The new Retro75 collection from Mr Shaw 75 introduces innovation, style and versatility to the streets of the Midlands.
Derbyshire menswear favourite Mr Shaw 75 have added 2 new tees to their locally recognised brand, by dialling back the clock and bringing a retro look bang up-to-speed.
The new range aligns with their current offering that’s interchangeable, from evening wear to slick street style. With a continued focus on local insights to what’s on trend, accessible and always in demand, the 2 new options stand out from the pack.
These new tees are boldly summed up as Retro75. A little bit of Retro-Future and a whole lot of class. Classic concepts are disrupted with a dash of the colour associated from a decade way back, only demanding a closer look.
Choose from a blue or white classic fit t-shirt – uniquely branded with a fresh take on the Mr Shaw 75 logo.
Dial back your inner spirit and get retro: here.
17 London is a brand new streetwear brand based in the UK. Its style draws on influences from both the past and present as well as social media culture.
The brand provides high quality garments at accessible prices to young millenials, allowing wearers to express themselves while wearing the brand.
Established by a creative collective, 17 London will be collaborating with up and coming, as well as established artists and designers to create exciting injection ranges to compliment its current range of dark monochromatic and graphic t-shirts, tracksuits and caps.
The attention to detail and quality put into each garment mean 17 London will suit any wardrobe for easy wearing with no boundaries.
The brand is available online and is launching in a number of high street retailers in the coming months. Already worn by some of the UK’s leading musicians as well as sports stars from the likes of Tottenham Hotspurs and Arsenal FC, 17 London aims to leave a major imprint on the streetwear market and fashion industry as a whole, this year and beyond.
17 London is available now from 17london.co.uk and is coming soon to a number of high street retailers.
Already gaining notability across social media and in some social circles, we tip the brand to be a hit in the last half of 2017.
Pre-launch, take an exclusive look at their range below.
Keep up to date with the brand via 17 London.
London brand Vel-Oh has been on the British bike scene since early 2014, but is only now getting the full recognition it deserves for the high quality products it produces.
The three in one Worker Bag from lifestyle brand Vel-Oh was originally created for those commuting by bicycle and incorporated four key elements, waterproof, lightweight, stylish and versatile. Those elements have helped make it popular as an everyday bag, perfect for the office and just great as a weekend or flight bag.
The Worker has adjustable cotton webbing straps allowing it to be used as a back pack, tote bag or regular carry bag. A capacity of 30 litres gives plenty of space and side poppers keep the bag looking neat. There are two side bottle pockets and a padded 15 inch laptop pouch.
Made from high quality heavyweight 100% waxed cotton from British Millerain, to keep the contents dry while super strong magnets on the top and front pouch ensure that those contents are safe and sound. There is a leather front pouch pocket with an easy access pocket carrying an embossed Vel-oh logo as well as a large embossed leather back panel.
The bags are the ingenious idea of husband and wife team Zulfi and Greta, two urban cyclists. As commuters they noticed that cycling bags were either aesthetically challenged and practical or vice versa. They started discussing why this was and how they could create the best of both worlds. They spent the next nine months working on a symbiotic approach to this problem and creating a product that the cyclist would find both practical and desirable.
Zulfi and Greta’s goal is to bring form, function and style to the cycle to work commuter, with the emphasis on all of their products now being handmade by the two wherever they are.
Vel-Oh (my god…) they’re good
The Vel-Oh three-in-one Worker Bag does a great job of combining function and style and exceed themselves in achieving a chic urban vibe.
The symbiotic approach that the company has taken to create a product that can keep up with the needs of a city cyclist, makes you feel like you’re buying a product from a company that truly understands your needs.
Vel-Oh‘s new collection comes from the team going back to the drawing board and taking inspiration from the two key fundamentals of Vel-Oh. Form & Function. A range of bags that Vel-Oh feel is right for the cycle inspired market. These new styles have a sleek look that wouldn’t feel out of place in the office,but have the practicality of being able to cycle to work with. Revisiting how you carry locks, lights and your personal belongings and have incorporated these into our new range, the brand is definitely worth a look if you’re on your bike every morning.
If you want a bag that is made for cycling, but don’t want to lose any of the stylishness of a cool day bag, this is the look for you.
The snapback has been round since the 1950s, but in the hip hop boom of the 1990s, they became known as an urban piece of street wear. A snapback can be worn in several styles – either with the brim upward, down or backwards.
Now an important thing to note about snapbacks, is that you run the risk of being a ‘poser’, so confidence is key when wearing one. When combined with this, the style really begins to take shape. A snapback can be combined with a simple t-shirt and jacket combo, and in this look just feels like the right way to wear it (especially with shades in the summer).
Of course, a snapback can almost be ‘accented’ – if you want people’s attention to be drawn towards it. You can choose to wear one with a vest and shorts, if you want a bold, yet simple look.
Below, we take a look at 5 tips for wearing a snapback with brand new head wear company Leodis Headwear. Leodis Headwear hope they have you sorted for ideas on how to add more to your look. A hat is something that can make an already great outfit, stand out more. So check out their tips and stock, try some on, and see how you can reinvent your look.
1. Know How Snapbacks Are Sized
Snapbacks are typically classified as “one size fits all” or “one size fits most” because they have the adjustable band on the back. This is universal for men and women. The band, however, only allows for about 1.5 inches of adjustability. One-size-fits-all caps typically fit heads between 22 and 23.5 inches in circumference. This range includes fitted hat sizes of 7 to 7.5. Those who wear size medium hats should find that a snapback fits fine. If small hats tend to be loose or large hats tend to be tight, then a snapback might prove to be ill fitting. Shoppers should also pay attention to the snapback’s shaping. Some are fitted while others are boxy.
2. Choose a Snapback Style
Choosing a snapback style relies solely on the wearer’s individual taste. There are several styles out there, from casual and classic to hip-hop or sporty snapbacks. There is no wrong way or right way to wear a snapback as long as it reflects the wearer’s personality. The style is determined largely by the hat’s colour and embellishments. Hats with sports emblems and slogans are plentiful, but brand logos are the most popular choice.
How to Wear Different Snapback Styles
Some snapbacks lend themselves to certain styles. For example, a grey snapback with a Chicago Bulls logo is perfect for achieving a sporty style, while a pink camo snapback makes for a great female urban look. How the hat is placed on the head and how the hair is worn also play a part in achieving a certain style.
How a user decides to wear a snapback is entirely up to him or her. There are no rules, only changing trends. Snapbacks are constructed very similarly, so it is possible to achieve a different look with the same hat by wearing it a certain way.
3. Colour Coordinate
A snapback is an extension of an outfit, so it should color coordinate. Snapbacks come in so many colours that it is not difficult to find a hat in a spot-on matching hue. The snapback does not need to be an exact match, though. A snapback can serve as a bright pop of colour against neutral clothing. If the snapback has a sporty look with bright team colours, then it should go along with an equally sporty outfit. If a snapback is made from glossy vinyl fabric, it should go with a trendy urban outfit.
4. Properly Adjust and Position the Snapback
A snapback always looks good front-facing and placed squarely on the head. This is the classic way to wear the hat. Pull the brim upward on the head for a casual, friendly look. Pull the brim downward over the forehead for an off-putting vibe. Some people choose to wear the hat sideways or backwards, with the brim either tilted up or down, depending on their preference.
5. Play with Different Hairstyles
One of the best hairstyles to wear with a snapback is no hair at all. A bald or closely shaven head makes a great fit for the snapback style, but any hairstyle works. Snapbacks go perfectly with short hair. If hair is longer, wearers generally try to keep the hair from puffing outward from the sides of the hat, so tucking excess hair behind
the ears eliminates that problem.
Shop Leodis Headwear here…
About Leodis Headwear
The birth of the brand Leodis Headwear was born out of a desire to have something a little bit different. The fundamental goal is to create original designs that break the mould when it comes to all things headwear. Their love of hats is what inspired the inception and you can be certain that every inch of care and creativity is used in every single design.
Both of the first two designs, as well as the brand name come out of immense pride of the
city in which it was founded…Leeds. The name actually dates back as early as Anglo-Saxon
times and was the original name for the city of Leeds. The owl is a bit of an emblem of Leeds so combining the two just happened naturally as part of the design process.
