One Love – Camper One

BEFORE

imageCustomisation is big business, no one wants to conform to some uniform totalitarian Orwellian approach to style where we all look and dress the same. Although we may all want to fit in we all crave that little bit of difference which sets us apart from everyone else.

Well let me introduce you to Camper One, from the Spanish footwear legend. This initiative gives you the opportunity to design your own shoe. Customers can choose from a range of leathers, sole colours, laces, logos, and other details to complete their unique personalised look of two of their leading styles.

The Styles in question are the iconic Pelotas and it extra light sporty version, the Pelotas XLite. First produced in 1995, the original Pelotas was inspired by the retro aesthetics of footballs, basketballs, and rugby balls that were made from leather and stitched by hand. The result was an iconic shoe with a recognisable and unusual sole, which is comprised of 87 individual balls made from natural rubber and over 11 million people around the world have now worn a pair.

Camper One let you take control and play with a variety of shades to create a color-blocked look or just let the stitched bridge logo stand on its own. Plus, express your personality with text. Add your initials, name, or anything else you would like – that fits in 12 characters.

This process from start to finish will see your shoes delivered to you WITHIN 4 WEEKS !

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6 OF THE BEST – ALTERNATIVE SUNGLASSES FOR SUMMER

Words by: Keanu Adorable

It’s suns out and shades out season, as we approach the hot summer days and nights, please, please, please as the newspapers are predicting. One accessory that all men must have are cool shades. Here at clothesmaketheman, we are used to showcasing the big names when it comes to eyewear, so for this edition we decided that we are going to take a look at alternative options that you might not have come across. These choices will sure be making you wish you were sunbathing outside on the beach on a remote island with your shades on and a cocktail in your hand. Enjoy

Bailey NelsonMarkova 

The Markova is a thin acetate frame with minimalistic metal arms and a classic shape. This vintage-inspired frame offers a timeless look suitable for any occasion. The stylish design of the Markova combined with the Aquabumps Bondi print on the inside of the frame makes it the perfect summer accessory! Includes a fun limited edition Aquabumps case.

Hyde’s SpectaclesNo19 D-frame

This frame is Hyde’s interpretation of the club master, but with some extra everything. It’s an update of the famous American heritage shape, but with a silhouette that reinvents it by pulling its angles right down to the present day.

IllestevaLe Steel Creem

The Le Steel series come with various options with mirrored lensed, these are handmade in Italy.

RetroSuperFuturePanamá League

Designed for the Summer 2016 ‘solid liquid’ collection, Panamá League interprets the recurring theme of the collection — the purity and simplicity of water — with a transparent crystal acetate inlayed with pieces of earthly havana acetate. Paloma league sports mirrored lenses by zeiss in gold and deep blue.

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SmokexMirrorsShout

Inspired by East Coast Rock of the 1950’s, Shout is an intricate alliance between impeccable craftsmanship and timeless elegance.

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Orlebar BrownGrandy

These round frames combine a retro ‘50s feel with a more modern look. Handmade, with coloured acetate frames and the signature OB band on the arm. To be worn by the OB man or woman for all occasions.

Bio-Beckham – Biotherm Homme announce David Beckham as Global Ambassador

imageFrench luxury skincare brand Biotherm launched its Biotherm Homme range back in in 1985 and for 30 years, It’s played a pioneering role in men’s skincare, creating solutions to respond to the specific needs of men’s skin, with products such as the breakthrough gel moisturizer Aquapower and the corrective anti-aging cream Force Supreme. Their in house scientists and innovators have been transforming the way men treat their skin. With new products and textures for men’s thicker, oilier skin that answer men’s everyday skin issues, feel great and help skin look better. The brand offers a complete range of over 80 advanced skincare solutions adapted to different skin types and concerns. All products within the range share the power of aquatic ingredients, which ensure light and invigorating textures.

Recently they announced an unique long-term partnership to develop a men’s grooming line with England’s football icon, David Beckham, to become Biotherm Homme’s first global ambassador.
Beckham’s first Biotherm Homme campaign, for the brand’s N°1 moisturizer Aquapower will break Next month with the collection, of both skincare and daily grooming products, will launch later in 2017.

