The Lowdown On The Hawaiian Shirt


Should I say hello or Aloha my fellow fashionistas today lm taking a look at one the most funkist shirts ever invented, yes its the all singing & dancing Hawaiian shirt, they are bold & bright, you could be arrested for being to load, Did l hear “book.him Dano”, the shirts them selfs have a rich history, have appeared on our TV’S on many differnt programmes from “HAWAII FIVE-O” “MAGNUM P.I.” it was Thomas Magnum PI played by Tom Sellock, who made the shirts so iconic, he wore them while driving his red ferriar 308 around Hawaii solving cases, his most famous one was the Jungle Bird one, In 1988, Tom Selleck turned over his famous red Hawaiian shirt and other items from the show to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The Smithsonian chose the Magnum PI memorabilia because the show portrayed Vietnam Veterans in a positive way at a time when the nation was still dealing the wounds of Vietnam. Those characters were Thomas Magnum, T.C, and Rick. Since then his shirts have become a well sort after collectors piece, from the followers of this classic show.


Thomas Magnum Wearing His Famous Jungle Bird Shirt


The Aloha shirt, also referred to as a Hawaiian shirt, is a style of dress shirt originating in Hawaii. They are collared and buttoned dress shirts, usually short-sleeved and cut from printed fabric. They are often worn untucked, but can be worn tucked in as well. They are not only casual wear, but serve as informal business attire in Hawaii.”Aloha Friday”, a now-common tradition of celebrating the end of the workweek by wearing more casual attire on Fridays, initially grew out of an effort to promote Aloha shirts.According to some sources, the origin of Aloha shirts can be traced to the 1920s or the early 1930s,when the Honolulu-based dry goods store “Musa-Shiya the Shirtmaker” under the proprietorship of Kōichirō Miyamoto,started making shirts out of colorful Japanese prints.It has also been contended that the Aloha shirt was devised in the early 1930s by Chinese merchant Ellery Chun of “King-Smith Clothiers and Dry Goods”, a store in Waikiki.Although this claim has been described as a myth reinforced by repeated telling,Chun may have been the first to mass-produceor to maintain the ready-to-wear in stock to be sold off the shelf.

Koichiro Miyamoto,aka Musa-Shiya The Shirtmaker”- One Of The Original Aloha Shirt Tailors

The name “Aloha shirt” appeared later. By 1935 and 1936, the word “Aloha” was being attached to various sorts of Hawaiian products, so calling the garments “Aloha shirts” was hardly original.The term Aloha shirt first appeared in print in an advertisement for Musa-Shiya in the June 28, 1935 issue of The Honolulu Advertiser newspaper. However, Ellery Chun is sometimes credited for coining the term, perhaps in 1933; Chun’s store reportedly carried window signs that said “Aloha shirts”. The term “Aloha sportswear” was registered as a trademark by Chun’s company in 1936,followed by Chun trademarking “Aloha Shirt” in 1937 and owning the rights to this appellation for the next 20 years.

And as they say the rest is history now we know how these crazy shirts got there name & origins lets see shirts in all there glory & how they could give your wardrobe the kick in the pants it needs. Now there hundreds & hundreds of different shops offering Hawaiian shirts, so how can you find the best, simply hit the internet and search, lucky for me I found one company called http://www.hawaiian-shirt-shop.co.uk that sold proper Hawaiian shirts, that were made in Honolulu so here are three of there shirts that I fell in love with.

Hang Ten £44.99


100% Cotton poplin Hawaiian short-sleeve shirt with pattern-matched chest pocket. Genuine coconut shell buttons. Cool and lightweight for summer. Made in Honolulu. this shirt is stunning, a deep grey-blue florals print with a stunning coloured band on the top, this shirt would look amazing with stone chinos & tan leather loathers.

Hibiscus Mania £44.99


100% Cotton poplin Hawaiian short-sleeve shirt with pattern-matched chest pocket. Genuine coconut shell buttons. Cool and lightweight for summer. Made in Honolulu. this shirt screans take me to the beach, you could wear this with a plain whit T-shirt underneath & the shirt unbuttoned & a pair of washed indigo jeans for a casual laid back look.


Hibiscus Garden Navy £44.99


100% Cotton poplin Hawaiian short-sleeve shirt with pattern-matched chest pocket. Genuine coconut shell buttons. Cool and lightweight for summer. Made in Honolulu. Out of all the shirts l love this one the most, the deep blue fabric & vivid bright colours of the floral print really set this shirt apart, I would wear this with some tan linen trousers & white trainers.

One of the problems with Hawaiian shirts alot of young stylish fashionistas dont know how to wear them, the key is to let the shirt do the talking for you. Here is a couple of ideas to help you.

Now I love this outfitt the shirts base colour is dark & the print design has flashes of white all through it, the guy gos for simple white shorts & trainers so he keeps the outfitt neutral, and all the attention is aimed at the shirt.

The next shot shows you can wear a Hawaiian shirt in a inner urban city area, this guy has gone for a lush deep navy shirt that has a vivid coloured print running through it, to give it that street look he put on a classic white T-shirt & a pair of indigo jeans this look is bang on the money people.

Thats all we have time for today people, remember lets keep it simple & stylish, Im no fashion guru, I just love fashion

BE BOLD BE PROUD

yours Kindly
Bob Redfern

Men’s Summer Sartorial Style Guide


Summer is fast approaching guys, it’s time for Summer garden party’s & relaxing in the beer garden, heading abroad for our annual Holidays, because we are getting hot weather or traveling to warmer climates, most men stick to the basics, some funny logo T-shirt & big baggy cargo shorts, wearing horrible colored flip flops, but if you plan ahead, by the time you go on holiday or start to enjoy the hot weather, you could have one of the most stylish summer wardrobes, and it does not take much to get together, this blog is more directed to older men, who want to drop the tight fitting denim shorts & multi colored T-shirts, and those horrible bulky very expensive running shoes, so lets take a look at whats on offer & how you can put a great summer outfit together and look stylish with a squeeze of sartorial thrown in.Now the first pieces are shirts & polo shirts this is what real stylish men wear, when it comes to a summer style polo shirts are king, it can be a linen one or choose a 100% pique cotton fabric, these are natural fibers none man made so you wont sweat as much, because the fabric is breathable, again with shirts stick with linen or a 100% cotton, the style you should be looking for is not slim fit, “WHY”, most of us don’t have a body of a Greek God carved abs of granite, we are average joe’s, so lets dress accordingly, and you will look stylish & well put together, we need standard fit, the garment needs to simply drape a little, not hang off you, so it gives you room to breath & you feel comfortable, the same with summer shirts try to aim for short sleeve if you can & go for casual fit guys, colors and patterns is your next issue, you could end up looking like a bright looking ice lolly, if you don’t get the basics right, my advice is don’t be scared of color, summer is all about color but lets say you go for a bright pink shirt, tone it down with plain dark colors below, now patterns are great for summer I love short sleeve shirts with floral prints, these can be stylish if you buy the right ones, one piece I for got to mention is T-shirts, they do have a place in your wardrobe , but if we are trying to achieve a sartorial look, you got to keep them in plain colors, pastel colors if you can, as it is your summer wardrobe, please please no logo T-shirts, so here is a couple of options to get you thinking.

This stunning Indigo polo shirt is a Linen & cotton blend, this comes from Mango Man it retails for £29.99, this piece can be with shorts & trousers, andy you could dress it up with light coloured blazer.


Add statement prints to your smart-casual collection with this shirt from Patrick Grant’s exclusive Hammond Co. Range. Working a bold tiger pattern throughout, it’s made with ecovero , a sustainable, eco-friendly material, for an ultra-soft and lightweight feel. A fashion line from Debenhams, the shirt is retails at £40.00 but is on sale right now if your looking to save some money.

Now if your not a lover of short sleeve shirts, and you are looking for a stylish long sleeved summer shirt, then UNIQLO have your back coverd, this simple smart elegant 100 % pure line shirt, ideal for breezy summer days, its available in many versatile colors, and its designed to drape elegantly when not tucked in, it retails for only £29.99, can be worn on it own or dressed up with a blazer.

