As I got older, one of the things I’ve gradually come to appreciate is my home. As the ultimate getaway and refuge from the fast pacing everyday life, its purpose is to make one feel utterly comfortable and relaxed. It’s important to set the distinction between house and home: as I see it, what turns the first into the latter, is your personal touch, your own individual stamp making it a reflection of your persona.
One of the easiest ways to modify a space is by adding decorative elements and experimenting with placement. Lighting also plays a crucial role, as do the elements which provide it. On this note, one of my favourite pieces has to be a limited edition white Melt Lamp my good friend and designer, Rui Pereira, made especially for me.
The Melt Project was originally created by Rui at a workshop conducted by the renowned Campana brothers, aimed at imbuing everyday waste with new found life, by transforming it into design pieces. Through a unique process of heating and melting plastic waste to desired shapes, Rui is able to assemble original, exclusive and green pieces, which range from a variety of lamps, to chairs and other objects. The best part about them is that besides the strong ecological focus, they combine outstanding design with exclusivity, as the production process and materials used in their conception result in pieces with unique color, shape and texture.
Finding a proper stylish way to carry around keys, rather than simply stashing them in the pocket of their slim denim, is a struggle for many men. A basic keychain is no longer enough for those to whom perfection is found on the small details. One of the accessories that made it onto the spotlight of recent streetstyle pictures are metal chains, in an assortment of shapes and sizes.
Although it may be a refreshing urban pop in an otherwise traditional attire, I can’t seem to dissociate them from the packs of 16 year-olds who usually sport them in baggy jeans. If choosing a differentiated keychain, I would favour a woven cotton lanyard. Providing an additional element to your look and introducing both texture and color, they’re the perfect way to keep your keys or other belongings safe, while looking more sophisticated than their metal counterparts.
Picture 1 - Metal chains everywhere; Picture 2 - Spotted: off white lanyard. Source: Tommy Ton for GQ.
My friends (and brother) over at Driftwood Collective are a creative bunch brought together by their mutual love for surf and all things related. In their own words: “a group of friends, craftsmen and artists that don’t take themselves too seriously and who, however lost in life they may be, are always easily found floating ashore. Surfers of dubious skill, who have decided to make something out of the idle hours languishing in between swells”. When not out at sea, they can be found skating and kissing the floor in the most unlikely places, embarking on several projects and, if time allows it… working =)
When you hear the name “Boglioli” you immediately come up with an image in your mind of exquisitely tailored unstructured sports jackets: indeed, that’s their trademark. However, this often overlooked Italian label cannot, by any means, be summed up by jackets alone. I’ve been following their collections for quite some time now, and truth be told, the amazing craftsmanship, cut and fabrics are carried on to every item they produce.
For me, one of the pieces that definitely deserves some attention is their spread collar shirts, especially those of Spring/Summer collections. Usually made of a blend of cotton and linen, and combining some interesting plays on pattern and color, along with quality details, these make for the perfect Summer shirt: lightweight, breathable and exuding that rugged Italian feel.
McNairy’s vision for W.W. Mills takes on the rugged, task oriented lines of previous designer Daiki Suzuki and mixes them with his own unique aesthetic, resulting in an inspiring, smart rendezvous between preppy and functional.
The SS12 collection presented in Milan had its share of hunting/safari inspired items, while maintaining an updated vibe through the use of fabrics such as chambray or mesh. The color palette revolves around earthy tones, with strong emphasis on khaki and greens, splashed by the occasional pop of color. Similarly to what happens in his footwear line, a fair dose of humor and wittiness are ever present in his creations, such as the chambray shirt with the New York Times print on the chest pocket.
Overall it appears to be a well balanced collection, one that will easily dish out “must haves” for everyone’s wardrobes.
With the streak of highly praised fashion events happening this month (Pitti, Milan and Paris), one may easily delve into all the media reports and find himself stranded in the universe of next year’s SS12 creations. Although I’m always eager to catch a glimpse of future collections from my favourite designers and spot upcoming trends, I like to stay focused on the current moment and not obsess about what’s yet to come.
