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Posted on 21 August 2014 at 17:31 by In Style

New Loake shoes: lightweight soles, heavyweight style

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Loake is a shoe brand that deserves respect. Based in Kettering, the 130-year-old cobbler is rightly regarded for its range of classic English shoes. But what makes this family-owned company extra special is the way it seamlessly absorbs new trends and materials into its collection. Over the ... Read more

Posted on 08 August 2014 at 10:11 by In Style

Adidas Copa Mundial: All-black, all-white, all class

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At Umbrella, we make no secret of our love for Adidas's beautiful World Cup and Copa Mundial football boots. Despite the many advancements that have taken place in footwear technology since they were released in 1979, few, if any, have equalled their perfection. No wonder we made the Worl... Read more

Posted on 31 July 2014 at 22:31 by In Style

New Balance CT300: Trainer of the Year?

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There's something about the "Made in England" tag that still lends a product cultural weight. And while it's usually suits or formal shoes that carry the epithet, it can also apply to trainers. That's where New Balance comes in. The latest shoe to come from the brand'... Read more

Posted on 25 July 2014 at 09:18 by In Architecture

Abandoned Places: The urban exploration of Henk Van Rensenbergen

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The Abandoned Places photo book series documents the places of work, entertainment, habitation and welfare humans leave behind. To mark its third volume, the series’ author, Belgian pilot-cum-photographer Henk van Rensbergen tells Umbrella what he’s seen on his latest travels, why he ... Read more

Posted on 18 July 2014 at 08:43 by In Art

The first world war in colour

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While armed conflict has been the subject of photographers since the American Civil War, there's something about the use of black and white pictures that somehow separates us from the event. In monochrome, these young men, with their moustaches, stiff postures and arcane uniforms seem a world... Read more