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A few kind words from Selectism on the new style The Braga, handcrafted in Portugal. Available from Number Six London, Hip Store, Weekend Offender, ITK Brotherhood and more independents around the globe.

 

Scott King

Artist Scott King worked as art director and creative director at i-D magazine and Sleazenation respectively. We have just added some of his limited edition tea towels. Yeah, that’s right, tea towels. You can even frame them…

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Q&A Antoine Floch MAN/WOMAN Co Founder and Director

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Meet Antoine Floch, he’s probably the coolest French guy I know, thinking about it, he’s probably the only French guy I know. But he’s still cool and also it must be said a lovely bloke. He’s like a French Alan Whicker, everytime you speak to him he’s either in Paris, New York or Tokyo, he’s actually living the dream. Apart from his burger addiction he’s pretty normal. Recontrer Mr Floch, ce est ce qu’il avait a dire…..This is what he had to say…

What did you have for breakfast?

BLACK COFFEE AND A MARLBORO LIGHT

What’s good about your hometown?

I WAS BORN IN PARIS IN THE VERY EARLY EIGHTIES. I VE BEEN TRAVELLING A LOT LATELY BUT I AM  ALWAYS HAPPY TO BE IN PARIS. IT IS A MUSEUM. SLOWER THAN NEW YORK OR TOKYO, BUT THERE ARE SOME GREAT CREATIVE PEOPLE DOING VERY INTERESTING PROJECTS. GIRLS ARE BEAUTIFUL AND THE FOOD IS NOT THAT BAD

Provide us with a synopsis for your autobiography in 140 characters and what would you call it?

FELL IN LOVE WITH EARLY AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY WHEN I WAS 15. STUDIED PHOTOGRAPHY IN PARIS AND NYC WHEN READING THE FACE AND I-D. AFTER MORE THAN 50 TRIPS TO NYC, STILL FEEL’S GREAT TO BE THERE. AFTER SOME MORE YEARS IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY, THE PLAN IS TO SETTLE THERE AND OPEN A DINER. JUST GOOD DRINKS AND HONEST FOOD. CAN I START THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY WHEN THE DINER IS OPEN?

If you could punch one celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions, who would it be?

BRUCE LEE

Tell us something that not many people know about you?

EIGHT YEARS GO, AT THE HOSPITAL, THEY SAY I WILL DIE IN A COUPLE OF DAYS BECAUSE OF BLOOD IN MY BRAIN. THE INTERN DID A MISTAKE. LIFE IS SHORT, LET’S DO THINGS

You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear, tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

I VE BEEN WANTING A RIMOWA SUITCASE FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS, NO GOLD JUST SILVER.

Favourite 3 labels over the last 20 years?

OUR LEGACY : SINCE SEASON ONE. IT CHANGED SINCE THEN BUT I LOVE EVERYTHING. COLLECTION BUT ALSO BRAND IDENTITY AND MY FRIENDS WHO ARE BEHIND IT.
CONVERSE : I OWN AROUND 15 PAIRS. CHUCK TAYLOR.I TRIED TO CHANGE BUT I ALWAYS COME BACK TO IT.
CLASSIC VINTAGE : NO BRAND IN PARTICULAR BUT ALWAYS FUN TO FIND SOME STUFF IN PARIS NYC OR TOKYO

Favourite food?

CROQUE MONSEUIR

If a film was made of your life, tell us four songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including one for the closing credits?

THE KINGSMEN – LOUIE LOUIE
JACQUES DUTRONC – LA FILLE DU PERE NOEL
MASSIVE ATTACK – LATELY
JOHN LEE HOOKER – BOOM BOOM

www.man-woman.co/

Q&A Fabio Arciero A Number Of Names

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Nobody has a more fashionable name than my next guest. Step forward Fabio Arciero. He deserves to be on the blog due to his name alone. Fabio, is one of the main guys at A Number of Names and looks after labels such as Gourmet, Cav Empt and Bedwin amongst others. He’s a very nice young man and one who is destined for big things in the future. Let me introduce you to Surbiton’s answer to Eminem, Mr Fabio Arciero….

What did you have for breakfast?

I’ve noticed everyone on here either puts sophisticated breakfasts like “rolled oats with quinoa and grapes” or “just coffee and cigs’ like they’re on a supermodels diet.

I have a strong coffee before I leave the house, then when I get to the office I’ll get another coffee usually from the Ace, and at least 3 days out of the week I’ll get drawn into a toasted cheese sandwich or bacon and egg roll.

What’s good about your hometown?

I live in Surbiton in south London, where BBC sitcom ‘The Good Life’ was based.
Contrary to some peoples opinions, there’s no shame living in the suburbs and I love it.

I’ve served my time living in squalor, at one time I lived in a basement flat under the Turkish Kebab shop on Shoreditch High Street and it was awful… people used to regularly piss on my kitchen window whilst I was making dinner.

