Monday, October 13, 2014

Wet Shaving: How to do it right, by Kent

Why wet shave? Primarily a wet shave results in a closer shave compared to that of an electric razor. However it is also the very ritual of wet shaving that people enjoy. The preparation, the scents and the strong link to the past that is associated with using high quality wet shaving products can turn what is often viewed as a chore into something pleasurable and a rewarding ritual. Most men feel that their skin condition improves remarkably from the exfoliating nature of a wet shave and the moisturizing temperament of the products used.

A first-rate close shave is all about preparation and the right tools for the job. By following these pointers you will experience your ultimate shave:

1.Shave after the shower or wrap a hot soaking wet face towel across the face for 30 seconds. The hot water loosens up the pores and softens the hair for a closer shave.
2.Run your Kent shaving brush under the hot tap until the head becomes heavy with water. Next lightly shake out approximately two thirds of the water that the brush head has retained - too much water will dilute shaving cream and if you are using shave soap it will hamper your efforts at building up a nice thick lather.
3.The definitive way to whip up a thick lather and protect the life of your shaving brush is to flick your brush back and forth across the soap bowl. Do not be temp ..... continue here 
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Kent Brushes: The World's Finest Brushes est. 1777

Every gentleman knows the importance of a decent haircut. Well, that's easy to obtain if you go to a good barber or decent salon. But maintaining that sharp cut is equally important. And that's something we have to do ourselves. It is only logic that the best results are obtained with quality material. Therefore I introduce you Kent Brushes, because only the best is good enough...

G B Kent & Sons Ltd, manufacturers of brushes since the eighteenth century is one of the oldest established companies in Great Britain. Kent Brushes (as they are now more commonly known) was founded in 1777 by William Kent in the reign of George III. Kent holds a pre-eminent place in the history of brush making, with an unbroken record of excellence in the quality of its production which has been recognised by the granting of Royal Warrants for nine reigns. The Kent family continued to run the company for six generations until 1932 when the last of the three Kent brothers passed away. This is when Mr Eric L.H Cosby, owner of Cosby Brushes Ltd, entered into an association with G.B Kent & Sons. A new chapter was then opened in Kent's long history, and since that time the company has been under the creative and dynamic direction of the Cosby family. Today, Mr Alan H.L Cosby, grandson to Eric Cosby is the Managing Director and Chairman, with his wife, son and one of his three daughters working for the business. The company headquarters moved from London to their existing factory in Apsley, Hertfordshire on the 6th February 1984, and remains there to this day. The company continues to retain the craftsmanship and unprecedented quality that is Kent's reputation. Even in today's fast moving, mass-produced assembly, Kent are proud to still be manufacturing many of their original brushes by hand. Nevertheless, Kent Brushes is committed to developing and enhancing its products with every step they take. Kent harness the latest hi-tech manufacturing processes, whilst building on the time-honoured traditional methods to create the world's finest example of each and every brush that leaves their factory.

Kent today
Kent Brushes currently manufacture an exceptional choice of products, with ranges for hair, body, clothes, make-up, teeth and shaving. Part of Kent Brushes success with major retailers has been built on their reputation for efficiency and quality. Kent have been supplying stores such as John Lewis, Selfridges, Harrods, Fortnum and Mason along with leading chemists in the UK for over 200 years. They also distribute to over 50 countries world wide, including USA, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, Japan, Europe, Scandinavia and The Middle East.Kent's range is now so vast, that it has a selection of over 250 brushes to choose from.

The most comprehensive of these is the hairbrush range, providing brushes for use on any hair type, style and length and for every budget. With a selection of s ......  continue reading here
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Monday, September 29, 2014

