31 July 2013

Collective Noun Clothing SS14 Collection on Film

SS14 collection combines classic heritage styles with modern fabrics and manufacturing techniques. With a light feel using blue, greys and beige, the collection has a relaxed summer vibe. The SS14 collection features new cut-and-sew items, utilising taped seams and waterproof fabrics for the British summer, along with classic linen jackets in exciting modern shades.
Available soon from http://www.cn-london.com/

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30 July 2013

Sneak Peek at J Shoes AW 13 Collection

A staple favourite with British shoe designers, Dainite has been a market leader in shoe sole production since 1894 with their studded rubber soles.

For AW13, J Shoes has incorporated the studded rubber sole into their latest collection.

 Known for its durability and quality, the rubber soles are ideal for the winter months providing comfort and grip in all conditions, whilst not attracting or storing dirt.

The Dainite Studded sole manages to be practical whilst maintaining a smart timeless styling.

Available soon from
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27 July 2013

Nip + Man Grooming Products

With the average man in the UK now spending  around £1786 a year on skin and body care products and the London man a whopping £2.5k, beauty brand Nip + Fab decided it was time to listen to what men are looking for in their products. They also noticed that 30% of their customers buying the Rodial Glamoxy snake serum and 40% buying Nip + Fab Tummy Fix were men

 And so Nip + Man was created.
The Nip + Man is aimed for the man who is between 24 to 45 years of age, shops at places like Mr Porter and Abercrombie & Fitch and reads fitness and fashion magazines.

 The Nip + Man man also likes to work out, so the range has many products that will enhance all his hard work at the gym by helping to tone and sculpt specific areas. He’s not expected to use all the products, just the ones that target those areas he thinks he needs the most help with.
Avialable from Boots: http://www.boots.com/en/Nip-Man/

The Bicep Fix Price £12.95
This bicep enhancing gel won’t give you bulging biceps but it will help define the appearance of the upper arm area and improve tone. Many guys suffer from rough skin or the ‘chicken bumps’ effect on the upper arms.
This gel is designed to help improve the skin’s texture and so make the arms appear smoother.

The Pec Fix Price £16.95
Again this minimising and sculpting gel won’t give you a six pack, but the fast acting formula will help improve tone, texture and smoothes the appearance of the pectoral contours.  

The Ab Fix Price £19.95
This toning gel has a combination of actives including the smoothing and slimming Gemmoslim to retexture and tighten the skin around the abdominal area.

The ultimate workout accessory is:
Power Workout Fix which is a muscle warming serum designed for use post-workout to help de-stress the body and soothe tired muscles whilst improving the skin tone.

If working out is not your thing, there is no need to go to the gym to use the Super Hero product of the range:
Manotox. Price £19.95
This anti ageing moisturiser flexes its own muscles and works on plumping and firming the skin. 
 Containing the active ingredient complex, Liftonin to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and Gransil to help smooth the appearance of the skin.

Other products include:
Turbo face wash containing caffeine for a deep clean energising facial wash.
Scrubbing facial wash to gently exfoliate the dead skin away. Power moisturiser to brighten and hydrate
After Shave power lotion to calm razor irritation and heal dry just shaven skin.

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26 July 2013

Deakin and Francis Bring out Silver Crown Cufflinks - The King of Cufflinks!

Silver Crown Cufflinks Price £259 http://deakinandfrancis.co.uk/silver-crown-cufflinks.html

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Cuckoo's Nest Clothing - Summer Prints

Cuckoo's Nest is a British brand (from Manchester to be more exact) born out of an appreciation for street wear and the sensibility for avant garde graphic design and print making.
Graphic design and printmaking lay at the heart of the brand, with a desire to defy convention and push boundaries. The surrealist manifestation of bold classic images gives Cuckoos Nest the ability to infect the consciousness of many subcultures and genres.

 Above image of All Over Bear print shirt £59.99

 Top left to right – the Shirts
All Over Duck print
 All Over Farm print
 Both £59.99

 Bottom let to right:
Paragraph T-shirt in an all over rose print Price £29.99

Pocket Murdock Sweatshirt Price £55
 Hand illustrated graphic detailing with plain chest pocket.

