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Maplin Launches Free Smart Home Consultation Service

Maplin Launches Free Smart Home Consultation Service

Smart technology is growing at a rapid rate with more than 4 million Brits owning a Smart Home device and one in five are expected to buy an Amazon Echo or Smart surveillance product in the next six months. Yet despite growing popularity, research from Maplin has revealed that people are still confused about Smart technology, with more than half admitting they do not fully understand it.

Maplin Launches Free Smart Home Consultation Service

In response to this, Maplin has launched the first ever free service dedicated to providing people across the UK with helpful, at-home impartial, expert advice on using and setting up Smart technology in their home. Whether its deciding between Amazon Echo or Google Home as your first foray into Smart, or looking for ways to save money on bills or simply being able to remotely keep an eye on your pets at home, Maplin Smart Home surveyors will provide a detailed and bespoke home evaluation, personal to everyone’s needs.

Maplin Launches Free Smart Home Consultation Service

The Free Smart Home Survey service has now launched nationwide and offers people a free home visit with a Maplin Smart Home surveyor to discuss your needs and the different types of products available. The surveyors will also provide a free Wi-fi health check to ascertain whether your home is ready for smart technology and if necessary give advice on networking solutions. Following this, the surveyor provides a bespoke report listing the Smart Home products that would be suitable based on the needs outlined and should any of the products be purchased, Maplin also offer an installation service to ensure customers are fully set up and working.

Maplin Launches Free Smart Home Consultation Service

Next week a Maplin surveyor will be conducting a Smart Home consultation at our Founder Craig Landale’s home in London. Craig is staying optimistic and hoping introducing smart tech will be useful and not just a fad. He comments; “I’ve never been overly interested in smart tech in the past. I wonder if I would fail to use it after the initial excitement is over after a week or so. Just like Siri on the iPhone; I simply don’t use it and can never think of something to ask him, and he never understands my Yorkshire accent. That’s another thing about Amazon Echo for example, how easy is it to learn what to ask it, what can they do? Is it easy to install? I’m a Millennial whose job is online so I consider myself tech savvy, and If I’m not sure about this I can imagine the average guy is even more confused than me. However, I’m working with Maplin to get educated and have an aim to make my life easier at home through smart products whilst saving money on my bills, so I’m going into this with an open mind and see if it works. Let’s see if I can be converted, let’s see if it will actually make my life easier.”

Maplin Launches Free Smart Home Consultation Service

Appointments can be booked in Maplin stores nationwide or online at maplin.co.uk

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5 Ways to Layer On-Trend for AW17

5 Ways to Layer On-Trend for AW17

As cooler weather sets in, you know the drill: Layer up to stay warm without looking or feeling uncomfortable and awkward. The rules, thus far, typically involve starting with a button-down, adding a quarter-zip or a V-neck sweater preferably with a finer knit, and matching that with a pair of structured trousers and either a blazer or a more substantial coat. Or, for a more casual option, there’s always the Grunge-influenced combination: Start with a T-shirt and jeans, throw a flannel or over-shirt on top, and go with a shearling-trimmed denim jacket.

But, as plenty of runway presentations reveal, layering doesn’t have to be an either-or scenario. Rather, designers have started changing up the rules.

5 Ways to Layer On-Trend for AW17

Reversed and Untucked
 

When you stick with traditional layering, you keep each piece visible, tuck in the loose ends, and streamline your overall silhouette. Yet, both AW17 and SS18 presentations at Paris Fashion Week indicate a total reversal: Excluding your trousers, the longest garment becomes the base – a button-down with longer shirttail hems, for instance – and a shorter, cropped garment goes on top – usually, a sweater or buttoned vest hitting the hips. At the same time, those longer, looser shirt-tails hang right over your preferably skinny and structured trousers, adding a third contrast. Playing up the seemingly out-of-sync ratio are contrasting prints: As one common theme, a plaid or check patterned shirt clashes against a bold, striped sweater.

