Thursday, 28 April 2011

The Jacket You Need In Your Life: Albam Weekend

It hasn't taken long for independent label Albam to establish itself as a veritable name on the British menswear circuit. This is thanks primarily to their philosophy of 'Modern Crafted Clothing' - an ethos that couldn't hold more true to their offering - and whilst the idea of contemporary British styling with a clean aesthetic is hardly a game changer, combine it with the sublime form and honest craftsmanship that their garments are reputed for, and you're onto a winning combination (just ask their rapidly expanding base of loyal enthusiasts).

The Weekend Jacket has been constructed with a compact cotton poplin, heavily washed to create a worn in feel. It is however, in my opinion, the detachable waxed cotton hood that gives this jacket an edge, creating a structured contrast to the overall relaxed nature of the garment.

Wear it with: Acne Classic Poplin ShirtOmar Kashoura Itched Trouser

Available now from Albam

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

The Watch You Need In Your Life: Uniform Wares

It's a good period in the timepiece stakes. The brash and ostentatious watches of yesteryear have seemingly had their day, paving the way for a new aesthetic in time telling. Cue Uniform Wares, whose firm grasp on 'classic British design and contemporary styling' have influenced their utilitarian take on the wristwatch - stripping it down to the core functionalities to create a piece that is uncluttered, yet striking in its simplicity.

This 200 Series Calendar model certainly makes light work of being a coveted item, and whilst it may not send out an SOS signal at the flick of a switch, build features such as the aircraft grade stainless steel case and Italian calf leather strap make this a staple for anyone who simply wants their watch to, well, be a watch.

Wear it with: Band of Outsiders Button Down Shirt, APC Military Short

Available now at Oi Polloi. £220