Friday, 29 July 2016

Nike Running gear from Mr Porter

Craig of That Dapper Chap tries out running gear by Nike from Mr Porter

Avid followers of my Instagram account will know that I'm a keen runner. Racking up around 100km each month I run to keep my heart healthy and to keep the fat at bay. I love a pizza as much as the next guy, I just don't want to look like I do! You do the crime, you do the time! That means hitting the pavement hard and shifting the calories from last night's takeaway.

If you're a stylish guy during the day there's no reason not to look stylish while you work out too. That's where Mr Porter comes in! So throw away those paint splattered cut off joggers and get in the game.

The guys at Mr Porter have a huge designer sportswear for the modern man. Covering nine disciplines, they offer clothing for cycling, sailing and tennis to name just a few. You name it, they stock it.

As a runner I was keen to look at their range of running gear and chose to stay loyal to Nike, grabbing a Pro Combat Hypercool Dri-FIT Max Compression Top, a pair of Air Zoom Pegasus 32 Flash Mesh Sneakers and a pair of Distance Dri-Fit Shorts. Unfortunately the trainers and the shorts have now sold out. You snooze, you lose right! But Mr Porter have many many other options for you.


Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Get Shorty

Craig of That Dapper Chap puts together 3 looks from 3 very different pairs of shorts from Jacamo

Every guys knows how to wear your standard denim shorts, chuck on an old T Shirt and some trainers and your done. And we all have those slouchy jogging shorts like we sling on for chilling out in front of the TV. But what about a smarter look with shorts? What about red shorts? Or white? How would you wear patterned shorts? Well, have no fear That Dapper Chap and Jacamo is here to help

LOOK 1 - The White Shorts

A lot of guys think that white or stone coloured shorts are difficult to wear. Do you team them with a plain white shirt? Can you wear a darker colour on top? And if so what shoes do you wear?

Well, below I've chosen a light blue floral shirt, perfectly summery, and it elevates the shorts and gives them a much more refined look than you would achieve if you were to simply add a white shirt or T shirt. Jacamo have a wealth of shirts available, take a look, there's bound to be something you like there.

Adding the classic brogues and a straw trilby creates a very British look. Add a bag for your phone and wallets etc and you're all set for that summer picnic.

Stone coloured Black Label Stone linen shorts £28.00

Look 2 - The patterned shorts

Patterned shorts are easily avoidable because there aren't many examples of patterned tailored shorts out there. Embrace pattern but make it the focal point of your look, and keep everything else simple. 

Adding a patterned shirt will just make you look like you've been at the dressing up box, so I've chosen a classic white Grandad shirt, white trainers and a grey cap to maintain a relaxed and less formal look.

Look 3 - The Red Shorts

Red! urgghhhh, what do you team with red shorts? Easier to just to walk away right, and choose the navy option! Unlike patterned shorts you can go ahead and team them with a patterned shirt, but make sure that within the pattern there is a colour that matches or compliments the colour of the shorts. This floral shirts is just the ticket.

With the sunglasses, brogues and bag all carrying the same red brown hue, it will create a very cohesive look and will be smart enough for the office. Just avoid socks!

So, if you want to take the plunge and move away from denim, navy or basic shorts and want to inject a bit more personality into your look, go for something a bit different. When you do, please post a picture on social media and tag That Dapper Chap and Jacamo to get noticed!




Saturday, 23 July 2016

The Launch Collection From Lane Forty Five

Craig of That Dapper Chap attends the launch collection event from new brand LaneFortyFive.

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a beautiful suit while scrolling through Instagram. It was a navy tweed waistcoat and trousers made by a new brand called LaneFortyFive. After liking and commenting on the picture I received a lovely email from founder Tan.  A few emails later and here I am at the event for the launch of their first collection.

The range of LaneFortyFive jackets


Thursday, 21 July 2016

Five summer must haves from Regal Gentleman

Craig of That Dapper Chap gives us his top five products from the range at Regal Gentleman for summer 2016

The guys at Regal Gentleman have been giving us some great products for a while now. But do we need to change what we use during warmer months? well, yes and no. If you love a product and want to continue using it all year, that's okay, but I would recommend that when the temperature rises that you dial down on your fragrance and dial up on the UV protection!

So, with that in mind, here are my top five products for summer 2016.