This Burgundy slub short sleeve t-shirt from Burton’s men’s wear, has a roll cuff detail. This item is part of of their eco collection and is made with 100% organic cotton fibres. Organic cotton is grown without the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides, or Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and has a lower impact on the environment, its available in many bold summer colors and retails at £9.00 so cheaps as chips, looks good as a base layer or worn on its own.Thats the top half lets have a look at some stylish piece’s for the bottom, l do own jeans, but l try to stay away from wearing them during the summer months, also l want to show alternatives from denim jeans and get you thinking, people choose denim because its a safe choice for them, so let me tempt you & show you some stylish pieces that will get you thinking.

In summer you dont want to be wearing wool or flannel trousers, its linen or light cotton chinos, now to me the king of chinos is Charles Tyrwhitt, I have brought made to measure chinos & top shelf brand ones, but to me these are the best l have ever brought in my life, they come in three styles, classic fit, Slim fit, extra slim fit, you can have pleats or flat front, these non-iron chinos deliver a smart look in an easy-to-wear fabric. To ensure a comfortable fit, they are crafted with a curved waistbandt and added a touch of elastane to the soft cotton fibres. Their tailored design narrows towards the hem to create a contemporary silhouette. Charles Tyrwhitt have packed these trousers with thoughtful extra details, such as Bengal stripe detailing on the pockets and an internal French bearer panel. This additional piece of material helps to keep the front of the trousers flat. As you can see from the images, you can wear them for business or casual, and the price for these are only £69.95

My next choice are these expertly tailored, regular fit flat-front trousers they ideal for the summer months, keeping you feeling fresh when temperatures rise and allowing you to dress smartly even in the heat. Sophisticated and comfortable, these trousers will keep you looking sharp, elegant and stylish, whatever the occasion. 55% linen and 45% cotton. they are from from Samuel Windsor, they are normally known for their shoes, but they also provide a stunning mens wardrobe, and they come in many colors too, retail price is only £34.50, you can wear them with a stylish blazer or a nice short sleeve shirt.

Summer is all about shorts, but young young gentleman seem to struggle with the concept of what the difference is between sport & casual shorts, casual shorts simply dont have any logos on them, dont buy shorts with cargo pockets, your shorts should be just above your knee, these Shorts come from TU clothing, you will look stylish in these cool red shorts. Cut from a classic cotton twill in a stylish shade of soft red, they feature all the essential attributes of a classic chino short with the added benefit of stretch. Team them with a smart polo shirt and you’ll be suitably attired for the golf course or club house. And at £12.00 a pair you cant go wrong.Now we have covered the basics which will make up your stylish summer wardrobe, its time to add the final touches that will give you the sartorial element of your summer wardrobe, these are blazers and suits, remember cotton or linen is what your looking for, your looking for unstructured pieces, and they have no lining in side of them, this makes them more light wearing, you want simple pieces in summer or earthy colours in a classic fit.

So let me introduce you to your next favourite item of summer clothing, its your linen suit, with one suit you get a jacker & a pair of trousers, because of the neutral color of this suit, you can wear the jacket or the trousers on their own, so you have a item of clothing you can use with every piece of your summer wardrobe, so when you need to look smart but don’t want to wear a wool suit, linen is the answer answer.Breathable and lightweight, this suit comes from Moss Bross 1851, the jacket is half lined and made from 100% linen to keep you cool when the temperature is on the rise. In a neutral stone shade and with tortoiseshell buttons, this is a versatile and classic jacket. The tailored cut ensures a strong shoulder and a defined waist. For a relaxed yet smart outfit, try it with an open-necked linen shirt. dress it down with some white trainers or dress it up with a pair of leather loathers. the suit retails at £209.

The final piece to finish your wardrobe is your blazer, with so many colours & styles l could not find one to really show you a individual one as l loved every one l saw, colour should not hold you back its summer, after all, aim for a linen mix or cotton, go plaids & herringbone patterns or quite simply go for what you like, for remember lighter the fabric the more the jacket will keep you cool, your looking for is a unstructured blazer, it is the jacket equivalent of a decent pair of chinos. It retains enough formality that it can be dressed up with a shirt and tie, but is also relaxed enough that it looks good over a T-shirt and with jeans.

People ask me what style of blazer should l choose, my self you want a patch pocket design, two button front, simple notch lapel, with side vents on the back, this style is more dress down and so true to the orginal design of a sports coat/blazer, the style of the blazer is more relaxed & you want in a classic fit so it fits you just right. keep it simple & you will look stylish.

Foot wear at summer time is simple, stay the fuck away from sandals & flip flops, for the pool & beach yes, for for everything else, go for loathers or boat shoes or espadrilles or white trainer’s simple thats easy to understand. I will show you a couple of pieces to give you an idea

Boat shoes were invented in 1935 by American Paul A. Sperry of New Haven, Connecticut after noticing his dog’s ability to run easily over ice without slipping. Using a knife, he cut siping into his shoes The classic boat shoe gets a contemporary update with the Albury pair from Hammond Co. Made from leather in an all-over woven design, they’re shaped with an almond toe and set on a contrasting sporty sole. they would look great with the linen suit or with the chinos

I love white trainers, they are my number 1 go to for dress down casual shoes, simple but stylish l recently came across a new footwear brand called Loyalty, they wanted to inspire people with something meaningful-to lead with a message and to be more than just a brand. That meant earing trust & developing powerful, long lasting relationships with like minded individuals. And to me they have done this and made some amazing styilsh pieces, they retail for £100, again these would look great on the beach or a evening out, keep it simple but stylish.

Again thats all l have time for today, again I claim to be no guru fashionista just a guy who loves to dress well & l like to share my knowledge & hopefully inspire some up coming young fashion inspired men to dress well, building a good wardrobe starts with the basics and from there you build your way up.

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Yours Kindly

Bob Redfern

Indiana Jones Style Review


 

 

Its 1981 and there’s a new breed of Superhero, he has no super powers, he does not wear a cape, but he has a whip & he knows how to use it, his name is, “Indiana” Jones’s full name is Dr. Henry Walton Jones Jr., and his nickname is often shortened to”Indy”. In his role as a college professor of archaeology, Jones is scholarly and learned in a tweed suit, lecturing on ancient civilizations. At the opportunity to recover important artifacts, Dr. Jones transforms into “Indiana,”a”non-superhero superhero” image he has concocted for himself.Producer Frank Marshall said, “Indy is a fallible character. He makes mistakes and gets hurt. That’s the other thing people like: He’s a real character, not a character with superpowers. Jones is characterized by his iconic accoutrements (bullwhipfedorasatchel, and leather jacket), he is wry, witty and has a sarcastic sense of humor, hates Nazi’s, knowledge of ancient civilizations and languages, and a fear of snakes. well come on guy’s all super heroes have at least one weakness, He was also named the greatest movie character by Empire magazine. Entertainment Weekly ranked Indiana 2nd on their list of The All-Time Coolest Heroes in Pop Culture. Premiere magazine also placed Indiana at number 7 on their list of The 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time, Harrison Ford said the fun of playing the character was that Indiana is both a romantic and a cynic,while scholars have analyzed Indiana as having traits of a lone wolf; a man on a quest; a noble treasure hunter; a hardboiled detective; a human superhero; and an American patriot.

Now what makes Indy stand out is his iconic costume, Upon requests by Spielberg and Lucas, the costume designer gave the character a distinctive silhouette through the styling of the hat; after examining many hats, the designers chose a tall-crowned, wide-brimmed fedora. As a documentary of Raiders pointed out, the hat served a practical purpose. Following the lead of the old “B”-movies that inspired the Indiana Jones series, the fedora hid the actor’s face sufficiently to allow doubles to perform the more dangerous stunts seamlessly. Examples in Raiders include the wider-angle shot of Indy and Marion crashing a statue through a wall, and Indy sliding under a fast-moving vehicle from front to back. Thus it was necessary for the hat to stay in place much of the time.

