More then just Fountain Pens – Mont Blanc Legend Special Edition

imageVirtually a legend in it’s own right Mont Blanc has been a hallmark for quality and craftsmanship throughout this time. This new edition of it’s Signature scent, Legend, is plunged into a whole range of deep blue universe taking inspiration from the Montblanc lacquered pens of their exclusive collection.

The iconic LEGEND bottle is re-interpreted with an elegant blue gradation alluding to the  freshness of this special limited edition.  Like the original Montblanc Legend, the star is embossed on the collar and on thetop of the cap.

Legend Special Edition is a fougere hesperidic aromatic eau de toilette.  A new energetic and fresh fougere that encaptures the sophisticated signature of the original fragrance with new top notes ofsparkling Bergamot and Lime, mingled with the freshness of Lavander and Spearmint, injecting an invigorating fresh energy into the fragrance.

The heart note is magnetic, revealing the green crispy nature of violet leaves and green apple, combined with cardamom and pomarose, an exclusive raw material with fruity and spicy facets.

In the dry down, the unforgettable signature of Evernyl whose elegant and virile oakmoss tonalities are intensified by Cedarwood and Sandalwood mingle with the vibrant woody-ambery notes of Ambrofix, revealing a charismatic trail.


A Fashion moment in time and Space – Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who by Dina Akhmetzhanova

imageWho would have thought that the biggest fashion moment of 2014(so far) would be, one, from the world of Menswear and two, the day the BBC revealed the Crombie clad look of the latest Doctor Who? It’s hard to tell whether it was the genius of costume designer Howard Burden or the surprisingly suave looks of Peter Capaldi who will be playing the part of the 12th (or 13th depending on your school of thought) Doctor, but it definitely stuck a chord with the public. Apparently within minutes of the release of the first pictures Crombie’s site was flooded by thousands of visitors,bringing the whole site down.Capaldi was propelled to the status of fashion icon overnight and is now trending at the top 10 in Google and social media. Take that Bieber!

So if you want to get “simple, stark and back to basics” look of Capaldi’s Time Lord here is how you can do it in your own way. The‘covert’ coat is undoubtedly the key feature of the look. Capaldi is sporting the Crombie navy coat with signature red lining, fly front and velvet colour. It’s a truly timeless piece fit for the Time Lord himself. It doesn’t come cheap, but the quality and style of the coat is worth every penny. If you find the real thing a bit pricy there are other cheaper alternatives on the high street.

imageThe Chaplin Coat from Reiss is much closer to Capaldi’s look. It has a flyfront, three front pockets and comes in the identical dark blue colour. The only thing missing is the velvet colour and the lining.

imageThis Tolou Herringbone coat from Ted Baker includes all the elements of classic covert coat velvet collar, fly front fastening and flamboyant lining. Even though the lining is not in dramatic red it features playful pattern of bow ties. You can think of it as nod to the style of the prior Doctor played by Matt Smith.

imageAustin Reed is one of the oldest British formal wear brands, so it may be a bit pricier than its neighbours on the high street but it is also better quality. Austin Reed’s navy covert coat is a shade lighter than Capaldi’s and doesn’t have red lining but other than that it is a great coat for any occasions.

The covert coat is one of those timeless items that never really goes out of fashion. So it’s quite appropriate for a  Time Lord and it’ll last you a lifetime. So if the Doctors’ new costume is anything to go by we are in for some great TV, come the Autumn.

Don’t Rage against the Jean Machine

imageThe principles behind Jean Machine are pretty simple, but aren’t all the best ideas, to offer great quality, well-cut jeans and casual men’s clothing.  If only everything in life could be so well executed.

The British brand started life in the 1970s, where Jean Machine was the definitive denim store on the King’s Road in London. In 2012, it was re-launched by Chloe Lonsdale, daughter of the founder, who wanted to deliver the same easy, effortless denim experience for the modern man.

The brand offers three clean, contemporary jeans fits at its core: JM1 (slim), JM2 (straight) and JM3 (relaxed). They are made from the highest quality fabrics sourced from Japanese and European mills, and available in a selection of timeless ‘never out of stock washes’ and unique seasonal finishes. The concise collection of ready to wear complements the denim and includes shirting, jersey, knitwear, outerwear and the Jean Machine signature Denim Jacket and as a result offers an uncomplicated style and concise wardrobe staples for the modern man.

imageFor Spring 14 Jean Machine are following the success of their partnership for Autumn-Winter 2013, with the second of a genius collaborations with the Italian Fashion House Missoni. The two family-run businesses have used their specialist expertise to create new denim styles and washes elevated with Missoni’s renown knits in their subtle colour palate of the season.

The collaboration will offer the classic JM2 straight leg jean in three new washed out, grain-effect tones: dusty green, mustard yellow and muted blue, and One Wash, an essential blue.

Jean Machine X Missoni

Jean Machine X Missoni

They will feature Missoni knit pocket bags in this season’s deep blue and black. The same colours will also be offered in a new trouser shape, the Luxor, designed specifically for Missoni. The Luxor is a smart denim-trouser with a fuller waistband and pleated front, and will also be available in Ecru. Jean Machine’s signature JM4 denim jacket will be customised with Missoni knit pockets and will be available in Ecru and One Wash.
The underside of the collar will be lined in Missoni knit and will be detachable.

Double Denim never looked so good !

Double Denim never looked so good !

Bloggers Create – The Tateossian Project – Competition time !!!!

imageJust before the Yuletide you may, or may not, remember I posted about the wonderful Bloggers Create Project that the brand Tateossian had dreamt up, where five leading menswear bloggers, Dan Hasby-Oliver, Last Style of Defense; Craig Landale, Menswear Style, Luke Todd, FashionBeans,Callum Watt, Maketh-The-Man and my good self were commissioned to design a Limited Edition bracelet, 25 only ever being produced in the whole blinking creation of the Universe !

Now during the recent London Collections:MEN  Tateossian hosted a party in their Central London Flagship store to celebrates these collaborative Masterpieces. But I’m sure what you  want to know more about is the best of the bracelets, which I’m sure you don’t need to ask, who designed ???? Well, yes my bracelet, yes don’t sound surprised, my bracelet, centres all around, “The daily battle of Good & Evil”, well it was Halloween it the time of our design meeting.

imageAs I’m sure you are are all too aware, we all have a good and a not so good side and every single day we have the struggle of waking up and trying to be the best person we possibly can. BUT mundane factors get in the way, whether that be Public Transport, Your Boss, … Whatever it may be these elements bring out the worst in us and this bracelet is to help us maintain our ying and yang. My bracelet is a daily reminder to stop, breathe and embrace both sides that make us all up and to assist you in distressing and maintaining. Think of it as a worry or Rosary beads with the lil charming reminders of our good & bad sides, them being a skull & crucifix.


Now if you fancy getting your hands on one of these select, highly desirable and mustn’t forget Very Limited Edition Tateossian bracelets or “The daily battle of Good & Evil” bracelets, to give it, it’s correct title worth over £120 ? Or fancy treating the man in your life to this wonderful gift. Then all you have to do is sign up to from now until midnight (GMT) on 27th Feburary 2014, YES IT’S THAT EASY, I PROMISE !!!!


Divine intervention – Santa Maria Novella for

imageIf you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting, what must surely be one of the most beautiful cities in the World, Florence, then you will be aware of Santa Maria Novella and it’s illustrious handmade products for the face and body. Founded in 1221 by friars preparing herbal remedies and potions to use in the monastery, the company has since evolved into a line of high-end skin and body products – all of which are hand made in Florence using artisinal methods. A visit to Florence isn’t complete without a trip to the Monastery, where, although you can’t see the products actually being made you do see the inhabitant monks & nuns, busily going about their holly instruction and is literally like stepping back in time. But the overwhelming memory which will be with you til the day you meet your maker is the unique and exquisite aroma which envelops the historic walls. Which just in case you where interested, Santa Maria Novella is the oldest surviving pharmacist on the planet.

OK end of the tour guide, the Global retail destination, will be adding 14 products to the MR PORTER exclusive ‘Restoring Line’ – from creams, oils, and waters to complete eye, face, and body kits – expect Santa Maria Novella’s centuries old promise of quality and precision for the consumer. This is a welcome addition to the impressive and highly sort after growing roster available as part of MrPorter’s grooming emporium, which includes Aesop, D R Harris and Malin + Geotz.