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PETA Menswear Fashion Awards 2017

PETA Menswear Fashion Awards 2017

The fashion industry is known for making statements – and in 2017, luxury labels, young designers, and independent brands made some big ones for animals. Two recent, major reports reveal that a staggering three out of the four materials that have the worst environmental impact are animal-derived, leather being the most devastating. And as consumers continue to demand ethical clothing for which no animals were beaten, slaughtered, or skinned, designers have taken note. The PETA Menswear Fashion Awards celebrate the biggest moments, greatest innovations, and standout brands that made 2017 a kinder year for animals and the environment.

PETA Menswear Fashion Awards 2017

Vegan Brand of the Year: HoodLamb 

Founded in 1993 by Doug Mignola, who wanted to use industrial hemp to create a warmer post-surf jacket, HoodLamb has gone on to become a leading name in outerwear. Its sustainable vegan parkas are designed for the coldest environments (with the help of Sea Shepherd crews) and made with natural hemp and organic cotton combined with innovative feather-free Thermore Ecodown and fur-free Satifur. The brand also makes vegan knitwear, T-shirts, hats, and other apparel. 

Biggest Fashion Moment: Gucci 

In a monumental victory for animals – and after more than 20 years of PETA protests – the luxury powerhouse finally announced in October that it would be going fur-free, joining the ranks of Armani, Calvin Klein, Vivienne Westwood, and Stella McCartney, who have already banned fur from their collections.

PETA Menswear Fashion Awards 2017

Designer to Watch: Bruno Pieters 

Bruno Pieters, the former creative director of Hugo by Hugo Boss, is highly regarded for his avant-garde creations and sharp tailoring. He’s pledged never to stock leather, feathers, or fur on his platform Honest by, stating that he thinks “killing animals for human purposes is something that no longer fits within this modern world’s ideals.” 

Collaboration Award: Christopher Raeburn x Save the Duck 

“Recycle”, the much-anticipated Christopher Raeburn x Save the Duck collaboration for the 2017 autumn/winter season, combines the British designer’s military-inspired pieces with cutting-edge vegan technology. The camouflage-printed parkas, jackets, and padded vests are made using recycled fabrics and high-performance Plumtech, a feather-free, duck-friendly padding.

PETA Menswear Fashion Awards 2017

Innovation Award: Vegea Wine Leather 

Made in Italy, Vegea is a fully natural vegan material produced by processing the fibres and oils contained in grape marc, the skins, seeds, and pulp left over after pressing grapes. Designers of luxury clothing and accessories are already queuing up to get their hands on the new plant-derived leather when it hits the market next year. 

Best Vegan Suits: Brave GentleMan 

Worn by big names such as Benedict Cumberbatch and Joaquin Phoenix, Brave GentleMan suits pair centuries-old craftsmanship with cutting-edge and cruelty-free fabrics – including “future-wool” Tweed milled in Brazil and “future-silk” made from recycled plastic bottles. The brand opened a flagship store in Brooklyn, New York, this year – the world’s first all-vegan luxury menswear store.

PETA Menswear Fashion Awards 2017

Best Vegan Shoes: Good Guys 

Designed in Paris, Good Guys‘ shoes are true to the fashion capital’s effortless, modern style – in 100 per cent vegan-friendly materials. The brand’s sneakers, Derbys, and desert boots are made with recyclable, supple vegan leather and suede. 

Best Vegan Wallets: Stella McCartney 

Stella McCartney‘s “they have no idea they’re not real leather” accessories are now available in the brand’s menswear line. The embossed wallets, coin purses, and card holders are made of superior and sustainable vegan leather.

PETA Menswear Fashion Awards 2017

Best Vegan Bags: Tokyo Bags 

Built on the philosophy that a good bag should last for years, Tokyo Bags‘ classic briefcases, backpacks, and messenger bags are made with the highest-quality vegan leathers as well as sustainable materials such as cork and rubber. All the bags are delivered in 100 per cent recycled-paper packaging printed with soy-based inks. 

Best Vegan Belts: Will’s Vegan Shoes 

Will’s classic belts are handmade in Portugal using vegan microfibres, which look, wear, breathe, and resist water like animal leather – without the abuse of cows, pigs, and other animals or the toxic chemicals used to process their skins, which are dangerous for workers and the environment.

