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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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.

By

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's Blue Oxford Shirt

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.

By

Bob Redfern

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The Navy Pea Coat


A Navy Pea coat is a heavy wool coat general Navy in color, originally worn by sailors of European and later American navies, Pea coats are characterized by short length, broad lapels, double-breasted fronts, often large wooden, metal or plastic buttons, and vertical or slash pockets.Today the style is considered a classic, and pea coats are now worn by all manner of individuals, due to its versatility its worn for casual & smart dress, the Pea coat has been copied by all major fashion brands, an original Navy Pea coat are hard to come by, The standard for historical pea coats was 30 ounces (approx. 850 g) wool, most often made of heavy wool cloth, through the 70s in the U.S. Navy. Presently coats are made from 22–32 oz (620–910 g) wool. While pea coats are offered in many colors by retailers, the U.S. Navy-issue pea coat is black.

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A sailor wearing a original Navy Pea Coat

During the second world war the US Navy doubled in size, a lot of young men were introduced to the Navy Pea coat, after the war a lot of young sailors took their Pea coat’s with them, they became a hit in the university`s of Harvard & Yale, thanks to young officers returning back from the war, to finish their study’s, soon young college kids started hit Navy Surplus stores, the Originals became hard to find, company`s like Ralph Lauren were one of the first to reproduce the iconic coat. it was sold in its thousands to young & old fashionista`s,

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Ralph Lauren`s Navy Pea Coat

The Pea coats still finds it self on the cat walk every year in some new collection, though often with small design changes that reflect the current fashion trends it’s still essentially a Pea coat, to me there nothing that comes close to the style the fit & look of a true navy Pea coat, My self I have owned two in my life time, one I still have it was made by George & Duffer it cost me a package, but the only problem with its design it does not have vertical or slash pockets, which I miss, the only problem I keep meaning to find one with the  vertical or slash pockets, but I never get the chance to.

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One of the US Navy’s longest standing suppliers, Fidelity has been manufacturing the finest outerwear from their factory in Boston, Massachusetts since 1941. Named for the company’s current owners Gerald & Stewart Webber, Fidelity’s top-tier looks to their vast archive, resurrecting some of the 20th century’s most iconic outerwear designs. Cut in a selection of refreshed silhouettes, every piece from the collection is Made in the USA, utilising the finest Melton Wool in a variety of mediums.

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Anchor Embossed Buttons

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Comes with Metal Fidelity Pin

 Now if your looking for a real Navy pea coat its got to be wool, don`t go for the silly super slim fit that Superdry came out with, its got to have vertical or slash pockets, the traditional color is Navy, but you can get away with black, but if you want to be an individual you can get other colors, there are a lot of company’s making the Pea coat I can recommend a few but we would be here all day, also they haven’t payed me for advertising for them, a good coat should cost between £60.00 to £120.00, any thing cheaper don’t waste your time, any thing more expensive it’s up to you.

The styles & looks you can achieve are amazing, the Pea coat is at home in the office as well as a week,end away hill walking, so you can look stylish what ever you’re doing with this versatile coat, I love wearing my Pea coat with a Rugby shirt & some chinos. take a look at these looks for inspiration.

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One of the simplest but stylish street look`s is wearing a Oxford shirt & indigo jeans with the Navy Pea coat

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Give your pea coat a nautical look & feel go for a cream Aran roll-neck sweater & red beanie.

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For a classy street style look add chinos and a funky scarf finish it off with some aviator sunglasses don`t for get the Navy Pea coat

So you can see investing into a Navy Pea coat, will give you many stylish looks, it will also keep you warm, and what ever you choose to do go to work go for a hill walk, you’re going to look very stylish.

By

Bob Redfern

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Ted Baker


In 1987  Ray Kelvin was fishing when he came up with an idea for a clothing brand, for a Men`s shirt shop, in 1988 he opened his first store in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland, fresh from the success &  a strong following of his brand, he opened other stores in Manchester, Nottingham, Leeds, then in 1990 he opened his Covent Garden store in London, Kelvin bought the company outright from part-owners Goldberg and Sons, Ted Baker then set up a women s label, Ted Baker woman, it was launched in 1995, by 2015 Ted Baker apparel had moved in fragrances & footwear, the Ted Baker brand now has stores in the, united states, Asia, Middle east, Australia, their crowning glory is opening its flagship store on New York City’s Fifth Avenue in August 2012.

