Happy new year to all out there and I hope that everyone had a wonderful New Year’s Eve. Lets start this year with inspiration on what to wear when the temperature allows to take off the overcoat. This is a outfit to wear when going to the city for a walk in the park, casual yet stylish. Combine earthy colors like beige, brown and blue and top it with a scarf to complete the outfit.
It’s time for New Year’s Eve, a day that’s about the celebration of the past year and the year to come with friends, good food and champagne. A celebration that often is made in style and people dress up with their finest dresses and tuxedos for this special occasion. No need to worry though, tuxedo may be the traditional clothing but a well tailored suit will work just as well. The secret to succeed with a suit on New Year’s Eve is to stay calm and do it clean. Above is my take on how to do it and I will be dressed in the same way tonight and hopefully it will help some gentlemen out there who haven’t decided what they should wear for this evening.
I would like to thank everyone for the support for 2014, I really appreciate all the fine words and comments and I couldn’t done this without you. I wish everyone out there a happy new year and next year will be filled with more interesting articles.
Christmas is here and it’s time for a well deserved vacation to meet family, eat good food and handing out Christmas gifts. What should you wear for this occasion? I’ve picked a bit more casual outfit for today’s inspiration and the colors reminds me of Christmas Eve with a base in burgundy and green. Go for something easy and comfortable for today, be inspired by the white snow and the colors from the Christmas tree. At the same time I would also like to wish everyone out there a merry Christmas.
One of the biggest trends in tailored clothing lately has been the the plaid pattern. Some may think that plaid is all about kilt and that’s partly true but in this case we’re talking about three individual fabric patterns. We’re talking about the windowpane, glen plaid and prince of wales patterns. Instead of having a plain pattern that could make a sport coat, jacket or suit flat these patterns creates a interesting depth of these garments, it will look more alive. Today we focus on the plaid pattern and how to match this with quality products from the basic wardrobe.
I can fully agree that I don’t wear the color black too often. Why I don’t do that is because I don’t feel comfortable wearing it. I personally like dark navy much more instead because its increased richness in color and combinations that I offer compared to black. But this doesn’t mean that black isn’t a color that couldn’t look good and for my taste it’s about using it in the right way and for the right occasion. Today, my inspiration mainly comes from the legendary movies of Agent 007, James Bond. A classic grey herringbone suit combined with a crisp white cotton shirt, black grenadine tie, white linen pocket square and a pair of handmade black Oxfords in the finest quality will make this the perfect outfit for dinner, a drink in the bar and will even suit perfectly for New Year’s Eve. And to complete the outfit I added the Rolex Submariner just to get a touch of Agent 007.
My name is Bond, James Bond.
Winter is coming and many thinks that only dark colors will suit this time of year but I want to show that brighter colors works if put together in the right way. That’s right, white, beige, light grey and other brighter colors works wonderful this time of year, a great example of this if you go to the southern Italy and look how they dress during the winter season. The main color in this outfit is beige in different shades and textures. First off we have the beige flannel trousers in a midweight flannel that will look beautiful combined with a moss-green jacket. Top this with a bright blue shirt with a soft collar, handmade glencheck tie, pair of chukka boots in a brown suede and a pocket square from Christian Kimber which picks up just the right shades from the other garments. Be sure to not forget the watch, in this case one of my favorites Submariners with the tropical dial.
Melbourne in Australia is often rated as one of the world’s most livable cities. It’s a city with a well developed culinary culture, with a interesting mix of different people from all around the world, art in various forms, its food and restaurants and not at least its style. One of the most interesting designer and store in Melbourne is Christian Kimber Footwear, owned by the young gentlemen Christian Kimber.
Christian Kimber, born and bred in the south east region of England, East Sussex and just outside the town Brighton. He always had an interested in menswear and a important influence for this was his father who wears a traditional and classic outfits and often in forms of navy suits, white shirts and loafers. Thanks to studying his fathers style he found out early his career that it wasn’t just about the clothing itself, it was how you wore it as a person and the passion behind it. Christian spent the most of his time in London and working with menswear including retailing, styling and PR. At his time in London he was educated in tailoring at the venerable Savile Row but eventually ended up at in a footwear store on Clifford Street and it’s was here his journey began for real. At this time he began to sketch from what he learned from his fathers passion and ended up designing his own shoes.