Making use of the virtually non-existent hype low between Pitti and Milan, I decided to show my love for one of the season’s staple pieces: the sun faded polo shirt. Remember that special polo you’ve been wearing for the last few years? How it gained a certain patina, a washed out salt kissed color? Now, thanks to a special treatment which softens and draws just the right amount of color from the fabric, you’re able to get that same “sitting in the sun for years” look, right off the rack. Well, the look might be the same but it will always lack that unique personality of a piece that sticked with you throughout the years.
Nonetheless, this is the next best thing and with the current amount of solid offerings, there’s no reason not to invest in a couple of washed red and indigo ones. Personally, I prefer the models with a chest pocket as it gives them a more retro feel…pair them with shorts or rolled up jeans or chinos and you’re ready to go!
First of all, congrats on the blog, love the selection of the clothes and shoes!
Are you from Portugal? There's so many references to Portugal...
If so, why?
I love this brand.
Hi Miguel thanks for the support. I am from Portugal, currently living in Porto, hence the references…I believe it has great potential both in the textile and shoe industries, as can be seen by the items we are currently delivering.
Even if Scott Sternberg wasn’t the guest fashion designer at Pitti, we could expect nothing shorter than perfection for Band of Outsiders SS12 collection. He might just be the only one who can make a DB suit work with bare ankles and bold colored boat shoes.
Yesterday marked the opening of the 80th edition of what is considered the nirvana of menswear enthusiasts: Pitti Uomo. During this week, the world’s eyes are set on Florence, Italy, where 1000 of some of the most renowned menswear labels are showcasing their collections for the upcoming year. I do mean: “the world’s eyes”, as besides the 32.000 buyers expected at the premises, the worldwide media coverage of the event allows everyone to get its share.
This year’s edition will feature the debut of the Pitti Guest Nation, a project aimed at establishing bonds and exchanging know how with invited countries, the first of which is Brazil. Also, guest-wise, one definitely worth mentioning is none other than Band of Outsiders’ very own Scott Sternberg, who will be presenting the label’s SS12 collection in the charismatic scenario of a formal cigar factory.
With so much press coverage and the presence of renowned street style photographers, it becomes somewhat easier to sweeten the bitter taste left in the mouth of those, such as myself, who once again faced the harsh reality of waking up to a place other than Firenze.
Hi tehre, I would kike to know if you're portuguese. Sorry but I work in fashion and Apparel industry and came out to this blog throught Denimology. And it is amazing!
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Parabéns pelo bolg!
Hi Adriana, thank you so much! I am Portuguese, currently living in Porto.
If asked to, I believe I wouldn’t be able to pick just one favourite shirt among those I own, but this custom contrast club collar would definitely make it on to the top 5. There’s a certain unique elegance (and versatility) surrounding that rounded collar: although some might argue it begs to be paired with fancy neckwear, be it a tie or a bow, it can easily overlook them for a differentiated buttoned up sans tie look. Moreover, if you’ve been wanting to sport that brand new collar pin, there are few shirts out there as suited for it as this one. One aspect to keep in mind though, is that this model is supposed to be worn buttoned…much like double breasted jackets.
I’ve been sporting it often recently and similar models in different colors and patterns have already made their way into my wishlist. As with every shirt, fabric plays a very important role regarding the suitability and formality attributed to it: a finer fabric will reward you with an exotic dress shirt, whereas oxford cloth makes them the perfect match for that special pair of worn out jeans. This look combines several striking items, such as the checked navy peacoat, houndstooth elbow patched cardigan and the shirt itself, but they all blend in together as none is overwhelming. The emphasis is on the small details: hues darken as you approach the outer layers (light blue, grey, navy), tones are complementing among pieces (tie and patches) and the silver tie bar just adds that extra flare…
Checked navy wool peacoat by Paul Smith, grey wool/cashmere cardigan with houndstooth elbow patches by Annapurna 5+1, custom made light blue contrast club collar shirt by Gentleman, Levi’s 511 slim fitting jeans (tailored), Portuguese boots, vintage brown knit tie, vintage brown braided leather belt, silver tie bar by Tie Rack.
One of the most decisive aspects in determining whether you go in a store or not, has to be its shopping window. An appealing one is bound to raise your interest and entice you to wander in, craving to know more about the store’s universe.