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Ray Kelvin in promo shot he always hides his face

Ted Baker fashion is high-end casual wear which is famed for its quirky yet commercial fashion offering, high quality design detailing and distinctive use of pattern and color. The brand’s unconventional approach is key to their branding, when you buy a garment from Ted Baker your buying a quality piece of clothing that’s unique.

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Ted Bakers grooming rooms

http://www.tedsgroomingroom.com

In 2010 Ray Kelvin became inspired to create a great shaving experience for men so he opened up Ted`s grooming room, in his quest for the perfect shave, Ted discovered the ancient crafts and techniques of the Ottoman Empire’s master barbers. Applying their secrets and know-how, Ted has recreated this invigorating experience in London town. you can get a shave or a hair cut at over 8 locations in London, they also sell their very own collection of men`s grooming products.

So let’s have a look at some of Ted Bakers SS15 collection, there are some amazing stylish pieces you can choose from.

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Beautifully finished with a printed lining, contrast buttons and fine stitch detailing, this LAYWAY waistcoat is a timeless bit of tailoring. The pure wool fabric will look smart over your favourite shirt.

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Effortless elegance is all yours with the LODERE knit. The stylish choice to keep warm as the weather takes a turn this season, nail the look by adding a the DEBTIME shirt underneath.

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A shirt that’s sure to get you noticed, the POKEY shirt is adorned in an eclectic geo print pattern. Add some SCARVA slim rinse jeans to the look for weekend-ready style.

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The patterned, button-down collared polo is laid-back finery at its foremost. The classic cut and button-down front gives a perfect smart-casual feel. An effortless number to dress up, or tone down.

http://www.tedbaker.com

Ted Baker offer amazing cloths & accessories, if your looking for some thing with style & character Ted Baker`s your Man

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

The classic T-shirt


Is a style of fabric shirt, named after the T shape of the body & sleeves, it’s also normally has a crew neck but  you can get them in a V-neck, the fits can come in slim & general fit, they are traditionally made from cotton, and a have a smooth feel to them, the T-shirt evolved from underwear, During the first world war T-shirts were issued to sailors US sailors, they soon became popular with manual workers as undergarments, because it was easily fitted & easily cleaned also very inexpensive, parents started buy them for their kids to wear, after the World War II ex-service men started to wear them in civvy streets, then came it crowning glory, Marlon Brando wore a simple T-shirt in the film  A Streetcar Named Desire, it achieved a fashion icon statues, soon all young kids in college were wearing the classic T-shirt. 

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Marlon Brando in the famous film A Streetcar Named Desire which made the T-shirt fashionable

During the 60s the era of free love & Mod culture, T-shirts became a great way of advertising how people felt & advertising products,  screen-printing also became a cheap way for artists & small company’s to print their own T-shirts, in the 70s one such fashion designer called vivian westwood, designed the famous controversy Lonesome Cowboys image, it was of two naked cowboys only dressed in boots & hats facing each other, their penis nearly touching each other, it was taken away by the police because it was classed as porn at the time.

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Philip Michael Don Johnson in Miami Vice

During the 80s  Don Johnson wore T-shirts with Armani suits on Miami Vice, T-shirts became more of a fashion piece as the decade carried on, through the 90s they stayed a main stay of any mans wardrobe, all major men fashion labels stock T-shirts, there are even company’s who just sell printed T-shirts, the looks & style you can achieve are amazing, a T-shirt is not for casual use, they can be worn for smart dress to take a look at some looks I’ve put together.

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You can see by just adding a simple blazer with a pocket square the T-shirt becomes really classy & stylish

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Lets not for get the classic jeans & T-shirt look

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 Wearing a classic T-shirt with a suit is another classic if you can pull it off

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Another great look of the classic T-SHIRT is the simple dress down look mix it with a stylish hoodie for those Sunday walks to the shop

I normally don’t make a point about people wearing crap items of clothing, But a pet hate of mine is Grown men wearing cartoon T-shirts & they think they look cool, please these items of clothing are fine to lounge around in at home, but in public you look like a proper dick dead, dress your age & have some pride people.

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Funny but what a dick head

If your going to buy T-shirts look at the label, if it says skinny fit & you’re a fat guy, you will end up looking like beach ball, buy the right size & fit, to me you should have 3 plain T-shirts in your wardrobe, Navy,Grey,White these will give you the minim styles & looks you need,

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Bob Redfern

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Baracuta


Baracuta started to make water-repellent outwear in the 1930 s in Manchester, Stockport, they are known for their world-famous versatility water-repellent cool mix cotton material, also the classic Fraser tartan lining they use in all their outwear, when it comes to casual jackets , Baracuta make one of the most recongnised Jackets in the world the Harrington G9, jacket, I love this jacket more than any thing, The jacket was adopted due to its design by golfers, it was light weight water-repellent great for sport use.

