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The cycling hat by Karen Henriksen


I 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


A 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


The 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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Handmade Crown sneakers from Northampton


If you’ve been following this blog for a while you can’t have failed to notice that there is a lot of love for the traditional leather shoe. A hand worked leather upper with a solid Goodyear-welted sole results in a solid, long-lasting piece of footwear. If there is a downside, it does also make for a fairly hefty piece of…

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Adventures in stealth – the camo dufflecoat by London Tradition


Regular readers will recall the custom dufflecoat London Tradition made for me last year. Remarkable in the intensity of the blue, it elicits comments whenever I wear it. It’s got an amount of different that makes it impossible to ignore. Which is a good thing in these days of accepted blandness and disposable fast fashion. Wear something unique and you…

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“How to be Chap” – Book review


Gustav Temple is a driven man. A man dedicated to a quite single-minded mission. Since 1999 he has been tirelessly promoting the Chap lifestyle through his magazine, The Chap. There was a first inkling of a book in 2011, the quite jokey “Am I Chap?”, but it took until 2016 for his magnum opus to be unleashed. “How to be Chap”…

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The anatomy of a cult object – The deerstalker


Great title, right? Not something I came up with, mind you, I purloined it in a dastardly manner from an old friend who wrote a painfully meticulous book detailing every little component of the early Jaguar XK120, definitely a cult object in it’s own right. Todays post though? The deerstalker hat. Tradtionally a hunting cap first heard of in the 1860s and…

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Taking my jeans to meet their maker – A visit to Livid Jeans


I recently had business back in my old hometown of Trondheim in Norway. Fine old town that it is, it’s still not somewhere I find myself travelling to very often. This time though, I was looking forward to it though, as for the past 30 months or so, the most frequently pair of jeans in my rotation was handmade in…

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Another boot upgrade to gaze upon


I recently found a pair of really splendid looking boots. The leather was unusual and lovely, the brogueing to a very nice pattern and the lacing and shape very satisfying. They did indeed provoke instant lust. And they were very much on offer as well, so it was a given that they would be travelling home with me. There was…

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Going back to the source – The Gloverall “Monty”


When it comes to duffle coats there are many many makers, but when if comes to The Duffle, it all comes down to Gloverall. They didn’t invent them, but they were there when the British Navy wanted to offload their supply of surplus duffles in 1951. A new company was established with the catchy name Gloves & Overalls, which transformed into…

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