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When Fashion Meets Tech, Art & Celebrity

The BALR. x ISHU collection is an exclusive line of premium unisex garments that give the wearer a sense of empowerment through unparalleled protection and privacy, with the ability to block out unwanted flashes and outsmart the spotlight using pattern technology. 

Amsterdam born, luxury lifestyle brand BALR. partners with London-based technology and fashion brand ISHU to deliver a transformative collection, which uses innovative sunlight technology to distract and distort. When taking a photo, the unique fabrics containing thousands of nano-spherical crystals reflect the flashlight back into the camera resulting in images where the wearer is blacked out.

Popular with celebrities such as Beyonce, Jay-Z, Usain Bolt, Jaden Smith Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra and Paris Hilton to name a few, this unique collaboration features a tracksuit, tees and a poncho that when photographed only show the item of clothing rather than the person wearing it. Alongside this sits footwear and accessories featuring the iconic ISHU print. 

The collection is available at www.balr.com and  www.maisondefashion.com 


About the brands

BALR.
An international luxury lifestyle brand known for its high-end fashion, travel products and accessories for men and women. Founded in 2013 by Demy de Zeeuw, Juul Manders and Ralph de Geus, BALR. typifies the modern, aspirational lifestyle of an athlete. The brand has also collaborated with other global players such as PUMA, (RED), Samsung, and MINI Cooper and designing a fan jersey for Manchester City Football team. Over and above the apparel BALR. lifestyle brand sells everything from branded Golf Carts to Vespas to Beds all in keeping with the brand ethos of luxury, style and aspiration.

ISHU
Founded by London-based tech fashion entrepreneur Saif Siddiqui, ISHU is best known for blurring the lines between fashion and technology using innovative fabrics to black out unwanted flash pictures and videos, providing protection from digital privacy intrusion. ISHU seeks to use its design and products to raise awareness for energy poverty by donating and providing solar solutions with ISHU products sold.

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Wreath Making with Barbour

As the famous Barbour brand has just launched two new fragrances –Barbour Fragrance For Him & For Her – they wanted to celebrate the ingredients in their new Barbour Fragrance.

As a result I was invited to a Wreath-Making.

I have detailed the steps below.

What you need to make a Christmas Wreath

You will need one wreath ring, scissors, (green) twine, florist wire and moss, in addition to hardy and different textured foliage such as eucalyptus, spruce, ivory, evergreen oak and buxus.

The Tools

The Ingredients

Christmas decorations such as fir cones, dried oranges, dried bergamot and cinnamon sticks look great and create a delicious festive aroma. However, to go the extra mile, be bold and try some pepper as it will bring new colours.

The Steps

Take your evergreen foliage and begin to twist it around the metal circle. Wrapping the stem of the leaves around the metal wire, try and keep the end of the leaves facing outwards. Tie in place using the twine or gardening wire, and continue around the circle until you have covered the wire in leaves. You may need to tie each stem in a few different places depending on how long each piece is.

You can now add flowers to inject colour and brighten up the greenery. Keep securing these extra pieces with a single wrap of wire.

Finally, finish your wreath with pepper or dried oranges for a seasonal touch. Try spray painting your pine cones in gold, silver or fake snow to add even more festive spirit to your wreath!

The Result

Et voilà !

If you’ve used fresh foliage, hanging your wreath outside will help it keep for about 4 weeks. If you hang a fresh wreath inside, it will last approximately 2 weeks – although this will vary depending on which type of foliage you’ve used.

About the Fragrance

Discover the Barbour Fragrance For Him & For Her exclusive to the Fragrance Shop.

A nod to Barbour’s Scottish heritage, the Barbour For Him fragrance contains a blend of woody notes of cedar, guaiac wood and vetiver, mixed with amber and musk for depth and warmth and topped with a sharp citrus top enhanced by a spicy heart of cardamom, baies roses and black pepper.
A perfect idea for a Xmas gift!
Visit www.thefragaranceshop.co.uk

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#FINDYOURFREEDOM with FILA

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.

  • ACTIVEWEAR: Stefani Nurding (pro-skateboarder), Starr Kiely (Dancer in Diversity), Arum Akom (Tennis coach) 
  • STREETWEAR: Judah Williams, Lucas Wright, Pia Kristine Cruz
  • HERITAGE: Jack Fincham, Alex Gildea Trott (Football presenter), DJ Spoony (Renowned House and Garage DJ)
  • FASHION: Angelo Mitakos (Fashion Editor, GQ) Itunu Oke (Fashion Editor, Vogue)

Watch the video

Visit www.fila.co.uk

CREDITS

PHOTOGRAPHER: BRENDAN FREEMAN

VIDEOGRAPHER: HENRY GILL

HAIR: ELLIOT MCQUEEN

MAKE-UP: JESSICA KELL

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How To Dress Like A Bridgerton

Have you watched the hit drama Bridgerton (yet)? Well, let’s have a closer look at the story on the most fabulous and expensive menswear drama on Netflix.

