One of my favourite places to shop in London is Burlington Arcade, the jewel in Mayfair’s crown. No matter how many times I visit, it feels like I’m being transported to a golden era of how men used to shop, partly thanks to the shoe shiner which has been in service for 200 years. The arcade is home to prestigious global brands like Vilebrequin and Globe-Trotter, though an eclectic mix of jewellery, watches, swimwear, leather, footwear and cashmere means it retains a quintessentially British feel.
You’ll find a host of prestigious shoe brands here, one notable standout being Baudoin & Lange. Allan Baudoin learnt his craft under master shoemaker Kasim Yldir. Refusing to conform to tradition, he wanted to create something new: a shoe with precise technical qualities that could be worn from morning to midnight. The result was the Sagan loafer, which is arguably the cleanest (and most comfortable) shoe design of the decade.
Shortly after the first prototype was produced back in 2015, Baudoin met Bo van Langeveld, an ex-racing driver who was working in investment banking at the time. Langeveld noticed how, as soon as the working day was done, colleagues would switch their formal shoes for a more comfortable (and less stylish) option. He too wanted a modern shoe that was comfortable, beautiful and handmade, but engineered for modern lifestyles, so the pair joined forces to launch Baudoin & Lange. Its Sagan loafer is fast becoming iconic, and comes in a range of styles and materials. Whether you are looking at a wedding, a weekend away or a summer holiday, it will be the perfect companion.
I am talking about bomber jackets. This may not seem ground-breaking, but the truth is that – from the 70s-style cropped bomber jackets at Gucci to classic high-shine flight jackets and cropped minimalist numbers – there were more takes on the classic style than ever at the SS21 shows.
If you’re looking to wear one yourself, keep it neat, simple and timeless. If you avoid any over-embellished styles, there is nothing to stop a bomber becoming an evergreen staple in your wardrobe beyond the summer months.
Brunello Cuccinelli’s bomber is the perfect piece to embrace this summer’s hottest trend while also setting your wardrobe up for autumn. Ideal for travelling, it’s reversible and offers maximum versatility as you can pair it with multiple outfits, from an open-collar white shirt and cotton chinos to a simple t-shirt.
In recent years we have witnessed not just the evolution of the England football team, but also the the evolution of the TV football pundit. Since Gareth made that waistcoat the talk of the town during the last World Cup, the studios of all our favourite broadcasters have become a hotbed of good style. Given what’s been happening recently, it would be rude not to appreciate the serious stylish Euros looks of Ian Wright.
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