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Androgyny is in as Men’s Saint Laurent Paris Spring/Summer 2013 range fronted by female model

By Gerald Lynch on November 26th, 2012

Ever found yourself wandering around your favourite boutique, uncertain which rail was menswear and which was aimed at the fairer sex? That shouldn’t be a problem come next Spring as, if Saint Laurent Paris’s New Year menswear range is anything to go by, androgyny is in.

The newly rebranded ready-to-wear arm of the legendary Yves Saint Laurent fashion house has seen its creative director Hedi Silmane pick Dutch female model Saskia de Brauw as the face of its Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

The wiry 31 year-old model looks sharp in the line’s tailoring, with her cropped cut hair and defined bone structure giving her a Jagger style swagger that many male models would struggle to pull off. It’s not de Brauw’s first gender-bending modeling stint, having done previous work during the Givenchy Spring/Summer 2013 menswear show.

Silmane is well known for his gender-neutral styles too, championing slim-fit trousers and suits for Dior Homme that have been as popular with the ladies as the men they were first aimed at. As a result, the new campaign for his debut line for Saint Laurent Paris will stress that all items are available to both genders.



Clothing, Suits & Tailoring

Topman turn to tweed for AW12 Premium Suiting Collection

By Gerald Lynch on November 7th, 2012

Looking for a new suit to see you through the winter months? Topman’s newly revealed AW12 Premium Suiting Collection doffs its cap to traditional styles, using coloured herringbones and houndstooth, multi flecked birdseye, tweed and fine Italian fabrics for a classic, nostalgic look without breaking the bank.

Consisting of the Harris Tweed line, the Made in England range and the inaugural Super Premium collection, Topman’s AW12 winter collection leans heavily on slim-fit styles, but use tonal colour schemes to soften the look on men perhaps not usually as comfortable in close-fitting suits.

Gordon Richardson, Creative Director at Topman, said: “Our new elegant Premium Suit collection uses the finest cloths woven in Italy to produce a sophisticated and elegant range with refined bespoke details and a longer silhouette.”

Scroll down to see more shots of the new suit lines, and visit www.topman.com for more info.

Topman AW12 Premium Suiting Collection

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Accessories

Nine Two Five reveal “Debut” designer cufflinks range

By Gerald Lynch on October 4th, 2012

Nine Two Five "Debut" cufflinks

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Nine Two Five have revealed their Debut cufflink collection, pulling together a range of nine pairs based on the famous 925 hallmark.

Starting at £160 and going up to £200 for the most expensive cufflinks in the range, the sterling silver sets strive to “produce classic designs with a modern twist, manufactured with true craftsmanship.”

In the same way you can’t wear a pair of trousers without a good belt, cufflinks really finish off a formal shirt, and also give the opportunity to add a little personal flair to what may otherwise be a stuffy outfit.

Of the entire range, our favourite set is easily the Lapis blue Jelly Bean pair, which are finished with a semi-precious stone inset into the sterling silver link. Call us cheap, but they’re also among the most affordable of the range, priced at £160.

For more info on the Debut collection, and to grab a pair, visit the Nine Two Five website.



Clothing, Suits & Tailoring

Reiss “The Great Tailoring Movement” lookbook shows off A/W 2012 suit trends

By Gerald Lynch on September 11th, 2012

Reiss "The Great Tailoring Movement" A/W 2012 lookbook

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The nights are pulling in, our tops are getting thicker; Autumn is now in full swing. Reiss are the latest brand to reveal their Autumn/Winter collection, showing off their late-season suits under the heading “The Great Tailoring Movement”.

Taking its cues from the continued retro-renaissance, Reiss are getting in early on The Great Gatsby style-shift that’s sure to follow Baz Luhrmann’s big-screen adaptation of the flapper-filled flick.

As a result, expect to see plenty of tie pins, cufflinks, silk scarves and pocket squares, as well as modern roll necks and bold print shirts. Colours invade the jacket too, with prune shades and mohair blends alongside your regular charcoal greys.

“No longer will suits be stuffed in a garment bag at the back of the wardrobe waiting for ‘good reasons’ to be worn,” say Reiss.

“Instead, they can be worn on a daily basis in the smartest of all guises (three-piece, double-breasted, and with distinct styling), without the batting of an eyelid.

“There are various reasons for this. Firstly, there’s a shift in attitude towards the suit. Men are more at ease viewing it as an everyday piece, or at least they are more willing to wear it than before. It has broken its ‘stuffed suit’ reputation; basically dressing up is cool again. Furthermore, they look better. No longer is a simple style, cut and colour acceptable. This season the suit has moved on, and it offers so much more.”

