Spice up your Beard Care Regime

ManCave Natural Grooming have released 3 new Beard Care products into the regime, bringing the range total up to 13 products.

With the introduction of these new products we also see ManCave breaking into the Beard Care sector, a new area of the men’s grooming market for the brand. The ManCave Beard Care range features a Beard Wash, Beard Control and the all-important Beard Oil, with premium ingredients including Argan & Hemp Oil, Vitamin E, Bergamot, Mandarin & Shea Butter.

After the previous success of premium fragrances such as Cedarwood and Lemon & Oak, ManCave have also developed an additional scent exclusively for the new beard collection. BlackSpice is a fresh and woody spice fragrance including natural hints of Black Pepper, Bergamot, Cardamom, Ginger & Patchouli.

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Winter means skin brutality, especially for your face. And it’s winter now, so it’s worth knowing how to take care of that moneymaker of yours and of course your face fuzz. And no, there’s absolutely nothing unmanly about making sure you have cracking skin. But, that doesn’t mean you should adopt your girlfriend’s daily 10-step anti-aging, herbal-infused, citrus-scented, green-masked facial cleaning ritual.

It’s really much simpler than that.

After all, imagine that you are about to approach a pretty girl at a bar / lounge / club. You’re well dressed, confident and ready to charm. But one small problem, you just stepped inside and the tolls of the cold, windy day have cracked your lips, made your cheeks red and irritable, and your nose blotchy and dry. Not a good look, no matter how smooth you are. So don’t handicap that charming personality of yours by not taking care of your style and your skin. From the dimple in your tie to the pimple on your face, remember that your entire appearance is sending a message.

When it comes to your beard care regime, you need to be sure not only are the products good for your beard, but they’re great for your skin.

I’ve blogged about my firm favourite when it comes to grooming ManCave before, it’s great. Versatile. Worthwhile. Proven. And, a little goes a long way.

We’ve been using the new and hot ‘black spice’ range from manCave for around 2 weeks now- they definitely deliver on its promise of providing quality, masculine bathroom products for men at a price that few can argue with. We strongly recommend checking out the full range on their website to find all the ingredients and product details so you can buy with peace-of-mind. You can also check their reviews on Boots and see hundreds of other UK customer lauding their quality and fragrance. Thanks to ManCave we have changed from cavemen to gentlemen in one trip to the bathroom…

For our previous articles on ManCave, please see ‘Climb out the ManCave during Winter‘.

Iconic cycling brand ASSOS gears up for opening of first UK store

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ASSOS of Switzerland, the iconic cycling brand, will open its first international concept store on Regent Street, in the heart of London’s luxury shopping district.

Marking the brand’s 40th anniversary as an industry leader, ASSOS is set take a significant step forward with the opening of its first flagship store outside the company’s Swiss headquarters, giving rise to a new era of specialized customer service for both professionals and cycling enthusiasts.

If you know us, you’ll know we’re sporty guys, we tell you all to often enough how to support your junk in the form of underwear (‘Support During Sport’ article here), but there comes a time in every rider’s life when an appreciation for fine, well-fitting shorts outweighs any concern about their cost. Indeed, a great pair of bib-shorts can transform your time on the bike from tolerating the ride to indulging in another 10km. Sure, a new set of high-priced shorts won’t improve your legs, but if you’re aching in the saddle from a poor set of shorts, it doesn’t matter how good your legs are.

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From launch of the first carbon fibre bike frame and design of world’s first performance Lycra® cycling shorts, to the more recent release of the Urban lifestyle collection, ASSOS has been at the forefront of apparel innovation for four decades. The new high-tech store maintains these design values and will house the full ASSOS apparel collection, helmets, eye-wear and accessories.

The landmark store at St James’ Market, is designed to help cyclists find their perfect kit by providing the opportunity to road-test the performance-led range in store. A uniquely designed elliptical change-room, complete with a sample of every garment in the collection, gives customers the opportunity to trial the range on a Goomah racing bike, in order to determine the all-important fit in the saddle before they leave the store.

ASSOS CEO Phil Duff said: “Wherever you live in the world, cycling is the best way to get from A to B and we firmly believe that performance and style aren’t mutually exclusive. London is the epicenter of fashion and the ever-growing buzz around cycling and we’re thrilled to bring our passion to Regent Street”.

“From professional and avid riders through to the weekend warrior, the ASSOS range is designed to allow cyclists to focus on the ride, whether that be at a competitive level or simply on the daily commute to work”.

He continued: “We are committed to developing the most technically advanced product and through our new retail experience, customers can rest assured they have chosen the perfect fit before they take to the saddle”.

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Designed by Ab Rogers, son of renowned architect Richard Rogers, whose portfolio boasts work with Comme Des Garcons, The TATE, the V&A and Conde Nast, the store opening heralds an exciting era for growth for the brand in an increasingly competitive market which sees more than two million people take to a bike every week across the UK.

