Friday, 19 December 2014

Montague Burton x Steve Booker & LSoD

The on-going trend for City vs Country is a maxi-trend that combines both the dress and dress-causal looks that for me, is quite close to home. Dividing my time between Bath, in Somerset, and London is the perfect lifestyle balance and links very nicely into introducing the Montague Burton #JustTheTicket project. Modeled by blogger, and somewhat of a Globe-Trotting adventurer, Steve Booker, he chose some pieces which both suits his lifestyle and personal style from the Burton Menswear collection. I, using my knowledge of the best places to eat, drink and explore the things to do, have linked the best places in both Bath and London explore these elements. Click on the images to enlarge, to explore for yourself how to enjoy both cities at their best. 

Burton Menswear, Steve and I are inviting you to join an entire generation of British men looking sharper and thinking smarter with unique access to the world according to Montague Burton. It’s #JustTheTicketfor the modern gent. In a nod to the brands heritage and creator of the ‘Full Monty’ suit, Burton Menswear are reintroducing their namesake to provide the men with sharp style that won’t break the bank and style tips that really speak to them.

The world according to Montague Burton is more than an edit of the sharpest Burton Menswear pieces. It’s #JustTheTicket for the modern gent with dapper style knowledge to keep you one step ahead of your mates and unique access to his circle of influential friends. Explore the Burton Menswear social channels to get the inside track on everything else the modern gent needs to know. Montague Burton provides dapper tips and style knowledge while his circle of well-informed friends bring their experience and expertise in everything from food and dating to cycling. Tailored for everyday at its best but explore Steve's picks and the wider trends behind them to become part of this menswear revolution. 

Mr Porter x Kingsman: The Secret Service

Give me a sleek wardrobe, an action spy thriller and a very suave leading cast and I'm sold. I first saw the trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service earlier this year - I am eagerly awaiting its release in February 2015 - noticing not only the superb story line and stunts but also the styling of the leading cast. It comes as no surprise that this Made in Britain film features a Made in Britain wardrobe. Behind this is Mr Porter who have a pioneering new business venture with the creation of a new menswear label, Kingsman. 

The entire bespoke 60-piece Kingsman menswear collection, which is featured throughout the film, will launch exclusively on Mr Porter on January 13th 2015. The team have worked closely with award-winning costume designer Arianne Phillips to design and create iconic pieces inspired by Savile Row tradition, and made by the best in British production including: Bremont timepieces; Cutler and Gross eyewear; Drake’s ties and pocket squares; Corgi knitwear; George Cleverley footwear; Mackintosh outerwear; Swaine Adeney Brigg accessories and Turnbull & Asser shirting. All suiting is double breasted and sports jackets are single-breasted. 

Also included are overcoats, a tuxedo and even a velvet smoking jacket, all featuring traditionally patterned cloths woven exclusively for Kingsman by the best British mills and made in England. See the pieces below in the trailer and see how leading character, Eggsy, goes from chav to chic as smoothly as the story line itself - and explore the Mr Porter Kingsman mini-site here

Sebastian Sauve x FY Online


One of the most enduring and successful models of a generation, Sebastian Sauve has been photographed by Irvin Rivera and styled by Vince Baguio in exclusive for Fucking Young! Online - one of my favourite blogs. I've had the pleasure of meeting Sebastian during LC:M - on Oxford Street, between castings with skateboard in hand - and these shots capturing his invigorating and refreshing personality. 

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Filson x Mr Porter


As the nights become so much colder, it is lovely to pull up a blanket, turn on the fire and pour a glass of soothing red wine, ensuring that the glass of wine is an Argentinian Malbec and the blanket is from Filson, exclusively at Mr Porter. Committed to quality, Filson's Macinaw blanket is crafted from virgin wool for added softness.The naturally insulating fabrication will keep you cosy, whether taking a trek outdoors or wrapping up at home. Finished with a hard-wearing stitched edge, this versatile accessory is made to last a lifetime - just make sure you don't spill a drop of red on it. 

ACNE Studios LA

When an iconic Swedish fashion label moves into an iconic Downtown LA building, great things were bound to happen. A year ago today, Acne moved into the iconic Eastern Columbia Building in Downtown LA, which also made it the largest Acne Studios store to date. The flagship store's one year anniversary is celebrated through a jersey collection with prints and colours matching the building's turquoise and gold clad façade – available in turquoise and grey, below. Needless to say, as a big fan of Acne, I really would like to get my hands on one. 

The Eastern Columbia Building is widely considered the greatest surviving example of Art Deco architecture in the city, and it was made a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1985. Yet despite the classical exterior, the interior is a stunning stainless steel fixtures, raw concrete pillars and a neo-patterned marble floor. The contrast between these features is extraordinary, particularly with the "Giant triple mushroom" which is an installation by artist Carsten Höller. Whilst you admire this unique piece of art, you can also head over to the in store Ilcaffè – Acne Studios Creative Director Jonny Johansson's favourite coffee shop in his hometown of Stockholm. Happy Birthday Acne LA! 

Tuesday, 16 December 2014



The 80s are back and coming to an Urban Outfitters near you next week and in early January at Topman and ASOS. The iconic and politically charged, trans-seasonal collection initially features signature styles from the 80’s and 90’s with the most infamous slogans t-shirts from  Save The World to Make Trouble, Love, Peace  in Men's crew necks, Katharine Hamnett is recognised as the pioneer of ethical and environmental  fashion since 1979, the Hamnett collection stays true to the ethos of the brand, with the jersey t-shirt range made in Portugal with 100% certified organic cotton and are priced £35.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Louis Vuitton x Heathrow T5

When I flew to Toyko a few weeks ago from Heathrow's T5 - the home of British Airways - the decorative façade of the impending Louis Vuitton store was still in place. Yet today saw the opening of this dedication to the art and luxury of travel with a very suave launch. This is the first European airport store, which makes a strong statement for both Vuitton and T5 as a whole. 

