How many people have aimed an April Fool’s joke at you today? To be honest, it’s getting really hard to do. Today, we live in an age that’s impossible to parody. There’s no elaborate jokes or stories that could possibly be more ridiculous than the current daily news threads or practical jokers who populate social media. So, for five minutes, forget the jokes, forget the fake news and concentrate on what really matters, such as the best design arrivals to land online this week. Including everything from a brand-new drop of Common Projects sneakers, a revolutionary Closca folding helmet and an essential Paul Smith tote bag. No jokes, no surprises. The only thing is, you might have to be quick to get in there first. So, check out the latest ‘Top 5’ below and head to the Latest category to keep on top of all the new releases.
This one is easy to explain, really. The Legends Sand Striped Ortega Jacket not only looks good – in the way all lightweight zip jackets do – but it also feels great courtesy of its crisp cotton construction. It’s the type of jacket that looks good without even trying and it’s the type of jacket that you’ll grow to love for that very reason. Plus, at this time of year, in between the turbulent temperatures and inconsistent sun, the Legends Ortega is the perfect jacket to simply thrown on over a simple t-shirt or sweater.
The one thing that stops people picking up a tote bag – in spite of its easy carrying capabilities and surprising capacity – is security. Your belongings don’t have compartments and the wide opening can be a problem. Paul Smith have eliminated all the concerns associated with the tote to give it a whole new lease of life. Made from a hard-wearing and incredibly luxurious quilted fabric with complementing leather trims, this dark grey tote bag features two carry handles and a main compartment with a secure squeeze clip fastening. You can organise a lot in here, too. Externally, the tote bag has a zip fastening compartment and two slide slip pockets with adjusters – and internally there is a zip pocket and two slip pockets as well. The possibilities are endless.
If you’re looking for a proper bike – a well-built bike – to see you through the working week and act as a nice run-around for the weekend, then you’ll be wanting to ride Temple Cycles’ single-speed bike. Expertly designed for zipping around city streets, the single speed construction is as low maintenance and high-speed as they come. Having only one gear to worry about means you can focus on enjoying the ride, with the added benefit of less maintenance and cleaner looks. The every day single-speed bike’s frame is rust-proofed and finished with a protective powder coat, whilst also having plenty of clearance to comfortably fit full-length mudguards. It’s got the lot.
The new Common Projects SS19 collection encompasses a variety of classic silhouettes in a neutral colour palette that fades from navy and tan to lighter tones of warm white and our favourite, taupe. It’s our pick of the bunch because the new taupe colourway makes the understated details of the iconic Achilles Low look all the better thanks to its unique smooth textured uppers and warm taupe colourway. It makes the signature gold serial number and contrast white rubber sole shine all the brighter, too.
Right, we’ll forgive you for the scepticism here. A folding bike helmet does sound like a poor prod at an April Fool’s joke, but this really is a game changer. The Closca folding helmet is one of the best bike helmets on the market. For one, it’s an incredibly elegant looking product – which is somewhat of a rarity in the world of bike helmets – and one that functions excellently. Simply push down on the centre piece at the top pf the helmet, and the five-inch tall helmet collapses into a flat design of just 2.36 inches in height. Leaving it flat and less than half of its initial volume, ensuring it can easily fit into any briefcase, handbag and rucksack. It doesn’t skimp on comfort either. With the help of the Closca ventilation system and hidden air vents, the Closca folding helmet performs just as good as its non-collapsible counterparts.
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