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Everything you ever wanted to know about Duffle Coats – from Scots Indie bands to Harriet Harman

By Stefano on December 12th, 2012

In some ways Duffle Coats are now classics that in theory anyone should be able to wear at any time. However unless you buy a smart one you run two risks. 1 You might end up looking a little too much like Paddington Bear. 2 Cheap ones can look a bit scruffy and won’t do for anything approaching a formal occasion.

However for long winter walks with dog, fidgeting on cold seats at football grounds or just posing by the South Bank they are ideal. In the gallery there is a section of five rather cool Duffle coats, but before we get there here are a few things you may or may not know about them.

1 They date from WW2 where they were standard issue to much of the Navy mainly in tan rather than black.

2 Their popularity in the 1950s largely stems from the huge number of coats that were bought from military surplus stores.

3 Gloverall, a firm originally set up to sell the army surplus coats, started making their own in the late 50s and what we know today as a Duffle Coat – think leather fastenings and Buffalo horn toggles with a double faced checkback fabric – stems from their original designs.

4 They were ubiquitous on the CND marches of the 50s and early 60s worn largely by students and teamed up with French cigarettes and trad jazz records. I am sure Ian Carmichael wears one in the film Lucky Jim, but I can’t find the pic to prove it.

5 Although they have always been available they have had brief period of being very fashionable in the 80s check out the priceless pic of Harriet Harman wearing one) and the 90s (mainly thanks to the Gallagher Brothers).

6 These days they are often associated with Scottish bands – think Belle & Sebastian and Franz Ferdinand.

Pics from PA Images and Gloverall (check out their site for some more amazing Duffle shots!)

Gloverall Made in London Duffle Coat £285

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This is the original, and IMO the best Duffle Coat. Aftre the last war Gloverall bought a load of Duffle Coats from the MOD and have them in stock ever since. This has the classic buffalo horns and leather fastening, shoulder yoke panel, storm flap, side pockets, standard hem, interior pocket and hood with adjusters. And of course the tartan inner lining too. It is made from rich wool. Gloverall



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

 

 

 



features, Gadgets, Gallery

Stocking fillers – 2012′s 20 weirdest gadgets and gifts

By Stefano on November 29th, 2012

Ever wanted a pair of sunglasses that can shoot video? A USB based hand warming system? Or even a cushion that can moonlight as a remote control? Nope me neither. But I sure love reading about them.

Here then are 2012′s weirdest gadgets. Some are actually quite cool, others are borderline useful, but all are just plain weird.

Stockists under the gallery.

 

Electronic Guitar T shirt £29.99

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Ok, it might just look like a black T shirt with a pretty naff design, but this is actually one of the hottest bloke gifts this Christmas. That's because that guitar print is (kind of) a real guitar which lets you play chords and strum along to your favourite rawk tunes. It even comes with a mini amp that apparently goes up to 11. If you are more Hot Chip than Van Halen there's also a drum machine kit in the range too.

Electronic Guitar

Table Tennis

Camper Van

Viper R/C copter

USB hand warmer

Shower curtain

Jetlev

Bluetooth shower speaker

Bike Light

Remote Pillow

Camera Lens Mug

Trotify

Baby suit

Video sunglasses

iPad joystick

Lavnav

Self-stirring mug

Thumbs Up

iPad retro music centre

Ed

 



Gallery, Shirts

Stocking fillers – five patterned party shirts

By Stefano on November 27th, 2012

It will very shortly be the party season and chances are you will be soon be an inebriated state confessing all to Tim in accounts about your cunning plan to later trap Susanna from sales with a sprig of mistletoe.

That probably won’t go to plan unless you are looking your best and that of course means the classic Christmas patterned shirt. So it is best to ignore the cheap ones, anything with reindeers and patterns that look like someone has vomited all over it and get yourself a classic.

It seems to be pretty much open season in men’s shirts with paisley, floral and all points in between still very much in vogue. Here are five classics. Stockist details underneath.

Pretty Green Floral £115

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Love this slightly off the wall floral pattern. It comes in a regular fit. The details include: button down collar, classic placket, floral print throughout, chest patch pocket, curved hem and buttoned cuffs.

