Tuesday, 09 December 2014 09:56

#OOTD 22 – Pinstripe Day 4/4

the chic geek pin stripe suits menswear styleIt’s the end of the day, literally, and after a long day blogging, TheChicGeek likes nothing better than a good book – TheChicGeek’s Fashion, Grooming & Style For Men – to be precise!

Kicking off his shoes, he still looks the part in his double breasted pinstripe suit and, thankfully, his geeking for the day is done.

Credits – Suit – Atelier Scotch, Shirt - Evocha, Tie – Drake’s, Watch – Maurice Lacroix, Briefcase – Swaine, Adeney Brigg at MR PORTER.COM, Bowler Hat – Hackett, Socks – Stance

Shot by Robin Forster on #OlympusPEN

With thanks to Rocket Gallery

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Monday, 01 December 2014 17:20

#OOTD 21 – Pinstripe Day 3/4

the chic geek ootd men's style fashion bloggerThe only thing predictable about the British weather is its unpredictability. Teaming a warming roll-neck with his double-breasted pinstripe, TheChicGeek is always prepared, whatever the weather. The geek means business and never leaves home without a stylish umbrella to ward off those raindrops and stop his ginger paint from running!

Credits – Suit – Marks & Spencer ‘Best of British’, Roll-neck - GAP, Watch – Maurice Lacroix, Umbrella – London Undercover at MR PORTER.COM, Bowler Hat – Hackett, Shoes –Church’s, Socks – Thomas Pink

Shot by Robin Forster

With thanks to Rocket Gallery

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014 12:00

#OOTD 20 – Pinstripe Day 2/4

the chic geek menswear style blogger fashionStart the #WorkingGeek in style in a pinstripe suit. The theme for this month’s OOTDs, pinstripes, combine the historical City of London with the new professional age of blogging.

TheChicGeek turns the commute into catwalk as he waits for the 8.05 train to Chicsville. Go classic with a white shirt and traditionally patterned tie. TheChicGeek means business!

Credits – Suit – Alfred Dunhill, Shirt– Eton, Tie – Drake’s, Watch – Omega De Ville Co-Axial, Suit Pin – Alice Made This, Bowler Hat – Hackett, Shoes – Russell & Bromley, Socks – Burlington, Briefcase – Swaine, Adeney Brigg at MR PORTER.COM

Shot by Robin Forster

With thanks to Rocket Gallery

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Monday, 17 November 2014 12:46

#OOTD 19 – Pinstripe Day – 1/4


the chic geek menswear fashion styleNothing says ‘London’ or ‘Business’ quite like pinstripes. This classic tailoring material is having a renaissance, right now, in new slimmer shapes and contemporary cuts.

On my daily pilgrimage to ChicGeek Towers, every sartorial i is dotted and t crossed before I leave the house. Today, I've opted for a bespoke grey Loro Piana made bespoke by Kingdom and teamed this with a pop of brightly coloured merino knitwear. The rest is classic London - bowler hat, monk strap shoes and briefcase. And, TheChicGeek's blogging day begin...

Credits – Suit – Kingdom, Suit Pin – Alice Made This, Knitted Polo – John Smedley, Watch – Omega 'De Ville Prestige Power Reserve', Bowler Hat – Hackett, Shoes – Russell & Bromley, Umbrella – Aramis, Pocket Square – Atelier Scotch, Socks – Ede & Ravenscroft, Briefcase – Swaine Adeney Brigg at MR PORTER.COM

Shot by Robin Forster

With thanks to Rocket Gallery

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Monday, 20 September 2010 13:56

A Chat With Larry Leight of Oliver Peoples

larry leight oliver peoplesLarry Leight, along with his brother Dennis, founded Oliver Peoples nearly 25 years ago. It was built on vintage inspired eyewear and now nearly two and half decades on, Oliver Peoples has come full circle and is now considered vintage itself. To celebrate this fact, Oliver Peoples is re-issuing three classic designs. We met up with Larry at the Haymarket Hotel in London to talk about the new vintage collection, Spring '11 trends and everything glasses related.

CG - Oliver Peoples started when you bought an auction lot of vintage glasses, tell us about that?

LL- I had been a trained optician since 1981. It was 1986 and we bought at auction in Connecticut a lot that contained 6000 frames, brochures, posters, lenses, everything, which had been owned by a guy called Oliver Peoples. It cost $5000. He had tried selling it to various stores but they only wanted a couple of pieces here and there. My brother and I came together and we wanted to get away from what everybody else was doing, it was an unusual lot so we got it. We created a whole category of eyewear that didn't exist before.

CG - Is there much left?

LL - The frames are mostly gone but we still have the catalogues, brochures and posters. When we opened our first store we sold other brands but everybody made a beeline to the vintage area. They liked the lack of logos, the architecture and filigree of the glasses. Then when we ran out we started to manufacture our own line but using the old manufacturing processes; handmade, original pins and hinges.

CG - You designed a pair for Andy Warhol?

LL- Yes, before Oliver Peoples I designed a pair with a flip-down which was featured on the cover of a German magazine.

CG - Tell us about the re-released vintage collection?

These are three iconic styles that are recognised by people as Oliver Peoples, made in exactly the same way. There is the O'Malley, which was named after the 1950s owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. It's the pair Patrick Bateman wears in 'American Psycho' and Christian Bale wore them in the movie, the 505 and 1955 which became definitive styles of the 80s. They will be available from December in a limited number and come with an original box and special cleaning cloth which is printed with our very first advertising campaign.

CG - Larry, what are the big trends for next year's eyewear?

LL - In Mosely Tribes (Oliver Peoples' younger sportier label, the Miu Miu to Oliver Peoples Prada) there are lots of metal frames and aviator shapes, plastics, utililtarian and miltary influences with polarise lenses. Polarise lenses eliminate haze and reflection, they make everything really clear, they allow fisherman to see through the water. We've also made holes in the ends so you can attach one of our new leather retainers with a gromet.

In Oliver Peoples we have a new style called the Jack One, it was inspired by a picture of Neil Diamond. It's a pair of metal framed aviators with the sides cut off. A guy called Jack who owned a shop called Optique Boutique in LA during the 1970s, used to take Rayban Aviators and bend them into this shape for every customer and then make new lenses for them.

CG - What's your favourite Oliver Peoples pair?

LL - My favourite pair is the O'Malley (pictured) it's simple or 'Aero', I never imagined this would still be our best seller.

CG - Favourite image or person in glasses?

LL - Sting in 'O'Malley', Claudia Schiffer wearing the '1955' and Brad Pitt in 'Aero'.

CG - Any tips about buying glasses or sunglasses Larry?

LL - I think it's important for people know their own style, don't try to be somebody they aren't. Choose the right style to where they live and what they are doing and how they dress. Frames have a personality. Make sure your eyewear fits what you do.

CG - Any chance of an Oliver Peoples store in London soon?

LL - We do really well here and it would be the first perfect location outside the US.

www.oliverpeoples.com

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Thursday, 07 January 2010 14:48

Tried & Tested - Clarisonic Review

clarisonic reviewTheChicGeek says "Standing in the shower like Patrick Bateman holding the Clarisonic face cleaner to my face as it whirls and beeps away, leaves me thinking I should be in a scene from the film 'American Psycho'.

The Clarisonic cleaner is a solid, waterproof bit of kit which is very gentle on the skin. It shows how you can exfoliate without being too rigourous. As men, we like to sandpaper our faces in order for them to feel exfoliated. With this you gently move it around your face not applying too much pressure. You wet the brush head and your face and put a cleanser on your face or brush head, whichever you prefer. Push the button and start around the cheek/nose area. It beeps when it is time to move to a different part of the face and then stops so you can’t over clean your face. It all takes about 60 seconds. It has another detachable head that can be used on the body, and you can change the speed settings to increase or decrease the head speed. I think the Clarisonic cleaner would be great if you are prone to acne breakouts on your body particularly the back.

I would recommend using the Clarisonic twice a week for exfoliating your skin. Anymore and it will leave the skin too dry, stripping it of any oils. If you have extremely oily skin then maybe use it more. I would suggest applying quite a rich moisturiser after - the Clarisonic also allows for creams and moisturisers to be absorbed better. I found my skin looked much smoother and healthier after a couple of weeks of using it and my pores were less visible which encourages me to carry on using it."

If you like your grooming toys then this is perfect.

www.clarisonic.com