Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Racing Green AW14 Collection

That Dapper Chap takes us through his favorite items from the AW14 collection by British menswear brand Racing Green

"The British team accepted (reluctantly) to race in green as the USA, Germany and France had already helped themselves to red, white and blue..."

The race for the Gordon Bennett cup of 1902 was run, and so the 'British Racing Green' was born  When Selwyn Edge took the first prize in a British-made green Napier. British Racing Green became much more than just a colour, but a symbol of triumph over adversity.  

Ever since 1990, Racing Green has taken enormous pride in keeping this indomitable British spirit alive and since 1990 when they opened 'racing Green' has meant classic British Menswear made timeless for the modern man. 

I've been a fan of Racing Green for a number of years now, maybe it's the smashing Britishness of the brand or perhaps it's the range and quality of the products. Either way, I am happy to spend an hour or so in one of their stores browsing and trying on their great range. So, that said, why am I keeping it all to myself? I should be a gentleman and share all this lovely stuff with you right!

So here we are, welcome to Racing Green (if you're not already familiar with them) I'm about to show you a few of my favourite things from their current range, most of which are on sale! So if you like a piece enough to click you way over to their site and make a purchase let me know and be sure to post a picture to Instagram and tag @That_Dapper_Chap (That's me) and @RacingGreenGB (that's them)and get a shout out into the bargain!

The Sweater

I have a massive collection of fairisle sweaters, it's an addiction without cure and this Fairisle crew neck knit called 'Fox' is calling to me! it's a classic winter wardrobe staple. Keep out the chills and layer up with jeans or chinos and a chambray shirt.

Fabric: 80% Lambswool 20% Nylon.

Was: £55.00, Now: £44.00

The warm and cosy 'Fox' fairisle sweater

Fox Crew Neck Fairisle Knit
Click here for the 'Fox' fairisle sweater before the sell out!

The Coat

The good old military style classic Peacoat. If you don't have one, you should get one! It’s really versatile and easy to wear both as a casual coat with jeans and boots or over a suit.

Double breasted, with a six button front and a contrast under collar for a flash of inspiration, it's styled with laid on front jet pockets and is fully lined with a contemporary designed lining.

Fabric: 60% Wool 40% Polyester 

Was £150, Now £112

Aston Peacoat
The classic double breasted peacoat

Aston Peacoat
Collar up to keep out those winter chills on the Racing Green Peacoat

The Suit

Why go grey and blend in when you could sport this luxurious wool blend tailored fit suit. The jacket has a two button front fastening with notch lapels. The trousers are flat fronted with one button through back pocket and the waistcoat, like the jacket is a tailored fit and has a 5 button front fastening with two lower pockets.

Fabric: 50% Wool 50% Polyester

Jacket Was: £120.00, Now: £96.00
Trouser Was: £65.00, Now: £52.00
Waistcoat Was: £55.00, Now: £44.00

Bright Blue Semi Plain Three Piece Suit
The three piece bright blue suit
Bright Blue Semi Plain Three Piece Suit
A closer look at the three piece bright blue suit

The Shirt

Think ahead to the Christmas party season? why not go for something a little different to the classic white shirt and choose something in the colour of the season: Burgundy.

The burgundy 'Finsbury' floral print shirt with its classic collar, adjustable cuffs, and tonal trims will have you looking the part at the office party. Throw on a navy velvet bow tie for added dapperness.

Fabric: 100% Cotton


Click here for the 'Finsbury' floral shirt
A closer look at the detail of this stunning shirt

The Blazer

This is the 'Clifton' Contrast Panel blazer and I want it pretty badly! As you know by now I'm a sucker for that heritage style and this beauty is a modern take on that trend. It features subtle contrast fabric detail throughout to make it different to other blazers on the high street. Single breasted three button front with a tonal jacquard spot lining, and fully lined with side vents. 

Add a pocket square of your choice to contrast or match with your look and you're away! Great for a formal office look or dressed down with some sturdy boots and a thick scarf for that countryside dog walk in the elements.

