Ahhhhh the summer is starting to draw to an end and its not just parents that have to think about shopping for School Uniforms in one way or another. At this time of year we all take a look at the old workwear wardrobe and think, Errr yeah it could do with a little update. It’s not just a matter of impressing the boss in the workplace, although that helps, being taken seriously is all important and what you wear and how you wear it makes a big impression. We’re not talking a major overhaul, well for most of us, more a little helping hand, you know what I’m talking about, those white shirts with the stained collar and cuffs, the suit that gone rather shiny and the shoes that have simply seen better days.
On the whole we are spoilt for choice when it comes to catering for suitable workwear, whatever the budget, but I do have to say, remember the golden rules, buy cheap buy twice and you get what you pay for. so we thought we would give you a couple of suggestions to update your workwear wardrobe and bring it bang up to date.
This Autumn the ethically Clothing brand Patagonia have been producing clothing for surfing, climbing, snow sports fly fishing and pretty much everyday life. Still wholly owned by the Chouinard Family, they have provided essential grants to hundreds of grassroots environmental organisations working hard to save or restore a revered patch of land or stretch of water, or to reconnect habitat and seasonal migration paths for wildlife.
Their brand ethos is the same today as it was 40 years ago and unfortunately differs from many companies current thinking, they believe, “Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.”
To mark this milestone anniversary the brand are launching a limited edition collection. The Legacy collection features ten classic signature Patagonia pieces ranging the classic Retro X Fleece to the 80’s Summit pack. The capsule range was produced by interviewing company veterans about their original inspirations and re-inventing them utilising technological advances, in contemporary fabrics and updating fit and function, plus using recycled polyester and organic cotton in the garments.
Key pieces from the collection include, the Post foam back Cagoule, which like the original rain jacket, developed for British climbers back in the early 1960’s. The reincarnation is crafted from 21st Century Gore-Tex and it serves as a wearable rain shelter when confined to a ledge on a rocky mountain face or even scrambling to catch the night bus on the way home after a long and hard day at work. Or the reinterpretation of the early 80’s Summit Pack which sports accessory patches to carry your trusty ice axe, crampons or a foam pad form haemorrhoid protection on a cold belay ledge. The back pack’s simple design offers enough room to hold a sandwich, emergency rain gear and a good bottle of red wine when venturing into terrain accessed only y mountain goats.
Every man should have at least one good quality, clean, crisp, fresh, white shirt in his wardrobe. A white shirt is one of the foundations pieces of any man’s dressing repertoire. It’s an indispensable item that virtually can go with every outfit from casual to formal, from a black suit to a pair of jeans, its one of those few truly versatile items of clothing that goes with pretty much anything.
But like so many things within this wonderful and great world in which we merely inhabit, it isn’t altogether straight forward and the white shirt is indicative of this fact. A white shirt, isn’t simply just a white shirt and possessing one white shirt won’t mean it caters for every required occasion. But, investing in a good quality example will serve you well and should see you through a multitude of occasions over the coming years. So take this white shirt, see it as an investment buy –
In the light of the U.S Government finally acknowledging the existence of Area 51, Barbour thought now was the right time to own up and confess about their own shadowy project. “Department B‘’ was a special area in Barbour’s South Shields Factory that specialised in customisation, taking customer’s individual requests for extra pockets or special reinforcements and creating jackets that were unique and personal to each wearer. These requests and this special attention to detail are celebrated in Barbour’s latest Men’s Heritage collection, Dept. B.
Whether it’s a hidden trim, an unusual stud, a zipper that also serves as a ring-pull, unfortunately not a build in life jacket or jet pack, at the moment – all these are located in clever places – meaning there is always something interesting to discover in the jackets, knitwear and shirts that make up the collection.
In its opening season, Barbour’s most recognisable pieces are given subtle yet meaningful makeovers. The Commander Jacket takes its customisation cue from the wardrobe department on Skyfall, who featured a Barbour jacket on James Bond. Taking its inspiration from this jacket, the new Commander jacket even references its iconic muse in its product code, which, of course includes the famous code name of the agent, 007, in its composition.
The art of customisation is referenced in the midlayers in this collection too, with bursts of contrasting colours, textures and trims featuring on pieces such as the Pym Zip Thru, the Dart Tee and the Hatch Polo.