W.M.J.Mills & Co Shelter Island Duffel Cobalt Blue.

With a high end take on the barrel bag, W.M.J.Mills & Co have employed a nautical colourway to the classic style. Made from #8 cotton duck canvas, the bag is water resistant, machine washable and each made by hand. Available at Oi Polloi for £135.

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ASOS Canvas Rucksacks.

ASOS have done a really good high street version of the smart rucksack. Coming in two colourways of black and mustard with a leather look trim and a toggle drawstring, they have a vintage feel to them that will compliment some chinos this summer. Available at ASOS.

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Burlington Invisible Socks.

There is nothing worse than wearing socks with certain items such as deck shoes and suede loafers. There is also nothing worse than not wearing socks and having sweaty smelly summer feet. Luckily Burlington who you can trust to make quality socks which will last, have developed their own version of a ‘trainer sock’. Available at ASOS.

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Order Burberry Prorsum SS/11 Online.

You can order the Burberry Prorsum outerwear and accessories from the Burberry website. The show was brilliant and you can watch it on the site too. What stood out for the fashion blogs of the world was the use of studs and Brandish is no exception. Bringing a bit of rock n’ roll to country heritage, a lot of leather …

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Luddite Thomas Paul Collection At Liberty Of London.

These cases made on heavy cotton canvas have a nostalgic feel to them. Although I’m barely old enough to feel any nostalgia, at university this term I have attended many a dull lecture on William Morris and the Luddites. At first meaning someone against machinery due to the loss of jobs and loss of true craftsmanship, it has now come …

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Boomerang Gifts – Father’s Day Watches.

Just in time for Fathers Day I was introduced to the concept of the boomerang gift. “The Boomerang present is all about investing in a GGG (grand gesture gift) with rebound appeal. When it comes to the momentous birthday or significant milestone that requires the ultimate present, this is the gift you give in the expectation of receiving it back …

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Timex 80 Jumbo Metal For A/W 2010.

Image Via High Snobiety Timex have released images of the Jumbo Metal which shall be available only in a limited number of stores such as Colette, Liberty and Opening Ceremony. Last season the jumbo watches proved a success being released in a number of plastic colourways  including a particularly beautiful green and black which you can still get hold of …

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Timex 80 Blue Bubble Watch.

The Timex revival continues this summer with a variety of colours and not just one per watch, yet this beautiful block blue (turquoise meets mint green?) bubble watch is my pick of the colours.

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Feature: Retro Bags For Spring Summer.

Fresh for Spring Summer, messenger bags never seem to fully go out of fashion. Here are four of my picks. Remember that the more retro, the more vibrant colours you can get away with. Although you don’t always need to go bright, as exemplified by the Speedo bag. Coming in at only £20 and the Slazenger Heritage bag which looks …

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Urbanears Headphones.

I am actually in love with these headphones. They come in 14 different colours and this colour is amazing. With so many ‘designer’ headphones out there such as Wesc and Skullcandy it’s hard to choose which ones to buy, yet aesthetically these are beautiful. No lairy branding and one block of colour, I’m yet to know what the sound is …

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Luxury Rucksacks.

There are quite a few luxury rucksacks out there at the moment, and they could be taking the place of the tote bag in the coming seasons. The high street are doing versions with the canvas and leather trim, but Burberry and Brady have come up with some beautiful styles. Taking a minimalist approach to the design and using luxury …

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Barbour Waxed Cotton Retriever Bag.

Unfortunately the Barbour Liddesdale has been mercilessly copied on the high street this last season in some horrible ways (think New Look), yet the classic waxed jacket remains a must have. Aside from the Barbour styles available here, vintage shops usually have good ranges. You can pick them up for around £30. Try To Be Worn Again if you’re ever …

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Mulberry Branston Scotchgrain Clipper Bag.

Actually quite reasonably priced for a Mulberry bag, this holdall features a hidden padlock in a hanging leather pouch. Not that that alone would make you part with £350. This luxury British brand has an amazing collection out at the moment, all of which you can shop online on the Mulberry website. This particular style is available to buy here, …

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Suave Sixties Style

It cannot be denied that the Sixties are having a moment right now. There seems to have been an upswing in media inspired by or set in the Sixties, from Mad Men gracing television screens to the year’s big awards contenders in film, A Serious Man, Nine and An Education. The recently released Youth in Revolt and this Friday’s A …

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Top 5: Fashion Glasses

Phrases like ‘geek chic’ shouldn’t be thrown around lightly, but when it comes to completely unnecessary accessories, you can call me a geek all you like. For other out and proud nerds, here are some of the most un-cool glasses around which, rather ironically, will make you a lot cooler than everyone else. CLICK ON IMAGE BELOW TO START GALLERY …

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Chambers and Beau cufflinks

I love cufflinks but to be honest I’m not really sure about these from Chambers & Beau. The actual cufflinks in sterling silver look nice enough but I’m not really a big fan of hand stamped initials, names and dates. Still each to their own, they may well make a good present for your Dad, brother etc this Christmas.

Priced at £70.00 a pair, the cufflinks come in a velvet pouch and luxury gift box and are created by award-winning Devon based designer Amy Elson. Chambers & Beau also makes necklaces, bracelets, key rings and collar stiffeners with a handcrafted finish. Many of the designs can also be customised with a choice of original charms and semi-precious stones to create uniquely individual pieces.

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Military watch straps: its the details that count

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Sometimes, its the small details that make an outfit look particularly polished and well thought out. And whilst 80s digital watches are nice, they have become a bit ubiquitous. Striped, military style watch straps – particularly when paired with a vintage watch face – can make a statement. Actually part of the preppy uniform (those bold colours and stripes) and available at stores like Rugby Ralph Lauren in the States, the striped military watch strap can also be found here on grooming site, Carter and Bond.

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Film related fashion: Public Enemies

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On first impressions, current gangster blockbuster Public Enemies starring messrs Depp and Bale may seem to offer little in the way of fashion inspiration. Being so familiar, the gangster genre is not one that can shed a light on looks we may have forgotten about or didn’t know before. But, as ever with menswear, its all about the detail.

And with this film its the hats – fedoras to be precise. Wonderful New York blog all plaid out gives a fascinating view of Optimo, the classic brand who created the said fedoras for the movie. One of those brand insights that leaves you yearning for bygone eras of quality and craftsmanship. I particularly love the detail about the oxblood hat that Depp wears being a colour that “In certain lights looks black in others dark brown”. With fashion for autumn being largely about a certain restrained luxury, details like these should be treasured as inspiration for the coming months.

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Menswear summer picks from Lee Douros, head buyer at my-wardrobe pt2

The second instalment of our summer picks from menswear buyer Lee Douros. There are some beautiful items that will take you stylishly into autumn including a wonderful pair of cornflower blue deck shoes.

Having made their first foray into menswear my-wardrobe have got some exciting brands on board for Autumn, can’t wait for their A/W picks!

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adminMenswear summer picks from Lee Douros, head buyer at my-wardrobe pt2