There is nothing wrong with growing old gracefully and there’s also nothing wrong with trying to disguise the grey in your hair or beard, if that’s what you prefer. I’m not really bothered either way. I was once told red hair didn’t go grey, well that was a load of rubbish as my beard is now full of grey hairs. ‘Salt and paprika’, I once saw it described as, the guy even had TM - trademark - next to it!
Root Vanish by KAZUMI - £30
Anyway, dying hair can be a tricky one, as it can look too deep and flat and obviously dyed or the thought of something permanent can be a little scary. Men don’t want to look obviously dyed if they’re going for a natural colour.
The brainchild of Hollywood master colourist Kazumi Morton and championed by pioneering Japanese beauty brand KIWABI, Root Vanish by KAZUMI is firmly rooted in both Japanese heritage and innovation.
Right - TheChicGeek using 'Copper' - Before (left) & After (right)
"I wanted to create colours that didn’t end up looking dull, flat or gloopy once applied and couldn’t find them anywhere in the U.S. During one of my trips back to Japan, I found a unique gel formula that effectively covered greys without leaving any residue or drying the hair and scalp.
"To this, I added the extracts and oils of 22 botanical ingredients known in Japan to hydrate and promote healthy hair such as yuzu, ginger root, persimmon fruit and Japanese black seaweed,“ says Kazumi.
TheChicGeek says, “I like the idea of this and also the wand and brush feels like a quality product. You press the button at the bottom - it did take a few presses - to release the dye, then apply to the chosen area. I think because my beard is longer I could blend with the brush, rather than use my finger, which I've heard you need to clean quickly after, or it will discolour.
The product has no fragrance, which is good and when dry it doesn't rub off.
Results - It did remove the majority of the grey and did give my beard a depth of colour which looked natural. It's easy and quick to use and could be included in a morning grooming regime. All I would say is, just make sure you thoroughly wash your beard/face at the end of the day to remove the dye and stop it staining you towels and pillows".
Available at Boots & CultBeauty.com
If you know where to look Clarks make some great shoes. There comes a time in any fashionisto's life where you want not only great design, but also comfort.
This Trigenic Flex style, developed from the Clarks' archive , has a silhouette that meticulously follows the shape of the foot.
The pioneering fusion of footwear engineering technologies and classic moccasin construction features a three part decoupled Vibram sole unit offering superior flexibility while the upper is designed in black nubuck with a knitted heel tab. An Ortholite footbed provides cushion comfort and moisture management.
TheChicGeek says "The moccasin style is a very strong men's footwear shape for #SS16, so get in early with these knowing you can walk in style for miles in comfort. These will look great with jeans".
Left & Below - Clarks Originals - Trigenic FlexBlack Nubuck Trainers - £100
While a lucrative market, it is very difficult to enter the luxury leather goods sector fully formed. Gladstone London has done just that with its premium men’s accessories using the finest Italian leather.
Left - The signature Gladstone London hardware is handcrafted in Florence to jewellery standards. Each piece is crafted on a lathe in solid brass and finished in pewter. (I think it looks a bit like a Kalashnikov!)
Founded, just this year, by John O’Sullivan, who has over 30 years experience in luxury fashion, working for brands such as Harrods, MCM and Tanner Krolle, Gladstone London is said to reflect ‘a sense of relaxed and timeless elegance for the urban male, focusing on the reinterpretation of iconic shapes, long forgotten, but re-launched with a conscious expression of contemporary urban life’.
Right - G1 - Icon - £950
Sleek totes feature pewter plated brass zips and elegant travel bags are lined with Alcantara.
"After a lifetime working at luxury accessories brands and watching the priceless heritage of artisans working leather into timeless pieces, I saw many a design and craftsmen retire and with them, techniques lost.
"Often, pieces came back for repair, some over 100 years old, but the designs were still inspiring and still fit for purpose. It was the passion of these craftsmen and the vintage pieces that came through my hand which incorporated simplicity and an understatement of design which felt so right for now, that I set on a path to reinterpret these timeless luxury pieces with the help of a contemporary urban designer”, says John.
TheChicGeek says, “What I like about Gladstone London is the designs are classics yet still feel fresh. The styles have been given a light update and the minimal branding let them speak for themselves in terms of design and practicality. While expensive, when you consider they are handmade in Italy, they offer better value than many other brands in this market and it feels like you are paying for the design and craftsmanship rather than just the name".
Left - G48 - Hours - £1095
The entry level price point for Gladstone London is the G5 wash bag which starts from £285 up to the G48 Travel Tote priced at £1095.
The first AW15 collection is exclusively stocked at Harrods
Never one to stop himself bagging a bargain, TheChicGeek ventures into the ladies department at New Look for this one.
It's not just Edinburgh that is crazy about the fringe, fringing is a big trend for the forthcoming #AW15 season, particularly in suede (another trend!).
