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Stunning patterned shirts from Humphries and Begg

By Stefano on December 4th, 2013

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Looking for something a bit bold to wear to your Christmas party? Then check out Portobello Road based Humphries and Begg. The indie fashion brand has a really stunning array of mostly floral shirts (though the red dot short is rather lovely too) with some very striking patterns.

It is a tough choice but our favourite is the Red Poppy shirt, pictured above, although the range of Thistle shirts run them close.

The shirts, which are made by Block Printing, a form of fabric printing that has been used in India for over 5000 years, aren’t too pricey either with most coming in at £45.

More stuff (jackets, accessories etc) and a rather sweet Tumblr blog here



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How Paul McCartney invented the hipster look and indie pop

By Stefano on July 9th, 2013

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When Paul McCartney left The Beatles in 1970 he decided to drop out of public life for a while. Taking his wife and children Macca headed off to his newly bought farm house in the Mull of Kintrye to raise sheep, walk on the beach and pen gentle folky ditties.

It wasn’t until a year later in 1971 when the former Beatle raised his head above the parapet again with the release of the album that had largely been written on Kintrye – Ram. He probably wished he hadn’t bothered. When the press compared Ram with the output of his former sparring partners they found it to be twee, slight and a tad half-baked. It was no match at the time for Lennon’s primal screams or Harrison’s spiritual ditties. Although it sold well Ram became a exhibit A for Macca detractors.

Fast forward over forty years and there is a growing number of both critics and fans that rate Ram as the very best post Beatles solo album. Macca had in Ram delivered the template for much of what we now know as indie pop. It is all there; twee pop (Uncle Albert), folky acoustic strumming (Ram On), re-inventing the Beach Boys (Dear Boy), power pop (Too Many People). Music that delights in big melodies and that wears it tweeness as a badge of honour.

But also take a look at this pic. Macca wasn’t only light years ahead in his music,. He also delivered the template for men’s hipster fashion in 2013. Unkempt beard – check, Fair-isle jumper – check, retro camera -check, ironic tea drinking – check. Credit to @ianbetteridge for the spot.



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Summer is here! Here are our top Loafers and Deck Shoes for men

By Stefano on July 3rd, 2013

With temperatures nudging the early 20s – exciting I know – it finally seems like summer time has arrived. Actually the weather needs to get on the case as we are now less then sixty days until September.

Anyhow it is time to slip yourself into what are the ultimate stylish, classic, always cool summer shoes – Loafers. Here is our selection of the best of the season.

Connery by Peter Werth Mod Loafers £65

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Shertainly a shade of shand schuede that goes well with casual mod clothing.... These slip on style lightweight loafer shoes have a mod twin tassel detail to tab apron. Moulded driving shoe inspired outsole with wrap round heel detail. Contrast retro stitch finish. Atom Retro



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This summer’s hottest plimsolls and canvas shoes

By Stefano on June 21st, 2013

Ever wondered why the plimsoll is called that? According to Nicholette Jones’ book The Plimsoll Sensation in the 1870s it got the name because the coloured horizontal band joining the upper to the sole resembled the Plimsoll line on a ship’s hull. So just like the Plimsoll line on a ship, if water got above the line of the rubber sole the wearer would get wet.

So now we’re officially in summer, we can safely get out our plimsolls! (and hopefully avoid trench foot following a British summer…)

So much cooler than trainers, here’s our top ten plimsolls to step out in this summer.

Paul Smith Shoes Lokai Plimsolls £100

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Paul Smith put their unique twist on the Lokai plimsoll. A blue canvas upper features different coloured lace eyelets and a suede toe with perforated detail. Finished with subtle branding. Schuh



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Style – Cricket Chic – how to look good when watching The Ashes

By Stefano on June 19th, 2013

We are now just a month away from the first game in The Ashes series as the under achieving Aussies face the mighty England team at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. If all goes to plan it will be business as usual with the England team notching up their third Ashes series win in a row. But then again when has it ever gone to plan?

Oddly enough there’s a bit of trend in cricketing garb at the moment. Maybe it is just our penchant for white canvas style shoes or possibly the revival of Great Gatsby era flannels, but there is plenty of cricket influenced fashion in both indie stores and on the high street as well as specialist cricket emporiums.

Here then is what to wear this fabulous cricketing summer. Howzat!

John Smedley Bart Retro 60’s Cricket Jumper £150

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The cricket jumper isn't just for sporty types. It is a Mod wardrobe staple. This 'Bart' Mens V-Neck cricket jumper by John Smedley comes in a cool Vintage ice cream (beige) colour way. Chunky Retro tipping to the low V-neck in purple and Vintage plum. Sixties Mod style fine cable knit detailing throughout. Made from Sea Island Cotton. Atom Retro



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From Paisley to Geometric – this season’s best Patterned Shirts

By Stefano on June 11th, 2013

Don’t be a wallflower when it comes to choosing what shirt to wear this season, as patterned shirts are this summers de rigueur wardrobe staple (so we’re told by those that know such important things..). There’s an infinite amount of patterns to choose no matter how bold you want to be, from: Birds to flowers; Geometrics to computer abstract; And not forgetting the evergreen polka dot and paisley print.

Go pick your favourite patterned prints out of these numbers.

Asos Solid Short Sleeve Shirt With Allover Print £30

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Shirt with all-over print and button down collar. Patch pocket to chest and shaped hem. Made from 100% cotton. Asos



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How to dress like Jay ‘The Great’ Gatsby

By Stefano on June 10th, 2013

In case you hadn’t noticed The Great Gatsby is back in the cinemas again with Leonardo Di Caprio playing the doomed title role alongside his Daily Buchanan, in this instance Carey Mulligan.