Late 2016 was spent getting everything in place…making sure the website was up and
running and getting the first range together. This coming year will be focused on expanding the range of hats that Leodis offer, working with stockists to get products out in the retail space and maybe even looking at a kids range. There has been some really good feedback so far and the hats have turned out even better than had been anticipated. In addition, there are ongoing discussions with gamers, sports teams and others about how we can collaborate in a way that compliments how we wish to grow the brand, and help them achieve their own aims.
The chaps have been very kind and are giving you a discount code ‘GENT15’ so you can get a 15% discount.
Shop Leodis Headwear here…
Is there anything more versatile than a T-shirt?
Jeans, maybe. But, like shopping for denim, finding a tee that fits just so is a task nothing short of Herculean. Faced with rails, shelves and product pages heaving with a mind-bending array of fits, fabrics and finishes, it’s alarming how fast something that should be straightforward turns into a full-blown identity crisis. After all, one man’s perfect T-shirt is another man’s practically unwearable.
Well we think we may have found the answer! The chaps at MrShaw75 have just made life easier for you gents!
Look through any man’s wardrobe. No matter his style or size, all men have one thing in common. They all wear T-shirts. But is a T-shirt really just a T-shirt? Not every plain, white tee is exactly the same, and while seemingly every brand offers one, how do you really know which to buy? It’s easy to choose the perfect T-shirt, once you know the basics of this basic.
Not only are we fans of MrShaw75 because there are local lads (it just makes us a little biased) they have a cracking range of tees, suitable for any occasion, and made to perfection.
“But, how do I know what’s right for me” we hear you holla…well alongside MrShaw75, we’ve compiled some fail-safe tips for finding your glove fit – from the length that keeps your midriff under wraps to the colours that complement the rest of your rotation.
(Crew) Neck It
Obviously there’s more to T-shirts than the classic crew neck. But we’d wager that nine times out of ten a time-honoured crew neck trumps the neck-elongating, cleavage-baring weirdness of a V-neck. Unless of course your name’s Danny and you split your time between supersets, spray tans and taking excessively hash-tagged selfies. In which case, we’re sorry, but you’re too far gone.
A well-fitting crew neck frames most necks, chests and sets of shoulders far better than a V-, scoop or boat neck; there are, of course, exceptions to every rule but that is most definitely the rule.
A Fighting Fit
Born as an undershirt with the sole purpose of soaking up sweat, the T-shirt has come a long way from its humble origins. The way it should ideally fit, though, remains much the same.
The fit of a T-shirt is really important when picking the perfect one. And trust us, fits vary. Currently an over-sized block is on-trend for the season but ultimately I would choose something you are comfortable in. A T-shirt that sits nicely against your torso is a staple for your wardrobe.
So what exactly does “sits nicely” look like?
In theory, a T-shirt should highlight the part(s) of your upper body you’re happy with, without drawing attention to the part(s) that are still very much a work in progress. Which means:
- Your tee should strike a balance between fitted and skin-tight; err too baggy and you’re doing yourself no favours-slash-maybe wearing a nightgown? Steer too tight, though, and you’re – depending on your build – either a) a dead ringer for someone who’s just walked off a porn set, or b) The Simpsons’ Comic Book Guy. Not ideal. There’s no hard and fast rule apart from that the perfect-fitting tee sits as close to your body as possible without stretching.
- The length of your tee shouldn’t sit any higher than the top of your hips, nor finish below them; this will ensure you can raise your hand without turning your tee into a crop top.
- Sleeves (whether rolled or regular) should hit around the halfway point on your upper arm, neither billowing nor bracing. Unless you’ve got exceptionally long arms, in which case you can get away with sleeves that fall about an inch further.
- Shoulder seams (i.e. the point where the sleeves of your tee meet its body) should ideally align with the point where the curve of your shoulder ends.
Now you know how the ideal tee fits, it’s worth talking the stuff it should be made of too:
In the search for the perfect T-shirt, the first point of consideration should be the fabric, as this is fundamentally the building blocks of the garment.
