Thursday, 26 November 2015

The Leisure Club x Original Penguin

With a heavy nod to sharp heritage sportswear from a truly American brand, Original Penguin, this is the latest collection entitled The Leisure Club. Inspired by archived designs that are sophisticated, comfortable and made from fabrics inspired by those from the 1950's and 60's, items include luxury knits, blended textures and premium trims which create a classic yet contemporary collection.

To celebrate the launch of this collection Original Penguin continued their partnership with menswear photographer and creator of 100 Beards, Jonathan Daniel Pryce and Fashion Editor of Hunger Magazine, Chris Benns. Together they’ve handpicked five outstanding creatives who are experts in their fields, busy contributing to London’s creative world - (from top) Music Producer and DJ, Pharaoh who was brought up on healthy diet of Soul & Rare grooves; ex prisoner and Author of Cell Workout fitness book, Lewis Flanders; Owner and Designer of British Menswear label Percival, Christopher Gove; London born Barber, William Hart and sneaker customizer, Adam Claridge. 

The collection is live now - I am really enjoying the sweatpants and neutral polo - from Original Penguin online and in-store.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015


Minimal, practical and progressive, Côte&Ciel have some of the best accessories around to date, with the Lagoon Spa Pouch the latest solution for travelers. As someone that travels regularly. this practical and luxurious piece combines functional elements such as an ergonomically comfortable neoprene strap, waterproof zip and transparent pop-out internal cosmetics case enabling efficient presentation of liquids at airport security. Available in two sizes, this sturdy pouch not only doubles as an essential spa accessory, but a durable and water repellent carry-on that protects its contents both inside and out. The pouches retail at £60 for the medium size and £75 for the large size, both available from the Côte&Ciel online store.

Jared Leto x Saint Laurent

Who doesn't have a certain amount of man-crush, or at least style envy for Jared Leto? Taking to the stage at the 2015 American Music Awards in LA, Jared was wearing head-to-toe Saint Laurent. Perfectly offsetting his fluro magenta hair, his black cashmere coat, cotton poplin Dylan collar shirt and stretch denim jeans look is the ideal dress casual option for an awards event that by-passes some of the formality whilst retaining rock star credentials. 

Monday, 23 November 2015

Clarks AW15

Last week, I was asked by Clarks to document my picks of the Autumn Winter 2015 collection, and how I would wear them. It is no secret that I am the Group Men's Trends Analyst - or trend forecaster - and have been for around 5 years. Based in Street, Somerset, I chose The Desert Boot in sand suede, Edward Limit in black and tan, Penton Monk in black and Balloff  in white; a style that is set to hit stores in Spring 2016. Clarks is well known for smart shoes - like my brogues and Monk shoes - but also has a superb offering of casual and dress-casual shoes that perfectly fit into an essential, capsule wardrobe. Requiring quite a bit of planning outfits each morning and shot around HQ's grounds and Street itself, I wanted to reflect my everyday wardrobe, to show that the shoes are for everyday but have every ounce of style. 

You can see the full spread, and what I have to say about each shoe here:

Friday, 20 November 2015

L'Estrage Hood Jacket

It has been some time since I last featured L'Estrange - in fact, it was when they first launched the ultimate hoodie - however they are back with this; the Hood Jacket. They have expanded from the hoodie to a full collection early next year, launching exclusively at key stockists including Colette, Isetan, Shop at Bluebird and Saks 5th Avenue, focusing around the transitional living space - luxe clothes that allow you to remain smart whilst on the move. 

The Hood Jacket is an evolution of The Hood for the colder months. Building on the same suit-inspired detailing, L'Estrange have added new features including a heavier-weight double layered pique, ticket pocket, double zips, and fully faced unstructured lining. Casual has never looked so luxe.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Converse x Missoni

The collaboration between Converse and Missoni has long been a highly desirable and successful one, so it is no surprise to see them coming together once again for autumn winter 2015. The Converse Deck Star Slip ’67 Missoni takes inspiration from a pair from the Italian houses catwalk show and taps itno the casual vs luxe trend that has been bubling up for a little while now. The silhouette is enhanced with a thick, chunky space-dyed elasticated cashmere upper that is ideal for the colder weather that comes with the winter months - though perhaps not for the expected snow in the UK. 

Never the less, premium satin is applied to the back of the sneakers to deliver a more elevated look while the colors reflect the darker, earthy hues of the landscape such as the mountains, rivers and forests that the artist passes on his journey. The limited-edition collection celebrates craftsmanship, authenticity and collaboration at the highest level and will be available starting Friday November 20th at a retail price of £175 from Dover Street Market.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Tom Ford x Smart Buy Sunglasses

November is not the traditional time to think about sunglasses but I am planning to be in Barcelona before Christmas and Gran Canaria in March, so for me this is the perfect time. I have long been a huge fan of Tom Ford eyewear, and after an invitation from Smart Buy Sunglasses to pick a pair, the Snowdon was a natural choice. 

Not only are they a classic, wayfarer shape that are perfect for the city, the beach or the slopes, this is the frame of choice for James Bond for his latest outing in SPECTRE. Worn during the cemetery scene, the frames stand out as an obvious style choice to be worn with a sleek suit and overcoat - and perfect for covert spying. 

The Smart Buy Sunglasses is undoubtedly competitive in price, with these retailing at around the £170 mark opposed to £240 direct from the label. Combined with virtual try on, 2 year warranty and international delivery - among other benefits - as well as one of the best designer name offerings on the Internet, the website is smart by name and smart by nature.  

This post was sponsored by Smart Buy Sunglasses however my opinion has not been swayed in this review because of this.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Agi & Sam x Jaeger

It has been a little while - just over 11 months to be specific - since I saw this Agi & Sam collection at London Collections: Men which was inspired by a child's patchwork blanket. Helping the duo make their creations a reality, Jaeger was behind these creations which are made from luxurious Goswyck yarn, using primary brights and fluro shades to realise the inspiration behind the colour blocked pieces. It is great to see Jaeger embarking on a collaboration that heralds a new step for the British heritage brand into the realms of high end men’s fashion, with each piece  now available from £225 from stockists worldwide. 

Topman Lux AW15

The Topman Lux collection is never disappointing - only when it sells out of it's limited edition offering. Returning for autumn/winter, the collection is beaming with its usual forward-thinking menswear, this time with a renewed focus on grey, stone navy and black. Full of premium detailing and directional shapes, echoing the Normcore and Scandinavian trends, wardrobe essential pieces have been reworked with an emphasis on technical fabrications, such as bonded wool overcoats and felted sweats, creating a collection of modern pieces crafted with clean, minimal design principles. Menswear perfection!