Thursday, 06 October 2016 15:41

Buyer's Guide AW16 Harvey Nichols

Benn McGregor, Mens Contemporary, Sneakers and Lifestyle Buyer, Harvey Nichols

Black Men's Coat Our Legacy Harvey Nichols“This coat by Our Legacy is an absolute wardrobe staple. With the shape being both boxy and masculine it is a great fit for any shape. Although the pocket placement on the front looks incredibly standard, it’s actually quite rare to find a modern knee-length coat that has a formal look, but also have these casual pockets; it brings a whole new relaxed angle to the product when you’re wearing it”.

Left - Our Legacy at Harvey Nichols - Black Virgin Wool Blend Coat - £570

Black trainers sneakers APL menswear"Athletic Propulsion Labs, or ‘APL’ as they’re more swiftly known, are rising stars in the footwear world. Their knitted runner silhouette is an absolute must this season for both runners and gym-frequenters, but also just as easy to wear with a pair of jeans. APL aren’t big on branding, and the minimalist aesthetic is echoed in the colour palette; available in a wide range of subtle fashion colours it’s an easy win when you want to have comfort, but still keep an element of sophistication about your footwear”.

Left - Athletic Propulsion Labs at Harvey Nichols – TechLoom Pro Black Knitted Trainers - £110

 

 

 

Pink jumper mens Stone Island“Although my pick is for AW16, this pink Stone Island light pint wool blend jumper will both keep you warm and keep you on point and ahead of the game for SS17 where pink will be a key colour for the season”. 

Left - Stone Island at Harvey Nichols – Light Pink Wool Blend Jumper - £175 (One of the must-have items of the season - more here)

arcteryx trousers Harvey Nichols black"Water resistant, articulated cut and the stretch fabric makes these Arc’Teryx Veilance trousers an absolute winner for the young professional, especially in the autumn/winter months. These trousers are cut like a slim leg style, but offer a roomy fit around the thigh ensuring maximum comfort whilst being a good investment piece. The structure of these trousers will allow them to retain their shape and colour due to the technical fabric and fit superiority”.

Left - Arc’Teryx Veilance at Harvey Nichols – Apparent Black Cotton Blend Trousers - £350

Whilst I am aware that this isn’t a ‘product’ pick per se, no matter what you buy, if you haven’t got a sharp haircut, the rest of your style is thrown off balance. Therefore, a visit to the AONO barbershop in our newly renovated menswear department in the Knightsbridge store is a must. Praised for their attention to detail and great price point of £30, you will struggle to find a better service at a better price inside the M25”. 

Below - AONO Barbershop at Harvey Nichols

Good value barbershop AONO Harvey Nichols

Monday, 03 October 2016 11:55

#OOTD 89 Chic Geek AW16 Collections Gucci

Menswear Gucci Geek Tartan Shirt JeansYou've probably got the hint by now that I'm a big fan of Alessandro Michele's Gucci. The fantasy of getting dressed up and, finally, being excited by fashion makes this a fashion moment to cherish and get involved in.

It may not be for everybody, but if you're a lover of beautiful things then you'll find plenty here. It's not revolutionary, but, boy, is it good. It has so many references that it's hard to pigeonhole it in a particular time or place. If you don't fancy the checked deerstalker or snake jeans, then how about the logo belt?

gucci deerstalker hatCredits - Full Gucci look from MRPORTER.COM, Velvet Trainers - Russell & Bromley

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Monday, 26 September 2016 15:25

Buyer's Guide AW16 TRUNK

Mats Klingberg, TRUNK founder

Begg & Co Kishorn cashmere scarf"I’ve been a big fan of Begg & Co and their washed Kishorn cashmere scarves for several seasons, now. The wash gives them a nice and fluffy finish which nicely adds some texture to any outfit. The Kishorns generally come in lots of nice solid colours, only, so I was very pleased when I came across this Kishorn woven in a khaki/camel block medley pattern”.

Left - Begg & Co - Kishorn Scarf Khaki Block Medley - £270

"The Gigi keeps going from strength to strength and it’s always a joy to visit their showroom to discover what they’ve created for next season. We’ve got lots of nice things from them this season, but I particularly like this heavy knit cardigan jacket. Will look great with a Trunk Oxford shirt and a pair of chinos or jeans paired with a chukka boot from Alden or sneaker from Common Projects”.

Below - The Gigi - Chunky Knit Jude Jacket Green - £355

The Gigi Cardigan Menswear

Nanamica Cordura bag menswear"Our bag selection in Trunk LABS has this season seen the addition of this great bag from Nanamica, made in Japan, from an ultra-durable cotton Cordura fabric. The bag can be carried in three ways - as a backpack via the foldaway straps, as a briefcase by its side handle, or as a messenger bag. The bag has a main roll-top compartment, with large zip pockets on the front and back, each containing a system of handy dividers. A highly functional bag, it provides ample room and organisation for anything you might need to carry with you on a daily basis. What else do you need?”

Left - Nanamica - 3 Way Cordura Briefcase Khaki - £410

"A pair of Alden’s is the perfect match with any smart casual look, so works equally well with a pair of flannel trousers, chinos or jeans. I need a new pair of chukka boots, so am definitely getting a pair of these for myself this season”.

