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Margin London at HideYourArms

by Margin London on December 17, 2012

Margin London at HideYourArms

Margin London has been kindly invited to contribute to HideYourArms. We’ll be posting some news about up-and-coming labels that will be exhibiting at Margin in February 2013, which takes place on the 10th & 11th, but firstly we think we should introduce ourselves.

Started back in 2002 as an affordable platform for new designers, Margin is the longest-running independent trade exhibition in London. The show presents designer women’s and men’s tailoring and accessories, as well as streetwear for men and women, to invited store buyers and press.

The humble tee has long been a starting point for numerous labels, and we’ve seen many an exhibitor start off with a t-shirt offering which has grown over the seasons to include a full range of clothing. Supremebeing, Lazy Oaf, Seventyseven, Dephect, YourEyesLie, and many others all started at Margin with tees before growing their stockist base and extending their range to include clothing, bags, jewellery (or jewelry for Americans!), and hats.

Margin has been providing a launchpad for brands to meet with key buyers and press for 10 years to date, and 2012 marked a decade of exhibitions.

Margin London Streetwear Fashion Tradeshow Exhibition 10 Year Book

To commemorate the occasion, a limited-edition 10 year book was printed for visitors to the show, but it’s also available to download as a PDF or as a super-interactive book for iPad. The iPad version features extensive galleries of previous seasons, as well as videos, and can be downloaded here.

Margin London Streetwear Fashion Tradeshow Exhibition 10 Year Book for iPad

Here’s the link to posts where HideYourArms mentions Margin including brand updates from when they last visited (well overdue for a revisit but Andy & the HideYourArms London correspondent are returning in February 2013!).

Margin is an intimate showroom exhibition in a white gallery space in the heart of Central London, and the only tradeshow in the UK where buyers and press can discover new & emerging design talent (most making their debut launch).  When we say “NEW”, we don’t just mean new to Margin, we mean brand-spanking, never-been-seen-before, new!

Margin London Streetwear Fashion Tradeshow Exhibition

Since the exhibitions first started back in 2002, Margin can lay claim to providing the successful trade launch-pad for many brands such as Chateau Roux, Your Eyes Lie, Supremebeing, Dephect, Emily & Fin, Miyson, 1 in a 100, Missmilne, Worn By, Ashley Marc Hovelle, Humdrum, Worn Free, Sugarhill, King Apparel, Terratag, Lazy Oaf, Famous Forever, and Ruby Rocks, as well as the UK launching point of overseas brands including Silas, Upper Playground, Tank Theory, Eastpak Apparel, Loreak Mendian, Syndrome, Al & Alicia, Gama-Go, Mimobots, Double Goose, Stereo Sound Agency, Diamond Supply Co, Urban Originals, and Uzi amongst many others.

Margin London at HideYourArmsMargin has welcomed key stores to the exhibitions since first launching in 2002; from online players like ASOS, My-Wardrobe, and Urban Industry; multiples such as Ark, Joy, Beams, and Ships; department stores, such as Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Liberty, House of Fraser, Psyche, Fenwick, El Corte Ingles, Galleries Lafayette, & Engelhorn Trendhaus; as well as the key independents Margin is renowned for, including Colette, Hip, Sakis, Wood, Royal Cheese, Natterjacks, 290sqm, Coggles, Market, Atoo, My Yard, Donuts, Caliroots, and Get Cutie, to name a few.

Margin has welcomed numerous stylists and fashion editors from magazines including Vogue, Wad, Elle, Wallpaper, Arena, i-D, FHM, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Vice, DJ, Flux, WWD, Drapers, Sportswear International, and Sport & Street; as well as contributors from directional blogs such as BNTL, Coolhunting, Hypequest, Slamxhype, Hypebeast, and, of course, Hideyourarms.

Margin London Streetwear Fashion Tradeshow Exhibition

For more info about Margin, visit the website here, find us on Facebook or Twitter, and we’ll be back soon to post about some great new labels that will be exhibiting at Margin in February 2013.


Post image for Project A Apparel – “Departures and Arrivals” AW2012 Collection

Dualta from Irish brand Project A Apparel got in touch to let me know that their latest collection (which, as those images attest, is a pretty big release) is up for pre-order now ahead of the full drop on November 10th.

