Man Wisdom: In The Woods

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Wearing: Converse Eyewear, vintgae coat and Levi’s Mooch Vintage Sheffield, shirt Topshop, watch Jord wooden watches

 

Taking a turn behind the camera – which I am preferring more and more these days. We took to the woods in autumnal hues to share this seasonal menswear look. The classic shirt and jeans with technicolour dream coat – everywhere we go he gets stopped about this coat, its like a celebrity!

 

Man Wisdom: Wooden Watches

DSC_2973aJames is wearing: shirt Topman, jeans vintage Levis from Mooch Vintage Sheffield, watch Jord Wooden Watches*

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As you know product features aren’t something we do often on this blog, however there are sometimes those occasions which we simply cannot refuse, this was one of them.

We were invited to introduce Jord wooden watches and were blown away not just by the style and quality of these timepieces, but the ethos of such a lovely family run company. Locally owned and based in St Louis, Missouri Jord design and manufacture watches from real wood. All the wood used is sustainably sourced from around the world, allowing Jord to create some truly beautifully crafted pieces. We were intrigued as to how a wooden watch would feel to wear and delighted to discover it was light weight, smooth finished and so easy to wear. The wood also gives a lovely warmth in contrast to the usual metal watches, nor does it pinch like some metal straps can. In addition it is a great option for vegans who are looking for an alternative to leather straps. It also carried that lovely fresh, wood scent.

The watch chosen is from the 94a series in red sandalwood with brushed steel and red check dial, including a date mechanism. All Jord watches are unisex, James is the main watch wearer out of the two of us but I have tried on the watch too and it would make an equally attractive chunky ladies watch. Jord have a wonderful range which I do recommend checking out, they have lots of wood and face colour options not to mention designs. Jord take just as much care and pride in their packaging, ensuring each watch comes in a stunning wooded presentation case, making it a wonderful gift idea too.

If you are on Instagram you can find inspiration searching the #JordWatch hashtag and their account @woodwatches_com. What more can we say, we really were bowled over by Jord and look forward to sharing more styling options in the future.

Have you discovered Jord?

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Man Wisdom: Wearing Blue

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 Wearing: Paul Costello Jacket, Liberty shirt both from Mooch vintage, River Island jeans, Lotus shoes, Tokyo Laundry socks, Cornerford watch.

Sometimes here at FPOW we like to bust out some menswear, since we’ve not done that for a while here you go. One serious pretty boy and some cool duds. Many thanks to the city of Sheffield for always having some awesome street art available for posing opportunities.  It just happens to be this guys birthday today too, so happy birthday my love x

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Vivienne Westwood MAN AW14 – Full Catwalk Collection

“Fracking is the Big Fight.”

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“In England we must all challenge the irresponsible behaviour of our governments who are trying to force fracking upon us with no consideration of alternatives.

The public must be informed.

One thing is sure: At this point in time we must think before we rush into further action to fracture our Earth.”

This was the message behind the Vivienne Westwood MAN collection for AW14-15, no wonder the looks sent down the runway were made for fighting the Climate Revolution.

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Street Style Manchester: Happy Monday

Wags, formerly of the Happy Mondays and Black Grape, aged forever young, Manchester, doesnt have favourite shop but is writing a book on phobias

I have been shooting some street style around Manchester for Style.etc magazine and my freelance work and wanted to share some of the images with you in a street style series.

This is Wags, as some of you will recognise  formerly of the bands the Happy Mondays and Black Grape. Wags is a fun guy, really friendly and always up for a chat. I admire his laid back cool look, you can tell he has rock in his blood. Wags was wearing a black suit and white shirt, Clarks desert boots a favourite with Northern rock starts and two coral necklaces. The day I shot this he was helping out his friend on her jewellery stall. We chatted about the book he wants to write on unusual phobias. Wags hates clowns, there was even a song wrote about that, I confessed I find moles hands a bit freaky, they way they look like humans hands, something not right about that.

Mini-Snaps: Prints &Patterns

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1. Vivienne Westwood dresses and belts; 2. Rupert Sanderson shoes; 3. Stella McCartney blouse; 4. Vivienne Westwood Men’s jacket; 4. Little Chanel outfit; 6. vintage Chanel Fantasy tweed jacket.

These are actually from the week before the builders came, noway I was getting pastel pink Chanel out with the house covered in dust. First up are a selection of dresses I had picked out, nice summery ones which I rarely get the chance to wear. With the house being a building site I though it would be best to choose a few outfits and keep them somewhere easy to get so as not to risk things getting ruined. On the first day of the renovations we forgot to pull up the rugs in my bedroom and lounge and they are totally destroyed, lesson learned – cover everything imaginable as plaster dust is a sneaky thing. Ah yes the beautiful Rupert Sanderson Lintie shoes, as you can probably see they are far too big for me, I got sent the wrong size by mistake and they didn’t have my correct size so sadly they had to go back. Boo, hoo. I have asked for the super sexy Jean pumps to be sent as a replacement lets hope they fit.

