The Best Streaming Platform For Families

It’s half term and the current situation and restrictions are adding a whole new level of difficulties for parents in keep little ones occupied and safe. New research from Money.co.uk has analysed the top five streaming services available in the UK, comparing everything from price, quality, functionality and type of content available to give parents a comprehensive guide as to which is best for their family’s needs.

They analysed the top five streaming services available in the UK. Their ranking reveals the best platform for each category, as well as the overall winner.

Following the launch of Disney+ earlier this year, you might think you know the answer, but the results might just surprise you! Explore the table below by selecting each category to reveal the winner and determine the best streaming service for your family.

Coming out on top in four out of five categories, their analysis reveals Amazon’s Prime Video to be the best streaming service overall for families.

Take a ride on the Magical Mystery Tour Coach Blue The New Fragrance

Now Coach mightn’t exactly be a household name this side of the pond, however, this simply isn’t the case across the Atlantic. Coach, are viewed as the original American house of leather. It was founded in 1941 in the heart of Manhattan. Today, it is a leading house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle collections, with a long-standing reputation built on quality craftsmanship. Defined by a free-spirited, all-American attitude, the brand approaches design with a modern vision, reimagining luxury for today with an authenticity and innovation that is uniquely Coach. All over the world, the Coach name is synonymous with effortless New York style.

Their latest fragrance, Coach Blue, features a silver turnlock spray cap and leather hangtag, the bottle celebrates Coach’s iconic heritage. The Horse and Carriage—a symbol of Coach’s rich history of craftsmanship—is embossed onto the glass. The bottle’s deep blue hue and ombré effect reference the scent’s inspiration: a road trip about to begin

The iconic campaign, shot by visionary photographer Craig McDean and features actor, Michael B. Jordan, global face of Coach Men’s. Jordan. Coach Blue is inspired by the freedom and optimism of an American road trip. Invigorating and aromatic, it evokes blue skies, open roads and cool breezes.

Coach Blue is inspired by journeys that start and end in New York City. Fresh and full of energetic contrasts, it evokes the free-spirited attitude of Coach.” –Stuart Vevers, Coach Creative Director.

This sentiment is reflected in the scent itself fresh and invigorating, the scent opens with aromatic notes of lime and absinthe. The heart contrasts lively black pepper with watery notes from an ozonic accord before drying down to warm, sensual cedarwood and amber.

A Classic in every possible way – The Barbour International Jacket

Screen Shot 2013-01-06 at 16.41.02The term wardrobe staple is banded about all too easily within the style press, and yes, there most certainly are pieces which every stylish man, sorry let me correct myself, EVERYMAN should have in his clothing repertoire, a black single breasted suit, a decent white and black shirt, a good pair of brown brogues, a quality pair of Black Oxfords, a pair of well cut black/blue denim jeans, I could go on. But when it comes to selecting definitive outerwear, things become a little more difficult, the pea coat, the overcoat, the parka, all have there place and are great for different looks and occasions but a timeless classic and a fairly safe bet for looking good no matter what you put it with is the International Jacket by Barbour.

Now over 100 years old, Barbour is a fifth generation family owned company who have developed a unique understanding of clothing. Duncan Barbour, grandson of Barbour’s founder, was a keen motorcyclist. In 1936 he oversaw the creation of a one piece suit called the Barbour International. Made in dark green wax cotton, it was named after, and developed specifically for, the 1936 International Six Day Trials (ISDT) event. The International jacket, the world’s first wax cotton biking jacket, debuted a decade later.

The International became so popular that it was worn by almost every British Motorcycling team until 1977. In the 1954 ISDT, more than 70% of riders wore one. In 1964, The International was worn exclusively by the American ISDT team, which included actor (and bike nut) Steve McQueen, and the legendary stunt rider Bud Ekins, who “rode in” for McQueen on that famous fence leap in The Great Escape, which was in part responsible for elevating the International to its iconic status.

The design evolved in the 1950s. The distinctively slanted breast pocket developed for quick access to maps, essentially for modern urban living, don’t you know. The iconic black colour came about thanks to a link-up with Vincent motorcycles, ‘Maker of the World’s Fastest Standard Motorcycle’. Vincent machines were invariably black and gold. The celebrated black and gold Barbour International embroidered badge, however, only appeared in 1980, but soon became a fast favourite.

Today, the International jacket continues to be produces to a near-identical specification.  Beloved by classic bike aficionados and style connoisseurs in equal measures including Ewan McGregor, Viscount David Linley, The Duke of Edinburgh, Helen Mirren, Alex Turner and Rufus Wainwright.

Ian Bergin, Director of Menswear says of the International Jacket “ We have a rich resource in our Archive and draw on this on a seasonal basis to produce intelligently designed pieces for a modern consumer. Attention to detail, fit and finish are key in the Heritage area and we strive to provide a great rounded product which is totally fit for purpose but provides newness as well as value.”

 

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One of the most versatile piece of men’s clothing – the Polo Shirt

As the weather doesn’t seem to know if its coming or going at the moment. One of the most versatile pieces of menswear kit at your disposal is the humble Polo Shirt. OK not from such humble beginnings, we have the French tennis champion Monsieur René Lacoste to thank for inventing this wonderful bit of clobber, back in 1933, when he replaced the classical woven, long-sleeved starched shirt with a light and comfortable short-sleeved one in airy petit piqué fabric, better known today as the classic LACOSTE polo shirt.

