CASUAL
By Beppy Marriot
Friday 31 Dec 2010 09:17:00
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Keep it British…

Lets face it, no one does style better than British blokes so why not leave your Italian threads in the wardrobe and keep it British!

 

Spring/summer 10 seems to be the year that red white and blue bites back with a mammoth influx of technical sports wear and sailing jackets in no other colour ways than beautiful. At last it looks like our dressers have something new to be proud of by wearing clobber that can win a scrap without even clenching a fist.

 

Lyle & Scott archive

 

Alough this might make everyone go “not again” but the fact of the matter is you cant go any better than the golden eagle for British sports wear so check out end clothing’s archive for that something a little bit smarter. Any one that knows the importance of clothes fitting right will agree with me that Lyle & Scott are the best off the peg clothing range around, polo’s that are long and skinny with tight arms, lambs wool with deep V’s and skinny hips and tight collared jackets. For that summer look try a Lyle archive polo with some chino roll ups or mainline eagle shorts… fuckin lovely.

 

Fred Perry x liberty

 

Skins, mods & casuals the 3 coolest movements in the history of the world, yet another thing the rest of them should be thanking us for. Fred Perry have teamed up with liberty to create a tiny limited collection of tailored sports wear that capsulate all 3 with a clean sporty tailored summer vibe, fresh colours set off with blue’s and whites, crisp and sharp so take a look at www.fredperry.com

 

Nigel cabourn

 

This should be one for all black and white fans to champion, the north east’s very own resident technical sportswear designer. Using the same strengths as the sportswear company cabourn takes vintage outerwear to a new level, using basic naval clothing designs and twisting it with pure god like design check out the Mandalay outer pack away coat and the Rangoon beeswax jacket for a quick sample of the greatness of this designer.

 

Folk.

 

Folk is a 9 year old casual menswear brand home grown in London, Folk’s emphasis on “making clean, honest understated garments with a meticulous eye for colour, fabric selection and design detail“ is one that other brands could do well to follow. The fact that they keep Production limited to keep the quality levels high is another reason to buy before you even seen the range. I can highly recommend the chunky knit cardigans and the folk rainmac at only £150 snap up as many of these in as many different colours you can get your hands on as their not going to be around for long.

 

Albam.

 

At only 3 years old albam is taking the uk by storm, this is the most promising of clothing brands that iv seen come out of the uk, the labels ethos of sourcing materials and British dress making on as many things possible than switching to the us and Italy if the uk cant pull it off is tremendous. based on traditional fishing and rambling jackets these are cool enough for the match, durable enough for a rumble & smart enough for the pub. For a wardrobe staple try getting your hands on a hillwalker jacket and a past season fisherman’s cagoule, 2 very simple pieces that look great in all seasons.

 

Belstaff.

 

This label has never been one of my most inspiring eye catchers but I couldn’t write about British technical’s without mentioning it, founded in 1924 belstaff has played a major role in all the above labels, alough they’ve never made my heart flutter the greatness of belstaff using the worlds 1st breathable fabric! we should all be saying a giant thank you to the stoke-on-trent label for bringing wax cotton to the forefront and that in 1924 is unreal. The only people that love belstaff more than British dressers is the Italians, which cant be bad considering what they’ve given us! For all you north easters get along to CRUISE Newcastle which undoubtedly has the best range to hand including summer waxes and nylons.

 

Heritage research.

 

H R has been available in Japan for a few years now and has finally broke into the British market. boasting an array of garments that grace the hands of only three craftspersons from start to finish whilst being constructed. This label was originally intended for the jap market only but the greatness of these British garments would be wasted any weir other than at home.

 

Every piece is made to order in an English workshop; Cut, sewn and finished by hand using traditional tailoring methods and the finest British and Japanese fabrics with the additions of military grade RiRi zips, horn buttons and leather bindings and trims.

 

Set your stalls out to get your mitts on one of these bad boys especially the longline



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