Friday, 14 August 2015 15:08

WIN A British Millerain x Starter Cap

Founded in Yorkshire in the 1880, British Millerain is the premier manufacturer of waterproof waxed cotton.For AW15, sportswear brand Starter has designed a headwear capsule collection, available at ‘Size?’, in a variation of wax cotton colours and tones.

The collaboration features 5 caps and a bucket hat and focuses on a clean aesthetic with incredible attention to detail, using original silhouettes and only the highest quality fabrics and trims.

One lucky reader has the chance to win this fully adjustable snapback from the collection in handsome navy and black.

www.britishmillerain.com

www.starterblacklabel.co.uk

British Millerain x Starter Cap

CLOSING DATE: 25th September 2015 at 12.00pm - Winner(s) will be informed by email!

Sorry this competition is now closed!

To celebrate the new Into The Out bag collection from Eastpak, one lucky Chic Geek reader has the chance to win a handsome Wyoming rucksack.

The Wyoming is the epitome of sleek urban design with a multitude of zips and compartments. The leather straps and base add to the visual appeal of this bag, whilst the quilted padded back offers comfort as well as improving durability and strength. The Wyoming is available in a wide range of colours and designs.

www.eastpak.com

Eastpak Wyoming Rucksack

CLOSING DATE: 20th September 2015 at 12.00pm - Winner(s) will be informed by email!

Sorry this competetion is now closed!

Friday, 14 August 2015 09:46

Baracuta London Flagship

Baracuta London FlagshipBritish outerwear brand, Baracuta, has opened a flagship store on Soho's Newburgh Street. The original purveyors of the classic Harrington jacket - as seen on everybody from Frank Sinatra to Steve McQueen, - the brand has drawn inspiration from the famous Fraser tartan lining, as seen in the carpets and walls throughout the store. 

Bespoke packaging has been designed exclusively for this flagship store. Perfect for taking your new G9 away in.

Baracuta soho interiorBaracuta newburgh street london

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 15:54

Label To know - Logan MacKay

logan mackay navy coatIain MacKay is the person behind Logan MacKay Menswear. The name Logan comes from his mother’s side of the family and MacKay from his father’s. Only 24 years old, he established the brand after coming out of university where he had studied ‘Business Entrepreneurship’. 

Left - AW15 - Navy Wool Bomber with Beige Shearling Collar - £650

“Although I haven't been to a fashion college or studied any fashion related courses, I learned pattern making/cutting from a family friend who had been in the industry - now retired - for over 40 years”, he says. 

“Initially, I focused on designing coats and jackets (AW/15 and SS/16), but due to demand I, now, intend on producing a full menswear collection for AW/16,  

Logan Mackay leather jacket“My design ethos is fairly simple, I like to create garments that I would personally love to wear and hope that transcends to the customer. I also strongly believe in supporting British factories, therefore all of the collection is manufactured in a small factory in Bethnal Green”, he says. 

Right - A Preview of SS16

TheChicGeek says, "When producing small quantities of quality product, Britain and in this case, London, is ideal for controlling and fine tuning the final item. Iain obviously has an eye and with his business background it will be exciting to see where he takes his eponymous label".

www.loganmackay.co.uk

Monday, 10 August 2015 11:30

Hot List - Loewe Contrast Trim Suede Coat

loewe menswear autumn winter 2015One of the best and most directional collections of the season, Loewe’s menswear is overseen by the inventive eye of Irish designer J.W. Anderson.

This, his second menswear collection for Loewe, sees a creative rebrand of this traditional Spanish luxury goods company while respecting and using its expertise in leather goods.

This suede coat is one of the menswear highlights of the AW15 collection. Featuring bold red piped details on generous pockets it continues the exaggerated and retro details many menswear designers are pushing this season. At nearly £5,000 it is a major investment, but oh, what a beauty!

