THE FABRIC, FOOD & FACE OF SCOTLAND

Nigel Cabourn 1940’s Harris Tweed DB Jacket, Barbour Newmarket Plaid Lambswool Scarf, and The Face of Scotland by Harry Batsford and Charles Fry.

Autumn finally showed up last week during a short trip to N.Y. (North Yorkshire) and what better way to greet it than with a selection of Scottish fabrics. Adding to the Harris Tweed jacket I already had on, I picked up a really nice Barbour scarf in their blue Newmarket Plaid. I picked mine up from Orvis in Harrogate, but the scarf is also available from Oi Polloi at a very reasonable £25. The scarves are made in Scotland and are finely produced in a very soft Lambswool. I have another one in white from a few seasons back and it’s holding up really well with very little pilling after much use.

Barbour scarf in blue Newmarket plaid from Oi Polloi.

Adding to the Scottish theme of the trip was a book I picked up in Helmsley Antiquarian & Secondhand Bookstore called The Face of Scotland by Harry Batsford and Charles Fry. The stunning cover illustration is by classic British landscape artist Brian Cook who’s iconic work defined an era of travel across the UK from the 30′s through to the 50′s with his book jacket illustrations and railway posters. The cover is printed with a five colour letterpress process using water based inks and hand cut rubber plates. Intensified by Cook’s imagination the vivid illustration captures perfectly some of the amazing colours you actually see in the Scottish countryside.

The Face of Scotland by Harry Batsford and Charles Fry.
The stunning colourful cover illustration by Brian Cook.

The finishing Scottish touch to the break was a spiced pork Scotch egg (ok, not actually Scottish) at the Star Inn in Harome near Helmsley. Served up with two huge pieces of crackling on a bed of spiced apple sauce, Black Pudding bread, and costing a mere £6, it was the perfect end to a great couple of days away. I’m going to write more about The Star Inn soon, but in the meantime, here’s a snap of the most amazing Scotch Egg I’ve ever eaten.

Scotch Egg at The Star Inn, Harome (those are raisins in the pork meat!).
The Star Inn, Harome.

HANG TIME

Latex dipped brass coat hangers at Story Hotel, Stockholm

I saw these awesome latex dipped brass coat hangers in the room I stayed in at Story Hotel when I visited Stockholm with work last month. A beautiful product born out of pure function. A small feature from a hotel rich in details – highly recommend a visit if you’re in the area.

Hangers and hanging rail at Story Hotel, Stockholm

 

MIAMI TWICE

Welcome to Miami, where everything is just a little bit bigger than normal.

Just got back from my second trip to Miami with work, hence the lack of posts lately. Really great trip, but glad to be back in good old bad-weather-blighty. Never before have I experienced heat like this visit to Miami – being outside was like being followed around by a gang of hairdryers. Not the ideal place for a clothing enthusiast such as myself. Nothing sartorial to report, but here are a few images and bits of inspiration that I encountered.

4,500 miles and 18 hours of solid travelling my first drink in Miami was brewed in Yorkshire. Good old Sam Smiths.
View from my hotel room. The yacht moored there was the Hooter Patrol IV (that means there’s at least three others floating around the world somewhere!) belonging to the Hooter’s Swimsuit Pageant taking place in the hotel. “To Smitty!”.
Never thought I’d describe a car park as ‘breath taking’, but here it is! 1111 Lincoln Road by Herzog and de Meuron.
Trip to Maison Martin Margiela in the Miami Design District
Loved this idea for fragrance testing… off cuts of white grosgrain ribbon.
Leftovers from the last show at Locust Projects in the Miami Design District.
Beautiful detail on this frame. Painted gold on the face and inner edge, but the outer edge left untouched to reveal the wood.
Sushi at Sushisamba on Lincoln Road. Certainly my tastiest sushi experience to date.
Cracking wine. Loved the label application.
A room with a view.
Ready to make tracks.