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Canada Goose Camo Parka

Cold Weather Essentials

It’s brass, the possibility of snow is inevitable and you can’t keep wearing all your clothes at once to try and stay warm. Desperate times call for desperate measures and what you need is some reliable, durable and protective gear to see you through mother natures worst. Robust denim, a Thick jacket, cosy beanie, tough boots and of course the all-important colourful socks. Behold, the answer to all your winter woes.

Winter Clothing

Unless you plan on hibernating until spring has sprung then the threat of snow looming on the horizon may have you shaking in your suede shoes. When it comes to cold, wet, generally unpleasant weather the truth is you just can’t go wrong with a premium pair of leather boots. We chose the Avoriaz Jannu from Paraboot. Handmade in France for the toughest terrain the boots feature a padded collar and tongue for exceptional comfort as well as a double-stitched Norwegian welt commando sole for grip, support and sturdiness. Top it all off with some heavy duty striped laces and a rich waxy brown colour for a touch of mature styling and watch your icey fears melt away. But, of course what is a good pair of boots without a really nice set of socks to go with them? Luckily for us our cold weather fellow northerners across the pond, Norse Projects have just supplied us a fresh batch of their twisted cotton yarn socks in yellow, purple and, the colour we decided to opt for, red. Very nice indeed.

Paraboot Avoriaz Jannu Boots

Next on the list is a jacket. What jacket? The jokers among you may ask and for that, we’d give you a solid exhale from the nostrils and a firm shake of the head. But we aren’t here to joke around not when it comes to waiting for the bus in below freezing. We’re looking for water and wind resistance, a warm lining and plenty of embedded functionality, let us introduce you to the Wyndham parka from Canada Goose. With the brands signature down filling, a removable fur ruff lined hood, rib knit cuffs and a total of 6 pockets including, fleece lined hand warmers, the jacket is designed with extreme conditions and the coldest climates in mind. Finished with a two-way heavy duty zip with additional press stud flap and the Canada Goose patch to the arm this coat makes all the right moves when it comes to keeping you nice and toasty on your urban escapades.  Nipping out on a teabag run at work? No worries. Football match? See you there. The beach in -6°C? Lets do it.

Canada Goose Wyndham Parka

For those of us who have ever got caught in the rain in a pair of sweatpants we know it’s less than ideal. Couple this with the harsh frost ladened winds and you’ve got yourself a pretty abysmal time by all accounts. Well, try not to beat yourself up too much because, as we all know, after the rain comes a rainbow, in this case, a rainbow pair of selvage denim from Edwin. Cut from a 12.8oz denim with a mid-rise and relaxed, tapered fit, the jeans are robust enough to last you a lifetime without sacrificing on comfort. Made in the Kuroki Mill in Japan the denim is complete with signature Edwin branding to the back and some delightful stitch detailing.

Edwin Rainbow Selvage Denim Jeans

Did you know the majority of your heat escapes through your head? Well, that’s what everyone reckons anyway. Regardless throwing on a beanie at this time of year is never not a good idea. To finish our look off we decided to go for some subtle matching, pairing an olive Canada Goose beanie with the tones found throughout the camo patterning. Made from a thick 100% wool for both a quality fit and insulating properties, it boasts the unmistakable Canada Goose seal of approval to the front ensuring everyone you pass on the streets knows you mean business.

Canada Goose BeanieSo there we have it some of our top picks to see you through to the summer. You can find all of the products shown above online and in store right now as well as a wide offering of other boots, coats, legwear and accessories.

Win A Pair Of Edwin Selvage Denim Jeans

Beat the January blues with our latest competition! We’ve teamed up with Edwin to give away a pair of Edwin ED 80 CS Red Listed Selvage Denim Jeans.

The ED 80 jeans are cut in a modern fit with a slightly tapered leg, they’re made from an exclusive Japanese Selvage, meaning they’re long-lasting and durable, the perfect wardrobe staple for the new season.

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To enter the competition head over to our Instagram and follow the instructions below.

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Competition ends on 30th January 2017 at 5pm GMT. Terms and conditions apply.

Win £250RRP Edwin

Edwin JeansAfter the phenomenal response to our previous Edwin competition last July, we are now following up with a chance for one lucky winner to get their hands on £250RRP of Edwin. One of our top selling denim brands, Edwin features a range of denim with various different fits and washes, appealing to a wide demographic.

