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Wednesday, 29 June 2022 15:56

#OOTD 128 What A Prick!

menswear blogger style fashion the chic geek cactus jacketmenswear blogger style fashion the chic geek cactus jacketFirst I'm a Fashion Wanker, and now I'm a prick? You probably know I'm obsessed with cacti - Have you seen my Fabulous Plants? - so, wearing a fabulous jacket embroidered with my green babies is a style statement to behold. Love it!

Here I've teamed it with a vintage H & C Bar cowboy shirt picked up for a snip on eBay and dark 'Leesures' chino. The look is finished with a Ed Hardy cap - remember thoses? It's back - and coloured knit trainers and argyle socks.

Credits - Cactus Jacket - Scotch & Soda, Cap - Ed Hardy, Cowboy Shirt - eBay, Trousers - Lee, Socks - Burlington, Trainers - Diadora

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Published in Outfit of the Day
Tuesday, 03 May 2022 10:00

Footwear Label To Know Lerins

menswear sustainable trainers lerins sneakers men's the chic geekInspired by the unspoilt Lérins Islands, located off the coast of the French Riviera, British brand Lerins is a new conscious trainer brand.

Founded in 2021, designed in London, and made in Portugal with materials sourced in Europe, Lerins puts a directional and sustainable twist on the retro-inspired court trainer. Combining optimal comfort with trend-led style credentials, Lerins is introduced with 10 options and in a palette of in-style shades including muted camel and vibrant green.

Shoes are very much in founder, Daniel Rubin’s blood. The fourth generation of his family to be involved in manufacturing footwear, Daniel owned a factory in London for over a decade creating women’s fashion shoes, whilst designing, importing, and wholesaling fashion footwear for over twenty years. In 1992, Daniel founded footwear brand and retailer, Dune.

Lerins’ leather is produced to a gold standard in certified ‘Leather Working Group’ tanneries where the provenance of the raw material is known and approved, and the use of water and chemicals tightly controlled.

Vegan leather is supplied by Lerins’ Italian partner, Vegea. Made from the grape skins left over from wine making, it is combined with vegetal oils and natural fibres to make a durable and leather-like product. There is also a leather and canvas option with the canvas crafted from recycled sea plastic. Laces are made of organic cotton and soles from recycled and virgin rubber.

menswear sustainable trainers lerins sneakers men's the chic geekAll packaging is recyclable, compostable or biodegradable and wherever possible, Lerins uses energy efficient processes in its logistics and operations.

Lerins doesn’t suggest it is fully sustainable - it is busy working on that - however, it is committed to making every effort to become as sustainable as possible. From the outset Lerins will be transparent in what it can achieve and what continues to be a work in progress.

Lerins is also a corporate partner of the World Land Trust charity, supporting international reforestation initiatives.

TheChicGeek says, "The sustainable trainer/sneaker market is getting more crowded, but it is the correct direction to take. Thanks to its bolder colour choices - I just hope they make that green in larger sizes - Lerins stands out, and with Daniel's experience in making shoes, they should offer the quality and value expected at this price point."

Lerins - Palm Trainer - £130 

www.lerinslondon.com 

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Published in Labels To Know

the edit ldn opens limited edition sneaker boutique in Harrods

The UK’s leading online store for limited edition sneakers and high-end streetwear, The Edit LDN, today announced the opening of its first ever UK boutique store in Harrods.

The Edit LDN is a leading online destination selling the hottest and hardest to get sneakers and streetwear from brands including Yeezy, Jordan, Off-White and collaborations through to Supreme, among others to a wide community of fashionistas, collectors and investors. 

Moses Rashid, founder and CEO of The Edit LDN commented: “We want to expand and increase accessibility for people who want to own limited-edition sneakers around the world. Being the first sneaker reseller in Harrods is a proud and milestone moment for the company and its great to see such a global mega brand engaging with the sneaker market, moreover, that we're the catalyst to make that happen. Harrods offers an amazing customer journey to their global customer base and this aligns completely with our approach to offer the best in class service. In 18 months, we have expanded our community of buyers from avid sneaker fans to TV and film celebrities as well as professional footballers and royal families around the world. Opening in Harrods is a logical next step as we bring our unique proposition to their customer base”. 

The Edit LDN has established itself as a trusted source of authenticated and high quality new and pre-loved streetwear and sneakers.

Simon Longland, Head of Menswear at Harrods commented: “Over the past three years, menswear at Harrods has undertaken a huge transformation, that has been visible through our brand curation as well as the physical shop floor. Our goal has been to transform the menswear experience at Harrods and embrace the most important and desirable trends on the market, and the launch of The Edit LDN continues that strategy. Bringing The Edit LDN’s industry expertise to Harrods ensures that our customers have access to the latest and most exclusive styles on the market through a service level which is unmistakably Harrods.”

Looking ahead, Moses added: “This is a marketplace worth $6bn a year globally and will grow 5x by 2030. The demand for sneakers is growing every day and we are at the heart of servicing this trend. It’s been a remarkable 18 months since we launched to now opening in Harrods, the world’s most iconic department store. We are in hyper growth and headed in the right trajectory as we scale the business globally. Our on-going funding round will enable us to move faster and achieve our goals“. 

Founded in 2020, The Edit LDN has quickly become the UK’s leading online consignment store for limited edition sneakers and high end streetwear, both new and pre-loved items. Their innovative platform connects premium resellers to a global audience offering a deluxe experience from discovery, packaging and delivery. Brands include Jordan, Yeezy, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Off-White, Supreme, Fear of God among others. The platform is fast becoming synonymous with speed of service, authenticity, diverse selection of secure payment methods, and first class customer service.

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Published in News
Monday, 08 July 2019 16:21

#OOTD 123 It's Nicce That!

Menswear OOTD The Chic Geek Blogger Nicce tracksuit

Sometimes it's good to go for a run in the woods. Clear the mind, wind in your hair and the latest sneakers on your feet, life is good. and breathe. Nothing feels as good as a fresh tracksuit to put that spring in your step. Sorry, gotta run!

Credits - #Gifted Tracksuit - Nicce, Trainers - Diadora, Watch - Kronaby, 

Menswear OOTD The Chic Geek Blogger Nicce tracksuit

Menswear OOTD The Chic Geek Blogger Nicce tracksuit

Menswear OOTD The Chic Geek Blogger Nicce tracksuit

Menswear OOTD The Chic Geek Blogger Nicce tracksuit

Menswear OOTD The Chic Geek Blogger Nicce tracksuit

Menswear OOTD The Chic Geek Blogger Nicce tracksuit

Menswear OOTD The Chic Geek Blogger Nicce tracksuit

Published in Outfit of the Day
Tuesday, 05 February 2019 14:33

ChicGeek Comment Calling The Chunky Trainer

End of the chunky trainer sneaker BalenciagaFashion trends come and go, it’s in their nature, but, every so often, there is a trend which seems to carry on, continue to grow, get bigger and bigger, look unstoppable and you can’t judge when it’s going to run out of steam. One thing for certain is, they always will, but it’s just trying to pinpoint the moment when something peaks. 

Left - Buy? Bye, Balenciaga?! - Zapatillas Triple S - € 725

The trend I'm referring to is the chunky, fugly trainer. The have proliferated so far down the fashion food chain that every designer, brand and retailer has brought out their own version, so, it was obvious to ask, when will this fugly trainer madness end?

This is a trend that started building three years ago, which, in fashion trend terms, is a long time. During that time we’ve seen them get bigger and badder, with the end result of people looking like they were wearing concrete blocks on their feet. I’m looking at you, the Triple S!

Learning when to call a trend in fashion takes experience, but, also, a lot of guess work. It takes instinct, an amount chutzpah and the early data to say when something is about to start its descent.

