Hey, gidday mates. It was my birthday yesterday. I am officially 31 years old. [Insert profound life statement here.] No but seriously though, it’s been a good few months. I’m happy. My parents came to visit me for the first time since I’ve been living in the States and I got to show them around my city and introduce them to all my friends. They go home tomorrow. Tears will be shed. But as of today, life is good. It’s a sentimental week so allow me this one little moment: Thanks for following, you guys are my mates.Click to Continue!
I went through this phase about five years ago where I deluded myself into thinking I had a lot more money than I really did, and lived like an absolute baller — eating out approximately five times a week at this not-inexpensive Italian restaurant in Auckland named Prego, and having almost all of my clothes custom made for me by the gentlemen at Crane Brothers. It was a good time.Click to Continue!
Day 1 – Jacket and tie: Crane Brothers; pocket square: vintage; jeans: 3X1; shoes: Converse; shirt: Lands’ End. Last week Lands’ End issued me with my dream challenge. They said: “We’ll send you five of our No Iron Dress Shirts, you wear one each day, and blog the results.” I said: “Okayyyy!” It was good for a couple of reasons — I do not own an iron, so no iron is always my preference; it forced me to wear an actual different outfit every day for five days (which is an extreme rarity… confession: I did wear the same pairClick to Continue!
In my experience, few things beat overstaying your welcome at C’H’C’M’ on Bond Street in NoHo, trying on everything in store, and geeking out with proprietor, buyer and all-round good guy Sweetu about menswear, life in general and Anglo/American relations (he’s English). The underground menswear spot is my favourite in New York City, and Sweetu’s buy is broad-yet-selective, spanning French workwear (Arpenteur), Scottish knitwear (Drumohr), American sportswear (Ovadia & Sons) and denimwear (Levi’s Vintage Clothing), alongside a whole raft of other brands I’m often unfamiliar with – much to my own detriment. All added together, it’s the kind of clothingClick to Continue!
A couple of weeks ago I got a call from Kelly Framel aka The Glamourai asking if I’d like to help her out on a shoot she was doing for V Magazine online to coincide with its just-released Power Couples issue. Her idea was power dynamics – modern-day sexual politics, gold diggers and sugar daddies. She’d chosen Ali Michael to star as the young temptress alongside veteran model, rockstar and socialite Colin Duchin, and she needed a menswear guy to pull clothes for the sugar daddy. We went with tuxedos from HUGO BOSS, Ovadia & Sons and Hardy Amies, which perfectly complementedClick to Continue!