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Rumpl: A World With Better Blankets

Always excited to discover a new brand and get to know how it all started.

The Story Behind Rumpl

On a surf and ski trip through California, their founders were sleeping in a van, several miles up a dirt road near a secret hot spring. They awoke the next morning in subzero temperatures with a car that wouldn’t start. Far outside of cell reception, and confronted with an impossibly long walk into town, they decided to bundle up in their sleeping bags and drink whiskey while they waited for someone else to show up.

Minutes turned to hours, and in that time the conversation took an unexpected turn to the subject of bedding. Cozy and warm in their sleeping bags, the two acknowledged how much better the materials felt and performed than what was on their beds back home. A resolve was made to create a “sleeping bag blanket” and the idea for the first Rumpl product was born.

Returning from the trip and borrowing a sewing machine, the first Rumpl “Puffy” blankets were hand sewn in a cramped San Francisco apartment. After several months using the blankets, the two realized they had stumbled on to an idea much grander than just a sleeping bag blanket. The materials typically found in everyday blankets hadn’t evolved in hundreds of years—the entire category wasn’t utilizing any of the material innovation that was taking place in apparel, outdoor gear, and activewear. The Rumpl brand was born

Weatherproof, durable, and cozy blankets made with the same technical materials used in premium outdoor gear and activewear.

After turning to Kickstarter, getting funded in less than 24 hours, and ultimately hitting more than 10x the original campaign goal, they realized that others wanted more from an everyday blanket. Since that initial Kickstarter success, Rumpl has grown from a single home made ‘sleeping bag blanket’ to a whole line of blankets and technical comfort products that redefine the category.

3 Puffy Blankets To Choose From

Watch their founder and CEO, Wylie, explain more in the above video.

Also, Rumple has just announced a distribution agreement with Unify Brand Partnerships, a distributor in the United Kingdom known for representing pivotal brands within the lifestyle, sport and outdoor categories.

Their Value

Rumpl believes the blanket you use every day deserves the same attention to detail as a sleeping bag you might use ten times a year. In 2019, the brand completely redesigned their core line of blankets to only use 100% post-consumer recycled materials. They’re now recycling over 5 million discarded plastic bottles through their supply chain every year. 

They’re also donating 1% of all revenue to environmental non-profits, as well as being members of the freshman cohort of brands that are certified as climate neutral.


About Rumpl

In their own words: “One of our brand’s core values is to “Look To The Future Responsibly,” and consider that value in every business decision we make. In 2019, we completely redesigned our core line of blankets to use only 100% post-consumer recycled materials. We’re now recycling over 5 million discarded plastic bottles through our supply chain every year. We’re also proud to be a member of 1% For The Planet, which means we donate 1% of all revenue to environmental non-profits. And finally, we’re members of the freshman cohort of brands that are certified Climate Neutral. This means that beginning in 2020, and every year thereafter, we’ll be offsetting 100% of our company’s carbon footprint by purchasing offset credits.”

Visit www.rumpl.com

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Sunglasses For The Heat Wave

Avalan Orange Sunglasses by Layoners | T-Shirt by boohooMAN

Is it too late to buy some sunglasses in September? Definitely not!

I was lucky to try out some of the Layoners sunglasses and I was not disappointed. They are really an amazing value for money as the prices are below £50. Also, they are very comfy to wear as their frame is really light.

Lightweight frames with flexible handles and polarised lenses

All of this is included when you buy a pair!

What else?

There is a large collection to choose from.

Browse sunglasses for men


About Layoners

In their own words: ‘Straight from the runways of Milano to the streets of New York. Layoners brings the perfect mix of refined haute couture and hottest street style trends. Thick oversized frames, retro shapes and futuristic silhouettes have dominated this season, and we’re glad to feature them in our collections’.

Shop sunglasses on www.layoners.com

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Shake Up Your Drinks Cabinet With New Hard Milkshake Liqueurs

How spoiled we have been: whilst being stuck at home here it is a box containing three bottles of milkshakes and alcohol! A match made in heaven!

Before you ask, it has an insanely rich taste and low alcohol (15% abv) so it has been made for an incredible drinking experience.

In a nutshell, the Brand new bottled ‘hard’ shakes have all the deliciously decadent flavour of an American diner milkshake, but with a boozy twist! Introducing Chocolate, Strawberry and Banana Hard Milkshake Liqueurs, available exclusively at Firebox.com.

