Sunday, November 28, 2010

Umbrella Issue Two out now!

If you haven’t read it yet, go and have a look. Sod false modesty, it’s great – an outward-looking, truly unique men’s magazine. As they used to say in TV TImes adverts: “I never knew there was so much in it.”

Sunday, November 21, 2010

New Seamaster jacket at ’80s Casuals

The transformation of ’80s Casuals from niche T-shirt brand to “proper” men’s clothier has been great to see. Starting off with polos and sweatshirts, it really came into its own with its superior range of jackets. The Seamaster is perhaps the label’s greatest achievement yet.

Part fisherman’s coat, part cycling jacket (note the natty peaked hood), I’d couple this with some quality jeans and a pair of Wallabees. Thick jumper underneath and you’re set. We’ll be covering it in detail in issue three of Umbrella (issue two out this week).

Monday, November 15, 2010

Hipstamatic versus Liverpool

It’s only an iPhone app, but Hipstamatic is brilliant. Though it’s difficult to take a bad photo of Liverpool.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Britain’s ten-minute monsoon

They told us that the weather was going to get a bit extreme – and for a little while today, it did. Luckily, I was a) dressed in Himalayan scally-wear so kept myself dry and b) was carrying my iPhone, so like the cliched media phoney I am, captured a few moments of the deluge.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Seven essential bits of winter wear

There’s only three acceptable options for clothing once the nights start drawing in and the miserable weather makes your bones feel like they’re made of something you’d find in the freezer department at Sainsbury’s.

Option one is easy: old-school Crombie overcoats, tweed jackets, comfy knits and brogues. If that doesn’t tickle you, there’s the Italian casual ensemble, with thick funnel-neck cardies, dark denim and Aquascutum/Burberry scarves (yes they’re acceptable again at Bloke and Coke) worn to keep you nice and snug. The third option is a little more leftfield, but it’s a look that’s been popular with in-the-know Mancunians for 25 years. Part mountaineer, part – ahem – terrace casual – it’s a winning mix of hiking boots, tough jeans and huge, winter-defeating overcoats. I call it – because I like naming stuff – the Himalayan Scally. Here’s a few key pieces…

Mountain Equipment Greenland jacket

Adidas Super Trekking

Mountain Equipment Ogre jacket

Fjallraven Vintage 20L Rucksack

MA Strum Military Cardie

Berghaus ’85 T-shirt

Beretta button-down shirt