One of the all time great double acts – Mauritz for H&M

3133_w39_01You would have to have been living under a highly unfashionable rock not to know the H & M of H&M, stands for Hennes & Mauritz, but how exactly did this retailing partnership come about ?

Well, back in 1968 H&M’s founder Erling Persson bought a central Stockholm store called Mauritz Widforss which stocked men’s outdoor clothing. It was next door to one of the first Hennes stores, which Persson wanted to expand in size. He called the new store Hennes & Mauritz – or as it’s known today, H&M. For a while the store still stocked the Mauritz clothes, meaning the outdoors look was part of H&M’s first ever men’s collections.

Jump forward a couple of years and H&M designer Petter Klusell saw the name Mauritz Widforss in a book he’d bought in an antiques shop a couple of years prior, putting two and two together. “It was a compilation of old Swedish hunting and fishing magazines, and among the adverts I saw one for Mauritz Widforss. I soon found out that it was the same Mauritz store that was the starting point for H&M’s menswear design.” Petter soon started tracking down old Mauritz Widforss catalogues, some might say slightly obsessed, in libraries and archives to get a feel for the garments as inspiration for this collection.

And so for Autumn 2013 H&M introduces the Mauritz Archive, a capsule collection for men which takes its inspiration from outdoor activities and a little-known part of H&M’s past. The collection features around twenty pieces, both clothing and accessories, many of which are created using specialist fabrics from heritage mills for extra authenticity and a number of which are right here in Blighty, like Abraham Moon & Sons and British Millerain.

Get your motor running – GTO London Accessories

image010For 30 years GTO Engineering in Berkshire, has been the car connoisseur’s choice for locating, restoring and preparing classic sports and racing cars. That intimate knowledge and appreciation of the most exquisitely engineered cars in the world inspires the creations of GTO London.

This year they have launched a range of Gentlemen’s accessories, for the most exclusive items in their collection, the GTO London craftsmen work with Real Ferrari Metal to allow true enthusiasts the opportunity to own a design that contains unique material from classic Ferrari sports cars.  Additional to this and inspired by the beautiful diamond stitched leather the classic Ferraris possess, including the infamous Ferrari 250 GTO, of which only 39 were ever made. The range presents a selection of leather goods including wallets, tablet sleeves and travel items.

Great care has been taken to ensure that the collection of luxury cufflinks, pins, key fobs and money clips stand out from the crowd. Each product is masculine, sophisticated and created using the finest materials including Real Ferrari Metal, sterling silver, and rhodium to ensure accuracy and exact detailing.

Key Pieces from the GTO London Range

GL27-1 250 GTO iPad Mini Sleeve Lo-Res

GTC2_Volante Cufflinks 2 Lo-Res

GT51-3 - Rubino-Tan 250 SWB Wallet

 

An Oudh by any other name – Black Oudh & Grey Flower by Reiss

BLACK_OUDH1No you’re not mistaken, yes, favourite clothing retailer Reiss, have ventured into the Scent market and no this isn’t any daft Justin Beiber, Peter Andre fragrance. For Autumn 13 Reiss, debut fragrances for Men and Women, in Black Oudh for Men and Grey Flower for their female counterparts, or vice versa if you so fancy. Both fragrances are modern classic scents with unique formulations featuring hand-picked ingredients that represent style, design and elegance, hardly alien concepts to the brand.

Black Oudh is an alluring and enticing fragrance opening with fresh aromatic top notes of Laurel Leaf and green Cypress, descending into the deepest Heart accord of Sequoia Wood, Clary Sage and Vetiver. Finally Black Oudh, Black Musk and Amber at the base make this a magnetic and alluring fragrance.

Where as Grey Flower is a seductive, mysterious and deeply addictive fragrance. The Armoise and Pimento Berry balance the seductive centre of Sequoia Wood, Jasmine Noir and Cocoa Leaf, followed by the velvety warmth of an addictive base of skin musks, Olibanum, Amber Crystals and Patchouli and Baies leaving an unforgettable scent.

Having recently celebrated 40 years, 2013 sees the stylish brand branch out into the beauty industry. Founder, David Reiss wanted to wait for the right time to launch their debut fragrances, Reiss has always been focused on delivering affordable luxury; creating directional, design-led clothing and accessories.

 

A Designer collaboration to boot – Maison Martin Margiela X Converse

4921C2E9-18C2-4861-A572-E51846F5B8A0Converse are building a up a formidable Armada of designer collaboration with John Varvatos, Comme des Garcons and Missoni all within their portfolio. Adding to their ranks is Maison Martin Margiela, the mysterious, press and camera shy Belgian designer, known for reinventing and reinterpreting classics for both mens and womenswear.

Founded in 1988, Maison Martin Margiela is a fashion house which has always followed its own path, often outside the conventions of fashion trends. Margiela’s collections are known for reinventing volumes, modifying shapes, and changing the original use and movement of garments, derailing the classic notions of fashion through recycling, transformation and reinterpretation.

The first Converse Maison Martin Margiela collaboration features the Chuck Taylor All Star and the Jack Purcell sneakers, each completely hand-painted in Maison Martin Margiela’s iconic white paint. Covering all canvas, eyelets, laces and soles, they naturally crack and shed their outer coat of paint to reveal the original colours beneath, working to the maxim of, getting better with age.

The styles are available in four colour ways based on heritage colors from the Converse archives: red, black, navy, and Margiela-exclusive vintage yellow, and are lined in premium off-white leather. Ohhh but remember when buying them, they are all white.

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This aint no Banana Republic – Banana Republic Suiting

The eagled eyed loyal reader, I’m sure, will remember, if you cast your mind back to a mere few weeks ago, where we discussed “Back to Work” Uniform ideas. In that post we highlighted the work of the Retailer Banana Republic and what masters they are of brightening up the workwear wardrobe, which we all know we can fall into the trap of it being as dull as a Mid Winter Wednesday lunchtime with only a tuna sandwich and a cup-a-soup to keep us company. After this I concluded, I needed to revisit this notion and delve further into BR (Banana Republic) and give a little more thought and highlight what they are doing for this season, as I really didn’t go into enough detail.

Banana Republic are a relative new comer to these shores, but have been dressing our American cousins since the late 1970’s in contemporary, sort after workplace style for the professional man and woman, essentially, ensuring you look your best from the water cooler to board room. Banana Republic’s sartorial crusade is dedicated to helping customers achieve professionally and personally the best they can and offers versatile work wear that can be styled up or down for pretty much any occasion — from work to play and back again.

Don’t worry, I can hear you from here, “Well there isn’t one near me”. Well you might be mistaken, with stores as far North as Manchester and right the way down to Bath, plus they are now shipping to over 90 countries via their website.

What Banana do so well is that whole mix and match thang with your wardrobe, offering pieces with sit great with items you already have, lifting an outfit so it looks completely new. The key thing is the ease of what they offer, it isn’t stuffy, fussy or look as though you’ve over thought your daily attire.

 

The Clothes Make the Man pick of the best pieces from Banana Republic for Autumn 2013

 

This a perfect example of not always having to be super dapper to still be smart. Instead of a white shirt and navy knitted tie(nothing wrong with that by the way) go with a checked shirt for a change

This is a perfect example of not always having to be super dapper to still be smart. Instead of a white shirt and navy knitted tie(nothing wrong with that by the way) go with a checked shirt for a change show how versatile you can be.

The classic fine gauge cardigan. IT GOES WITH EVERYTHING 1 It looks equally good with a single breasted suit and it both with jeans and this is a great example at a great price

The classic fine gauge cardigan. IT GOES WITH EVERYTHING ! It looks equally well with a single breasted suit, in most colours as hit does with jeans and this is a great example at a great price

The Aiden Chino, offered in 8 different colours. Sums up the whole Banana Republic ethos of

The Aiden Chino, offered in 8 different colours. Sums up the whole Banana Republic ethos of catering for your work to play wardrobe. The Aiden chino will see you through any occasion your work or social calendar can throw at you. Team them with a differing coloured blazer to show, not only your creative side but how you can make colour work best for you.

This cheeky lil number is the height of versatility, will look great with a navy suit and knitted tie as it will at the weekend with jeans.

This cheeky lil number is the height of versatility, will look great with a navy suit and knitted tie as it will at the weekend with jeans, I promise you.

The epitome of Sharp, this 3 pcs Charcoalsuit made of Italian wool from their Monogram range. Wear it with or without the waistcoat or wear the waistcoat with jeans for a more relaxed feel.

The epitome of Sharp, this 3 pcs Charcoalsuit made of Italian wool from their Monogram range. Wear it with or without the waistcoat or wear the waistcoat with jeans for a more relaxed feel.