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Why were not excited about the 2015 Apple Watch

Why were not excited about the 2015 Apple Watch

With the launch of the new ‘Apple Watch‘ (strangely not titled iWatch) and with smart watches and digital dials cropping up all over the place, I wonder whether soon we will all be rocking exactly the same wrist wear. 

Like any watch-fanatic, I was excited to hear of the launch of these new wave of ‘smart watches’, however, as amazing and super-human as they are, with the ability to do everything apart from brushing your teeth for you, they will never compare to a beautiful, classic timepiece.

Why were not excited about the 2015 Apple Watch

Since the rise of the digital watch in the 1980s, watches suddenly became the must have fashion item.

Why were not excited about the 2015 Apple Watch

Thankfully the novelty of these soon wore off and people reverted back to the more traditional wrist-wear in search of a more elegant and classic look. 

However, we are now going full-circle and bringing these clever watches back again.

Putting the world of apps, web and media onto your wrist, the smart watch really is what it says on the tin. With easy to use touch displays and minimal buttons you can quickly and discreetly check your emails, texts, weather updates, social media, as well as monitoring your health and fitness. 

This all sounds fabulous, however, will this mean the death of the traditional watch that only allows you to know the time and date?

Why were not excited about the 2015 Apple Watch

The new Apple Watch has announced its characteristics, with an impressive scope for customisation. With two sizes, three styles, six strap options, six material finishes and a multitude of other options to choose from – there’s a wide range of combinations you can cook up to make sure your watch fits your personality and your lifestyle. 

They really are doing all they can to allow customisation and differentiation. However, all in all – they will always look pretty much the same but with a slightly different finish or strap colour.

Why were not excited about the 2015 Apple Watch

I personally think there is nothing better than seeing a beautiful classic watch on a man’s wrist. A watch that is well-loved and tells a story. A watch that is completely individual and you know no-one in a 10 mile radius is going to have the same one. 

‘I can’t see an Apple Watch being passed down from father to son for generations like traditional pieces’  

For me, the new smart watches will never match up to a traditional timepiece and I will rue the day when I see people walking along the street talking into their wrist… how do you feel about wearable technology? Do you think this trend will pass?

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What to Wear for a Job Interview

What to Wear for a Job Interview

Everyone gets that feeling of despair or become fearful when an interview has to be conducted. Whether it’s for an exciting new job or that big promotion you’ve been waiting for.
But that’s not the only thing most of us has in common when it comes to an interview. 

One of the first big questions we think of is “What should I wear?” It is likely your friends and family will tell you how they’re getting slightly frustrated with the mindless repetition of the sentence “Does this look okay?” But you’re right, job interview dresscode is very important!

What to Wear for a Job Interview

So the question here really is do you look okay? The most common outfit worn by a man to an interview is a suit, which is most definitely the best option no matter if you’re interviewing for a prestigious job in the city or a coffee shop in your local high street, it shows that you value the importance and significance of the job and the interviewers time.

What to Wear for a Job Interview

Now this doesn’t mean that going out and buying an ill-fitting suit is the right thing to do, as always you have to think about fit; the best option is a classic slim fitting 2 button suit with a slight break on your trousers. 

You’re best to opt for dark and understated colours and accessories such as a navy or charcoal suit, teamed with a white or pale blue shirt, paired with dark brown or black shoes either Wingtips, Oxford’s or Derby’s would be the most formal yet stylish and would fit in well with the whole look. 

But this doesn’t mean you can’t express yourself, you can do so by experimenting with a unique sock colour or tie design. But don’t go too far, try to keep it subtle.

What to Wear for a Job Interview

The only time when it may be a good idea to break this classic staple for an interview is if you’re interviewing for a very artistic or creative position and you want to express yourself through what you’re wearing. 

Interviews are not difficult to get right when it comes to what to wear, your best off sticking to the classics described above to make a good first impression. However, the next priority is to concentrate on voicing your skills and personality traits to your future boss.

What to Wear for a Job Interview

*Businessman, People waiting, Interview images via Shutterstock

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Uniqlo x MWS

Uniqlo x MWS

Unlike the majority of guys we’re fans of winter here at MWS, it is a time when you can wear coats, knitwear and Tweed suits without feeling too hot and faint. 

For this winter inspired photoshoot in leafy Hampstead we pick out three stylish Uniqlo garments which are perfect for battling the elements this season.

Uniqlo x MWS

The tapered grey skinny-fit jeans feature a stylish silhouette and stretch for ease of movement. They are made with rigid denim that’s only lightly pre-washed for a rich indigo colour.

