Tales of the Unexpected – Tails, Place of Origin concept

Screen Shot 2013-10-13 at 17.30.58One of the most interesting aspects I’ve found since undertaking this odd concept of starting Clothes Make the Man, is how many interesting brands there are out there. Doing really interesting things that go completely under the radar of some of the bigger publications. One being Tails, Tails Clothing is run from a small premises just outside Cardiff by an entrepreneurial bunch with backgrounds as diverse as international relations, languages, photography and copy writing. What they all have in common is a shared love of sourcing of niche brands from around the world that speak to them because they have great style, but also because of their authenticity. On their website you’ll find pieces that you’ll invest in and wear for a lifetime. They pride themselves on tracking down manufacturers that have been doing what they do in the same place and in the same way for decades, if not hundreds of years.

Screen Shot 2013-10-13 at 17.31.33Heading up Tails is Joshua, whose father Mark started the business in 1979 as Tails and the Unexpected Ltd., a vintage clothing stall in Jacob’s Antiques Market in Cardiff. Mark actually began trading while still at art college, out of the back of his 1961 Riley. This year though, has ushered in an overhaul of the brand identity, including a change of name to simply ‘Tails’. For winter 2013 the brand are developing the Place of Origin concept – that is where their clothing comes from. But also its about the journey to find it. The accompanying photography for the campaign strifes to capture the feeling of exploration and to some extent man’s relationship with landscape.

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Galvin-ising Menswear – Galvin for Men, No nonsense Menswear

Screen Shot 2013-09-30 at 16.34.29On our continuing quest to find great outlets for menswear on the world wide web, we came across this gem in Galvin for Men, an Irish based emporium with a no nonsense approach which is soooo refreshing. Their philosophy is simple, they believe in Quality products, Quality service and a Quality Platform on which to present on, what more could you ask for ?

They offer a real nicely curated buy of brands, supporting the specialist manufacturer while also offering some great global brands. They pride themselves on their balance between believing not only in great products and brands but also in reflecting fashion design and innovation. Of course you have the favourites of Hugo Boss, Polo Ralph lauren, Lyle & Scott Vintage, G-Star  and Tommy Hilfiger, but also products and labels of artisan craftsmanship and exceptional quality such as Inis Meain Knitwear, Nudie Denim jeans and Red Wing Boots.

Their Store based in Mulligar, Co Westmeath, Eire offers a laid back and down to earth attitude, where the customers are relaxed when browsing and the staff try to ensure you a  memorable shopping experience. They are on hand to offer assistance and sound  advice, plus you’re safe in knowing that because they know their customer so well, their product knowledge is first class. This service and knowledge was something that was forefront when the e-commerce site launched in 2011.

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Ensure your trimmed, plucked & Groomed with the King of Shave Prostyle eGrooming Range

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 18.15.38As I’m sure you all know King of Shaves is a range of innovative and performance shaving, skincare and styling products and since Will King(above), see what he did there, created the Original Shaving Oil in 1993, King of Shaves now sells a product every three seconds worldwide !!!

And now after eighteen months in development, King of Shaves are proud to announce Prostyle, their new design led, electrical grooming (eGrooming) range for men. The Prostyle range combines effortless form and effective function, all at pocket friendly prices. King of Shaves is the only male-centric brand to provide a total grooming solution, from shaving preparations and skincare, through high performance system razors to electrical grooming and styling products.

The Prostyle range comprises:

KOS_Prostyle_Bodystyler_Front_Side_v1_thumbThe Bodystyler: the total grooming and styling solution for all over your body. The range comes in a non-slip rubberised precision grip, ideal for shaving your chest, legs, back, shoulders, groin and underarms, if you so choose, but remember this is not for use on pretty lil faces. All the tools in the range are battery powered, shower proof design for wet or dry use whilst three snap-on trimming guides give ultimate control. Hypoallergenic stainless steel blades for sensitive skin.

The Precision Trimmer: helping keep your eyebrows under control and unwanted nose and ear hair at bay. Efficient snap-on bi-directional trimmer and guides for nose, ear and eyebrows whilst rotary trimmer removes unwanted nose and ear hair.

KOS_Prostyle_Beard_Styler_Front_v1_thumbThe Beard Styler: Ensure your facial stubble is trimmed to your required length and groomed to perfection. The trimming guide adjusts from 0.5mm to 15mm allowing you to accurately and con- sistently groom your beard. With up to 30 minutes from each charge you’ll have plenty of time to define your style wherever you are in the world.

The Multi Styler: the complete facial grooming kit with everything you need to maintain your style. Four interchangeable trimmer and shaver heads plus three different guides combined with the non-slip rubberised grip give you precise control over your style. With up to 45 minutes from each charge you’ll have all the time you need to define your look, ohh yeah.

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6 of the best underwear – Get them on your Christmas Present list now !

