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Backpack review: Doughnutbags Colorado

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Reading Time: 6 minutesWith Autumn sneaking in to replace those slow Summer days, it’s natural for those of us with a penchant for carrying an assortment of goods around us may start thinking of backpacks, or rucksacks, if you like, again. As all sensible gentlemen know, the backpack is the best way of carrying items of volume or weight. A tote bag may…

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Backpack review: Harris tweed by Kara Keddie

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Reading Time: 5 minutesBackpacks come in many shapes and forms, materials and details, intended for one use or another. I have backpacks that are great for stuffing a weekends worth of hiking gear in, backpacks that are brilliant for the daily year-round cycle to work with an expensive laptop inside, even a backpack that does a sterling job of carrying a library book…

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Travelling to the land of Harris Tweed – part two

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Reading Time: 12 minutesAfter a busy day one (catch up on it here), day two I was up early and rearing to go. Having read the Hebridean crime novels and the accompanying photos book by Peter May, I was very excited to experience it first hand. Not so much the murders, mind you, but the Callenish Stones, the blachouses, the views and yes, even…

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Travelling to the land of Harris Tweed – part one

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Reading Time: 9 minutesEver since I rediscovered Harris Tweed it has been a desire of mine to travel to the Hebrides and seek out it’s roots. Last year we did a mini-tour of Scotland and ended up in Ullapool, the village where the ferry to the Hebridean islands leaves from. Just a three hour trip on the ferry and I could have been…

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Looking for a shoe cult? Try Marcus de

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Reading Time: 8 minutesMarcus de fits nicely into a recurring theme of late: A very small company wanting to realise a very clear idea. In the case of Marcus De, the owner Miguel, comes from a family that made shoes. Miguel himself, London born and bred, is a cordwainer by trade, as was his father and grandfather. It wasn’t his first port of…

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Ordering made to measure shirts online? I test the Savile Row Company

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Reading Time: 7 minutesI seem to be on a bit of a roll these days when it comes to shirts that are made in London. Yesterday saw me mention Paladrin and their London-made workwear style and I have another couple of London-made shirts up my sleeve, so to speak, to be mentioned in due course. Today though, I was invited to try a…

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A shorter Gloverall – the SS17 Car Coat

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Reading Time: 4 minutesIt’s a new season and there are new jackets to look at! Gloverall have been renowned for duffle-coats since 1951, yet duffle-coats are mainly a coat for the colder parts of the year. Plus they tend to last almost forever. Hence why the creative folks at Gloverall HQ also do a Spring Summer collection each year. Last year they gave us…

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The cycling hat by Karen Henriksen

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Reading Time: 5 minutesI cycle to work. Every day. All year round. And I confess I care more about what my head wear looks like than how much protection it offers. Or rather, the need to keep my head to be warm trumps the desire to keep my head safe by wearing a helmet. Which in many respects is silly, but on a…

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A new minimal wallet from Minimum Squared

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Reading Time: 4 minutesA while back I did a few wallet reviews, comparing a couple of different concepts of, well, walletry? The most innovative of those was from Minimum Squared in Valencia, Spain. A tiny wife and husband team taking a more engineered look at how a wallet could work. Well, they’ve tweaked the design, added more leather options, and I have one…

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Harris Tweed jackets by Peter Christian

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Reading Time: 5 minutesThe market for Harris Tweed jackets must be a strange one to operate in. On the one hand the company that makes the jacket has a brand, be it small or large, well known or maybe not. On the other, the second you decide to make something out of Harris Tweed, you’re taking on a second hugely well known and…

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