Having just returned from what can only be described as being a full on trip to Las Vegas, more on that at a later date, plus having a very bad sleeping new addition to the family, I feel I’ve aged 10 years recently. I’ve started to avoid mirrors and when I find myself confronted in a mirrored lift or washroom I catch myself scrutinsing those “laughter lines” and what can only be discussed as shopping bags under my eyes.
So, when the press release for Korres Black Pine Anti-Ageing Serum arrived in my inbox it really was a sight for, not only, sore but tired eyes. The Greek organic skincare range, whose first product was an aromatic herbal syrup with honey and aniseed, a recipe inspired by “rakomelon”, a warming spirit with honey concoction, which George Korres’ grandfather used to favour in his hometown on the island of Naxos. Set up in 1996 with the aim to utilize its extensive scientific resources for the development of clinical effective and safe products, Korres today offers a natural and certified organic range in all areas of beauty and skincare. The brand’s core values remain the same as in its pharmacy days – the use of herbs and natural ingredients of the highest quality; skin and environmentally friendly products with clinically tested effectiveness; affordable for every day use yet of high-aesthetics with strong artistic direction.
With the Black Pine Anti-Ageing Serum 100% of the test panel users reported positive results with firming and TempSure lifting action for wrinkle reduction, skin elasticity and re-contouring. To further push the benefits of its serum Korres then asked Dermatologists to clinically measure the results on the members of the test panel. They confirmed improvements on every member of the panel.
To achieve these impressive results Korres collaborated with the Institute of Biology of the Laboratory of Cell Proliferation and Ageing, I promise I didn’t make that up, honest, to investigate and harness the exceptional qualities of Black Pine polyphenol [Epigallocathechin] in regulating metalloproteinases [MMPs] thus maintaining the dermis junction (the acellular zone that is between the dermis and the epidermis of the skin).
The combination of black pine extract, a rich source of polyphenols and pure polyphenol Epigalocatechin reduce the action of MMPs and effectively firm the skin and along with the other active ingredients ensures real results.
Boat shoes are not everyones cup of tea and it has to be said it does evoke a certain marmite effect in men. But over the last couple of summer seasons it can’t be denied they’ve been growing in popularity, to the point that you can see everyone from your trendy wendys over the “long” summer months busting a battered up pair, your Dad thinking he’s down with the kids to even your Grandad who sees the comfort benefit of them and don’t get me started about the normal everyday man on the street, down the football, in the pub etc. This trend is even further compounded and confused when you have everyone from Lanvin and Junya Watanabe to BHS and Primark producing a version of.
Now, one brand is surnonimous with this style of shoe and hails from an area equally famous for its sea fairing activities. Sebago was founded by three New England natives, Daniel J. Wellehan, Sr., William Beaudoin and Joseph Cordeau in 1946. Their very first shoe, the hand-sewn penny loafer, fashioned after the popular Indian moccasins. In 1970, Sebago introduced their own-branded shoe, the classic dockside. Beloved by many,Docksides would eventually come to define the entire boat shoe category and this very shoe still remains their most popular style to this day.
Recently, the brand has partnered with true craftsmen who continue the tradition and techniques of the leather tanning processes, in the Horween Leather Company of Chicago, Illinois. The Horween Caftsmen run a century old tannery and offer an array of the finest tannages. The Chromexcel Leather, exclusive to this tannery, selected for their Docksides boat shoes in the original premium leather, crafted from Horween’s proprietary recipe of natural oils. Horween’s time honoured traditions and formulas provide Sebago with a soft, yet highly durable leather, which a little like myself, improve with age and add to their handsome appearance.
Examples of the Docksiders by Sebago
Back in 1823, a lowly Glaswegian chemist of the name Charles Mackintosh, came upon a discovery which would, literally, revolutionise, not only his life, but the lives of many around the world, for years to come. Then, like nowadays, people experienced great difficulty protecting themselves from the elements and the inclement weather. However, one of Charles experiments, essentially him messing around in his lab with one of the by-products of tar, naphtha, led to his invention of a waterproof fabric, the Mackintosh Cloth. This rubberised cloth is produced by spreading liquid, natural rubber between two fabrics, pressed and heated, its that simple. The coats made of this innovative fabric became an over night success and held must have status for THE coat to be seen in whilst walking in the rain. Slightly later in its life the “Mac” or “Mackintosh” as the coat then became known as, was adopted by the British Armed Forces for both World War I & II.
