Great update! Lots of nice things there; I must say I've been considering both the Baltic and Loriers - I really love the style of them both. Of that bunch though I'd say the San Martin is a great buy: they're really well-made and even have a retro size.
I just saw this nicer photo of it on Reddit:
It's not a posh watch and no-one will mistake it for a Sub, but it's quite handsome for a cheapie.
Morning all! @The Red Kind Thanks! The party was a big success!
@emtiem That does look sharp! Hard to judge sometimes when I'm basing everything on website product shots.
New Post: a non-Bond topic. Exploring the style of the Icons from the Golden Age of Hollywood, with alternatives for some of their most classic pieces:
So lots of Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Errol Flynn, etc. This the first post in a series I want to do, with the next them being Riviera Style in the 1960s and then the Cowboys and Rebels of Hollywood. Love to hear what you guys think!
Have a great Sunday, gang!
Great stuff! This sort of thing may well come in handy when it gets to Goodwood Revival season - it's always good to have some period dress tips for that!
@emtiem I've never heard of Goodwood Revival, looks like a blast! Hope you go and have fun (and share pics!).
New post: I'm starting a new series called Summer of Adventure and kicking it off with Sailing
The idea is to create a series of practical guides to help us beginners get started with some Bond worthy experiences. So I also want to cover rock climbing, scuba diving, wine tasting and golf. I'll be talking with experts in each activity to get the best advice and insights. I figured we have all this Bond clothing, we might as well get out there and use it doing Bond stuff! 😎
Love to know your thoughts and if you have any ideas for other activities. Emtiem already has me thinking about car racing 😁
Great idea John. I am interested in all of those.
Just a few other thoughts;
Whisky and Brandy
Great ones! I had some of those on the Wish List for the fall and winter. But parkour and self defense are interesting!
So back in January, I approached an American company called What Price Glory who specialise in fabricating military garments, particularly from the World War 2 era.
They had an authentic UK Commando Sweater in the colour olive that matched the N.Peal NTTD Commando sweater (see attached). In discussion with the company, I managed to persuade them that making a navy blue alternative was a worthwhile business model - even if it wasn't strictly accurate with the time period. I'm pleased to say they have delivered on their commitment; their 'professional' take on the UK commando sweater in navy blue is now online and is by far the best garment alternative around. Although it may not be at the forefront of our minds during the middle of the summer season, the 100% wool garment is bound to sell out expeditiously.
You are all very welcome
@RonBerry That looks great! But if you're still in contact with them, I would strongly recommend that they remove the mention of Bond in the product sub-title. Apparently some people have been having issues when they promote a non-Eon endorses product with the character. And I'd hate to see them run into any trouble since they're offering a solid (and very traditional) product at a fair price.
I'll include it in an upcoming post with credit to you for the work!
How about this from our reliable friends at Mango for Orlebar Brown Octopussy Jacket?
Has everyone seen the behind the scenes shots of Knives Out 2? Looks a lot like some of the looks just featured in John’s “the golden age of Hollywood” might be fun to pick that look apart while we wait for the bond release. Would love to know the shades and love the pink, linen cocktail cuff.
Nice work Ron. That woolypully looks like a good alternative.
That looks a terrific job, well done.
Oh yes Goodwood is amazing: something tells me you'd love it! :)
Thanks John @canoe2 ,
I've spoken with their team and they are going to revise the name to exclude James Bond.
It's 4th of July Weekend in the US, so there are a number of sales going on.
Billy Reid has 25% off clearance items with code EXTRA25
East Dane has 25% off with code SUMMER
And if anyone is interested in the O'Neill Bamboo Shirt as an alternative to the DAD Brioni Havana Shirt use the code SUMMER25
canoe2, you've pulled your old CR Armani alternatives. I'm sure the links were outdated. But I seem to remember that there was a leather jacket manufacturer from the UK that wasn't Wested (wasn't in the replica business at all but simply had a passable alternative). Do you recall the name?