 Orgon Vest Price £25.00 All over Polka dot print with a floral design chest pocket http://www.cuckoosnestclothing.com/Orgon_Vests_Grey_S_item_38154.html
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Anatomic and Co Brings out new Boat Shoe Collection

Anatomic & Co has introduced a new boat shoe collection for the summer.

The collection features 3 styles:

ALTAMIRA in bold dark red suede Price £99.95

MONTE goes for a cool two tone combination of Cognac and Ice shades  Price £99.95

BARRA give you a choice of rich tobacco and cool ochre Price £99.95

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25 July 2013

Archer Adams create a Damien Swarovski Skull Westminster Gothic Umbrella

Inspired by Damien Hirst’s famous ‘For the Love of God’ diamond encrusted skull, Archer Adams has created the Damien Swarovski Skull Westminster Gothic Umbrella . 

With a swarovksi crystal studded skull handle using 500 individual crystals, the umbrella also features a silver alloy studded canopy.  Price £395
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Worn By Venice Collection T-Shirts

Worn By’s Venice Beach Collection is inspired by the 1970s skate boarding scene in Venice Beach and in particulate Venice Pavilion. The Area was known as ‘ The ghetto by the sea’ with a mix of gangs, street performers and hippies. Today the Venice skate scene is a bit more polished but still with the gritty soul of the original skateboarding.

Model wearing white Dog print T shirt. Plain back £28

 Top left to right: Rock on T shirt in charcoal stone wash. Plain back. Price £28 http://www.wornby.co.uk/mens/tees/rock-on-t-shirt-charcoal-stone-wash.html

Camo T shirt with green camouflage print sleeves and photo image on skater on front. Back is plain white. Price £28

Bottom left to right: Rad T-shirt in green leopard print front and back. Price £30 http://www.wornby.co.uk/mens/tees/rad-t-shirt-green.html

 Floral camo T-shirt in green front and back. Price £30
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Spencer Hart Spring/Summer 2014

Spencer Hart SS14 is a collection of sharp suits teamed with long flowing opaque kaftan shirts, trilby hats and neck scarves tied with woggles bringing a relaxed laid back twist to the tailored look.

Letting the layering and tailoring do the talking, the main colour palette is black and white with a few suits in cool blues and caramel browns. 
Portraying the Spencer Hart man on the London catwalk was American actor Clark Peters, looking chilled and being king of all he surveyed as he leisurely walked the catwalk.
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23 July 2013

Herring Brings out Two New Holdalls - Stornoway and Orkney

Herring brings out two new handmade and lightweight holdalls from Portugal in premium grade dark brown leather and durable canvas

The Stornoway has a reverse embossed Herring crest on the front. It features a durable detachable leather shoulder strap, a leather base with five studs to protect the leather and the internal lining features a zip compartment.
Price £295
Approx 55cm wide x 27m deep x 30cm high

The Orkney displays the Herring crest which is reverse embossed on the front panel. The bottom has five studs to protect it and the internal lining features a zip compartment.
 Price £275
 Approx 53cm wide x 29cm deep x28cm high

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SOPOPULAR Spring/Summer 2014 Collection on Film

Check out the SS14 preview video from Berlin based brand SOPOPULAR.

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22 July 2013

What to Wear at Glorious Goodwood Races

Although traditional attire for Glorious Goodwood Races, the wearing of the linen suit is not obligatory but a jacket is. And remember even in hot weather you need to wear a tie or cravat with the jacket.
To make sure you still look stylish amongst all those dapper linen suits, here are two blazers with a contemporary twist. Both from the menswear brand 1... Like No Other. The brand specialises in unique prints and limited editions.
Subtlety is the style of the bronze Navaho Herringbone linen jacket. You may have to look twice to notice the slim piping around the lapels, pockets and cuffs in a ditsy floral pattern. Blending in but more noticeable is the wider trim on the bottom of the front opening. Check out the jacket lining in the brand’s signature teapot tailor print. Fabric: 100% linen. Price £350

