The final guest to take part in our Bloggers Pick series is mens style adviser James Field of Collar to Cuff.
About James Field
After a number of years on Jermyn Street for Thomas Pink and with Savile Row tailor Anderson and Sheppard, James Field has dressed hundreds of professionals, politicians, actors and celebrities. From running Made to Order for Pink in their flagship store, he gained responsibilities in London, Dublin, Paris and New York. He has been heavily involved in the promotion of British style ever since, with further trips overseas.
During a career to date, James has advised and styled clients for every eventuality from appearances to glossy magazine shoots, as well as giving advice to teams in large blue chip companies in the art of dressing well in the professional world. With features and interviews in Esquire, and having styled for Vanity Fair, Tatler other menswear publications and press, he continues to actively write and present on men’s style.
James, what is your favorite shoe from the Fin’s AW11 collection and why?
There are two shoes that have really caught my eye for the Autumn. The Marshall Suede Loafer in Islay Tan, and the Jacob Desert Boot in Chocolate Brown. Lots of guys don’t realise how important shoes are. They’ll go and buy a smart shirt, jacket or jeans and just grab those ever present, ever faithful (and in a lot of cases, very tired) trainers or loafers that just seem to survive the seasons. You know, the pair that “will probably be fine for at least another couple of months”. But what you wear on your feet is studied more swiftly than you might care to realise. Think about it next time you meet someone, I bet you’ll clock what’s on their feet by the time you ask your second question! Wearing good shoes is an opportunity to demonstrate a sense of style and ‘know-how’. What both the Marshall Loafer and Jacob Desert deliver so well is a classic essential that, without fuss, will just dot the I’s and cross the T’s for a host of looks.
The Marshall Loafer - £135
How would you style it?
Taking the Jacob Desert Boot in Chocolate Brown – I’d team it up with a pair of straight cut navy pin cords or dark navy jeans, a brown belt (Suede or leather), Blue bengal stripe shirt, Mid grey baby herringbone tweed jacket with a navy cashmere scarf. Done.
Where would you wear it?
The great thing about these boots is that you could wear them anywhere for anything (apart from with a suit!) They are as at home for popping out to dinner with as they are during the day.
Who do you think the Jacob Desert boot man is?
Someone who wants to be seen as, as smart and style conscious as they are understated.
The Jacob Desert Boot in Chocolate - £185
What else are you looking forward to wearing this season?
I’m a big fan of heavy knits, so something along those lines. A shawl collar or a heavy cardi are great additions to the staple V-neck. Just the ticket!
What’s the best thing about Autumn apart from the Fin’s Collection?
The autumnal colours, both in the clothes and the outside.
Crisp and sunny London mornings.
The smell of a log fire in a country pub after a walk on a cold day, with a pint in hand. Delightful.
For more from James check out his excellent blog Collar to Cuff here.