Hello there, and Happy New Year! Apologies for going AWOL for a bit there, it has been a suitably hectic festive period and I’ve only just re-logged onto my laptop in preparation for LCM next week – hooray!
For my first post of 2014, I bring you a top to toe (well not quite toe) menswear outfit shot on a rather blustery and wet day in Surrey. If you too spent Christmas in the UK you will empathise with my efforts to photograph my newly acquired threads in an outdoor setting!
For today’s post I am wearing three of my favourite menswear brands; Brixtol, Grenson and albam. You’ve been introduced to my D.W bomber before, by Swenglish brand Brixtol who are updating waxed outerwear with a mod aesthetic and contemporary cut. On my feet I have my current most prized possession, my Grenson EMMA boots (thank you Santa). British heritage footwear brand Grenson have been creating gorgeous mens leather brogues since the mid-19th century, but only took the plunge into women’s footwear a few years ago. I love the distinctive rubber sole that toughens up an otherwise classic leather boot.
The rest of my outfit is courtesy of albam clothing. Menswear aficionados will be familiar with this British brand, who create quality garments that transcend seasonal fashion trends. Regulars in the likes of The Sunday Times Style section, GQ and Esquire, albam has made a name for itself in the ‘made in England’ space, promising its loyal following well-crafted clothing constructed from the finest fabrics.
Founders James Shaw and Alastair Rae, were sick of buying clothing that disintegrated/lost their colour soon after their first wash, so they set out to create an alternative. Starting with the ubiquitous white t-shirt they started off with a collection of premium basics, and then expanded into other areas, including accessories (check out my bobble hat and backpack). Of particular note is the brands denim line. All albam’s denim is crafted from Japanese custom woven 13oz Vintage Rope dyed Indigo which is then cut into jeans in the North of England. If, like me, you are more-accustomed to buying your denim on the high street you will be amazed at how different a real pair of jeans feels when you pull them on. The smallest waist size available is 28″, and their sweaters (like the one I’m wearing) come in small enough sized for us girls to wear too.
If you are looking for understated, smart-casual clothing, that will have you looking effortlessly cool then you need look no further than albam. Girls in menswear, this is a brand to watch.