Mondays are starting to feel a little bit like Groundhog Day aren't they? The weather starts cold and cloudy before the sun breaks through in the afternoon, the same news about the 'B word' circulates and the monotony of a Monday falls right into place. However, we like to shake things up at the beginning of the week by introducing you to the greatest new design arrivals that have landed online in the past 7 days. A pick of new products that deserve your attention. Basically, what we’re trying to say is that latest edition of the ‘Top 5’ is packed with some real good stuff; a brand-new pair of JAK sneakers, the revolutionary Aarke sparkling water maker and a proper summer-ready print shirt from Schnayderman’s. Give yourself a break. We think you’ll like it.
Graphic artist, illustrator and designer Josh Stika has done a fair bit in the last few years – solo exhibitions, big brand collaborations and a street art portfolio that not many people can compete with. Most recently, he’s teamed up with the JEALOUS Gallery to bring his intense colour combinations and striking use of typography to a range of limited-edition prints. Our favourite, It’s A London Thing, is an amalgamation of his signature strokes that pays homage to the capital with bold colour combinations and a two-tone shadow effect.
Industrial designers Jonas Groth & Carl Ljungh founded Aarke with the aim to revolutionise objects that have been forgotten by the design community. The first product, the iconic Aarke carbonator, was launched in collaboration with AGA Gas, the classic Swedish gas company in late 2016, and it now stands out as one of the best soda makers in the world today. Quite simply, the Aarke Carbonator II makes the sparkling water maker a desirable object again. Designed with a complete stainless-steel enclosure, this black carbonator has a beautiful matte black textured powdered coating and it has been designed from the inside and out to be extremely compact and easy to use. It will look particularly good sat on your kitchen side next to a Hario V60 Electric Coffee Grinder, too.
Over the last couple of years, Schnayderman’s have revitalised the Oxford shirt, made a countless number of overshirts and now they seem to be focussing on bringing the graphic shirt into the hearts of our wardrobes ahead of summer. Our favourite, the Swan Print One Shirt, is crafted from a viscose satin which not only makes it lightweight and breathable but incredibly comfortable to wear when the temperatures rise higher. Plus, it leans towards the more subtle end of the printed shirt scale which means you can wear it in both smart and casual situations. Whether it’s paired with a Kestin Hare Off-White Cord Wick Trousers and a tonal sneaker or the Legends Century Trousers and a classic G.H.Bass & Co Penny Loafers.
At first glance, Bravur watches appear considered, clean and modest. But, like all great design, it’s the closer look that rewards. Take the case of the new Bravur BW002 watch; the balanced detail boils down to even the finest detail, including the individually placed indexes on the watch face. Entirely produced in Switzerland, the slim-line 38mm stainless steel watch also features a Swiss-made quartz movement that will have you covered for many years to come.
In the last couple of weeks JAK has really been spoiling us. The Portuguese sneaker manufacturer has just released the slim-line, easy-to-slip on strap tennis sneaker, the Fika, and now they’re back with another new silhouette – the Mercury. The low-top sneaker represents an element of change for the brand as it takes on a different layered approach to the more simplistic sneakers in the brand’s rotation. The signature smooth leather uppers take centre stage and are matched to a sculpted stitched upper that offers a more sports-inspired silhouette. That active energy also translates into the plain rubber cupsole, removable shock proof inner sole and the full calfskin leather lining.
Want more of the best new arrivals? Then check out our guide to the latest A Day’s March denim jeans collection.