Uniqlo x MWS

Stitching and buttons are also selected to match the denim colour. For anyone who may fear skinny jeans, these will probably change your mind. Due to the stretch-fabric they feel light and as comfortable as loungewear. You’ll also see from our images that they’re also not too ridiculously skinny. 

Flannel shirts transcend fashion and will never go out of style. Made from 100% cotton and available in a variety of colours and checks, there is a Uniqlo Flannel shirt for every man and every occasion, to suit every mood.

Uniqlo x MWS

Dress it up, dress it down or tie it around your waist. A wardrobe staple for all year round. Our choice is a light grey check for just £19.90 and the fabric feels soft and smooth. It’ll certainly keep you warm in the winter too. 

The discreet warmth in this outfit comes from the Uniqlo Ultra Light Down compact vest. Offering you the warmth of down, but without the bulkiness often associated with down outerwear. 

This compact down vest is both lightweight and warm with a sleek design so it can be worn as an outer or inner layer. The snaps down the front and a shallow V-neck make it easy to wear over a variety of tops or even jackets. It also easily folds away into a small pouch – quite a neat trick!

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Get Framed with Atelier

Get Framed with Atelier

Atelier Eyewear announces that it is launching a new online guide to help hard-to-fit eyewear purchasers find perfect fitting optical and sunglasses that match their individual styles and personalities.

Get Framed with Atelier

The Atelier i-Style Guide employs an online questionnaire covering lifestyle and personal preferences as well as engaging Atelier’s unique proprietary webcam-based technology: UltraTool™ to accurately measure facial features and dimensions in real time.

Get Framed with Atelier

Atelier has assembled a team of professional stylists and optical consultants to create personalised portfolios of selected frame styles. 

“Finding eyewear that fits can be challenging” according to Tim de Rosen, CEO of Atelier. “People will sometimes choose a certain style and base their decision on the style rather than the fit. That’s not the best decision for them in the long term. It’s also important to find a pair that suits your face shape, style and personality”.

Get Framed with Atelier

Atelier will be promoting the i-Style Guide on its website and via fashion and style bloggers worldwide. Although there have been other guides for choosing eyewear, Atelier is the first luxury eyewear brand to combine a responsive questionnaire with its unique UltraTool™ online facial measuring technology. 

MWS Craig put their service to the test and chose the £265 ‘Bleeker‘ sunglasses design, “Using my webcam at the office I was able to see how each pair would look on my face. I was able to move my head around into different angles and the glasses stay in place in real time – it’s quite surreal. I chose a classic tortoiseshell as the finish and I’m really pleased with the results. Normally I would never order sunglasses without trying them on first.”

Get Framed with Atelier

Atelier optical and sunglasses are custom made to match individual facial characteristics and personal styles. All models can be customised for frame color and lenses. Customers can further personalise their frames by adding their name or initials.  

Prices start at £245 including high-index single vision prescription lenses or Zeiss sun lenses and include free delivery worldwide.

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Falcao Joins The Rollercoaster

Falcao Joins The Rollercoaster

Manchester United fans have been on an emotional rollercoaster since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. The “Chosen One“, David Moyes, proved to be out of his depth, and United finished seventh in the table at the end of last season. 

Moyes had been sacked in April, his six-year contract notwithstanding, and Ryan Giggs finished the season as interim player-manager. The club was out of Europe and appeared to be floundering, having racked up 22 fewer points than rivals and champions – Manchester City.

Falcao Joins The Rollercoaster

A New Hope 

It was all quite bewildering for the average United fan, acquainted to years of on-and-off dominance under Ferguson. Louis van Gaal (LVG) was appointed manager, following stints at Bayern Munich and the Netherlands national side.

Falcao Joins The Rollercoaster

He’d taken the Dutch to third place in the World Cup after beating a weakened Brazil, and pledged a lot for fans; Moyes had been criticised for “never winning anything” and managing a “mid-table side“. 

In the summer, pre-season successes were forthcoming, including a 7-0 pasting of LA Galaxy and a 3-1 victory at Real Madrid.

The mood in the red part of Manchester began to lift. Perhaps Moyes had been a blip. LVG was perhaps the genius they’d been waiting for, for one long, painful year. And then the season started. 

Reality Bites 

After three games, United found themselves without a win and 14th in the table, between Sunderland and Leicester City. Early days, certainly; but a battering (4-0) from Milton Keynes Dons in the League Cup at the end of August had done little to calm fans’ nerves.

