What makes you curious? This is the big question American accessories brand, Fossil, is asking this season. To celebrate TheChicGeek starring in their new AW15 campaign, we are giving one lucky ChicGeek reader the chance to own this handsome Fossil chronograph watch.

The Machine Chronograph Black Stainless Steel Watch, worth £155, is a modern favourite with its matte black case and bright white dial. Built to outlast fleeting trends, this refined chronograph is a superlative investment fit for any occasion.

The additional date detail and quality build makes this a timely addition to any man’s wardrobe.

See more of TheChicGeek’s #CallingAllCurious campaign here.

Get involved on social media - #CallingAllCurious @Fossil www.Goldsmiths.co.uk

Fossil chronograph watch

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Lab Series review future repair serum men's groomingLab Series’ new Future Rescue Repair Serum is a high performance, anti-aging treatment that if used daily helps renew the look of skin today and for your tomorrow. Featuring a ‘Quad Focus’ approach to combat visual ageing - antioxidant/enviornmental defence, purifying surface detox, barrier fortification and damage repair. This global serum acts as the skin’s first line of defence to help combat the look of aging. 

Left - Lab Series Future Rescue Repair Serum - 50ml - £48

Research shows that only 10% of visible aging is chronological, the remainder is from our surroundings: the sun, pollution, stress, lifestyle etc. 

TheChicGeek says, “Lab Series had me at ‘The Future of Handsome’ with this one. Okay, so serums haven’t really taken off in men’s grooming, but, the way to look at is as a future-proofing anti-aging layer: giving your skin a boost and added protection.

When this first went on, the smell and texture reminded me of the Lab Series all-in-one moisturiser PRO LS, but this is much better than that. 

Applied day and night, it is light, absorbs quickly, but feels rich enough to do what it says. These types of products are often about a feeling rather than an instant change and needs long term usage to reduce the signs of aging. This isn't about turning the clock back!

I would recommend this, but apply an SPF moisturiser over the top during the day, to really protect your skin for tomorrow”.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 13:10

Buyer's Guide - AW15 - The Idle Man

Thom Scherdel, Buyer for THE IDLE MAN

The Idle Man art deco jumper the chic geek“One of my favourite pieces from our AW debut collection, the Deco Jacquard repeat ends up being quite trippy if you keep staring at it, but is still understated and classy“.

Left - The Idle Man - Deco Jacquard Knitted Jumper - £28

Schott NYC perfecto biker jacket“The quest for the ultimate Biker Jacket is often long and arduous, but as with most things you are looking for they tend to be right in front of you. Established too long ago, it was made famous by Marlon Brando in the 50’s, and then adopted and adored by the punks in the 70s and 80s. The Perfecto has stood the test of time and is the quite simply THE Biker Jacket to own“.

Left - Schott NYC - Perfecto Biker Jacket - £350

  

Herschel the idle man rucksack backpack“How to make a Classic Herschel Black Backpack better? Add a 3M patch to the back and give it 3M reflective taped seams obviously. We just wanted to make a slightly more functional backpack for all the commuters out there, reducing the size slightly, as to not p*ss people off on the tube and making it a bit more road ready for those 2 wheeled warriors on the morning Tour de London“.

Left - Herschel X The Idle Man - Heritage Mid-Volume Backpack - £55

The North Face Kazzoo Mountain Jacket“There were a few raised eyebrows when this landed on the site, its our most expensive piece to date, but what a jacket this is. With a Fill Power of 700 Goose Down it’s the most you can pack in to ensure insulation and comfort. It's mountain ready, of course, but I went for it because it’s a just an amazing colour way. White is going to be a massive colour for the coming seasons and this is the perfect foray into it. You’ve already got a black coat…”.

Left - The North Face - Kazoo Mountain Jacket - £475

 

Wood Wood Yale Sweater the chic geek“We are pleased to welcome the Wood Wood crew onto our site for AW, maintaining their street etiquette, but referencing the 70s in just the right way they have some amazing dual inspired products. This classic logo knit is made up fine Merino Wool and a touch on Nylon to give it a unique handle. It's black on the front and white on the back…”.

