I wish they all could be Californian – Baxter of California

Founded in 1965, by Baxter Finley amidst an era of freedom and self-expression, Baxter of California continues to operate with the same individualistic mindset today. The brand is a leading lifestyle brand to solve all your hair, skin, body and shaving needs. The brand represents far more than the Californian state and where it is in terms of geography of palm trees, sunshine and Hollywood Hills; it’s much more like a state of mind. A living, breathing example of a thriving culture where people are free to pursue their own dreams, on their own terms and the brand tries to encapsulate that way of thinking.

The brand continues to offer a collection of superior hair, skin and shave essentials, designed to fuel your best self and unleash what makes you, you. All products are tried and tested by Master Barbers at the award-winning Baxter Finley Barber & Shop in Los Angeles, for quality and versatility, to provide consumers with everything they need to confidently be who they are and live life true.

One of their hero products is the THICKENING STYLE GEL that provides high hold and high shine a look. The non-traditional formula contains:

Birch Juice – which helps to smooth and soften hair, while calming scalp (“birch juice” is a growing search term for hair care and styling)

Ginger – helps to strengthen hair, and defend against flakiness in scalp and adds natural shine to hair

Vitamin B5 – known to plays important role in the healthiness and growth of your hair (“vitamin B5” is a growing search term for hair care)

This product fills a styling gap for those seeking a high shine look that will stay in place all day long. Be confident with no flakes, no residue and no crunch. The Thickening Syle Gel can be used to create a variety of hair styles. From the slick back and pompadours to hard parts, it can even be used to create a natural look with just a little bit of shine.

In fact, Mason Case, Baxter of California Educator, says of the product,

“A good gel is hard to come by but this one is a keeper. All the hold and shine you’d expect from a gel, but it doesn’t flake or brake. The beautiful color and smell are just added bonuses.”

Another offers a great skin care routine which honestly leaves your skin looking and feeling amazing. So what is this great routine to get your skin looking sooooooo amazing? Double-cleansing! After cleansing with our Daily Face Wash, apply the Clay Mask AHA(Alpha Hydroxy Acid). Rinse off in 10 minutes and tone with the Herbal Mint Toner, apply 1-2 pumps of Skin Concentrate BHA to the face and neck, finishing off with the Oil Free Moisturizer, Under Eye Complex & Hydro Salve Lip Balm.

Something for the Weekend

Words by Cameron Mclauchlan

Summer is here and doesn’t make all the difference ?  In this weeks edition of something for the weekend we’ve created a full black out-fit in mourning of Federers loss at Wimbledon last weekend.

All distasteful jokes aside, black I feel is  a very underused colour during the summer months and with flares of colour coming in the form of patterns and embroidery you can build a super-clean standout fit.

Other than the obvious unbearable sun-absorbing connotations the word black brings in summer, the thickness, design and drape of the clothing item regardless of colour plays are heavy part in its wearability in the heat.

So without further ado lets get into this weeks fit:

1. FLAGSTUFF Dragon Print Shirt – £485.00

This shirt in collaboration Japanese artist Kaneko Tomiyuki is perfect for summer both in its colourful construct and material composition coming in the way of 100% Rayon. For those who dont know Rayon is a slim-like material made from cellulose found in trees such as Bamboo, Pine and beech trees.

F-LAGSTUF-F or  FLAGSTUFF as their commonly known is a relatively new brand. Inception 2014. But has seen a meteoric rise in popularity. Nobuyuki Murayama started the brand largely as a result of his exposure to American culture and skateboarding dating back to the the 90s.

Nobuyuki originally started selling tees at a store in Harajuku, Japan, back in 2014 and then opened his products up to buyers towards the end of the year. In an interview with the founder spoke on his original reference points of American culture:

I started digging more deeply about music, fashion and overall culture in the U.S. Also, because I used to work at vintage clothing stores which mainly carry U.S vintage items, I did lots of research about items from 100 years ago to present. Currently I’m making clothes that is inspired by 1980’s to 90’s, but I actually have been really fascinated by 40’s to 50’s military products, workwear, and even rockabilly style fashion.

