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First Date Do's & Don'ts: The Preparation

The First Date: The Preparation 

A first date begins way before you actually meet face to face. If you like this person, and you're hoping there will be a second date in the future, you need to put a bit of effort in before hand to make the date run smoothly. 

First Date Tips from We Are Gntlmen

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Make A Plan 

Don't just turn up hoping that you can make fun, spontaneous plans on the cuff. That usually leads to those awkward 'honestly, I don't mind' or 'you decide' conversations which go around and around in circles and get your date off to a frustrating start.
Run a few ideas by them and judge the reaction but book somewhere to go. Extra points if you book somewhere or something you know they like or think they will like because they've mentioned it in your initial conversations. 

Now, we all love a first date that involves having one too many drinks at a couple of nice bars, but how about trying out one of these ideas instead of / whilst getting merry... 

Get Physical

It breaks the ice when you're actually doing something, plus a bit of competition allows for a bit of friendly smack talk and a few lingering high fives or hugs. Think about going bowling, to play mini golf, axe throwing, ping pong, beer pong, or a few games of pool. 

Don't: Be a sore loser. Don't spit your dummy out if they beat you and start saying you let them win, or blaming a 5-a-side injury from last year for all of your gutter balls.

Learn Something 

If your date isn't the sporting type, what about visiting a museum or going on a walking tour.

Don't: Bore your date with the ins and outs of British politics during the Industrial Revolution just because you did your dissertation on the topic. No one likes a show off.

Listen Up

Check out some live music at a gig or a local jazz bar. 

First date advice from We Are Gntlmen

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Don't: Go somewhere so loud that you can't talk to each other. A first date is to get to know each other, plus you run the risk of spitting all over your date whilst you're emphatically shouting "HAVE YOU SEEN PULP FICTION?" over the music.  

Plan Your Outfit

Make sure that your jeans are clean and your shirt is ironed. New clothes can work wonders on your confidence, so perhaps you should treat yourself before hand. Oh, did we mention? We sell rather nice menswear ourselves...

 

Are you meeting your date after work? Plan your work clothes accordingly, or bring a change of clothes to suit the date you've planned. It's all about smart casual on the first date. A fresh shirt and a nice pair of jeans are always a winner, or perhaps a long sleeved polo. 

A few ideas from our collection: 

 Maroon Grandad Collar Shirt
£47.99 + Free UK Shipping

Our grey jumper with Earl Cut away collar shirt
£47.99 + Free UK Shipping 
 
paired with our:

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If you are heading out in your work clothes, you don't want to smell like you've been sweating through a telling off from your boss, even if that is the case. Take your deodorant and your aftershave with you to work so you can freshen up before you meet. 

Your breath should be fresh, as well as your outfit. Make sure you've got some chewing gum or mints, or ideally brush your teeth before you meet your date. You might end up with a first date kiss and you don't want the breath of Hades if you do get lucky.   

Get A Haircut 

If, like me, your hair looks best a few days after your trip to the barbers, plan accordingly. Likewise with facial hair. I trim my beard on the Tuesday ready for a date on the Thursday. 

Be A Gntlman 

Remember, be a Gntlman. Ask questions, listen and make your preparations accordingly.
Get ready for part 2 of our Gntlman's Guides To Dating next week...

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From Sketch to Storefront - The Process

From Sketch to Storefront - The Process

This one’s a little different. 

We’re going to take you behind the scenes and talk you through the process that has to go into making our shirts. Things this good take time you know!

As a small company, we probably do things a little differently to the big boys, we simply don’t have equal resource, buying power, capabilities or cold hard cash to do things in the same way. This way, for now, works for us and we can ensure quality, consistency and price are monitored through every step of the way, allowing us to give you the best across the board. 
So, here’s how it starts. 

The Sketch


Literally, paper & pencil. (This was the first shirt we ever designed at the back end of 2014).

We take our ideas and get them out of our head and onto paper.
From collar styles, to button placements, to thread colours, to logo position, it all gets drawn out to resemble the ideas we want to turn into real life. 

The Fabric 

At the same time, we’ll be browsing through fabric samples sent to us by Ella, our lovely design co-ordinator, who works as an intermediary between ourselves and our clothing manufacturer to develop our products. We literally have hundreds of incredible fabrics to chose from, so this takes time and can be very, very difficult to decide on! We are very picky about the fabrics that we choose, they are always premium quality and always have to look & feel great. 

