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

By Stefano on February 27th, 2013

Baracuta Made In England G9 Navy £279

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The original design from 1937 and worn by everyone from mods to scooter boys since, This is available in Navy and several other colours. As you'd expect for the price it is the attention to details that makes it stand out. It is made from 100% cotton, boasts the classic check polyester viscose lining, has ribbed nylon cyuffs and a vent on the back. Oi Polloi

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.



features, Gallery, Style

Style: Patterned Shirts – Uniqlo, Brutus, Paul Smith and more

By Stefano on February 5th, 2013

Patterned shirts are everywhere at the moment from retro mod style polka dot long sleeved classic through to floral patterns in places like Uniqlo.

In fact it seems like pretty much anything goes and the patterns on your shirt can be anything from golfers through to paintbrushes with all manner of floral, willow, dots and paisley in between.

Here then is a selection of ten that have caught our eye.

Uniqlo Patterned shirt £19.90

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Is it floral or willow? You can make your own mind up. One of Uniqlo's many rather lovely, and very cheap, long sleeved patterned shirts. Uniqlo



Clothing, knitwear, Style Safari

Style Safari: Ben Sherman Plectrum Cardigan

By Stefano on January 17th, 2013

One way to beat off the cold is to invest  in a seriously heavyweight lambswool cardigan like this gem from Ben Sherman. The Plectrum Cardigan is Porcelain White with black flecks, is made from super warm lambswool – with a little nylon and is a regular fit.

It features a shawl collar and through zip front and is finished with contrasting patch pockets and ribbed cuffs and hem.

it has just landed in the Ben Sherman online store and sells for £175.



Clothing, knitwear

Last minute Christmas panic? Seven cool jumpers some of which are now in the sale

By Stefano on December 18th, 2012

Farrell Cardigan £135

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Cosy looking grey mainly woollen cardigan from Robbie Williams' new-ish label. Sports a pair of pockets and woven football buttons. Farrell

Not bought that Christmas jumper for the man you love yet? Or maybe your are a bloke who wants some new knitwear to help you face the sleet, snow and driving rain that is coming next month?

Here are few suggestions, some of which are in the sale.

 



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



Accessories, knitwear

How to wear a scarf – and ten you’d look great in

By Stefano on November 20th, 2012

In Winter, at least, the obvious purpose of a scarf is to keep your neck warm, but sartorially speaking a scarf has a multitude of uses from adding a splash of colour to an otherwise slightly dull suit through to adding a degree of formality to casual clothes.

Personally I am a die-hard stripey or houndstooth scar wearer. They can look superb when contrasted with plain knitwear – like a decent Merino or Cashmere jumper. You can buy stripeys everywhere from high street stores to the real thing – college scarves which these days are more likely to be found in vintage stores than charity shops.

A chunky scarf adds texture to your outfit, as does a lively pattern. A scarf can also be a block of colour which livens up your outfit (take note suit wearers!), be aware of the colour of your coat because generally speaking, the brighter the colour the worse it looks with black. Think of fuchsia or neon yellow with black; they could both look tacky unless done well. Choose a shade which is more unexpected think pumpkin, cobalt blue or forest green. Pick the right colour and it’ll liven up your winter complexion too!

Using your scarf as the finishing touch to a certain outfit works really well, think of Terry Thomas‘ silk scarves, they add a dose of panache to his look. Tootal has been kitting out well-heeled gentlemen in scarves for decades so they are a good place to start. If you have a bit more budget then Drake’s is the brand for silk scarves.

Don’t forget Savile Rogue too. It has been making Cahsmere footy type scarves for a while now and they are very classy – think Roberto Manicini more than Neil Warnock…

Anyhow here are a few for you to look at

Ocabini Cashmere Stripe £50

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Links

J Crew Tassell

Drake’s Polka Dot

Ocabini stripey

Free Authority Houndstooth

Tootal Microlite Polka Dot

Luke 1977 Polka Dot

Excellent Scarf

Ben Sherman Plectrum College

Savile Rogue



features, Footwear, Jeans & Trousers, knitwear, Trends

Trend alert – 60s mod monochrome black and white shirts, trousers and more

By Stefano on November 16th, 2012

Adams Black and White Dogstooth Trousers £85

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Made from Pure Wools, Mohair Wool and Polyester Blends, these have a straight slightly narrower leg 16.5 inch bottoms. Adams of London

One of the likely big trends in women’s wear for next is year monochrome black and white.  Think Bridget Riley, op art, stripes of varying lengths, maybe a bit of dogs tooth too.

Apparently stripey op art style dresses by the likes of Marc Jac0bs are predicted  to drip on down to the High St. 

Chances are that the mod monochrome look will also have an influence on menswear too, which is good news for the heritage brands who t are always selling 60 influenced clothes. Here are few items that are likely to be (coughs) bang on trend next year.



