Looking Stylish In Tartan


Tartan is very fashionable and stylish, more designers are now using tartan in their designs more than ever before, tartan its self is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours, which is made from wool, but it’s now made from many different type of materials, tartan is heavily associated with Scotland and kilts,  tartan is called plaid in America, in 1746 tartan was outlawed to bring warrior clans under government control, tartan is now the symbolic national dress of Scotland.

a lot of people think each clan had its own tartan this is not the truth, the highlands tartan are really associated with regions and districts, tartan was produced by local weavers using natural dyes available in that area, the patterns were different, people chose what colours they wanted like people today when they go cloths shopping, it was not till the late 19th century that many patterns were created then associated with clans of the highlands.

When Scottish regiments were formed in the British army they had their own tartan designed for them, each regiment like all British regiments had their own customs and certain dress uniforms, one of the most famous was the Black watch their tartan was also known as the black watch tartan, many men served in the Scottish regiment, in time these men left the army and some emigrated to places like Canada, Australia, America, even Europe, they took with them their tartan kilts, which would have been worn on remembrance days, very soon these tartans inspired many designers.

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Black Watch tartan

The Black watch tartan is one of the most used by designers, it gets it name from the dark colours of the tartan, its consists of blue, black, green top check then a blue, black, green, black, blue under check, this allows the opposite blues to carry a different check, the effect is stunning but stylish, this is why I’ve chosen this tartan, you can get many stunning pieces in Black watch tartan.

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This stylish field jacket from Mackintosh in Black Watch tartan, is crafted in the UK from  showerproof waxed cotton bolstered with supple oiled leather, this handsome tartan piece is practical and stylish, it’s a part of the Mr Porter Kingsmen collection, it would look great with roll-neck sweater and some brogue boots.

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If your looking to make a statement in style, this 100% pure wool slim fit blazer, in classic Black Watch tartan, will see you turning heads, it comes with working cuffs, also a striking green lining, add some stunning charcoal flannel trousers and a pair of brown suede loafers for a stylish classic look.

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Now if your looking for a stylish but practical shirt  this Black Watch 100% wool shirt is the ticket,  it comes from the Pendleton Woolen Mills collection, with a stylish button down collar, and branded buttons in a tailored fit, add some Levi`s 501s for urban chic look.

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Scottish trousers or Trews  as they are properly known,  are simply tartan trousers in a tapered fit, these trews from Wingtip in Black Watch tartan are 100 % wool,  they look great with a navy blazer and a nice white dress shirt.

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Tartan is very stylish for street style here we have a guy wearing some stylish Black Watch tartan trousers.

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Black Watch tartan shirts are very chic and make a bold statement add some chinos for a stylish look.

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Black Watch wool suits are very chic go for a tailored fit to create a sartorial sharp look add a navy tie.

So you can see having a little tartan in your wardrobe is stylish and very different, there are many different types of tartan to choose from, me I always go for Black Watch to me its more stylish and chic.

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Bob Redfern

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Getting Stylish For 2015 Music Festivals


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

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Woodstock 1969 the Granddaddy of all music festivals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By

Bob Redfern

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Desert Boots King Of Casual Footwear


Desert boots are the king of casual footwear, before desert boots came about there was no such thing as casual footwear, but all that changed when the desert boots came on the scene, during the second world war the British army went to fight in the desert, they were not properly equipped for the harsh climate, British officers saw locale people wearing a crepe sole shoe made from rough suede, very soon they were going to the local bazaars and getting some made for them self’s, one of those young officers was Nathan Clark he was a member of the family behind Clarks, one of the worlds most iconic shoe company’s, he decide to design his own desert boots, in 1944 while he was stationed in the desert he had some made at a Cairo bazaar, after the war he took his designs home with him, he went to the directors of the company and put his ideas to them, they said they would never sell, but Nathan believed in his design and started to cut the design him self, in 1949 Nathan Clark took his prototype boot to Oscar Schoeffler , fashion editor of Esquire, he decide to run a story on the new casual footwear with pictures, the desert boot was a hit, the rest as they is history.

