Deborah Price is the owner of British-Boxers. 
She qualified as a textile designer in 1996 and spent the next 15 years buying and merchandising in London, most recently as Head of Buying for luxury nightwear brand, Bonsoir of London.
Deborah left Bonsoir in 2012 to set up british-boxers.com Inspired by a gap in the market for stylish nightwear, Deborah and her business partner husband Darren, embraced crowdfunding to kickstart the brand, built up a loyal and ever-growing sartorial following. 
She wanted to create a brand that would appeal to a new generation of men and women who love the regeneration of traditional design and skills combined with the modern need for luxury and comfort.

But as Deborah explains, she set up british-boxers.com because she needed to juggle her family and work better. Her 5 year old daughter had just been diagnosed with Williams Syndrome, which is a randomly occuring genetic disability which means she has learning difficulties and medical issues, her son was very much still a baby and her husband had recently been made redundant. “We needed money and I needed to control my own time. My husband also wanted to run for parliament to fight the corner of other people with disabilities who were struggling through endless austerity and we had very little money. We started with £4000 that we’d saved up.”

The brand’s name is inspired by Deborah’s family roots of world renowned boxer, Jem Mace. British Boxers have gone on to supply Harrods, independent department stores, gentlemens’ outfitters, lingerie shops and now export worldwide. They also produce private label collections for shops on London’s exclusive Jermyn St, Marylebone High St and Kensington High St. Their new range includes luxury night and lounge wear for men and women.

Best piece of advise you’ve ever been given and by whom?
Funnily enough it was from the chairman of the last company I worked for as a buyer before setting up on my own and he said “If you want something doing, always give it to the busiest person in the office” I just used to say “Yes” to everything, I was ridiculously busy but I ended up designing, buying, marketing, costing, sales and was a stickler for good admin too. The experience I gained doing so many roles in the buying offices I worked for in London was fundamental in me being able to run my own business and make it a success.

Who’s the most famous person’s number in your phone ?

PAUL SMITH! What a hero.

What music are you listening to at the moment?

My musical taste is quite odd. When I was very young and up until secondary school, we didn’t really have pop music in the house and I learned classical flute to grade 8 so my taste can go a bit highbrow and I like Bach or Mozart but I also think that because we didn’t have much pop music as soon as i discovered it I went a bit full on cheese and so my shuffle can go from Mozart’s concerto in D Minor to Stock Aitken and Waterman to First Aid Kit and all the Radio 6 stuff. I’m not a snob about music and I think some people can be and they do themselves a disservice. If something is well written and beautifully sung or played I don’t care whether it’s a full on orchestra, an X factor winner or someone on stage at Glastonbury. Let’s listen. Does it move me us to tears, does it make us happy, does it make us dance. Just enjoy it all. Pass me a flute, a recorder or a tin whistle and ask me to play something though and I usually can.

Best present you’ve ever received ?

Oh it’s a ring my husband Darren bought me last year. It’s so brilliant. It’s nothing overly fancy, there are no expensive rocks in it or anything like that but it’s just a nugget of silver he asked my silversmith friend Jackie Harold to design for me and around the edge he asked her to stamp “One Rainy Tuesday” Darren and I got engaged on a rainy Tuesday when we lived in London. We were having a row with each other in the pub the week before Valentines Day and he annoyed me off because he said “You’re not banging on about babies and weddings again are you? If I was going to ask you to marry me I’ll do it one rainy Friday down the pub” I said “What about a rainy Tuesday” and he called my bluff and asked me there and then. I made him phone my dad though so he couldn’t back ot the next day. I’m such an old bat.. Hahaha. We always say the romance happens on rainy days and during the normality of every day life. You don’t need the eiffel tower. You just need an umbrella and an east end boozer.

If you could collaborate with one brand, who would it be and why?

We do collaborate with some brands producing private label nightwear and underwear collections already and I’d love to work with more. It would be great to work with someone like Hunter. It’s all very well going out with the dog in your posh wellies but you need to come back out of the rain and put on your posh PJs too don’t you. There are others. Fortnum and Mason would be great to work with as would John Lewis. Just labels and stores whose customers would totally get our ethos of good quality manufacturing, beautiful fabric and classic British design with a slight eccentricity.

What would be the name of your autobiography ?

