Research released today from B&Q, the UK’s leading home improvement retailer, reveals that the nation’s bathroom cabinets are fit to burst, with over 140 million more products than five years ago. Over half (57 per cent) of Brits whose bathroom products have increased, blame the expansion on the huge choice of products now available and 68 per cent are craving clever storage solutions and better use of space.

The boom in grooming trends over the past five years has put more pressure than ever on bathroom cabinets, with the rise in male oriented grooming regimes partly to blame. 39 per cent of UK households have more male grooming products than five years ago.

On top of this, more than half of Brits (55 per cent) have multiples of the same product in their bathrooms and more than two thirds (69 per cent) buy more of the same product before finishing the old one. A fifth (21 per cent) of us are real hoarders and even hang onto out of date lotions and potions rather than throwing them out to make more space.

Working with B&Q is decluttering and organisational expert, Vicky Silverthorn, who shares her tips and advice to help make bathroom clutter a thing of the past and restore their zen-like serenity.

  1. LET YOUR SPACE BE YOUR GUIDE – With so many storage solutions out there, there’s no excuse for cluttered bathroom surfaces and bulging cupboards. Use available storage in your bathroom and neatly store any extras out of sight. After that, any additional products could be a sign of unnecessary purchases.
  2. YOUR BATHROOM IS NOT A SHOP! You don’t need to store endless spares because that’s the job of the shop. There is nothing wrong with having a backup or two of your essential items but anymore is an inefficient use of precious space.
  3. POSITIONING IS KEY – Position your belongings in the correct place within your bathroom to ensure maximum efficiency and enjoyment. Store the items you use most frequently in the most accessible area of the bathroom and any spares tidied away.
  4. BE MINDFUL – When decluttering, ask yourself the following questions:
  • When was the last time you used this product?
  • Do you actually like the product or are you keeping it just because you spent money on it?
  • Do you ever actually finish a product?
  • Are you stockpiling items unnecessarily that actually take you ages to get through

2018 marks the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF). The RAF was formed on 1 April 1918, at a time when aviation was still in its infancy. As the world’s first independent air force, the RAF has set the standards for other nations to follow. The RAF Roundel is recognised around the world as being synonymous with capability, courage and innovation.

The RAF is rightly proud of its illustrious history of excellence in delivering air and space power, and of the men and women who are central to our many achievements

In this centennial year, a number of brands have respectfully worked in collaboration to mark this milestone. Firstly, Breitling and the Royal Air Force  have released a limited edition collection of four iconic aviation timepieces which include the Navitimer (25 pieces), Avenger II (100 pieces), Aerospace Evo (100 pieces) and Colt Skyracer (100 pieces).

As a proud official partner to the RAF, Breitling will donate proceeds from the sale of the timepieces to the RAF100 Appeal which is a joint venture between the Royal Air Force and four major RAF charities – the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the Royal Air Forces Association, the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust and the Royal Air Force Museum. The aim of the Appeal is to raise money for the RAF Family and to create a lasting legacy.  

Also, Globe-Trotter pays tribute to the Royal Air Force’s Centenary Year by releasing a NEW RAF100 collection inspired by the aircraft and pilots who have served the force past and present.
The striking new collection is an innovative and unique range of luggage, designed to accompany RAF pilots on mission flights and training. Marking a departure from Globe-Trotter’s conventional design, the case features a robust aluminium shell on their iconic vulcanised fibreboard and has been specially designed to open lengthways, enabling you to easily reach inside the case while it is upright. Adorning the surface of each case, two lines of rivets echo the design of the motifs seen on RAF aircraft, and the design is completed with the iconic RAF heraldic insignia.

Once again pushing the boundaries of luggage innovation, the new collection features brand new corner wheels and an internal handle system on the 20” trolley case as well as TSA-approved locks, making the range compact, hard-wearing and lightweight – perfect for any maiden voyage.

Nick Crooks was inspired to create Boardies by trips with friends to Ibiza and realising a real gap in the market existed for quality mens swimwear, with unique designs at accessible price points.

“Men are investing in the summer and holiday wardrobes like never before, yet the mainstream surf brands are no longer relevant and not everybody can afford the price of some other elitist brands that only seem to cater for an exclusive Monico or St Barts set.”

As a lifestyle brand, they collaborate with their friends who they connect with creatively and share collective inspiration and ideas. This year alone, Boardies have partnered with graffiti artist and illustrator Mr Doodle, developed a capsule collection for Whistles Menswear and continue to work closely with DEFECTED, the legendary UK House music label to support their events in Ibiza and Croatia Festival this summer.

Boardies stockists include Selfridges, Liberty London, Harvey Nichols, Nordstrom, Soho House The Store, Journal Standard Japan, David Jones Australia, Need Supply USA, Urban Outfitters, amongst others

Boardies is designed for people who are young at heart, embody a party spirit and appreciate originality and quality designs.

What inspires you ?
Travelling to new, interesting places and meeting weird and wonderful people inspires me the most. Also I was a kid in the 80s, so a lot of my cultural and artistic references come from nostalgia in this time.

What’s your favourite piece of clothing ?
Probably a black leather biker jacket that I have commandeered from my oldest brother, featuring a hand painted graphic from Blue Oyster Cult on the back.

Who’s the most famous person’s number in your phone ?
I used to work for Umbro years ago, so would have some famous footballers’ numbers in my phone. The other day I stumbled across an ex Chelsea player’s number, but it has probably long been changed.

What are you most excited about at the moment ?
Planning to shoot out new SS19 collection and hoping to head back to Bali. Excited to escape the snow and coldness of the UK right now.

Favourite hotel in the world ?
Generally I prefer to stay in Air BNBs or with friends, but theres definitely a time and a place for an amazing hotel.
The Slow in Canggu Bali is my favourite hotel right now, created and launched by ones of the guys who owned Australian brands Ksubi and Insight. The architecture, interior design and styling throughout has been so tastfully put together.

If you could collaborate with one brand who would it be?
Would love to collaborate with skate legend and artist Natas Kaupas. He was an icon growing up and did all his own original skate deck graphics.

If you could give your teenage self advice, what would it be ?
To don’t take no for an answer. Or to be more persistent. When I had my first job working for Reebok UK, my ambition was to move to America and get a role working on the basketball category for Reebok USA in Boston. I had the email of the guy who ran the program, contacted him and got a short reply saying that he was busy etc. But I was basically too shy and afraid to follow up properly and think maybe I missed a chance.

What track would always get you on the dance floor ?
You’re more likely to find me in a mosh pit than a on a dance floor. Plus I have 2 left feet. But if I had to choose, I would say House of Pain, Jump Around.

What piece of clothing best describes you ?
I’d say my vintage Levis jacket. Classic, Authenticity, Originality and Quality are all characters of the Levis brand.
I would be happy if I could embody these.

What piece of style advise do you live by ?
Be true to yourself. I try to wear clothes and shoes that have meaning to me. Either vintage I have found, samples from friends, or some type particular story or reference.

If you had one day to live what would be your biggest regret ?
I believe in life after death, so would hope I would be more curious about what comes next, rather than looking back.


This week sees the launch of a new set of men’s fragrances from one of France’s oldest, well known and exciting Fashion Houses. Louis Vuitton is launching Les Parfums fragrances for Men. Having devoted his first creations to women, the Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud now takes a different path. Belltrud has created or collaborated in the creation of over 80 fragrances and perfumes for fashion house brands such as Parfums Christian Dior, Parfums Givenchy, Issey Miyake, Yves Saint Laurent and Lancôme

This time, he proposes a journey dedicated to men, delving into the heart of their instincts for freedom and their pioneering sensibility. Five exceptional fragrances pay homage to the adventurer on a quest for self-revelation.

L’Immensité blends the bitterness of grapefruit with ginger, labdanum and an overdose of ambroxan, an addictive and sensual amber note. 


Nouveau Monde
is composed around a natural cocoa — produced on the Ivory Coast and transformed in Grasse. The leather compounded scent of oud mingles with cocoa and incense, all the while granting the saffron enough space to express its energy.

Orage is a woody fragrance. A short, concentrated, concise composition which is associated with the elegance of iris with a patchouli heart.

Sur la Route blends the Calabrian citrus with a very special grade of cedar. The noble note of lemon focuses on the sharpness of the pulp and the fruit. Cedar wood has added bergamot and a few blades of freshly cut grass that give the perfume its raw, green accent. Sur la Route also includes Peruvian balsam, which includes the freshness of citrus and spicy notes of pink peppercorn and nutmeg

Au Hasard elevates an exceptional sandalwood. Cultivated in Sri Lanka in keeping with sustainable development requirements, this wood contains all the qualities of the now-unattainable Indian sandalwood. The seed of ambrette, a delicate yellow flower that resembles a pansy, from whose tiny black seeds stems a perfume of pear liqueur and vegetal musk.

The bottle for these unique fragrances  has been created by the designer Marc Newson, who in the past has collaborated with such diverse brands as Apple, Smeg, Nike and Mont Blanc. For this creation he references the initial creation for the very first launch with the Women’s fragrance. This new Men’s collection features a delicately shaded color palette. Another sign makes it possible to distinguish this new collection of five men’s scents from the women’s fragrances. It can be found on the cap atop of each bottle. The two interlaced letters of the LV logo are engraved in cold galvanized metal, recalling the codes of men’s leather goods and the barrel of a shotgun.

WORDS BY RICHARD MEADOW

 

Festival season is just around the corner and that can only mean one thing: it’s time to get your festival wardrobe ready. Music festivals are the places to be in the summer, and great clothing choices are just as important as the headline act. Whether you’re wading through muddy fields or dancing along to your favourite act, you’re going to want to look your best and feel comfortable. Here’s a list of 9 festival fashion trends to keep you partying in style all weekend.

Mirrored Sunglasses

Whilst it isn’t typically sunny at festivals, mirrored sunglasses are a big trend this summer, channelling the retro style that is dominating the fashion trends this year. Ideal for hiding tired, hungover eyes, sunglasses are a must-have festival accessory, and a mirrored pair will keep you eyes protected in style.

Statement Hat

One of the easiest and simplest ways to instantly add a touch of style to your festival outfit, a statement hat should be on your festival packing list. When your hair is looking a bit dishevelled by day 3, a statement hat is perfect for hiding your hair. Baseball hats are a great choice, as well as the festival staple bucket hat.

White T-Shirt

Whilst some festival trends include eccentric patterns and colours, a simple white tee is a timeless classic for a festival. You can pair a white T-shirt with anything, and even when splattered with mud, a white tee will look great. The key to choosing the right T-shirt is ensuring that it fits well on the shoulders and is a slim fit – anything too baggy will look un-stylish and shapeless.

Neutral Coloured Backpack

Whilst a backpack is a practical essential for a festival, it’s also a great way to add a hint of style to your outfit. Choose a backpack that’s big enough to store your essentials and has chunky straps so that you can wear it comfortably over your shoulders. A neutral colour, such as black, tan or navy blue, will ensure that your backpack matches your outfits for the whole weekend.

Colour and Pattern

Whilst we don’t mean bright neon colours, adding in some different colours and patterns to your clothing and accessories will mean that you’re bang on trend. With retro 80s and 90s styles and colours having a huge resurgence this year, they are easy to add in. Go for a subtle tie-dye T-shirt, or even a little bit of festival makeup, like a bright and colourful glitter beard if you’re really in the festival spirit!

Great Denim

A good pair of denim jeans or shorts are essential packing for a festival and are one of this seasons biggest trends. Whilst it may be tempting to pack just lightweight shorts, having a good pair of skinny black jeans or blue denim shorts will mean you’re prepared for all eventualities and will look good with whatever you pair with them.

Parka Jacket

A festival essential, the parka jacket is a key fashion trend for this season. Easy to pack, and sure to be welcome when it inevitably starts to rain, a parka jacket will look great layered with a  white T-shirt and dark denim jeans.

Wellington Boots

Another festival staple, a pair of wellies will always be an on-trend fashion choice for a festival. Remember, you’re going to be walking, queuing and dancing all day, every day whilst you’re there so wellies are a great choice. Festivals are notoriously muddy, so choosing a premium brand is the best bet to keep your feet dry and comfortable.

Tropical Print

Tropical print is a big trend taking over SS18 fashion. Adding a tropical print shirt, t-shirt or even shorts if you’re feeling brave, is a lightweight and easy way to keep your festival fashion on trend. If you’re do decide to wear a tropical print piece, keep the rest of your outfit neutral and plain to avoid clashing.