Tuesday, 19 December 2017 15:22

#OOTD 105 Christmas Chic Geek

Christmas Chic Geek Lois Jean 2017 Merry Chic Geek

It's the time of year to be comfortable, warm and, ultimately, cute. Nothing says 'narcissistic' like decorating a Christmas tree with your own image! Even the fairy on the top has a remarkable likeness!

As for dressing, double corduroy is the way to go - see more here. Team with a seasonal Fair Isle and a glass of Baileys. Cheers and Merry Christmas ChicGeeks!

#MerryChicGeek

Credits - Corduroy Jean Suit - Lois Jeans, Fair Isle - Drake's, Socks - TK Maxx, Watch - Swatch

Christmas Chic Geek Lois Jean 2017 Merry Chic Geek

Christmas Chic Geek Lois Jean 2017 Merry Chic Geek

Christmas Chic Geek Lois Jean 2017 Merry Chic Geek

Christmas Chic Geek Lois Jean 2017 Merry Chic Geek

Christmas Chic Geek Lois Jean 2017 Merry Chic Geek

Christmas Chic Geek Lois Jean 2017 Merry Chic Geek

Published in Outfit of the Day
Friday, 24 November 2017 18:08

Hot List The Double Corduroy Jean Suit

Double corduroy Lois Jeans jeans menswear top picks

While the traditional tailored suit is in the doldrums it gives us an opportunity to try something different. With corduroy being the fabric du jour and doubling denim looking a bit, well, dated, it’s time to toy with the idea of doubling your corduroy.

I saw these jackets and trousers by Spanish brand, Lois Jeans, at the beginning of the year at various trade shows and it felt like the time was right for the return of these hippie favourites. 

A brand from the 1970s, they are a combination of jumbo cord jean jackets with matching trousers in lots of those 70s sludgy colours like rust and olive green.

This should be your new winter uniform: casual enough for the weekend yet put together enough for something dressier. Add a nice grey flannel shirt for a sunday lunch or a ringer T-shirt and trainers for drinks with mates.

Got an appetite for corduroy? See TheChicGeek’s picks of the AW17 season here

Left & Below - Lois Jeans Jumbo Corduroy Jacket - £76, Trousers - £52 both from Idle Man

Double corduroy Lois Jeans jeans menswear top picks

 

Published in Fashion
Friday, 27 October 2017 16:32

Buyer's Guide AW17 Trunk Clothiers

Mats Klingberg, Founder of Trunk Clothiers

Top Menswear AW17 Trunk Clothiers LodenTal coat“I've been spending quite a lot of time in Tyrol in Austria and South Tyrol in Italy lately, so love this modern take and more slim cut version of the traditional Loden coat. It's also the same brand as the doormen across the street from Trunk at the Chiltern Firehouse are wearing, so thought it would be a nice addition to our AW17 line-up.” 

Left - LodenTal - Loden Coat Green - £940

Top Menswear AW17 Trunk Clothiers John Sterner Jumper

“I'm always on the lookout for new nice things with an interesting story, so when I spotted these lovely sweaters from a tiny island in Sweden at the MAN trade fair in Paris, earlier this year, I new straight away I had to have them. Distribution fairly limited as this is their launch season, so very proud to be among the selected few retailers that stock John Sterner for AW17.”  

Left - John Sterner - Öland Crew Neck Ecru - £210

Top Menswear AW17 Trunk Clothiers Incotex corduory trousers

“Incotex are most known for their chinos, but they also make really nice cords. Would normally not go with a colour this light at this time of year, but on a crisp sunny autumn or winter day I think it can be very nice combined with the ecru sweater from John Sterner, the scarf from Begg & Co and the nice LodelTal coat.” 

Left - Incotex - Slim Fit Five Pocket Cords White - £230

 

 

Top Menswear AW17 Trunk Clothiers Begg & Co Scarf

“Begg & Co is a long-time favourite at Trunk and I think you can never have enough scarves. Also makes the perfect gift as you don't have to worry about size.”  

Left - Begg & Co - Kishorn Scarf Natural - £270

Top Menswear AW17 Trunk Clothiers Sanders suede chukka boots

“With London's unpredictable weather you need a shoe that can take some beating, lower temperatures and rain, so this old classic from Sanders is a perfect choice that will keep your feet dry and warm over the coming months.” 

Left - Sanders - Hi-Top Suede Chukka Snuff - £200

Published in Buyer's Guides

The Chic Geek's weekly menswear & grooming round-up including reviews of new organic soap brand, SCRUBD, Lab Series Solid Water Essence, The Drop suit making service, Gucci going "Fur Free", corduroy, fleeces, male hair transplants and a Pretty Green silk shirt.

Published in Fashion
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 14:38

TheChicGeek’s Best Men’s Corduroy AW17

Best Men's Corduroy Prada

Best Men's Corduroy Prada

We haven’t had a big fabric trend in menswear for a while now. Gone are the days when colours or fabrics would become ubiquitous for that season and every store and brand would toe the same line. But, there are exceptions, and corduroy is having a good stab at bringing itself back.

Lead by Prada, corduroy, in all its brushed softness, is perfect when coming in the reds and rusts of autumn. A tactile fabric, corduroy is hardwearing and can flit between casual and smart in all its bookish charm.

I love the fact the Germans called corduroy “Manchester” which was the home of “Cottonopolis” and a major manufacturer of corduroy for many years.

Left - Prada Menswear AW17

Corduroy can add bulk so be carefully when choosing a shape or style. For something cooler and more casual look for jeans jackets with matching trousers. I really like what the Spanish brand Lois are doing.

Below - Good News - Rhubarb Tan High - £60

Best Men's Corduroy Good News Trainers Sneakers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Men's Corduroy Lois Jeans JacketBest Men's Corduroy Lois JeansLeft - Lois Jeans - Jumbo Cord Brown Corduroy Jacket - £95, Dallas Jumbo Brown Corduroy Trousers - £65 from Stuarts London

Below - Vetements - Darted-Knee Cotton-Corduroy Trousers - £1200 from matchesfashion.com

Best Men's Corduroy Vetements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Men's Corduroy Drake's JacketBest Men's Corduroy Drake's TrousersLeft - Drake’s - Single-Breasted Green Cotton Cord Jacket - £595, Green Cotton Cord Suit Trousers - £255

Below - Junya Watanabe - Cotton-Corduroy Baseball Cap - £130 from matchesfashion.com

Best Men's Corduroy Junya Watanabe Cap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Men's Corduroy PradaLeft- Prada - Slim-Fit Leather-Trimmed Cotton-Corduroy Suit Jacket - £1805 from MRPORTER.COM

Best Men's Corduroy Jigsaw shirtLeft - Jigsaw - Garment Dye Corduroy Button Down Shirt - £79

Below - ASOS - Tapered Cord Trousers In Rust - £30

Best Men's Corduroy Asos

Best Men's Corduroy Marks Spencer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left - Marks & Spencer - Straight Fit Corduroy Trousers With Stretch - £35

Published in Fashion
Friday, 06 October 2017 11:34

Buyer's Guide AW17 MRPORTER.COM

Prada knitwear top menswear items for AW17 Mr Porter

Daniel Todd, Buyer at MRPORTER.COM

“I am a huge fan of Prada’s knitwear for this fall with my favourite being this Shetland Wool Sweater; it's bang on trend as graphic knitwear is key for the season. Made entirely by hand in Italy, this loud and chunky piece is as much an art form as it is knitwear. An eye-catching jumper not for the faint hearted, I’ll be wearing mine with jeans or corduroy trousers.”

Left - Prada - Shetland Wool Sweater - £1375

Our Legacy knitwear top menswear items for AW17 Mr Porter

“Wanting to purchase a plush pair of feel-good corduroy trousers immediately indicates that autumn is here, time for the shorts to be packed away! My choice is this black number from Our Legacy, made from exceptional fabrication of soft and durable cotton-corduroy, its minimal design is versatile enabling it to be worn with simple knitwear and shirting.”

