Wednesday, 18 November 2015 11:19

Hot List - The Grey Made In England Trainer

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Making it onto TheChicGeek's Hot List is a pair of made in England trainers. The majority of people would be surprised to learn that there are still manufacturers making trainers in this country.

Bolton to be precise. Norman Walsh make these classy looking trainers for Marks & Spencer's latest AW15 Best of British collection, where they support British manufacturing.

The first casual shoes within the range, they come in this handsome grey colour which look just as good with joggers as with more formal trousers.

Left & Below - Marks & Spencer - Best of British - Trainer - Grey - £99walsh made in britain trainer marks spencer

Monday, 16 November 2015 17:49

Label To Know - RON DORFF

Ron Dorff the chic geek menswear label to knowIf Helmut Lang and American Apparel had a lovechild, you’d probably end up with RON DORFF. Born out of the partnership of Jérôme Touron, a Frenchman, and Claus Lindorff, a Swede, RON DORFF is a simple combination of their two last names. Aligning Swedish functionality with classic French elegance, RON DORFF is a new idea of sportswear.

Left - SS16 - VELO LOVE developed together with Lorenzo Martone of MARTONE CYCLING COMPANY OF NY

Basically, it’s basics with a few slogans in a simple typeface and we can never get enough of these post hipster labels.

Offering sweatshirts, hoodies, swimwear, joggers, underwear, accessories and skincare, RON DORFF slogan is DISCIPLINE IS NOT A DIRTY WORD.

RON DORFF constantly collaborates with other designers and together offer exclusive limited editions such as the ‘Innocent Summer Pleasures’ series developed in collaboration with the Swedish graphic artist Johan Oxe and the ûber-light but practical city bike VELO LOVE developed together with Lorenzo Martone of MARTONE CYCLING COMPANY OF NY. 

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RON DORFF line of bodycare products is 100% made in Sweden and developed in partnership with Sweden’s most respected skincare brand, FACE Stockholm. The collection includes a shower gel, body scrub, tonifying shampoo and Swedish Massage Oil. The list of ingredients is brief, free of parabens and mineral oils, enriched by active botanicals harvested north of the Arctic Circle. The series also includes an exclusive, scented Swedish Massage candle made in Grasse, France. 

Right - The majority of RON DORFF items are unbranded, but come into the slightly pricier bracket for men's basics

They have a  Paris flagship store  and plan a second in London at the end of this year.

Monday, 16 November 2015 14:39

#OOTD 58 - Lumber GEEK 2/4

The Chic Geek woodman lumberjack style ootdNever one to be shy about getting his chopper out, TheChicGeek is armed and dangerous in this lumberjack inspired OOTD. 

Those towering pines don’t stand a chance with TheChicGeek in his classic black and red buffalo check. Legend has it this distinctive Scottish pattern, known for centuries as Rob Roy, was dubbed ‘Buffalo Check Plaid’ by American outdoor specialist Woolrich (circa 1850) in honour of the small herd of buffalo the designer owned in central Pennsylvania. 

Get involved - #LumberGEEK

Credits - Coat - Aigle, Bobble Hat - Johnstons of Elgin, Boots - Palladium, Shirt - Aigle, Trousers - Elemental, Jumper - Gloverall, Watch -Swatch, Socks - Johnstons of Elgin, Vest - ABOUT

Shot by Robin Forster on OlympusPEN

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Friday, 13 November 2015 15:11

TheChicGeek’s Top Geek-Chic Spectacles

chic geek spectacles gucci menswearGo bold, that’s TheChicGeek’s 2015 message for eyewear. Make a style statement in thickly rimmed retro style spectacles, this season. Perfect for the current vintage inspired looks, as seen on the catwalks for SS16, and the huge trend for facial hair and fuller hairstyles.

Left - Gucci Menswear SS16

smart buy glasses zack pilot spectacle framesTheChicGeek has complied a scrapbook of his 5 favourite spectacles, available right now from SmartBuyGlasses, and a few special spectacle wearing style icons to give you some inspiration.

