26 May 2016

The Artist Series by Word Notebooks

Those serial stationery pushers at Word have just released a new Artist Series, in which they invited four up-and-coming designers to reinterpretate their US-made pocket notepads. Word always try to breathe a little extra life into the humble, everyday notepad, and this new colourful series makes a welcome change from the regular 3.5 x 5.5s.

The Artist Series by Word is available here.

23 May 2016

The Oxford Shirt in 50 Steps by ASKET



Factory and design videos are a little bit of an obsession. I guess it gives us a certain connect to the product we may potentially spend our money on, but also gives you the sense of the process each item goes through. Step-by-step, we get to see each pair of hands the item passes through, and the skill it takes to create the finished product be that manual or machine-driven.

However I do find a lot of these short documentaries a little throwaway - sometimes you barely get to consider each movement, and it all becomes a little too "oh we best make one of those videos". This short film by ASKET, shot inside a family-run factory just outside Braga, Portugal, manages to squeeze the 50 steps it takes to create one of their new Oxford shirts, into 03:09. Yet it doesn't feel rushed or ill-considered. In fact, it's set at just the right pace for me to take it all in and enjoy.

Press play and enjoy The Oxford Shirt in 50 Steps. See our review of ASKET's essentials here.

19 May 2016

Store Visit | Universal Works, Nottingham

Universal Works - Nottingham, Rough Trade


With a few of my favourite contempoary menswear brands being based in Nottingham we couldn't visit the city without paying one a visit. Universal Works have become a familiar name on Buckets & Spades over the last few years super wearable designs, consistency and an unpretentious approach to promoting themselves has created a much deserved loyal following.

It's been great to see UW become more recognised as each collection is released, and for the brand's latest expansion, David Keyte + co have set up shop right in the middle of their home city. Located in the Rough Trade building (along with a shiny new Aesop store, and cafe bar), this small but perfectly designed space houses the best of their latest collection. Japanese + British-inspired workwear offerings of casual and smart jackets sit alongside waterproof outerwear, British-made denim, simple shirts and jersey, the best fitting trousers you're likely to find and enough socks to sink a ship.

The store may be small, but when a place has got everything you need then, adding any more "sizzle" is just showing off. Opening a standalone store outside of London does come with its risks, but it just goes to show how much menswear has progressed in the past five years.

Universal Works, 5 Broad Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AJ. See more of our Store Visits here.

17 May 2016

This Week's Kit | Commuter Essential

Disney Micky Mouse Watch | Micro Sleeve Wallet c/ Bellroy | Field Notes Cherrywood Notepad | Cable Tidy c/o Holdall + co | Umbrella Magazine Issue 14

Ever since I started using Bellroy products I've found myself cutting back on the excess I carry around. My regular (but what now feels huge) wallet still has its use, but mainly for the days when I'm out shopping or traveling. I actually wasn't sure if I'd have much use for the Micro Sleeve card holder when it first arrived, but now it never leaves my pocket.

The Bellroy Micro Sleeve has enough space for your essentials; six cards and a couple of notes. It's made from full-grain vegetable tanned leather and comes in five colour variations. Now, if only they could simplify my jangling key situation...

7 May 2016

City Guide | 24 Hours in Nottingham


It’s true that a little local knowledge definitely goes a long way. When we set off to Nottingham a couple of weeks back, we’d done a bit of research, asked a few folks where we should go and what we should do; but, at the end of the first day we were feeling a bit down.

Partly, it was because of the weather (after a sunny start, it rained almost non-stop). Partly, it was because we were struggling with the controls on an old version of FIFA, back at our Airbnb. But, mainly, it was because we hadn’t seen much of the city that really captivated us. Don’t get me wrong, we’d been to a couple of good shops and bars; we just hadn’t seen anything out of the ordinary or anything particularly noteworthy.

Realm & Empire a British brand, with roots in the Midlands, that we’ve known and loved for a long while now had read through our other city guides and thought we could do something similar in Nottingham. This was a project for our friends and we really didn’t want to let them down!



Thankfully, on that first day, we also spoke to the right people. The guys at Waste Studio, a creative agency with one epic toy collection, and the folks at Ideas on Paper, a really cool magazine shop, stuffed full of every magazine you’ll ever want to read, pointed us in the right direction.

It turns out, Nottingham is a pretty cool place and, not only that, it’s small enough to visit more-or-less everything on foot. Win-win!

5 May 2016

Danny McAskill's Cascadia Rooftop Video



I might be a bit late to the party on this one, but something tells me that this video won't get old quick. The man from Skye, Danny McAskill, is at it again, blowing our minds with his precision perfect bike skills, all set to the vibrantly coloured rooftop backdrop of Gran Canaria, Spain.

Press play and enjoy (side note, this video has over 14 million views!).

2 May 2016

Timex Fairfield London Snapshot

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Just a few snapshots from a memorable weekend spent down in London celebrating the launch of the new Timex Fairfield collection. A trip around Borough Market and a wander around Southbank, finally ending with a tour around some of the oldest tailors on Saville Row. Looking forward to sharing more with you soon!

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