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Style – summer jackets and blazers: Albam, Merc, River Island and more

By Stefano on June 17th, 2013

What with the vagaries of the British summer is sage advice never to leave home without a jacket. And if you need something a bit smarter than the lightweight navy anorak with white piping that the world and his dog has been stepping out in this June, check out these slightly more formal summer jackets.

Merc Hemingway Stripe Single Breast Blazer, Navy/Red £179

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Opt for some Mod magic with Merc's Hemingway blazer with vertical stripes. The jacket is cut with a regular fit and tailored with a single breast with 3-button fastening and 2 flap-covered front pockets. John Lewis



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Andy Warhol Pepe Jeans Campbell Soup Jacket

By Stefano on April 15th, 2013

Campbells Soup Jacket £129.99

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Ok, so the Pop Art spotlight is very much on Roy Lichtenstein at the moment what with his retrospective at the Tate Modern in London.

But when it comes to a style/art crossover then there’s only one pop art name that counts, and that’s Andy Warhol.

There are literally hundreds of Warhol’s prints available on t-shirts – check this lot out - but if you want something different how about this Pepe Jeans jacket which I spotted at Atom Retro and is part of the The Andy Warhol Collection from PJ.

It is a very striking looking blue jacket with a zip, 60s style collar and side pockets, But best of all is the lining which is a very cool reworking of the famous Campbell Soup Warhol print.

It sells here for £129.99.

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Gibson’s Navy Mod style Boating Blazer

By Stefano on March 15th, 2013

Gibson blazerWeller has always been a big fan. The Who used to wear them and thousands of Mods have teamed them up with white Wranglers and loafers.

But the trouble with many boating blazers is that they make you look like an overgrown public school boy.

Not this one though. it is a classic sixties mod type jacket from Gibson London and comes with three buttons, two flap pockets to sides, Mod ticket pocket to right side and open welt left breast pocket. There’s also cool Retro button detail to cuffs and Psychedelic Sixties Paisley trim to the inner lining.

Yours for £174.99 from Atom Retro



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Style: Bradley Wiggins and Fred Perry unveil a ‘cyclists’ Harrington’

By Stefano on March 6th, 2013

fredperrywiggins1While I quite liked a few of the items in the Bradley Wiggins Fred Perry range (namely the shoes and the zippy white cycling top) I must admit I wasn’t exactly blown away by them.

And three new items which have been put on the site of the retailer The End (spotted first here) aren’t going to change my mind either.

You can pop here to see the Fred Perry Bradley Wiggins Zip Cycling Shirt and the Fred Perry Bradley Wiggins Half Zip Knit, but the pick of the trio is then the Fred Perry Bradley Wiggins Harrington which is pictured above.

It is basically a Harrington designed for cyclists which in theory sounds like a great idea. It is in a striking Navy Blue (they call it Dark carbon) – which maybe could have been a little more fluorescent – and features two button pockets and a zip. There’s also aback pocket which these days are pretty de rigeiur for any cycling jacket.

It is made from 100% cotton and retails for £150.

If you don’t fancy it then check out H&M’s cycling range here which has a few very cool items in its range. There are loads of Harringtons here too.



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Banana Republic launches Mad Men range (US only for now though)

By Stefano on February 28th, 2013

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Ever wanted to dress like Don Draper and his dapper Madison Avenue chums? Well now you can – sort of. Banana Republic has just launched a range of Mad Men inspired clothing in the US for both men and women which was created by the series costume designer Janie Bryant. Given fashion’s current yen for all things black and white and stripey you might have expected a few more op art type items in the range. But nope, in keeping with BR’s image the range is classy, reasonably well priced and rather conservative. The women’s stuff with its geometric prints and loud stripes is loads better.

I do however like the blue suit, though would have liked an extra button, and it works well with that tie. Not too sure about some of the range but you can make your mind up.

Nice Fedora hat though.

There’s even more here. It might make it to the UK – keep an eye on the website.

Spotted first by Modculture

Brown cotton sports jacket $200

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Two button jacket made from Plaid cotton



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Style – Harringtons – a round up of this year’s best Spring casual jackets

By Stefano on February 27th, 2013

River Island Wool Harrington £70

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Another Harrington hybrid RI bills this as a smarter version of a classic casual jacket. It has a high double buttoned collar, zip fastening and rib trims. Made in a wool mix. River Island

I checked an hour or so ago and it appears that the temperature, in the south east at least, is heading for double figures tomorrow. Spring might not be here, but it is certainly on its way. And that means it is time to ditch that heavy wool coat that kept you warm all winter for something a little flexible and lightweight.

