Dog Gone Great Trainers – Commonwealth x CLAE

imageRegarded as one of the coolest stores in America, men’s lifestyle boutique Commonwealth has teamed up with visionary footwear brand CLAE to release a limited edition Hoffman by Commonwealth. Blending classic athletic styling and exceptional comfort, the Hoffman is built on an innovative ultra-lightweight blown EVA outsole with a TPU cup for maximum comfort and stability.

The Commonwealth x CLAE Hoffman features a beautiful long-hair suede, neoprene inner collar and a full grain vegetable tanned leather heel with reflective detail. The unique grey and blue tone hues is a playful nod to the adorable, Lola, Commonwealth’s unofficial mascot and pet French Bulldog to Commonwealth’s lucky co-founder Omar Quiambao. The collaboration was born out of a decades-long strong working relationship between Omar Quiambao and CLAE Founder and Creative Director, Sung Choi, with both brands continuing to maintain an appreciation and understanding for understated essentials. The Commonwealth x CLAE Hoffman fuses an east coast aesthetic with CLAE‘s laid back west coast roots, providing both modern comfort and styling versatility.

The Commonwealth x CLAE Hoffman is limited to ONLY 350 pairs worldwide and are priced at £85, available at Hanon shop, so get your skates or board on.image

St Valentine’s Day Gift Guide bought to you by Rotary Watches

Rotary_1500x500Whether it’s a case of, I’m not in Love, Your all out of Love, You can’t buy me love or it might be simply Peace, Love and Understanding, Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe and the Greatest Love. You need to always ask, Where is the Love and remember to lay all your Love on me, because yes it’s THAT time of year where you just can’t escape, Is this LOVE, to the the point of it making you Crazy in Love ?

Enough of all that, let’s get on with what has proved to be one of our continuously most popular posts every year, our annual St Valentine’s Day Gift Guide this year kindly brought to us with the help of the splendid Rotary Watches.

We all need a little help with making that all important purchase at this time of year so we’ve taking the stress out of it for you no matter what your budget is, remember the key word is ‘THOUGHT‘ and you need to show and more importantly, show off how much thought you’ve put into your gift buying this year.

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Wear your heart quite literally on your sleeve, OK, your body with this ‘San Valentino’ Lace dress by Dolce & Gabbana

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Dont fall into a cliche trap at Valentine’s Day, a dozen red roses is, how can I put this, cringy. Put a modicum of thought into your gift buying and find out what your partner’s favourite flower is. You can still very easily go with the RED theme whether it’s Tulips, like the above from Marks & Spencer, Gerbers or either carnations.

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Show her how much you love her with the gift of time both metaphorically and physically by giving this beautiful Petite watch by Rotary and spending some quality time together.

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Love certainly will be in the air when you offer the lady in your life this great Clutch bag from Whistles

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What could be more romantic than sharing nightwear, you go for the bottoms and leave the top for her.

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If your a man of few words, get your message across without saying a thing with this ALEX MONROE
Rose Gold Vermeil ‘I Love You’ Spinner necklace.

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Set the mood for Amore with this Murano glass Tonka Candle by Acqua di Parma. Giving off an aroma of Whiskey, Cloves, Ginger and Vanilla.

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Give your heart away this Valentine and tell them that they have won you over with this great Vivienne Westwood keyring.

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OK not everyone’s idea of romantic, but as I said think outside of that cliche box. This brilliant Crystal Head Vodka is a pure unadulterated spirit and bought to us by non other than Dan Ackroyd and salivated artist John Alexander.

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Remember this isn’t a one way street, it’s not all about guys buying gifts for girls. The boys need to get a look in. This is a great gift idea the Eterna Royal Konitiki chronograph watch.

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Oliver Cheshire – Textual Conversation

imageThe subject of today’s textual conversation, Oliver Cheshire, is proving his smart, savvy, street style to be a big hit with not only the young men but women alike and has given him a social media following of over 100k; resulting in international designers clambering over each other to dress him in their latest collections.

Having started his career in the fashion industry aged just 17 when he was scouted by Select Models. Cheshire’s first campaign was with, a small little brand you may have heard of called, Calvin Klein fronting their iconic advertising. Since then he has gone on to the face of some of the biggest names in the fashion world, including Dolce and Gabbana, Versace, Missoni, Vivienne Westwood and Marks & Spencer.

imageHis versatility and appeal have led him to work with some of the world’s most coveted and renowned photographers, including Mario Testino, Mert and Marcus, Bruce Weber and Steven Klein. Proving he’s not JUST a pretty face, Oliver’s style and in depth knowledge of men’s fashion made him the natural choice to become contributor for the Telegraph Men back in 2013.

