The Art Of Being A True Gentleman


In today’s society there are very few gentleman left around, this is down to how people are brought up, no manners no respect, in the older days you were learnt the art of being a true gentlemen from your farther,  in today’s world the average farther is no older than 18, so how the hell are they going to teach a young man to be a gent when they never had the chance to be one themselves, about a hundred years ago only the nobility were classed as Ladies and Gentleman, but were not on about titles it’s the “art” of being a gentleman, a gentleman is a man who has good manners, usually well-educated, well-groomed, and dresses very smartly, so if your interested in being a gentlemen don’t worry, you don’t need to learn Latin, you don’t need to buy a pair a fancy duelling pistols, you don’t to buy a swish smoking jacket, it’s all about being respectful having manners and being well-groomed and dress with a touch of class,

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Manners And Being Respectful

  The first part of being a true gentleman is having manners and being respectful, if you ask most young men how they treat their young lady’s they shout “TREAT THEM MEAN KEEP THEM KEEN” how classy, their idea of a date is gong McDonalds getting a McSandwich then having a fumble in their crappy boy racer, so lets take a step back for one second , if your taking a young lady out you need to treat her with respect, if she is the kind of girl who drops her knickers on the first date bonk her then dumper her, but if she’s a nice girl think of a nice place you and her can meet and get to know each other, when she arrives stand up and great her with a compliment, don’t stare at her tits, don’t use cheesy pick up lines, try not to fart or belch in front of her if you need to fart be sneaky and do silent farts, let her sit down first then you sit down simple, if your going for a meal eat with your mouth shut, don’t just talk about your self and how good you are in bed, , ask things about her, this is how you wow the ladies  and make them feel good, but when your out and about you can still be a gent, if you’re at a bus stop in a queue  and a lady’s behind you let her on first, always hold a door open for a lady, these are little things that show you have manners but most of all you’re a true gentleman.

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Gentleman’s Grooming

Now a proper gentleman is always well-groomed and well turned out, most young lads think a quick wash then wearing loads of expensive cologne  is the ticket, listen here you haired arsed grease balls, male grooming takes time and dedication, as we get older we get hairier in different areas, in older times a true gent would grow a huge moustache, then spend loads of money on fine oils and creams for his fine beast of a moustache, beards are back in but they are not every ones cup of tea, so the first step of male grooming is smelling good you need to invest into some type of body wash or shower gel, invest into a lime based shower gel that also cleanse your body, you then need an antiperspirants  for get about body sprays they don’t stop you sweating, next aftershave or cologne every man need to smell good, but remember when you enter the room you don’t want to blind with your aftershave, you need to be subtle simply apply to a little to your neck a little on your chest then a touch on your wrists, so when you approached some body they are greeted with mild stunning fragrance, now hair grooming no were not on about hair cuts, we are talking about nose a hair errrrrrrrr, as we get older we get more hair growing, so implement a grooming regime every three days, get some clippers and keep your nose and ears hairs in trim guys, next nails the worst thing about a man is dirty nails it puts lady’s off, no you don’t have to go a nail bar and get your nails done, buy some nail clippers and a nail brush wash your hands every day with the nail brush then keep your nails trimmed, Men`s hair this is really down to the man just keep your hairy tidy and make sure it’s washed on a regular basics.

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Gentleman`s  Clothing

A well dressed gentleman is ways admired, don’t worry you don’t have to start wearing frilly shirts and three-piece tweed suits, a gentleman’s clothing is all way cleaned and pressed, but what you do need is proper smart clothing, a true gentleman would not go out for a meal wearing a Bart Simpson T-shirt, your cloths should be stylish, a simple wardrobe will keep the emphasis on you, stick to simple colours, please no neon colours you’re not a circus act,  make sure your cloths fit you correctly, when it comes to shoes a true gent keeps them clean, so invest into a proper shoe cleaning kit,

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Dealing  With Altercations

Every gentleman will face some kind of altercation in his life time, from over starched shirts to burnt toast, the mark of a true gentleman is how you deal with them, gone are the days of duelling pistols, a true gent is expected to protect his lady’s honour,  so if some scum bag calls your misses a dirty whore, give him a stare then get up and offer to meet him down stairs in 10 minutes, then get your mobile phone out order a taxi and leave by the fire exit, as you leave stick your finger up to the guy and shout your mother is even dirtier, remember a true gentleman will never resort to violence but with witty one liners and guile.

