Thai guys are probably unfamiliar with the belt boy scouts wear since scouting appears to be so unheard of, therefore, chances are, they’ve not seen a scout’s uniform. I am not even certain if there’s the Boy Scouts of Thailand, but I do know there’s the Girl Guides Association of Thailand (they have a nice pool!). Well, that’s not part of this story.
This belt by Burberry is fashioned in the similar style as those worn by boy scouts. It’s in full leather with a very distinguishable buckle: a coin-shape head that snaps secularly in place in a ring. Burberry has always issued clothes and accessories with heavy military accents, but this belt imparts a certain war-not-known youthfulness. All the more amazing when you consider the scouting movement’s 100th Anniversary this year.
No news when or if this will be available in Thailand. Check out us.burberry.com
The Japanese brand Neighborhood has gone beyond a certain Tokyo enclave to take the world quite by storm. It has so much street cred and cool vibes that even major players such as Adidas is collaborating with the label. Unfortunately, in Bangkok, the brand is so unknown that any mention of ‘neighborhood’ will get people wondering if you’re referring to Tonglor or J Avenue. In Hong Kong, the young kids are so into the brand and its collegiate-yet-rebellious aesthetic that the city has its own Hoods store, the very first outside Japan.
Neighborhood Technical Apparel is a company started by Shinsuke Takizawa in 1994 as a streetwear brand that is able to sample and remix design elements from different type of clothing, particularly motorcycle gear, military fatigues and even adventure wear. In many ways, the look is American: kind of Happy Days meet Greek. A Mad Men for adolescent boys, if you will. Neighborhood’s success was swift and can be best measured by the willingness of streetwear giants such as Stussy and A Bathing Ape to collaborate with it.
The latest to do so is Adidas Originals. This T-shirt (and other pieces) are co-branded with Neighborhood’s offshoot brand Luker by Neighborhood, a collection that is a cuter and geekier take on the main line. The Adidas prices are, thankfully more approachable, especially so if you consider that Neighborhood products rarely ever go on sale!
Adidas Original + Luker By Neighborhood T-shirt is now available at the Adidas Original store at Siam Centre for 2,990 baht.
They’re back, after 14 years! And they sound like they’re still poised for Top of the Pops! I am not sure if that’s a good thing (or sound). Is OMD still using the same synthesizers? Andy McCluskey sings with the same voice as when he crooned Enola Gay into my ear via my Walkman II. I now see myself at the bicycle shed at school, unwilling to go home although classes were over. Elsewhere, my school mates were listing to Barbara Streisand’s Woman In Love. I did not know why. The diva thing was lost on me then.
This is clearly for the nostalgia joy ride. Yes, some of us, prompted by fashion’s constant return to the past, do pine for the sound of Eighties, but do we really want it to be so utterly reminiscent of that era? You can cast a backward glance, but don’t you wish to look forward too? While the new songs are clearly retro-tinged, they have more in common with 1986’s The Pacific Age (and later albums) than earlier records such as the still-issued Organisation. The just-released first single, If You Want It, accompanied by an uninspired video, employs so many musical, melodic and vocal styling associated with 1996’s Universal that I am grateful Depeche Mode, the other great Brit synth-pop band, has rightly abandoned the predictable to sound present-day.
As if to be certain we potential buyers and downloaders do not miss its nostalgia value, the album’s cover is designed by the band’s early collaborator Peter Saville. I should say I am also a huge fan of Mr Saville and the work he did for Factory Records, in particular, New Order’s albums, but the cover for History of Modern fails to thrill even if it could bring on a knowing smile. With its orange background, you’d think this is a tribute to OMD’s debut 1980 album. Sadly, there’s no Electricity.
History of Modern will be out on 20 September in the UK. Thailand? Your guess is as good as mine.
It’s been observed that in Bangkok, most Blackberry users are women, while iPhone users are guys. If that were true, then it would be interesting to see if this Jack Spade iPhone case will score with the fellows. There’s no denying it’s cute, but serious iPhone fans don’t use Apple’s best selling cellphone because it can pretend to be Casper the Friendly Ghost! But then, you’d never know. In this city, where men ride pink motorcycles, the cute factor may be the selling point.
Jack Spade iPhone case is available at the Jack Spade corner of Luxe Men in Central Chidlom.
Teenage girls who wear buttons of their fave K-pop stars on their chest will understand the appeal of these colourful brooches and accessories. At first glance, they seem no different from similar pop-icon pins you often find in JJ market, but these are no ordinary adornments for pockets and the plain shoulder bag. They are by the hip-beyond-belief accessory label of the moment Yazbukey.
It’s all about being playful, of course, but you would not have guessed that such delectation is by two sisters of very noble origin. Yaz and Emel Kurhan describe themselves as “ottoman princesses and Descendants of Mehmet Ali Pasha King of Egypt”, who, if you must know, is regarded as the founder of modern Egypt.
Royal lineage aside, the sisters have some fashion cred too. Yaz has interned at Maison Martin Margiela, Martine Sitbon, and Givenchy before assisting Jeremy Scott. Emel has worked at Christian Lacroix. Together, the sisters started the Yazbukey label in 2000, offering girlie and fun accessories that seemed to strike a chord with many women.
So this year, their 10th, they have released a series of brooches and necklaces and other dangly bits called “Happy Birthday” that look, to me, like refrigerator magnets. These pay homage to some of the most recognisable pop and fashion icons such as David Bowie, Princess Di (both pictured here), Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga and, Karl Lagerfeld. A-list they may be, but they’re more for the Barbie than Barberella in you.
Yazbukey’s David Bowie and Princess Di brooches are available at Club 21 Accessories, Siam Paragon
This is a scary thought: Nike is putting aside it’s fashion leadership to follow Crocs. How else can you interpret the introduction of the HTM Solar Soft Sandal? No, this is not the Aqua Sock gone plastic. This is clearly a take on the chunky direct-injected footwear made popular by Crocs and made annoying to see by seemingly sensible adults wearing kiddie shoes.