Thursday, September 11, 2014

Alfred Dunhill Introduces its Autumn and Winter 2014 Lookbook

With over 100 years of experience in the world of luxury, Alfred Dunhill's history is filled with unique and exquisite products made to the specification of its most discerning patrons at the highest level of craftsmanship. This season the company launches its first collection from Dunhill's Creative Director, John Ray who looked toward the House's founder, Alfred Dunhill, for inspiration.

Alfred was a true innovator and entrepreneur and he lived his life searching for the new and undiscovered. He coined the term 'Motorities  ' to describe the exceptional objects and clothing he developed to make traveling a more pleasurable and practical experience. 'Motorities' inspired the AW14 collection.

Rich and luxurious fabrics from established and revered British mills are used across the tailoring and also blend into the sportswear. Reviving the old cloths with a new playfulness, such as Venetian wool which also adds color, the weaving of classic mohair but in a winter twill construction, and the development of a Tattersall flannel as a suiting. These unique touches are also developed further into the knitwear selection.

Who is Mr. Alfred Dunhill:

Alfred Dunhill (30 September 1872 – 2 January 1959) was an English tobacconist and inventor. He is the progenitor of the Dunhill luxury goods company and the Dunhill branded tobacco products from British American Tobacco (now two independently owned entities).

From 1893 Dunhill ran a company selling motoring accessories, and in 1902 opened a shop in Mayfair. He developed a pipe designed for motorists in 1904. He opened a tobacconist's shop in St James's in 1907, offering tailored tobacco blends. Shops were opened in New York and Paris in the 1920s. With his international ambitions, Dunhill helped to create the modern luxury goods market. He retired from business in 1929, and married his mistress in 1945, following the death of his wife.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

The New Colors of Men's Dress Shoes

No longer are brown, black, and burgundy the only color options for men's dress shoes. A number of high-end European shoemakers are taking the lead on offering more color options for men's footwear. Leading the way is  Saint Crispin's, started in 1992, the Romanian shoe company only makes a single pair of shoes an order. Because their output is so small, they only deal with a select number of international partners around the world. However, their limited production affords them the privilege of making the most creative and well-made shoes on the market.

Next is J.M. Weston, this French company was founded by Edouard Blanchard 1891 and it thrives on taking classic styles such as derby and oxfords and giving them fresh and vibrant color. Although the company's name sounds English, J.M Weston embodies a very French style and more precisely, its very Parisian – form of elegance, in which timeless style is given a bold twist with contemporary influences.

Third, Scarpe Di Bianco, (Shoes by Bianco) this Italian shoe maker utilizes the combination of classic models with contemporary colors, and updated styling with traditional details, leads to decidedly current yet elegant models. The aim of the company is to give men a custom experience through a multitude of models, lasts, soles, leathers, and color options.

Scarpe di Bianco™ uses the finest materials and handmade workmanship to produce Norwegian and Goodyear welted bench made shoes, as well as shoes in Blake construction. The extreme emphasis to detail is notable in the rich colors and burnishes applied to the finished calf skins. The production is acutely artisanal in nature witnessed by the fact that no more than 25 pairs are produced per day.

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