But on a series note it’s not hard  being a gentleman you just need good manners and have respect and dress stylish

By

Bob Redfern

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Weekend Travel Stylish Essentials


Its spring the long bank holidays are here that means yes “weekends” away, time to pack your weekend bag enjoy the sun and some beer, but if you’re hitting the beach you want to be looking good and stylish, it’s all about packing the right pieces that are practical but also essential, there are many times I’ve seen guys getting away for the weekend, and they are carrying too much kit, also if your going to fly to Europe you normally can only carry an on board bag, even then they check your case if you’re carrying too much aftershave they even take it off you, so you need to be smart and crafty what your carrying in your bag.

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The first thing you need is a stylish weekend bag, forget about those little trolley dolly cases you wheel behind you, get a proper man`s bag that’s stylish but most of all you can get your kit in it, the best type of bag is the classic holdall, they come in leather or other materials, a classic brown or black are the classy colours, the other benefit is they have a shoulder strap, which makes it easier to carry, don’t be a pussy and wheel your case behind you, be a man and carry your case you will look stylish and masculine, I’ve chosen this Kangol antique holdall,  because of its size and striking red and navy canvas stripe stylish design, it has three pockets, a shoulder strap and handles which makes this perfect for your weekend getaway.

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The polo shirt is one of the most versatile pieces you can pack for your weekend away, it looks great on the beach and if you’re hitting the clubs its bang on with the money, one of the best pieces is the Lacoste ultra slim polo shirt with tricolour piping on the collar and arm bands, it has a stylish button placket, its inspired and designed for the those weekends away.

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Oxford shirts are often overlooked as some thing for the weekend, but oxford shirts look great with shorts or chinos, they are the classic playboy look on the beach matched with some snazzy Ray Ban sunglasses, with one oxford shirt you can get two outfits on a weekend end away, wear it on a night out then the next day wear it with a pair of shorts, it will be broken in a ruffled way but you will look very stylish, this oxford I’ve chosen is from Next, it’s a simple shirt made from real oxford fabric, with contrast trims and button down collar, but the good thing it only costs £20.00 not a king’s ransom.

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Weekends away are all about catching some rays dressing down, so every man needs some stylish shorts, for get about sports shorts they are ok for the pool, but when you’re hitting the beach side bars you want to look stylish, go for some chinos cotton shorts in a vivid summer colour, these Faxan shorts in a deep pink come from Joules, they are a smart alternative to chinos, but most of all they look stylish with a oxford shirt or polo shirt.

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When it comes to foot wear there are many different pieces to choose from, but for me its a pair of Toms Espardrilles, they slip on your feet like a pair of socks, they have a classic suede insole for comfort, a latex arch for added support, they come in a striking rust linen material, Toms even look stylish with jeans and a summer blazer, classy footwear for your weekend away.

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Chinos are a must for any weekend away, great for city breaks or hitting the beach, chinos come in many colours but keep it classy go for a light tan or stone, also when you’re hitting the beach you can just roll up the legs and look stylish walking across  it, these chinos come from River Island in a slim fit in a stone colour, they have a classy button fly, they would look amazing with a blue oxford shirt.

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Another piece that would not go a miss is a classy straw Trilby, they are not just stylish but also very practical, if you’re sitting by a beach bar all day you need a little protection from the sun, with this Stetson Raffia straw Trilby that’s what you get, with its stylish navy grosgrain ribbon band you will look dapper and stylish.

