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Since Daniel Craig, came on board as James Bond for the new millennium, there seems to have been a great deal made about him or if I be blunt, his body. To the point, when 007 was seen in SKYFALL going for a bit of a swim, as one does, in his rooftop hotel pool in Shanghai, what can only be described as a hullabaloo was made about what Swimwear he was wearing.

The phrase, worth its weight in gold, is one that is banded about far too much, in my opinion, however in this instance nothing could be more accurate. Any endorsement with a Bond connection is a brand’s dream, every man wants to be Bond and every woman want to be with him. After that, now famous, scene the world went MAD for THOSE
swim shorts, with very fella thinking he could put them on and look, even just a little, like Daniel Craig’s Bond. So who produced
these swimwear ? The answer is simple, the name is Brown, Orlebar Brown.

The idea for Orlebar Brown came together during a holiday in India for a 40th birthday party.  Attended by mix of age groups from about 25 to 60 years old, gay, straight, married, single – women looked great, men did not look great.  Also always had to change for lunch as could not wear swim shorts in poolside restaurant at hotel – although not always the case, set the idea in place for a short you could swim in rather then just a swim short.So launched in 2007 by photographer Adam Brown, the brand specialises in stylishly tailored swimwear, carefully crafted in Europe from durable fabrics designed to last. Brown describes his trademark swimwear as, “Tailored fit, colour and dual functionality; for example, not a swim short but a short you can swim in.”                                                                       

And their clientele as, “The man who enjoys clothes but might not be obsessed with fashion. He already has his own evolved sense of style and the ability to re-interpret Orlebar Brown clothes to suit
him and the way he wants to dress.”

The very first swimwear Brown produced he christened the Bulldog and even today are the best selling style for the brand. As their website states, “The Bulldog is the perfect ‘bridge’ short, expertly tailored for style and for comfort. Wear
on and off the beach. Our OB Classic short will take you through the day with versatile quick-drying
fabric.”

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So as the sun starts shining and even if we are home or away this summer, channel a little bond whether in Barbados or Bognor.

Yes that’s right the sun has finally put his hat and yours truly is going on about Autumn already ! Sorry folks, but if you
wanna buy some shorts, T-shirts, or those speedos you’ve had your eye, you better get a move on, cos every retailer from Abercrombie & Fitch to Zegna will soon be stocking up on coats and winter warmers, quicker then you could say, a change in the
weather. As always Clothes Make the Man offer you a sneaky peak at what the best of the best retailers have in store for you,
literally, in the coming months. Enjoy !!!!!!!!

 

We were only talking about this collection last week, but here is a little more from the Paul Smith Best of British Collection, well worth taking a look at.

We were only talking about this collection last week, but here is a little more from the Paul Smith Best of British Collection, well worth taking a look at.

 

Matchless London, the oldest British Motorcycle company whose motto is Safety, Performance and Elegance. Who feature a certain Mrs Hince in their Ad campaigns for Autumn 13.

Matchless London, the oldest British Motorcycle company whose motto is Safety, Performance and Elegance. Who feature a certain Mrs Hince in their Ad campaigns for Autumn 13.

 

Now Nicholas Kirkwood is known for making great Ladies shoes well, who'd have known it, he's not bad at Gent's shoes too !

Now Nicholas Kirkwood is known for making great Ladies shoes well, who’d have known it, he’s not bad at Gent’s shoes too !

 

Ahhhh, I just can't resist a Lacoste collaboration and this one with Anime Artist, Osamu Tezuka will certainly brighten up your Winter wardrobe

Ahhhh, I just can’t resist a Lacoste collaboration and this one with Anime Artist, Osamu Tezuka will certainly brighten up your Winter wardrobe

Ben Sherman are another brand that are promising to brighten up your Winter apparel and this collection will have you looking smart and dapper to boot.

Ben Sherman are another brand that are promising to brighten up your Winter apparel and this collection will have you looking smart and dapper to boot.

 

Sorry I had to include this, your never gonna guess where this lil beauty is from........ Only God damn Sainsburys !!! Yes the same one where you can get a loaf or bread & your favourite Chocolate hob nobs, no less

Sorry I had to include this, your never gonna guess where this lil beauty is from…….. Only God damn Sainsburys !!! Yes the same one where you can get a loaf or bread & your favourite Chocolate hob nobs, no less

 

Maybe not everyone's cup of tea, but I loved this collaboration from Puma X Todd James puts a dash of humour to casual wear.

Maybe not everyone’s cup of tea, but I loved this collaboration from Puma X Todd James puts a dash of humour to casual wear.

 

Burton, no not that one the other one, the one that makes GREAT Skiwear, tut, have worked with Filson, the US Outdoor Heritage brand, on these brilliant coats. Bring on the cold weather !

