Thursday, 4 November 2010

Adidas Originals Style x Jeremy Scott Wings


No need to with these beauties about. They will save us. Made in MONGo. Size.

Monday, 4 October 2010


In true High Fidelity style it's time for a list. Us men love lists. Making lists, reading lists, arguing over other men's SHITE lists that completely ignore stuff THAT WOULD BE ON MY FUCKING LIST.[How can they rate Good Life OVER Strings of LIFE (Top 5 Detroit songs with life in the title)!!!] Can't get enough. Now most top retailers realise that there's a recession on currently and most designers anticipated the lack of money people would have in their pocket way back when they were pricing up for this season at the height of the recession LAST YEAR. I've picked out 5 pieces the fiscally concious everyman on the British street should be able to crow bar into his wardrobe despite the onslaught of the CON_DEM_nation.

Arc'teryx Veilance Black Patrol Insulated Coat

Two jackets in one. Tremendous value. The only brand to be seen in on the terraces this season. If you want all of 6 people to clock you in your 1300 quid coat THIS is the one to be clocked in. Hi-tech meets HAUTECULTUUOOR and a snip at just under 3 weeks wages. The Bureau.

Nigel Cabourn Everest Parker.

At most times Stanley Park is about as hospitable as Everest to those this end of the A580 but more so on chilly November away days. So toggle up in this authentic vintage heritage genuine period historical reproduction from LORD NIGE OF FASHIONSHIRE. Made in England. Added bonus if yer a roadrunner as I'm told there are pieces of coyote hanging off it. . BEEP BEEP. Oi Polloi

Visvim Whymper Boots


Junya Watanabe MAN x Gloverall Duffle Jacket
"Nice Gloverall mate"
"Oh it's not a Gloverall it's Junya Watanabe x Gloverall"
"Oh the guy who played Mr. Miyagi?"
"Nah mate. JUNYA. From CDG."
"It says Gloverall on it mate"
"No he's altered the sleeves! Only cost 5 times as much as a normal one"

J.W.Anderson SS11 Festival Boot Swarovski Crystal Toe

Take some acid. Go roof a house and stare at your toes. It's what they would want you to do. The press release says so. Oh and it uses the word poor too. Oki-Ni

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

MHL Staff Jacket

My Geography teacher was almost certainly the inspiration for the half arsed Scouse Geography teacher in Channel 4s early noughties drama Teachers. He was essentially an excellent rugby coach who needed to teach a subject in order to justify his presence at the school. He once forgot we'd conducted the field work for our GCSE coursework and sent us out again to waste an afternoon (although in hindsight he may have done that on purpose). He was perpetually clad in nylon and polyester offerings a la Moltisanti. He was almost certainly not into corduroy jackets or Clarks originals like most of my blogging enemies seem intent on describing this seasons corduroy resurgence. As much as I've rated a lot of MHL's offerings this jacket registers too high on the [gruffnorthernbastard]How much would my dad take the piss down the pub scale[/gruffnorthernbastard] so for that reason I'm oot. Oi Polloi

Monday, 6 September 2010

Universal Works Loden Green Brisbane Moss Cord Jacket

My Geography teacher was almost certainly the inspiration for the half arsed Scouse Geography teacher in Channel 4s early noughties drama Teachers. He was essentially an excellent rugby coach who needed to teach a subject in order to justify his presence at the school. He once forgot we'd conducted the field work for our GCSE coursework and sent us out again to waste an afternoon (although in hindsight he may have done that on purpose). He was perpetually clad in nylon and polyester offerings a la Moltisanti. He was almost certainly not into corduroy jackets or Clarks originals like most of my blogging enemies seem intent on describing this seasons corduroy resurgence. As much as I've rated a lot of Universal Works offerings this jacket registers too high on the [gruffnorthernbastard]How much would my dad take the piss down the pub scale[/gruffnorthernbastard] so for that reason I'm oot. My Wardrobe.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

[PROJECTIZM] Engineered Garments 19th Century Button Down Shirt

IN THE FIST OF A NEW SERIES I undertake some alterations at castle erect to update and refresh my wardrobe for the coming onslaught of AW10/11.

It wouldn't get much more wardrobe staple than if I actually stapled this shirt to my wardrobe but it's safe to say my black EGBD has seen me through the best and worst of times these last few years. The first REALLY expensive shirt I bought needs updating for the oncoming winter and is showing it's age somewhat. Here I show my fellow erectites how to bring there 19th century BDs roaring into the 21st.

