Preview of the Best of the High Street for Autumn 13

Yes the sun is out, Summer is finally here, we’re all wearing shorts and T-shirts and yes thats right the stores up and down the country, particularly the higher end designer fraternity have already started to get their Autumn stock in !!!!! Now
because, we at Clothes-Make-the-Man like to keep you ahead of the rest we thought we would give you a little taster of whats in store, literally, for when things all start to cool down, we return to work after our Summer holidays and get ready for the clocks to fall back an hour. OMG ! Lets look at some clothes, before we all get a bit, how can I put in, seasonal deficient-

 

Those cunning Swedes have only gone and done it again. A vintage season for H&M, bang on the money.

Those cunning Swedes have only gone and done it again. A vintage season for H&M, bang on the money.

Ouch, looking sharp Burton. Well done a return to form, but please leave Worzel back where you found him. Bad model choice for you guys

Ouch, looking sharp Burton. Well done a return to form, but please leave Worzel back where you found him. Bad model choice for you guys

Guess who, go on Guess ? Only Flipping Next ! Think a lil re-visit into your local store, might be on the cards, hey.

Guess who, go on Guess ? Only Flipping Next ! Think a lil re-visit into your local store, might be on the cards, hey.

Stepping out from behind their womenswear and standing well and truly on their own two feet is River Island Menswear. Looking really strong for the Autumn, if you haven't checked them out for a while, give it a go.

Stepping out from behind their womenswear and standing well and truly on their own two feet is River Island Menswear. Looking really strong for the Autumn, if you haven’t checked them out for a while, give it a go.

Great Scott ! John Lewis's John Lewis & co range has gone explorer-tastic for Autumn. Great wearable range, just not sure about the model.

Great Scott ! John Lewis’s John Lewis & co range has gone explorer-tastic for Autumn. Great wearable range, just not sure about the model.

Looks like TOPMAN are starting to cater for the older brother of their customer, Woop ! Bring on Autumn

Looks like TOPMAN are starting to cater for the older brother of their customer, Woop ! Bring on Autumn

Channel your inner Rocker this Autumn with the assistance of All Saints.

Channel your inner Rocker this Autumn with the assistance of All Saints.

We featured this look a couple of weeks ago in another preview, but its so good I had to run it again. Forget about Mad Men, you'll have the ladies of the office falling over themselves if you turn up to work looking this dapper, come the Autumn !

We featured this look a couple of weeks ago in another preview, but its so good I had to run it again. Forget about Mad Men, you’ll have the ladies of the office falling over themselves if you turn up to work looking this dapper, come the Autumn !

The welcome return of Jigsaw Menswear, when I saw this collection earlier this year I was both enthused & enticed by it. Seriously, check it out !

The welcome return of Jigsaw Menswear, when I saw this collection earlier this year I was both enthused & enticed by it. Seriously, check it out !

I hate saying things, like, Ohh saving the best til last, as we are really spoilt as consumers for Autumn & WInter this year. The retailers on our high Streets have really increased the bar on the whole. But this is a collection where I actually said I want it all ! The Marks & Spencer Best of Britain Range is fantastic, nuff said !

I hate saying things, like, Ohh saving the best til last, as we are really spoilt as consumers for Autumn & WInter this year. The retailers on our high Streets have really increased the bar on the whole. But this is a collection where I actually said I want it all ! The Marks & Spencer Best of Britain Range is fantastic, nuff said !

Inspiration for Summer Footwear – Pointer

Screen Shot 2013-07-15 at 19.19.28You know, its a bit like buses, you wait for ages for one to come then, a whole bunch comes all at the same time. Well, thats what this year’s Summer has been like, we’ve waited for ages then all of a suddenly there’s no let up ! We’ve not had any need for anything near Summer footwear all year, so when it does finally arrive we have a look in our shoe drawer and we have a sorry looking pair of Havaianas and a smelly old pair of trainers, it doesn’t cut the mustard, now does it ?

Screen Shot 2013-07-15 at 19.18.56As always Clothes-Make-the-Man are on hand to offer indispensable advice and in today’s post its in the shape of Pointer
Footwear
. Established in 2004 in London, Pointer was created with the aim of making simple and considered well-designed casual shoes as an alternative to technical trainers and various limited edition sneakers.

Today, almost a decade on they still hold true to the same vision. Creating high quality footwear, through meticulous attention to detail and a playful fascination for shape and colour. Life, in all it’s diversity is a key inspiration for the brand, from art and music, right down to their daily breakfast. Pointer employ people they like, that in turn inspire them, so from artists to interns,
friends, accomplices, agents and distributors from around the globe. They play with the classics, mixing materials, patterns and
geometric shapes to create their own interpretation and ideal of the footwear they would like to wear themselves.

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Daniel Wellington – A man who leaves a good impression

Screen Shot 2013-07-15 at 14.46.11Strange story, but there often tend to be the best ones. Filip Tysander, the man behind the brand, was on a trip half way around the world, when he met the intriguing gentleman, who had the inspiring ability to be gentlemanly but still relaxed and unpretentious. He had an impeccable style, and loved to wear his Rolex on old weathered Nato straps. His name? Well, Daniel Wellington, of course. What’s a Nato strip I hear you cry ? Well, essentially, Nato straps originate from the British navy, where divers would use the strong nylon straps over their wet suits. Even though they were originally made to avoid rust, we love the look and versatility of them.

Back to story, do keep up, a strong friendship emerged between the two travellers and Tysander was inspired not only by this man’s many great life stories but also by his class and timeless style of fashion. As we now know, he was so inspired that he decided to name his line of watches after him.

Wellington’s style of mixing, particular when it came to his watches, leaves such as impression on Tysander that he wanted to incorporate the idea into a line of watches. However, he felt it important to make the watch thin and elegant – he wanted a clean design, without too many features, that would look good with the different patterns and colours of the classic Nato straps.

Slowly but surely, a beautiful watch emerged. Slimline, refined and perfectly round.

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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 @ Farfetch.com ensure it won't be a tight fit with this jungle print

These shorts from Kenzo @ Farfetch.com 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 @ mrporter.com

 

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.

 

RICHARD ANDERSON SUMMER 2013

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