As you may know, I am a big fan of the content that Mr Porter produce in their The Journal on a weekly basis or the video content produced for YouTube. In their first new How To series, they have enlisted Charlie King from barbers Pankhurst, based in London, to show us how to shave properly. An antidote to the trend of beards and facial hair, it is both informative and a visual delight to the high standards of the etailer.
Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply has introduced some great pieces for the Holiday season, and I am really taken with this camo print flannel shirt. Perfect for a present - for someone or yourself - it is really a great piece from the brand's more relaxed and rugged line.
First London, followed by New York and a tour to Sydney; Madrid; Amsterdam; Tel Aviv, Paris and now Hollywood - Room Service, the creation of Jodie Harsh, is a phenonomon. Dropping on the West Coast on December 11th at Mmhmmm at The Standard, will not doubt see some of the best tracks in town spun by Jodie Harsh, Derek Monterio and Kim Ahn but it will have with one guarentee - the best boys in LA will be dropping by. Who would that be? You will have to see for yourself...
As we approach some of the coldest days and evenings, my footwear is becoming more substantial, and that often is boots. Looking for something a bit different, these caught my eye from J Shoes who have incorporated the Dainite rubber sole into their AW13 collection. Known for its durability and quality since 1894, the rubber soles are ideal for the winter months providing comfort and grip in all conditions, whilst not attracting or storing dirt. The welted details of the sole are great, but the contrast upper stands out as an on trend aspect of a very traditionally crafted shoe.
What a night for the creative industries; Liberty of London was on Channel 4; The Turner Prize was announced and it was the British Fashion Council's British Fashion Awards. Collecting one of the accolades - the British Style Award - was that 1 Directioner Harry Styles, wearing head to toe Saint Laurent Paris. Wearing a black suit jacket, black silk shirt, black polka dot scarf, black skinny jeans and black suede boots - he collected his award from Alexa Chung and Jack Guinness. Who ever said black was underrated doesn't shop at Saint Laurent Paris...
Images courtesy of the BFC and Saint Laurent Paris.
It's a Fearful Thing to Love Something That Death Can Touch
Launching only three months after its sell-out inaugural show, The Unit London in Chiswick has announced its second official exhibition, UTOPIA. I featured the first exhibit on LSoD and it was really well received, and co-owner Jonny Burt is a friend of the website. Never one to shy away from promoting a deserving partnership, the new show is in alliance with Shelter the UK's biggest housing and homelessness charity. As a collaborative show, it that aims to raise awareness for homelessness, showing it in a new light through the medium of art.
A vision of an ideal world is the idea at the heart of this exhibition, which features an eclectic mix of work from some of the UK’s most exciting and cutting-edge contemporary artists, as well as an exclusive selection of international talent. With one of my favourites, Pure Evil, showcasing, it stands besides a great selection including Sandra Chevrier, Copyright, Carrie Reichardt, Andrew Mcattee, Mason Storm, Ben Allen, George Morton-Clark, Jake Wood-Evans, Joe Kennedy, and Jonny Burt. Everybody has their vision of what Utopia looks like, which is clear from this exhibition, as it features works in a variety of mediums from a diverse collective of artists.
At this time of year, thoughts always turn towards a perfect state of hope, equality, and happiness and a unifying belief that together society can create a brighter future. As a society, we are bombarded with sensationalised images of tragedy, foreboding, and pessimism and it can be difficult to harbour hope for a better world. But even the smallest of gestures can bring us closer to a Utopia, and with that in mind, and in the spirit of Christmas, The Unit London is donating 20% of all proceeds from this exhibition to Shelter. Find more info here.
It is such great news that for the 2nd consecutive year British designer Paul Costelloe will be supporting London Collections: Men in Janurary at the event's base, The Hospital Club. In decadent surroundings, the inspiration for the collection is in keeping with the brands British Heritage, incorporating a respect for the craftsmanship of the tailor and weaver in a contemporary manner. With the finest Italian inspired twisted yarns and blended Jaspe yarns used to create a mix of modern yet classic British tweed and micro-checks, with a salt and pepper colour base thats infused with highlights of mustard and Chianti.
This collection continues with an extension of the popular Cheltenham sub- brand which draws on inspiration from archive designs in keeping with its heritage, whilst being reworked to reflect the present day of eccentricity in a striking bold colour influence. Not to be content with just two ranges on show; making its debut at the London Collections: Men this season is the Costelloe and Sons diffusion line, which has been developed for the younger market. This line sees Paul Costelloe Man changing direction with a much slimmer silhouette that is directed to the more fashion-conscious younger gentleman. I look forward to it!