Cut throat – Bluebeards Revenge by Amanda Lewis

Screen Shot 2013-11-17 at 22.42.15For many men around the world shaving is their biggest daily chore and a new survey released today has revealed that the average British man will spend a whopping 45 days of his life shaving.

To help men shave less, British grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge has developed a shaving range that contains the miracle ingredient Decelerine – which is scientifically proven to actually slow down the growth of hair as well as reduce the density of hair growth.

Tests have shown that Decelerine can reduce the growth of hair by up to 40%, meaning a man can get on with what he does best – manliness – without sporting a 5 o’clock shadow by lunchtime. “Let’s face it, the majority of men find shaving a chore. That’s why we have produced a shaving product that actually helps a man shave less. We estimate that by using our new product on a regular basis a man can save himself up to 18 days of shaving”

The Shaving Solution lotion combats razor rash and reduces in growing hairs.

The Cooling Moisturiser with Prickly Pear, Jojoba, Stinging Nettle and Fenugreek – yes that’s right are we are assured designed to moisturise, soothe and invigorate freshly shaved skin without stinging.

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No Introduction needed – Intro-Clothing

Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 17.45.21Intro-Clothing are a retailer who are taking full advantage of the advancements in technology within the Internet and are no longer confined to their bricks and mortar store located on Manchester’s premium Shopping district Deansgate. This is a retailer going places and through their bricks and clicks approach, have their eyes set on expanding their customer base way beyond Manchester. Intro is a family run, independent Menswear store which have been established for over 10 years. They specialise in cutting edge fashion and a selection of premium based menswear brands, including Scotch & Soda, Denham and specially selected collaborations Linda Farrow X Raf Simons and Puma X Hussein Chalayan.

Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 17.48.23They, like the city where they are based, like to do things a little different, they pride themselves not only on offering a truly unique service but that, it doesn’t stop there. Via their website they try and be rather more then an e-tailer to their customers. Their site is much more lifestyle then many of their competitors with a number of sections within their site offering a much more interactive reach out. Here their customers can catch up on opinion, tastes and interests offered by Intro and more interestingly, offers how to wear key trends, advice, which we all sometimes need, all without making you look like you’ve stepped straight out of an X-Factor boy band.

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Stutterheim state of mind – Stutterheim Raincoats

JAY Z x STUTTERHEIMStutterheim, mightn’t be a brand you think you’ve heard of before, but they recently worked along a number of high profile brands including Balmain, Lanvin and Balenciaga on a collaboration collection curated by Shawn Carter aka Jay Z and housed by the Uber retailer Barneys New York, entitled “A New York Holiday.”

The collection includes a black leather backpack from Balenciaga, a black square-print scarf from Balmain, a hoodie from Rick Owens, a tailored jacket from Lanvin, a black leather duffel with faux crocodile trim from Proenza Schouler and an 18-karat-gold double ring from Hoorsenbuhs. Though a majority of the brands involved worked on a single piece, a few explored further territory. The Elder Statesman, for example, created a black-and-ivory color-blocked cashmere blanket as well as a cashmere ski mask, OK. Jay Z conceived the entire range within a white, black, silver and gold color scheme.

“This is my first collaboration, as my rain project is quite new,” said Stutterheim creative director and founder Alexander Stutterheim, who crafted a raincoat with gold snap buttons for the assortment. “Initially, I had intended for it to remain a solo project because I did not want anything to compromise my ideas and design, but I have always appreciated Jay Z’s unique creativity. He also seems like a nice person, husband and father, which is just as important to me. 

1_1_3However, Stutterheim’s back story is as interesting as any project with Mr Z, his range is very much inspired by his Grandfather and impressive muse who was a poetry writing Fisherman by day and managed a local theatre in Stockholm by night. One day when he was in his Grandfather’s barn he came across his old rain coat. He describes it as, “It was both stunningly cool and very practical (although as big as a tent). With great care, I brought it back home to my kitchen and imagined it in an updated, contemporary version. A homage to my granddad, and the quest for life”.