For more on Reiss’s latest collection, click here.



Gallery, Suits & Tailoring

Frencheye reveal Men’s Autumn/Winter 2012 tailoring collection

By Gerald Lynch on August 21st, 2012

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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.



Suits & Tailoring

Make your eco friends green with envy with “sustainable” M&S suit

By Gerald Lynch on June 25th, 2012

Marks and Spencer have today revealed what they’re calling the world’s first “sustainable” suit, putting the planets health on an equal footing with our sartorial needs.

The suit (the one pictured here is for illustrative purposes only) is a “revolutionary step forward for a clothing retailer” according to M&S, who have ensured the suit is made from the most sustainable materials possible.

Taking several years to develop , the different elements of the suit include:

o Wool – the suit is made from organic wool which is fully traceable back to the farms from where it is produced. In addition, all of the chemicals used in the production of the wool fibre are Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) approved, to reflect the fact that as the fibre has been organically produced

o Lining – made from recycled plastic bottles

o Canvas (used inside the main body of the suit) – made from recycled polyester

o Buttons – reclaimed buttons

o Pockets and waistband – made from reclaimed fabric

o Labels – all of the labels inside the suit, even the ‘Care Instructions’, have been made from recycled polyester

“This a huge step forwards for the industry”, said M&S Plan A Expert, Mark Summer.

“It is the first time such an intricate garment has been made of sustainable materials, and as well as being one of the greenest garments available on the high street, it is incredibly stylish and something we hope our customers will be proud to wear.”

Mark continued, “We set ourselves a big challenge with a suit as it contains so many different elements that we had to consider, but as part of our Plan A objectives we are determined to ensure all of the products we sell not only look great but are sustainably sourced; the suit is the perfect example – it is very stylish, of the highest quality, sustainably made – and all for under £350.”

With only 500 of the suits made, the green-fingered among you will have to act fast to snap one up, priced £349. You can read more information about the sustainable M&S suit here.



Suits & Tailoring

A suit for your sport sir?: M&S tailoring tips for all shapes and sizes

By Gerald Lynch on May 25th, 2012

Summer 2012 will be filled with plenty of huge sporting events including the FA Cup, Wimbledon and some other thing that includes a lot of chasing after gold medals. All eyes will inevitably be on the the world’s top sports stars, so as well as having to play well, the pressure will also be on them to look good off the pitch, court or stadium too.

There’s nothing quite like a nice fitted suit, but depending on your frame and body type this can be quite difficult to get a perfectly tailored ensemble, especially if you’re as tall as a basketball player or have the muscular legs of a swimmer.

We can’t all look like David Beckham but that doesn’t mean that you can’t carry off a smart two-piece! It’s all about knowing what style, colour and fabric is better matched to your frame whether you have a body like a pint-sized jockey or a robust rugby player.

We’ve teamed up with Marks and Spencer to offer some top tips on how to choose the right suit based on your sporting physique. Read on to see how you should suit up for your shape!

The Jockey Gent

 If like Frankie Dettori you’re a little on the short side, accentuate your form by following these top tips:

- Avoid suits that give you a box shape – a short jacket can make you look quite square

- Accentuate your height by steering away from double breasted suits

- Stick to either a two button or a one button cut

- Slim fit trousers are more flattering than a single pleat

- Stay away from horizontal and chalk stripes as they can make you look smaller

- Vertical stripes are a great way to create an illusion of lengthening a short frame

M&S Limited slim fit suits range would suit the man looking for a slimmer fit and has a more petite frame.

The Rugby Rogue

Built blokes like Mike Tindall are faced with one of the trickiest problems when choosing formal wear – finding a suit that fits! But ‘larger’ guys can still get a well-tailored design and shouldn’t just ‘make do’:

- A pinstripe suit can help to make you look thinner

- Traditionally, a double breasted suit would be the most flattering

- It’s important that the suit fits you on the shoulder properly

- If you have a large bottom, which is often the case with athletic builds, look out for suits with pleats at the back which have more give

All M&S suits have a ‘wider’ option, so a bigger man can go for a skinny style

The Football Fella

Men with a classically athletic frame like Jamie Redknapp are lucky – almost any suit will flatter their frame, but: A regular or slim fit design offers a classic look and is most suited to you if you are of average height and weight

- To accentuate volume in your upper body, a slim cut trouser is a good option

- Wearing a suit which is too big or broad can ‘swallow you up’

