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.  

Idris 2

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.

Idris 3jpg

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.

images8BC13SOU

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.

images56TX8CHX

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 Rise Of The Artisan T-Shirt


There are more T-shirt apparel company’s than ever before, in the 70s screen printing T-shirts boutiques were popping up all over in London & New York,  such designers like Vivienne Westwood became famous for their amazing art work they produced on their T-shirts, but soon bigger company’s like Ralph Lauren started produce their own T-shirts, they didn’t use screen press but big printing press they could produce thousands in one day & they were cheaper, through the 80s printed t-shirts become synonymous  with punks, with messages against Margret Thatcher and the government at the time,  through the 90s t-shirts continued to be printed with many screen prints and designs,

Over the last couple of years with the on set of social media, small fashion designers  can get their designs to a bigger audience, more and more people are looking for something stylish but different, company’s like Johnny Cupcakes, Ark Angel Apparel, Aye Kandy Apparel  only design and sell t-shirts and sweat shirts with amazing designs nothing else , so let’s have look at some of their designs and what’s made these company’s such a success.

wpid-bakesy-5.jpg

http://www.johnnycupcakes.com

Johnny Cupcakes apparel was started by Johnny Earle, it uses cup cakes as the prominent design motif for all its designs, Johnny Cupcakes from when Johnny used to be called nick names by his work mate`s, they would come up with a different one every other week, soon they were calling him yes Johnny Cupcakes he liked the name, he was all so in a band and made t-shirts by screen printing for them, one day he was printing some t-shirts he made some with  Johnny Cupcake’s on them, soon friends saw them and asked where he got them from, he soon was selling t-shirts  to friends his designs caught on, he now has four stores in the U.S. and one in London. his key design’s mimic classic art pieces by mimicking them with cupcakes.

imagesHA6KB159

http://www.twitter.com/arkangelapparel

Ark Angel Apparel are designers and supplier of urban street ware with influences from religion and history with a modern twist, their unique clothing is both stunning and just amazing, they are from paisley in Scotland, they don’t yet have an online store but you can find them on twitter and Facebook, this is one label to keep an eye out for in the future, their style is inspired by old religious art with a modern twist, their prints are not just eye-catching but also very thought-provoking.

images3H92D0XX

http://www.ayekandyapparel.co.uk

Aye Kandy Apparel is a street clothing apparel label from Glasgow, Scotland, their design is inspired by tattoo art very bold prints of skull mixed with paisley, black and white prints, creative Director Chris Paterson wanted to come up with some thing that rivalled, the likes of Primark style clothing and your big brands like Diesel and G Star, where you’re paying around £40 a t-shirt  and offer some thing far better that was stylish but also very affordable.

2015 is the year for the printed t-shirt with such rich offerings now available you’re going to look amazing this summer.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Time To Go Bespoke Chaps


Bespoke was a very common word about a hundred years ago, now most people don’t know what it means, and they would just look at you with a blank expression, it means to individual order, custom made, that’s how clothes used to be made, if you were planning to go out about a hundred years ago, you couldn’t just walk down to a shop and pick up some 501s thank you very much sir, no your cloths were made to order, the only places that had clothes on the shelf’s was places like the army, but as fashion changed so did hows cloths were made, in the 1960s fashion changed 100% shops started to make shirts and trousers that could be worn of the peg, shops had been doing this for a long time but not in the volumes that they started then, gone went the days of going to the local tailor picking your fabric & style, getting your first measurement, then your second fitting then finally picking a garment that was tailored for you.