Fabric: 80% Polyester 20% Wool


Clifton Contrast Panel Jacket
The 'Clifton' Blazer
Clifton Contrast Panel Jacket
The 'Clifton' Blazer

The Waistcoat

In Herringbone with lapels and that heritage style what's not to like here! This is the 'Leonard' racing Green waistcoat. With notch lapel detail and distinctive tile print lining throughout it also features jetted pockets. So versatile you can dress it down for a drink with your mates at the pub or just as easily team it with smart chinos, a shirt and tie for the office.

Fabric: 70% Polyester 30% Wool 


Leonard Herringbone Waistcoat
The 'Leonard' Waistcoat
Leonard Herringbone Waistcoat

The Brogues

I love a brogue and have a range of them now in various colours, but I don't have any in oxblood! The brogue is the go-to shoe for any occasion and Racing Green have introduced an oxblood colour to their best selling 'Ferguson' brogue, upping their brogue game.

Roll up those jeans, throw on a pair of fancy socks and these beauties to put a pep in your step.

Fabric: 100% Leather sole and Upper

Was: £99.00, Now: £69.00

The 'Ferguson' Brogue
Ferguson Oxblood Brogue Shoe
A birds eye view of the beautiful 'Ferguson' Brogues

The Knitted Tie

When I started to wear my knitted ties to the office I was constantly asked "has someone cut the end off your tie?" Oh, how I laughed (not) but I liked (and still like) my Racing Green knitted tie and I didn't let those people who couldn't imagine life without a point at the end of their tie, to deter me from spoting it on a regular basis, and you should do the same.

Wear with a classic white cotton shirt and suit or go for a less formal look and wear with a chambray shirt and blazer.

Fabric: 62% Cotton 38% Polyester


Ross Knitted Tie
The 'Ross' knitted tie
Ross Knitted Tie
The reverse of the tie

The Socks

Great socks maketh the man, well, they help finish and add personality to an outfit anyway! These Herringbone Patterned Socks are cotton rich for comfort and durability. Each have a ribbed ankle cuff and contrast heel and toe colour.

Fabric: 77% Cotton 16% Nylon 5% 


Yates 3 Pack Of Herringbone Socks
The very comfy herringbone socks

Racing Green
The racing Green mid season sale is now on

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Monday, 27 October 2014

It's in the bag....

  That Dapper Chap meets the guys behind high end brand Antoni Manuel and talks about their range of leather bags and accessories where fashion meets functionality.

Read on for a 10% discount for That Dapper Chap Readers and top tips on caring for your leather bag.

The Vintage Leather Duffel Bag £360

A young company, based in London and trading for just 12 months, Antoni Manuel have already created a buzz with their range of high quality leather bags and accessories. The hugely sleek and stylish range is firmly aimed at the professional gentlemen, that busy guy who runs from meeting to meeting and needs to be thoroughly organised perfectly presented.

After chatting to Emmanuel online, who heads up the marketing side of the operation, we agreed to meet for a collaboration. After just a short time with Emmanuel in their office suite in the heart of London's financial district, it became acutely apparent that the Antoni Manuel team strives to produce the highest quality products that they can, meshing amazing style with impeccable attention to detail.

The Capsule Briefcase in Brown Croc effect leather 

Emmanuel's passion for their range of high-end gentleman's accessories is obvious. It is also heart-warmingly refreshing when in an age of mass production and a 'throw-away' mentality, these items are made to the highest standard and are intended to last.

Using only Grade A leather, their initial range was designed in house and created in a factory in Italy. When demand increased the factory was unable to offer what Antoni Manuel needed so they are busy building relationships with another manufacturer in Italy where they hope to make the entire range.

A different view of the Brown Croc effect Capsule Briefcase

The Capsule Briefcase

One of my absolute favourite pieces in the Antoni Manuel range is their capsule briefcase. Available in five finishes: black, tan or brown croc and tan or brown vintage leather. Its a beautiful and versatile item which will suit any busy gent. 

