Wednesday, 30 September 2009

In store: Original Penguin Knitted Zip Cardigan

Have a look at this Knitted Zip Cardigan - it's built more like a jacket, almost tailored. This is a typical piece of design from the rejuvenated Original Penguin brand, no one does suburban leisure quite like they do:

100% Boiled Wool

Zip up style

Front panel pockets

Ribbed waist band

Soft touch and feel

Regular Fit

Funnel neck style

A limited edition from the Black collection, you can find this cardigan and other items from Original Penguin at

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In store: Clarks Originals Desert Boot 60

You read below about the fantastic limited edition Union Jack Desert Boot from Clarks Originals. This great limited edition is part of Clarks celebration of 60 years of the Desert Boot.

The Union Jack Desert Boot is inspired by the 1990's and BritPop (although I can't help but think of Jerry Haliwell's dress??!). Soft English calf suede is adorned with the bold red, white and blue of the Union Jack - harking back to Noel Gallagher's Supernova guitar.

Also available is the Harris Tweed Desert Boot. Recalling the 1950's when the fabric was very popular, each boot is made from 100% pure virgin wool, dyed, spun and finished in Scotland's Outer Hebrides, Harris Tweed is still woven by the islanders in their own homes and the hand-finish makes each Desert Boot unique.

Each pair of 60th anniversary Desert Boots is presented in a specially designed box and comes complete with a souvenir booklet - 'Six Decades of Looking Forward to the Past' - plus an exclusive 60th anniversary key ring which is made from the same materials as the boot.

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Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Brand Profile: Baracuta

The Baracuta G9 is the Original Harrington Jacket. Much copied, the definitive is made only by Baracuta. Its roots can be traced back to the 1930's - an incredible testament to the timeless design. Stuarts sell a lot do 'iconic' and 'classic' fashion, but the Baracuta G9 is The Daddy. Baracuta have been clothing some of the coolest screen and pop icons of the last century and their influence continues today.

In 1939 John and Isaac Miller, the owners of a small garment factory near Manchester, realised their dream - to design a new and revolutionary blouson jacket. Picture Post described Baracuta as 'Britain's Best Rainwear', a testament to the superb tailored quality.

In the 1950's, Elvis Presley wears the G9 in the film 'King Creole', the jacket's iconic status is now set in stone. Baracuta's popularity and growth continues as Isaac Miller heads-up expansion into America and Canada. Legendary New York store 'Paul Stuart' stocks Baracuta, and the brand's cool goes into overdrive when Steve McQueen wears a G9 on the front cover of a 1963 edition of Life Magazine.

It was in 1964 that the G9 got its popular name. Ryan O'Neil played Rodney Harrington in the 60's US soap Peyton Place, wearing the G9 - Thus the phrase 'The Harrington' is born. The same decade saw Baracuta worn by Frank Sinatra and the 1966 England Football Squad.

In the 1970's and 1980's the G9 becomes popular with Mods and Ska revivalists. 1981 sees The Clash wear a customised G9 in their Times Square concerts.

21st Century sees no let-up of high-profile men seen wearing barracuda: Pete Doherty, Franz Ferdinand, Liam Gallagher and Thierry Henry sport the G9. Razorlite meet Nelson Mandela wearing G9's.

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In store: Brutus Trimfit

The Original Brutus Trimfit Shirt has been re-launched. An iconic shirt that remains true to its original design. Here's the official blurb:

The legendary family-owned Brutus fashion line has been re-invigorated by a new generation.

Originally founded in 1966 by brothers Keith and Alan Freedman, the brand has now been revived by Keith’s son Jonathan Freedman. The Brutus line began with a single sweater and became a household name selling t-shirts, shirts, knitwear and denim.

The label became known for their award winning adverts, numbering David Bailey and Saatchi and Saatchi among the creatives working on the innovative and provocative campaigns. The nation was seduced into purchasing pairs of figure-hugging jeans and chiming along with David Dundas, as he sung “I pull my Brutus jeans on”.

Since taking over at the helm, Jonathan has discovered that the first Brutus shirt, called the ‘Trimfit’, has a cult following among mods and suedeheads throughout the world and has been documented in numerous books and articles about British fashion. Throughout the late sixties and mid seventies this iconic shirt sold in the millions.

Jonathan felt it natural to re-launch the brand but in a low-key and stylish manner. This classic British shirt is being introduced to a whole new generation whilst also appealing to those for whom the Brutus Trimfit remains an enduring and beautiful memory.

Brutus was born and bred in the east end of London; its name coming from the popular men’s aftershave ‘Brut’, which Keith and Alan both wore. The brothers added the word ‘us’ and thus emerged the name that was at the forefront of the British fashion industry for three decades.

Keen to stay as true to the original vision of the brand, Jonathan has even returned to the original manufacturer in Hong Kong to recreate the Brutus ‘Trimfit’ from 1966 and to ensure that every detail matches the original.

Below, one of the Saatchi & Saatchi ads from 1974:

This song "Jeans On" later became a one-hit wonder for David Dundas, reaching #3 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1976.

