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How To Dress For Spring | Menswear SS17

Posted on April 21, 2017 by Realm & Empire

Winter dressing is great. It allows us to layer up all of our favourite pieces and go mad with our love of the colour navy. However, mastering the winter dress code doesn't have to mean that you should avoid adding a spring in to your wardrobe during the warmer months. Here's a few of our tips for building a super simple, transitional wardrobe that will take you from the office to the beer garden...

The Track Jacket 
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 Along with the athleisure trend, the casual bomber remains a key look for the new season. Based on a classic bomber silhouette, our jersey sweater is crafted from a soft-touch loop-back jersey. An adaptable jacket to combat the every-changing weather features include a deep rib welt waistline, a high neck collar, large hand-pockets with additional side openings and our signature gunmetal buttons. 

The White Tee

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A simple, white t-shirt is a staple item in any man’s spring wardrobe. It instantly freshens up your look. This season, seek out a plain white three-button grandad tee from our archive sale or take things up a notch with one of our new spring summer 17 offerings featuring a cracking plastisol print design, which is designed to crack during wash and wear to create a vintage worn aesthetic – a technique inspired by the hand-painted insignia found on original WW2 airborne attire!

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Adding a splash of colour to your look doesn't mean you have to go full on with it. Add a vibrant summer tee underneath a classic utility workwear jacket or blazer from our summer sale to brighten up your outfit. 

The New Stripe 

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A stripe tee is pretty much a basic element to a capsule summer wardrobe but this season we have shook things up a little, with our contemporary, linear radio wave design as part of our SS17 Decoded collection, inspired by Second World War Intelligence Services. Or if you prefer a classic stripe, take a look at our time-honoured collection here

The Chunky Knit
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Realistically, if you live in the UK, we're going to see approximately ten days of actual sunshine and the rest of the summer whilst be spent in a hazy grey fog. As such, invest in a chunky knit to brush off that evening chill. Our new knitted crew neck is crafted from a chunky merino wool rib, with full fashioned sleeves and contrast colour-block elbow detail. Or if you're on a budget, head to our archive for Baseball Bomber Knits & Moss Stitch Jumpers. 

 

The Slogan Tee
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Browse our new arrivals or dive right in to our Summer Sale

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Spring Summer 17 - Jerseywear

Posted on April 06, 2017 by Realm & Empire

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Men's Graphic Print and Slogan Jerseywear for Spring

The days are getting warmer and the evenings lighter we've created a fresh consignment of jerseywear that includes typographical and linear screen-printed graphics based on radar transmittance and covert communications. A special all-over print cipher alphabet, honours the incredible work accomplished by Bletchley Park’s code-breakers. Indigo dyed jersey is designed to fade to reveal ‘barely-there’ insignia, a notion inspired by the fake Army groups that were assembled as part of Operation Fortitude.

Operation Fortitude South 

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Double-agents, dummies and decoys; Fortitude South was the deception plan cloaked in trickery and misinformation that helped to keep the real destination of the Normandy landings under wraps.  Led by General Monty, the 21st Army Group were the team that controlled all ground assault forces from the outset and are the subject of inspiration for this classic-fit typography design. 

PLEASE NOTE: This garment is printed using a cracking plastisol which is designed to crack during wash and wear to create a vintage worn aesthetic – a technique inspired by the hand-painted insignia found on original WW2 airborne attire!

 

Operation insignia 

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The Ghost Army was an American Unit with a unique mission. With illusion as their greatest weapon, they sought to deceive the enemy with a series of stunts and shams, fake radio transmissions, battlefield dummies and decoys.
This design pays tribute to those Second World War 'ghosts' featuring 'barely-there' military squad patches

 

Transmitted

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This great contemporary design features a tonal transmission pattern, inspired by the Royal Signals Unit, the British Expeditionary Force. During the Second World War, the Royal Signals were often the first into action, providing a full telecommunication infrastructure on the battlefield and conducting electronic warfare against enemy communications. As the allies moved through North West Europe, the Royal Signals would make use of newly developed radar techniques to intercept vital information. All members of the Corps carried tactical recognition flashes on their arms. 

