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“connor is my go to for unique and personalised accessories. so chic and refined. conor uses skin textures and body moulds to make the most beautiful jewellery! ”
“other couture has made all of my grills to date! handmade unique grill perfection! other couture can make all of your dreams come true from opals to black diamonds, so creative and beautiful! other couture almost gives michèle lamy a run for her money. almost ;)”
“found this amazing black owned body butter company at a stall at a melrose market in la. the man at the stall explained that the shea butter was from senegal and was so pure you could eat it ha! i was sold and have been using it ever since.”
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Get Palace Artois down your gullet, and raise a glass to the legendary skate brand’s surprise collaboration with the Reassuringly Expensive beer connoisseurs, dropping 19th February. If you’ve been missing the pub and longing for an ice-cold pint down your local boozer, look no further than this collection of elevated streetwear essentials and connoisseurs home bar accessories. Taking cues from Stella’s rich visual and cultural heritage, the capsule includes matching canvas jackets and pants, swim shorts, towelling hoodies, tees, and even a leather tote bag, chalice, card holder and wallet – all emblazoned with an ingeniously reworked Palace Artois logo. It might be a fair few months until we get to resume happy hour shenanigans (sigh) but until then, might as well dress up for the occasion.
The collection will be available in store at PALACE NYC, LA and Tokyo, Dover Street Market and online at palaceskateboards.com on Friday.
To kick off celebrations for their 50th anniversary this year, C.P. Company has launched the Ventile® line – made from the world’s leading performance fibre – which exemplifies the brand’s knack for pushing the boundaries of how fabric can be reinterpreted and elevated, this time using its coveted La Mille Goggle Jacket and Explorer designs as a foundation.
Spring might well be approaching, but what better way to keep yourself protected from the elements than by indulging in one of C.P.’s high performance outerwear numbers? Ventile® was established during World War II to protect pilots at risk of being stranded in the Atlantic Ocean – so rest assured you can pop to the shops in one of these without checking the weather app!
Juicy Couture is back, bringing with it a bold new take on glamour, toughness and sex appeal. But as the evolution of a candy-coloured icon continues, so does its gear-shift, with the championing of independent female entrepreneurs in its striking new campaign shot by Aidan Zamiri. Amongst them is designer Lois Saunders, who selects her best bits to the right, and gives us the juice below...
What is your first memory of wearing Juicy? I used to hunt and hunt for old Juicy tracksuits online. I eventually found one that was perfect for me. I loved it and wore it all the time. What does Juicy smell, taste and feel like? Juicy is just like sweet candy. How do you feel in Juicy? It makes me feel confident and sexy, whilst feeling comfortable and being able to do what I want. If Juicy was a person, who’d it be? The cool girl who is effortlessly hot. What’s the juiciest thing you’ve done this year, so far? Putting my nudes on my clothes.
bibisbooks was launched by model Bibi Abdulkadir during lockdown in April 2020. Ever since, it has established itself as a community and book club, dedicated to advocating and amplifying POC voices within literature. Their mission: to nourish and cultivate the ongoing forms of communication grounded within a safe space. At its heart, bibisbooks is committed to serving the culture and history of its community, to connect and inspire.
bibisbooks have partnered with HOME by Ronan Mckenzie; a multifunctional creative space to host their first virtual book club this Saturday 30th of January at 7:30pm. Make sure you join the club.
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“A visceral and sombre love letter dedicated to a place I love so much, London.”
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“A timeless classic that changed the perception of blackness forever.”
“Because Americanah was one of the first fiction books where I felt truly seen by a woman I admire.”
“A delicate sensitivity towards the understanding of unity among African Europeans.”
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And just like that, Valentine’s Day is around the corner. And no, we don’t need daily reminders that we’re single, lonely and locked down. However, we’ll make an exception for Christopher Kane’s brand spanking new More Joy Special drop, because we’re all for showing ourselves some love. The Valentine’s themed collection includes a restock of the most iconic More Joy pieces (yes, the vibrator) as well as a selection of chilli-red loungewear pieces and cute knickers. It's perfect for sexy, stay-at-home Saturday nights, and Sunday through Monday, too.
President Joe Biden wasn’t the only one getting sworn in yesterday – it felt like outerwear, the whole category, was inaugurated, too. From Michelle Obama’s dramatic burgundy overcoat and Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s sunshine-yellow Prada ensemble, to Bernie’s all-purpose parka (early contender for most meme-able moment of 2021) complete with giant hand-knitted mittens, there has never been a better time to let your coat do the talking. And with nowhere to go but the corner shop right now, we suggest you wrap up warm and channel Big Coat Energy on your next supermarket sweep.
Hijiri Endo, Théodore Famery and Agoston Palinko are the sexpert fashion designers behind Carne Bollente.
“Summer beach towel, exclusively designed for our dear friends at SSENSE.”
“A carefree, homoerotic menswear brand that throws social and cultural stereotypes and gender roles out the window.”
“Henri Matisse inspired lavender socks. Does what it says on the tin.”
“This elegant glass toy will intensely stimulate your nether regions.”
“Designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1973 following a period of infatuation with a Catalan woman.”
“This toy works with a different technology: air. Like oral sex, but better.”