Stockists

Ben Sherman

Pretty Green

Joe Brown

Lambretta

Paul Smith



Celeb style, features, Gallery, music

Mick Jagger’s top 10 crimes against fashion (and there are some corkers)

By Stefano on November 26th, 2012

There was a point somewhere in the 1960s when The Rolling Stones were arguably the best dressed band on the planet. They mixed traditional Saville Row threads with flamboyant shirts, cravats and scarves better than anyone. They were the epitome of pop art cool. Check here for evidence.

But then the coolest of the lot of them, Brian, went swimming, Keef got strung out on heroin and Bill grew his hair out. And from a sartorial point of view things went downhill.

Never mind though because there was always Mick. Trouble is that somewhere around 1969 Mick’s style compass completely went AWOL. Probably about the time he wore that white dress in Hyde Park (sadly our pic agency doesn’t have that image!). Throughout the 70s and well into the 80s, he strutted across the stadiums of the world wearing an increasingly bizarre series of onstage costumes. Maybe that’s the point, they were different, daring and bit camp – just like Mick. Sadly like most of the Stones 80s output they looked pretty crap too.

So please don’t get me wrong I really love the Stones and always will, but I still take great pleasure in presenting you with Mick Jagger’s top ten crimes against fashion. Enjoy. I only wish that we could have shared this one with you too.

And if you want to read about some under rated Stones albums go here. Pics copyright PA

Ruffles

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Frankfurt concert hall, Germany, and to wow the locals Mick donned this little ruffly number in turquoise



Clothing, features, Gallery, knitwear, top ten

10 Men’s Trophy Jumpers to warm your winter wardrobe

By Gerald Lynch on October 24th, 2012

Bit chilly out, isn’t it? If you’re still running about in flip-flops and short sleeves then a) You’re mental and b) take a look at the calendar, it’s the middle of October!

Global warming may be jumbling up the seasons like a misguided game of drunken Twister, but winter’s definitely kicking in now. If the change in weather has caught you by surprise, have no fear! We’ve put together a round up of our favourite trophy jumpers for the season, meaning you’ll be able to make a statement with your knitwear while saving the pennies keeping the immersion heater switched off.

Scroll down to check out our picks!

Topman Grey Wool Rich Triangle Jumper - £30

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A safe bet for both indie nightclubs and the odd snowball fight, this Topman grey wool jumper with triangle pattern costs just £30.

And if you want something classic and stylish try this jumper selection.



Clothing, Coats & Jackets, features, Gallery

Alexander McQueen autumn-winter 2012 menswear collection

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on October 24th, 2012

Words like ‘dapper’, ‘gentleman’ and ‘tailored’ spring to mind when looking at the Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2012 collection. But then there is also ‘avant-garde’ and ‘unique’. Either way, the collection oozes of Britishness with a twist, perfect for the modern gentleman.

Which look is your favourite?

Alexander McQueen AW12

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Clothing, Gallery

Alexander McQueen opens Savile Row menswear flagship store today

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on October 24th, 2012

One month after opening the label’s first women’s flagship store for McQ Alexander McQueen on London’s Dover Street, the label is opening its first ever store dedicated to menswear today. Opening its doors in number 9 on the Mayfair street of Savile Row, famous worldwide as the home of tailoring (the word ‘bespoke’ is understood to have originated from Savile Row when a cloth for a suit was said to “be spoken for” by individual customers), the store will provide the largest offering of men’s ready-to-wear line and accessories.

What about the street’s famous tradition of individually tailored suits you ask? There are plans to develop an in-house bespoke tailoring service which will be housed at the workshop in the basement of the house.

Sharing the same vision as the new McQueen women’s store concept, creative director Sarah Burton commented on the launch: “This new menswear store is like a homecoming for Alexander McQueen, since Lee himself was an apprentice on Savile Row, and tailoring has always been the backbone of the label. I’m excited to be able to offer Alexander McQueen menswear in our new environment that is steeped in the codes of the house.”

The store design draws inspiration from nature and the graphic lines of Francis Bacon, the skeleton, military parades and the faded grandeur of stately homes.

And let’s not forget about the clothes. For inspiration and to see what can be found on the rails in the store, check out the Alexander McQueen Autumn Winter 2012 collection here.

