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

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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 .

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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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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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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

BE BOLD BE PROUD

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

BE BOLD BE PROUD

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.

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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

BE BOLD BE PROUD

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

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Steve McQueen the king of Cool


Steve McQueen was a American film star & style icon, he is known as the king of cool, He was born Terence Steven McQueen in 1930 in Indiana, Indianapolis, he probably got his rebel side from his farther William Terence McQueen he was a stunt pilot, his Mother was said to be a prostitute who drank, she was unable to look after him, He moved in with his grandparents, then he moved in with his uncle Claude, he had good memories of the times on his great-uncle Claude’s farm,  In recalling him, McQueen stated: “He was a very good man, very strong, very fair. I learned a lot from him, on McQueen’s fourth birthday, Claude gave him a red tricycle, which McQueen later said started his interest in racing, when he turned 8 his mum sent for him, she had got remarried to another man, when Steve came to leave Claude gave him a pocket watch with an inscription inside the case.” The inscription read: “To Steve – who has been a son to me, McQueen was dyslexic and partially deaf due to an ear infection, Steve’s time with his mum wasn’t good he was sent back to his uncle Claude, a couple of years later his mum sent for him again she was living in Los Angeles, California, his mum had got married a third time at the age of nine his step farther beat him very bad, very soon he was on the street roaming with gangs committing petty crime, he soon was sent back to Claude for the last time, at the age of 14 he left Claude`s with out saying good buy, he drifted back to his mother, very soon his step farther was beating him again & he was committing petty crime again, McQueen was caught stealing hubcaps by police, who handed him over to his stepfather who beat him severely, ending the fight by throwing McQueen down a flight of stairs. McQueen looked up at his stepfather and said, “You lay your stinkin’ hands on me again and I swear, I’ll kill ya, after the incident, McQueen’s stepfather convinced his mother to sign a court order stating that McQueen was incorrigible, remanding him to the California Junior Boys Republic in Chino, California, here McQueen grew up & matured when He eventually left Boys Republic at 16. When he later became famous, he regularly returned to talk to the boys and retained a lifelong association. over the next couple of years moved from job to job a lumberjack, merchant marine, oil rigger, in 1947 he joined the United States Marine Corp, when he first joined up he was very rebelliousness & ended up in the brig many times, but he soon sorted him self even finding him self guarding the president at the time, his military training would come in use later on in life when he used weapons in films, he left the marines in the 50s, when he left the military he was able to get financial assistance from the GI bill to get into college.

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Steve McQueen in the classic film Bullet

McQueen began studying acting at Sanford Meisner‘s Neighborhood Playhouse, delivered his first dialogue on a theater stage in a 1952 play produced by Yiddish theater star Molly Picon. McQueen’s character spoke one brief line: “Allez iz forloren.” (“All is lost.“), to earn extra money he turned to motor bike racing at the weekend which he became famous for,  McQueen ended up getting bit parts in plays, in 1955 McQueen moved to California seeking better acting work in the movies, he again got bit parts but his break through role was a B movie called the Blob, Steve McQueen the film star had arrived, but his first starring role was in a TV program called Wanted Dead or Alive, he played the role of Josh Randal the bounty hunter, his character was famous for holstering a special sawed-off .44-40 Winchester rifle nicknamed the “Mare’s Leg” he soon was in movies with big stars like Frank Sinatra, what came next was of his most memorable roles, it was  Vin Tanner in the The Magnificent Seven, the film the music was a smash hit it cemented McQueen as A list star, Then came one of his most famous roles as Capt. Virgil Hilts, the “Cooler King” in the great escape he was famous for performing most of his own stunts on set, through the 60s top producers wanted McQueen in their films, he became the highest paid actor in Hollywood history, he gained a anti-hero persona, over the next couple of years he starred in many famous films, Bullet, The Sand Pebbles, The Getaway, The Thomas Crown affair, Papillon, Towering Inferno, McQueen became combative with directors and producers in the 70s  which made him less sort after, he didn’t work for 4 years he ended touring america on his motorbikes, he returned at the late 70s and made a couple of movies that were launched in the 1980, it was around this time it was revealed he had cancer, on 7th November 1980 Steve McQueen passed away  after surgery to remove tumors from his neck and liver.

The style icon still lives on today his estate is one of the top ten highest-earning deceased celebrities, this is because Steve McQueen lived life to the full, he had style like no other man, the way he carried him self was amazing, what ever he wore or drove or rode he made it look cool, to this day certain pieces that he wore or used still use his image to sell their products.

