Fashion Forward: TOMS Shoes

2 05 2011

Lightweight, practical and versatile – espadrilles are the stand out spring/summer footwear choice for guys. But for TOMS Shoes, they represent so much more than just fashion.

In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers.

The TOMS Shoes movement is such a simple idea. It’s a fashionable idea. It’s an idea that sets a very high standard to other retailers. But most importantly it’s an idea that supports the biggest trend of them all: giving. So for anyone – guys or girls – thinking of investing in a pair of espadrilles, please don’t opt for a 2 for £20 high street bargain, visit the TOMS Shoes website and do your bit.

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Tried & Tested: Henri Lloyd Skin Protection For Men

4 04 2011

“Stick to what you’re good at” – that’s what we’re always told. But what happens when you’re not content with what you’re good at and you want to try your hand at something new and exciting. Should you give up on your vision? Should you hell. Just go right ahead and attempt to be the best in your field. Which is exactly what nautical fashion pioneers Henri Lloyd have done with the launch of their new grooming range – Henri Lloyd Skin Protection For Men

With a heritage embedded in nautical innovation, Henri Lloyd’s history ensues a prestigious expedition. From creating groundbreaking fabrics for sailing clothes to defining the zeitgeist for Italian youths, Henri Lloyd’s contribution to global design and fashion is impressive. That leaves the Henri Lloyd Skin Protection For Men some large shoes to fill. As a skin care range Henri Lloyd follows the ethos of producing premium performance products, technically engineered with an infusion of marine ingredients combined with a sophisticated British edge. That’s all well and good but all that blurb only stands up if the products are effective, so for the last few weeks I’ve been trying my hand at several products from the Henri Lloyd range – and is my Pour Homme review.

Henri Lloyd Ocean Mineral Shower Gel (200ml) – £12.95

First up from the Henri Lloyd grooming range, the shower gel has all the refreshing properties you’d expect from a products based around the sea and ocean minerals. It provides maximum freshness and acts as a real morning/evening pick me up – without letting you down on the cleanliness front, and it left my skin feeling ‘no need to moisturise’ soft. 4 out of 5

Henri Lloyd Ocean Mineral Hand Protection Cream SPF6 (75ml) – £10.50

Both as a fashion line, and grooming range Henri Lloyd is designed for people who enjoy an outdoor lifestyle, so it was imperative that the range included the essential outdoor product – a strong, protective hand cream. Performing under the most strenuous of circumstances, Henri Lloyd Ocean Mineral Hand Protection Cream features SPF6 and uses minerals, vitamins and algae to repair dry, chapped or cracked hands – which it does brilliantly. 4 out of 5

Henri Lloyd Ocean Mineral Tinted Moisturiser SPF15 (75ml) – £19.00

The feather in the rather accomplished  Henri Lloyd cap, Ocean Mineral Tinted Moisturiser SPF15 is not only my favourite product in the Skin Protection range, but it’s cemented itself as one of my must have products. Providing maximum hydration, optimum protection and a natural looking healthy colour, this grooming must have is almost as multi-tasking as a Swiss army knife! In the run up to summer a moisturiser with SPF protection is essential, but this Henri Lloyd offering provides so much more than just a UV guard making it an absolute must try. 5 out of 5




French Connection S/S 2011 – You Are Man?

20 02 2011

It was around this time last year that French Connection launched their ‘The Man’ advertising campaign, showcasing a series of slick adverts that depicted the survival skills of a ‘real man’.

This Spring/Summer French Connection have taken things a step further, exploring how gender and society dictate behavior with powerful, thought-provoking shots entitled “You are…”.  Questioning what it means to be a man or a woman in today’s society, French Connection have kicked on from the award-winning 2010 campaigns to pose some more provoking questions – confronting the viewer by asking; “You are Man?”

Man or not, this is one striking campaign.

For more snap shots and videos from the campaign head over to the French Connection website.





H&M – Pretty Green?

1 02 2011

I’ve seen a big rise in Organic Male Grooming products in the last year, and now the natural trend seems to have made its way on to the high street as one retailer is giving shoppers the chance to get the latest fashion and save the environment.

Sounds too good to be true? Well it’s only a few selected items, but H&M have launched a line for men, women and children with all items made totally from organic cotton. This jacket is my favourite, and at just £24.99 its a steal as well as being sustainable style.

The range is available now, both online and in store.





Everyone’s Talking About: Mario Balotelli’s Hat

21 12 2010

After delving into football’s latest fashion fix with my recent post on snoods, it seems Man City’s playing staff have served up another gem. Before last night’s Premier league clash with Everton, City’s Italian bad boy Mario Balotelli arrived wearing a very questionable piece of head gear (see below). Whatever you think about snoods, this is one football related fashion accessory that definitely isn’t going to catch on.





Winter Knitwear & Accessories (Part 1)

7 12 2010

Unless you’ve been living in a box with no windows and the heating turned right up, it won’t have escaped your attention that the temperatures in the UK have plummeted the wrong side of zero. Yes it looks Christmassy, but we Brits don’t deal with this snow and ice lark very well do we?

To help you avoid the same mistakes I made this week (incredibly under prepared brogues with no grip and thin cream chinos in the snow!?) I’ve picked some of my favourite winter warmers to help guide you through to spring.Menswear Winter Knitwear & Accessories





Diesel: Be Stupid

15 10 2010

While I’m fully aware that it makes me a bit of a media geek/weirdo (delete as appropriate), I really like adverts. Not that awful ‘Go Compare’ one, or even the meerkat. No, I love adverts that get you thinking, that make you laugh or even make you want to shed a little (but very manly) tear. It doesn’t even matter if it has no connection with the product, I just love well presented, thought provoking advertising.

Catching my attention and satisfying my inner media nerd of late has been the Diesel – Be Stupid campaign. While it may not pull on the heart-strings as much as the recent vodaphone advert, or make me giggle as much as the latest Heineken offering, but every time I turn the page of a monthly, or click around the web it stands out at me like a sexy, funky, ballsy and brilliant sore thumb. It’s not the most innovative, or the most PC, but what I love about the Diesel – Be Stupid campaign is how much it makes heads turn. Long Live Stupid.

Click here to check out the rest of the Diesel – Be Stupid campaign.