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Photographers Paul Hallam and Ewen Spencer talk youth culture

Posted on 23 June 2017 at 15:07 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

If you’re as obsessed with British youth culture as we are, you should know the names of photographers Paul Hallam and Ewen Spencer. From skinhead to casual, northern soul to grime, they’ve documented it all. Now Chivas Regal Whisky has put them together to talk about fashi... Read more

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Loake 1880 Export Grade: serious shoes for serious times

Posted on 21 April 2017 at 10:59 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

Trainers are the automatic footwear choice for many men, but these lightweight parcels of joy can take only so far. Sometimes you need a proper pair of shoes. And few brands do proper shoes better than Loake. At Umbrella, we’re particularly keen on the new Loake 1880 Export G... Read more

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The North Face launches Japanese Capsule Collection

Posted on 12 April 2017 at 08:14 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

Let’s face it: no one gets our sort of menswear better than the Japanese (apart, perhaps, from the Italians). So when we heard The North Face, whose story we told in the new issue of Umbrella, was producing a range designed in the land of the Rising Bullet Train we came over all funny. ... Read more

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Armor Lux: upmarket clothing for the modern seafarer

Posted on 31 March 2017 at 12:45 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

It’s no secret that Umbrella is rather partial to marine-wear. While army chaps look like farm-hands, mariners have always dressed with elegance: sporting natty striped tops, bell-bottom trousers and storm-defeating anoraks. Whether sailors or fishermen, if you want sty... Read more

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Miles Davis and the birth of British mod style

Posted on 20 January 2017 at 10:38 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

This is an excerpt from Richard Weight’s Mod: A Very British Style. It originally appeared in Issue nine of Umbrella The origins of Mod lay in two countries whose political revolutions in the 18th Century the British had violently rejected: America and France. And the m... Read more

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Perfect for Xmas: the Rotary Les Originals Tradition watch

Posted on 02 December 2016 at 11:39 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

There are few better Xmas presents than a watch (apart from, say, a scale replica of the London Underground network cast in gold). The good news is that you don’t have to spend lots of lolly to get a decent timepiece – i.e., one with an automatic movement that&rsq... Read more

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Realm & Empire’s RE-ISSUE sale: classics return at incredible prices

Posted on 16 November 2016 at 10:13 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

No one likes to miss out, especially when it comes to clothes. Which is why we’re pleased that Realm & Empire, purveyors of military-influenced casual wear, is hosting ‘RE-ISSUE’ a mid-season sale of past classics – all at rather attractive prices.... Read more

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Ohw? shoes: comfort and quality for street-smart stylists

Posted on 11 November 2016 at 10:40 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

There’s nothing like a decent pair of shoes to set off an outfit. And while we love trainers and formal shoes, the middle ground of footwear – home to desert boots and Wallabees - is where we’re most at ease (in every sense). And there ... Read more

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Seven excellent things about Issue 15 of Umbrella

Posted on 28 October 2016 at 10:50 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

1) We went to the city of Tampere. Apparently it’s Finland’s version of Manchester. But did they serve pie, chips and gravy there? No. So, not that much like Manchester then. And you couldn’t get a tram to Bury, either. 2) Speaking of ‘Manny’, we wrote... Read more

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As seen in Umbrella Issue 15: Scotts Menswear presents 'Sport Club Lacoste'

Posted on 17 October 2016 at 09:03 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

Inspired by the modernist leisure clubs of continental Europe, Scott’s Menswear presents Sport Club Lacoste. Using stand-out pieces from Lacoste’s A/W 16 collection to create an aesthetic that brings together sportswear and smart-casual, it provides eve... Read more

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The Bass ‘Weejun’ loafer: a campus classic that never loses its appeal

Posted on 04 October 2016 at 15:21 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

Getting your footwear right on warm autumn days is never easy. While the sort of posh chap who rocks salmon-pink cords at the weekend can probably keep his brogues on all year round, the rest of us need an alternative. Step forward the slip-on loafer, specifica... Read more

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The Clae ‘Bradley’: a ’70s tennis trainer fit for 2016

Posted on 02 September 2016 at 12:06 by Vintage-looking wheels for lovers of the white sports shoe in Style

Retro tennis shoes have been a big deal over the last couple of years. Leading the charge has been Adidas’s ubiquitous Stan Smith, with the likes of Le Coq Sportif’s Arthur Ashe providing tactical support. The latest brand to deliver some &lsq... Read more

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The new Fjällraven Re-Kanken: an eco bag that's not rubbish

Posted on 05 August 2016 at 11:43 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

We first saw Fjällraven's Kanken rucksack about 10 years in Manchester – and since then this Swedish staple has taken over the world. Well, not taken it over literally, but certainly become the go-to haversack for urban global trendies (that's you, Umbrella readers). Anyway... Read more

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Monocle Voyage Collection: beautiful menswear for global travellers and stay-at-home trendies

Posted on 01 July 2016 at 10:42 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

For a decade, Moncole’s been a beacon of hope in the printed magazine landscape, entertaining and inspiring readers with missives from around the world. It’s also created an incredible brand – centred around travel, business, urban living and liberal politic... Read more

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Newfangle x Casual Connoisseur Treinador jacket: a coat we can all believe in

Posted on 26 May 2016 at 17:13 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

A coat is a vital part of a man’s armour. While you can get away with skimping on your T-shirt or socks, a jacket can make or break an outfit, which is why investing in a decent one is always be a good idea. Hence we’re rather taken with the c... Read more

