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Stylish Hardware by Melon Optics

“We work hard and we like to ride hard, so our equipment always takes a beating.”

Melon Optics gear demonstrates excellent craftsmanship cleverly combined with simple, refined design. For those of us who don’t want to forgo the action in the name of style, this is a brand that speaks volumes.

From goggles, to sunglasses for daily wear, to pretty cool apparel basics, you want to get your hands on anything with their trademark. Not to mention they're totally affordable. We urge you to have a peek at their website - if not for shopping, at least for their video-led blog entries, which will leave you day-dreaming about your next extreme adventure.

Stand-out pieces include their customisable classic design the LAYBACK and the TRIPPER from the premium collection… *swoon*

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Words by: Nicole

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Time to be Stupid ASC

Wearing their hearts on their sleeves the duo behind Stupid ASC have created a label worth noting. For Harvey and Cat, if you’re not one to take life too seriously, you’re pretty much part of the gang.

Although the brand was born in Les Deux Alpes, a small town high in the mountains, it aims to capture the imagination of “every like-minded idiot around the planet, from the Alpes, to the sea, to the cities and beyond.”

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Mirroring the unwritten lifestyle rules of the extreme sport maverick, Stupid ASC blends snow and surf functionality with street wear influences. The result is a range of clothing that is durable, comfortable and timeless – something everyone with a seasonal hobby or profession undoubtedly needs.

Their AW14 collection combines ski resort living with touches of modern utilitarian design, engineered for any environment. Their signature piece has to be their exclusive piste-map camo sweatshirt, featuring a selection of their favourite Alpine resorts and snowboarding spots remixed into a digital sublimated print. We highly recommend getting your hands on one.

Stupid ASC The Icon Sweatshirt

Other favourite picks include the fold-up white camo t-shirt – an epic addition to your basics wardrobe – and the burgundy riding shirt.

So if you have the confident fearlessness to jump headlong 100% into everything, you probably deserve to have Stupid ASC clothing on you at all times.

(It's worth noting they have a small selection for women on their website, too!)

 

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Dirty Velvet: A weird and wonderful world

It's not often that solid fashion meets sustainability. And because it's a rare combination, when it does occur it's definitely something worth noting.

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This is why Dirty Velvet caught our attention -  a design collective focused on producing high quality clothing with designs that offer a creatively different perspective to the mainstream, created using both ecologically and socially sustainable methods.

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They've been producing original graphics since 2006 that "combine strong and thought provoking imagery to reflect their slightly twisted view of the world."

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We strongly suggest you check them out. Any company that can boast originality in their design whilst being kind to the environment gets out vote. (Besides, Usain Bolt digs the brand, and he's a pretty cool dude.)

It's a menswear brand, but we're definitely getting our hands on any one of the t-shirts - they would look pretty slick with a pair of skinnies for a laid back look.

Peace out! LW

 

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FUNI – The coolest Knits on & off the slopes!

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Always on the lookout for cool new ski wear for the winter season, a friend turned us towards this brand of knitwear called FUNI.  After a little bit of searching and researching into FUNI, we discovered that not only do they make really awesome looking knitwear like beanies, scarfs and headbands but they also look out for the environment and give back to charity whilst making a name for themselves.  The best part is, FUNI was started by a humble chalet girl called Jemma who was doing a season in the Alps when she thought of the idea.

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Back in 2007, Jemma decided that working for a large company in a crowded city for peanuts was not her calling in life so she quit her job and headed over to the Alps to do a season snowboarding.  Happy to finally be shredding the powder and getting some much needed mountain air, Jemma decided to take up another hobby - knitting.  She bought some wool, some supplies and learned how to knit her first beanie on YouTube, her friend loved the beanie and bought it right off her for more than she had paid to make it!  This was the start of something big.  After spending a few seasons knitting and selling her beanies, Jemma took the plunge and started her company, FUNI which has taken the slopes and the streets by storm.

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FUNI is now a fully fledged, ethical and just brilliant company.  Spending more time marketing and building her brand, Jemma employs lots of lovely knitting grannies in the UK to make the knitwear for her… perfect!

Building such a large scale company can sometimes come at a price of forgetting some of your morals - this has not been the case in the slightest with FUNI.  They stay ethical and environmentally friendly wherever possible; whether it's recycled yarns, vegetable ink in their printers or British granny power instead of cheap foreign labour - they make sure every item comes to you with eco-friendly fairness.  "Respect and Protect" all the way!!

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Our personal favourites on the FUNI website: www.funiwear.com are the headbands and beanies hands down.  AND there is a fun surprise on there which has caught our attention.  There is a section on the site called "Hat Designer" where you can.. wait for it.. Design your own beanie.  I know, we've spent ages on there already.  There are different styles you can choose from and fill in the colours of your choosing, similar to designing your own Nike ID trainer.  It's really easy to use and really fun so check it out: here

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Let us know what you think of FUNI and if you are ready to kit yourself out for next season in the comments below or join us on Facebook at: Facebook.com/littlewingmagazine

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Fat Freddy’s Drop album launch

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“Let's start from just over halfway through the third album by Fat Freddy's Drop. It's the point where it goes beautifully bonkers, and showcases the band as not only the kings of laid-back and lilting epics but brain-rattling beat and soul mantras.” This is an excerpt of a review of Blackbird in the New Zealand Herald which I think does a pretty good job in describing Fat Freddy’s Drop latest album.

