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Staff Picks – SeanM – September 2012 part 2

September 24, 2012

I think it’s testament to the amount of good stuff that we have landing here at Urban Industry at the  moment that I’m back again bringing you my second selection of Fall ’12 products for September. Seriously, I go on holiday for a week and all kinds of good stuff gets delivered. Never mind the pandemonium that was the Odd Future launch (restocks hopefully inbound soon), some killer things have turned up. As is customary, it has become my job to highlight a few of these pieces for you. So without further ado…

First up is the real stand-out piece of my selections – the Rockwell by Parra Broken Fist Varsity Jacket (£200). Here we see Dutch artist Parra really show off his incredible illustrations via the wealth of embroidered patches on the jacket. It is a classic varsity style jacket made of an Italian felted wool mix, and is easily warm enough to keep you covered in this changeable Autumn weather. Seriously, we’ve put this jacket on display in the Urban Industry store and the amount of rubbernecking it’s caused has been unreal! To go with such a statement piece, I’m keen to avoid loud graphics and such so I’m just gonna opt for the Urban Industry Basics T-Shirt in White (£7.99). Can’t go wrong with this – a simple, heavyweight cotton tee that washes well and goes with absolutely everything. We’ve sought to provide a simple, affordable yet well-made range with our Urban Industry Basics line and I think the t-shirt best exemplifies this. Keeping with the simple black and white theme, I’m going to top it off with the aNYthing New York Snapback Cap (£34.99). I’m a big fan of these guys, and this cheeky riff on the New York magazine logo is right up my street.

A look that I’ve been going with for a while is the rolled up sweatpants look. While my girlfriend has deemed it to be ‘a bit shit’, I think this a big look and we’re starting to see some brands come through with a decent selection of stuff. Proving that there is life beyond denim and chinos, I’m going with the Nike Vintage Marl Cuffed Sweat Pants in Dark Grey Heather (£44.99). These are a great value piece, and the contrast cuff and waistband details really work. Simple Swoosh branding completes the look. There’s a bit of a New Balance buzz sweeping around UI HQ, what with SeanH fetishising over 1500s or the pair of Burn Rubber MT580s I picked up myself a while back. It’s a brand I’m growing in appreciation for and that’s why I’m going with the New Balance 577 AIT in Black-Tiffany Blue (£84.99) as my footwear choice. Team them up with a pair of our No Show Invisible Socks (3-pack £9.99) to keep ‘em looking crisp.

To complement the Tiffany in the New Balance, I’m opting for the Gravis Battery Backpack in Pool (£44.99). I feel Gravis get overlooked for backpacks and luggage, with many folk choosing to opt for staples such as Eastpak or Jansport instead. Their loss I guess. I’ve had the same Gravis backpack knocking on for 4 years now and my Gravis Jetway travel case has been halfway around the world with me. Gravis bags are built to last, and the Battery is no exception. To finish up I’ve got a few accessories to throw in the backpack – the keenly priced Dickies Oregon Wallet in Black (£19.99) and the latest edition of the Carhartt Brand Book (£3.99).

by SeanM