PETA Menswear Fashion Awards 2017

Best Vegan Watches: Hurtig Lane 

With a commitment to making watches “that wear well and last”, Hurtig Lane designs have stainless-steel casings, Japanese Miyota movements, and straps made of cruelty-free materials – including nylon Tweed and vegan leather. 

“It’s never been more stylish to dress with a conscience,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “Today’s designers are embracing ethical and eco-conscious materials because the future of fashion clearly lies in compassionate clothing.”

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A Visit to the Harman Kardon Experience Center

A Visit to the Harman Kardon Experience Center

Last week I was cordially invited to Northridge California for an all-inclusive, experiential event that focused on Harman Kardon and JBL audio, as well as Harman’s auto partners, Kia. Firstly, I had to double-back to the dictionary to ensure that ‘experiential’ is a word. Sure enough it is, though not one in my lexicon. I feel like we have experience and we have experimental, but I don’t know if we need experiential. Anyway, I digress. I signed up.

A Visit to the Harman Kardon Experience Center

The event was held in the most dislocated of circumstances. On the shuttle bus from the hotel to Harman’s Northridge Experience Center, the driver was quick to highlight, ‘the air is bad in Hollywood, but not normally this bad’. Referring to the outbreak of fires that was currently eating its way across the hills of Southern California.

A Visit to the Harman Kardon Experience Center

Inside the center (I will use the indigenous spelling as you may have noticed) down the warehouse corridors, the miasma of charred woodland and merciless destruction was omnipresent. It is as you’d expect, immersive, both sonically and visually. David Glaubke, the Director of Public Relations at Harman, curates a mini-tour by picking up an Under Armour visor from a table and immediately a seraphic light pierces the product from above and the product details are displayed on a flat screen in front. All made possible by the Martin Harman lighting, which focuses on creating attractive environments through the use of dynamic light and visual effects.

A Visit to the Harman Kardon Experience Center

As well the retail sector, Harman also becoming a recognised force in the travel and hospitality industry. With IBM Watson it has introduced voice recognition into hotels, the perfunctory ‘open the blinds’ and ‘turn on the lights’ aren’t reinventing the wheel, but still impresses. Significantly it’s also piloted this technology in 50 Thomas Jefferson hospitals in Philadelphia.

“Health care is very interested in this technology. Nurses are saying they spend 10% of their time trying to find the remote control to the TV, doing the blinds, making the patient comfortable. Well if you’re able to take that off their plate they can reinvest that 10% into critical care for patients. It recognises multiple languages, it’s customisable, this is very aspirational stuff. You can send your presets on to the hotel ahead of time and you can walk into a room tailored to how you want it” – David Glaubke.

A Visit to the Harman Kardon Experience Center

The Experience Center is like Disneyland for anyone involved in the creative arts, musicians especially. As someone that used to tour the country in originals and covers bands, I was suitably impressed with the crisp sound from the JBL EON ONE PRO. It’s light as heck, 37 pounds (that’s 17kg for us Brits and just over 2.5 Stone for us oldies), which makes it perfect for transporting for pub gigs. The bass had a good feel through the 8 inches of subwoofer and as its battery powered, you won’t be tripping over power cables (Occupational hazard of a musician or well-oiled wedding guests).

A Visit to the Harman Kardon Experience Center

The highlight of the tour was having the opportunity to watch a couple of movie clips inside the $1 Million private cinema. All demonstrating the penetrable firepower of JBL audio capabilities. Watching Tom Cruise on a space bike whizz across a Mars-like planet for a 30 seconds in Oblivion, I thought not only is this the technically punctilious and audibly immersive experience I’ve ever had, but Tom Cruise gets to ride a motorbike, even when he’s in outer space.

Lastly, I had the distinct pleasure of road-testing the Harman car audio capabilities by driving the KIA Stinger around the hills of Mulholland Drive. It’s worth mentioning that circa 50 million cars on the roads have Harman technology. Manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Volvo, Aston Martin, Maserati, Toyota, all use Harman audio systems As Jonathan Pierce, Senior Manager of Global Benchmarking at Harman so eruditely mentioned in his keynote presentation, “Not everyone goes home to listen to their $30k speakers. A lot of people listen to music in their cars. We employ 42 trained listeners, to help us optimise this experience. That covers everything from detecting colourations, alterations in frequency responses and, minimising vibrations in doors”.

A Visit to the Harman Kardon Experience Center

Overall I was spoilt. It reaffirmed my love of audio and it widened my appreciation of the technical design and emotion that goes into evolving each speaker. I felt that everyone from the PR side, to the technicians, many of whom had been at the company for a number of years, felt an affinity for JBL and the Harman brand. And they’re not alone.

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6 Must-Know Winter Hike Essentials

6 Must-Know Winter Hike Essentials

A ramble into the countryside is a tradition that many families across the UK take part in over Christmas. Yet with temperatures across the British Isles continuing to plummet, it’s looking likely that this year’s walk is going to a be a chilly one. To help make sure your time outdoors isn’t ruined by worries over frostbite, we’ve compiled a list of six items that will help to keep you warm.

6 Must-Know Winter Hike Essentials

Waterproof Boots 

Waterproof boots are an essential piece of footwear for the active man to have in their wardrobe. Their crossover ability to be both practical and stylish means they’re worth spending an extra few quid over.

6 Must-Know Winter Hike Essentials

Waterproof Gloves 

Our fingers are one of the first places that we feel the cold, so it’s best to skip over the cotton gloves and to go for a real pair of winter warmers. Keep an eye out for a pair that have a waterproof outer shell and an insulation layer that stretches all the way to the fingertips. If you can live without your phone for the length of your walk, then it’s best to invest in a pair of mittens. Keeping the fingers together makes it easier to trap in any heat.

6 Must-Know Winter Hike Essentials

Long Johns 

They might be an item of clothing that’s generally associated with older age, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying out long johns for yourself. Trust us, once you do, you’ll never go back! Avoid buying a pair that are made of cotton if you’re going to use them during any form of physical activity. Cotton traps sweat released by the body, which could cause a lowering of the body temperature if you take a break during your walk.

6 Must-Know Winter Hike Essentials

A Hat 

We lose around seven to ten per cent of our body’s heat through the head, according to studies. That’s why it’s essential to keep your noggin wrapped up when you’re exposed to the elements. While beanie hats aren’t going to earn you any points for your style, they do always guarantee a snug fit. Look out for one that has a warm, breathable lining to help keep your head warm.

6 Must-Know Winter Hike Essentials

Merino-Wool Socks 

Keeping the toes warm over the winter is a never-ending battle inside your home, let alone in the outdoors. Thankfully, merino-wool socks provide the ideal solution. They’re both breathable and moisture-wicking – two factors that are key to providing optimum temperature regulation. Despite the fact that merino-wool socks can work wonders, they’re still dependent on a decent pair of boots to work properly when outdoors.

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What to Look For When Buying an Expensive Suit

What to Look For When Buying an Expensive Suit

Many occasions call for the purchase of a new suit. Perhaps you’ve been invited to a wedding, a christening or maybe you’re looking to sharpen up for the office. Either way, a suit should be viewed as a necessary investment. A cheap suit is almost guaranteed to need replacing in a couple of years, whereas well-designed tailoring can last you 20 plus. So, what should you look out for when buying an expensive suit? And, of equal importance, how can other people tell that you’re wearing the best. With help from our friends Charles Tyrwhitt, the experts in suit design, we have created this guide to make your purchase the right one.

What to Look For When Buying an Expensive Suit

The Materials 

The materials that make the suit can be the determining factor as to whether your suit will last the test of time.
Look for suits that have been created with natural fibres, avoid those with labels that say it has been created with a wool-blend or man-made materials. Polyester, for example, should be avoided. It retains a lot of heat, is less breathable and creases easily. A suit with 100% wool is something that you should look out for — these suits are versatile and ooze comfort. For a lustre look, often silk or mohair (a silk-like material made from the hair of the Angora goat) is added and this gives a luxurious shine to any suit. For extra movement and comfort, a high-quality suit is often made with a small amount of Lycra and this improves its elasticity.
An indicator of the finery of the material is the number alongside the ‘Super’. The Super is a way of indicating that the wool is of high quality and the higher the number, the finer and lighter the cloth will be.
One thing that you might not consider is the material that your buttons are made from. Plastic buttons are prone to breakage and chipping — imagine if you brush against a wall or table, it will be the buttons that take the impact. Another high-quality material that is often used for making durable and long-lasting suit buttons is corozo nuts.

