Sunday, 27 February 2011

From London to the world, creatively




LONDON born and bred, YMC, is something for everyone, at all times it seems.

The label, founded by Jimmy Collins and Fraser Moss is in a way a reflection of the capital it was born in, being stylish, modern and functional, with always a hint to the past.

The label holds no truck with seasonal changes and the release of two new parka jackets, alright they call them summer jackets, but who seriously releases a classically winter jacket in the summer? Well YMC do, and it makes perfect sense to me.

The Mountain Parka, which comes in brown and navy is something to behold, with the hood reminiscent of the Fjall Raven coats of yore, boosting drawstring and a high line. The waistline is also drawstring, both ensuring comfort and warmth when needed, along with a fitted finish if desired.

Two large front pockets frame the bottom of the coat, but it is the button fastening on the front that really make this such a delightful piece.

Three hood button, lined to the right edge of the garments centre, are supported by five large body buttons. I really love this coat, in both colours.

Their blazer, which sports a faint check, in navy is a nice high cut open collar three button single breasted effort, with unusual, but defining high pockets.

The colour and blown out soft navy make the Ivy League look a must, drop in a pair of Dockers or Chinos, and some Bass Weejuns and you are set for summer me thinks.

The current range is, parkas apart, very Gallic in feel, with the Bretton style nautical t-shirt and jumper offering some lovely lines.

the Slub t-shirt is very fitted, sussing the striped design in three contrasting patterns to enhance to fitted look. Very nice idea, that works very well.

The jumper is a more classic design, but two panel tones, striped at the top, with a navy bottom in a round neck the 100 per cent cotton jumper is very nice and the break up in pattern works nicely.

The Selvedge denim are very nice in their washed out cotton look, three button neck style, with breast pocket, sporting a nice white pocket top line is a very lightweight garment, and will make excellent wearing for the summer. funny a summer garment for the sumer, maybe YMC are losing their grip. the grey shirt comes in linen with a small check print finish.

Finally a pair of shorts, which sport the check finish, two side and back pockets, turn up bottom and a button fly are silly smart casual, with a bit of a YMC difference.

You Must Create have, now it;s time you did.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

10 candles for Luke 1977




'Luke, I am not your father', especially now you are ten years old. Well that was the birthday celebrated by the fashion label Luke 1977 that has calmly gone about its business of making stylish clothes with the bit of something extra.

Packing into a nightclub to mark the special landmark, the label which started from smallish acorns cracked open the bubbly at the Den and Centro in London.

DJ Brandon Block, The Draymin (band), some midgets, a few burlesque girlies, oh and the Hoosiers for some reason, provided a great atmosphere and look to the future for the label that prides itself on good quality, understated design and a good price.

Also seen enjoying the night were actors Scott Maslen (The Bill) and Calum McNab (The Firm).

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Tres Chic Mister Smedley




I LOVE France and French style, what man of taste doesn't? They are have an innate sense of chic, which in many cases we Brits do not have.

So it was with great pleasure that my eyes fell upon the truest of British manufacturers John Smedley, who have produced some gaelic style with their 'Breton' 'Dominic and Ned jumpers.

The striped crew necked jumper is a with contrast design, is pure French style, produced with a touch of old Albion about it.

The Dominic is available in silver and blue, with ribbed neck, waist and cuffs, while the red comes with black neck, collars and cuffs.

The Ned jumper has a higher neckline, with thicker red stripes, contrasting collars, cuffs and neck line, come with an additional three button fastener to the left of the neck.

All 100 per cent cotton and all 100 per cent classic design.

It is a nice touch that the Eunice navy and grey scarf, made of Merino wool, comes in the striped style and fits perfectly with the tops or any outfit.

Contrasting ends in a teal colouring make this long scarf a winner, and for the less adventurous amongst you, the Drummond scarf, which comes in a herringbone style.

