Favourite Five March 30 2014, 0 Comments

Many of you will be familiar with independent menswear magazine, Proper. As well as a strong digital presence, self-confessed clothing obsessives, founders Neil and Mark, publish what can best be described a ‘Proper’ fanzine focusing on the hottest clothing brands, the people behind them and those subcultures that surround it.

In a short time the fanzine has already achieved cult status and become somewhat of a collectable.

A while back Neil contacted me to see if I would be interested in giving some thoughts on my Favourite Five. With some pretty lofty names that had gone before me, how could I say no?

So here it is.

Clothing

I’ve got a bit of an unhealthy obsession for jackets.

There’s a few I’m particularly fond of, one that I don’t tend to wear too much and which is slightly different to the rest is an M65 Jacket by Surrender, designed by Earn Chen and James Lavelle.

I’ve had it for around 6-7 years and there were only a handful made at the time, or so I’m told!

Book

Alan Partridge: You smiled then, Lynn.

Lynn: No, I didn't.

Alan Partridge: Yes, you did. I can read you like a book. And not a very good book. Certainly not 'Bravo Two Zero' by Andy McNabb. Which actually improves with every read.

As Good as the ‘Bravo Two Zero’ is my vote goes to ‘In Cold Blood’ by Truman Capote.

Art

Probably his best known work - Homage to the Square by Joesf Albers.

A renowned painter, printmaker, colour theorist and teacher who had the longest tenure of any artist at the Bauhaus (1920-33).

Although it appears a slightly narrow framework it’s easy to get lost in the array of colours.

Music

Radiohead – The Bends. Many would argue OK Computer is a better record, and I’m sure opinions will always clash as to which album is the superior.

Something Else

Plants; I have no outdoor space living in a top floor flat, so it’s a nice way to bring the outdoors in. If you wanted a favourite, I have a nice Chinese money plant.

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to check out the Proper site.