A long-time fan, I am absolutely thrilled that I got to go to the launch on Wednesday, which was live streamed worldwide from the Village Underground in Shoreditch. It was everything I expected – a solid two hours of their new stuff plus a couple of classics thrown in there for good measure, like The Raft and Roady. My absolute favourites from the new album have to be Blackbird, Clean the House and Bones. The gig had a more mellow kind of vibe than I was used to; I've seen them in Bristol and at Bestival where they got their raw, energetic skank kicks going full throttle. This didn't detract from their perfomance because their beautifully intricate sounds are enough to capture the attention of even the most wandering, ADHD-stricken minds. Their sound is more captivating and more self-assured than ever, but still keeping that vintage Fat Freddy’s style.

I love seeing them live, not only because they’re musically tight every time, without fail, but also because they’re actually entertaining to watch. Going to gigs these days can sometimes be SO boring, unless you’re going to see a huge act where it’s half about the music and half about the multi-million pound show. But with Fat Freddy’s you get vocalist Joe Dukie who is an absolute legend and gets so transfixed and into the music he often looks like a he’s on the best, more soulful trip of his life; then there’s Tony Chang on the trumpet, always looking slick, and next to him is Joe Lindsay aka Hopepa on the trombone dancing like a maniac, sweating his balls off in a shiny tracksuit jacket.

If you missed the launch but want to see them, they’ll be back in October at the Brixton Academy. I’m there.

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Every Summer has a Story

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Is it true?  We think it is, we think the summer may have just arrived in Britain.. fair be it a bit late, but whatever we'll take it!  What is it about the sunshine that literally changes everyones personalities into bright, sparkling heroes?  It's amazing - I mean one day you're content, plodding along, perhaps a bit on the verge of depression, until the sun hits your face and BAM you're ecstatic for no apparent reason and can't stop smiling wide-eyed and frolicking in any passing field.  Is it the warmth on your face, the Vitamin D or all the builders getting their tops of that does it?  We're still contemplating!  It could also be due to the fact that Britain sees so little of the sun that we appreciate every squandering ray.

When the sun comes out, the parties begin, the grimy festivals are just around the corner and road trips are weekly.  Squeezing onto crowded beaches, finding the perfect summer outfits (that are effortlessly cool of course) and embracing being silly with your friends are some of our favourite parts.  The picture above captures those summer moments so well, we knew we had to share it with you.  Vive la soleil!

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Mike Mitchell – A master of Lowbrow

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I have been raving about Mike Mitchell's Tumblr of Amazing Things for about a month now. I turn to it at the end of a long day when I need a pick-me-up - it's very entertaining. A couple of weeks ago he shared a post about an art student’s hilarious final project aimed at mocking his art teacher who told him to “take art more seriously.”

I initially read about Mitchell in Shortlist Magazine and I've become a huge fan of his work ever since. He has a way of capturing that unapologetic dark sensibility of pop surrealism. He is a master of the Lowbrow art movement and a highly skilled artist.

Mitchell’s latest exhibition called The Portrait Show, currently on display in Austin, Texas, is a brilliant portrait collection of iconic characters from cult classics. It includes the likes of Ryan Gosling in Drive, Arnie as The Terminator and Jamie Foxx in Django Unchained. You can check out the whole thing on his website.

Out of all his work, my personal favourite is the matrix of all the Adventure Time characters, particularly the ones of LSP and Party Pat.

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N.B. If you’ve never watched Adventure Time, for the love of all that is holy to you, tune into Cartoon Network immediately and find an episode. It’s the best.

 

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Lizzy Caplan in “Fashion Film”

If you've ever seen Mean Girls or her latest film Bachelorette, you'll know how absolutely hilarious Lizzy Caplan is.  We love her dry humour and direct 'no shit' approach to life - well that's what comes off in her characters anyway and if she's anything like that, she's the kind of girl we want to meet.  Any crazy cat who has the confidence to tell it like it is and not care about the consequences sounds like a fun girl.  I imagine, though, that you'd want to always keep her on your side because being on the other end of that would probably be pretty upsetting.  Check out this film she stars in called  FASHION FILM by Matthew Frost on Vimeo.  It's a short, gorgeously filmed parody, take a look for yourself, it's a good'n!

