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  • HOW TO WEAR...BROWN

    Brown is big news for Autumn/Winter.

    Whilst black will always be the darling of the fashion world, brown has, by contrast, scarcely been seen in trend terms since the seventies. For the coming season however, shades of brown will be resurfacing all over the high street.  The emergence of camel and tan tones over the past couple of years presaged the return of brown to the catwalks, and both the menswear and womenswear AW18 shows paid homage to the colour on everything from key accessories to head to toe tailoring.

    Black, navy and charcoal are perceived to be more wearable, but this season has shown us that brown can be done in style. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite pieces for the new season and there’s not a bell bottom in sight.

    Shop Your Brown Wardrobe Updates

    1. Peter Gribby Lambswool V Neck Jumper in Toffee - £54.99

    2. Meyer New York Super Stretch Chino Trouser in Taupe - £89.95

    3. Gabicci Z05 Polo Shirt AW18 Caramel- £34.95

     

    4. Peter Gribby Men's Merino Crew Neck Jumper in Taupe - £57.50

    5. The British Bag Company Navigator Brown Waxed Canvas Briefcase - £114.99

     

    6. Lambretta Moorgate Chelsea Boot Brown - £80.00

     

  • The Big Closet Changeover

    Autumn is officially upon us; if you go by the meteorological calendar that is. The age old debate of when the season officially begins pits the Met Office – the 1st September – against Astronomers who determine the start by the autumnal equinox, when night and day are roughly equal in length, and which normally takes place around September 21.

    Another talking point at this time of year centres on our fashion choices and what to wear for the shift from the summer into the winter months. It’s colder certainly (more dramatically so, given our long, hot Summer), but it’s not quite wrap up and weep weather just yet. So, when is the right time to pack away the polo shirts in favour of the pullovers?

    This year, with all of the promise of an Indian Summer, it’s even more disconcerting for our dressing needs. The best way to tackle the tricky transition period is to stick to a comfortable, signature style and build your wardrobe around it.

    For starters, finding the pair of perfect trousers is essential to mastering your dressing dilemmas. Once the bottom half is decent, you’ll find it much easier to run an efficient wardrobe. Generally, if you’re comfortable in a pair of trousers that suit you, you’ll be able to chop and change tops to match.

    If it’s jeans that make you feel most at ease, then both Farah Jeans and Meyer jeans offer an incredible fit. The Farah Darwood Jean is a classic, casual denim option and both the indigo and stone blue are shades that won’t date, making them exceptional value for money at £29.99. The Meyer Jeans are a slightly dearer alternative, but the premium quality and detail on a Meyer Trouser stands Meyer apart from other manufacturers. Impeccable styling and exclusive details and fittings make each style unique, and for supreme comfort, every pair of Meyer Trousers has an adjustable waistband; look out for Meyer Arizona and Meyer Dublin Jeans.

    For those of us more partial to a chino trouser, then both brands also offer some of the best trousers on the market. The Farah Roachman 4 Way Stretch Trouser is an incredibly popular product due again to the comfort fit and classic styling; it’s worth noting that a regular leg length is 31” on Farah Trousers. This style comes in a wide range of colours, so you can stock up for autumn. Meyer trousers can be a minefield, as there are so many variants, but each style does offer something different. The Meyer Chicago and Meyer New York ranges are a good place to start for an elegant, flat fronted chino. Also, worth a look are the Meyer Roma Fine Tropical Trousers for dressier, smarter slacks.

    So, now you’ve ironed out the legs of your outfit, you should be able to manage your Autumn closet more easily. For this season, layering is key. A few good quality, mid weight jumpers will see you through into the Winter; pop a shirt or t-shirt underneath, or layer under a gilet or jacket. Black, Navy and Charcoal should be your basics and then you can add in some seasonal colour. For AW18, shades of brown and beige are key. Peter Gribby Cotton Knitwear or Peter Gribby Merino offer a good spectrum of colours in both a v-neck and crew neck at reasonable prices. It’s also worth upgrading (in weight) to a Peter Gribby Lambswool, when the temperature really drops. The Farah Stern Crew Neck is another solid sweater choice, and the Joules Jarvis Crew Neck Jumper offers a slightly more modern twist on a basic.

