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Spring 2017 Preview

Posted on March 08, 2017 by Justin Rhodes | 0 Comments

Yikes...a new season is upon us, it never ceases to come around before you know what has happened.
Still, new arrivals get us all excited and the satisfaction of seeing all of those sketches and doodles come to life never ceases.
We're busy working on putting all the new styles online but wanted to showcase a few new themes that form the core of this new collection...
Mock Hornback Croc - This texture of leather appeared in our very first collection back in 2004...and we then quietly phased it out a few years ago. This season it felt like the time was right to bring it back - we love the extreme definition of the texture and the deep tonal veins and think it can be a really defining piece for any outfit. Comes in Chalk, Midnight and Turquoise (photo below)
Nubuck...It's been a couple of years since we first reintroduced Nubuck and this season we expand further with this wonderfully versatile leather. It lends itself so well to neutral toned clothing and is timelessly classy. We have expanded our neutral colour palette to include Chalk, Pebble, Mole, Mid Tan, Black...and for a bit of seasonal fun added Turq!
Ultra Smooth Vegetable Tan...This leather is one we have been quietly trialling for a year or so and this season it arrives properly in elegant classic tones of Cognac, Bitter Choc, Honey and Black. The leather has all the wonderful pull up properties of vegetable tanned leather but is ultra smooth and buttery soft for those occasions when you need a discreet but hard wearing belt that is sleek but interesting too.
Performance Belts...Many of you have seen over the last year our first foray into what we term Performance Belts. This season we continue with new materials that showcase two tone weave effects, the perfect companion to casual sportswear, acitvewear or to match up with trainers.
Pony Hair...We have been in love with Pony Hair (hair on cowhide) for years...and finally we can see that it is really gaining traction as an alternative to normal leather. This season we are unveiling some experimental burn out styles in Blue and Khaki, essentially an acid wash effect. Really cool and funky...

Posted in New Collection, Nubuck, Performance Belts, Pony Hair, SS 2017, Vegetable Tanned

Why a glove collection?

Posted on October 20, 2016 by Justin Rhodes | 0 Comments

Ladies Gloves from Elliot Rhodes

 Elliot Rhodes has always been about challenging preconceived ideas. It is what lead us to turn the Belt market on its head, driven by our belief that unless you challenge the status quo nothing evolves.

Our dedication to beltmaking never wanes but we will admit to daydreaming about other products we might try to reinvent. We have circled and come back to Gloves many times, each time convinced that the Glove market shares so many similarities with where the belt market was back in 2003.

In a nutshell it is a product that in the UK at least is treated with little fanfare and regarded principally as a commodity, limited in its offer, poorly displayed and with all the glamour and excitement of...well nothing much really! As with our belt experience the only way to shake things up is to start fresh and not in half measures. We need to make people look at gloves in a new way - whether that be simply to start appreciating what a really good quality glove feels like, whether it be to see that using gloves as a colour vehicle can be great fun and really stylish.

Mens Gloves from Elliot Rhodes
So...this year we have taken the plunge and are proud to celebrate the launch of our debut glove collection. Our aim is to bring our expertise to this new area, introducing all important colour and little quirks of design detail that will turn a glove from boring necessity to desirable expression of individuality.

With a focus on luxurious quality and traditional craftsmanship from one of the oldest glovers in Spain our debut collection in collaboration with British glove designer Gizelle Renee features 5 styles for Women and 4 for Men, each in a stylish range of colours and each with its own idiosyncratic detail. Our gloves are all made from the finest quality lambskin, come lined in either silk, merino or rabbit and are traditionally made with just one single side seam for supreme fit and comfort. Details include Liberty print inserts, Cashmere piping, Herringbone cuffs, contrast stitching and more...

Like our belts there are gloves for different occasions and different looks...clearly for a lot of the year (here in the UK lets' say 8 months!) they are there to keep your hands warm, but even when it is not cold a lovely glove can really perk up an outfit, Not to mention that the nourishing oils from lambskin are great for your hands and if you are a commuter gloves serve a pretty damn good hygiene purpose too.

Most importantly we hope that once you have seen our collection you will start to see Gloves in a whole new light...

For this season our gloves are available exclusively in store - Prices from £110 - £175

Ladies Gloves at Elliot Rhodes

Mens Gloves at Elliot Rhodes

 

Posted in aw 2016, gloves, lambskin, luxury gloves, merino, new collection, rabbit, reinventing, silk

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