We’re all going on a Summer Holiday ! I wish – Essential packing tips

Wish you were here ?

With the foreign holiday season well and truly up in the air this year and a staycation looking increasingly far much likely, again, we at Clothes-make-the-man.com, as always, are looking out for your best interests and to offer you invaluable advice. Now because of all this holiday shenanigans, we know no one like packing, it throws up all sorts of issues, leaving it to the last minute, have you packed enough or too much, I really should replace those speedos, yes you really should replace the budgie smugglers, honestly !  Do I have my passport, suncream, travel adaptor. The list is literally endless as is the headache, until you’re laying on that lounger, relaxed with a bright coloured drink in hand. So, because we think so highly of our beloved readers we sort the advice of the experts and asked travel expert  Ian Chapman, to kindly provide a few essential tips on how to look great in the sun, wherever your holiday destination. He advises ;

Pack light: Have a good think about your destination and what you’ll need. Don’t just empty your entire wardrobe into your bag.

For example, are you really going to need that expensive, crisp shirt in the clubs of Ibiza? Likewise, those lazy sweat pants aren’t going to get much wear for your long weekend in St Tropez!

If you pack carefully and selectively, you should be able to get a week’s holiday clothing into one carry-on bag (thus, saving money and time on checked baggage). All airlines have restrictions on the size of carry on luggage you can use, of which Ryan Air seem about the most onerous with a measely 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, whilst Easyjet and British Airways offer a more reasonable 56cm x 45cm x 25cm.

Ahhh this should get you in the mood

Plan ahead: Think about how you can mix and match different pieces to create different outfits; which shorts can you wear with t-shirts and vests during the day, but can be dressed up with a smart shirt worn casually for evening? Planning ahead and visualising your different outfits, and different scenarios will help you realise you’re never actually going to wear those extra pair of jeans – so just leave them at home. In fact, if you think you’ve packed the right amount of clothes, chances are you’ve packed too many!

Pack carefully: Cramming things into your bag an hour before your flight departs will have you looking like you’ve just rolled out of bed at the other end. Creased, shabby-looking garments will not get you access to the Yacht Club de Cannes. Take tips off those assistants on the High Street. A few minutes properly folding your clothes will help no end with their condition at the other end. Another method is to double up items such as shirts and tees etc and roll them. This avoids those sharp fold creases.

Materials and ‘the look’: When you’re at home, it’s easy to look brilliant in a freshly ironed top, but once that has spent four hours stuffed into a bag, the effect isn’t going to be the same. Think about those items in your wardrobe that might need a little less care or attention. Linen hangs great, even with a few creases in, and patterned or check shirts can disguise the well-travelled shirt quite well too.

Take time on arrival: Don’t be tempted to chuck your bag on the bed and hit the pool bar straight away. Spend just a few precious minutes getting all your essential shirts, t-shirts, trousers and jeans out of your case and onto hangers. Your mates may think you have the early onset of OCD, but you’ll have the last laugh when you hit the clubs looking pristine.

The shower trick: Whilst getting ready for a night out a good tip is to hang any creased clothes in the bathroom whilst you take a shower. Keep the door closed and let the steam take effect. The creases from your clothes will fall out much quicker.

Re-use, recycle: We know. It gets hot on holiday, especially if you’ve just spent eight hours sweating in a Balearic super club, but think back to your match-ups you thought about when you were packing back at home. Time to switch around a few of your outfits so it doesn’t look like you’re wearing the same get-up every day.

Flip the flop: How many pairs of shoes do you really need to take? Once reserved for the beach only, the flip-flop has become a summer must-have which goes with almost any look. Havianas in a neutral colour will sit just as comfortably with a pair of swim shorts by day or some chinos at night.

Your new Best Friend when it comes to travel

Carl Friedrik creates masterfully made leather and travel products for the modern professionals. Elegant aesthetics, premium materials and excellent craft is imperative to each product. Selling exclusively on their website and direct to consumer only, Carl Friedrik offers marketing leading value with outstanding service. With a lifetime warranty, Carl Friedrik ensures each product will last.

It’s a luxury accessories brand for both men and women founded in 2012 by brothers Niklas and Mattis Oppermann.

Using timeless design and time-honoured craft, Carl Friedrik creates simplistic yet innovative solution based products that not only make you look and feel your best but fill you with a sense of pride with every use.

By providing the customer with the finest quality, functional items, their products encourage a more confident, simpler and elegant lifestyle.

They work to an ethos that one thing their customers love about their products is how the leather develops a patina over time. For this reason, they ask their Italian craftsmen to try to recreate this characteristic darkening. The result is a beautiful collection made with a carefully developed hand painting technique.

So every piece in their collection is created with one simple purpose, to fulfill the needs of customers.

Form follows function with every product crafted with precision from premium materials. From the supple leathers used across their ranges to the utilitarian details embedded in the collections, every item is intelligently designed and thoughtfully considered to support a modern lifestyle.