Digital Design Stage

Once we have our fabric swatches and colour grades for the certain styles, we’ll develop our ideas into digital form, giving us a further indication of how the finished product is going to look.  


In the image above you can see the digital design stage of our Oswald Grandad Collar shirts.

Shop for them here in Maroon & Charcoal:




Above you can see the digital design for Earl, our traditional check shirt. Shop below for the Green & the Blue shirts. 



The Samples

When we’re happy with the colours, the fabric choices and the design detail, we’ll get the ball rolling with the sampling team. We’ll have one or several meetings to talk through the products to ensure everyone is clear on what needs to be done, down to the very last detail. 
We then buy the fabric and the team make up a first sample of each design. 

Once the samples are finished, we, of course, try them on, checking the specifications we’ve written and making sure that the product matches up to them. 

We check the fabric, the button choices, the wash quality & ensure the fit is “our fit” - it all gets done right here, by us. 
 
Now we’ve established a good relationship with our suppliers and "Our Fit" doesn’t change, this process can be completed pretty quickly.

The Order

Then we decide on our quantities.  We only ever produce small quantities of our shirts, around 20 or 30 in each size. Our aim is to remain somewhat exclusive, we want you to be one of a select few that are wearing a certain shirt.
Our plan is to make small batches, frequently and launch them onto our store throughout the year, opposed to in the traditional Spring / Summer & Autumn / Winter collections. 
We’ll send over our final purchase order to our clothing manufacturer and pay our deposit (or 100% of the order if we’re rushed…….which hurts!).

Photography

We send our samples to our photographer to capture product shots for our website. 
If we’re really organised, we’ll start making lifestyle images with them, and have a bank of images to use market them even before the stock arrives with us. 


The photo above is our very first photoshoot with the very first shirt we designed. We've come a long way since then; the location of that photoshoot was my living room in my old flat in sunny Shropshire! Who said being a fashion designer was glamourous? 


Delivery

It can take up to 60 days from us sending the purchase order to getting all of our shirts fully delivered due to the amount of care and detail required for our designs, and due to any delays or issues. 
 
Once they've all been delivered we will spend a day or two sorting through, checking and organising our stock before it goes online.

All in all the process can take up to 100 days from sketch to storefront.

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A Gentleman's Diary: August

Our month in Manchester

Manchester offers a myriad of events for all our Gentleman out there. Throughout August we will attending events and venues across the city with those nearest and dearest to us.

For the Cultured Gent:

Marcus Reed Exhibition | Electrik | 03.08- 17.08 

We will be visiting Marcus Reed’s ‘Saturday’s Kids’ Ten Years of Subculture Influences’ exhibition at Electrik in Chorlton. The exhibition offers a history of British subcultures. It’s open to all ages and will allow us to take a step down memory lane to remind us of our past fashion mishaps before we acquired our new and improved tastes.

Electrik event poster
 

For the Gaming Gent:

POWER UP

 Museum of Science and Industry |11.08-28.08

We can't wait to unleash our inner Sheldon Coopers at POWER UP a retro gaming event at Manchester’s one and only Museum of Science and Industry. POWER UP promises to entertain us with 160 consoles from PAC-MAN and Street Fighter to Minecraft and Mario. Our mini gents will accompany us in the day, and for nostalgia’s sake the matured gent will be attending the adult only event on Friday 18th August.

 Tickets

For the Family Gent:

Caribbean Carnival | Alexandra Park |12.08-13.08

Our gents with families will be taking the wife and kids to the annual Manchester Carnival at Alexandra Park. This promises a day of diversity to stimulate each family member with stalls, zorb pools, exotic beverages both soft and alcoholic and jerk food.

 

For the Gents:

Manchester Tequila Festival |Bowlers Exhibition Centre | 26.08

We are having a men's only day at the Manchester Tequila Festival. First lining our stomachs with fajitas and tacos, the fiesta will commence by us sampling some of the 30 promised varieties of Tequila. Each gent receives a ‘Tequila bible’ upon ticket purchase so we can be sure to take the Mexican Vibes home.

 

Tickets

For his lady:

WOOD | Jack Rosenthal Street |Opening this August

To top off the month, the Mrs will be wined and dined with a mouth-watering 7 course meal at Masterchef winner Simon Wood’s new Manchester restaurant WOOD. We are excited to explore the blind taste menu which features seasonal ingredients.

