Orla & John, a match made in Collaboration heaven – John Lewis X Orla Kiely

As part of the landmark celebrations around John Lewis’ 150th birthday this year, You surely can’t have missed that TV Ad by now ? The department store is collaborating with world-renowned designer Orla Kiely on her debut menswear collection. The monumental celebrations, which will see exclusive collaborations by the likes of Barbour, Levi’s and Hackett, amongst others across the retailer and will cement 150 years for John Lewis at the pinnacle of British ‘shopkeeping’.

Internationally lauded for her striking prints and use of unique motifs and textures, the 19 piece range takes inspiration from the 1950’s Mediterranean styling from film, The Talented Mr Ripley. Featuring printed shirts, cotton poplin shorts, swim shorts, pigment washed jersey sweatshirts and a range of accessories including caps, belts and canvas beach bags, the collection features colourways from the designer’s signature ‘Stem Print’ palette in mustard, brick red and elephant grey. Anchoring the collection are two classic prints from the designer’s archive – ‘Sea Sketch’ in navy blue and ‘Ditsy Regatta’ in grey and brown – each in an illustrated, hand drawn style.

“For my debut menswear line I wanted to create something true to my established design signature – versatile matching sets that achieve a clean, confident and contemporary look. Working closely with the John Lewis team from start to finish has made the process an absolute joy. Happy Birthday John Lewis!” Says Orla Kiely

Make sure you don’t go and spoil it all by saying something stupid like I Love You – The Beauty Gift Guide for the one you Love. by Amanda Lewis

Buying a present for the woman you love, whether that’s a wife. mum or girlfriend can be an absolute minefield for men and the smallest of errors can be the difference in making an impact for all the right reasons and equally for all the wrong ones. We at Clothes Make the Man are all too aware of the pitfalls involved in the buying of gifts of this nature, similar to the scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, you know the one with the booby traps and the big old Rock etc. So we’ve asked the always reliable Mrs Mc to give us some surefire pointers in the the right direction, for fail safe beauty gift ideas. Or on second thoughts maybe she’s just telling me what she wants for Christmas, Hmmmmm.


It may mean very little to yourself, but you wait til you see the reaction this Orla Kiely ‘Forest Flower’ print matt laminate wash bag with cream nylon twill lining and zip to close. Features a front zip pocket which can be detached from the main bag and used separately, gets. Make sure you’re standing under the mistletoe.



Currently Mrs Mc’s Perfume of choice, this has to be one of the surprises of the year, the Reiss debut fragrance for Him and Her, smells incredibly artisan and expensive. Plus, Reiss will be offering a personalisation service for its debut signature scents Grey Flower & Black Oudh until Monday 16th December. A perfect Christmas gift, for £5 you can have a personal message engraved on your Reiss Parfums bottle.


Trust me you will be in your lady’s good books for the entire year if she unwraps this little trinket. Each year Estee Lauder produce these covetable and collectable compacts, the year’s theme is the zodiac, which are perfect for those celestial beings in your life. One essential tip, don’t get her star sign wrong, all that good work, will be for nothing.


Help to save our British honey bees! The humble honey bee is essential to all of our wellbeing – they pollinate around a third of the foods that we eat, but they are currently under threat and could disappear completely unless we take action.

Now you can help protect the honey bee through Burt’s Bees ‘Adopt a Beehive’ programme, run by the British Beekeepers Association. By adopting a beehive, you will be raising vital funds for research into honey bee health and education programmes for beekeepers, as well as supporting the work of the BBKA. 100 per cent of the sale price goes directly towards BBKA research. Included are lots of Bee Goodies


Like no two women are the same, opinion is equally divided on what a woman’s favourite Chanel fragrance is. But one thing is for sure, every lady has a favourite whether it be the Classic No5, the Elegant Coco or the Contemporary Cristalle. Every woman no matter, gets excited when they see the iconic interlocking C’s and the unmistakable branding of  the monochrome of Chanel.


Another gift idea she wouldn’t be expecting but will love you all the more for is the Nails Inc Christmas Crackers Six crackers with a full size polish and fashion quote in every cracker. London centric colours such as Mayfair Mews a chic navy, Baker Street and Marylebone Lane – red full coverage glitter polish so what you waiting for, snap them up !


Create a spa experience in your own home with the Champneys Spa Indulgence Best of Spa Deluxe Gift. It contains a collection of 5 Champneys spa favorites such as Distant Shores Body Scrub ,Citrus Blush Shower Gel  and Oriental Opulence Bubble Heaven. Champneys Spa Indulgence, exclusively from Boots Stores.


Create the prefect gift for the lady in your life with this personalised selection of 12, yes one for very day of Christmas, TOM FORD lip colours presented in an elegant Mahogany-coloured TOM FORD box. However, this amazing gift does come in a more pocket friendly 4 set.