28 Jun 2015

Enjoying Kona Brewing Co. in Orlando




Very much enjoying Kona Brewing Co. this week. In fact, they're just what we look for in a good beer; variation, distinct flavours, colourful labels and an honest back story. We've been working our way through their range since we arrived in Orlando, and we even tried Kona beer battered fish + chips at the Tommy Bahamas restaurant, on our stay-over in Naples!

Have you tried any of Kona's beers? My personal favourite is Big Wave - it's big time! Aloha `oe.

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26 Jun 2015

i-D + Don Julio Tequila | La Cantina Primavera



Mat might currently be sitting a lot closer to Mexico than I am - him being in Florida and all - but here in London, I don’t seem to be able to move for tequila. That’s not a problem for me - I love the stuff! Judging from the reaction to our post last year on London’s first tequila festival, a lot of folks don’t agree, which is a real shame.

Tequila is such a great drink. Ignore the cheap stuff, served up in a shot glass with lime and salt; real tequila has a taste to better most spirits and a range of flavours that possibly surpasses even whisky.

At one end of the scale, tequila is light, sweet, and fruity; while at the other, it’s can be warm, mellow, and smoky. Anyway, I’ll stop there. I could talk about tequila all day; but I won’t, as thankfully someone far more qualified has already done the talking for me

These guys really went town - although I expected no less from Gizzi Erskine, to be honest. The aim of the night was to challenge people’s perceptions with traditional and innovative ways to enjoy tequila alongside authentic Mexican food.  
 

Working with tequila brand, Don Julio, Gizzi Erskine put together a fantastic looking tasting menu, alongside a range of Don Julio inspired tequila cocktails, served up for one night only...

La Caintina Primavera! (translation: The Spring Kitchen)

These guys really went town - although I expected no less from Gizzi Erskine, to be honest. The aim of the night was to challenge people’s perceptions with traditional and innovative ways to enjoy tequila alongside authentic Mexican food.  


Hopefully, this approach by Don Julio and Gizzi can help people understand that tequila is a drink of real quality and taste - and reflects what Mexico (and Mexican cuisine) is all about! We couldn’t make it to the main event, but take a look at this video to see how it went down. I’m looking forward to the next one and hoping that Mat might bring back a bottle or two from the States. Here’s hoping! Nik.
 
This post is in partnership with i-D + Don Julio. Thank you for taking the time to support the businesses that make this blog happen. Those who know, drink responsibly.  
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22 Jun 2015

Store Visit | Oliver Sweeney, Covent Garden


 Oliver Sweeney, Covent Garden, Henrietta Street












After our visit to the newly opened Natural Selection store at Seven Dials we moseyed down the road to Henrietta Street; Covent Garden's most exciting road when it comes to menswear.  With Nigel Cabourn, The Real McCoy + Fred Perry (and soon to open Edwin) propping up each side the pavement, this one cut-through street is starting to space up nicely.

Just around the corner from our favourite barbershop, Ruffians, you'll find the new Oliver Sweeney store. With its modestly sized front, the store makes you do the old double take once you step foot inside - anyone without their specs may struggle to see to the rear of the shop, it's massive. The store contains the brand's new collection; formal and casual footwear; shoes, boots, trainers + beachwear; key pieces from their clothing range, and a selection of exclusive concessions from Left Field Denim + Karas Kustoms stationery.

Kitted out with dark brown wooden fixture and dimly lit lighting, against the dark marine blue units, the store definitely has a gent's clubhouse feel to it. And when you finally reach the back of the store you'll find a whiskey bar, which caters to those in need of something wet. But this doesn't distract from the fact that the store is a beautifully considered space, one which could lend itself nicely to events, classes or exhibition space. Covent Garden, you're on a roll.

Oliver Sweeney, 10 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8PS.  See more of our Store Visits here.

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21 Jun 2015

Buckets & Spades on Cool Material


The top bunch at Cool Material invited me to take part in their regular "Wear This" feature. A simple idea - each week ask a different style insider or friend of the website to pick a selection of products to make up an outfit + gift selection. Here's what we choose:
 Click through each link to see the product + click here to view the full post on Cool Material.

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19 Jun 2015

Pothole Street Art by Jim Bachor


Ever seen a hole in the road? Ever driven over one? Of course you have! They're annoying and unsightly, but instead of filling them with tarmac, what about something a little more aesthetic? That's what Jim Bachor does. We'd bet money that you've never driven over any like these before.

