A Scandic Taste for a British Fave ? John Lewis Presents PRESENTING

Posted on Oct 10, 2016

For Autumn 2016 John Lewis Menswear is introducing, PRESENTING; a unique curation of three emerging menswear brands, which brings a distinctly Scandinavian slant to this British institution. A favourite of Britain?s everywhere, John Lewis will be stocking a trend led selection of designs from Libertine-Libertine, Samsøe & Samsøe Menswear and J Lindeberg, which, until now, for the majority can only found in select independent boutiques around the UK. Libertine-Libertine, was founded in 2009 and has quickly established itself a reputation for offering a clean minimalist aesthetic crafting the perfect balance between simplicity and cultured sophistication. Samsøe & Samsøe creates unique and undeniably recognizable Scandinavian fashion. The brand continuously develops attractive, market-oriented and international designs, supported by the best essential products. Lastly the luxury Scandinavian brand J Lindeberg, this could be described as the most premium part of the PRESENTING offering for this season. Founded in Stockholm in 1996, by Johan Lindeberg, it offers outstanding products for a contemporary active lifestyle. John Lewis will offer a point of difference on the high street by stocking these exciting brands as an introduction to its customers who may not be previously familiar with the collections. The carefully curated selection of products have been chosen in line with key current trends in menswear and will launch in three focused stages throughout the season. It will launch the three brand?s interpretations of the Rollneck knit in September for protection against that Autumn chill, a Bomber edit in October to combat the transeasonal elements and a elegantly masculine curation of Longline Overcoats in November for the lead up to the Yuletide. Beth Pettet, Buyer for John Lewis Menswear Brands explained the concept as, ?We are delighted to be working with 3 brands who are relatively new to the UK market but who are bringing an expert eye to the current trends within menswear. This season?s Presenting collection underlines our ambition to cater for the fashion customer who is both individual and confident in his style. The range combines premium quality clothing with a fresh and exciting take on the key items of the season.? more >> … read the...

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10 Science Myths You Probably Still Believe

Posted on Oct 10, 2016

WhatCulture Look, there’s a lot of science out there, so perhaps it’s understandable that not everybody can be 100% right all of the time, but there are certain myths and misconceptions out there that, despite being roundly and decisively debunked, adamantly refuse to die. Most of us know that the internet is not to be trusted, but we generally trust our parents and teachers to give us the right information. Sadly, however, many of these myths are learnt at our mothers’ knees or, even worse, in science textbooks. What’s more, with the half life of knowledge, even those tidbits of information that were thought to be true when we first learnt them, could have since been disproven. So what can you do? Other than hang the sense of it and resign yourself to living in ignorance and fear for the rest of your days, that is. There’s no easy way to sort the fact from the fiction, but sometimes even a little bit of interrogation into some of the most popular old wives’ tales cause them to fall apart at the seams. The best parts is that, because these myths are so widely circulated, the chances of you being able to gleefully correct someone once you learn the truth are pretty high. > To the article directly to the...

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Years in the making ? Lou Dalton X Jaeger

Posted on Oct 9, 2016

Leading light of British Designer Menswear, Lou Dalton has teamed her expertise with Premium British clothing brand Jaeger to create an exciting collection of outerwear pieces. These two stylish entities have come together to combine their practical philosophy and sense of adventure to produce a collection that puts functionality at the forefront. Taking inspiration from and revolutionising Jaeger?s enviable heritage, including design features from the archive collection, and items worn by Adventurer extraordinaire, Ernest Shackleton and his team for their 1914 Endurance Expedition to Antarctica, and combining it with Lou Dalton?s signature aesthetic for contemporary classicism and refined yet contemporary tailoring. In keeping with Shackelton?s careful selection of Jaeger to supply his protective kit over a century ago, the new collection has been meticulously curated by Dalton and the design team, led by James Jee, at Jaeger. This premier collection launching for Autumn consists of, non-surprisingly, outerwear essentials for the contemporary urban adventurer. Key pieces within the range include a nylon trench with a removable flannel gilet, a shower-proof stretch nylon hooded jacket, a mixed-gauge wool sweater, as well as a balaclava, gloves and all important snood. The colour palette is natural influenced by the natural environment. Ink navy, camel and charcoal grey are juxtaposed with rust and pale blue to imitate both rural and industrial environments. Reflecting Lou?s signature line, this collection has a heavy focus on performance-wear, the collection is engineered to be worn on-the-go and is specifically designed for the wearer to embrace the natural elements. Fabrics have been chosen based on their technical abilities, including thermocool wool and stretch nylon to ensure maximum manoeuvrability. Handy, sneaky design features include pack-away zip hoods, natural contoured shapes, engineered to fit closely to the shape of the body and storm cuffs for a streamline effect. James Jee, Head of Menswear Product at Jaeger says of the collaboration, ?It?s been fantastic to build upon her design skills and aesthetic, as well as bringing in some of our well-established principles as a brand. Jaeger was founded upon a pioneering premise around quality of fabrication, and even now, some 132 years later we are embracing this principle in new and exciting ways. The Lou Dalton for Jaeger collection is a great example of this?. click here > To the...

