Yes the most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us and our thoughts start to dwell on, “Ohhh God what do I buy X for Christmas?” Or even “What do I want for Christmas?” Now, hear me out here, if I said sock! Normally, you’d be right to tell me to foxtrot Oscar and shove those aforementioned socks where Santa won’t find em. But let me tell you about Morrow Outfitters. 

Morrows Outfitters is a family run business established in 1912, suppling high quality garments for the everyday gentleman, and are specifically famous for their range of socks. Let’s take you back to 1912 – Albert Morrow opened his first shop in Liverpool. He was committed to providing high quality products and also appreciated the importance of satisfying the needs of his customers. It was for these reasons that the business flourished for three-quarters of a century.

In 2011 Philip re-established his great-grandfather’s business in London. Philip is the fourth generation selling menswear under the Morrow’s name. Philip Morrow knows every supplier, he designs every sock, manufactured in the Midlands and he’s always ensured that the family heritage isn’t lost. The factory used is a fourth generation business, having been in hosiery industry since 1895. They are one of the few remaining independent hosiery manufacturers in this country

Philip became aware of the trademark for a high quality sock: the ‘hand-linked’ toe. This is the process of closing the toe seam by matching the stitches on either side of the unfinished sock. These stitches are linked together to provide the wearer with an essentially seamless toe. This is the alternative to machine linking which overlocks the seam and often causes discomfort and irritation when wearing well fitted shoes. All of the socks sold by Morrow’s are made using this traditional method which requires considerable skill.

The present aim of the business is to take the best of the past, including business methods and style, and combine it with a contemporary twist to fulfil the needs of the present day customer.

Morrows Outfitters have had a very busy 2018 – they’ve opened their first permanent store on Putney High Street, London and have a number of Christmas pop ups open/opening throughout London for the festive period.



WORDS BY ISAAC PERRY

Well hasn’t this year gone awfully fast! We are already in November and 2019 is creeping up on us incredibly quickly but before this we have a very important day to celebrate. No we aren’t talking about Christmas but Black Friday. 20% to 30% off in many of your favourite stores and the one-day where you spend too much money without actually regretting it. From Essentials to statement pieces, shoes to jewellery, there will be something for everyone this Black Friday and how can we help you may ask? Well, we have rounded up some of our favourite pieces from brands that have previously offered pretty good (awesome) discount codes in the past, so keep your eyes peeled!


ASOS

Well we may as well start with the big ones.  ASOS always offer some of the best discounts and have recently introduced some new brands, which are offering items perfect for this up and coming winter.

Collusion is the standout for us at Clothes Makes The Man with it simply offering more adventurous options in some classic pieces of clothing such as a knitted jumpers and different variations of jackets both Puffers and Overcoats, this is definitely a brand which you should check out not only for the colours & patterns but also the quality they offer for the price points, it’s ridiculous!

John Lewis

John Lewis is a store that has quite literally got something for everyone with it offering electronics, home wear and beauty items as well as clothing so if you are looking for any deals in these areas look no further. TV’s, Bedside cabinets or Razors check them out! One section that did standout to us though was the range of T-shirts they offer with a huge selection to suit all age ranges and styles.

However our standout piece is the Fred Perry Laurel Short Sleeve Graphic T-Shirt, it’s the perfect day-to-day tee but shows off the logo whilst keeping it classy.


Serge DeNimes

Accessories are a massive part of outfits now a days and if they are worn correctly make it ten times better. This winter layering is key and no we aren’t talking about jackets, we are talking about necklaces! Serge offers a large range of necklaces all perfect for wearing alongside one another, however after seeing a recent picture uploaded by them we fell in love with the combo of their Gold Crucifix Necklace and the Gold Lady Guadalupe Necklace, trust us when we say you should check them out not only for Necklaces but Rings, Earrings and Bracelets as they have some of the best in the game!

Amazon

Amazon is the hub of everything, no matter what you want simply go on Amazon and you’ll find it! We have found a couple of pieces perfect to treat yourself to this Black Friday, with the Amazon Echo being our first pick, place these throughout your house and you can simply control everything, lights and most importantly the music in your house as this controls the whole mood and can start your day off on a more positive note.

Fitness has become a massive part of our day to day lives and we are now watching aspects of our lives as simple as how many steps we do a day but how do we keep track of this? The Fitbit, not only do they have the older rubber straps but you can dress them up with a range of new and improved straps allowing you to wear it all day every day, sounds perfect, doesn’t it?!

