For Men: Grenson Shoes ‘Dylan’

I keep telling myself that I need a pair of smart shoes, because I seem to be lacking in anything remotely smart to wear to events, work, or even out with friends (just in case we decide we want to go somewhere nice for dinner or drinks). It’s this recent revelation that lead me to start my hunt, and I think I may have finally found what I’ve been looking for.

Grenson Shoes’ Dylan shoes feature a classic wing tip oxford brogue pattern and come in what they describe as a “rub off navy”, which I really like. I want something a little bit different, so not your traditional black or brown, and these are just that.

Throw on a blazer, shirt and trousers, or perhaps even some tailored chinos, and you’re all set! Let the drinks roll…

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Dylan by Grenson Shoes, £210.00. grenson.co.uk

Images courtesy of Grenson Shoes

Bargain Buy: Zara Burgundy A-line Woven Skirt

I don’t know about you, but I think a nice, rigid A-line skirt is a staple for any women’s wardrobe. There’s so many things you can pair such a piece with, so when there’s an affordable option floating around, you should do nothing else than snap it right up – even if it sits at the back of your wardrobe for a month or two. You’ll find a use for it at some point or another, believe me!

This burgundy woven A-line skirt, at just £35.99, is a brilliantly affordable purchase. Mix-and-matching this skirt with an array of tops and blouses is one of the easiest things you can do, and you’re almost guaranteed to look fantastic every time. It’s the perfect “I’m late for work!” piece, which we all need!

Burgundy A-line Woven Skirt by Zara

Burgundy A-line Woven Skirt by Zara, £35.99. zara.com

Images courtesy of Zara

Music Monday: Marina and The Diamonds – “I’m a Ruin”

It’s no secret that I have a total crush on Marina Diamandis of Marina and The Diamonds. I love everything about her, from her style to her incredible voice and bubbly attitude. Let’s be best friends, Marina? Please?!

Now, less of the crazy and more about the music…

Marina’s new album, “FROOT” is coming together rather nicely, and I’ve been blown away with what’s been released so far, with “Happy” and “Immortal” offering minutes of beautiful, thought-provoking harmony, to “FROOT” itself, which is so camp and so, so good. However, one of my favourites to date is “I’m a Ruin”, and it finally has a brilliant video to accompany it – and that’s what I’m sharing with you for this week’s Music Monday.

Have a listen, indulge, get hooked…


Listen to more of Marina’s incredible music on the official Marina and The Diamonds YouTube channel.

Art Stuff: Day 565 on Art Blog Daily

You may or may not be aware that, in addition to writing about design, I’m also the one behind contemporary art blog, Art Blog Daily. Every day a post a new piece of artwork from a talented contemporary artist I admire. It’s a hobby that keeps me sane and inspired, which is always a brilliant combination.

From now on, every week on The Notable Male I will be re-highlighting my favourite piece from the previous week on Art Blog Daily. There’s so many fantastic artists out there who struggle to get noticed, so if you like something, share it!

This week I’m highlighting the work of incredibly talented US-based painter Maurice Sapiro, who creates the most beautiful landscape paintings. His eye for detail and attention to light, reflections and shadows within his paintings is incredible.

Maurice Sapiro

You can view more of Sapiro’s work on Art Blog Daily.

Images courtesy of Maurice Sapiro

For Men: Burberry London Leather Crossbody Bag

It’s only recently that I’ve started to tire of hiking a backpack to work every morning – it’s almost as if I purposely stuff my bag full just because the space is there, and not because I actually need all of the useless stuff I take with me to the office.

On that note, I’ve started looking for a smaller crossbody bag that could prove a slightly more classy replacement to my now tatty backpack. This eye-catching Burberry Leather Crossbody Bag, or something of a similar style, seems like it’d be the ideal option. It looks tidy and very office-esque, but at the same time has a pop of colour to avoid being too dull. Perfect!

Burberry London leather crossbody bag

London Leather Crossbody Bag by Burberry, £737.68. farfetch.com

If you have any suggestions regarding office-esque, compact bags like this lovely Burberry piece, drop me a comment.

Images courtesy of Farfetch

For Women: Cedric Charlier Single Breasted Coat

I’m a bit of a fool for a simple coat, and when that admiration is combined with evenings spent flicking through Farfetch, the inevitable happens. This blue cotton blend Cedric Charlier Single Breasted Coat is a fantastic staple to throw on over an array of ensembles when there’s a bit of a chill outside.

In the summer, opt for a slightly more care-free look by rolling up the sleeves and wearing the coat open with a floaty white blouse and cropped trousers underneath. Pair that with a chunky necklace and some simple black or matching strap heels, and you have, without doubt, got yourself an elegant, versatile look.

Perfect for the office or lunch with the girls!

Cedric Charlier Single Breasted Coat

Single Breasted Coat by Cedric Charlier, £504.73. farfetch.com

Images courtesy of Farfetch

Colour me edgy: Kirsty Ward Spring/Summer 2015

I recently took a bit of a break from blogging, however I’m back! And I’m glad to be back, because it means I get to resume highlighting superb talent, including the lovely Kirsty Ward.

I’m thrilled to say that Kirsty is seemingly on the edge of the “emerging” and “made it!” barrier, as her work is getting quite a lot of attention these days, and it’s easy to see why.

For Spring/Summer 2015 (I know I should be highlighting Autumn/Winter 2015 collections right about now, but give it time…), Kirsty produced another sublime collection with an effortless mix of simplicity, femininity in the form of beautiful overlaying and top notch accessories, and lots of edge. And yes, I mean that heads-turning-as-she-walks-into-the-room kinda edge. Kirsty’s jewellery is as loud and chunky as ever, but that’s the way we like it. Not to mention her fantastic collaboration with Williams Handmade, who’s bags are nothing but marvellous.

Kirsty Ward SS15

Kirsty Ward SS15

Kirsty Ward SS15

Kirsty Ward SS15

Kirsty Ward SS15

Kirsty Ward SS15

Kirsty Ward SS15

Keep posted with Kirsty’s fantastic work on her website, where you can also view the full collection.

Photographer: Alexander Jordan
Model: Isis Samassa at Storm
Stylist: Sarah Barlow
Make up: Alexis Day
Hair: Valerie Benavides

Images courtesy of Kirsty Ward

Behind-the-scenes with London-based Sleepwear Brand Eight Hour Studio

I’ve recently started some work with beautiful London-based sleepwear brand, Eight Hour Studio. The brand will launch officially this coming week, and I couldn’t be more excited!

Eight Hour Studio use organic cotton and traditional Indian woodblock printing methods to create beautiful, subtle and incredibly comfortable sleepwear. Their sleepwear will add a hint of luxurious elegance to your evening when it’s time to wind down and relax after work.

Sonia and Ash, the lovely couple behind the brand, have given me some exclusive images of their pieces in the making. Everything is handmade in Jaipur, India, and the pieces are beautifully cut, too.

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Sign-up to receive updates about the brand at www.eighthourstudio.com

Photography courtesy of Eight Hour Studio’s supply partner, Mehera Shaw, a fair trade artisan lifestyle manufacturer based in Jaipur, India.