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Channel your inner Playboy with Debenhams latest Hammond & Co launch

Posted on Oct 9, 2016

The traditional style of male nightwear, the Pyjamas have always carried a certain sexy association to them, no we?re not talking the flannelnet type. You know, when worn by leading men in classic films from the golden age of Hollywood. They can work miracles to increase the masculine persona of a gentleman. In the same respect, images of the fairer gender either stealing or share her rugged partner?s night attire have served as fodder for Mills & Boon novels for decades. This season, High Street retailer, Debenhams? hugely successful Hammond and Co. collection by the rakish and sauve British Designer, Patrick Grant. This collection, offers true gentleman?s attire by fusing Savile Rowe tailoring with a contemporary take on modern wardrobe staples. The range offers casual to sartorial elegance from Harrington jackets and denim to overcoats and three piece suiting. But for this season, Hammond and Co. Move into the more  seductive arena of  loungewear and underwear, meaning you can still look the your dapper self well into the wee small hours. Pyjama sets are available in a variety of styles suitable for every modern gentleman. With prints ranging from the house check to polka dot, ensuring it had never has been so stylish to retire to one?s suite, quarters, bed, to where the magic happens. The full report read...

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The Best of British & Irish Design – YMC x Padmore & Barnes

Posted on Oct 9, 2016

Hold on one cotton picking second there, Clothes-Make-the-Man, don?t be trying to pull the wool over our eyes, those shoes look remarkably like Clarks Wallabees. Well you?d be right dear reader, would I ever try and deceive you ? Or in the words of 90?s one hit wonders, Messers Charles and Eddie, ?Would I lie to you Baby, would I lie to you, Ohhh yeah!? Yes eagle eyed readers, these are infact Padmore & Barnes shoes, who up until 1987 were under the ownership of C&J Clarks and played a huge role from their Kilkenny factory in the global success of the Wallabees. These specific range are a collaboration with the wonderful British Design duo of Fraser Moss and Jimmy Collins, who back in 1995, borrowed industrial designer Raymond Loewy?s slogan, ?You must create?, in order to name their nascent clothing company. YMC, as the company swiftly came to be known, took initial inspiration from work wear, the football terraces of the early 80s, the tradition of outward bound attire and American and British military wear. From the uniforms and sportswear they borrowed precision and crisp functionality and from punk they took a dark humour and well aimed iconoclasm. This season the two brands have come together to create an exclusive capsule collection of classic footwear. Comprising of six iconic styles the collaboration perfectly compliments YMC?s distinctly British design ethos. YMC?s relationship with Padmore & Barnes goes right back to the brands inception in 1995. 20 years later, as part of their anniversary celebrations, the two brands have come together to revisit this unique partnership. The hero style is undoubtedly the ?Original? Padmore & Barnes shoe and boot, an exclusive women?s style that has been out of production for 15 years. Available in black, burnt orange or oxblood each style comes in a classic suede finish. The ?Natalie? is another style which YMC have brought out of the archives; available exclusively for men. The Natalie is produced in conjunction with cult menswear retailer Oi Polloi and is available in black or dark brown colourways. The ?One Piece? is offered in classic laced design or as a monk strap, each version crafted from a single leather upper. online review...

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