Friday, 31 January 2014

NOW AVAILABLE: SIZE? OFFICIAL "ARMY & NAVY" PACK | PART 1

The size? X Nike worldwide teaser posted last week left everyone waiting by their computers and refreshing their Instagram feeds for information on the drop. 

Well, the first drop of the "Army & Navy" pack is finally here. 


Influenced by Army colours and textures, the Air Max Light, Air Max 90, and Air Huarache LE have been reinvented in shades of Khaki green and bright yellow. I was very much looking forward to seeing more pictures of this pack, and the photography and art direction by Highsnobiety is so dope!



All 3 silhouettes have been toughened up using heavy textured leather, canvas and neoprene, suiting the theme down to a 't'.


These 3, from the Army half of the pack are now available as a global exclusive! Dropping at 8am this morning, I would be quick if I were you! 

Click through via direct links from size?’s FacebookTwitter, and their dedicated email newsletter to increase your chances of getting a pair in your size! If you don't get a pair this time, then don't stress too much. Part 2 of this release; the "Navy" half will be dropping in 3 weeks time! We will have all the info here, so keep your eyes on the blog!


 For now, check out some more pictures of the "Army" trio below...

Thursday, 30 January 2014

JUJU: ALWAYS IN COLOUR SS14


JuJu's SS14 Lookbook titled "Always in Colour" is making me want rid of this wet weather and gloomy mornings.


'Always in Colour' was shot by Hayley Louisa Brown; it's a really clean Lookbook and one thats definitely done it's job displaying the product.

Sticking to bright, pastel colours and cute styling by Char Roberts; it's gorgeous! Appealing very much to my girly side! So much so that I actually kind of want to ditch my trainers this summer and get a pair of JuJu jelly sandals! Plus for £20, it wouldn't hurt either!



Check out some more pictures below. What do you think?

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

INDCSN - WINTER D2 BY HOLLIE FERNANDO

indcsn's Winter Delivery 2 Lookbook shot by Hollie Fernando is my favourite Lookbook since the Patta #SSS Editorial back in December. Initially I only planned to show you a few pictures from it but the more I saw, the more difficult it was to pick a few!


Featuring a very natural aesthetic; with a mixture of picturesque and urban backgrounds, 21 year old, South London based photographer, Hollie Fernando has set the tone of this collection perfectly. 




It's so good to see a female fronting a campaign for a menswear brand. Plus, especially after this Lookbook, there are loads of pieces from this collection I want! I'm all for bold fonts and graphics; and the all over print bulldog tee is still very high on my "I need" list. 

Some of the collection is online now, and a few other pieces will be available soon so make sure you keep an eye on indcsn's Facebook Page for all the updates!


Check out some more of this Lookbook below; I'm captivated by it. Make sure you like Hollie Fernando's Facebook Page and shop the collection online now. 

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

FRESH LACES X HARVEY NICHOLS: MANCHESTER UPDATE!


If this is the first you have heard about Fresh Laces next event then you must have been living under a rock! Since our Coming Soon post earlier this month, the Fresh Laces team have confirmed the date for your diaries! 

Click Read More for all the info.

Monday, 27 January 2014

BLOG TAKEOVER: JAMES CAGE - SIMON TOWNLEY

I find myself in a small coffee shop in a small northern town, steeped with history and pride, Burnley.

Now I could within reason be anywhere and if I'm honest from where I'm sitting I think I’d choose anywhere instead of this tired looking high street, and this coffee shop with the monotonous clucking of the mothers in the corner discussing what has happened the following night on TV, before rushing off to catch there friends son on the latest Jeremy Kyle show. Or the unfortunate individuals who seem to have lost their way in life, gathering to start their day of despair together with a can of cheap alcohol; just to keep their shattered dreams alive for one more day.

Yes its safe to say I'm not a fan of Burnley's town Centre, but every town has their problems and downfalls, and when you're form around the area, it only seems to be emphasised each time you return.

So now I'm sure you wonder why I am actually here putting myself though this visual torment, well like I said every town has their problems, but every town also has things they should shout about and being honest, Burnley does have a few...