FLAGSTUFF whilst  originally making graphic Tees which is still by and large its product array, in addition offers a solid width of accessories and outerwear. You can find the brand on sites such as End,HBX, GoodHood & Mr Porter. To shop the shirt and see more from

FLAGSTUFF hit the link below:

2. Carhartt Cargo shorts – £90.00

Carhartt bottoms whether they come in the form of pants or shorts are a staple for anyone man or woman wardrobe. They will last a lifetime.

Carhartt or CarharrtWIP (Work in progress) was started in New York by Mr Hamilton Carhartt. He originally began crafting denim overalls. In 1910, Hamilton expanded his enterprise opening factories in Detroit, San Fransisco and Dallas. A year later in 1911 The Carharrt Automobile Corporationwas set up producing around 300 cars per year. A venture which has since ceased.

During WW1 Carhartt produced workmans uniforms for U.S. Military with the iconic Carhartt CO1 jacket coming some 9 years later in 1923. Hamilton passed away in a car crash at the age of 82 leaving his company to his two sons Hamilton Jr & Wylie.

Since these pivotal milestones of Carhartt history the brand has continued to receive large and steep growth both in its production of workwear clothing for the  industrial sector and the brands cultural prominence in streetwear, hip-hop, skateboarding & BMX all areas in which the brand has either teams (Skate), ambassadors or collaborators mainly through its WIP line. Recent collaborations include Nike on the AirForce1 and 95 silhouettes and Patta the Amsterdam born streetwear brand.

To shop the shorts hit the link below where you can shop more from Carhartt and find out more about the huge U.S. workwear brand:

3. Suzanne Kalan 18ct Gold Rainbow ring – £2015.00

Quite possibly one of the coolest rings I have ever seen despite the fact its a womens ring, probably appealing to a 6 1male me due to the fact I have embarrassingly small hands. Hard to deny its chaotic good looks still.

The ring features an 18ct band with 1.74ct sapphire baguettes which surround half of the band. I have also seen a similar looking ring on Tyler The Creator which has further drawn me to this style of ring. Rainbow Rolex Daytona wouldnt go a miss in this rainbow world either.

Award winning Jewellery designer Suzanne Kalan from a young age had been exposed to the world of jewellery, her father owned a Jewellery store allowing her to grow up learning about the processes of design and the business operations of a jeweller.

As Suzanne grew older she began creating Jewellery for friends until she was approached by a retailer to produce her own-line of Jewellery, with her company subsequently starting in 1988. Suzanne is known for blending fundamental techniques of jewellery making with her own avant-garde vision, a vision  which has given her great success and seen her receive numerous awards including the

Couture Design Award. Her distinct design is such as the one above an 18ct band with juxtaposed jagged stones.

Based now in California Suzanne continues to operate with the help of her Husband and Daughter playing key roles in the business her daughter helping as an additional designer.  

To shop the ring below hit the link below:

To see the brands full array of products and find out more :

4. Acne Studios Rockaway Runners – £360.00

Completing the fit, we have the relatively new baby of  the high end sneaker world the Rockaway runner by Acne Studios. Rivalling the likes of Balenciagas Triple S, McQeens Wedged sneaker and the Margeila Replicas. This with its own unique identity. Hence its success.

Acne Studios, the Swedish house hailing from Stockholm was founded in 1996 by Jonny Johansson and three others with Jonny remaining the Creative Director as of today.

Ambition to Create Novel Expressions abbreviated to ACNE began by making 100 pairs of jeans with standout red stitching, given to friends and family. In an interview with Vogue Australia Jonny stated When we started we never wanted to be a fashion streetwear brand or read-to-wear brand, we just said we wanted to do fashion.ACNE whilst creating its own distinct fashion shows also has its toe heavily dipped into RTW/streetwear scene with their new face Russel Westbrook being a testament to this.

