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Burton release Heritage collection

By admin on August 28th, 2008

I recently purchased a pair of high-waisted, striped men’s trousers from a charity shop that are from Burton back in the day when it was still called Montague Burton. It was an exciting find and they fit like heaven so when I found out Burton were releasing their Heritage collection my ears pricked up.
First here’s a little history lesson: born Moshe Osinsky, Montague Burton came to England as a refugee from Lithuania and founded the company we now know as Burton.

Click on the image to start the gallery and find out more about the Heritage collection



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Suits & Tailoring, Trends

men.style.com suit you up

By Jonathan Smith on August 27th, 2008

00001fff.jpgIf you are in need of something a little smarter and a lot more expensive than the Topman suit you bought for your court appearance then there is a guide to the coolest cool suits of A/W 08 over at men.style.com with this seasons theme being broad shoulders and wide legs, are we venturing back into the realm of shoulder pads? Sweet lord let us hope not.

I’m a massive advocate of the slimmer cut suit so this is perhaps not the guide for me but I’d say if you’ve got the money then these are a safe bet. Check the full selection out here and jump through to see my 3 favorites.

[Images: Alexei Hay]

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Clothing, Coats & Jackets, Designer Spotlight, Suits & Tailoring

WISHLIST: Alexander McQueen Photo-Print Blazer Down To £258 from £865!

By Will Reid on August 22nd, 2008

Thumbnail image for mcqueen.jpgWhile potentially worrying and probably not at all a good sign, Andy Warhol’s ‘Death Scenes’ have always interested me. His principle was that by repeating the same image of a man impaled on a lamp-post (that’s just one of the prints,) death became strangely banal. This blazer might not be all blood ‘n’ guts (which with McQueen’s history is rather surprising,) but it is undeniably interesting. With city scenes and a fitted shape, this jacket could be worn at work, in the park, at a party and even to a music festival. I like that Matches put it with jeans for a modern edge and if I could afford the £258 price tag, I would go for a crisp white shirt and an Alber Elbaz-style floppy bow-tie. In faded, purple velvet. *Sigh*

Blazer, £258, Matches.com



Clothing, Heroes and Celebrities, Sportswear, Suits & Tailoring

Jude Law for Dunhill A/W 2008-9… including his real hairline!

By Kimberley Foster on July 25th, 2008

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Here is Jude Law, at it again in front of the camera for Dunhill’s autumn/winter 2008-9 campaign. Only this time, the actor got to keep his receding real hairline, including what little tuffs of the stuff that he has left. The lesson in all of this: don’t fool a customer, FOOL! Dior Homme please take note.

More ad pics after the jump…

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Designer Spotlight, News, Suits & Tailoring

‘Suit Yourself’: VMAN 11 Preview

By Will Reid on July 23rd, 2008

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VMAN has just released a preview of their next issue (VMAN 11) and by the looks of this preview editorial, ‘Suit Yourself,’ it is going to be incredible. Reflecting V Magazine’s ‘The Women’ editorial, which took rich photography and a classic country manor to project an image of high-society living, this editorial tells a nostalgic story of traditional tailoring with almost grainy photography used to stunning effects.

The photographic wizard at hand is none other than David Sherry and the story is styled by Jay Massacret. VMAN introduces the editorial with “this year’s fall suits combine elegant fine tailoring, clean lines, and a whiff of smoky nostalgia.” A perfect introduction to a perfect editorial.

See after the jump for the entire editorial with product listings.

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Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities, Suits & Tailoring

Ronaldo’s suit: Yay or Nay? I’m just kidding, of course it’s nay

By admin on July 18th, 2008

ronaldoinwhite.jpgCristiano Ronaldo’s choice of suit clearly got on The London Paper’s nerves as the headline read ‘Cristiano, you look a white idiot’. To be fair, the suit itself was well tailored and it was clearly designed for Ronaldo, which is more than you can say for Rafael Nadal’s Wimbledon party suit. I’ll also make the generous assumption that the trainers were a medical prescription to help him with his injury.

But that’s as far as I’ll go with praise for this outfit. His white shirt is so Daz white that I can’t even make out the detailing, although it looks like it has concealed buttons. Like I said, nice tailoring on the suit though.



Clothing, Lifestyle & Gadgets, Suits & Tailoring

Office Wear Chic In The Independent

By Will Reid on July 15th, 2008

madmencollage.jpgReading through The Independent Online last night, I came across this article by Alice-Azania Jarvis on the art of dressing for work. As she states, “the thing about getting dressed for work – the thing that makes it so very difficult – is that work is definitely not about clothes. On the contrary: in the world of earnest employment, such frivolities are almost frowned upon.”

This isn’t true in the world of fashion, a Lacroix suit in blue silk can be just as suitable as a t-shirt and jeans but every job has areas where comfort and utility are a priority.

Follow this link for the article and master your workwear wardrobe.



Polls, Suits & Tailoring, Trends

Does this guy pull off the short suit look?

By admin on July 8th, 2008

yayornay.jpgThis portrait of a F.I.T student in New York magazine’s look book isn’t technically a short suit, it’s a blazer with shorts – but it’s close enough. We’ve seen a multitude of badly worn short suits lately but this one is a lot closer to looking good than the rest. For starters the top half is great – nicely tailored blazer, great shirt and nice use of colour with the tie. The bottom half, however, is a different story.