OB-dummy

Bespoke became some thing only the rich and famous could have, but now thanks to the internet sites and traveling tailors, you can get a suit blazer or shirt just made the way you want it made, it is some thing I recommend to every young man to get done at least once in their life time, having some thing made that can put your own stamp on is very unique, you get to choose the cut, the collar, the cuffs, the lining, and when it arrives it says made for “YOU”, not made by bla bla in shitty bla bla, it is something that you will be happy to wear and when people say where did you get that from you would say, oh just from my tailor, your friends will say what !, you say it again yes my tailor knocked this little number up for me, then you show them your personal label with your named stitched in it made from the finest silks.

sewing-kit

Going bespoke is not that expensive ever you can get a suit or a blazer made from about a hundreds pounds with delivery about £150, but before you go guns blazing you need to find out if bespoke is for you, my advise is first go for a blazer very simple choice, you have two choices scour the internet for visiting tailors book a meeting in a local hotel get measured, or you can find bespoke websites where you can log on and choose what you want to fill in your measurements, four weeks later your suit arrives nice, but first let’s go through the process of building your bespoke garment.

fabrics

Material yes first you need to pick the material, you can have tweed , plaid, stripe, mohair,wool, my advise is go for wool its an all year around fabric, it keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter, and it looks good, colors it’s up you but personally keep it neutral like a navy or a grey.

custom made suit pockets patched slanted bolsillos traje

Fit now this where you choose the fit you can for a fitted garment which is meant to give you a slim lined figure or you go with a classic fit which hangs of the shoulders just right my self I all ways go for the classic fit.

download (8)cm17

Button front style this is where you choose how many buttons you want on the front for a blazer you traditionally go for two button if you want one go for a one button do it, if you want three buttons on the front its all down to your taste.

1b49f109adb0e1b689db10fec9c6c91e

 Time to choose your lapel style, you can go peak lapels, notch lapels, rounded notch, shawl lapels, personally stick to notch lapels very classy that will suit most people.

55MHwVb

Pockets this gives your garment a more layered look there are many combinations we could go for , so to keep it simple if you go for the fitted look slanted pockets, classic fit go for straight pockets, one thing I would include is a ticket pocket on a blazer very stylish.

images (17)

Cuffs this is some thing else people over look if you have the choice go for working cuff, most suits don’t have them also you can leave one sleeve button undone to look stylish, also you can choose to get the button holes done in different thread colors, always go for a four button, if your daring go for five guys.

images (18)

back vent this is the back style of the garment, rule of thumb is a blazer or sports jacket has a center vent a suit has a double vent i.e vents on side but its your garment you choose.

load-your-lining-from-a-suit-that-fits

Lining now this usually one area that gets over looked, I say be as loud as you like, people wont see it only when you open your jacket, so when you do flash your going to wow people, lining is really down to your choice, my self I love vibrant prints in bold colors, paisley in bright colors, chines red dragons spitting orange flames, colorful peacock’s with multicolored feathers, Rio carnival dancers in reds and shimmering purples. what ever you choose just give your bespoke garment some pow.

images (19)

Thread color again another area people miss out on when getting your bespoke garment made you can really personalize it with color, choose a stylish color for button holes & lapel pin holes, not long back I had a navy suit made with an orange lining but to bring the suit together, I had the lapel pin hole and the fourth button-hole on the working cuff stitched with orange silk thread it was the bomb no one has what I have.

918577038_812

now measurement this is most important thing about going bespoke if you don’t get this right you will have wasted your money, if you’re visiting a traveling tailor he will take your measurements, but if you’re doing it through a bespoke site you need a tape measure and a friend, they will have a video explaining how to take measurements do this at least five times, each time Wright the measurements down if all mirror each other fill in the measurement on the site, but there is an easier option most sites you can just click for standard sizes, so get an old suit or jacket that fits you check the size and click the boxes but you still can pick the sleeve size and garment length just to give you that bespoke fit.

I hope I have given you food for thought bespoke is some thing you should try once in your life.

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.

481167_mrp_in_l

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.

481480_mrp_in_l

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.

481172_mrp_in_l

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.

481174_mrp_in_l

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.

495214_mrp_in_l

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.

483071_mrp_fr_l

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.

566954_mrp_in_l

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.

