Mens Style Blog

The stylish commencement of Mr. Gentry opens with a telling tale of hearty practice in mens style thinking. Mr. Gentry is the anonymous name used to bring style musings and insider observations from the working world of our industry to the outside net. Defined as being "the condition or rank of a gentleman", my interpretation is a classically style minded man with a urban interest of dress who pursues the Gentry Style. Mr. Gentry is not just about things being in the "Now", this is simply because by the time I have finished typing the word now its too late, now is already then.

Friday, 23 April 2010

Oki-Ni Shofolk suede shoes

Spring is finally here, which means it's time to put those boots away and slip on something lighter. If boat shoes and sandals aren't doing it for you, check out the The Alaric, by Folk Clothing's sister label Shofolk.

Handmade in Portugal, Shofolk's modern twist on the classic Oxford shoe is an elegant substitute for spring plimsolls when that warmer weather finally arrives. Comfort and a timeless tan colour come together for a clean look, featuring suede on the upper and off-white rubber sole, with a contrasting mid-brown leather heel tag providing a nice detail. 
The perfect partner for rolled-up chinos this spring and summer, the Alaric is exclusive to oki-ni, but is only available in limited numbers.
Priced at £125

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Sunspel's first standalone store

That Sunspel makes the most refined T-shirts and boxers should not be surprising - the Derbyshire-based brand has been refining them for 150 years. Only now though has Sunspel opened a standalone store, in London's Shoreditch, following the success of its pre-Christmas Mayfair pop-up shop. As well as the full collection, including the Riviera polo that Daniel Craig wore inCasino Royale, you can also buy Levi's 501s so you can recreate that iconic ad where Nick Kamen stripped down to his Sunspel smalls in the middle of a laundrette.
7 Redchurch Street, London E2. 0207 739 9729

Friday, 16 April 2010

Useful Wastage

Though the sentiments behind new art-eco-fashion brand ISSI are truly worthy we cannot accept that ‘waste not, want not’ is a maxim that necessarily rings true. Why? Well, ISSI’s products might all be made from waste but we really, really want them.  

The launch collection has been produced in collaboration with a series of award-winning contemporary visual artists. The ‘Volcano’ Messenger bag £260 and Kitbag (above £270) by artist Paul Morrison are made from decommissioned fire-hose and reclaimed parachute silk. Fifty per cent of profits from the ISSI range go back into charities associated with waste.

My favorite is the Kit Bag priced which you can buy online here or find the collection at Selfridges from 4 May.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

3 is the magic number

The three button blazer was seen as the stuff of uptight geography teachers for a long time. But now, with brands like Visvim, Our Legacy and Norse Projects all adapting them for summer, that perception could be about to change.

Visvim and Norse Projects have taken the loud and proud approach to three button tailoring, the only problem with Visvim being that getting hold of it is a rather arduous task. Out of the three, Our Legacy have taken a subtler approach, hiding the third button behind the lapels. Whatever your pick, with all this choice, there’s never been a better time to take style tips from your old teacher.

Monday, 12 April 2010

A Clockwork Orange

Luxury - a word we find banded around by so many "non-luxury" classified brands these days. To my mind this is a word to be used to pin-point and categorise a very specific type of production quality, expertise's and ultimately the expense paid for such items produced with these points in-mind.

French luxury brand Hermes, who could single handily define the word luxury, stand only for the highest level of quality and have been producing covetable good since it was founded way back in 1837, and in-time for Spring-Summer holiday season continue to reign supreme with the ultimate nautical watch.

Hermes introduced the Clipper watches, which were originally designed by Henri d'Origny in 1981.  Named after old three-mastered racing ships, the watches were always nautical in nature - and the newest version arrives in an eye catching 44mm case, suggests that its owner will probably spend most its his time flitting between Mediterranean ports and Caribbean hideaways. 

The masculine and sporty design is accentuated by the black free face and orange rubber strap. Inside the steal and titanium case -luxury point proven- there's an automatic chronograph Valjoux movement, which is protected at depths of up to 200 metres.

Priced at £3,700

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Friday, 9 April 2010

Gentry Quick Fix - Hentsch Man X Garbstore

The divine genius of Hentsch Man is upon us once again, this time not in a pop-up store format (see Mr.Gentry post from 2nd December 2009) but in the form of 3 beautifully crafted, and exclusive, styles of shorting apparel for online retailer Garbstore.

Hentsch Man - a brand started up with the aim of producing simple, elegant and wearable menswear, has perfect gentlemanly values of simplicity and functionality for young men with a refined aesthetic sense that must be saluted!

The Nantucket shorts by Hentsch Man for Garbstore keep true to their simple tailored ethos and subtly arrive with an equaility simple colour palette to choose from; Coral, navy and a grey-on-grey fine stripe.
Priced at £95
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Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Sperry - Re-building a classic

April is a confusing month for weather, a most un-profound statement to make i know but having mother natures movements for the week ahead thrust towards me via my morning television, i find it hard to believe we shall be faced once again with any permanent sunshine!?

However, turning the clocks back to embrace what should be Spring, i realise that the seasonal changing over of my winter wardrobe to lighter spring/summer options should not be viewed as a rushed step to far, as i am not the only one waving the flag for the warmer months, having spotted early deck shoe appearances around the feet and streets of London and now its time for a blog post announcing their arrival.

There have been a whole host of respectable options which have fallen into my inbox over the past month; from Lacoste and ASOS, classic Gucci in red and blue rubber, to a beautiful hybrid pair from Opening Ceremony, but the ones to catch my eye, if only for its 75 year heritage, arrive from Sperry Top-Sider.

The brand started when a certain Paul Sperry invented the first boat shoe in 1935 after observing his dog's ability to maintain sturdy and not "hit the deck" on the slippery surface! Mr Sperry incorporated the wave like groves found on the dog's paw which have continued to be the inspiration for the Sperry Top-Sider sole that we see today.

To celebrate, Sperry have released a limited edition 75th Anniversary collection consisting of 3 unique styles; the Double-Sole, the Seamate and CVO all reworked for 2010 and packaged in commemorative shoe boxes inspired by the original packaging.

Priced from £50
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