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Seven Dials London Christmas Gift Guide

Seven Dials London Christmas Gift Guide

The Seven Dials, during the 19th century, was famously written about by Charles Dickens and considered an area that should be widely avoided. Today, it’s quite the opposite and is now thought of as one of most unique shopping destinations of the West End in London. As well as fashionable stores and theatres, it is packed full of delicious restaurants which will make for a perfect place to sit down and relax, during a spot of Christmas shopping. For our final stop of our festive gift guides in central London, MenswearStyle took to the Seven Dials to source some great ideas for friends, family and yourself! There is a broad selection of shops, particularly aimed at men, including Beast, B1866, Diesel and Carhartt, as well as British brands Farah and Fred Perry. If you want to localise your Christmas shopping to one area, the Seven Dials has everything a man could possibly need. 

Finisterre Nebulas Jacket 

We love this insulated jacket from Finisterre (pictured above). Not only is it one of their warmest pieces of outerwear, but it is also made from 100% recycled polyester. It may be quite pricey but it will be worth every penny through the colder months. A jacket like this is perfect for layering, whether it’s over a t-shirt or a thick cable knit jumper. It has microfibre-lined pockets, for added warmth, and a flurocarbon-free water repellent finish to keep you dry.

Seven Dials London Christmas Gift Guide

Duke & Dexter Harli Chukka Boot

This British shoe brand is well known for its premium loafers, notably worn by the likes of Ryan Reynolds, Eddie Redmayne and Tinie Tempah. New to their collection are the Harli Chukka Boots, produced in dappled grey wool. These can be worn casually or as an alternative smart option with a dark suit. For something quite different, you could choose a pair of their classic loafers and have them personalised by an artist who can hand paint them in store.

Seven Dials London Christmas Gift Guide

Nixon Time Teller

Thinking of buying someone a nice timepiece for Christmas? Then it is definitely worth popping into Nixon. Their shop on Neal Street has its own customisation bar where you can create something completely to your own or a loved one’s requirements. This way, you won’t see anyone with the same watch. You can keep it classic with one of the new Porter Leathers or a bit more fashion-forward with the popular stainless steel Time Teller.

Seven Dials London Christmas Gift Guide

Le Labo Tonka 25

This iconic New York perfume house creates some of the most luxurious and intriguing scents, including their new Tonka 25 which has strong top notes of wood and musk, with a hint of vanilla. It would be the perfect gift for someone special that likes a dark and earthy fragrance. If your budget is slightly smaller, why not try some of their plant-based hand soaps or retro-inspired grooming products; such as the shaving cream or after-shave balm.

Seven Dials London Christmas Gift Guide

Murdock London Handsome Skincare

Any Dad would love to receive some luxurious grooming products from Murdock London. From colognes and face washes to shaving soaps and vintage pomades, they have everything any gentleman needs for their daily grooming routine. If you can’t decide what to buy, we recommend one of their Clean and Handsome Skincare or How to Give Good Style kits. Why not take a break from shopping and enjoy a wet shave whilst you’re in there too.

Seven Dials London Christmas Gift Guide

Away The Dopp Kit

This is the perfect place to find those essential accessories for a post-Christmas trip away. We all need a decent set of luggage and Away offer an array of pieces from carry-on and check-in suitcases to weekend bags and backpacks. We reckon the Dopp Kit will make an ideal gift for any guy who likes to travel with an array of toiletries. It’s available in three classic colours and is made out of water-resistant performance nylon. These handy washbags fit perfectly into any Away suitcase as well.

Seven Dials London Christmas Gift Guide

Happy Socks Holiday gift box

You will cheer up any Christmas scrooge with a pair of these Swedish festive socks. It might be a bit late for one of their advent calendars but there are some holiday inspired gift boxes with some fun designs that will make for an entertaining secret Santa present. Otherwise, there are plenty of designs to choose from with their individual socks that will fit nicely into a Christmas stocking.

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Newburgh Quarter London Christmas Gift Guide

Newburgh Quarter London Christmas Gift Guide

Just behind the busy, cobbled, iconic Carnaby Street, you can find yourself walking around the intriguing Newburgh Quarter which features some hidden retail gems with some great ideas for Christmas. For our second stop of our central London Christmas shopping guide, this area of the city sometimes gets overlooked but we think it is an ideal place to escape the hoards of shoppers and find those gifts in a much less stressful environment.

