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The Perfect Option – Powder Cotton

The Perfect Option – Powder Cotton

Never one for a logo emblazoned chest, I steered clear of tracksuit tops in the 1980s. Kicking against the trend tide singled me out as the class nerd, and whilst everyone else was hellbent on dressing like a football casual (or Madonna) after school, I was happy to keep my shirt and tie on until bedtime. This habit lasted until I was 18, and to some extent, still continues today. Life is stressful enough without having to worry about what to wear; best to nail a formula and stick to it. Uniforms are popular for a reason – it’s because they work.
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Modular Experience – The Studio Nicholson Store

Modular Experience – The Studio Nicholson Store

The Studio Nicholson store sits on the ground floor of a Grade II listed building on Calvert Avenue, in the heart of east London. It sits among a row of perfectly proportioned independents on a tree-lined road, which forms part of the renowned Boundary estate. A few seconds walk away from the central bandstand at Arnold Circus, the tenement blocks and accompanying shops were completed in 1901 and are now classified as a conservation area.
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Women's Pre-Fall 20 Collection - Modern Freedom Shaped For Power

Women's Pre-Fall 20 Collection - Modern Freedom Shaped For Power

The concept of PF20 has been driven by the mechanics of form and fold. Fabric origami offers simplicity, purpose and playful flexibility. Silhouettes put freedom first, with displaced envelopes of fluid wools overlapping and draping around the limbs beautifully, bringing carefree movement without ever feeling starchy or stiff. Living shapes, every element has been cut to perfection, engineered for clean, powerful layering.
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Precise Freedom - The SNJP Hakone Shirt By Terrence Weber

Precise Freedom - The SNJP Hakone Shirt By Terrence Weber

Many of the details that we assume are essential parts of our clothing were originally there to serve purposes that no longer exist. Clothing enthusiasts often fall into one of two categories – those who embrace these superfluous details (often the more superfluous the better), and those who eschew anything extraneous. It tends to be men who fall into the former basket, seeking out lovingly reproduced military parkas with authentic map pockets, despite not having so much as glanced at an Ordnance Survey map since year 9 orienteering.
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Talking Senses - Sharleen Spiteri by Leanne Cloudsdale

Talking Senses - Sharleen Spiteri by Leanne Cloudsdale

For the second instalment of the Studio Nicholson Talking Senses series, the conversation turns to the phenomenon of synaesthesia. A rare neurological condition that describes the intertwining of the senses, it manifests in a criss-crossing of perception – enabling some synaesthetes to ‘taste’ colour, or ‘see’ sound. With brains that are essentially hard-wired very differently to the ‘average’ person, this unique and gifted sensory bonus scheme is enjoyed by around 4% of the world’s population. It has baffled the boffins for decades, but scientists are finally beginning to understand how genetics could have a significant part to play in the mechanics of this biological, entirely unlearned, extraordinary cognition.
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Photo Diary By Matteo Bianchessi - Architecture & Attire

Photo Diary By Matteo Bianchessi - Architecture & Attire

Hailing from a small town close to Lake Garda in northern Italy, Matteo Bianchessi was making headway with a degree in web design when a chance tutorial with his Photoshop professor introduced him to the world of SLR cameras and photography. It kickstarted a love affair with taking pictures of walls, people, skies, trains, cars, architecture, mountains and countryside.
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Staying Power - An Ode To Blue Jeans By Justin Quirk

Staying Power - An Ode To Blue Jeans By Justin Quirk

In common with many people, my parents have used the enforced domesticity of lockdown to finally sort out old boxes of paperwork and photographs lurking in the top of the wardrobes. Seeing these photos, it’s interesting to notice what still endures in terms of our outfits, the pieces which never look dated or embarrassing: classic white or striped t-shirts, crew neck sweats, bomber jackets and, most persistently, heavy, dark denim jeans.
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Talking Senses - The Perfumer Lyn Harris By Leanne Cloudsdale

Talking Senses - The Perfumer Lyn Harris By Leanne Cloudsdale

We’re all in such a trance with our infinite scroll, that I sometimes find myself wondering what the world would be like if we gave our other senses a chance to shine. I’m so busy eyeballing other people’s lifestyles that I rarely take the time to reflect on my own. It made me wonder whether the long-term implications of our digital addictions might impact our future physiology, so I decided to kickstart conversations with other women from the Studio Nicholson community – all of whom have built successful careers on an exemplary use of their own sensory faculties. The series begins with the perfumer, Lyn Harris. 

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A New York Photo Diary by Jermaine Francis

A New York Photo Diary by Jermaine Francis

The work of London-based photographer Jermaine Francis concentrates on documenting the overlooked fleeting moments of everyday lives. He uses the camera as a vehicle for focussing on the contemporary narratives most of take for granted – capturing the beauty of the mundane, emotional and sometimes surreal junctures we mistakenly disregard as seemingly unimportant.  

In his New York City photo diary, he records candid snippets of bustling street-life, seen in the Big Apple a few months before the emergence of the Coronavirus. With the deserted atmosphere of lockdown in cities across the world, the vibrancy of his photographs are a welcome reverie, a cheerful, colour saturated snapshot of how we used to live.

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Lifelong Modularity - Documenting Hironobu-san By Leanne Cloudsdale

Lifelong Modularity - Documenting Hironobu-san By Leanne Cloudsdale

I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in thinking that growing old is a privilege. They say a society’s worth is measured by how it treats the elderly – so it stinks, to think of millions of pensioners, stuck indoors with only a cup-a-soup and mid-afternoon quiz shows for company. As a self-confessed appreciator of senior citizens, the photos taken by Kota of his grandfather Hironobu, are honestly some of the most joyful and beautiful images I’ve seen in years. They radiate life and the strength of being alive, with humour, wisdom and self-assured grace.

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The Workshop of Masanori Sonobe, Kyoto - by Nick Wakeman

The Workshop of Masanori Sonobe, Kyoto - by Nick Wakeman

September 2019, I had the pleasure of visiting the workshop of artist and printmaker Mr. Masonori Sonobe in Kyoto. Although we rarely introduce print to our collections, I specialised in printed textiles at Chelsea School of Art and printing techniques still fascinate me.

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Audio Insight From Nick Wakeman + Mission Magazine Podcast

Audio Insight From Nick Wakeman + Mission Magazine Podcast

Mission magazine invited Nick Wakeman, founder and creative director of Studio Nicholson, to speak about the foundations of the brand. The podcast gives a rare insight into Nick's time at the Chelsea School of Art in the early 1990s, her scientific approach to the design process and her lifelong obsession with fabric.

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