Kit, Kaboodle & Togs: Vintage Barbour Country Footwear

Vintage Barbour Country Footwear for Men, 1995Photo via eBay

1995 Barbour advertisement for country footwear for men. Barbour began making footwear in the early 1920s.


Technology and Such Things: “Hello, my name is Paul Smith” iPad app

Paul Smith for iPad

Coinciding with a major exhibition at London’s Design Museum dedicated to the British designer Paul Smith, comes the release of an iPad App.

In four immersive sections, the app invites you to discover Paul Smith’s universe, explore his inspirations and understand the method behind his magic.

Using your iPad camera you can see the world through Paul eyes, using the colours around you to create custom Paul Smith patterns; take a virtual tour of the staircase in Paul’s London studio, where the walls are bursting with a pictures and paintings from his own collection; flick through some of Paul’s mottos before sending him your own hand-written note or doodle and understand the connection between Paul’s love of photography and his unique design process.

The app will be available later this winter.

Visit the exhibition “Hello, my name is Paul Smith” at the Design Museum from 15th November 2013 – 9th March 2014.

Vignette: Horsewoman, Shepherd’s Market, Mayfair

Champers On Horseback

 (Photo by Sasha/Getty Images)via Jodhpurs & Sons

6th May 1936:  Horsewoman Elsa Graves enjoying a glass of wine and a cigarette outside Le Bon Viveur Club at Shepherd’s Market, Mayfair, London. 

Good Eggs: Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales

prince charles.jpgPhoto of H.R.H. Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales via I Love the British Royals

On being voted been voted one of Gentleman’s Quarterly’s Best Dressed Men in March 2012: “It wasn’t so long ago I was voted by another panel of judges the Worst Dressed. In the past I have been named both in successive years.It was probably this experience that made me decide I simply had to go my own way and stick to what I felt suited me.

Clothes have to combine style with sustainability and I find British-made tailoring more than meets that challenge – much to the amusement of my staff, who are sometimes surprised to find that what I am wearing turns out to be as old as or even older than they are.”

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