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Menswear Item Of The Week The Rugby Kit Bag

British technical bag brand, Stubble & Co has a new ‘Kit Bag’. Designed to be versatile across any sport, this bag can be used for weekday training and weekend travel. The Kit Bag features a large internal compartment for your sports kit, a laptop compartment, water bottle pocket and additional storage for anything else you may need. Handy sized as a cabin bag, it is made to carry in comfort, with multiple grab handles and removable straps, perfect for travelling. The bag was gifted to each member of the England Ruby Team prior to Saturday’s match against Argentina, so it’s already a winner! Pack up your troubles in your new kit bag… Stubble & Co. – £155

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Splash Or Cash? The Acid Yellow Wallabees

Daniel Lee’s first collection for Burberry has dropped, and, while prices are ridiculous, it has got the fashion crowd looking. When he was at Bottega Veneta he was very good at bringing a new colour – read difficult – into the mainstream. The Italian brand is still milking that green. While the Burberry brand is pushing blue in its advertising, there is also this acidic yellow running throughout which isn’t far on the spectrum from the BV green. These furry shearling Burberry ‘creeper’shoes are very similar to a classic Clarks Wallabee at a fraction of the price. Burberry calls the colour ‘Manilla’, and, in this shaggy length it’s a definite thriller. Clarks’ is more a green yellow and in corduroy like suede with a...

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Menswear Item Of The Week The Hawaiian Sneaker

Translating to ‘comfortable ocean’ in Hawaiian, OluKai was one of the first footwear brands to be awarded a Certified B-Corp status in 2014. OluKai has been a leader in premium-comfort footwear since launching in the US in 2005 and has now launched a UK dedicated site. Each style is built on innovation and promises comfort from heel to toe. Anatomical footbeds ensure exceptional comfort and a superior fit, with the brand’s ‘Wet Sand Principle’ inspired by the way a barefoot sinks into wet sand. The ‘Drop-in heel’ allows wearers to easily slip closed-toe shoes on and off, whilst paying respect to Hawaiian custom of removing shoes when entering someone’s home. TheChicGeek says, “I’d not heard of this American brand before, but these minimal sneakers are a refreshing footwear cleanser...

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GRAFF announces multi-faceted new brand campaign

Graff is excited to announce the launch of a groundbreaking vertical brand campaign that unites its extraordinary creations from the world of fine diamonds and high jewellery for the very first time, all presented within a single, cohesive creative concept. The campaign features the enchanting Dutch model, Rianne Van Rompaey, a fresh face for the luxury brand, exuding the sought-after confidence that Graff’s jewels inspire. Styled by Emmanuelle Alt, former editor of Vogue Paris, and expertly captured by photographer Mikael Jansson, Rianne’s narrative unfolds at the iconic Villa La Vigie on the picturesque Cote d’Azur in France. Set within the enchanting world of Graff, a realm of unparalleled beauty and perfection, the campaign encapsulates the multifaceted essence...

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Trend Reworking Vintage Classics

We all love vintage, but finding on-trend vintage in the right size can be an epic and frustrating search. The trend for reworking vintage is gaining pace as a solution to the mountains of unwarranted clothing and give new life to old. Beyond Remade from the founders of Beyond Retro, and Vintage Threads Rework from Vintage Threads, are just two vintage brands leading the charge. Top – Vintage Threads Rework Beyond Remade Beyond Remade takes recycled materials such as denim, duck canvas or suede and upcycles them into brand new pieces inspired by ‘vintage classics’. These recycled fabrics are remade and reimaged as timeless designs such as dungarees, aprons, and jackets – all with a vintage style. Each piece is completely unique and made from 100%...

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Menswear Product of the Week The Pixelated Hoodie

Every so often an item comes along that is worthy to enter the hallowed halls of any fashion museum. A future classic, it joins the likes of Chanel’s LBD and YSL’s Mondrian. This AW23 season, we have Loewe’s super-clever and fucks-with-your-mind hoodie that is designed to look like something you created on WordArt using Windows 94. It instantly turns you into a living avatar. While sold as a women’s style, it is completely unisex – just go for a bigger size – and will bring out the inner character in anybody regardless of the resolution! Loewe – Pixelated Hoodie in Technical Knit – £1750

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Summer style with the Borsalino X Chloé capsule collection

Drawing inspiration from a shared appreciation for craftsmanship and a passion for creativity, the collaboration between Borsalino and Chloé gives birth to a captivating collection of hats that perfectly embodies the carefree spirit of summer. Introducing the inaugural Borsalino X Chloé capsule collection of hats, an enchanting fusion of Borsalino’s unparalleled expertise in millinery and Chloé’s unique vision of elegance and femininity. This collection showcases two meticulously crafted hats, meticulously handcrafted from natural straw by Borsalino’s skilled Italian artisans, infused with distinctive Chloé elements. The Woody Panama hat, woven entirely by hand from natural straw, proudly displays a Chloé logo ribbon made from a blend of cotton and linen, reminiscent...

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Tried & Tested Ringana Fresh Sunscreen SPF 20

Ringana – Fresh Sunscreen SPF 20 – 125ml – £38.45 Founded in 1996, RINGANA is a pioneering Austrian company in the natural skin care and food supplements industry. The waterproof and nano-free formulation with SPF 20 relies on the natural mineral sun protection filter, zinc oxide. Zinc oxide acts as a natural shield against harmful UV rays, karanja oil supports sun protection in a natural way, curcuma extract regenerates the cells and protects against free radicals and bisabolol and coenzyme Q10 soothes and regenerates the skin. TheChicGeek says, “The ‘Fresh’ element of this, being made from active ingredients, means it has a shorter expiry date – it should last about 10 weeks.  It’s thick, but goes on easily. The size of the product and packaging...

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Comment – Good Buy Creed?

News in that Kering, the luxury giant that owns Gucci, Balenciaga and Bottega Veneta, has bought the fragrance company favoured by Essex boys, Creed. Reports say that the first major acquisition for ‘Kering Beauté’ has cost the group $2 billion for the niche fragrance house. Kering could be a company on the luxury fragrance rebound after narrowly losing out on the Tom Ford label to Estée Lauder for $2.8 billion last year. When you compare the two brands and prices it feels hard to believe that $2 billion is the correct price for Creed. Tom Ford has a much bigger store network, categories and potential for growth. Creed’s annual revenues of over €250 million ($273 million) for the year ending March 2023 compares meekly with Tom Ford’s revenues estimated to be in the region of $800...

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Menswear Product of the Week The Bondi Sun Hat

One of the best holiday collabs. of 2023, Zara has teamed up with Aussie sun-protection brand Standard Procedure on a collection of holiday staples. The retro styling and sunshine colours make this a fun, affordable and stylish addition to any wardrobe. Due to my gingerness, I’m a sucker for a bucket hat, even better when it has the addition of the neck protector and this looks like a vintage find from a Sydney thrift store. Standard Procedure is from daughter of long time sunscreen manufacturers, Zepha Jackson and professional surfer, Dion Agius, who came together to bring Australian surf nostalgia back to life in a brand new way. Bonza! Above & Below – Zara – Bucket Hat With Standard Procedure Embroidery – £22.99

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