Udjat for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia



Udjat Harper's Bazaar Arabia

One of my great discoveries of the year so far: an Egyptian brand called Udjat.

I was commissioned by Harper’s Bazaar Arabia to write about this fantastic new line, which celebrates the culture and craft of Egypt through fashion and home objects. The co-founder Louis Barthélemy is a very interesting character, something of a polymath, who has created textile designs for Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo and Dior (check out his incredible art here). But the Udjat collection grabbed my attention with its relaxed shirt shapes, intricate embroidery and wonderful photography.

Read my piece about Udjat in Harper’s Bazaar Arabia here and follow them on Instagram here.

Udjat Harper's Bazaar Arabia
Udjat Harper's Bazaar Arabia




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IMAGES: Udjat, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia
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Quote of the day: Ron Finley



Ron Finley guerilla gardener

“When I wake up I’m successful. I’m not measuring my success by what we’ve been trained to think success is. What gives you value? The watch? The phone? The shoes? No, motherfucker, there’s only one thing that gives you value and that’s you. It’s that simple. You can have value just by saying ‘I have value.'”

Ace words from ‘gangsta gardener’, Ron Finley, who has created a capsule collection for Everybody.World featuring his affirmative graphics. (The printed long sleeve tees remind me of the ones I used to buy from World – no relation to Everybody.World – in the early 90s.)

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IMAGE: Ron Finley/Everybody.World
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Dude, where’s my mask?



Lemaire vegetable tanned molded Taco bag

The accessory of 2020 may have been the Covid mask, but a close second was the mini hands-free bag. I was very lucky to receive a Porter Yoshida & Co Force bag* (below) for Christmas; a compact crossbody bag with adjustable strap that can be worn inside or outside your jacket.

It’s what I currently use for my walks or coffee runs as it fits my mask (in a clear Ziploc), phone, earphones, keys and cash without bulking out. If I wanted to, I could fit in a mini umbrella as well.

I also like the look of the Lemaire vegetable-tanned Tacco (above), Toast Rambler pocket bag (below, by West Country makers Francli), Joseph slim pocket bag* (below) and COS padded belt bag*. Although of course, the Hermès Kelly pocket belt is top of my fantasy shopping list.

What bag are you using?

Porter Yoshida & co Force shoulder bagJoseph mini hands free bagToast Francli Rambler pocket bag

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IMAGES: Top to bottom: Lemaire vegetable tanned molded Taco bag, Porter Yoshida & Co Force bag, Joseph pocket bag, Toast Francli Rambler pocket bag
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The ‘nouveau romance’ of Celine menswear AW21



Celine men winter 21

Chapeaus off to GQ’s Rachel Tashjian, who wrote this very astute critique of Hedi Slimane’s latest Celine menswear collection. And the brand’s overall current appeal.

“His clothing is probably the most intelligently merchandised stuff on the planet. He is making clothes to sell them, proving with every one of his choices why you need them…When you go into a Celine shop, or look at the brand’s e-commerce, you see something so clear and intelligent it might make you mad at other big fashion brands: a few perfect blazers, a leather motorcycle jacket, a leather blouson, a suede trucker jacket, and so on. All the pants are just right. The loafers, sneakers, and boots are just the kind you’re looking for when you don’t know what you’re looking for. Slimane is actually thinking about someone going into a store to buy clothing. What might they want?”

I actually really liked the ‘nouveau romanticism’ of this recent 13-minute Celine AW21 film, Teen Knight Poem, shot at the Château de Chambord, with boys on horseback in vaguely armour-like jackets, pie crust blouses and studded balaclava-esque head gear.

But I have to concur with Rachel, it may be the medieval romanticism that grabs my attention but it’s the classic chunky jumpers, raglan coats and cuban-heeled boots (glimpsed at 2.18) that I want to wear at the end of the day.

Read more on Celine menswear AW21 here and here.

Celine menswear AW21
Celine menswear AW21 - Teen Knight Poem
Celine menswear AW21

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IMAGES: Celine menswear AW21
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