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As you now when you get your bags checked you run the risk of being told your carrying too much toiletry’s, and then you get told to hand over a bottle of aftershave that cost you £65.00 your going to feel pissed off, you then have to go to the duty-free shop to buy more, so even before you have started your holiday your over a hundred pound out-of-pocket, so invest into some travel aftershave atomiser`s, they are about the size of a lipstick case, you simply fill them with your favourite shave, pop them into your bag, and leave your favourite aftershave at home. your sorted also they fit in your pocket, so if you want to stay fresh all day your covered guys.

Where ever you decide to travel to this year do it in style, have fun enjoy the sun and stay safe on your  travels.

By

Bob Redfern

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Are You`re Socks Stylish !


Socks are one of the most overlooked items of clothing in a man`s wardrobe, I am a guy who always look at men’s socks, to me it shows if a guy has really taken time to think what he wearing on that day, some times a flashy pair of socks can really make your outfit sing, socks have been worn for thousands of years, the earliest socks would have been made from animal fur before man learned to knit.

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Once man learnt to knit they were able to create stunning socks, by the 1600s socks were very important dress for the nobility they would wear silk socks, where every day people wore simple wool socks, because socks were man-made each culture could personally put their own culture stamp on them and design,

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In the old days boys went to school in shorts come winter or summer so they needed  knee-length socks to keep warm

By the 1900s nylon was invented and automated machines, so socks were made on a Industrial scale, with this socks became simple pieces taken for granted, but over the last couple of decades with fashion changing and people wanting to look good socks have become stylish pieces again.

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Argyle pattern

The Argyle pattern is made of diamonds, the word is sometimes used to refer to an individual diamond in the design but more commonly refers to the overall pattern. Most argyle layouts contain layers of overlapping motifs, adding a sense of three-dimensionality, movement, and texture, the pattern comes from the tartan of Clan Campbell, it became stylish during the 20s, the Argyle pattern is stylish and gives you a unique look that’s bang on with the money.

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Polka Dot pattern

Polka dot is a pattern consisting of an array of filled circles. early instances were generally equally sized and spaced relatively closely in relation to their diameters, many modern prints include more randomly spaced, sized and coloured dots, the key to wearing polka dot socks is choosing the pin dot polka dot pattern, polka dot socks were worn by jazz players and rhythm and blues bands, polka dots look great with grey flannel trousers.

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Striped pattern

Striped pattern is made by having lengthier spans of color in the runs, causing distinctive striping patterns, strips were originally worn as sports socks, students would wear them at the university’s,  stripes are very sartorial you can have multi stripes or bold stripes, I don’t like socks with to many different stripes, I keep it simple by choosing socks with two bold colours like navy & red, yellow and navy blue, they look great with Indigo jeans.

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Plain Socks

Plain socks in a striking vivid colour is always a style winner, if you’re wearing a striped suit or checked trousers you need to keep your socks plain, for get the plain grey or black they belong to the bin of dull, you need to add classy colours like bold reds, light pinks, sky blue, electric purple.

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Natural wool socks

Socks come in many materials most common is polyester but its manmade, so it cause your feet to sweat more as the material cant breath, wear wool or mohair they are natural materials, they keep your feet warm and cool naturally so your feet wont sweat as bad.

Now you know your different patterns its time to see how you can incorporate them into your every day wardrobe, to look good in stylish socks it’s all about matching colours and patterns to what you’re wearing.

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The Argyle pattern may be hundreds of years old but it’s still stylish and very chic.

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Polka dot style socks look great with jeans or trouser but stick with pin dot more stylish.

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Striped socks are very sartorial they look amazing with plain chinos worn with brogues.

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Plain coloured socks are very stylish in vivid colours, they can brighten up a dull suit or give your outfit a classy finish.

Their was a time when I only wore black socks, but now I love stylish socks they are key to my style and how I want to look.

