sat looking out at the sea with brighton west pier ruins in shot
Fashion, Menswear

BLACK FRIDAY

Two blog posts in one week – whatever next? Whilst I may not be fully back in the blogging game, it’s at least a start. Progress not perfection remember! On that note, this is a rather lazy post and I therefore give you another OOTD.

Mother nature is at last being kind to us Brits with a splash of much needed sunshine. So what better way to spend one of the hottest days of the year so far by wearing all black. Wise move Samuel. In my defence, it wasn’t searingly hot AND the breeze from the sea meant I wasn’t dripping in sweat perspiring. Plus I looked pretty damn cool.

Enough blowing my own trumpet and on to the details. I wore my staple Fendi black skinny jeans, that Givenchy t-shirt, Tom Ford sunnies and some cheeky Raised By Wolves pool slides. I’m now off to wash out my filthy mouth with a big bar of soap.

 

back view of black Givenchy pervert 17 t shirt wearing all black on brighton beach in the sunshine looking to the side wearing total black outfit black raised by wolves fuck off pool slides on brighton beach looking to the side on brighton pebbled beach in summer

smart city look wearing slim fit suit white shirt knitted tie and pink silk Hermes pocket square
Fashion, Menswear

BEING A GENTLEMAN

I was recently contacted and asked what it means to be ‘the perfect gentleman’ and it got me thinking. Apart from the sartorial side, gentlemanly behaviour is paramount – after all good manners cost nothing. The ultimate gentleman will always behave appropriately in every situation no matter what he wears, he doesn’t forget to mind his Ps and Qs and diplomacy, dignity, tact and wit are all indispensable tools. You wouldn’t catch him in a drunken bar brawl that’s for sure.

Being a gentleman comes from who you are, not what you wear and whilst most some of the time I may dress in a more casual way, I certainly can suit up when necessary. A classic, well fitting suit is a staple for any discerning dandy and if you pick the right colour and fabric, you can wear it almost anywhere – maybe not to the gym, but you get my gist.

When choosing the right suit, you have to consider comfort. If you don’t feel right in what you wear, it certainly won’t look right. Find what works for your body and go with it. Just because a certain style is in vogue at the moment doesn’t always mean it can work for you. I prefer a slim fitting suit due to my gangly frame, but that’s just my style and something I feel at ease in.

The kind folk at Burton provided me with a suit of my choice to show how I would best exemplify the perfect gentleman. I opted for classic navy as it really does go with everything and it’s thoroughly versatile, plus the fine stripe was a nice touch. Now the devil really is in the details, so I went for a white shirt from my tailor, a navy knitted tie, brown Paul Smith brogues, belt and pocket square both by Hermès and Tom Ford sunglasses. Bonus points if you spotted the bright pink socks for added panache.

Click the links for my Burton suit jacket and trousers, plus also my two other favourite suits here and here. If you are going down the traditional gentlemanly look and like me want to add a splash of colour, I would also recommend this gorgeous pink silk tie and green textured pocket square.

Just because you’ve got your hands on the right suit doesn’t mean it has to stop there, you can still channel your own gentlemanly style into a more casual look. Why not wear your suit jacket with jeans and a jumper for a more off-duty look? Pair it with a nice pair of shoes and you’re onto a winner. It’s tried and tested for a reason you know.

Now even after this, if you’re still struggling to find your inner Don Draper, then worry not. Channel your own ‘rock and roll gent’ by putting a blazer over a hoodie or t-shirt, and slip on some skinny jeans and killer boots. It really is about letting your own personality shine through.

 

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custom Fendi made to order monster eyes clutch
Fashion

MADE TO ORDER

As most of you will already know, I absolutely adore Fendi. Having shopped there for over 20 years, it’s a brand I shall always hold close to my heart. From the beautiful leathers to the sumptuous furs, one can always expect quality and craftsmanship to the highest degree. I shan’t even start on the family legacy and Kaiser Karl’s EPIC 50 year tenure for the brand.

