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Thursday, 24 April 2014

GarconJon wants... Spring Weekend Away Style

After seasons of overpacking for fashion week, lugging around a months worth of clothing along with all my camera equipment across 4 cities, I finally learned my lesson last year when I set myself a challenge. I attempted to bring 3 outfits for 3 weeks of travelling and squeeze it all, along with my professional life, into one item of hand luggage. Somehow I managed and Rodin's famous quote "the more simple we are, the more complete we become" started to make so much sense.

Now the season's have turned, I'm fully embracing my spring wardrobe and also on the look out for a few new choice items for a weekend roadtrip to the English countryside. Keeping in mind that over the long weekend I plan to wear only 2 outfits, versatility is key. Here's my top 6 selection from a few of my current favourite brands.

Striped Henley T-Shirt: I love a good long sleeved tee, particularly when it goes with a grandad-shirt buttons. This one by Ovadia & Sons at Mr Porter is super soft but thick enough to feel substantial.

Spring Regular Leg Jean: Denim is an essential part of my weekend wear. Hardy yet comfortable, I'm starting to experiment with brands and after a bit of asking around, I heard quite a few recommendations for Albam. Japanese denim, made in England. It's the next pair on my list.

Indigo Blue Shirt: Living in London, I can never truly be assured on the temperature so like to add a chambray shirt or cardigan over a tee in Springtime for extra warmth. I just looked at this shirt by Cleeve of London for Drake's at their studio and it's quality is superb.

Moleskin Bomber: There's something about Private White VC that just seems to hit the design nail bang on the head. Making with bombers in olive moleskin was a sharp move - the colours even more striking in person.

203 Series Watch: I've been browsing the Uniform Wares site on a daily basis, lusting after too many of their watches. The product may not be cheap but for the quality and substance of design it's fantastic for the wristwatch market. I'm really drawn to this with oxblood strap and gold detailing.

Orleans Casual Derby Shoes: Out of all the press day's this season I was most disappointed at missing Oliver Sweeney's. I'm a big fan of proper footwear and Sweeney's new stock for spring really made me look at my casual shoes in a new light. I love the balance in these derby's between smart and relaxed - something I'm always trying to get right.