26 Apr 2015

Store Visit | Twisted Time Watches, Boxpark, London

I can imagine that most people in London have heard of Boxpark, but for those outside of the city and beyond, it's a retail concept made up from black shipping containers, stacked outside Shoreditch High Street station. If you're in the area, you really can't miss it. The beauty of Boxpark is that it gives smaller growing brands a chance to rub shoulders with the bigger brands, such as Nike, PUMA, and GAP.

Twisted Time is one of the brands that benefits from this set-up. An online watch store featuring some very cool and very different watches, Boxpark gives Twisted Time space to showcase some of their best wares on the 'high street'. Watches suit a Boxpark store a pretty extensive range can be displayed in a small space, and it's small spaces that the Boxpark concept specialise in.

We were here for the opening night, but came back on a less busy weekday afternoon (just after recording our first podcast) to shoot the shop when fewer customers were in. Brands that definitely caught our eye include Braun, Danish Design + Nendo.

Twisted Time, Boxpark no.16 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6GY. See more of our Store Visits here. Nik

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24 Apr 2015

On The Road with Mr Porter x Belstaff

Watch J. G. Francis, a vintage car restorator, navigate his way across the Californian desert, in a Mercedes-Benz 1973 250C Coupé. What a sweet life to live.

For Mr Porter's On The Road series. Enjoy your weekend my dudes.

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22 Apr 2015

Buckets & Spades in Jigsaw Magazine

I'm mega excited to share with you this feature I was involved in for new issue of Jigsaw's printed magazine. There's a short interview with me, plus a shoot which I styled myself on location in Notting Hill. All the pieces are from Jigsaw's SS15 collection, which you can see here. It's a really well put together magazine, with features including a Nottingham lace manufacturer, i-D Beauty Editor Isamaya Ffrench and the inspirational Maggie Semple.

You can pick up a copy for free in Jigsaw stores right now. Let me know if you you manage to get hold a copy, I'd love to see that!

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20 Apr 2015

A Weekender with Timex

It seems like every other weekend we have things going on this year; a trip to the forest, spending time in Brighton, family get-togethers for Easter...That's the beauty of this time of year though, and I'm never really one for sitting around and relaxing, so it's been suiting me just fine. We'd actually been planning to stay over in Liverpool to celebrate our 9th anniversary, but when the opportunity to spend the weekend in the Forest of Dean came up we had to re-jig a little.

We have a crush on Liverpool. It's our favourite city in the region, and we try to visit given any glimpse of opportunity. It's one of the first cities we visited together as a couple. There's just something special about it, with a totally different feel + buzz from the rest of the North West. For this weekend we partnered up with Timex, to show you how we might spent a typical weekend together.

Liverpool is known for its independent culture and free spirit, with many small businesses flourishing over the years, and many more on the rise and gaining credibility in the city centre. One such brand is Cow&co., a modern design store-cum-bookshop-turned-cafe, nestled just off the main shopping area. Its tiny interior doesn't hinder the amount of well designed pottery, homeware + magazines that lines the shelves - not forgetting the cafe part too. I hear their bagels are the best in town.

18 Apr 2015

Euro Bus on Instagram + Weekend Links

Some weeks I enjoy Instagram more than others. Constant scrolling for 10 minutes before bed, then seven hours later when I wake up is a bit weird when you think of it. Your brain's not really up to much at that point. Sometimes you just need a blast of colour to take you by surprise and shake you out of that zombie state. Sound familiar? If so then check out Euro Bus on Instagram - which simply documents colourful art on the side of buses from across Europe. We found this account via Instagram's own blog.

Weekend vibes time my friends, enjoy it whatever you get up to!

Weekend Bucket List

Mobile photography tips from real Photographers
Imagine hot air ballooning below the earth's surface!
An amusing new video campaign by Harry's
Love this Guide to Japan on Take Courage blog
I wrote a love letter to Boris Becker (and PUMA trainers), yes I have a weird job
In case you missed it - Our Weekend Guide to Brighton

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16 Apr 2015

Loake Shoe Fitting Service | Princes Arcade London

After previously visiting Loake's Northamptonshire factory back in May of last year I've become more aware that my shoe collection is way below par. I'm talking smart shoes here...trainers, now those I can do. For anyone that knows me (and probably you guys too?), they'll probably be able to count the times they've seen me in smart shoes on one hand. I'm all about comfort. Trainers hit the button, and have done for most of my twenties. I reckon I've worn shoes on two occasions in this past year, one of those times being in France on the Courvoisier trip. Good memories!

With a summer wedding coming up soon as well as my own at some point and my new appreciation for well made shoes, I knew when the time was right there would be only one brand I'd turn to.

I'd arranged an appointment at Loake's Princes Arcade store in London, just off Regent Street, bright and early one Friday morning. The man taking me through Loake's Shoe Fitting Service was Store Manager, Colin Austin. I was in experienced hands. We talked about my footwear history, the occasions I might wear shoes, which styles I'm most drawn to and my issues with wearing shoes on a regular basis. What was the real reason, had I become lazy and just got used to the feel soft, squidgy soles?

