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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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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The St James Fashion Show LFWM – Scrapbook

Here are a scrapbook of pictures I took whilst at the St James Fashion show this weekend for London Fashion Week Men’s. Congratulations to all the brands for putting on a wonderful spectacle, in particular John Smedley for their first catwalk showing in 230 years. There will be a full review and write up over on Menswear Style later this week. Below is a pic of my mate Rashpal from Style & Stylus. He’s wearing DuChamp. Below is a pic of David Gandy, or as I call him ‘Eye Gandy’. I passed him a couple of times. I wanted to stop and speak to him and asked if he remembered me from the Spectre screening at Ham Yard Hotel. But I didn’t have the balls. Above is a picture of Eli Ankutse from Joshua Magazine. I wanted to go up to him and say hi. He bought me a Romeo and Juliet Cigar on a press trip to the Bruichladdich distillery. Never forget that. But he hasn’t returned my emails since and didn’t want to bother him.  
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Introducing Dwimmer – Gamechanging Neckwear

‘Everyone’s a Dwimmer baby that’s the truth.’ Apologies, but that track was running around in my head the entire weekend. I always like to think of future jingles for advertising campaigns. Honestly why Lidl hasn’t used the Oasis track ‘Little by Little’ and morphed it into ‘Lidl buy Lidl’ is beyond me. I digress. Lets talk Dwimmer shall we? If you click on any picture it will send you direct to the shop where you can purchase the featured tie. Each piece is handmade in California, presented in a nice wooden and acetate box (fit for a fine bottle of cognac no less) is thick to the touch and is easy enough to slip on. Although that said, I still got the missus to do it. In the picture above where I look the whitest human being in Amsterdam, I’m rocking the Quevedo Bold Tie for $150. Measurements: Extends 20″ from where neck hits to tip and the front fabric is synthetic. I thought a black shirt would accentuate the checkered red stitching, and conversely, a plain white shirt would do the same for the black in the picture below. I think both…
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Interview with Walter Smith – First man to Tailor The Beatles

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing both Paul Du Noyer (Paul McCartney’s Biographer) and the first man to ever tailor Beatles, Walter Smith. I tried desperately to get someone from Crombie on the line to talk about Tommy Nutter, the rock star tailor who tailored 3 out of the 4 Beatles walking across the zebra crossing. (George decided to wear denim). He also made The Joker’s outfit in Batman (Burton/Nicholson). It didn’t pan out unfortunately but hopefully we’ll get Crombie on for another time. “They had very colourful language, in fact I had to pull them aside and tell them to watch their language, and remind them they were in a tailors”. Walter Smith But both Paul and Walter were great company. Walter I barely had to do any talking at all. I just phoned him up and hit record. In fact I don’t think I spoke for the first 10 minutes. I got the feeling he could have gone on for a lot longer. (In fact he did, I cut the tape about 10 minutes shop because we were talking about my past a little and studying…
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The Hoi An Tailors – Scrapbook

The women work 12 hour days in Ba Ri Tailors with only 2 days off a month. They work hard and they’re good at what they do, from a family of 3rd and 4th generation seamstresses. The guys play cards, drink beer and sing karaoke, by all accounts. 80% of tourists that go to Hoi An buy a suit. If a hotel recommends a tailor then they have to pay commission to that hotel, meaning your price might be moderated/inflated. It’s up to you if you want to haggle. Personally I don’t bother. You’ll need a couple of days at least to get fitted. We came back a bunch of times, the initial fit, the base fit and the final fit. If you need to kill a couple of hours in Hoi An go to the Mango Rooms, they have happy hour cocktails. You can tell I really liked this tree. Me on a hoverboard.  
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The Savile Row Company Shirts – Scrapbook

Pretending to read the Bo Concept catalogue as the cats aggregate on the dinner table. Wearing a Navy White Fine Stripe Linen Blend Slim Fit Casual Shirt from Savile Row Company. Banded collar, aka Grandad collar. £35, click on image to take you to the store. We put one of the cats (Manya) on a diet. Which must be highly distressing for a house cat. She pops out on the balcony every now and then to eat the dwarfed conifers, but other than that, nada. Take away someones hobby, they become rudderless. This is a Dark Grey End On End Slim Fit Shirt – Single Cuff, £35. Click on the picture to go to the shop. More traditional, versatile. Lovely view this over Montagu Square in Marylebone. Shame I’m blocking it. Navy White Spot and Cross Print Slim Fit Shirt – Single Cuff. Click on picture to take you to the shop. £35. I forgot my pocket square, no writer is worth his salt if he can’t remember his pocket square.  
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A Closer look at the Claes Goran Chelsea Boot

I had the good fortune to be sent on a pair of Claes Goran Chelsea Boots the other week and wanted to give you a demonstration. In the video I go into a brief history of Claes Goran and give you an even briefer outline of the goodyear welted shoe. For more information and where to shop for the Claes Goran Chelsea Boot click here. For a full insight on what goes on inside a goodyear welted shoe then it might be best to check out the Oliver Sweeney tutorial with Cobbler in Chief Tom Cooper which can be found here. For ideas on how to style a Chelsea Boot the Idle Man did a piece here that’s worth checking out. Profile picture taken by John Pickup.      
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Wearable Technology at Excel – Scrapbook

“I’m sorry, John, but you’re gonna have to run again. – What? – RUUUUUN!!!” – Agatha, John – Minority Report. There’s a scene in Minority Report where Anderton takes Agatha to a hacker to extract the minority report of Leo Crow. In the background you see a dude reclined on a barcalounger in the midst of a huddle of holograms, each telling him that ‘he’s the man’. That’s the way I see technology going. These pictures were taken at the Wearable Technology event down in Excel, London earlier today. I was here for an hour. Was moderately entertained. Got to meet the dude from Dragon’s Den. He told me the lift featured in the programme wasn’t a real lift. Blew my fucking tiny mind! There was a futuristic shoe company that has developed insoles with an in-built sat-nav that vibrant left and right to direct you. We have completely done away with the compass and boy scouts haven’t we? What skills are we going to take back to the trees once Armageddon comes?  
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