Tag: Mark McNairy


Back in blue: The 501® Jean: Stories of an Original

Posted on 15th March, by Colin Chapman in menswear. No Comments

I’ve only come back to wearing blue jeans very recently, I’ve had a thing about black denim for quite a few years now, which has seen me go through various cuts of Acne Jeans and more recently, versions from Robert James on the L.E.S. in New York, whose black denims are blacker than black.

Interestingly, my first port of call on my return to the blue denim fold was to find a pair of Levi’s 501‘s, the looser cut (albeit in the newly-tapered ‘CT’ version), higher waist and general sense of deja vu creating a perfect counterbalance to more obviously contemporary pieces, like my beloved Common Projects low tops and Gucci knitwear and blouse-y shirts.

I say interestingly, because tonight I’m off to the opening of “The 501® Jean: Stories of an Original”, a three-part … Read More »


Shoes for spring: suede and red rubber

Posted on 21st March, by Colin Chapman in Shoes. 1 Comment

I’ve had a thing about shoes with coloured rubber soles for some time now.  I think it started with some military-esque khaki canvas laceups with solid red rubber soles from YMC. I didn’t buy them but was intrigued by the combination of colour, assumed comfort and the Americana-ness of them. Since then, Fantastic Man suggested suede bucks on one of their daily recommends, and LL Bean subsequently sold out of red-soled bucks before I could have them sent over via my best American girlfriend.

At the top of the range there is New Yorker Mark McNairy’s brilliantly named Red Brick Soul collaborations with the cream of British shoe manufacturers (see pic below). Ironically though, they seem to be only on sale from the most exclusive boutiques overseas.  They might … Read More »

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