Dublin-based streetwear label Project A Apparel showcases its Autumn/Winter 2012 collection “Departures and Arrivals”. Continuing a tradition of themed drops, this collection crosses classic travel imagery with horror graphics. The new pieces feature Project A’s first forays into outerwear with a flecktarn camouflage jacket, and “deadliest catch” style coach windbreaker. The rest of the collection features tees, zip ups, crews and hats.

I’m impressed, it’s great to see how much this brand has developed from the first time I head from them years ago, seeing that kind of progression is one of the nice things about HYA being around for as long as it has.
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I’m pretty sure the last time I wrote about a track jacket the Game Boy had just been released and people had not yet enjoyed the wonders of cheese in the crust of a pizza, so it’s pretty fitting that I’m posting a track jacket from Urban Retro with a distinctly retro flair to it. It certainly is a clean looking design, there’s not really much to it, which means that there isn’t exactly a lot there to complain about, but perhaps that means you guys might not find it interesting enough?

Costiness=£45 Available from Urban Retro (and in blue too)



I think that the irony police might be on the lookout for the Disturbia crew after they’ve released these designs (which you can buy, by the way), about excessive spending. I really like the ‘Keep Buying and Stay Silent’ tee, which is another clever riff on the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster that you see so many variations of nowadays, and the biker-style track jacket looks pretty badass (the wraparound bit in the neck is a nice touch, but the Mastercard parody isn’t really working for me I’m afraid, it just reminds me of ‘funny’ tees you’d see in a souvenir shop on holiday, though it’s safe to presume that Disturbia’s take is produced to a much higher quality, so don’t let me hold you back from spending, spending, spending!

Disturbia Clothing


Fuzzy Ink’s Spooktacular Sale

by Andy on October 31, 2008

I’ve never really been all that into Halloween, but apparently its gaining in popularity back home, and the French seem to be big fans of putting decorations up, though I haven’t seen a single carved pumpkin yet (possibly because the fruit & veg here starts rotting after a day or so).

Friends of the mustache can rejoice, because Fuzzy Ink have put all the tees from their first series on sale at just $9.95 a pop. They’ve also released some very cool looking belts, and a track jacket with their name on it.

Fuzzy Ink


Mainstream brand alert! Mainstream brand alert!

Have no fear, I’ll get back to posting about stuff that is printed by some dude in a poorly-ventilated garage, but sometimes I’ve just gotta post this stuff.

Natterjacks are selling two very limited edition Adidas tracksuits, the first is a black and red leather (yes, a leather tracksuit) number based upon the 80s original, which would be perfect for completing your Run DMC cosplay outfit if you’re happy to hand over £550 ($1010) for it. Up next, a track jacket that actually has stainless steel woven into the thread, which is fairly clever, but rather pointless and gaudy. In their product description Natterjacks say they they only have a couple of these so they’ll go quick, but I get the feeling that they might be hanging around for a while with a £400 pricetag, unless I have seriously underestimated the amount of disposable income that rappers in the UK have going spare for bling.

Since I wouldn’t want you to come away from this post thinking “that was fun, but why not point I out something I should buy Andy, you handsome devil?” I’ve found (ok, that’s a lie, I got sent an e-mail about them, blogging is so easy sometimes!) 3 tees from the Adidas Originals range that are about as retro as their track suits cousins, but you might actually want to wear them. All three are available from Urban Industry for £24.50, which is probably a bit pricey for our buddies in the States, but actually pretty good going for a UK shop.

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SuperNAT-ure by Wrongwroks

by Andy on April 11, 2008

Nat wearing a SuperNAT-ure t-shirt

Are you all ready for some more Wrongwroks news? Or at the very least enjoy a bit of Nat-licious eye candy?It would seem that I’m not the only one smitten with the model, since she’s popped up on a few designs recently, the latest of which is a collaboration with a Singaporean store called Super Clique. You can also now get the embroidered Dorabob character on a red American Apparel track jacket with white raglan piping (which is a sweet colourway), and they’ve taken the WcDonald trucker hat (basically, the McDs logo upside down) super-stealthy by offering it in a black-on-black combo. As usual, this is probably all limited edition, so if you want it, go and get it… now.

I don’t really know what you guys think of a t-shirt with a photo of a girl in her bra, but I kind a like it, although I’m sure it would receive a few less-than-complimentary stares if I wore it to go shopping, and a few unwanted stares from drunk guys on a night out.