By

Bob Redfern

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Peaky Blinders Style


In September 2013 the BBC brought us Peaky Blinders, it was their answer to Americas Broad Walk Empire, a stylish 1920s gangster TV series, it was based in Birmingham,  the gang yes was called  Peaky Blinders headed by Thomas Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy) , It soon gained rave reviews I had not seen at this point, but a friend commented on the sharp suits they wore on the programme, so being a follower of fashion and style I was interested, I got a dvd copy slipped it on I was met with Nick Cave singing the theme song “Red Right Hand”, then Cillian Murphy then appeared riding a big black horse dressed in a three-piece tweed herringbone suit, with a white pressed penny collar shirt but with no tie just a gold stud, then to finish the look dressed in a classy baker boy eight panel cap with a button in the middle, I was hooked not just by the story but by the clothes they were stylish, they were items of clothing you could wear today, the costumes were designed by Stephanie Collie, to recreate the era she didn’t want to do a history lesson in period clothing, the costumes were made and hired to accurate 1920 style,  but the trousers given a more stylish fit, the suits were made by Keith Watson he’s been making suits since the 60s he started off in Savile Row, this is where he learnt his trade, the best thing is the cast loved their suites you can see this in how they move and wear their suits on set.

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Thomas Shelby from Peaky Blinders ( played by Cillian Murphy ) 

The best thing about the Peaky Blinders look is anyone can put it together and wear the same outfits, the cloths and accessories used on set wouldn’t look that out-of-place today,  after all the men are only wearing tweed suits and flat caps, classy over coats, this look has inspired young fashionistas  to incorporate the vintage look into their wardrobe, so I want to take you through a couple of pieces and show you how this look would look stylish in your own wardrobe.

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In Peaky Blinders most of the characters wear tweed suits, this is what most suites were made from at this time, most men would have owned one suit at a push two, the Thomas Shelby character has may be more, in one scene he is seen wearing a grey pin striped suit, but his main suit is a three-piece grey herringbone suit with a notch lapel and high wasted trousers with short legs with turn ups, getting a three-piece tweed suit is not easy but if you shop around you can find them, I’ve chosen the Marc Darcy tweed three-piece suit because it doesn’t break the bank, also with the felt black collar it gives it a modern twist.

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In Peaky Blinders all the characters are seen wearing beautiful starched white starched collars, in the 1920s shirts didn’t come with collars you would attach the collar to the shirt with studs, in the 1920s men didn’t have a lot of money to buy cloths so they normally they would have a two starched collars and one shirt, this way they could keep the shirt going all week nice, today a lot of shops don’t stock starch collars but you will find them in vintage shops, in Peaky Blinders Thomas Shelby is seen wearing a wine striped shirt also a blue striped one but my favourite is the powder blue one with the contrast of the white-collar it looks amazing with a grey herringbone tweed suit, the style your looking for is the penny collar, this shirt from Tesco does not break the bank but looks stylish.

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The Henley shirt is a stylish piece worn as underwear  on the set by many characters, it looks amazing when worn with braces and tweed trouser finished off with a tweed cap, the Henley shirt gets its name from when rowers in Henley-on-Thames wore them to race in, there are a lot of company’s making the Henley shirt, but to me there is only one company who make a proper Henley Shirt that is Wolsey, their Henley shirt is made from 100% cotton, in a loose fit, with a five button placket and ribbed cuff

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Another feature of the Peaky Blinders is the long black overcoats they wear, they are big and loose-fitting very masculine in style, when the character’s done theirs coats and walk on seen they look very menacing in deed, the style your looking for is a simple over coat that just hangs off your shoulders but fits you in the sleeves, I’ve chosen this black over coat from Warrior Clothing, its made from 100 % wool with a stunning red lining you can’t go wrong with this stunning coat.

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The crowing glory of the Peaky Blinders look is the eight panel tweed cap with a peak at the front and a button in the middle, the caps have many names like the Gatsby, The baker boy, the newspaper boy, it was a type of head wear worn by dock workers and other manual workers of the time, in Peaky Blinders they had sewn razor blades into the peaks of their caps, then used them as weapons, this how they got their name Peaky Blinders, Baker boy caps to me are the most stylish casual head wear you can own.

If you wear a waistcoat wear it with a pocket watch

 The final piece to the Peaky Blinders look is the pocket watch, Thomas Shelby is always seen with a pocket watch hanging off his waistcoat, before the wrist watch was invented all men wore a pocket watch it would be attached to their waistcoat by a gold chain, the more stylish chains would have a fob attached to the chain, to me a pocket watch is a great way to add a touch of style to your waistcoat, don’t go out and buy a new watch get your self a vintage one, ebay is a great place to get them.

