Best Dressed Men in Their 30's

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What can you expect in your thirties that never happened in your twenties? You appreciate fully the unbridled sensation of dressing in a crisp white shirt. You realise you knew nothing in your twenties. The importance of being grateful. That sleep is precious and a decent mattress is essential. That sugar is less forgiving. Etc.

I'm sure I could do an entire blog. But one thing that I've paid attention to more in my thirties is not only how I dress, but the people around me dress. It really is something you never turn off. I even watch films and am taken out of the movie entirely if I can't hack if the lead male is wearing an ill-fitting suit.

Anyway, I'm going to be highlighting some gentlemen around me within my age bracket whose style speaks to me. I'll be starting by looking at men in their 30's.

RICHARD BIEDUL 

Richard has an impeccable style. Has modelled for Canali, New & Lingwood, Hemingsworth La Perla and Chester Barrie so far. He's also done two collaboration with Stacey Wood over at King & Tuckfield.

A very rakish, classic look. Reminds me of Vincent Cassel and although his style is regal, he has a rebellious streak with his smoking and tattoo's. He's done great things for British Fashion and is incredibly approachable, sweet and unassuming.

DAVID GANDY

If you stare long and deep enough into David Gandy's eyes, you'll be transported to a magical world where you ... wait sorry .. another story, another time.

David has little need for an introduction. He is regarded as the first male supermodel. Perhaps gaining an international recognition when he modelled for Paul Smith in the London Olympics 2012. His face and frame somehow tower majestically on every billboard overlooking the A40 on my way into Marylebone. 

Yet what I love about David most is his lack of fashion elitism. He never comments on trends he doesn't like. I don't think he even judges people on their fashion tastes. Just cracks on with his own wonderful style and manner. God love him. 

LEWIS HAMILTON 

He's one cool cat out of the cockpit is Lewis. His legendary fashion 'tastemaker selective' often gets him into the arbitrary GQ and Esquire best dressed men listicles. He's forged great relationships with both Versace and Dolce & Gabanna over the years. However, his first collaboration of note has been under the Tommy Hilfiger label. The collection of athleisure is typical flamboyant Lewis. Vibrant and unabashed. Youthful and slim to skinny fit distressed denim. 

RICHARD MADDEN 

Madly tipped to be the next Omega brand ambassador, Richard has had a meteoric rise to fame since his appearance in The Bodyguard. His frame is not dissimilar to mine and compliments the modern tailored look. Slim lapels, nipped in at the waist. He reminds me of Orlando Bloom but with more promise. He looks too young to be in a suit night and day. As with men in their thirties you can tell when they'd rather be in a tee shirt jeans. A leather biker jacket is more becoming Richard than a Sexton lapel-esque Tuxedo. 

EDDIE REDMAYNE 

I've always thought Eddie had a great unfussy style. One of these cats that’s got effortless style. I remember hearing an interview with Chad McQueen when quizzed about his father’s style. He said 'I never found his Dad look twice in the mirror.' Meaning he'd throw something on and walk out the door. I have a feeling Eddie has a similar vibe. He's done some work for Burberry in the past. But he's due a decent movie. Nothing I'd go watch in the past 5 years. 

 

David Gandy Interview | Discussing The Launch of His Tailoring Collection for M&S - Marks & Spencer

David where do you start with a project of this magnitude? What are the initial discussions to be had between you and the design team at M&S? 

Tailoring has always been a passion of mine, and as the designer of my loungewear and underwear collection, I have always wanted to progress to design a small tailoring capsule collection - it seemed the perfect time, after becoming the Ambassador of Tailoring at M&S a year ago. Our initial discussions began with brainstorming my favourite tailoring style details, the heritage of Savile Row, inspiration from classic tailoring, and the versatility of how tailoring is worn today.

 

Typically tailoring designs start from inspiration boards, mood boards, then illustrations etc. Did you have to go through this process and did you do any illustrating yourself? 

The process began with bringing in vintage pieces of tailoring for styling references and inspiration. Once we created the designs, we spent a long time choosing cloths and the finer details, such as side adjusters and lapels etc, as well as ensuring we got the best fit possible.

