Friday, 6 July 2007

The History of David Beckham's Hair: Part 2

Welcome back to MFB for the second part in the exciting life of David Beckham's hair.

Following his big money move to Spanish giants Real Madrid in June 2003, for the tidy sum of £24.5million, Beckham added this long blonde number to the ‘Galacticos’ of Madrid.
Looking more like Goldilocks who was missing 3 bears (But what about Ronaldo??!) than a footballing Super Star, Becks new hairstyle certainly captivated his form at the time, scoring on his debut in the Spanish Super Cup.

With his new Madrid lifestyle well under way, David didn’t change his hairstyle for a few months, choosing to continue to grow the ‘Goldilocks’ style further, creating a dramatic longer look, which can be seen being sported in a ponytail in the image to the side.

This longer, glamorous look was accustomed to the Hollywood lifestyle the Beckham’s craved and this style was the start of their journey of ‘cracking’ the States.

Clearly tired of the maintenance involved in long hair, Beck’s chose to have a large portion of it cut off and reverted back to a shorter, spiked look which was tinted blonde at the tips.

Still a Real Madrid legend in the making, this new look is still a hit with the fans, and adds to the earning power of the ‘Beckham Brand’ to the Madrid giants.

Onwards and upwards, or should I say longer?

Becks grows his latest ‘do’ slightly longer, and goes for the longer sided look while still at Real Madrid, but also allowing the blonde tints we know Beckham for, to grow out making the then England captain seem more intellectual.

Trimmed at the sides and left longer at the front, Becks grows this shorter ‘quiff’ in preparation for the World Cup Finals 2006 in Germany.
At a time when the then England captains form was under scrutiny, this hairstyle certainly keeps up his form in the hair stakes adding to Beckham mania that swept the country before the competition.

At a time when Beckham was recapturing the form that Real Madrid take notice, having first battled his way back into the Galactico line-up of the Madrid giants, Becks went for one of his most striking looks ever, Platinum Blonde, for the completion of a set of photographs with his wife Victoria for top photographer Stephen Klein.

Sporting a pair of aviators, Becks stepped off the plane in Madrid more accustomed to a Hollywood film star, especially after his contract signing with Los Angeles Galaxy after contract talks with Real Madrid broke down early in the 2006/2007 Spanish season.

The Platinum look even grabbed the attention of his team-mates who reportedly nicknamed Becks ‘Marilyn’ after Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.

With his new nickname rife among his team-mates, Becks decided to take his hair back to the past with a closer, shorter look to see out his time in the Spanish capital.

With this new (or should I say old?) style, still complete with Platinum Blonde, Becks pretty much single handily guided Real Madrid to their first Spanish title in 4 years, a first for Beckham since his move in 2003 from Manchester United, while also recapturing his England place after Steve McClaren saw the error of his way.

With this Hollywood style under his belt, Becks moves to LA Galaxy on a free transfer making his debut against Chelsea at the end of July 2007, signalling the start of Beckhams transition to the United States of America and a new chapter in his History.


Thursday, 5 July 2007

Paul Smith Wallets

Paul Smith wallets are the most sought-after wallets in the United Kingdom. If you’re buying a Paul Smith wallet for own use, you are definitely giving yourself a treat. If you’re buying one for another person, they must be a very special man indeed! There is no doubt Paul Smith wallets look stunning … but it is not just the unique nature of his wallets that drive the public crazy … it is the entire Paul Smith brand and its history. MFB investigate…

History of Paul Smith

Paul Smith's early ambition was to become a cyclist but an accident at the age of 17 put stop to that. Whilst in hospital following his accident, Paul Smith met a group of artists who opened him up to a new world that inspired him to become a fashion designer. Indeed in 1970, at the age of 24, Paul Smith opened his first fashion boutique in Nottingham, and by 1976 he had shown his first menswear collection in Paris.Paul Smith has become a global phenomenon. Indeed the designer brand now spans 12 collections, selling everything from jeans and accessories to high-end fashion and furniture. There are also 14 Paul Smith stores in Britain and over 200 in Japan.Despite the enormous success many things have remained the same. Indeed Paul Smith retains an integral role in the company, as both designer and chairman, and his unique designs continue to combine sharp looks with a genuinely offbeat sense that's unmistakably English. Walk into one of Paul Smith's shops and you probably come across his personal collection of art, or an array of antiques and other unique objects, all examples of a personal touch that is so lacking in many other large fashion houses.

Paul Smith Wallet

MFB have selected a few of our favourite Paul Smith wallet designs to highlight the unique nature of this luxury men's accessory.
Naked Lady

This is the most impressionable image thought of when Paul Smith comes up in conversation.

The wallet that everyone remembers due to its cheeky design depicting a nude lady is one of Paul Smith’s best selling products since the start of his label in 1970.

The buxom brunette, pictured kneeling naked and holding a red telephone, is the favourite model of Archie Dickens, who works from his small studio in West Wickham.