Provide us with a synopsis for your autobiography in 140 characters and what would you call it?

“The Wardrobe of Destiny”

He laughed, He Loved, He tried to dress nice….

If you could punch one celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions, who would it be?

I hate confrontations, but really hate a lot of celebrities.
Also, despite being a big lad, I’m pretty soft.

Tell us something that not many people know about you?

I used to be in a hip hop group, we were once described by HipHop Connection magazine as the next big thing in British Hip Hop. We clearly weren’t.

You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear, tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

At the moment I’d buy a load of really nice socks, probably Anonymous-ism from Japan… 300 quids worth should last me a while.

Favourite 3 labels over the last 20 years?

BAPE – I know… I know… but I’ve always been into it, although as it’s changed so much recently I’ve had to turn away. Sorry.

Ralph Lauren – transcends Age, Class and Genre. Every man has some RL in his wardrobe.

Silas & Maria – (circa 1998-2005) I was all about that in the early days… just ask Craig Ford.

If a film was made of your life, tell us four songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including one for the closing credits?

Intro – Aeorsmith, Sweet Emotion

Middle – Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) – Main Theme Disco Version

Third Act – Will Oldham – May it Always Be

Credits – Aphrodites Child, The Four Horsemen

Q&A Everton Campbell Owner Hip Store

 

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Let’s give a warm welcome to Everton Campbell owner of the legendary Hip Store. He’s been in the game longer than Lagerfeld and is a true gentleman and someone who has a lot of respect in the menswear industry. Everton was actually the second person I contacted to do a Q&A, its only taken him 18 months to reply. He’s that busy! People, meet Leeds number one OG…

What did you have for breakfast?

OJ, porridge, berries, boiled egg,bagel and coffee

What’s good about your hometown?

Leeds is where you will find my wife and two beautiful daughters plus Hip of course!

If you could punch one celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions, who would it be?

I do not advocate violence , I’m a lover ..

Tell us something that not many people know about you?

Honestly, I’m not blocking any calls my i phone is faulty

Provide us with a synopsis for your autobiography in 140 characters and what would you call it?

do nothing…
do something …

Title – DO THE RIGHT THING

You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear, tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

Engineered Garments Coverall jacket then I’ll give it to my wife to wear

Favourite 3 labels over the last 20 years?

VISVIM .. Uber craftmanship and execution

RALPH LAUREN ..The complete head to toe look

THE DUFFER OF ST GEORGE.. inspirational and influential to our generation

If a film was made of your life, tell us four songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including one for the closing credits?

Strange Games and Things by The Love Unlimited Orchestra
Police and Thieves by Junior Murvin
Into the Valley by The Skids
Theme from The Big Country by Geoff Love and his orchestra ( closing credits)

www.hipstore.com

Q&A Carl Burnham Co-Founder Good Measure

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Carl is known by everyone in the fashion game and has been about for years. He worked for Aspecto in Manchester in the early 90s followed by working with several brands, eventually starting his own agency in the late 90s. Now making some noise with the fantastic Good Measure label, which has been snapped up by some very good independents in the UK and Japan and is definitely one to watch in 2015. PS Note to female readers, Carl does not look like this anymore, I’m not saying he’s lost his looks but I just do not want to fool anybody out there, especially my legion of lady followers…Here’s what Carl had to say..

What did you have for breakfast?

The usual, a double espresso followed by another double espresso.

What’s good about your hometown?

Not a lot, I grew up in a pretty mundane village in the home counties although Roald Dahl lived down the road. I met him once, that story impresses my girls.

Provide us with a synopsis for your autobiography in 140 characters and what would you call it?

Playboy, visionary, philanthropist, retired at 40 and all round good guy.

I would call it ‘The Dreamer’

If you could punch one celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions, who would it be?

I’d rather have a kiss and cuddle with Kylie if that was an option.

Tell us something that not many people know about you?

I’m not a Manc.

You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear, tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

A trip to M&S to freshen up on underwear the rest spent on fast cars, women and drugs. (Dreamer)

Favourite 3 labels over the last 20 years?

Stussy – although over the years the tees seem to have got smaller.

Vera Shoes – the owner is a Welsh genius

Good Measure – a great bunch of lads and nice sweatshirts.

If a film was made of your life, tell us four songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including one for the closing credits?

I’d go for a balearic/house theme, something like 24 hour party people but about me!

See dreaming again, so here goes….

Weekender (Weatherall mix) – Flowered Up

Your Love – Frankie Knuckles featuring Jamie Principle

Energy Flash – Joey Beltram

Come Together (Weatherall Mix) – Primal Scream

www.goodmeasure.co.uk

Q&A Fraser Trewick

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Another Q&A and yet another Welshman (and not only that but the 3rd from Newport)! I first met Fraser many years ago when he was at Duffer, he then went on to become the Menswear buyer at Urban Outfitters, a store that had some great gear back in the day and was always one of the first stores to introduce labels such as Mandarina Duck and Evisu as well as the extremely popular, legendary and ground breaking Rather Not Say. He then went on to have a very successful time at Nudie before leaving to concentrate on his own brand, The Hawksmill Denim Co which hits the UK next year. Here’s what he had to say..

