Something for the Weekend

Words by Cameron McLauchlan

 

This week we’ve created a super understated fit! Speaking personally, I tend to stick with the brands that I’ve grown loyal to over the years through tried and tested purchases — like many of you guys I’m sure!

What’s great about this series is that it allows me to share the stories of some of the cracking new brands I discover in-between writing these posts. Some of which you may already know, but nevertheless hopefully giving you some inspiration for future fits (Usually with a streetwear-ish theme). Let’s get into it…..

1. Billionaire Boys Club Fleeced Flannel Shirt 

An absolute essential for this time of year. This flannel over-shirt as-well as being a conversation piece, serves a purpose against this seemingly bitter autumn we’re having with it’s fleeced lining.

‘Billionaire Boys Club & ICECREAM’ —the official company name, is a joint venture between streetwear OG NIGO and multi-talented Pharrell Williams. Stationed in Japan, the brand was Founded in 2005 with the motto “wealth is of the heart and mind, not the pocket” — hence the metaphorical brand name. Production also started out solely in Japan justifying the premium pricing, rather unintentionally positioning itself  as one of the original street-lux brands.

One of the big highlights which aided ‘BBC’ to kick-on was it’s heavy feature in Pharrell’s music video for (Frontin’ ft Jay-Z). Pharrell rocks various BBC T-shirts with the signature spaceman logo imprinted on the chest. This gave the brand significant further  traction beyond a mere video prop, at a time when music videos were much bigger marketing tools than influencers on Instagram. Even more so when your Pharrell Williams and you have a smash song with Jay-Z.

Since the Frontin’ music video BBC has become a gigantic global brand being stocked here there and everywhere. Whilst for me personally it seems like overkill with a lot of Lazy designs whipped up to sell high numbers on the likes of ASOS, theres no doubt the brand still makes some Stellar pieces such as the shirt above.

2.  Gramicci Nylon G-Pants – 

The brand I was excited to share this week! Whilst searching for a quality but not too pricey pair of black trousers on Mr.Porter a couple of weeks ago, I stumbled across Gramicci. Gramicci’s price point sits in the same region as the likes of Carhartt — if not cheaper!

The brand founded in 1982 by Mike Graham proceeded a decade long climbing extravaganza with a crew known as the ‘Stonemasters’. The Californian Stonemasters were active roughly from 1970-1980 and consisted of Graham along with his climbing buddies living, breathing and partying across the Yosemite National Park  for much of the decade. The Stonemasters along with many others were the rockstars of the climbing world, helping bring the sport to new heights, no pun intended!

The film ‘Valley Uprising’ is the perfect biopic showing how the group changed the climbing world forever. Making it not only cool to climb but saying a big and prolonged F you to anyone who tried to deny their lifestyle, even if it meant rather unsurprisingly clashing with the local authorities.

As Gramicci is a brand created by a climber. For climbers. The quality is top notch. For me personally I like slightly looser fitting trousers which the G-Pant accommodates perfectly. If you head over to Mr.Porter you can see the fit clearly on all of Gramicci’s trousers which I’ll link to below. 

 

3. Nike Air Tailwind 79 

The Air Tailwind is yet another example of how Nike has to become the king of sneakers.The shoes experimental design sparked a lineage which irreversibly changing the sneaker game forever and whilst the Tailwind itself may not seem that advanced to the eye, its internal construction was the first of its kind.

During the 1970’s, NASA engineer Frank Rudy was tasked with containing heavier gases in rubber membranes when he realised he could utilise this process to support the foot. It’s rumoured that Rudy took his idea to multiple footwear companies but was turned away until he met with Nike.

Nike along with the help of Rudy created the first shoe ever to feature an air unit, kept hidden in the midsole, to reduce the impact on a persons foot. The original Tailwind received a limited release prior to the 1978 Honolulu marathon in Hawaii— Selling out of course.

The shoe achieved a fully loaded release a year later in 1979. Since 79′ the Tailwind has taken multiple forms with new lines created in 1992,1996 & 1999 all with visible air units like that of the Air Max 1 & Air Max 95.

The Air Tailwind 79’ is available in multiple colour-ways at most high-street retailers currently. The 1999 iteration of the tailwind has also seen a retro return this year in seeing big collaborative link-ups with Supreme & London sneaker store SneakersNStuff.

If you want to know what wearing a sneaker from 1979 feels like hit the link below!

 

 

Thanks for reading another week os #SFTW!!!!!

 

A brand forged from a Heroic Age of Exploration


The term hero is banded about all too easily these days. But one person who so very simply falls into this category and could be argued as being the greatest living Britishman, is Sir Ernest Shackleton. As a polar explorer he embodied the Heroic Age of Exploration, when men fuelled by a thirst for discovery pushed the boundaries of mental and physical achievement. Shackleton ensured his team had access to the very best kit when venturing into unforgiving environments and his Legacy and impact on modern society extends far beyond his death in 1922 and can be felt and seen in museums in his honour in Boston, USA and Athy, County Kildare and In 2002, Channel4  produced Shackleton, a TV serial depicting the 1914 expedition with Kenneth Brannagh in the title role.

