Get your coat, you’ve pulled ! – Parka London

Screen Shot 2013-11-23 at 15.38.39Parka London are a brand that appreciate the style, the design, the overall aesthetic appeal of the Parka, in fact they themselves profess to putting the parka on a pedestal, no less. Their brand ethic is clear –  PARKA designs classic yet modernist garments for free thinking individuals, which we most certainly are, who appreciate timeless design and are style conscious. Their aim is to curate a passionate love affair between you and your coat. It’s effortless style personified; throwing it on, feeling great, and having faith in your coat.

Screen Shot 2013-11-23 at 15.38.18They are firm believers that it’s the innate details and little quirks that count. The special addition of detachable fur hoods, luxe linings, secret drawstrings and distinctive silhouettes make a coat a PARKA LONDON coat.

But please dear reader, do not disappear if the Parka isn’t your coat of choice for this season. Parka London could never be described as a one trick pony, definitely not. Another particular favourite of Clothes Make the Man is their interpretation of another classic,  the Harrison, this offers a classic peacoat silhouette with a touch of contemporary design and beautiful quality fabrication. Harrison is a wool double breasted peacoat with a grey marl contrast lapel, once again echoing their attention to detail.

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Ensure your lips are Kissably perfect for the Yuletide with 6 of the Best Lip Balms by Amanda Lewis

 

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Ahhh the Festive Party season is approaching fast and if you want to ensure your Christmas Kisses under the mistletoe, make sure your lips are as suave and smooth as the rest of you. And as always Clothes Make the Man has done the research to make your life that little bit easier, so check out 6 of the best Lip Balms;

Screen Shot 2013-11-18 at 19.47.54KIEHL’S FACIAL FUEL No-shine Moisturizing Lip Balm

This does what it says on the tube. It smells lovely and keeps lips well protected with Apricot Kernel oil, Jojoba, Menthol and Shea butter.

Screen Shot 2013-11-18 at 19.51.34TOM FORD FOR MEN HYDRATING LIP BALM

This Ultra-emollient Lip Balm contains a unique blend of Almond Oil, Shea Butter, Avocado Extract and Vitamins A and E to soothe and condition dry lips. The balm seals in moisture, helping to protect lips from the effects of any kind of weather so they feel comfortable  and look tip top.

Screen Shot 2013-11-18 at 19.54.02Lotil Lip Balm

This rich creamy lip balm will keep moisture locked in throughout the day and will keep the bitter weather from cracking your lips. It also has an SPF 30, so if you’re hitting the slopes this winter this is a must have.

Screen Shot 2013-11-18 at 19.55.52Carmex Crusader

Offers a limited edition version of an old favourite.  Carmex  an essential for many;  keeps lips in kissable shape. Carmex lip balm has been soothing dry cracked lips for over 75 years.  The lip balm contains menthol, camphor and salicylic acid to soothe the lips with its signature tingle; while lanolin, cocoa butter, and petrolatum leave lips feeling nourished, conditioned and protected from the elements all year round.

The limited edition comic themed lid is available both in store and at selfridges.com 

Screen Shot 2013-11-18 at 19.57.53NIVEA essential care

The moisturising formula of Nivea’s lip balm enriched with Jojoba and Shea butter prevents moisture loss and leaves lips soft and smooth.

Screen Shot 2013-11-18 at 20.00.01Burt’s Bees NEW Ultra Moisturising lip treatment

This balm features antioxidant rich Kokum Butter, packed with essential fatty acids. It’s harvested from the fruit of the Garcinia Tree and is believed to soften skin and improve elasticity. Combined with rich Shea Butter and Vitamin E, to keep lips supple and smooth all day long. Burt’s Bees products are free of petrochemicals and other synthetic ingredients like phthalates, parabens or sodium lauryl sulphate and they are not tested on animals.

Screen Shot 2013-11-18 at 20.02.07Natural EOS lip balm in Tangerine at BeautyMART.

Yes I know its Six of the best but this was just too good to leave out ! This little ball of balm contains vitamins, zinc and Shea butter which is great for protecting and healing the lips in the winter months. 

Not your bag, this has to be – Mulberry X MR PORTER

mr porter blue bag 1In the words of that icon of pop Culture and Americana, Coca Cola, “Holidays are coming, holidays are coming”. And if your thinking about heading off for the Yuletide or you have to pay a trip to the Outlaws. I have just the bag or even bags for this very jaunt. That Bastion of stylish e-commercery MR PORTER has teamed up with a brand that epitomises everything suave about travel and of course luxury luggage, Mulberry. These two connoisseurs of elegance have worked together to create a five piece capsule collection, launching this very month. The collection consists of five classic Mulberry bags across four styles reworked in canvas rather than the traditional leather that Mulberry is known for. The Elkington briefcase comes in grey canvas, whilst the Brynmore dispatch style is available in black. The Clipper holdall comes in black and grey with a compact version also available in blue.

mr porter briefcase 1Sam Kershaw, Buyer for MR PORTER said of the collaboration, ‘We are delighted to be working with Mulberry as figureheads of British heritage leather craftsmanship and are delighted that they have produced a capsule collection reworking their classic designs in a new material. At MR PORTER we strive to give our customers something that they cannot buy anywhere else globally and are sure that they will love all five styles.’ 

