SUMMER SUITING: MHL BY MARGARET HOWELL

Peggs & son, MHL by Margaret HowellWith the sun continuing to make more of appearance this year, we are back again with another look at some ideas for summer suiting. For the previous instalment of this series we took a look at the offerings from Universal Works and we are continuing the British theme with MHL By Margaret Howell.

Peggs & son, MHL by Margaret HowellMuch like Universal Works, the offerings from Margaret Howell this season are fully rooted in simple and elegant items of British workwear. We think this approach works really well as all the formal details are present, such as notched lapels and a button fastened front, just in a more relaxed and comfortable package. Margaret has given her Work blazer a summer makeover and it is has been constructed from soft and light cotton. What we think works best though is the wonderful shape which has an unstructured cut but the fit still retains an air of smartness.

Peggs & son, MHL by Margaret HowellPlenty of workwear details are present such as the slim lapel, the two button fastening, the robust construction and pocket detailing on the left breast. Best of all, the jacket can easily be washed thanks to the lack of lining. This is a low maintenance jacket for people who just want to throw on a comfortable, good looking blazer.

Peggs & son, MHL by Margaret HowellThe Work blazer also comes with matching trousers entitled the Slim chinos. Made from the same lightweight cotton and coming in a washed blue colourway, these make the perfect accompaniment to the Work blazer, offering a considered and practical pair of trousers. The slim tapered fit isn’t too extreme but enough to still retain a smart look that can be paired with anything from a pair of light tan brogues to some canvas trainers.

Peggs & son, MHL by Margaret HowellTo shop the rest of the MHL By Margaret Howell collection, please head on over to our website.

WIN A PAIR OF EDWIN ED-55s!

Win a pair of Edwin ED-55s with Peggs & son.

 

It’s competition time here at Peggs & son and up for grabs is a pair of Edwin dry red selvedge ED-55 jeans in any size of your choice. Entry is simple, head over to Instagram, follow @peggsandson, re-gram the above picture (which can also be found on our Instagram home feed) with the accompanying hashtag #peggsxedwin for your chance to win. The competition ends at midday on the 10th of April and the winner will receive a pair of Edwin ED-55’s of their choice with five runners up also receiving a selection of Edwin gifts. Winners will be contacted through Instagram. Good luck!

Our Instagram page is also the best place to check out all the new arrivals in store, you can check it out by clicking here: http://instagram.com/peggsandson.

SATURDAYS SURF NYC

Saturdays Surf NYC at Peggs & son.

We welcome a brand new label to the rails here at Peggs & son, Saturdays Surf NYC. A look at their latest collection shows that the brand is all about laid back, informal clothing. Mixing between casual tees, simple sweats and minimal outerwear, Saturdays Surf encapsulate the care free feeling of a weekend off with their clothing.

Saturdays Surf NYC at Peggs & son.

Their range of tees, although simple, feature a strong selection of graphics in the form of geometrical shapes, printed words and bold logos. The same can also be said of their sweats and hoodies. But it is not just the refined design, it is the quality of the clothing that really shines through. Premium cotton and comfortable fits both combine to create clothing that is perfect for relaxing in.

Saturdays Surf NYC at Peggs & son.

In particular we are really liking the Clayton Jacket. Made from 100% cotton, the Clayton has a regular to relaxed fit and can be worn over other clothing in a chore jacket style. The rugged, hardwearing material compliments the workwear look as does the three large pockets located on the front. Finishing off the Clayton is a front placket with branded buttons, a large spread collar and a small patch logo.

Saturdays Surf NYC at Peggs & son.

To shop the whole of the Saturdays Surf NYC collection, please head on over to our website.

SUMMER SUITING: UNIVERSAL WORKS

Peggs & son, Universal Works

With summer well on the way, the season of BBQs, weddings and other social events begin. With a party on a sunny Brighton rooftop or down the beach, you can get away with a pair of jeans and a relaxed t-shirt. But for those occasions when the attire required needs to be a little more formal, a suit jacket and trousers paired with a shirt is the only way forward. You definately don’t want to be that guy at a wedding who rocks up in a pair of shorts and deck shoes, but neither do you want to be sweltering under a thick three-piece suit in the midday heat of a balmy July afternoon.

Peggs & son, Universal Works

However, there is a compromise – lightweight, relaxed suits that offer the wearer protection from the sun whilst still retaining a smarter feel. So for the first part in our series that takes a closer look at summer suiting, we showcase what the new collection from Universal Works has to offer for the man who wants to remain as casual as possible in formal situations.

Peggs & son, Universal Works

The style of Universal Works is firmly rooted in classic British workwear and their suiting reflects this with a relaxed feel and unstructured shapes. This lends itself perfectly to the hotter weather with slightly looser fits and thinner materials that are more than acceptable in the height of summer. Combine this with light shades such as grey and blue, informal details such as multiple pockets and Universal Works’ unique modern twist and you’ll be looking calm and collected when you’re sipping on a gin and tonic in the afternoon sun.

To check out the rest of the Universal Works collection, please head on over to our website. Many thanks to Adam Kola for the photographs.