With this spirit, drive and determination in mind, in 2016 a clothing brand was launched in his honour and supported by his grand-daughter The Hon. Alexandra. Shackleton’s mission is to inspire and equip a new age of exploration. From Business travellers and city-breakers to weekend adventurers and Urban explorers, the new collection from Shackleton is perfect to help men survive the winter in unparalleled luxury and comfort.  The outerwear and knitwear, as you’d expect,  is engineered for extremes, inspired by the determination and courage of polar titan Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Designed in London and made in some of the finest manufacturing factories in Britain and Italy. Fur-free extreme-weather down parkas and jackets. Four unique products, developed using only the very best performance materials and technologies. Shackleton uses RDS-certified 100% pure European goose down, the absolute best-in-class, making them the lightest, warmest products in their category making Shackleton a fur-free brand and all the down used in their jackets and parkas is sustainably and ethically sourced.

Shackleton’s expedition-grade apparel represents the pinnacle of performance and comfort, combining advanced technologies with supreme refinement. The outerwear and knitwear, as you’d expect,  is engineered for extremes, inspired by the determination and courage of a man of his stature.

Several of the core pieces – such as the Endurance Parka and Fortuna Gilet – have also undergone significant upgrades following extensive field-testing in sub-zero temperatures and other pieces within the collection have been named after key members of the Endurance expedition party include the Frank Hurley jacket who was the group’s official photographer.

The collection has been engineered for extremes and includes ultra-light, fur-free parkas, insulated with RDS-certified, 100% goose down – the highest quality of down on earth, making them warmer and lighter than any other jackets in their class whether you find yourself in the frozen tundra or the equally ‘harsh’ winter of the urban jungle.

Top 10 Tips for Healthy Teeth and Gums

Bleeding, inflamed gums are a strong indicator of gum disease and need urgent attention. Now, you should still brush gently over the gums to avoid a build-up of plaque that will worsen the condition.

With this in mind Dr Richard Marques BDS who’s client list includes Tom Daley, Rita Ora, Russell Tovey, Sadie Frost, Joey Essex, graduated with distinction from Guy’s, Kings and St Thomas institute of dentistry. Today he give us his TOP 10 TIPS FOR HEALTHY TEETH & GUMS.

Maintain a regular oral hygiene routine. Brush twice daily for two to three minutes in the morning and evening. Any more and you can wear the teeth away, any less the teeth and gums may suffer.

 

Visit your dentist every six months for a check-up, and your hygienist once a year, making sure they clean with protective fluoride to keep teeth in tip-top condition.

 

Don’t forget to floss! Make sure you’re cleaning between the teeth at least once a day with dental floss, interdental brushes or an electric air or water flosser. It’s not uncommon for gums to bleed a little when you do this, but if they bleed a lot it could be a sign of gum disease and you should see your dentist.

 

Rinse your mouth with an alcohol-free mouthwash to kill bacteria your toothbrush might miss. Use after brushing and whenever you need a quick freshen up.

 

Chew on some sugar-free gum for quick-fix to freshen breath, just be careful not to use this in place of brushing or rinsing as it won’t eliminate odour causing bacteria.

Don’t forget about your tongue! Use your toothbrush or a tongue scraper daily to remove bacteria and food residue left behind, keeping your mouth clean and your breath fresh.

 

Take Co Enzyme Q10, a vital molecule that’s every dentists favourite for overall gum health. It’s very difficult to get enough of this from diet alone, so I recommend taking supplements to boost intake.

 

Avoid sugary food and drinks. Bacteria in the mouth feeds on sugar, turning it into acid that can lead to tooth decay, so it’s best to steer clear on things like sweets and fizzy drinks. 

 

You are what you eat, so make sure your diet includes lots of greens like spinach and kale which are high in anti-oxidants, as well as vitamins including Vitamin K, which is an important nutrient for a healthy mouth.

 

Don’t ignore tooth pain or smaller issues with teeth or gums. Make an appointment to see your dentist at the first sign of a problem and avoid the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease or any other potential health issues

6 Skin Care Tips That Dermatologists Use Themselves

Board-certified dermatologists are experts when it comes to the skin, hair and nails, diagnosing and treating more than 3,000 diseases and conditions, including skin cancer, acne, psoriasis and eczema. They also help patients address their cosmetic concerns, such as tattoo removal, scarring, and aging skin. But do you ever wonder what skin care tips dermatologists use themselves to maintain healthy skin? In recognition of National Healthy Skin Month in November, dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology are sharing six skin care tips they recommend to all of their patients—and actually use themselves

Leading dermatologist Dr. Lee, believes it’s important for everyone to identify and understand their skin type:

• Sensitive skin may sting or burn after product use

• Normal skin is clear and not sensitive

• Dry skin is flaky, itchy or rough

• Oily skin is shiny and greasy

• Combination skin is dry in some areas and oily in others

“Understanding your skin type will help you learn how to take care of your skin and select skin care products that are right for you,” says Dr. Lee. “However, when buying skin care products, keep in mind that an effective skin care routine doesn’t need to be complicated or cost a small fortune.”

