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Win a Jekyll and Hide Voucher

Win a Jekyll and Hide Voucher

We’ve partnered with luxury accessories brand, Jekyll & Hide, to give one of our readers the chance to win a £200 voucher to spend on their website. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Jekyll & Hide now also boasts offices in London and Sydney and is stocked in stores across New York, South Africa and Europe. The Jekyll & Hide traveller is confident, sophisticated and adventurous with an attitude for craftsmanship and longevity. A plethora of products make up the Jekyll & Hide catalogue; including leather jackets, travel bags & accessories, belts and this year sees the launch of their first footwear collection.

Win a Jekyll and Hide Voucher

A luxury lifestyle brand that caters to all your adventures, Jekyll & Hide accessories feature specific functions and compartments for ease of travel, creating lifelong lifestyle partners. Tech infusions run throughout with RFID blocking technology being a signature feature of their accessories, preventing fraud whilst travelling.

Win a Jekyll and Hide Voucher

How to Enter 

To be in with a chance of winning simply head over to our Competition Page and leave your name and email address. This will unlock extra entry methods which will ultimately increase your chances of winning. You have until May 28th 2017 and the lucky winner will be selected at random and announced within 24 hours – Good luck everyone!

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Discover John Malkovich Menswear

Discover John Malkovich Menswear

Finally, actor John Malkovich owns his “dot com” after his name. It was through very sophisticated and witty TV ads, strategically placed during this last Super Bowl, that we learned Mr. Malkovich’s troubles to take back his valuable “dot com” from a fishing website whose domain was johnmalkovich.com. It’s hard to imagine that his previous two ventures, Uncle Kimono and Technobohemian, didn’t have any on-line presence, but now we can purchase from the comfort of our home computers, the creations the actor designed for his new menswear collection under his own very name.

Discover John Malkovich Menswear

It’s amazing how Mr. Malkovich can travel effortlessly from movie screens, to theatre stages, to the realm of menswear, and in each venture reveal the same strong unique personality that is “John Malkovich.” Ease seems to be the key element in his new Spring/Summer collection of classic shirts with whimsical but never too intrusive prints, fun T-shirts with cartoon illustrations, and the most classic cotton sweaters in white, blue, and cherry red, paired with unexpected square necklines. Found in this collection as well are skinny trousers in cotton, linen, or light wool in classic nuances of blues and greys, and timeless blazers in linen and cotton. And, if you end up on the beach this summer, Mr. Malkovich is offering loose cotton Bermuda shorts for your comfort in the warm weather.

Discover John Malkovich Menswear

There are a few surprises, too, such as the “Mao Jacket” constructed with a flat notched collar and the relaxed “shirt jacket” composed of two patch pockets and buttoned cuffs. Accessories received particular attention in the form of sensual scarves with hand-drawn patterns, created by Mr. Malkovich himself, and printed on silk and cotton or linen blends. Knitted silk ties in heather blue or red and pearl complete the collection, adding a classic but laidback touch. And do not fear when summer weather brings showers, for the collection also offers mid-length, single-breasted raincoats in navy, red, or white in a mini-tartan pattern.

Discover John Malkovich Menswear

If John Malkovich’s fashion venture has a very European flair, it’s because he’s partnered with French designers Liliana and Francesco Ferri and produced between Hungary, Bulgaria, and Italy. But Mr. Malkovich’s own fashion sensibility wasn’t a sudden whim, but had its roots back in school when he took some costuming classes as part of his degree in theatre. As a real Renaissance man, John Malkovich has blended his varied talents effortlessly throughout his long career, and the TV ads aired during the Super Bowl are a testimony of this cohesion. With the help of the creative team of Squarespace, who produced the TV ads, the highly sophisticated short clips embody all of Mr. Malkovich’s persona. Set in his atelier, the actor demonstrates his legendary acting chops among his menswear creations with a witty elegance that personifies the unique John Malkovich style.

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Introducing Montana by Jekyll and Hide

Introducing Montana by Jekyll and Hide

Born in the heart of Cape Town, South Africa, Jekyll & Hide is a global brand standing for quality, functionality and style – a delicate intertwining of the old world and new. The juxtaposition of historic and modernity is at the core of the brand, combining classic leather with modern technology. The Jekyll & Hide traveller is confident, sophisticated and adventurous with an attitude for craftsmanship and longevity. A plethora of products make up the Jekyll & Hide catalogue; including leather jackets, travel bags & accessories, belts and this year sees the launch of their first footwear collection.

Introducing Montana by Jekyll and Hide

Contributing to Jekyll & Hide’s extensive range is the Soho collection; lending its hand to a more relaxed, casual look. This is a fresh take on the brands’s ethos, preferred by business professionals and seasoned travellers. This range features cabin trolleys, holdalls, backpacks, briefcases and other smaller travel accessories.

Introducing Montana by Jekyll and Hide

Technology infusions are central to the Soho product line, as seen in the use of RFID blocking technology, added into bags and wallets to prevent contactless fraud. The Soho range is born to explore; with dedicated and carefully curated compartments for all your necessary travel and tech essentials. Secure padding is a core feature, added to cushion laptops, tablets and other devices, allowing easy access and protection for a hassle-free journey.

Introducing Montana by Jekyll and Hide

The Soho collection receives its name from Lower Manhattan’s Soho, synonymous with trend-setting. A blend of comfort, flair and tradition with a distinctive, vintage finish defines the Soho range, encapsulating quiet sophistication, authenticity and an adventurous spirit. Soft, waxy, pull-up leather combines with antique brass buckles and fittings to result in a rich expression of relaxed, individual style: somewhat understated, yet instantly noticeable to the discerning eye.

Introducing Montana by Jekyll and Hide

Prices start at £115 and is available at jekyllandhide.co.uk/soho. The Jekyll & Hide story is a simple one – by creating products that are lifelong partners of travel and adventures of life, they follow the mantra ‘Live Authentic’.

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Introducing the new Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge

Introducing the new Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge

MenswearStyle had the privilege to feel the power and presence of the fastest ever Rolls Royce motor car. Rolls Royce embodies luxury and craftsmanship and this new black line offers the discerning client a bold statement, one that can be tailored to their exact requirements.
The classic long bonnet, and yet a wider stance hints at its power, the power and grace of a luxury yacht for the road. It is a cocoon of serenity inside, with seats that massage you as you glide over the road surface. Yet the beast underfoot is ready to be unleashed. The 6.6 litre V12 deploys 624bhp and a monstrous 870Nm of torque allowing this exquisite coupe to launch into the night as the torque swells with a glorious surge of rampant energy.

Introducing the new Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge

The black badge goes beyond the classic wraith, with added feel and eagerness to the way it drives. A slightly stiffer suspension, steering setup and responsive gearshifts thanks to a new enhanced 8 speed gearbox which instills confidence and emboldens the drivers “darker” personality.

Introducing the new Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge

The all new, and specific to the black badge are the artistic and extraordinarily innovative 21” wheels made from an outer rim of carbon fibre bonded to aero-space alloy composite spokes – resulting in immense strength, light weight and visually striking.
Fine details don’t end there, with attention to detail extending to the roof. An exact layout of the star constellation above Goodwood from the first day the factory opened illuminates the cabin, with hand stitched leather seats, and yet again can even be customised to a client’s requirements. The customisation parameters are endless in a way that only Rolls Royce seems to provide.

Introducing the new Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge

The car is a tour de force in technology, with a satellite aided gearbox reading the road ahead and pre-selecting the relevant gear. LED based lighting offering night vision as you explore the boundaries of a grand tour at dusk.

This sportier masterpiece of craftsmanship offers never before seen levels of grace, style and glamour in a Rolls Royce that only the bravest can try and tame.

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The World Best Airport Salons

The World Best Airport Salons

Cabin pressure and altitude are not kind on our skin and hair whilst travelling, meaning we arrive feeling dull and lifeless. If you’re meeting someone special on arrival or particularly if you’re on the move for business you’ll want to arrive feeling and looking fresh. There are a number of salons opening in some of the busiest and most-popular airports worldwide. You can take advantage of these at either pre-take off or during connections and delays.

The World Best Airport Salons

Bradley Smith Hair – London Heathrow Airport

The UK’s first airport hair salon has arrived at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 by celebrity hairdresser and stylist; Bradley Smith. Having worked with Lady Forsyth and R&B artist Craig David, Bradley has created an innovative service of 15-minute blow dries. This new trend of speedy styling comes after he won a three-year contract against other high-end competitors, accommodating for those who want to depart and arrive in and out of the city fresh and business ready.

The World Best Airport Salons

JFK Clubhouse – John F Kennedy Airport New York 

This salon has its own spa where guests can relax and refresh prior to your long-haul flights out of one of the world’s busiest airports. Located within their Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in Terminal 4, you can rejuvenate with complimentary shaves, hand or head massages to release that pre-travel stress. Specialist treatments using Bumble and Bumble products means you’ll be boarding your flight revitalised.

The World Best Airport Salons

Modele – Changi Singapore Airport 

Home to a rooftop swimming pool, you are not short of ways to spend time in transit at Changi airport, however if all you want to fight Singapore’s cruel humidity, pass by Modele located within the Terminal 2 departure lounge for a hair refresh. With skilled stylists to work with your hair texture and face shape you can brave a new cut or just have a hair wash and style ready for your next stop.

