Words by Charlie Britton

It’s safe to say that Louis Vuitton is one of the worlds most renowned and recognisable brands to date. An international leading design house and household name that was founded in 1854, Louis Vuitton produces an extensive range of luxury products including trunks and leather goods, ready-to-wear, shoes, watches jewellery and an extensive list of accessories.

In it’s latest release, Louis Vuitton has proven that it can keep up with the times by producing it’s very first smartwatch, the Tambour Horizon. Following the likes of other brands such as TAG Heuer and Montblanc, LV has launched a pricey £1,905 Android Wear-powered smartwatch to compete in the luxury smartwatch market. Aside from even higher priced finishes, there is also a variety of luxury straps on offer that are priced additionally, so you can expect a hefty number to show up at checkout.

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Working closely with Google and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., LV has worked relentlessly to produce a smartwatch worthy of it’s label and price tag, combining all the technical capabilities of a smart watch with the elegance and beauty of a Tambour, the iconic watch that began Louis Vuitton’s watch making journey in 2002. Branded as the ideal watch for the contemporary traveller, the Tabour Horizon delivers the very best technology, expertise and design with a Switzerland-made watch that will remain functional across the globe, including China.

With technologies developed in California’s famous Silicon Valley, you can guarantee that this smartwatch is packed full of useful and technologically advanced features. Aside from the obvious mobile phone functions, the Tambour Horizon promises as intelligent platform that will enhance your experience wherever you might go.

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An exclusive ‘My Flight’ function emphasizes the contemporary traveller element as it acts as your personal assistant when at the airport, monitoring departure and arrival times, delays and cancellations, gate numbers and information and time remaining until landing. Louis Vuitton’s smartwatch also connects to digital versions of the famous LV city guides, making use of an intelligent geolocation function to connect the wearer to cities, local restaurants, hotels and spots of interest.
The Tambour Horizon is also waterproof up to 30 meters and promises a 22 hour battery life, ample to get you through a long haul flight and every day-to-day life.

In regards to the hefty price tag, the Tambour Horizon is definitely a step up when it comes to the line-up of luxury smartwatches. It doesn’t seem that any form of consensus on the pricing of luxury goods such as smartwatches is being thrown into the mix any time soon, so for the time being, this product will remain a luxury for those who have the disposable income to indulge.

Here at Clothes Make The Man, we’re in agreement that this is probably one of the nicest smartwatches to date. We cant promise that the technology is a cut above the rest as it does carry the same Android Wear platform as other smartwatches in the same league, however the sleek design and exclusive performance features and apps might be enough to take this little guy to the top.

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WORDS BY CHARLIE BRITTON

The fashion industry has seen quite the rise in sportswear inspired garments in recent years with mega-trends such as ‘sports luxe’ and ‘Ath-leisure’ saturating the market. This sartorial mash-up of class and comfort expels the ‘fashion rule book’ as there simply are no boundaries. This summer really is no exception as brands release sportswear inspired collections, fit for occasion on and off the pitch and what a better time then just-in-time for good old Wimbledon.

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Creative director Daniel Kearns has clearly been quite busy in recent months. Working closely along side business partner and brand ambassador and the man himself, David Beckham, Kent and Curwen has produced a well liked and received SS18 collection, increased their brand awareness across the menswear fashion and retail scene and grown the brand’s strength from ageing and uncreative to well designed, expertly crafted and sought after.

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Creative Director Daniel Kearns and David Beckham

As seen from the interesting presentation that received a well deserved mention in our top LFWM collections which you can see here, Kent and Curwen has focused on a ‘teams’ inspired collection. Bringing in design and detail from different sporting events such as tennis and cricket, the collection has created a nostalgic and very British aura, something rather refreshing and good to see on the menswear scene.

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Although this is next Spring/Summers collection, Kent and Curwen’s current SS17 collection is still the perfect choice for today’s modern sportsman. From knitted striped tees to cotton cricket jumpers, the collection is bursting with British heritage and sportsmanship. What’s more, the collection is currently on sale, so make sure you check it out before its gone!

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Australian L’Alpina

A name often associated with sports, Australian L’Alpina was founded in 1946 and quickly became a recognisable player on the tennis scene.  The unique kangaroo motif may well be one of the more recognisable of heritage brand logos too and has continued to grow in popularity, both on and off the court.