Left - Our Legacy - Wide-Leg Cotton-Corduory Trousers - £225

 

  

 

 

Takahiromiyashita knitwear top menswear items for AW17 Mr Porter

“Slogan t-shirts and jerseys have been huge for a few seasons now and continuing into this winter. Featuring a quote from Mr Benjamin Franklin, “Lost time is never found again”, I’ll be sporting this jersey on cold winter days when needing that little extra motivation to get things done.”

Left - Takahiromiyashita Thesoloist. - Printed Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt - £270

“A padded overshirt is a genius alternative to a jacket this autumn from Balenciaga's Creative Director Mr Demna Gvasalia. Quilted and padded for insulation and volume, this piece has to be my favourite must have. Ticking the 90s sportswear trend box, I’ll be wearing mine layered over knitwear with retro sneakers.”

Balenciaga knitwear top menswear items for AW17 Mr Porter

Left - Balenciaga - Oversized Padded Checked Cotton-Flannel Overshirt - £815

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gucci knitwear top menswear items for AW17 Mr Porter“A great coat is essential for winter, after all it’s the item of clothing that you will be seen most in the coming months. My pick of statement outerwear is this double breasted overcoat from Gucci. Crafted from pure cashmere in a timeless shade of tan, this really is one exceptional coat.”

Left - Gucci - Slim-Fit Double-Breasted Cashmere Overcoat - £2840

Published in Buyer's Guides
Thursday, 05 October 2017 15:49

Label To Know The Cords & Co

The Cords & Co Swedish Corduory company

It was with serendipity, just as the first AW17 shows were coming through, that I walked past the The Cords & Co. stand at Pitti Uomo in January last. I won’t bore with the fashion clichés of corduroy being the cloth of kings or geography teachers, but what you do need to know is that it’s everywhere and the main trend story for AW17.

Left - The Cords & Co aiming to be “the world’s first corduroy brand”

Giving themselves the title of “the world’s first corduroy brand”, this new Swedish brand is hoping to be to corduroy what Levi’s is to denim and you wonder why nobody has tried this before. They probably have, but not within the last couple of decades in my memory.

The Cords & Co Swedish Corduory company red jacket

The Cords & Co is going big, planning to open 6 flagship stores in New York, Paris, London, Los Angeles and Stockholm, - doesn’t say where the sixth one is?! - as well as a global online shop and plus wholesale partners. 

Right - The Cords & Co - Cut Poppy Red - £180

“The Cords & Co is created by a passionate group of people united by a shared love of corduroy. By exploring new ways to work with corduroy in our Stockholm design Studio, highlighting its long but little known history, and working closely with a carefully curated group of collaborative partners and cultural tastemakers in each of our flagship city locations around the world, we’re excited to share our unique story of a fabric everyone has a connection to, yet no other brand has dedicated themselves entirely to it,” says Omar Varts, CEO.  

It’s about time corduroy got some love. A practical yet smart material, it’s an easy option especially in the simple styles The Cords & Co. are offering. The best look is matching you jacket to your trousers to give you a 70s casual jean-suit feel.

The brand's images are a bit disappointing for a launch, keeping it too simple and I just hope they give the stores more life and branding as corduroy is ripe for personality and Scooby Doo adventures.

www.thecords.co.uk

Below - The Cords & Co - Trousers - £125

The Cords & Co Swedish Corduory company

Published in Labels To Know

The Chic Geek Grey Corduroy Suit Richard James

When it gets cold we reach for texture: corduroy, cashmere & velvet. These tactile finishes make those freezing days all the more bearable. Savile Row tailor, Richard James, has produced this soft, light grey suit in a thick wale corduroy. The fabric of kings, it looks fresh and contemporary in this light colour and matches the London sky, depressingly!

It's been teamed with a long ombre scarf and cashmere jumper and is the new way to wear winter.

Credits - All Clothes Richard James AW16, Trainers - Russell & Bromley

Shot by Robin Forster on Olympus PEN

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