What to Look For When Buying an Expensive Suit

The Design  

The design of a suit determines how it fits your body and moulds to your shape over time, it is what makes the suit truly yours.
Often, it is down to personal preference what weave is preferred but some are considered higher end than others. The patterns are created in the suit by interweaving different coloured threads in different ways. The ‘twill’ weave is considered to be stylish — this has a diagonal line of raised fabric and a silk-looking finish. The ‘herringbone’ also gives a smart look — this is an intricate V weave that creates a smooth feel.
A canvassed suit jacket has been created so that it has layers of material that sit between the outer suit fabric and the inner lining. This tailoring technique helps the suit maintain structure and shape. What you should look out for is a ‘floating canvas’ — this is where the middle layer has been stitched to the fabric loosely so that the suit is able to mould to your body shape and move when you move.
The lining of the suit can be a giveaway as to how well it’s been made. Despite popular belief that an unlined suit is cheaper than a fully lined one, it actually takes more effort to create an unlined suit as the stitching and cut of the material is exposed. However, lined sleeves improve your ability to slide the jacket on and off.

What to Look For When Buying an Expensive Suit

The Details 

Even some shop assistants might not be aware of the tiniest of details that can improve the quality of a suit. It can be the tailor’s own way of integrating quality into their work.
The lapels on a suit are the folds that sit either side of the opening across the chest. One detail that can indicate the quality of a suit is the lapel roll — this is the fall and curl of the lapel from the collar to the first button. If the suit is one of many rolled off a production line, it is likely that the lapel will be completely flat against the jacket and the roll will be almost non-existent. In a high-quality suit however, the lapel roll will look like it has been carefully curved — giving the jacket more texture and a better appearance.
The back vents on a suit can determine how easy it is for you to move around and feel comfortable. Choose suit jackets with twin back vents on the back of the jacket to improve its flexibility and range of movement.
Stalk loops on jackets are something to look out for too. This is a traditional tailoring feature which neatly keeps your flower stalk tucked away. Although it may not be a necessary feature for everyone, it shows attention to detail that’s likely to be an indicator of a good suit.
Examine the buttonholes. Cheaper suits can often have frayed buttonholes as they haven’t been stitched with delicacy. Small details like this are big giveaways as to how your suit has been made.

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A Guide to Sloping Off in Style

A Guide to Sloping Off in Style

There’s already been some serious snow in ski resorts across Europe and the US and the forecast promises more dumps on the way. We recommend taking advantage of the early white Christmas on the slopes and check out our roundup of some of the best snow gear around. 

Arc’teryx – Cerium LT Hoody 

From the Canadian alpine specialists, a new look and feel Cerium mid layer with impressive warmth-to-weight ratio stats. It’s versatile, too. Layer it up in cold conditions or wear as a standalone piece in dry conditions. Did we mention warm? 

Now O-Drive board bindings
 

Keeping yourself attached to your new board is pretty essential and Now’s O-Drive binding offers the ultimate in high performance for any riding style. It’s carbon highjack and baseplate make the O-Drive super light, plus it’s Skatetech technology prevents foot fatigue and will be sure to keep you going strong until apres.

A Guide to Sloping Off in Style

Dragon Alliance – Asymbol Bryan Iguchi X2s Goggle 

See. And be seen. Legendary snowboarder Bryan Iguchi has collaborated on the design of the limited edition X2 goggle. It features the latest Lumalens colour filtering technology. That means intense contrast and clarity, and improved depth perception. So, you see more, you react faster and you perform better. Anti-fog coating and 100% UV protection come as standard. And you get a choice of two tint options. Nice.

A Guide to Sloping Off in Style

Jones, Lone Wolf snowboard

Stand out on the slopes no matter the conditions. This brand-new board shape has an eye-catching dovetail design. Whether you catch fresh snow or the slopes have been bashed, the Lone Wolf design blends the features of a powder board with the heart of a Super-G racer. It’s also got brand new triple density bamboo stringers in the sidecut. The result? Better edge response. Better turns. Better than your mates…

A Guide to Sloping Off in Style

Arc’teryx – Rush SV Glove
 

If it’s snowing as hard as you hope, you’re going to need proper protection. Arc’teryx bring us the latest in glove technology with the Rush SV, a glove that’s built for dealing with severe conditions. And they’re not kidding. Tri-Dex™ patterning technology mimics your hand for serious freedom and touch whilst the full leather overlay makes them durable and improves grip. So, whatever the slopes throw at you, you’re covered.