- Make sure that the seam finishes on the end of your shoulder and compliments your waist

- If you have a washboard stomach, a single button suit will really flatter your figure

The ‘Savile Row Inspired’ range (Designed by Richard James) is perfectly tailored for a contemporary look which stands out when on the athletic frame



Gallery, News, Suits & Tailoring

Attack of the Clothes: Star Wars fashion prints by John Woo

By Gerald Lynch on March 19th, 2012

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We all know that Lando “Billy Dee Williams” Calrissian is a sharp dresser. Heck, even his Cloud City pad would be a dead cert for the title of “Best Intergalactic Crib” should the MTV show ever spread among the stars. But what of the rest of the Star Wars cast? With a whole empire at his disposal Darth Vader would surely be able to charm (READ: Force Choke) a decent tailor into suiting him up into some crisp threads. And what of an outdoorsman like Chewbacca? He’s going to need some serious Birkenstocks to keep those furry paws in shape.

John Woo (the illustrator/designer, not he of “Face/Off” fame) has the answers, dressing up the galaxy’s finest aliens and Empire henchmen on trend for his new “He Wears It” project.

It’s not only great fun, but they look neat too; the Clone Tropper in Junya Watanabe and Darth Vader in Band of Outsiders look particularly sharp! Still, there’s no saving Jar Jar Binks; in Maison Martin Margiela he’s even more of an annoying dick.

All of Woo’s Star Wars illustrations (alongside some Forrest Gump and Edward Scissorhands ones too) are available to purchase as prints from his Etsy.com shop, priced $60.00 USD.



Clothing, Coats & Jackets, features, Suits & Tailoring

Choosing the right suit

By Laura on November 30th, 2011

With Christmas parties just around the corner, many of you will be looking for the perfect suit for the night. To help you pick the right suit for your shape, we spoke to Nicholas Charles Tyrwhitt Wheeler – Founder & Owner of the London based menswear brand, Charles Tyrwhitt.

As Tyrwhitt says “a suit should make a gent look smarter, stand taller and feel more confident,”so while there are plenty of options for good off-the-peg-suits ,getting it right still requires some time and effort. With this in mind Tyrwhitt.has shared his Suits for all Sizes guide:

The Bigger Gent
Many men’s shirts have a roomier fit to accommodate the larger frame, as do some suits for the more strapping sort. However, there is nothing worse than a suit that fits correctly around the middle but extends well past the knuckles in the sleeve (a common gripe for larger chaps). The key thing to remember is that you should steer clear of anything that makes you appear larger than you already are; give three-button jackets a wide berth, choose a one-button jacket instead. This way you can show more tie, thus breaking-up block colour ways which can make you appear larger. Look for a store that offers bespoke tailoring service which will help the mighty man get everything in proportion and achieve a slick, sharp overall look.

Broad Shoulders
When choosing the right suit jacket for broad shoulders, you should remember that the waist area unfortunately suffers all too often. It is a common sight to see a broad gent sporting a suit jacket that accommodates his generous shoulders, but is far too baggy through the middle. Again, using a bespoke tailoring service will work towards avoiding this pitfall. Bear in mind that getting the right shoulder fit in a suit jacket is arguably the hardest thing to achieve in terms of suiting, so it is worth considering alterations for your off-the-peg buy. A skilled tailor will get the shoulder fit just right whilst nipping in the waist of your jacket just enough to produce a harmonious silhouette.

Long Arms
Achieving a smart look when you have longer than average arms shouldn’t be too arduous; a tailor will be able to properly adjust the length of your jacket sleeves in no time at all. As a rule, you should show no more than a ¼ of an inch of shirt outside your jacket sleeves, as anything more than this will make the sleeves appear too short. No shirt sleeve peeping out looks just plain odd, and should be avoided at all costs.

Muscular Builds
A common mistake that the built bloke makes is opting for a skin-tight suit to show off his fine physique. This is not only unnecessary but also perilous as he will only end up with a suit that is far too tight. If you are lucky (or dedicated) enough to be Herculean in build then this should come across in the way you hold yourself; not in the tightness of your smart attire. Perhaps consider buying your suit as two separate pieces- a jacket and trousers independent of each other- as this will allow you to choose a jacket large enough for your chest, arms and back without having to buy trousers which are too big for your slighter bottom half.

