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Staff Picks 1 – SeanM July 12

July 19, 2012

Right, as we all know the summer basically hasn’t happened. Barring any unforeseen Indian summer style shenanigans, it’s safe to say the tank tops and shorts can be put away for another year. It’s Fall delivery time here at Urban Industry, and I am going to guide you through a few of my choice picks from what has just landed at UI HQ.

I’m not a big hat person (I have a prize melon of a head), so snapbacks and 5-panels aren’t really my thing. If I could I would rock the New Era Los Angeles Kings Snapback Cap (priced at £24.99) though. I’m more an Anaheim Ducks man myself, but you’ve got to give it up for the reigning Stanley Cup champions. You see, ice hockey is a real sport. Men with beards punching each other. None of your soap opera ‘EPL’ nonsense stuff.

I’m going to play it cautiously optimistic when it comes to your top half. No heavy jackets or hoodies, I’m going with a simple t-shirt and short sleeved shirt. The Diamond Supply Co. Palms T-Shirt (£32.99) is a not-so-subtle homage to The Cure’s ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ 7” cover artwork. It’s also available in tank top form as well if you’re feeling brave. On top of that I’m going to layer it with the Flying Coffin Impaler Short Sleeve Shirt (priced at £54.99). I make no secret of the fact that I’m a huge fan of this Seattle brand. Their cut & sew offerings continue to impress me and this shirt is no exception. 100% hemp cotton, made in the USA in limited quantities. Indeed, while you’re at it you might as well check out the full Flying Coffin Fall ’12 drop HERE.

I’ve been a fan of the Levis Commuter Series ever since it debuted a few months back. It’s pretty much built around the 511 jeans, which isn’t the ideal jean for a husky gent such as myself. Imagine my delight when the Levis Commuter Pack 505 Regular Jeans in Indigo (priced at £84.99) dropped last week. Here we get the same benefits of the 511s (specialised fabric and construction upgrades that increase mobility and durability, while protecting cyclists from the potential hazards of their daily commute), but with a roomier fit for all us regular Joes out there.

I’ve picked a few bits and pieces to fit in the Herschel Supply Co. Pop Quiz Backpack in Desert Camo (priced at £64.99). First up is the Analog Contraband Flask (priced at £19.99) to keep your liquor locked up. I’m Irish. I like to drink. Get over it. I’ve thrown in the latest issue of VNA Magazine (priced at £5.00) as well to provide you with some entertainment once the booze runs out. The Pop Quiz is a roomy enough backpack as well with a padded laptop sleeve, so you can fit loads of other stuff in there too.

Now we’re on the home stretch. I’m throwing in a pair of HUF ‘Fuck It’ socks (priced at £12.00). Swearing isn’t big or clever, but these socks remind me of this scene in the ‘The Big Lebowski’, so it’s all good. To finish I’m picking a pair of skateboard-influenced Adidas Originals Ciero Update Shoes (priced at £59.99). Again, I’m not a huge Adidas fan, but these have a really nice silhouette and look like they could take a beating. Plus they’re the ‘Mars Red’ colourway too, which makes me think of Arnie running around like a lunatic in Verhoeven’s untouchable ‘Total Recall’. Unfortunately they have touched it, with that no-talent hack Paul W.S. Anderson ready to stink up our screens this autumn with an unwarranted and unnecessary remake. That’s a blog for another day though. See you at the party Richter!

By SeanM