Start with the right sleeve. You want to fold the sleeve back in on itself. If you do it correctly then hopefully the sleeve will ACTUALLY project back on itself into the main body of the shirt. Like so.

Repeat for the left sleeve and you should have something that ends up like this ONE I PREPARED EARLIER:

Now it gets tricky. If you have no previous experience adjusting clothing I suggest you seek professional help. You'll need to bring the right hand hem up over the right shoulder. Maintaining BOTH sleeves positions inside the body.

Again repeat for the left side:

Now it gets very complicated. You need to remove the hanger but maintain the shirt hanging. I suggest you use either have a woman hold the shirt for you or failing that a man or machine.

OK folks. We're in the home straight now. The vinegar strokes. The Rubicon is far behind us. The last piece of the jigsaw will fall into place. Rehang the shirt in its new altered form back on the hanger. LIKE SO:

I'm not sure what they call this in the world of hawt cootchaw but I am sure I'm on to a winner. Look how much more prevalent the internal detailing and fixtures of the shirt now are!

Try it on one of your shirts readers and feel free to share the results of one of your [PROJECTIZM] moments.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Martin Margiela 22 - Replica Sneaker Paper Application

Margiela 22. To not wear these trainers would be madness but you'd be mad not to wear them! Why I hear you ask? Firstly calf leather. THAT'S THE SHIT. Secondly Made in Italy. But thirdly and most importantly the "significant paper application made with real paper". I've had trainers with an artificial paper application significance but they are just too run of the (PAPER)mill. Real paper applications are hard to get hold of without a heat gun and some strong methylated spirits. Authentic Heritage is important these days so it's a relief that these are a genuine replica from the classic and incomparable 70's Austrian era of Margiela. GET ON IT> Tres Bien

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Stylists Own

This shit really confuses me at times. I've paid the best part of a fiver or more for your bloated collection of adverts and writing. Every now and then I appreciate a combination of items and my interest is so sparked as to undertake a possible purchase or further information on said item me lud.



The cynic suggests that the manufacturer of the item in question hasn't provided clearance/cash/favour enough for the info on them to be printed. That or stylists have that many clothes available to them that they begin to forget who made that one? Is someone not doing their job?

Anyway there is a pair of trousers in November 2007's GQ I want. P98. Identify them please.

Monday, 21 June 2010

+J Design Trousers

My most complimented and queried item of clothing these last few months has been these splendid attempt at a minimal, dare I say [FROM BEHIND THE COUCH], combat trouser *shudder* from Jil Sander's Uniqlo range. They're essentially a great lightweight slim fit cotton trouser with a handy iPhone pocket on the thigh. I've worn them smart with shirts to formal family gatherings and scruffy with Air Max 1s and old Warp t-shirts to raves. They're subtle enough to be worn instead of shorts on a hot Manc day and spare the gathering hordes the splendour of my milky white drumsticks. More so I picked them up in each colour for only £20 a pair when they were on Sale. Rave safe and in cheap style kids. Uniqlo

Timperley's Finest

Park Road salutes.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Visvim Fishing Lures


Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Nonnative x Merrel Wilderness Boots

It's too easy for me to pick on oki-ni for selling expensive things. But then I always picked on the nerdiest and strangest dressed kids at school so PAH! They do an excellent job occupying the final frontier an all at times. But Merrel wilderness boots are as top notch as it gets to start with. Cross this with Nonnative and some turquoise laces and you can charge 3 times as much? Who wears hiking boots anywhere when they're not hiking? Coming soon visvim x puma kings. FFS. At least they've got a Vibram sole. Assuming some of the value is to get them over from Japan but surely they were made in Italy? I DUNNO LOL. I'm angry today.

Monday, 31 May 2010

Norse Projects X Elka Rain Jacket

Sir would prefer a blue cagoule. Triads.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Puff Piece

I've been reading a lot of David peace recently. It seems I'm very much in the minority when it comes to the Heritage Research blog love. I'm in the overblown hoarse from hollering vocal majority in my love for Oi Polloi though. I simply wouldn't dress the way I do without them. I happened in there 3 years ago a scruffy graduate looking for a new winter coat and three years later I have the temerity to slag off anyone paying THIS for an 'ironic' worker belt.

