Make a splash – Six of the best swim shorts

Its been a LONG, cold winter, where we’ve been wrapped up like the remains of a turkey on Boxing Day. But as we keep on saying, Summer is finally here, almost as though if we keep on saying it, the good weather will stay a while longer. The men of not only the UK but across many countries, their poor legs haven’t seen day light now for almost a year, never mind go swimming !

Well, as you would have it, Clothes-Make-the-Man like to make life a little easier for our readers and so we’ve surfed the information superhighway from start to finish looking for some of the best swim shorts around, shhhh some might be on sale, so even better value, wink, wink ! Listen enough from me enjoy and get shopping, lets get out of recession, I’m sick of it !


These shorts from Kenzo @ ensure it won't be a tight fit with this jungle print

These shorts from Kenzo @ ensure it won’t be a tight fit with this jungle print


Say Aloha to these hibiscus print swim shorts. But maybe think twice about wearing them with one of the Hawaiian shorts we posting last week  OVERKILL

Say Aloha to these hibiscus print swim shorts by Hackett @ House of Fraser. But maybe think twice about wearing them with one of the Hawaiian shorts we posting last week OVERKILL


These Swim shorts will flatter pretty much any guy so before you fly off to you holiday destination, maybe invest in these from Paul Smith

These Swim shorts will flatter pretty much any guy so before you fly off to you holiday destination, maybe invest in these from Paul Smith @


A nice take the the camo trend in these elephant print camouflage swim shorts from vilebrequin

A nice take the the camo trend in these elephant print camouflage swim shorts from Vilebrequin


Keeping it Classically British, not not union Jack shorts but these Spitfire, Made in Britain, shorts by Harry Elliot

Keeping it Classically British, not not union Jack shorts but these Spitfire, Made in Britain, shorts by Harry Elliot


These Flamingo print swim shorts by Howick @ House of Fraser are cool as long British Summer

These Flamingo print swim shorts by Howick @ House of Fraser are cool as long British Summer

Richard Anderson – Textual Conversation

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What Richard Anderson doesn’t know about tailoring really isn’t worth knowing and to say he knows Savile Row like the back of his hand is no exaggeration.  He is known first and foremost as one of world’s finest tailoring houses. At the heart of the company is a bespoke tailoring service, but this is not where the experience stops. Anderson also offers made-to-measure and a very high quality ready-to-wear product. The RTW(Ready to wear) product carries the ethos of the company throughout, creating a product that comes at a competitive price but is manufactured to exacting standards. Made in Italy, but predominantly with British fabrics and in the signature house style.

For Autumn 13 there are some incredible pieces in the collection, with outstanding double breasted overcoats and richly coloured corduroy suits and of course the single button suit which Richard Anderson is most renowned for remains in there too.  But enough of me, lets hear what pearls of wisdom Mr Anderson has in store for us today.

What would be the one piece of clothing you would rescue from your home in the event of a fire ?

At the moment I’m loving my lightweight 3 piece oatmeal Donegal tweed suit which will be part of our AW13 collection. That will definitely be coming through the flames with me.

What inspires you ?

My family, work colleagues, customers – everyone and everything.

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

My own – why not?

Who is your style icon ? Why ?

As a seventeen year old apprentice, it would have to have been Huntsman’s managing director and head cutter Colin Hammick. Splendid in navy mohairs, grey pick for pick and navy spots (this is suiting) worn with pale blue voile shirts and heavy maller dutcha blue spot ties.

What piece of style advise do you live by ?

Less is more, simple clean lines equal elegance.

What piece of clothing should everyman have in his wardrobe ?

A single breasted navy suit in a medium weight classical cut, one button, two vents with slim fitting trousers. Great for business, and formal occasion, ticks all the boxes.

What piece of clothing would you relegate to Room 101 ?

I’m not a fan of slim suits

What do you have to do after this conversation ?

We are just back from the states where we visited 7 cities over a 3 week period, so I’ve got a lot of making up to do and getting work in hand. The plus side is I love doing it, and it’s always great to have the work ticking along

If you could live anywhere where would it be & Why ?

NYC is cool, id like that … yeah NY would be nice for a while …

If you could collaborate with one brand (Who you currently aren’t) who would it be and why ?

My friend Robert Godley company’s Psycho Bunny maybe fun to do something with.



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Paris Menswear Show review SS14



And so onto Paris and into the final leg of the Mens Fashion week circuit for this season, well next season, never mind. Ahhh Paris in the Summer, the Champs Elysee, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, THE PACKED UNDERGROUND SYSTEM ! The first day of the Paris shows and its off to Carven, who were inspired by the great artists, not one in particular just a mix, or collage of them. We saw bright sherbet colours and artist smock style shirts and all rather wearable.



Onto an Italian Powerhouse, who has taken a shine to showing in Paris is Valentino, and rather then me tell you I’ll leave you in the rather stylish hands of Monsieur James Sleaford, a Englishman in Paris who just happens to be the Fashion Editor of GQ France, “One of my favourite shows was that of Valentino. It was a collection both rich in fabrics, colours, styles but equally very wearable! Whilst, many designers went for the floral print at a strong statment piece Valentino subtly used it in a comoflauged trouser print to add both colour and texture to an outfit but keeping it commercial at the same time! Whilst summer leathers were everywhere for the Spring Summer  collections – the Valentino vests were of the highest quality – styled in a clean sportswear fashion with both T-shirts and tailored trousers! This was sports chic at its best with a twist of Military flair!”

Please don’t think lazy of me but I sort the opinion of another fashion leader this time in the shape of Adrian Clark, Style Director of Shortlist. Dries Van Noten knocked it out of the park for this season. The Belgian designer’s use of print is unsurpassable and the combinations of his menacingly dark florals on liquid silk and satin fabrics worn with romantic military tailoring will set a precedent for Spring 2014.”



For both Kris Van Assche and Kenzo it was about forgetting Sports Casual for Spring 2014 and think Sports Formal. Van Assche managed to blend elements from suiting with casual outdoors attire plus added splashes of BRIGHTS for maximum effect. Whereas Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, for Kenzo, returned to their California roots, replacing the tiger stripes of their phenomenally successful sweatshirts with the waves and surf of Cal-I-for-ni-a and offered a BLUE-tiful collection.

Over at Hermés, silver was the colour du jour as Véronique Nichanian celebrated 25 years of producing exquisite, not often I get to use that word,  collections for the French Luxury house. As always she didn’t disappoint offering everything the Hermés man could possibly want from a Summer wardrobe.



To finish the day it was off to the Ami show, increasingly becoming a fave of Clothes-Make-the-Man, where Alexandre Mattiussi, showed us his sense of humour, sometimes in all too short supply in Fashion Land, he tried to convince us that budget airlines and the stresses of contemporary airline travel have and could not take the glamour and gloss off international jet set travel, obviously he needs to experience the delights of Ryanair and Easyjet a little more.

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

And to, what has to be, arguably, the most sort after ticket on the Paris schedule, Louis Vuitton. So, of course I wanted to gauge the opinion of the most sort after lady of Menswear Press, the alluring Catherine Hayward, Fashion Director of British Esquire. “When you’re the style director of Louis Vuitton, talented teams and big budgets mean it’s easier to be noticed, receive accolades and collect awards for your efforts. But for his Spring 2014 menswear collection, Brit designer Kim Jones proved his worth with probably his most successful collection yet for the house of Vuitton. Managing the notoriously uneasy balance between commerciality and artistically viable pieces of ‘fashion’, Jones’ road trip across the USA produced a mix of uber luxurious lambskin holdalls and back packs, bright orange crocodile skin bomber jackets and python sweatshirts and sneakers with a more down-at heel vibe across the casualwear; cotton drill varsity jackets and parkas decorated with carpet woven travelling badges plus oversize shirts and t’s which channelled classic bandana prints. With David Beckham sitting front row, Jones sent a red–carpet friendly finale of slick grey, black and monogrammed evening wear along the runway with quirky clothes peg detailing on lapels for added chutzpah.

Paul Smith

Paul Smith

Finally, from a Brit at a French house to a Brit at what has to be THE most British of houses, Sir Paul Smith, although he showcased his new Best of British collection during London Collections:Men, Paul still, for the moment, shows his signature line in Paris. When I caught up with Paul recently, sorry I don’t mean that to sound as wanky as it does, he explained how he thought his recent collections had become very dark and how when he had visited his archive he saw all this colour that he had become synonymous for. Well he wasn’t bluming well joking, there was Red and orange and pink and, I think you get the picture, essentially the catwalk and venue was awash with colour.




