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Monthly Archives: October 2018

Top 7 Men’s Fashion Online Shops in the UK

The top 7 online stores for men’s fashion and clothing have been chosen based on many different aspects. These include product range, brand profile, customer service, the general look and feel of the site and the price point of its clothing.

  1. Oipolloi.com – This Manchester based store is one of the best independent mens retailers in the country with a massive fashion following. Oipolloi stock brands such as Acne jeans, Apc clothing, Barbour, YMC, Superga, Fred Perry, Trickers, Stone Island, Belstaff, Converse, Clarks, Folk and many more. Oipolloi has an online store which runs along side its Manchester boutique
  2. ASOS.com – ASOS has become one of the biggest online retailers in the Uk, it has seen a huge amount of growth in the last 5 years and has completely re-shaped its image since its launch. ASOS stocks both designer clothing brands and also its own collections which are fashion led pieces. The website also uses celebrity style to back up their own massive range of products. ASOS stocks brands such as Acne, Quoddy, Marc Jacobs, Paul Smith, Unconditional, Ymc clothing and many more.
  3. My Wardrobe – The My wardrobe websites has undergone some recent updates, and having been predominantly a ladies boutique when it launched it has seen strong growth since its started training. The My Wardrobe online store now sells a selection of mens clothing. The mens clothing launched a few seasons ago and is also growing, with more brands being added all the time. My Wardrobe stocks Apc clothing, Raf Simons, Paul Smith, Marc Jacobs, John Smedley and Grenson shoes.
  4. Coggles – Another great independent online retailer with a massive selection of top mens and womens designer brands. Coggles has won numerous awards over the years for it excellent customer service and quality of brand profile.The Coggles website has a unique search option which allows customers to browse collections and styles of clothing quickly and easily.
  5. Dogfish – Dogfish has stores in Norwich and Cambridge and stocks brands such as Folk clothing, Nudie jeans, Nike, Ymc clothing and many more denim brands. It has a great reputation as being one of the best places to shop in the East of England.
  6. Topman – If you’re looking for high fashion items at cheap prices then Topman is the place to shop with a massive selection of mens clothing and footwear. There are stores in all the major cities in the UK and more opening in the US.
  7. Kiosk 78 – This store is based in Leeds and is a relatively new kid on the block, the store launched 2 years ago and has quickly become a firm favourite for mens fashion followers. Kiosk 78 stocks Apc clothing, Folk clothing, Nom De Guerre, and Shofolk.

Symbols That Inspire Fashion Designers

The clothes we wear convey style, taste and state of mind. In portrayal of this end and maximising expenditure we tread wisely, avoiding the expensive dips and dives of high fashion. In a designer led society more emphasis is placed on style longevity and less on periodic fashion we identify through the symbols embodied in the branding.

Symbolizing is commonly used in fashion to create an anchor or unique identity for brands; depicts history and progress and characterizes their motives to differentiate from competitors. Some notable innovators include Malcolm Mcclarens use of computer game symbols in a range of childrens clothing.

This is cementing an epilogue in style that is influenced by technology, history in the making.

To keep pace with this convoluted industry there is the net to surf, high street stores for window shopping and business fashion weeklys to subscribe to. And a myriad of blog sites and social network channels to navigate and gather useful knowledge and information.

Gervaise an adroit caricature and great ambassador for the well loved Simon Carter brand. He can make paper planes, type, ride a scooter and direct, you immediately associate it with the brand as believable and trustworthy and faithful as a hound.

The iconic orb for Vivienne Westwood and her low tech simplistic approach to creating pattern using a potato stamp. It appears on every product produced, woven into silk ties, stamped into the stems of cufflinks, jewellery and clothing collections.

We are also bombarded with symbols every time we buy a fashion garment, the bar code. And the adoption of a symbol that is thousands of years old, the hour glass, which now appears on every computer screen attached to the cursor arrow.

Names have also been created to anchor brands and give a strong personal trustworthy appeal; Ted Baker: When Raymond S. Kelvin opened a men’s shirt shop called Ted Baker in Glasgow in 1988, he had big ambitions but not a lot of money. So rather than advertise, he relied on word of mouth and the creation of a personality to anchor the brand.

Enter Ted Baker, or Ted, as this mythical man is often called. He is a bit quirky and the embodiment of cool. Ted’s an English lad who likes fishing, travelling, dogs, and partying. He’s also the type that always knows what to wear and what to say. The Web site and some of the stores are set up so you feel you are in Ted’s house, complete with a dog (a statue, really). Even Kelvin’s mother, who helps out in the London stores, does her part to perpetuate the myth, wearing a name tag that reads: “Ted’s Mum.”

Ted has helped the company do big things. Kelvin, the company’s chief executive and, as he calls himself, “the closest man to Ted,” eschews traditional advertising. Instead, his business model relies on “quality products delivered with a strong brand image and personality,” he says.

Thomas pink: Pink was set up in 1984 by three Irish brothers James, Peter and John Mullen. Their idea was to reinvent the traditional Jermyn Street shirt, taking it to a wider, aspiration audience. The brand name Thomas Pink came from an 18th century London tailor known for making sought-after red hunting jackets. If you were lucky enough to own one, you were said to be in the pink.

Their first store opened in Chelsea, London, offering classic-cut shirts in stylish, bold weaves and colours. Further stores soon followed in the West End and City of London, their distinctive interiors, pink-and-black packaging, and much-admired shirts quickly attracting a loyal clientele.