571335_mrp_in_l

‘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

518085_mrp_in_l (1)

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

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.

wpid-steve-mcqueen-turtleneck-tweed-jacket-black-white-style-icon-men-fashion-e1341673322470.jpg

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.

wpid-resize.jpgwpid-img_4251.jpg

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

wpid-mcqueen1.jpegwpid-1319210182-97968700.jpg

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

wpid-wp-1423094571324.jpegwpid-brcps0091bccl2_710_grid.jpg

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

wpid-tag-heuer-12961.jpgwpid-12137473_4_x.jpg

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.

https://shop-uk.tagheuer.com

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

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.

download (6)

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.

mBuqUwtj_Hv9euF8JYM6yzw

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 .

mustard-shearling-and-patent-monks-streetstyle (1)

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.

F-24-tommy-ton-fall-2015-menswear-street-style_04 (1)

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.

M4

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

Sunday Style


Sunday style is all about casual dress down, no work to go to, recovering from Saturdays “excess”, it`s about keeping it stylish but very relaxed people, for get about the onesies leave the baby club, come over to the big boys club, I love Sundays I`m all ways out for dinner but I never dress for dinner unless its formal, the key to Sunday style is what you wear & how you match it together, think about denim pieces mix it with some knit pieces to, or add a touch of cotton, colors should be suttle but neutral, my style is usually chinos in a tan color followed by a polo shirt or rugby shirt, in winter I like to wear  chunky shawl neck cardigans, it’s all about wearing whats comfortable to you, but just being a touch stylish about it.

I`ve put some simple outfits together for you, keeping it simple but relaxed and very stylish, the key to the look is choosing the right pieces.

henri-lloyd-blundell-regular-t-shirt-greylevis-501-jeans

1349951757-65934700

When it comes to Sunday style it’s about simplicity & functionality, you can’t beat a simple Henri Lloyd grey crew neck T-shirt, matched with a pair of Levi`s 501s in a straight relaxed fit, to finish this look I’ve gone for a Ralph Lauren Hoodie with a zipped front, the over all effect is a very dressed down look but still stylish.

wpid-wm1up01_ecr_1_zoom.jpg

Levi`s Sta press trousers

Levi`s Sta press trousers

KH066NAV

Now if your after a more sharper fitted relaxed look that is very chic, I’ve chosen the classic Henley long sleeve shirt with a button placket as a base layer in  neutral white, then added some stunning Sta Press trousers that come in sharp fitted look, then to finish it off I have gone with a chunky ribbed shawl-neck cardigan in navy with stunning leather football buttons, the over all effect achieved is one of sharp style but still very casual.

Remember fashion changes style does not, so when you come to put an outfit together, put them together on your bed in order then say to your self do I look good if in doubt change it buddy.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

The Art of Denim Clothing


As a lover of fashion I’ve always had a bit of denim inn my wardrobe, I can remember my first skinny dark jeans in the 80`s,  they were by Dark horse god I loved them, I got my first denim jacket when I was 11 it was a stone wash Wrangler, I thought I was the dog`s balls, my favorite Jeans were my stone washed Levi`s 501`s, I got them in the summer 1987 when Levi`s were at their height, they lasted me up to my 16th birthday, as a young lad I had worn them to the park out to the school disco, you name it I did it did it in those jeans, but we all grow up as kids, so I had to say good-by to my number one favorite Jeans,

I always thought denim came from the good old USA, bit how wrong I was, denim is a sturdy cotton warp-faced twill textile in which the weft passes under two or more warp threads. This twill weaving produces the familiar diagonal ribbing of the denim that distinguishes it from cotton duck, The name “denim” derives from the French serge de Nîmes, referring to the city of Nimes, the word Jeans is also French for Genoa, Italy,  this is where the original denim Jeans were made, as immigrants moved to the new Americas, they brought with them their customs & traditions, that`s how denim came to the US.

Giant-poster

Levi`s Jeans were all about being masculine

One new immigrant that came to America was Levi Strauss, he set up a wholesale business selling the denim material in  San Francisco, a tailor named Jacob Davies, a Latvian Jewish immigrant, from Reno, Nevada, would buy denim material from him to patch up gold miners trousers,  he had an idea to use copper rivets to reinforce the points of strain, such as on the pocket corners and at the base of the button fly, but he didn’t have the money to purchase a patent, to protect his idea, so he went to Levi Strauss & asked him would he like to go business with him, Strauss provide the material`s, Davies made them,  on May 20, 1873, the two men received U.S. Patent 139,121 from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Levi Strauss Co was born, in the 1890s they invented the iconic 501 five pocket jeans.

