December is that special time of year, full of Christmas cheer and excitement with family and friends along with most likely a host of festive parties both personal and work related. Of course going along to your various soirees throughout December, with the pinnacle perhaps being on New Years Eve, you will no doubt find a black tie dress code on one of the invitations. To help you out, I’ve been looking at one of the dashing dinner suit options from T.M. Lewin that are sure to have you looking super suave and ravishingly refined on the big evening out.
Established on London’s famous Jermyn Street in 1898, T.M.Lewin has been helping men dress to impress for over 100 years. Their fantastic e-commerce set-up and some 100 U.K stores, including new sites opening around the world in Europe, Singapore and Australia, offers up a wide and rich variety of high quality shirts, impeccably tailored suits and jackets, with dapper accessories to match. Here at The Gentleman Select I was lucky enough to link-up with this tailoring titan to explore some of their key, new season pieces. Items that are perfect for everyday use, perhaps a special occasion or if you are dressing to impress. T.M.Lewin certainly has it all.
This month I attended my first ever horse racing event at the exhilarating and historic Musselburgh Racecourse, home of the newly titled Edinburgh Gin Scottish Sprint Cup. To get myself properly prepared and looking sharp for the big day, I was lucky enough to have the assistance of Walker Slater, a brand rich in heritage with styles and outfits in abundance. My choice was a representation of just how fantastic their outfits are and very much fitting for The Gentleman Select.
Tailoring is a craft which I have always admired and been interested in. Finding a suit or blazer which is just that little bit different, is perhaps fantastic value or just really adds a fresh new look to your wardrobe, will always have me searching.
This spring, the folks over at boohooMAN have given us a delightful array of suits which is sure to tick all of the above and more.
As we all know Italy is famous for many great exports from a variant of industry sectors, however this week we focus on two of arguably the greatest, thirst quenching beer and immaculate tailoring. What’s even better is this week running from the 19th-23rd of October a unique collaboration of both will be right on our doorstep in London.
Being up-standing gentleman we all know to well that finding the perfectly fitted suit can be a daunting experience, however fear not as multi-award winning Italian beer Menabrea is on a quest to change that with its wonderful new #Brewspoke service. Working in partnership with premium tailors, Menabrea will help those in need of a little sartorial salvation, ensuring they have a suit which will fit immaculately.
Menabrea is a cornerstone of Italy, produced on the same site, by the same family, for over 150 years. A classic beer which has stood the test of time, reflects in the same way a perfectly fitting suit should do. Put simply a tailored suit, by someone who really knows their craft, has, and will always be, a wardrobe essential.
The collaboration will launch in London’s Henry Herbert Tailors on the 19th of October, in which the service allows users to have their store bought suits professionally fitted, free of charge. To win a fitting, simply tweet using @Menabrea and #Brewspoke in which two people will be chosen each day for a custom fitting. Next they simply need to agree a time, bring with them their chosen suit to the shop and enjoy an ice cold Menabrea whilst Henry Herbert do the rest. Further still winners will be given helpful tips on what to look for when buying a suit to make sure they’re looking sharp every time, leaving in the comfort that when they pick up their suit again it’ll fit perfectly.
Alasdair Bayne, Menabrea Marketing Manager said: “Menabrea is a brand that’s synonymous with quality and craftsmanship and Italians are known for their flawless style, so we created #Brewspoke to celebrate this. Menabrea has been brewed the same way for generations-classic style never changes and it’s the same for a good suit. We’ve partnered with one of London’s top tailors and we’re sure the service will be gratefully received by a lot of people. There’s something pretty special about a sophisticated, perfectly fitting suit and that’s exactly what people who use #Brewspoke are going to get”.
What makes the collaboration even cooler still is that if you don’t have time to pop into the shop, this tailor made service will come to you via the #Brewspoke scooter, it will be out and about in London making office calls for anyone in need of help pinning down their perfect fit.
As if this wasn’t enough, there will also be a Twitter competition to win a bespoke Italian suit worth £2,000 for one lucky person. To be in with a chance of winning head over to the Menabrea Twitter page and answer the #Brewspoke fashion questions in the coming weeks.
Charlie Baker-Collingwood, Henry Herbert Managing Director said: “Offering a completely bespoke tailoring service means we are very much focused on quality, service and craftsmanship, so in that sense ours and Menabrea’s ideals are very much aligned. We’ve never been approached to offer a service quite like this in the past so we’re excited to partner with Menabrea to help deliver #Brewspoke. We stock a number of fine Italian fabrics for our suits and shirts and can’t wait to get started on a suit for the lucky prize winner.”
Remember gents, to book yourself in for a fitting tweet @MenabreaUK using #Brewspoke and, subject to availability, the perfect fit won’t be far away.
In 1953, from the incredible mind of Ian Fleming, an international icon was born and cemented firmly into pop culture for the next sixty years. Almost a decade later, Dr. No became the first entry into what would become the longest continually running film franchise to date, introducing the world to the deadly, but effortlessly cool, James Bond.
Many men have stepped into Bond’s shoes over the years, but only one has the credit of providing us with the introduction: Sean Connery. This may not have been the case, however, as the producers originally favoured Cary Grant for the role, but he could only commit to one feature film. Dr. No director Terence Young then took Connery under his wing, introducing him to the high life, and to the finest restaurants, casinos, and women London had to offer. Keen to immerse the Connery into the lifestyle of Bond, he threw much of his own character into the mix – sending Connery to his own personal tailor, Anthony Sinclair to be fitted for a suit. The suit was a Conduit Cut in grey: a natural shoulder with roped sleeveheads and a draped chest.