It is nice to see the Derby designers nod to a classic, but it must be said that the look is not a homage to the Breton design, made famous in the Sixties but actors such as John-Paul Belmondo, but an addition or expansion of a classic.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Schott Bros Schott NYC Classic Perfecto Leather Motorcycle Jacket

SCHOTT HISTORY:

In 1913, as Ford's new Model T began to crowd the already bustling streets of New York City, two brothers, the sons of a Russian immigrant, went after their piece of the American Dream. Irving and Jack Schott started making raincoats in a basement on the Lower East Side of Manhattan which were then sold by street peddlers door to door. Irving Schott's leather jackets were lovingly branded with the name of his favourite cigar - the Perfecto.

By the mid-twenties, Schott NYC was revolutionized in the way Americans dressed for the outdoors when they were the first to put a zipper on a jacket. Eager to innovate, it was no surprise that Irving Schott then set his sights on another American classic in the making - the motorcycle. In 1928, Irving Schott designed and produced the first leather motorcycle jacket. The Perfecto was durable, rugged, and immediately embraced. To this new generation of "bikers," the Perfecto was a symbol of the excitement, adventure and danger that fuelled their fascination with motorcycles.

Throughout the 70s and 80s Schott became synonymous with the punk rock movement. The Schott Perfecto was the uniform for rock stars like The Ramones, Blondie, Joan Jett and The Sex Pistols Schott NYC is still owned and run by the third and fourth generations of the Schott family who still manufacture most of their clothing in the United States. In an old brick building the classic styles that have, and will continue to, connect with the American spirit are cut and sewn by the hands of trained craftspeople.

The latter style, the jackets in particular, are also worn by people who are fond of the style but do not ride motorcycles. The classic American Perfecto motorcycle jacket was made famous by Marlon Brando .There is a feeling with putting on a Perfecto that cannot be replicated or described, it is a persona: the history of America's bad boy is seeped into the heavy cowhide and chrome hardware! These hand-crafted jackets are symbols of American culture quality, innovation, and individuality.

So all you wanna be James Dean’s or just look super cool, because these jackets start off as a blank canvas for years of wear and customization, each scratch and nick will tell a story about you wearing it, and that is something else , isn’t it?

THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR WEARING IT…

Schott Bros Schott NYC Classic Perfecto Leather Motorcycle Jacket

£495.00

Leather Jacket features a belted front., Underarm footballs, Zippered pockets and sleeves, Insulated nylon quilted lining, Made in the U.S.A, Genuine naked cowhide leather

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Welcoming Victorinox...

Victorinox clothing

Well here is a little bit about our brand new range coming in real soon! You need to take a good look at this brilliant Hybrid Blazer in dark brown!!

Firstly let’s talk about the history of Victorinox .. As I’m sure there are many of you guys curious to know about this brand!

Victorinox actually started as a knife manufacturer based in the town of Ibach, in Switzerland. Since its acquisition of rival Wenger in 2005, it has, once more, become the sole supplier of multi-purpose knives to the Swiss Army since 1891. The company was founded in 1884. Their famous emblem—a cross in a shield—has been used by Victorinox since 1909. That year, the mother of founder Carl Elsener died and he named the company "Victoria" in her honor. In 1921, with the introduction of "inox" (the French term for stainless steel into their products, the brand and name of the company became the present "Victorinox" ("Victoria"+"Inox"). countries. Recently, Victorinox has licensed the Swiss Army brand and shield logo to companies producing watches, writing tools, luggage, and hey! there are now into clothing.

And I bet you didn’t know that!

So here is this HYBRID BLAZER, in a 100% Nylon, 50% Recycled, Water repellent. Zippered interior pocket.Removeable logo metal pin at left sleeve.
Team it up with some great boots by Red Wing Moc toe wheat boot @£199.00 and some great Levi's Bleached Tab Twills Chinos Trouser @£75.00

topped up with a John Smedley V Neck Bower Majesty polo jumper with ribbed cuffs and waistband and in 100% Wool @£107.00.. beautiful!!
Perfect for the chilly Spring, but equally cool for the Summer, yes chaps it will be here like the Blazer, soon.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Tread carefully fellas








IT must be difficult when you know that you shoes could make or break a potential love affair, well that’s the position Northamptonshire shoemakers Jeffrey-West have found themselves.

