“Midnight in Morocco”

I have always enjoyed dressing up for a wedding or a summer party, really any occasion that says “dress code: black tie” on the invitation. However, it has always been a fairly traditional and limited variety of looks that men have the possibility to opt for. Thanks to the rise of destination weddings and the continuous evolution of the suit, men now have an incredible range of options to stand out as a groom or guest.

Gieves & Hawkes has with their SS19 collection presented a series of beautifully crafted silk jacquard formalwear that pays tribute to the collection’s botanical inspiration. The distinctive looks include;

Made by one of England’s oldest vertical mills for Gieves & Hawkes. A pure silk evening jacket with a bespoke tropical cactus jacquard. It is woven piece by piece, cut and pattern-matched by hand, it perfectly showcases the tailor’s craft.

One of the collection most sophisticated designs, this single-breasted tropical jacquard evening jacket in pale pink. It features details such as jetted pockets and Mother-of-Pearl buttons that nod to the traditional dinner suit. Here styled with an unbuttoned pleated dress shirt and cream linen trousers.

For a statement look; go for this double-breasted evening suit in midnight blue. It is cut from lightweight wool with tonal dark blue stripes, and finished with black silk grosgrain lapels and buttons for a polished glance.

Yours sincerely, Mathias le Fèvre

Photography by Nick Tydeman

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Timeless British craftsmanship – The Ettinger Heritage Collection

Mathias le Fevre with Ettinger London - Heritage, Westminster Flap-Over Briefcase - wearing Gieves & Hawkes Made to Measure suit
Mathias le Fevre with Ettinger London - Heritage, Westminster Flap-Over Briefcase - wearing Gieves & Hawkes Made to Measure suit
Ettinger London – Heritage, Westminster Flap-Over Briefcase

Ettinger was founded by Gerry Ettinger in 1934 and is today still family owned and run by his elder son, Robert Ettinger. A brand that I have always admired for its original aesthetic and uncompromising British craft.

To celebrate the art of true craftsmanship I worked with Ettinger to produce a campaign around the brand’s top range, the Heritage Collection. Made from the finest traditional bridle leathers with hand-stitched handles and polished brass locks, these cases mean business.

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Heritage, Bank Lid-Over Attaché Case

Soon after setting up the company, Gerry Ettinger made himself a unique attaché case. It was different to the traditional classic at the time, with it’s smaller size and lighter weight. Not only was this one of the first bricks laid towards building the brand, but Gerry proved to be a visionary as it is still, 85 years later, Ettinger’s most popular attaché case.

The original attaché case is still used today by Robert Ettinger, his son, proving its extraordinary durability. And it has through its long life and many years of use developed a patina that is worth its years in gold.

In Ettinger’s signature colour: London Tan, the attaché is the ultimate expression of timeless British craftsmanship and is handmade over a twelve week period to the customer’s bespoke specifications.

The campaign film is shot in a stunning home in London’s Holland Park which was designed and developed by Echlin, a London-based architectural design and development studio.

Mathias le Fevre with Ettinger London - Heritage, Bank Lid-Over Attaché Case - wearing Gieves & Hawkes Made to Measure suit
Heritage, Bank Lid-Over Attaché Case

Yours sincerely, Mathias le Fèvre

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Suits and Seperates: A Summer Special for The Rake

One thing to remember when dressing while the temperature rises; style and comfort never need to be mutually exclusive. Great summer tailoring is often by necessity defined more casual by it’s lighter fabrics, earthy tones and softer construction, however this is no excuse for sloppy dressing.

I joined forces with fellow menswear aficionado and model, Richard Biedul, to produce a summer editorial for The Rake magazine to show that warm weather can facilitate a kind of dressing that has its own charms.

The editorial is available on The Rake via this link:
https://therake.com/stories/style/juxtaposing-styles-messrs-biedul-le-fevre/

Photography by Nick Tydeman

Yours sincerely, Mathias le Fèvre

Dalcoure jacket, Edward Sexton shirt, Cifonelli tie and Rubinacci Manny trousers.
Dalcoure jacket, Edward Sexton shirt, Cifonelli tie, Rubinacci Manny trousers and Carmina Shoemaker Loafers.
Drake’s Beige Needlecord suit, Edward Sexton Tab-collar shirt and striped tie.
Drake’s Olive cotton suit, Edward Sexton Blue Bengal Tab-collar shirt and a cashmere tie.
Dalcoure Double-Breasted jacket, Santillo Rizzi Polo Shirt, Kit Blake flannel trousers.
Salvatore Piccolo cotton jacket, Frabo shirt, Rubinacci Manny trousers, London Sock co socks and Grenson Sandals.
Edward Sexton Cream Double-Breasted jacket, King & Tuckfield denim shirt & trousers.
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“On The Road” – Gieves & Hawkes SS19

Since John Harrison joined Gieves & Hawkes as Creative Director in 2017, a focus has been to introduce a light and relaxed silhouette to the tailoring while still maintaining the house’s powerful classic core. With SS19 being the first of his spring/summer collections to be revealed I picked out my 4 favourite looks, flew to Fez, Morocco and put them to the test;

Always in search for my next sports coat, I could only be excited when I discovered this khaki green piece when first browsing the new collection. It’s completely deconstructed, unlined and made from such earthy, rich coloured cotton. The cut features notched lapels, patch pockets and it is finished with buttons referencing the house’s ‘1771 Crown‘.

