Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Frye x Culter & Gross

Now the snow in New York has cleared, the wind in the UK has died down and spring is truly on its way, now is the time to think about eyewear. A great place to start is the new collaboration between Massachusetts based Frye (them of outstanding footwear) and Cutler & Gross. 

This online exclusive collection is influenced by New York City’s vibrant culture, the 8-piece line - these are the men's and unisex frames - is made up of three luxury styles, including the classic Wooster Wayfrarer. Each pair is handcrafted in Italy, echoing Frye's dedication to craft and heritage, with each frame epitomizing the Cutler & Gross desire to uphold standards of craftsmanship and quality too - and are available from the end of March here

Clarks Originals x Desert Boot 65th

How do you celebrate a 65th anniversary in a world of technology and contemporary culture? If you are a true icon of British style that has a timeless, universal appeal then sharing your life story on WhatsApp is a great place to start. That is what Clarks Originals has done to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Desert Boot. 

Transcending class, gender, decades and is the ultimate profile for dressing up or down, hear the story of how Nathan Clark was inspired to create an icon amid adversity from the shoe maker founded in 1825. By adding the account, you can discover, how an icon that would be worn by some of the most famous subcultures, what it was like to be a Mod by speaking to the definitive Mod, Steve Barrow, live from 1963. WhatsApp #ClarksDesertBoots to Steve now on +44 7481 492599 to start the journey.

As another celebration of the anniversary, Clarks are launching an artists initiative called Clarks: Rebooted with fourteen artists in partnership with landmine removal charity,The Halo Trust. Fourteen limited edition Desert Boot styles have been created where each artist breaks out of their comfort zone to create a completely unique, one-off piece of art that reinterprets the Clarks Desert Boot in whichever way they see fit – on media other than their own. Not only that, our artists will each be designing a limited edition style of the boot – with only 250 pairs of each design these will be available to buy online at different points throughout the year, which has started already. 

As for the 14 pieces of art, they’ll be going on a touring exhibition, visiting some of the world’s most prestigious art and design events. Launching at Design Shanghai in March, the exhibition will jet over to Milan’s Salone del Mobile in April and Frieze New York in May, before coming home to England in September for London Fashion Week, London Design Festival and Frieze London. The one-off pieces will then be auctioned off in October at a fundraising event in London, in collaboration with Paddle 8, with all proceeds going to The HALO Trust.

Monday, 30 March 2015


Oh, Scandinavia; the gift that keeps on giving in clean, well cut and of-the-moment menswear. The latest to reach my full attention is Aded by Markfant; these images are perfectly shot to show of a perfectly executed collection. Founded in 2011, it is a forward menswear brand from Stockholm founded by David Markfant who applies his architecture education to each seasonal collection to create functional solutions for the modern man. 

With so many Scadi-brands at the moment - capturing a number of fashion and lifestyle trends - darkness prevails; a monochromatic color palette creates a strict, clean and moody collection.executed in a mix of classic, yet reinvented, tailoring and oversized silhouettes. Directional yet classic, the blend of architecture and his family’s legacy of impeccable tailoring and garment construction to create a label that is directional, yet classic.

Jack Black x Mankind

I recall when Mankind first launched online, a small yet perfectly formed website capturing the very beginnings of the then new, metro-sexual, groomed male. From those early days, Mankind has become one the most comprehensive, wide-ranging men's grooming - and now accessories - website. Easy to navigate, straight forward to use, I explored the current offering of brands and was offered to try Jack Jones.

I am sure Jack Black has been featured in many a guys skincare regime at one point or another, and I have before used the Double Duty Face Moisturiser - almost unwittingly after a gifting event at a barbers in Covent Garden. I was seriously impressed then and still am. It is formulated for everyday use as it is lightweight yet also features a Sun Protection Factor of 20 while providing day long that has not left my skin oily or heavy. The emollient formula contains potent antioxidants and vitamins to visibly improves skin's overall appearance - and is alcohol-free which does not dry out the skin. 

Secondly, I tried the Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser with Aloe & Sage Leaf which is a whacking great morning wake-up. It is a 2-in-1 liquid facial cleanser and toner that deeply cleanses to remove impurities and surface oil, without any irritation or the feeling of dryness. Unlike, some facial washes, which again contain alcohol, it did not leave my face tight or dry after getting out of the shower. The aloe and sage leaf is a superb wake-up call in the morning as it smells and feels fresh - leaving my skin invigorated - that may so be down to the Witch Hazel which acts as astringent, toner, anti-irritant and potent antioxidant.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Domingo Rodriguez SS15

Ahhh, it's Friday so I thought featuring the lovely and highly talented Domingo Rodriguez would be a great treat. Why? Because his SS15 collection is one of his best, building on the successes of past seasons to produce an offering that is perfect for the season yet has transitional elements that make this the ideal wardrobe for much of the year. Domingo is fast become a must-wear in leather jackets and other pieces, which I explored at the London Collections: Men last year. Buttery, soft and very clever in their constructions - often seemless or with very minimal stitching - his techniques and vision of modern and creative menswear is second to none. Don't get me started on the incredible jersey t-shirts or we would be here for quite some time...

