Of all the great reasons to wear a watch, the most important one: telling the time.
Which is why we’ve always liked the straightforward timepieces from the Brits at Uniform Wares—who have carved themselves a nice minimalist niche in the watchosphere—and their latest series strips things down even more.
The 152 Series is everything you want in a dress watch and nothing you don’t: polished steel, black leather, weighs in at a barely there 6mm thick with a conservative 35mm diameter (the days of oversized cases are numbered). Plus, you can get a little flashier with the rose-gold version.
The dawning of the age of the boxer-brief basically put an end to the centuries-old underwear debate...
But we might have to reconsider after seeing this new collection of trim, lightweight cotton boxer shorts from newcomers Burtonwode—made in the UK and recently landed in British webshop Glass Boutique.
The five-panel construction is designed to stop any unwanted bunching, and the slim cut mimics the fit of the ubiquitous boxer-brief but gives you a little more breathing room (a precious commodity during this steamy time of year). There aren’t any smiley face prints, but you can opt for an all-over print of purple Einstein busts. Not to mention, they come in some handsome packaging.
Pulp is having a moment. They played a packed house at Radio City last night and they’re headed to Coachella this weekend, with more than a few talk show gigs along the way. It’s a reminder of something many fans never forgot: Jarvis Cocker is a very well-dressed man.
In case you’re not convinced, we’ve got photographic evidence…
While the British remain vigilant in their refusal to hop on the mid-20th-century orthodontia bandwagon, they appear to be way, way out in front when it comes to volumizing men’s eyelashes. Earlier this month, Eylure, a UK-based makeup company, launched a series of false lashes for men, claiming they help to “recreate that Hollywood gaze.” You won’t get any argument from us there.
It’s too early to tell whether guylashes will catch on. Though it seems they have the best chance to do so in England, where 3 million men admitted to wearing makeup regularly, according to the Daily Mail.
One of the perks of the blogging life is that we occasionally get to sit down with brilliant designers. Now is one of those times.
The gentleman in question is Tim Little, the Creative Director at Grenson, a mastermind of broguing who happens to have a few exclusive vibram-soled items available exclusively from our friends at UrbanDaddy Perks. We sat down with Mr. Little to talk boots, heritage, and the intersection of British and American workwear.
What’s your philosophy for designing these boots?We try to take the essence of what the company is—the heritage, the history, everything we're good at—and make that relevant for today. Everything comes from a very long line of what we¹ve done over the years. We use all the same styling from the past 100 years of Grenson, but we updated it, changed the materials slightly, to bring it up to date.
So far, we’ve resisted the urge to write about tomorrow’s Royal Wedding, but since he's going to be in a very big spotlight, we couldn’t let the occasion pass without a few words concerning William’s status as the standard bearer for British style.
In short, the prince dresses like a banker. And it’s bad news.
A shocking number of the world’s umbrellas seem to be of the ramshackle $5 variety—especially shocking since just a little bit more flair will get you one of the more handsome items in your closet. One of our favorite examples: this plaid union jack brolly from London Undercover. Their Slim Walker line is full of cheeky takes on the classic English accoutrement, including another lined with a photo close-up of a plate of fish and chips—in case you forget to think of England.
The double-breasted blazer is enjoying a bit of a renaissance, so we’ve drawn up a little map for your venture into double-wide territory. Of course, the first rule is the same as always: wear it with bombast. Here are the others.
We’ve got a soft spot for trad writers, but when one of them manages to carry the look through to the colonies, we start taking notes. So in honor of his latest adaptation, we’re bringing you a quick appraisal of the glorious mound of v-neck sweaters and linen suits known as Graham Greene.
Apparently letting a flock of sheep loose outside Selfridges was supposed to say something about the enduring appeal of British wool (which is responsible for Harris Tweed, among other things)…but we’re guessing that got lost around the time someone dyed them yellow.
Along with all things mulled, fall brings a bit of an outerwear conundrum: to bundle or not to bundle? Our favored solution is the vintage tweed jacket, recognized worldwide as a staple of bookish gents. And as luck would have it, we’ve found a new source for them.
It’s called Tweedman's Vintage, an online shop gathering together Harris Tweed blazers, velvet smoking jackets and skinny silk ties—in short, the best British vintage has to offer.
Based out of Cambridgeshire (naturally), the duo behind this online emporium has done a superb job of combing through charity shops and the closets of British grandfathers alike to maintain a variety of impeccably preserved woven relics. They’re the perfect transitional piece for fall—polished and, when paired with your knit of choice, just shy of winter weight.
We can neither confirm nor deny the residual scent of pipe tobacco.