Noose & Monkey’s SS17 Collection Has Landed

Noose & Monkey returns with its seventh collection, full of fine fabrics and colours that look good enough to eat, it promises to be the biggest, boldest collection to date!

Revolutionary Tailoring

Male celebrities were recently adorning the red carpet with Noose and Monkey pieces at the British National Television Awards. They sure are a brand who know no-bounds when it comes to tailoring – definitely living up to their ‘revolutionary tailoring’ status.

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Their SS17 collection has us looking-forward to the Spring/Summer season, with pieces fit for Spring weddings, Summer rooftop bars – whatever the occasion you’ll turn a head or two.

From vibrantly coloured 2 piece suits, to luxe crocodile and snake-skin blazer designs, velvet is a huge this SS17 and Noose & Monkey have certainly stepped-up the game for this trend.

 

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Already set to be one of the season’s best sellers are the ‘Pollock’ velvets. Available as standalone blazers or paired up with matching trousers in 4 different colours; burgundy, pink, ice blue and duck egg.

Featuring a shawl lapel and super soft velvet exterior, this is an evening wear essential.

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Oh and they haven’t stopped there! SS17 has also seen the introduction of another new style – the ‘Picasso tail’ coat with all-over velvet flocking design. A classic style with a modern twist – wedding-wear sorted!

As seen at the big events so far, two new tuxedos have been introduced; the ‘Titian’ burgundy, textured 3-piece and for a crisp, clean summer cut & the ‘Rothco,’ and all-white 2-piece tuxedo; both featuring a notch lapel with sateen detailing. Either style ensuring you are red carpet ready for any event.

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Noose & Monkey’s staple suits are back with a burst of colour this summer season; bright pink, wine & pistachio amongst many other colours of the 3 piece ‘Ellroy’ (featuring the signature horseshoe waistcoat) will be released throughout the season.

The bestselling ‘Ginsberg’ tartan suit has also had a 2017 makeover; renamed the ‘Hogarth’ and released in a brand-new burgundy/navy colourway, (an early season release) it has all but sold out online. Along with the continued classic green/navy tartan, there will be restocks – by popular demand.

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Following the success of the leather and bomber jackets of AW15, Noose & Monkey are revisiting casual wear for SS17.

3 all-new versatile velvet bombers will be landing this season. The ‘Monet’ a gold, crushed velvet jacket is a sure-fire party piece. Styled down with a t-shirt and black jeans or paired up with matching velvet suit-joggers.

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As well as the growing online store nooseandmonkey.com, the brand is also proudly stocked online and across the globe in ASOS, Zalando and De Bijenkorf, as well Topman online and in store in Oxford Circus (London) and selected stores across the states.

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PRICING:
Bombers: £125 – £130
Blazers: £120 – £165
Waistcoats: £45 – £50
Trousers: £50 – £65
Shirts: £40

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Boy to Gent: Zayn Malik Style Guide

When we talk about style icons we automatically think of our suave 21st century gents; you’ve got your Clooney, Beckham, Gandy, and your Elba. We often overlook the modern boys turned gents, who, in a few years may just sit amongst all these style greats.

Allow us to introduce you to Zayn Malik; former front-man of pop-sensation boyband One Direction. Over the years the One Direction boys have really flourished with their style and grown into their gentleman wardrobes –  we’re sure they’ve been seeking some inside info from their stylists.

Malik has well and truly put his One Direction days behind him, as we’ve recently seen him shrug off those uncoordinated style days; ditching the basic t-shirt and jeans, to dabbling in not just tailored pieces, but experimenting with different grooming looks too.

Statement Blacks

Malik is no stranger to rocking black attire; as we’ve so often seen him in styles that create the best statements. Black is a colour which is simple yet holds power for your style; really living to the notion of less being more.

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They key with black attire is to mix up textures, adding pieces which feature subtle prints to create that little bit of effortless versatility; as opposed to looking like the pop-punk teen look has made a return.

