Top tips for a Stress free Christmas

As we mere morals run round like demented elves, praying to St Jude that we won’t be reduced to having to call an Iceland King Prawn Ring, our Christmas Day feast and desperately queuing in Argos hoping that they haven’t run out of some walking, talking must have doll all the while feeling like you’re an extra from the Fairytale of New Year Video. Please spare a thought for others and what they might have to endure during the proceeding of the Yuletide. Clothes-Make-the-Man caught up with a couple of friends for a festive Baileys, while we roasted our chestnuts on an open fire and asked them for their top tips on how to have a Merry lil Stress free Christmas –

IMG_1995“Get your pressies delivered and wrapped by the 1st December! Then enjoy long lunches and festive evenings in the capital till Xmas eve.”  Gary Barlow OBE, singer and founder of Take That


IMG_1896“Have a glass of Prosecco at breakfast, while kids open their stockings. It sets a relaxed tone and pace from the off. Make it clear that lunch will be sometime in the afternoon, and stock up on enough snacks, cheeses etc to stop people getting hungry and fractious in the meantime. It’s ready when it’s ready at my house. If that’s earlier than planned, bonus.” Sali Hughes, Author & Broadcaster


IMG_1894“Dont Stress, Christmas is a time to enjoy and if that means, you buy ready pre-prepared veg or anything to make your life easier, so be it. Enjoy it !” Tom Kerridge, Author & Chef of the Year in Mrs Mc’s opinion


Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 14.08.21“Plenty of games, quizzes and food. Keep everyone fed and entertained & of course Whiskey!” David Gandy Model & Raconteur


Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 12.56.58“Book a flight to a beach on the equator about December 18th and come back on Jan 2nd !! Invite your whole family over for dinner about the 15th to say goodbye !!” 
Marc Hare, Shoe Designer and Lucky man


IMG_1996“I’m going to The Connaught. the end. lol ! I envisage this to be incredibly stress free.” Grace Dent, Broadcaster & Columnist.


IMG_1993“Hold near the middle of the cracker to make sure you win and then you can rock the Christmas hat!!” Britain’s got Talent winner, Michael Auger of Collabro 


IMG_1994“Make sure you buy a good Christmas sweater early, the good ones always sell out, – the Markus Lupfer ones are the best!! Once you’re looking festive, everything else will go smoothly!” Mollie King of The Saturdays

The Rightful Hare to the Throne – Mr Hare

To say Marc Hare, aka Mr Hare, shoe designer, is a busy man and his time is truly not his own is a real understatement. This man must have more stamps in his passport then Judith Chamers, google her if your under 35. If he isn’t traveling the global, he’s proudly looking after his new shop on Stafford Street, just off Dover Street, London, like a new Father(see below), or he’s attending high brow events whether that be at 10 Downing St. to mark the Power List’s 20 most influential Black Britons or  the British Fashion Council as he,  “is quietly becoming one of the most important names in British menswear,” as the Guardian recently put it.

The genesis of Mr Hare is an interesting one, Marc had always been a little obsessed with footwear growing up on the mean streets of Croyden, for his eighteenth birthday he’d saved up and he was off to Bond Street to buy his dream shoes, Gucci Loafers. He noticed that when he worn these shoes peoples attitude toward him changed and they spoke to him with respect.  Then after holding down a number of unfulfilling jobs in Marketing and Retail and losing one of those aforementioned jobs, breaking his leg and going through a divorce, remember bad things always happen in threes. He was sat in a Spanish restaurant, funnily enough in Spain, when he caught sight of the woven shoes worn by the señor at the next table, although the shoes weren’t prefect he did think with a few little tweaks they could be and with the help of Bally’s retired shoe genius, Siliano Salvadori, Mr Hare was born.

Now Mr Hare boasts such names as Javier Bardem, Ronnie Wood, Robert Downey Jnr, Tenie Tempah and Amir Khan as fan and customers and rumours of a venture into Ladies footwear abound. His recent collaboration with TOPMAN, literally sold out in minutes, where even Marc couldn’t get his hands on the highly desirable High Tops he created. But he still managed to find the time to answer the questions of Clothes make the man.


If you could have invented anything what would it be ?

A better work/pay/holiday/ tax system where people work less get paid more, are applauded for travelling and learning more about other cultures and where banks/governments had to actually pay for their own fuck ups or actually pay us interest when we lend them money.

 If you had one day to live what would be your biggest regret ?

It would be all the time I had lost answering interviews.

 What would be the one piece of clothing you would rescue from your home in the event of a fire ?

I would welcome the opportunity to re invent my wardrobe on the insurance money. I am too pretty and too smart to run into a burning house to rescue apparel.

 What inspires you ?


 If you could only wear one brand/Designer for the rest of your life who would it be ? Why ?

Bauhaus. Because they were trying to just make the world better and the mix of modernism and traditional craft just created great products by default. I bet their sneakers would have been ill.

 Who is your style icon ? Why ?

Margin Gaye, because he was just so talented no one was even paying attention to his clothes.

 Tell us something no one else knows ?

I haven’t had a shave in 23 years.

 What piece of style advise do you live by ?

Wear WTF you like and eventually you will figure out what works.

 What do you have to do after this conversation ?

I have to go to sleep in a Bologna hotel room then get up early and fly to London for a concierges soirée.

 What would you like to be doing after this conversation ?

Going to sleep in my own bed and getting up early to fly to somewhere hot and tropical for a concierges soirée.

 What track would always get you on the dance floor ?

Hypnotise – B.I.G. 

Who could resist? “If deh head right, biggie deh e’ry night !!”