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,

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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

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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

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One Grey Suit = Three Different Looks


When it comes to the grey suit people don’t exploit it to its full value, you need to look at it as being a desirable piece, rather than merely a functional suit. the way that you do this is first invest into a good suit with a good fit, then using key piece`s from your wardrobe, a grey suit can be chic with bags of panache if you get the style right.

Now the grey suit has been around over 200 years, grey suits used to be used for morning suits, these days we don`t see enough people exploiting the full value of the suit, the first bit you need to get right is getting the right suit, for get about these super small super slim numbers, fashion changes style does not, invest into a proper two button medium grey suit, not to dark not to light, forget about man-made fibers they make your balls sweat, you want Wool, Mohair, Cashmere, these are natural fibers that keep you warm in winter cool in summer, also due to their waxy fibers they are very water absorbent.

Sourcing your suit can be expensive & time-consuming, two tips scour the sales & company’s discount sites, if you’re not sure about your size they don’t charge in shops for trying on suit`s, go in find your size & fit take a picture on your camera phone of the label, then hit the internet or sales stores.

 How a suit fits is top priority, there are some simple key rules when buying a ready-made suit or off the peg to get a proper fit follow these rules.

1. Shoulders’ Because this is where the suit hangs, from the fit should sit on the shoulders, if there is any hunching it is to tight or to big.

2. Jacket closure’ if you get the shoulders right the jacket should close right, if you close the jacket and the front pulls on the button causing a big X on the front it’s too tight, if the lapels hang forward its to big.

3. Jacket sleeve’ When you put your jacket over your shirt sleeve ,there should be a half an inch between the shirt cuff and blazer sleeve, basically only 5 inches of cuff should be showing.

4. Jacket collar’ very easy to spot there will be a gap at the back of the collar, if it’s to big if it’s to small.

5. Jacket Length very simple stand tall put your arms down to the side, if the jackets below the hand its to long above to short.

6. The seat’ is your bum area, your trousers should just hang again if very loose to big too much hunching means to small.

7. Trouser break’ where your trouser end it is called the break, a proper fit will result in a simple dimple at the bottom, no dimple to short more than one dimple to long.

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If you want to create a chic Italian style look with your grey suit, go for a black Roll-neck add a polka dot pocket square .

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If you have dinner date or you have to attend a business gathering, be stylish but super casual, wear a classy white dress shirt with some stunning cufflink`s to give your grey suit some major style points.

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Turn your grey business suit into a party suit, if your going out after work you don`t need to take your wardrobe to work invest in to a casual classy shirt, grey is a neutral color, so adding a the likes of a Polka dot shirt really dresses up the suit most of all the wine color mixes well with the grey double bonus.

 Get more out of you’re the grey suit, adding the right pieces to your wardrobe, turns your grey suit into a Swiss army knife, you have suit for work & pleasure, 

By

Bob Redfern

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Get kitted out for work


Fashion changes quicker than a tramp changes his pants, but style never changes, office based work has always been smart dress, usually suit & tie but not any more fashionista`s, you can now dress smart but with a casual twist, it’s all about your wardrobe and what you wear, take a look at these inspirational pieces.

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This slim fit crisp poplin shirt from Charles Tyrwhitt will see you stylish in and out the office

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Looking for a practical stylish piece this Aubin brown pure wool blazer from Blurton London ticks all the boxes

http://www.burton.co.uk

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Ties can be so boring leave the wide tie at home get a knitted silk tie with stripes very chic but stylish

http://www.josephturner.co.uk

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Get some major style points in the office with these classy Sterling silver blue lapis & mother of pearl oval bicolour cufflinks by Aspinal of London

http://www.aspinaloflondon.com

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Suede is very in vogue this year invest into sharp looking suede brogues from Samuel Windsor

www.samuelwindsor.co.uk

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Throw caution to the wind add a bit of color to your wrist with this classy watch from Lacoste

http://www.lacoste.com

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When it comes to a mans bag you want a proper rugged masculine looking bag go for this canvass messenger bag

http://www.ecanvasbags.com

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We still need to take notes at meetings etc get rid of those crappy note pads invest into a proper leather Journal

http://www.papuro.com

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Adding a dash of color to your blazer is easy with a pocket square also a tip for you we all carry mobile phones keep the screen clean by using the pocket square stylish and practical

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so you can see adding a few accessories to your wardrobe with the right cloths you can look stylish in & out of work.

