The Hövding, a totally different bike helmet solution


Please note: This is a review where I’m not going to test the Hövding airbag for cyclists in full. Don’t feel a surge of disappointment, the reason why will become apparent. A few years ago I was dead set on finding a cycle helmet that didn’t make me look like a dork. I did find one, the Dashel, that I…

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Summer jackets of 2019: The Cordings Wayfarer


The summer of 2018 in Europe was an absolute disaster for both farmers and garmsmen. Crops failed massively in the dry heat and menswearists that usually layering their clothing enthusiastically were struggling to cope with the fact that even a single layer was one layer too far. So far it looks like 2019 is a different tote of terror, hence…

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Rolling Dub Trio: Boots on sincerity


Over the soon 7 years I’ve been writing this blog, I have been on something of an adventure. Or a treasure hunt, if you like. I’ve built up a decent collection of pieces and sold or passed on a fair number as well. It would also be fair to say that there has been an escalation in what catches the…

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Taktonik, a messenger bag with lots of different


I’m a backpack guy. Always have been, ever since my school days. Backpacks are super handy for carrying stuff, with no hands involved and giving an equal distribution of weight on the shoulders. It’s the perfect solution really to all your lugging stuff around needs. Yet here I am with a messenger bag, on the one hand wondering how this…

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A smarter way to lace your shoes?


Most of us, well, at least me, has one way of lacing our shoes. It’s probably the global standard and the most obvious possible way. Those that are a little more advanced will have a fancier way for fancier shoes, but as it doesn’t really work as well, it’s not the most common way. And I realise that declaring a…

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The Garmsman Dozen #19: Dachi from Brighton


Welcome to the 19th instalment of the “Garmsman Dozen” question and answer session. The response so far has been tremendous. Did you miss earlier ones? There are links at the end of the page. This week we welcome to the Garmsman Dachi from the UK! Name: Dachi, 32 Instagram: @nei.nor Location: I grew up in Denmark/Georgia, but I now live in Brighton, England.…

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Cheap Shoes For Life


It’s a universal truth, that shoes made in the UK are good, very good. They are well put together, sturdy, made with materials far superior to that of a mass produced shoe that you would find in a High Street “Fashion Emporium. They generally look better too, are more substantial, a better shape, and a better and more standardised fit.…

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Podcasts, about menswear and interesting matters


The podcast is a strange phenomenon. While the world has moved on from pure radio, adding pictures and dimensions, the whole idea of podcasts is straight back to start. Only, you get to listen to what you want, when you want., clearly an advantage over most of today’s radio channels. From a production side, it’s also very easy to make…

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Visiting the Grenson shoe factory


Northampton is home to most of what remains of the traditional British shoemaking industry. Evocative names still have their factories here, some in their original buildings, some in modern ones. Some have changed owners, some are still family owned. Some have existed since the 1800s, others a bit newer. What hasn’t changed though are the traditional ways of making quality…

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