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  • Iconic Look

    Iconic Look

    Regent takes the inspiration for our ‘Iconic Look’ from the likes of Steve McQueen and James Dean: legends whose style never goes out of fashion and whose look is instantly recognisable. We believe there are four key pieces every man should have in his wardrobe: the Baracuta G9, a classic crew neck T-shirt, a pair of selvage jeans and a pair of desert boots. Each of these items carries a great history and has been worn by many gamechangers within the fashion and film industry.

    The Baracuta has been around since the 1950s: it is simple, neat, comfortable and smart. All kinds of people adopted the jacket, from presidents such as J. F. Kennedy, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and George W. Bush to monumental cultural figures such as Steve McQueen.  It is lightweight but still showerproof and suitable for all ages. It became a staple menswear item in the twentieth century after it kept cropping up in popular culture; in the 1960s it was was part of every teenagers’ uniform, prefiguring the preppy style that, twenty years later, would be rejuvenated by the MOD and ‘skinheads’ in the UK.

    The selvage jean is the utmost original and very first style of jean production. The name comes from the term “Self Edge”, indicating a boundary-pushing inclination to those who wore it, and mirroring the fabric’s woven edge. The style rose to popularity with the likes of the 501 by LEVI’S; as jean-wear gained momentum around the world, modernization took a hold and the older looms that these jeans were produced on became obsolete. However, fashion has been forever craving their return thanks to selvedge denim’s denser, stronger weave allowing for that coveted longevity and nicely-aged look. The culture for selvedge wear is as great today as it has ever been, with smaller brands such as Hiut Denim in Wales leading the charge back to the avant-garde.

    The desert boot is undeniably one of the most versatile items in anyone’s footwear artillery: it can be worn with a suit to lessen the overly-formal edge, as pioneered by Hardy Aimes in the 1960s; on the other hand, it can look mighty sharp when worn with a distressed jacket and jeans or with chinos and a shirt. Like any thing at the top of its game, the desert boot found the peak of its evolution eons ago, and has remained there ever since: it goes way back to when the traders in Ciro’s Old Bazar needed solid footwear for being on their feet all day, then becoming an unofficial part of the British Army uniform for soldiers serving in North Africa during the Second World War before finally finding it’s vote of confidence in the shoe pioneer Nathan Clark, who sported a crepe-soled rough suede version. When he returned home from his adventures in 1949, Clark asked Bill Tuxhill to re-invent the shoe. Although British people took to it heartily, the boot was not launched in the Europe for another 15 years. It finally became a big hit in the United States as part of the preppy look’s evolution in the 1950s after its launch at the Chicago shoe fair that Clark himself spearheaded.

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  • The Ivy League

    The Ivy League

    THE IVY LEAGUE

    The Ivy League look has had an enormous influence on the fashion industry and remains one of the most distinguished styles around today. At its heart is the desire to present oneself as ready to engage with big ideas and move the world forward – two principles commonly associated with the group of elite American colleges (such as Harvard, Yale and Princeton) from which the fashion takes its name. There, college students developed the idea of the Ivy League look from both British and American men who, in the 1920’s, instigated the trend for combining casual and sporting attire. From the 1950’s to the 1960’s the Ivy League look spread through every social circle to steadily become the most desirable mainstream apparel for middle class adults in the US and Britain.

    The look inherited from the ‘50’s consists of a two-button blazer or a three-button jacket with a rolling lapel, an Oxford button-down shirt, cable-knitted waistcoats and high-waist

    An example of an Ivy League outfit. All products stocked here at Regent

    ed trousers with a straight or tapered leg. Footwear would consist of a long wing-tip brogue or a loafer and to polish off the look you could don a silk tie. The ethos serves clothing for every occasion in your social calendar, from formalwear to weekends in the country. On the more causal side, you could wear a chino pant or Levi jeans, a heavy sweatshirt with raglan sleeve, knitted ties, Oxford shirt and converses. These looks quickly became a sort of code of conduct amongst the folk at the best colleges who were proud to be there and spread across the world, taken up heartily in Japan, as the book Ametora (How Japan saved American Style) by W. David Marx shows.

    Many people confuse a certain preppiness with the Ivy League, and, although they share certain strands of DNA, the ‘preppy look’ is a lot more colourful/casual, suitable for garden parties, trips to the Hamptons or casual affairs; the Ivy look aspires to more smart-casual occasions. There are many ways to tell apart the ‘preppy’ and the ‘Ivy League’ people: a prep will wear a boat shoe but an Ivy Leaguer will wear a penny loafer; for preps it’s all about convenience and comfort over style (they’ll throw on the first polo top they find with any old pair of chinos), where as the Ivy Leaguer will take the extra time to find a sweater to wear with that particular polo, and to colour coordinate it all with the trousers.

    The two main clothing stores that represented the Ivy League look were J. Press and Brooks Brothers. J. Press was founded in 1902, right on Yale university campus: its clothing’s stayed the same since opening and the company has a vast amount of off the peg jackets with the traditional three button sack that is rarely found in today’s American fashion. The stores stock traditional men’s clothing such as casual trousers, sweaters and jackets. They also carry out a range of scarves and ties that feature the specific colours for Ivy League schools. The store caters for most of the old-fashioned, preppy and popular trends.

    Brooks Brothers, meanwhile, was founded in 1818 and became known for its ‘ready to wear suits’; the store is hugely popular and responsible for outfitting 40 out of the 45 of American Presidents, from Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama. Brooks Brother plays a massive part in the

    The Brooks Brother logo

    industry and they’ve brought us many new ideas to improve men’s fashion: in 1896, they applied button-down collars to dress shirts, then in 1895 their Ivy League sack suit was made; in 1900 Harris Tweed was introduced; in 1904 the classic Shetland sweater was realised – they’re constantly innovating.