Rogers said: “As a cycling enthusiast myself, I’m drawn to the unwavering commitment to performance and the attention to detail ASSOS invest in every garment. I wanted to designed a space that echoed this ethos, but importantly, also offered an innovative retail solution to guarantee customers an unmatched experience both on and off the bike”.

When it comes to performance cycling, whether it’s long rides on Sunday mornings or road racing, and sportives, bib shorts are where it’s at for outright comfort. ASSOS’ range of apparel and accessories provide comfort so you can sit in the saddle for hours at a time.

The eagerly awaited store will open to the general public tomorrow on the Friday 18th November from 09:00, with fitting appointments available daily.

The brand new ASSOS store is located here:

How to achieve the perfect home shave…

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For many years the traditional wet shave has been an acceptable means of pampering for men all over the globe, and with barbering’s popularity boosted by current fashion trends, chaps are desperately searching for ways to re-enact this luxury in the comfort of their own homes.

Luckily, premium men’s grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge has provided High Street Journal with its top tips for achieving the perfect home shave.

Put simply, the perfect home shave can be broken down in to three steps: preparation, the shave, and skin protection.

Preparation:

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Hot towels are used in barbershops to soften the follicles of your facial hair, producing a shave with less razor resistance and irritation. At home, this can be achieved by taking a hot shower and shaving with warm water. Removing impurities and build ups of dirt that cling to the skin and facial hair with a mild face scrub will also help to produce a smoother shave overall. Pre-shave oil should also be used to moisturise your face and beard prior to applying a shaving cream. This provides a crucial layer of lubrication to help protect your skin from cuts during your shave.

The shave:

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Combining a shaving brush with a rich, luxurious shaving cream will allow you to reach the same levels of relaxation that are achieved in your local barber’s chair. An almond-sized dollop of The Bluebeards Revenge Shaving Cream will whip up a fantastic lather when added to a little water. Spreading this across your jawline with a shaving brush will help to exfoliate the skin while lifting stubborn hairs in preparation for your first pass.

A quality razor with a sharp blade is essential when in the pursuit of a fine shave, whether it’s a double-edge safety razor, a straight razor, or a modern cartridge razor. For the closest finish, start your first pass by shaving in the direction of your hair’s natural growth, then shave across the grain, and finally against it. With every change of direction it’s important to re-lather. If your skin is a tad sensitive, then a three-pass shave may not be for you, so avoid shaving against the grain.

Protection:

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Always start by rinsing your face with cold water to help close the skin’s pores and remove any excess shaving cream.

Hopefully you’ll finish your shave cut-free. But if not, then seek the help of an alum block. Alum blocks are designed to help seal cuts and are a great first step in protecting your skin post-shave. Nothing looks more ridiculous than wads of toilet paper clinging to your face, and an alum block will certainly remove this embarrassment. But be warned, they sting a little upon application.

Finish your manly pampering session by applying a high quality post-shave balm to help reduce irritation and redness in between shaves. When selecting a post-shave balm, always look for ingredients that possess a ‘cooling’ effect such as Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, or even Prickly Pear!

Has Bluebeard sought revenge?

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We must admit we’re not ones for usual embracing the wet shave, but when The Bluebeards Revenge got in touch with the offer of testing out one of their shaving sets, naturally, we was only too happy to oblige.

The Bluebeards Revenge describe themselves as “the ultimate shaving experience for real men”. As a real man (as opposed to those pretend ones), we jumped at the suggestion of trying out the ‘Scimitar’ Razor Kit, which is basically a cut-throat razor.

The Bluebeard’s Revenge is aimed at men with facial hair that grows at a rate of knots. With its ‘Bum Fluff Brigade’ and ‘Not for girls!’ slogans, some naysayers may consider it to be a little immature, but as a fan of tongue-in-cheek humour, I’m rather fond of The Bluebeards Revenge.

As novices when it comes to wet shaving, we must admit the products have been easy on our skin and a pleasure to use. If you’re a first time wet-shaver, with quite coarse facial hair, you’ll have no nicks, cuts and definitely won’t need an eye patch after use.

On this occasion, luckily, we’ll have to say Bluebeard hasn’t sought revenge, but he has provided us with a smooth chin and a great kit for shaving. It’s definitely worth a look!

Visit www.bluebeards-revenge.co.uk to stock up on a full range of manly grooming product and read more expert tips.

New Protein Start-Up, but it’s Not for the Gym Selfie Brigade

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A strictly no-jargon protein company is launching the UK’s first protein service to target people who are not so familiar with supplements and the science behind them, the start-up intends to deliver protein directly to the doors of members of the British public who may never have heard, let alone used, the terms ‘gains’, ‘DOMs’ or ‘protein shake’ before.