5 Ways to Layer On-Trend for AW17

In (Contrasting) Threes 

Layering, by default, is purely practical: You’ve got to hold onto body heat when it’s cool, and adjust when the temperature goes up. That being said, there’s a difference between layering for the outdoors – for instance, with moisture-wicking base garments, a fleece mid layer, and a waterproof shell jacket – and doing it partially for style, and that aspect comes down to colours, patterns, and textures.

Here, what’s considered the rule of three comes into play: When you’re starting with a mock neck or button-down shirt, introducing a sweater and finishing it off with a shearling bomber or pea coat, no two pieces should be the same shade. Match, yes they should, for everyday use, but that goes more along the lines of balancing your greys, navy, and blacks with light shades, pops of colour, and statement prints.

Or, if you’re not finding that precise balance point, runway trends point to an amalgamation of pattern-clashing and uneven layers: Cobble a floral print, checks, and stripes together just because you can.

5 Ways to Layer On-Trend for AW17

Uneven Monochrome 

As another alternative, diverge from the “Which colour?” decision entirely, pinpointing your sights on monochrome. Y-3’s AW17 show exemplifies the notion that layering doesn’t always come down to colours and prints and, instead, can distinguish itself through uneven lengths and asymmetrical silhouettes.

In line with long-standing streetwear concepts and the more-recent jumpsuit phenomenon, this trend isn’t simply taking the template and painting it a single shade. That’s too easy. Rather, in further using Y-3’s example, opt for pieces of different lengths and cuts – thinner or even jogger pants, a longer billowing jacket, and a shirt or two with either a cropped length and loose fit or a longer hem. The result essentially resembles the male equivalent of a women’s handkerchief skirt from the mid-2000s.

5 Ways to Layer On-Trend for AW17

Double jackets 

Who says you just have to wear one? Cold weather doesn’t always call for a cumbersome puffer, especially when you’ll end up looking like George Costanza and his fur-trimmed Gore-Tex number. Appearing like you’re heading off to the Antarctic doesn’t work when you’re walking around the city all day, so, to be pragmatic and far more stylish, just layer your jackets.

But, there’s also a method to this. It’s not as simple as picking two from your closet and putting them on. The result, in that case, makes you resemble Bender from The Breakfast Club. Instead, factor in the contrasts – where the hems fall, the materials used, and how the collars overlap. Keep it short with a silk souvenir jacket under your shearling-trimmed suede bomber, or dress down your camel coat with a structured and partially-buttoned denim work jacket underneath.

5 Ways to Layer On-Trend for AW17

Large, Baggy Sweaters
 

As a kid, you might’ve had a relative hand you a long, chunky cable knit sweater with a mock neck, and after you protested its obviously large size, you simply got told, “You’ll grow into it.” This time around, however, there’s no waiting for this garment to eventually fit. As J.W. Anderson’s AW17 runway showed, oversized, baggy sweaters, preferably with a visible knit, are the key to staying warm. Yes, the cut clearly gives it a youthful quality, but simultaneously, it acts as a layer: A piece that overlaps with trousers or jeans and can additionally be tossed over any lighter, fitted shirt underneath.

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Win a DAKS Store Voucher

Win a DAKS Store Voucher

This week we’ve partnered with the brand DAKS which has always been synonymous with British heritage, style and elegance. Together, we’re offing one of our MenswearStyle readers the chance to win a £300 to spend in their flagship store located on London’s Old Bond Street. Originally founded in 1894 by Simeon Simpson, DAKS has since become one of the UK’s most quintessentially British luxury labels, specialising in fine tailoring and accessories for both men and women, whilst continuing to uphold the values of quality, reliability and innovation first established over 100 years ago. These values remain unchanged and are paramount to the brand’s identity, as does their desire to create much loved classic pieces.

