It’s the end of the day, literally, and after a long day blogging, TheChicGeek likes nothing better than a good book – TheChicGeek’s Fashion, Grooming & Style For Men – to be precise!
Kicking off his shoes, he still looks the part in his double breasted pinstripe suit and, thankfully, his geeking for the day is done.
Credits – Suit – Atelier Scotch, Shirt - Evocha, Tie – Drake’s, Watch – Maurice Lacroix, Briefcase – Swaine, Adeney Brigg at MR PORTER.COM, Bowler Hat – Hackett, Socks – Stance
Shot by Robin Forster on #OlympusPEN
With thanks to Rocket Gallery
The only thing predictable about the British weather is its unpredictability. Teaming a warming roll-neck with his double-breasted pinstripe, TheChicGeek is always prepared, whatever the weather. The geek means business and never leaves home without a stylish umbrella to ward off those raindrops and stop his ginger paint from running!
Credits – Suit – Marks & Spencer ‘Best of British’, Roll-neck - GAP, Watch – Maurice Lacroix, Umbrella – London Undercover at MR PORTER.COM, Bowler Hat – Hackett, Shoes –Church’s, Socks – Thomas Pink
Shot by Robin Forster
With thanks to Rocket Gallery
Start the #WorkingGeek in style in a pinstripe suit. The theme for this month’s OOTDs, pinstripes, combine the historical City of London with the new professional age of blogging.
TheChicGeek turns the commute into catwalk as he waits for the 8.05 train to Chicsville. Go classic with a white shirt and traditionally patterned tie. TheChicGeek means business!
Credits – Suit – Alfred Dunhill, Shirt– Eton, Tie – Drake’s, Watch – Omega De Ville Co-Axial, Suit Pin – Alice Made This, Bowler Hat – Hackett, Shoes – Russell & Bromley, Socks – Burlington, Briefcase – Swaine, Adeney Brigg at MR PORTER.COM
Shot by Robin Forster
With thanks to Rocket Gallery
Nothing says ‘London’ or ‘Business’ quite like pinstripes. This classic tailoring material is having a renaissance, right now, in new slimmer shapes and contemporary cuts.
On my daily pilgrimage to ChicGeek Towers, every sartorial i is dotted and t crossed before I leave the house. Today, I've opted for a bespoke grey Loro Piana made bespoke by Kingdom and teamed this with a pop of brightly coloured merino knitwear. The rest is classic London - bowler hat, monk strap shoes and briefcase. And, TheChicGeek's blogging day begin...
Credits – Suit – Kingdom, Suit Pin – Alice Made This, Knitted Polo – John Smedley, Watch – Omega 'De Ville Prestige Power Reserve', Bowler Hat – Hackett, Shoes – Russell & Bromley, Umbrella – Aramis, Pocket Square – Atelier Scotch, Socks – Ede & Ravenscroft, Briefcase – Swaine Adeney Brigg at MR PORTER.COM
Shot by Robin Forster
With thanks to Rocket Gallery
Larry Leight, along with his brother Dennis, founded Oliver Peoples nearly 25 years ago. It was built on vintage inspired eyewear and now nearly two and half decades on, Oliver Peoples has come full circle and is now considered vintage itself. To celebrate this fact, Oliver Peoples is re-issuing three classic designs. We met up with Larry at the Haymarket Hotel in London to talk about the new vintage collection, Spring '11 trends and everything glasses related.
CG - Oliver Peoples started when you bought an auction lot of vintage glasses, tell us about that?
LL- I had been a trained optician since 1981. It was 1986 and we bought at auction in Connecticut a lot that contained 6000 frames, brochures, posters, lenses, everything, which had been owned by a guy called Oliver Peoples. It cost $5000. He had tried selling it to various stores but they only wanted a couple of pieces here and there. My brother and I came together and we wanted to get away from what everybody else was doing, it was an unusual lot so we got it. We created a whole category of eyewear that didn't exist before.
CG - Is there much left?
LL - The frames are mostly gone but we still have the catalogues, brochures and posters. When we opened our first store we sold other brands but everybody made a beeline to the vintage area. They liked the lack of logos, the architecture and filigree of the glasses. Then when we ran out we started to manufacture our own line but using the old manufacturing processes; handmade, original pins and hinges.
CG - You designed a pair for Andy Warhol?
LL- Yes, before Oliver Peoples I designed a pair with a flip-down which was featured on the cover of a German magazine.
CG - Tell us about the re-released vintage collection?
