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Discover Claudio Lugli

Discover Claudio Lugli

Claudio Lugli supplies shirts for both men and women. Combining Italian quality with sophisticated design. If it’s prints you’re looking for you are sure to make a statement in a Claudio Lugli shirt. 

The Autumn/ Winter collection is now available to buy online and sees the same vibrant prints in exclusive new designs, as well as classic striped shirts in purple and royal blue.

Discover Claudio Lugli

The paisley collection is new this season in pink, orange and navy with a subtle print appearing on the cuffs, pocket and collar lining.

Discover Claudio Lugli

Alternatively, the label stocks crisp shirts in simplistic colours and cuts suitable for day and eveningwear, whether worn with jeans or a tailored suit. 

These plain shirts give a classic look, with the same quality and Claudio Lugli final touch. These shirts are themselves works of art, each being individually designed and made only in strictly limited numbers. They will become a piece to treasure and due to the quality; retain for a long period of time.

Discover Claudio Lugli

With prints ranging from famous icons to butterflies to vintage cars, they certainly give a playful, yet sophisticated edge. A true pioneer in the shirt market.
In addition to shirts – trousers, suits, accessories, denim and swimwear are readily available this season. Plus a range of blazers with intricately detailed lining with trimmed collars, cuffs and pockets in a tan stitch.

Discover Claudio Lugli

The three-piece suits in a beige, navy and grey come in various sized checked prints with a true British flair and gentlemanly edge.
Claudio Lugli pieces are stocked in over 200 retail accounts across the UK such as Fenwicks, Bentails and Hoopers. 

The brand has been seen on TV, red carpets and even in Buckingham Palace worn by one of their brand ambassadors – Gary Barlow.
There really is a shirt design for everyone.

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Hotel 41 London Hotel Review

Hotel 41 London Hotel Review

The fact that this 5 star luxury boutique hotel located in Victoria only has 28 rooms certainly plays to its advantage. This is probably why Hotel 41 currently sits at the top of Trip Advisor’s top hotels in London. Just from the arrival alone you get a slight feeling of what it might be like to be either very important or super famous, with personalised attention given throughout. Front of house welcome you with a handshake and a champagne trolley is swiftly wheeled over for you to choose a complimentary welcome drink… which is promptly topped up once it’s nearly finished.

Hotel 41 London Hotel Review

The lounge area is a gentleman’s paradise with large leather seating, book shelves and a huge world globe as the centre feature of the room. It feels like a home away from home mixed with a private members club.

Hotel 41 London Hotel Review

There’s also a corner area where there’s complimentary food and snacks such as wasabi peas, nuts, crisps, chocolates (and ice cream) with an honesty bar. Through the day this includes afternoon tea or olives and bread-sticks etc. 

‘The evening (until 1am) includes a brilliant cheeseboard and a selection of desserts. Why can’t all hotels do this!’ 

We also had a superb breakfast in this room where you can order anything from Eggs Benedict to Waffles with a higher class service provided from the waiters.

Hotel 41 London Hotel Review

Room 

Our room was large and had a great view of the Royal Mews from the windows. The Penhaligon’s products in the bathroom was a nice touch and the bed was quite huge. Admittedly the width of this bed was the same as the length of our bed at home. 

The room is filled with unique framed art illustrations of gentlemen wearing exquisite tailoring such as top hats and overcoats. On a closer look, they’re actually Vanity Fair supplements dated from around 1869. 

The room, though it looks classic and regal, has all the modern equipment a modern man would need including a Bose speaker with surround-sound and a flat screen HD TV. There’s also a departure menu which interestingly includes ‘Packing of your Luggage’ – genius!

Hotel 41 London Hotel Review

bbar Restaurant & Bar 

This South African inspired restaurant has a laid back feel. In fact, we thought bbar seemed a bit like an American style sports bar for a civilised crowd. The relaxed atmosphere with stylish South African furnishing is the perfect place to grab a cocktail and some serious dude food. Choose from Bobotie Spring Rolls, Wild Boar burgers, Boerewors Hot Dogs, Cape Malay Chicken Curry… hungry?

