Words by Keanu Adorable

Autumn is here and the weather is going to get brutal once again, and what would a new season be without having new favourites to add to our winter wardrobe? So as the sun is hiding away for the upcoming months, we need to cover up for the cold season – and your cover-up is the first thing everyone sees on you – and it needs to help you look stylish and cosy. We are spoiled with choices with winter coats, so to make things easier, we’ve chosen 6 of the best outerwear for men, from high-street and designer options.

ZARA Checked Chester Coat

This checkered coat by Zara has a classic silhouette which includes classic pointed lapels, button-up fastening, side flap pockets, back vent and lined interior with pocket. You can wear it with formal and casual attires throughout the winter months.

WEEKDAY Tristan Checked Coat

Swedish brand WEEKDAY has a fantastic piece form their latest collection, again with the checked pattern it also has a classic style enhanced by the checked print and a soft wool blend with a long -thread finish. It has a high stand collar with big lapels, big buttons and two big flap pockets, it looks absolutely cosy and warm! perfect to keep you comfortable during the winter season.

NEXT Signature Car Coat

All you sophisticated dads out there, this is a good pick for you. This car coat style is made from quality British fabric. Finished with a cotton chambray lining, don’t be surprised if you get stopped and get compliments by your coworkers or other dads in the school gate.

REISS Voisset Cashmere-Blend Overcoat

Add a touch of warmth and luxury to your autumn winter outerwear options with Reiss’ cashmere blend Voisset coat. Featuring two spacious front pockets and a wide pointed lapel collar in a long length, this classic coat has been given a modern update with its slightly oversized silhouette. Layer over a cosy knitwear piece for added comfort to complete the seasonal look.

WHISTLES Deconstructed Overcoat

Relaxed in fit and contemporary in design, this smart but slouchy coat by Whistles is a versatile design made to meet the modern man’s everyday needs. Wear over a suit to give your commute dress code an edge or wear with jeans and knitwear on weekends away or days off in the city.

OLIVER SPENCER Beaumont Coat Baker Charcoal

A classic piece of outerwear for this the season, the Beaumont Coat by Oliver Spencer is a smart choice for the winter months. Cut from a variation of the Prince of Wales check, in a 100% wool, its super soft construction and fine details mean it’s a coat for all occasions. Featuring an elegant 5 button fastening, the coat is finished with thoughtful details throughout, including buttoned cuffs, a chest welt pocket and two outer slant pockets perfect for keeping your hands warm during any cold snaps.

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by Keanu Adorable

London based brand/shop Garbstore have released their new AW17 men’s collection, Garbstore takes reference from the early 1900’s British newspaper ‘Sunday Dispatch’ to create a collection that pays homage to WWII’s soldier’s uniforms and casual wear in the poignant post-war period. Oversized silhouettes and boxy shapes are reminiscent of surplus military clothing after the wars and provide an extra layer of authenticity to the collection. Enzyme washed garments and Japanese reproductions of vintage cloth allow a true sense of a newly constructed past. Vintage sportswear is reinterpreted in hardwearing materials, elevating it to a new level.

The Bren Vest, which pays homage to military wear of bygone years is layered with our Classic Flight Shirt for a true utilitarian look. Hiking influences are introduced through discreet detailing and fabrications. The APS Trench – a fresh take on the sartorial classic, is reinterpreted the Garbstore way with the addition of sportswear pockets and playful proportions. Japanese craftsmanship and materials continue to play a profound influence and are evident in the Easy Hoody – cut using a Kimono pattern, whilst the Tomo Jacket is inspired by American military and Japanese service wear.

Innovative techniques for knitwear are employed for the first time. Garbstore has worked with an English mill to twist yarns especially to create a static effect as seen in the Tri-Boston Sweater and the newly launched range of socks, made from alpaca for the ultimate in comfort.

For AW17, Garbstore has collaborated with Japanese accessories brand Sanpak to re-create three exclusive styles. Going since the 1950’s and supplying the Japanese Forces all the while, Sanpak bags utilise military spec nylon and hardware. The Garbstore x Sanpak capsule collection takes original 1970’s silhouettes and re-imagines them in modern tonal suede and Cordura nylon.

Situated in the heart of Notting Hill, Garbstore launched to critical acclaim in 2008 as is now firmly established as one of London’s best menswear shopping destinations. and as of September this year, the expansion of the brand has seen the opening of Garbstore.ten, a store located in London’s Seven Dials which was created to celebrate a decade since the brand’s inception.

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Words by Keanu Adorable

Italian footwear brand Diadora is a renowned brand when it comes to tennis gear, and tennis legend Bjorn Borg is the brand’s most iconic figurehead. Diadora is famed for being the brand of choice of Bjorn Borg dating back to 1981, Diadora designed the B.Elite (the B stands for Borg) silhouette for Bjorn and is one of the most celebrated tennis shoes ever made.
With the release of the movie Borg vs McEnroe hitting the big screen later this month on the 22nd, it seems only fitting that the iconic B.Elite style, instrumental within the sporting history of that decade is enjoying a resurgence amongst sports fans and hipsters alike. known for his on-court outbursts, LaBeouf’s depiction of former World No. 1 tennis player John Mcenroe, is not to be missed. The actor even made a comparison stating that both him and McEnroe are “passionate, perfectionist, narcissistic.”  The plot follows the pair’s iconic battles in the tennis court throughout the ’70s and ’80s, which eventually culminated in the 1980 Wimbledon Men’s Singles final — a match viewed by some as the greatest ever. McEnroe’s legendary “You can not be serious!” rant occurred the following year in a match at the same tournament. Watch the trailer below:

The B.Elite shoes are available in various designs and colours for both men and women, to browse the collection on line click here.

