Meet Matthew Spade, a freelance content creator who’s blogs about the lifestyle industry at Buckets & Spades. He started the website in 2008. He share his thoughts on design, fashion, and lifestyle.
With a keen eye for detail, the blog is a heady mix of design, architecture, style, and his selection of the best food and drink from around the world. We met him during a photoshoot in London to learn more about him and his passion for menswear. Matthew is dressed in Yogi Footwear Caden all around.
All of our content is written by us. There are three regular writers including myself who all have different states and outlooks but share a common goal of making comments. We use both our own photos and still life, campaign, and press images from brands and photographers. Normally I check everything but there are times when I ask my partner to do so. I’m a writer but I also have learning difficulties, so mistakes are inevitable.
Personal Style Of Metthew Spade
At the moment everything is very relaxed with a lots of neutral colors, khaki, navy, and beige. Everything I buy has a practical and utilitarian bent with fabrics and details in mind (got to have loads of pockets). There’s also a nice reference to classic Americana which seems to tie everything together nicely. Slight streetwear, classic menswear, modern details. I have no idea how to describe my style in a sentence without rambling.
Who is your intended audience?
We have a specific target audience for our blog, but we find out our readers are 18 to 60. Anyone interested in men’s fashion, independent businesses, graphic design, illustration, packaging and branding, design, and fashion stories with a little more substance should check us out.
What is the most expensive piece of clothing you’ve ever purchased?
In 2016, I purchased an indigo-dyed Noragi jacket in Japan. It has a lovely mother of pearl button at the front and fits me perfectly. They appear to be gaining popularity at the moment. The conversion rate was around £200, which isn’t a bad sum for something unusual.
How personality, individuality, and discovering more about yourself can make everyday dressing easier
1. Confidence Build
2. Don’t be afraid to try new things.
3. Understand your go-to staples.
4. Extend your horizons.
5. Don’t go along with the crowd.
Where do you get your ideas?
Mostly through visually appealing websites, blogs, and magazines. However, I am also influenced by ordinary people, everyday life, and our surroundings.
Who are your fashion icons?
I’ve always enjoyed looking back at the guys around in the 1950s, the teens in their modern garb, and the slightly older guys. I don’t think there’s one person I could point to and say, yeah, here’s the man. It’s more people on the street, guys who aren’t influenced by trends you see while traveling, and people who have something cool going on in stores and coffee shops.
Because of his loose timeless style, love of pattern, and the way he holds himself Kramer from Seinfeld could be the bonus icon. Just a great guy!
What You’ll be wearing this season?
Here’s what I’m wearing:
Oliver Spencer Cuban color relaxed short sleeve shirt
Countless lightweight navy jackets
Arket straight work trousers, cut off
Ecru socks of some kind
Sunglasses by Moscot
I think I’ll look for more seersucker and linen pieces that don’t require ironing.
Is there any message for Upfluence?
Follow your passions, no matter how obscure, unusual or boring they may appear to others. Because they are your interests keep them private.