 
 
Manchester proves to have something out there for everyone, it is full and fun packed. 
How will you gentleman spend your month?
 
 

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A Gentleman's Guide to Gym Selfies

A Gentleman's Guide to Gym Selfies

You've hit the gym. You've hit it hard. Your biceps are pulsing. Vascularity is on point. There are some exceptionally heavy weights on the floor in front of you.

It's time to share this moment with a Gym Selfie...

Step 1:

Don't. 


Gym Selfie Guide. Just Don't.

Step 2:

Nope 


A Gntlman's Gym selfie guide. No No No.

Step 3:

Stop. 


A Gentlemans guide to gym selfies

That is all. 

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A Gentleman's Guide to Dressing for Summer (Part 2)

A Gentleman's Guide to Dressing for Summer (Part 2)

A Guide to Wearing Shorts 

It's time for the second instalment of our guide to dressing for summer.
In part 1 we discussed how to style a shirt in warmer weather. In the following blog posts we will be discussing everything else you need in your summer wardrobe. We will show you what to wear with your shirts to keep yourself looking and feeling cool when the temperature rises. This instalment focuses on the tricky sartorial statement of wearing shorts. 

When To Wear Shorts

It is always a little tricky to know when shorts are acceptable attire. We abide by the following rule- for casual events like BBQ's, beer gardens and trips to the beach with your family and friends, a pair of shorts is perfectly acceptable. For work, events or any kind of formal occasion with people you don't know, they aren't. Obviously there are some loop holes, but if you follow that rule you won't end up looking like a wally.

Which Shorts to Wear? 

Now, the shorts themselves are very important. The material, the fit, the length... it is quite a challenge to find yourself a stylish pair, and it isn't one rule for all. It all depends on your height and the shape (or lack of) of your legs. 
However, there are some rules which all Gntlmen can follow. 

The Ideal Length...

These shorts are too short. A menswear guide to dressing for summer

Length does matter gents.
Get your mind out of the gutter, what we mean is that shorts should not be too short, nor should they be too long. Clear as mud, I hear you moan. Let us clarify - shorts should finish around 3 to 5cm above the knee. 
Shorts that are longer than this and are flapping around your knees are heading for a 3/4 trouser look, which is a no go. Shorter than this and you are heading for dangerous gym short or swim short territory like the brave chaps photographed above. 

The Material 

It is important to choose shorts in fabrics that are nice and light, so you can't go wrong with cotton or linen. However, denim shorts are also a great option provided you find yourself a great pair and style them correctly. 

Chino Shorts

Navy Chino Shorts

Linea Chiltern Chino Shorts (shown above in Navy but available in 11 colours)

100% cotton from House of Fraser for £35. 

Pair these with a white or pale blue shirt, sleeves rolled up to just below the elbows and the top two buttons undone. 

Navy shorts and white shirt

Denim Shorts 

White shirt and denim shorts

Denim shorts are a little bit tricky. We suggest going for a style that finishes just above the knee, like the Levi's pictured below. They should be slim fitting to make sure you avoid the teenager skater look, but not skin tight or you'll be restricted and too hot. 

Denim Shorts from Levi
Levi  501® Original Fit Shorts 
£50 from Levi's online

Colour Scheme 

As shorts can be a style statement themselves, it is better to play it safe than get it wrong. Keep any bright colours and patterns on your top half, or just keep the colour scheme muted or monochrome with black shorts and a white shirt.
Stick to your usual trouser colours - black, blues, grey, and beige.
And despite their recent resurgence, we are wholly against white jeans and white jean shorts, which is sad news for anyone who makes fashion purchases based on the contestants in Love Island. 

Shirt & Shorts Mens Summer Style Guide
 

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A Gentleman's Guide to Dressing for Summer (Part 1)

A Gentleman's Guide to Dressing for Summer (Part 1)

The English summer. The topic of newspaper front pages, awkward small talk and a plethora of irritating Facebook statuses. We can't escape from discussions about the weather in the UK. Whether it is too hot or not hot enough, we talk about it and moan about it relentlessly.

The unpredictability of the weather in summer (particularly when we get the rare, glorious heatwave) gives us gents a bit of a conundrum when it comes to looking stylish. British men certainly do not have the skills of the chaps in the south of France at creating the 'just hopped off my yacht' vibe. Nor are we as comfortable throwing on a full linen suit like the Italian men that walk the streets of Florence or Milan. So, what should British Gntlmen wear in summer?

A guide to dressing well in warmer weather

Pictured above: Our Manning Shirt in Red. £42.99.

How To Wear A Shirt in Summer

In this guide, part 1 of several guides to dressing for summer, we will discuss what we know best- how to wear a shirt in summer. The following instalments will cover all of the other essential summer wardrobe items like shoes, jackets & shorts. 

The Shirt Fit 

The most important element of any shirt, in any weather, is the fit. In warm weather men tend to think that a bigger, looser shirt is going to keep them cool, and avoid any embarrassing sweat patches (we've all been there, and it ain't pretty). 
However, more material can actually mean retaining more of your body heat, plus a baggy shirt makes you look like a little boy at a school disco. It is important to find a balance.

too tight = sweat patches
too loose = 'Mum says i'll grow into it'

All of our shirts are designed with this in mind- the illusive 'Perfect Fit', not too tight and not too baggy. 

We Are Gntlmen's Shirts have the perfect fit for warm weather

Pictured above: The Shelby Shirt in Purple. £39.99.

To Tuck or Not To Tuck... 

Tucking or untucking your shirt completely depends on the occasion and on the shirt itself.
Shirts that are made with an even, flat bottom are designed specifically to look stylish when untucked.

Alternatively, a shirt with a hem that varies in length (with tails or otherwise) looks unkempt and a little immature when worn untucked. 

 Note that when you are leaving a shirt untucked, the length is very important. The untucked shirt should finish just below your waist line. 

We Are Gntlmen's Spector White Collar Bar Shirt

 

 The Spector. White Collar Bar Dress Shirt.

£47.99 + Free UK Delivery

The Material

Choose a light, breathable material with a loose weave to stay cool and fresh. Natural fibres are always better, as they are better at keeping you cool and they dry much faster if you do sweat a little. 

Thus, linen and cotton should be your go to shirt materials when the temperature starts to rise. 

Try one of our Manning Shirts in Orange or Red which are made using a cool, breathable cotton which keeps you fresh in any weather. 

Manning | Orange Casual Shirt

 £42.99 + Free UK Delivery

The Colour of the Shirt 

Summer is a time for paler shades. Avoid black or dark navy shirts as these will absorb heat rather than reflect it (cast your mind back to those secondary school Physics classes). 

White, pale blue, orange, pink... these can all make an appearance in your summer shirt wardrobe. 

Try our bestselling Victor Shirt on for size, the perfect staple in a Gntlman's summer wardrobe.

The Victor Shirt by We Are Gntlmen 

Victor | White Oxford Shirt

£42.99 + Free UK Delivery

100% Oxford cotton, fitted to perfection. 

The Sleeves

We love a rolled sleeve in the summer to give that casual look. Either turn up the cuff once (as pictured above), or roll all the way to underneath the elbows as pictured below.  

Rolled up shirt sleeves complete a stylish summer look

The Buttons

This final point is crucial. 

For very formal occasions (with a tie or a dickie) that top button should stay done up. No discussion.

If you're wearing a suit with an open shirt just undo the one top button. 

When you're just wearing the shirt with a pair of jeans or shorts, undo a maximum of 2-3 buttons. No one wants to see your whole chest, no matter how much you've been working on it in the gym. 

How many buttons to undo in summer

Winston | Blue Dress Shirt With Cutaway Collar

£47.99 + Free UK Shipping 

So, there we have it. 

Our Guide to Wearing Shirts in Summer: 

-Make sure your shirt fits well, baggy shirts are a no go. 
-Don't untuck a shirt without a smooth, even, bottom hem. 
-Choose a light, breathable, natural material like cotton or linen. 
-Choose a light coloured shirt.
-Rolled sleeves look great but just one turn of the cuff or all the way to the elbows. 
-2-3 buttons undone is the maximum. 

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    Gentlemen Don't Wear Beaters

    Gentlemen Don't Wear Beaters

    The warm weather brings with it many good things. Good moods all round, al fresco dining, beers in the sunshine and spontaneous road trips to the seaside. But it also brings some serious style issues that we would like to address.