By

Bob Redfern

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Ralph Lauren


Ralph Lauren is a United States fashion apparel company, their headquartered are in New York, NY, the company, through its subsidiaries, designs, markets and sells men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, accessories, fragrances and home furnishings to customers worldwide. Ralph Lauren Corporation began with the 1967 founding of the Polo Ralph Lauren company by American designer Ralph LaurenRalph Lauren was born with the name Ralph Lifshitz in October 14, 1939,  in The Bronx, New York, his family were Jewish immigrants from Belarus, Ralph attended local schools he graduated in 1957, in his year book he wrote he wanted to be a millionaire, at 16 he changed his surname to Lauren you can’t be a fashion designer with “SHIT” in your name, He went to Baruch college where he studied business, over the next couple of years he joined the US army, worked for the iconic Brooks Brothers ( They invented the first oxford shirt for the US market ), he soon found him self selling ties, Ralph Lauren loved to watch old movies, style is something he found from watching classic film stars, Style is something you never lose fashion changes style does not, he took inspiration from this  and designed his own tie collection, they were wide hand-made with high-end fabrics the collection was called “Polo”  he went store to store selling his ties, his big break came when he got an order for 1200 ties, fresh from his success he wanted to design his own line of cloths, he wanted to break away from tradition & create something that had romance & excitement, that`s how he developed his style, in 1968 Ralph Lauren launched his first full line of menswear called Polo.

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Ralph Lauren`s first menswear collection called Polo

The 1970s kicked with a bang for Ralph Lauren in 1970 he won the Coty award, then in 1971 he introduced the world-famous Polo player logo, during this time he introduced tailored shirts for women, with skinny sleeves & skinny fit, and this was the decade he launched the famous polo shirt in a mesh weave available in twenty-four different colors, the Polo shirt becomes the most iconic item of the preppy look, in 1974 he was asked to outfit all the male stars in the Great Gatsby film starring Robert Redford, through the 1970s he launched a women`s collection & a children`s collection, this is also the time when he launched his world-famous fragrance Polo on the green bottle.

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Ralph Lauren famous polo shirt

http://www.ralphlauren.com

Ralph Lauren continued his success in to the 1980s and the 1990s  his brand of fashion came synonymous with quality and style, Ralph Lauren is now a world-wide brand it is reported his wealth is around 8 billion pounds not bad for a little Bronx boy with shit in his name, the key to  Ralph`s success his style, he has away of making a simple garment exciting & stylish how he does this is very simple, he looks around see`s what people are doing what they are driving, he is inspired by the old rustic west, dirt roads, old wood-paneled trucks, sailing around the coast of america, college kids sporting old style clothing, he takes inspiration from this he will see one piece then runs with it, as he deigns it he deigns it like a movie, he gives it a character that people get to know & trust but most off all they want to buy it.

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The Ralph Lauren flagship store occupying the Rhinelander Mansion on Madison Avenue in New York City

Ralph Lauren  is now a public trade company known as RL Corporation, so if you want a bit of this magic you can buy a little or a lot of it, Ralph Lauren is now so diverse they even sell paint yes paint, chairs, cushions, shares, the only thing it does not sell is food & drink, Ralph Lauren had over 35 boutiques in the United States; 23 locations carried the Ralph Lauren Purple Label, including Atlanta, Beverly Hills, Boston, Charlotte, Washington DC, Chicago, Costa Mesa, Dallas, Denver, Honolulu, Houston,Las Vegas, Manhasset, New York, Palm Beach, Palo Alto, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Short Hills, Montreal and Troy. also Ralph Lauren stores can be found in the united kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Spain and many more country’s.

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“style is very personal, it has nothing to do with fashion, fashion is over very quickly, style is forever,”

( a quote by the man himself )

When it comes to fashion Ralph Lauren is a true innovator in fashion & style, the way he see clothes & designs them is just amazing he will take a simple denim jacket & turn it from just practical into a fashion center piece.

