Friday, 14 February 2014

Carhartt WIP x Ikku | SS'14

Carhartt Work In Progress have teamed up with future friendly accessory brand
Ikku to produce a collection of sleeves for mobile devices. All four items feature
Carhartt WIP’s “Camo Stain” pattern, blending perfectly with the blue “Deep Night” organic cotton canvas.

With durability being a shared value at the heart of the both brands, the sleeves combine functional protection with timeless design and environmentally friendly quality. Ikku is the first Dutch brand to collaborate with Carhartt WIP, marking the first instalment of a fresh and exciting partnership. The 4-piece collection consists of sleeves for MacBook 13’’, 15’’, iPad and iPad mini. The sleeves are made from organic canvas, derived from cotton crops without harmful toxins. This also guarantees exceptional durability thanks to fibres that are not weakened by chemicals.

Available from February 2014 at selected international retailers, and

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Unit Portables

Unit Portables are the Swiss Army Knifes in the bag world. Multifunctional, great in design, innovative and durable.

In the modern world we are surrounded by technology, it plays a huge part in our lives and we always want to be connected, even when on the move - via laptops, phones or tablets. The amount of gadgets we use on a daily basis is growing, and with that in mind how do we carry all of our pricey bits of tech together, yet keep them safe? Unit Portables realised this and tackled the problem head on by creating an elaborate system of various bags and cases, that can be attached to each other as you choose and protect your gadgets from the harsh elements of the external world.

The Unit 01 is their first unit, a well designed and durable bag that is designed for your most valuable assets - your computer. Unit 01 comes with two small attachable covers - Unit 02/03, which can be conveniently attached to the outer of the bag to hold your phone, wallet or charger. Due to the durable and special material that the Unit 01 has, it means that Unit 02/03 can be attached internally as well as externally, so you can change the design of the bag depending on your needs - that's the beauty of Unit Portables.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Marshall Artist | AW'14 Collection

Marshall Artist embark on a journey of exploration and celebration, pushing the boundaries of contemporary British tailoring and presenting an impressive array of technically advanced fabrications for Autumn/Winter 2014.

Such fabrics include 'Compact Cotton/Polyamide' which when over dyed at a specific temperature shrinks to create a beautiful worn-in vintage look. The collection also includes several 'Micro Technical Shell' fabrics that are specifically produced to a high technical standard to allow water resistance to 5000mm and 3000GR/M2 bonded to a hydrophilic breathable lamination membrane for complete protection from the elements. The 'Teflon Coated Bushed Cotton Twill' is equally impressive with it's waterproof and stain resistant qualities, adding a softer more tailored feel to this technically advanced premium collection.

An exciting range of new silhouettes are introduced for Autumn/Winter 2014. A well balanced arrangement of progressive shapes married with British classics from a well thought out collection. With a strong focus on outerwear the collection includes a range of impressive new styles: 'The Cold Weather Compact parka' with removable thermal insulate lining is a stand out piece, as is the 'Dura-wax Nylon RAF Jacket' with it's intense and complex colouration finish.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Southwestern Distillery | Artisan Spirits Handcrafted in Cornwall

Southwestern Distillery are an independent, family company hand-crafting Gin and Pastis in tiny batches (the old-fashioned way) by the coast of north Cornwall.
At the heart of their process lies a special, flame-fired, copper pot still called Tamara, goddess of the Tamar. Together with a harmonious balance of precision and flair, they are able to produce spirits that are truly exceptional. Tarquin, the founder, pioneer and head distiller is so proud of what they create, that he puts his name on every bottle.
Dry Gin 
A contemporary take on a classic London Dry, Western Distillery use fragrant hand-picked Devon violets and fresh orange zest to deliver an aromatic sensation unlike any other. They like to think the result is comparable to stumbling upon a beautiful orange blossom in the middle of a crisp, dry pine forest.
Only the best and most pure spirit (the heart) makes it into Tarquin’s Gin, which is diluted to bottling strength at 42% with Cornish spring water.
Cornish Pastis 
Cornish Pastis is a modern take on the French anise classic, and the first of its kind to be created in the UK. Foraged gorse flowers from the Atlantic cliff-tops and fresh orange zest help to deliver its fresh, invigorating and unique aroma.
Distilled just like their gin and then finished off with a touch of liquorice root for colour, the drink is silky smooth and absolutely spectacular.
It's great to see small distillery's such as this one, which shows great quality, craftsmanship and passion, as well as keeping methods from the past alive. If you head on over to the Southwestern Distillery website, the story unfolds much further, giving you detailed information on their aim, vision, techniques and Botanicals used, which will hopefully help you further understand why this distillery is so special.

