BUY.COLLECT.OBSESS * NORSE PROJECTS

1008626-4  1008627-4  1008627-5  1008627-6Since I live in the tropics I get totally excited when the spring/summer offering start trooping in especially in tropic friendly materials like linen. My lid days are completely nonexistent, but these 6 panel linen lids from Norse Projects deserve a buy and a walk on the beach. I am a complete toast for the green number.
Allen x

THE ART OF SUITING : PART ONE

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My transition from street wear to my present sartorial wardrobe wasn’t an easy one, and it all stemmed from my inability to speak through clothing without brand names hanging from every limb. Street wear is not a stroll in the park, instead of having an acquired taste for the  knowledge of fabric and pattern choice, knowing the newest brand simply got you the crown most times with street wear. The fact this rule did not play out in sporting a suit truly exhausted me with getting it right. In the world of suiting nothing plays a more vital role than choice. The Choice of fabric, color and fit; learning how important these three little birds were made all the difference in my wardrobe, especially when it boiled down to  the ART of employing a shirt, tie and a suit with perfect  Harmony . With time I understood why sporting a suit required every thread of the wearer’s personality, apart from it being the cornerstone of the ensemble itself, one’s personality  echoed in every single item, be it the way a gentleman knots a tie or the careless way his pocket square peaks out of his breast pocket. Paying an arm and a leg for a bespoke suit and not being able to walk around with a tag suggesting my well deserved expense bothered me at first, it totally killed the joy of dressing up for me, prancing around with new clothes on in utter silence( who does that?). With time patience found me, and as the desperate need to flaunt my status through clothing left me and a new wave of appreciation filled the void. Soon enough i  realized how close the art of suiting is to finding one’s self. Wearing a suit puts you in a box, one that does not keep you from who you are but gradually teaches you to become a better you. If you are bold one a suit will channel that trait with enough elegance. (Photo courtesy of the Armoury)
Allen x

Buy.Collect.Obsess ♣ Mark McNairy Autumn 2013 Review

mark-mcnairy-new-amsterdam-2013-collectionn-1I believe I am the last person to jump on the ‘’mark McNairy- is- a- genius’’ wagon. I found the designers shoe collaboration to be very lackluster but I have to admit this collection clearly cements him as a menswear genius . His playful twist on classic menswear is refreshing and inspiring. The smiley face print chinos are my definite favorite; I definitely want to be the guy who walks down the street in those.

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BUY.COLLECT.OBSESS ♣ MARGIELA BY LES (ART)ISTS

MARGIELA57BLACK i am totally in love with this piece from LES (ART)ISTS .  LES (ART) ISTS is a  small French brand created by friends in Paris, they basically   t-shirts inspired by US football jersey and i am loving this margiela number . Definitely  nice way to add more black items to my t shirt collection, i would totally  love one that sports JESUS and a number  . buy HERE
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STREET STYLE AFRICA ♣ ON TAILORED STREETS

untitled-4452 ♣ On my street walks I usually bump into people who make me feel like I am shooting myself . This healthy mix of street and tailored clothing is right up my alley , I personally think the components of this ensemble is very unique to our  era  . In a bucket load of years later some kids are going to  look back photos like these and say that blazer paired with that fitted hat is so 2013 .

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STREET STYLE AFRICA ♣ YOUR AIRNESS

IMG_3601It will almost always feel like yesterday when my little teenage self  kept blowing up my mum’s phone just to double check if she got my Jordan’s in the right color . It still amazes me that an iconic footwear like the Jordan brand has transcended from being just another pair of sneakers on the court to representing a culture where we all belong just by our appreciation of its iconic  designs .  ♣

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