Like most of the plant life in the Northern Hemisphere, the bicycle road racing season has pretty much withered and died for another year. But with the waning of one type of cycle sport comes the waxing of another: cyclocross season is here. Anyone with only a minor to mild curiosity about 'cross - curicrossity? - can get their fill over at CX Hairs. Incisive race commentary provides a great introduction to the sport and the music is sometimes ok. Check out the #Svenness series (an homage to Belgian 'cross demigod* Sven Nys) to see how the PROs do it.

*Sven's picture is used to advertise pasta salad in Belgium. Fact.


New Look

I've had a bit of a shuffle-round on the blog to go along with the new visual identity I've been working on, & I'll continue to tweak over the next week or so. In a way this is part of a much bigger non-blog related change I've made recently which I can talk about soon. Anyway, hope you like Xx



About ten years ago my dad gave me a CD with some amazing 16(or is it 8?)mm home movie footage that he'd digitised. It was filmed by his dad (my grandad, if you're following) on a family holiday to Arran in the 60's and shows my grandparents, my aunt, and my pop hiking, fishing and larking about on the rugged Scottish island. The film is a treasure-trove of Wes Anderson-esque outdoorsy getups, and it's been on my to-do list for ages to take some screenshots for the blog. So here they are:

P.S. Check out my grandparents ace wedding photos here.


Blog Crush: GRADIENT

Make a cup of tea and grab a handful shortbread fingers. Then curl up in your special place and read GADIENT in it's entirety. Thank me later.


The Hill-Side AW14: Sneakers

I first came across The Hill-Side via their natty bow ties and pocket squares, originally produced in unusual deadstock fabrics, and which somehow manage to look simultaneously modern and vintage, playful yet grown-up. At the start of 2014 they launched their sneaker range, and their latest Autumn footwear offerings are all winners in my book. Here's hoping they'll be dropping into UK stockists soon. Check out the full lookbook here.


Nigel Cabourn's Army Gym Opening in Covent Garden

I've been a long time admirer of Nigel Cabourn's premium military-revivalist menswear. Like a boy with his face pressed against the toy shop window glass, I've browsed his beautifully produced lookbooks online but never been in a position to get up close and personal with his clobber. All this is set to change though, as he opens his first UK store in Covent Garden's Henrietta Street, stocking not only his own collection but also selected pieces from like-minded brands like C.C. Filson and Merz B. Schwanen. The official launch tomorrow night - 25th September - at 5.30pm. Scant details online, or via the Cabourn IG. See you there - I'll be the one fondling the Everest parkas...


Rapha AW14: Black on Black, & Peppermint

Matching sports kit can be immensely satisfying. Increasingly I'm defaulting to black for my cycling gear; accessories like gloves and arm warmers, helmets, bidons and bibshorts. Of course this does leave room for some carefully chosen colour, say a subtle flash of chartreuse on the jersey, repeated on the socks, or the shoes, or (even) both.

Rapha tend to keep their seasonal colourways pretty classy and pretty tight. Case in point, my SS13 maroon club jersey goes perfectly with my AW13 brevet socks. For their new Autumn/Winter collection they've really nailed a couple of colourways - black on black (nothing makes black look blacker than contrasting it with another black) & peppermint (can't get enough of it). Heres my pick of their newness, focusing on those two classic shades:

From top:
Winter Jersey
Winter Gloves
Winter Hat (sadly no knitted merino version this year. Was too slow off the mark last year.)
Merino Socks
Merino Sweatshirt
Essentials Case