Friday, 7 February 2014

oki-ni x Master-piece x Nowartt | SS'14 Exclusive Collaboration

Back in November last year we announced that oki-ni would be once again collaborating with bag makers Master Piece and with a little added help from the Japanese print and graphic design studio, Nowartt. On announcing this collaboration we gave you a little look inside the Nowartt studio, courtesy of oki-ni, you can find that post here.

Yesterday seen oki-ni proudly present this new and exclusive collaboration between oki-ni, Tokyo graphic design house Nowartt and the Japanese luggage specialist master-piece. Following on from their AW'12 collaboration between Master-piece x oki-ni x Indigofera, this new series replaces warm Indigofera blankets with expressive prints created by Nowartt, while again using rugged Master-piece bags as the canvas.

Oki-ni asked Nowartt to create a series of prints inspired by the extra-terrestrial setting of their AW'12 video, The Launch. They took their brief as a starting point and then moved beyond it to produce two colourful, expressive prints that incorporated wild horses and broken flowers.

The collaboration includes two bags styles – a backpack and a tote bag – with one produced in each print style. As ever with Master-piece the bags themselves will be hand-crafted to the highest standards and produced from luxurious leather, hard-wearing Cordura nylon and soft suede.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Fantastic Frank | Greifswalder Strasse 207, Berlin

All images by Fantastic Frank
As you already know, here at ACM we have a great love for quality, innovation and design. We have been meaning to start touching on homes and interior design, and whilst browsing the World Wide Web, we came across this modern and expertly put together website called Fantastic Frank.

Fantastic Frank is a traditional brokerage firm with a great twist. Combining their love of interior design and photography, they have created something new and exciting for the modern times we live in. Their website is like a look-book for homes, their interiors are carefully designed and then carefully photographed.

Seen here is the Griefswalder Strasse 207 in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin. It's a 212 m² large apartment with seven rooms, in the trendy district Bötzow. The property dates back to 1895 and can be accessed via two rather wonderful staircases. The property also has many original features such as, partially visible wall paintings, ornaments, stucco and painted windows obtained.

So if your looking to relocate, get your self on to Fantastic Frank, where you can find more information on this property and many others in Berlin and Stockholm.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Christopher Ward | C7 Italian Red Chronometer (Limited Edition)

There are few sights in motorsport as evocative as a Ferrari in full flight at Monza. However, even Christopher Ward were surprised at the level of demand for their original C7 Italian Racing Red (C7IRR) - a watch that celebrated this most perfect of automotive unions. Rather appropriately, it became the fastest selling timepiece they had ever created and the limited edition sold out within weeks.

With the supremely accurate, thermo-compensated ETA 251.233 COSC certified chronograph movement as its engine, the new C7 IRR is one of the most accurate watches in the world. The three sub-dials are evenly positioned around the centre of the dial while the round calendar window is neatly angled at the ‘4’ position. Add the finely-tuned precision of the case, the dashing looks of the “Toro Bravo” Italian leather of the strap with their signature Bader deployment, there is every reason to believe that this new version will also become an object of desire for Tifosi everywhere – but they’ll need to be quick off the grid, this is a limited edition of just 500.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Spencerfield Spirit Company | Pig's Nose, Scotch Whisky

Refreshingly soft, yet reassuringly rich... the whisky's name plays on the notion that it's as smooth as a pig's nose. This exceptional blended Scotch has been created by Richard Paterson, Scotland's only third generation Master Blender. Produced in specially selected first fill oak casks, the seriously satisfying smoothness is achieved through combining oak-aged Speyside, Islay and Lowland malts with superior Invergordon gentle grain whiskies.
Like Sheep Dip, Pig's Nose is another award-winner. Launched in 1977, as a stable-mate for Sheep Dip, Pig's Nose is sold and enjoyed throughout the world, but particularly in the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Denmark and France.
Pig's Nose has been awarded the #7 spot in 'Top 10 Whiskies of 2010' and rated 4 ½ stars out of 5 in 'Wine & Spirits' Magazine.