Alexander McQueen; 9 Savile Row, London W1S 3PF



Gallery, Suits & Tailoring

Frencheye reveal Men’s Autumn/Winter 2012 tailoring collection

By Gerald Lynch on August 21st, 2012

Frencheye Men's AW12

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We’ve just experienced our allotted two days of British summer (barely enough time to shake the cobwebs off our deck shoes and shorts!), and so it’s now time to turn our attention to the Autumn Winter trends for 2012.

Frencheye, a London-based tailoring brand who take their inspiration from continental brands like Zegna and Canali, are touting their latest range of evening wear.

“From desk to dinner” is the Frencheye tagline, and the range certainly has the flexibility to impress both in the boardroom and on a classy night out. We’re particularly keen on the use of velvets and moleskins, though it takes a brave bloke to “tip the velvet”, so to speak.

Click here for more info, and click through above for some choice picks from the range.



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‘Total Recall’ premiere photos: Colin Farrell wears Dolce & Gabbana, three-boob lady sadly absent

By Gerald Lynch on August 2nd, 2012

'Total Recall' premiere - August 1st 2012

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Colin Farrell attending the 'Total Recall' premiere held at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California on August 01, 2012.

Hollywood hellraiser Colin Farrell took to the red carpet at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles last night for the premiere of his new sci-flick ‘Total Recall’.

Looking dapper in head-to-toe Dolce & Gabbana, Farrell’s new movie is a remake of the 1990 Schwarzenegger cult classic of the same name. Directed by Len Wiseman and also starring Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel,  Bryan Cranston and John Cho, it follows factory worker Douglas Quaid who discovers he is a lean, mean, double agent killing machine after a routine memory implant operation uncovers memories of his former deadly life.

We’ve got all the shots from the red carpet above, including snaps of guests Ozzy, Sharon and Jack Osbourne.

‘Total Recall’ hits UK cinemas nationwide on 29 August 2012.

IMAGES | PA



Gallery, Shoes

Herring Shoes launch two-tone Harvard II brogues

By Gerald Lynch on July 26th, 2012

Herring Harvard II (Brown)

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You can bet your life on a pair of brogues, the Brandish go-to style that no fashion conscious gent’s wardrobe should be without.

One of our favourite family-run British brands Herring, who’ve been churning out beautiful brogues both traditional and modern since 1966, have just revealed their latest line: the Herring Harvard II.

A two-tone saddle brogue line-up, they’re part of Herring’s Premium collection, and land with a £255 price tag.

Four styles in all are available; a chestnut and navy suede mix, a gangster-friendly mahogany and ivory pair, a mahogany and tam suede look and the chestnut mahogany grain pair pictured above (being our personal favourites).

“The new range is made in the well-established Cheaney factory, renowned for turning out individual styles with hand crafted finishes,” reads the Herring blog.

“This is echoed throughout the Herring Harvard II from the use of a full leather lining to the Goodyear welted leather sole, adding extra comfort, moisture management and excellent shape retention.”

Check out the gallery above for a look at the Herring Harvard II brogues, as well as a selection of choice cuts from the rest of the Herring range.

For more on the range, visit www.herringshoes.co.uk.



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London Collections: Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch made his catwalk debut at Spencer Hart SS/13

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on June 18th, 2012

The crowds were buzzing on the opening day of London Collections: – a new showcase for men’s fashion developed from men’s day at London Fashion Week – but it was nothing like the talk on Twitter when Nick Hart, the man behind Spencer Hart announced that a mystery guest would be walking the brand’s show.

Photo credit: Press Association

As the show drew closer, it was revealed that it would be genious detective, and upcoming Star Trek 2 villain, Benedict Cumberbatch, and we couldn’t wait to head to Old Selfridges Hotel to take our seats.

Nick Hart describes the Spencer Hart man as an independent thinker, which shows in the label’s sharp signature style. The spring/summer 2013 collection of the luxury Savile Row tailor didn’t disappoint; with Jazz age influences and old school glamour key looks included textured finishes, lightweight fabrics (perfect for warm summer days) and classic suede shoes. We particularly liked the mix of black and dark blue fabrics as well, often though as a no-go for many in the fashion industry.

Spencer Hart Spring/Summer 2013

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Cumberbatch has long been a Hart fan, having worn his designs on several red carpet events such as the TV BAFTAs and the Golden Globes, so his guest appearance wasn’t that much of a surprise. As part of a celebrity five piece, Cumberbatch took to the catwalk clutching a cigar and a glass of whisky, while showing off an elegant black silk pyjama set. He was joined by polar explorer Inge Solheim, former English rugby player Lawrence Dallaglio, award-winning artist Stuart Pearson Wright and Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social founder Jason Atherton.

