Archive for August, 2015


Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Morning Style Vendors. So under da cosh with work, need to clear the decks for Mothers release from Hospital tomorrow, now her bone has mended. Forget The Carnvial and Old School Hip-Hop, its all about hip-op-replacements, and OAPs for me. Zimmer Zimmer, who got the keys to my Stanner..who am I?


In pants, on set, with Di Nero, Scorsese and Keitel in Mean Streets (underwear link) 

Off to Zum Zuma (click) with Walters, Holden & Flamingo Bonce for Carlos’ birthday. Right now. Now. No carnival, no work and no progress, except for a card just made using Mean Streets image above as got Carl some Sunspel Sea Island boxers, (underwear link). Forget the pressure, keep it stylish, to the bone, to the pants. After all, who am? Das Sharpener, jah!? Tek it Beanie

Stubbs out in The Metropolis. 


Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Morning Hot/Wet Style-Steppers.  Seems went to sleep googling ‘running track – East London’, now woken up doing same. Need to break that pattern. Need to clear style palette, too. Its making me tense, thinking bout other stuff* without a comment or a tune offered up, to you, the moderately faithful. Seems slack, when its so easy to share. I need to find a track. To run on. Need to get quicker over a mile and to loose the beginning of a Derby** thats appearing. Not to be confused with this brogue Derby thats appearing in rich dark brown soon, though, courtesy of Cleverley.

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G.J.Cleverley Henry with Dainite sole

You see, I need to get proper speedy over a mile and the track just does the trick. Know a special trick that makes you train so hard and quick. Didn’t see another sole yesterday to speak to, but there’s a time and a plaice for solitude. When it rains like November in August, it’s one of those times. The rain solicited this shoe-outburst. Stick Eden Ahbez on, he’s good with that sole-itude story. 

Would have judged and sneered a man in man-made, rubber soles and a formal suit not too long ago. Things a changin’. Now finding a small troop of excellent ones for AW15. Which is round the corner, btw. Led by the pair of Clevs‘, above, which are rather elegant, from one of my utter favs, G.J.Cleverley (click). They now do ’em in dark brown too, but not got the image. Yet. Pierre..

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Mr.Hare Bernard, also with Dainite sole.

I also like Mr.Hares Derby Dainites, too (clicky), as ever Hare is achieving modern with a heritage accent. Just look at Marcs site! He’s having a hoot over there outside his shop in Notting Hill. Look at all the happy people. Also digging what Alberto Guardiani (click) is doing with man made soles, but his people aren’t digging me, or getting back that is. Loving their work out there. But I know its August you Italian lot, and you’ve take the whole month off, but style goes on, right? No wonder Italy struggles in commerce. Everyone still takin’ two hours for lunch too, one notes. Still, lovely shoes, so do give us a shout back and I’ll stick em in my Das Sharpenizer column. Anyone know the Guardiani massive? Give em a nudge on their lounger between gelatos maybe?

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Alberto Guardiani boots with man made sole.

There’s more shoes to mention (Grenson, Tods, and all that) but now I seem bang-off track. No track found, either. Where was I? Yes. You can’t argue with the rain. Its nature, boys. 

Stubbs out. 

PS. Dear Baroness MingCorp brought this image to my notice. Its great. Loving Miles shallow one-button DB stance. Great kettle shot too, some one should steal that, non? Kettle massive? 

* Like new Gucci.

**Kelly. Not just a shoe style..

PPS. Is there such a thing as a NightNurse sole? Just wondering.


Miles Davis receives half time results, in shallow DB chalk stripe.


Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Afternoon Mein Style Mongers. Still feeling Caruso’s flow in a major way. Espesh with this  overcast grey scene that descended on the East Metropolis. Don’t know bout the rest of the world. Defo liking braces and pleats though. 

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 Jean Baptiste-Paris for Caruso AW15

This Susan Cadogan Trojan track is very nice. Have a listen, non?

Thanks Susan. Lovely stuff.  “Do it, do it, do it..” Remind you of something? See The J.B.s at the P.S. Watch the pastiche of Ska related imagery. Its not usual. 

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Caruso details.

Belt and braces? Yeah, he was in The Small Faces

Stubbs out.

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 Dunhill AW15

P.S. Was gonna link this track via a clickage, then thought, nope, ‘llow the track visuals in the post. So, hello Monie!? you never came back..


Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Afternoon Style Sphynzsters. Desp’ wanna chat bout Gucci Coup, but can’t . No time. Been on the pinstripe tip all week, thus. Or is it in fact chalkstripe am chatting bout? During visit to The Sextonium yesterday for some sartorial whizzdom (and otherwise), this difference became apparent. 


D.B in D-B pinstripe. Crazy cut, with dropped peaks, and fitted silhou’.

Had the pant-waist of my Sexton wide-leg, ‘long-low-leafy’ D-B V.B.C. pale mink pinstripe nipped in, and the jacket tweaked too.  Its a gorgeous minky grey flannel chalkstripe by Vitale Barberis Canonico (click) which is why is remains chic and not straight, see below, left.


Sexton long low leafy DBs.

That, plus its Eduardo thats cut it, and me thats wears it.  It’s all about chalk stripes in subtle, suave flannels, also known as cables. Will be dropping that suit again, come September and temp dropping, but never dropping the tempo.

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Sexton from contemporary archive, crazy shoe choice. Very Jarvis.

Its hard, ‘beaded’ stripes that are trad Wall Street/City flex’s. Not sexy, not chic, Eduardo explained. Thanks brother.  Must admit, not really feeling wearing the tailored stripe flex’s that am researching full stop right now, and instead have this tune by Francis Bebey in my head, with every intention of fleeing the Metropolis mid September. Keep this song in mind, and flea brothers, yes? ‘There are people in town, crazy people in town’. Too, too true Franc’. ‘So much wilder than we’. Well.

