Monday, 31 January 2011

80's Casual Seamaster Jacket

Well guys.. how are you braving the big chill?

No need to go out trying to be all macho when really your freezing your butt off....So, don't be a complete and total fashion outcast, how about a great 80's casual style jacket ?

The transformation of ’80s Casuals from niche T-shirt brand to “proper” men’s clothier has been great to see, it really came into its own with its superior range of jackets. The Seamaster is perhaps the label’s greatest achievement yet.


The 'Seamaster' jacket is the fourth garment in 80s casuals 'nautical' range and is a hybrid big brother to the highly successful 'Seafarer'. Made from thin yet resistant wax treated cotton, the inside shell is unlined with taped seams. Outside the jacket features press stud fastening front and buckle neck tie, two large front bellow pockets, 'keep safe' chest pocket with casuals emblem, press stud concealed zip 'stow' pocket on the bottom of the back, twin press stud cuff adjusters and detachable check lined 'storm' hood with foul weather peak

Part fisherman’s coat, part cycling jacket (note the natty peaked hood),

We'd couple this with some quality Levis Vintage Vintage 1947 - 501 XX Rough Rinse Dark Blue jeans and a pair of Wallabees. Thick jumper underneath and you’re set.

Perhaps now that 80s fashion seems to be making a comeback, when you put it on, something is bound to happen" Indeed. This tag line was so great that it got co-opted in the early 1990s and used by various condom makers. Nice.

So guys there you go, get yourself set up in this gear and you'll be riding the crest of the wave. Oh Yeah!

Friday, 28 January 2011

A bit of not so old English




MULTI-PURPOSE clothing is how the Lavenham jacket falls, quality and style, along with durability, but that's been s staple of this classic English label.

Famed for both horse rugs and jackets, Lavenham, founded in 1969, keeps a 'true' in-house aspect to the jackets currently on offer as with all its garments.

This attention to detail and design means jackets like the quilted Yew jackets, available in blue and green which crosses town and country brilliantly well.

The simple quilted design has popper fastening on the front, two large front pockets and a vented waist hem.

The grey version of the jacket has lighter collars and a lighter grey band that runs along the length of the body beneath the buttons, whereas the blue and green have matching collars.

This extra trim although making the grey jacket a softer feel and style, would probably not work as well on the other designs and is wise option to avoid.

The fir charcoal vest with contrasting silver buttons is quilted, but completely different in design and look.

the larger collar lighter grey, gives the jacket a more modern feel, with two large button fastened pockets on the front.

The Ash Oversized shirt, which is a quilted jacket is the stand out garment to my tastes as it reaches further away form the countryside feel.

Coming in blue, with 8 branded button to fasten the front, with a high collar and two front top pockets, this is a cracker.



FRIDAY FOCUS: PUMA

The History:

Formed in 1924 as Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik by Adolf and Rudolf Dassler, relationships between the two brothers deteriorated until the two agreed to split in 1948, forming two separate entities, Adidas and Puma..
Following the split from his brother, Rudolf Dassler originally registered the new-established company as Ruda, but later changed to Puma. Puma's earliest logo consisted of a square and beast jumping through a D, which was registered, along with the company's name, in 1948.


Puma's shoe designs feature the distinctive "Formstripe" with clothing and other products having the logo printed on them.The company is known for its football shoes and has sponsored acclaimed footballers, including Pelé, Eusébio, Johan Cruijff, Enzo Francescoli, Diego Maradona, Lothar Matthäus, Kenny Dalglish, Didier Deschamps and Gianluigi Buffon. Introduced back in 1968, the Puma Roma 68 was designed to honour the National Italian Football Team winning the European Cup in 1968. Whew!Whats on the menu for Spring?

As ever, Spring is an ideal time to shop around for new shoes..... Puma Roma 68 is one of those styles to satisfy your passion of great quality footwear and is this seasons must have kick of all the sneaker connoisseurs everywhere! The Roma 68 - a true treasure from the Puma Archive. Ideal for easy running and leisure activities. This sneakers design is a great representation of the iconic character. Even the colors and material AND it all began at a time when people in extreme cases had to wear dull, conforming shoes. SO Vintage is in! Come and get the sneaker that embodies it! Come on guys, get acquainted!

Anyways, hope you all are having a great day whether you’re at home, work, dreaming of the weekend on the footie terraces or just out with the lads... for us Pumatalking it’s all the same! Have a great day!

