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Rumpl: A World With Better Blankets

Always excited to discover a new brand and get to know how it all started.

The Story Behind Rumpl

On a surf and ski trip through California, their founders were sleeping in a van, several miles up a dirt road near a secret hot spring. They awoke the next morning in subzero temperatures with a car that wouldn’t start. Far outside of cell reception, and confronted with an impossibly long walk into town, they decided to bundle up in their sleeping bags and drink whiskey while they waited for someone else to show up.

Minutes turned to hours, and in that time the conversation took an unexpected turn to the subject of bedding. Cozy and warm in their sleeping bags, the two acknowledged how much better the materials felt and performed than what was on their beds back home. A resolve was made to create a “sleeping bag blanket” and the idea for the first Rumpl product was born.

Returning from the trip and borrowing a sewing machine, the first Rumpl “Puffy” blankets were hand sewn in a cramped San Francisco apartment. After several months using the blankets, the two realized they had stumbled on to an idea much grander than just a sleeping bag blanket. The materials typically found in everyday blankets hadn’t evolved in hundreds of years—the entire category wasn’t utilizing any of the material innovation that was taking place in apparel, outdoor gear, and activewear. The Rumpl brand was born

Weatherproof, durable, and cozy blankets made with the same technical materials used in premium outdoor gear and activewear.

After turning to Kickstarter, getting funded in less than 24 hours, and ultimately hitting more than 10x the original campaign goal, they realized that others wanted more from an everyday blanket. Since that initial Kickstarter success, Rumpl has grown from a single home made ‘sleeping bag blanket’ to a whole line of blankets and technical comfort products that redefine the category.

3 Puffy Blankets To Choose From

Watch their founder and CEO, Wylie, explain more in the above video.

Also, Rumple has just announced a distribution agreement with Unify Brand Partnerships, a distributor in the United Kingdom known for representing pivotal brands within the lifestyle, sport and outdoor categories.

Their Value

Rumpl believes the blanket you use every day deserves the same attention to detail as a sleeping bag you might use ten times a year. In 2019, the brand completely redesigned their core line of blankets to only use 100% post-consumer recycled materials. They’re now recycling over 5 million discarded plastic bottles through their supply chain every year. 

They’re also donating 1% of all revenue to environmental non-profits, as well as being members of the freshman cohort of brands that are certified as climate neutral.


About Rumpl

In their own words: “One of our brand’s core values is to “Look To The Future Responsibly,” and consider that value in every business decision we make. In 2019, we completely redesigned our core line of blankets to use only 100% post-consumer recycled materials. We’re now recycling over 5 million discarded plastic bottles through our supply chain every year. We’re also proud to be a member of 1% For The Planet, which means we donate 1% of all revenue to environmental non-profits. And finally, we’re members of the freshman cohort of brands that are certified Climate Neutral. This means that beginning in 2020, and every year thereafter, we’ll be offsetting 100% of our company’s carbon footprint by purchasing offset credits.”

Visit www.rumpl.com

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Sunglasses For The Heat Wave

Avalan Orange Sunglasses by Layoners | T-Shirt by boohooMAN

Is it too late to buy some sunglasses in September? Definitely not!

I was lucky to try out some of the Layoners sunglasses and I was not disappointed. They are really an amazing value for money as the prices are below £50. Also, they are very comfy to wear as their frame is really light.

Lightweight frames with flexible handles and polarised lenses

All of this is included when you buy a pair!

What else?

There is a large collection to choose from.

Browse sunglasses for men


About Layoners

In their own words: ‘Straight from the runways of Milano to the streets of New York. Layoners brings the perfect mix of refined haute couture and hottest street style trends. Thick oversized frames, retro shapes and futuristic silhouettes have dominated this season, and we’re glad to feature them in our collections’.

Shop sunglasses on www.layoners.com

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My Trip to Barbados

Shirt by Luke | Sunglasses by ASOS

I love a beach vacation, especially in the middle of the winter, and I couldn’t have asked for a better escape than going to Barbados.

In numbers, Barbados is an island country in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies. It is 34 kilometres (21 miles) in length and up to 23 km (14 miles) in width, covering an area of 432 km2 (167 squares miles). Its population is of almost 300,000 people.

My favorite spots.

Oistin Fish Market

During the daytime it might look quiet, however wait for a Friday night to eat some freshly caught fish cooked to perfection. Try some lobsters, shrimp, red snapper which are prepared on the grill and served with local favorites such as rice and peas, coleslaw, and salads.