This is a close up of the print on a Stella McCartney blouse I found at TK Maxx earlier in the year, it is beautiful and lists all the old ship routes. Educational and fashionable. The second print close up is the Vivienne Westwood Tea Garden print, they have used the print from SS13 women’s Gold Label for pre-collection Men’s in this stunning bomber jacket.┬á Quite fancy it myself.

Finally a partial outfit shot, got my Chanel on. This vintage jacket is one of my most treasured possessions. From the 80s but you will still find similar in the store today. Also a little peep at my new flats. One thing I always treat myself to are Chanel flats, I’ve tried other brands but nothing compares to the sheer quality, comfort and longevity of Chanel. They are expensive but last for years, well worth the investment. Will show you more of these soon, I went for something a bit different to my usual ballerina.

Hope you are all enjoying this sunshine.

‘TRUTH’ Vivienne Westwood MAN Label Spring / Summer 14

MAN Label Spring- Summer 2014

I don’t usually like to copy full press releases, however I will make the exception for Vivienne and Andreas as I think you will like to read it in their own worlds. My notes on the Vivienne Westwood MAN collection are to keep you eye on the squiggle print brogues (in fact all the mens shoes in this collection were particularly strong, extra in fact I wish they made some of the slipper shoes in women’s sizes because I want them so much) and the Climate Revolution jumper, they will be the key pieces of the season:

I wanted a soft more feminine feel to the clothes, more ease to the fit.
Andreas and the team took their inspiration from India. And of course the first great impression is the Indian Rajas with their heavy-lidded almond eyes and their perfumed beards, their turbans and covered in a wealth of jewels- no human creatures have ever been so wealthy.

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But we passed on because I donÔÇÖt have direct experience of India. I have only my romantic impressions and our inspiration comes from museums and photographs: Hindu gods and dancing and colour and flowers and spices and tigers and the jungle and the Gangees, temples and sariÔÇÖs worn by the most elegant women, beauty and grace┬¼- and the Indian children I have met in England are lively and intelligent- a huge population, the cast system. Nothing changed after the British left in 1950. The new rulers exploited the country and its people like the old colonials.

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We knew we had to have colour but we began with whites, white that shines in the sun and white that looks dusty, cream and black with texture and pattern and mixed with indigo. Then checks and prints, then some colour and colour degrade. I think the overall colour effect belongs in the light of the sun.

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Does sunshine disguise poverty to the English outsider.

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A few motifs from Persia or Morocco crept in. There is a feeling of being in an oriental garden.

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In a recent essay Noam Chomsky summed up whatÔÇÖs happening in the world: the rich are racing as fast as they can to destroy the world, the poor are fighting to stop them.
India is the most extreme example of this. The government is selling the countryÔÇÖs mineral rights to corporations and consortiums.

(these huge profits can pay for corruption)

PhotoÔÇÖs and comments come from Arundhati RoyÔÇÖs book ÔÇÿBroken RepublicÔÇÖ.

When the land is ruined the people have nowhere to go. Maoist organization fights the evictions and when people have nowhere to go they are considered Maoists, many do join the Maoists in the forests: young people, victims of atrocity, girls and boys join them. The police steal everything they can, rape, burn; they are paid to kill. The government is increasing the police force. They are purposely creating war. Why? Because they want the people off the land. Why? Because most of the minerals the government is selling are still in the ground.
ÔÇÿThe Boghghat Dam will submerge the entire area that we have been walking in for days. All that forest, that history, those stories. More than a hundred villages. Is that the plan then? To drown people like rats, so that the integrated steel plant in Lohandiguda and the bauxite mine and aluminium refinery in the Keshkal Ghats can have the river? Who will stop the Indravati (river) from being stolen? Someone must.ÔÇÖ

(Maoists in the forest)
Why is Bradley Manning featured in a collection about India? (no turbans but military berets) Well I always highjack my collections to talk politics and Bradley is there because everything is connected.
The depredation in India is caused by the global political financial war machine. Bradley stood in the path of this great juggernaut. He told the TRUTH by exposing war crimes and documents which revealed that the purpose of our wars is perpetual war for the purpose of total plunder.

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You can check out Vivienne Westwood.com for more details

Man Wisdom: Brook Taverner Suit GIVEAWAY

 Giveaway! An Epsom Pinstripe Suit from Brook Taverner

┬áAmazingly Brook Taverner are giving you the chance to win a navy or gray Epsom pinstripe menÔÇÖs suit valued at ┬ú315!

