It’s always a good feeling when we hear small independent companies getting recognised by the big guns. Deborah Price, Managing Director of ‘British Boxers’ has just announced that her UK-made underwear has caught the eye of Harrods and welcomed on-board!
Formally the head of buying for a traditional luxury nightwear company based in London, British Boxers came to fruition when Debrorah’s daughter was diagnosed with lifelong disability Williams Syndrome; the realisation that she needed to be home in order to care for her daughter (more than any normal 9-5 job would allow) saw her plan new ventures.
“I’d always wanted my own business anyway, but receiving her diagnosis in the 2nd class post made the risk of losing it all minimal.
So I had the idea that making boxer shorts in Britain would be a good place to start. I know the mills, I knew the buyers, and my great, great, great grandfather had been Jem Mace – the first world heavyweight boxing champion in 1870.
His literal fight seemed to echo my metaphorical one for my child and for my business so British Boxers was born!”
As with any life-changing work news, it was shared via Business platform LinkedIn, and with so many congratulating her on her success, the story has really picked up the pace and gone viral.
When asked what brought Deborah into the men’s underwear sector, her answer was simple and filled with so much passion,
“I love traditional nightwear and underwear – I have spent 15 years working in the nightwear and underwear sector.
My degree was in textile design, I love colour and texture and exploring new combinations and sometimes nightwear and underwear can allow you the freedom that perhaps daywear doesn’t allow.”
With British Boxers‘ first delivery all packed and ready for Harrods, set to land themselves on the shop floor very soon, we can only imagine this makes all the blood sweat and tears worth it.
It’s ’s not too early to start thinking about ways to dress during Spring, I mean, it has already started, its just whether or not the UK weather wants to play its part – but that’s another story! Dressing dapper during the winter season is relatively easy for the fashion-conscious gent; dark muted tones and thicker warmer fabrics, voila. Spring however, can be a minefield – which fabrics should you opt for with such a mixed weather system? How much floral is too much floral before the boss calls you into his office for a “little chat”?
The majority of men who’ve devoted their lives to the concrete jungle will agree that this guide is the basis of their 9 to 5 ensembles. However, the 21st century style-conscious gent would also agree that office attire has a more individualistic appeal. With this ever-growing transition of style, there’s no doubt that it can be a minefield when approaching the daunting task of office attire. Will it ever be acceptable to style that shirt and sweatshirt? Will your boss look down on you? What if you don’t like wearing your suit jacket or if ties irritate you? With that being said, here are 4 key office staples for you to conquer this winter 2015.
Denim… the one fabric in fashion that’ll always be our go-to, our first port of call, our first love. It’s easy to wear, comfortable, durable, and ultimately very versatile. It’s one of those materials which grows appeal the more it’s worn and without a doubt the most popular style is the timeless t-shirt and jeans combo. You’ve probably already got it mastered, so with that being said, here’s a guide to upping your denim game.
We’re all prepping for the warmer weather that is yet to grace the streets of London town; we’re longing for the days where we can chill around a BBQ, open terrace bars, and bust some moves at a festival. Ah, we can feel it, it’s coming.
With it being close to SS15, Men’s fashion is set to be saturated in pastels and bold colours, but what if all that washed yellow and off pink stuff really isn’t you.
Black clothing will always looks effortlessly chic; and it doesn’t even matter whether you dress up or down. Let’s be realistic you aren’t going to head out in all-black-everything on a warm Summer’s day; it just isn’t practical.
In saying this, we’re set to showcase ways to wear a few of Religion Clothing’s statement black pieces that will seamlessly transition you into spring, without breaking a sweat.
It’s a classic timeless piece in anyone’s wardrobe, that brings an edge to your style that you may have missed. To dress this down, style with a fresh statement tee, tapered jeans and smart trainers.
Nothing speaks Religion Clothing more than our tee’s. Available in our unique distressed washes and statement bold prints; we have a brand spanking new SS15 range for you to get your hands on #LIVEINBLACK.
Without a doubt one of the hardest items for a man to dress and feel confident in wearing. Our latest SS15 offers a range of shorts from Jersey, Denim, to Woven.
When opting for shorts, remember to take: length, cut, and pattern into thought– and voila, your shorts can take you from a day at the office to evening at the bar.
STEP INTO BLACK_
Our new range of footwear is perfect for those Summer days where you want to make minimal moves with your look.
From breathable flip-flops, easy-to-wear sliders, or printed slip ons. Dress your feet in black and get movin’.
With the majority of dull muted colours being covered already; it’s time we injected a bit of colour and life into your wardrobe. Colour creates a bold statement within your fashion game; admittedly it’s far from easy and relies the utmost confidence when styling.
While there’s nothing wrong with muted colours, the constant subtle palette when dressing can become a little… boring? You want to turn heads with your style and create outfits where you look good effortlessly.
