Words by Charlie Britton

Man in Camel Coat

As Autumn sets in and the Winter months loom in the not so far distance, a good coat is a vital piece in any mans wardrobe. For the past couple of Winters, the camel coat has been a staple addition to any outerwear range, and this year it’s not going anywhere.

From retails such as A.P.C and Burberry, to the high street giants of River Island and TopMan, the undeniably British camel coat is making a shining appearance in this years Autumn collections. If a camel coat is something you already own, or you are considering purchasing, here is where you’ll find out how to make the most of it.

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This year, almost every designer has created some form of camel coat, whether it may be an overcoat, mac or duffle coat. The neutral camel colour works effortlessly with almost any look and it pairs with many other monochrome and saturated colours beautifully, allowing for an extensive range of styling.

apc camel coat

This A.P.C coat is a beautiful piece, perfect for the coming colder months. Its tailored shape and streamline cut is fitting for any outfit, whether you’re pairing it with a shirt and trousers, or some jeans and a t-shirt. As you can see, this coat can be worn effortlessly with a denim shirt, some slim fitting jeans and a clean pair of white sneakers, so it doesn’t limit you to formal occasions at all.

whistles camel coat

This Whistles Menswear coat is slightly darker in shade then the A.P.C coat, with contrasting buttons and a breast pocket. This coat is again, perfect for any outfit, whether your rocking a suit or some raw denim jeans. Constructed from Spanish wool, this coat will undoubtedly keep you warm in the winter, and it’s traditional shape leaves room for layering under a jumper or a suit jacket.

river-island-camel

The high street retailers are also rocking the camel coats this season. This River Island coat is very similar to the A.P.C coat, although the shade is unquestionably darker. A fraction of the price too, this RI piece is a great alternative if you don’t want to splash out too much of your hard earned cash. They’ve styled this coat with a classic oxford shirt, some black trousers and a pair of suede shoes, perfect for a smart-casual event. Swap out the trousers for some chinos and throw on some sneakers and your good to go for a roast at your local.

topman camel

Last but most definitely not least, we have the TOPMAN coat. This coat is slightly different to the others, avoiding the use of exterior pockets completely, leaving a seamless finish from top to bottom. Again, this coat will not break the bank, and is a slightly lighter shade alternative to the River Island coat. This coat’s shape is also slightly more relaxed, pairing perfectly with jeans and a t-shirt or hoodie. This jacket has been styled with a Breton style tee, showing how versatile and clash-free this staple garment is.

A man who knows a thing or two about style and is at the forefront of fashion, Patrick Grant, British fashion designer and creative director of Norton & Sons of Savile Row, amongst other things, briefly explains in this short clip why the camel coat is such a timeless wardrobe staple, so if you don’t want to take our word for it, you can most definitely take his.

           

As you now know, the Camel Coat is a perfect addition to your wardrobe. Its versatility and effortlessly clean finish makes for an essential garment this coming season, and will carry you through to Summer next year, without aging one bit. Lastly, as Samuel Johnson once said, “A man with a good coat upon his back meets with a better reception than he who has a bad one”, and here at Clothes-Make-The-Man, we couldn’t agree more.

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By: Keanu Adorable

AVI-8, a watch brand based in Hong Kong launching into the UK is releasing a special edition of their Hawker Hurricane watch series. AVI-8’s main customer base in HK are your modern-day sneaker-heads, and we think it’s a good fit for our Clothes Make The Man readers.

True to form of the Hawker Hurricane chronographs, the Spinning roundel editions are similarly rounded and hint at a vintage influenced design, with historically correct font and numerical representations. The construction, design and layout of the Spinning roundel editions however represent a far more sophisticated level of design, and watch making prowess from AVI-8.

The highlight of this watch must be the quite remarkable layout of the chronograph sub-dial eye at the 12 o’clock position as it zips by to count off tenths of a second. The Roundels themselves are layered in different colours of painted film in the historic representations of roundel markings of Hurricanes that served in WW2. The various layers are then carefully assembled inside the dial to be, on one hand visible yet subtle in use.