Their football team and there legendary firm the Suicide Squad, it also boasts a brilliant night out, and just lately has been named the ‘Most Enterprising Area in the North West’ by the face behind ‘Bank of Dave’. Last but not least, Simon Townley.



Who? Well he’s my hairdresser, but not only that he’s a friend, which makes it easier when getting my hair cut because we don’t have to do the whole ‘going on holiday this year?’, because he knows that already; he’s coming with me.

Click Read More to find out more about Simon...


Sunday, 26 January 2014

KRATE & CO. - PRODUCT REVIEW

So if you follow us on Facebook, you'll have seen our teaser about our next product review!

Last week on the blog we introduced Krate & Co. to you, and Talk Casuals have been lucky enough to get the inside scoop in the run up to the drop of this product.

I was lucky enough to have been sent one of their boxes to review, and it's no doubt the best thing I've been sent to date. 

@shangry / #TalkCasuals

I was so excited for this to arrive and I have been dying to show it to you. Produced in Liverpool, UK, Krate & Co.'s boxes are, in my opinion, a must have for any trainer collector! Whether it's Nike, Asics or adidas you're hooked on, these are exactly how they should be stored!

The box looks even better in real life; the attention to detail and presentation is second to none. I put a few of my favourites inside, but its really difficult to decide which ones to keep in there! 

Check out my review and some more pictures below...

Thursday, 23 January 2014

SIZE? X NIKE "ARMY & NAVY" TEASER

Size? definitely don't seem to be slowing up any time soon, and 2014 is looking to get bigger and better!

Their latest collaboration and world exclusive with Nike is no doubt bringing the heat! With only a sneak peak of the "Army and Navy" pack from teaser snaps posted up on Size? Officials Instagram, I'm excited to see more!


Endorsing what we're guessing to be the "Army" side of this pack, the Air Max 93 features a green upper with a brown sock lining. I'm really loving these! The 93's are a favourite silhouette of mine, and I think Size? have definitely done them justice with this colourway... we will see!


The Huarache, the "Navy" side of the pack, is no doubt fuelling the Huarache hype! The colourway looks really clean on that classic white base, and I'm especially loving the subtle touch of yellow throughout the whole pack. I'm really looking forward to seeing more pictures of these too! Keep an eye here for updates!

What are your thoughts? Army or Navy? 

Sunday, 19 January 2014

INDCSN: WINTER D2

So the last time you saw indcsn on the blog, I told you it was a brand that I would be keeping my eye on. I slept on this brand for way too long, and I am so glad I've finally come to my senses! 



Over the last few days, indcsn have been giving us a little preview of whats to come in stores next week and I am so stoked! Plus, with free UK shipping there is no doubt I am all over this drop. Fallen so in love with that all over bulldog print top I don't know what to do with myself! And have you seen the bulldog socks?! Unreal!

Keep an eye on the blog for more pictures from their upcoming Lookbook; more info coming soon!



Follow indcn on Facebook and Twitter for all the updates, and make sure to like the Talk Casuals Facebook page to hear about post updates!

Saturday, 18 January 2014

KRATE & CO

There is no denying it - you all know the nightmare when you get to that point of no return. 

When your trainers are stacked so high you've got no idea what is what, and the boxes are so strained with weight and age, they're no longer doing their job...


Well, my fam over at Krate & Co have the answer to our problems! A premium sneaker storage display box is what we've been waiting for! No longer will there be mornings wasted rummaging through your stash trying to find the pair you want! Its been executed perfectly, and the attention to detail is unreal! Made in Liverpool, UK, Krate & Co are on to something big for sure.


Featuring a custom sticker mimicking that of a Nike box, you're AM1 Beasts will look right at home. If you don't believe me, scroll down...

Click Read More to see some more pictures and how you can get yourself one!

Friday, 17 January 2014

DISCLOSURE FT. PUMA SUEDE

Back in the UK after yet another successful tour across America, with a Barclaycard Mercury Prize Award nomination and being bestowed the European Border Breaker Award, English electronic music duo Disclosure release a new video for "Voices"; a single from their from their number 1 debut album ‘Settle’.


