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Scent & Aftershave

Fantastic Man cologne: we get a sniff

By Colin Chapman on May 8th, 2009

Fantastic_Man_Cologne.jpgI reported on Fantastic Man‘s collaboration with Swedish perfumer Byredo back in March, and thanks to Isabelle, I’ve now got my hands on it. The packaging is predictably gorgeous: minimalist white with black details and a very old-school paper seal that establishes the feeling you are receiving something really special. It’s the fragrance equivalent of opening a product by Apple.

Having had 24 hours to spray, dab and generally test the olfactory sensitivities of friends and family, I can report that: I love it! Initially a little floral, over time its the Patchouli note that comes out strongest, softened by powdery Bergamot and peppery Cardamom. Rather than reminding you of an afternoon at Camden Market, the Patchouli effect is one of well-travelled luxury, in a bohemian, Ibiza in the ’70s way (think louche movie Savage Grace). A perfect fragrance then for summer.

Keep your eyes peeled for availability in stores, or buy online here.



Heroes and Celebrities, News

Brandish speaks to Fantastic Man’s Gert Jonkers

By admin on March 25th, 2009

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Current issue, pictured above, out now.

We were lucky enough to speak to Gert Jonkers recently, who, along with Jop van Bennekom head up the team at Fantastic Man. It’s no secret that we’re big FM fans at Brandish, and one look at the magazine’s clever art direction, witty articles and embedded fashion editorials will show you why. Nowhere else can you read about Beryl Woodsware crockery and Tom Ford in the same magazine so it was a real privilege to speak to Jonkers, stay tuned for part two of this interview tomorrow.

Butt, your first magazine, took a very European view of sex, happily mixing explicit and intellectual content. You’ve kind of done the same thing with Fantastic Man, is that just yours and van Bennekom’s general approach to life?

Yes I guess so. We love reality, and the reality of life is that it’s sometimes quite mundane, sometimes quite thoughtful, sometimes quite exciting, sometimes quite complex, and sometimes quite plain. Why would a magazine have a completely different take on life?

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Clothing, Trends

Shorts! What the best dressed legs (aren’t) wearing

By Colin Chapman on March 24th, 2009

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Saturday’s oh-so-welcome sunshine provided a first opportunity for 2009 shorts sightings with Hackney’s Broadway Market being an ideal setting. Amongst the tangled limbs of pram central, shorts were very much in evidence. On the lithe and louche, high jean cut-offs (a la Fantastic Man‘s guide to making your own) were a popular option. The plentisome SYD‘s (that’s sexy young dads if you’re not sure) meanwhile were a tad more modest with the long and narrow shorts style being popular – often teamed with plaid, deck shoes and a serious beard.

An emerging shorts trend however is old-school khaki shorts – rugby shorts length – that add a certain David Attenborough touch to your summer kit. Look out for vintage Ralph Lauren for a quality look – best avoided if your lallies are more Charles Hawtrey than Lawrence Dallaglio though.

Image: Face Hunter



Accessories, Brand Spotlight

Mulberry’s Eliot Tote: a male ‘It’ bag?

By Colin Chapman on March 23rd, 2009

Mulberry_Eliot_Tote_White1.jpgCurrently gracing all the best mens glossies is the Mulberry ad for the Eliot Tote bag. It’s rare for a particular model to be touted as the equivalent of a male ‘It’ bag but I guess Mulberry are applying a trusted formula here.

What makes this bag so lovely? The ad photography brings out the heavy grain of the thick leather looking creamier and much less starkly white than in the storefront image here. The ad styling also helps – layered neon knits under leather, low slung jeans also (crucially) in white. But nothing attracts attention away from that bag. Other selling points: the canvas handles look sturdy and practical. Its a tote – as with the cotton tote this exudes youthful exuberance, no PC-laptop lugging or sweaty footie kit here. It’s value suggests you only carry the best items – Fantastic Man natch, Tom Ford shades and it’s roomy enough to slot in your yoga mat. The price? Oh yes, a very It-bag £495.



Scent & Aftershave

Fantastic Man X Byredo, the new scent for summer?

