titleportrait To call Nick bartender feels like an insult, I mean the man isn’t exactly sliding beers down the bar, though despite being one of South Africa’s most awarded barmen, Nick insists he’s just a bartender “I’m here to serve my customers” he says to me.

Now, Nick hasn’t always been a bartender, he’s actually a qualified quantity surveyor (I still don’t know what that is) but the calling of the cocktail shaker was too large for him, and so he put passion first and followed his dream. Good thing he did, as it’s taken him all over the world conducting workshops and seminars as well as competing in both Bacardi Global legacy cocktail competition (where he made the final 8 in 2013) and Diageo World Class Global Bartender (placing 17th amongst the worlds 50 top barmen). The man is a legend with a beard to match.

My first experience with Nick was walking into The House of Machines ready to order my usual “pint of lager” when someone suggested I let Nick make me a drink. So after a quick little chat about what I usually drink and what flavours I enjoy he set out to make me an old fashioned. That single drink changed my drinking habits for life. Watching Nick fuss over everything from smoking the glass on a block of maple wood to trimming the edges of his perfectly cut orange peel blew my mind.

When I set out to document Cape Towns craftsmen (and woman) I always had Nick top of my mind, I don’t think I have ever met a more passionate individual in my life and it comes across in every drink he makes for you, from his stirring technique to his flamboyant pouring he will walk you through every step of the 20minute process…what comes out of the other side is heaven to your mouth. Take a look at the little photo documentary below to get an idea.

final-drink Nick spreads the word of bartending on his tumblr The Alchemist Says and you can find him at The house of Machines most weekends or in any bar around the world really, best to keep track of him on his twitter and instagram 

Nick wears a levis Trucker jacket and old Levis Sawtooth Western shirt.

Okay. Stay fancy.

logo-adam-titchener-the-sartorial-guide-clarks-garconjon-london-covent-garden-4R2A6292a Sartorial Sunday has never been about perfectly tailored suits and matching your lapel accessories. Rather it’s been about finding some unique style and trying to understand what makes it work. It’s also about some nice ideas for leaving the house well put together on a Sunday morning, regardless of your destination.

In this, another great capture by one of my favourite street style photographers Garcon Jon, we find the perfect blend of formal and casual, or would that be casual and formal, too hard to tell, its so perfectly blended. Like a smoothie.

I love this approach to dressing, where one item (in this case the denim) takes an outfit and turns it on his head. Think about it, if he had completed the 3 piece suit with the missing pants puzzle piece, he could be well on his way to some corporate job in a high rise somewhere, but the denims means he won’t feel out of place sipping on a flatwhite and munching a gluten free brownie at some coffee shop on an idle Sunday afternoon.

Lets take a look at some details.


Now as much as I like this look, I think it can be pushed slightly.

Firstly, i’m not crazy about the shininess of the suiting fabric (personal preference) I prefer something a little more textured in this situation, I also think that it would work better if it was  a little prepped up with a nice stripy tie and then contrasted heavily with some distressed skinny denims with a purposeful turn up. Check out my versions below with links to all the items.

Get navy textured blazer here

Get navy textured vest here

Get white shirt with button contrast detail here

Get preppy stripy tie here

Get distressed jeans here

Get navy polka dot pocket square here

Get brogue boots here

Okay. Stay fancy.


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:


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)


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

Okay. Stay Fancy



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