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Stone Island Membrana 3L TC Jacket

Stone Island Membrana 3L TC Jacket: An In Depth Look

Stone Island Membrana 3L TC Jacket

A brand new Stone Island Membrana 3L TC jacket recently found its way through our doors and it got us all fondly reminiscing about the numerous reasons we can’t get enough of the Italian sportswear brand. So in an ode to the material maestros themselves and a pledge of allegiance to the compass patch we took a quick look into what makes them so good at what they do and why this fresh bit of Membrana has got us flying the Ravarino flag for all to see. 

Take one glance at the sheer scale and variety of Stone Island’s impressive textiles resume and you know they mean business. Favouring the worlds of laboratories and practicality over that of runways and frivolity, Osti’s brand pursues a fierce desire to push the limits of what can and can’t be done when it comes to clothing, priding themselves on their defined sensibilities and a strong philosophy driven design ethos that prioritises the cornerstones of research, experimentation and functionality above all else.

The result? Some of the most technically pleasing garments we’ve had the fortune of getting our hands on, and that’s putting it lightly. In the years they’ve spent redefining the expectations when it comes to anything from outerwear to joggers they’ve not only amassed over 60,000 different dye recipes to compliment a vast list of bespoke materials, but turned things on their head when it comes to how garments are created, treated and subsequently finished all the while developing a dedicated cult following of detachable patch fanatics.

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Photo Credit: Stone Island

Just take a look at when the brand adopted something as ubiquitous as a chunky knitwear jumper into their revered ICE collection infusing it with a double layering of both pure wool and a thermo-sensitive yarn that resulted in changes of colour when the garment was exposed to a drop in temperature. Or, what about Stone Island’s nylon metal ripstop fabric? Arguably one of their most recognisable materials to date, it has been applied to a countless number of silhouettes boasting a trilobate structure that undergoes an intensive double-dye procedure to adapt it’s iconic metallic / tonic sheen with some pieces optimised further still with an internal resin treatment for an extra functional flair of elemental protection. In truth you could pick up any one of Stone Island’s products and spend hours discussing its nuances and intricate details whether it be a Tella Stella jacket or a pair of Felpa Placatta shorts the possibilities, in Stone Island’s opinion, truly are endless.

This latest addition to our Stone Island arsenal is no different. Cut in a slightly longer parka style length the jacket boasts plenty of intrinsic militaristic appeal and delivers on all fronts when it comes to a number of constructive complexities. Engineered from a lightweight performance fabric Stone Island refer to as Membrana 3L TC the jacket utilises a three pronged approach putting to work an opaque nylon outer layer laminated to a breathable, water resistant and windproof membrane which is then further reinforced with an impalpable polyester base. Not only does this mean the jacket is perfect for this time of year but it allows for Stone Island’s dyeing expertise to be applied directly to the outer layer whilst preserving the protective qualities of the underlying fabric.

Stone Island Membrana 3L TC Jacket

But that’s not all, aside from the top notch composition on offer the Stone Island Membrana 3L TC Jacket also comes equipped with an array of utilitarian attributes to serve your day to day needs including a plethora of pockets to keep your personal possessions safe, double velcro secured storm flaps with two-way main zip and both waist and hem adjusters to add shape if necessary. Perhaps one of the most notable features of the jacket however is it’s ability to be altered to fit your specific needs as fast as you could say, trilobate structure nylon micro ripstop weave, with the hood and both sleeves easily removable should the occasion call for it… and did we mention there is a removable compass patch on the sleeve?

Perhaps as they say in the world of motion picture it would be better to show rather than tell…

The Stone Island Membrana Jacket is available now at Aphrodite both in store and online.

The North Face Iridescent Collection

The North Face Iridescent Pack Delivers a Fresh Look for SS19

Far from its image as a strictly outdoor label, The North Face has always had a finger on the pulse of the city-dweller and a distinct urban presence, setting itself apart from ‘serious’ mountain climbing brands while still delivering performance and innovation in spades. Ever since the opening of their very first store in Berkeley, CA, the brand has adorned its signature pieces with bold colour-blocking and prints that have appealed just as much to the casual consumer as the outdoor enthusiast. Ever willing to push the boundaries, The North Face now present their latest capsule of urban classics: The Iridescent Collection.

The North Face Iridescent Cyclone II Jacket

Taking a brace of their most iconic outerwear styles — the 1996 Nuptse Jacket, 1990 Mountain Jacket and the Cyclone II windbreaker — The North Face have draped the familiar silhouettes in a multi-faceted, woven iridescent fabric, with a geometric pattern that changes aspect with the wearer’s movement. Showing off a palette of cool tones from purple to green to blue, the fabrics lose none of their performance attributes, with proprietary weather-proofing technologies like DryVent and WindWall all in full effect to help the wearer adapt to whatever the day brings.

