Wednesday, 19 March 2008


I have a confession: I’m obsessive about glasses. Making matters worse: I don’t need them. I’m cursed with perfect 20/20 vision, although that hasn’t stopped me spending money on them and wearing to job interviews, only to have to pretend I’d had lazar eye surgery when new employers become suspicious. I terrorise optometrists by trying on every pair; I have my eyes tested every two month in hope of signs of decline.

Three tips on buying glasses:

1. Don’t buy Luxottica brands.
Avoid Luxottica brands, including Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace (not that you would), and Chanel. This huge conglomerate make their premium product the same way they produce their cheap brands like Versus and Vogue. Same acetate, same lenses, same old shit.

2. Buy from small, boutique labels.
Avoiding the big boys and chosing smaller, handmade brands means you’ll have something orginial as well as a quality product. My favourite brand is Cutler and Gross (see above).

3. Paris is the best place to buy.
They have to best optometrists and most selection of interesting brands and styles.


Every now and then you receive an invitation that actually makes you angry that you chose London over NY when deciding on which metropolis to live in. If you chose NY and like men's denim, check it out on my behalf.

Tuesday, 11 March 2008


The best men’s title of today is FANASTIC MAN. This isn’t an opinion. This is fact. And the coolest man in publishing, with the possible exception of Wallpaper* and Monocle founder Tyler Brûlé, is Fantastic's co-editor and founder Gert Jonker.

The man behind fagazine BUTT, Amsterdam-based Jonkers and his title presents us with a picture of the modern man we want to see - complex, cultured and interested. While other publications are still convinced that we have an obsession with cigars, golf clubs and concept cars, Fantastic Magazine give us an intelligent insights and a sophisticated approach to fashion.

"Menswear is so much about personal style – a certain kind of buttonhole, a specific kind of collar – whereas womenswear is far more concerned with fashion and trends," says Jonkers. "We're trying to look at menswear in an anthropological way.”

Jonker gets that for men, the devil is in the details – tie pins and shoelaces, and we don’t want Dylan Jones telling us we can’t wear brogues after dark.

Monday, 3 March 2008


There has been a suggestion that the sharp, fifties inspired, pomade enhanced hairstyle popular today will thaw in the Spring Summer, with a looser, freer style in the ascendancy and a return to styling products such as moulding pastes and clays.

If there was no indication that the style was to tip into the mainstream in a major way, I’d agree that clean cut will be soon replaced by the next seasonal style. But two things tell me that it is going to tip - in a big way – and will be with us for quite some time.

The first is Mad Men. The series, billed as the next Sopranos, launched last night in the UK to great acclaim, and I think it could lead to a return to 60s sartorial splendour and not just lots of great haircuts. I think there will be far more to be said about this show in the future.

The second is that the hair care giants are pushing new pomades in a major way. Since they sponsor all the major hair competitions and stylists, as well as owning key salons, I think they have a vested interest keeping the style in the cultural currency.