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Key Menswear Updates for SS18

Key Menswear Updates for SS18

Men’s fashion has continued to take a more prominent role within the fashion industry, with trends becoming more influential and menswear brands becoming more significant. When it comes to wholesale men’s fashion, it’s no exception to this concept. The seasonal lookbooks for men are growing more fashionable and making bigger statements than ever before. The spotlight on menswear weeks is also increasing, nodding towards the idea that we should really sit up and pay more attention to the male gender when it comes to style. So, when it comes to creating a menswear collection, it’s important to include key pieces that are both seasonal and right on trend. As the men’s fashion industry becomes more saturated with urban brands, it’s crucial to make sure your collection stands out. With that in mind, here are some inspirational picks to include if you’re hoping to update your men’s collection for Spring/Summer 2018.

Key Menswear Updates for SS18

Printed Shirt 

For the summer season, short sleeve shirts are back. Allowing you to maintain a smart appearance while being comfortable in the warmer weather, short sleeve shirts are a versatile piece of clothing for your wardrobe. With a range of creative designs to choose from, from online stores such as ssense.com, adding a printed shirt to your collection for SS18 is a smart idea.
For a seasonal approach, a floral print can be effective in creating a holiday look – or if you simply just want to embrace the weather – choose a tropical take on the usual floral print, with green palm leaves and exotic flower designs.
If that’s not your bag, look out for Aztec, geometric-type prints for an abstract take on summer fashion. A striking design for any occasion, it’ll become your go-to shirt for the summer.



Key Menswear Updates for SS18

Basic T-shirt 

While it’s true that you probably already have half a wardrobe of T-shirts ready for any occasion, make sure they’re fresh and up to date. If they’ve seen better days, upgrade your T-shirts to something of a high quality and fit. T-shirts with contrasting sleeves can create a simple but stylish look, while details like a pocket on the chest or raw edges can make sure you look on trend for the season. T-shirts are every guys’ staple item thanks to their versatility. Wear under an open shirt, or by itself with jeans to create different looks to take you through the summer.



Key Menswear Updates for SS18

Swim Shorts 

Whether you’re jetting off for the summer or staying in the UK, having a pair of swim shorts to hand is always a good idea. Choosing the right style means you can wear them by the pool in Italy or by the BBQ in your garden.
Stylish designs such as dip dye or ombre shorts create a subtle but visual effect, while block colour can make a statement. Comfortable to wear, swim shorts are often a great choice for keeping cool in the warm weather.
If you’re not so sure about wearing swim shorts in the UK, invest in a pair of activewear shorts which can ensure you’re embracing the weather in its entirety!


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Retro Sportswear Has Made a Comeback

Retro Sportswear Has Made a Comeback

A revival of 90s culture has seen once forgotten sportswear brands thrusted back into the fashion limelight. Brands such as Fila, Donnay and Champion are major players experiencing a renaissance from a dying fragment of the industry, due in part, to pop culture and the yearning for nostalgia. Guys raised in 80s and 90s begin their upsurge; re-introducing those sporting labels in an ode to their upbringing. We’ve seen big jackets, retro shirts and sneaker trends all follow suit over recent years. So now is the time of sportswear.



Retro Sportswear Has Made a Comeback

Arguably the greatest factor in sportswear brands rising to prominence again is the multiple streetwear collaborations these brands have been involved in. Off-White x Umbro, Gosha x Kappa, Fila x Akomplice, Supreme x Champion… the list goes on. Some of these brands never really had a sporting heritage in the first place yet were associated with sporting spectators such as the “footy casual” due to designs at the time and constantly in the shadow of the monopoly brands i.e. Nike and Adidas.

Retro Sportswear Has Made a Comeback

Gosha Rubchinskiy is the touted as the godfather of the revival of sportswear, yet brands like Palace and Supreme have been collaborating with these lost companies since they were last relevant in the 90s and throughout the 00s, all be it not entirely legally. Even Balenciaga and Vetements have jumped on the bandwagon of recent styling aesthetics. They released shoes with Reebok that were able to gather quite a cult following due to scarcity of the product, yet being worn by big celebrity names. Celebrities haven’t been ones to evade this retrogression either. With such highly touted designers bringing instant relevance to a fading section of sportswear, they have adopted this nostalgic culture in a way we haven’t seen on this scale ever before.

