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There’s an independent magazine boom going on. As traditional and web-based media platforms chase your clicks, a host of fresh and fascinating publications are taking a slower and more measured approach – offering compelling long-form storytelling, out-of-the-box design and niche content topics.

Whether you’re perusing the shelves of your local independent newsagent or subscribing via an online service like Stack, here’s a few recommendations to keep an eye out for. Find a chair, unplug for a few hours and lap up those glossy pages.


Whilst many traditional business titles still don’t understand (or speak to) the young whippersnappers next door working in the open-plan office drinking flat whites and coding themselves into six figures, Courier gets it. Originally set up as a magazine looking at startup culture in London, Courier has proceeded to cement itself as a must-read title for any modern professional. Aimed primarily at a generation of people who are interested in business but aren’t acquainted with the Financial Times, this is a magazine that gets to the root of contemporary working culture.



There’s so many great ideas and concepts within the indie mag sphere that most traditional titles wouldn’t even dare to try out. Fare is one of the best. With each bi-annual issue concentrating on a particular city, even if you have no interest or intention of visiting said town, Fare’s emphasis on local knowledge, experience and way of viewing a city through the intersection of food, history and community is fascinating.

Previous issues have covered Glasgow, Seoul and, surprisingly, Charleston. If you happen to be visiting a Fare spotlighted location, you should absolutely invest in a copy.



Sidetracked is one of those magazines that really ignites your imagination thanks to its immersive reading experience. Devoted to adventure, expedition and exploration, it’s the sort of glossy that’ll have you opening tabs for Skyscanner and Millets within seconds of the final few pages. Every stunning piece of photography makes you yearn for a taste of the great outdoors, whether it’s an alpine river or the side of a train set against infinite desert.

A truly enveloping magazine experience that’ll have you clad in Patagonia and North Face in no time.


Weapons of Reason

Another flex of the indie magazine sphere, allowing for truly fascinating but often dense topics to be explored in one place . The aim of Weapons of Reason is to explain complex world issues but in a simple, engaging and sincere way – minus an agenda. It’s hoped the issues will ultimately inspire action, even if that just means people being slightly more informed than they were previously. Our pick of recent issues is their sixth on AI, which in parts was nothing less than profound.


The California Sunday Magazine

The California Sunday Magazine offers high-quality, in-depth long-form storytelling on seemingly overlooked topics and subjects around the world. Some of our favourite-ever stories have been published in this mag, notably ones on Australian outback big tent boxing shows and arguably the best profile ever written on Thrasher icon Jake Thelps. It’s hard to get hold of in the UK, which makes securing a paper copy even sweeter.



There’s a bit of chicken and egg situation with Mundial – did Mundial have a hand in inspiring a new football culture or did a new football culture inspire Mundial? Whichever is true, the widely acclaimed quarterly has capitalised on everyone’s love of the beautiful game by capturing exactly what people love about it. Whilst the old-guard still insist on eight-page cover interviews with Ballon D’or nominees from a decade ago, Mundial mixes stories from all tiers of international football with a pinch of humour, fashion and intrigue.



At a time of increasing mental health awareness, Anxy is a welcome exploration of the issues we still seem to keep bottled up. Based upon a central theme such as anger or “workaholism”, each issue explores the topic through personal essays, interviews, visual stories and recommendations, offering an interesting exploration of emotions and mental health rather than a mere “fix” or science-heavy explanation. Issues sell out fast so if you see one about, cop it.


Magazine B

How well do you really know your favourite companies? Are you aware of their origins or the place they were formed? What about the people that work there or the stories that helped catapult the brand to where it is now? Each issue of Magazine B is dedicated to one iconic brand, providing an unprecedented deep dive into household names like Netflix, Google, Chanel, Porsche and Lego. One for the marketing and business heads, but even the slightly curious will find each issue highly informative.


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Masters Of Minimalism: 10 Scandinavian Menswear Brands You Need To Know https://www.apetogentleman.com/best-scandinavian-fashion-brands/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=best-scandinavian-fashion-brands Thu, 19 Sep 2019 10:00:46 +0000 https://www.apetogentleman.com/?p=47299 The labels that will inject a healthy dose of minimal cool into your wardrobe.

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Clean lines, quality construction and a hearty dose of restraint – the Holy Trinity of Scandinavian style.

The stripped-back, simplified aesthetic championed by Denmark, Sweden and Norway has put Northern Europe firmly on the fashion map. Timeless, wearable and versatile, this trademark minimalism has grown into a global movement, unfazed by fleeting trends and unwavering in its style appeal.

At the core of its success are a selection of achingly cool Scandi labels and designers that have helped to export the region’s trademark look and mould it into what it is today.

From the avant-garde stylings of Stockholm’s Acne Studios to the lightly streetwear-tinged minimalism of Copenhagen’s Norse Projects and Wood Wood, these are the Scandinavian label’s that should be on every stylish gent’s radar and the reasons why they’re the best at what they do.

A Day’s March

We’d all love to have wardrobes brimming with stripped-back Swedish staples. Unfortunately, realising that goal can be a costly affair.

A Day’s March is a relatively new label that cuts out wholesale stockists and sells its wares direct to you, the consumer. In doing so, the brand is able to provide its refined Scandi essentials at reduced price points, without sacrificing quality. Be sure to check out the textured shirts, overshirts and light jackets – perfect for layering during the colder months.


Key Piece: Overshirt

Original Overshirt in Wool >

Wood Wood

Take the bold logos, eye-catching prints and urban aesthetic of streetwear and mix it with the clean-cut minimalism for which Scandinavia is famed. What you’re left with will probably look a lot like Wood Wood, a Copenhagen-based contemporary lifestyle and fashion brand that has been putting its city on the menswear map since 2002.

Wood Wood provides a good jumping-off point for those who perhaps like streetwear-leaning styles, but don’t want to look like a teenager. Designs are playful yet mature, and there’s a common theme of collaborations to keep things current. Past hookups include the likes of Nike, Champion, New Balance and Clarks.


Key Piece: Logo Sweats & Hoodies

Wood Wood Fred Popover Hoody >

Our Legacy

On first inspection, Swedish label Our Legacy may appear to be a typical purveyor of the tried-and-tested Scandi minimalist aesthetic. However, once you get past the ultra-clean basics and razor-sharp contemporary tailoring, you’ll see what this Trojan horse of a brand is really all about.

Psychedelic prints, weird and wonderful fabrics, flowing silhouettes and sweeping cuts. Our Legacy injects personality and a touch of the unexpected into the standard, paint-by-numbers, minimalist look. The result is a collection of garments that shout loudly while at the same time emitting barely a whisper.


Key Piece: Shirting With A Twist

Our Legacy Box Shirt >

Norse Projects

If you were forced to wear one brand, and one brand only, for the rest of your life, there would be much worse choices than Copenhagen’s Norse Projects. The Danish label is a staunch advocate of the simple things done well. Think heavy, drill-cotton chinos or a crisp white T-shirt that fits so well it could reduce a grown man to tears.

There’s something for everyone here and you can dress it up any way you want. Norse’s range is so diverse that it is possible to go from low-key streetwear to corduroy-clad geography teacher (albeit a very well-dressed one) using only garments from a single seasonal collection.


Key Piece: Premium Baseball Cap

Logo-Appliquéd Melton Wool-Blend Baseball Cap >


Given that the “NN” in NN07 stands for “no nationality” we feel a little bit bad for revealing that the label is, in fact, from Denmark. Still, even if we hadn’t have mentioned it, chances are you’d have figured it out anyway simply by taking one look at the uber-clean cuts and masterfully simple styling of its clothes.