What did you have for breakfast?

Granola, Coffee and a Cigarette

What’s good about your hometown?

Newport – When I grew up there it had a thriving music scene, a great art college and more than it’s fair share of interesting characters.

Joe Strummer also lived there before he formed The Clash

Provide us with a synopsis for your autobiography in 140 characters and what would you call it?

Whose Coat’s That Jacket.

A young ambitious Welsh boy moves to London with £50 to work as a bellboy.

Through a series of strange and unexplainable events he makes a career for himself in the fashion industry.

If you could punch one celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions, who would it be?

I don’t really advocate violence but if I had to choose someone it would be Iain Duncan Smith.

Tell us something that not many people know about you?

I can play 3 musical instruments including blues harmonica.

You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear, tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

A Kapital indigo dyed french linen shirt.

Favourite 3 labels over the last 20 years?

The Duffer of St George – for setting the template of so much we take for granted in contemporary menswear.

Margaret Howell – For showing that the best approach in menswear is to make classic well made clothes which don’t date.

Comme des garcons – For showing the world the Japanese always come up with the best ideas.

If a film was made of your life, tell us four songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including one for the closing credits?

Willy Wonka – Pure Imagination

The Super Furry Animals – The Man Don’t Give A Fuck

The Stooges – I wanna be your Dog

Townes Van Zandt Waiting Round to Die

Q&A Terry Betts Director of Fashion Selfridges

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Let us introduce Terry Betts or El Tel as he was known back in the day. First had dealings with Terry when he worked for Mandarina Duck many years ago, he even treated us to a free trip to Paris once, for a catwalk show, 5 star hotel, champagne, the lot. He finished the night off by delivering 4 new Mandarina Jackets to our room, gratis. Thinking about it, my life has been on a downward spiral ever since those fantastic days, Tel on the other hand has gone from strength to strength and is now the main man and Director of Fashion at Selfridges. One thing I will say about Tel, he is a lovely fella, even though he’s West Ham.

What did you have for breakfast?

A half-eaten Pakistani mango – the best kind after my son has had a good go at it.

What’s good about your hometown?

Barking – any manor that produces Vera Lynn and Bobby Moore and my Ma has something very special in the water. And an honourable mention for U2′s The Edge…

Provide us with a synopsis for your autobiography in 140 characters and what would you call it?

EL TEL – From East to Up West.

Story of a runner on a Petticoat Lane market stall who via paper coats, New York, boatyards and Natalie Massanet, ends up alright. The epilogue will be my missus cracking it in LA and the last scene of the film version would end with the sun setting on me and my son eating calamari burgers at the Malibu Seafood Shack after a day’s surfing.

If you could punch one celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions, who would it be?

I come in peace, brother. A smile is my weapon of choice.

Tell us something that not many people know about you?

I am a qualified marksman. A straight up supersharpshooter.

You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear, tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

45 RPM Indigo Aloha shirt.

Favourite 3 labels over the last 20 years?

Comme : remember getting slaughtered by Spurs fans at White Hart Lane for turning up at the game in 1994 in a Comme patchwork shirt. They were quieter on the way out after we hammered them 4-1.

Raf Simons : I was at his studio in Antwerp recently and was left alone to explore the archives. Going back through the old collections, you have to say he sees the future. Visionary doesn’t even come close to capturing what he does.

Arc’teryx Veilance : For the past few years since Stephen Mann aka thenonplace.com hooked me up, rarely a day goes by when I am not wearing something from Veilance.

If a film was made of your life, tell us four songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including one for the closing credits?

Space is the Place – Sun Ra

Inner City Blues – Marvin Gaye

Wichita Lineman – Glenn Campbell

I’m forever blowing bubbles – Dean Martin’s tribute to the Bobby Moore Stand.

Contemporary Menswear

Words.  Calum Gordon

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Little under two years ago, I received an email from my friend, Steven Vogel, asking if I would like to contribute an article to a book he was writing for Thames & Hudson. The book was to be a snapshot of the independent menswear market, featuring an array of brands much like Veras, interviews with journalists, industry-folks, stylists and retailers. From that initial article, things snowballed somewhat and, along with my co-authors; Steven and Nick Schonberger, we set about penning a 320 page tome on all things selvedge, Gore Tex and poplin. The book launched last week and offers, what I believe to be, a genuine insight into the world of brands who genuinely care about each stitch and the provenance of each roll of fabric. If that sounds like your sort of thing – and I’m guessing that by you visiting this website, it just might be – then it is available on Amazon, priced at £15.