Friday, 19 February 2016 13:10

Buyer's Guide SS16 MATCHESFASHION.COM

Damien Paul, Head of Menswear, MATCHESFASHION.COM

by walid shirt matches fashion the chic geek “There's a more bohemian attitude coming through, this season, and London-based label By Walid has some of the most wearable interpretations we've seen. This silk shirt will make a great layering piece for spring”.

Left - By Walid - Silk Shirt - £558

“Gucci has been totally reinvigorated over the last couple of seasons and their accessories are particularly covetable. These heavy-duty sandals feel modern but masculine”.

Below - Gucci - Double-strap Leather Sandals - £410

gucci sandals matchesfashion the chic geek

damir dome top the chic geek buyers guides“Fraying, distressing and raw edges tapped in the grungier mood we saw at the shows. Damir Doma does it best”.

Left - Damir Doma - Raw-edged Top - £315

balenciaga jacket spring 2016 menswear“This was Alexander Wang's last and best collection for Balenciaga - and the last opportunity to invest in his dynamic, athletic vision for the brand. This zipper-accented bomber was the standout”.

Left -Balenciaga - Zip-detail Bomber Jacket - £655

“Orley has fast become one of my favourite brands in New York. They're primarily known for their knitwear (which I'd seriously advise you to check out) - but these sneakers were pretty hard to ignore”.

Below - Orley - Paisley Suede Sneakers - £235

orley sneakers trainers the chic geek menswear

Friday, 05 February 2016 16:16

Buyer's Guide SS16 MRPORTER

Simon Spiteri, Buyer, MRPORTER.COM

gucci mens loafers the chic geek"The Gucci horse bit loafer is going to have a huge revivial, it’s such a classic. I especially like this version that harks back to a style not seen from Gucci since the 1960s. A great example of company looking to its archives for inspiration”.

Left - Gucci - Horsebit Leather Loafers - £455

them browne cardigan the chic geek spring 2016 menswear

“Thom Browne collections just get better and better, preppy with a modern twist, this cardigan is so versatile.  The style suggests casual but the quality suggests luxury”.

Left - Thom Browne - Striped Merino Wool Cardigan - £720

AMI white shirt the chic geek buyers guide mr porter"A bonafide classic, if you haven’t got a slim oxford button down shirt in your wardrobe you need one, it’s an indispensable component in any man’s wardrobe. Be sure to wear unbuttoned, with everything from denim to pressed trousers”.

Above - AMI - Slim-Fit Button-Down Collar Oxford Shirt - £110

peyote bird bracelet chic geek"The rise of bracelets in menswear show no sign of abating.  Made in the reservations around Santé-Fe, this bracelet harks back to traditional silver and turquoise craft of the Navajo and is a nice pop of a colour for the summer months ahead”.

Left - Peyote Bird - Pilar Lovato Sterling Silver Turquoise Heishi Bracelet - £215

zenith watch alligator the chic geek"Every guy needs a fine watch, my view is that you don’t have to shout about it with an obvious model.  Zenith invented the chronograph and it’s still the most precise on the market.  It oozes quality and is to be worn with your bracelet of course”.

Left - Zenith - El Primero 36,000 VPH Stainless Steel & Alligator Watch - £5900

 

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 13:10

Buyer's Guide - AW15 - The Idle Man

Thom Scherdel, Buyer for THE IDLE MAN

The Idle Man art deco jumper the chic geek“One of my favourite pieces from our AW debut collection, the Deco Jacquard repeat ends up being quite trippy if you keep staring at it, but is still understated and classy“.

Left - The Idle Man - Deco Jacquard Knitted Jumper - £28

Schott NYC perfecto biker jacket“The quest for the ultimate Biker Jacket is often long and arduous, but as with most things you are looking for they tend to be right in front of you. Established too long ago, it was made famous by Marlon Brando in the 50’s, and then adopted and adored by the punks in the 70s and 80s. The Perfecto has stood the test of time and is the quite simply THE Biker Jacket to own“.

Left - Schott NYC - Perfecto Biker Jacket - £350

  

Herschel the idle man rucksack backpack“How to make a Classic Herschel Black Backpack better? Add a 3M patch to the back and give it 3M reflective taped seams obviously. We just wanted to make a slightly more functional backpack for all the commuters out there, reducing the size slightly, as to not p*ss people off on the tube and making it a bit more road ready for those 2 wheeled warriors on the morning Tour de London“.

Left - Herschel X The Idle Man - Heritage Mid-Volume Backpack - £55

The North Face Kazzoo Mountain Jacket“There were a few raised eyebrows when this landed on the site, its our most expensive piece to date, but what a jacket this is. With a Fill Power of 700 Goose Down it’s the most you can pack in to ensure insulation and comfort. It's mountain ready, of course, but I went for it because it’s a just an amazing colour way. White is going to be a massive colour for the coming seasons and this is the perfect foray into it. You’ve already got a black coat…”.

Left - The North Face - Kazoo Mountain Jacket - £475

 

Wood Wood Yale Sweater the chic geek“We are pleased to welcome the Wood Wood crew onto our site for AW, maintaining their street etiquette, but referencing the 70s in just the right way they have some amazing dual inspired products. This classic logo knit is made up fine Merino Wool and a touch on Nylon to give it a unique handle. It's black on the front and white on the back…”.

Left - Wood Wood - Yale Sweater - £110

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 10:50

Buyer's Guide - AW15 - MATCHESFASHION.COM

Damien Paul, Head of Menswear at MATCHESFASHION.COM

Raey parka menswear matchesfashion"A techy, functional coat is near the top of the list of pieces I'm after for the new season - the best collections all had a utilitarian feeling to them. This nylon parka buy Raey is a favourite, and would look brilliant layered over heavy-duty knitwear."

Left - Raey - Hooded Nylon Parka - £450

Longjourney patchwork shirt"Everyone on the team here is excited about Longjourney, one of the most interesting new brands we've seen. They are based in Los Angeles, where they transform vintage denim and military surplus into new, unique garments. This is a label to watch."

Left - Longjourney - Patchworked Denim Shirt - £535

 

 

 

 

adieu trainers white menswear style"The Parisian footwear brand Adieu has branched into sneakers for AW15, and they perfectly capture the minimal, no-nonsense aesthetic of the season. I'll be wearing them with rolled-up denim."

Left - Adieu - Leather Low-Top Trainers - £278  

Orley striped men's cardigan"There's a retro feeling coming back into menswear, and this cardigan has a "70's-by-way-of-the-90's" attitude which feels totally right for now. Though, thankfully, it's rendered in an ultra-soft merino instead of the scratchy fibres of most vintage knitwear…"

Left - Orley - Dexter Chevron Striped Cardigan -  £475

 

 

 

 

 

loewe rucksack backpack"Under the stewardship of J.W. Anderson, Loewe has become one of the most exciting brand revivals around. Their luxurious yet offbeat clothing is covetable enough, but I'm obsessing over the bags - this structural suede backpack is just unsual enough to be irresistible." 

Left - Loewe - Anton Suede Backpack - £1795

 

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 13:31

Buyer's Guide - AW15 - MRPORTER.COM

David Morris, Buyer, MRPORTER

Common Projects Original Achilles Leather Sneakers"Common Projects white leather sneakers have gained cult status thanks to their minimalist design and superior construction. I like to pair them with rolled-up selvedge denim jeans and a lightweight knit for a clean understated look”.

Left - Common Projects - Original Achilles Leather Sneakers - £265

Acne Studios Tony Jacket"The 'Tony' jacket from Acne Studios is a super luxurious, minimal take on American sportswear. It comes in a beautifully constructed lightweight wool and cashmere-blend. It’s a hand-finished piece and the drawstring hem is a nice touch, it allows you to adjust the fit with ease". 

Right - Acne Studios - Tony Wool & Cashmere-Blend Coach Jacket - £650

Thom Browne brogues menswear"I love a crepe sole. These can be styled just as easily with your favourite black jeans and button down shirt as they can be with a suit for more formal occasions. These are on my ‘to get’ list. Crafted in England from fine pebbled leather, these wingtip shoes boast superior construction with their signature pull tabs, comfortable leather linings and those trusty gum soles".

Left - Thom Browne - Pebbled Leather Brogues - £830

Margaret Howell shirt style the chic geek"A versatile staple and worthy addition to your casual roster. An easy layering piece - I like to throw it on over a plain white or Breton stripe tee".

Right - Margaret Howell - Ribbed-Collar Cotton-Flannel Shirt - £345

Aesop gentleman's grooming kit"An extensive grooming kit that comes complete with face cleanser, hydrating cream, shaving serum, spray-on moisturiser and lip cream. Everything you need to freshen up tired skin in the morning or after a long day at the office".

Left - Aesop - MR PORTER Dapper Gentleman Grooming Kit - £110

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