Claiming that Salone del Mobile is just a furniture fair is like calling the World Cup ‘just’ a kick-around. Every April, the best minds in the business descend upon Milan to flex their creative muscle and show off what they’ve been toiling away on all year. During the week, galleries, design firms, brands and independent designers will hold over 1000 openings, hoping for a little slice of the hype that surrounds the fair. From small-scale installations in shops and studios…
“My parents are from the Black Power era and they had Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth in our house. I read it when I was 13 or 14. For me, it crystallised something I’ve believed from a young age: that society isn’t right. I never felt OK about seeing a homeless person sleeping in the doorway of a giant glass bank and there was nothing my parents could say to help make sense of it. The Wretched of the Earth taught me I was right to feel this way, that it’s the…
Swim shorts are currently available from a lot of menswear brands right now. However, what makes a swimwear collection stand out is the quality, cut and design. Nicolas Alexander possesses all three of these critical elements, making it the men’s swimwear brand to keep an eye on in 2018.
Husband and wife duo, Nick and Anastasia first conceptualised the brand at the beginning of 2016. By June that year, they had packed up their lives in Sydney, boarded a one-way flight bound for Europe with the ambition to bring Nicolas Alexander to life. The concept was to create a premium men’s swimwear brand for the ambitious and adventurous that refused to blend in. The belief was that men’s swimwear had become somewhat predictable and mainstream and so it was about creating high quality swim shorts that embraced an individualistic and distinctive style.
2017 saw Nick and Anastasia move to Porto and dedicate themselves to finding the ideal manufacturing partner, sourcing the highest quality fabrics and hardware, perfecting the pattern and implementing a rigorous testing and sampling process. The result of that persistence and dedication is the highly anticipated Modern Nomad Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Within this collection you will find the stunning Nomad swim short available in eight vibrant and distinctive prints as well as three striking solid colours.
The Nomad is a timeless mid-length swim short that is all about attention to detail. Every single element has been considered, from the French fly to the signature tortoise shell buttons and the hand stitched embroidered branding across the back of the waistband. The Nomad is the ultimate ‘all occasion’ summer short. Whether you are lounging by the pool, diving into the Aegean Sea, strolling through St. Tropez or enjoying an alfresco brunch at Lake Como, the Nomad is the short for you.
When asked where the motivation and drive came from, Nick and Anastasia agreed that their common desire was to finally start doing something they love and to create a life that sees them follow their passions. They went on to suggest that Nicolas Alexander is a testament to what can be achieved when you are willing to take a few risks, believe in yourself and work exceptionally hard.
Nick and Anastasia have no plans to slow down. Even though the debut SS18 collection has just been released, they have already completed the design process for SS19, which will see them introduce a second style of swim short as well as lightweight short sleeve summer shirts and of course, their revolutionary microfiber towel. So, for you men out there that appreciate the highest level of quality and are looking to stand out this summer, then Nicolas Alexander has to be your swimwear of choice.
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No gentleman wants to go about his day feeling tired and fatigued, but in some point of our lives low mood will affect all of us. But what if you could easily identify what was causing your low mood? More shockingly, depression now affects 1 in 4 people. And the biggest killer of men under the age of 45 is suicide. What’s even more scary is, us as men, are struggling to deal with our mental health more than ever. With 79% of all suicides recorded last year being men. We’ve turned to mental health speaker Paul McGregor for his expert advice, he advocates identifying what’s causing your low mood as soon as possible, and here’s his 7 reasons to start with.
1. Low testosterone
A recent study showed that levels of testosterone amongst men are lower than they’ve ever been. A lack of testosterone can lead to low sex drive, hair loss, increased body fat and low mood. So, when was the last time you checked your testosterone levels? To do so, speak to your doctors or use a service such as Medichecks to do the test yourself from home. There’s various different ways you can increase your testosterone levels, and every man’s different. But focus on exercise (weight training), eating well and getting enough sleep.
