28 July 2014

My Visit to Ruffians: The New Barber Shop in the Heart of Covent Garden

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You might have noticed I have been really bad at posting from the beginning of June. I had two of the  busiest months of work ever, which included partly enjoying the fun and mayhem of fashion week in London, Milan and Paris and partly being locked up in an office trying to cope with endless piles of work.
On the first day I allowed myself to take a breather, I could not think of anything more pleasant than to take Ruffians up on their invitation to try out their services at their new Covent Garden outpost. The new barber shop, which follows the success of its established brother in Edinburgh, is yet another clear sign of the well-deserved attention us guys are finally paying to grooming. Far from the overdone, pretentious and somewhat self-important barber shops that first opened in London, Ruffians has a welcoming and relaxed vibe. Their staff are friendly and attentive and the decor nods to all the heyday elements of the golden age of barber shops we love without the overwhelming stale vintage feel others are so keen on. It is a cool and welcoming place.
During my visit, I went for a beard trim and reshape, much needed after weeks of seclusion from the world. As a grooming freak aficionado, I am usually pretty good at judging people's skills right from the start. At Ruffians, it seemed quite evident that I was in extremely skilled hands. An idea confirmed by the few other gents who arrived after me and who were clearly regulars – the ultimate sign of a good barber shop.
Needless to say, I was very happy with my new fresh face. The whole experience is extremely relaxing – I will never again be able to visit a barber without getting an upper body massage – not to mention instructive, as your barber talks you through all the steps so you know exactly why they do what they do.

You can visit the Ruffians website for more information, including a list of services. Also there you can buy their full range of grooming products so you can carry on your hair and beard maintenance at home.

Ruffians
27 Maiden Lane
Covent Garden
London WC2E 7JS

Telephone: 020 7240 8180
Email: coventgarden@ruffians.co.uk


PS. A big thank you to Adam for organising and for taking these great pictures!

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Fashion, Frankly and Courtesy of Ruffians

22 June 2014

Milan Fashion Week SS15 Diary - Day 1

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After over a year of missing the Milanese shows, I am so happy to be back in one of my favourite cities in the world to enjoy a bit of menswear fashion (and work a lot!). I arrived here yesterday, which was a fun but incredibly tiring day as I woke up at 4.30am to head to Heathrow.
Once in Milan, the warm weather and great vibe really got me going. After sorting through invites, I was thrilled to open a little something from Tod's to help me get through fashion week in style. After an early afternoon meeting it was time for the MSGM show, which is probably the best young brand in Milan. Massimo Giorgetti has this amazing ability to mix a bit of traditional Italian fashion with the really cool street style influences they have going here. It was a pleasure to watch.
I walked back to my hotel to enjoy a bit of sunshine and grabbed a quick lunch in my room catching up with emails before heading out for some more meetings. I stayed fresh in the Milanese summer with my new Folk short sleeve shirt, which I wore with blue NN.07 jeans and my Kenzo x Vans sneakers. I finished the day with a movie and a bit of room service and hit the sack early to recover energy for the busy week ahead!

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