Eldred Grove reviews some of the gentlemen’s accessories available from Southern Gents and shows us some styles that can be created with them
|Just some of the range of items available from Southern Gents|
MEET THE SOUTHERN GENTS
A few short weeks ago I started chatting to Tunde at Southern Gents, a charming fellow, passionate about mens accessories and with an aim to get us gentlemen dressing more sartorially.
From a small beginning in 2011, blogging online, they made the transition to an online store just a year later with the aim to be the number one manufacturer of mens accessories and signature items, with the craftsmanship of J.Crew and a budget which doesn’t break the bank.
|Gingham pocket square and camo and floral pocket rounds $12-$20|
Working from their home office they design all of the pieces on offer themselves and use preferred manufacturers who execute their designs to the highest standards.
I asked Tunde what his message would be to That Dapper Chap readers, he replied “dressing your best will not only bring out the best in you, but will make you feel good about yourself, and convince others to take you seriously” I couldn’t agree more!
|The 100% silk Savannah tie $32 and the anchor lapel pin $15|
Southern Gents sell a wide range of mens accessories, all designed to enhance your look and add detail and personality to your everyday outfits.
As a fan of self tie bow ties I’m pleased to see that they have opted for this version rather than the pre-tied version, these are more sartorial and traditional, giving a genuine un-uniform look when tied.
|The Oxford bow tie $25|
With 14 adjustable bow ties currently available on the site (Aug 14) there is something there for everyone, from the quirky Yorkshire Terrier print to the traditional black, with different coloured velvets bow ties in between.
|The diamond tip Ruby Red Plaid bow tie $22 in 100% cotton|
Again with 18 neck ties for sale (Aug 14) the range is very good and you can pick up anything from a floral design for the spring and summer months, through club style ties to polka dots in 100% silks, wool and cotton.
|The Savannah tie in 100% silk|
|The Blue Momentum tie $28 in 100% wool|
As well as ties and bow ties you can pick up a smart lapel pin to add that extra piece of personality to your jacket. While the range isn’t exhaustive they have chosen well and offer 5 designs in 7 styles ranging from an anchor to a lions head.
|Black Antler, Anchor, Eagle, Pegasus, Lion & Silver Antler lapel pins|
|A sample of the Southern Gents tie collection|
Not only is s-gents.com your place for neckwear but they also have other little gems available such as necklaces, suspenders, tie bars and shoe laces, all combining to create that unique look.
|The Southern Gents necklace, tie bars, suspenders and shoe laces|
One item that has made a big return is the pocket square and Southern gents don’t disappoint in this department either. Not only do they offer pocket squares but pocket rounds too.
|The pink gingham Roosevelt pocket square styled with a navy|
waistcoat and my own pink flower lapel pin and the Savile Row bow tie
|Some of the collection of Southern gents pocket squares|
For me, and every dapper gent on a budget the prices are very reasonable and you can easily pick up enough items to alter the look of a basic suit at a reasonable price. Big style at little cost.
Ties $25 – $35
Bow ties $22-$32
Lapel pins $15 – $20
Tie bars $10
Pocket Squares/Rounds $18 – $20
PACKAGING & PRESENTATION
The package of goodies arrived quickly and well packed in a nice sturdy white, flip lid box. Each item was carefully folded and presented and all wrapped in black tissue paper.
|The ruby red plaid bow tie styled with a navy blazer|
and crisp white shirt. TDC’s own lapel pins
The business card added that professional touch and I was impressed by the attention to detail. I would happily order items as a gift and not need to re package it before wrapping it, in the knowledge that what was inside was more than adequately displayed and packaged.
All of the products were well made. I found no snags or loose threads. The pocket rounds are all professionally finished with stitched edges which were all incredibly neat and well executed.
The ties and bow ties tied securely and looked good when dressed.
|The Oxford bow tie and Pegasus lapel pin styled with a navy blazer|
with grey trim, white cotton shirt and navy wool waistcoat
The lapel pins are also well made with the pin very securely attached. They have no sharp edges or tarnishing.
If you’re a gentleman who has a basic black or navy suit but wants to inject some individuality into your look, but you don’t have a Versace or Paul Smith budget, Southern gents is a great option for you. With great quality products at very reasonable prices they are a great alternative to the high street.
PRO’s (AND CONS)
Quality versus value for money is a big seller for me. This and the choice available makes Southern Gents a good contender for your accessory needs.
The only issue I found was that the ruby red plaid bow tie seemed a little long, even when reduced to the minimum length using the adjuster. Maybe this is a design flaw or I was sent a longer version in error. All of the other bow ties fitted perfectly when using the adjuster clasp and putting it to the correct length as indicated on the handy measurement tape sewn inside each bow tie.
My team were impressed by the variety of samples and the uniqueness of some of the designs. They all agreed that the items were good value for money and commented on the quality of materials i.e. wool, cotton and silk rather than nylon or polyester.
|The red plaid bow tie styled with a navy blazer|
and my own pocket square and lapel pins
Overall Southern Gents offers a lot for the average gent who wants to add something to his existing style. Products are well made and well packaged. I would have confidence ordering again.
|The 100% silk Saville Row bow tie|
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