Below - Alden - Unlined Chukka Dark Brown Suede - £475

Alden Chukka boot Trunk Clothiers

WienerBlut perfume fragrance London Vienna"Most of the brands in Trunk I’ve discovered on trips near and far and when I went to Vienna, last year, I came across WienerBlut for the first time, a fragrance brand from Vienna created by the very talented Alexander Lauber. I think the bottles are beautiful and thankfully its content matches the outside. A subtle, slightly spicy fragrance, Ex Voto comprises key notes of pink pepper, nutmeg, santal and ambergris”.

WienerBlut - Ex Voto - £130

Monday, 05 September 2016 15:21

Label To Know Instrmnt

label to know men's watch Instrmnt‘Minimal’ men’s watches have continued their rise in popularity over the last few years with many brands offering different styles at price points to suit nearly all budgets. Simplicity and design are the key to the male modernists who fill their Instagram accounts with Brutalist concrete and tiled floors.

It’s difficult to find a perfectly balanced minimal watch, some are either too simple or not elegant enough. I think two young Glaswegian guys, Pete Sunderland and Ross Baynham, who met while studying at Glasgow Caledonian University, have found the perfect solution.

Their company, Instrmnt, make the best minimal watches I’ve seen. They have just the right amount of design, detail and movement. They also have the feel of a good quality watch, that gets better the more you use it, at a price that, while not cheap, is definitely something we can all afford. 

You get to assemble the watch yourself - perfect for all those watch geeks - see below. The calf leather straps are crafted in the valleys of the Bavarian Forest, Germany and Instrmnt has their own store located on Glasgow’s Parnie street in the city's Trongate area selling other niche labels alongside their watches.

Left & Below - Instrmnt - 01-C - £180

watch to buy minimal instrmnt

Instrument has their own store located on Glasgow’s Parnie street in the city's Trongate areaLeft - Instrmnt has their own store located on Glasgow’s Parnie street in the city's Trongate area

 

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 09:37

Buyer's Guide AW16 MATCHESFASHION.COM

Damien Paul, Head of Menswear, MATCHESFASHION.COM

grey trainers Y3 adidas "This unique and ground-breaking collaboration between Yohji Yamamoto and adidas has now been running for over a decade, and the product continues to resonate well for our customers. My favourite style for this autumn is the 'Qasa' high top trainer – the detail is minimal and subtle and these will work well with a cropped trouser and sweatshirt".

Y3 - Qasa High-Top Trainers - £260 Buy Now 

jacket OAMC AW16 matchesfashion.com"OAMC stands for Over All Master Cloth and is new to MATCHESFASHION.COM this season. The collection encompasses the sweet spot between contemporary and sportswear influence and is lifted by a refined finish and attention to detail. I like this navy sweatshirt as it is has a slim silhouette which can work well when worn with smarter trousers, and it is elevated with a detachable feather charm".

OAMC - Feather Charm Crew Neck Sweatshirt - £225 Buy Now 

 

 

 

 

  

malle weekend bag the chic geek"Another new label for us, Malle is London based and began with the intention of creating superior, British made motorcycle luggage. The collection has now evolved and this pannier shoulder bag is absolutely functional, and is very masculine. In oiled canvas with black bridle leather trim I like that the roll-top closure allows you to expand the size of the bag as you require".

Malle - 'Jack' Cotton Canvas Pannier Shoulder Bag - £430 Buy Now

trousers marni navy pleated"Italian design house Marni often deals in unexpected proportions and off-kilter silhouettes, which I personally love. These trousers are more refined, and whilst they are cropped, they have a classic, straight cut, with a single pleat at the front. In navy wool-twill they are what I call and investment purchase as they will work both on and off-duty, and will add elegance even to low key weekend dressing".

Marni - Single Pleat Wool-Twill Trousers - £505 Buy Now

"Exclusive to MATCHESFASHION.COM Raey has very subtle, cool handwriting – the sort of pieces that slot into any man’s wardrobe and become firm favourites… I like this oversized bomber for autumn as it nods to sportswear but is in Prince of Wales check, one of the most traditional fabrications in English heritage".

Raey - 1970s Zip Through Houndstooth Checked Jacket £495 Buy Now

prince of wales checked jacket raey

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 09:32

#OOTD 88 Olympic Geek 5/5

the chic geek blogger olympic gamesIt's over :( The Rio 2016 Olympic Games is finished and it's time to hit the showers. Post-gymwear requires a simple yet stylish approach to sportswear. Comfort is key and rehydration a priority as you venture home and flop into bed. 

Put those aching muscles into loose tracksuit bottoms with sandals and sports socks and go home to eat your own body weight of food. You deserve it! 

Credits - Tracksuit Bottoms - Duck & Cover, Rucksack - Herschel, Watch - Storm, Sandals - Birkenstock from ASOS, Blue Rain Jacket - Huez, White Olympic Team GB Top - adidas from JD Sports, Socks - adidas from ASOS, Fragrance - ‘Uomo’ by Salvatore Ferragamo, Moisturising Shave Gel - The Real Shaving Co., Superdefense Night - Clinique, Water - SmartWater

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