Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Oliver Peoples x Public School

Having been a fan and owner of Oliver Peoples, it is great news to hear that the eyewear brand is collaborating with one of my favourite New York based designers, Public School. If you are not familiar with either brand, inspired by their hometown of New York, Public School merges the modern and urban culture of the city, such as art,fashion music and more into their designs.  Southern California based Oliver Peoples, shares an identical inspiration source using the unique Los Angeles lifestyle as a foundation for their eyewear. With both brand’s design influences stemming from personal surroundings and experiences, Oliver Peoples and Public school have aligned in true collaborative spirit - fusing New York and Los Angeles’ distinct cultures - to create a capsule sunglasses collection.

This collab is unisex and is available in three colour ways. Coinciding with Public School’s 
predominantly black palette, two different black versions - matte black with midnight express lenses and shiny black with obsidian mirror lenses - are offered in addition to a neutral grey with opal flash electric lenses. The Oliver Peoples x Public School sunglasses will retail for £328 and are available for purchase at selected boutiques and online at www.oliverpeoples.com now. 

Green Energy Organics L'Homme Organic

Authenticity is dead; long live transparency. We are now living in a consumer society where most things are craft, seeped in apparent heritage, served on slates and advertised on chalk boards. However, where many consumers won't be fooled is when a product is organic even in the rapidly changing skincare market for men; so step forward Green Energy Organics who tick the boxes on its transparency as a dermatological expert. From Metrosexual to Spornosexual, there has been an exponential growth in menswear, men's grooming and lifestyle and the natural products sent to me have been a pleasure to experience for over a week now. 

Founded in Italy over 20 years ago, and sold in the country's hotspots such as Milan, Rome, Florence, Pisa and Venice, Green Energy Organics' works closely with one of the most respected research bodies in the world - the Parvia Institue - who have a leading dermatology department. All formulas are created using cutting edge plant stem cell technology fused with traditional Mediterranean ingredients that have been used since ancient culture. I tried the below; which, I think, are the best combination for men and is available from Millabaci; the Organic Skin Care Boutique

Clean and Shave - Anti Ageing Balm For Men: For all skin types. A soothing, anti-inflammatory cleansing balm shaving soft antiseptic, prevents ingrown hairs. Concentrated product lasts for a long time. £19.50

After Shave Anti Ageing Face Balm For Men: For all skin types. An anti-aging after shave balm which reduces inflammation and irritation after shaving, moisturises and prevents ingrown hairs. £23.50

Shampoo Age Control Cure for Men: For all hair types and daily use. This effective shampoo eliminates dandruff and soothes the scalp, relieves irritation and itching. Moistures hair to leave it feeling soft and shiny. £13.95

Chuck Taylor All Star II

There has been much celebration and excitement about the release of the new Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II - but when does it drop into store? Well, that date is today. The sneaker boasts the most identifiable exterior attributes of the iconic Chuck Taylor All Star – including the easily recognisable rubber toe cap, white foxing detail and statement All Star patch – whilst incorporating features and benefits to deliver a comfortable, versatile and premium sneaker, as informed by the consumer. The Chuck II is available black, white, red and navy colour ways – at £55 for low tops and £60 for high tops. 

Monday, 27 July 2015

Smith-Wykes SS16 Preview

Wonderfully charismatic, a little innocent combined with a dose of a non-conformist attitude, this SS16 preview of Smith-Wykes' STRATA collection is a visual joy. With an inspiration that dreams of the mountains, big country, and even bigger skies yet looking to a less connected time, Smith-Wykes drew inspiration from the great western American landscape, and the dirtbag counterculture of Yosemite in the 70s. A group of young nonconformists, they broke away from mainstream society and dedicated their lives to climbing, camaraderie and freedom. Repurposing what was available, the dirtbags used a mixture of sports, military and collegiate equipment and garments for their own practical effect and stylistic codes. They were pioneers of a new era of climbing and free climbing, they are credited for much that we take for granted in the evolution of outdoor active gear today. 

With a growing trend for experience and disconnection, I look forward to seeing Smith-Wykes collection in full later this week and will no doubt be drawn into a world that takes me away from my own.