    Now, there are many style errors that we men make in warmer weather. Socks & sandals, baggy basketball shorts, football strips. But the one that makes us quake in our proverbial (dark, worn, leather) boots is this: 

    Vests are not stylish. We Are Gntlmen.

    If you've ever bought something like this, please answer us this question... what on earth were you thinking? 

    We Are Gntlmen will be bringing you a weekly blog about how to dress for warmer weather, but we feel so strongly about this that it needs to be said right now. 

    A Gntlman does not wear a vest, a beater, a racer back. Whatever you call it, can we kindly suggest that you tuck it to the back of your wardrobe, only to be brought out when you are laughing at your past self and your style faux pars in the future. (Grandads are, of course and as always, excused from this rule. We aren't depriving Ken and his poor circulation of anything.)

    So gents, if you need some summer wardrobe inspiration, let's start with our fresh, brightly coloured Manning Shirts. 

    The Manning Shirt by We Are Gntlmen is perfect for warm weather

    A cool, breathable cotton and an extreme cutaway collar. Manning is going to keep you at a splendid temperature whilst making you the most stylish gent in the group.

     


    £42.99 + Free UK Delivery 



    £42.99 + Free UK Delivery 
     
    Our Manning shirts look fantastic with a pair of navy shorts or chinos. Roll up the sleeves and leave your top button undone and you'll be looking fresh and cool as a cucumber. 
    Don a pair of loafers or boat shoes and you can stride out of your house ready for anything the warmer weather brings. 

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    A Gentleman's Guide to Father's Day

    A Gentleman's Guide to Father's Day

    Sunday 18th June is Father's Day. If your Dad is anything like mine he probably has enough novelty Homer Simpson socks and 'World's Best Dad' mugs to last him a lifetime. 
    This is the man that has taught you how to ride a bike, how to catch a ball, and who bought you your first beer. He deserves more than you and your siblings doing a last minute dash around Next or a Waterstones voucher.
     
    So we've made it easy for you- we've searched high and low for the best gifts on the internet so that you don't have to. Plus we've thrown some fantastic Dad jokes in for good measure. 

    "The ladies won't sleeve me alone" 


    £49.99 + Free UK Delivery

    100% cotton, durable and soft. Your Dad will be chuffed to receive a jumper from our knitwear range, like the Bennett pictured above.

    What's more, all of our products come beautifully packed in our bespoke gift boxes, stamped with our signature logo and a reminder inside that your Dad is a true gentleman. We can deliver it straight to him if you aren't able to be together this Father's Day. 

    We Are Gentlemen's Gift Boxes

    All of We Are Gntlmen's shirts & knitwear are delivered in our bespoke gift boxes pictured above. 

    "I couldn't work out how to fasten my seatbelt. Then it clicked." 

    Personalised Car Fresheners with your face on

    Fresh Face Personalised Car Fresheners 

    £12.99 

    Yes, you heard us right. Firebox are selling personalised car air fresheners. A great novelty gift on the side. What more could your Dad want than yours and your siblings faces bobbling about at the front of his car? 

    This way, even if you are miles away from him, he still has to drive you around. 

    "I do have a balanced diet... a beer in each hand." 

    Craft beer box subscription from flavourly

    Flavourly Craft Beer Club

    3 boxes (1 per month) for £69 

    10 bottles of craft beers delivered to your Dad's door. Exclusive, small batch craft brews that are selected by a team of experts which can be personalised to your Dad's tastes. Great for Dad, and you might be able to share a cheeky drink with him too... 

    "Don't get shirty with me"

    Monroe | Chambray Shirt With Button Down Collar

    £44.99 + Free UK Shipping 

    The We Are Gntlmen Logo on the pocket

    Monroe | Chambray Shirt With Button Down Collar

    £44.99 + Free UK Shipping 

    Our Monroe shirt is the perfect way to style your Dad's wardrobe with something he will love. He will love the comfortable soft, rich, 100% chambray fabric and the subtle features will help him stand out from his pals, without being showy. 

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    "This beard is growing on me"

    A Gentleman's shaving kit gift

    The Classic Gentlemen's Shaving Kit 

    £34.99

    How many times have you borrowed your Dad's razors? Perhaps it's time to return the favour with a luxury shaving kit from Not On The High Street. 