I will bang on about their bespoke, or ‘Made to Order’, service however. Bear with. When the New Bond Street flagship store opened in London, I was introduced to the concept. Yes I love it when I can mimsy into a shop and bag (get it?) whatever I please, but personalisation is something very special indeed – especially from a luxury house.

So rewinding the clock back a few months, I made an appointment to commission my own unique piece. If you are a regular reader then you’ll also know I am hashtag obsessed with the monster collection, so it made perfect sense to add to my #FMF (Fendi Monster Family). At least that’s what I told myself.

Having missed out on the monster eyes clutch the first time around, I decided that was going to be the design I wanted. Next came the fun part – choosing the details. Once you have chosen on the style you want, you get to select the materials; furs, leathers, exotic skins, in a myriad of colours and endless possibilities. Certain styles may only be available in particular leathers due to the nature of their design, but the freedom to sculpt your own vision was not only vast, but immensely fun. Each creation is also vetted by the house and will only be put into production if it is in keeping with the brand’s aesthetic; which makes perfect sense as Fendi are putting their name to it.

Being my first commission I went for the ‘Crayons’ leather due to it being hardwearing and brightly coloured. I did briefly toy with the idea of crocodile and python, but I am a sensible home owner now *ahem*. Blue has always been a colour I love, so I went with that for the main body of the bag and chose yellow eyes with hot pink pupils. I wasn’t done there though, I chose silver hardware and also went for the back of the bag to be olive green. That means if I’m in a more subtle mood, I can just flip it over and have a plain, more discreet clutch. So technically it’s like two bags in one – WIN!

Fast forward a few months and I got the call to say my new baby had arrived (Thanks Cheryl!) so I hopped, skipped and jumped to The Big Smoke with glee. As ever the staff were wonderfully welcoming and really made me feel unique. Champagne is offered to those who partake, but obviously I opted for sparkling water. Collection of your brainchild is an event all in itself. Then came the really special part – not only does each Made to Order piece come in its own dedicated box, but you also get a personalised dustbag and a handwritten note from Silvia Fendi herself. Now that’s amazing service.

Stay tuned on here and my Instagram for more pictures of this incredible clutch, or ‘mutch’ (man clutch) as it was fondly nicknamed.

What would be your dream Fendi bag? A pink python Peekaboo, or an Intrecciato number with your name on it?

 

selection of Fendi coloured Romano leathers for the made to order service selection of Fendi exotic python skins for the made to order service bespoke Fendi mink fur baguette in the London flagship store handwritten note from Silvia Fendi for the made to order bag service

wearing black leather Balmain biker jacket and jeans outside Brighton Pavillion
Fashion, Menswear

SPRUNG

It’s official, spring has sprung and I am loving it. Fresh blooms, sunshine and the feeling of new life emerging. Things have been good lately, even if I haven’t had the impetus to blog much. Honestly, I’ve been questioning my motives behind the whole thing. What am I trying to achieve with my blog? How is it received? Am I too old for this now? Whatever the answers are, I’m not ready to give it up just yet, nor is this a pitiful plea for attention – just stating how I feel. Honesty is the best policy remember.

Whining aside, you get to feast your eyes on an outfit post; you lucky things. I’m keeping this short and sweet, so the jacket and jeans are both Balmain, t-shirt by Givenchy, Christian Louboutin suede high-tops and Dior sunglasses. You may also notice the Anya Hindmarsh sticker on my phone case from my post ‘STUCK ON YOU‘. Shameless plug, but there you go.

So from the scenic beauty of Brighton’s Royal Pavillion, I wish you all a very happy weekend.

 

wearing black leather Balmain biker jacket and jeans outside Brighton Pavillion head and shoulders shot on the phone with Anya Hindmarch leather sticker on phone case Christian Louboutin Louis Flat Spikes hightop shoes on a cobbled street in Brighton

navy Fendi monster backpack with red mouth on a yellow box
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IT WORKS

If you read my post ‘BE CAREFUL‘, then you’ll know that lately I have been practising the idea of positive affirmation. Well you will be pleased to know (unless you are either my parents or bank manager) that once again it has worked.