A recent study found that women ‘often’ judge a man by his shoes, so not much for the dynamic shoe pairing to deal with then, I know where I am going the next time my ‘mad’ bird dumps me.

Anyway enough of psycho talk, the shoes currently on offer fomr J-W are nothing short of sublime, I am a particular fan of the Flashman 3293 boot in tan, black, muse tan or muse black, the latter are the college boot (pull on as opposed to lace up).

The lace ups boast three eye holes, and have a half brogue front, with a Goodyear welted sole.

The tan boot already has an antique looke to it, which is lovely, while the black wisely avoid this.

Named after the classic cad-soldier from the George MacDonald Fraser novels, made famous on the silver screen by Malcolm MacDowell.

They are so intrisically English they draw you into another world of style. Put simply, they beautiful.

The Dashwood boot, is your classic sixties ankle boot, coming in black a brown suede, this smacks of Jag E types and tight fitting slacks.

The boots have stitched detail and pipe contrast on the edge of the hem.

The final boot on offer is the College boot, my favourite is the muse tan, a plain zipper side boot on the same lilt as the others, with an open front and some lovely detailing.

Ladies beware, the game is afoot.

Put your shirt




How do you buck economic trends of the world, the continual dropping and rising? It is simple just base everything on the Lacoste T-shirt. Produce something classic, timeless and of supreme quality and it will never be open to the highs and lows of uncertainty.

You never see Lacoste shirts in a ‘fire sale’, they maintain their place, rightful I feel at the top of the pile and so it is likely to remain, especially if this year’s new colours are anything to go by.

As always though, it is a sweet shop of choice when it comes to the new colours form the iconic French company.

Heritage is the right word to describe the basic shirt, two button, crocodile logo, ribbed collar, semi-fitted. Just perfection. No need to change. The shirt always seems to be a staple building block in every discerning wardrobe, a crisp white one is the ‘daddy’, but one must be owned no matter what.

The Caiman range is it is now know, it maye have been forever, I just know it as a Lacoste T-shirt, producing a plethora of colours and it is the contrasting colours Lacoste get that always amazes me.

There are of course set colours, black, navy and that’s about it. Ech then you have a choice a growing choice and I love it.

I am always drawn to the pastel colours of the shirt for example the nautilus, onde or lemon all beautiful shades, but colours like chartreuse, marjolaine, roquette, tige and caman are all subtle green variations as well.

Bordeux provides lovely deep colour, which is both a smart/casual worker, like ciment, a lighter brown and the poivre, which is an off grey that works with all styles.

But purple hues such as archeveque, mufiler and tanzanite are as far a sstep away as you could want, real bold colours for similar statements. Pinks of course play amajor part in the collection, with five on offer, from the lighter azalee through cardon, buvard, impatiens to fraise.

All together there are 37 flavours if I am correct, chocolate being another which appeals hugely to me.

As you can gather they all appeal to me, right better get shopping.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

BARBOUR, A window into British fashion

A British company founded in South Shields, best known for making waterproof and outdoor clothing, often associated with the sport of hunting. The company was founded in 1894 by JOHN BARBOUR who began selling oilskins in the South Shields. The firm prides itself on its reputation for high quality, hard-wearing clothing, and holds royal warrants to supply "waterproof and protective clothing" to the Queen and the Prince of Wales amongst a few Royalties!

