Thursday, 19 October 2017 13:14

Menswear Trend Beyond Borg!

Borg Fleece is the menswear material of the season The Chic Geek Martine RoseIf you thought Borg was a 1970s tennis player. you’d be correct, but, it’s also this season’s hottest material. Normcore, dad-chic, basic-bitch, the sources of reference are numerable, but it’s all about the fleeciest of fleeces, this season.

Borg is a type of synthetic plush pile imitation fur fabric commonly used for linings, according to Wikipedia, and the coolest of London designers - Martine Rose, Cottweiler - have been lapping it up.

You can find it at all price points, just look for exaggerated fleeces in dull colours. You could even ask your dad for his old one - very Countryfile. You don’t want to stand out, you want to blend in. Bring on the boring Borg!

Left - Martine Rose SS18

ASOS Borg Fleece is the menswear material of the season The Chic GeekLeft - ASOS - Oversized Hoodie In Borg - £30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topman Borg Fleece is the menswear material of the season The Chic Geek

Left - Topman - Red Check Borg Jacket - £50

Uniqlo Borg Fleece is the menswear material of the season The Chic Geek

Left - Uniqlo - Men Fleece Long Sleeve Full-Zip Jacket - £19.90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

River Island Borg Fleece is the menswear material of the season The Chic Geek

Left - River Island - Navy Fleece Hoodie - £32

Martine Rose Napa Borg Fleece is the menswear material of the season The Chic Geek

Left - Napa by Martine Rose - Off-White Tyson Fleece - £275 from brownsfashion.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cottweiler Borg Fleece is the menswear material of the season The Chic Geek

Left - Cottweiler - Contrast-Panel Fleece Sweatshirt - £252 from matchesfashion.com

CMMNSWDN Borg Fleece is the menswear material of the season The Chic Geek

Left - CMMN SWDN - Fleece Track Jacket - £215 from MRPORTER.COM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASOS Borg Fleece is the menswear material of the season The Chic Geek

Left - Albam - Fleece Jacket - £150

Fila Vintage Borg Fleece is the menswear material of the season The Chic Geek

Left - Fila Vintage - Retro Teddy Bear Fleece Jacket - £64.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borg Fleece is the menswear material of the season The Chic GeekLeft - Tommy Hilfiger - Block Stripe Fleece Jacket - £240

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 09:44

Hot List The Retro Arcade Ringer Tee

Topman Stranger Things 2 Tee T-Shirt Arcade Retro The Chic Geek

A Halloween top you can wear all year around, Topman has teamed up with Netflix to produce a special collection to celebrate the launch of Stranger Things 2. The popular American show, set in 1983, based in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, is returning for a second even stranger series.

Even if you’ve never seen it, this ringer T-shirt features a cute design that encapsulates the best of being young in the 70s and 80s, all at a bargain price of 20 quid and definitely beats going as a kidnapped Kardashian.

Left & Below - Topman X Stranger Things Tee - £20

Stranger Things Tee T-Shirt Topman The Chic Geek

Monday, 16 October 2017 15:56

Hot List The Green Vintage Cardigan

Green Prada Pointed Cardigan Menswear Top Picks The Chic Geek

This green gets me every-single-time. The shape of this is pure Italian Mod knitwear. The floppy pointed collar and the ribbed diamond knit pattern will look great on its own, buttoned up, or over a T-shirt or shirt.

Expensive, yes, but you can wear this instead of a jacket until the weather gets too cold.

Left & Below - Prada - Point Collar Ribbed Knit Wool Cardigan - £560 from Matchesfashion.com

Green Prada Pointed Cardigan Menswear Top Picks The Chic Geek

Monday, 16 October 2017 13:01

#OOTD 104 The Drop

The Drop Review Bespoke Suit Brown The Chic Geek menswear OOTD

The Drop, a new digital made-to-measure suit, service - see the full review here - kindly made TheChicGeek a suit of his request. Opting for chocolate brown with a millennial pink lining, the suit has a longer jacket and larger lapels to reflect the new mood away from skinny to something longer and wider.

TheChicGeek is channelling "The Deuce" as he goes into Autumn. 