These are three iconic styles that are recognised by people as Oliver Peoples, made in exactly the same way. There is the O'Malley, which was named after the 1950s owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. It's the pair Patrick Bateman wears in 'American Psycho' and Christian Bale wore them in the movie, the 505 and 1955 which became definitive styles of the 80s. They will be available from December in a limited number and come with an original box and special cleaning cloth which is printed with our very first advertising campaign.
CG - Larry, what are the big trends for next year's eyewear?
LL - In Mosely Tribes (Oliver Peoples' younger sportier label, the Miu Miu to Oliver Peoples Prada) there are lots of metal frames and aviator shapes, plastics, utililtarian and miltary influences with polarise lenses. Polarise lenses eliminate haze and reflection, they make everything really clear, they allow fisherman to see through the water. We've also made holes in the ends so you can attach one of our new leather retainers with a gromet.
In Oliver Peoples we have a new style called the Jack One, it was inspired by a picture of Neil Diamond. It's a pair of metal framed aviators with the sides cut off. A guy called Jack who owned a shop called Optique Boutique in LA during the 1970s, used to take Rayban Aviators and bend them into this shape for every customer and then make new lenses for them.
CG - What's your favourite Oliver Peoples pair?
LL - My favourite pair is the O'Malley (pictured) it's simple or 'Aero', I never imagined this would still be our best seller.
CG - Favourite image or person in glasses?
LL - Sting in 'O'Malley', Claudia Schiffer wearing the '1955' and Brad Pitt in 'Aero'.
CG - Any tips about buying glasses or sunglasses Larry?
LL - I think it's important for people know their own style, don't try to be somebody they aren't. Choose the right style to where they live and what they are doing and how they dress. Frames have a personality. Make sure your eyewear fits what you do.
CG - Any chance of an Oliver Peoples store in London soon?
LL - We do really well here and it would be the first perfect location outside the US.
Read Michelle from Oliver Peoples How to... Look after your glasses and sunglasses - Click here
TheChicGeek says "Standing in the shower like Patrick Bateman holding the Clarisonic face cleaner to my face as it whirls and beeps away, leaves me thinking I should be in a scene from the film 'American Psycho'.
The Clarisonic cleaner is a solid, waterproof bit of kit which is very gentle on the skin. It shows how you can exfoliate without being too rigourous. As men, we like to sandpaper our faces in order for them to feel exfoliated. With this you gently move it around your face not applying too much pressure. You wet the brush head and your face and put a cleanser on your face or brush head, whichever you prefer. Push the button and start around the cheek/nose area. It beeps when it is time to move to a different part of the face and then stops so you can’t over clean your face. It all takes about 60 seconds. It has another detachable head that can be used on the body, and you can change the speed settings to increase or decrease the head speed. I think the Clarisonic cleaner would be great if you are prone to acne breakouts on your body particularly the back.
I would recommend using the Clarisonic twice a week for exfoliating your skin. Anymore and it will leave the skin too dry, stripping it of any oils. If you have extremely oily skin then maybe use it more. I would suggest applying quite a rich moisturiser after - the Clarisonic also allows for creams and moisturisers to be absorbed better. I found my skin looked much smoother and healthier after a couple of weeks of using it and my pores were less visible which encourages me to carry on using it."
If you like your grooming toys then this is perfect.
Grooming brand Alford & Hoff's favourite phrase is 'look better tonight'.
Barry Alford tells us how How to 'look better tonight'
Apply the Alford & Hoff Microdermabrasion cream for one minute. This exfoliates the skin with diamond shaped magnesium oxide crystals that are uniform in size and shape unlike other exfoliators which can look like shrapnel under a microscope and can be bad for your skin leading to tears and cuts.
Wash this off. When you wash and shave, you strip your face, so it is good to replace with our serum. A thin veil of this lightweight cream should massaged over the face and allowed to absorbed.
Then follow up with a moisturiser, we do one for the day with SPF 15 and one for the night.
Alford & Hoff is a new, luxury men's skin-care brand from America that uses sirtuin technology to reduce the signs of ageing. Sirtuins are the proteins that prevent cells from dying. The ingredients inside their products stimulate the sirtuins in men's skin.
Clinique's Executive Director for Research and Development, Dr Tom Mammone
How to Protect Your Skin from the Sun
"Start simply. Clean off the dirt from your skin with a great soap.
Exfoliate, you'd never a paint a wall without prepping it first.
Enhance - put something on your skin that is protective.
Always use something that has a UV protector. Use a product that has a broad range with UVA -these are the penetrating rays that cause more sagging and deeper skin damage- and UVB -these give you wrinkles - protection. Both cause cancer but UVB rays cause damage to the skin's DNA.
When it comes to sun tan lotions and creams it isn't so much about the factor number -though choose one according to your skin type - as it is about application. Always use in quantity and evenness.