A bit of background

Bridgerton is an American streaming television period drama series created by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Shonda Rhimes. It is based on Julia Quinn’s novels set in the competitive world of Regency era London’s Ton during the season, when debutantes are presented at court.

What they wear

From a dapper Duke dressed in the finest silk… To Prince Friedrich’s double-breasted tuxedo coat worn when asking Daphne to the social ball of the season… There’s no shortage of style and sophistication, but how much would one of these looks set you back in real life?

We speak with Maximilian Ciampi, the Tailoring Director of 40 Savile Row, part of the Savile Row Company. He has over 20 years of experience working on the bespoke strip and has deconstructed the top five men’s looks from top to toe.

The Prince Friedrich

Is there anything more opulent than a royal wardrobe?

Prince Freidrich’s outfit is an accurate representation of what would have been worn by the royals of the Regency era. His double-breasted tuxedo coast, adorned with medals and show-stopping shoulder pads is a traditional royal uniform and similar to the one worn by Prince William on his wedding day. It’s likely these clothing items would be made of only the finest materials, right down to the silk gloves.

An outfit fit for a Prince would set you back an estimated £7,900.

(Uniform tail coat = £4,500; Trousers = £2,000; Silk gloves = £250; Boots = £1,150)

The Duke of Hastings

As somewhat of a rulebreaker, the Duke of Hastings was less conventional in his wardrobe choices.

When he was seen at one of the many social balls, he was often dressed more casually than the Lord’s and other people of status around him.

Perhaps on the first night when the Duke and Daphne first realised their love for one another, the Duke is seen in a velvet cutaway tailcoat, tailored trousers, a silk waistcoat encrusted with what looks like semi-precious stones as buttons and a silk scarf.

It’s estimated this look would set you back a cool £8,800.

(Tailcoat = £3,500; Waistcoat = £2,500; Trousers £2,000; Shirt £350; Scarf £450)

Colin Bridgerton

The third son of the Bridgerton

Colin Bridgerton was embroiled in a major scandal but thankfully his fashion was less controversial. This look is multi-textured layering a crisp cotton shirt, printed silk waistcoat with gold buttons and a velvet tailcoat. He has opted for a more relaxed and simple black trouser.

It was very common for people of status and wealth to opt for bright colours as can be seen with these styles.

Estimated cost £7,350.

(Tailcoat = £3,500; Waistcoat = £1,500; Trousers = £2,000, Shirt = £350)

Anthony Bridgerton

Although this is his ‘leisure’ time, he is still formally dressed which was expected of men during this era.

Head of the Bridgerton family, Anthony Bridgerton, is a very active Lord who enjoys winding down at a gentleman’s club with a scotch in hand.

He’s impeccably dressed in a green shirt, velvet cutaway tailcoat, crisp white and fitted trousers and polished brown leather boots.

To look like a Lord, it would set you back £7,350

(Cutaway tailcoat = £3,500; Shirt = £350; Trousers = £2,000; Boots = £1,500)

Watch the Bridgerton Series on Netflix

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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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My Trip to Barbados

Shirt by Luke | Sunglasses by ASOS

I love a beach vacation, especially in the middle of the winter, and I couldn’t have asked for a better escape than going to Barbados.

In numbers, Barbados is an island country in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies. It is 34 kilometres (21 miles) in length and up to 23 km (14 miles) in width, covering an area of 432 km2 (167 squares miles). Its population is of almost 300,000 people.

My favorite spots.

Oistin Fish Market

During the daytime it might look quiet, however wait for a Friday night to eat some freshly caught fish cooked to perfection. Try some lobsters, shrimp, red snapper which are prepared on the grill and served with local favorites such as rice and peas, coleslaw, and salads.

My best evening in Barbados!

Pebbles Beach, the most popular spot according to TripAdvisor

Located in Carlisle Bay. This one seemed overrated to me. The minuses: looking to the left and you’ll see the not so pretty and massive Hilton hotel; look to the right and you’ll see the cruise ships transiting. At some point during the day the beach will be overcrowded by (cruise ship) tourists popping by for a few hours.