The World Best Airport Salons

Wellness Spa and Salon – Hong Kong International Airport 

Hong Kong’s airport might be known for connections between destinations but it is not short on in-house facilities. Head to their Wellness Spa and Salon in both Terminal 2 and Departures lounge on their north concourse, for a range of hair services and whilst you’re there why not treat yourself to their exclusive services of aromatherapy massages, hand and foot spas with luxurious organic products by Jasmin Aromatique.

The World Best Airport Salons

King Hair Salon – Narita International Airport Tokyo 

Within Terminal 2 of Tokyo’s busy Narita Airport you’ll find King’s Hair Salon. With reasonably priced efficient services you’ll be sure you can arrive at your next stop looking sharp. Ensuring no delays in your travel, their stylists are efficient and accommodating to your hair’s wants and needs.

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5 Fashion Documentaries Every Man Should See

5 Fashion Documentaries Every Man Should See

Stuck for something to keep you occupied on your day off? Why not relax and get educated about the world of fashion all at the same time. There are countless documentaries out there focusing on fashion, but we’ve handpicked the ones that are really worth your time. So, without further ado, here they are.

5 Fashion Documentaries Every Man Should See

Just for Kicks, 2005 

Ever wondered what lengths people will go to in order to get their hands on their dream sneakers? Just for Kicks delves into the world of sneaker culture, interviewing the likes of Grandmaster Caz, Reverend Run and Missy Elliott about their footwear obsessions. Guests tell tales of being held at gunpoint for their trainers, having to carry weapons just to defend the shoes on their feet and plenty more ridiculous stuff like that.

5 Fashion Documentaries Every Man Should See

Dior and I, 2014 

Ok, so strictly speaking, Dior and I isn’t about menswear. However, it is still a highly interesting and candid look at the inner workings of the fashion industry and how designers put their collections together. Dior and I follows Raf Simons’ first eight weeks at the helm of the French fashion house and the painstaking journey he and his team must go through to prepare for his first haute couture show in Paris.

5 Fashion Documentaries Every Man Should See

Fashion Victim: The Killing of Gianni Versace, 2001 

Gianni Versace revolutionized fashion in the early 90s, he introduced to world to the concept of the ‘supermodel’ and is probably one of the best-known designers in the history of fashion. Unfortunately, he suffered an untimely death. This BBC documentary takes a look at the events leading up to Versace’s death and the ensuing events of his passing.

5 Fashion Documentaries Every Man Should See

Don Letts and Fred Perry present Subculture, 2012 

The UK’s fashion landscape is built on subcultures. The public are obsessed with it, as are designers. This series of 6 short films was originally shown on Channel 4 and tells the tales of some of Britain’s most influential and notorious subcultures, including Mods, Rockers, Soul Boys, Ravers and much more.

5 Fashion Documentaries Every Man Should See

Bill Cunningham New York, 2010 

Filmmaker Richard Press reportedly spent eight years convincing legendary street fashion photographer Bill Cunningham to go on camera. If you aren’t already familiar with Cunningham and his work, then this documentary is an excellent place to start. The now sadly deceased photographer reveals much about his personal life, his craft and even offers a glimpse into his studio.

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The Masters of Mixology

The Masters of Mixology

Seemingly a joke from the film, Cocktail where a puckish Tom Cruise has to fund his way through college as a barman under the tutorship of maverick mixologist, Bryan Flannigan. For some that gag might land, for most I imagine. However, for years, whilst I appreciated it was a gag, it ignominiously vexed me much like it did Tom Cruises character for I never knew the ingredients of a Martini. It was a film that mirrored my own life at the age of 18, having to pay my way through a music diploma in Liverpool, I worked two jobs; one as a Bingo Caller (not entirely relevant to this but adds colour to the story) and the other as a barman in a cocktail bar down Albert Docks. After a crash course in Mixology I had memorised over 50 cocktails (All of which I have long since forgotten).

The Masters of Mixology

I quickly surmised that the trick to being a good barman was not just simply having the ability to recite a cocktail recipe, but to offer an experience to the client. That the bar was not a bar, but a rostrum. A shift was not merely a night’s work, but a performance. A barman’s role is not just to pedal the last legal drug as Jack Nicholson would so mordantly say in the movie As Good as it Gets, but to offer clandestine-counsel to anyone questing a non-judgemental ear. Uncoiling the sallowest of faces with candour or a dirty joke.

The Masters of Mixology

We spoke to Andy Shannon, head barman at the London Edition, on a recent episode of the MenswearStyle podcast. He also curated the Bafta Awards Cocktail Menu in conjunction with Grey Goose Vodka. “We test our barmen on a regular basis, it’s not just about remembering cocktails, but remembering people’s names, their jobs, what they like to drink. It goes further than just being able to reel off a couple of cocktails. It can be forgotten in some bars, you have to remember why you’re there, the experience. It’s how you make them feel, spending time with them rather than concentrating on making a drink for ten minutes, that’s the bit I like about the industry.”

