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Author: Arthur Chan

14 Apr

Best menswear stores in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong has long been known as a fashion destination - whatever brand you can think of, you'll likely find it in the tiny city of 7 million people. When it comes to menswear, Hong Kong has a lot of offer for the modern gentleman – high-end designer boutique stores, underground labels and tailor-made suits are plentiful in the city– so it wasn't easy to cull the masses of options to this list of the best menswear stores in Hong Kong. Let me know there are any other menswear stores in Hong Kong that you think deserve to be on this list in the comments section below. The majority of these stores are based in three areas: Causeway Bay and Central...
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30 Nov

12 Shades of Blue for This Summer

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Various shades of blue were seen on the Spring/Summer runways this year   With summer almost in full swing here in Australia, it's time to visit our favourite colour of the season: blue. This season saw many designers showcase variations of the hue on their runways. Instead of playing it safe by using menswear standard colours like navy and prussian blue, the runways were awash with vivid and bright takes on the shade. From cobalt to electric blue to peacock blue, here we've selected some of our favourite items this season that bring a dose of summer blue into your wardrobe. Surf Blue Swim Shorts by Orlebar Brown Orelbar Brown Surf Blue 'Bulldog' Swim Shorts An Australian summer is incomplete without a...
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25 Nov

East Dane Launches Its Biggest Sale

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One of our favourite online menswear stores, East Dane, will launch its biggest sale starting Tuesday November 25 7:00AM (US Eastern) Time through through to Monday December 1. There are no brand exclusions for this sale and the more you purchase, the higher the savings, so it's time to gather your friends for a group purchase. The deal is: Spend $250 = 15% off. Spend $500 = 20% off. Spend $1000 = 25% off. The deal also applies to ShopBop, the female equivalent of East Dane. You can click here (East Dane) and here (Shopbop) for more details.  ...
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6 Oct

Snakeskin You’ll Dare To Wear

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This snakeskin backpack from Skingraft comes with triple compartments. Exotic leather has always been in fashion, but it seems that every few years, snakeskin makes an unstoppable presence on runways and fashion shows. This year we've seen snakeskin and ostrich skin on hats, accessories and of course, bags. While women often adore the distinct texture of snakeskin and other exotic leather, men are often turned off by the boldness of snakeskin. That's when we came across this impeccably understated snakeskin backpack from Skingraft which we think A) looks super stylish and B) has a utilitarian and simple design that can be worn on weekends and other casual occasions. Best part? It's currently on sale. SHOP ...
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6 Oct

Up-and-coming Menswear Designers You Should Know (2014 Edition)

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While many people may adore established fashion brands and menswear designers, it's always refreshing to look at up-and-coming designers who are bringing fresh ideas to the scene. After all, today's established designers were once yesterday's emerging stars. Here we've collated a list of the top 5 up-and-coming menswear designers you should know. These are designers have what it takes to make it big, and bring a new edge to the mens fashion scene, either in terms of aesthetics or their approach to tailoring and print. Up-and-coming Menswear Designers You Should Know #1: Agi & Sam Agi & Sam makes it into our list of up-and-coming menswear designers for its quirky yet wearable designs Agi & Sam founder Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton met while...
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6 Oct

REVIEW: Braun Series 5 Shaver

Review: The Braun Series 5 Electric Shaver For the past few months, I've been using razor blades to shave, so when I was gifted the Braun Series 5 shaver a month ago, I was hesitant to make the switch and review it. However, two weeks ago, I made the plunge and started using the Braun Series 5 (5020s model). The change has been surprisingly easy – I expected more razor bumps and irritation – although there are certainly some areas of improvement for Braun to consider. Design and Ergonomics of the Series 5 shaver Braun is known for their attention to detail and ergonomic design, and the Series 5 shaver exhibits both qualities. The shaver itself is a...
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4 Oct

