Tuesday, 02 August 2016 12:03

#OOTD 84 Olympic Geek 1/5

rio olympics chic geek sportswearBehind every great athlete there is a great trainer; passing on his experience and knowledge to the next generation of Olympians. To celebrate the Rio Olympics, TheChicGeek took to the playing field to train for that gold medal.

Always striving to be his best, TheChicGeek is, here, channeling 'retro sports teacher' in a fresh white tracksuit and 'Chariots of Fire' type vest top. An Olympic gold, like true style, takes commitment, dedication and training!

Credits - Trainers - Puma, White Tracksuit Top - Bjorn Borg, White Tracksuit Bottoms - Bjorn Borg, Socks - adidas, Watch - Maurice Lacroix, Vest Top - Iffley Road, Whistle - Le Coq Sportif, 'Omoressence' - Omorovicza, 'Urban Blue Detox Clay Mask' - Lab Series, 'City Block Purifying Cleansing Gel' - Clinique.

Shot by Robin Forster

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Men's style expert, The Chic Geek, talks about the latest health drink - tree (birch, maple & bamboo) water and the latest men's designer fragrances from Azzaro, Roberto Cavalli, Givenchy & Salvatore Ferragamo

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 11:29

Hot List The Plastic Birkenstock

plastic blue birkenstock sandals the chic geekThe final straw was seeing a fox making off with my old pair of leather Birkenstocks and running down the garden. Clearly, the leather was the attraction, but I knew it was time for a new pair.

Birkenstock has introduced colour to their classic Arizona sandal by using EVA plastic: a rubberised plastic with a soft, comfortable finish. 

This deep blue pair will look just as good, with or without socks, running down to the shops or off to the gym. The plastic makes this classic sandal feel more contemporary and younger, and, being plastic they’re a great price, can get wet and will definitely be of no interest to the local fox community. 

Left & Below - Birkenstock Arizona Sandals - £27 from ASOS

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the lowry manchester salford quays ootd the chic geek TheChicGeek continued his journey north to the birthplace of Morrissey and Lowry - Salford Quays. Now, home to the BBC and ITV, these were the docks that supplied the world’s first industrial city.

Today, The Lowry theatre and gallery and the Imperial War Museum North are shiny centres of culture and the perfect backdrop for TheChicGeek’s latest OOTD.

TheChicGeek is rocking easy tourist chic, amongst the matchstick men, in a simple grey shirt and military green pleated trousers. Smart lace-up blue sandals, monogrammed belt and small backpack finishes this simple look. Bighead strikes again!

Credits - Shirt - Jigsaw Menswear - Trousers - River Island, Belt - Gucci, Shoes - Kurt Geiger, Bag - Mad Rabbit Kicking Tiger, Watch - Fossil Q Founder

With thanks to AC Hotels Salford Quays #ACHotels

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Monday, 18 July 2016 14:22

Hot List Men at Work Briefcase

men's briefcase anya hindmarchOne of the most successful British luxury labels of the last few years, Anya Hindmarch, has just introduced a men’s collection. 

"Men started wearing our product so the menswear line really launched itself,” says Anya Hindmarch.

This bag, in the ‘Walton’ shape, is a men’s style from the Anya Hindmarch Bespoke collection and is, now, available, in this bold red, with her humorous Men at Work symbol. 

A symbol usually associated with hold-ups, Men at Work seems apt on a formal briefcase, making it light-hearted and showing you have a sense of humour, even in the most serious of meetings.

Now, where do I get a Geek at Work version from?!   

Left & Below - Anya Hindmarch - Men’s Men at Work Walton Briefcase - £1495


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The Chic Geek talks about his week in men's style including his lack of love for Vetements & Yeezy, Anya Hindmarch's new men's range, the Fossil Q Founder Smartwatch, UTC00 accessories & That So layered sun protection.

the chic geek ottd menswear birminghamTheChicGeek headed north to experience the renaissance of our great industrial centres. The first stop was the heart of the UK, Birmingham.

Arriving at the new and shiny - quite literally - Birmingham New Street station, TheChicGeek headed to the comfort of the new AC Hotel at the Mailbox development adjacent to the canal.

With more canals than Venice, Birmingham’s Mailbox is a mix of industrial heritage and modern architecture with a recently refurbished Harvey Nichols, shops and restaurants. 

TheChicGeek went sporty in his OOTD with a fitted biker jacket in soft suede and new, relaxed dark denim jeans with an athleisure drawstring. Finished off with bright white plimsolls, Birmingham was the perfect eclectic backdrop for TheChicGeek.