The Masters of Mixology

Also, on the subject of the aforementioned Martini, we speak to the head barman at The Connaught Hotel, Walter Pintus. Walter offers a bespoke service; The Martini Trolley. In the Connaught Bar you really get to immerse yourself in luxury as Walter composes a Martini tailored to your palette with bespoke bitters. Almost an orgy of bitters from Lavender to Bergamot, expertly delivered in a dazzling spectacle of long pours from Walter.
 

Listen to these interviews in full over on the MenswearStyle podcast now and don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes to ensure you never miss an episode.

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Radical Fragrance

Radical Fragrance

Geza Schoen, the 48-year-old German founder of the cult fragrance label Escentric Molecules, does not talk much like a traditional perfumer. He dispenses with the airy, time-worn Proustian associations when describing scents, preferring to talk about the molecular components instead, and sounding more like a chemist in the process. One in particular, an aroma chemical called Iso E Super – which was developed in a laboratory in 1973 and appears in the background of many great perfumes – would become the genesis of the minimalist Escentric 01 and Molecule 01: fragrances launched by Schoen in 2006. “When I smelled Iso E Super for the first time I noticed why I had preferences for certain fragrances: they all contained a big chunk of it,” exclaims Schoen, who recalls giving the scent to a friend to wear in the 1990s that resulted in women chasing him down the street. “That’s when I realised it had a super power.”

Radical Fragrance

Schoen’s idea was to propose two fragrances in homage: one with an unprecedented 65 per cent of the molecule blended with a handful of other notes, and the second even more radical interpretation to contain only the molecule in its purest form. Though his unique proposition was initially met with resistance, it soon became a word-of-mouth phenomenon on account of its animalic, woody, velvety and sensual qualities. “Molecule 01 is to perfume what Bauhaus is to Baroque,” says Schoen of his decision to challenge the traditional scent paradigm of combining synthetics with natural products, by simplifying the process to just one ingredient. “I wanted something cleaner.”

Radical Fragrance

Schoen has made a habit of always thinking outside the box, saying, “For me it’s natural to do things differently.” Born and raised in Kassel to parents who were both teachers, Schoen’s fascination with smell began when he was a teenager; he would get samples of perfume in the post, writing to fragrance companies asking them to send him their wares. By the age of 16, he could identify hundreds of different perfumes. “The sense of smell is still the most important sense we have, and the most fascinating.” Starting out training and working at the international fragrance manufacturers Haarmann & Reimer (now Symrise) for 12 years, he left after becoming disillusioned with how corporate the industry had become. He moved to London in 2001 to create a scent, Wode, for the London design duo, Boudicca.

Radical Fragrance

The fragrance came in two versions: Scent and Paint, with the latter packaged in a silver spray-paint can that doused the wearer in a deep blue pigment similar to that which the ancient British queen, Boudicca, wore into battle. This was the start of a number of esoteric projects Schoen has worked on that push the boundaries of what can be achieved with fragrance, like Paper Passion – a scent that smells like a Steidl book and comes packaged in one. He has also conceived a series of fragrances made in tribute to smart women called ‘The Beautiful Mind’, and worked with artists such as Wolfgang Georgsdorf, for whom he made 64 odours for Smeller – an ‘olfactory organ’ that spectators can play like a piano to make aromascapes.

Radical Fragrance

But it’s with Escentric Molecules that the fullest expression of his scent philosophy remains, that of stripping things back “so that it’s very plain and very linear but it still smells great”. With its minimal packaging and unisex fragrances, Escentric Molecules is a modern concept that resonates with the times. “I think gendered fragrances are outdated,” he declares. “These days, people are changing their fragrances as often as they would change their jeans or their sneakers.” While scent 02 starred ambroxan (a key ingredient of ambergris), and for 03 the centrepiece was vetiver, Schoen recently launched series 04 with the sheer sandalwood molecule Javanol at its heart. He speaks of its “psychedelic freshness, as if liquid metal grapefruit peel was poured over a bed of velvety cream-coloured roses.” He amplified the fizzy grapefruit top notes in Escentric 04 with pink pepper and juniper, for an extra shot of freshness with a rose core, and base notes of balsamic ingredients. According to Schoen, using Javanol was challenging because “more than any other chemical I’ve used before, it gave direction to where the fragrance had to develop into.”

Radical Fragrance

More than 10 years since launching his brand, Schoen is still enjoying playing at the boundaries between art and chemistry. “It wasn’t really my goal to change the perfume world,” he says. “I just wanted to make a fragrance for myself and my friends to wear.”
 

The Escentric Molecules 04 collection launches nationwide 25th April 2017. Lead photography by Giles Revell. This feature is taken from Port Issue 20. Read the full story here.

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