Mazorin – A new breed of Grooming range

All2LRGuys you know the deal, the 
hard
 work,
 long
 hours,
 commuting,
 endless
 
travelling with work,
 meetings
 and 
constant
 pressure
 to
 perform,
 this 
takes 
a 
tremendous
 toll
 on 
your 
skin.
 This is exactly what Giangiacomo
 Postir 
and
 Marco
 Baruzzi,
 
both
 30
 something 
urban
 professionals 
living 
in
 London found and so they undertook the quest to envisage a men’s skincare
 range 
that 
would 
fit 
with 
their 
gruelling 
lifestyle
.

They
 started
 working
 with
 dermatologists 
and 
recognised 
industry 
experts 
to
 research
 the
 most
 effective
 ingredients,
 formulations 
and 
packaging
 that 
would
 fit
 the
 ideals 
of 
their 
brand, 
whilst 
studying 
the 
lifestyle 
of 
urban 
professionals,
 to
 fully
 understand
 their 
needs.

The guys 
wanted
 the
 highest
 quality 
for
 their
 product, 
so 
the
 Mazorin
 range 
has
 been
 dermatalogically
 tested
 and
 all
 the
 products 
contain 
just
 active 
ingredients
 that 
are 
known 
in
 dermatology 
and 
there
 are 
no
 parabens,
 no 
mineral 
oils, 
no
 synthetic 
colours, 
along 
with 
the 
fragrances 
which 
have 
all 
been 
selected
 under
 medical
 advice. 
In 
regards 
to 
the
 packaging
 the guys 
decided 
to 
take 
a
 different
 approach 
and 
work
 with 
two
 of the top 
Italian 
architects 
to
 design 
the packaging.

The
 name 
of 
the 
skincare
 line,
 Mazorin, 
means
 “Mallard’
 in
 Friulano, 
a
 language
 spoken 
in 
the 
Friuli
 area
 of
 North 
Eastern
 Italy
where 
one 
of 
the 
founders was 
born
 and
 where 
the 
brand’s 
labs 
and
 production 
are 
located.

A
 Mallard
 by
 nature 
is a workaholic, is a born traveller, 
coexists
 with 
nature
 and
 urban
 environments
 
and
 the
 male
 mallard
 with
his
 green 
head 
is naturally very groomed.

To reflect the banking side of their background the guys have used their sense of humour to name the products within their range. We have, Face Value, consisting of a Optimal 
Face 
Maintenance
–
a
 face
 moisturiser
 and Optimal
 Skin
 Nourishment
–
 a 
skin
supplement. Then, Liquid Assets, consist of a Pre
 Meeting 
Face
 Vamp
–
a
 gel/tonic
 in
 a
 stick 
pack
 for 
the 
face
 and Working
 Late
Eye
 Serum
–
 roll
 on 
eye 
gel/serum. All Mazorin products come with the promise that, all of their 
products 
were 
NOT 
tested
 on
animals 
but 
were 
on 
an 
extensive
 amount 
of
 urban 
professionals!!
 All
 of
 whom 
were
 thrilled
 with 
the 
results.

These Boots are, literally, made for walking. The Desert Boot

Screen Shot 2013-09-09 at 19.23.17The Desert Boot has to be one, if not the, most versatile and comfortable styles of footwear. Its design is simple an ankle-length boots with two or three pairs of eyelets for lacing, which were originally worn by the British Armed forces in the Western Desert Campaign of World War II. The soldiers had discovered that these boots were not only hard-wearing and durable, but also light weight and unbelievably comfortable, hence their name. The feature the boot is most famous for is there crepe rubber sole, which ensure their comfort fit and blister free enjoyment.

The Desert boot firmly cemented its place in modern day popular culture by being key within several fundamental sub culture looks. Principally the Beatnik movement of the 1950’s and early 60’s who adopted the easy footwear and the Mods, who showed the versatility of the boot by wearing them stylishly, both in a causal and formal manner. Plus, along with their quintessential scooters became essential to finishing this much loved look.

Screen Shot 2013-09-09 at 19.20.08Over the years such influential dapper figures as Bob Dylan, Steve McQueen, Paul Weller and Liam Gallagher have all been known as lovers of the crepe soled wonders and even figures within state Parliament and Royal establishments have been known to partake in the wearing of them.

If you’re looking for a pair for those long cold Winter months and not sure of colour or style take a look at desertboots.com They are the leading online retailer of suede and leather desert boots and shoes.  Having been established since 1985,  their range is one of the most diverse available and boasts a huge selection of desert boots to cater for every style and taste.

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The King of the Manbag – Bill Amberg – Textual Conversation


Bill Amberg Portrait

 

The subject of today’s Textual conversation, Bill Amberg, had a career epiphany whilst visiting a relative in Australia, who introduced  him to an inspirational mentor and leather worker, Gay Wilson, who offered him an apprenticeship in her studio making sculpture and moulded body pieces, jockey’s shoes, wallets and belts, in Adelaide. A passion for craftsmanship reignites and develops as a respect for leather, the rest they say is history.

