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Universal Works – Workshop Denim‏ part two

May 28, 2014

Continuing to tell the story of their new Workshop Denim range, Universal Works have collaborated with animator and graphic designer Allan Buxton to produce this lovely piece of stop-motion animation which gives a look at all the pieces in the range.

All the pieces are kept super-simple, being constructed from vintage loom-made 13oz denim from Portugal and featuring no exterior branding. The jeans are exclusively available from either Oi Polloi and Peggs & Son, and if you fancy more information, go to the website here: Universal Works.

Grenson ‘Triple Welt’ collection

May 16, 2014

Developed by the craftsmen who work in their Northampton based factory, Grenson introduce their new ”Triple Welt’ collection. The range takes the well-loved Curt, Archie and Fred shoe styles and adds the aforementioned and very striking welt to them.

However, this footwear is more than just a fancy welt though – everything in this range is bench-made in Northampton from the finest materials, to truly show off the skill present within the factory. And the short film above gives a snapshot of what’s gone into making these beautiful shoes.

Available exclusively from END, for more information or to buy yourself a pair, go to the website here: Grenson Triple Welt collection.

A visit to Ruffians

May 14, 2014

Last week I had the pleasure of being invited by Ruffians the Barbers, to their flagship store in London’s Covent Garden, for them to tidy my face up and make me a bit more presentable. Since setting up in Edinburgh two years ago, they’ve won a plethora of awards and are setting the standard for Barber’s up and down the land so I knew I’d be in good hands.





Now here’s my admission – I haven’t set foot in a barbers since I was 16, because for the last 20 years I’ve cut my own hair. And I haven’t been clean shaven for at least the last decade either, so the whole experience was somewhat new. So with a small amount of trepidation I opted for a beard trim and tidy up, plus a wet shave.

From the moment I set foot in the place the experience was spot on, and throughout the visit everything was done to make sure I was as comfortable and relaxed as possible. The space itself is a good blend of tradition but set within a contemporary environment – it’s all too easy for a barbers to feel quite ‘throw back’ as they try to recreate a traditional masculine environment, whereas Ruffians has created something altogether more modern.





Sitting myself in the chair and getting down to business, I was left in the capable hands of Stephen, who began by giving me a full beard trim and tidy up, before a face/throat scrub, followed by a hot towel to prepare me for a cut-throat shave. It was the first time I’d had someone else take a blade to my face and although it was somewhat disconcerting, it took no time at all and was surprisingly comfortable. Then another hot towel followed, before a second pass with the blade, cold towel and finally a moisturiser to finish off.

The last thing Stephen did was to tidy up my hair, all of which left me feeling like a new, super-groomed man. The whole thing took just over an hour but felt much quicker and I’ve got to admit that I’m hooked! As they say, the difference is in the details and my newly groomed self was noticed immediately – my wife said how good I looked as did friends, so it must have made me look miles better than I normally do. So from now on I’m getting everything done properly, hell if I could afford it I’d get it done on a weekly basis, that’s how much difference I thought it made.

Because I’m too lazy to take my own photographs, the above images come courtesy of Jonathan Daniel Pryce. For more information, to see the full range of services and to get yourself booked in for an appointment, go to the website here: Ruffians.

Campbell Cole 2014 ‘Simple Collection’

May 12, 2014

Nottingham’s Campbell Cole have recently released some new products for Summer 2014. Named the ‘Simple Collection’, the range is a precursor to their Autumn/Winter 2014 ‘Annex’ collection and features two new items, in addition to their existing key wrap.









The collection is designed to carry your daily essentials and as the name suggests, perfectly balances a minimal aesthetic with perfectly considered detailing and effortless functionality. Each item is made from the finest Italian leather, with the natural process of vegetable tanning ensuring that each piece develops its own unique patina through use. As is always the case with the brand’s products, everything is designed and made in England.

For more information on the label or to buy from their online shop, go to the website here: Campbell Cole.

Property Of… Wally work bag

May 7, 2014

The idea for the latest product from Property Of… can be summed up like this: “Own only what you can always carry with you and what carries the necessities for the day. This is where the Wally Work bag comes in place: a bag that is designed to transport your belongings on a daily basis from your home base to your work place”.








It’s a simple premise that’s made for a simple bag, devoid of the superfluous and constructed from sturdy heavy canvas that’s been wax coated for water resistance and durability. Internally it’s lined in ripstop cotton and contains all the characteristics you’d want from a work bag – a padded compartment for your 15-inch laptop and all its cables, sections to place pens and smaller items and additional space to hold large documents.

On the outside, the bag is fastened with Heavy YKK metal zips and also features a large zip-fastening front storage pocket, leather trims with a fully adjustable shoulder strap made from cotton webbing. And finally it comes in a range of four colourways – coal, moss, khaki and navy. For more information and to buy l=online, go to the website here: Property Of…

Grenson Sid longwing brogues

May 6, 2014

I’m a sucker for a pair of longwing brogues, there’s just something about their simplicity over the full brogue that appeals to me. And British shoemaker Grenson has created a pair of tasty suede brogues for this Spring/Summer season, which have found their way to Sunderland’s Aphrodite 1994.


grenson_sid_suede_brogues_brown_4 grenson_sid_suede_brogues_brown_5 grenson_sid_suede_brogues_brown_6 grenson_sid_suede_brogues_brown_7 grenson_sid_suede_brogues_tan_4 grenson_sid_suede_brogues_tan_5 grenson_sid_suede_brogues_tan_6 grenson_sid_suede_brogues_tan_7As the name suggest, this new shoe is an update of Grenson’s classic Sid Brogue, but has a slimmer, more contemporary shape and the simpler detailing found on a shoe of this ilk. It features a snuff suede upper for a more textured finish and marries this with contrasting pebble grain leather details.

This shoe is lined with natural leather, whilst the inner sole is Grenson’s trademark red leather with embossed logo. And finishing things off, this classic upper is mated to a full leather sole via a natural Goodyear welt. For more information, or to get yourself a pair, go to the website here: Aphrodite 1994.

Cottonopolis Catalina jacket

May 2, 2014

More tasty outerwear and what the lads from Oi Polloi consider a ‘long lost classic’. During a trek around North America in the early 90s, Oi Polloi bossman, Nigel came across a jacket the likes of which he’d never seen before – part bomber jacket, part golf jacket, part something new entirely.








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It was during a factory visit years later that the jacket’s true identity was revealed – it was a style called a Catalina, and it was popular during the 60s and 70s. Fast forward to present day and Oi Polloi now present their own version of this jacket, under their in-house Cottonopolis label.

Made in Bolton (with fabric from Rochdale) by the same people who make jackets for Nepenthes, it’s a lightweight, summer-friendly jacket. Features include a ribbed bomber collar, hem and cuffs, two-way zip fastening with three button storm flap and a pair of lower front pockets, with a further one inside.

For more information, or to buy online, go to the website here: Cottonopolis Catalina jacket.


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