NN07 has been doing its thing since 2007, earning itself a reputation as a go-to label for high-quality basics and superior fits. Particularly excellent is the brand’s casual shirting. Expect thick, cosy flannels, crisp Oxford button-downs and overshirts that are truly built to last.


Key Piece: Casual Shirts

Errico Mélange Cotton-Flannel Shirt >

Acne Studios

Originally founded as a small advertising and design agency, Acne Studios has gone on to become the most prominent fashion house in all of Sweden. Known for crossing between the realms of culture, art and fashion, Acne Studios’ experimental twist on Scandinavian style has earned it legions of loyal followers across the globe.

When it’s not busy pushing design boundaries, Acne Studios is maintaining its glowing reputation as Scandinavia’s go-to denim brand. As well as its more avant-garde pieces, the label has long been known for its premium jeans. Look out for slim cuts and straight-leg fits to get a feel for what Acne denim is all about.


Key Piece: Jeans

North Slim-Leg Jeans >


Founded in 1891, Swedish brand Tretorn is one of the oldest names in the Scandi style game. After beginning life as a tyre manufacturing company, Tretorn branched out into other rubber applications. Namely rubber-soled footwear, including galoshes, wellington boots and the crisp white tennis shoes for which the label is now famous.

Tretorn’s tennis shoes have been worn by some of the biggest names in the game, but they’re not just great for the court. These simple sneakers are as versatile as can be, making them the perfect addition to any shoe rack.


Key Piece: Canvas Sneakers

Tretorn Nylite Trainers >

Tres Bien

Hailing from Malmo, Sweden, Tres Bien began life as a high-end menswear boutique stocking the likes of Maison Margiela, Engineered Garments and Comme des Garcons.

Today, its in-house label is arguably more famous than the store itself. Mixing casualwear and streetwear staples with colourful prints, tactile fabrics and eye-catching logos, Tres Bien’s playful designs serve as the perfect sartorial embodiment of the brand’s approach to retail and merchandising.


Key Piece: Logo T-shirt

Souvenir Logo-Print Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt >


Sweden’s Soulland may just be the most wearable streetwear label of all time. Pieces are characterful and exciting but executed with taste and refinement. There are logos, but they tend to be subtle. There’s bright colour, but it’s deployed with consideration.

In short, it’s streetwear for the thinking man. Soulland’s output straddles the line between youthful and tasteful with pinpoint accuracy. These are hoodies you can pair with a tailored topcoat; graphic tees that wouldn’t look out of place with cropped dress trousers. We like it, and we think you will, too.


Key Piece: Simplified Streetwear

Soulland Antonius Logo Hoody >

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Affordable Luxury: Top 5 Tudor Watch Models Right Now https://www.apetogentleman.com/best-tudor-watch-models/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=best-tudor-watch-models Wed, 18 Sep 2019 08:00:32 +0000 https://www.apetogentleman.com/?p=47246 Rolex's heir to the throne has long made some of the very best sports timepieces on the market.

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Despite being a comparative baby in the field – forgetting for a second the impressive history long before their modern incarnation – Tudor is fast becoming one of the go-to sports watch brands. On the one hand, they have the backing of Rolex; on the other, they have the creative freedom to create some more interesting pieces straddling the line between practicality and style.

They’re now so sought after that finding the piece you want might not be as easy as you might think. Not Rolex difficult, certainly, but give it time. They’re getting there. One of the few ways you can actually get the watch you desire without a waiting list is to scour the pre-owned and vintage market which, given how crazy collectors go for Tudor, is pretty healthy right now.

So, with a greater range of pieces than ever before and new versions constantly on the horizon – especially around rugby season – Ape has teamed up with Watchfinder & Co. to showcase the five Tudor watches you should know and, in most cases, want. A lot.

Black Bay Bronze

Possibly their most successful (and most handsome) model to date, the Black Bay Bronze takes Tudor’s flagship diving watch case and gives it the steampunk treatment with the zeitgeisty, anti-corrosive case metal of the moment. The latest iteration (above) matches the bronze with a subtle slate-grey dial, a nice point of difference from the usual black, but otherwise keeps things the same as last year’s original version.

The Black Bay has everything you need from a proper diving watch: a unidirectional rotating bezel, luminescent indexes and a case that’ll worry a shark. It also has Tudor’s signature snowflake hand, trimmed in tone-matched bronze and driven by their in-house Calibre MT5601 automatic movement. This is the quintessential modern Tudor.

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Black Bay GMT

When Rolex re-released their famous Pepsi Cola GMT back in 2018 there was a little bit of a shock. Not because of anything Rolex did, but because Tudor released their own version of it too – and it’s arguably a closer match to the vintage original. Able to track three different time zones across its 24-hour hand and rotating 24-hour red and blue bezel, Tudor didn’t quite sandbag their parent watchmaker but it was close.

The GMT’s been one of Tudor’s most sought-after models ever since. It can be extremely hard to get hold of, and it’s not hard to see why. It has the oversized crown and snowflake hand that define the Black Bay – and Tudor – while also being a fraction of the price of the Rolex version. If you can get hold of one of these, don’t hesitate.

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The Sub name might be inextricably linked to Rolex but that wasn’t always the case. In fact, Tudor released their take on the future icon just a year after them, in 1954. They perhaps don’t dare to use the name nowadays, hence why there has yet to be a modern re-launch, but you can find plenty of them on the pre-owned market and they are a true classic.

For just over £5,000 you can get the basic steel version, which shares almost too many similarities with the Rolex version. Invest a little more for an original (around £12,500) and you can get the genesis of all modern Tudor watches, ref. 7016/0, right down to the iconic snowflake hour hand. I hesitate to say any watch is a good investment, but with Tudor being where they are right now, a vintage Submariner might just be a good bet. Either way, what’s more satisfying than sandbagging a new Tudor owner with the words “mine’s vintage”, the horological equivalent of “I bought it before they were cool”. Just maybe don’t expect them to survive at their originally stated depths any more.

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If the Black Bay plays on Tudor’s diving watch heritage then the Pelagos advances it. Water resistant to 500m, it’s the watchmaker’s ultimate tool timepiece, a rugged deep-sea survivalist. If you’re on the hunt for a collector’s item, the Pelagos LHD ups the ante further, with a titanium and steel case complete with a ceramic black disc set into the bezel. There’s also another big change you may immediately notice: the crown is on the other side.

Normally the crown doesn’t interfere with whichever wrist you wear it on. In a diving watch however, with the larger crown guards it can get uncomfortable to wear a right-handed crown on your right hand. The LHD version ensures that even freaks of nature like lefties can wear one of the coolest extreme divers around.

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Black Bay Chrono

Personally, I never thought the Black Bay needed a chronograph function – until I tried it on. It might swap the classic heritage diver look in favour of a more technical vibe, but the dial is well-suited to the additional sub-dials and the tachymeter bezel is simply fantastic.

Collectors should keep an eye out for the latest All Blacks tie-in, the Black Bay Chrono Dark. Designed to match the legendary New Zealand team’s jersey, there’s something of the Speedmaster in the chrono’s black PVD case and bracelet, even with the snowflake hour hand and oversized pushers. This is a 2019 limited edition so don’t bank on getting hold of it first-hand; you’ll need to stay on top of the pre-owned market. It’ll be worth the effort, though.

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Shop more pre-owned and vintage Tudor Heritage Chrono watches at watchfinder.co.uk

About Watchfinder & Co.

Watchfinder & Co. was founded in 2002 and has gone on to establish itself as the expert in pre-owned luxury watches. With thousands of timepieces available from 70 of the world’s biggest names in watchmaking – including RolexOmegaPatek and Cartier, amongst others – the choice is unrivalled and so are the price points.