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Steve McQueen loved stylish but practical things, so when it came to sunglasses he chose Persol true Italian style, Persol were designed by Via Caboto he made technical advanced glassed, designed to satisfy the demands of pilots and sport drivers who requited comfort, protection and optimum vision, The blue-tinted sunglasses (Persol 714) worn by McQueen in the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair sold at a Bonhams & Butterfields auction in Los Angeles for $70,200 in 2006 after McQueen`s  death Persol dedicated a collection to him.

http://www.persol.com

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When Steve McQueen started bike racing he needed proper bike Jacket that was rugged but practical, he chose a British brand called Belstaff, the Trialmaster is a classic, belted, four pocket jacket, cotton treated to protect against rot, fungus & water, storm cuffs with poppers, it was made popular by trials riders in the fifties and sixties. It was worn by factory test riders as well as competition riders like Sammy Miller and Bud Edkins,

http://www.belstaff.co.uk

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Steve McQueen also loved Harrington Jackets again it was down to their practicality, they were a short bomber style jacket undisputed iconic garment from the collection, chosen by some for its straighter silhouette. Water repellent poly/cotton outer. Coolmax cotton/poly Fraser Tartan lining. Zip front. Double button fastening collar. Two front flap pockets. ‘Umbrella’ back vent. Side adjusters. Made in UK. Regular fit. the brand he chose was called Baracuta

www.baracuta.com

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In the 1970s Le Mans, film he famously wore a blue faced Monaco 1133B Caliber 11 Automatic which led to its cult status among watch collectors. His sold for $87,600 at auction on June 11, 2009, Tag Heuer continues to promote its Monaco range with McQueen’s image.

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Steve McQueen lived by a mantra I live for myself and I answer to nobody.” this sums up the great man he lived life to the full and if any one didn’t like it then to hell with them was his answer, this man has inspired me so much, he changed the way I looked at men`s style he inspired me to start writing this blog on men`s style and fashion. 

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Oswald Boateng Fashion Designer


Oswald Boateng is a world-famous  fashion designer, Style icon, Tailor, businessman, celebrity, also showmen yes Mr Boateng has many hats but he’s more famous for his sharp suits & the vivde colors they come in, born in 1968 to Ghanaian immigrants, he had grown up in working-class north London, Boateng was inspired by the immaculate suits his father wore, and received his first suit from his mother aged eight: a double-breasted in purple mohair, he would get up set when his mum put it back into the plastic wrapping, at fourteen, he found a summer job sewing linings into suits,while studying computer science at Southgate college at age 16, he was introduced to cutting and designing by his girlfriend. he started to make his own cloths soon he was designing and selling to his fellow students, he realized that a career in fashion would be more appropriate for him and switched to graduate in fashion and design.  he became obsessed with design, devising a signature fusion of traditional tailoring with exotically colorful fabrics, unmistakable even to an eye as undiscerning as mine, it was not long before Oswald was getting noticed by major fashion designers, he was asked by a friend to help him with to make clothes for a fashion show, and after receiving praise for his work, he was able to sell his own menswear collection to top fashion boutiques in London, very soon he was able open his first studio on Potabello Road in London in 1991, During this time Oswald was mentored by Tommy Nutter but inspired by Giorgio Armani, In 1994, Boateng staged his first catwalk presentation during Paris fashion week, the first tailor to stage a catwalk show in Paris.

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Oswald Boateng the youngest tailor to open a store on Savile Row

In 1995 Oswald opened up his first store on Savile Row,he became both the youngest and first black tailor to open a store on Savile Row, a lot of people said he was too tailored for fashion and to fashion for tailoring  , but Oswald put his doubters to one side & moved on, he wanted to offer some thing different to the younger crowd, his idea was unstructured tailoring, he wanted to create something fashionable but stylish, his design is based on the shoulder line this is key on a bespoke suit, but with an infusion of traditional tailoring with exotically colorful fabrics.

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People said he was too tailored for fashion and too fashion for tailoring

Since then Oswald has dressed film stars to many African leaders, he has been involved in many collaborations, he was made creative Director of Menswear at French Fashion house Givenchy, in 2004 he was asked to design The Coutts ‘World Credit Card’, even designed an affordable line for the high street – o-z for Debenhams, his cheapest suit will cost you more than £1000, while some of his most expensive bespoke suits can fetch up to £20,000

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Ozwald Boateng’s new flagship store and headquarters at No. 30 Savile Row

Boateng’s first flagship store opened in 2008 on Saville Row and Clifford Street’s corner, it was the former old Anderson and Sheppard store, Boateng merged the corporate headquarters of his company with his redesigned flagship store, he currently produces two collections every year which are manufactured at the former Chester Barrie factory in Cheshire, he has a new online store opening soon too.