Win a DAKS Store Voucher

For their Autumn/Winter 2017 collection, DAKS has drawn inspiration from three iconic landscapes in Britain; the city, the country and the Scottish islands. The fabrics that make up this collection have been sourced and developed through exclusive collaborations with some of the finest cloth mills in Europe. Prince of Wales, houndstooth, herringbone and pinstripes are presented in tones of grey melange, rusty brown, and hues of blue and navy, while wintery floral prints bring some light to the collection with tones of dusty pink and red. The theme is a celebration of all things British. The landscapes are a key focus for the imagery and colours used throughout the collection, but at its heart is the heritage of the British textile industry and the classic look that is associated with it.

Win a DAKS Store Voucher

How to Enter 

To be in with a chance of winning this exclusive prize to win a £300 DAKS store voucher, simply enter your name and email address in the below form before completing the optional extra entry methods which will boost your chances of being the randomly picked winner. You have until midnight on the 16th November 2017 to get your entries in and we will announce the winner in the below form within 24 hours and contact the lucky individual directly. Good luck everyone!

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Introducing Proverb Skincare For Men

Introducing Proverb Skincare For Men

A man’s grooming kit should be a state of constant flux. Evolving like the very skin he lives in, constantly striving for peak perfection. At MenswearStyle we’re constantly on the lookout for new and innovative skincare brands that work in simpatico with healthy lifestyles, that comes from an eco-friendly core and is designed to inspire men to feel better about their skin, body and mindset through being lifefuelled. Introducing Proverb, a new skincare range for men whose founders hail from the elite worlds of professional rugby, rowing, and skincare; who live and breathe the philosophy, you ‘get out what you put in.’

Introducing Proverb Skincare For Men

Proverb takes the understanding and efficacy of elite sports nutrition and applies it to your skin. They have managed to galvanise clean, active, natural and organic ingredients such as proteins, anti-oxidants and enzymes, formulated for lab proven results; making Proverb the first male skincare brand to be awarded EWG (Environmental Working Group) certification.

Introducing Proverb Skincare For Men

“When I started out in women’s skincare over 10 years ago it was always a source of amusement amongst my professional sports peers and those that knew me. Since then I have had a vision to make it ‘OK’ for men to care about their skin and how they look and feel. The goal is for Proverb to become the most trusted and desirable ‘clean’ male skincare brand that takes a truly integrated approach to healthy skin, body and mindset driven by my desire to see things differently”Luke Sherriff, former Pro athlete & Co-Founder.

Introducing Proverb Skincare For Men

Products from the range include everything a man needs in his grooming kit survival guide. Cleanse & Shave Nutrient Mud, Hydration Pro Moisturiser, Oil Balance Pro Moisturiser, Skin Definition Facial Scrub, Skin Resistance Training Supplements and a Strengthening Skin Serum. What I love most about this brand is how accessible it is for the man on the move. All the products are available in volumes of 100ml or under which makes it a blessing for anyone travelling internationally and wants to maintain a consistently good grooming regime, without the need or rigmarole of checking in luggage. The name is also a welcome relief from its more derivative contemporaries who seem to cling onto voguish laddish idioms that they believe resembles modern masculinity – MAN MOIST, BRUT FACE, GRILL CLEAN – need I go on.

Introducing Proverb Skincare For Men

The packaging is inoffensive, borderline nondescript. But it’s main USP is that it’s not only a product backed by science, but it’s been championed and conceived by athletes. People such as Brand Ambassador, Thom Evans, who leads the brand’s launch campaign. A model and ex rugby pro, Thom trains hard, loves sport, eats clean and is passionate and excited about life – he is the epitome of lifefuelled.

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The Art Of Packing For An Overnight Getaway

The Art Of Packing For An Overnight Getaway

One of the hardest things about an overnight getaway or a business trip is knowing what to pack
and what to leave behind.
Unfortunately for most of us, that decision is often made by the
ancient luggage we lug around with us everywhere. Without a doubt the first rule of any trip
should be having the right bag, and it should be no surprise that there are some amazingly
smart and stylish options out there. One of our favourites by far is the exceptional Garment
Weekender
bag from Hook & Albert.

