Saturday, June 29, 2013

Style: NBA Draft 2013; Rookies Bringing The Sartorial Heat

Anthony Bennett - Cleveland Cavaliers

I have fallen, somewhat, out of the loop when it omes to basketball. Sure, I know the Miami Heat won this year's NBA championship, even though I was rooting for the San Antonio Spurs; but I just don't get around to watching, reading and discouraing on the game as much as I used to, or as I 'd like to. I mean, I take pride in the fact that I can remember a few interesting facts about the very first episode of NBA Action I saw way back in 1993. Over the years, however, my interest has waned, just a smidgen. I guess this is me saying that I miss the 90s version of NBA basketball too. One thing that also sticks out about the NBA of the 90s was the draft day fashion. Man, those 4/ 5 button suits were the business. Over the years the style has evolved so much so that today NBA players have stylists. This year's young crop were really stylish. What I liked the most was their attention to detail and other affections that seem to be pervading the menswear realm. Here are a few:

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Style: The Vodacom Durban July featuring Le Vrai Winston

Following yesterday's post on ideas and inspiration for what gentlemen can wear to the Durban July I knew I would be doing this kind of post. Earlier this year I reached out to Winston Chesterfield of Le Vrai Winston and enlisted his help in putting together a post on how to dress for a horse racing event. I have been following his blog for about four years and the man is as dandy as a dandy can be. I really admire his interpretation of personal style, and this is none more evident than in his extensive and expressive use of colour, textures, patterns and fabrics. Really, in preschool while some of us were busy with crayons he was already using oil paint on canvasses. He's that advanced in my opnion. I'll let Winston take it from here.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Style: PG Picks for the Durban July

One of the things I lionize about classic men's style how timeless it is. Even though men's style evolves there is, however, a standard to which all gentlemen subscribe to and uphold; dress code if you will. After my initial forays into men's style I held onto this remote premise that horse racing events preclude the wearing of a suit. This is not entirely true because a suit can be worn as long as it's not a business suit (thank you Winston). So dark, solid colours are not appropriate. Looking at the Durban July, South Africa's biggest horse racing event, the men's dress code should be elegant, classic, but fun. Don't take it too seriously.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Pick of the Week: Kurt Geiger Chunky Cream Shawl Collar Sweater

Nothing evokes feelings of warmth, comfort and indulgence in winter quite like this cream shawl collar sweater/ jersey by Kurt Geiger. You'll probably want to stay indoors because of its delicate colour, but then again its heavy construction will have you testing its insulation outdoors. There is a contrast in the weaving design; the sleeves have a ribbed design and the torso an argyle check design. All of this enveloped in an attractive cream colour. It's chunky so it can work as a layering piece, however I like it as a top layer paired with a henley shirt, or crew neck t-shirt, a pair of blue faded jeans and light brown suede brogue bluchers or double monkstraps. Just because it's chunky doesn't mean it should be baggy. Fit is important because it can work as a layering piece, think insulation; or as outerwear, especially around the house.

Myself? I could work it at a romantic brunch after an early morning workout, in the company of the love of my life or at home playing tea party with my daughters. It's that functional.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Brands: Black Original Rogue Wallet

I have been in the market for a wallet for a very long time. Considering the fact that the first wallet I bought, with my own money, was back in 2003, with hanging threads, coins falling out, torn faux leather, etc, it had definitely seen its best days. So, it was rather fortuitous that some time in May the people at Rogue Industries offered me a wallet for review.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Style: Father's Day Gear

Tie - Woolworths
Shirt - Stuttafords
Horse shoe tie bar - Thrifted
Wool sports jacket - Cricketeer (tailored in the USA)
Pocket Square - Markhams

Monday, June 10, 2013

Style: Keeping Warm

I'm convinced. Either I'm sick or grossly overdressed on my daily commute to work. The cold winter chill really doesn't affect some people. I've said it many times on this blog, and I'll say it again. Durban winters are relatively mild. Compared to the rest of the country this is the warmest place to be in winter. You can't, however, discount the fact that the early part of the morning between 6am and 9am is cold. Can you imagine how incredulous I was when I saw a woman, at 6am, wearing open-toe wedges and a sleeveless summer dress? I was beside myself because my layering on my upper body was the complete opposite. I was wearing a vest, a plaid shirt, a shawl collar sweater and a pea coat. I really don't know how to explain it because during the course of the day one may be indoors or can concede that it does get warm, after 15:30 however, that cold chill returns. So, because the greater part of the day is warm one would rather brave the early morining and late afternoon chill? I think not. Not me.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Brands: The Tailor Shop

I tell you, I don't think I've ever been this excited about something that is not even remotely mine or related to me. Strange things happen when you're out jogging. When I first caught wind of The Tailor Shop I was jogging in a peri-urban area of Durban called Jacobs. I stopped by had a chat with the sales people and also the head tailor/ owner, Vic. A friendly, engaging and amiable group of people.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Cut 'n Sew: Two Grey Jackets

It's no secret that grey is my favourite colour. Especially light grey. And my affinity for this colour runs the gamut of my wardrobe. From jeans, to sweaters, tracksuits, trousers, etc, grey is a surefire staple in my wardrobe. I'm also given to excess, so more than one of the same thing is not a problem to me. Moreover, I don't consider it frivolous at all. With this post I aim to compare two grey sports jackets I have in my closet. The one on the right is by a brand called Cricketeer. I have done so many internet searches and they have all been fruitless; there's just nothing on Cricketeer. The one on the left is by Canda or Canda 98. Any information on it was also unavailable. However, looking at both jackets with the naked eye, you would think they are identical, which is far from it.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Picks of the Week

I promise you, I didn't intend for this week's edition of pick of the week to come so soon, but, my mailbox had this email from Runway Sale which I couldn't delay viewing. I have been patiently waiting for the Canterbury sale because there are some great casual pieces you can get. So, naturally, I wanted to share these gems with you. Affordable is what I'm all about and at these prices I hope there's enough to go around.