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The morning after the day before, and there I left you wanting more. A line from a song never written, but apt considering yesterday passed in a blur. Thanks to all the new Norwegian followers for their kindness and messages, and after so many requests I’m pleased to show a closeup of the bespoke Harris Tweed Norfolk jacket made by @campbellsofbeauly using tweed woven by @taobhtuath on the Isle of Harris. The tie is one I made of an old Norwegian army tent, truly no silk content at all. Wishing you all a splendid Saturday! Must run!
Today I have the honour of appearing in the lifestyle section of the largest Norwegian financial newspaper, Dagens Næringsliv. They were interested in hearing more about my #dadstyle and my leanings towards the tweeds. Important points here are the @harristweedauthority, protectors of Harris Tweed, @taobhtuath, independent weaver, and @campbellsofbeauly, who tailored my Norfolk jacket, in between making for royals and lairds. I’ve added a link to the article in my story, though it makes the most sense if you can read Norwegian. Rupert still reckons this was mostly about him, as he’s much cuter than me. Photo credit @kristinejakobsen, text @carolinekrager @d2magasin @dagensnaeringsliv
Casting into the shimmering depths of my back catalogue I find this gem. The @re.sustain_clothing workers' jackets made mainly from reclaimed cotton fibres. Both a thoughtfully designed jacket and environmentally better. Added striped top for euro cool and a vintage trench whistle for getting attention. It works.
A huge part of being a top menswear blogger and style guru is packing a maximum amount of visual information into each photo. Trying to show everything from tippy toes to golden locks inevitably means a lot of background is included. Fine if you’re loitering in a museum, but mostly it’s wasted space. When available I like to entice a brother or two to fill in. I have tried crouching, which does the trick, but it’s a pose with a short shelf life and it’s a little hard not to look constipated (a look that very few pull off with any panache). So here you have my new suggestion. Does it work for you? Harris Tweed by @bucktrout and @haarscotland
The difference between old and new fits, functional compared to fashion, becomes very obvious when I put on this vintage duffle. It’s hard to say exactly how old it is, but probably early 1960s. At that time the influence from the original navy duffle was still very strong, the construction was robust and utilitarian, and it’s about as anti-fit as they come, still meant to be worn over other layers. Interestingly the fabric is given as Loden Wool and it was sold new through one of the poshest shops in Oslo. A shop that is still there, though of somewhat lesser repute. And of course, @gloverall are still making the duffle today.
Layer upon layer of wool. Traditional Harris Tweed under a massive vintage @gloverall duffle. It’s strange to consider how much history there is in this single assembly. Tweed has been woven on the Hebridean islands off the coast of Scotland for at least 200 years, and this old Gloverall must be around 60 years old. Consider it a pro-tip: Appear young and vibrant by wearing clothes older than yourself, and know your garmology if you’re stuck for small talk!
Working the angles, looking for the one that best displays my six-pack, broad shoulders and flowing golden locks to best effect. I’m wondering though if I should be thinking more in terms of Sean Connery and work on implementing a gruff Scots accent and a wry smile. Harris Tweed by @bucktrout, Paraboot hiking boots from @skomakerdagestad. The dug is the models own.
Flying in the face of authority and their «recipes for success» and «best practices», I’ve decided to keep working with animals (and children, if they stop crying when I look at them). I think animals add a dimension to my otherwise wooden work.
Traditional selfie of the outstretched-arm variety, captured in Bergen while it was miraculously between rain. Bergen is lauded as the most rain-drenched city of Europe.
Is it time to get festive yet? I’m probably a bit late already, but it’s not too late to make your own yuletide waistcoat. I made this one last year and was stunned by how much cheer and goodwill I provided to those around me. Cheer and goodwill are the same as mirth, right?
More moody looks to welcome the weekend in. Maybe my next one should be a radiant smile to brighten up your world?
There is camouflage, the art of blending in with the surroundings, becoming invisible to the eye, seeking solace in not beeing noticed. And the there is the opposite.
Wrap up warm, folks. Life is more liveable if you’re not cold. Now to continue my never ending quest for the perfect winter hat. One that keeps head and neck warm.
Disapproval stacked, or layered if you like. I haven’t failed to notice that layering outerwear is «lit» this season, and I’ll surely indulge once my team of garmology boffins has sorted all my jackets according to internal and external size and worked up the optimal combinations for maximum numbers. That’s how we roll around these parts, scientifically. And disapprovingly. But you were already down with that.
Too many mild-mannered expressions of late, too many smile-like grimaces, even verging on actual smiles. I know, you don’t follow me for that, you want grim reality, expressions both stern and disapproving. I live to deliver. I might have read that on a van sometime.
It’s strange to imagine that not that many years ago a quality wool overcoat was the pinnacle of streetwear steez, yet nowadays it’s garishly emblazoned tech gear and shoes dubbed Yeez. Will the hyped billboard garments fade out of fashion and traditional values resume, or are we well down a slippery slope already? Discuss.
I probably would have got more props, received more chops and been top of the tops if I’d worn this for Blue Monday, but life is no longer linear, it’s all on demand now. And today Tuesday became thrifty Tuesday, hence the bargain Burberry gets an outing. We found this fine old overcoat looking quite down on luck,rumpled and crumpled, fusty and dusty, missing a button and a portion of the front placket. After a wool wash and some attention in the Lab of Awesomeness though, it looks pretty ok. A good steam press and a little shortening of the arms and we’re good.