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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Security at Givenchy: 55 Boulevard Auriol, Paris


Security was tight at the Paris Fashion Week Givenchy show.

Dan Croll: 55 Boulevard Auriol, Paris


Mr Dan Croll, singer/songwriter based in Liverpool, England, outside the Givenchy show in Paris. I bought Dan's album on a whim from iTunes a few months ago and was more than pleasantly surprised with his interesting lyrics and melodic tunes - it's been on repeat ever since.

Models Off Duty: 55 Boulevard Auriol, Paris


Outside the Givenchy Show at Paris Fashion Week, wearing red and blue luxe sportwear.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Backstage at La Perla, Pitti Uomo, Florence

This season, lingerie brand La Perla launched their first official range of mens loungewear. Showcasing the range at Pitti Uomo in Florence, they invited me to shoot backstage and brought my Sartorial 7 comrades along to see the work. Unsure of how a women underwear brand would tackle such a challenge, I was very impressed with their desirable kimono tops, heavy silk pants and shirting - beautiful stand-alone items that I'd happily wear as outerwear. See a preview of backstage shots below and go to the La Perla instagram account to see a range of catwalk looks.


To see the full range of backstage photography click the link below:

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Angelo Flaccavento: Grand Palais, Paris


The first photograph of Angelo Flaccavento I've published since I shot him for my 100 Beards project last year. I always feel shooting Angelo is an achievement of sorts. Although he's undoubtedly present at every major show, he seems to be the only character who consistently slips through my net. It may be the light, bad timing or too busy but I've got countless unusable frames. He's as charming and modest as he is stylish, so it makes it all the more rewarding when I do get the image I want.

Adonis: Rue Simon le Franc, Paris


With a name like Adonis, you really have to be over 6 ft 2 inches tall. This chap was boarding out of the Yohji Yamamoto show in Paris today before I stopped him for a photo. Dungarees are forever in the 'hot or not' category of clothing items, but I'm firmly in the pro- category.

Street Smoking: Rue de Turenne, Paris


Smoking in double denim on the streets of Paris outside Julien David.

Supreme Vespa: Place Vendôme, Paris


Capturing a moment between brothers outside the Raf Simons show last night at Place Vendome in Paris. They boys were celebrating after getting an autograph from one of their idols.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Dexter and Byron Peart: Pitti Uomo, Florence


The men behind Want Les Essentiels de la Vie, an unstoppable menswear accessory brand that I've written about many times before. Never short of impeccible, they showed how to dress for Summer with style.

Ermanno Gallamini: Pitti Uomo, Florence


My favourite gent from this season's Pitti Uomo trade show (other than my Sartorial 7 chums of course) was Mr Ermanno Gallamini. The designer of Ermanno Gallamini Collection is nothing short of brilliant and his personal style reflects his skill in vintage hunting and ecclectic taste. My only disappointment was not to catch him wearing an iconic Ermanno Gallamini Poncho. See my portrait of Ermanno at 100Beards.tumblr.com.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Andrea Porro: Via Stendhal, Milan


Andrea Porro, an editor of GQ Italia, in the Porta de Genova area of Milan. Over the past few days he's worn some fantastic print shirts with futuristic trainers, mixing todays look with a typically Milanese double breasted blazer.

Stripes under Denim: Via Savona, Milan


Japanese styling with navy, blue and white using selvedge denim and vintage additions.

Dandy at the Taxi Rank: Via Savona, Milan


Purple linen suit on a hot summers day to finish Milan Fashion Week.

Alessandro Squarzi: Piazza Oberdan, Milan

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A man who is arguably the most iconic street style subject, Alessandro Squarzi never looks short of sartorial.

Fabrizio Oriani: Piazza Oberdan, Milan

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I had the pleasure of meeting the charming Mr Fabrizio Oriani of Gentlemens Wear Daily for the first time this week. With a mutual appreciation of each other's work, it was fantastic to have a chance encounter on the street with our mutual friend Chris Chasseaud.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Simone Monguzzi: Corso Italia, Milan

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The perfect way to experiment with oversize proportions. There are few people I look forward to seeing season to season but this gent is always in my top 5. He never fails to impress with a variety of textures, shapes & references. See the full look below.