2. No meaning
In the book “A Man’s Search for Meaning” Viktor Frankl said: “Those who have a why to live can bear with almost any how”. When you lack meaning in life, it becomes very easy to just accept it. To give in to normality, to follow the rules and as I like to say… exist rather than live. When you have meaning in your life it drives you forward, it makes life more exciting and it gives you more purpose to live. Meaning also helps with motivation, attaching the reason why you’re doing something will always make you more motivated. A common example is when actors get into shape for a role. They’re extremely disciplined with training and diet because the why motivates them. If they fail to get in shape, the role might be passed to another actor, someone else who will get the pay cheque, the exposure and the credit. What’s your ‘why’? What’s your purpose in life? It can be being the best Dad you can be, the best Son, Husband, or trying to impact people in a certain way.
“Man’s main concern is not to gain pleasure or to avoid pain but rather to see a meaning in his life” – Viktor Frankl.
3. A lack of support
How many people can you rely on to help you through the tough times? How big and reliable is your network of people that you can turn too? At times of extreme low mood, feeling isolated can be dangerous. Feeling like we have no one to turn to, to talk to, and more importantly help us get through it can make us feel alone. How many friends do you feel you could turn to for help? Who in your family would be there for you? Is there anyone else you can get support from? A lack of community is more prevalent now than ever before, with more time being spent connected on social media and neglecting real life relationships. Community is important, so build out your support network.
4. A Lack of sleep
An obvious one that doesn’t need much explanation, sleep deprivation will contribute to low mood. There’s a huge rise in men stating that they’ve pulled all-nighters or are sleeping less because they’re hustling to become successful. But a lack of sleep isn’t cool, it’s nothing to brag about… it’s dangerous. Sleep is all about quantity and quality. You might be getting 9 hours sleep a night but is it good quality sleep? How many times are you waking up through the night? Are you falling asleep with Netflix still playing on the TV? Is there a chance that you’re sleeping too much? Experiment with your sleep, apps like Sleep Cycle make it easier to find what works well for you.
5. Bad nutrition
If you eat badly, you’re going to feel rather bad too. Your body needs fuel, and if your body isn’t getting the right fuel, it’s not going to perform well for you. Treat yourself like a brand new Ferrari. You wouldn’t go and spend money on a brand new luxury sports car, drive it, and then fill it up with the wrong Petrol. Make sure you have a balanced diet, eating well for at least 80% of the week and treating yourself occasionally.
6. Bottling things up
Does talking about how you feel make you weak as a man? There’s a huge misconception that expressing how we feel makes us weak, but in all honesty it shows strength. Some of the most successful, powerful male leaders are all very open with how they feel. They’re extremely self-aware. So, don’t be afraid to dive deeper into how you’re feeling and more importantly express how you’re feeling. This point alone could be a strong reason why suicide amongst men is so high, because we simply bury painful emotions, replace them with short term pleasure (cars, clothes, drinking, girls and work) and those buried emotions come back to haunt us. Telling your 9 mates down the pub that you’re struggling with low mood is pretty daunting, but there’s so many avenues to try. Find an outlet which suits you where you can express how you feel. Whether it’s to a loved one, a friend, barber a counsellor or even using a hotline such as the one provided by the charity CALM.
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For those among us with a love of elegant lines and perfectly cut suits, being on a tight budget often means scrolling through Pinterest and Instagram with longing, rather than acquiring the garments of our dreams. But there comes a time in every man’s life where investing in a tailored suit becomes a necessity. A job comes along, or perhaps a wedding — maybe even your wedding. For those extra special occasions, you don’t want to miss the mark on the fashion front. You want to look your very best. You think menswear shops already have your size straight off the rack, or is that risky business? Will paying a visit to the tailor mean having to take a second mortgage on your house? Think again, as things have come a long way in the three-piece suit world in recent years.
