1. Mr. Boy x Reiss - Style Well Travelled pt.2 

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    At the start of this month I released the first part in my ‘Style Well Travelled' series which was arranged in collaboration with British brand Reiss. There’s been many supporters of the post so far, which I’m very grateful for, with many people highlighting the different ways of perceiving Reiss clothing. I think Reiss must have been placed into some sort of “only open for tailoring” brand, when really they have much more to offer than just mid-market shirting and suits. While I also used to see them this way, they’ve certainly impressed me with a viable offering of knitwear and outerwear - and I’m a sucker for a good jumper. Joe Harper is also, having helped me photograph the three part series, so kudos goes to him for providing us with some grr-eat visuals. 

    Mr Boy Style Fashion Menswear Mens Fashion Blog Mens Style Blog Chinese Asian London Hong Kong Reiss Style Travelled Tailoring Knitwear Trench Coat Mac Businessjacket: Reiss, shirt: bespoke via Tailor4Less, jumper: Reiss, trousers: Zara, bag: Cambridge Satchel Comapny, socks: Uniqlo, shoes: Poste

    As part of the ‘Style Well Travelled’ theme, I wanted to target a specific part of the day where people need to consider what they’re wearing. For this part of the series, I’m hoping to tackle the business meeting. I remember in my finance days the suit was always a requirement, with only the tie being optional. I guess working in the fashion industry means practically anything goes, with the bare minimum required is that you’re clean, though I’d like to think that’s the standard for pretty much any ordeal. Despite this (and not necessarily including first time client meetings) I don’t think the suit is essential to making a smart impression, which is something I hope to highlight with Reiss’ knitwear and my now-staple Mac (the coat, not the computer).

    The key things I like to consider when approaching a business meeting are:

    • How well do I know the individual? Is it a potential client, an acquaintance or just general networking?
    • Is it a day time or an evening meeting? Coffee or dinner?
    • What field is the meeting? Finance, fashion, etc…

    These essentially make the backbone of how you want to prepare. It might sound a bit anal to be thinking about the situation in such depth, but first impressions do tend to last, and appearance is one of the first things they may judge you upon. So let’s say you’re meeting a potential client for dinner somewhere in West London, it does make a lot of sense to pull out the two-piece suit and shirt combination. But if it’s lunch or a coffee, you could probably get away with say a two-piece suit and a white t-shirt. If it’s just someone you could potentially do some work alongside, then you could throw on a nice smart jumper and trousers and be on your way. It would be wise to take into consideration the circumstances, and don’t feel restricted that “business” implies a pristine suit & tie combination, especially if it’s something you’re not comfortable in.

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    Back on to topic with Reiss, the coat has become a solid, summer staple. Aside from being lightweight, the fabric has a somewhat stiff element to it, meaning it tends to fall off you rather than cling to you too tightly. The waterproof element is always handy living in London, because as we’ve experienced this Easter weekend, you never know when the rain is going to spontaneously drown you. And if it does end up getting a bit too warm, it folds nice and neatly within your bag, albeit slightly crumpled.

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    Me and Joe might have gone a bit overboard with the images, so apologies for the constant scrolling. Hope you enjoyed some business tips, as I know there’s a few readers from my old world who fire real life questions now and then, and not just ones that revolve around what colour trousers to wear in summer 2014… But anyway - stay tuned for part 3, which will cover the transition between dressing in the office to dressing in the pub. Happy Easter!

    - Mr. Boy

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  3. Earlier this year sneaking around Paris on the trip with Lacoste. Photo by Adam via Yin & Yang

    Paris pt. 1: Life is a Beautiful Sport | Paris pt. 2: The People of Paris

     
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  5. Paris pt. 2 - The People of Paris

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    Earlier in February I wrote about my experience in Paris, which I visited as part of Lacoste’s campaign ‘Life is a Beautiful Sport’. The French label invited a few humble individuals to view the new LIVE collection, as well as the promotional imagery and videos for their now-all-over-TV campaign. Being in a city such as Paris however, you need to spend a few hours getting lost everywhere and anywhere, and be heckled a few times for your pathetic attempt at French. I managed to get a few hours in the days to do one of my favourite past-times - stalking. Or, as the sane like to say, people watching.

