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

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

 

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

Sinners Attire Apparel


Sinners Attire are a fairly new street clothing brand, their design’s are very vivid and inspiring, a lot of thought goes into their designs, they bringing you the latest unisex streetwear, if you want to be different and stand out from the crowd, then Sinners Attire is the place for you because nobody really wants to just fit in, what makes them unique they put their art work on the back of the T-shirt very retro and the designs come in a classic  black and white print bold two-tone, so please have a look at some of their latest 2015 collection

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Mantis Skull T-shirt

This stylish black t-shirt comes in black with a skull embroidered on the front, then the Mantis and skull pattern on the rear, there is also a woven skull hip label, it comes in a cut & sew design.

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Polygon Skull T-shirt

This classic T-shirt comes in white, it has a skull embroidered on the front, then on the back you have the Polygon skull design, on the side you have a woven skull hi label, it comes in a cut and sew design.

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Sinners Zip Hoodie

Sinners Attire hoodies are very dapper they come in grey and black, made from 100% cotton, on the front you have a small Sinners logo, then on the back you have an even bigger logo, super stylish and great for layering or worn on its own.

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Sinners Varsity Skull Jacket

http://www.sinnersattire.com

Now if you’re looing for jacket that’s stylish and stunning Sinners Attire`s Varsity Jacket is for you, it comes in jet black with contrast white press buttons and white tipping on the colour on the collar, cuffs, bottom of the jacket, very retro but super stylish.

Sinners Attire have got a flash sale on right now up to 50 % off , so bag your self some stunning pieces for spring and summer, trust me with these stylish pieces your going to look amazing.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Who Is Looking Good At the 2015 Oscars


The 87th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honour the best films of 2014 which takes place on February 22, every year at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles beginning, it’s also a time for the stars to shine, and this is where designers get their chance to show the world how good they are, by dressing up the stars in their latest creations so lets see who shined and who bombed this year.

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Eddie Redmayne again has not let us down, he shines in his Alexander McQueen Navy tuxedo, with black bow tie, the style is in a peak lapel, with a 1 button fastening, very stylish, and he went on to win the best actor Oscar.

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Benedict Cumberbatch went proper old school, he turned up in a stylish shawl collar white tuxedo, it was down to the detail here he got right tonight, stud fastening dinner shirt, a sleek bow tie, with a dapper black pocket square, very stylish with an old school twist.

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Common (Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jnr) was by far my favourite tonight, he looked amazing in his Prada Navy velvet tuxedo, he went with a white bow tie, but to finish the look he chose an eye catching silver brooch, I love velvet tuxedos right now and Common didn’t let me down tonight.

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 David  Oyelowo went for a less formal but still very stylish red tuxedo from Dolce & Gabbana, the style was in a shawl lapel, finished with a red bow tie and he to finished it of with a brooch too, very stylish but the Jackson five look is not some thing I’m into.

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If you ever wondered what a Homeless guy looks like in a crap cheap tuxedo, thanks to Jared Leto we now know, what ever he was thinking or smoking it backed fired, buddy you need help.

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Oh my god John Travolta what were you thinking, yes he’s wearing a choker, has 50 shades of grey got to him who knows, all I wanted him to do was shout “YO DOG” get me my money, nice tuxedo beside that.

So over all 2015 Oscars have been stylish and sharp suited, just a couple of lunatics this years, a very well done to Eddie Redmayne for winning best Oscar .

By

Bob Redfern

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Matt Goss The Stylish Crooner


Matt Goss is an English singer-songwriter and musician, currently based in Los Angels, he was the lead singer with his twin brother in the 1980s band Bros, Matt was born on 29 September 1968, in 1986 Matt and his twin brother Luke Goss also Craig Logan formed the band Bros, the band’s name comes from an abbreviation for the word ‘brothers’, during the late 80s Bros were very big they had several top ten hits, by the early 90s Bros became a duo,  in 1991 Bros stopped recording, Matt went solo and had a hit with “If You Were Here Tonight”, he has sold over 5 million records worldwide to date, in 2009 he started playing live shows at Palms casino resort in Las Vegas, by 2010 his live show moved to Caesars Palace, playing at Cleopatra’s Barge every Friday and Saturday night, the show was a success he won a three-year contract with Caesars Palace. His live show is produced by the creator of the Pussycat Dolls, his shows and music are inspired by the Rat Pack and Elvis.