Credits - Suit - The Drop, Shirt - Dries van Noten, Shoes - Dune London, Socks - Pantherella, Watch - #Swatchxme

The Drop Review Bespoke Suit Brown The Chic Geek

 

The Drop Review Bespoke Suit Brown The Chic Geek OOTD

The Drop Review Bespoke Suit Brown The Chic Geek

The Drop Review Bespoke Suit Brown The Chic Geek

The Drop Review Bespoke Suit Brown The Chic Geek OOTD menswear

 

Monday, 16 October 2017 11:51

Tried & Tested The Drop

The Drop Review Bespoke Suit Brown The Chic Geek

If somebody said they could make you any suit you wanted, that fitted perfectly, simply by sending a few photographs of yourself, you’d be sceptical, right?

That’s how I felt when “The Drop” got in touch. The Drop is a startup that allows men to create their clothes, in their sizes at a price which suits their budget. 

The Drop Review Bespoke Suit Brown The Chic Geek BurberryI’ve seen many apps, come and go, that allow you to take a picture of an item you see in the street. Like Shazam for clothes, they let you know where you can buy it from. Unfortunately, this only works for clothes in season and available in your size, so can be a disappointing search. It also doesn’t allow for you imagination or dream item.

Left - TheChicGeek smiling in his finished suit

The Drop business was founded on the premise that lots of men know what they want when they see it (whether on Instagram, Pinterest or on the street) but often find it hard to locate it in stores, in their size - a fundamental disconnect between supply and demand.

Right - Inspiration - Burberry - But I wanted it cut like a Tom Ford

The Drop enables customers to submit an image of their ideal suit (from styles they've seen online, in store or on the street) along with images of themselves so that correct measurements can be assessed. Their suit is then made & delivered in their size in under three weeks. Prices start from around the £300 mark.

They can make a single item in Asia, and then they allow a small budget for you to take the finished item to be altered, if it needs any additional work, at a place of your choosing.

I wanted something different yet also something that I knew they could make. It would be pointless going all out Gucci if they didn’t offer those kinds of fabrics. 

I wanted a brown flannel suit as it’s really hard to find a good chocolate brown suit. I found an old picture from a previous Burberry campaign, but I wanted a longer jacket and wider lapels.

I also wanted the fit based on a Tom Ford suit that I already own. After a couple of e-mails, swatches were sent through, which is difficult to choose online admittedly and they said they didn’t have brown flannel, so I just asked for a plain chocolate coloured suit.

I sent three pictures - front, side, back - of me in fitted clothing and then chose the lining and other details on the suit. I went for a peaked lapel two button wool suit with a pink lining.

The Drop Review Bespoke Suit Brown The Chic Geek

The Drop Review Bespoke Suit Brown The Chic Geek

The Drop Review Bespoke Suit Brown The Chic Geek

They may get in touch to ask a few further questions and just to clarify the order.

Far Left - Tailored Made - Chic Geek - Pink lining with green lettering

Left - The Edward Sexton/Tommy Nutter/Tom Ford lapels that I wanted

A few weeks later the suit was ready. It was shinier than I envisioned, but not detrimental. The lapels were good, very Tom Ford/Edward Sexton like - move over Harry Styles! As for fit, the waist on the trousers and the jacket was too tight. They kindly had this altered for me, when in reality you would do this yourself and then bill The Drop.

Overall, the suit is good, I know I couldn’t buy another brown wool suit with a pink lining for the price they are asking.

Verdict - For the price of a high-street suit you get something individual and one-off. You could get something for a special occasion or if you find it hard to get standard suits to fit, but at these prices you could use this service everytime you want a new suit. This concept has the potential to play around and copy designer items quickly if the choice of fabrics allows. 

I think The Drop needs to brand their name more on the items, as I couldn’t remember the name throughout the process, and they should also offer more inspiration and fabric choices to capture the more experimental and directional customers or for those guys who know what they want, but want a few images to base it upon. It would also be good to photograph the suits they make to give you more of a feel of what they do and create a community of passionate guys wanting something individual.

Left - Brown & pink suit from The Drop from around £300

https://thedrop.co

See the full The Drop OOTD here

Friday, 13 October 2017 13:50

Label To Know Eiger Classic

Eiger Classic Alpine Inspired British knitwear

You don’t run before you can walk in fashion, let alone ski! Founded in 2014, Eiger Classic is a small British and British-made brand inspired by one of the founders' grandmothers.

“The brand is inspired by my Granny and her photos from when she was British downhill champion. She was also a keen photographer and we have loads of old photographs of these amazing expeditions they used to go on. We were totally inspired and wanted to try and recreate the timeless alpine look and as a result ‘Eiger Classic’ was founded." 

