Speedback GT

This is not a review, just my thoughts on a very good-looking car.

I like cars, and for me, the Speedback GT is one of the single most beautiful cars that I have ever seen.

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A 5.0-litre V8 (500BHP), the sixties inspired Speedback is something that I could see James Bond driving; but I doubt he would have the chance. At half a million pound (~$900,000AUD), and with only 100 being made, it’s not something that the average person will probably get to see in person, let alone drive or own; which is a shame, because it’s absolutely stunning.

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This isn’t a racing car. It has a top speed of 250k/h, and does 0-100km in a respectable 4.8 seconds, but it’s not for the track. This is the car you take on your leisurely afternoon drive along the British countryside, probably on your way to and from your summer estate.

Even if I could afford it however, and assuming one was available for me, I wouldn’t buy it. It’s beautiful, but for that price, I could buy an Aston Martin DB9 (or two), or a house; I’m just too practical to spend a not so small fortune on something just because it’s beautiful. Still, I wish I could drive it once, or twice.

 

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Kingsman Wardrobe on a (relative) Budget

After watching the advanced screening of Kingsman, I have been staring longingly at the wardrobe designed by Mr. Porter; nothing from which I can afford. So, here are some cheaper alternatives for those who want the Kingsman wardrobe, without a budget backed by a major spy organization. Here are some alternatives to the items by Mr.Porter.

The Shoes

Keeping with the spirit of the Kingsman, I’m going to try and keep the items either British-made, or British-designed; with that in mind, I’m going with shoes by Charles Tyrwhitt.

Black Cap Toe Oxfords  – $349

Black Heathcoat$350 is a reasonable price for a pair of British made, calf leather Oxfords; and you would expect them to last at least the average persons life-time; of course, as a spy, there are no guarantees on how long you, or your shoes will last. Unfortunately, there are no blades hidden in the toe.

If $350 is a bit too much, I recommend these, for $199; the leather’s not as good, and they are not made in Britain, still, I own a pair, and I like them.

Patent Leather Dress Shoes – $189

Patent Leather At some point in every spy’s life, he finds himself at a black-tie affair. Sure, the budget conscious can just shine up their regular Oxfords, but it’s really better to had a dedicated pair of patent leather Oxfords.

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Brown Oxford Boots – $350

Tan BootsMeermin is a spanish brand that I have literally just found, so I can’t vouch for the quality; I’s really hard to find good boots at a reasonable price. Still, they look good, and seem to be made from good quality leather, with rubber soles.Tan boots are incredibly versatile, something that every spy, and indeed, every gentleman, should be.

The Shirts

White Twill – $99 ($80)

White Twill

A white twill shirt is the most basic, and most versatile shirt a gentleman can own; Turnbull & Asser, as stocked by Mr. Porter, makes some of the best shirts in the world, but they run about $300 each. As regular readers will know, Charles Tyrwhitt is my go-to shirt brand. Because some shirts are likely to be damaged in your spy activities, I recommend buying two of each.

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Sky Blue Twill  – $99 ($80)

Sky Twill

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Pink End-On-End – $59 ($49.75)

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Marcella Dinner Shirt – $99 ($80)

Marcella

The Suits

Navy Suit – $499(USD)

Navy Suit

Black Lapel is an online made-to-measure tailor, that offers well-tailored garments, at a fraction of what they would cost at a tailor. If you don’t know, made-to-measure(MTM) means that the clothing is made to your measurements by altering a standard pattern, this will give you a greater fit than an off-the-rack suit, but it may not be as good as a fully bespoke suit. In the spirit of the Kingsman, I only wanted to recommend double-breasted suits, but they are pretty hard to come by at a reasonable price.

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Charcoal Suit – $499(USD)

Charcoal Suit

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Midnight Blue Double-Breasted Suit – $499(USD)

Navy Double

In my (somewhat) humble opinion, nothing says british gentleman better than a double-breasted suit. Unfortunately, they are rather hard to come by; fortunately, Black Lapel offers two double-breasted models, a solid midnight navy, and a navy windowpane; both make a wonderful addition to the wardrobe of the gentleman spy.

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Navy Windowpane Double-Breasted Suit – $699(USD)

Navy Windowpane Double

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Midnight Blue Dinner Suit – $529(USD)

Midnight Dinner Suit

There comes a point in every gentleman’s life when he is given the opportunity to attend a black tie event. Now, there’s nothing wrong with the traditional black, peaked lapel jacket, but every gentleman knows how to add a bit of colour and subtle flair to his outfit; a dark blue shawl lapel is the perfect way to do this.

