I was recently sent an amazing package from the company ‘Independent-leaders’ last month and asked to try out some of their recent summer 2016 designs.
When I read up on the brand I found out some really cool and interesting facts. They were two mates from London who were looking to escape from their predictable working life and decided to jet off to Rio to release some steam (how good does that sound!)
They quickly realised that Rio was a city full of fun, colour and freedom. It was a city that was alive, from dawn til dusk. It was then in amongst the free spirited vibe they knew, Rio loved them & they loved Rio. They felt right at home.They decided that it was time for a brand to exist that captured the fun and attitude of what they have just experienced in Rio.
They would take the sites, sounds and flavours from Rio back to London to create a lifestyle brand completely different from anything they had ever seen before.
Their ambition? To inspire a movement of people who live life free from outside control.
Now if Scotland has been anything like where you are in the world, the weather has been slightly chaotic with not the most sunshine around, so trying to get a chance to try these out was proving somewhat difficult. However there was a freak day of ‘end of summer sunshine’ a few days ago, and I thought what better to do than shoot some of these really amazing T-shirts and shorts the guys @ independent-leaders had sent me.
Firstly I was blown away by the quality of the garments. The cotton on the T-shirts were really soft, adding to a really comfortable wear. This is a big must for me, comfort rating!
I was sent the Alex T-shirt which is the brighter one with a palm tree type design. Also the CAUE T-shirt was one of my favourites. This was a simple yet classic Tee that fitted like a glove, this is the black T-shirt. All the T-shirts were in size medium and all felt really slim fitted. I normally go for either a small to medium, but I’m thinking the small may have been a tad too tight.
The IGOR T-shirt was definitely more fitted, and the fabric was thicker to touch, not as soft as the cotton tees. This was definitely more of dress t-shirt in my opinion, that could be paired nicely with some tailored shorts or jeans. It has a detailed grandad style collar with buttons which added to that more stylish slim fitted look.
Another was the WESLEY style tshirt. This was a soft touch jersey crewneck T-shirt. Like that IGOR T-shirt this too was a very smart T-shirt that could be wore out for something a bit more formal, with jeans and loafers perhaps.
One of my favourite products sent to me was the RAFAEL swim shorts! Now I have tried many swim shorts over the years and never found a pair that fitted as good as these. These are a very ‘stand out from the crowd’ type of short, and a pair you certainly won’t go missing when wearing. They are bright, fun and youthful. I think I could wear these year after year.
Definitely check out independent leaders on Instagram and on their website at www.independent-leaders.com they will be adding some of their autumn winter stuff to the website soon so keep an eye out for that. Also if you buy today they are giving you 20% off your first order, just use discount code JOIN20 at checkout.
I hope you enjoyed