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Faultless in Felt: how to take on this seasons textured trend

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It’s that time of year again, where the cold starts to descend, days become shorter, and our daily commuting route becomes all the busier, with those taking shelter from the chilly outdoor conditions. But all is not doom and gloom, autumn is also a key opportunity to reinvent your look, and invest in some key pieces that will see you through the winter months.

james-tote-backpack-felt-laptop-bag-knomo-mens-style-textured-coworking-office-space Knomo James Totepack in Ash Felt

Taking heed from the AW/16 catwalks, there is one trend which transcends the gap between casual and workwear — texture. Bill Price, editor of GQ predicted that this very trend would rear it’s head in this year's men's looks, “Expect less focus on pattern and more on texture: the sign of an adventurous approach to fabric found in the rise of hitherto under-appreciated cloth”. From Missoni’s clashing jumpers, to Burberry’s thick woolen neck scarves, texture is being featured in all areas of the men’s fashion spectrum.

Taking on the textured trend

Of course, it’s all too easy to don a heavily textured jacket, or out-of-the ordinary trouser material on the catwalk, but actually assimilating the trend into your everyday workwear is a difficult task. With the need to retain a professional look, and with practicality prevailing, larger textured pieces may not necessarily be wearable.

At KNOMO, our design team work  trends like these into our seasonal styles: combining modern practicality with forward thinking fashion. So, in ode to all things textured, we’d like to introduce you to the James in felt.

james-tote-backpack-felt-laptop-bag-knomo-mens-style-textured Knomo James Totepack in Ash Felt

Unlike some of the more flamboyant textured materials, felt gives a subtle winter warmness to any outfit, whilst still retaining a polished exterior finish. Produced by matting, condensing, and pressing fibres together, felt is highly durable and hardy: standing just as strong as our PET canvas alternative.

Make felt the feature

Felt, despite being a more understated material, can really work to transform your usual Autumn / Winter wardrobe. For those who prefer their bag to speak for itself, opt for sleek fabrics in plain smart colours. Pairing the James with a smart navy blazer, for example, will highlight the felts interesting texture, whilst still retaining a smart corporate look.

Or perhaps, you are a little more adventurous when it comes to your working uniform. If you’re looking to make more of a statement at the office, clashing with other textures is a great way to go. Chunky knits, another staple for this Autumn / Winter, give the same warmth of texture that felt delivers, making for a cosy looking outfit, with a seriously sharp edge.

Not feeling felt?

Textured clothing and accessories are certainly popular, but that doesn’t mean it’s for for everyone. The James in its original canvas still has some subtle elements which can still lend themselves to the trend. Combining rich full grain leather with PET canvas, the James clashes textures, creating a luxury finish.

Just like felt’s capability to transform an outfit, the James’ design in itself also adheres to the strive towards out-of-the-ordinary fashion. With an innovative tote-backpack design, the James can be worn on the back or carried by hand: a unique and novel feature that you won’t necessarily see on your daily commute. What’s more, our latest line is available in 4 new colours, including military inspired army, channelling another of this years Autumn / Winter 2016 trends.

So whether you prefer textured pieces, statement colours, or practically designed accessories, there are plenty of ways to update your wardrobe for winter. To take a closer look our James, or any of our other Autumn / Winter accessories, browse our website.

james-tote-backpack-felt-laptop-bag-knomo-mens-style-textured-leather-army-green-canvas Knomo James Totepack in Army Green Canvas

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Franco Boydell

Marketing Manager for Knomo. Full time Digital Knomad. Find me on Twitter @FrancoBoydell