Made in Britain – Gordon Bennett, championing British Craftsmanship

With Brexit’s transition period nearing an end, could this be the time to breathe life back into British manufacturing?  Well, something good has to come of this mess surely ?

Sir Gordon Bennett is a British start-up that believes it is. Their mission is to procure unique British gifts which demonstrate the skill of British craftsmanship and British manufacturing. The platform was created to celebrate British brands and British products and its founders are firm believers in supporting the innate craftsmanship across Britain, both for the economy and the environment.

SGB believes that too much of the quality from bygone ages is lost in our culture of throw away and immediacy, so they chose to stoke the flame of tradition and excellence by bringing to life a place where craftsmanship and skill can be appreciated by all. 

The brand prides itself on delivering a plethora of British brands that define craftsmanship. It is the purveyor of British made gifts. Proud to showcase quality products from artisans, crafters and manufacturers from the four corners of Britain. They are a newly curated online store that believes in four cascading pillars. Whether the British brands are 200 years old with a Royal Warrant or 2 years old with a right royal future, they all hail from the four corners of this green and pleasant land.

From the finest accessories, bags and clothing, to home decor, gardening products, leather goods and artisan skincare. These British brands celebrate the unique, specialised nature of bespoke handcrafted gifts for him, gifts for her or gifts for any occasion for that matter. 

And, well, it wouldn’t really be British without a few items that you might not expect, from Corgi socks, Fox Umbrellas, Dents gloves to Original Satchels.

Making you snug as a bug in a rug – Bamigo

By now I think we all understand that we can’t carry on consuming at the current rate we are, or hopefully have been. Cotton is a perfect example of being a victim of mass consumption. Everyone from Reuters and the BBC to Inside Fashion and The Economic Times have reported on the simple fact that we are running out of Cotton as a pure, raw material.

So what’s the alternative? Well, believe it or not Bamboo is being hailed as a miracle material being used for everything from flooring, to being used as an alternative to coal or peat for heating. But today we are focusing on how it is being used in clothing.

Bamigo, the sustainable men’s fashion brand from the Netherlands, offers a premium collection of pants, t-shirts, socks and pyjamas, Bamigo’s products are all handmade using bamboo fibres that allow the skin breathe and offer unparalleled comfort. Handmade and silky-soft, Bamigo offers a perfect fit which feels like a second skin, whilst looking effortlessly stylish. As we know, Loungewear is a must-have in the modern man’s wardrobe. These items are primarily worn around the house and are specially designed to enhance relaxation, offering truly unbeatable levels of comfort. Unwind in your favourite bamboo loungewear, and look great doing it.

The bamboo fabric used in all Bamigo products offers excellent ventilation thanks to the microscopic holes in bamboo fibres, helping to keep you looking and feeling cool whatever the temperature.

The bamboo fibres absorb up to 70% more moisture than cotton without retaining unpleasant odours, allowing the skin to breathe and ensuring freshness throughout the day, no matter the situation. The thermal regulating effect of bamboo fibres provide added protection against the chill of a cold day while preventing overheating on warmer ones.

Bamigo is committed to the design of a sustainable and more durable alternative to cotton clothing. The entire range, crafted by hand using bamboo, is kinder to the environment than cotton as it needs only sunlight and rainwater to grow. The use of bamboo also has a positive impact on other global environmental concerns such as deforestation and the greenhouse effect.

Benefits of bamboo clothing include;

Extended Freshness: Fabrics made using bamboo offer excellent ventilation thanks to the microscopic holes in bamboo fibres. Bamboo also has a structure that repels moisture, meaning it wicks away moisture quickly.

Excellent Heat Regulation: Bamboo fabrics also have several insulating properties that influence heat exchange. In warm weather, bamboo fabrics feel fresh while also providing added protection against the chill of a cold day.

Hypoallergenic: Bamboo is hypoallergenic, which means that it does not trigger any allergic reactions. This unique property of bamboo is particularly welcome for those who have sensitive skin or suffer with allergies.

Protection Against UV Radiation: Bamboo provides natural UV protection and can filter up to 97.5% of harmful UV rays. This makes it the ideal fabric to have next to your skin on hot days with prolonged exposure to sunlight.

Crease-Free: Bamboo clothing does not require ironing. Thanks to the properties of bamboo fibres, the fabric is almost impossible to wrinkle and holds its shape exceptionally well.

