Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Brands: Vince Camuto Autumn/ Winter 2014

Brown Sugar Cotton/ Nylon Vest
This is a brand I have had my eye on for a while and I must say that in the context of seasons and how they differ between northern and southern hemisphere, the Vince Camuto collections are always timely for the South African seasonal market. These are a few pieces from their Autumn/ Winter 2014 range, and these are casual pieces which would bolster any autumn wardrobe needing a change. Vince Camuto is also credited with being a co-founder of the women's wear store Nine West. Therefore, I think that South African women can vouch for the quality of Vince Camuto clothing because Nine West is held in such high regard in South Africa. These are light layering pieces, very versatile and en vogue with current trends and fashion. They're also available in other colours, so one is spoiled for choice. These are just a few of my favourite pieces from quite an extensive range which caters to a variety of gents.

Navy Reversible Mock Neck Jacket

The Sportwear Coordinates Vest and Trousers 

Pomegranate Long Sleeve Chambray Henley

Flint Grey Merino Wool Colour Block Hoodie

Charcoal Sweater Blazer with Elbow Patch detail

Black Turtle Neck Sweater
L-R Dark Denim Modern Fit Pant, Otter Slim Fit Cargo Pocket Pant, Navy Slim Fit Chino, Dark Earth Slim Barre Pant, Grey Sportwear Coordinates Pants 
PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Style: Autumn Colours For Casual Pants

Levi's 511 Maroon
Levi's 501 Green Ivy
Levi's Kangaroo Brown Commuter Jeans
Levi's Autumnal Orange Cargo Pants
PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Pick Of The Week: Jordan Drew Loafer

Still on the Runway Sale, the black Jordan tassel loafer in suede is a keeper. Within a voluminous shoe rotation it can last you a long time and its sale price, of R199 down from R390, allows you to source more than just the ones in black. It is also definitely more suited for casual outfits due to its soft construction. It's a black shoe, therefore, it can work during the day or at night, and treat it as a shoe to ease your way into autumn as the suede material guides you to start wearing 'heavier' textures.
PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Style: Worsted Wools And Shades Of Blue

Yesterday we got a taste of some real autumn weather, with an overcast sky and light showers just after midday. And really, with a slight nip in the air the change from cotton to light woollen textures has manifested. I opted for a navy blue jacket made from a wool/ silk blend and the trousers are charcoal worsted wool I've had for 12 years. The trousers have undergone various alterations, including a case where the hem was glued, so as much as I would like to have some cuffs/ turn-ups inserted it won't be possible.
I also had fun playing around with shades of blue. The necktie is predominantly powder blue, the pocket square has a light blue trim and my socks were navy blue with powder blue pin dots. These are not autumn colours because our nature's palette doesn't change at all, however, the fabrics were a warm buffer against the cool weather.
p.s. please excuse the BONAesque setting, that twig hanging in front of me wasn't there when I took the pic.
PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Pick Of The Week: Puma Basket SYN Sneakers

Puma Basket SYN Sneakers

I can confidently state that we are definitely in the season of autumn and the necessary adjustments have to be made in terms of the fabrics one should be wearing. And nothing says I'm ready for all that the cold months are going to throw at me quite like rubber soled shoes. In this week's pick I am advocating these white rubber soled sneakers by Puma. Perfect for a casual outfit comprising maybe chinos, a henley shirt, denim jacket or a down vest; they are casual, stylish and will add a pop of colour to your feet. I'd also give them a stab with a corduroy suit just to really test and show how versatile I think they are. However, the casual dress code is where they really get to shine and show how serviceable they are.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Brands: CSquared Store Opening

Last week Wednesday, the 26th March, I had the privilege of attending the opening of the new CSquared flagship store at Gateway Shopping Mall. It was a low key affair with a handful of media people with everyone on hand to usher in another installment from a trusted and well respected South African menswear brand. It was just great being in the company of stylish and fashion savvy young gentlemen, who didn't even mind smiling for the camera. The shop’s design is very colourful and bright despite its quaint space, and was designed by celebrity presenter & product designer Aiden Bennets, who incorporated the essence of the CSquared brand into the store’s opulent red and gold look.

It was a well organised event courtesy of Black Inc. Events & Communications; with drinks flowing and snacks in abundance, everyone got a chance to socialise and interact and discuss the business of fashion, menswear and personal style.

The store boasts an exquisite custom-made furniture with gold details and textured walls juxtaposed with gold industrial accents that create a masculine yet refined feel. Customers will immediately see that the design aesthetics, individualism of the store and attention to detail complement the bold spirit of the store’s collection of fine CSquared merchandise. The staff is stylish, courteous, and knowledgeable in things that concern the brand and this will make for a great shopping experience.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Style: Till Next Summer

The humid air has changed to a slightly cool breeze, the mornings are now definitely cooler, days shorter and nights longer; yes, summer is most definitely over...for the rest of the country, that is. We are still experiencing high temperatures during the day and that means I can get away with linen jackets and other light fabrics. There really is no rush to get into wool, tweed and corduroys. The time for heavier fabrics will come however fleeting it is.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.