My best evening in Barbados!

Pebbles Beach, the most popular spot according to TripAdvisor

Located in Carlisle Bay. This one seemed overrated to me. The minuses: looking to the left and you’ll see the not so pretty and massive Hilton hotel; look to the right and you’ll see the cruise ships transiting. At some point during the day the beach will be overcrowded by (cruise ship) tourists popping by for a few hours.

The pluses: the easy place to go snorkelling and watch the turtles. Magical!

Miami Beach, my (beach) hot spot!

This quickly became my preferred beach: beautiful sea & sand, good waves to both swim and bodysurf. Relaxed and not too busy (as the access isn’t obvious from the main street). Nice trees in the background – in case you’d need some shade. This beach has it all.

Sandals by Teva | Swim shorts by Luke Sport

Dover Beach, a popular spot

One can only enjoy the vibrant colours.

Saint Lucy, all the way up to the North

Here you’ll find a beautifully rugged coastline dotted with bays. The powerful waves of the Atlantic Ocean pound the cliffs creating sea caves and blowholes. This is not an area for swimming but it makes up for this with majestic views and small pools for sea-bathing.

Shirt by Luke | Sunglasses by Lyle&Scott

Bridgetown, the Capital City

Both Barbados’ capital and largest city, it’s a vibrant, vivacious place steeped in history, where its unique blend of African, American and British heritage comes alive. Bridgetown and its Garrison is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with buildings dating back to the 17th, 18th, and 19th Century.

Bathsheba, the surfers’ paradise!

Useful websites: visitbarbados.org or barbados.org

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New Direction from Luke Sport Performance

We have always liked Luke at StylePilot. We’ve been following the brand for many years now and it was with great pleasure to discover the new Luke Sport Performance range.

Luke Sport Performance takes a fresh new direction and delivers premium quality gym and sportswear with luxury appeal.

In their own words: “Luke Sport Performance is light-weight, breathable, easy to move and be seen in. Made with premium anti-wicking fabrics, the collection is the perfect look for the gym or main event”.

Charcoal, Delacreme and Marina Red combination striped vintage tape features throughout the collection. Easy to wear, comfortable pieces include quilted hoody’s, lightweight tees and crew neck sweatshirts and joggers giving multiple options for sets.

Flashes of neon orange feature on tracksuits and jerseys giving trend-lead accents to wardrobe staples. Paired with a fresh pair of Luke trainers, these pieces stand out from the crowd.

Metallic gunmetal logo tee’s with centralised embroidery features throughout the collection. This new logo brings a fresh, vibrant look to the classic Luke tee while maintaining the original spirit of the brand.
Cut and sew combination fabrics feature on shirts, stretch poplin’s are trimmed with textured dobby in white, black and sky pinstripe and can easily be dressed up or down.

For Luke Sport, their DNA Green/gold/red striped tape features prominently throughout their collection. Teamed with their repeat overprint, these styles deliver a youthful, streetwear look.

New technical fabrics in textured tricot are available in a variety of styles from full tracksuits to casual jumpers. Worn together or mix and match, these new styles are adaptable with components taken from all lifestyles.

Shop Gym & Training Wear from Luke at www.luke1977.com

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Another Mild Winter In London

Winters in London are characterised by cold and often rainy weather. The average high between December and February is 48°F (9°C) and the average low is 41°F (5°C). However, freezing temperatures are not uncommon and snow is not unheard of.

This year though, it’s another ‘rollercoaster’ winter that we have been getting. A hat, gloves and scarf should have become our best friends, however they haven’t.

Either way, very cold or just cold, this was another excuse to try on one one of the winter jackets from Superdry from this year’s collection. Pictured below, the Hacienda Wool Check Jacket (Yellow Check).

Boots by Jack&Jones / Chinos by asos / Denim shirt by AllSaints / Jacket by Superdry

Looking for a jacket that covers both warmth and versatility? Look no further than our nostalgic, lumberjack inspired checked jacket. Perfect for Sunday strolls or Friday beers. This jacket features a zip and popper fastening, popper fastened cuffs, four pockets, and a fleece lining. The jacket is finished with a Superdry logo tab on the pocket and one on the sleeve.

What I liked about the jacket: It feels robust. It’s warm. And you feel good. And at last but not least: it’s a faux fur trim (feeling good about that too).

Any minuses: will I get tired of the yellow checks (?)