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Parkour: run, jump, swing, roll, GO

What is it about seeing the 'Red Bull' logo on anything that makes you think, god this is going to be exciting?  Great marketing for one, but also it's also always bloody true.  On a peruse of Vimeo I discovered this Red Bull video on Parkour.  I looked up the term Parkour and it's extremely cool - it is a holistic training discipline using movement, it was developed out of military obstacle course training.  The idea is to keep your momentum going using any type of movement like running, climbing, vaulting, flipping, rolling, swinging, jumping... all whilst trying to maintain balance and safety.  Parkour has become increasingly popular from movies like District 13 and is a very cool thing to watch, especially if it is filmed in some sort of cool Urban space.  This one was set in the Turkish Old City of Mardin.

Red Bull Mardin Parkour from Daghan Celayir on Vimeo

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A little French town called Bergerac

In a small town in the South West of France there once lived a man with a very large nose... Cyrano de Bergerac.  It is said that people travelled from miles around just to see this spectacular site, his unbelievably large nose.  See for yourself: (what a profile)

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As well as the nose, Bergerac is such a beautiful French village, you can see how Cyrano de Bergerac was so inspired to write his stories that would go on to inspire many subsequent writers.

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Here one writer who's been inspired by the nose and the village, Little Wing's Nicole.

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Fashion Pinspiration

One of our favourite ever social platforms has now become a huge and reliable compilation of fashion inspiration.  Pinterest has been growing at a ridiculous rate over the past few years and we've enjoyed getting fully hooked on it - it has become an unmissable daily habit.  There are so many different uses for Pinterest, mainly we love perusing around for great photography, funny quotes, artsy things and, of course, fashion tips and inspiration.

As much as we love shopping online at our various favourite stores, there is something more endearing about seeing how people have put together outfits to fit their own style.  Our favourite outfits, we have decided, are not always the expensive designer ones, actually they are the ones that combine a mixture of vintage thrift, high street and perhaps a cheeky designer item - street style.  The most important thing is that you express your own style through what you wear and we've found some amazing "Pinspiration" that inspires us to do just that.

You can let us know what you think and what you like in our comments box below.  Find us on Pinterest to see more of our compilation of visual awesomeness: pinterest.com/littlewingmag

Bold black jacket with strong shoulders and gold chain detail. Sometimes a jacket can speak a million.

Bold black jacket with strong shoulders and gold chain detail. Sometimes a jacket can speak a million.

Golden swinger pantaloons paired with a black lace leotard. Daring yet wearable.

Golden swinger pantaloons paired with a black lace leotard. Daring yet wearable.

All hail the Rock n Roll era and the fact that it's still awesome.

All hail the Rock n Roll era and the fact that it's still awesome.

Double Denim worked perfectly - love!

Double Denim worked perfectly - love!

Beautiful, Boho Chic, everything you'd ever want from a summer outfit.

Beautiful, Boho Chic, everything you'd ever want from a summer outfit.

A perfect one for dinner to club.

A perfect one for dinner to club.

Aztec print and antique jewels are what make this outfit pretty spectacular.

Aztec print and antique jewels are what make this outfit pretty spectacular.

Boho chic mixed with vintage and a bold statement hat - parfait.

Boho chic mixed with vintage and a bold statement hat - parfait.

Very cool street style, mixing together lots of different textures.

Very cool street style, mixing together lots of different textures.

Love the neutral tones and comfy flat boots.

Love the neutral tones and comfy flat boots.

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Epic photos of the week


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A Magical Parade

In November 2012, the streets of Knightsbridge witnessed a truly spectacular event.  The collaboration of Disney and Harrods was highly anticipated in the months approaching the event.  Londonites and visitors alike lined the streets outside of Harrods, poised and ready to witness the unveiling of the Christmas windows.  Here's a little preview:

Quivering in the cold, we grabbed some meatball soup and warmed our bellies while we waited for the show to start.  And woe, was it a show.  All of a sudden, Disney music started blaring out all around the streets and then, despite all of the traffic on Brompton road, a glowing Cinderella carriage appeared being pulled by six beautiful white horses.

(Alas, I wasn't in the best position for photo taking)

From the carriage emerged a very real Cinderella and the Fairy God Mother.  Their looks and mannerisms were un-canny.

After the show, I realised that my cheeks were hurting because I was grinning so much throughout.  I guess I still have a soft spot for Disney...  Who doesn't right!?

The night ended with a bang...

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Capturing December: Our Photos

We have accepted the challenge and have leapt into it with full force!  Here's a gallery that we'll be updating with our daily December photos.

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Capturing December

Upon a daily peruse of fun things on the ever eternal world of the internet, I stumbled upon this Photo-a-day challenge put together by A Content Housewife.  The idea is to follow some key words each day and blog, Instagram, Pinterest or Tweet it on the net with the hashtag #ACHdecember.  Being a huge artsy photo enthusiast, it took less than a second for me to fall in love with the idea.  Are you up for the challenge?  Join us in capturing the month of December.

We're a little late so we'll be catching up in due time.  Keep a look out!  We'll be posting our photos on Twitter @LittleWingMag & Instagram @LittleWingMag

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