ROLL NECK CABLE KNIT - OUTFIT OF THE DAY

Retailers must be screwing over the mild winter weather, especially those whose main profits come from outerwear, knits, jackets and coats. I have spoken to a few brands and retailers myself during various networking events of menswear business owners like myself. Most still have autumn/winter stock left over from AW14 due to 2014 being a mild winter and now 2015 making it back-to-back poor seasons. So will the menswear trade shows coming up for AW16 be boom or bust?

Retailers are great at liquidating stock during December and January with various sales of which they use clever marketing to sell old stock whilst still making large profits. However these are normally the larger stores, who have the luxury of 100s or 1000s of staff, they also have various retail stores throughout the whole of the UK. So if a particular style is not selling in say Manchester, well they will just try another store where historically that particular style has sold well.

I feel for the smaller boutique retailers who often sell on smaller margins, operate month by month financially and do not have the ability to 'suck up' a bad season. With stock piling up and the designs from past seasons, it is a cycle that can become irreversible.  

Sometimes I feel I'm propping up AW15 brands single handedly as all I seem to be talking about and buying is knitwear and this outfit of the day is no different - if you like my style, shop the look below and help out retailers and brands this AW15 season.

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Photo Credit Sophie Milner

ALL ABOUT WINDOW PANE COATS - OUTFIT OF THE DAY

A year and a half ago, I only had two coats that I would wear all of the time, a black leather jacket and a navy pea coat. They ticked all of the boxes…so I thought. Fast forward to the present Carl and he is a little bit ‘coat obsessed’. How can I go from being content with wearing my navy pea coat with absolutely every outfit possible and thinking it looks great to having more coats and jackets than I have boxer shorts (I actually do!). What have I become? I blame Sophie. She is a coat person and has somehow brainwashed me into being the same, pea, trench, camel, shearing, denim, tick tick tick and now even one colour will not do. Because of course you need a denim shearling jacket in tan suede, black denim and mid-wash denim (insert manly hand up emoji here).

During AW15 I plan my outfits based on one investment piece and more often than not it is great coat. This season Zara have some exceptional jackets and coats for men and right now most are in their Winter Sale.

My outfit of the day comprises of a Zara window pane coat, a ASOS cable knit navy jumper which I brought a size too big so it could appear oversize. Finished off with ASOS black rip jeans and Topman black boots.

 

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Photo Credit Sophie Milner

WINTER MORNING WALKS ALONG CHELSEA EMBANKMENT

This week for me has been one of those weeks to totally forget. Its been a time that if my brain had a format button it would have been pressed daily if not hourly! Who else has had one of the weeks or months? When I'm feeling down, upset, angry or stressed I find that getting up early and going for a walk helps set me up positively for the day ahead.

For me its good to get up early and do something with my mornings, either gym, British Military Fitness, walk my dog, do some writing...my mind is clear and hasn't yet been tainted with all life's stresses. I also find that I'm much more proactive and productive with the rest of my day.

This particular street style shoot was done along Chelsea Embankment one Sunday morning just after sun rise and I'm loving the soft lighting in these shots. What I'm wearing is very typical weekend, winter day wear - jeans, thick knitted jumper, casual blazer and a big scarf. Its comfortable, warm and versatile for many Sunday situations such was walks, pubs and even chilling on the sofa watching breaking bad (I'm now on Season 4!).

So the shoes which I wear like all the time are from River Island brought via ASOS.com and are somehow still in stock at only £60. Then the jeans are mid-wash blue semi skinny. My knitted jumper is from last seasons Allsaints collection, although in the shop the look below, I have added one that is very similar (but better...dammit!). The harris tweed casual blazer is via ASOS and finally so is the multi coloured scarf.

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Photo Credit Sophie Milner