“If anyone knows a good quality shirt it’s Lee Hamilton. The former menswear buyer at John Lewis for the past 40 years, he’s worked with brands including Burberry, Duchamp, Ralph Lauren and Yves Saint Laurent, and now he’s set up his own company, joining forces with his son Elliot and creative director Ashley Lockwood to create the ultimate men’s work wear brand, Milton Green. Next week they’ll be launching a new selection of handmade silk British ties and pocket squares to add to their second collection. Visit milton-green.com for more information.”
Dreary January getting you down? Never fear. We’ve chosen some highlights from 2014 and stand out’s from our new SS15 range that are sure to be a hit this year. These pieces have been hand-picked by team here at Milton Green so they are sure to get you noticed wherever you are.
Lyall – Yes, we know you may have seen him before but it’s such a standout we couldn’t resist you meeting him again. This dobby checked easy care was our top seller in 2014 and we’ve just had a small restock, so grab him while you still can!
Hand Made Pocket Squares – You asked for em’, you got em’. We worked with well known designer in Peterborough to produce our first collection of handmade pocket squares. Made in England, by British designers, you won’t get any closer to home than this. There are paisleys, poka dots and our personal favourite – dogged tooth checks. Their limited edition and limited in stock so once they are gone, they’re gone!
Ties – our silk ties were so popular in 2014 we thought we’d branch out and bring some bold, brave and bespoke patterns into the new year. This range of ties have again been made in England in keeping with our roots and ethos of utilising the home grown talent that Britain has to offer. You won’t be missed wearing one with these numbers either!
Milton Green goes Herringbone - We wanted to produce a classic pattern with a Milton Green inspired twist. We were not satisfied with one, so we did two. This classic herringbone with cutaway collar is pure cotton and looks great with a half windsor tie. This non iron style will last a lifetime and you won’t find a better quality shirt for £30. They come in two styles, white and blue. New Year, New you!
Don’t get us mistaken, at Milton Green we still love a semi-cutaway collar, however in keeping with our SS15 collection its only right we introduce our range of non-iron cutaway collar shirts.
The William: http://milton-green.com/shop/non-iron/william/
A businessman’s favourite, the collar adds extra sharpness and sophistication to any shirt and tie combination, Just ask our friends Mr Beckham and Mr Gandy…
The Hayden: http://milton-green.com/shop/non-iron/hayden/
The Arthur: http://milton-green.com/shop/non-iron/arthur/
So say greetings to Hayden and Arthur, our herringbone non-iron cutaway collar shirts that will certainly turn heads in the office.
Uh-Oh. It’s that time of year again. That time of year where you make 100 different promises to yourself and by January the 4th you’ve already skipped yoga, forgot you’d turned vegan and you’re sitting in the local, pint in hand watching Jeff read out the final scores – we’ve all been there.
Good job the team at Milton Green are on hand to help. We’ve come up with some New Years resolutions that don’t involve yoga, quinoa or Jeff Stelling so if we can do it, so can you.
1. Learn some new Knots. There’s more than one way to do your tie chaps. Depending on your shirt style you should be equipped to tie a number of different styles to match your ensemble. Let’s take a cutaway collar for example. A ‘windsor’ knot will fill the wider collar far better than a standard tie knot. It also emphasises your tie far more effectively. Little things make a big difference, gents!
2. Iron out some creases and save some pennies. The average male dry cleaning bill is over £300 per year. Now, we know as well as the next bloke that you’ve got to do your suits but cleaning and ironing your shirts can save a fortune. So get your whites on with fabric softener, whitening agent and a tab (we love fairy’s ‘liqui-tabs’) and they’ll come up good as new. Do your ironing in front of the TV just once a week and bobs your uncle, you’ve saved enough for that Milton Green you’ve been eyeing up.
3. Shave well. Now we know the electric Razor that Aunt Jude got you for Christmas looks great, but gents, beards are for hipsters with fanny packs. Invest in a decent shaving kit and some good moisturiser to match. Aim to shave well once a week – there’s nothing wrong with a bit of stubble either! We recommend Triumph & Disaster, made from natural ingredients found in New Zealand.
