Acqua di Parma is quite literally finding inspiration in its travels. The pleasure of travelling, of taking the time to savour the environment you find yourself in and to experience the spirit of a place, is unique. It’s Colonia collection explores other worlds and traditions and with each new departure is a discovery. A sensory journey in search of the most rare and original essences, of ingredients that tell the story of an atmosphere, a vision of beauty, a way of life. The result is a collection of sophisticated and evocative fragrances. Ingredient Collection. Essentially a travel diary of aromas, always open to new discoveries and fascinating combinations.

So far Colonia traces its map along the route, from its trip to the Middle East, Colonia captures the sensory opulence of Agarwood oil, giving life to the mysterious and sensual notes of Colonia Oud. Then along the Silk Road, where the personality of Colonia joins the refined sensuality of ambergris to create Colonia Ambra.

For its latest incantations the brand has looked both near and far for its inspiration. Firstly, we have the Colonia Mirra, which through the deserts and mountains a slow and tireless crossing, from Muscat, where the streets and windows are dotted with small coloured lanterns where incense and myrrh unleash their vibrant aromas. Through the kingdom of Saba, to Jordan and the mythical road of the Wise Men. To then reach the Mediterranean until arriving in Rome, where the highly prized resins were in great demand, burnt during religious ceremonies. A long journey on the Via Sacra of perfumes which Colonia Mirra was born.

Colonia Ebano is sourced much closer to its spiritual home in the artisan workshops of the Milanese master cabinetmakers. Where for centuries the art of cabinetmaking has been cultivated at its highest levels. First there is the scent of beeswax with which the cabinetmaker caresses the wood until it gleams. In the subtle and penetrating aromas of ebony and other precious woods that are skilfully inlaid with each other. This scent is a faceted, sumptuous fragrance, but at the same time fresh and luminous.

Jeez it’s all about exclusivity this week and Luxury retailers or e-tailers working uniquely with Aspirational brands. Today its the turn of Bricks and Clicks retailer MATCHESFASHION.COM  who have collaborated exclusively on a capsule collection with Parisian label AMI. This is the third in a series of digital exclusives designed to showcase the best in global menswear.

The French uber stylish and highly coveted brand was founded by its artistic director Alexandre Mattiussi, AMI has emerged as a cornerstone of French contemporary menswear in recent years. The label specialises in casual, chic pieces that absolutely epitomises easy Parisian dressing. For this collection Mattiussi has designed ten pieces that resonate with this aesthetic, whilst taking inspiration from the ever popular trends of sport and streetwear.

The range, of course, focuses on updated versions of AMI classics including a soft cotton trench coat, V-neck knits and the brand’s signature pleated trousers in unique colourways and fabrications. Additional to this, we see t-shirts, striped shirts and knitwear featuring the ‘AMI de Coeur’ signature. The colour palette is kept light and Summer fresh in white, cream, biege and sky blue to complete everything your contemporary wardrobe might need.

Mattiussi has said of the partnership range, “I didn’t want to feel like the styles when put together were too overthought: for me it always has to look casual, effortless, spontaneous. Like the guy walking in the strettthat has something really chic and cool about him. It’s that ‘something’ I’m looking to capture when I design”.

THE AMI X MATCHESFASHION.COM EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION

Iconic British Luxury Retailer Harvey Nichols, plays host to an exclusive pop-up from creative group Études in its Project 109 on the Lower Ground floor of its London Flagship emporium.
The undeniably super cool brand Études represents a global experience of visual culture. Established in 2012 and based between Paris and New York, the brand operates across platforms ranging from menswear to publishing, at once reflecting and engaging the contemporary landscape through diverse but distinct content. Guiding this hybrid practice is a strong emphasis on experimentation and collaboration, the group’s collective vision translated through a fluid merging of reference, method and medium.

For five weeks, the space will showcase an exclusively designed T-Shirt and Tote bag from their latest ‘Dérives In’ series; alongside a curated edit of the Spring/Summer 2017 collection.
The pop-up at Harvey Nichols, marks the latest in a series of installations from the collective, whose ‘Dérives In’ range includes: New York, Seoul, Tokyo and Los Angeles. The exclusive T-Shirts and Tote bag will sit alongside the main Sprin/Summer 2017 collection, which is the tenth collection from the creative.

