Last night we headed to The Grafton in Kentish Town for a little Christmas party with some super cute female bloggers and some of the lovely ladies from Burton HQ.
We know the chicks find it tough to buy for the men in their lives sometimes so we made it all a bit easier for them by showcasing some of the awesome gift ideas for men that we have. Let’s just say they were picking out some cracking gifts that we definitely wouldn’t mind unwrapping on Christmas morning!
Everyone tucked into mince pies and Christmas canapés, washing them down with a festive cocktail or two…
Thing is, the girls wanted most of the product for themselves, so beware if your girfriend gets you something awesome from Burton because she’ll probably nick it back off you by Boxing day, but how could you mind if she looks this cute in it!?
So if you’re treating yourself to a Christmas jumper, it might be worth getting one for your girlfriend too, trust us when we say she will LOVE it….
So, ladies, if you’re after the perfect gift for a special guy we’ve got the Christmas gift guide for you with some great tips on picking out all the appropriate gifts for men this holiday season coming soon from these ladies in the know!
Want to win your Christmas wishlist? Tweet @Burton_Menswear using #GiftsForGeezers and tell us what you’re after and one lucky winner will get the goodies they’re after!
It’s my dad’s 60th birthday in September – what is an appropriate present for a gentleman of his age?
That all depends on what he’s interested in I suppose and I’d hope that by the time he’d reached 60 years of age his offspring, unless they’re toddlers (in which case I salute the old boy and I’d suggest a weekend away with your mum), would know that.
I’ve just got a swanky new job and need to look smart for work but am sweating more than a fat lad wearing a onesie in a sauna. What do I wear to keep my cool?
Are you sweating because you’re hot or because you’re just a sweaty human being? If it’s because you’re hot I’d suggest wearing less clothes. It’s not the 1950s any more and for the most part offices generally allow a certain degree of stripping off to occur as long as it remains within the realms of decency – stop short of whipping your slacks off and you should be fine. If you just sweat because you’re sweaty, one, I feel for you, that must be quite awful and, two, there are specialist deodorants for that. If you are a guard at BuckinghamPalace I can’t help you. That hat must be a nightmare.
Next week I’m heading to a festival for the first time. How many onesies do I need to take?
None. Buck the trend and go instead for a twosie. Shorts and a t-shirt. Spend your first ever festival getting to know ladies from St Albans not men from the St. John’s Ambulance because you’ve fainted from heat stroke.
We’re having a September staycation this year in Brighton. What should I pack if relying on the unpredictable British weather?
Oh the glorious British ‘summer’, as reliably unreliable as the most unreliable of things. Alas, the great British public, you already know what to do – pack as if its going to be 30 degrees every day and if its not, go to the pub in your shorts and tee shirt. Oh and take a couple of sweatshirts for the evenings, something blue, blue is completely on trend and if you call it indigo everyone will think you’re a fashion designer.
On the 19th July this year, Design Manager Neale Pickering packed up his hiking boots, waved goodbye to the office for a week & boarded a plan to Geneva to take part in the 2013 ‘Trekstock Great Gig in the Sky’.
What lay ahead was a challenging 6 day trek, crossing three countries. Flying in to Geneva (Switzerland) a short bus ride the next morning took the trekkers over the border where they could then begin the trek in Courmayeur (Italy). 6 days later, (and after several physically & emotionally heavy days) upon arrival at the beautiful mountain resort of Chamonix (France) the trek was complete.
As a well deserved pat on the back, trekkers were then invited to dance their aches & pains away at the Paleo music festival situated in the amazing surroundings of the Juya Mountains and Lake Geneva in Switzerland.
After touching back down in the UK we caught up with Neale to get the full details on this incredible challenge, from blisters to carbs overload, here’s what he had to say…
Who was the first person you told?
I told my partner straight away and then my mum.
Who else was on the trek with you?
There were 13 other people from various businesses and from Trekstock itself, including Sophie the founder of the charity.
Who was the best person you met on the trek?
Nic Addison, who is a personal trainer at her own gym Eqvvs, is quite possibly one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. She ran a stretch club at the end of everyday to help with everyone’s tired muscles. I found the steep descents very sore on my knees and hips, Nic helped massively to relieve the pain, by giving me deep tissue sports massages, which although incredibly painful, helped me get through each day. Also, Mark Harrop, Nic’s business partner at Eqvvs and side kick, was the best hiking buddy, he pushed me to my limit and challenged me everyday to push myself harder and climb faster, he was an awesome motivator, everyone needs a Mark on their trek.
What preparation did you have to do before you went?
I go to the gym 4 days a week and upped my cardio vascular training on the run up to the trek, including 3 spin classes per week, I would highly recommend anyone doing a trek to do something similar otherwise it would be very tough.
What were your thoughts on the plane over to Geneva and you realised it was too late to turn back?!
I was so excited, but also nervous about what injuries I might sustain, including dreading blisters as I hadn’t really broken my boots properly.
What did you think when you first arrived in Chamonix for your first night?
I was a little nervous meeting the trek group for the first time and being thrown in a dorm room with 3 other strangers, everyone was a little slow coming out of their shells at the start, but by the end of the trek, we all got along so well.
Where were you sleeping at night?
We slept in what were described as huts, dotted along the trek route, they were really large hostels with large dorm rooms, one of which was so cut off and isolated that their food and provisions had to be flown in by helicopter.
What were you eating?