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I have never been one to experiment with pink. Not until now! This suit is dyed a warm shade of coral and cut from lightweight linen. The colour and soft construction will add a drop of relaxation to your wardrobe while keeping a cool formality to impress at meetings or on a night out.

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A true summer-wardrope essential of mine is the light brown linen suit. Gieves & Hawkes is blending the Savile Row tradition with modern sensibility and presents this “Oatmeal” two-piece suit in 100 % linen. It guarantees you the coolest summer outfit on the market. Here styled with a dark green cactus print shirt, referencing this collection’s botanical inspiration.

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A casual jacket that takes its inspiration from the traditional blazer and field jacket. It features a zip and button front, notched lapels and a three front hip pockets. It is cut from a Loro Piana ‘Storm system’ fabric and has critically taped seams making it completely showerproof and the perfect companion for an adventurer. Here styled with a MTM linen shirt, striped silk tie, cream linen trousers and a pair of suede penny loafers.

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Yours sincerely, Mathias le Fèvre

Photography by Nick Tydeman

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“Pioneers of Time” – Vacheron Constantin

“Do better if possible, and that is always possible,” François Constantin wrote in a letter to Jacques Barthélémi Vacheron in 1819.

Vacheron Constantin was founded in 1755 by Jean-Marc Vacheron and is today the longest-standing watchmaker across the globe after surviving the French Revolution and both world wars.

The ‘Traditionnelle’ is one of the brand’s key collections which pays a tribute to the demanding Geneva Haute Horlogerie traditions inherited from the 18th century.

Traditions that takes us back to a time of pioneers and explorers, where a humble yet talented watchmaker set out to create what endure as some of the most complicated timepieces in history.

Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle Full Calendar in rose gold worn with Anderson & Sheppard Travel Jacket, light weight flannel trousers and styled with a houndstooth neckerchief

Yours sincerely, Mathias le Fèvre

Photography by Ciinderella ‘B’ Balthazar

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“The City” – Gieves & Hawkes SS19 Tailoring

A place where old meets new. The City of London is an architectural time capsule characterised by clashes of medieval landmarks, Victorian arches and modern skyscrapers.

The Gieves & Hawkes spring / summer 19 collection celebrates the tailoring house’s roots at No 1 Savile Row. An address that signifies both the height of sartorial elegance and the spirit of British adventure being the former home of The Royal Geographical Society. The references are brought to life throughout the collection’s tailoring with tropical patterns, earthy tones and functional fabrics.

I put together 3 of the season’s tailoring looks, starting with;

A striking yet sophisticated business look; this ocean blue double-breasted suit screams power with its wide-cut lapel and dark windowpane check. Cut from an English woven lightweight wool makes it perfect for the warmer days in the office, tie off and its daring enough for the night. Here styled with a floral patterned silk and a linen handkerchief.

Earthy tones are my personal favourites for the spring and summer. They are easy to mix & match and makes a more casual look. I broke up this classic-cut dark green suit with a striped linen shirt and a brown tie.

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Lightweight tailoring is the best tool to stay sharp in the city heat. This navy and white puppytooth suit is cut from an open-weave fresco cloth designed to breathe. Here styled with a striped silk/linen tie and tropically patterned handkerchief.

Yours sincerely, Mathias le Fèvre

Photography by Nick Tydeman

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Editorial: Shadows On The Wall

High collar shirt & tie by Eton Shirts. Herringbone overcoat & 3-piece suit by Gieves & Hawkes.
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Tab-collar shirt & accessories by Eton Shirts. Corduroy jacket & trouser by Gieves & Hawkes.
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Green over-shirt & tie by Eton Shirts. Trouser by Gieves & Hawkes. Shoes by Carmina Shoemaker.
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Yours sincerely, Mathias le Fèvre

Photography by Nick Tydeman

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SIHH 2019: Vacheron Constantin

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It has been a great pleasure attending this year’s SIHH, the event in every watch professional’s diary, bringing makers and admirers of beautiful timepieces together to discover the latest collections and new trends. I was invited by Vacheron Constantin to join them in Geneva for this year’s expo to explore the Maison’s latest novelties. My personal highlights of this year’s launch…

The new Overseas Collection presents the collection’s first self-winding tourbillon movement which is revealed through it’s beautiful tourbillon cage. Combining the distinctive style of Overseas with the elegance of a majestic blue dial makes it a perfect companion of a true globetrotter.

The Traditionelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar shows that Vacheron Constantin does not rest on it’s laurels. This timepiece features a system (patent pending) that allows the wearer to switch from 5 Hz frequency (active mode) to a 1.2 Hz frequency (standby mode). Meaning that the originally stated 4-day power reserve (when active) is extended to 65 days (in standby mode).

