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Last Chance Before Christmas: Store opening times 2018

As the festive period continues to fly by at break-neck speed – it’s less than ten sleeps to Christmas FYI – and the unprepared amongst us continue to find themselves avoiding the, ‘are you all sorted then?’ chatter instead opting to quietly reassure themselves that there’s plenty of time left, gently pushing the creeping sense of panic to the back of their mind as they feel the pressure mounting and another year of hastily bought, last minute gifts breathing down their neck.

Sound familiar? Not to worry! There is still time to save Christmas and get some presents in time for the arrival of you know who on the 25th. Whether you’re looking for last minute gifts, know what you are after or need some advice when it comes to buying for a loved one we’re not only open right up until the night before festivities kick off but, our in store Christmas sale starts Monday 17th so you can take advantage of reduced prices across a wide selection of the brands we have on offer including Norse Projects, Adidas, Ralph Lauren, CP Company and many more. Take a look below for our full list of opening times and come in and see us, we’d be more than happy to help you find the perfect gif


Christmas opening times

North Face

Peaks to Pavements – The North Face

It’s fair to say fashion has taken a swerve that no one could have anticipated over the past few years, with even the highest of high-end focusing solely on that of the streetwear trend. We explore a brand whos organic identity had them placed rightfully in the rankings of this megatrend from the offset, by documenting them in their new stomping ground.
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The North Face Hoodie The North Face Polartec Fleece The North Face HoodieThe North Face Concrete JungleThe North Face Expert Detailing Layering with The North Face The North Face Denali Fleece PantsGround level with The North Face


With an assortment of familiar silhouettes and fabrics, The North Face never fail to impress with their ability to give everything a fresh take. In an array of earthy toned fleece, poly and nylon with healthy dashes of camo print and the newly introduced repeat ‘brand mantra’ text, never stop exploring, you can stand out or blend in as you please.
The North Face Denali Fleece


The North Face Denali Fleece in Green


The North Face


Comme des Garçons SHIRT Pocket Shirt - Blue

5 Brands That Are Bossing Stripes This Season

We are going to show you the top 5 brands to rock stripes with this Summer.

  1. APC
  2. Folk
  3. Comme Des Garçons Shirt
  4. Saturdays NYC
  5. Norse Projects

Stripes are always going to be a good look no matter your age or gender, its a universal style that has stood the test of time and has thrived every season, especially in the summer thanks to its nautical heritage. The classic navy blue and white striped tees (also known as the Breton tee) that we know today originated from the French coastal region of Brittany. French Navy seamen in the area were given a striped woven top that featured 21 horizontal stripes (one for each of Napoleon’s victories) as their uniform, known as a matelotor marinière which helped them to be easily identified.

It holds a minimal style that gives your outfit a clean pattern. But there are many different ways to rock stripes as there are so many different styles Thick stripes, thin stripes, loads of stripes, a few stripes, horizontal, vertical, diagonal, there are many different types out there, you just need to find out which one fits your look the best. In this blog post, we show you five brands who are nailing the nautical theme.

#1 – A.P.C.

Renowned for their clean stripe patterns, the Parisian leaders of urban coolness present to us their nautical inspired SS18 collection, recreated in true A.P.C. character with their minimal stripe patterns as shown below with the Ecru Sweater which sees stripe accents wrap the colour and across the mid-rift. Alternatively, check out their whole collection here if you want some lighter options.

APC Stripe Jumper

APC Jumper

#2 – Folk

The British brand offers you subtle textures, roomy silhouettes and a hazy palette. With the inspiration being utility and sportswear made casual you can guarantee any piece from this collection will be your season’s rotational comfort piece. Below we have the Folk Fine Stripe Tee layered with the Utility Bomber.

Folk Stripe Tee

Folk Stripe Tee

#3 – Comme Des Garçons Shirt

Eccentric spots, stripes and pastel pallets are the centrepiece of this seasons CDG Shirt collection and its a brilliantly bonkers combo of which we expected nothing less, welcome to Aphrodite Comme Des Garcons Shirt, we welcome you with open arms. We wanted to stay true to the CDG branding and clashed patterns, mixing the polka dot t-shirt with a vertically striped Shirt overlay for an eye-catching impact which even Rei Kawakubo would be proud of.

Comme des Garçons SHIRT Pocket Shirt - Blue

Comme des Garçons SHIRT Pocket Shirt in Blue

#4 – Saturdays NYC

Inspired by ancient trade routes, the collection is clad with trucker style caps, warning sign-like graphic prints with an earthy colour palette, giving your wardrobe that refined edge it so rightfully deserves. Showing the ultimate cosy combination using the Saturdays NYC striped Jumper as the underlay, keeping you snug and warm whilst the T-Shirt gives you a sterling summer aesthetic thanks to the hit of Peach.

