Saturday, April 2, 2016

Chukka in Horween Shell Cordovan by Carmina Shoemakers

Chukka boots (/tʃəkə/) are ankle-high leather boots with suede or leather uppers, leather or rubber soles, and open lacing with two or three pairs of eyelets. The name chukka possibly comes from the game of polo, where a ‘chukker’ is a period of play.
Chukkas are usually made from calfskin or suede, although they can of course be made from other materials. The style first became popular in the late 1940s through the 1960s as casual wear. In the 21st century, Chukkas persist as a popular menswear shoe, particularly in the United Kingdom. They can be worn with both suits and more casual wear like jeans or chinos.
According to shoe historian June Swann, the essential chukka boot is ankle-high, open-laced, and unlined, with two to three pairs of eyelets, thin leather soles, calfskin suede uppers in two parts (each from a single piece of leather; quarters sewn on top of vamp), and rounded toes.
So that’s the basics on Chukka’s ! Well, Carmina shoemakers now has an updated version in Cordovan leather.
Contemporary interpretation of the old Chukka boot, also called Desert boot, in Horween Shell Cordovan in Burgundy. Featuring a Dainite sole in a refined Goodyear welt-construction and calf lining. Style lasted on the chiseled and sleek Simpson last. One of the all-time favorites of Carmina.
Having experience with Carmina shoes and boots, I think they made a great contemporary Chukka, worth bearing the name. The fact that they use Horween Shell Cordovan leather for this gorgeous elegant model only makes it more exclusive, and ready for years of wearing pleasure. The perfect shoe for in between seasons.
More information on www.carminashoemaker.com
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Monday, March 28, 2016

Geo F. Trumper: For Bond and other well groomed gentlemen

Some addresses are legendary, and one of them is 9 Curzon Street in Mayfair, London. Established in the 1875, it is the home of Geo F. Trumper, which has grown in little over a century into an British icon. Originally a barber shop, it obtained worldwide name and fame for its cologne’s, after shaves and skin tonics. They have earned a place amongst the men’s most classic scents by being simple yet refined. 

They are like an (English) gentleman; sophisticated, without a need to put that on display for the world around them. Trumper’s scents are in that sense also grooming products, chosen by the man who wears them for their qualities. The sillage is modest, yet their scents show staying power when it comes to longevity. 

Being a British company, and proud of it, many of their scents have been around for decades. That makes some scents perhaps a bit unusual for modern times. Like “Bay Rum” which sounds like a pirate’s retreat on Jamaica, but is in fact a combination of bay leaves with clove. A very distinct and masculine scent, that current designer scent’s have pushed away to the background but which is still going strong at Trumper. 

Another classic in their collection is Sandalwood. Trumper knows to elevate this sweet, woody smell with a touch of citrus, giving it a whole new character. Perhaps the most special quality of a Trumper scent is that they smell familiar even when you have never smelled them before. They take your mind to a place of great comfort, and therefor wear like a tailor made suit, from Savile Row of course. 

At the heart of a Trumper scent is usually a very limited amount of ingredients, but of extraordinary quality. That makes them not only recognizable but also very pure, and timeless. This is especially the case for Eucris, which Trumper developed in 1912. 

This is the most famous scent the world doesn’t know. Why? Because it was Ian Flemming’s choice for James Bond in his famous novels. For a scent that has been around for over a century, it is refreshingly modern with an aromatic base from oak moss and caraway seed, combined with black currant, jasmine and lily-of-the-valley. It gives Eucris a fresh, spicy smell, that is as masculine as it is sophisticated.   

Geo F Trumper has never forgotten its roots and even today their shops (they have a second store in the Duke of York Street in St.James) offer everything from a haircut to a shave, in an ambiance that is still the same as it was in 1875, although they did made one concession to modern times; they installed air conditioning. 

