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WINTER KNITS: OUR TOP PICKS THIS SEASON

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WINTER KNITS: OUR TOP PICKS THIS SEASON

As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, our focus inevitably shifts from shirts and sweats to that most winter of garments, knitwear. From luxurious merino to brushed lambswool, this season we have a huge selection of knits in store from brands such as YMC, Norse Projects, MHL by Margaret Howell, S.N.S. Herning, Folk and many more.

Injecting some much needed colour and pattern into the grey days that lie ahead is Folk’s Interference Crew. The British label have carved out a reputation for themselves for creating unique clothing with a contemporary twist and the Interference crew, using geometric layered weave, is a prime example of this.

For something a little subtler, we have the Sigfred Lambswool from Danish label Norse Projects. Creating products perfectly suited for Scandinavian winters, the Sigfred is their minimal take on a simple winter knit and has been constructed using 100% lambswool that features a soft, brushed handle. But it is the glacier blue colourway that really wins it for us.

French brand Armor Lux know a thing or two about creating hardwearing warm clothing having supplied Brittany’s sailors with knitwear since 1938. Our pick is their winter take on the classic Breton stripe, the Pull Martin Heritage Knit that has been cut from dense lambswool. Complimenting the navy, white and red colourway are four Armor Lux branded buttons and finishing things off are a regular fit, heavy crew neck collar and small Armor Lux patch logo located near the hem.

Shop our selection of winter knits in full over on our website now.

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SUMMER CITY STYLE WITH JAKE STORY FROM OVERDILUTED

SUMMER CITY STYLE WITH JAKE STORY FROM OVERDILUTED

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Once again we have teamed up with local Brighton menswear and lifestyle blogger Jake Story of Overdiluted to get his take on this season’s arrivals. Now that the sun is out, we took to the streets of our hometown to test some city summer looks. See more below…

There’s a distinct difference between summer style at home and what you might wear on holiday, which I feel is important to think about when it comes to buying for the current season. You don’t want a Club Tropicana style wardrobe going on when it’s 17 degrees and a bit overcast outside. Generally, we’re blessed with pretty good weather here in Brighton, but there’s always that sea breeze to contend with, which makes the straight up shorts and t-shirt look worth thinking twice about.

My rule of thumb for the summer is that when you wear shorts, opt for an extra layer or at least a long sleeve on your top half. Likewise, go for trousers that offer breathability and wear them with shorter sleeves. Sometimes, it’s even worth sizing up for t-shirts to get that extra bit of breathability along with a relaxed style… when the weather’s great, it’s all about feeling nice and comfortable.”

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The Battenwear Coach Jacket is a real standout piece that’ll get wear all year round, it’s just so workable and easily layered. The CMMN Arthur Sweat I styled it with offers a nice pop of colour while the relaxed style ensures it never feels close or restricting on warmer days. I like this outfit because you could imagine it with an extra layer and some dark denim and boots for autumn/winter. That kind of longevity is always good, even YMC Sunglasses come in handy on those bright, winter days, so it’s worth trying to consider how things might work in colder climes.”

 


 

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“Pairing the light and bright YMC Malick Shirt with the Stan Ray Painter Pant offers a nice way of keeping the colours interesting while still fairly subtle, which I think is helped by the simplicity of the Aquascutum Cullen Plain Tee underneath. I’m usually pretty muted with colour, but while summer’s here, you may as well make the most of it and use it as an opportunity to experiment a little.”

 


 

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Of course, it’d be criminal not to talk about Brighton and summer without mentioning the beach. My final look is perfect for a lazy day down making the most of living right on the South Coast. Nothing crazy, just straight up gear that works well for laid back summer days, wherever they might be spent. I’m a big Armor Lux fan for the quality and price they offer and the summer variant of their Sailor Shirt is the perfect lightweight tee you’ll get loads of wear out of. The showstopper is the Porter – Yoshida Helmet Bag. It’s got that statement vibe you’d expect from Porter but still simple enough for the practicality of a day at the beach. Carrying your suncream and frisbee never looked so good.”

 

Many thanks to Jake for taking the time to put this shoot together. If you haven’t already, be sure to take a look at his Overdiluted blog. You can shop all the clothing and accessories featured in this look either in store or over on the website now.

