The history of Acqua di Parma is a great Italian story, like so many of them. It all started back in 1916 in a small essence laboratory at the old heart of Parma. Here, skilled master perfumers conceived an unusually fresh and modern fragrance – the first true Italian Cologne. Colonia Acqua di Parma, a new classic sure to achieve timeless success.
The composition of Colonia, still unchanged today, gained increasing recognition. In the 1930s it became the “fragrance” of the time. The Art Deco inspired bottle, with classic black bakelite cap, was designed in those years and promptly became a true style icon. In the 1950s Colonia achieved international success. Hollywood actors, summoned to Italy by the great masters of local cinematography, discovered its intimate and elegant notes in the historical tailor’s workshops, where custom-made suits were finished with a spray of the Acqua di Parma fragrance before delivery.
The act of shaving is a timeless grooming ritual to which generations of men have dedicated time and attention. Acqua di Parma’s presents a well-balanced synthesis of elegant design, refined textures and stylish packaging designed with the modern man in mind. This collection celebrates this ritual and will undoubtedly appeal to man around the globe.
Preparing the skin for shaving, moisturising, protects the skin against from ageing, as we should all know. Collezione Barbiere is a complete line of top quality shaving products which fulfil the needs of the informed man who takes pride in his appearance. In the collection are shaving products that prepare the skin for shaving, including the brand new shaving oil and the equally innovative revitalising Face Cream and revitalising eye Treatment, rich in hyaluronic acid for a rejuvinated, healthy skin.
The rich textures of the products give an immediate sensation of well-being and the high performance formulas contained largely from natural ingredients, make for a winning combination. Complete with a fresh neutral fragrance, these products will not overwhelm.
The compact, functional packaging is ideal for those on the move or travelling. The Barbiere Collection is all presented in the typically masculine colours of tobacco and prides itself on excellence in the art of shaving and personal care. It enhances the pleasure of an exclusive ritual.
Any stylish chap will definitely know the value of having a luxury watch on their wrist but when said watch is a limited edition, then the cache increases exponentially. For those dapper fellows who are after an aviation style luxury timepiece fit for a pilot, there is a newcomer to the market that will fit the bill expertly and, better still, it is a special edition and limited to just 50 pieces worldwide.
The timepiece in question is the breathtaking pictured above and it has been crafted in conjunction with the UK’s leading independent luxury watch retailer, The Watch Gallery. A truly exemplary construct, this fantastic timepiece is definitely the sort of watch that can be considered a game-changer and it boasts a brutish visual appeal that will appeal to those after a high-end timepiece that has a bit of substance and an uncompromising attitude. This first-rate watch boasts plenty of excellent features that will raise an eyebrow or two and just a few of these exceptional features include:
- 100m Water Resistance
- Heavy Duty Canvas / Rubber Strap
- Swiss Made Automatic Movement
- Black PVD Coated Case
- Signature The Watch Gallery Blue on Hands and Dial
As you can see, each of these spiffing limited edition Bell & Ross watches has their number (1-50) engraved on the caseback, so you will know exactly how exclusive your watch is. A really exceptional limited edition watch and one that will really score you style points aplenty.
You would have to have been living under a highly unfashionable rock not to know the H & M of H&M, stands for Hennes & Mauritz, but how exactly did this retailing partnership come about ?
Well, back in 1968 H&M’s founder Erling Persson bought a central Stockholm store called Mauritz Widforss which stocked men’s outdoor clothing. It was next door to one of the first Hennes stores, which Persson wanted to expand in size. He called the new store Hennes & Mauritz – or as it’s known today, H&M. For a while the store still stocked the Mauritz clothes, meaning the outdoors look was part of H&M’s first ever men’s collections.
Jump forward a couple of years and H&M designer Petter Klusell saw the name Mauritz Widforss in a book he’d bought in an antiques shop a couple of years prior, putting two and two together. “It was a compilation of old Swedish hunting and fishing magazines, and among the adverts I saw one for Mauritz Widforss. I soon found out that it was the same Mauritz store that was the starting point for H&M’s menswear design.” Petter soon started tracking down old Mauritz Widforss catalogues, some might say slightly obsessed, in libraries and archives to get a feel for the garments as inspiration for this collection.
And so for Autumn 2013 H&M introduces the Mauritz Archive, a capsule collection for men which takes its inspiration from outdoor activities and a little-known part of H&M’s past. The collection features around twenty pieces, both clothing and accessories, many of which are created using specialist fabrics from heritage mills for extra authenticity and a number of which are right here in Blighty, like Abraham Moon & Sons and British Millerain.
For 30 years GTO Engineering in Berkshire, has been the car connoisseur’s choice for locating, restoring and preparing classic sports and racing cars. That intimate knowledge and appreciation of the most exquisitely engineered cars in the world inspires the creations of .
This year they have launched a range of Gentlemen’s accessories, for the most exclusive items in their collection, the GTO London craftsmen work with Real Ferrari Metal to allow true enthusiasts the opportunity to own a design that contains unique material from classic Ferrari sports cars. Additional to this and inspired by the beautiful diamond stitched leather the classic Ferraris possess, including the infamous Ferrari 250 GTO, of which only 39 were ever made. The range presents a selection of leather goods including wallets, tablet sleeves and travel items.
Great care has been taken to ensure that the collection of luxury cufflinks, pins, key fobs and money clips stand out from the crowd. Each product is masculine, sophisticated and created using the finest materials including Real Ferrari Metal, sterling silver, and rhodium to ensure accuracy and exact detailing.
Key Pieces from the GTO London Range