By Colin Chapman on March 19th, 2009

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As if creating an amazing magazine wasn’t enough, the talented team behind Dutch-based Fantastic Man have teamed up with Swedish scent makers Byredo to release their own self-named cologne. The scent was launched exclusively at Colette in Paris on March 9th. It’s debatable whether the cologne could ever smell as delicious as the magazine itself (or is that just me?) which is printed on the most sublime high-grade paper although given the impeccable taste of the magazine expectations are high.

The all star roll call of ingredients (or should that be ‘notes’ in parfumier speak?) certainly sounds promising: Bergamot, Star Anise, Cardamom, Geranium, Incense, Lavender, Vetyver, Moss and Patchouli. I’m taking bets that Dover Street Market will be the London stockists being the nearest thing we have to Colette. Keep your eyes peeled and nostrils, um, flared?

Stopping over in Paris on the way back from my hols, I paid a visit to Colette and excitingly had a quick sniff; it’s a great clean citrus smell perfectly balanced with musk. Can’t wait to have a proper smell when it reaches our British shores! -Ed.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Heroes and Celebrities

Love The Look: Artist Terrence Koh for United Bamboo

By Will Reid on January 22nd, 2009

terence koh for united bamboo 2.jpgThis week’s Love The Look features the wonderfully odd Terrence Koh (artist, fashionisto, sperm-collector, sculptor of crap and other bodily fluids.) Koh has just been made the face of hip label United Bamboo and the ad campaign for this season is an extravaganza of tinsel, blurry shots and classic tailoring with quirky details.

The image above and the rest of the campaign images after the jump will all debut in the Spring/ Summer issue of Fantastic Man.

(Source: Fashionista)

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Heroes and Celebrities

Michael Stipe and Thomas Dozol’s mag collection

By admin on January 20th, 2009

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The Selby never fails to impress with its images of stylish and innovative interiors and Manhattan was the loaction for a recent shoot featuring REM’s Michael Stipe. The pulse quickens as you see the magazines that Stipe and his partner, artists Thomas Dozol, collect.

Vogue, Monocle, Butt and Fantastic Man… It’s an impressive roster of mags. What I want to know is if I can pop by for a afternoon read?



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Heroes and Celebrities

Brandish Inspiration: The Sartorialist Shoots Chanel Menswear in Fantastic Man 8

By Will Reid on November 26th, 2008

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It’s that time of year when men and women of every age are all forgetting about work and turning their thoughts to something much more important- Christmas presents. I’m not talking about gifts for the slightly odd uncle or some flowers for that 80-year old neighbour who suddenly said ‘hello’ yesterday even though you heard she had died two months ago (just me?) I mean a Chanel Menswear tweed coat.

The great Karl Lagerfeld is no idiot when it comes to the gift-giving season and for the eighth issue of Fantastic Man, he has asked Scott Schuman (The Sartorialist) to shoot the latest collection of elusive Chanel menswear for an article written by Charlie Porter. Wow.

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See after the jump for all the pictures from the editorial!

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Trends

Charlie Porter does the polka

By admin on October 15th, 2008

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Who did Hotel Aime snap recently? None other than Fantastic Man‘s new Deputy Editor Charlie Porter, proving he is at the absolute vanguard of fashion by wearing polka dots. Dots, spots and specks are replacing stripes as the menswear print du jour and not a minute too soon!
For a Porter-esque look get Paul Smith’s shirt (£123), it looks like polka dots but closer inspection shows they’re actually diamond shapes, which are going to be the new polka dots in a couple of years. Probably.

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Heroes and Celebrities, News

Fantastic Man issue 8 with Charlie Porter, Will Oldham and Fergus Henderson

By admin on September 29th, 2008

fantastic man 8 .jpgSunday night was a lot more exciting than I’d like it to be when I got my mitts on the new issue of Fantastic Man, it was downing a triple shot of fashion caffeine. Perfect-bound, nearly double the normal amount of pages and now with Charlie Porter as their Deputy Editor I can’t think of a single reason why you wouldn’t want this in your life.

Featuring interviews with Will Oldham and Tyler Brûlé the magazine is also packed with new features and fashion shoots which goes someway to explain why I didn’t get to sleep until the wee hours last night. It has also introduced curator Okwui Enwezor to me, his off-duty uniform of vintage denim workshirt and silk scarf has been burnt onto my brain. See after the jump for more images.