Barbour clothing is noted for rugged construction and appearance. In addition to its waxed and quilted clothing, the company produces sweaters, moleskins clothing and Tattersall’s shirts.
It is not uncommon for customers to keep Barbour waxed jackets for many years, sometimes decades. Among such people, the wear-and-tear on the garment can be addressed by Barbour’s repair service, which patches and reinforces jackets that are sometimes in excess of fifty years old. Owners of such items find their age and age-associated repairs to be part of the garment's charm.
A Barbour "Stockman" coat (with hood), a waxed coat which is a classic Barbour product
In recent years, however, the company has tried to modernize its range towards a younger and stylish image, while maintaining the countryside range for which it is renowned, and keeping the attention to details and features which cannot always be found on other brands such as snug-fitting collars, "storm cuffs", waterproof pockets with drainage holes and wide "game" pockets.

So there you go, you need to buy clothes that are comfortable, rather than, well uncomfortable and you certainly can’t go wrong with this amazing brand! Can you imagine what it would be like to have to walk around in uncomfortable but fashionable clothes all the time? Hey?
So here we have todays look, a BARBOUR Hawthorne Corn Check Shirt

This is from the Barbour Spring Summer 2011 Collection and has a Check pattern, Button down collar, tailored fit and 100% cotton
This would be great teamed with some Dockers 1940s Limited Edition K15 chinos, and a pair of Redwing Chukka Burnt Orange boot. Happy day’s boys, spring is arriving, don’t be dull, be smart!

So why not come and check out some of our BARBOUR gear at: http://www.stuartslondon.com/barbour-m5#:page2

Keeping up with the Joneses






SOME things in life genuinely shock you, such as finding out that Hugo Boss was responsible for designing SS uniforms in the Second World War and also, although not in the same league, the fact that Liam Gallagher is using his Pretty green label to complete the wardrobe for the new biopic about the life of Rolling Stone Brian Jones.

The film which is currently in pre-production if whispers are to be believed, but presumably the mills at PG mansions will be going hell for leather, but what will be the garments on show?

It is almost nailed on that some of the paisley scarfs will be on show, form the silk neck scarfs to the woollen numbers used alongside one of the longer PG jackets for example the vintage trench coat, all very Jones in his style.
The collarless shirts Black Label would be in the ball park as well, along the rinse washed black denims a favourite of the Stones from that era, especially Jagger, strutting his stuff on stage.

Jones is almost the perfect MoD icon, with his flamboyant style, patterned shirts and dandy approach, which has cuts so perfect that they could make a grown man cry.

Of the T-shirts on offer, the SS range, presumably in brighter collars will fit the bill, the pique polo and the sky ones along with the stripe shirts, which offer that classic sixties contrasting collar.
The desert boots may be used, but what collars, black is a cert, with the Stones propensity for wearing coloured jeans, the lower cut boot will fit right in. The other shorts that may feature are the y-necks, the way the five button front opens wide, is reminiscent of those iconic images as the States tried to break the States, although admittedly after Jones has fallen into the swimming pool at his Sussex home
For me another definite that could cut the scene is the Black Label peacoat in velvet, such a nice garment and perfect for the look along with the wool and silk mix scarves and of course the merino wool roll necks.
But, if you cannot quite make the job properly you could always check out what John Smedley has to offer. I can see almost everything from the new Smedders range making the grade.
The Peregrine Basket Weave t-shirts with 3/4 length sleeves, this 100 per cent cotton shirt is an icon.
The Edgar navy silver shirt which is a classic ribbed crew neck, with contesting fabric panels with a 10 button front. Or with a pair of dark or light jeans such as Levis, try the Ultra Slim fit PWR 511 Levis in either denim or dark indigo or the PWR Sta-Prest 307 trousers in white why not try the Edison merino wool top, which has a lovely grey line to the collar. The three button, ribbed cuff and waist band jumper is quite simply beautiful.
Any of the Dorset range of tops would be chosen, three button polo shirt design, long sleeve, comes in black, charcoal, Nocture or the Edison also comes in silver with a red collar edge.
This blogger thinks that Liam may have to tip his hat to other designers if you are going to avoid the movie being your 19th Nervous Breakdown that is.

Monday, 14 February 2011

The Shermantor




You can never turn your back on a true classic and the Ben Sherman label is just that.

