One our favorite new collections for Fall, Moncler W, a collaboration between the Italian heritage brand Moncler and Japanese fashion brand White Mountaineering, has arrived. Incorporating White Mountaineering designer Yosuke Aizawa’s vision with Moncler’s classic silhouettes and their combined technical expertise, this strong debut ushers in what we imagine being an exciting ongoing partnership. Our selections from the collection, are now available in San Francisco and online.
Free & Easy’s latest issue, The Updated Ivy, breaks news of our upcoming partnership with Japanese retailer Ships. Born from mutual admiration between Ships and Unionmade, and each having longstanding relationships with San Francisco based Golden Bear, we’re pleased to offer an assortment of Unionmade and Golden Bear jackets in Japan for SS14. The range of jackets is a collection of favorite past styles and will be available exclusively at Ships and Unionmade locations. We’ll be sure to keep everyone updated on new developments, with the small collection scheduled to debut early in the spring/summer season.
Back in 2011 we partnered with our friends at Baxter of California to produce KML, our exclusive candle, burned and available in each of our stores. Now more popular than we could have initially imagined, KML is a cornerstone of our stores and assortment. Following this success, we’re pleased to debut CNG, an oversized bar soap made in the USA that employs a mix of mandarin lime, black pepper, amber, and citrus on a woody base complimenting the main green floral violet accord. CNG is now available in San Francisco and online, with stock arriving at our Brentwood and Marin locations in the coming weeks.
Each season Levi’s Vintage Clothing impresses us with their period inspired and specific reproductions, this Fall introducing Boomtown, a collection grounded in the 1960s Detroit music scene. As always, the design team at LVC have outdone themselves, this season taking their unrelenting drive for authenticity and attention to detail one step further. In celebration of the Boomtown collection, LVC introduces The Detroit Sound, a limited edition box set of 7″ vinyl singles highlighting the city’s rich and broad musical foundations. The set includes seven singles, each record faithfully reproduced from the sleeve to the label, and includes a booklet detailing the individual artists and their featured song.
We are pleased to include a copy of this very limited and special box set, while supplies last, with any purchase of $300 or more in Levi’s Vintage Clothing product.
Paying further tribute to this season’s inspirations, the team at Levi’s Vintage Clothing worked with director Aaron Rose to produce the below short film, a collage of archival Detroit footage and commentary. Highlighting the city’s role as a hotbed of music and culture, the film features a mix of rare footage woven with interview audio from various musicians, fans, and scene-makers key in the evolution of 1960s Detroit. Layering a series of vignettes, Rose’s film wonderfully captures the spirit and energy of this monumental time, which would go on to influence both music and fashion to this day.
Herman Miller’s Why project recently debuted a fantastic feature on The Sample Lesson, a 1952 lecture series presented by George Nelson, Charles Eames, and Alexander Girard. Seeking to reinterpret academic approaches to arts education, these three icons of art and design conceived a multimedia approach to teaching, incorporating slides, film, audio, and even scent to their joint lesson. First introduced at The University of Georgia and then presented over six days at UCLA, the series was later revisited by Mickey Friedman, then design curator at The Walker Art Center, through a series of interviews she conducted with each contributor. In addition to their overview, Herman Miller has restored and made each interview available for listening.
Visit Why to learn more.
Founded in 2009 by Kika Vliegenthart and Sabine Spanjer, Kika NY is a Brooklyn based line of handmade leather goods. Focused on simple design and quality craftsmanship, the duo were trained by a master craftsman and produce some of the best leather goods we’ve come across recently. Now available in store and online, we’re pleased to add Kika NY to our always evolving assortment.
Our latest collection of exclusives, a tightly edited assortment designed with and produced by Japanese retailer United Arrows, is now available in San Francisco and online. Focused on the idea of an outfit, we set out to create a small but versatile collection that highlights range in pattern and color rather than individual styles. We’ve admired United Arrows for some time now and are pleased to say that this special collection will continue into the future, with SS14 already underway. See the full Unionmade + United Arrows collection online.
Our friends at The Hill-side just released their seasonal lookbook, showcasing the always fantastic range of prints, patterns, and colors making up this season’s assortment. Shot by photographer Backyard Bill and styled by James Wilson of Secret Forts, the lookbook takes us into the spaces of various Brooklyn based creatives. Featuring the homes of Frank Muytjens of J.Crew, illustrator Richard Haines, Kyle Garner of Sit and Read, Tom Ran of The Scout, and many more. Above are a few of our favorite photos, while the entire lookbook can be seen here. Our seasonal shipment from The Hill-side just recently arrived and will be available soon.
With the fall season officially underway, we’re highlighting a number of the best seasonal offerings and classic essentials, featuring favorites from Orslow, Chimala, National Athletic Goods, and more. We’re also debuting our latest collection of exclusives, Unionmade + United Arrows, the first in an ongoing partnership with the respected Japanese retailer and brand. See the full collection and latest fall arrivals in store and online.