Indiana Jones

So its the costume l want to go into more detail than the character, if anything its his Fedora hat that’s more famous than him, no Fedora no Indiana Jones, his leather Jacket is like his amour, in it he can jump on moving trucks & tanks, ride horses, fight Nazi’s, Fly planes, and he does not seem to get injured while wearing it, in the film Indian Jones & The Temple Of Doom, he gets captured & is stripped of his Jacket, Indy falls under there spell, Short Round has to burn him with a torch to bring him back around, so this proves his leather jacket is more than a jacket to Indy.

Indiana Jones In the Raiders Of The Lost Ark

So first lets take a look at Indy’s Fedora hat, we know its a tall-crowned wide brimmed Fedora, the hat came from The fedora was supplied by Herbert Johnson Hatters in England for the first three films. An Australian model was used by costume designer Deborah Landis to show hat maker Richard Swales the details when making the iconic hat from “the Poets” parts. The Fedora gives Indy his iconic silhouette when his shadow appears, the hat even has it own story, it belonged to a treasure hunter named Garth, who discovered the Cross of Coronado with his gang in 1912 in Utah. Jones, while on a Boy Scout trip, stole the cross and eluded Garth and his men and returned home. The Sheriff arrived to reclaim the cross for Garth’s employer, but Garth, seeing spirit in the young man, put his fedora on Jones’ head, and told him, “You lost today, kid, but that doesn’t mean you have to like it.” Jones kept the hat, and wore it as he traveled the world. Indiana Jones nicknamed the man Fedora, after the hat. From that day he wore it every time he went on a expedition to recover new relics. You can still buy a exact copy of this iconic hat, from many on line companies, there were also several different models made for all four films & the TV series, l’ve included some images & price if your interested into investing into a Indiana Fedora.

Indiana Jones Wearing His High-Crown Fedora
A Replica Of Indiy’s Fedora Made By http://www.villagehatshop.com £50

The next piece we are looking at is his leather Jacket, oh boy oh boy, Indy’s leather Jacket, as a kid l remember seeing Indy for the first time, you here some men talking at the start of the movie, one of the men pulls a gun you hear a crack of a whip, the gun is wrenched out of the mans hand, by the whip, Indy steps forward from the shadows & the rest is history & hero’s now where a leather Jackets, now Indy’s jacket is no run of the mill jacket, it was made especially for the movie, that’s what makes it so iconic, you can still buy the exact model today, But did you know the original Raiders and Last Crusade leather jackets were made in a little place in England called Kent? In 1980, Peter Botwright of Wested Leather (Leather Concessionaires at the time) were commissioned by Bermans & Nathan
to design and make Harrison Ford’s first Indy jacket, the original jacket had two way hand warmer pockets, one leather bound inside pocket, side vents with adjustable side straps, and brass zips with D rings, the jackets were made from heavy lambskin, as l stated before Wested Leather are still making the Indy jacket, they offer a couple of models from all four movies in cotton and leather, Each jacket sold is sent with a Certificate of Authenticity and a Signature Label confirming you are purchasing an authentic replica from the original maker based on the original patterns which are fit corrected and adapted for streetwise durability, please find some images below and prices.

Raiders of Lost Ark Jacket in Washed Lambskin Authentic “Indiana Jones” 
£210.00

    
Raiders of the Lost Ark Jacket in Brown Cotton “Indiana Jones”
£89.00

Now no action hero cant go around butt naked, he needs trousers, remember this is the 1930s & 1940s, gortex & cotton trousers, have not been invented yet, but our hero Indy needs a strong pair of trousers, that wont get ripped while he is being dragged under a truck on a dirt road in the desert, remember Indy travels to some of the hottest shit holes in the world, so he can’t wear flannel or wool trousers, his balls would be red raw, he cant wear Linen trousers, they would just disintegrate on the first day with Indy, so he needs a pair of trousers that are hard wearing but they also keep him cool, At the time, the US had a version of khakis that was made from a tough, service-grade twill cloth dubbed “Cramerton”, created by weavers Galey & Lord. Later that year, officers were also permitted to wear khakis while “at-ease”, whenever breaks of ‘liberty’ were granted. The khakis of the American GI were often referred to as “suntans”, as they were a lighter shade than those worn by the British (hence the distinction between regular “khaki” and the slightly darker “British khaki”).  basic design and do carry a slight pinkish hue. The pants made for Raiders are said to be more of a greyish-brown where the pants made for Temple of Doom and Last Crusade were supposedly a purer reddish-brown. The pants were made of a khaki wool-twill, pleated with seven belt loops, two scalloped button flap rear pockets, a button fly and a four-inch military style hem. They were all most likely subcontracted by the costume department and made by famed London based cinema costumers, Angels and Bermans, to be tailored perfectly for Harrison Ford for the production. You can buy a reproduction pair from several outlets please find below some pictures below.

A View Of The Front & Back Of Indy’s Pants
“Indiana Jones” Pants / Trousers 100% Wool Calvary Twill
£89.00

Now the Final piece of Indy’s costume was his shirt, this shirt very rarely survive to see the end of any of his movies, normally the sleeves would have been ripped off, or they would have just fallen to bits through Indy sweating so much in thick jungles & hot dirty deserts, The Indiana Jones shirt is based on a typical safari-style shirt. The shirt has a spread collar and seven buttons down the front placket that get progressively darker in each movie. The two patch pockets on the chest close with a single button on a pointed flap. The epaulettes are sewn at the shoulders and button down on the pointed end at the neck. The sleeves have a single-button squared cuff, distinctive feature is two vertical strips running from the shoulders to the bottom of the shirt tails and a common debate regards the original shirt color. Surviving samples of the original shirts seem to be darker in reality than they appear on screen. Most fans look for an off-white “stone” color for their replicas. The original shirts, however, may have been more of a “tan” or “natural” color. The shirt varied little from film to film, the only notable difference being the darker buttons in Temple of Doom and Last Crusade. Originally designed by Andreas Dometakis for the films, this shirt was once one of the hardest pieces of gear to find. If you are interested in acquiring a reproduction shirt, l have some pictures below with links to buy them.

Harrison Ford Wearing “Indy’s” Shirt

IndyShirt £49.00



Now the final piece of the Indy outfit has to be his foot wear, remember this is again set in the 1930s, so boots were common, but he would have needed the best boots money could buy, he need a pair that could take on the swamps of the rain forests, the sands of the deserts of Egypt, also kick bad guys ass’s with, it was actually Harrison Ford who suggested to use Alden boots model 405, Ford had worn them for work when he worked as a carpenter, they are still sold today (though in a redder (brick) shade of brown than seen in the films) and are popularly known as “Indy Boots, you can buy the originals for £632, if you want to save some money you can buy a reproduction pair for half the price, ever way these boots would look still stylish today


In These Shots You Can See Indiana Jones Wearing His Alden’s 405 Boots
The Real Deal I Give you The Indy Boot Other Wise Known As Alden 405’s £632
Indiana Jones reproduction Adventurer’ Boots. Made by Wested
£110.00

Indiana Jones was clearly one of the coolest guys around, he made archaeology cool, travelling to amazing country’s, discovering lost treasures, also fighting Chinese gangsters & evil Nazi’s, and machine gun toting commies, this guy did it all & it was never for personal gain, it was to save priceless relics from falling into the hands of the bad guys, and so people could see these priceless relics in museums and adore there beauty, if there was one person who you would want on your side when the chips were down it would be Indiana Jones.

I hope you have enjoyed our look into India’s wardrobe & even today key pieces like his boots and Jacket would look amazing in your wardrobe, l don’t know about the hat, but l would say no to the whip defo, remember again l’m no style guru, this is my take on fashion.

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Yours Kindly Bob Redfern

 

No Time To Die Style Review


James Bond is back & he looks better than ever, this will be Daniel Craig 5th outing as Bond, and at 52 years of age he still looks good, the reason why l like Daniel Craig as James Bond, there is no stupid Jokes, funny Gadgets from Q, if Bond gets into a fight, he gets hurts his clothes even get messed up, his hair does not stay in place after a epic car chase and a fight with 57 bad guys, not like Roger Moore, when he played Bond he would get into a punch up and he would have no marks and his hair still looked good, with Daniel Craig you see Bond get shot, slashed, beaten up the whole shebang baby, its about as real as your going to get it, the only thing that has stayed the same is James Bond style, the character is known for wearing the best clothes money can buy, his suits are hand made by the best tailors on Savile Row, so when l heard Bond was back l wanted a quick peek at what he was sporting now in his ass kicking wardrobe.

