Slowly and really rather stealthily Debenhams have been creating, what can only be classed as, a real niche in the menswear market for stylish, affordable men’s attire. Of course they have the wonderfully suave Hammond &Co by the equally suave Patrick Grant, but their other menswear collections have upped their anti in reason seasons, including J by Jasper Conran and Rocha John Rocha. This season they are joined by Racing Green exclusively at Debenhams.

Founded in 1990, the name Racing Green derives from ‘British Racing Green’ the colour made famous by the iconic British motor racing team of the 1900s. The team competing in the legendary Gordon Bennett cup begrudgingly took a green livery for their race cars, as red, white and blue were being used by America, Germany and France.

Rather than grumble, the British team turned circumstance to their advantage and their predicament into pride. By the time steely Selwyn Edge won the cup in a British-made green Napier in 1902, British Racing Green had become much more than just a colour. British Racing Green had become a symbol of victory.

They have always taken pride in keeping the spirit of racing history alive. Today Racing Green means classic British menswear made for the modern man.The brand focuses on contemporary designs and colour is key in the collection, from vibrant primary shades to softer pastel tones; styles are both affordable and attainable.

With the introduction of these new products from ManCave we see their range growing to a total of 15 products. With these new products being introduced ManCave are breaking into the Sensitive Skin Care sector, don’t worry Guys… we all have a sensitive side, a new area of the men’s grooming market for the brand. The range features a Sensitive Moisturiser & Senitive Face Wash, with luxury ingredients including Cucumber, White Tea, Nordic Cotton & Aloe Vera. After the previous success of premium fragrances such as Blackspice, Cedarwood and Lemon & Oak, ManCave have also developed an additional scent exclusively for the new Sensitive Skincare collection. Woodsman is a fresh and woody fragrance developed with sensitive skin in mind.

The Sensitive Face Wash, soothes irritated skin, removes oil and grime and cleanses and purifies Sensitive Skin. With the new “Woodsman” fragrance, this skin friendly Face Wash provides a gentle, cleanse, which detoxifies and nourishes your skin without causing irritation yet effectively removes dirt and debris. A delicate blend of Cucumber, Aloe Vera, White Tea and Vitamin E make the Sensitive Face Wash ideal for even the most Sensitive Skin and a must have addition to your grooming routine.


Whereas, the Sensitive moisturiser Hydrates and Soothes Sensitive Skin, as you would expect, tames Redness and irritation. The Moisturiser is specifically formulated with skin-friendly ingredients such as Nordic Cotton and Shea butter to gently soothe and hydrate your skin, reducing discomfort and leaving your skin revitalised. Whilst White Tea and Vitamin E provide protection, Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory properties. This coupled with cooling Aloe and Brown Seaweed should provide you the ultimate in refreshment and rehydration.

Stylish Parisian brand Editions M.R was founded by childhood friends, Mathieu de Ménonville and Rémi de Laquintane. The label epitomises that nonchalant, off-duty Parisian dressing. Garments are made to withstand the test of time with an emphasis on classic, beautifully constructed wardrobe staples that effortlessly coalesce style and functionality.

This season they have taken inspiration from a maritime setting – in particular the contrasting worlds of the ocean and the port. A renewed emphasis on functionality is obvious with pieces built to withstand the sun and the sea. Suede military jackets and denim sailor shirts are collection highlights that capture the mood perfectly. Other stand-out pieces include high-waisted naval trousers and a revere collar shirt adorned in nautical stripes.
Print is an overriding aesthetic to the collection with camouflage and floral motifs appearing across jersey as well as tailoring. The colour pallet serves to compliment this with natural tones of stone, powder blue, navy and white.

The brand have partnered with the global luxury-shopping destination MATCHESFASHION.COM to launch in the U.K. Damien Paul, Head of Menswear, MATCHESFASHION.COM had this to say of the partnership. “AtMATCHESFASHION.COM we pride ourselves in seeking out and championing new designers and labels of note. Editions M.R is a great addition to our offer; there is an understated nature to the collection which evokes leftfield masculinity with brilliant pieces that all work individually and would work within any man’s wardrobe. There is a real attention to detail and the collection benefits from the simple, clean lines and silhouette.’

The mornings and evenings are definitely getting lighter, and do you know what I’ll stick my neck out and say Spring is certainly in the air, in fact I’m sure I saw a daffodil the other day, although, it could have been a weed.
This Spring, Lab Series are being inspired by the sea, ocean waves and surfing by launching two new products in their Pro LS range. First, the PRO LS All-In-One Face Cleansing Gel builds into a powerful foaming lather perfect to cleanse the face and beard and rinses off easily. This cleanser gently, but deeply cleanses without disturbing pH or stripping moisture from the skin. Removes dead skin cells and impurities, as well as deeply purifies pores to help revitalise skin’s appearance. Nourishing agents help condition skin to leave it feeling smooth and looking refreshed.
Secondly, we have PRO LS All-In-One Face Hydrating Gel is a quick absorbing and lightweight moisturiser. Gel moisturising hydrators are utilised to instantly draw in, retain and lock in moisture to maintain hydration levels while also calming and soothing the skin with an immediate cooling sensation. Oil absorbing powder instantly eliminates surface shine leaving skin looking mattified with a shine-free finish.Both are quick and easy to use while also delivering multiple high performance benefits.

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NikeLab has partnered with the Japanese designer brand COMME des GARÇONS to recreate a classic Nike silhouette and following its showcase at the COMME des GARÇONS Homme Plus show last October, the “invisible” Nike Lab Dunk Hi is finally being released.

Dubbed the ‘invisible shoes’, the Dunk Hi appears to draw inspiration from Hans Christian Andersen’s cult classic tale about a sorely misled emperor in search of a new wardrobe. The new release aims to address the common misconception that invisibility and transparency are one in the same.

An edgy mix of black leather and clear PVC paired with accents of comfort foam, the shoes are designed with holes for ventilation to ensure maximum breathability. While not completely “invisible,” the side panels and toebox of this NikeLab Dunk Hi allow for some serious look at what’s inside, so be careful when choosing your socks in the morning. What’s great about this feature is, this transparent look allows for those crazy patterned pairs in your drawer to shine through.

The collaboration with COMME des GARÇONS is the second basketball collaboration from Nike this month, released exclusively at the COMME des GARÇONS store in New York.

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Yes half term is upon us, Christmas is but a memory and the next bank holiday is Good Friday. So rather than your house getting pulled asunder and frantically trying to find a play date at a moment’s notice. We’ve had our eyes peeled and our many spies, yes that’s you, informing us of great events happening up and down the country to help us get through this coming week in one piece. Sorry if we haven’t included sometime near to you this time, but if you see something of interest, let us know over at editorial@Clothes-Make-the-Man.com

Glasgow

If you haven’t done so already, get yourself down to Glasgow’s People’s Palace before 26th March for Fizzers: 10 Years of Caricature it features over 120 international icons and Scottish celebrities as you have never seen them before – each captured in caricature by five leading artists from the Scottish Cartoon Art Studio. Adele, Lady Gaga, Bay City Rollers, Rihanna and Bob Dylan are just a few of the singing super stars whose Fizzer has been created for this exhibition, along with a special tribute to David Bowie featuring several caricatures of his unique stage personas.

‘Fizzer’ is Glaswegian slang for face and, at this new exhibition, visitors of all ages can delight in the drawings of well-known Fizzers from across the world, then share their favourite on social media using #fizzers10

London

If you want to get your lil ones hooked on classics head over to the Cockpit theatre who have teamed up with Beak and Claw Productions this half term to offer children a chance to experience original bitesize theatre productions including opera, puppetry and Shakespeare for just £1. Enjoy short chunks of new childrens’ shows from opera to puppetry to Shakespeare. Then get involved with a Q&A session with their creators where you can offer feedback and suggestions. There’s also a storytelling workshop before each session, so kids can start making shows of their own.

Ever wondered how do chameleons change colour? What makes grasshoppers leap so high? How do bats see at night? Head south of the river to meet a robotic rhino, a squid with 18-foot tentacles and a huge house fly with a vacuum cleaner mouth at the Horniman Museum’s Zoo for larger-than-life robot animals made from familiar machines and gadgets. This family-friendly exhibition features larger-than-life animals that have been innovatively recreated using a variety of familiar machine parts and gadgets to reveal how their real life counterparts see, eat, hunt and hide. Remember Adults pay £7.70, kids £4.40

Manchester

Just in time for half term is Arcade Club at the National Football Museum, with over 50 classic arcade games available to play. Arcade Club is home to Europe’s largest collection of retro and classic arcade and video games, from arcade originals like Donkey Kong and Pacman to classic sports sims like Super Hang-On and Virtua Striker.
Admission to the Arcade Club is £5 (£4 for National Football Museum Season Ticket members, free for Under-4s), and all machines are free to play.

Although not technically half term, keep an eye out for Family rave planners Big Fish Little Fish as they are hosting a Madchester indie special event at The Factory FAC251 with DJ Dave Booth, who has performed sets for Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets, New Order and at Spike Island for the Stone Roses etc.The event is taking place from 2pm to 4.30pm on Sunday, March 5.

