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The Small Essentials

By Jacki-Lee Munckton

They say the accessory makes the man.

A philosophy we live and breathe here at Jack Lee.

Sit back and let us take you through the four top accessories you may be overlooking.

  1. Cardholders

Potentially the most underrated accessory in the world of men’s style, cardholders are the ultimate in understated, minimalist luxury. With guys increasingly yearning for fashion to be easy and fuss – free, cardholders are the logical go – to. With the classical wallet becoming bulkier and heavier, not to mention taking up far too much space in your back pocket, cardholders provide a lighter, more compact and practical alternative. Perfect for a night out, forcing gents to cut back their cards and cash to just the essentials as well as neatly fitting into the internal pocket of any suit jacket or blazer, how could anyone refuse? We recommend opting for an all – leather style, offering maximum durability. Our particular favourites are those being offered by Mr Tom Ford himself – slightly glazed lizard skin in a variety of stylish colours, the ultimate in men’s cardholders.


Tom Ford lizard skin cardholder and Bottega Veneta

  1. Belts

The humble belt has long been an underestimated accessory – its purpose is seemingly purely practical and the vast majority of gents have grown up on a diet of chunky, daggy black options handed down by their fathers. But with the potential to have such a significant impact on the overall aesthetic of your outfit, the humble belt surely deserves more attention. If it’s for work or formal purposes, always stick to thinner, plain – leather styles with a silver buckle – remembering to match your belt to your dress shoes. Just quietly, we love Louis Vuitton’s made – to – order shoe and belt service, creating an exact personal match in leather and colour! For downtime on the weekends mix it up with plaited or woven styles in canvas or leather. Keen to be a little more daring? Throw in a statement belt in a solid block colour, adding boldness and individuality to any outfit.


Tod’s Woven Leather Belt

  1. Pocket Squares

Often referred to as the ‘other half of your tie set’, pocket squares are a simple but effective way to add panache and sartorial flair to your suit get – up or item blazer. Back in the day, a casually furled pocket square was trademark for unique dressing and ultimate style. We recommend opting for pure silk pocket squares which will naturally have a slight sheen and are your most luxurious option. Linen and linen – silk blends are also gaining popularity, adding subtle textural interest to your blazer. Veer away from clashing your pocket square and tie as well as ensuring you nail the ‘fold’ suited to your occasion – the straight fold for highly formal or black – tie events and a puff or even peak fold for a more relaxed look. With the Spring Racing season almost upon us, expect to notice lighter, bolder colours and European style paisley prints when it comes to pocket squares.


  1. Sneakers

Gone are the days of Jerry Seinfeld infamously sporting clunky white sneakers with 80’s – washed denim jeans. No men’s accessory has seen such a grand transformation over the years than the classic sneaker. The crazy rise and popularity of the sports – luxe trend has seen almost every high – end menswear designer featuring sneakers in their collections. With sleeker, slimmer styles in luxe European leathers, it's easy to see how sneakers have become the shoe of choice for the style conscious, particularly at the major Fashion Week shows. Don’t be afraid to invest heavily in a pair of classic low tops – they’ll ensure you always emulate classic cool. Our favourites at the moment are the Achilles style offered by cult shoe label Common Projects, available in an array of colours. When it comes to high tops, offerings by Givenchy, Buscemi and Rick Owens are more than safe bets. Hit up Sneakerboy for a carefully curated selection of the best kicks around. 

New York Fashion Week 2014 go-ers

Sneaker offerings by Buscemi

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Spring has sprung..

By Jacki-Lee Munckton

… are you ready for the change in season? Here are our top 5 tips for trends this spring.

 Number one. White Out

As the weather begins to warm up, classic white gets taken for a serious spin as it elevates to the colour of the season.

Popping up repeatedly across major collections in the form of shirts, pants, shoes, suits and blazers, designers were keen to showcase its sheer versatility.

If a runway-esque ‘all white’ ensemble isn’t quite your thing, it’s simple to ease into the trend. A looser-fitting white linen shirt (we’re loving the soft linens by Jac + Jack) paired with tailored shorts will become a favourite summer daytime get – up. We’re also eagerly hopping on the white jean bandwagon this season – just be sure to keep them slim – fit, a solid white and you’ll be set to pair them back with every colour and item in your wardrobe.


R - Jil Sander. L- David Gandy for Lucky Brand 2014 catalogue


Number two. Sandals

Breathable, durable and ever so stylish – it’s easy to see how the leather sandal will be every gents’ footwear go - to this coming summer. A low – cut gladiator sandal paired with cropped or cuffed trousers dominated the runways. If you’re a sandal first – timer, we recommend opting for a pair in timeless black or rich chocolate hues which will keep your shoes rugged, versatile and ready to be slotted into any of your current high summer outfits.

L - Dolce & Gabbana. R - Marni                                                        


Number three. Bloom Bonanza.

Graphic prints take a backseat as oversized blooms and fun paisley patterns lap up the attention and afternoon sun. Always a favourite of European designers and even more so this season, we see them adorned on silk shirts, trousers, dinner jackets and tailored shorts.

To be super safe lads – if the print is wild, be sure to keep the rest of your outfit tame and let the print speak volumes.

L - Tom Ford and SABA

Number four. The Navy Suit

Traditional black and greys were kindly shown the door, with blue in every possible shade (particularly Navy) becoming the Spring suiting colour of choice.

Opt for a single – breasted jacket with one or two buttons but no more. Keep the suit trousers slim and always buy two pants.

If going for a cotton or wool blend option, don’t be afraid to mix and match the jacket with lighter coloured tailored shorts or chinos for a suave weekend look.

L - Etro. R - Raf Simons. 


Number five. Block Stripes

    With the rivalry between checks and stripes always a contentious one, this season the latter reigns supreme with designers experimenting heavily with block and variegated stripes. Both Valentino and cult – favourite Wooyoungmi were standouts, offering block stripes in nautical shades as well as textured, structured fabrics.

    As GQ Creative Director Jim Moore puts it “…Not only does a hefty stripe bring to mind athletic endeavours, it also visually broadens a guy’s frame, making him look like he’s been hitting the gym hard – whether or not that’s true.”

    Well, all we can say to that is; #JackLeeLoves!          




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