Posted on 18 November 2010 by mr.omneo
I’m not sure of the statistics but I feel certain that perhaps with the exception of Valentine’s Day, Christmas is one of the most popular occasions for men to feel it appropriate to give the gift of lingerie to their partners.
Things have come on a long way from the days when you’d see red-faced men furtively browsing the lingerie section in department stores, intent on taking home something racy but when confronted by an assistant offering help in choosing something they’d leave with something more suited to their Great Aunt Maude.
The arrival of Agent Provocateur in 1994 changed all that. Suddenly men and women had a place to shop discreetly for beautiful, feminine lingerie that women would delight in wearing. The chain now has over 30 stores in 13 countries as well as their website which lives up to its claim to be the sexiest lingerie website in the world. Quite simply, Agent Provocateur sells some of the most luxurious lingerie and decadent sleepwear imaginable which is sure to please the recipient and put you in the good books.
Their timeless Classic Collection ensures women can be sexy and professional as the mood takes them. These are stunning pieces that never go out of fashion and make perfect gifts. Some items you might want to consider are The Love Bra, The Fifi Bra or The Shazam Bra
If you’re looking for that racier item then fear not, Agent Provocateur has a wide selection of garments that are most certainly not for the faint hearted but are the ultimate choice for a night of pure seduction in the boudoir! Things you’ll definitely want to consider are The Nadia Basque, The Cendrillon Playsuit and The Marylin Bra
This week Agent Provocateur launched their Christmas Guide which as well as including some of the items I’ve already mentioned has some stunning items, like The Kiki Kimono which certainly beats a dressing gown from BHS!
They have also produced a handy buying guide for men because after all, you can never have too much information and if you get really, really stuck why not direct your loved one to Agent Provocateur’s wishlist facility? That way even though she’ll have an idea what she’ll be getting, you’ll know it’s something she wants and it certainly beats unwrapping a gift voucher! That said, with a gift voucher you may strike lucky and get invited to go shopping with her!
All purchases from Agent Provocateur come beautifully packed in luxurious pink boxes wrapped with silky black ribbon at no extra cost and they offer a no quibble money back guarantee, just in case!
Posted on 26 October 2010 by mr.omneo
Now, A Suit That Fits isn’t just another online tailor that takes your measurements, punches them into a computer which then cuts and stiches the material. The company was founded in 2006 after the owner was travelling in Nepal and became friendly with a family of tailors. After returning to the UK with a few suits that he had purchased he decided, after receiving high praise on their quality from friends and strangers, to form an ethical partnership with the family run business.
The cutters each have on average 30 years of experience whilst the stitchers have over 4 years of experience and both cutters and stitchers are paid 50% above the national average and receive work-related bonuses. In addition, 5% of all profits are donated to the local HPV School; by paying well and providing excellent working conditions A Suit That Fits ensures that the high standards that you would expect from a bespoke suit are not only met, but exceeded.
Ordering is done in one of 2 ways, you can enter your measurements and design your suit online or if, like me, the idea of ordering a suit online scares you, you can book an appointment at one of their 25 fitting centres throughout the UK and get not only an exact fitting but the chance to see and touch the wide variety of cloths that you can choose from. A fitting costs £25 but all customers who are measured in-store receive a fit guarantee and a second fitting for any tweaks that are required. If you order online with your own measurements there is a £40 fee for alterations.
It would seem that, if at all possible, you opt for an in-store fitting as you’ll then get to design your suit from a range of fabrics ranging from the best quality wools, from winter cashmere to summer mohair with materials like silk and linen. What’s more there will be a style adviser to help guide you through the process of choosing fabric, linings and style whilst taking great care to ensure perfect measurements are taken.
Once the measurements are known your specifications are then wired over to the family-run workshop in Kathmandu to be expertly cut and stitched, checked by a quality support team and then checked again before being shipped to the UK ready for you to wear within 3 to 8 weeks.
At A Suit That Fits.com a bespoke two-piece suits start at £200, tailored overcoats at £300, shirts start at £50 if you buy 5 or as singles from £70. They will also tailor trousers, jackets, waistcoats and dinner suits.
Posted on 01 October 2010 by Mr Black
Over the past couple of years several online custom shirt sites have popped up offering Savile Row style custom shirts at high street prices. The idea excites someone like me that has always been not quite one size or another thereby making off the rack shirts either too big in places or too small in others, the question is of course are they any good?
I have now tried 3 or 4 of these online sites over the last year, all of which I’ve had various problems with so much so I was starting to think maybe I was asking too much from a custom shirt priced under £100 well it turns out I was right to expect more!
