The secret of Eternal youth – The importance of Moisturising

Good day guys, start of another week, so Monday is Grooming day, we all need a little help at the start of the week and as the days are getting shorter and the weather is definitely taken a more seasonal turn. I thought we would take a look at the importance of moisturising. Listen I’m not going to even bother giving air time to the maxim of “Real men don’t moisturise”, do you want to look old ????

Now, I have to admit I’m one of the worse culprits when it comes to not looking after my skin and I know I should and I know I have to. So after doing so well with covering the best of the sun creams on the market I decided to turn to that ever wise person responsible for keeping me on the straight and narrow. Mrs Mc, so I’ll leave you in her most able hands.

Right Men it’s officially Autumn, clocks are turning back and Winter wont be long so to avoid red noses and flaky chaffed skin its worth spending a few seconds a day slapping on a moisturiser.

Climate changes affect your skin differently in winter than summer. Just think; your skin is probably going from cold and damp commutes into centrally heated offices, blustery walks in the park into country pubs with roaring fires…Anyway your skin could do with a barrier to protect it from the various elements thrown at it.

Noella Gabriel, Director of Product and Treatment Development at Elemis, informed us of the importance of moisturising at this time of year;

“Winter brings with it harsh weather, shorter days, less sunshine, a dramatic change in diet from seasonal salads and fruits to soups and warmer food, which all has a direct impact on the skin. 

 The skin responds in a different way for each individual, some skins become oily others, very dehydrated and others very sensitive. 

A winter skin needs;

1. protection

2. nourishment and extra nutrients

3. nurturing

Add in elements such as shaving everyday which can lead to very sensitive skin. Shaving removes up to 7 layers of skin, using a product that is highly detergent and has a high percentage of alcohol can lead to high sensitivity, dehydration and result in a red, flaky skin. This is accelerated by the lack of a daily skincare regime or simply using a daily moisturiser. Introducing a targeted treatment moisturiser such as S.O.S. Survival Cream in the winter months can help reduce these problems. This skin treatment cream is the optimum solution for sensitivity, irritation, dryness and blemishes. The powerful formula of marine extracts, Lavender and Myrrh instantly soothes problem areas and leaves the skin perfectly hydrated and comfortable.”

So as usual, Clothes Make The Man have done the hard work for you …and this is our round up of the best.

Dry, sensitive or damaged skin


Designed for men with sensitive/irritated skin the formula is gentle, fragrance and alcohol free and contains camomile and Vitamin E to intensively moisturise and sooth sensitive skin.



This product is probably best reserved for those who are exposing their skin to the elements or are suffering from very dry skin. It’s a rich cream, applied daily am that will take a minute to be absorbed. It has an SPF of 15 and feels soothing. It’s hypo- allergenic for when skin is irritated, for best results Boots recommend applying the ‘protect and perfect’ serum first.



This is specially formulated to moisturise and protect sensitive skin without causing redness or irritation. Smells lovely and absorbs quickly. Skin felt and looked healthy and smooth after the first application.




This cool Lightweight cream is the optimum solution for sensitivity, irritation, dryness and blemishes. The formula of Marine extracts, Lavender and Myrrh instantly soothes problem areas and leaves the skin hydrated and feeling relaxed.


Normal to dry skin


With hydra protect complex TM, this has a non greasy/sticky formula for those of you with normal to dry/sensitive skins. This is designed for winter out doors and commuting as it helps skin combat against the cold, wind and pollution and soothes razor burn. A good all rounder and reasonably priced 



This is a great all round moisturiser that doubles as an aftershave soother. Leaving skin smooth and soft, it has a light and non-greasy formula. Lots of lovely natural ingredients include Borage to calm and moisturise, Vitamin E to protect. It smells lovely. You use sparingly on face and neck.



Mr Anthony’s personal favourite, this does what it says on the tin, it hydrates, repairs and protects. It also has SPF 15 in case there is any glimmer of sunshine. This is a fast absorbing cream that’s light, non greasy and has a neutral smell.


Normal to Oily skin


This was developed for men as it boasts stubble friendly formula, the gel is light and quickly absorbed and leaves no sticky residue. It won’t sting, even after shaving and contains aloe Vera and chamomile to sooth skin.



This Australian brand is made with organic extracts to nourish, firm and improve skin elasticity. It also corrects oil balance to eliminate shine. It smells fresh and is priced very competitively



This lovely, light hydrating lotion absorbs in seconds, smells fresh and leaves skin looking healthy and moisturised without shine. A bit pricier but full of lovely, natural ingredients and environmentally AVEDA are the first beauty company to produce their products using 100% wind power…

Life is a Rollercoaster – AskAnt

Good day to you avid reader of Clothes make the man, I trust life is treating you fair and just today and I find you in good health. Today’s enquiry is rather timely, as its from a man who is looking for apparel to protect him from the ever changeable weather that causes us no end of stress at this particular time of year.