How Do I Know A Watch Is Genuine?

All watches are meticulously inspected and prepared by Watchfinder’s highly trained, manufacturer-accredited watchmakers. Each and every one is closely inspected, under high magnification, by experts, who are trained to spot any indication that a watch might be fake, and when the information is available, the company also cross-reference the watches against official brand records.

What If The Watch Stops Working?

Every pre-owned watch sold by Watchfinder includes a 12-month warranty alongside any remaining manufacturer’s warranty it may also have. Should the watch stop working properly through no fault of your own then they will repair it free of charge for the duration of your warranty, offering great peace of mind.

What Is The Returns Procedure?

Watchfinder give you 14 days to return a watch you aren’t happy with for a full refund. For in-store purchases, you can return you watch within 14 days for an exchange or store credit. See full terms and conditions here.

In partnership with Watchfinder & Co. – words and opinion Ape’s own.

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Wardrobe Workhorse: Why You Need A Denim Jacket This Autumn https://www.apetogentleman.com/best-denim-jackets-men/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=best-denim-jackets-men Tue, 17 Sep 2019 08:00:18 +0000 https://www.apetogentleman.com/?p=47202 The blue-collar staple is an essential a piece of kit no discerning gent should be without.

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Workwear has long been one of fashion’s key sources of inspiration. The combination of durability and practicality carries over nicely into the everyday wardrobe, with timeless good looks simply a bonus.

Take the denim jacket, for instance: rugged, versatile and eternally stylish. It’s a piece of kit that no discerning gent should be without. Here we explore one of menswear’s most enduring garments, including why you need one and where to buy the very best.

Why You Need A Denim Jacket

Layering is one of the cornerstones of good dressing and a denim jacket is an excellent tool for the job.

Trim enough to be worn beneath an overcoat or parka, yet sturdy enough to be used as a standalone layer in the transitional months, this blue-collar staple is about as versatile as a garment can be. It should be considered an investment piece, purely due to how much use you will get from one – it’s something that can be worn daily and worked into an infinite number of outfits, year-round. Throw it on over a T-shirt on summer evenings, layer it over a flannel shirt in spring and autumn, and even slot it under a thick coat come winter.

Add to that the fact that it’s one of those rare items which actually gets better with age and it’s easy to see why a denim jacket is worthy of a place in your wardrobe.

Buying Considerations

In order to come away with a jacket that’s guaranteed to stand the test of time, both in terms of looks and longevity, there are a few key things to bear in mind. Here are the most important purchasing considerations.


We’ve said it before countless times but it’s always worth repeating: fit is everything. This above all else. It doesn’t matter whether it cost £100 or £1,000, if the cut’s not right for you it’s never going to look good.

Denim jackets come in a variety of shapes, styles and sizes. However, as a general rule of thumb, they’re cut much shorter than other outerwear styles. The hem will traditionally sit at, or just above, the hips. It should also offer enough room for knitwear or a sweater to be worn beneath without severely restricting movement.


Levi’s Vintage Clothing raw denim jacket

Obviously, this particular garment should always be constructed from denim. Still, as any jean connoisseur will already know, that still leaves a lot of room for interpretation.

Rigid, raw denim will be stiff and uncomfortable at first but over time will mould and fade into something truly unique that fits you like a glove. Meanwhile, denim that has been washed will be softer and worn in right off the hanger. Either way, weight tends to be indicative of quality – so, generally speaking, the heavier the better.


More often than not in menswear, you get what you pay for. Yes, it’s possible to secure a good-looking denim jacket for less than £100, but as to whether it’ll stand the test of time, that’s more difficult to say.

One thing we do know for sure is that – up to a point – a higher price tag often equates to better quality denim, and better quality denim will always outperform and outlast cheap denim. Ergo, the more you spend, the more likely you are to wind up with a jacket that will still be around long after you’ve gone.

So, how much should you be budgeting? Realistically, a few hundred pounds will secure you a top-notch design, crafted using premium, heavyweight denim from a renowned mill. Anything above £500 and you’re really just paying extra for the label.


Rag & Bone Definitive Jean Jacket

The final element to consider is colour. Black, white, grey, indigo, stonewash… denim jackets are available in a huge range of colours, but some will benefit your wardrobe more than others.

Classic indigo is our shade of choice. Out of the full spectrum of washes, it’s the most traditional and the most versatile. In other words, it’s always going to look good and it’ll complement pretty much anything you choose to wear with it.

The Brands For Denim Jackets


Cotton Denim Jacket >

Taking its name from the ranch of Mr Ralph Lauren, RRL (pronounced “double RL”) serves as a tribute to the USA’s pioneering spirit and rugged style. It draws inspiration from the country’s blue-collar traditions, offering up workwear staples with a Ralph Lauren twist. The denim jacket is one of the label’s signature styles.



OrSlow 60’S Denim Jacket >

Japan and high-end denim have gone hand in hand since the 1950s. Inspired by garments left by American soldiers after the Second World War, the Japanese began crafting their own high-grade jeans, which quickly became known as some of the best in the world. OrSlow is a Nippon-based label that embraces this tradition. Inspired by Levi’s archives, it creates top-tier denim using a loom from the 1930s and uses the fabric to create everything from selvedge jeans to some of the best denim jackets money can buy.


Work Jean Jacket >

Parisian mainstay A.P.C. is known for doing the simple things really, really well. Whether it be a basic white tee or a gabardine overcoat, if it bears those three iconic letters, you can rest assured it’s a quality garment. One of the things for which the French label has become particularly known is denim. A.P.C.’s raw, selvedge denim jeans and jackets have a reputation as the best at their price point. In terms of fit, quality and value for money, it’s impossible to find better.


Rag & Bone

Definitive Slim-Fit Denim Jacket >

Combining British heritage with directional, modern design, New York-based Rag & Bone is famed for its premium casualwear. Denim is one of the label’s calling cards, offering excellent fit, form and build quality that is second to none. Styles are classic, but with a contemporary twist and washes range from raw to artfully faded.


Acne Studios

1998 Denim Jacket >

With a knack for clean lines, crisp cuts and minimalist styling, Acne Studios serves as a benchmark for all other Scandinavian labels to aspire to. The Swedes may not be known for their denim, but that’s something that Acne has been changing. The label’s jeans and denim jackets have long been revered by fashion insiders and with such sharp fits and high quality, it’s not difficult to see why.



Men Denim Jacket >

As mentioned further up, good denim tends to be expensive. However, as anyone who’s ever tried a pair of Uniqlo’s selvedge jeans will agree, it’s entirely possible to get a pretty good alternative for less than 50 quid. The Japanese brand’s denim may be cheap, but it’s certainly not bad. So, if money’s tight, Uniqlo has what you need to get the look without breaking the bank.


Levi’s Vintage Clothing

1936 Type I Jacket >

As the brand that invented the denim jacket, back in the 1880s, it stands to reason that Levi’s should make some of the best. Levi’s Vintage Clothing is an offshoot of the American heritage label that believes thinking forwards sometimes means looking backwards. The range takes inspiration from the company’s vast archives; vintage garments are reissued with a level of quality that often surpasses that of the main Levi’s line. The denim jacket is a staple piece in the brand’s seasonal collections and continues to be a hallmark of what Levi’s was – and still is – all about.


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Wardrobe Maintenance: 9 Tools That Will Make Your Clothes Last Longer https://www.apetogentleman.com/wardrobe-maintenance-tools/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wardrobe-maintenance-tools Mon, 16 Sep 2019 07:30:24 +0000 https://www.apetogentleman.com/?p=47158 You spent good money on your clothes, so it pays to look after them.