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Nathan Clark the inventor of the modern Desert Boot

The desert boots became a hit over night , in 1957 they ran an advert saying the most travelled shoe, the desert boot became the first casual shoe, they ended up selling in over 100 country’s,  it was also named as one of the 50 shoes that changed the world, it was down to its unique design, before the 1950s all shoes or boots were made with leather uppers they were made to last so they could be heavy on the feet say after 8 hours at the mill, with Clarks desert boots they were made from a crepe sole, one of natures great shock absorbers and water-repellent, crepe is made from latex tapped from the para rubber tree, its then mixed and mashed and rolled into sheets, then layered to make a great a great comfortable sole, the best thing is it’s entirely natural not man-made. then covered in two pieces of the finest suede.

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Steve McQueen wearing thick crepe sole desert boots in the film “Bullet”

Desert boots have been worn by all types of famous people, in the 60s Steve McQueen famously wore a pair of thick crepe sole desert boots in brown suede they looked amazing, the boots he wore were Hutton Original Playboys, they went bust in the 70s, they were sold in the states under the name of Players as Hugh Hefner of playboy didn’t like people using his company name “PLAYBOY”,  what made McQueen`s character stand out “Frank Bullet” he wore desert boots with a pair of charcoal trousers in the office, this was a revolution in its self, normally if people worked in an office they wore proper shoes, deserts boots were no longer just casual shoes but every day wear.

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Even Prince Harry wears desert boots

Over the last couple of decades desert boots have still maintained a cult following, and have been worn by the likes of Bob Dylan, The Beatles, even Prim Minster`s, they became the foot wear of choice for the mods, the desert boots appeal was adopted by all types of people, that`s why it became such a style icon, the desert boots have been even copied by Marks and Spencer.

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The great thing about desert boots is they go with most outfits, but its all about the colour that you choose, if you go for crazy reds and bright oranges your limited, but if you choose brown or sand even navy your better off, my favourite colour is cognac brown very rustic with a rich sheen to it, because most fashion labels and stores make their own desert boots now you can pick up a pair for around £20.00, but if you want the originals your looking around £65.00 a pair.

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The other great thing about desert boots they are unsex so both boys and girls can look stylish too.

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With desert boots you know your able look smart even with jeans, they are very chic with an urban twist

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If your someone who has to wear a suit for work dress it down a touch with a pair a stylish desert boots

I’m a lover of the desert boots I own 5 pairs, they are super casual but practical, if your new to desert boots get a pair today you wont regret it, they will become your favourite shoes for ever.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Mixing Vintage With Modern Style


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

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

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

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

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

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

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Cords Are The Look For SS15


SS15 is about the Corduroy trousers ideal for cold mornings, stylish for every day wear, Corduroy is a textile composed of twisted fibers that, when woven, lie parallel (similar to twill) to one another to form the cloth’s distinct pattern, a “cord.” Modern corduroy is most commonly composed of tufted cords, sometimes exhibiting a channel (bare to the base fabric) between the tufts. Corduroy is, in essence, a ridged form of velvet, last year nearly all major men’s fashion brands included corduroy trousers in their SS15 collections, the corduroy trouser is a simple classic that never ages in my eyes, you can get corduroy trousers in many styles like 5 pocket jeans style or the simple trousers style, you a get cords in chunky cord or a fine pine cord, these are my favourite type of cords, the material feels very special very smooth, so let’s have a look at four of my favourite company’s who are offering cords in their SS15 collection.

