Friday, 26 August 2011

A Swede touch with Gram

DO you remember Monkey Boots? That unusual combination of lines and sole that made it in many ways unlike anything else, but smacking of everything else, check out Gram Footwear for the same sort of feelings, they are really quite something.

Coming out of Stockholm from Alexis Holm and Anna Stenvi, Gram are something special a delight to look upon, and will appeal across a wide spectrum, from indie kids to those in the know when something just has great attention to detail and it breaking new boundaries.

As co-founder Gram said: “There is something familiar about our shoes, yet they do not look like anything previous. The idea was that they should feel as though they have always existed, just as new in their look as they are classic in their style.”

Tight jeans, flared jeans, cords will all look superb with these little fells when they arrive at Stuarts in the coming months. They are a perfect fit with new labels such as heritage research (coming end of August/September), YMC, Universal Works and classics such as Carhartt t-shirts, Suit, Denham, Ma.Strum and Garbstore.

Describing the boots won’t do them much justice, just have a look and feast your eyes. The only thing I am going to say is I really like the labeling of the shoes through their weight, which is to tie in the sum of the shoes parts and the parts of what it is, that’s from those crazy Swedes not me, but it does make perfect sense.

High Volta rock and roll

THEY know a thing or two those crafty Italians and they have taken history and thrown it on its head with a new brand on the block in Volta.

The footwear breaks all the rules producing a casual shoe, with a boot styling and is one of those products that gets you saying: ‘oh yea that’s like, oh and that’s like’, but in truth they are not like anything else.

The thin lacing and use of nylon at the back on the generally leather boot breaks all norms. Classed as a ‘hybrid’ shoe, this really is multi-purpose, you can combine easily with denim, chino also smarter trousers such as Dockers, Universal Works, J Lindberg or the Carhartt washed trouser would all fit superbly.

As for denim, it depends on what colour Volta boot/shoe you choose, they are available at present in Madras blue, brown and black, but I would got for a dark denim such as Edwin try the ED39-201 or Denham Cutter jeans, any classic dark jean would fit beautifully the Lee 101 rider jean is another winner I think, but as with the Volta itself, the mixing of styles is the perfect choice.

The shoes sport a rubber sole, leather lining and upper, this really is a perfect Italian Job.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Just View It

You know when something is class, and these new Nike high tops really are a bit special.
The Chukka boot as well is simply divine, I can see me going for a pair of these, they have Steve McQueen style written all over them, well not literally, as that would look terrible.
Enjoy, I know I have.
By the way see what I did with the headline there? Clever eh.

More trainer porn

It's simple and so arethese, simply devine.
Moving away from the Nike Air designs, the classic tennis style trainer includes some blissful styles, that are sure to find there place into your wardrobe, so enjoy.They will be landing in Stuarts later this month or next.

Unashamed trainer porn

TROTTERS, trainers, sneakers, pumps whatever you call them they are an essential part of a wardrobe and can become very addictive. I have 25 pairs at present and god knows how many have been bought, ruined or lost over the years?

It is always nice to see new designs coming out and to see good labels becoming better with age, so I thought it was worth posting a series of images of the upcoming Nike releases set to hit Stuarts in the coming months, I suppose you could call it trainer porn!

So get your tissues out here are four of the new road running designs from the Nike Air arrange.

The next few blogs from my good self should be stiffy inducing as well, with other new releases including hi-tops and the Chukka style boots, which are simply beautiful on show.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

LEE-sy does it

A STAPLE of British fashion since it winged its way over from Kansas, bringing with them the original denim jacket and a design and style that has held fast in wardrobes across Blighty.
Well now LEE are back with further additions to its 101 range featuring the further classic denim jeans, shirts and jumpers.

Having held its line like Brutus, Lois, Levis, Perry and Ben Sherman, it is lovely to see Lee really holding its own.

As the information on the range which hits Stuarts at the end of this month beginning of next is thin on the ground, I have included images of the jeans first off, which include the classic denim, washed and dark denim, along with corduroys and black denim jeans.
Enjoy the view, next up will be shots of the shirts and then the jumpers and to be honest with smutter this good, you don’t really need words, just feast your eyes.

I could walk 1000 miles in Wolverine

IT is taking the lyrics; ‘These boots are made for walking’ to the extreme, but what do you expect after 125 years of craftsmanship.

So to celebrate that history and heritage the company hand built by G.A Krause has launched the Wolverine 1000 range, which in their own words is a ‘collection of boots and shoes inspired by Wolverine’s original designs’.

And if I say they are nice, I am doing them down somewhat.

Named Original, Bradford, Rockford, Stockton, Austen and Addison these boots are not for everyone it has to be said, they are for those with taste and some.

And yes they will look stunning with a pair of Edwin jeans, any of the YMC threads, along with Universal Works, drop in some John Smedley and of course Gloverall, go heavy on the wool with these boots to makes sure you are on the right on course for a wonderful winter, god I am excited.

And the Wolverine range will be walking right into Stuarts this autumn, for further arrival details or pre-orders check the website, keep and eye on the twitter page or call the guys in store: 0208 735 1801.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Team work always pays off

There are sometimes you cannot quite believe your eyes when a team up is so perfect it literally makes you drool with anticipation and your heart skip with excitement.

Bowles and Marsh, Gin and Tonic, Batman and Robin, bangers and mash, you get my drift.

Well the team up for this winter that is sure to break all the rules is the team up of two of England’s finest design houses Fred Perry and 6876.

I am honestly blown away by the prospects of this collab, the original revolutionary designers in Kenneth MacKenzie’s 6876, plus the label that has dressed anyone worth their salt from old Albion, whilst achieving independence of style despite mass popularity in Perry, the boundaries seem limitless.

Both labels seem to have the same unwritten rule when it comes to approach of design and life, avoiding trends, making a statement and creating clothes that have ‘clothing with design, longevity and quality’.

In the words of McaKenzie it is a collabaration between the ‘original outsiders’ and it will see the return of garments long thought gone, giving a new market of fashionistas the opportunity to tred some iconic if not well worn footsteps.

In there words; ‘At the core of the range is the classic Fred Perry Shirt in pique cotton and merino in short and long sleeves in an Autumn palette of Navy, grey and oatmeal.

Other key pieces include the iconic 6876 modernist made-in-London Carcoat from circa 1999, two classic 6876 shirt styles, a merino crew neck, and a Scottish made split roll-neck lambswool jumper. All styles feature the brands signature architectural line and cut and all are perfect examples of the 6876 design manifesto’.

Anyone who has not witnessed the single beauty that is 6876 designs are in for a life changing treat and anyone who is a supporter of the icon that is Fred Perry are set for a step into a world of wonder. Get set for, the revolution starts here and unlike Gil Scott Heron said, this one will not be televised, just worn with true style.

England Expects, and this winter it is going to deliver

Monday, 8 August 2011

Get on your bike for these new Nike

ALL the way form the USA, the new look Nike range of running trainers are something to beg, steal or borrow to get. Put simply, they are amazing.

The colour choices are a Nike touch you could say, if you wanted a crap joke about a brand that is taking the challenge of claiming a top spot in increasingly tough world of trainer fashion.

Being original is near impossible, so being distinctive is vita

l and the Swoosh label is doing exactly that with its new Air, Air Max and Shox ranges.

The Pegasus 92 which comes in white and orange with some nice purple touches, while the Air Max 90 does a cracking job of avoiding a heavy look black shoe, which has a large sole, with a great use of black, grey and yellow to maje the swoosh standout.

The Shox GT, which comes in leather is a step further along the road of the slimmer more athletic shoes of recent times, with a superb red cutaway sole and Swoosh symbol. These are a real winner in the smarter trainer look, but in truth they all rock.

Just enjoy the pictures, then get down to Stuarts to enjoy the real thing.

It's essential that You Must Create

THERE are things in life you need to do, some places you need to visit, but there is one thing you must do, You Must Create.

The British label is going from strength-to-strength and is sure to be a staple in any stylish gents wardrobe this winter.

The quality of garment is what really sees YMC

holding their own, classic lines with a casual jumper Fairisle finish against a supremely tailored finish to the jackets and shirts, it’s the perfect offset and keeps the interest always.

There are always favourties in any new releases, but with YMC its is difficult to select, the new Ivy League tops are a fabulous addition to the Preppy look that has been catching the eye for a while now.

The navy and plum cardigans look as original as the first day at Harvard, while the grey jumper with its massive M emblazoned across the chest is a nice play on the classic American sports top.

The Gloverall team up fro what can only be described as ‘ultimate’ Duffle coat in navy, will have any man worth his salt drooling. Stunning British combination is like a Caine and Baker Zulu team up, simply perfect.

Then the knitted 100 per cent Merino wool scarf in navy or plum, or the Fairisle jumpers, which comes in navy and is a great opposite the snug looking cardigan.

Oh and did I mention they do a great line in corduroys?

I was told once by an old hippie that you never have a bad day if you are wearing cords, and he is right, especially if he is talking about the YMC cords in tobacco or navy.

Fraser Moss and Jimmy Collins, founders of the label, in London in 1995, have something answer for and have now become a huge and integral part of the ‘new wave’ of British labels that are not so much stealing a march as much as rearranging the world order.

All of these new labels are being championed by Stuarts, London.

Not bowing to seasonal trends, YMC is standing tall and proud, and as with anything quality, so will the wearer of it.

Time to stand up then.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

All change at Stuarts, but the same old quality and style

BEING at the forefront of men’s fashion, not just in the capital, but nationally recognised as such, Stuarts of Shepherds Bush has always had to move with the times and it is doing exactly that again with a new look shop interior to house all those delights we love wearing and drooling over.

Since opening its doors in 1961 the store has been a haven for the fashion conscious man, and it is was funny to catch a glimpse of the store as I first remember walking into wide eyed and full of joy was spotted on Youtube recently, when somebody kindly posted me a link, see below to the Ear Say programme broadcast circa 1984/85 with Gary Crowley commenting on the fashion to end all fashions, Casual.

It is brilliant to see the tightly knit shop sporting all the latest cutting edge Casual gear for the boy and girl about town Lacoste, Pringle, Sergio, Fila, Diadora oh those were the days, well they still are today.

Now the store is undergoing another facelift to ensure an even better collection of clothes to sport during the final summer and winter months.

With new labels coming in all the time Chevignon, YMC, Heritage Research, Universal Works, Terrace Production and the like, plus a massive sale with up to 70 per cent off some items, and now a new interior to shop in, Stuarts is once again putting itself at the top of the pile. And rightly so me thinks.

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