Bond On A School History Trip

As you know the press are all ways leaked sneaky shots of Bond on set, when they want to start promoting a new Bond Movie, any way l went on the web and found pictures of Bond doing his thing killing bad guys, but in a light tan suit, l could not see clearly what kind of Fabric it was, so l started to search online, then l found it, wait for it, Corduroy, yes you heard me, Bond was killing bad guys in my history teachers suit, l was like have they spent all there money on stunts, or was this to portray MI5 was skint & Bond had to shop at his local department store, surly bond was not wearing a history teachers suit.

Any way after doing a bit of research & I had stopped laughing, I found out since Daniel Craig had being playing Bond, he has a lot of impute in what he thinks Bond should wear, like in Spectre he wore that stunning brown blazer from Brunello Cucinelli, it turned out that Daniel Craig him self buys cloths from them, so when it came for Bond to kick ass again & teach the bad guys a lesson, he was going to do it as a pissed off Alcoholic history teach, so they brought a off the peg suit, for you not in the tailoring game, that means all ready made, so lets have a closer look at Bonds suit.

              The Massimo Alba Suit

Daniel Craig as James Bond wears a corduroy Massimo Alba Sloop Suit, The two-button sand-tone suit is worn during the high action scenes with Bond and Dr Madeleine Swann The unlined ‘Sloop’ suit comes in what Massimo Alba calls the color ‘Desert’. The suit can be ordered directly from Massimo Alba on their website The suit costs £896 (approximately £1000), much less than the Tom Ford suits worn in the film which start at approx. £3500. Even Mr. Alba was surprised by the sartorial choice, saying he assumed the whole thing was a joke when he received an email last March from Jane Gooday, the film’s head costume buyer at Pinewood Studios, he sent over his look books for Mr. Alba’s spring 2019 and fall 2019 collections, the studio ordered 30 suits, raincoats and trousers from the spring styles, each in three European sizes — 50, 52 and 54. The unlined Sloop suit came in what Mr. Alba called “Desert,” a sandy hue; the duster coat in “Agades,” a moss-green color named after the Niger city Agadez; and the pants in a gray shade called “Alluminio” or aluminum. And the studio paid the bill — though Mr. Alba declined to say just how much it was.

The Suit you can buy from Mr Porter, the suit is Made in Italy from finely waled cotton-corduroy, this suit includes a notch-lapel jacket that’s lined through the sleeves so it slips on smoothly but remains quite lightweight. The trousers are cut straight and have unfinished hems that you can tailor for your ideal break, but at £896 its still very expensive, Bond has expensive taste, My history teacher was a drunk and had no taste, but he could afford a corduroy suit, so l decide to see If you could actually put a similar outfit together for less.

The Studio Suit Blazer

My first obstacle was the said suit, l searched Google, Ebay , even rang around retirement homes for pissed up ex history teachers, l even emailed Jeremy Corbyn, the king of no fashion sense, he was playing hard to get, then by chance l came across a website, called Studio Suits, you can get a suit made of the peg, or made to your measurements, l found a similar fabric, you can pick how you want it look , remember the suit is unlined, and it has notch lapels, side vents on the back, slanted pockets with a ticket pocket, the cost of the suit was £245, Including delivery, not bad if you ask me, l do not know if the suit would be good but it would look the part.

The Cornflower Blue Shirt

My next problem was the shirt, in the film bond is seen wearing a cornflower blue button down collar long sleeve shirt, again l looked every where to find out what type of shirt Bond was wearing, he Normally wears a Tom Ford shirt, they retail around £388, ouch l hear, l found 2 cheaper options, the first was, l could get a shirt made in the same color cornflour blue, and same style, at http://www.itailor.com for £33.99, again you can get it made to order, or pick a standard size, the final option was a company on line on from Ebay actually advertising a copy of the shirt for £30.00, these were the closest option, l think l would go with the Itailor option.

The final major piece of this Outfit, is the boots he was wearing, it didn’t take me long to find out our Bond was sporting a pair of Drake’s Crosby Moc-Toe Chukka Boots in Dark Brown Suede, These Drake’s shoes are Made in Italy, and are unlined, using premium suede uppers and hardy rubber crepe soles. It features a leather insole with embossed logo. The top has a Moc-Stitched Toe (a distinctive moccasin-style stitching around the vamp). They are stylish but at £275 a pop you would be scared to piss on them by accident, luckily there is a cheaper option & wait for it they are even made in Italy too, The Astroflex Dukeflex boot is one of the best kept secrets in men’s footwear. Handmade in Northern Italy by a family that’s been making boots for six generations, these boots are eco-friendly, handsome as hell, It all starts with premium European leather that’s aged for 30 days in an all-natural mixture of water, oak bark, and powdered mimosa. The leather is then softened with all-natural ingredients, also 100% natural rubber soles. They are a steal at £130 a pair half the price of the Crosby, more money in your pocket.

James Bond Wearing Drake Crosby Moc-Toe Chukka Boots
The Astroflex Dukeflex Boot

The final two pieces are the trouser suspenders he wears with his suit and that deep burgundy shirt, you very rarely see bond sporting suspenders, the only time you see him wearing them is when he wears, his famous dinner suit, obviously if Bond needs gentlemen accessories he only has the best, and he is sporting a pair of Albert Thurston Dove Grey braces with brown leather joints and gilt clasps in silver, you can buy them from MASON & SONS for £65, again a cheaper option is ebay, you can pick up Dove Grey button suspenders for £20, and they still look as stylish.

The Real Albert Thurston Suspenders

 

The final finishing touch is the necktie worn by James Bond, is The Avery Necktie by Alexander Olch, a New York based designer.The tie is hand-made in New York from burgundy silk twill ground with contrasting bourette silk spots, the necktie is available in 4 different widths, 2″, 2.5″, 3″ and the most wide, 3.5″. For the film, the 3.5″ version was used. The length is 58″ but can be customized, but at £150 again this is a lot of money to waist on a tie your going to strangle some one with, my option is cheaper and more in keeping with a pissed up history teacher, l chose a deep burgundy tweed tie & matching pocket square set from ebay, it looks amazing & looks even more stylish, the price was all right too, £8.99 including delivery.

The Avery Necktie By Alexander Olch

The only thing you need to finish of your look is your omega wristwatch if your Bond, and if your a pissed up history teacher, its a brown bag & a bottle of your cheapest shit whisky, James Bond is a style icon & will be all ways be remembered for his love of Woman & Martini’s, he is the essential British Gentleman who lives life in the fast lane and all ways looks amazing.

So again its time to say goodbye again, as usual I state I’m no fashion guru, this is my take on fashion, seeing Bond looking good in off the peg suits, is nice but again its from top labels a lot of us cant afford, but as you can see shop around and you can look like Mr Bond for a fraction of the price.

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Yours Kindly

Bob Redfern

SPRING FASHION ESSENTIALS


Winter has finally ended & the clocks have gone forward, its time to say goodbye to your chunky jumpers & heavy winter coats, we still need our tweed blazers & light knitwear, but its also a great time to get ready for summer too, as Spring can be a warm period too, as with all men’s wardrobe’s key pieces wear out like T-shirts & jumpers, so these need to be constantly replaced over time, so Spring is a ideal time to clear out your old tatty pieces & replace with fresh colorful pieces. Old stock sales should be on soon, also the new summer ranges are coming out. so I’m going to go through a couple of pieces I reckon a stylish man should have in his wardrobe for the next couple of months.

My first piece I think you need is the classic tweed blazer, tweed comes in many colors & amazing patterns, so they can give you added color & style to your wardrobe, my reason for picking tweed is for two reasons, the first is this blog is for men who want to learn how to dress properly and stylish, when you hit 40 +, puffer jackets do not look good on you any more, its time to grow up and start looking like a real man, a blazer is a key piece that can be dressed up with trousers or Jeans, that’s the key a stylish blazer you can use it with almost any thing in your wardrobe.