Left - Smart Buy Spectacles - Zack

 

 

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TheChicGeek says, "Think about your favourite TV stars of the 1970s in their oversized frames. The best shapes to go for are the aviator/pilot or thick square or rectangular frames".

Below - Yves Saint Laurent doing his best 1970s safari look, Gucci Menswear SS16

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Left - Yves Saint Laurent Spectacles

TheChicGeek says, "Fashion has entered a very fantastical moment full of dress up, patterns and prints. The types of spectacles help finish these eclectic looks".

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Below - Cazal Spectacles

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Left - Gucci Menswear SS16

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Below - Gucci Spectacles

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TheChicGeek says, "Be bold. Oversized frames ooze confidence. They are also fun. Think Elton, Yves and the new look from Gucci".

Far Left - An older Yves

Left - Gucci Menswear SS15

Below - Tom Ford Spectacles

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Left - Young Yves

TheChicGeek says, "Spectacle frames reflect your personality. Standout and look confident".

Below - More 70s Yves & Elton 

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This article is brought to you in association with SmartBuyGlasses 

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 11:36

#OOTD 25 Happy New Geek!

the chic geek menswear j crew velvet jacketTheChicGeek always ends the year the same way he started it, in style! Going old school for New Year's Eve, TheChicGeek has opted for a classic velvet tuxedo jacket, in plush claret, teamed with black dinner trousers, white shirt and oversized tartan bow-tie.

Happy New Year and see all you ChicGeeks over in 2015!!!!!

Credits - Velvet Jacket - J. Crew at MRPORTER.com, Shirt - Hackett, Bow-Tie - Thomas Pink, Watch - Links of London, Trousers - Hackett, Socks - Pringle @sockshopuk, Shoes - Louis Leeman

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015 14:35

WIN One of Two SVØRN Arcus Carabiner Keychains

SVØRN is a new Stockholm-based design house with a passion for metals, shapes and forms. Their goal is to transform utilitarian objects into lifestyle necessities by applying a unique design language that stems from the art of sculpting. SVØRN’s aesthetic results in a refined street feel with a lot of art as an influence, aiming to appeal to the modern urbanite.

Their very first product, the Arcus Carabiner keychain, blends the ferocity of sharp edges with smooth body lines. Crafted from zinc alloy, the carabiner is light as a feather and won’t add unnecessary weight, while its carefully selected size will prevent it from having that uncomfortable and bulky trouser pocket when carried. Finished in a captivating Chrome Noir that won’t fade over time, the Arcus carabiner keychain is a small piece of sophistication in your hand

See more at www.svorn.net

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CLOSING DATE: 17th December 2015 at 11.59pm - Winner(s) will be informed by email!

SORRY! This competition is now closed.

Monday, 09 November 2015 15:16

#OOTD 57 - Lumber GEEK 1/4

the Chic Geek lumberjack outdoorsThe long and winding road...to the great outdoors sees TheChicGeek entering the forest and facing the elements giant-head on!

Taking style inspiration from those most masculine of woodland figures - the lumberjack - TheChicGeek wraps up in shearling trimmed coats, checked shirts and hiking boots.

Accessorised with an axe, those logs aren't going to fell themselves. Timber!

Get involved - #LumberGEEK

Credits - Coat - Aigle, Bag - Porter, Boots - Diemme, Shirt - Aigle, Trousers - Scotch & Soda, Vest - ABOUT, Hat - Penfield, Watch - Mondaine

Shot by Robin Forster on OlympusPEN

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Monday, 02 November 2015 11:01

#OOTD 56 - Warhol GEEK 4/4

andy warhol geek exhibition art the chic geekNever one to shun the limelight, TheChicGeek takes centre stage at his exhibition's opening night. Arriving in style, the paparazzi try to get a shot of this blogging superstar. Dressed in classic black tie with the added cool of denim, he's not going to let his new artwork outshine him. 