But with that said that kind of sums up what the brand is if you can do so in such a short statement its a journey of creating whatever they want at any given moment focussing on the honesty of spontaneity  rather than the pressure of concept after concept. It’s ok to want to make pieces for the runway and everyday pair of jeans and a sweatshirtA strategy widely employed by nearly all designers of today.

To link is below to shop the runners which are stocked in other colours :

The best of Both Worlds -Thom Sweeney launch Made of Measure Denim Service

Rather than being the one individual, as the name suggests, Thom Sweeney, comprises of the collective know how of both Thom Whiddett and Luke Sweeney. Whiddett cut his teeth as a cutter and Sweeney headed up the made to measure for British Tailoring supremo Timothy Everest.

Now with an enviable client roaster including Bradley Cooper, Luke Evans, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Gandy, Michael Fassbender to name a few and having created quite the name for themselves in the notoriously tricky tailoring game. The dynamic duo have turned their hand to introducing a luxurious made-to-measure denim jeans programme, to compliment its bespoke tailoring and ready-to-wear collection.

The house is offering a comprehensive made-to- measure service, to allow customers to order their perfect pair of jeans, cut to a unique set of measurements and made in Italy. The service mixes Thom Sweeney’s signature attention to quality with Thom and Luke’s understated, wearable design philosophy.

Each pair of made-to-measure jeans is fully customisable, from a modern tapered fit to a classic bootcut jean, low-rise or high rise, with contrast or plain stitched seams. It’s even possible to request embroidered initials on your jeans’ ticket pocket, in either contrasting or matching thread.

On visiting any of Thom Sweeney’s stores, customers will be asked to try on a pair of fitting jeans, to asses their size and help determine the design of their own pair. Thom Sweeney’s team will then take up to seven measurements to ensure a perfect, fully customised fit. Clients will then be guided carefully through the design process; exploring which denim from the programme’s extensive range of fabrics is best suited to their requirements.

The choice of made-to-measure fabrics is comprehensive. Clients will have access to dozens of the finest denims in the world. Thom and Luke have worked closely with a select group of weavers from across the globe to bring customers everything from luxury mid-weight denim with a soft handle, woven by Candiani in Italy, to superior Japanese selvedge denim from Kukori Mills in Japan, or even rigid raw denim from the historic White Oak mill in the United States.

The collection offers a choice of both rigid and stretch denims, in elegant shades of indigo, mid-blue, black and white. Every cloth is woven on vintage shuttle looms to ensure uncompromising quality and an authentic handle. Rigid raw denims are unwashed, and soften over time with wear – allowing the jeans to develop a unique patina for a worn-in look. Stretch denims are softer, and mould to the wearer’s frame over time for superior comfort and fit.

As well as a range of raw indigo dyed denims, Thom Sweeney is offering a choice of nine different washes for clients to choose from, helping customers to create jeans that range from smart to relaxed, to fill different wardrobe gaps. Each wash is applied to high-quality medium- weight denims from Candiani, perfect for year-round wear. These fabrics are woven in an authentic three-by-one twill for maximum durability and style. Whether a subtle, modern-looking denim, or pale vintage-inspired wash, the made-to-measure denim programme caters to each and every customer.

The BEST Sun Protection products on the Market !!!!

According to dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, most cases of skin cancer can be prevented by protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. The best way to do this, they say, is by seeking shade, wearing protective clothing and applying a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. However, in a recent survey, the AAD found that not everyone is applying their sunscreen correctly — leaving people vulnerable to dangerous ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

“Sunscreen is a vital tool in the fight against skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form,” says dermatologist Tanya Kormeili, MD, FAAD. “However, in a recent survey, the AAD found that only about a third of The respondents are reapplying their sunscreen every two hours while outside. Since sunscreen wears off, incorrect usage leaves you unprotected and susceptible to skin cancer.”