Falcao Joins The Rollercoaster

Angel Of The North-West 

But the rollercoaster was about to hit the bottom of the dip and start to swing upwards again. The transfer window closed late on September 1st, and it became clear that LVG had managed to get Monaco’s Radamel Falcao on loan, adding to his summer purchases that included Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria and Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera

These three were part of United’s biggest spending splurge ever – rumours about Falcao’s wages range between £165,000 and £350,000 a week. Can any player be worth that? Falcao might be; he’s been scoring in around 80% of his games since 2009 – if you ignore his 20 games for Monaco.

Falcao Joins The Rollercoaster

Oh Danny Boy 

With that kind of investment in that level of talent, surely LVG can put United back where fans feel they belong? Interestingly, at least two sets of fans were made vocally angry by the events of the transfer window. Monaco fans were furious at the departure of Falcao and started demanding refunds; some United fans were highly displeased that local boy Danny Welbeck was allowed to leave for Arsenal to make room for Falcao. 

Only time will tell whether the spending spree has been worth it. United have a relatively kind fixture list for the rest of September; tough challenges follow in October. A rollercoaster ride without ups and downs is just a rather uneventful train journey – and this one isn’t over yet.

Falcao Joins The Rollercoaster

*Welbeck, Van Gaal, Falcao, Di Maria, Herrera images via Shutterstock

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Designer Patrick Grant partners with Affligem

Designer Patrick Grant partners with Affligem

The Savile Row tailor has reinterpreted the traditional 11th century knight’s uniform by Affligem’s founders into a modern-day Savile Row suit which blends the modern fashion trends, technology and of-the-moment materials to form a tailoring fit for the 21st century gentleman.

Designer Patrick Grant partners with Affligem

In the build up to London Fashion Week, Premium Belgium beer brand, Affligem, has delved into its rich heritage by collaborating with renowned Savile Row tailor, Patrick Grant, to reinterpret the traditional attire worn by the knights who founded the Affligem brand back in 1074.

Designer Patrick Grant partners with Affligem

The bespoke suit aims to combine the elegance, sophistication and craft of Affligem, while encapsulating the historical background of its 11th century founding fathers. In order to keep the suit in accordance with knights’ traditions, the collection was created under close consultation with Oxford University historian, Dr Dominic Selwood, who specialises in the era. 

The Affligem story began early in the 11th century. After years of gruelling battles, six weary knights in search of a sincere and peaceful life returned home to Affligem, Belgium. Despite their allegiance to the Roman Emperor, they dreamt of exchanging their armour for monks’ robes, and dedicating their lives to the poor and of building a great abbey. 

‘Ten years later, it was now six monks who looked upon their finished abbey and began to brew Affligem beer’

Designer Patrick Grant partners with Affligem

Encapsulating Affligem’s heritage and staying true to the historic accuracy of the period, Patrick Grant has crafted an imposing soldierly-styled 2-piece suit for his creation. With an elongated tailored jacked cut just above the knee and high stand collar to replicate the traditional style worn, the outfit is finished off with a high whole-cut waist trouser with a cavalry cut hem. 

In keeping with the 11th century custom, the suit has been woven with a chainmail design jacquard in black wool, with silver and grey silks.
Savile Row designer, Patrick Grant comments: 

“I am fortunate to get to work on some genuinely challenging projects. Through our collections at E. Tautz we’ve explored well over 400 years of English clothing history but this project for Affligem took us back a further six centuries. It was fascinating to think about the function and design of the costumes of men in the 11th century and to try to meld them with the Savile Row techniques and fabrics, and interpret them for a contemporary audience. Our project with Affligem has been a pleasure to work on from start to finish”.

Designer Patrick Grant partners with Affligem

Affligem is available in three distinctive guises, Affligem offers a selection of crafted tastes to satisfy the more discerning palate. Blonde (ABV 6.8%) is an eminently drinkable classic clear ale, whilst Double (ABV 6.8%) is a more complex, richer affair, steeped in dark malt overtones. Triple (ABV 9%) is the pride of the abbey, with a distinctive bitterness and gratifying strength for those who seek something beyond their traditional beer portfolio.

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Discover Il Bussetto

Discover Il Bussetto

Autumn is coming and as the days are turning grey there are some essentials that will help keep your look cool and coloured. The Italian label Il Bussetto, seen at the last Pitti Uomo in Florence, produces a complete line of accessories for men. They have the best Italian tradition combined with manufacturing of leather and craftsmanship by the artisans of Himalaya.

Discover Il Bussetto

The aim of the brand is to transfer the Italian know-how to enable new masters, no matter if they are from Italy or elsewhere – and to keep this skillful industry safe and alive. 

Every piece from Il Bussetto is made of bovine leather from handpicked farms in Europe, it is then vegetable-tanned in Tuscany using only natural tannins extracted from plants and mixed according to a secret formula.