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Matt with his brother Luke in 1989

Matt freely admits he no longer follows fashion, this is also apparent in his personal style. he once stated that he would be a fashion designer in a heartbeat!, he has always loved clothes. and over the past ten years he’s followed fashion trends less. he likes finding his tie-pins and pocket squares on eBay, and going into vintage shops and finding his ties and cufflinks, when he buys a new suit he likes to mix it with a vintage tie. he loves getting tuxedo’d up for his Vegas shows, they make Matt Goss look good. It inspires his music.

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Matt Wearing his iconic fedora hat

Matt loves wearing famous fedora hats, this has become his signature look but he does still have hair, he uses the fedoras to dress down his tuxedos when he’s on stage, Matt Goss has been a customer of Hollywood Hatters for several years, also the New York Hat Co, his inspiration for the fedora comes from his love of his style icon Frank Sinatra and The Rat Pack.

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Matt`s style is truly unique

Matt does have several favourite brands like Pal Zileri, Vivienne Westwood and Tom Ford,  his sense of style is amazing, he is not obsessed with trends, what matt is obsessed with is style, he is a lover of vintage accessories like braces, ties, pocket squares,  to matt its all about the uniqueness having some thing that no one else has.

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Matt wearing a red stunning velvet tuxedo at one of his shows

Matt does not just get his style influence from Frank Sinatra but also  David Bowie, and the Rolling stones who are famously fashionable, and known for their imitable style as much as their iconic music. Goss has quite the closet, preferring the classics, like his amazing Pal Zileri suits, Smythson wallet and David Beckham for H&M pieces, mixing in edgier pieces or shopping the men’s shoe collections from Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin.

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Matt`s street style is very casual but truly chic

Matts over all style is sharp suited, dressed up with vintage accessories, when Matt dresses down  he likes to keep it simple but sharp, he loves to wear Christian Dior jeans for casual because there is not a lot of branding on those jeans. he’s not into big labels on the front of T-shirts, he prefers to keeping it simple with a classic white cotton t-shirt,  he loves crew neck jumpers with patches on the elbow.

To me Matt Goss style is very unique, to me it proves you get more stylish as you get older, I love Matts style very much he is a true style icon who knows how to dress very stylish with a touch of class.

By

Bob Redfern

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Cords Are The Look For SS15


SS15 is about the Corduroy trousers ideal for cold mornings, stylish for every day wear, Corduroy is a textile composed of twisted fibers that, when woven, lie parallel (similar to twill) to one another to form the cloth’s distinct pattern, a “cord.” Modern corduroy is most commonly composed of tufted cords, sometimes exhibiting a channel (bare to the base fabric) between the tufts. Corduroy is, in essence, a ridged form of velvet, last year nearly all major men’s fashion brands included corduroy trousers in their SS15 collections, the corduroy trouser is a simple classic that never ages in my eyes, you can get corduroy trousers in many styles like 5 pocket jeans style or the simple trousers style, you a get cords in chunky cord or a fine pine cord, these are my favourite type of cords, the material feels very special very smooth, so let’s have a look at four of my favourite company’s who are offering cords in their SS15 collection.

