It’s warming up, slightly, it’s looking like summer’s, hopefully, on its way and the thought of holidays are creeping into our heads. Whether that be on a long deserted beach in some far flung destination or something a little nearer to home and a trip to some of blighty’s incredible coastlines. One thing you will definitely have to pack is swimwear, now before we move on any further, as you all know, here at Clothes-make-the-man.com we pride ourselves on being a no nonsense platform that cater for the requirements of the regular guy. So please this is a non swimming trunk shoot, strictly shorts and some of the best that are currently on the market.

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1) Checked shorts £39 by Medwinds
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2) Red Hebiscus print swim shorts £120 by Vilebrequin
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3) Pink checked swim shorts £45 by Bjorn Borg
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4) Purple & pink multi striped swim shorts £85 by Paul Smith
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5) Black, white & Biege swim shorts £35 by Fred Perry @JD Sports
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6) Navy whale print swim shorts £49.95 by Star Blu
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7) Shoe lace print swim shorts £45 by Nike 6.0
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8) Swirl patterned swim shorts £25.00 by Adidas @ JD Sport

STOCKISTS

www.medwinds.com

www.mrporter.com/Shop/Designers/Vilebrequin/Clothing

www.bjornborg.com

www.paulsmith.co.uk

www.jdsports.co.uk

www.starblu.com

www.nikestore.com

Morning good readers, I’m not going to beat about the bush today, it’s straight to business as there are good man folk out there in need of helpful, wholesome styling advice. So without further ado lets tackle the issue of the day;

Ahhh, the problems of the Great British Summer weather, totally unpredictable and can cause no end of problems for the well dressed chap about town and what to wear ????? OK Nicholas, as soon as I received your enquiry I turned to my infinite contacts books and sort the advice of some footwear aficionados. Firstly, I turned to the creator of your very own suave brogues, Mr Oliver Sweeney himself. They advised ;

“That will be our Bannister brogue, produced in a very soft leather with an antiqued patina. As he suggests the best way to protect them is to avoid the rain but we live in the UK, so a good care routine for them is the best way to avoid significant damage. To retain the same coloration, always use a neutral cream or polish, we’d recommend a beeswax variety, as opposed to synthetic polishes that don’t nourish the leather in the same way (you can play around with other colour polishes to slightly alter the colour of your shoes, but be aware that, if you don’t like the change it can be hard to reverse).

If they do get wet, stuff them with newspaper to draw out the water from the inside, and let them dry out in their own time. Don’t place next to an artificial heat source (such as a radiator etc) as this may crack the leather.”

Exhibit number 1 me lord, The Bannister Brogues, from Mr Oliver Sweeney, no less.

Wonderful advice as always, from the Shoemeister, but then the wonderful people over at Pierre Corthay, a true French master of footwear, offering me his top tips for shoe care;

– Once you start to feel the bumps on the ground (small stones etc), then it is time to resole your shoes. Once there is hole it is too late !

– The only secret one must alternate one’s shoes. We recommend that one wears a pair of shoes for no more then three consecutive days. This will ensure their longevity, prevent humidity and help keep their original shape. Once a week is even better.

– Leave your wet shoes to dry without shoe trees.

– At least once a week, clean leather shoes with a damp cloth (for smooth leather) or a dry brush (for velvet). Apply an adapted cleaning product for smooth leathers (polish, cream…), then glazing with dry and soft cloth. Polishing will be effective after the shoes are dry.

– When it comes to waterproofing, Pierre Corthay shoes made of leather with smooth aspect are already protected by the finish of the surface. On the other hand, the nubuck and velvet leathers need to be protected by the application of a waterproofing product.

– To maintain a pair of shoes, it is best to remove dirt with a brush or a damp cloth, then apply the appropriate cleaning products.

– Wet leather shoes should never be dried next to a heater. They may harden and become brittle. It is preferable to let them dry naturally and to insert newspaper to absorb the moisture.

www.corthay.fr

So Nicholas, all that is left for me to do is to tell you, the choice is yours ??? Do let us know if you found this advice helpful and join us again soon for another style clinic.

That time of year is drawing closer and closer, it doesn’t matter if the weather here is rubbish or not. If you haven’t booked a cheeky lil getaway, then maybe now’s the time to do so. Remember that feeling, bags packed, check, passport in order, check, high factor suncreams, check, sunglasses, ohh. Well don’t worry, rather then running around your high street, surfing countless websites or trawling through a shopping mall, we’ve saved you the trouble, here are a selection of the BEST sunnies money can buy for this season, enjoy.

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Wayfarer style sunglasses by Persol @sunglasses-shop.co.uk/

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Grey sunglasses with green detailing by Breo

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Mirrored lens with purple frame aviators by Ray Ban @ sunglasses-shop.co.uk

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Tortoise shell wayfarer style sunglasses by Oakley

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Foldaway wayfarer style sunglasses by Sunpocket

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Avaitor style sunglasses by Tom Ford @sunglasses-shop.co.uk

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Sports sunglasses by Carrera

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Avaitor sunglasses by Maui Jim

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Tortoiseshell frame sunglasses by Lacoste

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Red frame with white detailing wayfarer style sunglasses by TopMan

STOCKISTS –

sunglasses-shop.co.uk

www.persol.com

www.breo.com

www.ray-ban.com

www.oakley.com

www.sunpocketoriginal.com

www.tomford.com

www.carreraworld.com

www.mauijim.com

www.lacoste.com

www.topman.com

Dame Lou Dalton, you mark my words, its on the cards.

