Claire de Rouen’s Isolation Reading List

Lucy Moore of London bookshop Claire de Rouen curates her favourite isolation reads. Looking for further inspiration? Check out this handy list.


Because your home can be a zoo! Animals brings us incredible photographs, taken by Sage Sohier, of Americans at home with their unusual and exotic friends.”

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Why Grow Up?

In Why Grow Up?’ Susan Neiman talks about how philosophy can help us grow up in the amidst of a culture of rampant immaturity’. I kind of feel like we should ignore the message of this book and instead be as childlike as we can during self-isolation. I chose this book because its cover is a photograph taken on the tube by Wolfgang Tillmans – and because we’re not meant to travel at the moment, suddenly the cover feels fantastical.”

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Charleston opens a window onto the creative fecundity and sexual eccentricity of the Bloomsbury group, who self-isolated at this house in East Sussex during WW2.”

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All Good Things

This image of Mayan and Roman masks is from All Good Things by Stephen Ellcock. The book takes the reader on a psycho-spiritual-scientific odyssey through space and time. It’s a collection of images of paintings, objects, diagrams and poems, that reveal the creativity of humankind across the centuries. It’s the most inspiring book I have seen for so long.” 

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How to Know God

Recommended to me by my friend, the artist Linder Sterling, How to Know God is the guide to yoga and its philosophy, written 1,500 years ago by the Indian sage, Patanjali. By the time self-isolation ends, you too could be enlightened…”

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So your commute is 30 seconds long: bed-kitchen-desk-sofa-bed. And it’s likely you’ve been tempted to wear active wear” for, well, zero activity. But who said you can’t put a little effort into your WFH fit? Dover Street Market have got you covered.

On the case

Surely the hottest accessory of the moment has to be the AirPod case. With Apple’s ubiquitous headphones, coming in any colour you want (as long as it’s white), the AirPod case has become the place truly to express yourself. From silicon to textured leather, 2020 has seen an explosion of new styles on the market. They range anywhere from a few pounds to several hundred quid. But the greatest flex has to be in customising your own – and you could do a lot worse than the (unofficial) The Face one pictured right here.

The Face Magazine

Editor’s Letter – Volume 4 Issue 3

Stuart Brumfitt, Editor, February 2020.

Volume 4. Issue 3.

Starring! Grimes, LaKeith Stanfield, Noen Eubanks, Lara Stone, Bong Joon Ho, Talia Ryder, Darkoo, Taylour Paige, the 6 Figure Gang, Moisés and Mateo Arias, Jahi Winston, Cailee Spaeny, Levan Gelbakhiani, George MacKay, Griselda, KSI, Arthur Jafa, Adesuwa Aighewi and Aitch (again).

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Hot this week 002

Featuring: Miu Miu’s kisses capsule, Matthew Williams x Nike Zoom MMW 4, Moncler x JW Anderson, Browns x Stone Island and Tom Sachs’ forthcoming collab with Nike.

Time to get your hands on some Uncut Gems merch

Set pulses racing with memorabilia from the cult film (including that diamond encrusted Furby pendant).

In Partnership with New Era. In its 100-year history, the clothing label New Era has positioned itself as the interlocker between style and baseball. The exclusive cap supplier to Major League Baseball since 1993, the brand’s ubiquity within street-style has catapulted it into the mainstream on both sides of the Atlantic – from Jay‑Z claiming I made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can”, to the likes of Dizzee Rascal and D Double elevating the New Era cap to near-mythical status in Grime folklore.

To commemorate its century long grip on culture, a five-piece New Era Icon series has just dropped. The capsule features a high-end woollen take on the iconic all-black varsity jacket, three 59FIFTY silhouette caps with a Kelly green undervisor and a black cotton baseball jersey with collegiate-style striping along the collar.

Future Wear: Marine Serre

By the light of the crescent-moon: how the French designer’s logo is a mark of upcycling innovation and style for the 24-hour generation.

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Bored of the sales? Us too. Thankfully there are loads of new season pieces to cop week. Moncler Genius has teamed up with Matthew Williams’ 1017 ALYX 9SM for a collection that unites the designer’s trademark rollacoaster-buckle hardware with Moncler’s mountaineering expertise. Pass us a chalk bag.

The Telfar shopper tote (already-iconic) has been released in a (soon-to-be-iconic) tangerine (exclusively available on SSENSE). While AMBUSH has landed on Matches Fashion with an exclusive capsule that includes a flame-hued tracksuit that will see you through the colder months. Aries has blessed us with a preview of its AW20 collection (on sale 14th January); inspired by Italian youth culture and “‘80s punk and psychobilly pinups” like Paul Simonon and Mick Jones”– random, but we’re into it. Be sure to set an alarm for the fleece.