Saturdays NYC T- Shirt in White

Saturdays NYC T-Shirt in White

#5 – Norse Projects

Last but not least, the Scandinavian masters of minimalism are here with an adept mix of stripes, textures and pastel hues. Browse their collection and update your essentials, you won’t be disappointed. Here we have matched the Lilac Stripe Tee with the Norse Oswald Seersucker shirt to give a subtle underlay that shows through the shirt.

Norse Projects Long Sleeve T Shirt in Lilac Heather Stripe

Norse Projects Long Sleeve T-Shirt in Lilac Heather Stripe

Shop Our Entire Norse Projects Collection Here

Steal His Style: Drake

Drake’s style evolution has been a widely discussed subject. For the past few months, we have seen the Canadian rapper decked out in Stone Island, Nike, Adidas and of course his own brand OVO (October’s Very Own). He’s worth $100 million and one of the most famous musicians in the world, so why would you not want to dress like him?

When he wore the Moncler Maya jacket in his 2015 video Hotline Bling, the jacket sales soared, indicating that Drake is a huge style inspiration among the masses. According to an article on High Snobiety, a Moncler spokesperson said the Maya jacket had doubled in sales since the video release. Since wearing Moncler, Drake’s style archive has vastly grown. He’s known to favour the occasional piece of Stone Island, you only need to look at his Instagram to see just how much he wears it. It’s strange to think that a brand that has been for years famously associated with British youth culture is now on the backs of the most famous US rappers, (Travis Scott and Kendrick Lamar have also been seen donning the Italian brand). Recently Drake has been sporting casual style, kicking back in a pair of Adidas three stripe joggers and a neutral hoody.

Drake in Stone Island

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Drake takes streetwear to a new level, mixing simple tees and jeans with baggy silhouettes, layering denim jackets over hoodies and oversized checked shirts to give a whole new vibe. His simplistic look is sometimes vamped up with his range of Stone Island. Only recently he posted a photo of himself in a scarlet red Stone Island corduroy style shirt. A few weeks back we saw a whole new side to Drake as he stepped out in a tailored style coat, trousers and Chelsea style boots.

Find out how you can steal Drake’s style below.


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Drake Outfit

Hoody, £269, Y-3

Denim jacket, £239, AMI

Jeans, £145, Stone Island

Trainers, £145, Nike 


Drake Outfit 2

Jacket, £475, Stone Island 

Trainers, £105, Nike 

Trousers, £185, CP Company

What It Was Like To Style Tupac In The 90’s

Complex have been lucky enough to get a exclusive interview with Kenya Ware, about the challenge of capturing the look and essence of ‘90s hip-hop style, as the costume designer for All Eyez on Me. Kenya isn’t just any stylist they picked for the monumental task, she was married to a That Dogg Pound member & Snoop Dogg’s cousin, she even styled Tupac himself before he was killed in 1996. In this interview Kenya divulges in what it was like working with Tupac, what she wanted to accomplish with the wardrobe for All Eyez on Me, and why Tupac’s style will always be imitated.

What was it like shopping for Tha Dogg Pound?
Shopping for Tha Dogg Pound and Snoop was always fun because I got to create something different than gangster wear. They were in love with Guess shirts but still wanted the baggy Karl Kani jeans. It was a slow process to get them away from the Dickies uniform. I had to make sure that whatever I bought for them was oversized and was in either blue or grey, which were Tha Dogg Pounds’ and the Crips’ colors.

Why do you think Tupac’s style was copied so much in the years after his death? What do you think he would’ve thought of that?
Tupac was a pioneer of rap, period. This man created history and set a tone in just 24 years of life. He will forever be copied because his style was genuine. If he were alive today, at age 45, he’d probably teach the youth to be original and create their own style.

Watch the full interview below, or head over to Complex to read the transcript 

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Outfit Grid – Transitional Wear


Stay on trend this autumn with our key transitional pieces from some of our favourite brands.

Inspired by military apparel, the Our Legacy flight jacket gives a nod to its heritage with the fully lined bomber style. Produced in an Italian acrylic coated cotton the jacket is padded for extra warmth and features a faux fur trim for an understated designer finish. Styled with our Edwin jeans, a versatile everyday essential, the ED 80 are made from an exclusive Japanese Selvage and cut in a modern fit with a slightly tapered leg. The detailed stitching provides a slim line finish to the lower half.