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Ben Sherman Union Jack Chair

Loyal Stuarts London fans from Germany made it just in time to have their photos taken on the newly delivered furniture by Ben Sherman. While we were unpacking the box, they walked in to get the latest Baracuta G9 colours delivered this season.

The Hand made chair is exclusively built for key Ben Sherman Stockists and Stuarts London is blessed to be part of this elite team. Once the box was put to one side revealing a quality Union Jack chair the phones started to come out of handbags and pockets to take pictures of this beautiful chair.

Nearly all the Stuarts team have now got their personal picture flashing on there "my spaces" and "face books".

Our German friends too joined in on the photo session, if ever there was a Kodak moment this was defiantly one of them.

Ben Sherman's new collection is now in store and online, the quality and styling is the best we have seen ever, with more detail paid to fabric, cut and style giving each garment the correct desired look.

Clarks Original Limited edition Union Jack Navy Blue desert boot has been released and is now online to buy, get yours early as stock is limited and they are perfect to wear when supporting our boys in the World Cup 2010 next year.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

In store: Gabicci Vintage 1973 Polo Shirt

Gabicci continue to deliver perfect retro-wear, without ever compromising on quality.

This retro-inspired contrast polo shirt has a aywhite body with navy and red contrast panels. As usual this shirt features constructed collars, in this case sitting atop 4 buttons, with the mandatory Metal G logo on chest. Slim-fitting, the textile is a 52% Cotton / 48% Polyester mix for durability and comfort.

Also available in White-Navy-Green and Navy-White-Green, these and the rest of our Gabicci Vintage 1973 range can be found at

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Facebook find: Sergio Tacchini

When you've got a moment, have a look at the official Sergio Tacchini facebook page. It's worth it just for the photo albums of sporting heroes wearing the brand and the 80s promotional photography.

Some of these lines have now only recently been reissued. Enjoy…

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Brand profile: Lacoste Red!

The new collection is targeted at the younger (15-25) and fashion-alert customers, the range offers a slimmer cut - mod-style, clean and fitted.

At the collection launch earlier this year, Robert Siegel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lacoste USA commented, “With Lacoste Red! Collection, Christophe Lemaire and the design team have focused on an exciting new generation of Lacoste men.”

The Mod era has definitely provided the inspiration for this collection, with promotional material depicting a group of young people on scooters inviting visitors to follow them to the "Crocodile".

Here's the promotional movie:

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Saturday, 26 September 2009

Casting call: You and your scooter wanted for new movie

Sounds like a 21st Century Quadrophenia in the making…

Kudos Productions in association with BBC Films have announced plans to remake classic British film 'Brighton Rock' and the producers need hundreds of period-accurate scooter riders as extras.

Based on the 1939 Graham Greene novel, the original starred Richard Attenborough in the lead role. This new big-screen version will star Sam Riley and Helen Mirren and will be set in 1964, so the scooters chosen will have to be of this period or earlier. As will the Mod clothes, which can be smart or casual.

Here's some old footage from 1964:

To find out more and get involved, visit the Bar Italia Scooter Club Brighton Rock Filming Facebook page.

Brand profile: Penfield

I keep saying this in posts: Roll-on the Winter! Penfield are yet another reason I can't totally enjoy this mild and bright September...

Penfield was established in Massachusetts in 1975 and have built a reputation for making the highest quality down-filled jackets, fleece and outerwear.

Penfield garments are designed to stand up to the New England climate, yet are equally at home sheltering you from the storm anywhere wind blows or rain falls! Penfield garments are made by people who know and love the outdoors. Fashion, function, practicality and durability are the key elements incorporated into every design they manufacture.

Penfield will give you warmth in a variety of weather conditions, active comfort without restrictions, and years of superior performance. Penfield down-filled product has consistently set new standards within the outdoor industry. Our premium 80/20 goose down (80% down, 20% feather) cannot be beaten for near weightless comfort and easy care.

Naturally breathable Teflon™ and DWR coated down-proof outers are tremendously strong, yet crisp in hand and colour, shed water easily and provide the focus for a product that appeals to a wide range of outdoor enthusiasts. Penfield's Teflon™ and DWR coated breathable Ripstop fabrics are engineered to be incredibly light yet super-strong, resistant to virtually anything the elements might throw at you. Penfield say they work constantly to improve and develop new fabrics and garment innovations.

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Coming soon: John Smedley

John Smedley has long been a brand associated with the finest knitwear. As specialists in fine, lightweight knitwear this family business was there at the birth of the industrial revolution, back when the first factories and looms were being built.

Today they continue to innovate and evolve – as a company and in the knitwear they produce. Based, as they always have been, in Matlock, Derbyshire, they can boast that over 98% of the garments they produce are Made In England.