I’ve been thinking about developing a skincare range for a long time and it wasn’t until I started speaking with Biotherm that it all came together. They are as ambitious as I am, and we look forward to showing everyone the fruits of our labor very soon.” David Beckham.

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Back to the Pack – 6 of the best – Backpacks for this Summer

WORDS BY AMANDA LEWIS

In the fast paced hustle of urban and country life a man bag isn’t always the best way to carry your essential items. The resurgence of the backpack has reached a new pinnacle and we offer in our humble opinion a selection of the best of both function and form.

Designed for ergonomic comfort, makes squeezing onto the tube easier and keeps both hands free when traversing mountain peaks or ordering a beer at a crowded bar– the back pack is back – better than ever before.

Everyone from Burberry to Boss have packs in their luggage range this season, some are super smart enough to replace the briefcase, others will take you smoothly from office to weekend away.

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Barbour International Rubberised Backpack – Built for work or play, ideal if you get caught out in a pesky shower. This lightweight Rubberised Backpack is inspired by Barbour International’s motorcycle heritage. With a unique rubberised finish, it’s designed in a roll-top style and features an interior pocket suitable for a tablet device.

 imageEastpak – leather panelled canvas backpak – When Eastpak launched in 1952 it produced duffle bags and packs for the US Army, and durability is still at the heart of its design process today. This claret canvas backpack is bolstered with a sturdy leather base and has adjustable, padded shoulder straps that are slimmed down for optimum comfort. It also features a zipped front pocket – so you can store essentials within easy reach – and has an internal Velcro fastening laptop compartment.

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Mulberry – Marty full grain leather and canvas backpack – Capacious and durable, Mulberry’s ‘Marty’ backpack will help you navigate your commute with ease. This smart navy piece is made from tough nylon-canvas and is finished with tonal full-grain leather panels and sleek silver hardware. A bevy of large pockets makes it ideal to hold your current paperback, tablet and gym kit.

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Whistles X Hell Buddy – Dexter Roll Top Backpack – A piece from the exclusive limited edition collaboration with Japanese brand Buddy, this ‘Dexter’ backpack is a utilitarian, military-inspired design. A highly functional piece, it has a roll-top closure, waterproof lining, and comfortable padded back panel. The roll-top design keeps your belongings secure, whilst double back entry zips keep your essentials within easy reach.

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Patagonia Arbor Canvas Rucksack – Born from a love for the outdoors, Patagonia creates everyday pieces unrivalled in practicality and durability. Ideal for daily commutes or weekend adventures, this ‘Arbor’ backpack is crafted from hard-wearing canvas to withstand wear and tear. Features a water-repellent finish for protection against light rain or snow. Faux leather trims act as external lash points to attach gear or accessories. The capacious interior is sized for a day’s worth of clothes and has a padded sleeve that will hold up to a 15″ laptop.

111-3003996-SQA182_BLUEORANGEGREEN_MSandqvist Stig backpack – This is a simple and practical option. Crafted from cotton canvas, this Nordic-inspired piece opens to reveal plenty of space for your travel essentials and with adjustable back straps and an easy drawstring closure it makes for the ideal adventure companion.

Leader of the Pack – the Gents Pack

imageI’m sure you, like me, have very little time in your day particularly for you time and although integral items of our wardrobe, what lies beneath the sleek and often professional exterior of the clothes we wear to impress does not always reflect what our under layers convey. Wholey socks, underwear that has seen best days, the list goes on. Gentlemen let me introduce you to  The Gents Pack – a brand new men’s subscription box service, delivering sterling examples of underwear, socks and grooming products direct to your door every month. The Gents Pack is aiming to spruce up the modern man. The service also has its own online store and are working with an exclusive, hand­picked range of luxury and boutique brands such as Andrew Christian, Gregg Homme, Pantherella, Pringle Black Label and Happy Socks. The luxury packages arrive in the middle of each month as a ‘perk up’ just in­time for pay day drinks down the pub.