Vanessa-Axente-by-Mario-Sorrenti-for-Calvin-Klein-3

Calvin Klein made denim sexy & desirable

Jeans eventually became more excepted as casual wear, former immigrants returned to their home country’s taking with them the modern jeans, soon subcultures like Mods, Hippy`s, Punks, adopted the Jeans as a part of their look, during the 70,s new designers like Calvin Klein took the humble jeans to new heights, they made the practical jeans in to some thing that was fun & desirable, the 80s was all about denim, rockers wore denim every wore denim, at the end of the 80s the denim dream was over, Levi`s had to close over 10 factory’s, more people turned to casual trousers,

asos-skinny-chinos

When fashion changed to more casual chinos denim crashed

But denim is back people and its even hotter than ever, you can mix denim with every outfit if you match it with the right cloths, but one point people its got to be Indigo, stone jeans is what your granddad wears to go shopping in, be bold be proud, it’s all about layering so let’s have a look at some fashionistas wearing some dapper denim pieces.

lotd-denim-jacket

This guy has taken the smart but casual look to a different level, but the rolled up sleeve belongs in the 80s other wise Nice.

4d21ffb999b41ff872086fd7ff72b278

Double denim is always a cracking look, what I love about this look is the classic suspenders, the pumps just make it pop.

Your-Style-MenStyleFashion-Blue-Denim-1

Denim was invented for work wear, so matching it with a shawl neck cardigan will give you a raw masculine stylish look.

trench-coat-×-denim-jacket-lookbook-hilton-webb

Here we’ve got double denim again, then he’s worn a tan roll-neck sweater added a touch of tweed with the waistcoat, then with a great layering effect he`s added a classy short trench coat, very chic with bags of panache.

I don’t wear denim much today, but I’m investing in a new indigo denim jacket this month, I`ve just got a great pair of Levi`s 501s with the red tab guys, denim has a great place in any man`s wardrobe it all about how you wear it & what you wear with it.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Henri Lloyd


Henri LIoyd is a British fashion clothing apparel company synonymous with yachting & golfing, the original British sailing
brand was founded in Manchester, England, by Angus Lloyd &  Henri Strzelecki MBE, Since 1963, Henri Lloyd has continued to push the boundaries of style and technical innovation, establishing itself over the last five decades with a formidable global reputation for designing producing quality premium high-end casual lifestyle clothing, during the war Henri was in the Polish army & was awarded both Polish and British military medals in 1946, he settled in Manchester, With typical entrepreneurial spirit ‘Mr Henri’ as he was to become known founds Henri Lloyd in a converted chapel in Manchester, England, Henri Lloyd pioneered the use of new technologies and fabrics such as Bri-Nylon in its early clothing lines, Among its innovations were the first non-corrosive zipper made of nylon, the introduction of Velcro closures in waterproof garments, the hand taping of seams as an alternative to varnishing, and the incorporation of gore-tex waterproofing, in 1984 Henri Lloyd launched the Consort Original sailing jacket the ‘look’ was uber-cool it wasn’t until 1984 that the brand became a fashionable brand.

Henri-Lloyd-Olmes-Carreti-Jacket

The original Consort Original sailing jacket

With the Milan Scooter Society adopting a Henri Lloyd sailing jacket to be worn with Levis 501s and Timberland deck shoes. This launched the brand onto stardom within the fashion world with Henri Lloyd clothing and accessories soon becoming an essential need for fashionable men around Europe. Around a decade after the launch of the fashion ranges Henri Lloyd Black Label was launched linking Italian inspired design with the technical materials that gave the brand a purpose all those years ago. The launch was so successful that Henri Lloyd won an award for their endeavours in 1997, and the rest they say is history! it flips the company into the world of international fashion.