•This vintage design is now available in Blue
•Suede toe cap
•Rubber herringbone design sole
•Logo patch at the back
•Lace up type
•Logo brand patch on the tongue
•Rubber mud guard and leather upper
Cool material combination: Smooth leather upper with suede PUMA formstrip.
Front with T-Toe and raised rubber sole. Gives the Roma extra stability.
With PUMA Archive logo.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

A TOOTAL SUCCESS




HISTORY is on their side and the place in men's fashion of the silk scarf, especially Tootal scarves, sporting style since 1799.

The silk scarf range of this fabulous producer on offer is a simple delight with diamond, Luke Lion, Paisley and polka dot.

The range of colours and the excellent warmth created from the silk of the scarf mean there is a Tootal for your total wardrobe.

Other brands have seen the desire for quality scarves, but the Tootal range, including the microlite which does what it says on the tin keep this essential brit kit out front.

Mainly a monochrome range, there are smatterings of colour break outs such as the Sky (light blue), charcoal, navy and navy cobalt paisley in there.

The classic silk tie was staple wear for the nation's workforce in the 1950, with MoD culture took to this legend. There are countless websites giving hints on 'how to tie your tool'.

The scarf became a staple flyer at northern Soul clubs in the 1970s and 80s and in the RAF during the Second World War and on from there.

So with it place in history sealed, the company who proudly sport the words Made in Britain on their garments or accessories, however you view it, look set to make a new page in their lineage.


Stand out with the In




A STAND against the corporate system for those few who stand out from the crowd, is sort of how Garbstore see themselves and looking at the latest rages available it would seem they are on the money with their words of wisdom.

Keeping one eye on traditional style and quality, Garbstore is producing pieces that give the wearer a cultivated individuality, whilst endearing a sense of collective pride.

From jeans to shirts to jackets, Garbstore combines English tradition, military precision and the outdoor American feel superbly for some great garments.

The Penfield life preserver is the perfect example of the companies aims, looking lie a lifejacket with the rough zip and toggle fasteners the puffa gillet with two side pockets is a stand out item, which shows the real mettle of Garbstore.

The Mountain Providence parka is a rugged exterior jacket which provides all you would need a bracingly stylish piece.

The navy wool lined parka comes with Japanese ishigure wool lingo in the hood, two front breast packets plus two lower full size. The draw strings remain as rough around the edges as the aforementioned gillet and aids a further sense of originality to it.

With its shirts Garbstore really steps back with the round neck collar, the long sleeve shirts with spear pockets and elbow patch half cut elbows, the Mess Oxford and mess rust short are corkers.

While the Jesersy umpire shirt provides comfort with its slim fit cotton finish, a smokers halfway pocket and six button front, of course with no collars.

The chinos on offer are simple and classic, with the stye set to make a bg impact this summer, see Dockers blog in the next few days, the trouser is a welcome addition to any wardrobe.

So join the revolution, and stand our form the crowd, by being part of the In.


Open all hours




'I can explain that shot. Arnold (Palmer) moved his wallet to the other pocket.

Ben Crenshaw golfing legend made that crack about the greatest golfer of all time and his trust wallet, and that is what the wallet has always been trust, a friend to be relied on.

IL Bussetto, hand crafted Italian wallets know the true value of this simple, but important piece of menswear.

The Milan based company, sites; making quality and originality of our production our ambition'. So that speaks for itself me thinks.

The amazing range covers all aspects form coin cases, to classic wallet, to iPhone case and like a goo d watch, they make a look complete.

The ales looking coin case is manufactured using tanned leather, in a variety of colours, this rounded horseshoe shape case flips open, with nice leather tag to clip back into a lock mode.

The embossed , but same colour logo, is a nice touch.

Snug fitting into your jeans or lightweight penguin jacket, the small zip wallet which has three card holder pockets on the outside, and a zipped inner case for coins or further cards. The stitched outer is a nice touch, combing style and practicality. Available in olive and came this is a nice piece, as is the card flap case which comes in two parts, with a horseshoe opening to remove cards with ease.

The rounded edging makes this case slide into a jacket pocket with consummate ease, thicker leather than the previous zip wallet, the card flap is more like the conic case in make. A truly classic piece which has remained unchanged down the years.