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Designer Spotlight, Heroes and Celebrities, News

This month’s 10 essentials featuring Fantastic Man, Purple Magazine and GQ Style

By admin on June 25th, 2008

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There’s an embarrassment of riches on the 10 essentials front as the staff of Fantastic Man, Purple Fashion and GQ Style all chip in with their lists. Founders of Fantastic Man Gert Jonkers and Jop Van Bennekom have the kind of choices you’d expect them to have, with their own pair of jeans, embroidered chinos and Hardy Amies’ ‘ABC of Men’s fashion’ all making the list.

Purple cofounder Oliver Zahm’s list is very classic Hollywood, as he lists a YSL leather jacket, Ray Bans and a Honda 750 motorbike. GQ Style’s creative director David Bradshaw has a simpler list than both the aforementioned, listing a crossroads bike, his back garden and his wedding ring. He also mentions some Tom Ford sunglasses, reminding you that he does work at GQ style.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight

Pyjamas outside of the house – good look or am I going crazy?

By admin on April 17th, 2008

pyjama.jpgYou know when you’ve become so accustomed to something that things that should look odd don’t anymore? That’s how I’m starting to feel with the pyjamas look. Wearing your pyjamas outside of the house should make you look like an extra from One flew over the Cuckoo’s nest – instead I’m thinking that it’s quite a wearable look. As long as you don’t stray too far from your house.

The reason for this change in opinion is solely because of the ‘Pyjama looks’ shoot in Fantastic Man. Whilst all the looks are great, I found the ones with high tops especially alluring. I’m even considering wearing this look to my local Tesco, just to see the reaction. Seriously. Tell me I’m not going crazy.



Jeans & Trousers, News

Acne collaborate with Fantastic Man for their ‘Gentleman’s Jeans’

By admin on April 10th, 2008

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The Dutch duo behind the beloved Fantastic Man magazine have teamed up with Acne to produce the ‘Gentleman’s Jeans’, a pair of slightly tapered slim-ish fitting dark denim jeans. The Fantastic Man editors Gert Jonkers & Jop van Bennekom describe it thus:
“It’s reminiscent of a style that we’d see on our fathers and uncles — the dreaded pleated denim chino — but then updated and made wonderful for today and for ourselves.”

Taking the origins of jeans as workwear as a starting point Acne have adapted the classic trousers for the modern man, and they suit formal wear as much as a casual look. They are available from Acne’s online store for £170.



Heroes and Celebrities, News

Tom Ford in Fantastic Man

By Isabelle on March 14th, 2008

Tom_fantastic_man_fordWe’ve been waiting for the latest issue of Fantastic Man with baited breath and not only does it have a beautifully footnoted interview with Tom Ford but it also features Scott Schuman (aka The Sartorialist, but you know that) and a beautifully photographed Maurice Sheltens shoot showing how to pack your clothes properly.

The designer talks about his art collection and his time in New York at the tail end of the ’70s. He also discusses the sexuality that runs through all his creative endeavours: ‘Sex is part of my image’ he says. ‘I’m extremely sensual. If I like someone I want to touch them, if I love them I want to hold onto them. I’m very physical.’
Ford compares himself to Alexander McQueen and Nicolas Ghesquière saying: ‘I am very much a designer but I am not an artist and I have never pretended to be.’

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Designer Spotlight, Heroes and Celebrities, News

Fantastic Man Spring/Summer 2008: Tom Ford

By Will Reid on March 6th, 2008

Img121zh0When I have to be up at 6:30 tomorrow to tour a newbie I know I really shouldn’t be up late on The Fashion Spot, but if you see Tom Ford on the cover of a fairly underground men’s fashion mag it would be criminal not to post.

The news only came out on The Fashion Spot at 10:30 and at the time of writing it is 11:24 so there is not any news on contents at the moment except for the obvious presence of Mr. "My ads are so raunchy they should be banned" Ford.

Any followers of the great fashion maverick will know that he has successfully released fragrances for Estée Lauder as well as his own him and her scents. Also, Ford has released a sunglasses range and a menswear line both of which are firm fashion favourites. The sub-title of the cover states of the "wicked masterplan of the super gentleman" and I can only imagine what that wicked plan entails-ah, how much I love sartorial drama.




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