Thursday, 17 December 2015 17:40

TheChicGeek & Fossil's Curious Night Out #sp

The Chic Geek fossil q smartwatchThe mulled wine was flowing and the Christmas tunes were pumping as TheChicGeek hosted his Curious Night Out with Fossil on Oxford Street, last thursday. 

Left - TheChicGeek checking out the new range of Fossil smartwatches and bracelets

Guests were treated to an exclusive ChicGeek discount, monogramming service on leather good and jewellery and luxury goodie bags. I got to chose a selection of gifts, suitable for the whole family, from Fossil's extensive range of watches, leather goods, jewellery and gifts.

fossil fashion foie gras marcus jaye the chic geekRight - Where's ChicGeek?! Fellow blogger, Fashion Foie Gras, getting digitally papped

So, with Christmas wrapped up, all in one place, there's nothing left to do but wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Curious New Year!

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Left - TheChicGeek 'geek-handling' Fossil's leather rucksacks 

Below - Fossil Oxford Street, London

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Monday, 14 December 2015 15:40

TheChicGeek's Christmas Wish-List

christmas cashmere jumper hashtag collectiveIn this golden age of saturation, what do we really need? Christmas is now all centred about want rather than need, so I've chosen all the frivolous things I'd like to see under my ChicGeek tree. Santa, baby...

"A handsome navy crew-neck Made-in-Scotland Cashmere Jumper".

Left - Hashtag Collective - £250

fornasetti candle the chic geekA Scented Candle - "One that looks as good as it smells".

Left - Fornasetti - Malachite Scented Candle - £125

Socks - "These aren't boring, they're proper luxe and they're made by Corgi in Wales".

Below - Kingsman - Cable-Knit Cashmere Socks - £125

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house of hackney artemis cushion wish list christmasCushion - "I'd probably wish for more than one of these as it may look a little sad on its own".

Left - House of Hackney - Artemis - £148

paul smith caran d'ache pens the chic geek christmas wish listPen - "These pastel pens are an attractive refresh of a classic design".

Left - Caran d’Ache + Paul Smith - Blue Ballpoint Pen - £35

Bike - "Real men have a basket on their bike".

Below - Martone - Greenwich Grey Men’s Bike - £995martone men's bike the chic geek christmas wish list

fossil q founder watch the chic geek christmas wish listWatch - "The non-obvious smartwatch in a handsome and traditional men's watch style".

Left - Fossil - Q Founder - £259

victorinox swiss art knife the chic geek christmas wish listFail-Safe Tool - "Stick this on your keys and I guarantee you'll love having it with you. Most used? The toothpick".

Left - Victorinox - Swiss Champ Knife - £65

Pyjamas - "I couldn't get a picture of the blue and white toile de jouy ones that Derek Rose have for SS16, but let's just say they're worth the wait". 

Below - Derek Rose Toile du Jouy Pyjamas SS16

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"And of course the gift of style..."

Left - TheChicGeek's Fashion, Grooming & Style Guide For Men - £16.99

christmas tom ford italian cypress fragrance mens"Smell as good, if not better, than the Christmas tree".

Left - Tom Ford - Italian Cypress - £142

 Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Amethyst toothbrush the chic geek"If this matches your bathroom, then you need a new bathroom, but you'll definitely know which one is yours! The travel carrier/charger is a great addition".

Left - Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Amethyst - £249.99

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 12:46

Tomorrow, don't forget! Fossil Oxford Street

fossil the chic geek blogger eventDon't forget to join TheChicGeek, tomorrow - Thursday 10th December - to discover Fossil's new Q smart collection of bracelets and watches.

Left - The curious pairing of TheChicGeek & Fashion Foie Gras. Join us this thursday night 

fossil q founder smartwatch the chic geekA perfect example is the Q Founder - pictured right - a touchscreen digital watch in refined stainless steel that tracks steps and connects seamlessly to your phone.

Right - Fossil Q Founder is engineered with Intel Innovation® and powered by Android Wear™ — in addition to tracking your activity, receiving notifications, and inspiring weekly curiosity, you can also match your watch to your look in seconds with customizable watch face designs - £279

The first 25 guests through the door will receive a special exclusive 'curious' goodie bag and with live DJ, fun photobooth and festive refreshments, it's not to be missed! 

With a special 10% discount and free engraving and embossing on the night, treat someone you love this festive season with the perfect gift from Fossil.

When: Thursday 10th December from 6pm - 9pm.

Where: Fossil, 330 Oxford Street, W1C 1JE

RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

#callingallcurious

Don’t forget to RSVP! See you there!

#Sponsored by Fossil

Friday, 04 December 2015 00:36

Join TheChicGeek @Fossil Oxford Street

fossil the chic geek blogger eventPerfectly timed to get the serious business of Christmas shopping underway, join me at the Fossil flagship store, Oxford Street - (between John Lewis & House of Fraser) - on Thursday 10th December, from 6pm - 9pm for an exclusive shopping event.

the chic geek blogger fossil influencerWith a special 10% discount and free engraving and embossing on the night, treat someone you love this festive season with the perfect gift from Fossil. 

Right - The curious pairing of TheChicGeek & Fashion Foie Gras. Join us next thursday night

The first 25 guests through the door will receive a special exclusive 'curious' goodie bag and with live DJ, fun photobooth and festive refreshments, it's not to be missed! 

When: Thursday 10th December from 6pm - 9pm.

Where: Fossil, 330 Oxford Street, W1C 1JE

RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

#callingallcurious

Don’t forget to RSVP! See you there!

#Sponsored by Fossil

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 14:19

ChicGeek Comment - Fashion Instinct

The Chic Geek fashion comment lystA recent wrap on the Evening Standard’s ES Magazine by fashion portal, Lyst, got me thinking about how fashion is currently being bought and marketed. Armed with streams of data on sales and searches, the company fine tunes its offering to predict what you want before you even know it yourself selling from different retailers and sites in one place.

Left - Recent advert for Lyst

The advert says things like - “This week on Lyst: New York men spending 25% more on rubber-soled sneakers than New York women on high heels”.

Is this kind of information really useful? While any additional information empowers buyers and retailers to think about what is selling and what to buy again, it has be remembered that fashion isn’t a logical beast. 

lyst fashion data chic geek commentYou can’t solely predict and buy fashion on previous sales and best-sellers. It’s a bit like trying to please a search engine, how can people search for something they don’t even know they want yet or actually exists? It’s the digital equivalent of the chicken and the egg. 

Right - Can algorithms predict fashion?

Annoyingly, as fashion becomes more saturated and speeds up, the number of major changes and ideas seems to be slowing. Is it these types of buying patterns and data information that is stalling fashion? Are retailers being too cautious in order to maintain sales and offer more guaranteed return on sales?

Algorithms will never be able to replace instinct. Fashion is about instinct, a gut feeling. It’s about influential people - be they celebrities, designers, best friends - asking themselves “what do I want now?” or “I want that!”.

This starts the wave of influence along the chain across brands, designers and people which then results in the trends and then, hopefully, end sales for the retailers.

As fashion becomes more competitive and saturated it will be those with the instinct to go in their own direction who will really standout.