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Fly girl

I went to so many launches last week I’m surprised I managed to get anything else done. In amongst the umpteen bloggers’ events (Arcadia, Exposure, ASOS) there was also a first look at the Zakee Shariff/Roxy Heart collaboration at Beyond The Valley. I have been following Ms Shariff’s work for years and always like her colourful, poetic aesthetic. Roxy (yep, the surf label) have enlisted her skills to guest-design a collection called Fly Like An Eagle for the surfer girl who has grown up a bit. That youthful spirit is still there but the clothes are more sophisticated than sporty. THe pop-up shop will stay in situ at Beyond the Valley until 27th September – have a look if you’re in the area, Zakee has adorned the walls with her own illustrated wallpaper. The collection is also being sold at the Shop at Bluebird, Colette and No-One.

The Sartorialist – the book

I’ve just spent the last hour savouring every page of Scott Schuman’s chunky softback tome, The Sartorialist, which was gifted to me last week by the generous Mr Gentry.

This is not a book to be flicked through. It needs to be leisurely studied, preferably sitting at a table because it’s over 500 pages thick and there is no way you can casually hold it in your hands and skim through – it’s not a copy of Look. All the greats are in there including Giovanna, Emanuelle Alt, Kate Lanphear and George Cortina (above). Cortina is my personal favourite. A stylist, his look is all about how to wear clothes rather than what he wears. The rolled up sleeves, just-worn-in-enough shoes, half-tuck tee. This is how I like to dress as avoiding ‘It’ pieces inevitably means that what you wear has longevity. Despite what Schuman says in his intro, I still maintain that his commentary helps to add value to the pictures, especially when it’s a cute story relaying how the picture came about.

The book is published in the UK on 3rd September and can be preordered on Amazon. Check out Mr Gentry’s blog here, there aren’t many mens style blogs out there, this one is worth bookmarking.