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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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Bullet and Bone Launch Sports Care Skin Recovery Range

Bullet and Bone Launch Sports Care Skin Recovery Range

Firstly, hat’s off to a great name. I love the name Bullet & Bone, you could attach that to anything. It could be the next Jason Statham movie, the next Artic Monkey’s album; the list is endless. Alas Bullet & Bone is none of the above, but a breakthrough ‘sports care’ category with its inaugural range of four, premium skincare products designed to enhance sporting performance and aid recovery.

Bullet and Bone Launch Sports Care Skin Recovery Range

I was introduced to Bullet & Bone as part of a press event at BXR Gym in London lead by Physical activity expert and world-renowned sports scientist and Olympian; Greg Whyte. Greg has the hugest calves I’ve ever seen on a human being. That is no way relevant to this article, but I wanted you all to know that Greg Whyte has indefatigable calves.

Bullet and Bone Launch Sports Care Skin Recovery Range

I rowed dismally in comparison to my fellow sports writers and influencers. We were all humbled to learn of the record 5km pace set by James Cracknell on the Ergo who averaged 1.29m/500m for 5km. In a team of 6 we averaged a 0.38/500m. A much needed ERGO tip from Greg Whyte: “You might wonder why rowers have huge asses?! Because you’ve got to pull back from your legs. It’s all in the legs when you row and then pull through on the arms after you’ve extended.”

Bullet and Bone Launch Sports Care Skin Recovery Range

Next up we were tasked to throw the same amount of punches as Anthony Joshua did in his win against Alexander Povetkin; 256. Sounds easy right? Well actually it was, because the bag didn’t punch back, and I’ve had boxing coaching in the past. I was also aided heavily by the Bullet & Bone Vapour Balm which enabled my breathing and momentarily curbed my head cold. I was riddled with a head cold, but I turned up because I have a little something called grit. Plus, I wanted to see this gym, rumoured to be the London work out retreat of Daniel Craig (Unconfirmed by members of staff when quizzed).

Bullet and Bone Launch Sports Care Skin Recovery Range

Lastly, I ran, like the wind. A very small fleeting, ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ wind. Again, we were given an Olympians frame of reference, Mo Farah won the Chicago Marathon in 2.05 hours, averaging 20.1km. I lasted about 1 minute and a half on the treadmill at that pace. Did I mention I had a damn cold!? I’m no stranger to the treadmill, however no Bullet & Bone muscle activation cream was going to see me usurp that record anytime soon. That pace was insanity. To think that was an average pace, Mo would have surpassed this speed as he went through the gears.

Bullet and Bone Launch Sports Care Skin Recovery Range

“As a sports scientist and former Olympian, I’m often asked for advice on how to achieve marginal gains. Getting the most out of your session takes more than just hard work. I was pleased to learn that Bullet & Bone addresses a gap in the market with a range of products specifically designed to optimise your preparation, your session and your recovery.” 

The innovation was informed by Bullet & Bone’s recognition that time poor, active men will invest in the latest sporting equipment, gadgets and food supplements to enhance their sporting prowess, but there’s a gap in the market for potent, ‘all-in-one’ skincare tools that help to warm up, optimise performance and cool down. Also, the aromas are amazing. I was enamoured with the vapour balm especially, being able to battle through a head cold and not smelling like VIX in the company of others is a huge win-win for me.

Bullet and Bone Launch Sports Care Skin Recovery Range

“Each sports care product contains targeted, evidence-based properties that should assist with those all-important marginal gains. The power base of three active natural ingredients across the range of maca extract, magnesium and jasmine – like any sporting ritual – are likely to be helpful for all levels of sportsmen.” – Professor Greg Whyte.

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De Vere Beaumont Estate Hotel Review

De Vere Beaumont Estate Hotel Review

The fact that this hotel was once a boarding school back in the day makes sense because there are lots of long corridors; It’s like a maze at times. Those long hallways are now turned into seated reading stations with hundreds, if not thousands, of books available on display shelving for guest to read. The De Vere Beaumont Estate, in Old Windsor recently had a £12 million refurbishment, which includes the creation of new luxury bedrooms and a general overall revamp, including its unique Grade II listed 19th Century chapel which is popular for weddings.