4. If you buy cheap, you buy twice. We’re pretty fed up of high street stores (we won’t name and shame) knocking out poorly made, overpriced pieces that just don’t last. This doesn’t mean that you should buy the most expensive product on the market, but buy home grown quality brands that you know will last a lifetime. So if you’re buying brogues, go to Loake, if you’re looking to stay dry, shop London Undercover and if you want a good suit, go to Saville Row. Oh and if you want a shirt that’s going to last, you’ve come to the right place.
5. Add a Milton Green to your formalwear collection. We had to save the most important till last guys! Our collections are limited in numbers, we don’t wholesale and we don’t compromise price with quality. If you want a shirt that can be worn in and out of the office, will last a lifetime and won’t cost your yearly dry cleaning bill, give us a try, we won’t disappoint.
With Christmas approaching fast, its only right we give you the low-down on our favourites from our new collection, whilst mixing it with some newly stocked old darlings. This gift guide gives you the essentials for the perfect purchase this Christmas. Whether it’s a stocking filler or the perfect shirt to wear Christmas day – we’re on hand to find that extra special Christmas gift. So grab yourself a sherry, sit back and let us ease you into the festive season..
5. Let’s start the list with one of our old friends the Upton. Just restocked, this classic white non-iron double cuff is the office essential. If you’re looking for a staple this season you won’t go wrong with this timeless piece.
4. A new introduction for AW14. We’d like to meet our good friend Piers. He puts the check in check-mate, this button down easy care is the perfect casual shirt to be worn for them winter weekends under a grey marl jumper.
3. It wouldn’t be Christmas without a classic silk tie. The perfect stocking filler, this wine coloured number is pure silk and hand finished…a match made in heaven for any light blue or white shirt.
2. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without an easy care from Milton Green. This statement gingham check is ideal to wear on Christmas day. A perfect casual number that can be worn with chinos, jeans and even underneath that dodgy Christmas jumper. So here he is ladies and gents…presenting Bobby.
1. Number one and quite rightly so. Here’s the main man himself Ronnie. This shirt is truly the talk of the office. It’s a classic under a suit, stunning on its own or with a tie. Our boy Ron can literally can be worn with anything (well, almost).
So that’s a wrap folks! We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. All we ask is you watch the shirts with all that wine!
It’s going to be a cracking couple of weeks ladies and gents…
Not only is our AW14 range dropping shortly, it’s also the return of the dapper chaps from the mean streets of Birmingham in Peaky Blinders. Joining Cillian Murphy and the gang is the man himself Tom Hardy – we can’t wait!
The last series brought to our screens some fantastic 1920’s British fashion with charcoal overcoats, wool waistcoats and the forever-famous baker hat. We like to think we know a thing or two about shirting, so we thought best we did a take on the famous poplin collar seen throughout the show…
We’d like to introduce Tommy, the shirt dedicated to the main character played by Cillian Murphy. It’s straight out of our new easy care range, this smaller collared buttoned down shirt has that sharp influence of the Peaky Blinders…..just without the razor blades.
Gents, it’s time to step out of the shadows. For too long men in the work place were seen in slouchy attire; baggy old suit trousers to that hideous old shirt that hasn’t seen an iron in a year. We think it’s time for change, we think you should be embracing your inner gent and start pushing the boundaries of your style!
No other attire deserves a rebirth quiet like the tie. Let’s face it. It’s been left dormant at the back of a wardrobe or stuffed down the back of a draw for too long now. At Milton Green the tie is back where it belongs, in the center of a crisp shirt under a well fitted suit.
The tie, long seen as a status symbol of the business corporate has found a new friend in a younger generation with a zest for dapper ensembles and slick accessories. We think you should be embracing the tie too, taking it out of its normal habitat and into new realms; restaurants, bars and even nightclubs.
More and more chaps are taking their appearance more seriously. Guys like David Gandy and Oliver Cheshire were piecing smart ties with elegant three piece suits at LCM a couple of months ago. Even David Beckham (have a a ganders below) was gracing us at Wimbledon in a classic smooth cream jacket and diagonal stripe tie. Top stuff, David!
