Tuesday, 08 September 2015 13:31

Buyer's Guide - AW15 - MRPORTER.COM

David Morris, Buyer, MRPORTER

Common Projects Original Achilles Leather Sneakers"Common Projects white leather sneakers have gained cult status thanks to their minimalist design and superior construction. I like to pair them with rolled-up selvedge denim jeans and a lightweight knit for a clean understated look”.

Left - Common Projects - Original Achilles Leather Sneakers - £265

Acne Studios Tony Jacket"The 'Tony' jacket from Acne Studios is a super luxurious, minimal take on American sportswear. It comes in a beautifully constructed lightweight wool and cashmere-blend. It’s a hand-finished piece and the drawstring hem is a nice touch, it allows you to adjust the fit with ease". 

Right - Acne Studios - Tony Wool & Cashmere-Blend Coach Jacket - £650

Thom Browne brogues menswear"I love a crepe sole. These can be styled just as easily with your favourite black jeans and button down shirt as they can be with a suit for more formal occasions. These are on my ‘to get’ list. Crafted in England from fine pebbled leather, these wingtip shoes boast superior construction with their signature pull tabs, comfortable leather linings and those trusty gum soles".

Left - Thom Browne - Pebbled Leather Brogues - £830

Margaret Howell shirt style the chic geek"A versatile staple and worthy addition to your casual roster. An easy layering piece - I like to throw it on over a plain white or Breton stripe tee".

Right - Margaret Howell - Ribbed-Collar Cotton-Flannel Shirt - £345

Aesop gentleman's grooming kit"An extensive grooming kit that comes complete with face cleanser, hydrating cream, shaving serum, spray-on moisturiser and lip cream. Everything you need to freshen up tired skin in the morning or after a long day at the office".

Left - Aesop - MR PORTER Dapper Gentleman Grooming Kit - £110

The Chic Geek in dsquaredTrying his best to keep his fringing out of the torrential autumn rain, TheChicGeek sought shelter in one of London's finest Georgian arcades.

Wearing one of the key pieces from the Dsquared2 catwalk, TheChicGeek opted to dress up this typical cowboy style leather jacket for evening with a printed shirt and embroidered cropped trousers, all from the same collection.

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The result is something on the Mexican border - one part cowboy, one part Mexican fiesta and plenty of ChicGeek!


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Fendi menswear AW15 The Chic GeekThey're watching you! Looking as inconspicuous as TheChicGeek can, TheChicGeek is feeling a little bit surrounded by Fendi's bug eyes.

Fendi menswear the chic geekFrom bags to phone covers to watches, Fendi's, now signature, bug eyes are the style talisman protecting him from any fashion mistakes! 

As for the look, this ultra warm corduroy trench coat, lined in shearling, is the ultimate in 1970s style menswear. Teamed with jumbo wale corduroy trousers and handsome loafers, TheChicGeek is certainly safe from the elements too.

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015 12:09

Label To Know - Gladstone London

Gladstone London hardware While a lucrative market, it is very difficult to enter the luxury leather goods sector fully formed. Gladstone London has done just that with its premium men’s accessories using the finest Italian leather.

Left - The signature Gladstone London hardware is handcrafted in Florence to jewellery standards. Each piece is crafted on a lathe in solid brass and finished in pewter. (I think it looks a bit like a Kalashnikov!)

Founded, just this year, by John O’Sullivan, who has over 30 years experience in luxury fashion, working for brands such as Harrods, MCM and Tanner Krolle, Gladstone London is said to reflect ‘a sense of relaxed and timeless elegance for the urban male, focusing on the reinterpretation of iconic shapes, long forgotten, but re-launched with a conscious expression of contemporary urban life’. 

Gladstone London Chic Geek G1Right - G1 - Icon - £950

Sleek totes feature pewter plated brass zips and elegant travel bags are lined with Alcantara

"After a lifetime working at luxury accessories brands and watching the priceless heritage of artisans working leather into timeless pieces, I saw many a design and craftsmen retire and with them, techniques lost.

"Often, pieces came back for repair, some over 100 years old, but the designs were still inspiring and still fit for purpose. It was the passion of these craftsmen and the vintage pieces that came through my hand which incorporated simplicity and an understatement of design which felt so right for now, that I set on a path to reinterpret these timeless luxury pieces with the help of a contemporary urban designer”, says John. 

G48 Gladstone London Travel BagTheChicGeek says, “What I like about Gladstone London is the designs are classics yet still feel fresh. The styles have been given a light update and the minimal branding let them speak for themselves in terms of design and practicality. While expensive, when you consider they are handmade in Italy, they offer better value than many other brands in this market and it feels like you are paying for the design and craftsmanship rather than just the name".

Left - G48 - Hours - £1095

The entry level price point for Gladstone London is the G5 wash bag which starts from £285 up to the G48 Travel Tote priced at £1095.

The first AW15 collection is exclusively stocked at Harrods

www.gladstonelondon.com

The Chic Geek Louis Vuitton menswear style Louis Vuitton's men's collection for AW15 looked to the British designer and artist, Christoper Nemeth, for inspiration. 

Nemeth considered making clothes as one of his artistic practices. Amongst his trademarks are deconstructed tailored suits and drawings/illustrations depicting thread, needle and hands - the making of clothes - which are also featured on clothing accessories, furniture and more.

Louis Vuitton Nemeth catwalk menswearBorn in Birmingham, England, he moved to London in 1979 to study painting at Camberwell College of Arts. While he continued to paint after university, he also taught himself pattern cutting and sewing, making his own clothes out of discarded post bags and canvas from his paintings, which he then started to sell at Kensington Market. 

In 1986, Nemeth moved his base to Tokyo, where the Christopher Nemeth store continues to be a permanent showcase and landmark of his work. He died in 2010.

Kim Jones has used Nemeth's Celtic-like knots as the bold signature of the new Louis Vuitton men's collection.  

The Chic Geek Christopher NemethCredits -  All AW15 Louis Vuitton 

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The Chic Geek paul smith menswearTo celebrate the new AW15 season TheChicGeek has chosen his best menswear looks from the strongest catwalk collections. First up is his favourite man from Nottingham - Paul Smith:

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