#WarholGEEK

Credits - Velvet Jacket - Scotch & Soda, White Shirt - Lands End, Jeans - Energie, Watch - Shinola, Spectacles - Salvatore Ferragamo, Socks - Pantherella, Shoes - Salvatore Ferragamo, Bow Tie - Eton, Fragrance - Fossil, Hydrating Gel & Moisturiser SPF15 - B.Men

Shot by Robin Forster on OlympusPEN

With thanks to Sonsoles Print Studio, Peckham

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Friday, 30 October 2015 16:53

ChicGeek Comment - A New Sense of Style

male fashion victim the chic geekSo, news just in, the global market for luxury goods is heading for its weakest year since 2009. Sales will rise by as little as 1 percent to 253 billion euros ($280 billion) in 2015, according to Bain & Co., which in May forecast growth of 2 percent to 4 percent. The projection, on a basis that excludes currency swings, would be the weakest gain since sales fell 11 percent in the year after Lehman Brothers’ collapse.

Left - All the gear and no idea - The 'luxury' customer, Footballer Balotelli

What does this really mean? Is it the wobbles in China or are people becoming bored of ‘luxury’? Whatever 'luxury' means today. The type of products these companies have been producing plus the never ending escalation in prices has taken its customer for granted. The higher the price, the shorter the shelf life, it seems, for product which just continues to get more and more expensive. Some of the entry prices for these brands are frankly ridiculous.

Brands think they can make more money by producing more product, but in fact it just puts people off. (See ChicGeek Comment - Exclusive Not Excluding)

It has also produced a customer, which while a high-spender, isn’t necessarily the look others aspire to. In other words fashion victims.

So, where is style now? The term ‘style’ is as subjective and has as many incarnations as people. But it does shift. While luxury brands have been busy peddling their wares to the international tourist, the style set has been discovering the high-street: the low-cost disposable side of fashion.

It is simplistic, but the only way I can describe style, now, is the best item from the worst shop.

It’s about being clever: the opposite to obvious. Labels and logos have become less important and it’s about how the individual looks in the clothes. The silly prices has just speeded up this process and because the designers aren’t coming up with anything really new, people are happy to get their things from lower priced retailers.

Look at it as the stylish show off by buying and finding great things in less obvious places. The high-street and lower priced retailers have mastered the fit and who really cares that much about the quality of the material when it will be gone before that becomes an issue.

I predict these luxury retailers to start producing lower entry priced product and become less reliant on these few, higher-spending shoppers. The Russians have disappeared, the Chinese aren’t being as frivolous and those oil rich nations in Africa aren’t making as much from every barrel. It's time for luxury brands to get real.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 14:10

Book Review - The Vintage Fashion Bible

The Vintage Fashion Bible review the chic geekThe Vintage Fashion Bible is written by the vintage fashion experts and Red or Dead founders, Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway. It is the only complete chronological look at 20th century fashion for men and women, as well as a practical guide to buying, styling and restoring vintage clothing. 

Left - The Vintage Fashion Bible - £25

The book looks at the development of fashion from the 1920s to the 1990s, using clothing catalogues, film posters, magazine articles and other contemporary advertising to create a fully authentic feel for each decade and to show through original visuals how fashion evolved. 

TheChicGeek says, “You can’t really be passionate about fashion without having a love of vintage. It’s all part of the education of knowing your references and styles and discovering when particular things were new or a reinterpretation of something older. 

One of the best vintage events I ever attended was Vintage at Goodwood in 2010. Not be confused with the Revival, it was the Hemingway’s first foray and the establishment of their vintage events brand which has appeared all over the country since then. It was the attention to detail that really made it standout, especially with the very hard to impress vintage crowd.

The same branding and feel has been used in this book as it takes a realistic, if slightly simplistic, look at the 20th century and it’s numerous styles for both men and women. It’s a fun look at the main styles and looks of the differing eras with tips and information from experts. 

The Hemingways certainly know their kipper ties from their fishtail skirts as Red or Dead was a very vintage inspired fashion label, pioneering that 70s retro look which was popular throughout the 1990s. There is plenty here to stimulate, but probably not enough depth for a vintage aficionado. I always like to see what people predict to be future vintage, I did the same in my book. Only time will tell”.