Blazers

Brown Windowpane Blazer – $499(USD)

Windowpane Blazer

Every gentleman knows that there are some situations where a suit wouldn’t be appropriate; that’s where the humble blazer comes in. Pair either of these models with a pair of grey flannel trousers for a stylish, smart casual outfit.

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Navy Windowpane Blazer – $379(USD)

Blue Houndstooth Blazer

Trousers

Grey Flannel – $129

Grey Flannel

Grey flannel trousers are great because the look good, are durable, and match nearly everything; they can, unfortunately, be hard to come by. I recommend buying a couple of pairs.

Outerwear

Navy Chesterfield Coat – $419

Chesterfield Coat

Every gentleman needs a warm coat for the harsh british winter. The Chesterfield coat is perfect for wearing with your suit, and the pea coat is great for your more casual outfits.

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Navy Pea Coat – $369

Pea Coat

Knitwear

Grey Cardigan – $79

Cardigan

A grey cardigan is perfect for those cool days when you don’t need a suit, but still want to be warm. If a cardigan isn’t your style, switch it out for a charcoal v-neck. Better yet, get them both.

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Charcoal V-Neck Jumper – $69

Charcoal Jumper

Accessories

Ties

Green/Teal Plaid – $15

Green Plaid

Sure, you could pay $50 per tie, but the tie bar has a far wider range, at incredibly low prices; I’ve picked out some of the ties that are similar to the ones Mr. Porter has in the Kingsman wardrobe.

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Navy Faux Grenadine – $15

Navy Grenafaux

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Solid Grosgrain Bow – $15

Grosgrain Bow

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Midnight Navy, Light Blue Stripe – $15

Navy Light Stripe

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Speckled Navy – $15

Speckled Navy

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Burgundy Faux Grenadine – $15

Burgandy Faux Grenadine

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Chocolate Faux Grenadine – $15

Chocolate Grenadine

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Speckled Eggplant – $15

Speckled Eggplant

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Pocket Squares

Solid White Twill – $8

White Twill Pocket

The first pocket square every gentleman should own is the solid white twill. A white pocket square works with every outfit, and is the traditional gentlemen’s choice for black tie attire. A burgundy pocket square is a colourful alternative, and is equally acceptable for black tie. In addition to these two, a gentleman should have a range of coloured and patterned squares, for less formal occasions, and to compliment his many ties.

Solid Burgundy Twill – $8

Burgandy Twill Pocket

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Red Floral – $8

Red Floral Pocket

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Burgundy Rose Pattern – $8

Red Rose Pocket

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Cufflinks

Union Jack Cufflinks -$59

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Fleur-De-Lis Cufflinks – $59

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Burgundy and Rose Gold Bar Cufflinks – $59

Burgandy Rose Gold

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Mother of Pearl/Onyx Shirt Stud Set – $99

MOP Studs

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Mother of Pearl/Onyx Cufflinks – $99

MOP Links

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Watches

Invicta Pocket Watch – $156.20

Invicta Pocket

Invicta is my favorite brand for reasonably priced, good quality watches. They don’t match the quality of Bremont, and they don’t shoot poison darts, but they are all very good-looking pieces, that should be a part of a gentleman’s wardrobe.

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Invicta Vintage 13060 – $180

Invicta 13060

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Invicta Vintage 12212 – $80

Invicta 12212

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Invicta Vintage SS12223 – $62.72

Invicta 12223

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Sunglasses

Classic Folding Ray-Ban Wayfarer – $260

Rayban

They don’t have a camera, or the ability to show holograms, but they do fold up for easy storage. The classic wayfarer is my go-to frame, and depending on the style (round, square), they fit most face shapes.

Stationary

Moleskine Pocket Journal – $14

Moleskine

Every gentleman needs to be able to jot down notes on the go; whether it’s because of a great idea, or you need to keep track of someone’s activities.

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Cross Classic Century Fountain Pen – $110

Cross Fountain Pen

The gentleman’s pen of choice is the fountain pen, and while it doesn’t contain a remote activated toxin, it still looks good.

Umbrella

Black Walking Umbrella – $65

Walking Umbrella

Every gentleman should carry an umbrella, on the off-chance that it might rain; and while it isn’t bulletproof, or function as a shotgun, it can still be used in self-defence, should the need arise. Just pretend it’s a sword, like I do.