Since then the polo shirt has come a long way baby, refusing to be categorised into a casual or formal box, the polo shirt can be worn on either occasion looking equally as good teamed with a clean, crisp single breasted suit for a summer wedding as it does with a pair of dark selvage denim jeans on a long, leisurely evening out with a loved one.

One brand really pushing the boundaries of the polo shirt and it’s versatility is Niccolò P. Based in London, Niccolò P. (pronounced: /ni-CO-lo-P/) launched in May 2018 as a more structured approach to polo shirts: polos smart enough to take you from contemporary meeting to a rooftop bar and from airport lounge to poolside. Made using the finest natural materials and with bespoke-level details in classic style and a contemporary fit.

The fabrics for their ultra soft cotton polo shirts are knitted in Montebelluna, Italy using Supima and Egyptian Mako cottons. Both varieties are extra-long staple cottons of exceptional fineness and, while the fabric is naturally soft, it is very robust and withstands frequent use. They call these polos ‘ultra soft’ as they are knitted using a double-jersey technique. Single-jersey – the most common kind – has a ‘right’ side (always facing out) and a ‘wrong’ or slightly rougher side (always facing in). This means the garment feels softer on the outside than the inside. Using double-jersey, the ‘ultra-soft’ cotton polo shirts have a ‘right’ side outside and in. Together with a mercerised finish it will give you an incomparable silk-like wear, every time.

The Niccolò P. team spent 15 months (and 9 prototypes) perfecting the pattern and sourcing the natural materials for their structured polo shirts – the perfect ‘Friday Polo’. They eliminated the shortcomings commonly found in other polos such as curling/shapeless collars, plastic or imitation mother-of-pearl buttons which crack easily, run-of-the-mill cottons and the boxy fit common in many heritage brands. With flat-felled seams, a stand collar and ‘set-on’ placket giving the shirt its unique ‘structured’ appearance, the result is a polo shirt with bespoke shirt-like attention to detail made using the smoothest cottons; a polo which always feels great and is destined to become a staple in your wardrobe.

“The inspiration for starting Niccolò P. came in 2016 while at a barbecue with friends. Several were wearing name brand polo shirts and I noticed that most had collars which had curled up, cheap plastic buttons or a fit which was too boxy – the quality was clearly not what it should be.

I wanted to put the ‘shirt’ back in ‘polo shirt’ using the highest quality materials in the world produced responsibly in Europe. From this, Niccolò P. was born. The name derives from Niccolò Polo, an Italian travelling merchant best known as the father of explorer Marco Polo. Travel is a personal passion and we strive to make products as versatile for travel as possible – for us this means perfectly threading (sic) a line between formal and relaxed.” Pascal Keane, Founder of  Niccolò P.

A good night sleep will do you the world of good – anatomé

Since Covid-19, villages and pockets of all around the country, but particularly London, have all found that key retail has engaged and brought together the local communities as people have spent more time at home and shopping locally.

With this retail shift, one brand has decided to focus on ‘neighbourhoods’ to expand its retail proposition and to support being where these neighbours live and work. Brendan Murdock, founder and his expert team of nutritionists continue to research the best botanical extracts for optimised performance and balanced emotional wellbeing and produce the best supplements from the finest organic and scientifically proven ingredients. From this he launched anatomē which is driven by a simple belief that nutritional and emotional balance is the key to a healthy, fulfilling life and that a healthy, nourished body will support a healthy mind.

The new anatomé space will become an amiable village store where the customer can meet the team and engage with the product in a new way. The store sits amongst fine company, opposite the fine restaurant, Chiltern Street Firehouse.  Neighbours also include Trunk, Sunspel, Prism, Cire Trudon and around the corner from the bustle of Marylebone High Street and the weekly farmers market.

Murdock has created a new calming space with a contemporary aesthetic in this townhouse building, bringing together his experience of beauty, fragrance and nutrition. This new concept will be divided into three separate rooms and allows in this new world, room for private store appointments and a refined retail experience. 

The front of the store will be the Dispensary, where anatomé’s core product collection is displayed on vertical floor to ceiling ‘pharmaceutical-styled’ dispensary shelves made from glass, brass and wood.

The Learning Room is a sleep experience room, also to be an exhibition space, launching with Sleep on 14th September. Personal appointments can be booked with one of anatomé’s team experts, led by Winder Ton, RD MSc, sleep expert, scientific researcher and lecturer in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics. Here the customer can relax and learn about which oils can best support your sleep through an engaging customer experience that underpins the ethos of the brand and Aromachology. Healthy living requires restful sleep as part of the daily routine.

Finally, the Essential Oil Room, is an apothecary room where the precious blends are dispensed, bespoke wrapped and personalised for home.

The store is available for walk in or by appointment in the downstairs private rooms, at anatomé we are very aware in these times, the need for a discreet / personalised service.

Completely unique in its conception, anatomē is a holistic wellness brand dedicated to supporting modern life and helping you find balance through personalised advice and product collection.