Tag: Style Salvage


Video blog: Marwood lace bow tie, a special commission for Sharpened Lead

Posted on 16th April, by Colin Chapman in Accessories, Blazers, Label Category, Mens Grooming, menswear day, Menswear pick. 2 Comments

Many readers will be too young to remember the Croft Original cream sherry advert which featured the line ‘One instinctively knows when something is right’ but that was definitely the case when I spotted the delicate lace ties by Marwood via a lovely piece by Steve on Style Salvage back in January. A few glimpses of the creamy, fragile-looking lace bow ties in particular, and I was penning an enquiry email to Becky French who runs the label, having read that the ties would be exclusively be available at b Store and even then not for some time. Running into Becky in person at her Fashion East installation at LFW menswear day a few weeks later, allowed me to follow up my request in person, with promises of a special feature on Sharpened Lead. Fast forward a couple of months and you’ll see me eagerly unwrapping the exquisite parcel, a moment I share with you here.


Blazer Glory

Posted on 20th May, by Colin Chapman in Blazers, menswear. No Comments

I love a fashion story, especially one with a happy ending, and God willing, this one will have. I’ve been posting about my interest in blazers a lot lately. Admired at E.Tautz, contemplated at Reiss, but it wasn’t until last weekend that my interest saw some results. A brief visit to Liberty ended up with me purchasing a navy blue APC blazer, or was it? I’ve been doing my research and it turns out I didn’t buy a blazer at all but a sports jacket. Here’s the story line: I turn up to Liberty for a second, confirmatory visit to the APC jacket. I try on, friend oohs and ahs about the fit, the fabric and the lovely, inky shade of navy blue. But whilst I’m being fitted to have the sleeves adjusted for that all-important shirt … Read More »


The gentleman behind the brand: Patrick Grant and E.Tautz

Posted on 27th April, by Colin Chapman in Label Category. 5 Comments

Following my post about E. Tautz back in February, label owner Mr Patrick Grant was kind enough to offer me a talk through collections past, present and future (via a  glimpse of the sketches for Spring Summer 11) at their new Savile Row space, yesterday. It’s not every day you meet a Fantastic Man poster boy (see pages 66-73 current issue), but I have to say that Patrick was every bit as affable as Steve at Style Salvage documented in his interview and label profile last month.

What’s more, Patrick proved to be an absolute font of stories and knowledge about the production techniques and origins of the items in his collections. So, as we went through the … Read More »


Percival label launch party

Posted on 12th February, by Colin Chapman in Fashion launch. 1 Comment

Last night was a funny old night to be holding a fashion launch party, on The Day that Alexander McQueen Died, many a fashionisto/a was wiping a tear and feeling a bit subdued. However, the fashion pack attending the Percival launch party in Shoreditch last night was in the main, of a different cut of cloth than the shiny, megabrand-lovers of fashion central. Percival is a new menswear label that mens fashion blog Style Salvage has already whetted our appetites for. Identifiably part of a wave of young, British-centric brands like Folk and Albam, the Percival brand embraces the outdoors but not in a traditional way rather than a Stone Island ‘lets invent the future of techno fabrics’ way. Brushed cotton shirting, anchor-motifed sweaters and woolen trousers (reminiscent of a Hovis ad) were literally there to be stroked, individual garments being hung against the distressed interior with helpful wall-mounted plaques such as ‘trousers’ and ‘waxed mac’ to hand. The said waxed mac (particularly in yellow) is the star piece to my mind: iconic, practical and bringing cheer to traditional British dampness.

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