End of the chunky trainer sneaker Tods

“It’s a “trend” that will see people paying £150 for a pair of shoes which they won’t be wearing in about 4 weeks time. I think many are over it already.” says Katie Owen, Founder, Sargasso & Grey, a British shoe company that create fashionable wide fitting shoes for women who have wide feet.

Right  Tod’s - Shoeker No_Code_02 in High Tech Fabric - £450

I knew it was all over when I saw a chunky trainer from LK Bennett. Yes, the home of the home counties kitten heel has moved into the chunky trainer arena. A stylist friend had been to their #SS19 press day preview, before Christmas, and had taken an image of the shoe and put it on their Instagram Stories. Instantly images of Sam Cam in a Roland Mouret or Kate Middleton picking Prince George up from school flashed across my mind, and it was then that I knew it was over. Stabbing a stiletto into the heart of this youth driven trend, this is what kills trends; when the parents start to wear it.

Another case in point, Tod’s, long the bastion of the nobbly driving shoe, flew the fashion press over to Milan for the big reveal of a new product in October, 2018. It turned out all the fuss was over a new trainer/sneaker or “shoeker”, as they’re calling it. The Tod’s “No_Code”, they said, “represents the constantly evolving change we’re seeing in the design industry, a progressive more elastic world that has no boundaries. We are living in a world where we are constantly on the move, whether it’s a boardroom meeting or weekend coffee with friends, the way we dress needs to adapt with ease.”

While not exactly a chunky trainer, the Shoeker - this name is not going to catch on - showed the attention these middle aged brands are giving to casual footwear and trainers. It was unveiled as part of the Tod’s No_Code brand umbrella, designed by Korean designer Yong Bae Seok who before joining the world of footwear at Tod’s, worked in the automotive industry. This is a trainer or sneaker for dads, who want to spend £450 on a pair and wear it to work along with their Donegal tweed jackets and slim jeans.

“Fashion is constantly trying to reinvent and occasionally we come across a novelty style that sticks. It then doesn’t matter if it’s flattering or a clever design, the hype takes over and makes it a sellout. The chunky trainer is a classic case of shoe marketing that we will look back at, and.. well, cringe, in all honesty,” says Paula O’Connor, Fashion Director. “You wouldn’t see Sarah Harris.. Jackie Kennedy , or (all hail ) Kate Moss in a pair, so leave we’ll alone .. “ she says.

When “Sneakers” is the first drop down on the shoes section on zegna.co.uk you know what the brand’s new priorities are. Another luxury “dad brand", the minute the kids see their parents in these, they’ll be ditching them faster than you can say “Jeremy Clarkson”.

End of the chunky trainer sneaker Zegna

When ASOS announced its shock slowing of growth before Christmas, one of the most interesting snippets of information from ASOS CEO, Nick Beighton, was that, in menswear, they had seen "a slowdown in sneaker brands, which has been quite dramatic”, he said.

It is well known the young male shoe buyer was becoming the biggest consumer of footwear - read more here - and it was trainers and sneakers he was buying. There could be many factors at work here, but undeniably the market is saturated and the trend has run its course. Trainers will continue to be a huge business, but it won’t be a “thing” anymore.

Left - Ermenegildo Zegna - Leather Cesare Sneakers - £540

Designer brands liked this trend because they could increase the prices for chunkier styles and nobody would complain that they were made from plastic and glue. The margins and volumes are huge.

There was interesting data from the NPD - the industry authority for the footwear market - on Q4 2018 footwear: "The 'democratization' of Adidas’s Yeezy franchise also led unexpected gains, with sales up more than 6X. Whether Yeezy can withstand the pressure of the expanded allocation remains to be seen.”

This is a classic case of over exposure and the generation gap killing a trend. The clock on your chunky trainers is counting down, so get stomping in them now.