A new start-up is launching tailored protein blends directly to customers’ doors for the first time in the UK, but fitness buffs and gym bunnies are not the people that the new company wants to connect with.

So who?

With customers asked only to input simple details about their current age, height and weight and information about their individual goals, the team at P-Fit will create a complete package tailored specifically to the user’s plans; removing their need to spend hours researching online and browsing health shops and sites to find the right solution for their needs.

The team want to demystify the elusive protein industry, inspired after they conducted a survey of 2,150 regular gym goers and found that 76% felt that they ‘didn’t fully understand’ protein supplements or the difference between various types of protein; in spite of more than half (51%) taking them. These findings supported the P-Fit team’s ethos that, seeing as even those working or heavily involved in the fitness industry regularly get caught in conflicting arguments about what is best, it is impossible for the average person to understand. To cater to this, the package will not only include the tailored protein supplement calculated by the team of experts, but also meal plans, instructions on how to make it up and guidance on exactly when and how much to take.

To make protein more accessible for the majority, the company makes all the tricky calculations for the customer. This means that the groups of people who would benefit from additional protein in their diet but may not understand it will now have far easier access to what they need; such as people embarking on a new exercise regime, those seeking stronger nails and hair, people recovering from illnesses or elderly people, who have less efficient absorption of protein so need to consume more than they would in their usual diet.

The protein itself is a grass-fed whey-based formula, using only the highest quality ingredients to guarantee a premium product. P-Fit is also vegetarian-friendly, to cater to all the non-meat eaters that are keen to introduce a higher level of protein into their diet.

Oliver Cookson, the founder of P-Fit.co.uk commented:

“The whole idea behind P-Fit is to make protein really easy; from understanding what you need to achieve your goals right through to having it arrive at your doorstep. I’ve worked in the fitness and nutrition industry for more than 12 years now, having previously owned MyProtein and now Monocore Ltd, the parent company for popular brands like GoNutrition and Saints & Slimmers, and I know just how complex and scientific it can be; even those in the know don’t always agree on their best techniques and ingredients. For the average person, it really looks like a minefield with mistakes to make at every corner.”

He continued:

“For the first time, P-Fit is offering to listen to the customer first – to find out who they are and what they want – and then provide them with exactly the solution they need and tell them exactly how to use it. This is really powerful stuff because it means people who are protein-deficient finally have a chance to correct it, without having to wade through tonnes of literature to figure it all out. Protein doesn’t have to be something that’s only for exercise and nutrition fanatics; we all need it! We’re determined to change how protein supplements are perceived.”

 

 

Autumn Look Book 2016

Autumn is quite possibly one of our favourite months for style. You’re not limited when it comes to layers, you can go colour crazy, because lets face it, outside is the same. So, although the weather may not know what it’s doing, we can when it comes to dressing appropriately this season.

Here are our top looks for various occasions this Autumn/Winter at highstreetgent.com.

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If you’d like to know where any of the above items are from, head over to our Twitter / Facebook / Instagram pages to find out more. Or, simply drop us an email: dan@highstreetgent.com.

Free the ankle? How to roll your trousers correctly!

Whether you want to tailor your trousers into a sharp silhouette or just simply stop them from dragging in the mud, rolling your cuffs is a sure-fire style hack. But with a range of different shapes and cuts to tackle, adding the perfect finishing touch to your trews isn’t always easy. Let us show you how to nail it.

Free The Ankle?

To mankle, or not to mankle? That’s the question that style-conscious gents have been pondering of late. Ever since Thom Browne took to dramatically cropping suit trousers back in the mid to late noughties, the idea of baring a sizeable area of ankle has been front and centre of menswear debates.

The sockless, ankle-baring look is something that’s become increasingly common over recent years; and its popularity tends to soar with the mercury. So, have we peaked on flaunting the flesh? Is it time we took a page from the Victorians’ book and covered our ankles back up?

Either way, when it comes to flashing the ankles PLEASE remember to bear these few points in mind:

  • The Crop
  • The Turn Up
  • The Roll
  • Your shoe choice
  • Your invisible socks

These days, exposing your ankles is far from a fashion faux pas – if anything, current trends dictate it’s quite the opposite. It may not be a look for everyone, but at least now you know how to pull it off correctly.

 

Underwear that’s along for the ride

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Earlier in the year we conducted some research into what you chaps want when it comes to your undies! We were lucky enough to do this with a cracking brand called Undamentals. To read that article, our findings from the survey and to find out more about some very comfy briefs, view it here: The Fundamentals of Undamentals.

In the mean time, Undamentals is a new Zurich-based startup that designs, manufactures and sells men’s underwear online via their easy to control subscription service. You need never worry about your top drawer again!

