Friday, 17 March 2017 10:53

Buyer's Guide SS17 TRUNK

Mats Klingberg, TRUNK founder

A Vontade Potter Jacket SS17 Menswear“We're always on the lookout for new brands to add to the Trunk line-up and Japan is usually a good place to look. A Vontade is not a new brand, but it's still fairly unknown over here, so I thought it was a good one to bring in.

This A Vontade jacket takes it cues from the traditional clothing of artisans, feeling very much like an archival piece reimagined. Cut from a sturdy cotton with a dry handle, it has a four-button front and unusual peak lapels. An extra button at the lapel can be left unbuttoned or done up as desired, transforming the look of the jacket. Fully lined, with key details such as functioning cuffs, a flap ticket pocket and a single vent, this is a distinctive piece of workwear that will lend itself to a number of different styles”.

Left - A Vontade - Old Potter Jacket - £395

Fujito Striped Sweater“Also from Japan is Fujito. I met Fujito-san for the first time on a trip to Fukuoka about ten years ago, so looking forward to seeing our customer's reactions to the small selection we've brought in for SS17.

This Fujito jumper is made in Japan from a cotton-poly-linen blend, with a loose knit and a crunchy texture. A classic border stripe motif which brings to mind nautical garments, it is elevated by crucial details, such as raglan sleeves and a slightly higher neckline”.

Left - Fujito - Border Knit Sweater - £160

 

 

 

Chinos Trunk Clothiers “We sell a lot of chinos at Trunk, so when it was time to start building up our own collection it was only natural to make sure there was a great pair of chinos in there.

These Trunk Clothiers Chinos are designed as our ideal luxury basics, pairing perfectly with a knit sweater and sneakers, or just as easily with an unstructured jacket and a collared shirt. Cut from a soft washed cotton which incorporates a small amount of elastane to allow for stretch, the trousers have a smooth brushed texture and a rich colour due to the garment dyeing process”.

Left - Trunk Clothiers - Chinos - £165

Trainers Sneakers CQP Racquet Menswear SS17 Trunk“Lots of good looking sneakers out there aren't actually that good for your feet. Adam behind CQP spotted this gap in the market and brought out a great looking collection of shoes that also are great for your feet.

The CQP Racquet is a low-top sneaker designed in Sweden and handmade in Portugal with an artisanal approach. Based on the silhouette of a classic tennis shoe (as its name suggests), it has a premium calf suede upper, with a soft leather lining. The removable insole offers excellent arch support and several layers of cushioning. The sneaker has a steel shank for support, rigidity and durability - something usually reserved for fine dress shoes. A CQP tote bag and a spare set of laces are included”.

Above - CQP Racquet - £240

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 13:56

Buyer's Guide SS17 Harvey Nichols

Lara Djandji, Men’s International Designers and Accessories Buyer, Harvey Nichols

menswear picks SS17 Marni shirt harvey nichols“Utility remains a key trend for this season with style cues taken from the uniforms of US correctional facilities. This staple khaki shirt by Marni is an essential buy to update your spring wardrobe, featuring a drawstring hem that adds a sportsluxe twist on the classic shirt”.

Left - Marni – Olive Poplin Shirt - £375

Men's pink shorts Qasimi Harvey Nichols“A new brand at Harvey Nichols this season and one to watch, is Qasimi. These textured shorts in a muted blush, tap perfectly into one of our key trends that sees a softer, more relaxed and effortless way of dressing. Pair with a simple white Tee and tailored jacket to embody the brands uniformity and military influences”.

Left - Qasimi - Blush Textured Shell Shorts - £310

‘“Channel Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet this spring with this playful pillar box red Hawaiian shirt from Saint Laurent. Perfect for brightening up your wardrobe and encouraging good vibes”.

Below - Saint Laurent - Red Hawaiian-print Challis Shirt  - £530

floral men's shirt Saint Laurent Harvey Nichols

black men's trousers Wooyoungmi Harvey Nichols“These pressed slacks by Wooyoungmi offer a contemporary take on trousers this season, with a wide leg and cropped silhouette that will give you a modern workwear look. In a black wool blend fabrication these slacks can be dressed up or down, with a smart brogue or sleek trainer”.

Left - Wooyoungmi – Black Wide Leg Wool Blend Trousers - £340

Distressed white trainers Maison Margiela Harvey Nichols“The fashion trainer trend shows no sign of disappearing, so this is the season to invest in Maison Margeila’s Replica model trainers, an iconic style within the sneaker industry. My pick this season is the all-white, brush painted style, for a subversively cool retro street look”.