Burton, no not that one the other one, the one that makes GREAT Skiwear, tut, have worked with Filson, the US Outdoor Heritage brand, on these brilliant coats. Bring on the cold weather !

Please excuse the gentlemen in the background, but these Hiking boots by Oliver Sweeney, yeah I was surprised too, promise to bright up any Grey Autumn day.

Please excuse the gentlemen in the background, but these Hiking boots by Oliver Sweeney, yeah I was surprised too, promise to bright up any Grey Autumn day.

 

I'm a sucker for a good tuxedo and this is a GREAT example. Tweed is a massive trend for Autumn/Winter 13 and this tuxedo from Gucci is simply AMAZING.

I’m a sucker for a good tuxedo and this is a GREAT example. Tweed is a massive trend for Autumn/Winter 13 and this tuxedo from Gucci is simply AMAZING.

Pwoar, not a word I use gently but the Autumn/Winter Collection from Jigsaw Menswear qualifies for it. No fillers all dance floor killers folks.

Pwoar, not a word I use gently but the Autumn/Winter Collection from Jigsaw Menswear qualifies for it. No fillers all dance floor killers folks.

Another surprise and this was a little hidden away at their Press day and is certainly nothing to be embarrassed about. Boden, yes Boden offered a contemporary and confident collection. No not ground breaking but flipping lovely.

Another surprise and this was a little hidden away at their Press day and is certainly nothing to be embarrassed about. Boden, yes Boden offered a contemporary and confident collection. No not ground breaking but flipping lovely.

Yes I know another tuxedo, but I couldn't resist it and if your sick of your traditional black or simply fancy standing out from the crowd here's the answer from Nick Hart for Austin Reed

Yes I know another tuxedo, but I couldn’t resist it and if your sick of your traditional black or simply fancy standing out from the crowd here’s the answer from Nick Hart for Austin Reed

Knock em dead in the office when you walk in fresh after your summer holidays and wanting that promotion. As we said Tweed is a massive trend for next season and wearing it can sometimes be tricky, not in this Reiss Outfit.

Knock em dead in the office when you walk in fresh after your summer holidays and wanting that promotion. As we said Tweed is a massive trend for next season and wearing it can sometimes be tricky, not in this Reiss Outfit.

This image sums up Kurt Geiger's collection for Autumn. They can see you through every occasion from Formal to casual and everything in-between. Plus look out for the collaboration with British designer James Long

This image sums up Kurt Geiger’s collection for Autumn. They can see you through every occasion from Formal to casual and everything in-between. Plus look out for the collaboration with British designer James Long

 

If your gonna buy one jumper this Winter make sure this cable knit sweater from APC is on the list.

If your gonna buy one jumper this Winter make sure this cable knit sweater from APC is on the list.

groupDerby, UK, isn’t particular known for its grooming ranges, Thorntons Chocolates and The League of Gentlemen, yes, grooming not so. But this is exactly where the great new Dandy Gent range hails from. The Dandy Gent has been dreamt up by professional barber Shane O’Shaughnessy after years of experience he’s put his knowledge of hair, styling and, skin and shaving into practice and developed this complete range.

Each product has been developed and adapted over time in the safety of his salon until the perfect results were achieved.

Harking back to the days when a gentleman would take his time to look his best and enjoy the experience on offer to him in a comfortable men only barber shop environment, the products have been developed around classic ‘old school’ barber shop recipes  but using the finest, cutting edge, modern day ingredients, offering the best of both worlds to the customer.

The Dandy Gent range of products, which include refreshing Lime Shaving Cream, a selection of old school Shaving Brushes and  cooling Post Shave Hydrating Gel, all aimed at stoping those daily grooming routines feeling like a chore and turn them into a pleasurable experience again, giving you that Barber Shop feel in comfort of your own home.

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As the sun sets on another LC:M for this season, its time to move out and move on, setting up camp in another style Capital this time it’s the turn of Italy’s Financial Capital, Milano. For Spring Summer 2014 the Italian houses seem to be in mixed moods, maybe reflective of the country wide mood, as the recession rumbles on and uncertainty is the mood du jour. So first we have some young blood who seem to be making waves in the right direction Les Homme. Continuing where London, left off and reflective of a number of their designers, Tom Notte and Bart Vandebosch of Les Homme blurred the lines of casual and formal and teamed leather t-shirts with suiting, formalised the shorts and bomber jacket all the time keeping the primary colour palette dark and sombre but highly wearable.

