As clothing manufacturers, producers, retailers etc fight for a more sustainable approach to cotton production. From water wastage in production, to the tonnes of garments destined for landfill and human loss off skills and local industry caused by tightening margins, the cost of cotton is as much social as environmental issue. All the while growing awareness is driving discourse between consumers, designers and suppliers.

The Cotton Story who bring an ethical approach to the cotton industry. This brand think the only way to tackle a problem is to face it head on and take responsibility for its own actions. The Cotton Story was founded with a simple but lofty aim; to offer luxury everyday clothing at a fraction of the usual price. We think it’s time that clothing made with the finest materials should be available to everyone at an honest price. And we think the factories they’re made in should be ethically and sustainably run. They believe the term luxury has lost its meaning – largely coming to be defined by price rather than quality.

The Cotton Story know by the very industry that they are in, that being totally ‘sustainable’ is never going to be achievable…BUT they can all do their best to be responsible in the way they manufacture and produce their products. Their factories recycle all plastic, cardboard and metals once finished with and re-use the oils used in their machines and where appropriate sold on to be made into other products. The delivery bags are made from recycled paper and all their packaging is fully recyclable.

Part of their USP is the use of Supima cotton, more durable, longer lasting and softer than the standard cotton. Supima is twice as strong as regular cotton, which makes for extraordinarily resilient products. The longer fiber resists pulling, breaking and tearing resulting in fashion and home products that are incredibly resilient and keep their form for a longer-lasting product. Longer fibers contribute to the strength and softness of apparel and home products, ensuring they are more comfortable, retain color longer and resist pilling. Supima cotton is farmed using state-of-the-art technology and processes. From GPS navigation used on tractors to plant and harvest the cotton, to satellite technology and soil monitors, Supima farmers ensure they are growing the best quality cotton in the world with as little impact on the environment as possible.



It’s maybe Autumn, or should we say Fall? But this isn’t an excuse to hibernate, Autumn means wrapping up in knitwear, coats, layering and Winter boots. To ensure you look the best you possibly can over the coming months, we sort the extremely directional advice of some of the most wise and best dressed experts in the industry today. The first question we asked was, “What is your favourite piece of clothing for Autumn 18 ?”

American-style sportswear is seeing a revival for AW18 and many brands are reinventing the classic tracksuit, which makes for some comfortable yet stylish options.”

Jack Cassidy, Buying Manager, Men’s Designer / Formal / Contemporary- Selfridges

 

It has to be the denim trucker jacket; it’s practical for layering, masculine and easy to throw on. This one from Levi’s is perfect and available in both true blue denim and black”

Simon Pickering, Buying and Merchandising Director – House of Fraser

“My favourite piece for autumn 2018 is the new split toe boot from Mr P. The lace-up boot has been expertly crafted on a bespoke Mr P. last with supple Italian suede, so there is no ‘wearing-in’ required. The light tan colour works perfectly for the transitional season and looks great paired with the Mr P. essentials selvedge jeans.”

Olie Arnold, Style Director – MrPorter

 

“My piece for Autumn is the Sunspel merino wool cable knit jumper in Archive White simply because of the sheer comfort and styling – need I say more.”

Pete Parry, Founder and Owner – Steranko

 

 

 

 


THE GREY’s skincare range is packed with natural, rejuvenating ingredients to help detoxify the skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and radiant. Developed exclusively for men, the skincare products work to preserve, protect and nourish.

Founded by Gregor Jaspers, a professional menswear and lifestyle buyer who regularly travelled the globe. Here he learned the art of travelling light. However, despite extensive research, Gregor was unable to find a compact men’s skincare range that fitted his lifestyle and his suitcase. Grey – as Gregor is known to his friends, hence us – wanted a skincare system that had the same luxurious feel and effectiveness of women’s skincare, coupled with the ease and convenience of a simple men’s skincare regime. The idea of THE GREY was born.

Consisting of five products, the range is compact and convenient. The day, night and eye care products are combined into one multi-purpose product, making it easy to travel without compromising your skincare routine.
The skincare products are enhanced and supported by THE GREY daily vitamin intake system. The vitamin formula has been tailored for active men: 30 sachets of vitamins and minerals that contain anti- ageing, anti-stress, detoxifying and general wellness ingredients that compliment the skincare products and help fight the signs of an active and stressful life.