The Best G1 Flight Jacket for the Modern Man

Private White VC have modernised the WWII G1 Flight Jacket by using heritage fabrics and a slim cut Thanks to Top Gun, in which Tom Cruise played the hunky Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, men have been lusting after the G1 Flight Jacket for decades. What you may not know is the jacket was first introduced as uniform for the American Navy and Marine Corps back in WWII. Over the years, the classic jacket has since been updated and appropriated and hangs in the wardrobes of many men. Even on eBay one will find pages and pages of 'authentic' G1 Flight Jackets, but in our eyes, none come close the version recently introduced by British heritage brand Private White VC. When the horror of knowing that...
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26 Sep

The Swimshorts Helping To Save the Great Barrier Reef

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The Rocks Push has joined forces with the Australian Marine Conservation Society to save the Great Barrier Reef With the United Nations Climate Summit underway, we've been thinking about what effects fashion has on our envionrment and how sustainability can be intergrated into the industry. So it's pleasing to see brands like The Rocks Push who are not only producing well-designed swimwears, but also working to protect the environment by joining forces with the Australian Marine Conservation Society to save the endangered Great Barrier Reef. The Rocks Push - named after an 18th Century gang in Sydney - will donate 100 percent of all profits from sales of the all Shoal print shorts to the Fight to Save Our Reef campaign. The campaign aims...
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13 Sep

Mr Porter introduces Club Monaco Collection

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Leading online menswear retailer Mr Porter now stocks Club Monaco Among the many high-end casual menswear brands  - Reiss, COS, Massimo Dutti to name a few - Club Monaco has always stood out for their affordable, refined and wardrobe-perfect clothes. That's why it's unsurprising that leading online menswear store Mr Porter has launched a new partnership with the brand. Mr Porter is the exclusive online global retailer for the brand. With Mr Porter shipping to over 170 countries, this is great news for those of us in Australia where there (still!) isn't a Club Monaco store. Check out the Club Monaco x Mr Porter collection or scroll down for more images.     ...
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5 Sep

EVENT: Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary Bourbon Celebrates Father’s Day

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The Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary Bourbon I recently had the pleasure of attending a Wild Turkey event which celebrated Father's Day and the release of the Diamond Anniversary Edition Wild Turkey Bourbon at Sydney's prestigious Rockpool restaurant. The event was hosted by Gruppo Campari brand ambassador, Oliver Stuart and organised by the Trish Nicol Agency. While the three-course dinner was obviously fantastic - Chirashizushi for the entree, braised beef cheek sukiyaki for dinner, followed by Valrhona chocolate and macadamia dessert - the standout was a taste of the limited edition Bourbon. The Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary mingles 13 to 16-year-old whiskies to create an extremely curated whiskey that has tantalizing notes of caramel and vanilla, with a rich and spicy...
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1 Sep

From the Somme to the catwalk: the story of the trench coat

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From the Somme to the catwalk: the story of the trench coat The words “trench coat” might make you think of a stylish, clean, unisex jacket. That feeling of exchanging your heavy winter coat for smart belted beige, striding down the street in springtime. Or perhaps they remind you of spies, or Tintin, or New York gangsters. You probably wouldn’t immediately associate them with the muddy reality of World War I. But that, of course, is where the design emerged: from the harsh conditions of the trenches, 100 years ago. Something like a trench coat (by a different name) was first seen in the late 19th century, when it was used for sporting pursuits in the English countryside. And so when it was...
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30 Aug

Top 5 Sneaker Collaborations (2014 Edition)

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Ever since Swedish mass retailer H&M collaborated with Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld almost ten years ago, we've seen luxury designers collaborate with an increasing number of 'fast fashion' and affordable brands. Sneakers are not immune to this cross-over collaboration trend, so here we've listed the top 5 sneaker collaborations in 2014. Of course, 2014 is not over yet, so let us know in the comments section below what other sneaker collaborations you think belong in this 'Top Sneaker Collaborations (2104 Edition)" list. #5 Sneaker Collaboration 2014 - Capsule x New Balance 'Canadian Tuxedo' Sneakers Denim overdose with this sneaker collaboration from New Balance  Teaming up with Canadian-based sneaker boutique Capsule, New Balance introduces the MT580. Affectionately dubbed the "Canadian Tuxedo," this denim-wrapped sneaker is inspired by...
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27 Aug