Peaky Blinders is truly a unique programme very stylish as well as entertaining, cant wait for series three just hope the guys are still stylishly dressed.

By

Bob Redfern

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The Mod Style Essentials


The Mod subculture started in the 1960s, it has gone through many revivals and carries on today, the Mods were all about fashion and music, the Mod movement started off on London in the late 50s but its height was during the 60s, Mods were modernist`s they were all about the latest fashion and music, it attracted young working class lads, there style was all about bespoke sharp suits, and sharp dressing, at the weekends mods would meet a cafes and listen to music looking good, band`s like the Small Faces and The Who were influenced by the Mod subculture, Mods were known for fighting with rockers, Mods favourite mode of transport was the scooter they chose Lambrettas and Vespas, there was a couple of reasons why they chose scooters, one was because the engine was encased in two side panels this stopped them getting oil over their fancy cloths, the other was because they were affordable and young lads could get the newly available higher purchase plans, and this is where the iconic Mod parka came in they wore them to protect cloths while riding their scooters, but by the mid 60s the Mod scene became to commercialised, their was company’s setting up Mod clothing collections, this went against what Mods were all about choosing their own style, it became to stylised instead of young people customising their own cloths.

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Over the last couple of decades the Mod subculture has gone through many revivals, in the 80s the classic film about Mods Quadrophenia  was made, in the early 90s bands like Oasis ,Blur, The Verve, were all influenced by the Mod subculture through their music and style, today the Mod subculture has spread to places like Japan even south Korea, Mod clothing brands like Lambretta  and Merc still sell Mod style clothing to this day.

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Mod fishtail parka is one of the most iconic items of clothing associated with the Mod subculture, the original parkers were never meant for young  stylish Mods, they were made for the US army, so their troops could fight in cold climates, that’s what happened in the Korean war in the 1950s, it was a united nations war so Britain had to take part, but British troops were not equipped for the cold climate so America issued them with the fishtail parka, the name fishtail parka comes from the coat is shaped like a fishtail, this was so the coat could be tied around the legs for added wind proofing,  after the war hundreds found their way into army surplus stores, Mods first used them as an ideal garment for fending off the elements and protecting their smart clothing from grease and dirt, but soon they became apart of the Mod look with Mods sewing on badges and the iconic roundel on the back of their parka`s, it’s very hard to find original parka`s now with the fur hood, but company’s like Merc London continue to make this classic as close to the original as possible, but you can’t get a fur hood now because of an outcry by the fur lobby, but you can get a synthetic fur hood.

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The original Mods were influenced by modern jazz, jazz came from America when jazz players came to the UK they wore fancy sharp shirts made by Brooks Brothers, very soon young modernist were looking for these shirts, because the shirts had to be imported certain importers were able to corner the market so the shirts became very expensive, one Man Ben Sherman saw a market for his own shirts, he quickly designed his own oxford shirts made from the finest cottons, he targeted the young mods soon his shirts were hit, among these were his Gingham and paisley shirts, to this day Ben Sherman continue make the finest casual shirts influenced by the Mod subculture.

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In the late 50s young stylish mods were looking for stylish casual clothing, one of the items they chose was the polo shirts, the brand they chose was the Fred Perry polo, the main reason was Mods loved to dance all night but still look good, the Fred Perry polo shirt came with a collar and placket so it could be worn with a suit, because of its knitted piquaterial and its ability to retain its shape, Mods could dance all night in it then wear it again the next day, very soon suppliers were getting requests from streetwear fans for tipping on the collars and cuffs, Fred Perry loved the idea he gave his permission this design to made, it gained a nick name the Perry, since then Fred Perry has been heavily associated with the Mods and its music scene.