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WINTER ESSENTIALS: KNITWEAR

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With a chill in the air, shortening days and frosty mornings, the time for knitwear is well and truly upon us. For many, the excuse to crack out their favourite woollen garment is one of the joys of the colder weather. In store we have plenty of different styles that range from rugged pure virgin wool offerings to more luxurious merino numbers. Whatever your taste, we have a knit here at Peggs & son to keep you warm over the coming months.

We have picked out our favourites of the season from four brands that approach the creation of knitwear in very different ways. The authentic offerings from S.N.S. Herning and Armor Lux have transcended their original purpose of keeping sailors warm on the open seas to become iconic in their own right. Norse Projects and Gant Rugger have gone for a modern and opulent approach using bold colours and patterns alongside materials such as alpaca to create their own contemporary takes on the humble knit.

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As the old adage goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This statement could easily apply to the traditional knitwear of Danish label S.N.S. Herning. Founded in 1931 in the small town of Herning by Søren Nielsen Skyt, the company continue to produce exceptional knitwear using the famed bobble style that was pioneered all those years ago.

What sets their knits apart is more than just the bobble texture, it is the material used. S.N.S. Herning go to great lengths to source the finest pure new wool that is then woven on vintage machinery to create thick, robust garments. Take their iconic Fisherman knit, soft to the touch with the unmistakable bo bble texture, it features the colours of the sea and also has a fair bit of weight behind it. Holding it in your hands, you just know it will be warm, providing you with many years of protection from the cold weather.

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Norse Projects have two things in common with S.N.S. Herning: they hail from Denmark and create exceptional knitwear. Where their fellow compatriots are based in heritage and tradition, Norse Projects are slightly more contemporary, pushing forward with interesting use of material and style. 

For AW14 they have released a collection of bubble knits that have been crafted using extra fine merino wool. This material comes from, unsurprisingly, the Merino sheep and is considered one of the softest wools in the world. It is highly prized for its hand feel, compact fibres, ability to draw moisture away from the skin and fantastic warmth to weight ratio. All of this adds up to some top quality knitwear that when mixed with Norse Project’s eye for detail creates something unique, modern and distinctly Scandinavian.

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Gant Rugger have a long history of creating clothing with a distinct American East Coast style. Blending the collegiate look with preppy influences, there is a gulf in aesthetic between their clothing and that of labels such as S.N.S. Herning. However different the appearance, the same dedication to quality underlines everything they do.

Gant Rugger’s approach utilises premium wool blends and mixes in modern cuts and traditional detailing to create something new and exciting. We are big fans of The Cable that is their take on the iconic Aran knit. Coming in the traditional off white ivory colourway, it is made using 100% wool and features a bold cable knit across the main body. This is a piece that encapsulates knitwear and for many is a wardrobe staple in the colder months. Throw on with a pair of jeans for a laid back, casual look.

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With a rich history dating back to 1938, Armor Lux has a tradition of creating clothes with a nautical theme with colours reminiscent of the sea. The company has a rich Gallic heritage and is based in Brittany. Producing many of their own materials within France, Armor Lux is famous for its Breton striped patterns that adorn a large number of their knits.

Another one of their trademarks is the use of branded buttons that fasten the shoulder opening. This is a relic from a by gone era when sailors needed an easy way to get their clothing on and off whilst it was wet. All of their Sailor sweaters have been crafted using pure virgin wool for a hardwearing, thick feel. So interweaved is Armor Lux within French culture that they produce the uniforms for the French police, post office workers and SNCF railway staff. For that unmistakable French style, you need not look much further than Armor Lux.

Take a look at our full range of knitwear including labels such as Officine Generale, Hentsch Man, Our Legacy, Folk and over on the website.

GLOVES, HATS AND SCARVES: OUR PICKS

Gloves, hats and scarves at Peggs & son.From the unmistakable Gallic styles of Armor Lux to the refined Scandinavian simplicity of Norse Projects, we have plenty of insulating accessories to help keep you warm over the coming months. And whilst a good coat and shoe combo can help keep your body and feet warm, gloves, hats and scarves are all equally important. As they say, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

Gloves, hats and scarves at Peggs & son.

Gloves, hats and scarves at Peggs & son.For a smart and sophisticated look, try pairing the Oliver Spencer Biking gloves with a luxury silk scarf from Scottish label Crombie. If you fancy a modern twist on traditional British style, an MHL by Margaret Howell scarf works really well with the offerings from Universal Works and Folk. Below we have compiled a few looks that utilise our favourite winter accessories of the season so take a browse for some inspiration.

