22 Jul 2015
We are so pleased to have Bourgeois Boheme (or BoBo have we have come to know them) choose to Pop Up at our bijou boutique on Cheshire Street.
Having launched a couple of weeks ago on a First Thursday Night we are pleased that their range of Vegan shoes and boots are getting a very good reception. So a little more about BoBo. Well it was launched by the lovely Alicia who fell in love with the wonderful English weather while backpacking to Europe in 2000. Although she was charmed by the UK she, was however, very frustrated by the lack of options in the vegan shoe market. So wanting a change she began walking (excuse the pun) down th road footwear production. A decade on we are very pleased that she did as the shoes offer a solid alternative.
Below are a few things that set Bourgeois Boheme apart and the principals by which they stand by:
- Good business for a better world
- Passionate about shoes
- Rebels with a cause
- Adventurous, fun, creative
- We love ethical fashion
- Stand and live by our ethics as vegans
- Desire to inspire
- Fairer is better
- Thinking of better alternatives
- Positive living is our way
- Normal is boring; unique is interesting
22 Jul 2015
The running shoe has gone through many a transformation in the last few years, with fashion and performance combining for trendy street shoes, and heritage brands putting a stylish spin on traditional silhouettes. Walsh is one such brand, taking their British pedigree and athletic roots into the forefront of footwear design with high-end collaborations and masses of street appeal.
Walsh running shoes come from a long legacy of craftsmanship. Founded by Norman Walsh in 1961, footwear is somewhat of a family affair – Mr Walsh senior was a cobbler and Joe and Jeff Foster, grandsons of Norman went on to found iconic footwear brand Reebok. Before creating his own company, Norman Walsh had already been making footwear since 1945, and went on to supply many 1948 Olympics athletes, so was nothing of a novice when his own business got off the ground.
Nowadays, Walsh has kept up the pace by refashioning their classic performance pieces into slick sports-inspired shoes with a casual seventies soulfulness. Their Lostock and Ensign styles are a modern classic infused with a low-key spirit - think Jamiroquai for style inspiration. These are the kind of sneakers that make a perfect match with relaxed denims. Not surprisingly, fans of the Lostock and Ensign include Brit indie bands like The Struts and The Vamps.
Colour-blocked in punchy colours and crafted in a mixture of textures like nylon, suede and leather, these easy-going items echo times gone by with the kind of minimalism that’s season-less and international. Slim soles and a myriad of finishes to choose from mean their appeal is truly cross-continental – outside of the UK, Italy and Asia are major markets for Walsh. Take tips from Japanese street style where keeping things clean with urban undertones and dark hues benefits from a pop of colour at the shoe.
Walsh also keeps things fresh with designer collaborations, most notably with Margaret Howell and YMC. No matter the reincarnation, the slim shape, signature panelling and trademark soles that the brand was built on are never forsaken. Much like its Made in England heritage, Walsh keeps to a working formula - reimagined for contemporary cool.
See our Limited Edition range of VEGAN WALSH CASUAL SHOES here.
29 Jun 2015
Origins in the army didn’t stop this enduring item from transcending peace time to become a key part of the modern man’s wardrobe. Youthful and traditional at the same time, the bomber jacket has had major staying power thanks to various reincarnations from fifties Beatnik to futuristic. Cock & Bull Menswear examines this essential piece and how to work all kinds of bomber jacket for today.
This comfortable classic is never going out of style. The bomber leaves a lasting impression of heritage but also gets an easy-going edge when paired with dark jeans and sneakers. Denim versions with ribbed cotton necklines and sleeve cuffs up the ante on contemporary appeal without losing their simple silhouette. This is a true everyman garment with everyone from Nick Wooster to President Obama and Brad Pitt donning a bomber.
The College Bomber Jacket
Varsity styles bring a sporty edge to the bomber jacket trend. Trimmed with classic stripes at the neck and wrists, in traditional wool or lighter weight fabrics, these timeless items are a winner with jeans, shorts and even dress pants. Pharrell Williams always adds a playful, collegiate edge to his look and a varsity bomber complete with floral motifs and football badges is a staple for the singer/producer. For something just as athletic but easier to wear, keep it simple with college numbers and solid panels.
Discover Cock & Bull Menswear’s jackets and stylish separates to achieve a season-less look that will have you in good company with some of the world’s best dressed.
2015 Update: The Printed Bomber Jacket
Prints are now a permanent feature in menswear with floral Hawaiian interpretations adding a sprightly slant to sophisticated looks. These bomber jackets come in silky satin finishes and lightweight feels, bringing a Summery lustre to relaxed dressing. If you’re worried about creating too much of a statement, go for a camouflage print in an unexpected colour.
Our Organic Cotton Raw Denim Bomber is a very limited edition item. We have produced just 10 of these items and finished it in o ur usual manner with a special hemp/silk linking.