It’s a rarity (a first maybe?) but yes I’m writing about a menswear brand, I’m suprised I don’t do it more often considering I love whats happening in mens fashion at the moment. The clothing and contemporary lifestyle brand, Fourth & Main, make exquisite classic but versatile pieces, with hints of English and East Coast preppiness. However, I’m not actually going to write about their clothing now, but instead their journal.
I came across the Fourth & Main journal at work (incase you’ve ever wondered what my day job is *you probably haven’t* it sometimes involves coming up with ideas for branded content) and whilst I’ve seen lots of papers and magazines for fashion brands, this one just seemed to take it a step further, and not only because it looks more like a book than a Sunday rag insert.
The 125 page journal focuses on emerging talent in art, film, music, photography and journalism, creating compelling stories that you want to read rather than just dedicating it to pictures of their clothes, which have their own little section, The Collection. Although saying that, from what I’ve seen, the photography is pretty spectacular. Now I just need to get my hands on a paper copy!
Oh wowz, I appear to have come over all ladylike. Ok, maybe that is a slight exaggeration, but I’ve recently found my footwear interests turning to sensible height court shoes, as opposed to either flat loafers or skyscraper heels. I think it goes back to last weekend, when a mix of A LOT of cheap alcohol, an inviting looking stage and standard 6 inch platforms saw me nearly break my ankle several times in one night. This made me forgo mahoooosive heels for my graduation two days later in favour of 3 inch black courts, for fear of falling on my face on stage.
I have since dug out the courts I have purchased over the past year, and to be honest haven’t worn, to try and mix in with my AW wardrobe. Yes, they do look pretty cute paired with a fur coat and wool tights. Yes, they do make high waisted skinny jeans dressier when I’m going out from work. And yes, the chances of breaking my neck/ankle/dignity are significantly lowered. BUT, they’re really not that comfortable, the lack of cushioning and pointy toes manage to kill my feet off by the end of the day, which is the main reason I avoided them in the past, and they don’t do any particlar wonders for the derriere either.
Will I still wear them despite the pain? Whilst I’m going through this little ladylike shoe phase, yes. Here are a few high street pairs I’ve been eyeing up…
Dotty Bow Court Topshop £60
Green Triangle Heel Court New Look £25
Dries Van Noten Look-a-likes-at-less-than-half-the-price Kurt Geiger £120
Plain Purple Suede Court Office £58
Black Glittery Court Dorothy Perkins £32
Being constantly poor sucks, doesn’t it? Ok, I don’t live in poverty, but there are a lot of beautiful, often shiny, things that I NEED in my life, and I haven’t recently found the time to rob a bank. But it’s doesn’t hurt to look, long for or lust after these perfect garments does it? It doesn’t matter that my heart breaks a little bit when I know I will never own them does it? Alright, I’m actually a little bit in love with these clothes, so I’m going to start putting together a little Christmas list and hope that santa is feeling seriously generous this year…
I usually try and give a whole lot of info on the brands I post about, but that’s proving a little difficult with The Ragged Priest, so I’ll tell you what I know.
a) I’ve been stalking their reworked vintage pieces on eBay for agesss
b) I just found out they had a website too, and they’re stocked at Topshop
c) There is no way to describe their knitwear other than absolutely BEAUTIFUL
d) I’m pretty sure they’re from Essex
e) Their blog is pretty good too
Hmmm, five facts, that wasn’t too bad. Here are some of the lookbook pics I’ve been lusting over…
I’ve said it 50 billion times, but I have loved Stolen Girlfriends Club for a long time now. Unfortunately access to their clothes has been purely down to how the buyers of UK boutiques and online retailers are feeling that season. But finally, THEY ARE GOING ONLINE and shipping to the UK, so get Friday 4th November in your calender kids! Starting with a large range of their current collection “The Big Comedown Collection” with future seasons to follow, be prepared to start filling your wardrobe with some gosh damn beautiful clothes that aren’t going to be easy to find else where.