To help the public protect their skin and reduce their risk of skin cancer, Dr. Kormeili shares five common sunscreen mistakes and how to avoid them:

1 Ignoring the label. There are a variety of sunscreens on the market. To effectively protect yourself from the sun, the AAD recommends looking for sunscreens that are broad-spectrum, water-resistant and have an SPF of 30 or higher.

2 Using too little. Most people only apply 25-50% of the recommended amount of sunscreen. However, to fully cover their body, most adults need about one ounce of sunscreen – or enough to fill a shot glass. Apply enough sunscreen to cover all skin that isn’t covered by clothing. Apply the sunscreen 15 minutes before going outdoors, and reapply every two hours while outdoors or after swimming or sweating.

3 Applying only in sunny weather. Alarmingly, the AAD found that only about 20% of Americans use sunscreen on cloudy days. However, the sun emits harmful UV rays all year long. Even on cloudy days, up to 80% of UV rays can penetrate your skin. To protect your skin and reduce your risk of skin cancer, apply sunscreen every time you are outside, even on cloudy days.

4 Using an old bottle. The FDA requires that all sunscreens retain their original strength for at least three years. Throw out your sunscreen if it’s expired or you’re unsure how long you’ve had it. In the future, if you buy a sunscreen that lacks an expiration date, write the purchase date directly on the bottle so that you know when to toss it out.

5 Relying solely on sunscreen. Since no sunscreen can block 100% of the sun’s UV rays, it’s also important to seek shade and wear protective clothing, including a lightweight, long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection.

In addition to this we have we have selected specific for you a collection of the BEST Sun protection products around.

Marks & Spencer are a trusted brand name and particularly when it comes to Safe Tanning and Suncare protection. Not only are these products Made in Great Britain, Extra water resistant, they offer both Ultra UVA and Max UVB – according to EU maximum label recommendations. Plus they are Not tested on animals BUAV approved and are made in Eco-Factory.

The NEW Clarins High Performance Sun Care, with 10 new protective formulas with only high level SPF 30 and SPF 50+ protection for face and body, and 2 new After Sun formulas integrating the latest technological and botanical advances uncovered by Clarins Laboratories, to protect and preserve the skin.

Next up a new product from the World’s No1 Sun Care Brand combining highly effective UVA and UVB protection and offers extra water resistance. Nivea Sun Protection with it is a fast absorbing non-sticky formula that makes applying suncream easy instead of wasting time preparing for fun in the Sun it starts immediately with the application of sunscreen

Clinique‘s SPF 30 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream includes Clinique’s Solar Smart+ technology, a blend of antioxidant + barrier repair ingredients and sunscreens that help to strengthen and repair skin’s moisture barrier, while providing high-level, broad-spectrum protection against UVA/UVB. By forming a protective shield on skin, this formula helps to prevent against premature ageing caused by sun exposure. Formulated to be non- acnegenic, non-photoallergenic, and non-phototoxic, NEW Clinique SPF 30 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream is dermatologist-tested and suitable for all skin types.

Fancy a taste of the Australian dream – and what better way than with a beautiful golden tan? Bondi Sands formulas are designed to give you a flawless tan that’s so natural it’ll leave you looking like you’ve spent two weeks at Bondi Beach. Enriched with skin-loving ingredients like Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Argan Oil, our self tanning products keep you bronzed for longer. And, their signature Coconut scent captures that carefree summer feeling.

Since the 1970s, Bioderma has acquired a unique expertise in skincare and is recommended by Dermatologists worldwide. Bioderma’s sun care range is for everyone. With very high protection (SPF 50+, which blocks 98% of UVB rays), the Photoderm Max collection contains several options for face and body, as well as a Spray and Mousse for children that is adapted to their delicate skin.

