Peckham Rye make the most perfect ties, avoiding being trendoid (yes that’s a word!) skinny they’re just the right kind of slim. The colour is so deep and rich on the tie it’s well worth £55. Their knitted ties give great texture to an outfit, and look good teamed with a shirt and cardigan. In this warmer weather you might want to wear it with a short or rolled sleeve shirt and a lightweight anorak or parka.
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Sometimes you have to mean business, but still want to express your personality. Well if part of your personality is loving oversized musical appliances from the ’80s check this baby out! A normal briefcase in everyway, except it has an awesome boombox design on the side. Kevin Byrd is the man behind this magnificent creation which isn’t available to buy but it might be if you put in a request on their website.
Monsoon have got the best manbags at the moment, combining neutral canvas with leather for an aged feel which are perfect for taking on holiday. The leather trims give an air of professorly insouciance, these are made for storing your heavy philosophical tomes. More importantly they look like an old find you might have been carrying around for years which will add chic to any casual outfit. See after the jump for product links.
More cassette tape craziness on Brandish with designer Marella Foschi’s purses. Just like Honorable Mention’s cassette tape belt buckle
we featured last week each item is a one off. You can choose from a
range of colourful linings and zips to get the combination that suits
your outfit for a reasonable $43 including postage. Each one is handmade and has a durable felt lining making it perfect for your change for the bus.
The weather has been a bit patchy of late… but we have to stay optimistic that the sun will come out with his hat on (hip hip hip hooray). With that, we can’t go around squinting because that would make us look mightily unattractive wouldn’t it?
To give the bog standard aviators a swerve, you might prefer to go a bit Michael Caine and get these great 50′s sunglasses to save your retinas from setting on fire. A trip to Topman and parting with £12 will see you looking chic and suave.
A recent study by the Luxury Institute revealed that when it comes to buying bags wealthy men are much more label conscious than their female counterparts.
The Luxury Institute focuses on the top 10% of America wealthy and found that men opted for designer labels 73% of the time compared to wealthy women, who went for the label 50% of the time. The most fabulous manbag I could find is this Dior confection which will set you back $1585 from e Luxury and yes it really is for men!
The tape-mad will love this belt buckle from Honorable Mention. You can choose from any retro blank tape that jogs your memory, or choose a pre-recorded one. I picked this nice yellow one ($15) because I like the typeface but you can also wear such illustrious musicians as Milli Vanilli, Dolly Parton or Tiffany on your belt but why anyone would pick U2 is beyond me. Similarly, I find it hard to believe why anyone would want to put R.Kelly near their crotch but you can thanks to Honorable Mention.
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I think I’m the only person in the world who still has any tapes, admittedly making compilations for friends is so much easier with cds but I used love carrying around my chunky walkman and rewinding the tapes with biros or pencils. Even better was taking them apart, unscrewing them with the point of a knife and carefully sellotaping the broken tape back together. So obviously when I saw this cassette wallet from Topman my heart leapt, it’s £10 which is a damn sight more expensive than my first tape (Bryan Adams, shamefully).
Whilst browsing for a neat new bag, I stumbled across this great little Karhu bag. Karhu are a Finnish sports company who have had a great line in retro trainers and apparel, this being one of the stand-out products.
This Karhu Originals shoe bag was originally a golf shoe bag from the 1980s, but it has returned in with a range of suggested uses by the company which includes this fine hold-all becoming a laptop bag (enough space for a 12-inch Mac apparently). Retailing for 49 Euros online.
What a perfectly proportioned tie! Not too city trader wide, and not too trendoid indie kid thin this tie is exactly the kind of thing you should be looking for at the moment. The tie is £25 from French Connection and comes with a discreet grey stripe to add interest. Now as well a tie thickness you should also be paying attention to the dimple. Internet debate rages at to whether you should dimple or not but basically a forced dimple looks too try hard, but a natural dimple is a nice touch. Former GQ writer Owen Edwards maintained that you should stick with the first knot of the day.
Neon brights are in, but you don’t have to make like a London clubkid and wear purple harem pants with orange juice cartons around your neck (methinks it’s time for a UK version of Blue States Lose). Topman’s retro cut short-sleeved shirt (£25) would look great with turned up dark denim jeans for a rockabilly look. Another tack is to take the sporty look with neons, like with this yellow Souvenirs & Gallery anorak (£42) or 55DSL’s messenger bag (£16), which looks like the colours of a Twister ice lolly. Another one from Topman, this cute blue belt (£10) is just the thing to add a touch of panache to an outfit. Finally, New Balance’s yellow suede trainers (£51) add a flash of colour which can’t be beaten.
What with layering being totally in sheer jersey is pretty hot right now, and this American Apparel scarf comes in thirty, yes thirty! different colours. It’s great for snuggling up to when the sun goes down and you’re left freezing with nowt but a shirt to keep you warm. It only costs eight pounds so you can buy a few and mix and match them to suit your outfit.
If you still own a pair of wrap-around shades throw them on the floor, them stamp on them. You can’t beat a classic pair of aviators for timeless chic, and theres lots of styles to choose from on the high street. Wayfarers are the latest style to make a comeback, and they’re great for adding a retro touch to any outfit. I’ve featured Monsoon’s aviators before, but these red ones are great for adding a subtle flash of colour. See after the jump for full selection and product links.
"I got the style but not the grace, I got the clothes but not the face, I got the bread but not the butter I got the winda but not the shutter" starts Tom Waits’ great song ‘Big In Japan’. Maybe you’re 5"7, or in an obscure indie band, either way if you feel you’re big in Japan you should get your hands on Paul Frank’s Big In Japan watch. Costing £67.50 from Pussy Home Boutique it’s got a handsome leather strap and red stitching with a large retro face, so it’s a pretty good buy, but you will be singing "I’m big in Japan!" every time you see it.
Manbags have come a long way from Kel from Kath and Kim’s grey pleather pouch. There are many bags on the high street to choose from, starting with the bag that kicked off the whole trend. The cotton tote was a staple with young men in Japan for years before becoming trendy with emo kids and hip young things over here. Burton’s bag is a lovely holdall perfect for a weekend away, or just for storing your laptop. Similar classic style, but slightly smaller, Zara’s satchel is perfect for everyday use. Lastly, Ollie & Nic make wonderful women’s bags and their burgeoning men’s collection features the same quality and style. See after the jump for the top five and product links.