Protect all the spots: tops of feet, ears etc.
Reapply ever two hours regardless of factor number as some can breakdown after two hours and it is not worth taking the risk. Sweat can also dissolve the cream on the skin.
Some products are specifically formulated to protect the face because it is so exposed and to help protect regions that are thin like around the eyes.
Facial creams will have a lot more antioxidants and super defence so it worth buying a cream just for your face.
Reduce processed sugars in your diet. A sugary diet and sun damage combined can seriously damage the skin."
Clinique for Men was launched in 1976 and continues to be the No. 1 prestige grooming range in the UK. All products are allergy tested, 100% fragrance free, non-acnegenic and clinically formulated.
If you want them to last and continue to look good you should follow these few simple steps says Senior Brand Director of Oliver Peoples, Michelle Lynn Walnum
1. Never put them on the top of head, it stretches them out.
2. Don't leave them in the sun or the car, plastic frames will distort in the heat and lose shape.
3. Always put them in their hard case.
4. Good eye wear needs maintenance. Go to the opticians every 3 to 6 months to have the screws tightened, nose pads cleaned or changed and have the glasses adjusted.
Oliver Peoples was founded in Los Angeles in 1986 by designer Larry Leight. A professional optician, the company started after Larry bought an auction lot of vintage frames in Connecticut. The previous owner, who had collected the frames over years, was called Oliver Peoples, hence the name.
The retro inspired collections have made Oliver Peoples one of the world's most respected names in eye wear over the last twenty years. Still made with the care and attention of frames past, Oliver Peoples are top quality in terms of manufacture and design. Oliver Peoples have made eye wear collections for such illustrious names as Paul Smith, Prada and Helmut Lang.
Find out how Oliver Peoples started when we met the founder Larry Leight - Click here
Director of skin care at Pevonia UK, Daniela Chandler shows us -
How to Look After Your Skin
Male skin is generally thicker than female skin and because of higher testosterone levels men are more prone to oiliness and acne breakouts.
Men also have to contend with rough, dry textured skin due to daily aggression from regular shaving which increases the skin's sensitivity and decreases elasticity. Furthermore the elements, hard water and pollution combined with an active lifestyle and the absence of a skin care programme can quickly take their toll on the skin.
There are plenty of products on the market today that will help address specific male skin concerns such as painful in-growing hairs, sensitivity, post-shaving irritation, folliculitis, dryness, severe acne and ageing concerns. So there is no need to suffer any longer!
For your anti-ageing concerns look for products that contain caviar which is loaded with protein, vitamins and minerals with a cell format similar to human skin. Caviar helps to speed up the natural production of collagen, and in time this plumps and thickens the skin giving a younger, firmer appearance.
For post-shaving irritation, folliculitis and sensitivity, look for products that contain green tea and arnica which contain anti-inflammatory properties and will soothe irritated skin.
Pevonia's Men's Line uses green tea, arnica and ginkgo biloba in the Easy Glide Shaving Emulsion. The combination of these key ingredients leave the skin oil-free and velvety smooth without any irritability. The non-foaming formula works by adhering to the skin and hair (thus protecting it) facilitating a smooth glide of the razor, and a silkier, smoother close shave, without irritation.
Pevonia Botanica is the world's leading professional spa brand. Founded in 1992 by husband and wife Philippe and Sylvie Hennessy, Pevonia Botanica botanical spa range is the only complete professional product line available on the market. Combining the finest, most non-comedongenic holistic ingredients with nourishing phyto and marine extracts, essential and vegetal oils, and plants and fruits synergized with high-tech manufacturing to effectively hydrate and repair the skin. All Pevonia Botanica products contain no artificial colour, fragrance, mineral oil, lanolin, alcohol or P.A.B.A. The products do not involve any animal testing and all use recyclable packaging.
Pevonia Botanica's new men's line consists of five unique products and is designed to cleanse, soothe, protect, hydrate and combat ageing. This complete skin care programme contains Aqua-Gel Foaming Cleanser, Easy-Glide Shaving Emulsion, Fitness-Glow Hydrating Self-Tan, Soothing After-Shave Balm and Age-Defying Caviar Balm, containing Caviar and Marine Collagen.
Celebrity fans of Pevonia Botanica include Matthew McConaughey and Hugh Jackman. Spa partners include the exclusive One&Only Kanuhura, the unique Thermae Bath Spa in Bath, Monart Destination Spa (Ireland's first destination spa), The Peak Spa, London, Titanic Spa, Yorkshire, Natural Elements Spa, Dubai and The Retreat at Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus.