img_0245Simon Carter’s inimitable blend of British elegance, practicality, tradition and timeless style have won him a dedicated following, which boasts Gary Oldman, Will Smith, Jonathan Ross and Robert Downey Jnr amongst others. Team this with his love of croquet and classic car makes him all round sartorial connoisseur, in our books. So we caught up with the man himself, to seek his wise counsel on his top ten tip on how to update your Winter wardrobe.


img_02461. Knitted silk tie. Think Sean Connery leaning on the DB5 Aston Martin in Goldfinger. Effortless style; pick a plain one that will go with a patterned shirt.
img_02472. Paisley pocket square. There’s really no excuse for not having a pocket square. Always silk and never blow your nose with it.
img_02483. Shoe shine kit. There’s nothing appealing about scruffy shoes. Shabby chic is ok in a New England drawing room but not on your feet.
img_02494. A good raincoat. Length is key here. I favour just above the knee, very much in the style of Michael Caine in the Ipcress File. Personally, I don’t care for a belt. I’m over the whole Humphrey Bogarte thing.
img_02505. Bright socks. Lift your mood with a splash of plain colour. Never EVER novelty and try to avoid pattern.
img_02516. A good scarf. Pick a lightweight wool one. It’s look more elegant and keep you just as warm. We make some of the very finest woollen fabrics here so no excuse for not buying British.
img_02527. Patterned shirt. I’m always bored by plain white. OK it’s ‘classic’ but it’s so safe. Express your self. Make a statement. Excellent with good, flattering jeans and a fine blazer.
img_02538. A decent umbrella. It rains here. A lot. So why go through six of those disappointing cheap collapsible things that blow out in a breeze? My umbrellas are hand made in London and you’ll never leave one on a train.,They cost too much for that.
img_02549. Tweed jacket. I’m talking new generation of tweed; light, stylish, crisply cut. This will work well from Autumn through to Spring. We work with British mills such as Robert Noble and Moon’s.
img_025510. A manicure. Go on. Admit it. Your nails are grim. There’s no point in spending all this time and money on a new wardrobe if you’ve got tramp’s fingers.

img_0239The Savile Row Company, is nestled in, you guessed it, the heart of the Great British suiting homeland. Its prestigious address of No 40, it’s home since 1998, but the company stretches back to 1938. The business has evolved tremendously but the constant is family. ‘We are not businessmen who went into clothing retail. We are a 3rd generation family company steeped in the tradition of tailoring fine clothing for men,’ says Jeffrey Doltis, Managing Director. Today, The Savile Row Company remains the same family run business as when they started out and retains all of the principles that one would expect from such specialists, bringing years of experience in master tailoring and making luxury garments.

img_0235The Brand has prided itself on providing its customers with luxury clothing at affordable prices while maintaining an exceptional level of customer service. These values are the cornerstone on which the company has been built and on being able to maintain these high standards across the business. In 2001, The Savile Row Company became one of the first male fashion companies to go online and now has a successful multi-currency website targeting the UK, US, Australia and Europe shipping to over 80 countries worldwide. They responsibly source all of the products in their range ensuring that every item is designed and crafted with the utmost care regarding ethics and the environment.

img_0236The latest chapter in their innovation is incorporating all the brand has learnt over their 78 years, as they launch their Made to Measure service for suiting & shirts on-line. Made to Measure service has always been reserved for only wealthy style connoisseurs, but The Savile Row Company are utilising their years of experience in bespoke suiting and shirts to make Savile Row custom tailoring more accessible.

Customers have the opportunity to be integral to, literally, every aspect of the garment, design and feel of their Made to Measure clothing. Choosing from up to 16 different fabrics for suiting and 32 for shirting, the buyer can define the smallest of details – lining, buttons, button holes, stitching, lapels, cuffs and even embroidered monograms (for that truly luxury feel)– customers create the DNA for their Made to Measure suit or shirt.

img_0240Shirting is now available to order online giving an in store experience at the shoppers leisure. Simple to follow, on-line videos are available to guide you through each step of the process of measuring and picking all the finer details. Each shirt is then tailor made in their UK based studio. However, for those who prefer, you can book an appointment at No 40 Savile Row, their London store, for a 121 measurement service which completes that luxury experience, if you so wish.

