Tuesday, 21 October 2014


HERO has consistantly been one of the best magazines within menswear since I first bought Issue 1 in London around 6 years ago - perhaps more! Issue 12 preview was shot exclusively in SS15 Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane with Ansel Elgort is the star of Fault in Our Stars and Divergent and is one Hollywoods breakout actors this year. HERO 12 is available to preorder now from the website but here is an outline of what to expect from this issue...

Dries Van Noten reflects on how it feels to become an idol and the importance of embracing the darker side of life. Murray Blewett, head of archive at Vivienne Westwood, chooses seminal pieces from an unparalleled 30-plus years of menswear for the HERO Worlds End shoot and interview.  
Godfather of horror Wes Craven muses the constant right-wing backlash to his films and the psychological cleansing power of horror. Singer-songwriter Christopher Owens rides the wave of a new album release and shares thoughts on God, Dolly Parton and his soft spot for Mandy Moore. Australian actor Xavier Samuel (TwilightAdore) balances pleasing Hollywood with keeping his passion for indie-Aussie film alive. 
Rock legend Jennifer Herrema has been surfing the rad times xpress for three decades, and now talks to HERO on the cusp of her new European tour. Pre-eminent curator and critic Hans-Ulrich Obrist is in conversation with artist Philippe Parreno and writer/curator/artist Beatriz Preciado. 
Design provocateur Solange Azagury-Partridge discusses her first fine jewellery collection for men. HERO take an exclusive look at five music acts defining a moment in time in the English North-West, including By The Sea, Sunstack Jones, The Levons, Hooton Tennis Club and Minnetonka. 
HERO profile emerging young actors Cameron Monaghan (Amityville: The Awakening), Iain De Caestecker (Lost River) Gabriel Basso (Kings of Summer, Barely Lethal) and Jonny Weston (Kelly and Cal) who each lit up the silver screen with outstanding performances in 2014. In their special essay, Watch Us Wreck The Mic charts the rise and mutation of Psych, and Scottish poet Michael Pedersen shares a new work, Beneath the Current.
Plus photographer Hugh Lippe’s unsettling story And The Night Crept In, Hedi Slimane’s Dark – an unseen archive portfolio. HERO delve into the drawers of NYC collector David Casavant, and Sebastian Kim takes us upstate New York for a haunting 30 pages of unnerving cult following in Father.

Numero Homme China


Those guys at Numero Homme China do know how to sell a hard winter, with Brit model John Todd in very little bar some superb furs from the likes of Prada. Shot by Hong Jang Hyan, the Fall Winter editorial combines the essence of Sports Lux and texture as seasonal trends whilst portraying the monochrome shots in a way that portrays modern masculinity. Oh, and that hair...

Monday, 20 October 2014

Lacoste LS.12 Urban


Taking from their 1987 archive, Lacoste have tapped onto another winner with the new LS.12 Urban - originally designed for the tennis court, this time its designed for the street. In a supple calfskin and suede detailing, the thick sole is designed for comfort impact, whilst the design is updated in this navy, deep brown and black. An icon of footwear is re-born...

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Claridges x Dolce and Gabbana

The Claridges Christmas Tree has quickly become a firm fashion tradition within the past number of years, picking the best designers to collaborate on their tree in the lobby. Last year, Dolce and Gabbana were picked to decorate the tree - which I covered last year - choosing a Sicilian theme that was bold, bright and rooted in Italian tradition. Having been picked again this year, the duo have planned it around a traditional woodland scene - a fusion between an enchanted midnight forest and the idea behind The Night Before Christmas poem. 

The hotel released a brief statement this morning, saying: “We are delighted to invite Domenico and Stefano to spread their special magic in our lobby once again,” said Thomas Kochs, general manager of the hotel. “Our guests and staff loved their tree so much last year that we just know they will create something equally memorable and enchanting this time.”

Could the Claridges Christmas Tree, which launches on November 19th, be more of a symbolic start to the season than the Coca Cola adverts?

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

G Shock x Matthew Miller

Matthew Miller is one of the most exciting and talented menswear designers working out of London at the moment so after partnering up during London Collections: Men in June 2014, G-SHOCK has collaborated on this new watch. Based on the new Bluetooth model, the G’MIX, the watch will be launching in stores this month, with a focus feature that it supports Bluetooth smart connectivity and offers greatly enhanced features for enjoying music, when paired with G’MIX App. Heard of it? Well if not, it is a new music app for smart phones that can control audio settings, add live effects that simulate concert sound, and identify the names of songs from music playing nearby. 

