Brands We Love: Oxford Lads December 29 2016, 0 Comments
We first discovered Oxford Lads and it’s designer Alan back in 2014 and instantly fell for his unique prints and modern cut, button-down shirts. Our customers were swooning over the funky florals, cool abstract geometrics, or totally crazy and kooky graphics of the tops! With the success of the shirts, we soon started carrying shorts, sweaters, pants and jackets. And now a few years later, it’s safe to say: Oxford Lads is a Brick & Mortar fan favorite.
Alan describes his guy as smart and rebellious, and his choices in fabrics and prints reflect that. The Oxford Lads’ guy is a little bit preppy in his own way, looking for well-made clothes with updated fits, but wanting to make it “his-own” in something daring and colorful. “They mix their preppiness together with a street style look, that’s what Oxford Lads is about.”
Let’s start with the prints. Every season, Alan scours the globe looking for something new and unique. He then cuts samples, which are shown to buyers (like us!) and then only makes what gets ordered! So that means that when we sell out of a print or style, it’s gone! There’s no replenishment waiting, no over-cut extras! We feel like that’s what makes the brand so special: you know that what you’re wearing was cut-to-order, limited run! The chances of seeing it out and about and replicated on the street is low, so if you’re looking to be one-of-a-kind, Oxford Lads is the brand for you.
Our customers have also come to know the brand for it’s amazing fabrics. A fan favorite is the silk and silk blend shirts. These lightweight, flowing fabric is silky to touch and feels amazing on. They’re easy, breezy and comfortable. The premium cotton shirts have a quality you can feel, and often feature interesting details like embroidered graphics or explosive prints!
“For me there’s no point in creating a line that you can find anywhere…” Alan says. I find … that most of the brands are doing the same basic, boring, solid color shirts or over-the-top prints that look a bit scary! I was a bit worried that my line looked very different compared to other vendors.”
That’s what we love about it! It’s fashion forward and it’s unlike anything else you’ll find out there. And at Brick & Mortar it’s always in stock. We have new orders of Oxford Lads that come in every month, so there’s always something fresh.
Short Sleeved Button-Downs (…and that top button!) May 03 2014, 0 Comments
Short sleeved button-downs are on trend again for summer! Button-down shirts in general have always been staple in men’s fashion, instantly adding a little dressy, refinement to any outfit, paired with jeans or pants!
The key to making a short sleeved button-down cool, (and not looking like a tech nerd) is in the styling and fit.
- Fit - Make sure your shirt fits you. The shirt’s sleeve seams should meet your shoulder. If the seam is too far in, you’ll look like the Hulk. Too far out, you’ll look sloppy. For the sleeve opening, you ultimately want it to be slightly larger than your bicep (enough for room, but slim enough so it doesn’t look oversized.) An easy fix here and trend for summer is to roll the sleeve up a couple times, it creates a fitted look and shows off them guns. If you’re really serious about fit, spend a couple dollars at the tailor (yes, you should have a tailor) and get a couple darts to put in the back, or have the sides taken in so the shirt isn’t billowing.
- Collars – There are a lot of collar options out there, and a lot of options that are in style right now. Probably the only one I would avoid is that giant 70’s collar. Give it some time, I’m sure it’ll come back around, but right now, the trend is on tailored, slim, slick (keep those keywords in mind) I personally enjoy a slim collar, or a button-down collar. They both feel very modern and on trend.
- Color/Print – Colors are simple. Choose colors that compliment your low-top shoes or sneakers, or if you’re wearing a fun sock, match to that! Have fun, it’s summer. Prints are definitely IN for summer. Micro-floral, busy prints, stripes, small polka dots…don’t be afraid: pair it with denim or khaki (shorts or pants) and you’ll be set! It’s a smaller area of fabric so it can be busier!
OK lastly, let’s talk about styling. We already addressed rolling up the sleeve. This is especially effective if your shirt has a contrast side to the material (i.e. a dark denim shirt has that light denim underside when rolled) Plus it helps define some bicep/tricep action; which is never a bad thing.
The top button: to button or not to button? That is the question! Granted, it is a little “hipster” to button that top button, but then again, a little hipster is in! I personally LOVE it. I think it takes some everyday outfits to a much cleaner, sophisticated “street-style” level. (Like if TimeOut New York was gonna take your picture for their “man on the street” section. You can tell I’m a New Yorker, I still think about these things when getting dressed. “What if Time Out NY saw me in this outfit? Would they photograph it?”)
When it’s buttoned all the way, I even like to add a necklace on the outside; a thick(ish) gold chain on the outside of my buttoned-up black floral print shirt, a longer silver pendant (from King Baby) on the outside of a short sleeved denim shirt. Ultimately though, you HAVE to feel confident in this. Otherwise you will come off looking like a Poindexter, and that’s just geeky.
Be sure to check out all the short sleeved button-downs we have in store!
Floral Print! October 08 2013, 0 Comments
I LOVE IT! I adore floral prints, I can't get enough of it. I love the play of soft feminine against hard masculine. For me personally, I can style it to reflect my personality: A little butch and a little fem. (Although my friends would probably say a lot fem…assholes) Now before I go any further, this is one trend that can EASILY go LADY!! (Not that there is anything wrong with that! It's a valid style choice!)
So here's my simple rule to adding floral prints to my look: 1 piece of floral at a time. T-shirt, jeans, and BAM a little floral print sneaker. Or a denim vest, over jeans (I'll hit this trend later) paired with a bad ass floral print cap. Just remember, it's balance, balance, balance.
It's really an easy trend to integrate, and for me it says "I'm a confident man. I like flowers. And what?"
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Brick & Mortar Trends: Leopard/Animal Print September 24 2013, 0 Comments
Animal prints are being spotted everywhere and are as popular today in men's wear as they are in women's. "Animal prints are too daring for me!", you may be saying. But take another look at how they're showing up today. There's so many ways to incorporate this trend into your everyday. It definitely adds an instant "rocker" appeal.
On the runway we've seen animal prints in full force in Marc Jacobs, peppered in accents in Burberry, and boldly used John Varvatos and Louis Vuitton.
"But how does that translate to me, on the street, everyday?" you may ask. An easy way to integrate animal prints is to start with accessories. An animal print sock, hat, or sneaker even can add that bit of flare to your everyday clothes. It really is the perfect accent this season and designers and fashion houses are making it easy to incorporate it into your wardrobe to varying degrees.
A really easy to way to embrace this trend in a slightly bolder way is an all over leopard/animal print shirt. Pair it with a some pants or jeans and you're ready to get wild. Or dress down a blazer with a button-down animal print.
And remember, animal prints can take on new and exciting looks today. Think turquoise or red leopard print or even purple zebra!
Animal prints maintain a masculine, raw edge (when done right) and can really add a sexy, wild element to your outfit.
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