Have Sneaker Collaborations Finally Gone Too Far?

We get it: the Supreme x Louis Vuitton collab is hot property. However, despite a Beckham endorsement and the mammoth queues of wide-leg-trousered teens, we can’t help but think the hype is in danger of going a step too far.

Case in point, this custom creation by cult sneak cobbler Obuwnik. The remixed Adidas NMD CS1 (it’s not an official threeway collaboration) is undoubtedly set for viral greatness, yet has it all gotten a bit much? The original model is a statement in itself (and one that many would eschew in favour of something simpler), so combine that with Louis Vuitton’s often polarising print and your footwear will be speaking at a volume normally reserved for a Donald Trump rally.

It’s no bad thing if you revel in a louder wardrobe, we suppose. Though factor in the £285 price tag, and you’re looking at a phenomenal cost for something that’s neither official merch, nor likely to clinch the cost-per-wear ratio.

In short: a collab between a leading streetwear brand and a French luxury fashion house with a custom limited edition sneaker remix from an Instagram-vendor. Our heads hurt (and it isn’t just the print).

Top 15 Fashion Accessories For Men

Men’s fashion has always been popular in the spotlight, however the attention to the finer details often gets overlooked by most men. Accessories for men tend to be ignored, while the front runners of apparel such as shirts and jeans get our top focus and consideration. This is unfortunate considering accessories can easily make or break our outfit and style. In return, we’ve outlined below the top 15 best accessories every man should own and wear. While fashion is cyclical, the advice given has held true for a long time, and will probably hold true indefinitely in the future. Never underestimate the power of wearing good men’s fashion accessories.

1. Rings

Generally, a ring should be fairly understated. Large jewels, real or not, tend to look gaudy and are ultimately distracting from the rest of the outfit. Simple bands are usually best. Do not be afraid to try exotic materials. Men’s rings should not be limited to marriage, nor should they be limited to gold or silver.

2. Eye Wear

Good glasses can really elevate an outfit. If you don’t need prescription glasses, stick to sunglasses; as fake eyeglasses look weird. Consider your facial shape when wearing eyewear; rounder faces look better in glasses that are more rectangular, and faces with sharp features, such as a strong jawline, can more easily wear round glasses.

3. Scarves

Scarves are great; but only when the weather necessitates it. A heavy scarf in the heat is completely inappropriate. Scarves are a very large accessory and can easily help provide a pop of color to your outfit, or rein in louder pieces. There are many tie knots to choose from.

4. Ties

Most people think of ties as only for office wear. Ties can easily be worn in a casual setting though. Keep the conservative silk ties for business meetings. Experiment with rougher textures or interesting patterns for more casual wear. Wool knit ties are always an interesting choice when you want to dress up, but still have fun with what you’re wearing.

5. Hats

Hats can often be very difficult to wear properly. Avoid wool or felt hats, such as the classic fedora or trilby, casually. The clash of formalities is awkward and now has bad connotations for the wearer. Keep the wool hat when you wear a suit. For very casual wear, beanies, baseball caps, or bucket hats are more appropriate. Reserve hats with a real brim, such as the panama, for a time you wear a collar. Straw hats are great in that they’re lightweight and make the hat more casual.

6. Tie Clips

Nowadays tie clips do not provide their original purpose to keep the tie pinned to the shirt. Instead, these ties are purely for fashion. Keep the clip conservative in a formal setting, opting for gold or silver colors, but have fun when wearing a tie more casually. Casual tie clips are made in a variety of styles.

7. Necklaces

Necklaces seem to go in and out of style in men’s fashion. If you want to wear a necklace, keep the pendant somewhat understated. Similarly with rings, a large pendant is distracting and gaudy. Leather cords can work well for a casual look.

8. Bracelets

Recently, bracelets have exploded into popularity in the men’s fashion world. Leather cord bracelets are very popular and look good. Avoid leather cuffs as they look fairly dated. Mala bracelets are popular, though somewhat controversial as Buddhists wear them religiously.

9. Belts

Belts are somewhat simple, yet really help tie your outfit together. In a more formal occasion, match your belt and shoes. In a casual setting, you can opt to wear mismatched shades; in fact, matching belt and shoe casually can look odd. For a more casual or militaristic look, consider a web belt.

10. Bags

When choosing a bag, never forget that their primary purpose is to hold your items. For a dressier or sharper look, choose leather. Many people like to match all their leather goods. Messenger bags are great and the cross-body strap is comfortable. Only use a briefcase for the more formal meetings.

11. Wallets

First and foremost: wallets are used to hold money. Fashion is a secondary purpose. Stick with leather of some sort. Chunky or bulky wallets are fine for casual usage, but slim wallets are best for more formal wear. The most popular colors are black, brown, and oxblood. Some like to make all their leathers match, though that is a stylistic choice.

