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6 Must Have Lightweight Jackets

We have gathered together 6 of our favourite lightweight jackets that we think are absolute must haves for your Spring/Summer 17 wardrobe.


This performance pullover is a lightweight and simple jacket created in a 2.5 layer 100% recycled nylon which has a waterproof/breathable barrier and DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Crafted in a regular fit, it packs into the front torso pocket. The center front zip reaches half way down the jacket to where the jacket changes to red, it is concealed with a minimal-welt exterior and interior storm flap. Other key features are the elasticized cuffs, microfleece-lined neck, draw-cord hem, adjustable roll-down hood and finished off with a Patagonia logo badge on the chest.


A bold statement piece from CP Company this season, the Watch Viewer Jacket returns in a crisp white colourway. The key elements to this jacket are its ‘T-Mack 3 Layer Waterproof Construction’, a poppered stormflap over the branded zip frontal fastening, adjustable cuff fastening, roll away hood for those rare days without a down pour, and various pockets to the front of the jacket and the lining.


The Membrana 3L TC fabric from Stone Island is a 3 layer light performance fabric. It is crafted by using an opaque nylon outer face bonded to a breathable water resistant membrane which is protected by an imperceptible polyester base. The unique colouration is derived from the garment dyeing procedure that the fabric undergoes. A fixed hood protects you in the harsher weather whilst contrasting zippers adorn the front and 2x zip pockets. The removable Stone Island compass patch badge to the arm finishes off this fantastic piece.

A versatile outer layer, this pullover anorak is super lightweight and packable to help keep you prepared for the unpredictable weather. Adjustable hood and hem for the perfect fit, with a handy front pocket to store your essentials. Finished with classic Napapijri details in a tonal print.

Made from a lightweight 100% Polyamide regular fit, it is a great transitional piece for Spring/Summer 17. The timeless design features a full meshed lining, full frontal zip, 2x side zips with reflective strips, elastic cuffs, drawstring to the hem and BOSS branding tag to the side seam.

A lightweight, pack-able outer layer for the unpredictable weather, the Jean-Claude is constructed from nylon with an adjustable hood, and features striped, elasticated trim for the perfect fit, and enough pocket storage for any of your weekend adventures.

A Closer Look: Ideas From Massimo Osti

After four years in the making, the highly anticipated second edition of Ideas From Massimo Osti has landed at Aphrodite in paperback form.

Written and edited by Osti’s wife Daniela Facchinato, the book tells the story of the ‘godfather of sportswear’. The man behind the iconic Stone Island and CP Company. Osti also invented the innovative garment dyeing technique and other fabrics which are still used today.

Featuring unseen images, sketches, dyeing tests and interviews, the book delves into the archive of Osti with tributes from some of the most honoured names in fashion, including Sir Paul Smith, Errolson Hugh, William Gibson and the late legendary Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani.

Throughout the book you are shown the experimentation with fabrics and dyeing techniques, as well as going through the stages of Osti’s life, following his change from graphic designer to fashion innovator. The book also features Osti’s textile innovations, such as the iconic ice jacket and reflective fabrics. The book shows inspirations behind the designs of Massimo Osti, as well as how the logos were created with hand drawn notes and sketches for a personal touch.

Ideas From Massimo Osti is a must-have for lovers of sportswear, who want to learn more about the highly respected designer who brought us some of the most iconic pieces of clothing and materials. Offering an insight into Osti’s achievements and influence in the world of sportswear fashion.

Ensure that you keep a space free on your coffee table for this unique piece of fashion history.

Ideas From Massimo Osti is available to buy both in store or online at aphrodite1994.com

Mako Cotton

What Is Mako Cotton?

Mako Cotton is produced in upper-Egypt; spun from a long staple fibre to develop a very fine premium quality cotton. The finest grade Mako has the unique and rare ability of being spun into a much smoother, finer, and stronger form compared to any other existing cotton in the world.

The cotton which is now exclusive to designer wear was founded by Monsieur Louis Alexis Jumel, an active and enterprising French man, who discovered a lost garden planted with beds of neglected cotton plants that appeared to have no use. Out of curiosity, the man collected the plants and took them for thorough examination, which is now proven to have been well-worth his time. Immediately the exquisite benefit of the cotton plants became apparent to him from how well they had adapted to their original soil ground, and after observing and experimenting with them, he soon became satisfied with the specific planting regime of the staple and how it might be easily propagated throughout Egypt for the purpose of fashion and clothing.