The weather is starting to warm up, ish, and so we are able to cast off those warm winter layers we use to protect ourselves from the elements over the cold harsh months, of course this includes our Winter hair styles. No longer do we need to resemble extras for Night’s Watch, we can start using our razors again and rebuild that relationship with our barbers. With this in mind we sort the expert opinion of the Creative Director of men-ü, Lloyd Hughes. men-ü offer ultra-concentrate products for skin, body and hair, including styling, conveniently packaged for the modern man with handy 100ml pucks, tubes and bottles with locking pumps to provide accurate dosage. Ideal to fit neatly in the hand and into a man’s lifestyle, bathroom, sports or travel bag. men-ü is stocked in quality salons and barbers across the UK. men-ü have a salon academy for men-ü professional training, which is where we caught up with him to ask what are the key trends and hair styles for Spring/Summer 2017.

For men with hair shorter in length, styles with short back and sides remain dominant. Most men are employing this style, with a varying difference in length on top.

Be ahead of the trend
This is about thinking smart and listening to your stylist. Right now, we are seeing the trend of dismantling the large heavy blocked quiffs that have dominated the industry for the past 5 years. This is showing itself in two ways. Firstly, guys have a lot of length on the top, versus what they have on the sides, we are seeing a lot of elastic band type haircuts (You know who you are!).

Men are also asking to add more texture to the hair by deconstructing the top into manageable but quirky haircuts with movement. Couple this with the removal of the big beard and it looks like a trend for a very stylish look with a shorter and more balanced haircut.

Choppy & layered
Styling on top is very much focussed around thick, textured cuts – really choppy and layered. These are the kinds of words and phrases you can use with your stylist to give them a clear idea of what it is you’re looking for.

Make it Square
Building weight up along the upper sides where the head begins to round off to allow the hair to sit square and full. Add to this increased length around the sides and back and an extra inch or two on the top and we can create strong masculine looking shapes that look fuller and thicker without the need for temporary scaffolding or super strong super glue type product to achieve lift and height. We let the hair and the right product do it for us. men-ü has developed a revolutionary new styling product LIQUIFFLEX that is great for almost all modern styles. Because the product is so well dispersed through the hair, hands are left dry to the touch and because of the flexi-hold, the hair is not stiff or sticky.

Product
Products for these styles are key – lots of traditional pomades will weigh the hair down and flatten it to your head, exposing more scalp, as well as losing that strong masculine shape that is so popular. Invest time in finding a professional product range, this is as important as researching a good qualified stylist. Non-professional products on the lower end of the scale can have a one size fits all approach. But also beware of overpriced miracle cures which often lead to disappointment.

Longer styles
For those wearing their hair in longer styles, we are seeing lots of slicked back looks, where the hair is combed backwards. How well this works and how you’d go about styling depends on hair type. Comb the hair back when damp and apply light product in phases, it may take a little practice to get it looking exactly how you’d like.

Since it’s launch in February 2011, MRPORTER has established itself as an award-winning global retail destination for style conscious men. With express worldwide shipping to more than 170 countries, including same-day delivery to New York and London and next-day delivery to the UK, US, Germany and France, a seamless shopping experience across mobile, tablet, desktop, email and telephone, plus multi-lingual customer care and personal-shopping team who are available 24/7, 365 days a year. They offer an outstanding product offering from the world’s best menswear and luxury brands – including Saint Laurent, Prada, Gucci, Moncler, Acne Studios, APC, Tom Ford, Common Projects etc. Complementing its menswear with ever-growing, industry-advancing categories, such as fine watches, grooming, performance, sport, tech and lifestyle.

This season it continues to flex its sartorial muscle by offering us exclusive collaborative collections. First up from that bastion of British style Sir Paul Smith who launches a 20 piece collection which illustrates his immaculate tailoring skills, faultless construction and brilliant eye for detail. The capsule includes outerwear, jackets, suits, polo’s, shirts and knitwear.

Next up another exclusive capsule collection with eccentric Italian brand Etro. The 12 piece capsule includes luxurious outerwear, jackets, polo’s, a shirt, pair of trousers and suit created using faultless craftsmanship with the artful use of print and colour.

