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Paul Newman

Paul Newman hailed from Cleveland, Ohio and lived between 1925 – 2008. Known for his family values, he lived a life of great success as a famous Hollywood actor and director, as well as becoming an entrepreneur (think ‘ranch dressing’), professional race car driver, philanthropist and of course one of the greatest style icons of his and our time.

Whether dressed up for an occasion or nonchalantly reclining on a bed, one can’t help but feel a little awed by his manner and effortless grace.

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Fideli Sundqvist

I’ve been designing a new stage set for an upcoming award ceremony in London and I have gone a bit paper-prop mad, it’s going to be wonderful (I hope). That’s how I discovered this beautiful paper art and prop design from Swedish Fideli Sundqvist. Her work is just lovely, especially this series for Papier Mache, a lovely online childrens magazine.

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Hannah de Bruyn

Some time ago at a friends dinner party, I met a Jewellery designer called Hannah de Bruyn, she was lovely and I was glad our paths had crossed. Her pieces range from rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces and all are incredibly delicate, enchanting, wearable and feminine. Since the dinner party Hannah has launched her own online shop so now anyone can order their very own hand crafted piece.

She works with a large range of gemstones that are usually set in silver or gold. I personally love her ring collection, which look great when stacked together.

 

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Margaret Howel

Margaret Howell is a British fashion and home ware brand that excels in simplicity, quality and craftsmanship – this becomes instantly apparent when wondering around any of their shop floors. The brand is understated, yet quietly confident and gives the impression that it’s comfortable within its skin and not particularly driven by fashion hype. I have no doubt that Margaret Howell will have an incredibly loyal group of followers, targeted at those who love quality, longevity and a great product story.

So as heat wave days (of 17 degree) steadily approach us here in London, I can help but hope that I might soon be wearing my very own straw hat, denim dress and plaid shirt. All perfect for long British Summer days.

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Wearable Technology

I’ve been meaning to post on wearable technology for some time as numerous articles have been landing in my inbox of late.

It’s an interesting area, full of speculation and anticipation. Personally, I do agree that the ‘ah-ha’ product is yet to come, where we see beautiful fashion mix with cutting-edge technology. I plan to keep my eye on Intel and their ‘Make it Wearable‘ campaign, especially as I recently read that they’re aligning themselves with fashion heavyweights; Opening Ceremony and Barneys - see related BoF article for details.

I’ve also enjoyed reading an article by Shane Snow on ‘The Problem with Wearable Technology‘ and seeing what The Creators Project had to say about things on their blog.

As a side note, if you’re reading this and live in the US you could sign up to ‘The Glass Explorer Program‘ and help google shape the future – that might be fun. Speaking of fun, have you seen the Necomimi ears? Would you wear them? After the initial novelty wears off I’m really not so sure.

 

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Maiko Takeda

These millinery pieces by Maiko Takeda from her collection Atmospheric Reentry blow my mind. Such beautiful use of space, colour, texture and material. Great art direction and photography also.

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Winter

Winter is coming – hopefully with Jil Sander Navy in tow.

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Celine

Céline speaks for itself. It is bold, strong and clean. The above imagery includes the perfect material combination too; wooden grains, straw fibers, hints of gold and a warm autumnal colour palette.  The craftsmanship looks exceptional and I wish to buy it all.

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East Enders

It’s official, I love where I live. East London makes being a creative so very easy, as inspiration is literally at your door step. Every time I go ‘walk-about’, I seem to stumble upon a new gallery, collective or shop that inspires me to push out of the pixel boundaries of my day job.

I recommend a visit to the Metric Summer Shop on Columbia road, which is open until the 1st September. The group includes thinkers, doers, designers and makers from interdisciplinary backgrounds across fashion, craft, illustration and installation. I especially enjoyed jewellery designers, Myia Bonner and Shimell & Madden work.

Also worth visiting is the Espacio Gallery on Bethnal Green Road, they are currently exhibiting the works of Sarah Knight and Caro Millington until the 23rd July. Sarah’s fragmentation series on differing landscapes across London, Detroit and Venice will make the visit worth while.

 

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Ricki Hall

So, we met Ricki Hall in Covent Garden last weekend to buy one of the t-shirts he’s just released in collaboration with P&Co. He was a very nice chap and had a lovely soft beard that he supposedly conditions regularly. During our little outing, we also wondered into Murdock London, another great destination for any modern day man of style.

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