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Monday, 27 July 2015

Liam: Bloomsbury Street, London


Liam with Select Models, photographed outside the Radisson Blu in Bloomsbury in London.

Jim Chapman and Darren Kennedy: New Oxford Street, London



Jim Chapman and Darren Kennedy outside the Topman Designs show in London.

GarconJon wants: Personal Possessions


I'm frequently asked what I carry in my bag and as I tend to carry many items, I'm a fan of large bags that work hard. After picking up a new carry-all from Pal Zileri, I thought I'd share the items that'll form it's guts for the next few weeks.

Pal Zileri bag: Firstly, the new holdall from Pal Zileri, which is sturdier than anything I've ever owned. Hardy leather which means it has some weight behind it and is large enough to even hold my MacBook if required. It's hard to get navy right and this deep hue is perfect.

P&Co leather key fob: It's always a challenge to find keys, particularly as I divide them between home and car. This P&Co viceroy leather key fob makes sure I attach the car key to the inside pocket and it never gets lost.

Samsung Camera: Often carrying my professional camera can be a little cumbersome, so I've taken to bringing this Samsung NX3000. It's super lightweight, has a huge sensor for it's size as well as interchangeable lenses.

Penhaligon's No. 33: The new fragrance from my favourite grooming company just launched based on their first ever location at 33 St James's Street, London. In their launch pack they've included grooming and style tips, of which I have contributed some sage advice.

Gentleman book: My latest book "Gentleman" has just launched exclusively with Penhaligon's and it's in my bag everywhere I go. I'll be posting more info on the book here next week but in the meantime go to one of their stores around the world to see the book.

Shinola Watch: With a relatively new store on Newburgh Street in Soho, the American brand Shinola has become my favourite accessories store to stop by. My eye is on their cycling gear next but for now I'll be happy with my watch.

Independent Publication: My new favourite journals come in the form of Ancestry and Au Courant, giving an insight into life and style of the 21st century.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Denim Layers: Henrietta Street, London


Outside the Nigel Cabourne presentation on the new hub of menswear, opposite Oliver Sweeney and Fred Perry, Henrietta Street in London.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Simone Marchetti: Via Monte Napoleone, Milan


Simone, the Fashion editor at Repubblica.it, is always effortless in his style choices. Here, typically chic on the typical European mode of transport.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Jos Whiteman: Université Paris Descartes, Paris


Jos Whiteman with AMCK models, photographed at the Officine Generale presentation in Paris, a spot I'm keen to attend as I love what Pierre Mahéo is doing with the brand. The Bary black leather bomber jacket
has been bookmarked for a few weeks now.

Charley Van Purpz: Bloomsbury, London


I first photographed Charley as one of the original subjects of my 100 Beards project. Now nearly 3 years on it's been a pleasure to see his style grow and evolve each season during the menswear season. Here, wearing an overdyed Levi's Jacket, shot for the Levi's archive.

See the full look here.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

100 Beards is Three





Three years ago today I started a project which grew into something far beyond anything I could have imagined. On July 1st 2012 I set myself a challenge of finding and photographing a new bearded man every day for 100 days. Back then, the challange was in fact quite challenging, as the number of men with beards has exponentially grown since. At the time, I wanted to start a project to document a trend and liked the idea of beards because it was more about the individual then an aquisition. During the process I ended up meeting guys who are now my best mates, like Terry and Chris from Sartorial 7, and discovering talent on the verdge of their big break: Ricki Hall and Chris John Millington to name the obvious ones.

By day 50 of the project, the men I stopped to photograph were referencing my blog, using it as inspiration and saying they were already fans. It was a strange and exciting time. By the end of the 100 Days I'd been offered exhibitions in London, Edinburgh and Austria, and a book deal, which came together by December of that year. One hell of a rollercoaster ride!

In this short period of time we've come full circle. At first people told me I was mad for chosing such a small niche to shoot. By the end of that year the rise of the beard has reached epic proportions and by summer 2013 I couldn't walk down a single street of London without seeing at least 5 men attempting to become more hirsute. Of course like any trend, the press are keen to call it's demise first and by 2014 "peak beard" had arrived and we were told to go clean shaven ASAP. I'm not sure if that demand has been answered fully yet but I've certainly seen a shift in the landscape. For the men who spent months growing and grooming their facial hair, this was not a trend but a transition in style. Others may have shaved since but for most of the men I met, growing a beard was a transformative experience in many ways. I'm proud to have documented a time which saw mascilinity celebrated. Since that first 100 days I photographed bearded men wherever I travelled and the result is my book '100 Beards' which has the original 100 portraits plus 100 from Miami, Berlin, Milan, Paris, New York and many other cities around the world. Whether it's a "trend" that's "over" or not has no importance, for me it's about the situation, the time and the individual captured in that moment.

You can still order copies of the book online here at 100Beards.com.