The picture you see is no portrait of me – Portrait, The new Fragrance by Paul Smith

PS_PORTRAIT_FOR_MEN_PACKSHOTPaul Smith is a true global designer, not only is he one of the world’s most well known Fashion designers, but he has stores in countless countries spanning the globe. More than a decade after the launch of his first signature fragrance, this season sees the launch of Paul Smith’s latest fragrance – Portrait For Men and Portrait For Women.

Inspired by his love of travel and a true passion for photography, as anyone who follows him via social media, will know. This fragrance is the result of a two-year collaboration between Smith and new generation perfumer Barnabé Fillion. Barnabé painstakingly constructed the two fragrances based on his lengthy discussions with Paul, concerning the pair’s shared love of travel and interest in the ability of certain scents to evoke powerful memories. “Trying to capture his personality and life in a scent was challenging but Paul was always full of ideas and material that I could then translate to fragrance. The most important thing, was that both fragrances had authenticity – a sense of truth.” As he so eloquently puts it.

The result is an evocative snapshot of the designer’s travels, memories, passions and inspirations in the shape of two sophisticated and multi-faceted fragrances bursting with originality, authenticity and Paul Smith’s original signature style.

Although the mens and womens fragrances are totally different they are connected by no less than four key notes – bergamot, cardamon, myrrh and tea (black tea in the case of Portrait For Women and Green Tea in Portrait For Men). The tea note, key to both fragrances, is especially important to the designer, who associates the rich aroma of Black Tea with visits to Indian markets and the distinctive smell of Green Tea with Japan – a country he’s visited nearly 100 times. Along with the other notes (the wild rose one at the heart of Portrait For Women was inspired by Paul’s memories of his uncle’s garden in Nottingham) they combine to take the wearer on an olfactory journey into the world of Paul Smith.

 

The Buyer’s Guide to Autumn 2013 – Flannels

Flannels, mightn’t necessarily mean a great deal to you just yet and a number of our loyal readers may never have experienced the delights of a Flannels boutique, but if you live in Liverpool, Nottingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Birmingham or particularly Manchester there is no doubt if you like your clothes, you’ll know about Flannels.

Flannels are the UK’s largest independent luxury retail group, specialising in contemporary men’s and women’s designer clothing, footwear and accessories. Neil Prosser, founder and independent owner of The Flannels Group, has developed the business by allowing each carefully selected brand to have their own identity and reflects the company’s philosophy of the importance of individualism and attention to detail. By providing impeccable customer service in a unique setting, Flannels strives to create a benchmark for luxury retailing.

In 2007, the Flannels website launched which has been designed to be an extension of our already successful store concepts and offers the same collection of iconic designer brands as their stores, so no excuses not to check them out. So lets see what they recommend for Autumn –

Jacob Cohen offers the ultimate in premium denim. Expect signature cuts in the finest Japanese Kurabo denim, all made in Italy and finished with the iconic pony skin patch. Be sure to look out for the limited edition collection in stores soon.

Jacob Cohen offers the ultimate in premium denim. Expect signature cuts in the finest Japanese Kurabo denim, all made in Italy and finished with the iconic pony skin patch. Be sure to look out for the limited edition collection in stores soon.

High-tops are the key footwear choice for AW13. Combining this season’s leopard print trend, these Giuseppe Zanotti’s tick all the right boxes!

High-tops are the key footwear choice for AW13. Combining this season’s leopard print trend, these Giuseppe Zanotti’s tick all the right boxes!

McQ Alexander McQueen Ghost Tartan Trim Tuxedo Jacket Update your evening look with an injection of McQ Alexander McQueen’s subversive style. Perfectly tailored, the classic single-breasted, narrow lapel jacket features McQueen’s iconic  tartan print.

McQ Alexander McQueen Ghost Tartan Trim Tuxedo Jacket
Update your evening look with an injection of McQ Alexander McQueen’s subversive style. Perfectly tailored, the classic single-breasted, narrow lapel jacket features McQueen’s iconic tartan print.

This cow skin bomber from Paul Smith is not for the faint hearted! A statement piece, it covers this seasons bomber jacket and animal print trends.

This cow skin bomber from Paul Smith is not for the faint hearted! A statement piece, it covers this seasons bomber jacket and animal print trends.

Giuseppe Zanotti Leopard Print Wash Bag The wash bag is an essential for any man – if you don’t choose to wear leopard print this season, infuse it into your accessories to stay on-trend.