Step into Boots

Malik’s career has seen his feet adorned in boots; from brogues, browns, blacks you name it – he’s worn it! With Malik launching his own Footwear collection with fashion giant Giuseppe Zanotti; really showcasing his adoration with everything style.

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Zayn is no 6ft wanderer yet always looks sleek and tall; rockin’ boots allow your silhouette to extend – perfect for the shorter gent. Boots can be styled into a variety of  outfits, and for a simple formal look team a pair of leather Chelsea boots with an all-black suit – hello Mr Suave!

Accessories

When looking at Zayn’s styling; he’s no stranger to a suave signature accessory or two; they key with styling accessories is to remember your own personal taste.

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When you first dive into the wonderful world of men’s jewellery it’s important that you begin slowly and small. What do you want your jewellery to say about you? Take a look at our guide to men’s accessories here for some tips and tricks on pulling off jewellery.

It’s all in the hair

Malik has been no stranger with his hair game; in fact, he’s had well over 7 styles over his career; and with such a style evolution we really can’t say we’re surprised.

We’ve seen him rock that signature quiff from his early years, statement man bun, bleached blonde cute, pink quiff… Yeah, Malik’s hair game is strong!

What’s key here is knowing the hair style which co-ordinates well with your face shape and being brave enough to experiment!

And finally…

Who are your current style influences; what do they pull off that you would love to? Comment below!

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Coffee 101: Coffee meets Art

Coffee has becoming notoriously chic in our social-media-saturated universe; there’s just something about those misspelt takeout cups that keeps us going back for more; that brewing feeling within that we need our coffee-fix!

The British are internationally known for being a nation of tea lovers; but there is something about grabbing a morning tea that doesn’t seem as appealing as grabbing  that caffeine-infused ‘latte to go’ for the morning commute, fueling the ‘all-systems-go’ buzz in our systems.

Over the years we’ve seen many ’a style icon pictured sipping their Cup of Joe; which somewhat oozes style and class; leaving us with a sudden aspiration to look that cool drinking coffee.

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With the appeal of coffee-coolness transferring over to the likes of Instagram; it’s all the craze to order an ‘espresso-to-go,’ snap a picture, add a filter, let it sit for 2-minutes and watch the likes pour through.

Someone who is no-stranger to this concept becoming well-known to the Instagram community for his beverage art is coffee lover & bartender ‘Remy the London Barista’.

When scrolling through Remy’s feed it’s easy to see how he’s built over 18,500 followers on Instagram; his drinks and coffees almost showcase the art-like appeal of beverages.

We caught-up with the coffee connoisseur, diving into what a day in the life of a busy insta-famous barista is like.

Hi Remy, tell us how this love for beverage art began?

I started to work in hospitality 3 years ago at a well-known caffeine store at Paddington station. This is where I fell in love with coffees and latte art.

A year later Rhubarb launched the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street and I had the opportunity to join as a barista.

I’m now Head Bartender at Darwin brasserie [Sky Garden] and I’m passionate about coffees more than ever.

Wow, that is impressive. You have over 18,500 followers, what made you start an Instagram?

I am able to show the world how I express myself through coffee and share my passion, hrough taking pictures of my latte art.

Has your presence on Instagram made people come to the Sky Gardens just for your coffee?

Surprisingly yes!  The place is really nice itself, however a lot of people contact me to come to the Sky Garden just to try my coffees.

Some customers even show the waiters my Instagram page and requests their drinks to be made by me!

We don’t blame them, your coffee’s look amazing! What’s your best Barista story from over the years?

Well, the most common is when customers get their coffees and take pictures of it for so long –  the coffees get cold! They send the coffee back to the bar complaining because their coffees are not warm enough.

I mean it’s kind of cool; but when you’re in a rush with other orders…

And… The secret to your coffee greatness?

I’m a French guy who makes Australian coffee (flat white), with Italian coffee beans, whilst serving worldwide people in English!

Remy’s steps on making the prefect Flat White – at home!

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To make a barista-style Flat White you’ll need:

– Milk
– Espresso
– A basic espresso machine
– Milk jar
– Milk frother

Step one
Warm up some milk (150-200ml) and pour it in the jar, then make an espresso in a cup.

