"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..
Buffalo or Burrata?
Pumped about my friend’s new bar/dining room that is based around fresh buffalo mozzarella & burrata (flown in 3 times a week from Italay).
My new local..
Buffalo Dining Room | 116 Surrey Street | Darlinghurst | NSW 2010 | Australia
Patrick Johnson & Tom Riley of P Johnson Tailors
IMO 2 of the the best Australian “real menswear” guys - these 2 are “straight” shooters & know their SHIT!
One of the many reasons why I get all my suits, jackets & PANTALOONS from P Johnson these days
& that’s Hector!
* if there was a top 5 - I would also include John Mutton from Herringbone & Ethan Newton who is with The Armoury now. #5 is vacant..
Last 3 Monkeys ..
An impromptu catch-up with 2 ex colleagues + camera last night
I hate surprises, especially when I’m truly post ride shagged..
* But when my good friend R_D says OLA! R_D never disappoints 👌
The Boxing Day Bunch steeds - not everyone, but more than 1 is always good
* note my friends custom Colnago in cream.
Boxing Day ride to burn off the Xmas Day burn
* It’s not just riding, it’s doing it together & keeping it together from start to end
(Taken with Instagram at Bar Colluzi)
My beautiful friend
Her colours today reminded me of the way Gwyneth Paltrow was dressed for ‘Great Expectations’ The movie was alright, the costume design for Estella was in all different hues of green if I remember correctly.
* As most may not have joined the dots - over the last few years whilst visiting Singapore, I have been very fortunate to catch up with Diana & Gerald over great food & much laughter whilst hearing what stage they are up to with their ‘home grown’ project. Like “dirty secrets”, it was very hard not to say anything until they gave the go ahead. I would wear their samples & not mention the providence other than made for GW.
IMO they have a great future built on passion & self respect for each other & their clientel, this was very evident when talking to them about their business model. Something very rare in todays world.
What struck me most about their model was that it is based on a “one to few” not “one to many” that other’s are doing, as there is a respect for time & as we all know good things take time.
Such is their passion for service & quality, they asked me to bring back all the ties & pocket square spanning the last few years so that they could (in their eyes) re-stitch or re-roll as they believed that what I had was not complete..
WELL DONE! GOLF CLAP..
Diana Chan and Gerald Shen have been selling well-made, handrolled pocket squares to discerning customers at StyleForum for the last two years. Last summer, they began making neckties under the name Vanda Fine Clothing. Whereas most new neckwear companies rely on a faux-heritage image or “Made in the USA” label to sell their wares, Vanda is about quality in the way that I think a more thoughtful customer can appreciate.
Over the summer, I was lucky enough to get one of Vanda’s first designs. It’s a completely handcrafted, half-lined, six-fold tie made out of Adamley silk, one of the best mills in the world. The edges of the tips are handrolled, which give the tie an artisanal feel, and the half-interlining makes the it feel a bit lighter. Most ties you’ve come across have a full piece of wool or cotton interlining. This gives them a meatier feel and heavier drape. Vanda’s ties, however, feel a bit more airy and scarf-like, and they wear in a more unique way.
Admittedly, such construction won’t be to everyone’s taste. If you’ve never worn an unlined or half-lined tie, you may find it’s a bit too light for your liking. However, if you’re an enthusiast of men’s clothing and style, I strongly recommend you at least try one out. For some people, including me, once you’ve worn one, it’s impossible not to get more. I appreciate such ties in the way I appreciate mechanical watches. They take more time, silk, and handwork to make, and I take pleasure in knowing how they’re crafted. I also find that Vanda’s ties yield a deeper, more handsome dimple, and since the edges aren’t pressed flat, they have nice rolling edges, which give them a fuller three-dimensional shape.
I’ve liked my tie so much that I recently ordered another from Vanda’s webstore (I bought the brown glen plaid made of Huddersfield wool). I also recently had a chance to speak to Gerald about the new company, their ties, and Vanda’s future plans.
R_D wanted local food for mid afternoon snackeroo
HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY JO aka R_D
* Every girl needs a “French” stripy jersey from Orcival with cold sake..
Spot the odd one..
& it’s not Ethan..
* Arlahn (The Armoury), Tom (Leather Soul), Ethan (The Armoury) & Guido (a wring in)