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Scandinavian Fashion – Filippa K

We have talked about Scandi style sneaker earlier and we will dig deeper into Scandinavian fashion this time. Speaking of that, we have to mention Filippa K. Filippa Knutsson and Patrik Kihlborg founded the brand in 1993. Their interpretation of fashion was wearable, aesthetically balanced pieces which can stand the test of time – effortless, essential garments. Hence, their design is clean with high quality. And it becomes a very popular brand in Nordic countries. Filippa K helped to define minimalism and bring it into Scandinavian fashion.

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Scandinavian fashion is not only about the beauty of minimal design. A garment has to be personal and long lasting. In an other word, you will get along with your clothes better as you wear them and they also have the quality to stand against time. As a result, Scandinavian fashion is “timelessness”. Both in terms of designs and quality. This is exactly why Filippa K promotes the idea of slow fashion, as the seldom change the styles of design. And they hope consumer will wear them for a longer time and produce less waste. 

Filippa K Oliver Cotton Jacket - Platoon

These minimal designs are sustainable as they have organic and quality fabric. Filippa K visits these factories from time to time to make sure they are up to standard and the employees are being treated fairly.

Filippa K Desktop SquareNot to mention their sneakers, they have comfortable insoles with premium sustainable leather. 

Want to see more from Filippa K? More AW19 collections will be available online at ANDJOY soon.

Editor’s Picks – WANT Les Essentiels Structured Leather Tote

This time, we are going to introduce you the structured leather tote from WANT Les Essentiels. In the past seasons, we have their shopper tote and backpack. And in this Fall season, we have their premium leather collection – the Dresden Structured tote.

 

The Structured Leather Tote

If you are familiar with WANT les Essentiels, you may ring a bell about their shopper tote, which is one of their signature products. The main difference between Dresden and the shopper tote are the shapes. The shopper tote has a soft touch and the shape of a shopper bag. On the other hand, Dresden has a more formal brief case look. It is also structured so it has a more sturdy shape and can hold your documents better. As a result, we suggest to use this structured leather tote as a work bag.

WANT Les Essentiels Dresden Structured Tote - Silt

WANT Les Essentiels Dresden Structured Tote – Silt

WANT Les Essentiels Dresden Structured Tote - Silt

The premium leather is from Italy. And it has a very special silt color – more like a dark green. It keeps the structured leather bag subtle yet special. In fact, silt is a color being widely applied by WANT les Essentiels to its leather goods this season.

WANT Les Essentiels Dresden Structured Tote - Silt

And all the lining are made with organic cotton. The process regulated and certified by the Institute for Marketecology (IMO), Switzerland, under Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and Organic Exchange 100 standards according to the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) standard.

 

Moreover, the interior pockets can hold a 13′ laptop and other small devices as well.

WANT Les Essentiels Dresden Structured Tote - Silt

And of course it’s a WANT les Essentiels, so the YKK zipper has two tones ( Gold and silver).There are also a golden zip puller and a golden button (to hold the zipper to the bag) to match the silt leather.

WANT Les Essentiels Dresden Structured Tote - Silt

WANT Les Essentiels Dresden Structured Tote - Silt

Flip it over, you will find four button feet at the bottom. They protect the leather from direct contact with the ground. And of course, they are also in color matching gold.

WANT Les Essentiels Dresden Structured Tote - Silt

Looking for a modern tote bag for work? This structured leather tote can be your best daily companion.

 

And don’t forget to check out our cross body bags as well!

 

Sustainable Canvas Shoes

Canvas shoes are one of the most popular type of shoes. It has a very basic look which is easy to match. Unlike leather, canvas is also easy to take care of. Thus, they are so popular that you can find various of canvas shoes in the market. But at ANDJOY, we also care about products’ sustainability. Thus, we would like a pair of canvas shoes that are eco friendly and sustainable. In the previous articles, we talked about Good News sneakers. Today, we will discover more about their canvas shoes collections.

 

Sustainable Material

The canvas fabric is usually made with cotton or linen. They are extremely durable because the fabric is tightly woven. For Good News sneakers, the canvas is made with organic cotton. If you want to know more about organic cotton and why they are eco friendly, don’t forget to check out our Organic Cotton 101.

Good News Hurler Low Sneaker - Navy Brown

Hurler Low Sneaker – Navy Brown

The outsole is actually recycled rubber. These rubber come from used tires and shoes. They have an exaggerating look and if you flip it around, you will find there are pattern on the sole for better grip.