So my second reason is how Tweed is made its a rough, woolen fabric, of a soft, open, flexible texture, resembling cheviot or homespun, but more closely woven. It is usually woven with a plain weave, twill or herringbone structure. Color effects in the yarn may be obtained by mixing dyed wool before it is spun, Also Tweed is an excellent fabric for summer too, you know! … Rough, thick and water-resistant, there’s nothing better than a tweed blazer to keep you warm and stylish during the most dreary time of year. But just because tweed wears well in wintery weather doesn’t mean you can‘t rock the look all year-long, so lets have a look at a couple of stylish looks to see how a tweed blazer could do wonders for your wardrobe this year.

Tweed Blazer & Denim Jeans

The first image I’ve chosen is a light brown ie tan tweed blazer, the style of the blazer is a standard notch lapel, two button fastening, straight flap pockets, with four button surgeon cuffs, with leather elbow patches, this is a great casual look , the guy has gone for a pair indigo jeans, light bottle green V-neck jumper & striped shirt, the jumper look great with the blazer due to its deep color and the light tan blazer, over all the base colors are all deep rich colors which makes the light tan color pop out, the finishing touch is the pocket square, you could go with chinos with this outfit, this look would look great in the office, mid week at the pub, or a lazy Sunday morning.

The next image is more sartorial than casual, but still casual in the way it looks, the blazer is a hounds tooth check due to its pattern, again a very light tan color, the blazer is cut in a slim fit style, it tappers to the body to give it a more sharper look, the blazer is a two button wide notch lapel, what makes this jacket very casual is the patch pockets on the front, I love how the cuffs give 1/2 inch to show the shirt cuffs, that’s where the sartorial look comes in, the guy has chosen a pair of deep navy chinos & a simple tan belt, with a white dress shirt with no tie, and finished off again with a pocket square, this outfit is more for a evening out or a summer party, even a wedding, you could dress this look up even more with a pair flannel trousers & a stylish tie, the choices are endless.

My next piece is a must have for all men of all ages, yes its the classic denim trucker jacket, this icon of fashion has been worn by at least every pop star or film star in the last 40 years, the jacket, The first recorded jean jacket was created in the United States in about 1880 by Levi Strauss, approximately ten years after he had invented jeans as a new type of work apparel intended for use by cowboysminers, and railroad workers. The “Type III” denim jacket, introduced by Levis Strauss & Co. in 1962, has been described as the jean jacket “to rule them all”. Also known as “the trucker jacket”, design elements of the Type III include a tapered style, welt hand pockets, and bar tacks which hold down chest pocket and sleeve openings, I own at least five types of these jackets, from borg lined , to simple denim ones, these jackets again are so versatile they are like the Swiss army knife of your wardrobe , winter time they are great for layering, summer time keeping the chill out during the evening, don’t think denim jackets are just for young teenagers, they look great on older men if worn right. so lets have a look at what this stylish piece can do for your wardrobe.

Denim jackets are well known for looking great even when your not trying to look stylish, in this look you can see how easily this shows, the guy is wearing a simple white T-shirt & straight leg chinos, a pair of white trainers, the look is simple but stylish, that’s the simplicity of the trucker jacket, it does not take much to look stylish, you can go with denim jeans if you want, but my self I would stick with chinos, I like how the guy dresses up the look with a simple wrist watch, if it was colder you go with a nice mid grey sweatshirt, the choice is endless just keep it stylish & simple.

Denim jackets are not just for dress down they can be used to look dress up, in the look above you can see the guy has gone for a classic white shirt & navy chinos, his choice of denim jacket is a nice dark indigo, he added style by turning the cuffs up and showing the shirt cuffs off, this look would be great for the office even a date at the local restaurant of your choice, I would even added a nice pocket square to the left pocket to a dash of color,you good even wear a nice pair of dark grey trousers, with this outfit to make it even more classy finished off with a pair of monk strap shoes

As I stated above spring is when the weather gets warmer but it can still be chilly in the morning and evenings, so the next piece we are going to have a look at is the most stylish simplest piece of kit you need to own, yes the sweatshirt, years ago I would of never even thought of owning one of these bad boys, but now they are key to my wardrobe in the colder months, A sweatshirt is made with sweatshirt fleece, which is a heavy fabric that is finished on one side and has a soft, fluffy nap on the other. The garment is designed to be worn with the finished side out and the napped side close to the skin, so the air trapped by the nap will help retain body heat. Despite the name, it does not have to be wool; sweatshirts can be made of cotton, synthetic fibers, or other materials, I love sweatshirts as they keep me warm but stylish, with a sweatshirt you can get away with not wearing as many layers as they keep you warm, they come in every color of the rainbow, a lot of men don’t wear them, as they are viewed as sports wear, how wrong you are, be ready to be amazed what you can do with this piece of stylish kit.

Classic Sweat Shirt

The thing with a sweat shirt its not going cost you much to get one, and if you are fairly stylish guy already, you should have the basics to go with it already, I call this a rugged street style look, simple grey sweatshirt & a pair of Indigo jeans & chunky boots, this look is stylish and bang on the money, you could go with really any color and you would look good, try to stay away from Logo Sweatshirts, its hard to look good in something that makes you look like a advertising board, remember keep it simple and you wont go wrong.

The next image I’ve chosen is to prove you can dress up with a sweat shirt, here we have a guy with a sweatshirt in classic marl grey, indigo jeans again & white trainers, then he goes with a camel over coat, this really dresses this outfit up, if you look there is no designer labels on his clothes this proves you don’t need labels to look stylish, he has kept it simple but stylish, with this outfit he could of gone with Navy trousers & Oxblood brogues to really make it pop, sweat shirts are truly underestimated.

My final piece is another classic of men’s wear its the flannel shirt, yes I know Lumber jacks wore them but trust me, a flannel shirt is a stylish piece to own, you can wear it with nearly any thing if you put your mind to it, Flannel is a soft woven fabric, of various fineness. Flannel was originally made from carded wool or worsted yarn, but is now often made from either wool, cotton, or synthetic fiber. … The term “flannel shirt” is often used casually to mean any shirt with a plaid or tartan pattern. so it keeps you warm and stylish with out trying.

My first picture wait for it yes its me, I love plain flannel shirts they look and feel amazing, in this picture I wanted to dress up this lovely dark chocolate flannel shirt, I chose a knitted beige tie & stone chinos. finished of with cognac color suede chukka boots, this out fit look great for the office or a casual meeting even going out for a meal. I could of gone with Indigo jeans & Chelsea boots, remember keep it simple but stylish.

The World is your oyster

To be honest I looked at so many images to find a nice casual way of wearing a nice flannel shirt, and they were all good, so I simply decide to share them all, you can see from the pictures they in many colors of plaid and you get plain if you wanted too, they go good with jeans and chinos, so again if your the kind of guy who keeps his wardrobe top upped with the classics, you will be able to put together one of the looks above, don’t be scared to mix colors, but don’t mix patterns you look like some one has attacked you with a artist set, if you look above they all wear plain jeans or chinos, let the shirt do the talking, keep every thing else quite, style is not what we buy that is fashion, what we do with it is style.

Thats all I have time for today guys, I hope you have found this blog informative and helpful, I don’t claim to know whats in fashion or what the fashion industry are saying is the next big thing, I view fashion in a simple way, I simply look at the basics and put them together, that way you will never go wrong when trying to look good for your age, do not be scared to try new things, if your looking to buy stylish pieces, you do not need designer labels, go to places like, Burton’s, Uniqlo , Mango Man, Next, and many more these places sell good quality clothing that lasts & its affordable, and you can build a strong wardrobe that will last you a long time

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Yours Kindly

Bob Redfern

The Gentleman’s Grooming & Lifestyle Show London


Today we are in London and have been invited to view the latest Gentleman’s grooming products for 2018, The show is being held at the Old Truman Brewery in Ely’s Yard London, E1 6QR, from 12.00pm today and tomorrow, so if you are in London plus please pop down and say hello, see you there

LOOKING GOOD IN A SWEATSHIRT


Sweatshirts have been a main stay for most young fashionista’s men & women for a long time, they have been sold by Primemark to Hugo boss, they are a universal piece of clothing, they can be used for casual or sports attire even as dress piece for a night out, they are often used as a way for Apparel companys and college’s or university’s to advertise them selfs, some times people will use them to self express who they follow or how they feel by putting messages on the front, but more and more people are wearing plain sweatshirts in vibrant colours as a stayple piece of there outfit, the key to understanding how to dress up a simple sweatshirt, is first understand where it started from and what it orginal purpose in life was so let’s have a look at its humble begings & how this simple piece of athletic sports wear changed the way we dress and express ourselves today.

