The Gentleman’s Grooming & Lifestyle Show London

Today we are in London and have been invited to view the latest Gentleman’s grooming products for 2018, The show is being held at the Old Truman Brewery in Ely’s Yard London, E1 6QR, from 12.00pm today and tomorrow, so if you are in London plus please pop down and say hello, see you there


Sweatshirts have been a main stay for most young fashionista’s men & women for a long time, they have been sold by Primemark to Hugo boss, they are a universal piece of clothing, they can be used for casual or sports attire even as dress piece for a night out, they are often used as a way for Apparel companys and college’s or university’s to advertise them selfs, some times people will use them to self express who they follow or how they feel by putting messages on the front, but more and more people are wearing plain sweatshirts in vibrant colours as a stayple piece of there outfit, the key to understanding how to dress up a simple sweatshirt, is first understand where it started from and what it orginal purpose in life was so let’s have a look at its humble begings & how this simple piece of athletic sports wear changed the way we dress and express ourselves today.

In 1926 Benjamin C Russel Jr., quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide Football team, was tired of the constant chafing and itching caused by their wool football uniforms.Russell Jr. worked with his father, who owned a manufacturing company, to come up with a better option. At the time, Russell Manufacturing Company made garments for women’s and children’s knit shirts and undergarments.

Knowing the durability and comfort of cotton they created a new practice jersey that was a modification of a ladies’ union suit top from thick cotton that was produced throughout the factory. These loose, collarless pullovers – produced from women’s undergarments to be used as men’s football jerseys – would go on to become an iconic sweatshirt. Russell went on to create a new division of his factory, focusing solely on the production of sweatshirts in the Russell Athletic mills in 1930. Eventually, Russell Athletic mills became Russell Athletic co.


The Original Russell Athletic Sweat Shirt 1930’s Era

The sweatshirt’s potential as a portable advertising tool was discovered in the 1960s when U.S. universities began printing their names on the medium. For students and parents alike, university names on sweatshirts became the preferred casual attire for exhibiting school pride. The sweatshirt, along with the T-shirt, provided a cheap and effective way of disseminating information on a mass scale. The T-shirt slogan fad of the seventies inevitably translated to sweatshirts. Recognizing the relative simplicity of customization and the power of clever graphics combined with catchphrases, sweatshirts became a vehicle for personal expression for both the designer and the person wearing them.


1940’S College Sweatshirt

Sweatshirts are arguably a type of sweater, but made of a fabric and cut similar to sweatpants. A sweatshirt worn with sweatpants forms a sweatsuit a kind of exercise clothing designed to raise the core body temperature and cause perspiration in order to lose body weight before a weigh in for a weight divided sport. It is fashioned out of a thick, usually cotton jersey material. Sweatshirts are also almost exclusively casual attire and not dressy as some other sweaters may be. Sweatshirts may or may not have a hood, and may or may not have a zipper. A sweatshirt with a hood is now usually referred to as a hoodie, although more formal media still use the term “hooded sweatshirt”.

Russell Athletic is still going today and still making this iconic piece here is a sample of one of there sweatshirts

It’s In the original cotton grey sweat fabric, with comfort stitching for less irritation and soft brushed fabric on the inside for increased warmth and comfort, sporting knit cuffs & waistband for a snug fit, with there name on the front, but on the left sleeve you can see there logo with there trade mark eagle motif.

This the company logo up front, so if your looking for an original piece you know what to look for, Russell Athletic at this time have a deal with the Harlem Globe trotters to supply all there kit.

During the late 70’s early 80’s, music and culture changed the way looked and dressed, out went the glamrock and Saturday night fever wide collar shirts and big flares, in came a less dress down attuide, more functional clothing was worn, most kids in America would of owned a Sweatshirt as there School or college would of issuede to them as part of their sport kit, if you were a young kid and you were in the Schools/ College’s Basketball or Football team, you wanted people to know you were the man, so sporting your teams swearshirt under a denim jacket, was away of getting people to notice you, before we knew it every one was following this simple teenage dress style, soon young hip hop rappers, were hitting the streets and making a name for them selves, these young kids, didn’t have cash so they wore what they had, one of those key pieces was the classic Sweatshirt, this influenced a generation to dress down & express them selves.

Run DMC were a huge influence On sweatshirts

The Beastie boys were another iconic Hip group who sported the Sweatshirt

During the 90’s fashion the perryboys popped up there heads and disappeared the grunge look came and went, the Goths stalked our bus stations, but one thing all these styles sported was the Sweatshirt, in the 2000 era brands like McKenzie or Duffer surfaced one of there key pieces was the Sweatshirt, soon the sweatshirt was something most kids got dressed in as it was a cheap item to buy and its wad robust, during the later part of 2010 to 2012 the Sweatshirt was seen sported by people like David Beckham or actors like Jason Statham, soon brands like H & M were sighning them up todo photo shoots sporting there style of sweatshirts to sell to the masses.