Perfectly blended with a hard dose of cream liqueur goodness, this tasty trio of dairy-filled delights can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, in a shot or as the pivotal ingredient of some creamy cocktails.

Add a sumptuous kick to your drinks cabinet and test your home mixology skills with these luxurious liqueurs – take your pick from these tempting flavours:

Strawberry Hard Milkshake Liqueur

£19,99 RRP. Available exclusively at www.firebox.com

Deliciously decadent version of the classic American Diner milkshake, but with a boozy twist. Velvety in texture with candied, fruity strawberry notes and a bold vanilla finish.

This indulgent velvety blend tastes absolutely heavenly whether sipped neat on the rocks, drizzled over desserts, or mixed into smoothies and sweet summer cocktails – strawberries-and-cream Caipirinhas anyone? Yum. 

  • Sweet, velvety strawberry with rich, creamy vanilla. SO delicious 
  • That classic diner shake experience – with a boozy twist
  • Your new favourite summer tipple has arrived!
  • Reduced alcohol content (15% ABV) for a relaxed drinking experience
  • Add a luxurious boozy kick to smoothies, desserts and cocktails
  • Tastes ridiculously good over ice or mixed into smoothies and cocktails

Banana Hard Milkshake Liqueur

£19,99 RRP. Available exclusively at www.firebox.com

Transport yourself to the beach with rich banana flavour perfectly balanced with vanilla and a blended dose of cream liqueur goodness.

This smooth and milky mashup tastes absolutely sublime whether served neat over ice, poured liberally over desserts, or sloshed into smoothies and milk-based cocktails – give a fruity boost to that Banana Daiquiri! 

  • Fresh n’ fruity banana with smooth, creamy vanilla – the perfect tropical tipple 
  • All the flavours of a classic diner shake, with a boozy twist
  • Tastes absolutely fantastic served neat on the rocks
  • Reduced alcohol content (15% ABV) for a laidback drinking experience
  • Add a bright and boozy banana kick to creamy cocktails and desserts

Chocolate Hard Milkshake Liqueur

£19,99 RRP. Available exclusively at www.firebox.com

Delve into the silky smooth texture of luxuriously creamy chocolate, with sweet notes of decadent vanilla and a sophisticated alcohol kick.

This luxurious chocolatey concoction tastes unbelievably delicious served neat, over ice, or glugged generously into a milk-based cocktail – think next-level White Russians and chocolatey Espresso Martinis! 

  • Smooth, silky, creamy, chocolatey – my GOD it’s good
  • All the flavours of a classic diner shake – with a boozy twist
  • Get your moreish milkshake fix without drinking a whole tub of ice cream! 
  • Reduced alcohol content (15%) for an easy-going drinking experience 
  • Move over Irish Cream, there’s a new (and far tastier) liqueur in town!
  • Tastes great over ice, in a coffee, or splashed into creamy cocktails and desserts

Each one of the Hard Shakes has a reduced alcohol content for an easy-going drinking experience so you can really savour the flavour.

About Firebox:

Firebox: A London-based lifestyle retailer selling a highly curated mix of unconventional homeware, lifestyle accessories, gadgets, food, drink and gifts ‘with a twist’.
We believe the products we choose to surround ourselves with are a reflection of the way we live our lives and are an extension of our personality. Our mission is to shake things up and get people to embrace their more imaginative side.

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Hugo Iced Fragrance by HUGO BOSS

Discover a blast of ice-cold freshness with HUGO ICED for men, a fragrance designed for the modern urban man, set to inspire him to embrace the fresh potential of every day.

Comprising a unique blend of inspiring ingredients that empower the wearer to take on the adventures of a daring and expansive world, creating unlimited opportunities for inspirational and life-changing experiences. 

Revitalising iced mint leaves will awaken your senses, wild tea aromas invigorate your soul and vetiver empowers your confidence and masculinity.

The fragrance comes in a unique sleek chrome bottle with its cap strapped on for the man on the move. A sensory explosion for the man looking for ultimate freshness, in the heat of the day or night. HUGO ICED – as fresh as ice, as strong as steel!

A sleek design!

Where can I get it?

£48 RRP (75ml). Shop at www.thefragranceshop.co.uk

About HUGO BOSS

Founded in 1924 in Metzingen, Germany, the HUGO BOSS Group focuses on developing and marketing high-end women’s and men’s fashion, accessories and fragrances. 