12. Cufflinks

Cufflinks go hand in hand with French cuff shirts. By their nature, French cuffs are very formal. Choice of design is wholly up to the wearer; just avoid gaudy designs, such as large gemstones. The formality of French cuffs may be toned down using colored, silk-knot cufflinks.

13. Gloves

Generally speaking, the best gloves are leather or wool. Color is the wearer’s choice; just do not wear dark brown with black. Leather gloves can run the gamut from casual to formal, while wool is only casual.

14. Footwear

While not a true accessory in the sense, footwear is arguably one of the most important pieces of clothing in an outfit for men. Shoe styles are incredibly varied. Leather is best for all but the most casual of times. Sandals should be relegated to very casual, or beach wear, and should be worn without socks.

15. Watches

Almost every man owns a watch. Most like to match their watch strap to their belt, if it’s leather. Fabric straps are more casual and metal straps should be gold or silver. Keep the watch somewhat plain and avoid skeleton watches unless the watch is of very good quality and uses an interesting movement.

These Are the Best Watches of 2019

Originally published by Jon Bues on Hodinkee.

The votes have been counted and the results are in. The winner of watchmaking’s most prestigious industry award, the CPHG Aiguille D’Or, is the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin. This is the serially produced, commercially available version of a watch that readers may remember from its initial debut as the Royal Oak RD#2. Presented at the SIHH 2018, it was made of solid platinum and was an experimental prototype. 

Today’s winning watch is made from titanium with a platinum bezel and polished platinum bracelet interlinks. Like the RD#2, the Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin measures just 41mm x 6.3mm with a perpetual calendar movement that clocks in at just 2.89mm thin. These record-breaking proportions were achieved by taking the classic, three-level perpetual calendar construction and and compressing everything into one layer, as seen in the below image. The Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin is an incredibly impressive watchmaking achievement, and one that clearly impressed the Grand Prix jurors in Geneva. 

Though AP has won several GPHG awards across numerous categories, this is the company’s first time taking home the top prize.

The 2019 Winners

Aiguille D’Or: Audemars Piguet, Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin

Ladies’ Watch Prize: Chanel, J12 Caliber 12.1

Ladies’ Complication Watch Prize: MB&F, Legacy Machine FlyingT

Men’s Watch Prize: Voutilainen, 28ti

Men’s Complication Watch Prize: Audemars Piguet, Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Minute Repeater Supersonnerie

Iconic Watch Prize: Audemars Piguet, Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-thin

Chronometry Watch Prize: Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud, Carburised steel regulator

Calendar and Astronomy Watch Prize: Hermès, Arceau L’heure de la lune

Mechanical Exception Watch Prize: Genus, GNS1.2

Chronograph Watch Prize: Bvlgari, Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic

Diver’s Watch Prize: Seiko, Prospex LX Line Diver’s

Jewellery Watch Prize: Bvlgari, Serpenti Misteriosi Romani

Artistic Crafts Watch Prize: Voutilainen, Starry Night Vine

“Petite Aiguille” Prize: Kudoke, Kudoke 2

Challenge Watch Prize: Tudor, Black Bay P01

Innovation Prize: Vacheron Constantin, Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar

Audacity Prize: Urwerk, AMC

“Horological Revelation” Prize: Ming, 17.06 Copper

Special Jury Prize: Luc Pettavino, Founder and Organizer of Only Watch

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Essential Outerwear: 7 Jacket Styles No Gentleman Should Be Without

A new jacket: surely the most exciting sartorial purchase a man can make. We’re not quite sure why but as far as new clothes go, nothing else quite compares. Well, a luxury watch or a pair of British-made shoes come close, but there’s something extra special about picking up a brand new outer layer to see you through the cooler months in style.

Still, there’s an enormous wealth of variety out there. Meaning picking a design that will keep you warm, looking great and retain its cool factor for decades to come can be tricky. But there are a select few tasteful top layers that really can tick each one of those boxes and more. Think of them as a sort of jacket capsule collection. The essentials. The key styles no modern man should be without.

With this considered, these are the seven cool jackets Ape believes every stylish man should have at his disposal.

The Bomber Jacket

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Those with even the faintest passing interest in menswear will be well aware that men’s fashion has long taken its cues from the military. Unsurprisingly, the bomber jacket is no exception to this rule.

The style was first used by European Air Forces during the 1950s and 1960s. It was a result of advancements in aeronautical technology that meant planes could fly much higher and therefore conditions in the cockpit became much colder. The cropped length and lack of a collar were to allow a parachute harness to fit more comfortably, while the orange lining was designed to catch attention from the ground in the event of an incident.

These days the bomber jacket is more commonly worn for its stylish looks than its functionality. The silhouette was championed by various youth subcultures during the 1970s and 1980s, but today you should pair one with slim-fit denim, a roll neck and minimalist sneakers for best results.

The Harrington Jacket

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The Harrington jacket is a pop culture icon steeped in a rich British heritage – something that makes it an absolute must in every man’s rotation. Popularised by stars of the fifties, such as Elvis Presley and James Dean, this simple workwear design quickly became the hottest new thing in menswear.

It all began in Manchester with a company called Baracuta, which first designed the Harrington jacket back in the 1930s. It was lightweight, water resistant and featured a fashionable cropped length and stand collar. Before long the brand began exporting its garments to the United States, and when one was worn by Elvis in the 1954 film King Creole the style really took off. That first jacket was the Baracuta G9 – and it’s a style that’s still in production today.

Later on, the Harrington became popular with subcultures including the mods and the skinheads, regularly accompanied by a Ben Sherman or Fred Perry shirt.

In terms of styling, a black Harrington lends itself nicely to a white T-shirt, black jeans and a pair of Chelsea boots to give a nod to its rebellious, rock ‘n’ roll roots.

The Motorcycle Jacket

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It’s a common misconception that you need to have slicked-back hair and a cigarette perpetually dangling from the corner of your mouth in order to effectively carry off a leather jacket. However, so long as it’s worn with unabashed confidence, almost anyone can nail it.

The motorcycle jacket became a menswear icon after Marlon Brando donned a classic Schott Perfecto in the seminal 1953 movie The Wild One. Following its big-screen debut, it became a symbol of rebellion and masculinity, being picked up by rock and punk royalty over the course of the decades that followed.

Still, pulling a leather motorcycle jacket off today doesn’t have to mean dressing like the fifth member of The Ramones. Avoid looking like you’re going to a Grease fancy dress party by balancing it out with cream-coloured knitwear, raw denim and a pair of brown desert boots. Or even white trainers.

The Down Jacket

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When the mercury begins to plummet, keeping warm is key. But that doesn’t have to mean reaching for an arctic parka. With a quality down jacket in your wardrobe, you can stay insulated and looking sharp without having to dress for the North Pole.

This jacket’s effectiveness in battling the chill lies in its unique design. Utilising feathery “down” insulation between two layers of fabric, the result is a garment which traps heat so the wearer remains warm inside, even on the frostiest of days.

When it comes to choosing the right option, avoid anything that looks like it came from the props department of Kevin and Perry Go Large. Instead, opt for a lightweight, streamlined cut that’s trim but without sacrificing any fill power (that’s the density of the insulation, for the uninitiated). In terms of styling, throw it on over a knitted roll neck, chinos and chukka boots. Or on the iciest of days, use it as an underlayer along with a wool overcoat.

The Chore Jacket

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Staying warm and looking good simultaneously needn’t be a chore. Well, not when you have one of these workwear classics hanging up in your wardrobe, that is. The chore jacket is rugged, durable, timeless and versatile. In other words: everything you want from a good piece of outerwear.

The chore jacket was designed in the early 20th century for manual workers as a means of keeping warm and dry. In those early days, the preferred materials were either heavy duck canvas or denim. Cuts were generally loose too, allowing for freedom of movement and alterations to be made more easily.

These days the chore jacket still exists in something close to its original form, although the style varies depending on which brand or designer you choose to shop with. The main differences being slimmer cuts, premium materials and other modern details.

The Technical Jacket

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The likelihood of finding yourself stranded on the north face of K2 while nipping out on your lunch break is highly unlikely. But if it were to happen it’d be nice to know that your outerwear is up to the job. That’s where the technical jacket comes in.

These high-tech waterproofs are designed with the elements in mind, but don’t let that put you off. While once upon a time functionality came at the sacrifice of styling, it’s now a very different story thanks in part to the rise of athleisure.

Today, there are a number of labels producing high-quality technical jackets that wouldn’t look out of place on a Fashion Week runway. Brand’s like Arc’teryx Veilance, Nike ACG and Stone Island produce some of the slickest-looking outerwear on the market, and it’s more than capable of giving the likes of Patagonia and The North Face a run for their money in the performance stakes.

The Overshirt

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The rocky middle ground that separates summer and winter is notoriously difficult to navigate. Step out in a thick coat and you can guarantee it’ll be 20 degrees come lunch time. Leave home in a T-shirt and the temperature will no doubt plummet before you even reach the office. The answer? A simple transitional layer that falls somewhere in the middle.

An overshirt is the perfect garment for the job. It’s light, it’s simple and it’s ideal for layering up or down depending on what the weather decides to do from hour to hour. It’s a seriously versatile piece of kit and an absolute must in any man’s fall arsenal.

Wear it on warmer days over a tee with cropped wool trousers and a pair of Derby boots. Or layer it with a more substantial coat or waterproof when things turn sour. This is a garment you can wear year-round – so if it’s value for money you’re after then look no further.