    Many products we have created here at Regent draw inspiration from right across these iconic decades. As you travel through the store you’ll see lots of these products carefully placed within overall looks that aspire to continue the innovation associated with the Ivy League. Upon your entrance you’ll find our woven leather belts, while upstairs in the smoking room our white Oxford button-down resides, along with the necessary woollen rollneck, velvet smoking jacket and navy blazer. Across the landing you’ll find the Italian knitted ties. Then, finally, on the top floor you’ll find the heritage Selvedge jean and the Shaggy Shetland jumper. You can celebrate and get into the Ivy League lifestyle with a drink and a Havana cigar in the Liquor Room on your way back down!

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  • Brands we love - Levi's Made & Crafted

    Brands we love - Levi's Made & Crafted

    What happens when you combine heritage design with ultra modern techniques? You get Levi's Made & Crafted range.

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  • Outfit of the Week 17/01/2017 - Vintage inspired workwear

    Outfit of the Week 17/01/2017 - Vintage inspired workwear

    Many of the items commonly worn today are rooted deeply in their practical and sturdy nature. riveted denim jeans (patented by Levi's in 1873) started life as a fabric worn by gold miners. These types of garments were tough, practical and long lasting. The practicallity, durability and heritage of these garments has begun to find popularity amongst today's 'fast fashion' controlled industry.

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  • Regent Brand Focus: Redwing Shoes

    Regent Brand Focus: Redwing Shoes

    One of Regent Tailoring’s newest brands is Redwing Shoes whose iconic hand-made boots have been worn by actors Steve McQueen and Ryan Gosling, along with David Beckham.

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  • Icon of Style: Mr Alain Delon

    Icon of Style: Mr Alain Delon

    A French-Swiss actor born in 1935, Alain Delon rarely appears in best-dressed lists, but he should. The reason for this oversight is undoubtedly because Delon’s films – even his most famous, Rocco And His Brothers (1960) and Il Gattopardo/The Leopard (1963), both of which were directed by Luchino Visconti – are probably still little known to an Anglophone audience. Delon was called to Hollywood, but he never mastered the English language to become the leading star that his looks would have easily made possible.

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  • Devilish Details

    Devilish Details

    A bespoke jacket or suit will fit you better than an off the peg suit. Period. Crucial details can nonetheless designate those garments that are truly a cut above rest.

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  • Icon of Style: HRH The Duke of Windsor

    Icon of Style: HRH The Duke of Windsor

    The Duke of Windsor is remembered for two things, his eleven month reign as Edward VIII between January and December 1936 and his sartorial flair. At the time of his death in 1972, he owned 15 evening suits, 55 lounge suits, 3 formal suits and over 100 pairs of shoes. Credited with the introduction of a more relaxed and less structured approach to dressing, the Duke combined rich textures and colour with confidence and creativity.

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  • Icon of Style: Sir Cecil Beaton

    Icon of Style: Sir Cecil Beaton

    Photographer, designer, diarist, socialite and failed playwright, Beaton achieved fame and international respect through his costume designs for the Hollywood films Gigi (1958) and My Fair Lady (1964), for which he received Academy Awards.

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  • Street Style - Best Foot Forward

    Street Style - Best Foot Forward

    Good footwear is the foundation of any outfit and classic shapes remain favourites amongst men's fashion. Brogues, Chelsea boots, loafers and trainers increasingly are being brought up-to-date through colour, texture and other styling details to present a fresh take on the classic silhouettes.

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  • Street Style - Best of Men's Tailoring

    Street Style - Best of Men's Tailoring

    Street style presents a fantastic source of inspiration enabling us to see a huge variety of outfit and styling combinations from some of the best dressed. Even the smallest details can change a look and street style showcases some of the best examples that can be utilised within your wardrobe. In this mini series on street style, we take a look at the best from across the web, offering you the items to invest in and a few individual style details to make you stand out from the rest.

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  • Film Inspiration - A Single Man (2009)

    Film Inspiration - A Single Man (2009)

    When a film is directed by one of the most influential menswear designers of this century, you can expect fashion to be high on the agenda and the clothing in 'A Single Man' does not disappoint. From the opening credits there exhudes an essence of an essence of style that is the very definition of Ford's work, whilst following a succinct history of Sixies fashion.

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  • Film Inspiration - Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

    Film Inspiration - Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

    Breakfast at Tiffany's is truely iconic within the fashion world for 'That Black Dress' that Audrey Hepburn wears outside Tiffany's within the first few moments in the film, as well as the estonishing beauty of every outfit that Audrey Hepburn wears throughout. However what is ofter underplayed is the highly tailored and elegant style of her co-star, George Peppard.

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  • Film Inspiration - James Bond (1962 - Present)

    Film Inspiration - James Bond (1962 - Present)

    From several decades audiences have been enraptured by the actions of James Bond and the actions of James Bond. Whilst James Bond can be reduced to three things - fast cars, girls and the perfect martini - how much of his character is down to the clothing he wears?

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  • Film Inspiration - An Education (2009)

    Film Inspiration - An Education (2009)

    Set in London in the early 1960s, this is a coming-of-age story that follows Jenny (Milligan) and her transformation from school girl to young woman. The fashion throughout the film is used to highlight this transition; from school uniform, duffle coats and disheveled hair to glamourous fitted dresses, shades and swept back hair.

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