Step two
Begin frothing the milk until it gets smooth.

Step three
Pour the milk into the espresso…. and enjoy!

You can find Remy over on Instagram, and of course at the Darwin brasserie, Sky Garden.

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Menswear Winter Suit Guide

With Christmas and New Year around the corner; full of plenty social events and festivities it would be silly to not have a suit guide in place.

The suit has many ways to make a man feel empowered; be it the tailored fit, the sleek cuts or simply the smart, elegant, dapper notion that it carries; we blame the glossy pages of GQ.

Whether your festive calendar is full or antics with work pals, or dinners with family and the significant other, this guide will sure you turn up in style.

The fit

The fit is one of the key factors in suit purchasing; get it right and you’re guaranteed to sway a few heads, get it wrong and you’ll end up looking like a boy in a man’s world.

Fitting tips:

  • Shoulders: a good suit should always look like it’s hugging your shoulders; not slouching or falling off of them
  • Arms: your shirts sleeves should end just above the wrists; so the shirt cuff is peeking just pass the suit jacket
  • Body: the jacket of your suit should contour your body, so get tailoring. By doing this you add shape and accentuate your shoulders, for a strong sleek look

The style: fabrics, print & texture

Looking good has you feeling good, there’s no doubt about it. If this is your first suit, you may be unsure of which fabrics and styles to opt for

Fabric tips:

  • Wool suits remain a firm favourite material for the modern gent; with its highly adaptable nature to temperature change, ability to wear well, and gives off that slight suave shine which you’d find in most suits on the market
  • Tweed is a great fabric for Winter that offers a timeless appeal to the gent wearing it. Tweed makes a fine winter suit choice as it’s thick, warm, water resistant, and durable. Tweed suits are heavier than your average and quite coarse to touch; if you don’t mind this feel of fabric then tweed is definitely the way to go to make a classic statement.
  • Herringbone is heavy, warm and durable, much like Tweed. What makes it different from Tweed is its distinctive zig-zag pattern. The thickness of this suit and its finer patterned detail give this an appeal of depth – perfect for the slimmer male.

Colours

  • Oxblood is such a great choice for the festive season; vastly adding character to your formal attire. Oxblood is a deeper shade of Burgundy, it holds a command of presence and attention whilst keeping that formal essence.
  • Cognac a much amber caramel alternative offering a neutral colour that is more modern and stylish than your traditional brown number. Cognac is perfect for adding a modern-day twist without being too over the top.
  • Green this colour is perfect for creating a statement which doesn’t look or feel forced. Hunters Green holds a classy alternative to your traditional Khaki tones, looking reserved and deep.

 

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5 Things To Do If Worldly Events Are Bringing You Down

Stabbings, shootings, mass killings, suicide, bombings, accidents; you name it, it’s pretty much saturated within mainstream media currently. Every news outlet or social media form we log into, at first glance we’re bombarded with worldwide devastation and corruption; loading us with feelings of fear, anxiety and helplessness.

If you’re a worldly universe admiring soul, like me, then you’re probably feeling an unsettling energy within you currently. The thought of living off-the-radar in the woods somewhere, heavenly doused in ignorance from wars, ecocides, and every other worldly tragedy, seems blissful – if only!

I’ve mustered up a small, proactive list, on how to ease our heavy souls from the current shitty politics of the world – feel free to add to the list by dropping a comment below!

1) BE STILL WITH MOTHER NATURE

I often use my weekends, or whatever free time I have from the 9-5:30 office world, to bask in green. This is so key for revitalising your energy levels and soul; you’ll feel connected to the Earth and find yourself realigning every aspect which has been suffocated by our 21st century materialistic bound lives.

Whether you choose to have a lunch stroll in a park, go to woodlands, lakes, coasts, you will feel the healing energy of Mother Nature which instantly soothes the mind.

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2) “HAVE YOU TRIED TURNING IT OFF?”

This is the one solution we stand by when it comes to faulty technology; the method of turning it off then on again to restore its life.