The elegant pinstriped Brook Taverner Epsom suit is made from Super 110’s Wool, and is a classic fit, illustrating the expert tailoring the company have established.┬á For business, fashion-forward undercurrents from this yearÔÇÖs catwalk twists up the traditional striped menÔÇÖs suit with new detailing such as the new razor sharp slim line lapels. Details below:┬á┬á┬á

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The Epsom suit features: Side vents, Two button, single breasted, Classic fit, Side vents, Five interior pockets, Fully lined, Four button cuff, Super 110’s Merino Wool, Plain front half lined trouser, Belt loops, Comfort stretch waistband, Clasp fastening, French bearer

Most men, from 20 to 60 plus, want comfort and ease whilst looking good, and Brook Taverner customers can get everything they need in once place online to look their best. Taking note of the seasons fashions, combined with traditional tailoring, the Epsome suit features razor sharp lapels and a classic fit, perfect for any occasion – and it could be yours.

Your Chance To Win

Simply answer the question and fill in your details, a winner will be chosen at random and contacted by Brook Taverner at the end of May!

How many buttons are on the cuff of the prize suit (hint read above)

A. Two button cuff

B. Three button cuff

C. Four button cuff

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Your Email Address:
    First Name:
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Full T&C’s

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 Brook Taverner have been creating fine suits since they were established in 1912. The highly skilled tailors now have an online shop which caters to every wardrobe need, now you can get your Brook Taverner suit with the click of a button. From sharp, work suits, casual summer linen blazers, over coats to gilets they offer a wide, yet perfectly edited selection of menswear.

I know a lot of men shy away from tailoring, unless it’s forced upon them for a wedding! However a classic suit can be the foundation of your wardrobe. Once you have a beautifully fitted suit you won’t look back. Yes, wearing a full suit is rather formal, however you can wear it as separates too. The jacket will smarten up casual chinos and the pants can be worn with a soft wool jumper for a well turned out day time look.

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Getting the right fit

They key to the perfect suit is in the fit, it needs to fit your body exactly. Brook Taverner know how important this is and have a detailed size guide, which includes video tutorials on how to take your measurements correctly. They offer alterations at no extra cost and returns are free too, to ensure you get only the best.

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Customer Testimonials

“First purchase from you and it certainly wont be my last. My daughter in law was a quality control manager at Armani in Italy. Her comments were that these trousers were excellent quality.” Alan Farr

“Brook Taverner are taking over my wardrobe because of the excellent fit and quality of all of your clothes. I have suits, jackets, trousers and a shirt!!” Robert Dellow

“What a great service! Ordered two pairs of corduroy trousers from you, both size 34″ waist. One fitted me perfectly, the other (because my waist is actually 35″) was too small. I sent the smaller one back to you asking if you could find a slightly larger cut waist. These have now been returned to me and I was delighted to find that you have either fitted or altered the waistband to 35″. In this day and age I hardly dare to expect this kind of help, particularly with ‘direct’ merchandising and I would just like to say thank you very much indeed for your efforts – I shall certainly use your services again.” Brian McEvoy

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Man Wisdom: Finding the Right Jeans

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I remember when my brother first discovered what a difference wearing the correct fit jeans could make. He’s never been a fan of shopping for himself and I usually buy his clothes for him (someone marry his please). He asked me one day to pick him up a new pair of jeans to go with a smart blazer and boots outfit, I took his measurements and found a pair whilst out shopping. At first he was horrified, they weren’t the usual great big baggy, underpants exposing kind he usually wore. With a lot of protesting I forced him to try them on with the blazer and boots, it was to go to a posh meal so I said he couldn’t go with his butt hanging out. ‘Oh’, he said, ‘don’t they make my legs look longer’. I said yes that will be because you crotch and hips are in the correct place not half way down your legs! He said he had always worn his jeans baggy because if they weren’t pulled down they were too short. He had a point he’s well over 6ft.

I had to explain about the concept of jeans and other clothing for big and taller men, such as the jeans for tall men at Big Dude Clothing. Larger men stores don’t only have a range of lengths but also a range of waist sizes – no need to tuck you belly over the waist band! A recent trend I have noticed is the popularity for wearing jeans longer than you really need so they can be scrunched up at the ankle, this looks great with skinny jeans. Also having a turn up on jeans to show a flash of bright socks looks cool too. If you don’t want to go for traditional jeans then you could try a chino trouser which give the same smart-casual look. There is no real rule as to what is the correct length of jeans, it really is up to how you feel comfortable and what style you want. But don’t settle for something you don’t want because you think ‘it will do’ be sure to do your research and find out what is on offer.

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Vivienne Westwood MAN AW13

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My personal favourite looks from the Vivienne Westwood MAN AW13 Collection. Absolutely adore the new tartan suits, bold knitwear and oversized capes and tunics. You can see the full collection on Vogue.com. How gorgeous is the snap of Vivienne and Andreas talking their finale walk.

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