Post 1 of 12- Countdown to Christmas – Advent Calendars in association with FATFACE

Yes the big countdown is on, no not Brexit, forget all that doom and gloom as Christmas is on its way. It’s finally December and to mark the first post of our festive Countdown we’ve earmarked day one of Advent with a collection of the very best Advent Calendars around at the moment. Not a chance will you be finding some limp Sprigg of holly or a Solitary chocolate button in any of these little beauties, no siree its festive cheer or maybe even cheers with these bevvy of beauties. 

First up one for the ladies, make this year’s countdown to Christmas the best yet with the 24 Days of Clinique advent calendar. Bursting with the brand’s signature skincare, fragrance and make-up must-haves, including the Smart Night, Custom-Repair Moisturizer, Pep-Start, Eye Cream and Clinique Pop, Lip Colour and Primer, it’s guaranteed to get loyal fans of the label and novices alike in the festive spirit.

Now is a daily stationery gift the stuff of your dreams? If so, this stationery-centric advent calendar from super sweet Swedish label Kikki K. is perfect for you (we’re sure it makes a good gift, too, although you might find yourself reluctant to hand it over). From sweet star-covered pens to stickers, candles, little notepads and inspiring quotes, every day holds a new little surprise in the run up to Christmas Day.Yes I know this next Calendar isn’t strictly an Advent Calendar, but it is still the season to be jolly and the Clarins for Men 12 days of Christmas calendar could be an absolute God send if we  indulge a little too much in the Yuletide Merriments. Set contains: Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream 20ml, Active Hand Care, Tonic Bath & Shower Concentrate 100ml, Blue Orchid Oil, Super Moisture Balm, Shampoo & Shower, Active Face Wash, SOS Hydra Mask, Line Control Balm, Relax Bath and Shower Concentrate, 7 Day Double Serum and Hydra-Essentiel Lip Tube. 

Now, down to the good stuff, this one is strictly for Adults only and should be kept out of reach of little prying hands. This Advent Calendar  includes a full bottle of The Lakes Distillery award winning Explorer Gin. Perfect for pairing with the premium tonics behind every door. Just add ice and join in the Christmas Spirit! It includes:  Gin Lakes Explorer Gin Double Dutch Cucumber & Watermelon TonicWater Double Dutch Indian Tonic Water Double Dutch Pomegranate & Basil Tonic Water Franklin and Sons Pink Grapefruit Tonic with Bergamot Franklin and Sons Rosemary Tonic with Black Olive  Lixir Tonic Blood Orange & Cinnamon Fentimans Naturally Light Tonic Water Luscombe Grapefruit Tonic Water, Phew.

 

What better way to count down to Christmas than with the L’Occitane Calendar of Dreams! Hidden behind every door are 24 magic treats for yourself or the loved ones from L’Occitane fragrance, skincare, body and hair care. Illustrating this year’s calendar is French fashion house Castelbajac Paris. When L’Occitane’s ethical and sustainable commitments meet the bright, bold and colourful world of Castelbajac, the result is a happy and poetic expression, beautifully translated in L’Occitane’s Calendar of Dreams.

Ohhh this could keep fellas happy and quite for hours with a Build your own piece of retro technology over 24 days – a working analogue film camera! Construct a mini replica of a classic 1929 twin lens reflex camera. Includes detailed manual, mini screwdriver and surprise accessories! Camera film not included. I do need to point out that this is Suitable for age 14 years +and includes: Camera parts, mini screwdriver, instruction booklet, surprise accessories.

The stunning, five-storey façade depicts the iconic frontage of Newby’s own headquarters: N. Sethia House. Depicting a glamorous Venetian masquerade festive soiree in full swing complete with a smattering of snowfall, the calendar is a work of art you’ll look forward to opening every morning. From the opening of the first drawer on 1st December, tea lovers experience 24 luxury blends from Newby’s Classic Tea Bag Collection. Each drawer includes four individually wrapped sachets of a select Newby blend, and no two drawers are the same.

One for the  connoisseurs of the fine art of craft brewing. This advent calendar contains a selection brewed by Adnams in Southwold. Designed to take you on a tasty beer adventure from lagers via pale ales, it provides a very “hoppy” start to your Christmas celebrations, including the Earl Grey Lager, Blackshore Stout and Ghost ship. Hic.