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Tuk-Tuk: Essential menswear for Spring/Summer ’16

Posted on 08 April 2016 at 11:09 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

Spring is excellent. Similar to winter, but with some extra hours tagged on the end of the day, it’s a key time for clobber. Why? Because you get to wear lovely summer shirts underneath jumpers and coats without having to bare your arms or legs (as is required in August). See? ... Read more

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Tessuti x Umbrella: tailoring for the brutalist environment

Posted on 01 April 2016 at 10:59 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

In many ways, clothes are like buildings – objects that bring together structure, design and engineering into one uniform whole (though tower blocks are less effective in the rain than a CP Company jacket). That’s why we were so happy to work with menswear store T... Read more

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Oi Polloi's Pica Post: a fanzine that's out of this world

Posted on 16 March 2016 at 10:20 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

Lots of bad things come through the post: leaflets for dry cleaners, ‘final demand’ letters from electricity suppliers and abusive notes from people we’ve slagged off in the magazine. Yeah, not great. But one excellent item that dropped through the Umbrella letter... Read more

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Tough love: Stone Island spring/summer ’16 collection drops

Posted on 05 February 2016 at 12:43 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

Who said science was boring? Not only has it taken us to the Moon, cured horrible diseases and given us microwave curries, but thanks to clever people in labs we can even wear it. Confused? Don’t be. No clothing company is as devoted to sci... Read more

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The Long Shot Experiment: bucket hats go luxury

Posted on 04 December 2015 at 08:34 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

What have Reni from The Stone Roses, Serpico and Hunter S Thompson all got in common? The answer is their adoption of the bucket (or fishing, or sun) hat. Every since the Roses reformed, bucket hats have found their way back into the wardrobes of fashionable British youths. T... Read more

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Tuk Tuk: menswear that makes Autumn the most colourful season

Posted on 30 October 2015 at 07:26 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

Brtish men aren't exatly known for our devotion to bright colours – navy blue constitutes about 80 per cent of the Umbrella staff wardrobe – but sometimes a splash of red or yellow can really bring out the best in your outfit without going too ‘Portillio’. One bran... Read more

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Realm & Empire: British tailoring for the modern casual

Posted on 23 October 2015 at 08:12 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

As the dark mornings and pitch black evenings can attest, autumn is here. Not the ‘basically summer’ autumn of September and early October, with its sunny afternoons and pleasingly fresh mornings, but the other one. The dark miserable autumn of November that throw... Read more

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Newfangle: casual menswear from Portugal

Posted on 18 September 2015 at 09:39 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

Portugal is a beautiful country, but it’s not one you’d associate immediately with casual clothing – the weather’s too good to spend your time obsessing over lambswool jumpers or expensive watches. However, menswear brand Newfangle is quickly changing our minds. ... Read more

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You don't have to be a skateboarder to like the Levi's skateboard collection

Posted on 04 September 2015 at 10:21 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

Skateboarding has never really been our thing at Umbrella. Coming from cities with strong football/music associations, the pull of the windswept terrace or warehouse party was always stronger than the halfpipe. But our relative ignorance of skating shouldn't cloud the fact it's had a ... Read more

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Sperry Topsider x YMC: a casual classic for Autumn 2015

Posted on 21 August 2015 at 12:12 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

There's a lot to be said for 'halfway house' shoes. You know, the likes of Clark's Wallabees or the Timberland Classic Lug that are a halfway house between trainer and 'going out shoe'. For British chaps who live by the dictats of smart-casual, a good pair of smart-ish sho... Read more

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Peter Storm: cagoules, casuals and the perfect waterproof hat

Posted on 24 July 2015 at 12:33 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

Everyone – well, anyone with taste – loves a cagoule. And with the summer going from “Varied, but not bad” to “Right, it’s officially terrible,” we’re all going to need one in the next couple of months. Our eyes have been caught by th... Read more

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Clube Eighties: bringing South American soccer style to five-a-side

Posted on 17 July 2015 at 12:25 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

The cult of casual has come full circle. Football style specialists 80s Casuals and subculture retailer Distant Echo have joined forces to release a replica kit. You know, a proper strip, one you can actually play football in. The two brands have released a series of ... Read more

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Stone Island: new season, new coats (same severe haircuts)

Posted on 26 June 2015 at 08:10 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

It goes without saying that Stone Island has been one of the most important menswear labels of the past 50 years. Bringing industrial and workwear aethestics to high-end men's casualwear, its founder Massimo Osti instinctively knew what the modern male demanded in his clothing. So whether... Read more

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Norse Projects: beautiful menswear from Copenhagen

Posted on 12 June 2015 at 08:17 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

There’s much to like about Scandinavia. Forget Alex Salmond’s “arc of prosperity”, the Nordic countries provide their peoples with a ‘sweep of pleasantness’ that goes from Bergen to Helsinki. Not only are the Danes, Swedes and Finns mostly tolerant ty... Read more

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OHW x Mat Buckets: moccasins are go!

Posted on 30 May 2015 at 12:59 by Anthony Teasdale in Style

Moccasins are the perfect shoe for the smart/casual man. While we all love trainers, sometimes – ie taking the in-laws to a pretentious gastropub – you need something a little more refined. And you'd struggle to find moccs more tasteful than the ones from British brand ohw. Th... Read more

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