Discover Il Bussetto

The brand has several collections of small leather goods that are unique and instantly identifiable. The brand has added a vast product portfolio such as covers and cases for technological devices. 

One of its iconic items is “il tacco” a very special money holder whose shape is inspired by the men’s shoe heel. The simplicity of this item reveals a deep mastery in the processing of handicraft: the leather is modelled on wooden moulds, hand coloured and finished in a range of about 30 shades. From this season it is also available in fish skin, which is part of a new fashionable premium line. 

Discover Il Bussetto

Together with a Swiss house of watches, Il Bussetto will also release a line of watches with two different straps. The classic will be interchangeable with a leather bracelet version in different colours.

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The Versatility of an Oxford Shirt

The Versatility of an Oxford Shirt

Most men have shirts for work, weddings and black tie functions; as well as shirts for casualwear, long weekends away and first dates. The beauty of the Oxford Shirt is that it can be worn in all situations. It has a unique versatility, combining sleek clean lines and the laidback easiness that you’d expect from a casual shirt.

The Versatility of an Oxford Shirt

Historically connected to Oxford University, the original Oxford shirt was designed for polo players. The light breathable fabric meant it was ideal for sportswear, yet the crisp neat look offered a refined and dignified air.

The Versatility of an Oxford Shirt

It is the unique weave of this shirt that gives it such a softness which lends itself to more casual attire, while the crisp tailoring suits more formal occasions. The basket-weave of the Oxford shirt involves two threads running lengthways between a heavier thread that runs vertically. Occasionally the vertical thread is a different colour to add a different stylistic aspect to the shirt. 

Most Oxford shirts have button-down collars, although it is the Oxford weave that identifies the shirt.
It is this unique weave that results in a thicker and more structured fabric, that still feels soft. The well-structured tailoring means the shirt is ideal as a dress shirt if combined with a blazer and tie, whereas can easily be worn open at the neck for a more casual effect.

The Versatility of an Oxford Shirt

Ways to wear your Oxford Shirt 

Preppy – If you want to pay homage to the origins of this popular shirt, then team it with a navy blazer and striped tie that echoes of college days and university sophistication. Team it with chinos and brown brogues for the ultimate preppy look. This is a great daytime look, that works for any number of smart/casual events.

Workwear – The Oxford shirt is ideal for work as it isn’t too dressy or sharp, yet is still sophisticated and smart enough to show you dress well. The casual element makes you appear more approachable, friendly and laidback; whereas the formal aspects show you mean business. Crisp white Oxford shirts look good with a simple block colour tie for work, perhaps something in a jewel-colour such as emerald green or a rich ruby red. Otherwise, Oxford shirts with contrasting warp (vertical) threads in soft pastels and weft (horizontal) threads in white are becoming incredibly more popular as workwear.

The Versatility of an Oxford Shirt

Dates – Picking out the appropriate outfit for a date, is tough for any man. Look too formal and you’ll feel like you are at a work function, or being interviewed. Look too casual and you’ll appear like you haven’t tried hard enough and aren’t that into your date. No-one wants to look like they’ve made no effort on a date, yet giving the impression that you’ve made a lot of effort can give the wrong impression too. For events, such as dates, that need something to bridge the smart-casual divide, the Oxford shirt is the perfect garment. 

Weekends – You know that evening dinners can mean a full suit, usually with a dress shirt and tie. However picking out the perfect outfit for weekend dinners and casual leisurely lunches is never easy. Wear your Oxford shirt with a loose tie, smart jeans (white jeans look particularly stylish when worn well) and a tailored tweed jacket. Alternatively, opt for rolled-back sleeves and some linen blend trousers.

The Versatility of an Oxford Shirt

Formal events – To dress up your Oxford shirt, wear it with a smart tailored suit in black or navy blue. Smart black leather dress shoes, a crisp white Oxford shirt and a black silk tie will look smart and sophisticated. To emphasise the dress element, add a pocket square to your blazer pocket, ideally in a tone that matches your shirt. The simplest and most effective style is opting for a crisp white pocket square, allowing a centimetre of fabric to be exposed at the outside edge of the pocket sloping down gradually to a few millimetres nearer the collar. Add a simple chic tie pin for additional style points. 

Days off – Oxford shirts look great paired with a pair of washed out navy jeans and brown suede boots. Roll up the sleeves and keep the collar open and leave the shirt untucked. If you choose a shirt that is slim-fitting and well-tailored then the look will be flattering and although the look is casual it won’t look scruffy or unimpressive. This is the ultimate way to dress down with style.