Today, alongside Egypt, Mako Cotton plants are now grown and well-managed in a small part of the Nile Delta – representing only 0.5% of the total annual Egyptian cotton production. Mako cotton is picked by hand through the delicacy that it withholds, where only the flocks that have developed to the correct stage and are able to be manipulated, are picked at once. Manually hand-picking the cotton avoids the use of defoliants and other harsh chemical products that are commonly used for machinery designed for automatic plant-picking. Mako Cotton fibres are remarkably long (36 mm) and have a consistent index of 88.5%, and what makes it so limited is the fineness of its fibres, often measured in micronaire. Micronaire is between  3.0 and 3.2, and the strength of the brightness equivalent to 74.8 – the best among the list of exceedingly long staple cottons.

What Are The Benefits Of Mako Cotton?

  • The sheets made of this fine fabric are extraordinarily soft with a silky hand, rich drape and a luminous sheen
  • Lightweight and breathable
  • Can withstand frequent washing’s

Brands That Use Mako Cotton

  • C.P Company
CP Company Goggle Jacket

CP Company Brand Guide

An Introduction to CP Company

CP Company is an Italian Clothing Company which was born in 1975. Their main idea was for a casual menswear brand to bring the traditional elements back into a man’s wardrobe. All garment which are produced by C.P. Company reflect the company’s philosophy ‘Function and Use’.

CP Company originally focused on military work wear and work outfits but as time went on, focus shifted from this area to the evolution of urban city wear.  Originally named ‘Chester Perry’, the company changed name in the mid 70’s to become C.P Company we know today. Chester Perry came from 2 London brands, Fred Perry and Chester Barry, which was tailoring brand and a sportswear brand, but after legal matters, had to settle on the Initial of each word. This then resulted in the creation of a tailored sportswear brand under the name C.P Company.

CP Company’s main intention is to produce garments which are exclusively individual to the company, with the help of using new technology to find new materials, fabrics and finishes. Fabric is dyed, coated, washed, treated and printed on to find innovative and fresh concepts and designs.

This season C.P Company has come up with some great designs, taking inspiration from the authentic pieces of previous apparels.
There are 4 main collections; Heritage, Sport, Military and Nautical and Colonial.

CP Company Goggle Hood

The Heritage Collection are a combination of authentic utility jackets, garment treated chinos, faded shirts and sweatshirts. These are capsule collection garments with the vintage appearance.

The Sports Collection take detailing from the military styles, mixed with fabrics with maximum flexibility and use. Along with this, bold colours are used to add more dimension and give an extra lift to the garments.

Military collection, is basically a nautical themed assortment of garments mixing military and sportswear to give the definitive yet effective sailor and sport Expression. The famous C.P. Company Goggle jacket is the perfect example of this collection, which has been taken and reinvented with new features including multifunctional pockets inspired by the ‘survival Kits’ supplied to those in the American Air Force.

Last but not least the Colonial collection of garments. This adds to the cultural and ethnic area of the overall spring summer 2012 collection. Using Korean Collars and cultural prints and textures this collection is perfect for the modern day traveller and explorer.

C.P Company Goggle Jacket Video

On our official Youtube channel, we featured on of the CP Company Goggle jackets in a recent video which highlights some of the major features of the jacket. Have a watch of the video and please leave us any comments if you have any questions about it.

View all C.P Company Jackets and Clothing

TheHoxtonTrend Reviews Aphrodite’s A/W wear

After visiting our Sunderland store a few weeks ago, menswear YouTuber TheHoxtonTrend‘s second YouTube video is now available to watch on our YouTube channel. Showcasing key pieces for autumn/winter 16 including knitwear, overshirts and winter jackets.

The popular YouTuber has gained over 14,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel and regularly updates his followers on the latest go to brands, including our latest arrivals from Stone Island, C.P Company, Ten C, Nudie and Fred Perry. All of the pieces featured in the video are available from the Aphrodite website and any additional information you require can be found by contacting our friendly customer services team on 0191 5675898 or [email protected].