Having been a huge hit in Europe, Bivolino.com have now decided to launch in the UK bringing their custom shirt service to us Brits. What makes the Bivolino online design service so brilliant is their patented biometric sizing and fit system. By keying in your measurements and selecting from Comfort, Regular or Slim Fit Bivolino work their magic and expertise to produce a shirt which fits perfectly to your size.
Now, I was a little concerned by the lack of measurements needed to order my shirt; on all the other sites I’ve used they require quite literally every part of your torso to be measured which, unless you have someone on hand to help, can be quite difficult to be honest so while Bivolino’s system sounded fantastic I was curious as to how well it would work. After I entered my style and cloth choices, my neck size, age and height I let the site do it’s biometric magic and well, crossed my fingers it would turn out okay.
It turns out I had no need to worry, the shirt arrived 18 days after I ordered it (they promise a turnaround of 21 days) and the fit is fantastic, not too tight, not too loose and I’m very impressed with the quality; in fact I wore the shirt yesterday and I’ve lost count of the number of compliments I received so in my mind it’s a winner.
So what if I wasn’t happy? Well, the shirt comes with a pre-paid return label to a UK address and a check list so you can list any problems you may have with the fit e.g. whether you would like the sleeves slightly shorter or the chest taken in, this is very reassuring. In short I’m very happy with my shirt and as soon as pay day arrives I plan to order another.
For more info on Bivolino head over to Bivolino.com where custom shirts start from a rather reasonable £49.00
Posted on 22 February 2010 by Mr Black
If you live in London or intend visiting, Jermyn Street just off Piccadilly is the place to go if you are looking for some new shirts. It is well known as a street where the shops are almost exclusively aimed at the gentleman’s market and is famous for its resident shirt makers.
Much as Savile Row is associated with fine suits, Jermyn Street is where a gentleman goes to purchase his shirts. Now, these shirt makers vary in quality and price so here I have assembled a quick guide to the main players, who all have online stores in case you can’t get to Jermyn Street:
Turnbull & Asser: Top of it all. Most expensive of them all and in my opinion the best off the rack shirts money can buy. Collectibles, as eBay prices show. Worn by aristocrats and show-biz people; by people who don’t care what others think or who DO. Turnbull & Asser are famous for being both Winston Churchill’s and Prince Charles’ shirt maker of choice, during the Second World War they even made custom overalls for Mr Churchill to wear on his visits to the front line. Why not visit the Turnbull & Asser website and see what we mean.
Harvie & Hudson: A true 1960’s feeling, with neon-lit shops and prescription-glasses salesmen. Worn by older gentlemen who would not be seen dead in “trendy” clothing. Thus they offer cream shirts, pleated denim trousers, washed cotton sports jackets and the like. Ahhh and let’s not forget terry towelling robes. Think retro in an inherited from your uncle kind of way. The Harvie and Hudson website.
Hilditch & Key: Understated, Italianesque elegance. No fancy kaleidoscope patterns here. Very Continental European style. If you are looking for the traditional English cut look elsewhere. Why not peruse the Hilditch & Key website?
T.M. Lewin: We are entering middle-class territory here, not that that’s a bad thing! No, Lewin’s good quality shirts can be picked up for a very reasonable price in one of their ongoing sales, I guess you could consider them the DFS of the shirt game! You can also shop from the T.M.Lewin Website
Charles Tyrwhitt: Very similar to T.M Lewin except, in my opinion, slightly better quality and a little bit more expensive too! Again, their shirts and accessories can also bought online from the Charles Tyrwhitt website.
Posted on 19 February 2010 by mr.omneo
Mint Vintage is a vintage shop which makes shopping for old clothes easy. Why? Because unlike most vintage shops who buy their stock by weight, dedicated buyers at Mint hand select each item to make sure that what they’re buying is more age distressed denim jacket than urine stained blazer. Mint have a delightful store in Covent Garden’s Seven Dials that is a tranquil haven from the West End’s usual hustle and bustle but they also sell what they’ve found on ASOS which means that no matter where you are in the world, you can get your hands on some fantastic vintage gear with the minimum of bother.
What’s good about Mint Vintage?
Because the buyers know exactly what they’re getting, they can choose the best brands and stuff that’s relevant now. That means that if you want some old school Woolrich Woolen Mills, pre-loved Levis, retro sunglasses, or a denim shirt that isn’t from Topman, you’ll be able to find it at Mint.
What’s bad about Mint Vintage?
The one slight downside is the clothes are not cheap but then, the reason most vintage stuff is cheap is because it’s bought in bulk and smells of the dead. Mint Vintage’s stuff is chosen with care and doesn’t smell. So just remember that you’re buying quality, not quantity, as you punch in your credit card PIN.