Left - The Viscount Montgomery - £95 -  “Warm on the slopes, cool as f@ck in the bar”

“We produce a range of leather products, but our main focus is merino wool jumpers that are all produced in Britain,” says Chris Pratt.

Chris and fellow founder, Tom Evans, still juggle full time jobs, a farmer and creative director, respectively, while producing a range of knitwear and small leather goods.

“We got into menswear because we wanted to buy products like we are producing and couldn't find anyone doing them so it was a case of doing it ourselves.

“Our range will stay pretty much the same. We will just look to add a few styles each year, we have two new jumpers coming out in the next couple of weeks. We are not looking to produce products that go in and out of fashion, we are looking to produce products that reflect a classic alpine age and are made to last,” says Chris.

Chris’ Granny’s name was Joan Shearing, and then Joan Hanlin. She was a British Downhill ski champion and won on borrowed skis in her 40's. Super Gran!

www.eigerclassic.com

Below - The Arnold Lunn - £178

Eiger Classic Alpine Inspired British knitwear Ski Retro Vintage

Friday, 13 October 2017 12:07

Tried & Tested SCRUBD Grooming

Review SCRUBD soaps organic for men The Chic Geek grooming expert

TheChicGeek says, “Based around organic soaps, SCRUBD is a new British grooming brand. Founded by entrepreneur, Mark Helvadjian, his previous company was ShippingEasy, an online fulfilment platform, after he couldn’t find premium all-natural grooming products created specifically for men. Two years ago the journey began and, now, launches with 9 products - 4 of which are soaps - exclusively at Harvey Nichols.

Left - SCRUBD grooming based around organic soap - Exclusively in Harvey Nichols - Soaps - Cedarwood & Grapefruit, Lemongrass & Lime, Oakmoss & Spearmint, Charcoal & Black Pepper - £17, Face Scrub - £24

I was sent 2 soaps and the face scrub to try: 

I like the branding, it’s simple yet distinctive. The soaps are man-sized and will last a decent amount of time. I can’t see in the blurb how the ‘Hand-crafted all-natural, organic triple-milled soap block’ has been made specifically for men’s skin? I must be missing something.

I don’t usually use soap as it dries out the skin. This has an element of dryness, but it isn’t too bad. I like the all-natural, organic idea and the smell is subtle - it could actually be stronger.

There’s a novelty to using soap, when you don’t usually, especially in certain areas! These big sizes will be more cost effective than any body wash. They are fairly premium for a soap - £17 - but it is “hand-crafted” in England and organic.

The "Face Scrub" is pretty standard. It’s nice and soft and cleanses and washes off easily. I usually judge a new grooming range on its moisturiser which I didn’t try here, but I like the idea of bringing soaps back and centring the brand around these.”

Review Lab Series Solid Liquid Essence moisturiser treat The Chic Geek grooming expert

The unique gel-to-liquid structure “bursts” in the palm of your hand. 30-40% of the skin’s energy is used to pump hydration to the skin, so, if you can energise skin on a cellular level, you can optimise its hydration. "Solid Water Essence" contains energising ginseng and invigorating caffeine, which are proven to help energise skin cells. And they get delivered via bamboo-infused micro-droplets for rapid absorption. Plus, it’s packed with antioxidants to fight free radicals and help prevent visible signs of ageing. 

TheChicGeek says, “Visually, this looks like a Capri Sun at the back of the fridge during a heatwave. Talk about thirst quenching, everything about this says “moisture”. So, you expect a tall glass of water for your skin.

To be completely honest, I didn’t notice any difference. This is under their “Treat” category and you’re suppose to put it under your moisturiser twice a day as an extra pick-me-up or layer.

It is light and gel like, but non-sticky and goes on and disappears quickly. I think this would be good cold, straight from the fridge and used on a hot holiday or during the summer - a bit like one of those mineral water refreshing sprays - solid water is ice after all!”

Left - Ice Ice Baby! Lab Series - Solid Water Essence - £39

Gucci Go Fur Free Fur Debate

News in that Gucci is going “Fur Free” starting from SS18. President and chief executive, Marco Bizzarri, announced the move at a talk at the London College of Fashion, yesterday.

Mr Bizzarri said: “Being socially responsible is one of Gucci’s core values, and we will continue to strive to do better for the environment and animals.” The brand will no longer use any type of animal fur including, coyote, mink, fox, rabbit or karakul - aborted lamb foetuses.

