Friday, 31 August 2012

Vintage Nike trainer sale

I'm selling my collection of vintage kicks. Mostly from the nineties. Mostly Nikes. Mostly UK9s. Some more worn than others. More piccies on request.

Please send me a message asap if you wanna buy any or all of the below (will offer -25% of total price for someone who takes the whole lot off my hands). Mates rates for ArchBlog readers and all that.

Even if you aren't interested please do me a favour and forward this posting on to any flush sneakerfreaks you may know. Thanks ever so much!

Adidas Americana Lux. UK 9. £30.
Adidas Torsion Special Oki-Ni. UK9. £30.
Nike Air Max 90 Dave's Quality Meats DQM Bacon. UK9.5. £120.
Nike Air Woven HTM Rainbow. UK9. £120.
Nike Spiz'ike. UK9. £95.
Adidas Italia Lux. UK10. £25.
Nike Air Jordan XI 11. UK10. £55.
Nike Air Footscape. UK9. £90.
Nike Blazer. UK9. £20.
Nike Air Moc ACG. UK9. £30.
Nike Dunk Hi. UK9. £30.
Nike Air 180 Foot Patrol. UK9. £110.
Nike Cortez. UK9. £30.

Engineered Garments vertical stripe Baker Jacket

EG rarely put a foot wrong. Their latest drop - the vertical stripe Baker - is no exception. It's showcased on the regularly updated Japanese-lingo EG blog. Not sure if it's available anywhere in the UK yet.

The Hunger (1983)

Russell Moccasin multi combo Country Oxford

Russell Moccasin have done a multi combo version of their wonderfully dorky country oxfords for Nepenthes New York. The classic walking shoes with a twist are a strong look for Autumn.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Ewing Athletics 33 Hi

In 1989, the New York Knicks' Patrick Ewing became the first basketball player to offer up his own brand of footwear. It was more of a jammed finger than a slam dunk. But someone must have liked Ewing Athletics as they're being re-released. First up is the hulking 33 Hi which are pretty gross which kinda makes 'em nice.

Via HypeBeast


There's nothing much to see here other than a HEDGE THAT LOOKS LIKE A CATERPILLER. How awesome is that? Very. Happy Friday.

Location Hackney, east London. ArchBlog Spotter: Kate Willcocks.

It goes without saying that ArchBlog is always on the look-out for gnarly topiary. File your findings to

Thursday, 16 August 2012

How not to take a penalty by Jonathan Soriano

The 2012 European Championships were lit up by a series of ice-cool panenka-style 'falling leaf' penalties. Suave Italian quarterback Andrea Pirlo set the trend. Unlikeable Spanish defender (yes, defender) Sergio Ramos copied him.

Hot of the heels of the summer feast of tekkers penos have come some absolute howlers of late, none worse than Jonathan Soriano's pig's ear of a effort.

With his side Red Bull Salzburg 2-0 down against Rapid Vienna, Barcelona-born Jonathan Soriano produced probably the worst executed penalty of all time. Never before has a player blasted the ball over the bar in quite such spectacular fashion. BTW, his side went on to lose.

Here's the original panenka from, er, Czechoslovakia's Panenka:

Praying to the Google gods sucks balls

This one goes out to any of my digital media brethren who spend half their lives pondering search engine optimisation ...

Robin van Persie lets Wenger and himself down

QPR is my only true (footballing) love but I have a lotta time for Arsenal. Most of my friends and fam who aren't blue and white through and through are diehard Gooners so I'd be a bit of a stick-in-the-mud not to have a soft spot for the Arsenal. So, it has saddened me to see Arsenal captain Robin van Persie leave for the north London club's top four rivals Manchester United.

Before yesterday, Van Pizzle really did strike as a fairly principled guy who genuinely wanted to re-pay gaffer Arsene Wenger's admirable faith in him (remember when he was a l w a y s injured?) by spearheading Arsenal to some silverware in coming years. The fact that both Van P's parents are artists led me to believe that he wasn't brought up to be motivated principally by money (all artists other than Damien Hirst hate money, right?). It led me to believe he was a good guy, a throwback to a time when footballers weren't all tosspots.

And let's get one thing straight - Van P's move to the Red Devils' Theatre of Dreams (*voms in mouth*) must be primarily motivated by cash given that United really are no shoo-in to finish above Arsenal this term. Let's not forget their Ji Sung Park-less midfield of 47-year-old Scholes and A.N. Other is powder-puff stuff. I refer you back to how Yaya Toure and others have waltzed right through the middle of it in recent seasons.