Left - Wood Wood - Yale Sweater - £110

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 09:41

TheChicGeek Meets Public School

American menswear Public School the chic geekHere to launch their Woolmark Prize winning men’s collection at Harvey Nichols, TheChicGeek grabbed design duo, Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow of American fashion label, Public School, for a couple of minutes to talk Made in the USA, DKNY and state schools

Left - Not your average public schoolboys! Dao-Yi & Maxwell of Public School

Winners of the inaugural International Woolmark Menswear Prize, Public School has been gaining attention over the last few seasons and has been tasked with the makeover of American fashion giant DKNY. The winning Woolmark collection is in their signature black and features machine body-conscious hoodies, sweaters and leggings and is available Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge and Matchesfashion.com. 

Where did the name Public School come from? “It’s from the idea of New York being a melting pot. Public School is about not being an intimidating designer name: we wanted to make it something everybody could get into it,” says Maxwell.

Do they realise that public school means something completely different in the UK? I suggested they renamed the label ‘State School’, “We need to change the labels here!” laughs Maxwell.

So, they’ve just taken over at DKNY, will they be doing the menswear and what can we expect?

woolmark prize menswear public school harvey nichols“No, just women’s. As for men’s, they’re exiting the business. Maybe in a couple of years it will return,” says Dao. 

Right - The new Woolmark Prize winning men's knitwear on display at Harvey Nichols London

How would they sum up Public School for those not familiar with the label?

“It’s a men’s and women’s designer collection based out of New York and also the production is done in New York City. It’s around this idea of convergence and mixing,” Dao says.

How do they find production in the USA and doesn’t it make selling in Europe prohibitively expensive?

“Production is difficult in general. But, it’s easier for a company of our size, now, which is small, to keep production in the US,” says Dao. 

“We have to get creative. Give a retailer discount if they can buy more to off-set the difference,” says Maxwell.

The Public School Woolmark Collection is available at Harvey Nichols & Matchesfashion.com - Prices - £235 - £740

Topman Design The Chic Geek menswearGet your motor running! Channelling a little bit of James Hunt by way of the Bay City Rollers, TheChicGeek gets a large dose of 70s in this look from Topman Design's AW15 collection.

The jumpsuit is a major trend for this season. Add the badges and the bright colour and it becomes glam-rock fantastical. Hold on tight!

Topman Design autumn winter 2015 menswear geek

Credits - All Topman Design AW15

Left - Topman Design Catwalk at LCM

Shot by Robin Forster on Olympus PEN

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Monday, 28 September 2015 09:51

Splash or Cash? The Grey Ombré Jumper

vince menswear chic geek jumper greyDesigners use the terms 'ombré' and 'degradé' to describe this graduated colour effect, while the high-street just cuts to the chase and opts for 'dip-dye' .

However you want to call it, it looks great in knitwear - as pictured here - and in particular in this grey.

American brand, Vince, is perfect if you're a messy eater, while M&S has the reverse effect, ideal for disguising a bit of belly.

Left - Vince - Wool/Casmere Ombré Pullover - £215 From StyleBop

Below - Marks & Spencer - Autograph - Merino Wool Rich Slim Fit Dip Dye Jumper With Cashmere - £55marks and spencer autograph grey cashmere jumper sweater chic geek

 

While we were out and about during the recent London Fashion Week LFW - yes, we knows it’s for the girls, but there was the odd sprinkling of menswear - we bumped into the famed illustrator, Will Broome, who exclusively customised one of his new panda eyes cases for us.

Part of the H! by Henry Holland range at Debenhams, we’re giving one lucky ChicGeek reader the chance to own this little work of art.

Henry Holland Case

CLOSING DATE: 28th October 2015 at 11.59pm - Winner(s) will be informed by email!

