26 Oct 2014

The Sa Origami-Like Umbrella + Weekend Links


Combining the traditional folding techniques of origami with durable fabric, The Sa looks at reinventing the humble umbrellas as we know it. The construction of The Sa utilises a minimal approach to the common umbrella, striping it back to much more efficient and environmentally conscious design. Most people reading this are probably wondering if it really works - as am I too - but you can watch the Sa in action here.

Bit late on the old Weekend post this time around, but that's cool, we still have a day left! Hope you enjoy some down time whatever is it you get up to.

Weekend Bucket List

The town in Spain literally living under a rock
Love this geometric sardine print
The surreal "fruity" work of Sarah Illenberger
The kettle of the future?
Seeing Sydney from above
Real men with real jobs wearing Jigsaw Menswear
Still time to enter our giveaway to win $400 with Ciera Design.

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24 Oct 2014

Three Days in France with Courvoisier | Part 2



A few weeks have past since we took a surprise trip away with French cognac brand Courvoisier, but the memories are still as fresh as the day we arrived. Yesterday I gave a presentation to a group of stying students at UCLan University and someone asked me, "what's the coolest thing you've done through your blog?". I immediately knew the answer was our three days spent in France.

The first few hours with Courvoisier were super intense. Fueled on unpronounceable canapes, we toured their Le Chateau, old cellars, drank cognac whilst blindfolded, took a fleeting visit around the town, had dinner opposite the Master Blender and attended a cocktail competition....All 38 of us were just going with the flow, literally. As we caught the coach to final next destination we were all still second-guessing their next move.
 

"How about we go to Paris", was heckled from the front of the coach, which was met with a roar of "whoops" from most and surprise from all. Three hours later myself and Nik found ourselves standing in a plush 5* old school hotel room, just off the Champs-Elysees. We navigated our way around two finger sandwiches (don't these French folk eat proper meals?) and a bottle of pop each, before heading to a private roottop party. "We're in Paris right?". We literally had no time to take in this surreal situation. I hadn't even seen the whole of the Eiffel Tower yet!


The next few hours were some of the most memorable of my life. We met up with our new friends + travel buddies at Hotel Raphael for the swanky rooftop party; which had a view like no other. On one side the imposing figure of the Arc de Triomph, on the other was the Eiffel Tower, in all its glory. Parties aren't usually my bag but combining this with new friends, tireless entertainment from a magician/comedian/all-round top bloke and the beautiful voice of Katie Elin-Salt, well let's just say, it was a magical night end to a perfect evening.
 



Passport Sleeve c/o Bellroy

The next morning we awoke bright and early, stocked up on Bacon McMuffins + coffee (as you do) and met the group for a final outing, to the one of Paris' most beautiful parks public, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Things were still quite hazy from the night before but as we walked across the park's famous bridges I remember feeling a huge sense of content, I could have stayed there all day. All that was to jump the Eurostar and head back to reality.

A big thank you to the Courvoisier team for making this trip happen. It was a very memorable + extremely enjoyable three days - I'm so glad I got to share it with some truly awesome people (you know who you are). This isn't one I'll be forgetting in a hurry.

Some images provided by Bertrand Vacarisas for Courvoisier.

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22 Oct 2014

In Preparation | Ryvita + Nutella


I'm knuckling down today, cracking on with getting a short PowerPoint presentation together for tomorrow morning. My friends at the university - where I studied - have invited me to help out on a menswear stylist project, so today is all about preparation. I'm not much of a public speaker but I'm looking forward to the challenge and working with some (hopefully) enthusiastic + welcoming students!

For the rest of the day I can be found with my head in a giant jar of Nutella. The sweet Ryvita tin is a limited edition design by Ben de Lisi.Wish me luck for tomorrow!

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21 Oct 2014

TSPTR Does Peanuts


Peanuts on a jacket, and a decent looking jacket at that. It's by London-based streetwear brand TSPTR - which stands for something pretty complicated - and has all the hallmarks of a great piece of outerwear in my eyes. Collegiate sports throw-back, cartoon illustration, hometown colours (Blackpool)....you know, all the stuff I'm in to. In fact, did they design it for me? Either way, it's a match made in Americana-heaven. 

TSPTR have gone and created a whole collection featuring original cartoons from the Peanuts family, illustrated by Charles M. Schulz. The collection features tees, sweats (also above), jackets and accessories - each featuring a nod the cartoon that was sandwiched between Trumpton and FunnyBones. It's just a shame my boy Linus didn't make the team sheet.

TSPTR Peanuts collection available at The Great Divide.

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19 Oct 2014

Outfit | Weavers Door Wardrobe Feature




My long-term buddies at Liverpool-based Independent Weavers Door recently invited me to take part in the second instalment of their Wardrobe series. The newly revamp feature sees friends of the store feature in a shoot, which all features clothing from their currently range. I styled this one myself.

We wander the city looking for interesting places for photos - starting off at Bold Street Coffee for a cuppa and nose through Proper Mag, and ending up by the super curious Liverpool Met Cathedral.