Good News Hurler Low Sneaker - Navy Brown

 

Good News Bagger Low Sneaker - White

Bagger Low Sneaker – White

Bagger Low sneaker has very similar designs as the Hurler low sneakers. The main difference will be the color. Hurler sneakers usually have sharper color and patterns while bagger sneakers have a more minimal and basic outlook.

Good News Bagger Low Sneaker - White

Furthermore, the removable insole is actually a mixture of bio-oil and recycled rubber, which gives it a very thick cushion and remain sustainable.

Good News Bagger Low Sneaker - White

Good News Bagger Low Sneaker - Black

Bagger Low Sneaker – Black

Good News Bagger Low Sneaker - Black

You can see the lining much clearly on the black one because of the contrast in color. It is worth mentioning that even the lining is made of 100% organic cotton. It makes Good News a true sustainable canvas shoes.

 

More than that, Good News also care about their social responsibility and participate in different charity work. Head to our previous blog to find out more!

How to Dress in Scandi Style – Minimal Sneakers

With the rise of minimalism, people are craving for Scandinavian designs with a neat touch. Instead of clothes with sharp and high contrast color, we look for those with soft and basic color, like white, pale blue, mint green or black. But what’s complete a Scandi look is a pair of minimal sneakers. It can be as simple as a pair of white leather trainers. It helps to keep your outlook consistent without drawing the attention. And minimal sneakers are easy to match too. Their subtle designs help to blend into different styles, smart causal, vintage or even a relaxed outfit during the weekend.

Minimal Sneakers

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Speaking of minimal sneakers, we have to mention Filippa K. They are a leader in Scandi style. Their sneakers are made with quality leather in Portugal. These minimal sneakers have a very clean but unique shape. And they have a matching soft beige leather patch for a more luxurious touch.

Filippa K Robert Low Mix Sneaker - White

Filippa K Robert Low Mix Sneaker

 

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Thus, these white leather sneakers can match your pants and shorts for either a causal or smart causal look.

 

Minimal sneakers are not the sole right of Scandinavian brand. Good News from London also provide minimal sneakers that are sustainable.

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As explained in the previous article, these sneakers are completely sustainable, from their insole, organic cotton upper to the outsole that is made with recycled rubber. If you are interested in sustainable sneakers, don’t forget to check out Veja as well!

Good News Softball 2 Low Sneaker - Olive

Good News Softball 2 Low Sneaker

Good News also uses soft Scandi color for their sneakers. The exaggerated outsole has become its signature and they are suitable for a more relaxed minimal look. In fact, even the Copenhagen based NN07 loves Good News so much that they showcase them together with their collections in the new concept store.

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Photo Source: NN07

Unisex Clothing – Bringing Equality into Fashion

Unisex clothing may not be something new but it’s definitely something that’s gaining attention. Even big names such as Selfridges, Zara and H&M are developing unisex clothing. And it even gains a place in high street fashion as well. Traditionally, there’s a perception on how man or woman should be dressed. However, with the raising awareness of gender equality, the boundary between menswear and womenswear appear to be blurred. And it is suggested that we should be free from judgement and fashion is simply about self-expression.

Unisex Clothing

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Unisex Sustainable Sneakers – Good News

The word unisex clothing has defined itself. It refers to clothes that are created without a specific gender in mind. Both male and female can wear them comfortably. Thus, gender should not be a concern for you when you are choosing these clothes. In fact, unisex clothing usually takes a more relaxed fit to compensate the difference in shape between men and woman body. And the trend of oversized clothing has helped.

 

Moreover, you will find unisex clothing more popular among eco brands. These brands try to stay sustainable and encourage consumers to adapt to slow fashion. Unisex clothing has the advantage of bringing less variations in products. And in terms of production, less variation means less waste.

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Sources from Kuro Instagram

Kuro is a Japanese clothing brand, which has a denim line and a K line. Each of them have different aims. The first one is about denim products while the other one is about unisex clothing.

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Sources from forét Instagram

forét is an eco fashion brand from Copenhagen. It’s about the co-founders’ childhood adventures. At the same time, it also encourages slow fashion and sustainability. Thus they use organic cotton to craft their products and use recyclable material to make their packing. Furthermore, it emphasizes its products are all unisex.

At Andjoy Store, you will be able to find different unisex clothing brand. Step away from the boundary and shop your favourite clothes online now.

Editor’s Picks – Monitaly Bomber Jacket

When we talk about vintage jackets, Monitaly Bomber Jacket always come to our mind. It is inspired by the iconic USAF Flight Jacket and the classic MA-1. It has a classic bomber jacket silhouette, water resistant Vancloth fabrics and a fur collar. Monitaly first introduced this B-15 bomber jacket in their FW17 collections. Since then, they kept renewing it every winter as it was a great hit. For example, in their FW18 collection, they use black waterproof zipper.