Shorter Men
The watch-word for diminutive dandies is “proportion”. Less-than-lofty lads ought to keep everything in proportion: sleeve, trouser and jacket length should all be exact in terms of measurements as this will work towards you looking the part. Furthermore, it is important to know what to avoid when dressing correctly for your height; bypass fashionable short jackets (the preserve of the more statuesque squire) and just say no to shorter trousers (a la Thom Browne) as these simply will not work.
In a nutshell, it is about being honest with yourself; knowing your size and shape, your pluses and negatives and your limitations.



Celeb style, Entertainment, magazine

Sneak peak: Disorder features Example on the cover of the Dapper issue

By Laura on September 30th, 2011

One of our favourite independent magazines, Disorder, just sent us an exclusive sneak peak at the October/November Dapper Issue…. and damn it is good. Some how they have managed to get urban musician, Example, out of his trademark bomber jackets, t-shirts, into tailored suiting!!! If you have ever need proof that a little tailoring can do wonders, here it is.

To find your local stockist of Disorder check out their website here.



Brand Spotlight, Coats & Jackets, Gallery, Suits & Tailoring, Trends

Paris Menswear: Lanvin SS10 Catwalk Show

By admin on July 1st, 2009

You can rely on Alber Elbaz and Lucas Ossendrijver to deliver a great collection and they did. This collection for Lanvin was typically elegant affair, with the très chic suits and kimono-style jackets. Irreverent touches like trousers and suits made from tie silk reinforce Elbaz’s gentle sense of humour and sandals worn with socks gave a geeky twist to the look.

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Heroes and Celebrities

Shia LaBeouf and Josh Duhamel at the Transformers Premiere

By admin on June 23rd, 2009

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While the whole world (ok, a bit of an exaggeration) is going crazy over Megan Fox over at Brandish our eyes are trained on the menfolk.

Josh Duhamel
and Shia LaBeouf both turned up to the Transformers première in grey suits; LaBeouf wins points for opting for a three-piece suit, while Duhamel’s jacket looks like its been moulded to his body. It’s a shame they didn’t go for some slightly more adventurous accessories, a colour block tie, pocket square or a pair of pastel suede shoes could have really livened things up. Do these guys not have stylists?!



Clothing, Gallery, Suits & Tailoring

Menswear: Jill Sander catwalk show SS10

By admin on June 22nd, 2009

Clean, clean, clean. The Jil Sander show featured neat boys with bowl cuts in pale summer colours and dark, sharp suits.

Shoulders are wide, fabrics are sheer and there is only the merest hint of print in a few drawn-on pieces. Raf Simons focused on details, but they were never bitty, things like pockets visible through shirts, short shorts and racer back singlets all added definition to this simple collection.

Best worn: on a blustery northern French beach in Spring.


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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Suits & Tailoring

Brandish Watch + WISHLIST: ‘Priceless’ S/S 09- Topman Tailoring by Antony Price

By Will Reid on May 18th, 2009

Thumbnail image for Picture 2.pngTopman is great for its designer collaborations and its ‘Priceless’ range, designed by celebrated fashion designer and tailor Antony Price, delivers every season. The range has just gone up on Topman.com and with its wonderful waistcoats, brilliant blazers and perfectly pleated pants (in the American sense of the word,) I can’t wait to get a piece of the action! The look on the left is almost exactly what I outlined in my ‘Will’s Summer Wants’ piece only last month and the peach colour is perfect for summer.

Other standout pieces include the taffeta suits in purple and green as well as the ‘ice grey chintz’ suit. Most jackets are around £140 with trousers at £60. Why not enlighten us as to what you plan to invest in by chatting to us on Facebook?

P.S- The ‘Swim Skinny’ suit is a fash-gasm waiting to happen!



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, News

Stella McCartney Menswear? Yes, Please!

By Will Reid on May 8th, 2009

stellamenswearSince turning up at the Met’s Costume Institute Gala with a trinity of her Hollywood girlfriends, Stella McCartney has had a whirlwind week involving everyone from Simon Doonan (creative director of Barneys) to Michelle Obama.

While chatting to the gloriously over-the-top Doonan, Stella was asked about lending her ethical hand to a menswear collection. “Yes, I would love to!”- so what can we expect? I’m hoping for vegan-leather brogues and penny loafers, baggy suit jackets, chunky patterned knits for men, modern shapes and shirts in innovative fabrics.

McCartney, herself, spoke recently about her love of menswear: “I’ve always been a bit obsessed with men’s tailoring. When I was in St. Martins, I’d take time out at night and go work on Savile Row. I was always influenced by my mum and dad’s wardrobe and they always had really cool bespoke suits.”

I can’t wait! (Just no lace jumpsuits, please!)

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