Tommy Hilfiger Launches THFLEX
It's official, there's a new type of suit to add to your wardrobe. Scientists weren't sure they'd ever discover a new species, but here it is. In addition to your navy hopsack, your pale linen, your Prince of Wales check etc., you now need a suit that lets you move. A few houses have started offering tailoring with a bit of give over recent seasons, and now Tommy Hilfiger has got in on the act. Inspired by brand ambassador Rafa Nadal, the new THFlex capsule collection features suits and shirting cut from Italian fabrics interwoven with a material that lets them stretch. Aside from being incredibly comfortable, it makes the pieces crease resistant and breathable, so they're just the thing for men on the move. To demonstrate the collection's kinetic virtues, Mr Nadal wore one of the suits to play tennis, and needless to say it didn't hold him back. We wouldn't recommend doing that (although, be our guest), but if you've got meetings on the Continent and you need to look perfect straight off the plane, you'll be hard pushed to find a more accommodating suit.
Dover Street Market Revamp
Dover Street Market, one of the best stores in London (and beyond), has just relocated to a space at 18 Haymarket, and it's big news. Partly because Dover Street has just gone down in the cool stakes (its luxury level is still right up there, though), and partly because the new, much bigger space has allowed the store to expand its buy. Spread across five floors (each with its own theme), brands stocked include Casely-Hayford, Grenson, Liam Hodges, Loewe, Thom Browne, Raf Simons, Moncler, JW Anderson, Rick Owens, and the illustrious list goes on, and on, and on. Just like it's predecessor, the new space is designed by Comme de Garçons' founder Rei Kawakubo, but the various brands have had their input too, so the resulting store is more like a five floor conceptual art gallery, that happens to sell clothes. It's a towering church of fashion, and we insist you stop in this weekend.
Persol Reimagines Its Most Iconic Designs
Summer is just around the corner, which means the discussion of new eyewear will soon arise, and one of the names vying for (and heavily deserving of) your attention is Persol. Over the years it's created a series of iconic shapes, and two of its best-loved designs, the Cellor and the 649, have been reimagined in new materials and colourways for SS16. The chunky keyhole bridge of the 649, for example, has been reinterpreted in slim metal, and the thick acetate that once ran around the bottom of the lenses has been removed, resulting in a sleeker, lighter frame, but one not un-reminiscent of the original. The Cellor, has been played around with a little less - it's much the same, - the lenses are just a little squarer. Both the original shapes have been worn in various movies - the 649s famously sat atop Steve McQueen's nose in the Thomas Crown Affair – so Persol has roped in Scott Eastwood, one of a new generation of actors, to affirm the new styles' cultural status. We'll see how that goes – there's no better endorsement than McQueen – but either way, the decision on which sunglasses to buy has just been made a whole lot easier.
The Levi's 501 Story
We all wear denim jeans, a lot, but have you ever taken the time to consider how they came to be, or their cultural relevance? Probably not, which is fair enough, but the people at Levi's have, and now they've made a really good short film all about it. The 501 Jean: Story of an Original is 15-minute documentary about one of the great pillars of modern fashion and the fact that that one particular pair of jeans has been present at almost every major cultural event of the 20th Century. Broken down into three parts (you can watch them separately, or as one), it features input from the likes of Henry Rollins, Scott Schuman, Josh Peskowitz and many, many more. Yes, it's ultimately promotional material for Levi's, but it's still a fascinating story. Click here to watch it.
Air Max Day
And finally, it's Air Max Day this weekend. What 501s are to trousers, Air Max are to shoes. In the whole wide gamut of trainer design, few have are more immortal than the Air Max – be it the 90s, the 95s, the Flyknits; whatever incarnation. Every year Nike celebrates the shoe's magnificence with Air Max Day, and this year they've commissioned three new limited edition shoes to mark the occasion. One has been conceived by company CEO Mark Parker, one by legendary shoe designer Tinker Hatfield and one by Hiroshi Fujiwara, a streetwear designer. Our favourite is that created by the latter, seen here, but you should stop in to Niketown this Saturday to decide for yourself. And, if you wear your Air Max to the store you can get them cleaned for free, which is handy.