Jacket Details
Sleeve Lining: Polyester 100%
Lining: Polyester 100%
Padding: Polyester 100%
Shell: Polyester 52%, Wool 45%, Acrylic 3%
Faux Fur Trim: Polyester 100%

Where to buy

Jacket by Superdry | £119,99 RRP (now at £60)

Boots by Jack&Jones | £90 RRP

Chinos by asos | From £20 RRP

Denim shirt by AllSaints | £108 RRP

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Hurry Up: It’s (was) Black Friday!

Black Friday is now over for 2019! See you next year!

Black Friday @Justhype

70% off on website. No coupon needed, discount will be shown on item. For everyone: KIDS, MENS, WOMENS  5VER AND 10ER Lucky dips on the website running from 29th-2nd December

Black Friday @ All Saints

30% off EVERYTHING!

Black Friday @Superdry

Black Friday @ Oliver Sweeney

Whether it’s sourcing the finest Italian leathers for our uppers or deciding what colour hand-stitching to feature on our luxury trainers. Oliver Sweeney are obsessed with style, quality and detail. Mixing traditional craftsmanship with contemporary design to create shoes that challenge convention without compromising on comfort. 

Black Friday @ Suit Direct

Limited Time only. Up to 50% off!

Other popular brands

Black Friday @ Next

Black Friday @ ASOS

Black Friday @ boohooMAN

Black Friday @ CREW Clothing

About Black Friday

Black Friday is an informal name for the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. The day after Thanksgiving has been regarded as the beginning of America’s Christmas shopping season since 1952, although the term “Black Friday” did not become widely used until more recent decades

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An Afternoon At Blenheim Palace

Maurizio Cattelan’s controversial exhibition at Blenheim Palace – Victory is Not an Option just closed his doors; however, I was lucky to visit it!

The Italian art prankster redecorated Winston Churchill’s birthplace with an 18-carat loo, some gigantic union jacks, a taxidermy horse hanging from the ceiling, and Hitler on his knees.

18 works from Cattelan were displayed throughout the 18th century Palace.

The Great Court

A great walkaway, pictured above, of British Union Jacks flags leads up to the Palace, welcoming you on arrival.

Posing in the Great Court. Brogue boots by Grenson, Cargo trousers by ASOS, White shirt by M&S, Sling bag by Chrome
Sling bag by Chrome
Sunglasses by RayBan / Sweatshirt by Champion / Denim by Primark and Trainers by Nike

Luckily, I couldn’t have been more blessed by the great weather conditions to enjoy the handsome gardens.

A view from ‘outside’ the Palace

Maurizio Cattelan’s exhibition inside the Palace

Below a couple of selection of works from Cattelan. An exhibition which is not for the faint-hearted.

Clockwise: Taxidermy horse in the Red Drawing Room; Unusual self portrait in the Green Drawing Room; Adolf hitler in the Long Library.

The gardens

The Palace is set in two thousand acres of parkland and formal gardens and as generation follows generation, successive Dukes have introduced their personal touch by each adding new styles and layers of beauty to the landscape.

Learn more about the exhibition >> Maurizio Cattelan at Blenheim Palace

About Blenheim Palace

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, Blenheim Palace attracts close to a million visitors a year from all over the world. The Palace was a gift from Queen Anne to the 1st Duke of Marlborough, following his decisive victory over the French at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704.

The Palace, which took almost thirty years to reach completion, was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh to function not only as a private house, but also a monument, castle, and citadel; a testament of England’s supremacy over the French in a blaze of architectural glory that would rival Versailles. 

Steeped in British history, the Palace is also famous as the birthplace of the distinguished wartime Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, who was himself a member of the family and descendant of the 1st Duke. Handed down through successive generations, the Palace today continues to be privately owned and is the official seat of the current and 12th Duke of Marlborough.

Visit Blenheim Palace

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The Superdry Winter Jackets Are Here

Following the tracks of the #SDMYWAY campaign, Superdry is now helping us getting ready for the coming winter: Cosy up. Get out. Head into the rain. They have sorted it all out for us.

So, do it your way!

With the return of colder weather quickly making its way throughout Britain, well-dressed minds everywhere are already looking forward to the comfortable and much-needed wraps and layers of the season.

After months of lightweight options (and occasional summery suits), it’s time to think ahead, to finding the “hero coat” – that winter jacket we’re bound to spend most of our waking hours wearing and the one we’ll be more than happy to see in the mirror looking back at us every morning.

Here is our selection :

Leather Jackets

The leather jacket is the ultimate wardrobe staple and can be worn anywhere. Never out of style, no matter what the season, a leather jacket is the ultimate investment piece.

