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Dear Geek, I'm a regular on the site, finally making it over to London for a quick 24h shopping spree. Which are the go to shops I can’t miss out on? Thanks G
It does depend on what you're into, but I always think you want to buy and see things you can't get anywhere else. There's an umbrella shop called James Smith & Sons at the end of Oxford Street - New Oxford Street which hasn't changed from Victorian times. Nothing says London like a quality, British-made umbrella.
Another must stop is the Anderson & Sheppard Haberdashery, it sells everything an English gent would need – trousers, knitwear, shirts, accessories with the majority of items Made in Britain.
Hope this helps.
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Just out of interest, why do jersey sweatshirts have the V on the front of the crewneck?
I believe that when they were first produced, in the 1930s and 1940s, this little v acted as sponge, as these were used as athletic gear. They were also there as a reinforcement to control the stretch of the neckline when you put it over your head. On today’s sweatshirts they are just for decoration.
Hope this answers your question,
Above - Hugo Boss Orange – Long Sleeved Sweatshirt - £95
I know every man and his dog has got a beard at-the-moment, but I’m quite impressed with mine. I’ve never grown it this length before, but there’s one problem – beard dandfruff. My beard is flaking and it looks bad on dark coloured clothes, I could shave it off, but I don’t want to, what can I do?
This is really common and can be easily dealt with. A lot of guys think having a beard is a way of opting out, it can actually be more work than shaving, with all the trimming and maintenance etc.
You've probably found that if you try applying regular face moisturiser it’s difficult to get into and under the beard. Add to the fact that the hair also takes moisture away from the skin, it's no wonder it's dry and flaky underneath causing the ‘beard dandruff’.
Firstly, make sure you wash your face and beard thoroughly with a face wash in the shower to remove dead skin cells and prevent ingrowing hairs. Then, use a specific beard moisture product such as this Jenulence natural beard conditioner, this helps keep the beard soft, fresh smelling and fights dry flaky skin and dandruff. You apply a few drops on your finger tips and rub into skin under the beard daily to heal and condition. You don't not need to wash this off. Look for beard oils that you leave in like this one.
This should do the trick. Let me know how you get on.
Above - Jenulence – Natural Beard Conditioning Oil - £17
There's been a lot of talk recently about 'made in England' or 'made in Britain' and while I'd like to support a bit of home made manufacturing, it all seems a little bit out of my budget. Is there anywhere you can get a 'made in England' shirt for less than £100?
Made in England is, in its nature, very expensive and one of the reasons so many manufacturers moved overseas. On the positive side, as more people start to manufacture here again, prices should come down. There are pockets of English manufacturing, but you have to do a bit of detective work and just because something says 'England' on the label, doesn't necessarily mean it was made here.
I've just come across a new label called Evocha, who are making very fine Eqyptian cotton shirts in England by Rayner & Sturges, one of the last English shirt manufacturers. They only sell online so they can keep their prices lower. Their Oxford shirts retail for a reasonable £90. This one - pictured - was named after Captain Francis Herbert, the founder of England's first polo club, the reason Oxford shirts have buttons on the collar.
Hope this helps.
Above - Evocha - The 'Francis' Shirt - £90