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http://www.bensherman.com

Ben Sherman have really come all guns blazing with their EC1 cords, with a sartorial construct that conjures a more tailored aesthetic their EC1 cords are a sophisticated casual trouser alternative. Engineered from fine 14 wale corduroy this off-duty sartorial option features a concealed button fastening, formal herringbone inner lining, so when choose turn-ups  you get a flash of colour,  and branded label on the rear,  you can get stylish cords in four different colours purple, brown, green, navy they cost £42.00

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http://www.thomasjoules.com

When it comes to cords Thomas Joules have been making country clothing for over 20 years, their cords are the quintessential trousers for any man who loves the eccentricity of the British countryside, These classic cords come in a 5 pocket style, in a slim fit, and easy-to-wear colours that you find everything in your wardrobe will work around, these come in a chic French navy, and they only cost £40.00.

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http://www.jackwills.com

Jack Wills have been kiting out young stylish men for over 20 years, they started off targeting young men from the university’s so when it comes to stylish clothing you know they will have your back covered, their cords are inspired by their popular slim-leg jeans, the Earnley Cords reinvent the fit and the style in a 5 pocket jean style in soft cotton corduroy for a smarter alternative to denim. This traditional gentlemen’s staple has a modern edge thanks to the more fitted silhouette and on-trend colours, the price is £24.00.

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http://www.marksandspencer.com

Now my last choice is no designer label but it world-renowned for quality and great cloths, Marks and Sparks son in the last couple of years they have produced some stunning pieces, their trouser style cords in a stunning nut meg colour are 100 % cotton, but what makes these stand out they are water-repellent thanks to Mark and Sparks technology, so if you’re heading to any music festivals these are stylish and practical and at stonking good price of £35.00

So get out there get some snazzy cords in ones wardrobe you know your going to look good during SS15

By

Bob Redfern

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Idris Elba The Coolest Man Alive


Idris Elba is a British film and television star and rapper also style icon, Idris was born in Hackney, London, his farther came from Sierra Leone,  he was christened Idrissa Akuna Elba, but he shortened his name to Idris when he was at school, while he was in his early teens he helped his uncle with hid DJ business, by 1986 he started his on DJ company, when he left school he had many different jobs, but still worked as a DJ at the weekend under the DJ nickname Big Dris , by his early 20s he started to audition for television parts after completing a stint in the National Youth Music Theatre,  one of his first parts he got was in Bramwell, a medical drama soon other roles followed in family affairs, Dangerfield, looking to further his career he moved to New York, while he was in the big apple he found roles on Broadway,  this brought him to a different audience and he soon was getting noticed by big television executives.  

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Idris as Russell “Stringer” Bell which made him an international star

His break role came with him playing the role of Russell “Stringer” Bell in the HBO series the wire in 2002, the character was a drug king pin in Baltimore, before he got the role he had to speak with an American accent this took him three years, he originally auditioned for the role of Avon Barksdale Stringers boss, the role only had a couple of lines in the first season, but thanks to Idris amazing acting he gave depth & layers to the character, soon Stringer became one of the main characters in the wire, the television series became a hit & made Idris an international star, Idris does not like drug dealers him self & didn’t wanted to be just offered other roles similar to Stringer, so he made a career move to playing good guys with an edge, his break out role in the UK was playing Luther, Idris portrays Detective Chief Inspector John Luther a raging brooding copper in London, it ran for three serious and it gained many awards.

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Idris as Nelson Mandela

Idris has now become a big Hollywood actor with roles in Legacy, Thor, Takers, Ghost rider 2 but he soon gained leading roles in films like Pacific Rim, but in 2012 the got the role of playing Nelson Mandela in Long Walk To Freedom, Idris wanted to capture what Mandela went through as a prisoner, he decide to spend a night alone in the cell where he was kept as a prisoner on Robben island, he ever met Mandela but he did spend time with people who knew the great man, Mandela died before the film was launched, but the producer of the film Anant Singh, visited him before he passed away and showed him scenes on a iPad, he asked was that him in the scenes, it was explained about the prosthetics, Idris was nominated for best actor at the Golden Globes.