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Ben Sherman have really come all guns blazing with their EC1 cords, with a sartorial construct that conjures a more tailored aesthetic their EC1 cords are a sophisticated casual trouser alternative. Engineered from fine 14 wale corduroy this off-duty sartorial option features a concealed button fastening, formal herringbone inner lining, so when choose turn-ups  you get a flash of colour,  and branded label on the rear,  you can get stylish cords in four different colours purple, brown, green, navy they cost £42.00

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When it comes to cords Thomas Joules have been making country clothing for over 20 years, their cords are the quintessential trousers for any man who loves the eccentricity of the British countryside, These classic cords come in a 5 pocket style, in a slim fit, and easy-to-wear colours that you find everything in your wardrobe will work around, these come in a chic French navy, and they only cost £40.00.

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Jack Wills have been kiting out young stylish men for over 20 years, they started off targeting young men from the university’s so when it comes to stylish clothing you know they will have your back covered, their cords are inspired by their popular slim-leg jeans, the Earnley Cords reinvent the fit and the style in a 5 pocket jean style in soft cotton corduroy for a smarter alternative to denim. This traditional gentlemen’s staple has a modern edge thanks to the more fitted silhouette and on-trend colours, the price is £24.00.

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Now my last choice is no designer label but it world-renowned for quality and great cloths, Marks and Sparks son in the last couple of years they have produced some stunning pieces, their trouser style cords in a stunning nut meg colour are 100 % cotton, but what makes these stand out they are water-repellent thanks to Mark and Sparks technology, so if you’re heading to any music festivals these are stylish and practical and at stonking good price of £35.00

So get out there get some snazzy cords in ones wardrobe you know your going to look good during SS15

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Looking Swanky And Dapper In A Velvet Blazer


Velvet is a very old stylish material, Velvet is a type of woven fabric with a short dense pile, giving it that unique velvet feel, it can be made from natural or manmade fibres, years ago only people of nobility wore velvet garments, it was worn by kings in the middle east before trade routes opened up, once trade routes opened up spices and fine fabrics found their way in to Europe, most of it found its way to Italy, soon European  weavers were making their type of velvet weaves, there are hundreds of pictures of kings and queens wearing swanky velvet garments, velvet garment has a unique way of shimmering due to its unique make, but as times changes so does fashion velvet became less fashionable, over the next couple of hundred years velvet was used more for special occasions like weddings or Christening’s, but real gentlemen would love to wear a smoking jacket when at home.

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Navy Blue velvet tuxedo jacket in a smoking jacket style

The smoking jacket was really the first velvet casual jacket, but you didn’t wear it out you wore it in the house, the classic smoking jacket is a mid thigh-length jacket made from velvet, silk, or both. It has a shawl collar and turn-up cuffs and toggle or button fastenings, or may simply be closed with a tie belt. smoking jackets are still worn to this day, one guy who’s always wearing one is Hugh Hefner creator of playboy, Fred Astaire was buried in his dapper chap to the end.

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The Moody Blues were famous for their crushed velvet suits and jackets they wore on stage

But during the 60s crushed velvet and frilly collars and cuffs became fashionable, a lot of young designers were graduating from the Royal College of Art and London College of Fashion, rents were dirt cheap on Kings road and Carnaby street for simple shops, soon boutiques were opening all  over the place, in the early 60s Edwardian style was in fashion, people like the moody blues were soon seen wearing blue velvet trousers very nice, but by the mid sixty’s velvet was out in was more street style jeans and T-shirts

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Austin Powers wearing his swinging sixty’s velvet shagging outfit

Over the last couple of decades the Velvet blazer has been lampooned, Mike Myers dressed his character Austin Powers wearing a velvet suit with frilly cuffs, shagging his way through the 60s then again in our time, another guy that didn’t do the velvet blazer any favours was Liberace, he was an American pianist and entertainer who dressed up in lets just say very poncy outfits that scared young kids, so by the late 90s velvet blazers were not cool at all thanks to these jokers.

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Giorgio Armani wearing a super plush black velvet blazer

But then Giorgio Armani came to its rescue, he redesign it and gave it a stylish twist, soon the velvet blazer was making appearances on the red carpet, one of the people bringing the velvet blazer back into the lime light is Eddie Redmayne he wore a black one at the 2015 Golden Globes then a navy blue one at the 2015 Baftas, so the velvet blaze is back in vogue people, its time to shine and look dapper with a stylish twist.

The velvet blazer is some thing that can be worn for formal or dress down it’s not just for night at the theatre,  normally I find some images to give you some ideas in how to wear this swanky piece, but what I’ve done today using the same blazer is given you three looks, because it`s all about adapting your wardrobe for every day use and that’s what you can do with a velvet blazer.

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for a smart sartorial office look I’ve chosen a black two button velvet blazer, added some plush grey flannel trousers with a classy dress shirt, then to finish this retro look I’ve gone with a black silk knitted tie, you could add a nice pocket square or a tie bar to just finish the over all look.

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Now if you want a stylish street style look a black velvet blazer can give you that edge, I’ve gone with a simple black and white print T-shirt from Ark Angel Apparel, added some indigo black Levi`s 501 in a straight fit very classy but casual, you could add a nice silk scarf or again a nice dapper pocket square.

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Dressing casual with a smart twist can also be achieved with a velvet blazer, here I’ve chosen a simple medium purple roll neck sweater that just looks amazing with the black velvet blazer, but the best point is it would look great with the trousers or the jeans, just add some snazzy shoes or again a pocket square or silk scarf.

The Velvet blazer has come along way, from rich toffs to 1960s long-haired free loving puffter boys , to the sartorial look it brings today, having a velvet blazer in your wardrobe will give you so many stylish looks.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

The Classic Essential Duffel Coat


Duffel coats are one of the most stylish iconic coats ever invented, they have been worn by Generals, film stars. famous artists even school kids, the reason “why”, they are such a super practical coat to wear in the cold months, its down to it simple design with a toggle fastening, the original duffel coats were worn by sailors on war ships in the first world war, it was chosen because of its thick coarse woollen material, the name comes from Duffel, a town in the province of Antwerp, Belgium, where the material originates, duffel bags were originally made from the same material, it is thought that the Duffel family later changed to Duffell are responsible for the spread of the garment, but this can not be confirmed, the original duffel was not made from the this fabric, it was made from a double-faced boiled woollen cloth with a twill structure.

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Sailors Wearing duffel coats while on convoy patrol

Duffel coats owes it popularity to the Royal Navy , during the first World War they found them self’s patrolling the Atlantic ocean escorting convoy ships, in winter the Atlantic can be a very hostile place to be, so they needed a coat for its sailors it had to be easy to put on also loose-fitting so it could be worn over their uniforms, they were issued with a camel duffel coat, its design was modified slightly due it being to loose-fitting, sailors found it hard to keep warm in the loose-fitting coat so it was modified into a more narrow fit, but it still included a neck strap, three front wooden toggle-fastening with a rope or leather fastenings, two large outside patch pockets, and a bucket hood it was made over sized so sailors could still wear caps, they loved the coats most of all because they didn’t have to take their gloves off to fasten the front of the coat due to its hook type toggle fastening, it got the nick name of the convoy coat, it was used by the navy in the second world war to, it was famously worn by General Montgomery in Africa where is gets really cold during the night, even David Stirling founder of the SAS was a lover of the duffel coat and was photographed wearing it on patrol, in 2002 the SAS opened a memorial to him near Doune, Scotland, it features him wearing his classic duffel coat standing on a rock.

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David Stirling wearing his duffel coat on patrol

After the war young ex-service men went back to college, certain key pieces like desert boots and duffel coats didn’t get handed back into the quartermaster, they found them self’s being worn by college students in Oxford and Cambridge, soon younger students were looking for the same look, due to large stocks of post-war military surplus coats they were able to get their hands on them, they also became a uniform for people who were anti-government, left wing, people like Michael Foot Labour MP wore the famous duffel coat even Tim Sandler, during the 1950s and 1960s the duffel coat reached new heights, soon British students were going to college in the US as exchange students, they took with them their duffel coats, soon American students were wearing cords & duffel coats with big scarfs, after the 1960s duffel coats  didn’t reach those heights again.

