Wednesday, 03 November 2021 09:46

Introducing SwatchPAY!

Swatch PAY launchesThe payment function of SwatchPAY! is hidden; it has never been so easy to impress friends when it’s time to pay for a round of drinks.

How does it work? Hidden inside each model with the SwatchPAY! feature is a Near Field  Communication (NFC) chip that works in the same way as the ones in bank cards to enable contactless payments. The added benefit is that the NFC chip doesn’t drain the watch battery. Simply move the watch close to the payment terminal at the checkout counter, the terminal reader exchanges payment information with the chip, and that’s all there is to it!  Lost the watch? Don’t panic. Wearers can suspend or reactivate the payment function of the watch with a single tap on a smartphone or tablet using the SwatchPAY! app at any time. Like all other Swatch models, watches with SwatchPAY! are water-resistant to a depth of 30 metres.

"Never has contactless payment been this popular! We are all excited to launch SwatchPAY! in the UK," says Bernardo Tribolet, Swatch Head of Trendscouting. "Setting up your SwatchPAY! is simple, fast and does not come at any extra cost. Introducing this cool tokenised payment method, makes contactless secure and easier than ever. No need to activate the payment function separately or keep the watch within range of your connected smartphone. Activate your Swatch, swipe it and you’re done. SwatchPAY! is simple, stylish, safe and very Swatchy”.

The cool payment innovation is powered by Curve in the UK. "Curve is all about making money work on your terms and is delighted to be able to offer the convenience of watch payments to customers who want to wear traditional watches that fit 21st century expectations. Nothing could be a better pairing than Swatch's stylish designs and Curve's seamless technology," says Shachar Bialick, Founder and CEO of Curve.

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Friday, 29 October 2021 16:29

David Gandy Launches WELLWEAR

David Gandy Wellwear loungewear basics

DAVID GANDY WELLWEAR is a 'world first concept bringing apparel and wellbeing together in a lifestyle brand that fuses fashion, function and feeling'. Inspired by the supermodel’s 20 years' of industry experience and based on the scientific benefits of wearing soft, comfortable clothing, the 20-piece debut collection offers a definitive range of essentials that puts the emotional wellbeing of its customer at its very heart.

“Clothing can have a big impact on our confidence, so I wanted to create a range that helps people feel relaxed and secure – one that allows people to feel as comfortable as they do in their own skin” says Gandy.

Fabric constructions have been selected for their natural functionality, such as body temperature regulation and moisture wicking, to create an additional layer of comfort. Wellwear also pushes the boundaries on affordable fabric innovation by applying technical treatments to garments to physically enhance the wearer’s wellbeing. These include anti-odour and anti-bacterial properties which reduce the need to wash clothes after every wear, increasing longevity of the garment and in turn having a positive wider environmental impact, and the use of Aloe Vera plant extract which has wound healing, anti-inflammatory and moisturising properties.

TheChicGeek says, "It's quite hard to get excited about basics, but I like Gandy's attempt at a spin on them. The product descriptions are a bit of a stretch for a cotton loopback hoodie - 'The release of oxytocin (feel-good hormones) when you hug someone has a powerful calming effect signalling relaxation and safety. We’ve read that soft clothing does the same, so we made the Ultimate Hoodie as soft as possible. Here’s a hug from us to boost your mood.' 
 
David Gandy Wellwear loungewear basicsComfortable clothing makes people feel relaxed. Who knew?! The proof of the basics is in the wearing... Hoodies are £75, T-Shirts are £30. Made in Portugal.
 
I didn't realise Gandy no longer did his ranges for Marks & Spencer -the English model’s underwear range for Autograph, launched in September 2014, and swimwear collection was released during summer 2015 - so this is clearly his own extension of that. 
 
Could probably do with more colour, but I guess that'll be about growing out the SKUs. Sportswear and beauty/supplements will be a natural brand progression here."
 