B-15 Bomber Jacket

Monitaly B-15 Bomber Jacket - Vancloth Sateen Olive

Vancloth Sateen Olive

In FW19, Monitaly bomber jacket is in their classic olive color. You will still find the signature fur collar with a small zipper pocket on sleeve.

Monitaly B-15 Bomber Jacket - Vancloth Sateen Olive

The collar is 100% wool ribbing made in the U.S.A. And when you have it collar up – you will find there is a holding button. It can keep you warm in a cold winter with its high-loft synthetic fur. Moreover, there is zig-zag stitching on back of the collar to make it look even more classy.

Monitaly B-15 Bomber Jacket - Vancloth Sateen Olive

One special feature about this bomber jacket is the zipper. The gold zipper is actually come from Talon Zipper – which was the first zipper manufacturer founded in 1893 in Chicago. As we talked to Monitaly’s designer Mr. Yuki Matsuda, he spent a lot of effort to source these vintage zippers. They are in a subtle vintage gold with a vintage puller.

Monitaly B-15 Bomber Jacket - Vancloth Sateen Olive

When it comes to the hand warming pockets, there are changes too. There is also fur inside the pocket to keep your hand warm. And besides, the fur pops our a little bit around the pockets and give it a neat look.

Monitaly B-15 Bomber Jacket - Vancloth Sateen Olive

Moreover, it has two inner pockets. The sleeves and body is also insulated for better heat trapping.

Monitaly B-15 Bomber Jacket - Vancloth Sateen Olive

As usual, it has Monitaly’s exclusive fabric ‘Vancloth & Sons’. And the Sateen version has the strongest water-resistant.

Monitaly B-15 Bomber Jacket - Vancloth Sateen Olive

Interested in Monitaly’s vintage jacket? don’t forget to check out their Military Half Coat Type B!

Classic item from Monitaly – Military Half Coat Type B

Our latest arrivals from Monitaly is now available online, including their classic Military Half Coat Type B.

Monitaly Military Half Coat Type B - Vancloth Sateen Black

Vancloth Sateen Black

The coat is inspired by the vintage Canadian army field jacket in the 60’s. It has the signature gusseted pocket with large slide button. The buttons also use military-standard melamine.

 

And it is worth mentioning about the fabric of the coat. It is Monitaly’s exclusive Vancloth fabric. The fabric is water resistant and ultra lightweight. And the Vancloth fabric being used in Military Half Coat Type B is the top version – Sateen. It mimics the material of the military coat in the army. Yet, it is even stronger and more water resistant. And of course – they are all made in LA.

Monitaly Military Half Coat Type B - Vancloth Sateen Black

And this season, Monitaly adds more details to the Military Half Coat Type B. First of all, you will find a corduroy collar.

Monitaly Military Half Coat Type B - Vancloth Sateen Black

Furthermore, if you open the front wind flap, you will find a #10 YKK zipper with leather pull.

Monitaly Military Half Coat Type B - Vancloth Sateen Black

And one special design is the self drawstring on the waist, which used to be on the hem.

Monitaly Military Half Coat Type B - Vancloth Sateen Black

Thus, you can now tighten it to give a better fit and keep warm.

Monitaly Military Half Coat Type B - Vancloth Sateen Black

And in this season, you can match it with Monitaly’s Fatigue Pants, which also use Vancloth Sateen fabric in black.

Monitaly Military Half Coat Type B - Vancloth Sateen Black

 

Don’t forget to take a look at the Military Half Coat Type B from previous seasons:

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Print Tee Myth – Screen Printing

Today, we will talk about the production of print tee – with the technology of screen printing. So first of all, let’s start with what’s screen printing means.

Screen printing

It is actually an old technique that was developed by the Chinese even before the early 1900’s. It is a process of transferring ink onto a substrate with a mesh. A stencil (which is also called the screen) is used to block parts of the design you want to print. By applying one color at a time and with several screens with different stencil to block different parts of the designs, you can print a multi-color graphic on a tee.

 

It does sound like a process that requires a lot of hard work. Do we have any other faster solution in the 21st Century? Yes, the alternative is digital printing. It processes the graphic designs with a computer and print the graphic directly onto the tee with a digital printer – a complicated machine with many tiny nozzles.

 

Despite the high tech of digital printing, screen printing is still being widely used instead. It is because you can apply a thicker layer of ink in screen printing. As a result, the graphic has a better touch and look. It also works better on dark tee, specialty products or graphic with a complicated designs. And more importantly, The screen printing process involves man instead of machine – which gives more uniqueness and characters to the print tee.

