Swedish Footwear brand Vagabond are proudly presenting their latest, and some would say greatest, innovation in stylish shoes. Paul, yeah I’m not quite sure why, is made entirely in a recyclable cherry wood Ligneah material where all components are from vegetable origin. The men’s shoe is part of Vagabond’s Atelier: a forum for innovation and creation, where the company dares itself in the aim of more sustainable production.

Not only for Vagabond, but the wider shoe industry producing non-animal options is an important step towards less strain on the eco-system. However, they aren’t just stopping there. Technical innovation and the development of materials that are not only non-animal, but also more environmentally friendly, are now made available for shoes. In the manufacturing process, thin sheets of wood are attached to a cotton base, using a technique where resistance and durability is assured. To make the wood material soft and “leather-like”, the surface is then micro laser etched.

Marie Nilsson Peterzén, co- founder and creative director at Vagabond Shoemakers, had this to say on the worthy project. “This project is a follow up on the successful launch of the rst Atelier project with the non-animal collec- tion. We see each season as a challenge and opportunity and are always inspired by sustainability work. It is also where we can work with product development outside the company’s general collections”.

Words by Charlie Britton

With the Summer holidays swiftly approaching, the temptation to update your warm weather wardrobe becomes increasingly difficult to resist. Quite rightly, there’s no reason as to why you shouldn’t treat yourself and thankfully, Whistles has got you covered.

Whitles holiday edit

Simples tees, everyday sweats and timeless sunnies make for the perfect summer wardrobe in the latest holiday edit from Whistles Mens. Collaborations with both Boardies and Dock and Bay have revealed exciting pieces including Whistles very first menswear swim collection, featuring a stunning and contemporary design from artist Rory McCartney, and two exclusive colourways from towel experts, Dock and Bay.

Whistles x Boardies

Designed in collaboration with the Boardies team, the bold collection features three great designs; the Rory McCartney green ‘Palm Dot’ print, a bold and contrasting three colour striped print and a simple but stylish blue block print pair featuring a special Boardies feature where the pattern only appears when wet. The collaboration is refreshingly stylish, providing a trendy and smart alternative to the awfully overdone ibiza themed short. The ‘Palm Dot’ print can also be found on a relaxed everyday tee and short sleeved shirt, with other clean essential tops to chose from.

Whistles x boardies swim shorts for men

Whistles x Dock and Bay

Something not seen all too often, Whistles has collaborated with towel brand and experts Dock and Bay to produce two very appealing quick drying towels, perfect for the Summer season. Two bold colourways, one being blue and the other green, provide excellent microfibre technology, with the best bit being sand won’t stick to them at the beach!!!

Whistles x Dock and Bay towels

New to Whistles Men

Aside from the exciting collaborations Whistles has in store for the holiday season, they have also introduced two fantastic brands to their collection. Good News is a British contemporary footwear brand recently founded here in London. Ethical production, fair trade sourcing and great design are the three key elements to this exciting new brand, as they aim to make a positive change in the fashion industry, engaging with their audience and community to raise awareness on important issues. Whistles have also introduced skincare brand, Filmore, bringing Scottish crafted natural grooming products and nordic-inspired minimal design together to create a simple but effective skincare range.

WORDS KEANU ADORABLE 

Stripes are a classic and versatile pattern that can add interest to your whole outfit, and we at Clothes Make The Man want you embrace this look, especially this season. Here are our top 6 pieces that would make a great addition to your summer wardrobe.

 

FOLK Striped Cotton-Jersey Longsleeve T-Shirt

“Stripes are a fail-safe way to introduce pattern into your smart-casual capsule, and this T-shirt from Folk is an effortless choice. Cut from soft cotton-jersey that feels as good as it looks, it’s rendered in versatile charcoal and white for easy pairing with any colour trousers.”

PS BY PAUL SMITH Slim-Fit Striped Cotton T-Shirt

“Unexpected flourishes of colour are a PS by Paul Smith signature. Designed with royal-blue tipping at the collar, this striped T-shirt is made from lightweight cotton and cut comfortably slim.”

