Yes, I’m writing about Orlebar Brown again. Why? Well simply I love them. When it comes to swim shorts they are always at the top of my wishlist.
I also happen to love the idea of living the OB Way of Life. It’s a refined, relaxed and adventurous way to be. Who wouldn’t want to spend their days in luxury and with a jet set lifestyle that name checks the elite destinations of the world the way most people name the stations on their commute.
But not just this, the quality matches the price. The customer service is second to none. The fit is perfect and even the boldest graphics look relaxed. I’m just not the Villebrequin type.
Each summer Orlebar Brown look at ways to open this way of life to more people. This year you can hear from four brand ambassadors talk about their perfect day and enter the competition to win your perfect day.
I especially like the realness of it, acknowledging that for some a perfect day may be uber lux cocktails and swank, but for others it’s spending time with your kids. The life of a true gentleman embraces all of these possibilities as being equally valid, and this is way OB has always appealed to me. Gentlemen are after all a dying breed. We’ll be put in zoos soon.
The brand ambassadors are Luke Sweeney, Mr Hare both stalwarts of London fashion, Jonathan Reed and Alex Caizergues. Check out Alex’s video and perfect day below in a short but stunning film and then check out the others over on the OB website.
I’d say enter the competition, but I plan on doing this and frankly the less of you that enter the better. ;)
Oh hai Diesel biker jkt!
Because frankly one just isn’t enough.
The admittedly in my next investment it’ll be a toss up between this and the British racing green hooded leather bomber jacket also instore. (Which looks much nicer than it sounds)
WWFD - what would Formichetti do?
Next tattoo inspiration - William Morris inspired sleeve!
Absolute favourite new possession from Stighlorgan of Dublin.
Best (though admittedly only) backpack I own.
There will of course be a full post later.
C’mon we’ve all felt like this….just maybe not in Valentino
It’s time to launch a rescue programme….
Finally having taken the trip down south from their stronghold in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, Ruffians opened in London’s Covent Garden just before Christmas and have been shepherding the great and the good of London’s gents through the doors ever since.
Bringing a flavour of Scotland down south in more ways than one, should you need to wait a moment or two before you get treated to what I decided to christen ‘butch pampering’ you’ll be rewarded with a wee dram or two (or a coffee if you’d rather).
The caliber of the barber is not to be sniffed at either. Having teased away the head barber of Murdock’s in Spitalfields, the shop is already hitting the right notes with me. Stephen is a man that likes to take his time making sure everything is perfect and when that comes to my beard and my hair, I’m all for it. That and should you be made to wait a moment or two longer than planned the above mentioned wee drop from Drambuie goes more than a long way in sorting that out.
The shop has a much more industrial and relaxed feel than Murdock’s. Now I love the Victoriana and refinery of Murdock’s, but to be honest this is more me. It’s the kind of place the can beat down a hangover (in fact I bet if you were a regular and asked nicely they’d go and fetch you a bacon butty!) and you don’t have to mind your p’s & q’s.
Though the crux of the matter is really the haircut. I was treated to the very best, a beard trim, a hot cut throat shave, and haircut. Now a cut throat shave requires a sense of trust that in certain more erm… grown up circles require a safe word. But in Stephen’s masterful hands I can and do recommend it to anyone. Payday treat, gift for Father’s Day, or just because you’ve had a rotten week, a cut throat shave and the hot towel treatments that go with it are worth every penny.
As for the haircut, after some banter and chats about how to move my haircut on, I decided to stick with the East London look. Short back and sides, bit of an undercut, slick and dapper with a bit of an edge. Anyway over two weeks later I’m still getting compliments on the cut, and planning my return.
In addition, they have this very nifty gadget. Born out of a need to address the irritation caused by the hairs left behind, this hoovers up any strays and provides a not altogether unpleasant sensation and a result. No itching for hours after the haircut.
All in all, a great result and fantastic experience that I can wholeheartedly recommend. But don’t just take my word for it, the following gents have followed my lead and since thanked me for the heads up: @Peripatenic; @ExiledinLondon, & @Midath72.
Since then I’ve also been using the Ruffians hair and shave products. Great easy use, and have left my skin, beard and hair feeling better than normal.
If you do drop down, be sure to let the Ruffians crew know I sent you.
ps: As a further show of their taste levels, a well thumbed edition of the latest 100 beards book by GarconJon sits on the side, and a number of the gents that grace said pages have been through the doors.
Leather and cotton, formal and weekend.
Jeremy Lucido of Starrfucker Magazine looking fit!
Warning the link may be a smidge NSFW ;0)
Suited, booted and rocking Bailey Nelson shades! Today is none too shabby.
#sunnies #suit #scruff
Hymn whale jumper
Really loving this new menswear brand.
@stellaandbow making my Monday bright
I want these pencils!
Oh hai retro feel Lacoste L!ve polo!
Am kinda loving you a little.
It’s been threatening for several seasons - will this summer be the time I really embrace print???
Spied in Number SIX just off Brick Lane.
Forget red cups, forget the Coca-Cola truck, forget Christmas and all that holiday schmalz. The real holidays are coming, you know the one’s with sunshine, tanning, bronzed beach bodies, cocktails, friends and relaxation. The holidays that you can really switch off for, or take so wildly you need another holiday to recover on your return.
A major sign of this is of course the arrival of Orlebar Brown's latest collection in my inbox. This people is my equivalent of a red cup, and whilst the shorts are roughly 50x the price of a Starbucks Egg nog whatever they are much higher on my wishlist.
So here we go -
This season inspired by Monaco the collection has a distinctly retro feel, and I can totally imagine these deck shorts sauntering down the Riviera with a nonchalant air and a Gauloise in hand. I’m in love and I don’t even smoke. Bring on the Mediterranean sunkissed summer days, or a game or two of tennis on a clay court. (I can’t play tennis to save my life so I’ll watch and drink a nice G&T as you get on with that).
I’m also loving this pair, Monaco, am not sure but there is definitely a drop or two of 70s chic in here, and I want.
As for when the holidays are coming…well mine are in 16 days! When I shall be touching down in Tel Aviv and undoubtedly boring the hell out of anyone that follows me on Instagram. I CAN NOT WAIT!
Now this is my kind of maths! #hnwindows @harveynichols #fashion
Gotta love a Louboutin!
Red soles and hi-tops for the boys.