Monday, 21 February 2011

Barbour Bags: Review Of Barbour Bags

Anyone who loves heritage fashion will have heard of Barbour, as will anyone who needs their clothing to protect them from the elements. Such is Barbour’s wide appeal that their customers range from farmers to yummy mummies, Sloane rangers to students.

Barbour bags are the new fashion story for this 4th generation brand, and the companies’ stellar history is telling of why today’s Barbour bag is such a hit. A focus on functionality and quality has remained at the core of Barbour design and is the reason why Barbour remains ever popular.

The Barbour story started over 100 years ago when John Barbour, a travelling draper decided to set up J Barbour & Sons the growing town of South Shields. The popular shop soon became known as ‘Barbour’s’ to locals, however it was the local port industries need for protective elemental clothing that meant Barbour’s branded beacon oilskin protective coats became renowned for their quality and hard working design, and today’s jackets still protect their wearers with this branded beacon skin.

The success of providing the armed forces with waterproof clothing gave the company the confidence to develop a range of motorcycling gear and so the clothing of men’s Barbour started to take off.

The 80’s heralded the creation of some of the most classic of men’s Barbour designs including the lightweight Border jacket which appealed to the general public, and starting the trend for Barbour to be worn not just as a functional brand but as a fashion name in itself.

The modern day Barbour now provides a whole range of clothing accessories and although their jackets still hold a special place in their history, it is the Barbour bag which has caught the attention of the fashion world.
Tough and durable yet chic and always retaining the quality and functionality that Barbour are renowned for. Our favourite bag here has to be the Barbour tarras bag, a classic school satchel designed bag. In particular, the use of a variety of fabrics means that you can choose a specific material and colour styling to suit your particular needs. Black weatherproof leather for travelling to work on rainy days or sandy colored cotton in the summer.

These bags, just like all of Barbour’s creations are well-designed and purposeful with a wonderfully English twist on heritage stylishness. A wonderful addition to any mans wardrobe is the Barbour bag, or anything Barbour actually!

Monday, 14 February 2011

Winter Accessories: How to Stay Warm and Stylish This Winter

Winter accessories for men are still very much on the male fashion agenda. As much as the fashion world would have us believe it’s time for spring with the unveiling of new spring/summer collections on their catwalks and in the shops. It is in fact still winter and still rather painful to be outside sans decent winter accessories.
Winter accessories are a definite for this time of year, and as we are set for quite a few more weeks of coldness then it’s time to look at how to wear accessories to stay warm and stylish this winter. Celebrities like David Beckham, Robert Pattinson and Jake Gyllenhaal show just how good you can look in on trend and stylish men’s winter accessories. The key to this is to avoid bulking up too much.

Choose a lovely slim line scarf in a neutral wintery shade of plum, grey or navy. Cashmere, merino or fine wool are the warmest and most luxe fabrics. Bear this in mind if you are thinking of buying a scarf that needs to do for both relaxed weekends and work suits. Getting to grips with winter accessories for men means that you can easily move into spring based accessories; as the weather gets warmer, you can change to a cotton based scarf that can be draped casually around the neck for a more fashion forward look. Check out our blog on how to wear scarves for tips on the different ways in which a scarf can be worn.

The other men’s winter accessories you need to consider are a beanie hat and gloves. Gloves are fairly easy if you follow the rules of leather, wool and dark colours. Driving gloves outside of the car are a big no -no, as are those huge gloves you wear in the garden. Hats are a bit trickier and can often spoil a smart look; choose a relaxed but not sloppy beanie in a grey, navy, khaki or black and spend some time getting to grips with how to put it on. Try pulling it further down at the base of the skulk and letting in come up higher on the forehead.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Kanye West Fashion - Get Kanye West Style

Never one to shy away from controversy, Kanye West is once more on the music radar with his and Jay-Z’s much hyped new album ‘Watch the throne’ set to be released in the next few weeks. Already busy winding up fellow musical celebrities like Britney with insulting tweets, Kanye is never far from a media storm, and he takes this brazenness into his fashion creating a very distinct Kanye West style.

Kanye is a regular front row face at Couture shows, often seen backstage at ready to wear shows and he reflects this love for design through his own artistic creations and Kanye West fashion. Be it his music videos or own fashion line, the lyrics of his songs or his own personal style, Kanye always displays a passion for couture and an interest in pushing the boundaries of fashion through these platforms.

A natural tendency towards an edgy urban look, there are many Kanye West looks, each of which reflect a chasm of Kanye’s personality; confident, strong and statement. His casual look is very urban but with an almost couture edge; heavy baggy jeans sitting atop amazing one-off trainers or boots with a loose but not baggy T shirt. This is often worn with an old school prep style jacket in tweed based fabrics or soft leather and accessorized with an off centre cap and of course, the celebrity essential; big black sunglasses. Not forgetting the necklace bling, expensive and ghetto chic.

Perhaps surprisingly, Kanye actually keeps it very old school for the red carpet and black tie events. Often sticking to a designer black tuxedo, black fitted shirt with matching dark bowtie. Occasionally he tends to the American classic of jeans and jacket, yet always looks the epitome of grown up chic, an integral part of the Kanye West look.

Another favorite Kanye West style is a very clean, fresh suit and shirt look, think classic with a twist. This look almost channels Tommy Hilfiger and Yves Saint Laurent colors and cuts; clean lines in soft blues, grays and whites. Possibly even a touch of light tweed or checks which keeps the style less generic and more Kanye West style.

Whatever he wears, Kanye always ensures he is accessorized to the max; be it geek chic glasses, ghetto fabulous necklaces, retro 80’s caps or designer shades, there is no doubting that Kanye West fashion is fashion fabulous!

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