Sorry, I’ve literally just been sent the below video the Autumn 2013, sorry Fall Collection by Polo Ralph Lauren it presents a season of heritage looks paired with authentic American roughwear. Key pieces include versatile tailored pieces and a range of sportswear—from estate tweeds and signature fairisle knits to a special selection of nylon and down jackets crafted by RLX and mixed with Polo. Not only is it beautifully shot, making me long to be wherever it is, but I can quite honestly say I want every single piece PLEASE !
Who ? shame on you, the legendary Pancho Gonzalez, was an American born tennis player of Mexican descent who started his amateur career in the late 1940’s, but shortly after making the leap to join the professional league. He was the World No. 1 professional tennis player for a total of eight years between the 1950s and early 1960s. He won 17 Major singles titles including 15 Pro Slams and 2 Grand Slams.
To pay homage to one of the world’s memorable tennis players, the Californian Sports and Heritage brand, K-Swiss, have used classic silhouette of their Adcourt’72 trainer to create an exclusive pack called the Adcourt’72 PG (Pancho Gonzalez). Special detailing has been added to the shoes design, such as gold eyelets and a forest green fabric patch, which shows an image of Pancho’s face. This lies on the tongue while the mixture of soft leather and suede is used for the upper, maintaining the shoes premium appearance. The finishing touch to this design is the hand written signature which adorns the side of the shoe.
Ten years ago Clarins developed its unique to men skin care range CLARINSMEN. With an emphasis on gentle, effective and energy boosting properties, Clarins MEN have been a favourite of Clothes make the man wash bag for a decade.
Men’s skin has differing needs to women as it is thicker and has more oil glands; it can become easily irritated by shaving. All of Clarins MEN products have a lightweight texture, non greasy and are easily absorbed. They also smell really good.
The most popular product is CLARINSMEN SUPER MOISTURE BALM a non oily balm which hydrates, firms, smooth’s and energises. Perfect am or pm particularly after shaving as its soothes razor burn. Natural ingredients include Calcium Hyaloronate to optimise moisture, sunflower Auxins firm skin, Organic alpine sea holly to sooth, Bison Grass to energise and Chinese Ginger and Purslane plant extracts purify and calms stressed out and polluted skin.
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.
First port of call, has to be Marks & Spencer, sorry I know its predictable, but for a balance of price and quality, they are hard to beat ! I personally love the Savile Row Inspired range. But on their website you find such valuable gems as a suit guide and what to wear for an interview. So if you don’t get that job you know who to blame.
Now, the devil’s in the detail and don’t fall at the final hurdle by the accessories you carry. I know what you’re gonna say, “What, d’ya think I’m made of money”. See this beautifully crafted man bag by Mulberry as an investment piece that, if treated with respect will be with you til the day you retire. Plus have everyone from the CEO to the new work experience fawn all over it !
Remember, workwear doesn’t have to match the dull weather of a deep Winter’s day. Show your creative side by mixing it up, use the blazer of a suit and add some colour with some chinos in seasonal tones and replace that drab shirt with a checked one with a knitted tie. The American Retailer Banana Republic are masters of this, so don’t worry if you don’t have a store near you as their website is genius.
These brilliant Verdy Brogues from KG Kurt Geiger are spot on plus are available in Tan as well as Black and won’t break the bank so buy both colour ways and they’ll see you though any suiting combination, Simple.
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.