 

Can you tell me a bit about your inspiration for the collection, did you pull inspiration from your personal tailoring experiences, M&S archives or tailoring heritage?

The main source of inspiration came from vintage items from my wardrobe – in particular a vintage M&S St Michael suit and vintage pea coats. Key style references included; ticket pocket detail on the suit jacket, an extra button on the waistcoat, broader collars and a longer length silhouette and classic back belt on the coat.

M&S has an incredible heritage in tailoring – introducing leading innovations to the high street such as colour standardisation in 1985 which allowed jackets and trousers to be bought separately for the first time. They have a brilliant team of designers, who I worked through the process with to further understand what was possible and what the customer wants.

 

How long did it take to develop a collection like this and what hurdles did you face? Were there any designs that didn't make the cut? (Pardon the pun). 

I began working with the M&S design team on the collection in November 2017. Using British cloth is an integral part of the collection, and we devoted many hours to finding the best quality cloth at an accessible price to the customer – all the fabrics are woven in the UK.

 


Did you have an age demographic in mind when curating this collection; and if so how did that factor in to the final designs? 

The collection was created with versatility in mind more than anything. The three pieces were created so they can be worn together or separately, dressed up or dressed down, season after season. I hope the collection appeals to men of many styles, ages and lifestyles.

 

Did you have free range on selecting fabrics and materials for the collection?

The M&S designers and I spent a long time sourcing the right cloth for each of the pieces. Both suits and the coat are crafted from fabric woven in Yorkshire.

The overcoat is also made from wool certified by The Responsible Wool Standard which is a global standard for growing wool with progressive standards in land management and animal welfare and uses technology to trace wool back to the farms where it was sourced.



How did this collaboration differ from any others that you've done previously? 

This is my very first tailoring collection - creating my own collection has always been a dream of mine, and this felt like the right time after many years of learning about the craft of tailoring throughout my career. As the Ambassador of Tailoring at M&S I’ve spent a great deal of time with the design team, learning about M&S tailoring and the design process.

 

What were the most enjoyable parts of the journey? What piece from the collection are you most proud of? 

I’m very proud of the collection. I’ve enjoyed seeing the collection come to life throughout the entire process, from initial sketches, fabric swatches, fits, trims and finishing details, to seeing the finished dinner suit, three-piece suit and overcoat. Style and fit are at the heart of the collection, along with premium cuts and quality fabrics, all at an attainable price point. My favourite piece has got to be the overcoat – I love its longer length, broad lapels and the fact that the wool is traceable right back to the network of farms in New Zealand.

 

Would you do it all again? Can we expect to see another collection after this? 

Watch this space!

SHOP THE COLLECTION

David Gandy x Aspinal Aerodrome Collection Review

Aspinal of London, pioneering English brand, has joined forces with iconic British supermodel, David Gandy, to launch a design collaboration capsule that takes its inspiration from the skies of Great Britain’s heroic past. I haven't seen a man stand next to a plane and look this good since Tom Cruise released a production still from the upcoming Top Gun 2 movie. 

Firstly, you should check out the promotional video of David Gandy boasting the Aerodrome Collaboration, a comprehensive collection of 18 pieces of a modern man’s accessories and travel kit, launched to coincide with the centenary of the RAF.

Not only does the collection look great, of course David looks on the money, but the shearling coat he is wearing is sublime! I must have it David.

DAVID DAVID!! (Whispering husky voice). I can't help but do the guy from Independence Day whenever I say the name David, followed by 'I better call my lawyer, oh forget my lawyer'. 

Carl please dispense with the 90's references and talk about the Aspinal Aerodrome Collection.

But of course.

You know me I'm a sucker for a good story and the details of any garment or accessory. Here we have both. 

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There is a bag for any occasion, weekender bags, backpacks, business etc. Distinguishing features include the leather used; the same grain as a traditional pilot’s flying jacket and the lock on certain pieces is an exact copy of the Spitfire Mk I firing button.

Masculine, oiled calfskin leather in rugged chocolate or tan combines with lightweight khaki or navy canvas to offer a highly functional and desirable collection to compliment every modern wardrobe.

The price point is at the luxury end of the market, but what you're paying for is the quality of the robust stitched leather and intrinsic design details. 