Plus, with prices starting at £800 for a suit and £100 for a made-to-measure shirt, what’s holding you back !



img_0258Wouter Baartmans and Amber Siegel, the London based Dutch/British Design combo, who met while at avant-garde fashion house, Viktor & Rolf, and were united in their belief of beautiful craftsmanship and imaginative design. Their style has quickly evolved and matured and the duo describe their look as, “Classic elegance with modern masculinity.”

Synonymous with an impressive attention to detail matched with unwavering masculinity, Baartmans and Siegel, are renowned for their use of interactive texture and razor sharp tailoring. Self described modern-traditionalists, Wouter Baartmans and Amber Siegel’s work focuses on beautiful fabrics that seduce and shapes that are accessible yet distinctive.

Having already brought their unique take on menswear to successful collaborations with the likes of River Island and Watch brand Nixon. They turn their attentions to another dynamic duo, who are seen as a national treasure and Great British institution.img_0259

The M&S & Baartmans & Siegel collection comprises 12 winter layering staples designed and crafted by Wouter Baartmans & Amber Siegel alongside the in house M&S design team. The styles capture the distinct design aesthetic of Baartmans & Siegel, as well as being relevant to the M&S customer. The exclusive collaboration is inspired by futuristic architecture, with a focus on texture, structure and stretch innovations. Key pieces include block stripe textured knitwear, a bouclé coat and high shine leather trainers, made with high quality Italian fabrics.

img_0260The M&S design team worked with Baartmans & Siegel to create bespoke fabrics and trims including a navy and black Prince of Wales check that features on the bomber jacket and mac, and marl tape trims, zip pulls and matte silver linings. The collection has been designed based on iconic M&S staples such as the classic black blazer and trousers, in a muted colour palette of black, charcoal and navy, to highlight the use of texture and detail. Textures include quilting on detachable linings and suede detail on trainers.
B&S commented on their partnership with M&S,“We are delighted to collaborate with M&S Menswear on our capsule collection, M&S has such a history in quality menswear and working with the in house design team has been an exciting experience; creating a collection that fuses our dynamic design with M&S staples. We are looking forward to seeing them in stores up and down the nation.”img_0261

The clocks are about to be set back an hour, all the leaves are brown and the sky is grey (what a great line), like cold slap to the face yes Autumn is upon us. So as sure as you are about to pack away those board shorts and flip flops, you should be thinking the same about the fragrance your sporting. Whilst on a crisp seasonal walk you don’t want to be smelling of light, floral, citrus fruit scents. At this time of year you want to leave a hint of mystery, spice and something if the night in your wake.

Grooming brands do make this easier for you by using colour to denote seasons, for their Summer editions they will use shades of yellow and orange to imply warmth of the Sun and tones of blue and white to point to surf and clear Summer skys. Whereas, for the colder months, it’s all about navy blue and, of course, black. If you go for a fragrance encased in a black bottle, you can be pretty damn sure this is a safe bet for a Autumal fragrance, that will contain such key ingredients as Wood, Leather, Oud, and spices like Saffron, a big favourite at the momen and pepper. Here are six of our favourites for this time of year.









img_0198Yes Halloween is just over a week away that time of year associated with ghosties, ghouls and all things that go bump in the night. However, a more scarier thought that might be lurking in the dark  recesses of your mind like a ominous spectre, is that it’s half term !!! As part of our new section, TheStylishDad we’ve teamed up with the not so scary Marks & Spencer to offer you an indispensable guide to stop you feeling like the undead over this gruesome time.

Long before there was Halloween, or All Hallows’ Eve to give it the correct term, there was the Celtic pagan feast of Samhain (pronounced sow-inn) in honour of the solstice, communities would come together to bid farewell to the Autumn and see in the less favourable Winter months. Pope Gregory III, designated November 1 as a time to honor all Saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day. Over time October 31st became known as All Hallows’ Eve eventually becoming Halloween.

With economic downturns effecting Ireland over the years they spread themselves across Europe, North America and Australia. With them they too took their festivals and traditions and adapted them to their adopted homes. Jack O’ lanterns originally were made from turnips, but the more common pumpkin in North America replaced the humble turnip in acting as a symbol to warn off evil and the spirits that returned to roam the land of the living for one night before All Saints day.

img_0204Anyway, enough of the history lesson, let’s get down to some fun and what merriment we can get up to over the Spooktacular half term.

First up we have activities that will neither send YOU mad nor break the bank, but will keep your little angels from turning into lil devils. One of the benefits of using pumpkins rather than turnips is they are a lot easier and safer to crave. However, we have to stress children should NEVER attempt to do this un-supervised. Plus, you can use the flesh to make countless tasty faves including gnocchi, risotto and pumpkin pie.

Another food related task which you won’t find tasking, is making spooky inspired cakes, and don’t worry Mary Berry won’t be complaining about your soggy bottom with these. Your creations can be as simple as Rice Krispies and marshmallows covered in melted chocolate or buying a good quality of course, Chocolate brownie mix and decorating them. Remember it’s the experience rather than  Michelin starred taste, that’s important. Plus, you can’t forget the fun that’s to be had with a basin of water and a spot of apple bobbing, although I would have towels at hand and make sure the kids don’t turn it into a fun game of water boarding, ahhhh childhood memories.

Lastly, you can never under estimate the fun to had making decorations, go for a Halloween colour scheme, so black, of course, orange, white, red and green all have seasonal connotations then channel your artistic side rather than maybe Linda Blair. Paper chains, paper garlands in the shape of ghosts, bats, pumpkins or skeletons and the only tools you need are paper, SAFETY scissors and sellotape.

img_8081Now if the weather stays seasonal rather than taking a turn for the worse, get out over the half term as you’ll find adventures and activities both near and far. Start off at your local library, yeah remember where it is, If you haven’t been into a library for a while then you’re in for a pleasant surprise! Gone are the days when libraries were places full of dusty books and bespectacled Librarians telling you to “Shhh” These days, they are a hotbed of fun and creativity, especially if you head to one of The children’s libraries in Redbridge, East London (2 minutes on the train from Stratford). Here the libraries are bright & noisy. We caught up with Anita Luby, Head of Library and Heritage Services for Redbridge Council, she informed us, “Redbridge prides itself on issuing the most kids books across London and puts this down to the fantastic programme of events for families it offers throughout the year. This October, kids will get the opportunity to take part in a range of Star Wars inspired craft activities and quizzes as well as to have their photo taken with their favourite characters. The half term holidays kick off with the Fabula Festival (22 & 23 Oct) which will be a celebration of arts and all that libraries have to offer. Key highlights include Korky Paul of Winnie the Witch fame and a spooktacular Monsters Ball! There will also be story and rhyme time sessions, theatre shows, balloon modelling and more! It’s the most fun you’ll have in a library and the best but is that most events are either free of very affordable, even if you are taking a few kids! “

If you are lucky enough to be going further afield, do a bit of research before you go, theme parks including Alton Towers, Harry Potter World and The Disney land parks all have a whole host of spine  tingling ideas that will prove frightful but won’t keep you up all night with distressed offspring. More for grown ups or at least the teenagers you need to keep occupied are the varied and immensely entertaining Haunted Walks and Ghost Tours which you can find in pretty much every major Western city. Ones we can personally recommend are Dublin, Boston, London and Edinburgh, all incredibly fun and once again great value for money, remember don’t have nightmares.

img_0199Nearer to home Manchester is being transformed into a creepy, haunted location for Halloween, what’s new, did you say ? How dare you ! Families are invited on a mysterious adventure to crack a code to unlock and enter the secret and spellbinding world of Dr Dee, Manchester’s infamous alchemist. By following the haunting historic map to track down clues, surprising happenings and curious characters in unexpected locations. Dr Dee’s Secret Curiosity Shop takes place at various locations across the city centre from 10am, on 29th October with entry to the Curiosity Shop at a secret location throughout the day.

img_8109Our top 3 tips for Trick or Treaters

1) If you don’t want to be bothered by Trick or Treaters at Halloween, which is totally fine, each to their own, don’t display any form of Halloween paraphernalia. So no Jack O’Lanterns, decorations etc.

2) If you are up for partaking in a spot of seasonal shenanigans, invest in some decent quality treats, like the above from Marks & Spencer. You don’t wanna be subjected to any tricks.

3) Be considerate, not everyone likes the frights of Halloween and you don’t want to disrupt or upset anyone with any over enthusiastic ghoulish activities. Remember, don’t stray too far from home as you don’t know what might be lurking around that corner.


Words by Mia Riley

An area of Europe that is famed for beautiful architecture and innovative design, Scandinavian fashion  has equally built quite the name for itself. With effortless style that reflects the elegant furniture design the region is so well known for. Copenhagen is in the forefront of this movement. You don’t even have to go in a store to see that everyone in Copenhagen knows how to dress.

If you find yourself in that slightly cold part of the world, these are the 4 stores you must visit.

img_0206Wood Wood

Address: Grønnegade 1, 1107 Copenhagen
Founded in Copenhagen Wood Wood is now stocked all over the world it’s even on Asos. There is no place like home though, so a trip to this store in it’s home city is definitely worth a visit, stocking some of Wood Wood’s gorgeous clothes along with some fabulous brands like Comme Des Garcons.

img_0207Won Hundred
Address: Østergade 52, 1100 Copenhagen
Founded in 2004 in Denmark this brand has an appreciation for simplicity and understated design. It’s now available all over the globe too, so if you don’t get a chance to visit the store you will still be able to get your hands on their traditional danish clothes with a modern twist. Think neat straight lines and muted colours.

img_0208Norse Store
Adress: Pilestræde 41, 1112 Copenhagen
A store that stocks a massive array of brands there is definitely going to be something that tickles your fancy. From A.P.C to Marni to Levi’s there is a massive variety of brands and designers to choose from. You Won’t be disappointed.

img_0209Henrik Vibskov
Krystalgade 6, 1172 København K,
A triple threat, a filmmaker, fashion designer and musician he is a multi talenteded Central St Martins graduated (graduated in 2001). His boutique is playful and creative housing his own collection as well as other cutting-edge designers like Comme.

img_8013One question I seem to be asked so often is, “Where can I get a great Wallet, which isn’t gonna cost the Earth?” In fact, only in the last few weeks 3 good friends have asked that very same question, two of which when I asked them what they currently had ? Revealed a tatty, shabby looking example, only to be told that I had bought them it for Christmas, many moons ago!

A brand that answers this stylish conundrum spot on is Troubadour, they use all-natural vegetable-tanned Italian leather for all its leather goods so that every piece looks better with age. After making a reputation for themselves in the luggage side of the industry they, following lots of requests, have decided to venture into the small leather goods, accessories market.

img_8010Launched after a long search for the perfect weekend bag that would see you seamlessly for any occasion from a business trip to weekend away with friends. Not beginning able to satisfy they needs, Samuel and Abel, the guys behind the brand, thought they would do it themselves.

So once again working on their brand ethos of offering smart Designs For Everyday Essentials. Troubadour’s philosophy of clean design, rooted in function and performance, have acted as an inspiration for a collection of belts and small leather goods that combines practicality and style. Clever technical construction produces streamlined silhouettes. Ingenious leather folding ensures slim yet capacious wallets.