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Collection Review - Portuguese Flannel FW19 - Highland

Get lost in the heart of the mountains, get rid of the superfluous, slow down to discover the essentials.
This new fall-winter collection from Portuguese Flannel was inspired by the highlands of Portugal, where the horizon is vast, undefined and abstract. There are places that just make us daydream.
This collection is intended to inspire you to spend more time outdoors and serenely watch the continuous flow of nature.
Let yourself be taken by the senses, use only the essential and dare to throw yourself into the wild - THIS IS THE HIGHLAND.

Collection Review - Albam FW19

Albam returns for a second season and the FW19 range is built around a collection of classic menswear styles that were originally designed to function in a particular way, or for a defined activity, but have stood the test of time and have found a relevance in today’s market.


Heavyweight rugby shirts inspired by the school rugby tops of the ’70’s, multi-pocket British Army parka’s, fleece liner jackets that were originally designed for the RAF, fleece trimmed deck jackets based on the US navy original….All updated with contemporary silhouettes and fabrics to create pieces that are right for now, but that will stand the test of time like the classics that inspired them.


Fabrics range from English wools woven in Lancashire, to specialist wax fabrics finished in Dundee, through to heavyweight jerseys and luxury cotton drills.

Making Your Fragrance Last

We've recently received a full re-stock from scent specialists Laboratory Perfumes. Included was a re-stock of the there first three scents (Amber, Gorse & Samphire). We also brought in their two newest scents, Tonka & Atlas. Tonka has notes of Peppercorn and Mandarin with fresh Vanilla and Tobacoo undertones. Atlas, named after the Moroccan mountains, has notes of Rum, Vanilla and Hay topped with Cinnamon, Ginger, Black Pepper with Woody Cognac top notes.

Before we get into how to prolong that smell, let's get a little scientific. The base of any fragrance you can buy will be the 'perfume essence', this is what actually makes the smell. This is a combination of essential oils (cedar wood, sandalwood etc), absolutes (jasmine, rose, etc.), animal extracts (musk, ambergris) and synthetic fragrance. There are four categories of fragrances, each with it's own characteristics. Perfume, Eau de Perfume, Eau de Toilette & Eau de Cologne. The main difference is the percentage of pure perfume extract in each type. Generally speaking, they have 15-40%, 10-20%, 4-15% and 2-5% of perfume extract, respectively. The more perfume extract a fragrance has, the longer it will last, but usually costs more.

Stay Away From Pulse Points

Most of us have heard at one time or another that the best place to apply a fragrance is on so-called ‘pulse points’. This refers to areas on the body where blood passes closest to the skin and are therefore warmer, such as on the wrists, throat or behind the ears. This is a no no for a couple reasons. Firstly, heat drives off a perfume faster. The more heat, the quicker the perfume will disappear. Secondly, these areas are the most exposed to the air and therefore the fragrance dissipates more quickly.

A much better technique is to activate your scent through movement. Applying directly to clothes helps fragrance linger. Apply a few spritz to the chest area (between your skin and clothes) to allow it to waft upwards and out of the neck of your shirt. Spritz straight onto tees and shirts and scent gets trapped between your layers, wafting out throughout the day. Also look to less hematic spots, like your forearms or the back of your neck, which release the scent more slowly.

Moisture

Ensuring the skin is well moisturised can add precious hours to the life of a scent, as can opting for more concentrated eau de toilettes which last longer than colognes or aftershaves. The drier your skin, the less it will hold onto a fragrance. But don’t be tempted to spray on straight out of the shower; the hot water elevates your skin temperature, which means your fragrance burns off faster. Try using a moisturiser lotion formulated for sensitive skin...but make sure it's scentless.

Storage

Where you stow your collection also plays a role. Store fragrances away from light, keep it cool, and avoid temperature changes. If it resides on your bathroom shelf then heat, moisture and light will gang up on its chemicals, breaking down the constituent ingredients. Which means it stops smelling like it should and won’t last as long. Your best bet is to stow your scents in a drawer in your bedroom instead. If you really want to take care of your fragrance, keep them in the fridge.

Collection Review - 18 Waits SS19 - Sounds of Summer

Muddy George - 18 Waits SS19

Country driving with windows rolled down and Born to Run. 
Bare feet in cool grass surrounded by Ladies of the Canyon.
Swimming in a deep lake of Pet Sounds.
Lazing on a breezy dock with the Last Waltz dancing in our ears.
Building a bonfire under the Harvest Moon.


The 18 Waits Spring/Summer 2019 collection is inspired by summer soundtracks. They like to spend these warmer months outside with their shoes off and their favourite people by their side. Neil, Levon, Joni, Tom, JJ, Bob… because the music they listen to is as important as the company they keep.



Hues of sky blues, shades of rocky greys, and earthy naturals were used in this collection to evoke the spirit of the Canadian landscape. These garments reflect what they like to think their musical heroes of decades past were wearing while they dreamt up their songs of the summer.

Introducing Novesta

Novesta's production facilities date back to the 1930s, when the famous shoemaker Jan Antonin Bata opened a new factory in the small town of Partizánske in the middle of Slovakia. Over the time, Novesta has become one of the last purely European produced brands throughout Europe. Novesta’s unique sneakers, which pair imaginative design with timeless sophistication, are recognizable around the world.

For Novesta, quality design refers to more than fashion. They are dedicated to manufacturing shoes according to the highest environmental standards. That’s why they use materials such as natural rubber and 100% cotton and linen. These materials allow them to produce ecological footwear of the highest quality. Novesta uses only certified materials. The natural rubber sole is machine-pressed onto the body of the shoe. The shoe is then finished by precise manual work completed by skilled craftsmen. This ethnical and ecological process results in tire marks around the outsole – Novesta’s trademark look!

The signature shoe of the Novesta brand, the Star Master still carries the unmistakable chunky sole and vulcanization marks that guarantee a true Novesta shoe that can withstand the hardest challenges. Star Master originates from military sports shoes which were produced for half a century in Slovakia and combine comfort with a rugged determination. Every pair is handmade from the finest natural rubber and canvases. The style is recognizable anywhere in the world. The shoe carries the signature ‘Trampky’ logo which marks each pair as a descendant of the true Slovakian people’s shoe. The easily identified silhouette is a true European classic and one of the continent’s most enduring sneaker shapes.