Catch that wave with Khaki Surfer

I’m sure you’ve all heard of MrPorter, Asos, Zalando, TheIdleMan ? Well, your about to add another destination URL to that well dressed list. Get ready for the Khaki Surfer! A UK based premium on-line shopping experience, offering the very best of luxury men’s lifestyle, sportswear & designer labels at sale-rail prices. Stocking such desirable brands as Hugo Boss, Polo Ralph Lauren, Paul Smith, Scotch & Soda and John Varvatos and covering everything from designer jeans to casualwear. 

Created by Daniel Cutler who’s CV boasts aspirational brands as including Gant, Strellson and Eden Park. 

On average Khaki Surfer adds 300 new pieces to its website every week and maintain a working catalogue of over 7000 units, spanning all categories. Each item is catalogued to maximise the customer experience, where they can edit, select by category, size or style and with prices often up to 70% off their original retail price. 

Even though they only launched their concept in 2018 their customer base is growing on average 20% each month and its easy to see how Khaki Surfer has stuck a stylish chord with the sartorial male consumer. Stocking sizes from XS to XXXXL and offering same working day dispatch and next day domestic delivery as standard, plus they also ship globally within 5 working days.

Doing something is better than doing Nothing – M&S’s Environmental steps

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Not sure your aware but the commute into London at the moment is a real pain in the backside in many different way, but primarily, as I’m sure you’ve seen on the news, there has been a big old protest regarding Climate change. Now, as I said earlier, this has proved to be a nightmare for workers travelling in and out of Central London, however folks, let’s see the bigger picture here guys, Global climate change, isn’t something like the boogeyman or the Earth being flat. Unfortunately this is a fact and a reality of living in contemporary society. 

Part of this reality is the fact that the Fashion industry is the second biggest global polluter, only after the petrochemical industry! 

Now one brand that is actually trying to do something to combat this nightmare is M&S, yes that’s right, trusty Marks & Spencer. Firstly, Plan A is M&S’ way to help build a sustainable future by enabling customers to have a positive impact on well-being, communities and the planet through all they do. Plan A has been at the heart of their business for over 10 years and has helped redefine the role of business in society today. It has delivered 296 eco and ethical commitments and saved over £750 million through efficiencies such as using less energy, fewer transport miles and reducing packaging.

Also, Cotton production can use a lot of water and many chemicals, making costs of production high for farmers. *The Better Cotton Initiative exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in, and better for the sector’s future, by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity. M&S continues to work in collaboration across the industry to improve cotton practices worldwide, sharing advice and support on sustainable sourcing. This season, 100% of the cotton for their clothing fabrics is more sustainably sourced, this means thousands of farmers are supported and benefit from more sustainable practises including efficient water, pesticide and fertilizer use.

Not only this but, for Summer 2019, M&S Menswear introduces swim shorts made using recycled plastic bottles. The plastic bottles are transformed into a polyester fibre that is durable and strong, ideal for all summer activities. 20 styles are available including, fun flamingos, tropical palm prints and classic colour blocks and have been validated by the British Skin Foundation with UPF 50+ sun protection.

The recycled swimwear has been designed a part of their Plan A 2025 sustainability plan, in which we are committed to at least 25% of our clothing and home products being made with reused or recycled materials by 2025.

Sign your Name – The NEW Fragrances Signature Collection

The Signature Collection – a name originally associated with dunhill lighters, is a fragrance collection obsessive about quality and range of materials, ingredients and where each originates.

Signature materials and elements of the house are evoked, linking the fragrances to the fashion, accessories, dunhill’s past as well as its future.

The figure of the adventurer is a crucial element to these masculine fragrances as the dunhill man is not one, but many. The figure of Alfred Dunhill himself is a case in point, as a seeker of fortune in daring enterprises.

Signature Collection is a series of four distinctive fragrances inspired by the international and adventurous nature of dunhill.

INDIAN SANDALWOOD

Indian Sandalwood is the prominent, evocative focus of this scent intertwined with essence of fragrant bergamot. Middle notes of warm tree moss and patchouli allow for a full expression of the purity of sandalwood. Created under the direction of perfumer Carlos Benaim.

Signature top note: Bergamot Signature mid note: Green Tree Moss Signature dry down: Sandalwood.

MOROCCAN AMBER

Building on the idea of adventurous experiences and the trade of the spice routes, this fragrance conjures a notion of intense desirability and exquisite excess. Spicy wood and earthy notes of cardamom together with saffron, blend  with warm precious amber to create a deep and earthy scent. Created under the direction of perfumer Gino Percontino.

