My London Fashion Week Mens: Day 1

Craig of That Dapper Chap takes us around the shows and presentations on day one of this seasons London Fashion Week Men’s

It doesn’t seem six months ago since I attended the last London Fashion Week Men’s (known previously at London Collections: Men) they say time flies when you’re having fun right!

So, on a grey and traditionally wet British Friday we made our way to 180 The Strand, the hub for the event, and began a hectic round of shows and presentations. Once again there were some amazing designers to see, ranging from the well known and well established to new and up and coming designers for whom this was their first outing.


Our LFWM kicked off with the Phoebe English Man presentation in the upper presentation space.

This season Phoebe brought us a relaxed capsule collection of functional separates with coats, jackets, wide legged trousers and joggers in natural fibres. A plus for me is that the entire collection is made right here in good old Blighty.



A highlight for me was the Barbour International show which was held this season at Royal Institute of British Architects in Portland Place.

Not only was it a great space, but there was a real buzz about the collection. A slightly different look and feel to what we’ve come to expect from Barbour, the Barbour International range is more young and edgy.

If you’re a keen motorcyclist you need to check out the range as it’s all about that aesthetic.

Another reason I was pleased that I attended as I finally got to meet Mr Rutherford along with JB from the band JLS and Joel Dommett; comedian and runner up on last seasons I’m a Celebrity.


If you’re a fan of contemporary footwear or just a hoarder of great shoes you might just want to take a look at Harry’s of London.

Not only offering a beautiful range of formal and leisure shoes, Harry’s of London also offer a wide selection of accessories including bags, luggage and small leather goods.

Not only do their shoes look great but they are super comfortable, thanks to some ingenious technology in the form of Technogel which is built into each pair.





I’m a fan of Nigel Cabourn and have been for some time. With a strong focus on heavy work wear and relaxed tailoring made from rich wool it’s a look that I really like.

The collection was once again very functional and durable, utilising fabrics as used by the military, robust fastenings and great detailing.


And that was it for day one. While we did have an invitation to Private White (another brand I love) we unfortunately couldn’t make it due to other commitments which was a real disappointment for me.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back soon for the shows and presentations of day 2!

The Barbour quilted jacket from Mainline Menswear

Craig of That Dapper Chap wears the Barbour top and quilted jacket available from Mainline Menswear

After a beautiful summer here in the UK the weather finally took a turn today and while the leaves on the trees are still very green, Autumn is most definitely on its way. For me that means cosy sweaters, layering, and a great jacket and boots.

The Barbour jacket and top are both from Mainline Menswear, an online store that stocks a really wide range of great menswear from over 85 different brands. You’ll find clothing , footwear and accessories from Armarni, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Versace and Paul Smith to name just a few, so take a look as there’s something to suit every taste.

The outfit flat lay. All read for an afternoon in the woods

With Tink the Jack Russell clambering to get out and do some ball chasing, I pulled on my Barbour top and jacket and set off to the local woods so that we could both get some exercise.

A pause from ball chasing to shelter from the rain

The top is the Barbour sports T Shirt, with longs sleeves and a two button fastening at the collar. It’s 100% cotton and is priced at £50.00.

The Barbour long sleeved cotton top in Navy
A closer look at the details of the Barbour long sleeved cotton top

I’m glad I wore the jacket, as no sooner had we stepped out of the house when the rain started. Just as well it’s water resistant! The jacket is again by Barbour, and is the quilted Liddesdale jacket. It has popper fasteners and a corduroy collar. Very typically Barbour in its look it was perfect for an afternoon dog walk.

Lead in hand, Tink was free to run around and investigate rabbit holes
The Barbour quilted jacket

At one point we did shelter under a tree as I’d unfortunately forgotten to bring my umbrella. So while I was slightly perturbed, Tink was more than happy. The only thing she had to remember to bring was her green ball, and unlike me she was more on the ball (pardon the pun)

As the rain eased off we made our way to the lake


A closer look at the Barbour Liddesdale jacket

Jeans are ideal for dog walking, and this pair from Racing Green are a bit of a staple ‘go to’ item for me. They fit very well and the slim leg is very on trend.

