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The Gentleman Barbers – Birmingham

Posted: October 4, 2014 at 8:32 am   /   Grooming

The Gentleman Barbers seeks to return visitors to Brindley Place in Birmingham to the days where going to the barber was an event rather than a chore. My visit was of necessity, but the Gentlemen Barber’s modern twist on a half-remembered childhood memory was both  pleasurable and a reminder that provision of good male grooming […]

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Manners Matter: Etiquette for Formal Dining

Posted: September 14, 2014 at 8:18 am   /   Etiquette, Food & Drink

Times change, fashions change, but things such as manners and etiquette are as important as ever for the modern gentlemen. Some points may seem obvious and yet many rules are broken surprisingly frequently (such as the bread plate rule), so here’s a quick reminder of a few.   Jacket and tie Dinner jackets may no […]

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The Dark knot ties review

Posted: September 7, 2014 at 11:10 am   /   Accessories, Style

Every once in a while, a new company can really surprise you with the quality if their product. New tie company The Dark Knot has put so much into the packaging that even the most hardcore Tie snob will be impressed. So what is all the fuss about? Some time ago, I had connected via […]

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Bellroy Hide & Seek wallet

Bellroy Hide and Seek Wallet

Posted: August 23, 2014 at 3:48 pm   /   Accessories

The Bellroy Hide and Seek Wallet is the first truly practical wallet that solves the problem of how to carry all the plastic you actually need to carry, while banishing the ungainly bulging wallet to the 80s where it belongs. I didn’t expect to covet something I will spend most of my time sitting on, […]

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The secret to smelling fresh: The Atomizer

Posted: August 2, 2014 at 9:31 pm   /   Grooming, Style

It’s no secret that women smell fresh all day long. The problem for us guys is it’s not practical to carry a bottle of fragrance with us all day long. Even with the increase of popularity of man bags to carry your things around, having to manage a large masculine bottle of scent is too […]

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Cornerstone – Shaving subscription

Posted: July 19, 2014 at 11:27 am   /   Grooming

Have you ever seen a new start up that seems so obvious you wonder why you haven’t seen it before? I’m talking about product subscriptions for things you consume every day. You have to buy them anyway and often it is very embarrassing if you are ever caught without that essential item. Enter Cornerstone the […]

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Gieves and Hawkes

Posted: July 16, 2014 at 7:33 pm   /   Style, Suits, The Professionals

With 450 years of combined tailoring expertise, it comes as no surprise that anything made by Gieves and Hawkes is created with military precision. The company’s flagship home in the oldest Georgian building in London’s most stylish street, is a fitting personification of this heritage brand: it is quintessentially English – and this is not […]

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Summer Tailoring: How to Smarten up without Feeling the Heat

Posted: July 7, 2014 at 2:39 pm   /   Style, Suits

Formal wear in the winter is simple; with plenty of options for sumptuous, luxurious fabrics, beautifully tailored bespoke three-piece suits and crisp cotton shirts, the last thing you’ll think about is overheating in the office. But once the spring arrives and temperatures start to soar, dressing formally can become a problem, and you might find […]

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