"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle."
Ernest Hemingwayemail me if google hasn't got the answer..
As captured by my Sistah
Details | DubMunks - MTO Edward Green suede “Westminster” on Dainite sole for GW | Socks - RLPL | Jeans - Rapha
wish I could wear his shoes…wearing oversized men’s clothes I can do, but not shoes!
Focus on me not the wall..
Monday basics | Shades - vintage Persol | Jacket (part of suit) - @PJohnson Loro Piana “The Wave” for GW | Pocket Square - Drake’s Irish linen | Shirt - @AscotChang Thomas Mason for GW | Tie - E. G. Capelli | Pantaloons - Incotex | DubMunks - John Lobb 2010 St Cripin’s for @LeatherSoul for GW
For posterity.. Friday BusCasual
Details | Umbrella - Fox for GW | Pocket Square - Drake’s Irish linen | Jacket (part of suit) - @PJohnson in Loro Piana for GW | Shirt - @AscotChang in Thomas Mason for GW | Tie - Hermes knit tie | DubMunks - Edward Green “Westminster” Mole Suede for @LeatherSoul for GW | Bag - Ettinger for @TheArmoury
Friday Guido top to toe
Nothing wrong with black shoes
Details | Pantaloons - 10 YO Banana Republic | DubMunks - John Lobb 2010 St Crepins for Leather Soul for GW
Guido’s very very nice dbl monks - I want a pair
My issue is, I need a pair that doesn’t have that leather welt around the edge to make the shoe look refined on my feet (not that I have big feet). I love the look of men’s shoes on women - but there are details that need to be refined so that the shoes have the essence of the men’s but the right balance for women.
Opposite ends of family style..
People always comment on the personal style of my Niece & Nephew, then my Sistah & I - then they see my Mom & it all clicks..
Is it DNA or environment or culture?
I’d say a mixture of all the above - if you were to try & isolate each part the end result would be unfinished. Also there is timing.
For example at family/friend gatherings such as weddings or celebrations where (in theory) family & friends all share the same mix of DNA or environment or culture, it is then very apparent that my immediate family stands out. My 1st cousins look like twice removed 2nd cousins, people we grew up with in the same Chinese community for generations look like feuding families & my Niece & Nephew are neat..
What am I saying? Style is personal & developed over time. Don’t try & copy look-books etc.
I say this as I get messages all the time about how, why & where - “to get it cheaper”..
The really question should be “when” & the answer is over time.
Currently there is the trend to dress “grown up” or acquire “classic” pieces - this only applies after you have had years of playing around, so go out & explore but please avoid permanent damage such as body art etc. If you must, think back to a few years & see if you still have or cherish that item/experience.
Just my opinion.
Details | Shades - 20 YO Randolph Engineering aviators (before American Optics bought them out to cash in on history)| Jacket (part of suit) - P Johnson in Ariston cotton SoRaro for GW | Pocket Square - Tom FUKING Ford | Leather Bracelet - 20 YO Hermes “Hook & Ring” double wrap leather (way before most the current sprezz trend) | Shirt - 10 YO RLPL (just gets softer & one to hide from MeerCat & Sistah) | Belt - RLPL SS slide buckle + black alligator strap | Pantaloons - 10 YO Banana Republic cotton chinos (when they looked like a travel company & not jumping on the current trend) | DubMunks - John Lobb 2010 St Crepins on 7000 last for Leather Soul for GW
I am a “sun dial”..
* My shirt sleeves are hiding from the sun for maximum cooling effect
Details: Suit - P Johnson in Loro Piana “Zelander” for GW | Shirt - P Johnson for GW | Pocket Square - Tom Fuking Ford | Tie - Herringbone | DubMunks - John Lobb 2010 St Crepins for Leather Soul for GW | Shades - vintage Moscot “Lemtosh”
Final check in at The Armoury & in time to see some FRESH CRISPY Saint Crispins!
Check out how the DubMunk straps have no holes until they are yours..
* the navy jodhpur boots are Carmina MTO specials..
Linen + Linen + Linen.. It’s getting warm & perfect for "business casual"
* my nephew has special disappearing powers..
Details | Jacket - P Johnson in Ariston denim linen for GW | Shirt - Ascot Chang in Drake’s “vintage reserve linen shirting” for GW | Linen pantaloons - RLPL | Knit tie - Hermes | PS - Herringbone | DubMunks - Edward Green “Westminster” in suede on 888 last & Dainite sole for Leather Soul for GW
Crunch crunch crunch..
Some say suede is a winter skin, I say suede is good all year around just as I wear suede in the rain..
Don’t spray any protection as they don’t work - well they do, but not for long as the coating cracks off as you walk meaning you need to reapply.
I have no issues with wearing my suede shoes in the rain - just remember to:
* for some reason I have received numerous emails about wearing suede in countries like Singapore.. Just treat as above & always check for mould as the humidity CUSS’s the leather.
Details | Pantaloons - RLPL | DubMunks - Edward Green “Westminster” in suede on 888 last & Dainite sole for Leather Soul for GW
Is it just me but new leather on sandstone sounds great..
Details | Suit - P Johnson in Loro Piana Wool/Mohair for GW | Shirt - P Johnson in Thomas Mason fine oxford twill for GW | Knit tie - Drakes | PS - Hermes | DubMunks - John Lobb 2010 Saint Crepin for Leather Soul for GW
Not to silence the lambs as I will leave it to the Wallabies when they meet the All Blacks towards the end of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.. But hopefully this will help or amuse you.
Day 4 of video capers notes:
Details | Suit - P Johnson in Loro Piana Wool/Mohair “Airforce Blue” for GW | Shirt - P Johnson in Thomas Mason fine oxford twill for GW | Knit tie - Drakes | PS - Hermes | DubMunks - John Lobb 2010 Saint Crepin for Leather Soul for GW
* I’d like to thank my Niece for not laughing whilst handing me my jacket then PS
Day four of “5 Days of Bow Tie” - One day to go..
Tomorrow is going to be a challenge as Friday is Business Casual.
I mentioned this last week & I would like to point out again that I have worn only 4 suits this winter, doing so to prove that one does not need a very deep wardrobe if well curated & well accessorised.
Personally the pointed bow is my goto shape as it blends 50s sensibility without the clown effect of the butterfly bow. Just my $0.05..
Details | BT - RLPL | PS - Tom Fucking Ford | Suit - P Johnson in Loro Piana wool/cashmere “Gun-check” for GW | Shirt - P Johnson in Thomas Mason fine oxford for GW | Socks - MUJI | DubMunks - Edward Green “Westminster” in Mole suede, 888 last on Dainite for Leather Soul
I love my MUJI socks - I have 10 pairs in navy & grey
* good move as they have not made these again for some time
Daily Guido - more, suede monks and spotty socks