And when it comes to stylish casual jackets it doesn’t get much getter than the Harrington. Always associated with the mod movement – they became popular in the late 60s on skin and suede heads and again in the late 70s and early 80s when they were championed by  Jam fans – they are the staple of heritage brands and everyone from Ben Sherman through to Merc has a range.

Last year Damon Albarn seemed to spend most of the spring wearing his navy Fred Perry and there are plenty of other high profile Harrington wearers like Terry Hall and Daniel Craig.

For a classic you need look no further than Baracuta who were pioneers of the jacket back in the 1930s. If you want something with a twist check out the quilted version or the dog tooth one. Purists please note we have included a jacket or two that could be seen as a bomber jacket/Harrington hybrid. But then we make the rules.

Which one do you like? More on their history here.



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Style: Top Man launches Lux range with this stunning Mohair Cobalt Blue suit

By Stefano on February 19th, 2013

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When it comes to luxury brands the first name that pops into my mind isn’t Top Man. But in the seemingly never ending plan to push that brand upmarket it has unveiled a new range of high-end goodies called Lux.

Due in the stores on March 7th are a range of items in upmarket fabrics, with the price to match – well almost this is Top Man after all.

Pick of the bunch is this Cobalt Blue suit which is made from that 60s staple Mohair. But there are also classic biker leather jackets, silk scarves and fine gauge knit navy T-shirts.

The most expensive part of the range is £300. More details on actual items and prices nearer the time.

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Style – Seven striking Fisherman Coats for landlubbers – H&M, Stutterheim, Jack Wills and more

By Stefano on February 8th, 2013

Who would have thought that Captain Birds Eye would ever be a style role model. Well not quite but fisherman coats and jackets, which started appearing in the ranges of high end brands last year have landed on the (virtual) high street and are here to stay for 2013.

I guess many of these coats are being bought by outdoor types who want to look both sensible and smart, but even if your idea of great outdoors adventure is a trip round the park with the dog you’ll still looks fine in them.

The jackets we have rounded up are split between heavyweight coats designed to withstand the very worst that the North Sea (they are Scandi influenced) can thrown at them and more lightweight numbers that you can team up with deck shoes and shorts.

Stockholm Svart £195

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High quality fisherman's cost direct from a small, but impressive Swedish indie. The makers says that it features the finest craftsmanship, materials and details. Each coat is individually controlled by a skillful seamstress. Stutterheim



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Style Safari – Primark’s blue suede Desert Boots and striking festival-friendly Waterproof Jackets

By Stefano on January 24th, 2013

As you probably already know Primark doesn’t sell its range online. You have to go into the store to buy its clothes. It can also be a bit hit and miss with what it sells too. However the spring  collection, which seems to be filtering its way into its stores now, looks like its strongest for a while.

We have already written about blue suede shoes (well navy ones, but that doesn’t have the cheesy pop culture link) already and Primark has a pair of blue Desert Boots for the give-away price of £15. Like the grey/brown trim and laces too.

Another £15 goodie that caught our eye are these waterproof hooded jackets. They are available in light (Man City esque) blue and brown and sport a white piping at the bottom. They remind me of a jacket that Lambretta sold a few years back.  They look like perfect festival wear.

 



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Style Safari – Our Legacy Rolling Three Button Blazer £205

By Stefano on December 31st, 2012

So 2012 was the year we went crazy about Scandinavian things and men’s style was not an exception. We have already highlighted how Nordic brands are doing well in the UK and here’s another one we love – Swedish fashion house brand Our Legacy.

The brand majors unapologetically on classic stylish items Indeed their mantra, as articulated by their founders Christopher Nying and Jockum Hallin is to create clothes that are “like a classic garment from your grandfather’s wardrobe, remodelled to fit our life and our time.”

Just like this very striking three button blazer in light grey. It is a 100% wool slim, two-button silhouette, with a third button hidden under the lapel. This means that it can be worn as either a two or three-button jacket. Its is made from a heavy weight Italian virgin wool fabric, with horn buttons, a buggy lining and casual patch pockets.You can wear it individually or pair it up with trousers as a winter suit.

Our Legacy clothes are available from a number if stores but this is currently £205, down from £305 in the End Clothing sale.