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The poster for the Man’s Story documentary film.

Oswald has been all so involved in television & movies, he has designed bespoke costumes for,  Hannibal, Lock stock and two smoking barrels,Tomorrow never dies, Sex and the city, Ugly Betty, Eastern Promises, Gangster Number One, Alfie, Assault on Precinct 13, The Matrix, Miami Vice, Oceans 13, and Rush hour, Oswald had a film made about him, it was about Boateng and his business it was filmed between 1998 and 2010, it was a fly-on-the-wall feature documentary, A Man’s Story, it was released in March 2012.

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Oswald Boateng style is traditional tailoring with exotically colorful fabrics

Oswald has now been in the fashion business for over 25 years, in that time he has gone bankrupt once got divorced twice, he`s been awarded a OBE for his services, set up a charity for Africa opened up a flag-ship store on Savile Row and even had a film about him, at 45 there’s lot more petrol left in the tank for this fashion designer to accomplish yet.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

 

Get The Shearling Look


Shearling is all over the cat walk’s, from coats to bags its the in for look for 2015, Shearling has a 70`s chic about a nod to the classy wide boy, Shearling is a skin from a recently sheared sheep or lamb that has been tanned and dressed with the wool left on, It has a suede surface on one side and a clipped fur surface on the other. Usually the suede side is worn outward, Shearling can be made from real sheepskin or from synthetic fibers, real Shearling breathes and is more flexible than synthetic Shearling, coats and garment are considered luxurious, the lighter the Shearling is, the higher quality it is considered to be. Shearling was at its height during world war 2, Pilots & bomber crew`s flew at high altitudes so they need clothing to keep them warm, Shearling became a classic which made it way into civvy street, in the 70s Shearling was in fashion with all the major fashion labels, but know its back with a bang.

There are two types of design`s I want to share with you first is the classic Del Boy secondhand car dealer style, the other style is a classic & its my favorite the leather Shearling Coat.

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When the BBC came to dress their Del Boy Character,In Only Fool`s and Horses, they needed to dress him in some proper pucker street wear to keep him warm, they chose to dress in a classic Sheep Skin coat, the one they dressed him in came from the Nursey sheepskin company ( www.nurseysheepskin.co.uk ) their classic sheepskin coat is cut generously, with two side vents, large pockets, additional inside security pocket and four leather buttons, with the lush sheep fur surface on the collar & the inside, this is the most iconic Shearling coat design, it comes in many colors from light tan to deep lush brown.

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In the 1930s a parachutist by the name of Lesley Irvin designed a leather flying Jacket , it had to keep pilots warm during high altitudes, but most of all if they had to bail out they need some thing that didn’t get in the way of putting on their parachute, he came up with the R.A.F sheepskin flying jacket, Made from heavyweight sheepskin, its thick natural wool provided incredible insulation. And, while the sheepskin was considered heavyweight the jacket itself was comparatively light and remarkably comfortable. Irvin insisted on the most supple sheepskin: in a cramped cockpit movement was already restricted and no pilot or crew would want to be constrained further still. The Irvin jacket was a masterpiece of design, maximum warmth and comfort combined with maximum mobility. The jackets had long sleeves zipped to enable gauntlets to be worn. The wide collar could be raised to provide excellent insulation around the neck and lower part of the head and face while a belt at the waist to ensure draughts couldn’t drop the pilot’s body temperature and reduce his level of alertness. The original jackets didn’t have pockets as these were not needed, the most distinguished feature is the rich ginger sheep fur surface on the collar & the inside of the Jacket.

The key to wearing Shearling is wearing it with the right clothes & accessories so lets see how fashionistas are wearing Shearling on the street .

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This super uber cool mustard long double-breasted over coat, with a rich plush dark Shearling sheep fur surface on the collar is a stunning piece, the style is very chic but dapper.

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A classy street style look sporting a light tan roll-neck sweater with a rich chestnut-brown leather jacket with a plush ginger Shearling on the inside then to give a stunning look they have added a darker Shearling to the collar very nice.

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If your looking for a Milan or Paris inspiration get a loaded of this dapper fellow, he chosen a deep chocolate Shearling coat with a stunning outer suede finish, it gives his double-breasted pin stripe suit outfit a stunning finish..

If your after a chic 70s look get some Shearling in your wardrobe for 2015, if you get the right coat you will have classy coat for many winters to come.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD