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A Visit by The Modern House to Studio Nicholson Founder & Creative Director, Nick Wakeman’s East London Home

A Visit by The Modern House to Studio Nicholson Founder & Creative Director, Nick Wakeman’s East London Home

Nick Wakeman: “Fashion, interiors and architecture: I think they’re all the ultimate form of protection from the outside world. But they’re also about expression and identity – a world within a world that you get to be the author of. When we get dressed we assume an identity, or at least I do. Men, especially, get dressed with an idea in their head of who they are, whether that’s based on a film character, maybe, or a nostalgic version of themselves. I’m exactly the same, maybe because I’ve always worn menswear – men’s shirts, jackets and Levi’s are my staples.
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Carry On - A Preview Of The Studio Nicholson Bags + Accessories Line

Carry On - A Preview Of The Studio Nicholson Bags + Accessories Line

Blending timeless appeal with the kind of paired-back functionality you’d expect, Studio Nicholson is now launching the eagerly anticipated bag and accessories line. The unisex range for 2021 includes small and medium-sized leather goods, together with polished canvas options which have been developed over 12 months and road-tested to ensure they are built to withstand the demands of every lifestyle.
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Photo Diary By Ildar Iksanov - A Love Letter to Russia

Photo Diary By Ildar Iksanov - A Love Letter to Russia

Once upon a time, Instagram was a place to take a nice, easy chronological scroll through the feeds of friends, foes and strangers. That was how I discovered the work of Ildar Iksanov, who I’ve been liking, but never meeting, since 2014. His candid, but atmospheric photographs of life in the city of Moscow and his visits to the surrounding countryside always seemed too ‘big’ for the compact grid proportions of Insta. We’d chat every now and again when something really interested or intrigued me, and throughout the madness of 2020, his shots of a faraway land have always been a welcome relief, reminding me that vast mountain ranges exist outside the familiar four walls of lockdown.

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Cardigan Play - AW20 Knits

Cardigan Play - AW20 Knits

Far from being a sloppy knitted security blanket, the cardigan has finally started to take centre stage in the layering stakes. For too long now, it’s been seen as the insulator of choice for fey, romantic types who reach for theirs in preparation for a night on the sofa with a good vintage paperback; but 2020 has shaken things up for everyone and given rise to a whole new dimension when it comes to ease and practicality. Our attitudes to dressing have morphed over the past year and suddenly we’re all putting comfort pretty high up on the agenda. This shift has been the perfect PR opportunity for the humble cardie, whose historical reference points span much further back than the first sightings of Morrissey flailing around with a bunch of wilting gladioli in a video for The Smiths.
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PJ and Function - The New Studio Nicholson Sleepwear Sets

PJ and Function - The New Studio Nicholson Sleepwear Sets

"Far from dishevelled and lazy, it was a look that radiated a certain readiness, an old-fashioned elegance. Those pyjamas were probably ironed with the same sense of pride and perfection as his shirts. And who can blame him? After almost a year of blurred boundaries between work and play, maybe we all need a little definition too? Don’t panic – I realise there are hordes of us who aren’t quite ready for the formality of power dressing just yet (I can’t be the only one who’s spent 2020 raiding the fridge) so rather than talk tailoring, I’m here to signal the launch of the much-anticipated Studio Nicholson sleepwear instead."
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Blue Box Theory – The Studio Nicholson + Tricker’s Collaboration

Blue Box Theory – The Studio Nicholson + Tricker’s Collaboration

There’s a lot to be said for dressing from the ground up. Get the foundations right and it should be smooth sailing – because shoes are, after all, the window to the soul. I grew up with the ‘shoes worth wearing, are worth repairing’ mantra, inherited from my late grandfather – who wore the same pair of well-loved and carefully looked-after brogues for almost half a century. What’s beautiful about this, is how those classic shoes transcended trends and always looked the part. Sure, good shoes cost more than your average sneakers, but buy cheaply and you’ll certainly buy twice; better instead to invest in a piece of footwear history.
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Women's Autumn Winter 20' Collection | Go See - Authentic Autonomy

Women's Autumn Winter 20' Collection | Go See - Authentic Autonomy

Political turbulence comes in waves and when the seas get stormy, it’s generally a good idea to keep your crew members close and batten down the hatches. With the forecast for Autumn Winter 20 looking decidedly choppy, there is comfort and serenity to be found by looking back to a time when carefree, youthful energy was the order of the day. Studio Nicholson founder and creative director Nick Wakeman explains how the new AW20 Collection is an ode to her formative years – the 1990s
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Size Matters - In Praise of The Volume Pant by Justin Quirk

Size Matters - In Praise of The Volume Pant by Justin Quirk

Every great outfit should be built from the trousers upwards. The shape, feel and proportion of your entire ensemble should flow naturally from the correct pair of strides. But for too many men, this has meant limited options and narrow perspectives, and a reluctance to embrace the full glory of a wider leg.
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Clip, Spin + Thrive – The Benefits of British Lambswool

Clip, Spin + Thrive – The Benefits of British Lambswool

British lambswool. What could be more sustainable? Extracting hardy fibres to make yarns for knitting is an ancient ritual that humans have been undertaking for centuries. Clipping the dense, winter coats from healthy flocks of sheep is all part of standard animal husbandry and by committing to buy wool from British farmers, Studio Nicholson are helping the crofting communities to thrive.
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Selvedge Synergy - Studio Nicholson & Blackhorse Lane Ateliers

Selvedge Synergy - Studio Nicholson & Blackhorse Lane Ateliers

The manufacturing side of the fashion industry exists, for the most part, behind closed doors. Garment production commonly takes place overseas, and it’s rare for a designer to have hands-on access to every part of the sampling and production process. Sometimes nuances are lost in translation – which isn’t surprising when you’re creating entire collections by email. Thankfully, this isn’t the case for Studio Nicholson, where provenance is key.
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Technically Timeless - The Benefits of Tropical Wool

Technically Timeless - The Benefits of Tropical Wool

You’d be wrong in thinking that all the best technical fabrics are created in laboratories. We’ve been wearing the greatest one for centuries already, but hold on tight, because its name might surprise you – it’s wool. There is nothing softer, warmer, or more comfortable against that skin than 100% wool. It is nature’s very own climate regulating system, acting as a thermal in the winter and wicking away moisture when the weather gets a little hotter. Clever huh?

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Soul Structures - Building the Modular Wardrobe

Soul Structures - Building the Modular Wardrobe

Nick Wakeman thinks about clothing in the same way as most people consider architecture. She's never been one for fuss or flounce, preferring to concentrate instead on the dynamics of the human body, and how we inhabit the things we wear. The seams and structures she is careful to include in every garment aren't there to look pretty - they're the supporting beams that allow for playful movement and act as a framework for fluidity.
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