So I've been asked quite a lot recently about where and how I acquire most of my bits that I show you. Admittedly a lot of it is old season stuff as I'm not made of money (regrettably) and pick most of it up from sales and other means of discounts! But nonetheless, this is my list of places to shop, online and off.
1. END Clothing
As I'm sure you're aware these guys have EVERYTHING. END have managed to capture all these high end brands and organise them under one roof, from suits to boots, they have you covered. They've beautifully curated their collections around the modern gent providing some of my own personal favourite brands like; Norse Projects, APC, Filson, and Universal Works. The only issue I've found with shopping here is that you're looking at a minimum budget of around £100+ to make it worth the trip. I often find myself building a basket of around £400 before stripping it back to my actual favourites. But anyway, to start off this list, END Clothing are a winner in the menswear department.
For all you sneaker heads, SNS happen to have some of the coolest footwear ever to grace the pavement. From classic reboots to limited exclusives you'll probably find something up your street here. If you're like me and mainly stick to that good pair of Cons or Vans, I can guarantee you're gonna be a little more sneaker conscious once you leave here.
Now for something a little more specific in terms of your styling. Goodhood provide you with a selection of carefully thought out pieces all of which can be put together in any way. They provide brands such as Dickies, Our Legacy and Norse Projects as well as their own brand tees, they even provide a wide range of interiors downstairs, just to push that lifestyle even further! Anyway, like END, Goodhood have put a price on the items they sell that might put off your regular joe, but what can I say, you're paying for premium stuff, it's an investment if anything!
Taking taste a little more high street, Uniqlo are your go to for basics. They provide high quality garments for reasonable prices, and if you're into that kind of minimal chic styling then they're perfect for you, especially when it comes to their technical fabrics. I for one am a regular user of their heat tech tees for those chilly sunny days where a jacket's just a little too much and a sweater's just a little too thin. Uniqlo know what they're doing.
These guys are fairly new to me, an independent store located in Manchester. When working from such a small scale you can really get a feel for their aesthetic and the general style ideas. With so much to choose from these days, a nice independent, curated shop is like a fresh breeze amongst these corporate giants. In terms of pricing, you're still looking at around £50 for an item but at the same time you're getting brands like Wood Wood and Edwin, it's an even draw.
For those who follow me on the old insta, you'll have seen I've been trying my hand again at skating. I'm far from being pro or even decent, you won't really catch me popping anything past a shuvit. But it's the feeling right? You learn to grasp a pure appreciation for some smooth flat ground and the sound of those clean bearings spinning. Anyway, Slam City. The go to in London for all things skate related; decks, trucks, tees, pants, I'm telling you, anything. But as much as I like to purchase beautiful decks to display in my future home, I also have a strong appreciation for skate wear. The thicker materials designed to withstand that gnarly slam hold up like a dream in day to day life. Stocking brands like, Polar, DIckies and Palace you'll find something here I promise you, even if you don't skate.
7. Carhartt WIP
By now everyone know's my relationship with Carhartt. It's generally the first place I look when I'm trying to find something new. Especially pants, when it comes to my lower half, Carhartt have so many fits and colours to choose from, it's easy to get lost. In terms of pricing for these guys, I'd advise waiting it out for the sales, this list ain't cheap unfortunately. For a standard pair of pants you're probably going to range from around £60 to £80 dependant on the style. However, what I can say is; you're getting what you pay for. Coming from a workwear background Carhartt WIP (Work in Progress) have tailored modern fits and styles using workwear materials and personally, I've never felt safer with a brand.
A short trip to Copenhagen introduced me to the Swedish brand, Weekday. They're pretty much the equivalent of H&M here in London. Again, somewhere to get your basics from they incorporate the ever trending Scandi styles into affordable durable clothing. If you're not one for travelling just to shop you'll be glad to know you can find them on Asos and also ship from their own website.
Besides exploring these sites what you may also find useful (and might seem relatively obvious) is if you know what you're looking for, the going to the individual brands site. I often find that not a lot of places stock half sizes in footwear and for brands such as Converse I'm an 8.5, but by going to the actual Converse website you'll find they stock all sizes including halves (they might even be slightly cheaper if you join the mailing list).
I hope this short list has given you some more insight into the way I dress, shop and think. And hopefully you've taken some tips from this on where to make your next purchase!