Strength in Numbers, Army & Navy – the new brand from House of Fraser

001_597As probably, one of the best known names on the British high Street, House of Fraser has services its customers with a pleasurable department store experience nationwide for over 160 years. So for Winter 2013, the company is launching a new menswear lifestyle brand, which draws richly on this impressive pedigree.

The brand takes its name from the iconic chain of department stores founded in 1871 and established by Army & Navy officers. The brands rapid expansion across British overseas territories included emporiums in the UK as well as depots in New Delhi, Calcutta and Bombay. Renowned for stocking everything you could think of, from furniture to firearms, watches to hatpins, Army & Navy was acquired by the House of Fraser group in 1976. The original store in Victoria trades successfully to this day.

006_069Army & Navy caters for the male who want functionality with a touch of fashion. Whether those men range from the intrepid highland explorer to the humble dog walker, the brand promises something for every modern man. Performance outerwear is a highlight of the collection. Waterproof jackets with sealed seams, concealed pockets and detachable hoods available in forest green, navy and black are inspired by traditional Army & Navy camouflage. The collection also includes; twisted yarn knitwear, and the ubiquitous checked shirt.

A capsule collection of essential accessories complement the range. Ribbed hats and scarves spun in Italian lambswool, technical hiking socks, for those dark cold winter’s days, have been cleverly crafted from three key fabrics to create the ultimate in comfort and durability. Basically something for every man whether it’s enduring the daily commute on those cold, dank, dreary days of Winter or if your more of an outdoorsy type a guy, ensuring your toasty on a weekend biking, hiking or hauling your sorry ass up the side of a mountain in the name of fun.



This is the Peakstorm coat, a key piece from the Army and Navy range . It’s a waterproof jacket with sealed seams, concealed pockets and a detachable hood. Fancy one, well you blinking well can, all you have to do is sign up to < from now until midnight (GMT) on 11th November 2013 & it could very well be.

Khaki peakstorm coat, £120, Army & Navy at House of Fraser

They tried to make me go to Rehab, I said Yes, yes, yes ! – The Ultimate Revival Shaving Pack

RehabGiftBox3peiceRehab London‘s range of products are designed specifically for male skin based around the incredible masculine healing qualities of Hawaiian water algae and the volcanic sands of Tahiti to produce a truly splendid grooming results. Rehab London, are the UK’s leading natural skincare brand for men, is launching the ultimate Revival Shaving pack. The pack contains 3 full-size products, essential to achieve the perfect shave.

They include the Daily Detox, which is a natural exfoliant made from volcanic sands of Tahiti, bamboo spiny medulla granules and enzymes produced from pumpkin seeds to gently clear the skin of dead skin cells and avoid that tight just washed feeling. Men’s Revive Survival, which is the ultimate anti-fatigue cream. The extracts of Ginseng and Cocoa Butter help to visibly reduce the signs of skin fatigue and increase circulation, the skin looks rejuvenated and revitalized in just ten minutes. And just in time for the Yuletide festivities, Holy Christmas Crackers, Cold Turkey Shaving Gel, which is made of hero natural ingredients such as Argan oil, aloe vera and cucumber, this gel provides an incredible shaving experience with a cooling tingle sensation after shaving.

CEO of the brand Lisa Hilton says of the trio,“We feel it’s important for this time of the year to offer a shaving pack which includes a post shave revival cream that gives a ten minute makeover to the complexion lifting the face and reducing signs of fatigue.” 

They’ll warm the cockles of your heart – 6 of the best Cable Knit sweaters

Ahhh the nights are drawing in and its getting harder and harder to get up in mornings, Winter’s on its way and if your to believe the reports of those pesky weathermen and women, Sian Lloyd I’m talking about you its gonna get mighty cold in the coming weeks (and months). Now the style of knitwear for this season is none of this fine gauge light weight nonsense, Ohhh no. Its as though the Fashion houses around the world have been looking into their meteorological crystal balls and can see Winter 2013 is one for good and heavy old fashion Jumpers !

So we at Clothes Make the Man have searched far and wide for some of the best example of THE knitwear for the season, the knitwear in question being, the ‘Aran Jumper’ otherwise known as the ‘Cable knit Sweater’. Now there is an incredibly interesting, if not macabre, story behind this type of garment. Many moons ago the fishermen of the Aran Island, off the coast of Galway, Eire would get their good lady wives and mothers to knit them, fine sturdy jumpers to keep them warm and protect against those savage Atlantic conditions. Now the ladies would knit for their men folk jumpers but would add in intrinsic cable patterns onto them. So heres the interesting bit, every family who lived on the three main Islands which make up the Aran Islands, Inishmore, Inishmaan and Inisheer would all alter their patterns, almost like having a family coat of arms. So if one of the fishermen were wash overboard, basically his body could be identified by the jumper, or more importantly, the pattern on his Aran Jumper, told you it was macabre !