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Baracuta Original advertisement from 1937

Isaac Miller decide to export it to the american market, in the 1950s Elvis Presley wears a G9 in the film King Creole, it soon gained a cult following amongst  Hollywood celebrity’s, in a america they called it a wind breaker,  another star who made the G9 & Baracuta famous was the King of cool Steve McQueen, he was photographed hundreds of time wearing the G9, in 1963 Ryan O’Neill played the part of Rodney Harrington, in Peyton place this is wear the Baracuta G9 gets it unofficial name the Harrington Jacket, because the character wore a G9 all the time,

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 Steve McQueen wearing the classic stone colored G9 Harrington

http://www.baracuta.com

During the 70s  bands like the clash started to wear the G9 jacket while playing to thousands of fans, soon subcultures like mods, Rude boys ska, Punks adopted the jacket as a part of their look, very soon other apparel company’s started copy the design, Ralph Lauren copied the design except for the umbrella design back, its continues to be Baracuta`s main seller .in 2012 Baracuta celebrated  75 years of manufacturing outwear, they decide to relaunch manufacturing the UK at the same time, the brand still grows in strength, recently they launched the G10 rain coat to their outwear collection.

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The G4 is the G9’s sibling, the other undisputed iconic garment from the collection, chosen by some for its straighter silhouette. New design for improved wear ability. Water repellent outer shell. Coolmax cotton Fraser Tartan lining. Double button fastening collar. Two front flap pockets. ‘Umbrella’ back vent. Side adjusters.

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Much copied but never bettered, the G9 is the definitive, authentic Harrington Jacket. Worn and loved throughout history by mainstream artists, sports stars and underground music idols, is known and appreciated for its versatility and undisputed style. New design for improved wear ability. Water repellent outer shell. Coolmax cotton Fraser Tartan lining. Double button fastening collar. Two front flap pockets. ‘Umbrella’ back vent. Ribbed waist and cuffs.

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A new icon straight from the Baracuta tradition: the G10 single breast raincoat. From the archive jacket from the 60s. Shirt collar. Button fastening. Flap pockets. ‘Umbrella’ back vent. Cotton/poly Barapel outer. Water repellent. Coolmax cotton Fraser Tartan/solid lining. Regular fit.

Eskmio

Short length eskimo jacket. Fishtail parka inspired. Zip and button fastening. Flap pockets. Drawstring at hem. ‘Umbrella’ back vent. Side adjusters. Detachable eco fur trim. Cotton/poly Barapel outer. Water repellent. Poly/cotton/wool blend Coolmax tartan lining. Primaloft insulation. Warmth: very warm.

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Distressed high quality leather G9 Harrington jacket. 100% washed leather outer. Poly/cotton/wool blend tartan lining. Double button fastening collar. Two front flap pockets. ‘Umbrella’ back vent. Ribbed waist and cuffs. Regular fit.

http://www.baracuta.com

so you can see why Baracuta is a fashion leader in street wear, even after 75 years you wont find any thing better in style & quality, don’t buy one of the copies get the original well worth the investment.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Roll-neck sweater


The Roll-neck sweater is a sweater with a close-fitting , round, and high collar that folds over & covers the neck, they move with the body, also they are flattering too, because they accentuate the face & elongate the figure, its known by other names like, Turtle neck, Skivvy, Polo neck, Roll-neck clothing have been worn for century’s, In the 19th century they were worn by naval officers & the fascists black shirts, french philosopher Michel Foucault loved them, They became a hit in the united states when Noel Coward started to wear them over there,

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Steve McQueen in Bullet wearing a blue Roll-neck sweater

During 50s women started to wear the Roll-neck, the Roll-neck became a anti-tie symbol, for people who hated formal wear but they still wanted to look good, during the 60 s & 70 s the Roll-neck was lampooned, nearly every bond movie or spy film had bad guys dressed in black in Roll-neck`s, but young & old academics, artists and puffy Shakespeare loving actors, kept the Roll-neck in the mainstream.