The 94-year-old pensioner initially sold the illustration to an American collector who then sold it on to Sir Paul Smith for use in his products, giving Paul Smith an untimely classic.

The Mini

The traditional Paul Smith branding, coupled with one of England’s most recognisable icons gives us the popular Mini wallet sold by Paul Smith.

With the outer of the wallet showing its ‘work’ side which is made from fine Italian leather, and its playful side with the striped Mini image on the inside, this wallet is perfect for the Gentleman who loves cars.


The unforgettable image of Paul Smith branding makes its way entirely onto a wallet with this design.

Incorporating unmistakable Englishness augmented by the unexpected, this design is for the Gentleman that likes to portray their unique side, while letting people know he is accustomed to the famous Paul Smith brand and all it stands for.

Rope Stitched

One of Paul Smith’s newest collections, the ‘Rope Stitched wallet’ moves away from the iconic Paul Smith branding and moves onto bolder colours,

Whilst still incorporating the feel of the classic Paul Smith wallet, the larger branding in the corner of the wallet still lets people know that the Gentleman owner is apart of one of the World’s most stylish labels.


Monday, 25 June 2007

Storage Tips: So easy, even we can do it Gents.

So you’ve bought the latest designer threads, and accessories and you’re looking the business, but to continue looking that way, you really have to store them properly to keep them, and you looking at your best.

This is an area where a lot of men drastically fail, and with a bit of help, those expensive items can last for years if properly stored away in the off-season.

To start off, there are three important areas to remember when storing clothes: Clean, Protect and Organise.


Quite a simple thing to remember to do before you store your clothes away eh? Wrong.
So many men forget to do this before they put them into storage, it’s unreal.

Clothes are extremely susceptible to bugs and mites, especially when dirty.
Remember, just because not all stains are visible, doesn’t mean they’re not there to haunt you when you pull your favourite cashmere sweater out of storage a few months later, only to find out its ruined, making it a very costly mistake to make.

Best bet is to wash them, or better still, dry-clean them before storage, even if you think they don’t need it.


So you’ve taken the first step to making sure your garments are clean as a whistle before storage, but it doesn’t stop there. Even clean garments need protection, and this comes in the form of wood.
Yep, you read it correctly, wood.

The most commonly effective form of wood to use to protect garments during storage is Cedar.

Cedar provides a fresh scent which that not only repels bugs and mites, but also absorbs abrasive odours from your laundry basket or that over-used gym bag.

Cedar products are available in several forms for protecting your clothes, which include hang-ups for closets, blocks for drawers and containers and cedar hangers which can be used for coats and suits.

They’re available from any good department store near you and the rubbish ones too.

Second in the laws of protection is the location of the storage.

Protection is best carried out in dark, cool, dry and well ventilated places.
Without these 4 conditions, clothes can become faded, damaged, mouldy, and musty, much like the smell associated with old people.

So, just be strategic in storing your garments in the proper places and with the proper protection to guarantee their longevity.


The final key to storing your clothes in the off-season is proper organisation, taking your clean clothes and your protective elements and applying them together.

Organisation doesn’t just mainstream your wardrobe; it also adds extra protection by storing similar garments together.

For example, the storage of hanging items in natural cotton garment bags allows you to store similar items in the same area, but it also blocks light and provides a breathable barrier for clothes to maintain them in a safe, clean and easy to locate environment.

Don’t forget about storage boxes though, as several of these add extra order and flexibility in storing items in locations such as under the bed and can also add structure to your wardrobe.

Just remember, organisation can add simplicity to life, so why not add it to your wardrobe?

Just taking into account the 3 simple steps of clean, protect and organise allows you to play the game of fashion more successfully, especially as you’ll now stand out from the crowd in your well cared for garments, making the little time and effort put into the process a lot more rewarding.


Blu-Ray Disc – What’s all the fuss about?

So your thinking about buying a Playstation 3 but your not sure if your enough of a hard-core gamer? Well what about movies? Do you enjoying sitting down in front of a big LCD TV and watching the Godfather on DVD (just like pretty much every other man who ever lived)? Well if you do then the PS3 offers you another treat … Blu-Ray Disc!

Blu-Ray disc is the next generation entertainment format specially designed to show superb, crystal clear images on a high definition (HD) television. It is claimed the picture is SIX times better quality than that of standard DVDs. That’s not all, with up to 7.1 digital surround sound and the ability to offer advanced interactive content, Blue-Ray discs offer an entertainment experience that is out of this world.

I know what your thinking; “is this another Betamax”? and “how long will this format be around”? Well Blu-Ray disc has the support of over 170 leading entertainment companies including Sony, MGM, Panasonic, HP, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Brothers to name but a few. So with the biggest names in movies, video games, electronics, computing and music there seems to be a commitment to bring the best content onto the Blu-Ray format so that you have an amazing range of high definition films, TV, games and music to choose from now and well into the future.