Remember, the tie sends a powerful message that can bring power to an outfit. They are an excellent investment and cheaper option in revamping your suit and shirt attire. A tie can bring life and colour to often dull combinations. So for those of you who haven’t bothered with a tie, it’s time to embrace the revolution, bring some personality to your outfit and sport a tie with that shirt! Tweet us your best #BringBackTheTie pictures before August 31st for a chance to win a shirt and tie combination of your choice! Get snapping chaps!
For a limited time we’ll be offering 2 for 1 on all ties in the run up to our AW14 launch. You’ll be pleased to know the range includes hand finished silk ties in paisleys, polka dots, stripes and satin’s for this season. All of which are made in England especially for Milton Green (just don’t tell anyone else please gents)!
Add ‘tietwo4one‘ at the checkout, gents!
By Elliot Hamilton
The shirt. It’s the first thing you put on in the morning and in our humble opinion, the most important element to your outfit. A great suit becomes a mediocre suit with a poor shirt choice or a wrong combination. Get it right and you transform you suit into a work of art. Worried? Fear not, Milton Green are on hand to give you some top-tips on how to do it properly.
1 – Size matters. Know your neck size. Go into a local tailors and get yourself measured, it will save you time and money in refunds and unnecessary exchanges. There is a HUGE difference in a 15-16 inch neck so get measured lads.
2 – Overhang ain’t cool. When buying a shirt, think about your torso, too much fabric around the waist can make you look bigger than you actually are. Get It right or you’ll end up like your old slightly overweight poorly dressed maths teacher.
3 – It’s the little things that count. Whether it’s a tie clip, a pocket square or a Patek Phillipe Geneve, always remember some subtle accessories can make an outfit. They help bring an ensemble to life and compliment that all important shirt. Be careful with your pocket squares though, there’s fruity and then there’s OTT. Less is more, lads.
4 – Know your collars You’ve got to know your button-down from your semi-spread from your spread, right? Everyone’s making different complicated styles these days. At Milton Green we follow one simple rule, whether your 7 day a week gym buff or you prefer a trip to the pub – wear a shirt that you feel great in.
5 – Creases? Wrinkles? No. Use an iron chaps and if you can’t iron, get your misses or your mum to teach you. We like to do ours on a Sunday night with the antiques roadshow on in the background – ready for the week ahead (we’ve never done this, and we can’t iron either, our dry cleaning bill’s are astronomical). Whatever floats your boat, make sure your shirt is crisp, smart and freshly ironed – you won’t regret it.
6 – Last but not least, put it away Gents.Traditional dress shirts aren’t meant to be untucked (believe it or not) they’re cut a little longer so they keep in your trousers (genius we know). So tuck it in, and tuck it in properly. Half-hearted attempts are all too easy to spot!
So there you have it, shirting’s never been so easy, right?
Ashley, Milton Green.
This blog we’ll be doing nothing but appreciating fashion fit for Wall Street. We’ll be looking at Jordan Belfort and the rest of the boys at Stratton Oakmont for some inspiration and giving you some ideas of how to get the look with Milton Green. Like Leo’s ensemble here? This pinstripe suit with light blue shirt is set off perfectly with a patterned tie and gold wristwatch (we’re guessing it’s not a casio).
This year represented our first LCM as a company and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Over the three days our aim was to see what direction the UK’s leading designers were taking for AW14, whilst also celebrating the great talent we have in this country.
With Formalwear being our sole focus it was only right we check out the Etautz show. The front row was star studded as usual, with the likes of Tinnie Tempah, Luke Evans and the man himself Mr David Gandy (our future face) gracing the front seats. Etautz is renowned for mixing simplistic suiting and fabrics with more eye catching elements such as patterned overcoats and nylon bomber jackets, he didn’t disappoint. Mr Patrick Grant didn’t fail to impress either, the show wasan array of charcoal, blacks and greys over sharp suiting, over and duffle coats.
White poplin round collar shirts were a highlight for us throughout AW14and may be something Milton Green are venturing into in the near future (hint, hint). During the show a geometric cross pattern was seen throughout, a favourite being the lambs wool greatcoat that really made the modern clean cut suiting underneath stand out. As the show reached its climax an assortment of rich colour reached the audience with tomato reds and crisp blues on Sherlock and trench jackets. To finish beautiful embroidery was added to a single breasted jacket that added a touch of beautiful craftsmanship – giving Etautz that real edge in men’s tailoring.