My life is an absolute rollercoaster of deep lows and the most amazing highs. Our little girl was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome when she was 2 and it means she’ll need some level of lifelong care. She has learning difficulties and physical problems too. Sometimes “caring” rather than just being a mum can be unbelievably difficult and the day to day maul of that cannot be underestimated. It’s very easy to dismiss it as something we’d all do but when you’re the one crying in public loos or the government don’t seem to be listening to your voice because you’re so mired in the day to day it’s suffocating. 1 in 8 adults are carers in the UK and most of us will be at some points in our lives. I’m so fortunate that I have british-boxers.com which acts as a tonic away from it all too so my life is some sort of mish mash of being mum, wife, carer, business owner, doing the radio (I do a regular talking head thing on Radio Stoke) and sometimes you just have to get up and keep going even if it seems like it’s all falling apart. I think my book would be something like “Get up and put your pants on”

What’s your Favourite movie ever ?
My favourite films are the ones I watched as a child. So ET. It’s got kids on bikes that can fly!! It makes me cry, it makes me laugh, or Flight of the Navigator, or Labyrinth or The Goonies. Just something with a sense of adventure. I love watching them with my own kids now.

Favourite hotel in the world ?

We saved for a house deposit and then we had kids.. I’m not entirely convinced that the Premier Inn in Hockley Heath is what you’re looking for here is it.. It’s probably our little tent in the rain somewhere in North Wales drinking Aldi sherry and eating Dairy Milk. When we set up the business it’s taken years of work to bring it up to where it is today. There’s no budget for fancy hotels.

What is you most memorable moment ?

So many. Obviously there are the life moments, when the children were born and when Darren and I got married but in terms of work the time we got our order from Harrods was very special. I’d been on set at a studio shoot in Manchester and the email came through with the order. On the way back I had to pull my van over and have a little cry It was like the years of graft that we’d put in had suddenly been recognised and valued by one of the most famous stores in the world. That was gold. I also remember the time we got our crowd funding and my husband turned up at my tiny office with a bottle of prosecco and three glasses and me, my friend Heather who is a wood carver (her studio was in the same building) and Darren just had this prosecco. Amazing day that was.

How do spent your free time ?

Hahahahhahaahhahahaha. Oh you were being serious. Right then, probably annoying Daily Mail readers on Twitter.

What piece of clothing would you relegate to Room 101 ?

It’s got to be the polyester fleece onesie hasn’t it. I mean if you’re a woman and you need the loo the whole thing has to go on the floor, and then it’s the fact it’s polyester so you’ll be far too hot in bed and also they just look awful don’t they unless you’re 4 and it’s shaped like Scooby Doo. I might let that ride but only just..

If you could have invented anything what would it be ?

JET PACKS!!

WORDS BY MIA RILEY

Last week it was announced that the beloved and welcomingly iconic Wardour News in London is closing its doors, what once was a haven of every fashion magazine you could imagine is shutting down after 34 years service to every fashion and magazine lover. Many say print media is dead, or at least dying and while that statistically may be true and with Wardour News being the latest victim, sometimes you just can’t beat an old school retro magazine to read on those lazy Sunday mornings.
Don’t get me wrong I am all for the ease, accessibility and punctuality of the digital age, but there is an allure and appeal of the glossy pages and smell of paper that magazines offer.
Despite the Turbulent time for the publication industry, the caliber of titles is still excellent, and here and there a new name appears, and the menswear category is still expanding, in 2015 even the CR Fashion Book launched the ‘CR Men’s Book.’
Of course you have the classic Hearst and Conde Nast names, but the following are the ones that should also be on your bedside table.
1) Wattswhat magazine – A fairly new publication on the block, set up by David M Watts a fashion industry advisor, it’s the perfect combination of fashion and lifestyle.
2) Hypebeast – It’s one of the most well known streetwear websites and publications. With the latest streetwear info and insights as well as collaborating with the fashion people of the moment (Issue 20 saw a collab with Virgil Abloh) it’s a perfect read for anyone who loves fresh sneakers.
3) Anotherman – From the guys who created Dazed & Confused, it’s a london based fashion publication that features everything from essays to campaigns for the modern man.
4) System Magazine – A biannual title that captures the mix of fashion and contemporary culture and comments on the forever evolving fashion industry.

5) Men In This Town (MITT) – What started off as a street style blog has turned into a media empire, having been turned into books and now as well a magazine. It celebrate modern men with their own sense of style.


Words by Isaac Perry

Goorin Bros is a fourth generation family hat company; founded by Cassel Goorin in 1895. The brand has been passed down from generation to generation-gaining strength and popularity over the years.The brands first ‘store’ was a horse drawn cart loaded with Cassel’s passion and beautifully crafted hats, oh how times have changed!
Today the company has over 30 shops across the United States and Canada with each showcasing the brands heritage within, these can also be found online and within an variety of stylish boutiques within Europe.
Baseball caps
These caps can be interpreted in many ways, however take from them what you will to suit everyone’s individual personalities, with a couple of our favourite here at Clothes Make the Man being the Silver fox for your more mature male, Bad Ass, we think that speaks for itself and for the more humorous why not take a look at the Big Horns or nuts Baseball cap.
Other than these there are more plain alternatives, with some also containing the names of multiple cities across America.

Fedoras
Fedoras are an incredibly versatile hat and can be worn within an array of outfits, both in the summer and the winter. Goorin Bros offers a wide variety of Fedora styles in a large range of colours, adding class and style finishing off a look, with a few of our favourites being the Fatima, the Deakle and the James Dawkins, trust us these hats are really worth a look.
To make your hat individual Goorin Bro’s also offers an array of hat accessories, meaning you can individually chose out from a selection of feathera and pins, making your hat one of a kind.

These two styles are a small proportion of what the brand offers with multiple others available; take your pick to top of your look!

WORDS BY RICHARD MEADOW

 

The cold weather is starting to evaporate as the snow recedes and the sun starts to shine through the clouds, which can only mean Summer’s around the corner. Out with the long sleeves and in with the short. Whether we disagree with it or not, when a new season starts to set in we’re all looking to see what’s in and what’s not for our wardrobe collection.
Luckily enough, you’re able to look in one place as we take you through the hot stuff for this year’s summer trends before the heat arrives.

Printed Shirts
Once a trend of the past with Dad’s over 50, the printed shirts are making their comeback in style. From floral prints to polka dots, the designs of printed shirts are bound to catch the eye in the Summer sun. The most popular types come with the short sleeves that are rolled up, but whatever you fancy, you’re bound to stand out from the crowd.

Ripped Denim Jeans
Some elders will say it looks like you’ve taken a fall and ripped your jeans in the process of doing so, but let them know that it was deliberately bought this way because it’s the ‘in-thing’ for Summer this year. Casual or smart-casual dress can be pulled off with ripped jeans, and lighter tones especially during the day are very popular.

Trucker Caps
If you’re not a big fan of wearing sunglasses there are alternatives to keeping the blinding sun rays out of sight. It’s always awkward when you’re walking down the street and look like you’ve got something stuck in your eye, when in reality you’re just squinting due to the blazing sun making it difficult to see. Keeping cool but safe at the same time may seem difficult, but mesh trucker caps resolve that problem well. 6-panel caps especially are also stronger than other styles, which helps in keeping their shape for them times when they need to be put away if the Sun was to fade.

Pastel Trainers
As well up top, we’ve got you covered for the ground too. Although pastel tones may remind you of the colour of your favourite ice cream, it’s definitely worth wearing for your kicks. Colours range from baby pink and blue , mauve, mint and others. They’re also a great different option to your typical white trainers but add a bit more flavour (we definitely weren’t thinking of ice cream we mentioned flavours by the way).

White Pants/Shorts
Okay, these may seem like a bold statement but accompany it with a formal shirt and a pair of loafers and a smart summer look is complete. Alternatively, the casual shorts are also likely to go with most trainer and t-shirt outfits. Most importantly they’re likely to keep you nice and cool in the Summer sun compared to your normal coloured jeans or chino shorts, as the bright colour is less likely to attract the Sun. I doubt the last place we’d want you to feel uncomfortable in the heat of the Summer sun is the lower region of your body.

WORDS  BY CHARLES BRITTON

Hello mate, how are you? Take a seat, can I get you anything to drink?

That is one of the most used ‘welcome phrases’ in the noble barbershop, give or take a few words, and it’s not one to be taken for granted. Why? Because the person who is ready to improve your image, boost your confidence and leave you feeling refreshed, deserves more than a subtle ‘thanks’ at the end of the service. It may seem a little over the top, however, we are speaking from a point of experience.

A barbers 9-5, and some, is of course barbering. They cut hair, trim beards, shave faces and welcome the modern, everyday gent, to take a seat and relax for the duration of the service. They take pride in their work, take care of their clients and most importantly, ensure you enjoy your experience, from the moment you step into the barbershop and back out the door at the end.

This is why here at Clothes Make The Man, we have made it our mission to inform and educate our readers on the importance of barbershop etiquette.

Of course it’s to be taken tongue in cheek, however it might just be something to remember on your next trip to your local barbers.

1- Please wait to be called forward.
This might seem like common sense, however you’d be surprised at the amount of people who sit themselves in the chair before being called forward. Barbers, just like you and I, deserve some space and some time to breathe. If you jump into their chair without being called, you are invading the barbers privacy and somewhat disrespecting them. More often then none, the barber will want to tidy their section before calling you forward, however they might also want to grab a drink, make an urgent phone call or use the mens room. Give your barber some time to prepare for you, after all, it is his or her chair you’re going to be sat in.

2 – Be prepared with an idea, pictures or the exact specs of the haircut you want.
Again, this may seem like an obvious one, however many fail to prepare for the simple question of ‘what can I do for you’. Whether you’re certain on the clipper grade and length you want retained, or have some idea of what you want to achieve, make sure you can help your barber reach that conclusion. It’s no good sitting in the chair and saying you haven’t the slightest clue of what haircut you usually have or want. The barber can’t read minds and certainly hasn’t the time to waste. Of course, they will carry out a thorough consultation to understand your wants and needs, but help them all you can, even if it’s with a simple photo.

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3 – Sit still.
Recall your mother, father or sibling telling you to sit still whilst having your hair cut as a child? Well it’s not the time to forget. If you want the best end result, sit as still as you can, so the barber can carry out the service with the upmost precision and accuracy. Furthermore, leave your phone in your pocket or bag. Your barber is there, giving you his or her full attention, so be kind and do the same. Make conversation, tell a story, communicate and connect with the person providing such a personal and somewhat of an intimate service. Your barber has other clients waiting, so don’t answer that phone call mid service. Respect the time your barber is giving you, and forget the troubles of the daily grind for 30 minutes. You’ll feel better for it afterwards, promise.

4 – Don’t Touch.
It’s a rarity in the barbershop, but it does happen. Very few customers, but some nonetheless, lean forward and touch the barbers tools, simply out of curiosity. There’s nothing wrong in being curious and by asking your barber, he or she might very well show you and even let you hold whatever tool you’re interested in, however these scissors, clippers, combs and other tools of the trade are very expensive and are highly valued by their owner. Some of these tools, such as scissors, can cost anything up to £1000, so be respectful and keep your hands off. After all, they’re very sharp and I doubt you want to lose a finger, curiosity killed the cat remember!

5 – Don’t be afraid to ask.
This may seem like a contradiction, however your barber wants you to leave with the best haircut you can get, so ask if you want something left a little longer, taken a little shorter, or changed completely. As much as your barber will know almost exactly what you want after the consultation, he or she might not know that a few strands of hair that fall over the temple are covering a scar, so let the barber know you want it left a little longer to cover them. And don’t forget the sideburns. If you want them taken up a little, let em’ know.

6 – Appraisal.
At the end of the service, whether it was a haircut, beard trim or shave, make sure you let your barber know exactly how happy you are. Of course, if you’re not too impressed, it might be worth being the bigger man, keeping quiet and heading elsewhere next time you need a trim. However, if you’re truly happy with the end product, let them know. They work extremely hard, passing on social events on the weekends and missing lunches to deliver the best service they can. Their backs will ache, their feet will swell and their fingers will go through the wars, yet they turn in each day to carry on grinding in the profession they love. Love the haircut? Tell them. Best shave experience you’ve ever had? Let them know. It’s a small gratitude that they’ll really appreciate, and it might just help them get through a rough day at the office.

Next time you’re heading to your local chop shop, it might be worth remembering a few of these tips. It’ll keep your barber sweet and therefor, they’ll keep you sweet. Develop a relationship, make conversation, but most of all, enjoy your experience. Do you have any tips you think we’ve missed? Learnt any of these the hard way? Let us know and tweet us at ClothesMakeMan on Twitter.