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Another classic that mods chose was the Sta Prest Trousers, they were originally invented and produced by Levi Strauss & Co, they were a wrinkle resistant trouser renowned for their sharp style and straight leg, also they came in a flat front, they were a practical trouser that looked good but also after being worn on a scooter for a couple of hours they still looked sharp and classy, Levi`s no longer make the Sta Prest trousers, but company’s like Relco and Warrior make a similar trousers called Sta Press trouser, they are still worn by young stylish men today.

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Desert boots were the first casual shoes to be invented for casual wear, they were invented by Nathan Clark of Clarks shoes, he was serving in the second world war in Africa wear soldiers first wore desert boots, he came back to the UK designed his own boot, by the late 50s they became a casual classic, mods loved them for their simple straight lines and design, but one of the main reasons was the crepe sole its naturally gripped the road when riding their scooters, deserts boots have been copied by every fashion label going but the originals are by Clarks only.

There are many other pieces that Mods are famous for like Harrington Jackets and Ox blood tasselled loafers, the Mod cultures lives on with weekend scooter rally’s, and Mod music by the Jam and Paul Weller, open up your mind add a little Mod culture your wardrobe.

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Bob Redfern

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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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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.

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Bob Redfern

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Getting Stylish For 2015 Music Festivals


Yes it’s that time again music festivals are here, from the classic 1969 Woodstock to Glastonbury, T4 on the beach, V festivals, its been a right of passage for young people to pack their bags and get shit faced for the weekend, than talking about it for the rest of their lives, it’s a time where friends some times have their last get together, before they finish college or university and start their adult life, for some its their first adventure from home and being able to kick back and have some fun,what I love about festivals is you can wear what you want and no one gives a shit, you can wear loud or just dull, it’s about having fun listing to some great music then chilling with a beer, but what I have noticed for years women get noticed for their fashion at the festivals, but the boys don’t get a mention so I thought I would give the boys their own fashion guide for a change and a few tips from my experience’s at the festivals.

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Woodstock 1969 the Granddaddy of all music festivals

Festivals are normally held in fields yes fields so things can get dirty and very crazy, so when your going to festivals you need to pack the right things, other wise you   could be very wet and cold and pissed off that you have wrecked  a £100 pair of trainers, so the guide I’m going to do is not about fashion labels, its about looking stylish but practical.

The other key element is what you pack, remember your going away for the weekend, not for a week, so you need to keep it simple but light, my advise is always check the weather, when I started doing festivals over 20 years ago you didn’t know if it was going to rain or shine, but thank to modern technology we can get a seven-day weather update on our phones, so check the weather before you leave you Muppets, so think about what you need not what if this goes with this, you will be just carrying loads of cloths for bugger all, also if its muddy there’s a good chance all your cloths will get shitty to so more washing for nothing

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T- shirts yes it summer what else would you wear, my advise is let your hair down it’s a festival, get loud get some t-shirts with some great vivid prints, there are lots of company’s now that just sell great t-shirts like Johnny Cupcakes or Ark Angel Apparel, but stay away from the cartoon character ones you want to impress the ladies “right”, the other thing about t-shirts they are light to carry, so once you have ironed them you simply roll them tightly, then when you take them out of the bag quick shake their still crisp and fresh.

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Shirts now if you’re a stylish man you will always carry a classy shirt with you, but remember shirts can get wrinkled quick and if you’re in a muddy field there are no irons, so keep it simple pack a oxford shirt or a short sleeve shirt, style wise go for some polka dots or simple strips, if you can find a shirt with some amazing design buy it, shirts are also great for layering you could wear a t-shirt then a shirt over the top unbuttoned.

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Shorts summer and festivals are all about shorts, the choice is up to you, denim shorts are classy also stylish, chino cotton shorts are your next choice great khaki, reds, navy, are good colours, but one style tip for you, if you wear a patterned  t-shirt go for plain shorts, other wise you will look like a walking comic painting,

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Chinos and Jeans yes I know its summer, but you never know if its going to rain or get cold, so my advise is always pack one pair, also if you wanted to leave the festival to go out and have a meal, you know you have the right cloths to go out if you wanted to.