Carbs, carbs, carbs. the huts provided us with a high energy packed lunch everyday, some of the group couldn’t wait to lunchtime to start theirs, but I decided that lunchtime would be when I’d finished the days climb and had time to sit at the top of a mountain, eat lunch and enjoy the incredible scenery, it also spurred me on knowing that at the top of the mountain I was going to have a big lunch. Evening meals, again were provided by the huts and usually involved lots and lots of pasta.
Did you have sore feet or any injuries during the trek?
My feet weren’t too bad, a good friend recommended 1,000 miles socks which have an outer and inner shell, preventing friction on your feet, I was so lucky not to get any blisters. The only pain I experienced was from pressure and burning sensations on the souls of my feel, literally from walking from between 8-10 hours a day, up and down steep climbs/descents. One poor girl had the most horrendous blisters and had to take 2 whole days off from the trek. as I said earlier, my hips and knees were incredibly painful from day one of the trek, particularly on the descents, which were incredibly steep, on a couple of occasions I was in a lot of pain, but with the help of trekking poles and reminding myself why I was doing the trek, I finished each day with a huge sense of achievement.
Were there any points when you thought you might not be able to finish it?
Day one was long and steep and around 3pm I was so exhausted climbing all day that I began to question if going on the trek was the right decision. However, after day one, it just got better and better, even with my sore knees by the end of the week, I didn’t want it to end.
What was the most amazing thing you saw?
This is a tough one, as to be honest, every single day we saw the most incredible, spectacular scenery.I think my favourite view was when we climbed to just under 3,000m to Fenetre d’arpette, where we were above a massive glacier and had an incredible view down and across the most beautiful valley.
How did you feel when you finished the trek?
I felt sad that it had come to an end, but also felt a massive sense of achievement.It was honestly, the best thing I’ve ever done, I absolutely loved it.
What did you do to celebrate?
We went to a musical festival near Geneva called Paleo the weekend after the trek, which was a very different, but fun end to an amazing 6 days
Has it inspired you to do more trekking or are you never going to do one again?!
Yes, absolutely, I want to go back and do the full Tour du Mont blanc, our trek was 6 out of a full 10 days, I want to finish it next year.
Any words of advice for anyone else doing the trek?
Do it!!! Be prepared, break your boots in, buy good socks, work on your cardio vascular strength and be prepared for an amazing yet challenging experience.
Describe the experience in three words?
Best experience ever.
Earlier this summer, the creative team here at Burton were busy beavering away down in East London working hard on the latest photoshoot for our new AW/13 lookbook.
We headed over to keep them company & can now bring you an exclusive behind the scenes look at the new AW/13 collection. Check out some of the key trends for the up coming season and keep an eye out for our assistant for the day and token photoshoot dog….
Yes that’s right, even boys need dolling up sometimes!
Checking out the moodboard and outfits for today’s looks…
One of our favourite models Billy working the Scholar look – a key trend for this season. Find out more about Billy and that beard on Twitter @BillyHuxley…
Birds eye view of our pant model. Don’t ask.
Out on location on the mean streets of East London. Kit is protecting us.
Our photographer Paul Smith checking out the days shots.
And of course the little scamp Kit.
Head over to Instagram for some more behind the scenes insights…
Following the success of last years collaboration with the Royal College of Art we have again joined forces offering one lucky student the chance to design a range of formal shirts for AW13 that will be created, produced AND sold right here at Burton.
We’ve caught up with this year’s winner Jade Kim and discovered the surprising influences that spurred her on to become a designer, the inspirations behind the collection and her number 1 piece from the range – which we know is going to fly off the shelves.
1. Can you tell us a bit about the project and the RCA collaboration?
In the first year in RCA, we had three different collaboration projects with Burton, Brioni and Adidas. The Burton project was the very first collaboration project in the winter term.
2. When did you start designing the shirt collection?
I started to design the shirt collection form the middle of November, last year. My very first term in RCA.
3. Did you think you were in with a chance of winning?
I really enjoyed this project therefore I did think that maybe… I could get the chance to win?!
4. How did you feel when you won?
I was really happy that I won this competition. This is such a good opportunity to work with a large retail fashion company like Burton. Most of all, I have gained self-confidence after winning the Burton project first prize at RCA.
5. How closely did you work with the Burton team on the pieces?
I first met with the Burton team just before manufacturing the samples to discuss how they should be made.
6. What were the influences behind the designs?
My inspiration for the Burton white shirts collection came from two different ideas: English gentleman in 1907, and vintage denim jackets.
Mixing the two different ideas means the collection is not only just simple and classic but also young, modern and casual.
I picked up key ideas from tuxedo shirts, bow ties and braces for the English gentleman, and I also found many details in vintage denim jackets. The whole collection developed from amalgamating these ideas.
7. Did you have to reference anything from the previous RCA X Burton collection?
I saw the website images from the previous RCA X Burton collection, not no, it was totally different.
8. Where is it you see your designs being worn and by who?
I think it’s perfect for 20-something guys who enjoying socialising, for special occasions, parties, or even a weekend brunch!
9. Which is your favorite shirt from the collection?
My favorite is the white shirt with navy panel colour-coordinated neck detail.
10. What was it that inspired you to become a designer?
Cartoon and music.
11. What’s next for Jade the designer and where do you see yourself being in 5 or 10 years time?
I’m totally into tailoring and luxury modern menswear, so I see myself tailoring for a luxury brand or in house for a Luxury brand.
And here’s the collection….
Jade Kim – make a note of this name now – we’re sure you’ll be hearing a lot of it in years to come!