High definition content takes up a lot of space. As such a dual layer Blu-ray Disc can store 50 GB, almost 6 times the size of a dual layer DVD at 8.5 GB. This allows a much better definition of picture quality which is immediately noticeable when comparing to a normal DVD. But to see this you’ll need to have a TV that is HD ready! Most LCD flat screen televisions are HD ready nowadays but to be sure check on the box or in the manual. Finally, if you don’t have or want a PS3, you will need to purchase a dedicated Blu-Ray Disc player available from the likes of Sony, Philips, Pioneer, and Sharp.

So thinking of making a purchase? Well with the support of so many big companies we suspect Blu-Ray will be around for many years to come, and the quality over standard DVDs is unquestionable, so KJ Beckett can guarantee you will be able to enjoy an advanced entertainment now and well into the future. Go on, go out and buy one, you know you want to!

Friday, 22 June 2007

The History of David Beckham's Hair: Part 1

MFB thought it was about time to look at the UK's most influential men's fashion icon in recent times ... David Beckham, and in particular David Beckham's hairstyles!

David Beckham changes his hairstyle more often than he changes his underwear! Indeed, since meeting the fashion conscious Victoria Adams (now his wife, Victoria Beckham), who has clearly molded his persona, David Beckham's hairstyle has been one of the most talked about things in the history of celebrity fashion.

We start off in the early days of David’s career, fresh out of the youth academy at Manchester United with this mainly un-styled, plain and simple look.
This was in keeping with the non-flash lifestyle Sir Alex Ferguson embedded into his upcoming youth team players, but little did he know this was the start of an extremely media-fuelled career.

As David’s career takes off due to often brilliant displays on the wing for Manchester United, his hairstyle begins to develop into a more slicker look as he discovers the joys of hair gel, prompting a deal with Brylcreem which increased their sales by 50%.

Flash back to the 1995/1996 English Premier League season, and to David Beckham’s famous goal scored from the half way line over a helpless Neil Sullivan in goal for Wimbledon.

This is the point where David Beckham’s career really took off as he was sprung into the media spotlight for showcasing his footballing talent, and as a result of this, his hair undertook a dramatic change with the inclusion of blonde highlights: the mark of an upcoming Superstar.

David Beckham shocked the nation with his next style taking him from media sweetheart to that of one with attitude, and promoted Barbers to up their prices for one of the simplest hairstyles in existence: the shaved head.

Hiding the ‘new do’ under a woolly hat during a Manchester United training session, David caused a media panic after a team-mate jokingly removed it revealing it to the World, causing newspapers to displace headlines just to cover it.

Next up in the collection is the possibly the one Golden Ball’s will look back on and think ‘Maybe that wasn’t a good idea.’ Yep, you’ve guess it, the mini-Mohawk.

This monstrosity of a haircut was devised shortly after David’s shaved look grew back, and prompted armies of men to copy it, creating possibly the largest fashion disaster in the history of the World.

After the success and shock factor of the mini-Mohawk, David toned it down a little and went for something less shocking with this short, darker spiked haircut.

Next up for Mr. Beckham in the Summer of 2002 was my personal favourite, the blonde, longer Mohawk. Heck, I enjoyed it so much, even I sported it for a while!

Looking much like a blonde shark, Beck’s led England to the Quarter-Finals of the World Cup Final’s, narrowly losing to the eventual winners Brazil.

After the disappointment of the World Cup, David decided to go for the European look, and grew his hair much longer, often sporting it with a continental hair band, making an item normally seen in Fame (I want to Live Forever) fashionable once again.

Blatantly annoyed with his hair always being in his eyes, Beck’s decided to cause mass media frenzy once again with a style most often seen in the Caribbean. Enter the famous cornrow hairstyle, so famous in fact that Nelson Mandela requested to meet Beck’s and the England squad during this period.
Was this influenced by this famous hairstyle? Who knows!

Check back here soon for the second part of David Beckham's Hair History, only here at MFB!


Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Paul Smith Socks vs Duchamp Socks – The Battle of the Socks

KJ Beckett have picked two of the leading British men’s fashion accessory designers; Paul Smith and Duchamp; and compared their men’s sock collections, putting them head-to-head in the ultimate men’s sock review of 2007! Which sock was the softest? Which sock was the most comfortable? Who had the best designs? Read on to find out…

Paul Smith Socks

Made in Italy and generally of mercerised cotton (although some pairs are high percentage wool), there’s no surprises that Paul Smith’s current sock collection is an impressive sight to all but the hardest of fashion connoisseurs. To ensure quality, Paul Smith opts for a high mix of cotton in his 2007 collection, with percentages reaching up to 100% but generally 80% mercerised cotton, mixed with polyamide.