Published in Fashion
Tuesday, 30 October 2018 16:02

Label To Know Oliver Cabell

Oliver Cabell sneakers trainers menswear label to knowOne certainty is the trainer/sneaker/casual shoe juggernaut shows no sign of slowing down. Young men are now the biggest purchasers of footwear - Read more #ChicGeekComment The Mass Male Sneakerheads - and trainers are driving this addiction.

A new trainer label to know is Oliver Cabell. Founded in England, but now based in the US, Oliver Cabell was started in 2016 by Scott Gabrielson, who left his job at a non-profit and moved to England to start a business. With no fashion, retail, or start-up experience, Scott relied on his passion for balanced design and quality products to launch Oliver Cabell. 

Left - Oliver Cabell - Ash - £145

In 2015 Gabrielson came across a news story from the 1970s highlighting a heavy night out for actors Oliver Reed and Steve McQueen. He had long been inspired by the rebellious duo, who spurred a generation to take the road less travelled. In the 1960s Reed and McQueen played the characters Oliver Twist and Martin Cabell, and he combined the two and came up with "Oliver Cabell". 

Oliver Cabell sneakers trainers menswear label to knowAs for the night out? It turns out even the “King of Cool”, Steve McQueen, proved no match for the Oliver Reed life force. The story goes that McQueen flew to London to discuss a project. Putting business aside, for a bit, the duo went on a marathon pub crawl, which resulted in Reed losing his lunch on McQueen. The project was never finished.

Right - Oliver Cabell - Amazon - £145

All Oliver Cabell footwear is made in Spain using Italian materials, and for every piece they create, they reveal their costs and tell the story of the people behind it. (This is part of the new trend of brand “Pricing Transparency” - Read more about it here ChicGeekComment Pricing Transparency)

Oliver Cabell sneakers trainers menswear label to know

Doing the intelligent thing of releasing new styles gradually, Oliver Cabell are launching, in two new colourways, Amazon and Ash, in their Rennes retro looking trainer. Made with 3oz suede, full-grain leather, and rubber shore A outsoles, all are sourced directly from the Tuscan region of Italy.

Published in Labels To Know
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 09:37

ChicGeek Comment The Mass Male Sneakerheads

Male consumers are biggest footwear buyers sneakerheads trainers sneakersYoung men are officially the biggest consumers of footwear in the UK. Move over Carrie Bradshaw, or is that reference way too old when you consider many of these 16-24 year old men weren’t even born when she started shopping for her Manolos.

According to the latest research from Mintel on footwear retailing, 95% of British males aged 16-24 bought shoes last year, making them Britain’s number one footwear buyers.

There’s been a revolution in men buying shoes and while women (86%) are still more likely to purchase footwear than men (78%), females aged 16-24 (10%) are twice as likely to have not purchased footwear in the last year compared to their male counterparts (5%), as the continuation of the casual and ‘athleisure’ trends drive men’s footwear sales.

Male shoe addicts are fast catching up on women. Men’s footwear accounted for 37% of all footwear sales in 2017, up from 34% in 2015. Valued at £4.38 billion in 2017, sales of men’s shoes increased an impressive 31% between 2015 and 2017. In comparison, sales of women’s shoes grew by only 10% over the same period to reach £5.48 billion in 2017.

“Men’s footwear, particularly among younger age groups, is really fuelling growth in the footwear sector.” says Chana Baram, Retail Analyst at Mintel. “In fact, our research shows that men aged 16-24 are more likely to be swayed by big brand names than women of the same age.” says Baram. “With trainers such a popular category for men as a whole, young men in particular are likely to respond positively to advertising campaigns by the big sports brands that feature their favourite male sports personalities.” she says.

This footwear sales growth is being fuelled by trainers, trainers and more trainers. Casual shoes and trainers are now the most popular shoe styles purchased by men.

“These are not just essential buys, but, got-to-have-it buys,” says Richard Wharton, footwear veteran and founder of Office & Offspring. “It’s all about the latest sneaker, there are millions version of that: the luxe trend, the Balenciaga Triple S, Off-White, Converse or Vans or whatever.” says Wharton. “These young guys have never worn formal shoes or been forced into wearing them at school. They buy what they want,” he says.

