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The Mandon Store – Style over Branding

The Mandon Store – Style over Branding

Posted on 23 August 2010 by Chris Ford

Not all of us want to look like we have just walked out of a branch of River Island or Next ,  I’m not one for big logos and flashy designs, I have always favoured classic cuts and styling over big names with no substance and that’s why I’m quite excited about The Mandon Store as it seems they share the same passion for good clothing I have.

There is a exciting mix of classic brands like John Smedley knitwear to the rather cool looking range of Edwin Japanese denim.  Mandon also  get top points for their Vintage section which display  some lovely looking classic watches which if you read my guide on buying the perfect watch you will remember I said vintage was the way to go.  Accessory wise there are some stunning looking bags from Filson as well as Fox Umbrellas which I have recommended here in the past as the best umbrella money can buy.

I also like the fact a grooming section has been included, again opting for staple fragrances from Czech & Speake  as well as classic shaving products from Edwin Jagger Mandon are sticking with the quality theme throughout their range.

Indeed it seems The Mandon Store is all about great things that whisper self assured style rather than scream label lover. Opting to stock items that are built to last, knowing that style is about long term appeal rather than what’s hot and what’s not.

go check them out at http://www.themandonstore.com

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How To Get Yourself A Free Bentley GT

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How To Get Yourself A Free Bentley GT

Posted on 22 August 2010 by Marc

We like bargains here at Gentlemen’s Goods.  I for one am not averse to scouring the virtual shelves of Ocado for a special offer or two and despite not being able to drive my curiosity was piqued when I heard that Asanti were giving away a free Bentley Continental GT (RRP £167,605)

As always there is a slight catch, the Bentley is free only if you purchase a set of customised wheels.  How much will those 4 wheels set you back? Why just a mere $2,000,000/£1,287,747!

Needless to say these are no ordinary wheels, they are custom-made and contain 6,500 diamonds and 300 rubies…per wheel!  Those nice people at Asanti will even let you choose the colour of your free Bentley and if you throw in another $6,000 and you can even have a custom grille, no jewels just shiny chrome or matt black mesh.

I’m off to book some driving lessons and scour Ocado for some more special offers to pay for the wheels!

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How Not to Grow Up: A Coming of Age Memoir. Sort of

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How Not to Grow Up: A Coming of Age Memoir. Sort of

Posted on 10 August 2010 by Chris Ford

Richard Herringhas a major problem. He’s about to turn 40 and hasn’t seen it coming. He’s not married, doesn’t have a proper job or 2.4 children. But now, finally, it looks as if the world expects him to be a grown up – and he’s completely unprepared for it. As the momentous and terrifying event approaches (his birthday), Richard notices a steep decline in his own behaviour. Inexplicably he begins to behave more childishly – hanging out with 22-year-olds, developing an unhealthy addiction to Flumps and even getting into a ludicrous fight. How Not to Grow Up is the hilarious story of how a self-confessed perpetual Big Kid deals with his greatest fear – getting older – and is the perfect book for everyone who, deep down, still thinks that they’re 18.

If you are a fan of Richard Herring you’ll already know of his talent for a wonderful turn of phrase and shameless critical self assessment. This book is a warts n all (actually warts are probably the only thing that Richard isn’t afflicted by in the book – surprising considering his lifestyle at the time) account of the author’s 41st year on the planet.

This is a really enjoyable read with many hilarious moments. I found the honesty and openness of the author make this more than just a comedy book. It’s also a voyeuristic insight into the life of a famous person. And I’m a right nosey sod so that’s good. Availble from Amazon for £6.00

However if your the lazy sort ( or just dont like to read things!) Herring’s excellent DVD ‘ Oh Fuck, I`m 40!’  covers much the same story in the form of one of his stand up shows £15 from Gofasterstripe.

