Fashion Forward: TOMS Shoes

2 05 2011

Lightweight, practical and versatile – espadrilles are the stand out spring/summer footwear choice for guys. But for TOMS Shoes, they represent so much more than just fashion.

In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers.

The TOMS Shoes movement is such a simple idea. It’s a fashionable idea. It’s an idea that sets a very high standard to other retailers. But most importantly it’s an idea that supports the biggest trend of them all: giving. So for anyone – guys or girls – thinking of investing in a pair of espadrilles, please don’t opt for a 2 for £20 high street bargain, visit the TOMS Shoes website and do your bit.





French Connection S/S 2011 – You Are Man?

20 02 2011

It was around this time last year that French Connection launched their ‘The Man’ advertising campaign, showcasing a series of slick adverts that depicted the survival skills of a ‘real man’.

This Spring/Summer French Connection have taken things a step further, exploring how gender and society dictate behavior with powerful, thought-provoking shots entitled “You are…”.  Questioning what it means to be a man or a woman in today’s society, French Connection have kicked on from the award-winning 2010 campaigns to pose some more provoking questions – confronting the viewer by asking; “You are Man?”

Man or not, this is one striking campaign.

For more snap shots and videos from the campaign head over to the French Connection website.





H&M – Pretty Green?

1 02 2011

I’ve seen a big rise in Organic Male Grooming products in the last year, and now the natural trend seems to have made its way on to the high street as one retailer is giving shoppers the chance to get the latest fashion and save the environment.

Sounds too good to be true? Well it’s only a few selected items, but H&M have launched a line for men, women and children with all items made totally from organic cotton. This jacket is my favourite, and at just £24.99 its a steal as well as being sustainable style.

The range is available now, both online and in store.





Trend Watch: ASOS Williamsburg

17 01 2011

Not since The Strokes inspired a New York fashion invasion in the early noughties has men’s fashion in the UK been so smitten with the Big Apple. As ASOS’ latest fashion fix showcases – it’s all eyes across the pond this spring.

Williamsburg is a trend inspired by the Brooklyn neighbourhood, famed for being home to New York’s creative community and most stylish men and women, and its effortless thrift-store meets Ivy-League look. Over the next few weeks you’ll be looking to incorporate some Spring style into your wardrobe, phasing out the chunky knitwear and opting for some US inspired layering. Whether you favour a cherished thrift-store find, or an off the rail piece from the high street – these are my picks straight from the ASOS hit list…





Everyone’s Talking About: Mario Balotelli’s Hat

21 12 2010

After delving into football’s latest fashion fix with my recent post on snoods, it seems Man City’s playing staff have served up another gem. Before last night’s Premier league clash with Everton, City’s Italian bad boy Mario Balotelli arrived wearing a very questionable piece of head gear (see below). Whatever you think about snoods, this is one football related fashion accessory that definitely isn’t going to catch on.





Everyone’s Talking About: Snoods

14 12 2010

It’s not often that catwalk models and Carlos Tevez would have anything in common, but with the rise of a certain fashion accessory Carlos and his fellow professional footballers are very much – if not contriversially – en trend.

While as a fashion accessory I think they have real credibility, as a football accessory I’m struggling to see the point in the snood. In all my years of playing the beautiful game I’ve never once suffered from a cold neck – hands yes – but never a cold neck. Needless to say I’m not the only one with an opinion on the subject, with Mr Roy Keane expressing his distaste in his normal poetic manor earlier this week.

“Don’t get me started. I don’t know how they do it. It’s very strange. Gloves, scarves, I think somebody came on a few weeks ago for [Manchester] City who had a hat on. I don’t know how they do it and focus on the game, it’s weird. That’s the way the game’s gone.”

So it’s a no from me and Keano as far as football goes (despite most of the Arsenal players trying to convince us otherwise) but in style terms the snood is on fine form. I’ve picked out these five fan favourites for ‘Snood Of The Month’…





Winter Knitwear & Accessories (Part 1)

7 12 2010

Unless you’ve been living in a box with no windows and the heating turned right up, it won’t have escaped your attention that the temperatures in the UK have plummeted the wrong side of zero. Yes it looks Christmassy, but we Brits don’t deal with this snow and ice lark very well do we?

To help you avoid the same mistakes I made this week (incredibly under prepared brogues with no grip and thin cream chinos in the snow!?) I’ve picked some of my favourite winter warmers to help guide you through to spring.Menswear Winter Knitwear & Accessories