Something for the Weekend

Words by Cameron Mclauchlan

Whilst spring still remains, in light of recent Temperatures it is  clear that the proper summer weather is imminent. Officially speaking we are still a month off of the start of summer.

However in the spirit of wishful thinking, i’ll provide a fit for summer below in the hope that the sun will keep on shining.

1. Polaroid Havanas – Sunglassesshop

Edwin H. Land founded Polaroid as a result of his scientific investigations into the application of polarising light filters. In 1926 he gained his first patent for a form of polarisers that reduced headlight glare. A few years after this in 1932 Edwin formed ‘Land-Wheelwright Laboratories’ with his ex physics professor to investigate whether these polarising filters could be applied in a commercial format to sunglasses and automobile headlights.

Following on from these revolutionary milestones, in 1939 Polaroid produced 3D-Glasses, ski-goggles, and a dark-adapter goggle for the navy and army. The rest is history.

Polaroid, in addition its groundbreaking insta-camera in 1943, which has seen a re-surge in popularity, has and continues to make attractive and affordable eye-wear! 

The pair above, the ‘Havanas’ come in the way of a tortoise shell construct colour way, with army green lenses to match. As well as being praised for their quality, the lenses, sticking true to their roots do a really good job of blocking the suns glare. Coming in at £54.00 these are a real bargain.

Oh and by the way, the website linked above is offering £20 off if you sign up to their newsletter making these polaroids just £34.00! 

2. YMC – Floral Malick Shirt

“You must create” or YMC as they’re widely known is an English brand established in London, slap bang in the middle of the nineties in 95’.

 The Name of the Brand came from Raymond Loewy, the recognised industrial designer. He was giving a speech to Russian students in which he emphasised the value ‘you must create’, something which stuck with owner, Fraser.

Fraser Moss along with his business partner managed to raise enough capital at the time to get going. In an interview with Peggs & Son a few years ago in the build up to their 20th anniversary Fraser Said:  

“We had the concept, and with the small investment we managed to scrape together enough to create the collection. I had worked for Vivienne Westwood for five years previously and a lot of my friends at the time were setting up magazines like Dazed & Confused or working for i:D and The Face. Through these guys I pulled in a lot of favours for them to sort of back our brand. And they did and it was amazing because they helped introduce us to new markets.”

Overall YMC offers for both men and women,  premium, often utilitarian street/workwear. The brand has multiple stores across London and on the other side of the world in Seoul, South Korea. To see YMC in all its glory and find out more head to their website below! 

3. COS Relaxed Cotton Trousers (With Buckle)

Swedish brand, COS which stands for ‘Collection of Style’ was formed by H&M group in 2007 and launched with a fashion show at the Royal academy in London, something which at the time was highly un-common for a fast fashion brand, but they aren’t a fast fashion brand.

COS was actually set-up to go against the grain of its fast fashion team mate in H&M  and instead aim to create its own trends through their minimalistic designs and store concepts. The clothing draws inspiration from the likes of comme des garçon and other contemporary designers whilst maintaining mid-market prices.

Alongside the opening fashion in 2007 show COS opened their first store on Regent street, swiftly followed by  expansion across the UK and  launch of their website in 2011.

Since 2007 COS has seen a meteoric rise. According to HM it now has  some ‘270 stores’ across ’41 markets’ globally.

COS offers minimal but effective modern silhouettes which can be worn casually or matched for a smarter occasion.

4. Oi Polloi x Sebago Portland boat shoe

Sebago to form part of their SS19 footwear collection has chosen five European concept stores to re-work their iconic Portland shoe. For the UK they have partnered with much loved menswear retailer Oi Polloi who have designed two colour-ways of the Portland.

Sebago was founded in 1946 by friends : Daniel J. Wellehan Sr., William Beaudoin and Joseph Cordeau. The three from New England, Massachusetts. The first shoe in their remit was a hand sew penny loafer inspired by Indian Moccasin.

The company’s most acclaimed shoe, the ‘Dockside’ boat shoe was born in 1970 and has subsequently spawned a globally recognisable silhouette coined by the masses. Public figures of today seen donning the Dockside include Pharrell Williams and Kate Middleton, amongst others.

