Every day, mens’ skin goes into battle with environmental factors from exhaust fumes to the unpredictable British weather. Throw in a gym session, a Park Run and one too many late nights, and it’s little wonder about the state men’s skin is in.

Urban Jack’s mission is simple. Men should be free to live full, active and rewarding lives without their skin having to pay the price. And that skincare doesn’t have to cramp their style.

Urban Jack’s range of shaving, cleaning and grooming essentials has cut no corners when it comes to the important stuff: active naturals and proprietary formulations that just work.
No dramas. No fuss. Just pollution proof products that get the job done.

Every Urban Jack product contains at least 85% natural content, with no synthetic fragrances parabens or soaps.

All products are British-formulated, British-made and British-designed by an independent company that’s passionate about skincare and wellbeing.

Jack’s committed to giving back a percentage of profits every year to charities supporting men’s mental wellbeing.

Star of the squad is Urban Jack’s Revolution Shave Serum. It’s poised to transform the daily grind into a daily ritual. Just two pumps of this power-packed serum stands between you and probably the best shave you’ve ever had. With amazing ingredients to lock in moisture, and skin-soothing essential oils it’s nothing short of a shaving game changer.

Urban Jack sees grooming products as an investment in the future, not simply a fashion statement. A skin-saving tool kit that keeps the urban environment at arm’s length.

WORDS BY ISAAC PERRY

GWC, ‘Gilchrist Watch Co’ is a Menswear accessory brand specialising in Bracelets and Watches offering affordable yet stylish alternatives to higher end watches such as Rolex’s, Breiltlin and Tag Heur to name a few.Formerly known as The Gentleman’s Watch Company the brand comes from humble beginnings in the British town of Oxford with a pure focus on creating timeless pieces, which can be worn by all.

The brand has adopted a less is more attitude towards products created by themselves focusing purely on giving high quality items at affordable pricing that you can love!

The brand offers multiple watch styles however in different colours, with an array of watch faces also available. GWC gives you the opportunity to wear more day-to-day styles such as the Shoreside II in an eye catching blue colour way, as well as more dressy alternatives such as the Artis 17-Jewel.

However our pick of the bunch would be the Finnick 17-Jewel it’s perfect for both summer and winter offering a versatility not often seen in watches, this watch in particular features a 3 Hand Analog display with a Bicast Leather strap.

It is the opinion of Clothes Make the Man that there is a time piece to be found on the GWC website for every price, style and walk of life, don’t just take our word for it, check them out for yourself and decide which one matches your personality.

WORDS BY Richard Meadow

It might not seem like the most crucial time of day to dress well, but having luxury nightwear is something every man needs in their wardrobe. Regardless of age and how much you like to spend, looking for the notable signs of quality is key to owning designer wear that will add much more depth to your style. Here’s a look at the reasons why you so have at least one set in your draws.

Quality
Conventional pyjamas are one of the easiest garments to mass produce as the fit is commonly baggy and loose to be more comfortable. But comfort doesn’t just come from buying oversized clothing, looking for premium cotton sources and a tailored fit indicates that the mens luxury pajamas that your looking at have been intentionally made to a level above the rest. This can include all aspects of men’s loungewear, shorts, tops, pants and dressing gowns. Once you feel the premium finish with a much best fit you match your body type, it changes your perception of something as trivial as loungewear.

Company
Buying a premium brand for either the designer logo or the premium finish never goes unnoticed. When you have company around, or if you live with your partner, it’s much more attractive to see you put a little extra effort into your nightwear. Finding loungewear that highlights your partner favourite things about you is just as important as when they dress up for you.

Confidence
Having pyjamas you like wearing is important, but you’re never going to feel your most confident while wearing big, thick and overly printed loungewear. Both the quality and label of designer loungewear is enough to make you feel much better about what you’re wandering around the house in, regardless of whether it’s for your partner, answering the door or having unexpected guests arrive, everyone can admire a Ralph Lauren pyjama set compared to picking something up at the local supermarket, it’s a fashion fundamental everyone can agree on.

 

Consider Loungewear Like You Do Underwear
Designer boxers, briefs and trunks offer the exact same feeling as loungewear. You wear them for a designer waistband, comfort and the knowledge that the brand is made to last for a premium. The majority of men have underwear they consider to be their best, and even if most of your loungewear continues to stay the same, try a designer label and see the difference for yourself.

Now we are all, you could say, painfully aware of the importance of oral and dental hygiene. Particularly if we have recently paid a trip to our friendly neighbourhood dentist. So we recently caught up with Jordan Kennedy and Bartholomew Walsh the young guns behind Ordo, the revolutionary new dental subscription service, which aims to do for electric toothbrushes what Harry’s has done for the common and humble razor, for them to give us some literally crazy facts about our dental hygiene. Did you know;

• One in four adults admit they don’t brush twice a day, including a third of men.
• One in ten admit they regularly forget to brush their teeth.
• 42% of adults use just a toothbrush and toothpaste for their oral care.
• Only 31% of adults use mouthwash.
• The plaque found on your teeth is home to more than 300 different species of bacteria.
• The average person spends about 48 seconds per day brushing their teeth, but dentists recommend at least 2 or 3 minutes.
• 6 is the magic number–magic number of feet away from your toilet you should store your toothbrush in order to avoid airborne particles from toilet flushing making their way to your bristles.
• At least 3 out of 4 Americans suffer from some form of periodontal gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss for people over the age of 35. The good news: Gum disease can be prevented and controlled!


• 50% of people surveyed say that a person’s smile is the first physical trait they notice.
• Sports-related injuries account for approximately 5 million missing teeth per year, Americans spend $100 billion per year on hair care products – and only $2 billion a year on dental care products. What good is great hair without a great smile?
• Shockingly less than a quarter of adults use dental floss or interdental brushes regularly.
• One in three people have NEVER flossed their teeth.
• The UK spends £5.8 billion a year on dental treatments.
• Brushing only once a day means your 33% more likely to develop tooth decay.
• Over four-fifths of the population have at least one filling.
• 31% of adults have tooth decay.
• Only 9% of men and 11% of women have oral health which is classed as excellent.
• 66% have visible plaque.
• 29% of us suffer from regular dental pain.
• Nearly half the population are unhappy with their teeth (48%) with discoloured teeth (64 per cent) the main reason for being unhappy.
• Mouth cancer is the 10th most common cancer in men in the UK and 15th most common in women

Words by Becky Gillard

 

Dressing well can be overwhelming. You only have to step into a high-street store to see a huge variety of fits, styles, patterns, collars, cuffs… and, well, you get the idea.

 

If you’ve ever stood in a shop or browsed clothing online with a slight envy for those guys who just always seem to get it right – don’t worry, we’re here to help. What follows won’t necessarily automatically have you featured on the front of Esquire – but it’ll give you some strong foundations that you can build your wardrobe on.

 

Behold; 6 fashion fundamentals that’ll help you create the basis of a solid fashion sense:

 

Buy clothes that fit

 

Buying clothes that fit sounds like such a simple rule – but a quick glance up and down the average city street will illustrate quickly that a GREAT number of people just do not know what this means.

 

It doesn’t matter if you’re a big guy, a super-slim guy or somewhere in between – you can look awesome – but you’re going to look bad and feel uncomfortable if you’re in clothes that just don’t fit.

 

The first step involves getting some professional help. Most department stores or dedicated men’s fashion stores will happily measure you – whether it’s your inside leg, waist, collar size or anything else that’ll help you get a good fit. When you’ve got some sizes, make a note of them and reference back every time you’re looking for an item.

 

Here’s the thing – a stone-cold classic pair of Levis will look awful if they’re meant for someone much bigger than you, just the same as a classic white Oxford shirt will look terrible if the buttons are heaving open. Don’t get hung up on worrying about your physique and trying to compensate with bigger or small garments – clothes that fit WILL make you look good.

 

Button your blazer properly

 

Most of us will wear a suit at some stage – and, assuming you’ve followed the first rule and you’ve got one that fits, you’ve then got the issue of buttons to address.

 

What I’m about to tell you can be carved into stone and never reassessed – no matter what the other guys in the office/at the wedding are doing. Here goes:

 

A one-button suit jacket: Have the button done up when standing – and undone when sitting.
A two-button suit jacket: Only ever fasten the top button. Never fasten both – and always undo your button when you sit.
A three-button jacket: When standing, your middle button should always be fastened. Your top button is optional – but the bottom button should never be fastened.

 

That’s cleared that up! If you see someone doing something different, they’re doing it wrong.

 

Wear good shoes

 

You’ve probably heard that thing about people noticing your shoes – even if shoes aren’t the first thing you notice. Perhaps it’s true – perhaps it’s not, but one thing is certain, you don’t want to risk someone judging you on a poor quality or lacking style of footwear.

 

Please understand – I’m not saying you have to go and spend four-figures on footwear, I’m simply saying that you should go for the best quality you can afford. This will get you a shoe that last longer than cheaper alternatives and is likely to be more timelessly stylish.

 

Consider a pair of brogues, Derbies or Chelsea boots if you want a style that’ll always look good with jeans or a suit – and always, I repeat; ALWAYS keep them clean and polished. A small tin of quality polish costs next to nothing and can transform your look.

 

Buy timeless staple pieces

 

There are some items a men’s wardrobe should never be without. Similar to shoes, the more money you can afford to spend on some staple items, the better quality you’ll get – and quality tends to last well.

 

Here’s the list:

 

A white button-down collar Oxford shirt
A quality white t-shirt
A quality navy t-shirt
Slim fitting straight-leg indigo jeans
Navy blue crew neck jumper
A textured pair of mid-grey wool trousers
Denim jacket
A pale blue cotton fine twill shirt
Chambray grandad collar shirt
Navy blue two-button suit
Brown Chelsea boots
Tan/brown Derby shoes
An unstructured, unlined blazer in charcoal

 

Any sensible combination of those things will look great – and form an exceptional basis for building a different look.You don’t have to build this wardrobe quickly – if you want to keep an eye on your funds, buy slowly, concentrating on quality. Consider each purchase – and check for sites that offer money off with voucher codes if you want to make sure you get most for your money.

 

Avoid novelty items!!!

 

This is a tricky one for some people to hear, but ‘novelty’ and ‘comedy’ don’t tend to do well in men’s wardrobes. If your Mum or your kids have bought you a novelty tie as a present, wear it out of the house and slip someone more grown-up on when you’re out of sight.

 

As for socks, novelty is fine around the house – but you stand a very real chance of being considered seriously misinformed, even in relatively smart-casual workplaces.

 

In terms of comedy – a slogan t-shirt really takes the biscuit. Again, if it’s a present, say thank you and wear it on a lazy day around the house – it’s going to give off a completely uncomedic impression in public.

 

Avoid suit jackets and jeans

 

This one might, on the surface, seem like it’s going against the grain of what you’ll read elsewhere – but stick with me, there’s an important lesson here.

 

A suit jacket and a blazer are different beasts. A suit jacket is a structured item with a lining – it’ll often have slightly padded, formed shoulders that give it a distinct shape. A suit jacket is to be worn with suit trousers.

 

On the other hand, an unstructured blazer is something entirely different. With no predefined form and no lining, it’s a far more casual item that goes just as well over a plain -t-shirt as it does a twill cotton long-sleeve shirt. Assuming you’re pairing an unstructured blazer with a nicely fitting pair of jeans, you’re safe.