Left - Maison Margiela - New Replica White Paint-Effect Leather Trainers - £455

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 12:32

Buyer's Guide SS17 MRPORTER.COM

Robyn Ferris, Junior Buyer at MR PORTER

Mens suede jacket Officine Generale"This summer expect a renewed popularity of vintage-style jackets. The colour of this Officine Generale’s suede jacket pairs perfectly with jeans and is ideal for those in-between months when the weather can’t seem to make up its mind. The jacket’s water-repellent coating guarantees that the beautiful suede won't be sullied by any light rain!"

Left - Officine Generale - Slim-Fit Water-Repellent Suede Jacket - £930

"I’m a big fan of Inis Meáin and their hand finished knits. We have a great selection for spring available on site now including lightweight linen melange sweaters and cardigans. My favourite piece is this waffle-knit sweater, it will introduce textual diversity into your casual wardrobe, looks great worn with jeans or shorts and will take you through to autumn".  

Below - Inis Meáin - Gansey Waffle-Knit Linen and Cotton-Blend Sweater - £185

Gansey knitwear Inis Meain Mr Porter The Chic Geek Menswear

Shirt Massimo Alba Mr Porter Top Menswear The Chic Geek"The relaxed vibe of this shirt perfectly encapsulates summer for me. I love the variations in tone it has from the dye and its crisp touch gives a summer feel whether worn under a cardigan with jeans or with swim shorts on holiday".

Left - Massimo Alba - Watercolour-Dyed Washed-Ramie Shirt - £200

Breton striped top mens Arpenteur Mr Porter The Chic Geek"Having recently just launched on MR PORTER, I adore Arpenteur’s heritage-inspired collection. Perfectly capturing casual French attire, this classic cotton Breton stripe t-shirt is a must have for summer. The relaxed cut and three-quarter sleeves recall traditional naval uniforms".

Left - Arpenteur - Brehat Striped Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt - £75

"No man’s summer wardrobe is complete without a new pair of swim shorts and my pick out of this season’s selection is this Incotex swim short. The art deco print will get you noticed on the beach and as they are designed to fit like a pair of trousers, they are far more refined than your average pair".

Below - Incotex - Short-Length Printed Swim Shorts - £150

Mens Swim Shorts Incotex Mr Porter

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 14:17

Buyer's Guide SS17 Oki-Ni

Christopher Fisher, Head Buyer, oki-ni

Floral shirt Junya Watanabe The Chic Geek"Oversized floral prints on short-sleeve lightweight shirts are a staple forsummer – relaxed beachwear from the catwalks was heavily influenced by the 90s, with references including Baz Luhrmann’s iconic Romeo and Juliet. Junya Watanabe is one of the new brands joining oki-ni this season and his pieces carry much kudos for their wearer!" 

Left - Junya Watanabe - Black Flower-Print Short-Sleeved Shirt - £320

White trainers sneakers Common Projects"Every guy should own a pair of crisp white low-top sneakers – the term versatile is an understatement. Common Projects has been the go-to luxury brand for many a season now. The ‘Achilles’ Low has a clean, minimal silhouette and is crafted in Italy from the finest leather". 

Left - Common Projects - White Premium Achilles Low Sneakers - £248

Wide Leg Trousers Menswear Maison Margiela The Chic Geek"Wide-legged, loose fit trousers are not going anywhere soon. This pair from Maison Margiela are a prefect starter pair – not too oversized, they have a neat turn-up that will rest nicely on a pair of sneakers". 

Left - Maison Margiela - Natural Wide-Leg Cotton Trousers - £410

Sweatshirt Kolor Okini menswear The Chic Geek"Let’s face it – it’s still freezing outside. Layering is the key to getting through this cold snap. This panelled sweatshirt from kolor is perfect for now, but will also take you nicely into spring when paired with some wide-leg navy shorts (see Marni)".

Left - Kolor - Grey Panelled Sweatshirt - £389

 

 

 

 

"I am a keen runner, so I was really excited to bring Satisfy to oki-ni, this season. Satisfy is a brand for both serious and not-so-serious runners –their products are designed, prototyped and tested in their studio in Paris. The technical fabrications used are insane and not one detail is overlooked (The product looks super-slick too)".