On the entire perimeter of the façade are a sequence of hanging transparent units hung by Louis Vuitton belts, recalling the artisan heritage of the Maison, and allowing visibility straight into the store. Inside, a clean, open space makes the store’s offering of leather goods, women’s ready to wear and shoes, accessories, sunglasses, fine jewellery and watches easy to navigate. However, it is when you look up that you will notice that 80% of ceiling surface crafted from suspended aluminium blades ranging from a gold oak brushed veneer to others clad in hand crafted bronze and gold wallpaper. 

Always faithful to its heritage and commitment to fine craftsmanship, Louis Vuitton is renowned for its enduring relationships with artists and designers, with them supporting an installation by Ange Leccia, the contemporary French painter, photographer and filmmaker who will have her commissioned  short film, Giraglia, presented on a digital screen set within the impressive 6m façade of the store. The film follows a natural pattern where the Mediterranean Sea takes hold with a hypnotic maritime rhythm, an aquatic landscape of swaying of comings and goings - with the idea of a voyage, travelling across oceans to adventures new. I can't wait to take a look next time I set sail, so to speak, on my next adventure - even if it only for work. 

Filson Cruiser


Made in USA is a huge trend at the moment, not only for the American man but on a global scale where the Americana seasonal trend is captured. Filson, who have been producing some incredible heritage lead items of late, have introduced this 9-pocket, 100% virgin Mackinaw wool Cruiser jacket to protect us from the bitter winter. Mackinaw Wool has been used in outerwear since 1811, and is a proven barrier against cold, wind and burrs. Unlike cotton, silk or rayon, wool fibres can be bent 20,000 times without breaking, making them ideal for regular use - even when saturated with rain or snow. They say that the Crusier's 9-pockets are suitable for different sized tools but I think these are every-day tools for the modern man, rather than those to channel your inner lumberjack. 

Friday, 12 December 2014

Hentsch Man

There has been much talk over the past couple of weeks about the future of Soho but one area that continues to keep the old school debauchery of Soho alive is Walkers Court. Nick-named Sex Alley or Sex Lane, the latest activity to grace the court is Hentsch Man, the London based label who is popping up between now and Christmas Eve. Whilst the building will be gentrified in early 2015, their XXXMAS store is a welcome inclusion to the area, nestled between some of the few remaining sex shops in the district. 

Boss Orange Watches x Competition

With Boss Orange Watches representing the best in casual, urban chic – what is the best look to combine the essences of the brand with look that expresses individuality and style? One of the biggest trend influences to date is that of Sport Lux, a look at has seen tailored jog-pants paired with dress blazers and casual tees. It is a look that sees those urban influences combine with Scandinavian chic that is unrivalled within menswear and a maxi-trend that has kept on running.

I am a big fan of the Sport Lux and Scandi trends, for one reason being I have travelled to Sweden and Denmark and seen first-hand how their spontaneity and passion in life suits this look perfectly. We are now seeing head-to-toe black looks offset with bright pops of colour merging in footwear - or that of the Boss Orange Watches. With the key to this look seeing layered pieces to form an elongated yet slim silhouette that is as free and easy to wear as it is to move in. 


You can win this great Paris Boss Orange Watch by re-tweeting the posts containing the #BossOrangeWatches before 4pm on Friday 19th December. A winner will be picked at random, so good luck!

Sponsored by Boss Orange Watches. 

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Clarks Blog x Clarks Tor Collection

As some of you may know, not only am I a menswear writer but I also am the Global Men's Trend Analyst for Clarks, or in short a trend forecaster. As part of their excellent blog, I was asked to wear and self-style three of the new AW14 profiles from the Men's Tor collection, which you can see fully on the Clarks blog here. There is an accompanying interview which explains my role and background, as well as talk about the best bits of my job. Enjoy...

Smith-Wykes AW14

With Smith-Wykes being one of my favorite brands, and Autumn and Winter being my favorite seasons; the London and Paris-based label features a strong, modernist collection anchored around disruptive pattern designs inspired by Norman Wilkinson's original Razzle  Dazzle maritime camouflage prints.  

As always, Smith-Wykes sources refined and luxurious fabrics, which complement the strong geometric graphic running through the collection. Take a closer look at the innovative oversized shapes, cropped lengths and layering, for a refined yet bold silhouette and explore, if you are in the South-West soon, the collection at the superb Assembly in Frome. 


Having been gifted a pair of Cubitts beautifully crafted glasses a few months ago and exactly one year after launching online, Cubitts have opened their first retail store at 37 Marshall Street, Soho. A beautiful corner location in the revitalised Newburgh Quarter, the workshop has been designed as the antithesis of a clinical optician. It's not as stark of as the old NHS opticians of old, but a beautifully curated and crafted space that presents Cubitts wonderfully. 

I experienced the full-home service but here they are offering the full range to try and buy, with adjustments and repairs in the workshop which makes use of the latest technology and software specially designed for the store, available nowhere else in the world. 

Furthermore, from early 2015, the new flagship will offer eye tests and a bespoke service – private appointments with Cubitts spectacle experts to help create and craft one of a kind spectacles or sunglasses. This includes adjusting frame size to exact face shape, frame preference, and choice of lenses and laser engraving, all made and assembled in England. Incorporating innovation with craft, custom software has been specially developed for Cubitts by German facial recognition experts. The Cubitts Facial Gauge takes your photo, and using a fixed point of reference, can measure the key features of your face, such as the temple distance, width of your bridge, and length and splay of your nose. Not stopping there, a window display allows passers-by to virtually try on a frame through custom built augmented reality software. This is the future of optics.