The Art Of Packing For An Overnight Getaway

Why We Love It 

The Garment Weekender bag does just what it says in the name, combining a garment bag to
hold two of your favourite suits or shirts, while also doubling as a roomy and well put together
weekender duffel bag for everything else. After your long journey you can finally have a
suit without any creases ready to go. The bag also comes in pebbled leather and a twill fabric
which is super light and very stylish – it’s even TSA approved as carry on luggage.

The Art Of Packing For An Overnight Getaway

The Essentials 

Now that you have the right luggage, it is time to take your first packing steps. We often find that
people get overwhelmed trying to make sure they pack everything right away. One of our tips is
to take a step back, and just think about the essentials. Not sure what those are? Well luckily we
have just the list for you. 

The Gentleman’s Wardrobe 

In thinking through what to wear on your overnight stay, we like to break the mold a little bit. We
truly believe that the modern gentleman knows to leave the university T-shirts and flip flops at
home. Instead make sure you have trousers and a jacket at the ready. You never know when an impromptu dinner party with an important client or close friend could arise, and we promise that no
one has ever been shamed for overdressing. Dressing up a little is always a good thing to do no
matter the destination or occasion, and hey, they may even bump you up into first class at the airport.

The Art Of Packing For An Overnight Getaway

Casual Must Haves 

Just because it’s time to relax, this doesn’t mean that you have to lose your style. A great pair of
dark jeans are an easy item to dress up or down, and if you haven’t found a comfortable pair yet
then you truly aren’t looking hard enough. We recommend pairing them with a super soft cotton
black shirt and some stylish sneakers. Also, invest in a
good nightwear, we promise you’ll thank us later. All of these items should fold flat as well,
keeping your bag nice and light. 

A Lesson In Shoes 

Being one of the bulkier items, we find that one of the hardest things to know how to pack well
are shoes. Bring too many and you’ll need a massage from a sore back, bring to few and you
may be left wearing dress shoes and shorts, which isn’t a good look for anyone. We recommend
bringing shoes that are super versatile. As mentioned above, you can never go wrong with a
nice pair of white sneakers. The great thing about these is that you can dress them up or down
with ease, and they are also super comfortable, clean and minimal.

The Art Of Packing For An Overnight Getaway

The Kitchen Sink 

Let’s face it, most guys don’t know how to be well groomed without getting very messy or having far too many products. That’s why having a good leak-proof bag for your toiletries is a must. If
you were smart and got the Garment Weekender mentioned above, then lucky for you each one
has a matching dopp kit you can purchase with it. I think we can all agree it is time to stop it with
the Ziplock bag. 

Forgettable Smalls 

The last few things on our list are all the small accessories that are easy to forget and will leave us grumpy
and anxious. These items include all necessary charging cables, a good pair of sunglasses, a
lint roller, pocket detergent, and your basic socks and underwear. Just make sure that anything
you might want mid travel is easily accessible. Cables and sunglasses are always best kept in
your bag’s side pocket.

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What Your Watch Says About You

What Your Watch Says About You

Watches are a telling device, and not only of the time! A watch can say more about a gentleman than any item of clothing or pair of shoes. Here at MenswearStyle we have devised a comprehensive guide to find out what your watch really says about you. So, whether you’re online dating, meeting new friends or conducting a sales pitch for work, when it comes to watches, are you Mr Flashy or a Watch Connoisseur?

What Your Watch Says About You

1. Nomos – Mr Cool 

A Nomos wearer understands the value in the understated. With its sleek Bauhaus design aesthetic and the technical mastery of German engineering, a man wearing a Nomos watch cares about the quality of his wristwear over brand recognition. In either the classic Lambda style or the sportier Ahoi aesthetic, the Nomos wearer is minimalistic in his style choices and knows that, when it comes to watches, the devil is truly in the detail.

