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Coats & Jackets

Acting like a big kid: yellow raincoats

By cchapman on July 8th, 2009

yellow_raincoats.jpgIts raining its pouring, and if you’d forgotten about the need to cover up you may be considering a new rainwear purchase. With outdoor gear like mountaineering boots already looking hot for autumn, embrace your inner fisherman now and head into the deluge in a traditional yellow rain mac. Topman have a lightweight zip-up version availalable, perfect for staying visible in a wet festival. For something longer lasting that will see you through to autumn’s downfalls there’s this beauty from ASOS or the most authentic of the lot (courtesy of Valet) is this shiny, yellow raincoat by L.L Bean. Avoid brightly coloured wellingtons to fend off the worst Paddington Bear comments.

Clockwise from centre left: L.L Bean, Shipley & Halmos at ASOS, Topman



Accessories, Brand Spotlight

Love the look: The Hill-side as featured on Secret Forts

By cchapman on June 23rd, 2009

thehill-side06.jpgSometimes a single image can bring together so many different things. I’ve recently become a big fan of the Secret Forts blog, not least because of Valet‘s recent profile of it’s author, James (no surname). Through Secret Forts I became of The Hill-side label, which in its attention to detail sums up the kind of reverence for real Americana that I appreciate about New York City. The Hill-side specialise in fine shirting and amazing accesories like the tie featured in this image. And then there’s the model: that grey hair! I love the fact that the volume of his hair suggests youthful exuberance which is somehow actually enhanced by the grey tones of his hair. Still with me? As ever with the web, the circuitous nature of hyperlinks can lead to so many discoveries, all good.

The Hill-side ties featuring genuine selvedge fabrics available exclusively from OkiNi in the UK.

The Hill-side lookbook is here



Accessories, Trends

Brooches for men: add a dash of style to your lapel

By Colin Chapman on January 15th, 2009

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It’s rare that a Christmas episode of Top of the Pops sheds light on a new sartorial trend but the most recent festive programme featured Kaiser Chiefs’ singer Ricky Wilson sporting a vintage brooch on his lapel. Generally associated with elderly ladies of the Miss Marple variety, in previous eras a lapel pin was seen as part of a gentleman’s proper attire. Looking very now, a great pin can add an individual touch to an otherwise anonymous peacoat or corduroy jacket lapel.

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Accessories, Clothing, Heroes and Celebrities

Valet profile Alexander Olch

By admin on August 14th, 2008

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By the time he graduated from high school Alexander Olch was in possession of an impressive collection of 300 ties. He started off life as a film student but when he gave out ties as a wrap present to the cast the requests from friends started coming in and he’s not looked back since.

His website features a selection of ties that physically made me drool, and I don’t even wear ties! The crispness of the superfine wools and the soft weaves of the tweeds are pure eye-candy. To read more about Olch and his love for ties check out the feature at Valet




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