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Hooded tops are just amazing at festivals, they are stylish but practical, there has been many morning I’ve gotten up in a field and its been a bit chilly, I just reached for my hoody pulled it on and I was toasty again, also when you pack up on the Sunday or the Monday you are on a comedown from the booze and partying, you feel like pants you simply slip on your hooded top, pull the hood over your head slip your earphones on your sorted ready for the journey home.

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Jackets yes like I’ve said many times festivals are about summer, but the British weather does not give a crap about summer if it wants to rain it will, I always carry a Karrimor Jacket, they are light but stylish and practical, they will keep you dry and if you do role in the mud it simply wipes of cool, but the choice is down to you but personally always make sure you have jacket in your bag.

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Footwear this is simply down to your choice, my advise is buy some cheap £20.00 stylish pumps, if they do get covered in mud and mashed up just chuck them in the bin, trust me I can tell you from experience save your money, about 15 years ago I went to a rock festival in some white Fred Perry Pumps, they cost me over £70.00 and yes it rained for two days solid in a field they were fucked, lesson learnt, flip-flops are a great choice if they get muddy you just wipe them down.

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Hats are not just stylish but practical too, think bout it your drinking all day out in the sun, you will get dehydrated very quick, so a hat keeps your head cool and covered, I love wearing a straw Trilby very dapper, or you can go for a classy bucket hat or keep it simple and wear a baseball cap.

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Sunglasses are a must for all festival goers, but again they cost a lot of money, a couple of years ago I sat down and worked out how much I had spent on sunglasses that got broken or lost and stolen at festivals, I came in about £550.00, so if your going to festivals save your best glasses take some cheap stylish ones, Foster Grant are my choice and at about £20.00 a pair I could not be bothered what happens to them.

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Towels now this is a free tip, it will save you the hassle of dirty smelly wet towels in your tent, simply buy a  travel towel its a special type of towel, that’s water absorbent,  its comes in a travel pouch the size of a face cloth, you unzip it, it opens into a full bath towel wipe your self dry fold it back up put it in the case all done no mess no dirty smelly towel, it will last you the weekend just wash it when back home.

If you do attend any music festivals this year stay safe and have amazing time in style of course

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Mixing Vintage With Modern Style


The Vintage look is fast becoming something that every stylish person is going for, in today’s society of throw away fashion, clothing and accessories are not made to the highest standard’s like they used to be, but with vintage pieces this is what you get, about a 10 to 20 years ago certain pieces like silk scarfs and cufflinks would cost you about £40 to £50 you now can pick them up for as little as £5.00, the thought of wearing some thing that some one else owned really puts people off going vintage, this I agree with but I’m not on about clothing I’m on about accessories, but now and then I invest into a vintage pucker blazer if I like it, when I visit  different  country’s I always hit the back street chunk stores, on one of my last European trips I went to Tallinn, in Estonia,  we found many shops selling vintage pieces, in one shop I brought a vintage razor and four pairs of cufflinks it cost me just £20.00, my friend Peter picked up a vintage Finnish navy style pea coat, it was an amazing find he wears it with some Levi`s and looks very stylish,   Key to the vintage look is how you incorporate it in to your every day wardrobe, if you just wore vintage pieces it would probably look like you have just raided your granddad wardrobe,  so what you need to do first is think what vintage pieces would look great with your wardrobe.

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Now if your looking to give your dress shirt a classy stylish look, go for vintage cufflinks, here we have a set of art deco emerald stone in a gold finish, they are just stunning and scream quality, add a suit or blazer your looking the business, these were only advertised at £12.00 on the net.

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Now if your looking to dress up your dull brown blazer, a silk scarf is a great choice to add character and style, this classic silk scarf is in a neutral beige base colour but with a striking green and red design, it brings life to the blazer and looks amazing, the cost for this vintage piece was only £6.00

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When it comes to waistcoat’s you very rarely see people sporting a pocket watch chain when they wear a waistcoat, a pocket watch chain is stylish also it gives your out fit a bit of bling, here we have a stylish black velvet waistcoat adding the silver pocket chain really brings it alive, what I love about this chain is the silver thob that hangs from it very retro but stylish.