Top Ten Tips on Safe Tanning

The Summer is finally here its official ! It might only last for a few days, it could be here for a few weeks, who knows it could be a couple of months that we are basking it this seasonal halo. Now I don’t mean to bring your mood down, but there is a very serious side to this fantastic weather, because of Summer’s very late arrival it means we are not use to how powerful the sun it right now. Please take a few minutes just to watch the video below PLEASE –

OK then, now because we at Clothes-Make-the-Man care about our loyal readers and we want you around for as long as possible we sort the advice of an expert to offer her top ten tip for safe tanning. Clare O’Connor is the Suncare expert for one of the most trusted names on the high Street, Boots. Clare is a scientist with over 20 years experi­ence in the cosmetics industry spending the last 18 years specialising in sun protection. She works with experts internally and externally, plus academic institu­tions who manage research projects in the area of skin protection and was a key player in developing the Boots Soltan’s Once platform.

1) Make sure you use enough product – you should apply a blob about the size of a two pound coin for each limb and your front and back, as well as a blob about the size of a pound coin for your face, one 200ml bottle of Soltan contains roughly 6 full-body applications.

2) Protect your skin before you first go into the sun – we recommend applying sun cream 15 minutes before going into the sun, then reapplying again as soon as you go out in the sun. After that, you should reapply every 1 to 2 hours, as well as immediately after swimming or towelling.

3) Check for 5 star UVA rating – ensure your chosen sun care product has maximum 5 star UVA protection as well as a high SPF, as this will provide the best protection from skin ageing as well as burning. All Soltan products have 5 star UVA protection!

4) Use an SPF of at least 15 – you should be using a high SPF (30 or 50) if you’re going abroad or have fair skin. Also don’t forget
your lips, they are prone to drying and cracking and long term exposure can cause uneven colouration as well as more serious skin conditions.

5) Wear suncare in the UK – research by Boots UK has uncovered that nearly three quarters (72%) of adults admit that either they or someone else in their family has been sun burnt in the UK because they didn’t think it was sunny enough to require sun protection. Don’t forget to protect your eyes with sunglasses that offer 100% UVA & UVB protection.

6) Stay out of the sun during the hours from 11am – 3pm – spend time in the shade during these hours as the sun is at its strongest at these times and use clothing to minimise sun exposure. Pop on a hat and a long-sleeved t shirt.

7) Use self-tan – try to limit your sun-exposure and use a self-tan from the Soltan Beautiful Bronze range for colour. Self-tan has
developed enormously in recent years, with new colour-modifiers that make the colour more natural and less orange and new
technologies which eliminate the characteristic odour that always used to be associated with self-tans.

8) Exfoliate and moisturise now ready for the summer – it’s easier to keep your skin in good condition rather than repair it after the sun dries it.

9) Choose a well-known brand that you trust – when buying sun care make sure you look for a brand that are investing in research into the latest suncare technologies as well as in educating people about sun safety.

10) Aftersuns can help – sun exposure is incredibly dehydrating for the skin, aftersuns are formulated not only to provide moisturisation but also to cool and soothe sun reddened skin like Soltan Aftersun Soothing Gel with Aloe Vera. Many also contain ingredients such as antioxidants which help your skin to recover after sun exposure.


Aloha indeed – 6 of the best Hawaiian shirts

Remember guys you don’t always have to be look super smart and the epitome of cool 24/7, you can relax and have a sense of humour. In the same way as Christmas Jumpers have made a return to the limelight, at the opposite of side of the year we’ve seen an item of clothing that was seen as the height of bad taste, but only a few years ago. The HAWAIIAN SHIRT ! think Elvis, think  Magnum P.I.think Ace Ventura. Check out SIX of the best below.

Say Aloha to this lil number from Ralph Lauren's Denim & Supply

Say Aloha to this lil number from Ralph Lauren’s Denim & Supply


A great example from Levi's Vintage Clothing @

A great example from Levi’s Vintage Clothing @


Ohhh stand out from the crowd in this TOPMAN number

Ohhh stand out from the crowd in this TOPMAN number


An American classic from Hilfiger Denim

An American classic from Hilfiger Denim


Be safe be seen in this classic Hawaiian Shirt by Quiksilver @ House of Fraser

Be safe be seen in this classic Hawaiian Shirt by Quiksilver @ House of Fraser


Go for that modtro(modern but retro) look with this shirt by Native Youth @ JOY

Go for that modtro(modern but retro) look with this shirt by Native Youth @ JOY