Thursday, May 16, 2013

Men's Notebook: Boss hits the road, Grenson plays with cork, camo in Glasto and more

This season Victorinox continues its Protect project, created by its artistic director Christopher Raeburn 'to explore the role of clothing to protect one's body from the elements as well as one's responsibility to protect the environment'. This time round, there is a festival twist. The capsule collection of weather-resistant pieces which can be seen above and includes a poncho (£240) and a gilet (£195), both made from recycled fabrics printed with a modern camouflage design. Victorinox has also developed a free app, Festival Ready , which has a GPS navigation tool to help you locate your tent, a torch and a personal safety alarm.

Over nearly 20 years AllSaints has championed an aestheic which is very much rooted in the high grunge era in which it was founded. Battered leather and denim, boiled wool and pre-scuffed footwear are all part of a formula which has at times been hugely successful, while at others has left the company on the brink of administration . There are hopes that a new international expansion programme will reverse its fortunes. What's also interesting is that over the last few seasons there have been signs that All Saints is expanding its remit and offering a more lighthearted element to its collection. This spring, a lighter colour palette, micro floral prints and Superman motifs sit alongside the trademark rock tees and leather jackets. Even the impeccably dressed Eddie Redmayne - who we're used to seeing in Burberry and Dior Homme - gave AllSaints the thumbs up with a head to toe look at the MTV Music Awards last month. And you can't get much less grunge than Eddie, can you?

Sporting something stylish Next Tuesday Hugo Boss unveils its Boss Mobile Store: a branded lorry that will be popping up at a series of sports events in Britain, where it will unfurl into an 860sq ft shop. First up is the BMW PGA golf championship at Wentworth (May 21-26), then the Scottish Open (July 11-14) and Cowes Week (August 3-10). The store will sell a selection from Hugo Boss's sportier ranges, including Boss Green (shown above) and the Pro range, and will double up as a place to party, with a bar, rooftop terrace and DJs on hand.

There is some pleasing material innovation from the British heritage brand
Grenson this season, not least in its application of ('mock') cork and denim to a pair of wing cap Oxfords. The Gibson shoe is based on the shape of Grenson's traditional Stanley shoe. There's also a version whose upper is made completely from the the flexible cork-like material. Both cost £170. 

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