David Beckham in a H & M Advertisement

David Beckham Sporting a plain Blue Sweatshirt with indigo Jeans

David Beckham in simple grey Sweatshirt

David Beckham sporting the Kent & Cerwin Sweatshirt

When it comes to looking for a Sweatshirt this is the amazing thing they are not hard to find, price wise you can pick up a simple undranded one up for around £8.00, if your looking for branded or more stylish you will pay more, If you are wanting something different but stylish, go to H & M, there sweatshirts are a staple of what they sell, they have alot of plain all stylish & printed ones your looking between £18 to £30, not bad prices if you ask me, the orginals are about $30, I think you can get them through Amazon too. My advice is invest into three plain pieces in Burgundy, Navy, Grey, these three pieces are more than enough to make some great outfits and look stylish.

One of the things l like about Sweatshirts, if you want to make a statement you can, by buying pieces with unique designs and colours, the one above is just amazing you have the rich deep burgundy colour, then a simple drawing in bold white, no writing just a great design, if your looking to bold in your approach to your style, look for pieces like this that will show your indervintuality, loads of people have the Nike & the GAP be different be stylish.

When it comes to styling a sweat shirt there alot of ways you can do this, but one of my pet hates is people wearing matching bottoms, People you look like your walking around in a big romper suit, no style points there my homies, get with it, dress in style and have pride, go out there and rock the show, let me giude you a through a couple of looks, to inspire you and get that grey matter in ones head rolling and clicking in these images are not mine, but l found them on the web, one of my favourite points of call, is Pinterest a great app for style ideas, l do alot of research on there

This Outfit is a classic to put together, this guy a has gone for a plain grey sweatshirt with slim fit stone jeans, he’s added a camouflage M65 field Jacket, finished with low top trainers, this is a more sort of popping around the shop look, dressing down on a Sunday afternoon style, but very casual and it has bags of urban chic.

Now if you want to stand out and want to make a bold statement, colour is key, bold pastal colours, this guy wants all the attention to his top half, the bottom half is the blank canvass, he’s gone for retro plain black running shoes, black socks, added slim fit black chinos, then he has a vibrant striped T-shirt untucked, it kind of breaks up the two plain colours, then he finished it of with the pastal pink Sweatshirt, a bold and striking outfit, this is a evening or weekend Outfit, I like the black but the pink is a little to light for me.

Now if you want to be an average Joe, or your just tipping your toe in how to rock a sweatshirt, keep it simple but basic, dont put on sweatshirts with crap art, ie l love husky or Beer helping guys to bonk, they are not stylish, untill you get the basics right keep it simple and work your way up, this guy has basic boat shoes on with some straight fit chinos, then mid blue Sweatshirt with some small logo, he not setting the world on fire but he keeping it basics and looks good.

Now if you can remember this one its from the David Beckham H & M picture above, so here we see an actual av

Stylish Boots Every Gent Should Own

It’s winter and its time to put away your puffy summer loafers & pumps and invest into some stylish boots, they come in many different styles and materials when it comes to boots you need stylish but practical ones, not stupid plastic patent leather crap, but good leather ones, that come with a welted sole, so when you have worn the sole down you can get them resoled again, lm going to cover three different styles of boots, all these styles are all ways in my wardrobe. The other reason l like to wear boots in winter, they give you good support on your ankles when trying to walk through snow and ice.

Oxblood Leather Chelsea Boot’s

Cognac Brown Suede Chelsea Boots

The first style I want to cover is the Chelsea boot, they are close-fitting, ankle-high boots with an elastic side panel. They often have a loop or tab of fabric on the back of the boot, enabling the boot to be pulled on. The boot dates back to the Victorian era, when it was worn by both men and women.

The design is credited to Queen Victoria‘s shoemaker J. Sparks-Hall. The shoemaker, J. Sparks-Hall claimed that “She (Queen Victoria) walks in them daily and thus gives the strongest proof of the value she attaches to the invention”. In his advertising of the period, he refers to the boot as J. Sparkes-Hall’s Patent Elastic Ankle Boots.The boot became popular for horse riding as well as walking.

Charles Goodyear‘s development of vulcanised rubber enabled the invention of the elastic gusset boot. The advantage of elasticised boots meant they could be easily removed and put on again. By the late 1840s, the fashion began to catch on. This became a prominent style in the West until the onset of World War I.

In the 1950s and ’60s, Chelsea boots became popular in the UK – and their association with the King’s Road (a street in Chelsea and Fulham in inner western London) set of Swinging London – worn by everyone from the Rolling Stones to Jean Shrimpton – is believed to explain how the name “Chelsea” became attached to the boot. They come in many different colours & fabrics, my two choices are Oxblood leather & Cognac brown suede, these two styles are great addition to any Gentlemen’s wardrobe use looking to up date his boots collection.

