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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Wednesday, 13 October 2021 09:57

Moncler Launches First Men's Fragrance

Moncler Pour Homme fragrance men'sMoncler has unveiled its first-ever fragrances, Moncler Pour Homme and Moncler Pour Femme. The new fragrances are the latest in a long line of inspirational creations by the brand and a natural extension of a 360° lifestyle brand celebrated around the world for its heritage of mountain excellence. 

Left - Moncler Pour Homme - 150ml - £170 exclusive to Selfridges

The fragrance duo shares a unique 'Mountain Woods' accord exclusive to Moncler. This warm, sophisticated woody element is a common DNA that evokes the pioneering spirit of the brand. Beyond this accord, each fragrance unveils an intrinsic blend of prestigious natural materials and unique accords formulated in the hands of perfumers Nisrine Grillié, Quentin Bisch, Antoine Maisondieu and Christophe Raynaud at Givaudan.

“The Mountain Woods accord is the common thread between the women’s and men’s fragrance. For its woody, outdoors feeling, we used cedarwood. For the stylish sophistication of the house, we worked with a saturation of amber. Together with Antoine Maisondieu, we added sandalwood for its comforting, creamy warmth.” says Nisrine Grillié.

Moncler Pour Homme is a woody aromatic fragrance created by perfumers Antoine Maisondieu and Christophe Raynaud. Said to capture the vibrant natural beauty of an alpine forest, the fragrance contains an unprecedented saturation of woody notes. Starting with the exclusive Alpine Green accord for Moncler that, combined with the energising freshness of clary sage, lifts the fragrance through a leafy expanse of mountain pines.

“Moncler Pour Homme is a deep-dive of woody notes – much more than any classic men’s fragrance. The Mountain Woods accord present in both fragrances is accentuated a lot more in Moncler Pour Homme. For Christophe Raynaud and I, the idea was to play that against the fresh, green element of the Alpine Green accord with aromatic touches of pine resin, sage and cypress. To that effect, Monler Pour Homme is very modern in the way that it has a long dry down – it doesn’t really follow the formal construction of a traditional perfume.” says Antoine Maisondieu.

The fragrance is showcased in a unique ‘borraccia’ flask-shaped bottle encircled with a ribbed silver case and cap – a utilitarian echo to Moncler’s mountaineering origins and the iconic quilted construction of a Moncler jacket. The Moncler Pour Homme bottle features a silver-dipped effect and an LED screen adorns the bottle of the rechargeable 150ml edition with an illuminated message panel customisable via a Bluetooth-powered smartphone app. This playful innovation allows you to write a personal note that appears in scrolling red letters across the bottle’s mirrored façade when activated by the Moncler logo-shaped push button in contrasting black. 

TheChicGeek says, "The first Moncler fragrance was always going to be a fresh wood, naturally, conjuring up those snow covered pined peaks and crisp mountain air. The brand has grown to become one of the biggest and more desirable of the designer down coat brands, particularly its multitude of small designer collections under its Genius header. The LED bottle idea sounds fantastically fun, love the personalisation element, and also relates to Moncler's technical expertise."

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King C. Gillette Face and Stubble MoisturiserKing C. Gillette has launched two new men’s grooming products specifically designed for men with stubble. New additions to the range include the Face and Stubble Moisturiser and 'Style Master', a tool which has been designed to edge, trim or sculpt stubble to help men maintain their look in between barbershop visits.

Left - King C. Gillette - Face and Stubble Moisturiser - £10

According to Gillette, today, 60% of men have facial hair, and, after clean shaven, stubble tops the list of most popular styles, however, men still have concerns when it comes to their facial hair. Common frustrations are that skin underneath their stubble feels dry or itchy, while the hair feels rough and even scratchy. The new King C. Gillette products have been created to address these facial hair concerns and help men master their personal style to establish a pleasurable at home grooming routine.

The Style Master features the 'World’s First 4D cutting technology'. Designed to edge, trim or sculpt stubble, the multifunctional tool features four cutting elements - including two side cutters for trimming longer hairs and two central blades to cut shorter hairs - and a pivoting head that adapts to the contours of the face. The Style Master offers men the flexibility to master their stubble with one simple tool that is cordless, water resistant and gentle on the skin.

The Face and Stubble Moisturiser moisturises the skin to sooth and relieve signs of dryness and skin irritation such as itchiness, redness and skin flakes while hydrating and conditioning hair to soften prickly stubble. The moisturiser is enriched with vitamin B Complex and glycerine to hydrate and strengthen the natural skin barrier, and argan oil conditions prickly stubble for a soft and smooth feel

Left - King C. Gillette - Style Master - £39.99

TheChicGeek says, "Stubble often dries out the skin underneath producing flakey skin which looks particularly bad when wearing dark clothing. Anything which claims to help with that is a good thing.

The 'Style Master' is in a similar vain to the ever-popular Philips OneBlade (See TheChicGeek's honest review here), but is black and anonymous. The name 'Style Master' isn't even on the gadget. It is made by Braun, another P&G brand, a name respected in electricals, so should have the strength to tackle even the coarsest of facial hair."

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Gillette SKIN grooming products for men's sensitive skinShaving giant, Gillette, has launched its new skincare collection, Gillette SKIN, designed to prepare, protect and replenish guys shaved skin. The line-up, which can be used as a regimen or individually has been designed with fast absorbing and non-sticky formulas and created to address sensitive skin issues at its core. 

Certified by the British Skin Foundation (BSF), Gillette SKIN is designed to prepare, protect, and replenish the skin.  The range includes a face wash, shave cream, shave gel, shave mousse, post shave balm and moisturiser. The products are enriched with shea butter and vitamin E, are made without alcohol and dyes and help men avoid skin irritation when shaving. 

“We know guys look for simple and effective skincare products that are easy and comfortable to use” said Callum Wood, Gillette UK Brand Director. “As the brand that sets the standard for guys grooming routines, we know a smooth shave and healthy-looking skin go hand in hand to help them put their best face forward each morning. Gillette SKIN is therefore designed to give all men, including those with sensitive skin, skincare that not only makes a difference, but is easy to integrate into their grooming routine.” 

Matthew Patey, Chief Executive of the British Skin Foundation, added “The BSF reviewed the research and formulation work Gillette undertook and we’re proud to certify the new Gillette SKIN range and its proven benefits for sensitive skin.”  

TheChicGeek says, "Sensitive skin can be irritating and annoying so anything which reduces this form irritation, particularly associated with shaving, is a welcome relief."

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