The fashion house’s remaining fur clothing will be sold in an auction with the money donated to the animal rights organisation "Humane Society International” and “LAV”, an organisation that initiates legal actions to assert animal rights.

Left - Gucci Intarsia Mink - £28,340 from Mytheresa

Gucci will also join the Fur-Free alliance. This is a group of international organisations that campaigns for animal welfare and encourages that alternatives to fur are used by the fashion industry.

I respect Gucci’s decision and being the world’s second largest luxury goods company this will make an impact. It will also influence people and other brands. Any company wishing to be more “sustainable” should be encouraged. (Just how sustainable a business selling US$ 4.3 billion (2016) worth of product is debatable BTW).

But, what I never understand is the double standards on animals. You either use animals or you don’t. Gucci will no doubt still be using snakes, alligators, crocodiles, goats, lizards, ostriches, the list goes on, to make accessorises and clothes. 

I’ve seen this many times before. I’ve been at Ralph Lauren where they proclaim to be “fur free” yet I’m standing next to a large crocodile “Ricky” bag. If brands really want to minimise their footprint then they should go completely vegan. Department stores stating they don’t sell fur, yet you look into a felt hat and it’s made from rabbit.

The fur industry doesn’t have to be “cruel” in the same way the meat industry doesn’t. Skins such as sable are shot in the wild and don’t live in cruel conditions. Coyotes are shot as pests in North America. You regulate for welfare standards and promote compassion in farming and every animal regardless of the product should be respected and cared for. 

The fur industry can be sustainable and faux-fur, usually made from synthetics, is also detrimental to the environment and doesn't negate the desire.

Net-a-Porter group recently announced it was going fur free too. Admittedly, due to the prices, fur is only bought in small quantities and by very wealthy people. It’s interesting that Italian companies - Yoox/Net-a-Porter and Gucci are going “Fur Free” as we know those Italians like their furs, so this is definitely a shift in attitudes.

These things usually go in two ways - fur trims start to sneak in and the thing gets quietly shelved or companies continue to be "environmentally friendly" and really try and do something about the wasteful fashion cycle that currently exists. Banning "fur" isn't really touching on the real environmental impact of the fashion industry.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 15:49

Buyer's Guide AW17 The Idle Man

Thom Scherdel - Head Buyer at The Idle Man

Top Menswear AW17 The Idle Man Carhartt WIP Jacket

"Growing from a small workwear to a now global trendsetting brand, Carhartt WIP continues to go from strength to strength. Bridging the gap between workwear and streetwear, Carhartt offers practical yet stylish menswear, as illustrated by the Nimbus Pullover. Made from water repellent teflon and milky coated fabric with warm fleece lining on the inside, this jacket will be able to take whatever the winter weather throws at it."

Left - Carhartt WIP - Nimbus Pullover - £144

Fila top menswear items for AW17 The Idle Man

"Retro sportswear has really taken off in recent seasons and this winter is no exception. This Fila crewneck sweatshirt is crisp, simple but effective in giving a refined sports vibe. Perfect for a casual outfit in the colder winter days to pair with jeans or chinos."

Left - Fila - Toby Crew Neck Sweatshirt - £64 

"Slogan and ironic tees have been becoming increasingly popular as illustrated by Homage Tees retro style t-shirts worn by the likes of ASAP Rocky and Cara Delevigne. The Louis Theroux t-shirt is something a bit different for your outfit and who doesn’t like a bit of Louis?!

Below - Homage Tees - Louis Theroux T-Shirt - £30

 

Top Menswear AW17 The Idle Man Louis Theroux T-Shirt

Top Menswear AW17 The Idle Man chinos cheap

"Straight leg trousers are really on trend right now and a simple way to incorporate them into your wardrobe is with chinos. Chinos are very versatile and can be worn with both smart and casual outfits whilst navy is a great winter colour that coordinates easily with other tones."

Left - The Idle Man - Straight Leg Chino - £28

Top Menswear AW17 The Idle Man Karhu trainers sneakers

"Originating from Finland, Karhu is a sportswear brand with a strong history and pedigree. Recently sported by Kanye West, these incredibly comfy and durable trainers are a great addition to any wardrobe. The soft pigskin suede is a fantastic detail and adds a premium touch to the plimsolls."

Left - Karhu - Fusion 2.0 Plimsolls Blue - £109