You also  can follow Richard on twitter at @Herring1967

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Put to the Test: eyeSlices

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Put to the Test: eyeSlices

Posted on 09 August 2010 by Marc

Some product names are catchier than others and if I’m honest, the first image that popped into my head when I read eyeSlice Professional was not a very pleasant one.   The eyeSlice is a gel treatment for, you guessed it, your eyes!  Hailing from South Africa it has been launched only now in the UK and whilst aimed at the make-up professional, mere mortals can buy it online from The Pro Makeup Shop

As a gentlemen of almost advancing years I felt it only right that I should test the claims of the eyeSlice out.  I was told that in just five minutes I could benefit from patented Cryogel technology. I nodded sagely while it was explained to me that this is a dermal delivery system that combats puffiness, dark circles, wrinkles, tiredness and the signs of ageing with some potent botanicals.

I was sold, not least when told that the eyeSlices can be reused up to ten times and you could buy refill  packs. So far so good but would the eyeSlice really offer me an instant cooling sensation without a fridge? Would I be left after 5 minutes thinking the eyeSlice pads had stimulated the circulation around my eyes leaving me with the feeling that I’d enjoyed a soothing sensation resulting in comfortable eyes?  After pausing for a few minutes to gather back my breath I can say that the answer is…

Without a doubt the answer, for me, was yes!  The first thing that struck me after peeling back the metallic foil seal was the moisture packed into the gel pads. The slippery pads did feel a little sluggish as I applied them to my eyes.  Claims that they would stay on, even while sitting upright seemed a little far fetched from my first experience, the pads really are so moisture laden they can’t help it, however by the third time I used them they had lost some of their moisture and fitted quite snugly around my eyes.

When applied I did feel a cooling and tingling sensation around the eyes that was very much in the pleasant category.  As you only leave them on for 5 to 10 minutes you don’t really have to give up too much time and certainly felt much more invigorating and refreshing than merely applying eye drops.  After 3 days I wasn’t sure I could see any discernible difference in the dark circles I usually carry around with me, the downside to insomnia, but after 5 days I was starting to think there was a noticeable improvement. It’s for that reason I recommend them, using the eyeSlices is quick and mess-free and when I looked in the mirror I saw a difference.

The initial cost is £14.99 for a pair of eye pads in a plastic case that is quite compact and fits in your pocket.  Refill pads cost £9.99 a pair.  When you consider they can be used for up to ten times the eyeSlice is actually a very affordable treat to yourself and your eyes.  With more men burning the midnight oil it is their eyes that are taking the punishment.  With the eyeSlice all that’s needed is 5 minutes once or twice  a week, a session that will only cost you between 99p and £1.49.  Yes, mere pennies for fresh, brighter eyes.

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Amazons new Kindle E-Book reader

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Amazons new Kindle E-Book reader

Posted on 06 August 2010 by Chris Ford

I have never been that sure on the whole idea of electronic book readers or ‘e-books’ I have always been of the mindset that a book is so much better, I mean it never runs out of power, you can drop it, spill coffee on it and well they are quite cheap. With the launch details of Amazon’s new Kindle however I have to admit I’m tempted, for one thing the battery lasts a month on one charge which is amazing and two the incluson of wifi and free 3G is a genius touch. Just think your in the airport waiting for the flight home, you have just finished your holiday book, yes youi could rumage through the small airport book shop or if you have a Kindle simply go online and download exactly the book you are after!

Over 170 top UK and international newspapers and magazines are also available in the UK Kindle store for single purchase or subscription. UK titles in this selection include The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Economist, The Independent, The Financial Times and The Evening Standard. Kindle customers can also subscribe to over 9,000 blogs. All subscriptions are auto-delivered wirelessly to Kindle and start with a free 14-day trial.
The basic Wi-Fi Kindle costs just £109, a really attractive price for many but it’s the £149 Wi-Fi and 3G Model that is eye-catching.

Available for pre-order now at Amazon.co.uk they are due out for delivery from August 27.

mr.black@gentlemensgoods.com

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