Francis Bebey, shirt by Saint Laurent SS15

‘Money is what they like’. What exactly is he even chatting bout? Don’t know for sure, but like it, and fancy being in similar scene. Will add to this, with pinstripe images for AW15, but might get a bit more savage first. Make sure you’re not a pinstripe crazy town head. I don’t mind a sauve black coffee cola, as it goes though.


Boglioli AW15, he’s had his coffee cola. Is wearing off a bit, though.

Hermes coat nice, non?


Hermes AW15, black bag full of black coffee cola.

Going out later, in the glamourous East. Can’t imagine what gonna wear, but as keeping Francis on, so something will happen

Stubbs out.

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Ede&Ravenscroft AW15


Gruau, 1985 for Dormueil. 


Monday, August 10th, 2015

Morning Style Mongers. Style&Error is no political organ, far from it. However last week was emotionally charged with the collapse and media vilification of Camilla Batmanghelidjh, in light of the closure of her charity Kids Company, and therefore felt need to make some comment. I’ll try and get some style into it, to keep it light, right? Batmanghelidjh provided some super special and desperately needed things for the deprived kids of the inner city, and if that help is lost, this is a very sad scene indeed. Make no mistake. Kids Co helped where local government could not and failed. Matters have only got worse through cuts since she started it in 1996, especially of late, which is why things partly reached crisis right now. Its a proper crisis for the kids now, as the family of protection thats been looking after them has shut its gates.


 Outside the close Kids Company, Camberwell. 

Am sure I’ve not got a totally informed view on all of this, but still gotta say something. Aside from a spirited and talented humanitarian,  Batmanghelidjh is a seriously formidable, dominant force, which is partly how she’s got things done. Am sure she’s far from an immaculate business strategist and accountant, but all things considered, so what? Watching how the media and government/civil service worked in tandem to post drugs/sex/financial smears across last week was head spinningly ugly and frightening. And it worked so well. Its pretty much done now.


Twinning, at the Kids Co march, Friday.

Interesting that Newsnight were instrumental in the take down. A now discredited and blunted outlet, which swerved covering The Jimmy Savile story in spineless judgement call, so now feel compelled to thrash out a story like this in heavy handed attention seeking way. Quite bad, the Katz crew. They took tweets from her interview and tucked CB up nicely. Horror of drugs in an inner city institution? One story of sexual abuse and violence going on in institutions with thousands of disturbed young people? No way! How can this be? One pal points out the prisons have bad drug/sex problems. Shut them perhaps? Another that if you took 600 middle class kids on holiday you’d have quite a few drug based incidents. The proportionality of the stats are warped but it doesnt matter. Its too late cos those hot little touchstones of wrongness have done their work. They stoned Batmanghelidjh with Tweets and sound bites from Newsnight and worse media institutions too. Public lyrical stoning, and the many of the public joined in, too, with zero conception* of what on earth it might be like on the front lines. Do these people think its like a quaint village hall somewhere, and that Kids Co gave out scones and pretty rosettes? Step from me. Regardless, it’s a massive shame. 

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Style content: wore these shorts by Orlebar Brown to Downing Street protest.

Hearing tweets and comments from people with no grasp of the envoirment they’re talking about made me angry. I glimpsed what the scene was  like at Kids Co when I did a bit of work on a style level with them some years ago. Met Jennifer Jane back then. Saw her later at the Run Dem Crew, too. She’s now a writer, but was a client of Kids Company. Read her essay about the situation here (click). Her story and take on this is pretty damn real. She went on to work for Kids Co too, never claiming Batmanghelidjh is a saint. But she does help explain that what C.B. set up was a church of care, love and warmth. Ask some people who’ve been helped by Kids Co, about it and perhaps get an idea of what factors are really involved. Kids Company helped where government organisations couldnt/didnt/wouldnt know how. Okay, they’re a bit off the radar sometimes, but that’s what exactly was required. You should have seen CB with the kids around her. Christmas was insane, when her and her crew would provide wrapped presents for countless deprived kids, and make them all feel special and wanted. A proper talent, a proper gift.


Print enthusiast, Camilla Batmanghelidjh.

Crying shame the way Camilla been pasted in the media. A couple of hundred people marched on Downing Street on Friday in support of Kids Co. Wasn’t really enough to show the magnitude of what Kids Co has done, but it was a bit of a knee-jerk thing. Saw George Lamb there, who’s got some strong ties to the gaff. Maybe this thing aint over yet, we’ve gotta see the truth about the good that C.B. did, even if theres some mad and bad stuff being bandied about pretty convincingly. Reckon she’ll be back. Been hearing information about why they switched on her so badly.


 Coming to your government gates, soon..

It’s out there already, but its thought that she knows some seriously de-stabilising stuff and has done for decades. A flood of new super-serious scandal about our government and agencies is gonna break soon, so maybe this is it. Am talking stuff thats gonna make the recent palava look like an upset tombola at another village fete. The government authorities are rife with wrong ‘ens, and most of them know it, but have to keep rank, stay stum. Stay tuned style crew. Lets hope for Kids Co Crew, too, and see what happens. Good luck Camilla. x

Stubbs out.

PS. For more style content, I teamed the shorts on Friday with white singlet from Sunspel. So there’s your Style, the rest is Error.

PPS. Been wondering if should call, this ‘THE KIDS ARE(N’T) ALRIGHT’. What do you fink?

Here’s a well reasoned piece from the Guardian at the weekend by Henry Porter (click) who actually knows what he’s chatting about on a care level. Read it, as he makes all the serious points about the money and reality of what happened. 



* to quote Keith Talent.