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Powered with absolute precision by a customized Japanese made Seiko TMI chronograph this unique modification of the traditional chronograph sports watch is no less accurate, or exacting in its performance. The Solid Marine Grade stainless steel is all the more rounded with a domed hardened sapphire coated lens assembled flush to the case for durability and visibility.

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AVI-8 Hawker Hurricane Spinning Roundel MK 1 is soon to launch online, priced at £195

 

Wish you were here ?

With the holiday season well under way and the rush now on to get far away from the UK summer, we at Clothes-make-the-man.com, as always, are looking out for your best interests and to offer you invaluable advice. Now because of all this holiday shenanigans, we know no one like packing, it throws up all sorts of issues, leaving it to the last minute, have you packed enough or too much, I really should replace those speedos, yes you really should replace the budgie smugglers, honestly !  Do I have my passport, suncream, travel adaptor. The list is literally endless as is the headache, until you’re laying on that lounger, relaxed with a bright coloured drink in hand. So, because we think so highly of our beloved readers we sort the advice of the experts and asked Ian Chapman, co-founder and menswear buyer at the website, www.holidaywardrobe.com, which aims to provide a one-stop shop for all your holiday fashion needs, to kindly provide a few essential tips on how to look great in the sun, wherever your holiday destination. He advises ;

Pack light: Have a good think about your destination and what you’ll need. Don’t just empty your entire wardrobe into your bag. For example, are you really going to need that expensive, crisp shirt in the clubs of Ibiza? Likewise, those lazy sweat pants aren’t going to get much wear for your long weekend in St Tropez!

If you pack carefully and selectively, you should be able to get a week’s holiday clothing into one carry-on bag (thus, saving money and time on checked baggage). All airlines have restrictions on the size of carry on luggage you can use, of which Ryan Air seem about the most onerous with a measely 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, whilst Thomson, Easyjet, Eastern Airways and British Airways offer a more reasonable 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. The Members Sub Zero G collection is a collection the world’s lightest luggage. This one measures 53cm x 35cm x 20cm and weighs in at a mere 1.51 Kg. http://goo.gl/GVMrb

Ahhh this should get you in the mood

Plan ahead: Think about how you can mix and match different pieces to create different outfits; which shorts can you wear with t-shirts and vests during the day, but can be dressed up with a smart shirt worn casually for evening? Planning ahead and visualising your different outfits, and different scenarios will help you realise you’re never actually going to wear those extra pair of jeans – so just leave them at home. In fact, if you think you’ve packed the right amount of clothes, chances are you’ve packed too many!

Pack carefully: Cramming things into your bag an hour before your flight departs will have you looking like you’ve just rolled out of bed at the other end. Creased, shabby-looking garments will not get you access to the Yacht Club de Cannes. Take tips off those assistants on the High Street. A few minutes properly folding your clothes will help no end with their condition at the other end. Another method is to double up items such as shirts and tees etc and roll them. This avoids those sharp fold creases.

Materials and ‘the look’: When you’re at home, it’s easy to look brilliant in a freshly ironed top, but once that has spent four hours stuffed into a bag, the effect isn’t going to be the same. Think about those items in your wardrobe that might need a little less care or attention. Linen hangs great, even with a few creases in, and patterned or check shirts http://goo.gl/FjSZA can disguise the well-travelled shirt quite well too.

Take time on arrival: Don’t be tempted to chuck your bag on the bed and hit the pool bar straight away. Spend just a few precious minutes getting all your essential shirts, t-shirts, trousers and jeans out of your case and onto hangers. Your mates may think you have the early onset of OCD, but you’ll have the last laugh when you hit the clubs looking pristine.

The shower trick: Whilst getting ready for a night out a good tip is to hang any creased clothes in the bathroom whilst you take a shower. Keep the door closed and let the steam take effect. The creases from your clothes will fall out much quicker.

Re-use, recycle: We know. It gets hot on holiday, especially if you’ve just spent eight hours sweating in a Balearic super club, but think back to your match-ups you thought about when you were packing back at home. Time to switch around a few of your outfits so it doesn’t look like you’re wearing the same get-up every day.

Flip the flop: Don’t be a womHow many pairs of shoes do you really need to take? Once reserved for the beach only, the flip-flop has become a summer must-have which goes with almost any look. Havianas in a neutral colour like these http://goo.gl/RN7s8 will sit just as comfortably with a pair of swim shorts by day http://goo.gl/OVNea or some chinos http://goo.gl/xq0Hk rolled up at the ankle at night.

Good Day folks, the start of yet another week and another sartorial dilemma arrives for me, this time via our Facebook page and following my piece on the launch of the Inspired by Savile Row Range by Richard James for Marks & Spencer. This inspired a young man to contact us to seek stylistic advice;

As always Loz and like anyone who drops us a line searching for guidance, thanks for taking the time out, we appreciate it here. Now then, you have at least two weddings coming up and you, “need to look the business” and you are looking to spend around the “400 bags” (£400) mark. OK right off, you were obviously impressed with the Richard James collaboration with Mark & Spencer, as seen here last Thursday as that’s what drove you to seek my help and right you are too. Richard James is a Master Tailor and as mentioned in the post, has dressed everyone from Messers Liam & Noel Gallagher to Sir Elton of John. For this range he was very hands on and personally oversaw each detail of the collection. So I would certainly recommend take a look at www.marksandspencer.com/Savile-Row-Inspired-Mens/b/1634465031 

Furthermore, as the suits costs in the region of £349, have it slightly altered to fit you perfectly to ensure you, “look the business”. Larger M&S stores offer alteration services or sort a local TRUSTED tailor, but remember to give enough time before the big events.

One of the fundamental things you need to consider when buying a suit is go to someone who knows what they are talking about, i.e. a retailer who is known for their suiting and who has been around, therefore have a heritage and know what they are talking about. You wouldn’t go to a fishmonger if you’re after a good piece of steak now, would you ?

So this brings us to the next retailer, Moss, this brand has over 160 years of experience in tailoring and are somewhat of a forgotten quantity on the British high Street today but with approx 150 outlets nationwide, they know a thing or two about suits and how to make a decent one. They offer a bespoke suit service, which currently has an offer, where suits start from £299. Plus, if this doesn’t flow your suiting boat, for some unknown reason, they also stock quality suits from Calvin Klein to Zegna to Ted Baker & French Connection. You can’t say fairer then that and this will have you putting the groom to shame in the dapper department. www.moss.co.uk

Lastly,  in researching for your quandary Loz, which was difficult, I don’t mind admitting, but I was far from beaten. £400 is a good price to pay for a suit,  but  a lot of designer brands just fall outside this price bracket, so we had to discount the Hugo Boss’s, Paul Smith’s, Nicole Farhi’s etc. But while investigating on your behalf I came across two great finds, one, a suave piece of tailoring by the tres talented Irish man Paul Costelloe. He offered an air force blue coloured single breasted suit over at House of Fraser, but this lil number beat it by a nose and it’s by the dapper Mr Joe Casely Hayford exclusively for John Lewis.

Now before, I forget, you must remember not to fall at the final hurdle Loz and the devil is in the detail when one wants to, “look the business”. Always wear good quality, high polished shoes, finish the look with a pocket square as seen above, be as discreet or flamboyant as you want, but go for it and if you can’t tie a good knot, ask someone who can, untidy sloppy tie knots ruin the look you’re trying to achieve. Ohhhh and by the way, between you and me, there are some great bargains to be had in the mid season sales at the moment, so if your quick you can pick up a tidy lil number making your buck stretch a lot further, but purely between the two of us.

So Loz, all that is left for me to do is to tell you, the choice is yours ??? Let us know what your decision was and join us again next Tuesday for another style clinic.

A.M.

STOCKISTS

www.marksandspencer.com

www.moss.co.uk

www.houseoffraser.co.uk

www.johnlewis.com