Goose Island Beer Bring Clean Cut Kid to London

Clean Cut Kid has partnered with Goose Island for Migration Week, a week-long celebration bringing the spirit of Chicago to London in the form of a barrel-load of Chicago’s finest Goose Island beer. Last week they headlined The Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen and we managed to get a quick word. What is your favourite craft beer? (Of course, we would love to hear about some of your favourite Goose Island beers) Mike’s the beer man in this band – he is super passionate about it and was excited to be teaming up with Goose Island. We enjoyed trying the new Midway session IPA which was on tap at the gig. It was a good night! You’ve partnered up with Chicago’s famous craft beer brand, Goose Island. How was headlining the Midway Sessions gig? How did the collaboration come about? And what does it mean to you to have closed the week? We really enjoyed Midway Sessions! The gig was part of Goose Island’s ‘Migration Week’, which was all about bringing the spirit of Chicago to London, and celebrating the best there is in music, food and of course, beer. We…
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The Magic of Egg Shell Art – Scrapbook

If you’re out in Vietnam then do check this out, someone else has written a much better article detailing all the information; tours, destinations, purchasing etc. You can find the article here. It’s a humbling experience as most of the artists have been affected either directly or indirectly by Agent Orange, a chemical used in the Vietnam War by the Americans that no one talks about. Not even Oliver Stone. Someone else has written a good article on that here. I’m getting super lazy right? Directing you to other peoples articles instead of writing my own? Well travel blogs don’t keep the lights on guys, know what I’m saying? But do check these guys out if you’re heading off to Vietnam. This was among the many of humbling experiences we encountered.  
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5 Life Hacks Every Man Should Master

Gliding through life isn’t easy for a man of the 21st century as there are so many things you need to know and a number of tricky situations you have to handle on a daily basis. That’s why you need to be prepared for whatever life throws at you and overcome all obstacles. Here are five important life hacks every man should master if he wants to win every single day. Get a Proper Shave Going to the barber’s and getting a professional shave is amazing, but that’s not something you can do all the time. And if you have to shave morning after morning, there’s nobody else to rely on but yourself. The problem with razors today is that there are too many choices and you can’t be sure what will work for you. Everyone has a different skin type and not every man can use all razors, so you need to find the one that suits you the most. Once you do, all that’s left is to decide whether you want to shave your face or grow facial hair. Cook a healthy meal  Going to restaurants and sticking…
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Chad McQueen – ‘My Dad Gave me the Jacket From Bullitt’

For the latest episode of the Menswear Style podcast I called in the big guns. After having my head in the Icons of Mens Style book by Josh Sims for the last couple of weeks, (you may have seen me take a few pics with it on INSTA) I was dead-set on not only interviewing the books author, but doing an episode entirely based on actor Steve McQueen. I chased a few brands to the hills but they just managed to get away (code for not answering emails). But one person who helped me endlessly was Liz Van Denberg, brand manager of the Steve McQueen estate. We overcame numerous technical hurdles, juggled diaries, time zones and logistics to get Chad McQueen on the phone. Chad is Steve’s son, and he spoke to me exclusively for about ten minutes about why his Dad’s style is so revered and survived. Did he know he was cool?  He just did his thing, he didn’t dwell on himself at all. I think thats what he made him cool. Its just the way he was. He’s been gone 36 years and his style still resonates.…
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Ordering a Suit Online with TailorStore

It’s an paradoxical feeling; ordering a suit online. Huge parts of me longs to wallow in the sybaritic pleasures of a tailor’s quarters. Being handed a bourbon in a cut-glass tumbler, having my ego caressed by some coquettish PR girl who longs to get any free column inches for their client, and if that means she has to play ball and remark how good my arse looks in a “32 then so be it. Of course this all sounds rather passe, if not utterly misogynistic to believe that a mans place in the world is defined by the cut of his suit and a woman’s role by that of how subservient she can be to his needs. But these are the adornments to which I’ve been accustomed in my profession as a Menswear journalist. As Kevin Bacon recites in A Few Good Men, ‘these are the facts, and they cannot be disputed.’ However, I’m also a fan of time-effeciency. I don’t like coffee meetings, ‘pick your brain’ calls or walking my Brother’s dog in the morning because he’s too hungover to surface. (Joking Matt, it’s a delight). Ordering a suit…
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Shruti Viswan – Indian Women have Zero Tolerance to Bullsh*t