Tan Leather Ankle Brogue Boots

Brown Suede Brogue Boots

My next choice is one of my favourites it’s the brogue boot, Modern brogues trace their roots to a rudimentary shoe originating in Scotland and Ireland that was constructed using untanned hide.Modern brogues feature decorative perforations. These are often said to stem from the original Irish brogues as well, specifically from holes intended to allow water to drain from the shoes when the wearer crossed wet terrain such as a bog. However, contemporary descriptions of the original brogues do not mention such holes.The word “brogue” came into English in the late sixteenth century. It comes from the Gaelic bróg (Irish), bròg (Scottish) “shoe”, from the Old Norse “brók” meaning “leg covering”. The Scots word brogueis also used to denote a bradawl or boring tool as well as the action of piercing with such a tool.

The word “brogue” was first used to describe a form of outdoor, country walking shoe in the early twentieth century traditionally worn by men. At that time the brogue was not considered to be appropriate for other occasions, social or business. Over time perceptions have changed and brogues are now considered appropriate in most contexts, including business. Brogues continue to be most common as leather dress and casual shoes and boots, but can also be found in many other forms including canvas and leather sneakers and high-heeled women’s shoes. When you come to invest into a pair of Brogue boots there are two styles, heel boots & high leg boots, the difference is one comes to your Ankle the other covers the first half of your calf, the colour l choose is tan, they look fantastic with Denim indigo jeans, you can get them in chest nut-brown even classic black, Oxblood is another nice

Brown Suede Chukka boots

Brown Calf Leather Chukka Boots

My next choice Chukka boot, they are ankle-high leather boots with suede or leather uppers, leather or rubber soles, and open lacing with two or three pairs of eyelets. The name chukka comes from the game of polo, where a chukka is a period of play.

Chukkas are usually made from calfskin or suede, although they can be made from other materials.The style first became popular in the late 1940s through the 1960s as casual wear.In the 21st century, chukkas persist as a popular menswear shoe, particularly in the United Kingdom. They are simular to desert boots but desert boots are made with a crepe soft sole, not leather or rubber uppers. my choice of Chukka boots are my suede Cognac ones, they are a stylish piece of footwear.

A good pair of boots will see you through many bad season’s, when it comes to cost a good pair of boots can cost up to £100 or more, my favourite place to buy my boots are Samuel Windsor, they offer nothing but good leather shoes, you can get leather or rubber soles, my choice is if you’re looking for a dress boot go for a leather upper, if your looking to do more than go say to the office or a night out, invest in a rubber sole, these are also better for winter.

Here is a couple of pictures to inspire you in how to dress with these style of boots, boots look great if paired with the right outfit, it just takes a little imagination & thought.

The first Image we have a classic look and style, we have a pair of beige suede boots, paired with a classic camel overcoat & slim fit Jean’s, this a simple urban street style but very easy to achieve.

Here we have the Chelsea boot in a dark tan leather, with a more square toe, mixed with the indigo jeans, the boots just pop and stand out, this a more refined look mixed with a nice over coat & driving gloves, these boots word go great with a nice Navy suit or a mid grey suit.

In this picture we have the classic Chukka boot in a dark brown, l like this outfit its very stylish, but it still has a touch of urban chic, this guy has first gone with an US navy watch cap than gone with a classy navy rollneck, then added the old trusted M65 field Jacket, then added a pair of straight fitting slate grey trousers, this outfit would loom great in the office or on a day out.

If you’re a hipster you will love this outfit, here we have my favourite boot, the classic brogue boot in tan, here again they have gone with a straight fit indigo jeans, then a plain grey mark T-shirt, finished with a classic rain mac, then to add a touch of class he’s added a Trilby hat, I lime how his belt & watch strap match his boots, you can use this style with a waist coat & a white Oxford shirt.

One area l want to mention is looking after your boots, here in the UK we get some very bad weather and our foot wear do take a bashing, from cold rainy weather to very hot summer’s, these kind of weather’s dry out & damage the leather, so like your skin, your boots need cleaning, so a good cleaning kit is a must, if your like me and have most colours of leather, you then need the right shoe polishes, a tin of black, tan, brown, Oxblood, and good old neutral, if you have tan shoes and put drown polish on them, you will simply make the boot darker, looking after boots is easy, you need to make sure you wipe or brush all the crap of the boot, then apply the polish in the correct colour, wait for it to dry, then polish with a leather shammy, l normally put two good coats on, this seals a nourishes the leather and give it a nice patina.

Suede cleaning block for suede boots

Suede Copper Wire Cleaning Brush

When it comes to looking after suede boots you need the right kit as your boots can looked buggerd very quick, as here in the UK in winter we use salt on the roads during winter, when the ice melts it mixes with the salt and can damage your shoes very quickly indeed, once you take off your boots, use the suede cleaning block to clean the stubborn marks then you use the wire brush to bring the Knapp back up you can use a foam cleaner, but be careful at these can strip the suede from the shoe.

