Friday, 26 August 2016

Gieves & Hawkes AW16 campaign uses father and son models

Well done to Gieves & Hawkes for reversing the menswear trend towards advertising only to younger men with their autumn/winter campaign. It features father and some models Andre van Noord and Parker van Noord and was shot by Arnaldo Anaya Lucca. It's an obvious way forward to capture the older market and I look forward to other brands mixing young and old in this way.

As you'd expect, a classic collection is given a clean edge with crisp shapes and superb fabrics. See Gieves & Hawkes.

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Father of the Bride: A Wedding and a British-Made Outfit

Many of you have been following the story of my search for an entirely British-made outfit for my role as father of the bride at my daughter's wedding in July. As any parent who's experienced a child's wedding will know, the event is a mix of joy, pride, nervousness and celebration. The nerves kicked in before I walked my beautiful daughter up the aisle and remained until I'd given my speech later that afternoon. It was a weekend to remember and I'll never forget the happiness on the faces of all present. 

Photography Samantha Jane (link below)

Details of the outfit can be found on previous features here on the blog. I'd like to repeat my thank to all the brands who generously gave items for free or at a reduced cost. The items were a testament to British quality, manufacture and craftsmanship. See information below.

Bespoke morning coat and Prince of Wales check trousers (British cloth): Cad and The Dandy
Bespoke shirt: Turnbull & Asser
Waistcoat: Sirplus
Shoes: Barker
Socks: Pantherella
Underwear: British Boxers
Braces: British Belt Co
Cufflinks: Abi Insoll (I will be featuring Abi's work at a future date on the blog)

Tie (bought at retail cost): Drake's

To complete the British-made theme I wore a vintage Smiths watch - made in Cheltenham, England in the fifties.

My daughter's vintage lace dress was from Gillian Million.
Photography Samantha Jane.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Grey Fox on Instagram has the attention of The Times

My efforts on Instagram attracted the attention of The Times last week. 'Meet the Instagrans: silver stars of social media', featured eight older users of Instagram, from Iris Apfel to Linda Rodin. All were women, except for me, which underlines the scarcity of older male bloggers and sadly means I have to put up with the 'Instagran' epithet. However, I was lucky to make the cut as I was the youngest there by a margin. Here is what was said about Grey Fox:

You can read the feature here (subscription required).

I'm building Grey Fox's presence on Instagram. Its speed and ease of use enables me to post material in a fraction of the time that a blog post takes. The impact is similar, although less long term. Periodic 'outfit of the day' posts, mixed with images of things that catch my eye and of Harry, the #BlogDog, can be found. Please follow me on Instagram by clicking here.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Oliver Sweeney strengthen their clothing collection for AW16

Oliver Sweeney, one of the few menswear brands that advertise to the older man (and should therefore be supported by readers of Grey Fox) have been mainly known for their footwear. Their clothing collection has been building to the point where, this autumn, they offer a full menswear collection for the first time.

Inspired by classic and vintage styles, the collection varies from outerwear, through knitwear to suits and accessories. Available now. See Oliver Sweeney.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

A visit to the Churchill War Rooms courtesy of Realm & Empire

I was recently invited to the Churchill War Rooms in Whitehall, London by Realm & Empire, whose menswear borrows heavily from the military archives of the Imperial War Museum, which runs the Churchill War Rooms.

Churchill's bedroom in which he would dictate and conduct meetings

During the Second World War some of the cellars and basements under Whitehall, in the centre of London, were reinforced with concrete and large steel frames to provide safe, bomb-proofed office space for the Cabinet, politicians, civil servants and military working to win the war against Germany and its allies.

I'm wearing a Realm & Empire Montgomery casual blazer in stone

We were given a fascinating private tour of the War Rooms, seeing the map room where vital information was collated about the progress of the war. Memorabilia of Churchill himself include his cigars, the chair he sat in and many of the artefacts he would have used and seen daily.

Colourful telephones in the map room

For more information about the Imperial War Museum click here, click here. To see Realm & Empire's range of clothing, click here.

I was a guest of Realm & Empire and IWM. I was not compensated for this post.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Pocket squares for summer: reds and pinks

This is a companion post to Ties for Summer here. For warmer days, as with ties, look for summery materials, such as linen and cotton, and brighter, less formal, playful colours and designs. Here are some favourites with red or pink themes:

From top left clockwise:
Rampley & Co silk
Gieves & Hawkes linen
Drake's cotton and silk
Cravat Club silk
Dancys cotton floral
Aaron Hales silk

This post is unsponsored. The selection and all views are my own.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Ties for the summer: cool neckwear

There's no reason to abandon ties in the summer. Still needed for formal or workwear, it's possible to find neckwear that uses lighter fabrics and brighter colours to reflect the informality and joy of the holiday season. Here I find some summery choices.

Cool, stylish and summery with a colonial, military feel. Private White VC Eco tie - stone

As with summer clothes, look for lightweight materials: cotton, linen, silk, seersucker and knitted wool or silk to give a less-formal feel. Brighter colours and floral patterns give a seasonal feel and avoid heavier winter looks. While it's a matter of personal choice, I feel that skinny ties are rather yesterday and prefer the easier proportions of a medium width tie.

These ties look good with a summer blazer, cotton suit or just a linen shirt. The English silk and linen summer tie immediately below (made in London by Seaward & Stearn) is the type of thing to look out for:

Seaward & Stearn


Shaun Gordon

Thomas Pink

Top left anti-clockwise: Dancys, Penelope Cream, Zazzle, Mrs Bow Tie, Augustus Hare, M&S

Drake's - beautiful shantung, tussah or grenadine silk ties ideal for summer. Made in England
Hardy Amies
Marks & Spencer
Mrs Bow Tie (British-made)
Penelope Cream (hand-knitted in England)
Private White VC
Seaward & Stearn, a brand you may not know, but made in London
Shaun Gordon
Thomas Pink
I was not compensated for this post and the choices are entirely mine. If you would like to contribute to help with the costs of this blog, I'd be very grateful. Such contributions may be made here at the bottom of the page (or contact me to buy advertising space and/or send me a summer tie to wear).
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