The bi-fold leather wallet, which come in purple and green is an icon and the Bussetto touches make this a must for anyone with style and design etched into their heart. The exterior is brushed smooth leather finish with tight stitching along the frame. Inside is where the beauty begins, the eight card holder pockets come in camel leather, with the embossed logo in tan stands out and will ensure style and use for years to come.

I must put my hand on my heart and say as a man who has smashed four iPhones, but refuses to buy a crappy rubber 'high street' ace to hide this technical wonder in, my reservations were proved flawed on seeing the Bussetto case. It has a tight smooth leather fit, and button over holder to keep contents safe.

The thick leather , same as coin and card cases provides a tough smooth holder, with an open front allowing access to screen. This case provides a superb the and now style meeting, with the iconic retro feel of the case, compared to the phone itself.

Stunning.

All the items come with a pouch for a cover, with gold embossed logo on.


You Must Create (YMC)

Established since 1995 YMC (You Must Create) has become one of the most stylish, modern and functional labels around. Not influenced by seasonal trends but focusing on clothing that os functional, distinctive and wearable - YMC is about to be shown on the shelves of 'Stuarts'

Trying to stay sylish when braving the elements is a tough task, YMC clothing takes out the trying being a clean and timeless brand. Focussing on a modern twist on trend, with flair and distinction, we think to team up a workwear polka dot shirt, teamed with the classic fairisle yesteryear cardigan, a nice pair of chino's and your all set for the winters weather.


Get yourself in with the 'in' crowd but set yourself apart. Hopefully you'll agree that the boy's at YMC have got it bang on with this clobber!

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Roma all over the world




WHEN you get something right you naturally keep it going and so it is with the Roma 68 trainer from Puma.

Designed to honour the Italian national football team, the Azzuri, of the time who had won the European Championship of that year, hosting the event and beating Yugoslavia in the final 2-1, the trainer is stunning.

From the suede toe cap to the tongue on the back, this lace up trainer with is rubber herringbone design sole and iconic puma swoop, with the swirling text font sporting Roma, this is as iconic as the catenaccio (locked door) style of Italian football.

Coming in white with Rio red, a scintillating vintage blue with yellow swoop, black with white trim and swoop and plain white with a red rubber sole bumper, while the Roma reissue comes in white and princess blue.

This trainers has a similar all round styling, but differs in the sole, front bumper and comes in premium leather, and soft suede, rounds off a stylish trainer range that really stands out.

The trainer would have done the all conquering Italian side proud, don't forget England, world champions at the time it must be added.

And they will do any fashionable chap about town proud too.


Perry's proper Parka



ALRIGHT so it's American by recognition or made famous by the US Army at least, and is synonymous with the very English fashion MOD, yes I am talking about the parka.

So it seems somewhat appropriate that that classic Albion clothing manufacturer Fred Perry has launched a new parka and what a classic it is.

No fur lined hood here, this is a parka owing more the Inuit Eskimo traditions o the jacket, with some classic English finishes such as the leather hooded buckle fasten and seven delicious large brown button front with rope draw string hood adjusters.

The water resistant nylon finish does not have the ugly sheen some jackets of this ilk can have and the high neck when buttoned up, gives the Mountain Parka Forest Night a two jacket style look.

The beautiful Forest (deep green) colouring and large leather Perry button are a million miles away form the tennis court stylings of the brand, and attention to details as well as usage, make this a really nice garment throughout. I particularly like the hand warmer pockets high up on the breast, while the classic deep side pockets provide plenty of room for your football program, kendal mint cake or your salmon and trouts of course.


Thursday, 13 January 2011

Ren will I see you again?



THE new Renwick trainer from Lacoste really show a maturity from the famous french brand.

The leather blue or grey trainer are set to provide real competition form their more famous German competitors, and the perforated nubuck upper is simply delicious and provides a hint of the 72 Adidas range of trainers from years gone by.

The blue leather detailing and the stylised toe provide durability and strength, along with no lack of class. Boasting a silver croc badge ion the outside of the shoe, the Renwick SPM is a great opening serve for the summer tennis shoe wars that are sure to rage on the high street.

Rocking up with a summer canvas feel the Red Ronne SRM trainer boast a thick sole and are a nice alternative to deck shoes, providing lightweight styling, coming in black and off-white.

Desert storm





'What do you mean, be one of the Faces? I am one of the Faces'. And this summer one of the classic MOD clothing garments, the Desert Boot, is about to make a massive come back.

