Journal

  • On Handkerchiefs and Pocketsquares

    Note the name: for it signifies something that is to be handled. This brings us to the principle that the arrangement of the hank/pocketsquare in the breast pocket must be done in such a way that that it gives the appearance of being there for use, and not decoration, although this latter function is fundamentally important if you are in favor of 'peacocking' (always an opinion at weddings, if one should need such an excuse). Any use of a second handkerchief other than that of display is a gesture inelegant in the extreme (although, I do not deter you from...

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  • The Mamnick Kitemark

    The original UK Kitemark is a product and service quality certification which is owned and operated by The British Standards Institution (BSI Group).    The Kitemark has most frequently been used to identify products where safety is paramount which is why you won't find a kitemark on cycling helmets but you will on motorbike helmets. The Kitemark was originally conceived in 1903 as a symbol to identify products manufactured to meet British Standards' specifications. It indicates that the product has been independently tested by the BSI. It is not the same as the CE marking (Communaute Europeenne) which signifies that a product complies with...

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  • On Collaborations & Conversations

    I've always enjoyed a good conversation, in fact, I value it over most things. Having your ideas challenged, listening to others about subjects you know little about and asking (sometimes awkward) questions have always been part of my character. I've got a very inquisitive nature and I find conversations are a fun way of educating myself, challenging my own (and others) opinions and most importantly - having a laugh! I like to think most of my friends like that about me (as frustrating as I can sometimes be).  When I started Mamnick just over four years ago, I wanted this 'love of conversation' to...

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  • MNK & BF - The collaboration and the product

    Today, we proudly launch our first full sunglasses frame in collaboration with Banton Frameworks, UK.  Each frame has been carefully handmade in their studio workshop sporting customary Banton Frameworks components; Robust stainless steel rivets permanently fasten 5 barrel stainless steel hinges resulting in a timeless and sturdy feel. Titanium nose pads poise the frame perfectly on your nose without the frame edge resting on your face. Curved ‘hockey-end’ temples curl effortlessly behind the ear, offering a secure and comfortable fit. Due to the varying transparency of the Amber acetate, the solid brass temple core inside the temples is visible both inside and...

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  • MNK x BF - Design Process

    After first identifying a synergy between Mamnick and Banton Frameworks, I approached them any proposed the idea of producing a limited pair of sunglasses manufactured in their workshop near Glasgow. After numerous conversations via email and phone, the dimensional drawings (seen below) outline their very first ‘full acetate frame’ which I am happy Mamnick can be a part of. Produced from premium acetate, the cotton based bio-polymer is sourced from a globally renowned Italian supplier. The tones of the acetate are warm with hints of orange and red. During design development the acetate board produced an amber glow across the...

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  • Mamnick x Banton Frameworks

    After long and overdue input on this journal, it gives me great pleasure to announce a collaboration with Scottish based brand Banton Frameworks.  As part of our collaboration we have created a full acetate sunglasses frame. Produced completely in the BF workshop, just outside Glasgow. The combination of precision processes and handmade craftsmanship were used to create this bespoke design, created under Mamnick’s mantra of  doing ”One thing at a time, as beautiful as possible”. These frames will come with sun lenses included within the pre-order price of £190.00. We are also able to offer prescription sun lenses or prescription...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - Tom Newton

    Known in the cycling world as Crosby, Tom Newton was an elite and international rider in the late 1990’s in to the 2000’s, he rose rapidly through the junior ranks and quickly progressed on to the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) now British Cycling’s academy. He competed in many pro and u23 international races throughout the world but called time on life as a full time athlete aged 22 after a measly manner of existence on the French circuit. He now lives in Sheffield with his Wife, Jo and daughter Annabelle. It is here he rediscovered his love for the...

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  • Not So Local Riders Q&A - Carlos Verona

    Carlos Verona is a Spanish cyclist who currently rides for Etixx-Quick Step. Whilst on holiday in Lucca, Italy, my good friend Bruno Schooling managed to ride with Carlos and persuade him to answer the Mamnick local riders questions. His answers are below. Big thanks to Carlos (and Bruno) for his time and co-operation and Etixx-Quick Step for providing images.  As a racing cyclist, which results are you most proud of and why? At the moment I have limited myself to work for others so I have not had so many chances to ride for myself and get results. If I have...

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  • In Conversation with Camille McMillan

    I first came across the work of Camille McMillan when I saw Le Metier, the book of ex-Team Sky rider Michael Barry. A full season in the world of a pro-cyclist. The images stood out to me, as it wasn’t your usual ‘sports photography’. How the pro’s prepare, behind the scenes images, have always interested me. It's as close as some will get to being on the 'inside' of the sport and images of this ilk I've always found interesting and inspiring.  There was something different about the details and aura of the images that Camille captures that were different to what...

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  • Our Makers // Pat Helliwell

    I feel proud that the majority of the Mamnick Inventory is made in England. It allows me to share stories like this about the people we work with. The Hibell and Ecton shoes are made in a small family-run factory in Derbyshire, a forty minute bike-ride from my home in Sheffield. The 'closing' lady's name is Pat Helliwell and she has been working there for over 50 years, only having a break from the boot factory when she had her family. Pat has lived in the village all her life. Closing boot uppers is the traditional process of sewing the individual leather pieces together to form the upper....

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