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PARKAS ON POINT

As one of the season’s key pieces, the parka jacket is both sophisticated and street, formal and fashion forward, trendy and tasteful and basically an all round 2017 wardrobe superstar.

With its roots in Northern Europe, specifically the icy Arctic Circle, it was the indigenous Caribou Inuits who we can thank for this super on fleek piece of fashion. It was originally lined with animal fur and made from seal skin to protect against the icy cold climate but from the ’40s we started to see the beginnings of what today’s high fashion parkas are styled on.

The 1940s were defined by WW2 and the original parka got reinvented and had mass usage as the military parka. The thick khaki fabric, plenty of outer and inner pockets for ammunition and supplies and the fact that it was long, made it the perfect get-up for soldiers.

Aside from the hood, the other defining feature of the parka was that it was roomy and allowed for layering. Something that the mods of the ’60s appreciated as it allowed them to rock some serious styling underneath yet remain warm whilst cruising the streets of London and New York. They also began sewing patches to their parkas, usually of their favourite bands, which as we know is making a comeback.

When the ’90s rolled around the parka re-emerged yet again as an item representing rebellious youth thanks to the likes of Oasis and other British bands who styled themselves mod-ish. Nowadays the parka has garnered a mass appeal and is relevant across all types of youth subculture. This is the best part about today’s parkas: how versatile it is and the fact that it’s the perfect item for layering, a big trend for Winter 2017.

Here are some favourite looks of the parka in its 2017 incarnation and you can shop our selection here.

Print/Motif:

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Givenchy Resort 2017

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Moschino AW 2016

Military/Camo:

Paris Menswear Aut Winter 2016

Futuristic:

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Dior SS 2017

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Prada SS 2017

Luxe:

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Astrid Andersen AW 2017

FEET ON FIRE

Introducing our new range of premium leather footwear for the discerning dude who needs to look sharp all day and into the night. The range features some classics with a contemporary sizzle: the loafer, the derby and the brogue in three colourways, tan, brown and black, all hand-crafted in India.

For your fashionation we delve back into the archives to give you a roundup of where these styles come from, and where they’ve been and while you’re at it, click the images to shop.

The loafer

Loafers as we know them today were designed by Norwegian/American shoemaker, Nils Gregoriusson Tveranger in 1930. Gaining popularity in America and Europe it was in the US of A where the term ‘loafer’ was coined in the early 30s as another way to ‘slip-on’, you know, like hangin’ out casual at home… And from then on became THE casual shoe worn by American men.

In the 60s they were elevated to formal status, in part thanks to Italian design brand Gucci adding a metal pin across the front and creating the famous Gucci loafer worn by Wall-Street businessmen. Another variation was the casual tassel loafer, which rose to fame amongst the all-American East Coast preppy guys, a reputation it hasn’t been able to shake since.

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The derby

From the Oxford, a popular sport and hunting boot around the 1850s (which by the 20th century was adapted as a short shoe to put on and take off easily take on), we have the evolution of the premium leather Derby. The main difference is that the Derby has an open lace system and can accommodate different sized feet more easily than the Oxford. They’ve become the most popular dress shoe for guys because of their comfort.

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The brogue

Arguably the most well-known of men’s formal shoes, the brogue has a unisex, androgynous vibe about it, probably because of the defining feature of decorative patterning. Most popular in monochrome, they originated in Ireland and were worn by men as outdoor walking shoes in the early 20th Century. They weren’t considered appropriate for business or formal occasions back then; however, one of the things we love about fashion is that it has the ability to make something once deemed functional to become completely LIT a few decades later. Which is the situation right now with regards to this favourite formal shoe.

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