In the past couple of weeks and in the weeks to come I’ll be doing some traveling up and down from Johannesburg.

I often find packing for a small trip harder than packing for a longer one and all of these are a day or 2 away from home. I also hate checking my bags in as I have terrible luck and am convinced my bags will get lost or something – It’s also just a massive waste of time, and I rather check in on line walk through security and walk out the airport on the other side.

So apart from fitting as much in to a carry on as possible, I also think it’s useful knowing exactly what to pack. Of course the fine folk at Mr Porter are a few steps ahead of me and have made this incredibly rad series about “how to pack”. Some incredibly valuable packing advice both on what to pack and how to pack it, also some great general fashion advice thrown in the mix.

I found them super valuable, hope you do to!

Okay. Stay Fancy.

Full-Length So for some reason I’ve been obsessed with grey and black lately, with a little blue thrown in, you know for colour.

It’s such a simple combination that always works, the hard part is keeping it interesting, so how can we?

Well, my trick is texture and pattern….pretty much always. On this particular outfit it was a matter of degrees to be honest as everything was so slight in it’s difference. Now you either want to completely separate the textures and make them quite bold which can be quite tricky! Or, as I have keep them similar enough to blend and different enough to create separation.

It also comes down to details, in this case the club collar (also known as a golf collar and I’ve also heard it being referred to as a peter pan collar) and the brogue loafer combination. When you’re wearing shoes this “loud” you don’t want them to fight with the rest of your outfit, which is why I kept it quite simple.

Here are the details:

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Blazer from Topman

Shirt by T.M Lewin (available at Edgars)

Tie from Friday Tie Day 

Tie clip and lapel flower from Suited man

Pocket square from Heywood

Pants from Ben Sherman (Available at stuttafords)

Shoes from Dune London (Available at Edgars)

Okay. Stay fancy.

 

DSCN5250 The other day I received an e-mail from the secret running society inviting me on a run, I was told to meet at the Table Mountain Cable car at 8:00am on Saturday morning. That was it.

Now look, I know most of you think i’m all bow ties and pocket squares 100% of the time, but there’s at least 5% of me that’s jock, sure it may only be 5% but that 5% is 110% jock. So I enjoy a spot of exercise and the truth is I’m quite an avid runner and like to think I’ve upped my cross fit game a little thanks to Roark gyms. So I was very excited to see what the secret running society had up their sleeves. So, when I met Raoul at 8:00 am, this is what happened.

DSCN5234DSCN5254DSCN5285DSCN5258DSCN5267DSCN5290So, what is this?

Ill tell you what it’s not. It’s not a run for ants that’s for sure. This was a run atop one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, Table Mountain. Being mostly a road runner myself (bleep bleep) the trail run was super challenging, but the views more than made up for it and the experience was epic.

So where is the next secret running society run I hear you ask? Well, that would kinda defy the secret part now wouldn’t it.

Here’s how you can get involved, either sign up at www.secretrunningsociety.co.za to be kept up to speed, or use the hashtag #SecretRunningSociety when you snap pics of your epic run. Raoul will find you, and if he decides to invite you on a run, you can even look forward to some exclusive secret running society swag. I walked away with this pair of limited edition SRS Faas 300 running shoes.

shoes-against-wallShoe-front-deatilinside-of-shoeback-of-shoes I dont usually go crazy about functional sneakers, sure I want them to look good, life’s to short to ever look dodgy right? But these guys are just too…dope (for lack of a better word) the splatter down the side is 3M reflective ink and no 2 shoes are the same as everyone is individually done. Fancy uh? Best of all, you can never buy these shoes and they will never be available in store, they will only ever be a gift from the secret running society, so you better get cracking and start hash-tagging those runs yo!

Okay. Stay fancy, but also, stay active.

 

 

headerfarren As the second installation in my Live In Levis series I’ve chosen Farren Greening from Barnet Fair Barbers.

See, I cut my own hair for about 7 years. Yep. True story. Look, I didn’t really know what I was doing when I started, but I did know I was pretty sick of paying someone else to mess up my hair, so I kinda thought if anyone was gonna mess it up it was gonna be me. After about 6 years and 8 months, I had got it right (kinda) and then I met Farren.

Farren was cutting hair in high school for his friends, why, well because he was the only one brave enough to do so, it’s also when he remembers getting his first pair of Levi’s, he called them fluffy Levis, but I have no idea what he’s talking about. Like most of us, Farren’s destiny was taken over by something more practical, and so he found himself in the hospitality industry, that was until about 5 years ago when he decided to become a barber.

Farren kinda married into the ‘hair industry’ (weird, sounds like a secret society or mafia family) with his then wife being one of South Africa’s top hair stylists. He had spotted the resurgence of barbers and mens grooming in the UK and decided to bring it back to South Africa, they now have two branches, one on Bree St in Cape Town CBD and one in the Woodstock Exchange, in Woodstock…obviously. The shops are a mess of working antiques, girly mags and products emblazoned with skulls, they also have “What happens at the barbershop, stays at the barbershop” chalked up across the wall, look it aint Vegas but it’s pretty damn cool!

I walked in with a mess of hair (see below), told Farren I wanted something a little more bad ass, and he delivered (see bellower)

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AFTER Farren wears a blue Levis Trucker Jacket and Levis 550 Jeans in black.

Okay. Stay Fancy

 

Full-length Navy and red are 1 of the most classic colour combinations, it just screams nautical.

Well, it shouts it very loudly at the very least.

But how to make nautical not feel like you’ve just stepped off a yacht? Well, I think the trick is to break it up with textures and and a lot of white.

I started this look with the knitted tie, it kind of dictated the rest of the look. Knitted ties have a very distinct texture, so to tone it down I paired it with a textured white shirt, this one has a light herringbone pattern running through. The blazer as well as the pants both have a little nailhead texture, but I didn’t want to feel as though I was wearing a suit, so I broke it up with a blazer that had some navy piping so that they still felt connected to the pants.

The details were about tying it all up, the red lapel pin to break up the tie and draw your eye across, and the pocket square in a completely different blue…an experiment almost, it seemed to work too.

Here are the details

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Clubmaster sunglasses by Ray Ban

Blazer from H&M

Shirt by TM Lewin – Available at Edgars

Knitted tie by Treinta-Tres

Tie clip by Suited Man

Skull lapel pin (re fashioned earring) from Lovisa 

Pants by Topman

Belt by Paul Smith

Shoes by Socrati

Okay. Stay fancy.

 

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