Wednesday, 30 June 2010

AT-AT Day afternoon: You can clean that up right away, Skywalker

AT-AT day afternoon from Patrick Boivin on Vimeo.

I've often fancied taking on another pet, and if it was a Star Wars AT-AT Walker I wouldn't hesitate.

I don't think I'd even mind if he crapped a little Jabba the Hut on the lawn.

It's a shame this little fella doesn't actually exist, except for in this film by Patrick Boivin. Imagine the walkies!

Via Freshness

Isabella: England didn't score with her at the World Cup either

England might have lost their balls at the world cup this year but Isabella's still got hers, and by all accounts she's not in any mind to give it up soon.

I can't see her making the team wearing her shirt like that though. And someone really ought to inform her of the pitfalls of playing football in stilletos.

Still, she might have done that England shower some good if she'd been on the squad.

Someone give her a job.

Via Kineda

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Rapha Tourmalet Jersey: That's the spirit

There is a bigger hill in Essex than Essex way, and that is on the A414 between Chelmsford and Maldon. It's a real energy sapper of a climb, that seems to go on for miles, every twist in the road presernting another extension to the burn.

We discovered it on our 56-mile excursion on Sunday morning out to Great Baddow and back through South Woodham Ferrers, Battlesbridge, Ashingdon, Rochford and all the villages in between before the regulation return along the seafront.

Maybe I would have found that hill easier in the Rapha Tourmalet Jersey. The latest release by Rapha commemorates the centenary of the first time the Tour de France travelled over the Col du Tourmalet - the highest mountain in the Pyrenees - on July 21 1910.

I would like to think the jersey would have imbibed me with the spirit of those early Tour pioneers, complete two-wheeled lunatics that they were.

It probably wouldn't have to be honest, but I would have tackled that ascent with a nice looking jersey on all the same.

Read the full Tourmalet 1910 feature here and then go and find yourself a mountain.

Ways to waste your life: Toy figure arranging

Sometimes I wonder where my life disappears to, and other times I know. Because I will have spent an hour of it on an exercise such as arranging some little toys I got from Japan into a display case.

It's the first time this Ma.Kub Kubrick collection has seen the light of day since I got them seven years ago, and the first time they had been removed from their packaging.

But while the whole episode could be put down to a massive time waste, I found it quite nice putting their little aerials in and fixing them into position with Blu Tack. It took me back to the model-making days of my childhood, where I would spend all day building a bomber only to smash it up in aerial combat a few hours later.

I've probably knackered the residual value of this collection for my grandchildren, as well as the value of the world cup bottle of Coke that came in the case.

Still, I reckon they look quite good.

Monday, 28 June 2010

Yuketen SS 2011 collection: One foot in the future

I suppose it's a good a time as any to be casting our minds forward a year. With any luck I'll be sitting here as I am right now, except a pair of these Yuketens from the SS11 collection will have replaced my flip flops.

Maybe those tan suede chukkas, or the hunting boot with the Vibram sole. I think I'll skip the animal prints though.

PS: I expect Alessandro in Rome will have an eye on these, as he will by now have experienced the extent of the craftsmanship to go into the manufacture of these shoes.

This is because he is now the proud owner of my Country Loafers. It has been a sad loss, but they are no doubt on far more deserving and better fitting feet.

And they will tread a more refined path.

Via Slamxhype

Friday, 25 June 2010

N.E.R.D Hot n Fun video: Furtado had to walk

Moving on from native American footwear to the full shebang in the new video from N.E.R.D, as Pharrell and the boys take a vandalised drop-top Rolls Royce into the desert for some tribal dance action, pausing only to pick up a few squaws along the way.

Nellie Furtado gets a look in, but from what I can tell gets left hitch-hiking on the side of the road in favour of a few more fun looking Hiawathas. Let's face it, she has got a bit of a sour face. I think she found the party eventually.

I probably wouldn't let her in my Roller either.
Via Freshness

Tom Ford A/W collection: He's taking the moccasin

Do these look familiar to you? It looks like Tom Ford has been taking his style tips from some of our better loved brands.

But while the likes of Visvim and Yuketen nail it with their fringed moccasins, I can't help feeling that our Tom has fallen short somewhat.

These just look like a ponced up pair of slippers to me.

Maybe he's trying too hard, or maybe he should just stick to overpriced euro riviera fashion.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

FOR SALE: Kaws Original Fake Goretex Mountain Jacket Sz4

Grab this one while you can, because I'm on the verge of delisting it. Just a look at those pictures makes me want it all over again and seeing as it's already sitting in my wardrobe I'm beginning to wonder if I did the right thing putting it on the Bay.

It looks the absolute nuts on, nice vibrant blue, faultlessly made, properly nice details like the chomper zip and the zip pulls. And on top of that there's only a handful of them around.

Cost an absolute fortune when it was released.

See, I'm talking myself into keeping it as I write.

The price is £460 to you.

For sale: Nike Gucci RESN Dunk UK9

I've got those Nike Gucci Dunk RESN on Ebay now. The first pair of trainders I've sold on without wearing them at least once.

I had planned to stach them away for a couple of years to give them a decent vintage. But I just can't do it. Before long I would have cracked that box open and been bouncing off down the street.

So they had to go. Out of sight, out of mind.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Moncler cycling gear: Dandy rolling

Can't say I'm the biggest fan of Moncler, so the thought of them venturing into cycling gear filled me with horror.

But I sort of like this stuff, in a dandy freewheeler kind of way.

This is the Thom Browne Moncler Gamme Bleu collection, which is having a little nod towards Italy's cycling heritage.

Nice muted tones and certainly a bit left of the usual, but retaining the sporty spirit. Maybe it's the racing stripes. I'm a sucker for them.

More pics at

Monday, 21 June 2010

Rapha Smithfield Nocturne: Fast and dark

Rapha's Nocturne swung into Smithfield Market again on Saturday. With it arrived just about anyone who enjoys riding a bike.

Lycra as far as the eye could see and bike candy in every direction.

Road racers, fixed gear hipsters and folding bike commuters all had a chance to bomb around the track, as did ice cream vendors.

Just to add a bit of extra glamour, Sir Paul Smith was spotted, and Mark Cavendish said a few words.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Paul Siggins: Smashing artwork

Depending on how you look at it, Paul Siggins either has quite a destructive profession or quite a creative one.

If you're a producer of ceramic tiles, you might well consider Paul a vandal, given the amount he has to smash up to do his work. Although it isn't you average run-of-the-mill smashing. It is more considered, precise. It has to be in order for Paul to construct his mosaics, of iconic record covers and the like.

These days Paul has also taken to producing three dimensional works of art using fragments of stone, as well as a series of pieces reproducing tattoos in dark slate and gold. Instantly classic pieces that go beyond your normal interpretation of art.

Last Thursday Leigh-on-Sea was treated to a private view of Paul's work in Switch skateshop, as part of the Leigh Art Trail.

As well as a few commissions, Paul even got a bit more material for his work when someone dropped a wine glass. Winner!