Friday, 27 November 2015 16:12

Label To Know - Ludwig Reiter

ludwig weiter founder the chic geekAn oldie, but a goodie, Ludwig Reiter is an Austrian shoe brand founded in 1885. The first Ludwig Reiter, a master shoemaker from Bohemia, established a workshop in Vienna. In the 1920s, Ludwig Reiter II transformed the firm into a small shoe factory.

Left  - Founder, the first Ludwig Reiter

In the 1960s, Ludwig Reiter III, expanded the company, making it one of Austria’s most renowned shoe producers. In 2011, the company moved into the renovated Süssenbrunn Manor in Vienna. There some 60 employees produce around 30,000 pairs of shoes annually. 

Maronibrater boots ludwig reiterRight - Maronibratesr Boots - €698

Today, Ludwig Reiter—the only factory for welted shoes in the German-speaking region—is managed by the 4th and 5th generations of the original family. 

Keeping to the company’s traditions, a classical Ludwig Reiter shoe is welted using the Goodyear method. This artisan method remains the best way to give the shoe both mobility and stability. In this method the upper leather and the leather insole are first sewn together with a continuous leather band—the welt (single stitching). Only then is the welt connected to the sole (double stitching). 

ludwig reiter advert apere ski

Thus the upper part of the shoe and the outer sole are connected not directly but indirectly, and hence flexibly, with each other. This means the shoe can follow the foot’s complex movement when walking.

Left - An old Ludwig Reiter après ski advert

Brad Pitt is wearing a pair of Ludwig Reiter boots in the film, Inglorious Basterds.

Monday, 23 November 2015 09:56

#OOTD 59 - Lumber GEEK 3/4

ootd the chic geek lumber geek Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it's off to work we go...
TheChicGeek has this woody target firmly in his sights. Dressed in classic forest style of checked flannel shirt, quilted parka and sturdy hiking boots, TheChicGeek whistles Norwegian Wood while he works. What a handsome feller! 

Get involved - #LumberGEEK

Credits - Coat - Aigle, Vest - ABOUT, Shirt - Paul Smith, Belt - Brydon Brothers, Gloves - Johnstons of Elgin, Blanket - Aigle, Watch - Swatch, Trousers - Aigle, Boots - Aigle

Shot by Robin Forster on OlympusPEN

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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. 

mens underwear ron dora the chic geekron dorff skincare made in swedenLeft - RON DORFF's skincare line is made in Sweden

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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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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