One of the main issues with footwear, Colin informed me, was that the a lot of people do indeed wear the incorrect size shoes. One of the reasons for this is because most brands simply don't offer a multitude of widths, alongside the standard shoe sizing structure. Another fact is the quality of materials used and construction techniques. Loake pride themselves on getting it right the first time, never rushing to produce a new style or keeping up with a passing trends.

14 Apr 2015

Note Apparel SS15

Off the back of their extremely well received debut collection, Note Apparel release their warmer-weather offerings for Spring/Summer 15. Taking stock of which items worked well in the previous season, they've listened to feedback and updated some of their carry-over pieces, as well as bringing in a few new styles. The collection features relaxed utility jackets and trousers, cotton hoodies, illustrated + plain tees, camera accessories and their popular beanie + bucket hats.

It's all stuff I want to wear, and stuff that fits with the rest of my wardrobe pretty easily. That's the Birmingham-based label's aim to create items which don't fight against your other favourite brands, rather to sit nicely along side. Nice one fellas.

The Note Apparel collection is available online here.

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12 Apr 2015

A Weekend in Brighton | Love C4 Cactus

This was the three days in Brighton I mentioned last week, the ones that were sandwiched in between visiting The Liquor Store in Birmingham and heading to Geneva with Kia. "But how did you end up in Brighton", I hear you ask...after a few tweets + emails we ended up with a sweet ride for a few days c/o the folks at Citroen. They asked us if we fancied test driving the new Citroen C4 Cactus for the weekend of course we did! The brief was to go have fun and explore a destination of our choice within the British Isles. Easy? Well the choice was easy to make, we set the Sat Nav to the south coast.

Having visited Brighton several times I considered myself pretty well-versed in the city, but like London, this place moves sharpish, so there's always somewhere new to discover. Hollie couldn't make this trip so Nik enthusiastically stepped in her place. As Nik's a big foodie he beavered away, researching into all the known + off-the-beaten-track places for us to visit. 

 Wearing - Timberland Jacket | Leith Shetland Wool Jumper | Uniqlo Tee | Albam Jeans | Vintage Scarf | 
Patagonia Backpack | ASOS Hat | Skagen Watch

11 Apr 2015

The IDMC° Liverpool Map + Weekend Links

With Liverpool being a city close to my heart, I was very pleased to hear that my friends at IDMC° (Independent Map Company) are about to release Issue #1 of their city map guide. The first in the series is dedicated to one of the north's most culturally relevant cities, showcasing its thriving independent scene - including coffee shops, design stores, restaurants, boutique hotels and menswear shops. I was invited to be a part of Weavers Door's Wardrobe feature last year, and I'm thrilled for them to be included in the map. Pre-order a copy here.

Enjoy your weekend my friends! It's ice cream weather right?!

Weekend Bucket List 

Speaking of ice cream, how about this bright green macha soft serve?
The new Brooks Brothers campaign looks at why American style works so well in the UK
Jeff Bridges has major love for panoramic photography
A look around "Tall Boys Beer Market" in Leeds
Trainers from the future can get on my feet anytime
We came across this open forum-style site dedicated to interior design
In case you missed it - Our latest adventure in the Forest of Dean

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9 Apr 2015

Jocks&Nerds x Shinola | Community of Craft Pop-Up Series

Jocks&Nerds continue their exploration into Shinola's Community of Crafts project with a brand new addition to the ongoing series, a temporary space to showcase local crafts in the heart of Soho, London. This week sees the launch Shinola's next part of their look at local and global crafts in the 21st century, with their very first functioning workshop space, located within their UK flagship store on Newburgh Street.

We visited the newly opened store back in January, which gave us a heavy fix of Americana, whilst also reinforced to us us why this particular part of Soho is turning into one of our favourite shopping designations in London.

First up in Jocks&Nerds + Shinola's exploration of craft sees London-based Creative + Designer Nigel Ruwende, of Saint & Birchley, kick off this monthly series of in-store events. Ruwende will be setting up in the Shinola store for three days, showing the public how he creates bespoke workwear aprons for his brand Saint & Birchley, as well as sharing is knowledge and passion for his craft.

After working as a stylist for five years, Ruwende took an increasing interest in how garments were designed constructed, which led to this nature progression into product design. The Community of Craft series is a great opportunity for our local craftspeople to be given exposure with a global reach.

The first part of this Community of Craft monthly Pop-Up series is running at the Shinola, Soho store from 9-12th April. Pop down to the store to see how Saint & Birchley's products are designed and created, with also see Shinola's full Made in USA collection. Shinola - 13 Newburgh Street, London, W1F 7RS.

Further reading: American Craftsmen in Britain by Jocks&Nerds x Shinola.

This post is in partnership with Jocks&Nerds + Shinola. Thank you for taking the time to support the businesses that make this blog happen.

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