In 2011 Christian and his girlfriend moved to Melbourne and it was here when the plan was set into motion and he founded Christian Kimber Fine Footwear. Two years later he released the brand online that features handmade shoes and accessories. The shoe collection includes two different styles, the chukka boot and loafer. All shoes are made in various colors of Spanish suede and the colors for the shoes is inspired by different teas around the world. Just to mention a few of them we have the Chai originally a spice from India who represent a brownish color, Oolong from China which stands for green and Rooibos a herb from South Africa that’s red. Along with this playful and inspiring names most of the shoes also features two different of shades in some way, it could be a different color on the upper suede or on the tassel which makes these something that stands out from other brands. It’s a shoe to be worn more casually and works as good with a casual summer suit in cotton or a pair of jeans. The collection is handmade in Spain meaning various steps of handwork including good year welted soles for every single shoe and also offering made to order for those who wants a special size or color.
In the other end we have the accessories. Here we have both bracelets, shoe brushes and pocket squares. The bracelets is a limited edition collaboration with Ettika that’s is handmade in Los Angeles overseas in the United States featuring a metal and gemstone design. And then we have the shoes brushes and pocket squares which is crafted by hand Cheshire, England. The shoes brushes is made by oxhorn and beechwood with natural bristles which all are from renewable resources. These brushes is shaped by hand and it means that every brush will be unique just for you which is one of many benefits that handmade item will contribute to. Next up we have pocket squares which have all the details you need, a wool silk mix, hand-rolled edges and the perfect sizing at 45 x 45 cm that means that the pocket square will not fall out as easy. At this time Christian has been able to create four different pocket square which inspiration comes from various trips around the world. We have the Florentine Abstract inspired from Christian’s trip to Florence the summer of 2012 where he draw the bell tower wall of Giotto’s Campanile. Another one is called Melbourne Abstract, a design inspired by Federation Square and it’s reflection of the Yarra River in Melbourne. Third up the London Abstract which originate from by The Gherkin in London and something that he saw everyday when he lived in the eastern part of the city. From a business trip earlier this year in Hong Kong the Hong Hong Abstract was born, inspired by the Bank of China building when crossing from Kowloon to Hong Kong. And last we have the newest addition from his latest trip to Hanoi, inspired by the green colored french windows of Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel in Hanoi.
Christian Kimber is something to look out for in the future with his fantastic designed pockets squared and colorful shoe collection. I have not had the opportunity yet to try Christian’s footwear but I’m very found of his pocket squares and is probably the only ones I need to have in my wardrobe to be honest because of the colors and versatility. It was a pleasure to finally meet Christian Kimber in person at Pitti Uomo last summer and I think he’s on to something big here and don’t forget to stay tuned for his new sneaker collection that will be live anytime now.
I’m not a trained designer – just very passionate and know what I like – Christian Kimber
The navy pinstripe suit is a true wardrobe classic. Today it can be found in different cuts and weaves such as the more classic one that will do fine in the bank office for those who still requires the dark suit as a dress code. In the other end we have the more modern pintripe suit, a suit which is often unconstructed, have minimal padding in the shoulders and with a shorter cut. Today’s inspiration is based on the casual pinstripe suit matched with a crisp white shirt, a beautiful cashmere tie in the heather grey for the a interesting texture and a pair of brown suede monk straps instead of the more formal oxford. Don’t forget to add the details such as the gemstone bracelet and a colored pocket square with just the right colors who picks up both the shirt, the shoes and a bit of the suit.
It’s been a lot of lookbooks lately from high quality brands like Isaia, Eidos Napoli, Sartoria Rossi and latest the Swedish brand Eton. Today we will focus on the Swedish store Gabucci that released their annual autumn lookbook with the well known stylist Lalle Johnson in front of the camera once again.
Lalle Johnson is spending most of his time behind the camera as a stylist but was featured on Gabucci’s summer campaign this year and it’s both fun and inspiring to see him again in front of the camera. As last time the lookbook was photographed and put together beautifully by Kalle Gustafsson.
The lookbook is styled with everything from Gabucci’s own affordable brand Gabucci Sartoria Napoletana, the outwear specialist Aspesi, the comfortable Incotex and one of the new brands in their lineup, Lardini.
Last week I was invited to take a closer look at Oscar Jacobson Spring Summer 2015 ‘The Roaring Twenties’ at their press office in Stockholm. I had opportunity look at the whole collection and focus more on the details and materials. As some of you already knew, I did an article about Oscar Jacobson spring collection a month ago but that was directly from the Stockholm Fashion Week show with more focus on the jackets and suits (can be found here).
This is a continued article for the spring collection but this time I wanted to focus more on the accessories and tell more about them. The brand has expanded a lot the last couple of years and do not only offers one of Sweden’s finest tailored clothing but also well made leather shoes from Italigente, ties, scarves and pocket squares that’s handmade in Italy.