What is velvet?

Velvet dinner jackets make a sophisticated style statement at formal events

Velvet dinner jackets make a sophisticated style statement at formal events
Image source: Evening wear from Samuel Windsor

From the luxury silk velvet fabric favoured by the royal courts of the Middle East to one of the most sophisticated fabrics used in European menswear, velvet offers the look and feel of true class. Add a touch of exquisite tailoring and you’re talking evening wear to die for. But what is velvet, how is it made and how can you wear it to best effect? Here we answer all your velvet-related questions.
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10 Places it’s totally cool to wear a tweed jacket

It doesn’t get much cooler than Tinie Tempah in tweed

It doesn’t get much cooler than Tinie Tempah in tweed
Image source: Museum of London

Tweed has experienced something of an urban revival in recent years. At London Fashion Week 2015, British rapper and singer Tinie Tempah modelled a tweed three-piece-suit designed by Savile Row tailors and the Museum of London.

Tinie’s urban, modern take on the heritage fabric has brought tweed into the 21st Century. And it’s about time too! Not only does a tweed jacket look good with indigo jeans and a white shirt, it works for almost any event or occasion. Here are 10 places you’ll look totally cool in tweed:
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Samuel Windsor’s #dresslikeyouricon campaign

side by side shot of Gary at Norton of Morton against Steve McQueen

Pay homage to your favourite stars
Image: Norton of Morton

Some men will always be style icons – men like James Dean, Steve McQueen and Sean Connery’s Bond. Channelling some of these fashion heroes is a great way to spruce up your own style.

We challenged four stylish gents to do just that – recreating their favourite looks using pieces from the Samuel Windsor collection. The results, we think you’ll agree, are truly iconic.

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