They are a lifestyle brand offering great quality, stylish underwear, delivered to your door and completely hassle-free. They aren’t selling the perfect body so you’ll never see their pants on a model; Undamentals have reimagined the selling of underwear by displaying them in everyday situations throughout your daily journey. Always with you and offering support, Undamentals are your humble partners on life’s journey.

The approach builds on the trend for online-only fashion brands and subscription business models with notable startups experiencing recent success in the US.

Undamentals brings this offer to the European market & beyond, with a grown-up proposition for the stylish and fashion conscious man.

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Men need regular replacements for the most important of basics but are often too busy to replace as often as they should, they make this hassle-free and reliable. All Undamentals subscriptions can be managed easily on-line, either to cancel, skip or change as and when you want.

Undamentals confidently focuses on a core range of styles in denim-inspired colours and sells them direct to consumers through its own website. Consumers can buy a single pair or a pack of 3 either as a one-off purchase or by signing up for the easy to control subscription service, receiving their Undamentals every 1, 3 or 6 months at a competitive discount.

Undamentals are subtly branded to deliver a premium and grown-up feel, while retaining a sense of fun and personality with their inner labeling messaging and playful delivery packaging.

Don’t forget, Undamentals offers a risk-free first purchase. If you’re not happy with the product, you’ll get your money back or another pair to try… you don’t even have to send them back.


The Kickstarter Campaign

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Undamentals are building a lifestyle brand offering great quality, stylish products for men – they want to change the way men buy their essential products – removing the hassle and always keeping everything fresh. Everything will be available via regular subscription, delivered directly to your door and completely hassle-free.

They’ve spent 18 months developing products, brand positioning, logo, website, packaging and delivery processes. The initial focus will be a small range of classic-styled underwear in brief and boxer brief styles.

They have re-imagined the selling of underwear by displaying them in everyday situations throughout your daily journey. The cleverly designed photographs, logo and digital icons all maintain this theme.

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The seams on your Undamentals are designed to stretch as you move and then bounce right back into place, the flat stitching will ensure the ultimate in comfort, wherever your daily ride takes you. Undamentals are made with top grade stretch cotton for a perfect fit and have a soft lined waistband for extra comfort

Men need regular replacements for the most important of basics but are often too busy to replace as often as they should, Undamentals makes this hassle-free, enjoyable and reliable – on your smart phone, tablet or desk-top.

These stylish, understated & award winning underwear for men are great…Here’s what we said last time:

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 So, get involved and join in, become an Undamentalist!


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Check out Undamentals Kickstarter campaign here, we’re firm believers in this brand and back them hardheartedly! As an added incentive for you, our cracking readers, the guys at Undamentals have offered you an High Street Gent exclusive – They will add a free extra pair to any pledges of 2 pairs or more when they hit target. All you have to do is email hey@undamentals.com with your Kickstarter username and the guys will start your journey!

 

Watches without the Bulls**t

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“We want to disrupt how people think about watches” says CIRCULR founder, Danny Buck.

“Gone are the days of owning just one watch.”

CIRCULR is the new British watch brand on a mission to disrupt the watch industry, making quality, fashion forward watches without unnecessary add-ons, so watches are so affordable that you can afford to have a new one every month.

CIRCULR launched a campaign this week on crowdfunding site, Kickstarter, to raise £25,000 to begin the CIRCULR revolution. The Kickstarter campaign will run through to 4th November 2016.

When asked how the idea for CIRCULR was born, founder Danny Buck, said: “Gone are the days when people own just one watch. CIRCULR is here to shake things up. To get our watches to the right price we cut out the unnecessary add-ons, without compromising on quality. Removing the stuff you don’t actually need, after all when was the last time you were 10,000 metres under the sea? Or in space? I’m pretty sure if you want to check the date you’ll just reach for your phone, so we took all of this stuff out. All these unnecessary extras cost money and raise the price you pay.

CIRCULR aren’t compromising on quality. Watches are designed in the UK and use the highest quality of materials. Japanese Miyota Movement- one of the best in the world, rose gold, sterling silver plated, 42.33mm face sizes, hardened mineral glass, 3ATM water resistant and genuine leather straps.

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We’re taking CIRCULR directly to the consumers” says Buck. “For me, I feel it’s imperative that brands have a direct channel to engage with their audience, so there’s no middleman here. We’ve cut them out too so that our customers can buy at the best price possible. Watches that would retail for £150-200 we offer direct for just £49. We live in a digital world where brands talk directly to their customers so the only place you can purchase CIRCULR is from us.

CIRCULR have started strong. Within 4 hours of launching they’d sold their first 100 watches. Backers via Kickstarter can choose a number of rewards that gets them a CIRCULR watch and helps the brand reach its target. It’s risk free too. The CIRCULR project will only be funded if the full amount is received by 4th November. The first 1000 watches purchased will be available for free pre-Christmas delivery and additional pre-orders will be delivered in batch two in January.

“Let’s make CIRCULR happen”.

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