Today’s subject of Textual conversations had the nightmare task of kicking off proceedings for the first London Collections:Men  last week, so no pressure then !!! However, in the words of Gary Barlow, X-Factor circa 2011, “Wow! what a way to open to the show.” Lou Dalton totally rose to the occasion and took it all in her lady like stride. Dalton has established herself within Menswear with a signature aesthetic that showcases contemporary classicism and refined tailoring that is defined by her working-class roots and her dapper Teddy Boy father. She has the ability to develop exceptional well crafted garments that are both considered & at the same time functional. She has honed her craft by working with amongst others Stone Island, Crucianni Knitwear and tailor extraordinaire Charlie Allen. Now you would have thought this lady was too busy for interviews, but she made time to answer the questions of Clothes-make-the-man.com  

In your words, describe your SS13 collection ?

Light wool mohair tailoring mixed with M.O.D mesh. Harness inserts in contrast fabrics mixed with classic shirting. Oversized shirts worn with slim jersey sweatshorts.

  What was the inspiration for it ?

Obssession & restraint. Also the male leads in films such as Breaking Away, Eraser Head & Taxi Driver.

 

SS13

    What are the key pieces in it ?

The mesh inserted single breasted jackets, strap shoulder sweatshirts, harness cut shirts 

    What is you most memorable moment?

Seeing the boys lining up back stage about to walk out, the realisation that I actually got to this stage, also having key heavy weight press pop back stage to congratulate me on what they saw as a great show, very moved by that. Also meeting & chatting with Prince Charles.

    Who would do you ideal diner guest and why ?

At this moment in time the love of my life Justin Haigh, we haven’t been in each others company for a while due to the show. Within the public eye, from the past Princess Margaret, from the present David Hockney, both colourful souls with many a story to tell I’m sure.

    If you could give £1,000,000 to someone/something who would it be ?

I would split it between close family & friends, in return for all their constant love & support, my nearest & dearest have sacrificed a great deal, for that I will be forever greatful.

    What piece of clothing would you relegate to Room 101 ?

A couple of seasons back one of the collections was heavily inspired by Napoleon, pretty much all of that collection can be put into room 101

    What track would always get you on the dance floor ?

Raze, Break for Love

What piece of clothing should everyman have in his wardrobe ? 

A good crisp white shirt, preferbly one by Lou Dalton

Tell us something no one else knows ?

I was once on Alan Car’s tv quiz where I won a colourful rosette, this sits proudly upon my Christmas tree now, year in year out.

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

Dries Van Noten, relevant when I was a student & still relevant today, considered & beautifully executed. Love, love, love

www.loudalton.com

Lou Dalton A/W12 Collection

Preview of SS13 Collection


OK we’ll take it, but you have to throw in the furry dice aswell amigo !

How many of us when packing for our holidays, do the whole check list of, suncream, check, swim shorts, check, havaianas OK, I’ve got one but where’s the other one ?

In 1962, while the rest of the world was busy with more ‘serious’ matters, the shoe which has become synonymous with holidaying was born in Brazil: Havaianas, the original, 100% rubber flip-flop. Modelled on the Japanese Zori slipper, Havaianas insoles still have a textured rice pattern to this day and was named Havaianas in honour of the Hawaiian pleasure-centred approach to life.

Can you believe the evolution of this fun loving footwear came about by accident ?

A whole batch of flip-flops intended to be the brand’s
traditional blue, came out green due to a technical mishap. A
potential disaster ended up launching a new era. The new colour
was such a success that the company began making the same
flip-flop with different coloured straps in yellow, green, red and black. From then on, colour became key for Havaianas customers.

In 1998, the brand supported Brazil in the World Cup by launching a new line of flip-flops with a small Brazilian flag on the strap. Huge hopes weren’t enough to secure Brazil ultimate victory, but the huge success of the new shoe led to the Havaianas Brasil collection becoming one of the most popular, right to today.

But, the humble, footwear of choice to the Brazilian working class has created somewhat of a viva revolution in its own rights. It has evolved and spread it’s unique colourful love into espadrilles, trainers and even added a bit of Brazilian colour to the Great British Welly ! Also, its seen collaborations with such fashion glitterati as Paul & Joe, Celine and even the equally colourful Misoni.

Here are a few interesting facts about Havaianas that you might not know:

  • 94% of Brazilians have or have had a pair of Havaianas. In 1963, over one thousand pairs of sandals were sold per day.
  • In the 80’s, the Federal Government considered Havaianas a basic-goods basket item. Prices of these basic-goods basket items were controlled to avoid inflation.
  • 18,255 employees.
  • Main factory in Campina Grande, North East Brazil manufactures over 206 million pairs per year.
  • 190 million pairs of flip-flops sold in 2011.
  • 520,547 pairs sold per day.
  • 21,689 pairs sold per hour.
  • 6 pairs sold in a second.
  • If a consumer wants to buy all Havaianas flip-flop models available in the market, print and colour combinations, he/she would buy 454 pairs per year.
  • Since its birth, over 4 billion pairs of Havaianas have already been sold. If lined up all together, they would go around the Earth about 40 times.
  • Each Portuguese owns 4 pairs of Havaianas on average.
  • Each Aussie owns 5 pairs of Havaianas on average.
  • Each Brazilian owns 25 pairs of Havaianas on average.

Havaianas now retails in 85 countries, with over 454 different styles available!

June 15th also marks National Flip Flop day, and as a celebration, Havaianas will be launching a limited edition 50th Flip Flop. Only 50,000 pairs have been produced worldwide, with 100% of net sales going to UNICEF to support further projects in Brazil.

The 50th Anniversary Havaianas in associate with UNICEF

www.havaianas.com