Credits - Brown Suede Biker Jacket - ASOS - Flamingo Shirt - River Island, Drawstring Jeans - Replay, Trainers - Muji, Spectacles - Salvatore Ferragamo, Watch - Mondaine

With thanks to AC Hotels Birmingham Mailbox #ACHotels

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While we like our homegrown style icons in Britain, it would be hard not to appreciate and acknowledge the legacy Elvis Presley has ingrained on our male style psyche. Albeit in a karaoke, stage-costume type of way, like all great musicians he could carry off even the most OTT of outfits due to his talent and stage presence.

Left - Book cover. That famous quiff

Zoey Goto’s new book on Elvis, Elvis Style: From Zoot Suits to Jumpsuits celebrates the style-world of Elvis Presley - ‘the man who singlehandedly changed the way that America, and much of the world beyond, dressed’. 

Elvis Style includes over 175 photos, many of which show rarely seen before Elvis-worn garments, interiors and cars from the King’s extensive private collection. 

elvis black leather jumpsuitZoey says “I first became interested in Presley around 15 years ago, when I was flicking though a magazine and came across a photo of Elvis - who was, and still is, the most visually stunning person I had ever seen. From that point onwards I was hooked. I speedily booked a ticket to Memphis to visit Elvis' hometown and shortly after wrote an academic paper on Graceland's interiors, which later gave rise to the idea of my Elvis Style: From Zoot Suits to Jumpsuits book.

Right - Elvis melting in his black leather jumpsuit

elvis gold suit book the chic geek“I was really surprised to see how little had been written about Elvis from a fashion & design perspective, as he has had such a huge cultural influence. I think there are very few icons who have had, and continue to have, such a direct influence on our aesthetic world. When I'm walking down the street in London, I am always clocking Elvis' influence on the way men style themselves - from quiffs and rockabilly revival, to the way we use cultural appropriation in our dress,” she says.

gucci menswear pre fall 2016 neck ribbonLeft - Elvis' gold suit, once owned by Elton John

Right - Elvis influence? The western neck tie Gucci pre-fall 2016

elvis tiger suit review the chic geek style menswearTheChicGeek says, “‘Elvis would rather shop than eat’. Who knew! Elvis encapsulates the pinnacle of American culture, the 1950s, and then later the showy, kitsch and glamour of old Vegas. This book covers not just his clothes, but hair, food, cars, houses and even planes. Elvis is basically America of the 20th century manifested into a strikingly beautiful man. The time when bigger was best in American culture and over indulgence was encouraged, which, ultimately, lead to his tragic and early downfall. People of a certain age remember Elvis, for us younger ones this book gives an entertaining and informative refresh into what made him so special. With a simple flick of the collar one can instantly recognise the influence he had on menswear.”

Right - Elvis' tiger suit (1970s)

Below - Elvis influence? Gucci spring 2016

www.elvisstylebook.com / #ElvisStyleBook

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Monday, 04 July 2016 12:07

Hot List Gucci Bird Tweed Bomber

tweed mens bomber gucci bird the chic geek must have itemI'm not bored of new Gucci, yet! While I’m a fan of the decorated silk bomber or souvenir jacket, it’s time for something different and more seasonal as we start to move towards autumn.

This jacket features the Gucci hallmarks of decoration and the bird of prey is perfectly proportioned at the back. The cropped and fitted style makes this feel younger and more contemporary than an average tweed jacket and is the perfect item to take you right up to Christmas. 

Left & Below - Gucci - Bird-appliqué houndstooth wool jacket - £1850 from Matchesfashion.com

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Friday, 01 July 2016 16:37

Label To Know Brother & Gent

brother gent men's accessorisesAnyone that gets fired up by that entrepreneurial spirit and decides to launch into the tricky world of menswear deserves a fair hearing. Daniel Gardner, 25, from Kent, has launched Brother & Gent. Moving from media publishing to brand owner, Dan wanted to combine the act of brotherly love with the manners of a gentleman. And, this new men’s accessories brand certainly has lofty aspirations.

Left - Where is all began, Dan's loft

“When I was younger I often wondered how many of these well established and respected menswear brands such as Hackett, Ted Baker, Paul Smith or Charles Tyrwhitt actually started out!? They must have started somewhere, right?.. And I’m sure all would agree there’s no way of creating such a renowned brand name, such a reputation simply overnight... “ says Dan.

tie accessorises menswear brother gentBrother & Gent sells men’s accessorises, think ties, bow ties, braces, pins and tie-clips, and while the dandy look is disappearing in menswear, men always like nice things, especially when it comes to gifting. Some of the accessorises are made in England, others in Italy and even some Dan is making himself in his loft. The prices are keen, and, from what I can see, offer great value. Ambition and passion are the two things needed most when starting a business. Watch out Paul Smith!

Right - From Dan’s home county - ’Garden of England' Tie - £36