Great quote from my brother on the subject of hipsters...
'' These are the people society left behind, and they're coming back with a vengeance, to sell us stuff...''
Sunday, 15 December 2013
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Sunday, 17 November 2013
Best of British offers British made and tailored pieces at M&S.
The idea is quite clever. While M&S provides quality staples and basics, this venture was porbably started to establish a relationship with a new customer base and to poach a few shoppers from brands like Zara etc. It's a venture away from the normal safe behaviour of the brand. It's a clever move and a new marketing strategy while still respecting its everyday customer base.
It caught my attention when I wandered into the flagship store. The shoes stand out. Goodyear welting on the shoes makes them easy to resole and long lasting. In this climate that's what I want to hear. The shoes are not free though and the price tag certainly reflects the whole idea of the made in Britain label. with it's core ideas of hand made shoes, good materials and a shoemakers name to the brand.
One of the shoes is made by Cheney. I don't know why the customer wouldn't go directly to that shoemaker and avoid M&S completely for a couple of extra pounds? Maybe you can answer that for me?
They have suits for £799 for men which look quite well. But again you are paying for what you get. For the ladies my favourite items are the Best of British pure wool peak lapel one button tweed jacket. It looks quite stylish.
Although the idea is great and parts of the editorial are really attractive, other parts of the website are very clumsy and uninviting. It's a pity.
|Comparison between both parts of the website|
All photos by M&S.
For more visit their site
Sunday, 27 October 2013
I've been thinking about shawls lately. Yui used her shawl to shield her from the heavy rain on Capel street. With the shawl around her body she really stood out from the crowd and their umbrellas.
With winter coming soon I want to get a simple one, something I can throw over me. I'm eyeing up one or two throws in Avoca. These throws are made in Ireland are are usually very simple and made from high quality material. I have no idea how to make them stay on me though. A pin or brooch perhaps. Any ideas?
|Traditional heritage shawl ''Caitlín agus Máire''|
This whole idea ties in with a postcard I found in my house. It's a photo of two people from my local area, Caitlín and Máire (auntie and niece). The design and colour jumps out at you. I think I will be playing around with the idea of traditional blankets and shawls and their patterns and prints in the coming weeks. For me the shawl has so many cultural connations in Ireland as well as abroad including the tribal designs from the middleeast , Asia and South America which were all over the high street and which can be seen in both photos above. Heritage knits and traditional patterns are just great and are most definetely on my mind with the temperature dropping.
Fashion Blankets (street wear)
|Photos by GQ Magazine ''The rise of the Manket''|
Iconic Brand Blankets
The blanket is also popular on the european street style scene. Although the blanket or large shawl by the big designers have been around for some time I think a step back to traditional knit shawls and heritage patterns are much more classic and wearable.
|Photo by Thedaillybeast.com|
|Photo by Glashion.com|
Saturday, 26 October 2013
|Extra fine Merino wool blend Crew neck|
Jumpers as we call them. I need one.
For girls and guys Uniqlo are doing some very nice Knits.
Check out their stuff here
The Cashmere jumpers look amazing but becuase it's cashmere you're going to pay for it.
The Merino wool (apparently insulates even when wet) is a cheaper option.
Down below are some nice simple knitwear items this season.
I don't like some of the shapes but the small cable knit design below works well.
|Uniqlo cream cabel knit Cashmere blend £29.90|
The Polo neck would look great under a suit for a smart casual look.
|Polo neck in extra fine Merino wool|
All photos courtesy of the Uniqlo website
Friday, 25 October 2013
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Rolled sleeves look great on this trench.
The belt creates balance between bottom and top which I like. The top is loose and folded, the bottom more uniform.
This sort of a trench loosely thrown over a skirt looks very feminine and the bag and boots work well too.
Monday, 30 September 2013
Emmett always looks great. He nails the casual-relaxed look. His kit is ideal for maneuvering the floor of his barbershop and the runners keep him comfy.
The propotions are good here. The short varsity, the long tee and the high-rolled pants. Get a cut from him here.