More from winter 2011

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The Clash.. Italy calling..

Notes: Suit - P Johnson for GW, Shirt - Ascot Chan for GW, Tie & PS - Herringbone, Shoes - Crocket & Jones “Belgrave”, Grin - family shenanigans..

Monet or Picasso? It’s in the eye of the beholder …

  • The following are some of the best ways to elevate one’s style, but if they’re not executed properly, they can also be a death knell (pun intended). 
  • Monet - One of the most important things to understand is the balance between scales of pattern, colour competitions, and overall visual balance. Think of this as a reverse Monet painting: you only want the detail on close inspection. Ensure that the scale of the patterns are not too similar, otherwise the overall effect will look like porridge with too much brown sugar.  
  • Picasso - Playing with colour is also important. A balance is needed.
  • Humour - Perhaps the best way to elevate any execution, however, is learning how to laugh.
  • Sum of all parts - Take this as an example. The suiting is a gun check pattern from Loro Piana’s A/W 2011  4 Seasons Book. The wool/cashmere flannel has cool tones and is highlighted by tobacco and chocolate checks, as well as a “Bondi blue” window pane. The white cotton shirt acts as a base. In my opinion, the white shirt is the anchor, not the accessories. The tie is a heavy silk (almost like grosgain) in French navy (not as dark as English navy) with ecru stripes. The silk pocket square has a dark blue background and a hibiscus flower print that is not evident until the square is opened. The edges to the square are also hand rolled.  Shoes are a dark brown in order to bring out the warm checks in the suiting; black shoes would have been too cold.
  • Finally like my hibiscus print pocket square - only until closer inspection does one realise there is another layer to intrigue.. 

* Note that this is all second nature to me. It has taken many sartorial blunders & over 20 years of snarks to now where I actually don’t over-think this when I dress in the morning, or even the night before. My barometer is in how I feel when I wake up, the weather, and the context for the day. This is the only regard in which I think about it.

With Friday approaching, this was a good resurrection from a follower. Circa 2011.

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Another Friday, another day for Business Casual

Even though it is the second day of spring - the air is still cool, hence the sweater.

When I find myself wearing a lot of similar tones, highlighting with the opposite tone in smaller dosages is the best way to balance the look. Such as the red toned silk pocket square & brown suede shoes.

Details | Knit - Loro Piana | Jacket (part of suit) - P johnson in Loro Piana wool/cashmere “gun check” for GW | PS - Tom Fucking Ford | Shirt - Ascot Chang in vintage Drakes private reserve shirting for GW (helps to know peeps) | Pantaloons - P Johnson in Loro Piana cotton fine pin cord for GW | DubMunks - Edward Green “Westminster” in Mole suede, 888 last in Dainite for Leather Soul | WatchClock - Panerai Radiomir #210

HAGWE

MsX caught me bust’n a few moves on an eerily quite HK intersection .. 
#happinessfoundinhk #firstworldtravelproblems #firstworlddatingproblems #iphone5 #pharrellwongstar

MsX caught me bust’n a few moves on an eerily quite HK intersection ..

#happinessfoundinhk #firstworldtravelproblems #firstworlddatingproblems #iphone5 #pharrellwongstar

PURR
#happinessfoundinhk #firstworldtravelproblems #firstworlddatingproblems #iphone5

PURR

#happinessfoundinhk #firstworldtravelproblems #firstworlddatingproblems #iphone5

Back & it’s going to be a “stinker” today in Sydney..

Back & it’s going to be a “stinker” today in Sydney..

2 rain jackets? MsX is not a “GirlGuide” & forgot to bring her rain jacket. It’s that sort of a day..
#iphone5 #manfriendduties

2 rain jackets? MsX is not a “GirlGuide” & forgot to bring her rain jacket. It’s that sort of a day..

#iphone5 #manfriendduties

Trash.. 
Forgot I had these special (as opposed to first) edition Carmina for TheArmoury moccasins in cordovan colour 8.. Which go handsomely with these first (as opposed to special) edition IndigoFarm x TheArmoury dungarees 👍

Trash..

Forgot I had these special (as opposed to first) edition Carmina for TheArmoury moccasins in cordovan colour 8.. Which go handsomely with these first (as opposed to special) edition IndigoFarm x TheArmoury dungarees 👍

I may have over stepped it..

I may have over stepped it..

I do a lot of waiting around, even without rushing.. *this belt is nearly 10 years! #iphone5

I do a lot of waiting around, even without rushing.. *this belt is nearly 10 years! #iphone5

It’s wet & foul out there.. #iphone5 #WWIW #Goruck

It’s wet & foul out there.. #iphone5 #WWIW #Goruck

We (yours truly in the middle) walking to the “TourDownUnder Legends dinner” to listen to Bernard Hinault, Jens Voigt, Philippe Gilbert, & Thomas Schleck .. 
Nice to step out of Lycra to wool & to wear shoes..

We (yours truly in the middle) walking to the “TourDownUnder Legends dinner” to listen to Bernard Hinault, Jens Voigt, Philippe Gilbert, & Thomas Schleck ..

Nice to step out of Lycra to wool & to wear shoes..

Time put away Sophia.. 
The sun was up early & the hills were good this morning. 16 PRs good.. 
#hurtlocker #firstworldpelotonproblems #2wheeltherapy #iphone5 

Time put away Sophia..

The sun was up early & the hills were good this morning. 16 PRs good..

#hurtlocker #firstworldpelotonproblems #2wheeltherapy #iphone5 

Great morning.. 
#2wheeltherapy #firstworldpelotonproblems

Great morning..

#2wheeltherapy #firstworldpelotonproblems

RAW denim or WARM Cordovan.. What smells better? 

Today was one of those days that I said FUK THE RULES & chose to wear dungarees!

Dungarees? Grown Man jeans not Dad Jeans or Gen Y/X2.0 “drop crotch”, “skinny leg”, “drop ass” Hipsters - the difference:

  • Premium RAW denim not bagged out stone-washed or some bizarre acid wash
  • Straighter leg
  • Higher rise as Grown Men tuck their shirts in
  • Pin roll cuffs

* these are from ACL x Tellason & IMO great fitting jeans for me. I will do a post about these at a later date.

So this week we have discussed back fit & balance, so why not finish with the same.

This 280gm linen from Ariston is ideal when the season starts to warm up (as it is down here in the Antipodes). For example we are in the last days of winter & the weather is hovering between 19c - 22c at midday with cooler mornings & evenings.

Medium to heavy weight linen offers great drape as well as very mouldable to ones body. Being heavier, the creases are also not as hard.

Do yourself a favour & investigate in a medium to heavier weight linen.

Details | SC - P Johnson in Ariston linen for GW | Shirt - P Johnson in Thomas Mason twill for GW | PS - Drakes for The Armoury | Socks - Pantherella | Moccasins - Carmina for The Armoury | Bag - Ettinger “Wimbledon” for The Armoury

From the archives (approx. Nov 2011) as resurrected by a new follower

4shaw crazy socks & a coffee is one of the rewards to #2wheeltherapy & it is a #firstworldpelotonproblems riding in the antipodes

4shaw crazy socks & a coffee is one of the rewards to #2wheeltherapy & it is a #firstworldpelotonproblems riding in the antipodes