You might have seen Danny Gray the founder of War paint For Men brand on Dragon’s Den. They are the new make up brand for men! They are on a mission: “Giving men the ability to feel confident in their own skin”.
War Paint For Men is breaking the stigma that makeup is solely for women and make it the accepted norm that men wear makeup. Giving men the ability to feel confident in their own skin. They are here to change the face of the men’s makeup industry.
So, really pleased here to get to try it!
WAR PAINT offers a range of tinted moisturisers, foundations, bronzers and make up tools for the everyday man. Their make-up products are UK produced, cruelty free, vegan ingredients that are designed specifically for sensitive male skin.
Got a chance to review the Tinted Moisturiser and the Concealer (pictured below).
Some Interesting stats
One in four men is expected to be wearing makeup by 2023.
Male skin is 25% tougher than female skin.
The Tinted Moisturiser
Compared to a traditional tinted cream, which would be just a cream with a very light tint, our TINTED MOISTURISER is a foundation, moisturizer, and concealer skincare product all in one. It does a good job of all of these so is a great product to quickly apply and go.
FOUNDATION V TINTED MOISTURISER? FOUNDATION is typically thicker and provides more coverage. TINTED MOISTURISER is typically light and while it can conceal blemishes, it typically won’t cover major scars or blemishes.
Concealer is a cream base which you can use to hide dark under-eye circles, spots, large pores, and other small blemishes visible on the skin. It is similar to foundation, but a lot thicker so it can cover unwanted imperfections.
Concealer is ideal to use on its own if you would just like to cover your spots or under-eye circles.
War Paint For Men’s collection includes cleansing tools, brushes and sponges, as well as a makeup range that spans five shades to suit all skin types, with a handy shade finder tool available on the website to ensure you find your best fit. In addition, sets such as the Night Out.
All War Paint For Men products are consistently tested, re-tested, sliced and diced in order to reach an end result that is simple to apply, light to touch and weightless on skin. The range is also entirely UK produced, cruelty free and vegan, with plans already in motion to move to an all-natural model in the near future.
Versus Versace Eugène is an amazing and attractive watch. Always pleased to check new comers in this very busy watch market.
It combines the classic shape of a men’s chronograph with the brand’s contemporary character traits.
This model is 50 metres water resistant and it can be submerged in water for periods, so can be easily used for swimming.
I really like the Stainless Steel case and the black colour for the dial.
Please note that there are different colour combinations of the dial and case, together with a range of leather straps or stainless-steel mesh bracelets matching the case, which makes the Versus Eugène a versatile accessory.
Case: IPGun stainless steel – 46 mm Ø
Water Resistance: 50 m/5 ATM
Movement: quartz chronograph
Dial: blue, three counters, date at 4o’clock, logo at 12o’clock
Versus Versace watches are part of the collection from the first ever diffusion line launched by international Italian fashion house Versace. The range was introduced with a strong focus on flair, innovation and unconventional design ideas for those who wanted a more individual look. Versus Versace watches are one of the flagship collections from the line, along with leather accessories and a chic clothing range. The Versus Versace watch collection features bold, strong colours and a sporty appearance, using durable high quality materials and with many pieces offering water resistance of as much as five atmospheres. Each features the Versus logo within a uniquely designed dial, with straps ranging from elegant metallic through classy leather to practical fabric or plastic. For an even more diverse range of designs, check out the other Versace watches available from Watch Shop.
It is always with great excitement that I open a new box to discover a new fragrance!
The first thing you notice is its weight: the glass bottle and its hefty top makes it even heavier than the average fragrance. Then, wow the top!? What a statement this bottle is. It cannot go unnoticed on your bathroom shelf.
Then, the smell. And ‘yes’ I loved it.
What it is made of
Spicy top notes of Cardamom, and Ambergris topped with a subtle dash of fresh Lemonchello, blended with middle notes of Pogostemon Cablin, Ebony Wood, Aquatic Cyperus Papyrus and Rosewood, layered on a bed of sensual Tobacco Leaves, warm Musk and Oakmoss base. Voilà !
According to LUKE, Black Oud is the new headline fragrance, using the most expensive woody based as the major element of this heady smell.
It feels fresh, however still strong and also long lasting (something I really like). It is masculine, but has so much dimension because of the Lemonchello and spice.