Sweat-Resistant: Bamboo clothing absorbs up to 70% more moisture than cotton without retaining unpleasant odours. The thermal regulating effect of bamboo fibres helps you stay sweat-free and feeling fresh.

Eco-Friendly: Bamboo has a positive impact on global environmental concerns such as water scarcity, deforestation, soil erosion and the greenhouse effect. Bamboo is a by far more sustainable textile than cotton available to help create a better world.

The sharpest tool in your box – Harry’s launches its sharpest blade

Harry’s launched in the UK three years ago with the ambition of providing guys with a better option when it came to shaving. This September, they’re making gonna make shaving even better! How? I hear you ask, well by introducing their sharpest blades, brightest handles, and plastic-free packaging. While at the same time all of these innovations will be available at the same fair price.

Since it launched, Harry’s blades have been produced at our 100-year-old factory in Germany by a team of 600 German engineers, designers, craftsmen, and production workers. Owning the factory has allowed them to maintain control over the quality of their products and continually innovate. Their newest innovation adds a step in the production process to smooth out each blade’s edge and they’ve also improved the lubricating strip for a smooth shave.

In the same spirit of one of their core values – improve, always – they’ve updated the boxes for our new Truman handles and Blade Cartridges to be plastic-free and recyclable. So! Some might say, but a small step that will result in the reduction of 100 tons of plastic waste per year.

RECRUITMENT EXPERTS SHARE 5 BUZZWORDS THAT COULD COST A CANDADITES JOB

Applying for jobs is a stressful time; you have to go through CV and cover letter writing, then the application itself, and then the interview.
One thing that needs to happen with your job application is that it needs to stand out and not a follow common pattern. In the modern age, businesses sift through hundreds of applications and then conduct many interviews to find the right candidate. Through all of these interviews the business will look for people who offer something different and doesn’t just feed them generic answers that were obviously pulled from Google.

Here, recruitment experts Just Start Jobs share their 5 buzzwords that shouldn’t be used in job applications or interviews.

“I’m versatile”

• “I’m driven”

• “I’m a self-starter / hustler”

• “I’m a perfectionist”

• “My last company lacked ambition and direction so I’m looking for a new challenge

“You’ll want to avoid words and phrases that gloss over your skills, companies want to know a candidate’s specific skillsets. If it does not convey depth in expertise in a particular role it won’t give the interviewers confidence in the candidate’s ability for a specific job.
“A hardworking attitude and showing initiative are what companies look for in a candidate, but the act of “hustling” does not convey a person’s skillset. Instead, they’d appreciate specific insights or examples of experience in the candidate’s past work.”
Companies should also avoid certain words and phrases that could turn potential candidates off too. These include “We’re looking for people who are comfortable with ambiguity”, “Someone who is autonomous but works well in a team” and “When the company succeeds, you succeed”.

Swatch 2.0 BIORELOADED

Swatch remains true to its core and is reinventing itself once again. Since the brand’s founding in 1983 Swatch has always had its finger on the pulse, whether through turning the entire watch industry on its head, launching 12 colourful watches made of only 51 individual parts, with modern materials, at a democratic price and high quality. Or going on board of the Colombia Space Shuttle on the wrist of astronaut, Claude Nicollier.

The enfant terrible of Swiss watchmaking is now introducing its latest innovation: a collection of timepieces cased in materials sourced from nature.

This marks the first time a watchmaker has succeeded in replacing all conventional by bio-sourced materials in a series production environment. Premiering in a collection that brings the iconic design of the first Swatch models to the present day, the brand is off to its next chapter : BIORELOADED !

Innovation has always been the drive defining the brand’s personality. The “1983” collection continues this tradition with two newly introduced bio-sourced materials extracted from the seeds of the castor plant. All components naturally meet the high Swiss Made quality requirements that Swatch places on its products.

Literally sealing the deal, the new packaging sets a new standard as well. Made of paper foam, the material consists of an innovative mix based on potato and tapioca starch. As a result, the packaging produced with the injection moulding process is fully biodegradable and can be recycled with paper waste or even composted right at home.

A milestone as such deserves a special design to go with it : the “1983” collection takes its cues from the early days of the illustrious Swatch spirit. Six models offer reinterpretations of the first Swatch watches and feature bespoke typography created for the signage of the new Swatch Headquarters, leaving no doubt that the Swatch revolution has never stopped moving forwards.