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David Beckham’s Collaboration with Kent and Curwen

SEEN is very taken with the latest creative collaboration between two exemplars of a particular kind of Britishness – David Beckham, and menswear brand Kent and Curwen, who have always prided themselves on impeccable tailoring and classic menswear.

Drawing inspiration from their long and venerable history, Kent and Curwen have reimagined and updated several items to create a curated wardrobe for the modern man, epitomised by legendary footballer David Beckham.

The Three Lions Rugby Shirt, harks back to company founder Eric Kent’s family crest of the three lions. It immediately recalls our British heritage as an established symbol of English sports teams. The Rose Sweatshirt evokes our heritage with its use of this most British of flowers. It bears the date 1926, when Kent & Curwen was founded. Garment washing techniques give the sweatshirt an authentic worn look.

The Shearling Lumberjack is cleverly reinvented in Shetland wool, recalling Britain’s much-loved rural character, and Eric Kent’s love of hunting. Kent and Curwen have a longstanding reputation for dressing the British Armed Forces – they began with neckwear – hence the Greatcoat is reimagined for today in a contemporary way.

The original Kent and Curwen cricket sweater, created in 1932, quickly became a British icon – when the brand was commissioned to outfit the Hollywood Cricket Club, the sweaters were worn by the likes of Errol Flynn and Cary Grant – style icons in their own right. The Kent brothers’ military influence is shown in the epaulette detailing of the Military Bomber. The bomber is elevated with a quilted tie lining, a reference to the brand’s heritage.

David Beckham wears the wardrobe as though to the manner born, combining elegance, ruggedness and his natural good looks with clothes that are obviously easy to wear and surely destined to become future classics. SEEN looks forward to visiting the brand’s London concept store when it opens in 2017.

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AVANTgarden: Be You, Be Proud

SEEN is intrigued to hear about AVANTgarden from FKA Twigs, a new digizine dedicated to self-care, beauty and the art of braids within the black community. Certainly on my voyaging around London, I’m struck, as an observer, by the beauty and complexity of the braids I see.

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Halloween at Sexy Fish

In London, you don’t go on a night out so much as partake of a new experience. Leave it to the gloriously named Sexy Fish in Mayfair to add a unique event to this year’s Halloween calendar.

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Ladies of the Press at Sluice Biennial

SEEN headed up to Hackney recently, there to peruse this year’s Sluice Biennial. A large and airy building at Morning Lane housed fascinating creative projects by artists and creators who have come together under the Sluice banner. What SEEN particularly liked was the variety of work on display and the informal atmosphere in which it …

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The Castle at the Space: SEEN Reviews

SEEN was not that familiar with the work of Howard Barker prior to seeing ‘The Castle’ but feels she must rectify that situation. A powerful piece on the nature of masculinity, war, gender roles and the essential unreliability of religious faith, ‘The Castle’ benefits from a powerhouse cast and a stripped-back set, making the most of the Space’s environment.

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Original Swimming Party Release ‘Biggest Curse’

Electronic experimental duo Original Swimming Party, have announced the release of their new single  ‘Biggest Curse’ featuring vocalist Moonchild Sanelly. Taken from their forthcoming remix EP, the single is now available to stream from October 6th.

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Heist Bank Beer Festival

Beer connoisseurs would do well to get themselves along to the Heist Bank Beer Festival this weekend, the 14th and 15th October. The bar in Paddington will be celebrating the finest keg and cask beers known to humanity, from UK brewers, Fourpure, Beavertown, Thornbridge and Wild Beer Co., who will headline, launching special seasonal releases …