Accessories

The Parka revival – and why I won’t be buying one

By Stefano on October 17th, 2012

I was never really a proper mod, but have worn mod gear for most of my life. Even more so as I have got older. Maybe the assertion that mod clobber is something that is perfect for the elder gentlemen has a grain of truth in it.

Personally I have never really got on with so called ‘mod parkas.’ Actually let’s call them ‘classic parkas’ to differentiate them from the man-made fur trimmed zip up variety so beloved of 70s school kids and birdwatchers. While most mod gear from button down shirts to three button jackets seem to perfectly encapsulate the mod creed of ‘clean living in difficult circumstances’ and look sharp, parkas seemed to be a bit of an anachronism for me. What is the point in investing in that perfect mohair suit if you are going to stick a large shapeless and rather scruffy looking coat over the top? Also the original fishtail parkas back in the 50s came from Army Surplus stores and were often the worse for wear.

Fishtail parkas remind me of the part time mods from the 80s who couldn’t be bothered with the trappings but just flung on parkas adorned with Who badges to keep in with their tribe. A few weeks later they morphed into casuals. In fact you could argue that their popularity largely stemmed from the association with Quadrophenia. Maybe Phil Daniels is the only person who ever looked cool in one.

Sure if you are scooting round town on your Vespa parkas make more sense, but for me parkas especially of the classic fishtail variety are a bit of a retro revival too far. Surely the ultimate mod coat is a very smart three/four button crombie style in mohair.

It is interesting though that the classic parka seems to be making a real comeback this year. Part of this is being fueled by stirrings of a mini mod revival – you really ought to see this - but I guess the re-emergence of the parka is largely due to the fact that prominent retro brands from Ben Sherman through to Merc and Pretty Green, are all exercising a very serious pull over style conscious 30 and 40 something blokes. And they all have parkas in their range.

What is also interesting are the various ways in which the parka is being reinvented. The North Face, and other decidedly non-mod leisure brands have their own take on the parka. Then there is this bizarre coat from Ben Sherman which adds leather (!?) trimmings. Very odd.

Anyhow, if you do fancy a parka here are few to look at.

Ben Sherman Plectrum Leather Sleeve Parka £495

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The Mod meets Rocker parka that incorporates bits of leather. That would have confused them on Margate beach in the mid 60s Ben Sherman



features, Gallery, Shirts, top ten, Trends

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!



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Jacamo’s stylish menswear for big fellas

By Ashleyn on September 14th, 2010

Sponsored post from Jacamo

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If you are a big fella you’ll know how tricky bit can be sometimes to buy stylish clothes made my your favourite brands. That’s where Jacamo can help. No ordinary menswear collection Jacamo has items from over 40 top brands ranging from Southbay’s knitwear through to Nickelson’s funky polo shirts and Ben Sherman’s classic tops. Best of all some are in sizes that are exclusive to Jacamo.

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Perfect for autumn is this always stylish Southbay Reefer coat. No matter how tall and wide you are Large Menswear from Jacamo has great large menswear for you.



Trends

GFW street style: tasselled loafers and neutrals

By admin on June 9th, 2008

I’ve been literally running around Earl’s Court trying to get pictures of the best-dressed men at GFW for you.

When I spied Roberto Alessandro’s tasselled loafers I knew I had to include him in our street style selection. Roberto is 21 and a 1st year Fashion Styling student at Salford. The aforementioned loafers come from Brick Lane and together with the polo shirt and OTT gold chain makes for a great look that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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Clothing, News, Trends

Is pink one of the colours of the season?

By admin on May 28th, 2008

greyone.jpgIn the London paper today, they’ve stated that silvery grey is the colour of the season. I doubt it will be, due to grey shirts showing sweat more prominently than other colours but that’s not my main steak with this article. More problematic is the colour they’re teaming it up with – pink. Back when men started wearing pink, it was a statement of a softer side, the kind of man who cries watching Sex and the City before going back to chop some wood and crush a beer can on his forehead.

The problem is that in the last couple of years, pink has become very popular amongst men. Specifically, the FHM bloke, who have claimed the pink shirt as their own with the same vigour they claimed Ben Sherman shirts and misogyny. For anyone who doesn’t want to be mistaken for a swaggering idiot, this means pink off the colour menu.



Clothing, Heroes and Celebrities

Paul Weller for Ben Sherman

By ShinyMedia on April 27th, 2007

Paul_wellerThe Modfather Paul Weller has teamed up with Ben Sherman to produce a range of shirts. Entitled Paul Weller Candy the range is made to the Weller’s specifications and features 5 bold stripe combinations. Weller gave precise specifications including cuff size, collar buttons and back pleat for the shirt which retails at £55. If you fancy yourself as King of the Mods then Ben Sherman have produced a limited edition version of the shirt which is only available at their Carnaby Street store and will set you back £120. For that price you get an individually boxed and numbered shirt made in in England and hand finished in Brighton.




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