In the year the company celebrates its 225th birthday Stuarts are pleased to announce that we've been selected as official stockists. I'll post more info as and when the new stock becomes available…

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Coming soon: Pretty Green

This is a big announcement, one that Stuarts are very excited about - Stuarts have been selected as an official stockist of Pretty Green, the new fashion label from Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher. As you would expect, Liam's got strong ideas about men's fashions. Here's the official Pretty Green blurb:

Pretty Green is an up-front, straight talking, classic clothing range owned, founded and designed by Liam Gallagher. The Pretty Green team is made up of key industry professionals.

The clothing range, which is entirely 'limited edition', will include classic designs across footwear, denim, knitwear, jackets, trench coats, parkas, t-shirts, hats, scarves and accessories; all subject to Liam's final approval.

"Clothes and music are my passion. I'm not here to rip anyone off and I'm not doing it for the money either. I'm doing it cuz there's a lack of stuff out there of the things I would wear"

Liam Gallagher 2009

Below, a couple of the official Pretty Green promotional movies. Remember, this is Liam, so every statement is served with a side-order of the F-word. I love his rant about the 'skinny look'. And watch him drool over his own version of the desert boot. Priceless.

Watch this space, there will be more information when it becomes available.

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Wednesday, 23 September 2009

In store: Redwing DeerSkin Tan Leather Gloves

For over a century, Red Wing has been a household name in America and well known around the world for the durability and high quality of each redwing boot. Bt there's more to Red Wing than footwear…

These leather work gloves are made from premium smooth grain leather but with a hi-tech 3M Thinsulate lining. Featuring the trademark tailored keystone thumb, the cuff is elasticated for a snug fit. Just the thing to keep the snow out of your glove when felling a tree - a common hazard here in W12.

One for your Christmas wish list?

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In store: Levi's PWR Vintage Faux Fur collar denim jacket

Levi's PWR range has focussed on Levi's 504 505 and 501 and have been a great spin-off from the Levi's Vintage collection. Here's the PWR Jacket from this premium vintage range:

Off black vintage denim jacket with warm fur collar

2 breast pockets with red tab on side

2 front side pockets

Regular slim fit

Lined with cotton lumberjack shirt fabric

Great style and key look for this winter

Medium weight

£130 with free shipping (RRP £145)

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In store: Lacoste Serge Stripe Jumper

The seasons are turning and it's time for sweaters, jumpers, pullovers and woolies (there are differences, I'm told). Here's an offering from the Lacoste Sport Collection which brings with it a dash of retro and a lot of the quality you would expect from this mega brand. The spec:

• Crew Neck jumper

• Croc logo on chest

• Classic fitted style

• 50% Wool, 50% Acrylic

• £110 with free shipping

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In-store: Levis's Sta-Prest 306 tapered beige trouser

Sta-Prest was a brand of wrinkle-free trousers produced by Levi Strauss & Co., from 1964.

They were marketed as wearable straight out of the dryer - no need for ironing. As you're no doubt aware, they were popular among British mods of the mid 1960s and skinheads of the late 1960s, and continue to be so. Vintage pairs of Sta-Prest trousers have become collector's items. And the 306 is now in stock at Stuarts.

• Needs no ironing

• 5 Pocket trouser

• Tapered Fit

• 50% Cotton, 50% Polyester

This is the vintage Sta-Prest, a great fit trouser, forgiving around the waist and thighs with a tappered narrow hem.

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Monday, 21 September 2009

In store: One True Saxon Limited Edition Scot Grey Shirt

One True Saxon continue to build their reputation for the best quality in mens fashion standards and basics - built for the real world, built to last, built to never go out of style. This shirt is no exception:

Limited Edition shirt

100% Cotton

Cut and sew patch over right shoulder

Hidden button down collar

High quality cotton shirt with contrast check in grey, red, sky blue.

Regular slim fit

£75 with free shipping

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In store: Lacoste Treize Navy Check Shirt

Stuarts is one of the few stockists online that sell current season, genuine Lacoste Menswear on the web. Beware of unauthorised stockists selling old Lacoste stock, and worse still, fake Lacoste. Be safe - buy genuine Lacoste products from Stuarts London. We are an award-winning company and a secure and reliable presence on the web.

Check out this shirt:

Regular fit

100% Cotton

Breast pocket with logo

Button Down collar

Fine Easy Care cotton

£89 with free shipping

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In store: Barbour Lightweight Lambswool V-Neck

Keeping warm in the Autumn shouldn't be a chore, so here's some help from Barbour:

Lightweight, modern fit

100% lambswool

knitted in 21 gauge

Barbour branding on chest

Plain V neck

£69 with free shipping

Also available in 'Linen' colour

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Saturday, 19 September 2009

In store: Bass Weejuns Larson Burgundy Penny Loafers

G.H Bass & Co. founded in 1876 is one of the oldest and most successful American Footwear brands. These Classic penny loafers, are simple and timeless, allowing anyone to wear these classic loafers with any outfit.

Leather upper and leather soles are hand stitched and available in range of colours. The Larson Bass Loafer, better known as the Penny Loafer, comes in black, burgundy and Cognac. Here's the spec:

Bass Weejun - The Original Loafer

Exceptional high quality

100% Leather upper

100% Leather sole

Cushioned footbed

Weejuns hand stitched sole

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