We’ve all heard and to some extent witnessed the decline of the humble local high street, and in all honesty it isn’t just the local element who is suffering, there are empty units on the most aspirational of high streets in London, Manchester, Paris, New York, Moscow and Tokyo.

However, the reports of the death of the high street are greatly exaggerated and one such proud example of this is the launch of the London flagship of the high end fashion retailer END.

Known for its expertly curated edit of luxury fashion, emerging designers and exclusive sport and streetwear. Founded in 2005 END. has rapidly grown into an Omni-channel retailer. With 6,000,000 monthly visits to it’s website and 1.7 Social Media Followers; offering customers a unique shopping experience via concept stores, online platforms and iOs App for on-the-go updates.

The END. vision is to consistently adapt, sourcing products with provenance, innovation and exclusivity – brining the most immersive and diverse experience to its customers.

Taking residence in Soho, our new Flagship store has opened its doors at 59 Broadwick Street, London. Located in the heart of the capital, END. London is the third – and largest – of their spaces to date. Designed in partnership with Brinkworth, the concept remains true to that of their Glasgow and Newcastle stores, using premium material palette of marble, stainless steel, mirror and maple to create large, monolithic masculine environment.

Inside the 8,500 sq ft space, luxury designers, streetwear and contemporary fashion span across two floors, with a vast sneaker wall wrapping around the entire corner of a glazed façade. At first floor level, the main sneaker collection is housed alongside a grooming area and a launch space with digital screens to display product releases and promotions. Bringing the online experience to END. London, iPads are available for customers to shop at endclothing.com in store.

For pretty much most men, Shaving involves rituals, that sometimes we are not even aware of. Think about it our first experience of shaving will have been watching our Dad, older brother, Uncle or Grandad Shaving in the mirror, asking questions including, “what are you doing?” “why are you doing?” And “why doesn’t mummy have to shave?”

A relatively new element to the Shaving ritual is the use of some sort of a Post Shave product. For many years our Fathers and Grandfathers would use an After Shave, universally, resulting in that sharp intake of breathe (think Kevin is Home Alone), which undoubtedly was effective at doing its job, but due to the high levels of alcohol in these products, didn’t do your skin any favours. Even now, whenever I catch the unmistakable  aroma of Old Spice I’m transported back to to my parent’s house and their bathroom and watching my dad Shave carefully putting a rectangular blade into his metal shaver and then splashing that clean, crisp scent of Old Spice over his face.

In more recent years we’ve moved away from After Shaves to Moisturisers, less harsh and much more kinder to our skin. Today we round up 6 of the best Post Shave Moisturisers around today.

Relatively, the new kid on the Shaving block is Harry’s Post-Shave Mist. A great product for guys who prefer a light and soft application, your skin will thank you after your shave. The formula is alcohol-free, which means no stinging sensation, just a calming and soothing experience.

Add a little luxury to your life with this classic, as the old adage tells us, never goes out of style. Like a perfectly tailored suit, Creed’s Green Irish Tweed has been and continues to be worn by confident men at the peak of their field. Evoking the lush greenery of the Emerald Isle: cut grass, spring meadows, summer wild flowers and herbs warmed by a gentle sea breeze and of course a little drop of water like rain is involved.

This has to win Editor’s choice, eagled eyed followers of the blog, will know how high in regard, I hold this product. Clinique for Men’s Post-Shave Soother, really is a breakthrough post-shave formula containing a combination of licorice and plant extracts that leave facial hair looking finer and softer. With continued use, shaving will be quicker and more comfortable as razor burn caused by daily friction is reduced. Additional ingredients provide exfoliation and anti-irritating benefits virtually eliminating bumps and ingrown hairs, as well as helping to encourage the healing of minor nicks and cuts.

Clarins Men Post-Shave Soother offers a calming, comforting, oil-free post-shave balm with skin repairing and moisturising properties and a light, fresh, clean fragrance. A great choice for normal to sensitive skin prone to shaving-related redness and irritation.
Containing Alpine Sea Holly and Centella Asiatica plant extracts intensively soothe and repair. Shea Butter, Marula and Avocado oils moisturise and restore suppleness. A patented complex of Bison Grass, Chinese Ginger and Purslane plant extracts energise and soothe. Clarins e3p protects skin from the irritant effects of environmental pollution.

Ohhhh TOM FORD FOR MEN OIL-FREE DAILY MOISTURIZER is a hydrating and conditioning moisturiser. This fast-absorbing and skin-mattifying moisturiser uses the Tom Ford Skin Calming and Infusing Complexes with a combination of luxurious butters to hydrate skin, reverse dullness and help reduce the look of fine lines and pores. Skin is left feeling toned, polished and bright with vibrant energy, what more would you expect from Tom Ford ?

Last but in no way, shape or form least is Lab Series 3-IN-1 POST SHAVE​​​​​​​. A Breakthrough gel treatment formula works to treat razor bumps, prevent ingrown hairs and refine beard texture. Absorbs quickly to leave skin soothed, refreshed and comfortable.

Undoubtedly David Gandy is currently the biggest name in an otherwise female dominated business. For over ten years he has acted as the ultimate clothes horse to fashion brands as diverse as Dolce & Gabbana to, the subject of today’s post, Marks & Spencer. 

The Great British retail institution, re-confirms its position as the undisputed champion of high Street tailoring with their latest launch. An exclusive capsule tailoring collection, designed by global style icon and M&S Ambassador of Tailoring, David Gandy. 