Yup, until RVP made his shocking decision to pack his bags for Old Trafford, he didn't come across as yet another mercenary footballer. However, sadly, it turns out the lanky Dutch striker with that sweet left peg (and no right) is just the latest in a long line of insincere badge-kissers whose eyes are trained firmly on the dollar sign. Let's not forget he said this as recently as Feb. 2011:

"I’m sure I could win things at another team in another country, but would it feel like our trophy, my trophy? I’m not sure it would. Anything we win here will come from the heart and that’s what I want. It’s my dream and I see no point in speaking about other teams when I have these dreams. I think other people know that about me; I’m just hungry to win with Arsenal and that’s it."

Van Persie's move oop norf has pretty much convinced me that there are no loyal, one-club footballers left in the game. It wasn't always this way. Ridiculously, I actually still believe that none of Marc Bircham, Kevin Gallen and Lee Cook would have have left Ian Holloway's QPR side even if Barca or Real had come calling (admittedly unlikely at the time).

Engineered Garments shirting

Regular readers of ArchBlog will know I'm a big, big fan of Engineered Garments clobber. After Post Overalls and Nigel Cabourn (see post below), EG has to be my fave label. Their Autumn/Winter stuff has just started appearing on the blogs and in a few shops. Here are the items which have most caught my attn. The oversized plaid 19-century BD shirts:

The olive wool CPO (over)shirt, available at Nepenthes New York, is perhaps the real standout:

Nigel Cabourn Authentic: The mutt's nuts

Nigel Cabourn’s Authentic line, which is inspired by Sir Edmund Hillary’s 1953 ascent of Everest, has been around for a decade but shows no signs of going stale. The latest Authentic line, which has been previewed at the End Clothing blog, is tremendous. Just the ticket for the upcoming foul weather.

The Mallory jacket in hand woven Harris Tweed makes its regular appearance. I particularly like the ‘crazy’ twist on the Cabourn classic, made from a multi-coloured patchwork of fabrics with the addition of worn leather elbow patches. The legendary Everest Parka returns two, in black navy and survival yellow. For those who don't know, it's a painstaking recreation of the coat worn by Hillary on his Antarctic and Everest expeditions.

"As ever, there is no compromise on the quality of materials and fabrication, with all manufacturing handled in Britain, using traditional hardy British fabrics shaped by the demands of Britain’s workers, seafarers and military," praised End.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Recessionista chic in Broken Britain

Foxes and pigeons riding on London Underground

It's been a big week for dirty animals on the tube.

The last snap comes from eagle-eyed ArchBlog spotter Stuey Forsyth.

Dressing up pets

As a rule I'm not a big fan of dressing up pets. Call me a miserable old bastard but I don't think labradors look that good in mirrored wraparound Oakleys (I could look for picture evidence of this but it'd take me donkeys).

All that said, pets dressed up can look freaking' amazeballs if it's done just right. Exhibit A:

Engineered Garments cord Landsdown jacket

Poet or not, every man should own a cord jacket.

For fall/winter Engineered Garments have produced their Landsdown sport jacket in a thick but soft 8-wale corduroy.

The jacket features a peak lapel with tab enclosure, four patch pockets on the front, and is fully lined with a cotton and poly/rayon blend. It comes in olive, navy, and khaki (the ArchBlog fave) corduroy. It's available from Nepenthes in New York.

Quote of the Olympics

"I'm in the category of Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali. But I'm not greater than Bob Marley"

- Usain St. Leo Bolt

Do watch this doc when you next have a spare hr:

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Friday, 3 August 2012

A single man on eHarmony gets a little over-emo

"I wish I had all the Lib Dems in a basket"

For more quality parody stuff like this check out TerencePlato

Via Rhubarb

Dries Van Noten water snakeskin wallet

Anyone with deep pockets who is on the lookout for a new wallet should look no further than this water snakeskin bad-boy from Belgian designer Dried Van Noten:

"Made of 100% leather, the luxe water snakeskin has been treated with multiple colors to create a fresh, vibrant and timeless appeal," raves HypeBeast.

It's available at Très Bien Shop for €230. You can snap up the cardholder version for €95.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Jacko walrus

The exploitation of animals need not always be BAD

Hat tip to Smalls 74