Watches on screen: Seiko M516-4009 ‘Voice Note’

They didn’t make too many of these when it was first launched in 1983, but a year later it gained worldwide fame as the watch that the Ghostbusters wore. In the film it was used to pick up “Electronic Voice Phenomena” but in reality its key feature was the ability to record messages of eight…

Keeping the British end up

Jeremy Hackett, founder of the Hackett brand on British style, manufacturing, red trousers, Mods and the basics rules of style. Words: Matt Pomroy “I struggle with pocket squares because I am conscious it looks as though I’ve made too much effort,” Jeremy Hackett says. Right there, in that one line, is all you need to…

The man who makes shoes for LeBron

Basketball shoe legend Aaron Cooper has been creating footwear for athletes, and the public, for over 20 years. You have a cool job don’t you? I love it. I keep getting speeding tickets on my way to work. How many pairs of sneakers do you own? I literally have no collection of sneakers, because I…

Design classics

  There was a moment in the 1980s when Lacoste polo shirts transcended from just an item of clothing that people wore on tennis courts and became a global icon. Almost overnight, there crocodile-adorned shirts wherever you looked. In America, the Lacoste polo shirt became the standard for the preppy look, the New England WASP,…

Design classics

  Made from 12 regular pentagonal faces and 20 regular hexagonal faces, and based on a design by American architect Richard Buckminster-Fuller, the Adidas Telstar football was, and still is, the greatest looking football of all time. Buckminster- Fuller came up with the design when he was trying to find a way for constructing buildings…

Why did men stop wearing hats?

The above picture from the 1923 English FA Cup Final (between West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers) shows all but one man wearing a hat. And the hatless man had probably just removed his to scratch his head as the photo was being taken. So why did the vast majority of men stop wearing hats…