Lastly, now keep this to yourself but there has been talk of another exclusive capsule collaboration with another Italian Fashion House, this time from the heritage fashion house of the moment, yes none other than GUCCI, so keep your eyes peeled, for that one.

Yes it’s that time of year again, Wedding season is upon us, as is Prom Season, actually while we think of it our work wardrobe is in need of a little refresh. Well, let the National Treasure, that is Marks & Spencer get you a helping hand, well an exceptionally well tailored, sartorial one at that.

M&S introduced its first in-store suiting department 45 years ago in 1972, and has focused on style, innovation and fit through the decades. Market-leading innovations and first to market ranges have been at the core of the department, with M&S pioneering colour match technology that enabled customers to buy jackets and trousers separately, which at the time was seen as revolutionary and an extended size range including tailoring options first launched at M&S in the late ‘80s.

For Summer 2017, Marks & Spencer is helping men across the nation find the perfect suit for them with the launch of its biggest ever suit range. There will be 53% more options to choose from, with more styles available across fits and sizes. If that wasn’t enough, over 100 trained suit fitters work in our stores, suit alteration services are available across 70 stores, and size guides are accessible online. M&S also offers a Personal Tailoring service, available in M&S Marble Arch, Bluewater and Westfield White City stores, with a broad choice of suiting fabrics, created to the specific styling requirements and to fit each customer. Made to order shirts are available online, providing premium quality, perfectly fitted shirts, with fabric, lining and buttons all customisable and created to specific styling preferences.

To celebrate the launch of its biggest ever suit range, M&S is working with rugby player George Kruis, fitness expert Louis Rennocks, and model John Todd to showcase the breadth of offer.

George Kruis (below)says, “I’m really excited to model the latest tailoring range. I have been shopping at M&S my whole life, so have well and truly grown up with the brand. As a professional rugby player I have always struggled to find tailoring that fits due to my height and build. This jacket fits well on my shoulders and is tailored at my waist, which makes it a great piece to throw on over casual wear to sharpen up my look.”

M&S will now offer over 150 suit styles in up to four fits, in sizes ranging from 36” to 54” on jackets, in lengths ranging from short to extra long, and 28” to 48” on trousers, with leg lengths from 29” to 37”.

For well over a decade Havaianas have become synonymous with Summer footwear not only in the U.K. but across the globe. But did you know:

  • 94% of Brazilians have or have had a pair of Havaianas. In 1963, over one thousand pairs of sandals were sold per day.
  • In the 80’s, the Federal Government considered Havaianas a basic-goods basket item. Prices of these basic-goods basket items were controlled to avoid inflation.
  • Main factory in Campina Grande, North East Brazil manufactures over 206 million pairs per year.
  • 190 million pairs of flip-flops sold in 2011.
  • 520,547 pairs sold per day.
  • 21,689 pairs sold per hour.
  • 6 pairs sold in a second.
  • If a consumer wants to buy all Havaianas flip-flop models available in the market, print and colour combinations, he/she would buy 454 pairs per year.
  • Since its birth, over 4 billion pairs of Havaianas have already been sold. If lined up all together, they would go around the Earth about 40 times.
  • Each Portuguese owns 4 pairs of Havaianas on average.
  • Each Aussie owns 5 pairs of Havaianas on average.
  • Each Brazilian owns 25 pairs of Havaianas on average.
  • Havaianas now retails in 85 countries, with over 454 different styles available!

But also 2017, marks the 55th year anniversary of the iconic flip flop brand. 55 years putting a smile on people’s feet deserves a big party!

Havaianas has launched a special collection, the Havaianas Tributo, to pay homage to the first Havaianas model, the Havaianas Tradicional. For that reason the Top, Slim and Origine styles will feature the traditional colours like the first Havaianas pair created in 1962.

A special launch that will be a must for all the collectors and loyal Havaianas lovers.
Created in 1962 Havaianas have been bringing Brazilian spirit all around the world through the legendary rubber sole and bright joyful designs. Havaianas represents comfort, happiness and freedom in the most simple and spontaneous form for everyone’s feet.