ASK THE EXPERTS – THEIR FAVOURITE BRAND FOR AUTUMN 2019

It’s all good and well, me spouting on about how great this is or how wonderful that is, but sometimes you need to hear from the proverbial horse’s mouth. So as Autumn is pretty much upon us, no point in denying its onset any longer, we seek the counsel of three of the leading menswear buying experts around.

In the second of this season’s “Ask the experts” we sort the answer to the age old dilemma of “What brand are you most excited about for Autumn 2019?”

“We’ve been really excited about bringing-on Reese Cooper, one of the latest brands to launch on MR PORTER. After meeting Reese and seeing the FW19 collection back in January, I instantly wanted to introduce the brand to MR PORTER’s global audience. It’s quite rare to find a new designer with a collection that appeals to a broad age range; I can see younger guys wearing his tee’s to a slightly older customer wearing his high-quality plaid shirts or outwear pieces. The brand is also uninfluenced by trends or by what other dominant brands are doing.”

George Archer, Buyer, MRPORTER.com

“ Bellerose we (and our customers) are loving this brand at the moment. Based in Antwerp they have a real knack of producing timeless pieces which are also pretty on trend too. Chore Jackets & soft corduroy over shirts are particular highlights this season.”

Pete Parry, Founder and Owner – Steranko

 


It would have to be Noon Goons – the LA-based streetwear brand, which draws on movements including surf, skate, punk and hip-hop culture. The A/W collection includes easy-to-wear slogan sweatshirts, window-pane check shirts and a statement tiger-print jacquard cardigan – perfect for revamping cold-weather wardrobes.”

Damien Paul’s (Head of Menswear, MATCHESFASHION.COM)

There’s more to Harry’s then this – Harry’s new Grooming range

Chilly winter mornings as we prepare for the clocks to go back, will cause the average Brit to spend an extra 24hours in bed over the colder months.

Now, we’ve all heard of Harry’s and how they’ve revolutionised the way we approach shaving and how we buy our shaving accoutrements. Plus the sterling work they have done in highlighting mental health, in particularly the desire state of male mental health provision. But, that’s not all Harry’s are all about, they are now an all encompassing, all purpose, answering all the grooming needs of all men with a brand spanking new grooming range.

So, you can forget sluggish mornings and the snooze button, Harry’s NEW FIG SHOWER GEL which will give you a glimpse of fresh summer air on a beach in Santorini – the perfect refreshing, wake up call to motivate you to start your day.

Harry’s are bringing the enjoyment back into your morning, starting your day right with an energising and rich formula, of fruits and spices, which bloom as the foam amps up, provides a blast of fig, blood orange and cardamom, that make each shower feel (or at least smell) like a holiday to the Aegean Islands.

Plus, a 2 IN 1 SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER Provides a balanced clean with everyday hydration. This unique formula cleans deep but doesn’t strip your hair of natural oils. It lathers richly and is formulated with 0% sulphates, parabens, and dyes.

Then we have a hair styling product for whatever way your hair is feeling on any given day. This taming cream both enhances natural texture and moisturises. By acting as a mild conditioner for curly, coarse, or thick hair, it helps keep unruly hair smooth and in check. Bonus: It’s so lightweight you’ll forget it’s even there.
Or TEXTURIZING PUTTY spruces up your natural look with immediate control and lasting definition. This supple putty adds a healthy dose of texture to help keep your hair tidy yet full of volume. Its flexibility lets you easily shape and reshape throughout the day and lastly the SCULPTING GEL. This locks in bold, sharp styles without flaking or fading throughout the day. But unlike potentially harsh hair gels, this alcohol-free formulation doesn’t dry or damage hair in the process.

Something for the Weekend

Words by Cameron McLauchlan

This week weve gone for a real early 2000s inspired outfit based mainly off my recent addiction to Friends and general love for baggier clobber. Lets get into it..

1. Stone-Island Wool Cable-Knit (Cream) 

This super high quality sweater is available exclusively at Mr.Porter.

Stone-Island is a brand with a rich history, coveted for its innovation in producing unique often hi-tech fabrics and prints. Their iconic orange Heat-Reactive sweatshirt was a testament to such innovation. The Jumper constructed out of a heat-reactive yarn is currently sat on re-sale platform Grailed for over $2000. I will include a link to the jumper below as it is proper piece to marvel at. Stone Islands constant drive to use and create unique fabrics can be traced back to the brands founder. Massimo Osti.