    Shirts wise, Ben Sherman long sleeve check styles have always been a great option for layering under jumpers. The Ben Sherman Classic Gingham and Ben Sherman End to End Check shirts are two of this season’s best offerings. If you’re wanting a more classic country look, then consider Peter Gribby check shirts; the Peter Gribby Super Soft Country Check Shirt has been produced in a number of variations for the 2018 season. For a definitive AW shirt, I would highly recommend the Joules Buchanan Shirt. The brushed cotton fabric and the muted blue and orange tones are perfect for the season ahead and the styling and detail on this shirt are worth the investment.

    So whilst Autumn rolls on, and the clouds roll in with it, now is the time to start saying goodbye to the shorts (for those of us still clinging on to the last rays of Summer) and start welcoming the opportunity to cover up once more. In other words, shop now >>

  • Father’s Day - What to buy the man who has everything

    Birthdays, Christmas, Father’s Day. They come around collectively every year. If you’re hitting a certain age, as am I, then you’ll have racked up a few of them and certainly wracked your brains for what to buy ‘Dad’ on each occasion. So, we find ourselves a couple of weeks away from D Day again. Whatever I can think of to get for my own father, he already has and probably because I’ve already gifted it to him; twice, at least.

    This year then, I’m proposing to go back to basics. Simple, no-nonsense gifts. Here’s my definitive list for what to buy for Father’s Day; when you care, but you don’t care anymore.

    There are the usual suspects; namely socks. The notion that socks are a dull, superfluous gift is one of the biggest modern day myths. True, they may be a little uninspired, but in actual fact, who doesn’t appreciate, not to mention, need, a brand new pair of socks? Plus, nothing says ‘you’re a Dad’ better than being on the receiving end of a pair of socks.

    A gift box of bright and boldly patterned socks will always look like a thoughtful, respectable present and the 3PP Gift Box of Viyella Socks is available in a wide variety of options. Plus, if you call Asbury and Pell Customer Services, they will let you customise your selection.

    Wallets and washbags are functional Father’s Day favourites too. A stylish leather option will appear generous, without being excessive. As examples, the Lyndon Leather Washbag from The British Bag Company is a smart looking shape in a high quality leather and the Viyella Wallet Gift Box contains an elegant brown leather wallet and matching keyring.

    Lastly, a classic shirt is a classic ‘dad’ gift. If he has a stalwart favourite, such as the Gabicci Z05, the Farah Drayton or the Ben Sherman Oxford Shirt, then you can’t get it wrong. Otherwise, a plain long sleeved shirt, preferably white, by a premium make such as Seidensticker is a safe bet, as is a basic check shirt, such as the Ben Sherman House Check Shirt or the Peter Gribby Linen/Cotton Checked Shirt (PS18114).

    Incidentally, all Peter Gribby and Lizard King shirts are Buy One Get One Free in the run up to Father’s Day, so you could double up this year. Or kill two birds and put one away until Christmas!

  • Toast The Best of British

    Prince Harry’s much anticipated marriage to Meghan Markle is finally upon us and the whole Commonwealth is preparing to celebrate the ceremonials tomorrow. Whether you concede and watch the coverage from Windsor Castle or choose to let the whole affair pass you by entirely, it is undeniable that a Royal Wedding inspires patriotism on a level unsurpassed, even by football (especially given England’s performance over the past decade). When William married the Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, a frenzy of street parties, cupcake baking and bunting dangling ensued. For many, this kind of spectacle is what we do best.

    When it comes to clothing, menswear is unquestionably one of the categories that Britain does best. At Asbury and Pell, we’re proud to offer a strong range of men’s British brands. Many of our labels, such as Peter Gribby, Joules and Harris Tweed, take their inspiration from the British landscape and outdoors values. The highest quality of fabrics and quirky heritage style are common factors amongst our home bred ranges. Take a look at the Peter Gribby Merino Jumpers and Peter Gribby Lambswool Jumpers and Harris Tweed Holdalls and Harris Tweed Flat Caps and you get an immediate sense of Britishness; like a breath of fresh, country air.

    Taking inspiration from an altogether different element of British culture are the iconic brands of the MOD era; Ben Sherman and Lambretta. These two heritage labels were heavily influenced by the music scene in the sixties and came to define the MOD movement. Today they are still adopted by musical culture for their uniquely British character and are popular on the continent for this very reason. The check shirt is perhaps the most classic Ben Sherman look – see the Ben Sherman House Check Shirt for inspiration, whilst the Two Tone Pique Polo Shirt, made fashionable by both Lambretta and Ben Sherman, remains the most iconic look of the movement.