Retro Sportswear Has Made a Comeback

From A$AP Rocky to the Kardashians, big names are rocking these selective savvy pieces, acting as influential fashion figures for the youth to thrive in search of new trends. Coinciding with the fashion resurgence is the 90s rap and hip hop boom. It’s played in clubs across the country, those party bangers we heard growing up are now staples for any DJ to get a crowd going. Wu-tang Clan, Nas and Tupac all payed vital roles when the brands were first adopted for a streetwear purpose rather than for sportswear, and now those kids who grew up listening to these musical sensations are firmly cemented in the celebrity limelight. Bieber to Lil Yachty and even Gigi Hadid; retro sportswear has infected every aspect of pop culture.

Retro Sportswear Has Made a Comeback

Moreover, this type of fashion is ludicrously cheap. A 5 pack of Champion socks retail for $5. That’s crazy! Modern day shopping has meant clothes are more accessible than ever before, allowing for people from all walks of life to get their hands on them. Once looked down upon as items that had overstayed their welcome in a modern-day wardrobe, the mass exodus of old sportswear began causing an over saturation on the market. I mean charity shops still stock this stuff. Tops, Jackets and headwear are somewhat bargains compared to other fashion trends of recent, you just need to look in the right places.

Retro Sportswear Has Made a Comeback

The trend doesn’t look as though its slowing down either. Expect to see teenagers from Sydney to LA, London to Beijing all dressed as 90s European football fanatics. Online clothing superstores are cashing in too with Urban Outfitters and ASOS releasing exclusive pieces sporting large, printed logos that are selling like hotcakes. Adidas and Nike are joining the party re-releasing classic shoes. Air Max 97’s are a must have, along with the rest of the air max range, with rumoured never before seen colourways making an appearance later this year. All things Adidas is a staple, from Gazelles to Oregon Ultratechs, even Reebok are re-living the glory days with Reebok Pumps coming back. We miss the 90s, no security risks at the airport, superb television, video cameras, film photographs, Britpop, R&B, Grunge, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Moss, J-LO, a real mixing pot of cultures. What a time to be alive.

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Should You Wear Statement Socks

Should You Wear Statement Socks

For men, socks have gone the way of the power tie: A way to break up the monotony of a corporate-approved charcoal suit and blue dress shirt. Flashed only at the ankle and often obscured by a structured trouser leg, a bold pop of colour or print hints at your individuality, especially when workplace dress codes squelch nearly all forms of self-expression on the job. Somewhere around 2013 or 2014, attitudes toward socks started to shift. At the time, NPD Research Group found that 73 percent of men wear socks every day, versus 41 percent of women, and on average, they’re more likely to spend more on a pair, regardless of whether it’s a casual or athletic style. Their popularity has only grown since, with statement socks now seen at both luxury menswear shops and discount department stores, crossing classic and trendy prints, and geared toward practically.



Should You Wear Statement Socks

In another sense, the statement sock reveals that you can be formal yet still fun, professional yet understanding the boundaries of flair. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau generally provides the example for doing it correctly: For instance, during various appearances, he’ll show up in a solid-colour, well-fitting suit, yet accent it with a striped or check pattern around the ankles. Yet, aside from that now-viral Chewbacca print spotted at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum last September, the pattern doesn’t appear overly distracting – rather, it’s a splash of something extra, a print to break up the expected solid shades, and is less predictable than a pocket square. For men in 2018, even when you work in a more creative environment, the question remains, “Should you attempt statement socks?” as opposed to wearing traditional black, white, or navy or even foregoing them entirely, exposing your “mankles” in the process. However, if you’ve ever tried printed shorts, a bold-coloured shoe, or even men’s jewellery, a sock with an equally flashy print seems like less of a stretch.

Should You Wear Statement Socks

Tastefully Breaking Dress Code Rules
 

For decades now, the rules for men’s dress socks were simple: Dark shades and match them with your trousers. As such, black trousers called for black socks, navy for navy, and so on. It didn’t matter where you were: No one wanted to be the guy in the room sporting white athletic socks with his dark-coloured work getup. As workplace dress codes loosen, so have attitudes toward socks. Although these older rules still apply in suit-and-tie situations, a statement sock pushes the boundaries without bulldozing over them. Although someone like Trudeau toes the line between tasteful and tacky, the colour scheme makes it work: For instance, even the most gaudy, outlandish prints seem less so when you pair its shades with your trousers and footwear.

