Friday, July 11, 2014

Style: Winter Layers

A cold front is sweeping the country right now and it seems we have more cold weather coming right up until the weekend. And this can only mean that a gent has to take precautionary measures in order to counter the cold. I decided to get creative but stylish, and also pack on the layers because I just don't handle being cold well. 

I haven't worn a scully/ knit hat in years and this time the weather really called for it. As an accessory I decided to pair it with this slim polo neck jersey; I also decided to keep the colours in the family. I like the versatility of a polo neck, especially how it can be dressed up or down, it makes it an essential and worthwhile addition to a gent's wardrobe. Something that's a little awkward is the fit of the polo neck through the neck; I don't know whether it's because I haven't worn it in a long time but the it just feels a little weird or maybe it might take a little getting used to. This denim jacket by CAT® Apparel is quite thick and it forms a warm layering piece. I'm still trying to figure out how to match it colours because it doesn't strike me as blue nor does it look grey.

These are my favourite winter trousers by far; light grey, 100% wool by BRAX. If I could have more of them in a variety of autumn/ winter shades I'd be complete. They also have great insulation inside and this helps in keeping the cold at bay. I've had a lot of extensive work done on them and this is a subject I plan on posting about soon, just to show the amount of work that's been undertaken.

I rounded off with this black nylon raincoat with a warm lining. It's waterproof but at the same time it keeps me warm. I had a little work done on it in terms of tapering the sleeves and it came out wonderfully. Since the trousers are dressy are opted for the black Barker oxfords. A black suede chelsea or navy blue chukka boots would be the best choice.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pick of the Week: Nixon Black Axe Watch

I like how the pick of the week posts are starting to diversify a little. This week I present to you the Black Axe Watch by Nixon. I like watches; they are the perfect accessory to complete an outfit. In the right style and colour, coordination sometimes only be the right watch away. The Black Axe is simple, no frills, but, it makes a statement. I also like how discreet and practical its design is. It features a scratch resistant hardened mineral crystal, a black dial and white luminous hands. It has a stainless steel case and back, and spring pin lugs. My favourite feature is the black nylon strap with a buckle clasp. I changing from one watch to another, on different days; however I don't have the patience to chop and change watch straps, therefore, the Black Axe with a strap already fixed to it is hassle free but very stylish at the same time. It would make a great addition to any casual outfit. The price is also a bargain, R1,259.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Style: Fashion And Style At The 2014 NBA Draft

Andrew Wiggins - It appears that every once in a while the number draft pick has to come out in something bold and attention grabbing; this was it. Going sockless was ill-advised though.

Well, the 2014 NBA Draft has come and gone and there some surprises for me. I didn't expect Elfrid Payton Jr to go so high at number 10. It was also perplexing how the Sixers could draft Joel Embiid, the Cameroonian big man, at number three, considering the fact he is currently out with a foot injury which could take up to 12 months to heal. Doesn't make sense to me, especially after the whole Andrew Bynum debacle, Nerlens Noel as well, Royce White...I'm sure you get the picture. Most importantly we should be happy that the style of the 90s, ballers with 5/ 6 button suits, is long gone but not forgotten. This year's crop of young fashionable gents held it down in conservative, edgy, trendy, fashion forward, and safe looks. A few things stood out for me with each pick and this is my take on things.

Jabari Parker - That brand Jordan tie bar.

Marcus Smart - Midnight blue shawl collar tux jacket.

Shabazz Napier - Very safe, all greyed out look.

Tyler Ennis - Double breasted, double stripe suit with brown buttons.

Aaron Gordon - Monogrammed shirt.

Adreian Payne - This is straight-up 70s fly; big, bold, rounded bow-tie, colourful pocket square, violet trousers and the matching boutonniere. It doesn't get more colourful than this.

Julius Randle - Colour coordinated pocket square and boutonniere.

Dario Saric - Patterned shirt, bow-tie and beltless.

Nik Stauskas - Big, bold, peak lapel windowpane.

Noah Vonleh - Contrast colour shirt matching with the pocket square.

T.J. Warren - Matching details; contrast collar shirt with matching tie, and red candy stripe matching with red sleeve buttons and lapel stitch.

Elfrid Payton Jr - Safe, conservative double breasted look.

