark statement cap to be rich in anti ray technology, with a rich red colouring.
 
Sunglasses
Ray Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses
The industry standard of designer sunglasses, Ray Ban have updated their Wayfarer sunglasses with G-15 lens to ensure protection from the harshest of sun.
 

Why You Need To Invest In A ‘Colourblock’ Piece

‘Colourblock’ pieces are pretty self-explanatory, it’s an item that typically features several colours on it, for example, Red body, Blue left sleeve & Yellow right sleeve. It hails back to the vintage days when brands such as NikeAdidas, Reebok and even Ralph LaurenFred Perry used to release jazzy windbreakers and patterned garments that had a strong sporting influence. As ever, fashion comes in cycles, and we’re being treated to another dose of strong colour palettes. From footwear upwards, brands are making it easier to colour coordinate an outfit with the wealth of shades on display.

One of our favourite colour blocks in the footwear world came in the form of the recent adidas drop of the Yung-1s, channelling a distinctive 90s running silhouette with panelled mixtures of colour. Offering a quiet and loud version of sorts, both colourways offer a base palette to compliment a variety of blue and navy tones, with variations on red and orange also lending themselves to the colour block nicely.

Making its comeback due to a resurgence in ‘dad’ styling or ‘dadcore’ as unusual people like to call it. You need some ‘wavey’ garms to match with them creps now don’t you. Most brands are jumping on the trend and are producing pieces with this colourful format, but only a select few are nailing this aesthetic and we are going to point out which path you should follow when investing in this bold style.

A basic colour blocking style can be seen from brands like Fred Perry with their sporting influence being worn on their sleeve or with this vibrant apricot polo the collar, offering a base colour with accents of blocked colour. On the other spectrum brands like Albam are looking to deck their outwear in the brightest colour combos possible, this parka taking on a similar blocked aesthetic to the popular Ralph Lauren Snow Beach collection that had a re-release recently, again taking a sporting style and adapting it to an interesting style.

A brand that channels colour blocking through every piece, from the construction to the branding is designer label Ami, placing a Parisian touch to each garment from their tricolour branded crew necks to their panneled and colour blocked designs seen below. With their contemporary take on staple styles, the inclusion of a vintage arrangement of colour blocking adds a timeless touch to their newer styles. Similar in ethos is the heritage style of BOSS and their variations. One of our favourite styles for the warmer months is a clean polo, and the BOSS Green arm of the company has channelled classic sporting styles to provide a colour blocked and a pinstriped polo shirt. Within their accessories, there’s even a blocked beach bag, perfect for everyday lifestyle use.

An alternative way to colour block is by wearing bold colours on different garments, i.e Blue shorts & a Red top, just to create a striking juxtaposition. Our recent minimalist footwear blog post seen here allowed us to challenge a blank canvas of styling with a clean white shoe, one of our favourite looks is the adidas Continental 80, Champion sweats and Polo shorts, bringing a preppy summer look that lends its colour palette perfect across each item.

Consider yourself informed and make a move before anyone else, it’s a look that you definitely don’t want to miss out. It works all year round, and yes, even in the Winter. Just because the weather looks dull outside doesn’t mean you have to dress accordingly, rock around in bright colours on dull days because you know it’s going to stand out and liven up your aura.

 

 

 

 

 

Outfit Grid

5 Best Minimal Footwear Styles For Every Budget

Want a clean crisp minimal shoe to pair with any outfit? We’re breaking down the best minimal white tennis and athletic styles for any look for every budget.

Under £50 – Novesta Master Trainers 

A boost in popularity by the way of a heralded CDG collaboration has seen Novesta become a contemporary choice at a budget price point. Easy to pair with any outfit and a serious competitor for Converse and Van’s low top dominance. Novesta’s footwear is produced in Slovakia to honour their rich European heritage and constructed using a high-pressure machine to bond the natural rubber sole to the canvas upper, in keeping with the company’s anti-chemical and glue stance. We’d recommend a dress down casual look either a pairing with a statement t-shirt, jean and sock, similar to our Edwin ED 55 Jeans & Norse Project striped numbers in form of the Niels T-Shirt and Bjarki Sports Socks.

Under £100 – Adidas Continental 80

The Kanye approved Continental 80 is a sure-fire bet for everyone’s favourite dress down shoe come 2018 year end. With it’s obvious influence to the Calabasas Powerphase, the Continental 80 takes on more of a classic tennis styling with it’s supple tumbled leather and lateral two-tone stripes. Pulling out all the stops this year with original and unique reissues, this release from adidas is a perfect sports luxe accompaniment to the combo of a Champion sweatshirt and Ralph Lauren Flat Shorts

Under £150 – adidas BW Army Trainer

With a number of reissued iterations under their belt, adidas has put a minimalist stamp on their original 70s army trainer design with a budget-priced alternative to the Marigela Replica. Debuting a premium model close in construction to the high fashion alternative, the BW army comes equipped with an all leather constructed upper and soft vachetta leather lining for a luxurious touch topped off with the choice of premium cotton or rawhide leather laces. Pair this premium pair with the Folk Painter’s Jacket and  Norse Project Aros Black for a mix of contemporary and heritage stylings.

Under £200 – Grenson Sneaker 1

When comes to minimal styles shoe stylings, the classic white tennis shoe is a wardrobe staple the world around. Presenting their first offering in the ‘sneaker’ world is Grenson, using their shoemaking expertise to create one of cleanest designs of the moment, basing their Sneaker 1 creation on the timeless design of the 70s tennis shoe. Dial in the tennis vibes with a full Aquascutum kit in their token club check design. Aquascutum Check Shorts, Aquascutum Polo Shirt and Aquascutum Abbott Club Check Cap

Over £200 – Margiela Replica Sneakers

Weighing in at a heavy £329 is the legendary Margiela Replica sneaker, adapting the classic German Army trainer into a high fashion behemoth. The quality in the construction is the Margiela ethos with no stone untouched in it’s design. Pair these ‘GAT’s with the perfect luxury athletic look in the form of the exquisite  Maison Margiela’s Sweat Jacket and Trousers.

Champion Reverse Weave

Champion Reverse Weave – What Is It?

With the resurgence of logo-heavy sportswear as the uniform of the street, it’s no wonder that a brand like Champion, with its instantly recognisable branding, would be enjoying a boost in popularity. While Champion-branded goods of varying styles — and quality — can be found in almost any sports shop around the world, the brand also has a higher-end range that is only available in select stores: Champion Reverse Weave. Similar to adidas Originals or Nike Sportswear, Champion Reverse Weave delves into the brand’s archive, using period-appropriate fabrics and construction while modernising the silhouettes to give the perfect combination of old-school quality and up-to-date styling.

Champion Reverse Weave Clothing

What Does Champion Reverse Weave Mean?

The history behind the Reverse Weave brand name stretches all the way back to Champion’s genesis. Formed in 1912 in Rochester, NY, the company that would become eventually become Champion was founded by the Feinbloom brothers, who saw a future in manufacturing athletic gear to be sold directly to schools and colleges in the US, a highly competitive industry at the time. The Feinblooms soon discovered that the teams’ coaches were a very demanding customer base, and were constantly tweaking and improving their range based on customer requests and feedback. The signature Champion Reverse Weave knitting technique was born of this period of innovation. Coaches were looking for a solution for uniforms shrinking too much in the laundry when washed en masse. In response the Feinblooms developed a horizontal knitting technique which not only minimised shrinkage but made the garments more durable. This Reverse Weave technique was patented in 1938 (though not finalised until 1951) and has been the core of the Champion range ever since, proving its effectiveness through the sheer number of vintage Champion sweatshirts that are still perfectly wearable despite being decades old.

Champion Reverse Weave T-Shirts

This durability, coupled with the brand’s easy availability Stateside and range of colour options, made Champion a favourite of subcultures across the board, from rappers to skaters to straight-edge hardcore bands. Given these associations, it’s no surprise that street culture titans like Supreme, A Bathing Ape and w)taps have collaborated with Champion on a number of occasions, helping elevate the brand from basics to a bona fide fashion essential, and prompting Champion to form a higher-end line to be sold alongside brands like these. Given the importance of the Reverse Weave knit technique to the brand’s heritage, it only makes sense that they would honour it by naming the line after it.