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Bob Redfern

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Shawl Neck Cardigan


The classic Shawl neck cardigan is one of my most favorite pieces of knitwear, it was a favorite of Steve McQueen the king of cool, a Shawl neck cardigan gets its name from its collar design, which is a collar rolled back in a continuous and tapering line along the surplice neckline of the cardigan, they normally come in a chunky knit, its been worn by film stars & fashion leaders for years, it comes into its own  during the winter months, I own five shawl cardigans in vibrant stylish colours, the key to wearing a stylish shawl neck cardigan is layering also they are very practical.

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This classic Shawl neck cardigan has leather buttons

There are so many different styles & colours to choose from, so if I was you first go for a plain one, choose a neutral colour such as Navy, Red, Deep Purple, go chunky chunkier the better, cable knits are a great choice for style, the fit should be snug on your shoulders, sleeves end at your wrist and slim through the sides, there’s nothing this piece can’t do, the shawl neck cardigan is a rugged piece so it gives the wearer a masculine look.

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This is my favorite picture of Steve McQueen here he wears a classic navy shawl neck cardigan with chinos & desert boots.

The key to wearing a Shawl neck cardigan is layering it with key pieces from your wardrobe, my favorite look is wearing one with a Oxford shirt & plain chinos very preppy but stylish, take a look at these pictures I’ve chosen I have tried to find pictures that capture the style but also the practical side of this stylish piece.

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If you want to create a stylish casual look mix your shawl neck cardigan with a crew neck T-shirt & indigo jeans, in this picture the mans wearing a black cable knit shawl neck cardigan with a toggle fastening, which gives great definition to the outfit.

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Leave the jacket at home, a shawl neck cardigan is not just stylish but it’s also very practical, invest into a 100 % wool piece, as wool will keep you warm & cool, but it will give you a rugged masculine look.

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Hitting the beach then wearing a cream or beige shawl neck cardigan will give you a nautical sartorial relaxed chic look just don`t for get the shades.

I hope I have given you some ideas, trust me getting a shawl neck cardigan wont just change your winter wardrobe it will also give you a stylish look during the winter months.

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Bob Redfern

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Ben Sherman


When it comes to a trend setter Ben Sherman is world leader in the fashion market, The company is named after its founder  Arthur Benjamin Sugarman he was born in Brighton, England, at the age of 20 he moved to the America, he soon settled down in San Fernando, California, It was also while in America when applying for citizenship, that Arthur decided to change his name. Ben is what his family called him and Sherman was a surname that he felt was a good, solid, strong American name. he soon raised family his farther-in-law, owned a successful clothing manufacturing company, this is where Ben Sherman was inspired by the likes of  Brooks Brothers, they introduced the Oxford-cloth button-down collar shirt to America, those shirts were a hit with Jazz players like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Oscar Peterson. in the early 1960s Ben Sherman was called back to England, his Mother had fallen very ill, Without a job, Ben Sherman decided to use his clothing manufacturing experience and rented a factory in Bedford square, Brighton, Ben started making shirts for other people. But soon his creative flair took over and he started designing his own shirts. a lot of people were asking for the Oxford-cloth button-down collar shirt,  these were only available from official importers who had in effect, cornered this market, so Ben Sherman decided to produce his own version of this iconic shirt, Ben’s design vision added the back hook, the button on the back of the collar, but most importantly his feel and passion for fabric, pattern and colour created a unique garment. The shirt became a hit with Mods, by 1965, the company had opened a small office on the upper floors of an office-block in a London backstreet, This acted as the showroom for their shirt collections, the first Ben Sherman store was opened in Brighton in 1967.

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Ben Sherman marketing was very unique they decided to box each shirt individually, which was, in those days against the grain. could also get a tie in the same material, colour was something that particularly intrigued Ben, so he used Oxford fabric in pale shades, pale pink, yellow and blue. He used candy stripes, again, using pale pinks, greens and blues. Peoples’ initial reaction to all this colour was not positive, but typically Ben Sherman pushed ahead as he totally believed in his ideas. he imported the best fabrics from America.
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Ben Sherman classic oxford shirt

Ben Sherman designs came in when fashion was changing, the 60s was all about being a rebel not conforming, subcultures like  Mods, embraced new fashion & music, with Ben Sherman making waves with his bright coloured  modern shirt, he couldn’t produce them faster enough,Ben Sherman opened a showroom on Carnaby street,  the heart of the swinging 60’s which was in full flow and the atmosphere was europhic.