Below - Satsify - Black Packable Windbreaker - £305

Black hoodie menswear Satisfy Paris Okini The Chic Geek

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 15:28

Buyer's Guide AW16 MRPORTER.COM

Yasmin Mehmet, Junior Buyer, MRPORTER.COM 

jeans japanese denim Orslow Mr Porter“I was so happy when Orslow launched on MR PORTER, last season! The 107 jeans are a special denim, in a slim fit style which is slightly tapered.  They have been crafted in Japan, using premium selvedge and the13.5oz denim has been washed specially to give a two year wear look”.

Left - Orslow - 107 Slim-Fit Washed Selvedge Denim Jeans - £255

Overshirt flannel shirt Our Legacy Mr Porter menswear“Soft, 50’s style looking checks are key for FW16.  This overshirt is a really easy way to get this trend across and finished in a beautiful soft cotton flannel and loose fit, gives the perfect look of contemporary cool”

Left - Our Legacy - Checked Cotton-Flannel Overshirt - £150

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Velvet bomber jacket APC Paris Mr Porter“One of my favourite brands, who needs no introduction, is A.P.C. The label’s co-designer Louis Wong has created the perfect sophisticated version of one of our more understated trends for FW16 - velvet. Presented in a classic bomber shape in a lovely midnight blue and finished with a dense ribbed trim, this jacket is crafted with quality and will work well teamed with a simple white tee”.

Left - A.P.C. - Louis W Cotton-Velvet Bomber Jacket - £400

White men's t shirt Velva Mr Porter“The best tee ever! American based brand Velva Sheen have been crafting a unique tubular knit technique that eliminates side seams making this the perfect fit. I would suggest having several colourways in your wardrobe”.

Left - Velva - Sheen Rolled Slub Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt - £40

 

 

  

 

 

 

Tortoiseshell sunglasses Moscot Mr Porter“I was trying to get my hands on a pair of Moscot sunglasses for a while, so was pleased when they launched on MR PORTER, this season. The ’Lemtosh’ style is probably their most classic shape and I like the vintage inspired design. This tortoiseshell pair with the green lens is quite unusual but super cool for FW16”.

Left - Moscot - Lemtosh Round-Frame Tortoiseshell Acetate Sunglasses - £250

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Thursday, 06 October 2016 15:41

Buyer's Guide AW16 Harvey Nichols

Benn McGregor, Mens Contemporary, Sneakers and Lifestyle Buyer, Harvey Nichols

Black Men's Coat Our Legacy Harvey Nichols“This coat by Our Legacy is an absolute wardrobe staple. With the shape being both boxy and masculine it is a great fit for any shape. Although the pocket placement on the front looks incredibly standard, it’s actually quite rare to find a modern knee-length coat that has a formal look, but also have these casual pockets; it brings a whole new relaxed angle to the product when you’re wearing it”.

Left - Our Legacy at Harvey Nichols - Black Virgin Wool Blend Coat - £570

Black trainers sneakers APL menswear"Athletic Propulsion Labs, or ‘APL’ as they’re more swiftly known, are rising stars in the footwear world. Their knitted runner silhouette is an absolute must this season for both runners and gym-frequenters, but also just as easy to wear with a pair of jeans. APL aren’t big on branding, and the minimalist aesthetic is echoed in the colour palette; available in a wide range of subtle fashion colours it’s an easy win when you want to have comfort, but still keep an element of sophistication about your footwear”.

Left - Athletic Propulsion Labs at Harvey Nichols – TechLoom Pro Black Knitted Trainers - £110

 

 

 

Pink jumper mens Stone Island“Although my pick is for AW16, this pink Stone Island light pint wool blend jumper will both keep you warm and keep you on point and ahead of the game for SS17 where pink will be a key colour for the season”. 

Left - Stone Island at Harvey Nichols – Light Pink Wool Blend Jumper - £175 (One of the must-have items of the season - more here)

arcteryx trousers Harvey Nichols black"Water resistant, articulated cut and the stretch fabric makes these Arc’Teryx Veilance trousers an absolute winner for the young professional, especially in the autumn/winter months. These trousers are cut like a slim leg style, but offer a roomy fit around the thigh ensuring maximum comfort whilst being a good investment piece. The structure of these trousers will allow them to retain their shape and colour due to the technical fabric and fit superiority”.

Left - Arc’Teryx Veilance at Harvey Nichols – Apparent Black Cotton Blend Trousers - £350

Whilst I am aware that this isn’t a ‘product’ pick per se, no matter what you buy, if you haven’t got a sharp haircut, the rest of your style is thrown off balance. Therefore, a visit to the AONO barbershop in our newly renovated menswear department in the Knightsbridge store is a must. Praised for their attention to detail and great price point of £30, you will struggle to find a better service at a better price inside the M25”. 

