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).
It’s finally time to get back to Florence and to the fashion fair Pitti Uomo 87. Today’s inspiration is close to what I will wear to the fair and a reflection of my own personal look. For me it’s about the fit, a longer length on the jacket, earthy colours and a pair of monk straps that will make it a bit playful. If you’re out there in the mass, don’t hesitate to say hello and exchange a few word.
The Chukka boot is one of the shoes that is a must to have in your shoe wardrobe. It have always been a popular choice and can be worn with different outfits, both casual and dressed. It’s one of few shoes that’s wearable all year around thanks to the variations of models, though the usage is probably on its top when it’s winter because of the more popular rubber sole. It’s winter and it couldn’t be a better time to take a closer look at this particular model which is also known as the king of casual footwear.
The history of the traditional Chukka boots reaches far back and it’s told that it originate from the Polo game, more specific from the so called Chukka or Chukker period of play. There’s a lot of different stories behind them, some say that they were actually worn under the game and other claim that they were worn after the game because of how comfortable they were for the players. Another form of chukka boot were worn in by the British force during World War II and is today known as desert boots, this because that they were worn during the Western Desert Campaign.
There’s a lot of different variations of the shoe nowadays and it’s not entirely clear what qualifies for a true Chukka boot. Some characteristics that could identify the boot is that shoes never reach no further than the ankle, have two or three lacing eyelets, opening lacing and with quarters sewn on the of the vamp. A chukka often have a round last and toe box because of the casual approach of the shoe model and is traditionally unlined but can be found with various of linings nowadays.
What I’m certain of is that the Chukka can be worn with nearly anything, a pair of jeans, flannel trousers and even wool suit without losing its characteristic look. I would suggest to go for brown suede to be able to use it with as many combinations as possible. Something to mention is that it actually is one of few shoes that look best in a suede option. Down below I’ve picked five favourites that can be worn the whole season around depending on which sole that is chosen.
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