Giuseppe Zanotti Leopard Print Wash Bag
The wash bag is an essential for any man – if you don’t choose to wear leopard print this season, infuse it into your accessories to stay on-trend.

This toxic garden print shirt is a highlight of the McQ Alexander McQueen AW13 collection. Fusing fashion and art, wear with tailored suit trousers for a unique evening look.

This toxic garden print shirt is a highlight of the McQ Alexander McQueen AW13 collection. Fusing fashion and art, wear with tailored suit trousers for a unique evening look.

The biker jacket is a key style for AW13. Moncler’s version offers a unique spin, with the contrast sleeves and popper and zip details. Incorporating the brand’s iconic quilted details, it is a piece which will see you through the seasons.

The biker jacket is a key style for AW13. Moncler’s version offers a unique spin, with the contrast sleeves and popper and zip details. Incorporating the brand’s iconic quilted details, it is a piece which will see you through the seasons.

Louis Leeman creates shoes that make a statement. Key pieces of the Autumn Winter collection include the nickel toe suede high-tops and these suede pyramid detail loafers, launching online and in stores soon!

Louis Leeman creates shoes that make a statement. Key pieces of the Autumn Winter collection include the nickel toe suede high-tops and these suede pyramid detail loafers, launching online and in stores soon!

Valentino is new to Flannels for AW13. This Prince of Wales check suit is a highlight of the collection – a statement piece, yet a classic to bring out season after season. Also look out for the panelled reefer jacket and camouflage trainers coming soon.

Valentino is new to Flannels for AW13. This Prince of Wales check suit is a highlight of the collection – a statement piece, yet a classic to bring out season after season. Also look out for the panelled reefer jacket and camouflage trainers coming soon.

Camouflage is a huge print for AW13. This camo print sweat jacket from Stone Island infuses the seasons big print trend with the brand’s iconic outerwear.

Camouflage is a huge print for AW13. This camo print sweat jacket from Stone Island infuses the seasons big print trend with the brand’s iconic outerwear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polo Ralph Lauren Autumn 2013, now here’s a collection !

Sorry, I’ve literally just been sent the below video the Autumn 2013, sorry Fall Collection by Polo Ralph Lauren it presents a season of heritage looks paired with authentic American roughwear. Key pieces include versatile tailored pieces and a range of sportswear—from estate tweeds and signature fairisle knits to a special selection of nylon and down jackets crafted by RLX and mixed with Polo. Not only is it beautifully shot, making me long to be wherever it is, but I can quite honestly say I want every single piece PLEASE !

¡Andale! ¡Andale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! – K-SWISS PANCHO GONZALEZ

Screen Shot 2013-09-02 at 12.34.32Who ? shame on you, the legendary Pancho Gonzalez, was an American born tennis player of Mexican descent who started his amateur career in the late 1940’s, but shortly after making the leap to join the professional league. He was the World No. 1 professional tennis player for a total of eight years between the 1950s and early 1960s. He won 17 Major singles titles including 15 Pro Slams and 2 Grand Slams.

03117-089-MTo pay homage to one of the world’s memorable tennis players, the Californian Sports and Heritage brand, K-Swiss, have used classic silhouette of their Adcourt’72 trainer to create an exclusive pack called the Adcourt’72 PG (Pancho Gonzalez). Special detailing has been added to the shoes design, such as gold eyelets and a forest green fabric patch, which shows an image of Pancho’s face. This lies on the tongue while the mixture of soft leather and suede is used for the upper, maintaining the shoes premium appearance. The finishing touch to this design is the hand written signature which adorns the side of the shoe.

03117-197-M

 

 

Clever Clarins ! – 10th Birthday of ClarinsMen by Amanda Lewis

SM BalmTen years ago Clarins developed its unique to men skin care range CLARINSMEN. With an emphasis on gentle, effective and energy boosting properties, Clarins MEN have been a favourite of Clothes make the man wash bag for a decade.
Men’s skin has differing needs to women as it is thicker and has more oil glands; it can become easily irritated by shaving. All of Clarins MEN products have a lightweight texture, non greasy and are easily absorbed. They also smell really good.
The most popular product is CLARINSMEN SUPER MOISTURE BALM a non oily balm which hydrates, firms, smooth’s and energises. Perfect am or pm particularly after shaving as its soothes razor burn. Natural ingredients include Calcium Hyaloronate to optimise moisture, sunflower Auxins firm skin, Organic alpine sea holly to sooth, Bison Grass to energise and Chinese Ginger and Purslane plant extracts purify and calms stressed out and polluted skin.