    Mr Boy Style Fashion Menswear Mens Fashion Blog Mens Style Blog Chinese Asian London Hong Kong Paris Lacoste France People Lifestyleit’s all slow dining with wine at any time of the day

    I’m hoping to release a third part which will cover the actual lifestyle of the city, as there’s really quite a bit to be said about the iconic capital that seems to divides the world’s opinion (with the ultimate example being the British). There’s so much to be said about the actual people who live in Paris, and while I’m not looking to politically step on anyone’s toes, I didn’t really find the locals as daunting as I had imagined. My initials thoughts leading up to the days before boarding the Eurostar was a mixture of hesitation and nerves. Everyone’s heard the reputation of stereotypical Parisians - unfriendly, disgusted by the butchery of their mother tongue and pretty pompous. Even I’ve had one occasion in China where this Parisian had ranted at me for five minutes about how she despised the British (which took up most of the six minutes we knew each other), though I’ll let her attitude slide and blame it on the few bottles of wine she’d just ingested. But, despite all of this, when I was finally off the train and wandering around with my bags and camera - looking very much like a tourist - I was pleasantly surprised. People were pretty lovely, enjoyed smiling and most importantly for the work of Mr. Boy - were happy to have their picture taken.

    I think what people mistake as arrogance, is their confidence and demeanour. Paris has some of the most beautiful people I have ever seen in a city. Perhaps it might seem as though they are looking down their noses, but personally I perceive it as confident, comfortable individuals who don’t feel the need to rush around as much as we do here in London. And on top of this grace and somewhat messy elegance (by which I’m referring to the rough, knotty tied up hair), there’s incredible style. 

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    I mean seriously. While walking around the streets of the charming city, I can’t help but gaze at individuals dressed head-to-toe in dark, neutral colours, displaying a style that is very much representative of French designer Isabel Marant, who is known for this “effortlessly cool”-like style. I might sound like a bit of an oddball, but it’s the sort of thing that first got me interested in fashion and style in the first place - personal style. And personal style is something that the French certainly have. It’s the long coats in combination with flowing hair that seems to fall into place. It’s the taste and appreciation for luxury brands which seem to just be part of the lifestyle, as opposed to something “unattainable”. It’s all very cool, and there doesn’t seem to be a better way to describe it. People there are just cool.

    Venturing around the city, snapping pictures of people who go about their lives seemingly aimlessly - it’s understandable why Lacoste has opted for the ‘Life is a Beautiful Sport’ campaign. Everything is just a bit more beautiful in Paris. Perhaps I’m biased though - I’m not such a fan of big bold colours which is why the city works so well for me, one that is notoriously more beautiful during the night. But more on that next time. I’ll leave you with a few more photos which I took of the locals, as well as Eniola from Lacoste, who guided us around the city with her signature spectacles.

    - Mr. Boy

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  7. Women’s tailoring with Dutch-brand Stills

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    Understanding that Mr. Boy was purely meant to be about menswear, it seems odd that I’d want to highlight a womenswear-only brand. But, I love a good aesthetic, and when you’re introduced to a cool, slick and b-e-a-utiful brand such as Stills, it’s very very hard to not stray. And while the Dutch might not be known for their prestigious clothing brands (G Star and well…C&A), Stills has certainly made an impact as a luxury womenswear label, with much praise given to Head of Design Korrie Vulkers, who’s own personal style and aesthetic oozes a cool, calm confidence. 

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    Stills is very much a contemporary brand, appealing to women who aren’t necessarily restricted to the borders of masculinity/femininity. And by this, I mean the brand’s collections tend to feature a balance of shift dresses (guys - as in simple & above the knee) and effeminate prints, alongside smart tailoring in the form of slouchy & chic trousers. I’m a bit of a sucker for a girl who can pull off a shirt and trousers better than I can, and Stills provides that bold, almost effortless look with ease.

    In terms of the brand’s palette - expect plenty of neutral colours, from shades of greys and dark blues (to which the average guy is no stranger of), to the sorts of browns you’d see falling from the trees in your local parks. Their spring/summer 2014 collection only varies slightly - replacing greys with whites, creams and pale pinks, yet still maintaining what seems to be signature shades of golden browns. All of this can be viewed from their website, which not only features their online lookbook, but also their CLOSER campaign, which delves into the behind-the-scenes work and inspirations that goes into the clothing, as well as words from the head designer herself. 