Moisturiser with sun protection

The Jack Black Double Duty face moisturiser contains both UVA and UVB protection from the suns rays which will help against premature ageing from over exposure to the sun. Not something to be sniffed at. At £29.00 for 97ml it's cheaper than a face lift.


Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Jeff Banks Savile Row

Craig of That Dapper Chap introduces Jeff Banks of Savile Row and details the career of this much loved fashion icon.

About Jeff Banks

The 6th September 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of Jeff Banks in the fashion industry. He opened his first shop 'Clobber' in Blackheath, London on that day in 1964.

He has since gone on to be Womenswear Designer of the Year twice, Menswear Journalist of the Year and Retailer of the Year.


Saturday, 16 July 2016

Otter Box & Red Bull, Mixtape Vol 3

Craig of That Dapper Chap attends the Otter Box X Red Bull MixTape Vol 3 party at the Red Bull Studios, London and shares the sights and sounds of the event.

With a line up of great artists like Shadow Child, Troy Gunner, Castro and Lokane, among others, the Red Bull X Otter Box event was always going to give us a great night. Making my way across London for Mix Tape Vol 3, I was excited to be a part of it and I wasn't disappointed.


Tuesday, 12 July 2016

London Collections: Men - Day 3


Every good thing comes to an end right? Although London Collections: Men, spans four days, I was only able to attend three due to other commitments, so on Sunday morning I packed my case, and said goodbye to my Uncle, who had kindly given me a bed for the weekend, and I set off for the shows.

Christopher Ræburn

My first show on Sunday was Christopher Ræburn. Christopher Ræburn is one of the most exciting designer fashion businesses emerging from the current British fashion scene. Christopher’s pioneering work has brought sustainable design to a mainstream fashion audience embodying luxury with integrity.

Christopher Raeburn, relevant and wearable fashion for the modern man

The brand currently has over sixty stockists worldwide and has received an amazing array of media coverage nationally and internationally. In her review of the Autumn ⁄ Winter 2014 ‘POLARIS’ menswear collection in the New York Times Suzy Menkes said “It is Mr Ræburn’s clear vision of clothes that protect man and the planet that make him an original and exceptional designer”.

Guests at the Christopher Raeburn record and tweet the collection 

Chester Barrie

One of my favourite presentations has to be Chester Barrie, who always gives us a beautiful collection of incredible tailoring. Occasionwear sat with sharp suits and less formal blazers. Each piece was wonderfully accessorised with Chester Barrie ties and pocket squares.

The Chester Barrie collection gave us beautiful tailoring suitable for all occasions

Guests at the Chester Barrie presentation enjoy the collection

Myself and TV presenter Darren Kennedy at the event


After a coffee break and a bite to eat it was back to the strand to see the XIMONLEE and GQ China show. Switching up the style from the last event, XIMONLEE gave us something very different. With a front row seat I got to see the collection close up and you might just spot me in the video below!

Deconstructed conceptual design from XIMONLEE

Being the first menswear designer to win the H&M Design Award (2015), Ximon decided to start his own eponymous line XIMONLEE. Ximon's meticulous and highly original work has since made a strong impact within the industry.

A closer look at some of the pieces offered by XIMONLEE

Apart from his global collaboration with H&M, he was invited to showcase his AW15 collection in Vfiles Made Fashion during NYFW in February 2015 and at the prestigious LVMH Prize showroom in Paris. Ximon Lee has been selected to the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 list after one year since the line was launched.


My final show of this season was the KTZ show. During the walk there, the skies blackened and the rain fell. Suits got wet and umbrellas became a necessary accessory. But I was told it would all be worth it, as KTZ always offers an incredible show.

Three looks from the KTZ collection at London Collections: Men

Conceived in 2003, KTZ is a contemporary London-based fashion label under the creative direction of Marjan Pejoski and management of Sasko Bezovski. In 1996 the pair opened the shop Kokon to Zai in Soho as a hybrid music and fashion store, which became a platform for creative projects, showcased cutting edge designers and produced the label KTZ.

I have to say that while the clothing shown isn't my style, I do very much respect the concept and the level of design that went into each and every piece.

Roll on January

So, with my final show done and my LC:M at an end, I boarded the train and made my way home. What a fantastic weekend! I saw everything from tuxedos to leather bondage gear. Only at LC:M do you get such a hugely diverse selection of designers and menswear, and The British Fashion Council have once again done themselves proud. Roll on January!
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