Archive | September, 2011

DSquared2 Potion for Men

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DSquared2 Potion for Men

Posted on 27 September 2011 by Chris Ford

DSquared2 have launched Potion, a new fragrance for men,  Potion is described as “the scent of seduction” and is fronted by model Diego Miguel.

I recently had the opportunity to  try this new fragrance and will do my best to describe my findings.

Potion is an aromatic woody amber fragrance developed by perfumer Annick Menardo; notes include mint, angelica, thyme, gentian, cinnamon, cashmere wood, patchouli, amber and musk. I think the best way I can describe the smell is that scent of a smells like a blown-out cinnamon-vanilla candle and that’s quite a unique smell which I love!

The bottle has a very retro feel which looks rather elegant in my bath room cabinet
DSquared2 Potion will be available in 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum.


DSquared2 Potion for Man (£42.50 for 50ml, £57 for 100ml) is exclusively available at Harvey Nichols  now and  nationwide  in  October 2011.

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Adam the Suitcase from Millican

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Adam the Suitcase from Millican

Posted on 19 September 2011 by Chris Ford

Founded in 2008 and based in the Lake District National Park, Millican creates timeless travel and outdoor bags.

Each bag in Millican’s  collection is based on a proven utility classic, with modern functionality and made with sustainable materials – organic canvas, recycled polyester, vegetable tanned leather and Lakeland wool.

The brand is inspired by the life and values of Millican Dalton, a local legend who lived a life of simplicity and self-sufficiency as a Lakeland mountain guide in the early 1900s


For 2011 Millican have  interpreted a classic travel shape to create Adam the Suitcase – a soft case made from Millican’s 20oz, weatherproof, 100% organic cotton canvas.


Adam offers many key features:

·         Central zip for easy access to two large internal compartments

·         Three external pockets for books, travel documents and water bottle.

·         Internal divider to separate work from play

·         Waterproof cover and shoe/laundry bag in one

·         Fits more airline restrictions for hand luggage

Adam the Suitcase retails at £265 and is available in Slate Green and Antique Bronze.


for more info and to purchas, head over to

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Curated by Lyle and Scott’ Live Shows

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Curated by Lyle and Scott’ Live Shows

Posted on 19 September 2011 by Chris Ford

After offering an early platform to the likes of Tribes, Trophy Wife and James Yuill, iconic fashion brand Lyle & Scott are pleased to announce the second in a series of ‘Curated by Lyle & Scott’ shows. The exciting programming this year will see Chad Valley, Alex Clare, Disclosure and Hooray for Earth perform at shows across the country.


11th October – XOYO – London w/ Chad Valley, Disclosure + Competition Winner

23rd November – Cabaret Voltaire – Edinburgh w/ Alex Clare, Hooray for Earth + Competition Winner

24th November – The Deaf Institute – Manchester w/Alex Clare, Hooray for Earth + Competition Winner

29th November – XOYO – London w/Alex Clare, Hooray for Earth + Competition Winner

Further London dates to be announced shortly

Tickets for all shows cost £6 and can be purchased from

For tickets please go to


Following on from last year’s successful CBLS series in London, we are excited to be taking the show on the road and supporting emerging talent around the UK’ said Jess Pugh, Lyle & Scott’s Marketing Manager.


After the initial London launch which will feature Chad Valley and Disclosure, ‘Curated by Lyle & Scott’ will take Alex Clare, Hooray for Earth plus a third act, which will be decided through a fan-influenced competition on the road.


Headlining the October launch at London’s XOYO will be Chad Valley – the personal outpourings of one Hugo Manuel, the balearic inclined vocalist of Oxford’s Jonquil and founder member of the Blessing Force collective. Hugo has made quite a splash this past summer, supporting the likes of Amiina, Mountain Goats and Foals. Blog darlings Disclosure who’s recent offering have won them fans at Pitchfork, NME, XLR8R, Loud and Quiet, Altered Zones and RCRD LBL will be supporting on the night.

Headlining Edinburgh, Manchester and the second London date will be Island Records’ signing Alex Clare, whose debut album produced by Switch and Diplo is due out later this year. Supporting Clare will be New York rock outfit Hooray for Earth.

