I woke up early this morning so I've been sat in bed with a coffee browsing the Old Town blog. I am rather interested in an item they are soon to be including in their collection, the Unity Suit. Now I am pretty sure I couldn't pull off both top and trouser together but I wish I could in a futurist-hair-greased-back-weilding-a-blow-torch-or-hammer kind of way. When I was 7 I had a black boilersuit I wore all the time, it was the most amazing outfit I'd ever laid eyes on, my mum had to fight it off me to give it a wash. It was a sad day when it finally fell apart. Since then I have never gone back to giving an all-in-one a go, maybe now is my chance. The outift isn't one complete unit, it's a two piece suit which allows for the shirt and the trousers to be worn separately. Maybe I will give the shirt a go first and when I am feeling bolder get the trousers eh?
Wednesday, 4 September 2013
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
I popped into The Vintage Showroom on my lunch break today and discovered they have a nice looking book for sale. I didn't have time for a perusal properly but I am tempted to go back and buy a copy as it looks really nicely put together. More info here.
"Featuring 130 of the most influential examples of 20th-century and earlier European, American and Asian utilitarian tailoring and design, the book is divided into three sections of sportswear, militaria and workwear, covering everything from 1940s flying jackets and polar exploration suits to vintage French denims. Stunning full-page bleeds and front and back views showcase ground-breaking designs in concept, shape and cut."
Friday, 28 June 2013
Now, I am not claiming to know anything new about this crazy brand of shoe, Oi Polloi have been selling them for yonks. I will admit that in the past I wasn't really keen on their paddle ended euro vibe. However, since I have been moving into the seedy, yet comfy, world of Clarks polyveldt they have slowly grown on me. I figure it took a while for my taste buds to come round to these eccentric Danish delights, but I must say I am very happy that I did.
Thursday, 27 June 2013
Hello folks...Just dusting down the office seat and writing some more guff. I think in my absence the spirit of my old Geography teacher, Mr Roper, has entered into my body, not in a sexy way mind you. I have started going apeshit over the rather fine Clarks Originals polyveldt range. I recently bagged some Oberon's off ebay for a song and am now a full convert to the soft cloud-like walking sensation that is polyveldt. My only problem now is that it seems that both the Oberon and the cornish pasty-like delight that is the the Rambler are really hard to get hold of. Oi Polloi had them in stock as did a few other online retailers but alas they are now all gone, whipped up into the ether. I spoke to Oi Polloi via email about this dilemma and it seems that Clarks are a bit reticent to make another fresh batch based on their 1970s lasts, not sure why though as they will sell like hot cakes. I also emailed Clarks directly and they were quite vague and said they had no plans in making more anytime soon. Overall a sad state of affairs, but I will get hold of some Ramblers even if it takes a few months of searching. I think this will be the first of a few postings about foot based goods, keep your beadies peeled.
Update: About five hours after writing this post I won myself a pair Ramblers on eBay. Serendipity in action.
Friday, 16 March 2012
Yes, it's been dead around here for quite a while. Apologies. I think postings will still be sporadic to say the least. Everyone's been busy doing their thing, I bought a flat and moved to SE London, so been busy settling in over there. Spring is here so I am cycling into work more again. I tried my utmost to cyle through the winter but it's dark, bloody freezing and joyless so I just went the public transport route. I have discovered the delights of Brixton as a result so every cloud etc.
Anyhow, we just got a bonus at work, a rare occurrence. I have been wanting to get a second bike to go with the Brompton but not been inspired with the choices on offer. Where I live it's hill central so a single speed is simply not an option, plus I am lazy and like gears. After some scrabbling around and much wailing and gnashing of teeth I found the rather wonderful Tokyo Bikes. Seems like they are a recently new outfit to London. I like their simplicity and utilitarian minimalist aesthetic. So I might just buy myself one, should the cost suit and the bike ride as nicely as it looks. Off to test one out tomorrow. They currently have a small workshop in E2 but are apparently opening a permanent shop next month...happy cycling.
Thursday, 6 October 2011
Saturday, 27 August 2011
Cycling into work and carrying your stuff in a big rucksack is sometimes a pain, especially in the summer when you get a hot back and turn up to work all horrible and boiling. Fear not, I have the perfect 'no hot back' remedy in the shape of the Plain Musette from Archival Clothing. Here's the lowdown from the Archival peeps:
I have had mine for a few months and it's great, comes in a choice of colours, all waxed cotton canvas. Or if you fancy upgrading to super fancy there's always the Archival Flap Musette.
Archival clothing bags are available in the UK through Redsquare.
Friday, 26 August 2011
Just perchanced across this London based outlet. Looks like the clothes are only sold from their website - correct me if I am wrong. S.E.H Kelly design and create clothes with makers across the British Isles. Their output looks like a few key pieces including shirts, jacket and trousers and I like their aesthetic, just simple clean lines and detailing. Judging by some of the model shots their cuts are quite fitted so if you are tempted to place an order check the sizings supplied. Pictured are a few items that caught my eye although I like all of their stock to be honest.
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
Look...it's me banging on about Old Town again, that's because they're great. Check out Piccadilly Pleasures, a new addition to their website. A slideshow of dapper folk boozing it up at a very nice old pub - The Red Lion in St James. I am pretty certain this fella in the foreground works in Labour and Wait too.