To balance the darker tones, pair the ED 80’s with a simple subtle striped t-shirt from Norse Projects, with the Porter Yoshida & Co Tanker 2 Way Helmet bag adding an element of practicality. Lastly, no outfit is complete without footwear, in keeping with the casual theme the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith’s lend themselves to almost any style. The clean cut aesthetic and tonal white on white make these sneakers ideal for bringing your outfit into focus.



Our Legacy Shirts – Staple Shirts

Our Legacy Shirts

With humble beginnings that come from one of the world’s most contemporary and fashionable countries, Our Legacy has quickly risen to become one of the most desirable brands of the moment. Crafted by childhood friends Christopher Nying and Jockum Hallin, Our Legacy was initially started as a hobby, with the release of a range of printed t-shirts. The unique concept that the two friends created- to remodel and reimagine classic men’s fashion pieces for the modern day- soon developed at a rapid rate, leading to Our Legacy becoming a fully fledged brand in its own right.

Influenced by art, vintage fashion and contemporary flair, everything that Our Legacy craft has a distinct sense of individualism, craftsmanship and supreme quality.

It is perhaps in Our Legacy shirts that this design philosophy and commitment to being unique really shines through. From patterns that offer a fresh take on classic shirt formats, to materials that offer a sense of plush quality, Our Legacy shirts are the very definition of today’s sleek, ongoing style.  An unparalleled cut gives a flattering silhouette to Our Legacy shirts, whilst their detailed finishes, such as contrasting buttons add yet another twist to a sense of style that is anything but simple.

Even in their more subtle pieces, Our Legacy have managed to make their shirts instantly eye catching- whilst still allowing them to carry a premium styling appeal; a feat that is truly unique in today’s fresh style stakes.

View full collection of Our Legacy Clothing

How To Wear Long Sleeved Polo Shirts

An Introduction On How To Wear Long Sleeve Polo Shirts

A truly trustworthy garment is hard to come across, and like many firm wardrobe staples, the long sleeve polo finds itself drifting in and out of favour of the fashion pack; even though its credentials as a “go to piece” for instant style is unquestionable.

One of the many fables of fashion history, the true origins of the polo shirt may well have been lost to the pages of the past. Many believe that it was the French tennis player, Renė Lacoste, who bought the polo shirt and its classic pique fabric to the forefront of fashion after controversially wearing a white version of his own design on court. However, some fashion historians believe that British polo players based in India in the early 19th century utilized something similar to today’s modern polo shirt so that they would remain comfortable on horseback. It was at this time that additions such as button down collars, to prevent the collar moving were added to the style.

No matter where the polo shirt’s origins may lie, one thing is for certain; it is a versatile and fashionable ally. The long sleeve polo became a later edition to a wardrobe staple, proving to be just as versatile as its short sleeved counterpart, with a huge host of ways in which it can be worn.


Layering A Long Sleeve Polo Shirt

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A sure fire way to introduce an extra layer of warmth on a cold day, the long sleeve polo is a great piece to work with when you’re going for a layered look.

Never be afraid to experiment with contrasting textures and colours, however, if you want to opt for a sure fire piece that is going to sit well with the majority of your wardrobe, aim for neutral colours such as grey, black and white.

Extra touches, like collar and placket tipping can add subtle details if you’re layering up with something that still reveals a lot of your long sleeve polo, such as a body warmer. This look gives off a well thought out casual feel, so it’s perfect for linking up with dark denims and a pair of hiking style inspired boots to tie in with the outdoor background of the body warmer.

A strong collar shape on a long sleeved polo will make them easy to wear with a host of knitwear too, so don’t be afraid to link yours with a of crew or v-neck jumper.



Achieving A Smarter Appearance With A Long Sleeve Polo 

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Long sleeved polo’s aren’t just for casual wear. Going in for a fine gauge knitted piece can help add a classic feel to your smarter ensembles and help to give the tailoring elements of your wardrobe a whole new lease of life.
Opting for a knitted long sleeve polo shirt gives a much smarter resemblance than any style that is made using a pique fabric, meaning that you can wear them with trousers, chinos, or dark coloured jeans and shoes. To progress this smarter look further, introduce extra layers and give your style more depth.

Consider mixing your knitted long sleeve polo shirt with a thin half button cardigan with a deep V, then finishing it off with a well tailored blazer jacket to create a sartorially thoughtful image.


The Casual, Laid Back Look 

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The range of materials and designs behind the long sleeve polo really help to make it applicable in a range of situations. For a more casual look, aim to get a style made from pique cotton. This was the material used on the original polo shirt styles- it’s comfortable and breathable, as well as easy to dye with a host of colours. It is perhaps for the last reason in particular that the majority of casual long sleeve polo’s are produced using pique cotton.

Coming in a huge variety of colours, finding one to match your personality is easy; whether you’re quiet and understated with a sleek black edition, or wanting to make a statement with a bright red or purple.
Wear your casual long sleeved polo with a classic laid back feel-link them with tapered jeans and trainers for instant style with a timeless feel.


Wearing A Long Sleeve Polo To Achieve A Sporty Style(see photograph to left) 

Finally, bring the polo shirt full circle and wear your long sleeved interpretation with a sporting flair. Link it up with jogging bottoms that have a premium feel, to give a sleek athletic look to your casual attire.

A jogging bottom with a tapered leg, whilst a wise trainer choice will help keep you away from looking like you’ve just come out the gym, whilst the long sleeve pique polo will give you one of the ultimate laid back yet stylishly well appointed looks.


Browse this seasons full range of mens polo shirts


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How To Wear Patterned Shirts

An Introduction To The Shirt

A true wardrobe staple, the shirt has been a well dressed necessity for any concertedly dressed man throughout history. Well placed and adored throughout pretty much every fashion movement in history, from the gingham check shirts of the mod’s in the 1960’s, to the plain coloured Oxford shirts of preppy culture in the 1980’s and beyond, the shirt has played its role in pretty much every look that became a popular trend throughout our fashionable past.

A simple and elegant design, the shirt was perhaps favoured for its versatility. Being able to be crafted in a huge host of materials was the shirts original forte, after being made with everything from sleek cottons for formal attire to be worn with suits and tuxedos, to soft flannels that are perfect for wearing in the winter with denims. The huge variety in shirting options have helped to make them into one of the most effective multipurpose pieces hanging in your wardrobe.

Like anything that survives in the fast paced world of fashion, the shirt has changed and adapted with developing trends, changing everything from the fit, to the collar shape, colour and material to remain in the desirable eyes of your wardrobe.

One of the most recent movements in shirting has been a shift from the plain and simple, to the loud and proud. Prints and patterns have become the norm for casual and smart shirts, with everything from traditional checks and stripes, to full body prints and bright floral patterns taking over the mainstay of today’s fashion;  the shirt has received a new lease of life that brings it up to speed with a sleek, imaginative look.

The Patterned Shirt

With so many options now available in patterned shirting, finding a way to work them into your wardrobe can prove to be a trying task. From using full printed shirts all year round, to picking the right pattern for the right occasion, patterned shirts give your outfit a whole new feel thanks to the many ways in which they can be worn.


Simple With A Classic Edge

For a laid back feel, aim to keep your patterns simple with a classic edge. Shirts with an eye catching check are perfect for this; they pack a punch when it comes to getting a heritage look, so link them with a few other classics, with a pair of slim fitting dark denim jeans, and classic runner styled trainers. This whole ensemble offers a well thought out yet relaxed look, which makes the most of tried and trusted style pieces.(see photograph to right)

Smarter Attire

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Not just confined to casual wear, patterns can also be worked into your smarter attire. Don’t be afraid to blend a striking pattern, such as a bright floral print, with the tailored elements of your wardrobe.

Blazer jackets work wonders in this department thanks to their wide chest opening; they perfectly frame the pattern of any printed shirt you’ve linked it with. Using a pattern underneath a piece that by definition gives a smarter appearance offers you the chance to make a more dressed up look, it has more fashionable freedom than the simple clichéd white shirt ensemble.





Luxurious Style

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The print on the shirt should be loud enough to ensure that it stays as the focal point of the entire ensemble; however, details can still be achieved in the finer touches of the pieces you select to go around it, such as suede tassel loafers.Patterned shirts that feature bold and striking prints can also help craft a feeling of luxurious style. Wear these shirts on their own to fully display their entire look, and then link them with carefully selected unobtrusive pieces, such as black denim.

Classic Look

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If you’re aiming for another classic look that remains casually conservative yet supplies enough details to give a well thought out feel, then consider layering a finely striped shirt with a piece of quality knitwear.

The ideal ensemble to link with dark jeans and boots or trainers, a textured knit can set this look off and give your casual look an undoubtedly smart edge.

Layering Up 

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Finally, make use of printed shirts that are destined for you summer wardrobe all year round by layering up. Counteract any short sleeve edition that you’re keen to wear throughout the year by wearing a cardigan that when worn open can display the full effect of the print. Short sleeve shirts can often have a summer themed print, which can give your look a touch of eccentric luxury, so back this up with a pair of premium designer denims and show off the best prints the summer has to offer no matter what the weather.


Browse this seasons full range of mens designer shirts


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Wrote by Samantha Carruthers