As someone so kindly pointed out to me today, Christmas is but only 75 days away and after years of disappointment when come the big day and you think you’re getting the lego Millennium Falcon and you get a Scooby Doo box set, actually happened, or Eagle Eyes Action Man and you get Cluedo, actually happened. Please heed these words of warning, be careful what you say at this time of year, never, I repeat, never say, “Ahhh I love……” as people take you at your word and literally think you LOVE Scooby or Cluedo, trust me.

Now, a tried and trusted Christmas present idea is always underwear, now I’m not talking a three pack of jockey tanga briefs here, but if you’re not careful and watch what you say, that’s exactly what could be waiting for your under the Christmas Tree. So as always Clothes Make the Man has done the research on your behalf to save you the hardship. Check this lot out.

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Ralph Lauren pretty much does everything from Clothing, to homeward to fragrances and we have to be honest he does a pretty mean line in underwear to boot. Great fit and comfortable to match.

 

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He had to be in there The King of Underwear, Calvin Klein. Synonymous with great underwear, its hard to beat CK and its no longer restricted to Black, White & Grey no more, think Pink, Purple and pretty much any other colour of pattern

 

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Dolce & Gabbana aren’t just supreme in Italian Menwear, but what goes beneath the Clothes too. We’ve gone for Classic Marl Grey. But the D&G Boys offer a whole spectrum of colours, shapes and fits.

 

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Not a personal favourite of Clothes-Make-the-Man but we can’t dispute the popularity of the Boxer Short. So if this is your underwear du jour, keep it simple and ALWAYS of good quality like these from Hanro

 

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he wasn’t just a Champion of tennis, Bjorn Borg’s Underwear range has to win the title of the most colourful, although we’ve gone for a tamer option. This range lets you be as colourful as you want to go.

 

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As the weather outside gets chillier the it super traditional with this lil number from Hertiage brand Wolsey.

The Best of British Luck, Marks & Spencer Best of British range

Screen Shot 2013-09-23 at 18.13.25Way back in January of this year, during London Collections:MEN, we had an invite to come along and have a look at a best of British range, yeah OK, be a bit of a break from the treadmill of show after show in the pouring, freezing rain. Yet this invite was from no fashion designer, or cutting edge East London label, no, but from a very bastion of Britishness a quintessential National Treasure, none other then MARKS & SPENCER ! Yep, you’re not mistaken and any of you more loyal readers will note what followed, was yours truly falling in love with a Marks & Spencer product range more then their Christmas Sandwich selection !

Even M&S had underestimated their pulling power, for as we turned up shaking off the excess of the wintery showers, so did Supermodels David Gandy & future face of the collection Oliver Cheshire. Fashion Director of the Sunday Times STYLE Richard Grey, Shortlist’s Style Director, Adrian Clark, British GQ’s Editor, Dylan Jones and a plethora of style press big shots.

The collection is a celebration of the best in British design and manufacture, using some of the industry’s best cloths, suppliers and age old knowledge to produce a collection which is completely contemporary all the whilst drawing on inspiration from stylistic British icons.

The Man behind this concept is Tony O’Connor(see below), the brand’s Head of Design for menswear, who joined the company in 2008 bringing with him a wealth of experience and a strong focus on design and brand clarity and who we caught up with to find out a little bit more about the collection and his good self.

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In your words, describe the collection ?

The Best of British collection is an edit of timeless pieces – I would describe them as confident and masculine, constructed in contemporary shapes with an emphasis on traditional British craftsmanship and quality

What was the inspiration for it ?

The M&S archive in Leeds was a key reference point for the collection. We were able to look back at traditional British styles that M&S has made through the decades, and the craftsmanship that went into British made items, to produce an updated collection that not only shows an appreciation for the technical skill involved, but also has a timeless essence that remains relevant today  

What are the key pieces in it

The double breasted suits and coats are a key stand out shape for the collection

If you could collaborate with one brand (Who you currently aren’t) who would it be and why ?

Quite honestly, it’s been really exciting working with the British suppliers for this collection, such as Cheshire Bespoke for suits and Cheaney’s for shoes

If you could give your teenage self advice, what would it be ?

Start thinking about what you want to do as a career, explore it and do it! I got into art and photography at an early age, which was a useful start to my career

How did you get into the industry, what was your big break ?

I got a taste for menswear, after getting a Saturday job at a clothing store in Newcastle. Working here helped me decide what to do creatively

What piece of clothing best describes you ?

The formal jacket and the pocket square

What piece of clothing would you relegate to Room 101 ?

Dungarees

What piece of clothing should everyman have in his wardrobe ?

A tuxedo for special occasions

What piece of style advise do you live by ?

Choose British made shoes

Who is your style icon ? Why ?

As young men, Hugh Hefner and Oliver Reed. They had a sexy masculine style.

If you could only wear one brand/Designer for the rest of your life who would it be ? Why ?

Working on a collection born in Britain and with British suppliers has been a lifelong ambition of mine, so it would have to be this brand!

 The Best of British collection hits Marks & Spencer Store and website from 10th October.

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