“Sneaker culture has really grown, from being a niche market to having mass appeal,” says Pamela Dunn, Senior Buyer, Schuh. “The rise of exclusive collabs and hard-to-get releases from brands like Nike/Adidas has fuelled the sneaker market.” she says.

In our age of sportswear and dress-down, our footwear choices have mirrored this and what was once unacceptable in certain social situations has now become mainstream and mass. Comfort is key.

“In modern offices nobody wears any other formal attire anymore so it’s acceptable to wear sneakers,” says Wharton. “Hype’s there. Before you didn’t have trainers for different occasions,” says Wharton. “Where you had that in formal wear, you, now, have that in sneakers: all black sneaker for work, weekend, something casual, or a club, maybe Dior or Louboutin,” he says.

The trainer market has grown to such as size that there is now multiple categories within this market and men are buying a full wardrobe of trainers for every social occasion. Designer brands have piled into this market seeing big margins and huge volumes. But what are these guys buying into? 

“Big brands at a more mass market level like Nike/Adidas or more top level brands include Off-White / Gucci / LV etc.” says Dunn.

“It’s so broad. They are buying high-end street couture to basic Vans or Converse,” says Wharton. “Nike rules with guys buy into their new technology. There are huge queues waiting for the next thing and Nike limit it, so they drip feed it in.” he says.

Boys are buying brands and this may go someway to explain the latest movements within the men’s footwear market. Ted Baker recently bought back its shoe license for £21 million. The fashion brand bought ‘No Ordinary Shoes’, the worldwide licensee, from the Pentland Group. “This is an exciting opportunity to drive further growth in our footwear business by leveraging our global footprint and infrastructure, in line with our strategy to further develop Ted Baker as a global lifestyle brand,” said Ted Baker founder Ray Kelvin. 

As Pentland lost Ted Baker, it appointed Marc Hare as the new ‘Product Director of the Lacoste Footwear Joint Venture’. He will be leading the new ‘Mainline’ and ‘Future Concepts’ product teams and working with Lacoste JV CEO, Gianni Georgiades, to support the company's vision for the brand. Marc Hare is known for his luxury evening styles and his, now, defunct Mr Hare footwear label. It’ll be interesting to see whether Pentland want to grow Lacoste further out from its sporty origins or use Hare’s skill by giving those sports shoes an elevation to compete within the luxury sneaker market.

What these brands see is growth, but is there further room for expansion or is the market becoming saturated?

“I think males will increasingly buy into footwear in the future, but the market will change,” says Dunn. “I think exclusive products may become less desirable, but brands that are big now will become even more dominant e.g. nike/adidas.” she says.

“It depends when it becomes saturation point,” says Wharton. “So many people want comfort that looks cool and there are multiple sub-genres such as Japanese sneakers, and Palace/Supreme collabs,” he says.

While the sports brands continue to offer newness, limit 'exclusive' product and raid their archives for classic styles, the trainer market seems healthy and will sustain the desire of men to keep adding to their collections. But, this rise of young men becoming the largest consumers of footwear is skewed towards one category and it will be interesting to see how the footwear industry gets this entire generation off their sport wears addiction and into a pair of leather lace-ups. 

Published in Fashion
Monday, 06 August 2018 15:39

Label To Know Oli X Oliver

Trainer Sneakers Best Brands Oli X Oliver

Trainers or sneakers attract geeks. Like moths to a flame, or maybe the moon, ‘sneakerheads’ catch the bug and find it very hard to shake. 

Trainer Sneakers Best Brands Oli X Oliver

Oliver Wrigley is a sneakerhead and his new premium British footwear brand, Oli X Oliver, was inspired by his love of footwear and his desire to offer a comfortable range of shoes without compromising on style. 

