Showroom from Next Door: Mr Hare, Casely-Hayford and More....

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Sunday was a very quiet day for menswear watching in the mainly women's collections at London Fashion Week, so a visit to Tuoba Distribution lead The Showroom Next Door was a welcome trip. Situated near Claridges hotel on Grovsner Street, W1, the two-floored showroom hosts spaces for a number of incredible brands which I have highlighted here. I found the showroom after asking about for H by Harris as I could not find them at Somerset House. The space is just incredible, almost my fantasy boutique with my desired labels (and more) under one roof, in a clean space and with incredibly knowledgeable staff, Fode and Yuko. The glasses above are by Moo Piyasombatkul who sources vintage eyewear by Yves Saint Laurent for example and creates Baroque inspired porcelain detailing on the bridge. Having met her by chance at the showrooms, Moo's sense of individually is reflected in the one-off pieces as well as an appreciation for classic design. 

The first label I came to was Casely-Hayford which is one of my favorite, English classic apparel labels. It has very masculine lines yet I see a London twist in the detailing thanks to the cultural influences of designers, father and son Joe and Charlie Casley-Hayford who, to the suprise of many, only launched the label three years ago in 2008. The classic Scotch grain brogue influenced boots with toe tongue detailing are a great example of how the duo pair classic design, masculine ideologies with creative flare.  

These high-top sneakers stopped me in my tracks as the mix of colours on each work really well together. The plumb/olive/navy pair are incredibly earthy which I would probably wear with navy jeans to a country pub for Sunday lunch whilst the white/grey pair would be great for wearing to a sports event  in the city. 

The British designed collection is made in Japan which is apparent when you see the construction. The cut of the pieces, particularly in these shown below which I adore, are considerate of a newer generation of client who are tapping into tailoring - which I guess is an influence of Charlie, a graduate of Central St Martins, and his father Joe who was Creative Director of Gives and Hawkes. This double jersey jacket is incredibly soft and because it is unstructured, can be dressed up and down perhaps with the panel fronted white shirt that is cut to perfection. 

H by Harris was the accessories brand that led me to the showroom and it did not disappoint. The leather quilted backpacks and laptop cases have a newer brother for this season; the i-Pad case. This collection, entitled 'Notcturnalis' by designer Elliot Harris, the development from it's original AW09 quilted napper leather and wax hide leather has made this one of London's hottest accessories labels. Now, all I need is the i-Pad to justify the case or just to book a weekend away to use the stunning, black quilted nappa leather holdall. 

Hannah Martin's jewelry line is not for the financially faint-hearted. The range is stunning and I had great fun trying pieces on as well as exploring the finer details, discussing the stones and metals. Hannah is formerly of Cartier, Givenchy and Tag Heuer so I can see where she gets her edgy mixed with refinement from. 

Her tag-line for her rock 'n' roll yet elegant line is 'jewelry for men, that girlfriends want to steal'. Given that I will never have a girlfriend, which ever boy want's to steal this will have a fight on his hands, particularly with the geometric necklace with pink sapphires or the gold shackle ring, below. 

Mohsin Ali is a great label and as he was there when I was looking through the rail, a great person to speak to. Whilst I didn't get a chance to write anything down as he had to run to teach a martial arts class, I got a great idea what his collection is about. After moving from Huddersfield, Yorkshire 18 years ago, Mohsin graduated from the London College of Fashion in 1999 and has lead him to design for a number of brands around the world. He is a great believer in form, function and fabric which has lead him to produce this storming collection from which I have a few favorites. This belief has seen him invert all the usually extroverted details on clothing such as pockets and seams, so they look like imprints in the fabric. I really wanted to have a closer look at these pieces but he was with more clients soon after I moved onto the next label.  

Well, Mr. Hare needs little introduction as one of the world's most desirable footwear labels. Having profiled him for Velour magazine last year, it is great to see that his obsession for beautify, refinement and just great shoes that men want (obsessively or necessity) are translated here for Mr. Hare autumn/winter 2011. Looking back to his past collections, there is a certain sense of adventure here, as well as development in featuring a 'logo' for the first time. The scotch grain leather in burnt orange that merge into a carrot yellow sit well in the offering along side classic penny loafers in taupe or the returning patent with fabric toed pair below. An interesting detail is the square toe on the patent evening shoe with bow detail, which gives the style an interesting twist and a deeper sense of identity. 

I had to return to see the other drop of the collection (something to do with delivery times and days) which included the chocolate or black pony skin ankle boots and the utterly stunning olive suede boot with chocolate leather toe cap and straps around the ankle. Retailing at around £800, just to look at them was a pleasure, making my heart skip a beat on first sight but I can only imagine what they look like on with short finished trousers or rolled up jeans. The hiking boots have their own spin from what we are seeing this season, even if they do seem more luxurious and less practical than most because these are not going to be worn on a country walk or in the winter rain. However, the Vibram sole which features on the black or tan strapped boots gives them an urban sense of leisure. 

There is a greater focus on leather in this collection where as for the current offering eel, salmon and other skins takes a precedence yet I prefer leathers not only for practicality but because it can be manipulated more. This is the entire autumn winter 2011 collection from Mr. Hare, so enjoy the pictures, and I will be lusting after this collection until their release, which I think most of you will be too. 

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