Below - AONO Barbershop at Harvey Nichols

Good value barbershop AONO Harvey Nichols

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Monday, 26 September 2016 15:25

Buyer's Guide AW16 TRUNK

Mats Klingberg, TRUNK founder

Begg & Co Kishorn cashmere scarf"I’ve been a big fan of Begg & Co and their washed Kishorn cashmere scarves for several seasons, now. The wash gives them a nice and fluffy finish which nicely adds some texture to any outfit. The Kishorns generally come in lots of nice solid colours, only, so I was very pleased when I came across this Kishorn woven in a khaki/camel block medley pattern”.

Left - Begg & Co - Kishorn Scarf Khaki Block Medley - £270

"The Gigi keeps going from strength to strength and it’s always a joy to visit their showroom to discover what they’ve created for next season. We’ve got lots of nice things from them this season, but I particularly like this heavy knit cardigan jacket. Will look great with a Trunk Oxford shirt and a pair of chinos or jeans paired with a chukka boot from Alden or sneaker from Common Projects”.

Below - The Gigi - Chunky Knit Jude Jacket Green - £355

The Gigi Cardigan Menswear

Nanamica Cordura bag menswear"Our bag selection in Trunk LABS has this season seen the addition of this great bag from Nanamica, made in Japan, from an ultra-durable cotton Cordura fabric. The bag can be carried in three ways - as a backpack via the foldaway straps, as a briefcase by its side handle, or as a messenger bag. The bag has a main roll-top compartment, with large zip pockets on the front and back, each containing a system of handy dividers. A highly functional bag, it provides ample room and organisation for anything you might need to carry with you on a daily basis. What else do you need?”

Left - Nanamica - 3 Way Cordura Briefcase Khaki - £410

"A pair of Alden’s is the perfect match with any smart casual look, so works equally well with a pair of flannel trousers, chinos or jeans. I need a new pair of chukka boots, so am definitely getting a pair of these for myself this season”.

Below - Alden - Unlined Chukka Dark Brown Suede - £475

Alden Chukka boot Trunk Clothiers

WienerBlut perfume fragrance London Vienna"Most of the brands in Trunk I’ve discovered on trips near and far and when I went to Vienna, last year, I came across WienerBlut for the first time, a fragrance brand from Vienna created by the very talented Alexander Lauber. I think the bottles are beautiful and thankfully its content matches the outside. A subtle, slightly spicy fragrance, Ex Voto comprises key notes of pink pepper, nutmeg, santal and ambergris”.

WienerBlut - Ex Voto - £130

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Wednesday, 31 August 2016 09:37

Buyer's Guide AW16 MATCHESFASHION.COM

Damien Paul, Head of Menswear, MATCHESFASHION.COM

grey trainers Y3 adidas "This unique and ground-breaking collaboration between Yohji Yamamoto and adidas has now been running for over a decade, and the product continues to resonate well for our customers. My favourite style for this autumn is the 'Qasa' high top trainer – the detail is minimal and subtle and these will work well with a cropped trouser and sweatshirt".

Y3 - Qasa High-Top Trainers - £260 Buy Now 

jacket OAMC AW16 matchesfashion.com"OAMC stands for Over All Master Cloth and is new to MATCHESFASHION.COM this season. The collection encompasses the sweet spot between contemporary and sportswear influence and is lifted by a refined finish and attention to detail. I like this navy sweatshirt as it is has a slim silhouette which can work well when worn with smarter trousers, and it is elevated with a detachable feather charm".

OAMC - Feather Charm Crew Neck Sweatshirt - £225 Buy Now 

 

 

 

 

  

malle weekend bag the chic geek"Another new label for us, Malle is London based and began with the intention of creating superior, British made motorcycle luggage. The collection has now evolved and this pannier shoulder bag is absolutely functional, and is very masculine. In oiled canvas with black bridle leather trim I like that the roll-top closure allows you to expand the size of the bag as you require".

Malle - 'Jack' Cotton Canvas Pannier Shoulder Bag - £430 Buy Now

trousers marni navy pleated"Italian design house Marni often deals in unexpected proportions and off-kilter silhouettes, which I personally love. These trousers are more refined, and whilst they are cropped, they have a classic, straight cut, with a single pleat at the front. In navy wool-twill they are what I call and investment purchase as they will work both on and off-duty, and will add elegance even to low key weekend dressing".

