Wednesday, 09 December 2015 14:57

Tried & Tested - Jo Malone Orris & Sandalwood

review jo malone orris sandalwood the chic geekPart of Jo Malone’s Cologne Intense range, Orris & Sandalwood, centres around orris, the name for the dried root of the iris. One of the most expensive ingredients in perfumery it is grown in Tuscany and takes many years to dry out. 

Here it is combined her with top notes of violet, and a base of sandalwood.

TheChicGeek says, “This is the dirty side of orris. The initial burst of fragrant violet doesn’t stop this from quickly drying down to an earthy, woody and almost animalic base. This would appeal to those fans of oud or incense type fragrances. It has a strong beginning which does lighten with time”.

Left - Jo Malone - Cologne Intense - 100ml - £105

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

Monday, 07 December 2015 18:34

#OOTD 61 - Christmas GEEK

christmas chic geek ootd menswearIf you go down to the woods today you're sure of a big surprise...

TheChicGeek has been putting his best festive foot forward and decorating the trees in the forest. In an abstract Christmas jumper, cosy snood and sturdy boots, TheChicGeek knows less is more definitely more when it comes to casual Christmas attire.

Credits - Jumper - Paul Smith, Watch - Swatch, Trousers - New Look, Boots - Aigle, Snood - Johnstons of Elgin, Long-Johns - ABOUT, Tobacco Absolute Body Wash - Molton Brown, Face Masks - Kiehl's, Shampoo & Conditioner - Mojo Hair

Shot by Robin Forster on OlympusPEN

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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.

Monday, 30 November 2015 15:53

#OOTD 60 - Lumber GEEK 4/4

the chic geek outdoor style lumber jackThe final part of his lumberjack series, TheChicGeek goes rogue and starts to resemble an axe wielding killer, albeit a stylish one.

Still scouting for the perfect Christmas tree, his masculine uniform of khaki parka, check shirt and waterproof Wellingtons makes him the best dressed in the forest.

Copy his look, but keep it simple, remember, you want to be able to see the wood for the trees!

Get involved - #LumberGEEK

Credits - Coat - Aigle, Check Cardigan - Scotch & Soda, Shirt - Paul Smith, Watch - Swatch, Trousers - Maison Kitsuné, Wellington Boots - Aigle, Bag - Porter

Shot by Robin Forster on OlympusPEN

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Monday, 30 November 2015 15:03

Tried & Tested - Paul Smith Essential

paul smith the chic geek menswear fragranceTaking its inspiration from the simple elegance of fine tailoring – and with an eye firmly on the details – this woody and aromatic fragrance is the very embodiment of Paul Smith: effortless, contemporary, surprising and eminently wearable.

Left - Two icons of British style - TheChicGeek & Paul Smith 

“Essential is for the man who demands the same things from his fragrance as he does from his clothing,” says Paul Smith. “He’s gentlemanly but contemporary at the same time. He knows who he is and is confident with his sense of style, which is classic with a hint of surprise and a sometimes sense of humour.”

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Right - Paul Smith - Essential - EDT - 100ml - £38

A contemporary take on a traditional woody aromatic fragrance Paul Smith Essential opens with a crisp, clean ozonic accord and an invigorating burst of yuzu fruit before a trio of intensely aromatic notes (rosemary, clary sage and lavender) emerge to give Essential its distinct and deliciously herbal character. These, in turn, give way to a warm, masculine and woody base while musk gives Essential an irresistible, sensual edge. 

TheChicGeek says, “This is a commercial men's fragrance and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. Paul Smith wouldn’t have the size of business he has without making wearable clothes that appeal to a large sector of men and the same goes for his fragrances.

Essential is a classic men’s fougére - meaning lavender based - scent which is fresh, clean and wearable. Paul says he always puts patchouli into his scents as it reminds him of unpacking textiles from India because they add patchouli leaves as a type of repellent. Hopefully it won’t have the same effect with this!

Within an increasingly crowded men's fragrance market the majority of men would be happy to accept a gift with Paul Smith’s name on it, just don’t expect this to be that memorable."

Friday, 27 November 2015 16:12

Label To Know - Ludwig Reiter

ludwig weiter founder the chic geekAn oldie, but a goodie, Ludwig Reiter is an Austrian shoe brand founded in 1885. The first Ludwig Reiter, a master shoemaker from Bohemia, established a workshop in Vienna. In the 1920s, Ludwig Reiter II transformed the firm into a small shoe factory.

Left  - Founder, the first Ludwig Reiter

In the 1960s, Ludwig Reiter III, expanded the company, making it one of Austria’s most renowned shoe producers. In 2011, the company moved into the renovated Süssenbrunn Manor in Vienna. There some 60 employees produce around 30,000 pairs of shoes annually. 

Maronibrater boots ludwig reiterRight - Maronibratesr Boots - €698

Today, Ludwig Reiter—the only factory for welted shoes in the German-speaking region—is managed by the 4th and 5th generations of the original family. 

Keeping to the company’s traditions, a classical Ludwig Reiter shoe is welted using the Goodyear method. This artisan method remains the best way to give the shoe both mobility and stability. In this method the upper leather and the leather insole are first sewn together with a continuous leather band—the welt (single stitching). Only then is the welt connected to the sole (double stitching). 

ludwig reiter advert apere ski

Thus the upper part of the shoe and the outer sole are connected not directly but indirectly, and hence flexibly, with each other. This means the shoe can follow the foot’s complex movement when walking.

Left - An old Ludwig Reiter après ski advert

Brad Pitt is wearing a pair of Ludwig Reiter boots in the film, Inglorious Basterds.

Friday, 27 November 2015 15:15

Hot List - The Car Coat

the chic geek boohoo grey mens coatAffordable men’s clothes have got so good, recently, that if you’ve got the eye and the inclination you can pick up some of the best menswear pieces for next to nothing.

Left - TheChicGeek previewing Boohoo's car coat at their press preview last spring

My case in point is Boohoo’s men’s AW15 car coat. Women have had this shape for a long time, now, and it works because it elongates the body, making you look slimmer and taller.

Fast fashion brands, like Boohoo, have to come up with so much new product these days that they are continually innovating themselves rather than looking to designer fashion solely for ideas. This was one of the best men's coat shapes, I've seen, of the season and at a bargain price of 30 whole English pounds!

Below - Available now - £30

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czech speake oxford cambridge the chic geekIntroducing ‘Oxford & Cambridge Body Wash’ the latest luxurious addition to the Czech & Speake bathing range for gentlemen. This gently foaming and richly fragranced formulation is suitable for both showering and bathing and includes including aloe vera to soothe and refresh and Dead Sea salts to regenerate and tone the skin. 

The scent contains French citrus and healing English lavender, topped with herbaceous peppermint, rosemary and bergamot, all perfectly balanced on a base of warm oak moss. 

TheChicGeek says, “Let’s be honest, men don’t use expensive body washes religiously throughout the year. The volumes they get through, combined with the high cost, makes it more a treat than an everyday occurrence. Hence, why Christmas is the perfect time to spoil yourself.

Now, this is a treat. A very English treat. When in the shower, this smells strongly of dried lavender, it doesn’t smell like the overall scent which develops, and lasts, into a classic and soft fragrance that you almost wish they could do a version for the washing machine, so all your washing could smell this good.

This is perfect for somebody who wants a soft and lasting, but not overpowering body scent."

Left - Czech & Speake - Oxford & Cambridge Body Wash - 300ml - £38