Designs for this season include “Concertina” stripes, “Checker board”, Contrast heel and toe, dot socks, plus, our current favourite, Pencil flower socks. Of course the signature Paul Smith striped sock design is not forgotten also. As KJ Beckett have found with most designer socks, care should be taken in washing Paul Smith socks because we have noted shape is not fully retained when washed at “normal” temperatures. KJ Beckett recommend a low temperature was to keep your Paul Smith socks looking great wash after wash.

So Paul Smith socks are great, there's no argument there, but does Paul Smith win the “Battle of the Socks” in 2007?

Duchamp Socks

Well the answer is no! For us there was only going to be one winner between Paul Smith and Duchamp in 2007. As soon as we saw the eye-boggling socks collection at Duchamp we knew we were in sock heaven…a psychedelic sock heaven to be exact!

Duchamp is a world leader in men's accessories, with particular popularity due to it's funky and colourful silk ties that are instantly recognisable. The Duchamp socks collection holds true to the look and feel of the designs established by the luxury tie range. Indeed "Floral Check" socks, "Diamond Harlequin", "Linked Honeycomb" and "Overlapping Paisley" socks are bold and very beautiful.

The RRP for Duchamp socks
is £15 a pair, and like Paul Smith, you are generally paying for unique designs and branding. Whilst the quality of the high content cotton socks is good, care needs to be taken during washing to ensure the shape of your designer socks are retained. Click here to buy Duchamp socks.

Other leading socks...

Whilst Duchamp and Paul Smith make a good luxury sock, they are by no means the only option. KJ Beckett have listed another top 5 socks that deserve your consideration:

Five: Burlington Socks - German sock maker Burlington is renowned for its extensive collection of argyle socks available in a myriad colours! From business to funky to casual, there is a everyone should have at least one argyle sock in their sock drawer!

Click here to buy Burlington socks.

Four: Pantherella Socks - Pantherella are a strong British brand, making men's socks of the highest quality since 1937. Pantherella are are specialists in manufacturing socks using luxury fibres and offering hand linked toe seams to ensure the make-up of the sock is second to none. All Pantherella socks are made in England in their factory in Leicester. Click here to buy Pantherella socks online.

Four: Brora Socks - Founded by Victoria Stapleton, Brora was established in 1993 with the aim of giving classic Scottish cashmere a contemporary twist and creating a wide collection of Cashmere socks in unique colours.
Click here to visit Brora online.

Four: Corgi Socks - UK sock company Corgi, started making socks in 1893 and today hold a Royal Warrant for their quality hosiery. Corgi's casual cotton socks are renowned for their comfort and softness which makes them expensive (RRP £14) but worth every penny.
KJ Beckett recommend contrast heel and toe Corgi socks which are made in England.

One: Dore Dore Socks - Every season Doré Doré, one of Europe's top manufacturers of finest quality hosiery since 1819, make the most interesting collection of socks you can buy. The collection beats Paul Smith and Duchamp hands down! Colour, quality, fit...Dore Dore has eveything! Dore Dore socks are available in some of the world's most famous establishments including Selfridges and Harrods.
Click here to buy Dore Dore socks online.


Sunday, 3 June 2007

An alternative to the Paul Smith wallet…does it exist?

Men's Fashion Blog loves Paul Smith! Look around the offices at KJ Beckett and you will see super sleek Paul Smith suits, stylish Paul Smith shoes, funky Paul Smith socks, and if you look hard enough, maybe even a pair of Paul Smith boxers! Indeed MFB are particularly drawn to the funky men's fashion brand that is Paul Smith. And why not, Paul Smith stands for cutting edge quality in the men's designer fashion world.

But what about the famous and much sought-after Paul Smith wallet? Is there an alternative that would tempt the guys from MFB to put their money, quite literately, elsewhere? We investigated the competition that Paul Smith wallets currently have…and created the definitive top 10 men’s wallets for 2007. Here's the countdown...

Ten: Mulberry Wallets

Mulberry is a famous British design label renowned world-wide for its craftsmanship and quality. The brand's backbone is an comprehensive line of luxury leather goods for men (and also women) that combine stylish, stand-out design with the finest leathers and precise detailing. A Mulbery wallet is the crème de la crème of leather wallets and any lucky owner of such an item is considered to be amongst the fashion elite!

Visit the official Mulberry website.

Nine: Ducti Wallets

Ducti wallets are some of the most impressive, wow-factor-packed items you can pull out of your pocket without being arrested! These heavy-duty duct tape wallets are much more durable than normal wallets, incredibly unique and what’s more, they cost next to nothing. MFB recommend Ducti wallets as great substitute to Paul Smith wallets for anyone looking to make a low cost fashion statement. Look out for the glow in the dark striped wallets!

To buy Ducti wallets click here.

Eight: Simon Carter Wallets

Simon Carter is a British designer, famous for his funky cufflinks that are sold in many leading stores worldwide, however his line of luxury, Italian made leather wallets are just as good. Using extremely soft nappa leather which feels fabulous to touch, Simon Carter's attention to detail is superb...indeed check out the inner lining of his comic-book wallets that feature a specially commisoned "Simon Carter comic strip".

To buy Simon Carter wallets click here.

Seven: Billabong Wallets

Australian surf brand Billabong offer an extensive range of wallets season after season. Whilst they offer some classic brown and black leather wallets, the most interesting examples are the Croc leather wallets (especially the current white Texas Croc leather wallet) and their interesting collection of low-cost canvas wallets. The designs are urban based and embody the spirit of surfing, offering a interesting way to carry your cash!
Buy Billabong wallets here.

Visit the official Billabong website.

Six: Stewart/Stand Wallets

Looking for innovative? Then choose a stainless-steel wallet from Stewart/Stand, a New York based design company that have come up with one of the most unique wallets MFB have ever seen! The stainless steel feels like silk, indeed paper is 1/3000 of an inch thick...the steel cloth used in these wallets are 3 times thinner again! Stewart/Stand offers pure stainless steel wallets but also leather wallets with stainless steel interior detail. Which ever you choose you know your friends won't have anything like it!

To buy stainless steel wallets click here.

Five: Bangers and Mash Wallets

Bangers and Mash wallets offer a similar concept to Paul Smith wallets by using photographic imagery to great effect on a printed canvas applied over leather. This has created a funky collection of men's wallets with some of the great designs including "Football", "Marbles", "Toy Soliders" and the excellent "Casino" wallet.

Four: Ted Baker Wallets

Ted Baker is the most popular lifestyle brand in the UK, and every season the company releases a myriad of luxury wallets for men. Particular favourites in 2007 include Inflect, a simple leather wallet that meets the classic man's requirements, but also Mooch and Johnny, which both offer dynamic printed leather interiors that are available in a range of colourways.

Click here to view the Ted Baker wallet collection.

Three: Launer Wallets

A million miles from a funky Paul Smith wallet, but if you’re looking for a simple and stylish leather wallet, made to the most exacting standards possible, then Launer wallets are for you. After receiving the Royal Warrant to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for their handbags, Launer of London started to specialise in making their own branded goods, designed in-house. Launer wallets are handmade by skilled craftspeople in the softest calf leather and every attention is paid to detail of their luxurious wallets.

Click here for the Launer website.

Two: Paul Smith Wallets

It was also going to be at the top of the list...yes a Paul Smith wallet is probably the most luxurious wallet a man can own. Paul Smith wallets are quality, unique, stylish, funky...they truely are fabulous. Every season Paul Smith releases a eye-boggling line of colourful wallets with photographic imagery, colourful patterns and more. Like Mulbery and Launer wallets, expect to pay big bucks for a Paul Smith wallet, but it is worth it.

For more information about Paul Smith wallets click here.

One: J Fold Wallets

st beating Paul Smith to the number one spot is J. Fold Inc., makers of the most unique and colourful collection of leather wallets that you will ever see! The collection of men's wallets that J Fold offers is incredible, with some of the coolest colour combinations ever designed. Plus the collection is massive! With a RRP of £45 in the United Kingdom they are great value for money considering they use quality 100% top grain leather for all parts and come complete in a very nice presentation tin. Particular favourites include Loungemaster, JF Roadster and Jetstream JF.

Buy J Fold wallets online.

So thats it! The top 10 wallets for men in 2007. Paul Smith comes high (as might be expected) but it is clear there are many great alternatives for a man to carry in his back pocket.


Saturday, 2 June 2007

Shaving Advice for Men from Clinique

MFB have listed some of the best shaving strategies, as recommended by Clinique (2007).
  • Skip shaving days when possible. This gives your skin a chance to rest.

  • Alternate between a razor and electric shaver.

  • Look for shaving products that are formulated to help make beard hair softer and finer. This makes it easier to cut through the hair when you shave.

  • Apply moistorising lotion several minutes prior to shaving.
  • Use a fresh razor blade thus allowing you to apply minimal pressure.

  • Reduce friction on the skin by using a rich lather.

  • Avoid foams that are high in surfactants (lathering agents).
  • Choose low-alcohol or “buffered” alcohol shaving products containing:
    - anti-irritants;
    - barrier restoratives;
    - antioxidants
    - aloe (to soothe minor nicks and cuts).

  • Wait a few minutes before splashing on fragrance.

Reference: Clinique (2007), “Practive Safe Shaving”, Clinique Skin Supplies for Men – Product Guide, London.

Monday, 28 May 2007

Shoe shine, sir? How to polish leather shoes.

The MFB guide to polishing your shoes to the same level of the armed forces!