Oi Polloi changed the way I dress myself and probably a lot of the post britpop/casual lads style my generation in Manchester have been lumbered with. More so for having the confidence to stock stuff lazy bloggers have nothing better than to slag off. Set trends don't follow them etcetcetc.

In the last few weeks alone they've stocked great garms from brands I've never even heard of. Svennson (dare I spot the waffle knit trend on the horizon?), Luke Simon, Seil Marschall blah blah blah. Derivative competitors will be stocking them in 6 months. Set trends don't follow them etcetcetc. All very much a sign that the buying is as obsessive, committed and geeky as the clientèle. I hate to think of the dastardly deeds brands PRs play on them such is the influence of being stocked by them now.

Anyway I've been far too nice. I'm off to burn pictures of Ronson. Set trends don't follow them etcetcetc. I've been reading a lot of David peace recently. Hacks copy. Genius Steals.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Trickers Chelsea Boot

There was an Amanda Wilson in every school wasn't there? Very pretty girl. We all know what she got up to at the back of double Chemistry with Kev. Then there was the sports day incident with John. The year 11 disco with Matt. Word was anything you wanted you got. Oh and everyone remembers the leavers ball. Admittedly she was cracking looking and very well put together. But you know sometimes she wore some shocking things. Like those neon green tights! What was she thinking?! Might look her up on Facebook. Peggs and Son

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Cathal McAteer Interview

I shall continue in a positive vein this week. I felt horrible for mocking Folk last week. Really guilty. It was like going behind Rocky's back to nail Adrien. Paying Paul to rob Peter. Smothering Bruce Forsythe. It was bad of me as they're actually one of the best out there. Ahead of the curve on the now ubiquitous and rapidly expanding market in the independent 'HERITAGE POST CASUAL AUTHENTIC MADE IN UK' menswear bandwagon freight-train behemoth. They did it earlier and better. They've most likely already linked to this on everyone of the blogs I mock, but it's a good read. If you take one thing away from it make it this*:

"We've been quite anti-branding, that's why it was very hard for us to print t-shirts or put our name on top of a garment – it never felt natural, in fact it always feels kind of dumb.".

*Not that I'm preaching

Monday, 17 May 2010

Tuk Tuk Tailored Tennis Shorts

Time to be positive. Great stuff again from Tuk Tuk. The all important ATTENTION TO DETAIL. But at a great price and allow you to dress like the guy Ray Liotta brutally pistol whips for touching up Lorraine Bracco. Not in that scene 'shudder' but the first time he hits on her. I think. *ScreenGRAb*. I plumped for the red and purple meself. Tuk Tuk.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Folk Rain Mac

Would sir like a red cagoule? Folk.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Monday, 10 May 2010

Stüssy Pac Isle Breaker OR

Would sir like a yellow cagoule? Hanon.

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Passarella Death Squad I Love NY Black T-shirt

Whoever invented the printed t-shirt has a lot to answer for. In turning our chests into a mini advertising hoarding they created an entirely unnecessary market for a previously unnecessary product. Much the same as our friends and their running shoes in Oregon. I could conduct some in-depth research into the phenomenon but I'm willing to guess printed t-shirts came about because a company wanted to help sell its product some time in 1950's America. Passarella Death Squad have been the male bloggers printed t-shirt of choice for a few seasons now. They make printed t-shirts. One uses I heart NY in a post-modern twist on a true British classic. Be sure of that. Coggles.

Friday, 7 May 2010

Nude Photo

OK. Last week was spent cracking the whip for the paymaster general. 10 days 10 blog posts. Target set. Apologising for lack of blogging blog cliché attained. Today I will highlight the good blogs I like out there. I will not have a blog roll. This article will serve until cockroaches inhabit the earth in its place. ISM KNOWS. Much in the same way TEST knows. If you like house/techno and PROPER electro then you should be reading them, dling their mixes and attending nights they're involved in. The Torch Society is angrier, funnier and altogether better informed than me on almost everything. Style Salvage are obsessed with menswear to the degree that I genuinely fear for their normal lives. That and they mentioned me. I'm fairly inclined to nepotism, bribes and freebies for all you PR weapons out there. One-upmanship covers 21st century casual culture in a very accomplished manner. Almost too accomplished. That and he sells a lot of good stuff on eBay. Dom Stansfield needs no introduction. HE KNOWS