Keep it light with a pair of beige or cream chinos and a cotton shirt in a pastel shade. Or add a touch of wildness to a white shirt and have a hoot in this white owl print shirt from Topman’s collaboration with designers Agi & Sam. Fabric: 100% cotton, Price £50 Click here for Topman Agi & Sam owl shirt

Don't forget the tie - it is compulsory in the Richmond Enclosure. Team with the tonal multi coloured Harrington tie in The Spoon is a Balloon print.Fabric: 100% silk Price was £50 now £25

Accessorise with a pair of Hardy Amies Randolph sunglasses in light horn Price £240.
A limited edition with all frames individually numbered.Also available in the classic black and tortoiseshell plus a marble grey.

For a more daring look go for the navy Miracoli jacket which has a floral silhouette over its Prince of Wales check . Trimmed with plain navy.Fabric: 76% linen, 24% cotton. Price £350

Wear with a white or pastel shirt. This Olmec Watermirror cotton shirt in aquamarine would look great with a cravat, showing off the unique water mirror print on the inside of the collar. The print can also be found on the inside and as a strip around the cuffs. Price £120

Accessorise with a pair of Hardy Amies Carlton sunglasses in petrol blue Price £280
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17 July 2013

Summer Linen Suits for Glorious Goodwood Races

Glorious Goodwood Races is nearly upon us and one of the highlights in the British flat horse racing calender. So gentlemen - What to Wear?
The rules are more relaxed than for Royal Ascot, but there are still some rules that cannot be broken. For Goodwood’s Richmond Enclosure the dress code is: A jacket with shirt and tie or cravat must be worn or alternatively you can wear a polo neck sweater. But hopefully the weather will be too gloriously warm for the polo neck. No jeans or shorts are permitted. Although not compulsory attire, the wearing of a linen suit and a panama hat at Glorious Goodwood is a tradition started by King Edward VII way back in 1906 and is still the bookies favourite for a winning look.

 M&S Savile Row inspired pure linen suit designed by Richard James is in the pink of condition. Fabric is 100% linen so expect it to wrinkle and crease.  Click here for direct link to pure linen suit
 But then that is the charm of a pure linen suit. On any other fabric, creases look scruffy, but with linen it says laid back elegance. Price for this 1 button suit is £149 and the flat front trousers are £79. If the colour of pink is out of your comfort zone then it is also available in the more traditional colours of oatmeal and mid blue.

Worn in the image with a crisp white shirt, the Savile Row Inspired pure silk spotted tie £29.50 (link below), mixed metal knot cufflinks £12.50 and Autograph round face Analogue Eye watch £35

Celebrate your winnings in style and wear an ivory Planter Panama Hat with champagne coloured band. Price £49 The Planter has a round flat crown and wide brim providing great protection from the midday sun. For an extra £5 you can change the band for a more colourful stripe.

If you are not convinced that creases equals style, then choose the linen blends which have less of a tendency to wrinkle. The miracle of the M&S Collezione Linen Miracle suit is that it doesn’t crease but still looks and feels  like natural linen.
Click here for direct link to linen blend suit
  The fabric is a blend of 55% linen and 45% polyester with the innovative yarn enabling the linen to completely surround the polyester.
Here we have the 2 button jacket (£99) and flat front trousers (£49.50) in soft white but there are also another seven shades to choose from ranging from black to pale blue. Worn here with a blue check shirt, but remember you need to add a tie or cravat for Goodwood.


A popular sight at the racecourse is the Panama with the hat band in Goodwood racing colours of red and yellow. The Goodwood Panama Trilby Sussex is £40

If you are worried about the pale colours getting dirty quickly, then Jaeger’s speckled ivory linen blend suit is the answer. The speckles will camouflage any marks and make them less noticeable.
Fabric:  64% silk and 36% linen.  Price of the 2 button blazer was £300 but now on sale at £149. The matching speckled flat front trousers were £160 and now £100.
To show the versatility of the linen suit, the image shows the blazer worn with a pair of light blue Islington cotton chinos (were £99 now £49). Also worn with a long sleeve stripe cotton shirt in pale blue and white (was £75 now £40) and silk pocket square (was £25 now £15). Again don’t forget to add a tie or cravat.

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10 July 2013

Hentsch Man Spring/Summer 2014 Collection

Hentsch Man SS14 is going for the drifter/road trip cowboy look.

You could image him hanging out in a bar in the middle of the desert somewhere near the Mexican border. 

Titled We Meet by Accident, this collection is definitely no accident and this drifter has a sense of style with a capsule wardrobe ranging from shorts, tees and blazers to suits and ties.  

 He’s brave with his prints of Ikat, city sketches, bold stripes as well as the obligatory check shirt and....

.... he isn’t afraid to wear colour from hot mustard, burgundy to the dusty pastel shades of pink and peach.

 This drifter can fit in where ever he lays his cowboy hat.

 Soon to be available from
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6 July 2013

Mr Start & Mr Hare Spring/Summer 2014 Collections

For SS14 Mr Start introduces a sleek interpretation of casual wear featuring tailoring elements applied to summer staples as well as soft jacket and trouser separates. Mr Hare brings colourful footwear including pearly pastel trainers and brightly coloured espadrilles

Looking cool in light blue jacket worn with smart linen shorts and a pair of Mr Hare's pink suede Arnos loafers.

The collection highlight is the cotton pique bomber in crisp white and smartened by shirt -cuff detailing and a satin lining. Worn below with a pair of  Mr Hare's pearly grey pastel leather Vachetta Vonneguts trainers

A take of work-wear staples, Mr Start has added a tailored shirt jacket  whilst Mr Hare updates the classic tassel loafer with his navy tassel Bacons

Shirts have new collars in the style of mini button down with colours ranging the classic navy to the vivid salmon. Here worn with Mr Hare's deep night blue suede Thelonius and mint green leather Vachetta Vonneguts

Available soon from:

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5 July 2013

Rising Stars - Menswear Graduate Student Designers

This year the rising stars of the menswear graduate student designers are:

Angus Chiang from Shish Chien University Taiwan who won the International Show Award at the Graduate Fashion Show this year.

Definitely reaching for the stars with a futuristic collection of space suits. Ranging from the practical and wearable black aviation style jumpsuits to the outrageous and show stopping astronaut suit covered in colourful fabric carnations – maybe saying it with flowers is the universal language for that alien encounter.

Shauni Douglas with accessories by Olivia Creber both from Edinburgh College of Art who won the Menswear award at the Graduate Fashion Show 2013.

Olivia’s false beards - surely the next must have sartorial accessory - certainly caught the eye as held in place by a mouthpiece, they bounced and swished as the model moved.  

The collection itself was a mix of Western tailoring and Middle Eastern layering of long tailored shirts to the knees and longer worn with shorter tops and coats. Prints were of oversized digital tartans and smaller checks alongside the richer tartans and geometric diamond patterns
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4 July 2013

American Intercontinental University ((AIU) London 2013 Fashion Show

For their 2013 Graduate Fashion Show and marketing exhibition venue, American Intercontinental University (AIU) chose the spectacular One Mayfair on North Audley Street.  Formerly St Mark’s Church, this Grade I building is one of the finest examples in London of neo-classical designs.  In the centre of the impressive Grand Hall, the pure white minimalist runway juxtaposed with the surrounding Gothic decor of ornately carved dark wood and row of high stone arches creating a stunning and atmospheric setting.
The catwalk show included 2 menswear collections:
 Zaira Xitlalitl Aguilar Santoyo blends nomadic heritage with city life creating a flamboyant sartorial collection reminiscent of the Harlem Jazz scene Zoot suit of baggy trousers and long sack jackets. Here in toned down blocks of earthy brown and neutral shades with accents of red on trousers and the wide cravat tie.

Taylor Scopes-Upton
 Award winner of last year’s December Fashion Show, Taylor creates an urban male lost in a concrete jungle with no awareness of heritage. This well dressed wanderer wears warm voluminous coats and jackets, striped knitted and waxed denim leggings, and chunky knits with a chunky knit shopping bag on wheels for all his possessions.

Images provided by AIU London

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