The core leather used is traditional pilot’s flying jacket grain and a stunning vegetable tanned golden tan, whilst the hardware closely reflects specific key components of the plane. The lock for several pieces of the collection is an exact copy of the actual Spitfire Mk1 firing button.

Pared back military styling, robust stitched leather, the precision of aviation design and the distinctive uniforms and goggles of our brave and dapper wartime pilots have all additionally provided design inspiration for the collection in a concept created by M&C Saatchi Merlin, David Gandy and Aspinal.

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Who is the Aspinal Aerodrome Collection for? 

It's certainly catering towards the demographic with a disposable income. For men that are looking for a stylish yet practical companion for their traveling needs. Perhaps men of a certain age that will appreciate the heritage of our armed forces, the RAF in particular. 

Also business men that commute, that require a bag that can offer cable pathways, charge packs for their devices etc. It's a mini bug bear of mine that I can't find room in modern bags for a pair of trainers. We can't live in our shoes for the entire business trip. 

All the key travel bags also have tech capabilities, with tech path cables and functional pockets for gadgets. For business needs, a classic briefcase, business bag and zip folio are included in the collection, with day to day, more casual requirements taken care of with a choice of canvas or leather backpacks.

Small leather accessories including wallet, travel ID card case and key rings complete the collection, which is built to last like the Spitfire, crafted from the finest European pebble leather and robust English canvas.]

Let’s not forget the fans of David Gandy. He is one of the best British style icons we’ve had in a generation. A keen promotor of British Fashion, always championing British brands and a regular at the St James Catwalk on Jermyn Street for London Fashion Week Mens.

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About the collaboration, David Gandy added:

“I’m delighted with the 18 pieces of beautifully crafted bags and accessories form my Aerodrome collaboration with Aspinal of London. My inspiration for the design and details of the collection have been taken from the RAF Spitfire, arguably one of the greatest pieces of British engineering of all time.

All of the individual items are an extension of my own personal aesthetic where the sophisticated, subtle feel of luxury and heritage meet with modern usability and technology. I’m very proud that the attention to detail has been captured through the quality the materials as well as the finer details such as the stitching and hardware.

It feels masculine, yet functional and stylish. As a frequent flier and keen traveler, this collection is an extension of my travelling wardrobe and truly a representation of my own personal style blended with luxury heritage English design.” - David Gandy

Shirt Tie & Pocket Square Combinations | Grey Suit

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After we received such positive reviews from the recent editorial on which Shirt Tie & Pocket Square Combinations are best for a Navy Suit, today I want to flesh out the options and inspirations for the Grey Suit. Grey isn't technically a colour, but that's not to say that dealing with a non-entity doesn't have its limitations. If you'd like to check out how I personally rock a grey suit you can look at some options in my article, How to Wear a Grey Suit Five Ways. For now I'm just going to introduce you to some killer looks I've found in the internet factory. 

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The Flat White

So a few variants on the style of grey, working from left to right this might be a bit to 'look at me' for some, but I think it's a killer look. Notice the dark edging on the pocket square is also congruent with the rest of the colours. the look is a a deep forward point collar and thick navy tie paired with a white folded pocket square. The suit is doing all the talking. 

Take a look at the middle two. I'm not a fan of the one on the left but I wanted to compare it to David on the right. The one on the middle left has gone very new man with narrow lapels and skinny tie. Tom Ford once said of narrow lapels that it makes him feel sorry for the suit. Almost as if there wasn't enough cloth to make one in the first place. Whereas Gandy on the middle right has gone for a very classic medium-width notch lapel. Neither jacket is under duress, but somehow Gandy's just looks more statuesque. They do have the flat white pocket square in common, as does the chap on the far right (although probably matching pink with his tie). Put simply the flat white should be the very staple of your pocket square game. Like a decent guard in boxing, or a forward defence stroke, or knowing the entire dialogue to Die Hard. It's a given.

