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CONVERSE ‘STARS AND BARS’ 1970s CHUCK TAYLOR

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Peggs & son, Converse Stars and Bars

Converse have once again graced us with another incarnation of their popular 1970s Chuck Taylor Hi-top model. Ever the patriots, the American based brand have decked out their latest canvas trainer in bold stars and stripes with the left and right shoe both having contrast patterns taken from the star-spangled banner.

The Americana influence is very apt, as the shoe itself has become a modern icon within footwear. We like the simplicity and the versatility of Converse trainers and the 1970s Chuck Taylor model brings an added touch of build quality to the much loved design. The sole is thicker and the stitching more durable. Based around a vintage shape, the shoe is slightly wider with a smaller toe-cap, which in our opinion gives the shoe better proportions. If you like your summer footwear to be bold, then this is the trainer for you.

To take a closer look at the trainer, as well as the rest of the Converse collection, please head on over to our online store.

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.