The pluses: the easy place to go snorkelling and watch the turtles. Magical!

Miami Beach, my (beach) hot spot!

This quickly became my preferred beach: beautiful sea & sand, good waves to both swim and bodysurf. Relaxed and not too busy (as the access isn’t obvious from the main street). Nice trees in the background – in case you’d need some shade. This beach has it all.

Sandals by Teva | Swim shorts by Luke Sport

Dover Beach, a popular spot

One can only enjoy the vibrant colours.

Saint Lucy, all the way up to the North

Here you’ll find a beautifully rugged coastline dotted with bays. The powerful waves of the Atlantic Ocean pound the cliffs creating sea caves and blowholes. This is not an area for swimming but it makes up for this with majestic views and small pools for sea-bathing.

Shirt by Luke | Sunglasses by Lyle&Scott

Bridgetown, the Capital City

Both Barbados’ capital and largest city, it’s a vibrant, vivacious place steeped in history, where its unique blend of African, American and British heritage comes alive. Bridgetown and its Garrison is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with buildings dating back to the 17th, 18th, and 19th Century.

Bathsheba, the surfers’ paradise!

Useful websites: visitbarbados.org or barbados.org

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New Direction from Luke Sport Performance

We have always liked Luke at StylePilot. We’ve been following the brand for many years now and it was with great pleasure to discover the new Luke Sport Performance range.

Luke Sport Performance takes a fresh new direction and delivers premium quality gym and sportswear with luxury appeal.

In their own words: “Luke Sport Performance is light-weight, breathable, easy to move and be seen in. Made with premium anti-wicking fabrics, the collection is the perfect look for the gym or main event”.

Charcoal, Delacreme and Marina Red combination striped vintage tape features throughout the collection. Easy to wear, comfortable pieces include quilted hoody’s, lightweight tees and crew neck sweatshirts and joggers giving multiple options for sets.

Flashes of neon orange feature on tracksuits and jerseys giving trend-lead accents to wardrobe staples. Paired with a fresh pair of Luke trainers, these pieces stand out from the crowd.

Metallic gunmetal logo tee’s with centralised embroidery features throughout the collection. This new logo brings a fresh, vibrant look to the classic Luke tee while maintaining the original spirit of the brand.
Cut and sew combination fabrics feature on shirts, stretch poplin’s are trimmed with textured dobby in white, black and sky pinstripe and can easily be dressed up or down.

For Luke Sport, their DNA Green/gold/red striped tape features prominently throughout their collection. Teamed with their repeat overprint, these styles deliver a youthful, streetwear look.

New technical fabrics in textured tricot are available in a variety of styles from full tracksuits to casual jumpers. Worn together or mix and match, these new styles are adaptable with components taken from all lifestyles.

Shop Gym & Training Wear from Luke at www.luke1977.com

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Another Mild Winter In London

Winters in London are characterised by cold and often rainy weather. The average high between December and February is 48°F (9°C) and the average low is 41°F (5°C). However, freezing temperatures are not uncommon and snow is not unheard of.

This year though, it’s another ‘rollercoaster’ winter that we have been getting. A hat, gloves and scarf should have become our best friends, however they haven’t.

Either way, very cold or just cold, this was another excuse to try on one one of the winter jackets from Superdry from this year’s collection. Pictured below, the Hacienda Wool Check Jacket (Yellow Check).

Boots by Jack&Jones / Chinos by asos / Denim shirt by AllSaints / Jacket by Superdry

Looking for a jacket that covers both warmth and versatility? Look no further than our nostalgic, lumberjack inspired checked jacket. Perfect for Sunday strolls or Friday beers. This jacket features a zip and popper fastening, popper fastened cuffs, four pockets, and a fleece lining. The jacket is finished with a Superdry logo tab on the pocket and one on the sleeve.

What I liked about the jacket: It feels robust. It’s warm. And you feel good. And at last but not least: it’s a faux fur trim (feeling good about that too).

Any minuses: will I get tired of the yellow checks (?)

Jacket Details
Sleeve Lining: Polyester 100%
Lining: Polyester 100%
Padding: Polyester 100%
Shell: Polyester 52%, Wool 45%, Acrylic 3%
Faux Fur Trim: Polyester 100%

Where to buy

Jacket by Superdry | £119,99 RRP (now at £60)

Boots by Jack&Jones | £90 RRP

Chinos by asos | From £20 RRP

Denim shirt by AllSaints | £108 RRP