Pot hole art! It's awesome, and should surely catch on. His work can currently be found across Chicago, but we'd love to see some of it in and around the UK. Get grouting people! See more here.

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18 Jun 2015

We're Currently in Florida!

It's been a little quiet around these parts lately, I forgot to mention that we're currently out in Orlando for a few weeks on holiday! Things will be a little slow around here but we will be posting a few posts here and there - when we can pull ourselves away from a frosty 4-pack.

We're still sharing on the social scene, you can follow our holiday updates on Instagram + Twitter!   

Thanks for sticking with us,
Mat.

15 Jun 2015

Store Visit | Natural Selection London, Seven Dials




It's been a easy progression for Natural Selection to shift focus from a denim-centric brand, to what is now a well-rounded collection of contemporary clothing for men + women. After starting life focusing on indigo goods, Natural Selection has just open their first retail store, to coincide with their first comprehensive collection under the name of Natural Selection London. The store can be found within the busy streets of Seven Dials, Covent Garden - an area which is never happy unless it's evolving. How many coffee shops does one area need...I always leave buzzed.

Within football booting distance of Carharrt WIP, Le Coq Sportif, and the newly opened Finisterre outdoor store, the store sits in a great location - Seven Dials, at Covent Garden has a great community feel. As well as their core denim (we previously styled a feature which focused on their denim), the store stocks a full collection of jersey, chambray + printed shirts, outerwear, trousers, and a few concessions - including footwear brand, No. 228, and some super swanky perfumes.

Have you took a trip around Seven Dials lately?

Natural Selection, 46 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9LE. See more of our Store Visits here.

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12 Jun 2015

Barbican Constructing Worlds Prints by Tom Pigeon


The Barbican Centre is one of my favourite places to visit, and work in London. I don't often like to tell people this, in case it suddenly fills up with people.

It's perfect, as it's really quiet, has a coffee bar, and above all else is a truly inspiration place to spend the day. If you get bored of work or catch writers-block, you can take a wander around it's very 'different' architecture, visit the greenhouse if it's open, or go and see whichever exhibition they happen to have on.

Last year, The Barbican ran a Constructed Worlds series - works reflecting various 20th and 21st century architecture. As part of the series, one of our favourites, Tom Pigeon, designed three prints inspired by photographers, who in turn have been inspired by architects.

Still with us? Good. Take a good look, we know you'll find them just as impressive as we do.

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10 Jun 2015

Jocks&Nerds x Barbour International


Yet more action from Jocks&Nerds; this time the publication has created a brand new video campaign for Barbour International. To celebrate the brand's rich motorcycle heritage, Jocks & Nerds invited bike enthusiast + architect, Max Broby and his wife, Meriem, a fashion designer, to feature in this campaign which embraces Barbour's passion for adventure.

Jocks&Nerds is a London-based men's style publication, which puts both print + online to great use. From their quarterly print magazine, and ongoing collaboration with Shinola, to celebrating British cult figures, it has fast turned into one of our favourite daily reads.


The Barbour "International" collection began in 1936, when their founder's Grandson, Duncan Barbour, first came up with the designs for their first motorcycle-ready suit, made from their trademark dark green waxed cotton. After a successful trip around Europe for the Six Day Trial competition, the jacket was handed the name, International, and has been used within their staple collection ever since.

Steve McQueen is probably the most iconic figure to have championed Barbour's tough, durable clothing from the International collection - who along side the American ISDT team, famously wore the motorcycle suit throughout competition in the 1960s.

The International Collection continues to be a standout line for Barbour, and design-wise has seen little change ever since McQueen was ragging it around the dirt tracks of Belgium, Germany, Poland + Sweden. Next season sees a new collaboration with Triumph Motorcycles, which will no doubt feature a bunch of indestructible leather jackets, with countless pockets, for both men and women.



The short film follows the couple exploring our country's capital, with the same freedom and carefree attitude of what the collection is all about - be it with a little less mud + oil! Max is wearing the Barbour International Oscar Wax jacket, and Meriem's can be seen in the Shadow leather jacket.

See the full Jocks&Nerds x Barbour International feature, plus an interview with Max + Meriem here.

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9 Jun 2015

Top Dog Hotdogs, London


I'm no food critic but the newly opened motorbike-inspired restaurant, Top Dog, in Soho more than lived up to its name. Best dawgs in town, I'd say. We tried pretty much all of the menu, but my favourite was the Chilli n' Cheddar pork dog. Next time I best take Hollie.  

Top Dog - 48 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4SF.

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