Left & Below - Loewe - Contrast Trim Suede Trench Coat - £4990

Available at Selfridges

loewe men's suede coat 

Friday, 07 August 2015 13:53

Rugby Style 2015

superdry england rugby shirtWhen William Webb Ellis first picked up that ball, and ran with it, little did he know that nearly 200 years later 20 international teams would be competing for a cup named in his honour.

Left - Superdry - World Legends - England £74.99

The Rugby World Cup returns home to England, this autumn, in what will be one of the sporting highlights of the year.

TheChicGeek says "Rugby style, particularly the rugby shirt, never really goes out of style. Whether in team colours or bold stripes, it was a favourite of artist David Hockney and was heavily referenced by John Ray, Creative Director at dunhill, at both his spring and autumn 15 collections."

 

 

David Hockney rugby topRight - A little of bit of retro inspiration - David Hockney sporting a striped rugby top

The Rugby World Cup runs from 18th September - 31st October 2015 and here are TheChicGeek's picks of the best rugby inspired menswear available:

Below - dunhill - AW15 catwalk collection - Yellow Soft Cotton Rugby Shirt - £230

dunhill aw15 menswear rugby hockney

polo raplh lauren the chic geekLeft - Polo Ralph Lauren - Custom-Fit Striped Rugby Shirt - £230

Below - Jack Wills - Striped Rugby Shirt - £49.50

jack wills the chic geek rugby shirt

jack wills rugby ball world cup geekLeft - Jack Wills - Rugby Ball - £16.50

rugby cufflinks thomas pinkLeft - Thomas Pink - Rugby Cufflinks - £69

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rugby striped knit thomas pink geek chicLeft - Thomas Pink - Stanford Knit Rugby Jumper - £225 

Middle - The Rugby Fragrance - 100ml - £24.99

Below Right - dunhill - AW15 Catwalk Collection - Brown Cotton/Cashmere Rugby Polo - £625

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Wednesday, 05 August 2015 12:30

Label To Know - Gloverall 1951

Gloverall 1951 duffle coatThankfully Gloverall has realised that there’s only so many duffle coats  we can buy (they do make the best by the way) and only so many times they can wait for this classic outerwear item to come back into fashion on the back of a Paddington Bear movie.

So to fill that void and expand the offering there is a new label from this proudly British manufacturer called Gloverall 1951. 

Left - Gloverall 1951 - Monty Duffle Coat - £430

Vintage inspired and delving into its rich sports-led archive, this made in England collection takes its lead from a set of black-and-white photographs chronicling the early days of the British Grand Prix. 

The images from the 1950’s capture moments both on and off the race-track featuring motor-racing cause-célèbre of the day, Tony Brooks. Photographed wearing Goverall‘s iconic Monty duffle coat, Brooks is captured alongside racing legends Sterling Moss and Mike Hawthorn while racing at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1957. 

For AW 15, the launch collection updates the iconic Monty duffle coat, featuring appliqué racing-inspired motifs and pins. 

Gloverall 1951 grey sweatshirtAdditional outerwear highlights include a selection of all-weather raincoats, sporty mid-length car coats, a tailored sports blazer, a quilted rally jacket, a wadded parka and the race-inspired Paddock jacket. Premium british fabrics run throughout: tweeds from Abraham Moon, Fox Brothers and Harris Tweed feature alongside waxed cottons by Halley Stevens and bonded cottons by British Millerain.

Right - 1951 Sweatshirt - £150 

The complete collection also includes a range of casual utility shirts with faint echoes of the 1950s alongside a beautifully executed selection of Aran and Guernsey knits, Fair Isle and striped options as well as a crew-neck knit emblazoned with the collection’s 1951 slogan. 

www.gloverall.com 

Ermengildo Zegna review Acqua Di BergamottoLight and fresh, this invigorating fragrance based on Italian Bergamot contains notes of Calabrian bergamot, from Zegna's own special farm, along with rosemary, vetiver, and neroli, all said to 'emulate the cooling breeze, lush green fields and blue coastline' of Southern Italy.

