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Banana Republic to launch official Mad Men Collection for men and women
Plenty of labels have produced Man Men-inspired clothing, but from this August, there's an official Mad Men capsule collection hitting the shelves, courtesy of Banana Republic, of all people.
According to Style Bistro, the new line will launch in the US in late summer, presumably hitting the European version of the store not long after. It's been designed by Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant too, so not just some branding exercise.
Lace Livey Sunglasses by Thierry Lasry
For most of us sunglasses are the last things on our minds (and shopping lists) right now, but that's never stopped the fashion industry. Determined to show off their Summer 2011 fodder already, there's some pieces worth buying ahead for, like these Lace Livey Sunglasses by Theirry Lasry.
Sold as womenswear, this pair's appeal goes beyond that to a unisex pair with effortless style. The rounded frames avoid the often clichéd oversized sixties look, instead opting for a smoothly rounded mid size. The tortoiseshell frame, complete with slimmed down arms, are the ideal finishes to a timeless pair of frames.
Get them online from Matches Fashion now for £288.
Ostrich Suitcase from Urban Outfitters
With the hundreds of unreliable wheeled luggage pieces around at the moment, there really is nothing quite like a well crafted vintage style case to see you right. This Ostrich Suitcase from Urban Outfitters more than makes up in style and craft what it lacks in modern features.
The faux-ostrich skin outer has great retro looks, while the lining and hardware don't put a foot wrong in the style stakes either. The size is ideal for a weekend bag or holdall, keeping all your bits and bobs looking achingly cool. Simple and chic is all you really need.
It's now available from Urban Outfitters for £48.
Patent Leather Carry Case by French & English Confectioner’s
While we are big fans of truly vintage-look bags and accessories from new designers and the high street, there's always room in our hearts for a more quirky retro option. This Patent Leather Carry Case by French & English Confectioner's has an irresistible charm that's unique.
The rich cream shade of patent leather is the ideal backdrop for a briefcase style illustration, printed directly on to the bag front. With carry handles and a sizeable inner, it's ideal for both weekends away and work days with your laptop.
It's available online from Not On The High Street for £155.
Yellow Mini Satchel by Cambridge Satchel Company
It seems that satchels are the bag choice of the moment for hip dressers, leaning heavily on a variety of retro eras to create bold accessories. The Cambridge Satchel Company keep coming up with flawless designs, including this kitschy Yellow 15" Satchel.
With an almost cartoonishly bright yellow leather shade, the bag has a truly mid-sixties quality that is enhanced by the simplicity of the structure. The contrasting navy tabs and uncluttered schoolbag style keep this sharp and chic.
It's available online from ASOS for £100.