Thursday, 24 July 2014

The Trickers is getting it together

THE THEME songs to the anarchic 1970s cop classic Freebie and the Bean talks about things that go together like, ‘Peaches and Cream’ etc and I think that the Trickers x Stuarts London collaboration shoes work supremely, with a good quality dark denim jean and a few other bits to make a perfect late summer look.

The brown or black toe cap semi-brogue shoe has enough subtle variations to merit purchasing both, with the lighter Dainite sole, triple and matching leather lining working wonders when it comes to wearing the shoe with various looks.

Stood alongside a pair of dark jeans such as Tellason Gustave slim tapered dark wash Selvedge. Drop in a turn up on these San Franscisco made jeans and you are set fair.

Or why not try the Grim Tim Nudie Jeans, which come in a slim fit and provide more colour than the Tellason due to the stitching or rock the button fly Edwin ED-55 regular fit for that wider feel.

To touch on that Brando-esque feel, a grey crew neck t-shirt is needed. You could rock a navy blue, or white, but today I fancy grey.

For an ironic look try the Iceberg Clothing Charlie Brown, with marled print pattern in slim fit, or the silhouette grey, with orange print, that comes in a darker colouring.

The Sunspel Henley grey t-shirt is perfect with single chest pocket is bang on as well, or the lighter grey, with contrast stitching Tomte Hugo Boss shirt.

You really need a long coat for this look, a Crombie rainmac or Baracuta Trench coat is ideal.

The petrol blue trench from Baracuta works well against the grey and the tan also sits nicely, for a darker feel the Minimum sky trench with multi-button front fastening is ideal.

Round the whole thing off with a Want Les Essentials De La Vie Ohare black shopper tote bag. This little gem has a deep interior and pull-out pockets, along with detachable shoulder strap.

Slide a copy of the latest edition of SLM under your arm and you are away.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Make light work of weekends away

PACKING LIGHT is something that, traditionally, is not understood by many, especially the fairer sex when packing for a holiday, but, in many ways it is a definer of style, less is more and all that.
So preparing for a weekend away is the perfect starting point or proof that you know what you are doing, are about and aiming to achieve.

So pick a city, any city, well one with a bit of class, say Barcelona and before heading to the airport get packing, but let’s be honest it should be a pleasurable thing and not take all day. No sitting on suitcases, the whole thing should completed in a quick fire 10 minutes maximum, from the start of opening your trusted Cognac Hartsfield Weekender Tote to get things rolling. 

I love the Want Les Essentials De La Vie range and this shoulder strap bag, combining leather handles, base and interior against a lovely grey check outer is another reason why. It also comes in black.

Of course any trip is not just about your outer wear, grooming and carrying grooming products is key, so why not ping in a Filson travel kit in navy, the water repellent carrier combines two interior and two exterior pockets, with leather zipper pull and trim.

Any tech going with you is not the same without being carried properly, so slip your iPad into the Herschel Supply Cypress iPad sleeve, with fleece interior all in a slim container and everything will be sorted. 

While any bank and business cards and of course money, should be safely stowed in the Want Kennedy Cognac money clip wallet. A beautiful calf leather wallet with three front and back pockets, detachable money clip and button snap fastener. It also comes in black.

Coming in a range of colours, I have plumped for the Sebago trenton penny loafer, minus socks of course. The moccasin style shoe is a suede upper, leather lined with cushioned sole and contrast stitching. The blue stands nice against the khaki Dockers Alpha tan trousers. Five pockets, lightweight cotton zip fly these are the perfect choice and of course, easy to pack.

To counter any reduced temperatures in the evening the Hardy Amies knitted navy polo is ideal. The textured knit, slim fit shirt with three button placket is a slim fit winner. 

Holding your trousers up the Anderson’s braided mustard leather, brass buckle belt works perfectly and of course, is lightweight.

The Chris Grey Ray-Ban sunglasses, with G-15 lenses utilise vintage styling with modern finish will top things off nicely.

Oh, and of course, Barcelona has its own beach, you’d be stupid not to take advantage, so the Printed classic swim shorts from Paul Smith, zip fastened back and two side pockets with draw strong waistband should seal it, plus the swim bag to store them in makes it a tip top choice.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Throw in the towel and make short work of summer

NOW I am not expecting anyone to start up some sort of poolside war, leaving beach towels on sun loungers in the early hours etc, a holiday should be a time to relax, but there is always a need to look good and thus feel good.
Whether you are a beachside sun king, or an out and about trekker or a bar fly, there is no reason not to do it with style.

First place to start is with an item that in some parts is overlooked: The beach towel.

SWIMS wade in brilliantly with its offering which comes in stand out orange or pastel blue, the soft cotton towel, which is quick drying, comes with a handy rubber hook in one corner to allow for quick drying. 

The simply one colour towel is contrast to the Paul Smith Swim towel, that takes the famous striped pattern seen on the brand’s bag linings and scarves and once again comes in soft cotton.

