02 February 2016

Globe-Trotter: The only way to travel (with luggage)

A suitcase isn't just a way to transport your personal belongings from A to B, it reflects the kind of man that you are. Just like it happens with watches and shoes, the style and condition of your travel companion says more about yourself than you think. This is why choosing the right kind suitcase is essential.

Some might think that Louis Vuitton luggage or Goyard trunks are the way to go. However, they would be wrong. A true self-respecting man would only choose Globe-Trotter. The heritage brand has been producing their unmistakable pieces in the UK since 1932 and was a favourite of Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth II and the current choice of Daniel Craig, David Beckham and Eddie Redmayne.
My biggest surprise when I first got up close to a Globe-Trotter case was how light it was. And therein lies the best thing about the brand. Their now iconic travel cases are produced from a sheet of vulcanised fibreboard that is as strong as leather and as light as aluminum. So you get the best of a classic design with the most fantastic functionality.
The brand also offers all kinds of colour combinations for the fibreboard, the leather detailing and the inner lining as well as certain personalisation options. Occasionally, they also offer a more limited run of products like they did with their collaborations with Turnbull & Asser and Missoni and their latest one with James Bond's Spectre collection.

You can get a closer look at Globe-Trotter at their London flagship store on 35 Albemarle Street or shop a selection of their products online at their store or over at Mr Porter.

26 January 2016

Cropped Jeans: How to pull them off

Cropped tailored trousers have been around for a while and growing in popularity each season. When cut properly, they elongate your legs and update your look making it look more modern. And so it seemed pretty logical for the cropped jean to follow suit.
After being a big hit as a new shape for women last season they're now being translated into men's shapes for the spring/summer season. It should be noted that while they work with different personal styles they are not for everyone – don't let your dad wear them.

They are, in essence, the cropped version of a straight jean. But beware, you will not achieve the same effect from chopping off your old 501's. Like all jeans, they taper ever so slightly and the heavier bottom hem makes them fall and move in a particular way.
The trick for a great fit is to find a style that feels like a slim jean from the thigh upwards and that loosens up downwards. Always make sure that 4-5cm of your ankle are bare – your jeans must never touch your shoes when you're standing.

Although you may wear them as you please, I'd recommend staying clear of high tops or chunky shoes. Low sneaker styles similar to Stan Smith's or Stefan Janoski's are your friends. Most smart shoes should also work.
When wearing socks go to the extremes. Either go invisible ones or wear longer than standard socks – remember your jeans will go up when you sit down and there's nothing worse than that awkward bit of skin shown between trousers and socks.

To give this new shape your first go I'd recommend one of these three styles (from left to right):

Note: If, like me, you need to get your jeans altered even when they're cropped make sure get your alterations done by someone who understands denim and who will keep a light tapered hem and keep the original denim finishings.

11 January 2016

Best Dressed Men at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards: My Top 5

It had been a while since I last had the chance to stay up all night to watch award shows so last night I was all giddy with anticipation trying to stay awake for the Golden Globes. Though the ceremony itself keeps getting duller by the year men's fashion seems to be on the up.
Looking at my last Golden Globes post from 2014 it looks like actors (and their stylist) have finally understood that while a classic black tuxedo is perfectly elegant it can get a bit repetitive. So this year I am happy to have my list topped with guys who tried something different.
Eddie Redmayne tops the list in a bicolour number by Gucci. I find that pairing black trousers with a different colour works great for evening. That, together with the subtle polka dot print of the jacket and the slim fit makes for a perfect modern take on evening wear.
Following suit is Ryan Gosling, no surprise here. He, too, went for a bicolour combination – black trousers and a classic ivory evening jacket by Ralph Lauren. Gosling's build is slightly too broad for a slim fit. However, he achieved a slim effect by having all pieces perfect fit and carefully choosing a spread collar with a bowtie that didn't overpower the look. He finished it off with a pair of Gucci patent leather shows – the most popular choice last night.
Paul Dano, who has had a terrific year in movies and TV (Love & Mercy, Youth, War & Peace), was decked down in Prada. I will never tire of repeating how strong a colour midnight blue is for evening. In his case, choosing a double-breasted jacket was a perfect choice as he's a tall but narrow-shouldered guy. Tod's patent leather shoes finished off the look.
Tom Ford was the designer of choice for Michael Fassbender. It is the strong detailing that make this black look interesting – the very traditional shawl lapels, cuffed jacket sleeves and bowtie, all in satin. Should the trousers have been taken up a bit more and paired with an evening slipper instead of lace ups the look would have been perfect. The beautiful Chopard timepiece on his wrist somehow makes up for that.
Orlando Bloom is the only actor who also appeared on my list a couple of years back. His black Lanvin suit was a very different take this year. The top half of the look was an improvement. I love the simple jacket and Lanvin's signature oversizes bowtie. However, a slim fit on the trousers would have suited the patent leather slippers, my favourite footwear choice of the night as was his grooming. Nothing updates a classic evening look like a modern haircut.