“The North wind will blow and we shall have snow“. So the infamous rhyme goes, to prepare you all for what the season may well throw at us. In the third and final post of this season’s “Ask the experts” we’ve sort the wise counsel to that age old quandary “What is your ultimate coat for this Winter?” below you we find the answers from a prestigious panel of menswear buying experts ranging from on-line e-trailers to traditional department stores to more niche boutique retailers, all eager to inform you of their desired brands for Autumn this year.


Olie Arnold, Style Director – MrPorter
Brunello Cucinelli’s Shearling Peacoat is a favourite of mine for winter. Reminiscent of 1960s naval coats, this enduring style has been made with premium Italian fabric, providing exceptional warmth for the wearer. Style the coat with a pair of black cord trousers for a casual winter weekend look.

Simon Pickering, Buying and Merchandising Director House of Fraser
It would have to be the classic padded jacket as this should be a staple wardrobe piece for every man. They are lightweight but practical and can be layered up with a casual blazer or under an overcoat to give extra outfit building options. Something like this down fill jacket from Polo Ralph Lauren is perfect for the season.

Jack Cassidy, Buying Manager, Men’s Designer / Formal / Contemporary Selfridges

We’re seeing a lot of nylon in many designers’ collections and you definitely can’t go wrong with a marble-print Dries van Noten coat, or a classic puffer by Stone Island.

Pete Parry, Founder and owner – Steranko
My ultimate coat for this winter is the YMC Groundhog Jacket in checked wool. It’s a tried and tested style enhanced by quality Italian wool and sherpa fleece lining


OK we aren’t going to ignore the elephant in the room and we all know, not just, Debenhams aren’t doing so well on the High Street at the moment. However, this isn’t something that is overpowering Debenhams and they are coming out fighting. One such example is their latest initiative, Daniel Rynne is the the first ‘pop up’ menswear designer to be added to their portfolio for Autumn Winter 2018, demonstrating the brand’s continued support for design talent.

Rynne, winner of the Menswear Award at Graduate Fashion Week 2017, has worked an internship with the department store’s menswear design team for the past year and has successfully translated his graduate collection into a commercial line for Debenhams.

Originally from Salisbury, Wiltshire, Rynne studied Fashion at The Arts University, Bournemouth. His graduate collection, inspired by Dorothea Lange and her imagery of the great depression in 1930’s rural America, saw Rynne reimagine authentic menswear silhouettes into a contemporary catwalk collection.

Launching later this month, Rynne presents a contemporary take on classicmenswear silhouettes; creating a limited edition range that offers the perfect balance of cutting-edge street style and affordable luxury.

Key pieces include a deconstructed parka with an integral gilet, wide-fit tapered chinos, band collar shirts and baker boy caps. The range combines utilitarian fabrics in neutral sand and khaki tones with meticulous attention to detail seen through the use of fastenings, garment washes, reversed fabric bases and coated hand-dyed fabrics to give a modern twist on the traditional workwear inspired garments.

A collaboration with traditional British shoemaker brand, Loake sees Rynne’s handwriting carried through to footwear with mismatch panelled leather brogues and boots.

On collaborating with Debenhams Daniel Rynne says, “I am beyond thrilled to have worked on a collection that is so integral to my original graduation show. I have learnt an enormous amount from the process and to have a range in a high street store bearing my name, considering I just graduated last summer is amazing.”

Collaborations of this nature come about for all sorts of reasons, meeting at parties, sharing the same PR agency or in this case, it started with a shared passion and through this came an invitation from, Anthony Thompson, the Chief Executive of FatFace to Cathal Mcateer, founder of FOLK, to work together to create something special.

So, with almost 50 years of combined menswear design experience they produced a collection of exceptional clothes, designed exclusively in Britain. Crafted to the highest quality – as is fair to say, synonymous with both brands – and featuring unique fabrics, details and touches; each piece is an easy to wear, modern essential, aligned closely and staying true to FOLK’s style, that’ll become an instant favourite and instant favourites in your Winter Wardrobe.

For over 30 years now, British brand FatFace has designed and created contemporary, stylish clothes. They’re crafted with unique details, to the highest quality. For work, for chilling, for play. For every day.

Similarly, since 2002, the equally British brand, Folk has designed and crafted simple, quality clothes. Their contemporary style doesn’t follow trends; instead it focuses on timeless pieces, made using unique fabrics and featuring special touches. The same approach has been taken when designing this collection, with fastidious attention to detail, from the placement of buttons to the colour of thread used. Colour is used sparingly, with accents of claret adding warmth to an otherwise neutral palette.