14 April 2014

The Best 8 Printed Shirts to Wear this Summer


Even though we don't seem to be enjoying much of a spring – in London anyway – I have a feeling that summer is creeping up on us and trying to catch us off guard... I am not the greatest fan of summer wear for men because it leaves very little room to change things up day to day. Luckily, the last couple of seasons have seen the rise of the short-sleeved shirt, which has come back to be cool. Particularly this season, they come in all colours, collar styles and prints. And it's the latter than I am crazy about. A shirt always looks better than a tee or a polo and when they're as fun as these, they become the perfect addition to classic denim shorts. You can easily dress them up or down and they guarantee a lack of boredom in your summer wardrobe. These above, are my favourite 8 picks.

11 April 2014

Neil Barrett's New Shop-in-Shop at Harvey Nichols

Neil Barrett Shop in Shop Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge London by Zaha Hadid

I couldn't believe when I started preparing this post that I hadn't really posted about Neil Barrett before. Over the last few seasons, the designer has developed such a distinct contemporary aesthetic that masterly plays with geometry, lines and block colours. With this in mind, it should't come as a surprise that Barrett chose to work with none other than queen of modern architecture Zaha Hadid to create his new retail spaces. His latest outpost by Hadid is the recently launched shop-in-shop at London's Harvey Nichols. Situated on the ground floor of the Knightsbridge building, the space reflects Hadid's architecture-meets-sculpture aesthetic, which ties in with the fluid lines of Neil Barrett's SS14 collection.
If all of the above wasn't compelling enough to get you to check out Barrett's latest collection at his stunning new space, just take a look at the below. Always ahead of the curve, Justin Timberlake chose Neil Barrett as his go-to brand during last summer's leg of his tour showing how to allow the brand's pieces bring an edge to your classic every-day looks.

Shop Neil Barrett SS14 here.

Courtesy of Harvey Nichols

08 April 2014

Frank Loves: Tod's Envelope Boat Shoes by Nendo

Tod's Envelope Boat Shoes by Nendo (2)

Coinciding with the latest edition of the Salone del Mobile taking place in Milan this week, Tod's is introducing their new collaboration with Japanese design studio Nendo. The result of this über-cool collaboration is The Envelope Boat Shoe, a new take on the modern classic perfectly in time for the SS14 season.
The new style has been created using two different materials – a soft leather for the vamp with suede for the quarter and backstay. Both elements are brought together with a visible side tie string, which doubles up as the subtle yet distinctive detail adding character to the shoes.
Just like with everything Tod's does, the shoes are practical – made water-resistant, anti-rust and anti-slide for major regattas – but also an everyday essential perfect for a man's laid-back weekend.
The new model comes in powder blue, green and grey suede as well as in black, brown and putti leather, all of which are (evidently) handmade in Italy following Tod's unique treatments of the skins.

Keep an eye our for them at your nearest Tod's flagship store. I can't wait to get my hands of a pair of suede ones!

Tod's Envelope Boat Shoes - sketch by Nendo
Tod's Envelope Boat Shoes by Nendo (1)
Courtesy of Tod's