Words by Charlie Britton

Here at Clothes Make The Man, we’re always on the look out for new brands. Unlike the Night’s Watch up on The Wall in Westeros, we keep our eyes peeled for exciting and interesting happenings in the world of menswear and once again, it hasn’t disappointed. Excellent Everyday Essentials is the game, Form & Thread is the name.

Form and Thread

It has recently come to our attention that quite a large percentage of frequent shoppers are unaware of costs when it comes to clothing. Brands that you find on your local high street often markup their products by 60 to 70% which might surprise you. After all, these brands are businesses that employ thousands of staff members, have assets to pay for and need to make a profit, but that’s where Form & Thread stand out from the crowd.

With a sole focus on menswear, F&T (Form & Thread) make excellent essentials at common sense prices. The brand thoroughly understands the intimacy we have with our essential garments and takes into account that we wear these everyday and therefore, shouldn’t carry a silly price tag. What’s more, it removes the frustration of badly made product and produces high quality garments that’ll last.

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From tees and shirts to sweatshirts and socks, F&T produce a full range of essentials for the modern man. Creators Rich Jean and Chris Bell started the brand by producing socks with the sole purpose of creating well made essentials without the high price tag and have done exactly that. The transparency that F&T has with its customers is simply refreshing. You’ll find a ‘Traditional Retail Price’ posted below the garments actual price, which very clearly indicates how F&T removes the unnecessary retail costs you often find with other retailers.

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We wanted to know a little more about Form & Thread so we sat down with creator, Rich Jean and went through some questions about the brand, it’s ideas and how it has grown to be a successful competitor in the menswear industry;

Q: When did Form & Thread start and what was the foundation for the brand? 

I started Form & Thread late in 2015, mainly through a frustration of having to wait until sale to buy my favourite brands. So many contemporary menswear labels are expensive at full-price, and that’s what we set-out to try and change. To offer an accessible alternative. We started small, with socks as these were a comparatively low-cost product to make. Fortunately we picked up some positive early press, and people seemed to be into the product, so we spent the next year working on the next batch of products. 

Q: What inspired the ‘common sense’ approach to pricing? 

It came from the way my friends, peers and I shopped for clothes. Many of us enjoyed premium, contemporary brands but even with reasonable levels of disposable income would wait for sale to shop them. This prompted conversations about making these products accessible year-round and not just during sale.Having worked in the industry for some time, I had an idea of how much these things cost to make, so I went from there. That underpins what we stand for as a brand.  

Q: What inspired the first collection of products? 

Simplicity really. We use the finest fabrics and materials but don’t over design. We focus on season-less, wardrobe essentials – products that don’t go in-and-out of fashion, and that are relevant year-round. Products that can form the basis of any guy’s wardrobe.

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Q: What are the biggest challenges you’ve tackled with F&T?

As an online business, reaching enough people to make it work is key, and takes some time. Thats probably been the biggest challenge to date.

Q: How has Instagram had an impact of the brand?

Instagram has been an incredibly powerful tool for us. As a start-up with most people unaware of the brand, we’ve been able to build a group of early adopter types who might not have known who we were otherwise. 
As we haven’t got a shop to offer a tactile experience, where we can communicate the brand, the quality of materials and design has to be reflected in the images and media we relay online. For example, we’ll often share images of minimalist and clean design on Instagram, that reflects the mood of minimalism throughout our product. 

Q: Brand image and aesthetic are becoming increasingly more important, especially with how they are represented online. What has helped create the image for Form & Thread? 

The aim from the beginning was to develop a brand that’s clean, considered and accessible. Having these key pillars in mind has really helped guide us in creating a consistent brand in both the imagery we use and our tone of voice online. 

Q: What’s next for F&T? 

Continue to build the essential wardrobe. We’re working on leg-wear and outerwear currently, with the plan to launch these next year. We’re mindful of not rushing this though. We want to perfect each garment type before we move on to the next. 
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If you’re looking for some new essential pieces to add to your wardrobe that’ll last, we encourage you to check out the range at Form & Thread. The garments are well produced, sensibly priced and look great, so there’s no excuse as to why you wouldn’t pick up a couple essential pieces that can be worn through the seasons.

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British fashion brand Jaeger is back for AW17 with a range that effortlessly celebrates classic English style. the brand’s Autumn Winter collection encompasses sharp and clean structures and natural forms to reflect the London landscape.

The menswear range launches in August with ‘Earthed’ – autumnal hues and organic shapes give a relaxed and easy to wear feel to the transitional collection. Soft knits in ochre and merlot create warmth, while the forest green flannel shirt injects a heritage feel. Inspiration is drawn from aerial photography as shown in the textured stripes, which add depth and contrast to the earthy collection.

Here are some of our favourite pieces from the collection that would make a fine addition to anyone’s wardrobe for the upcoming season. From basic and casual to more higher-end, this collection has it covered.

Jaeger Bonded Geometric Mac

Jaeger Bonded Geometric Mac

 

Jaeger Merino Roll Neck

Jaeger Merino Roll Neck

Jaeger Check Flannel Shirt

Jaeger Check Flannel Shirt

‘Distortion’ launches for September, focusing on Italian inspired tailoring. Sharp cuts and architectural qualities translate into menswear as clean lines and distorted grid checks explore new approaches to tailoring. Coats are key as light camel shades are worn with the structured suits to make a statement.

Pieces are available in-store and at www.jaeger.co.uk

In our final post in this series we look at the importance of using a post shave Moisturiser, long gone are the days where we would use alcohol heavy after shaves, which, particularly on sensitive skin had a result of looking like you had just returned from two weeks in the sun, using no sun protection and was equally painful as Kevin McAllister can testify.

Basically, what you need to bear in mind when shaving is you are, fundamental, pulling a very thin, ultra sharp piece of metal across sections of your face. So to say, you need to be both mindful and careful, is like saying don’t put that knife into the toaster, from experience.

Moisturising after your shave is essential, obviously, this reduces the threat of razor burn, stubble rash and the possibility of in growing hairs. So these little lovelies have been tried and tested by yours truly.

Clinique is a clear authority in skin care and leading dermatological brand and was the first prestige cosmetic company to recognise the different skin care needs of men and provide them with a custom-fit approach.

Their Post-Shave Soother relieves shaving irritation, leaving behind nothing more than a soothing, cool, tingly feeling and improved skin texture. Contains aloe to soothe razor burn, relieve dryness, the appearance of redness and helps skin repair minor nicks and cuts. I have to say this is my essential grooming product.

Clarins After Shave Soother is a calming, comforting, oil-free post-shave balm with skin repairing and moisturising properties and a light, fresh, clean fragrance. Acts as a great choice for normal to sensitive skin prone to shaving-related redness and irritation.
It contains Alpine Sea Holly and Centella Asiatica plant extracts intensively soothe and repair. A patented complex of Bison Grass, Chinese Ginger and Purslane plant extracts energise and soothe. Clarins e3p protects skin from the irritant effects of environmental pollution.

Bulldog Skincare For Men’s Sensitive Range is fragrance-free and has been designed to minimise irritation and calm sensitive skin.
Key Ingredients include Baobab oil pressed from the seeds of the baobab fruit, has high emollience and is known for its skin soothing properties.

Grown and harvested in the UK, oat oil has high levels of omega-6 and 9 essential fatty acids.

Canadian Willow Herb- A unique plant from the Northern Canadian prairies, which has developed strong phytochemical properties to survive the harsh climate. It’s been reputed to help soothe the skin and reduce redness.

Their Sensitive Aftershave Balm is exactly what sensitive skin needs after shaving. In fact, in tests, 100% of the testers felt it left their skin feeling moisturised after 2 weeks of use.