The End Products

Polar Skate Co. , a famous Swedish street wear brand, also uses screen printing to produce their print tee. All their graphic tees are manufactured in a factory in Portugal.

Polar Skate Co. Trashcan Tee - White

Trashcan Tee

Polar Skate Co. 69 Fill Logo Tee - White

69 Fill Logo Tee

Thus, you will find their graphic with a very thick touch and bright color. The graphic also features a lot of details and patterns as well, thanks to fine quality of screen printing.

 

Interested in graphic tee? Don’t forget to check out our product reviews for Polar Skate’s print tee!

 

What is Pima Cotton?

There are different types of cotton for crafting clothes. You may be familiar about zimbabwe cotton and organic cotton, but how about pima cotton?

What is Pima Cotton

It is a higher-end cotton which comes from Peru and is named after Pima Indians, who help to breed the cotton in United States. It is commonly used to craft handkerchiefs and t-shirts. Pima is also called as Extra Long Stable. It is because its fiber measurement is between 1.4 to 2 inches while the conventional cotton fiber only has an average of 1.1 inches long. That’s make pima cotton stronger than other cotton. In fact, they are 40% more durable than normal upland cotton. And their end products tend to have 50% longer lifetime as well.

Advantages

Moreover, pima is a premium cotton because of its scarcity. Only a few places produce pima. These include Australia, Peru and the southwester region of the United States. They are usually hand harvested to prevent damage. Furthermore, the production of pima does not contains pesticide residues or synthetic fertilizers. Thus, it is the perfect products for people with sensitive skin. Their softness and lightweight also prevents irritating your skin.

Pima Cotton T-shirts

Let’s take a look at these t-shirts from NN07. Not on made with quality pima cotton, but also features NN07’s signature minimal designs.

NN07 Ethan Print Tee 3208 - White

White

NN07 Ethan Print Tee 3208 - Aqua Navy

Aqua Navy

NN07 Ethan Print Tee 3208 - Green

Green

NN07 Ethan Print Tee 3208 - Black

Black

These t-shirts are very soft and light. They also have very bright color – thanks to the “easy to dye” ability of pima cotton. Moreover, they are very thin and breathable, which makes them the perfect t-shirts for Summer.

Good News London – Sustainable Sneakers

Many has raised concern on products’ sustainability, even for fashion, that’s why we will talk about the sustainable sneaker from London – Good News. They produce sustainable sneakers and take up social responsibility – such as fair trade, produce shoes with left over materials and donate to people in need and raise fund for children in poverty.

 

Their sustainable sneakers are made of organic cotton, recycled rubber, a bouncy cushioned footbed and matted eyelets. You can also find more details from our previous blog. Today, we will talk about the material they use in further details and use their most popular model as a showcase – the Bagger 2 Low.

Upper and Outsole

Good News Bagger 2 Low Sneaker - Off White

Off WhiteGood News Bagger 2 Low Sneaker - Black

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First of all, the upper and lining of the sneakers are made of organic cotton. They are all produced without the use of toxins, pesticides, chemical fertilizers nor GMO seeds.

 

And probably you will be attracted by the exaggerated outsole. This rubber outsole is made of recycled rubber. These rubber come from used car tires and old shoes. It gives these abandoned rubber a new life and the factory process these rubber in a non-toxic way to give them the max softness – to bring you the greatest comfort.

Good News Bagger 2 Low Sneaker - Black

The outsole is vulcanized to give you better grip.

Insole

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And what’s complete it as a sustainable sneakers is its insole. Normally, insole is made of Polyurethane foams that contains petroleum. As an eco-friendly brand, Good News replaces it with their own recipe. Good News has invented their own footbed – Airfoam ECO 20. It contains bio-oil and recycled rubber. Th bio-oil is extracted from Castor beans. As a result, this insole is not only environmental friendly, but also very bouncy and serve as a good cushion.

Getting Better as it Ages

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This Bagger 2 low sneakers has been worn for a while and it gives me great comfort as a daily kick. Thanks to its huge soft rubber outsole and the bouncy insole.

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Moreover, the patch at the back is lifted up a bit to prevent it from contact with the ground. Thus, it is more durable. You might notice that the word “GOOD NEWS” is in the same patch, while the older generation have “GOOD” and “NEWS” separated into the patches on the left and right foot.

 

A sustainable sneakers is not only about its material but also its long lasting. Good News sneakers are very durable and they seldom change the style. In fact, I love the sneakers more as I wear it. It has become a reflection of my characteristic and styles.

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