A great facial sunscreen for all skin types that prevents sun-induced hyperpigmentation. Effectively reduces the appearance of dark spots and prevents their re-appearance. Eucerin’s Advanced Spectral Technology offers high factor UVA/UVB protection and HEVIS light defense. The sunscreen also supports skin’s own DNA repair mechanism

P20’s easy, no fuss iconic once a day formula provides up to 10 hours protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Now that doesn’t mean you are immutable to the sun’s harmful rays or burning, it’s long lasting formula provides broad spectrum photostable protection. It combines UVA filters (to safe-guard against premature signs of ageing) and UVB filters (to protect the skin from harmful burning rays) that do not break down when exposed to sunlight and heat. This means P20’s level of protection, which is active 15 minutes after application, remains effective for up to 10 hours. P20 is also clinically proven to be very water resistant, the highest classification. But remember it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Now we couldn’t finish without offering you a solution, just in case you do over do that Sun. M&S’s Sun Smart After Sun Face Mask is formulated to deliver instant benefits to delicate sun parched skin. This light easily absorbed, refreshing face mask features a soothing moisture complex, with aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and shea butter, helping to hydrate and nourish sun exposed skin, leaving it feeling soft, supple and smooth; whilst helping to minimise peeling to prolong your tan.

Hot in the City – 6 of the best Moisturisers with SPF

OK, so I think we are safe to say Summer is finally here, Lighter evening, outdoor drinking, bbq’s, ahhhh you feel more relaxed already. However, all that outdoor activity doesn’t come without its faults and pitfalls, primarily Sun protection.

Sun Protection isn’t just for fair skinned people like my poor self, it’s something everyone has to consider, no matter what your skin tone or ethnicity.

An estimated 9,500 people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer every day, yet many people will put themselves at greater risk for skin cancer over the upcoming hot weather. New data from the American Academy of Dermatology reveals that while most People will use sun protection at the beach or pool, many won’t use sun protection when enjoying other outdoor activities such as jogging or cycling, or even on their daily commute, ultimately increasing their risk for skin cancer. With this is mind we have selected 6 of the Best Daily Moisturisers with a good SPF.

Formulated for men’s skin, ’ multi protection sunscreen is the ideal face guard, offering high level sun and anti-pollution protection in a lightweight, oil-free and water-resistant texture. Designed to help fight against sun damage and everyday aggressors, which can cause premature ageing, it’s the ideal ally when you’re in the city or doing outdoor activities.

Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily Defense SPF 50 intensely moisturises skin while keeping it well protected from the damaging effects of sun exposure that often leads to dark spots and wrinkles. Oil-free, this innovative formula utilises a high level of sun filters Mexory SX and Mexoryl XI to provide skin with effective UVA and UVB broad-spectrum sunscreen protection

’s Prisma Protect is a light-activated moisturiser. This master multitasker uses powerful antioxidant technology to help protect skin against all of the free- radicals, pollution and environmental aggressors that our skin is forced to face every day. Plus, skin is kept hydrated throughout the day thanks to advanced moisture magnets, so skin is left protected. What’s more, breakthrough antioxidant technology shields against pollution and sage extract helps maintain an even skin tone for a naturally beautiful complexion.

For Men Super Energizer SPF 40 Moisturiser. This not only offers great high Sun protection, This product awakens fatigued skin and provides non-stop energy by supplying skin with energy-boosting ingredients like Creatine,Adenosine Phosphate, and Caffeine and brightening optics.

’s limited edition Winter Soleil collection is designed with global travel in mind. It’s little wonder then why this Face Protector promotes high SPF 50 UV protection technology. Infused with antioxidants and anti-irritants, it’s designed to illuminate the complexion without the sun’s rays. This lightweight formula can be applied when needed on the face and body.

is a hydrating, hardworking moisturiser with SPF 15, providing comprehensive sun protection, great for the summer months.  Including shea butter to moisturise the skin as well as a subtle hint of mint to refresh plus SPF to protect. Complete in a 50ml durable, hand luggage friendly bottle, making travelling easy