This season his status continues to grow from strength to strength; confirming his place among the elite of the front row at London Fashion Week and London Collections Men.

Oliver is regularly heralded in GQ.com’s Best-Dressed poll from the US to the UK, aswell as winning places in similar features in publications such as Grazia, The Daily Telegraph and Tatler. He has also been labelled in the press as the “Model with the Midas Touch”; as brands like Orlebar Brown, Superdry and M&S have seen a direct increase in sales when Chiselled cheekbones has been featured as “Their Face”.

imageIf you had one day to live what would be your biggest regret?

I think my biggest regret would definitely be not eating that piece of chocolate cake! Never turn down cake!

What’s your favourite piece of clothing?

Right now, I think it has to be my M&S pebble dash Derby shoes. They’re so easy to wear and go with everything.

Who is your style icon? Why?

I grew up as a 90’s kid seeing David Beckham everywhere. He took risks with his fashion, and set trends at the same time. He wasn’t scared to try new things. Now he’s a man who knows what looks great and sticks to it.

What piece of style advice do you live by?

Make sure you’re always properly dressed for the occasion and always follow the dress code on the invite.

Can you tie a bow tie? If yes, who taught you?

Embarrassingly, no! I had to look it up on YouTube.

Have you ever bought a piece of clothing and regretted it?

I’m usually quite good and really think about what I want before I buy it. I guess there are trends I wish I hadn’t tried; I’ve worn some pretty OTT printed shirts over the years.

What do you have to do after this conversation?

I’m going to a lovely dinner at the Rosewood hotel, their food is the best.

What would you like to be doing after this conversation?

Having a beer at the Rosewood with dinner and then eating lots of Percy Pigs!

imageWhat track would always get you on the dance floor?

‘Town Called Malice’ by The Jam, definitely my favourite song of all time.

How did you get into the industry, what was your big break?

I was scouted by Select Model Management at 16, they sent my Polaroid’s over to New York and I ended up being booked by Calvin Klein. I was really lucky and my career really took off from there, and I ended up walking (on a catwalk) for some really huge names.

If you could live anywhere where would it be & Why?

Probably New York. The atmosphere is just so cool out there and always buzzing. I have loads of friends out there too so I know I wouldn’t ever get lonely. Other than that I think I’d choose London.

imageFavourite hotel in the world?

It’s between the W in Barcelona (above) or the Maritime in Manhattan, they are two of the most amazing hotels I’ve ever stayed in.

What music are you listening to at the moment?

Stormzy, he won two MOBO awards, I would seriously suggest checking him out.

Best present you’ve ever received?

Pixie (Lott) took me on holiday to Florence once for a Christmas present; that was pretty awesome.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given and by whom?

Nothing is ever as bad as it seems.

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Oliver Cheshire is the Face of Autograph at Marks & Spencer

Intensity – Intense new Fragrance by CARVEN

imageThe renewal of the CARVEN menswear collection started at the beginning of 2015 with the arrival of creative director Barnabé Hardy. For his début collection, Hardy reinvented the classics,  including a complete and functional wardrobe that can be worn from dawn till dusk. The soft lines and rounded shapes are his homage to the C in the CARVEN logo. The collection is completed with an evening wardrobe through a reinterpretation of the tuxedo and a pleat-fronted shirt. The CARVEN male has undoubtedly grown into a man.

CARVEN PARFUMS is now introducing a new perfume into its men’s fragrance range with a scent as intriguing as its name, L’Eau Instense. It is characterised by fresh notes of mint, Italian lemon and grapefruit, followed by a gradual build-up with hints of birch leaves and lavender, before drawing its real power and intensity from a bouquet of ginger, cardamom, cedarwood and ambery woods.

The unmistakably masculine, sturdy, pure and perfectly defined shape of the bottles is universally popular, one of which is all dressed in lacquered finish. The front side of the bottle is optical white with the pattern of an imaginary shirt and transparent sides. In addition, its matte grey case is threaded with shiny metallic silver.

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Preview of the Best of the High Street for Spring 2016

Jeez was it not just, like two weeks ago, we were only wishing each other Merry Christmas and getting sick of listening to Slade, Band Aid and Mariah ? Well believe it or not Spring has sprung according to the retail dignitaries of our High Street. I know it’s hard to believe when Winter keeps on trying to make an unwelcome Comeback, no who said just like All Saints then ?

Well whether we like it or not the chances are, we’d have better luck trying to buy swimwear than a coat at the moment, so let’s run with it and hope if we pay homage to the Retail Gods the weather, might play ball.

