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Waremakers – A Marketplace Curated For The Curious

Wednesday, 24th May, 2017

Waremakers Products

As you know if you’re a regular reader of the blog, I love things which are high quality and carefully made. I love companies which produce products that have high craftsmanship, and you can really appreciate the work which has gone into making each individual item. While I think there’s always a place for inexpensive everyday items, sometimes you want to spend that little bit more on something which is going to last a long time.

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Will Jaeger Come Back From Administration?

Monday, 24th April, 2017

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It’s a sad time for British fashion, 2 weeks ago Jaeger entered administration, and it’s said that up to 600 jobs could go. Will it be able to be saved?

You’ll know that from reading my blog I have been a fan of Jaeger for quite a while. I have so many shirts and tailored jackets from them, I got not one but two black Jaeger shirts several months ago, and I’ve got lots of knitwear, including some really nice cashmere jumpers from the brand too.

I really like the quality of the clothing, some say it’s not as good as previous, and many of the things aren’t actually made in the UK, but most of the things are of good quality, and easily matches up to what I consider to be it’s main competitors, which are Thomas Pink, Reiss and Ted Baker, especially for shirts. I always call this kind of clothing premium high street, as it’s usually quite a bit more than high street, especially now with fast fashion and the likes of Primark, H&M and the like, but less expensive than the higher end designer labels such as Burberry. However Jaeger used to see itself as that higher end label, but not as high as something you’d expect to find on Savile Row.

Jaeger has already been bought in 2012, and it went through some changes, most notionally the logo, which I actually don’t like, and much prefer the older, more traditional graphic.

Hopefully they will come up with a strategy which will work for the business as well as producing some great clothing.


This Week’s Fashion News: 13th January 2017

Friday, 13th January, 2017

Adidas NMD OG Re Released on 14th January 2017

Happy Friday 13th! What’s been happening in the week of fashion this past 7 days? Here’s a quick roundup which has caught my eye, and the latest from men’s fashion in the week ending 13th January

Adidas Re-release NMD R1 Primeknit OG Trainers

“You asked for them, you’ll get them” was the message from Adidas, as they re-release the popular OG-NMD on Saturday 14th January (tomorrow). They should be priced at around £130 and available at selected stores, although they will go fast.

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It was the first London Fashion Week Men’s…Actually, it’s a rebrand of the London Collection: Men’s aka LCM:Men’s which was opened by TOPMAN Design who showcased their collection which looked very 90’s inspired with bright bold neon prints and models who looked like they were from the Brit Pop era. Tinie Tempah debuted his What We Wear collection, and established designers were out in force, including Vivienne Westwood, Lou Dalton, Belstaff, Agi & Sam x Woolmark collaboration, J.W. Anderson, Kent & Curwen, Oliver Spencer and a whole load more.

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It was also time for Pitti Uomo, where we saw Tommy Hilfiger for the first time at the Florence show. Plenty of great pieces were seen, including a very nice trademark woollen jumper.

That’s just a couple of the things which I’ve noticed in fashion this week. If you have any other news or would like to contribute something, please let me know in the comments 🙂


Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2016 Goes To Paris

Monday, 24th October, 2016

Victoria Secret Fashion Show 2016 Unveiled!

Probably the most watched fashion show in the World, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is set for a new home for 2016! Back in 2014 the VS Fashion Show left the USA, and made it’s home in London for one night. In 2015 it went back to New York City and for 2016 the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show will come from Paris, France for the first time!

Confirmed models which you’ll be able to see are Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Josephine Skriver, Lais Ribeiro, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell and Taylor Hill, as well as new faces.

UPDATE – 1st November 2016

This year there’ll be performances from Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and returning for a second year running, The Weeknd. Bruno Mars has previously performed at The Victoria Secret Fashion Show, back in 2012.

The show will air in the USA on Monday 5th December

UK Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show TV Air Date

There is no set air date for the show in the UK as of yet. For the past few years 4Music has broadcast the show after the USA date. As soon as a date has been revealed, this will be updated.


Canada Goose Opens First Flagship Store In Toronto, NYC To Follow

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Wednesday, 19th October, 2016

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Getting an authentic Canada Goose has not always been the easiest of tasks, with not too many retailers stocking them for one reason or another. I remember searching for one for a long time 6 years ago before I was finally able to find one. That’s going to be a whole lot easier, at least if you live in it’s hometown of Toronto. The first ever Canada Goose store was opened today, in the Yorkdale centre in Toronto, Canada.