In 1984 Bill receives his first big break when department store, Liberty, ask him to create a line of bags for them in the now trademark Bill Amberg brown English saddle leather, and they literally fly off the shelve.  Two years later Sir Paul Smith commissions Amberg to create a line of bags to be sold in Paul Smith stores under Bills own name, a collaboration that continues for nearly a decade, which is then followed by Donna Karan and Romeo Gigli. In fact, his designs are seen as soooo classic that his Rocket bag now sits as a design classic in the V&A design museum in London.

For Autumn13 Bill Amberg has gone back to his roots with a focused collection, showcasing the skills inherent in UK manufacturing. Bill Amberg staples such as the Rocket and Medicine bags, plus soft classics remain at the core of the collection and new styles accent these in exquisite leathers and tans.

Screen Shot 2013-09-09 at 17.13.02Additionally, for this season, Bill has worked with Elvis & Kresse, the lifestyle accessories brand focused on reimagining seemingly useless waste into practical luxury items, on the “Tooley” tote bag named after the street where London’s fire brigade was founded. The Tooley tote will be available in stores and online from November 2013; with Elvis & Kresse donating 50% of the profits from their fire hose range to the Fire Fighters Charity. The innovative and pioneering Fire-Hose “Tooley ” Tote bag is made from de-commissioned British fire brigade hoses which, after a distinguished career fighting fires and saving lives, were otherwise destined for landfill.

Anyway, lets hear what Bill has to say;

 

If you could have invented anything what would it be ?

The wheel – I would love to of been around in the early in days dragging your beasts around and then wow, the revelation of the wheel. 

If you had one day to live what would be your biggest regret ? 

No regrets – It is important to keep looking forward 

What would be the one piece of clothing you would rescue from your home in the event of a fire ? 

My glasses – they are the wayfarer design created by Shuron. 

If you could only wear one brand/Designer for the rest of your life who would it be ?  

I would choose a bespoke tailor made saville row designer, the clothes would just be so comfortable. 

Who is your style icon ?  

Peter Blake… He only ever wore one thing and looked perfectly happy and relaxed 

Tell us something no one else knows ? 

I have just got in to beekeeping which is really interesting and a funny fact for you is that bees have hairs on their eyes! 

Can you tie a bow tie ? If yes, who taught you ? 

Yes… my father 

What piece of style advise do you live by ? 

Wear comfortable clothes – don’t take yourself too seriously

What piece of clothing should everyman have in his wardrobe ? 

A good selection of T-shirts. Ones that fit every mood that you have for instance – funny, sad, girly… whatever fits the mood perfectly.. 

Have you ever bought a piece of clothing and regretted it ?  

At 14 I bought an arctic white crinkly roll neck jumper and it was so bad I was ridiculed by my entire family and so I only wore it once. I have never worn synthetic fabrics since.

Who would do you ideal diner guests and why ? 

Katherine Hepburn this woman was very stylish, well read, funny good party girl game on for anything. 

What is you most memorable moment? 

Tomorrow! You have got to keep looking forward always.

 

 ICONIC BILL AMBERG BAGS

The Medicine Bag

The Medicine Bag

The Rocket Bag

The Rocket Bag

The Truffle Hunter

The Truffle Hunter

 

 

 

You Nutter ! – Tommy Nutter X Peter Werth

PWxNWay back in January of this year, as a finale for London Collections:MEN, we were treated to what many viewed as an unusual collaboration, in Nutters of Savile Row & Peter Werth. I mean the late, great Tommy Nutter, was the original maverick tailor. He was London’s sartorial enfant terrible, a tailoring rebel who introduced a rakish silhouettes and jaunty cocktail-­‐lounge styles to the bespoke classes and the emerging classless celebrities of the Sixties. He dressed everyone, from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, to Sir Hardy Amies and Lord and Lady Harlech, from Elton John, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross.

Nutter was a one-­man revolution, single-­handedly responsible for introducing fashion to Savile Row, whilst committing the equally audacious act of inviting the fairer sex to share a world that had previously been the preserve of gentlemen, don’t you know. These deeds were bound by a common thread of peerless, critic defying quality. Throughout his colourful life, he continued to question authority, flout convention, and court controversy; all in the most convivial manner.

Now don’t get me wrong Peter Werth, hash’t lead a sheltered life I mean being “asked to leave”, Walthamstow School of Art he took up working for a relative at the infamous Astor Club in London’s Berkley Square. Where the club attracted an eclectic mix of aristocrats, showbiz personalities and gangsters in equal measures. It exposed young Peter to the glitz, glamour and bright lights and soon he was dressed to the nines to meet the high standards set by the club’s clientele. Werth’s love of clothing took him away from the nightlife of Mayfair to the boutiques of Carnaby Street, the hotbed of British Fashion at that time. Through a succession of jobs in the rag-trade he developed an acute understand of what people might actually want to wear. 

So this collaborative collection of contemporary tailoring is designed to be sharp enough to enter Mayfair’s private nightspots and sufficiently relaxed for the dancefloors of the hottest soul clubs, with a spirit and attitude reflecting the heady heights of life after dark in the 1970’s.  Delivered with Nutter’s signature oversized lapels, roped shoulders and wide-leg trousers the collection features unstructured tailored sportswear in jersey knit fabrics for blazers and shirts.  The knitwear pays homage to Savile Row by incorporating overscaled Prince of Wales, houndstooth and windowpane check designs. Outerwear and accessories complete a look that seamlessly blends the old and new, in a contemporary, modern and relevant way.

 

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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.