Alvaro Belt

Alvaro: Handmade in Italy

Alvaro is a new line of leather accessories created by Álvaro González. He is the former Accessories Designer at Valentino and Design Director of Accessories at Jimmy Choo and current Design Director of my favourite accessories brand, Valextra.

The Alvaro brand debuted on Mr Porter with a small collection of sandals and belts that comes in a number of styles and colours. Alvara uses a number of select artisanal workshops  around Florence to create deep rich coloured calf and alligator leather goods, which at the moment focuses around sandals, wallets and belts.
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Nudie Jeans

Nudie Jeans: First Pair of Raw Denim

As a man who lifts heavy weights and squats twice a week; my thighs measure at 28 inches with a pronounced seating area and a small waist. You can imagine how difficult it would be to find a good pair of denim.

Nudie Jeans is a Swedish clothing brand located in Sweden, founded in 1999 by Maria Erixsson. They recently opened up a Nudie Jeans UK store while I was contracting in London, Soho a few weeks ago. Looking at their website they offer have a number of fits and styles; I decided to visit and see if I could find at least ‘one’ decent pair of jeans.
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Smythson Pouch

Visiting Smythson of Bond Street

Smythson is a British manufacturer of luxury stationery and leather goods based in London, England.

The 125 year old Smythson brand, opened its first store on 29 September 1887 at 133, New Bond Street, London. Smythson is famously known for its luxury stationary, diaries and quality leather goods in exclusive colours, grains and finishes. The current flagship store is located on 40 Bond Street; which I have visited countless times. The staff are attentive, welcoming and the service is exceptional; just what you would expect from a luxury brand.

It also has stores in France, Hong Kong and the U.S. The U.S store is a freestanding store on West 57th Street near Fifth Avenue in New York City. Smythson goods can also be found in Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys. There is also an outlet store at the Biscester Villages Outlet mall near Oxford, England.

Smythson says it’s a ‘British’ brand, but as far as I can tell the leather goods are manufactured in factories in the UK, Italy and Spain, with leathers sourced from Europe, principally in Italy and France.
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