The Les Cabinotiers collection honours the name given to the prestigious and most skilled watchmakers, cabinotiers. The watches in the collection are highly complicated and unique timepieces that were historically only made by bespoke order, but now form a whole department on the Maison’s first floor in Geneva.

The Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Grand Complication Phoenix at SIHH 2019

The crown jewel of this new collection is inspired by the legend of the phoenix. The myth of the bird that rises from its own fiery ashes which represents the immortality of the Les Cabinotiers Grand Complication Phoenix which packs no less than 15 complications into its meticulously engraved, 47mm rose gold case.

Yours sincerely, Mathias le Fèvre

Photography by @ciinderellab & @mathiaslefevre

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3 IRRESISTIBLE WINTER FRAGRANCES

The power of a scent is not to be underestimated; a waft of the right perfume can take a your personal style to a new level in seconds. However, selecting the right fragrance for the right occasion is crucial for it’s appreciation. Your choice of fragrance should reflect your personality and whether you are in the boardroom, taking time off or going out.

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With head notes of fresh Juniper berries (also used in Gin), the fragrance Juniper Sling brings a tribute to the roaring 1920s. Think crisp evening-elegance. It first teases with aromatic Angelica (root and seed). The heart next races to the vitality of cinnamon, pepper and cardamon. Orris creates a smooth melody of softer cherry-woods. Notes of leather, brandy – a liqorous, vigorous base – hit the spot.

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Lothair, a fragrance as novel as the sight of land on the horizon, and at the same time as reassuring as – tea.

Whether at sail on the High Seas or at home in one’s private London Club, refreshments are essential. The British penchant for gin and tea is renowned and well-known. From notes of a fresh gin-grapefruit tonic, it settles into a fig and black-tea signature. The scent is progressively smooth with hints of magnolia and lavender. Ultimately it turns daring and dark with trials of debonair woods (cedarwood, wenge).

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The night fragrance, Endymion Concentre. Named after Endymion, Zeus’s most handsome son. A Greek God in a perpetual slumber, forever young. He was in the night visited by Luna, his divine consort, she who loved him so.

The fragrance reflects passion, love and loyalty. The perfect companion for the easy-going gentleman. The scent is based on elegant hues of geranium, lavender and mandarin, nutmeg, resins and suede. A demi-lune, a semi-oriental.

Yours sincerely, Mathias le Fèvre

www.penhaligons.com / @penhaligons_london

Photography by @ciinderellab

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Richard Gelding: A Canali Made to Measure suit

A few months back, I shared the experience of measuring up my Canali Su Misura (Made-to-Measure) suit, via appointment at the London menswear shop – Richard Gelding part of baltzar.com.  I was delighted to receive a message 4 weeks later telling me that my suit had made it over from Italy and landed in London.

I returned to the store for a final fitting, excited to see the result of the various changes and choices done when ordering.  I was instantly pleased to see the soft textures and deep blue colour of the beautiful fabric. I had already seen the fabric on the sample, but when it unfolds in front of you as a full suit it always becomes more true to its colour and slightly lighter than on a small sample piece. Something which had been pointed out and highlighted to me during the process of choosing.

Next up was trying on the suit. By now having had several pieces made, by routine I scanned the suit for potential need of finishing touches. I was happy to conclude that the seam of the structured shoulder fit perfectly on the edge of my shoulder bone, the sleeve length was sublime and it had a very nice v-shape on my waist. Looking at the trousers; the waist fitted nicely on my hips and the drape was just impeccable, potentially I am going to let out the waist just a fraction, something which always has to be considered a possibility due to the nature of a waist circumference. The trousers came unfinished, meaning that the length would be adjusted and altered by Richard Gelding’s in-house tailor. Due to how the rest of the trousers is fitting the final length may vary slightly, since we did quite a lot of changes in the waist, seat and leg area, it is the safer option to finish the trousers when everything else is in place; also I am quite particular about the length and tend to have slightly different length depending on the characteristics off the trousers.

Another important detail on the trousers are the double reverse pleats, these folds of fabric adds flexibility to the front of the trousers as it allows to expand slightly when sitting down, as well as  an aesthetically pleasing effect of drape to the trouser legs.

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The final result came out very satisfying. We strived to make a classic formal lounge suit the Milanese way (the Canali way). The No.1 suit in a man’s wardrobe should be a classic dark navy suit and this we definitely achieved. I  am particularly happy with all the visible design attributes of the suit. Due to the plain nature of the fabric we added quite a few details to make sure if still felt exciting and distinguished, which I think really worked out well. The structured shoulder together with the peak lapel giving the suit a powerful silhouette. The ticket pocket disrupting the otherwise completely symmetrical design.

The side adjuster and buttons for braces is eliminating the need of belt loops, which helps enhance the clean look of the waistline of the suit. The trousers was finished with a turn-up to highlight the short but perfect finishing of the trousers.

Overall my interaction with the store Richard Gelding has indeed been happy and pleasant experience, a good start to a happy relation. Their combination of relaxed, yet knowledgeable approach makes shopping easy and enjoyable.

Yours sincerely, Mathias le Fèvre

www.geldingmenswear.co.uk  / www.baltzar.com

@richardgelding / @worldofbaltzar

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