If you’re anything like us and you like to be first in the know - and know exactly what we should all be looking out for in the coming weeks - then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve pulled together another edition of the ‘Top 5’ to bring you up to speed with the best new arrivals in the world of modern design. This week it’s a real good one; packed with a host of the latest releases including new summer sneakers from ETQ Amsterdam, Bang & Olufsen E8 Earphones and even a new travel bag from Mismo.
When we sat down with Jeppe and Jesper, founders of Foret, last year they spoke about their creative process, describing their design philosophy as a mix between ‘contemporary casual and outdoor streetwear.’ Explaining that, ‘It’s important that you can wear our clothes at work and on a trip to the forest. We design clothes for the urban person who dreams about the slow life outside the city.’ Well, for the brand new Foret spring/summer collection, the design duo have returned with even more high-quality, easy-to-wear staples. Including this; the Grey Spruce Sweatshirt. An elevated classic grey sweatshirt that you can wear anytime, anywhere, that is refined with an array of premium design details from the embroidered logo to the comfortable raglan sleeves.
The Mismo Seaside Bag treads the extra-special line between a spacious holdall and a functional everyday tote. That’s because its open, oversized shape with elongated leather handles makes it easy to carry anyway you like, while the tightly woven nylon string – a nod to traditional sailor rope – gives the bag a distinct look and feel compared to the rest of the Mismo catalogue. Best of all, the bag also benefits from two outside pleat pockets and a larger pocket with a full nylon lining to give you plenty of packing options.
We’ll be honest, travel guides are not often the most important, or interesting, books on your bookshelf. But, thanks to a number of new publishers who are merging unique insight with incredible aesthetics, that’s all changed. Taschen’s best-selling travel series in collaboration with The New York Times, has been central to the turning of the travel tide. Packing in distils, dining, drinks and experience into perfectly packaged 36-hour itineraries, you can transform every weekend into a fully-fledged adventure. The latest, a 36-hour guide to Los Angeles, has got the lot – from the best place to chase the sunset in Malibu to the tastiest tacos in Santa Barbara.
There’s a few reasons why you’ve got your eye on the Bang & Olufsen E8 earphones – they’re from Bang and Olufsen for starters, they’re some of the best-looking earphones around and they’re wireless. All three of them are spot on, too. But here’s the real headlines. The E8’s benefit from the signature Bang and Olufsen design build – forged from luxurious and genuine materials including a beautiful, brushed aluminium inlay surrounding the headphones. The E8’s have full wireless and cord-free charging, complete touch control and offer up to 16 hours of wireless playtime at one time – a solid number considering the powerful and authentic sound that these E8 earphones provide.
The foundations of a lot of reliable sneaker rotations are often centred around a pair of tonal sneakers and a slim-line court style sneaker. Now you can buy a pair that slots nicely in the middle of the two with these new LT 03 sneakers from ETQ Amsterdam. Arguably the stand-out style in the new Dutch brand’s footwear drop, the LT 03 is a luxurious take on a basketball sneaker thanks to its premium suede two-tone uppers. That’s without mentioning the trademark TPU toe-cap –making it one of the most comfortable sneakers around.
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