START OF THE NEW SEASON

Peggs & son new season

The world of fashion waits for no man. The wheels keep turning and with the start of the new year comes the start of the new season. Now, we know the idea of summer shirts and shorts seems utterly ridiculous in this bitterly cold January we are having, but don’t worry, many designers and labels have thought about this tricky transition period and produced some exceptional clothing that bridges the gap between the cold of winter and the relative warmness of spring.

The past couple of days have been particularly busy here at Peggs & son. As well as our winter SALE (it’s still going strong, check it out) we have had loads of great new stock through the door. Old favourites Our Legacy are back with their trademark shirting and Burlington have gifted us with a whole load of new styles and colourways. However, what has got us most excited is the arrival of a brand new label, to us at least anyway. We are happy to announce the arrival of Nike to the store. With regular drops several times a year, we will be stocking classic styles as well as some more limited edition trainers. So with the new year well and truly under way, come and take a look at what the new season has to offer…

 

NIKE: A QUICK LOOK

Peggs & son, Nike Tennis Classic

Nike have created some of the most iconic and most respected trainer silhouettes of all time. Their approach has seen thousands of imitations but never any equals.

Peggs & son, Nike Air Max 95

This is the first season we have had Nike in store and we have loads of great styles from the refined Tennis Classic to the more adventurous Air Max 95. Utilising premium fabrics, high quality construction and innovative technology, Nike remains the front runner in the world of trainer manufacturers. Many thanks to Jack Stocker for the photos.

Peggs & son, Nike Air Max Essential

To check out the entire Nike collection, please head on over to our online store.

NORSE PROJECTS AND ROCKWELL

Peggs & son Norse Projects Willum Down Jacket Ember and Benno Block Shirt Black

With the winter months drawing in, it’s refreshing to have something in your wardrobe with a bit of colour and pattern to it and the latest offerings from Norse Projects and Rockwell can certainly liven up a drab day. We thought it a good time to put some looks together to show that winter isn’t all about grey and navy, you can still keep warm and inject a little variety into your outfit.

Peggs & son Norse Projects Willum Down Jacket Ember and Rockwell Catch of the Day Shirt

First up we have the Willum Down Jacket in Ember from Norse Projects. Filled with high quality goose down, this long bodied coat with adjustable hood is ideal at offering protection against the elements. The colourful exterior comes in a vivid red colourway and the Willum is fastened with a YKK zip and popper sealed storm flap. The front contains two pockets, which have dual functionality, and there is a further zipped pocket inside.

Peggs & son Norse Projects Benno Block Shirt Black

Also from Norse Projects we have the ever popular Benno Block shirt. This version comes in two colourways, black (as shown here) and Shitake. Based around the same design, both Bennos are made from thick brushed cotton and have a workwear feel to them with their two box pleated chest pockets. It is the heavy material used in construction combined with the bold block look that makes this shirt a real winter winner.

Peggs & son Rockwell Catch of the Day Shirt and Bucket Hat

Finally we have a new label to our rails, Rockwell, the creation of Amsterdam based illustrator Parra. His clothes are streetwear based and utilise his bold and colourful illustrations to great effect. Here we have the Catch of the Day shirt and bucket hat. The shirt is made from 100% soft brushed cotton and has a nice thickness to it and the bucket hat brings a touch of Madchester to proceedings. Both items feature a monotone design that although subtle still adds a touch of intrigue to an outfit thanks to the lively pattern.

To shop Norse Projects and Rockwell, please head on over to our store where the winter SALE is going strong. Many thanks to Kieran and Lily from the The Level for the photographs.

MATTHEW MILLER AT LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN

Peggs & son at Matthew Miller London Collections: Men

To many of us men, the world of catwalk shows and fashion presentations is a million miles away from the clothing we would choose to buy and wear on a daily basis. And who can blame us for thinking like that? Androgynous looking models, peculiar silhouettes and not an XL in sight. It’s not only the clothes and designers that stand out, the audience, an eccentric mix of buyers, bloggers and hangers-on, are all done up in their most extravagant best. Regardless if this is a world you want or wish to be a part of, it is no doubt a spectacle and the gulf between the catwalk and the high street isn’t as big as you think.

Peggs & son at Matthew Miller London Collections: Men

Peggs & son at Matthew Miller London Collections: Men

We were invited by our good friend Matthew Miller to view his AW14 collection, entitled “The Politics of Me”, as part of London Collections: Men, the male equivalent of London’s Fashion Week. Now in its fourth season, LC:M has helped push menswear forward by bringing funding and exposure to some of the countries most talented designers. Matthew is part of this new British wave and his presentation further cemented his standing within the industry.

Peggs & son at Matthew Miller London Collections: Men

Peggs & son at Matthew Miller London Collections: Men

Greg Hewitt, left and Matthew Miller, right. 

