Another visit to Ye Olde Londoninium – day two

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Did you miss day one? It’s right here. Day two saw us lace up and set off again. After the miserable dinner at the hotel the evening before, it was easy to skip the £27.50 breakfast they served there. Almost 30 quid for breakfast? This just goes to show that when booking a hotel in London, make sure breakfast is…

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Getting into #armystyle – part 2

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If you missed the first instalment of this gripping series on #armystyle, you can find it here. This is part 2 and whereas the first part covered a little background and gave you the simple rule of keeping the obviously army items to a single piece, this part will look at what is obviously army and how we can work…

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In defence of old goats, and a new Kickstarter initiative

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You’ve probably not heard mention of the plight of the goat before. That’s ok, most people haven’t. We tend to see a goat and think “what a cute, wee fellah!” and leave it at that. I’m not going to claim any massive knowledge about goat history, goat symbolism or anything else goat related, apart from one single point: Goats get…

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My best travel tip, and it’s almost free

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“My best travel tip, and it’s almost free”, a title straight off the viral clickbait pages, eh? It actually is though and it’s something I’ve been meaning to mention for ages, if only because it’s a damn good tip and I’ve never seen anyone else mention it. Ever. And for that reason it deserves to go viral and bring me…

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Another visit to Ye Olde Londoninium – day one

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London is a city I love to visit. So much so that I often wonder what it would be like to live there. Amidst the hustle and bustle, the brilliant Underground, the sights, the exhibitions, the happenings and goings on. It all combines to make a place that feels so vital and alive. The daydream is marred just a little…

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Looking for a shoe cult? Try Marcus de

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Marcus 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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I 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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Paladrin – Workwear made by London

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Think of huge clothing companies, you know, the like of H&M and Zara. They make billions of garments, employ thousands of people, make whopping amounts of money and have their product made in faceless factories wherever will make it cheapest. Then move your thoughts right down to the other end of the scale. Consider what it’s like if a company…

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A shorter Gloverall – the SS17 Car Coat

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It’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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Getting into #armystyle – part 1

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Ever alert to emerging trends, finger on the fashion pulse and garrulously gazing at garments, I can’t help but note that army-inspired style appears to be totally on trend this season. Much like they are every season really, more or less. Probably a little more really, as a quick recce through H&M shows that they are hopped up on olive…

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