Tailored Suit 101: Start With the Basics
Let’s start from the very beginning and identify what you should be looking for, beginning with the jacket. “The jacket is the centrepiece of your suit, and its fit alone will make or break the whole outfit,” says Ant Horner, founder of Empire Outlet, an online company that outfits modern-day gentlemen with luxury tailored suits at affordable prices. Here are his jacket prerequisites. You’ll want the jacket to fit snugly on your shoulders as much as possible, while still allowing freedom of movement. The shoulder seam should align perfectly with your own shoulder’s joint ending. This makes it extremely difficult to find a perfect match from a pre-made suit on the high street, since every man’s shape is so different. The sleeves should end exactly where the joints of your thumbs begin. This is important. A sleeve that is too long will give you the appearance of a middle child wearing his big brother’s outfit. Who wants that on their wedding day? As far as shoulder padding goes, it’s a matter of preference, but also of muscle tone. A padded jacket over the top of very muscular shoulders could make you look too broad. A good tailor will be able to advise on this and offer options.
What Fabric Should You Go For?
Over the years, suit fabrics have evolved to provide an increasing amount of comfort and durability. If you are going to be investing in a tailored suit, no matter how affordable it is, these are the two main factors you want to take into consideration. With the rise of heating and cooling in modern days, men are faced with temperature extremes. You’ll be freezing one second and sweating the next. The clear durable and breathable winner is wool. Wool is naturally resistant, resilient, breathable, flexible, and insulating. But that’s not all. Wool has a high moisture content, which gives it other advantages you may not have heard of. It generates very little static electricity, so it does not hold back dust and therefore requires less maintenance. It’s also very resistant to flames and produces little toxic matter in case of fire. It’s as durable and eco-friendly as it is comfortable and stylish. Wool is the way forward.
What About the Trousers?
You shouldn’t have to wear a belt for your trousers to hold in place, but they shouldn’t be too tight either. A good way to establish if the trousers fit well is to look at the pockets. If they sit open, then you should go one size up. As far as leg length goes, the hem position is crucial. The leg should fall in a straight line, and form a single fold (called break) at the bottom of the trousers. Failure to comply with this simple rule exposes you to the risk of having a very creased look, exposing too much sock or, worse, bare leg. A small trick tailors use is to have the leg a little longer at the back of the hem — something you will never find on the high street.
One Question Remains: How Much?
We know you’re reading this and still wondering how much this could all set you back. So much work goes into making a suit in accordance with a single individual’s measurements, so this has to come with a hefty price tag, right? You may actually be pleasantly surprised, as online tailored suit purchasing has come so far in the last decade. Online shops now provide tailor-made suits for men of all shapes and sizes at an affordable price. You can even order fabric samples beforehand, and the whole process will not set you back any more than £200 to £300. We know this is still a commitment and we recommend taking utmost care of your suit. Dry cleaning should be an occasional thing. Remember: wool is breathable and anti-bacterial. The best way to care for your new suit is to air it as much as possible and dry clean only on occasion. That way, your perfectly cut suit will last you for years to come.
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If your wardrobe feels dated or lacking, it’s time for an update. If you haven’t done a wardrobe overhaul before, you might not know where to start. To help you get it back in shape, we’ve put together this simple four-step guide to update your wardrobe swiftly. Just follow these steps and it’ll will feel like new in no time.
Do A Wardrobe Clean Up
Before you can update your wardrobe, you need to see what you’re working with. Take some time to go through your closet, removing items that you never wear and items that are past their prime. Then, sort those items into ‘donate’ and ‘trash’ piles, depending on their quality.
Once you’re left with only clothes you really enjoy wearing, you can start to see what your wardrobe already has and what you need to start shopping for.
Pro tip: If you find the idea of getting rid of your older, rarely worn clothes stressful, try just storing them away for now. Then, if you haven’t pulled an item out of storage within six months, you’ll feel more comfortable knowing that you won’t miss it if you get rid of it.
Find A Tailor You Trust
A good tailor is a must for any well-dressed man. Well-tailored clothes look more stylish and expensive — plus, they’re simply more flattering (There’s nothing worse than an ill-fitting suit). Spend some time researching tailors in your area, then choose one as your go-to guy. If you currently own any clothes that could use some adjustments, make sure you bring them to your new tailor for a tune-up.