A Guide to Sloping Off in Style

Finisterre – Eddy Base Layer 

Taking warmth to another layer. The Eddy uses Finisterre’s tried and tested non-mulesed merino wool blend. That means it’s moisture-wicking, thermo-regulating and antibacterial so will keep you warm and smell free. The design also places the seams clear of the shoulder to reduce chaffage and makes it extra comfortable when you’re styling out a rucksack. 

Finisterre – Eddy Long John 

OK. So only your nearest and dearest get to see you in your long johns. But that doesn’t mean you settle for less. The Eddy Long John from Finisterre adds an extra layer of warmth to your ski outfit. Even better, the merino wool fabric keeps you warm when you’re cold, and cool when you’re hot. It’s also odour-resistant so it can get you through a week on the slopes.

A Guide to Sloping Off in Style

Picture Organic Clothing – Naikoon Jacket 

For the environmentally conscious. The Naikoon Jacket comes with Picture’s top of the range R-PET20K membrane – a waterproof and breathable polyester blended laminate that’s also PFC-free. Which means awesome waterproofing wrapped up with high-quality comfort and makes the Naikoon the go to choose for hitting the mountain.

A Guide to Sloping Off in Style

Picture Organic Clothing – Naikoon Pants 

Want pants with that? Picture Organic’s Naikoon pants combine a slimmer fit (hello silhouette-conscious snow fans!) with a design that promotes freedom of movement. But it’s not all understated style – there’s some serious tech on show, too. Picture’s R-PET membrane gives 20k/15k waterproofing and breathability. The Coremax insulation lining will keep you warm. And the fully taped seams with powder skirt will keep you dry if (when) you stack it.

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Introducing Gore-Tex Infinium Product Brand

Introducing Gore-Tex Infinium Product Brand

Last week MenswearStyle was invited to Berlin’s WECC, to spend a day learning about the new Gore-Tex Infinium brand, by speaking to members of the team and exploring their impressive installation showcase set inside an old factory/mill building. For more than 40 years, the Gore-Tex brand has stood for performance, functionality, quality, comfort and trust. The brand is building upon this expertise to lead the Gore-Tex brand into a new evolution stage that goes way beyond waterproofness.

Introducing Gore-Tex Infinium Product Brand

Beginning in autumn 2018, the new product brand Infinium will join the existing Gore-Tex brand, expanding its offering with an entirely new class of apparel, footwear and accessories. Gore-Tex Infinium products will be for those who like to be active and whose top priority is functional clothing. Using its extensive knowledge of “comfort science” and how the human body reacts in concert with different climate demands, they have developed innovative new product technologies for specific activities such as running and cycling while also offering them a performance upgrade.

Introducing Gore-Tex Infinium Product Brand

Comfort science is the study of how the human body reacts to different climates and temperatures under vastly different activity situations, and how different fabric and apparel technologies can help to improve people’s comfort and overall experience outside. Last year, they opened a one-of-a-kind Biophysics Lab and Environmental Chamber that can re-create up to 95 percent of the Earth’s environments in an effort to further advance the type of work it has done in this area for decades. The lab will continue to play a major role in developing on-going and future product technologies.

Introducing Gore-Tex Infinium Product Brand

Gore-Tex Infinium products will be available in selected retail stores and can be identified through the white diamond logo on the products. At the same time, the brand will continue to bring innovations in the waterproof-breathable category to market and those products can be identified by the black diamond logo of Gore-Tex products. They will work with select partners such as ACRONYM (see picture above) to launch the Gore-Tex Infinium product brand with four innovative new product technologies in autumn 2018.

Introducing Gore-Tex Infinium Product Brand

The products with the white diamond logo are intended for those who like to be outside and desire broader benefits and meaningful experiences through products that are “beyond waterproof”. It could be a favourite pair of Brogue shoes or Converse trainers that keep your feet comfortably warm and stylish through the winter; yet because the insulation is so thin they don’t have the bulky insulation look consumers are accustomed to seeing; or the gloves that provide enhanced tactility, keep fingers warm in winter and let you use your smartphone without taking them off.