I am a great admirer of the re-launched Tudor watch brand (and also an owner of one!) and to mark their first participation with the Only Watch charity auction, Tudor has reinterpreted one of the least known tool-watches in its history; the Back Bay. Launched in the mid 1950s, this is the brand’s only divers’ watch to be equipped with a hand-wound movement and unique baton-type hands. Produced in tiny quantities, it is highly sought after by collectors today, yet in keeping with the spirit of the Only Watch auction - and this is a first for Tudor's as they have rule of never producing individual or limited editions. Expect this to fetch a pretty penny for a great cause. 

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Tommy Hilfiger

It's the week of Tommy Hilfiger, as not only have they launched their Fall 2015 global advertising campaign, entitled TEAM HILFIGER, but has also launched their SS16 Men's collection at New York Fashion Week: Men's. Celebrating its 30th year, Tommy Hilfiger turns classic American football on its head as the goalposts are raised, the yard lines are drawn and everyone comes together for a spirited game of football – all with a modern, fashion-forward twist. 

Back in New York, the SS16 collection is inspired by a glamorous island hopping holiday in the 1950s – when making a journey stylish was just as important as the destination itself. The collection journey begins in Honolulu, where classic business suiting gets a fresh reinterpretation for summertime wear. In Martha’s Vineyard, the signature look is casual and holiday-ready; dressed-up style is designed for pleasure, not for business. The collection fuses classic nautical accents and signature details to give each look a finish that’s relaxed yet polished and refined. It looks like Hilfiger has the next 6 months sorted for style then...

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Orlebar Brown x Marcello Morandini

When it comes to summer swim shorts (or generally all-year-round ones too) then you don't have to look any further than Orlebar Brown. I have long been a tremendous fan of the brand since they launched due to their fit, fabrication and patterns. Of which, geometric has long been a bit of a 'thing' for them but which looks superb on. For this summer, Orlebar Brown is collaborating with artist Marcello Morandini on a small capsule of men’s swimwear. The collaboration explores a mono use of colour with a graphic approach to design, architecture and sculpture. Morandini’s work has been adapted to create a sense of illusion adorning OB classic Bulldog & Setter tailored swim shorts and shirts. Its inspiration focusing on geometrics and symmetry, alongside the use of reflection.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Stella Artois x Wimbledon

In what has been one of the most, in my opinion, exhilarating and very interesting Wimbledon tennis championships in recent years, the tension can always be helped by a pint of Stella Artois. As the official drinks sponsor of the tournement, each of the bars around the All England Club will be serving 80,000 of their drinks in these limited edition chalices. If you can't make it to Wimbledon this year, The Stella Artois Wimbledon Special Edition Chalice features an exquisite Championships logo and can be purchased at the Stella Artois Chalice Store (chalice.stellaartois.com) for £15, with the option to custom-engrave them to mark special occasions. 

Its wide base curves into a narrower top, allowing the beer to swirl as it is poured at a 45 degree angle. This not only helps liberate the aroma from the hops, but helps the entire Stella Artois aroma be best expressed. Then there’s the stem. An elegant way to hold a Stella Artois is also the means to keep it away from warm hands, keeping it colder longer. So the Chalice is not only crafted to be aesthetically pleasing - It also enhances the experience of drinking a Stella Artois. Stella Artois also kindly sent over great canvas and leather sports holdall, as well as these limited edition Slazenger tennis balls. Game, set and match. 

Thursday, 9 July 2015

McQ AW15

Today, McQ - the younger, edgier and dare I say slightly cheaper - arm of Alexander McQueen has released their new advertising campaign for AW15. The savvy readers among you will notice that the McQ logo has changed from the classically fonted Mc inside a large Q to a more direct, almost street-inspired block lettering with a white strip over the 'ueen' section of the brands namesake. Visually, these shots are very refreshing, exciting and have a nonchalance that packs a punch with attitude. With a new logo and visual direction, it seems this marks a new dawn for McQ.  

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Craig Green AW15 x ShowStudio

With a storming reaction to his Autumn Winter 2015 collection, Craig Green has released this stunning - and his first ever - ad campaign in collaboration with Nick Knight's ShowStudio. Capturing elements of movement, modern craft, colour and high-energy, this fluid and relaxing video is juxtaposed with football and rugby tackles together with strong masculine themes. I doubt I have ever seen a more captivating and visually empowering campaigns.