Making a perfect combo is the Hugo Boss Black beach set which brings a French blue towel, swim short and drawstring carry bag.
The towel, which is soft to touch, comes with a metal logo on one side and embossed, oversized logo on the other, while the shorts are mesh-lined, with side pockets and back pocket, Velcro-fastened©, with elasticated draw string with Boss logo on left leg. The bag of course is a nice touch, and invaluable when heading home from the pool, beach etc.

To contrast of the plain colours of the towels, PS one aside, why not throw in some patterns on your shorts and what better way to start than with the Paul Smith printed classic short. Two pockets, net-lined, short leg style with a zip fastened back pocket an branded tab. The shanty town print works well and provides colour inane interesting way.

The Signature Stripe shorts, which would make you almost invisible when worn with the matching towel, are a classic for short, with black draw string waist and elasticated waist band and offers the same points as the aforementioned shorts.

In its Dunkers range Penguin goes straight for the jugular when it comes to offering prints. The True black shorts are Velco-fly©, four pocket (two side, two rear) and have a tropic print with light blue piping against the black garment. And is easy dry.
The iconic Munsingwear Penguin logo is the main stay of the Dunkers All Over short, which comes in blue, with white draw-string fasten, four pockets and are easily wearable anywhere, not just by the pool or beach.

The Minimum DK range offer some of the most outlandish prints around with the Patriot short, which is mesh-lined, short leg, with two hand pockets has an Eighties style fluorescent print, and comes with a drawstring bag, with brand logo on the outside.

The Flash green short features the same styling, with white drawstring and a bright green tropical print on black background. 

Offering a reversed print either black on green or vice versa, the Tony Amazon short offers the same stylings. Using the same print to great effect Hugo Boss Piranha short features over fish detail print, on a blue or orange back. Slightly wider in fitting, this short has two side pockets and has a rubberised logo on the front left leg. Once again the short is quick drying.

The Orlebar Brown spiral short is a nice addition as well and sports a more muted print, like the HB ones.

Two side pockets, metal popper closure, zip fly and zip fasten back pocket, with buckle waist fastening. The shorts are tested against chlorine and salt and have two side pockets and that distinguishable OB cut. Mesh-lined and coming with a waterproof branded draw string bag these are a nice short and the only print shorts in the range.

Now if you are looking for plain shorts, well that’s a different matter.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Style fit for a President: JFK

THERE ARE iconic looks that remain timeless, classic and simply natural, whatever era and they are perfect for summer, thank fully as it is now.

Keeping just the right side the prep style a man who is widely regarded as the most popular American President John F. Kennedy showed his cool style while onboard his favourite yacht Honey Fitz alongside the glitterati of power and politics during that golden era, with wife Jackie, the rest of the Kennedy clan and on the odd occasion Marylin Monroe.

When on Presidential duties JFK would always be smartly dressed, suits to die for, but while aboard his yacht, he would mix up a relaxed style of light trousers, pastel coloured shirt, with pen collars of course, and of course Wayfarers and a relaxed pair of tennies or pumps.

The look is switchable, which gives it it’s longevity, as not all of us can look as cool as JFK, but we can but try.
The Mikkel Rude sta-prest white trousers are a great starting point. 

Relaxed yet superbly cut, sitting below on the waist. This straight leg trouser has two side pockets, zip fly, two rear pockets and comes in a slim fit.

The next nearest lighter trousers are the Dockers chinos in either the Alpha khaki slim or the DO extra slim, these four pocket trouser, with lined waist band are perfect.

Ping in an Anderson’s belt either the brown braided leather or mustard, with the exquisite hand finished quality smacks of everything Sixties style and slips in perfectly with this light breezy look.

Now choosing the right polo shirt is thank fully not as tricky as it may have been a while back, with many labels honing that stunning Sixties cut and collar finish. 

First out the traps I am picking the Sunspel blue jersey, which comes in a a delightful French blue two button placket, in neat finish, all in succulent Egyptian cotton.
Next up must be the Orlebar Brown Terry Toweling sky polo. It is the perfect colourway with chest pocket and curved front and back hem. 
This shirt is almost too cool for school.

The Paul Smith Zebra blue also fits in nicely, with two button placket, Mother of pearl buttons Zebra logo embroidered on the chest, the shirt is a perfect soft cotton number, you could also drop in the Organic purple shirt as well, if you wanted to stand out a bit more.

Now stepping away, no pun intended, from the norm I would plump for the Armani jeans blue shoe with canvas and leather upper: rubber sole, metal eyelets, laced up this trainer/shoe is a modern twist on this timeless look, but if you are a stickler for as near as possible, then Shoes Like Pottery canvas trainer in indigo is a hark back to times gone by with vulcanised sole and canvas top. You could also rock the black shoe as well.

When topping off this look you could try to vary, but there really is only one glass for this and it is the Wayfarer or New Wayfarer Ray Ban have created.

Stunning with a delicious blue and brown frame, gradient brown lenses and total UV protection, what else would the President wear??!!!