Friday, September 28, 2012

#2246 Come visit me in store at Barkers High Street tomorrow!

Photo: Nikau Gabrielle Hindin

Friends! Romans! Countrymen! What are you doing tomorrow from 12:00pm till 2:00pm? Nothing? Good! I'll be in store with Murray Crane at the just-renovated, brand-spanking new Barkers store at number 4A High Street in Auckland, shilling Little Brother product and doling out slices of The Caker cake and bottles of Bundaberg ginger beer. Come visit me! Make small talk! Buy some clothes! Bring your mates! Also, if you're not too busy tomorrow morning, I'll be on National Radio with Kim Hill, so tune in. KTHXBAI.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

#2245 The Little Brother Has Landed!

Hey so Little Brother Spring/Summer 2012/13 dropped into the Barkers stores last Wednesday, and on Monday I got to see it in the flesh as a complete collection for the very first time. I'm not going to lie, it was fricken exciting – my baby come to life! The range is a Crane/Hindin-Miller combo; full of classic, lightweight menswear, easy-to-wear and slim, with an emphasis on fit, colour and fabrication. Although that sounds suspiciously like David Brent management-speak, it's genuinely the truth – for our first season together, we went back to basics and worked on getting the shapes right; I reckon we've made a pretty good start. Yesterday my cousin Nikau Gabrielle Hindin and I took to the bad streets of suburban West Auckland to give it a wear test and these are the results. Let me know what you think! p.s. The collection is titled Wish You Were Here – you'll see why when the tee shirts come out shortly.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

#2244 The best sweaters at C'H'C'M'

I'm not sure which one I love more – a good sweater or C'H'C'M', but yesterday I got to enjoy both simultaneously so it was a win win for all. One of the advantages of having Katherine Lowe in town is that we can just shoot stuff whenever the mood takes us, so after visiting Happy Bones NYC (Kiwi Luke Harwood's new cafe on Bond Street), we headed over to C'H'C'M' to see the stock. Ancient Scottish knitwear company Drumohr's sweaters had just arrived and I was overcome with the need to try on every single one of them, so here we are. They come in two varieties: plain and cableknit, and each has its advantages – the normal knits are made from the softest coloured lambswool that feels suspiciously like cashmere; and the cableknits are done in a sturdier melange lambswool that has the weight of a fisherman's knit, with the slim fit of something far less practical. I'd happily own them all, but if I had to pick one, it'd have to be the oatmeal cableknit – it reminds me of something Prince Charles might wear on a country jaunt.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

#2243 A THUGGED OUT SINCE CUB SCOUTS Public Service Announcement

Hello everybody. I snapped this photograph of Ashika wearing my grey THUGGED OUT SINCE CUB SCOUTS tee shirt last week and decided that it looked so good that we were going to have to do a re-run. Katherine agreed, and then a series of fortunate events occurred: We met an awesome dude named Chester who works for Nike and he said that if we made them all his friends would want one; I saw this post by my good friend Fashion Westie, who had modified her TOSCS sweater in a particularly cool way; and we came up with a fresh new colour combo that is going to be next level awes. I'm back in New Zealand on Sunday so watch this space. Also: Girls in Clarks Desert Boots – so good! Also also: Those are jeans, not tights as pants. Holla!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

#2242 A week in Lowe photos

Having not spent any time with Katherine and James (aka the Lowes) for almost an entire year, I forgot the feeling of having every moment of one's life documented in minute detail. It's fun, it's great blog fodder, and it's a narcissist's dream. But more importantly, it is literally the best feeling in the world to spend some time with people who know you so well that all you need to do is laugh a certain way for them to know that you just farted under the table. Uh oh. (They do that kind of thing, not me.) The past week has been filled with adventures – shopping expeditions, luncheons, mass fashion week sneak-ins, late nights, long conversations, petty arguments, historical insults, racial slurs (they call me round-eye) and LOLs galore.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

#2241 What's in store at Dior Homme – the outtakes

So... This is awkward. For the first time in my entire blogging career, I've gone 10 days without posting. It started innocently enough with me thinking I needed a change from the way things have been going (should I transition everything to Wordpress? To Tumblr? Redesign? I don't know?) then as the days passed, that need to put fingers to keyboard never hit. I spent time with Katherine and James Lowe, who were both blogging up a storm, and went to a few fashion week shows, and every day I'd think – I really should write something, but I just couldn't figure out where to start. So this is my first attempt at normalcy. It's time to get back into a routine. I'm still umming and aahing about which platform is best, or what on earth I want to be writing about right now, and there's no doubt my quarter life crisis is in full swing, but one can only dilly dally for so long. A wise man once said, "Farewell pussyfooters, for I can no longer wait!" and that's what I need to say to myself. So here goes.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

#2240 What to do what to do

Hey gidday mates. I'm currently going through the process of taking a step back from the blog and figuring out the best way of doing things moving forward. The way I see it is this: Blogspot was the top blogging platform when I kicked things off back in 2008, but the times they are a-changing – attention spans are shorter, the need for amazing, large-scale imagery is far higher, and most people want something they can click on multiple times a day to receive a quick flash of inspiration or a speedy LOL to give themselves a break from the monotony of their work. The time has come for me to make a decision, and right now I'm leaning towards moving everything over to my Tumblr. Thank you to all my loyal readers who've stuck with me for so long, I'll get things going again shortly.

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