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Floris London Ditches Badger-Hair Shaving Brushes

Floris London Ditches Badger-Hair Shaving Brushes

Floris London, which created a bespoke fragrance for this year’s royal wedding, has ditched cruelly obtained material after hearing from the animal rights organisation. The luxury perfumer has removed all badger-hair brushes from its stores and website after a new PETA video exposé of China’s badger-brush industry revealed that “protected” badgers are illegally hunted in the wild using snares and other cruel methods.

Floris London Ditches Badger-Hair Shaving Brushes

The graphic footage shows that these badgers, as well as others who were bred in captivity, are confined to small cages on farms before being violently killed for paint, make-up, and shaving brushes, prompting dozens of global retailers to ban the cruelly obtained material.

Floris London Ditches Badger-Hair Shaving Brushes

“Gentle badgers were beaten with crude instruments, cut open, and left to die, all for make-up and shaving brushes,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “Floris London’s swift and decisive action in rejecting these hideous blood brushes is sure to influence other companies to follow its compassionate lead.” PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that ‘animals are not ours to abuse in any way’ – notes that brushes made with soft and luxurious synthetic bristles are widely available, cruelty-free, and in many ways superior to their animal-hair counterparts.

Floris London Ditches Badger-Hair Shaving Brushes

Floris London, the oldest English fragrance retailer and the only perfumer to hold a Royal Warrant from the Queen, is one of numerous companies – including Procter & Gamble, which was the first to ban the production of badger-hair items after seeing the video, and Penhaligon’s – that have agreed to stop selling badger-hair products.

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In the Studio, in the Nude: An Artist Capturing Queer Masculinity

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Artists’ studios make for great stages. They possess myriad functions: lab, playground, therapist’s office. And some of the greatest photographers have used their studios to explore queerness, safely: Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, Duane Michals. It’s understandable then Paul Mpagi Sepuya is continuing this tradition by setting his portraits squarely in his LA studio. As a queer black male, it’s one of the few safe spaces he has.

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A Tribute to Ancient African Culture, Painted With 24-Carat Gold

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When British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor enrolled in college in the United States, she was confronted with the subject of race and identity in a manner she had never considered prior to coming to America. “I realised what it meant to be Black in the US, and experienced the cultural realities that came with it,” Viktor tells AnOther.

Charged with the desire to examine her roots and explore her heritage, Viktor discovered an…

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5 Autumn Menswear Trends According to Instagram Influencers

5 Autumn Menswear Trends According to Instagram Influencers

The front rows are empty and the catwalks are clear; London, New York, Paris and Milan fashion week are wrapped up for another season. To make sure you look sharp this season we’ve pulled together the biggest Autumnal trends from the runways and those worn by your favourite Instagram influencers. From fresh takes on the traditional suit to daring autumn shades, this season promises to mix up your wardrobe with key pieces you’ll love to wear.

5 Autumn Menswear Trends According to Instagram Influencers

1. Brown is the new black  

Brown; once a staple of the 1970s (and hasn’t really been seen a lot since) is back on the scene. For this season, as demonstrated recently on the runway, beautiful brown hues are being tailored and knitted with suits and jumpers helping it make a huge comeback. 

How Instagram Influencers are wearing this trend: If you’re looking to join the cocoa crowd this autumn, be sure to aim for a lighter shade closer to milk chocolate to stay bang on trend. Raheem Nelson enters autumn wearing a warm taupe, channelling Mad Men 1960s vintage, partnering the look with a trilby and thick framed glasses: Whilst Carl Thompson showcases a combination of a brown suit jacket with a matching overcoat:



5 Autumn Menswear Trends According to Instagram Influencers

2. Tartan out of Ten 

Fashion rules state that clashing patterns should be avoided at all costs, AW18 collections beg to differ. Scottish heritage got one hell of a salute from Italian designer Donatella Versace, who led this season with what has been described as her best collection in years. Models donned bright tartan and plaid suits on the runway, from Clueless yellow to traditional reds and greens. Whether you are on streets of London or in the Scottish Highlands, it seems you can’t go wrong with pairing, or mismatching, plaids and tartans for the ultimate autumn look.  