I hope again you have found inspiration in this blog and it will help you to dress better and be a true stylish gent, again this blog has not been sponsored by no buddy, it’s just done for the love of fashion and to inspire new fashionista’s


Bob Redfern


Winter 2018 style review


The colder shorter days are up on us, its time for coats & winter accessories, I want to look at a couple of pieces for 2018 that will see you through untill next year, when I look at clothing, I don’t just look at a garment and say l want that, l first have a look at my Wardrobe and see what l need to update, if I need a coat, l first think what style I want then l shop round on the net when l see a style, l look how l could fit this into my Wardrobe now and what l have to go with it, and most of all does it need altering etc,

My first choice is this lovely Flintoff by Jacamo Wool Double Breasted Check coat, in a prince of wales black & white check, its 60% Polyester & 40% wool, the coat is in a regular fit, sizes from M to 5 XL, the cost of the coat is a £120.00, every man needs an overcoat, but the key word is universal, every thing in your wardrobe needs to be able to go with most things in your wardrobe, this coat you could dress up & dress down, for a smart casual idea go with a black V-neck sweater, white dress shirt, charcoal dress trousers, burgundy socks & a pair of Oxblood loathers stylish & bang on the money, dress down go with a plain white cotton T-shirt dress up with plain black slim fit (NOT FUCKING SKINNY FIT) jeans then finish off with a pair of crisp white plimsolls, finish off with a nice dress scarf or baker boy cap, most of these things you will have in your wardrobe just have a think.

The other thing about winter is knit wear if you buy the right knit wear you will be able to use them more as they again will go with most of the pieces you have in your wardrobe all ready, one of my favorite pieces of knit wear at winter is cable knit sweaters, they are chunky but so stylish if paired correctly with the right pieces, this Mustard cable knit jumper from Debenams, from their Racing Green range, is an ideal piece to invest in, its 100% cotton, they do have several other colours, sizes range from S to 5 XL, they are priced on-line at £30.00 but the sales do kick in shortly, my idea would be to dress with khaki chinos the slip on a dark indigo denim jacket, the mustard colour jumper would just pop, if I was to dress up with this jumper, I would go with a Navy trouser then a plain white shirt, finished with a dark drown herringbone blazer, again the mustard would just shine through.

As you get older and stop dressing like a 5 year old 7 stop wearing jogging pants, you may start to invest into trousers, when it comes to winter, thin cotton chinos wont cut it, you need proper stylish trousers that look and feel amazing. but they can be used for casual or formal dress, let me introduce you to the flannel trousers, they are the king of winter casual trousers, flannel is a thick brushed fabric usually 100%, if they are not 100% wool then don’t buy them, the fabric hangs beautifully and adds texture to your outfits, this pair is from Gents Outfitters Peter Christian Lord trousers him self, they are 95% wool & wait for it ! 5% cashmere super warm super soft very nice trousers they come in a casual fit only tho, waist size start from 32 up to 56, they come in at £85 per pair, this is a very good price for a pair of trousers that will last you a good couple of years, I had to get my tailor to re-cut my  trousers to a more stylish fit as like a more defined cut that’s all, these trousers can make every outfit look amazing, I like to wear my flannels with a polo shirt & a navy blazer with oxblood brogues proper dressy, when I want to dress them down even more, I will go for french striped breton shirt and a navy twill cotton engineers jacket in navy blue, then some white plain low top trainers finished with a red trawler cap for a proper winter look.

Winter is also about accessories you know hats scarfs gloves, when its cold we need to keep warm, but it’s no good taking your time to put an outfit together then realising you need a scarf or a hat, and the only thing you have is your dads lads & dad football crap 1980’s hat, look for simple casual pieces again that will complement your outfit, my of my pieces is the classic USN watch cap, its been a winter staple for years, it was around before the crap David Beckham beanie err, it was used by navy sailors during WW2, its hard to find originals now but there are a couple of sites still making them like , but they can cost up to £80, here is a copy on ebay for only £30.00, a good way to wear the watch cap and complement your outfit including your flannel trousers is going for a navy polo neck sweater with a plain green M65 field jacket, finished of with chest nut-brown suede chucker boots you will be warm and toasty but also king of the street on a cold winter day.


During winter you need good proper foot wear that not only looks good but is also very practical I have a about 30 pairs of shoes give or take but they are all different, so come winter I always look for good shoes that will see me through the bad weather, a couple of weeks ago I came across these lovely Oxblood brogues from Lucini, what I liked about them was the chunky sole with tread, normally brogues come with a plain slip sole, which is not good on ice day, so with these bad boys I get good-looking shoes that are damn practical in snowy freezing weather, I got these from Ebay for £39.00, I will probably wear these with a navy suit or for dress down a pair of tobacco colour chinos & a tweed waistcoat with a white Oxford shirt finished wearing my m65 field jacket

Remember looking stylish does not have to cost a lost of money, as you can see I shop around then when I find some thing i like, I try to think I how I would wear it and most off all is it going to suit me and look good, if you’re in doubt don’t buy simple, invest your money wisely fashion changes quicker than the seasons, keep to the basics and you will always look great

There are no direct link to these products as Im not sponcering direct if would like to know more about these pices let me know I will be happy to provide the information you need to fid them.