And the rest...

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      The Shirt Of The Season: The Cuban Collar

      Posted on March 29, 2017 by Realm & Empire

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      Engineered by the prestigious Twenty Committee, the double cross system was the greatest intelligence coup of the Second World War. Risky reconnaissance missions were performed behind enemy lines and agents sent overseas by Britain’s Special Operations Executive were equipped with specially designed IDs and civilian clothing appropriate to where they were being sent.

      This season, the Realm & Empire classic collection combines casual functionality with design and style influences from all over the World.

      The Cuban Collar is one of this season's must-own pieces. Defined by a pointed, two-tiered collar, this shirt is typically short-sleeved and recalls that classic, vintage 50s Americana look. 

      Cut in a more relaxed fit and crafted from a jacquard weave with a scoop hemline, this new R/E offering also features a handy rouleau loop on collar; perfect for hanging up when your pool-side.

      Available in Grey Jacquard and Blue Jacquard.

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      As Seen On: Jordan Bunker | Realm & Empire Wool Overshirt

      Posted on March 21, 2017 by Realm & Empire

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      (All images © of Jordan Bunker)

      It's always cool to discover a new blogger from our own neck of the woods. We've been fans of his simple, minimal workwear style for a while so we were chuffed to see that he'd featured our Wool Donkey Jacket in his recent 'Weekday in Nottingham' post. 

      The perfect cover-up for the transitional weather, our wool overshirt jacket in neutral black is made from a soft wool-blend with classic styling and practical functionality. A variety of pockets ensures you’ll have no trouble finding somewhere to stow your essentials whilst our signature gunmetal buttons finish the look. Thanks Jordan. 

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      SS17 takes it cue from Second World War Code-Breakers

      Posted on March 09, 2017 by Realm & Empire

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       “In Wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.” - Winston Churchill.
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      From code-breakers to double agents; for Spring / Summer 17 Realm & Empire presents Decoded, our latest collection inspired by the IWM archives. This season, the range takes its cue from the undercover realm of espionage, Station X and the creative double-cross missions that aimed to out-smart, trick and deceive.

      Engineered by the prestigious Twenty Committee, the double cross system was the greatest intelligence coup of the Second World War. Risky reconnaissance missions were performed behind enemy lines whilst agents sent overseas by Britain’s Special Operations Executive were equipped with specially designed IDs and civilian clothing.realm-empire-menswear-casual-blazer-workwear-jacket This season, the Realm & Empire classic collection combines casual functionality with 1940s European influences. French workwear style chore jackets and shorts are stone-washed for an authentic vintage look and exceptional softness. Our new work-pant is crafted in a loose fit, straight-leg chambray for a relaxed, lightweight denim appearance. An R&E re-issue wadded nylon bomber jacket, jersey cardigans and a selection of poplin shirts complete the look.

      Forming part of our smarter, covert range, a single-breasted showerproof mac is bonded with a concealed front fastening and a decorative zig-zag stitching– a nod to one of Britain’s most successful double agents! The look is complimented by short sleeve jacquard weave lapel shirts and fine British-made knitwear, fashioned in Leicestershire.ss17-mens-jerseywear-tshirts-realm-empireA fresh consignment of jerseywear includes typographical and linear screen-printed graphics based on radar transmittance and covert communications, whilst a special all-over print cipher alphabet, honours the incredible work accomplished by Bletchley Park’s code-breakers. Indigo dyed jersey is designed to fade to reveal ‘barely-there’ insignia, a notion inspired by the fake Army groups that were assembled as part of Operation Fortitude.

      Realm & Empire’s high summer offering comes in the form of an athletic leisurewear range featuring a hooded raincoat constructed from light performance fabric as well as training wear, expertly cut from premium cotton loopback – great for working out or hanging out.

      Our motto is hard-wearing not hard work. With a salute to the past and nod to the present, Realm & Empire clothing echoes the purpose and practicality that has contributed to our country’s unique story, proffering style with a contemporary edge. 

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