1. Do swim in an outdoor swimming pool - This one is amazing (note - didn't take any photos of the actual pool just walls and bushes)
2. Do drink coffee at Bonanza and buy beans for at home (buy beans on last day)
3. Don't avoid the daily afternoon thunderstorm
4. Do browse multiple really sick vintage furniture stores - Be sure not to buy anything to save on the shipping.
5. Do avoid eye contact at one of the many busy entrances to Gurlitzer Park in Kreuzberg.
Thats right we're in the middle of a heat wave and we're raving about £100 fleece sweatpants. SImply put these might be the best sweatpants to ever be stocked here at Flatspot and are rightly so this week's really decent product recommendation. Patagonia have re issued the classic Snap T pocket here onto a slim fitting slightly tapered set of super cosy joggers. The trademark Patagonia Synchilla fleece is made in the Polartec fabric and Patagonia also make it clear that they have had them stitched and finished in a quality and outstandingly ethical place too like only they know how. We didn't go too deep on these so first drop is limited numbers only.
This weekend (Saturday 26th July) we have an exclusive release of a special edition set of collaborative shoes.
Vans Syndicate have again teamed up with Berlin's iconic Civilist skate shop to rework three of the California brand’s most iconic silhouettes. Getting the exclusive treatment are the Era Pro, the Slip-On and the Sk8-Mid Notchback, all united by a 'Flaschen' (thats 'bottle') print with a less-than-subtle nod to Berlin's beery heritage.
Go here to shop the collection (product live Saturday 26.07.14 9am)
You can trust a fellow skate store to get a collaboration bang on point and these shoes are all way more than just that drinky print. All three utilise a rich orange colour as a contrast to the black and white pallet, dressed with bright orange waffle soles and Vans tabs. They also all have premium Vans Ultracush HD inner soles (with a printed Berlin outline in orange). The Era pro has two-toned printed uppers in canvas and Ripstop and a padded tongue. The Slip-On also has a leather ankle support to stop them... slipping-off. The Sk8-Mid Notchback is constructed from cotton, Ripstop, suede and leather uppers; a really deluxe shoe. They also have a leather tab on the tongue (again featuring the outline of Berlin) and really decent flash of print on the heel panel.
We got the chance to go and see the shoes being launched at Civilist last week and had a lot of fun soaking them all in.