It’s been fairly quiet this week here at FatKidOnFire HQ, but if you’ve been following the Twitter account you’ll have a vague idea as to why. After months of looking, a few interviews and a few projects that are still waiting to come to fruition, I’ve started a new job. It’s (initially) a full time three month internship so finding sufficient time to dedicate to writing content for FKOF took a back seat this week. However, it’s the weekend and so I’m back on track for the large volume of posts that need to go live!
There’s a round up of things that have caught my eye this week, a brand feature and two or three new makeitgood x FKOF features. Keep your eyes on the site throughout the weekend!
First off, we have the latest from our friends over at Soap-Box Clothing. If you remember back to the start of October last year, we covered their last release of the Soap-Box Italian melton wool and leather stadium jackets (which you can still cop on their webstore). Dan and the rest of the Soap-Box team are never ones to shy away from improving already stellar products and have again raised the bar when it comes to British independent clothing.
Their latest project draws inspiration from the movie ‘Shogun Assassin‘ and uses ninja influences (like black and red accents and hidden pockets, oh and a custom Soap-Box samurai sword!) within the three pieces from the collection. The Shogun project features two unisex jackets and a tee; the ‘Light Armour Shirt JKT’ (£80) and the ‘Shogun Varsity Jacket’ (£195) and the yet to be seen t-shirt. Each piece will come with a random set of exclusive Shogun Project postcards.
The focus was to get creative with the project and concept from drawings right through to post production, which meant also using premium materials. The Shirt JKT & Varsity both use Italian fabrics throughout, and the varsity has 100% full grain leather sleeves and pockets (including the insides) and heavyweight Italian melton wool for the body. The Shirt JKT features a corduroy shoulder yoke and pocket details and also features a quilted lining.
Both items will be available for pre-order on Monday 31st January from the Soap-Box webstore. Peep their blog for more information on the Shogun project and for more shots of the amazing jackets. Truly amazing to see the Soap-Box family doing it again!
Continuing the theme of independent brands doing things that should worry the mainstream, Jay Read’s Jilted Royalty is continuing it’s extremely impressive run of form with yet another release, hot on the heels of the custom Jilted dresses at the start of 2011.
The ‘Player’ varsity jacket features a woolen body, satin lining and fully embroidered front and back designs. There were only 25 of these varsities made, and I’m extremely jealous if you were on of the lucky 25 people that managed to get one as these are already completely sold out!
Luckily, Jay will be producing a line of cut and sew varsities throughout the year, so stay locked on the Jilted site for updates and keep £120 spare for when they do drop. I’ve seen a shot of Jay wearing a black version of the above jacket, so lets hope he’s going to release it soon!
Finally, our friends over at Dat Tag have joined forces with the Gochains to launch Dat Prestigious Gorealler. The collective are throwing their first event ‘Urban Platform’ on Brick Lane to celebrate some of the independent brands we have here in the City. Peep the details on the flyer, but with already having 16 streetwear and urban ‘couture’ brands (including Soap-Box, Treacle Clothing, Youneek and Self Gained Treasures) plus entertainment from artists and dancers (and free Krispy Kremes on the door) it’s set to be an event worth reaching! We’ll see you at the Vibe Bar on 6th February from 11am – 5pm. Find the event on Facebook here.
Peace, love and respect.