This Sunday is Father’s Day ! – Father’s Day Gift Guide in Association with M&S

Yes you read that right folks, this Sunday, yes, this Sunday is Father’s Day, the day when the hardest working member of the family, sorry what, well its the case in the McG household ! gets to relax, put his feet up and everyone runs round and looks after him for a change.

As always we’ve done all the hard work so you can still look super diligent on Sunday when you pull the best present out of the bag for your old man and look confidently smug with yourself while the rest of the family can only look on with fake pleasure and make a guess at, How does he do it ? envy.

Once again the wonderful retail emporium of  have worked in association with us to produce the ultimate in gifting for your beloved Pop. We’ve broken it down this year into categories to cater for every Dad’s taste whether he be a Sporty dad or even a Posh Dad, we’ve got all points covered. So Chocs aways !




Ahh what Dad could resist the culinary Jedi knight that is Nigel Slatter, the man that can turn the contents of an empty fridge into the feast suitable for the feeding of the 5000 and if that wasn’t enough over 300 recipes listed in chronological order so a night, can’t literally go by without a seasonally splendid dish.



If yours is a dad who spends more time Jett setting than Richard Branson, get him this brilliant travelling gadget from Mulberry. A chic leather pouch reveals the adapter, compatible with plug sockets in the UK, US, Australia, China and Europe. There is also a USB connection for charging a wide variety of devices. Just don’t forget to take it with you!



The Summer of 2014 isn’t, quite, all about Football. Our reigning Champion of the Courts will be defending his title on the Lawns of SW19 , so show your purpose for Andy Murray with these  sterling silver Cufflinks specially commissioned for the tennis tournament and create something truly bespoke with Link of London offering an engraving service in all of its stores to add a touch of  Personalisation.




This reissue of a watch first used by pioneers in underwater exploration in the 1970’s this watch from Longines,  available into versions one with three hands the other chronograph. Show him how much he means and go on spoil him !


Whether it be giving the England Team, a dapper haircut in this month’s issue of GQ before they depart for hotter climbs or it be as part of his traveling international pop up barber shop the guys over at Mr Natty are men much in demand, well worth keeping an eye out it see if they are visiting a location near you anytime soon, I promise. But in their absence check out their inspired gift sets,  either the Ace fighter pilot care package or the Hirsute rogue care packet (essential one for shaving and one for achieving impossibly natty hair styles).


If you’re going to purchase dear old dad something to wear go for something, that, one, you know he’ll like, but more more importantly, ensure it’s something he’ll look suave in. Spoil him pick something like this great and versatile piece from Peter Werth. Not only is it functional, its sure to be a wardrobe favourite and a staple that goes with pretty much everything.



If your dad falls into that category  of  a bit of a Hard nut on the outside, who loves nothing more then a pint with his mates  and watching the footie. But, when he’s alone with his kith and kin, he’s rather partial to the finer things in life . Look no further than these undoubtedly luxurious house slippers by none other than New and Lingwood, I’ll have you know my good man.



Just because he might spend a lot of time working doesn’t mean he loves you none the less. Let hope your Business dad is more like Daddy Wallbucks than Patrick Bateman. But get him something he’s bound to be impressed by like this snazzy business card holder by the undoubtedly dapper Turnbull & Asser.



Does your dad like to see himself as a bit of an Ozzie Clark, rather then take the mick this Father’s Day, play along with him for once. Make him proud  and give him a tool set he’ll actually use, check out this sterling Sommelier kit from Marks & Spencer themselves And for some other genius gift ideas for the Dad in your life take a look at their own Father’s Day gift guide.

The Buyers Guide to Summer 2014 – Pete Parry – Steranko

imageThe subject of today’s Buyers Guide has been serving the residents of South Manchester and beyond for over 20 years now. Steranko, housed in a former confectioners, where you could say they have been supplying sweet clothes to good people. Fashionable but not faddish, contemporary but not clichéd, Steranko is packed with the kind of clothes, shoes and accessories that simply make you feel marvellous, and leave your friends feeling jealous. stocking such brand as Loake, Nudie Jeans Company, YMC, Wolsey, Superga, John Smedley and Edwin to name but a few. The place has become a bit more than just a shop that sells clothes – it’s become somewhat of a cultural landmark, a place where people come because the are assured they’ll find a unique piece picked by knowlegable and clothes-passionate staff. A place to kick back and get a cup of tea, to discuss football, current events, or where to get the best toasted sandwich in town. The first port of call for your everyday outfits. What more do you want ? So let’s see what the ubiquitous proprietor, Mr Pete Parry has to say ;

