Punching Up in Party Season

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Hold onto your hats; party season is here once again. Between the middle of December and the first birdsong of the New Year, the world turns into an alcoholic, tinsel-and-firework merry-go-round, wringing out the remainder of our leftover greed, wantonness and impropriety. I have only one Christmas party to go to but one acquaintance of mine has three work-related functions to attend; “One’s a divisional thing, the other’s a group … [Read more...]

Sharp & Dapper Shirt Stays

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They say that necessity is the mother of invention. However, in the modern age I find that the opposite is often true. There are so many products that create problems in order to sell solutions. Like the myriad bathroom cleaners that profess a singular, unique purpose – when a basic, multi-purpose bleach would often suffice. There are widgets, bobbits and all manner of tools that purport an essential need; ‘invent today and find the … [Read more...]

MTailor: Getting Tailor-Measured By Your iPhone

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‘Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic’ I like science a lot; I even subscribe to a Facebook page titled: ‘I f**king love science.’ But I’m not entirely sure how the technology I’m reviewing today works – I’m content to think of it as magic. Mtailor I received an email some weeks ago from Miles Penn of MTailor asking if I’d like to review a MTM shirt made by them. The online MTM shirtmaker … [Read more...]

Steve Skippen of Shoeshine UK

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I hate cleaning shoes. Some men I know derive therapeutic benefit from it, though I scarcely know why. That said, I do like my shoes to be well kept and last. So I’ve read the innumerable articles littered around the internet on the art of shoe shining, methods of achieving a high shine and reviews of various potions. Having read so many of these forensic expositions even now I’m buggered if I could tell you which the right way is. In … [Read more...]

Why I Won’t Suit The New iPhone

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I’m a big fan of the iPhone. (And no, Apple haven’t sponsored this post.) It’s so pretty. So well formed. So smooth. So useful. So reassuringly solid. I am not, however, a fan of the iPhone 6. And the less said of its gargantuan, plus-sized sibling the better. The implied philosophy that ‘size matters’ is not incorrect. It does. Unfortunately, it counts in the wrong places as well as the right ones. For as thin as the … [Read more...]