I’m spoking your language -Spoke, by Sarah Gilfillan

imageAs a personal stylist for men I’m fully aware that the current trend for a skinny and super skinny fit is no friend of the gentleman with a manly (read chunky) set of thighs. It’s proving a bit of a nightmare to find much choice in trousers for those clients, especially with chinos, as sometimes when you do go for a more standard fit they can end up looking, how should I put this, a little old fashioned. So, when I heard aboutSpoke I rejoiced, and even more so when I realised I already knew it’s founder, Ben Farren.

imageLet me tell you about them – they have a tightly edited selection of chinos in a variety of colours, and the brilliant part is that they come in all sizes, going up in 1″ increments in the waist size & leg length, plus they also come in different “builds”. All you need to do is to measure round your thighs, your waist and your inside leg, and punch that into their calculator and it’ll tell you the size and build you need to order. They have a wide range of sizes, going up to a 36″ waist and down to a 28″ leg length, but if they don’t happen to have them in stock they’ll make them up to order.

With free shipping and returns, a pretty reasonable price tag, and a complimentary tape measure if you don’t have one, all in all I reckon this makes for a pretty great service. And with no more pesky alterations needed at the dry cleaners to get a perfectly fitted pair of trousers, whether you have knobbly knees or chunky thighs, you might just find that Spoke is your new best friend.

imageSarah Gilfillan is founder of www.sartorialab.co.uk

What’s LOVE got to do with it ? St. Valentine’s day Gift Guide

I do believe it was W.B Yeats that said, “Wine comes in at the mouth. And love comes in at the eye; That’s all we shall know for truth. Before we grow old and die. I lift the glass to my mouth, I look at you, and I sigh.”

Now some of you ole syncs out there might take a bit of a hum bug stance to Valentine’s day, and there’s a part of me that very much agrees with you and sees it somewhat, like New Year’s Eve as amateurs night. But nonetheless we should treat our better halves and if we need a little prompting in the right direction every once in a while then so be it, it could be worse.

So as ever Clothes Make the Man is on hand to offer you indispensable advice on what to maybe purchase come 14th February.

imageCapture every single special moment with this sensational limited edition Leica X2 specially designed by Fashion Legend Sir Paul Smith. This exclusive special edition combines British style with German design, one could say the best of both worlds.



imageWho doesn’t love a G & T, hands up ? Well those of you visiting the London, Birmingham and Manchester Selfridges stores in the run up to Valentine’s Day will have the opportunity to add a special personal message to their bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin, through an exclusive hand-engraving service. Our engravers will be available on 11th and 12th February in London, 12th in Birmingham, and 13th in the Manchester Selfridges stores to customise the iconic blue bottles with names, initials or unique messages, for a truly one of a kind Valentine’s Day keepsake.

imageWhisk the one you love off for a romantic little jaunt and of course, no jaunt of a loving nature would be complete without the correct accompanying luggage. Globe-Trotter has launched an updated Candy Limited Edition case, featuring ‘Queue for the Zoo’ lining – a fun and quirky Liberty print.

imageAlong with the essential luggage one mustn’t forget one’s Passport when planning a romantic weekend away and who could miss it ?  When it’s protected in this rather apt Passionate Pink Passport cover by Mulberry.
imageThe National Gallery and acclaimed florist Wild at Heart have launched a series of artistic flowers inspired by paintings in the National Gallery. The artistic experience of the National Gallery makes the perfect luxurious Valentines bouquet. Every bouquet is individually arranged using high quality seasonal blooms, making every bouquet unique and special. Orders placed before 2pm will be delivered anywhere in the UK within 48 hours.
imageIts always good to feel your doing something worthy, particularly when buying a present and for one month only, two of Aspinal’s classic leather accessories (a key ring and coin purse) with the Royal Brompton Hospital campaign slogan of #HEART YOU embossed on the front. 50% from products sold will go directly to the Charity’s ongoing initiative to raise £4.5m to build a state of the art hybrid operating theatre which will combine complex imaging and surgery in a way that has never been done before.
imageThis limited edition Gelsomino Nobile by Acqua di Parma is designed to celebrate a radiant end elegant fragrance, as well as a unique flower – Jasmine. A perfect gift dedicated to a woman characterized by a gentle and elegant style and a bright femininity. An amazing bottle that remains as a collector items, and is offered for the first time in a refillable version.

More then just Fountain Pens – Mont Blanc Legend Special Edition

imageVirtually a legend in it’s own right Mont Blanc has been a hallmark for quality and craftsmanship throughout this time. This new edition of it’s Signature scent, Legend, is plunged into a whole range of deep blue universe taking inspiration from the Montblanc lacquered pens of their exclusive collection.

The iconic LEGEND bottle is re-interpreted with an elegant blue gradation alluding to the  freshness of this special limited edition.  Like the original Montblanc Legend, the star is embossed on the collar and on thetop of the cap.

Legend Special Edition is a fougere hesperidic aromatic eau de toilette.  A new energetic and fresh fougere that encaptures the sophisticated signature of the original fragrance with new top notes ofsparkling Bergamot and Lime, mingled with the freshness of Lavander and Spearmint, injecting an invigorating fresh energy into the fragrance.

The heart note is magnetic, revealing the green crispy nature of violet leaves and green apple, combined with cardamom and pomarose, an exclusive raw material with fruity and spicy facets.

In the dry down, the unforgettable signature of Evernyl whose elegant and virile oakmoss tonalities are intensified by Cedarwood and Sandalwood mingle with the vibrant woody-ambery notes of Ambrofix, revealing a charismatic trail.


A Fashion moment in time and Space – Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who by Dina Akhmetzhanova

imageWho would have thought that the biggest fashion moment of 2014(so far) would be, one, from the world of Menswear and two, the day the BBC revealed the Crombie clad look of the latest Doctor Who? It’s hard to tell whether it was the genius of costume designer Howard Burden or the surprisingly suave looks of Peter Capaldi who will be playing the part of the 12th (or 13th depending on your school of thought) Doctor, but it definitely stuck a chord with the public. Apparently within minutes of the release of the first pictures Crombie’s site was flooded by thousands of visitors,bringing the whole site down.Capaldi was propelled to the status of fashion icon overnight and is now trending at the top 10 in Google and social media. Take that Bieber!

So if you want to get “simple, stark and back to basics” look of Capaldi’s Time Lord here is how you can do it in your own way. The‘covert’ coat is undoubtedly the key feature of the look. Capaldi is sporting the Crombie navy coat with signature red lining, fly front and velvet colour. It’s a truly timeless piece fit for the Time Lord himself. It doesn’t come cheap, but the quality and style of the coat is worth every penny. If you find the real thing a bit pricy there are other cheaper alternatives on the high street.

imageThe Chaplin Coat from Reiss is much closer to Capaldi’s look. It has a flyfront, three front pockets and comes in the identical dark blue colour. The only thing missing is the velvet colour and the lining.

imageThis Tolou Herringbone coat from Ted Baker includes all the elements of classic covert coat velvet collar, fly front fastening and flamboyant lining. Even though the lining is not in dramatic red it features playful pattern of bow ties. You can think of it as nod to the style of the prior Doctor played by Matt Smith.

imageAustin Reed is one of the oldest British formal wear brands, so it may be a bit pricier than its neighbours on the high street but it is also better quality. Austin Reed’s navy covert coat is a shade lighter than Capaldi’s and doesn’t have red lining but other than that it is a great coat for any occasions.

The covert coat is one of those timeless items that never really goes out of fashion. So it’s quite appropriate for a  Time Lord and it’ll last you a lifetime. So if the Doctors’ new costume is anything to go by we are in for some great TV, come the Autumn.

Don’t Rage against the Jean Machine

imageThe principles behind Jean Machine are pretty simple, but aren’t all the best ideas, to offer great quality, well-cut jeans and casual men’s clothing.  If only everything in life could be so well executed.

The British brand started life in the 1970s, where Jean Machine was the definitive denim store on the King’s Road in London. In 2012, it was re-launched by Chloe Lonsdale, daughter of the founder, who wanted to deliver the same easy, effortless denim experience for the modern man.

The brand offers three clean, contemporary jeans fits at its core: JM1 (slim), JM2 (straight) and JM3 (relaxed). They are made from the highest quality fabrics sourced from Japanese and European mills, and available in a selection of timeless ‘never out of stock washes’ and unique seasonal finishes. The concise collection of ready to wear complements the denim and includes shirting, jersey, knitwear, outerwear and the Jean Machine signature Denim Jacket and as a result offers an uncomplicated style and concise wardrobe staples for the modern man.

imageFor Spring 14 Jean Machine are following the success of their partnership for Autumn-Winter 2013, with the second of a genius collaborations with the Italian Fashion House Missoni. The two family-run businesses have used their specialist expertise to create new denim styles and washes elevated with Missoni’s renown knits in their subtle colour palate of the season.

The collaboration will offer the classic JM2 straight leg jean in three new washed out, grain-effect tones: dusty green, mustard yellow and muted blue, and One Wash, an essential blue.

Jean Machine X Missoni

Jean Machine X Missoni

They will feature Missoni knit pocket bags in this season’s deep blue and black. The same colours will also be offered in a new trouser shape, the Luxor, designed specifically for Missoni. The Luxor is a smart denim-trouser with a fuller waistband and pleated front, and will also be available in Ecru. Jean Machine’s signature JM4 denim jacket will be customised with Missoni knit pockets and will be available in Ecru and One Wash.
The underside of the collar will be lined in Missoni knit and will be detachable.

Double Denim never looked so good !

Double Denim never looked so good !