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2 Dec

How to Iron a Shirt in 3 Minutes

How to iron your shirt in 3 minutes
Ironing is one of those things that divide the nation, either you love it or hate it. Personally, I can't stand ironing, and I've been looking for many ways to make ironing a quicker and more painless process. So when I came across this video by T.M. Lewin, I had to share it. T.M Lewis is an English shirt-maker company that's been around since 1898 and now have stores in Europe, Singapore and Australia. Here's their Creative Director, John Francomb on how to iron your shirt in 3 minutes. [youtube id="yK6iQj-I_0w" width="600" height="350"]   How to Iron a Shirt: The Tools Preparation in always the key to success and the tools you need to iron a shirt are just as important as how you iron...
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29 Nov

James Long Jumper from Topman

james long sweater arran square knit
Although I live in Sydney where it's officially Summer, I have a fondness for knitwear during the months leading up to Christmas. Maybe it's because personally, Christmas will always be about white snow and cold weather, so that's why I've been eyeing this cream coloured jumper from James Long. Created as part of the Topman knitwear collection, this is what a perfect winter jumper looks like. It's got texture, looks warm and seems so fine you could practically use it as a pillow. Made from 83% wool. The fact that it's machine washable makes me love it more. [SHOP]  ...
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23 Nov

7 Print Shirts We Want From Alexander McQueen

alexander mcqueen print shirt mens fashion blog
Whilst a plain white shirt will always be a wardrobe staple, sometimes it's a necessary to look beyond the clean and crisp and turn your eyes towards the dark, edgy and gritty. And nobody does this better than Alexander McQueen. Under Sarah Burton's creative direction since the passing of Lee McQueen in 2010, the brand has continued McQueen's signature aesthetics for theatrical fashion, Gothic sensibilities and dark romance. These seven print shirts from the Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection are what Alexander McQueen does best, and remind us that sometimes, it's okay to go a bit deeper and venture into the unknown. Alexander McQueen Blue Leaf Print Shirt Alexander McQueen Petrol Feather Print Shirt Alexander McQueen Cream Feather Buttondown Alexander McQueen Grey Leaf Print Shirt Alexander McQueen Charcoal...
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20 Nov

Stone For Gold Handmade Python Phone Sleeve

StoneForGold phone cover mens fashion
I recently replaced my iPhone 4 with a Samsung Galaxy SIII (which I love by the way), and I didn't realize how annoying changing a phone would be. Not only did I had to save and sync all my music, images and apps, but I also had to get a new phone sleeve. You'd think that with the rising popularity of Samsung there would be decent phone sleeves and protectors in the market, but I struggled to find one. That is, until I stumbled upon StoneForGold's custom python phone sleeve. As Singapore-based leather goods maker, StoneForGold have a knack for putting exotic leathers to good use. All orders are tailor-made, so you need to be specific about what you want, including the...
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18 Nov

The Publish Shop Coppleman Jacket

Publish Shop Coppleman Jacket
Despite their popularity on the runways, I've never quite been a fan of quilted jackets. For some reason they often look a bit too secondhand for my taste. But then there's the Coppleman jacket from The Publish Shop. It's like a cross between a varsity jacket and a quilted jacket - minus the thrift shop look. The quilted body is nylon whilst the sleeves are made from wool. The corduroy back yoke adds a nice touch of texture whilst the interior chest pocket is a welcomed touch. [$116 SHOP]  ...
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17 Nov

Marc Jacobs Croc Print Leather Sneakers

Marc Jacobs mens boots croc
It seems that of late, I've only had eyes for exotic prints like ostrich, snake, alligator and crocodile. (Take this and this for example.) I'm not why, but I'd put it down to their unexplainable quality that makes me want to reach out and touch it. I mean, look at this Croc Print Leather Sneakers by Marc Jacobs - if I saw it in store, I'd probably rub my greedy little hands all over it. Made in an olive tone, the shoes have a contrast leather toe cap, tonal lace up closures as well an embossed logo patch at the tongue. Match it with a pair of denim and white shirt and you've got a winning combo. [$575 SHOP] ...
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15 Nov

J.Crew Cable-Knit Cotton Crew Neck Sweater

jcrew knit sweater mens
You know that moment when you see a piece of garment that's so basic and wonder why you don't already own it? That's how I feel about this cotton crew neck sweater from J. Crew.   A cable-knit sweater is a wardrobe staple for any man, but for some reason I don't have one hanging in my wardrobe. Some knit sweaters aren't chunky enough for the winter season, but this is not one of them. The navy colour makes it wearable for any winter for years to come. Perfect to add some texture and the upcoming festive season.   [$135 SHOP]  ...
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13 Nov

