Wednesday, 22 December 2010

denisononboston: A Designer Destined for Big Things!

Founded in 2003 by British designer Jonathan Boston, luxury accessory brand Denisonboston has steadily built a reputation of originality and high quality design, culminating in winning Best men’s accessories category at the British fashion export Awards in 2008.

Denisonboston’s signature design is a combination of hard enamelling and stainless steel, creating modern and slick designs for the urban and fashionable man. Architectural, modernist and contemporary – Denisonboston accessories tick all the right boxes for today’s modern man.

A forward thinking brand, Denisonboston’s focus on modernist design creates distinctive collections of cufflinks, tie clips and collar stays. More recently Denisonboston have launched an Italian made socks and silks collection in six distinctive designs, all with the recognisable Denisonboston style of contemporary cool.

Having supplied Denisonboston to hundreds of customers for a number of years KJ Beckett is really excited to showcase the new Autumn Winter Denisonboston accessories range. The new collection includes ties and matching handkerchiefs along with beautiful silk scarves and bold new socks in amazing and bold colours.

This season, Denisonboston’s black stripe silk scarf is the perfect accessory for any men needing to look suited and booted this winter. For those of you looking for something a bit more lavish. the Stealth Stripe Gold cufflinks are both retro and modernist and make a real luxury statement.

Exciting times are ahead for Denisonboston and we here at KJ Beckett can’t wait to see the new and amazing accessories that Denisonboston come up with next!

Dress for a Christmas Party - Christmas Party Style for Men

How to dress for Christmas parties? Hmmm, well unless it’s new years eve definitely avoid a santa hat or a comedy Christmas jumper because it’ll make you look a) deeply unsexy and b) like a creepy uncle no matter how lovely I’m sure you really are. So here are a few tips on how to dress for a Christmas party that will keep you going throughout the festive season – and hopefully get you a few festive kisses from the girls!

What you can do at Christmas is add a bit of a flourish with some key accessories, if there’s any season to embrace a bit of flamboyance, it’s the festive season. For a casual afternoon soiree, just add a bit of va va voom to a classic of jeans and T with wintery boots and a light wool jumper. Add a great woolly hat to keep you warm and a cool scarf that can be worn both outdoors and indoors. We are talking casual here, so the more crumpled the scarf the better. Simply throw it around your neck in a loop and away you go. Try bright clashing colours for a nod towards the Italian cool look.

We can’t talk about men’s Christmas party style without mentioning the biggest party of them all; New year’s eve. If you are attending a black tie event, then a beautiful suit is the way to go. One of the sleekest looks is to wear a slim fitting well cut suit with a crisp white shirt and a matching tie. Colourful suits are totally on trend this year with celebs like Mark Ronson and Robert Pattinson showcasing dapper slick styles.

Be bold and try midnight blue or deep burgundy but be sure to match the tie for an absolutely slick look. Consider some cufflinks that tone in with the suit. Men’s Christmas party style can easily go wrong so remember this is a chic look and every detail must tone in to create a gorgeous silhouette. No comedy reindeer ties. That won’t entice the ladies. Keep it sleek, clean and little bit interesting. That’s a little bit.

Good luck, merry Christmas from everyone at KJ Beckett and enjoy those festive parties!

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Energie Accessories: Review and Alternatives

Initially started in Italy in 1983 by Rome based Wicky Hassan, popular denim brand Energie originally focused just on clothes but more recently have recognised the ever growing trend in men’s fashion for cool urban accessories. Energie really came into their own from 1989 when Renato Rossi was brought on board and the signature Energie style of urban cool really started to show. Energie’s focus on research has meant an emphasis on materials and quality that really shines through in their design and accessories.

Energie accessories include all the men’s classic items of bags, wallets, belts hats and scarves as well as some more unusual pieces such as foulards and braces. The Energie desire to create something which is new and innovative creates a strong denim and urban style that also hints as vintage textures. The Autumn Winter 2010 range of Energie accessories for men focuses on an edgy hip style, taking inspiration from a wide range of sources such as 80’s rock music, the city streets and the army.

Other men’s fashion brands which have also recognised the desire by men for fresh, design led accessories are top-end high street names such as Ted Baker, Fred Perry, French Connection and Diesel. For example, the on-trend lifestyle focus of Diesel accessories has really tapped into the need for cool on trend accessories. Still on trend but taking a more classic retro tinged edge, Fred Perry bring preppy cool to their selection of accessories of satchel bags, belts and wallets.

We are in a really exciting time for men’s accessories, and the chilly weather is the perfect time to check out the best of this season’s hats, scarves, ties and belts to keep you tucked in warm, looking stylish and on trend.

Bow Ties are Cool: Matt Smith Doctor Who's Bow Tie Wearing Hero

Ever since the 11th Doctor Who landed on our screens with his dapper dress style, bow ties have been catapulted from the dregs of tie wear to the forefront of on-trend shirtdress. Since the 11th series, sales of ‘Doctor Who’ bow ties have driven up dramatically. Mens luxury accessories company KJ Beckett has experienced a surge of interest in their bow tie selection and high street retailer Topman has seen a massive increase of sales by over 300%!