More pictures after the break (I haven’t done a ‘more’ for months, have I?)

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Pan Polynesia by Effin Effigy

by Andy on March 13, 2008


I got an extremely enthusiastic e-mail from Mare Rosemayer, one half of the duo behind Effin Effigy, and her energy was enough to refocus my attention on blogging, just as I was tempted to leave the desk and go get some shortbread. Offtopic, but if shortbread is, well, short bread, is there such a thing as ‘longbread’, and is ‘mediumbread’ just regular bread? Google offers nothing but terrible jokes on the subject.

I’m not even going to spend time trying to segue from shortbread to Polynesia (the inspiration for the design)… this track jacket looks cool, there seems to be a lot of detail in the design, although the pics are a bit small (one of the few problems I have with the Big Cartel powered stores), the colourway works well, and there’s a bit of print on the collar too which is pretty unusual.

Here’s their blurb:

A superb collab between the infamous Z-Spot (of Strange Famous Records forum fame) and Zagadka- two Z’s in full effect.

Z-Spot has hand illustrated a Polynesian inspired design which is printed atop a cloud of lime and cream. A removable green fabric covered button is yours to place wherever you’d like!

Jacket is 100% cotton in a light weight french terry full zip up with cadet collar.

Costiness=$36 Link


83-C by Adidas @ Karmaloop

by Andy on February 22, 2008

83-C track jacket by Adidas @ Karmaloop

I think that this might be the first time that I’ve posted a track jacket that might actually be appropriate at the track… can you feel history being made?

I think that if I was to wear this in the UK, I would be labeled a chav, and with good reason too, I can imagine a British teen wearing this track jacket whilst sat at a bus stop slanging abuse at whoever walks past. But I’d like to think that in areas that aren’t teeming with loutish youths that wearing this jacket wouldn’t cause old people to immediately fear you, and instead allow you to enjoy it for what it is, a nice throw-back to classic Adidas styling without going to overboard with the retroness.

Costiness=$80 Link


RH V.I.P by Adidas @ Karmaloop

by Andy on January 29, 2008


You know what’s cool about this track jacket? You’ve gotta look pretty damn close to tell that its made by one of the largest sportswear manufacturers in the world. I like that, I know that people stay away from companies like Nike and Adidas precisely because they don’t want to feel as if they’re being treated like a walking billboard, and its pieces like this that I find refreshing, of course, the fact it costs about double what I’d expect to find on an Adidas pricetag probably has something to do with the lack of branding, but its still refreshing.The cherry and gold colourway is pretty gorgeous, especially as it is set off by the little black pattern up around the shoulders and arms (which does include some teeny-tiny little Adidas logos).

Costiness=$86 Link


Powder Moves by LRG @ Karmaloop

by Andy on January 28, 2008

Powder Moves track jacket by LRG @ Karmaloop

I went snowboarding once, I have some ankle problems and figured that just strapping myself to a board where my ankles wouldn’t move was the best option… I was wrong, as it turns out people that don’t have great balance off the snow aren’t that well suited to sliding down a mountain in Austria!This is a pretty cool looking track jackets, the colourway is nicely balanced and subdued, although I would quite like to see the print on a black background, I think that might suit it more. The way that the winter-y scene rolls all the way around the body is quite interesting as well.

Costiness=$67.50 Link


Rewind by Obey @ Karmaloop

by Andy on January 22, 2008

Rewind track jacket by Obey @ Karmaloop
Just a thought; does anyone make mixtapes for anyone nowadays? Mixtapes on cassettes? Everyone did that. CDs? Yup, and you could even make your own album art too. MP3s? Not so much. Does anyone remember romance?

Obey have a pretty good view from the top of the mountain when it comes to the streetwear world, and with good reason. I like the way that the print happily bounds across the zipper, and the black sits well on top of the heather grey, and I’m always a fan of a funnel neck on a track jacket. I’m not so sure about the bits on top of the shoulders though, what are they called? I get the feeling its something to do with flying or pilots?

Costiness=$54 Link


Waterworks by Naive Clothing

by Andy on December 21, 2007

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Do you know the game ‘Pipes’ (thats probably not the real name, but if you know of it then you’ll know what I mean)? This design just reminded me of it. How random was it that it was a mini-game in BioShock? One of the games of the year contained a game that I would remove from my cellphone if it wasn’t locked on there, and a game that is probably only on my cellphone because the developers couldn’t think of another decent way of making use of the touchscreen.