I’m not suggesting the Gold it’s just to show you the range of colours, tut

Ok then Will, straight off the first brand that automatically springs to mind is K-way, they are providers of, amongst other things, pac-a-macs & pack away ponchos in, literally, loads of colours, plus ever so tres cool, British designer Oliver Spencer swears by his. Now, the ponchos or the Roubaix as they like to call it, if you are brave enough to venture out in, will keep you super dry, no matter how damming the weather may choose to be at Alton Towers or however make times you partake in the log fume and who’ll be laughing then, Will?

Right, my second tip has to be, ensure you go for cotton chinos as they will dry quicker. If you go for jeans, yes they may initially keep you warmer but the minute you get those bad boys wet, you’ll regret ever putting them on, you won’t have a snowballs chance in hell to dry them denims out at this time of year, so you’ll be stuck soggy. Plus, wear a pair of shorts under those chinos, so if you get soaked you can whip them off & dry them under a hand dryer in the toilet & not be stood there in your smalls, try and channel your inner Nick Kaman from the iconic Levis 501 Ad, if the event so arises.
Wolverine BootsMoving on and trying not to sound like your Mother waving you off as you head into the unknown, but heed this wet weather warning. Wear layers so if you do get wet you can swap them & take wet layers off, plus thin layers keep you warmer & bring a spare T-shirt with you, just in case.
Lastly, PLEASE go for study footwear, I’m not talking, 16 holed Doc Marten boots but don’t even think of plimsoles, trainers or in any way light weight shoes, unless you cherish the thought of trench foot, mmmmmm. You are lucky sir as for this season, most footwear retailers worth their salt have produced at least one style of boot that won’t see you out of place from down the pub to a good brisk walk pre Sunday roast. See the examples here from Wolverine, Barbour and Rockport which are all multi purpose.

So Will, all that is left for me to do is to tell you, the choice is yours ??? Do let us know what your decision was and  join us again soon for another style clinic.

If you have any stylistic problems, events, that  you don’t know what to wear, after the right shows to go with that all important outfit. Whatever, you query no problem is too big nor small, please just email and I’ll happily give you informed, knowledgable common sense advice.




Cutting it fine – Trevor Sorbie MBE

So often the term genius is banded about to describe people, but today’s subject of Textual conversations really is a true genius within his industry, if you asked, literally anybody to name a hair stylist the name Trevor Sorbie is gonna be up there.

Sorbie comes for a long line of Barbers and his name is now synonymous with pioneering hairdressing throughout the Fashion industry. From barbershop to Buckingham Palace to collect his MBE in 2004, he is the hair stylist who has won more awards than any other. Having worked with the late Vidal Sassoon himself, he in turn has trained such noted stylists as Eugene Souleiman and fellow British Hairdresser of the Year winner Angelo Seminara.

I mean there can’t be many hairdressers, who can boast they have been the answer to questions on both Who wants to be a Millionaire & the Weakest Link.

As part of his ultra successful Male Grooming range Trevor has just launched the Deep Clean Shampoo which has been specifically formulated to remove product build-up and grease. Oil based styling products, such as waxes and clays, build up in the hair making it appear dull and can result in less effective cut when you visit your barber.

I know, surely you’d think he wouldn’t have the time to answer the ponderings of Clothes make the man, but yes, of course he made the time, the man’s a true gent.

How did you get into the industry, what was your big break ?

My father was a barber and suggested I become a hairdresser and the rest is history

Sorbie & the late Vidal Sassoon

1974 – creating the wedge cut for Vidal Sassoon

Who would do you ideal diner guest and why ?

Richard Branson for his innovative business ideas, he should be a PM one day

What piece of clothing best describes you ?


Trevor collecting his MBE in 2004

The Mullet

What piece of style advise do you live by ?

Trying to keep modern but always matching my age

If you could have invented anything what would it be ?

The computer

Who is your style icon ? Why ?

David Beckham, keeps re inventing himself, especially in hair

Tell us something no one else knows ?

No matter what event I always attend, I still get as nervous, if not more so when facing an audience

Have you ever bought a piece of clothing and regretted it ? If so what & why ?

Yes many times which has normally been after a couple of glasses of wine


Home & Away – Bristol

Today folks I leave you in the very safe and capable hands of Katie Deighton who offers us her essential guide to Bristol, famous for –

Bristol is a port city known as the “Birthplace of America”.

The infamous pirate Captain Blackbeard once had a hideaway cave under St. Mary Redcliffe church. His original birthplace and childhood home still stands on Bristol’s harbourside.

Hollywood legend Cary Grant (Archibald Leach) was born in Horfield, Bristol. Grant’s first role in theatre was working at The Bristol Hippodrome.

The oldest dinosaur so far found in Britain, and one of the oldest discovered anywhere in the world, was unearthed in Bristol

The world’s first commercially produced chocolate bar was made in Union Street Bristol by Fry’s in 1847


Bristol is beginning to gain a reputation as a mini-London.  From the new shopping Mecca of Cabot Circus, to grimy reggae nights down in Stokes Croft, to private art galleries and Lidos in Clifton, Bristol truly has something to offer for everybody.  And what’s more, everything is in walking distance.  Here is Clothes Make the Man’s guide to Bristol: the capital of the West.

Top 5 things to do

5. Take a tour around the newly, ahem, ‘renovated’ Nelson Street – the largest street-art display in the UK.  Soon to be as iconic as the numerous Banksys dotted around the city, the See No Evil project has been recognised worldwide as a real challenge to the notion of ‘graffiti,’ especially as it manages to cover over some particularly ugly high-rises and car parks.

4. Stroll around Clifton village, taking in the abundance of independent boutiques, antique stores and award-winning delis and cafes.

3.  Forget the gym, grab a bike and take advantage of Bristol’s status as the UK’s first cycling city.  The Bristol-Bath cycle path is a particular gem.

2.  Get your hair cut at Mr. Swanton’s.  The Victorian decor – alongside the controversial ‘no ladies beyond this line!’ mark of demarcation – offers a barbershop experience like no other.

1.  Head on up to Clifton Down with a blanket and a bottle of chilled champagne, and watch the sun set over the Clifton Suspension Bridge.



The Clifton Sausage – The perfect place to enjoy exquisitely cooked West Country favourites (including cider!) in a warm and cosy setting.


The Avon Gorge Hotel – Near-perfect service coupled with panoramic views of the Avon Gorge.


Hyde and Co. – A 21st century speakeasy and home of the best cocktails in Bristol.  Get there early as the exclusive space = no guaranteed entry!

The Buyers Guide to Autumn 12 – Stephen Ayres, Liberty

Welcome to a new section for the new look Clothes make the man, The Buyers Guide will seek the advice and guidance of some of the best qualified and most respected figures in the industry, who lets face are so good at buying the right product they are employed to do it for a living. These figures are going to tell us what they see as being the top 10 pieces for the season so if your think of buying a winter coat, scarf, gloves, jumper even T-shirt, hang fire and have a read through this post first.

The first guru I called upon to offer his learned opinion was Mr Stephen Ayres, Head of Fashion Buying at the temple of all things British and retail, Liberty.


Everyman should have a navy blazer in their wardrobe but the level of blue used by Martin Margiela for this blazer is fresh and would be a great versatile addition to any wardrobe.



Oliver Spencer is one of the UK’s best casual wear designers and this modern take on the traditional pea coat is just one example why. Not double breasted but not single breasted either makes it a great coat for over a suit or with some jeans at the weekend.





I love the simple colour contrast on this YMC two tone scarf – a great way to wear a bit of colour but not feel overwhelmed by it.


Fair Isle knits were huge last winter and there’s no sign of them slowing down this year. The king of outdoors, Barbour have mixed a great palette of blues and burgundys to give this one a rich feel and a very competitive price.



The team behind Folk are fun and playful and this jumper shows just how much with a great colour to brighten up any winter’s day.






Canadian born New Yorkers, The Burkman Brothers, travelled around Asia for inspiration for this collection and the Dobby embroidery on this pop over shirt was inspired from their finds.



Swedish brand, Our Legacy, is quickly becoming one of the hottest brands to wear. Their use of jacquard and print mix with understated design gets them the right balance to dress guys from head to toe. I love this tonal Polka dot shirt for its statement and subtlety  at the same time !




Print is everywhere for Spring/Summer 13 and being a brand steeped with a heritage and history in print this paisley short from our own collection is great for picking up on the trend now.






British time piece brand Uniform Wares overs clean sophisticated watches, with quartz movement, the ultimate in cool for you or to receive some brownie points and give as a gift.


Canadian brand WANT Les Essentiels de

la Vie offers the best in luxury leather goods and accessories. This organic cotton tote has their signature leather handle and is great for your gym kit.