The limited edition G'MIX will feature a solid silver clasp, engraved with Miller’s signature ‘MM' - reflective of the hard metal epitomising G-SHOCK’S brand ethos of toughness. The GBA-400MM will be packaged alongside headphones from Urban Ears, one of the best and coolest headphone brands around. With Miller's unique and cheeky sense of humour, the packaging, which has been designed by Miller, references fast food as a metaphor for fast music, signifying the speed at which the G’MIX allows you to access and consume music. Clever, right? 

The watch will be produced in a limited run of just 50 models and costs £250, with it being sold at Harrods, Oki-Ni, Matthew Miller's own site, Casio Online, G-SHOCK East and Casio London.

Several AW14

Distinctive, individual but forming part of a well curated collective, Several looks very inviting for AW14. I am a fan of quiet luxury; pieces you know - and appear - to be made with craftsmanship and great, quality materials. With its roots firmly embedded in British sub-culture, Several offers an transitional yet distinctly autumnal edit of references to present understated, traditional wardrobe pieces are made new, wearable, and relevant - waffle knits, tech trench coats and indigo denim being three key trends for the season represented here. Owned by Creative Director & Founder Graeme Fidler, Several embodies Fidlers' notable menswear pedigree, with a strong grasp of what matters to style conscious men so his focus onto modernity, detail, and soul are cornerstones of the clothing that he creates.

Monday, 13 October 2014


The search for a superb rucksack is a never ending one; however Troubadour may have come close to making the perfect example. The brand is a British one (with a strong Anglo-American background) whilst it uses the best vegetable-tanned leathers from small, family run tannery's in Italy and European sourced, premium hardware that is rooted in 3D technology and innovation. Crafted and made in the foothills of Tuscany, all production and development is overseen by former financiers Abel Samet and Samuel Bail who saw a gap in the market place for simple, clean and transitional bags. 

I took the rucksack down to Dorset this weekend, taking a short walk over the Lychett Hills to see how the Troubadour piece fared. Boasting an unrivaled level of comfort, the Rucksack is perfect for running around town, the country or for an overnight trip - made even more practical by the cotton canvas lining that absorbs any spills or scratches. It contains a dedicated zipped compartment designed to hold a 15-inch laptop, two easy access zip pockets to keep valuables safe, and a useful top pocket. 

The top zip conveniently opens wide and attaches to the side of the bag via a leather-wrapped magnet. Another unique feature is the buckle design, inspired by a vintage sniper-rifle strap, which is the only place where you will find the brands name placed. There is no flashy logo or design on these pieces but why would you when the aforementioned vegetable-tanned leather speaks volumes. The piece is available from the Troubadour website for £1,225 and comes in black (pictured), Navy or Brown; craft comes at a price but for the less fearless they have a superb collection of small leather goods which is set to expand for AW14. 

Friday, 10 October 2014

Rebel & Crown AW14

Can this really be the perfect t-shirt? Rebel & Crown, the London based brand, has made a its craft by blending British tailoring with Supima American cotton to create a refined range of t-shirt fits - Super Slim, Standard Sculptured and Extra Easy. For Autumn Winter 2014 Rebel & Crown have created this very interesting and stylish short video entitled The Perfect Men’s T-shirt which showcases the tailoring, premium detailing and process behind the scenes required to deliver their unique take on the t-shirt.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Toms x World Sight Day

How would you feel to loose your sight? Around 250 million people globally are blind or visually impared however 80% of those do not have to be. Every year, World Sight Day - supported by Toms in this activity - raises awareness globally about visual impairment and blindness, and every time someone buys buys a piece of Toms Eyewear, they contribute to allow one person to fully experience the world around them; family, friends, their environment or simply a film.   

To help support this global awareness, find the opportunity today to post a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - or all three - of what sight means to you. Be sure to include #GIVESIGHT and @TOMSuk to make your post known as  a selection of the images will be printed and curated in a gallery exhibit today. 

What does sight mean to me? It mean's I have the irreplaceable pleasure of experiencing those closet around me, to see what the world has to offer and be free to simply live without worry as I can see the challenges ahead and overcome them. 

Grundens x YMC

What with Winter now and truly in full-swing (what happened to Autumn, with the romance, the falling leaves, the hued sunsets?) this Grundens x YMC collaboration couldn't come at a better time. Based in Sweden, with production in Portuagal, Grundens are specialists in waterproof clothing for a more discerning, professional customer. Now online at YMC, this archive inspired, PVC coat is both water and wind proof and is lined in a soft touch material making it comfortable and warm - perfect for the horrendous weather predicated ahead.