Ever since setting eyes on the Fendi monster collection, I was totally hooked. Instantly recognisable and devilishly cute, I knew I wanted a big fat piece of the pie. Proving to get my paws on said pieces proved slightly more difficult though. Cutting a long story short and with a whole lot of globe-trotting, I got my first bag bug – I couldn’t really pull off the women’s Peekaboo with conviction.

The next season meant I secured another one, although I did bypass the first menswear accessories. Buyer’s remorse, lesson learnt. After that came the next collection and I was thrilled to see a monster Peekaboo for men. FINALLY! Yet when I held one in store, it just didn’t sit right with me, I loved it, but already own so many big bags. I therefore decided to let it go, so someone else could give it a loving home. Or sell it on eBay, but whatevs.

When I first laid eyes on the monster backpacks, I knew I had to have one. Alas they sold out immediately, even Fendi couldn’t secure me one. I accepted defeat and got a cute-as-hell SS15 monster wallet from Colette. It certainly wasn’t settling, just a nice addition to my collection.

Since writing the post about creating one’s own reality I had been religiously telling myself I will get the backpack; envisioning myself with it – after all, I deserved one. Lo and behold, the opportunity to get one arose and in a colour I liked even more. Sure it may sound shallow and materialistic, but this is just an example. Happiness, love and serenity are also on my agenda FYI.

So I can now welcome a new addition to my Fendi monster family, a product of positive thinking. Long may it continue.

 

navy Fendi monster backpack with mouth open eye detail on Fendi monster backpack

descending an escalator at London Bridge looking at my phone
Fashion

WATCHED

Ever feel like you’re being watched? The thing is, you probably are. Observing the idiosyncrasies of others can be fascinating at times and ‘people watching’ is a term I hear bandied around so much, it barely even registers now – it’s practically a national pastime.

But what does it feel like to be on the receiving end? Does it make you self-conscious? Does it give you gusto? For me, it all depends on how I’m feeling at the time. If I know I look good, there’s a spring it my step and conviction in my eye; but catch me on a bad day and it’s a different story altogether.

I’ll let you be the judge on how I was feeling in these photos (taken by my insanely amazing friend Priscilla). Did I even know they were being taken?

 

looking at phone on escalator by The Shard London looking sideways on escalator in London

fashion journalist Simone Monguzzi wearing Gentucca Bini jumpsuit Nike trainers and Cos coat
Fashion, Menswear

STREET STALKER: SIMONE MONGUZZI

Milan, home to some of the biggest names in fashion and undeniably slick street style. It’s also home to fashion journalist Simone Monguzzi, who’s been on my radar for quite some time now. His effortlessly cool looks always deliver – this man doesn’t just understand fashion, he lives and breathes it.

Simone kindly answered some questions for me, so kick back, relax, grab a coffee (or cigarette) and read on…

  1. If you could have a dinner date with anyone who would it be? A young Elvis, the one and only King.
  2. Favourite season? Autumn.
  3. Best thing about Milan? All the secret places that the city hides to strangers eyes.
  4. And the worst? People who add you on FaceBook, but in real life don’t even say CIAO!
  5. Tell us a secret? I’m really shy.
  6. Fast food or fine dining? Fine dining.
  7. One thing you can’t live without? Cigarettes.
  8. How many tattoos do you have? Twenty-something.
  9. Favourite designer? Right now, J.W. Anderson.
  10. Do Italians do it better? Sure! Pizza, Mafia and Mandolino.

Simone wears jumpsuit by Gentucca Bini, Nike Trainers and coat from COS (header image courtesy of style.com).

Make sure to check out his Instagram and Tumblr.

