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Mother Day Gifts...From A Men's Store

I know, I know...what does a menswear store know about Mother's Day gifts?! Well, I have a mom and I buy her gifts...so a lot! What can you buy for a woman from a menswear store? If you’re still stuck on this one, we've got you covered. We did the rounds and picked out the bits we'd be happy to hand over to our own mother. Putting family first is like second nature to us ...don't let this mother’s day pass by, we've got a decent selection of gifts to help you out.

The Laboratory Perfumes Amber Eau de Toilette tops every gift idea on the market. First things first, it smells incredible. If you’re not familiar with Laboratory Perfumes, they specialise in producing gender-free fragrances in the heart of London. Amber is the original scent they first developed back in 2013, it’s what got the brand off the ground and it’s now become their signature (and best seller). If you think she'd prefer a softer scent, try their Tonka fragrance - a fine balance of floral fruitiness with peppery undertones. Give this one a go for mother’s day and you won’t be disappointed.

Woolfell  have been a Muddy George staple since day one and they’ve never let us down. Their craftsmanship is second to none, basing their products on a need to create useful and durable products. Their Cabin Carry-All, available in Black or Tan, as the name suggests, carries all! The spacious bag is great for overnight or weekends away (get mom a weekend spa package too!?) and comes with a adjustable shoulder strap. The leather will age beautifully, just like mom =)

These Velva Sheen Pigment Dyed tees have been a big hit this season, and we haven't even seen warm temperatures yet. Available in 11 different colours, these vintage inspired pigment dyed tees are cut from an overdyed US cotton and are detailed with a patch pocket to the chest and a classic ribbed crew neckline. More importantly, the seamless tubular knit construction also adds comfort and longevity. They run small so you're bound to find a size that will fit her.

Valentines Day Guy-de

Whether it’s a Valentine’s dinner, a special anniversary or you’re finally meeting someone you’ve been chatting up on a dating site, chances are how you look is going to be at the forefront of your mind. You certainly won’t want a rogue spot or bad breath to let you down or knock your confidence. So here are a few points to keep in mind to help ensure that, when it comes to that special day, you’re always perfect…

Sanitary! I mean, this is a given isn't it?! We're not going to get into the whole thing about what causes bad breath but you should be brushing and flossing regularly. Luckily we carry Marvis toothpaste, which is one of those toothpastes that tastes and smells great at the same time. They suggest using it after every meal as to maintain a fresh breath throughout the day. It has a gentle fluoride-based formula which cleans and conditions your teeth. Cinnamon Mint would be our go to for Valentines Day.

Scruffy! Attitudes towards beards have changed massively in the last few years as their popularity has – like the whisker themselves – grown. But while women have warmed to them as style statements, many still have concerns about their itchiness and cleanliness. To make sure these beard-related fears don’t come between you and your date, simply practice a little basic beard hygiene. For starters, keep your beard clean and fresh by washing with a beard wash. Then, keep the hair soft and nourished with a little beard balm.

Smells! Forget what you know about perfumes – Laboratory Perfumes is all about the anti-fragrance. Suitable for any gender, their scents are inspired by the natural flowers, herbs and aromatic botanicals of Britain and beyond. Notes include Citrus, Cardamom and coconut as well as Juniper Berries, Veviter and Oak Moss. Staying with scents, given that daylight is scarce, instead of flicking on the light, try lighting a candle. If you're looking for something that not only smells good, but looks good on your mantlepiece, try the Brennan Michael candles and/or Diffusers. Candles make the home more inviting so whether you want your pad to smell of citrus, wood or jasmine, one of his five scents will have you captivated.

Style! You've secured your reservation, gotten the perfect gift, now what the hell are you going to wear? It’s surprisingly easy to leave this important aspect of a Valentine’s date to the last minute, but it’s worth bearing in mind that failing to dress for the occasion is not doing yourself justice. Whether you have a dinner date, movie date, day date or home date, keep your outfit relaxed but presentable. If you're going the chino and blazer route, try these slim-fit chinos from Bon Vivant. If you want to add a little formality to mark the occasion, consider introducing some neckwear from Cursor & Thread. Taking things a little more casual, start off with a solid pair of winter-weight fabric trousers such as the Outclass Wool Cargo Pant or a heavy pair of indigo selvedge jeans. Build on your base with a cotton, plaid or flannel button-down shirt and a knit to ward off the chill then polish your look off with a pair of smart boots in brown/black. Reminder, your aim here is to appear well-dressed and attractive, not upstage your date and make them feel uncomfortable.

Summer Essentials

Patio? Cottage? Music Festival? Beach? Jays Game? I could go on but you get the point. The summer is a great time to be out and about and to help get you through the summer months in style, we've highlighted a few warm-weather classics that should be in every guys wardrobe. Not only do quality staples provide a solid foundation on which you can build your daily looks, integrating classic, versatile pieces into your wardrobe will allow you to effortlessly pull together outfits for any occasion that arises.

White T-Shirt: We've all seen those bad ass images of James Dean from the 50s wearing a white crew neck t-shirt and it remains as much of a wardrobe stable today as it was back then. A crisp white crew neck paired with well-fitting jeans and a bomber jacket is one of the quickest ways to effortless cool. A crisp t-shirt can be worn with shirts, jeans, and under your sweaters. Todd Snyder + Champion takes their basic t-shirts to the next level by using dyed yarns that give the fabric a soft touch. Outclass adds a little detail to theirs with a chambray pocket and elongated back hem.

 

Short-Sleeve Button-Up: Maybe it's synonymous with a global fast food chain’s uniform, but a smart-casual short-sleeve button-up cannot only be stylish but practical too. Do away with thicker, heavier weaves and opt for a summer staple like a seersucker shirt from Portuguese Flannel.  A little pattern never hurt anyone either. A casual button up can add some life to an otherwise boring outfit, like the 18 Waits White Paisley Shirt.

 

Linen Shirt: Sticking with shirts for a minute, Linen is a labour-intensive material to manufacture, but it's valued for its exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather. It’s a very durable, strong fabric, and one of the few that are stronger wet than dry. We've got a few from Woolrich and Outclass this season. And remember to embrace the wrinkles but if you're worried about looking unkept, look for a cotton/linen blend to help keep the wrinkles at bay. Luckily we have a couple from Outclass and Bon Vivant.

 

Slim Shorts: As the mercury rises, you’re going to want to let your legs breathe in a pair of shorts. And the most versatile style on the market has to be slim shorts, which looks just as good teamed with a short-sleeved shirt (see above) as it does a plain white tee (see above). The Keenan Short from Bon Vivant and The Slim Short from 18 Waits will be your friend all summer long.

 

Summer Fragrance: During the summer heat, your body produces more oil and sweat, causing scents to project stronger than ever. As a result, in the summer you need lighter fragrances that don't become offensive when they project in the heat. The best summer scents tend to be light and fresh with fruity or citrusy characteristics, because those are the scents that people think of when they think of warm weather. The Samphire and Gorse Eau de Toilette's from Laboratory Perfumes have notes of Juniper Berries/Citrus Oil and Coconut/Citrus, respectively.