The Quintessential Gent’s Guide to Weekend Bags

This weekend begins the first of many long sunny bank holidays. And while some of us will be staying at home, some of us may take advantage of the warm weather and go away for the weekend. Whether you are staying with friends, visiting family or staying in an idyllic bed & breakfast we always make sure to pack appropriately. But we always forget about our luggage. Unless you are going to a music festival, carrying your old rucksack covered in dried up mud is probably not the ideal bag to carry your belongings. We all choose bags based on what works for us as a modern traveller. Some of us choose bags that are functional, versatile, stylish, and spacious or something that will last a lifetime.

So check out my top five picks below:

BENNET WINCH

The Weekender

 

The Weekender bag from luxury British accessories brand, Bennet Winch is the ideal bag for long weekends away.  A modern take on a classic bag, the Weekender is both aesthetically pleasing and functional.  Each bag is handmade from waterproof canvas and leather and full of compartments. This includes two compartments for shoes, perfect to keep them separate from your other belongings

TUSTING

The Explorer Medium Blue Holdall

The Explorer bag from Tusting is perfect for the demands of the modern lifestyle and the ideal bag for weekends or short breaks and good. It is available in three sizes and made from tough new denim blue canvas. This bag is sure to last a very long time, whilst retaining that distinctive and classic look that Tusting is so well known for.

TED BAKER

Cronos Leather Holdall

The Cronos leather bag from Ted Baker is the ideal bag for a stylish gent. It’s incredibly sleek and sophisticated and made from leather with a secure yet chic padlock fastening. You’d be hard pressed not to be noticed with this bag as you’re travelling companion.

FRED PERRY

Contrast Webbing  Barrel Bagg

Famous for its classic barrel bag, Fred Perry has reconstructed the classic from tough, woven fabric to give it a strong, durable, high-shine, and rich colour finish.  With small details such as a bomber stripe tab, a subtle reference to Fred Perry’s tennis bomber jacket, this bag is perfect for a light or sporty weekend away.

BARBOUR

Barbour Wax Holdall

Known for its quality and classic British country style Barbour’s waxed cotton holdall.  This spacious and versatile bag has been made using cotton coated in rich wax, protecting it from the weather and giving it more character over time as it ages. A bag that can be used for years to come. 

 

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The Quintessential Gent’s Guide to Winter Coats

Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are not the highlight for Autumn/Winter season. The real highlight is packing your spring/summer wardrobe and unpacking your Autumn/Winter wardrobe again. Out pop the sweaters, scarves and of course those thick winter coats. Winter coats are my addiction and a vital part for every true gentleman’s wardrobe. It’s the last thing you put on when you leave the house and its the first item of clothing someone will notice when you walk in anywhere. So of course the winter coat has to be perfect. However a lot of men make the ultimate mistake by buying a cheap and dull coat and then when the season is over it ends up in the bin. A winter coat should be an investment as well as stylish, so why not spend a little extra money and buy something that you can wear for years to come. To help you here are my top  perfect winter coats. 

REISS

BRADLEY FAUX FUR COLLAR COAT

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Crafted from pure wool for a robust yet luxuriously soft handle, the Bradey green double-breasted coat is an elegant outerwear option which is ideal for wearing over formal tailoring.

ZARA

STUDIO OVER COAT

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Herringbone Studio coat with classic lapel is what I call the wow factor coat. I included this coat because I can see it being an ideal investment piece.

 
TOPMAN

LUX GREY MELANGE WOOL RICH COAT

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This coat may look more like a bathrobe but having seen and tried on this coat I have to say this beautiful wool rich coat, with blue and grey flecks for a blended melange finish feels extremely luxurious. Wear over light tailored trousers and roll neck sweater for a relaxed yet formal look.

