Tuesday, 06 October 2015 15:21

Buyer's Guide - AW15 - Finaest.com

Finaest.com Founder, Luca Catalano

Cordone shirt the chic geek"Cordone shirts are really well known for the superior, high-quality fabrics and vestability. This shirt is a style staple yet offers a peculiar sleeve stitching that sets it apart.  Shirtmakers Cordone construct their shirts by stitching the first two parts of the body, front and back, and then re-attaching the sleeves to guarantee the best fit possible. I love mixing up different styles to mirror my personality and this versatile Cordone shirt in jeans paired with a jacket is real must have for me this season".  

Left - Cordone - Alassio Denim Cotton Shirt - £87.13

Sera pocket square handkerchief the chic geek"I always add a silk pochette to my look because it  gives a punch of colour to winter greys, browns, blues and blacks, rendering the look instantly chic. Serà fine silk pocket handkerchiefs originate from the Italian Como Silk Textiles region, known for its artisan handcrafted pieces for those true style aficionados".   

Left - Serà - Fine Silk Pocket Handkerchief - £38.34

 

 

 

 

Maglia umbrella"I can’t forget my favourite  A/W wardrobe staple, a Maglia umbrella. Handcrafted through 100 different phases, I chose this umbrella in particular because its bamboo handle  that adds a sophisticated, playful air. A man has to distinguish himself through details like this umbrella".

Left - Maglia - Lord Blue & Red Pinstripe With Bamboo Handle - £205.62

Miserocchi Brown Camel Leather Ankle Boots"Miserocchi is one of my preferred shoe brands because they are so comfortable, entirely made by hand, and created in the finest supple leathers on the market. My A/W wardrobe cannot be without a pair of Miserocchi ankle boots because not only do they keep my feet warm, but I don’t have to  renounce comfort and style. 

Interesting side-note: Each pair requires at least two and a half hours of artisan craftsmanship, using only the finest Tuscan leather. The true artisan value lies in the fact that the shoemaker ‘feels’ and ‘regulates’ each stitch of every boot to ensure the most tailored elegant fit".   

Above - Miserocchi - Brown Camel Leather Ankle Boots - £132.43

 

Cappellificio Beillese Gingham Jockey Cap"Because each item that makes up my look has to quintessentially hold both a special story and be made out of the best materials on the market. This hat from Cappelificio Biellese does not disappoint…. and not only! I am really into this blue print. I think a blue hat is a must have in everyman’s winter wardrobe". 

Left - Cappellificio Beillese - Gingham Jockey Cap - £62.03

Friday, 02 October 2015 12:16

Menswear Must Have Hat Beret

Gucci beret must have mens hatIt was Prince who once sang about a raspberry beret and while he was admiring the wearer, going in through the out door, this season he should be one sporting himself.

Left - Gucci catwalk AW15

Seen on the catwalk at Gucci, it’s the beret’s simplicity that really makes it appealing for the cold weather season. 

Gucci beret menswear the chic geek

Left - Gucci - £160

A stylish alternative to the beanie or bobble hat, here are a few suggestions, but they can be picked up, relatively cheaply, on eBay and Amazon.

From the French word béret, it is a simple flat woollen cap traditionally worn by peasants. It was adopted by revolutionaries and artists and adds that romantic feeling to any look. Just remember, you want to look studious not like a New York Guardian Angel!

Picasso in beret the chic geekLeft - Picasso

 

Lock & Co Mens beret the chic geekAbove- Lock & Co - Basque Beret - £85

Below - Che Guevara

Che Guevara beret the chic geek style

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 09:41

TheChicGeek Meets Public School

American menswear Public School the chic geekHere to launch their Woolmark Prize winning men’s collection at Harvey Nichols, TheChicGeek grabbed design duo, Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow of American fashion label, Public School, for a couple of minutes to talk Made in the USA, DKNY and state schools

Left - Not your average public schoolboys! Dao-Yi & Maxwell of Public School

Winners of the inaugural International Woolmark Menswear Prize, Public School has been gaining attention over the last few seasons and has been tasked with the makeover of American fashion giant DKNY. The winning Woolmark collection is in their signature black and features machine body-conscious hoodies, sweaters and leggings and is available Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge and Matchesfashion.com. 

Where did the name Public School come from? “It’s from the idea of New York being a melting pot. Public School is about not being an intimidating designer name: we wanted to make it something everybody could get into it,” says Maxwell.

Do they realise that public school means something completely different in the UK? I suggested they renamed the label ‘State School’, “We need to change the labels here!” laughs Maxwell.

So, they’ve just taken over at DKNY, will they be doing the menswear and what can we expect?

woolmark prize menswear public school harvey nichols“No, just women’s. As for men’s, they’re exiting the business. Maybe in a couple of years it will return,” says Dao. 

Right - The new Woolmark Prize winning men's knitwear on display at Harvey Nichols London

How would they sum up Public School for those not familiar with the label?

“It’s a men’s and women’s designer collection based out of New York and also the production is done in New York City. It’s around this idea of convergence and mixing,” Dao says.

How do they find production in the USA and doesn’t it make selling in Europe prohibitively expensive?

“Production is difficult in general. But, it’s easier for a company of our size, now, which is small, to keep production in the US,” says Dao. 

“We have to get creative. Give a retailer discount if they can buy more to off-set the difference,” says Maxwell.

The Public School Woolmark Collection is available at Harvey Nichols & Matchesfashion.com - Prices - £235 - £740

Monday, 28 September 2015 09:51

Splash or Cash? The Grey Ombré Jumper

vince menswear chic geek jumper greyDesigners use the terms 'ombré' and 'degradé' to describe this graduated colour effect, while the high-street just cuts to the chase and opts for 'dip-dye' .

However you want to call it, it looks great in knitwear - as pictured here - and in particular in this grey.

American brand, Vince, is perfect if you're a messy eater, while M&S has the reverse effect, ideal for disguising a bit of belly.

Left - Vince - Wool/Casmere Ombré Pullover - £215 From StyleBop

Below - Marks & Spencer - Autograph - Merino Wool Rich Slim Fit Dip Dye Jumper With Cashmere - £55marks and spencer autograph grey cashmere jumper sweater chic geek

 

Friday, 25 September 2015 12:46

Hot List - Gucci GG Blooms Duffle Bag

Gucci GG Bloom Duffle Bag flowersYou’ve probably noticed Gucci getting a lot of Chic Geek love recently. This is new, improved, just keeps on getting better Gucci: a Gucci that hasn't excited us since Tom Ford left the building over a decade ago. 

One of the most distinctive items of their new look is the famous GG monogrammed canvas printed over with painted geraniums. Seen on bombers - as in the new Cruise SS16 advertising - here and various accessories. 

A real man shouldn't be afraid to carry flowers, especially when they're on his duffle bag. Be the first to get this. 

Left & Below - Gucci - GG Blooms Duffle Bag - £1100

Gucci floral men's bag