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    I’ve sort of fallen in love with the brand since having been introduced to them last year. I hold it dear to me as I would COS or Acne - two brands who consistently present a European sense of clean, cool sophistication. There’s been a trend of women wearing tailoring confidently, aided by the introduction of accessible typically male footwear such of brogues/other lace-ups (see Grenson for example). Stills executes this look flawlessly, balancing both feminine and masculine touches with suiting that is well-fitted and structured but not necessarily triangular or top-heavy. But, if tailoring isn’t your thing, there’s a beautiful selection of coats, made of comfortable, high quality fabrics. In fact, the whole collection is made of quality, representing its luxury classification.

    You can tell the brand has strengthened their message over the last two years. Despite being originally founded in 1993, the significant strides have only been made recently, which have reinforced the collections with a strong brand ethos: one that explores the best of both genders, resulting in a refined, sophisticated brand of quality that - as the brand says - finds “beauty in the smallest details”. 

    If you’d like to find out more about the brand, they’re pretty active on the social channels, playing the Amsterdam card regularly with beautiful campaign imagery. Fingers crossed Stills will be considering some menswear pieces in the future, though until then, you might just have to splash out on your other half instead and ogle at the class that way. 

    - Mr. Boy

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  9. Mr. Boy x Reiss - Style Well Travelled pt. 1

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    Today I introduce a three part series in collaboration with British-brand Reiss titled ‘Style Well Travelled’, documenting tips and recommendations on how to dress for different occasions throughout the day. Recognised as a mid-market brand known for its tailoring, service and modern aesthetic, Reiss has made bold strides, standing out within a rapidly growing London menswear scene. There’s been a craze for tailoring and people throwing around words like “sartorial” and “heritage”, and I’d like to think to think that dressing smart doesn’t mean you have to go the full way, donning your suit; tie; tie-bar; waist coat; pocket square, etc… So what I’m hoping to highlight with this three-part series is dressing for the casual scenario, the odd business meeting you may have and most importantly, those dinners and drinks after work. Without further ado, I introduce Mr. Boy x Reiss: Style Well Travelled. Big thanks to Joe Harper for the photography - you can view the full Reiss feature on their website.

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    For the first part of the series I wanted to showcase the casual look. Picture the scene - it’s a pretty sunny Saturday afternoon, you’ve just got out of bed mumbling in regret over last night’s one-too-many gin & tonics/pints/poison of your choice, and your friend has invited you out for a coffee. In this scene, you’ve decided to say yes instead of being the modern day technology hermits that we are, and now you’re wondering what to wear. For my chilled Saturday, I’ve looked to Reiss’ 1971 collection, which is dubbed after when the brand had first opened. Think cool, chic and somewhat French (there’s quite a fair amount of stripes). 

    What I liked about their Dustin knit t-shirt is that it’s cuffed around the arms, which provides a cleaner aesthetic than your boxier t-shirts that drift inches from your arms. Knit t-shirts and polo shirts are a nice alternative to cotton t-shirts, offering texture and the illusion that it’s something of higher quality. Tucked in or out - my personal preference being in - t-shirts go pretty far for any occasion and shouldn’t be brushed under the carpet as a too-casual choice. Just make sure there’s no creases - but that should go without saying!

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    I’d been hunting for a leather jacket for quite some time, and while the hunt hasn’t finished for a clean, black leather jacket with a slight sheen, the suede perforated Cramont jacket is a pretty good alternative for a British summer jacket - as in something that will keep you warm even when the heat drifts away in the night like opening a fridge door. It’s pretty much a symbol of Reiss: cool, high quality and subtle. The blue/grey shade makes it stand out from your usual blacks and browns, and it isn’t overtly loud with wide lapels and shiny zips to distract from its simplicity. 

    A t-shirt and a leather jacket is sometimes all you need for your quick weekend break, and while it might not sound like the most ground-breaking look in the world, it’s safe; clean-cut and under-stated, which is sometimes all you need with a coffee and some sunshine. Wanting to complete the look? Go sockless with some dark, cropped trousers, and a good pair of kicks. Suede on suede with some New Balances?

    Stay tuned for part 2, where I’ll be chit chatting about business meetings.

    - Mr. Boy

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