Oxford shirts are also ideal for travel, they pack beautifully and allow you to be prepared for any eventuality. Whether you are travelling on business or pleasure, you’ll have the outfit to suit the occasion. It is their versatility that make Oxford shirts quintessential wardrobe staples for the modern man.

The Versatility of an Oxford Shirt
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Peugeot RCZ Sports Coupe Review

Peugeot RCZ Sports Coupe Review

The new Peugeot RCZ Sports Coupe features an enhanced appearance with equipment that continues the appeal of the model. Pricing and specification has enhanced with design attributes what will inspire any Peugeot enthusiast. 

Designer Boris Reinmoller is the man behind the re-style including the appealing interior and environmental engines. We give him a big thumbs up on the design aspect, it looks futuristic and certainly has the wow factor – which for 26k is very impressive.

Peugeot RCZ Sports Coupe Review

The new appearance provides the RCZ with a new posture: well seated on its wheels, as if crouching and ready to leap over the tarmac, as well as having a unique identity, with a combination of enhanced power and sensuous expression.

Peugeot RCZ Sports Coupe Review

Lifestyle 

From the initial sketches, the intention was to give this new RCZ a modern style, even more exclusive and unique than the current range. A completely new front face, sporty and flowing, fully emphasises the power of its rear wings and the sensuous curves of its ‘double-bubble’ roof. This new synergy between the front and rear gives the bodywork an entirely new expression. 

We tested out this car on the countryside roads of England and stopped over at an estate hotel.
One impressive feature we must mention is the 384 litre boot space. The available space is very large, you’d have no problem packing luggage, shopping or even golf clubs. Actually, if you fold back the back two seats you’ll get a further 760 litres. 

The generous space at the front is also instantly noticeable, making the drive comfortable. You know you have enough room when each side of the car (driver and passenger) can have its own climate control setting. However, the car is a 2+2 Sports Coupe so the back seats are very restricted in size and probably only good for small children. 

Another favourite feature of ours simply how the wing mirrors automatically tuck themselves in when you lock the car – handy for anyone living in London without private parking.

Peugeot RCZ Sports Coupe Review

Driving 

Sensuous and sleek, sporty and elegant, its new style promotes its power and fluidity, strength and refinement, and affirms its distinctive singularity in the Peugeot range. The handling, low centre of gravity and grip on the road instantly puts you at ease making driving effortless and enjoyable. 

Its richness of expression is greatly increased by an extended range of colour and material combinations, both to exterior and interior, which will allow each customer to construct “Their Own” RCZ. Exterior customisation components include the grille, arch, bodywork, Carbon roof, alloy wheels, colours and trims. 

With controlled weight, carefully designed aerodynamics and modern engine technology, the RCZ has established itself as an innovative synthesis of performance and respect for the environment. Expressing all of Peugeot’s expertise in terms of road holding, the RCZ takes the requirement of driving with precision and obtaining sensations to the highest level for the Marque, to intensify all of the driver’s senses. 

The active rear aero spoiler also contributes to this performance, deployed in two positions according to the speed of the vehicle to ensure aerodynamics and stability.

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UNIQLO Launches Merino for AW14

UNIQLO Launches Merino for AW14

100% Extra Fine Merino knitwear for men and women, made with ultra-fine fibres of just 19.5 microns to ensure softness and colour that lasts. 

Autumn Winter 2014 sees UNIQLO introduce a whole new range of styles in Merino for both men and women. UNIQLO Extra Fine Merino is machine washable, making it as easy to care for as it is to wear.

UNIQLO Launches Merino for AW14

The men’s Merino collection now includes modern stripe patterns in subdues tones to suit everyone. Half zip sweaters provide a casual touch and easy styling as well as v-neck waistcoats which are perfect for layering and made to resist pilling.

UNIQLO Launches Merino for AW14

100% Extra Fine Merino allows you to enjoy everyday sophistication year after year.
For women, the Merino collection has expanded considerably to now include dresses and combination Merino tops. 

The polo neck sweaters are  made with select, 100% extra-fine merino wool. The elegant sweaters features a sleek, sophisticated silhouette – a winter wardrobe basic that combines with both business and casual clothes.

UNIQLO Launches Merino for AW14

The half zip sweaters use pure merino wool and feature an elegant finish which is made to stay that way. Featuring a half zipper for a casual touch, which makes them easy to wear with jeans, chinos and deck shoes for soft semi-nautical style. 

The Extra fine merino cardigans provide an easy styling solution for men. An easy choice for adding softness to a smart office look, or a smart touch to a casual look. The is cut in a way which cater to both those who like to layer and those who don’t.

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