Subculture Henri LLoyd 1 (3)

Danny Dyer wearing a Henri Lloyd jacket in the film football factory

In the 1980s British football fashion-led subculture`s started to wear Henri Lloyd on the terraces, the casual subculture reached its peak in the late 1980s. With the arrival of the acid house, rave Manchester scenes, the violence of the casual subculture faded, In the mid-1990s, the casual subculture experienced a revival, but emphasis on style had changed slightly. Many football fans adopted the casual look as a kind of uniform, identifying them as different from the ordinary club supporters. Popular clothing brands included Stone Island, Aquascutum, Burberry, & of course Henri Lloyd, In the late 1990s, many football supporters began to move away from the brands that were considered the casual uniform, because of the police attention that these brands attracted. Several designer labels also withdrew certain designs from sale after they became associated with casuals.

m32509_nav_fr(3)

The Cowes Polo is iconic for Henri Lloyd

http://www.henrilloyd.com

Marking their 50th anniversary, Henri Lloyd have worked to create a range that combines their established, classic aesthetic with the industry’s new penchant for high-end technical wear, their new collection Black Label focuses on ‘real’ characters and pioneers, the brand offers a collection punctuated by bold colors and focuses on street wear essentials to provide somewhat of a rugged but casual style clothing.

Henri Lloyd is a true classic British icon when it comes to performance & casual clothing, you don`t just get great clothing you get years of innervation & quality to.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

What is STYLE ?


I hear the word style used to often, but to me a lot of people don`t know the difference between style & fashion, to me style never dies, fashion does, style is the manner or the way you wear your cloths, by creating a distinctive appearance, some people have natural style some don`t, for those who don`t understand style they will see a certain look then try to emulate it, some times with disasters effects,  you should be bold & proud when it comes to your wardrobe, style is some thing you achieve over time, its like a fine wine it takes time to mature and become special.

There are certain style icons who had style and to this day we still look at them for inspiration, one such icon was Steve McQueen, he has the title of king of cool, he had an uncanny way of taking a simple garment & making it look stylish, certain brands came synonymous with him like Persol, Belstaff, Baracuta, his style was masculine he would wear simple T-shirts or shawl neck cardigans even classy chinos, a lot of people have mimicked his style, the reason why he kept his style simple, last summer I attend a garden party, in a blue oxford shirt & tan chinos with brown loafers and Persol sunglasses, people gave me compliment after compliment, all I did was copy Mr McQueen.

Steve-with-his-Jaguar-1965-steve-mcqueen-32021910-500-701

Here Steve McQueen wears casual chinos, crew neck burgundy sweater with a white shirt, he finishes it off with charcoal blazer, the blazer and sweater complement each other, add Steve McQueen`s casual stance, you have an amazing look.

Another style icon who was stylish, was the Duke of Windsor former King Edward VIII, he was known for bucking the trend, the Duke of Windsor was world-renowned for was his style, not only by his choice in clothes, but how he matched them and how he wore them, it was his modern approach to clothes that made him stand out, he showed disregard for the establishment, he preferred comfortable clothes, on one occasion he was asked to inspect some troops he turned up wearing Oxford bags trousers very loose-fitting trousers, to this day people still take inspiration from this man.

duke-of-windsor-3

Here Duke of Windsor wears a check suit most probably wool, the suit is a two button jacket, here he sits with one button done up, the fit is amazing, he chosen a neutral plain color for his tie & shirt , which then gives the suit more definition.

street-style-men-trench-coat-2 (1)

This man has style, I don`t like the rolled up 80s sleeve look, but the casual chinos with the deep red shirt is a classy touch, he has then added the trench coat to give a smart look, to finish it off he chosen a vibrant silk scarf that goes with the coat & shirt, finished with suede brogues.

street_style_men

This stylish look is simple but timeless, classic oxford shirt with Navy chinos in a tapered fit, followed by some stylish shoes.

4-street-style-men-red-paris-460 (1)

l like this mans style, he gone with a modern double-breasted prince of Wales check suit, added a stylish waist coat, it’s the red & black that makes it all go together, finished in that fantastic white dress shirt without a tie, most of all his confident stare .

Learning what style is important if you want to look good, fashion comes and go`s, Style never does, it`s all about how you match & wear your cloths.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD`