A little piece of history in every pair – Deakin & Francis Cufflinks

Deakin & Franics @ TASK PR C1614S2022-1Just in case you had forgotten Father’s Day is Sunday 16th June, yes thats a week on Sunday and in the words of the Incredible Hulk’s alter ego Dr David Banner, “You won’t like me when I’m angry.” And so to will your Father if you forgot about the one day of the year when he can put his feet up, relax and do as he pleases, you can so tell I’m a dad, I’m so sad, sorry.

So rather then heading off to your local Booze Bonanza for a bottle of cut price paint striper posing as vodka, think on, you only have one Dad so put a little bit of thought into his present. So here’s my first offering for Father’s day booty Deakin & Francisa British firm founded in 1786 designs and manufactures some of the world’s finest cufflinks. The English workshops produce fine quality handmade jewellery in precious metal, incorporating vitreous enamel and fine gemstones. The company today is now managed by the 7th generation of the Deakin family, James & Henry Deakin who’s father is the great, great nephew of the co-founder CWS Deakin.

C1501X0001Over the last 200+ years the team of manufacturing jewellers and silversmiths at Deakin & Francis has created over 1,000 cufflink designs for everyone from business people, celebrities and members of royalty worldwide.

Styles include gold and silver cufflinks, through to full dress sets in platinum and diamonds.  Deakin & Francis creations range from fun to classic.


A man in the know – Mr Natty’s RI Masterclass

Good Day Folks, River Island have released another of their masterclasses and this time we couldn’t resist sharing it with you all, as its none other then Mr Natty himself, Matt Raine. A Genius with a pair of scissors and what he doesn’t know about mens hair and how to style it, really isn’t worth knowing. Plus he’s a good friend of our over at Clothes-Make-the-Man HQ who we’ve worked with many times over the years. Anyway enough of me, take a look at the below and if like me your in need of a good hair cut, this will certainly give you food for thought. ENJOY !

I’ve got Wood Wood – Another super cool brand from Denmark, Wood Wood

Screen Shot 2013-06-04 at 14.04.25What do they put in the water over in Copenhagen, for a population of just over 1.2million, the residents of the Danish capital are incredibly creative when it comes to their clothing brands. Today’s Post is on Wood Wood, a brand founded in 2002 by a trio of designers, Karl Oskar Olsen, Lotte Bank Nielsen and Brian Jensen,  who wanted to collaborate with one another on a small range of classic pieces with a quirky twist. The type of clothing that they would like to wear themselves and carve out a unique niche with their playful graphics, ahhh that old chestnut. Since then it had grown and grown into a complete collection that successfully manages to mix elements of street wear but without losing any of its high end aspiration. Their individual approach to style has gained the Wood Wood trio, friends and fans in high places with collaborations in recent years with the likes of Nike, Barbour, Eastpak and Adidas, not bad, hey.

Their most recent collaboration sees them work with the Little Sun project on a limited edition tee. The Little Sun Project is a non profit organisation started by artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen, that aims is to provide trade in off-grid communities, which addresses the need for light in a sustainable way.



For Summer 2013 their collection has looked to the “Summers of Love”, for inspiration, the first  Summer being 1967 San Francisco, where the Peace, Love and Understanding of the Hippie Movement were the order of the day and the second being the great Summer of 89 where Acid House and Rave Culture ruled supreme. Both were significant movements which dealt with the confrontation and liberation from existing social systems and both were driven by positive and engaging energy.

So with this collection Wood Wood hope to bring about a third Summer of Love, pulling in elements from both past Summers to offer a distinct range.









Oliver Sweeney pops up in John Lewis – Oliver Sweeney Shoe Tattoo pop up in John Lewis Flagship Store

Screen Shot 2013-06-03 at 19.19.35Oliver Sweeney is somewhat of a legend when it comes to Mens footwear, from the age of 16 when he ran away from home and lived for a time on the Circle Line in the London Underground, no that isn’t a mistake on my part, you read it right. This is where he saw an advert in a Shoemakers window looking for an apprentice, the rest they say is history.

Since its foundation in 1989, his signature company, has always made its own path through the industry pitfalls. With a good eye for sharp but always comfortable footwear. Built around their unique Anatomical Last, which mimics, as accurately as possible, the profile of the human foot. A celebrated design created after years of research, it’s sculpted to give support to the arch, the instep points to the big toe, like the real foot. A gentle twist through its length simulates the natural shape of the foot, and helps reduce rolling to the outside of the foot.

From now until June 24th, Sweeney has opened a pop up shop housed within one of the UK’s most well known and trusted retailers John Lewis. During this time, in it’s flagship Oxford Street store, the shop in shop will stock a wide selection of their Footwear, Outerwear and Accessories. Throughout its duration Sweeney will be bringing their unique shoe tattoo service, what tattoo a shoe ? Poppycock ! No, no Oliver Sweeney will be offering you the chance to create a pair of shoes with your own exclusive, indelible mark. Perfect for commemorating your wedding day this summer or for letting your dad know that he’s one of a kind this Father’s Day. Tattoos can be of any design, size and location, the only recommendation being to choose a tan or light coloured shoe or accessory to ensure the best outcome, but hopefully, that goes without say, yeah ? And the tattoo service will be free of charge at John Lewis with every pair of Oliver Sweeney shoes or tan accessory purchased.

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Get your motor running without overheating – Suremen F1 Special Edition

Sure_Men_Lotus_F1_GroupWith the Formula 1 season in full swing now and the British Grand Prix literally only weeks away, Suremen have teamed up with the Lotus F1 Team, to produce a complete Anti-Perperant Deodorant range which promises to offer you 48hr long-lasting protection you can trust, even in the most heated, high powered, adrenaline inducing situations.  The Lotus Team drivers of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean are well used to exceeding speeds of over 200 mph, on the track, of course, I’m not condoning breaking the speeding limits, come on now, to ensure pole position.

The range has an exhilarating new fragrance to leave you feeling fresh, dry and confident whether you’re reaching thrilling speeds like an F1 racer, or simply running for the bus or more importantly, keeping your cool on a big night out.