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Idris as DJ Big Dris doing a turn on the turn tables

Idris is also a renowned DJ and music producer, he has performed at many major events under his DJ name Big Dris , in the early 90s he loved to visit fuller street mall in Brooklyn to pick up vinyl’s, he loved to get his hands on fresh records you couldn’t get in London,  Sean Combs inspired Idris in his younger days, also in the early days while trying to find acting work he would perform at club called the Ludlow, since then like his acting career his music has hit bigger highs, producing and performing with Mumford and Sons, he also has appeared in many music videos.

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Idris Elba is renowned for his unique style

Idris is also renowned for his fashion & style, Idris is a London boy at heart he dresses well but not in a stuffy way, he carries him self with panache and charm, he`s appeared on the front of magazines like GQ, FHM, Essence, Esquire, his style is very relaxed wearing jeans or t-shirts even bespoke suits when required, he loves to wear Christian Louboutin Nono flat sneakers, his favourite suits are from Gucci, he is also a lover of classic Levi`s 501s in a classic fit, some times his style can be a little wacky like sporting a big red bubal hat,  other wise he is one cool cookie.

Idris continues to break new boundary’s in television and film also music, there has been rumours of  him becoming the next James Bond, if that does happen Bond will be one cool bad ass cool agent.

By

Bob Redfern

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The Kingsman Style Chic or Geek


The Kingsman is a film about a secret service, that was founded by high-end tailors looking to maintain world security so as to ensure a market for their sharp and fancy wares. cue some killer duds, their headquarters are based on Savile Row, London, in a bespoke tailors, so combine a killer spy film and bespoke suits, you get nifty gadgets & sharp suits ooossshhh baby, in away they are taking the “taking the piss” out of Mr James Bond 007, but who gives a crap any way I’m not here to talk about the film it’s the costumes that were made by Mr Porter, if your going to do a film that involves tailors you need best, so when Arianne Phillips came to design the suits she went to Mr Porter bespoke tailors, sensing a marketing ploy they decide to create a 60-piece clothing line based on the film and changed the film’s name from The Secret Service to Kingsman, the brand is called The Kingsman Label its available direct from Mr Porter web site, its the first film from which customers can buy all of the outfits they see, the line includes classic British labels such as Cutler & Cross, George Cleverly, Turnbull &  Asser, it includes dapper suites to shirts and ties even umbrellas every thing a gentleman would need, so I’ve gone through some pieces to see if the Kingsman collection is chic or Geek, so take a look at what I’ve chosen if there any pieces you like just click on the link below.

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MR PORTER believes “The first thing a gentleman needs is a good suit”, and this pinstripe two-piece by Kingsman is a sterling investment in British craftsmanship. Made in England using exemplary wool from British mill Dormeuil, this double-breasted design has high armholes for a modern fit and is canvassed to ensure an unbeatably sharp silhouette. The working cuff button holes and selvedge trim inside the trousers demonstrates the bespoke detailing. This item is small to size, take the next size up.

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Tracing its history back to 1823, raincoat firm Mackintosh knows a thing or two about keeping dry and sophisticated no matter what the weather holds and this Kingsman Black Watch field jacket is first class. Crafted in the UK from showerproof waxed-cotton and bolstered with supple, oiled leather, this handsome tartan piece is practical and luxurious. Team it with a knitted sweater and robust leather boots.

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Velvet smoking jackets conjure up decadent old-school panache, and Kingsman have tweaked this style to make it feel thoroughly modern. This piece is cut for a slim, neat fit and finished with a contrasting black grosgrain shawl collar, with no fussy frogging or quilted detailing often found on the Edwardian originals. Turn up the cuffs to show the silk lining and wear it with a shirt and slippers to retire to the drawing-room or after party in style. This item is small to size, take a size larger than normal.

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Constructed in England using select wool-flannel from renowned clothmaker Fox Brothers, these Kingsman trousers are an investment in ageless sophistication. The dark charcoal hue and trim cut guarantee a sharp silhouette. Team them with polished black Oxford shoes.

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A double-cuff shirt is integral to an accomplished formal wardrobe and this classic white piece by Turnbull & Asser for Kingsman is a sterling investment. Constructed in England from the finest cotton, the trim silhouette exudes timeless sophistication. Match the sharp collar with slick tailoring.

