It’s no secret that shades of blue is the most useful color you can wear. It’s easy to match with everything and there’s actually not one single color that you can’t match it with. This combined with a more popular trend where you match different shades of the same color in one outfit, makes the foundation for my weekly inspiration.
Spring is officially here and the temperatures is slowly rising to comfortable levels. It’s time to look over your spring and summer wardrobe and today we’re gonna take a closer look at the popular string loafer, a shoe whose interest has increased markedly in recent years.
The loafer itself has many origin stories compared to other shoes like the classic oxford or derby. However the two most popular ones originate from England and Norway. The first and oldest one was produced by the legendary bespoke shoe company Wildsmith Shoes in London around the 1850’s. The loafer was named the “Wildsmith Loafer”, made by the founder Raymond Lewis Wildsmith and was designed for King George VI as casual shoe for wearing at home. This shoe has later on been produced and sold by other shoe firms in London as the “The Harrow”.
A different design of the loafer was introduced by the Norwegian Shoemaker, Nils Gregoriusson Tveranger in 1908. Nils took a trip to America where he learned more in the craft of shoemaking and in 1930, he introduced a new design called the “Aurland moccasin” which later on was renamed to the “Aurland shoe”.
These two stories is the beginning for the more formal and casual loafers and also where the string loafers originated from. The string loafer is counted to be one of the least formal model and still have the typical characteristics of a loafer, but with a borrowed design from the moccasin and boat shoe. It’s the combination of the laces and that it’s often offered in different colors of suede that makes this a perfect choice for casual outfits. This makes the string loafer a perfect companion for spring and summer and a must in every man’s wardrobe.
An understated color is without any doubt the forest green. This shade of green will almost work with any possible color but is still something that’s not used very often. I will personally start to wear this color more from now on because of its versatility. Today I’ve combined this green with beige and brown and created something playful but still with a very usable palette.
Spring is finally here and it’s time to put away the winter coat in the wardrobe. It’s time to take out the thinner jacket and what couldn’t fit better than start off spring with a suede jacket? Earthy colors stands for today’s inspiration, combine different shades of brown, white and beige and complete the outfit with a colorful scarf. A warm welcome back spring, we have missed you!
I have wanted to add this section to the blog for a while now and it is finally here, a completely new guide to my favorites stores around the world. It does mpt matter if it is about finding interesting stores in Stockholm or in New York, in time the best menswear stores will be featured here. I was recently in New York and had the opportunity to visit many different stores that I always wanted to visit because of their passion, brands, staff and interiors. First up in this guide will be my personal favorite store, a online based store with the name No Man Walks Alone. A store with one of the most interesting brands under the roof and that also delivering something new and fresh among all online stores.
No Man Walks Alone was founded in early 2013 by Greg Lellouche and his team in the big apple, New York. The store is a web-based one but with the possibility to visit their office during working hours to try on products, get measured for different brands offering MTM (made to measure) or just sit down and get a cappuccino with Greg himself. This is just not another menswear store, it’s a store about embracing the people who make quality craftsmanship, with honesty and passion behind their clothes. These values can be also found in the bit odd stores name, No Man Walks Alone, which comes from a line by Humphrey Bogart to Audrey Hepburn in movie Sabrina from 1953. A line which Greg mean that can be translated that there are men who values unique and quality products instead of the uninspiring products that the fashion industry often is offering.
The idea behind the store is that they want to offer products from brands that often only focus on producing one particular garment and master that like no else does. To do that the team have traveled all around the world to workshops, studios, factories and met talented and passionate peopled who offered this. Greg and his team know every item in the store, and each garment was selected for a reason, it doesn’t matter if it’s a casual sweater or a suit, every piece has it’s own special place in the store. A lot of the products is actually exclusively produced for the store, they pick the styles, materials and details to make unique garments. They collaborate with the Neapolitan bespoke tailor Sartoria Formosa, made their own silhouette for Eidos Napoli’s formal wear and handpicked shoes from Hungarian shoesmarker Lazlo Vass. This is just to a few of the ongoing collaborations and more will probably come in the future if there’s a request for it by the customers. In addition to these they also offer various brands such as clothing from the Japanese dandy Camoshita, from shirt specialist G.Inglese, Florentine tiemaker Tie Your Tie, rainwear from Swedish Stutterheim and pants from Italian Rota.
