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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

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 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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Angel Champagne, An Entirely Unique Experience

What is it that is so special about this new luxurious Champagne?

Angel’s Brut Champagne has an enticing and sensual nose with notes of fresh almonds, vanilla and honeysuckle, red peach skin and even a hint of liquorice root. Very attractive on the palate, with slowly dancing and caressing bubbles. Creamy yet vibrant with lots of personality and energy. A fresh, luxurious and elegant cuvée.

Blending

Angel is a much admired, selected cuvée containing only the most exquisite and richest pressings from Premier Cru harvested grapes. With the aid of their highly acclaimed oenologists, each year the wine of the vintage is skilfully blended with some of the sacred reserve wines from years gone by. This ensures greater levels of consistency which enables the finish, after assemblage, to become more delicate and complex in its nature.

Ageing

After perfecting the blend, the wine is bottled, sealed and stored approximately 100 feet underground. Specifically, designed cellars dug deep beneath the chalky substrate create the perfect conditions for protecting our delicate cuvées. Complex and time consuming methods adopted over hundreds of years by true artisans and time served craftsmen owe much to our celebrated wines. The non-vintage brut ages on average 30 months, whilst the rosé takes 36 months and the vintage cuvées age over 7-8 years.

Remuage

When the ageing ends the process of Remuage, or riddling, begins. It’s the process of turning each day the bottles one quarter turn so the sediment from the second fermentation migrates down into the neck of the bottle. Some Champagnes now undergo mechanical riddling. Angel Champagne however prides itself on using the time-honoured methods of hand turning in its pursuit for perfection.

Dégorgement

Is a term attributed to the method in which the sediment collected in the neck of the bottle is removed with minimum loss of wine after Remuage is complete. The process involves freezing the neck of the bottle and removing the resulting plug of ice that contains the sediment.

Dosage

Following Remuage and Dégorgement each bottle is given the addition of liqueur-de-dosage, a mixture of wine and fine sugar cane. Each Champagne’s liqueur-de-dosage is a sacred recipe and closely guarded secret often passed down from generation to generation. This unique aged liqueur-de-dosage is precisely what gives Angel Champagne its superb taste and in fact, it’s very soul.

Finishing

Finally, Angel’s skilled artisans apply the final touches, with each precious bottle delicately hand finished. A special black matt paint, gently cloaks our Non-Vintage Brut Champagne and a warm tactile white matt coats each bottle of our Rosé. Finally, a more traditional dark green glass encases and encapsulates our most precious Vintage Champagne’s.
When the bottles are ready, Angel’s dedicated craftsmen apply a four-piece label set. Each set includes our unique motif, embossed in highly polished pewter for both our Non-Vintage Brut and Rosé cuvées and in Black Pewter for our Vintages.

Non-Vintage Brut 750ml RRP £100,00

There can never be any mistaking the undeniably distinctive aesthetic of each and every bottle of Angel Champagne.

Where can I buy one? Just click here >>

www.drinkaware.co.uk

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Golden Serenade by Jusbox Perfumes

It is not often that you get blown away by a new fragrance. At StylePilot we’ve tried the Golden Serenade by JUSBOX. We fell in love with its strong body, its unique notes of pure oud oil, amber and saffron. 

This extrait de parfum is a unique fragrance. Wearing it is a real statement itself. 

It is inspired by the first gold record that was awarded to Glenn Miller and his band in 1942 for the sales of 1 million records.

THE JUSBOX PERFUMES BRAND

Jusbox is an exclusive range of perfumes whose concept is based on the similarity between perfume and music. Music is indeed the key inspiration for all their fragrances.

Music and Perfume share a similar and extraordinary power: intensely and yet involuntarily they both have the ability to bring back the most hidden emotions and memories. A smell that marked a specific moment in your life comes back and suddenly makes unforgettable memories re-emerge. In the same way, hearing a song that meant so much to you instantly touches your soul, recalling moments you thought you had forgotten.

It is no coincidence that music and perfume both speak the common language of notes. The perfumer, just like the musician, plays notes and accords to compose superb and touching harmonies. Sometimes the language of perfumery may appear difficult and hard to decode and this is why Jusbox makes use of the language of music, usually more familiar, in order to make everyone clearly understand the true essence of its perfumes.

 A COLLECTION OF NOTES

Icons Collection takes its inspiration from musical and generational icons emerging from social, historic, cultural and artistic contexts, lending their voice to the messages, emotions, ideas and trends of their times.

Genres Collection interprets the characteristic rhythm, the emotional force, character and historical and cultural background of a musical genre. Musical genres are the soul of a nation, of generations and social and political movements and are indelibly ingrained within us.

Music Matters is inspired by the benefits that both music and perfume can have on our soul. It doesn’t matter which genre, music has the power to inspire multiple responses – physiological, emotional, cognitive and behavioural – at a very personal level. In the same way, scents can be used to enhance and improve our well being, thanks to the aromatherapy effects of its ingredients.