In 1926 Benjamin C Russel Jr., quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide Football team, was tired of the constant chafing and itching caused by their wool football uniforms.Russell Jr. worked with his father, who owned a manufacturing company, to come up with a better option. At the time, Russell Manufacturing Company made garments for women’s and children’s knit shirts and undergarments.

Knowing the durability and comfort of cotton they created a new practice jersey that was a modification of a ladies’ union suit top from thick cotton that was produced throughout the factory. These loose, collarless pullovers – produced from women’s undergarments to be used as men’s football jerseys – would go on to become an iconic sweatshirt. Russell went on to create a new division of his factory, focusing solely on the production of sweatshirts in the Russell Athletic mills in 1930. Eventually, Russell Athletic mills became Russell Athletic co.

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The Original Russell Athletic Sweat Shirt 1930’s Era

The sweatshirt’s potential as a portable advertising tool was discovered in the 1960s when U.S. universities began printing their names on the medium. For students and parents alike, university names on sweatshirts became the preferred casual attire for exhibiting school pride. The sweatshirt, along with the T-shirt, provided a cheap and effective way of disseminating information on a mass scale. The T-shirt slogan fad of the seventies inevitably translated to sweatshirts. Recognizing the relative simplicity of customization and the power of clever graphics combined with catchphrases, sweatshirts became a vehicle for personal expression for both the designer and the person wearing them.

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1940’S College Sweatshirt

Sweatshirts are arguably a type of sweater, but made of a fabric and cut similar to sweatpants. A sweatshirt worn with sweatpants forms a sweatsuit a kind of exercise clothing designed to raise the core body temperature and cause perspiration in order to lose body weight before a weigh in for a weight divided sport. It is fashioned out of a thick, usually cotton jersey material. Sweatshirts are also almost exclusively casual attire and not dressy as some other sweaters may be. Sweatshirts may or may not have a hood, and may or may not have a zipper. A sweatshirt with a hood is now usually referred to as a hoodie, although more formal media still use the term “hooded sweatshirt”.

Russell Athletic is still going today and still making this iconic piece here is a sample of one of there sweatshirts

It’s In the original cotton grey sweat fabric, with comfort stitching for less irritation and soft brushed fabric on the inside for increased warmth and comfort, sporting knit cuffs & waistband for a snug fit, with there name on the front, but on the left sleeve you can see there logo with there trade mark eagle motif.

This the company logo up front, so if your looking for an original piece you know what to look for, Russell Athletic at this time have a deal with the Harlem Globe trotters to supply all there kit.

During the late 70’s early 80’s, music and culture changed the way looked and dressed, out went the glamrock and Saturday night fever wide collar shirts and big flares, in came a less dress down attuide, more functional clothing was worn, most kids in America would of owned a Sweatshirt as there School or college would of issuede to them as part of their sport kit, if you were a young kid and you were in the Schools/ College’s Basketball or Football team, you wanted people to know you were the man, so sporting your teams swearshirt under a denim jacket, was away of getting people to notice you, before we knew it every one was following this simple teenage dress style, soon young hip hop rappers, were hitting the streets and making a name for them selves, these young kids, didn’t have cash so they wore what they had, one of those key pieces was the classic Sweatshirt, this influenced a generation to dress down & express them selves.

Run DMC were a huge influence On sweatshirts

The Beastie boys were another iconic Hip group who sported the Sweatshirt

During the 90’s fashion the perryboys popped up there heads and disappeared the grunge look came and went, the Goths stalked our bus stations, but one thing all these styles sported was the Sweatshirt, in the 2000 era brands like McKenzie or Duffer surfaced one of there key pieces was the Sweatshirt, soon the sweatshirt was something most kids got dressed in as it was a cheap item to buy and its wad robust, during the later part of 2010 to 2012 the Sweatshirt was seen sported by people like David Beckham or actors like Jason Statham, soon brands like H & M were sighning them up todo photo shoots sporting there style of sweatshirts to sell to the masses.

David Beckham in a H & M Advertisement

David Beckham Sporting a plain Blue Sweatshirt with indigo Jeans

David Beckham in simple grey Sweatshirt

David Beckham sporting the Kent & Cerwin Sweatshirt

When it comes to looking for a Sweatshirt this is the amazing thing they are not hard to find, price wise you can pick up a simple undranded one up for around £8.00, if your looking for branded or more stylish you will pay more, If you are wanting something different but stylish, go to H & M, there sweatshirts are a staple of what they sell, they have alot of plain all stylish & printed ones your looking between £18 to £30, not bad prices if you ask me, the orginals are about $30, I think you can get them through Amazon too. My advice is invest into three plain pieces in Burgundy, Navy, Grey, these three pieces are more than enough to make some great outfits and look stylish.

One of the things l like about Sweatshirts, if you want to make a statement you can, by buying pieces with unique designs and colours, the one above is just amazing you have the rich deep burgundy colour, then a simple drawing in bold white, no writing just a great design, if your looking to bold in your approach to your style, look for pieces like this that will show your indervintuality, loads of people have the Nike & the GAP be different be stylish.

When it comes to styling a sweat shirt there alot of ways you can do this, but one of my pet hates is people wearing matching bottoms, People you look like your walking around in a big romper suit, no style points there my homies, get with it, dress in style and have pride, go out there and rock the show, let me giude you a through a couple of looks, to inspire you and get that grey matter in ones head rolling and clicking in these images are not mine, but l found them on the web, one of my favourite points of call, is Pinterest a great app for style ideas, l do alot of research on there

This Outfit is a classic to put together, this guy a has gone for a plain grey sweatshirt with slim fit stone jeans, he’s added a camouflage M65 field Jacket, finished with low top trainers, this is a more sort of popping around the shop look, dressing down on a Sunday afternoon style, but very casual and it has bags of urban chic.

Now if you want to stand out and want to make a bold statement, colour is key, bold pastal colours, this guy wants all the attention to his top half, the bottom half is the blank canvass, he’s gone for retro plain black running shoes, black socks, added slim fit black chinos, then he has a vibrant striped T-shirt untucked, it kind of breaks up the two plain colours, then he finished it of with the pastal pink Sweatshirt, a bold and striking outfit, this is a evening or weekend Outfit, I like the black but the pink is a little to light for me.

Now if you want to be an average Joe, or your just tipping your toe in how to rock a sweatshirt, keep it simple but basic, dont put on sweatshirts with crap art, ie l love husky or Beer helping guys to bonk, they are not stylish, untill you get the basics right keep it simple and work your way up, this guy has basic boat shoes on with some straight fit chinos, then mid blue Sweatshirt with some small logo, he not setting the world on fire but he keeping it basics and looks good.

Now if you can remember this one its from the David Beckham H & M picture above, so here we see an actual av

Stylish Boots Every Gent Should Own


It’s winter and its time to put away your puffy summer loafers & pumps and invest into some stylish boots, they come in many different styles and materials when it comes to boots you need stylish but practical ones, not stupid plastic patent leather crap, but good leather ones, that come with a welted sole, so when you have worn the sole down you can get them resoled again, lm going to cover three different styles of boots, all these styles are all ways in my wardrobe. The other reason l like to wear boots in winter, they give you good support on your ankles when trying to walk through snow and ice.