The North Face Iridescent Pack Mountain Jacket

To bring things to the next level, the Nuptse down jacket and Mountain hard shell are modular, featuring zips and toggles to allow both to be worn together for the ultimate in weather resistance and warmth; these pieces may look good, but they’re also highly functional for even the harshest environments.

The North Face Iridescent Nuptse Jacket

Rounding out the Iridescent Collection is a clutch of apparel pieces including a t-shirt, hoodie and baseball cap, presented in stealthy black colourways and adorned with classic TNF branding in an iridescent treatment, perfect for mixing and matching with the outerwear, or for wearing solo on those warmer days. Owing to the technical nature of the fabrics, numbers for these pieces are strictly limited, so don’t sleep if you want to snag your favourite bits.

The North Face 1990 Mountain Jacket Iridescent

The North Face Iridescent Collection will be available from Aphrodite Clothing from the 10th of April 2019.

Stone Island Shadow Project Spring Summer 19

Out of the Shadows: Stone Island Shadow Project

Stone Island Shadow Project Spring Summer 2019

Stone Island Shadow Project – the sub-line of the Italian brand helmed by ACRONYM’s Errolson Hugh – never disappoint when it comes to pushing the boundaries of fabric composition and technology. Take, for instance, last season’s sell-out Scarabeo Down Jacket, with its dazzling multicoloured reflective shell. For Spring / Summer 2019, the brand goes in a more subtle, but no less impressive direction, playing with the concept of camouflage in different ways.

Stone Island Shadow Project Jacket SS19The Lenticular Jacquard Bomber Jacket utilises a lightweight single-layer fabric that is custom-woven in Italy with contrasting coloured threads in the warp and weft, resulting in a three-dimensional, dynamic camo pattern that changes appearance depending on the light and angle. Given the brand’s utilitarian approach, it is no surprise that this fabric is also treated with water-repellency and an anti-drop agent for supreme wearability to go with its timeless silhouette.

Stone Island Shadow Project DPM Chine Jacket

Once again utilising a custom-woven camouflage fabric, the Pullover DPM Chiné Jacket boasts a unique Shadow Project-designed DPM (Disruptive Pattern Material), a modern iteration of camouflage that is made to reflect bustling neon city streets rather than covert ops in a hostile environment. Equipped with stacked tunnel pockets for all your daily essentials and a toggle-adjustable hood, this is yet another modern classic from techwear genius Errolson Hugh.

Stone Island Shadow Project Catch Pocket Tee

Rounding out the collection is a brace of t-shirts with the brand’s signature high-tech graphics and the distinctive geometric Catch Pocket to the chest, giving any of your techwear looks a finishing touch. It’s the perfect taster of what’s yet to come for the rest of the season; keep a lock on our social media channels for more as and when it drops.

Stone Island DPM Chine Fabric DetailsStone Island Shadow Project Bomber Jacket SS19

CP Company Goggle Jacket

A Look Through the Lens: CP Company SS’19

It’s barely over a week into 2019 and CP Company are already firing on all cylinders with their latest collection of urban sportswear. Boasting a plethora of details inspired by archival militaria from around the world (see: a lot of interesting pockets), the latest collection adds a futuristic utilitarian flair with asymmetrical detailing and technical fabrics galore. We took to the streets to show off some of our favourite bits from the first drop of the season.

CP Company Soft Shell Jacket Red

The soft shell Goggle Jacket is always a favourite; versatile enough to wear all year around, this season’s version comes in a fiery red shade that’s the ideal contrast to the rest of the collection’s navys and olives.

CP Company Overshirt Chrome Lens Detail

We’re big fans of layering around this time of year, and CP Company always deliver the goods. Case in point: this classic nylon overshirt combined with an asymmetrical hoodie as an insulating layer. The contrast of lengths and fabrics really marks this as something special. Teamed with the amazing Lens Backpack and you’ve got a complete package that’s sure to tackle whatever the urban jungle can throw at you.

CP Company Hooded Overshirt

It’s as strong of a start to the season as you could want, but we’ve no doubt that CP Company can keep up this momentum throughout 2019. Keep your eye on our social media channels for more news on the latest drops from CP Company and other top menswear brands.

CP Company Lens Detail Backpack

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.