Pictured below, the leather jacket has immense detailing, including elbow pads, zipped cuffs and a subtle metal Superdry logo on the sleeve. 

The Endurance Moto X Leather Jacket | £274.99 RRP

Bomber Jackets

According to Superdry: “The bomber jacket has the power to take any outfit from average to who is that?” There’s no need to add anything else, is there?

Pictured below, the Everest bomber-style hooded jacket, featuring a faux fur detachable trim, bungee cord adjustable hood and a popper and single zip fastening to keep the wind out.

Everest Bomber Jacket  | £119.99 RRP

Puffer Jackets

Whether you’re looking for a puffer coat that will keep you warm yet stylish this season, or you’re after a puffer jacket that will give you that extra something.

Pictured below, the Sports puffer jacket features a fleece lining, main zip fastening, bungee cord hood and hem and ribbed cuffs.

Sports Puffer Jacket | £79.99 RRP

Waterproof Jackets

Either, a waterproof coat that will keep you dry as you hike through the rainy weather, or a lightweight waterproof jacket for everyday wear. Waterproof? Check. Breathable? Check. Stylish? Double check. 

Pictured below, this jacket is combining style with practicality, the Hydrotech waterproof parka has been crafted from a breathable tech fabric and uses coated zips and taped seams to help keep you dry and comfortable. 

Hydrotech Waterproof Parka Jacket | £149.99

Parka Coats

A classic piece to own that will help you going through the winter.

Pictured below, a coat that built to beat-the-cold featuring a four pocket popper design with fleece lining and ribbed cuffs for comfort. Both the hood and waistline feature a drawstring to adjust to suit. 

Everest Parka Jacket | £129.99

What else?

Just a last one: this really cool wool check jacket: the Hacienda Wool Check Jacket. Jus because we love it here!

Hacienda Wool Check Jacket | £119.99

Whatever the weather and wherever you are this autumn/ winter, Style it your way #SDMyWay

Explore the winter jackets and shop at www.superdry.com

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Wear It Your Way by Superdry

Superdry has just launched a new campaign and it’s called My Way. This did throw me back to year 1969 (even if I wasn’t born) and to Sinatra’s iconic song ‘My Way’.

This made me revisit the lyrics of this old time classic. Just go to Verse 5:
For what is a man (…)
To say the things he truly feels, and not the words of one who kneels (…)
And did it my way

Meaning that of you are not living your own life, but rather the one you are told to live, then you are not living at all.

Superdry you’ve nailed it: you have to stay true to yourself. That is the only way you can truly be free. They have worked with an amazing collective of seventeen individuals brought together to express their own unique style. Follow their stories below.

In Superdry’s own words: “Whoever, wherever, whenever, however – style is never set in stone. Mixing style has been in our DNA since day one., whoever you are, wear it your way”.

Some of their stories below:

ADAM
MODEL / URBAN FARMER / LA / 2019
Adam is 33 years-old and currently lives in LA. Adam is a model first and an entrepreneur second. He has some pretty serious tattoos with his first piece being a hannya mask on his chest.

LEO
MODEL / YOGI / LA / 2019
Leo doesn’t follow any one style – he includes different cultures into his style through accessories. A very spiritual person, Leo doesn’t confine himself into a box – he’s a martial artist, yogi, dancer, model – the list goes on.

PRESLEY GERBER (left)
MODEL / SURFER / NY / LA / 2019
Presley is based in L.A. and is the son of international supermodel Cindy Crawford. Presley says that for him, family is everything and that his sister Kaia is the person he looks up to most. He’s the classic American heartthrob who loves extreme sports and adventure.

JAZZIE (center)
MODEL / BARCELONA / LDN / 2019
Jazzie was born in Barcelona but currently living in London. He lives, breathes and sleeps football. He has an incredibly calming presence and a wicked street style.

CHRIS EUBANK JR (right)
SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT BOXER / LONDON / 2019
Son of Chris Eubank Senior, Chris is a professional British boxer and 2x IBO Super middleweight world champion. He takes after his dad not only in his boxing style, but also in his fashion style. His dad’s style famously reinvented fashion for the sportsman.

SID (right)
MODEL / BOXER / LONDON / 2019
A proper London lad, Sid’s loves are old school motorcycles and boxing. You can find him in and outside the city on his CB 750 or preparing for his first boxing fight. On set, Sid was stoked to meet super middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr.

Shop Superdry AW19 / #SDMYWAY collection