This year, L’Alpina has teamed up with former British David Cup winner, James Ward, as the brand ambassador for this spring summer season. As James Ward steps back into the tennis scene, he has lead the latest collection of contemporary and timeless tennis garments perfect for a game on the grass or a drink at the pub.

Logo embroidered polo shirts with contrasting sleeves and heritage inspired track tops make up most of the collection, with L’Alpina sticking to their traditional style of design as they always have done best. Wearable for sporting occasions and causal occasions alike, this Summer17 collection defines Italian sportswear without the ridiculous price tag. The full Italian contemporary collection is available now on Australian L’Alpina.

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Australian L'Alpina

Ellesse

Now a household name for the younger and older generation, Ellesse was started in 1959 and took pride in it’s Italian sportswear roots as it still very much does to this day. Initially starting with ski-wear, Ellesse quickly became an important name in the sporting world as it went on to sponsor the likes of Ferrari F1 and the New York marathon in the 1980’s.

Taking inspiration from Wimbledon itself, Ellesse has launched a tennis collection for men, with each garment appropriately named after a famous tennis sporting figure. The colourways of navy, blue and white keep the collection contemporary and up to date, whilst the Ellesse red and yellow logo stands out to create a nice finishing detail. At an extremely affordable price too, this is the perfect range to keep you on top of your game this summer, available now on Ellesse.

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by Isaac Perry

Another season of fashion week has gone by, and this time it was the 5th anniversary of London Men’s Fashion Week, we went hunting for new, cutting edge individuals showcasing street style at its best during the event. Seen throughout are some of the most recent trainer releases, as well as the extremely hyped Supreme and Raf Simons pieces. Both summer colours and patterns being seen in many of the outfits shown in the bi-annual fashion event.

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by Keanu Adorable
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Following three successful years as a creative consultant to the brand, G-Star RAW  welcomes Aitor Throup as its Executive Creative Director. The RAW Research collection was born from G-Star’s internal innovation lab, developed and led by the British designer. Focused on experimenting with product design by clashing tradition and innovation, the laboratory symbolises an endeavour to find new ways of crafting denim. The result: the first RAW Research collection.

G-Star RAW continues its innovative take on denim with the latest and most directional capsule collection from to hit select stores early December. Both the studio and the brand are committed to imagining and creating new ways of story-telling through object design and the production of related materials. “My new position at G-Star will also allow me to reflect my approach to product design and story-telling as well as some of the practices and systems which we will continue to utilise within my own studio” said The Royal College of Art graduate.

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By using supreme Italian selvedge denim fabric for every single piece, the capsule collection explores the two polar opposite states in the life of a denim garment: rigid, untreated raw denim on one extreme and bleached-white denim, where only a hint of indigo remains, on the other.

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The artist and designer launched his first collection for G-Star during Paris Men’s Fashion Week in June this year. The 20-piece collection includes a bleached version of the Rackam 3D Tapered jeans and the Rackam bomber, a jacket that can be taken off and conveniently carried on the shoulders through an innovative strapping system.

By: Keanu Adorable

Dutch brand Scotch & Soda, invites us to take a journey across time and various locations for their Autumn Collection. Scotch & Soda referencing diverse locations that range from a small Norwegian village to the Highlands of Scotland. The collection was debuted during New York Fashion week earlier this year, and is now released in store and online.

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Although Scotch & Soda has been around since the ‘80s as a menswear label, the Amsterdam based fashion brand made a new start in 2001, when three new owners joined their broad experience and shared love for making great garments. After Scotch & Soda was re-launched, new lines were gradually added, such as Maison Scotch for women, and Scotch Shrunk and Scotch R’Belle for kids. In late 2010, the first Scotch & Soda was launched by the name of BARFLY. Scotch’s youngest and most ambitious project is Amsterdams Blauw, a compact high profile denim collection.

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A Nordic clash of old and new, the collection features military and outdoor gear, hi-tech sportswear, workwear, and smart/casual pieces. The pieces contain bold colours, patterns, and graphics that juxtapose rich hues, fair isles, and tartans.

With outerwear/knitwear at the collection’s core, varsity jackets, luxe sweatpants, dress shirts, cocktail blazers, and winter accessories give variation and depth. The collection utilises tweeds, wools, satins, velvets, and silks. Standout details from pieces are the mountaineering zips and clips, fringing, wind-proofing, and quilting.

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Scotch & Soda Autumn 2016 is available in-store now and online via the link below.

Scotch & Soda Online Store