 

CP Company Mille Miglia Goggle Jacket

CP Company Mille Miglia Video

CP Company Mille Miglia Jacket

CP Company is renowned for their infamous CP Company Mille Miglia Goggle Jacket initially taking inspiration from the old Mille Miglia race. This vibrant CP Company Mille Miglia red piece from the Autumn Winter 2016 collection features a ribbed front and back for additional insulation whilst the iconic goggles feature to the hood. Priced at £295.00, the CP Company goggle jacket is available to purchase from Aphrodite1994.com or in our Sunderland based store.

Watch the video below to see the jacket in full HD detail.

CP Company 40th Anniversary

CP Company 

Specialising in high-end high-tech sportswear, CP Company has successfully cemented themselves as one of the world’s most critically acclaimed fashion houses. Famed for their unique fusion between military grade fabrics and modern yet practical styling, CP Company has consequently become a wardrobe staple piece for the discerning man.

We recently took a trip to Florence for C P Company’s 40th Anniversary exhibition at the Pitti Uomo trade show, which showcased the brand’s history with a number of high-profile pieces that changed the brands status of the brand withing the fashion industry.

CP Company

CP Company 40th Anniversary

CP Company Jacket

You can shop our full collection of CP Company here

Published by Sarah Kearney, Online Editor at Aphrodite Clothing

goggle jacket

CP Company Goggle Jacket

A Casual Icon

The CP Company Goggle Jacket is perhaps the definition of a ‘grail’ for many. For any man with more than a passing interest in clothes, there are certain pieces that inspire and ignite the imagination, whether for their looks, innovative technical specifications or associations with a certain lifestyle or period in time. Combine any or all of these with limited availability, a high price or both, and you end up with a sought-after garment with a cult status: a grail. The Goggle Jacket possesses all these characteristics in spades. The creator of the jacket — legendary CP Company and Stone Island designer Massimo Osti — had a knack for creating clothes that elicit these kinds of feelings; considering himself more of a fabric engineer than a fashion designer, Osti always sought to push forward in terms of textile innovation while honouring the sporting, maritime and military heritage that inspired him, an approach that speaks to men the world over.

History of the Goggle Jacket: Militaria to Mille Miglia

One of Osti’s most iconic designs, the Goggle Jacket epitomises these inspirations. The first version of the Goggle Jacket was conceived as part of CP Company’s sponsorship deal for the 1988 Mille Miglia (‘1000 Mile’) vintage sports car endurance race: a 1000-mile round trip race from Brescia to Rome and back using only classic and vintage cars. Originally staged annually from 1927 to 1957, the race paved the way for the rise of some of Europe’s most illustrious car manufacturers from Ferrari to Porsche. From the Sixties onwards, the rules were changed to only allow vehicles released before 1957. Due to the lack of modern conveniences in these cars, the participants needed adequate protection from the harsh elements during the often grueling race, and Osti took it upon himself to design the ideal garment for these purposes: forward-thinking but with classic styling and, above all, practicality.

At the time of the 1988 race, Osti had already been experimenting with creating a jacket with built-in protective optics, first incorporating them into an elongated collar in the Explorer Jacket. But after delving into his extensive archive of militaria, Osti hit on his ‘eureka moment’: a 1960s-era Swiss Army sniper jacket.

During our recent trip to the Four Marketing HQ in London we were lucky enough to see an original of this jacket:

Vintage Swiss Military Sniper Jacket

You can instantly see the stylistic and practical correlations between the this and the Goggle Jacket, particularly the abundance of pockets, ideal for holding essentials for soldiers, racecar drivers and regular Joes alike. The jacket also features a hood with a pull-down mesh cover to provide full-face protection. Coupling this concept with his existing optical frame design, alongside the CP Company Goggle Jacket was born. Originally made from a simple beige twill cloth, the jacket captured the attention of drivers and spectators alike, and was incorporated into the CP Company collection in 1989, where it has remained as a staple of their lineup ever since.

Lens Flair

In more recent collections, the designers have experimented with the Goggle motif, adding the lens viewers to pockets and sleeves on everything from lightweight hooded jackets to cargo shorts, while the original designs always fetch high prices from collectors, cementing the Goggle Jacket’s status as a genuine classic of not only fashion but industrial design, emblematic of CP Company and Osti’s whole ethos as a brand, and the lifestyle they represent: the perfect jacket for any and all adventures.

View our full range of CP Company Jackets and other apparel at Aphrodite Clothing today.

‘In That London’ – Four Marketing Training Day

Aphrodite recently had a day out of the office with a trip down to the Four Marketing HQ in ‘that London’. The sun was shining, the coffee was flowing and we caught the train (thank goodness) so the day was off to a good start.

Four marketing is a London-based PR Division of sales agency, who represent a number of brands that Aphrodite stock, including Stone Island, CP Company and Paul and Shark. The aim of the training day was to give us as much info on the brands as possible, so we can do the ‘big sell’ to you lovely lot.

Based in Garrett Street in the heart of London, the Headquarters has a minimalist exterior, with hardly any branding, which didn’t help 2 Northerners find it. After our introduction and meet and greets etc we were split into groups and made our way around different brands, which started with CP Company.

CP Company & Ten C

Headed by Graham, the CP Company and Ten C was an in depth look at the brands history, the stand out pieces that have changed the shape of modern design and the new seasons collections (which we are very excited to be receiving soon!) Aphrodite have stocked CP Company for many years and it has established itself as a firm favourite with our customer. Ten C, which many of you might not have heard of is a fairly new brand which will be welcomed to the Aphrodite collection in AW15.

Over the years CP have built up their reputation worldwide to become one of fashions most famous brands, not just in the fashion scene but in fabric technology. Osti’s exploration into the relationship between functional and stylish design have created some of the most sought after pieces to date. The brands use of sourcing materials from every corner of the world and continuously experimenting with new manufacturing techniques has given them the opportunity to produce over 40,000 garments in the brands 40 year history, each reflecting CP Company’s core  philosophy – Function and Use. Experimentation and fabric technology is at the forefront of every design to enhance the functionality. To find out more about CP Company read our brand guide.

Ten C, (The Emperors New Clothes) has been designed to be a forever collection. Taking inspiration from the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, the brand wants the customer to look beyond what you are told to see and to value what is truly there. The ability too see past the fashion media barrage is a new interpretation of the original fairy tale. Founded by Paul Harvey, who designed alongside Massimo Osti for CP.Company for 25 seasons, uses all he has learned to create technical, timeless garments. The items themselves have no branding on the exterior whatsoever, Harvey asks for the items to be loved for what they are, not what brand or who they are associated with. More information will be available about the new collection and the brand in the coming months including a brand guide which will give you all the information you will need to know about Ten C.

Paul & Shark

Paul & Shark has been with us for a few seasons now and is growing in popularity every season. Born in 1921 in the sleepy village of Masnago, in the countryside just outside of Milan, Paul and Shark was forged from a mill which was already producing knitting textiles. It was this firm grounding in the understanding of what using quality materials meant to its customers that gave Paul and Shark the impetuous to give their designs a strong yachting design led look, to prove their materials in one of the most rigorous situations they knew. With their innovative fabrics paving the way for their expansion into other markets, from skiing, to golf and casual wear, Paul and Shark now provide an entire branded look which carries all the design idealisms of Italian craftsmanship.

Stone Island

Our last stop was the Stone Island table with the ever enthusiastic Carl. Stone Island is one of the best known brands in mens designer sports and technical wear. Their history of garment dyeing and fabric research is one of the most in depth you will encounter and it is that which defines the brand. 4 key elements that come up when talking about Stone Island and that make up the brand are: Rivetti, Garment Dye, Fabric Innovation and Military Inspiration. With a number of iconic pieces over the years, including  the ‘Tela Stella’ which was the brands first jacket released in 1982, they have created some of the most advanced pieces and continue to push the boundaries of experimentation. The ‘Tela Stella’ is the name of the the actual fabric used, and was released in seven styles and 6 different colours, catapulting Stone Island into the spotlight. The Ice Jacket is another iconic piece, which is created from a heat sensitive fabric, changing colour with temperature, another technical jacket that pushed the boundaries in fabric technology. A complete Stone Island brand guide can be read here

Along with the standard Stone Island, we will also be receiving a drop of the Shadow Project for AW15. So keep your eyes peeled!

We would like to give a massive thanks to all the reps and staff at Four Marketing for their knowledge and hospitality throughout the day.

Published by Sarah Kearney, Online Editor at Aphrodite Clothing