In case you didn’t know them, STRYKK is a London based non-alcoholic spirits brand featuring an impressive range of the highest quality alternative alcohol options.
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STRYKK is delighted to announce the brand has been named as one of this year’s corporate partners for the Movember campaign. In amongst household names such as Pringles, Gilette, L’Oreal Men Expert, KP Nuts and Mr. Porter, the STRYKK team is excited to help raise money for this charity dedicated to increasing awareness of men’s health, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and male suicide. STRYKK believe in the benefit of real, honest discussion, and the importance of sharing experiences and never feeling alone, which is why this Movember they are inviting all of us to STRYKK up a conversation and raise a glass to helping men live healthier, happier, and chattier lives.
To help raise money for this amazing charity, STRYKK will be running a competition offering a selection of Man-Dates as prizes. The STRYKK Man-Dates aim to bring men (and women) together to celebrate their relationships over a cocktail and have real, honest conversations. The raffle shall run from the 1st – 30th of November, and entries will be £5 each. There are a number of exciting prizes to be won, such as meals for two at M Restaurants and Tonkotsu, male-grooming treatments from the Treatwell group and much more.
The team are also very pleased to announce a ‘money can’t buy’ grand prize of a trip for two to Ibiza. The ultimate prize consists of two nights at Pikes Ibiza including flights, food and drinks, alongside a once in a lifetime experience including a gong bath with Cosmic Kim, sunset drinks at Hostel La Torre, and a poolside concierge session with Guy Williams and Phat Phil Cooper.
How can I help?
By donating (100% of your donation goes to Movember)
If you are still on the hunt for a Xmas Gift, this could be a very good one!
STRYKK ingredients are sourced from all over the world by their expert flavor house team in conjunction with top bar tenders, to ensure only those of the highest quality make the cut. These ingredients then go through a rigorous process mirroring that of traditional alcohol, involving maceration with water and alcohol for up to 4 weeks. STRYKK then use a modernised production process of steam distillation in stainless steel stills, followed by blending & filtration to create the perfect non-alcoholic spirit.
The leading charity changing the face of men’s health. Movember know what works for men, and what doesn’t. Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, shaking up men’s health research and transforming the way health services reach and support men.
In their own words: “HOOHAA allows customers to gain access into a new and undiscovered world of niche and luxury fragrances in the comfort of their own home! “.
How it works
You can choose from one of three edits known as Easy Does It, Buckle Up or Take Me To Mars, new fragrances are introduced each month to HOOHAA. Once signed up with your selected edit you pay a monthly subscription fee of £14.95 per month and will receive a new 10ml unisex fragrance at your door each month.
All edits have been carefully curated by the HOOHAA team taking out the time and effort for you to search for something unique, you get to try the best niche fragrances around! You can change your subscription edit as preferences develop and evolve over time.
You also have the option to buy full sized fragrances of the featured brands from the website www.hoohaa.co.uk.
We tried the ‘Chronotope SPITE EDT’
According to HOOHAA, it is a selection for the truly adventurous and advanced fragrance fans.
What did we think
There is nothing harder than trying to describe a fragrance with words. Let’s start by saying that we loved it.
Firstly, what we really liked was that it has a presence but is not overwhelming, it really stands out (in a nice way).
Secondly, we really liked the way the notes of violet and rose with the leather and sandalwood have been added together. Those combinations make it really special.
Finally, the ‘cherry on the cake’ is the sugar notes that (personally) made me love it.
It takes place every year and this is a must go event!
Recreating the glamour of motor racing as it used to be, the Motor Circuit comes alive for the Revival, both on and off the historic track. The only historic race meeting to be staged entirely in period dress, the Revival sees a return to the halcyon days of Goodwood as the spiritual home of British motor racing.
Although not compulsory, the vast majority of Revival visitors dress in period style with many going to great lengths to achieve that authentic look. The resulting step-back-in-time spectacle plays a key role in making the Revival such a unique event.
While you’re not required to dress up (unless you qualify for central Paddock access, in which case a jacket and tie is necessary for gentlemen, and a dress or suit for the ladies), you’ll feel much more involved if you do. And whether you go for the slick urban look, gentrified country style or chocs-away military aesthetic, it’s not difficult or costly to dress appropriately.
It almost feels like you are on a Hollywood set!
It’s a celebration of bygone days, vintage fashion and wheel-to-wheel racing around this classic circuit, which remains unchanged since its heyday.
(Below) Our friends from Private White V.C.
While there is standing space all around the track, racing fans will prefer a Grandstand pass for covered and raised viewing of all the action on track.
Roy Salvadori – British Driver
“Give me Goodwood on a summer’s day, and you can forget the rest fo the world”
The action on the circuit commences at 0845hrs on each day of the event. Gates open at 0730hrs, which provides a great opportunity to look around the paddocks before the action begins.
Crafted with care for those that are dog-tired of exposing their pets to synthetic ingredients, allPaws is the NEW organic, cruelty-free pet grooming range from Green People.
Offering fur-freshening grooming products that transform mucky pups into pristine pooches, the products in the allPaws pet care range are made with gently cleansing, pH-balanced natural actives that are sustainably sourced and suitable for all dog and cat breeds.
The pet-approved products are also certified organic and vegan-friendly, making it easy for pet owners to provide creature companions with a planet and pet-friendly bath time routine that won’t irritate sensitive skin.
A natural way to provide faithful hounds and long- haired cats with a plant-based pet spa treatment, Green People’s allPaws pet care range is launching with a duo of naturally cleansing pet washes.
Designed for pups that love nothing more than getting back to nature by playing in muddy puddles, the shampoos come in a choice of scented or scent-free formulas and cost £14.00 for a 200ml tube that’s made with eco-friendly sugar cane plastic.
The two shampoos:
Cleansing Shampoo – Wild Mint
What we liked: the eco-friendly packaging, the silk texture and the very light scent (just enough but not too much!).
Much like Green People’s skin care range for humans, the pet grooming products are both SLS- free and highly concentrated with animal-safe plant actives, meaning a little goes a long way.
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.
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.
This summer, FILA has created a fresh, vibrant summer collection to help you find your freedom. Vibrant yellows, pinks and greens sit alongside FILA staples with classic track tops in the iconic FILA red, white and blue.
The SS21 campaign represents all aspects of the 110-year-old Italian brand using ambassadors to represent each element. Stepping out to the streets of East London, we see how you can find your freedom in FILA SS21 collection.
Splitting the brand into four key categories, activewear, streetwear, fashion, and heritage FILA has appointed ambassadors to represent each aspect of the brand.
There are razors and there are game-changers. The revolutionary new Wilkinson Sword Hydro Comfort Skin Reset is the razor you’ve been dreaming of.
Wilkinson’s first razor is designed to comfortably tackle up to 7-days of hair growth, with less tugging and pulling (vs. Hydro 5).
This innovative razor allows you to comfortably shave up to 7 days of stubble with less tugging and pulling (vs. Hydro 5). The unique comb guard aligns hair with the leading blade for a close shave and helps prevent irritation.
Dermatologist tested – the razor was designed for maximum comfort. Easy-to-rinse blades have three layers of comfort coating and Skin Guards on each blade for extra protection.
COMB GUARD – Comb guard aligns hair to help prevent tugging and pulling.
GEL POOLS – Water activated gel pools hydrate throughout each shave, and help to protect from irritation.
EASY RINSE – The grooved channels of the Comb Guard and the spacing between the comb and first blade increase water flow through (vs. Hydro 5), making it easy to rinse off shaving debris.
FLIP TRIMMER – Flip trimmer for precise trimming and to get into the hard-to-reach spots.
PACKAGING – Packaging made from more than 90% recycled paper and recyclable*!