A true Brit classic you might say, or on the words of the lable itself a modern classic.

That’s the name the label has

given its new range of releases, funny how modern plays a continual part in the labels history.

Synonymous with the Mod culture, Arthur Benjamin Sugarman, the label founder, was born in Brighton home of the famous Mods and Rockers seaside shenanigans.

The just as the Mod Boom was about to sweep Ablion;s fair shores, the label was born in 1963. And yes you guessed it straight out of the blocks was the button down collar, which is the labels by-word for many.

In the new range, Sherman have dropped the button down on their Penny Collar denim shirt, which is the perfect dark denim in colour, with seven button front, one extra on the collar the Penny Collar. Simple, but delightful.

Elbow patches and two chest poickets finish off this excellent shirt, which runs the line between Mod and American denim perfectly.

The polo top seems to be an eternal favourite for all labels, some making their name on them, Perry, Lacoste, but for Sherman, the shirt has remained largely unchartered territory as in as much as staking its claim to originality.

Well that is over now with the arrival of the North Sea blue polo, which take this shirt to a new level.

This thing is fabulous and the contrast collar makes it, well just have a look yourself. Genius move form the label. The grey collar has two buttons Penny Collar, keeping in line with the Modern design, ribbed cuffs. This is something for nearly everyone, although the labels’ slim fit might leave some crying over their tea.

The limited sales of this range, with only selected boutiques holding the range, means these will be going off the shelves thick and fast, but they are worth the hunt.

The range reverts back to its cult button down with the Jester check and mid-range shirts, long sleeved, chest pocket, sporting the Modern logo, the true blue shirt is nice, my favourite is the button down stripe, but the label also offer a lighter denim shirt wityh button down as opposed to the Penny Collar.

One of the standout shirts form this range is the crew neck stripe and nautical stripe shirts and jumpers. They add a bit of Gaelic flair to the label, hitherto unseen and really bring a true taste of the sixties into this Modern range.

The crew stripes come on red and white and blue and white, with white collar rim, long sleeved. The nautical stripe is larger hoop on the jumper and is quite beautiful, with side button detailing.

Something unusual, but with some deck shoes on and a pair of chinos, it’s off to Brighton me thinks.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

DR MARTINS

Ok guys here’s the new stock that’s going to be coming in, so let’s get straight to the point about the great ‘Doc Martins’! Everyone from young to old have probably had, seen or wanted a pair of these boots!

History

The first Dr. Martens boots in the UK came out on 1 April 1960!. They were popular among workers such as postmen, policemen and factory workers. By the early 1970s skinheads started wearing them, and by the late 1980s, they were popular among punks, some New Wave musicians, and members of other youth subcultures. These great shoes are known as Doc Martens, Docs or DMs. The footwear is distinct because of its unique air-cushioned sole (dubbed Bouncing Soles), upper shape, welted construction and yellow stitching!



Cherry Red and Black 14-hole Dr. Martens boots

Klaus Märtens was a doctor in the German army during World War 11. While on leave in 1945, he injured his ankle while skiing. He found that his standard-issue army boots were too uncomfortable on his injured foot. While recuperating, he designed improvements to the boots, with soft leather and air-padded soles. When the war ended and some Germans looted valuables from their own cities, Märtens took leather from a cobblers shop. With that leather he made himself a pair of boots with air-cushioned soles. Märtens didn't have much luck selling his shoes until he met up with an old university friend, Dr. Herbert Funck, in Munich in 1947. Funck was intrigued by the new shoe design, and the two went into business that year The comfortable and durable soles were a big hit with housewives, with 80% of sales in the first decade going to women over the age of 40! Amazing hey! Sales had grown so much by 1952 that they opened a factory in Munich. In 1959, the company had grown large enough that Märtens and Funck looked at marketing the footwear internationally. Almost immediately, British shoe manufacturer R. Griggs Group Ltd. Bought patent rights to manufacture the shoes in the Uk slightly re-shaped the heel to make them fit better, added the trademark yellow stitching, and trademarked the soles as AirWairs. The Doc Martens 14-Hole black leather boot won two fashion awards at the 2010 Fashion Show in New York City; one for the 'most popular men's footwear in latest fashion' and the other for 'best counter-cultural footwear of the decade’ 2010, the Doc Martens 14-Hole black leather boot won two fashion awards at the 2010 Fashion Show in New York City one for the popular men's footwear in latest fashion' and the other for 'best counter-cultural footwear of the decade'.

