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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!

 

Cross Body Bag – From the 80’s to 2010’s

Cross body bag or a fanny pack had a boom in the 1980’s. Back in time, a fanny pack was more than a mom’s accessories. Wearing it was necessary to stay trendy, for both men and women. It was designed to keep you “hand-free” when wearing it. And most of them was made with leather and bulky pockets. When it comes to the 90’s, it had its down time and wearing a fanny pack was considered as nerdy.

The 2000’s

More than ten years ago, different brands try to bring back the trend of cross body bag. They have eliminated the bulky shape and they are loved by rappers and celebrities. Furthermore, people doesn’t wear them on the waist anymore. Instead, they wear it across the shoulder – where the idea of cross body bag really kicks in. It helps to reduce the pockets you need and keep your outfit neat and minimal.

Polar Skate Co. Cordura Mini Dealer Bag - Red

Polar Skate Co.

The Modern Cross Body Bag

When it comes to the 2010’s, cross body bag appears to have its boom again. Even big names like Gucci, Coach, Maison Margiela and many other brands are launching their cross body bag. And they are not necessarily in leather anymore, thanks to technology advancement. You can find them in technical nylon, corduraand even organic cotton. And you can also find them in different sizes, from a small dealer bag to a medium size cross body bag. People wear them for daily use or a travel accessories. Indeed, they have the functionality of keeping you “hand-free” yet fashionable, which is exactly the reason why they have become the trend again.

WANT Les Essentiels Tacoma Waist Pack - Navy/Tobacco

Fancy some cross body bag with organic cotton and premium leather? Check out our latest arrivals from WANT Les Essentiels.

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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!

Special Fabrics from Japan – Monitaly x Minami Shoten

Monitaly x Minami Shoten has been working together on a serious of collections since SS19. Minami Shoten is Monitaly’s partner company in Japan. They are located in Osaka and they are specialized in processing special fabric and garments.

Monitaly x Minami Shoten

Photo Source: Monitaly

In their first collaboration in SS19, Monitaly x Minami Shoten has launched a collection of jacquard fabric tees. All the process from sourcing the fabrics to sewing the garments are done in the factory of Minami Shoten. Thus, Monitaly is proud to say that the products are completely made in Osaka, Japan.

Monitaly Shaggy Tyrolean Jacket - Solid Navy

When it comes to this AW19 collection, Monitaly x Minami Shoten brings us the shaggy fabrics.

Monitaly Shaggy Crewneck Pullover - Solid Navy

These shaggy jackets and pullovers are extremely smooth and comfortable. There are smooth shaggy fabric with a hairy touch on the outer layer while it has a soft cotton touch in the inside. Thus, the hairy fabric will not irritate your skin when you wear it.

Monitaly Shaggy Crewneck Pullover - Solid Navy

Furthermore, there are quite a few details on the jacket as well. It has two hand pockets with a small change pocket. There are also bronze button with a Teddy bear on it, with a slogan of “Will you be my Teddy bear”.

Monitaly Shaggy Tyrolean Jacket - Solid Navy

Monitaly Shaggy Tyrolean Jacket - Solid Navy

In next year’s SS20 collection, there will be more Monitaly x Minami Shoten products. Of course, they are all made in Japan with specially patterned fabrics.

 

Feeling interested in Monitaly? Head to our previous blog to know more about its classic designs.

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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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

Black

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

sustainable sneakers

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.

Seamless T-Shirt from Stevenson Overall Co.

Have you ever heard of the term seamless t-shirt? A seamless t-shirt refers to t-shirt that is made with a single and continuous knitting process. It eliminates any seams in the manufacturing process. Thus, it provides better fit and comfort. However, producing a seamless t-shirt also requires more advanced equipment and skills. As a circular knitting machine is needed to knit the fabric in tubular form.

 

Seamless clothing has the advantages of all way stretch, which gives you more elasticity and freedom of movement. Also, they are usually softer and more breathable. And they are also more environmental friendly as the process of production generates less waste and pollution.

 

And at ANDJOY, you can find seamless t-shirt from Stevenson Overall Co., a Japanese vintage clothing maker.

 

Stevenson Overall Co. Graphic Pocket T-Shirt Rising Sun - White

White

Stevenson Overall Co. Graphic T-Shirt Diamond - White

White

Stevenson Overall Co. Graphic T-Shirt Diamond - Heather Gray

Heather gray

These seamless t-shirts are all made in Japan and use 100% cotton. They have a comfortable slim cutting.

Furthermore, they have a very soft touch and the fabric itself is very thick.

The rising sun graphic on the pocket tee is designed by Mike Hodis – designer of famous American causal wear brands Rising Sun Jeans and Roundabout.

On the other hand, the diamond graphic tee also reflects the famous design from Runabout – arranging their logo in a diamond shape.

Don’t forget to check out our previous articles for more details about the brand!

Premium Eco Sneaker – Softball from Good News London

Softball is a new style from Good News London. In fact, they have just introduced this style in 2019. And in this Autumn/Winter collections, Good News London upgraded the game and brought us the Softball 2 sneaker.

 

If you have been following Good News, they are actually an ECO friendly sneakers brand from London. They use a lot of recycled and organic materials for their shoes. Their classic collections have an upper with organic cotton, recycled rubber outsole, a bouncy cushioned footbed and matted eyelets. You can also go back to our previous article for more details.

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It is worth mentioning that even the shoes box are made with recycled cardboard.

 

Softball 2 is a premium line from Good News London. It is because the softball collections are practiced with different fabrics. And for the softball 2 this season, they use wool. It actually fits the collections so well as it gives us a fluffy “softball touch”.

Good News Softball 2 Low Sneaker - Olive

Olive

Good News Softball 2 Low Sneaker - Brown

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Black

There are three colors available at ANDJOY Store, including Olive, Brown and Black.

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Softball 2 features a vulcanized rubber outsole – to give you better grip on slippery road.

Good News Softball 2 Low Sneaker - Brown

Their new collections have the “Good News” logo together at each patch at the back instead of separately. And not only the wool upper is organic, Good News London even use organic cotton lining for their sneakers.

Good News Softball 2 Low Sneaker- Black 5

The black color is a one to watch as it has a triple black accent. The sole, shoelace and the wool are all black. Moreover, it has an eye catching silver eyelet.

Good News Softball 2 Low Sneaker - Brown

Good News Softball 2 Low Sneaker - Olive

These sneakers are extremely comfortable to wear with as they have a bouncy cushioned footbed and a thick outsole. Head to our site now and shop for their latest collections!

Available Online Now – Good News Sneakers

Good News Sneakers are now available at ANDJOY Store. Good News was founded in London in 2016. It has a simple idea – to promote a healthy planet. They have a motto of “To give back, one step at a time”.

 

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In fact, Good News sneakers are all sustainable. It is because they are both environmental and social friendly.

 

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In terms of material, Good News sneakers are made of recycled rubber, organic cotton and eco-lite material. However, they have taken a step further and take the responsibility to their production chain. They strive their best to reduce pollution, carbon and water footprint. They also adopt fair trade to make sure people work for them are being treated fairly.

 

For packing, the shoes box is made of 100% recycled cardboard. As Good News believed every box deserves a second chance.

 

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Good News Bagger 2 Low Sneaker - Off White
Good News Bagger 2 Low Sneaker – Off White

Good News sneakers have a minimal design with their signature thick mid-sole. It serves as a great cushion together with the eco-lite footbed. The outsole is also vulcanized to give you better traction.

 

Shop Good News latest collection at ANDJOY now! And don’t forget to check out other brands that are coming to ANDJOY soon.

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