Oxblood Leather Chelsea Boot’s

Cognac Brown Suede Chelsea Boots

The first style I want to cover is the Chelsea boot, they are close-fitting, ankle-high boots with an elastic side panel. They often have a loop or tab of fabric on the back of the boot, enabling the boot to be pulled on. The boot dates back to the Victorian era, when it was worn by both men and women.

The design is credited to Queen Victoria‘s shoemaker J. Sparks-Hall. The shoemaker, J. Sparks-Hall claimed that “She (Queen Victoria) walks in them daily and thus gives the strongest proof of the value she attaches to the invention”. In his advertising of the period, he refers to the boot as J. Sparkes-Hall’s Patent Elastic Ankle Boots.The boot became popular for horse riding as well as walking.

Charles Goodyear‘s development of vulcanised rubber enabled the invention of the elastic gusset boot. The advantage of elasticised boots meant they could be easily removed and put on again. By the late 1840s, the fashion began to catch on. This became a prominent style in the West until the onset of World War I.

In the 1950s and ’60s, Chelsea boots became popular in the UK – and their association with the King’s Road (a street in Chelsea and Fulham in inner western London) set of Swinging London – worn by everyone from the Rolling Stones to Jean Shrimpton – is believed to explain how the name “Chelsea” became attached to the boot. They come in many different colours & fabrics, my two choices are Oxblood leather & Cognac brown suede, these two styles are great addition to any Gentlemen’s wardrobe use looking to up date his boots collection.

Tan Leather Ankle Brogue Boots

Brown Suede Brogue Boots

My next choice is one of my favourites it’s the brogue boot, Modern brogues trace their roots to a rudimentary shoe originating in Scotland and Ireland that was constructed using untanned hide.Modern brogues feature decorative perforations. These are often said to stem from the original Irish brogues as well, specifically from holes intended to allow water to drain from the shoes when the wearer crossed wet terrain such as a bog. However, contemporary descriptions of the original brogues do not mention such holes.The word “brogue” came into English in the late sixteenth century. It comes from the Gaelic bróg (Irish), bròg (Scottish) “shoe”, from the Old Norse “brók” meaning “leg covering”. The Scots word brogueis also used to denote a bradawl or boring tool as well as the action of piercing with such a tool.

The word “brogue” was first used to describe a form of outdoor, country walking shoe in the early twentieth century traditionally worn by men. At that time the brogue was not considered to be appropriate for other occasions, social or business. Over time perceptions have changed and brogues are now considered appropriate in most contexts, including business. Brogues continue to be most common as leather dress and casual shoes and boots, but can also be found in many other forms including canvas and leather sneakers and high-heeled women’s shoes. When you come to invest into a pair of Brogue boots there are two styles, heel boots & high leg boots, the difference is one comes to your Ankle the other covers the first half of your calf, the colour l choose is tan, they look fantastic with Denim indigo jeans, you can get them in chest nut-brown even classic black, Oxblood is another nice

Brown Suede Chukka boots

Brown Calf Leather Chukka Boots

My next choice Chukka boot, they are ankle-high leather boots with suede or leather uppers, leather or rubber soles, and open lacing with two or three pairs of eyelets. The name chukka comes from the game of polo, where a chukka is a period of play.

Chukkas are usually made from calfskin or suede, although they can be made from other materials.The style first became popular in the late 1940s through the 1960s as casual wear.In the 21st century, chukkas persist as a popular menswear shoe, particularly in the United Kingdom. They are simular to desert boots but desert boots are made with a crepe soft sole, not leather or rubber uppers. my choice of Chukka boots are my suede Cognac ones, they are a stylish piece of footwear.

A good pair of boots will see you through many bad season’s, when it comes to cost a good pair of boots can cost up to £100 or more, my favourite place to buy my boots are Samuel Windsor, they offer nothing but good leather shoes, you can get leather or rubber soles, my choice is if you’re looking for a dress boot go for a leather upper, if your looking to do more than go say to the office or a night out, invest in a rubber sole, these are also better for winter.

Here is a couple of pictures to inspire you in how to dress with these style of boots, boots look great if paired with the right outfit, it just takes a little imagination & thought.

The first Image we have a classic look and style, we have a pair of beige suede boots, paired with a classic camel overcoat & slim fit Jean’s, this a simple urban street style but very easy to achieve.

Here we have the Chelsea boot in a dark tan leather, with a more square toe, mixed with the indigo jeans, the boots just pop and stand out, this a more refined look mixed with a nice over coat & driving gloves, these boots word go great with a nice Navy suit or a mid grey suit.

In this picture we have the classic Chukka boot in a dark brown, l like this outfit its very stylish, but it still has a touch of urban chic, this guy has first gone with an US navy watch cap than gone with a classy navy rollneck, then added the old trusted M65 field Jacket, then added a pair of straight fitting slate grey trousers, this outfit would loom great in the office or on a day out.

If you’re a hipster you will love this outfit, here we have my favourite boot, the classic brogue boot in tan, here again they have gone with a straight fit indigo jeans, then a plain grey mark T-shirt, finished with a classic rain mac, then to add a touch of class he’s added a Trilby hat, I lime how his belt & watch strap match his boots, you can use this style with a waist coat & a white Oxford shirt.

One area l want to mention is looking after your boots, here in the UK we get some very bad weather and our foot wear do take a bashing, from cold rainy weather to very hot summer’s, these kind of weather’s dry out & damage the leather, so like your skin, your boots need cleaning, so a good cleaning kit is a must, if your like me and have most colours of leather, you then need the right shoe polishes, a tin of black, tan, brown, Oxblood, and good old neutral, if you have tan shoes and put drown polish on them, you will simply make the boot darker, looking after boots is easy, you need to make sure you wipe or brush all the crap of the boot, then apply the polish in the correct colour, wait for it to dry, then polish with a leather shammy, l normally put two good coats on, this seals a nourishes the leather and give it a nice patina.

Suede cleaning block for suede boots

Suede Copper Wire Cleaning Brush

When it comes to looking after suede boots you need the right kit as your boots can looked buggerd very quick, as here in the UK in winter we use salt on the roads during winter, when the ice melts it mixes with the salt and can damage your shoes very quickly indeed, once you take off your boots, use the suede cleaning block to clean the stubborn marks then you use the wire brush to bring the Knapp back up you can use a foam cleaner, but be careful at these can strip the suede from the shoe.

I hope again you have found inspiration in this blog and it will help you to dress better and be a true stylish gent, again this blog has not been sponsored by no buddy, it’s just done for the love of fashion and to inspire new fashionista’s

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Winter 2018 style review


 

The colder shorter days are up on us, its time for coats & winter accessories, I want to look at a couple of pieces for 2018 that will see you through untill next year, when I look at clothing, I don’t just look at a garment and say l want that, l first have a look at my Wardrobe and see what l need to update, if I need a coat, l first think what style I want then l shop round on the net when l see a style, l look how l could fit this into my Wardrobe now and what l have to go with it, and most of all does it need altering etc,

http://www.jacamo.com

My first choice is this lovely Flintoff by Jacamo Wool Double Breasted Check coat, in a prince of wales black & white check, its 60% Polyester & 40% wool, the coat is in a regular fit, sizes from M to 5 XL, the cost of the coat is a £120.00, every man needs an overcoat, but the key word is universal, every thing in your wardrobe needs to be able to go with most things in your wardrobe, this coat you could dress up & dress down, for a smart casual idea go with a black V-neck sweater, white dress shirt, charcoal dress trousers, burgundy socks & a pair of Oxblood loathers stylish & bang on the money, dress down go with a plain white cotton T-shirt dress up with plain black slim fit (NOT FUCKING SKINNY FIT) jeans then finish off with a pair of crisp white plimsolls, finish off with a nice dress scarf or baker boy cap, most of these things you will have in your wardrobe just have a think.

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The other thing about winter is knit wear if you buy the right knit wear you will be able to use them more as they again will go with most of the pieces you have in your wardrobe all ready, one of my favorite pieces of knit wear at winter is cable knit sweaters, they are chunky but so stylish if paired correctly with the right pieces, this Mustard cable knit jumper from Debenams, from their Racing Green range, is an ideal piece to invest in, its 100% cotton, they do have several other colours, sizes range from S to 5 XL, they are priced on-line at £30.00 but the sales do kick in shortly, my idea would be to dress with khaki chinos the slip on a dark indigo denim jacket, the mustard colour jumper would just pop, if I was to dress up with this jumper, I would go with a Navy trouser then a plain white shirt, finished with a dark drown herringbone blazer, again the mustard would just shine through.