  1. Wipe any dust off your shoes using a damp cloth which has been run under warm water.
  2. Take a soft cotton cloth or a fine, tightly packed bristle brush and apply a conservative amount of high quality polish to your shoe in a small circular movement; wrapping the cotton cloth around your finger, or evenly cover shoe with polish using the natural bristle brush.
  3. Leave the polish on the shoe for 2 to 3 minutes. This will help the shoe’s leather absorb the polish.
  4. Using a sprayer filled with water, spray a fine mist over the entire shoe until it is covered with tiny droplets of water. Then polish the shoe dry with the same bristle brush.
  5. It is important to build up the polish in fine layers, therefore repeat process 2 to 4 until you reach desired level of shine.
  6. Always keep the polish damp or it will dry out and not take to the shoe.
  7. Once finished wipe the shoe with a cotton ball soaked in cold water, or lightly buff with a cotton cloth.
  8. Leave shoes in a cold environment. Best to place them in a shoe box with lid.

Happy polishing!


Saturday, 26 May 2007

Ben Sherman and Timothy Everest fight for little piece of Britain!

Leading men’s fashion designers Ben Sherman and Timothy Everest have joined a group of British New Yorkers’ (located in the vicinity of Greenwich Avenue and West 12th Street) campaigning to change the map of New York by introducing a new "Little Britain" neighbourhood in Manhattan.

The group, who are proposing the borough of Manhattan to formally recognise a new neighbourhood, are supported by a whole host of stars from the world of music and movies including Kiefer Sutherland, Lily Allen, Stephen Dorff, Joss Stone, Bryan Adams and many more…

In support, Ben Sherman have designed a 'Little Britain' t-shirt for the campaign launch. Likewise bespoke suit maker Timothy Everest is
behind the scheme calling for “overflow space”. Indeed New Yorkers buy almost as many bespoke suits from Savile Row tailors as the Brits do!

For more information about the Campaign For Little Britain click here.


Friday, 25 May 2007

Men's Grooming Products by Clinique

As well as quality skincare and shaving formulas specifically created for a man's needs, Clinique also offers a range of grooming products for men. MFB have listed the Clinique product benefits for any man wanting to be well-groomed and looking good!

Hair Maximizing Shampoo – is a daily-use shampoo created to maintain your hair’s fullest look. Following use it immediately improves thickness and volume, then continues to work over time by helping keep the hair you have.

Hair Maximizing Serum – A highly concentrated Clinique product that improves men’s hair thickness and volume. The formula helps increase scalp circulation to encourage growth of stronger, healthier-looking hair.

Non-Streak Bronzer – This Clinique product for men’s skin gives the most believable tanned look obtainable. It is suitable for all types of skin. A transparent, oil-free gel delivers a healthy-looking colour. The product smoothes on evenly and washes off very easily. Clinique recommend that you prep skin with Clinique Face Scrub for smooth, even results.

Exfoliating Body Wash – A body was that cleans efficiently whilst non-abrasives grains shed dead skin flakes and any build-up of oil, leaving your skin feeling fresh, smooth and comfortable. Clinique recommend you use this formula daily to help keep skin clear.

Antiperspirant Deodrant Stick and Antiperspirant Deodorant Roll-On – Effective, dependable and comfortable protection against wetness and odour.

Lip Balm SPF 15 – A hydrating formula from Clinique that helps soothe dry lips. Protects with SPF 15. Recommended for daily use to ensure lips are kept comfortable and conditioned. Also ideal for outdoor sports.

Oil Control Hydrator – A specialist multi-tasking, oil-free formula soothes dryness in normal to oily skin. The product helps de-shine and control excess oil. It works immediately on application and over time to reduce the appearance of pores, leaving skin looking fresher and more refined.

Maximum Hydrator – Rehydrates and firms normal to dry skin giving a more supple look and feel. The quick-absorbing, non-greasy Clinique formula helps to trigger skin’s ability to build and hold moisture, working to minimise the look of lines.

Daily Eye Hydrator – A quick-absorbing eye gel that immediately sootes and refreshes, targeting the appearances of fine lines and shadows. Over time it helps to firm skin and strengthen the eye-area.


Clinique – Basic Skin Care Products for Men

As part of the MFB focus on the benefits of Clinique for men, we have taken a look at the Clinique Basic Skin Care range. Clinique highlight the need for a 3-step face care routine. Step 1: Cleanse with bar or liquid soap. Step 2: Exfoliate with scruffing lotion. Step 3: Moisturise with lotion.

Here are the products Clinique offer for the perfect skin care routine for men…

Face Soap – An efficient way to remove oil and dirt. Clinique’s soap is gentle yet thorough and leaves skin feeling fresh but never too tight. Use Regular for normal to dry skin and; Extra-Strength for normal to oily skin.

Liquid Face Wash – A redidue-free formula from Clinque that leaves your skin feeling fresh and comfortable. Cleans in a gentle manner, and rinses away easily. Choose the Regular Strength formula for dry to normal skin; and Extra-Strength for normal to oily skin.

Scruffing Lotion – An important Clinique product that allows men to exfoliate. The Scruffing Lotion removes the daily build-up of dead skin flakes and control excess oil on the face. This lessens the chace of pore-clogging and breakouts. It is available in four strengths depending on
the type of face.

M Lotion – Soothing moisturising cream from Clinique to help keep skin good working condition. The formula soothes and relieves dryness, providing essential moisture to your face. Use this formula after using Scruffing Lotion to smoothing over the face and neck.

M Gel-Lotion – A lightweight, oil-free formula which hydrates and soothes. It helps relieve dryness and keeps men’s skin in good working condition. M Gel-Lotion is perfect for normal to oily skin. Like M Lotion, use after applying Scruffing Lotion.

Click here for information about the Clinique men's shaving range.


Saturday, 19 May 2007

Clinique for Men – Shaving Products

Clinique is the market leading in skin care. Clinique Skin Supplies for Men is a comprehensive range of shaving and skin care products that utilises the research of Clinique’s experienced dermatologists. MFB regard Clinique Skin Supplies for Men as the premier product range and recommend its use as second to none.

MFB highlights the entire line of Clinique Skin Supplies for Men below, listing the benefits of each product, and when to use them!

Clinique Pre-shave Products

Before you shave, clean your face!

Face Soap – An efficient way to remove oil and dirt. Clinique’s soap is gentle yet thorough and leaves skin feeling fresh but never too tight. Use Regular for normal to dry skin and; Extra-Strength for normal to oily skin.

Liquid Face Wash – This residue-free formula cleans gently and rinses off easily. Use Regular Strength for normal to dry skin; and Extra-Strength for normal to oily skin.

Face Scrub – Uses fine, non-abrasive grains that lift the beard hairs and help reduce ingrown hairs. Also helps unclog pours and dislodge dirt.

If you electric shave…

Electric Shave Primer – Softens the beard for a closer shave. Furthermore it holds moisture near the beard, leaving skin smooth. Apply this after you have used Clinique Face Scrub.

Clinique Shaving Products

Remember to wet shave during or after a shower to allow steam to soften the beard and make for a closer shave.

Soothing Shave Oil – Clinique offer a vitamin-rich oil that lifts the beard and reduces friction on the skin to prevent razor burn and leave skin feeling soft. It is possible to use this Clinique Shave Oil alone but more commonly it is used as an underlay to other shave products to cushion the skin.

M Shave Aloe Gel – An oil free gel that can be built into a rich lather and used to cushion the face from the razor. This product is more suited to normal to oily skin. For drier skins use Clinique’s Cream Shave.

Cream Shave – This product is lubricant-rich an ideal for drier skins. It stays at the beard roots and creates a cushion that ensures a smooth shave.

MFB recommend using M Shave Aloe Gel and Cream Shave with Clinique’s Soothing Shave Oil.

Post-Shave Products

Clinique offer a number of post-shave formulas to soothe razor burn, keeping your face smooth and clear. This ensures your next shave is even easier!

Post-Shave Soother (Beard Control Formula) – This Clinique post-shave product, suitable for all types of skin, promotes healing of small cuts and nicks. Clinique claim that over time it help make the beard’s hair softer for an easier shave. Use this product on the beard area only.

Post-Shave Soother (Anti-Blemish Formula) – Clinique’s skin-clearing product which helps reduce and prevent breakouts, keeping your face looking clear and looking good! Use this product on the beard area only.

Post-Shave Healer – Similar to the above post-shave products; reducing razor burn and repairing cuts and nicks from the shave.

M Lotion – Soothing moisturising cream to help keep skin good working condition. Use on the area of face you haven’t shaved.

Look out for more guides to Clinique skin supplies for men, from MFB...

Click here for the MFB guide to Clinique Men's Basic Skin Care products.


Friday, 18 May 2007

Men’s guide to bad breath – the causes and cures.

For most men fashion and confidence go hand-in-hand! Your image and the way you present yourself are important to you! Being well groomed, clean shaven and wearing stylish and interesting clothing is paramount. Likewise most fashion conscious men want to avoid bad breath (or halitosis)…as a consequence MFB have listed a few facts to help you…

Causes of bad breath

A man’s breath will ultimately depend on a number of different things, and the main “bad breath” variables are:

  1. Oral anaerobic bacteria – or more specifically the waste products of oral bacteria. Generally the bacteria lives on the surface of your tongue, especially the back of your tongue.
  2. Food – The most obvious foods are garlic, cabbage and onions (which contain high amounts of sulfur compounds). However high protein foods (such as meat and fish) are especially problematic because the waste from bacteria that causes bad breath is created from the anaerobic bacteria as they digest proteins.
  3. Smoking – “Smoker's breath”; need we say more?
  4. Having a dry mouth – When you have a dry mouth bacteria become more concentrated in the saliva, and they tend to evaporate more readily into the air. This releases the bad odours (from the bacteria) into your breath!
Preventing/curing bad breath

The main actions you can take to get rid of bad breath are:

Brush and floss your teeth

Brushing and flossing are crucial elements for dealing with bad breath. Brushing and flossing remove bacteria and the food that bacteria feasts on so that they can no longer create volatile sulfur compounds VSC). Ensure you brush for long enough! It takes 2-3 minutes to brush all tooth surfaces. If you spend less than this brushing your teeth you are not doing it properly.