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Mr George Cleverley was born into a shoemaking family and spent much of his childhood selling boot polish and spare laces. Going on to launch his eponymous brand, the label has come to symbolise the finest quality footwear – making it a natural choice for the Kingsman wardrobe. These lace-up boots come in a classic tan colour way, and are finished with hand-stitched toe caps and soft leather linings; an attention to detail that ensures unrivalled comfort and durability.

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The Bremont ‘World Timer’ automatic chronograph is an impressively intricate watch, and yet this utilitarian piece doesn’t compromise on sophistication. Originally created for C17 pilots, no less than 24 time zones can be read off the internal rotating bezel and the custom-modified automatic chronograph movement ensures accuracy. Crafted for Kingsman, this piece comes in exquisite rose gold with a crocodile-embossed leather strap and is apt for a global traveller who demands reliable quality, ageless elegance and high-performance.

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‘Manners maketh man’ is embossed on this Smythson notebook, and there’s really no better way to remember your Ps and Qs. Drawing on a rich history of uncompromising British craftsmanship, this sophisticated piece of stationery is crafted from sleek cross-grain leather with the brand’s signature blue, gold foiled pages. Whether jotting down amusing anecdotes or recording important engagements, Kingsmen appreciate the streamlined profile which can slip discreetly into an inner pocket or briefcase. Designed exclusively for MR PORTER

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This classic Kingsman fountain pen is made by Conway Stewart, the esteemed British firm used by Sir Winston Churchill during the war. This sleek piece is beautifully weighted and comes in an eternally refined black and gold palette. This timeless piece will make an impeccable addition to the writing desk of any discerning wordsmith.

http://www.mrporter.com

FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY ALL POISONS AND EXPLOSIVES INCLUDING KNIFES HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE GADGETS AS YOU WONT NEED THEM THE CLOTHES ARE DANGEROUS ENOUGH. 

my over all view of the collection I love it, its been put together with classic and practical stylish pieces that would look good in any gentlemen wardrobe.

By

Bob Redfern

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Is Your Man Bag Stylish


Man bags have become an everyday essential for every stylish man, the choices are amazing & colors to,  but still there are men out there who don`t understand what a man bag is, I was in London a couple of weeks ago, the fashion capital as they, I was at canary wharf watching city traders trundle by, admiring the sharp suits pocket squares etc, but time & time again I saw men dressed in a bespoke suit sporting a crappy backpack in multiple colors, its one of the worst looks ever, but the worst thing was the men I saw men carrying man bags they looked cheap nasty things, style is not just about your cloths it`s also about the accessories you choose to use.

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Suits and Backpacks don`t go

So let’s have a look at some proper man`s bag & how to use them right let’s be stylish guys, with mans bags it’s really down to what you use it for, if your just carrying your lunch you need a light stylish man bag, if you travel a carry a lot of kit  like books & laptop you need some thing a bit more substantial but stylish.

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The Satchel style is one of the classics of all men`s bags, it was used by children to carry their school books, so when mans bags started to come in fashion the trusted original was a practical choice, you don`t need to have the buckle on it, the style is ideal to carry your lunch and a small lap top, style wise great to be worn with casual or smart dress.

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Now if you’re a student or carry a lot of paper work a rugged canvas holdall is what you want, with additional pockets & compartments you can carry so much more, with canvas you get some really stylish colors, one of the benefits of having a canvas holdall it can be turned from a works bag in to a stylish week-end bag very practical but super stylish.

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The flight bag is was originally designed for flight crews to carry on board planes, soon Air ways company’s started selling the bags to their customers, these bag a very simple in design they are made very rigid to stand up with a shoulder strap, with a zip opening, they are ideal for a works bag & weekend bag.

So if your going to invest into a man bag get your self a stylish practical man bag that will look stylish with what ever you wear.

By

Bob Redfern

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