Of course, we’ve never really applied that same notion to ourselves; studies have shown that humans who have breaks from social media for a merely a week, have felt more content and interacted with more individuals (surprise, surprise!).

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3) AVOID THE MEDIA

The media loves bad news; for them it’s like a kid in a sweet shop. For us, however, we’re instilled with feelings of fear, shock, terror, anxiety, uncertainty, sadness, all of which have us feeling helpless.

It’s hard to not feel ignorant when avoiding the news, and if like me, you can’t avoid it due to your career – then take small breaks. A week away from the news and television will do wonders for your mind and soul; gradually increase the time away and watch your perspective change. You’ll learn more about feeling the good energy and how to harbor the bad into more positive and affirming action.

When you get into the cocoon of your home; try to not turn on the TV. Look for inspirational films and documentaries, shows that fill your life with positive energy and educate your mind…

Or you could just fill your free time with food?

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4) LIVE IN THE PRESENT

I’m constantly reminding myself of this notion, it’s effective when applied to everyday thoughts and anxieties; the past is no longer and the future hasn’t yet occurred – so what the hell are we panicking for?

I came across the work of Eckhart Tolle, Alan Watts and a few other rare souls who are brimming with positive affirmations, wisdom and mindfulness; they all follow the end goal of bettering ourselves in order to better the planet.

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5) WE’RE ALL ONE

As I write this I’m aware that I’m not alone in these thoughts of ‘the world is being tainted by evil souls,’ even if my Facebook feed is full of apathy and intolerance to others, I know some, if not many feel this way too.

Talk to friends, family and like-minded others who share your feeling of drained energy due to the world; whilst it may not solve problems, it’s good to feel like you aren’t the only one feeling trapped.

So next time you feel like the world is too much; don’t grab your duvet & hide. Grab a friend and head outdoors – the world isn’t such a nasty place when you think and act good

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British Boxers Goes Viral

It’s always a good feeling when we hear small independent companies getting recognised by the big guns. Deborah Price, Managing Director of ‘British Boxers’ has just announced that her UK-made underwear has caught the eye of Harrods and  welcomed on-board!

Formally the head of buying for a traditional luxury nightwear company based in London, British Boxers came to fruition when Debrorah’s daughter was diagnosed with lifelong disability Williams Syndrome; the realisation that she needed to be home in order to care for her daughter (more than any normal 9-5 job would allow) saw her plan new ventures.

“I’d always wanted my own business anyway, but receiving her diagnosis in the 2nd class post made the risk of losing it all minimal.

So I had the idea that making boxer shorts in Britain would be a good place to start. I know the mills, I knew the buyers, and my great, great, great grandfather had been Jem Mace – the first world heavyweight boxing champion in 1870.

His literal fight seemed to echo my metaphorical one for my child and for my business so British Boxers was born!”

As with any life-changing work news, it was shared via Business platform LinkedIn, and with so many congratulating her on her success, the story has really picked up the pace and gone viral.

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When asked what brought Deborah into the men’s underwear sector, her answer was simple and filled with so much passion,

“I love traditional nightwear and underwear – I have spent 15 years working in the nightwear and underwear sector.

My degree was in textile design, I love colour and texture and exploring new combinations and sometimes nightwear and underwear can allow you the freedom that perhaps daywear doesn’t allow.”

With British Boxers‘ first delivery all packed and ready for Harrods, set to land themselves on the shop floor very soon, we can only imagine this makes all the blood sweat and tears worth it.

 

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SPRING 2016 GUIDE TO DAPPER DRESSING

It’s ’s not too early to start thinking about ways to dress during Spring, I mean, it has already started, its just whether or not the UK weather wants to play its part – but that’s another story! Dressing dapper during the winter season is relatively easy for the fashion-conscious gent; dark muted tones and thicker warmer fabrics, voila. Spring however, can be a minefield – which fabrics should you opt for with such a mixed weather system? How much floral is too much floral before the boss calls you into his office for a “little chat”?

READ MY SPRING 2016 TIPS ON DRESSING DAPPER HERE.