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WHAT’S IN THE BAG? BUCKETS & SPADES

17.04.14

To tie in with our SS14 menswear collection’s spirit of travel and leisure, throughout the season we’ll be asking key menswear bloggers how they pack for their holidays.

To that end we asked Matthew Pike (aka the blogger behind Buckets & Spades) how he’d fill our Channing 24 Hour Holdall.

Read on to find out how Matthew ensures that he stays practical and stylish while on the move.

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Where in the world is your dream destination?

I’m very keen to continue my exploration of America, as I’ve only just started to scratch the surface. Last year I visited Savannah, GA, which was one of the most fascinating places I’ve ever been to. I’d love to visit Japan, to experience a totally different culture to what I have been used to. Their enthusiasm for life, attitude towards innovations, street culture and traditions are something that really interests me very much. I would also love to visit Iceland, Belgium, China and Russia.

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How do you go about packing your bag?

My first rule is only take what you need. I start with deciding what items of clothing to take, making sure each item works with the others, so there’s no wasted space. I pack shoes first, placing socks and underwear neatly inside them, next packing electrical and other bits around them. All my clothing is neatly folded (the roll technique doesn’t work for me), and siting on top of them is books and magazines, which keeps things secure. I make sure my washbag is in a separate compartment, to avoid any leaking issues. I never pack without “portable snacks” too, and I’m perpetually hungry. Nuts and dried fruit are always in there, as well as my gym kit, just in case.

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On my next holiday I’ll be wearing…

Short sleeve pastel colour shirts, stripe t-shirts, soft cotton chino shorts, Ray-Ban Wayfarers and Nike or Jack Purcell trainers. Classic cargo shorts are something I’ve gotten into recently too, they’re practical with all their pockets but can work well with a plain t-shirt or short sleeve shirt. They were my go-to shorts last year, and they’re great for storing a digital camera in! I’ve got a shaved head so hats are important too, this year my choice of hat will be either a bucket hat or a soft cotton baseball cap.

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I’d describe my holiday style as…

A mixture of simple street and sportswear I think would describe it quite well. It’s always hard to define these things, but when I’m on holiday I tend to dress for comfort without shying away from colour. Not necessarily bright colours, but rather mixing patterns and textures with classic tailored pieces; for example I’d pair a short sleeved Oxford shirt with camouflage shorts. I try to wear outfits that I can wear all day, without having to smarten up at night time. A button-down shirt, shorts and trainers is my ideal ensemble. The shorts need to have room for my camera, as I’m never without one.

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See our previous entry in our What’s In The Bag series featuring Jeffrey Herrero.

Photography by Hollie Reid