Mariano Di Vaio: Costume Nationale, Milan

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Mariano Di Vaio on his bike outside the Costume Nationale show at Milan Fashion Week.

Models Off Duty: Zegna, Milan

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Oversized plaid shirt, relaxed slouch pants and Vans canvas sneakers on the street outside the Zegna show at Milan Fashion Week.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Robert Rabensteiner: Ermenegildo Zegna, Milan

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Robert Rabensteiner photographed this morning outside the superb Ermenegildo Zegna show at Milan Fashion Week.

Henri-Nicholas: Costume National Homme, Milan

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Henri-Nicholas founder of Man of a Kind outside the Costume National Homme show this afternoon at Milan Fashion Week.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Patrick Grant: New Oxford Street, London

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Mr Patrick Grant is one of only a few men who can look as strong is double denim as he does tailoring. Photographed outside his E.Tautz show at this season's London Collections: Men, after which many of the audience members waited for his exit to congratulate a spectacular collection. See details below.


MA-1 Bomber: Bloomsbury Way, London

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MA-1 bomber jacket with white shirt and white chinos on the street at London Collections: Men.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Baartmans and Siegel, London Collections: Men

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The Baartmans and Siegel presentation didn't fail to impress as once again the duo upped their level with wearable luxury. The fabrication and colour palette was fantastic and left me seriously wanting a bomber jacket with relaxed trousers. Before the models got a chance to dash I grabbed a few for an impromptu shoot with St George's Church in Bloomsbury as the perfect setting.

Rollercoaster Rebel: Bayswater Road, London

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One of the gents handing out the latest issue of Rollercoaster Magazine (which I am featured in, available to buy in all good retail outlets) had a distinctly Old Hollywood look that I had to capture. Photographed outside the Burberry show in Kensington, London.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

The Man/Men Journal Delivery: New Oxford Street, London

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This London Collections: Men we did an official hand-out of the new MAN/MEN journal. Wearing Private White VC to celebrate the exhibition currently on show at their Lamb's Conduit Street store. The response has been phenomenal, thank you to everyone who's shown an interest. The site will be launching very soon so keep a look out at MANMEN.uk.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Cycle Style at London Collections: New Oxford St, London

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I love seeing the same faces season after season, the subtle evolution in style and what these elusive characters wear over periods of time. Although I've not spoken with this chap, I always enjoy his getup as can be seen in my photo of him from February at London Fashion Week.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Manufacturing Menswear: Journal of British Craftsmanship

I'm excited to finally be sharing a new project that's been in the making for over the past 6 months. MAN/MEN documents a journey across the UK to factories and studios looking behind the brands who manufacture in the UK. For the past few years I've been particularly interested in labels that make in the UK, buying basics from Sunspel and shoes from brands like Grenson, but it was really at the first London Collections: Men in summer 2012 that my brain began ticking over about what brands are truly British.
 
There are three key driving factors behind this MAN/MEN project:
 
- Legally any brand can label their products as 'Made in the UK' if the finishing treatments to the product are completed here. For example, a jacket could be constructed overseas but if the buttons are added here, it's 'Made in the UK'.

- In the past 10 years the push towards 'heritage' has been huge, meaning brands with months of history slap an 'established in' logo in serif font.

- There's a real lack of understanding and appreciation of design crafted in the UK by British men. My international peers, particularly those from Japan and South Korea, have a great love of British design and a deep knowledge of which brands produce where in the UK. This fetishisation of British style has not returned home.

These three points have come up in conversation time and again over the past few years. There are many great blogs doing factory visits but there isn't one location where all this information is shared. I'm excited to also be working alongside David Evans from Grey Fox Blog, a man with great knowledge of British brands and a discerning eye for style. Together, we'll be showing a selection of our favourite brands - those manufacturing menswear with integrity that doesn't compromise design.

Next week a new blog ManMen.uk will go live - a platform we'll be updating with new factory visits, interviews and photoshoots. We'll be officially launching at London Collections: Men with a free journal handed to show-goers on Monday 15th and we're hosting a pre-launch event and exhibition on Thursday 12th in Private White VC on Lamb's Conduit Street. As the PWVC brand makes all their clothing in Manchester they're the perfect location for the MAN/MEN journal launch so if you're available, come along and say 'hello' - RSVP to Riccardo@FinchandPartners.com.

In the meantime, follow us at @ManMenUK on Instagram and Twitter. We're always looking for new suggestions of great British craft so let us know who you appreciate. 

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Thursday, 12 June 2014

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Anthony: Worship Street, London

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Suede bomber jacket juxtaposed with tailored pants and Nike Free Run sneakers.

GarconJon wants... Father's Day Gifts #WishlistWednesday

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I always find Father's Day gifts a little challenging. What do you get for a man who has everything and doesn't like clutter? I've done my research and narrowed it down to five key gifts that are practical, simple in design and add value to his busy lifestyle.

1. As my Father's new obsession is his iPad, it's about time to get him a great cover for it. This Holdall and Co folio is the perfect size and will also fit a Monocle and wallet - perfect for a meeting.

2. You can't go wrong with a quality tie and Shaun Gordon Tie's are what I have my sights set on. Each one is hand-made in West London so a little more special than the average one he'd pick up himself.

3. These Burtonwode boxers are a double whammy - practical in every sense but also a subtle comedic compliment with the addition of Einstein.

4. I've just received a Sony QX100 Lens as part of the Jaguar #LiveFearless campaign and know it'd be perfect for my Dad. Lightweight, easy to use and always takes fantastic images...also quite simply a cool gadget to own.

5. For the man who loves simplicity and spends most of him time pushing papers, this Monocle Pen is a classic basic.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Oliver Cheshire: New Oxford Street, London

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Oliver Cheshire photographed in Central London in Ray Ban shades and a leather MC Jacket.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Henry: Kings Cross, London

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Henry plays with proportion in his workwear, using major turn-ups paired with mis-matched socks on the streets of London.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Bruce Pask: Rue Lobineau, Paris

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Mr Bruce Pask, newly appointed Men's Fashion Director at Bergdorf Goodman, looking sharp on a warm summer day in Paris.

Friday, 6 June 2014

Blocked Stripes: Regent Street, London

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Light knitwear for spring in bold red and navy stripes. Paired perfectly with indigo selvedge denim and Dr Marten shoes.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

GarconJon wants...Fashion Week Essentials #WishlistWednesday

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Fashion Week may sound glamorous, and in many ways it can be, but in my line of work it's mainly a lot of hard labour. Treading concrete for 12 hours a day, jumping between cities and meeting deadlines, it's important to be extra prepared when it comes to planning my suitcase. The most vital element, other than my camera, is a pair of trainers. But there are quite a few other necessities that have to make the grade.

1. Sunglasses: Truly essential for spotting style. London's sunshine may be touch-and-go but there's no doubt that the rest of Europe will pull through. I just got this pair of shades from Bailey Nelson and can't wait to give them a test run in the Milanese sunshine.

2. Sturdy Backpack: It's not just a camera I'll be carrying around this season, I'll also be trekking copies of MAN/MEN journal, my new project documenting manufacturing of menswear. My EastPak backpack is the only thing sturdy enough to handle.

3. Dry Toiletries: When carrying a lot of electrical camera equipment, I'm paranoid about liquid spill in my bag. I try to keep as dry as possible by using Shampoo Soap in a tin from Lush and other toiletries are triple bagged to avoid any accidents.

4. Workshirt: Practicality is key when moving between backstage and street style photography, also bearing in mind the overpowering heat. A good work overshirt is great for it's pockets - perfect to slip in batteries, business cards or a notepad. I've had my eye on this jacket, designed by Drakes and manufactured by Private White VC, ever since I shot the Drakes lookbook last month. It's the perfect fusion between British design and British craft. 

5. Small Camera Bag: Necessary for the key elements of photography - a few lenses, flash, reflector, filters, batteries...this Chapman bag will keep me going.

6. Comfortable Shoes: Three words...Nike Free Run.