Tuesday, 6 October 2015

The Ben Sherman Style Challenge Part 2 - Smart

Craig of That Dapper Chap styles three looks from the Ben Sherman AW15 range. This Suited and booted look is the second.

I was really pleased to be contacted by Ben Sherman as asked if I'd like to put together three looks from their Autumn Winter 2015 range. As a fan of the brand, of course I was going to jump at the chance!

I have gone for three distinctly different styles, one smart, one smart casual and the last one casual, just so I can show you the range of clothing that they offer.

This shoot by Ian Clark was shot in Waterloo train station,London,to keep in with the Ben Sherman 'London Calling' campaign.


Look 2 - Suited & Booted

This second look takes things up a notch and shows off some of the great tailoring offered by Ben Sherman. Not yet available online, this 2 piece suit has a distinct check pattern that sets it apart from the standard navy suit. Still predominantly blue, it does have a shades of green and heather grey which add some real interest.

The suit fits really well. Okay so I had to alter the length of the trousers but that's because I'm not one of the taller folk among us. The trousers fitted well on the waist in my size and the jacket felt like it was made for me.  In a time when different brands offer varying sizes of a 40" chest it's comforting to know that Ben Sherman seem to stick to the correct measurements. There's nothing more frustrating than buying a jacket in your size only to find that it way too big or small for you. If your chest measures 40" that's the size jacket that should should rightly expect to fit you!

Keeping things tidy and business ready I opted for a clean, simple, white cotton shirt and a navy knitted neck tie. I think wearing a patterned shirt with this suit would prove difficult and the pattern would need to be very subtle. I personally wanted the suit to speak for itself and not distract the eye with other obvious elements.

To complete the look I opted for the classic Daniel Wellington watch but switched out the blue and green strap for a plain navy one, again to keep things elegant and simple. As for footwear I went for a houndstooth patterned sock and a classic black tassel loafer.

I hope you're enjoying this series. Check back soon for the final 'casual' installment and If you like the suit, just keep checking online or in store as it's going to be available any day.

Where It's All From

Check Suit - Ben Sherman
White Cotton Shirt - Ben Sherman
Navy Knitted Tie - Ben Sherman
Black Loafers - Ben Sherman
Watch - Daniel Wellington
Houndstooth Socks - Rock My Socks


Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The Ben Sherman Styling Challenge Pt 1

Craig of That Dapper Chap styles three looks from the Ben Sherman AW15 range. This Smart casual look is the first

I was really pleased to be contacted by Ben Sherman as asked if I'd like to put together three looks from their Autumn Winter 2015 range. As a fan of the brand, of course I was going to jump at the chance!

I have gone for three distinctly different styles, one smart, one smart casual and the last one casual, just so I can show you the range of clothing that they offer.

This shoot by Ian Clark was shot around London, Waterloo to keep in with the Ben Sherman 'London Calling' campaign.


Look 1 - Smart Casual

For the first look I wanted something that would be suitable for the office but which also wouldn't look out of place in the pub on a friday night to round off the week with a beer with your mates.

These smart look slim fit jeans fit the bill perfectly. In a solid denim colour without fading or rips they add a relaxed element to what could otherwise be a very smart look if tailored trousers were worn.

Smart casual in jeans and blazer

Details of the navy blazer

The navy blazer is a classic, well fitted and comfortable to wear it can easily be dressed up or dressed right down with jeans, T-Shirt and trainers. The knitted tie keeps things a little more formal but also adds some interest due to the slightly unusual pattern.

Taking time out in the shadow of the Shard

Chelsea boots help keep the look office ready

Any city gent needs a great bag and for me this one is perfect. This is the iconic double zip commuter bag and comes in black or navy. The thing that appeals most is the fact that it has both handles and a removable strap. It's spacious and apart from that it just looks really cool.

The spacious leather 'Iconic double zip commuter bag' £60.00

Man about town

Keeping things clean and simple I opted for a plain, slim fit pale blue cotton shirt with a button down collar. The chelsea boots are very on trend right now and finish this look off very well.

Inside detailing of the blazer

Coffee in hand and ready to start the day

A closer look at the 'Mod' tie £35.00

Keep thing simple with a crisp white shirt

Chelsea boots are very on trend for AW15

A look for the office or for the pub

Sheltering from the autumn breeze

Roll up the sleeves to make things more casual

Mickey helps to keep things fun

Every city guy needs a great bag

simple and classic

I hope you've enjoyed this first look. Let me know what you think by adding a comment.

Check back for the second look soon and take a look at the new range now.

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Monday, 28 September 2015

The Peter Werth 40th Anniversary Store Opening

Craig of That Dapper Chap attends the opening of the latest Peter Werth store and celebrates their 40th anniversary

Remember Peter Werth?

As some of us may already know, Menswear brand Peter Werth has been around for a while, since 1975 to be precise when they opened in London Islington

I can still remember our local high street store in the 1980's. A restructure saw the closure of many stores around the UK, but I'm pleased to see that this British heritage brand are back in a big way, and challenging some of the more well-know brands on our streets when it comes to style and quality. So I was pleased to get an invitation to the opening of their newest store which celebrates 40 years in the business.

The window of the new Eastcastle store

Celebrating 40 Years

Peter Werth’s 40th anniversary collection reflects their knitwear heritage and working class style; it also delivers their ongoing passion for delivering relevant, contemporary pieces with a sense of authority and understated style. Featuring knitwear, Made in London coats, shirts and footwear styles reflecting the wardrobes of working-class style tribes from the late ‘70s (the era they were founded), each piece is given a contemporary Peter Werth modern twist.

Yours truly wearing my new Peter Werth tartan coat

The guys at Peter Werth told me "As part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations, Peter Werth is delighted to announce that we're opening our second standalone London shop on Eastcastle Street, right in the heart of Oxford Circus"

"Situated on the site of our London headquarters at No. 26 Eastcastle street, which currently houses our creative studio and showroom, our 200sq ft concept shop will showcase a hand picked selection of styles from our seasonal range as well as being used as a testing ground for new Peter Werth products and the evolution of the brand"

The new collection in store
Guests meet to celebrate 40 years in the industry

Peter Werth looks displayed on the trendy bare brick wall
Guests and the DJ at the event
Caught on camera: Me doing my thing at the Peter Werth party
Rails of great new clothing for AW15

According to Phil Jones, Creative Director at Peter Werth "The store will take on a slightly different appearance from our existing Earlham Street, Seven Dials store allowing us to explore every element of the brand and get instant feedback from our loyal customers. It will be about defining the Peter Werth of the future"

Leather, wool and cotton side by side
Guests discuss the collection while enjoying a complimentary drink

Phil Jones continues "As well as incorporating an edited selection of key styles from the Autumn Winter collection, it will allow us to test out our point of view on materials, styling and smell, It's a fantastic opportunity for us" I have to agree that it's a very exciting time for Peter Werth who are coming back in a big way with this concept.

A close look at a wonderful floral shirt
You'll find the other half of this picture below!

Alongside the Peter Werth collection the store will also showcase a hand-picked selection of exclusive, complementary brands, such as Alban totes and luggage and woodblock posters by Anthony Burrill. So, if you're in Oxford circus and fancy a break from the crowds take that 2 minutes stroll to Eastcastle Street and check out the new Peter Werth store.

Tweeting their favorite pieces from the collection
The DJ keeps the tunes coming

The celebrations

Stepping off the tube on a busy Thursday evening at Oxford Circus, it was just 2 minutes before I was away from the hustle and bustle, and jostling elbows of Oxford Street, where everyone seems nothing but intent on their own agenda, regardless of who is in front, behind or beside them! So with stiletto dented double monks and elbow shaped bruises on my chest and back, I breathed a sigh of relief as the new Peter Werth store appeared in front of me, full of exciting clothing, smiley faces and wine. All three of which I was very interested in getting to know better!

Monochrome, a great story this AW
Art by Anthony Burrill adorns the walls
The other half of the "you photograph me and I'll photograph you" moment
Peter Werth are offering great pattern this season

With a warm greeting and a cold glass I was shown around the collection. I am not exaggerating when I say that I could easily have taken home one of everything. I say 'easily' and that is based on me having a large vehicle taking me directly home with everything that I wanted!

More of the new AW15 collection
Press and fans alike turned out to celebrate 40 years

The Peter Worth pin which adorns many a jacket in store
Getting the party started

As the DJ spun his vinyl I met Tom, who's passion for the range was instantly notable and infectious. He's a guy who knows his stuff and what works. Like me he is very keen to keep as much of the brand as British as possible, and he delighted in telling me about the british fabrics and manufacturers that are being used in this collection.  I am so dedicated to British manufacture that I was instantly hooked, and with its strong heritage, high quality and affordability I recommend that you check them out.

Discussing the collection with Tom from Peter Werth

Guests from all over the UK mingle with folk from Peter Werth
Suede chukka boots in navy and beige, perfect from autumn
Celebrating their heritage with a nod to knitwear

I'm in love with that navy and grey check blazer
Shearling collars: big news this season 

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