Free next day delivery is currently the easy-win strategy for retailers to attract and gain the loyalty of new customers. The immediacy of modern e-commerce is rapidly becoming an arms race to see who can deliver in matter of hours, rather than days, with services like Amazon Prime pushing the boundaries of how quickly a click on “checkout” can put a product in the customer’s hand. This culture has been normalised by so-called “ultra-fast fashion” brands like ASOS, Boohoo and Missguided who all do free next day deliveries and returns on orders for all customers, meaning consumers can order a dress on a Wednesday, receive it on a Thursday and have it returned to the retailer by Friday if it turns out to not be to their liking. The problem is that as this culture becomes more normal, people forget the impact it has on staff treatment, the environment and the ethical attitudes of the company your buying from… View Post
Molton Brown is one of those brands I have a real love/hate relationship with. For everything they get right, they seem to do just as much wrong which can often leave me (and other customers) somewhat upset with their choices. I was a huge fan of their Recharge Black Pepper collection a few years back, it was spicy and subtly masculine, but then they reformulated it and it became way too overpowering and smelt slightly artificial. Their 4-in-1 sports wash was another great product that I found to be a gym bag essential, it was citrus-y, fresh and versatile. However, a few months back they re-released it using their black peppercorn formula and it lost its “fresh” character.
So when they reached out to me to ask if they could gift me their latest collection to review, I was suitably wary of what they had in store for me. Also, having never come across coastal cypress or sea fennel as fragrances before, I wasn’t sure if I’d be a fan of the scent. Nevertheless, I was happy to give it a trial and see how it performed. You can find my thoughts in their usual format below: View Post
Earlier this year, Stoer Skincare (the brainchild of founder Marianne Morrison) had its soft launch in Harvey Nichols and rapidly became their top selling men’s cosmetics range that month. Since then I, alongside several other male bloggers, was invited to the Corinthia Hotel Spa in London to be introduced to the range, take it away for trial and discuss its creation with Marianne in greater detail. With its background firmly rooted in Scotland and crafted using the expertise of someone who spent years in the beauty industry listening to men complaining about having to buy women’s skincare as men’s was too basic, I was keen to try out this collection and give some top-level thoughts on the collection as a whole.
You can find my notes on the individual products below as well as my thoughts on packaging and pricing. View Post
The spring/summer months hail the beginning of wedding season and thus the opportunity to up your style game from every-day suit to a look that highlights the importance of the day, and encapsulates your personal style and character. Hardy Amies were kind enough to invite me to go in and style a new outfit which would work at any wedding. I achieved this by using classic themes with modern tailoring styles to create a sharp outfit any man can pull off.
Location: Queen’s House, Greenwich
Photography: Anton Welcome
A few weeks back, I was invited by Drakes of London to go in for a haircut and to sample their services. Traditionally, I tend to review these places based on the decor, atmosphere, service and pricing as well as extras like staff friendliness and grooming ranges. However, during this appointment I had an experience that I had never come across before, one that forced me to reflect on my own achievements, insecurities and future plans. It wasn’t so much a haircut with a smile, as a haircut with a friend and it got me thinking about how often men can turn to barbers to vent their emotions and frustrations… View Post