Poly-cotton or fully synthetic materials work well to wick away moisture and retain their shape, thus earning their place in your workout wardrobe, but 100 per cent cotton tees invariably look and feel better for anything that’s not exercise.
Men go wrong, mistaking a tee’s thickness for its quality. The opposite is, in fact, true, with the highest quality cottons – mercerised, combed, ring-spun, pima, supima and Egyptian, for example – being lighter, thinner, durable and more lustrous.
While it’s true that you’ll want a certain degree of thickness to wear your tee as easily with tailoring as a pair of jeans (lighter, sheerer styles serve you best at the beach rather than the bar), too-thick tees often don’t drape as well as their welterweight brothers.
In summary, swerve synthetics in favour of superior quality cottons, making sure your tee’s fabric is light enough to sit well and feel comfortable, without coming up Ricky Martin levels of sheer.
Key to upholding your T-shirt’s status as the workhorse of your wardrobe is buying one in the right colour. And by ‘right’, we mean versatile, enabling you to wear your tee with as much as your wardrobe as possible.
White is iconic. Worn by the likes of James Dean and Marlon Brando – the men who first gave the tee the unfussy appeal it retains today – the white T-shirt works with all skin tones and sits well against pretty much every other colour you’ll want to wear it with.
Grey, especially grey marl, comes a close second, gelling well with most other hues and capable of bridging the smart-casual gap.
It’s not, however, one for the prolifically sweaty, as its colour draws a lot of attention to moisture stains. You’ve been warned.
Not, for most, as versatile as white or grey, a classic black tee still deserves a slot in your rotation – whether for finely tuning your rock-infused ensembles or giving things a slight Beatnik bent. Also a staple for head-to-toe monochrome getups.
Finally, bring some colour to the table without sacrificing styling potential. Particularly good for teaming with tailoring or an all-blue tonal approach to your off-duty wear.
Everything else is fair game for experimentation, but know that bright yellow and lilac probably won’t cut it as the cornerstone of your wardrobe. That said, if you’re going to dip your toe in the technicolour, a tee is a much more sensible access path than a pair of trousers or a suit.
So we’ve already told you that MrShaw75 is a local brand and if you head over to their website, you’ll see that their entire range is influenced by the city in which they work and play: Derby. With this in mind, the prints on the tees can be explained below.
We spoke to Director and designer Karl Shaw, and he told us: “The clothing brand has evolved from a philosophy. I describe it as Influence and Pride; Influence others, and Pride in what you do. Heritage and respect are important factors too. Old fashioned values in a modern, diverse world, hence the name ‘Mr Shaw’ rather than just ’Shaw’ – a kind of gentlemanly touch.”
“The ’S’ Icon has been carefully considered, and is a combination of Form and Function.
The form is obviously from the ’Shaw’ name but the design has more meaning and depth than just a memorable shape.
“It is designed to appeal to all ages, so youth, middle and old age are represented by the 3 lines that form the letter shape.”
One of our favourite tee’s is the Derby County FC Retro tee (sorry, not sorry if you’re a Notts Forest fan reading this). The cleverly designed images reference retro DCFC Legends, the stadium C-Stand, The BBG and The Pride.
So I guess, all we’re saying is, when it comes to prints on your tee, make it personal, be proud and show what you believe in. It’s far more hard hitting!
Has this guide tied up all your tee-related concerns? Or is there still ground to be covered? This brand is top dog, when it comes to what you’re looking for tees. What’s even better is, Mr Shaw75 currently have 40% off selected lines until the end of January 2017 – if that’s not worth checking out, we don’t know what is!
Shop MrShaw75 here.
The term “Hipster” has been around for decades, but in the past five years the term has seen a real resurgence. Independent coffee shops, microbreweries and vape bars are all popular haunts for this curious yet stylish breed, but for those looking in the mirror and wondering if they fall into the category, e-cig experts Shoreditch have compiled a handy checklist.
Hipster [“hip-ster”] (noun): A person who follows the latest trends and fashions, especially those regarded as being outside the cultural mainstream.
Any facial hair that has gone beyond stubble falls firmly into hipster category, especially if it takes longer to style than actual hair and has its own products. Extra hipster points for use of moustache wax and beard combs.