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Taking the High Road – Johnstons of Elgin

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Cashmere is luxurious, no arguments there, and it isn’t something that can be scrimped upon, its a product that if treated well will, literally, last you a lifetime, and in doing so will look after you and treat you well. But please don’t be under any preconception that if you pay £30-40 for a cashmere knit from a Supermarket, this will natural be the case.

Working with Cashmere is a real art and requires skilled craftsmen and women to create the optimum products that this fabric can produce. One such and noted house is nestled deep in the Scottish countryside, perched on the banks of the river Lossie, sits a majestic mill; one of the best kept secrets in Scottish textiles. Known the world-over as the experts in cashmere and fine woollens; Johnstons of Elgin has stood strong for over two centuries. This is a brand that searches far and wide to source only the finest and most luxurious fibres the world has to offer, and it is it’s extraordinary quality that gives its cashmere its enduring and unique appeal.

From dyeing to blending, carding to spinning, winding to weaving, knitting to scouring, milling to teaselling, cutting to folding; it all happens in their own mills on Scottish soil. Whether it’s a glove, scarf, jumper or cloth; every piece is made to last. From accessories to fabrics, their product defines luxury & quality.

image004For Winter 2013 the brand references British eccentricity and Scottish heritage. It offers a contemporary take, using heritage trims such as soft suede and tweed inserts for both style and practicality. The juxtaposition of contrasting fabrics in a single garment is a signature look for Johnstons of Elgin, who turned to their own archive to find fantastic 1970’s Glen checks and Houndstooth tweeds.    image005

These outstanding principles are what attracted the Grand Dame of British Fashion, Dame Vivienne Westwood to collaborate with Johnstons. That shared passion for traditional production techniques and the preservation of skills already passed down through generations. The brand was approached as they epitomise Westwood’s ‘Quality over Quantity- buy less, choose well, make it last’ ethos.

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The Buyers Guide to Winter 2013 – Jason Broderick – Harrods

 

Harrods, Mr Jason Broderick

Harrods,  Jason Broderick

Well, dear loyal readers with the Yuletide, little more then a month away and with that all important time of the year comes the equally all important Party Season. For all too long us men folk have let the female of the species, out shine us on every front with regard to dressing up for the Festivities. So with Winter 2013 well and truly upon us, there was only one choice for who to seek counsel from, when asking how to dress at this time of year. There is one store synonymous with not only Winter but all things of a Christmas Nature, of course the one and only Harrods and who better then the Fashion Director of Menswear, Sports & Fine Watches – Mr Jason Broderick to give us his top selection for Winter 2013.

 

 

 

The tuxedo has undergone a transformation over the last few seasons, allowing for a more modern attitude to evening wear. This forest green interpretation of the classic look by Richard James is confident, sharp and contemporary. The perfect way to make a seasonally festive entrance.

The tuxedo has undergone a transformation over the last few seasons, allowing for a more modern attitude to evening wear. This forest green interpretation of the classic look by Richard James is confident, sharp and contemporary. The perfect way to make a seasonally festive entrance.

Winter can be an incredibly formal affair, these Lanvin sneakers offer a luxurious alternative to accent your winter casual wear.

Winter can be an incredibly formal affair, these Lanvin sneakers offer a luxurious alternative to accent your winter casual wear.

The peacoat is one of the most versatile pieces available in the outerwear arsenal. It has an ability to switch from smart to casual effortlessly.

The peacoat is one of the most versatile pieces available in the outerwear arsenal. It has an ability to switch from smart to casual effortlessly.

The skeleton has provided inspiration for many artists, in this case the design team at Alexander Mcqueen who have created a unique wallet with practicality and style in one.

The skeleton has provided inspiration for many artists, in this case the design team at Alexander Mcqueen who have created a unique wallet with practicality and style in one.

Putting the same dedication into their jeans as they do into their fine tailoring offer. Isaia deliver the sharp feeling of a suit with the versatility and durability of denim.

Putting the same dedication into their jeans as they do into their fine tailoring offer. Isaia deliver the sharp feeling of a suit with the versatility and durability of denim.

This Lanvin tuxedo jacket is a perfect partner to any number of tailored trousers, the peaked satin lapels offer a classic addition to this modern eveningwear item.

This Lanvin tuxedo jacket is a perfect partner to any number of tailored trousers, the peaked satin lapels offer a classic addition to this modern eveningwear item.

Valentino's camouflage collection has many stand out pieces but their socks are an affordable luxury item which add a touch of flair to your winter wardrobe.

Valentino’s camouflage collection has many stand out pieces but their socks are an affordable luxury item which add a touch of flair to your winter wardrobe.

For the fashion forward Ricardo Tisci's Baseball inspired sweater is a statement piece indoors yet subtle when paired with a simple piece of outerwear for the outdoors.

For the fashion forward Ricardo Tisci’s Baseball inspired sweater is a statement piece indoors yet subtle when paired with a simple piece of outerwear for the outdoors.

The scarf is a winter wardrobe necessity, we are in England after all! This simple tricolor tipped neckwear is a perfect example of understated style.

The scarf is a winter wardrobe necessity, we are in England after all! This simple tricolor tipped neckwear is a perfect example of understated style.

A glance back in history tells us that Chelsea boots are a solid bet for timeless winter style. Masion Corthay offer this classic pointed toe style which is both simple and elegant.

A glance back in history tells us that Chelsea boots are a solid bet for timeless winter style. Masion Corthay offer this classic pointed toe style which is both simple and elegant.