What Your Watch Says About You

2. Omega – Sleek & Sporty

Omega is a brand that strikes the perfect balance between luxury and utility. An Omega wearer, and in particular a wearer of the notorious Seamaster, can be expected to lead an active life but is at the same time style-conscious and never to be seen without his elegant timepiece. Not quite a watch connoisseur, an Omega wearer is a little less interested in the recognition of the watch and more in its features and uses. For example, the Seamaster is water resistance of up to 50m, all while having the visual appeal to be worn as an everyday watch.

What Your Watch Says About You

3. Rolex – Flashy Watch Aficionado 

When it comes to what your watch says about you, Rolex is a divisive brand. Take a gold Yachtmaster, with Rolex’s classic president bracelet, this style exudes affluence and just a hint of arrogance… at least enough to make its wearer seem like the flashy fella of watch-lovers. This watch wearer can probably be seen zooming down Park Lane in a BMW on weekends.

But, if you take Rolex’s other best loved-style in steel or platinum, you have an entirely different man. With the Datejust you have a man that wears a watch of both high function and elegance. In fact, the Rolex Datejust in steel is considered perhaps the most sensible watch for timepiece fanatics. This is due to the extremely long periods between servicing, durability, and overall elegance of design.

What Your Watch Says About You

4. G-Shock – The Man Who Knows No Bounds
 

With its accessible price point and high-tech features, there is only one kind of man who wears a G-Shock timepiece. That is, the same guy who climbs Ben Nevis on a weekend, or canoes his way to France instead of taking the Eurostar. This watch is for the adventurer who loves the great outdoors. With its dynamic time settings and 200m-depth resistance in water, the G-Shock man – like his watch – knows no limits.

What Your Watch Says About You

5. Grand Seiko – The Watch Connoisseur 

The Japanese brand’s reinvention of itself over the past few years has seen a revival amongst watch lovers and entry-level purchasers alike. Grand Seiko have carefully positioned themselves in the market, below the likes of Rolex and Patek in terms of price range, but far exceeding the value of intellectual property in the engineering of Omegas or Longines. The wearer of a Grand Seiko, in particular the infamous Snowflake, is a true watch connoisseur and his timepiece truly takes precedent. Perhaps even to the detriment of the rest of his wardrobe. Oh well, at least his wrist looks nice!

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6 Must-Have AW17 Footwear Styles

6 Must-Have AW17 Footwear Styles

Cold-weather preparation fuels your outlook. A transitional mindset powers you through the months ahead. And, whatever happens, you always want to look good. Since simply having smart boots for the office and a pull-on, insulated pair for the snow doesn’t cut it, take a different approach. Mainly, for Autumn/Winter 2017, that centres around upgraded classics, revising the standards and fusion styles. Start with the following:

6 Must-Have AW17 Footwear Styles

Statement Loafers 

When it comes to straightforwardness and simplicity, nothing truly beats a slip-on shoe. Yet, while many men automatically associate this concept with Vans’ skate styles, the loafer occupies this territory from a more classic, albeit sometimes dated, perspective. As such, its impression is often nonexistent; it’s easygoing and in the background, letting whatever else you’re wearing rightly get attention. For AW17, the statement loafer updates tradition without totally tossing every long-held notion out. Yes, its simplicity remains unchanged, but within those borders, variations on cut, material, and embellishments forge out a new path. As such, based upon Fashion Week reports, find what works amongst chunkier outsoles, angular shapes, kilt-like accents, fringe, metal hardware and bolder, less-standard hues like orange, red, and blue.



6 Must-Have AW17 Footwear Styles

Lugged Lace-Up Boots 

Gorpcore exerts more influence than most realise. Although the trend, at its centre, involves appropriating traditional outdoor and hiking garments for every day urban use, trekking around town in a Patagonia puffer embodies just one iteration. More subtly, the fusion of rugged elements and dressier underpinnings manifests as a luxury-leaning work boot. A thicker, sturdier lugged outsole should replace the traditional flat, modestly textured offering – better for treading on icy, snow-covered sidewalks – and a smooth leather upper complements a taller, lace-up construction. With cold weather creeping up, consider features like lightweight microfleece insulation and a waterproof lining.