PM Eleganza Milanese: Massimo Pirrone 'styled' de hedendaagse Gentleman

Massimo Pirrone is een rijzende ster aan het firmament van hedendaagse stijlikonen. En daar is Belgian Dandy blij om ! Eindelijk een Belg, ok, eigenlijk een Italiaan, maar toch een Belg, tussen de grote jongens.
De internationaal bekende gezichten die steeds weerkeren op de alom op sociale media gedeelde foto's, getrokken op bvb. Pitti Uomo, of de beurzen Milan Fashion Week & Fashion Fair Milan & Florence, waar al wie van tel is gefotografeerd wordt. Op de befaamde Instagram-pagina "Men with Class" staan zo'n 1258 foto's van geklede heren, zij het onherkenbaar, want het gezicht is nooit zichtbaar.... Zijn foto haalde ik er onmiddelijk foutloos uit. Toch een typerend bewijs dat hij een eigen stijl heeft. En dat die stijl geappreciëerd wordt kan je merken als je ziet dat die foto reeds meer dan 10.000 keer 'geliked' werd.
Ik ken Massimo al enige tijd, en wat me vooral bij hem opvalt is zijn passie. Zijn passie voor het sartoriële kent geen grenzen. Zijn oog voor detail gaat tot het uiterste. Zijn gave om kleuren te kombineren. Zijn gevoel voor stijl en zijn .....
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Highland Park Dark Origins

In zijn geheime bunker in de heuvels van High Park op de Orkney-eilanden distilleerde Magnus ‘Mansie’ Eunson clandestien whisky voor de plaatselijke bewoners om hen even op andere gedachten te brengen, ver weg van de beduchte belastinginner. Overdag werkte hij gedreven in zijn kerk, waar hij als een spirituele leider ten dienste van het volk stond. Maar in het diepst van de nacht vervaardigde hij de beste elixir ter wereld waarmee hij menig hart verwarmde en iedereen die ervan dronk verenigde.

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Turnbull & Asser: Limited Edition Bi-Color Regimental stripes

One of the first fine dress shirts I ever bought was one from Turnbull & Asser. A small, yet exclusive, boutique in Brussels sold the brand. And since I was working as an apprentice at a major Japanese bank, I thought my 'Wall Street look' could use some pimpin'. It was a light blue shirt with Regent collar and double cuffs. You should have seen me, walking around in Brussels, feeling like Gordon Gekko. Aha ! I must admit I felt like a king (of Wall Street) ! Well, I've haven't lost the brand, and now there's one particular shirt that grabbed my attention again. But first, let me talk about the house itself... 


Over the past 130 years, Turnbull & Asser has become world renowned as the ultimate authority on shirt-making. Since 1903, they have occupied the premises at Jermyn Street, where they have dressed a diverse list of musical, cinematic and political greats over the years. They are especially proud that the first Royal Warrant granted by HRH The Prince of Wales was to Turnbull & Asser for its shirts. Today, with their three London locations and a flagship on 57th street in New York, their name stands for timeless style and exceptional quality.
Turnbull & Asser was established on London's in 1885 and has stood proudly as Britain's leading shirt maker and men's outfitter since that time. Their shirts are crafted by expert, skilled craftspeople, all of whom are based in England. Unlike others who might claim the same thing, 'Made in England' means exactly that for Turnbull & Asser, and always will do. Theycarefully select fabrics and use traditional techniques to ensure fit, comfort, style and durability.
They established their shop on Jermyn Street in 1903 and since then they have retained everything that makes this distinctive area of London, and their shop, unique: warm, discreet, personal service, exceptionally skilled and knowledgeable staff and unparalleled quality. Turnbull & Asser now has stores in four locations, including one in New York, and a global presence but has never lost sight of the inimitably British style and sense of luxury that stands it apart.
Throughout their 130-year history their customers have come from the very highest echelons of society and their clientele is as illustrious now as it ever has been. Being a proud holder of a Royal Warrant from the Prince of Wales for shirt making, they have dressed world leaders, politicians, royalty, film stars, and style icons – including James Bond. In fact, thanks to Turnbull & Asser's extensive archive, costume designers everywhere know we can be relied upon to dress cinema's most recognisable characters in the most fitting way for their time and temperament.
A dresser of the world's most eminent men, Turnbull & Asser is ultimately a supplier of fine, hand-crafted shirts, ties and accessories to the discerning men of the world. Men with individual style, taste and an appreciation for heritage.

Let's have a look at their Slim Shirt in Blue, White & Red Regimental stripe, with White collar & cuff:
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