BOSS is HUGO BOSS’ core brand and stands for contemporary, modern elegance that satisfies the most sophisticated tastes and enhances the wearer’s personality. HUGO, the trend brand, is the home of avant-garde design delivering progressive looks and fragrances with a contemporary attitude. BOSS Orange is spontaneous, passionate and energetic, yet casual and relaxed.

With Christmas just round the corner, a nice gift idea ;-).
See all StylePilot gift ideas.

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Gate-8: A Luggage Everyone Should Own

It’s not very often that we test luggage -as we tend to find them a bit boring- however with this one we were excited to do so. So, why did we want to try out this luggage?

Because it has it all! (Explanation below with one picture).

The Spin MATE Plus, at 40L capacity and featured here, is compliant with easyJet’s and British Airways’ hand baggage restrictions. So this makes it a very attractive piece to own.
I was really happy to brag with this new piece of luggage as it is really smooth to operate: it just slides effortlessly on floors.

3 things we really liked:

1/ The design: simple, yet elegant. Refined, yet robust.

2/ The “2-in-1”: a single bag that can become two. Its 2-in-1 design makes it the perfect bag for easyJet’s single bag policy. Travel from home-to-gate with the single bag and when on board, zip off the laptop backpack, keeping your tech and valuables close by throughout your journey.

3/ The practicality: it has it all. Several external pockets and well thought inside.

What the inside looks like

Inside the luggage: Clothes by Luke1977, sandals by Teva, and grooming products by Manual

The perfect 4-wheel drive

The cabin bag designed to make your journey as hassle-free as possible. The 4-wheel, 360° spinner rotates in the palm of your hand, with no struggle to change direction.

Long story short, this luggage has been going through airports, train and tube stations not to mention on several types of pavements. And it never let me down.

Gate-8 range’s defining features include:

. Zip-off laptop bag – keep your valuables & tech to hand through the flight, travel light to your next meeting, bring onboard easyJet
. For all airlines – our luggage is sized to comply with most major airlines’ hand baggage policies (yes, we even have a bag for Ryanair), giving you the confidence you can bring it onboard
. Built to last – made from extra-durable materials that have been tested by airline crew standards, protected by a 5 year warranty.

On arrival leave the main bag in your hotel room and travel light with the zip-off backpack if you wish to.

What else?

Built to last it is protected by a 5 year warranty, this sturdy cabin bag will stay by your side for years to come.

Where to shop

Shop at www.gate8-luggage.co.uk

About GATE8

GATE8 specialise in designing the world’s most functional travel cabin bags and travel accessories. As seasoned travellers, they know the pain points and are obsessed about using clever smart design to make travel hassle-free as possible. Be it by helping one to avoid baggage check-in, keeping one tech and valuables secure or arriving with a suit that is ready-to-wear, each detail and feature has been carefully designed and tested to make one life easier, stress free and convenient.

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LACONIA Fragrance by Tom Daxon

We were really pleased to try the new Tom Daxon fragrance.

The best way to introduce it would be to quote them: “Laconia eau de parfum, a vibrant and zesty fragrance that is reminiscent of homemade Grecian lemonade”.

The story behind the fragrance

Tom Daxon spent the autumn of 2017 in Monemvasia, Greece.

He drunk a ‘real’  and vibrant-flavoured homemade lemonade made from lemons grown on the hotel’s estate; mixed with ice, mint and some local honey. It seemed like the idea of a perfect summer fragrance – something to refresh and revive in the heat. This is how it all started.

For the anecdote, Laconia is the region of Greece Tom travelled to. 

What is the fragrance made of

With a heart of water mint, green violet leaf and jasmine, the light floral scent is injected with zesty punches of lemon, orange and mandarin top notes. A base of sea salt, vetiver and cardamom culminates in a rich aquatic scent that lingers on skin. Addictively wearable, Laconia is elegant and fresh – the perfect fragrance for spring and summer.

Detailed natural breakdown: Citrus collection: bergamot (Italy) / lemon (Italy) / mandarin (Italy) / orange (Brazil). To reinforce this citrusy feel: ginger (Ivory Coast) / litsea cubeba (China). Spices: pink pepper (Reunion Island) / elemi (Philippines) / cardamom (Guatemala). Violet leaf (Egypt & France) for the natural watery touch. Spearmint (USA) for the leafy minty feel. Clary sage absolute (France) and oil, also for the leafy aspect. Vetiver (Haiti) for an elegant drydown. 