6 Must-Have AW17 Footwear Styles

Tech Trainers 

The athlete eyeing a faster time or striving to sprint across a greater distance seeks out the perfect pair of running shoes: In the present, this style often goes lighter, incorporates breathable and cushioned elements, and plays a sock-like fit off a grippy outsole. Yet, that barely-there style has its place: the gym. Usually an outdoor track or for the truly adventurous, the trails.

AW17 on the other hand, finds sneakerheads finally giving these performance trainers the time of day. Although the “dad shoe,” essentially a clunky cross-trainer based on a 1980s running silhouette, is having its moment, its slimmed-down, more modernised cousin presents an antithetical counterpart. In these cases, elements like neoprene and knit nylon play off contrasting, colour-blocked combinations, blending that must-have appeal with implied speed and long-distance goals.



6 Must-Have AW17 Footwear Styles

Skate Shoes
 

Why be overly complex? With skate shoes, a simple direct look that works for everyday wear is exactly what you get. Although styles from Vans’ classics to D.C.’s more current silhouettes often utilise a grippy outsole and cupsole shape to improve board-feel and performance, it’s the vulcanised construction that truly make them feel like your favourite pair of canvas trainers, only with a bit more substance. And, with plenty of collaborations out there – from Gosha Rubchinskiy’s take to graphics influenced by Peanuts, extreme sports, and Major League Baseball – you’re not stuck with a choice of just a few dark solids.



6 Must-Have AW17 Footwear Styles

Luxury Trainers
 

Exclusiveness isn’t just for sneakerheads. As the classic trainer concept oozes both practicality and a casual vibe, AW17 has seen designers play around with this template, elevating it above the typical leather, canvas and woven nylon combinations. Veering away from the predictable. What results often resembles a hard-to-find streetwear pair – multicoloured, utilising suede and reflecting a seemingly paradoxical blend of retro and modern influences. If “dressy trainers” sounds oxymoronic to you, this season’s tinkering truly makes it possible.



6 Must-Have AW17 Footwear Styles

Desert & Chelsea Boots 

Here’s a silhouette that precisely embodies transitional style. Not too tall, not too many laces and rounded in just the right places. Desert and Chelsea boots – often utilising the same characteristics – factor the greater coverage you want in autumn with the occasional balmy day when you have to go outside. Whether you pull on a Chelsea boot or quickly lace up its desert counterpart, the top typically aligns right with your trousers, while its streamlined design effortlessly caps off both casual suits and blazer-and-chino ensembles. For a more on-trend take, consider a lighter shade – grey or camel, rather than black, navy, or dark brown – to juxtapose both cold and warm-weather aspects.


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Discover October 2017 Coolest Stuff

Discover October 2017 Coolest Stuff

The rain and wind has arrived and many men are currently taking a crash course in the art of layering. Scarves and statement coats at the ready gents, and don’t forget to buy some winter boots too. I’ve searched for the coolest releases of October and I hope you like what I’ve found. There’s everything from unique and casual waterproof boots, a hand-blown whisky glass and jeans made from cashmere. So, following on from my September round-up, I’ve compiled a list of my favourite products and releases for the month of October 2017 – enjoy. 

Hype AW17 Collection 

Hype have re-written their own rule book with their AW17 collection. Whilst exploring cut and sew fabrics on a grander scale and sherpa quilting, they have slowed down on all over print in the collection and explored the use of graphics in a new and exciting way. The core of Hype is still very prominent in AW17 but the use of more interesting processes, including puff screen prints and embroidery, has heightened the level of production and end product.

Discover October 2017 Coolest Stuff

Ted’s Grooming at Home Treatment Range 

When it comes to immaculate style, Ted Baker believes in taking it from the top: allow yourself a head start and the rest will surely follow. Introducing the new product range from Ted’s Grooming Room infused with ingredients inspired by the ancient Ottoman Empire, this performance-led treatment regime has been authentically crafted to recreate the master barber experience.

Discover October 2017 Coolest Stuff

Sperry Rain Boots 

A little rain shouldn’t stop you from seeking adventure. With rain boots from Sperry, you can traipse over any terrain in all-weather comfort and style. These waterproof boots for men are made to keep you steady, warm and safe wherever you roam. Sperry’s rain boots are made from durable, high-quality materials, including non-marking rubber lugged outsoles with moulded Wave-Siping for stylish sure-footedness.

Discover October 2017 Coolest Stuff

Selfnation Bespoke Cashmere Jeans 

The brand for the perfect fitting made-to-measure trousers present the new limited bespoke autumn/winter 2017 Cashmere Jeans, an exclusive highlight for the cold season. The new winter jeans are probably the  cosiest jeans in the world and offer a completely new wearing feel. The noble cashmere is woven in a traditional weaving mill in Italy with high quality cotton. This creates a unique product, soft as cashmere wool and at the same time robust as denim.

Discover October 2017 Coolest Stuff

Hypebeast Magazine Issue 19 

The Temporal Issue, featuring Goyard, one of the most sought-after labels of all time, on its cover. The instantly-recognisable Goyard canvas is rendered into three different covers, and also comes with a nostalgic souvenir inside. Hypebeast Magazine Issue 19 examines the notion of impermanence, an idea especially poignant in today’s culture of hype where trends die premature deaths after the briefest of moments in the limelight, covering brands and collectives as varied in age as possible.

Discover October 2017 Coolest Stuff

Honest by National Theatre Bookshop

Designed to leave you with clear and glowing skin this October, the National Theatre Bookshop is proud to announce a new line of Honest skincare products. Honest carefully crafts each product by hand from a strong belief that duty lies in taking care of nature. With an ethos of ‘less is more’ at the heart of their brand, packaging remains simple, biodegradable and reusable. Products use only 100% pure ingredients and this ethical company’s honest brand will leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and refreshed.

Discover October 2017 Coolest Stuff

Oliver Brown Tweed Tailoring 

Since the start of shooting season Oliver Brown has been inundated with bespoke commissions for new shooting attire. Whilst ready-to-wear remains as popular as ever, the real sartorial connoisseurs are opting for their bespoke service. The most popular Tweeds have been chosen from the Lovat Mill in Scotland, widely acknowledged as the home of Tweed since 1826. The world-famous cloth is renowned as being extremely hardwearing and versatile with a choice of over 700 different patterns.

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Gloverall x Pretty Green AW17 Capsule

Gloverall x Pretty Green AW17 Capsule

This season, Gloverall has teamed up with Liam Gallagher’s iconic Pretty Green label to create a unique autumn/winter 2017 capsule collection with a distinctly British twist. The coming together of these two classically inspired brands has culminated in a series of showpiece duffle coats, which will no doubt become collectors’ items in the not too distant future. Combining the heritage and craftsmanship of the classic Gloverall duffle coat, with the innate style and ingenuity of Mr Liam Gallagher, this new capsule collection provides a new and unique take on this classic wardrobe staple.

Gloverall x Pretty Green AW17 Capsule

Staying true to the identity of the brands, the collection centres around the classic Gloverall Monty Duffle coat as its focal point. There are two new styles, each in a different colourway. Each of the coats has been manufactured in the original 900gsm Gloverall duffle fabric at the Gloverall factory in England.

