Friday, 17 December 2021 14:55

Label To Know MrQuintessential

MrQuintessential cashmere sweaters jumpersSimon Jacobs, MrQuintessential’s founder, explains, “Fashion is at its best when the pieces are stunningly exclusive yet completely inclusive and that’s what we have achieved with this collection. It looks great, it’s really wearable and not at a ridiculous price point.

“We have really considered this collection as creating solutions for our client’s wardrobe that they will want to wear over and over again. These are timeless pieces with a modern twist which is what we are starting to be known for.

Left - Family affair - Simon Jacobs & Sons

“In my late 30s, I realised that nothing I owned fit my age. I was too old to wear the street clothes with large logos that I’d worn before, but I didn’t want to wear the standard, lifeless clothing available for middle-aged men. Instead, I wanted to show that life is only just beginning – being 40 is just like being 20, only you are a little older and a little wiser.

“Finding clothing that matched my attitude and approach to life was a difficult task. So, in 2016, I decided to start my company, MrQuintessesntial, with the aim that no other man needed to face the same dilemma I did. I wanted to provide comfortable and stylish men’s cashmere sweaters in different styles and designs, but I didn’t want to put a luxury price tag on them. So that’s what I did.

“This collection is the epitome of that timeless style. Pieces that you will love to wear but that wont wear you.”

MrQuintessential cashmere sweaters jumpers

Mr Quintessential is a men’s cashmere specialist marrying purposeful design, ethically sourced and sustainable luxury and handcrafted finishing touches to create pieces to wear for years to come. Each piece is crafted in a blend of the finest sustainably sourced Mongolian cashmere and fine Merino wool, to create a comfortable fit that is breathable and soft.

Left - MrQuintessential - Sloane Detail Cashmere Sweater - £250

TheChicGeek says, "While I'm a massive fan of Scottish cashmere and knitwear, it is always worth remembering the exceptional quality produced by the Chinese - cashmere is their home fibre after all. They produce some of the finest and best value for money cashmere and knitwear in the world. MrQuintessential offers plenty of styles and colours, with a few subtle design touches, to update this timeless mesnwear staple."

Prices from £50

www.mrquintessential.com

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Wednesday, 20 October 2021 12:01

Label To Know Bombas

US underwear brand Bombas has launched in the UK socks pants trunks homelessnessThe US 'essentials' brand, Bombas, has launched in the UK. Bombas was founded in 2013 on the discovery that in the US socks are the number one most requested item at homeless shelters. Co-founders, David Heath and Randy Goldberg wanted to help alleviate this basic need, so spent two and a half years researching and developing a technically-superior sock that would provide comfort and durability for all its wearers.

 
Each and every sock has been designed for its intended purpose; increasing circulation when you’re hot, locking in heat when you’re cold, and keeping you just the right amount of comfortable while you perform, from lightweight yarns and breathable mesh in their performance running range, to reinforced toes and blister tabs in every purpose-performance pair.
 
Bombas's buy-one, give-one model has donated more than 50 million items to those in need. For the UK, Bombas has partnered with leading UK homelessness charity, St. Mungo’s, to distribute product and to gain further understanding of how best to serve the needs of the UK homeless community beyond product donation.
 
TheChicGeek says, "This is a similar model to TOMS' original buy one, give one, but by focusing on underwear, a much higher demand product from homeless communities who probably have limited access to laundering facilities, it shouldn't produce a glut of donated product like TOMS' popularity did. Product donation is a great start, but anything that puts a permanent roof over homeless people's heads is much longer term and Bombas' relationship with St. Mungo's should help facilitate this if they are successful in the UK market."
 

US underwear brand Bombas has launched in the UK socks pants trunks homelessness

Prices range between £13-£28 for socks, £18-£25 for underwear

 

 

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Monday, 02 August 2021 14:02

Label To Know Sebago Menswear

sebago menswear moosepoint cardiganWhile you’ll know Sebago’s classic boat shoes or moccasins, the label has reinvented its menswear thanks to new license owners, the Italian BasicNet, who also own Kappa, Superga and K-Way.

The label is now super clean preppy with an injection of Italian style and make. All the preppy classics are here yet it feels contemporary and extremely wearable for all age groups. The brand hasn't really pushed its launch properly, prefering to keep it on the down low, which explains why the current sale looks so good with bargains in regular sizes.

