SMOKING ISN'T COOL




Evening everyone, here's a shirt I thought you're all most certain to fall in love with! I think this shirt has definitely got the cool factor you're all craving (it sure does for me)! But not only that, it has one of the sexiest Cuban collar's around. This shirt has made its way to the top of my wardrobe must-haves for summer 19' - fingers crossed for some warm weather!



This is my favourite shirt from Phix's SS19 drop and the one I told you all about over on my YouTube channel a few weeks back. Yes, this is in fact the shirt I personally pushed to be a part of our new Summer collection, surprisingly to me, no-one else in the office liked it! I knew it would make a killer design as soon as I saw the fabric swatch, so much so, I put my job on the line to have this super-cool piece included in the new collection. I told my boss, Adam, he could fire me if this shirt doesn't sell. That's how confident I was of this shirts credentials & overall coolness.





I've worn it a handful of times already, but this time, I wanted to mix things up a little. In contrast to our campaign shots, I've chosen to style it over of a white tee. The 'ordinary' way to wear a shirt is simply fastened up, that's why I wanted to show how versatile this Cuban collar shirt is, and how it can be worn in a more relaxed style instead. I've decided to kick back and wear it open, in a more relaxed way because, well it is the beginning of summer after all...



 The motif on the shirt is by far the best bit for me, it features a small detailed outline drawing of a hand holding a smoking cigarette. The thin white printed hand is very detailed, I think it just looks so cool against the dark black colour of the shirt. The design of the print is so subtle and understated, but incredibly cool.







The short sleeve shirt is made from Rayon and is super soft, as well as being lightweight. I went for the shirt in a small and the fit is great, it's a little longer to what I'd normally go for, but with being a Cuban style, sometimes this is expected. Paired with a pair of tan orange shades and of course, my range of silver accessories, I think this shirt is a great new addition to my summer wardrobe. Phix are planning to release a limited edition range of motif shirts this summer, I'm so excited to share the killer range of designs with you, so I'll make sure to keep you all in the loop.





If you love the shirt as much as me, check it out here - Phix Clothing if you want a closer look head over and watch this weeks YouTube video on my channel below.


Cheers for reading,




GOOD THINGS BELONG TOGETHER





Evening guys, thanks for coming back and visiting my blog. Tonight's post is a good one as it features not one, but two rock n' roll shirts! A good time to check back in for a catch up, ey! For those who have an eager eye, you may recognise one of these shirts already has already been featured on my Instagram stories a few weeks back, but the other I've worn especially for this blog post! You all seemed to love the polka dot shirt back then, so I hope you'll all enjoy this closer look.




The brand that kindly gifted me these two killer shirts is called Harvey Willy's, and is actually a based in Argentina. I'd not heard of the brand until (once again) discovering them on Instagram a few months back, but after being inspired by what they're creating on social media, I'm now a big fan! H.W is a relatively new brand on the block but has its roots in a brand born in the 60's manufacturing denim to the South American Fashion market. 



Their new baby launched in 2015 and has got some serious pedigree in the industry, now focusing on producing a range of seriously cool underground Rock N' Roll clothing, trying to mix vintage music trends into the fashion of today.






As soon as I opened my delivery I could tell straight away that this brand had their attention to detail down. Everything from the packaging, to how the shirts were displayed was perfect - they even went to the trouble of pinning the shirt on the collar and hem to hold it exactly where it need to be to refrain from crumpling! I actually opened the shirts just after work before going to a gig here in Manchester, I already had my outfit on for the evening but after unpacking these beauties, the shirt I was wearing was soon forgotten as changed into the polka dot almost instantly.






Harvey Willy's have a good dose of music influence, which all good brands have in my opinion! As soon as you take a look at their Instagram you get the feel of who and what makes the brand tick. H.W also kit out a lot of bands that come to the area, keeping their finger on the pulse and mixing with worlds biggest bands and artists, such as supplying pieces for Lolapalooza!

The shirts I wore are both made from a super soft to the touch viscose and I can tell you fit great! I went for a small in both they even were kind enough to throw in a pair of their black skinny denim jeans, which I sadly didn't wear on this post and that's only because they're in the wash! They've not been off me since I got them, they're so bloody comfortable!



The other piece the brand gave me was this tiger print shirt. I've seen this pattern before, the first time being earlier this season by The Kooples and I think All Saints are stocking a tiger print motif shirt at the minute, but this is the one for me. I love the size of the print and the colours used, plus its long sleeve, it's an all rounder and I cannot wait to wear it this summer! 




Other little details I've spotted since owning the shirts are the personal touches they leave around the garments, somethings I've never seen before. For example, their motto sewn into the back of their shirts - 'Good Things Belong Together' and little remarks on their washing care labels, I like that touch of personality, I feel like I'm closer to the brand and more in touch with their state of mind when I see nice touches like that, that didn't necessarily have to be there but importantly are.


This brand had totally passed me by until I found them a few months back, but I can't wait to see what they do next. Make sure to check out their awesome website, I'll definitely be back shopping there very soon, it's another brand I'm adding to my top list of finds this year!

Click below to watch this weeks YouTube video where I chat about the shirts in more detail - 


Click here to check their website out now - Harvey Willy's

Cheers,



PHIX SS19 SHOOT




Hello and welcome back to my blog, tonight's a little different from the rest of my posts, as this time, I'm not in front of the camera - but behind it. Earlier this month, I travelled to Ibiza to film the new SS19 Phix Clothing campaign, which you've guessed it, is what my post and video across on YouTube is all about.





Heading across to Ibiza is a pretty good way to start any week, especially when you should be in the office! This is my second work trip away and something which I was very excited about. Exploring new and interesting places along with meeting new people, is what I'm all about, not to mention fashion and videography, this was shaping up to be my dream week at work.







You'll probably think there was a whole team of us; planning, shooting and styling the Phix campaign right? No, in fact our team consisted of only four, myself, Adam (the owner of Phix), our model Juan and his photographer Christian. Pretty tight right? Adam and I were first to arrive on the island, as we had a meeting and various props we had to source previous to the shoot getting underway.







This is when we met the main man for the first time. Diego is the owner and CEO of Concept Hotel Group and in my opinion, the coolest man in Ibiza. He's also the founder & director of the famous 'Rock Nights' on the island, which if you give a quick google will tell you are nearly as legendary as the man himself! I could write a whole post all about Diego but I promise to keep it short. ISH. . . 







We shot many photographs in Diego's stunning boutique hotels, as they made for the perfect rock and roll backdrop, we were even lucky enough to stay in a handful of them too! Diego also starred in some of my film and photography below, as you can see he aced it. I just can't wait to show you all the video. We both actually followed each other on Instagram way previous to knowing that we'd meet whilst on a shoot in Ibiza. I've always thought his style was uber cool and that goes for his hotels too! If you like a mix of Art Deco style interior design, a good dose of rock n' roll, plus a heavy amount of his killer personal western shirts - the man is well worth a follow!






The best part of meeting Diego was being able to shoot him and his killer cool 1968 red Ford Mustang. Coincidentally one of my favourite classic cars of all time. I made it my mission to create a film and the set of images the coolest I possibly could. The film isn't out yet, but I will show you all as soon as it is ready.




Not all of the shots situated in hotels, we all travelled around the island mixing up the locations, from ultra modern-to-classic rural Ibiza. You know the stereotypical palm trees etc however, my favourite location I managed to stumble upon was this old abandoned Mercedes. HOW COOL.




The drone also worked a treat on the island. Before travelling, I'd took our new toy on only two practise flights. So flying it as well as capturing video, in very windy weather conditions was pretty bloody hard let me tell you.



Overall the campaign shoot was a success. I'm very happy with my videos (take a look at the SS19 trailer I made for the collection above) and even some of the photographs I managed to take whist over on the island. I strongly believe this is the best collection Phix has ever created. You can now view all styles online with everything very soon being able to purchase.



I also vlogged each part of my Ibiza trip, so if you want to see everything the happened before, during and after the campaign shoot - go across and check it out!


Photographer for campaign - Christian Navarro
Model - Juan Milan

A big thanks to Juan & Christian for being a legends, Diego for his generosity and of course to Phix Clothing.

Cheers for reading,