Perfect for holding everything you may need on your daily commute, phone, tablet, cards, paperwork, pen, notebook and a 16" laptop. lined in burgundy and finished with a two way antique gold zipper the case has hidden handles which can be slipped away easily allowing you to tuck the case under your arm or as a clutch or quickly pull out the handles and hold it in the usual way. Priced between £230-£250 it measures 30.5cm tall and 36.5cm wide so it's a nice size.

The Black Crock Briefcase with handles hidden

The brown Croc effect Briefcase with handles pulled out

Inside the roomy briefcase in antique brown

A truly versatile and functional but fashionable piece

The Capsule Duffle Bag

I asked Emmanuel what his favourite item is, he initially said it was the duffle bag but I could see him thinking and after a bit of probing he said that his favourite changes as they continue to make improvements and adjustments to their designs and also what he uses each piece for.

He did confirm that the duffle bag is very popular and gets a lot of interest. I'm not surprised by this as it is a very nice piece.

The Duffel Bag in Antique Tan Leather

Also available in black croc effect leather

A good size for an over night meeting or for the gym
Side view of the black croc duffle bag

With red lined interior and additional pockets its a versatile piece

Priced between £360 and £400, depending on finish, the bag measures 24cm by 54cm by 24cm and features  a one-way antique gold zipper and a Turkish cream linen lining. Inside you find two handy pockets which will hold everything you'll need it to.

Other Products

As well as the duffle bag and briefcase Antoni Manuel offers a great document holder and its smaller cousin the tablet holder. The document holder measures 26cm by 39cm and the tablet holder is the perfect size for your iPad and will cost £120
The stylish document holder in brow croc effect leather £200 and available in six finishes

The flip side of the document holder in brown croc effect £200

Inside the document holder

The messenger bag is available in black, brown and Tan and is a classy item and will look great with that new suit. Features include Top sliding handle, Antique Gold Locker and a burgundy interior lining. Its boasts 3 internal sleeve compartments and space for cards, pens, phone and even has a compartment for your iPad mini.  You can even get a 16” inch Laptop in it.  The hand grip and the shoulder strap give it added versatility. 

The Black crock effect messenger bag £300

Inside the messenger bag

The Packaging

As with any high end product half of the enjoyment of buying the piece is the packaging in which it arrived and again, you wont be disappointed here! Each piece arrives in its own heavyweight dust bag. Emmanuel explained his disappointment with the first set of dustbags that were ordered "they were like pillowcases" he said. Needless to say, it was back to the manufacturer for a reassessment of this important component!

The bag itself is then placed in a beautiful black box, perfect for a present or a treat for yourself. The box is sturdy and you can rest in the knowledge that your new purchase will arrive safely protected.

Embossed with the Antoni Manuel logo and tied with black ribbon the packaging is just as stunning at the bag itself.

What's next for Antoni Manuel

The Antoni Manuel range is currently only available online but they are currently looking to take their products to select number boutiques across the world where customers will be able to feel the quality before they buy. 

These boutiques may sell the existing range or have a product designed exclusively for them which is a very exciting prospect for the Antoni Manuel collector.

The black croc effect messenger bag

They continue to tweak and enhance their designs, thinking continuously about their customer and what he wants from an Antoni Manuel product. 

For example, the new briefcase, due to be launched soon, will have internal braces which will hold one half of the case in an upright position hereby giving the user some much needed privacy when he uses his laptop or tablet on trains and in cafes and restaurants. 

It's this attention to detail and the fact that their design team constantly strive for improvement and perfection, which is incredibly admirable.

Also on the horizon, and some breaking news for you, is a new iPad case and a case for the iPhone 6 which will be strengthened to stop it from bending, which has been an inherent flaw with this new phone. Look out for the iPhone 6 case around Christmas time.

There are no photographs of these items just yet but look out for the forthcoming That dapper Chap contest on Instagram when you will have a chance to win an iPad case.