 

Stone Island Pre-AW18

Stone Island Pre-AW18 New Arrivals

Whether it’s the effects of getting older or just the current lousy local weather, it’s hard to shake the feeling that it’s already June, and the summer will be over just as suddenly as it began. Fortunately, not everyone has such a bleak outlook: Stone Island, ever ready for all conditions, are already looking ahead to the colder, darker half of the year with some Stone Island pre-AW18 gear.

Encompassing a wide cross-section of staple Stone Island styles, everything from soft cotton sweatshirts, through zipped overshirts, all the way up to the winter-ready Crinkle Reps down jacket are subject to the brand’s signature garment-dyeing techniques in a spectrum of tones ranging from cool ice blue to bold mustard yellow.

The juxtaposition of meticulously practical military and sports-inspired gear with rich colours gives the clothes an appeal that’s uniquely Stone Island, all hallmarked with the brand’s unmistakeable Compass logo badge, and has already got us looking forward to what the full AW’18 collection might hold. As usual, keep your eyes on our social media feeds for more information on that as it becomes available, but for now you can find the latest drop both online and in-store. Make sure to get in early to secure any pieces you’ve got your eye on; they’re sure to fly out quicker than a British summer.

Canada Goose Outerwear New Arrivals & Restock

As the winter season reaches its final stretch, it can give a feeling of being never-ending: as I write this, harsh winter storms are battering most of the UK. Thankfully, your friends at Canada Goose have got you, quite literally, covered with a new styles and restocks of their popular Lodge and Brookvale ranges.

Appearing in both Jacket and Hoody styles in a range of versatile colours, the Lodge and Brookvale are designed to give the wearer all the core warmth they need no matter the weather, while still remaining lightweight and packable for when the sun decides to shine. Featuring ripstop shells for the perfect balance of light weight and durability, and filled with the brand’s signature Hutterite white duck down, whichever style you choose it’ll be the perfect companion for all your adventures.

The highlight of the drop comes in the form of the PBI Lodge Hoody. Much like the previous seasons’ PBI Chilliwack and Expedition Parka jackets, the PBI Lodge Hoody is created in conjunction with Polar Bears International, an organisation dedicated to preserving polar bear habitats worldwide, and is distinguished by its signature ‘PBI Blue’ colourway and Polar Bear logo badge to the sleeve. Every sale of these jackets also gets donated to the PBI, so you can rest assured that you’re doing good while you’re looking good.

Shop the whole Canada Goose range in-store and online at Aphrodite Clothing.

From the Peaks to the Pub: Albam Clothing Colour-Blocked Trail Parka

Spring 2018 marks London-based Albam Clothing’s tenth year of operation, and to celebrate they’ve not only delivered their usual seasonal crop of fantastic menswear, but a brace of special commemorative pieces using their archives as inspiration. The highlight of the collection comes in the form of this bold, colour-blocked rendition of their classic Trail Parka, which was a sell-out hit on its original release back in the heady days of 2011.

This update takes everything people loved about the original – simple lines, heavy duty fabric and hardware, all put together with top-notch European manufacturing – and adds high-contrast colour-blocking that’s inspired by vintage outdoor gear and 90s sportswear, giving the piece an eyecatching makeover that’s a welcome swerve from the brand’s usual muted colour palette.

Not only does it look good, but, crafted from a naturally weather-resistant British cotton canvas, it’s also highly practical, the ideal companion for your weekends, whether you’re out on the hills or just going from pub to pub – just be ready for the influx of people asking where you got it from.

The Albam Clothing Colour-Blocked Trail Parka is available in-store and online now from Aphrodite Clothing.

Ready for Action: The Barbour SL Camo Bedale Jacket

When you hear the phrase ‘British heritage clothing’, chances are that a Barbour jacket would be one of the first things you’d think of: the brand’s reputation as an outdoor outfitter coupled with their timeless designs and traditional styling gives them an undeniable prestige. In more recent times, however, Barbour have been more willing to experiment with their archival designs, sometimes even handing over the reins to selected collaborators like Japan’s White Mountaineering.

This season is no different, with the brand opting to remix their quintessential waxed jacket, the Bedale, in a whole host of different patterns and finishes. This handsome example sees the Bedale SL – the previously Japan-only slimmed-down version – made up in an archival camouflage pattern, giving it a country-meets-military vibe that somehow makes perfect sense. Still using the brand’s signature waxed cotton fabrics and boasting a contrasting corduroy collar, this is sure to wear in beautifully, making it a perfect investment piece.

The Barbour SL Bedale Jacket in Archive Camo is available instore and online now at Aphrodite Clothing.