Here at A Gentleman’s Row we have teamed up with The Idle Man to bring you the pick of their new season collection so you can brave the unpredictability of the coming seasons in style.
In a very competitive retail market in the UK, it can sometimes be difficult for men’s brands to be able to give marketing weight to their more engaging and original key pieces that don’t necessarily appeal to the wider masses. After all, targets need to be hit and the tills need to be ringing. This is where I feel Burton’s Montague range tends to sit. At risk of being a conceptual idea that gets brushed under the carpet as the 18-24 market (their core customer base) favours novelty t-shirts and hi-top trainers.
I remember a couple of years ago when Burton were getting the range featured on key sites and in print publications but these day maybe due to poor sales they have decided to throw money at Calum Best as the front man for their spring summer campaign.
Burton, founded in 1904 is a mainstay of the UK menswear high street with the Montague Burton range a nod to the founder and a modern take on the familiar ‘heritage’ word thrown around in fashion. For me a key piece from the latest collection is the pictured, men’s blue wool blazer.
For gentleman, a watch can be your best or worst enemy in the fashion stakes. Within a moment of adorning your wrist it can move you up the style ladder but cautiously just as swiftly it can see you come crashing down.
Men can these day tend to be flippant when it comes to finding a versatile watch to meet the needs of a multi-adaptable wardrobe and lean towards garish timepieces that have more knobs than a Disclosure concert (no offense Disclosure it’s the people that listen to your music that is the problem!).
Bomber jackets have infiltrated menswear brands across both luxury and high street over the last few years and recent London and New York men’s fashion weeks has reinforced the idea that they are going nowhere anytime soon.
They are a versatile jacket to be worn transistionally through seasons and are perfect worn with selvedge denim and white trainers or dressed up to compliment your tailored trousers for work.
Check out my picks of some of the best men’s bomber jackets available to buy right now.
Britain was once a world famous manufacturer of all types of goods that we exported around the world. Competition on prices from emerging markets has seen the manufacture of leather goods in particular fall over recent generations. For every handcrafted Dunhill messenger bag there is a Chinese equivalent for a couple of quid. But you can’t necessarily blame the companies making these, it is a sign of consumer behaviour with customer preferring the quick fashion fix rather than investing their hard earned wages in men’s products that are built to last.
From a corner of Britain, Bristol to be precise, there is a new brand hoping to buck the trend and reintroduce men into affordable handmade leather goods crafted exclusively in the UK. ARKIN create each of their pieces to combat the heavy duties of daily life influenced by ‘Good Music’, ‘Good Folk’ and ‘Good Times’ (more…)
I have touched on it in the past, but it’s true! The men’s sunglasses industry has become a conglomerate with the majority of sunglasses being made in two main factories and brands dictating the price we have to pay.
Howard Flacke is trying to change that…
In a world of mass produced products, Jord watches are delivering the discerning gentlemen of the world a welcome alternative. Their style is guided by a deep appreciation of natural elements and modern design. Wood is not just a component of their watches, it is the main element.