Calvin Klein Collection

Calvin Klein Collection

For Calvin Klein Collection, Italo Zucchelli, was all about 40 shades of blue, rather then the grey, which several of his fellow designers seemed to relish. Every hue of blue must surely have been used at some point during the show, offering, as always, his minimal, futuristic take on menswear.  Whether it be simply Navy, or Sky blue, Yves Klein blue, no relative, to Midnight blue they were all present as Zucchelli celebrates a decade at the helm of the good ship SS Calvin Klein.

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood

Now as we mentioned in the London Show Reviews, I’ve sort the views of a number of Fashion industry soothsayers, for their opinion on their key shows and first of today’s viewpoints comes from British GQ’s Associate Editor, Mr Robert Johnston,  who has forgotten more about Fashion and style then many people will EVER know.

“I loved Vivienne Westwood. Fresh, fun and wearable while still being classic Westwood. The Indian prints took you to a chic Goan beach house mixed with the drama of a white evening cape for a modern mix of east meets west.”

Then onto an Italian Family Dynasty, who are hopefully putting the sad events of this year behind them to concentrate on more happier times. Missoni, who like many designers this season are opting for a more conservative, maybe even recession proof collection. Obviously it goes without saying the show wasn’t without the unmistakable family pattern evident on many of their key pieces, but this was made all the more wearable by mixing it with a much sober palette of navy, beige and sage.

Prada

Prada

And as almost to act as a colour interlude from all the darker tones of Milanese Designers, Prada should present to us their collection for SS14, but I will leave this to the more then capable Dan Rookwood, Style Director of Mens Health UK to expand upon.

“Every season the one show everyone expects the most from is Prada – and every season the fashion powerhouse more than meets those expectations. Prada’s HQ had once again been reinvented. This time we were transported back in time to a steamy 1950s tropicana scene. I got a sense of pre-Revolution Havana when the mob were running the casinos. All the models had been spritzed to look like they were glistening with sweat, mirroring some of those squished into the front row. The tiered seating was aqua blue like a swimming pool and the ceiling was sky blue like the, erm, sky. The models walked around the pool edge past a painted set of sunsets and palms. The colour palette was quite moody and muddy for a summer collection – burgundy, bottle green, khaki and navy – but was enlivened by bold, colourful Hawaiian print buttoned-up shirts and standout leather briefcases and overnight bags, festooned with tropical patterns. Trend-wise, we’re looking at a wider leg trouser worn with a casually tied canvas belt; generously-lapelled jackets with the sleeves turned up; and 50s-style shirts. The universal verdict: yet another Prada triumph.”

Gucci

Gucci

So from one great Stylish man to another, this time Fashion Director of American Esquire, the ever dapper and unflappable Nick Sullivan, give us his take on the iconic house of Gucci designed by Frida Giannini.

“Gucci was a breath of fresh air for me this time round. The glitzy side was played down in favour of a comfortable mix of romantic print and technical sportswear. Highlights were floral print cotton suits and a couple of others with simple dot prints reminiscent of pocket squares… The navy ones got my name on it. On the sports side I loved the bright yellow sailing top with its technical bonded seams and sone of the texhnical looking pants. To me the combination of romance and sport was unlikely but the sheer unadulterated quality of everything made it work just great.” 

Couldn’t have put it better myself fellas!

Fendi

Fendi

Italy are known for their great family Dynasties from the Borgias, to the Guccis, The Medicis to the Fendis and the latter house offered as a HUGELY wearable collection for SS14 to the point that I challenge you not to find a least one outfit that you wouldn’t like to purchase. The colour palette, the cut, everything about this collection just screamed WEAR ME ! From casual chic to fresh formal, it owned the Fendi man a complete wardrobe from dusk til dawn.

 

 

Foto 7-318335_CJust William
is a new British brand with a discerning eye for the
details, that creates exceptional products for travel and
work, for an astute customer. The “younger brother” to the older
more established luxury brand, William & Son, who wished
to engage with a younger, more urban clientele. The brand
comprises a carefully selected leather collection of 11 styles in
an array of colours, including a 48 hour bag, document case and
wallet, and focuses on quality, refreshed seasonally but not
trend-led. Timeless elegance is fundamental to the core branded
range, demonstrating craftsmanship and an eye for detail, texture
and pattern. Each leather product is carefully crafted in a small
family workshop, using skills passed down from generation to
generation. The collection uses 100% vegetable-tanned leather from
the rolling hills of southern Spain, Italian palladium brushed
nickel hardware and “the Rolls Royce of zippers” – Riri of
Switzerland. Vegetable-tanned leather is tanned using tannin and
other ingredients found in vegetable matter, such as tree bark
prepared in bark mills, and other natural sources. To compliment
the collection, they have gathered together a select range of
accessories in cashmere, silk and wool, including scarves, pocket
squares and bow ties to finish any look. Just William Photo 2-317310_C