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So you’ve just invested in a new wardrobe (presumably inspired by Ape’s priceless sartorial advice). You’ve got the shoes, you’ve got the suit, you’ve got the accessories, and everything in-between. All of it is of the highest possible quality your budget will allow and timeless enough to see you well into the future.

Congratulations are in order, but you’re not done. After all, there’s little point in buying quality garments if you’re not going to look after them. Here’s everything you need to keep your signature pieces in peak condition.

Iron and Ironing Board

Name a more iconic and crucial clothes care duo (we’ll wait). It can’t be stressed enough how important a good iron and ironing board are. Skimp on either at your clothes’ peril. We’ve all been in hotel rooms with skeletal ironing boards, trying to smooth the creases on a work shirt before an important meeting – it’s infuriating. It’s also no coincidence that according to YouGov polls, ironing is Britain’s most hated household chore.

Like your clothes, it pays to invest in quality. You might have been sleeping on the latest iron technology, but we can assure you it has come a long way. Self-cleaning systems and anti-scale plugs help avert burn/dirt mark disasters whilst a host of temperature settings make dealing with different fabrics easier and more effective.

Do yourself a favour and get an electric steamer iron (avoid the ones with tanks), like the Tefal Ultimate or Philips Azur. On the ironing board front, prioritise heavy-set, substantial board padding and a sturdy frame. If you’ve ever wondered what the Porsche of the ironing board world is – it’s a Brabantia.

Garment Steamer

Not as crucial as the previous duo, but if you’re serious about looking slick and you’ve got the budget, it’s worth buying a garment steamer. Not only will it freshen your clothes in an instant – working wonders on items that have been in storage for a while – but it can also reach wrinkles in hard-to-iron areas and is quicker than getting the ironing board set up if you’re in a hurry. Again, Philips and Tefal make solid options.

Clothes Brushes

“What about a lint roller?” We hear you cry. Well, in a needlessly disposable age, the last thing the world needs is rolls of spent, slightly furry plastic-coated paper destined for landfill or the sea. Not only that, the rolling of adhesive is plain unsettling, pulling at the sensitive fibres of that lovely cashmere jumper you’ve just bought.

Get yourself a clothes brush or two (soft and hard depending on what you’re brushing) and massage the lint away without disrupting the fibres. The brushes will last longer, you won’t be caught short with an empty roll and they will help extend the lifespan of your garments in the process.

Shoe Care Kit

You need one of these and it needs to be fully-stocked. You can pick up fantastic little sets in charming wooden boxes at most traditional shoe shops, but if not just arrange everything in a sturdy box. You’ll need various shades of polish, a selection of brushes (applicator, general brush for dust, suede brush, small detail brush) and some rags or a cloth for shining. We’d also recommend all-weather sprays and protectors for delicate fabrics like suede and nubuck.

Wooden Hangers

Thin, stringy metal shapes posing as clothes hangers should make your skin crawl. Even plastic is not good enough, these days. Instead, opt for smooth, sturdy wooden hangers with a padded cloth bar across the bottom for hanging trousers.

Shoe Trees

Not just for your prized Goodyear-welted footwear but your luxe white sneakers too. Shoe trees stretch a shoe, helping to retain its shape and prevent creases in the upper, but also absorb moisture and control odours. Opt for cedar wood versions that are adjustable so you always achieve the perfect fit. You can go the extra mile by storing footwear in shoe bags and their original boxes to stop them from collecting dust and dirt when not in use.

Shoe Horn

Save the backs of your shoes and increase their longevity by using a shoe horn. In the long run it’ll help preserve the shape of your footwear and reduce scuff marks.

Clothes Horse / Dryer

Another one you shouldn’t skimp on. A sturdy, fold-out clothes dryer is a device that, when purchased, you will wonder how you ever lived without. Aim for something with plenty of drying room but also dedicated space to hang garments which require a hanger. Heated versions are great for speeding up the drying process.


Storage is a crucial part of caring for your clothes. With the UK experiencing such seasonal extremes, you will often only utilise half of your wardrobe at any one time. The other half should be stored properly in order to protect your prized garments from dirt, dust and pests – all of which conspire to reduce their lifespan.

There are a number of handy storage items available on the market, including traditional garment carriers, airtight vacuum containers, anti-moth bags and soft-sided, foldable boxes. Mix and match to your specific requirements.

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A Modern Gentleman’s Guide To Natural Wine https://www.apetogentleman.com/natural-wine-guide/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=natural-wine-guide Fri, 13 Sep 2019 09:00:51 +0000 https://www.apetogentleman.com/?p=46651 The cool, interesting and approachable sibling to conventional wine’s uptight and often elitist persona.

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We are now experiencing a wonderful time for natural wine. Unless you’ve been drinking under a rock for the last few years, the likelihood is you’ll have at least seen or heard about it. From the various natural wine bars popping up in cities across the UK to the transformed wine lists of Michelin-starred restaurants, natural wine is the cool, interesting and approachable sibling to “conventional” wine’s uptight and often elitist persona.

But what is it? How does it differ? What’s it all about? To answer all this and more, we’ve compiled a comprehensive briefing on natural wine, including a handy explainer and set of recommendations to help you decide what to drink and where to drink it.

How does the natural wine process differ to that of conventional wine?

First things first, natural wine is nothing new. Despite becoming ever more popular over recent years, natural wine is the original process of wine-making used before the industrialised techniques of the 1950s. To understand what it is, let’s first consider wine’s other incarnations.

(Conventional) Wine

Apologies if we’re getting too basic for you here, but wine – in its conventional bottled form – is fermented grape juice. The process, which is highly industrialised, involves grapes being grown, picked and pressed before the juice itself is fermented. There’s over 300 additives that can go into a bottle of wine and numerous processing techniques that can be used. Filtering, fining, the addition of yeast, clarification agents – it’s all fair game. Meanwhile the vineyard can be treated with whatever’s needed to quench that industrial thirst.

Organic Wine

The next step up is organic wine. The long and short of organic wine is that in order to maintain disease-free grapes, the vines are treated with organic herbicides and pesticides. This is good news for the people that work in the vineyard and even better news for the environment. Meanwhile, in the cellar, it’s still a free for all in terms of additives and processing.

Biodynamic Wine

Another step towards natural. Biodynamic wine is a set of farming principles that considers the vineyard as an eco-system, which means a no-chemical approach akin to organic wine, but also includes a preventative approach to soil that hopefully means you won’t need to use chemicals later down the line to treat vine disease. There’s a bit less manipulation in the cellar too.

Natural Wine

Natural wine is, dare we say it, the natural progression of all of the above. Grapes are traditionally grown in the best possible chemical- and machinery-free environment and are usually picked by hand. In the cellar, the grapes are fermented by “natural” or “wild” fermentation techniques, meaning once pressed, the grapes are left to ferment by themselves thanks to naturally-occurring yeast.

The clarification process of the wine is minimal – so there’s no to very low fining or filtration. The sulphur levels are low, so usually less than 50 parts per million of sulphur is added. Think of natural wine as the philosophy and organic and biodynamic as tools which are part of that philosophy.

How does the wine itself differ?

With the process considered, the product is thus noticeably different. For starters, a longer process usually results in smaller batches. Whilst other wines can often be manipulated in order to reach a particular deadline of fermentation, natural wine is ready when it’s ready. There’s no rushing it.

