The Bose QuietComfort 35 is a pleasure to use on the plane but the noise cancelling makes me nauseous when in a quiet environment like an office. I just discovered Bose released a firmware in June that let's you disable or reduce the active noise cancelling and it's made a world of difference for non airplane use. Check it out, you can update and control the noise cancelling setting through the Bose app on your phone.
@jimrparker how dare you tuxedo in the day
Rich in New York
More Spring Place candids from last year
Candids I shot from last year's lookbook at Spring Place
Somehow I got a watermelon the size of a small car for dessert
The jacket fabric is a brown watch like a black watch but brown not even joking
Back to regular scheduled menswear, April in Tokyo with Mike
Minor hiccup with the accommodation, nothing a man with a hose can't fix
The Internet goes on top of Big Ben, it's where you get the best reception. Everything's wireless these days, you see?
Hoi Polloi at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, a favourite local spot of mine thanks to decent comfort food (chicken and mushroom pie!), usually a great playlist and on some days... A string quartet that plays an instrumental version of Barbie Girl.
The Armoury City Hunter jacket in navy, available in store and online
Best museum ever thanks Luke
The guys at Jean Rousseau Japan surprised me with an amazing gift: deep navy alligator watch strap to replace my grey ostrich. Thanks A and Y! Jean Rousseau straps are available to order at The Armoury. We also have some stock online and in store.
The Rake Japan asked me to write a piece about the bags I use. I republished the English version on markcho.com. Pictured here is the Armoury exclusive collab bag that I worked on with the good folks at Frank Clegg. We took their traditional tote, reworked it with sunbrella cloth, which is light, durable and waterproof, adjusted the proportions of the handles and added a shoulder strap as well. Also fiddled with the interior and added more pockets. Super practical, great for every day and airplane use. Link in profile to the article!
The Armoury City Hunter is BACK! Now available in olive wool jersey as well as the original navy. I wanted this one for myself but Elliot of Think Birch looked so good in it I had to let him have it. Made in Japan of a soft, pliable wool jersey that is knitted for us and this special garment.
I'm a big fan of the Danish Audio company, Dynaudio. They have a big pro audio following as well as the usual home hi-fi crew. For me, it started when I was trying to find a set of replacement speakers for some well reviewed little speakers + sub. They were musical but a little off when it came to speaking voices. Dynaudio popped back into my head and given their pro audio background, I thought it would be interesting to try their studio monitors. They're active, so I don't have to mess with amplification, they are getting signal from my computer, so volume control can be easily done from there, and there are a lot of great pairs available on eBay. I went with a pair of BM-5A for USD 561 and it is still one of my favourite audio buys ever.
Fast forward to today and what I replaced the B&O A9 with: a pair of their new and fancier studio monitors, the LYD 48, a three-way (tweeter, mid and low driver) speaker that has a nice, strong, room-filling presence. The A9 sounded great and looked great but it was warm and musical to the point of being a so-so TV speaker. Also, I wanted my audio to "fill" the room more evenly, to have a soundstage so to speak. For that, you have to have two speakers.
Some things worth noting for people interested in using studio monitors for their living room hi-fi / TV speakers. Studio monitors like the LYD 48 have no built in volume control, so ideally your source should provide that control. I use a SONOS connect for music and it makes for a very elegant setup since I can control its output volume from my phone. However, connecting to my TV is a bit of a pain because its output is fixed and unrelated to the TV's volume control. Normally you would hook up a TV's output to a receiver or an amp which would have its own volume control, my setup lacked this intermediate step. I ended up searching for a cheap DAC (there are tons on Amazon) that cost me about 35 bucks and has a volume control on there. TV, via optical, to DAC, to analogue out with a volume knob for control. Finally got it up and running with all the cables tidied up. Works nicely, sounds great, cheaper than equivalent hi-fi speakers to boot!
I had all these old leather swatch samples for watch straps... And now I found something to use them for, haha
@mr_david_style asked me why is this new thing called Drop93? Well, we've always made tongue in cheek military references with Armoury stuff, so Drop was a nod to supply drops. As for the 93, in Cantonese the numbers are pronounced "gau2 saam1" 九三 and they sound very similar to the word for old clothes: "gau6 saam1" 舊衫. So there you go, Supplier of Old Clothes!