Ask the Experts ? Top Spring Buys

Posted on Feb 28, 2015

It?s that time of the year again, we can, hopefully, pack away the parkas, heavy duty knitwear and start to think about more light weight clothing. OK shorts and a tee might seem a long way off just yet, but we can definitely lighten up on those layers and start to get into a Spring frame of mind. With this very much at the forefront of our thinking at the moment we thought we?d ask some of the leading creative minds from of our leading Style retailer names, just what they saw as Musthave purchases over the coming weeks and months. John Mooney , Menswear Design Director, of Asos. ?I?ve picked the smart-tux track pant from look 16, we?re seeing far more versatility in our styles these days?. Sports styles mixed with tailored pieces and vice versa?. The whole jogger/ sweatpants phenomenon continues to gain pace, most of our guys have left the basics behind now and are trading up for more formal and synthetic versions? for us when a trend is ?hot? it?s key to chase the hell out of it and provide as many permutations as possible?. It works both ways, we provide choice and the customer comes to us because he [and sometime ?she? too] knows we?ll have a fantastic selection. These joggers are great though?. The fact they?re woven, that they work well with smarter shirts and tailoring but can also be dressed down with cool longline tees and classic sneakers.? Frances Walker, JIGSAW Menswear?s  Design Director ?Jigsaw?s proofed Prince of Wales Check Mac is the perfect wardrobe addition. Timeless, classic and totally on trend, it looks great over a suit; you look immediately ready for business, but it?s also perfect with jeans or casuals. The small grey check on this piece makes it perfect for town or country, and being lightweight it is a travel must-have.? Next up we have Michael Anderson, Vice President, Men?s Product and Design, Banana Republic,?My favorite piece from Spring is our indigo garment dyed leather Moto jacket in slim fit. It?s a great new take on the iconic American leather jacket. The leather has an amazing character to it because of the washing. It is super soft and looks great worn with joggers and a simple white Banana Republic tee.?  Alex Field, Head of Menswear Design for Reiss, ?One of my favourite pieces from our SS15 collection is the luggage collaboration that we have produced in partnership with Steamline. I?m always out of the office visiting factories and researching, so our new range of trunks are the perfect travelling companion for me. Lightweight yet robust enough to carry everything I need, the luggage?s black colourway offers stylish subtlety, while the chrome trims and rivets offer an eye-catching, contemporary finish.? Finally we have Whistles CEO, Jane Shepherdson, ?The standout piece from the SS15 collection has to be the linen mix suit, the fabric composition...

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Live: 2015 F1 testing day eleven ? Barcelona | F1 Fanatic Live

Posted on Feb 28, 2015

F1 Fanatic Live The eleventh day of pre-season testing takes place today at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain. Nine teams are participating in the second four-day pre-season test. All are using their 2015 F1 cars. See here for a list of which drivers are running on each day of the test: F1 Fanatic Live: 2015 pre-season testing 2015 F1 season Browse all 2015 F1 season articles Share this page with your friends: Read more: 2015 F1 season | 2015 F1 testing | F1 Fanatic Live Advert | Go Ad-free –> full article more...

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?They have cars?: Tory councillors? excuse for one surgery PER YEAR ? held outside their ward

Posted on Feb 28, 2015

A group of Conservative councillors in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham are conducting just one surgery each PER YEAR, it has emerged. It gets worse. Lazy representatives ? who each take home between £9,964 and £27,838 per year courtesy of the taxpayer ? would force some residents to walk nearly a mile and half to see them ? because they can?t even be bothered to hold the surgery in their own ward. And the out-of-touch excuse offered by the Tory group last night for only holding the surgeries at Fulham Library? ?They [local residents] have cars? With the Conservative Party losing control of the borough last year, 21,000 residents that live in Palace Riverside, Town and Munster wards are represented by eight Conservative Councillors delivering a derisory one surgery per month between them. Residents without access to a car on the west of Palace Riverside walk must either use public transport or face a 1.3 mile walk to Fulham Library. The notice below reveals that four of the councillors ? nearly a quarter of the Tories? group on the borough ? appear to be conducting a single published surgery in the entirety of 2014/15. From 2006 to 2014 the borough was heralded as a flagship Tory council. Read the full article now Read more...

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Somewhere only we know ? John Lewis Menswear

Posted on Feb 28, 2015

The Department Store John Lewis is probably better known for their excellent Christmas tear jerking Adverting campaigns rather than as a Menswear Destination. But over recent seasons they?ve been working really rather hard to change this perception, back in February 2013 the retailer launched it?s Family brand KIN, designed to appeal to those thirty plus men who appreciate quality, clean-cut tailoring at a competitive price. The collection was John Lewis? most contemporary own brand formalwear offering. Since then the brand and its Menswear offering has moved on a great deal. For Spring 2015,  its once again upping it?s menswear fashion credentials, adding to its existing portfolio through expanding its contemporary branded offering and  new exclusive additions to its menswear portfolio. This includes, LAUNDRYMAN by Barbour, inspired by Barbour?s heritage in industrial work wear, the Laundryman capsule brings together shirts, chinos, hoodies and tees, all with a heavily laundered finish and an on-trend distressed look. For this season, Barbour Laundryman will be exclusively available from John Lewis stores. Plus, Bellerose which offers premium clothing for the entire family with authentic brand values. From military parkas to leather brogues and tees, the collection creates a casual and unique allure with strong references to the army and work wear. Additional, to these two exclusive collections, the department store have invested in some interesting niche Scandinavian Brands like RAINS and Wood Wood. These collections are influenced by street wear and have a strong focus on detail that brings a twist to classic menswear items. Then to complement these brands John Lewis is also supporting fledgling T-shirt brands Dedicated, Supreme Being and Secret Store & Pear Shaped Apparel. Lastly, having just shown during the recent LC:M, the retailer welcomes Soulland,  A brand with real design principles and an aesthetics with its origins in Scandinavian artisanship combined with a contemporary feel that aims to push menswear forward in all the right directions. read the text Read the...

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Avez-vous l?heure, s?il vous plaît ? ? Briston Watches

Posted on Feb 27, 2015

New to the timepiece industry, Briston?s was first stocked in Colette, Paris, and has expanded rapidly to worldwide stockists. A selection of their latest Clubmasters are now available at Harvey Nichols, Oliver Spencer, End, Liberty and in-store at Selfridges. The French watch brand, presents their Clubmaster Collection ? a finely crafted 18 model set, made from the finest European materials. Excellent Swiss craftsmanship paired with British sports chic ensures this watch brand has a classic preppy aesthetic without compromising on quality and technical functions. Brice Jaunet, Bristons founder, has a wealth of experience in the luxury watch industry, dating back 15 years. With Cartier, Zenith and LVMH all successfully on his CV, Brice?s passion and proven market knowledge led to the creation of Briston; which provides chic yet accessible timepieces with an iconic 1920?s inspired ?cambered square? face. The Clubmaster range epitomises British tradition with iconic vintage racing cars and sports heritage as the key elements of inspiration. It is this sporty preppy chic that marries so well with the brand?s innovative use of raw materials and colourways that creates its authentic style. The British heritage of the brand runs deeper still, taking it?s namesake from the historic Norfolk village. With the relationship of style, function and technology becoming increasingly sought after, Briston has the added benefit of an exclusive NATO watch strap. Originally developed by the British Ministry of Defence in the 60?s for the Royal Navy, the NATO straps are not only technically sound, robust and water resistant, but also reinforce the vintage spirit and affirm the sports chic look. Boasting interchangeable NATO straps, multiple metal finishes and two styles of faces, the Clubmaster range has something to suit every man. The HMS is a simple hour-minute-second & date style face for an urban chic feel, while the Chronograph features multiple timekeeping dials, reinforcing the ?Sport? sentiment of the collection. reported Skip to...

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