De Vere Beaumont Estate Hotel Review

There are tons of quirky British design features throughout (gallery walls, wood boat paddles and a rocking horse were among our favourites) are striking and tasteful. The 44-acres of beautiful parkland with complimentary use of Hunter wellies is particularly useful for families. We came across a children’s playground area, natural ponds, specially commissioned sculptures and an enchanted forest walking trail.

De Vere Beaumont Estate Hotel Review

The History 

The story of this estate is a very British one; a tale of democracy, royalty, education and religion. At its heart, sits an 18th-century mansion, a chapel, 75 event spaces and a Georgian white house in vast grounds. The original house was built for Lord Weymouth, but it was its time as a public school for boys (dubbed ‘The Catholic Eton’), from 1854 – 1967, that saw most of the estate’s architectural developments.

De Vere Beaumont Estate Hotel Review

The Room 

We stayed in one of the most impressive suites located in the White House, accessible by the grand spiral staircase and once the room of House Master Joseph Bampton. The suites are open plan luxurious spaces with a separate bedroom and lounge area; with even more great modern books to read, a Roberts radio and two smart TVs. The bathroom was one of the biggest we’ve ever seen and comes with a roll-top bath (equipped with rubber frog), walk-in shower, H2K Harrogate toiletries, fluffy robes and slippers.

De Vere Beaumont Estate Hotel Review

1705 Restaurant 

We were very lucky with the weather and were able to sit out in the internal courtyard area, where the boys of the old school would play when the weather was rather poor. 1705 Restaurant takes seasonal, local ingredients and creates delicious food. Alternatively, to the courtyard guests can choose to dine in the light and airy, wooden-floored restaurant with its feature ceiling and rich materials or onto the comfy sofas in the adjoining bar. Weather depending, we did spot a wood-fired pizza oven (reserved for hotter days) in the courtyard so we’ll be back to experience that in the future for sure.

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Old Fashioned Week with Woodford Reserve

Old Fashioned Week with Woodford Reserve

The Old Fashioned is such a popular choice in bars these days (possibly due to the influence of Don Draper in Mad Men in the early 2000s), it even has its own week of celebrations! From 1st – 10th November admirers will be toasting to the 19th century cocktail around the globe and in London it is with the help of Woodford Reserve. Some of the best bars across London will be hosting a variety of events and experiences to celebrate Old Fashioned Week, with some of them creating speciality serves using this straight bourbon.

Old Fashioned Week with Woodford Reserve

A classic Old Fashioned is made by ‘muddling’ sugar with bitters (typically Angostura), followed by adding alcohol and will normally be served in a short, round tumbler. As with most American cocktails, ice will be placed in the glass, as well as a piece of citrus peel. If you have tasted a well-mixed Old Fashioned, you have to admit it is a ‘serious’ drink and the award-winning Woodford Reserve is a fine spirit to create it with. MenswearStyle were kindly given an exclusive preview of the celebrations and taken on a tour of a few bars across East of London to try different adaptations of this well-known beverage.

Old Fashioned Week with Woodford Reserve

As an introduction to this ten-day festival, we started our tour at Sagar + Wilde on Paradise Row, in Bethnal Green. This is the company’s second location, with a third on the way. One of their signature takes on the Old Fashioned involves Woodford Reserve combined with olive oil which gives the cocktail a lively and peppery kick! I personally tried the Baked Apple which ingredients included apple caramel, cinnamon and walnut bitters. As you can imagine from the name, it offered festive and sweet notes that made it a delightful drink for a wintery evening. Bring your appetite with you to try some delicious sharing plates whilst sipping on your Kentucky-born spirit.

Old Fashioned Week with Woodford Reserve

Our second stop took us to Coupette, just around the corner from our first destination. This French-inspired watering hole rightfully won ‘Best New International Cocktail Bar’ at this year’s prestigious Spirited Awards. Stepping into this bar you are immediately welcomed with a laidback and lowly lit atmosphere. The leather stools, lengthy bar and copper hued overhead pendant lamps give it an air of Parisian sophistication. Your eyes will easily be drawn to the unique pieces of art, produced by local artists, that adorn the exposed brickwork walls. It was here we were treated to a simply classic Old Fashioned. Don’t expect crazy cocktails here, it’s all about perfecting traditional drinks and focusing on the art of cocktail making. Coupette provides the ideal environment to enjoy the warmth and depth of Woodford Reserve’s aromatic notes.

Old Fashioned Week with Woodford Reserve

Bar III at Blixen in Spitalfields Market was aptly our third port of call where we were taken down to the basement to try whisky infused with earl grey tea, fermented milk and cedarwood. Yes, you might turn your nose up at the thought of fermented milk combined with alcohol (ignore any flashbacks of a University dare…), however it was absolutely delicious. It creates a completely smooth twist on the Old Fashioned and makes it dangerously easy to drink! If you plan on celebrating with fellow whisky drinkers at this cosy and atmospheric bar, I can highly recommend this cocktail.

Old Fashioned Week with Woodford Reserve

For our final cocktail, we headed to the characterful Oriole bar, curiously tucked away in Smithfield Market. This is certainly a place for some fun cocktails which are creatively served in the likes of quartz tumblers and glasses featuring miniature wooden monkeys. Here we tried two signature cocktails, The Storyville and Acadia. The first features Woodford Reserve mixed with Remy Martin Cognac, Amaro Montenegro and Mallo Vermouth. The second; the whisky combined with Roots Tentura liquer, maple syrup, peanut butter and grapefruit juice. As well as a delicious twist on the classic, Oriole will be serving live blues music to compliment your evening.

Old Fashioned Week with Woodford Reserve

Other top London bars such as; Swift, The London Edition, The Ned and Milk & Honey have partnered up with Woodford Reserve for Old Fashioned Week. Carefully curated bespoke whisky cocktails are ready to be tried and tested as well as listening to great live music and enjoying some soulful southern-inspired food. And if you don’t fancy heading out, why not grab yourself a bottle of this triple-distilled bourbon and make yourself an Old Fashioned in your own home.

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Carnaby Christmas Shopping Party

Carnaby Christmas Shopping Party

Save the date for Thursday 8 November from 5-9pm for an exciting and experiential shopping party, where guests can enjoy a 20% discount at over 90 brands in Carnaby as well as exclusive offers, free entertainment, and in-store activations. Dance under the Bohemian Rhapsody lights with live entertainment on Carnaby Street throughout the evening from Bulsara and His Queenies, bringing the spirit of Queen to Carnaby, and dynamic, electric string quartet Vesper. Expect edgy, high energy performances of iconic Queen songs as well as festive tunes to launch the Christmas season.

Carnaby Christmas Shopping Party

Carnaby’s fashion and lifestyle brands taking part include Dr. Martens, Monki, Jack Wills, Levi’s, OFFICE, Scotch & Soda, PUMA and Happy Socks. Try your luck on the Skinnydip Christmas spinning wheel, shop limited edition frames alongside a Queen-inspired guitar set at MOSCOT and enjoy free cap embroidery at New Era, the perfect Christmas gift. Head to the Newburgh Quarter for discounts and offers at brands including Shinola, The Great Frog, Lazy Oaf, Nixon and Onitsuka Tiger. 

Visitors can also immerse themselves in the ultimate Queen experience at the Queen global experiential store at 3 Carnaby Street, in celebration of Queen and Twentieth Century Fox’s movie Bohemian Rhapsody. Guests can enjoy 20% off purchases at the shop including exclusive Carnaby apparel, vintage tour t-shirts, the Queen Monopoly game, the interactive book ‘Queen In 3D’, Queen branded gin and beer, as well as Christmas specific products such as a ‘Thank God It’s Christmas’ card.