For 200 years Atkinsons have been producing great grooming products which are scented with bracingly aromatic 24 Old Bond Street English Cologne and packed with the most potent botanical ingredients. one such item being their Pre & After-Shave Balm is your skin’s best multi-purpose protection from the razor’s edge. Pre-shave, this fast-absorbing cream gel conditions the skin and subdues whiskers, preparing the way for the blade to skate over cheek and jowl. Post-shave, it moisturizes, soothes, repairs and refreshes for a long-lasting sensation of relief and revitalization. Skin is left feeling comfortable, supple and smelling its nicest.

British grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge has developed a shaving range that contains the miracle ingredient Decelerine – which is scientifically proven to actually slow down the growth of hair as well as reduce the density of hair growth. Tests have shown that Decelerine can reduce the growth of hair by up to 40%.

The Post Shave Balm is specially formulated with witch hazel and aloe vera to nourish the skin after shaving and we are assured its designed to moisturise, soothe and invigorate freshly shaved skin without stinging.

Liz Earle for Men After-Shaving Moisturiser. A Light and easily absorbed, this daily moisturiser is perfect for all skin types, leaving it smooth and soft. Suitable for everyday use, after showering, shaving or whenever skin needs a moisture boost.
Naturally active ingredients include self-heal extract, to help soothe small nicks and calm razor burn, borage oil and natural source vitamin E to help moisturise.

Words by Keanu Adorable

Even though most of us are basking in the sunlight this summer, the autumn leaves and winter breeze is just around the corner, and it’s time of that year again to start layering up to battle the ruthless weather – which is a perfect excuse to go treat yourself to acquire new garments. Why not upgrade your current wardrobe with a brand new sweater?  but not just any sweater, tennis sweaters.

Here at Clothes Make The Man, we love it when preppy menswear classics get a modern twist with its silhouette. These items lose its blandness, and sometimes outdated roots which give the wearer an updated yet smart look, thanks to their face-framing and shoulder-broadening diagonal collar stripes. These bold V-neck knits look just as good over jeans and a tee as they do when layered with your favourite suit or slim chinos. Even if you don’t play tennis, you can still feel like Roger Federer no matter how bad your backhand is. Here are our top 6 picks for you to check out.

Orley Wide Trim V-Neck

Gucci Webbing-Trimmed Wool Sweater

Wimbledon Ralph Lauren V-Neck Sweatshirt

Wimbledon Ralph Lauren Sweater

Dries Van Noten Contrast-Tipped Merino Wool Sweater

Dries Van Noten Sweater

 

by Isaac Perry

One of sports most controversial athletes at this present time and the UFC’s Irish poster boy Conor McGregor is not only an influential figure in the sporting world, he is now taking the fashion world by storm, through his love for high-end fashion and in-your-face outfits, specifically through his bespoke one of one suits. Suits have become part of the Conor McGregor’s image, with a focus on press days often switching to what he is wearing, rather than the up and coming fight. McGregor has been known to spend thousands on bespoke individual suits, with David Heil, CEO of David August, serving as his personal suit-maker in order to create some beautiful pieces. 

And for those interested in acquiring the three-piece wool suit, David August will be releasing this limited edition garment, but it comes with a hefty price tag of $6,500. As stated on the company website, the bespoke suit is made-to-measure, with an estimated completion time of 12-15 weeks. According to CEO David August Heil, he was bombarded by calls and messages from clients requesting for the said look, and it was a demand he was just unable to ignore. “We’re only producing a limited quantity, which will be numbered and signed by myself so it will be an exclusive group who own this style,” Heil said in a statement in an interview with GQ.

In the build up to McGregor’s fight with Floyd Mayweather, some of Connor’s most suave and edgy outfits have been seen. With the standout piece so far being covered in the text ‘f*** you’ rather than your tradition pin stripe, the mixture of style yet disrespects within this one specific outfit caused social media to go into meltdown. Conor has openly said about the ‘McGregor Suit Collection’, which everyone originally took as a joke however soon came to the realisation that he was being deadly serious, is this something, which we would like to see?

I’ll leave you to decide.