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The Smell of Summer with Urban Apothecary

When deciding where to go on our summer holiday this year, we weighed up both city and beach options with a tropical climate. Whilst deciding whether it was feasible to take two long haul flights this year – having spent 2 weeks in California in March – we decided that my partner’s native Barcelona was… Read more »

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Ten Fashion & Lifestyle Royal Warrant Holders to Make You Feel Like a Prince

It is possibly the highest honour any brand, label, retailer or service (yet not professional) could hold, and one that is often instantly recognisable to many consumers – it is of course, the Royal Warrant. With the eyes of the world on Windsor for the wedding of the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex, many… Read more »

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Mr Porter Restore Kit

There has been so many times to count that e-tailer Mr Porter has been a saviour of style and grooming; from a last minute white t-shirt and an emergency pair of ripped chinos to a last minute Birthday present or their incredible grooming boxes which are perfect for trips booked on the fly. This season,… Read more »

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Why We Shouldn’t Take Menswear for Granted

It often takes a few life changing events to put things into perspective. I’m not talking just one here – that would boarder on the tedious – I am talking about a host; a wealth or a continuous momentum of events which can, to put it mildly, really bugger things up. Living in one of… Read more »

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Champion Comes to London’s Soho

Before an event in Soho the other week, standing outside of a pub on Brewer Street in the heart of Londons’ Soho, we spotted the murmurings of a store opening which appeared to be the achingly cool Champion. Proved correct last week, the brand have just released this teaser video – and it’s awesome! If… Read more »

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Kingsman + MR PORTER Shop

  For fan’s of the Kingsman films this is another unique opportunity to not only step into the world of the international spy organisation, but also shop the collection.  Housed in the beautiful and historic building normally occupied by the world’s oldest wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd in St. James. The standalone shop at Berry… Read more »

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Duke and Dexter

 LSoD has been away for a little bit: part summer holiday, part family stuff (very stressful) and part no time to log-on and get writing. However, more about the interesting one – the holiday. It was time to jet off to Barcelona once again but this time to meet my boyfriend’s family. It was a… Read more »

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Napapijri’s 4 Seasons

It’s an unusual paring but when you think about the make-up of both the brand and the classical piece, it totally makes sense. Napapijri will be presenting a contemporary rework of Antonio Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’ at Bread & Butter Berlin on Saturday 2nd September 2017. Vivaldi’s concertos have been reimagined by London based singer,… Read more »

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Fear of God x Mr Porter

I do like a really great LA based brand, and this one should only put the fear of God into your bank managers heart as this is one awesome offering. Launching today on Mr Porter cult LA-based streetwear label Fear of God is worth investing in. Jerry Lorenzo – pictured – of Fear of God… Read more »

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Aidan Turner x dunhill AW17

I do like Aidan Turner, he of Poldark fame. He has a certain style that lends itself to an aesthetic that gravitates towards dress casual, something which dunhill have been doing really well aside from their stunning tailoring. Shot on location at the iconic – and very British – Greenwich Naval College in London under the… Read more »

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    Belstaff X Vestiaire Collective Partnership

    On Thursday, we headed to London’s New Bond Street to Belstaff House to celebrate the launch of their partnership with Vestiaire Collective on the exclusive sale of ten of its iconic wax cotton Trialmaster jackets from the Archive. With the champagne flowing and delectable canapes doing the rounds, the creme of menswear viewed a selection of… Read more »

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    Tumi x Orlebar Brown Team Up for a Limited Edition Bag

    Isn’t this a match made in luxury travel heaven? Renowned luxury travel and leisure specialists Tumi have teamed up with the London-based, luxury swimwear brand Orlebar Brown to produce a limited edition beach bag. With two styles in two different sizes, the other being a plain navy canvas style, this beach bag has to be… Read more »

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    Paul Hewitt Mainline & Grand Atlantic Collection

    If you are not familiar with Paul Hewitt watches, you should be. With European origins, the brand is the brainchild of two friends who grew up on the North coast of Germany and is named in tribute to a 20th Century London tailor ancestor, championing classic style and firm values. Superb value with superb materials, the brand… Read more »

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    Mr Porter x Kingsman Collection

    Kingsman: The Secret Service was a film which surprised upon its release. For many, its firmly-tongue-in-cheek dialogue, outlandish stunts and final scene firmly hinting on a very specific aspect to sex was not was expected. Many wanted serious and moody however one aspect many agreed on was its superb costuming. So it is no surprise,… Read more »

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    Adventures with Maison Labiche

    Bank Holiday weekend is guaranteed to involve rain and a trip to the pub. However, in between trip to Bournemouth for a friends Birthday on Saturday and a lovely lunch at KILN, the small-plate Thai restaurent in London’s Soho (followed by a trip to the pub), I was captured wearing Maison Labiche‘s vibrant adventure sweater…. Read more »

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    MATCHES FASHION X AMI EXCLUSIVE CAPSULE COLLECTION

    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 »

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    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 »

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    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 »