    "Sock it to me" 

    £60 + P&P 

    Sock Subscription from The London Sock Exchange 

    As much as socks can be a bit of a cop out gift, let's admit it, they do come in handy. If you've spotted your Dad's toes poking out of a pair of ancient socks, how about socks with a twist. The London Sock Exchange's one year subscription delivers him 3 pairs of socks every 3 months in their beautifully designed and rather humorous packaging. 

    So, don't wait until the last minute to buy your Father's Day Gift this year.

    Place your order with us by 2pm on Thursday 15th June for delivery in time for the big day.  

    Start shopping.

    We Are Gntlmen's Gift Boxes

    I'll call you later.
    Don't call me later, call me Dad. 

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    A Gentleman's Guide to Movie Night

    A Gentleman's Guide to Movie Night

    Forget 'netflix and chill'. A gentleman still does things the old fashioned way. Don't make your romantic interest watch a series that you are half way through just because you're desperate to know what happens next. Instead, be a gent and invite them round to watch a film. 

    Now, there comes a time in every gents life when you've found yourself nervously texting 'want to come round and watch a film?'

    It may bring back memories of teenage rejection. But the work actually starts when they say yes. That's when you have to work out how you can possibly be suave and charming in the space between your ironing board and an incredibly un-erotic photo of you at your graduation. 

    A gntlman's guide to movie night, coming right up... 

    Clean & Tidy

    No excuses. Get the place tidy and get the place clean. That means no clothes drying on the maiden. No food in the sofa. No empty beer bottles. Get the marigolds on and pay specific attention to the bathroom. Mould is not gntlmanly and doesn't bode well for their impression on your personal hygiene. 

    Gentleman cleaning up his house

    Toilet Roll 

    Go and buy some toilet roll and actually put it on the toilet roll holder. Splash out on a 'luxury' brand. No one likes a cheapskate.  

    empty toilet roll

    The Bedding 

    If there is a chance your guest may end up under your sheets please make sure that the sheets in question are clean. Smelly sheets are a big turn off. Fresh bedding is a fine thing, and will be nice for you even if you end up sleeping alone...

    The Snacks 

    You've got to provide the perfect snacks for a romantic night in. Microwave popcorn is always a classic, but why not push the boat out and stock up on a few of the following as well: 

    Olives 
    Crisps & dips 
    Nachos 
    Pistacho nuts 
    Brownie bites 
    Ice cream (everyone loves Ben & Jerry's) 
    Pick & Mix 
      You don't have to have all of these treats available, just choose a few and pop them in bowls on the table. These little touches show that you've made a little extra effort.

      Eating popcorn gif

      The Housemate 

      Bye bye Pete. 

      The Shirt 

      Once your house or apartment is ready for your guest, it's time to turn that attention to your outfit. Shower, shave, and pop on a sharp but comfortable outfit. Suit trousers aren't made for sofa dates, but tracksuit pants should only be worn in private (or, if we could be so bold to suggest, not at all). 

      What about donning a 100% cotton jumper and a pair of jeans? Perfect for cuddles on the sofa (can we make a 'boyfriend material' joke?) 


      £49.99 

      Say hello to the perfect film night jumper. 100% cotton, durable and incredibly comfortable. 


      Alternatively, if you'd prefer to wear a shirt, why not try a casual cutaway collar to keep things sharp but comfortable. 
      £47.99 

      Our Orville shirts have a super soft finish, allowing maximum comfort, without sacrificing style. 

       

      The Film 

      Make sure you have a few films in mind. There is nothing worse than spending 2 hours going back and forth deciding what to watch because you're both too polite to make a decision. 

      Be thoughtful... suggest films that you genuinely want to share with them that you think they will enjoy. And if you don't think that you'll be able to decide on a film that you'll both enjoy, perhaps you need to rethink sparking up a relationship with this particular person. There are a lot of hours to be spent on the sofa in the future, and life is too short to watch dross like Mariah Carey in Glitter.
      Can you tell that that is wise advice from personal experience? 

      Mariah Carey in glitter

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      007 Ways to Dress Like Bond

      007 Ways to Dress Like Bond

      James Bond is the ultimate Gntlman. If you disagree, I'm afraid you're wrong.

      We are yet to meet a gent who wouldn't like to get a bit more of 007's style so we thought we'd put together a guide to dressing like your favourite British spy.

      Our favourite Bond is God among men, Daniel Craig. And with Tom Ford dressing Daniel in Spectre, it is hard to move away from the looks he creates in the latest film. 

