1. #casescenario #pantone #blueatoll great gift thanks majorly #brandoriginals #apple #iphone5

     
  2. #dudesfactory just about to launch in a few weeks #Streetwear #streetlife #menswear #mcbess check it out

     
  3. the nod / hackney road, east london

     

  4. A shop called Red Wing

    We all love Red Wing.
    Some of us have particular favs like the Irish Setter, the Postman or the heritage inspired Beckman.
    Some people just love them all - they can’t decide on one and in fact don’t have to - theirs is a proud collection of assorted styles.
    There are those who, like me, prefer them looking brand new and box-fresh regardless of how old they are. Then there are other people who prefer their boots looking totally caned and worn in…Mr Nigel Christian, take a bow.
    Whichever category you fall under you were probably extremely happy to hear about the opening of Red Wing London. Nigel and I (aka Madoogtv/ A Garmsville Joint) decided to mark the occasion with this short film.

    Red Wing Shoe Company from madoogtv on Vimeo.

     

  5. Introducing The Neat Offensive

    We’re making a film about John Simons. Way overdue, I hear you say.

    We felt that despite being one of the most influential figures in menswear John is yet to receive the acclaim he deserves.

    When we told a few people about the project it became obvious that we weren’t the only ones holding that view.

    Due for release in a few months here’s a hint of what’s to come.

    The Neat Offensive Trailer from madoogtv on Vimeo.

    https://www.facebook.com/madoogtv

     

  6. Spiewak Golden Fleece Parka - Functional Beyond Need

    There are those among us who firmly believe that when it comes to men’s clothing, the only acceptable kind of excess is of the technical variety - understatement in all things except quality and purpose.

    They’ll sight militarywear and extreme outerwear as the ideal standard, and tell you how the way we dress today owes more to hunting, Arctic expeditions, the Vietnam War and the two world wars than it does to any number of menswear designers.

    Both purist and pragmatist, they’ll highlight brands like Carhartt, Dickies, Woolrich, Red Wing, Filson, Harris Tweed, Pendleton, Barbour as menswear at its finest. And who’s to argue?

    Certainly not me. 

    Right now I’m feigning after a classic snorkel parka by Spiewak as part of their Golden Fleece collection. The original snorkel parka was first introduced in the early 1950’s and made for servicemen to wear in subzero conditions.


    Now under the creative helm of premium menswear legend Maurizio Donaldi, the New York based company marks their hundred and tenth anniversary this year. They still produce regulation uniforms which is a sure sign this N3B parka - featuring a 40 year old surplus nylon shell and Coyote fur trim - is nothing if not functional beyond need.

     

  7. 10 Days That Shook Soho

    There was a time when you had to be kinda sussed to hang out in Soho at night. You’d be told that it was the place where almost everyone was a ‘wrong ‘en.’ You’d hear about con men, prostitutes, dealers and all sorts of other night people who inhabited the area. You’d hear stories about how someone got robbed by a girl who turned out to be a guy who turned out to be a thief, or about the bar where you’d be forced to buy a drink for 50 quid and only then would you be free to leave. To the outsider Soho after dark and illicit playground for rich and poor alike, but for me it was a second home and the place where I met some totally inspiring characters.

    Watching this documentary instantly brought a lot of Soho memories back. It’s an amazing piece of film. A bold response to the prescribed view of mid 80s London, it brilliantly captures performances by some of the best non-mainstream musicians of the time. You’ll find it hard (if not impossible) to uncover better filmed performances by people like Courtney Pine, Tommy Chase, Marc Almond, I Dance Jazz (aka IDJ), The Jazz Defektors, Georgie Fame, Marie Murphy and Team Ten.

    The Soho Jazz Festival was the brainchild of Peter Boizot, one of those aforementioned Soho characters. Boizot owned Pizza Express and Kettners and loved jazz. He wanted to do something to help the culture but also attracted a fresh and less disreputable crowd to Soho. It was going to be an annual affair not unlike the New Orleans Jazz Festival, he said. Much more than today, British jazz was a marginal interest involving a small community of dedicated advocates - most of whom knew each other and many of whom thought it a rather crazy scheme. Trying to secure sponsors, get venues on board, get promoters behind it and also book the right bands was a real test of faith for Boizot - in fact the whole thing was a huge struggle to get off the ground. Boizot would have late night power-meetings in his office at the top of Kettners trying to convince each of us that it was a great idea and that he wasn’t asking anyone to commit commercial suicide. He proved to be incredibly persuasive. With the help of promoters like John Cumming, Stuart Lyon and an amiable Australian with an oversized moustache whom Boizot had recruited to steer the whole project, he somehow managed to pull it off. Almost any bar or club that could host live music turned itself into a venue for jazz during those ten glorious days and nights in Soho.

     

  8. Late last summer, the extremely talented and inspiring marketing man Julian Knox interviewed me on film. This is the result.

     
  9. Happy New Year!

     

  10. This is James Brown!