ZARA Plain Oxford Shirt

“Zara continues to keep up with the latest trends with this clean, plain Oxford shirt. The sleeve with contrasting stripe is the key point of the design. This can be worn on a casual day/night out, the versatility of this piece means you could rock it with different combos – jeans with trainers or trousers with smart shoes”

NEIL BARRETT Panelled Cotton-Blend Poplin Shirt

“With a palette based in brown and tan, Neil Barrett‘s Spring ’17 collection is inspired by the American TV shows the designer watched as a child in the UK. This cotton-blend poplin shirt is designed with stacked panels at the sleeves – a recurring detail that references military uniforms.”

3.1 PHILLIP LIM Striped Shirt

“This multicoloured striped shirt from 3.1 Phillip Lim is one of the most trendiest pieces that you can rock this summer, this shirt features peaked lapels, a front button fastening, a chest pocket and short sleeves that gives that casual but luxurious vibe”

PRADA Stripe-Trimmed Cotton-Poplin Shirt

“Prada’s retro-inspired short-sleeved shirt has been made in Italy from smooth cotton-poplin. It’s tailored in a boxy profile, enhanced by the neat box pleat at the back and side slits, and is trimmed with a contrasting mustard hem.”

Giorgio Armani hasn’t just built a clothing empire, worthy of his Roman roots, no indeed, his reign for over forty years stretches across kingdoms including Armani Exchange to Armani Privee, right the way through to Armani Nevè (Skiwear) to Armani Casa (home) and of course Armani Timepieces to Armani fragrances.

One of the most popular and successful amongst his stable of scents is Giorgio Armani CODE, which has recently added a new member to the family in the shape of Code Colonia. A new male fragrance which offers a combination of citrus tones including bergamot, mandarin and pink peppercorns, with aromatic middle notes of clary sage that blend with floral notes and resonate with salicylate orange blossom. The trail ends on a more fleshy base note with woody, amber and tonkanotes. Recommended to be worn during the day for a clean and fresh aroma.

If your looking for a scent best worn at Night maybe opt for the original Code, a fresh light and harmonious lemon with delicate bergamot evoking the crystalline elegance of a cologne. Olive flower, with its strangely attractive aromatic aniseed notes. Pure, smooth and radiant, like a good quality red wine, it’s inextricably linked with Latin origins. A combination of tobacco, fine leather and rare woods blend with tonka bean, coumarin and heliotrope.  This much loved scent captivates with its deep, warm, soothing qualities.

Lastly, this alluring, powerful and fiery male scent. It involves the classic Code base of tonka bean, but with Profumo it has been amplified by a sensual woody-Amberg accord and notes of burnt styrax wood. It contains a burst of head notes with green mandarin essence, crisp green apples and cardamom. The freshness continues with aromatic lavender notes and nutmeg essence tainted by the purity of orange blossom at its heart. Each element in the fragrance is warmed by tonka bean with its accents of tobacco, before being enveloped in a woody-Ambery accord. The supple leather notes of the styrax essence meld with a hint of praline sweetness making it prefect for the transition from evening into night.

This Summer two bastion brands of the Sunny, warm Months have come together to create a must have collaboration. Combining Orlebar Brown, the British luxury swimwear brand known for its modern, tailored swim shorts and photographic prints, collaborate for the first time to bring innovative and playful weekend totes to their consumers worldwide,
with TUMI’s reputation for high quality and performance lifestyle collections, the outcome displays contemporary travel at its best. Drawing constant inspiration from Slim Aarons’ iconic pictures of Riviera and Palm Beach life during the decade, Orlebar Brown and TUMI have reinterpreted the 1960s poolside utopia into an aptly energetic weekend travel assortment.

This exclusive four-piece tote collection reflects both brands’ approach to summer dressing in navy, khaki, and printed canvas with a coordinating navy interior. Each tote has a waterproof rubber base, making it a perfect companion for a day spent poolside or a weekend at the beach. Additional features include leather carry handles, a strap tuck lock closure, a back slip pocket for the last minute essentials, a hanging luggage tag that has the ability to be monogrammed, and the TUMI owned Add-a-Bag strap on back.

“It’s easy to draw parallels between OB and TUMI and the quality we produce. We both strive to be best in class with a genuine attention to detail. Our ethos is around celebrating travel and TUMI are experts in this field with a clear commitment to innovation.  It has been a wonderful project,” says Adam Brown, Founder of Orlebar Brown.