How Instagram Influencers are wearing this trend: Everything is safe this season when it comes to plaid patterns, and it seems the bolder the colours, the better. They’re meant to be a statement and should be showcased from head to toe. To make sure you’re turning the most heads with your bold look, team your plaid/tartan look with an equally striking patterned tie, like Instagram influencer Matt, who showcases the latest trends on this Instagram account: The Cardinal Man.



5 Autumn Menswear Trends According to Instagram Influencers

3. Trendy tactile textiles 

When you hear corduroy you immediately get flashes of That 70s Show or The Big Bang Theory’s Leonard Hofstadter’s hideous brown suit. But, as demonstrated by top designers, corduroy and the collection of heavy fabrics it falls into (corduroy, herringbone and velvet) are perfect for an on-trend formal look this season. With the right fit and styling, men of all ages can cut a sharp figure in a corduroy suit, just like any other vertical-pattern fabric. 

How Instagram Influencers are wearing this trend: The key with this trend is to ensure the perfect fit. If you are buying off the rack ensure that you ask a tailor to add a slight taper to the legs of the trousers. Corduroy has the risk of making its wearer look like a beanbag if the fit is off, so look for a suit that is crisp and slim. If this fabric isn’t for you, you can still try another tactile textile. Neil Thornton can be seen rocking a velvet blue suit jacket as his one textured item of clothing, perfect for upcoming parties and a trend that comes around again and again:



5 Autumn Menswear Trends According to Instagram Influencers

4. Colour me tailored 

This season, we recommend you experiment with coloured tailoring. Veer from the standard black, blue and grey suits and head for the rich autumn/winter shades, including plums, teals, greens and browns. If you are more adventurous, brighter suits are also in fashion. Rock up to your next event in a pillar-box red, berry pink or forest green three-piece-suit – the trend all about wearing tailored trousers and suit jackets in the same less ordinary colour. Who knows, once you try a coloured suit you may never go back to black again. 

How Instagram Influencers are wearing this trend: Coloured tailoring has become a wider rebellion against the traditional suit colours and is popular with the millennial crowd looking to make their mark on the business world. However, it is a trend that is accessible by all, it is just a matter of finding the right shades for your complexion. As Raheem Nelson demonstrates by wearing his rich burgundy suit.

If you’re not quite ready to brave the bolder colours, you can stay within the blue shades you’re more comfortable with, as shown here by Toni Tran and this stylish teal suit.



5 Autumn Menswear Trends According to Instagram Influencers

5. Pinstripes: A blast from the past 

Pinstripes have a reputation for being dated. Yet pinstripe suits have the ability to make everyone look like Patrick Bateman or Jordan Belfort; basically a Wall Street big wig from the 80s. The vertical stripes have become synonymous with this financier image set by alpha males in the 1980s. After years of decreasing in popularity, making way for check, plaid, Tweed and bold coloured suits to take the spotlight, pinstripes have once again re-emerged as a season favourite for autumn 2018. Alexander McQueen brought out the pinstripes in force when showcasing his AW18 collection. Showing off a mixture of red and white stripes on black tailoring. Whereas Off/White contrasted this look with modernised pinstripes – Virgil Abloh put on a show of slouched and relaxed pinstripe looks – coining the collection as ‘Business Casual’, as opposed to the traditional tight and slim fit attributed to the pattern.  

How Instagram Influencers are wearing this trend: If the thought of a slouched or even slim fit pinstripe suit doesn’t suit your style you can still partake in the trend. Instead, pair pinstriped men’s formal shirts with plain suits, coloured if you want to tick off another autumnal trend. It will have the impact of the pinstripe trend, without the risk of looking like a banker from decades past. You can even take a leaf out of a fashion influencer’s book and, like Kyle, wear it in a relaxed fashionable way. However, if you feel a sense of nostalgia for pinstripes, like Carl here, you can conquer autumn in a casual non-iron shirt showcasing vertical stripes and look suave while doing so.


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The Easiest Ways to Improve Your Stamina

The Easiest Ways to Improve Your Stamina

Stamina is a big problem for many people. Whether you are struggling to run for the bus, climb the stairs or you’re having trouble beating your 5k PB, it’s often stamina that’s the problem. You just can’t keep going at the same rate and pace for as long as you need to. Many people start an exercise routine and find that they make quick improvements without much effort. Then, suddenly they hit a standstill. Try as they might, they just can’t push themselves harder. They hit the wall, and they can’t run any further. Their legs burn, their lungs feel as though they are on fire and they have to stop.