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As you get older and stop dressing like a 5 year old 7 stop wearing jogging pants, you may start to invest into trousers, when it comes to winter, thin cotton chinos wont cut it, you need proper stylish trousers that look and feel amazing. but they can be used for casual or formal dress, let me introduce you to the flannel trousers, they are the king of winter casual trousers, flannel is a thick brushed fabric usually 100%, if they are not 100% wool then don’t buy them, the fabric hangs beautifully and adds texture to your outfits, this pair is from Gents Outfitters Peter Christian Lord trousers him self, they are 95% wool & wait for it ! 5% cashmere super warm super soft very nice trousers they come in a casual fit only tho, waist size start from 32 up to 56, they come in at £85 per pair, this is a very good price for a pair of trousers that will last you a good couple of years, I had to get my tailor to re-cut my  trousers to a more stylish fit as like a more defined cut that’s all, these trousers can make every outfit look amazing, I like to wear my flannels with a polo shirt & a navy blazer with oxblood brogues proper dressy, when I want to dress them down even more, I will go for french striped breton shirt and a navy twill cotton engineers jacket in navy blue, then some white plain low top trainers finished with a red trawler cap for a proper winter look.

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Winter is also about accessories you know hats scarfs gloves, when its cold we need to keep warm, but it’s no good taking your time to put an outfit together then realising you need a scarf or a hat, and the only thing you have is your dads lads & dad football crap 1980’s hat, look for simple casual pieces again that will complement your outfit, my of my pieces is the classic USN watch cap, its been a winter staple for years, it was around before the crap David Beckham beanie err, it was used by navy sailors during WW2, its hard to find originals now but there are a couple of sites still making them like http://www.pikebrothers.com , but they can cost up to £80, here is a copy on ebay for only £30.00, a good way to wear the watch cap and complement your outfit including your flannel trousers is going for a navy polo neck sweater with a plain green M65 field jacket, finished of with chest nut-brown suede chucker boots you will be warm and toasty but also king of the street on a cold winter day.

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During winter you need good proper foot wear that not only looks good but is also very practical I have a about 30 pairs of shoes give or take but they are all different, so come winter I always look for good shoes that will see me through the bad weather, a couple of weeks ago I came across these lovely Oxblood brogues from Lucini, what I liked about them was the chunky sole with tread, normally brogues come with a plain slip sole, which is not good on ice day, so with these bad boys I get good-looking shoes that are damn practical in snowy freezing weather, I got these from Ebay for £39.00, I will probably wear these with a navy suit or for dress down a pair of tobacco colour chinos & a tweed waistcoat with a white Oxford shirt finished wearing my m65 field jacket

Remember looking stylish does not have to cost a lost of money, as you can see I shop around then when I find some thing i like, I try to think I how I would wear it and most off all is it going to suit me and look good, if you’re in doubt don’t buy simple, invest your money wisely fashion changes quicker than the seasons, keep to the basics and you will always look great

There are no direct link to these products as Im not sponcering direct if would like to know more about these pices let me know I will be happy to provide the information you need to fid them.

BE BOLD BE PROUD

by

Bob Redfern

The Sartorial Striped Shirt


Striped shirts are one of the most underrated shirts in a mans wardrobe, the original name for a striped shirt was the Bengal striped, its got its name from the Bengal striped fabric which originated from the classic gingham weave, although now gingham is characterised by its plaid – or checked – weave, it started life in the Far East as stripes (it’s believed that ging-gang means ‘stripes’ in the Indonesian and Malay languages). So when this fabric started being shipped from Bengal, it made sense to name it after another of Bengal’s most famous exports, the Bengal tiger, since then there has been very many different stripes from pencil stripes to candy stripes, striped shirts are very vivid but stylish, in the early 20s Jazz players wore stylish striped coloured striped shirts, striped shirts became a stylish shirt for young stylish men all over the world, by the 60s came striped shirts became less fashionable.

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In the 80s the striped shirt came back with a bang, bolder the strip sharper the shirt, by the mid 80s early 90s yuppies made the striped shirt apart of their wardrobe, it was all about power dressing red braces & slicked back hair, it was all about the money, the image of a sleazy yuppie put people off striped shirts all together, but striped shirts are back fresher and bolder more than ever.
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Candy stripes are more bolder, it gets its name from the Barbers pole that used appear out side barbers shops, it looked like a big striped candy stick, also barbers in America used to wear striped shirts, even today in America barber quartets are famous for wearing striped waistcoats.

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Pencil striped shirts get their name from the very fine line you get with the fabric, they were worn mostly during the 20s, pencil striped shirts are more for business dress than casual dress,

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Herringbone striped shirt, the herringbone striped shirt gets its name from it herringbone stripe woven into the fabric, you get a bolder striped with a stylish pattern running through it, these shirts are worn more for business, but as a casual shirt your getting a very special piece.

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In todays fashion market you can get many striped shirts from most apparel, but a striped shirt has its good points and bad points, if your of a slim build with short legs a striped shirt can give your torso a slim longer look, if you’re a fat guy and you wear a striped shirt you will look like a big beach ball, so be careful in your choice of striped fabric and fit.

The shirts I have chosen for you are from some of the very best on the market today if you like any of the pieces I’ve chosen simply click on the image it will take you to their website so you can purchase it if you wish too.
+PEOPLE striped shirt
Multicoloured cotton striped shirt from +People.

Striped Contrast Collar Long Sleeve Shirt
With an air of business class style, our Striped contrast collar shirt is ideal for modern formal dress codes. The white contrast point collar provides a sharp feature against the striped body of the shirt. Also features a subtle dobby weave, mitred cuffs and a slim tailored fit design. Contrast collar formal shirt Striped shirt base with subtle dobby weave Long sleeve Classic point collar Tailored slim fit Tonal buttons Adjustable mitred cuff

Moss 1851 Tailored Fit Magenta Double Cuff Striped Shirt
This Moss 1851 tailored fit shirt is made from 100 cotton This shirt is great for either work wear or for special occasions Add a Moss 1851 tie and cufflinks to finish your outfit off Formerly known as Blazer

Uniqlo MEN +J Regular Fit Striped Long Sleeve Shirt 64 BLUE
This fine men’s dress shirt features the glossy, elegant texture and superbly soft comfort of 100% premium cotton. The cut is designed with the +J collection’s exceptional attention to detail for elegant, flattering lines. A classic narrow striped pattern adds even more style.,

Jonathan Saunders Men’s Contrast Stripe Cotton Shirt
The Jonathan Saunders Men’s Contrast Stripe Cotton Shirt for AW14, seen here in red/white. Utilising a multi-directional striped design for a strikingly graphic effect, this shirt showcases Jonathan Saunders’ characteristically bold aesthetic. Crafted from soft cotton, it is finished with bonded seams for a sleek design. – Soft cotton construction – Multi-directional striped pattern – Bonded seams – Concealed button-down placket – Double-button cuffs – Curved hemline Made in Portugal from 100% c

Now we have found some stylish striped shirts what to wear with them, it’s all about wearing the right pieces in a stylish way, so I’ve chosen a couple of pictures to inspire you to wear your striped shirts with a smile & a bit of swagger.

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  For a street wear inspired look go for a white navy striped shirt, add some washed slim fit jeans, you create a relaxed but stylish look to finish the look add some loafers or stylish suede shies but no socks guys ok

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 if your looking for Italian inspiration go for a red and white striped shirt matched with a light grey suit, this is a stylish look for business or a trip to a restaurant

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For a summer inspired look try a slim fit striped shirt with some stone chinos, you create a fresh but stunning look

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I hope you have enjoyed my choices, my favourite striped shirt is my baby blue with white bold stripes with a button down collar priceless, style is what you make it adding stripes to your wardrobe will give you a different but stylish look.

By

Bob Redfern