The UK launch of THE GREY signals a new direction for men’s skincare. Marked by its clean, fresh, contemporary brand design. The range is being exclusively stocked at BEAST, who offer a curated selection of the finest men’s products from across the globe. BEAST brings together over 80 premium brands spanning Body, Hair, Shave, Face and Fragrance. The brand presents a unique mix of innovative newcomers and long established cult classics.

WORDS BY ISAAC PERRY

That time of year has come around again with many teens bidding farewell to their incredibly unsure yet emotional parents as they prepare for life away from the warmth of home. We are sure many of you have incredibly fond memories of your University experience; any funny ones please do leave in the comment section to give us a laugh!! Unfortunately, fancy dress costumes aren’t something which you can wear everyday although you may think that after fresher’s. You will actually have to style it out in your own clothing and on the odd occasion you do this, here is a starter pack for looking good whilst studying.

Comfort always comes first so it is essential that you have your fair share of tracksuits for those book days, Adidas offer a classic tracksuit set however thanks to a wide choice of colours now introduced you don’t have to ever be low-key. Just to name one the Ash Blue colour way is something different however not too in your face and with a back to school offer at Adidas online you really don’t want to miss out!However, unfortunately you can’t be in comfy clothing forever, with night outs being your opportunity to dress up and gain some style and street cred, rocking a pair of checked trousers with a funky colour seen as an incredibly classic look with a modern twist. You can find a good choice of trousers on Weekday all at brilliant pricing for the quality offered with our pick of the bunch being Checked suit trousers seen below.

Basic tees are a must for university, actually not just university but life in general! Having a wide range of coloured tee’s means you will always be prepared for any last minute outfit change. However, if you want to change it up every so often striped tees offer a point of different and make an outfit just cooler overall! Puma have recently been releasing plenty of tees; you should definitely have a look.

A recent post which you may have seen from us was the up rise of Dad shoes, these are shoes with a thicker sole which usually wouldn’t have been the nicest however they are now a style must! The Yung 1’s were some our favourites and since that post was released the most hyped full white colour way has been released and they are a shoe which above all offer comfort.

Good luck to all those who begin a new chapter in their lives, we at Clothes- Make-the Man can’t change your grades (unfortunately) however we can assure that you look good whilst doing it and please don’t forget to use your student discount!

WORDS BY MARK GALE

With the summer holidays a deem and distant memory, the mind starts to work overtime on perhaps heading abroad for a quick getaway over every October half term?  However, there are plenty of hidden gems right here in Britain that are definitely worth a visit when you want to explore somewhere exciting and new.

Whether you’re after seaside escapes, wildlife retreats or historic monuments that offer the unusual or unique, Britain has an abundance of hidden treasures. And what’s more; you don’t even have to travel too far or spend a fortune to enjoy them.

To find out which of Britain’s hidden gems are the best. With one hidden gem per region to choose from and a selection that were somewhat off the beaten track.

1. Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

Appearing in a listing of the world’s most spectacular theatres, there’s no doubt that the Minack Theatre is a gem in Porthcurno, close to Land’s End in Cornwall. The outdoor theatre itself welcomes more than 80,000 people a year to watch a variety of performances from musicals, concerts, plays and storytelling. It also attracts nearly double that figure each year, for those who just want to take a glimpse at its beautiful coastline and architecture.

Due to the success of its production The Tempest back in the 1930’s, Minack Theatre began to grow in popularity. Today, it is used from Easter to September for a full summer season of 20 plays, and it is open for visitors throughout the year.

2. The Shell Grotto, Kent

Margate, Kent, is probably best known for being a popular seaside destination, drawing people to its beaches for years. However, if you look a little closer and avoid the usual tourist areas, you might stumble across the Shell Grotto.

The Shell Grotto is a concealed ornate passageway that sits below the streets of Margate. Its rooms and hallways are covered almost entirely in mosaics of seashells; mussels, cockles, whelks, limpets, scallops, oysters and more. It’s a place for a perfect photo opportunity and it’s a magical spot for kids to explore.

3. Blakeney Point, Norfolk

A National Nature Reserve on the north Norfolk coast, Blakeney Point is home to remarkable wildlife and offers magnificent views of beautiful coastline. A four-mile-long shingle spit protects both Blakeney Harbour and the surrounding saltmarshes, creating the perfect environment for many species.