PACKAGING

Everything in the world of Jusbox is ispired by music, even the packaging. The squared, modern, elegant, ergonomic bottle is a 78 ml to pay homage to the first phonographic disc that was 78 rpm. On its top, the cap celebrates the most well known auditory mean in the history of music: the vinyl. The rigid soft touch box is similar as shape and opening to a CD box. Inside you will find a leaflet that explains the inspiration and mood of each perfume.

A GREAT CHRISTMAS idea?

£250/ 78ml, exclusively at www.selfridges.com

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Luxury British Perfumes by CLIVE CHRISTIAN

ORIGINAL COLLECTION Travel Set from  Clive Christian

In this gifting season, there couldn’t be a better treat than to try out this beautiful Travel Set from Clive Christian. 

For the connoisseurs Clive Christian Perfume is a leading independent British perfume house with a vision to create the world’s finest perfumes. The brand’s predecessor, the Crown Perfumery Company established in 1872, is the only house ever to have been granted permission to use Queen Victoria’s crown on its bottles. An image that defines every bottle of Clive Christian perfume to this day.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT? CITRUS ORIENTAL SPICY WOODY

The Original Collection masculine edition travel set, combines 1872, No1 and X into three compact bottles. This exquisite set is presented in a luxurious black coffret holding each miniature perfume perfect for travelling or gifting.

 20% Perfume Concentration

Delve into the Original Collection men’s perfume travel set and discover their complex & intense masculine perfumes. Offering the same intensity and concentration as the 50ml or 100ml, but allows the user to explore the delights and variations between all perfumes in the Original Collection masculine range.

IN DETAILS

MASCULINE EDITION No1

Oriental Woody 

20% Perfume Concentration. An Oriental that is understated yet distinctive. The base notes of precious 50 year-old Indian sandalwood, powdery musk and vetiver add a rich warmth, enveloping the wearer in a balmy veil of fragrance.

Did You Know?
Refined Strength – Sourced and composed using the rarest, most precious ingredients from around the world, this perfume is fully deserving of its name. It perfectly embodies the founding pillars of creativity, craftsmanship and provenance, which are at the heart of the Clive Christian brand.

MASCULINE EDITION X

Spicy Woody
20% Perfume Concentration. This distinctive perfume combines Cardamom, Orris and Cinnamon to create a spicy, woody perfume. It is soft, warm heart note makes it equally appealing to both men and women.

Did You Know? Cardamom is one of the world’s most ancient spices, and next to saffron and vanilla it is one of the world’s most expensive ingredients.

MASCULINE EDITION 1872

Citrus Woody
20% Perfume Concentration. Earthy, woody notes and fresh green resins fuse to produce an invigorating, spicy Citrus. Quite unlike anything else, it leaves a hint of mystery and an intangible richness.

Did You Know?
Bound By History – This perfume pays tribute to the year the original company was founded, when Queen Victoria recognised its contribution to British excellence by granting the use of her crown as part of the design of its bottles.

Where To Find  The Original Collection Travel Set? Visit Clive Christian 

ABOUT THE BRAND

Clive Christian Perfume is the world’s leading independent Perfume House. From the sparkle of each chandelier teardrop to the breathless luxury captured in every crown-topped fragrance, Clive Christian is the pursuit of passion and perfection. Beauty, indulgence and timeless elegance, it’s an empire built with a global mind-set and British heart. All Clive Christian Perfumes contain between 20-25% pure perfume, and are made using the finest ingredients from around the globe.

All perfumes from Clive Christian visit Clive Christian

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The Wingback Wallet: Designed and Made in London

With the gifting season being just around the corner we thought it would be great to have a look at the Cash Wallet from Wingback.

It’s love at first sight what we love the fact that each Wingback wallet is handmade to order in their London studio using a single piece of hand-picked tanned but untreated Italian leather.

Wingback has combined the handmade process with a choice of leather colour and each wallet being truly unique.

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In Wingbacks own words : “The Wingback Cash Wallet embodies the design values we stand for: Useful. Minimal. Beautiful. With ease of use always at the heart of our products, the Cash Wallet has been designed to allow access to your cards from the top, even when it’s closed so your notes stay secure.”

The details

Holding 4-6 cards and up to 20 notes, the wallet is secured with an elegantly machined fastener cut from a solid block of brass or stainless steel.

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What else do I need to know?

The Wingback Cash Wallet comes in a choice of five natural colours and you can select one of seven thread colours and either machined brass or stainless steel for the fastener cap to create the perfect bespoke wallet. The Wingback craftsmen and women can personalise each wallet with up to 20 laser etched characters on the front and up to 35 on the inside, making it the perfect personalised gift.

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How much does it cost?

Wingback Cash Wallet has a starting price of £60, with personalisation £70 from Wingback London.
How are they made? Watch the below video.

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Shop the whole @ Wingback.co.uk