Newburgh Quarter London Christmas Gift Guide

MenswearStyle has done the handwork for you by visiting numerous shops in the Newburgh Quarter to pick out some of the best items to sit under the Christmas tree. Don’t blame us if you end up buying a few things for yourself along the way, there is a lot to be tempted by. The shops in this area offer a great selection of accessories; whether it’s a watch, leather bag, pair of sunglasses or boots. There is no need to panic when it comes to Christmas presents, so take a look at our selection and get those friends, work colleagues, partners and family members ticked off the list as soon as possible.

Newburgh Quarter London Christmas Gift Guide

Lomography Lomo’Instant Wide Camera and Lenses

For any budding photographer, this camera will provide a huge amount of entertainment for this festive season, and many more to come. This retro-style piece of kit from Lomography comes with numerous technical features that enables you to capture images in an expanded format – the whole family will be able to fit into one photo! And with a variety of colour gel filters and optional lens attachments, there is plenty to get creative with.

Newburgh Quarter London Christmas Gift Guide

Shinola Slim Briefcase

This high quality American brand are probably most well-known for their watches, however their leather accessories are also worthy of any Christmas wish list. There is certainly a high price attached to them but as the brand states, their leather goods are made “to last a lifetime or two”. This briefcase is a new addition to the collection, and although ‘slim’, it is produced in tough Outrigger brushed leather that will easily carry your laptop, magazine and notebooks on extensive journeys. This leather will age beautifully over time and will welcome any scratches and dirt that will simply add to its look.

Newburgh Quarter London Christmas Gift Guide

Peckham Rye Large Paisley Silk Handkerchief 

This quintessentially British tailoring flagship store is perfect for anyone who likes to look the part. Peckham Rye is a treasure trove of quality silk ties, scarves and cufflinks. It is the brightly coloured paisley handkerchieves that really caught our eye though, and would make a great gift for someone who appreciates British style and tailoring. The classic print will add a bit of character to the top pocket of a plain suit. With their own full suit tailoring service, you can create a whole look too.

Newburgh Quarter London Christmas Gift Guide

The Great Frog Anatomical Skull Ring 

For those men out there who enjoy wearing jewellery with a rocker’s edge, look no further than The Great Frog. This iconic jewellers, now situated on 2 Newburgh Street, has been in the industry for 37 years and has a huge selection of bold silver pieces. It might not be to everyone’s taste, but their original skull rings are considered some of the best in the business and will certainly create a statement for any outfit. Wear them on their own or layer some of the smaller ones up with one of these larger new Anatomical Skull rings.

Newburgh Quarter London Christmas Gift Guide

Mark Powell Albert Thurston Braces 

Looking to treat someone to a bespoke suit, or perhaps some accessories for someone enjoys wearing a suit? Then the iconic tailors, Mark Powell, on Marshall Street is the place to visit. We love their selection of vintage printed silk ties (each one is a one off) and their Albert Thurston braces. These are definitely suitable for a ‘Dapper Dan’ who likes to make a statement. Their bright colours will add some fun to a classic suit and will be a conversation piece at a festive party.

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5 of the Best Caps of 2018

5 of the Best Caps of 2018

The ultimate paparazzi shield – it is no wonder the baseball cap has become a fashion staple for the most photographed and followed boys in the world. Despite the bad press they’ve received in the past, baseball caps have remained a staple in men’s wardrobes for generations. Now, the cap your old man used to wear is at the height of fashion. It’s also a staple of Donald Trump – but don’t let that put you off. Here are some of the coolest caps of 2018.

5 of the Best Caps of 2018

1. Patagonia P-6 Trucker Hat 

Until recently Patagonia was a brand renowned and loved by hikers. Now, however, its fleeces and hats in particular are all the rage with the most fashion-conscious hipsters in London. This cap by Patagonia is a cheap way to venture into the trend, and due to the outdoorsy nature of the company, their products are unsurprisingly practical as well as fashionable. Made from organic cotton, the arty 90s inspired logo flows with the current streetwear trend, making this cap the perfect combination of cool and comfort.

5 of the Best Caps of 2018

2. Angelo De Lusso SSN:01 Trucker Cap 

One of the new kids on the block; Angelo De Lusso has crafted a cap aimed at the premium side of the market. The once named ‘dad cap’ is now a favourite among cool streetwear looks. This stylish embroidered cap is a cool way to show off a premium aesthetic. Ranging in a wide variety of colours, this unstructured, unassuming cotton and mesh cap is a go-to for any occasion where you want to make an entrance.

