colectivo index 007!

our newest colectivo index is all about the mostly loathed transition between summer and fall. we say loathed because we know most people dislike the fact that their shorts and bathing suits will soon have to be replaced with coats and layers of clothes to keep warm. however, our collective sense tells us that transitions are always good and the change on season can only mean new and interesting menswear collections will spring up as is the case with the A/W 12 offerings by Gant Rugger or sustainably-minded Muttonhead Collective. but hey not all of us have to face long winters, while even other hemispheres are gearing up towards their summer, which is why we’re sharing a new brand of unique sunglasses by Fan Optics or the S/S 13 first looks by Baldwin Denim and Nigel Cabourn. as usual, it’s not all about clothes! we have some bits and pieces on food by illustrator Erin Jang , a new print magazine by one of our favorite surf and clothing brands called Saturdays Magazine, and some japanese graphic design by Ikko Tanaka. and because some good music cannot be left out we’re including a dope video interview with Ann Arbor based artist Shigeto. we hope you enjoy our mixing and matching of our favorite content found during the past month.

Designworklife, a New York City-based design studio’s blog, is certainly no stranger to our bloglovin feed. During the month of August, they’ve been having a series of guest posters delivering daily inspiration. The following guest post by Erin Jang of The Indigo Bunting instantly caught our attention. We subscribe to the notion that food and art are amorously connected. Food Sketches is an illustration project consisting of abstract drawings of foods eaten, enjoyed, and subsequently shared on Erin’s blog. Bon appetit! source: Design Work Life



We have been pretty busy enjoying what is being said to be one of the hottest summers ever recorded. But all good things must come to an end, summers included. Do not fret because Baldwin Denim has shared a sneak peak of their S/S 2013 collection in the form of this short video soundtracked by The Drums and their breezy jam “Days“. source: Baldwin Denim Blog

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Since Opening its doors in 2009, Saturdays Surf NYC, has provided the blueprint to a lifestyle occupied with surfing, living, and working in and around New York City. Saturdays, have since progressed to designing and creating its own line of menswear focusing on high-quality craftsmanship, authenticity, and traditional style. In addition to fully outfitting one in some of the finest wares in the game, it also serves up their own blend of coffee at their up-front espresso bar. The brand now continues on their quest into capturing the interests of men’s lifestyles by releasing Saturdays Magazine. The maiden issue features approximately 300 pages of photography, editorials, and interviews, all which are sure to capture the interest of the modern man. Saturdays Magazine dropped August 1st, it can be found at their Soho retail location and select bookstores. $20 at Saturdayssource: Saturdays NYC blog

Nigel Cabourn or how we usually call him around here “the holy grail” is certainly one of the most respected menswear operators in recent times. Yes his garms might be pricey, but surely once you get a closer look at the quality you’ll be sold on them. The following video presented by Helmstyle was recorded during the latest installment of Pitti Uomo and features what will be the S/S 13 collection by the brand. During a fascinating five minutes, Nigel himself explains the themes and details to the upcoming season. source: Tenue de Nimes

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Finding this summers’ sunrays a bit too strong? Need new optic frames to keep your summer cocktail in sight? New British glasses brand Fan Optics has got you covered. The brand is the combined efforts of graphic designer Sarah Coburn and product designer Guillaume Furminger. Their philosophy is designing and producing eye wear that gives credence to modern British design and contemporary styling. Bottom line, Fan Optics, is made with two elements in mind: style and longevity. The initial collection is aptly titled ‘inaugural collection’ and is made using the best quality Italian acetate, the strongest metal finishing, and a handcrafted touch. Fan Optics takes into consideration the finest details of their products, resulting in great looking frames. Get on these fast because each collection will feature max 100 units of each style. £280 from Fan Optics Shopsource: The Daily Street

Since its 2010 re-launch under the direction of swedish born Christopher Bastin, Gant Rugger has been pretty impressive and consistent. The F/W 2012 collection is called UNKEMPT SPREZZATURA. Feeling sprezzy already? The season centers on the notion that food and fashion are intimately connected. As in any good restaurant’s MO, the well being of guests and attention to detail are top priority. Moreover, the “Mise en place” will consist of heavier fabrics—flannels, wools, denim and canvas. various prices available from Gant Onlinesource: Christopher Bastin’s Twitter Feed

NPR’s Intern Edition sat down and talked to Ghostly International producer Shigeto aka Zack Saginaw. The Ann Arbor-based artist and label should be no strangers if you’ve been perusing around this blog for some time. We have tons of love and admiration for Ghostly and their artists both in terms of sound and visual aesthetic. This video is an intimate, one on one session with Shigeto jamming out on the drums and speaking about his experiences in the live arena. his previous two albums and EPs are available heresource: NPR Intern Edition

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Looking for quality garbs that can still be worn after trends have gone? Check. Wares that look good on you as well as your lady friend or significant other? Check. Fabrics that are natural and sustainable, such as recycled hemp, organic cotton twill, recycled knit and tencel? Yes, we are definitely interested. This is exactly what twin-sibling design force Meg and Mel Sinclair are doing, alongside brand manager Paige Cowan, with Canadian brand Muttonhead Collective. We’re really feeling the brand’s A/W 2012 collection; it features some nice dress shirts in grey and blue tones, some crew neck sweaters, and a recycled hemp trouser. Heads up, all items are made sweatshop free and manufactured locally in Toronto, Canada. various items & prices available at Muttonhead Shopsource: We Are The Market

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To wrap thins up and for your visual pleasure we share with you a post by the folks at It’s Nice That magazine. This feature takes a look back at the graphic design work of Ikko Tanaka. Tanaka’s fusion of eastern and western design is the ethos that a slew of young designers aspire to reach. Ever heard of homeware manufacturers Muji? Tanaka is responsible for creating the brand’s identity, bringing the restrained style of Japanese homes to a broader global market. source: It’s Nice That Blog




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