18 Oct 2016

Outfit | GANT Opens at Victoria Gate, Leeds

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white oxford shirt with black gillet and black converse 70s
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Black Field Jacket by GANT | Black Gilet by GANT |  White Oxford Shirt by GANT

I have always called the North of England my home. People love to say "it's grim up north", but, if I'm honest, that has to be one of the daftest sayings going it's anything but. For me, the brand new Victoria Gate building in Leeds sums my feelings up perfectly: out of the dark comes the light.

The imposing, angular and slightly eerie facade of this modern shopping arcade plays on the perpetually changing climes of Leeds city centre. With each bolt of light effecting your viewing pleasure, Victoria Gate's modern design proves there's more to the north that has-been cliches.

It's a funny looking place for sure; a little space-age, a tad modernist and slightly surreal, but the Eastgate Quarters isn't all front. Designed by architect Friedrich Ludewig, the space is home to some fantastic new retailers, including one of America's most loved sports-casual brands, GANT.

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Lambswool-Cashmere Jumper by GANT | White T-Shirt by GANT

For the opening the new store we've teamed up with GANT to share two looks from their Fall '16 collection. I mean, damn, this just falls right into my wheelhouse, don't you reckon?! American prep, classic sportwear, timeless smart-casual tailoring the majority of the collection would fit seamlessly into my wardrobe.

For the first outfit I choose a monochrome look, which was a little out on my comfort zone, but I think the overall feel works well. I'm wearing the black Down Collarless Gillet over a classic white Oxford Shirt, with their (very appropriate) black waterproof Field Jacket.

The second look brings in my love of colour and classic Americana together, with the bright blue chunky lambswool-cashmere jumper, plain white t-shirt, classic fit navy chinos and off-white Converse 70s. It may be getting colder, but I haven't seen the last of my sneakers just yet.

Leeds is a city packed with interesting places and creative people. If you have a day to explore make sure you also stop by Northern Monk Brewery for their delicious Mocha Porter, Bellgrave Music Hall for £1 pizza slices and La Bottega Milanese for your coffee hit.

The new GANT store opens 20th October, at Victoria Gate shopping centre, Leeds, LS2 7JL.

Photography by Jake Millers.

This post is in partnership with GANT. Thank you for taking the time to support the brands + businesses that make this blog happen.

17 Oct 2016

Danny MacAskill's Wee Day Out

Another one of Danny MacAskill's videos for you to enjoy his Wee Day Out, where Danny takes on all the obstacles that rural Scotland has to offer.

Like his other videos, this one is so spectacular in places that it's hard to believe it's actually real. Good job that Red Bull and GoPro have provided some behind-the-scenes clips too that show just how he rode a hay bale and cycled through a six foot puddle.

No doubt, this video will be as popular as the last one we featured - and we can't wait to see what else he has in store.

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15 Oct 2016

Giveaway | RHA Audio Headphones

We're giving away an audio headphones set from RHA Audio worth £149.95! Head over to our Instagram page to enter. Tag your friends in the image for extra entries. 

Giveaway is open worldwide. Good luck!

12 Oct 2016

This Week's Kit | The Autumn Uniform

Autumn's taken a while to arrive in London the summer just wouldn't let go. While I'm not complaining about the endless days of sunshine and the lack of a cold wind and heavy rain, I do feel a bit sorry for all the brands who are presumably sitting on piles of unsold coats, jumpers, thick socks, and boots, just waiting for the weather to break.

It's definitely here now, though; so, we'd thought it'd be a good time to share some of the stuff that's recently caught our eye. We've gone for a fairly colourful vibe with everything else. The CHUP socks, the new J.Crew x New Balance 998 Greenback collaboration (release date 15/10), and the Norse Projects Nunk jacket are all the very definition of colourful.

And, we've kept it up with our accessories too.

Pogo Pale Ale, from Wild Brew Co. is a delicious, passionfruit filled beer; so fruity it could pass as a juice, and it comes in a Buckets orange can a no-brainier there. While the Californian special of Noble Rot magazine (run by a restaurant in Bloomsbury yeah, you read that right!) is every shade you can expect from the West Coast.

The palette drops a bit with pieces from Huckberry. Their Combat watch would be a nice buy - but, then again, they have so many decent watches, it's hard to choose. I'd be topping the whisky glasses with Dalmore 15 year old a decent drop, that is currently sat unopened on my shelf.

Finally, and definitely reigning the colour back in here, our friends Finisterre, all the way down in Cornwall, have just launched their new Truth North collection and with it, their updated, wrap-up warm, 100% British merino wool Bowmont Jumper. A must for anyone thinking further ahead to the cold days of winter. Throw in Herschel Supply's new water-resistant Barlow Backpack and we're all set.

As always, we'd love to hear what you think about our choices. And, don't forget to share some of your recent finds with us too! See more of our This Week's Kit round-up here.

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9 Oct 2016

Buckets & Spades x Penfield Fall 16 Collection

 Wearing - Brookport Sweatshirt + Label T-Shirt by Penfield | Dockers Chinos | Fairends Cap | Novesta Sneakers | Watch c/o Unknown

 Oliver wears | Prescot Fleece + Nita T-Shirt by Penfield

 Oliver wears | Oakdale Jacket + Beanie by Penfield | ASOS Top | APC Trousers | Novesta Sneakers

 Oliver wears | Lexington Parka + Label Tee by Penfield
Wearing - Beanie by Penfield | Several Oxford Shirt | Messenger Bag c/o Trakke | Timex Watch | Dockers Chinos | 
Common Projects Sneakers | Form&Thread Socks

My love of menswear was the original idea behind this blog, and although over the past couple of years my lean towards design-led subjects has definitely become the main running theme, I've tried to stick to my roots whenever it makes sense. As time goes by our tastes change; trends come and go and the things that we consume + share online affect how we come across "in-real-life"

Individual style is a big deal to me; but I'm not just talking about my own here, I'm as obsessed with how everyday people put certain colours together, and how we gravitate towards tribes, subcultures and particular brands - and even down to how people carry themselves. It's less about fashion, and more and how we express ourselves individually.

And with that being said, I decided to approach a brand that I've followed for a while to see if they fancied letting us give our individual take on their new collection. Above, myself + my buddy Oliver Hoosen have styled a few of our favourite pieces from Penfield's Fall 16 collection, along with our regular everyday essentials!

I'm really chuffed with how it turned out; I especially love our Jake Millers' photography style; his eye for natural light, shadows and framing. It's filled my head with lots of fresh ideas for lifestyle + still life styling, and has given me that kick I needed to be a little more experimental.

What do you think of our shoot, which items are jumping out at you?

The Penfield Fall 16 collection is available online here. Photography by Jake Millers.

7 Oct 2016

Not-Another-Bill Celebrate World Post Day with a Travelling Letterbox

In celebration of World Post Day on 10th October, design brand Not-Another-Bill are offering you the chance to send a free postcard to anyone in the world. To get us chatting to our friends + family in the old fashioned way Not-Another-Bill can be found cycling around London with their natty mobile letterbox / bicycle contraption, where you will have the opportunity to pop a message on one of their postcards and have it delivered free of charge!

Fun stuff. Look out for NAB's travelling letterbox around London between 5th-9th October! If you're not in London you can also take part online here.

4 Oct 2016

Residents: Inside The Iconic Barbican Estate by Anton Rodriguez

A new photographic publication, entitled Residents, shines the spotlight on the life, work and incredible interiors of over 20 residents of the Barbican Estate. London-based photographer + VSCO artist Anton Rodriguez documents the creativity, uniformity and individual personalities of one of the most iconic housing estates in the UK. Commentary from the residence is accompanied by an essay by design writer Katie Treggiden, which explores the history of the Barbican Eatate and questions why we have become so obsessed with seeing inside peoples' everyday lives.

I caught up with Anton Rodriguez to hear the more about the Residents project:

Mat - What was the reasoning behind choosing the Barbican Estate as the subject; was it the community, the building design or something deeper?

Anton Rodriguez - I guess it's partly all of the above reasons. I’ve lived in the Barbican Estate for the past 5 years and always wondered what the inside of the other flats were like, and who lived there. I’ve lived in 3 different layouts of apartments within the estate, there are over 100 different flat types so I’ve always been intrigued to see how they were laid out.

Also there are over 4000 residents here, usually you only get to know the people who live within your block, but this project has helped me explore the whole estate and make new friends along the way.


The Residents: Inside The Iconic Barbican Estate book will be released 10th October and is available to pre-order here.