Should You Wear Statement Socks

The Statement Accessory 

No, men don’t have the same degree of choices that women do, but the principle remains the same: A well-picked accessory or two transforms the most basic, standard outfits. Think of the navy suit with a paisley pocket square, or a bomber-tee-and-chinos ensemble with a snapback. In these scenarios, the accessory essentially makes the outfit, and statement socks fall right in line as a subtle but deliberate choice that adds a quirky character. And, adding that touch of effervescence isn’t such a challenge: Sometimes, a solid, bold shade or a striped print is all it takes.

Should You Wear Statement Socks

Easy Styling 

With this last point in mind, the first step toward breaking away from the typical black-navy-charcoal trifecta is selecting another, less-standard solid shade – red, bright blue, royal purple, or even forest green often adds just enough emphasis. A nudge further, and you’ve got the classic print: Two or three shades for a hint of colour-blocking that’s rarely noticeable until you sit down. For a few examples, Thomas Pink’s stretches the spectrum from narrow to wider stripes while boldSOCKS.com does multiple variations on an argyle print. But, with statement socks having their moment, why be ordinary? Men’s socks now feature an array of geometric, repeating, and digital prints, or are intentionally branded – think Vetements taking a solid-white shade and adding its brand across in bold black lettering. As a fusion of these concepts, Vans has taken its recognisable checkerboard print, and applied it to an over-the-calf silhouette.

Should You Wear Statement Socks

Yet, regardless of which print you select, the rules of power dressing still apply. Colours should reflect some element of your outfit – for instance, a purple-striped shirt with solid-purple statement socks. Or, select from a similar colour group – blues or reds and purple, in this case. If you’re deliberately creating a clash or contrast, let your socks be the only piece to do so. Otherwise, your ensemble ends up being too busy or, worse, looks like an eyesore full of distractions. On the other hand, there’s the question of how much sock to show. Ideally, even as you stand, they remain slightly visible – above your low-cut shoes and below a slightly cropped or rolled trouser leg. If the trousers go too high, however, it looks like you can’t dress yourself – or, worse, like you’re cosplaying an early 20th-century golfer. By contrast, if your trousers are too long or your footwear too tall, there’s almost no point in adding a print to your socks – no one, except for you during your morning routine, will actually get a glimpse.

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Introducing McAlson Swim Shorts

Introducing McAlson Swim Shorts


Summer is Coming.

Words that may not be as renowned and famous as the seasonal counterpart, but wow, we’re surely pleased to hear them. We can finally now turn our attention to booking holidays and adding new menswear items to our summer wardrobes.

Yet, when many blokes think of holiday essentials, they often falter and stray from the path to summer style. Instead, they head down a rogue road, which involves purchasing items such as bucket hats, trainer socks, cargo shorts and in-your-face graphic tees.

Introducing McAlson Swim Shorts

Not on my watch

One such essential that lots of guys bypass, is swimming shorts. These can be an excellent statement piece, and when paired with minimalist loafers and a linen shirt, nothing (tastefully) shouts ‘give me attention’ whilst partying at a beach club more.

Introducing McAlson Swim Shorts

McAlson’s new swim short range is exactly what you’re after here. This is a family brand who thrive in making creative products for below the waist.

‘McAlson combines british preppyness, Italian finesse, French “je- ne-sais-quoi” and Belgian surrealism, which all blends into top quality products for all gentlemen.’

Their swim short collection is filled with chic and stylish patterns that aren’t too loud but could confidently start an interesting conversation. What’s more, they’ll definitely be at home within the suitcase of any stylish gentleman on his travels this summer. These shorts are extremely fun, without being tacky, and are a tasteful length, so (should) sit just above the knee.

Introducing McAlson Swim Shorts

With a wide array of vibrant colours and differing designs, you’ll be able to get a lot of wear from them, simply by pairing differing shirts and shoes.

Check one holiday essential off your list by investing in a pair of McAlson swim shorts today!

