Tag: The Selby


Mr Porter launches Exclusives collection with Japanese brands Blackmeans, Beams Plus, Beams T, Remi Relief and Neighborhood.

Posted on 18th May, by Colin Chapman in menswear. No Comments

One of the highlights of The Selby’s ingenious fashion book, Fashionable Selby last year (which took a look at the live/work spaces inhabited by some of the world’s most intriguing fashion creatives), was discovering Blackmeans, three Tokyo designers, for whom original, customised hardcore punk biker jackets provide endless visual inspiration. I was therefore delighted to discover this band of badass creatives included in Mr Porter, the global menswear online retail hub’s batch of designer collaborations with some of Japan’s most exclusive, cult brands. Launching tomorrow, (except for the Blackmeans pieces that will be live from Friday) the Exclusives collaborations include Blackmeans alongside Neighborhood, Beams Plus, Beams T and Remi Relief. It’s no secret that Japanese men take their fashion seriously, and these brands represent some of the country’s prominent … Read More »


Fashionable Selby, a new fashion book by photographer Todd Selby

Posted on 22nd March, by Colin Chapman in Book review, menswear. No Comments

Photographer and design magpie Todd Selby‘s book Fashionable Selby has just been published and I got my hands on one of the first copies. Originally known for his photographs taken inside the homes of designers and other creatives, (usually showing off their eclectic, maximalist collections of ‘gorgeous things’), in this new book, “The Selby” focuses his attention on the studio spaces of people working within the fashion industry.

There are big names – Dries Van Noten, Isabel Marant, Nicola Formichetti – but some of the most interesting characters and spaces explored belong to people I hadn’t heard of before, like Dutch stylist and exhibition designer Maarten Spruyt, and ‘punk’ design trio Blackmeans from Japan. If … Read More »


Lookbook review: Peter Jensen’s Arne Jacobsen-inspired menswear

Posted on 8th May, by Colin Chapman in Collection review, menswear. 1 Comment

Fashion and furniture aren’t usually spoken about in the same breath,  which is surprising as an interest in clothing and accessories often translates into the priorities you have for your living space. Just think about photographer Todd Selby‘s excursions into the stylish homes of global creatives, Backyard Bill‘s glimpses into the enviable living spots of Brooklyn’s fashion types and what they both tell us about how those people live now. Half a century ago, the focus was on then modern designers like Charles and Ray Eames as exemplars of a stylish way of living. Picking up this theme, London-based designer Peter Jensen has taken inspiration from fellow Dane, architect and designer Arne Jacobsen, he of the classic Egg, Swan and … Read More »


Under post #2: taking on the ‘final frontier’ of menswear

Posted on 20th November, by Colin Chapman in Designer profiles, Underwear. No Comments

I promised a follow-up post about the Under brand once I’d gotten my hands on some pieces and here it is. The photographs were taken during a recent weekend break for my birthday in Norfolk. I found the luxurious though rugged setting of a converted barn near Blakeney point was the perfect setting to take a closer look at the underwear pieces. If there’s one thing that Under’s approach to underwear has impressed me with, it’s the use of details such as cloth-covered buttons, more usually associated with tailoring that makes the items seem more substantial and like something to really invest in. It’s also recommended attire if The Selby or Backyard Bill ever come round for an ‘at home’ feature, so you can live out that Klondike-goldminer-meets-Brooklynite zeitgeist in the poshest pants around.

If you can’t resist and want to upgrade your underwear right please get in touch here (with Under in the subject title) or via Twitter and I’ll supply you with an exclusive discount code for the Under brand.

Finally, to give you more on an insight into the brand, here is a Q&A I recently completed with brand owner Kieron Hurley.

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