With the sun seemingly wanting to make an appearance of late I thought it timely to offer our top five sunglasses picks for spring. Now, if there’s one thing you can’t compromise on when it comes to buying shades it’s quality, which means, therefore, also the price. Although they are easy to lose/break/scratch/sit on you can spot a cheap pair of sunglasses a mile off so here’s some suggestions that are certainly not a compromise.
THE WEEKEND IS HERE!!! THE WEEKEND IS HERE!!! THE WEEKEND IS HERE!!! THE WEEKEND IS HERE!!! THE WEEKEND IS HERE!!! THE WEEKEND IS HERE!!!
To celebrate this most glorious of events we’ve decided to start a new little slot, sharing with you what we’ve been listening to at Raven HQ each week. Please don’t judge us, music should be a guiltless pleasure, a place you can lose yourself, a place where you don’t care if liking The Style Council will make you look about as edgy as a satsuma..
It’s always great to hear that a company starts up because of passionate people with a great idea and a love for what they do. The story behind the unique TRiCKETT is one of those. Meeting around seven years ago in Sheffield, Iain and Fern worked together for several large clothing and sportswear companies, both holding a keen sporting interest themselves: Iain was a rugby league player, Fern a cyclist having been put in the saddle by her father aged three.
Tired of constantly pushing the much over-used heritage image for the brands they worked for and, coupled with Iain’s girlfriend complaining she could never find any decent sportswear clothing to buy her boyfriend that didn’t make him look like a weekend hooligan or a full-kit w*nker, TRiCKETT was born in 2011.
The image and ethos that drive the company are all important and a visit to their website really gives you a sense of what they’re about. As Fern explains: “We also wanted to give the impression of belonging to a club and that is why everything we make usually comes in grey, navy or white”. They are passionate about what they do and consider themselves a “people not product” brand, which certainly comes across after speaking to Fern:
“We are still a bit weird, we like American sports, think Kevin Nolan should go to the World Cup, believe food is as important as clothing and want Marshawn Lynch to marry us… Well that is more me than Iain” (If you didn’t know, just as I didn’t, Marshawn Lynch is an American Footballer who plays for the Seattle Seahawks and is nicknamed “Beast Mode”, so there you go).
They are doing what they love and offering something quite unique, as was evident when I approached them to run a feature – instead of sending the usual lot of standard, glossy product files they sent the images you can see on this post, most of things that have inspired them, to give me a sense of what TRiCKETT is all about. We hope there’s a lot more to come from Iain and Fern.
At long last, we’ve decided to venture into the murky world of hashtags and people taking photos of food (don’t worry, we won’t be doing that) and have signed up for an Instagram account – you’ll notice the additional button on the top right there or click on the link below if you want to follow our progress.
We spotted the chair above while eating Sunday lunch at the excellent Horseshoe in Hampstead (one of our best friend’s daughter’s is called Tallulah so it caught our eye..I’m now under strict instructions to get her this chair..), exactly the sort of thing we’ll be posting on Instagram in the future. A great idea if you’ve got old furniture you don’t mind customising for your kids..if you’ve got kids that is. Maybe you haven’t and you just want your own name on stuff?? Either way, it’s a winner.
The Horeshoe is well worth a visit too if you’re in that neck of the woods, home of the Camden Town Brewery, the roasts are spot on (we had a choice of beef rump, pork belly or lamb shank) and the choice of beers is exceptional.
Coming soon: meet the people and story behind TRiCKETT
The trouble with Spring is it’s far too easy to make a hash of your outerwear decision. Over estimate the cold and you could arrive at your destination entrenched in a layer of muck-sweat – not what you want at all. Also not what you want is to be freezing your pipers off and getting a soaking. With this in mind a good Spring jacket should be protective yet breathable, keep you warm but be light enough to carry around. The jacket here is the Nycra Stretch Nylon MA1 from CP Company, a seemingly perfect jacket for Spring, crafted from lightweight stretch nylon with elasticated collar, cuffs and waistband to keep the wind at bay.
This, obviously being from CP Company, is in the higher end bracket of jacket cost-wise, so we’ll be following on with a post soon offering up some easier-on-the-pocket alternatives. This one just demanded it’s own early slot.
The MA-1 is also available with a watch viewer lens on the left arm pocket, as in the image below, available here at Triads
I recently spotted this dapper Dad on The Strand in London and the way he carried himself, the individuality he conveyed, the understated way he agreed to have his photo taken, his whole sense of style in fact, left me feeling like the modern day clone that I am. I try hard to not look the same as the mannequin in that mecca of banality Urban Outfitters but it’s hard, especially when you look like a right Charlie in a Fedora or anything remotely outlandish. I’m off now to dream of a land in which I would be able to pull off a hat with a feather in it..
Adidas sent us over their SS14 lookbook the other day, something to which I wouldn’t normally get over excited about but, and I can’t really explain why, I rather enjoyed flicking through this one. Although it’s shot in a cool-Americana-surf-hip town it doesn’t look the warmest and reminded me of holidays by the sea-side in good ol’ Blighty (probably not the vibe Adidas were going for when they thought of this but there you go..)
There’s some good stuff in there along with some nice shots so we thought it worth sharing, what do you reckon?
Seeing this Adidas viral on the great Who Ate All The Pies recently got me all dwey-eyed and nostalgic for the glory days of proper football boots, Chelsea dubbin (remember that stuff, in the blue tin, made your hands stink when you used it???!!!) and mud-stuck shin pads that never stayed where you wanted them to. These kids today wouldn’t know what a proper football boot was if it came flying at them studs up via instagram and left them with a virtual stud mark right across the google-eye. How anyone can choose a bright green plastic monstrosity over the beautiful, majestic Copa Mundial is beyond me..anyway, after seeing this viral I got lost on the web somewhere looking at old photos and adverts for football boots, trainers and other sportswear and it was right enjoyable too I tell thee.
Here’s a mix of some old print ads ranging from the 1970′s to the early 90′s (and one more recent Adidas ad featuring a young David Bekham). There’s also a few photos of some proper football boots as well, most courtesy of the bootroom blog and the football ramble..they were just too good to leave out.
Good evening friends, hope you’re all enjoying your weekends..something to chew on here with a quick look at the SS14 collection from Raven faves YMC. Although not all of it was to our liking the majority, as is usually the norm with YMC, looks great, with their nicely worked tweaks to classic cuts and bold colour choices in evidence. Note the lack of socks with the sandels too, a sure fire way to remain at your best.
A little late to the party maybe but it’s still worth giving a thumbs up to issue 12 of Port magazine. This quarterly keeps up it’s high standards with each offering and is a snip (compared to it’s other, more pretentious counterparts) at £5.
The layout and design feel timeless and the mix of matt and gloss paper keeps the magazine fresh. This issue contains a profile of jazz musician Ahmad Jamal, a great piece on the design of retail spaces, including Camper, Skandium and Coach and some stunning photography by Frederic Lagrange of his journey through the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan, which is worth the cover charge alone.
So it’s the first post in a long time, sorry friends..been thinking of ways to smarten up the Raven a bit and will be posting with slightly more regularity from now on in. To begin with, a few pictures of some old cameras we found tucked away that belonged to my Grandad. Things of beauty that’s for sure.
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