Carnaby Christmas Shopping Party

Enjoy the party throughout the 14 streets of Carnaby with themed-drinks, DJs, complimentary makeovers and gift personalisation. Visitors can register for a free ticket at Carnaby.co.uk. Beauty fans can look forward to discounts and exciting in-store activations at popular brands such as Spectrum, Cowshed, Pixi, Too Faced and Urban Decay, who will be offering complimentary eye looks with their new Elements Palette. Staff at popular beauty store Benefit will be channeling Freddie Mercury by wearing moustaches and crowns, and will be giving shoppers a free lip wax with every brow wax and tint on the night. 

Refuel in Carnaby’s restaurants, bars and cafés with 20% off at Breddos Tacos, Island Poké, Ugly Dumpling, Rosa’s Thai Cafe and CLAW, who will be offering a free rum punch for every guest on arrival. In Kingly Court, Dirty Bones, Le Bab, Shoryu Carnaby, Cahoots and Casa Bonita are among those offering 20% off, plus head to Pizza Pilgrims for ‘Another One Bites The Crust’, an entertaining evening of karaoke with free pizza for all participants.

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Floris London Ditches Badger-Hair Shaving Brushes

Floris London Ditches Badger-Hair Shaving Brushes

Floris London, which created a bespoke fragrance for this year’s royal wedding, has ditched cruelly obtained material after hearing from the animal rights organisation. The luxury perfumer has removed all badger-hair brushes from its stores and website after a new PETA video exposé of China’s badger-brush industry revealed that “protected” badgers are illegally hunted in the wild using snares and other cruel methods.

Floris London Ditches Badger-Hair Shaving Brushes

The graphic footage shows that these badgers, as well as others who were bred in captivity, are confined to small cages on farms before being violently killed for paint, make-up, and shaving brushes, prompting dozens of global retailers to ban the cruelly obtained material.

Floris London Ditches Badger-Hair Shaving Brushes

“Gentle badgers were beaten with crude instruments, cut open, and left to die, all for make-up and shaving brushes,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “Floris London’s swift and decisive action in rejecting these hideous blood brushes is sure to influence other companies to follow its compassionate lead.” PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that ‘animals are not ours to abuse in any way’ – notes that brushes made with soft and luxurious synthetic bristles are widely available, cruelty-free, and in many ways superior to their animal-hair counterparts.

Floris London Ditches Badger-Hair Shaving Brushes

Floris London, the oldest English fragrance retailer and the only perfumer to hold a Royal Warrant from the Queen, is one of numerous companies – including Procter & Gamble, which was the first to ban the production of badger-hair items after seeing the video, and Penhaligon’s – that have agreed to stop selling badger-hair products.

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5 Autumn Menswear Trends According to Instagram Influencers

5 Autumn Menswear Trends According to Instagram Influencers

The front rows are empty and the catwalks are clear; London, New York, Paris and Milan fashion week are wrapped up for another season. To make sure you look sharp this season we’ve pulled together the biggest Autumnal trends from the runways and those worn by your favourite Instagram influencers. From fresh takes on the traditional suit to daring autumn shades, this season promises to mix up your wardrobe with key pieces you’ll love to wear.

5 Autumn Menswear Trends According to Instagram Influencers

1. Brown is the new black  

Brown; once a staple of the 1970s (and hasn’t really been seen a lot since) is back on the scene. For this season, as demonstrated recently on the runway, beautiful brown hues are being tailored and knitted with suits and jumpers helping it make a huge comeback. 

How Instagram Influencers are wearing this trend: If you’re looking to join the cocoa crowd this autumn, be sure to aim for a lighter shade closer to milk chocolate to stay bang on trend. Raheem Nelson enters autumn wearing a warm taupe, channelling Mad Men 1960s vintage, partnering the look with a trilby and thick framed glasses: Whilst Carl Thompson showcases a combination of a brown suit jacket with a matching overcoat:



5 Autumn Menswear Trends According to Instagram Influencers

2. Tartan out of Ten 

Fashion rules state that clashing patterns should be avoided at all costs, AW18 collections beg to differ. Scottish heritage got one hell of a salute from Italian designer Donatella Versace, who led this season with what has been described as her best collection in years. Models donned bright tartan and plaid suits on the runway, from Clueless yellow to traditional reds and greens. Whether you are on streets of London or in the Scottish Highlands, it seems you can’t go wrong with pairing, or mismatching, plaids and tartans for the ultimate autumn look.  