Introducing Gore-Tex Infinium Product Brand

These new product technologies include Therium footwear that can protect your feet against cold outdoors, yet prevent them from overheating when they transition to indoors. Soft-Lined Shells; which pairs warmth and breathability while offering persistent water repellency via a new technology that enables the use of a membrane on the outer layer of the fabric. Insulated Garments; also equipped with the new membrane technology allowing water to beat on the surface, keeping you warm and cosy. Stretch Gloves; feature a single seam over the entire finger area and a 3D shape with stretch to provide superior fit.

Introducing Gore-Tex Infinium Product Brand

“The new Gore-Tex Infinium product brand will join the Gore-Tex brand offering consumers new product options,” said Christian Langer, Global Sales and Marketing Leader, Gore Fabrics Division. “It could be a favourite pair of shoes that keep feet comfortably warm and stylish through the winter; yet because the insulation is so thin, they don’t have the bulky insulation look consumers are accustomed to seeing. Or gloves that provide enhanced tactility, by keeping fingers warm in winter and yet allow customers to use a smartphone without taking them off.”

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5 Wintertime Activities to Help You Stay In Shape

5 Wintertime Activities to Help You Stay In Shape

The New Year is fast approaching, and with it come the promise of a new regime of getting into shape for 2018. With a combination of healthy eating and regular exercise, you could very well make 2018 your healthiest and most mentally productive year yet. But why wait until January to start working towards a new you? Winter is a great time of year to get out there and get fit, with plenty of options for calorie burning activities to help ease the overindulgences of the holiday period.

If you’re not sure where to start with your new fitness regime, try these top five wintertime activities to help you stay in shape.

5 Wintertime Activities to Help You Stay In Shape

1. Try A Winter Sport

Take advantage of the seasonal sporting activities available during the winter months. From team sports to ice skating, there are plenty of ways to have fun and keep fit. Skiing is a great way to burn calories whilst enjoying the winter weather. From artificial slopes in your local area, to holidays abroad on faraway slopes, skiing is a low intensity workout for your entire body. Team sports like rugby and football also come into their own in the winter, and you can easily join a local team for a weekly kick about to keep in shape.

5 Wintertime Activities to Help You Stay In Shape

2. Enjoy The Great Outdoors

Long walks in the crisp winter air get the blood pumping and the heart rate up. A thirty minute walk everyday burns calories, improves stamina, and increases circulation. Whether you enjoy a walk in the snow, or a hike around the shops, walking is the perfect way to stay active this winter. So before the evening malaise by the fire settles in, take an evening walk with your dog, children, or spouse for a blood-pumping activity. 

3. Join The Gym

If you can get in before the New Year’s rush, you can bag great deals on gym membership during December. While everyone else is thinking of big nights out and even bigger Christmas dinners, gyms and fitness centres are doing their best to entice new members through the doors. Find out about the special offers at your local gym and sign up now before the January exodus.

5 Wintertime Activities to Help You Stay In Shape

4. Try Supplements

Listen, it’s never certain that your diet is going to stay perfect during these fun, festive, and food-filled months. A little bit of slacking on your diet may mean that you’re not getting the proper nutrients you need, which can lead to stress and exhaustion of both your body and mind. Try taking some vitamins and minerals during these months, especially Vitamin D if you’re lacking direct sunlight and Vitamin C to stave off sickness. In the same way that vitamins benefit your body, brain-boosting supplements like nootropics can supercharge and protect your mind. A combination of both will keep you on your A Game during the holiday season, whether you’re shopping, cooking, or just playing board games with loved ones.
 

5. Exercise At Home

Many people prefer to exercise outside or at the gym, but in the winter the prospect of leaving your cosy home might become more difficult. There are plenty of at-home resources you can use to exercise. Buy an exercise DVD and pop it in the second you wake up. There are also tons of exercise gurus on YouTube with free exercise videos that you can get sweaty to. If you have an exercise machine folded up in your attic, take it down and place it in the centre of your living space so you can’t avoid it during the holidays. Your waistline will thank you!

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Bluesound Release Original Content Series

Bluesound Release Original Content Series

Audiophiles unite! This is the bellowing cry that is currently emanating across the hills and rooftops courtesy of the Bluesound conch. For the uninitiated, Bluesound is an alliance of audiophiles dedicated to delivering on the promise of wireless, digitally perfect high-fidelity audio. Now Bluesound has released a 3-part series entitled ‘A SOUND IN THE MAKING’ – a series designed to showcase inventive and creative sound makers through exclusive access to studio rehearsals, mixing sessions, small club and giant arena sound checks.

Bluesound Release Original Content Series

Bluesound are no longer becoming the insiders’ best kept secret. They recently scooped the best Multi-Room award at the WhatHiFi? Awards (4th year in a row) and their wireless ecosystem delivered through the BluOS Controller App which communicates up to 64 players, is unparalleled according to most audio critics.

Bluesound Release Original Content Series

And speaking of parallels and facsimiles, Bluesound and the musicians, producers and audio professionals featured in the aforementioned video series are embarking on a parallel journey; both working to deliver a similar experience to their fans, followers and listeners; that of a unique and special sound. The series is centred around videos featuring the bands discussing a song of their choice and delves into deconstructing the creative and technical process – the influences behind it, the hidden complexities, the role that each instrument plays, the approach to mixing and the song’s role in the greater picture of their body of work.

Bluesound Release Original Content Series

The first episode takes a deep-dive into the creative world of Toronto Jazz Quartet BadBadNotGood. In an intimate conversation the band gives us the proverbial backstage tour on the creative process for their track, Cashmere. This interview gives the audience a great insight into the creative process and dismantles any verisimilitude that recording live jazz is a simple one-take ‘one and done’ thing. The newly released second part of the series features a band closer to home; British Electronic duo Mount Kimbie. They move the discussion further on how the nuances in music delivery, from how the music is recorded, produced and encoded, through to the audience’s experience of decoding and playback, creates a symbiotic relationship between the audience, the artists and the music.

Bluesound Release Original Content Series

The video that accompanies the interview unpacks the creationism behind the bands track Four Years and One Day. The song that not only open’s their latest album Love What Survives, but also opened their set at their recent sell-out concert at the Roundhouse theatre in London. For lovers of 70s electronica the micromoog is the under pinning sound, with inter-weaving oscillating patterns that crescendo nicely from an atmospheric intro, into an organised cacophony of rhythmic pulses.

Bluesound Release Original Content Series

“With this record we’re just trying to create an environment of spontaneity and have everything geared towards being able to record quickly and not worrying too much about how it was going to fit, or how it works within a normal studio workflow, or whether it was in a certain BPM. It was just creating as much raw material as possible, and that means having everything turned on to record all the time.” Kai Campus, Mount Kimbie.

Bluesound Release Original Content Series

Lastly, Montreal-based and Polaris prize nominee Milk & Bone will sign off the mini-series as they dissect their shared enthusiasms with Bluesound for products that have the capacity to articulate the vision of sound, originally conceived by the artists themselves.

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The Royal Exchange Christmas Gift Guide

The Royal Exchange Christmas Gift Guide

If you hadn’t noticed already, the festive season is looming large. The signs are everywhere; the streets are awash with autumn colours and every crunch of a leaf underfoot is a step closer to winter; the season of mulling everything, blustery walks, knitwear… and Christmas. Yes that’s right, Christmas means Christmas and to make a success of it, a concerted effort to buy the right gifts is something of a necessity. For some, the festive shop is about as appealing than a second helping of Brussels sprouts, but that is to forget the charm of the festive scenes of a London street in the twilight months of the year. A trip to The Royal Exchange could be all it takes to change your perceptions. A stone’s throw from Bank in the heart of the city, this architectural marvel is steeped in nearly five centuries of history and houses some of the most iconic luxury brands in the world. There are few more inviting environments in which to do your Christmas shop, and with the time-pressed shopper in mind we’ve picked out the must-have gifts of the season for the discerning gent in your life, all of which can be found at The Royal Exchange.

The Royal Exchange Christmas Gift Guide

Leica Sofort Camera – £250

There is nothing sentimental about cloud storage, so don’t let those magical Christmas moments disappear by depending on never-seen-again smartphone photography this December. Leica’s Sofort Camera is a quirky, compact instant camera with all of the benefits of digital. Nominate yourself (or someone else) as the designated photographer and remember the best bits of Christmas this year.

The Royal Exchange Christmas Gift Guide

Crockett & Jones Cavendish Loafer – £550

This anniversary design by Crockett & Jones harks back to the firm’s archives and blends classic styling with outstanding craftsmanship. The polishing process is carried out by hand, creating a unique colour and patina.