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The Understated Men of Los Angeles

The Understated Men of Los Angeles

Just over a year ago, I made the move from the UK to Los Angeles to work in the world of men’s fashion. The first question that most people ask is, “Why not New York, why not Paris, why not London?“. There’s one very simple, succinct reason: LA is far, far more trendsetting than most commentators give it credit for. This city’s true style lies in its own quiet sartorial self-confidence rather than a desire to fill the world in on how great it is. 

‘It’s a city filled with creative people who dress well but don’t feel the need to shout about it’

The Understated Men of Los Angeles

Within LA, no place typifies this relaxed attitude more than a small district on the Eastside called Silver Lake. It has been the traditional home of artists, musicians and actors for a good number of years and so it’s only natural that the area has become somewhat of a style mecca. 

As a female working in the world of men’s fashion, I have an experienced yet detached interest in the clothing and general appearance related choices made by mankind. Here are a few points explaining why the men of Silver Lake, generally speaking, have got it spot on right now.

The Understated Men of Los Angeles

Simplicity/Practicality 

We’re talking plain t-shirts, neutral shades, and grey, white or black and dark jeans here. Logo t-shirts and bright colours are an absolute no go, as are scoop or v-necks. T-shirts should be very slightly turned up at the sleeves and jeans should be tight but not quite to the extent where you’re wrestling yourself every time you take them off (Levi 510’s or 511’s are perfect). 

Practical accessories such as a carabiner for keys are openly encouraged but, you know, within reason. Maybe leave the lanyard at home.

The Understated Men of Los Angeles

Masculinity 

Let the facial hair grow. Beards are a good thing, but if you’re not willing to take the plunge, just make sure it doesn’t look like you shave every day. The Silver Lake man doesn’t care about stuff like that anymore. You’ll look more chiseled, stay warm in the unlikely event of an LA cold snap and give women a reason to stroke your face, because believe me they will. 

In terms of the hair, the look is a distinct brand of early twentieth-century masculinity, when all men worth their salt slicked it back like Sinatra. You’re in the city of film, so slap on the Brylcreem like Bogart (American Crew Pomade is a good and more modern alternative) and keep a discreet, but not too discreet, comb handy.

The Understated Men of Los Angeles

Expression 

Just because there’s a premium on plainness and masculinity, that doesn’t mean that you have to throw out accessories. Individuality can shine through in the form of a necklace, a hat or even a ring or two. As always, looking understated is the key: tuck the necklace into your t-shirt, your rings should be a dull silver rather than diamante. The contradiction lies in the fact that this is accessorising without the frills, coffee without the sugar if you will. 

To an extent, show off, but never show that you’re showing off. Easy. On the body art front, tattoos are as essential as unbranded underwear- Calvins are forbidden. Body art should be self-designed or at least created by a close friend, preferably one who’s a tattoo artist and can do it on the cheap because you’re freelance and always broke. 

As a girl in fashion I can tell you that I’ve been utterly seduced by this well dressed area, which is populated by almost ubiquitously fanciable men. It’s a tonic to the faux-masculine insecurity of the gym bodied, logo covered, chest waxed male that has somehow evolved its way into the mainstream. Long may the rise of the understated continue and, with any luck, spread.

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Win a Harris Tweed Satchel

Win a Harris Tweed Satchel

For this competition we’ve teamed up with British manufacturer and brand The British Belt Company, set up in 1946 by Arnold Wills. With a passion for the centuries old traditions of leather working, he quickly built a reputation for the finest leather products, supplying the most renowned stores of the time. 

The first day of autumn has passed and it’s time to start looking for your AW14 wardrobe. Accessorise this season with a strong collection of belts, braces and bags for the perfect transition. From Italian leathers to the world Famous Harris Tweed, this season finds pieces to tie together an outfit, with practical functionality and classic shaping. 

The brands passion for producing aspiring leather goods comes from a story of age old craftsmen uniting traditional skills with beautiful leathers to make bags, belts and wallets that bring the wearer a lifetime of pleasure. In addition to this competition they’ve recently been on the search to see how their customers use their products by asking them to share a photo of how they #liveyourstory  

Win a Harris Tweed Satchel

How to Enter 

We are giving you the change to win a Caledonian Harris Tweed satchel, worth £225.00! To be in the chance to win: Follow @britishbeltco on Twitter and ‘Retweet’ this tweet. A winner will be picked at random on the 31st October at 2pm and announced via Twitter. Good Luck!

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Upp Energy

Upp Energy

Upp is your personal energy device that lets you live life unplugged. One reusable Upp cartridge powers most USB-compatible handheld devices, such as smartphones, iPads, eReaders, tablets, portable gaming consoles and digital cameras, for up to one week. 

It enables wireless power so you don’t have to rely on being near a power socket when you’re on the move. It also helps keep your baggage lighter since you don’t need to bring all your wires for each device. Its high efficiency and clean fuel cell technology means its power will never erode over time, and users can enjoy the flexibility of living life unplugged no matter where they are.

Upp Energy

Mobile life is exploding, which means we all require an ever-increasing amount of energy to run our daily lives. Until now, this need for energy to charge our devices has tied us to the grid.

Upp Energy

There’s also a useful app ‘Upp companion app’ which is available on Android and Apple. It is an optional addition that gives you access to a wealth of fuel cell statistics and interactive charging data. The Upp App lets you manage your charging to improve your device’s battery life, get the most energy from each Upp Cartridge and gives you access to a wealth of fuel cell stats and interactive charging data, as well as recording your personal energy journey in your profile.

Upp Energy

“Following its international introduction, and with successful trials by both corporate customers and consumers in emerging markets, we believe this innovative product is capable of demonstrating its durability, reliability and dependability when delivering instant energy anytime, anywhere” – Samra, Managing Director of Consumer Electronics, Intelligent Energy.

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Monaco Yacht Show 2014 Review

Monaco Yacht Show 2014 Review

The principality of Monaco is a majestic place, of only three miles long, and one and a half wide. The world’s second smallest Country and yet carries huge clout when it comes to luxury, and nothing more so than the world of Yachting. 

Every year The Monaco Yacht show takes place in glamorous style, attracting millionaires and importantly billionaires to showcase the latest and largest super-yachts and ‘mega’ yachts.

Monaco Yacht Show 2014 Review

This year’s was from 24th – 27th September and around 115 super-yachts were being displayed in Port Hercule with estimations of 33,000 people attending, all confirming that Monaco still hosts the biggest yacht show in the world.

Monaco Yacht Show 2014 Review

MWS Neil was there to take in the sights on a luxury, rich lifestyle experience.

With hundreds of exhibitors from brokers, shipyards, designers and architects, the show buzzed with excitement and anticipation to secure more orders onto the books. 

‘These four days are always the busiest in the yachting sector calendar’ 

My first organized viewing was with the Dutch master shipyard; Heesen Yachts and going onboard Elena and Monaco Wolf at 47m and 50m respectively.
The level of quality, engineering and craftsmanship is excellent. 

Elena, having 5 cabins accommodating 10 guests, which includes a full master suite, walk in wardrobe and exquisite en-suite bathroom. A large sundeck, spa pool, teak dining area, and a bar make this a stunning yachting experience capable of reaching a top speed of 15 knots.

Monaco Yacht Show 2014 Review

Moving onto the slightly larger Monaco Wolf, and you are met with striking architecture design, both externally and internally. This beauty has exterior styling by Omega architects, and a fantastic combination in the form of Francesco Pazskowski styled interior. 

Francesco has used circular shapes throughout the internals as the main focus, and has managed to maximize the whole width of the yacht to stunning effect. 6 cabins housing 12 guests in style, with a full beam master suite as well as a full beam VIP suite, finishing with two double and two twins. 

Entertaining the guests is well catered for with a fantastic sky lounge, and decking area enclosed with glass and doors, which open to provide an inside or out feel for dining. The fit and finish of the Dutch Heesen is present throughout, from the feel of the wooden vineers, decking and the solid clunk of doors closing. The yachts are built to last, and a specialty of Heesen is to cruise at speed, whilst maintaining absolute luxury and comfort. The Monaco show has got off to a fantastic start.

Monaco Yacht Show 2014 Review

By day 3 the show is at full speed with further meetings and yacht viewings booked in. This time we were going to experience the Italian flare. First stop being that of shipyard CRN, part of the Ferretti group, who were showcasing the enormous and flamboyant 80m M/Y Chopi Chopi, the largest ever built by CRN! 

I couldn’t wait to get onboard and drink in the Italian charm and charisma of this magnificent vessel. You can feel the all-consuming Italian influence, as both the exterior and interior layout had Italian designers, namely Studio Zuccon, as well as the interior furnishings created by Laura Sessa. A stunning yacht built for a family life at sea, with balconies, open terraces, home cinemas and a beach club.

Monaco Yacht Show 2014 Review

Beautiful pickled oak wood flows throughout the multiple decks, all connected via a glass lift. The owner specified an entire deck for his/her use between the upper and sundecks with luxurious furnishings and bathrooms. When anchored the fun doesn’t stop with exciting water toys housed in the garage. The lifestyle on this yacht would maintain constant smiles, and a great family feel. 

The Monaco Yacht show is vast with a buzzing atmosphere. I was treated to welcoming hospitality onboard the luxurious Benetti Illusion and later cocktails onboard another Benetti yacht with Champagne and delicious calved ham canapés. The yachts on display were fabulous, with leading fine shipyards such as Feadship and Lürssen showcasing floating palaces for the super rich to enjoy the lifestyles in the seas of the Mediterranean and Caribbean.

Thank you Monaco, I’ll need to book up next year fast.

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Win a 100 New Look Gift Card

Win a 100 New Look Gift Card

We’ve teamed up with our good friends over at the high street fashion retailer New Look to offer one of our MWS readers the chance to win a £100 gift card to spend on anything you like. 

The New Look AW14 collection has strong naval and military influences; stormy seas and dark skies inspires the colour palette, prints and heavy textures. Deep blues and greens are accented with pops of neon and set off with khaki and muted tones. 

Cable knit jumpers, wool pea coats, Breton stripes and heavy military boots are key.
Urban influences are seen in sportswear separates – joggers, tees and baseball jackets are given a luxe update with the use of zips, panelling and texture.

Win a 100 New Look Gift Card

Tailoring is slim and tapered with an update of modern focus on checks, dogtooth and contrast panelling. Long wool overcoats and PU details showcase a darker direction for formalwear. Slogan sweats alongside pastel hues give a Parisian-chic edge that adds a touch of preppy to the collection. 

How to Enter 

To enter yourself into this New Look competition, just fill out your Name and email address here before tweeting to validate your entry.
We’ll be picking a lucky winner selected at random at 2pm November 6th 2014 – Good luck everyone!

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The Grove London Hotel Review

The Grove London Hotel Review

Dubbed as “London’s country retreat“, The Grove Hotel is the place to unwind, relax and dine in a 5 star setting on an estate with 300 acres of parkland. Part of the ‘Leading Hotels of the World‘ you instantly forget that you’re in London (well, very near London) and quickly imagine you could easily be on holiday in the south of France. 

Once you arrive you can certainly see why this is a popular spot. Driving in from the entrance gate alone you’ll see vast greenery, trees, canal boats and golf carts whizzing around in all directions.

The Grove London Hotel Review

The car park is not only huge and full of sports cars (you get the idea of the clientele), but it’s really busy too. We point this out because the scale of the parking area resembles that of a large supermarket.

The Grove London Hotel Review

For such a large space which seems to never end with building after building, there’s a great ambiance and atmosphere which positively stands out. This hotel is certainly the place to be and be seen in, and with such a grand space you’d expect to find a couple of corners untouched, but the landscape gardening is expertly finished throughout. 

There’s plenty of areas to spend a few hours too; streams, water fountains, gardens, sculptures, beach (yep we said beach), outdoor pool, tennis, giant chess… we’ve probably missed something.
When you’re finished exploring the outside you can tackle the interior maze. There’s lounges which lead to lounges… which lead to lounges. 

‘Each room is impressively completely different from the next with no expense spared. The attention to interior design stands out a country mile’ 

When time has finished running away from you on your country adventure, you’ll most probably spend a little while longer finding your room along the long art-filled corridors.

The Grove London Hotel Review

Afternoon Tea 

Afternoon tea followed by an Aperol Spritz and a Remy Martin & ginger, sat out on the terrace as the sun goes down, was nothing short of perfect. The service was good but the setting and ambiance was first class. Tea is also never ending, giving you the opportunity to try many of the unusual and unique options on the menu. 

When you’ve finished your sweet and savoury plates, another round is generously offered, leaving you fully satisfied as you retire to your room. 

Room 

The room is so effortlessly cool, it feels like you’ve stepped into a hybrid of an art gallery come mad men set. The retro sofa within the lounge area complements beautifully with the art on the walls. And it’s not hotel art as we know it, every piece seems well considered.

The view is the next thing to hit you, with balcony doors leading out to a breath-taking vista across the golf course and rolling hills.

The Grove London Hotel Review

Sequoia Spa 

The Sequoia Spa is a haven of well-being. Fresh from an extensive nine-month renovation, there are five new treatment rooms, a rejuvenating multi-jet steam shower, and a newly expanded ‘Relaxation Room’.

Although minimal in design and decor, the spa has absolutely everything you need to unwind from the madness of the big smoke. Keeping things so simple helped the mind relax and either take hours doing nothing, or explore the sauna, steam room and swimming pool on offer. 

Restaurants  

The Grove’s three restaurants, all showcase seasonal ingredients from the Walled Garden, at the heart of the estate. Whatever your tastes, The Grove has something for everyone: from fine-dining at Colette’s, to hearty food at The Stables, to modern cuisine in the sleek setting of The Glasshouse. For those with a sweet tooth, The Lounges feature spectacular showpieces from the talented Head Pastry Chef.

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TM Lewin Winter 2014 Collection

TM Lewin Winter 2014 Collection

Available in store and online 26th October – the Winter 2014 TM Lewin collection is slick, sharp elegance collides with the modern day dandy for a sophisticated winter look that’s pure luxury. Warm autumnal tones give way to a new sumptuous palette of rich jewel shades to transport you stylishly from office to evening, into the festive season and beyond. 

‘Inky tones of black, navy and burgundy feature in the latest seasonal London Shirt range, complimented by new shadow check suiting’

TM Lewin Winter 2014 Collection

Winter sees new additions to their tailoring range, offering unrivalled choice of style and fit. Sublimely soft knitted v-necks, tanks and waistcoats layer up to keep chills at bay. There’s also a versatile new outerwear range which offers a wide choice of style options from the traditional Chesterfield overcoat to the classic Pea Coat and contemporary quilted jacket.

TM Lewin Winter 2014 Collection

A new and extended eveningwear collection arrives to ensure that you are dressed to perfection for the festive season’s requisite parties and functions. 

TM Lewin also understand that a ‘black tie’ should never feel restrictive, they’ve created a range of evening wear options, from their best-selling traditional Mayfair dinner suit to the new sharp skinny fit suit, in black, slate grey or classic navy. 

Traditional velvet, silk and new contemporary printed bow ties compliment a fresh selection of plain, printed and patterned evening shirts across a strong range and a new selection of essential accessories complete any polished look.

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The Nicoccino Experience

The Nicoccino Experience

This rather Italian named brand, Nicoccino is a new product developed in Sweden which offers a pure nicotine experience without smoke. No leaving your desk every hour or standing outside the pub on a wet and rainy day… No frustrating long flights and no annoying your friends with your not-so-nice smoky odour. 

Their product contains zero tobacco, zero tars and has no scent. So it gives the satisfaction of a cigarette without the consequences, an alternative for smokers or e-cigarettes. Right now, they currently have a great online promotion whereby they’re giving away free trials on their website and they have free freight within the UK throughout October.

The Nicoccino Experience

We can see how Nicoccino will appeal to those who take up the “habit” – good for those moments when you’re in a meeting or around the family. With this product you’ll get an immediate and powerful nicotine hit in a much more convenient and unobtrusive way. The small film is simply placed under your lip and it dissolves within minutes, leaving no trace (magic!)

The Nicoccino Experience

To be specific, they contain 1 mg of pure nicotine, comparable to one regular strength cigarette. Making this product is no easy undertaking, they accurately following the highest pharmaceutical conditions in the US and Europe.
You might not know, but Sweden has a long tradition in developing smoke-free nicotine products and nicotine replacement therapies – ever heard of Snus? 

However, until now there was no nicotine alternative that was truly natural and free from tobacco and chemicals.
This very problem is what inspired Nicoccino to dedicate 10 years to researching and developing the most efficient way to deliver nicotine into the body without leaving a trace. 

Available in the UK, early adopter smokers can try out this entirely innovative nicotine solution – it might just change you life.

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