2. Check Shirts
A checked shirt vaguely reminiscent of a lumberjack in any colour is a wardrobe staple for every hipster male. These are frequently paired with painfully skinny jeans, abovementioned facial hair and “fashion” specs without a trace of irony.
This includes both tattoos and piercings. Creative expression and a distaste for the mainstream go hand in hand. This is true for both male and females of the hipster variety. Full sleeves are preferable, ideally with at least one inking completed abroad.
The hipster community as embraced vaping as a less harmful alternative to traditional tobacco, and a true hipster is rarely seen without an intriguing-looking mod device and an impressive array of e-liquids for every occasion.
Ryan Shaw, founder of Shoreditch says, “Shoreditch is a famously popular haunt for anyone who enjoys exploring what life has to offer outside the mainstream, which is why we chose it as our brand name. Being a hipster isn’t just about what you look like, it’s about your lifestyle, and the convenience and personal element of our e-liquid subscription boxes fit this ethos to an organic matcha green T(ea)!”
Craft beer is the new wine and a trip to any Brewdog establishment will reveal that hipsters have been ahead of this trend for a while. They knew it was cool before it was cool. Obviously.
To purchase from Shoreditch and to find out more visit here.
Whether you want to tailor your trousers into a sharp silhouette or just simply stop them from dragging in the mud, rolling your cuffs is a sure-fire style hack. But with a range of different shapes and cuts to tackle, adding the perfect finishing touch to your trews isn’t always easy. Let us show you how to nail it.
Free The Ankle?
To mankle, or not to mankle? That’s the question that style-conscious gents have been pondering of late. Ever since Thom Browne took to dramatically cropping suit trousers back in the mid to late noughties, the idea of baring a sizeable area of ankle has been front and centre of menswear debates.
The sockless, ankle-baring look is something that’s become increasingly common over recent years; and its popularity tends to soar with the mercury. So, have we peaked on flaunting the flesh? Is it time we took a page from the Victorians’ book and covered our ankles back up?
Either way, when it comes to flashing the ankles PLEASE remember to bear these few points in mind:
- The Crop
- The Turn Up
- The Roll
- Your shoe choice
- Your invisible socks
These days, exposing your ankles is far from a fashion faux pas – if anything, current trends dictate it’s quite the opposite. It may not be a look for everyone, but at least now you know how to pull it off correctly.
Quietly and without fuss, British men have become the most stylish in the world.
From our unrivalled tailoring heritage to our intuitive ability to draw on eclectic styles from elsewhere, to the fact that London is now the hub of the global menswear industry, men in Britain have never looked better.
So allow us to do a most un-British thing for a moment and blow our own trumpet, with these 8 style rules we can learn from, well, ourselves…
Less is more: A simple one this, but an important one. Look at any stylish man and you’ll notice that his outfit is actually very simple – he’s just made it look more impressive by focusing on cut, fabric and detail. Though this is a universal style truth, it’s particularly prevalent among the British. Bill Nighy, for instance, only wears navy and believes tailoring should be just that, tailored – what’s more, he wears the same pair of black rectangular Cutler & Gross spectacles every day, meaning that he permanently looks unfailingly elegant, smart and like someone you’d really quite like to be.
Tailored Items: Suits come naturally to us Brits – but that doesn’t mean we should wear them all the time. The key to keeping any outfit sharp is to ensure that no matter how soft and slouchy everything else is, at least one item in your look should be properly tailored. From a great pair of perfectly fitted trousers, to a jacket cut to suit your shape to an immaculate overcoat. One beautifully made item will mask a multitude of sins.
Mix & match: We’ve always been an eccentric bunch, us Brits. Just look at the young design talent coming up through the British fashion industry (think Craig Green, Bobby Abley and JW Anderson) and you’ll see that our creativity is unparalleled. When it comes to your own wardrobe, don’t be afraid to play with colour and pattern – a burgundy polka dot T-shirt teamed with a soft double-breasted chino suit, a popped lapel and a midnight blue silk scarf, for instance.