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How to Wear a Bright-Coloured Suit in 2018

How to Wear a Bright-Coloured Suit in 2018

Suits are the donuts of the menswear world. At one point, decades back, you might’ve had a cake or powdered-sugar variety, with jelly or Boston Crème an adventurous choice. But now, the latter two seem fairly commonplace, replaced with some salted caramel or maple-bacon variety. With suits, the same time period has circled through the standards – navy, pinstriped, and brown for a bit, with black always ready for the most formal of occasions. Yet, Fashion Week presentations indicate that we’re all ready for a bit more figurative flavors: Pink, green, yellow, dark purple, and plenty of pastel and bright shades. As such, any fashion-forward man has at least one brightly coloured suit in his wardrobe – or has been eyeing one. Yet, the shade, at a glance, comes off as both awkward and intimidating: What, exactly, do you do with it, when do I wear it, and what do I pair it with? Whether you’ve picked an unstructured variety or went double-breasted, we break down the basics:



How to Wear a Bright-Coloured Suit in 2018

Know When to Wear Them 

Navy, pinstripes, and even black all meet certain dress code expectations for the workplace, funerals, and other formal occasions. A bright pop of colour shouldn’t replace these staples; instead, it supplements them, so you don’t look like the stodgy killjoy at the party. Rather, for this factor, brightly coloured suits have garnered the nickname ‘party suits’ because that’s exactly where you’ll wear them. They’re a tasteful way to stand out at a wedding – consider the cavalcade of patterned wedding suits ASOS’ own line has introduced over the past year as an example – and fit the dress code for plenty of high-end clubs. At the same time, when you want to steer clear of expensive bottle service, an unstructured variation gives you that in-the-know updated New Wave look: You’re so retro, you’re ahead of everyone else.

How to Wear a Bright-Coloured Suit in 2018

Know Your Colours 

Yet, treat brightly coloured suits like any piece of clothing you could buy: Some shades look good on you, while others you should avoid altogether. For instance, the more adventurous of us might want to try out this season’s neon green or highlighter yellow ensemble, but both shades jarringly clash with warmer, red-hued skin tones. As a guide, think about what works already. If it’s navy or another shade of blue, push the envelope just a bit into royal purple territory. As well, if you can rock light grey, why not see your ensemble through rose-coloured glasses, and try out a soft, dusty pink or another light pastel? And, if you’re all about neutrals, break away from the standards with a darker green shade. Patterns complicate things, but they’re another step down a similar, well-worn path.

How to Wear a Bright-Coloured Suit in 2018

Context, Shirts, and Accessories 

Back to the formal versus less-formal dichotomy. These instances shape which accessories and shirts to pair with your suit. As a given, all should be either darker or neutral shades; otherwise, unless you’re intentionally attempting to clash, it all comes off as a try-hard, eye-sore endeavour. So, on the informal end, the possibilities tend to be more plentiful. Now’s the time to try out trainers with suits – the simpler, the better. Or, think about a cropped or rolled ankle – no patterned socks, in this case.

With your shirt, button-downs always tend to project a stiffer impression, and if you’re intentionally dressing down, think about a roll-neck or even a fitted T-shirt. Chambray’s also an option, and if you’re looking to give this casual staple more use, a solid version’s woven texture turns into a less-predictable pairing. For formal occasions, you might want to keep that pointed-collar button-down on hand – solid or with a light, small print that’s less distracting for a bit of variety. As well, while you’ll want your trouser legs all the way down to your ankle, complement your suit with a modest accessory – a pocket square or lapel pin for a touch of character. Overall, weddings and other formal occasions typically call for a structured suit, so avoid the sloped shoulders and wider cuts.

How to Wear a Bright-Coloured Suit in 2018

Challenge Yourself with Patterns 

Style experimentation always occurs in levels. Whereas once you might have progressed from pinstripes to a light check print, that less-typical shade represents the next destination. Beyond that, you’ve got what’s best described as the Wild West of men’s suits: Patterns. Runway presentations show there’s next to no limit: Checkerboard prints, florals, paisley, and various forms of embroidery, to name a few. The rules, here, remain the same: Find not just a colour that suits you, but a pattern that expresses your personality. It’s all out there, and turns into what’s now, at least, the biggest style statement you can make.

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5 Places You Need to Visit in St James

5 Places You Need to Visit in St James

The illustrious area of St James’s is a haven for those who seek a wide array of fine foods, meticulously prepared cocktails, high-end fashion and the buzz that comes from any metropolitan city centre. It’s scattered with renowned brands from various sectors and is certainly an area where you can revel in indulgences. So where to start? Here’s five of our favourite places in St James’s London.

5 Places You Need to Visit in St James

Anzu 

Anzu is a newcomer to the splendid St James’s Market and is an elegant Japanese restaurant that fits the mould for contemporary gents. We all know how popular Ramen is these days and theirs plays centre point in the menu; for a reason. This is a very stylish eatery that prides itself on homemade noodles…as they say themselves, “If you don’t make your own noodles, you’re just a soup shop.” It’s perfect for an informal business lunch or relaxed dinner with friends – the main thing is the drinks list is epic.