A full range of men’s grooming accessories are on display as well, and a knowledgable staff to help you select exactly what suits your needs. Although their stores are worth a visit when in London, gentlemen who live in another metropolis  don’t have to worry; their after shaves and cologne’s are also available at exclusive perfume stores, and when life keeps you on the move they also have an excellent webshop with world wide delivery. We always catch up with you, Mr.Bond!
More information on https://www.trumpers.com/

Text by Mr. Martin Green


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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Winsford: Dents Men's Cashmere Lined Ponyskin and Leather Gloves

Driving gloves are cool. Very cool. Everybody knows I have a weakness for them and sport several pairs. But when it's really cold, they are not what you need. So for the extra cold days, man needs something more appropriate. And while we're at it, why not go for a bit more fancy ?
Classic gloves are naturally the basic. The infamous glove-makers of Dents however go a little bit further with their affluent Winsford model. 


Let's go for the finest calf leather, ponyskin on the top outside for a luxurious feel and look, and a 100 %  pure cashmere lining for soft warmth.
Men's ponyskin and leather gloves with zipped side vent and elasticated palm. These gloved are lined with 100% Cashmere.

More info on http://www.dents.co.uk  . 

P.S.: They have great driving gloves as well. 

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

JAGUAR GAAT ICONISCHE XKSS OPNIEUW BOUWEN

·          Jaguar Classic zal de ultrasportieve sportwagens met de hand vervaardigen
·         Alle negen wagens zullen volgens exact dezelfde specificaties gebouwd worden als die uit 1957, om de voertuigen te vervangen die verloren gingen tijdens de brand in Browns Lane
·         Jaguar maakte de XKSS oorspronkelijk als een wegversie van de D-type, die Le Mans had gewonnen
 
Jaguar zal de adembenemende XKSS bouwen als een uiterst exclusief opvolgingsmodel.
Jaguar Classic zal negen nieuwe exemplaren van de XKSS – waarnaar door experts vaak wordt verwezen als 's werelds eerste supercar – met de hand vervaardigen volgens exact dezelfde specificaties als in 1957. Ze zullen de voertuigen vervangen die verloren gingen tijdens de beroemde brand in de fabriek van Browns Lane.

Tim Hannig, Director Jaguar Land Rover Classic, zei: "De XKSS heeft een unieke plaats in de geschiedenis van Jaguar. Het is een auto die begeerd wordt door verzamelaars overal ter wereld vanwege zijn exclusiviteit en onmiskenbaar design.”

"Het hoogopgeleide team van ingenieurs en technici van Jaguar Classic zal voortbouwen op decennialange kennis om te verzekeren dat elk van de negen wagens volledig authentiek is en voldoet aan de strengste kwaliteitseisen.”
"Onze nieuwe XKSS bevestigt onze toewijding om de passie en het enthousiasme te voeden voor het luisterrijk verleden van Jaguar door uitzonderlijke auto's, diensten, onderdelen en ervaringen aan te bieden."


De originele wagens waren bestemd voor export naar de VS, maar er werden slechts 16 exemplaren afgewerkt toen het noodlot toesloeg en een brand de fabriek van Browns Lane in de as legde. 59 jaar later zal Jaguar de negen 'verloren' XKSS sportwagens bouwen voor een selecte groep van gevestigde verzamelaars en klanten.
De expertise die werd opgedaan tijdens de constructie van het Lightweight E-type-project zal de bouw van de negen uiterst exclusieve opvolgingsmodellen ten goede komen. Ze zullen allemaal met de hand vervaardigd worden in de nieuwe 'Experimental Shop' van Jaguar in Warwick.
Elke wagen zal dezelfde specificaties meekrijgen als de eerste 16 uit 1957 – waarbij Jaguar elk aspect volledig zal certificeren. De prijs zal boven £ 1 miljoen liggen.
Het verhaal van de XKSS begon nadat de onoverwinnelijke D-type drie keer na elkaar Le Mans won in 1955, 1956 en 1957.
Na die hattrick nam Sir Williams Lyons op 14 januari 1957 de beslissing om de resterende 25 D-types om te bouwen tot wegversies met tal van externe wijzigingen, waardoor 's werelds eerste supercar ontstond.

De aanpassingen omvatten bijvoorbeeld een nieuwe, hogere voorruit en een extra deur aan de passagierskant, terwijl de scheiding tussen de bestuurder en de passagier, en de beroemde vin achter de bestuurderszetel verdwenen.

De nieuwe Jaguar XKSS zal vanaf begin 2017 geleverd worden.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Dior Homme Parfum - Uncensored Official Director's Cut

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