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The Craig Way

Typical Bond would have a flat white pocket square, stemming all the way back from the days of Connery. However, when he's not on screen he gets to be a little more risque with his puff folds. Starting from left to right the deep violet tie and square exudes affluence. The silk metallic chrome tie and polka dot square leans more on the dandy than it does the debonair. I'm not overly sold on the middle right picture, again he's gone with the polka dot but I think there is too much going on with the herringbone pattern tie. What do you think? The last picture on the right he looks he's retiring from a heavy night, has discarded the tie and maybe taken a mis step with the full buttoned vest. Still looks the man though and the lion print pocket square looks the business. For more information on how to dress like Bond I'd recommend checking out the the blog The Suits of James Bond run by Matthew Spaiser. 

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Don't forget the CONTEXTure

We haven't really spoken about the texture of materials yet when it comes to pairing. A deep knit tie is traditionally paired with a deep knit square, and you can have some fun with the folds to make it more interesting. Bradley Cooper has paired his deep knit tie with a white pocket square; the edges lines in sky blue which blends into the grey beautifully. Be careful your textures don't clash. It can be just as jarring even if subliminally, just like colours and patterns. 

M&S Men’s Tailoring Launch with the Appointment of David Gandy as its First Ever Ambassador of Tailoring

This week M&S hosted a star studded evening to mark the launch of its biggest ever men’s tailoring range and the appointment of David Gandy as its first ever Ambassador of Tailoring. I'll tell you what, M&S know how to put on a party, it's a Great British brand steeped in history and they know how to tailor for every gent in the UK regardless of shape and size. For a lot of men out there M&S has always been an introduction into wearing suits, whether it's for your first interview, your first day at work or for a special occasion such as a wedding, M&S has always been there for us - helping us dress better with affordable suits.

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Hosted at the incredible Scarfes Bar in Rosewood Hotel, M&S held a Tailoring Talk with a stylish panel of industry experts including M&S CEO Steve Rowe, supermodel David Gandy, uber stylist, Sarah Ann Murray and industry expert, Terry Betts, and was hosted by style icon and influencer, Jack Guinness. The Tailoring Talk panel deliberated the past, present and future of tailoring, discussed M&S customers and their input into shaping the new range, as well sharing stories on first suits and debating ultimate suiting icons. The talk went on for about 30-45 minutes with a knowledgable audience hanging on every word of the panel. It was also very interesting to hear the panels style icons. For me, when I need inspiration for formal attire it has to be David Gandy and Cary Grant (right).

 Media, iconic menswear influencers and a number of special guests attended the event, including face of M&S Autograph Oliver Cheshire, Jesse Metcalfe and Cara Santana, Toby Huntington-Whiteley, Jim Chapman and Eric Underwood.

The event marked the launch of M&S’ biggest ever tailoring range across more sizes, lengths and fits than ever before with 65 colour style options across four fits, giving customers their most personalised off the peg fit.  This ties in with the introduction of M&S’ first ever tailoring ambassador in the form of global style icon, David Gandy, to bring the tailoring collection to life for customers, offering style inspiration and advice on ways to style and wear suits.

I am honoured and excited to be named as the first ever M&S Ambassador of Tailoring. Ironically my first ever suit was one of my Dad’s M&S pure wool suits that I had altered to fit me, ever since then I have had an interest and love of British tailoring. I have been part of the M&S family for over six years now, both as a face and as a designer for my own collection, which have proved to be very successful.  My role has now evolved and expanded to working behind the scenes with the creative teams on the new suit style section of the website, and on the art direction and styling of the new tailoring campaign. I am delighted so far with the results and I’ve enjoyed watching the ideas and concepts come to life, and hope the new tailoring styles in the imagery and videos inspire M&S customers. 
— David Gandy

It wasn't all cocktails and canapés, there was a real purpose to the event, bringing everyone together so we can spread the word that from Winter 2017, all customers will receive even better service in M&S stores with suit advisors being up-skilled through the introduction of a new nationwide training programme.

A brand new suit style section is now available online, housing editorial content, video, as well as tips on how customers can wear suits for different occasions from the different ranges within M&S.

http://www.marksandspencer.com/s/men/suits

I have long-standing love of the suit, I’ve worn a suit every day of my professional life at M&S and for me, the suit stands for quality, craftsmanship and heritage, much like this great company I work for.
— M&S CEO, Steve Rowe