Jumping forward nearly 200 years and the Mac has lost none of its appeal or status and is still the coat to be seen in whilst walking in the rain ! The concept of the modern contemporary outerwear of the rubberised coat that Charles invented, has never strayed far from its origins and as the company put it themselves, “We never design too much and retain the simplicity and the tradition. This makes MACKINTOSH a timeless piece that expresses your individual style.”
Probably explaining the popularity of this piece not only with style makers and opinion formers but with the general well dressed dapper bloke.
MACKINTOSH SPRING 2013
It isn’t unfair or unjust to call Hairbond a small player in the very big pond of male grooming products, which to be honest it’s a pond with some very big fish swimming about in it, nonetheless be prepare to hear and see a lot more form Hairbond over the coming months.
Hairbond make some pretty big statements in their brand literature, including, “Our task is to launch the highest quality brand with a superb range of products that prove that British haircare is truly the very best in the world.”
Additional to this the brand must be commended for the fact that none of their products are neither tested on animals nor do they condone or work with companies who perform unethical testing. Here, Here !
Hairbond was dreamed up by Scott Michaels, who founded he brand in 2008, principally because, “Our brand is not about gimmicks but giving people a quality British made alternative to their hairstyling routine”
The brand now exports globally and has an ever growing cult and celebrity fan base, which includes TV Presenters Dan Lobb, Iwan Thomas and Dan Walker, Footballers Michael Owen and Andy Reid and errrrr Dick and Dom.
Key products within the range include the MOULDER, which gives strong flexible hold gives immediate grab and high density texture while thickening hair’s appearance. The DISTORTER, this styling product creates texture with a supple finish. Flexible hold gives great results to thick straight hair. The SHAPER, you can achieve perfect finish with this strong hold product. It goes the distance and works fantastically giving shaped texture to your hair any way you want and the SCULPTOR,which is designed for separation and hold soft and easy, it works superbly on dry hair and separating thicker hair types. Plus this range is completed by a professional separate Shampoo and Conditioner.
Good day my dear and trusted style gazers, as the weather is being as predictable as my child’s nightly sleep patterns I thought I would look at a trend which can be worn rain of shine, in the words of 80’s family groovers 5Star. Camo or Camouflage as you may know it has been floating around as a menswear trend for quite a few seasons now. Hopefully, you will have been a style consumer of great foresight and have invested in a piece or two of the camo variety over the past couple of seasons. As you see from below for Spring 2013 literally everyone has interpreted and tailored camouflage to their own likings, offering us, it in every conservable item of clothing, colour combination and from traditional Action Man-esque patterns to 21st Century state of the art stealth techno camo to even neon, floral, in your face ones.
I’ve sourced the great information Superhighway from start to finish looking for some of the better examples of this trend. Now please heed this warning, akin to not feeding the Mogwai after midnight, do not, I repeat do not wear to much of this trend at the same time or you’ll run the risk of looking like a reserve from the T.A. on civilian maneuverers, once again the maxim of less is more applies.
Must have piece, particularly for those pesky April showers is this Pac-a-mac from Superdry
A great take on the camouflage print by McQ by Alexander McQueen @ MrPorter.com
Camouflage sunnies just to complete that look from TOPMAN
Look sharp mixing and matching materials with the camo trend in these Windsor Shoes by Dr Martens
At ease solider in these camo print shorts by Scotch & Soda from John Lewis
Camo Eastpak luggage from House of Fraser
Formal up the trend with this blazer from Daniele Alessandrini @ FarFetch.com
Get your Camo on with this Tee by Marc by Marc Jacobs @ MrPorter.com
A unique Camouflage design by Diesel @ House of Fraser
On manoeuvres with this Racksack by Herschel @ John Lewis
Escape from the old routine in these high tops from Converse @ Topman.com
Not sure about the camo trend then add flashes of it with this tie from Mr Bathing Ape @ Coggles.com