Their relentless pursuit of quality means you can be confident that the products will perform on demand day in and day out, offering a lifetime of luxury.

The brand take pride in offering everyday elegance that not only delivers on aesthetics but also fulfils all your daily needs. Whether organising in the home, moving through the city or travelling abroad, our aim is to inspire confidence every single day.

For a man with real Drive – Driven by Alfred Dunhill

Alfred Dunhill is a luxury house that has seen many changed in its illustrious nearly 130 year history. It is a brand with a forward thinking, contemporary perspective.

The dunhill man is not one, but many. The figure of Alfred Dunhill himself is a case in point, as a seeker of fortune in daring enterprises.

It may be over 100 years old, but is design-driven with style and purpose for an uncompromising stance on modern luxury. Their latest launch is a new fragrance, to their impressive and fragrance repertoire.

Introducing DRIVEN, the newest fragrance pillar from dunhill. Exploring the interplay of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary design at the House, this distinctive new fragrance is a tribute to the dunhill man.

DRIVEN EAU DE PARFUM dunhill DRIVEN EDP conveys a refined approach. Both resilient and impactful, it is a fragrance guided by intuition and insistence.

Created under the direction of perfumer Dave Apel, dunhill DRIVEN EAU DE PARFUM is a woody citrus floral blend that is elegant and modern with a bold signature.

Dunhill DRIVEN EAU DE PARFUM opens with an exciting blend of Bergamot, Lime, Red Apple and Plum. The heart of the fragrance delivers freshness with an unexpected blend of Cardamom, Cinnamon, and Jasmine, all harmoniously combined with velvety Rose. The base maintains a warm depth, with notes of Amber, Amyris Wood, Vanilla, Cedarwood and Musk for a modern dry down that balances ease with confidence.

Top Tips To Sleep Well in Hot Weather

It’s that time of year again, the weather is finally start to warm up, the mornings are lighter, days are longer and struggling to sleep is a battle for millions of us.

Leading sleep expert, yes this is a actually career option,  James Wilson AKA The Sleep Geek(see above). He is a trained Sleep Practitioner, working with individuals on a one-on-one basis to improve their relationship and experience with sleep. Additionally, James specializes as a Sleep Educator, working with organisations such as Coca Cola and the NHS, as well as within the sport sector with the likes of SportsAid and Sheffield United. 

He is a passionate advocate for poor sleepers, raising awareness of the impact of poor sleep and debunking commons myths. His approach is based on helping those who sleep poorly to understand the simple science behind sleep, and how to apply this and sleep soundly.

He has debunked common sleep myths to stay cool as well as providing his top tips for staying cool in the night, for example, Don’t Put Your Duvet In The Freezer

You will see people advising you to put your duvet, your pillow and your bedding in the freezer. The idea is that it will make them nice and cold when you get into bed. You will be cold, and that cold will be a shock, so your body will try and heat up, which is exactly what we don’t want to happen, as a drop in core temperature is a fundamental part of the process of falling asleep and staying asleep. The other issue is you will end up with a soggy bed. A duvet, some bedding or a pillow that has been in the freezer, will actually melt and as that frozen moisture turns into liquid, well, it could be embarrassing in the morning explaining why your bed is so wet!

7 Tips to Stay Cool in this Hot Weather

Windows

 During the day open windows on either side of the house. Get a nice airflow through and when direct sunlight is on a room ensure the blinds or curtains are closed.

Bath

Have a warm bath or shower in the hour before bed, as this will slightly raise your core temperature and as you get out of the bath or shower your temperature will drop, which helps you feel sleepy.

Hot Water Bottle

Another great tip with a similar theme is to fill a hot water bottle with lukewarm water and place your bare feet on it. As above it will raise your core temperature slightly and then it drops, helping your body prepare for sleep.

Your Mattress Material

Your mattress could be adding to you struggling to sleep in the heat. A mattress made of a solid block of foam or latex, is going to make you warmer, and for many people even a foam topper can make them too hot for sleep. I find springs the best option for temperature regulation, and on some occasions, filling made of natural materials like wool or silk can help.

Separate Duvet/Sheet

A tip that is a real winner when it comes to helping us sleep cooler is to have a separate duvet or sheets from your partner. Sharing a duvet with a partner means that as well as your body heat you are also getting theirs as well, which can make you hotter and hotter. We also often have different temperature needs to the person we share a bed with, with maybe us being a hot sleeper with them wanting to be nice and cosy. In this case the cold sleeper can have a duvet while the hot sleeper could make do with a sheet, maybe made of Bamboo.

Materials Your Bedding is Made With

Think about the materials your bedding and duvet is made from. We often perceive that high thread count cotton bedding is luxurious and cool, but actually, the higher the thread count, the less airflow cotton bedding gives, meaning something like Egyptian cotton is not the best material in the summer. Try something like Bamboo, or a man-made fibre like SteadyBody to help your body breathe.

Mindset

I find the biggest issue many of us face when it comes to sleeping in hot weather is our mindset. We convince ourselves that it is just too hot and that we won’t sleep tonight. This then leads onto how awful it will be tomorrow if we don’t sleep tonight and before you know you have caused your heart rate to rise and you have talked yourself into sleeping poorly. My advice is not to worry too much about it. We live in the UK, at some point the weather will break and it will cool down again. Until then just try and get the best sleep you can.

The ULTIMATE Father’s Day gift guide in association with Harry’s

This Sunday, yes this Sunday is Father’s Day, yes Dad, Papa, Pops, Him, whatever guise he goes as, it’s his day. The one day of year set aside to celebrate those hard working, long suffering, patient, ever ready Fathers, what, is that just describing me ? We at Clothes-Make-the-Man have worked tirelessly with those genius people over at Harry’s to bring you the, now, ultimate Father’s Day gift guide 2021. Enjoy and look after one and other.

Keeping it simple and supporting the world at the same time with the One World Tee from Supreme’s and their collab with The North Face. The two giants decided all profits of the Tees would go towards coronavirus relief efforts.

No matter what he says, Dads love a scented Candle, OK not Lily of the Valley or Forest Fern, maybe but we have a great one for all Dads. Inspired by Harry’s best selling shower essentials.  Like Harry’s, Joya’s handcrafted scented candles makes quality products and welcomes adventurous, out-of-the-box thinking—hence their inspired, super sniffable scents. These limited edition cotton wick candles are made from a domestic, non-GMO soy wax blend. Available in Harry’s four signature shower scents: Redwood, Shiso, Stone, and Fig. 

 

Surely every Dad loves Taskmaster and now he can get his hands on the Board Game from Smyths Based on the BAFTA-winning Channel 4 TV show hosted by the mountainous Greg Davies and his assistant Little Alex Horne, Taskmaster the Board Game brings the very essence of this popular show to the whole family. With a series of ludicrous tasks find out who will be crowned Taskmaster Champion.

Ohhhh go on spoil him ! This Inverted classic, the Nike SB Dunk Low Pro Classic Green turns the beloved silhouette on its head, taking a versatile monochrome palette and adding a twist.

Starting off in true dunk fashion, this sneaker sports a stealthy base of fresh white leather overlaid with stealthy black panel.

Now did you know Bees are responsible for pollenating about 80% of wildflowers which keeps our countryside, gardens and woodlands beautiful – but with loss of habitat, food source and climate change, they need our help. That’s why this great bee house from Fatface is the perfect addition to any garden or outside space. Bringing nature to you and giving them a place to rest, so they can carry on doing their amazing work for the environment.

 

Why not treat your dad to the Dad’s Rock Tour from The Rock Cab. Stephen Channell, your Rock and Roll cabbie, will transport you to key music destinations around London from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. He will chauffeur you and your family around the sights and shrines to rock music legends. How cool ! 

No matter where you are, Snow Peak’s ‘Field Coffee Master’ set makes brewing the perfect cup of joe a possibility. Cast from stainless steel that’s light enough to carry in a backpack, it comes with a stand, cone and kettle sized to make four mugs at a time and can be used with both percolator and pour-over methods.

Remember socks don’t have to be boring ! The Sock Butler is a monthly subscription for every personality. Offering a wide range of cotton and bamboo, based styles. The Sock Butler provide fresh new socks every month, direct to your front door. Plus, for an extra special touch, the Sock Butler, also offers personalised monogramming service.

It goes without saying that you should always be prepared, which is why having a proper first aid kit is simply a must. Best Made Company’s version includes everything you need to handle minor cuts and scrapes to more pressing injuries, and is housed in a powder-coated steel tin. Since it’s so smartly designed, you certainly won’t mind displaying it on your wall.

Treat Dad to a luxurious feast with our Ultimate Gourmet Hamper. They’ll enjoy a selection of Our Best Ever favourites, from smoked salmon pate to pork pies, accompanied with savoury biscuits, hand cooked crisps and bottle of Prosecco and Bordeaux

 

In honour of the big man, Jamesons have brought you something even bigger to mark the occasion: Jameson Black Barrel Cask Strength ‘Dad Edition’. Poured by their masters in Midleton, and personalised with your Dad’s name and yours handwritten on the label.

Jameson Black Barrel began life when their masters carefully selected a high proportion of pot still whiskey and a small batch grain whiskey of which a proportion had been matured in double flame charred American bourbon barrels. As the whiskey matures, it develops intense aromatic notes of charred wood, deep spices and exotic fruit to create the rich and unmistakably smooth Jameson Black Barrel.

 

Last, but by no means least ! We have the Winston Razor Set from Harry’s. Everything you need for a close, comfortable shave: sharp, durable blades, a flex hinge, a lubricating strip, and a precision trimmer for your sideburn and hard-to-reach places like under your nose.  Make it personal and engrave it.