So with thought still engrained on your minds check out 6 of the best examples, our finest retailers have to offer –


No Winter chills are gonna get past this bad boy from Reiss

No Winter chills are gonna get past this bad boy from Reiss

Keeping it nice and simple , this fine example with go with pretty much anything. It by Remus Uomo from House of Fraser

Keeping it nice and simple , this fine example with go will pretty much anything. Its by Remus Uomo from House of Fraser


Colour my life, there's no chance of going missing in the snow if you're wearing this knit by Paul Smith from

Colour my life, there’s no chance of going missing in the snow if you’re wearing this knit by Paul Smith from

Well you can't get more authentic then an actual Aran Sweater which is produced on the Aran Islands themselves. This is by Inis Meain for

Well you can’t get more authentic then an actual Aran Sweater which is produced on the Aran Islands themselves. This is by Inis Meain for


This is a great example of a cable knit from high Street favourite Burton.

This is a great example of a cable knit from high Street favourite Burton.

Channel your inner country gent in this wonderful Polo Ralph Lauren jumper

Channel your inner country gent in this wonderful Polo Ralph Lauren jumper from






A satchel’s not just for your school years – The Cambridge Satchel Company

Image 2454We’ve all seen the Google Chrome advert showing us how the Cambridge Satchel Company started and I’d love to say, tut, it was all just a marketing ploy to target our good nature, but no its all true ! Julie Deane, the lady in the ad, founded The Cambridge Satchel Company in 2008 at her kitchen table just outside Cambridge. Having invested just £600 to get the idea off the ground, The Cambridge Satchel Company is now a pioneering business employing more than 90 people and experiencing phenomenally fast growth around the world.

The company is genuinely committed to preserving British manufacturing and in 2011 set up their first factory based in Leicester, employing many locally skilled craftsmen and women. 2 years on and the company has now moved premises to a new factory, still based just outside Leicester and the company also continues to support independent UK based manufacturers who help meet the ever-growing demand.

Whilst the traditional Vintage and Red Satchels remain the firm favourites among customers, the company has kept the design fresh by adding many modern twists to the original such as the fluorescent colours and contemporary leather finishes. Collaborations with Comme des Garcon, Basso and Brooke and Christopher Shannon have seen their bags grace the catwalk in London, New York, Paris and Russia.

And so for Winter 2013  and one of the most the most iconic of British Fashion designers,Vivienne Westwood has teamed up with the brand  to design and produce an exclusive collection of limited edition collector’s bags. Inspiration for this classic satchel is taken from Westwood’s infamous pirate boots first seen in her 1981 Collection entitled ‘Pirate’. The pale tan straps and buckles introduced on the satchel replicate the ones used on Vivienne Westwood’s pirate boots. For the legendary Pirate collection, Westwood and McLaren weaved a fantasy with swashbuckling clothes and highwaymen, dandies, buccaneers and pirates.  It was for this collection that the Squiggle print was first used.

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The Hunter Gather of the Fashion pack – Huntergather

50ae1bcf617d9Huntergather is a new concept in fashion retailing, based around a creative hub assembled by fashion legends David Bradshaw, with founding partner Chris Bailey. Bradshaw has operated as Huntergather for 15 years during which time he has been creative director for a couple of brands you may have heard of, called, Prada, Calvin Klein, Versace and launch editor of British GQ Style. He is currently reinventing Versace’s diffusion label, Versus, turning it into the first digital brand with an international network of integrated concept stores. As for Bailey not to be mistaken with Fashion’s other Mr C. Bailey, has an envious pedigree with includes revolutionising the menswear market with his trailblazing Jigsaw Menswear brand which created a new level between designer and high street.

50ae09058ebc9Huntergather is a collective; a repository of ideas; a gathering of minds and a fashion label. Beginning with a men’s capsule collection, the brand has expanded to include womenswear as well as numerous collaborations and special projects. A flagship store in Marylebone as well as – an ecommerce site complete which– aims to be an editorial hub, interactive gateway and forum for discussion. Gathering film, photography and the finest writing and in turn showcases the full creative concept of the brand.

Huntergather’s debut men’s collection contains everything he desires from the perfect white shirt, a statement bomber jacket, to classy cashmere and a contemporary pea coat. Neither high street nor haute couture, it is affordable luxury for the modern man. Collaborating with iconic brands, items that take a novel approach to classics include a partnership with iconic shoe label Grenson to create an exclusive brogue.