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Glovers are one of the makers and suppliers of the original Monty duffel coat, in the 1950s Harold Morris who was a glove maker, got his hands on some surplus duffel fabric and started to make them for the consumer market with great success and glovers to this day make the best duffel coats going, but key to their success is keeping the coat to the original design, but you can now get the coat in any colour you want, the original duffel coats were made very loose-fitting, these days they are made in a more narrow fitting with a straight seam down the front, the other key features of a duffel coat are.

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  • Cord and toggles fastening are probably the most iconic feature of a duffel coat
  • Collar bar the duffel coat has a bar under the collar, which is closed by buttons
  • Shoulder pads that feature a double layer, it helps to repel water and wear and from wearing bags
  • Patch pockets are traditional on a duffel coat newer designs have flaps on the pocket
  • Traditional duffel coats didn’t have a lining newer designs have a checked lining
  • Original duffel coats had a bucket hood newer ones have a pancake one with studs

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Duffle coats are still very stylish it’s all about what you wear with it, think of colours reds and yellows to mix with camel or a navy duffel, they look great with chunky knitwear, chinos and jeans with trainers or boots, adding a chunky or silk scarf to finish the look.

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If your looking for business classic coat then adding a duffel coat to your wardrobe will give you a classic stylish piece for seasons to come.

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  Duffel coats are great for a street style look, adding some straight fit indigo jeans a pair of casual boots then adding a vibrant scarf will give your outfit character and a great layering effect.

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You now can get duffel coats in most colours, so if you’re a snappy stylish dresser and you like to make a big entrance, a duffel coat in a vibrant colour is some thing you need in your wardrobe.

I’ve never been a fan of the duffel but with the new stylish designs you now can get I would be happy to have a duffel in my wardrobe.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Is Your Man Bag Stylish


Man bags have become an everyday essential for every stylish man, the choices are amazing & colors to,  but still there are men out there who don`t understand what a man bag is, I was in London a couple of weeks ago, the fashion capital as they, I was at canary wharf watching city traders trundle by, admiring the sharp suits pocket squares etc, but time & time again I saw men dressed in a bespoke suit sporting a crappy backpack in multiple colors, its one of the worst looks ever, but the worst thing was the men I saw men carrying man bags they looked cheap nasty things, style is not just about your cloths it`s also about the accessories you choose to use.

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Suits and Backpacks don`t go

So let’s have a look at some proper man`s bag & how to use them right let’s be stylish guys, with mans bags it’s really down to what you use it for, if your just carrying your lunch you need a light stylish man bag, if you travel a carry a lot of kit  like books & laptop you need some thing a bit more substantial but stylish.

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The Satchel style is one of the classics of all men`s bags, it was used by children to carry their school books, so when mans bags started to come in fashion the trusted original was a practical choice, you don`t need to have the buckle on it, the style is ideal to carry your lunch and a small lap top, style wise great to be worn with casual or smart dress.

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Now if you’re a student or carry a lot of paper work a rugged canvas holdall is what you want, with additional pockets & compartments you can carry so much more, with canvas you get some really stylish colors, one of the benefits of having a canvas holdall it can be turned from a works bag in to a stylish week-end bag very practical but super stylish.

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The flight bag is was originally designed for flight crews to carry on board planes, soon Air ways company’s started selling the bags to their customers, these bag a very simple in design they are made very rigid to stand up with a shoulder strap, with a zip opening, they are ideal for a works bag & weekend bag.

So if your going to invest into a man bag get your self a stylish practical man bag that will look stylish with what ever you wear.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Get The Shearling Look


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD