The Affordable Alternative – Bombers Away

WORDS BY DANIEL RAMSDALE-HARRIS

In the latest edition of The Affordable Alternative we bring you potential savings of over £1000 with our alternatives to high end designer goods. Every man needs a range of jackets in their wardrobe, which is fitting, as we compare both bombers and puffers below.

Dolce & Gobanna or Diesel?

Now this maybe super-efficient planning ahead for the summer wardrobe but the comparison between these two bomber jackets is something that we could not take notice off.

Curated in Italy, the D&G Majolica Print Bomber Jacket comes in at a mesmerising £1256. The eye-catching silhouette is inspired from Sicilian culture and is certainly one for you to stand out in the crowd with.

However, If you love this but don’t fancy splashing out the grand, Diesel have come to your rescue. Crafted from a smooth floralprint nylon to a relaxed fit, go for this if your wanting to save those all-important penny’s.

These jackets are like marmite, you’ll either love them or loath them.

Dolce & Gabbana

Diesel

Represent or ASOS

The winter puffer jacket is the essential that almost any male, anywhere, will need. However, not everyone wants to settle for that plain single colourway. In that case, we thought we’d bring along the tartan.

Manchester based menswear brand Represent have rapidly grown since their launch back in 2012. The release of their ‘Hell Tartan Bubble Jacket’ was a huge success and even caught the eye of American hip hop A-lister Quavo, who was spotted in it on tour. It was something that gave the brand awareness in the US, and they haven’t looked back since. The jacket retails at £362 pounds but wait for it, is currently on sale at luxury retailer Farfetch for £217.

Still a bit too pricey? Well don’t worry, as we can always rely on ASOS to provide that affordable alternative. Their oversized puffer in a navy check might be a little brighter than Represents silhouette, but if you’re a 90’s streetwear fan this might just be the one for you. And it gets better, as it’s currently on sale for just £32.50.

Represent

Asos

We will be back in April with more savings, in the meantime let us know in the comments below which options you’d go for!

Preview of the Best of the High street for Spring 2019

Although the temperatures are really struggling to get above zero at the moment and although you may think me insane for the sheer mention but, bear with me in this one, I haven’t let you down in what will be 7 years this month ! Spring is, honestly, only just around the corner, yes that’s long light evenings, drinking outside public drinking establishments and yeah truly having to wear one layer of clothing to protect us from the elements, remember that ?

In preparation for this most glorious of seasonal change, we’ve sourced the best in high street retailers to see what they will be tempting with over the coming weeks and months. 

Boohoo MAN are really establishing themselves as key menswear players, drawing on a blend of Streetwear & Teaditional African materials and patterns, surely their onto a winner.

River Island are being a little more reserved this Spring but still seeing all things musical and cool as inspiration.

Offering us brighter and pastel tones for those Suiting opportunities from M&S

COS have you covered and gained inspiration from all those Summer festivals from Glastonbury and back again

Channel those Summer vibes with Jacamo, I’m feeling warmer just looking at this picture.

Patrick Grant’s Hammond & Co for Debenhams is still scoring a blinder in the whole understated sartorial style, trying, but looking like your not trying too hard, but still winning in the style stakes.

We’ve often informed you to not be afraid of colour and Spring is a perfect opportunity to give it a whirl and that Giant of High Street Stylish Retailing, NEXT,  have struck a real balance of wearability and style for this season.

Emulating Steve McQueen – Style Icon and the Ultimate In Cool

“I live for myself and answer to nobody.” –  Steve McQueen

Almost 40 years after his death, Steve McQueen’s legacy still remains. His effortlessly cool outfits with just the right amount of edge helped build his bad boy persona and continue to inspire many today.

Rugged with just a hint of sartorial splendour – McQueen’s most iconic looks include well-tailored three-piece suits paired with Persol 714 sunglasses, his signature Baracuta Harrington jacket and understated roll neck jumpers under a fitted blazer. Not one to follow rules and unphased  by the latest trends, he often donned double denim with a pair of desert boots – a look that is notoriously difficult to pull off, yet he managed it with ease.

His confidence gave him the ability to look as comfortable in bespoke tailoring as he did in a leather jacket. A bit of a style chameleon, McQueen could switch up his looks between the red carpet and the racetrack. He did everything on his own terms, and was known for his ruthless interviews and charming yet nonchalant attitude. This made him the epitome of 60s counterculture – a time when opposition to societal norms was the essence of coolness.

It’s no surprise that the actor still holds the title of the King of Cool – an authentic anti-hero from the streets who went on to become a star of the silver screen. To find out more about the man, movie star and legend, check out this piece by ROX

Justin Bieber introduces streetwear brand DREW!

WORDS BY ISAAC PERRY

DREW HOUSE – ”Drew House is a place where you can be yourself. BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAHSDBKSJDHFL. Wear like you don’t care. Come Chill. K. Bye.”

Justin Bieber has been in the limelight since the tender age of 13 becoming a youtube sensation with his career only flourishing from there. In his earlier years, Justin’s style was what you could call questionable! In the last 5 years, he has become a street style icon for some, often being pictured on a daily basis! Justin was one of the first to have been seen and basically became the face of, the highly respected, the Fear of god brand/style. Recently, unless you have been living under a rock, you would’ve heard his nuptials to supermodel girlfriend, now wife Hailey Baldwin (Bieber) in a secret ceremony but more importantly to us he has created his very own streetwear brand! For those of you who don’t know, I’m kinda thinking that this might count for a lot of you,  Justin’s middle name is Drew and this is what he has named his most recent business venture.

Imagery – https://www.instagram.com/drewhouse/?hl=en

Recently a style which some have called Sleazecore has become very popular with celebs like Jonah Hill, Pete Davidson and the main man Justin Bieber being key faces in this new phenomenon and we believe his brand Drew is taking massive inspiration from this latest trend. A lot of the designs from the brand simply have ‘Drew’ printed across them or have the classic smiley, Acid House, emoji. The collection consists of Tshirts, Hoodies and Shorts ranging between $48 to $148(£35-£125) but considering that all of the products are made ethically in LA this is a balanced price point to be sat at and would highly recommend checking it out.

The collection has that retro aesthetic which may be a throwback for a few of you. Split into two capsules the first features a range of brown & beige corduroy which has ‘DREW’ printed across the front of the majority of these pieces. The second features some more vibrant colours with red and yellow t-shirts seen!

The first product released by the brand was a classic pair of hotel slippers with the brands smiley face logo for the small price of $5 but these sold out in a matter of hours! One of  Justin’s most recent Instagram posts hinted he could be venturing in the jewellery game with his brand! What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

It’s Time to Talk – Try a Men’s Group

These days, talking about our mental health is becoming more and more commonplace in society. But for all the progress we’ve made, many men still sit in the dark rather than being a open and honest. In honour of Time to Talk Day – honestly, I’m not making that up, which focuses on bringing together the right ingredients needed to have a conversation about mental health – we caught up with men’s personal development consultant, Kenny Mammarella-D’Cruz, to share his reasons why men’s groups are the most effective method when it comes to therapy for the modern man! Here’s the lowdown:

1. Everyone is equal – in traditional therapy sessions, the therapist is often perceived as superior and therefore as the authority. However, these style of groups are peer based, everyone is equal, everyone takes part however they choose, and everyone gets to learn from each other’s successes and failures without a superior. At MenSpeak men’s groups, power isn’t handed over to anyone else, it is shared and explored in a group without hierarchy, so everyone knows how to wield it in daily life.

2. Greater freedom – in many therapeutic relationships, men know they are going to be committed for the long haul, where in MenSpeak men’s groups, they can choose a drop-in live or online group or a closed group with a short fixed-term commitment and renew their commitment for years to come should they choose.

3. Gain perspective – This style of men’s groups will expose you to a cross-section of men with different backgrounds, stories, ages, racial origins and identifications, sexual orientations, and different stages of change and growth in their lives. All men benefit from such a broad range of experiences and feedback. Traditional therapy can be a more distant, clinical environment with less camaraderie.

4. Leave the past behind – the past is important – as the saying goes ‘You can’t heal what you can’t feel’ – however, too much focus on the past can carry over into excessive thinking and constant self-evaluation, which can make men self-absorbed. So, instead of focusing excessively on the past, men’s groups puts the focus on learning how to be your own man, getting real with the past, accepting the present and with other men by your side, working toward a brighter future with self-awareness and support.

5. Make friends – Men attending MenSpeak men’s groups have made lifelong friends with other guys, without any restrictions on how to be. In many longstanding relationships the old childhood roles, youthful Tomfoolery and social drinking groups with boyish banter and limited depth can be difficult to change. What these groups have in common is that they want more out of life and we’re up for personal growth and change – with other good men who bring out the best in us. MenSpeak men’s groups enable men to leave feeling more passionate, powerful and ready to take on the world !


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