Fashion & Grooming: The Men’s Room
Welcome to your guide to a Happy Christmas, from festive knits to stylish shoes, irresistible colognes to handsome timepieces. Our present to you
What do you get if you mix a dash of sweet orange with a burst of ripe mandarin, sensual sandalwood, amber, and a splash of bitter orange? That’d be the rich and intoxicating Orange Bitters Cologne by Jo Malone London. A veritable warming winter cocktail, with an aroma of delectable Christmas fruits, it’s THE scent to be spritzing yourself with this season. Disclaimer: We can’t be held responsible for the amount of Christmas kisses planted on you whilst wearing this sensational scent.
Orange Bitters Cologne, £98 per 100ml, £48 per 30ml. Cologne and Home Candle set, £48, at Jo Malone London, Rose Crescent, Cambridge
It’s a Christmas Day staple, along with turkey and cranberry sauce, but what’s your favourite festive knit this winter? Here’s four bobby dazzlers for your consideration. Jump to it!
Pakman jumper, £25, at Burton Menswear
Holiday Christmas jumper, £20, by Tu at Sainsbury’s
Dash Christmas jumper, £22, at M&Co
Perfect Panel Funnel jumper, £45, at Joe Browns
Combining British sophistication with fine Italian quality, Moda In Pelle has been crafting beautiful shoes for discerning ladies for the past 40 years. But the Leeds-based heritage shoe brand has stepped up its offering this autumn, launching its first ever men’s collection. Spanning 33 styles, from lace-up leather boots and dapper brogues to smart trainers and desert boots, there’s sartorial elegance in every creation. Prices range from £69.95 to £99.95.
Shop the range at modainpelle.com
Disappointed at the lack of professional products free from harsh chemicals, synthetic fragrances, parabens and carcinogens, British master barber Marcus Fellowes decided to formulate his own range, Barbershop Botanicals. Collaborating with aromatherapists, perfumieres and natural skin care formulators, he has developed an all-natural, professional-grade product selection, harnessing powerful botanical ingredients, said to be therapeutic to mind, body and emotional state. The Natural Caffeine Green Tea and Hemp Shampoo is packed full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids, to stimulate blood flow through the scalp, preventing a dryness and hair loss. And the beard oils, which come in varieties such as Rum Spice and Smoked Citrus, are infused with coconut and jojoba oil to deeply moisturise and eliminate beard-druff. Sounds like the ultimate in feel-good, look-good grooming!
Buy Barbershop Botanicals at barbershopbotanicals.co.uk and at select retailers and barber shops
You can tell a lot about a gent by the timepiece peeping out from beneath a double cuff in the office or adorning the end of a muscular arm in the gym. We’ve always been fans of Boss’s Ocean Edition - a tribute to classic and luxurious timepieces - and this model, Sunray, with its carnation gold detail, chronograph dial, and two-tone stainless steel, is incredibly suave. One for the Christmas Wish List perchance?
Boss Ocean Edition Sunray watch, £449, at very.co.uk
Come Friday night, we’re rather partial to a game of backgammon over a pint or two at the local pub, sat in the front of a roaring fire (we know; it’s our age!). Now, this little beauty by Jonathan Adler, is the crème de la crème of the boardgame world, featuring hot pops of orange and a vibrant lacquered board, which folds up neatly into a chic box. It exudes preppy panache. We want one please.
Lacquer Backgammon Set, £395, at jonathanadler.com
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