Universal Works A/W 2014 Campaign

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Universal Works Autumn/Winter 2014 Campaign  British brand Universal Works have unveiled their latest Autumn/Winter 2014 campaign featuring a diverse and eclectic range of fabrics in an ode to the 1950s. The deconstructed soft suiting, military details and reference to blue collar workers is in line with the brand's heritage and old school aesthetics. The choice of fabrics, from British classics such as Harris Tweed, Yorkshire lambs wool and Lancashire cotton, to modern Japanese denims and technical fabrics, form the foundations for a rugged yet wearable clothing range. Adding inspiration from the winter coastlines, mud flats and reed beds of Norfolk to form the collection's colour palette, Universal Works' latest collection promises to continue the brand's signature mix of old and new, traditional and modern, stylish yet understated clothing; and ready for contemporary...
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26 Aug

7 Things We Like From the East Dane End of Summer Sale

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We love a good sale, and we love it even more when it's on at one of our top online shopping sites for men. While East Dane have a dedicated year-round sale section, the highlight for us will always be the end of summer sale. So here we've hand-picked the best of the best items on sale. Be quick - stocks for these won't last! #1 Ernest Alexander Bedford Overnight Bag This overnight bag from Enest Alexander ticks all the boxes We've talked about our search for the perfect man bag before and this oversized carryall ticks all the right boxes. It's spacious and practical with a two-way zip and an internal pocket. It's also made from durable waxed cotton, so you can bring...
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2 Aug

Search for the Perfect Bag #2: Berluti Venezia Holdall Bag

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I remember the first time I came across Berluti: it was their classic briefcase crafted from blue suede and leather that I saw in Hong Kong's Harbour City shopping mall. This 48-Hour Venezia Leather Holdall bag from the classic French brand reminds me of that first impression - it exemplifies the beautiful craftsmanship and the attention to detail Berluti artisans are known for. Drawing on their rich heritage of leather expertise, this spacious holdall bag is made from the brand's signature Venezia calf hide developed exclusively for Berluti. Coloured using a mixture of mineral and vegetable tanning methods, the bag will develop a patina over time which means it will age gracefully with use. The un-coated finish also means the leather is incredibly supple, giving it a soft,...
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1 Aug

Rekorderlig Presents Sounds in the Snow

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Rekorderlig Cider have announced local electro group PANAMA as the headline act for the Sounds of Snow event. Swedish alcohol brand Rekorderlig Cider have announced electro band PANAMA as the headline act at Sounds in the Snow, an exclusive alpine music experience to be held in Thredbo, Snowy Mountains on Saturday 13 September 2014. Set to bring the party vibe to the Alps, Panama is one of Australia’s finest indie music groups to earn global success with their distinguishing synth pop sound. Reigning from Sydney, the boys will arrive on the slopes following an international tour throughout Europe and the USA. PANAMA have toured Europe and the US and will perform at Thredbo on 13 September. Highlighting an exhilarating snow season...
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25 Jul

9 Top Expert Tips for Packing Light

Our top tips to help you pack light and travel in style For many people, travelling is both an exhilarating and stressful experience. Before one gets on a plane and arrives at their choice of destination, they must endure the ordeal of packing. So can do you ensure the packing process is painless and lets your arrive at your destination feeling light and refreshed? Here are our top time-tested tips for packing light and travelling in style.   Tips for Packing Light #1-3 Colour co-ordinate your clothes for light packing Pre-matching your clothes is an easy way to eliminate clutter when packing for travels One major obstacle to light packing is bringing too many clothes. While the old adage advises 'Lay everything you want to bring and...
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25 Jul

Top 10 Designer Sandals for Men this Season

Sandals have always had a bad reputation, and it's unfortunately, because as any man (or woman for that matter) who has ever worn them will tell you - they're super comfortable. Some men think it's not worthwhile splurging on designer sandals, because they're mostly for the sand and beach, but the truth is, sandals don't have be just for the seaside. A well-made pair of designer sandals can often be the perfect footwear on any guy for summer. This season, we're seeing designers put twists into their sandals. There are also some heavy gladiator influences in the footwear as well as intricate woven details. Of course, there are also modern interpretations of the designer sandal, with leather shoes featuring laser cut...
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