Lyle & Scott are offering new bands the chance to perform at any one of the upcoming CBLS gigs as the opening act. All you need to do is send in a YouTube clip to The shortlist will then be put on Lyle and Scott’s Facebook and fans can ‘like’ to show support. Our panel of experts will then choose 1 winner per show. Competition opens on 6 Sept until mid November.

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Lyle & Scott Relaunch  Heritage Range

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Lyle & Scott Relaunch Heritage Range

Posted on 19 September 2011 by Chris Ford


This Autumn classic brand  Lyle & Scott ‘s Heritage collection sees a complete relaunch with a dynamic new design team at the helm.  Inspired by ‘hidden treasures since 1874’ the new branding takes it’s lead from a deep red Eagle that is carried on all garments. The message is clear – a sophisticated, refined menswear line with a modern edge.

The perfect collection of outerwear is offered for every occasion. An easy to wear black padded gilet will work hard in every stylish man’s wardrobe this Autumn, whilst a striking wool peacoat offered in navy and mid grey marl will take him effortlessly through winter.  Sharp blazers available in tweed knitted melton and wool flannel, provide a more formal alternative.

As you would expect, knitwear is at the heart of the Heritage line and this season is offered in a great selection of fine and heavier fabrications including Merino, lambswool, heavy gauge Shetland wool and for the first time wool and silk blend. Highlights include a heavy gauge shawl neck cardigan with chic leather buttons that comes in a rich deep tomato hue as well as Ivory and Charcoal grey and the ultimate winter roll neck in a luxurious wool/silk blend, available in grey and navy. Heavy gauge merino features prominently and styles range from a shirt-neck button through cardigan to a funnel neck sporty zip-through. Cricket sweaters and cable knits are also available alongside a great selection of basic v and crew necks in the perfect Autumnal colour palette.

Shirting has also been reworked to incorporate both formal and casual options. Standout pieces include an over dyed cotton Oxford in Highland Green Navy and a satin cotton button down striped shirt available in Bright Indigo. Poloshirts continue to impress with unusual details and revised branding.

Trousers complete the line with cords, fine cotton chinos and a hard-wearing grey wool flannel style designed to complement the range.



The exciting new Lyle & Scott Heritage collection is available to buy now  at as well as leading department stores and independents nationwide from August 2011

To celebrate the new range Lyle and Scott have kindly offered one of our readers this lovely jumper from the range

to be in with a chance of winning the jumper all you have to do is leave a comment below telling us how much the jumper costs on the Lyle and Scott webstie.

This competition is now closed , congratulations to Rich, your jumper will be with you shortly

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RazorSharp – Prolonging the lifespan of razor blades

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RazorSharp – Prolonging the lifespan of razor blades

Posted on 01 September 2011 by Chris Ford

Designed to save time and money, RazorSharp is designed to prolong the lifespan of razor blades for up to 150 shaves, RazorSharp is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly option. Its patented technology and specialised friction cleaning process keeps blades sharp after every shave, allowing them to be used again and again for up to 4 months of shaving with the same blade.

Any razor blade can be run over the patented silicon surface, cleaning all skin cells and hair from the blade’s surface.

I was kindly sent a RazorSharp to test, as ‘m currently growing a beard I asked my good friend Dave to evaluate  the RazorSharp over the last month and here is what he had to say :


The razor-sharp is a convenient way to hold your Mach 3  razor and sharpen the blades. I’ve been using it for over a month now and I’m very pleased with it for extending the life of my Mach 3 razor blades. Usually I get 5-6  decent shaves out of the razor blade before I change it for a new one, one a day for work and maybe the weekend if I’m going out. At about £1.50 a blade they aren’t cheap to throw away however the razor sharp (£16.95) has extended the use to over 30 shaves so far and they claim up to 150 shaves from a single Mach 3 disposable blade. At the 30 day shave point the razor is holding steady at the 3-4 day sharpness point. The actual device is a razor holder that is coated in some kind of rubber over a solid plastic frame. It feel good in the hand being rubberised and some weight to it and feels well made unlike the cheap brittle plastic holders you usually get given. It’s simple to use just running the razor against the base of the holder 4 times after shaving. It does exactly what it says on the tin. The only downside that it has is that it doesn’t have a place to store spare razor blades but when one razor will last 150 shaves you really don’t need it too.  One of the best shaving products I’ve seen come onto the market in years



Available from for £16.95

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