The Easiest Ways to Improve Your Stamina

A lack of stamina doesn’t just affect someone’s athletic performance. If can affect all areas of your life. It can ruin your enjoyment of activities, make you feel older than you are and give your confidence a huge knock. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to improve it. Here’s a look at some of the best.

The Easiest Ways to Improve Your Stamina

Quit Smoking 

If you are still smoking, the first thing that you should do for your stamina is switch to Aspire E Cig. Smoking can massively affect your stamina. It causes carbon monoxide to replace the oxygen in your body. You can’t hold air in your lungs for as long, you can’t take deep breaths, and you can’t regulate your breathing when you exercise. Smoking has an adverse effect on your performance and ability. Give it up, and your lungs will have more space to breathe. 

Decrease Recovery Times 

When we first start exercise programmes, we’re often advised to take a day off between each session, and have two days rest before we increase any weight, time or distance we tackle. This is a great way to get into exercise and to start improving your health and fitness levels. It’s undoubtedly the best way to start out if you are entirely new to exercise or very unfit. But, over time your body adjusts to this routine. It gets used to it, it expects it, and you stop making the same leaps forward. Your endurance levels especially can hit a wall. If you want to increase your stamina, reduce the recovery times between your workouts. This also applies to the rest times between reps when you are weightlifting. Cut your rest times, and you will soon start making strides forward. Just make sure you do it sensibly, and you don’t push yourself too hard.

The Easiest Ways to Improve Your Stamina

Lift Weights 

Many people make the mistake of thinking that to improve their endurance they must focus all of their efforts on cardio exercise. But, lifting weights can also have a positive effect. Weights help to strengthen your muscles. This gives your cardio workouts more power and helps you to go for longer. 

Mix Things Up 

Another mistake people make is sticking to the same exercise. They want to run a marathon, so they run. They feel as though any other training would be a waste of time. But, your body gets used to things. It falls into a pattern, and the same muscles get exercised with every workout. If you want to make noticeable improvements to your performance and stamina, you should mix things up as often as you can. Spend some time on the cross trainer, add a strength training session to your weekly routine, and practice yoga to help with your balance, posture and core strength.

The Easiest Ways to Improve Your Stamina

Get into The Right Mindset
 

When you hit that wall, is it really your lungs and legs that are stopping you? Or, is it your mind? Could you push through the pain and carry on if you really wanted to? Or do you desperately need to stop? It’s often our mindset that is in the wrong, not our bodies. If you are used to moderate increases and stopping when you are ready, pushing yourself harder might be a challenge. So, it’s essential that you go into it with a positive attitude. Tell yourself that you can do it. Believe in yourself and push yourself forward. Get into the habit of thinking positive thoughts. Or, try to take your mind off the pain by listening to motivational podcasts or music. 

Take a Break 

Yes, you need to push, and you need to keep going. But, you still need days off, and rest times. Listen to your body, and give it what it needs. Boosting your stamina isn’t just about running for longer and increasing your physical performance. It can make your life more comfortable, and more fun. You’ll feel more confident, you’ll push yourself harder, and you might even develop a new love for exercise and a zest for life.

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Twisted Tailor Launch AW18

Twisted Tailor Launch AW18

British tailoring and outerwear brand, Noose & Monkey, have decided after four and half years in the industry to rebrand themselves for the upcoming season – they will now be known as Twisted Tailor. If you were an original fan of Noose & Monkey, fear not as they will continue to ‘revolutionise the perception of formalwear’ and focus on encouraging men to wear tailored pieces on a more frequent basis. If you weren’t previously aware of Noose & Monkey, and have a penchant for an eye-catching suit, this brand could be right up your street.

Twisted Tailor Launch AW18

For AW18, Twisted Tailor’s collection has taken inspiration from the British culture through the 1970s and 80s. There is a heavy influence of the coquettish aspect of the punk era, in their seasonal campaign, with heavily tattooed models styled with slicked back hair, heavy eye makeup alongside open black shirts and printed double-breasted velvet suit jackets. This dramatic look might be too daring for some, however don’t be too quick to turn away as, with almost a nostalgic nod to the cassette tape, there are two sides to this new collection.

