Monday, 03 August 2015 10:05

Label To Know - Haeckels

Haeckels perfume margate seaweedWhen did Margate become the epicentre of cool? This once unloved  seaside town has seen a renaissance, not only with its minimal Turner Gallery and reopened and vintage inspired Dreamland theme park, but its collection of quirky retro and vintage shops.

Left - Eau De Parfum/GPS 23’34”N - 100ml - £160

Well, it was only a matter of time before Margate would spawn a collection of local brands. The first to catch my eye is Haeckels. Kent’s answer to Aesop, Haeckels is a premium, natural fragrance and skin care brand.

Using local ingredients, most prominently the ‘hand harvested’ seaweed, all Haeckels’ products are formulated in their cliff top lab in Margate where they only use and distill locally growing botanicals, offering the very best anti-oxidant properties. 

They hold one of only two licenses in England to harvest seaweed from the English coast. (Margate’s coast is genuinely unique: built on a giant 14 mile long Jurassic chalk reef which makes up 20% of the UK chalk reefs which means its able to nourish families of seaweed not found anywhere else in the world). 

The local seaweed forms the base ingredient of the skincare range based on the tradition of 'Thalassotherapy' derived from the Greek word meaning ‘sea’ or ‘ocean’. Thalassotherapy treatments use ocean water, seaweed, ocean mud and marine minerals to treat ailments and enable the body to replenish, remineralise and revitalise to enhance good health for body and mind.

Hackles room diffuser margate kentHaeckels was founded in 2012 by film maker, volunteer beach warden and coastal enthusiast Dom Bridges. When Haeckels was starting out Dom would collect seaweed and local botanicals along the Margate coast and bring them bring back to his family kitchen to experiment. Dom’s wife, Jo, soon said it was time to get a proper lab and turn a passion into a business as every saucepan in the kitchen was starting to smell like a skin care product. Taking his wife’s advice he acquired the 'Lab on Cliff Terrace' in 2013 where more product formulas were developed to complete the range. 

Right - Chalk Room Diffuser - 100ml - £100

The company has now grown: taking on members of staff whilst still playing an active part in the local community by organising beach cleans and taking part in marine conservation surveys. 

Haeckels currently has two stores: one in Margate, the other in Shoreditch and has just gone into Selfridges. They are planning the world's first Victorian sea bathing sauna on Margate beach. Watch this space.

www.haeckels.co.uk

Suit buying with marks & spencerMarks & Spencer has asked TheChicGeek for his top tips when it comes to looking for and buying a new suit.

#TheChicGeekSays

1. Fit is the most important thing when buying a suit. Find items in your size first, then decide on the style and material. Pay particular attention to the shoulders, cuffs and hems of the trousers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

suit buying advice the chic geek2. Jacket sleeves should stop at the base of the thumb and trousers should gently break on the shoe.

3. The length of the jacket should be in proportion to your height. If you are taller, then opt for a longer jacket.

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suit guide the chic geek marks & spencer4. Never button up the bottom button of the jacket (if more than a one button). This is traditional suit etiquette.

5. Buy a second pair of trousers as these will wear faster then the jacket.

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suit advice from the chic geek6. A well fitted suit will give you better posture and more confidence. 

7. Steam your suit, rather than iron, to stop it going shiny.

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Credits - All Marks & Spencer - Suit - Limited, Knitted Polo - Autograph, Socks - M&S, Monk Strap Shoes - Best of British

www.marksandspencer.com

Thursday, 23 July 2015 11:03

Label To Know - Moses

Walk Moses slider sandalsFor the last couple of summers men's footwear has been about plastic pool sliders and Birkenstock type buckled sandals. Well, on my recent visit to Pitti Uomo in Florence I spied a new cross between the two. Could we possibly label it the 'slandal' or 'sander'?!!

Left & Below - Moses - £35 (You can e-mail the website to see which men's sizes and colours they have available)

Called Moses, they are one complete plastic unit in a rainbow of colours. They are made from a breed of plastic called PCU, a superior grade of sustainable eco friendly plastic injected with air, creating a unique combination that creates a durable and ultra comfortable new feeling when you walk. 

Behind the brand is Sarah Gurt, originally from Paris. She acquired her professional education as a shoe designer in 1999 at Cordwainers College and Central St Martins and has since worked as a shoe designer for companies in Europe and the US such as Thierry Mugler, Calvin Klein and Oscar de la Renta.

After 14 years, Sarah decided it was time to come back to her adopted home of Israel and start a brand that related to her local lifestyle and that could resonate with people around the world: a brand that embodied the aesthetics and vibes of her city, Tel Aviv.

The sandals are washable and smell of milk and honey, quite literally, thanks to the combination of PCU plastic and natural oils and perfume injected into moulds which are placed on rotary injection machines. They come in a rainbow of colours and I expect see these next to every pool next summer.

www.walkmoses.com

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Monday, 20 July 2015 14:31

#OOTD46 - #BeachGEEK 4/4

The Chic Geek Beach MenswearThe British have always had a very particular look when they hit the beach. Every Bank Holiday it used to be a case of taking one's jacket off, rolling up your trousers, knotting a hanky on your head and paddling up to your ankles, well, it seems not much has changed! 

Stripey windbreak in hand, TheChicGeek hit the shingle in this retro beach look of white wife-beater and pastel pyjama bottoms. Catching up on his reading and admiring the view, TheChicGeek is the geek version of a stick of rock: it runs all the way through him.

#BeachGEEK

Credits - Long Vest Top - Casely-Hayford, Bag - Scotch & Soda, Trousers - Casely-Hayford, Sunglasses - Dita, Socks - Topman, Sandals - Dr Martens, Bracelet - River Island, Towel - Frescobol Carioca, Sun Protection - Clinique, Neckerchief - River Island

Shot by Robin Forster on #OlympusPEN

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Monday, 06 July 2015 15:18

#OOTD45 - #BeachGEEK 3/4

The Chic Geek OOTD menswear beach style monochrome

Are you BeachGEEK body ready?! Well, no matter the answer - to be honest, I'm not quite sure what beach body ready means anyway!! - monochrome hides a multitude of sins while being as timeless as a 99 ice cream.

Strip the colour out of your beachwear and look for black and white stripes in various thicknesses. Team with dark sunglasses and matching sandals and you're good to go.

Just don't forget to apply lots of sun protection so you don't get a 'newspaper tan' - black, white and red all over!

#BeachGEEK

Credits - Striped Top - Burton, Bag - Hunter, Swim Shorts - Hentsch Man, Sunglasses - Dita, Socks - Topman, Jelly Sandals - Hunter Gather, Bracelet - River Island, Towel - Scotch & Soda, Bat & Ball - Frescobol Carioca, Perfume - Atelier Des Ors, Day Screen Multi Protection - Clarins, Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol - Aesop, Thickening Tonic - Aveda

Shot by Robin Forster on #OlympusPEN

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Tuesday, 09 June 2015 15:45

#OOTD44 - #BeachGEEK 2/4

The Chic Geek beachwear holiday styleForget the summerhouse in the Hamptons, a true geek has a shabby-chic beach hut on the south coast.

Who needs to be beach body ready when you have a rubber ring to disguise your spare tyre?! Just make sure you match it with your T-shirt.

TheChicGeekTip - If you're going bright, at the beach, match colour with more colour.

#BeachGEEK

Credits - Jacket - G-Lab, Shorts - Vilebrequin, T-Shirt - Make Your Odyssey, Hat - Umbro, Socks - Topman, Sandals - Dr Martens, Sunglasses - River Island, Suncare - Clarins

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