Friday 13th

Friday 13th

Dear Jonathan,

hope you are well!

Today is Friday 13th, not too long left till Christmas.

I am writing to introduce you to my believes & activities.

I am an activist supporting British craftsmanship and heritage.
I strongly believe that UK should invest more money & time in developing manufacturing resources in the country and not letting the heritage to die.
We should be proud of craftsmen in the country and give them opportunity to work.

I have developed a brand: FOXHUNT Menswear, to unite & give a chance for the talented knitters to work and express their abilities.

FOXHUNT Menswear- luxury bespoke & RTW knitwear exclusively
for men. Hand knitted in Britain using traditional knitting techniques & local materials. FOXHUNT garments are designed to last.
http://foxhuntshop.com/

Craftsmanship is art shaping our culture, please do not let it vanish.

Thanks for reading!

If you have any comments I would love to hear from you.


Kind Regards,

Julija Hunt
Founder & Director

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British Craftsmanship

Do you still remember the times when one used to have a few sets of clothing carefully tailored & maintained that would last for decades?

Clothing used to be your second skin clearly differentiating you from the others.

Now I feel that fashion made us all to loose our skins and put similar uniforms instead. Why do we listen? Why do we all want to be the same?

Consumerism made us to forget about the craftsmanship and formed rather a negative attitude towards it: ‘ this is just what my grandpa would care about’.

I believe that if we keep continuing to be ignorant to the fact that there is less and less skillful craftsmen left we will soon see their work in the museum behind the glass.

Lets bring it back! Lets make people to admire the craftsmanship again!

I simply do not want to see the British heritage vanishing.

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The Dandy Lab- Save British Craftsmanship!

The Dandy Lab- Save British Craftsmanship!

I just can not stand the fact that most of the heritage brands are vanishing with such a speed. It would be nice if The Dandy Lab manage to bring together similar-minded people and shape the attitude towards consumerism and high street retail domination.

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One Must Always Want to Contribute to ‘Human Spirit’

 

Yesterday I was working late in my office (lame Friday night) and I overheard a historian, David McCullough, on TV giving a speech about J. F. Kennedy. Here is the quote that got into my mind:

 

“…I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.” – John F. Kennedy

 

The reason I picked it up instantly because earlier that day I had a very similar thought:

 

 

A man in his life should aim to do something useful to society. Ignoring world around you and doing a meaningful monotonous job everyday makes you a boring and lazy person.

All the work I am doing now and aim to do in the future is to contribute to the society with something meaningful & not just to earn money.

 

 

At the end, I always thought  that not the money would bring me happiness but the fact that my work or thoughts have influenced  someone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to approach & work on a new Project?

Project is something that has not been done before therefore usually there is no ‘recipe’ how  to execute and deliver what you are aiming to.

The common things what you should consider before starting a new project are:

  1. The need and benefit of the project (why I should do it?)
  2. Aims and how to deliver them
  3. The costs
  4. Project environment and impacts on the others (by this I mean you should consider different environments: social, natural, technological, cultural, etc).
  5. Risks
  6. Who will do it/ project team

In Contracting Business there are three main areas of work distribution:

  1. Engineering ( product design & innovation)
  2. Procurement ( takes care of materials and services needed to successfully deliver the project)
  3. Construction ( planning, skilled workforce, plants, commissioning)

In every project the resources such as time, people and materials must be accurately managed. This involves short & long term planning, detailed descriptions of every task needed to be done.

Risk has to be evaluated in every step of the project. Every team member must realize the level of risks involved in each task and how it influences the next step.

Risk can be: financial, environmental, health & safety

Definition of a contract:

Contract is a commercial agreement between the purchaser and contractor.’

It is important to maintain good relationship between two parties to ensure the success of an agreement/ contract.

The Dandy Lab -Movement to Save British Craftsmanship & Cult of Gentleman

The Fact: There are only 150 British Men Lifestyle Brands left that are still producing goods in the UK. These brands represent heritage & craftsmanship of the whole country. Sadly, but this number is becoming smaller due to the constant pressure from the high street shops.

There is the whole new generation of people who have never seen a good quality piece of clothing or could not tell the difference between the high street and exclusively crafted products. 

It is painful to see how everything, what the UK was famous for, is now being lost. 

We want to educate people about the craftsmanship & show that it is not all about the fashion. What matter is the style & individuality!

-‘The Dandy Lab’

https://www.facebook.com/thedandylab

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Engineering

What is Engineering?

From the financial prospectives engineers could be regarded as people creating wealth. Engineering is everywhere around us. Most of the people do not realize the importance of it and usually especially in UK an engineer is considered to be ‘a guy who would fix your washing machine‘.

Only an engineer can turn the idea & concept into reality and make it work. Engineering thinking combines the knowledge of science and ability to adapt it in order to solve the real life problems. It can be any problem we encounter daily, from crossing the river to having a shower in the morning. Thanks to engineering, we have water in our house, we can travel from place A to place B & we have a roof above our heads.

”Our Engineers may be regarded in some measure as the makers of modern civilization”.- Samuel Smiles, Lives of the Engineers (1861)

Engineer’s Formula:

Engineering= Ingenuity + Innovation+ Entrepreneurship+ Team Work+ Health & Safety

An engineer must think about the environment in every decision he makes.

An engineer must consider financial benefits and business plan for every product he designs & delivers.

‘An Engineer is a guy who can do for half a dollar what any fool can do for a dollar’. Anon

Engineering is all about using the resources efficiently:

labour x power x materials x money x time

A human has unlimited wants and needs. An engineer works towards meeting those needs having limited resources.

Henry Poole & Co Interview

Henry Poole & Co is a bespoke tailoring company that has originally established the Savile Row in 1806.

I have made an interview with Henry Poole & Co about the company’s history and beuty of a bespoke suit.

An exclusive interview with founders of Savile Row: Henry Poole & Co

Brought together by Julija Hunt, FOXHUNT

Film & Direction Micaela Alcaino

Henry Poole & Co was established in 1806, 15 Savile Row, Mayfair, London.

In 1806 James Poole with his wife Mary started working as tailors stiching military tunics. 40 years later Jame’s son Henry Poole started working on the family business and managed to become a celebrity tailor. He started to serve Emperor Napoleon III, Queen Victoria, King Edward VII.

Savile Row in Maifair London is the last street in the city dedicated entirely to unique craft: male suit & elegance.

Henry Poole & Co was the first tailoring company to come to the row.

My Opinion:

I was amazed with their history and could not stop thinking if there ever going to be another clothing company that would have such an impact on not just the art & music & society but also on politics & country’s culture?

Even 200 years later they are doing the same, a bespoke & individual suit. They never tried to be fashionable because this is not what they sell. Everyone can sell fashion but not the style. This is why you should go to a craftsmen to get yourself a suit and not to buy one at the food shop.

I am not saying that only people on Savile Row could make you a nice jacket, there are a lot of skillful tailors in the city.

The point is, man’s clothing should be made FOR him.  You should not be walking around the shops and trying to fit in different suits made by children in Bangladesh.

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