A unique masculine fragrance, a perfect complement for day or evening wear.
A bit of background
Since forming in 2001 LUKE 1977 has become a leading contemporary fashion brand divided into LUKE the Technical Tailor and LUKE Sport.
Luke the Technical Tailor is a premium menswear offering. While LUKE Sport is a full lifestyle collection inspired by athleisure and urban street style.
Equally a home on the terraces or on a night out, the brand offers an exclusive look for an inclusive country; the United Kingdom of Luke.
With that in mind, LUKE have launched the new Fragrance LUKE Black Oud.
Since its humble beginnings in the West Midlands in 2001 LUKE has developed into a leading contemporary menswear brand with a following stretching far and wide. Having grown with the support of key independent menswear boutiques the brand has evolved organically keeping all if its values, which sets it apart.
LUKE is a practical interpretation on contemporary menswear and has all the components of the modern lad, a gentleman, a working class hero and a bit of a rogue. The brand draws strong influences from the tough elements of its native Birmingham. Foundry worker meets fashionista, Luke’s taste envelopes all. Luke’s ethos is to put a fashionable twist on any men’s garment but without over designing to retain a cool masculine look. The brand offers an exclusive look for an inclusive country, the United Kingdom of Luke.
Black Friday is an informal name for the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. The day after Thanksgiving has been regarded as the beginning of America’s Christmas shopping season since 1952, although the term “Black Friday” did not become widely used until more recent decades
blazer is a key component of the modern man’s style offering. It smartens up
casual looks with a tailored edge, yet exudes a more relaxed impression than a
suit. It will pair equally well with a denim and tee combination, or a crisp
shirt and tailored trousers.
believe the garment’s name is derived from the navy uniforms made for the crew
of the HMS Blazer in 1837, others claim it was due to the ‘emblazoned’ family
and school crests that were applied to 19th century blazers. Whatever
the origins of its name, its adoption into mainstream menswear stemmed from the
necessity of a casual style of jacket to thrown on at more laid-back occasions.
Here, we take a look at the crucial styles and factors to consider when investing in this wardrobe all-rounder.
The Cotton Blazer
A cotton blazer is suitable for dressing up a fine-gauge knit during transitional months, or pairing with crisp shirting and crew-neck tees during warmer weather. A navy two-button style is a wardrobe failsafe you can rely on time and again; the shade is timeless and will complement both micro-print patterns and solid colours layered beneath.
Where to wear it: To the office with your formal shirting and silk accessories, at the weekend with a crew-neck tee or merino knit. You can’t go wrong at most smart-casual occasions with a navy blazer.
The Wool Blazer
Given that the British climate is generally of a cooler persuasion, a wool blazer is an indispensable style suitable for wear throughout most of the year. A quality virgin wool or mohair blazer in a neutral shade will prove its worth and versatility each season, and retains warmth while remaining breathable.
Where to wear it: Wear it in the week dressed up with a striped silk tie and a crisp poplin-cotton shirt, or try it with an Oxford shirt and lean indigo denim for weekend drinks. Finish the look with leather derby shoes for the office, or penny loafers at the weekend.
The Linen Blazer
has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in recent seasons, and its suitability for
warmer climes makes it ideal for maintaining a polished appearance in summery
conditions. The fabric is renowned for its cooling, lightweight qualities due
to the breathability of natural linen fibres.
Where to wear it: Holidays to tropical climates or warm Mediterranean city breaks. Linen is also acceptable city wear in summer for those who want to beat the heat while remaining smart. Try it with a minimalist white polo tee abroad, or chinos and an open-collar shirt in town.
The Tweed Blazer
fabrics have been big news in menswear design for successive seasons, with
designers and brands reinterpreting this traditional British fabric in a modern
context with slimmer, more contemporary cuts. The dense weave of tweed cloth
means it retains warmth exceptionally well, explaining why it was used in the
past exclusively for outdoor sports. This makes it the perfect way to combat
the cold and damp British winters.
Where to wear it: Traditionally confined to the country, tweed has now made its way into the urban closet. Sunday lunch, weekend drinks, or strolls in the rural wilds are all acceptable occasions to don a tweed number. Wear it with sturdy boots in the country or polished leather brogues in town.
