JOHN LOBB - “Jihel” Dark brown suede / Dark brown tassels

Airforce > Navy

I like blue suits as they are the most adaptable & always look crisp. Navy is fine for serious MAN business, so anything from French navy to Junior Navy or Airforce blue is preferable.

Details | Suit - P Johnson in Loro Piana wool/mohair for GW | shirt - P Johnson in Thomas Mason for GW | Pocket Square - Hermes | Tie - RAW silk Drakes | Hoofs - John Lobb “Phillip II” for Leather Soul

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”

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”

Solaro SoRaro reflects heat - Truth or Fiction?

Summer has finally arrived in Sydney, Australia & what better way to start than wearing a cotton “Solaro” suit.

It has been said that the weave was developed in such a way to reflect the suns bight - so far I have to agree.

Solaro cloth is recognisable by the fine herringbone weave, usually 2 colours (in this case khaki & plum). Solaro can be of cotton or wool. The wool variety is almost like gaberdine.

The hand (or feel) is quite special in that there is a certain heft yet soft to skin. The creases tend to also be soft not fine like normal cotton.

I’m looking forward to more cotton Solaro - maybe even a DB..

* note the shadows as the clouds move & then note that the tone of the suit changes ever so slightly, so hard to capture this..

Details: Shades - vintage Moscot “Lemtosh” in summer blonde | Suit - P Johnson in Ariston cotton “Solaro” ”SoRaro” for GW | Shirt - P Johnson in Thomas Mason for GW | Knit-tie - Drakes | Pocket Square - Linen Hermes | Socks - MUJI | Hoofs - John Lobb ” City II) in pewter suede on 7000 last for Leather Soul for GW


Suede + cotton SOLARO SoRaro = Italian summer..
Details: Pants (part of suit) - P Johnson in Ariston cotton “Solaro” for GW | Socks - MUJI | Hoofs - John Lobb ” City II) in pewter suede on 7000 last for Leather Soul for GW
(Taken with Instagram at The Bunker)

Suede + cotton SOLARO SoRaro = Italian summer..

Details: Pants (part of suit) - P Johnson in Ariston cotton “Solaro” for GW | Socks - MUJI | Hoofs - John Lobb ” City II) in pewter suede on 7000 last for Leather Soul for GW

(Taken with Instagram at The Bunker)

First Impressions..
Had to meet a new stake holder today to set the tone for my no nonsense approach rooted in ‘old school’ charm..
I have been briefed that all have failed before - great!
Details | Suit - P Johnson in Huddersfield summer worsted wool for GW | Shirt - Ascot Chang in Thomas Mason for GW | Tie - Herringbone | PS - vintage Japanese Kimono cloth | Hoofs - John Lobb Prestige “Phillip II” on 7000 last for Leather Soul for GW

First Impressions..

Had to meet a new stake holder today to set the tone for my no nonsense approach rooted in ‘old school’ charm..

I have been briefed that all have failed before - great!

Details | Suit - P Johnson in Huddersfield summer worsted wool for GW | Shirt - Ascot Chang in Thomas Mason for GW | Tie - Herringbone | PS - vintage Japanese Kimono cloth | Hoofs - John Lobb Prestige “Phillip II” on 7000 last for Leather Soul for GW

Look into my eyes - I will put you to sleep with my Grown Man Style..

It’s spring & 2 months from when I said last week of flannel..

Details | Suit - P Johnson in Ariston wool/cashmere flannel for GW | Shirt - P johnson in Thomas Mason for GW | Tie - Loro Piana cashmere | PS - vintage Japanese kimono cloth | Hoofs - John Lobb “City II” in Pewter suede on 7000 last for Leather Soul for GW | specs - vintage from Shanghai

Pesky ant.. 

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:

  • This was done in 1 take
  • There was no mirror
  • In hind sight I should have had a shorter tail
  • Better lighting next time
  • Fixed focus not auto

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

These are JL2010 Saint Crepin, not to be confused with Saint Crispin’s (which I also own).. 
Confusing?
(Taken with Instagram at The Bunker)

These are JL2010 Saint Crepin, not to be confused with Saint Crispin’s (which I also own)..

Confusing?

(Taken with Instagram at The Bunker)

Day two of “5 Days of Bow-tie”- The pointed bow tie with a twist.. GREY FLANNEL

My Nephew want’s in!

I mentioned yesterday about not tying the bow tie too TIGHT or PERFECT

Add some punch with something unexpected

Details | Bow-tie - M. J. Bale | PS - Tom Fucking Ford | Suit - P Johnson in Loro Piana “Zelander” for GW | Shirt - Ascot Chang in Thomas Mason “silverline” end-on-end for GW | Hoofs - John Lobb “City II” in Pewter suede for Leather Soul

Crop circles are taking place under the table!
(Taken with Instagram at The Bunker)

Crop circles are taking place under the table!

(Taken with Instagram at The Bunker)

Dress your age or your role in life - understand the CONTEXT

Currently there is a very strong movement for dressing classically or grown up - EXERENT!

Unless you are only in your teens or 20s. 

Many young men asking advice on what to wear or how to look Grown Man.

May I suggest you enjoy making mistakes & dress like a Young Man.

Today is a fine example. The knit tie I wore was a gift from my Sistah over 20 years ago. Back then she would have bought it for aesthetic reasons & back then I was not ready to wear it. I so wanted to, I just did not have the confidence or role model to learn from (there was no internet - they were the dark ages).

I’m so glad that I saved it till the last 10 years.

Yesterday was a PRIME example when I tried to push the envelope instead of relying on my proven formula. Yes the “infamous” Guido Wooster/Nicholson Wongolini experiment..

But if I did not try it - I would not have learnt from my mistake.

  • Personal style does not happen over night.
  • Personal style is developed over years of mistakes.
  • Personal style is not having to “over think” your choices.
  • Personal style is knowing “your” punchline to a joke.

Please do still ask for advice, but remember it is my opinion on my personal style.

Trust me that in real life you will not see all the folds - just back PHAT

I cringe when I see women wear clumpy/clunky shoes - yet I did it yesterday. Today I look down & laugh at myself.

St Crepin must have been rolling in his grave

Details | Shades - RayBan “Round Metal” | Suit - P Johnson in Loro Piana “4 Season” flannel for GW | Shirt - P Johnson in Thomas Mason for GW | Tie - Jasper Conran wool knit (when he was designing clothes not interiors or furniture) | Collar Pin (used as tie pin) - Bottega Veneta | PS - Tom Fucking Ford | DubMunks - John Lobb 2010 St Crepin for Leather Soul

Saint Crepin creeped out over yesterday’s creepers. I’m not religious, but I felt the pressure all day! 
(Taken with Instagram at The Bunker)

Saint Crepin creeped out over yesterday’s creepers. I’m not religious, but I felt the pressure all day!

(Taken with Instagram at The Bunker)

Just another day in the office

By now you should see a pattern - One does not need a lot of suits per season & all one needs is a well curated selection of ties, pocket squares & basic shirts to keep it consistently fresh.

In the very near future (maybe this week end) I will provide a post of all my winter suits hanging as an example.

Details | Suit - P Johnson in Loro Piana wool/cashmere “Gun Check” for GW | Shirt - P Johnson in Thomas Mason “Silver line” twill for GW | PS - Tom Fucking Ford | Tie - Kiton “AliceOlive” | Hoofs - John Lobb “City II” in pewter suede on 7000 last for Leather Soul