5 Places You Need to Visit in St James

John Lobb 

Every stylish male knows that what we wear on our feet plays an extremely important role in an outfit, and it’s an area where we should always seek quality and durability. The legendary shoe maker, John Lobb, is one of the London’s finest and certainly a place to become a regular if you’re looking for standout shoes. Brogues or Oxfords? No matter the style or material, quality is assured, as well as a service that instils confidence in the customer; These guys know what they’re talking about!

5 Places You Need to Visit in St James

Hackett 

Since 1979 when Jeremy Hackett launched this brand, It’s produced sartorial products that are of the very highest quality. Yet, Hackett gives off the impression it’s been around for a generation or two longer, such is the prominence and timelessness of the brand. Hackett typifies quintessential British style and is a brilliant go-to for classic shirts, statement ties and wonderfully fitted tailoring.

5 Places You Need to Visit in St James

Carlo Anichini 

Moving away from clothes and onto personal grooming, this is a cutting-edge barber who specialises in wet shaves and traditional scissor cuts. Those seeking classic looks on top would revel in the artistry that this barbers can achieve. As some have said previously, “if you let him have a go, you’ll come out a distinguished gentleman,” and we all want that don’t we?

5 Places You Need to Visit in St James

Dukes Bar 

In this modern day and age, there’s copious amounts of bars that possess a chic aesthetic and extensive cocktail list but those who seek that little something extra I.e. timeless surroundings and a knowledgable bartender, head for a tipple at Dukes. Just remember to dress up smart, as leisurewear and trainers are now allowed.

5 Places You Need to Visit in St James

Competition 

To celebrate the launch of their new website and the brand-new guide generator, St James’s London are offering the opportunity to win a day out in St James’s when you share your bespoke guide (here’s ours) on Facebook or Twitter using #ExploreStJames.

To create your guide, simply go the ‘Explore’ page, stjameslondon.co.uk/explore, type in your name, select your interests, select the time of your visit and enjoy your bespoke guide. 

Winners will receive a day out in St James’s including;

Jigsaw (£150 gift card to spend in the St James’s Market store), Milos (Dinner for 2 from the Pre-theatre menu), Jermyn Street Theatre (2 tickets to ‘The Play About My Dad’ concluding on the 21st July). The tickets are valid to all performances apart from the press nights (21st, 22nd of April, 1st May, 1st and 29th June).
 

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Interview with Emanuele Briganti of GuidoMaggi

Interview with Emanuele Briganti of GuidoMaggi

GuidoMaggi provides handmade luxury Italian Elevator Shoes for men. Their designer Italian-handmade height increasing shoes will increase your height with a hidden insert. Whether it’s casual, sneakers, dress or formal, they help you achieve new heights of style. MenswearStyle recently got chance to sit down with the brand’s CEO to find out more.

Interview with Emanuele Briganti of GuidoMaggi

When was the GuidoMaggi brand born?  

“GuidoMaggi has a long history of shoemaking. My great-grandfather was in fact Guido Maggi, and he was a master shoemaker who handcrafted shoes and boots for the Royal House of Savoy. About a half a century later, this tradition has been enthusiastically resumed by myself and other family members. But our focus has been on revolutionising the world of footwear with an innovative new product.

We discovered there were no high-quality shoes that could increase height with an invisible heel, that were also handcrafted entirely in Italy using the finest materials. So, we combined the inherited passion and family tradition with technological innovation. By focusing on aspects such as comfort and design, our image has gradually strengthened and we’ve become an internationally sought-after and esteemed company.

Through our online boutiques – guidomaggi.it for the Italian market and guidomaggi.com for the rest of the world – we sell our handcrafted elevator shoes directly to customers in over 90 countries.”

Interview with Emanuele Briganti of GuidoMaggi

Why did you decide to introduce the elevated feature to the shoe?
 

“Like all success stories, it stems from a first-hand experience. When I was 20 years old, I was a model in Milan. But unfortunately, I was never given the opportunity to walk on the catwalks because I was considered too short (I’m 175cm, just under 5 ft.9). I discovered that my height wasn’t considered ‘good enough’ and it was limiting my career. So, I started looking everywhere for shoes. I bought lots of them, but they didn’t give me the results I was looking for: most were from Asia, made with poor quality materials, were uncomfortable and didn’t look great. The shoes broke after a few weeks and everyone noticed the ‘trick’ because they were simply made poorly. Then it hit me: why shouldn’t elevator shoes have dignity and style?