Bob Redfern

Ben Sherman

Personal Grooming

As men get older you lose hair on your head, but hair then grows in other places,  ears and nose etc. so having a personal grooming program in place is a must, it’s not a silly thing, Personal hygiene is noticed & a well-groomed man gets noticed too. You don’t need to go over board and spend hundreds of pounds, just a couple of things in the old medical cabinet and you can keep your self smelling good & looking amazing.


My first point of personal grooming is nose & ears hair, I fucking hate it, when I see grown men with bushes growing out of their noses and ears it make me cringe, my self Every 3 days I trim my ears then my nose hairs, I have a proper electric trimmer, I also some times wet shave my nose on the inside when I wet shave, having clean ears and nose, shows you care about how you look, once you have tamed those bad boys trim your eye brows , again this is another area men don’t pay attention too, but the ladies do, a man with bushy brow looks like a crazy Scotsman take your time. you do not want to shave them to far, just take the thickness out of them, the simplest way to keep your eyes brows in check is by using your clippers with No 2 guard on them, simply go over them and take the thickness out of them, then use the clippers with out the guard on to shape the edges, to give you your eye brows a more defined look, I will go over them with a wet razor because you need to get rid of that monobrow, whats a monbrow ? I hear you say A unibrow (or jacco brow or monobrow; called synophrys in medicine) is a single eyebrow created when the two eyebrows meet in the middle above the bridge of the nose. basically you look like a dick get rid and look good, remember until you look in the mirror and take a look at your self you wont notice where your going wrong in your personal grooming regime.


You can tell so much about a man who looks after his nails , I can’t stand men who bite their nails down to the stubs or nails covered in nicotine, looking after your nails is not a hard job it’s a 10 minute job if that, nails need to be clipped every three days, first give your hands a good wash & scrub those nails with proper nail brush, then rub some moisturiser in to your hands, then work in to your nails, it brings them to life and makes them look fresh and a little more supple to cut, next get a good pair of nail clippers not scissors, then just trim the edges down not to short just enough, then get a nail file, and file your nails to a nice shape, once you have done this rinse your hands, added a little moisturiser to finish, I like to finish my nails with a buffer pad, it just adds a little polish to them. and makes my nails stand out, if you have nicotine stained nails put your hands in diluted bleach warm water give it a couple of minutes, then rinse, wash with a scented soap and wash with a nail brush this will bring your nails up a treat.

good hairstyles for guys Elegant Good Haircuts For Men With Short Hair with Crazy Mens

Hair is a problem for some men and others it’s not, my self I’m bald and proud, so I clip my own head once a week, having clean groomed hair is again some thing people notice, if you have greasy unkempt hair it makes you look dirty and unattractive, my view on   hair is simple if you have short or long hair, you need to wash your hair with proper shampoo, not body wash, they are designed for two different things, body wash can dry out your hair which can cause dandruff, buy a good shampoo and rinse your head properly, if you have long hair buy a good conditioner, to make your hair look good. and comb and brush your hair daily, when it comes to keeping your hair trimmed go to a barbers regularly, for short hair every two weeks if you like it long, just go in each month to trim the ends and keep your fringe in toe. remember if you’re using gels or a wax again wash your hair regularly as these products can leave nasty residue in your hair if you don’t regularly wash it out. also using some products can damage your hair, hair styles come and go, in my time I had a brush cut, center parting, side parting, slick back, so if you have hair have fun, find your own style, and cut if you want to, dye it go ahead, just look after your hair wash it right with the right products and get it cut right and keep it fresh and you will never go wrong.


Beards have become a big fashion statement, my self for three months decide to have a big bear on my face, it took a lot to keep it clean & tidy and well-trimmed, when you start to grow a beard or a mustache, the first things face hair does is dry out your face, so you need to wash and wax or moisturise your face daily, my self i brought a beard shampoo, these are designed to give your beard the right oils and not leave your face itchy and flake, if you don’t do this you will have beard dandruff which looks very nasty, once your beard starts to grow and get’s thicker and bushy, you will need to buy beard balm or oil, this again keeps your face moist and makes your beard feel soft and easy to comb into shape, you need to buy a beard comb or brush to keep your big bear beard in shape, when it comes to trimming or shaping your beard or mustachio, you need to give it time to fill out and grow, during the first week and month you make look a little scruffy & feel unkempt, stay the course once your beard & mustachio have thickened out, its time to trim and shape, I do recommend a barber who offers wet shaves, as these guys are usually masters at their trade, and can turn a tidy shaggy beard into a lush man beard,  a beard will take time & money to keep tidy of your not willing to follow these guide lines, you will end up looking like a local hobo nothing more.