To add to the outfit already listed, this particular colour of green and cinnamon finished with a gum sole continues the earthy theme transcended from the Polaroid sunglasses and printed YMC shirt.

This colour-way, an additional iteration from Sebago x Oi Polloi and further Sebago shoes are available exclusively online at OiPolloi.com 

We hope you enjoyed this weeks edition of something for the weekend! Let’s hope the sun stays!

From Wizardry to Westminster: The Tourist Destinations that Magic your Money Away

With half term only round the corner a recent comparative study revealed the top 20 most expensive tourist destinations worldwide, with Harry Potter Studios ranking higher than the Houses of Parliament.

The online comparison and search portal, TicketLens, has published a list of the 20 most expensive attractions around the world according to admission costs. The findings aim to help diligent travellers budget their itineraries ahead of schedule. Researching and planning a holiday can be a tricky and exhausting task. From the cost of travel, accommodation, sightseeing, and food –  it’s wise to start counting pennies in preparation long in advance.

The twenty attractions in the world with the highest admission prices

#

Country

City

Attraction

Entrance Price

1

UK

London

Warner Brothers Studio Tour –

The Making of Harry Potter

£45.08

2

China

Hengdian

Hengdian World Studios

£44.21

3

UAE

Dubai

Burj Khalifa

£42.82

4

UK

London

Madame Tussauds

£35.06

5

USA

New York City

Spyscape

£32.49

6

USA

New York City

Trolls: The Experience

£30.61

7

USA

New York City

Empire State Building

£30.60

8

USA

New York City

Top of The Rock

£30.19

9

USA

New York City

Color Factory

£29.08

10

UK

London

Palace of Westminster

£28.0

Full Results can be found at https://www.ticketlens.com/en/magazine/the-most-expensive-attractions-in-the-world

   

• If a visit to the viewing platform of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifaat £42.80 is too expensive, you can switch to the world’s second tallest building – the 634 meter-high Tokyo Skytree, which costs just £13.80.

• Madame Tussauds is a world-renowned wax museum. A visit to the exhibition in London will cost you £35 in admissions. Once inside, you can mingle among royals like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, among other wax replicas of the rich and famous.

• Entrance to Buckingham Palace costs £24. However, a visit to the Bavarian castle, Neuschwanstein, reminiscent of childhood fairytales, is a cheaper alternative, with admission prices just £11.20.• The most expensive attractions are often the newest and have branches around the world. Harry Potter, Trolls, Marvel and One Piece, are films that now have their own remarkable exhibitions, public studios, and attractions that showcase their unique characters and props.

• With 6 attractions on the list, a sightseeing trip to New York City is the most expensive destination. Holidaymakers would be wise to prepare a solid budgeting plan long in advance.

• The Colour Factory, a pop-up exhibition currently based in New York City, offers trendy photo motifs alongside a pricey admission of £29.

• The new One World Trade Center has a viewing platform that offers spectacular views of Manhattan and Central Park. With an entrance fee of £26.80, it’s cheaper than both the Top of the Rockobservation deck, at £30; and the Empire State Building, also at £30.

• The admission price of Potala Palace, home of the head of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama, is £22.80. Visiting the Pope is a more economical alternative, with admission to the Sistine Chapel, his official residence in the Vatican City, just £14.

Farnol from the Madding Crowd

Farnol is a Clothing brand that strives to ensure their collection offering pieces to suit your every day to day wardrobe needs.

All their pieces are based on bringing you the basic essentials in the form of luxury everyday wear, and a price range that makes Farnol affordable for everyone – without lacking in quality.

Very reminiscent of minimal Scandinavian style, clean cut silhouettes are reflected in simple tees, worker jackets and straight leg trousers. Colour ways range from monochrome to pastel blue, navy and tan, making the pieces easy to layer and style

This seasons collection sees a continuation of their clean aesthetic, but with an elevated touch bought by the introduction of hero items and heightened quality of new fabrics.

The collection has also closed in on their focus for sustainability as is available in limited runs (to reduce their carbon footprint) and made using new ‘end fabrics’ made in the UK, encouraging the use of materials that would have otherwise been wasted.

Goodwin Smith – Your shoe brand this summer!

Words by Isaac Perry

What is the first thing you look at when admiring an outfit? Well, we at Clothes Make the Man personally look directly at the shoes as these are one of the fine details that can either make or break an outfit! Please now refer to us as Shoes make the Man (Joking!)