It comprises of a double-breasted midnight blue dinner suit, a statement-check three-piece suit and a navy wool overcoat. As a renowned wearer of tailoring, David has designed the collection combining years of sartorial expertise, to create smart pieces with versatility in mind.

The double-breasted navy dinner suit boasts rich satin peak lapels, satin covered buttons and side adjusters. The three-piece Prince of Wales suit includes a red check, ticket pocket detail on the jacket and an extra button on the waistcoat, inspired by heritage design. Both suits are crafted in pure wool Yorkshire fabric and have David’s signature hounds tooth lining in burgundy.

The double-breasted navy overcoat has been designed with a longer length silhouette, broad collar, and classic back belt. It is made with wool certified by The Responsible Wool Standard, which is a global standard for growing wool with progressive standards in land management and animal welfare and uses technology to trace wool back to the farms where it was sourced.

Gandy says of his collection;

Tailoring has always been a passion of mine, so I am very excited to announce the launch of my first ever capsule tailoring collection for M&S. I’ve learnt a lot about the craft of tailoring throughout my career, and as Ambassador for Tailoring at M&S, designing my own tailoring collection seemed like the natural next step. I’ve enjoyed collaborating throughout the design process, from initial sketches, fabric swatches, fits, trims and details, to seeing the finished dinner suit, three-piece suit and overcoat. Style and fit are at the heart of the design, and everything from the size of the lapels, to the button details and side adjusters have been carefully considered, along with premium cuts and quality fabrics. I have designed each piece with timeless style and versatility in mind, so they can be worn in many different ways for occasions throughout the seasons.’

Mental health disorders affect 12.5% of men in the UK. However, one third of these will never disclose their condition to a friend or family member, and remarkably, 78% of suicides in the UK are men. This Wednesday is World Mental Health Day and Anna Williamson is the author of the hugely successful #1 selling book on Amazon ‘Breaking Mad’. Anna found fame on kid’s television shows on networks including CITV and Disney Channel, but after secretly battling an anxiety disorder, realised there was a huge stigma attached to mental health issues and became an official ambassador of the charity Mind. She is now a qualified counsellor, life coach and Master NLP Practitioner. Anna currently runs her own private coaching practice alongside being the resident agony aunt and psychology expert on TV shows including ITV’s Good Morning Britain and BBC’s Inside Out. Today she give us her expert top tips to deal with Stree in the workplace.

1 – Take a lunch break – so many of us are guilty of grabbing lunch on the go or snatching just a few minutes break for lunch. It’s proven that taking a proper lunch break away from your desk makes for a more productive afternoon, so everyone wins – you, your boss and your health!

 

2 – Talk to your boss – your boss has a duty of care for your wellbeing at work. Sure, some bosses can be a little unapproachable, but have think about how you could communicate more effectively with your boss (or HR department) about how you’re feeling and any issues or challenges you may be facing. Perhaps an email is the first port of call, but try not to let any stressful feelings simmer.

 

3 – Set realistic expectations/deadlines – don’t over commit to work deadlines or projects. Be careful not to over promise or try to people please your boss or colleagues if taking on too much is going to leave you feeling pressured or stressed. Have the confidence to set clear boundaries of what you can/can’t do from the outset and update your colleagues along the way so you don’t feel the pressure of them chasing you.

 

4 – Explore flexible working – if family life is demanding and work pressures are getting too much, have a think about enquiring with your workplace about flexible working. It might be that working from home for a day or so could reduce stress and benefit your mental health – you’ve got nothing to lose by asking the question.

 

5 – Take your holiday Entitlement – it’s unhealthy for your mental and physical health if you’re taking less than three weeks of annual leave a year. You don’t need to go abroad, a stay-cation is just as effective, but make sure you allow yourself that time away from work to recharge and focus on you.

WORDS BY ISAAC PERRY

Fashion has always been one of those objective industries where what looks good is purely a matter of opinion, with different things suiting each and every single one of us. Accessories range from bags through to scarves and many more, however many of you will have a more permanent style of accessory, in the shape of a tattoo. It’s estimated over 20 million Brits have a tattoo somewhere on their body and they are just like fashion trends, whether you have a British Bulldog on the back of your leg or some barbed wire around your arm or even your name or something equally profound in some  ancient language you have followed a trend to obtain it.

Now a new group of young tattoo artists are taking over showcasing and new range of styles so could more people want to get tattoos? Let us know your thoughts below!
One of the most recognised shops from around the world is Bang Bang NYC this shop contains some of the most in demand artists in the world all in one place and with 2 million current followers on Instagram we are sure you can imagine the waiting lists. With artists such as Mr K and Dr this doesn’t really surprise us.

The current trend in tattooing is small and dainty designs found randomly placed on the body, however you only have to look at individuals such as David Beckham and Robbie Williams to see the transformation that this industry has taken in the last 20 years. Big Tribal pieces are now rare to say the least! Now people like Brooklyn Beckham are showing the new key styles of tattooing today with many people copying this aesthetic.

Heard of Sound Cloud rappers? They are taking tattoos to a different place (not the best place we must say). People like Post Malone, lil Xan and aren’t starting in the usual places such as their arms they are just going straight for the face, Yes we did just say face!! It’s a 2018 trend which has been discussed over and over however as we said earlier it’s objective, your body, your rules!

Let us know your thoughts below, are you a tattoo fan? Have any drunken ones from a holiday in Spain? Drop them in the comment box down below!