The space looks brilliant! Very modern, stylish and high end, and you’d expect nothing less from one of the most luxurious clothing brands for Winter and arctic clothing. If you’re In New York city you’ll be able to buy your wears from an official store too, with Canada Goose NYC getting a flagship store set to open on 17th November in SoHo.

Will the UK be next?

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Yeezy Boost 750 Brown Release Date

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Tuesday, 11th October, 2016

Yeezy Boost 350 Light Brown UK Release Date

The wait is almost over if you’ve wanted to get your hands on the latest Adidas Yeezy drop; The Yeezy Boost 750 Brown. There’s been a few names for these soon to be sold out trainers doing the rounds, including light brown and chocolate. Adidas have confirmed that the actual name for the kicks which are designed by Kanye West are the Boosy 750 Brown, just incase you’ve heard otherwise elsewhere.

As for the trainers themselves, Adidas tell us that they’re a premium footwear silhouette which have been developed with Adidas Originals, made with suede uppers and the full length trademark boost midsole.

The brown suede works well with the gum sole, with matching colour laces and strap. They’re being released this weekend, 15th October which you can get from selected stores in the UK listed below. The RRP is $350 US Dollars, with UK price being touted as £260.

Where To Buy The Yeezy Boost 750 Brown In The UK

Hanon
51 The Green, City Centre
Abderdeen

adidas Originals Store London
15 Fouberts Place
London

Footpatrol Ltd
80 Berwick Street
London

Sneakersnstuff
107-108 Shoreditch High Street
London

Endclothing
4 High Bridge
Newcastle

Will you be picking up a pair?

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Marks And Spencer Premium Selvedge Jeans

Friday, 16th September, 2016

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Marks And Spencer have introduced a line of premium selvedge denim jeans to their fashion line up for this season. If you’ve read my 5 pairs of denim you should own guide, you’ll know that I love selvedge denim, and it’s a type of denim which is quite coveted, and popular among denim connoisseurs.

The range is new for AW16 and is made from premium fabrics from mills in United States, Japan and Italy, all three noted for their high quality fabrics and workmanship. The range come in a couple of washes, including a light mid-blue wash, and my two favourites, dark indigo and black, as well as two fits; Slim and straight leg.

The selvedge detailing can be found on the inseam of the leg as you would expect, with more selvedge detailing on the front pocket. On the inside of the jeans you’ll find where the jeans were made, as the countries flag is printed on the inside.

You can pick up a pair of these for £60 from M&S and join the selvedge club, or add a pair to your collection.

Check out more of the jeans below.

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Reebok Club C 85 Vintage Suede Trainers

Tuesday, 13th September, 2016

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After Reebok brought back it’s classic and much love Classics collection from the 90’s, they brought back a special pastel edition of the C85 trainers, and now comes the Club C 85 Vintage suede trainers, complete with the gum sole.

The popular silhouettes come in three different colours; Navy Black, and grey with the typical Reebok styling which brings back the 90’s vibes. My personal favourite from the line-up are the black pair, which will work well with any outfit and keep your look understated. Designed for indoors, you can wear these out with your Autumn look. If you’re on the hunt for some 90’s style and like a pair of suede footwear, these have got to be worth a look.

They’re £65 and available at various retailers for £65.

What do you think of these from Reebok?


H&M Studio AW16 Preview

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Tuesday, 6th September, 2016

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H&M have announced their Studio collection for the Autumn/Winter 2016 season. The collection comprises of all the pieces you’d expect to find in an AW collection, and includes knitwear, coats, tees and trousers to kick-start your Autumn fashion wardrobe. The pieces come in key colours for Autumn, and there’s a colour palate of dark neutral hues of greens, browns, greys and blues. The price-points are at the higher end of the H&M scale, being the Studio line, with wool coats running at £120-£150, and a really nice cardigan for £50.

The collection goes on sale both online at H&M and in-store on Thursday 8th September from 9AM.

Check out the rest of the collection below

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H&M x Kenzo 2016 – First Sneak Peek

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Wednesday, 27th July, 2016

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I am no stranger to an H&M collab, the first one which I blogged about was the H&M Versace collaboration where I managed to get a few pieces, and since then there’s been designer collaborations from Marni, Maison Martin Margiela, Isabel Marant, Alexander Wang and Balmain.