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Ben Sherman gingham shirt

Ben Sherman continue to produce amazing clothing, from Jeans to polo shirts, also dapper suits, the company is no longer owned by Mr Sherman, he sold up & moved to Australia in the 1970s, the company has changed hands many times, but it still keeps to it original roots of producing amazing cloths in vivid colours with amazing details, they have 16 stores throughout the UK, they have three in London which are on ,Carnaby Street, Portobello Road, Camden Walk, the Carnaby store is their flag-ship store, inside is the Shirt Bar, staffed by “shirt-eliers” who can help you distinguish your button-downs from your pennies. they have also replicated this on their on-line store. the brand can also be found in America, Asia, Australia, Europe, South Africa.

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Ben Sherman`s Carnaby Street flag-ship store staffed by shirt-eliers 

http://www.bensherman.co.uk

so if your looking for a classy shirt or a great outfit get your self’s down to Ben Sherman or go on-line, after 50 years their style & fashion is still as fresh as the day Ben Sherman put pen to pair to design his classic oxford shirt.

By

Bob Redfern

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Tweed Blazer


My favorite blazers are made from tweed, its comes from Scotland & Ireland, lt would have been made by local people in their homes, before industrial mills were built, tweed is a multicolored carded yarn and twill construction you could call it a stubby coarse woolen cloth, It is has twill weave and may have a check or herringbone pattern. Subdued, interesting colour effects (heather mixtures) are obtained by twisting together differently colored woolen strands into a two- or three-ply yarn. local people used it for years to keep warm and make cloths from it, it soon caught on with the land & gentry, they noticed its great quality’s, it was used as hunting suits or walking wear, but tweed was never worn for formal wear, with tweed you get hints of green & purple, reds, oranges,so it gives the blazer or suit a unique look, but most of all it will last you a life time. over the last couple of years its explode into the fashion market like an atom bomb, more young fashionsitas are wearing tweed than ever, the reason why its less informal & you can do so much more with a tweed blazer, every fashion label will have a tweed blazer or suit in their next collection.

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Tweed was traditionally worn a at shooting party`s

Tweed is great in winter you can mix a tweed blazer with knitwear, you can wear tweed easily with denim giving you a classic relaxed style,choosing a tweed blazer is easy it’s really down to you, my advise is go for a tan or nut-brown, you can get check tweeds these are amazing as they give your out fit definition. herringbone is very sartorial but chic,

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If your new to tweed keep it simple go for a grey tweed like in the picture above, you can wear tweed for formal or informal wear, mix your blazer with a bright sweater, the grey will give you an even balance of fashion but practicality.

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If you want to be bolder & dapper, go for a checked tweed blazer, match it with some fine needle cords & a classy dress shirt for a solid dressed down chic look.

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Tweed blazer are not just for winter, you can get them in a summer light weave, and some amazing colors, this strawberry herringbone is very classy sharp but very stylish, just add some classy chinos add and a vibrant pocket square.

Buying tweed blazers is fairly easy, but if you want to flash the cash, go to Walker Slater to me they make the best tweed blazers in the whole of the UK.

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Bob Redfern

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Calvin Klein


When you hear or see the words Calvin Klein or CK, what do you think off !, me I think of CK1 or underwear, but there is a lot more to this iconic brand and its creator Calvin Klein, so let me give you a quick incite to an amazing brand that has become an icon in the US & UK, Calvin Klein came from humble beginnings, Klein was born in The Bronx, New York. His parents were Hungarian Jewish immigrants, he was born in to a harsh life in a rough neighborhood, wanting better in life he attended He attended the High School of Art and Design, but he never graduated,  Klein became a protegé of Baron de Gunzburg, after close tutoring and inspiration, Calvin soon  was getting a reputation for his clean lines in his designs,In 1968, Klein founded Calvin Klein Limited, in a coat shop in the York Hotel in New York City, with $10,00, in the begging it was tough going but soon he was getting noticed, He was selling coat’s & dresses at the store, in September 1969 he appeared on the front of Vogues magazine, with a bigger demand for his fashion creations he added other lines like blazers & sports wear,  his company went from strength to strength, in the early 80s his Jeans collection became a hit in the US & UK.

