Monday, 4 July 2016

Bringing it All Back Home: Making the American Man



In 1950, domestic manufacturing accounted for 30% of the USA's GDP. These days its around 12%. Since the 1980s, many famous American brands have been shifting manufacturing operations abroad where labour is cheaper and profit margins are higher. For many, this shift away from a nation's proud tradition was the beginning of the end of the American dream.

Recently launched through Indiegogo and premiering on Netflix a few days ago, Making the American Man tells the story of a cadre of brands that are bringing manufacturing back home and doing things the right way - with passion and with purpose. Through the stories of makers and crafters from all across the fifty states, the film explores the notion of American masculinity and how this movement of designers, doers and artists are putting 'Made in America' back on the map.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Morning Routines: Le Club Des Douze


I've been talking to industry experts, adventurers, pioneers and influencers about how their morning sets them up for the day ahead. This week, I've been speaking to Alex and Olivia from Menswear style blog Le club des douze about their mornings.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Reconnaissance #39



Every week, The Listening Post delivers a curated roundup of the past week's best links. Here's this week's Reconnaissance:

> A Lesson in Father-Son Bonding - Mr Porter
> This is what a $190,000 Leica looks like - Acquire
> The Life of Pitti Peacocks - Vimeo
> Moscow's Modernist Architecture from above - The Calvert Journal
> Discovering Cambodia's Hidden Underground Cities - The Guardian 

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Long Read: Operation Coldfeet - Skyhook & The Daring Raid on an Abandoned Soviet Ice Station

At the height of the Cold War the Soviets operated a network of floating ice stations across the Arctic region in order to monitor American maritime and submaritime activities. When the ice upon which these stations were sitting became too thin or broken up, they would be abandoned by their crews and left to drift amongst the ice floes alone. Alone, that is, until the US Navy found one.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Morning Routines: Nik Speller



I've been talking to industry experts, adventurers, pioneers and influencers about how their morning sets them up for the day ahead. This week, it's the turn of Nik Speller from menswear, design and lifestyle blog Buckets & Spades.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Summer Wedding Setup with Canali



It's almost June and we're about to hit peak wedding season which means it's time to step up your go-to wedding outfit. Canali recently asked me to pick out some pieces from their collection to build the perfect summer wedding setup so I decided to ditch the tried and true wedding suit and add a bit of Italian Sprezzatura to the whole day.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Reconnaissance #38


Every week, The Listening Post delivers a curated roundup of the past week's best links. Here's this week's Reconnaissance:

> Photographing Beauty and Peril in the Arctic - Slate
> Eastern Bloc Illustrations by Marcin Wolski - Bechance
> Inside the Pantone Colour Factory - Youtube
> The Middle East's New Microbrewers - Roads & Kingdoms
> The Battle of Jutland 100 Years On - Telegraph

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Blue Blooded: Denim Hunters and Jeans Culture


Iconic publisher Gestalten have partnered up with Denimhunters' Thomas Stege Bojer and journalist Josh Sims to create a beautifully designed book that explores the story of denim and denim culture. Impressively bound with denim and featuring some stunning photography, this is a must have for all the denimheads out there.

Monday, 23 May 2016

The 501® Jean: Stories of an Original - Episode 4 JAPAN



Levi’s presents the fourth episode of their documentary series celebrating the history the of humble 501. Episode 4 explores Japan's obsession for Americana and examines the denim culture Levi's® has generated beyond its homeland. The film tells the story of Levi's arrival in Japan in the 1950s, the vintage denim explosion that culminated in the 1990s, and how Japan’s take on Americana is now globally influential. The short film is a perfect example of how Japan is the only country in the world that does Americana better than the Americans.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Morning Routines: Tim Frenneaux from Gather Outdoors



The Morning Routines feature is back!

I've been talking to industry experts, adventurers, pioneers and influencers about how their morning sets them up for the day ahead. This time I've caught up with Gather Outdoors founder Tim Frenneaux about how his mornings pan out.

Friday, 13 May 2016

The Summer Setup

The days are getting longer and the weather is warming up (finally!). In celebration of Summer's return I spent last Sunday in the park, taking in the sunshine over a few beers with friends and I got to thinking about my summer setup. I decided, after almost 6 months of wet and dreary winter, it was time to step up my summer wardrobe so I started putting together a wishlist of key pieces from some of my favourite brands.


Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Reconnaissance #37






Every week, The Listening Post delivers a curated roundup of the past weeks best links. Here's this week's Reconnaissance:

> Looking back at 1980s New York - Flickr
> A Global Visualisation of International Cargo Ship Routes - Ship Map
> The Top 5 Vintage Motorcycles on eBay This Week - Silodrome
> The Methodology of Levi's Vintage Clothing - Heddels
> Reviving a Canon Cannot QL17 - The Hand & Eye

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Born in the USA: Billiam Jeans


I recently had the pleasure of meeting Billiam Denim founder Bill Mitchell at an Oliver Sweeney event earlier this month. Bill first started making denim on his mother's sewing machine in 2009 as way to pass the time and since then he has turned his hobby into one of the most innovative and original denim brands in America.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Hell and High Water: Gallipoli 101 Years On

It was just before dawn on April 24th 1915 when troops from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) waded ashore on Gaba Tepe beach to begin an eight-month ordeal that would test them to their very limits. They were followed by the British and French in more allied landings all across the Gallipoli peninsula and the ensuing campaign would involve over 500,000 allied troops in all and would leave 141,000 laying injured or dead by its end.

101 years ago out at sea in the darkness the whistle blew. And so began eight months of hell.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Reconnaissance #36


Every week, The Listening Post delivers a curated roundup of the past weeks best links. Here's this week's Reconnaissance:

> Singer's Manchester Inspired Porsche 911 - Singer Vehicle Design
> Narrated Raw Slow Mo Footage from the Base of the Apollo 11 Launch - Youtube
> The Ultimate California Road Trip with Taylor Stitch - Valet
> The Diving Bell and the Exoskeleton - The Atlantic
> New York's Secret Trash Collection - Atlas Obscurer