Words by Charlie Britton

When it comes to clothes shopping, a favourite and must-visit store on the majority of peoples lists is H&M. The Swedish clothing giant operates in 62 countries, with 6 other brands operating under the H&M group umbrella. These are COS, Monki, Cheap Monday, & Other Stories, Weekday and its newest member, ARKET.

As the second largest clothing retail company worldwide just behind Spain-based Inditex, who are responsible for the likes of Zara, H&M group has well established its name in the industry and is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. The introduction of ARKET proves that the fashion brand still has more to give and we’re excited to see what the future holds for the Swedish clothing company.

Introducing ARKET

arket regent street store

ARKET, meaning ‘sheet of paper’ in Swedish, has launched it’s first store at 224 Regent Street in London, next door to H&M group’s first British based Weekday store which also opened its doors just weeks ago. ARKET’s offerings include menswear, womenswear, kids and home products, tailored towards the modern-day individual. It’s mission is to ‘democratise quality through widely accessible, well-made, durable products, designed to be used and loved for a long time.’

To fully understand the brand, we went down to the ARKET store in London to view the store concept and products offerings. The store looks great and strongly represents a Nordic style of living. The minimal colour palettes used throughout the interior work well by giving the products the limelight and the shelving and furnishings are well fitted, contemporary and functional.

arket interior regent street
The new Regent Street store occupies 2 stories of an old department store corner building, incorporating womenswear and kids on the upper floor and menswear, homeware and even an ARKET cafe on the ground floor. The character of the building only complements the brand, reinforcing a Scandinavian style of living. This is again exaggerated in-store with the use of lifestyle elements, design details and products that fit with the brands unique selling point.

The Product

With offerings from other brands such as COS, H&M and Weekday, we were keen to see what ARKET could bring to the table in terms of originality and design. Weekday tailors towards the younger generation, with a focus on modern and mindful fashion. COS heads upmarket slightly, offering modern, functional and considered design. Both brands are heavily influenced by Scandinavian design, so we expected to see a similar approach with ARKET.

The product is very much similar, but different, in respect to COS. Its almost as if COS have taken its more formal collections and products and expanded this into its own brand. The price point is again very similar to COS, however ARKET stocks several other brands and produces slightly more expensive garments, especially in regards to outerwear.

Arket menswear

The majority of the mens, womens and kids collections are very simplistic, minimal and contemporary in design. The clothes work well as essential pieces, however it would also be very easy to build a wardrobe from the brand. Block colours, tailored fits and on-trend details run throughout the menswear collections, making it easy to build stylish and flattering outfits that’ll work well through the seasons.

arket menswear

The homeware products are what we would expect from a Scandinavian brand. Functional, aesthetically pleasing and well designed are words that come to mind, with colours, materials and silhouettes strongly representing a Nordic style of design used throughout. There are definitely some homeware products we would love on our shelves at home and in the office, so it’s worth checking them out if you’re planning on redecorating anytime soon.

arket lifestyle

ARKET plans to expand its store offerings across Europe, with another UK based store opening in Covent Garden in the coming months. Here at Clothes Make The Man, we’re excited to see how this brand moves forward and encourage you to check out a store soon. Alternatively, the brand is of course available to purchase online at ARKET, so pay it a visit to check out the collections for yourself.

Words by Keanu Adorable

Swedish tennis legend-turned-designer Björn Borg has unveiled his “SIGNATURE” collection at the Royal Tennis Hall during Stockholm Fashion Week. Borg, whose signature Scandinavian style helped formulate the slick ’70s tennis player style, has inspired the likes of Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums) and George Michael, among others.

The Signature Collection and the Main Autumn Winter 2017 Collection, were showcased simultaneously formed by two armies epitomising retrospective and futuristic features. British stylist Tom Guinness presented a real hybrid between old and new points of the brand – clashing contrasts of retro silhouettes of the Signature Collection and bold, futuristic performance sportswear of Fall Winter 2017. Guinness gave a contemporary interpretation of the limited edition Signature Collection that highlighted the tracksuits in bold colours, sweatbands, and sneakers. The Main Autumn/Winter 2017 collection is a representation of maximal-minimal and more advanced technical active wear.

“This show emphasised what Björn Borg is all about and was an empowering statement for us. Contemporary and prospective, yet true to our DNA and the legacy as a tennis and sports brand. We wanted to state our position as the ultimate fashion sports brand” says Jonas Lindberg Nyvang, Global Marketing Director at Björn Borg.

Flip through the runway show below and head over to Björn Borg’s online store to shop the pieces.

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