Stand out: Look at the streets of Milan, Paris or New York and you’ll notice that the overriding style rule is to dress like everyone else, only better. In the UK, we do things a little differently. Walk around London and you’ll notice men vying to out do each other in increasingly flamboyant ways. It’s like the eminently stylish Londoner Oscar Wilde once said “be yourself, everyone else is taken.”
…but not too much: That said, you don’t want to look clownish (frightfully un-British). If you’re going for a shirt in a floral pattern opt for something in the vein of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (see Harry here) as opposed to Charlie Sheen. Colours are, of course, great, but go for muted complimentary shades rather than clashing primaries – you’ll still look unique, just not like a crazy person.
Be Inspired: Few other countries can claim to be as wonderfully diverse as the United Kingdom, and the influence that this has had on our national style cannot be underestimated. From style at street level to the clothes produced by our greatest designers, an enormous breadth of cultural inspiration is palpable in everything we do. British designer Oliver Spencer, for instance, is seasonally inspired by the many cultures seen in and around London’s Portobello Market, where he once had a stall.
This article was based on an original piece by Esquire.
MOBS LONDON is a brand new London based company specialising in lifestyle products for young men. MOBS LONDON was set up for a couple of reasons, one being a flooded gift market for young ladies and secondly a poor minimal selection of products for young men.
I can remember being 13 years old and wanting to step away from the t-shirts with cartoon characters on, the full sports-kits, childish outer-wear and dress like a grown-up…the only problem with that, was the fact that the sizes of clothing for a small man were far too big for my (still) boyish frame! Although I was 13, I definitely thought I was going on 30 and that one size fit all; the truth was the t-shirts, trousers and jackets were all too long and definitely oversized from any high street retailer! It frustrated me and it frustrated my mum!
It’s exactly the reasons mentioned above how MOBS LONDON came about. MOBS have created a brand working with UK designers and printers to produce some exclusive apparel. Alongside the MOBS LONDON brand they have high quality products which have been carefully sourced, trying wherever possible to work with manufacturers in the UK, for the purpose of the younger adult.
Mums…fear no-more, finally!
With the above in mind, in this article we’re going to look at a few of items from Mobs’ collection and show you that this brand, although aimed at young men is still appropriate for those pushing out of the target age bracket (like ourselves!) and a few ideas to style them.
Logo T-Shirt (Black) £20.00
The beauty of a plain t-shirt is the ability to dress it up or down. For summer, grab your lumberjack shirt, throw it round and your waist. This kind of t-shirt is easy to wear in any occasion with any clothing.
Blah Hat T-Shirt £30.00
A white tee, with a printed image is easy to wear with jeans and trainers.
Red ‘Y’ Tee £30.00
This red tee, is perfect for summer 2016 – one of the key trends for this season is bold colours…it’s bang on trend!
All in all, MOBS is a cool, simple and well designed brand that has been created that on the whole includes chaps from the pre-teen age all the way up to us in our late twenties!
The website is easy to navigate, with lots of product photography and the quality of the items are demonstrated throughout the site. The prices are clearly listed so there are no shocks or surprises at the checkout.
It was about time someone spotted this gap in the market and filled perfectly with a brand that any age of gent would be happy to wear, tricky job, but with the bright colours, simple designs, no age restrictions are placed on these products.
Not only does the brand sell t-shirts, they sell the following items:
- Underwear – this is actually British Boxers we reviewed before (click here)!
- Accessories (the clever iPad sleeves are made from recycled tarpaulin!)
The one-stop shop for the younger gent was founded by the wives of Gary Barlow and Jason Donovan: Dawn Barlow, who has three children with Gary, and Angela Malloch, who has three with Donovan…after becoming frustrated while trying to find gifts for their teenage sons.
Dawn said: “We felt the market was flooded with great products for girls and, unless you want tech or novelty, nothing for the boys. It was as simple as us just saying to each other ‘Why don’t we fill the gap ourselves?’ We did a lot of market research, mostly on our boys and their friends. We found they really like to keep things simple and that was a good starting point.”
The brand remains true to it’s ethos, whilst broadening it’s horizon’s and making it an appealing brand for all.
I’m sure this is one Mum’s and Son’s are going to love!
Here’s what we got from MOBS and how it looked when it arrived: