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Monday
Jun292015

10 travel tips.

1. Hang your jacket when seated -- If driving, you should take a couple hangers with you and utilize the hooks in the back so your jacket(s) won’t be pressed and wrinkled when seated.  On a plane – I usually wear my jacket to my seat and then take it off and fold it / store it right before sitting.

2. fold, then roll -- folding your clothing means you're probably going to end up with wrinkles and creases. Wrinkles and creases mean you're either going to havr to iron your shuff, or look like a giant fool. bundle 2-3 items of clothing together, fold them into a rectangle and roll them up. This will cut down on wrinkling and creasing, and actually save space in your luggage. 

3. Shoe Storage -- Underwear, socks, and belts can be rolled up and placed inside your shoes to save space and prevent the tops of your shoes from caving in and losing their shape. I also recommend putting your shoes into bags within your bag, to prevent the soles from dirtying your clothing -- shower caps work perfectly for this purpose.

 

4. Pack light -- If you're telling yourself, “I want to make sure I have some options,” you’re really just being indecisive and convincing yourself it's okay to bring 3 extra shirts, 4 pairs of jeans, and both of your "good" running shoes which means you should probably just bring another bag. Translation: you're being ridiculous. Traveling in style means being able to move around unencumbered just as much as it means looking good while you do it. At most, you should be bringing a duffel and a backpack.

 

5. stay healthy -- as a traveler, your propensity to get sick isn’t just linked to hygiene; you’re also changing your diet, breathing in new air, and, most likely, ditching your exercise routine. Pack vitamins to keep your immune system on track, and running shoes so you can still go for that morning jog. Ask the flight attendant for a full bottle of water, rather than having to beg for refills in that tiny plastic cup. 

6. playlists -- make sure you've got some killer jams to pass the time while you fly or drive. If you're going to be driving through nature, make that playlist cater to the scenery like a soundtrack. Not only will you enjoy the music, but the music will make you enjoy the scenery and experience even more. If you need help with this, ask us and we'll make sure you're covered. 

7. Be Flexible -- give yourself some cushion between planned activities instead of trying to cram a millon things into one day. Don't underestimate how tired you may be, and don't force it. This is a vacation, so give yourself some time to take it all in, relax, and enjoy it. If you see something incredible that you just can't pass up, allow yourself the flexibility to move things around and explore. This will cut down on stress, and allow you to really enjoy your trip(s). 

8. Sunglasses, breathmints, and wet wipes -- just trust me on this one.

9. Dress well -- "Opportunity awaits the traveling man who dresses in style." Seriously, they don’t offer that unexpected opening in first class to a man who looks like a bum. Unless you're traveling to Sportstown, USA, where they wear running shoes and mesh shorts all day everyday, you should look good, and dress appropriately to your surroundings. 

 10. Travel Often. Travel with the right people. Have fun. Make it memorable. 
 

 

- James

Wednesday
Apr152015

wardrobe care.

Once you’ve collated the perfect wardrobe, it’s essential to keep it looking as good as new. Hardy Amies asked the experts for their tips

 

David Hellqvist, menswear writer and stylist

Anyone can be good at shopping; buying sweaters and trousers isn’t that difficult. We all do it on a regular basis. What you have to remember, though, is that clothes, like puppies, are for life – at least the good-quality ones. It’s fair enough to get off on the chase, as I do – finding the seasonal highlight from your favourite designer can be a thrill, I know, and wearing them for the first time is a treat… but what about the day after? Where do you put it? How do you treat it? These are the questions that matter when it comes to garment care.

Granted, they’re not the sexiest words around. I, too, have been known to build a tower of worn T-shirts next to my bed, but that doesn’t make it right. Who are we to underestimate the sartorial value of a garment? What we wear has as much cultural import as art and music. Fashion, truly, is the fabric of history. Hence this call to arms: take care of your clothes, pay your respects to the wardrobe and honour the lineage of your favourite pieces…

So, how do you do that? What’s the procedure when caring for clothes? Well, there are a few key rules to remember: hang up as many tops as possible, but never cashmere knits, which should always be folded. Double up summer coats on hangers during winter to save space and buy rails with two ‘floors’ so you can have two racks of tops. Hang your ‘top tier’ stuff on the top rail – your best bits, the pieces you’re most likely to wear at the moment. This will change, of course – not so much due to seasonal fads, but more with your mood. I do the same with coats: I have a few on hooks by the door, the rest on a rail. Pieces come and go on rotation.

The washing of clothes is a boring necessity, but one that is topped only by the ironing of shirts. If possible, get a job that doesn’t require ironed shirts. I wear lots of shirts and work hard on trying to cut out the ironing process. The best way of doing that is this: having washed a shirt or tee, hold on to the shoulders and flap it to straighten out the garment. Repeated a few times and then hung up to dry, this will save you lots of ironing time. Please note, though – if it’s a proper dress shirt, it will likely still need to be shown some steam, in which case, it’s best just to get it dry-cleaned and ironed in one go, saving you the bother.