There’s also something else that makes No Man Walks Alone stands out from the crowd. Instead of just offering an ordinary online store Greg decided that he wanted to be more interactive with the community. First off he created something that’s called The Newsroom, where inspirational articles will be featured by the team and carefully chosen writers. When new articles is published these is included in the weekly newsletters, something that brightens up a newsletter without any doubt. Articles are often written in such state that curious customers can be guided on what to wear, how to wear it, typical wardrobes classics etc. Newly published articles such as how to wear the turtleneck, how to find you right size for a sweater, the tweed overcoat and why it’s more flattering than the black one are just a few examples on what to expect. Next we have the Collective Action, an initiative where you can vote for a limited collaboration with different brands. Last year two ties from Drake’s were featured and this time it’s time for the legendary French footwear maker Heschung. In addition to all this, Greg and his team has aslo caught up how important social media is nowadays and they are active on all platforms, this includes answering questions personally on the famous Styleforum. I think No Man Walks Alone is on to something big here and if this continue will they probably be one of the best online stores in the world, both in terms of the product range but also personality and customer service.
Spring is finally here and comes with temperatures that allows you to take of the overcoat in the middle of the day. Spring also means that it’s time to take a closer look at what to buy and wear for the upcoming season, and the store shelves is already filled with lightweight suits and jackets. One of many brands who recently delivered their spring collection is Suitsupply, a company known for its eccentric campaigns, high quality fabrics and to offer one of the most affordable tailored clothing to date. Did Suitsupply step over the line this time with their naked campaign or is it just bold enough to actually work? Let’s take a closer look.
For spring and summer 2015, the Amsterdam based brand presents its new range of tailored clothing in a bold and artistic way that’s never been seen before. The collection itself features an assortment of vibrant colors ranging from the most classical navy to washed green to mustard yellow, a continuance of playful and youthfulness as earlier collections have shown. Combining this with a wide range of different models and commitment to quality fabrics still allows Suitsupply to be in the league of one the most affordable brands in menswear.
The lookbook is shot under water with topless ladies swimming around male models wearing their newly released garments, in what many would call a questionable way against the already inflated discussion about women’s place in the society. The photographer behind this spectacle is Carli Hermès, the same man who shot the controversial campaign for last spring that’s been widely discussed around the globe. There will be probably be a discussion about if it is right or wrong to release something portraying naked women swimming around well dressed male models. What’s my thought about this? Some may even ask why do I even write about this bold campaign? In my opinion it’s a form of art and I can understand why people will get upset seeing this in 2015. Haven’t we reached further than this in the discussion about women’s unfair treatment in the society and in the fashion business? I think we have without any doubt and I write about Suitsupply because of my personal interest in the brand itself. I think they offers good products at reasonable prices and an opening for men interested in tailored clothing, without having to spend to much money from their wallets. With that said I also think that we have to see the whole picture for this and why they actually shot the campaign in this way.
They wanted to create something that’s never been done before, they wanted to challenge themselves and they succeed doing that. They created a collection of artistic photos which stands out from the crowd in a loud way. I think we have to think about this as a form of art, like in the photos which can be seen in various exhibitions around the world. Does anyone complain of these photos that can be seen at these various places? I can’t decide what’s right or wrong for you, but I think it’s an interesting subject that should be discussed. What do you think?
We wanted to do something we haven’t done before, while, at the same time, illustrating the concept of going ‘into the unknown – CEO Fokke De Jong.
After a week of vacation and job in New York it’s back to business and what couldn’t be better to start off the week with a Monday inspiration. Today my main inspiration comes from one of persons I had the opportunity to meet in New York last week, Antonio Ciongoli. For those who don’t know the story about him, Antonio is the creative director behind the acclaimed brand Eidos Napoli, little brother to the famous tailoring house ISAIA. A brand which collections always delivers something new and fresh compared to many other brands out there and Antonio is the one to thank for this.
This is a outfit inspired by the next fall collection from Eidos and I choose to use a base with the navy and white. A colors combination that’s not very common when we talk about fall or winter, something that Antonio have proved me wrong about (header credits to Hypebeast).
I’ve seen a lot of questions regarding how to find affordable tailoring for spring and I will of course answer to this. What couldn’t be more suitable to pick out these garments from the budget friendly Suitsupply? A color palette in navy, blue and brown with small details that matters. Combine this with a watch that picks up a bit of the navy color from the suit and the metal from the watch will at the same bring a sportiness to the look.
The second part of the street style from Pitti Uomo 87 will still remain on the small things that defines an outfit. I wanted to focus on the details this year because of the overwhelming full body photos that’s out there on the internet. I wanted to show something different, I wanted to show you the details of Pitti Uomo and the final results can be shown down below (header credits to Highsnobiety).
And the last day of Pitti Uomo 87 has come to an end and will open its doors in June once again. It was as always a lot of unusual colors among the attendees, with some succeeding better than others. But let’s not forget that people like different styles and Pitti Uomo is one of few events where you basically get away with anything. I’m happy to see that the trend this time is that more people are going for the longer suits, jackets, and trousers. This is actually something that has been seen on numerous lookbooks already for the spring and summer collections so this could possible be a well deserved turn towards the longer silhouette. Enjoy the first part of this series and as always it’s focus on the small details (Header credits to Pitti Immagine).