Here are a few items I like atm:

Left - GRAFTON - Green Moss Yellow - £103.50

sebago menswear moosepoint cardiganLeft - MOOSEPOINT - White Natural Green - £135

Below - ROQUE - White Natural Orange - £45

 

 

sebago menswear moosepoint cardigan

Wednesday, 03 March 2021 18:40

Label To Know Cut&Pin

cut & pin knitwear new menswear brand recycled cashmere jumperCut&Pin is a new Yorkshire based menswear brand launched by Al Baker and Martin Parker, two male friends sharing one vision; to create a wardrobe of everyday pieces, using recycled cashmere, jersey and organic cottons - designed and made with integrity at the core.

Baker has worked in the brand marketing and digital arena across a multitude of mid-to-luxury brands for 20 years and Parker has worked in the fashion industry for 22 years as a designer, across menswear and womenswear, working with some of the biggest retailers on the UK high street.

Cut&Pin uses a three-pillared approach in the creation of its collection, which is produced from either deadstock piles (the pieces big manufacturers throw away), recycled materials and organic fabric. This low-waste philosophy is coupled with a particular attitude towards the design process, in which consideration is given to the shape, detail and fabric, ensuring a fad-free wardrobe is created that can be worn time and time again. All supply partners are low-scale, family run businesses that share the ethical Cut&Pin mindset and can make small, exclusive runs. Nothing is ever mass produced.

The debut collection takes its inspiration from David Hockney, another proud Yorkshireman. It includes oversized ribbed knits, long-line scarfs, rugby-striped cardigans and navy cotton trackpants. The range will also include chinos and denim.

TheChicGeek says, "Recycled fibres are the future for a sustainable and fully cyclical fashion industry. People want to wear new, but the fibres can be recycled or reused. Cashmere, due to its expense, is currently the only fibre it really makes economic sense to work with at the moment, but this will change when processes become cheaper and more common place.

These guys sound like they have plenty of experience, and looking at the images, you can already tell everything is going to be nice to the touch."

cut & pin knitwear new menswear brand recycled cashmere jumper

Available online at www.cutandpin.com  plus Wolf & Badger, Generous Ape and Immaculate Vegan. Prices range from £35 for a T-shirt, to £170 for a cardigan or sweater.

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cut & pin knitwear new menswear brand recycled cashmere jumper

cut & pin knitwear new menswear brand recycled cashmere jumper

cut & pin knitwear new menswear brand recycled cashmere jumper

cut & pin knitwear new menswear brand recycled cashmere jumper

Thursday, 25 February 2021 19:23

Label To Know Area Code

menswear label area codeFounded in 2018 high-end streetwear label called Area Code hails from Stockholm, Sweden. The brand was born with the aim to facilitate opportunity for people living in developing communities around the globe through selling good quality fashion. The collections are inspired by urban trends, with an inspirational nod to the countries and the communities it is seeking to support via the Area Code Foundation. 15% from the sale of every item in the collection goes to its own charitable foundation. The Area Code mission starts with the building of the school, GOROM 3, in Bambilor, Senegal, progress on which is regularly posted on the brand website and Instagram account.

Each piece is named after a member of the community and comes in limited runs to minimise waste. Due to the limited availability, Area Code has created subscription only access to the website. The ethos behind this is to develop its own community of supporters; followers of the mission behind the brand but also of the unique style of the pieces it creates. After signing up, members are able to view progress on the current project, and to register for updates on new collection drops and news about the Area Code initiatives.

menswear label area code

The debut SS21 collection takes its inspiration from the community it is currently supporting. Standout pieces include a multi-stripe kimono, named after 11-year old Moussou Kera Sane from Bambilor, the heavy-cotton piece exudes the spirit of Senegal and comes in various shades of warm orange and earthy browns. A green satin bomber jacket takes its name from 10-year old Gallo Dia, while 12-year old Cheick Niang, who dreams of being a fisherman, is the name behind a heavy-duty cotton gilet, in black, with white and orange reversible African print detail. There is also a selection of socks and canvas accessories. 

TheChicGeek says, "It's clever marketing and a way of growing your database by making people sign up before they can even view your website. It's also clever to focus the charitable side on one project, get people continually updated and link it to individual people and name them. It all makes it so much more real. As for the clothes, it's good to reference African prints and fabrics, but not make it look too forced or contrived. The pieces here look contemporary and desirable."

Prices range from £18 for accessories, to £1400 for outerwear.

menswear label area code

www.area-code.com

Left - Area Code - Reversible Waistcoat - £780

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Left - Area Code - Reversible Kimono - £1400

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