How Instagram Influencers are wearing this trend: Everything is safe this season when it comes to plaid patterns, and it seems the bolder the colours, the better. They’re meant to be a statement and should be showcased from head to toe. To make sure you’re turning the most heads with your bold look, team your plaid/tartan look with an equally striking patterned tie, like Instagram influencer Matt, who showcases the latest trends on this Instagram account: The Cardinal Man.



5 Autumn Menswear Trends According to Instagram Influencers

3. Trendy tactile textiles 

When you hear corduroy you immediately get flashes of That 70s Show or The Big Bang Theory’s Leonard Hofstadter’s hideous brown suit. But, as demonstrated by top designers, corduroy and the collection of heavy fabrics it falls into (corduroy, herringbone and velvet) are perfect for an on-trend formal look this season. With the right fit and styling, men of all ages can cut a sharp figure in a corduroy suit, just like any other vertical-pattern fabric. 

How Instagram Influencers are wearing this trend: The key with this trend is to ensure the perfect fit. If you are buying off the rack ensure that you ask a tailor to add a slight taper to the legs of the trousers. Corduroy has the risk of making its wearer look like a beanbag if the fit is off, so look for a suit that is crisp and slim. If this fabric isn’t for you, you can still try another tactile textile. Neil Thornton can be seen rocking a velvet blue suit jacket as his one textured item of clothing, perfect for upcoming parties and a trend that comes around again and again:



5 Autumn Menswear Trends According to Instagram Influencers

4. Colour me tailored 

This season, we recommend you experiment with coloured tailoring. Veer from the standard black, blue and grey suits and head for the rich autumn/winter shades, including plums, teals, greens and browns. If you are more adventurous, brighter suits are also in fashion. Rock up to your next event in a pillar-box red, berry pink or forest green three-piece-suit – the trend all about wearing tailored trousers and suit jackets in the same less ordinary colour. Who knows, once you try a coloured suit you may never go back to black again. 

How Instagram Influencers are wearing this trend: Coloured tailoring has become a wider rebellion against the traditional suit colours and is popular with the millennial crowd looking to make their mark on the business world. However, it is a trend that is accessible by all, it is just a matter of finding the right shades for your complexion. As Raheem Nelson demonstrates by wearing his rich burgundy suit.

If you’re not quite ready to brave the bolder colours, you can stay within the blue shades you’re more comfortable with, as shown here by Toni Tran and this stylish teal suit.



5 Autumn Menswear Trends According to Instagram Influencers

5. Pinstripes: A blast from the past 

Pinstripes have a reputation for being dated. Yet pinstripe suits have the ability to make everyone look like Patrick Bateman or Jordan Belfort; basically a Wall Street big wig from the 80s. The vertical stripes have become synonymous with this financier image set by alpha males in the 1980s. After years of decreasing in popularity, making way for check, plaid, Tweed and bold coloured suits to take the spotlight, pinstripes have once again re-emerged as a season favourite for autumn 2018. Alexander McQueen brought out the pinstripes in force when showcasing his AW18 collection. Showing off a mixture of red and white stripes on black tailoring. Whereas Off/White contrasted this look with modernised pinstripes – Virgil Abloh put on a show of slouched and relaxed pinstripe looks – coining the collection as ‘Business Casual’, as opposed to the traditional tight and slim fit attributed to the pattern.  

How Instagram Influencers are wearing this trend: If the thought of a slouched or even slim fit pinstripe suit doesn’t suit your style you can still partake in the trend. Instead, pair pinstriped men’s formal shirts with plain suits, coloured if you want to tick off another autumnal trend. It will have the impact of the pinstripe trend, without the risk of looking like a banker from decades past. You can even take a leaf out of a fashion influencer’s book and, like Kyle, wear it in a relaxed fashionable way. However, if you feel a sense of nostalgia for pinstripes, like Carl here, you can conquer autumn in a casual non-iron shirt showcasing vertical stripes and look suave while doing so.


Article by Menswear Style