The resultant wines are fascinating and the most noticeable difference is the taste, with a wider range of notes and room for more complex natural flavours. The smell is different, the nose of the wine has a lot more to it and you’ll often hear the term “funk” or “funky” thrown around. Aromas will typically be strange, but nonetheless complement the taste. There’s also a cloudiness or spritziness to the appearance, too.

Under a microscope, natural wine is dramatically different. On a microbiological level, the wines are alive in the bottle, there’s a lot happening there and it results in each bottle being characterful and unique.

What are the misconceptions?

As you can imagine, any reference to “natural” inevitably conjures imagery of sandal-clad hippies and drum circles, but that’s a stereotype that’s unfounded. In every wine-making country there’ll be either a large or small community of natural wine-makers. The stuffier, more convention wine elites often speak negatively of natural wine, unable to deal with unconventional tastes, aromas and appearances but you only need to consider Michelin-starred pairings and an ever-growing popularity worldwide for evidence of credibility.

On a more technical note, one of the most commonly asked questions – due to the lack of added sulphur – is can it still age? In this sense, it’s no different to conventional wine. There’s natural wine made for ageing and there’s natural wine made for drinking young.

The definition of natural wine isn’t bolted on either – it’s not a box-ticking exercise. Although some might begrudge others for adding a little sulphur, that same sulphur (usually less than a bag of dried apricots) can provide a safety net for those trying to make wine in a better way, which ultimately, is akin to walking a tightrope. Think of natural wine as a fluid concept and applaud those trying to make wine in a traditional way.

Will drinking natural wine stop me from getting a hangover?

Listen, if you drink any form of alcohol to excess you’re going to get a hangover. It’s as simple as that. But, it’s worth considering, what actually goes into conventional wine? The answer: loads of chemicals. Remember, over 300 potential additives are incorporated – and that’s not including the hardcore herbicides and pesticides used to treat the grapes as they’re growing on the vine. If you go pick up a bottle of supermarket wine right now, there’s a high chance it’s going to have some trace of pesticide residue in it.

With a natural wine, the most you’re going to get is a small amount of sulphites. Anecdotal evidence from natural wine drinkers is conclusive in pointing out less of a headache and groggy feeling in the morning but of course, that all depends on how much you’ve had and what you’ve had it with. Some scientific evidence points towards a link between the presence of sulphites and an inability to process alcohol in the liver, but we’ll leave the science to the scientists. Wishful thinking is not conclusive proof.

Why should you care about natural wine?

There’s a certain romance and purity with natural wine that’s difficult to find elsewhere in the wine world. Natural wine is about making sure you’ve got the healthiest grapes possible and then essentially letting the wine make itself. What results is a really big vintage variation and an honest reflection of what that year has given you. In a hot year you might have a ripe, full-bodied wine with high alcohol levels. In a cooler year, you can have a lighter-bodied wine with higher acidity and increased freshness.

It means you’re tasting different expressions of the same territory, the same area and the same grapes – an honest reflection of a place rather than something that’s a manipulated product. Going back to traditional wine-making principles has also opened up wine to a new crowd, which can only be a good thing. In the same way that craft beer has steered the ship away from the middle-aged CAMRA member, if you go to a natural wine tasting evening, you’re likely to see a younger, more diverse and welcoming group from different backgrounds.

It goes without saying that natural wine is a delicious product. Whether you’re a Malbec or Rosé drinker, there’s something to cater for your tastes. From the vibrant labels hinting at what’s inside to the variation in bottle-styles, natural wine is a mouth-watering labour of love.

Where to drink natural wine?

The Remedy, Fitzrovia

You may have cottoned on or you may still be sleeping, but chances are a natural wine bar has popped up in your city. If you reside in London, they’ll be multiple in your borough but you might be surprised how many are elsewhere across the country. An extended list of favourites include: Bunch (Liverpool), Wayward (Leeds), Elm (Sheffield), Kwas (Huddersfield), Good Bros and Little Rascal (both Edinburgh), Brett (Glasgow) and Erst (a restaurant in Manchester with a great selection).

In London there’s an equally impressive cohort: The Remedy (Fitzrovia), Terroirs (Charing Cross) Nobel Fine Liquor (Hackney) and P Franco (Clapton) are all excellent ports of call.

At this point, before recommending a few bottles, it’s worth pointing out that the patrons of these places most likely live and breathe natural wine, so talk to them. Ask them what they like, what they don’t like and the stories, people and suppliers behind these wines. Buying online is handy, but it’s worth making the most of the in-store experience with natural wine and learning a few things.

Ape’s Natural Wine Recommendations

Tempranillo, Gran Cerdo

An extremely drinkable and affordable natural red. Matured in steel, this is a bright and juicy Spanish wine with faint notes of lavender and an earthy edge. Pair with red meat.

Viura, Gran Cerdo

The white to the Tempranillo’s red. Another affordable gateway choice, this is the ideal day-to-day dry white. Ripe and juicy, flavours of white peach and apricot stand out. The perfect bottle for keeping in the fridge for impromptu company.

Nero D’avola Ciello

Another fantastic value red, this time from Italy. Medium-bodied, with fresh dark fruit flavours and a little spice. Organically-farmed and bottled without fining or filtration, this is a great option to have around the house and goes beautifully with simple pasta dishes.

Ciello Bianco Catarratto


The corresponding white from Sicily that’s another great value and extremely drinkable dry white. Again, organically-farmed and bottled without fining or filtration, the cloudy interior is bursting with fruity flavour.

Rainbow Juice, Gentle Folk

Ask anyone in natural wine and they’ll tell you how quickly Rainbow Juice sells out. All the way from Adelaide, this light red is juicy and refreshing. A blend of 23 different varieties, we recommend buying in bulk if sighted on the shelves.

Riesling Vom Berg, Brand Brothers

A beautiful example of a family winemaker doing wonderful things. This Riesling from Daniel and Jonas Brand is crisp, dry and refreshing with lemony and tropical fruit flavours. Another testament to the care taken, their grandmother hand-draws the labels for their bottles.

FRV 100, Jean Paul Brun

Another great reason to try natural wine is that it’s a reason to cast aside negative stereotypes often associated with sparkling and rosé. This sparkling rosé, which uses the Gamay grape, is absolutely delicious and should be kept chilled for a sweeter weekend evening glass.

I Wish I Was A Ninja, Testalonga

Testalonga’s Craig Hawkins is widely-respected on the natural wine circuit and his South African options are so easy to fall in love with. With eye-catching labels abound, our pick is this sparkling number with flavours of pear and elderflower. Completely additive free and delicious.

A special thanks to Bobby Fishel of Bunch, Liverpool for his extremely helpful natural wine expertise and enthusiasm.

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Fresh Kicks: The UK’s Best Sneaker Stores https://www.apetogentleman.com/best-sneaker-stores-uk/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=best-sneaker-stores-uk Thu, 12 Sep 2019 08:00:47 +0000 https://www.apetogentleman.com/?p=47142 From concept boutiques to grail-packed consignment shops, here's where to sate your trainer addiction.

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Sartorially speaking, the United Kingdom is famed for many things. There’s the bespoke tailoring of Savile Row, the age-old shoemaking traditions of Northamptonshire and even the kilts and country attire of the Scottish Highlands. Less well documented, however, is the UK’s long-running love affair with sports footwear. And, as a result, the resulting bountiful selection of world-class sneaker stores.

Wherever you find yourself in the United Kingdom, rest assured a top-tier sneaker outlet is only a stone’s throw away. From concept boutiques to grail-packed consignment shops, here are some of the very best.

The Other Side Of The Pillow – London

Good news for sneaker fans keen to get a look at the world’s largest collection of rare and vintage Vans skate shoes: there’s no need to travel all the way to the beautiful, sun-kissed shores of Southern California, the brand’s natural home. Instead, you can simply hop on the tube to Clapton. Perhaps not quite as glamorous, but certainly cheaper.