Invest In the Classics
If your wardrobe is lacking in classics, you’ll have a hard time putting together outfits no matter how many other pieces you have. There are some things every man should have in his wardrobe to make sure he’s ready for any occasion. Items like a good dark two-piece suit, a white button-down shirt, and sharp dress shoes are essential.
So, if you don’t already have a collection of high-quality classics in your closet, skip buying trendy clothes for now and start investing in some solid basics.
Update Your Watch Collection
A good watch can change your look entirely. Investing in a luxury watch is always worth it; luxury watches are one of the classic essential pieces every man should have in their drawers. A luxury watch can make jeans and a T-shirt look a million dollars — and you can wear it with casual looks or evening attire too. To give your wardrobe a serious update, try investing in a new watch.
Pro tip: If you want to swap out a luxury watch you currently own for a new watch, try selling your old watch to a dedicated luxury watch buyer like Sell to Stein. Gone are the days when you had to sell a luxury watch to a shady guy you met on Gumtree — now, you can easily sell a watch to a trusted watch buyer. Not only will they give you a great price for your used watch, but their sister company, Stein Diamonds, carry a huge range of luxury watches like Audemars Piguet, Rolex, Patek Philippe.
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“Hello, gorgeous” said Barbra Streisand to her Best Actress Oscar statuette when she won the award in 1969 (alongside Katharine Hepburn – there had been a tie). Taking her renowned line from Funny Girl and using it to amuse the audience was comedy gold – even if seemingly impromptu – and such whip-smart wit is exactly what Streisand has become beloved for over the course of her…
If you possess a collection of magazines so vast it could rival a library, it seems criminal not to share your spoils with the world. Fortunately, avid collector Rosanna Tich concurs; she started Instagram account @magazine_fan to share editorial images from her extensive (and still growing) archive with her over 7k followers.
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As the temperatures gradually start to climb and the sun breaks through the clouds, it’s time to turn our attention to spring clothing collections. After all, your knitwear and coats can finally go back in your wardrobe until later in the year. Updating your wardrobe for SS18 is a great opportunity to invest in some new styles and keep your eye out for your favourite looks that have been reinvented for the summer months. It’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself to some new threads and make sure you’re right on trend for the season ahead. So, whether you want to make sure you’ve got the perfect outfit for warm evenings out on the town, or you need the ideal loungewear for the lazy rainy days, we’re bound to encounter, now is the time to get your hands on the key styles. Menswear is often incredibly versatile, with styles that can be worn for many different occasions. This means you’ll only require a few key garments to ensure you have an adaptable ensemble for the upcoming season.
The T-shirt is a staple item for any wardrobe, but for guys it’s a particularly great piece of clothing. With so much scope for design and creativity, men’s T-shirts can be worn for a casual affair, or something more formal. They are year-round piece of clothing, but short sleeve T-shirts really come into their own for the summer. Make a statement this season with a printed option, perfect for adding a visual effect to your look. Immediately brightening up a T-shirt and jeans combo, choose a unique design to stand out from the crowd. From graphic prints to strong branding, they have the versatility to include different elements of design. Close fit T-shirts that have been enhanced either on the front or back can make an outfit more interesting, giving you the chance to show off your personal style.
For those occasions when a more formal look is necessary, men’s denim shirts are great in the spring months. Smart but stylish, denim shirts benefit from effects such as acid wash for a visual effect. Button-up shirts create the perfect look for a range of occasions, whether it’s drinks with the other half or a Friday night dinner. Denim shirts can come in an array of shades, from grey to light blue and even black, to suit your style. For an on-trend approach, look for distressed denim shirts that give your look an edge. Pair with jeans and rock the double denim look effortlessly for a spring style that you can’t go wrong with.
Cut Off Sweats
Every wardrobe needs a casual addition, and for spring sometimes a tracksuit is too much. Investing in a set of cut off sweats can ensure you’re able to lounge in style without overheating. Cut off sweats often feature a raw edge finish for a unique look, and can be worn by themselves or with a long sleeve T-shirt underneath for cooler days. For a laidback style, every wardrobe needs some sweats even in the height of summer. Comfortable yet still stylish, they are a staple piece of clothing to have in your wardrobe.