    So, if the idea of standing in your neighbour’s cramped living room, waving a plastic Union Jack and waiting for Harry and Meghan to say ‘I Do’ isn’t really your idea of fun, then maybe you could fly the flag for your country with fashion instead. Best foot forward, chaps.

  • Style On & Off The Fairway

    There are few high profile sportsmen that embrace a flamboyant wardrobe in the way that golfers gamely do. Indeed, if you like to make a statement with your fashion on the fairway, then you can take inspiration from some very famous names in the game, when watching the US Masters this weekend.

    With most questions of style, it’s good to have examples of how not to dress on the course, as well as following the fashions of those who triumph at tee-time. Donald Trump showed how vastly wrong golfing attire can go when images of him in an ill-fitting golf outfit went viral earlier this year.

    As for those to admire, Darren Clarke has always been at the forefront of golf style. Staples in his wardrobe are smart polo shirts, chino trousers, well fitted cardigans and lightweight knits. The yarn, weight and style of Peter Gribby knitwear, in particular the Peter Gribby merino range, are perfect for both the course and the Clubhouse. Clarke stepped up his fashion game last year, when he selected a pair of the iconic Ian Poulter tartans and our brightly coloured Meyer trousers are perfect for championing this bold look.

    You can’t address matters of on-course style and leave out the two-time Masters champion, Seve Ballesteros. His approach to dress was simple and polished, but commanding. Yet, whilst he often found himself in the sartorial spotlight, he preferred to let his talent do the talking.

    “I don’t want people to watch the way I dress.”Ballesteros once said of the interest generated by his classic seventies style. “I want people to watch the way I play”.

    Well, sorry Seve, but we did both and the golf media loved you for the legend that you were; a master of both style and swing.

    Clarke and Ballesteros provide two enduring examples of simple golf chic, but for the more directional dressers among you, look to the ‘retro’ tailoring and traditional collegiate style of Justin Thomas and his partnership with Ralph Lauren for inspiration.

    As Royal Birkdale’s best dressed golfer last year, Thomas tee’d off in a cardigan and tie, which was ironically a little too radical for the traditionalists! Amateur golfers might find the idea of crisp shirting on the 18th hole a little eccentric, but you can easily swap in a neat polo shirt, or short sleeved Oxford shirt, such as the Farah, or Ben Sherman Oxford worn with a lightweight cardigan, such as the Peter Gribby Merino Cardigan. The Ralph Lauren signature look is easy to emulate with brands such as Gabicci,Farah, Meyer and Peter Gribby and don’t forget to accessorize with a Harris Tweed flat cap to increase your style status.

    Telegraph Men's Style Editor, Stephen Doig, offered his take on Thomas' attire, saying:

    “It might not seem the easiest get-up to perform in while playing golf, but Justin Thomas’ Polo Ralph Lauren outfit at The Open today (Thursday) is a nod to the era of gentlemanly dressing in sports.

    His shirt, tie, cardigan and chinos combination - worn with ice-white shoes and cap - is an old-school interpretation of golfing uniform, which itself is perhaps the most maligned of sports in terms of fashion.”

    Maligned, misunderstood and mismatched, golf fashion can certainly leave some in the sartorial bunker, but as Claude Harmon III, who coaches American golfers Dustin Johnson and Brookes Koepka says:

    "I think we're in a cool time with clothes and a bunch of the young guys express themselves through the stuff they wear."

    We agree. It’s a great time for menswear and the fashion scene on the fairway right now and you’re about to see the best of the best when the ‘Masters’ class begins.

  • How To Wear...Pink

    Pink is having a serious moment in menswear. The trending hue is toned down; more of a muted blush colour and crucially non-girlie. However, if you're still to be convinced that this colour can be for you, then here are some essential pointers on how to wear pink.

    1. In season
    Personally, I would shy away, sartorially speaking, from pink in the winter. Pastels are a perennial favourite in Spring, so it is much safer to trial the trend from April onwards. A pared back pink t-shirt on a hot day, let's say, feels much more relaxed and easier to wear than a pink shirt or jumper when the weather is less than cool.

     

    2. Wear it with...
    Putting pink with other colours is key. Pink with black or white, for example, can leave you feeling a bit like a Liquorice Allsort, so opt instead for a navy base. Navy works really well with pinker tones – a navy jumper over a pink t-shirt or a navy trouser, such as the ever-popular Farah Roachman Stretch Trouser with a pink polo will update your look instantly.

    Neutrals also work well with pink, so camel colours and nude or beige hues are all wearable options. Try, for instance, a pair of beige Meyer New York Chinos and a Peter Gribby Pique Pink Polo

     

    3. Just the right amount...
    If the idea of wearing pink head to toe (not that I advocate this look) is a little too daring, then you can still buy into the trend. Choose instead to wear highlights of the colour – the iconic Lambretta Two Tone Pique Polo has been updated for SS18 in navy with pink tipping. Also, the Ben Sherman House Check Short Sleeved Shirt is available in a navy/pink colourway for the Summer, as is the Peter Gribby Long Sleeved Check Shirt.

     

    4. ...or be brave
    For the braver fashion followers, pink and red when worn in the right way can be a strong masculine look. Getting the tones to complement each other is crucial. Meyer's new Diego Trousers in Strawberry are the perfect shade to sit with pink.

     

    Lastly, one thing I've found to be true is that you will be surprised how many compliments you receive if you go out wearing pink. It truly is a colour that attracts attention, in a good way.

    Trust me. Pinkie Promise.

  • Bracing The Chill

    So, it's fair to say that on the whole, I'm capable of dressing myself to a certain degree of 'presentable'. By this I mean, I can put on appropriate clothing for the day, look clean and tidy (ish) and co-ordinate something resembling an outfit most of the time. Some days, I adopt a throw it on and go attitude, whereas on others I opt to take a more considered sartorial approach, but either way, I can generally pass for 'smart enough'.

    AND THEN THE SNOW COMES.

    A bit of snow, and all of a sudden I'm bereft, not just because my car is six feet under, but because I suddenly don't understand the basic principles of getting dressed. Hats askew under hoods (never seem to take the extra second to straighten), more horizontal layers than the Michelin man, wellies caked in mud from Sunday's walk, mismatched accessories and rips and holes in pretty much everything; all of this and I'm still never quite dressed warmly enough.

    My appearance, I tell myself, is unimportant, irrelevant even, in adverse weather conditions; the last factor to consider after keeping warm, getting from A to B and just about staying upright. Plus, everybody looks a mess in the snow, right? Well no, actually.

    Whenever the inevitable 'big freeze' descends, I'm forced to once again accept that my hobo like appearance is not socially acceptable, even though the temperature is below freezing and plummeting. Because, it seems, whilst I hobble along in last week's 'walking gear', complete with muddy paw prints, where an energetic springer spaniel introduced himself to my lower torso, everyone else looks like they stepped out of a brochure for a luxury Nordic Cruise.

    So, I've made a decision to invest in a capsule snow wardrobe! Rule one; it needs to be affordable (on a pay per wear basis, it isn’t worth spending a fortune). Rule two; I need to be able to wear everything again, when the weather improves (see rule one). Rule three; if it's not warm, you won’t wear it!

    Below are my top tips for snow style, so that I'm ready to go to battle with the next 'beast from the east'.

     

    Merino Layers

    Start with the base layers and Merino wool is your best bet, as it retains the heat you create when moving for warmth and insulation. Peter Gribby merino offers the best merino jumper selection around with a wide range of styles and colours to suit all. Personally, I would say that the Peter Gribby Merino Roll Neck would be the best place to start in this weather.

     

     

     

    Lambswool Jumpers

    'Whenever it turns a bit colder, I reach for the Peter Gribby' - a customer review sums up the benefits of Peter Gribby lambswool knitwear. Warm, cosy and timelessly stylish - a Peter Gribby Jumper should form the basis of your cold weather wardrobe. Pick a couple of classic colours to start you off e.g. Peter Gribby Lambswool V Neck in Fern:

     

     

     

    Redpoint Coat

    Canadian Outerwear specialists, Redpoint, make the best outdoors clothing on the market right now. Impeccable details, stylish fits and classic colour combinations are combined with all weather properties to make Redpoint jackets an all year round must have and at under £100, they are value for money. The Wade Quilted Gilet and the Walker Quilted Jacket will always look smart no matter what the weather and can actually be worn as an under layer to give you added insulation in sub-zero temperatures. The red Walker Jacket makes a particular style statement and allows you to keep the rest of your outfit more basic. Check out the Redpoint Padded Quentin Jacket in Navy or Black for a good solid all-rounder.

     

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