Given that the director is Baz Luhrmann of Moulin Rouge and Romeo and Juliet fame the film is not surprisingly rather stylised with much of the fashions that featured in the original 1974 Robert Redford movie cranked up to the max.

Fortunately the 1920s wasn’t a bad look for men, so with that in mind you if you do fancy pretending that you are the king of Long Island here is a jacket and few accessories to help you achieve that look.

Incidentally The Great Gatsby sold very poorly when it was first released. It wasn’t until after Fitzgerald’s death – at the insanely young age of 44 – that soldiers returning from World War two began to read the novel, and not until the 50s when it was first acclaimed an American classic.

Jigsaw Cotton Linen Gabardine Blazer £265

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Single-breasted jacket in Italian cotton and linen gabardine blend. Features flap and welt pockets, functioning button cuffs and a double back vent. Complete the look with the co-ordinating Gabardine trousers also available. Jigsaw



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Style – Men’s Polo Shirts on a budget

By Stefano on June 6th, 2013

Round about now I go on a mad search in my wardrobe for my collection of Fred Perry’s. When that search proves fruitless I normally treat myself to a polo shirt or two, one from here or here and another cheapo from a High Street store.

If that’s you cunning plan too, here is a round up of some of the best High Street polos.

Cos Fine-knit polo shirt £49

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Short-sleeved polo shirt made from a fine silk and cotton knit. Classic fit, with ribbed cuffs, hem and collar with front button fastening. Cos



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Style – Summer Hats round up – Zara, Fred Perry, Ted Baker and more

By Stefano on June 5th, 2013

Grey tape striped flat cap £22

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With navy tape style trim and contrasting centre stripes. Metal logo detail to the side. Debenhams

In case you hadn’t noticed the sun has suddenly decide to grace us with its presence which is great news for everyone, except for those of us who are folically challenged.

It is now the time of year when hat wearing shifts from begin a quirky affectation to a necessity.

Fortunately there’s a pretty good selection in the stores at the moment ranging from classic flat caps to straw boaters and Fedoras for those lounging by the river pretending to be an extra in Brideshead type moments – oh that’s just me then…



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Style Safari – Retro Sunglasses guide

By Stefano on May 20th, 2013

With summer fast approaching (- or due to make an appearance any time now) your look is not complete without a set of shades. With so many different styles to choose from and plenty of good High Street versions at a fraction of the cost, some of the coolest ones right now have got to be retro inspired ones. Sunglasses have become iconic items in fashion terms, with certain styles becoming synonymous with particular famous people in history; From James Dean, Gregory Peck, to Roy Orbison and Karl Lagerfeld (- and not forgetting Tom Cruise in Top Gun, if we have to…) here’s our top 12 cool retro picks…

Gregory Peck acetate round-frame sunglasses by Oliver Peoples £252

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Made from clear acetate with a P3 lens shape, these strike the perfect balance between classic and contemporary. Inspired by the signature frames worn by Gregory Peck in the film 'To Kill A Mockingbird', this retro-inspired design includes an exaggerated keyhole bridge and genuine horizontal plaques on the frame front and temples. Selfridges

 



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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.

Click on for some more Warhol inspired clothing



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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



Clothing, Cycling, Style, Style Safari

H&M/Brick Lane Cycles clothes range goes on sale

By Stefano on March 7th, 2013

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I wrote about this a few weeks ago, but the H&M/Brick Lane Cycles clothing range has gone on sale today and you look at all the items and check out all the prices here.

In case you missed the launch.

The spin is that each item has been designed with the needs of modern cyclists in mind. So the items are technically suited to cycling, but still ideal for wearing all day long.

Included are water repellent rider jackets and articulated blazers, caps and more. But is is the vintage-inspired bike jerseys that caught our eye. These are very classy and are made from a mix of Merino wool and recycled polyester.

Describing the range the company says

Shirts come quilted for colder days and in plaid checks with reinforced patches on the lower sleeves. The crewneck top has a zip and ventilation holes, as well as sleeves cut for extra mobility, while the rider T-shirt has a functional pocket on the back. Rider’s trousers similar to a functional chino. Legs are cut for slightly bended knees, a reinforced crotch, and reflective tape seams on the inside leg which are visible when rolled up for extra safety.

I really like this three button tweed style grey jacket. It looks pretty smart for cycling gear is stretch cotton so it moves with you was you cycle and is made from almost all lightweight cotton. And it is a very reasonable £39.99 too.



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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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Dress like Steve McQueen – Barbour unveils new range

By Stefano on March 6th, 2013

It is incredible to think that almost 35 years after his sad and premature death that Steve McQueen remains one of the most recognisable and iconic Hollywood stars.

Barbour certainly thinks McQueen is a legend. The British brand has been adding to its McQueen inspired range.

In keeping with McQueen’s on (and off) screen persona it is tough clothing that you’d expect to wear as you hare round the Mojave desert on a bike.

How this translate to waiting at a bus stop in Romford remains to be seen, but hey we can all aspire.

It is, as you’d expect from Barbour, high quality clobber made from tough durable materials. Some of the items are distressed to accentuate that tough guy look. You can make your own minds up about these.

There are however a few less expensive items that might appeal to film buffs. Here’s a selection,but you can see whole load more here.

Sunblast Jacket £329.95

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This is A7 motorcycle jacket which according to Barbour has the dried out appearance of being in the intense heat of the Mojave Desert.




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