To maintain healthy skin, Dr. Lee recommends the following tips, which she adheres to herself:

Wear sunscreen daily. For the best protection, apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to all skin not covered by clothing, and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating. To save time in your skin care routine, you can consider using a moisturizer that also contains sunscreen. However, while cosmetics that contain sunscreen are convenient, remember to reapply them in order to achieve the best sun protection. Keep in mind that since no sunscreen can block 100% of the sun’s UV rays, it’s also important to seek shade and wear protective clothing when outdoors, including a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, when possible.

Stay out of tanning beds. Just like the sun, tanning beds emit harmful UV radiation that causes skin cancer. In fact, even one indoor tanning session can increase your risk of developing melanoma by 20%, squamous cell carcinoma by 67% and basal cell carcinoma by 29%. If you want that golden glow, achieve it with self-tanning products instead. When applied correctly, self-tanners look natural and won’t give you orange skin, streaks or splotches.

• Simplify your skin care routine. Less is more when it comes to skin care. Using too many products, especially multiple anti-aging products, can irritate your skin. Instead, focus on the basics, such as a gentle cleanser, sunscreen and moisturizer. Establish morning and nighttime skin care routines that work well for your skin, and stick with them.

Treat your lips. Since skin cancer can form on the lips, apply a lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher before going outdoors. If your lips feel chapped or dry, apply petroleum jelly for added moisture.

Keep your hands off your face. Whenever you touch your face, you transfer dirt, germs and oil from your hands to your face. Do your best to leave your skin alone throughout the day. Avoid picking, popping or squeezing pimples, as this can cause scarring.

• Check your skin regularly. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., affecting one in five Americans in their lifetime. Further, nearly 20 Americans die from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, every day. However, when detected early, skin cancer—including melanoma—is highly treatable. In fact, the five-year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 98%. It is important to check your skin regularly for new spots, spots that are different from other spots on your body, or moles that itch, bleed or change color, as these are often early warning signs of skin cancer. If you notice any suspicious spots, make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist.

The skin is your body’s largest organ, so it’s important to take good care of it,” says Dr. Lee. “If you have questions about your skin type or how to take care of your skin, talk to a dermatologist.”

The evolution of a Style Icon – David Beckham

David Beckham

Style Icons, believe it or not, are not created in a chemistry lab, by stylish geeks in white coats. Style Icons are evolved, like today’s example, out of sheer hard work, a pushy aspirational partner, in this case a wife, a strategic stylish  approach and a shed load of media training. Now, this could not be more the case than with Mr David Beckham, Former Footballer, Fashion and grooming entrepreneur, Media supremo and one half of one of the biggest celebrity power couples since Antony and Cleopatra. Our friends over at Menswear Omni-Channel brand, Woodhouse have monitored his evolution from floppy haired footballer to Icon extraordinaire.


1998
– Golden Balls got in a spot of bother during the 1998 World Cup, resulting in a red card for reportedly kicking Argentian player, Diego Simeone. But was that his worst offence? In the same year, he was papped with new wife Victoria wearing a sarong he took from her wardrobe, teaming with a black tank top and sandals.

2000 – David and Victoria Beckham wore matching leather outfits at the Midland Hotel in Manchester for their Millennium New Year’s Eve party, and they certainly set off fireworks. The Versace two-piece made major headlines, with the couple knighted as style royalty during this time.

2003 Teaming his Ecko Unlted tracksuit with an impressive set of corn rows, Becks ditched the leather in favour of some serious urban street style. The US brand Ecko Unltd, favoured by celebrities, was huge in the early 00’s before going into liquidation in 2014.

2006 – Another year another hairstyle, not to mention a wardrobe refresh. Beckham dyed his hair platinum blonde and rekindled his love for leather as he teamed leather jackets with 80’s washed denim and tight fitted tees.

2008 – Welcome to the year of the waistcoat. Pairing the formal garm with casual denim was a huge trend in 2008, and Beckham was the leader of the pack. He wore a classic combination at the Nickelodeon Teen Choice Awards.

2012 – Making headlines for his move to Paris St-Germain, Becks image reflected his London routes. Papped in the fashion capital, he wore a longline tailored jacket, flat cap and Chelsea boots.

2019 – Spotted in London earlier this year, Victoria’s fashion expertise has clearly impacted Becks style. Here he combines staple items to create a simple yet chic look, reflecting the style of VB designs.