Developed by entrepreneur James T Fletcher – an underwear aficionado who subscribed to a service which lacked any experience and product diversity – The Gents Pack is a men’s subscription service and e­commerce platform providing the contemporary man with the must­have clothing, accessories and grooming essentials. The new discovery service works in a similar way to curated clothing companies, whereby you tell the service how big you want your package to be, by choosing from the three options: underwear, socks and grooming. You then tell the club your sizes and any preferences you might have such as underwear cut, sock style, or the type of grooming products you’re interested in trying – or, if you’re a bit more daring, tick “mixed” to get a real surprise every month, woop!!!!

In addition to being a well deserved and much needed personal treat every month, The Gents Pack makes a brilliant gift for the well-groomed man in your life – perfect for the upcoming Father’s Day.

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Johnny’s Chop Shop – follicle licking good

imageWhat happens when two highly creative entrepreneurs from the field of Beauty and Mens Grooming put their heads together ? Well, simply, Johnny’s Chop Shop is the answer. A real break-through barbershop and male grooming brand. It’s the creation of hairdressing and beauty entrepreneurs Steven Ross and Miles Dunkley, Ross the creator and owner of the Tommy Guns chain which is still thriving after 20 years in two of London’s most fashionable locations -Soho and Shoreditch, He designed and created the interior’s for all his stores including the new Johnny’s Chop Shop flagship in London and Dunkley, the man behind the creation of some of the high street’s most directional fashion-led brands – Superdry Beauty, RUSH Hair, Zoella Beauty and Tanya Burr Cosmetics.

First launched in 2014 with a flagship salon at Topman’s Oxford Circus store, the vision was to give fashion conscious men honest, slick styles with attitude to match. All within a setting which fuses 1950s and 1960s retro style and memorabilia with contemporary trend – combining traditional methods with directional techniques.

Following the brand’s success, this fuelled the opening of a standalone flagship store on Marshall Street, part of the iconic Carnaby Street, London. Followed by a debut collection of grooming products launching into Boots and independent barbers.

Key products within the range include TRIGGER HAPPY Texturising Spray, A gritty, texturising salt spray which provides a rough and ready surfer look. SOUL BALM Face Balm – Day or Night Formula. A skin conditioning face balm that soothes and moisturises thirsty skin, specially formulated with a mattifier to reduce shine. Also doubles as a tattoo moisturiser to bring out vibrant colours. And WILD CAT Hair Sculpting Clay which promises a strong hold with a matte finish. Delivering a dishevelled and structured look with some serious welly and contains Beeswax and Sage Leaf Extract to condition and protect, with stimulating Black Pepper plus all products are Paraben free.

To accompany the launch there will be a digitally-led campaign that taps into an audience of image conscious and social media savvy males. ‘Johnny’s Chop Shop TV’ (a go-to men’s YouTube channel).

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A Different approach to dressing – SØRENSEN

imageWe are currently seeing seismic chances in the stylish world of Fashion, no surprise there, some might say, that is the nature of the beast, trends come in and out of ‘Fashion’. However, these elements have nothing to do with cut of your jeans, the the number of buttons on your tailoring or particular shades of colours. These are much more complexed, not only are we seeing changes to the Fashion week schedules (more about that at a later date), we are seeing brands having to embrace, if not begrudgingly, sustainability and ethical consumerism (lots more about that later). Plus a movement we are seeing far more of is gender neutral ranges everyone from Zara to Valentino are jumping on this stylish train, with some achieving success more than others. One such new brand who are doing this really rather well is SØRENSEN.

imageTheir unique stance is based on a simple observation that most men, and a lot of women, too, are turned off by trends and the hype that surrounds them but want to ensure they look, and feel, their best. Created by Wayne Sørensen, formerly design director of Orlebar Brown, who was reluctant to offer yet another fashion collection. It was the work ethic of, an initial, six core archetypes (with more to follow) to offer an updated approach to style based around these six characters that then inspired the framework for a quieter more discrete approach to dressing.

imageThese Archetypes are Driver, Engineer, Painter, Dancer, Officer and Butcher, the collection fuses manufacturing and styling references researched on historic workwear garments with personal items from Sørensen’s own archive, as well as key collaborative input from professionals currently working in each of the industries paid tribute to. Every piece has been designed to work with and into an existing wardrobe – connecting the owner to an uncomplicated way to dress.

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