TheChicGeek says "Fringing is a bit too feminine, unless accessorised with a Stetson, on clothes and shoes, but it works well on men's bags, particularly totes. Burberry showed this tiered fringed shopper on their catwalk while New Look has a slightly longer fringed version in rich-looking brown suede at a fraction of the price".
Left - Burberry - Dark Chocolate 'Carryall' - £1895
Below - New Look - £24.99
Louis Vuitton's men's collection for AW15 looked to the British designer and artist, Christoper Nemeth, for inspiration.
Nemeth considered making clothes as one of his artistic practices. Amongst his trademarks are deconstructed tailored suits and drawings/illustrations depicting thread, needle and hands - the making of clothes - which are also featured on clothing accessories, furniture and more.
Born in Birmingham, England, he moved to London in 1979 to study painting at Camberwell College of Arts. While he continued to paint after university, he also taught himself pattern cutting and sewing, making his own clothes out of discarded post bags and canvas from his paintings, which he then started to sell at Kensington Market.
In 1986, Nemeth moved his base to Tokyo, where the Christopher Nemeth store continues to be a permanent showcase and landmark of his work. He died in 2010.
Kim Jones has used Nemeth's Celtic-like knots as the bold signature of the new Louis Vuitton men's collection.
Credits - All AW15 Louis Vuitton
Shot by Robin Forster on #OlympusPEN
To celebrate the opening of the sparkling new Gucci boutique at McArthurGlen Cheshire Oaks TheChicGeek was invited to take a closer look and choose his top 5 items from the men's selection.
Left - TheChicGeek modelling his new purchases
Located a short drive from Chester, Cheshire Oaks is the largest designer outlet centre in the UK with 145 boutiques, restaurants and cafés.
Right - TheChicGeek inspecting a pair of Gucci snaffle loafers
(A big fan of Gucci's new Creative Director, Alessandro Michele, TheChicGeek already has his eye of many pieces from the new AW15 collection - here)
Founded in Florence in 1921, Gucci is one of the world’s leading luxury fashion brands and Cheshire Oaks' latest addition.
For guys, the new Gucci boutique has all the famous Italian house's signatures - the snaffle loafers, the red and green stripe plus the famous bamboo detailing, all at reduced prices.
Left - Perfect for the winter - a Gucci scarf
A bargain lover's delight, the store houses everything a stylish geek would need - shoes, bags, scarves, ties, belts and wallets.
Right - The Chic Geek couldn't resist a pair of the classic Gucci loafers in this beautifully antiqued brown finish
From logo-ed bags to cashmere scarves to practical wallets, the new store is also the perfect place to find gifts for any man in your life, especially with Christmas coming up.
Left -TheChicGeek's top picks of the new Gucci store
What TheChicGeek went for - a floral trainer, wallet with coin purse, leather belt with bamboo buckle, large striped tote with twisted leather handles and antiqued snaffle loafers.
The healthy discounts took away some of TheChicGeek's guilt and also meant he could get twice as much. Happy shopping!
Right - At the end of the day - One happy ChicGeek!
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To celebrate the new AW15 season TheChicGeek has chosen his best menswear looks from the strongest catwalk collections. First up is his favourite man from Nottingham - Paul Smith:
Credits - All AW15 Paul Smith Mainline
Shot by Robin Forster on #OlympusPEN
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Founded in Yorkshire in the 1880, British Millerain is the premier manufacturer of waterproof waxed cotton.For AW15, sportswear brand Starter has designed a headwear capsule collection, available at ‘Size?’, in a variation of wax cotton colours and tones.
The collaboration features 5 caps and a bucket hat and focuses on a clean aesthetic with incredible attention to detail, using original silhouettes and only the highest quality fabrics and trims.
One lucky reader has the chance to win this fully adjustable snapback from the collection in handsome navy and black.
CLOSING DATE: 25th September 2015 at 12.00pm - Winner(s) will be informed by email!
To celebrate the new Into The Out bag collection from Eastpak, one lucky Chic Geek reader has the chance to win a handsome Wyoming rucksack.
The Wyoming is the epitome of sleek urban design with a multitude of zips and compartments. The leather straps and base add to the visual appeal of this bag, whilst the quilted padded back offers comfort as well as improving durability and strength. The Wyoming is available in a wide range of colours and designs.
CLOSING DATE: 20th September 2015 at 12.00pm - Winner(s) will be informed by email!
British outerwear brand, Baracuta, has opened a flagship store on Soho's Newburgh Street. The original purveyors of the classic Harrington jacket - as seen on everybody from Frank Sinatra to Steve McQueen, - the brand has drawn inspiration from the famous Fraser tartan lining, as seen in the carpets and walls throughout the store.
Bespoke packaging has been designed exclusively for this flagship store. Perfect for taking your new G9 away in.