Bristol & Bath

If you go down to Avon Valley, all month long, you can experience all sorts of magical adventures, stories and more. Fairy Tale activities and crafts, including; make your own crown and grow your own beanstalk, Story telling, Dress up as your favourite fairytale character and join in with the Fairy Tale Parade;Find the fairy tales around the Park with the Story Trail; take part in their fairy tale quiz, and even the chance to win a prize.

Entrance to the event included in your admission to Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park. Some additional charges may apply.

Nationwide

Join Dusty Duck in the fun and helping kids create the biggest, craziest splash possible and make sure you grab your wellies, dress up warm, (maybe even a spare change of clothing) get outside and join in the ‘splashtastic’ puddle jumping championships, back by popular demand, being held across the UK at all nine of The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust wetland centres this February half term.

Puddles will be set up for you to warm you up and practice in with the competition starting at 2pm. It is 50p to enter and every contestant will receive a ‘splashtastic’ sticker to acknowledge their puddle jumping skills.

Lastly, if we do have to retreat indoors, what about a movie down the flicks. After the huge global success of The Lego Movie, yes everything is awesome, it was only a matter of time before we would succumbed to the charms of the inevitable spin-offs. So first up in Batman’s very own single movie. This is a great example of something for the whole family, kids will love it, we have strong females characters, Adults won’t be bored by it. What’s more to be said, just go to it.

“Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy; to return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.”

The Prophet (1923) by poet, writer, artist, and philosopher Khalil Gibran.

Love it or Loathe it, there’s no escaping the fact that next week, in fact February 14th to be exact, is St Valentine’s Day. The one day of the year that you have no excuses and by golly you better not forget that Romance isn’t dead. Mrs Mc is exceptionally lucky in the sense that being married to my good self, everyday is like Valentine’s Day, or so I tell I keep her. This year ensure you fall into the camp of having a present, card and something booked. Rather than the adrenaline rush of chasing around the local convenience store, having to settle for a bunch of Carnations, which have definitely seen better days and having to pay an astronomical ransom for the pleasure as the proprietor can clearly see and quite possibly smell the desperation and fear in you.

So remember think less Elizabeth Duke and more Tiffany and you will be doing well. BUT, as with most good intentions, as much as we’d like to be able to offer this gesture, reality can often get in our way. So, here are a selection of great gift suggestions, that will get or keep you in the good books, once again bought to you in collaboration with the wonderful Rotary Watches ;

Great idea if your thinking of maybe popping the question, or if you want to cement your relationship this is a great quirky gift idea from Notonthehighstreet.com

This Valentine’s Day Thomas Sabo are offering 15% discount on all heart jewellery. Plus, As a special  gift for you – you can have a personalised engraved message, complimentary with every engravable LOVE BRIDGE Jewellery.

Fill your house of love with the scent of LURVE this Valentine’s Day with Jo Malone‘s Red Roses Scented Candle.

Oooooh that age old dilemma do you buy Red underwear for your girlfriend/fiancé/wife/partner well Mrs Mc informs us it’s OK as long as it’s tasteful and pointed us in the direction of Rosie Huntington Whitley for AUTOGRAPH Silk & Lace Teddy.

The Legacy collection from Rotary Watches offers a selection of matching duo of watches for ‘him & her’. Legacy offers a sleek, elementary design representative of the new Rotary foundation family. Swiss Made in either a 32mm or 38mm case.

This great gift idea from The White Company offers you the chance to offer your soul mate a selection of key memento moments in your life together, so far with this sleek and modern picture frame featuring 15 5×7 – apertures.

Roses are often associated with St Valentine’s Day but who said they have to be of the floral kind. Surprise her with this 18ct yellow gold vermeil Wild Rose bracelet features a delicately handcrafted 15mm openwork rose flower from Dower & Hall.

What says romance more than 2 complimenting beers with pork scratchings and a large ‘I love you’ design pork pie on Valentine’s Day, beautifully presented in a re-useable. Don’t say we never show you a good time and thank you Marks & Spencer we salute you.

Great for guys and gals this 14 inch satchel with magnetic closure from The Cambridge Satchel Company is prefect for your laptop, butties and any important documents. Plus with free shipping over £100 and free embossing for a limited time, make it a personalised Valentine gift delivered right to their doorstep.

Love truly is in the eye of the beholder, but everyone needs a little help and the Esteè Lauder Advanced Night Repair Range. This targeted system is designed to keep skin beautiful and healthy-looking.

This really is the gift that keeps on giving rather than a bunch of blooms this rose bush will thrive year after year providing a lifetime of stunning red roses; so long after bouquets wilt and fade this rose tree like your love will be blossoming.

Have you heard it’s in the stars ? Love that is, Mrs Mc is loving these Zodiac Journals from Anthropologie, do you think she’s dropping a hint ?