Hey! Sorry, just heading back from a 5 day road trip with the family. Yes, I removed that post because it was way out of date. Give me until tomorrow and I'll check the back up to see if I can find the name of the company.
Cheers and happy 4th to those of you in the U.S.!
Hey Cheverian, this is what the Wayback Machine internet archive is for! Is this the info you're looking for? https://web.archive.org/web/20190121220314/http://www.iconicalternatives.com/2016/05/03/casino-royale-armani-leather-jacket
@kristopherm3 Wow that was a blast from the past! I didn't even think IA was big enough to get stored in the Wayback Machine 😂 Anyway, thanks for doing that and I hope that gave you the info you wanted @Cheverian
New post: alternatives for the Lazenby/Moore/Dalton era Rolex watches
Hopefully I got all the details right. But if one of you watch experts sees anything I screwed up, please let me know and I'll fix it (with credit to you for catching my incompetence!)
Lovely choices! I've not seen that WMT before, I agree that value-wise it doesn't make a huge amount of sense but I think it's one of the more handsome ones there. And the branding is actually very pleasant, unlike a lot of homage houses. No idea what their quality is like though.
Yes, there are some nice ones out there right now. I agree on that WMT. Nice looks, but I just don't know what the extra cash gets you. So many of these micro-brands screw up on the logo. The Pablo looks like great bang for the buck on paper. But a first-time watch from a new company? I don't know if I'd risk it. If I was buying, I think I'd go with one of the Steinhart Oceans. Good specs, decent price and the company is pretty ethical and has been in the market for a while. Here's a good review of the watch from this year (very honest):
Yes they are supposed to be good (although the conclusion of that review is rather mean-spirited and snobbish). Again, San Martin do a very well-regarded submariner homage (not the one I posted above), although perhaps not to the model numbers you're looking at here.
@emtiem I agree with you about the end of that review. Definitely had a tone of, "well, if you have to buy a cheap watch ...". But I did appreciate that there was a decent amount of honest information in it.
If anyone feels like taking some time off from watching the match, preparing to watch the match or recovering from watching the match (😁) there's a new post on IA. 4 Favorite Bond Looks with Jake Gerba!
Jake is a really talented bass player, movie lover, super creative and one of the nicest guys I know. If you haven't seen his videos on IG, I strongly recommend checking them out. They always put a smile on my face at a minimum. He shared his favorite Bond looks with me and then I tried to recreate them using affordable alternatives.
I also have to include this video Jake did for the post:
Enjoy your Sunday, everyone!
Time for a new Best Budget Style Finds
@RonBerry I included the WPG commando sweater with credit to you for making it happen! Also, there's a solid option for Bond's CR La Perlas from a company called D'Amont. They are offering IA readers a 20% discount on the price (the swim trunks are on the expensive side). I'm not getting paid to promote them or anything like that, but I thought it was nice of them to give us a bit of a break.
Morning all! New post is up in the Summer of Adventure series: How to learn to SCUBA Dive!
The guy I spoke with, Ryan Hoffman of SCUBA Network, is also offering us a 20% discount on the e-learning component of the Open Water course, which is pretty nice! Next post I have planned in this series is on rock climbing. And this weekend I'll have the next post in the Summer Style Icons series on Riviera style in the 60s, so that should be fun!
Happy Sunday! Well, a small technical melt down erased half of this morning's post. So I woke up at 4:30 to basically re-write 50% of it. And here it is: the next entry in our Summer Style Icons series looking at Riviera Style in the 60s and 70s
I'm gonna head outside away from my computer for the rest of day. Good chance I'll throw it across the room if another glitch happens. Cheers!
I was glad to see you taking inspiration from Delon: definitely a huge style icon.
Oh yeah! Delon definitely proved that style is 90% attitude. I've been wanting to explore other style icons for a while so it's been fun digging in and researching all these. I'm looking forward to doing the next one on Hollywood cowboys and rebels. Should be some interesting finds!
Another great article John. It was the golden era of style. I'm very happy to see such a resurgence and return to this style in recent years.