What I Wore Today – The Ellroy black suit from Noose & Monkey

Craig of That Dapper Chap shares what he wore today, wearing a black suit from Noose & Monkey

Every bloke needs a great suit and every bloke should have a black suit. There will be a time when you need one. This Noose & Monkey suit fits both of those requirements perfectly.

Purchased via the GT shopping site I documented the purchase of this suit in a previous post.

Priced at £199, it’s a very nice suit. My only reservation is that you don’t get the option with Noose & Monkey to choose a short, regular or long fitting, so on getting my suit I did have to have the trousers taken up an inch or two. One of my pet hates are trousers that are too long and bunch at the ankles!

Pairing the suit with a crisp white cotton shirt and a black floral tie and pocket square, I was set for business.

I love the little details that Noose & Monkey add to their suits. The lining is very cool with it’s bright pink piping, as is the contrast stitching on the cuffs. These little additions make a plain black suit less plain and more modern than it would have been without them.

With black leather loafers and briefcase I was all set for whatever the day had in store for me.


Get The Look


Black ‘Ellroy’ Suit – Noose & Monkey, via the Gay Times shopping portal – £199.00

Skinny Fit Shirt – Burton Menswear – £18.00

Back Floral Tie – Primark – £3.00

Black Floral Pocket Square – Dancy’s Of London

Black Cotton Rich Socks – Marks & Spencer – £12.00 for 7 pairs

Black Leather ‘Calvino’ Briefcase – Maxwell Scott Bags – £388.00

Weekender Fairfield Watch – Timex – £59.99

Black Leather Loafers – Next – £48.00


Buying with the new GT Shopping site

Craig of That Dapper Chap brings us a new shopping platform from Gay Times

It’s been statistically proven that guys like to shop online more than they do in store. For me I like to see a garment, feel the fabric and try the item on before I buy so when I was contacted by Octer, the company that powers the new Gay Times Shopping site I thought I’d give it a go and share my experience with you.

The Gay Times Shopping site carries a huge range of clothing, grooming products, footwear and accessories from a wealth of top brands such as ASOS, Mr Porter, River Island and House of Fraser, to name just a few.

Searching is super easy and you’re able to select clothing by type of item or by brand. I needed a new black suit so I set about getting one from this platform.

Having selected ‘Menswear’ from the main page, I then click on ‘Suits & Tailoring’ and there I was. 2 clicks and I was presented with a wide variety of suits.

You see from the image above that you’re presented with a list of brands. I was interested in what Noose & Monkey had to offer but they weren’t on the list. Did they have any suits on the GT site? A quick search using the super speedy search box at the top right of the screen and I was immediately given a range of suits from Noose & Monkey.

It was then simply a case of scrolling through the selection to see what I wanted. The Ellroy suit seemed to be just what I needed. I selected my size and in another click it was in my bag.

If you’re a new customer here’s where you’ll have to register before you complete your checkout. If you’re already a member sign is in simple.

Check out is simple too and I love the fact that you can pay by PayPal as it makes everything just that little but easier. No searching for that credit card and then typing the number in three times before you finally get it right!

And that’s it! My suit arrived from Zalando in just a couple of days and I’m super pleased with it. I’ll certainly use GT Shopping again. The amount of products and brands that they stock rival other outlets, and it’s a very simple site to use.

Give it a go and feel free to leave a comment here about your own experience.

The Noose & Monkey Pre LCM Collection Launch Party

Craig of That Dapper Chap attends the Pre-LC:M new collection Launch Party with Noose & Monkey

Models wearing Noose & Monkey and working the camera

Noose & Monkey have been on my sartorial radar for some time now. You’ll have seen their concessions in Topman stores, ASOS and Zalando, and been drawn to their bold colours, big check, floral prints and double breasted waistcoats.

When I was invited to view their new collection at their pre-LC:M party I of course jumped at the chance.

Yours truly enjoying the new collection and of course wearing Noose & Monkey

About Noose & Monkey

It’s a common misconception that the Noose & Monkey name has its roots in a less salubrious history than it truly does, and I have been confronted about this on my Instagram page and accused of being insensitive. So, let me set the story straight!

Noose & Monkey is a story of mistaken identity. During the Napoleonic wars, the crew of a French naval vessel dressed their pet monkey in an officers uniform. After being shipwrecked off Hartlepool, the monkey was discovered on a beach. The locals, assuming he was a Frenchman and therefore the enemy, hung him in the town square.

So that’s it. Story told.

Noose and Monkey
The real story of the Noose & Monkey name

The Noose & Monkey Party

Arriving at the W Hotel in London’s Leicester Square in my Noose & Monkey black and white check three piece suit, I grabbed a cocktail and made my way over to the rails and beautifully dressed mannequins to view the new collection.

As other guests arrived the drinks flowed and the DJ provided us with thumping dance music for the occasion. Cameras clicked, glasses chinked and everyone got into the party atmosphere.

The Noose & Monkey party, held at the super cool W Hotel

The DJ, spinning tunes to get the party started

While chatting with the Noose & Monkey team I was astounded to learn that there are only 2 designers and 1 design manager who take care of every new collection. Needless to say that the 2 designers are incredibly busy people but I’m pleased to tell you that I managed to snag both of them.

Chatting to the design team at the Noose & Monkey party

After complimenting me on my choice of suit they spoke to me about the new collection and some of the extraordinary fabrics that they use on their jackets and suits. You see, these aren’t just ordinary fabrics. The team will visit many factory’s to get the right material and that often includes factory’s that manufacture household and upholstery fabrics. 

Occasion jackets in sumptuous fabrics for the new season

cocktails flowed from the bar at the W Hotel in Leicester Square

When visiting factory’s they are more often than not escorted directly to a fabric selection predominantly used for standard mens tailoring. When the team spot a fabric that they’d like to use, they are often told that the fabric is for women’s wear or upholstery.

Being a brand that wants to test the boundaries and offer us something different and more exciting, it’s these fabrics that often end up on their buyers list, and I’m glad that they do.

Mannequin squad, all dressed in the latest pieces from Noose & Monkey

Amazing fabrics are coming our way in the new collection 

My favourite piece from the Noose & Monkey collection is a stunning jacket with a feather like finish. When pointing this out to one of the designers she exclaimed that this was her favourite piece too and is actually made from upholstery fabric. So if you do wear it don’t be surprised to bump into a matching cushion!

The feather effect jacket, my favourite piece from the new collection 

Leopard print textured fabric, well why not make a statement!

A guest browses the rail of shirts at the Noose & Monkey party

A guest at the event snapping pics of the new collection

Noose & Monkey do double breasted waistcoats very well

Shirting has become a bit more exciting too with loud colours and more eccentric patterns for those that simply don’t want to blend it. Worn without a tie, the top button done up, and the trademark Nose & Monkey collar pins, the Noose & Monkey look isn’t for the shy and retiring.

The Noose & Monkey collection is not for the shy and retiring

Meeting X-Factor star Mason Noise at the pre LCM party

Embracing the Noose & Monkey vibe on the step and repeat board

Shirts for days in amazing prints

Chatting style with one of the Noose & Monkey team

I’m in love with this mustard suit from Noose & Monkey

Discussing the collection with one of the Noose & Monkey designers

When you buy your Noose & Monkey suit, be sure to take a picture and post it to social media and make sure you tag Noose & Monkey to get noticed,

Myself and fellow blogger The Man In The Suit @MrDarkie

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