For his shirts, Connery was sent to renowned shirt-maker Turnbull & Asser to be fitted with a pale blue cotton poplin shirt with a “Regent” collar and signature “cocktail cuff”, so that Bond could get the shirt on – or off – in a hurry. The shirts were paired with a navy blue grenadine tie also from Turnbull & Asser. This would be a recurring style of shirt worn by Bond throughout the 60s. The timeless look was completed with a pair of black calf derbies by bespoke shoe-maker John Lobb, an essential and timeless addition to any gentleman’s wardrobe.
Finally, a gentleman should never leave home without a trustworthy companion on his wrist. In Bond’s case, a Rolex Submariner 6538 on a nylon strap, the ultimate tool watch of the day and the quintessential Bond brand.
Get the look:
The Pocket Square
This look and the iconic Conduit Cut suit would make several more appearances on Sean Connery as James Bond, and undoubtedly captures the essence of James Bond and classic, timeless British style.
With the up-coming film reboot of cult TV series The Man From U.N.C.L.E on August 14th, we for one are extremely excited for two reasons. One, said reboot is directed by none other than Guy Ritchie who always delivers a slick, smart film which we are sure will be true to its roots. Secondly and most importantly having an eye for detail, we can’t help but notice the wonderful and sophisticated style evident throughout. At gentlemanly outfitters Hawes and Curtis, they have partnered with The Man from U.N.C.L.E. to create a capsule collection which captures that 1960’s essence, and is sure to bring out your inner spy in quintessentially British fashion.
The collection sees Hawes and Curtis execute classically tailored suits in the finest Italian wool through their 1913 collection. The crisp white Jermyn style shirts, as seen below, are made from 140’s cotton for that soft, elite feel, whilst implementing some beautiful detail in the mother of pearl buttons. We also love how the ties are the same design as the ones in the movie, and paired with some sartorial flourishes in tie-bars, a pocket square and cufflinks, harks back to the day when making an effort to dress was important everyday of the week.
The full collection sees a total of eight suits available to choose from, including the three piece Prince of Wales check as seen above, and the Royal Navy two piece as below. Jackets will feature a slim fit cut with classic notched lapels and two buttons. To add freedom of movement, the jacket also features elegant double vents, perfect if you need to apply some evasive action. For me the trousers are equally as great, slim to the leg, with a classic button fastening, however most importantly, unfinished at the bottom allowing you to get the trousers tailored to the perfect length you require.
Hawes and Curtis has also included a more casual look in the collection, the weekend outfit if you like. Similar to that of Armie Hammer in the film itself and image below (right), this look incorporates a soft turtle-neck sweater, leather jacket, cap and leather weekend bag. Its an ideal all round outfit for gentlemanly pursuits, having a little jaunt around town, then straight out for dinner and drinks. This is possible through the smart, black silhouettes. There is no risk of you looking like the Milk Tray man either,detailing on the jacket chest zip pocket and hat provide just enough subtle touches to steer you in the right direction.
Owner of Hawes and Curtis Touker Suleyman, known for his current seat on BBC’s Dragons Den, said”partnering with Warner Bros was something natural for both brands: a marriage of style and sophistication”. He went on to add “As soon as we saw the trailer for the film we knew it had bags of style, All of the characters are impeccably dressed and we were excited to recreate the looks and even produce a collection inspired by the film’s atmosphere. This partnership is another step of communicating our brand’s evolution into the British lifestyle territory.”
Personally we feel its a fabulous tribute to a legendary television series and now film which will no doubt get the audience tapping away to that theme tune in cinemas. The line is now available at www.hawesandcurtis.com whilst also being available to buy in the brands flagship stores of Regent Street, Bond Street, Jermyn Street and Milton Keynes.
Not your usual cup of tea as collaborations go by, but then again thats what makes them more exciting. The cool London brand in YMC has teamed up with Stella Artois Cidre to create Le Poolwear, your answer for that awkard swimming pool to pool bar transition.
A brand known for its rugged utility style clothing, has expanded into wild patterns and colours which nicely represent its partner Stella Artois Cidre’s fresh new thirst quenchers in Peach and Elderflower flavours. Please do grab one whilst you have a read. The Le Poolwear short suit collection is made from an Italian water resistant fabric to save you the uncomfort of damp wool sticking to your skin as you enjoy a few drinks, getting you dried off nice and quickly indeed.
You will certainly find the collection, a run of 75 jackets and 150 shorts only, emblazoned with fruit, as bold and risque as wearing a short suit itself. However factor in the sleek tailoring, with blazer you can literally throw on as soon as you leave the pool, and you have a very useful and stylish little outfit indeed. As the pairing of Fraser Moss and Jimmy Collins stated “Le Poolwear is an impeccable blend of sartorial skill with continental elegance and practicality…allowing us to create something bespoke, beautiful and perfect for summer soirees,” with Stella Artois adding “our collaboration with YMC is a bold and exciting way to bring to life the spirit of Stella Artois Cidre this summer.”
Go ahead and please check out the YMC & Stella Artois Cidre collection online at www.youmustcreate.com