 

street style shot of fashion journalist Simone Monguzzi
Image from thesartorialist.com.
fashion journalist Simone Monguzzi wearing jumpsuit and long coat with nike sneakers
Image from grazia.it.
stood in doorway smiling wearing black leather biker jacket floral shirt army green trousers and holding grey Goyard bag
Fashion, Menswear

GROUNDBREAKING

Florals? For Spring? Whilst Miranda Priestly may not approve, I certainly do. Admittedly it isn’t groundbreaking, but it was the basis of my outfit du jour.

The shirt itself was made by my tailor from a fabric I fell in love with; not too girly for a floral print and overall, quite subdued – winning in my book. Especially as I struggle finding long sleeve shirts to fit these gangly limbs.

Picking up on the green in the print, I wore a pair of dark olive trousers (also by my tailor) and a black Burberry Prorsum biker jacket. Whilst head to toe floral is a major look, I wasn’t really in the mood to channel my inner Hyacinth Bucket (or indeed Givenchy Resort 2014 if you’re in a serious mood) today.

Accessory wise I wore my trusty Louboutin Louis Junior Spikes in white, a black Hermès belt and Goyard Ambassade in grey.

I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on florals. Yes way, or way too gay?

 

headless photo wearing floral shirt with black biker jacket army green trousers hermes belt and grey goyard bag side shot wearing black burberry prorsum leather biker jacket with floral shirt and army green trousers headless shot wearing bespoke floral shirt black biker jacket and black hermes belt walking past white classic house wearing army green trousers black leather Burberry biker jacket and floral shirt

black and golf flatlay with contrasting textures
Fashion

FLAT LAY FEVER

The flat lay. It’s a hard thing to master and it certainly took me a while (not to mention a little lot of help from a good friend – you know who you are) to arrive where I am presently. Now I’m not saying I’ve nailed it by any means, but I have made progress.

If you search #flatlay on Instagram, it yields over 100,000 results, so it’s fair to say that the ‘lay is here to stay. Or maybe it’s just a case of flat cliché? Either way, I’m officially obsessed.

When attempting to compose your ideal image, it’s best to have a theme. In this instance mine was texture, with a black and gold palette. Composition and placement of the subject matter is crucial, so you may have to play around until you find what works for both you and the image. If you are capturing it with your iPhone, the square camera setting on iOS is godsend; but when using a DSLR, bear in mind that the image will have to be cropped when uploading it to Instagram.

Backgrounds and lighting are also key factors. Even the most amazing things can look awful on a hideous base; yet the most mundane objects can be transformed with a beautiful backdrop. Ultimately it’s a matter of taste, find what you like and do your best to make it work. Natural light is preferable, unless of course you’re a pro; and remember that shadows can actually work in your favour.

So what are your thoughts on the flat lay? You can check my Instagram to see my attempts. From food to fashion, it is what you make it. And yes, some attempts may be less flat yay and more crap lay, but progress not perfection…

street style shot in brighton wearing black outfit and camel coat
Fashion, Menswear

YESTERDAY’S LOOK

I had intended to post this yesterday, so technically this can’t be classed as a ‘WIWT’ (What I Wore Today) post, but ‘WIWY’ doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. Que sera sera.

To set the scene, Shaughn and I spent the day in Brighton looking at interior furnishings for my flat. Sounds fun, but finding the perfect pendant light is a tricky task when you’re a hideous perfectionist. Whilst wandering through the North Laine I found a spot perfect for an impromptu shoot. I’m all kinds of crazy for punchy graffiti and this neon number did the trick nicely.

Outfit wise, I wanted to keep it quite simple. Black and camel is my current colour combo crush, so I chose a Givenchy t-shirt, Fendi jeans and cashmere coat – total godsend when the sun disappeared and the chills came a creeping. For the accessories I chose white Christian Louboutin ‘Louis Junior Spikes’ trainers, an Hermès cuff, Dior ‘So Real’ sunglasses and my Fendi ‘By The Way’ bag.

What are your thoughts on this look?

 

close up of black leather fend by the way bag with graffiti in the background looking up wearing black jeans t-shirt and back with camel cashmere coat detail shot of hermes CDC cuff dior so real sunglasses and fendi by the way black bag worn with camel coat