Urbanears have become ubiquitous in the UK and I don’t feel like a day goes by without seeing someone wearing the iconic headphones. I think this is largely due to Urban Outfitters, the popular retailer, stocking them but also because of their simple and effective design. Despite having only a tiny amount of branding on the headphones they are instantly recognisable due to their design.
They have a great materials selection, I especially love that subtle matt of the actual headphone and the recent limited edition Harris Tweed headphones look great too.
The concept behind the headphones is the variety of clothing we all wear and Norra Norr did a great job of translating the headphone into a garment, even using fabric instead of plastic for the cord, a lovely touch.
The problem is I’m not sure I can pull them off….. While I would love a pair they don’t feel me. Do not despair my friends - as well as the prolific Platten range Urbanears also offer alternatives in the form of Medis (in ear headphones) and the Tanto line, a set of smaller over ear headphones. I’ve had my eyes set on a pair of cream Tantos since I lost my beloved Seinheisers. Similar in style they are understated and minimalist - a bit more ‘me’.
Recently Urbanears have announced the release of Slussen. This device plugs into your headphones and an external speaker and when paired with the Slussen App (iOS) allows users to act as a DJ. The app provides a simple interface allowing the DJ to preview tracks, crossfade and equalise them, as well as mix them together.
Slussen looks great and I can’t wait to have a go with one!
(International DJ) Harry