TSM & Co.

I usually do not do brand promotions for a brand unless I have worn, used and truly experienced their product thoroughly. Bloggers these days get free products and somehow write reviews that are as far from the truth as the moon is from Pluto! And on many levels that is not only misguiding to the people who read the reviews but is also unethical on a lot of levels. Having said that, I will try to only promote brands that I truly believe in for their product!

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TSM & Co. which is an acronym for ‘The Shoe Makers and Company‘ is a brand which operates from Karachi. They specialise in Menswear shoes and they write on their website that ‘No shoes existed that could provide the style sought after by men looking to make a statement…’ which is a very true statement coming from Pakistan! Men in Pakistan, like I have mentioned in a lot of my previous posts, do not have a lot of brands to choose from. For people who truly like the art of styling, they would have to go to great lengths in order to find statement pieces for themselves. Even though TSM & Co. offers a multifarious range of footwear, the brand also offers a few statement pieces for the likes of Fashion aficionados

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The Amsterdam Derbies by TSM & Co. (Click on the image above to be guided to their website)

 

 

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a pair of Amsterdam Long-wing Derbies with a rubber sole. I quite like the trend that fuses a classic shoe with contemporary design. It led to the innovative creation of a modern hybrid shoe and has been featured on Runways, Fashion Weeks and Pitti Uomos (for the men who follow the news).

 

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Since the brand offers a delivery service to your doorstep, the shoes arrived in a very well designed package. It was rather fancy and the shoes were packed in nice silk dust bags. Now talking about the design of the shoe itself, it comes in a single shade which is Dark Grey. The wing tip extends from the front to the back of the shoe and the rubber sole not only adds a unique look but also serves the purpose of making the shoe extremely lightweight. The insoles have been padded to support the contours of the foot which makes the shoe itself ‘EXTREMELY’ comfortable. And having worn these shoes consecutively for a few days let me just tell you, ‘you have my word for it’.

In order to purchase these shoes or if you are looking for shoes, do check out TSM & Co. You can visit them here. They currently offer free home delivery, cash on delivery services and a 14 day return service if you are not convinced! Could not get any simpler than that.

For those of you who are in Karachi, Pakistan, do visit them at: 

 

Like their page on Facebook and follow them on Instagram (@tsmandco) for regular updates.

 

 

 

 

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Blogging is Hard !

 

So I was thinking the other day how hard blogging can be sometimes. For most of us it is our passion and we continue to jot down our feelings and opinions about everything happening in our surroundings, but when you talk about pursuing a career in blogging, or making money out of blogging, it is a whole other ball game that not only requires ambition but also a high level of tolerance, patience and perseverance! In Pakistan alone, if I were to start a blog about Brides, Fashion and/or what the elite of the country wore to the latest wedding ceremony, I would bring in loads and loads of followers/readers.

HOWEVER, Me, as Dappistan, I chose to blog about menswear and mens fashion – which focused more on men from the South Asian regions!

Now the next question that would pop up inevitably is – Why Did I Start Blogging?

To answer that I will have to tell you that growing up in Lahore, Pakistan, I have seen how men haven’t ever taken Fashion seriously. Well by Fashion I did not expect one to walk down the streets in a Flashy Elton John ensemble, but what I did expect was for men to pay attention to what they were wearing. See Fashionable people are usually stereotyped in South Asian regions for being feminine, which is wrong for a battery of reason and thankfully times have changed with the advent of Social Media. But then again, even now you would not get to see men paying a lot of attention to detail.

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Elton John (Source: E! Online)

If I compare people from the West to people from South Asian countries, I don’t think it would be wrong to say that in the west people build a lifestyle for themselves and then try to maintain in. In our part of the world we do not really aspire for a LifeStyle, a majority of people would just aspire for things. Now if you take it a step further and think about it, all these “Things” we run after and create synergy which has been termed as “LifeStyle” so it is important to know that every part of your being is not only reflected through your personality or the way you talk or any other physical aspect, but it is also portrayed through your lifestyle – which is the way you dress, the way you live, your discipline, your civic sense, your aesthetic, everything! My reason to start blogging was that I wanted people to realise this. I wanted MEN to try and put effort in the way they looked to others around them (especially Pakistani men).

Working on Dappistan has been a journey in itself, and a rather cathartic one, while being illuminating at the same time. Blogging for Men is hard as F*** because a lot of guys are hesitant in sharing their opinions about it. Maintaining followers seems like a struggle sometimes because you have to worry about content that will keep the followers engaged! On top of that attracting more followers feels like a ‘CRUSADE’!

Yes Gentlemen, getting you to follow and engage is a lot harder especially when it comes to topics like Menswear, Life style and Fashion!

But on a lighter note! I shall continue to Blog about Menswear regardless of how hard it may seem and regardless of all the times that I think about giving up on it!

Peace!