The Brand New Topman Store

Craig of That Dapper Chap visits the brand new Topman store in London’s Knightsbridge on its opening day

The brand new Topman store in London’s Knightsbridge

I was super excited to be invited to the opening day of the brand spanking new Topman store at 70 Brompton Road in London.

After seeing the people at Tom Ford in Harrods it was just a skip across the road to see exactly what the new store had to offer. Situated in the lower ground floor of the existing Topshop, which has stood there for a while now, the guys at Topman told me that men would often come out of Harrods and into Topshop while on a shopping spree and were disappointed to find only womenswear on offer. So, not wanting to miss a trick a new Topman opened it’s doors.

Goodies await in the Personal Shopping suite

With a DJ spinning some tracks there was a real buzz about the place as I made my way around the racks of clothing. I was of course drawn to the suit section, where they had a number of great options on offer. So after a chat with the PR guys I was introduced to Janal, who has recently returned to London after living in Australia and is now their brand new personal shopper and stylist. Janal had put together a rail of clothing for me to try and I couldn’t wait to see what she’d selected for me. 

If you’d like to find out more about the Topman personal shopping experience, please take a look at my previous article HERE which explains the whole process.

Clothing for days and a wide selection on offer for the discerning gent

Inside the Personal Shopping suite, all kitted out with new styles to try

There were a couple of suits that I’d seen which were unfortunately not available at that point so I’ll make sure I get my hands on those when they come into stores. Janal had selected a beautiful light blue double breasted skinny fit suit, and a light camel single breasted suit and really couldn’t decide between the two! They both looked great and I have to say that I wanted them both!

Topman were offering complimentary tailoring in store on their first day

Topman are offering us some great tailoring this season so keep your eyes out and get yourself to the new store in Knightsbridge and see what you think. In the meantime, here are a few examples of some of the tailoring on offer.

A crisp white double breasted suit, perfect for that summer wedding

50 shades of grey in this clean skinny fit suit

A touch of dapper with this tux with satin collar

More double breasted delight. DB’s are going to be big this summer guys

A three piece suit with long line jacket

My favorite from the entire collection and I cannot wait to get my hands on it

#WEARITWELL At The Timex Watch Event

Craig of That Dapper Chap attends the Timex party to view the latest collection from this American heritage brand

The new Timex Fairfield watch with interchangeable straps

It was a real honour to be invited to the Timex party a couple of weeks ago where I got the opportunity, not only to catch up with fellow bloggers, a cheerleader and a spaceman, but to also see the awesome new collections from this heritage brand.

I teamed up with talented photographer and friend Ian Clarke of PhotoByIan for the event. Ian has snapped me on many occasions for various fashion campaigns and he took the majority of the images for this post.

Yours truly snapped by Ian Clarke while Tweeting at the Timex event

Timex are a brand that have stood the test of time and have been providing us with great wrist watches since 1854. A few years on and I find myself on a London rooftop enjoying the latest collection and panoramic views London’s iconic skyline. There may also have been a cocktail or two!

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As the DJ filled the venue with cool tunes, waiters swept by with canapes and various refreshments. People mingled and conversed over the various styles on offer in the Timex latest collection. Glass cases lined the walls and were filled with every type of watch on offer.

Timex a heritage US brand that’s stood the test of time

While the Weekender still curries favour  there’s a new guy on the block in the shape of the Fairfield Weekender. Super clean and understated, it’s a style that’s going to be hugely popular. 

As with the original Weekender, the Fairfield comes with interchangeable straps allowing the wearer to switch up and change the look to match whatever mood or style they want. It also has that handy Indiglo light.

from stripes to plain leather and tweed, there’s a strap for everyone

Myself and US based blogger Blake Scott

Waiters prepare cocktails for guests at the Timex event

In addition to the Fairfield Timex also showed of other models such as the Expedition which I was unfamiliar with. In particular the digital version is one I’d never seen before, which has a real retro feel about it.

Also on offer was the Heritage collection with its classic styling and sometimes bright vibrant colours such as the incredibly preppy University  with its bright yellow face.

If you like a little more colour in your life you should also take a look at the Ironman range where colour reigns supreme.

Watches for days at the Times event in London’s Shorditch

Every guest had the opportunity to choose themselves a piece from the collection. As people arrived at the desk to make their choice, sounds of indecision were herd as they were presented with a huge variety of watch faces and accompanying straps.

I opted for the Fairfield Weekender with a brown, grey and red striped strap and I’m really happy with my choice. 

My new Times Fairfield Weekender with striped strap and indiglo light

The DJ spun vinyl and kept us entertained with various tunes throughout the evening

The Timex Originals University watch

Okay, not the most glorious of food, but they were delicious!

 

Watches galore. Which would you choose?

As the evening progressed we were treated to a live band. The drinks continued and the room filled with press and bloggers alike, all fans of Timex and eager to see what was new.

We were entertained by a cocktail waiter who flipped bottles and displayed his skills, offering those who watched the opportunity to have a go themselves. I have to admit to being one of those that did. I also have to tell you that I wasn’t very good at it, but nothing got broken. Probably because the bottle I used was plastic and for no other reason! Practice makes perfect, right?

We also had the pleasure of meeting a spaceman and a cheerleader who were there to represent various historical episodes from the Timex history. Having chatted to the spaceman for some time I became convinced that he did indeed come from another planet!

Chatting to Blake Scott, his fiance Ashley, and the Spaceman who represented a specific moment in time in the Timex history

Various styles displayed in glass cabinets and yours truly having a peek

A Fairfield Weekender Timex with black face

Selfie time with Ian Clarke, photographer and friend who attended the event with me.

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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

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


Cottweiler

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.

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