2017 is slowly coming to an end and for the last post of the year, I would like to present a different look for New Year’s Eve. The tuxedo may be on of the most orginal outfits to wear as a gentleman on this evening, but few are comfortable with it. Instead of the tuxedo, I would like to make a stand for the three piece suit, combined with a crisp white shirt and a black grenadine tie. Do not forget to add a plain white pocket square and a pair of black wingtip brogues to make the outfit a bit less formal.
What I really like about winter is the heavy knitwear, and using different garments for layers to stay warm during the colder days. A personal favorite is the turtleneck in a soft merino wool or cashmere, combined with a pair of old school flannel trousers and a sport coat with a heavier fabric.
Finding good value for your money is one of the main goals for my blog. The feeling of finding a product which reaches up to your vision and exceptions, but still does not make a huge hole in your wallet is unique. The Swedish shoe company Myrqvist is one of these companies and today I will the honor to tell more about them and a small review of one of their shoes.
Myrqvist first collection was launched last year in November after a successful campaign on Kickstarter. The company succeeded to pledge over 680.000 SEK for their campaign at the website, and became the most funded fashion campaign ever created from Sweden.
With the Kickstarter campaign behind them, the company were able to release a bigger collection in November which included not only the announced oxfords, but also Chelsea and Chukka boots.
The company saw that many of their customers went to the local shoemaker to glue an ordinary rubber sole to their shoes, which started ideas within the company how to us this opportunity of the customers behavior for a better shopping experience.
To adapt to the Nordic climate and saving costs for their customers, they successfully launched their most popular shoes with a so called tomir rubber sole earlier this year. A tomir sole is a sole that is made in a rubber material and sewn directly against the leather sole to create a more aesthetic rubber sole and protection against bad weather. A ordinary glued rubber sole is instead placed above the leather sole, creating a less neat and flat experience, but also risking that the rubber sole will loosen up in the front.
We experienced that a lot of our customers choose to leave their shoes at the local cobbler to glue a rubber sole above the leather. Therefore, we decided to offer an option that saves that cost and also giving the customer a more neat and clean impression – Founder of Myrvist, Sebastian Öhrn
Another high awaited expansion took place in the end of summer when the company released four new models on the same last, which includes three different loafers and the popular double monk strap. The loafer season may be reaching its last days in Sweden, but wearing a pair of loafers with wool socks for the fall is more right than ever. A pair of suede loafers will be a great companion to dress down a suit or to a pair of flannel trousers and jacket.
Earlier this spring, the company also opened up their warehouse in Johannesfredsvägen 5 in Bromma with a showroom where the customers are able to try the full collection and buy samples or discontinued models. The opening of the showroom and the new collection are proof of how the company continuously work to improve their services and products.
I took the opportunity a few weeks ago to visit the new showroom in Bromma to be able to try the different shoes from the collection. At the end, I fell for a black Adelaide called “Skytteholm” and decided to take them home to set if they will perform in real life.
As of today, I have now been able to give these pair of shoes a fair chance and wanted to share my inputs in this article.
Let us start off with the finishing of the shoes. They are made of a french calf leather which offers a good combination of price and quality ratio. I did not have any issues to polish them or to achieve a good spit-shine which is positive.
A closer look at the leather shows no flaws or usage of low quality hides, which is impressive when you think about the affordable price tag at 1999 SEK. The only thing that I’m able to find is that the brogue pattern is a bit uneven in some places, but it is also not the first time that I have seen this in this price range. This will probably improve in the further batches and models.
Except that, I’m very happy with the shoes and they belong to one of the most comfortable shoes that I have worn in this price range. For 1999 SEK, these shoes are a bargain and I can’t wait to see the next collection from Myrqvist.
For today’s post I would like to push for the tie-less look for the ongoing summer season. Try to throw away the tie sometimes for a more relaxing and cooler look in the hot summer weather. When wearing an outfit without the tie, try focus on materials such as cotton or linen for the jacket, and sneakers in suede or leather for a even more leisure look.
For today’s collage we take inspiration from the unique color with many names, some call it cobalt blue, other Napoli blue. The summer season allows brighter shades of blue to be worn instead of the more formal and laid back color navy. Wear the brighter colored suit with a pair of loafers to achieve the perfect summer look.
One of many benefits of a sport coat is the versatility to wear it with different garments from your wardrobe. Combine it with a pair of formal wool trousers for the office, or denims for the walk in the city. For today’s collage, I would like to show how to wear the later.
For today’s collage, I would like to like pay a tribute to the iconic waxed jacket. The waxed jacket is a flexible companion no matter the task. It does not matter if you are planning a hunting trip the forest, or if you are planning for a walk in the city. What all waxed jackets have in common are that they will get nicer the longer your wear them as they will develop a beautiful patina over the years.
The grey suit is a wardrobe staple, but are sometimes presented as a boring and formal choice. That may not always be true, and there are many ways to make the grey suit more interesting only by combining the right accessories. For today’s post, I wanted to go for a classic outfit in a seasonal touch with the cotton and linen suit from Boglioli.
A blazer may feel too formal for some, but there are other alternatives to begin with. A knitted blazer is the perfect combination of formality and sportswear. It is leisure, comfortable and easier to wear with everything you throw at it such as a pair of jeans or chinos. Today’s collage flirt with the early days of summer, where you will be able to wear your knitted blazer with the classic and elegant panama hat and a pair of tassel loafers.
Spring is finally here and the temperature is reaching the level when you are able to throw off the coat. Instead, you are able to wear a suit on its own to embrace the weather, and instead focus on colorful and lightweight accessories. Today, I choose a navy suit from Oscar Jacobson as the foundation in the outfit, combined it with a casual oxford shirt from Morris and a pair of suede monk straps from Santoni. With the addition of the lightweight regimental grenadine tie from Eton, a colorful and playful pocket square from Drake’s, it becomes a excellent outfit for spring. Do not forget a pair of sunglasses to protect your from the sun, in this case a pair of classic rounded Ray-Ban’s.