In first place in the Fashion stakes is Team GB – The Harvey Nichols/LC:M Tour

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2013-08-03 at 14.17.10Firstly, I have an apology
to make I really did intend to post this, particularly interesting
story, last week in time for the first event in its Tour, but all I
can say is due to circumstances beyond my control I couldn’t
unfortunately and apologises to readers in Scotland, foremost
Edinburgh and anyone who was in Edinburgh and would liked to have
attended this event, sorry ! OK, swiftly moving on, if you find
yourself in either of our Northern Bastion cities of style this
week, I am of course, as if I need to explain further, talking
about Leeds and Manchester, please pay particular attention to your
state of dress. Another UK style icon, known the world over as an
Embassy of sheer sartorial taste, Harvey
Nichols
, has gathered together the cream of the UK
crop in design talent and has whisked them off on a magical mystery
tour to some of their stores. Edinburgh was last week, sorry again
and now its the turn of the Leeds store on 7th August and
Manchester* on 8th.

Harvey Nichols will showcase their
buyers’ edit of the most important new British menswear brands from
London Collections: Men Spring/Summer 14. The evening will showcase
the exceptional design, impeccable tailoring and exciting new
visions for the future of men’s fashion, with the opportunity to
meet the designers behind these rising stars of mens’s fashion.
Designers involved include Bernstock
Speirs, Casely-Hayford, Christopher Shannon, James
Long, Katie Eary, Lou Dalton
and last by
no means least Mr Hare. The
evening will offer customers the opportunity to shop the latest
collections, while sipping on complimentary drinks, always a bonus,
whoop, plus the chance to be styled by the designers themselves
!!!! Harvey Nichols has embarked on the tour to emphasise the
changing nature of our Menswear business and demonstrating their
ability to spot and nurture the very best of young British fashion
talent, with an emphasis on both the creative and commercial
aspects of the collections. Remember that RSVP is essential. Stay
updated and join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag
#HNLCMTour *Please note
that the Manchester date will not be taking place instore, but
instead will be located at 2022NQ, Basement, 20 Dale Street,
Manchester, M1 1EZ

Last night a DJ Bag saved my life – Tumi X DJ Vice team up for the ULTIMATE DJ Bag

Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 13.59.30The Summer holiday season is well and truly upon us, whether your jetting off for Ibiza, aving it in Ayia Napa, taking it in, inThe Hamptons or High Rolling it in Las Vegas. A DJ in demand, or aspiring one, relies on a bag that not only gets the job done, but is in sync with their style. Splitting time from trendy lounges and airport lounges around the globe is just part of the job, but ensure your tool of the trade endure the riggers of, not only international, but domestic travel.

Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 13.34.48To answer this problem, luggage genius brand Tumi and music mastermind DJ Vice have mixed things up to come up with the ultimate in DJ Bag musthaves. Vice, an native Angelinos, who cut his DJ teeth, mixing his brother and sisters records including Madonna and Morrisey, with more dance based tracks.

In 2002, he saw new opportunities emerging in Las Vegas at the huge clubs that were starting to open and left his radio job. He began with a residency at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel and later moved to the mega-club Tao, where he still has a residency. The move to Vegas has been a huge game-changer for him, exposing him to an international audience. DJ Vice has now played all over the world, including Shanghai, London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Norway, Germany and Istanbul.

When travelling from venue to venue, Vice requires one carry-all that he can pack on his back, jet- setting direct from the plane to the club. Propelled by the lifestyle led by this nightlife occupation, Tumi tapped into Vice to amplify the Tumi Alpha T-Pass Business Class Brief Pack, the chosen travel companion within the DJ fraternity. The Tumi x Vice Brief Pack bag illustrates design elements tailored to this A-list, or wannabe, DJ’s needs.

Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 14.00.08 Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 14.00.59The limited-edition piece packs in added enhancements that the elite of music makers can appreciate, all the while commanding attention with pops of Vice’s signature electric green colour. While spinning a set inside a dark club, Vice found it problematic to dig into his bag to find belongings successfully, so he worked with Tumi to engineer a LED-lined interior. With the click of a button on a small remote, the inside of the bag gleams electric green, for ease of searching for personal items when lighting is scarce. From business class to the DJ booth, Vice demanded a transitional bag tailoring to his needs, both large and small. A compact option was therefore incorporated into the design, allowing for the rear of the bag to zip-off into a slimmer backpack. Vice has mastered blending his belongings seamlessly into each pocket of his Alpha backpack: the side pouches hold items such as a mini surge protector with dual USB ports, a small roll of gaff tape, a GoPro camera and a few DJ cables. The “goldmine of this bag”, as Vice puts it, is the main pocket housing equipment from two pairs of headphones and a needle case, to the essentials while taking flight: magazines and a thin sweater.