Disclosures "Voices" video prominently features one of PUMA’s most iconic silhouette - the Suede. 

Effortlessly retro with a rounded silhouette, crafted in suede finished off with the famous PUMA stripe, the video shows the shoe being worn by a whole host of extras in two different colourways. 

The PUMA suede is durable, comfortable and sets the tone of this video by complimenting the aesthetics  completely.  Plus, with the Suede celebrating its 46th birthday this year, this is a great way to start the celebrations early!

Click Read More to watch "Voices" and stockist info for PUMA Suedes!

Thursday, 16 January 2014

FRESH LACES X HARVEY NICHOLS: MANCHESTER

So, if you are a regular to this blog, you'll know Fresh Laces. You'll also know how much of a success their event at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge was. That was absolutely the most fun I have ever had at a trainer event; good vibes, good people, good music!

Well, Fresh Laces are back to kick start 2014 the best way they know how! Re-invited to take over Harvey Nichols for the day, but this time in Manchester. 


Keep an eye on the blog for all the info coming soon! Make sure you like our Facebook page so you get the updates first!

Until then, why don't you have a look at their last Harvey Nics take over, and get ready to get yourself up North! 

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

NOW AVAILABLE: STAN IS BACK


Removed from the shelves in 2012, the Stan Smith returns, cleaner than ever. Made with highly sustainable and premium quality materials, the famous classic white version is reintroduced for SS14 with the three most iconic heeltab colours.



Retailing at £67 and running in sizes UK6-UK11, pick up a pair online from adidas and other retailers worldwide; including Crooked Tongues, Well Gosh and size?.

Also, why don't you grab a print by SY Illustrations to match your pick up too?



Tuesday, 14 January 2014

NOW AVAILABLE: ASOS X PUMA

Just before the New Year, we introduced to you the ASOS X Puma Collaboration, full of teasers and sneak peaks. Well, the collection has finally dropped!


Seeing the pieces online has reminded me how excited I was seeing the Press Release. Featuring a mismatch of proportions, colours and textures; these pieces get better the closer you look! This collection is very reasonably priced; especially considering the quality and calibre of detail on each piece.  

My favourite pieces from the collection is the Panelled Boyfriend T-Shirt (£45) and the Split Front Maxi Tee Dress (£75).  Both pieces feature that lace application, which brings a kind of softness to the harsh, clashy patterns of the garments. 

Check out the video above, and head over to ASOS now to pick up some pieces from the collection. 

Monday, 13 January 2014

STÜSSY X PATTA 10TH ANNIVERSARY


Marking 10 years in the streetwear industry, Dutch retailer Patta is celebrating its milestone by collaborating with Stüssy, a brand which Patta says "laid the foundation and inspires Patta until this very day". Since the teaser was posted on their Instagram last week, we have been waiting and watching patiently. But, the unveiling is finally here...



This Lookbook is big, and the collection looks insane. I'm so excited about this getting stocked and no doubt I'll be picking up some pieces. 

Click Read More for the Lookbook and more info.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

FRESH 2 DEF CLOTHING

Born on the streets of Birmingham City, UK, comes Fresh 2 Def Clothing.


I came across F2D through their Instagram page, and I was really impressed with their stuff. F2D was created back in 2008 by 3 life long friends and ambitious guys Daniel Gardiner, Gary Thompson, and Marcus Isaac. Inspired by 90's hip hop and RnB, UK garage and later grime, their plans for the brand soon evolved and became what it is today. 


In their own words F2D have been "working towards achieving perfect high end designs which are street aware and affordable." And they seem to be doing just that. Causing a stir with artists such as Soulja Boy, Migos and Ludacris, the brand has definitely got their attention for all the right reasons. F2D have even gone on to collaborate with Soulja Boy and his record label "SODMG" to produce clothing which are jointly branded. 

I can only see this brand getting bigger and better based on the calibre of products I've looked at on their website and through their Lookbook. My favourite piece is the red Tartan Sleeved crewneck (pictured above), but all their jackets are really smart too!



Make sure you check out their website and give their Facebook page a like to keep up to date with new collaborations and releases. This is a brand to keep your eye on in 2014, I'm expecting big things to come...

Check out some pictures from their AW13 Lookbook below.

Friday, 10 January 2014

MF DOOM X CLARKS ORIGINALS

MF DOOM teams up with Clarks Originals, on his first job as an Originals Pioneer to re-create his favourite Clarks shoe; the Wallabee.



For his project with Clarks, DOOM chose to create a limited edition Original Wallabee, a shoe that has a long history within hip hop. "I was trying to think, 'What can I add with that Metal Face touch to it?,' without taking away from that feeling" and we think DOOM's nailed it! The Wallabee is naturally a clean and smart shoe; I think DOOM's modifications compliment that fact and don't overwhelm the shoe at all. Nonetheless he has definitely left his mark, and these will be hitting the shelves real soon!


Click Read more for a close up look and more info.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

PONY x ROTHCO: GLOBAL RELEASE

Introducting the PONY x Rothco collaboration. Here is the unveiling of a very exclusive capsule collection, "created under three philosophies: street performance, army cred and authenticity." Two New York originals, 3 styles, one genuine story...


Two Manhattan originals, have allied this Fall/Winter to present a military inspired capsule collection that brings forward three hybrid pieces; boots, a jacket and a backpack. The collection features design input from Jeff Staple and without a doubt bridges the gap between army and urban gear.



New York based ROTHCO was founded in 1953 on Great Jones Street in the East Village as a World War II army surplus business, before becoming one of the largest manufacturers of military clothing in the world.

This project features an exclusive 1-2-1 with Jeff Staple of Staple Design, who has an honest chat with founders Roberto Muller and Milton Somberg to uncover the inspiring story of two New York icons. From humble beginnings to re-inventing the game...



"Our goal for this project was to integrate the New York City roots of PONY with the military roots of ROTHCO into a singular collection that resonated with both legendary companies." Jeff Staple of Staple Design


The launch event for this collaboration is taking place next Wednesday, 15th January at Overkill, Berlin. I so wish I didn't have things keeping me here in the UK next week or I'd be taking up the invitation and heading over there. For now, take a closer look at the collection.

Click Read More for a detailed look at the collection.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

CARHARTT WIP SS14 LOOKBOOK

Carhartt's WIP SS14 collection will be hitting stores in the next few weeks, and with the release of their Lookbook, I'm excited.


Carhartt yet again have created impeccably executed styling and shooting in this Lookbook. With their SS14 collection featuring bold colours and brave prints, Carhartt have definitely shaken off my winter blues! Especially considering the extensive array of options in this collection. With lighter jackets and shirts for the warmer season, paired with smart trousers and shorts, I'm really looking forward to picking up a few bits from this collection. There are a few pieces that are sticking out to me as 'must haves', but in reality, there is nothing in this collection I wouldn't wear if I owned it. 

Check out some more images from the Lookbook below.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

CASE STUDYO WISHLIST

Firstly, Happy New Year to you all! I know we have been quiet here on the blog, but we've been enjoying a relaxing start to the year and recovering from a busy Christmas! Nonetheless, whilst tightening our purses up for January, you always need something to save up for and there is no doubt we have a wishlist not far around the corner!  

CASE STUDYO is a publisher and producer of artworks by contemporary artists. They collaborate with artists from a broad artistic scene which results in a unique collaboration between the studio and the artist.


Case Studyo pride themselves on the fact that they don't repeat or reproduce an existing artwork, but form a new creation; "where interaction between CASE STUDYO and the artist creates an own story – a case study".

The first piece on my wishlist (pictured above) is a collaboration between CASE STUDYO and GROTESK. A sculptured lamp sporting string bean legs and blocky sneaker feet, a signature Grotesk feature. This is definitely a piece that would look absolutely perfect in my new flat in Liverpool when I move later in the year. This also comes in a royal blue colourway, and both available (red colourway for preorder) via the Case Studyo website. They come with screen-printed wood ‘shoe’ box, signed and numbered certificate by Grotesk, the perfect finish!

Click Read More to see the other items on my wishlist.