This vibrantly decorated boutique is one of the UK’s true hidden gems. Boasting a lively selection of weird and wonderful Vans sneakers from through the ages, it’s a haven for sneakerheads, skate-culture vultures and pretty much anyone with even a passing interest in footwear.

161b Lower Clapton Rd, Clapton, London, E5 8EQ

END – Newcastle Upon Tyne

Since setting up shop in 2005, END has gone from a small, boutique menswear space, nestled down a Newcastle back alley, to the most dominant retail force in luxury menswear. Known for its unrivalled mix of high-end designer clothing, cutting-edge streetwear and vast selection of sneakers, END has not only taken the online world by storm, but now also boasts three physical locations across the UK.

There’s a store in Glasgow and a glistening new flagship in London’s Soho district, but it’s always going to be the Newcastle branch that serves as END’s spiritual home. Pop in for the latest limited-edition sneaker drops, as well as mainstays from the likes of Nike, Adidas, Converse, Common Projects and beyond.

133-137 Grainger St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5AE

5 Pointz – Bristol

Widely regarded as one of the coolest cities in Great Britain, Bristol’s streets are bristling with music, arts, great food and, of course, sneakers.

Keeping the town’s sneakerheads happy since 2004, 5 Pointz is a store with its roots in hip-hop and street culture. It’s Bristol’s go-to spot for limited releases, so don’t be surprised to find queues forming down the street on a drop day. And, if the generous selection of footwear isn’t enough to scratch that shopping itch, check out the apparel selection, too.  Expect to find brands like Carhartt WiP, Manastash and Norse Projects, among many others.

18 Nelson St, Bristol, BS1 2LE

Footpatrol – London

Europe has its fair share of top-drawer trainer outlets, but London’s Footpatrol (featured image, top) is often heralded as one of the finest. Freshly decked out with a slick new interior, the Berwick Street sneaker store houses world-class silhouettes from the likes of NikeLab, New Balance and Air Jordan. Stock is presented against a minimalist backdrop of grey walls, giant mirrors and artistically arranged shelving.

The space is nestled among some of the city’s coolest eateries and record stores, too. So, after you’ve picked up your shoes, be sure to grab a bite to eat and indulge in a spot of crate digging in the surrounding Soho streets.

80 Berwick St, Soho, London, W1F 8TU

Hanon – Aberdeen

Aberdeen perhaps isn’t the most likely location for a bustling, international sneaker-culture hub. A weather-beaten city on Scotland’s northeast coast, it’s a far stretch from the palm tree-lined boulevards of LA. Nevertheless, it’s where you’ll find Hanon, one of the world’s most reputable sneaker hotspots.

From humble beginnings selling kicks from their parents’ living room, brothers Brian and Edward Toft grew Hanon into something remarkable. Today it’s Scotland’s go-to spot for hard-to-find sneakers and trailblazing streetwear. The store is no stranger to an in-house collab either, so look out for hookups with the likes of Reebok, New Balance, Adidas and all the other big hitters.

49-51 The Green, Aberdeen, AB11 6NY

Sneakers ER – Glasgow

Glasgow’s Sneakers ER isn’t a sneaker store in the traditional sense of the term. It’s more like Apple’s Genius Bar, but for your shoes. Set up by two of the city’s most active trainer enthusiasts, Sneakers ER provides expert care, cleaning and restoration for your beloved kicks. Led by famed footwear restorer Glasgowbob, the store’s Sneaker Laundry is the largest setup of its kind anywhere in the world.

In addition to the in-house service, there’s also a vast selection of sneaker care products on sale to help preserve your shoes at home. Oh, and don’t forget to nip for a coffee at the SNKR Cafe – you can grab a drink while you wait for the staff to bring your battered kicks back to life.

73-77 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HB

KershKicks – Manchester

Situated in Manchester’s creative hub, the Northern Quarter, KershKicks is the latest addition to the UK’s sneaker scene. Founded by brothers Sam and Ben Kersh, the store works on a buy-sell-trade model and stocks some of the most sought-after trainers in the world.

Prices range from £50 to well over £2,000 and labels stocked include all the usual sneakerhead favourites as well as hyped brand collabs. The trading and selling aspect means that stock is always changing, so you can never be sure what you’ll find when you step through the doors.

Kersh Kicks 36/40 Edge St, Manchester, M4 1HN

Transalpino – Liverpool

As the spiritual home of terrace fashion, Liverpool is a city with a very distinctive sense of style. Outdoor brands, Italian sportswear and high-end denim have always been Scouse cornerstones, but rare Adidas trainers will always be top.

The city has a long-running history in importing hard-to-find Three Stripes kicks. In the casual-culture heyday the go-to store was Wade Smith, but today it’s Transalpino that boasts the most comprehensive collection. The owners make frequent trips to South America, Europe, the USA and beyond in search of Adidas archive sneakers. But these aren’t any old battered, second-hand shoes. Each and every pair is deadstock, meaning they’re box-fresh and unworn. If you’re on the hunt for something truly unique, this is the store for you.

80 Bold St, Liverpool, L1 4HR

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The Cook Books Every Gentleman Should Have In His Kitchen https://www.apetogentleman.com/best-cook-books-men/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=best-cook-books-men Wed, 11 Sep 2019 08:00:30 +0000 https://www.apetogentleman.com/?p=47091 These classic culinary tomes feature recipes that are bound to impress, whether you're hosting a dinner party or that special someone.

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Butter, red wine, shallots and homemade stock. If you want the meals you currently cook to taste like restaurant fare, those are the ingredients you need to use according to Anthony Bourdain in his seminal book Kitchen Confidential. Great advice – and no doubt it’ll boost your trademark spag’ bol’ – but as a modern alpha male you’re going to need more strings to you culinary bow. You want recipes that will impress a crowd but also showstoppers for that special someone.

With multiple cuisines taken into account, carnivores and herbivores catered to, and odes to the science behind food, here’s our selection of essential kitchen cookbooks.

The Silver Spoon

Everyone loves Italian food. It’s a foolproof crowd pleaser. Whether you’re catering to a large group pretending you’re the head of the Dolmio family or you’re playing Dean Martin in the background of a meal for two, Italian food is universally adored. If you want to learn how to do it properly, you need a copy of The Silver Spoon – the Italian cooking bible.

And when we say it’s the Italian cookbook, we mean it. It’s the sort of thing passed from generation to generation at a wedding. First written in the 1950s, compiling beloved age-old traditional recipes from grandmas throughout Italy, Phaidon bought the rights in the early 2000s and the book is now a best-seller. Invest in the new “classic” edition and master your ragu and risotto once and for all.

£35 for hardback; phaidon.com

Mowgli Street Food by Nisha Katona

Starting out in Liverpool and now a nationwide staple, Mowgli has reinvented the way people think of “Indian food”. Thanks to Nisha Katona’s emphasis on lighter, more flavoursome curry and inventive options like chaat bombs and gunpowder chicken, Mowgli Street Food is the ideal cookbook for inventive Indian-inspired cooking.

As well as traditional favourites like mother butter chicken and a paneer in rich sauce, there’s delicious takes on the chip butty and cocktail recipes to boot. An all-rounder for the ultimate feast.

£25 for hardback; waterstones.com

SIMPLE by Yotam Ottolenghi

Although everyone loves Ottolenghi, even he would admit that his recipe lists can be a bit, well, long. A bit niche too. Fully aware of this playful criticism, he’s come up with a book that is classic Ottolenghi beauty and flavour, albeit pared back. There’s still a lot of herbs in here and a few things you likely won’t get down your local Tesco Metro (Ras El Hanout, for example) but once you’ve bought them, you’ll get your money’s worth.