Aside from free shipping in the UK, I am able to offer you two great offers from Antoni Manuel. If you buy the black croc effect briefcase you can have an iPad case free of charge.

In addition to his, That Dapper Chap readers can take advantage of a 10% discount by simply entering 'thatdaperchap10' at checkout.

Top tips on caring for your bag


  • The general principle is simple: remove dirt build-up by wiping down with a cleaner made specifically for the leather in question.
  • Some of our bags have antique gold zips and chains, Antoni Manuel recommend that you wipe them down with a soft dry cloth every other day to once a week.


  • Antoni Manuel recommend that you store your bag in its original dust bag and fill it with stuffing such as newspaper when not in use as this will help to maintain the original shape to maintain its shape.
  • Keep the dust bag and product inside the original box, along with packets of silica gel so the bag doesn't get damp. If you do not have a box any dry or relatively cool area such as on top of the cupboard will do.
  • Air once every two weeks to halt the growth of mold.


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Latest Collection From Darren Kennedy

That Dapper Chap shares the latest collection by 'Man of the Moment' and fashion icon Darren Kennedy

What a couple of years its been for style icon Darren Kennedy! Not content with presenting on the UK's top rating TV show, he has made critically acclaimed documentaries and landed a role with the Telegraph writing their menswear column. 

2013 saw him win the VIP Style Award and also launch his first menswear collection in collaboration with master tailor Louis Copeland. And things just keep getting better for the 30 something Irish gent, as little did I know when we met at an event earlier this year, that this weekend would see him making his debut on the UK X-Factor discussing the contestants style, and launching his third collection of incredibly sharp suits, again working directly with the highly talented Mr Copeland.

Darren models his Burgundy Brushed Wool Overcoat €850
This latest collection consists of a small range of well thought out, stylish and sharp suits and two overcoats, one in burgundy being this seasons most sought after colour.

Darren is clearly a fan of a double breasted suit and is often seen sporting one at various events and photo shoots. So, of course his collection was going to include at least one and he doesn't disappoint by giving us the 'George’ suit, a beautiful burgundy, double-breasted 3-piece suit and my absolute favourite from the new collection with is double breasted waistcoat completing a most dapper look.
The 'George' double breasted three piece suit
As well as grey, blues play a pig part in the collection and the Ferguson suit delights the eye with its bright blue hue. Again with a double breasted waistcoat the suits gives a very sophisticated look and a clean sharp silhouette. The 'Ferguson’ is named after Irish engineer and inventor Harry Ferguson, and this is the theme throughout the collection.

The beautiful 'Ferguson' three piece suit. €1,180 / £930

Darren clearly wanted to create a top end product here and has made a point of only using the finest fabrics. Luxury is a key word here and with soft flannels which will keep out the chills on our daily commute during the coming months. Adding a fine coat will add that additional layer and Darren has given us a choice of two.

The Italian wool herringbone coat and the 'Tom'
windowpane check suit
The first of these coats is made in an Italian black and white herringbone wool fabric and has a contrasting black velvet collar. Seen above with the 'Tom' double breasted suit in a stunning grey windowpane check €890 / £820. The second of the coats and one that's now on my wish list is the burgundy brushed wool overcoat as seen below  with the the 'Holland’ three piece suit in grey & burgundy check flannel.

Other suits in the collection include the 'Brendan’, a blue flannel 2-piece suit and the 'Ernest’ which is a navy box check flannel 2-piece Suit.
Talking about his latest venture Darren said, “Our Spring Summer DK x LC ‘14 collection went down a storm both here and in the UK. I got a chance to wear every suit from the collection and the reaction I received was phenomenal. I feel confident that our new Autumn Winter collection is our strongest to date. Both Louis and I have put a lot of work in to this collection, making use of the highest quality Italian fabrics, our combined experience and knowledge to create what I believe is, the quintessential must have winter wardrobe…each piece is a future classic in its own right"

The 'Ernest' navy box check suit