The brand created by Mr Tsunemi is born out of a passion for denim, which originally saw him importing denim from the United States as there was no denim manufacturing in Japan until the 1950’s. Tsunemi found that the denim that was produced in Japan was expensive and inferior in quality to that of its American counterpart driving him on to produce his own denim with sophisticated washes, fits and quality. The first pair of Edwin jeans came along in 1961 and by 1963 the brand had created a world first by producing the heaviest ringspun denim (16oz). This incorporated the iconic three-colour rainbow selvedge which is still used to this day.  Moving with the times, Edwin pioneered ‘stone washing’ which revolutionised the denim industry and influenced every denim company from the 80’s until now.

Edwin prides itself on its forward thinking and craftsmanship and shows no letting up in its quest for perfection in design and fits. This season we are stocking various fits and washes including the Edwin ED-55, ED-75 and ED-80.

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Timeless Jeans

Nudie Jeans Thin Finn

Coming straight out of one of the most fashionable corners of the planet, Nudie Jeans have been creating a stir in the denim industry- challenging perceptions of longevity, responsible production and ethical values in fashion.

After successfully completing their mission to create their now cherished jeans from 100% organic cotton, the Swedish brand have blended an elegant mix of precision cuts, comfortable denim and on point washes to create styles that define the contemporary nature of hugely desirable Nordic style. With a range of fits that cover a multitude of styles, it is the Nudie Thin Finn that has carried a huge appeal, thanks to its slim fit that still carries a comfortable, easy to wear, everyday feel.

With a heritage that takes inspiration from classic styling, the Nudie Thin Finn redefines a retro 1950’s carrot cut jean- modernizing the silhouette that began denim’s transition from standard straight cuts to trend driven slimmer shapes.

With a normal rise that sits comfortably on the waist, each pair of Nudie Thin Finn jeans carry a low back yoke offering a sleek fit on the back that supports a cut that slims down from the hips to the ankle.

Finished with a zip fly, Nudie Thin Finn jeans offer a tight fit with a narrow leg opening that makes them perfect for showcasing a range of footwear-making them brilliantly versatile with a whole host of styles. From raw washes making the perfect accompaniment for your smart casual looks, to mid and light washes that offer a style primed for urban inspired street wear, the Nudie Thin Finn is a great example of resourceful designer denim.

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Published by Sarah Kearney, Online Editor at Aphrodite Clothing

Nudie Jeans – Get The Scandinvian Style

Nudie Jeans Grim Tim

As a label that has sprung up for the hot bed of fashionable creation that is Scandinavia, Nudie Jeans have subtly gone about their business in changing the face of the denim industry since the late 1990’s.

With production based in Italy, Nudie Jeans have successfully become the first denim label to craft their on trend jean styles with 100% organic cotton. As an instigator of raw denim and the bedding in process that goes with it, Nudie Jeans have created their own niche cult following of loyal followers, who love the labels’ sustainable and responsible approach to denim, which they couple with contemporary cuts and sleek finishes.

With all their jeans coming finished with the now iconic ‘Nudie swirl’ embroidered onto the back pocket, spotting a pair of Nudie Jeans isn’t a hard task. As aficionados of the tapered, skinny and slim fitting jean, one of the labels defining fits has come in the form of the Nudie Grim Tim. Featuring a slim fitting leg that doesn’t stray too far from the familiar feel of a straight cut, Nudie Grim Tim Jeans offer a comfortable fit on the waist and a narrow leg opening, making them perfect for showing off your latest selection in footwear.
With a host of finishes and denim options, a pair of Nudie Grim Tim Jeans are the perfect embodiment of Nudie’s versatility in crafting cuts that are timeless, resourceful and above all, supremely desirable to all fashion movements.

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Published by Sarah Kearney, Online Editor at Aphrodite Clothing

Levis Vintage Brand Guide

Finely honed to capture the real essence of the true American spirit, Levi’s Vintage pays homage to the golden era of American creation; a time when industry was rife and work wear was king in the wardrobe of the typical American dreamer. A wonderfully diverse and eclectic range of clothing that has the undoubted touch from Levi’s; one of the founding fathers of modern denim, Levi’s Vintage faithfully recreates some of their most infamous and best loved designs, using their huge archive of some 40,000 plus specimens to accurately recreate the style of Levi’s most cherished pieces.

 

With styles that pour out cult nostalgia, this niche collection comes from one of the true kings of denim. Formed in 1853, in San Francisco, Levi’s were the prime instigator in the rise of blue denim. Famed for crafting the first primitive jeans that resemble the style that we know and love today, Levi’s were an institution to the American worker, who craved the label’s blend of durability and style.

The infamous belt patch that features the Levi horses was developed as a trademark display of Levi jeans’ strength, which was ultimately down to a patented metal rivet system which helped keep the denim together at points of high strain such as the pockets.
This rivet technique took hold, and soon became the norm for any jean design, leading right up to the modern day.

Levi’s exploits in providing clothing for the American worker made them infamous, with everyone from the cowboys of the Midwest to the gold rush minors of California clamoring to ply their respective trades in a pair of Levi jeans. Keeping the illustrious and respected history of Levi’s alive, the Levi’s Vintage collection uses traditional craftsmanship and superior quality materials that are kept exclusive to the Vintage range to give the replications of their own historic designs a truly authentic edge.

Concentrating on the little details, Levi’s Vintage provides a cult heritage look that offers a truly eclectic snap shot of a single point in this iconic brands diverse history. Every angle is covered to show the archived pieces the utmost respect, stretching as far as designs featuring the exact same branding as their retrospective counterparts, from the belt patches to pocket detailing.Not just stopping at the aesthetics, Levi Vintage jeans use individual dying and washing techniques to give their jeans an appearance that is an honest reflection of their inspirations, offering fades straight off the shelf that are normally sited on denims that are 3 or 4 years old, along with aged rivets and buttons that have been carefully re-worked by hand.

Everything down to the very fit of the jeans is true to its roots- ignoring modern trends and keeping the faith in the heritage appeal behind their archived pieces, Levi Vintage jeans make the most of some of the best fabrics around, utilizing selvedge edged denim to ensure that this range’s pieces of pure, faithful recreation stand the test of time, just like the original garments that they pay homage too.

A leader in cult styling, Levi’s Vintage breaks the mould of the norm and mundane, bringing authentic, characteristic style back to the fore of the modern man’s wardrobe. A truly impressive tribute to the illustrious past of one of the world’s most infamous labels, Levi’s Vintage are beautifully presented, expertly balanced, and instantly eye catching, featuring traits that their counterparts from the Levi’s mainline range simply can’t rival.

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Win 2 Pairs of Edwin Jeans

Thank you to everybody who entered this competition. Congratulations to our winner, Scott Wheeler. This competition is now closed.

Due to the enormous success of our past competitions this summer featuring iconic brands like Fred Perry and H By Hudson Shoes, we are launching a competition throughout July to win 2x pairs of Edwin Jeans. Edwin Jeans are a Japanese jeans brand that are renowned for their designs combining the best of rugged American inspired workwear with the meticulous of Japanese design.
Edwin Jeans were established in 1947, when Mr Tsuemi was filling in the gap in the Japanese market by importing jeans from USA, as there was no production of denim until 1951 in Japan. So he was altering and laundering the goods by hand to then sell them on in Japan. When the production of denim in Japan started up. it was low quality and expensive compared to its American counterpart. In 1961 Mr Tsunemi produced the first pair of Edwin Jeans, where he created a range of denim through different fits and washes, through unique techniques and hand-washing processes. To this day Edwin Jeans are still going through a progression of designs, washes and fits to keep the designs fresh to satisfy the modern market.

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Why Does My Zipper Have YKK On It

Why Does My Zip Have YKK On

Are you wearing a pair of jeans? Look down at your zipper.  Chances are it has the letters YKK engraved into it.  You may never have noticed this before or have seen it and wondered why it was there.

YKK is a company founded in Japan 1934 that is now the worlds largest manufacturer of zippers.  Originally called Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha (Yoshida Company Limited), the company changed the name to YKK to match the branding on the zippers in the 90’s. The YKK HQ is based in Japan, but over the years their expansion has now seen them operate in 52 countries at 206 premises. The company produce the entire zipper including the various dyed pieces of cloth that the zipper sits upon. At their factory in Macon, Georgia,  YKK even produce the brass used to craft the teeth.

The functional zipper has only came into our lives over the past 100 years yet it has became such a staple part of not only clothing but accessories such as bags and purses, cushion covers, sports equipment and much more. However the technology has not really changed in that time. You will undoubtedly have experienced a zip jamming or the teeth from the zipper falling out and in the worst case scenario haven’t been able to wear your clothing any more.

Designer clothing manufacturers that don’t want a bad reputation for their garments falling apart have turned to YKK over the years in an attempt to get the best available.  YKK now produce over half of the zippers used on clothing in the world today.  This equates to around 7 billion zippers per annum.

Hopefully we’ve answered your question if you were wondering why YKK was branded onto your zipper.  If you hadn’t noticed then keep this in your memory bank.  You never know when you’ll be on ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire‘ and get asked the question that you know know the answer to.

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