Gloverall x Pretty Green AW17 Capsule

The Pretty Green X Gloverall duffle coats have all been made using the brand’s original Monty pattern but with a slightly slimmed down silhouette for a more contemporary fit.
The first of these new styles feature a hand-stitched Union Jack flag sewn onto both the front and back body panels, adding a splash of colour and signifying the British heritage that has played such an important role in influencing both of these brands. This first style is available in both a classic black and a bolder camel. On the black duffle coat variation, this flag has been garment dyed. The second style is again cut slimmer but has no Union Jack attached. Instead, it features the Pretty Green AW17 ‘Black Label’ paisley design throughout both the interior lining and hood facing.

Gloverall x Pretty Green AW17 Capsule

This second duffle coat style is available in both black and a beautifully rich burgundy.
Made in England by Gloverall. Both duffle coats are made from a wool-blend cloth and provide exceptional warmth and comfort. Fitted with a protective hood and throat tab as standard, they also feature traditional wooden toggles with a jute rope fastening and are either lined with exclusive ‘Black Label’ paisley print or feature a hand-stitched Union Jack flag. The addition of the hand sewn Union Jack flags on the front of the jacket gives a nod to many iconic moments throughout musical history; including Liam Gallagher‘s performance at the Isle of White Festival and The Who‘s ‘The Kids are Alright’ album cover.

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6 Winter Grooming Tips from Ruffians Barbers

6 Winter Grooming Tips from Ruffians Barbers

As the harsher, colder conditions bestow themselves upon us, it is time to adjust and adapt your grooming game to make sure you are not left out in the cold (excuse the pun). The award-winning barbers, Ruffians, have pulled together six top tips to keep your grooming routine in check this winter. 

Exfoliate 

It’s essential that you prepare the skin properly before you shave. Think about it – if you’ve got a face which is studded with bits of dirt, dust and who knows what else, it will create a bumpier ride for the razor. To eliminate this, it’s best to wash your face with a microgranular exfoliator which will help to smooth down the face, creating a flatter surface which the razor can glide cleanly over. There is a misconception that exfoliation should only be done in the summer months, this is not the case. We would recommend using a slightly lighter exfoliator than in the winter months, but this should be a year-round activity.



6 Winter Grooming Tips from Ruffians Barbers

Use Warm Water 

It’s time to up the temperature of the water. When washing away your exfoliator, use warm water or better yet, a towel that has been soaked in very hot water. This will help to keep the pores open and allows the hairs to become softer and less brittle. This will mean fewer rough passes with the razor and a far smoother finish. 

Choose Your Razor Wisely 

The better the razor, the closer the shave. Make sure you choose a razor that is good quality, versatile and made with the customer in mind. A Ruffians favourite is the Dorco Classic – a world first, positioning 7 blades compactly next to each other – ideal if you’ve got a thick growth. However, if you’ve got sensitive skin, you’ll need to protect against the blade’s efficiency: the Dorco Classic thought of this and positioned a strip of lubricating balm just next to the blade. In the unfortunate event of nicking your skin, the natural extracts on the lubricating strip will soothe the cut and quickly disinfect it, so you can finish your shave without worrying about balls of tissue paper. 

Shave in the Same Direction as the Growth 

Shaving against the grain is the number one cause of irritation when shaving, as it will rip hairs unnecessarily from their pores and cause tiny blood blisters. Take the time to understand the direction of your hair growth as this will help to avoid any nasty ingrown hairs and irritation.

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Moisturise 

Be kind to your face – after all, you’ve just scraped off a few layers of skin and it probably needs some further TLC. Once you’ve finished shaving, splash your face with cold water (this will help to close the pores) and apply an alcohol-free moisturiser. This will form a barrier between your fresh skin and the bacteria floating around in the air which can no longer enter your pores. The colder conditions will quickly dry and irritate your skin so be prepared to moisturise throughout the day. 

Be Careful Where You Spray Aftershave 

Make sure you spray your aftershave somewhere which isn’t your face, as anything alcohol based will dry out your already sensitive skin significantly. Consider spraying it on other locations such as the back of your neck or wrists.

Article by Menswear Style