Last, but by no means least, Loewe has launched its Eye/​LOEWE/​Nature capsule collection. Gray Sorrenti shot the campaign which stars actor Josh O’Connor on an adventure through the misty foothills of Mount Fuji. It features another seriously good fleece composed of recycled polyester (stylish and sustainable) while the accessories offering includes a chalk bag (phew). Climbing is officially sexy – you heard it here first.

Andrew, Miami

Andrew is the store putting Miami on the international skate map

The Downtown retail space is blowing up beyond South Florida’s skateboarding community.


15 years of Dover Street Market

A laundry list of collaborations – including an impressive new set with icons past, present and future to honour their milestone anniversary – and a fashion legacy rivalled by few.

Techwear tendencies

Tapping into Seoul’s techwear scene

Functionality is dominating Seoul’s streetwear scene. We ask those in the know how to get the look.

Spark joy

Christopher Kane first spread joy this summer with his More Joy” collection of heatwave ready accessories. Think: sexy fans and monochrome beach towels that were spotted in all manner of exotic destinations. Now back just in time for the festive season, Kane has unveiled an edit of cosy essentials: silk pyjamas, sleep masks, baubles, a scarf and a hot water bottle, so you can appreciate the JOY of staying in this winter.

Curated by The Face

The Face has returned after 15 years and to celebrate we’ve turned our first issue back into a proper numbered collector’s book. The hardback edition comes boxed with exclusive prints and an A1 poster of every Face cover so far. Ooo la la.

There are only 999, and we’re inviting you to get your hands on one first, before they start going on eBay for loadsamoney.

Head to the link below to buy your copy now. Like right now. Now.

Curated by Weird Walks

Stone Island goes stone circle

Volume 4 Issue 001: Recharging your batteries with a walk in the country has never been more popular (or weirder).

Arc’Teryx Zeta SL GORE-TEX Paclite Plus Jacket

Struggling in the vortex, in my jacket made of Gore-Tex, it fits wonderfully” once sang Gruff Rhys of noted cagoule-wearers Super Furry Animals. And if the song wasn’t 23 years old, we’d swear he was talking about this new jacket from Arc’Teryx (think North Face on steroids). Lightweight, showerproof and packable, what more do you need? Perfick.

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Eastpak x Dickies Bundel Bum Bag

More-or-less a rucksack, it’ll comfortably carry all the gear you’ll need for a short-to-medium weird walk, plus you’ll have space to store any charmed objects or interesting pebbles you find, plus anything you forage in the hedgerows along the way.

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Danner Men’s Mountain 600 Boots

The dad shoe silhouette has had its fifteen minutes; the true heads are walking out to Neolithic burial chambers in a sturdier 4 seasons” boot. Berghaus for show, Danner 600s for a pro. Peep the waterproof suede upper. Yes thanks!

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Fjallraven Kiruna G‑1000 Bush Hat

Top it all off with a first rate titfer. Somewhere between drug-dealer-at-a-festival and metal-detectorist-on-a-hot-day is the Weird Walk sweet spot. True stylists may opt for a wider brim but the bucket is still king for us, as epitomised by this weatherproof Swedish bush hat.

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Curated by SORT

To celebrate the opening of 1909, a trendy new bookshop in Paris, our mates at SORT are hosting a SUBMIT CONTROL” pop-up in the store this week. They’ll be setting up shop with new SORT merch, selling their latest issue and screening two of their films (Techno Goth and Drome). They’ve curated an erotic shop to mark the occasion. Rubber, chains and leather below. 

Pay Day Pick-me-ups

Matching Martine Rose, supersexy Mowalola, A‑COLD-WALL* treats for your feet and some bloody good T‑shirts, too. Go on, you know you want to…


Artist-turned-designer Sterling Ruby debuted his first collection at Pitti Uomo in a 19th-century hay manger, and it’s available on SSENSE! Shop below.

Get in loser, you’re going shopping with Gabriel Held!

Purveyor of all things vintage, Gabriel Held boasts a closet full of lavish early noughties pieces. Think 90s Gaultier, diamanté Juicy Couture and Pucci Moon Boots. This week, Held has curated a shopping list to help you channel your inner that’s hot’. Block out the haters with Swarovski encrusted shades, flash your ca$h with a Benjamin Franklin collar shirt and realign your chakras with crystal-shaped sweets. After all, life is too damn short not to shop.

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