The H&M x Kenzo collaboration was announced a few weeks back, and now H&M have teased us with a couple of pictures which includes some of the pieces from the collection. The designs have all the trademarks of Kenzo, with an all over print style, these pieces in a tiger print theme with red and blue.

The whole collection will be available from 3rd November online and in-store, and if the past collaborations are anything to go by, it will sell out very quickly.

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Louis Vuitton Monogram Eclipse For Autumn/Winter 16

Sunday, 17th July, 2016

Louis Viutton Monogram Eclipse For Autumn Winter 16 For Men

If you’ve been a fan of Louis Vuitton and their trademark monogram print, but you’ve not been a lover of the brown and gold colouring, Louis Vuitton have something for you for Autumn Winter 2016. The brand new LV Monogram Eclipse collection is here, and as you’d imagine, it’s looking really good!

If you’ve never been a fan of the brown and gold colour but always wanted to own a piece of luxury and wanted some Louis Vuitton in your life, the Eclipse Monogram is here to save the day. The Eclipse uses the same timeless design with the variation of colour, black and grey which looks really sleek, and is perfect for men’s styling. With plenty of leather goods available, including luxe footwear, a range of bags and small leather. The pieces are magnified with matte smooth leather details and dark grey shinny metallic pieces to keep the masculinity of the collection.

The collection should be available right now from Louis Vuitton.


Nudie Jeans Ecru For Summer 2016

Friday, 22nd April, 2016

Ecru Selvedge denim from Nudie Jeans

I really love white jeans and light denim for summer. I have posted plenty on the blog about them over the years, and written ideas for wearing white jeans or light coloured denim.

It’s a trend which I have really taken to, and it was quite brave with many guys not going for that style. But in the last year or two, it’s became more mainstream and more and more men are embracing white and off-white colour denim and incorporating that into their daily outfits or wardrobe for going out.

Nudie Jeans is a brand I feature a lot on Michael 84, because I love pretty much everything about them. For Summer 2016 they’ve released a small collection of Ecru denim, which includes four different styles of jeans, including my favourite Selvedge denim which they’re doing in there Grim Tim fit which I can tell you is really nice.

Alongside the jeans, they’ve got an Ecru denim jacket too, the Billy which is made from dry twill and will brighten up any outfit.

As with everything Nudie Jeans, they’re well made and ethically done, with the Selvedge jeans being Made In Italy. These jeans come in at £185, with the jacket being £115.

Both of these are available now from Nudie Jeans.

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Reebok Club C 85 Pastel Colours For Spring

Wednesday, 20th April, 2016

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Reebok have released their classic Club C 85 trainer silhouette in some pastel colours for this Spring.

The colours included are a blue, green and another colour which looks to be a red/pink style of colour, all three perfect for Spring. They look to have a lot of support and made of quality materials, I really like the sage green colour which I think will work with a lot of outfits for the Spring going forward into Summer. They were designed for tennis, but will look good even if you’re not on centre court.

If you’re looking to add some colour to your footwear for the season ahead then these are worth checking out. Reebok and their classic trainers have been making a comeback in recent times, so you’ll be on trend with the brand.

What do we think of these?

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Tommy Jeans 90’s Style Is Back – Capsule Collection

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Tuesday, 19th April, 2016

Tommy Jeans 90's Capsule Collection

Remember that Tommy Hilfiger logo? If you were a child of the 90’s like me, you’ll remember that distinctive Tommy Hilfiger flag logo which was synonymous with the brand back in the good old days of the 90’s. As you’ll know if you’re a regular reader, I love that 90’s fashion is back (check my 90s fashion tips) and Tommy Hilfiger was one of the major brands back then.

A few brands have been doing re-releases and re-branding, going back to the 90’s, such as Calvin Klein, French Connection, Ellesse and Kappa, Tommy Jeans is the latest label to be making a very fashionable comeback, fashionably late of course 😉

The collection comprises of flag sweatshirts in a couple of colours, available for £90, as well as a couple of tees in a few colours, costing £40. The capsule collection is finished with a denim jacket with trademark logo to the back, costing £150.

The T-shirts are well worth a look at, if you’re into 90’s or street style these will go down well and be a nice little addition to your wardrobe, or if you’re thinking ahead to the Autumn/Winter, the sweatshirts look really good.

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