What do you think of the Spencer Hart spring/summer 2013 collection?



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ALOHA!: Ten almost-tasteful Hawaiian print shirts

By Gerald Lynch on April 18th, 2012

ASOS - Hawaiian Print Shirt - £25

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When the summer heat kicks up a wavy haze off the concrete city streets, we know it can be tough to resist the urge to laze around in just your lightest shirts and underwear.

Yet, we just can’t accept the return of the Hawaiian shirt, this summer’s slob-chic must-have. It’s like someone covered themselves in wallpaper paste, tore the pages out of a tattoo catalogue and rolled around in the scraps, off their nut on umbrella-wearing cocktails.

But who are we to judge the fashion gods? We’ve pooled together ten of our favourite offerings from the likes of ASOS and Ben Sherman, ranging from the blindingly garish to more subtle, understated prints if you’re feeling a little less daring but still want to be on-trend when the heatwave finally kicks in.

So grab your hula skirts and piña coladas and dive into the gallery above for our pick of this year’s best Hawaiian shirts.

While you’re at it, have a listen to our short 60′s summer playlist below. It’s sure to instil some sunshine-surfing spirit in you even if the clouds outside your window are stubbornly grey!

 



features, Gallery, Shoes

10 pairs of Brogues to put the Spring in your step

By Gerald Lynch on March 27th, 2012

Adamis (Mr B) from Aldo -£100

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Ah, a good old pair of Brogues; the work horse of mens’ wardrobes across the globe, they’re the one pair of shoes as comfortable in the boardroom as they are down the pub.

The little pock-marked shoe has come a long way from its humble beginnings as cross-country footwear in Scotland and Ireland (the little holes were intended as drainage run-offs when passing through wet terrain) and now everyone from Kurt Geiger to Dr Martens have a fair few pairs in their catalogues.

Whether you’re going for wingtips or semis, black, tan or multi-coloured offerings, we’ve pulled together our ten favourite pairs to put the Spring in your step this season.

Click through the gallery above to browse our picks!



Gallery, Health & Fitness, News, Sportswear

London 2012: Stella McCartney’s Team GB kit for Adidas revealed

By Gerald Lynch on March 23rd, 2012

Team GB London 2012 kit

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British Gymnast Louis Smith (top) poses on a pommel horse as Adidas unveil the British Team Kit designed by Stella McCartney during a photocall at the Tower of London, London.

Forget going for gold. Team GB will be decked out in indigo as they take to the track and field for the London 2012 Olympic games.

Inspired by the Union Jack flag, the Olympic and Paralympic sportswear will feature predominately blue hues paired with red footwear as they compete across the summer.

Designed by Beatle offspring Stella McCartney in partnership with sponsors Adidas, over 900 British athletes will be kitted out with a total of approximately 175,000 items of clothing from the range during the games.

“All eyes will be on the British athletes when they take the stage at the Games,” said Adidas UK Marketing Director Nick Craggs.

“We wanted to ensure that they would be the best equipped team through a combination of leading technologies including PowerWEB and Climacool and a unified and striking team identity.”

So what’s the rough verdict on the kit? While the public seem a little sceptical on the actual “Britishness” of the clothing, it’s garnered unanimous praise from the athletes themselves.

“It is very blue and that is nice and subtle but, at the same time, it does what it needs to do,” BMX cyclist Shanaze Reade told BBC Sport.

“You can often blend in with French wearing red, white and blue but this is completely on its own and makes us feel very British. As females it is all about what it looks like and if you feel good it makes us perform even better.”

110 metre hurdler Will Sharman was equally chuffed, noting that the kit was functional as well as fashionable:

“It needs to be lightweight, which it is, it needs to be aerodynamic and it is. There is no flapping about so, from a performance perspective, it’s exactly what we were looking for. The colours are different but it’s definitely British. I get excited putting it on. It has the Olympic rings on and that gives you pride.”

So what do you think? Will you be sprinting down to your local sportswear dealer to get a piece of McCartney’s Olympic designs, or has one of the UK’s leading fashion designers missed out on a medal this year? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

IMAGES: Press Association




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