I’m not only into barbers and beards, I find it also important to be a well dressed guy. I take great care when it comes to selecting my outfits. During an internal event, I was selected as the best dressed employee by all my collegues 🙂 Of course, I was pleased and it was a confirmation that my style is appreciated.
I have my very own style. I like trends, but I love to interprete those trends according to my personal taste. I love to be creative and I mix brands with no na,e products and different price ranges. It is exciting to mix pricy items with inexpensive ones. My taste is broad. I love to wear a suit, shirt and tie, cufflinks and hanky as much as wearing a pair of Levi’s, leather jacket and engineer boots with a hooded shirt (hoodie). I think that it is great to change styles according to one’s mood. Another variation is wearing a Levi’s with boots, a crips white business shirt, a posh silk tie and a waistcoat.
Berlin is not the most fashion aware city in the world and therefor some people have quite a confused expression on their faces, when they see this cpmbination of bike- and elegant gear 🙂
I’ve always been fond of the style men wore in the 20ies to 40ies. When I watched (and still watch) movies from that era, I always admire the suits, hats, shoes which are worn. And it seems, that man’s fashion is returning to this style. Since Peaky Blinders has become a huge success, the vintage and retro on- and offline shops have sprung up like mushrooms.
And I absolutely love it! I’m a lucky guy. I lived in China (Guangzhou, Guangdong) from 2004 untill 2008 and I had a tailor there, who made several suits and shirts for me. One day, I had the idea to order a suit in 40ies style. Heringbone woll whith four pockets, a belt at the back and a wide pair of trousers with a turn up. Looks great with a dark heringbone waistcoat in inverted colors.
I’m extremely fond of this style and all that comes with it. Going to the barber tobe indulged by a barber getting a classic haircut, a beard trim and groom and a close shave, indulging myself whith a relaxing shave at home with my classic Mühle razor set and the products that comes with a shave (preshave oil, shaving soap (it takes 30 seconds to whip a perfect foam), shaving brush (vegan), cold towel afterwards, classic after shave and a soothing after shave balm, to complete the ritual.
I’m proud of my beard and it’s important to keep it clean and healthy with a beard oil composed with cold pressed oils and natural scents. I use a natural beard shampoo and use a beard conditioner to protect my beard against bad influences from the environment, after whashing, the beard is treated with an beard conditioner.
I love those rituals, which were common in the days, when men wore classic suits and hats. Men were more stylish and posh in those days.
And now I have discovered a great shop, when I was surfing through the web, which offers an aweome collection of vintage items. The shop is called Retronia and is located in Berlin. It is a great place for guys and gals who are into fashion from 1932 Engineer Pant khakithe good old days. When I went there I was assisted by a very freindly gent and we had a great conversation during slecting and after buying.
Some shop impressions
I fell in love with an 1932 Engineer Pant khaki from Pike Brothers
Here their statement:
Pike Brothers specializes in the production of authentic outdoor and workwear of the early 20th century. Authentic to us means producing garments in exactly the same way as in the original period.
Our garments are more than the sum of fabric, patterns and accessories. They have a story to tell, the story of who they are and where they come from.
We believe that in regard to quality, traditional workmanship has prevailed. Only with carefully selected materials and a great deal of attention to detail are we able to produce garments that meet our very high standards as well as being unique in appearance and superior in comfort and durability.
Read more on their page here
About the pant:
The pair of pants I bought, is a replica from a 1932 Engineer Pan based on a US Army Chino of the 1930s. Originally, these chinos could be worn in two ways: first, in the field, as they were cut comfortably enough to ensure freedom of movement, and second, for formal occasions. For this purpose, the trousers were strengthened and ironed. As with the cut, they kept it to a very authentic material: the cavalry twill. This twill comes from the military field of the late 19th and early 20th century and is characterized by very good abrasion properties.
Looks good with a collarless shirt, braces, boots and a flat cap. I love the details like the beautifuk buttons, the pocket for the pocket watch in combination with th ed-ring to attach the watch chain, the belt at the back and, of course the loose fit which makes it perfect for sturdy boots.