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Birkenstocks, Tevas and other wellness-wear are the new athleisure



Birkenstock Il Pellicano

I never got on board with athleisure. Firstly, I hate formal exercise and secondly, I can’t stand leggings. Or any stretchy, clingy, overly form-fitting garb. So I let Lululemon, Sweaty Betty and their ilk pass me by. (Nike is different. Don’t ask me why.)

But there’s another health-style hybrid that’s snuck up on me and this one seems to have more appeal. It’s wellness-wear. So the stuff you wear for meditation, or hanging out apres-asanas on your yoga retreat. (more…)



Thakoon Panichgul launches HommeGirls



Homme Girls Thakoon

Loving the sound of HommeGirls – Thakoon Panichgul’s multimedia celebration of gentlewoman style. It launches this week with an Instagram account, website and print zine, with plans to monetise later with affiliate links to brands. Also later will come ‘limited runs of repurposed men’s blazers, as well as collaborations with established brands’, according to Vogue. Contributors to the zine include photographers Cass Bird and Vanina Sorrenti, which gets two thumbs up from me. (more…)



Tie sales are down, sneakers are up – so what are men wearing now?



What are men wearing now? The Gigi ss19

There’s been so much change in menswear lately, I don’t know where to begin. We’ve seen the preppy revival, The streetwear takeover, the Savile Row fightback (along with Pitti Peacocks), not to mention the tech bro uniform, normcore and gorpcore. Have I missed anything? (more…)



Buy it now: Demellier SS19



Demellier SS19 Miami - affordable luxury leather tote bags

Demellier bags have had a major boost since I first discovered them in 2012. Quick back story: I discovered them in the best way, when I was at an event talking to someone and my eyes kept resting on somebody elses’s bag across the room. When I found the owner and quizzed her about her bag, she revealed it was her own design. That was Mireia Llusia-Lindh, then a corporate consultant whose frustration at not being able to find a practical and sensibly-priced bag for work led her to design her own. Classic founder story! We made friends and I’ve followed her success – and the evolution of the brand name – since.

The Duchess of Sussex (aka Meghan Markle) is another fan, whose high profile patronage has shot Demellier bags into the mainstream. Actually, Demellier bags have developed from the original laptop-friendly totes into smaller fashion bags, offering more choice, colours and price points. (more…)