Colours are here to stay, and should be embraced for AW14. Just because it’s cold and dark out doesn’t mean you have to hide away in muted tones.
Lets get started.
When styling colours remember to pair cold colours together, or to switch things up to create combinations of 2 cold colours with 1 warm. For example a cold navy and blue mixed with a warm red or orange.
There aren’t set rules when styling with complementary colours; you should only note that too much may become busy for the eye to handle – just keep an eye on what feels and looks good on you.
It’s important to mix up palettes. Try not to pair light colours often, as it’s best to have light with darker tones like charcoal grey, navy, or black. With dark colours like navy or burgundy, style with lighter options as you’ll start to find that dark overpowers light.
Summer is a social season full of dates, dinners and parties, and with the warmer months slowly creeping up on us isn’t it about time you started focusing on your shoe game? In our books, neglecting your footwear is a cardinal sin, but we all know how tricky it can be striking the smart-casual balance just right, especially when it comes to what we’re putting on our feet.
Pulling off formal footwear in a casual way is easier than it looks. Formal shoes are versatile, honestly they are, you just need to know how to style them. That’s where we come in. Whether you’re going for a smart clean look look or casual contemporary, the formal shoe has got your back. From brogues to loafers, chukka boots and boat shoes, step up your formal shoe game by wearing them casually.
Brogues are every mans go to when it comes to formal shoes, often seen worn with a traditional suit at weddings or in the office. But there is another alternative for your trusty Oxford’s and we’re not talking about that other suit you own. Try jeans. A shoe that’s versatile and easy to wear, the brogue suits both casual and smart styles. In an array of styles, the brogue really has the potential to switch-up the style of your outfit.
Key Brogue Styles
How to Style the Brogue
The brogue, traditionally worn with suits and chinos, is the ultimate formal shoe to wear casually. Swap the suit trousers for jeans and keep the wash dark to maintain an element of formality. To keep the look low key, opt for simple t-shirt and pair with a denim or casual jacket to create the ultimate off duty look, perfect for drinks down the pub.
Loafers the ideal choice for comfort; they slip on and off easily, go with any outfit, and look great when styled with jeans or slim-fit trousers. The perfect shoe all year round, they are a mainstay of men’s footwear and will never go out-of-style. From the tassel loafer, to penny loafers and drivers, this style can really open up your options for smart-casual style. When styling the loafer, remember simplicity is key to wearing this formal style casually.
Leading Loafer Labels
G.H. Bass & Co.
Russell & Bromley
How to Style the Loafer
To style the formal loafer casually, opt for a light colour chino and pair with a shirt worn unbuttoned for the ideal Summer holiday evening look. Roll up your chinos and ditch the socks for a really casual, laid back feel.
The Chukka boot is a similar style to the desert boot, so named after chukka period of play in polo, the sport in which they were originally worn.
The Idle Man offer a range of chukka boot variations in streamlined, minimal styles. They are a smart shoe that blur the lines between smart and casual meaning they are both versatile and extremely easy to wear. To style this formal shoe casually, pair with a dark wash denim jean in a slim and tapered fit.
Main Characteristics of the Chukka Boot
Suede or leather upper
Thin leather (formal)or crepe sole (casual)
How to Style the Chukka Boot
Jeans are the ultimate way to style the formal chukka boot casually. Pin roll your jeans to reveal the ankle detail of your boots and reveal your socks. On top, it’s really up to you so if you’re feeling casual opt for a t-shirt, but if you want to smarten things up a little go down the shirt route.
The boat shoe was originally designed by Paul Sperry in 1935. An avid inventor and sailor, Sperry slipped and fell overboard one day when he was sailing out on long island. Inspired by the way is dog was able to cross ice without difficulty, Sperry patented the technology of carving grooves into the soles of shoes, modeled on those like the ones on his dogs paws, and designed a shoe that could be worn on boat decks without slipping.
The boat shoe is a classic and timeless style and since its inception 80 years ago has rarely been seen out of fashion. The ultimate formal shoe, the white sole and soft leather of the boat shoe means that it can be easily dressed down and is a great Summer option.
How to Tie Your Boat Shoes
There are a million and one ways you can tie the laces of your boat shoes, and most of them are a massive improvement in terms of style on the traditional bow tie. Take a look at one of the most interesting and traditional ways to tie your boat shoe laces.
How to Style the Boat Shoe
Dress down the boat shoe and wear this formal style casually by opting for shorts and an open shirt, or go for a nautical theme and pair with a striped t-shirt for the ultimate summer look. Team with a classic pair of shades and you’re onto a winner.
On That Note…
There’s no need to feel limited with your formal shoes; formal footwear can be the most versatile and easy to wear of the lot. Whether it’s denim, shorts or chinos, the options to mix up your formal and casual attire is simpler than you think.