Up and down the country regional accents, words and phrases are a massive part of our history and culture. Some stand out so much they are instantly recognised as Glaswegian, Tyke or Geordie dialect. Recent research from LNER however reveals that almost half of Brits think the number of people speaking with a traditional accent is falling. Quite a sad fact indeed but one that hasn’t gone unnoticed. This month with London North Eastern Railway, I was lucky enough to work on their Track Record campaign. A wonderful, charming audio poem created to celebrate people, places and regional accents along the scenic LNER route.
I’m certain most of you own or have owned a denim shirt in your life time. A fantastic, versatile item to have in the wardrobe, it goes with anything from chinos to denim jeans. Yes indeed the old “double denim” is something I’am an advocate of as long as they are not matching in the same colour. When it comes to popping on the shirt itself however, I would guess a good percentage of you have never worn one with a suit. With this in mind, last month I paid a visit to renowned tailor Andrew Brookes in Edinburgh to check out some shirt options and where I also found a denim shirt perfectly suited for any occasion.
As many men out there will know it can be a tricky, even slightly nervy task updating your wardrobe and grooming regime for the Autumn season. What products to try, will they work for my skin or do I suit this colour? It can all be very bamboozling indeed. Thankfully, Silverburn is here help as it hosts its first ever menswear style event for those who are looking to update their wardrobe and skincare routine this season.
As I have talked about many times before on The Gentleman Select, tailoring is something I have an obsession with to put it mildly. A form of clothing that dominates my wardrobe, I ‘am always looking for new and exciting cuts and styles to add to an ever-growing collection. With this in mind, you can imagine the complete joy that consumed me when the opportunity came along to meet up with re-knowned Scottish tailor Andrew Brookes, to discuss all things fashion and style, whilst putting together a stunning three piece suit which would knock it out the park at any occasion. During my visit we also explored deeply into how I could wear this suit smart and formal, before splitting it up for a more casual, laid-back look, really re-inforcing both the versatility and importance of having a well cut suit in your wardrobe arsenal, along with the style choices men are making in the modern age.
Some items of clothing are timeless. A cornerstone of our wardrobe, providing us with carte blanche for which you can build upon and deliver a killer new look. One item which I’m referring to in particular is that of the denim jeans, and furthermore there is one such brand that has nailed what “denim” is better than most, evident in fact they sold one pair of denim jeans every eighteen seconds globally in the past year. This brand is our British favourite Topman.
With the mens grooming market now a multi-billion pound industry, there is certainly no shortage of choice out there, what can be tricky however is finding one which has a primary focus on all-natural products and a passion for old artisanal methods resulting in the creation of the most delightfully fresh mens grooming products I have tried in recent times. I’am of course talking about the newly emerging SCRUBD mens skincare.
Tea is the century old drink which has warmed the heart and soul of people the world over, morning, noon and night. There has been many takes and experimentations of it but none quite so simple and minimalistic as Tea Lab Company.
Petrolicious, the website which is all things classic car related of childhood dreams, has produced another stand out short film which looks at the legendary Lancia Delta S4, the iconic Group B rally car. Named “A Ballad of Brutality”, the film speaks with classic rally car enthusiast John Campion as he reflects back on his fathers first Lancia car, to the dirt track itself as he twists and throws his very own Delta S4 into various bends and situations. The majority of rally fans will know how iconic the name Lancia is in this circuit, in which the Delta S4 dominated much of the Group B stages and along with the likes of the Stratos, gave the Lancia name legendary status in the rally world.
Give the video below a little watch to brighten your day and see Campion express his passion as he recalls the history and personal attachment to this infamous four wheeled monster.
Nothing says more of a political message than a piece of art, and even more so when it comes from someone very high profile in that world. Banksy. The elusive artist has delivered his next piece which is very current affairs, both in location and content. Daubed on the wall of the Calais refugee camp, the piece of graffiti art features none other than one Steve Jobs, the son of a Syrian refugee, and is aimed at highlighting the current Syrian crisis we see across the world, in spectacular fashion. Following the release, on the artists website Banksy has named the piece “the son of a migrant from Syria”. In the scene Steve Jobs can be seen carrying an original Apple Mac computer along with what appears to be a sack of his life possessions. Check out the brilliant artwork below.
Elon Musk and his futuristic innovators at Tesla have been busy bee’s recently, now venturing into the realm of lifestyle accessories with alpaca scarfs and what have you. Yes alpaca scarfs. This latest addition however is not to off the wall, and will hugely appeal to the masses, the Tesla iPhone case. With the Tesla S model growing rapidly in popularity, and dominating the electric motoring world, production is now at over 50,000 cars per year. The result of this is more materials and more scrap, odds and ends cuttings, like leather for example. Not one to be wasteful, Tesla have used said spare leather cuttings from the cars interiors for all the leather cases and at reasonable £30 per case, it isn’t so bad considering it is made from the interior of a luxury car.
The cases are available in black, with the sleeve version being available in black, grey and beige. For the adventurous person you should choose the version with card holder slots, capable of protecting against RIFD readers. What will Mr Musk think of next. Check them out at Verge.