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Friday, 25 September 2015 12:46

Hot List - Gucci GG Blooms Duffle Bag

Gucci GG Bloom Duffle Bag flowersYou’ve probably noticed Gucci getting a lot of Chic Geek love recently. This is new, improved, just keeps on getting better Gucci: a Gucci that hasn't excited us since Tom Ford left the building over a decade ago. 

One of the most distinctive items of their new look is the famous GG monogrammed canvas printed over with painted geraniums. Seen on bombers - as in the new Cruise SS16 advertising - here and various accessories. 

A real man shouldn't be afraid to carry flowers, especially when they're on his duffle bag. Be the first to get this. 

Left & Below - Gucci - GG Blooms Duffle Bag - £1100

Gucci floral men's bag

Tuesday, 23 June 2009 09:27

How to 'look better tonight'

Grooming brand Alford & Hoff's favourite phrase is 'look better tonight'.

Barry Alford tells us how How to 'look better tonight'

Apply the Alford & Hoff Microdermabrasion cream for one minute. This exfoliates the skin with diamond shaped magnesium oxide crystals that are uniform in size and shape unlike other exfoliators which can look like shrapnel under a microscope and can be bad for your skin leading to tears and cuts.

Wash this off. When you wash and shave, you strip your face, so it is good to replace with our serum. A thin veil of this lightweight cream should massaged over the face and allowed to absorbed.

Then follow up with a moisturiser, we do one for the day with SPF 15 and one for the night.

Alford & Hoff is a new, luxury men's skin-care brand from America that uses sirtuin technology to reduce the signs of ageing. Sirtuins are the proteins that prevent cells from dying. The ingredients inside their products stimulate the sirtuins in men's skin.

www.alfordandhoff.com

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:54

ChicGeek Comment - Be Exclusive Not Excluding

LV Series 3 Sticker Wall Louis VuittonIt should be remembered that the term exclusive, long touted by fashion brands in the positive sense of the word, is the opposite of inclusive.  The opposite, to exclude, becomes a negative: a pushing away and a physical wall between the them and us.

Left - The LV Series 3 Sticker Wall - Take home a sticker of an item you probably can't afford

Luxury brands tread a fine line between wanting the masses to buy en masse - they have to in order to sustain these giant businesses - while keeping this positive form of exclusivity.

As brands find it increasingly difficult to differentiate themselves in a crowded market, both in physicality and ideas, some are using that muscle to ‘educate’ the consumer and let them into this ‘exclusive’ world.

French brand, Louis Vuitton just opened a new, month long exhibition, opposite Australia House on The Strand, entitled LV Series 3, to showcase the thought processes their womenswear designer, Nicholas Ghesquière, had behind their current AW15 collection.

Like many of these things, it is a risk. You either leave with the brand going up higher or lower in your expectations. Obviously, the brand, spending huge sums of money, wants the former.

Rather than a wow, it wasn’t quite clear what you were looking at and then, unfortunately, you ask yourself, do I really care? 

Brands have to be careful not to believe in their own myth and hype. They have to remember who put them there. Some of these things can have a touch of the Marie Antoinettes: the great unwashed allowed in, on their terms, to look, but not touch.

People are giving up their precious free time and making a journey to see these things featuring perspex boxes housing £5000 bags with the pretention that you should feel privileged that they are even allowing you in to see something you’ll never be able to afford. 

I understand brands want and need to put their product on a pedestal in order to make it feel special, but it also needs to feel inclusive. If people are taking time out of their busy lives to frequent these things it needs to be on par or better than a museum show or don’t bother at all. These things are beautifully made and while there are two artisans demonstrating and making product inside the exhibit, you leave feeling like you don't know anymore than when you first went in.

It could be that I'm not a fan of Ghesquière's, but I went in wanting to be wowed and educated on why he's been given the top job at the world's biggest luxury goods company. It fell flat on that front. I left feeling that luxury brands need to remember that it’s important not to patronise if they want us to carry on patronising.