Twisted Tailor Launch AW18

On the ‘A-side’ you have the more striking pieces that will certainly act as a statement for any special occasion or big night out. Stand-out pieces are the golden sequin suits, blue and black lace shirts and almost ombre-effect printed gold and black single-breasted jackets. Twisted Tailor have added new fabrics for Autumn/Winter and shirts with added collar bars and chains. There is no chance of shyly hiding in a corner of a room in one of these and the sequins will undoubtedly make you a sparkling addition to any Christmas party!

Twisted Tailor Launch AW18

On the other side of the collection, the ‘B-side’, are the more everyday tailored pieces that can be worn formally or mixed in with casualwear. The ‘check’ is massively back in trend for AW18 and Twisted Tailor have followed suit (no pun intended) with their jackets and matching trousers in shades of red, navy and grey. Tweed also features in stand-alone blazers and three-piece suits. The 70s are still clearly evident on this side of the collection; warming overcoats come with large faux fur lapels and a classic camel coat has the addition of subtle velvet details. If you feel like testing the waters and adding some colour to your wardrobe, Twisted Tailor’s classic skinny-fit suit style, the ‘Ellroy’, will be available in some strong new shades such as mustard yellow and racing green. These look great in the winter with a pair of Chelsea boots or if you are feeling brave, a pair of creepers – as styled by the brand.

Twisted Tailor Launch AW18

There is no doubt, a certain amount of confidence is needed to wear some of the brand’s more eccentric suits but don’t be afraid to add a bit of spice to the suiting in your wardrobe, particularly for the impending festive season. Twisted Tailor are determined to persuade men to change their perception of formalwear, not only by creating affordable suits but also interesting pieces that can be mixed into your everyday attire.

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Win a Scaramanga Citylander Briefcase

Win a Scaramanga Citylander Briefcase

We’ve teamed up with Scaramanga to offer one of our readers the chance to win this Citylander Leather Briefcase worth £177. The brand’s fearless leader Carl Morenikeji discovered an old iconic vintage leather satchel whilst travelling in India in 1998. Inspired by the style and quality, he sought out artisans who would use the same traditional methods and tools to recreate modern leather satchels. At the same time he started sourcing vintage furniture and so Scaramanga became what it is today; an original lifestyle brand handcrafting classic leather bags and supplying unique vintage furniture.

Win a Scaramanga Citylander Briefcase

This laptop bag is a classic design that has a rustic style and practical design that meets the needs of modern commuting. Made from antique hunter leather, this bag features a distressed look to represent your individual style at work. You can fit up to a 15-inch laptop, books and files in the padded main compartment. There is also a 13-inch pocket to fit smaller work essentials such as notebooks and tablet computers.

Win a Scaramanga Citylander Briefcase

How to Enter 

To be in with a chance of winning this £177 Scaramanga Citylander Briefcase and Laptop Bag simply enter your name and email address into the form below (or click here if browsing on mobile) before completing the optional bonus entry methods to increase your chances of being randomly picked. You have until 9th November 2018 to get your entries in and we will contact the lucky winner directly before announcing it right here within 24 hours – good luck everyone.

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How Bauhaus Pioneer Anni Albers Radically Modernised Weaving

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As curator Ann Coxon explains, it is somewhat unconventional to place a loom at the entrance of a major Tate retrospective. “It’s very surprising to have a show that is predominantly textiles at Tate Modern,” says Coxon. “We’ve shown work by Sonia Delaunay, for example, but you start with paintings and progress through to later see that she did something with fashion, but to actually start with a loom, and for it to be all about weaving, is quite unusual for us.”

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The Antwerp Exhibition Reframing Textile Art of the 1970s and 80s

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Textile art is having a bit of a ‘moment’. This week a major exhibition on the work of radical Modern weaver Anni Albers opens at Tate Modern, while author Katie Treggidden has just released a new book profiling some of the most exciting global talent. The timing could not be better for SOFT? Tactile Dialogues, a new exhibition on textile and fibre art in Belgium organised by Antwerp’s fashion museum, MoMu.

Textile artists – particularly women – have fought a…

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