If you’re looking to impress with minimal effort, you can do far worse than Yotam’s curried lentil, tomato and coconut soup, and there’s plenty of interchangeable small plates here to whip up a colourful and healthy supper bursting with flavour.

£9.99 for Kindle edition; amazon.co.uk

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat

Not your conventional cookbook in the sense of a tome full of recipes (although they are in there), but really important nonetheless for understanding what cooking actually is. Yes, slightly meta here, but a little swatting up on the basics – such as how the size of the food in the pan affects how said food will taste – is crucial. Each section reads like a culinary epiphany and once you’ve mastered the fundamentals, you’ll be dying to experiment in the kitchen.

£16.99 for audio book; audible.co.uk

Bread Is Gold by Massimo Bottura

Massimo Bottura is a culinary badass. Formerly the most celebrated chef in the world, the skinny Italian – with the help of 45 of the world’s best chefs – has compiled a book of beautiful recipes that take mundane, overlooked and often wasted ingredients and turn them into stunning dishes that surprisingly, aren’t too difficult to make at home. Think strawberry gazpacho, vegetable moqueca and banana peel chutney.

£17.38 for paperback; agreatread.co.uk

The Mezze Cookbook by Salma Hage

If there’s one type of cuisine that we would personally like to see more of, it’s Middle Eastern mezze: delicious dips, small portions of beautifully arranged vegetables and a variety of complementary dishes that work perfectly together. Grab a plate, choose what you like, then bask in the warmth of spice or the aroma of herbs.

Continuing Phaidon’s exceptional series of national and regional cookbooks, The Mezze Cookbook provides an array of sharing plate options taken from a host of Middle-Eastern countries with beautiful photography, simple recipes and helpful menu inspiration for compiling the perfect feast.

£30 for hardback; mrporter.com

Lisboeta by Nuno Mendes


Have you been to Lisbon yet? Everyone in your office, favourite coffee shop and five-a-side team has. It’s not too expensive, it’s sunny, there’s a buzzing cultural scene and the food is fantastic. Said food is captured in Lisboeta, Nuno Mendes’ wonderful little ode to his favourite city.

Lots of paprika, ingenious tips for using stale bread, amazing beer snacks and gloriously simple small fish recipes make Lisboeta a genuinely charming cookbook that is well worth learning from.

£11.99 for hardback; blackwells.co.uk

Ken Hom: The Complete Chinese Cookbook

Ken Hom’s Complete Chinese Cookbook is a kitchen classic. If you’re looking to dip your toe into Far East cooking, even if it’s a seemingly basic stir fry, Hom’s helpful run through of cooking techniques, ingredients and equipment will raise any attempts at oriental cuisine. With over 250 recipes included, there’s something quick and healthy in here for meat lovers and vegetarians alike.

£1.99 for Kindle edition; amazon.co.uk

Berber & Q by Josh Katz

Berber & Q by Josh Katz is probably one of the most visually stunning cookbooks we’ve ever seen. Everything looks absolutely awe-inspiring. It’s also the sort of book that will make you appear like a genuine pro next time you’re standing next to a barbecue. With a variety of Middle-Eastern-inspired barbecue recipes, this is the cookbook every man needs to transform from token burger flipper to grill maestro.

It’s worth mentioning the sweets here too – the orange blossom and labneh cheesecake is a world-beater.

£17.50 for hardback; whsmith.co.uk

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Get Faded: The Complete Guide To Taper Fade Haircuts https://www.apetogentleman.com/best-taper-fade-haircuts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=best-taper-fade-haircuts Tue, 10 Sep 2019 08:00:20 +0000 https://www.apetogentleman.com/?p=46963 Put a fresh spin on any classic cut with this modern barbering technique.

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Barbering has come on leaps and bounds over the past few decades. As modern men have grown more interested in grooming, new cutting techniques, hair styling tricks and general tonsorial wizardry have become commonplace in the modern barbershop. It’s a shift that has yielded sharper styles, cleaner lines and, most importantly, a way to seamlessly blend long hair into short hair without looking like you went to your mum for a bowl cut. Say hello to the taper fade.

This handy technique enables something as dramatic as a skin fade on the back and sides to be subtly worked into a much longer style – like a pompadour or Ivy League crop – up top. It’s a way of graduating through drastically different lengths of hair while ensuring the overall look remains balanced and smooth.

Because of this, it’s immensely versatile. This is a technique that can be incorporated into a wide variety of different hairstyles, offering an easy way to put a fresh spin on classic cuts. Here we break down everything there is to know about the taper fade, including precisely what it is and why you should ask for one at your next haircut.

What Is A Taper Fade?

The clue is in the name. The taper fade is a mashup consisting of two similar barbering techniques: the taper and the fade. The best way to explain how it works is to look at each of these two elements individually.

First off, a fade is a clipper technique used by barbers to blend short hair into even shorter hair. Sometimes even into no hair at all (i.e. a “skin” fade). Meanwhile, a taper achieves a similar goal but for slightly longer hair, using both scissors and clippers to graduate from short to long.

The amalgamation of the two results in a tapered, wedge-like appearance that can be used to bring almost any mid-length haircut bang up to date.

Who Suits A Taper Fade?

Because the taper fade can be deployed for such a vast array of men’s hairstyles, whether or not it will suit you has a lot to do with what you go for on top. Lofty styles, like quiffs and pompadours, are better suited to oval, round or square faces, as they add height. This also means they’re best avoided if your face happens to be a little on the long side; the last thing you want to do is create additional length.

For the same reason, a taper fade lends itself particularly well to a rounder face. The short, closely cropped length at the sides has a slimming effect and, combined with some length through top, can drastically improve overall balance.

As for who should avoid a taper fade, it’s best given a wide berth by those with heart-shaped faces. The wedge-like outline it creates will only accentuate the forehead, making the difference in size between the top and bottom portions of the face even more pronounced.

The Best Taper Fade Hairstyles For Men

Taper Fade Pompadour

The pompadour has been around for hundreds of years, but only in its shorter, more wearable form since around the 1950s. In recent years the pomp has been given another timely update via the taper fade, bringing a contemporary feel to a timeless look.

Your barber will no doubt be familiar with the style, but you can still offer some guidance as to how drastic the fade should be. If in doubt, a photo always serves as a handy point of reference.

In order to keep things looking sharp, regular trips back to the barbershop are necessary. This has less to do with the length on top and is more about keeping the fade from growing out and looking unkempt.

When it comes to styling, you’ll need a vented brush, hair dryer and either a pomade (slick finish) or textured paste/clay (matte finish). Blow-dry the hair while using the vented brush to style it up and back, then simply work your choice of styling product through the hair from root to tip, using the brush to whip it into shape.

Taper Fade Slick Back

A tonsorial cornerstone of hipsters, mid-length, slicked-back locks, worn with an undercut, have long been a common sight in the coffee shops, pubs and record stores of east London. Don’t be put off, though. Adding a taper fade into the mix is enough to soften this aggressive-looking trim’s edges, without taking away any of its trademark attitude.

Ask your barber for a slick back with a taper fade at the back and sides. It’s really up to you how long or short to keep the hair on top, but it needs to be long enough (and have enough weight) to lie down when combed back into place.

In terms of styling, a good blow dryer is a must, along with a comb and a wet-look product like a wax or pomade. Simply tame the hair back using the dryer and the comb, then run your product of choice through from root to tip. Finish with a strong-hold hairspray if you find that it becomes unruly throughout the day.