Left - AW18 Oli X Oliver - Mid-Top - £175

Each shoe is produced in Portugal from the highest quality leathers and hardware. The main vision for his collections was to produce shoes with clean lines and subtle detailing. He has done this by minimalising Trainer Sneakers Best Brands Oli X Oliverthe number of visible seams.

At the recent Jacket Required Trade Show, where he was previewing SS19, Oliver was even showing me how the cardboard shoe boxes were the highest quality he could find and he knows it’s the small details and the attention they need which makes the sneakerhead’s heart beat faster.

Left - Preview of SS19

These are premium, but are priced competitively, and his second collection, AW18, is just about to drop in stores now.

Right & Below - In the Portuguese factory

Trainer Sneakers Best Brands Oli X Oliver

 

Published in Labels To Know
Monday, 05 March 2018 17:18

Buyer’s Guide Coggles SS18

Ryan Haynes, Menswear Luxury Buyer, Coggles

Top menswear picks of SS18 Acne Jeans Coggles

“‘All about a clean and simple aesthetic with a slight element of layering. Stick to fresh, primary colours and you can’t go wrong. A wardrobe staple in a classic denim wash which is very versatile.”

Left - Acne Studios - North Slim Jeans Mid Blue - £210

Top menswear picks of SS18 Ami Sweatshirt Coggles

“Really current and cool brand. Sweatshirts are great for layering at this time of year and colour blocking is key.”

Left - Ami - Sweatshirt - £175 

“Everyone needs a floral shirt in their wardrobe. Bold, but can be worn both smartly with a blazer or casually for a festival.’

Below -McQ Alexander McQueen - Billy Foral Shirt – £250

Top menswear picks of SS18 McQ Alexander McQueen Floral Shirt Coggles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top menswear picks of SS18 Officine Generale Suede Jacket Coggles

“A tan, suede jacket is essential in every man’s wardrobe. Fitting in with the western influence, it is on trend but also timeless in itself.”

Left - Officine Générale - Suede Liam Jacket - £870

“Classics, but the marble sole adds an contemporary and unique twist.”

Below - Axel Arigato - Clean 90 Sneaker - £160

Top menswear picks of SS18 Axel Arigato sneakers trainers Coggles

All the pieces are SS18 and exclusive to the newly launched flagship store; Coggles, 52 London Road, Alderley Edge, Cheshire, SK9 7EF

Published in Buyer's Guides
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 16:53

Buyer's Guide Trunk Clothiers SS18

Mats Klingberg – Founder of Trunk Clothiers 

Mackintosh Loro Piana Storm System coat SS18 Trunk Clothiers Menswear

“Perfect for Spring rainy days. Cut from weatherproofed Loro Piana Storm System linen for an incredible look combining the visual texture of linen with the crisp feel of coated fabric.”

Left - Mackintosh Loro Piana Linen Raincoat Dark Indigo - £695

Lardini Prince of Wale check jacket SS18 Trunk Clothiers Menswear

“A great casual smart jacket for this Spring/Summer. This offering from the Italians, Lardini, combines linen with Summer weight wool for a luxurious-feeling Summer garment.”

Left - Lardini - Prince of Wales Check Double Breasted Jacket - £700 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Gitman Vintage green shirt Trunk Clothiers SS18 top menswear picks

“I like this green colour and a soft feel of fabric. This is a classic button down shirt from Gitman Vintage, made in the USA from a soft Japanese cotton chambray fabric.”

Left - Gitman - Vintage Japanese Chambray Shirt Green - £175

Zanone green sweater knitwear SS18 Trunk Clothiers Menswear

“Made in Italy from 100% cotton, this nicely structured warm weather knit bridges summer’s fabric textures from crisp to soft washed pieces.”

Left - Zanone - Cotton Crepe Crewneck Green - £185

“You can pair this Common Projects Achilles with any Chinos or Jeans. Great colour for warmer weather.”

Below - Common Projects - Achilles Suede Dark Grey - £325

Common Projects grey suede sneakers trainers SS18 Trunk Clothiers Menswear

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