Awhile back we featured Shruti Viswan in the Top 9 Indian Models on Instagram. Back then she told us ‘I am gender fluid and I associate myself as the two facets of being both feminine and masculine, which is why I have an undercut. I am a passionate being with big ideas and small pleasures.‘ Shruti. It’s our pleasure to have her back for an exclusive. Clink on the pictures and follow her on Instagram. What do people not know about Indian women?  Zero tolerance to bull shit, haha What’s the best thing to do in Mumbai that the tourists don’t know about?  Catch a nice play or an underground gig. Your favourite fashion designer? Which designer or brand would you like to work with?  I adore the Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto. His Japanese Avante garde aesthetic is one of its own kind. Some day I really wish that our paths cross. Your work out routine and motivation?  My work out routine focuses both on mental and physical fitness, so I start with  yoga in the morning followed by meditation and then towards the evening I go for a run…
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Let’s Talk About Gin …. Baby (In convo with Nick Unsworth from …

“He who dares, Gins!” or “Get some Giiiiiiiin!!” Anyone who can name which episode of which programme that was taken from wins a curly wurly. For anyone looking to learn more about whisky or distilled spirits, you should definitely check out GreatDrams Radio, available now on iTunes. Every week, Greg Dillon, (founder of GreatDrams) and I reel off the latest news and releases from within the spirit world. Which sounds like something you’d hear a voodoo priest sing about in Predator 2. Of course I’m talking about distilled spirits. This week we spoke to the head barman Nick Unsworth of the popular gin parlour, Graphic Bar, Soho. Belongs to Urban Leisure Group, what have they done to the graphic bar? It’s the oldest in the group, early archetypes for the aesthetics that we have now, exposed brick work, there’s a bit of Coin Laundry in Graphic, Graphic really set the blueprint. So much choice, over 300 gins, how do your customers know what to try?  Customers ask ‘why don’t we do a big menu?’ But I don’t like to take the human element out. What’s fun is the interacting with the bartender,…
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Bilger Eck – Konstanz – Hotel Review

Here we are in Hotel Bilger Eck which is in the heart of Konstanz, Germany. Just a ten minute walk from the town centre. Much to say about this place. Much to say so here goes. RECEPTION:  No drinks or man beating a kettle drum. (How we were spoilt on Ha Long Bay). There was a small jar of gummy bears on the front desk and some welcome candy on the bed. Not bad. SAFE:  Didn’t work at all. I’ll refer to my notes on this one, ‘What’s the fucking point?’ BED: Huge double bed frame, with two single mattresses wedged in. Now the missus has said it’s the European way. That the double or queen sized mattresses can’t fit up the stairs in these European hotels. I call bullshit on that one. It’s a dodge and I told her as much. You know how you can tell? Because they got the fucking frame in. Failing that, get it hoisted in through the window. Honestly, zero excuse. I’m sure the welcome candy was there to cushion the blow. The missus who is the pillow aficionado gave this report on the pillows;…
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My Summer Wardrobe by Best Secret

Look, free clothes don’t keep the lights on but I won’t turn them down. I was sent these by a company known as BestSecret, only I won’t link the products as you have to be a member on their site in order to do any shopping. But in case you like the look of what you see I’ll list the brands at the bottom. Excuse the orgy of pictures, I just wanted you to get an honest feel of the clothes. For the record I’m a 32 waist, 30 leg. The G-Star chinos came up way to big. Everything else – fit like a treat. Huntington Beach Tee by Maui and Sons Gingham Navy Polo by Original Penguin Light Blue Tapered Chinos by G-Star Coral Bermuda Shorts by Rivaldi Jonico Navy Blazer by Pepe Jeans Beige Lace Ups by Pointer  
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A Weekend in Berlin with Harman Kardon

If the human race is going to comfortably survive on this fragile planet for longer than the next century, there’s one crucial thing we need to do. We need to sex up ‘environmentally friendly’. We need to wipe the compost off it, polish it until it glimmers in the light, give it curves and contours, make it sound crisp and then race it at such a speed that its dreadlocks are ripped off by sheer velocity. These were my thoughts this weekend, as I bombed around the Tempelhof FIA Formula E racetrack in a fully electric BMW i8 courtesy of Harman Kardon. Profound, I know. Harman Kardon is smart. It’s smart because with its range of audio products and in-car solutions it’s having its cake and eating it. Sophisticated designs meet lightweight, energy-efficient materials. Twice the sonic performance meets half the energy consumption, which is particularly beneficial for the hybrid and electric cars of the future as it can increase battery life and range. And where better to showcase such forward-thinking technology than the Berlin leg of the FIA Formula E – the electric equivalent of the Grand Prix. As…
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