Finding vintage pieces is not hard there are hundreds of websites selling vintage clothing and accessories, eBay is a great place simply put in the search bar vintage followed by what your looking for i.e. cufflinks, scarfs, on the settings change it to a world-wide search, when your on holiday find the back street stores have a good mooch about, barter have fun,  when I look for vintage I look for great cufflinks silk scarfs also pocket squares and the odd pocket watch, I love it when people say ” I like that ” I then say it’s a vintage piece they go no.

One of the best things about going vintage is having some thing no one else has, it’s all about individualism, your own style and if you choose vintage this is the style you will get, very rad but super stylish.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Johnny Cupcakes


In 2001 Johnny Earl was working in a music \ comic shop in Brantree, Massachusetts, his co-workers would coin a new nick name for him every week, one of these was “JOHNNY CUPCAKES” , Johnny was in a band called metalcore, one day he was screen printing some T-shirts for his band he printed a couple of with Johnny Cupcakes on them, almost immediately family & friends noticed them & asked where they could get them, seeing a market for screen printed T-shirts he started to sell them to close friends etc, in 2002 he was touring with a band called Broken Wings he took a stock of T-shirts with him, He got the other musicians on the bill to wear them, this gave him a bigger audiences the brand soon gained a cult following, the following year Earl left the band to focus on brand full-time, In 2005 Earl opened his first store in home town of Hull, it was a boat garage Earl and his farther converted it into a retail space, he made the store to resemble a bakery, to give the customers a unique shopping experience, his logo is very retro but amazing simple its a cupcake with crossbones underneath them.
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Johnny Cupcakes Logo

Johnny Cupcakes is a unique label not just in their clothing but also in how their stores are set up, they sell they sell t-shirts , sweatshirts, Hats, accessories like socks & key chains, their style is very unique he does this by taking the mick out of pop culture, also replacing known symbolic icons with cupcakes, these images then are then printed on T-shirts & sweatshirts.

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Flower power by Banksy

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Flour power by Johnny Cupcake

since Johnny Cupcakes opened his first store his business has grown to over 6 stores, 5 in the united states & 1 in London on Carnaby Street, the reason for their success it’s not just down to their clothing, it’s about the brand he’s made it exciting, some thing that people wanted to buy, first of all he calls all his stores “bakeries” not stores, as you enter one of his bakeries you are met by the smell of vanilla ( via hidden air fresheners), the store is then laid out like a bakery, antique fridges on the wall clothing is displayed out on bakery trays or inside glass pastry cases, in one store they have a cast iron stove & 1930`s mixers, they are designed to bring back childhood memories good times in your life, they even hold movie nights showing eight classics like back to the future or the goonies, Every t-shirt or sweatshirt have oven mitt shaped labels on the inside,some times they have hidden messages inside of some shirts, and some times random free goods, when they pack your purchase its put in a pastry box with the company’s logo amazing, even their online store is some thing special,  web shoppers receive random surprises, Including free overnight shipping or an extra t-shirt or hat at zero cost, Johnny Cupcakes don’t spend money on advertising they invest the money back in the company so they reward their loyal customers.

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In side one of Johnny Cupcakes Bakeries

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Johnny Earl inside his store

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Johnny Cupcakes unique packaging

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Recently Johnny Cupcakes have done collaborations, with Nickeloden, Warner Bros, & wait for it  ! “Hello kitty”, Earl still maintains 100 % equity of the company, he still guides the company him self, in the early days Earl wanted to keep the company small so he could manage it himself, but due to its success & growing fan base he is now talking with several private equity firms about branding & licensing opportunities, what ever the future holds for Johnny Cupcakes I hope they continue to grow & stay an individual,

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Crossbones black-black T-Shirt

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Eagle Hoodie

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Crossbones Patch Beanie

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Crossbones Socks Red-Black

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Pin Pack

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If you decide to get a garment from Johnny Cupcakes I can guarantee one thing your friends wont have any thing like it.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD