“Discovery: Life + Travel” is Matthew Murray’s personal blog from the road. Highlights will include opinions and insight centered around Apple, Technology, Emerging Media, Transmedia Storytelling, Brands, Fashion, Music, Sport & Entertainment Industries to name a few.
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Jony Ive: The genius behind what device you are probably viewing this website on. Sir Ive (recently knighted) has been instrumental in Apple’s growth since joining the company back in 1992 with his ability to envision and create what we want in our hands before we can generate the demand.
Karl Lagerfeld: The best eye in the style and fashion industry, as well as showcasing the female form. My collection of his photography books continues to grow and although he does not tweet often, they are perhaps my all-time favorites every time he does post to Twitter.
Mark Strong: One of the most recognizable / unrecognizable actors in the film making industry today. Some may recognize him from Guy Ritchie's first “Sherlock Holmes” film as the villain, but I highly recommend you check out his work in Ritchie’s “RocknRolla” a fantastically fun flick with Strong’s narration and character pulling you in for the ride.
Matthew Vaughn: Amazing filmmaker, originally helped Ritchie out by producing his first two major hits – “Lock, Stock…” and “Snatch” – but finally broke away to make the best non-Hollywood final scene film in a long time “Layer Cake”. To this day I quote that movie constantly, plus the dude has three kids with his wife, Claudia Schiffer – German Supermodel who was the first GUESS girl.
Peter Capaldi: As the critically acclaimed character, Malcolm Tucker on the UK television show “In Thick of It” and my favorite comedy flick “In The Loop”, Peter is the epitome of absolute comic genius. Without a doubt the best user of “four letter words” in the history of comedy, someday I must meet this guy in person!
Apple: Not much needs to be stated here, either then I used my first Mac at the age of 11 and never looked back. My current active collection includes iPad, iPhone, iPod (2) and MacBook Pro. There truly is not a better brand on the planet and I cannot wait to see that new global headquarters when it is built.
Nike: Love them or hate them, they make the most progressive / effective sport products money can buy. It all started with my first pairs of Jordan and Agassi sneakers and now Nike is the only product I run, train, snowboard and pretty much do anything active in.
Scotch & Soda: Hands down the best casual men’s apparel company. Based out of Amsterdam, this clothing brand has been around for 20 years and also makes insanely comfortable, attractive and cute gear for the ladies and kiddies. If we ever meet in person, it is for certain I will be wearing at least one item from this fabulous brand.
By Robert James: Started in the heart of what is hip and happening - The LES before you even know it will be hip and happening is Robert James’ badass line of men’s dress attire with an authentic twist. When I am out on the town or attending a major event, you can count on me rocking a BRJ jacket, shirt, pants or all at the same time.
V Magazine: True eye candy at it’s finest, you cannot beat this magazine’s printed size and very inspiring imagery as well as in depth interviews with who you want to hear from in style and fashion with zero sensor.
GQ: When it comes to fashion in the men’s world it really is the staple that all other magazines / media outlets try to keep up with and normally end up biting from. Every issue is awesome, but “The 50 Most Stylish Men of The Past 50 Years” has become a book in my office for reference almost weekly (came out October, 2007).
Esquire: Fantastic magazine for that interview with an iconic figure you always wanted to read or for impactful quotes you need when closing a client or a date. Esquire Magazine does a lot of things well and sometimes is compared or referred to as the second best men’s magazine to the above mentioned, but I believe this magazine is in a totally different category and could not imagine a life without both of them.
Fortune: The only financial magazine that is worth reading in that they don’t bullsh*t the reader and never speak above their intended audience. My favorite article in the magazine has to be “Road Warrior” in the first section of each issue, specifically the “My Survival Skills” call-out area – a true most read.
Mekanism: Best in the game “Media Agency” and everyone will know their name by late spring / summer of 2012, when my good friend Mark Borden drops a game changing book centered around Mekanism and the emerging / social media world. Check out their work and you will understand what I am saying, meet these guys in person and prepared to bring your “a game” in a facets.
Media Post: Great outlet for media news in every manner possible. I highly recommend signing up for the newsletter emails, you will receive almost too many to read, but they are hugely insightful and timely.