FROM THE FIRST



Hey guys! Right, lets get back to the blogging game! I realise over these past few weeks I've been rubbish! This is not like me at all, but ever since I got back from America I'm struggling to balance my work life and blogging life! Mainly due the fact I've started working FULL TIME! Dun Dun Dun! I am however, now going to make a huge effort to get my blog back on track.




I've featured these very sexy cuban heel boots across on my YouTube channel a few weeks ago, you may have seen them in amongst my holiday haul before I visited The States. I did promise myself and the guys at From The First, that I'd dedicate a blog post to these amazing boots. 




Ever since seeing From The First's monotone, uber cool Instagram account, I longed for a pair of their killer boots. I've always loved the Saint Laurent Wyatt harness boot, which From the First has clearly been influenced by. They've recreated this signature boot in a range of materials and colours, which in my opinion rival, if not surpass the originals. For half the price I may add, you just have to check them out!



I'm super lucky as I was given a pair of the Enzo boots in black suede to show you all, and just look at them! What a pair of beauties! The boots are made from the finest premium Italian calf suede and are handmade in Italy. These boots are the best boots and the most comfortable (after a week or so of breaking in) I own. I know their handmade stitched sole can be reheeled, meaning they'll in-fact last a lifetime.




I wanted to put together an outfit which would compliment the boots and their coolness, plus create the ultimate rock 'n roll look, as per. I hope you think I've succeeded. I've gone for more of a rock 'n roll cowboy vibe, as the Enzo boot has that statement harness strap on both sides and one YKK zipper on the inside. Each detail adds to that western style.



I've paired my boots with my suede Kooples jacket, which I think enhances the detail of the silver buckle and studded design on the boots. The boots look absolutely killer in this outfit and I have to tell you the truth, they look killer with every outfit I've worn them with so far! A sexy pair of boots really do make or break an outfit!




Overall the boots are unbelievable, the shape, the fit, the quality is all outstanding. You won't believe the amount of compliments I've had whist wearing these beauties! You can see the boots in more detail by checking out my YouTube channel, as a few weeks ago I featured the boots in a video of mine. You can also catch this weeks YouTube video, by clicking the link below. Thanks for reading, peace out.







MONUIR GHAZI PARIS - IN THE DESERT



Hey guys, I'm back and what a time I've had in America! I'm still a little jet lagged, still a little tired and the holiday blues have well and truly set in. This has been made even worse, as over the past few days I've been looking through and editing my favourite holiday snaps.




With that being said, I can't wait to start writing up my next few killer posts, which will feature some of the outfits I wore whilst away in the States. The first of which is this one, about my Mounir Ghazi Paris leather biker jacket. You will have most likely already spied this jacket on my Instagram feed, I wore it whilst shooting in Joshua Tree. Yes, that's where I filmed my super cool black and white lookbook video (which even I was proud of after a little editing).




This is my favourite jacket from the M.G.P collection, as I think it's the coolest biker I've ever seen, not to mention being lucky enough to wear it! The jacket looked amazing against the desert backdrop, it just looked so bloody cool! You know me, I love a leather biker but this one really is special!



Every detail from the chunky thick straps on each of the sleeves, to the quality of leather, it really is the biker jacket of my dreams! I had to go all out with my outfit, as I wanted the photographs to look as cool as possible. It was as you probably would expect, VERY hot shooting in the desert, daily temperatures surpassed 40 degrees, blame this for seeing my half naked torso! The leopard print shirt I wore is from Phix, the brand I work for in Manchester (which I'll talk about over here very soon). This shirt isn't available yet, but I'll keep you posted as to when it drops online.



Photograph by Michael Cooper
The photographs and film were both shot very early in the morning to avoid the heat of the day but I can tell you now, it was still pretty toasty strutting around the desert in a black leather jacket at 7AM! I took my inspiration from a series of photographs starring the man, the legend Mr. Keith Richards. The shoot took place in 1969 in Joshua Tree California, I absolutely love the images of Keith on this shoot, if you've never seen them I strongly recommend you check them out!





Joshua Tree is where I shot my photographs too as we were staying out there in the most amazing AirB&B! The area surrounding our little desert dwelling was the perfect backdrop to my film and the photographs, so I had to take advantage. I knew it would look good, but maybe not this good! I'm also so glad Mounir - the main man behind the jacket thought so too.





If you didn't catch my video on my Mounir Ghazi leather jacket you can check it out below. You can also read a closer description of the jacket and a little more on his full collection by reading a previous post of mine. Click here to check out my Mounir Ghazi Paris post.



Leather Jacket - Mounir Ghazi Paris
Rings* - Jack And Cowan
Shirt* - Phix Clothing




HOLIDAY SHOPPING



If you're reading this now I've probably just touched down in Las Vegas! The plan, like the past few years is a California/Nevada Road Trip, this year with my family! Starting in Vegas, heading into the Mojave Desert then onto Palm Springs, hitting L.A then finally ending this epic journey in Santa Monica, before flying back from LAX. I've managed to hit the high street and grab a few last minute pieces for my trip to America. This isn't a massive haul by any mean's, however, I just thought I'd show you what I've picked up myself and been very kindly given for my time away!




Here are a few items I wanted to show you, as, well basically, I couldn't resist! I'm going to feature all these pieces individually across on my blog when I get back, but for now, here's what my upcoming posts will feature. Plus you're pretty much certain to see these pieces across on Instagram over the next few weeks as my plan is to shoot these killer pieces out to the desert, which by the way I'm very excited about!




I picked up my denim jeans in town Saturday morning but also had a back-up pair delivered just in case I couldn't find any to my liking! Thankfully I did come across some awesome jeans from All Saints. I really struggle when it comes to finding jet black skinny jeans, I've tried everywhere believe me! All Saints however, never let you down, you get a quality, well fitting jean which always look very cool on. I am also keeping my back-up pair from a brand called Brooklyn Denim which turned out to pretty bloody good for £35, stay tuned to see what they look like.





The other pieces include a killer snake print shirt from Reiss, a standout leopard print number from the brand I work for in Manchester, Phix. It's actually a sample shirt which you'll be happy to hear, we are putting into production later on this month. Next up, the leather jacket to end all leather jackets (which I've featured on my blog before) from the Parisian brand, Mounir Ghazi Paris. Last but not least we have the sexiest pair of boots I've ever seen by From The First, which I chat about in detail in this weeks YouTube video.



I've been super lucky to have visited America quite a lot over the past few years and I can't wait to get back out there! It really is one of my favourite places to visit in the entire world! See what I get up to by following me on Instagram @theunidentifiedrocker. As you can see I have a few killer collaborations going on with brands I know you'll love - so keep an eye out for more!

I'll be taking the next two weeks off writing my blog but will be back the first Sunday in September to tell you all about my adventures while exploring California. Click the link below to view my YouTube featuring Mounir Ghazi Paris and From The First boots.



Catch you soon,





ANOTHER VINTAGE SHIRT



"I really need to start buying more vintage", That's what I said in my latest blog post and as you can see, I've done just that. I'm now making a conscious effort to explore this new found world.

In today's post I'm sharing another shirt I found from COW Vintage, my local secondhand store in Manchester's Northern Quarter. This is the second killer shirt I've found in three weeks, which is pretty good odd's don't you think?




It's a black and white pattern that I originally thought was zebra print, which you guessed it, obviously first attracted my eye! When I got a little closer, it turned out to be more of a geometric design rather than animal print, which I still think is very cool and something I wanted to try out. The shirt has a long darted collar that screams the 70's, huge elongated cuffs which are longing to be turned inside out and folded up, which of course is exactly how I styled it.





The shape of this piece is so well fitted, it feels like it's been tailored to me. I'm also a huge fan of an unbuttoned shirt, and with this ones retro feel it's almost begging to be worn with a few top buttons missing. I finished off the look by wearing what could be vintage shades (stolen from the other half) to complete this 70's  rock 'n' roll outfit.




I'm heading across to America with my family next Sunday which is exciting, so I've started adding things to my packing list which I hope to share with you next week. 

Since I have plans to wear this shirt in America, I decided to wear it in Manchester, and style it ready for my holiday to see if it could be worn in a warmer climate. Admittedly I haven't shown you every detail this shirt has, I've toned it down to fit in with the windy surroundings of the Northern Quarter, with a black denim jacket and the shirt tucked in. But my plans to wear this shirt on holiday are a lot different, so watch this space. 



You can check out this weeks YouTube video below where this shirt and my last vintage shirt feature, along with a lot of catching up!