Finding a brand who offers incredibly high-quality footwear can be incredibly difficult, however, we think that we may just have found the brand which you NEED to be looking at for all your footwear this year.

Goodwin Smith was founded in 1928 and has taken real pleasure in delivering incredibly high-quality footwear for its consumer ever since. Goodwin Smith pride themselves on the high-quality products which they offer for the amazing price point they are sat at and take incredible care throughout the production process to make sure that each shoe is made with love and given the attention they deserve!

It’s almost hard to believe the Goodwin Smith actually started as a bit of a competition between two rival shoemakers (Ernie Goodwin and Walter Smith) and after an argument, the duo decided to have a face-off and see which of them would make the perfect pair. However, as many good arguments are resolved (over a pint) they found they had an awful lot of common interests and decided to join forces in creating the ultimate gentleman’s shoe and to this day Goodwin Smith has continued to create some of the best footwear in the business. Are you tempted yet?

They have just dropped their latest GS28 Collection. This is a combination of contemporary meeting traditional with Goodwin Smith venturing out of their comfort zone in order to create an athleisure shoe whilst maintaining that classic gentleman aesthetic and keeping up to date with current trends. Now you can wear your Goodwin Smiths whether you’re at an event or day to day!

The high-quality range which Goodwin offers includes; Boots, Plimsolls, Derby’s, Loafers, Monkstraps, Oxfords, Sliders and even Wellies so there is quite literally something for everybody and with summer coming you may want to start looking for your new pair this year.

 

Some personal favourites include the Bolton Tan Brogue, this pair has incredibly fine detailing and hand made with the some of the highest quality leathers. This limited-edition brogue is perfect for this summer and simply pairing them alongside some clean beige shorts and a white tee is a look which we can definitely vouch for. What makes this shoe different though? Other than its incredibly high quality it has a wedge sole with the brands iconic blue stripe around the sole. We understand that brown may not be for everyone but please do not worry! As the black alternative is also as lovely and once paired with a pair of cropped grey trousers will definitely catch the attention of those around you!

Alternatively, they also offer leather trainers which are perfect for everyday wear and most importantly will last you a long time, however only getting better and better the softer the leathers gets. You obviously want to match the shoes with the outfit and Goodwin Smith has you covered with an incredibly wide range of colours including White, Black, Brown, Grey and even Teal for the ones of you wanting your footwear game to pop!

 

Goodwin Smith is the perfect brand for all your smart shoe needs and desires. Summer is approaching incredibly quickly and perfecting a smart casual look for a BBQ is the only way forward with Goodwin Smith being perfect for all occasions and a standout feature of all outfits. What are you waiting for?

We all love a bargain – The Affordable Alternative

Words by Daniel Ramsdale-Harris

We all love the exclusivity and high quality of the clothes high end designers provide, but don’t you just get a sense of gratification when you find an alternative at half the price?

Well you’ve come to the right place…

This series at Clothes Make The Man involves turning our very own James Bond mode on, as we go spying for the best outfit alternatives to our much loved high end brands, offering you timeless style at half the price.

Carlo Rivetti’s Stone Island is the first luxury brand to feature. We’ve taken inspiration fromLeeds based streetwear brand MKI MYUKI ZOKU, Amsterdam’s Daily Paper  and a Carhart staple piece, to showcase you a full Stone Island outfit alternative.

The idea behind the outfit was to take Stone Island’s classic technical overshirt, layered with a sweat and finish it off with a classic pair of cargo pants. An outfit which provides you with a ready-to-wear street aesthetic, whilst appealing to a variety of age groups.

The whole Stone Island fit would set you back a total of £659, whereas our alternative saves you £429, coming to a total of £230. Every little helps, right?

Now it’s the time for what you have been waiting for. Are you heading straight to the Stone Island store? Or have we delivered an alternative which you love that’s much more friendly to your bank account.

Let us know in the comments below.

1. Stone Island Zip Shirt Jacket V.S MKI Nylon Zip Shirt Jacket

2. Stone Island Yellow Hooded Sweatshirt V.S Daily Paper Captain Hoodie

3. Stone Island Cargo Pants V.S Carhartt Aviation Cargo Trouser