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Roll-neck come in many colors

Roll-necks have caused controversy, where men have decide to buck the trend & rules, they have decide wear a Roll-neck to weddings & restaurants,where normally the dress code is tie only, there was reports in the papers of fierce conflicts at restaurants,

The Style of the Roll-neck makes it a great piece to wear, you can wear it on its own, add a blazer for a super chic look, the most common color is black or navy, what ever you wear with the Roll-neck your guaranteed a stylish look, take a look at these stylish looks they will give you some ides how to wear a Roll-neck.

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for a stylish chic look go for a navy Roll-neck & indigo jeans

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if you’re wearing a Roll-neck simply dress it with a stylish blazer

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mixing a Roll-neck sweater with a Camel over coat is stylish & chic

Roll-necks sweaters are amazing, to me you need at least two in your wardrobe, go for Navy & Black, you can get them from most apparel shops, I love to wear my Roll-necks with a blazer & over coat the look is just amazing, the Roll-neck can be worn with any thing, Denim jackets, blazers, overcoats, they are just so universal you just need to buy one.

By

Bob Redfern

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The Baker Boy Cap


The Baker  boy cap is a classic piece of head wear, it’s also known as the Gatsby cap, News boy cap,  Eight piece cap, it was fashionable at the beging of the 20th century, it was worn by Men & boys in America & Europe, it was classed  as working  class wear because  dock workers  & other  working class men wore them , the difference  between  a flat cap & Baker boy cap, is its made from 8 panels that are stiched together with a button in the middle, with a stiff peak at the front, also  its  rounder in shape, as fashion  changed  so did people’s  view on wearing caps & hat’s, caps became  less fashionable  to wear

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Robert Redford in the Great Gatsby sporting the Baker boy cap

In 1974 a film was launched  it was called the Great Gatsby starring  Robert Redford,  it was based on a book in the 1920s, Ralph Lauren provide all the clothing  for the male stars,  One piece which they called the Gatsby cap., turned out to be a hit, it was soon selling in all Ralph Lauren’s  outlets, the Baker boy cap became a designer piece for pop stars to wear, in the eightys Lisa Stansfield was seen in video sporting one but backwards, in Rocky 4 Rocky gets fit sporting one, but during the 90s they fell out of fashion again.

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In Rocky 4  they needed to give old Rocko a macho look & boy did they get  it right classic WW2 sheepskin flying jacket & grey Herringbone  Baker boy cap

But classic  icons don’t die, in 2000 Samuel L. Jackson was regularly seen sporting a  Baker boy but wearing it backwards,  l don’t know why, but it was a hit & soon every young guy was sporting the look, another  fan of the baker boy is David Beckham,  I think he has a room for them, he seems to have a different one on every day,in 2013 a new TV programme called Peaky-Blinders on British Television set in the 1920s about gangster’s in Birmingham  who wore  caps, but they stuck razor  blades  in the brim of the  hat nasty people, it became a hit program, so did the look.

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Thomas  Shelby  from Peaky-Blinders wearing the Baker boy cap

Now if your looking to buy a Baker boy you can get them in differnt  colours & materials,  keep is simple  go for grey Herringbone tweed this is the most classic look you can get, prices  range  from  £25.00 to £50.00  any more  walk away,

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 This Baker boy cap in panecheck made from cheviot wool is only £45.00

http://www.classic-caps.co.uk

How to wear your Baker boy  cap, what ever you do wear it the right way around , the Baker boy can be worn  with any out fit as long as its worn properly, take a look at some looks lv uploaded this will help you find the right look for you.

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Creating a relaxed but rustic look mix your Baker boy cap  with some knitwear & corduroy  trousers

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I would call  this urban  chic the Baker boy cap is in a very bold check with  hints of red mixed red pashmina giving a stylish winter look

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This is a raw masculine look cotton granddad shirt  with a Henley shirt underneath adding the old style  suspenders and to finish the vintage  look you have got the Baker boy cap

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This look screams class and bags  of panache black pants & shirt with spats shoes , then a grey Herringbone waistcoat, Crombie overcoat with velvet collar & purple  piping on the hem of the coat, the final touch is the Backer boy cap & tilting it to one side  you creat a fabulous look

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This is a very hipster look white fitted shirt, Tan waistcoat, Bow tie, slim fitting trousers, clip on braces then to give that vintage retro feel you have the Baker boy cap

So you can see wearing a Baker boy cap can be stylish but also unique, you can just wear a flat cap , but a Backer boy cap is the stylish one you want.

By

Bob Redfern

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