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Womens Fashion; Indicators For Mens Designer Clothing Accessories

New trends and styles for men’s clothing and accessories are often influenced and preceded by women’s fashion. If floral’s are on the cards for spring 2009 then similarly you’ll see watered down versions in suits through to silk ties.

It might sound ridiculous, but, it has been so for centuries.

Louis Patou a Paris fashion designer made silk ties from women’s dress material, hence the advent of the designer tie.

So the concept is nothing new. The fact is women’s fashion is specifically designed to attract man.

And so naturally including a smidgeon of femininity into men’s accessories, silk ties in particular, makes perfect sense. The other thing is, you’d be surprised at the number of females that design men’s clothing.

It is our good fortune that they do, otherwise we’d end up with nothing other than grey suits, striped ties and tattered old wallets.

I’ve seen the spring summer 2009 silk tie collection, they are drab and colourless, a series of stripes and geometric patterns, no floral’s at all, which, after seeing what women plan to wear is in contrast to logic.

How much longer do we have to be confined to conservative shades of grey?

Well, luckily there are changes afoot and if you’re prepared to look hard enough will be rewarded. There are designers out there who accurately forecast future trends and they’re the ones to watch as they buck the critics view.

The women fashion designers I know of and or associated with all share common traits, the way they incorporate colour and pattern cannot be mimicked by man. And that’s where the great appeal is, it’s the scent of a women in the designs they create.

Rather than follow mainstream, we’ve created our own regime with a small cluster of male and female designers. People may ask, what’s so special about that? Well there’s only one way to find out.

By name, Cressida Bell, Victoria Richards and Vivienne Westwood, Shane McCoubrey, Ian Flaherty, Lbb London and Simon Carter.

By unique product; Falling Leaves autumn silk ties, Bar, mens jewellery, and the famous cube swarovski cufflinks by Ian Flaherty.

Now here are a few historic anecdotes from our data base.

1971: Maverick screen actress Katherine Hepburn, whose long-term lover Spencer Tracey was a customer of Huntsman, takes the extraordinary step of ordering bespoke denim jeans from her late lover’s Savile Row tailor. Hepburn’s commission foreshadows bespoke denim collections launched in 2006 by Timothy Everest and Evisu.

1973: Robert Redford stars in the definitive film of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald was a dedicated customer of Jermyn Street bespoke shirt maker Turnbull & Asser. The shirts that reduce The Great Gatsby’s socialite heroine Daisy (Mia Farrow) to tears with their beauty in the film all bear the Turnbull & Asser bespoke label.

1974: Gieves Ltd acquires Hawkes (and the precious freehold of No I Savile Row) and become Gieves & Hawkes.Tommy Nutter seeks sanctuary at Kilgour, French & Stanbury after his acrimonious exit from Nutters of Savile Row. Kilgour also incorporates the famed hunt tailoring specialist Bernard Weatherill. Nutters of Savile Row continues with Sexton, Roy Chittleborough and Joseph Morgan.Maurice Sedwell hires Trinidad-born Andrew Ramroop who will go on to become Managing Director and a Professor of tailoring at the London College of Fashion.

There will always be a niche to fill and our aim is to do so.

A Unique Collection of Silk ties and Cufflinks Mix & Match

If you’re looking for some sound advice about men’s fashion accessories, brand names, and manufacturers and want to make the right buying decisions without traipsing around and given the run around, then this may interest you. There is an awful lot of untapped talent in London and about, names that a lot of consumers are not familiar with, the quality of their products is equal to any international brand; Veritas Precious Metal Design, Simon Carter, Ian Flaherty, Lbb London are names you’ll be hearing about, want more?

Feraud, School tie, Designer Tie Everything that can be said about Feraud designer silk ties has been said, everyone proclaims that their ties are made from the finest silks in the world, they’re handmade to exacting specifications and so on, it all starts to sound a bit staid. Louis Feraud designer silk ties are simply conservative, cleverly arranged stripes using colours that are easy to coordinate, reminiscent of the old school tie, simplicity at its best. They’re made from the same kind silks that hundreds of other brands use and they’re made in Italy at the same factory that hundreds of other brand names use. At least you know what you’re getting, a reasonable tie for a reasonable price with a very good name attached.

Work of Art Cufflinks, Mother of Pearl Every significant movement in art can be traced through the design of cufflinks. Jewellers like Cartier and Tiffany crafted work of art cufflinks in mother of pearl, crystal and precious stones…These famous fashion names establish designer cufflinks as the essential accessory for men. And now, materials of choice by the famous mentioned are fashioned into little treasures. Combining Onyx with the textural brilliance of mother of pearl so naturally compatible and expertly gleaned to solid silver reflecting the best that nature has to offer, now on offer directly from the hands of a world class jeweller; Mark Platt – Vertas Gifts

Enamel and Silver Cufflinks: Birmingham’s contribution Occupying a space in Birmingham’s famous jewellery quarter is the London Badge and Button Company (Lbb London) owned by Toye, Kenning & Spencer Ltd the oldest family run businesses in the world, having been established in England over 300 years ago by a family of Huguenot refugees the Toys. Since 1685 members of the Toye family have been using their skills to create fine enamel and silver jewellery. The London Badge and Button Company has over 30 years of experience in design and development of fine silver-gilt and silver cufflinks for high fashion men’s accessories retailers. Each cufflink captures a unique heritage, a manifestation of craftsmanship trough the ages.

A Trout Cufflink The Trout is another from of nature cufflinks. Ian Flaherty’s latest impressionable creationsUsing enamels to replicate true to life colours, a cufflink in perfect proportionate scale, every detail is carefully considered even fins and gills are evident, bringing lifeless forms to life, his collections should be on the A list of collectors, don’t let this one get away. Build a set, the fox, partridge, mallard, horse and jockey all hand enamelled in the same tradition as Faberge. For many centuries vitreous enamel has been widely used to adorn jewellery of the highest quality- from Parisian gold snuffboxes of the 18th century to Carl Faberge’s Imperial Eggs in the early 20th century. Archaeological evidence suggests that enamelling may date back to 3000BC. The Byzantine Empire, Chinese, French and Russian cultures have all influenced the development of enamelware. Cloisonn, which is a design distinguished by using flattened wire to separate the enamel, is most suited to jewellery. Consider it.

A Cufflink Mine Appropriately labelled the Mine Cufflinks by Simon Carter, represents another designer in good form. Using a brushed metal dome and studding with small crystals that glint at every angle against the light. Semblance of a mine, but constructed with economics in mind, a lovely way to decorate your cuffs.

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