And in the most touching moment of the evening a projected pick, Isaiah Austin of Baylor University, received an honourary selection from commissioner Adam Silver. He suffers from Marfan Syndrome, a genetic disorder, which precludes him from playing competitive basketball. How he played at the collegiate level and actually came within a draft pick of playing in the NBA is a testament of his strength, determination and willpower.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Style: Autumn/ Winter Knitwear

V-neck sweater

There are so many choices when it comes to stylish knitwear that a gentleman has no excuse to look untidy when throwing on knitwear. Knitwear has come full circle in terms their design, fit and texture. They are even made from luxurious fabrics; I'm sure we all remember the sweaters we used to wear as kids that had the itchy, scratchy texture. Nowadays, you get them in cashmere, super fine wool and other natural fibres that make the wearing experience comfortable and pleasurable. What appeals to me the most is the fact that some of this knitwear can be dressy and casual. Dressy all the way with a neck-tie and casual all the way with a T-shirt. What's most important is that the styling options for all the knitwear below are endless and it's just a matter of taste. My favourites are the v-neck sweater, shawl collar cardigan, placket front sweater and the polo and roll neck. The images below were taken from Gant, except the last one.

Fair Isle sweater

Shawl collar sweater

Roll-neck sweater

Cotton Cable Shawl Cardigan

The Tuck Knit Sweater

Criss Cross Luxury Zip Sweater

Anchor Shawl Collar Sweater

The Cable Sweater

V-neck sweater

Waffle Mock Neck Sweater

Natural Cotton Cardigan

Polo-neck sweater

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Brands: Suit Supply

Well, the South African menswear landscape has been shaken with the launch of venerable and influential menswear brand Suit Supply. The launch takes place this week and the store couldn't be better located than in Hyde Park, Sandton. I'm excited about this because from a quality perspective it means that South African brands are going to be forced to step up their game. I feel that some brands produce low quality stuff which is unreasonably expensive and this is somewhat exploitative because consumers aren't informed. The quality of the garments is also going to start channeling men's focus towards quality rather than quantity. 

Blue Check Havana

This is bold new suiting at its best. I love the fact that they offer both off-the-rack and made-to-measure options, which means that gents with either preference are covered. For the style conscious gent big, bold windowpane suits, double breasted waistcoats and Italian fabrics are part of his daily life, however, the novice is assured of comfort, relaxation and ease because Suit Supply is a learning experience and not only a one time thing.

Grey Lazio Three Piece

In terms of competition, Suit Supply will go up against brands such as T.M. Lewin and other international brands which are in the same price range, this will also impact on other South African brands. Suit Supply is very much talked about internationally and it's going to be interesting to see whether it holds up to its international reputation. I definitely plan on visiting the new operation in the coming weeks, so watch out for a full store review.

Grey Lazio Check

These are exciting times indeed.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Pick Of The Week: Levi's Navy Mac Trench Coat

Ever since the inception of themed posts, under the Pick of the Week, I don't think I have ever featured anything other than shoes. This week's pick is a wonderful change because it is just what a style enthusiast like me needs; a navy mac trench. A mackintosh coat is an essential in any wardrobe because of its form and relevance of function. It looks good, alright, but it also does a great of job shielding one from the wet elements.

This particular Mackintosh Trench is by Levi's and it straddles two lanes deftly. Firstly, it embodies all the mackintosh coat details: the slim silhouette, hidden placket, single vent and a sturdy collar that can be popped. Then there are some trench coat details as well, namely: the reverse side pockets with buttons and the straps on the cuffs with button detailing. One more thing on the mac side of things, it ends at the middle of the thigh thus making it suitable to wear as outerwear, even over a suit. It also boasts a three- layer water repellent breathable fabric. 

Since Runway Sale is offering it on sale, I am very happy to announce that it has been slashed from R3500 to R1749. It is really affordable and the navy colour is a great starting point when looking to invest in versatile outerwear.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Pick Of The Week: Dr Martens Bentley Brogue Boots

There are brands that fade into obscurity because we have moved on from them and found other interests. Others just become dormant because they lose that mass appeal they had before. Such is the case with Dr Martens. This brand was huge in the mid 90s. If you didn't have a pair of Docs then you weren't one of the cool kids. I was incredibly, therefore, when I was trawling the Country Attire site and I came across these leather wingtip boots by Dr Martens. This is a fresh, modern and interesting take on modern boot designs, and Dr Martens has kept true to their style and look. The white welt stitching, the rubber sole and the pattern of the sole are all features of the brand that go all the way back to the 90s. 

These particular boots are the Bentley Brogue Boot in black, and navy, charro and green. Of the two my favourite is the black one. The navy one looks slightly plasticky and frail, even though it is the signature Dr Martens design, with a Goodyear welted sole and AirWair technology which provides durability and ensures a comfortable fit. The boots also feature decorative perforations and wingtip detailing, a 7 eyelet design and a smooth leather finish.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.