The Royal Exchange Christmas Gift Guide

Orlebar Brown Bulldog Le Saint Geran – £225

If the thought of darker nights has you, or the gentleman in your life, dreaming of sunny skies, Orlebar Brown has the answer. These tailored swim shorts feature a print from the azure North-Eastern coast of Mauritius. Don’t head for the winter sun without them.

The Royal Exchange Christmas Gift Guide

Tateossian Montecarlo Bracelet – £165

Taking inspiration from the cars of the famous racing event in Monaco’s capital, translucent enamel on the carbonfibre effect clasp meets sterling silver and black Italian leather for a neat and elegant accessory from Tateossian.

The Royal Exchange Christmas Gift Guide

Georg Jensen Koppel Watch – £895

If another Christmas and New Year means a new timepiece is in order, then Georg Jensen’s Koppel watch should be on your list. Uncluttered design and sharp colours make this an investment that is sure to stave off the test of time.

The Royal Exchange Christmas Gift Guide

Bremont ALT1-C Cream Watch – £4,595

If you’re looking for a timepiece slightly further up the echelons, then this Bremont is something to behold. The ever-so-slightly retro cream deal and contrasting brown leather strap evokes the aeronautical inspiration behind the Bremond brand, and gives it a distinctly British feel.

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Behold The Musto Loska Parka

Behold The Musto Loska Parka

I was on a recent search for the best parka outerwear around and I stumbled across Musto’s impressive offering. I knew about this brand and their strong association with sailing, but I hoped I could find something that would work well in an urban city landscape at ease. A parka coat is a signature garment that every guy should have this winter. It’s a style that’s been around for decades and will be around for decades to come. It was important that I found one that was versatile enough to be teamed with both a casual assemble and a smart look. I needed plenty of pockets for a notebook, smartphone, wallet and headphones as well as snacks to see me through my busy London schedules where I can easily clock up 10k steps in a day whilst attending my meetings each week.

Behold The Musto Loska Parka

Battling the elements is essentially what Musto are all about. They engineer technical clothing to help people perform at their peak, no matter the adventure. Their designers are fanatical about detail and style, from the precise placement of ergonomic panels on active jackets to the careful crafting of the handmade leather shoes, this is where style meets hi-tech performance. To achieve this they only work with the best manufacturers so you can be assured of Musto quality every time. Testing is integral to the process and their products are put to the test in extreme hostile environments around the world and within labs. This is clearly why people still wear their own twenty-plus-year-old Musto gear today. This impressive durability factor is why the brand can offer a lifetime guarantee on many lines as well as an exceptional repairs service.

Behold The Musto Loska Parka

After speaking with Musto I was pointed to the Loska BR2 Primaloft Parka (£400), which is a stunning yet understated coat that is of series quality, available in Brilliant Blue, Liquorice, Black (the one I chose) and Forrest Green. It’s highly waterproof, breathable and windproof to Musto’s BR2 standard insulated with PrimaLoft Black Insulation Eco for lightweight warmth. I was in London at just 1 degrees to capture these images and later that day it even snowed lightly. I can confirm that I was comfortable all day; not too toasty and not too chilly. The coat even has microfleece lined handwardmer pockets and a microfleece lined collar for warmth and comfort. There’s a double storm flap over the centre front zip and removable faux fur hood trim which although I’m glad it’s faux, certainly looks and feels the real deal. The 3-way adjustable hood with snap buttons to attach to the collar when not being used is a personal favourite feature since a big slouchy draping hood is a personal pet peeve of mine – the look ruins the aesthetic of an outfit for sure. This simple button mechanism keeps the hood shape nice and neat, sitting high up so you feel snug.

Behold The Musto Loska Parka

Another cool feature is the inner stretch cuffs with thumb loop to keep out the elements. Not only do I always lose gloves, but I require my fingers free for handling money, using my smartphone, skipping music tracks and tapping in and out of the TFL. So, having something that just warms the base of your hand quick and easy is a brilliantly clever feature. There’s also an internal zipped pocket (which is impressively deep may I add) with a headphone exit point. There’s 107 days of rainfall in London on average per year so the durable water repellent coating which helps water bead and run off for faster drying times is a strong feature. And finally, if you’re unlucky enough to get caught in a heavy downpour, there’s drainage holes inside the pockets to allow water to escape. So, if you’re living in a big city and are looking for a winter coat, I would recommend one of these Musto parkas – you definitely won’t be disappointed.

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