Pierre Hardy Electric Blue Leather Backpack

Pierre Hardy Leather Backpack blue electric
When I first saw this electric blue leather backpack from Pierre Hardy, my first instinct was ‘There’s no way can I pull that off’. Then I began thinking ‘Why not?’ After all, the colour might be loud, but it’s got a classic design. It even has all the right requirements for a good backpack - adjustable backpack straps, interior and exterior pockets and a drawcord main compartment for easy access. Plus, it measures 16.5’’ x 7’’ x 13'', so it’s a decent size. I think the bold colour deters a lot of men, but truth be told, the pebbled leather texture keeps it from screaming for attention. More importantly, it’s not one of those obnoxious backpacks that make the wearer look...
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11 Nov

Free Run + 3 EXT Black Nike Sneakers

Free Run 3 EXT Black Nike
When it comes to sneakers and sportswear, Adidas and Nike have always been the biggest rivals. Both companies invest millions into designing the next hit sneaker and their every move is followed by fanatics globally. For me, in terms of design, Nike always seems to have an edge - their designs are more fluid and their sneakers just seem that much more desirable. Case in point: the Free Run + 3 EXT Black. This model is an extension of Nike's popular Free model. The majority of the upper part is made from suede with the rest in a tonal mesh. The contrasting inner red lining is a great touch, but the speckled orange sole seals the deal. [€120, although non-EU customers get...
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9 Nov

“I STILL LOVE NY” Hurricane Sandy Relief T-Shirt

I still love NY Sebastian Errazuriz
Not your typical 'I Love NY' tee. This “I Still Love NY” t-shirt is by Sebastian Errazuriz, a Chilean born, New York based artist and designer. His studio was flooded by Hurricane Sandy and he was frustrated with being unable to work. So as he watched the disaster unfold, Errazuriz decided to make use of his talents to raise money for much-needed relief funds. The simply twist on an iconic American design occurred to him after seeing the water line marked on the walls of the flooded galleries in New York’s Chelsea art district. 100% of the profit goes to Hurricane Sandy relief programs. [$40 SHOP]...
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8 Nov

Serapian Evolution Dual Compartment Briefcase

Serapian Evolution Dual Compartment Briefcase
Looking for a briefcase for a young, working (and stylish) man can prove to be a challenge. Lots of traditional briefcases are super-structured and ooze Mad Men charm in a cool, retro-way, but they’re not an everyday solution for a man who’s looking for something more sophisticated. On the other end of the spectrum, you have work bags that are too casual and veer near the territory of casual messenger bags – fine for a Friday, but not so much for client meetings. So what is a suit-wearing man to do? I’d say you look at the Serapian Evolution Dual Compartment Briefcase. This bag has a classic design and has everything a modern man needs in his briefcase. It’s simple and subtle...
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27 Oct

Say No To Another Black Wallet

Maison Martin Margiela wallet mens 7
Number 11 in Maison Martin Margiela refers to their accessories range for both men and women Too many men have wallets that are black. Black is of course the safe choice, the classic colour that never goes out of style, but sometimes black is overrated. So on a recent hunt for a new wallet; I was enamoured by this Maison Martin Margiela flip leather wallet in camel. Of course, aside from looking handsome, a wallet has to be practical too. Thankfully Maison Martin Margiela isn’t one to comprise style for substance. On the left hand side of the interior, there are five card compartments, with two vertical compartments beneath for larger credit cards. The right hand interior also has...
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25 Oct

The Perfect Brogues by Grenson

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One little thing I like about British shoemaker Grenson is that they give their shoes human names. For example, there's the Alice, a polite and study pair of shoes. And then there's the Finton, utilitarian yet classy. For something more rugged, there's the Acklam or Cayton. But of all the shoes Grenson makes, my personal favourite is the Sid brogue. The 'Sid' brogue is a classic, no fuss type of brogue. Made from calf grain for a soft touch, the Sid brogue has a double sole for comfort and extra resilience - not that you'd be kicking them around. This pair of brogues also features a split welt. Overall, this is an instant classic from a traditional shoemaker. [SHOP] ...
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18 Oct

The Perfect Briefcase by Thom Browne

Thom Browne Leather Briefcase Backpack
I've reviewed plenty of men's bags in this blog, but I'm not sure any come close to this leather briefcase backpack by Thom Browne in terms of class and style. This stunning espresso briefcase may be one of the most beautiful I've set my eyes on. It has gold tone hardware for a vintage touch with the brand's signature stripes in red white and midnight blue. To use it as a briefcase, use the single carry handle at the top. To use it has a backpack, it has adjustable straps. It also has a double lockable clasp for the main compartment. For me though, the best bit is the wonderfully detailed and practical interior. Welt pockets, pen holder and even a laptop...
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8 Oct

Aloha From Deer Men’s Jumper

Aloha from deer jumper mens header
Part of the reason that makes the internet so amazing is that it gives everyone equal access to all information. This also includes access to stylish, under-the-radar websites like Aloha From Deer who produce and sell these statement jumpers. When I first stumbling upon their site, I wasn't sure what language it was in. But style has no language borders, so if you're into graphic jumpers, then Aloha From Deer is for you. (I've since found out Aloha From Deer is from Poland and, at the time of writing, 1 zloty = USD 0.3205 - making their jumpers a bargain.) [SHOP]  ...
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