 

Keep your suits ship-shape

 

Joe Butler, apprentice cutter at Hardy Amies

In order to keep your work and eveningwear looking at its very best make sure to have your suits sponged and pressed rather than dry cleaned. You might assume it gives the best results but the dry cleaning chemicals actually strip the natural oils from the wool, damaging the garment.

 

Charlie Teasdale, fashion writer for Man About Town and Brummell

Don’t underestimate the power of a lint roller: It might just be a psychological thing, but a quick waft over one’s clothes between meetings/client lunches/evenings out will have you feeling your sharpest once again.

 

Peter Howarth, editor of Times Luxx Report: Men’s Style

I store all my suits in garment bags, so they are protected and keep their shape. But I never store them in plastic, as this can damage the suit, and I make sure the garment bag is ventilated to stop the suit from getting musty.

 

Keep your shoes in peak condition

 

Tim Little, CEO of Grenson

There are two golden rules with shoes that will make them last a very long time if you adhere to them. First of all, don’t wear the same pair of shoes two days running. They need time to dry out after every wear, as leather is more vulnerable when wet. Secondly, always feed the leather uppers with good quality shoe cream, not just polish. Shoe cream feeds the leather and keeps it soft and supple whereas polish just protects it from the elements.

 

Josh Sims, fashion writer and author of Icons Of Men’s Style

There’s no great shine for your shoes than a military shine. Apply a mix of standard polish and water – and yes, it’s true, spit works even better – using a dry cloth. Work it into the leather’s grain with fingertip. Allow the wax to stand overnight. Then with a brush or, better still, a lambs-wool glove – the longer and harder, the shinier the result. If you can get a ‘parade gloss’ stick and melt that straight onto your shoes using a hot spoon, you really will get a mirror finish. But perhaps that effort is why you’re probably not in the army.

 

Other indispensible tips

 

Charlie Teasdale, fashion writer for Man About Town and Brummell

Over washing can be as bad as under washing: Your favourite shirt will lose its lustre if you stick it in the machine or take it to the dry cleaners too many times, so just wear it less.

 

Peter Howarth, editor of Times Luxx Report: Men’s Style

I make sure to clear out my closets fairly regularly to make sure my clothes are stored loosely so they can breathe. And I use chalk or something that absorbs moisture to make sure my closets stay dry.

 

- hardy amies

 

- james

Wednesday
Nov122014

abc's of men's fashion - 55

Quality.

"If you use it every day, buy the very best. If you don’t, don’t." The goal here is to have fewer items in your closet that look better and last longer. Think of the items you wear often, whether blue jeans or a navy suit, buy one and be done. A $200 pair of selvedge jeans will outlast four pairs of regular Levi’s and look better in the process. But socks? Socks are socks, man--buy some that look good but don't spend an arm and a leg.

 

- james

Friday
Oct102014

abc's of men's fashion - 54

colour.

The trick to incorporating colour is in pairing a strong and interesting colour (such as red or electric blue or green) with a more classic, safe colour (such as navy or charcoal grey). contrast is key--too many colors will make you look like tacky rainbow. The art is in nonchalance. 

 

- james

Monday
Jun102013

garage sessions - where'd you get your outfit.

James tells us what he's wearing and how much it cost. You don't have to spend a ton to look good.

 

- dripcult

Sunday
Nov062011

5 Tips: Making Your Life Better (For the Ladies & Gentleman).

1. Respect everyone - Even if they don’t deserve it. This says more about you than you’d think.

 

2. Smile and be happy - No one like’s a Debbie downer and life is too short to be miserable.

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Saturday
Oct222011

5 Tips On Being A Better You (For Guys).

1. Hair product - Get some wax, dry wax preferably. Don’t have hair? Grow some. Ladies like to play with it.

2. Shoes - Get some go to’s. Vans, Chucks or some variation, but don’t stray too far. Keep it simple and classic.

3. T-Shirts - Plain white or black tees, fitted or some what relaxed. No tall tee/over-sized nonsense. Crew neck and V necks, give yourself some options. They are timeless and go with everything. Think James Dean.

4. Smell your best - Get some cologne or some deodorant spray. Whichever, but don’t tell them what you’re wearing. Ladies like to associate you with a smell. Make it a good one and don’t forget to shower as well.

5. Get a smart phone - Seriously, it’s time to grow up. Stay connected and keep up with what’s going on. You won’t regret it.

Have anything else to add to this list or disagree with me? Leave a comment and we'll talk.