5 of the Best Caps of 2018

3. Dsquared2 Icon Cap 

Gracing he heads of rap royalty such as Jay- Z, the Dsquared2 Icon cap is one of the best-selling pieces of headwear of the year. Set out to make high-quality caps Dsqaured2 is a slightly more expensive brand, but the Icon cap is sure to make a distinctive fashion statement. This more structured cap has a contemporary luxe edge and comes in a variety of colours to mix with any outfit. This statement cap is one of the trendiest designer logo caps you can score, and won’t be going out of fashion any time soon. It’s worth the investment.

5 of the Best Caps of 2018

4. Stone Island Classic Embroidered Cap 

The brand that used to be synonymous with chair-throwing hooligans, Stone Island’s image has been completely revamped. Their range of baseball caps is a subtler addition to their clothing range. The simple, unstructured cap features a subtle but distinct logo and comes in a variety of tonal colours. With a nod to the 90s-mod rock era, this brand is now tantamount with some of the coolest streetwear fashionistas around.

5 of the Best Caps of 2018

5. Todd Snyder X New Era Denim Baseball Cap 

Worn by the likes of Jay-Z, Zac Efron and even Harry Potter (well Daniel Radcliffe) the New Era baseball cap is a timeless brand, always hitting it out of the park with killer caps. The company has teamed up with New York native Todd Snyder to give the baseball brand a stylish twist. Whether you support the MLB team or not, this cap is an incredibly stylish addition to your wardrobe.

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Soho London Christmas Gift Guide

Soho London Christmas Gift Guide

The Christmas lights have been lit and the festive season is well and truly upon us. Retailers are getting ready for one of the busiest times of the year and we know how chaotic it can get as the countdown to Christmas begins. We want to try and make it easier for you this year by supplying you with a list of gift ideas from certain areas and shopping destinations of London. They might be products you want to purchase for a loved one, or simply add to your own wish list. And hopefully with a mix of clothing, homeware and accessories, from some of the best stores in the city, you won’t have to leave your shopping to the last minute.

Soho London Christmas Gift Guide

For our first destination, MenswearStyle went out into Soho. With so much to choose from in this area, it’s hard to pinpoint the best options. However, see below for some of our favourite items that we think will bring a smile on Christmas Day. Even if you have been extremely organised and finished your shopping, it is worth checking out some of the new shops in the area; particularly the beautiful Byredo and new home for sneakerheads, END Clothing.

Soho London Christmas Gift Guide

Sandqvist Bernt Multi Backpack 

You can find some fantastic accessories from this Nordic urban lifestyle brand. We really like the Bernt Multi Beige/Blue Backpack as it is an ideal piece for the city commuter. For any cyclists, the backpack is made out of water resistant Cordura EcoMade polyester and has a roll-top to enable more space for storage. There is also a laptop sleeve on the back of the bag to keep it separate from the rest of the contents. We love the colour of this piece and it makes for a really smart and fashionable backpack. Perfect for any travels further afield too.

Soho London Christmas Gift Guide

Oliver Spencer Waltham Jacket

The mustard yellow hue of this jacket from Oliver Spencer might be adventurous for some but we can guarantee it is bang on trend. This classic piece of outerwear is a great layer to keep you protected from the wind and rain whilst making you look stylish. The boxy style would look great with dark denim and mountain boots. It is available in other colours but we think any fashionable man would be happy to open this on Christmas morning.

Soho London Christmas Gift Guide

Malin & Goetz Dark Rum Table Candle

If you haven’t stopped by the newly-opened London branch of END Clothing, then you should make it top of your list before Christmas. This is a place to indulge in some serious spending on some high-end clothing such as a snazzy pair of Thom Browne brogues. They have a great selection of some of the industry’s most popular brands, such as Acne Studios, Our Legacy, Moncler and Maison Margiela. You don’t want to miss out on the impressive ‘sneaker wall’ and a modern marble beauty section. As well as clothing and accessories, in store, END have an eclectic mix of homewares and if you don’t want to break the bank over a gift, we can highly recommend a Malin & Goetz Dark Rum candle.

Soho London Christmas Gift Guide

Byredo La Selection Violette Candle Set 

Another spot to add to your stores to visit is the beautifully designed Byredo. Having taken over a five storey townhouse, you are immediately taken back by the minimal and luxurious layout of this Swedish perfume and accessories brand. The impressive spiral staircase will take you up to a relaxing seating area where you can lust over their leather goods. A bag for yourself or a loved one will make the perfect investment piece. And if you are looking for one of their iconic home fragrances, the special edition Violette Candle set is bound to please. Stuck for choice? Just ask the incredibly helpful and informative staff who will make it easy for you.