Marni - Single Pleat Wool-Twill Trousers - £505 Buy Now

"Exclusive to MATCHESFASHION.COM Raey has very subtle, cool handwriting – the sort of pieces that slot into any man’s wardrobe and become firm favourites… I like this oversized bomber for autumn as it nods to sportswear but is in Prince of Wales check, one of the most traditional fabrications in English heritage".

Raey - 1970s Zip Through Houndstooth Checked Jacket £495 Buy Now

prince of wales checked jacket raey

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Wednesday, 16 March 2016 17:40

Buyer's Guide SS16 Hervia

Oscar Pinto Hervia of Hervia.com

them browne sunglasses“One of our favourite brands for this season is Thom Browne. The collection consists of spring / summer staples such as these walnut fold-up glasses that offer 100% protection and are handmade in Japan”.

Left - Thom Browne - Sunglasses - £665

“With prominent military references on the catwalks this season we think these Rick Owens hi-tops are a must have for spring. With an incredible leather finish and the on-trend khaki colour these boots are the perfect wardrobe update right now”.

Below - Rick Owens - Hi-Tops - £726

rick owens hi tops hervia the chic geek

raf simons man jumper hernia the chic geek“As the innovator of minimalism Raf Simons designs deliver great quality and style every time. This isolated Stevie Print crew jumper, especially, is a piece that is sure to make waves this season”.

Left - Raf Simons - Crew Jumper - £380

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Another timeless piece that will get you through both spring and summer is this Rick Owens Bomber Jacket. We are big fans of Rick Owens here at Hervia and so this dark dust leather bomber is definitely one of our top picks. With pockets playing a massive role in the season ahead we believe this bomber marries style and substance”.

Below - Rick Owens - Bomber Jacket - £1666

rick owens bomber jacket hervia  buyer's guide

rick owens cargo trousers the chic geek“With utility influences throughout the SS16 range, Rick Owens offers a variety of easy-to-wear pieces that bring high style and practicality as well. These grey oversized Cargo Crop pants are comfortable and effortless to wear, but will still ensure you are on trend this season”.

Left - Rick Owens - Cargo Trousers - £330

 

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Monday, 29 February 2016 17:31

Buyer's Guide SS16 Harvey Nichols

Head of Menswear, Harvey Nichols, Darren Skey 

porter yoshida rucksack harvey nichols the chic geek“This Porter Yoshida Olive Tanker backpack is a necessary addition to complement any look this spring. As well as striking a minimalistic note and hitting on the season’s key colour trend, the bag is crafted in the brand’s signature nylon making it impervious to dirt and water – both a timeless and durable investment piece”.

Left - Porter Yoshida - Olive Tanker Backpack - £310

stone island jeans harvey nichols buyers guide the chic geek“I love these black tapered jeans from the extremely wearable and dynamic Stone Island Shadow Project capsule collection. The zipped side with concealed pocket and contrast applique turn-up transform these versatile trousers from an understated outfit component to a stand out, standalone piece”.

Left - Stone Island X Shadow Project - Black Tapered Jeans - £210

 

 

  

 

 

 

hender scheme trainers harvey nichols the chic geek“These statement Hender Scheme MIP-2 blush leather trainers are worth investing in for spring. Designer Ryo Kashiwazaki reworks classic sneaker silhouettes in 100% natural raw leather. The high quality handcrafted trainers grow and change with wear, making them unique one-off pieces not to be missed”.

Left - Hender Scheme - MIP-2 Blush Leather Trainers - £780

john elliott sweater black harvey nichols the chic geek“Exclusive to Harvey Nichols, John Elliott remains unrivalled in his basics offering. This black cotton sweatshirt perfectly complements the season’s cleaner palate, while still including subtle zip detail and ribbed trims. Layer with an oversized tee to embrace the looser silhouette dominating this season”.

Left - John Elliott - Black Zipped Cotton Sweatshirt - £190

  

 

 

 

 

 

satisfy windbreaker the chic geek harvey nichols“New and exclusive to Harvey Nichols, Satisfy activewear is, in my opinion, up there with the best of them in the sportswear arena. This packable windbreaker jacket is incredibly light and aesthetically slick as well as being about as technical as you can get. Crafted from ripstop fabric from Switzerland, not only is it wind and water repellent, durable and high-vis, but also complete with inbuilt mapped cooling systems and double hood for maximum rain protection”.

Satisfy - Packable Windbreaker Jacket - £535

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