The boot, that has never really gone away, is set to cause a riot on the high street, reminiscent of the Brighton Bank Holidays back in the halcyon days of the sixties, enabling all lovers of the classic Quadrophenia to add this gem to their wardrobes.

And you are going to be spoilt for choice and colours as new ranges of the boot and producers get in on the act.

The icon will always be the Clarks classic boot. which this summer is available in a range of colours.

The classic four hole lacing boot, with stitching detail on the ankle and leather inner, with crepe sole, simple, subtle, sublime.

Ever since it's inception in the second world war, donned by the Eighth Army during numerous campaigns, and then brought to the high street by Nathan Clark, (who used the EA crepe sole to finish his boot design) in 1949/50 for the famous shoe proprietor the boot has held it's own, so it is no surprise that homage has been paid by lima Gallagher with his Pretty Green brand.

Gallagher carried out in-depth talks and gained invaluable guidance form Clarks before launching his boot last last year.

The Clarks range is available in denim blue, navy suede, a delicious tobacco limited edition, cola, black, brown and my favourite sand, so you are only slightly spoilt for choice.

While the Mancunian music maestro offers his in a lighter green and black, with others colours to come. The boot is a variation on the original, with a lower stitching, more rounded toe and lower profile sole, adding something new to a style icon.


So what you waiting for? Get your daisy's on and get out there.

Adi back and dazzling


AS the master of training shoes Adidas always make it difficult to choose your favourite, but not in the 'real' running shoe, where the ZX reigns supreme.

Originally launched in the middle of the football casual reign, the ZX immediately found a stronghold among the fashion conscious.

The two new latest releases mirroring the classic 80s style come in the 700 brown and red and the amazing indigo bright lemon shoe, which is a brand new and truly stand-out design for 2011.

Both shoes boast the iconic three stripes and although both are distinctly different, they are part of a range that is sure to hold a special place in lovers of trainers both old and new.


Net a classic




THE most famous French tennis player of all time, René Lacoste has become a household name with his company La Chemise Lacoste, which he founded in 1933.

The crocodile logo company, so used after René was named by American reporters has symbolised style and class, and the new range of training footwear form the French brand, are exactly that.

The Limere range of trainers, which come in burgundy (2) and black (3) are quite beautiful, with a quality leather upper and a contoured sole acting as a reminder of old fashioned cycling shoes, with a thin sole, and heal bradding.

The laces boast a metal Lacoste badge, with a cotton name sown on the outside of the eyelets.

Tight cut around the ankle, these cushioned sole shoes are a stand-out product.

Leaning more to the boat/deck shoe style the Haynt is a superb two tone moccasin with a leather/wool upper, that is reminiscent of the classic Pod shoes.

This really is a shoe for all-season, providing style and training use all in one stylish stride.

Coming in white and grey or try the Himos, which although boasts a similar moccasin shape, they really are pure style in navy blue with a smart white sole and leather stripe upper that adds a touch of class, with of course the classic logo on the heel.


Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Back to the Future with Grenson

1950s is the theme and Grenson are traveling back in time to recapture some of the finest styles made. The Re-introduction of the two/tone Brogue is a Key look for this Spring / Summer 2011.
Best worn with slim fit chino's and short sleeved shirts with rolled up sleeves. Don't forget to button up that top button, and abra ca dabra - you'll be head hunted to be appear as a model in the next issue of GQ Mag.



The Trendy style has all the features as one world expect from Grenson. Leather lined soles and full leather inner. Hand Stitched detail and of course a limited amount of production make these shoes very desirable indeed. Built on to the familiar Dylan last and RRP £155. Oh... don't forget your Tommy Gun at Home.

Grenson History Re-cap:

Grenson was originally born in 1866 as William Green. The Business thrived due to their invention of the Goodyear welted sole. Popularity was such that magazines such as Vogue began to cove the brand. 'Green and Sons' was shortened to 'Grensons'. Grensons have maintained a strong foothold in the fashion market and strive to still make the highest possible quality footwear around. Still manufacturing handmade bespoke shoes from their Northampton factory in Rushden.



New Arrivals at Stuarts London will be in from Early Feb 2011

Monday, 3 January 2011

No Price Changes at Stuarts with VAT increase

Good News: - its a small post just to highlight we will not be increasing prices with the VAT going up to 20%. We'll take the hit and maintain all prices on current stock. We will start to filter in the 20% increase as and when New stock starts to arrive only.

Enjoy the 17.5% Vat while you can at Stuarts London.

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