Garmology: Optically inclined – with Jason Kirk (S02/E03)


My guest this week is Jason Kirk, director of the family firm Kirk and Kirk eyewear. We talk about how we go about buying glasses, why they can be so expensive, the differences in the material used for frames and the varieties of lenses, whether it matters where things are made, buying from the behemoths of the optical world versus…

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Garmology festive season bonus! – S01 E35


By popular demand, we have recorded a special festive bonus edition for your enjoyment. Featuring regular co-hosts Shaun, Dachi, Jon and Nick. We reached out to listeners to ask for their questions and suggestions for topics, so what is delivered here is clearly the pinnacle of what committed listeners of Garmology want to hear more about! We get into what…

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Garmology season finale! Four garmsmen gather – S01 E34


It’s time to call it a wrap and close season 1, so I gathered three of the regular guests for a free-form chat about this and that, the problem of vintage rags, the siren call of the unfindable, why we are the nightmare of retailers, finding rabbit holes, pencil-sharpeners, how Britpop killed UK fashion, dads in parkas and the question…

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Garmology S00 E32: Just cosplay every day – With Holly Swinyard


The guest this episode is Holly Swinyard, style chameleon in many a Cosplay getup. Holly is editor and podcaster for the Cosplay Journal, a contributor to Chap magazine, We talk about having fun with clothes, dressing for pleasure and self-confidence, conformity, ignoring rules and how cosplay intersects with dressing up in our daily lives. Oh, and a shared admiration for…

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Garmology S00 E30: Cold weather vintage – With Nick & Dachi


This weeks episode sees Garmology regular Dachi back to discuss vintage opportunities for the coming cold and wet season. Topics covered include vintage sizing, cashmere loungewear, old quality brands, vintage weight Harris tweed, rainwear perverts, making for profit or quality, how flimsy modern workwear is and how hard-earned heritage is being sacrificed for quick cash, the difference between hoarding duplicates…

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Garmology S00 E29: Sports shoes to hypebeast mania – With Thomas A Turner


My guest in this episode is Thomas A Turner, acclaimed author of “The Sports Shoe – A history from field to fashion”, the definitive book about the evolution of the sports shoe form the early days of tennis shoes, via trainers to sneakers, technology, fashion, cult reissues and the current days’ hypebeast mania of the collectable collaborative investment sneakers. And…

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