Clean your tongue

Regular cleaning of your tongue can be the single most beneficial treatment men can undertake to prevent bad breath! In particular it is the back (posterior) portion of your tongue, which holds the most bacteria, that is the most important area to clean. There are a number of ways to clean your tongue:

  • Using a toothbrush: From as far back as possible, make brush strokes outward, toward the front of your tongue, applying some pressure.
  • Using a tongue scraper: Some people find scraping their tongue with a tongue scraper is more effective and you will be less likely to gag. Practice tongue scraping by using a spoon and if this is successful, you may wish to purchase a specific tongue scraper.
Use a mouthwash

Mouthwash will NOT be an effective cure for bad breath on its own. However when in used in conjunction with the above advice it will certainly help! In particular look for mouthwashes that kill bacteria (antibacterial mouthwashes) or mouthwashes that neutralize volatile sulfur compounds. Chlorine dioxide mouthwashes are particularly recommended!

Other tips to reduce bad breath…

  • Drink plenty of water - Drinking water throughout the day can help to control bad breath.
  • Stimulate your mouth's flow of saliva – by chewing gum! Chewing helps cleanse the teeth and stimulates the flow of saliva which helps dissolve odorous volatile sulfur compounds. However be sure to choose sugarless gum.
  • Drink green tea - Green teas contain polyphenols, which are antioxidants that protect human cells from damage and help fight bacteria by inhibiting their growth. By killing the bacteria that gives off a bad smell, you can reduce bad breath.
  • Clean your mouth well and regularly - especially after eating foods high in protein content. Try to clean your mouth out as soon as possible after eating to remove the protein that oral bacteria thrive on!

Stylish Work Wear: 2007's Key Items

I’m sure every office has got them?
You know, the employee that rotates the same shirt and tie combinations every week with the same suit. But what does that say about them?
They’re stuck in a rut work wear wise, which can make their working persona seem inflexible, and dull.

The only way to get noticed is to mix it up (like a lot of things in life), so to keep employees guessing and make you stand out from the masses of M&S clad employees you need to introduce new elements into your work wear, or a total new look.

Luckily 2007 has seen the re-introduction of the ‘Preppy’ look and the inspiring classic English look to the catwalks which is ultimately great news as outfits such as this are smart enough to be considered stylish for the workplace, without getting you in trouble with the Boss.

The Grey Suit

Not everything in the world of business suits has to be dull.
A grey suit is a brilliant addition to your wardrobe, as it is just as sleek and versatile as its black equivalent, but less dull during those Winter months, as well as a lot cooler in the Summer months due to its lightweight cotton fabric.
This type of suit allows the wearer to ooze confidence and seem totally in-control in any situation, work or play.

V-Neck Sweater

The pinnacle of ‘Preppyness’, the V-neck sweater has been around for time, and yet still manages to be fashionable.
It’s also practical too, and can keep you warm during the Winter months when facilities forget to turn on the central heating.
Wear with a white collared shirt to create a streamlined and orderly look this year.

The Tweed Jacket

The Tweed jackets symbolizes the classic English gentleman, and as the style was a hit on the catwalks again this year, it seems a better time than ever to include a classic English piece to your wardrobe.
A brown wool jacket from a designer such as John Varvatos will impress your colleagues, as well as the ladies into thinking you own a Manor House out in the country and that ‘Making Deals’ is your middle name.
Wear with dark jeans to vamp up the image from Classic to Modern English gentleman, or wear with smart trousers for a look that’s anything but conventional.

Military Coat

Heck, we’ve all seen the Military style on the catwalk this year, but it’s not just there that it’s had an impact.
Additions such as a full-length Military coat from Costume National Homme to your work outfit not only make you look like you mean business, but are also practical by protecting you from the elements during those cold, dreary Winter months.

The Tartan Scarf

The perfect accessory for your work wardrobe, especially if it’s of this year’s trend, tartan.

Wear it as the Europeans do (by folding the scarf in half around your neck and pulling one side through the loop) to keep your look preppy, tasteful and work appropriate.
Traditional designs by Johnstons are a wonderful example of how this accessory adds a touch of class, what with the clever selection of primary colours and bold dark stripes.

Be careful though with what you wear it with, as there’s a fine line between ‘Decision Maker’ and ‘Lumberjack’.

With key items such as these from the 2007 collections, we’ve done the hard work for you, so all it needs for you is to get yourself down to the shops to earn that promotion we all know you deserve.