To counter the inevitable effects of the festive season, those kind folk over at MRPORTER have thoughtfully selected a bunch of products that’ll hide signs of late nights, long days and plummeting temperatures – call it the ’12 Days of Grooming’, if you will, though we won’t blame you if you can’t wait to open each drawer. It comes housed in a compact presentation box that makes it a great gift for loved ones, too And contents everything from Dr Barbara Sturm’s Face Scrub which rejuvenates skin and contains Vitamin A and Horse Chestnut Serum to reduce redness. Baxter of California’s aluminium and alcohol-free Travel Sized Deodorant is made with Witch Hazel and Tea Tree extracts to keep you fresh all day. Right the way through to Marvis’ Classic Strong Mint Toothpaste is formulated to target plaque and dull-looking teeth. 

’Tisn’t the season to do things by halves. Open up this two-sided advent calendar packed full of gifts, which makes a great Christmas present in itself. Daily surprises include Salted Caramel Vodka, crackers filled with pecan praline, a meltingly-smooth Hazelnut Bûche, macadamia and coconut snowballs (too good to throw) and our super-smooth, award-winning Cocoa Gin. Make every day merry and brighter.

Its that TIME of year again – The BEST Watches available at the moment!

 Yes it’s virtually THAT time of the year again, when all our thoughts are obsessed with gift giving, what to get countless loved ones. Nonetheless, gift giving itself just a one way street, yes it is lovely to give but reviving is sometimes equally as rewarding. With this thought in mind we’ve tirelessly sort through every watch brand conceivable to come up with is a watch to suit Everyman, and his budget.  

Now, Deeply rooted in WWII history, OMEGA’s new Seamaster 1948 watches are a tribute to the Swiss brand’s peaceful use of wartime technology.

Between 1940 and 1945, OMEGA delivered more than 110,000 timepieces to the Royal Air Force and other branches of the military. The watches were highly valued by British airmen and sailors for their water resistance and reliability.

At the end of the war, OMEGA responded to the demand for a timepiece with the same robust technology but more aesthetically suited to civilian life. The result was the Seamaster line, OMEGA’s first family of watches: beautifully-designed timepieces, given even greater water-resistance than their military counterparts by OMEGA’s novel use of the O-ring gasket technology.

As part of the Seamaster 70th Anniversary celebrations, OMEGA is releasing four limited edition tributes to those early battle-proven timepieces: two stainless steel models first seen at Baselworld 2018 and two luxury editions in platinum.

All four watches are driven by METAS-certified Master Chronometer movements, tested at the industry’s highest level and resistant to magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss.  Both stainless steel models feature a polished bezel and opaline silvery domed dial. Each timepiece is presented in a special soft brown leather collector’s box, with spare NATO strap in the original Admiralty grey colour, spare leather strap and strap changing tool. The polished crown and polished-brushed stainless steel buckles are embossed with a vintage Ω.

Since the launch of their first diver’s watch in 1965, Seiko has brought to professional divers a stream of innovative new technologies and designs that have made diving safer and easier for the professional and recreational diver alike. These innovations include the world’s first titanium diver’s watch in 1975, the first diver’s watch with a ceramic outer case.

By a strange co-incidence, a few months after Seiko’s first diver’s watch appeared two American dive enthusiasts decided that standards of training in diving needed to be raised and founded the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. Over the past fifty years, PADITM has become the world’s most trusted scuba diving training organisation.

Likewise Paying homage to the Tudor diving watches from the 50s, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight celebrates 60 years since the launch of the first Tudor watch waterproof to 200m. A smaller case size of 39mm with a vintage aesthetic housing a new mid-size manufacture movement making the overall dimensions of the watch much smaller than the 41mm Black Bays (case width is reduced by 2.6mm).

The new Greenwich skeleton watch by Rotary is designed primarily to present the automatic movement in all its glory; the many sophisticated elements within the timepiece enable the collection to shine. Intricate in its entirety, the new contemporary Greenwich showcases the complexity of the movement with an integrated dial. In addition, incorporating a radial brush finish on the lower dial compliments the overall aesthetic. 

Carhartt WIP has once again worked with Timex to create a timepiece that reflects both brands’ timeless, utilitarian style. 

The Camper MK1 is a re-release of the first Camper model from the 80s, a ‘civilian’ version of the watch originally adopted by the US Army for its convenience, functionality and durability. 

The watch features a custom colorway with a fabric strap, a quartz movement and 30m water resistance qualities. It is presented in a tin display case, and comes with a warranty granted by Timex.

A new addition to a classic range from Rolex, as it has unveiled the new Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea. A divers watch which is waterproof to 3,900 metres (12,800 feet). The new Rolex Deepsea is equipped with calibre 3235, a new-generation movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. This self-winding mechanical movement offers funda- mental gains in terms of precision, power reserve, resistance to shocks and magnetism, convenience and reliability.

BAPE, the Japanese lifestyle and streetwear brand, has selected 25 partners, including Bell & Ross, to celebrate the brand’s much-awaited 25th anniversary. BAPE isn’t just a clothing line in the same way that Bell & Ross isn’t just another watch brand. It is a lifestyle. Rising from a common passion to design functional products with a clear identity, and a strong taste for timeless inspired military style, the two brands have linked up to play around with their closely related universes. This exciting news was unveiled during BAPE’s recent “BAPE XXV” exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. A story being told with BAPE’s subtle humour! 

The 25th anniversary version will feature BAPE’s logo – an Ape’s head – printed on its black dial at 6 o’clock and ultra-phosphorescent green numbers. Its modern design and functional dial fulfils the mission of displaying time with the utmost efficiency thanks to the Superluminova® C3 treatment.

Last but by no means least, Breitling introduced its first collection of truly elegant watches, which were defined by their fash­ionable flair. The new Breitling Premier collection combines purpose with style, delivering quality, performance, and timeless design that are worthy of the watch brand’s proud heritage. 

The Premier collection introduces five distinct models whose elegance is worthy of their historic name and whose quality and performance are pure Breitling. While Breitling is highly regarded for its aviator and diver’s watches, these eye-catching time- pieces have been created especially for use on land, which was, of course, Breitling’s first environment.

The new Breitling Premier collection takes not only its name, but also design inspiration from the Premier watches manufactured in the 1940s. Like the great films that were released in this era of global conflict and economic uncertainty, those watches offered a form of escape through a certain elegance that people were craving

Batten down the Hatches with Beacon & Armour

Beacon & Armour was founded to champion the narratives of all people and to bridge them with ethically produced hardware rooted in heritage. We seek out stories from every corner of the world and pair them with curated specialists to deliver compelling experiences and quality craftsmanship. We believe in hard work, authenticity, equality and purpose. Only by working together can we achieve a synergistic effect that cannot be rivalled.

Their mission is to honour heritage through ethically-made hardware that will last you a lifetime. Which is reflected in the message of their first collection : Pass this jumper on to your ______.

This campaign was designed around the art of Kintsugi – It means, ‘to join with gold’. The broken pieces of an accidentally-smashed pottery are carefully reassembled and then glued together with lacquer that is mixed with very luxuriant gold powder. The damage is not covered up, and the fault-lines becomes beautiful and strong. The precious veins of gold are there to emphasise that brokenness has philosophical richness and depth. Because these jumpers carry the weight of history; like passing down clothing from one generation to the next, buying these heritage jumpers for someone would be like passing heritage on to them.

Combining the art of Kintsugi with this philosophy, the point is to restore these two pieces of history with jumpers that are ethically-made here in the UK

Their first collection consists of two 100% British wool jumpers; The Guernsey – a traditional fisherman’s jumper that can be traced all the way back to the 17th century; and The Submariner – which played a key role in British history worn by the Royal Navy in both World Wars.

Something for the Weekend for the Culture Vultures amongst you

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Be the BOSS of your own making – HUGO Personalisation

HUGO the younger brother range of the Goliath Fashion house HUGO BOSS are launching a personalisation Pop-Up in London this coming week (22nd to 25th November 2018)

Fans of the signature HUGO reversed capsule will be able to customise a limited edition collection of t-shirts and sweaters printed with their name – or any word they like – at an special four day Pop-Up. The HUGO brand is all about celebrating individuality – and they want to encourage customers to embody the spirit of the brand and use the personalisation Pop-Up to make their own statement. 

HUGO is designed for those who take their own approach to style, and next week we’re offering customers the opportunity to create their own personalised unisex t-shirts or sweaters at Westfield London in White City. Those who can’t make it down to the pop-up will also be able to customize online.

The signature HUGO reversed logo capsule has become a favourite amongst the Instagram community for its selfie ready design. In fact, the entire reversed logo concept started because the brand noticed that the HUGO logo was appearing backwards on social media when fans tagged #iamHUGO in their mirror selfies…. and so HUGO simply reversed the logo on the product itself! To convey the HUGO spirit of individuality, customers are always encouraged to create their own unique look and then post their images under #iamHUGO and tag @hugo_official.