Wearing - Oliver Spencer Jacket | Sunspel Sweatshirt | Norse Projects Shirt | Edwin Jeans | Converse Trainers | Norse Projects Socks | Vintage Cap | Northern Goods Co. Key Clip

Thank you for supporting the independent businesses that we're so passionate about. See more from the Weavers Door shoot here. We're always looking to visit new places, which are your favourite independent stores?

Photographer - Mike Gannon

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18 Oct 2014

Forest & Bird Conservation Ads + Weekend Links


The type of advertising + marketing that really gets me going is the kind that we can feel a part of. Something interactive and evocative stays with me for much longer than a run of the mill billboard or flyer. This printed ad campaign by Chris Childerhouse does just that. The series of ads commissioned for New Zealand's conservation organisation Forest & Bird shows us (click image to enlarge) that we all have the choice make a difference. See more here.

Well, I wish I could say I'm looking forward to catching some downtime this weekend but I've got a bunch of things to do. It's been a fun week though, a couple of days in Scotland + starting to plan for upcoming projects. Up to anything interesting this w/e?

Weekend Bucket List 

This branding project is a stone cold stunner
Fancy sleeping on a hammock 50m above ground?
How the changing face of blogging + our "success" is subjective, great read.
Another brilliant example of interactive marketing
Imagine seeing this in your back garden?!
This travel photography blog
In case you missed it - Celebrating Ciera Designs Blog Birthday 

For a limited time our sponsors East Dane are offering 25% off with code FAMILY25, which makes it the perfect time to pick up a new winter coat. I've just bought this Penfield Down Jacket.


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16 Oct 2014

Reconditioning Volkswagens


As we travelled across the east of Scotland to reach this week's destination The Glenrothes Whisky Distillery I spotted this curious junkyard in the middle of nowhere. We zipped past way too quick to stop first time but on the way back to the airport we made a point of stopping, and had a quick snoop around.

It was actually a reconditioning yard for used Volkswagens, but had basically turned into a place of rest of these beloved vehicles. We didn't have much time as we were a tad worried about getting chased off with a pitchfork, but I'm glad we managed to get a few quick shots.

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13 Oct 2014

BOSS Orange Watches AW14 Collection



I was having a discussion be it quite one-sided about watches yesterday with my mate, while we were at work. He's totally obsessed with watches and how they look. And when I say obsessed I mean it totally consumes him. It's not just watches though, it's anything that gets in his head, he just can't stop thinking (or shut up) about it. In the end he dashed out on his lunch break and bought a brand new shiny timepiece he was proud as punch all afternoon with his new purchase and was constantly asking us if I needed to know the time! Just like a kid with a boxfresh Stretch Armstrong, he just couldn't wait to give it a go. You can't knock the man's passion.

He mentioned a few brands which piqued his curiosity, and one of them was BOSS Orange Watches. If you've been reading the blog for a while you'll have probably noticed that I'm big into watches I wear one every day without fail, and it feels totally alien to leave the house without one. Today I'd like to give a mention to BOSS Orange Watches, who I'm partnering up with for a series of blog posts.



Their new collection has only just hit my radar but their use of orange struck me as a great match for Buckets & Spades. The BOSS Orange Watches collection is for those with a relaxed lifestyle, who love nothing more to travel + explore the unknown, and who also embrace their individuality and passion for design. This sure sounds like my mate to me! Style-wise the designs are heavily influenced by street culture and travel - with each watch taking its name from a famous city, while also having a nod to adventure sports such as Scuba Diving. I might not be brave enough for deep sea diving but I can get on board with living life more spontaneously

In the next part of the series with BOSS Orange Watches I'll be showing you how I've styled a piece from their new AW collection!

Thanks for visiting,
Mat

This article was written in partnership with BOSS Orange Watches.

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Celebrate With Ciera Design | Win $400 Gift Card


I'm really thrilled to join in the fun and help our friend Ciera Design celebrate five years of blogging this month! It’s such an worthy accomplishment and what better way to celebrate than by giving away a special gift to all our amazing readers?

One lucky person will receive a $400 prepaid MasterCard, that can be spent anywhere in the world that accepts Debit MasterCards. How good is that?! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter! If you haven't checked out Ciera's blog before it's full of design, travel, craft and photography - It's a perfect match with Buckets & Spades.

11 Oct 2014

Curiosities Series by Isle Skateboards + Weekend Links


The idea behind Curiosities Series by Isle Skateboards was to ask three pro-skaters to gather up some of their collected ideas (from travelling, childhood, gifts...) that all mean something to them. The items would then be photographed in a custom-made shelving unit and turned into skateboard decks. I like the idea that each skater can ride around with their possessions still with them, wherever their work takes them. Read more here, available here.

I could bang on about this week but I want to look forward to the next. There's so many things going around in my head, but I have to remind myself that it's OK to say "no" to things. Not every opportunity is right for us. So I'm saying "yes" to catching up with all your blogs, comments and emails this weekend. How's about you guys?

Weekend Bucket List

Funny animated online dating video
Men's accessories handmade in San Diego - Kickstarter
Fancy the nicest job in Britain?
Why arriving at the train station fills you with relief
The scariest bikeride I've ever seen, watch this!
Colour installation in Japan's Shinjuku Central Park
A Photographic journey to the End of the World
In case you missed it - A Conversation about Lancashire-made sneakers

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