In particular, the reserve is internationally renowned for its stunning displays of terns in the summer and grey seals in the winter. Hop on a ferry at Morston Quay to experience Blakeney Point and its wildlife at their best.

4. Rievaulx Terrace, North Yorkshire

Located in the North York Moors National Park, these 18th-century landscaped gardens offer a beautiful spot for a summertime stroll. Weave through the woodlands and out onto the terrace where you’ll be greeted by stunning views overlooking the ruin of Rievaulx Abbey.

The gardens are also bookended by two classical temples: at one end the Tuscan Temple and at the other the Ionic Temple. Adorned with paintings and rich plasterwork, step inside the temples to marvel at their craftsmanship. The Rievaulx Terrace also, on occasion, holds outdoor art exhibitions.

5. Bodnant Gardens, Wales

Bondant Gardens is a National Trust property in Wales. More specifically, it can be found near Tal-y-Cafn, in the county borough of Conwy overlooking the Carneddau range of mountains. Wales has a plethora of hidden gems, most of which show the regions incredible beauty, but this garden spanning 80 acres of hillside is a definite winner.

The gardens themselves are known for their great conifers, cedars, Laburnum arch, the Pinetum in the Dell and much more. It’s open 362 days a year, has two on-site restaurants, welcomes dogs and picnics and is generally, a fantastic day out for those that appreciate foliage and fauna!

6. Cragside House, Northumberland

This fascinating house near Rothbury was the family home of Lord Armstrong; a Victorian inventor. The first building in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity, it is teeming with wonderful gadgetry, including a passenger lift, telephones and fire alarm buttons – most of which are still working!

And, as well as being an inventor, Armstrong was also a landscaping genius. Take a stroll through the estate’s incredible gardens, which feature one of the largest rock gardens in Europe, five lakes and more than 30 miles of footpaths.

7. Kyoto Gardens, London

London is awash with hidden gems, but we think a horticultural treasure in the capital city is one worth mentioning. The Kyoto Gardens in Holland Park, London were donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto in recognition of the Japan Festival held in London in 1992.

When you’re there, you’ll find a tranquil Japanese-style garden with tiered waterfalls and serene ponds full of Koi Carp. You’ll wander past Japanese maple trees, lanterns and even some wildlife. It’s the perfect spot if you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

8. Heights of Abraham, Derbyshire

This unique hilltop park in Matlock is Derbyshire’s oldest attraction, having been open since the 1780s. Although originally accessible only on foot, you can now take a spectacular cable car journey over the Derwent Valley to reach the hill’s summit.

At the top, take a tour of the myriad underground caverns and mines that remain after the area’s lead mining. This reached its peak in the 17th century and allegedly began in Roman times. And, of course, you’ll be able to enjoy stunning views of the surrounding Peak District from the park’s spectacular viewing platform.

9. Kilchurn Castle, Scotland

Perched dramatically at the head of Loch Awe with Ben Cruachan’s peak as its backdrop, Kilchurn Castle in Dalmeny, Argyll, is one of Scotland’s most photographed castles.

Built by Sir Colin Campbell in the mid-1400s, this castle remained Clan Campbell’s power base for 150 years, only being abandoned in the 1700s. Still largely standing today, you can enjoy magnificent views across Loch Awe atop the castle’s original five-storey tower house.

10. The Rock Houses, Stourbridge

The Rock Houses are found on a high heath named Kinver Edge and are well known for being the last troglodyte dwellings occupied in England. There is much history surrounding the complete cave-houses which are now owned by the National Trust.

If you’re looking for an outdoor activity with the family, a visit to the rock houses will not only present great views but a bit of history too. You’ll be able to walk around one of the houses that has been restored to its original appearance, as well as other caves showing what life in the 1930’s really would have been like.

11. Cathedral Cavern, Cumbria

Hewn out of the rock in search of slate, the Cathedral Cavern is the main chamber of a small network of connected quarries above Little Langdale. Standing forty feet high, it is dappled with soft light by two windows high in the cavern’s walls, and a magnificent sloping pillar holds the roof in place.

For those feeling adventurous, the cavern can be explored from the entrance of the quarries. Proceed down narrow tunnels to emerge out into this truly awe-inspiring, man-made wonder.