Daily Value

An Eye for An Eye

by Kiwi Mohamed


I stumbled upon Johnathan William Anderson about a year or so ago.  He debuted an accessories collection of beautifully sculptured resin jewellery, where insects and flowers sat in clear bubbles like floating jewels.  I came across him once again, happy to see his new S/S 09 menswear collection entitled “An Eye for An Eye” drenched in religious, historical and mythical paraphernalia.

With this collection Anderson combines the rudiments of traditional schoolboy uniforms with warrior detailing creating a beautiful contrast of innocence, elegance and strength.  There is a nod to historical icons, Diego Velázquez and Raphael Jonathan,  within the pale blue of the jackets and trousers and the blood red fringe elements found on the scarves and cuffs.  The intricate embroidery, short cut shirts and cropped jackets are worn with slouchy khakis.  Here Brideshead Revisited springs to mind as I envision lofty young men poised on the brink of manhood falling in love with the frills of bourgeoisie society as well as each other.

This is Anderson’s third menswear collection and may very well be his best.  I beg anyone to differ.  Be sure to check out his entire collection and look book here.


Sibling: A family affair

By Kiwi Awil Mohamed


Looking to give men’s knitwear “a good kick up the arse”, super friends Joe Bates, Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery decided to take matters in to their own hands and create their own London based label, Sibling.  Blending together their love of traditional knitwear and experimentation, the trio are out to prove that woollies need not be boring.  Between the three they have collaborated with several big name designers including Alexander McQueen, Lanvin, Giles Deacon, Bella Freud and Jonathan Saunders. And in a little over a year the brand has already garnered quite the following in Europe and Japan.

We at Daily Value have fallen in love with their sophomore collection featuring bold colors, intricate cuts and retina popping patterns and prints.  What makes Sibling a label to watch is the strong combination of classic styles and bold ideas.  Our favourites include the sequin camouflage neon twin sets and the black beaded cashmere jumper, which upon close inspection you notice glittering rats with red beaded eyes.  We also love the bright printed scarves, the sequined biker jackets and ofcourse all the neon vermin.  You can take a closer look at the collection here.


Umit Benan: a rough cut
February 16, 2009, 3:56 pm
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by Kiwi Awil Mohamed


German born and now Milan resident Umit Benan has brought a little bit of old world edge to his new menswear collection for the fall.  A little more than rough around the edges, Umit has managed to create a line of suits, outerwear and knits that are both luxurious but discreet.  At first glance, it is impossible to tell that Umit uses the finest fabrics by some of the best manufacturers in Italy.  Here is where his motto,”What you see is not what you get”, comes to play.  While the quintessence of the garment is what is viewed on the outside, the gorgeous beauty of the fabric is left on the inside and is strictly for your eyes and pleasure alone.  Umit has collaborated with a number of great designers such as Marc Jacobs and Rifat Ozbek but this will be his first presentation of a menswear brand that is truly all his own.

With the simple cuts, lines, colors and his attention to detail we advise all our well dressed male readers to keep an eye out and get your hands on some seriously good stuff.

You can view the rest of the collection here.