IMG_3798 Before i had any knowledge in suit fabrics, I found the thought incorporating waist coats into my wardrobe quite absurd, considering the fact I live in the tropics where it’s humid all year long. I have encountered a lot of gentlemen who share this ignorant view and i believe it’s mainly due to their little or no knowledge in the types of fabric that exist. Most men on a good day will not go past the color and fit of a suit, which usually leads to bad-buys, and the inability to distinguish the appropriating suiting for different seasons. For example , I find it amusing how a lot of gentlemen gawk at any suit with a slashed price

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Allen coleman stylistBefore this unconstructed peak lapel seer sucker jacket I always thought of British tailoring as unbearably boring and in dire need of character, thanks to mr Hackett I might just have to do a 180 in shame. Soft shoulders, peak lapels with functioning cuffs right off the rack might just make a this brand a main stay in my wardrobe. With a fit like this right off the rack  it’s easy to understand why it’s one of Britain’s favorite menswear brands. I don’t think I have gathered enough guts to wear a full piece seer sucker suit just yet, for now I think I’ll stick to pairing them with separates and keep the ketchup off my fish and chips.

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tumblr_n5epvz6f4S1rf1jvro1_1280 I recently discovered this photo of a 1982 gentleman wearing five buttoned jacket with just the top button done up and I instantly caught some fresh dose of inspiration behind my desk. Without color it’s pretty much easy to stare at this photo on end just of the sheer execution of fit and the very infectious sense of character.

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IMG_39n32Pink and green. Outside my stubborn fixation on conservative colors, pairing these two have got to be favorite color combo. I love this combo so much there is not week that I don’t pair these two; either via my shirt and tie or shirt and pocket square or in my extreme state shirt and socks.

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01_MG_0111  10_MG_0301  02 Kehinde_MG_0317  03 Kehinde_MG_0246  04 Kehinde_MG_0181   02_MG_0094The menswear world is buzzing with the release of IKIRE JONES SPRING/SUMMER 2014 and I am not surprised at all as only a handful of brands who are heavily influenced by tailoring look like they are really having fun with it like this brand is. Out of the collection The kihindire is clearly my favorite, a shawl collared dinner jacket with a vibrant and bold motif, this jacket is the perfect candidate for that crowd catching moment. Unlike the other jacket in the collection the Kihindire seems one with the wearer. I love how slim the sleeves have been cut, the soft tailoring compliments the jacket well, this definitely one for the summer weddings and parties.
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IMG_9620 Ever since I got this purple three button linen jacket  my love for color has definitely found its feet in my wardrobe, and I owe it all to this colorful number. I picked this jacket up whiles thrifting but unfortunately the tags had been ripped out, so I may never get to know who made this beautiful garment, never less God bless whoever took the time out to birth this piece of work. I have never really taken a liken to purple but my recent rendezvous with this jacket has carved out a new found love for this bold and elegant color, plus the rusty hue the linen fabric lends it doesn’t hurt at all. I wore this jacket with a pair of forest green pants from John Dunn to a wedding weekend, a little bolder than what I did here with the gray pants. I will definitely find time to shoot that outfit real soon, I might even trip and start running a ‘’300 ways to kill a purple jacket’’ series if I get too excited.

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urlIn the 1920’s themed TV show Boardwalk Empire, celebrated actor John Buscemi plays the role of one the most immaculately dressed gangsters to ever grace TV. Before all hours killed on the couch held captivate by the well put together costume of the show, I’ll admit had a shallow appreciation for detail and accessorizing. Knucky Thompson, the shows leading character played John Buscemi, has single handedly defined the meaning of a well dressed man. My infatuation with his character’s wardrobe has suddenly sparked an acute eye for lapel pins, waist coats and collar tab shirts paired with flamboyant paisley printed silk ties. I use to hold the view that men in the 50’s represented the peak of menswear but the men of the 20’s blow them out of the water without breaking a sweat. John Buscemi’s character has a knack of channeling bold colors in a way that has got reaching out for my pink shirts and purple printed ties, which is rather surprising for a gentleman whose idea of dancing on the edge of style is employing just two patterns in an ensemble. Thank you Mr. Knucky Thomsonnucky_thompson_by_alexsantalo-d5qqudl Allen x

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About a month ago I picked up this beautiful TM Lewin three button navy suit during one of my thrifting rendezvous.Initially i wrote it off as a bad impulse buy until a liitle inspiration fairy flew my way. The three button cut on this little beauty gave a little room in the shoulder ,but I figured once it was my size it would probably work out  if my tailor and the laundry guys had a go at it, I was so dead wrong.

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menswear 2014  menswear africa   HTW  MENSWEAR TAILORING AFRICAI have never been warm to single breasted notch lapels since Harvey specter turned it into the password for the secret menswear club meetings, but outside the work wardrobe I think it’s the perfect item to break the weekend in. This seersucker notch lapel jacket from the icon English brand with functioning sleeve buttons packs a punch; Hackett has an amazing way of making any garment they stamp their brand on seem very British, I could do with a plate of fish and chips in this jacket.

Notch Lapel seersucker jacket by Hackett, Shirt by TM Lewin, Gray pants by Jack Reid, Vintage Suspenders and Tassel loafers by Johnston & Murphy

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