Because of this personal experience I realised that there are many men of short or medium height who want shoes that can discreetly increase their height without sacrificing comfort or quality craftsmanship. So today we’re able to offer shoes made from the finest leathers, the highest quality materials, and completely manual production techniques, including Goodyear seams and patina processing. I personally choose the materials and leathers; from full grain Tuscan leather to luxury exotic leathers, such as crocodile, alligator and python; and from the genuine leather soles to the latest technological fabrics, so as to guarantee complete comfort and durability.”

Interview with Emanuele Briganti of GuidoMaggi

Explain in detail how a GuidoMaggi elevator shoe is made  

“Our shoe lift system is completely invisible so that nobody will notice it. It also allows for better posture, as it’s meticulously tested by a team of orthopaedic doctors. There are three main benefits of our elevator shoes: a boost in height and self-esteem, luxurious and elegant style handcrafted in Italy, and of course, incomparable comfort.”  

What is it that has made the brand a worldwide success? 

“GuidoMaggi’s handmade shoes have been a success thanks to the superior quality of our innovative product. We’ve made a break from the mass-produced products of Asian companies, making shoes with the finest leathers and the highest quality materials, using traditional craft production techniques (such as Blake and Goodyear stitching), as well as delivering fashionable designs.”  

As well as Milan and Lecce, you have recently opened a showroom in Tokyo  

“Yes. With our company having benefited from e-commerce as our main sales channel, we also wanted to create exhibition spaces where visitors could look at and try on the shoes in our luxury collection. Our style advisors are on hand in our showrooms in Milan-Brera, Tokyo and Lecce to offer customer advice and fashion suggestions.”

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The Rise of the Bed in a Box

The Rise of the Bed in a Box

Fancy lying on a mattress made from camel fibre, horsetail hair, or perhaps your preference is more for luxury angora wool? Then again, maybe you’d rather have a night time kip on a mattress (or ‘Sleep System’) that’s so technologically advanced it was based on space research. We’re referring; of course, to the memory foam mattress and our new podcast sponsor, Leesa, have sent some of the MenswearStyle team their made in the UK offering which is meticulously engineered with three premium foam layers.

The Rise of the Bed in a Box

Springing into action
The foam prevents pressure points for sleepers by making sure their body weight is spread evenly. Foam mattresses, in fact, mould to the contours of the body. Incidentally they’re also a dream for those suffering from asthma because they don’t harbour mites unlike mattresses made from natural fibres. Experts recommend using one with a slated bed base for best results.

The Rise of the Bed in a Box

Today’s household mattress names
Yes, we’ve come a long way from the stiff orthopaedic mattress – the DIY version being to insert a couple of planks of wood between the bed base and mattress, the flouncy 1960s water beds and the minimalist futon of the Forties. Today’s Big Boys in the mattress field are brands such as Leesa. And it’s millennials who are buying their products. So, what do these have that the boring old mattresses of old don’t? Well, many of the owners of these trendy new mattress companies selling snooze havens are young entrepreneurs themselves so are – handily – their own ideal customer persona.

The Rise of the Bed in a Box

These companies are also amazingly digital savvy. They know how to get the attention of the young mattress-buying crowd who’ve just moved into a new home and who can’t fail to notice that stylish ad on the London underground that looks more like a fashion launch. But then, that’s not to say that there isn’t substance to the message. There’s also convenience – these mattresses come in a small box so there’s no having to manoeuvre it around small door frames and up spiral stairs – something that is increasingly important for creatives who live in big cities. And you don’t have to go and waste a day bouncing on mattresses in your local bed showroom since these can all be bought online with 100-day trial-free periods. And there’s no hassle with returns since the company will come and pick it up.

The Rise of the Bed in a Box

Leesa
The Leesa mattress comes with its own patented ‘cooling Avena foam.’ Its single 5cm thick memory foam layer is designed to relieve pressure points and perfectly contour the body while the 15cm thick base layer is for strength, comfort and suppleness.
“My king size mattress that Leesa were so kind to send me is a little slice of heaven. In fact, I was at a friend’s house and I mentioned that I was road testing this mattress and she took me upstairs to her room and showed me her bed and it turns out she has a Leesa mattress too, so the word is out on these guys. And then her husband came home so I jumped out of the window instinctively because who would have believed that story?” – Peter Brooker.

