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This Day in History by Done By Saturday
Done By Saturday is my favourite Instagram account at the moment. This one is slightly different from what we usually see – it isn't travel wanderlust, it isn't the latest sneaker releases, isn't "a minimal lifestyle", and it's far from any kind of food porn.
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Best of Packaging | Noble Ray Brewing Co.
I think Mat knows more about packaging design than anyone else I know. He's not that into the technical aspect of packaging - he probably could tell you what type of card a box is made from, but maybe not how many folds there are in a tetra pack - it's mainly the design, shape, ...
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Reasons to Stay at citizenM Tower Hill, London
This Summer has mostly included myself + Hollie trying our best to arrange our Las Vegas wedding (true, it's mainly been Hollie doing all the hard work), house viewings and hours spent with our heads in financial spreadsheets. With a big wedding comes a new suit, and I've been meaning to take a ...
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Circular Hip Flasks by Areaware
Something tells me that these ceramic Circular Hip Flasks by Areaware aren't one of their more popular items, but they sure are cool looking. The intriguing shape has been inspired by a small ring-shaped Pennsylvanian hip flask, more commonly found in the 19th century.
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Store Visit | Albam, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden
Henrietta Street, in the centre of Covent Garden, has slowly turned into one of the best places to shop for menswear in London. It was only a couple of years ago the street was packed with tired looking restaurants, cafes and unused units, but if you take a wander down the street in 2016 picture ...
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Behind The Design Series | Paulin Watches
For me, one of the most satisfying things that has come from writing this blog is being able to meet the people behind the designs. The last few years have been a great time to be a supporter of British design; not only have independent craftspeople and makers weaved their way into our everyday ...
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This Day in History by Done By Saturday
D one By Saturday is my favourite Instagram account at the moment. This one is slightly different from what we usually see – it isn't travel wanderlust, it isn't the latest sneaker releases, isn't "a minimal lifestyle", and it's far from any kind of food po...
Done By Saturday is my favourite Instagram account at the moment. This one is slightly different from what we usually see – it isn't travel wanderlust, it isn't the latest sneaker releases, isn't "a minimal lifestyle", and it's far from any kind of food porn.
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Best of Packaging | Noble Ray Brewing Co.
I think Mat knows more about packaging design than anyone else I know. He's not that into the technical aspect of packaging - he probably could tell you what type of card a box is made from, but maybe not how many folds there are in a tetra pack - it's main...
I think Mat knows more about packaging design than anyone else I know. He's not that into the technical aspect of packaging - he probably could tell you what type of card a box is made from, but maybe not how many folds there are in a tetra pack - it's mainly the design, shape, ...
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Reasons to Stay at citizenM Tower Hill, London
citizenM Tower Hill, London T his Summer has mostly included myself + Hollie trying our best to arrange our Las Vegas wedding (true, it's mainly been Hollie doing all the hard work), house viewings and hours spent with our heads in financial spreadsheets.  ...
This Summer has mostly included myself + Hollie trying our best to arrange our Las Vegas wedding (true, it's mainly been Hollie doing all the hard work), house viewings and hours spent with our heads in financial spreadsheets. With a big wedding comes a new suit, and I've been meaning to take a ...
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Circular Hip Flasks by Areaware
S omething tells me that these ceramic Circular Hip Flasks by Areaware aren't one of their more popular items, but they sure are cool looking. The intriguing shape has been inspired by a small ring-shaped Pennsylvanian hip flask, more commonly found in the ...
Something tells me that these ceramic Circular Hip Flasks by Areaware aren't one of their more popular items, but they sure are cool looking. The intriguing shape has been inspired by a small ring-shaped Pennsylvanian hip flask, more commonly found in the 19th century.
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Store Visit | Albam, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden
Albam Clothing - Covent Garden, London H enrietta Street, in the centre of Covent Garden, has slowly turned into one of the best places to shop for menswear in London. It was only a couple of years ago the street was packed with tired looking restaurants, c...
Henrietta Street, in the centre of Covent Garden, has slowly turned into one of the best places to shop for menswear in London. It was only a couple of years ago the street was packed with tired looking restaurants, cafes and unused units, but if you take a wander down the street in 2016 picture ...
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Behind The Design Series | Paulin Watches
 Eleanor Paulin, Designer at Paulin Watches  F or me, one of the most satisfying things that has come from writing this blog is being able to meet the people behind the designs . The last few years have been a great time to be a supporter of British design;...
For me, one of the most satisfying things that has come from writing this blog is being able to meet the people behind the designs. The last few years have been a great time to be a supporter of British design; not only have independent craftspeople and makers weaved their way into our everyday ...
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Writer of Buckets & Spades - Fashion, Design & Lifestyle Blog
Introduction
Buckets and Spades is a Fashion, Design & Lifestyle blog by Matthew Pike.

Covering men's fashion, style, graphic & packaging design, photography, art and anything else that interests me.

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Featured in Susie Bubble's book - Style Feed: The World's Top Fashion Blogs
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Lancashire, United Kingdom
Previously
Stoke Newington, London, United Kingdom
Matthew Pike's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
Making my Nike iDs
heavydenim.blogspot.com

I've been lucky recently, to say the least. About a year ago, I owned a single pair of Nikes (Nike Free 5.0 in black, if you're asking). Now

Buckets & Spades - Men's Fashion, Design and Lifestyle Blog: The...
www.bucketsandspadesblog.com

With Liverpool being a city close to my heart, I was very pleased to hear that my friends at IDMC° (Independent Map Company) are about to re

Google Lat Long: A new way to navigate the streets of Google Maps
google-latlong.blogspot.com

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 8:36 AM. Over the years, we've updated Google Maps to make it more accurate, comprehensive and useful. From image

Universal Works x Walsh: City Runner Project
heavydenim.blogspot.com

Bolton. Not a town you'd associated with trainers. More likely Peter Kay, Championship football, and a town gradually being swallowed by Man

Ben's Cookies | That perfect post-lunch boost
heavydenim.blogspot.com

Okay, it's an odd one for a blog with this title, but sometimes you have to shout about those things that fall outside of the editorial remi

Buckets & Spades - Men's Fashion, Design and Lifestyle Blog: Wha...
www.bucketsandspadesblog.com

I'm not one to shy away from the fact that I'm not gifted in the technical department when it comes to photography. But what I lack in skill

Buckets & Spades - Men's Fashion, Design and Lifestyle Blog: UNI...
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I've been itching to share this one with you for what feels like ages! I do love travelling - it's a huge plus of working as a freelancer -

Geek Hour | Dancing with Gorbachov: In pursuit of graphics
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Homer: 'How can you love a box or a toy or graphics? You're a grown man.' - The Simpsons, 4F11: Homer's Phobia When I went back home for Chr

Barbour x Deus-Ex Machina | Menswear meets motocycles
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2014 was a year of collaborations for Barbour - they turned the level up to the max, picking to work with some straight-up menswear brands a

Buckets & Spades - Men's Fashion, Design and Lifestyle Blog: Exp...
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Getting my pose on with Natural Selection in London last week. And that my friends, is about the most "fashion" thing I've ever said. I firs

Buckets & Spades - Men's Fashion, Design and Lifestyle Blog: ASA...
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Cast your minds back to just before Christmas and you may remember me mentioning that I'd been challenged by ASAP54 to pick an outfit out, b

Sperry Top-Sider + Band Of Outsiders | Made in...does it matter?
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A tale I may have misheard from a dusty lecture hall many years ago features the words, ‘Made in Germany’. We’re talking history here…but I’

Men’s Grooming | The Bearded Man Co.
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Beard oil. Is it something I ever thought I need? No. Is it something I ever wanted? Not really. Is it something I like now I have some? Def

Keeping Fit | Original Penguin: Vintage Gym Collection
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I do love me some gym gear. Even my first post for Buckets and Spades, all those twelve months ago, was on a selection of clothes for the gy

Store Visit | Percival, London
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Any time I visit London, my “downtime" blurs into my “uptime” (is that a word?). It seems like it’s a done-deal now that Nik and I will no d

Buckets & Spades - Men's Fashion, Design and Lifestyle Blog: Shi...
www.bucketsandspadesblog.com

By nature I'm a curious person, and with that comes thousands of bookmarked pages from years of having access to the internet. As a self-con

Buckets & Spades - Men's Fashion, Design and Lifestyle Blog: Har...
www.bucketsandspadesblog.com

With Harry Stedman being no strangers to old blog Buckets (see here + here), I was chuffed to hear the team were planning a visit to my home

Buckets & Spades - Men's Fashion, Design and Lifestyle Blog: ASA...
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I've always been interested in how + why things are made (you can read more about my thoughts on this subject here). Maybe it started with L

Garconjon: Drakes Lookbook AW14
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The past few months have been a whirlwind. If you've been following my Instagram you'll see I've been hopping across Europe, shooting a bunc

The Merging Tide Of Marketing & Technology | LinkedIn
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“The future does not fit in the containers of the past” I urge you to just think about that fantastic quote DigitasLBI & Razorfish Chairman

We stumbled in without recommendation. The food was a welcome, very different from all the other places we ate in central Tokyo. Clean, smart and lovely staff.
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reviewed 3 months ago
One of my favourite stores in the area. Well considered, high quality outdoor inspired clothing. Quite high priced but the quality feels very high.
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reviewed 3 months ago
Well worth a detour if you're in the area. Small but perfectly designed modern coffee and tea shop. Had a great chat with the owners and start, they even showed us around the area!
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Really lovely store, massive too! Great brand mix and a nice small coffee shop at the front.
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Great layout, friendly staff and well considered stock. Americana addicts
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Perfect coffee hang in the centre of Harajuku. Great, friendly staff, sweet coffee and a generally very comfortable environment. Grad a seat on the outside step
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Lovely little coffee hang just on the outskirts of central Shibuya
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