The doctor is seen as having a real love for his bow ties, wearing them alongside slim shirts and braces in reds and blues and always with his world weary tweed and elbow patched jacket. Matt Smith style intertwines closely with that of the doctors; dandy yet masculine dressing with slicked back hair and skinny suits. Smith, the doctor and their bow ties have brought back geek chic.

Many of our heroes both past and present, fictional and non-fictional have also reached for the individualism of wearing a bow tie. At times, the image of the bow tie conjures up an array of fashion savvy heroes such as fearless James bond or classic stars like frank Sinatra.

Historic leaders Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt created positive associations of the bow tie in their old-fashioned gentlemanly ways in the mid 19th Century and Churchill was often photographed in a rather natty polka dot tie.

Of course, when worn by Hollywood pin ups from the past such as Humphrey Bogart or today’s Gossip Girl lothario Chuck Bass, the bow tie takes on a more playful devil may care attitude of a cad about town. Who thought the bow tie could be sexy!

Upping the coolness factor of bow ties is that of TV character Brother Mouzone from The Wire. Always seen in a suit and bow tie, this New York hitman manages to make bow ties appear both dangerous and edgy – no mean feat!

This season ‘Matt Smith’ bow ties are the fashion accessory of the fashion forward gent who isn’t afraid to make a statement and as the doctor likes to say in his first series “bow Ties are cool” and we couldn’t agree more- bow ties are cool!

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Top 5 Most Fashionable Men Part 2: Most Fashionable Man

The time has come to unveil our number 1 man of the fashion moment! In keeping with the ethos that fashion is of the moment, no man is perhaps more ‘of the moment’ in the British music industry than that of super producer and now, super fashionable Mark Ronson.

Steadily becoming a style icon, last year Ronson was chosen by GQ as the most stylish man of 2009. With a crossover appeal that is both urban and genteel, Ronson has a way of dressing that is refreshingly contemporary and manages to maintain an amazing personal style that goes from the debonair to street whilst always looking distinctly current.

Ronson is often seen out and about in a 1960’s inspired slim pencil thin suit, skinny tie worn with white trainers or smart lace up shoes. The suits are bespoke and often worn in deep shades and the entire look is worn with a real energy and a hint of a debonair gentlemen.

Not afraid to take a risk, Ronson happily references hip-hop roots with a bit of bling on occasion. A gold satin Dolce and Gabbana suit worn in a fashion shoot in 2008 introduced us to a side of Ronson that showed he isn’t afraid have some fun with fashion. And this fun is not just with colours but also with patterns and fabrics, Ronson even manages to make a velvet suit seem hip and on trend!

Always immaculate in whatever look he chooses to step out in, the fashion world has started to sit up and take notice. Earlier this year Ronson designed a limited edition exclusive sneaker range for Gucci to great success. The essence of London style, Ronson is hip, on trend, quirky, cool and confident. Our number one most fashionable man of the moment.

Christmas Gifts for Men – Get The Right Xmas Gifts for Every Man

This year avoid the crowds and head straight for the ease of shopping online for all your christmas gifts for men. A glass of something mulled and you are ready to go! Have no fear ladies - here is our ultimate guide to the best in christmas gifts for men!

You can never go wrong with picking a gorgeous accessory; practical, unique, and able to be tailored to each persons taste. What more could you want!
Christmas Gifts for boyfriends are perhaps the most tricky to find; you need something special, luxurious and personal. Phew! Independent label Dosh has created sleek and environmentally friendly card holders which is a great idea for the slick and green man. Doshs’ designs are modern and urban as well as having an amazingly soft feel to them – and are completely recyclable! For a boyfriend that fancies a little bit of bling, try quirky independent label Tyler & Tyler whose array of naughty card holders and sexy floral cufflinks will be just right for any cheeky chaps out there!
For the older gent, a bit of sophistication in the form of a classic item like a gorgeous leather wallet or a well fitting pair of gloves is needed, and designer brand Ted Baker is absolutely brilliant for this kind of thing. Try their snug and stylish Robusta gloves for a brilliant christmas gift for a man with subtle taste. For a bit of warmth French connection's lovely blue patterned scarf is just right for a bit of seasonal cheer - as well as being a fabulous christmas gift for stylish men of all ages.
Christmas gifts for younger men couldn't be easier with the amazing selection of lifestyle brands that are now so accessible. Check out Rip Curl's beanie hats, great for the colder weather and completely on trend is their Army hung up beanie. For those who need something to finish off a street look then the Grey ripziss trapper hat adds a bit of luxe. My personal favourite christmas gift this season is the Nixon Rubber player watches which come in an amazing array of colours. Choose Gunship for the understated man in your life or purple and orange for those playful chaps!
Finally, if you have the budget and really want to spoil your someone special, then premium brand San Babila has a Cognac leather travel bag that will make a seriously luxurious gift. Italian crafted and gorgeously sumptuous as well as having a whole load of compartment features. Or for a man that loves his fashion, Vivienne Westwood enamelled and swarovski cufflinks are definitely worth a look.
With this many ideas – finding christmas gifts for men couldn't be easier!