Monday, 29 February 2016 17:31

Buyer's Guide SS16 Harvey Nichols

Head of Menswear, Harvey Nichols, Darren Skey 

porter yoshida rucksack harvey nichols the chic geek“This Porter Yoshida Olive Tanker backpack is a necessary addition to complement any look this spring. As well as striking a minimalistic note and hitting on the season’s key colour trend, the bag is crafted in the brand’s signature nylon making it impervious to dirt and water – both a timeless and durable investment piece”.

Left - Porter Yoshida - Olive Tanker Backpack - £310

stone island jeans harvey nichols buyers guide the chic geek“I love these black tapered jeans from the extremely wearable and dynamic Stone Island Shadow Project capsule collection. The zipped side with concealed pocket and contrast applique turn-up transform these versatile trousers from an understated outfit component to a stand out, standalone piece”.

Left - Stone Island X Shadow Project - Black Tapered Jeans - £210

 

 

  

 

 

 

hender scheme trainers harvey nichols the chic geek“These statement Hender Scheme MIP-2 blush leather trainers are worth investing in for spring. Designer Ryo Kashiwazaki reworks classic sneaker silhouettes in 100% natural raw leather. The high quality handcrafted trainers grow and change with wear, making them unique one-off pieces not to be missed”.

Left - Hender Scheme - MIP-2 Blush Leather Trainers - £780

john elliott sweater black harvey nichols the chic geek“Exclusive to Harvey Nichols, John Elliott remains unrivalled in his basics offering. This black cotton sweatshirt perfectly complements the season’s cleaner palate, while still including subtle zip detail and ribbed trims. Layer with an oversized tee to embrace the looser silhouette dominating this season”.

Left - John Elliott - Black Zipped Cotton Sweatshirt - £190

  

 

 

 

 

 

satisfy windbreaker the chic geek harvey nichols“New and exclusive to Harvey Nichols, Satisfy activewear is, in my opinion, up there with the best of them in the sportswear arena. This packable windbreaker jacket is incredibly light and aesthetically slick as well as being about as technical as you can get. Crafted from ripstop fabric from Switzerland, not only is it wind and water repellent, durable and high-vis, but also complete with inbuilt mapped cooling systems and double hood for maximum rain protection”.

Satisfy - Packable Windbreaker Jacket - £535

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 12:11

Buyer's Guide SS16 oki-ni

Christopher Fisher - Head Buyer at oki-ni

maison margiela suede trucker jacket“This suede trucker jacket from Maison Margiela has a beautiful rich texture to it. Demonstrating a workwear-inspired aesthetic whilst nodding to the easy chic of the 70s, it works perfectly with jeans, a classic white T-shirt and a fresh pair of sneakers in the summer and can also be dressed up with one of the season’s printed shirts and tailored trousers for an effortless evening look”.

“Marni's irreverent floral print buzzes with energy and after so many seasons of black and muted tones, this statement style adds a welcome injection of colour to any wardrobe”.

Left - Maison Margiela - Suede Jacket - £1750

Below - Marni - Floral Printed Cotton Shirt - £309

marni patterned shirt oki-ni

oamc tailored jacket okini buyers guide“OAMC draw inspiration from a wide spectrum of sources each season – for SS16, the brand looks to Africa and safari adventuring following a stand-out visit Luke Meier paid to Tanzania in recent years. Technical suiting with breathable perforations and taping is not only practical for temperature regulation but also understatedly stylish”.

Left - OAMC - Jacket - £742

valentino souvenir jacket okini the chic geek

“Souvenir Jackets are a statement piece for SS16 and this one from Valentino is a perfect example. This particular piece has intricate detailed eagle embroidery to the back that can also be seen across other pieces in the collection”.

Left - Valentino - Souvenir Jacket - £1635

  

 

 

stone island swim shorts the chic geek okini“These Stone Island tech swim shorts are woven with a red weft in the fabric which creates an iridescence when caught in the light. Perfect for the beach, home or away”.

Left - Stone Island - Shorts - £95

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

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