Tuesday, 02 February 2021 12:25

Label To Know Hand and Jones

new menswear labels to know hand and jones

A stylish man never tires of quality basics. The skeleton of any man’s wardrobe, we all have our reach-for favourites. Hand and Jones is a new British men’s lifestyle brand specialising in premium men’s basics. Founded by Graham Hand, it is inspired by his life living between London and Rye in East Sussex.

Left - Inspired by life between Rye & London - Hand and Jones - Cashmere Intarsia Lion - £350, Colour Block - £245

Launch products include knitwear, accessorises and T-shirts with underwear following in the new year.

As part of the debut collection they have collaborated with Nicola Rowsell, an artist and illustrator based in East Sussex, to feature her striking lion and leopard illustrations on two styles in 100% 12-gauge intarsia cashmere sweaters.

TheChicGeek says, “What’s ingenious, and a really simple idea, each piece of their knitwear comes in a branded, clear, 100% recycled plastic zip locknew menswear labels to know hand and jonesbag with a cedar wood block. Not just packaging, they recommend storing your knitwear in the bag, along with the block, at all times when not wearing to keep those pesky moths from devouring your favourite fibres.”

Left - Keeping those hungry moths at bay - Hand and Jones - Cashmere Intarsia Leopard Sweater - £350

www.handjones.com

Disclosure - A leopard sweater was gifted by Hand and Jones

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Wednesday, 21 October 2020 12:17

Label To Know Triumph Lifestyle

Label to know Triumph Lifestyle motorcycles

Drawing inspiration from 100 years of British history, engineering and culture, Triumph Lifestyle, is a new menswear brand providing clothing for those 'who appreciate quality of craftsmanship and iconic classics’.

A premium ‘moto -inspired’ clothing brand brought to you by the legendary Triumph Motorcycles, the new Autumn/Winter 20 collection, its second, offers a mix of reimagined wardrobe staples produced in the finest fabrics.

The collection combines iconic styles, incorporating staple vintage details from the original Triumph Motorcycle archives, such as original biker Talon zips and D pocket jackets.

This season features a selection of premium cotton jersey and tees starting with hand drawn designs inspired by the Triumph Motorcycles archives based on a 1950s Triumph Motorcycles instruction manual and moto track racing to include slub yarns, textural weaves, heavy twill and retro piques.

Left & Below - Triumph Lifestyle - Prices range from £25 - £650

Label to know Triumph Lifestyle motorcycles

TheChicGeek says, “When motoring brands move into clothing or ‘lifestyle’ it can often go either way. I saw this at a Berlin menswear trade show in January and I was instantly impressed by the quality. The prices aren’t cheap - it’s obviously chasing the Belstaff customer - but, neither is it crazy. Being privately owned, Triumph clearly want to do justice to the brand in this new enterprise and this looks like it has had careful thought and curation rather than just lazily sticking the name onto everything. *looks at Ferrari*

Moto-wear is very popular with an older, but want-to-look-younger-for-longer demographic of men and they have money to spend. While not groundbreaking, these are the types of clothes many guys want to wear and invest in." 

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Monday, 05 October 2020 09:58

Label To Know Good Candles

Label to know Good Candles

Personal passions executed brilliantly are the key to any successful business. Olly Rzysko, CMO and Retail Advisor, has launched a new personal project called ‘Good Candles’.

Small batch candles designed and made by hand in the UK using high quality, sustainably sourced soya wax, Good Candles are safe and free of nasty stuff such as paraffin and carcinogens.

Donating to causes close to Rzysko’s heart, each 40 hours-long candle pledgesLabel to know Good Candles at least 10% of every single sale to projects such as tree planting, mental health, literacy and food banks.

Every candle has a personal memory and story from Rzysko and his associations for the scent and the reasons behind the good causes.

TheChicGeek says, "These are fun, stylish and coming from a truly good place. This is the kind of exciting and worthwhile type of brand we want to see coming into the beauty/lifestyle market post-COVID."

Left & Above - Good Candles - School Dinners, Forest Fire, Reading Books, Fred’s Garden - £35

https://good-candles.com

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Wednesday, 05 August 2020 09:21

Label To Know Magnafied

Label to know menswear Magnafied sandals Birkenstock holidayWe all love a Birkenstock, that goes without saying, but they’re as ubiquitous as a Kardashian. So, if you want a comfy sandal that nobody is wearing - just yet... - let me introduce you to Magnafied.

Spied at Pitti Uomo in January, this year, these babies are Danish made with a contoured bio-cork footbeded sandal and are as bold as they are comfortable.

Some of the uppers are made from vintage or dead stock fabrics that they find in places like Los Angeles, East Germany, Denmark and Japan. They search, find, hand-pick and use these special fabrics to minimise pollution instead of making new fabrics and say this is a super sustainable way of doing things.

Every single pair is handmade and the unique fabrics can range from original Camouflage, Canvas Pendleton Woolen Mills, Cohen Mills Denim, Japanese dyed Indigo Cotton, CYC Canadian quality cotton knit, all made on legendary, skilled quality Mills from Europe, USA and Japan. 

Label to know menswear Magnafied sandals Birkenstock holiday

The Magnafied clogs are made-to-order. They start production immediately when you order to reduce unnecessary stock and eventually sale/waste.

Above & Right - Magnafied - Thor 2-buckle Slide Sandals Orange Camo W - 950,00 DKK (About £115)

Wednesday, 15 July 2020 13:09

Label To Know Reyn Spooner

Label to know menswear Reyn Spooner Hawaiian Shirt holidayHawaii is the spiritual home of the tropical floral shirt, so, say ‘Aloha’ to Reyn Spooner. 

Reynolds (Reyn) McCullough returned home to Catalina Island, California after serving in WWII. He was inspired to explore his natural connection to that easygoing Cali style, at first as a shop clerk at the local men’s shop, then as the owner of Reyn’s Men’s Wear, soon running six popular stores across the state.

Meanwhile, in 1956, Ruth Spooner had opened Spooner's of Waikiki and quickly built a reputation in Hawaii for manufacturing quality surf trunks working with just one sewing machine.

When Reyn opened his first shop in Honolulu, he didn’t sell Aloha shirts. The shirts being produced at the time just didn’t meet Reyn and Ruth’s standards for style and construction, and it wasn’t until after a local surfer showed Reyn an inside-out sewing method championed by locals, that the dream took shape.

Left - Deep Sea Jive Tailored Buttonfront - Black Onyx - £130

Label to know menswear Reyn Spooner Hawaiian Shirt holiday

In 1962, McCullough teamed up with Ruth Spooner to ensure consistent quality and decided to merge the two company names to create Reyn Spooner in Honolulu. He then set up four sewing machines in the basement of his Ala Moana store to create ‘Aloha Apparel’.

Developed by founder, Reyn McCullough, Spooner KlothTM is a unique woven cloth made of cotton and spun poly that’s amazingly durable, wrinkly-free and breathable.

Reyn Spooner is now owned by ‘Aloha Brands’, representing a group of investors, led by Charlie Baxter and Dave Abrams.

The brand is available at Liberty of London and The Hip Store.

Right - Kainapu Rayon Camp Shirt - Crocodile - £160

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