John Lewis’ Edition Magazine

So, who else stumbled across the John Lewis ‘Edition’ magazine and didn’t tell me? I was mooching around the John Lewis store at Manchester Trafford Centre a while back, buying a memory foam pillow if you must know.  (It’s an amazing pillow that supports my neck and doubles as the perfect weapon in a pillow fight. Like being knocked out by a car door.)
Anyway, I was paying for said pillow/weapon and I saw this. I picked it up dutifully and popped it in my bag. It wasn’t until I got home and the Boyf was flicking through it that we realised it was actually rather good!
It looks like a real magazine. You know, rather that in-store advertorial. It’s packed, interesting and has relevant things to say about men’s style.

I’m impressed. Not only this but it isn’t written by a bunch of Marketing Execs either (Not that this is always a bad thing). It’s written by Journo types like The Guardian’s Jess Cartner-Morley and Luke Leitch from The Telegraph. 
The Autumn issue is out now. Test the memory foam pillow whilst you’re there. To die for.

Pal Zileri Brunch at Harvey Nichols Manchester

A while ago now I was invited to Brunch with the team from Pal Zileri at Harvey Nichols in Manchester. What did I know about Pal Zileri? Nothing. All I new was that I couldn’t afford it. So. Just before I decide to go I think, ‘Oh go on, dress up, it’s Harvey’s’ and swap my Cheap Monday’s Tee for a TM Lewin Shirt and Tiffany and Co. Cufflinks. Thank Christ I did, everyone around the table was in a suit costing £1,500 or more. I gulped my latte and played with my collar.
Need I be worried? No. The team from Pal Zileri were amazing. Bruno, Chief Tailor, was a  masterpiece. He has worked on his craft since he was 14 and is responsible for a staff of 1000 members in Italy that create the timeless suits the brand has become known for. The brand pretty much hires an entire village of Italians.

We ate bacon, talked Politics and Manchester City FC and I even got complimented by the notorious Mark Garner/Gordo from Confidential Publishing: ‘Italian suits look better on someone like my colleague here’ *points to me as I sneeze orange juice*

Still, the brand isn’t all £2,500 suits and old blokes talking EU – they have a new diffusion, LAB by Pail Zilieri. Gotta love a good diffusion.

LAB by Pal Zilieri is a little younger, a little slimmer, a little shinier and a little right up my street. Lapels are tighter, waists are smaller, styling is more casual and palettes are a little more experimental. Bruno and General Manager Phillip dragged me to the Pal Zilieri Concession in Harvey’s to make me try on a jacket. ‘OK’, I said, thinking ‘I don’t think I even like Pal Zilieri’. Phillip took one glance and picked out a jacket that fit like a a £2,500 suit should fit. Only, it was £500. ‘Bargain’ I heard myself say before my bank balance smacked me in the gut. 

Pal Zilieri has me sold. Well, once I can pay off that electric bill.


Jordan McDowell nominated for Online Fashion 100 Best Dressed Male Category! VOTE NOW!

I’ve been nominated for Leon Bailey-Green’s Fashion’s Top 100 2012 List

The category: Best Dressed Male. The mission: VOTE FOR ME NOW! (please)

I got a call a few weeks ago from Mr Bailey-Green himself asking if he might nominate me for a place on his annual list of the most influential people in the online fashions sector. Good job I was sitting down….

This year is slightly different as the list introduces a few new categories that will go up for a public vote for the first time. Winners of the new categories will then be announced to coincide with‘s Online Fashion Week! So, If I win, I get on AND on the list. Bonus.

However, that if is a really big if because ‘m up against some pretty well dressed gents, Steve Salter of StyleSalavge, Lee Douros of, Daniel Richmond of Tic Watches and Sach Kukadia of



Voting is easy, click here are select by name at the bottom and click VOTE.(by refreshing you can vote again…. nifty)

The winner is announced over Vogue’s Online Fashion Week in December!

Thank you so much for your support! Wish me luck!


Southern 11’s Shake ‘n Make Cocktails!

When Yorkshire man James Hitchen felt like opening a kitchen, Southern 11 was born. Finding his foodie niche, Hitchen traveled to the deep south of American to learn how to make authentic American soul BBQ food before bringing his interpretation to Manchester. First spotted in Manchester Arndale’s Food Hall Southern11 was a fast-food counter dipping its metaphorical toe into the restaurant business. It was a success and soon Hitchen’s real dream was reality, a high end yet comfortable food house in Manchester’s Spinningfields. 
Situated on Hardman Street alongside PureGym Hitchen’s new restaurant has won critical acclaim from many including Manchester Confidential who reported: “Serving up quality food, with attention to detail at exactly the right price, Southern 11 has been warmly busy on every visit and I’m not surprised.”
Only, I’m not exactly about food here at Fashion Rambler and so I was asked to sample something all together different. The cocktail menu. Southern11’s Shake ‘n Make cocktail menu invites you to choose your flavour and make it yourself. Quite lazy on the barman’s side but actually rather fun!
I’d love to tell you when we ordered but I neglected to note it down and after the toxicity of the beverages I’m surprised I remembered anything at all.
My platter can with a frosted martini glass, shaker filled with ice and five shot glasses. In the shot glasses were: Violet Liquor, Violet Syrup, Vodka Cranberry, Lemon and Chambord. 
Adam’s included Bacardi Gold, Chambord, Cranberry Juice, Strawberry Puree, Lime and Sugar Syrup. Once you’ve got your platter you pour in your ingredients…
…then you shake!
Now that you’ve worked up a thirst, pour and decorate. 
Mine with (apparently) edible flowers and Adam’s with summer fruits (that sank).
All for £5.95 each. Bargain we say *hick-ups*


Duck and Cover want your face!

Northern brand Duck and Cover have stepped it up recently. With a national campaign seen on billboards and buses D and C are far from covered (see what I did there?)

Now D and C want you to get involved. The campaign has begun and aims to search the UK wide for a girl and boy to front their 2012 advertising campaign!

The winning male gets £1,000 in cash and another grand in Duck and Cover merch!

Interested? ENTER NOW, ladies too! Click here.