Before Stone-Island there was CP Company, Ostis first baby which surfaced slap bang in the middle of the 70s. Stone Island was setup several years later in 82with the purpose to develop dying and fabric treatment techniques. Two perfection which you can find in almost every product today bar their basic sweats and T-shirts.

Whilst the Italian brand was popular domestically in the years after its birth, its noticeable take flight moment happened during the 90s when it became a symbol of ‘casual culture. When English football fans travelled across to Italy and brought back droves of Stone Island, CP Company and other brands like Ellesse and Moschino sparking an instantaneous demand for the brand over the channel.

Stone-Island as of today is run by Carlo Revetti who has actually been involved with the company since 1983 when his company GTF bought a 50% stake in the brand, later buying the lot. He and Osti worked together for over a decade before parting ways in 1994.

To take a look at the Heat Reactive jumper click the image below;

2. Polar Skate Co Denim pants (Green)

Polar Skate Co, is yet another example of a skate brand which has been welcomed by consumers worldwide. Whilst it’s much younger than the likes of Supreme, Palace and Stussy you can see a similar path of success for the brand ahead.

Malmö. Sweden. 2011is where the brand began. Founded by Pontus Alv who many consider one of the OGs in helping build the skate scene in Sweden. Alv created Polar Skate Co to pay reverence to skate culture instead of using it to push the items like commodity. Its an ethos which clearly translates well to a wider audience hence the brands global success.

The skate world is a tight-knit community like many other sub-cultures, evident in Polar Skate Co with many of its skate team having a direct impact on the design of its product.

Polar Skate Co is another brand with Re-affirms that Skate culture has just as much of an influence on street/pop culture as hip-hop or any other sport you can think of.

To Shop the pants ;

3. Converse x A$AP NAST Jack Purcell (Green) 

This particular converse is the third link-up between US rapper and creative A$AP Nast. He first collaborated with Converse back in 2017 producing 1 iteration  of the Chuck Taylor and One-Star inspired by mid-century furniture.

As weve touched upon the history of converse in our very first episode of #SFTW which you can still find on this very blog, well have a little delve into the Jack Purcell model itself.

Jack Purcell born in Canada in 1904, was known for making one of the first iconic sneakers in history as-well as being a world champion badminton player. He created his signature shoe with B.F. Goodrich Company in the early 1930s to provide additional support whilst playing the game he loved.

Converse much later purchased the ‘Jack Purcelltrademark rights in the 1970s and has used the trademark to create an another successful line as chief support to the One-Star and Chuck-Taylor. The Jack Purcell Converse can be distinguished by the overlapping rubber on the toe-box.

To shops this collab hit the image below, also available in a rusty brown;

Take in the Pacific Highway life with Baxter of California’s new Fragrance

Long gone are the fragrant days of Brut, Denim and Hai-Karate. NIche brands are providing consumers with new interpretations of fragrance, breaking the mold of what has been done in the past and in the UK alone, Niche fragrances have accounted for 69% growth of the fragrance marketNiche fragrance’s Unique scents captivates the consumers’ attention with innovative quality ingredients and boldness of product.

With this in mind Grooming brand Baxter of California, who have been at the forefront of luxury grooming innovations since the 1960s and known for their hair, skin, body and shaving finesse have decided to add to this range with PACIFIC CANNABIS EDP, a fragrance inspired by the freedom and self-expression of the Venice Boardwalk in LA. The fragrance has a fresh start with top notes of pink pepper, rosemary and bergamot. A tempered cannabis accord at the heart is balanced with lavender and sage. Patchouli enhances the signature with tonka bean and the mineral character of driftwood.

Cannabis, you say, surely not the same cannabis I’m thinking of ? Well yes the very same and research has shown that within 10 years, some form of Cannabis will be a regular part of consumers daily routine. Cannabis accord is used to simulate the best parts of the natural cannabis leaf. The accord features a mix of essential oils and notes carefully researched and selected by the fragrance team over at Baxter of California, but without using any actual cannabis (no THC).

Clement Gavaary, perfumer designed at Firmenich, leading global Fragrance house, describes this unique scent as,

“A DAY AT VENICE BEACH ENJOYING THE COOL VIBES OF CALIFORNIA…A VERY NATURAL INTERPRETATION, WITH THE OCEAN IN THE BACKGROUND…A DEEP SENSATION OF WELL-BEING.”

