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WHO IS THE JOURNEYMAN?

08.08.13

This season, our menswear design team has taken a refined, sophisticated approach to the collection. Focusing on creating pieces that are timeless instead of trend-driven, our AW13 collection is personified by a well-travelled character: The Journeyman. So who exactly is The Journeyman? Well, according to our design team, anyone can be a 'Journeyman'. So instead of talking about the character as a single person, we thought we'd take a look at what any man with a thirst for adventure could watch, read, listen to and wear when on the road...

Concerned more with the journey itself than the destination, a Journeyman leaves a kaleidoscope of experiences in his wake. This free-living approach to life allows for him to better understand who he is and trespass the boundaries that have been set for him.

To watch: Big Easy Express

This film is the very definition of what a Journeyman's life should be like. Music, great company and lots of time spent on the road...

Three bands, six cities, one train and thousands of miles of track. These are the ingredients that make the Big Easy Express such a heart-warming film. Documenting a cinematic musical journey, filmmaker Emmet Malloy captures the journey of indie folk heroes Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Tennessee's Old Crow Medicine Show and Britain's acclaimed Mumford & Sons as they head from California to New Orleans on a beautiful vintage train. Pure magic.

To read: On the road by Jack Kerouac

It seems like an obvious choice, but how can a man go on an epic journey without reading this iconic classic?

Based on American writer Jack Kerouac's experiences travelling across America with his friends, On the Road is a coming-of-age story which truly embodies the entire Beat generation. From jazz and poetry to the open road, Kerouac's life changing book still has huge influence over youth culture today; proven with the recent film adaption starring Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart. Without a doubt, a must-read for every Journeyman out there.

To listen to: Cookin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet by Miles Davis Quintet

Even if it's just to kick back and pretend you're Jack Kerouac on the road in the 1950s, we'd recommend the record Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet on your next journey. Jazz music and travelling come hand in hand, which is what makes this album a go-to for every Journeyman.

Recorded in 1956 by the Miles David Quintet, Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet is an uplifting record which is part of a jaw-dropping series. If you're taking an extra long trip, be sure to take Chronicle: The Complete Prestige Recordings, 1951-1956. You will not be disappointed.

To wear: Of course, once you've sorted your playlist and what you're going to read on the road; the next thing to consider is your outfit. Our latest menswear feature has some fantastic inspiration for this, focusing on stylish yet durable pieces that will be perfect to pack up and take with you. Here's one of the looks from our Journeyman feature: Alfie knitted blazer, Heston knit, Bless t-shirt, April briefcase, Sawboss holdall, Vincent beltBert trousers.