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Calvin Klein latest SS15 underwear collection modeled by Bieber  

One area Calvin Klein stands out in is men`s underwear, he revolutionized the whole concept from design to packaging, it was the first time that men’s underwear had been marketed as being desirable, rather than merely functional. they included clean lines & came in one color “white”, purchased in packs of three,this  made this easier for girlfriend’s & wife’s to buy underwear for their man, backed by the iconic marketing, male models with a big packaged in tight pants, shot in black & white, in some poncey stance, the likes of Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg, and now Mr Bieber, have all donned the famous  boxer briefs, they have been called “one of the greatest apparel revolutions of the century, to me they are just white pants.

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Classic Calvin Klein denim collection

Calvin Klein denim collection was also a revolution in its design & marketing, he made jeans sexy also he gave them a wholesome, sexy and practical, and featured the model Brooke Shields. they were the first Jeans  to have a logo on the back pocket, the biggest lift to Calvin Klein’s jeans was the television campaign directed by Richard Avedon that featured 15-year-old model/actress Brooke Shields provocatively posed in a skin-tight pair of Calvin Klein jeans. In the best-remembered spot, she pronounced, “Do you know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.” In another she declared, “I’ve got seven Calvins in my closet, and if they could talk, I’d be ruined.” that ended up selling over 2 million pairs in total.

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CK one unisex Eau De Toilette 

When Calvin Klein first entered the fragrance Market in the 70s, it was a failure they soon withdrew from the market with big financial losses, but as the brand grew they allowed licences for company’s to use their name, in 1994 they launched CK1, what was amazing about it was unisex, yes one fragrance for men & women, CK1 is a Eau de toilette, it has hints of orange, lemon, Jasmine, sandalwood, it was marked as a casual fragrance, it was a success, you can get it in a body wash & moisturizer to, it was soon followed by Obsession and Eternity.

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Calvin Klein New York store & headquarters 

Calvin Klein has grown in to a world wide brand, famed for its iconic branding & fashion, it now grown to over 11 collections, Calvin Klein collection, CK Calvin Collection, Calvin Klein white label, Calvin Klein sport, Calvin Klein jeans, Calvin Klein home, The Khaki Collection, Calvin Klein Golf, Calvin Klein underwear, CK one lifestyle brand, Calvin Klein Watches & Jewelry, they have stores in in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Dubai and Qatar. London, Russia, Mexico,  and other country’s their headquarters are based in New York on 654 Madison Ave.

http://www.calvinklein.com

Calvin Klein continues to be a leading fashion power house bringing out stunning collections every years, so if your in need of some sexy pants you know where you need to go guys.

By

Bob Redfern

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Turnbull and Asser (Winston Churchill Outfitters)


Turnbull and Asser are s a gentleman’s bespoke shirtmaker and clothier established in 1885, their store on Jermyn street is in London, it was founded by Reginald Turnbull and Ernest Asser,  during World War 1, Turnbull & Asser developed a raincoat which doubled as a sleeping bag for the British Military. in the 1920s when more people turned to more casual wear, Turnbull and Asser adapted to the changes, where most traditional gentlemen`s outfitters didn’t, they started to design & make ready to wear shirts for which it is most known for today, but they still make bespoke shirts, during the company’s history it`s customers have ranged from prime minister, US presidents, Hollywood stars, also famous singers & bands, even the royal family, Turnbull and Asser have a unique way of staying ahead when it comes to changing fashions, they can offer the latest styles & fashions or the more traditional styles, this way they keep their old clients coming back, but attract new customers by offering the latest fashions & styles.

