Over the years, I have somehow developed a fascination with the imagery of skulls, taxidermy, and the controversial tradition of hunting.
This tie pin by Frankii Tonge celebrates the haunting beauty of a bird skull.
Available from Tout Nouveau, £50.
Team with a crisp white shirt, tweed tie and classic brown suit for a hunting-inspired look.
I've had a fascination with 'Brothel Creepers', or 'Creepers' since I was about 10 when I remember going with my Dad to buy a pair. They are an iconic men's shoe style that has been having a bit of a rise in popularity. But whats the story, and how did these beauties come to be?
Creepers were originally developed by British shoe maker George Cox in 1949.
He drew inspiration from the thick, crepe-soled boots of soldiers posted to deserts that, post-war, ex-soldiers started to sport at undesireable London nightspots.
The Creepers began to gain popularity with young Teddy Boys in the 1950's, and then had a massive surge in popularity in the 1970's as the Teddy Boy look suffered a revival. As the look became more extreme, the sole of the creepers seemingly did too!
One notable wearer of Creepers in the 1970's was, of course, Malcolm Mclaren.
Today, Creepers have been adopted for wear by all sorts of subcultures and fashion tribes and have become so sartorially popular that in recent seasons they have been seen reinvented on the catwalks of Fashion Week.
The company of George Cox is still producing Creepers to this day, and is continuing to innovate their classic Creeper. Their current collection for Oki-Ni is testament to the shoemakers versatility and continued innovation.
Topman is currently delighting me with the amazing new season shirts in stock. This yacht print shirt is my current favourite, reminiscent of a chap holidaying in the 1950’s. Team with a pair of classic readers or sunglasses, chinos with the hem rolled, and some boat shoes for a smart summer look.