So whether your young or old, punk or city slicker, sometimes just having a pair of these amazing boots will be great for any occasion!!

Get a good ole education






In a country not really known for its fashion groupings America has always maintained one classic iconic style the Preppy student college look.
It is an unusual style because it can be taken apart and becomes recognised in pieces worn, due to there iconic looks, singularly.
For example, the penny loafer, the chino trousers, jumper over pastel t-shirt, flannel shirts and of course the classic of the entire look, the college sports jackets.

Just think James Dean in East of Eden and Tom Cruise in Risky Business, plus countless other Americana films and you are somewhere in the ball park.

The new Carhartt, those masters of industrial workwear fashion, is an understated look back at this cult garment. The choice of grey avoids the bright reds and blues synonymous with the jacket, sporting its college name proudly on the left of the chest, 'closest to the heart', making it more accessible to UK wearers, the jacket, which is fleece lined, six button fasteners on the front, with two large open pockets on the bottom of the body and the classic striped collar, waist band and sleeves.
The pure cotton jacket comes along nicely with the new camera t-shirt, in grey, sporting the companies label on the hem of the shirt.

The Malcolm Blue Corduroy baseball jacket is a version on a theme, a simpler design than the sports jacket, the baseball, which comes in a dark nay, is corduroy outside, with a padded body, well baseball is played in the winter you know.
The companies logo is printed in full on the chest replacing the large university lettering of the sports jacket and the lined rib does not sit on the colar, just cuffs and was it band.
The seven button fasteners and higher collar makes this more of a denim jacket in cut, although it is fuller around the body, due in most part to the padding. This is a more understated working jacket than the sports and is a nice edition to the prep look.

There are of course certain other garments which remain almost completely prep, even if they are taken sway from the look, such as the chino, for example Docker trousers, I will be posting about those later, along with the tennis shirt, or as we in Blighty call the polo, bloody yanks eh, confusing everything, the collar turned up, al la Cantona, must be adhered to at all times, if you are going prep this summer, but more on those later, with a stunning new Lacoste range out to droll over.
As for the Carhartt range, the delicious flannel shirts such as the Fairdale Polar, which is about as classic a check shirt as you can get. The LS Cornell blue check flannel shirt is another iconic piece, these shirts are rugged enough to be worn over a classic T, for example the Sunspel range, or Carhartt's own SS shirts, crisp white or pastel colour bleeding nicely with the print of the shirt.
You could go all Mickey Dolenz, of Monkey's fame and don on of Carhartt's terrifically simple bobble hats. I love these hats, known as Watch Caps, they are simple and pure, but honest in their look. Plain rather than ribbed cotton, sporting a large Carhartt logo on the front, they sport a large bobble on the top and come in greet, blue and black and have to be seen to be believed I feel.
Coupled with a Penfield puffa jacket for example and some Redwing boots and you are moving into another area of American work/fashion style, which I will have a look at at another time, there is only so much you can talk about in one blog I feel.
for now, its back to Campus for many of you this summer, and the Carhartt sports jacket and the other accoutrements is a great place to start.
As Fergal Sharkey sang for the Undertones circa 1979; Here Comes The Summer.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

J.Lindeberg - soon to be stocked

Soon to be arriving on the shelves ot Stuarts is a brand that we can't wait to show you guys.... J.Lindeberg.
Known as JL - J.Lindeberg is a Swedish company trading all over the world with flagship stores in New York, LA, Miami, Stockholm, Tokyo, Kyoto and Hong Kong.

J.Lindeberg is very popular amongst many PGA starts and also sponsors Swedish striker Jon Olsson. The brand also dressed Brad Pitt in a stunning black tie, white shirt, shoes and cuff links for the 63rd Golden Globe Awards in 2006.


Offering some of the most stylish and well respected threads, we just can't wait to stock this great brand. We loved this Simmons Vintage Felt Check Dk Blue. Priced at just £210.00 it is a beautiful utility padded blazer with authentic detailing and vintage pattern, with wool felted surface, utility pockets for iPhone etc.
It is a stylish wool coat with double zippers on the front with button detail. A true example of the quality of J.Lindeberg's collection and we can't wait to introduce it to you guys.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Steve McQueen: The King of Cool

Why He's A Style Icon

Steven McQueen was the highest-paid film star of his time, he had a rebellious nature that complemented his on-screen American antihero persona and earned him the nickname “The King of Cool.” Off-screen, McQueen was passionate about motorbike and car racing, he had a natural yet distinctive all-American boy-meets-renegade style that, together with his no-nonsense man’s man personality, made him a style icon both in his time and in ours.





So why is McQueen such a fashion icon? Well, style-wise, Steve McQueen excelled at taking classic American sportswear and giving it a rugged, masculine edge. Hallmarks of the actor’s style included aviators, slim-cut tailored suits, sports coats, zip-up windbreakers, khakis, button-downs in pale colours, V-neck sweaters, and shawl-collared cardigans, as well as polo shirts. Of course, as a racing enthusiast, the iconic star was also a fan of clothing he could get down and dirty in, such as racing jackets, simple cotton T-shirts, leather jackets, gloves, boots, and denim, denim and more denim.

Interestingly, although Steve McQueen was most in his element when dressed down in jeans, he cleaned up so well that Rolex named their sophisticated Explorer watch after him, officially calling it the McQueen Rolex. Additionally, the Tag Heuer Monaco watch the actor donned in 1971’s Le Mans made such a splash that the company re-released it in the 1990s. This style icon was also the first man to grace the cover of the fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar.



Dress The McQueen Way

You could dress the McQueen way.... Assuming you already own a pair of blue jeans, grab a fitted shirt or polo from our wide selection topped with a v neck jumper and a Baracuta Harrington G9 which is similar to the one Steve McQueen wore one on the front of Life Magazine, the ultimate US coffee table magazine and one of the quintessential items you’ll need to emulate Steve McQueen’s style.



The Harrington Jacket’s sleek style won’t be out of place in a busy urban environment and will give you seriously masculine sex appeal a la Steve McQueen when paired with simple basics.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Boxer beat




SO they brought the boxer short to England in 1947 and then blew the doors off in the 1980s with the ultimate 'soft porn' Levi advert, now you can check out Sunspel boxers for yourself.

A classic piece of irony, that the boxers were more famous than the jeans after the advert, it is intriguing to wonder how much the name of Sunspel grew as a result of that sort of exposure? It is a safe bet that it wasn't as much as the classic American denim designer.


So jumping swiftly from the era of Duran Duran and limitless crap pop tunes, to modern day, with five designs of 'under crackers' on offer from Sunspel in four sizes; small to extra large.

These are really created for style and comfort, and what garment needs comfort more than underwear.

The seasonal blue orange stripe provide 100 per cent woven cotton, back panel and elasticated waistband to ensure hold, make these a classic boxer.


The plain blue short is the 'Kamen' short, so you can reinact that scene at your local launderette anytime you fancy, just be aware you may get nicked.

The blue is supported by the white shot, along with red and blue Gingham print shorts, all varying in price.

The stripe short is priced £19.50, with the Gingham coming in at £17.99 and the plain £15.


Coming in the stylish box presentation this is a nice edition to any wardrobe and you 'best friends' may well thank you for taking a bit of extra care of them.

One For The Girls

Woo-hoo, Spring is here, so now you must be feeling a little tempted to walk on pastures new!

All you girlies are shoe fanatics, and please tell what girl isn't! So here are some great Bass Weegun loafers to make you put a spring in your step!

Get rid of those tatty trainers, pumps and workboots, you may look a treat from the knees upwards but what about those feet???
You need to look as if you apparel was effortless, something you just threw on, preppy chic and not so oh last season!
Get out of your comfort zone! You can tell alot about a woman by the shoes that she wears!!

These fab Womens Washington cog tassle loafer, are absolutely perfect with ripped jeans for that don't care look, skinny jeans, bootcut jeans, or just trudging round the office, or even just a day out spending your hard earned cash at the Mall!
Who needs heels to look good hey?

These tassled loafers Slip-ons are typically low, lace-less shoes. The style most commonly seen, known as a loafer in American culture, has a moccasin construction. First appearing in the mid-1930s from Norway, they began as casual shoes, but have increased in popularity to point of being worn in America.
If you dont want that OTT look, then these are the secret to a winning style! These shoes are in, so dont go out without them! They will give your fashion mojo a tickle and guarantee months of happy wearing.... so dont slip up, slip on! Enjoy!


Womens Washington cog tassle loafer
Bass Weejuns

Cognac
•Bass Weejun - The Original Loafer
•Tassle detail
•Exceptional high quality
•100% Leather upper
•100% Leather sole

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

These Boots Were Made For Walking...

Free as a bird, and out on my own, I was shreddin’ the trail, and deep in the zone." - T. Peterson

So guys, whats in your shoe collection? A few trainers, footie boots of course, that goes without saying and the obligatory half decent going out shoes, well..... are they decent?


Bit stuck for fashion ideas, not sure what to wear with what? Well the gorgeous girls are not the only ones that are able to wear great shoes you know, we can make you succumb to wearing a pair of beauts on your feet!

Now we are in the 21st Century, drag your feet into it as well, get a more diverse in style along with your wardrobe,

Its mighty cold out there and we have some great winter warmers for you to wear, how about the Riders 2 Earth, J style ?


These workman boots are trendy or what!


These great boots are a staple must have in any blokes wardrobe and gives that adaptable look which is laid back, but still makes you as cool as the winter breeze!


Team them up up with a pair of Levis 506 Standard Worn Look Jeans and a Baracuta V Neck jumper.

So if you want a great for a night out with mates and want something that will give you a great kick, leave the footies and trainers behind! These boots were made for walking!


•Limited edition style

•Nubuck suede upper leather

•Denim Fabric trimming

•The denim part can be folded down and fasten to a pop button

•Great style and perfect for denim jeans

•Light weight boot

•Rubber sole , flexible and durable


You can visit these boots right here: http://www.stuartslondon.com/product.php?catID=&branID=&prodID=1590

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Pull your socks up




I don't have a photograph, but you can have my footprints. They're upstairs in my socks.” Graucho Marx. Comedian, actor Mrx Brothers fame.


The common or garden sock is an essential bit of kit, that is never really forgotten about by any man worth his salt.

Some may abuse there 'almond rocks' some may just wear any old crap on their plates, but a man worth his salt realises the need for good quality socks, that stand out as a mini-statement of intent.

Richard James socks provide something for everyone with that intent, and the journey from Saville Row shows a fine history of the A-list accessory.

Colours and designs to fill any draw with a touch of class, the Merino wool socks, with hand linked toe are available in medium and large.


The dogtooth socks come in green and grey, with black top, toe and heels.

The plainer socks come with varying heel, toe and tops, with colour ranges including red, light blue and yellow.

The stripe ranges are something for the gent aiming to keep a bit of individuality under more uniform dress,

Providing a thin striped multi-coloured from sky blues, yellow, red on a black or grey sock.

They are a touch of class, maybe the cherry on the icing if you like.

So pull your socks up and dress complete your look.