by Keanu Adorable
Inspired by the motto “Manhattan to Maine, Invention and Reinvention”, the Chicago founded footwear label, Cole Haan recently dropped its new Spring 18 collection, and it’s a quality line up. The company launched in the UK last year and continues its expansion through the UK’s finest department stores with a new collaboration with Harrods. The brand’s showcase in Harrods is located on the Lower Ground Floor of the Men’s Shoe Salon. It features panelled surfaces in gunmetal blue and fittings wrapped in charcoal grey leather to provide a sophisticated retail backdrop for the brand, which is known for its smart shoe/sneaker hybrid based on its bespoke Grand.ØS technology.
A five-piece collection, the line-up is comprised of signature styles like the ZeroGrand with Stitchlite Wingtip Oxford are presented alongside new launches such as the GrandPro with Stichlite Runner. Cole Haan’s GrandPro Tennis in black, navy, white and brown, and the ZeroGrand Wingtip Oxford in marine blue, are also available.
Grand.ØS replaces the heavy steel shanks traditionally used for support in footwear with a modern and updated cushioning compound which is stronger, more flexible and longer lasting, reducing the overall weight and slimming down the shoe’s outsole.
The men’s GrandPrø Tennis shoe weighs less than a third of the average leather court shoe, weighing in at 250 grams (based on a men’s leather court shoe in size 8.5). Other key features of the footwear are: an operating system designed to mimic the foot’s natural flexibility and light-weight foam footbed cushions which support weight distribution and moisture control.
We advise you head down to Knightsbridge ASAP as these will be snapped up sooner than later. The Cole Haan brand is also available for men and women on its UK website.
by Keanu Adorable
Louis Vuitton will present an exclusive preview of their collaboration with Japanese creative Hiroshi Fujiwara’s acclaimed label Fragment Design, with a pop-up boutique located inside Harrod’s department store in London.
Centred around on a fictional band, Louis V and The Fragments the collaboration reflects their stage wardrobe and merchandise.“Hiroshi is an influencer in the trust sense of the work – he is a true icon of mine,” said Louis Vuitton’s Artistic Director Kim Jones. “With this collaboration, I wanted to do something quite unexpected, something perhaps more youthful than we usually do.” The two first met over twenty years ago and, with this collaboration, their shared passions for pop culture, graphic motifs, sportswear history and the icons of menswear design merge, uniting references from Paris to Tokyo.
The collection revolves around varsity items, and fresh bold embroideries and prints. An F for Fragment patch and motif decorate outerwear and knitwear. Accessories are playful; Boy Scout patches, rainbow metallic pins and varsity patches that draw on icons from the Louis Vuitton archive. Headwear encompasses a ranger hat and, in a nod to the eccentric styles of the 1980’s Paris-Tokyo beret. The pop-up at Harrods will offer a variety of items from the collection including leather goods, ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories, as well as exclusive items offered only in the pop-up.
The pop-up will be located on the lower ground floor in Harrod’s department store and unveiled to the public on April 27th for three weeks.
Take a look at the collection online at Louis Vuitton’s website uk.louisvuitton.com
To mark, and in celebration of its Centenary year, Acqua di Parma have launched three new Colonia Fragrances. These haute fragrances have each been inspired by arias from two of Italian opera’s most prestigious composers, Verdi and Puccini. In a nod to Acqua di Parma’s milestone anniversary, each fragrance is packaged in a reinterpretation of Colonia’s first bottle.
Note di Colonia I – this vibrant composition emits an atmosphere that is both joyful and full of vivacity inspired by and in keeping with Verdi’s La Traviata and its’ much loved ‘Libiamo ne’ lieti calici’.
It offers an explosion of bergamot, in its sparkling and most prized Italian quality, as well as the bright notes of neroli. The citrus start, classically cologne, sweetens and embracing as
the heart of the fragrance. Here, the composition fuses the freshness of lavender with the velvety warmth of Damascus rose and violet. In the rich and sumptuous finale there is a
refined combination of patchouli and cedarwood.
Note di Colonia II – is inspired by everyone’s favourite aria, ‘Nessun Dorma’ from Puccini’s famous Romance Turandot.
With this we have the radiant notes of bergamot, orange and grapefruit with magnificent citrus vitality. Then enters the vibrant notes of basil and cardamom. This is completed by the soft and engaging tones of sandalwood and Gaian united with the undertones of musk and vetiver.
Lastly, Note di Colonia III – from Verdi’s ‘Marcia Trionfale’ from Aida
This scent manages the notes of mandarin and ginger straight away before the notes are enriched by vetiver and jasmine. In its final part, the fragrance offers the refined notes of tonka bean which meet the intense and full-bodied notes of ciste labdanum and myrrh.
All three fragrances are exclusively available at Harrods and for key collectors and genuine fans of the luxury brand. Acqua di Parma have collaborated with Italian Jeweller, Damiani. On a special Centenary Edition which is limited to 100 pieces.
This Autumn there isn’t really a key coat or jacket that stands out as a leading figure or star buy, instead we have a whole host of options to choose from, whether that be the traditional crombie style overcoat, the Parka, the trench, military inspired but alot of them are great for the depths of Winter. What about when its get a bit chilly or there starts to be a nip in the air ? In the Fashion Industry this is called a transitional piece, an item of clothing that can see you through those inbetween periods when the weather isn’t too hot, chance would a fair thing, or too cold. Today I have a great example for you the BOMBER JACKET, rocked and made famous by the likes of Steve McQueen in the Great Escape, JFK busted his with far more style then then successor George W and how could we forget Ryan Gosling in the great ‘Drive’. Take a look at these great examples.
You can’t go wrong with this example of a classic Jacket by Next
A great example of a bomber jacket that’ll see you through the coolest of Autumn days from Tommy Hilfiger at House of Fraser
A Classic British Jacket from a classic British Brand, Burberry Brit
I know Im not meant to have favourites but this is a killer of a jacket from Jigsaw Menswear
The original and still the best, the MA-1 from Alpha Industries, plus comes in a whole host of colours
To to finish off a brilliant interpretation of the Bomber Jacker from Kenzo, you can’t go wrongly
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There is a misconception that Flowers are just for the fairer sex, in that, us men should shy away from anything of a floral print nature. Oh contraire by dear masculine friends, as for Summer of this year, all things flowery are everywhere. Our dear clothing retailers from high end designer to high Street wonders are embracing their inner flower power and in all honesty it must be shifting as retailers can’t get the floral trend pieces on the shelves quick enough for us. So as alway we do the hard work so you don’t have to so here are some of the hottest items from this Summer’s brightest trend.
Long sleeved shirt by Banana Republic
Men’s jogging bottoms by Franklin & Marshall
Floral swim shorts by Polo Ralph Lauren by Harvey Nichols
Liberty print floral baseball cap by New Era at Selfridges
Floral tie by Liberty
Floral patterned socks by Paul Smith at Harrods.com
Floral patterned sweatshirt by Acne
Floral plimsoles by YMC at Steranko.co.uk
Floral print blazer by Gucci by MrPorter.com
Floral Rucksack by Bershka
Ditsy floral pattern polo shirt by Native Youth at House of Fraser
Fancy going matchy matchy this Summer then check out this lil floral combo by Farah