Shaving is another area where a lot of young men go wrong or they don’t have a clue, My self I very rarely shave now, this is down to choice, but I still maintain a shaving kit for when I need to, the first question people ask is do I need to shave every day, This really down to you if you work in a job that needs clean-shaven ie army etc then yes, but I would say 90% of jobs you don’t need to be clean shaven now, also shaving everyday strips your face of its natural oils, before you start carving your face up, you need to get a shaving kit together, this is a must, its like giving an artist a bloody painters roller, and telling him to do a master piece, he might e able to do it but its going to be very messy, The first piece you need is a good razor, now there are many razors out there to choose from, young lads go for cheap cheap, follow these two rules, NO FUCKING CHEAP BIC RAZORS THEY WILL FUCK YOUR FACE, DON’T USE YOUR MUM’S FUCKING LEG SHAVING RAZORS AGAIN THEY WILL BE BLUNT AND CARVE YOUR FACE UP, the safest choice for me is always Gillett razors disposable or blades, they give a damn good proper shave and don’t carve your face up, the next thing you need is a shaving brush, trust me invest into a shaving brush it will give you a better and proper shave, you can buy cheap ones or buy a badger brush one, these are the best ones but cost money, next buy a shaving bowl if you want one if not a mug will do, not your dads favorite brew mug use your younger brothers football mug instead, the next thing you need is shaving cream. now there are many different shaving creams, you have cans of shaving foam and gel also shaving sticks, my advice to start with a gel as they work in to a nice lather and are easy to apply to your face, I also buy a shaving oil, you don’t need to buy one but if you do use one, it gives a more smooth shave, I use king of shaves oils, the last thing you need is a good face balm none alcohol is recommended, this is face food it replaces all the natural oils back into your face, and most of all it protects your fresh new skin to the elements and will reduce the rawness on your face, owe you might want to get styptic pencil (not to be confused with a caustic pencil). This is a short stick of medication. Anhydrous aluminium sulfate is the main ingredient and acts as a vasoconstrictor in order to disable blood flow. The stick is applied directly to the bleeding site. this will help with any nicks or cuts, so lets recap.

  1. Good brand new razor
  2. Shaving brush
  3. Shaving cream
  4. Shaving bowl or mug
  5. Aftershave Balm
  6. Styptic pencil
  7. Shaving oil

Now we have the shaving kit sorted its time to shave, those 7 things seem a lot, but remember your not going to buy a bowl and brush every month, you can get a good razors and gel or cream plus after shave balm for under £8.00 per month, and this is if you shave every day, I shave about 15 to 20 times a year now if that,  when it comes to shave you need hot water and a towel and a face cloth, first just run the hot tap get the hot water going, now wash your hands just with hot water no soap or any thing else, just rub your hands under hot water, then just shake of the excess water, get the face cloth and run it under the hot tap then ring out, not too much, just so you have some moisture in it, put it on a side plate, put in the microwave for 30 seconds that’s all, take back to the bathroom, now simply wash your face with hot water, clean all that grease & sweat from your face just hot water and clean hands, work the hot water into your face, now get your shaving cream or gel squirt in your bowl or mug, run your brush under the hot tap, shake off excess water, then work the brush into the cream or gel in a circular motions, to create a thick soapy lather, now if you did buy the shaving oil, squirt on your face and work it in to your stubble, then get the hot face cloth and put over your face, this is prepping your face turning the coarse stubble into a softer hair, if you do this before you shave you will have more sicker and closer shave, give the face cloth about 60 seconds, then take off, now get your shaving brush and apply the shaving mixture to your face, use a circular motion, what this does is raise your hairs on your face so its easier for the razor to shave you properly, run the razor head under a tap, again hot water, now when you come to shave don’t please don’t press hard with the razor hard you need light strokes, If your new to shaving practice  first by shaving your thigh at the top, might sound crazy, but no one can see there so if your missing hair who cares, but getting used to holding a razor to your face is an art and you don’t want to rush it,your face hair grows up and down a lot of people say shave away from the grain, my self I shave twice, once I go over my face in a down motion, after every couple of strokes  always rinse the head of the razor under clear hot water, once I completed that shave, I apply lather again and then use the razor in an upward motion, I will then rinse my face with hot water, then using my fingers I will check for the smoothness, If I feel any stubble missed areas I use the razor to quickly go over this area again, now again thoroughly wash your face using hot water, the next step is not to rub your face pat it dry with a nice towel, then dry hands, get the after shave balm you need about a pea size squirt not much more as to much can make your face look greasy, not fresh, I normally smear not rub I repeat smear in to both hands then apply to face, don’t for get under the chin, then leave to dry and your ready for the day, there are also things you should never do when shaving.

  1. never apply aftershave direct to shaven skin this simply makes your face red and can leave it raw hence why we use aftershave balm simple science.
  2. Do not use ordinary soap or shower gels as a shaving cream all it does is dry your face out and you will cut your face to bits
  3. All ways clean your razor after shaving using hot water
  4. Leave your shaving brush standing up so it can dry off


