This is the post I didn’t really want to write.
As the title suggests, I’ve not been keeping up with the blog recently. Since stepping up to a creative director role at work, and trying to balance that with being a dad, something has to give. And unfortunately that something is the blog.
It’s not ideal after the last four and a half years of effort that’s been put into it, but at the moment there’s no other way. And rather than just leave it, I thought I’d at least let readers know what’s going on.
It won’t be forever and I might try and post occasionally, but in general it’s going to be quiet round here for a couple of months whilst I try and get things balanced out.
A behind the scenes look at Smith-Wykes’ Spring/Summer 2014 collection for your perusal today. I featured the still imagery from this collection in July last year (find that post here). And now it’s all finally available.
It’s their strongest season to date (I said it then and I still think it now) and takes it’s point of reference from “an outsiders perspective on Japanese design as seen through 1960‘s film, fashion and architecture’”. For more information on the brand, go to their website here: Smith-Wykes.
The guys from independent online shop, Jamboree Store have kindly sent over some images from their latest season lookbook, which shows off their new stock to great effect, having been shot in the quintessential British seaside town of Southend.
The shop’s fundamental appreciation for classic and considered design prevails yet again this season, and this new selection of product sees inspiration being drawn from the skate and surf culture of 60’s California and also French maritime history. The brands featured in the above images include Archival, Arpenteur, Ebbets Field Flannels, and Jungmaven and in addition to this the shop also stocks Leftfield NYC, The Klaxon Footwear, The Heritage Post and Birocompany.
To have a look at the full range of stock, go to the website here: Jamboree.
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.
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.
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.
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.