Signature top note: Cardamom Signature mid note: Saffron Signature dry down: Amber.

BRITISH LEATHER

A notion of liquid leather, of old-world artisanship combined with modern innovation, is at the heart of this fragrance. Evocative of harnesses and Motorities, tradition and subversion, the classically masculine Fougére is complemented and made contemporary by a contradiction of violet leaf notes. This duality of tradition and modernity is echoed in the idea of London itself, home to dunhill and the adventurous spirit of Alfred Dunhill. Created under the direction of perfumer Pierre Negrin, British Leather is contemporary, captivating and refined.

Signature top note: Bergamot Signature mid note: Violet Leaf Signature dry down: Leather Accord

ARABIAN DESERT

The oud fragrance opens with sleek notes of bergamot paired with spicy pink pepper and precious saffron. This freshness gives way to a rich and masculine combination of floral notes that concludes with precious notes of oud. Created under the direction of perfumer Alexandra Monet.

Signature top note: Pink Pepper Signature mid note: Rose Signature dry down: Oud

Weird Science – The RÆBURN Lab

RÆBURN is a British fashion label with a unique and innovative approach to creating menswear, womenswear, and accessories collections. A graduate of London’s prestigious Royal College of Art, Christopher Raeburn became known for his re-appropriation of military fabrics and in particular for iconic outerwear created from decommissioned parachutes. The REMADE ethos still guides and influences every aspect of the RÆBURN design and development process; a RÆBURN product is defined by distinctive aesthetic, meticulous detail, considered functionality, and sustainable intelligence.

Christopher’s pioneering work had brought responsible design to a mainstream fashion audience and presents a new definition of luxury with integrity. The brand currently has stockists worldwide and has received an amazing array of media coverage nationally and internationally, reflecting an unusually balanced combination of high concept and commercial awareness.

RÆBURN is pleased to announce the official opening of it’s studio in Hackney as an experiential retail store. The opening marks the brand’s first permanent retail venture following successful tests towards the end of last year with a three month pop-up store at Coal Drops Yard.

The RÆBURN Lab offers an opportunity for visitors to browse and shop seasonal collections, archives pieces and Lab exclusives, whilst experiencing the craft first hand in the RÆMADE atelier.

The RÆBURN Lab is poignantly located in what used to be the Burberry archive where the likes of Shackleton’s exhibition material were stored and having commissioned a new bespoke fit-out allows for the store, archive and RÆMADE atelier in one open plan ever evolving space. It is also used as a platform to host a wide variety of workshops from open studio days for the local community to more advanced workshops where attendees are invited to design and make their own items using off-cuts from the atelier.

RÆBURN Lab
Studio 1, The Textile Building
29a Chatham Place
London E9 6NY

Follow the brand @Raeburn_Design and the Lab @Raeburn_Lab

6 Things you need to know about visiting a Hammam Spa

City living can take its toll on our minds and bodies, what better way to escape the stress and dramas of everyday life with a relaxing trip to a Hammam! But what is a Hammam Spa? A Hammam is a middle eastern variation of a public steam bath, the different treatments can help you leave the spa relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to face the day with a healthy glow!

If you want to relax, revive and re-energize without the worry of paying too much then take a visit to Hammam like, Casa Spa.

1. Natural ingredients – from the traditional black olive soap aka Savon Noir for cleansing your skin to the Ghassoul clay mud masks straight from the Atlas Mountains, Hammams only use natural ingredients in their treatments.

2. Rich in history – Hammams Have a long and rich history,Originating in Ancient Rome.They were then used in Turkey and North Africa in places like Morocco. During Victorian times Hammams became very popular across Western Europe.  With treatments like the Ghassoul Clay Mud Mask still being used today. 

3.Good for mind and body – A trip to a Hammam can help you relax and rejuvenate from the stresses of everyday life. It’s also an excellent way to start the day feeling fresh. Not only that it’s a great for your skincare and any aches and pains. 

4.Social – Swap the bar for a spa, coming to a Hammam is a great way to Social with your friends in a calm relaxing environment. Many Hammams have a relaxation room where you can partake in a cup of tea and chill out with your friends after your treatments. A trip to the spa is much healthier and cheaper than a few rounds at the bar.

5.Treatments –  many Hammam spas offer a range of other treatments as well as the traditional bath, these include traditional facials, hair treatments and massages to help you look and feel your best from the top of your head to the tip of your toes

6.Better Sleep – Thanks to the exotic steam ritual in the Hammam spa, improved sleep is another added benefit. The steam working your body up and helping you release your toxins will add in relieving anxiety and help in getting a peaceful night’s sleep.