Welcome ladies and gents, to 2018! It's been a while since I posted, I tried doing every Sunday but it's amazing how quickly you run out of content. And so I apologise.
Good news however, I'm back and fully diving back into my work. I've got some amazing collaborations coming up which I can't wait to show you guys.
You may have noticed a change in 'vibe' if you follow me on Instagram, over the Christmas period and into the new year, I found myself drawn toward these warmer tones, focusing more on my oranges and keeping those crisp whites. It's no wonder I've delved off back to my monochromatic roots. This year I've decided that I'm focusing more on texture and materials when it comes to my fashion, layering black is almost the perfect way to show this.
You may have also noticed a change in eyewear. I got the opportunity to work with the guys over at Banton Frameworks. A small independent eyewear brand based up in Glasgow. I have to give these guys a lot of credit, I've been looking for a new pair of specs for quite some time and finding and supporting local brands is a feeling quite unique. When you hold these frames in your hands you can both feel and see the attention and care to detail these guys have put in. On top of that, they deliver great customer service which made them a complete pleasure to work with.
So the frames I opted for are the OneThree B TRT frames. A similar style to my last with a rounded style and level brow line. I wouldn't exactly describe them as monochromatic but with the copper arms and subtle brown acetate, these certainly add so much to the outfit, especially with my darker skin tone.
I thought I'd change it up this year and highlight a few brands that really get me and a little bit of the history behind them. Banton Frameworks are no exception. Founded in 2012 and based in Glasgow, UK. It's a fairly young brand however striving to maintain a fading culture on premium eyewear manufactured and finished within the UK. This shows in Banton Frameworks strapline; Designed well. Made well. Here. - a fitting motto for a brand trying to revive the eyewear industry in the UK. Coming across to the design aspect of BF's glasses, there's a true elegance to their frames. Classic shapes reinvented to suit modern society, similar to Ace & Tate but with a much more refined selection of frames. These guys don't scrimp on quality, sourcing high grade materials that really show in the weight and feel of their frames they're one I'd definitely recommend.
I know it sounds a bit like a paid advertisement but I can guarantee there has been no payment involved in the writing of this post. I was gifted the glasses but that's as far as it goes. I've just built a very high level of respect for these guys and will definitely be going to them for more.
As for the rest of this post. I'm speaking about my new found love for all things Monochrome.
It's kind of been trending on Instagram for quite some time, a darker feed with moody shadows and wonderful textures, I'm kind of kicking myself about not getting on it sooner! Anyway, you'll see I've brought back that Craghoppers jacket for this outfit. The Gore Tex beast on top of this Weekday hoodie boasts that utilitarian vibe going around the street style scene at the moment, but don't worry. I'm still keeping at my workwear roots, I've turned down the rolls on the legs of my Edwin labour pants, making them seem more like a fitted trouser. I'm still loving those fatigue style pockets though, they just bring that little bit of intrigue to an all black outfit.
For Christmas my mum was kind enough to bless me with another staple for the wardrobe. A true American classic in my eyes, none other than the Converse Chuck Taylor 70's in that classic black and white that we've all grown to love. These, like the glasses, just break up the outfit a little bit, still keeping those monochrome vibes but bringing a bit of texture and taste to the outfit.
I have to admit, this is one outfit that won't get old any time soon.
Until next time.