Now we have covered nearly all male grooming areas, there is one area where a lot of men don’t pay enough attention, is smelling good, yes smelling good is not just about spraying you dads trust brute and hitting the town, smelling good shows a couple of things, it shows you have pride & it can attract the ladies or men if you like, the first thing men get wrong they buy sprays not antiperspirants, you can pay for a crap David Becham spray up to £4.00 or a can of trusty Aldi antiperspirant, spray only makes you smell nice where antiperspirant stops you sweating, this is how antiperspirant works it blocks the sweat ducts, thereby reducing the amount of sweat that reaches the skin’s surface. … When they are applied to skin and come in contact with sweat, the pH rises causing the aluminium salts to precipitate out and form a plug over the sweat glands. if you don’t use this and go for a spray you will sweat and by 12.00pm start to smell of Body odor  which is caused by bacteria breaking down sweat and is largely linked to the apocrine glands. … The apocrine glands are mainly responsible for body odor because the sweat they produce is high in protein, which bacteria can break down easily so you will smell bad and your shirt will stain and look bad, My choice is Sure it’s never let me down, now my next subject is Aftershave or Cologne, every man needs to pick a scent that defines him and make it his own, but  buying the right scent can be difficult, first of all do we go for a Aftershave or a cologne or a Eau de toilette or a parfum ,  The main difference between types of fragrance lies in the concentration of essences. The order of highest to lowest concentration is first Perfume, second, Eau de Parfum, third, Eau de Toilette, and fourth Eau de Cologne.fifth aftershave. Perfume is very expensive because it can have up to 40% concentration of essences, most of us cant afford to spend £100 a month on a fancy spray, but we should be able to afford a good Eau Do Toilette, this is the third in the table of perfume strengths, all after shave does makes you smell ok for ten minutes then it fucks off like a cheap hooker, my choice of Scent is a simple one, its CK one its simple its fresh and if applied right will last 8 hours, which is what you want when spending good money, But just spraying your Eau Do Toilette  to you your body wont work, there is a bit of science so when the spray hits your body it stays and does not fizzle out, apply using this method and you will find your scent will last longer.

  1. Shower first and use a similar smelling shower gel it opens your pores
  2. Once you have dried your self off apply a moisturiser or petroleum jelly to your neck arms and chest with CK One you can buy the body moisturiser with scent built-in.
  3. Spray your scent below the ears and once on the chest than on the arms, don’t rub your wrists together it will destroy the top notes of your scent
  4. Spray the back of your head, hair keeps the scent longer
  5. Stay hydrated, hydrated skin keeps your scent going longer

If you follow this simple process every morning you smell better for longer, but remember never apply your scent direct to dry skin, it’s a bit like painting a car you have to put a base primer down first before you can added the main coat, that’s why its important to wash then moisturise your skin first, then apply your scent it should last for 8 hours at least, if you want to make sure it lasts, take with you a perfume atomiser, top up with your favorite scent, then top up four hours later this will refresh the base notes again from the first application and keep you smelling fresher for longer, you can apply your scent to your cloths as fabric keeps the scent longer but be careful as this can damage or stain certain fabrics, hope this has helped you, like I said in the beginning choosing the right scent is going to define you & most of all its going to be your signature, I chose CK One as its a classic and you can get body washes and moisturise in the same scent, and its easy to get on the net, its a timeless classic for summer and winter, when I choose to go out for special occasions I will mix it with CK Obsession I don’t wear any thing else except sure antiperspirant under the arms so I don’t sweat.


Finally your mouth it’s where we speak from, its where we put our food and drink, its one of our main focal points, so it attracts a lot of attention, so a dirty unkempt moth is very obvious, oral hygiene is a must for your health & personal hygiene, a dirty mouth can lead to halitosis Poor oral hygiene. The most common cause of bad breath is poor oral hygiene. Bacteria that build up on your teeth – particularly between them – as well as your tongue and gums, can produce unpleasant-smelling gases. These bacteria are also responsible for gum disease and tooth decay, so having a good oral hygiene routine is a must, you need four things a good toothbrush, mouthwash, toothpaste, dental floss picks, like a tradesman you need the right tools to do the job, most people use toothpaste first then mouth wash last, you’re doing it wrong one of the main ingredients of toothpaste is fluoride – a naturally occurring mineral found in toothpaste, drinking water and some foods that can help to prevent tooth decay, so if you use a mouth wash last your washing this away, I normally floss first if I’ve had a meal with a lot of meat in it, if not I do it every three days, then I put a cap of mouthwash in my mouth and swill it around for a minute to try to get as many particles of old food out of my mouth first, then I pit a good sample of tooth paste on my brush, then scrub all over for about two minutes, I also scrub my tong to freshen it up, then simply wipe my mouth, I do carry in my day bag a small mouth wash bottle to freshen up after dinner, follows these simple rules and you wont ever be found short and you will keep your teeth longer and your dentist bills will be less costly, remember replace your tooth-brush every 3 month and visit the dentist at least every 12 months.

There are many areas we can go into but the main ones are the ones that people notice, but if you have bush in your pants trim it up now and then, if you have a rug for a back get your mate to trim it with the trimmer or get it waxed now and then, if your feet hum every time you take your shoes off, air your shoes out buy some shoe spray, wash your feet daily and use proper foot talc and change your socks daily. it’s all about routine and time we all have 5 minutes to have a wash or shower in the morning, The cost of keeping your self clean, has never been cheaper, I recommend Lidl for male cheap grooming, they offer every thing now even decent aftershave that are Eau de Toilette, that’s smells like Hugo Boss, I took a look at a months cost of men’s toiletries from Lidl it was amazing cheap but the quality is out of this world, I do use their shower gels & face cream.