Sanders Bruno Gibson Brogue in Dark Navy


Hentschman John Jacket in Prince of Wales check


Fred Perry Tipped Seaside Shirt in Kingfisher

John Smedley Eddy Striped Raglan Pullover in Silver / White / Lemon

Carhartt Fynn Jacket in Regatta

Penfield Mens Hooded Gibson Jacket in Sea Blue


Adidas Tech Super in Running White / Mid Grey


Rains Long Jacket in Yellow


Penfield Mountain Crew in Blue Melange


YMC P6BAS Heather Cotton Pocket Tee in Red

6 of the best weekend bags

We’ve all been there, had a great time on holiday, gutted to be back to cold weather, stood at the baggage re-claim carousel and that cold, stark feeling dawns upon you of, where’s my luggage ? A couple of years ago, my luggage went missing so regularly, it became a running joke with friends and work colleagues, “Ohhh wonder where it’ll end up this time ? Haha”. This was normally greeted with a withering, “ha, yeah” or similar words to that effect, kinda, use your imagination.

So as holiday season rapidly approaches we thought we’d give you some inspiration for weekend bags, ideally luggage you can keep as hand luggage to prevent that nightmare scenario, of having to describe your missing bag to a person who really doesn’t care and looks at you unsympathetically, when you inform them, “It’s a black bag”.



You’ll never suffer the misfortune of picking up the wrong luggage again if you invest in this great piece from PRADA.


Whether it be a highland jaunt or more exotic climbs, this bag with see you fine season after season in this timeless collaboration by Harris Tweed & Marks & Spencer


Buisness or or pleasure this is a great all rounder of a weekend bag by Tumi


Now this is a design classic, the Clipper from Mulberry will never go out of fashion and for experience, these just get better with age.
La Portegna might not be a brand that automatically leaping into your mind when you think of luggage but they are definitely worth hunting out this brand from Madrid.


Lastly, but by no means least is the King of Designer luggage, the brand who invented the rule book of luggage and ripped it up, Louis Vuitton Neo Eole, New light weight Damier Graphite Rolling duffle luggage continues Louis Vuitton heritage of innovating travel. Is it for everyday, of course not, it’s an investment piece which you will cherish for the rest of your life and like an old friend will remind you of past trips and adventures.

Will it be coming home ? World Cup fever approaches !!!!

Can you believe the anthemic choon of Baddiel and Skinner, with a little help of Ian Broudie, Three Lions or as it commonly known after a couple of drinks, “It’s coming Home”, is Eighteen years old this Summer ! Yes ladies, four years has come around again, see your other halves turn into zombie, footsie viewing slabs, where you haven’t a cat in hell’s chance of getting a syllable of sense out of them for the entire tournament.

In just over a week’s time we see it all kick off in Brasil where teams from literally every continent will be fighting it out to bring Football home. In preparation for the opening ceremony, we’ve selected some of the best clothing ranges on offer to you .

Of course, when we think of Brasil and clothing, one brand automatically springs to mind, Havaianas and the Brazilian flip flop giant has produced their iconic footwear in the colours of many of the participant nations and in line with the Brazilian superstition about putting their right foot forward first., in collaboration with the football/style magazine Sepp, have worked with Ten designers from different countries in creating an exclusive collection of unisex sweatshirts and made in Italy by custom print inspired by their country of origin.

More known for his prowess on the tennis court, back in the day Bjorn Borg is probably nowadays more a recognisable name in the underwear games then in sport, no I’m not going to make any jokes about balls, urgh. Like Havaianas Borg is playing on the spirt of national pride and produced a range of underwear bearing the national flags of some of the competing nations.

Finally, we have Franklin & Marshall who have taken a bit of a retro spin on their World Cup inspired range

Stitched up – Triplstitched shirting brand

Triplstitched is a new mens brand that is designed and manufactured in its own factory in London, very topical at the moment,  creating contemporary casual shirts using vintage machinery. Driven by the desire to bring back premium shirt production to the UK, over the last 10 years they have sourced, shipped and restored shirt-making machines from around the world.

These machines are not as quick as there modern cousins but the brand believe the finished garments that they create have a character and finish that sets them apart from their peers.

The finest quality construction combined with prints developed with some of Britain’s best creative talents and fabrics sourced from the finest Italian and Japanese mills create premium shirting that has the cachet of not only made in England, but made in London, what what.