After having Bespoke on repeat for a while, and impressed with his performance in support of George The Poet, we had to sit down and meet this London local. When we first approached Barney at Barbican Station, he was helping a lost out-of-towner find her way to St. Paul’s, a few minutes later he was helping a mother down the tube steps with a pram. It was almost as if things were being set up to make him seem like the nicest, most approachable, London rapper on the scene. As conversation immediately flowed we realised that there was no set up, he may genuinely be just that. But how did he end up supporting George? And what made him combine the sounds of grime and jazz? Find out as we sit down for a chat.
While we love technology and the new, we get just as excited about heritage brands and products with history, just have a look at our work with Levi’s or the story of how we’ve attempted to Make History. This time we’ve been given the opportunity to work with another brand that we’ve admired for a long time. If you don’t know already, Red Wing is an American brand rooted in uncompromising craftsmanship, with over 100 years of practice in the art of designing and producing footwear that’s made to last. With two pairs of boots and a woodland to explore, Adam and I put their hard work to the test.
Every so often we need a bit of adventure in our lives. While we get lost in the 9-5, it’s easy to forget to explore new things, try something for the first time or challenge yourself. As we’ve said before, too often we get caught up in the busy city lifestyle, stuck behind our screens, and make little effort to adventure in to the great outdoors. So, when Mud House Wine, a brand built up from an adventurous spirit, asked to explore the incredible Forest of Dean, we packed our walking boots and headed for the pines with our cameras, open minds, and a #TasteforAdventure.
A couple of weeks a go I had the pleasure of meeting Florence Otedola AKA DJ Cuppy. I met with her and her manager Liz for breakfast at the Serpentine Sackler on what was supposed to be a sunny Saturday morning… but then the sun disappeared and we were subjected to the London’s usual grey skies. Florence or Cuppy as she calls herself is only 21, she’s studying music business at the NYU and she’s been DJ’ing and producing for the last 2 years. Today we chat about her journey so far, Dj’ing as a craft and the challenges faced being a female DJ on the rise.
While at heart I am a backpacker, my adventure comes with a twist. The modern metropolitan cities of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur aren’t quite so suited to the budgeting traveler exploring backpacker routes. Instead they can provide a buzzing city break or for many a place of business; and if you look in the right places, you can still find heaps of character, culture and history infused within the streets, the food and the people that make these cities what they are. With three incredible and very different hotels as bases, I was free to wander and wonder within the city streets.
Not far from the busy weekend streets of Brick Lane, with its determined shoppers and queues for cereal, we found a wonderland. The location, which will remain secret at the request of Brit, was filled with wonders from years gone by. Magnificent tattered chairs, large wooden tables and a variety of antiques sat below a mist of incense. A musical duo performed in the background and an interesting chap repeatedly entered and exited to light his cigarette on the candles. The scene was set to delve into the mind of a curious illustrator with a knack for poetic one liners.
Basketball. A sport dominated by the United States, and growing in talent and popularity every year across almost every other continent. While we see the proof of all that, there is one exception: the UK. There’s a passion for the game here, but it’s not being paid attention to. ‘Paid’ being a key word there, with funding cuts a common thing for the sport here and a hurdle that is yet to be cleared. Players in the national team are having to live on £15 a day in the build up to international tournaments, with tiny beds and early morning flights. After the NBA’s recent trip to London, I’ve been having a think about the current state of the game in the UK and where it’s heading.