Monday, 26 April 2010

Heritage Research Mountain Jacket

Can't believe I've not mentioned Oi Polloi yet! Robin Hood's Merry Men and United's 92-94 home shirt are both effortlessly channelled in this piece from focus group wet-dream brand Heritage Research. Never let aesthetics inhibit historical accuracy. A/W11 will see an obsession with Cromwell and all things puritan dominate the catwalks. YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST. Sure to be a collectors item for all Captain Oates obsessives and time travelling US seamen out there. Oi Polloi.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Thursday, 22 April 2010

5 questions for....

....Padraig Harrington

In the first of a new series of features we get one on one with the industries key players and performers. Our debut guest is Padraig Harrington, creator of the ubiquitous menswear classic that shares his name.

1. How's it going Padraig?
PH: Grand Cheers.

2. How did you come up with such a distinct style? The one glove look in particular is catching on.
PH: It goes with the day job, I suppose, born out of practicality really. That and my sponsors. The glove stops me straining my wrist off the tee.

3. Ah so it's work wear inspired! What are your tips for spring/summer?
PH: Well obviously Tiger's back so that's really put the cat amongst the pigeons! I fancy my chances at St. Andrew's, it'd obviously be an honour to win there.

4. Animal print is going to be everywhere indeed. Tartan never goes away either does it! Are you surprised at the Harrington's resurgence recently?
PH: I wouldn't call it a resurgence to be honest. I think I've made a concerted effort to remodel my game and am yet to really realise the full results. My form is off if anything.

5. Modest as ever. Finally does it annoy you that Steve McQueen often gets the credit for popularising your design?
PH: Excuse me?

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Pretty Green Pique Polo

OK breathe. Breathe deeply. Don't panic our kid. The talented brother has quit the band. How will you maintain the primrose hill lifestyle now? Shit! Adidas are paying that cunt off! What if I rip-off Stockport's other famous son and a subculture I have already rinsed for all it's worth. Not like a lack of originality ever stopped me before! Sorted our kid. Hip.

Monday, 19 April 2010

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Bedwin S/S 2010

Bedwin & The Heartbreakers SS10 Video from on Vimeo.

Rusholme Ruffians. Withington Wallies. Longsight Lads. Chorlton Chumps. Swinton Swines. Denton Dirge. Gorton Gimps. Wythenshawe Wankers. Blackley Bastards. Moston Morons.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Gucci x Mark Ronson

Colab. Check. Mainstream Darling Colab. Check. Boat Shoe. Check. Hi Top. Check. Pop-up store. Check. Brass Arrangement. FAIL. Gucci.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Raf Simons x Fred Perry Polo Shirt

It doesn't get much more meat and potatoes than the Fred Perry polo. In a vain attempt to be a bit more bubble and squeak Fred's Japanese overlords liaised with Raf Simmons and his co-conspirators in the Birmingham six to create Raf Simmons does Fred Perry. Essentially if you want to double the price of what is effectively the same product you need to literally attach some serious Black Country design capabilities basically. Gargyles.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Rick Owens Wallet With Details

The devil is in the details. These are some details. Rick Owens is on it. He's almost an integral part of it such is his on-ness. If you purchase and use this wallet you may be slightly nearer it but not quite as on it as Rick. You won't have any money for it but nonetheless you will be nearer it. Antonioli

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Friday, 9 April 2010

Bernhard Willhelm Wrap

Not enough people are doing wraps right now. Beyond KFC or the Boots meal deal it's hard to get a wrap with a redneck's face printed on it. Thank the lord for the effervescent Bernhard Willhelm then. This piece fuses the Japanese tribal dojo chic into one easy to wear piece for these balmy spring evenings. Oki-Ni.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Band of Outsiders Seersucker Shirt

Strong shirting from Band of Outsiders here. They've created a geometric grid of three different coloured yarns and made a shirt out of it. Straight out of Leftfield. They've even noticed that sometimes you need to make sure your collar is held down with two little buttons. If you know your cottons (WHO DOESN'T!!) then you'll appreciate the seersucker as it brittlely drapes and enhances the Duvel gut. As ever BOO's attention to detail doesn't skip a beat and they thought to put sleeves on it. A steal at a score above 2 ton guvnor. End.