Anyway, I figured it was about damn time to drop back in on Naive Clothing, and it would seem that they’ve been rather busy. Plenty of new designs for you to sink your teeth into, and this ‘Waterworks’ windbreaker is up there with the best of them. I really like the way that the design slides just-and-so past the zip, as if they were pointing out to us how more thought had gone into this piece than you would first imagine (even if they warn you that irregularities may occur because of the trans-zipper print).

Costiness=$29.50 Link



After last weeks 7 tee marathon, The IT Crowd took things easier with an episode that took place over the course of one day in TV time, which meant no wardrobe changes for Roy, and resulted in me finding the tee before the credits had even rolled on the sixth and final episode of the second series.

It’s quite a cool tee, if that’s your sort of thing, I like the size of the graphic and the colours are pretty complimentary, although I’m not really a fan of the text that’s on the back (“Guns don’t kill people magic missiles do”) since it takes this tee from having a bit of 8-bit charm to being straight up nerdy, but I guess that if you’re buying tees from J!NX then you’ve accepted your geeky fate already.

The tee that Roy is wearing in the episode appears to be slightly lighter than the one on the product page, suggesting that its from the now discontinued ‘forest green’ colourway (available in 2XL and small till they run out I guess), but you can buy the same design in the slightly darker ‘deep forest’ colourway.

So, are there any other shows you guys think I should be tracking?

Costiness=$14.95 Link


That’s not exactly a whole lot more information I can give you beyond the headline. Here’s the link. Maybe 25% off will make their shipping prices more palatable. Oh, and this one is just for the men, sorry ladies.

Brooklyn Industries


‘Poppins’ @ the Anti Shop

by Andy on September 3, 2007


The bright blue paint spots seem a bit unnecessary to the design, I guess it’s meant to accentuate the rain aspect, but I really like the yellow print, yellow and blue always go together so well. The burgundy of the cuffs and inner collar looks really nice too.

Costiness=$40 URL



Grey on grey, some would say its a bit of a risky choice, but when you give the print a vintage look like T5S have, then I think it works really well, it kind of has a rock-like edge to it.


Also, whilst I’m no expert on female tailoring, I do dig how this piece runs slightly long, and having the ‘mock’ neck is pretty interesting too, although I wouldn’t be all that sure how you’re meant to wear it, like, can it be treated as a large collar or is it meant to point up?

Costiness=$72 URL (remember, coupon code AS7594 gets you up to 20% off, and will mean I can buy ‘stuff’)


The One Upper from Luxirie by LRG

by Andy on July 17, 2007


Is it just me, or is the cut of this track jacket a bit futuristic? The day-glo blue is probably adding a bit to my perception as well, but I think that the brown parts help to level it out somewhat. Blurb:

“Faux vest style track jacket with zippered front and mock neck collar; front zippered pockets; ribbing at sleeve cuffs and waistband; leather brand applique small on front left chest with faux pocket and large on back; leather and gold Luxirie brand accents; cross stitch dertails; 95% cotton, 5% spandex.”

Costiness=$50.95 (down from $90) URL


XLA Coaches Jacket by X-Large

by Andy on June 11, 2007


I dig this jacket, largely because it has the feel of an old-school training jacket from a football (… real football) team back in the 70s, yet I really don’t associate X-Large with football style or culture. Admittedly, its an odd reason to like a jacket, but its a reason nonetheless. I know that it says this is a track jacket, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the product pic is hiding a hood.


Costiness=$59.45 URL



Look at me keeping promises, I said I’d try and get more track jackets on the site and I’ve followed through with this beauty I found on Etsy.

I’m about to head out, so after getting your hopes up with the previous sentence I’m going to let you down by just using the blurb to describe this jacket:

“This super light jacket features a Seagull TLR (twin lens camera) in all its glory – perfect for Lomo junkies. This jacket is very lightweight and would be great for spring or cool summer nights.

Hand screened on a super-soft Alternative Apparel 100% cotton fleece jacket with exposed seams and raw edge trim

color: black on army
size: Men’s M, L, XL. let us know what size you’d like in the notes to seller at checkout.”

Interesting fact (if true), seagulls don’t actually exists, they just happen to be gulls that are by the sea.

Costiness=$35 URL


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