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Has Bradley Wiggins made the double breasted suit jacket a style trend for 2013?

By Stefano on December 17th, 2012

Every year at the Oscars fashion houses vie to kit the hottest stars in their latest outfits knowing that the coverage generated by that star can make or break a range.

Conversely the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year event isn’t something that fashion brands are too concerned with, but maybe, just maybe, the suit that the winner was wearing last night might spark a new trend.

Bradley Wiggins looked ultra sharp in a suit with a double breasted jacket that was made in London by tailor Mark Powell. It was also made from velvet, which is a key trend this year. So classically stylish but very contemporary – Wiggins hit the jackpot once again. It is such a refreshing change from footballers kitted out in the latest threads from Italian fashion houses.

So might the Wiggins suit help the double breasted suit jacket become a very hot fashion item in 2012?

Well at the moment if you want one they are pretty hard to come by.

Firstly not all double breasted suit jackets are created equal. There are high collar jackets and low collar jackets. Wiggins last night wore a high collar jacket where the top button and the flap of the collar is high. These have roots in Edwardian clothes and were revived during the mid-60s Mod years – where Wiggins, and another high collar double breasted jacket devotee Paul Weller, get their inspiration.

The lower collar ones have the buttons and the flap around half way down the chest. These were popular in the 70s and 80s and I seem to remember  Jarvis Cocker wearing one in an ironic way in the 90s. They are one 80s item that is unlikely to be revived and in many ways are responsible for killing the double breasted suit jacket off.

If you want a double breasted suit jacket now your choices are fairly limited. You could always do a Bradley and give Mark Powell a call. If you are a bit more limited in your resources and want to buy an off the shelf suit then you don’t have too many options. Specialist 60s store Atom Retro has a few in stock, but that’s about it.

A few words of warning though. They tend to look good on tall, skinny fellas like Wiggins and Weller. If you are short or bigger built then maybe stick to a more conventional two/three collar standard jacket.

Also while they look great with the buttons done up they can, like some  pea coats, look a bit messy with the buttons undone. That’s fine for tired and emotional moments at the end of the evening, but not good for meetings with the boss.

Paul Weller

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Paul Weller from a couple of years back with a very smart double breasted jacket - sadly unbuttoned.



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Farrell’s Night Bus From Hell Survival Kit

By Stefano on December 13th, 2012

There are two very good reasons to love Farrell Menswear. Firstly they have some of the most stylish, classic menswear in the UK – in their own words think ‘the perfectionism of Savile Row tailoring, the practical elegance of Michael Caine’s Harry Palmer, the straight arrow modernism of Paul Weller.’

Secondly they have one of the best websites (and its accompanying blog) in UK style. The brand is currently running a Festive Survival Guide which teams up some clothes to get you through some tricky siuations from Christmas parties to post hangover breakfasts.

Our favourite though is the ‘A Naval Touch for The Night Bus from Hell’ which is featured above. It includes the brand’s classic Pea Coat, a striking, and incredibly warm looking cable knit cardigan and a rather lovely pair of wool grey trousers which oddly enough I can’t find on their website. I’ll pass on the tech though (old school BlackBerry – no ta) and I think I might be a bit big for the knickers.

Farrell do have some really gorgeous things in their current range. Here are a few of them. Oh, and the third reason to love them is the video below of their founder which always makes me smile. Details of all the products (and that blog too) here.

Farrell Pea Coat £300

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This is a fairly traditional Pea Coat in Navy with anchor buttons underlining that maritime theme



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Got a spare $6.6 million? Then you can buy the world’s most expensive men’s wardrobe

By Stefano on December 13th, 2012

US blogger Tie a Tie has put together a list of what he reckons are the most expensive items which together would deliver the world’s most expensive men’s wardrobe. And as the bloggers says himself

I think this is the perfect example that money can’t buy style, and certainly can’t buy class.

So what do you get for your cash?

A blingtastic suit that costs $900,000 and is the fruits of a collaboration between luxury designer Stuart Hughes (who is British) and tailor Richard Jewels. It is made from fine cashmere and silk blend, and is decorated with a trip of 480 diamonds with a total weight of 240 carats.

To go with the suit you need a $45,000 Eton shirt which is a tad pricey as it is made from Egyptian cotton and has dozens of diamonds on the studs and cufflinks.

You also get a tie that costs nearly a quarter of a million dollars and the most hideous looking umbrella which will set you back $50,000.

The whole wardrobe is here.



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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



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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.




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