Welcome to PTJ’s New York city. I’m sure you’ve seen a bunch about it on the internet, or perhaps watched your fair share of Law and Order, but my New York city is a series of personal interactions with some wonderful folk who define the great hub. Last month we teamed up with our pal Bill Gentle ( or Backyard Bill ) to eat and hop our way through the wild city for Farfetch.
We travelled up to the salty and historic land of Holy Island in Northern England, to document some of the newest additions to the Nigel Cabourn vintage archive. We’ve patch-worked Fearnought jackets, WWII beastly overcoats, and some fantastic knitwear together to get you geared up for the cold weather.
For Cabourn fans around the world, the new Cabourn x Lybro collaboration might have popped up on the radar this year. Lybro, an iconic British workwear label established in 1927, clothed factory workers of the wartime. So when Nigel Cabourn bought rights to Lybro, that iconic yet deceased piece of British workwear history, we got really excited about the prospects of breathing life back into this great giant.
Your smell is something that is a really huge part of how people remember you. Think about how your partner smells, and how you miss it when you’re away, or how the smell of fresh sheets can make you feel homely in a hotel room. Here we’ve tried and tested some very exciting fragrances on the market right now that you mightn’t have come across at your average pharmacy. These are our selects of (pretty) unisex smells that take you to a place, time, or moment elsewhere at first scoosh.
What’s to come at The Brooklyn Circus this fall are some kicks that will put up a meaty fight to canvas shoe category, with that great BKc promise to rep the history books in all American style. It takes a really thoughtful person with skilful eye to edit something so well that people can understand what it’s about without too much thought. I take my hat off to whoever can.
When we say nice, it’s implied that nice is defined as going-on-a-first-date kind of nice. For our romantic man-drobe chapter for GQ magazine in their NYC office last week, we raided their wardrobe department to give a few sharp tips for dressing this pumpkin season on their snapchat. Here it is for those who missed it, or for the rest of us who don’t know how to bloody use the darn app.
This is a little exploration into the art of styling, and the delicate art of having your picture taken. There are so many elements to be considered and it can be an all overwhelming experience. The way we see style or coolness if you like, is something that can’t be put down in words. You can’t dissect it, nor can you force to try to capture its essence. So don’t bother trying to force it into a photograph. We take you in on what goes into a PTJ photoshoot with this series by Ryan Plett in NYC.
We just want to say that Matthew Dolan’s work made our week in New York. As he did with his first collection, (that we must have raved on about a minute ago) workwear was given a new form. His poetic approach to creation and construction, was spun into thread and woven into realness, was alliterative and continuative, which sets a steady pace for the future of his label. This collection felt a little more consumable, which was a smart move. We like smarty pants who think about these things, it hints a little about what we can imagine the creativity taking us.
We went to The Armoury NYC to try on our favourite things for the changing season (our favorite season in fact) fall ! Nonetheless, the New York institution is a sartorial destination for men around the world who appreciate beautiful textiles and tailored threads. They’ll make you look guuuuuud.
Some super exciting news for the w’menswear department came this week, when we found out our pals Battenwear are making small sizes of their great outdoorwear for women! That’s why we decided to go camping in their NYC studio, in the name of FUNNEST GARMENTS POSSIBLE
Fresh off the press and our pals Emil and Sandy Corsillo of The Hill-Side have grabbed place of ’GQ’s Best New Menswear Line’. Thinking about the ingredients that make a energy bubble like the Corsillos’ and I’ve put it down to a great balancing act of taking and giving. Here we asked co-founder Emil about smells, life, and zombies, as well as explore their tight thread tradery.
History is what inspires and informs who we are here at Ponytail Journal. It guides us forwards, inspires us to create, and perhaps gives us space to revisit our own identity. This week’s w’menswear editorial is much a reflection of history’s greatness that we strive to keep alive. The setting is much inspired by early portraiture that characterised early photography where thought, consideration, styling and the preciousness of each shot were made it special.