The show took place of the first day of LC:M in Victoria House, a huge place that has been turned into a dedicated fashion showcase space. We were met by Greg Hewitt, owner of DMSR showrooms in London and taken into the bowels of this vast building to go backstage. Every cliché you can think of involving the dressing room of a catwalk show was here on show. Tall, half naked models strutting around, Bruno-esque fashion reporters, a gaggle of excited bloggers, stressed looking stylists, last minute alterations. Yet amongst this scene of chaos stood Matthew, perhaps the most casually dressed man in the entire room.

Peggs & son at Matthew Miller London Collections: Men

Greg Hewitt of DMSR showrooms. 

Peggs & son at Matthew Miller London Collections: Men

Peggs & son at Matthew Miller London Collections: Men

Peggs & son at Matthew Miller London Collections: Men

They really went to town on the catering.

With the show about to start we took our places, Ian sitting in the front row and myself situated with the gaggle of, bizarrely, middle-aged Italian photographers at the end of the catwalk. As the place began to fill, all manner of fashion statements wandered past. Three-piece suits paired with bright orange wellies, Shaolin style monks with purple kimonos and five panels, jodhpurs and trilbies, fedoras and Flyknits.

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Peggs & son at Matthew Miller London Collections: Men

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Eventually, the show started and Matthew’s creations started filing up and down the catwalk. His typical pared back designs with a sportswear edge were clearly visible and his unforgiving look at the worlds of politics, fashion and humanity was, as always has been, a constant theme. Having stocked Matthew Miller in Peggs & son for the first time last season, it was nice to see him take on a wider range of garments, everything from trousers to suiting, leather jackets to shoes.

Peggs & son at Matthew Miller London Collections: Men

Peggs & son at Matthew Miller London Collections: Men

The fabrics used, which we were lucky enough to look at in the flesh backstage, are rich, heavyweight and ideally suited for the colder weather. Matthew worked with Danish fabric pioneers Kvadrat to achieve interesting new textures. In particular, a pair of distressed trousers made from patches that had been hand sewn together were a particular highlight. Another strength was the suiting with its bold masculine silhouettes perfectly complimenting Matthew’s utilitarian approach. This use of monotone colours, long lines, minimal details is what defines Matthew, but it isn’t necessarily what constrains him. In a world such as fashion with an infinite array of possibilities (purple kimonos, orange wellies), to have boundaries and rules is important as they give you your own aesthetic and style. Matthew has written his own personal politics all over his most recent collection and it really shows.

Peggs & son at Matthew Miller London Collections: Men

Peggs & son at Matthew Miller London Collections: Men

Peggs & son at Matthew Miller London Collections: Men

And, to bring it full circle, this is what less fashion forward labels have been doing for over 100 years. Levi’s broke new ground because they created exceptional workwear clothing. And since 1873, they have been pushing forward with that, altering it slightly to try and make it better but, ultimately, keeping it unchanged, using the same looks and design ideas. This is something that bridges the gap between the more avant-garde designers such as Matthew Miller and the less daring – the ability to carve out your own niche, give it your own personal touch and create something that somebody else will love.

To take a look at Matthew Miller’s most recent collection, please head on over to the online store. A massive thanks to Greg Hewitt from DMSR Showrooms and of course Matthew Miller.

 

NIKE SPORTS WEAR

Peggs & son Nike Tennis Classic

The new year has got off to a bang here at Peggs & son with the arrival of the latest Nike collection. We are very excited about the drop as this is the first time we have had Nike in store.

Peggs & son Nike Air Max 95

Few labels out there today have the history associated with that of Nike and their sportswear has been seen adorning almost every major athlete over the past 40 years. But a main part of their success has been to move away from athletics and sport and create a brand that is one of the most highly respected in the world of fashion.

Peggs & son Nike Air Max 1 Essential

Bridging the gap between form and functionality is no small feat but Nike have continually released groundbreaking trainers that push forward the boundaries of shoe design. We are extremely proud to be stocking Nike here at Peggs & son for the first time and the selection on offer will be constantly changing.

Peggs & son Nike Air Max 95

To check out the whole Nike collection, please head on over to the online store.

CAMPUS JACKET FROM MISTER FREEDOM

Peggs & son Mister Freedom Campus JacketThe Campus from Mister Freedom is a rare example of a natural cowhide jacket that has been left completely untreated. The result is an incredibly supple leather exterior that has an off white appearance. Being untreated, this jacket will age and gain a patina almost straight away and become a unique item that reflects the wear and lifestyle of its owner.

Peggs & son Mister Freedom Campus JacketWith only one of these in the whole of the UK, it is fair to say the Campus jacket is a fairly unique piece. It is based on a style worn by college freshmen with its shorter body and rounded collar. Although things are kept simple, the buttons that fasten the jacket are made from corozo nut and there is corduroy lining on the underside of the collar.

Peggs & son Mister Freedom Campus JacketThe jacket is left completely unlined and the inside has a soft feel like that of suede, which really does show how high quality the Campus is. The leather is smooth on the main body but on the underside of the arms a different type of graining is used, which gives a great contrast in texture. An exceptional leather jacket that is presented in a style you rarely see.

Peggs & son Mister Freedom Campus JacketTo take a closer look at the Campus Jacket, and the rest of the Mister Freedom collection, please head on over to the online store.