ON OUR FASHION CALENDAR: A HEADS UP ON THE BEST BLACK FRIDAY BUYS WITH FARFETCH
With less than a month to go on the countdown to Black Friday, Mr Gumbatron's Founder, Lex Mak chats with Farfetch and shares his style picks.
When it comes to the Black Friday scrum, we have one piece of advice for you: stay at home. Shop online. Not only will you avoid the inevitable chaos but also - and here we’ll let you in on a secret - you can do something pro shoppers have been doing for years: prepare a shopping game plan. Compile your Black Friday wishlist in advance, and once your chosen piece is added to your saved items you can easily see if it has reduced in price. That way you’ll be able to check out in as much time as it takes to say ‘mine! - Farfetch
As an Architect and fashion blogger, my motto in life is “Dress well, Drink well, Live well”, fashion plays a significant role of my every day, I always like to look my best and have a keen eye for the fine details in life.
With a busy lifestyle, finding time to shop for clothes and accessories is sometimes a challenge; thankfully Farfetch makes shopping online for the latest fashion looks effortless and intuitive. Now that Black Friday is around the corner, it’s a perfect opportunity to update the wardrobe with new luxury essential pieces at a great price or to purchase that luxury item you have been eyeing for months.
Below are my top 5 picks from Farfetch this Black Friday.
1. Thom Browne – Business Bag in Black Pebble Grain
Every grown man should own at least one nice leather briefcase; the utilitarian case is traditionally used to store important documents and valuables. The modern briefcase can be considered a fashion accessory used to complete an outfit. There is nothing worse than a well-groomed gentleman in a tailored suit carrying around his belongings in a neoprene laptop bag or briefcase.
Nothing says ‘sophistication’ quite like carrying around a well-designed briefcase; it’s a way to cut through the style noise on your commute to work or to get noticed inside the work elevator.
British designer Thom Browne has designed this business bag in their signature Italian pebble grain calf leather. The bag has a slim profile, which is perfect for those who prefer a more minimalist office kit. Gold hardware and the brands signature tri-colour grosgrain lines the inside of the bag for that classy finish.
Invest in a good quality briefcase; it will last you for many years and will complete that sophisticated look. Buy here.
2. Common Projects – Original Achilles Low
Low-top sneakers are as the name suggest cut low on the ankle, this sneaker typology has roots from the style icons including racing legend Steve McQueen and tennis champion, Stan Smith. The white low top sneaker is both minimal and considered a men’s style essential. They can be styled together with shorts and a shirt and even with a tailored suit (given the occasion) due to their low-cut design.
NY based brand Common Projects have mastered the understated aesthetic with their sneakers. The brand invests very little in marketing or advertising, they have no flagship stores, yet the brand has a very solid following due to word of mouth, features of many reputable fashion blogs as well as constant posts by fans on social media
This example of the Achilles from Common Projects are a true minimalist classic, they are comfortable, with supple Italian leather uppers and also feature a durable rubber cup-sole from Margom. The only traces of branding on the sneakers are a series of gold embossed numbers on the side on the shoe, unique to every design. I prefer the light grey colour way as it is easy to style and there are far too many white sneakers on everyone’s feet. Buy here.
3. Saint Laurent – Biker Jacket
The leather jacket is a classic piece of men’s outerwear fashion, it is an item of clothing that has stood the test of time and has proven to never go out of style, it’s a classic tailored silhouette that can be styled in many different ways. The leather jacket is a style rebel wardrobe staple, no longer limited to bikers or punk rockers.
Invest in a top quality leather jacket like this one from Parisian fashion house Saint Laurent. made of dark brown/mahogany calf leather will look great when you first buy it, but will look ever better in 20 years when your kids will be asking to borrow it. The rear smoking lips logo motif on the back adds a touch of edginess and personality to the jacket, after all the leather jacket is meant to be bold and exciting like its wearer.
The biker jacket is one of the most versatile and casual styles of leather jacket so best worn with jeans and a tee shirt. Buy here.
4. Canali – Single Breasted Jacket
Wool is a standard blazer fabric best suited to the autumn/winter season. A wool blazer is another wardrobe classic, which is very versatile to style. Wool can be mixed with both high-end and low-end fabrics, meaning wool blend blazers are often cheaper and can sometimes be even more flexible than other options.
This jacket from Italian designer Canali is half lined and has soft rolled lapels for that effortless cool casual look.The plaid pattern is bold but pair it with some chinos and loafers for a more casual sartorial look.
Play around with the plaid/check pattern of this jacket by mixing and matching it with your outfits, just remember to wear this jacket with confidence, unless you now exactly what you are doing do not clash checks or go too bold without occasion, Checks when styled right will be sure to draw extra attention and appreciation from others. Buy here.
5.Maison Margiela – Logo Embossed Ring
It is true that a lot can be said about a man who chooses to accessorise with rings, never underestimate the little details of your outfit gentleman.
For a man especially, wearing a ring beyond the wedding band is a statement. Be aware, though, wearing a signature ring is not a statement everyone will get. Jewellery is another medium of expressing ones personality and style.
A ring can serves several purposes; It helps balance out other wrist jewellery; i.e. wristwatch and bracelets and it is also a great conversation starter if you have a unique ring with a story behind it.
This ring by French fashion house Maison Margiela is subtly engraved with the Maison’s numeric logo. Made in Italy from brushed sterling silver it features a curved structure, the wide band has a sleek yet rugged feel that will refine off-duty looks. Buy here.
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