Adidas New York Spezial

Around a year ago, Gary Aspden, Mike Chetcuti and the rest of  the adidas Spezial team set off on a trip to Buenos Aires following a tip off they received on a store selling deadstock and vintage Adidas products.

The latest issue of the SPZL collaboration dropped on Wednesday 2nd December at midnight with the Adidas New York the latest trainer to get the Spezial treatment.

Coming in two colour ways – the original ‘Graphite’ and an Argentinian blue pair (a nod to Carlos the Buenos Aires shop keeper) – there had been a lot of hype around this reissue.

The trainers dropped alongside two graphic tees, one in white and the other in heather grey.

I haven’t bought a pair of adidas since the first round of Hamburgs were reissued back in March last year and I was very close to pulling the trigger on a pair of Munchen SPZL’s in mid-october but there is something about the New York reissue that I couldn’t resist.

After a frantic 10 minutes online trying to grab a pair of size 10’s from Oi Polloi, Hanon, Wellgosh etc, it was looking like I had missed out and I was gutted. I managed to grab a pair from FootPatrol at the last minute and upon arrival, they are even better than I first thought.

For a while, I couldn’t decide which pair to go after. The Argentinian blue pair really appealed to me because it’s very Man City blue and I would have worn them at the football all of the time.

However, I’ve got a really bad habit of wrecking really nice pairs of trainers within weeks of buying them so the darker, grey, original colour way was a no brainer from me really.

The adidas New York were originally released in the 1980s and previous reissues of the trainer have been attempted by adidas, with none of them living up to what the SPZL team have done here.

Not every trainer in the SPZL footwear range is a reissue but they have done a fantastic job with this one.


A full story on the famous trip to South America can be found in two short videos, (the first shown below), on Youtube titled Sole Searching in South America and Sole Searching in South America 2.


You can read Oi Polloi talk about the adidas New York with Gary Aspden on their blog here


John

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Store Visit | Grants. 1856

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After mentioning Grants. 1856 in my last blog post, I got in touch with them to see if I could do a feature about the store.

Owner Paul Grant (above, left) kindly allowed me to visit the store in the seaside town of Cleethorpes last Friday. 

Grants is a store that holds a great amount of heritage. It opened originally in 1856 as a milliners and a haberdashery before serving as a ration shop during the First World War.

Paul’s grandparents met here with his grandfather owning the butchers next door. 

Upon their retirement, Paul bought the two premises and merged them whilst maintaining the building’s original features to bring you Grants. 1856. 

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Now, after several months of planning and a three day visit to Berlin’s trade shows in June last year, Grants. 1856 is host to some serious menswear. 

Brands such as Norse Projects, Folk, YMC, Universal Works, Our Legacy and TukTuk can all be found here alongside the finest footwear from Red Wing shoes and Clarks Originals and some classic Japanese denim from Edwin. 

Whilst visiting I managed to pick up a complimentary TukTuk leather card holder along with some discounted Norse accessories. So thank you once again to Paul Grant, Paul Smith and Mark Wheatley. 

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Head over to their blog to find out all about the pop-over shirt they have released in collaboration with TukTuk which I managed to get a sneak peak of on my visit. 


Grants1856.co.uk
78-80 St. Peters Avenue, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, DN35 8HU 


The inspiration for a ‘store visit’ post came from men’s fashion, design and lifestyle blogger Matthew Pike and his blog – Buckets & Spades. See all of his visits here.


John

A Product of the Cold Cold North

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Norse Projects x Elka Classic Anker Jacket

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Despite establishing as an in-house brand in 2009 from a store of the same name, Norse Projects only really grabbed my attention around a year and a half ago.

Now, however, it has quickly become one of my favourite brands to wear and I barely ever leave the house without it.

Norse Projects are known for doing simple things well. Their minimal but functional approach make for desirable collections and their collaboration with fellow Danes, Elka, shows why.

Norse Beanie | A.P.C Logo Sweatshirt
Norse Beanie | A.P.C Logo Sweatshirt

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Made from a huge chunk of PVC, the Norse Projects Elka Anker Jackets are 100% waterproof and perfect for the rain and cold ridden winter months ahead.

Due to their welded seems and classic oversized raincoat fit, there is plenty of room to squeeze a couple of layers in and they’re pretty warm themselves, too. 

Elka have been keeping people dry for over 50 years so if you’re looking for a raincoat, don’t be afraid to put your trust in these guys.

This particular colour was a last minute summer sale pick-up from Grants 1856 but there are plenty of other colour ways knocking about. 

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New Balance M575SNG (Made in England)

Shop this style here:


John

Autumn Wear with Le Laboureur

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Le Laboureur Work Jacket | Carhartt Kennedy Pant | Converse Chuck Taylor 1970's
Le Laboureur Moleskine Work Jacket | Carhartt Kennedy Pant | Converse Chuck Taylor 1970’s

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For me, autumn is the best season. It’s when you finally make that long transition from t-shirt weather to layering up and surely no location defines autumn as much as The Arboretum in Nottingham. 

My girlfriend, India, moved to Nottingham for university last year giving me an opportunity to explore a completely new city. The Arboretum is located conveniently over the road from her flat and seemed a great location for my first blog post.

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Carhartt Work in Progress Tee

These work jackets from Le Laboureur act as the perfect staple to your autumn wardrobe. Layer them over a shirt and/or jumper on bitter cold days or a t-shirt on those slightly warmer days like myself. 

This particular style comes in three colours, black, ecru and marine. I went for ecru as I thought it was the most unusual and autumnal colour although I would love to own all three.

Le Laboureur have been a family run business since the 50s. Originating from Southern Burgandy, France, Primo Zelanti created the brand Le Laboureur (‘The Ploughman’) in 1956.

They are still made the same traditional way today using 100% French cotton moleskin fabrics that will wear in naturally over time and give each jacket a unique look.

They fit true to size but are roomy enough to consider sizing down for a slimmer looking fit.

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Carhartt Kennedy Pant | 12.5 oz Red Selvedge Denim
Carhartt Kennedy Pant | 12.5 oz Red Selvedge Denim

They’re not the easiest to source in the UK but you can find them online at The Shopkeeper Store for a reasonable £95 alongside a lighter cotton drill alternative and wool versions perfect for winter.


Shop this style here:


John