16 April 2016

Update your Bomber Jacket this Summer with some Shine like Miles Teller

Bomber jackets are here to stay. Even though we're early into the SS16 season it's undeniable they've become an essential piece to everyone's wardrobe. They first had their comeback little over a year a go in their original canvas and jersey fabrics, which were often seen in black and navy. A few months later, with a few thousand more people in their pocket, nylon styles in black and burgundy seemed to be the most popular. However, the clear winner of the bomber jacket popularity contest is khaki – if you keep an eye out for them on the street you'll undoubtedly count them by the dozens.

I have been collecting bombers in all fabrics and colours over the past couple of years – grey jersey, burgundy canvas, navy faux-suede, tan suede and khaki nylon. It's fair to say I am well-covered but there is nothing I enjoy less than wearing the same pieces as everyone else. That's why I am fast jumping on the next bomber jacket trend-wagon, which some celebrities  – Justin Bieber, Miles Teller (pictured above), Jake Gyllenhaal – are already sporting. The 'shiny bomber' is harder to pull off as it's more of a statement. However, when choosing the material and colours correctly, it's a great off-beat way to approach the ubiquitous trend. You should aim for satin styles as the shine feels more natural (no sunglasses required) but there are a bunch of great synthetic choices if, like me, you don't fancy robbing a bank.

Clockwise from left:
Acne Studios Selo satin bomber jacket (At Matchesfashion.com)

08 April 2016

Tod's launches strongest Sneaker Collection to date with an exclusive Pop-Up shop at Harrods

Earlier this week I stopped by Harrod's menswear department to take a look at the recently launched Tod's sneaker-dedicated pop up shop. The pop-up, which will remain open at the men's shoe salon on the lower ground floor until April 22nd, focuses on Tod's newly expanded sneaker range.

As well as new colour ways and fabrications on their existing models the brand has introduced a handful of new styles to cover all wardrobe needs. Tod's has always excelled at marrying the smart and the casual so that their pieces can easily transition from day to evening/work to play.

Whether modern slip-ons, running inspired shoes or off-duty sneakers the entire collection has received the Tod's treatment by way of the most beautiful leathers and suedes making every piece the perfect understated gem for this upcoming season.

Hard as it was to make a choice, I came home with a pair of the perforated Nubuk slip-ons in taupe (pictured above) – I am positive I will wear nothing but this summer. If you hurry Tod's will be offering their personalisation service for the sneaker range at their Harrod's Pop-up Shop until tomorrow, Saturday 9th.

The new sneaker range is already available at Tod's stores and selected retailers. You can shop it all online at Tods.com and buy from a selection at Mr Porter.

17 March 2016

Vans Celebrates 50th Anniversary: Here's 12 pairs you can't do without

This week Vans celebrates its 50th birthday. Everything started in California, 1966 with a man's idea to improve the deck shoe. The rubber sole and the multiple choices of upper fabrics made it quickly become popular amongst surfers, which later int he 70's made it a hit among skateboarders. The original lace-up shoe then branched out into slip-ons and the original Old Skools in the late 70's. The checkerboard became an instant hit in the 80's. Over the next 30 years the brand would continue to innovate and gather new fans from all walks of life while staying true to their streetwear and sports origins.
To celebrate such a big milestone for one of my all-time favourite brands (I bought my first pair at 15) I put together a selection of 12 pairs – classic and seasonal – that will be excellent additions to your wardrobe.

From top to bottom and left to right: Classic Slip-Ons in black and white Checkerboard Canvas,