20 Feb 2017

Love for the National Theatre | Oliver Sweeney SS17


 Marmelos Sneakers by Oliver Sweeney | Chinos by Whistles | Cap by Percival

Boxstead Mac by Oliver Sweeney | Sweatshirt by Sunspel


Let's call this one teamwork. The beauty of Instagram is being able to discover + easily connect with people you may have never come into contact with. I started chatting with Photographer Husam Al-Deen just at the start of last December, and it wasn't long before we were sitting in a central London coffee shop, brainstorming ways in which we could collaborate together.

We got chatting about our love of sneakers, architecture, printed magazines + menswear so it was decided, we'd making something happen in the new year.


 Red Sneakers (coming soon) by Oliver Sweeney | Socks by Form&Thread

 Vilarcia Knit + Osimo Sneakers by Oliver Sweeney

17 Feb 2017

Ex-Commuter | J SHOES x Sanders

j shoes x sanders collaboration, british made brogues worn by men's fashion blogger mat buckets in manchester
j shoes x sanders collaboration, british made brogues worn by men's fashion blogger mat buckets in manchester
 Charlie Brogues by J SHOES x Sanders
j shoes x sanders collaboration, british made brogues worn by men's fashion blogger mat buckets in manchester
j shoes x sanders collaboration, british made brogues worn by men's fashion blogger mat buckets in manchester
j shoes x sanders collaboration, british made brogues worn by men's fashion blogger mat buckets in manchester
 ASOS Overcoat | Vest c/o Lavenham | NN07 Jumper | Asket Shirt | Dickies Chinos | Shoes c/o J SHOES x Sanders | Farer Watch | Corgie Socks | Vintage Army Beanie

Did you know that Captain America - The First Avenger was filmed in Manchester's Northern Quarter? Marvel director Joe Johnston chose the location for its ability to be adapted to create a vibe of post-WWII New York City. It seems like an unlikely neighbourhood to choose - known for its independent clothing stores, record shops, coffee hangs and decent beer - but if you look closer, and start to look up at the architecture it all starts to make sense.

British footwear brand J SHOES recently contacted us with a project that instantly caught our attention. To celebrate the their 20th anniversary J.Shoes has created a limited edition collection with Northampton-based Sanders. We set ourselves the task to create a photo-story which represented the link between heritage + modern values.

The unisex collection features the Charlie brogue in two colourways. We decided the full-grain Chestnut, for its district use of tonal coloured grain leathers and green welting.

j shoes x sanders collaboration, british made brogues worn by men's fashion blogger mat buckets in manchester
j shoes x sanders collaboration, british made brogues worn by men's fashion blogger mat buckets in manchester
j shoes x sanders collaboration, british made brogues worn by men's fashion blogger mat buckets in manchester
j shoes x sanders collaboration, british made brogues worn by men's fashion blogger mat buckets in manchester
j shoes x sanders collaboration, british made brogues worn by men's fashion blogger mat buckets in manchester
Photography by Jake Millers

If we rewind the clock a few years you would have found me making a daily commute to Manchester city centre. My e-commerce role led me to taking short-cuts through many dark alleys, wet industrial side streets + Victorian-designed squares shaving minutes off my dash to make that 4pm cut-off time at the Post Office. Now, I find myself in those same side streets and dark avenues, taking advantage of the city's Northern character.

Staying true to my own personal style, I wore the beauties which have been entirely made in England, using Sanders' trademark crepe sole on the smart casual side of things, sticking to navys, greys + browns. Layering was essential for a bitterly cold + wet day; wearing the Laverham vest over my beige jumper by NN07 and classic oxford shirt by Asket, and tying in that American connection with slim fit strides by Dickies.

In around five month's time myself + Hollie will be heading over to Las Vegas to get married. It seems fitting that the J SHOES x Sanders collection has come along when it has - the perfect wedding shoes?

Let me know your thoughts on the shoes + if you think the setting was a good choice!
This post is in partnership with J Shoes. Thank you for taking the time to support the brands + businesses that make this blog happen.

16 Feb 2017

Turbo Flyer Airplanes by Tait


Who knew four pieces of airplane-shaped wood could have such an impact on someone. It's these kind of fundamental toys that really capture a kid's imagination die-cast cars had a similar affect on me (but I just wanted to skip the "becoming-a-mechanic-to-learn-how-they-work" bit and go straight to designing cars that were only suitable for another planet...).

Nostalgia plays at role, but there's just something about these American-made Turbo Flyers by Tait that still feels super modern.

Available at Cool Material.

9 Feb 2017

Exploring the Interior Design of Aesop London






Aesop Soho, London

Back in November I had the privilege of being shown around three Aesop stores in Central London. The focus of the day was not only on the carefully concocted skincare products, but also the design ideas behind each location. If you've ever visited more than one Aesop store you'll have instantly noticed that each is different from the next.