BURBERRY

DOUBLE-BREASTED TAILORED CASHMERE COAT

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Burberry I have to admit makes some of the best coats ever. In fast this entire guide could have featured Burberry coats but I whittled it down to two coats. The first is this double-breasted coat cut from plush cashmere with a soft handle. The tailored design is detailed with peak lapels, button cuffs and flap pockets, reinforcing the coat’s sartorial credentials. Wear over jeans and knitwear for a polished off-duty look.

JIGSAW

WOOL ALPACA COAT

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 This coat is part of Men in Motion, a new collection this season with a fluid and luxurious aesthetic to form the foundation of a contemporary wardrobe. Knitted from a heavyweight wool alpaca blend supplied by prestigious British mill Fox Brothers, design features include a single breasted two-button closure with notch lapels and full lining. Further characteristics include patch pockets, notch V detailing at the cuffs and centre back vent.
 

BURBERRY

THE CHECK TOPCOAT 

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Burberry yet again, a quirky piece this double-breasted check topcoat in soft double wool, Designed as an ultra-warm outer layer, the piece has a long silhouette and a back vent. Peak lapels and flap pockets lend the coat a sartorial look.

So there you have it Gentleman, my guide to the perfect winter coats, just remember coats are an investment not something to be thrown away at the end of the cold season.

Q.G

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The Quintessential Gent’s Guide to Sunglasses

Its slightly ironic just as I finished writing this piece, its starts to rain. Oh well I guess welcome to England. You would think that by now I would be used to the unpredictable English weather. But guess what? If like me you would wear your sunglasses, come rain or shine than here is your guide to  my top five. Unique, stylish and most of all, they all get The Quintessential Gent’s approval.

Orlebar Brown

Teal Acetate Round

Orlebar Brown is my go to brand for tailored mens beach and swim shorts. So when I saw these Teal Acetate Round sunglasses I had to include them in my guide.  The round frames with the coloured acetate frames combine a retro ‘50s feel with a more modern look.

Oliver Peoples 

Gregory Peck Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses

Exclusive to Mr Porter  these Oliver Peoples sunglasses were created in collaboration with the Peck estate. Paying tribute to one of the most stylish actors of all time, Mr Gregory Peck, in the iconic movie To Kill A Mockingbird.  The vintage-inspired round frames are rendered in transparent acetate, with dark-grey lenses to keep your eyes protected.

Scalpers

PALM SUNGLASSES GREEN

The Palm Sunglasses by Spanish clothing brand Scalpers, are extremely classic, plus they won’t break the bank.  A bit of a newcomer in the UK this Spanish brand whose name and logo is inspired by Native American Indians, is known for its tailoring and quirky accessories.  Its collection is focused on three tenets; design, detail and “quirks”. And these glasses represent the best of the quirky nature of Scalpers. Check out the Scalpers store on Carnaby Street.

Tens

Bailey Sunglasses

Tens is one of my new favourite sunglasses brands (To find out why, check out  my previous article called Filter your World). Started by three friends,  who as photographers and filmmakers who added  rich, warm colours to their work. It was only natural to bring this process to the real world. A simple ambition to make everyone’s day look & feel ten times better. The Bailey sunglasses features a playfully rounded frame divided by classic keyhole bridge geometry, and definitely represent the brand’s ethos of making everyone’s day look and feel ten times better

MAISON MARGIELA + Mykita 

MAISON MARGIELA + Mykita Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses

Uber-hip Berlin brand Mykita’s collaboration with Maison Margiela to create a limited edition of sunglasses has go to be one of the best collaborations so far.   Handmade in Berlin from matte-acetate, giving them instant contemporary industrial appeal. The olive-green hue is subtle and suits all complexions.  Dressed up or dressed down. You choose.

So there you have it my Guide to my top 5 sunglasses this summer. Come rain or shine.

Q.G

Metallic the subtle way

peopleSMLThe last few years menswear has begun to take a lot more risks.  It’s slowly becoming stronger, bold, outspoken and of course it’s definitely making a statement.
Nothing has caused more of a stir than Lanvin, Versace, Margiela, Neil Barrett and Burberry’s use of Metallic this season.