The Double-Breasted Blazer
double breasted blazer is rather like sartorial marmite – you either love it or
hate it. There’s certainly been a concerted effort to reinterpret this style
for modern tastes, and retailers from high-street to high-end are full of them.
Appearing a touch more formal than the single breasted, the overlapped,
double-button front creates a structured silhouette that broadens the
shoulders, offering a more masculine shape. It’s ideally suited to gents with
taller, more slender frames – avoid it if you’re shorter and stockier as it
broadens the chest and will make you appear squatter.
Where to wear it: In the city for work or play – it can transition nicely from the boardroom to after-hours dinner, and will make a sharp impression on a date. Try it with a lightweight cashmere roll-neck and printed silk pocket square for an elegant retro-inspired look.
the right fit for a blazer can be a bit of minefield, but following our simple
guide below will hopefully find you one that fits like a glove.
ideal sleeve length should finish just on your wrist bone and show about 2cm of
your shirt cuff. It shouldn’t be approaching your knuckles, nor should it be so
short that it shows your entire shirt cuff.
hem of the blazer should finish at your knuckles. It shouldn’t extend beyond
this and shouldn’t finish above the wrist (unless specifically a cropped
The Front Fastening
fastened, the jacket should sit comfortably showing the loose outline of your
waist. The material should not be ruching or pulling (too small), not should
there be so much excess fabric that your body shape is lost (too large).
Whether you’re wearing a two-button or three-button blazer, always leave the last button unfastened.
The shoulder seam of the blazer should sit naturally on the end of your shoulder. If it’s too small, the jacket will pinch and ruche around the shoulders, too large and the seam will be drooping over the edge of your shoulder.
ESSENTIAL HINTS & TIPS
Buying your blazer
synthetic fibres – they don’t breathe like natural cloths and ultimately won’t
last as long
buy into trends if they don’t suit you. You may be reading about the virtues of
the double-breasted blazer everywhere, but if you have a shorter, stockier
frame, it’s only going to make the situation worse
what you’re comfortable with – everyone has their own taste in apparel, and
rules are there to be broken, so if you feel like wearing a tweed jacket to the
office, go for it, but keep the rest of your ensemble smart and city-appropriate
just buy the first thing you see – do you research into brands to find the
perfect fit. Many brands have a signature cut which will suit certain
individuals, and once you’ve found yours, you can return to the brands each
season knowing what to expect
How to Care for your blazer
your blazers a rest – don’t wear the same blazer day after day. Instead, invest
in several and rotate them. Hang your blazer up after a day’s wear and let it air
before putting it back in your wardrobe
rid of those flimsy wire hangers you have left over from your last dry-cleaning
trip and invest in some broad-shouldered wood hangers for your blazers. These
will help maintain the shape of your blazer
dry clean too often. The dry cleaning process uses chemicals which gradually break
down material fibres with each treatment. We recommend dry cleaning no more
than twice a year for each garment to prolong its lifespan.
Shirting is one of the easiest areas to refresh in our style arsenal, but with such a vast array of designs to choose from, where do you begin? Our easy to follow guide will help you sort your Oxfords from your Marcellas, and have you looking crisp and polished whatever the occasion.
The White Shirt
A backbone to both formal and casual looks,
the white shirt remains a timeless menswear classic. With formal white shirts
(defined by a stiff collar and long sleeves, sometimes with double cuffs),
gents with a stockier or larger frame should opt for the classic fit, which
offers a little more room. For slimmer gentlemen, opting for a closer slim cut
can bring a more modern feel to the look. Lightweight casual white shirts are a
great option for summer, and a loose-fitting linen or cotton style will be
cooling whilst lending an artistic touch to your outfit.
Where to wear it: To work with your weekday tailoring, formal events and off-duty
occasions layered beneath knitwear
Style tip: For a casual summer take, try a loose-fitting linen shirt with a pair of pastel chinos and loafers. Finish by nonchalantly rolling up your sleeves.
The Oxford Shirt
A menswear staple, every man will have one
or two of these in his wardrobe. A casual style, the Oxford shirt is identified
by its Oxford cloth, usually made of cotton or linen and woven with a fine
basket-weave. Some Oxfords have a chest patch pocket, others are pocket-free
and can either be plain or printed. Collars are often of the button-down
variety. A casual classic, Oxford shirts are lightweight and ideal for layering
with knitwear, or wearing solo in accordance with the season.
The Oxford shirt is a great all-rounder and can easily be smarted up with
tailoring, or worn casually with denim. During colder spells, pair with a tweed
blazer, swapping for a navy cotton jacket when the weather warms. On down days,
simply team with a pair of indigo jeans and pop-colour diving loafers
Where to wear it: During casual weekends paired with chinos or denim, or smart- casual occasions with tailored trousers and a blazer.
The Printed Shirt
Menswear is largely dominated by solid
tones, so a printed shirt can add a welcome dash of pattern to your aesthetic.
Whether you opt for an artful micro-print style, a traditional check or stripe
or a bold floral print, a printed shirt will bring a fresh dimension to plain
wardrobe staples. If a more subtle approach is your aim, a geometric
micro-print shirt is a great way to introduce pattern in a quieter fashion,
while the check shirt remains an essential ingredient in today’s menswear
offering. For the more daring gent, an abstract or bloom motif is will lend a
summery edge to any casual look.
Where to wear it: To offices with a creative outlook, after-hours drinks, weekend
Style tip: It’s best to avoid pattern overkill. If you’ve opted for a printed shirt, pair it with solid-tone separates for a more considered approach. A micro floral-print shirt will look great layered with a slim-fitting navy blazer and dark-hued denim.
The Short-Sleeve Shirt
Previously seen as a relic of our
grandfather’s closet, short-sleeve shirts are back in a big way. Cotton or linen,
plain or printed, the style is the perfect for the warmer months, making them a
holiday wardrobe essential. Hawaiian shirts have shaken off their Magnum P.I.
and tasteless tourist associations, and have become a bona fide summer style
necessity, with high-end and high-street designers creating luxe, contemporary versions.
Short-sleeve shirts have equal styling merit with shorts and sandals as they do
with tailored trousers and chinos.
Where to wear it: Holidays in warmer climes, sultry days in the city, barbeques and
summer outdoor jaunts
Style tip: Avoid dressing up a short-sleeve shirt too much, and leave it out of formal office ensembles. It definitely still works best in casual situations. Invest in a dark-hued Hawaiian shirt for your next jet-set break to warmer climes and team it with a pair of light grey linen shorts, leather sandals and your favourite retro-inspired sunnies for a nonchalant holiday look.
The Dinner Shirt
The dinner shirt or dress shirt is a style
we see less and less of these days with the relaxation of dress codes and the
waning of black-tie events. Traditionally worn with a dinner suit, the style is
identified by a pleated, plain or textured pique ‘bib’ front (known as a
Marcella shirt) and double cuffs and is fastened with either enamelled metal
dressed studs, or buttons. This style of shirt can have a wing collar or a classic
spread collar. Traditional dinner shirts are cut in a classic fit, but
contemporary slim fits are a considered choice, particularly if you’ve opted
for a close-fitting jacket.
Where to wear it: Formal black tie functions
Style tip: Don’t feel obliged to opt for the more ubiquitous wing collar when choosing a dinner shirt. A classic spread collar offers a neater look as it folds over the neckband of your bowtie and keeps it in place. This is particularly useful if you don’t know how to tie your own bowtie and wish to conceal the clip and adjuster.
Sergio Tacchini is an Italian fashion designer of sportswear and former professional tennis player. The sportswear firm bearing his name is located in Bellinzago Novarese, Novara, Italy. He was born in 1938.
Italian style and creativity, innovation and quality together with tennis DNA are the values of Sergio Tacchini, a reference brand for those who love to wear casual but with elegance and style. The Company showroom and offices are based in Milan, Italy. Sergio Tacchini is now a Brand Company working with Licenses worldwide. The Brand is in charge of Style, Design of new collections, Product and Marketing. Distribution is made by Licensees.
The Sergio Tacchini brand was at its peaks in the late eighties, and has recently made an amazing comme back!
Founded: 2007 by four friends (still operational and still friends) Idea: Transform the industry of watches (TRIWA) through contemporary design, modern distribution and creative marketing Distribution: 1200 retailers in 25 markets Office: Studio in central Stockholm which houses a team of 30 people Portfolio: Watches, watch bands, bracelets and sunglasses Design philosophy: We only design what we want to wear ourselves