      001 The Suit 


      “A suit – not a good suit but a very, very good suit – is the one garment a man can wear that can make him feel like he owns the world.”
      -Jany Temime, award winning James Bond costume designer and menswear expert.

      James Bond is THE man you want to look like when you're getting fancy and putting on a suit. 
      When it comes to getting a James Bond suit they should be as follows:


      Single breasted 
      Tailored 
      Black or midnight blue
      High quality fabric 
      Plain- no patterns whatsoever

      "Not mad about his tailor, are you?"
      -James Bond, From Russia With Love

      002 The White Shirt 


      The perfect white shirt is a key item in every Gntlman's wardrobe. We feel so strongly about this we gave the topic its own blog post. Read about The Perfect White Shirt here. White dress shirts should be as follows:
       
      No pockets 
      Single or double cuff
      Point or wing collar 

      We designed our Spector shirt after watching Spectre for the 16th time and pining over the collar bar shirt shown above. Upon realising that the Tom Ford version was going to set us back around $600, we thought that our gents deserve to get the Bond look and Bond quality for less.


       
      £47.99 + Free Shipping 

      Our Spector Shirt
      is a 97% cotton 3% elastane crisp, white dress shirt finished with a double cuff and a collar bar, fit for a king.

      It's concealed buttons, not concealed weapons for our Gntlmen. 

      "Meet me here at seven. Black tie."
      -M, Goldfinger. 

      003 The Colour Scheme

      You don't see 007 prancing around with a pink shirt under his suit. You just don't. Ok, well, Sean Connery does wear one in Thunderball. But he is at a pool and he isn't wearing a suit so it doesn't count. 

       
      When you're getting suited and booted the Bond colour palette is muted- black, dark navy, white, grey, occasionally pale blue.


      "You should see the man first and the clothes second" 
      -Jany Temime, award winning James Bond costume designer and menswear expert.

      Bond wouldn't be caught dead with a flamboyant turquoise cummerbund under his suit gents, so don't even try. 

      "I shall be needing a white jacket and a black tie."
      -Bond, A View To Kill

      004 The Shoes 


      A cracking pair of Oxfords finish off your beautifully tailored suit. 

      And a Gntlman must put in the elbow grease necessary to get them sparkling- dirty shoes are not acceptable. 

      Oh my lord, what the devil’s wrong with these shoes? It looks as though they were wiped over with an oily rag!
      -Bond, A View To Kill 

      005 The Accessories 


      If you're going to pull off the Bond look, then classic, understated and usually rather expensive accessories are a must. 

      Avoid carrying around a rocket launcher cigarette or a grenade launcher pen unless you're keen on spending some time behind bars. 

      The accessories you should be investing in are:

      Sunglasses
      Simple, classic, and absolutely NOT Oakley. 

      Socks 
      Black socks. Behave like you're a woman in the 1800's- flashing ankle is strictly forbidden. 

      Cufflinks
      Simple, metal, and don't get 007 on them because you'll just look like a boy dressing up as James Bond rather than a Gntlman oozing Bond's class and style. 

      Watch
      Bond likes a Rolex, a Breitling or in Spectre he dons a beautiful Omega. But any classic watch will do very nicely indeed. 

      Braces
      Bond rarely wears a belt. Get yourself a natty pair of braces.

      Pocket Square 
      A crisp, white pocket square poking out of a dark suit pocket. The square fold is the easiest to get away with and prevents you from looking like you're going to perform a magic trick.

      Q [Handing Bond a watch]: You can have this.
      Bond: Does it do anything?
      Q: It tells the time. Might help with your punctuality issues.
      -Spectre 

      006 The Grooming 

      You can have the sharpest suit, the most expensive accessories, and have followed our guide down to the last detail. But if you're turning up unwashed and unkempt then you're not Bond.


      A clean shave is crucial to the Bond look. For special occasions have a dance with death and get yourself a cut throat shave. 

      007 The Attitude 

      "Glamour is something more than what you put on your body. It has to do with the way you carry yourself and the impact you have on others." 
      Tom Ford


      Yes we love Bond's style. But what ultimately makes Bond so cool is his confidence. He is confident without being cocky, self controlled without being psychotic and charming without being sleezy. 

      And that, dear gents is why he will always be the ultimate Gntlman. 

      Remember "When you look good, you feel good & when you feel good, you’ll do good.”

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