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Winston Churchill’s siren suit aka the first onesies

On of Turnbull and Asser most famous customers known as size 46  was Winston Churchill, he was always seen wearing a navy polka dot tie, as homage to Churchill they have a bow tie named after him, they also famously designed the ‘siren suit’, during the war Churchill worked into the early hours so he wanted some thing comfortable to wear, remember the track suit hadn’t really taken off yet also imagine Churchill sporting a Nikey track suit nice, also during the war he was in his 60s not so nibble, so if the air raid sirens went off he needed some thing quick to put on, he went to Turnbull and Asser & asked them to design some thing for him they asked him what he wanted, this is what they came up with, a generously cut all in one suit with a zip on the front, with breast pockets and roomier pockets to the side, it had fold-over cuffs and pleats to the trouser fronts, made from wool, what they invented was yes the first onesies, yes my homies Churchill was getting down to groove before you, he liked them so much he ordered 12 in total,  there are on 3 left surviving one is on show at Turnbull and Asser store, its made of green velvet, he famously wore it a the white house, he was given a nick name “Little Lord Fauntleroy.

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Sean Connery getting measured for his famous shirts for his part in James Bond

When  James Bond first hit the screen, it was Turnbull and Asser who was called in to dress this dapper character,  they designed the famouse turnback cuffs fastened with buttons as opposed to cufflinks, referred to as Portofino, or cocktail cuffs, or James Bond cuffs, it was a natunatural choice to use Turnbull and Asser given that Bond author Ian Fleming was a customer already,  Turnbull and Asser advised Connery to sleep in his tailored garments – including his shirts – so that he’d feel ‘more at ease’ in them. Connery was amazed that his wardrobe felt ‘just as comfortable after a full nights sleep,The James Bond ‘signature’ remains in the Turnbull & Asser collection and has proved integral to 007’s wardrobe for more than 50 years,Lindy Hemming, the Oscar-winning costume designer who modernised Bond’s wardrobe worked closely with Turnbull & Asser to ensure the shirts were up to the challenge of hand-to-hand combat. They also had to remain intact during Casino Royale‘s Montenegro shower scene, in which Craig’s 007 displays his ‘softer side’ comforting actress Eva Green’s Vesper Lynd.

Turnbull & Asser  are still making amazing clothes here are a couple of their latest pieces that have hit the headlines & appeared in magazines their style is sharp sartorial classy but very British.

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This corduroy Sports Jacket is an effortless way to add texture to your wardrobe. Made in England, it features a burnt orange lining, left breast pocket and three lower front pockets.

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This attractive Blue End-on-End Shirt is complimented by a White Collar and White Double Cuffs, similar to the one we supplied for the film Wall Street, worn by Gordon Gekko.

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Winston Churchill famous polka dot bow tie made from pure Silk and incorporating a stylish red ‘Petersham’ adjustor; thus ensuring a perfect fit around the neck of the wearer.

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 Turnbull and Asser now have a store in New York, but all its shirts are still made here in the UK, with new Bond movies coming out, new MPs coming to London in 2015 , it’s going to be a busy year for Turnbull and Asser.

I would like to dedicate this blog to one man Sir Winston Churchill, I don’t know if you were a great leader, but I know one thing in our darkest hour you stepped forward, you took charge & after 6 years you gave us back our freedom, for this I thank you & god bless you Churchill.

By

Bob  Redfern

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NEVER SURRENDER

Milan Fashion week


Milan fashion week has been going since 1958 its a part of the “big” four fashion weeks, its takes place just after London fashion week, there are over 40 shows during the week, which includes the latest men`s & women`s fashion. so lets see whats hot to trot & may be found what will be the latest look for AW15.

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We`ve Seen  more fitted style trousers on the cat walk & streets of Milan, Designers highlighted slimmed-down silhouettes tweed topcoat, classic trenches, and double-breasted wool coats.

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Earthy colors matched with dark colors, but layered on top of each  to give an even tone & style, think of accessory`s with hints of orange a rusty red`s.

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 Dolce & Gabbana  sharp suiting matched with classic over-coats styled in a fitted look, matched with rich printed ties.

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The least formal also relaxed a player in a roll neck, greatshearling outerwear, The thicker rugged sheepskin is a great way to show texture when playing with those additional layers next season, especially when your trying not to look good..

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make use of those shades of gray, create a striking silhouette with fitted through trousers, finish with a clean look with a classic shirt add tone with striking shoes.

The points I would give any stylish man wanting to look good in AW15, plenty of fine nutty brown tweed`s . fine corduroys in rich dark colors, stylish fitted over coats in chic grey herringbone’s, most of all in a tailored fit for that sartorial sharp look.

By

Bob Redfern

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