A beautiful packaging!

Where can I find it

Laconia Eau de Parfum 50ml RRP £105.00 

Laconia Eau de Parfum 100ml RRP £155.00 

Tom Daxon fragrances are available from www.tomdaxon.com.

A nice gift idea too ;-)!
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Wash Bag by Manual

In Manual’s own words: “This tremendous trio are the ultimate in face rejuvenation and hair well-being. A proven cocktail of ingredients backed by science to fight the signs of ageing, maintain your mane, and keep your head all handsome.”

An original and smart approach with either a “one-time purchase” or a “subscription model”.

Power Shampoo

In a nutshell, what you need to know is that Caffeine stimulates hair follicles. Biotin is vital for keratin production. Saw Palmetto is known to strengthen and revive hair.

WHAT’S INSIDE?
Caffeine
Caffeine is scientifically proven to be a stimulator of hair follicle growth. Tried and tested. So foam up and get your caffeine fix directly to the root of the problem.
Biotin
Biotin supports healthy hair growth and not getting enough can seriously damage your hair mojo. It’s an essential vitamin for the protein synthesis sculpting that masterpiece that is your hair keratin. Michelangelo has nothing on you.
Saw Palmetto
A natural extract that strengthens and revives hair. It’s extracted from one very powerful berry. Oh hair yeah.
Natural goodness
With Ginger, Sage, Olive Oil extracts…thank you Mother Nature.

One-time purchase: Buy now for £14 or subscribe and save 15%: £11.90 every 2 months.

Mr Moisturiser

From the hands to the face, Mr Moisturiser provides unrivalled moisture and skin protection. With Hyaluronic acid, one of nature’s most hydrating molecules, which can hold 1000 tiumes its weight in water and allantoin which soothes, protects, and regenerates the skin.

WHAT’S INSIDE?
Hyaluronic Acid
It’s one of nature’s most hydrating molecules, with our skin holding 50% of the body’s Hyaluronic Acid.
It has an unrivalled love for moisture, attracting 1000 times its weight in water.
Allantoin
Allantoin soothes, protects and regenerates the skin. Bye bye dead skin, hello moisture. A world class all-rounder for keeping skin at the top of its game.

One-time purchase: Buy now for £14 or subscribe and save 15%: £11.90 every 2 months.

Wrinkle Warrior

Fighting wrinkles is a science. Luckily, they don’t have to don a lab coat. They’ve got the ultimate ingredients right here and ready to go to.

WHAT’S INSIDE?
Vitamin C
A potent antioxidant that fights the signs of ageing and neutralises skin damage caused by UV and pollution. It stimulates collagen production, helping against blemishes and hyperpigmentation. Brighter skin for that sunshine glow.
Coenzyme Q10
Naturally occurring, it’s one of the most powerful antioxidants found in the body. Aiding the skin in regeneration and repair. It helps combat the signs of ageing and wrinkles by fighting against free radicals and oxidative stress cell damage.
Peptides
Replenishing the cells and enabling your skin to hold firm, Peptides slow down the ageing process aiding in the synthesis of collagen. No more caving in.
Hyaluronic Acid
Just one gram of Hyaluronic Acid has the remarkable ability to hold up to six litres of water. Making the skin feel and appear hydrated, plump and healthy. This stuff is Triple Hyaluronic Acid – the ultimate in skin hydration and protection – penetrating your skin on many levels.

One-time purchase: Buy now for £24 or subscribe and save 15%: £20.40 every 2 months.

Shop at www.manual.co

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Night Nevil Black Watch by Triwa

Really pleased here at StylePilot to try on the limited edition Night Nevil watch from Triwa. In Triwa’s own words: “the Nevil watch is our interpretation of the classic chronograph”.

Founded in 2007 by four friends with the goal to change the attitudes in the watch industry that they thought was too focused on status and tradition. They started the company TRIWA (Transforming the Industry of Watches) with the purpose to transform the watch into a modern style symbol through a combination of classic silhouettes and contemporary Scandinavian simplicity. 

A 42 mm, all black, limited edition of Triwa’s most popular watch model Nevil.

Definitely a bold move to have a watch all in black, but it does really work! This was love at first sight!

Here expressed in matte black steel, matte black dial and a black organically tanned leather strap, from Tärnsjö Tannery. A unique limited model with a strong attitude.

That’s what you will see when you unbox it!

How to style it?

This was a no-brainer: we had to go for a black & white gear!

The Night Nevil is styled here with a leather jacket by Superdry and a white shirt by boohooMAN.

£229 RRP | Shop on www.triwa.com.

About Triwa

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

Visit http://www.triwa.com

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The New UNDONE Basecamp Watch Timepiece

UNDONE, the watch brand democratizing custom luxury timepieces, is excited to release their new, highly-anticipated model, the Basecamp. At StylePilot we couldn’t be more excited to try it on.

In their own words, it is “a modern, high-performance tool watch with on-trend vintage aesthetics, the Basecamp is now the brand’s most durable custom watch in the collection”.

“We’ve been producing top-quality, great looking, customizable watches at UNDONE since 2014” Michael Young, UNDONE Co-Founder. But the Basecamp is really the first of its kind in terms of its utilitarian caliber. We took two years to develop this timepiece and every single detail and complication was considered to make this watch stand out in terms of both form and function.”

So what is so special about the Basecamp watch?

THE DESIGN

Ultra-Domed Crystal

Today, watch crystals are mostly flat. Basecamp’s 3mm crystal is patently arched for a real, retro look. The desired shape took the UNDONE team two years to develop in the lab using LEXAN™, a polycarbonate thermoplastic found in headlamps and motorcycle helmets with 250 times the impact strength of glass.

The connoisseur will notice that one of the most prominent features is the highly-visible orange hour-hand, which is a tribute to one of the founder’s favorite watch brands, Rolex, and their famous Rolex Explorer II. Watch aficionados will also notice the nod to Blancpain’s 50 Fathom ‘sterile’ bezel — the Basecamp featuring that same beloved and uncommon triangle hour pointer.

Exceptionally Legible
Unlike most watches, Basecamp boasts three drastically different hands, so the hour, minute, and second are immediately distinguishable. Importantly, the hour hand is the eye-catching hue of vivid orange – striking, and symbolic of safety.

WHAT ELSE?

MAKE IT PERSONAL.

With a philosophy that luxury lies in boutique, tailor-made products in small quantities, the Basecamp, like all other models, is made-to-order at UNDONE facilities for each customer. There’s not only a choice between case materials like stainless steel, black PVD, rose gold and gold, but also bezel function types and a personalized display caseback.

Because you can.
Staying true to UNDONE philosophy – that individuality matters – Basecamp is yours to customize. Your wrist, your story. Time on your terms.

4 Case Options
Basecamp’s 316L stainless steel case comes in four options: silver; gold; rose gold; and matte black. Except the silver case, all the others are thinly vacuum-coated using PVD, for softened shine and heightened hardiness.

3 New Straps
While compatible with any 20mm watch bands, Basecamp comes with a new and exclusive NATO strap selection in orange, olive green, and black, in two different coatings. “NATO” is a nickname for the “G10” strap first issued to British soldiers in 1973 – waterproof, fail-safe and easy-to-change.

2 Bezel Choices
The choice is between a vintage, understated ‘sterile’ bezel displaying just one lumed pointer to indicate the hour, or the more conventional ‘graduated’ bezel for accurate minute-by-minute measurement (available in May 2019).

SPECIFICATIONS

Weight

Tool watches should be light and compact, and in no way clumsy or cumbersome – they are designed to fuse effortlessly with an explorer’s physique, so they never have to be taken off during a journey. Weighing in at just 66 grams, Basecamp ticks all the boxes (and scales).

Dimensions

Perfect for everyday wear, indoors or outdoors, office, off-site… Sans crown guards, Basecamp has slimmed down to smarten up for all sorts of occasions. At 40mm in diameter and 15mm thick, Basecamp sits snugly on any wrist. Lug-to-lug length is 48mm and lug width is 20mm, allowing easy exchange with all UNDONE 20mm straps.

Movement

Basecamp is driven by one of the most reliable and robust workhorse in the industry – the Seiko Instrument Inc. NH35a automatic movement. The Japanese are known for precision and efficiency. The watch fuels up by wrist motion, but can also be wound manually via the crown; fully wound, it’s armed with a 42-hour power reserve.

The Basecamp has just been released today!

From £220 RRP for the Basecamp Standard watch.

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