For starters his short shorts are too wide, and make his legs look like matchsticks. But the socks are really what kill the outfit for me. But enough of my opinion, what do you think? Take the poll after the jump and let me know if you reckon this chap finally got the short suit right.

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News, Suits & Tailoring, Trends

I’m Still Not Convinced- The Short Suit

By Will Reid on July 3rd, 2008

shortsuit.jpgA while ago, we remarked on how a Telegraph feature on the short suit had used rather unusual models to create an unflattering portrayal of the look.

However, this picture (taken at the launch of Gucci by Gucci Pour Homme in Milan,) shows that even the fashionistos of the industry can’t get it right. While also not the most model-ly of men, Bruce Pask of the New York Times would be one of those I thought could pull of this challenging look.

My verdict? I think this would look better with cropped sleeves. Simply roll up your long sleeves to the elbow or at least take them off the cuff as this contrast of short/sleeve length is usually an unflattering one.

Try shoes that can be worn without socks; a cool loafer or Topman canvas brogue. I, as a bit of a sartorial risk-taker (read: hit/miss dresser,) would add a pair of House of Holland velvet loafers in shocking purple or pink.

Now if only Lapo Elkann would give it a try!

(Image: Wireimage.com)



Suits & Tailoring

Savile Row tailors told what is ‘bespoke’ and what isn’t

By admin on June 19th, 2008

savro.jpgTowards the end of last year, the BBC ran a documentary on the world of haute couture. One of the most interesting things it explored was how fiercely the term ‘haute couture’ is guarded – its definition is protected by French law, so as not to be diluted by ready to wear fashion. I’m sure there are a few shops on Savile Row wishing English fashion history was kept as sacred, after the Advertising Standards Authority yesterday dismissed their claim the term ‘bespoke’ was being misused by a fellow tailor.

Savile Row mainstays brought a complaint against menswear retailer Sartoriani after it used the phrase to describe a range of £495 suits. The Sartoriani suits are cut from an existing pattern with modifications made depending the customer’s requirements – a practice the Savile Row Bespoke Association claim should only be described as ‘made to measure’. The classic definition of bespoke has been around since the 17th century and refers to a suit crafted from a single bolt of cloth, without the use of a pre-existing pattern.

However, the ASA ruled that times have changed and ‘bespoke’ is now synonymous with ‘made to measure’. Sartoriani called the decision a victory for “affordable luxury”. “If people want to save money, they best thing they could do is go to Asda and buy a £90 machine washable suit,” was the Savile Row rebuttal. I wonder if Kanye knows the difference?



Heroes and Celebrities, Suits & Tailoring

Sir Paul Smith interviews Paul Weller

By admin on June 11th, 2008

weller_smith.jpgIn case, like me, you missed it over the weekend, the Independent’s Saturday supplement ran a great interview with two icons of modern British fashion, Paul Smith and Paul Weller. Even better, Sir Paul, a long-time Modfather fan, was the one asking the questions.

Touching on the two Pauls’ early fashion influences, their creative processes and interweaving history (and Weller’s £250 ‘scrapbook’, currently being sold in Paul Smith stores) it’s an excellent read.



Clothing, Entertainment, Suits & Tailoring

Lessons from Big Brother 9: how not to wear a suit

By admin on June 9th, 2008

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With Big Brother set to take over many people’s lives (in the UK) I thought it only fair that I start judging the male housemates style. I had planned to focus on everyone, but Luke really stood out from the crowd.

If you’re not on a first name basis with the contestant or – god forbid – don’t watch Big Brother, Luke’s a student who is a big fan of suits. However the suits he wears are the type that most students would have – oversized ugly ones. I appreciate the effort, but he hasn’t pulled the look off (see for yourself after the jump) instead of the powerful young man he no doubt envisions in his head, he looks like he stole his older brother’s suit.

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Suits & Tailoring

Are short suits a genuine threat to the workplace?

By admin on May 30th, 2008

shortsuit.jpgAs part of their monthly crusade to change the way we think about menswear, GQ’s latest issue is trying to convince the great British public to embrace a look exclusively reserved for schoolboys under 11 and runway models – short suits.

Topman claim the trend is already gathering pace, with their checked blazer/short combo flying off the shelves (although how likely is it they’re being bought as a set rather than individual pieces?)

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Accessories, Suits & Tailoring

Caviar print ties from Etsy

By admin on May 27th, 2008

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Expressing yourself through the medium of a necktie is a dangerous thing. Thankfully Toybreaker’s screenprinted ties are million miles away from the novelty Winnie the Pooh/Simpsons/Taz/Whatever ties that you see reluctantly balding middle managers wearing on the tube into work.
The Caviar range depicts a smattering of your finest fish eggs over slim silk (but crucially, not skinny) ties. There are four colourways to choose from, Beluga, Salmon, Sturgeon and Wasabi Tobikko and colours have been Pantone-matched. Buy them now on Esty at the discounted rate of $75.



Jeans & Trousers, Polls, Suits & Tailoring

Poll: Do you like short shorts?

By admin on May 14th, 2008

short shorts facehunter style salvage.jpgShorts shorts disappeared off the radar for a bit at Brandish but the sun has come out, the Sartorialist is obsessing over cuffing and at Style Salvage they’re getting all heated over the guy on the left, so they’re back on our minds.

Bang on time for Wednesday here comes a poll for you to add your tuppence worth, let us know what you think of short shorts after the jump.

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