Champion Reverse Weave Caps

So, in short, buying from the Champion Reverse Weave range ensures you get that distinctive Champion look and branding, backed up with over a century of heritage and expertise to give superior quality and fabric choices: simple.

Champion Sweatshirt

Champion – Flip, Reverse Weave It

We have been sat on the edge of our seats, waiting for the new season Champion to finally arrive in our warehouse, and it has been worth the wait. The hues are straight out of a bag of pic-n-mix and we can’t wait to dive in. 
Champion Towelling SweaterIt may be spring, but we still need a bit of fuzzy warmth in our lives, and the Champion Towelling Sweatshirt in Blue certainly accommodates that need. This sweatshirt has been presented in a fuzzy textured towelling fabric in a vintage cut. Other key features to this essential sweater are its deep ribbed collar, cuffs and hem with stripe detailing. 
Champion Towelling SweatshirtBased on vintage collegiate styles from the brand’s archives, these pieces look like they have been lifted straight out of an all American Year Book. If like us, you always have space in your life for a soft sweatshirt, this piece also makes an appearance in a grey and purple colourway.
Champion Reverse WeaveIt wouldn’t be a Champion collection with the iconic Reverse Weave taking the centre stage, and we are welcoming it in with open arms. The unique horizontal-grain loopback fabric feels reassuringly sturdy in the hand, becoming softer and softer with each wash, while the oversized cut is designed to shrink to a more athletic fit after the first wash. Champion Reverse Weave Sweatshirt

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Champion Brand Guide

Fashion’s preoccupation with sportswear and comfort – some call it streetwear, others athleisure – doesn’t seem to be dissipating any time soon; 80s and 90s style ‘power dressing’ looks to be firmly confined to the past, as creatives, office workers and everyone in between turns to athletic brands for their everyday wardrobe. For this reason, it’s no surprise to see such brands releasing tweaked cuts and updated takes on classic pieces to appeal to a more style-conscious customer, and the Champion brand fits into this niche perfectly.

Beginning life in 1912 in Rochester, NY, the brand that would become Champion was founded by the Feinbloom brothers, who got their first big break manufacturing athletic gear to be sold directly to schools and colleges, a highly competitive industry at the time. The Feinblooms soon discovered that coaches were a very demanding customer base, and were constantly tweaking and improving their range based on the coaches’ requests and feedback. The need for an all-weather warmup garment for the sidelines led to Champion developing the first hooded sweatshirt, for instance, while the brand’s signature Reverse Weave knitting technique was also born of this period of innovation. Coaches were looking for a solution for team jerseys shrinking too much in the laundry when washed en masse; the Feinblooms developed a horizontal knitting technique which not only minimised shrinkage but made the garments more durable. This Reverse Weave technique was patented in 1938 (though not finalised until 1951) and has been the core of the Champion brand ever since, proving its effectiveness through the sheer number of vintage Champion sweats that are still perfectly wearable despite being decades old.

This durability, coupled with the brand’s easy availability Stateside and range of colour options, made Champion a favourite of subcultures across the board, from rappers to skaters to straight-edge hardcore bands. Given these associations, it’s no surprise that street culture titans like Supreme, A Bathing Ape and w)taps have collaborated with Champion on a number of occasions, helping elevate the Champion brand from basics to a bona fide fashion essential.

As it always has, the Reverse Weave sweatshirt remains the core of the Champion collection, coming in a range of seasonal colours in both crew-neck and hooded variations. The unique horizontal-grain loopback fabric feels reassuringly sturdy in the hand, becoming softer and softer with each wash, while the oversized cut is designed to shrink to a more athletic fit after the first wash. Whether you choose a classic grey or navy or a more exuberant colour, opt for the full script logo or stick to the iconic small ‘C’, you can’t go wrong with a Champion Reverse Weave sweatshirt.