After what can only be described as a labour of Love, Stutterheim, with the help of a couple of skilled craftsmen & women, who opposed great attention to materials and detail they realised their raincoats should be handmade. A great way to honour his granddad’s durable and practical raincoat.

The coat. With all its seams taped and sealed, in the very best quality. Handmade and with a discreet, classical cut. The first 200 coats – Arholma Svart – were made and sold in his apartment. Each coat was signed and numbered by the seamstress, as they still are,  to really make sure the quality matched the very highest of standards. However, after a couple of months, (when his neighbours became suspicious of all the people in black rain coats)  Alexander had to move the business to another location.

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Setting up Camp in Selfridges – Camper Pop up

Screen Shot 2013-11-11 at 18.12.18Where do they put it ? Is a question I often ask when I find myself in the Internationally renowned Temple of Consumerism, Selfridges. It literally seems to be like some sort of TARDIS which is able to squeeze in more and more interesting collaborations, brands, themes and what-have-you. Last week it was the AMAZING Louis Vuitton Townhouse, this week its the turn of Mallorcan Footwear and accessories brand Camper to exclusively showcase its Camper Together collections on its world leading men’s shoe floor.

Screen Shot 2013-11-11 at 18.13.51The area will include Camper’s innovative and unexpected collaborations with Kvadrat, the Scandinavian upholstery manufacturer, Bernhard Willhelm, whose unconventional style developed the hugely popular Himalayan sneaker(see below), yes you read that correctly, and Romain Kremer’s conceptual hybrid shoe. These will sit beside Camper’s signature range of men’s shoes in Selfridges Oxford Street flagship store, one of the most recognisable department stores in the World. The history of the two retailers is almost parallel – Camper’s Spanish heritage begins in 1877 and Selfridges, (as fans of the popular ITV period drama will know) in 1909. Both established by pioneering fearless visionaries, Antonio Fluxa and Gordon Selfridge respectively.

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The Crown Joules – Joules

Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 21.36.32I first came across the brand Joules, whilst away with the Outlaws a couple of years ago in Padstow in Cornwall and was completely unaware that they even produced Menswear until a few years later when I attended aPress day for them and was completely bowled over to see their Mens Apparel. This is a family run business in EVERY sense of the word and there is some family, or friend, connection with pretty much everyone who works for Joules.This comes across so very clearly whenever you meet someone from  the brand and they discuss it with such passion and understanding.

Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 21.37.29Joules was literally established in the fields of Great Britain or more specifically in Leicestershire and it today still has strong roots in the small rural town of Market Harborough, where the very first shop and head office are based. Following in his father’s footsteps, Tom Joule began selling country clobber at equestrian and country events across Britain, more than three decades ago. Quality was a foundation element in the formation of the brand and is never compromised and its promised that it will never be sacrificed for price. The feel of the fabric, the detail, linings and fit have all been given a huge amount of attention to deliver the best product. Bringing that countryside state of mind to the City.

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For Winter 13, Joules have clearly takes inspiration from the Prince of Wales, Edward VIII and his iconic wardrobe; focusing on the traditional and regal styling of a British Heritage wardrobe whilst bringing them to life with an injection of rich and royal colours. Multi fabrication and reinforcement detailing on outerwear and brushed- wool shirting in over checks give this story the traditional country twist.

COMPETITION TIME

If you fancy channeling your inner Country Gent without looking out of place on the City streets, then now’s you chance, as we have teamed up with Joules to offer one lucky winner the chance to win the following key outfit from the Joules Winter 2013 Collection !!!! We are offering the Windsted French navy jacket, Whitfield Navy stripe shirt and the Stretton French navy Chinos and all you have to do is sign up to Clothes-Make-the-Man.com from now until midnight (GMT) on 1st November 2013, YES IT’S THAT EASY, I PROMISE

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*PLEASE NOTE the above items are available in sizes 30, 32, 34, 36,38 or small-XXL