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Clothing, Coats & Jackets

Aero’s 30s style (On The) Waterfront jacket

By Stefano on December 12th, 2012

Want to look like Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront? Good to see that Aero is resurrecting the thirties style jacket worn by Terry Malloy in the iconic 1954 film. I always associate this type of jackes with the depression era of the 1930s, so given the current economic climate they really ought to be well in vogue.

It is a Green and Black “Trapper” Check wool with 100% wool knit in black and a period style figured rayon lining (though if you feel the cold you can also have it with an Alpaca Wool lining for an extra £20. Aero has made the sure the period detail is accurate by including period zipper and using blind studs on the pocket flaps.

And here he is wearing one in the movie.

Yours for £280. First spotted by His Knibs



Clothing, Coats & Jackets

Stutterheim brings Swedish old school raincoats to the UK

By Stefano on December 11th, 2012

I am not sure about those grimmest winter in 100 years predictions but the weather is bound to take a turn for the worse in the coming weeks and get colder and damper .

So now is probably a really good time to invest in a raincoat that comes from a place where they know all about harsh climates. The Stockholm coat comes from a Swedish company Stutterheim who have just started shipping across most of the globe.

The Stutterheim range is the brainchild of one Alexander Stutterheim who takes his inspiration from his grandfather, a keen fisherman who went out in all weathers.

‘I discovered his old rain coat in an abandoned barn. In that moment, old memories struck me and I instantly wanted to wear his coat. It was both stunningly cool and very practical too (although big as a tent). Carefully, I brought it back home to my kitchen and imagined it in an updated, contemporary version. A homage to my granddad, and the quest for life.

After my discovery, I went out to buy a piece of oilcloth. I put it on the kitchen floor and cut out a design using the old coat as a pattern. I showed the sample to a couple of friends. And after some improvement, there it was – the 60‘s raincoat from the archipelago, updated to fit the modern man.’

Stutterheim now offers a range of coats all hand made in Sweden, with the most expensive being the £750 Avrid (above), a version of Alexander’s grandfather’s old city coat which is made from heavy duty, waxed cotton fabric and has a cotton lining.

At the other end of the scale is the £158 Stockholm Bla (blue) (below) and features double welded seams on a cotton fabric which you keep warm by using the snap closures and drawstrings.

Maybe it is not something you’d wander round too many English cities wearing, but it is perfect for days out when you have a choppy, wistful sea as a backdrop.

Btw check out the Stutterheim website for some great pics and an interesting taken on why Sweden has produced so many great melancholics – August Strindberg, Ingmar Bergman, First Aid Kit.

They also have a pop up store on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch coming next week.

Don’t forget our Nordic fashion special here.



Clothing

Men in tights! The awful truth about Meggings and the tabloid frenzy they have whipped up

By Stefano on December 10th, 2012

Mention men in tights and I get images of thespians prancing about in medieval costumes reciting the words of the great bard. However if you believe the papers today you soon might be seeing men in tights – or Meggings as they have come to be known – on a street near you.

Meggings have apparently become a cult clothing item in Manhattan and have got both the Telegraph (taking fashion world by storm!) and the Mail (must-have fashion item) very excited this morning. Both claim that at least one high street retailer, Uniqlo, is selling them this side of the Atlantic.

But are they really tights for blokes? They look a lot to me like Long Johns which men have been wearing since, ooh, the Crimean war and are available in many high street stores. The Uniqlo ones are part of their Heattech range and have been available for ages. I guess the difference is that Long Johns are worn under trousers while Meggings are worn instead of trousers.

A quick trawl did reveal this pair from ASOS (which look like they are supposed to be worn with shorts) and also a leopard print pair - but Dave Lee Roth and other hair metal types have been wearing these for decades. You see them occasionally on Russell Brand wannabes in East London too. Mick Jagger has been spotted wearing them too – but then his crimes against fashion are notorious.

I do think this might be one fashion trend that disappears very quickly.

If you are tempted to pull them off you will need great legs for a start. Perhaps the best way to wear them would be under shorts in a way that many women do these days.

Would you wear them then?



Accessories, Cameras, Clothing, features, Gadgets

Christmas shopping for men; your complete guide – gadgets, jumpers, scarves, randoms…

By Stefano on December 7th, 2012

Over the last few weeks we have been ultra busy putting together a series of guides which may prove very useful if you are buying presents. Here then is the full list

Gadgets

Top weirdest gadgets and gifts

Best gadgets for under £200

The ultimate tech Xmas present

Retro gadgets that are actually very cool

Best Android phones

Best PC games

Best mini tablets – iPad mini, Nexus, Kindle Fire HD

Best ereaders

Style

Best classic jumpers

Best trophy jumpers

Best under £30 jumpers

Cashmere jumpers on the cheap

Best scarves

Five party shirts

Velvet party jackets

Iconic rock band t shirts

Cool Chambray shirts

Music

Top debut albums

Top psychedelic albums

Random gifts

Best Blu-ray movies

Bikes, scarves, accessories etc



Clothing

Christmas party trend – Velvet jackets – but are you ‘money’ enough to wear one?

By Stefano on December 6th, 2012

The last time that Velvet jackets seriously disturbed the High Street was in the 90s, when inspired by movies like Swingers and clubs like Smashing, dressing up like Noel Coward (and don’t forget that neck scarf) became a must for both gay and straight men.

It seems now that velvet jackets are making a return to the High Street now. They have apparently been doing the round on the catwalk for a while and now everyone from Mango through to M&S are offering rather striking Velvet jackets.

The big question is, to borrow from Trent from Swingers, are you money enough to wear one? In the past velvet seems to have been kept for special occasions, parties, big nights out.

It now seems that the new jackets, which mix different fabrics and effects with velvet and also available in a variety of colours, are designed to be worn a lot more often.

If you want to read more Fashionising has a great article here with loads of catwalk pics

Anyhow, if you are attempted here are a few to consider.

 

Ted Baker Switzz Dark Blue Denim Look Velvet Blazer Jacket £220

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This would be a great jacket for both big nights out (and smaller ones too). It is made from velvet, has three pockets and one button and looks like heavy denim - though of course it won't fade. Ted Baker



Clothing, features, Gallery, knitwear

The Nordic invasion: Why Scandinavian brands are rising in popularity among British men

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on December 6th, 2012

Menswear has traditionally taken a background role in the world of fashion, letting women mode reign the catwalks, column inches and shopping baskets. But over the last couple of years something has been brewing and these days menswear is as interesting – if not more – than the apparel made for women.

Leading the leading the pack are brands that come from the North – no not Newcastle, not even Scotland. We’re talking about brands that hail from the Nordic countries, the countries of snow, darkness and ingenuity. But why is Scandinavian menswear proving so popular on the isles known for their traditions?

Why are Scandinavian brands so popular among British men?

Anyone who has spent some time scouring the high street and internet for interesting menswear will have taken note of brands from Denmark, Norway and especially Sweden.

As a born and raised Scandinavian who is now living the life of an expat in my adopted home town of London – a modern day Viking, without the violence – it is fascinating to see the Scandi influence on British menswear these days. I won’t go into much detail about how amazing Scandinavian culture, lifestyle and designs are as this could be considered rude of me (but they really are).

But something of the Nordic minimalistic design has captured the interest of British men. Perhaps it is the focus on functionality (never underestimate the power of the humble fleece jacket when it’s minus 25 degrees outside!), as knitwear and weatherproof garments are seeing yet another season of popularity, combined with style and comfort.

The Scandinavian way of life

Of course the influx of Nordic flavour in all areas of life in recent years will have helped put the Norse firmly on the map: TV shows (The Killing!), furniture and housewares (Ikea is a favourite), music (think First Aid Kit and Sigur Ros), and not to forget the food and drink (meatballs, salmon, reindeer, sickly sweet cider).

It also helps that the hipsters and stylish geeks in London (and other cities) have embraced what us Norse consider practical mountain wear to be part of their uniform. Who doesn’t like a Fjellraven backpack for city hiking to the summit (read: riding a fixie bike to Dalston).

Whatever the reason is, as a Scandi expat, one thing is certain: Britain is starting to feel (even more) like home…

If you’re after some inspiration on which Scandinavian brands to include in your wardrobe, check out the gallery below. Just be warned, as with most Scandinavian things they also come with the price tag to match.

Acne

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Pamuk blue sweater. Available from Acne for £240

 

 

 



Clothing, Cycling, News

H&M teaming up with Brick Lane Bikes for cycling-in-style range

By Gerald Lynch on December 5th, 2012

H&M are getting set to partner with the uber-trendy London cycling experts at Brick Lane Bikes for a new Spring range aimed at cyclists.

Taking design advice from the custom bike specialists, H&M are putting together an 11-piece capsule collection, with the aim being to design a range that cyclists can comfortably and safely wear while riding, and not look like trainspotters once they’ve dismounted and locked up their bikes. It’ll save having to bring a separate set of cycling clothes to work, so long as you keep a can of deodorant handy too.

Highlights of the range include practical Henleys and, yes honestly, a fitted tweed blazer. We can just imagine Bradley Wiggins pulling out his wallet as we type this post up!

Launching on 7 March 2013, the release of the collection and that blazer coincides nicely with the London Tweed Run for 2013, too.

Scroll up to view a video sneak-peak of the range and some of the minds behind its inception.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, News

Yoko Ono’s John Lennon inspired menswear debut looks like a Nathan Barley joke

By Gerald Lynch on November 28th, 2012

 

We’re not sure what we should have expected from Yoko Ono’s debut menswear collection for Opening Ceremony, revealed today. But had we thought about it logically, it’d probably have been something as barmy as what she’s indeed delivered.

Featuring neon pink shades, arse-exposing mesh trousers and the sort of abstract cock-and-balls motif that’d make Alan Partridge blush, it’s like a fashion line torn straight from the script of a Nathan Barley episode.

Though “inspired” by her late great husband and former Beatle John Lennon, we can’t *Imagine* him walking about Liverpool wearing any of this. Having said that, some of these aren’t that far off of Rolling Stone Mick Jagger’s many crimes against fashion.

Scroll down to check out the collection, available from early December at Opening Ceremony’s Covent Garden store, 35 King Street, London WC2E 8JG

Yoko Ono - Opening Ceremony debut menswear collection

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Pink mesh Cutout Shirt (approx £90), white wool with contrast colored black hand Hand Trouser (approx £209)



Clothing, Coats & Jackets, Jeans & Trousers, music

Jimi Hendrix’s guitar, leather trousers, jacket, hat and shirt up for grabs today

By Stefano on November 27th, 2012

Are you experienced? At bidding? Well you need to be quick. If you are a Jimi fan then you need to get here asap as they have a brilliant selection of Jimi’s stuff from the 1960s which only has a few hours left to go.

Flip through the gallery to see what’s up for grabs. The guitar has a starting bid of £120k which doesn’t actually sound that pricey. The hat is a bargainous £4k

Incidentally Jimi would have been 70 today. Happy Birthday fella.

 

Jimi Hendrix leather trousers

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A pair of brown leather flared ladies trousers size 14 worn by Jimi Hendrix. the trousers with zipper fly and jean style patch pockets to the rear were worn during 1967 /68



Clothing, News, Suits & Tailoring, Trends

Androgyny is in as Men’s Saint Laurent Paris Spring/Summer 2013 range fronted by female model

By Gerald Lynch on November 26th, 2012

Ever found yourself wandering around your favourite boutique, uncertain which rail was menswear and which was aimed at the fairer sex? That shouldn’t be a problem come next Spring as, if Saint Laurent Paris’s New Year menswear range is anything to go by, androgyny is in.

The newly rebranded ready-to-wear arm of the legendary Yves Saint Laurent fashion house has seen its creative director Hedi Silmane pick Dutch female model Saskia de Brauw as the face of its Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

The wiry 31 year-old model looks sharp in the line’s tailoring, with her cropped cut hair and defined bone structure giving her a Jagger style swagger that many male models would struggle to pull off. It’s not de Brauw’s first gender-bending modeling stint, having done previous work during the Givenchy Spring/Summer 2013 menswear show.

Silmane is well known for his gender-neutral styles too, championing slim-fit trousers and suits for Dior Homme that have been as popular with the ladies as the men they were first aimed at. As a result, the new campaign for his debut line for Saint Laurent Paris will stress that all items are available to both genders.



Clothing, Gadgets

C.Vox – the sound system in a £65 jacket hits the High Street

By Stefano on November 26th, 2012

Intelligent clothing, or wearable gadgets are big news at the moment and only likely to become mainstream next year. we especially like these Bluetooth gloves - brilliant idea.

Now smart clothing is hitting the High Street courtesy of Debenhams (?!) which has just unveiled the C.VOX range which are outwerwear that include built in headphones, speakers and control system that allows wearers to skip, pause, play music as well as answer and hang up calls. The range goes on sale at Debenhams today (18 November 2012), just in time for Christmas.

And, in case you were wondering in what Debenhams claims is a world first the coat is designed by C.VOX (Communiqué Vox) and incorporates a stylish jacket with a top of the range sound system and hands free set, that is completely machine washable.

We kind of like the jacket too which is barbour-esque and padded with no real collar. Prices start at £65 for men and £33 for kids. The jacket in the picture is £95.

Paul Baldwin, Head of Menswear Buying says; “We are thrilled to be offering such an innovative product to our customers. The range incorporates fashion, technology and practicality at a competitive price.”

Features include; a connector point in the pocket which is compatible with all mobile phones and MP3 players and allows the wearer to connect and conceal the devise, a built in washable speaker and a microphone and control system on the sleeve that allows the wearer to skip, pause and play music as well as answer and hang up calls. The earphones are wired through the jacket and concealed in the collar.

The C.VOX range for men and kids includes jackets, gilets and hooded sweatshirts which all incorporate the groundbreaking technology.

So would you buy one?

C.Vox jacket £65

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Clothing, Women's fashion

10 fashion items that your bloke (not so) secretly hates

By Stefano on November 23rd, 2012

Guest blogger Becca Caddy writes…

We’re guessing that many of you will have been down at the pub when a debate kicks off about why women dress a certain way, whether it’s always to please men, please themselves or show off in front of their mates (or secret answer d. all of the above)

Well we’re not psychologists, so can’t give you a definitive answer, but whether guys play a role in how women dress or not, it’s pretty clear some sartorial choices that are really popular among womenkind really REALLY irritate some men.

We conducted a study (OK, so we asked our Facebook and Twitter mates) into which style choices women make that really get to blokes and as you’d expect there’s some of the usual suspects, some surprise appearances and some that were just far too explicit to include.

Men, prepare to get agitated and angry, women, do whatever you like and never feel like you have to throw away those old UGGs that smell like wet dogs just to please a guy…

Thanks to everyone who got back to us, we’ve included some of your quotes throughout the gallery, but do let us know in the comments below if there are any we’ve missed out.

Stockists – if you see anything you fancy, is below the gallery

10. Gillets

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The frustration with gillets spans both genders because, let's face it, they're not full pieces of clothing. If you're warm enough to wrap your body up into a torso-shaped quilt you'll probably need your arms covering too, but not with a gillet, a gillet makes sure your vital organs are snuggly but does away with those not-so-important limbs of yours. The gillet is a favourite among posh birds who may also be wearing an "I own a yacht" style hoody their daddy paid for, but men tend to deplore them because they take away any hint of the female form and make you look a bit too much like the Michelin man or a guy with a stately home who's taking his dogs out hunting. Oh and did we also mention it's not an actual piece of clothing? So ladies, we can't even get out the "oh it's so practical and cosy and comfy" card, because it's not. It's just a non-thing that could (maybe) give you frostbite. And no guy wants a girl without arms.

Stockists

Gillets

Football shirt

Cowboy Boots

Leggings

Vajazzles

Beanies

High heels

Harem Pants

Jumpsuits

Uggs



Clothing, knitwear

Brandish Christmas List #7 Slayer Christmas Jumper

By Stefano on November 21st, 2012

There are a few notable exceptions, but rock band’s merch tends to be of the cheap and tacky variety. Sure the odd band t-shirt can look amazing, but the rest of the range – no ta. And you can treble that rule when it comes to metal bands.

The exception that proves the rule though is Slayer who have just unveiled the band’s Christmas jumper and to borrow parlance from our stateside cousins, it looks awesome. Finished in red and black with the band’s logo and trademark skulls it is sure to get your grandma choking on her Christmas pudding this year.

Anyhow it has proved so popular that it sold out and the bands are now waiting for new stocks to arrive.

It is here and yours for £49.99. Now if only it were available in Cashmere…

 



Clothing, knitwear

Brandish Christmas List #6 William Fox Fairisle Jumper

By Stefano on November 19th, 2012

One of our favourite knitwear brands is William Fox, who have been in the business of manufacturing top quality sporting goods and and assorted gentlemen’s attire for over a century now.

The brand’s new range is available at Present and includes some classics and few quirky items too. My pick of the bunch is this Fairisle jumper in cream – but click through for a whole load of others including some odd stripes and neck patterns.

The jumpers are made from high quality lambswool and start at around £160.

Fairisle Jumper in cream £195

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Clothing, knitwear

Brandish Christmas List #4 John Smedley Gift Hamper

By Stefano on November 14th, 2012

As a rule Christmas hampers tend to be fairly rubbish affairs stuffed with weird dried fruit and odd combination pickles that chances are will reach their sell by date before you get round to sampling them.

However, ace British knitwear company John Smedley have come up with an alternative hamper this year which might be pricey, but is a must have addition to our Christmas list. For your £259 you get a classic Bobby pull over – which are made from top notch merino wool and come in lots of different colours – a Thymus Merino wool scarf packaged in a very striking branded wooden box. They also throw in a £25 voucher and some special wool wash too.

You’ll have to get moving though if you want one. You need to order by Monday 19th if you want the box to arrive before Christmas.




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