Went to @vitalebarberiscanonico1663 with Jim and Kapil to try and develop some new stuff for FW20. Thanks for having me early Monday morn, super productive meeting, can't wait to see what comes out of it!
Thanks to @wei_koh_revolution, invited me into an RL thing and got to sit next to @paulfeig and Laurie to talk about all sorts of stuff while Wei mysteriously disappeared into the night 😎
Pre-Pitti Monday, the reality of getting stuff done. Head down, unpacking boxes and checking every detail. @drakesdiary 👏
That pre-Pitti Monday... Someone walked off with the stand's chairs and the samples were stuck in customs. Kapil, Sasamoto-san and Asuka still managed to recover everything, complete the stand and finish a successful show. 👏
@therake team, @omega team and photographers @jkf_man and @milad_abedi, in tiny tiny size
Snaps from the @omega speedy thing from last week Pt 2
Some snaps from the @omega speedy thing I was in last week Pt 1
@mensprecious and @eisuke_yamashita invited me to do a watch and styling thing for this month's issue. I talk a little about my own collection and then give ten modern picks as well as how you could wear them. See if you can identify all of them from my tiny Instagram photos, hoho~
The Armoury 3 Pocket Blouson, excited to finally make this available, something we've been working on for a while. Available in store now and online soon. @thearmourynyc please save @andysantamaria a size S 😎
Dealing with flu, don't want to infect people. Very much on a kick with the The Armoury Model 11 washed cotton suit. The cotton is nice and stiff, makes the wrinkling a little less pronounced. You can dress it up a little with a shirt and knit tie. Available in store and online!
I finally finished it... The Ideal Watch Size Survey Report. Link in profile. It's long but it covers a lot. The charts tell you part of the story and I added as much explanation as I could along the way. Plus the comment highlights section towards the end is fun! Hope you enjoy reading it because it took bloody forever to write it.
I was excited for this one to arrive, finally picked mine up from the shop. It's The Armoury's Model 11 washed jacket and washable sport chino, made up as a full suit in golden khaki cotton. Can't wait to break it in, should age nicely!
I got into the press preview of the Murakami show at JC Contemporary in Tai Kwun last night. Unfortunately I arrived super late and had to rush through everything but it was pretty amazing, worth checking out! I think it starts this weekend. It's a huge show, a lot of Murakami's work, supersized and absolutely saturated in interesting details. There's also some items from his personal collection including a lot of Araki photos.
I'm in this month's Men's Club Japan, which is a special Hong Kong themed issue, talking about The Armoury and recommending stuff to check out in the city (ahem @drop93hk). Thanks to @mensclub.snap for having me! I've never been in it before and was excited to be included since the magazine was so instrumental in promoting Ivy Style back in the 60s!
One of this season's The Armoury Model 3 summer jackets in a nice patterned cloth with beige, orange, yellow and navy all mixed in. Available in store and online. Also, last year's Speedmaster reissue. I pulled its crown too hard and it escaped :( #ricohgr3
I was invited to be on a judging panel for HK Polytechnic University's MA Fashion and Textile Design Prejudge. We saw 19 MA students' collections, helping to narrow down what would be on display at their fashion show later in the year. I have no formal education in fashion so I felt woefully under-qualified but I was very glad to have have this experience. Fortunately, my scores and comments have nothing to do with their final grade, haha. While everyone's work was good to extremely good, the students' presentation skills could be improved. The panel only has 5 minutes to evaluate each collection, thus: fewer words, concisely put and in a loud and clear voice would have set a student apart. I was impressed by many of the ideas on display and there were some very polished, commercially viable work in there, too. As a merchant, I felt that was the best I could contribute, to provide a viewpoint that emphasized what could be feasibly sold to an appreciative customer. Congratulations and best of luck to the students, well done! Special thanks to Alan Hau and Basia for having me!
Some cool stuff at the upcoming @phillipsauction 27th and 28th in Hong Kong. Couple of these are mine and a couple are things I went to have a closer look at. PT Skeleton Speedy is the most OTT thing I've seen in a while, haha!
Weirdly satisfying to see a run of sizes of The Armoury Shoes Duane Loafer. We do this with Fukuda-san to double check the size grading after the shoe has gone into production. Pictured is 5, 6, 8, 10 and 12.
I recommend this book. It was written in the late fifties as a snapshot of the beginning of modern marketing techniques that we take (accept being forced upon us) for granted today. Swipe right, I included some of the amusing exercepts, there isn't enough space to give a good overview of the book. The content at times gave me goosebumps as we live in the legacy of this culture and these techniques. The conclusion, which I think is right, is that to know what's going on is to have your own defense against often unwelcome pressures to do, think, buy and consume what someone else is telling you, too. Amazing and scary that we were on this track from so long ago.