10 Jun 2018

Visiting San Francisco, Easton, PA + New York


These pages have been a little quiet of late. It feels like a similar situation to June 2017, minus the big Las Vegas wedding! This week will be my second trip over to the US in two weeks, both for separate projects, but both work related. If I was more organised I would have stayed over for the full two weeks, but my last minute budget just didn't allow it. You can officially call me a "super communter" at the moment.

Last week I was visiting San Francisco for the first Pinterest "In The Making" Creative Conference, and this week myself + Jordan will spending five days over in Easton, PA + New York to work on an extra special project - I'll be able to share a little more about that very soon!

My blog will probably stay quiet for a little longer, I'll be creating travel diaries for each place we stop at, but for now if you'd like to see more regular updates from me then I'll still be active on Instagram + Twitter

Speak soon,
Mat.

28 May 2018

Support Your Friends

pop trading company long sleeve tee, campbell cole o tote collection
pop trading company long sleeve tee, campbell cole o tote collection
pop trading company long sleeve tee, campbell cole o tote collection

 O TOTE c/o Campbell Cole | Long Sleeve Tee c/o Pop Trading Co. | Shorts by Uniqlo | Watch by Goodhood x Timex | Sneakers by Converse | Sunglasses by Ace&Tate | Cap by Percival

Support your friends. Celebrate their achievements, buy their products, send them constructive feedback, attend their exhibitions, share their work, listen to their ideas and issues, comment on their captions, read their blog posts, visit their gigs, purchase tickets to their shows, notice their nuances, subscribe to their podcasts, shout them dinner - build a community.

And if you're lucky enough to be gifted one of your friend's products then repay the favour by sending them something which you know they will love, just as much as you do. Congratulations to Campbell Cole and Oliver Hooson on the continued success of a product of their love, the O TOTE. I'm proud to call these guys my friends.

Photographs by Jake Millers

18 May 2018

MR P. My Way SS18




MR P.  Blouson Jacket | MR P. Boucle-Stripe Tee | MR P. Camp Collar Shirt | Whistles Trousers | Converse Sneakers | Cutler & Gross Glasses

Along with a handful of creatives, writers, entrepreneurs + craftsmen from from all around the world, I was recently invited by MR PORTER to style a few pieces from the SS18 MR P. collection. The collection itself is full of easy to wear pieces, none of which are screaming out to out any particular trend or time period - the hallmarks of a versatile wardrobe, that will only improve with age. That's my kind of thinking.

MR P.'s latest capsule collection sticks to a soft pallet of blues, greens, beige, grey, with some added faded reds and orange. A splash of colour would have gone down a treat for me, but for our morning spent at Lyle's Restaurant in Shoreditch, the weather wasn't up to much, so I matched that with three muted pieces which matched my personality - with the Boucle-Stripe textured t-shirt being the no.1 top dog for me.

If the opportunity comes around again I'd love to show the MR PORTER team around some of my favourite stops in Manchester, I know they'd love it!

Photography by Lauren Luxenberg for MR PORTER.

13 May 2018

Embracing Downtime

mat buckets wearing paul smith linen shirt, moscot blonde sunglasses, instrmnt watch and whistles chinos in manchester
Paul Smith Linen Shirt (gifted) | Paul Smith Long Sleeve Tee | Whistles Trousers | Instrumnt Watch | Moscot Sunglasses

The title of this blog post may suggest that I've fully learnt how to embrace downtime, but I'm not quite there yet. In fact, this short entry will serve as the perfect reminder for me to not forget how important it is to down tools and recharge. 

The weekend can be a funny thing for anyone who is self-employed: sometimes I'll find myself away from home working on a projects in a different country, or in a early morning meeting, other Sundays I'll be roping Hollie in to point + shoot my camera while I rearrange a corner of our living room all ready for some up-coming Instagram content. I love my job, but the work/play balance is key.

Sometimes I just want to dedicate time things away from work. There's that fence panel that needs fixing, those prints that need framing, and those weeds don't get rid of themselves...maybe I should stop by to see my Mum more often...I think it's imperative to a healthy life that I don't take the slower moments for granted. 