On this note, Por Vocação is definitely worth mentioning. In a joint effort with a few collectives, their latest entry revolves around Buttero’s SS11 collection, drawing inspiration from and celebrating the use of “green” high grade vegetable tanned leather. By combining a selection of natural plants, wooden floor boards and letting their imagination run wild, they were able to come up with a truly amazing window.
If you’ve been following me for a while now, you know I’m not the biggest enthusiast when it comes to online shopping.While I do believe there are some concerns to keep in mind, there are times when online is the way to go, be it due to an amazing deal or simply because there’s no other way to get hold of a specific item.
A while back I got a glimpse of the Allen Edmonds Arlington shoe, an intricate loafer featuring all the detailing you could wish for: tassels, kiltie and perforated brogue detailing. It was just a matter of time until I found myself browsing through endless auction pages on Ebay, trying to score a near mint pair.
When I came across this one for the bargain price of $19.99, I just knew I had to have them. A couple of bids, custom issues and a few days later, they arrived in perfect condition. Unfortunately, they ended up being a bit too narrow for me…but no harm done as my father gladly took them in.
One of the aspects which seems to be overlooked in fashion blogs and websites alike, is how one’s outfit should be put together according to a given situation. If we browse through most street style or picture based websites, we’ll most likely be presented with sharply dressed men and women going on and about their daily tasks. Obviously, we all love to see suberbly complex looks, but it seems that the context in which they’re photographed is usually redundant - fashion shows, events, on the way to work…
Certainly those same men and women have vast wardrobes at their disposal, whose contents allow them to dress up or down according to their agenda; it’s just that we often don’t get a chance to see them in different situations. In fact, as I see it, being able to discern “what to wear when/where” is a crucial aspect for stylish individuals: the ability to blend in, while dashingly standing out, simply by portraying an outstanding ensemble.
The truth is not all individuals match their outfits to the situation. In an excessive effort to look good, they sometimes forget to match their clothes to the moment or place, resulting in an inadequate, out of place look. Imagine, for instance, you’re having a sunny Sunday brunch at a seaside venue, the canvas deckchair just screaming your name: you’ll most likely want to bask in the sun for a while and pleasantly enjoy it…hard to pull off if you’re all suited up.
Don’t get me wrong, I love dressing up and intricate ensembles just as much as the next, but I believe there’s a time and place for everything. The “perfect” look is the one which, besides making you look good, allows you to feel confident and confortable about yourself, and may very well be comprised of tailored shorts and a trim polo shirt should the situation call for it. Your wardrobe is varied for a reason…make the most out of it!
Japanese designer Daisuke Iwanaga’s leather goods have been receiving some much deserved international praise. Focusing his research on traditional Japanese themes (such as samurais) and drawing inspiration from the environment surrounding him, Daisuke is able to deliver fresh designs each collection, all while trying to step his techniques up a notch. It’s this devotion and continuous desire to improve that makes his pieces some of the most unique and appealing out there.
Taking a unique approach to his craft, he seeks the best horse hides and along with 2 co-workers is able to produce the much hyped goods (namely handbags), by means of what appears to be an entirely manual driven process. If you ever wondered what goes into making high end bags, or what justifies their steep price tag for that matter, take a look at the following videos featuring Daisuke’s workplace and manufacturing process.
Originally resulting from a combined handcraft effort of both men and women in the 19th century, this unique French variant of the slip on has recently become one of the most sought alternatives for men’s Summer footwear. Usually consisting of a braided natural fiber jute sole and canvas uppers, espadrilles are perfect for hot Summer days, allowing your feet to breathe and adding a stylish vibe to your attire.
Nowadays, besides the traditional models, you’ll be able to find more refined ones, with rubber/leather additions to the rope sole and a variety of materials for the uppers. Although the essence of the espadrille itself remains intact, the use of higher quality materials allows for a longer life span and a sleeker look than the originals; the downside? Instead of a 20€-30€ price tag, you’ll be looking at something in the 100€-200€ range.
I guess it all comes down to what you’re looking for…I was after a model which would stand out amongst the crowd of cloned offerings out there, and as such, was willing to spend a tad more. These n.d.c.’s feature super soft greyish brown suede uppers, leather stitched soles and the characteristic rope layer; to top it off, they’re made right here in Portugal.
I’ll be wearing the s**t out of these this Summer…