This isn’t just any Friday Roundup. This is a bumper special Friday Roundup, featuring a dozen happenings from the worlds of fashion, tech, food, music, watches, and more. Stone Island and Dover Street Market took Frieze under their wings to introduce their collaborative all-black capsule, while nothing – the tech brand known for its industry-disrupting phone and earphones – has stepped into the fashion sphere.
But we won’t give it all away yet. Keep on reading for your Friday Roundup.
Nothing… to See Here, Just Some Great Techwear
London-based tech brand Nothing – known for its phone and earphones – has released its own apparel. Per the brand, the capsule is “Inspired by our hardware, classic factory wear and our unmistakable visual identity, this is Nothing’s design ethos in textile form.”
The drop was produced in conjunction with teenage engineering, and features a lab coat, overalls, cargo gilets, caps, and more. It’s the perfect fit for shooting those 50 megapixel outfit checks in the streets of Soho.
Craig Green Drops Tapestry Jackets
Craig Green’s Tapestry jacket is like a banging pair of hotel curtains that you can wear, being a highlight of the brand’s FW23 and SS24 collections. Lookbook images show full tapestry ensembles with models wearing a mask. Combining utility with decoration, these jackets are crafted from luxury cotton and adorned with triple-layered chenille, arriving in muted beige, soft red and contrasting brown with teal, and ecru and brown colourways. This banging bit of clobber is available at Browns, Farfetch and END.
Champion x Beastie Boys & Naughty by Nature
To celebrate 50 years of hip-hop, Champion is releasing two collaborative capsules to mark the milestone. For its Naughty By Nature collaboration, Champion have re-released the iconic Baseball Bat Reverse Sweatshirt alongside seasonal hoodies and T-shirts in navy, “Hunter Green” and “Beet Red.”
For the Beastie Boys drop, Champion has delivered a collection that coincides with the 25th anniversary of the rap duo’s No. 1 1998 album, Hello Nasty. The collection consists of Reverse Weave hoodies, sweatshirts and tracksuits in black, grey and white, featuring images of the band from that era alongside iconography of the seminal album. Both collaborations were released on October 11 in-store and online.
Percival Unveils Second Phase of FW23
Percival is releasing the second phase of its Fall/Winter 2023 “Not Suitable for Camping” collection, which continues the brand’s ethos of tweaking classic menswear items for the modern era.
Throughout the offering, we see the tongue in cheek title of the collection contrast with playful hiking and camping motifs across a variety of new pieces. As is to be expected from Percival, high-quality fabrics are used throughout with Italian wool used to construct premium outerwear. The collection is available to shop now.
Florence Black is Back
Florence Black is the newest brand to put on your radar. But its influences are far from contemporary. Per the founder, “My inspiration to start Florence Black was a culmination of experiences from my childhood and a blossoming love of classic and timeless style; a love that stemmed from my grandfather, a historical moment in British running history and a coat, captured on film.”
Now, Florence Black is ready to drop the next part of its Fall/Winter 2023 offering. Classic sartorial elements include cumberbunds that are used to cinch the waist of boxy big-shoulder blazers, while blue cotton boxers give off a vintage Great British boxing vibe. Elsewhere, we find oversized coats, luxurious black hoodies, and a cropped lambswool sweater – melding together elements of the past with the silhouettes and tones of today. Shop Florence Black here.
NFL Teams up With Idris Elba and His Brand Don’t Stop the Future
As part the NFL’s latest instalment of “Origins: An NFL Collection,” the sports institution is now teaming up with Idris Elba’s clothing label Don’t Stop The Future, alongside the sustainable clothing organisation Plant Faced Clothing. Elba’s designs are available in a number of colours including black, cream and forest green, complete with multicoloured lettering. Plant Faced Clothing has worked on shirts and hoodies in black and grey as part of the release.
Elba founded Don’t Stop The Future to work with community and grassroots organisations to end knife crime and amplify the voices of marginalised communities. The collection will be available from October 13 to October 14 at Dukes Cupboard in Soho.
Rowing Blazers Unveils Limited-Edition Tag Heuer Collaboration
Rowing Blazers, the American apparel brand founded by Jack Carlson, has teamed up with Tag Heuer for a limited edition 42mm Carrera model inspired by a vintage Heuer Yacht-Timer in partnership with George Bamford from the Bamford Watch Department. The Yacht-Timer was worn by competitive sailors in important regattas during the ‘60s and ‘70s with a white dial, with bright blue text and hits of red, blue, green and pale yellow.
The Rowing Blazers model also adopts the Yacht-Timer’s cross-hatched colours reminiscent of the “Ben Day Dots” used in comic book and pop art. Only 99 units will be available for sale, priced at $8,900, with all releasing exclusively on the Rowing Blazers website.
Polaroid Drops Limited-Edition Retinex Film
Polaroid is releasing its latest edition to the film lineup, the “Round Frame Retinex” special edition film, paying homage to the Retinex Theory, created by Polaroid founder Edwin Land.
The theory unravels the intricacies of how humans interpret colours, with a focus on the eyes and the brain. The release is marked by 10 distinct frame designs that act as canvases to magnify the interplay of colour.
Polaroid collaborated with Charlie Toqué, the animation director at This Is Jelly, to create a lively animation set in an imaginative and psychedelic world, playing once more on colour theory.
Nike and Spotify Launch New Social Impact Initiative
Spotify and Nike have joined forces to launch the Make Moves Fund, a new social impact initiative that harnesses the power of music. It will provide multiple £20,000 grants to UK-based community organisations who propose pioneering girl-first programme ideas.
The two parties will collectively support a number of UK organisations that fund programmes that girls wish to participate in. The panel includes four teenage girls from the Black Girl Fest network, Zai’Ona, Ailiyah, Wafa and Suraiya – all of whom can choose funds to support via the Make Moves Fund.
Joining the girls are Nike Dancer Joelle D’Fontaine, Ciara Dockerry, a mental wellbeing expert from Gurls Talk, and members of the social impact teams at Nike and Spotify. Headlining the campaign is the British girl band FLO.
Daily Paper Reveals FW23 Holiday Styles
Daily Paper has introduced its latest collection ahead of the holiday season, which sees classic silhouettes arrive in fresh colourways with new graphics and prints.
Highlights include a new colourway monogram bodywarmer, A-line and mid-length puffers and jackets, as well as accessory offerings. Elegant dresses combine with puffer and bomber-style jackets for a cold-weather-ready collection that covers all bases.
The new styles will drop on October 13 in Daily Paper stores and online.
Thom Browne Turns 20
Thom Browne (the brand) is celebrating its 20th anniversary in style. There’s a book that captures the two-decade-long legacy, including an introduction from Browne’s life partner Andrew Bolton, and hundreds of images highlighting the Thom Browne way of life.
For true Browne fans, there’s also a limited edition collection spotlighting the year “2003.” Here, signatures like knitwear and pleated grey skirts are reworked with “2003” embroidery, and look perfect when paired with Thom Browne’s brogues on foot and monograph book-in-hand. Find more online.
Stone Island Gets the Dark Dover Street Market Treatment
Get the badge in, DSM style. The collaboration is centred around core Stone Island pieces, which feature an all-black makeover with a serigraphic Dover Street Market print under the Stone Island badge. The 19-piece collection includes staples such as garment-dyed coats, wool knits, and Stone Island Ghost-line pieces that reference camouflage, yet are of course dipped black. Shop the collection in-store now.
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