I’m awful nifty for a Style Icon of 50 – Male Style Icons of a certain age

Where does our sense of style come from?

Whether you like to dress to impress with classic shapes and traditional styles or prefer pushing the boundaries in something more contemporary, we all take inspiration from somewhere.

To find out who or what inspires the style of British men, fashion retailer Cotton Traders conducted a survey asking men across the UK who they thought of as a style icon. A number of familiar names made the list, including the web-swinging Tom Holland and hammer-wielding Chris Hemsworth.

Above all though, it was mature celebrities that made the biggest impression on men’s style.

In fact, our statistics found that 35% of the names listed were over 50 years old. From Hollywood legends to music icons, these guys are proving that older men have indeed still got it.

Less than 4% of the names given in the survey were under 30 years old and the majority (61%) are aged between 30 and 50 years old. Although it seems that most people find celebrities such as David Beckham and Tom Hardy to be the most fashion-forward, a surprising number of people look towards even older men for style inspiration.

p celebrate, we’ve created a list of some of the most fashionable over-50s who topped the list and are proving that style has no age limit.

George Clooney

Age: 58

Even if this list wasn’t for men over 50, we can guarantee that George Clooney would be on it anyway. His dress sense reflects his natural charm and confidence perfectly, which is why he’s been a style icon for decades. It’s true that he sticks to what he knows – you’ll struggle to see him out of a suit – but Clooney’s signature look oozes elegance and has set the bar for the ‘black tie’ dress code.  

Will Smith
Age: 50

Jaden Smith may be making waves in the fashion world, but Will is proving that his old man can still keep up. From the classic suits of the Men in Black to the finest silks in Agrabah, Will Smith has been keeping it fresh since Bel-Air. But it’s not just his on-screen costumes that are turning heads, as time and time again he’s effortlessly transitioned from stylish streetwear to a classic three-piece.  

Johnny Depp

Age: 56

Often imitated but never matched, Johnny Depp’s outfit choices have become iconic. Although he has some fashion favourites – think leather cuffs, scarves and a fistful of rings – Depp’s looks are as varied as his characters. Avant-garde through and through, he is constantly pushing the boundaries of fashion and is guaranteed to turn heads, whether he’s on the street or the red carpet.

James Bond

Age: Varies

We’ve created a joint listing for this one, as Daniel Craig, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan and Sean Connery (all of whom are over 50) were all shortlisted. James Bond is British style and class personified, leaving a spot for all these legendary actors on this list. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our results, it’s that Aston Martins, flashy watches – with or without gadgets – and a timeless black tux are still very much in vogue.

Harrison Ford

Age: 77

Harrison Ford is a celebrity who discovered his style at an early age and ran with it. You’ll be familiar with Ford as a Hollywood rogue, whether he’s hunting down the Ark of the Covenant or piloting the Millenium Falcon. Although he can effortlessly pull off a suit when he needs to, you’ll find that he’s more at home in the style of his characters – often opting for casual denim and leather.  

David Bowie

Age: 69

If there was ever a rulebook on fashion, David Bowie destroyed it. Used as a catalyst for self-expression, Bowie’s style statements were loud, proud and in your face. From glitter, makeup and eye-wateringly tight costumes, David Bowie pushed the boundaries every time he stepped on stage. He wore whatever he wanted and didn’t care what anybody thought, which has got to be respected.

Prince Philip

Age: 98

As a member of the Royal Family and a figure in the public eye, it’s unlikely that anyone has seen the Duke of Edinburgh look anything than at his best. Whether he’s wearing one of his numerous Savile Row suits or is sporting his full military dress, Prince Philip always looks impeccable. Plus, there’s something to be said about a man who can pull off a top hat.

Jeff Goldblum

Age: 66

The man, the myth, the legend. Cultural icon and Hollywood hipster Jeff Goldblum is living, breathing proof that style has no age limit. Flaunting outfits that men half his age would struggle to get away with, he has a fashion arsenal at his disposal. It doesn’t matter if it’s velvet, suede, satin or animal print — Jeff Goldblum can pull it off. His wardrobe is a combination of elegance, sophistication and just a touch of madness.

When it comes to male fashion, our list of over-50s style icons proves that you don’t need to follow tradition.

By following your own style and choosing what feels right for you instead of what everyone else is wearing, you’re not only creating a signature look but might just inspire a few others along the way.