imageimageLeading light of British Designer Menswear, Lou Dalton has teamed her expertise with Premium British clothing brand Jaeger to create an exciting collection of outerwear pieces. These two stylish entities have come together to combine their practical philosophy and sense of adventure to produce a collection that puts functionality at the forefront. Taking inspiration from and revolutionising Jaeger’s enviable heritage, including design features from the archive collection, and items worn by Adventurer extraordinaire, Ernest Shackleton and his team for their 1914 Endurance Expedition to Antarctica, and combining it with Lou Dalton’s signature aesthetic for contemporary classicism and refined yet contemporary tailoring.

In keeping with Shackelton’s careful selection of Jaeger to supply his protective kit over a century ago, the new collection has been meticulously curated by Dalton and the design team, led by James Jee, at Jaeger. This premier collection launching for Autumn consists of, non-surprisingly, outerwear essentials for the contemporary urban adventurer.

imageKey pieces within the range include a nylon trench with a removable flannel gilet, a shower-proof stretch nylon hooded jacket, a mixed-gauge wool sweater, as well as a balaclava, gloves and all important snood.

The colour palette is natural influenced by the natural environment. Ink navy, camel and charcoal grey are juxtaposed with rust and pale blue to imitate both rural and industrial environments.

Reflecting Lou’s signature line, this collection has a heavy focus on performance-wear, the collection is engineered to be worn on-the-go and is specifically designed for the wearer to embrace the natural elements. Fabrics have been chosen based on their technical abilities, including thermocool wool and stretch nylon to ensure maximum manoeuvrability. Handy, sneaky design features include pack-away zip hoods, natural contoured shapes, engineered to fit closely to the shape of the body and storm cuffs for a streamline effect.

imageJames Jee, Head of Menswear Product at Jaeger says of the collaboration, “It’s been fantastic to build upon her design skills and aesthetic, as well as bringing in some of our well-established principles as a brand. Jaeger was founded upon a pioneering premise around quality of fabrication, and even now, some 132 years later we are embracing this principle in new and exciting ways. The Lou Dalton for Jaeger collection is a great example of this”.

imageJust before the Yuletide you may, or may not, remember I posted about the wonderful Bloggers Create Project that the brand Tateossian had dreamt up, where five leading menswear bloggers, Dan Hasby-Oliver, Last Style of Defense; Craig Landale, Menswear Style, Luke Todd, FashionBeans,Callum Watt, Maketh-The-Man and my good self were commissioned to design a Limited Edition bracelet, 25 only ever being produced in the whole blinking creation of the Universe !

Now during the recent London Collections:MEN  Tateossian hosted a party in their Central London Flagship store to celebrates these collaborative Masterpieces. But I’m sure what you  want to know more about is the best of the bracelets, which I’m sure you don’t need to ask, who designed ???? Well, yes my bracelet, yes don’t sound surprised, my bracelet, centres all around, “The daily battle of Good & Evil”, well it was Halloween it the time of our design meeting.

imageAs I’m sure you are are all too aware, we all have a good and a not so good side and every single day we have the struggle of waking up and trying to be the best person we possibly can. BUT mundane factors get in the way, whether that be Public Transport, Your Boss, … Whatever it may be these elements bring out the worst in us and this bracelet is to help us maintain our ying and yang. My bracelet is a daily reminder to stop, breathe and embrace both sides that make us all up and to assist you in distressing and maintaining. Think of it as a worry or Rosary beads with the lil charming reminders of our good & bad sides, them being a skull & crucifix.

COMPETITION TIME

Now if you fancy getting your hands on one of these select, highly desirable and mustn’t forget Very Limited Edition Tateossian bracelets or “The daily battle of Good & Evil” bracelets, to give it, it’s correct title worth over £120 ? Or fancy treating the man in your life to this wonderful gift. Then all you have to do is sign up to Clothes-Make-the-Man.com from now until midnight (GMT) on 27th Feburary 2014, YES IT’S THAT EASY, I PROMISE !!!!

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