  1. Shower Gel X 2 £2.00
  2. Mouthwash £1.00
  3. Antiperspirant x 4 £5.00
  4. Body moisturiser  £1.45
  5. Eau de Toilette X 2 £6.00
  6. Toothpaste £1.00
  7. Shaving Jell £1.60
  8. Razors £4.00
  9. Face cream £5.00

Total cost for looking and smelling good £27.05 for the month, that works out at £6.24 per week per day that’s a cost of 89p per day, so you can’t tell me looking and smelling good costs the earth, it’s just finding the right pieces and learning in how to use them, I hope you have found this article helpful, remember we cant all afford the most expensive aftershave and perfumes, but buying the most simple of scents etc and using them like I have mentioned will see you through and raise your game by a 1000 %, and get you noticed by the ladies and you will be showered with compliments as people will notice the  new man breaking through and making his mark on the world with his new signature scent.


yours kindly

Bob Redfern


Calvin Kline & Justin Bieber

Just when we thought it was safe to turn the television back on, Bieber`s back if your on twitter then you have already heard, its official guys Justin Bieber has been chosen to be Calvin Kline new pants man, its ironic as his songs are pants any way, It’s for Calvin Kline spring & summer collection, all I can say thank you for ruining my summer, yes there will be pictures of Mr Bieber strutting his package on billboards, the shoot was shot in New York, It was done in true Calvin Kline style black & white glossy pictures, it was done by Mert Alas if you know this guy take him off your Christmas list this year.


Yes Summer 2015 has been cancelled

There is an up side to this story, they did decide to cast some one else with Mr Bieber, yes we have Dutch Model Lara Stone, they are shot together in certain positions we will say no more wearing certain pieces from Calvin Kline denim & underwear collection, but most of the pictures are of Mr Bieber strutting his package & wash board abs, “only if every man looked like that”, so good news for die-hard Bieber fans, not so good for the people who were looking forward to a great summer, any way if your after some nice underwear the Calvin Kline SS15 will be out soon , lets hope Mr Bieber does not release his pants song Baby feat then it will be a very pants SS15.


Lara Stone in Calvin Kline denim collection for SS15


Mr Bieber Looking a prized “package” in Calvin Kline SS15 underwear collection

I would like to apologise if I have caused you to spill your coffee or shout out certain words that you would normally used in the men`s locker room, Calvin Kline is a iconic brand & their style is truly amazing putting Mr Bieber to one side.


Bob Redfern


Henley Shirt

Henley shirt

In the late 18th Century sports started to take off like football,running, even poncy rowing but their was a little problem sports wear had not been invented, the closet thing to sports wear was what they called underwear, “Yes underwear” , in Henley upon Thames rowing became fashionable, but you must agree you can’t go rowing in a shirt & tie, so the rowers started to row in ones underwear, this is how the Henley got its name. a Henley is a collarless polo shirt with a round neckline with a button placket, the sleeves can be long or short, they come in many fabrics like cotton & thermal, the thermals are by far the most popular.


Classic short sleeve Henley shirt

So by the start of the 19th century the Henley became the first muscle shirt for all sports people, but also it became a classic work shirt with every day men from navvies to coal miners, in the later years the T-Shirt was invented so the Henley fell out favour, but in the 80s a film called chariots of fire, showed a scene with runners on a beach wearing a short-sleeved Henley shirts, soon pop stars & fashionista started to wear the Henley again,soon every male clothing line started to make their own version of the Henley,


Chariots of fire classic beach running scene with the actors wearing the Henley

One of the first labels to make the Henley shirts fashionable again was Ralph Lauren, he was shown a orignal Henley he decide to make it the next T-shirt, it was worn as part of the preppylook that took off in the late 70s.


 Ralph Lauren Henley shirt

To me their is only one proper maker of the Henley shirt, that is Wolsey, their shirt is 100% pure cotton, in a loose fit, 5 button fastening, ribbed cuffs.


The Wolsey Henley shirt

The Henley shirt is evnmore in fashion now due Peaky Blinders, the gangster programe based in early 18th century Birmingham, there are scenes of Thomas Shelby in his Henley & trousers , showing a very toned body of a power full man proper stylish, the key to a stylish look with the Henley is pairing with the right pieces, my favourite look is pairing a Henley with a tweed waistcoat & indigo jeans, take a look at the looks you can achieve with a Henley shirt .


Now if your after a classic look match a Henley shirt with tweed waistcoat


Want a relaxed look go mix the Henley shirt with a shawl cardigan


Suspenders will give an iconic but stylish look when you added the Henley shirt


If you want to create a classic clean look go for alight coloured Henley shirt mix it with a darker blazer

So have I convinced you to buy a Henley Shirt its a proper old school look but it’s very stylish

Thank you again for reading my blog again I hope you have found it interesting


Bob Redfern


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