Today, we’re talking classics: the products that endure in style and substance, the brands that have become benchmarks, the looks they’ve made their own.
Three perennial Patagonia favourites.
A shoe that has never been lacking in the attitude department, the Old Skool was the style that debuted the now-iconic Vans side stripe (or the ‘jazz stripe’, as it was called back then). It was followed a year later, in 1978, by the Sk8-Hi. Over forty years on, they’re both virtually unchanged. Fast-forward another forty, they’ll still be going strong.
When it comes to denim, there’s really only one brand for the job.
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Founded in the ’20s, Dickies were initially a favourite among farmhands in Southwestern US, but their appeal soon outgrew the ranch to encompass the factory, the construction site, the street, even the office. Their chinos are exemplary.
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Another workwear stalwart from the US, Carharrt remains a family-owned business some 120 years after its founding. WIP (Work In Progress) is the streetwear arm of the operation.
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Nike SB brought out the RM (which stands for ‘remastered’) last year to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Stefan Janoski’s signature silhouette. A lot changed in those 10 years, and arguably even more’s changed in the one year since, but that sleek, low-profile silhouette’s looking better than ever.
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The eight-eye 1460 and the three-eye 1461, Doc Martens’ two most recognisable styles. Both feature the signature grooved sides, yellow stitching and air-cushioned sole the brand is famous for, held together with a Goodyear welt – a construction method dating back to the 1860s. Both are available in 100% vegan materials. Timeless designs adapted to modern sensibilities.
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Join the hemp revolution. Byron-based Afends have been banging the hemp drum for years, highlighting the environmental and economic benefits of what they consider the most sustainable of all-natural threads. It requires significantly less water than cotton, produces significantly more fibre per acre, takes significantly less time to grow, and is also a highly efficient carbon sink.
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Bottle-opener on a flip-flop? Genius. The hardest-working, most ridiculously comfy sandal in the world.
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