12 Jul 2018

Orlando's Slower Pace

poolside flatlay in orlando with ballast point ipa, contrarian magazine, moscot glasses and birkenstock sandals

Oh boy, it seems like forever since I've tapped some words out on here. My bad, this past two months have been some of the busiest and most rewarding of my life. I have a whole list of content that I can't wait to share, but for the next ten day we will be enjoying some down time.

So here's my super "gone fishing" message - we're currently soaking up some overly-humid rays in Orlando, celebrating our 1st wedding anniversary, with day trips to Tampa, St Petersburg, Naples and Winter Park. 

Head over to my Instagram page for daily updates!
Mat.

26 Jun 2018

Shave With Pride with Harry's

harry's shave with pride lgbtq razor campaign
harry's shave with pride lgbtq razor campaign
harry's shave with pride lgbtq razor campaign

Tumbleweeds have probably been busier than these pages lately, but these past six weeks have been super busy for me, and very rewarding. I've got some exciting stuff to share soon, but this week I'm playing catch-up with admin + tying up a bunch of loose ends before we take our annual summer holiday!

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American grooming brand Harry's have also been keeping productivity levels on max, with the release of their Shave With Pride campaign. In celebration of Pride 2018, June sees the release of the their latest progressive project - this incentive pushes forward the notion of equality, celebrating our individuality and freedom of expression.

The limited edition set includes  a "Rainbow" Winston razor handle, which has been designed using a unique colour-printing process, which insures every individual Pride handle is just a little bit different from the next. The bold cartoon illustrated packaging has been designed by graphic design duo Craig & Karl. The campaign is backed by several notable figures within the LGBTQ community.

Harry's will be donating all the profits from its UK sales to selected LGBTQ charities. The Shave With Pride set is available here for £24.

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.