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Lets kick things off with Scandinavian style done at its best via H&M

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Showing us how it should be sartorial done with ease thanks to Burton

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First we had the Swedes, then the Brits now it’s time for the Spanish stylish influences of Mango

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No one can ever say we don’t cover all options for our loyal reader and here is the rather dapper Spring offering from Boohoo.com

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Whether it’s a Summer Wedding, job interview or just you wanting to ensure you look your best, you can always trust Marks & Spencer to come up trumps

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River Island show us how to successfully pull off colour in a musculine way for Spring

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Bit of a surprise entree this one, but you can’t deny the sharpness of this look. I wish I could leave you guessing on this one, but it’s (drum roll please) BHS, can you believe it ?

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Patrick Grant’s Hammond & Co range for Debenhams shows us just how to do Summer Style.

Tradition never goes out of Style – The Rotary Tradition Watch

imageFor 121 years, Rotary has preserved its Swiss heritage. Rotary builds on this heritage by investing in new product development and leading information technology to ensure it meets every need of the modern time and style conscious consumer.

Established in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland in 1895 by Moise Dreyfuss, Rotary is proud of its reputation as a trusted brand known for high quality, design-led, Swiss timepieces at an affordable price.

Rotary Les Originales has just announced the latest edition to their family,  the launch of the new signature collection the ‘Tradition’. Each exceptional design is powered by a Swiss automatic Selita movement and has a sleek hidden crown, creating a totally symmetrical curvature between the double domed sapphire glass and 40.5mm case. This unusual feature matched with an open case back is key to Tradition’s aesthetic and is instantly recognisable.

We caught up with, Senior Product Designer, Matthew O’Neill, who told us a little more of how the Tradition went from a sketch to reality;

“This is most definitely a hero launch. Tradition defines Rotary’s DNA – classic Swiss made dress watches of the highest quality at affordable prices. Secondly, the execution of the design allows for an understated elegance that is both refined and classic. This strong combination of attributes makes for a promising launch- we are all very excited about this collection!

It’s a reflection of where the product originated and how it sits within our current collection. It was an obvious choice.”

It’s already looks set to reach iconic status within the Rotary Les Originales collection as not only is it representative of Rotary’s new generation, but it also stays true to Rotary’s foundations and heraldic approach.

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Almost making the comute bearable – The Grooming Station pop-up at St Pancras International Station.

imageNext week sees the launch of The Grooming Station pop-up at St Pancras International Station. Showcasing the crème de la crème in men’s skincare and hair-styling, this eight week residency at London’s landmark commuter and retail hub will offer products and services by some of the leading names in male grooming, the likes of Bumble and bumble, Clinique For Men, LAB SERIES Skincare For Men and Origins For Men.

In its very first incarnation, this dedicated men’s space invites weary commuters to troubleshoot their skin and hair-care woes with the help of expert groomers and stylists who will be on hand seven, yes seven, days a week offering a 5-10 minute Consultations in  “Freshen-Up” Skincare and a 5-10 minute “Tidy Up” Haircare.

For commuters with no time to cleanse and treat tired skin, Clinique For Men, with their customised approach to men’s skincare will demonstrate the very best in grooming tools and know-how with their innovative Clinique for Men Sonic Brush and Skin Diagnostic tool.

Plus, for those seeking a re-energising boost with instant benefits, the technology-packed LAB SERIES AGE RESCUE+ Water-Charged Gel Cream is the ultimate quencher for thirsty skin and part of a high-tech product suite designed to transform your skin’s appearance.

Now if you Detoxed for Jan but forgotten to detox skin? Origins will be offering detoxifying skin consultations featuring the brand’s bestselling Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. Powered by Active Charcoal (the season’s hottest skincare ingredient), the detoxifying mask acts like a magnet to draw out pore-cloggers clearing the way for skin to act its best. Plus, as an added bonus, Origins will be giving away a free charcoal juice from Maple and Fitz with every consultation! Mmmmmmmm.

If that wasn’t enough, Über cool, New York hair brand Bumble and bumble will treat you to a “Tidy Up” hair consultation, a quick fix dry style that will make sure that you. Don’t like wax, pastes or hair creme? Let the Bumble and bumble stylists introduce you to Sumotech – a moulding compound that’s a combination of all three (and a marvel of modern technology). So if your thinking of a promotion, once these guys have finished with you, wouldn’t be a bad time to go for it !

Not only a one-stop-shop for services and your favourite grooming products, The Grooming Station will be partnering with some of London’s finest tradesmen, offering guest services in shoe shining and barbering from Oliver Sweeney and Manifesto as well as revitalising and invigorating pick me ups from OHAYO and Sipsmith.

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