The Rise of the Bed in a Box

Leesa also have a great social impact programme; they donate one mattress to charitable organisations for every ten sold, aiming to help combat homelessness and human trafficking, and to date they have donated over 24,000 mattresses. They also plant a tree for every mattress sold through the Arbour Day Foundation, and have committed to planting 1 million trees by 2025 – great work guys! 

So, how happy are you in your sleep? And how much are you prepared to get a better one? Do you get 6-8 hours like the majority of our Twitter fans? Our readers can get £80 off your very own Leesa mattress right here to start improving the quality of your sleep.

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5 Popular Brands That All Men Should Own

5 Popular Brands That All Men Should Own

Brand names aren’t everything, but there’s no denying that there are a couple of well-known brands in the world that all men should have or at least know about. In this article, we’re going to showcase five brands for drastically different products that all men should know about.

5 Popular Brands That All Men Should Own

Clothing: Ralph Lauren 

When it comes to clothing, there are many menswear brands that we could mention. However, one winner must be crowned and we have to give it to Ralph Lauren. The name is so iconic that even people that don’t care about fashion have heard of it. He’s an influential designer that loves traditional clothing, modelling his style after America’s Ivy League colleges and exploring different moods, colours and patterns to create a global label. You’ll find sophisticated men all over the world wearing Ralph Lauren, so why don’t you add some of his clothing to your wardrobe too?



5 Popular Brands That All Men Should Own

Cars: BMW 

Vehicles have come a long way in the past few years. With cars going fully electric and some even going autonomous, there’s nothing quite like getting yourself a classic BMW. Big, bulky and with iconic silhouettes, a BMW is a sign of class and wealth. In the past, owning a luxury car was probably more expensive than anything else on this list, but thanks to comparison sites like GoCompare for insurance and a booming second-hand market for vehicles, it has become very affordable to own a BMW. If you’re a true connoisseur of automobiles, then picking up a classic BMW such as the E26 M1 will elevate your social status.

5 Popular Brands That All Men Should Own

Watches: Hugo Boss 

For men’s watches, you can’t go wrong with Hugo Boss. Excellent construction, superior designs and the iconic logo make for worthwhile investments. Every man should have a watch as part of their outfit (several if you have the money) and there’s nothing better than a classic wristwatch. Forget those fancy high-tech Apple watches and smart wrist devices–a highly-detailed and elegant watch will turn more heads.



5 Popular Brands That All Men Should Own

Eyewear: Ray-Ban
 

For sunglasses and general eyewear, Ray-Ban is an iconic brand. They’re stylish, sturdy and built with immaculate quality compared to cheaper brands that you’ll find in high-street stores. You can often find Ray-Ban glasses at your optician if they offer a wide selection, but you can also purchase Ray-Ban sunglasses online. The Ray-Ban website also allows you to customize your own sunglasses with their Remix tool, adding even more personalization to your outfit.



5 Popular Brands That All Men Should Own

Footwear: Thom Browne
 

Thom Browne is a leading American fashion designer and a major player in the menswear industry. With a generous selection of brogues, trainers and even sandals, Thom Browne has it all. Classic silhouettes, excellent quality and beautiful craftsmanship makes Thom Browne footwear a go-to brand for any man that wants to be seen and noticed in public. The shoes can be a little pricey, but if you’re willing to wait a while then you might find sales in luxury department stores or even online. Thom Browne footwear is highly sought-after, so expect it to sell quickly!


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Top Tips for Looking Sharp for a First Date

Top Tips for Looking Sharp for a First Date

Meeting someone new and arranging a date is an exciting time. You find yourself thinking about that special person, and you truly can’t wait to find out more about them. It’s also understandable that you might feel nervous because you want to make a good first impression, and you may begin to feel self conscious about how you look. Not to worry, this is a completely normal feeling, and can be resolved with a few simple tips and tricks, so that when the big date finally arrives, you rock up looking sharp and dressed to impress. Want to feel and look your best for your first date? Take a look at our top tips for looking sharp on a first date.

Top Tips for Looking Sharp for a First Date

How you smell makes the world of difference 

There’s something amazing about walking by someone that you find attractive and them smelling wonderful. The same should apply for you too. We don’t need to tell you that a bath is a must before your date, but making the extra effort and picking out some cologne to spritz on will make the world of difference. If you’re not the type to usually wear cologne or you’re not sure on which smells to go for, head to a store like Boots, Selfridges or Harvey Nichols and ask for some advice from one of the shop assistants as they will have great knowledge on which smells work best and will also be able to help you pick out the perfect scent to wow your date.

Top Tips for Looking Sharp for a First Date

Have your mop chopped 

Looking scruffy is a no no on a first date, and one of the easiest ways of achieving that look is by neglecting your hair do. Take yourself off to the barbers and have a fresh cut so that you’re looking your best for your first date. If you’re unlucky in the hair department and are already balding, then you can take steps into resolving your problem. Hair loss treatments are available from many pharmacies that simply involve you washing your hair with a hair growth promoting shampoo. Alternatively, you could ask your barber if there’s any way that they can style your hair to cover up any bald spots. Don’t forget that making sure that your beard is trimmed and neat is important too. Why not buy yourself some beard oil so that the condition of your beard immediately improves and is nice and soft? You never know if you’re going to need it to be soft if she leans in for that all magical first kiss!

Top Tips for Looking Sharp for a First Date

Dress for the date 

A mistake that many men make is by over dressing on their first date. While you want to look your best in a fresh suit and tie, it might not fit the date that you’re going on. Make sure you’ve got a plan for your first date so that you can dress for your date rather than just throwing on your best suit and hoping for the best. You should however, make sure that you’re wearing a collar for your first date. Regardless of whether you’re wearing a suit or not, a collar is always a winner! Try to keep your shoes smart too, as your scruffy trainers certainly won’t do you any favours. Take a look at these ideas on what men should wear on a first date and see if you can pick up any inspiration. 

Be strict with your diet  

What you’re eating can have a massive impact on your final look. Make sure that in the weeks or days leading up to your date that you’re being stricter with your diet. Cutting out junk food and fizzy drinks will do wonders for your skin and help you avoid a breakout on the big day. It will also prevent you from being bloated and help you wear your clothes that little bit better. Eating healthier will also make your hair softer, your eyes brighter, and also make you feel much better within yourself, so you’ll be more likely to win her over.

Top Tips for Looking Sharp for a First Date

Don’t overdo the bling 

Another massive mistake that many men make is by wearing all of their bling on the first date. While there’s nothing wrong with wearing some of your jewelry, you also don’t want to end up wearing more than she is. Choose one piece that will compliment your outfit, or even avoid it altogether. After all, you want her to be looking at you and not be blinded by the bling. 

Further tips 

So, now that you’re dressed to the nines, you need to begin thinking about how to impress her with your charm too. Here are some tips on how to win her over: 

Bring flowers: it’s not a must but making your date feel like a million dollars will definitely go in your favour. They don’t have to be expensive but it’s advised to avoid the garage bunch of flowers. 

Have yourself armed with questions: there’s nothing worse than being sat with your date and having no idea what to say. Don’t go too personal with your opening questions, but try and ask unusual questions so that your date doesn’t turn into every other generic ‘get to know each other’ date. 

Choose somewhere to go: briefly mentioned earlier, it’s always a good idea to decide where to go beforehand so that you can dress accordingly. Not only that, there’s nothing sexier than a man that takes charge

Smile: while you might be nervous, the best outfit and tip that you can take on board is simply remembering to smile. It will make the world of difference.

Top Tips for Looking Sharp for a First Date

Show up on time: there’s no bigger turn off than feeling that your date might not be showing up. If there is a reason for being late, let her know so that you can assure her that you’re reliable. 

Grab the cheque: while she may want to pay her own way, it always comes off better if you’re not avoiding paying for your date too. 

Avoid alcohol: there’s nothing worse than accidentally drinking a little too much and then putting your date off. 

Don’t be overly touchy: while hand holding is a definite yes, too much physical affection can come across too strong. 

Keep your language clean: while swearing is a regular thing for adults in this day and age, some people simply don’t like it. Avoid swearing so that you don’t give off the wrong impression to your date. 

Be a gentleman: chivalry is most definitely not dead and women love being treated like a lady. 

Listen to her: there’s nothing worse than your first date boring on about their own lives and not having a chance to tell a few stories yourself. Avoid talking too much about your buddies too, as this can be a massive turn off. 

Take these top tips on board so that you can literally dress to impress and totally blow your date away with how amazing you are. Don’t forget to remember these tips on how to handle your date too so that you can rest assured, you’re getting a second date!

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