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Tuesday, 26 October 2021 11:35

Duke + Dexter Fracap Darwin Hiking Boot

Fracap Duke Dexter darwin hiking bootsLondon footwear brand, Duke + Dexter, has teamed up with one of the world's best hiking boot makers, Fracap, to create a capsule collection of all-terrain hiking boots.

Handmade in Italy, the 'Darwin' hiking is available in three colour options and features recycled materials, vegan leather and Vibram soles. Each pair comes with two sets of laces - tonal and contrast, as well as a cleaning polish and custom brush.
 
TheChicGeek says, "Hiking boots never go out of fashion for the colder seasons. When you collab., always partner with the best and Duke + Dexter has done just that. Fracap is inspired by the Italian Dolomite mountains and use the same mould that had been once been designed for the Italian army. It gives the boots unrivalled comfort while oozing the made in Italy quality."
 
Fracap Duke Dexter darwin hiking bootsLeft - Duke + Dexter - DARWIN Dolomite Hiking Boot - £290

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Tuesday, 26 October 2021 10:51

AW21 Barbour x Noah Jackets

Barbour noah bedale jacketThe third iteration of this collaboration, Barbour has launched its Autumn Winter 21 collection with New York label, Noah. This season the range includes six different jackets that are based on the traditional Barbour Bedale and Beaufort styles - both of which were first introduced in the early 1980s. These classic designs have been reimagined in new vibrant fabrications to create a collection that is both timeless and modern.

Left - Barbour - Aero Noah Bedale - £299

The jackets have been crafted from two distinct fabrics, both made in the UK – a dry wax and a heavy wool. The Bedale jackets are made in a dry wax and is available in the colourways of wine, nicotine and dark navy - with a contrasting tartan lining.

By contrast the Beaufort designs are made in a heavy wool from Abraham Moon & Sons, a British company established in 1837. Although the shape and cut of the Beaufort design has been retained, the heavy fabric gives the jackets a weighty, robust feel. Available in tan, brown plaid and a pink tone, each design features a contrasting tartan lining. 

The jackets are completed with Barbour’s signature heavy-weight two-way zips, corduroy collars, upper hand warmer pockets and lower bellows pockets. On the exterior. there is a small and subtle Barbour X Noah embroidered logo on the pocket flap - and on the interior you’ll find an oversized embroidered Barbour X Noah logo at the neck.

Ian Bergin, Director of Menswear, Footwear & Accessories, Barbour said: ‘We really enjoyed working alongside the team at NOAH to bring our unique collaborative designs for Autumn Winter to life. There is a natural symbiosis between our two brands that comes from the desire to create timeless products with a contemporary twist and I hope that people will enjoy wearing them for many years to come.”

Brendon Babenzien, Noah Co-Founder and Creative Director said: "Barbour jackets are perfect for what they are designed for, therefore we chose to make only subtle updates this season. We focused on cloth selection for those who may not manage to wear wax comfortably — water resistant dry cloths for those looking to shed rain and wools to combat chilly temperatures. These felt like simple but elegant variations to an already legendary outerwear piece.”

TheChicGeek says, "The Barbour jacket is the Range Rover of the coat world and as such is one of the UK's greatest clothing exports. Who wouldn't want a pink one?!"

The Autumn Winter 21 Barbour x Noah collection is available on barbour.com and noahny.com and from selected stockists worldwide

Exclusive UK Stockist: Dover Street Market

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Wednesday, 13 October 2021 13:05

Citizen X Star Wars Collection

Citizen star wars watchesCitizen's new range of watches inspired by the vast Star Wars galaxy has landed. A retro-futuristic appeal, the ANA-DIGI TEMP model was first popularised by Citizen in the 1980s in the Japanese market and globally.

The multifunctional face features analogue and digital time displays, a celsius temperature sensor, themed sub-dials and an alarm, which all integrate iconic character design. Extras include Star Wars character illustrations engraved on the case back.

Left - Citizen X Star Wars Collection - From £269

TheChicGeek says, "Even without the Star Wars tie-up they are a great re-edition. These are super cool Japanese designs from the 80s which never get old. I particularly like the blue and orange ones."

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