Photography by Anthony Lee.

25 Apr 2018

A Change of Climates | Genova Travel Diary with Ralph Lauren

mat buckets wearing ralph lauren mesh white polo shirt custom fit in italy
 Mediterranean mode was fully activated in Genova, Italy. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ralph Lauren
boccadasse fishing vllage in genova north coast italy
mat buckets wearing ralph lauren mesh white polo shirt custom fit in italy
mat buckets wearing ralph lauren mesh white polo shirt custom fit in italy
textures and colours in genova, italy
When an important anniversary rolls around it’s worth reflecting on the journey that we've took to this point in time. Pulling out all the stops to commemorate such an occasion is one of life's joys looking back on those memories that will cement themselves in time. It’s hard to believe that myself and Hollie will soon be celebrating our 1st wedding anniversary, it feels like yesterday!

But first, we have another event to get the party poppers out for. 2018 marks 50 years of Ralph Lauren: an iconic within pop culture. Which brings us to one of the brand’s most recognisable pieces, an item which constantly finds itself fitting into the category of timeless (and effortless if your initials are JFK): The Mesh Polo Shirt. Many menswear aficionados would consider the humble polo shirt as a staple in their wardrobes since they were yey high you'd be hard-pressed to find a gent who hasn't worn one at some point in his life.

To celebrate this anniversary we this we took a two hour plane journey, from Manchester, over to the historical Italy city of Genova - the birthplace of America’s founding father, Christopher Columbus, and home to one of the most significant port industries in the whole of Europe. Would you believe that our whole trip cost us less than a two-day round trip to London?! I think I'll be making similar excursions more often...

The city itself mirrors many of Ralph Lauren’s distinctively recognisable qualities; seldom effected by time, always improving with age, and at its core, charmingly simple.

boccadasse fishing vllage in genova north coast italy
cornflower yellow converse 70s in shadows and natural light
grand builing and home in genova italy
boccadasse fishing vllage in genova north coast italy, textures and colours
yellow and grey building in genova, italy with shadows and tradional shutters
rustic streets in genova, italy
mat buckets wearing ralph lauren mesh white polo shirt custom fit in italy
mat buckets wearing ralph lauren mesh white polo shirt custom fit in italy, iphone 6 and folk trousers
Mesh Polo Shirt c/o Ralph Lauren | Trousers by Folk x MR PORTER | 
Sneakers by Converse | Sunglasses by Moscot

One walk around the city’s historical quarter left me wondering why my only prior knowledge of Genova was from watching Football Italian when I was a young boy. Winding, narrow pathways seemingly leading to nowhere, shadowed by towering building, each showing signs of weathering from decades of bombardment from the Mediterranean sun. Look + listen; you’ll hear locals sharing conversations across balconies, unintentional beauty with colour-matching laundry hanging from washing lines, bleached-out power cables + everyday life barely altered by modernisation. Genova truly felt like "old Italy"; a close-knit community built on family values, hard work and honesty qualities which I know the Ralph Lauren the brand is centred around.

The Mesh Polo Shirt is a piece of clothing I’m revisiting at a time in my life where I feel at ease with my personal style. Experimentation from at early age saw me sporting polo shirts on countless occasion, but it’s an item that has eluded by wardrobe for half a decade.

The breathable qualities of the polo came in handy for the 30° heatwave we found ourselves in. I felt at ease knowing that my outfit would take me through the day; from a 9am breakfast of pastries + coffee, to a late night dinner at a local gem known as Groove Burger. Polo Shirt 1-0 Ketchup.

One feeling that did come over me when wearing the fresh white polo shirt was confidence. I'm not sure if it was the freedom of being somewhere new or the fact that I was pretty pleased with my styling choice, but everything about wearing the polo shirt just felt right. It's garments such as Ralph Lauren's lived-in Mesh Polo Shirt, worn-out blue jeans, sun-bleached baseball caps, classic Chucks or threadbare chinos that evoke what true Americana means to me; a honest reflection of an individual personality.

Photography by Jake Millers.

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