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The type of car that you drive says a lot about the kind of person that you are, but can it reflect on your style? Sometimes, money can be an issue when it comes to buying a car that actually matches your style. However, there are clever ways around this dilemma as you can give your car a more stylish and tasteful version of ‘pimp my ride’. If you’re looking to make sure that your car matches your style, then take a look at these intelligent and inexpensive tricks to help your car match yourself inside and out.
Sort out the bodywork
Accidents happen, and you may have already been unfortunate enough to have damage to the exterior of your car, whether that be an accidental key scratch, or someone reversing into your car causing a dent that sticks out like a sore thumb. Luckily, you can easily sort out bodywork, and here’s some ideas for you to try: Buff out dents in your car using boiling water. The heat will react with the metal and cause it to be more durable. You may have seen before that when metals are at different temperatures they are more easy to manipulate into the shape you want it to be. More often than not, dents in cars can simply be popped back out, so get the hot water on it and see if you can repair the bodywork yourself. Scratches are very easily obtained on paintwork, but they are also just as easily repaired too. Depending on the colour of your car, you should be able to head to the nearest car parts retailer and see if they have a paintwork repair pen that matches the colour of your car. Some people simply use nail varnish to fill in and get rid of those annoying scratches! If the paintwork is seriously damaged and can’t be fixed with a repair pen then it might be worth looking into a respray on your car. Bare in mind that all dents need to be sorted before doing so to achieve the best look.
There’s something really great about being able to easily distinguish your car from the rest. It’s likely that you’re not the only one around town driving that model of car, and to make yours stand out and reflect on your own personal style, you could get yourself a personalised number plate. They can transfer between cars, so once you have it, it’s yours for good and can really add a sense of class and expense to a car. Click to buy cheap private number plates here. Many people choose to go with something to do with their name, so don’t be surprised if you can’t get your actual name. Be creative and see what you can get!
The style of your car doesn’t have to end at how good your bodywork is either, you can continue the theme inside so that when you’ve got company, you can wow them with your style. Here are some really easy and cheap ways of vamping up the interior: Have your seats professionally cleaned, you will be surprised at how well they come up! If there are rips in your seats, you could consider buying some car seat covers to hide the problem. A steering wheel cover will not only look great, but will add comfort to your driving experience. Matching floor mats will add a sense of class and style too.
It’s no secret that pretty much any car looks better when it’s got matching wheels, and normally this can cost a pretty penny to obtain proper matching alloys. However, you can now buy alloy covers that simply clip on to your existing ones and immediately improve the whole look of your vehicle. A great idea is to go for some that contrast with the colour of your car so that they really stand out. Alternatively, you could opt for the chrome look which would accentuate your style to the max.
The headlights, or sometimes better known as the eyes of your car can make a difference to the whole look too. Over time, headlights become cloudy and end up making the car look older and like an ‘old banger’. Take the time to remove your headlight covers and give them a good clean so that your headlights can shine brighter than ever, and your car has a crisp overall look. Alternatively, you could buy some angel eyes for your car to really give it a distinct look. Keep in mind that you should get these professionally fitted because if you get the angle of the headlights wrong, you could end up inadvertently driving an illegal motor.
You’ve probably seen the ‘boy racers’ driving around with completely blacked out windows and quite frankly, it can look tacky if the job isn’t done right. However, tinted windows can serve more of a purpose than simply looking good, and it’s definitely something you should consider. They can help keep the heat in or out, prevent the sun from bleaching the interior, deter thieves as they can’t see when looking in, and also give people privacy. Consider having your car windows professionally tinted to add style, and reap in more benefits too.
As you can see, no matter what kind of car you have, you can easily class it up to match your style at a price that I’m sure your wallet will agree with. Try these ideas today so that your car can truly reflect on your style.
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