OFF THE RAILS LONDON 2014
A MENSWEAR SHOPPING EVENT FOR THE MODERN MAN
On Saturday I went along to Off The Rails - a brand new men's lifestyle and shopping event at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch. With over 70 carefully selected menswear brands taking part, from workwear to denim, suits to satchels and prices ranging from the affordable to the higher end, it had something for everyone.
The cool and entertaining shopping experience for men focused on contemporary London-based design, with trailblazers such as Richard Anderson, Oliver Sweeney and Christy’s Hats mixed in with one-off British designers.
I discovered some amazing new menswear brands and got to browse some of my all time favourites.
Firstly, Oliver Sweeney is my ultimate favourite footwear brand. They were showcasing some stunning designs for A/W '14 which were all inspired by the love of cooking and dining, sourcing only the finest ingredients. The new collection is beautiful, and you can always tell that a lot of care and attention has gone in to each specially crafted pair of shoes.
Another favourite of mine is Noose and Monkey, a relatively new brand that have been going from strength to strength since their launch last year. From luxe velvet blazers to perfectly cut tailoring to gorgeous outerwear, the quirky brand is definitely going to keep on growing and is one to watch.
After browsing the beautiful coats and tartan trousers from Natural Selection and the hand made leather bags at Cherchbi I also discovered a few new brands who caught my eye with their amazing hand-crafted accessories.
The first was Ashley Watson - a new British designer whose products are all hand-made in London. His leather designs are smart and simple all adorned with the cool and unassuming logo. The brand is based around city living, focusing on "quality, functional clothing shaped by a life about town."
The second new discovery was 8 Ball Bikes, a brand that really stood out as it was completely different to anything else available. The brands main focus is, as you would of guessed, bikes. The owner, James, had some truly stunning bicycles, all custom made and crafted for each customer's individual needs. However, he also had some really stylish bike accessories... not something you would usually associate with being stylish. From a hand made leather lock holster to a leather portaging strap, the hand-crafted items focused on making cycling more practical whilst looking good.
As well as all these fantastic brands, there was also complimentary expert styling sessions in the Topman Personal Shopping Lounge, a pop up Murdock London barbershop, an alteration service, cocktails and delicious food from Patty & Bun. What more could you want?
Off The Rails really was a great addition to London's ever-growing menswear calender and hopefully we will see more and more events like this dedicated purely to menswear in the future.