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Maison des Talons

Whilst I was in New York a couple of weeks ago, seeing the collections at Coterie, I met the MD of Maison des Talons; Bettina. She told me about the concept behind the brand, and the vision of the season from Swiss designer Susane Villiger - who was inspired by her adopted home city of LA and its inherent urban cultures. 

I was particularly a fan of the unisex Ashton sneaker and the embroidered back of the Alex, with its LAX airport code on one foot and Zurich the other. Style with a little humour goes a long way; done well of course. With a skate vs biker details, these are winning sneakers. Girls get all the best bits but I'm pleased to see these are for the boys too.  

Smith-Wykes SS15

Firstly, I wanted to say a huge congratulations to Rory Wykes and Michaell Smith - or Smith-Wykes - for their nomination at the WGSN awards, taking place in London in May. It is a very well deserved honour, and I wish him all the luck to win in his category as Menswear Design - Design and Buying Innovation.

Now, to his SS16 collection which I viewed at the London Collections: Men last year. Inspired by the colours, textures and lines of the European ‘North Sea’ and the coastal cultures that is inspires on both the British and Scandinavian coastlines, the prints and colours are wonderful.  As well as playing with different graphic interpretations of the sea, Smith-Wykes were also looking at the rise of beach culture through the early 1900’s. From the seaside town tradition of the promenade, the stormy business of the North Sea fishing, to the serenity of wide open horizons and secluded beach huts on a perfect summer day. These are my personal picks from the collection, which I hope to see up close again at my local stockist, Assembly in Frome, Somerset. 

Tuesday, 24 March 2015



I have been after a really clean, modern but classic with a twist bracelet for a while and I think these Acne x All_Blues collection fits the bill perfectly. The brand, the brainchild of Stockholm-based duo comprising of Fredrik Nathorst and Jacob Skragge, seems to fit the ACNE aesthetic and sensibility perfectly. 

Whilst not cheap (between £140 and £400) and available at OKI-NI the pieces are inspired by contemporary architecture and crafted from recycled 925 silver and then reworked in two finishes - polished 18-carat gold and a black oxidised effect. Northorst and Skragge have expressed the importance of longevity in their work, with a desire to create pieces that are timeless yet also thoroughly modern, looking to fields of architecture and design for inspiration. 

Lou Dalton SS15

It's been a little under a week since Lou Dalton, the London based menswear designer, opened her web-store. The long awaited site has received a great deal of positive reactions from the industry and fans alike, which is great to see such an incredible amount of support for the highly respected designer. To celebrate the launch, these two exclusive Charm Charm Charm tee's have been produced; one in an urban camo and the other, a simple graphic text cut-out, for the site. Quick, go buy as they won't last long. 

Friday, 20 March 2015

Red Hot x Bomberg

Time for a Ginger Revolution is the call-to-arms from Red Hot (Oh, come on, you haven't heard of it already?!) pioneer Thomas Knights in collaboration with Bomberg watches. With six of the best red headed models, Thomas put them in denim and leather for a shoot that he says calls a "tough ginger gang, with a 'don't f**k with us' kinda look. With that, and Ken Bek, above, who am I to disagree. 

Friday, 6 March 2015

Year Zero x Be You

With previous clients Versace, David Guetta and Thomas Sabo, there is not better time to Be You as Year Zero London, the London-based free-spirited fashion brand, launches its exclusive customised and hand-painted service – Be You. Designed for those who want to blend quality, luxury and elegance with flair, personality and individuality, Year Zero London’s bespoke hand-painted service offers a unique opportunity to create iconic accessories that stand out from the norm. I've long been a fan and supporter of Year Zero and I am really proud to be supporting this great artistic area. 

Want to upgrade your Hermes HAC, Vuitton holdall or back-pack?Working collaboratively with artist and designer Rocky Mazzilli, the creative powerhouse behind Year Zero London, you now have the opportunity to create designs that reflect your character and personality, express new ideas and redefine the conventional rules that inform today’s bags and luggage. Take a look, and see how to upgrade your accessories, with prices starting at roughly £950.