AMI is a French brand that consistently hits the simple and effortless style aesthetic on the head, so it is no surprise that Matches Fashion has launched an online exclusive capsule collection with the Paris based label. This striking collection focusses on updating AMI classics such as the soft cotton trench coat, v-neck jumpers and the… Read more »

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Tried and Tested: Hermes’ Eu de Manderine Ambree

Now it may not be the most sophisticated fragranced shower gel available, however Hermes’ Eu de Manderine Ambree will always have a place in my bathroom. I first found it in their Florence store around 3 years ago whilst looking for a gel that didn’t make my skin dry out. After using it for the… Read more »


Tried and Tested – Baxter of California

Sticking with the California theme today, I was very impressed by Baxter of California – a men’s grooming brand which was founded by Baxter Finley in 1965 after moving from New York City to Los Angeles and noticing the effect the heat and sun had on his skin. The line is based on an everyday… Read more »

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Mr Porter – Made in California

At the Mr Porter press day a fortnight ago, I saw a small selection of their new Made in California curated offering, a series of exclusive capsule collections inspired by the lifestyle and culture of California which launches today. This collection is a modern-day interpretation of surf, skate, street and casual wear, from a host of… Read more »


The White T-Shirt – WON HUNDRED

The humble white t-shirt has become a wardrobe staple for men, worn with a pair of chinos or jeans on a weekend, under a suit to dress down the two-piece or with a pair of shorts on holiday. However this versatile and democratic piece of clothing began life as underwear worn by Navy men in… Read more »


Mr Porter x Saturdays NYC

It is that time of the season again when brands, labels and their PR’s have their press day – a highlighted preview of the upcoming season in which press gain an insight and up-close look at their offerings. One highlight for me was that of Mr Porter, held in Soho last week. After seeing their very… Read more »

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Scotch x Tommi’s Burgers x Jameson Whiskey

If you go down to St. James tonight, you would be in for a big surprise! It was last week that I indeed did just that and discovered The Scotch, tucked away on Masons Yard, a short walk from Piccadilly. The event was an evening of Jameson whiskey and burgers, fries and milkshakes from Tommi’s… Read more »


Your Spring Fragrance – Bentley Momentum

It was a while ago that I was invited to the 34th floor of The Shard, central London for the launch of the new fragrance from Bentley. Designed with a distinctive man in mind, Momentum and Momentum Intense are packaged in a strong, rectangular bottle that is reminiscent of an emerald-cut diamond. It really is… Read more »

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Hello readers; how have you been?! I know, its been a while. So why did the blog take a break? Well, as you may know, Last Style of Defense is eight years old. As I have been doing it pretty much everyday – bar the occasional holiday – I strongly believe that taking a break,… Read more »

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Matches Menswear Meets Chef and Model Isaac Carew

“Isaac Carew must have been designed in a laboratory. Perfect Adonis torso, a ‘precision’ quiff and a smile so Instagrammable, photographs of Carew could be deployed by the UN to diffuse pretty much any chilly geopolitical situation” – Jonathan Heef; Matches Fashion. As a friend of the blog (as well as being featured regularly) it… Read more »

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    Louis Vuitton Mens Pop-Up Store In Selfridges London

    This morning I rose early and endured the first morning frost – not to mention a 1 degree freeze-fest – to preview a very special pop-up in London’s Selfridges flagship store; Louis Vuitton men’s. Situated on the reconfigured ground floor, the space is dominated by a giant, beastly giraffe who is holding a limited edition… Read more »

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    Designers Against AIDS – Eastpak

    As we approach World AIDS Day on December 1st, so luggage and accessories brand EastPak launch their Designers Against AIDS initiative. Every year, the brand ask a section of varying designers to put their take on the iconic Padded Pak’r. Launching for sale, on the day itself, here – each bag has been redecorated, reinvented… Read more »

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    1 of 1 – Cheaney’s Customised Shoe

    Handmade – or bespoke – shoes are often regarded as the height of luxury in footwear. Much like having a made-to-measure suit produced, every possible measurement of the foot is taken to produce the final result. Considering the work and time involved in producing a bespoke shoe; many people are put off by not only… Read more »

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    Parasol Unit x ASOS Winter Wear

    Spending an afternoon wandering the galleries of East London, wrapped up against the Autumn chill has to be one of the best London experiences. Thanks to ASOS, I was toasty warm in my leather biker jacket as I headed to Parasol Unit in Shoreditch, a short walk from Old Street station towards Angel. Whilst the… Read more »

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    Christmas with GT Shopping

                                            It’s getting to that time of the year again, where thought of gift-giving and of course, receiving come to mind. With many now doing their Christmas shopping online – beating the high street crowds is… Read more »

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    Alfred Dunhill Christmas Gifts & Games

    Christmas is all about spending time with friends and family, with games a focus point to while away the holiday. In this magical – literally – video from dunhill, under the sharp command of British magician Drummond Money-Coutts, cufflinks, pens, and leather goods swiftly appear and disappear, bringing a touch of magic to inspire the… Read more »

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    ENLIST Launches on Mr Porter

    It seems Mr Porter is growing its brand list by the day; proving the men’s fashion, grooming and lifestyle focused e-tailer is going from strength to strength in its 6th year. One brand who has exclusively launched today is Enlist – created by Mario Arena & Peter Farrow – with a superb 8-piece collection. At the… Read more »

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    FIX London Teams Up With Ron Dorff 7Dials

      Tapping into the growing retail-revolution of stores becoming social hubs and wellbeing havens, east London based physical wellbeing experts FIX have set up at Scandi athleisure brand Ron Dorffs’ 7 Dials store. Offering sports and remedial massages, starting from £65, to introductory yoga classes for men, running Tuesday’s and Thursday’s – 6.15pm-7.15pm – all… Read more »

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    Levi’s X Oi Polloi Limited Edition Collection

    This really is a story for the denim-head, limited edition jean collector. Today, Levi’s and cult boutique Oi Polloi release their limited edition Northern Soul inspired capsule collection of the iconic 511 jeans. Fusing cross ocean influences, the jeans fit, which reminded the founders of the super-sharp jeans from the early days of Northern Soul,… Read more »

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    Ken Bek Makes a BREXIT Statement for ADON

    In what has to be one of the most bullishly visual statements of the BREXIT debate to date, Tom Wawnik together with Bones and Heals captures the UK’s best Danish export to date; Ken Bek. Wearing pieces from Joyrich, Saint Laurent and a gold crown (possibly the best accessory in the shoot), I’m just hoping… Read more »