Gloves, hats and scarves at Peggs & son.

Gloves, hats and scarves at Peggs & son.
Hats, gloves and scarves also make great gift ideas and don’t forget that we are offering FREE standard UK shipping on all orders, no matter how much you spend. So if you see something you like, you won’t pay a penny extra to get it delivered.

ARMOR LUX

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With a rich and varied history dating back to 1938, Armor Lux have a tradition of creating clothing with a nautical theme and using colours reminiscent of the sea. Based in Brittany, the company is famous for its Breton striped patterns which adorn a large number of their clothes and which have also become an enduring image of France itself.

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The story of the Breton stripe originated with the classic Mariner shirt which was introduced in 1858 as the official uniform for all French navy sailors in Brittany. The original design featured 21 stripes to represent each of Napoleon’s victories but that has since changed and the number of stripes may vary according to the style.

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The company has a rich Gallic heritage and is extremely proud to produce many of its materials within Brittany. So interweaved is Armor Lux within French culture that they produce the uniforms for the French police, post office workers and SNCF railway staff. For that unmistakable French style, you need not look much further than Armor-Lux.

Armor Lux at Peggs & son.

Here at Peggs & son for the autumn/winter season we have a selection of thick sailor knits, scarves and hats all made from pure new lambs wool. As well as the Breton stripe, intricate weaves are also used to give a visual and textural contrast.

Head on over to the online store to check out the full Armor Lux collection.

HOLIDAY SEASON

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Ah, the summer months: lying by turquoise blue seas, sunning yourself under cloudless skies, sipping on some exotic beverage that looks like it was concocted in some far off land. It all sounds so idyllic… until it’s ruined by some beast of a fella’ yelling at his kids while marauding about – like the Full Metal Jacket drill sergeant – in some obscene, ill-fitting attire splayed with (un)witty slogans, shorts that only a surfer should wear and cumbersome shoes that look like hand-me-downs from a distant relative.

It never fails to amaze us here at Peggs & son just how wrong some men get their holiday attire when really it’s all about keeping it clean and simple. A good Sunspel, Oliver Spencer or Armor Lux t-shirt, a pair of Levis Made & Crafted, or Woolrich tailored shorts and a comfortable pair of Mr. Hare loafers, Eastland Deck Shoes or Our Legacy pumps and you’re set to at least look like you could be mixing with the Rat Pack on the French Riviera.

 

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Time for a scarf

To the guy I saw strolling down the street in shorts and t-shirt yesterday, please pop in to see us because we need to sort out your winter attire; for the rest of you, I’m sure jeans and jumpers are already a staple part of your wardrobe and while we are always happy to help you add to your array of clothing, we know what you need right now is a decent scarf to go with your existing clobber.

If any item of clothing helps to ward off the deep chill of winter and the months of biting cold that lie ahead, look no further than the trusty old scarf. Tie a nice big knot, zip up the jacket, get your head down and venture into the wilds of a British winter.

Be careful not to walk past Peggs & son mind.

Peacoats

If you’re looking for a winter coat that is going to tick the boxes of comfort, warmth and style, may we at Peggs & son be bold enough to suggest one of the fine peacoats we are stocking for the winter season.

This coat may date back to the sailors of the 1700’s but it still retains a fantastic sense of style whether you are walking to work or heading down the pub for the football and a roast on a Sunday afternoon.

With three very different brands – Armor Lux, Fidelity and Norse Projects – making variations on the classic peacoat for the current season, you’d be crazy not to want one.

Our favourite has to be the Fidelity Wool Mix jacket with it’s slimline waist giving it a sharpness of cut that helps it stand out from its Naval competitors.

S.T.A.T.E – Armor Lux SS12

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Armor Lux was founded by a Swiss German entrepreneur who strongly believed in producing high quality under garments. They started life in the small french town of Quimper where their head quarters is still located today. They have been making their breton style knits, jerseys & reefer jackets since 1938 and are still made in France using virtually the same techniques.

The Breton shirt was officially created by the ’27th March 1858 Act’ which introduced this blue and white striped knitted shirt in the uniform list of the French seaman. It was said that this stripe allowed one to more easily locate a man overboard.

The collection is now available to view online here on the Peggs & son website.

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