Taper Fade Afro

A full afro can look great, but it’s not for everyone. If the look appeals but the thought of the maintenance leaves you in doubt, a taper-faded, neatened-up version could be the perfect alternative.

First things first: you need to find a barber who is experienced in dealing with afro hair. There are plenty out there, but even non-specialist barbershops will often have a resident scissorsmith who understands its specific needs. Once you’ve found one, explain that you’d like a short, neat ‘fro that incorporates a taper fade on the back and sides.

If cut well, the hair will keep its shape naturally, but it doesn’t hurt to have an afro pick on hand throughout the day to ensure it looks its best. Afro hair is also naturally prone to drying, so ensure you use a moisturising shampoo and conditioner regularly, as well as applying a moisturising oil to give it a healthy shine. If you really want to embrace your natural hair texture, consider adding a curl enhancer to damp hair.

Taper Fade Textured Crop

It’s difficult to think of a more popular haircut over the last decade than the textured crop. This throwback cut rose to prominence thanks to the popularity of Peaky Blinders and it’s protagonist Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy), but unlike the flat caps and waistcoats that accompanied it, the textured crop is much more versatile and timeless.

Tommy Shelby’s trim is worn with an undercut, something that was commonplace before barbers developed the ability to effectively blend different lengths of hair. Today, however, you can ask your hairstylist to incorporate a taper fade to achieve a more polished look.

To style, simply spritz some salt spray into damp hair, leave to air dry and then rub a small amount of matte clay or paste through the hair, using your fingers to create separation and texture while pushing it forward slightly.

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New You: Men’s Grooming Treatments To Deal With Every Body Hangup https://www.apetogentleman.com/mens-grooming-treatments/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mens-grooming-treatments Mon, 09 Sep 2019 07:00:57 +0000 https://www.apetogentleman.com/?p=46129 Want to shed a few pounds, look younger or remove unwanted body hair? You can fix all these issues (and more) on your lunch break.

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Got something you’d like to fix? We’re not talking about that annoying drip under the sink or the light that’s on the blink again. We’re talking about a face and body overhaul. Beyond the moisturiser that you slap on your face or the paste shove in your hair is a world of high-tech grooming procedures that can transform, restore and actually improve what god gave you.

Face lifts, dodgy hair plugs and mysterious trips to Swiss clinics are old news. Today, there’s all manner of “tweakments” that offer maximum results with minimal interference (and pain) that can be done during a lunch break, as locally as your nearest high street. We always recommend that you shop around for the best results (not the cheapest price), and any procedure shouldn’t be undertaken lightly or without professional consultation.

So, if you’ve got a few pounds left to shed, want to rewind the clock on some wrinkles or permanently deforest the silverback gorilla thatch, here’s Ape’s guide to some of the most popular treatments available on the market.


Cryolipolysis – also known as “Cool Sculpting” or “fat freezing” – is a non-invasive therapy that freezes fat cells. These then crystallise and die, leaving your body to process and eliminate them the natural way. Sessions are short and the skin is left feeling red and numb temporarily. It requires no downtime and you can continue remote working while having it done so it won’t interrupt your workflow. It’s not just for love handles, either – it can be very effective at removing any excess you’re carrying under your chin.

Who is it good for: people who’ve recently lost weight and have a stubborn areas to shift

How much is it and where can I get it: prices from £700, pulselightclinic.co.uk


Prescribed for fine lines, blemishes, breakouts and pigmentation issues, microdermabrasion uses fine crystals to polish away dead skin cell, revealing a new, fresher skin underneath. It’s painless, even if it sounds harsh, and delivers visible results. Skin feels softer and smoother and looks clearer after treatment.

Who is it good for: anyone who wants a more youthful visage, including those with sensitive skin

How much is it and where can I get it: £68 per session, skinsmiths.com


This non-surgical treatment involves small injections of a cocktail of vitamins and antioxidants into the mesoderm to stimulate the skin cells using a Mesotherapy “gun”. The formula in the injection will vary depending on the client’s requirements but it can also include hyaluronic acid and amino acids. It promises immediate results of firmer, healthier looking skin and fills out the areas where volume is lost over time.

Who’s it for: budding Dorian Greys who want to pause time like Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise

How much is it and where can I get it: mesotherapy is available nationally (search via treatwell.co.uk). One of the most sought-after appointments is with Dr Frances Prenna Jones who is renowned for her famous intense mesotherapy method. Located in Mayfair, London, expect to pay north of £300, drfrancesprennajones.com

Hair Straightening

Semi-permanent relaxing treatments come in various guises including keratin and Brazilian blow dry and L’Oréal X-tenso. For anyone who struggles with the natural texture of the hair, these treatments can be both game-changing and time-saving. Keratin and Brazilian treatments work by sealing the hair shaft and setting it straight, meaning less frizz and volume if your hair is very thick. X-tenso works in a similar way, but makes curls straighter. Both ensure hair is more impervious to humidity, faster to heat style and more likely to behave itself.

Who is it for: un-dyed, natural heads of hair; anyone with coarse, dense curls or an overload of frizz; for long, mid and short hair

How much is it and where can I get it: these treatments typically range from £150-250 and last 3-4 months. Find your nearest salon via treatwell.co.uk

Laser Hair Removal

Unlike IPL, which uses a light spectrum delivered in pulses, laser works in a continuous beam to zap the hair at the follicle and can treat anywhere on the body where unwanted tufts grow – including more intimate areas.

The best thing is saying goodbye to as much as 90% of hair that’s treated – and all the irritation: ingrown hairs, razor rash, stubble and itchy regrowth. Start living your best hair-free life.

Who’s it for: unlike IPL, which works better on a combination of fair skin and dark hair, laser can be adjusted to suit dark skin tones

How much is it and where can I get it: prices vary on the size of the area. As a guide, expect to pay up to £300 per session (eight sessions is standard), sknclinics.co.uk

PicoWay Resolve Laser

Laser has many uses besides hair removal and can renew the complexion more deeply than other means. It’s able to clear acne and associated scarring, as well as treat pigmentation, age spots and sun damage. So if you’ve still got the scars from a spotty teenage past or you’re paying the price for unchecked sun worship, there’s a way back to an even skin tone.

Who’s it for: all skin types, anyone wanting to turn back the clock

How much is it and where can I get it: £450 for face and neck, pulselightclinic.co.uk


A skin rejuvenation treatment that stimulates collagen production, Profhilo has the advantage over other forms in that it that can rebuild sagging areas like the jawline, neck and cheeks where the skin is delicate and fillers are hard to distribute. Injections of hyaluronic acid over two sessions stimulate the collagen receptors in the skin to increase production. It’s known to hurt a bit more than botox, but the injection sites are invisible afterwards. Best of all, it will leave you looking well-rested and, give or take, five years younger.

Like all good things, it doesn’t last. Expect two or three sessions per year to maintain that Peter Pan likeness.

Who is it for: those who feel their lifestyle might be catching up with their face

How much is it and where can I get it: £850 for two sessions, four weeks apart, medicetics.com

Non-Surgical Nose Job

Minor imperfections don’t require drastic solutions. With a non-surgical nose job dermal fillers (hyaluronic acid again) are used to straighten lines and smooth out bumps and lumps – useful for fixing contact sport injuries. With local anaesthetic and minimal redness or swelling, you won’t have to pretend you fell off your bike, and got up with a more pleasing nose.

It’s not permanent – but effects can last for up to 18 months.

Who’s it for: nasal reconstruction without resorting to cosmetic surgery

How much is it and where can I get it: from £650, eshoclinic.co.uk

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