Soho London Christmas Gift Guide

Aesop Moroccan Neroli Shaving Duet 

For any man who likes to look after his skin, Aesop offer some great grooming products. This set contains the Neroli Shaving Serum and Neroli Post-Shave Lotion which will help keep skin smooth and hydrated in this cold weather. This is an ideal gift for someone who travels a lot as it will fit nicely into a wash bag and could even be used on the plane on a long haul flight. Anyone who knows Aesop, will welcome this set into their daily grooming routine.

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The Instagram Account Providing 1980s Hair and Make-Up Inspiration

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“I was looking for really good 1980s hair and make-up references for my own personal use,” explains graphic designer and founder of Instagram account @beautybook1985, Laura Wingrove. “I was struggling because all I could find online was people recreating looks that Madonna and Cyndi Lauper had worn. But I wanted something that real women were wearing – not just models and pop icons. So I went on the hunt for the…

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Labour and Lesbian Lands: An Interview with Feminist Artist Carmen Winant

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Imagine a feminist idyll. What would it look like? A piece of land, perhaps, bowl-shaped with forested hillsides that slope into a large, beautiful meadow? A place where only women roam? In 1976, the Oregon Women’s Land Trust (OWLT) acquired just such a spot, a vast 147 acres in size; and with that purchase, a radical feminist movement was born. Here, the trust established a ‘womyn’-only community – open to any woman, no matter her means –…

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On the Street…Tailoring, London

 

 

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I’m really intrigued by Davide Taub’s @davidetaub work at @gieveslondon !

It’s so hard to put a new twist on classic men’s tailoring but he seams (see what I did there) to be finding a way. I love this jacket reads as very buttoned-up (almost military or like a pea-coat) but (in the next photo) it reads as a normal-ish double-breasted jacket. People that say men’s tailoring is boring just aren’t looking closely enough.

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Men’s fashion: Trends to watch out for in 2019

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With the new year almost upon us, it’s time to start looking out for what to wear from January onwards. With stores already preparing for the trends that will be flying off the shelves and hangers, we thought we’d take a little look at some of those that will suit your tastes.

The layered look

It makes sense to pile on the clothes during winter, but what about Spring and Summer 2019? You don’t need to worry about being stifling hot next year, even though layers will certainly be back.

A plain or striped t-shirt under smart denim shirts is a look that anyone can comfortably pull off – and also gives you the opportunity to show your personality. Mix it up with colours, styles and designs, and use this versatile, smart casual look to reflect who you are.

Coats and jackets

Leather will last from this year’s Autumn/Winter trends and stick around well into the new year. Choose a smart, classic design, such as a bomber jacket, and wear with a neutral-coloured polo shirt or sweater.

A leather jacket is simply a great addition to any wardrobe. Due to its timeless appeal and rugged durability, it is an item that suits spring mornings just as well as wintery nights, and works well for any formal occasion.

Psychedelic summer

When the weather does warm up, expect to see loose-fitting, multi-coloured designs hit the summer BBQs. Bringing shorts and t-shirts that scream psychedelia, you can really make them stand out by contrasting with plain, contemporary designs elsewhere.

Creating an original look that’s somewhere between the swinging-sixties and more modern, laidback styles, you’ll be able to wear your festival clothes far beyond fences of the campsite in 2019.

Athletic comfort

For hitting the gym at any time of year, there’s nothing better than feeling good and looking great. When it comes to athleisure wear, you’ll still look striking in solid, neutral colours and smart-fit designs.

From comfortable hoodies, to muscle fit t-shirts and tight joggers, there are some designs that are just too good to go out of fashion. A great choice to wear whatever the weather and occasion, brands like Gym King have a stylish range that will look wonderful all year long.

Statement jumpers

Particularly in Spring, a statement jumper will stand out on those dark nights and wintery mornings. Whether the garment will have a bold pattern, a striking logo or a slogan that really shouts who you are, it’s worth having one or two jumpers of this type in your wardrobe in 2019.

When you complement this jumper with a smart, dark jacket and tailored-fit jeans, you can also highlight the look further by wearing trainers that match the jumper’s base colour.

While this may seem like quite a bold look, the freedom of a statement jumper gives you the chance to look either serious or laidback, depending on who you are. As well as keeping you warm during the colder, winter and spring months, this jumper will, as soon as it is revealed, enable you to make a standout, visual impact on everyone you meet.

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