It's taken me so long to upload this post because this total wally (that's right, me!) managed to delete his whole memory card free from the original images. So last week I did the rounds once again, visiting Aesop stores at Covent Garden, Soho and Lamb's Conduit Street.

To be invited to spend an afternoon with Aesop's team, along with my buddy Oliver Hooson, was extremely flattering and exciting experience in itself. We got to hear about the humble beginnings of this Australian brand; their focus on creating environmentally friendly products since the mid 1980s, the theory of how natural ingredients work hand-in-hand with each skin type, as well as the brand's commitment to creating a unique retail experience, passion for architecture + why the small details matter.


Aesop Covent Garden, London

Each store has its own unique theme, with different designers and architectures being commissioned to create a memorable experience. From the Morroccan tiled flooring and moulded concrete of Covent Garden, the reclaimed enamel soap dish wall mounts of Soho, to the way the Lamb's Conduit Street store takes inspiration from its own history of being one of the cities most renowned bakeries the attention to detail is second-to-none.


Aesop Lamb's Conduit Street, London

In the Lamb's Conduit Street store you'll find a relaxation area in the back, which is free to be booked out for treatments, or to be used as the perfect chill out area in the summer months. If you have time to visit the store then take a look at the floor tiles they're the exact same ones which originally lined the actual street back in the day. And it's these small details that really make a difference, giving us more of a reason to invest.

The people of Aesop aren't in it to take over the market, but by following to their unique ethos, adapting to cusomter feedback and utilising meticulous design ideas they've won themselves many fans worldwide. I must say, I am definitely one of those people.

Thanks to Jess + the Aesop London team for taking care of us. If you're interested in hearing more about the design of each Aesop store then visit Taxonomy of Design.

Best of Packaging | Biggans Bocklingpastej by Bedow, Stockholm


Sometimes I find it hard to get started with work in the mornings, even after a coffee.

That's where Pinterest comes into its element. I type in a few likely words, like 'killer' and 'packaging', and up comes a ton of inspirational ideas that get my brain going.

Okay, so a smoked herring fishpaste might not be at the top of everyone's shopping list, but this beautiful design by Bedow of Stockholm will certainly make Biggins Bocklingpastej an eye-catcher on the shelf.

I love the way Bedow have thought of the small details too, like how the packaging will look when the box is half full and the pictures of the sea floor that are revealed once the book is empty.

We're always looking for inspiration for our Best of Packaging Instagram account. Found any great examples? Sent them to us!

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31 Jan 2017

Outfit | A Continuous Love for Denim






Overshirt c/o A Day's March | Shirt by NN07 | Jeans by Albam | Socks by Form&Thread | Sneakers by Converse | Cap c/o Percival | Gloves by Banana Republic | Watch by Timex

Denim is universal. Never has one single fabric transcended such a wide range of generations, cultures and industries as this humble woven fabric. My relationship with denim started when I was a youngster; I remember my elasticated stonewash jeans, which I proudly sported with a shell-suit jacket, WWF t-shirt and Bart Simpson basketball sneakers. 80's kid and all.

My style has moved on, of course, but rather than denim falling out in favour to a more grown-up alternative, the fabric has just been reappropriated to fit my lifestyle. See, that's the beauty of denim; it's versatile enough for it to slot into most people's lives without ever really making much noise sticking with us until it's time to trade in for a new pair.

When I was a teenager I went through various denim phases; ripped, bleached, flares, skater, skinny, patchwork and even white with pink stitching (that's art college for you...). But in my early 20s I traded all of those in for simple indigo blue jeans. After I stumbled into the world of unwashed indigo-dyed denim I never looked back, and nowadays that's all you'll find in my wardrobe.

These British-made Japanese Selvedge jeans by Albam have become a second skin, the 3.5 year's hard wear shows across the pockets, knees and thighs. They're the jeans I grab when I need to do some jobs around the house, nip out to the shops, go for a quick cycle or pack for a work trip when the weather isn't looking so hot. The way they've worn is totally unique to my job, what I carry and how I've have treated them.

Is there a type of clothing that has been with you since you for a long time?

Photography by Jordan Bunker.


27 Jan 2017

The Sound of Manufacture by Percival






London-based menswear brand Percival shine a spotlight on the traditional values of the people + places that make their latest collection happen. The short film, "The Sounds of Manufacture", accompanied by this lookbook, showcases the process from original sketches and hand-cutting, to the finished product that goes into each of Pervical's items of clothing. The collection has been made in limited quantities, with only 30 of each garment being produced.

A limited colour palette of orange, grey, navy + off-white is seen across outerwear, knitwear and shirts with our standout piece being the Blanket Weave zip jumper. 

Find out more about Percival's process + shop the collection here.