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So much more to this Man then Shoes – Nathan Clark for Clarks

SWNS_NATHAN_CLARK_02LOW_RESNathan Middleton Clark, was far more then just a producer of exceptionally comfortable, design classics of footwear. Born in Street, Somerset in 1916, Nathan Clark was an Oxbridge scholar, a soldier and a global ambassador for the family business founded by his forbears, James and Cyrus Clark. He was a collector of classic cars and an Englishman in New York and if that wasn’t enough, he was also a shoemaker whose lifelong passion led him to create not only the iconic Desert Boot but also a whole range of ground-breaking footwear styles.

Throughout his life Nathan’s sense of adventure and curiosity took him all over the world but, true to his roots, he kept an office at Clarks’ UK headquarters. It was a retreat which, after Nathan’s death in 2011, revealed a treasure trove of sketches, ideas and inspirations. And among the dusty piles of unfinished projects, one in particular cried out to be completed.

Nameless then, but now reborn as Duty Desert and Duty Trek, the resurrected style is both an homage to Nathan’s original vision and a modern classic.

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Fall under the spell of Sunspel

Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 10.37.26Sunspel is one of those elite brands that’s held in high esteem for their quality and desirability in equal measures. You know, like when someone asks you where you got that top, you tell them and their response is to repeat the brand name and follow it with a nice.

Sunspel has been producing iconic English clothing for 150 years. Since its inception in 1860, when Thomas Hill founded the firm under his own name to supply the British Empire with high quality underwear, the label has always been an intriguing combination of innovation and tradition. Founded in Nottingham, when it was then the capital of Britain’s hosiery and lace industry.  Two generations later, Thomas Archibald Montgomerie Hill moved the family business from Nottingham to Long Eaton, where the company’s factory resides to this day. The new company was renamed Sunspel at the end of the 1930s. The label remained a family run business until Nicholas Brooke and Dominic Hazlehurst acquired it in 2005, the new owners have been instrumental in moving the brand into the 21st century, whilst at the same time honouring the roots that make it so well-loved.

The design philosophy of the brand is characterized by simplicity and comfort. Sunspel pay rigorous attention to detail in design as well as manufacture, which is why their garments are considered classics. Amongst their most renowned products are the boxer short, the polo shirt and of course the t-shirt that they have been making for 150 years.

Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 10.26.46In fact,Sunspel introduced the boxer short to Britain from the US in 1947  and it was immortalized in the 1985 Levi’s commercial with Nick Kamen, who was seen stripping down to his white Sunspel boxers and Daniel Craig wore the Sunspel ‘Riviera’ polo shirt in the James Bond film, Casino Royale.

Last year, the brand introduced their Sea Island Cotton range. Crafted by hand and produced without any chemical processes, the range sees an edit of menswear basics recreated in the finest Sea Island Cotton and elevated to luxury status. Take a look at the short film below filmed at their Long Eaton factory it documents the process of making their Sea Island Cotton T shirts.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A BRITISH CLOTHING FACTORY from Sunspel Clothing on Vimeo.

Filmed, Directed and Edited by Danny Cooke

Timelapse Photography by Alex Thornton

Production: Laura Holmes Production

E = DSquared2 – Potion, Royal Black by DSquared2

EDP 100 mlCanada’s dynamic design twin brother duo, Dean and Dan Caten, have been causes a stir in the fashion industry for nearly 20 years. Born in the sleepy area of Willowdale in Toronto, their intelligent mix of irreverent Canadian wit and refined Italian tailoring, together with attention to detail are the foundation of today’s Dsquared2 philosophy, which has turn the concept of alternative luxury on its head.

Their latest venture is a men’s fragrance, DSQUARED2 POTION FOR MAN ROYAL BLACK, an intense, mysterious fragrance, rooted in the origins of alchemy. The Brothers wanted to explore this magical world full of arcane rituals and even the bottle or virile has a glossy black lacquer finish and the gold logo give this project a sense of mystery, power and prestige.

The main ingredients in this potion which gives a unsurprisingly seductive mix is bergamot essential oil with the incense and pimento bays. It combines pure rose essence, tobacco absolute and Atlas cedar wood. Add a few drops of our and ultimately, for this potion to last, it needs base notes of musk, cashmere and gaiac woods with a hint of Leather to emphasise the mysterious character of this seductive elixir.