These boots from Base London are an ideal addition

Every dog walker needs a good pair of boots and had I have checked the weather forecast before leaving the house I would have put on some wellington boots. However I didn’t! These Base London boots did the job well enough though. These are the Clapham boots in burnished tan. Priced at £79.99 readers can grab a 15% discount by using code DAPPERCHAP15 at checkout

The Clapham boots from Base London in burnished tan
Tink and I take a rest to enjoy the view
Tink won’t leave home with her most prized possession


Fetch! Tink can spend hours chasing after her green ball!

So, walk done, ball thrown, ball brought back (a hundred times) it was time to go home, dry out and get a nice hot cup of tea and a dog biscuit.

Thanks for stopping by. Tink says ‘Ruff’

London Collections: Men – Day 1

Craig of That Dapper Chap attends London Collections: Men as an accredited blogger and takes us through the events of day 1

Once again all the build up and anticipation of the largest menswear event in london comes to fruition and on Friday 8th January London Collections: Men once again opened its doors and showcased all that the British menswear industry has to offer.

This season saw me with a packed itinerary so I unfortunately had to choose which shows I wanted to see more as a lot overlapped or were logistically impossible to reach in the time between shows.

Stylists, press, editors and bloggers line up to sign in to this seasons LCM

After signing in at the stunning Victoria House in Southampton Row, this seasons LC:M hub, I took my official book and lanyard, pinned my badge to my lapel and made my way to the Barbour presentation. 


Barbour never disappoint. The inherent quality comes through in every piece and they offered us everything that we’ll need for AW16: heavy knitwear, their iconic wax jackets and a collection of great shirts and accessories.

Very accessible and easy to wear I’ve been a Barbour fan for a while and I really like the new collection.

Chunky textured sweaters continue to be a staple items

Beautifully tailored shirts in some great fabrics

Casual styling by Barbour to keep out the cold

The latest style Barbour coat

The classic Barbour wax jacket

Another great collection from Barbour


After a quick coffee break I made my way to Marylebone to see the Cottweiler show. Designers Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dainty showed us a range of intelligent and futuristic designs in metallic fabrics and sheepskin-like woollens.

Moody models in fields of wheat from Cottweiler

Futuristic designs in metallic fabrics

Fashion folk flocking to see the new Cottweiler collection

Modern fabrics in relaxed design

Impressive designs with a real edge

The new Cottweiler collection

Universal Works

Leaving the Cottweiler show it was a hop and a skip over to Blandford Street to see what Universal Works had to offer. I’ve always enjoyed the Universal Works show and they always offer up an interesting concept.

This season was no different and we walked in to a virtual fairground, complete with 90’s dance tracks and ‘all the fun of the fair’ Guests enjoyed mushy peas with mint sauce and popcorn while we perused the collection.

Unstructured, relaxed and comfortable clothing for the cool and youthful won the day, and they again showed a very British and very wearable collection that could be enjoyed by anyone.

Time for the Funfair with niversal Works

Prizes for everyone at the Universal Works funfair

Relaxed but stylish

The classic funfair goldfish, its all in the details

Casual footwear from Universal Works

I enjoyed the mushy peas and they certainly filled a void in my stomach

Unstructured and easy to wear

The new Universal Works collection

Private White V.C.

So leaving the sights and sounds of the fairground behind I legged it, in the rain, over to Mayfair to the Private White V.C. store on Duke Street.

Upon entering the store I was immediately welcomed by Brutus the Bulldog who took an instant liking to my trousers, pressing his nose against my calf and following me around the store. Apparently he likes the smell of my cats!

Private White never fail to impress and I was already converted way before I stepped over the threshold. The nod to classic wartime tailoring didn’t go unmissed. Designer Nick Ashley continues to offer us some great pieces and I very much need to get some in my armoury.

Arriving at he Private White V.C. store in Mayfair

Classic styling from Private White V.C.

The new Private White V.C. collection

My new buddy Brutus

I’m in love with this heavy shearling collar coat

rails of clothing from the new collection waiting to be browsed

The models take their place in the store

More elegant clothing from Private White V.C.

I managed to snap designer Nick Ashley at the event

Guests mingle, drink cocktails and enjoy the canapes 

So after a fun filled day with very little to eat, cold and slightly wet, I called it a day and made my way to my London home where I had set up base for the weekend. Day one was a success on many levels. I met some great people, reconnected with my ‘LCM Buddies’ and saw some great menswear.

Roll on day two I thought. That was a success too and I’ll report on that very soon so watch this space.

Thanks for taking time out to read this. Pop back again soon!