TheChicGeek says “Nothing is more Italian or Italian summery, should we say, than the bergamot. This large citrus fruit has long been the main ingredient for that freshness in men’s fragrance, particularly some of the original Eau de Colognes which date back many hundreds of years.

This pretty much does what it says on the tin, but with a more contemporary spin. The other elements - the rosemary and vetiver give it a slight ‘marine’ hit of woody freshness to the citrus.”

Left & Below - Ermengildo Zegna - Acqua Di Bergamotto - 100ml - £76

Ermengildo Zegna Acqua Di Bergamotto

Crème de la Mer The Renewal OilThis highly potent, multi-faceted dual-phase oil is a luxurious formula created with the highly active oils of the famous Crème de la Me ‘Miracle Broth’ formulated for the face, but indulgent enough to be used on hair and the body. 

Designed to mimic the skin’s hydrolipidic structure with a combination of water and inspired by The Miracle Broth’s oil of eucalyptus and sesame, you activate it with a gentle shake.

TheChicGeek says, “Facial oils are all the rage ATM, this is my second in as many weeks - check out my review of Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate here 

Crème de la Mer want you to have fun with this product, meaning you can add it to your moisturiser, use as a beard oil or even put in the bath. They want you to ‘play’ with it and use it as an addition to skincare routine.

My big problem with it is it just isn’t oily enough. Once you’ve shaken the bottle and mixed the Miracle Broth with the oil, it still feels too watery and rigid and doesn’t glide over the skin. I think in a oil you want that glistened, nourished look which this doesn’t give you. 

You could apply more liberally, but at this price it’s hard to ‘play’ without being conscious of the price and how much you are using. Saying that, a bottle would last you a while.

This feels more like a novelty product rather than a serious addition for your skin.”

Left - Crème de la Mer - The Renewal Oil - £155

Nationwide October 2015

Monday, 03 August 2015 13:08

Hot List - Gucci Sleeveless Shirt

Gucci menswear AW15 silk shirtWhen Gucci sacked their former Creative Director, Frida Giannini, Alessandro Michele, the new Creative Director, had only a few weeks to turn around a completely new men’s collection to be shown in Milan that January.

What materialised, Men’s AW15, was a Wes Anderson like fantasy of quirky accessories, vintage looking furs and pussy bow blouses for men. A radical and welcome departure from Giannini’s Gucci look, it took a while to digest and fully appreciate.

Now the dust has settled, it feels fresh while heavily referencing the past. It’s like the most beautiful and eccentric dress up box and all part of the new unisex vision many brands are pushing. (Doubles your market!)

Left & Below - Paisley Print Silk Crêpe Sleeveless Shirt - £550

For a bit of background, Alessandro Michele, 42, studied at Accademia di Costume e di Moda in Rome and joined Fendi as Senior Accessories Designer.

He moved to Gucci’s Design Office in 2002, so he worked under Tom Ford, assuming growing responsibilities within the creative department until he was promoted to the role of Associate to the Creative Director Frida Giannini in May 2011. 

In September 2014, he took on the additional responsibility as Creative Director of Richard Ginori, the renowned Italian fine porcelain brand that Gucci acquired in June 2013.

Gucci has realised that in order for people to buy designer clothes they need to offer something that you can’t find anywhere else. We can get choice and fit on the high-street, so luxury brands need to offer difference and craftsmanship that reeks of quality and distinctiveness in order to pay their increasingly ridiculous prices.

There is a lot in the new Gucci men’s collection that would make TheChicGeek's AW15 Hot List. The astrakhan coats look too expensive to be listed online so I’ve gone for one of the bowed sleeveless shirts. This eccentric Gucci collection has even got me wanting one of the new antiqued GG logo belts.

www.gucci.com

 

Gucci menswear silk sleeveless shirt