Brooks Brothers Pocket Squares


This week’s Friday Five starts with a touch of philanthropy to give you that ‘feel good’ factor in the run up to the weekend. The best part is, you would have happily bought it anyway. Fantastic. Brooks Brothers has partnered with UK Charity Orchid to launch a range of Limited Edition Pocket Squares, retailing at £8 each.  For every Pocket Square sold, Brooks Brothers will donate £5 to Orchid. These 100% cotton Gingham Check Pocket Squares will be available at their two London stores in five Autumnal colours:  Black, Navy, Hunter Green, Purple and Burgundy.

Orchid is the only UK registered cancer charity to focus entirely on the male-specific cancers: prostate, penile and testicular. The charity offers support and information to people affected by male cancer through a range of support services, education and awareness campaigns and Orchid funds an innovative and cutting edge world class research programme.

Furthermore gents, Brooks Brothers will officially launch the partnership through a fundraising evening hosted at its London Flagship Store.

The fundraising event will be attended by the trustees and supporters of Orchid and Brooks Brothers’ customers. Donations will be collected on the evening, and Brooks Brothers will offer a shopping voucher for the raffle prize to the value £800.  Celebrity supporters of Orchid will be amongst the special guests for the evening who will be mixing Martinis behind the bar in return for donations in aid of Orchid.  The bar will be under the care of a very experienced Cocktail Barman, who will ensure that the evening and drinks run smoothly.

The evening will be complemented with a live jazz performance by crooner Aiden Kent, whose delivery and material are reminiscent of the American Jazz Age; very much part of the Brooks Brothers heritage.

Limited Edition Pocket Squares exclusively available at:

Brooks Brothers, 150 Regent Street, London, W1B 5SJ    Tel:  0203 238 0030

Brooks Brothers, 1 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1DW    Tel:  0207 256 6013

retaW Allen Candle


We are noticing a distinct difference in scents coming from the Far East to that of Europe; the French fragrances exude almost a more romantic aura, whereas the fragrances coming from Japan have a sense of exotic realism. That’s not to say that one type of scent is better than the other, but they both excel in different areas. This week we are back with Japanese brand retaW and their ‘Allen’ fragranced candle made using a carefully crafted blend of essential oils. retaW’s Allen Fragrance Candle offers an exquisitely deep, masculine scent with fruity and floral undertones. Just light the candle and put your mind to rest with 33 hours of fragrant burning time.

Ralph Lauren Tartan Luggage Collection


Goodbye satchel, hello briefcase. Exclusive to Ralph Lauren’s flagship store on 867 Madison Ave., The Tartan Leather Luggage Collection is a new line of bags styled with classic Tartan Plaid printed on leather.

Ralph Lauren via Acquire Mag

Steve& Co. Braces


Sometimes you have to look back to move forward.  Most of today’s ‘sticky’ trends are modern variations of existing fashions. It’s only a matter of time before we see the return of one of the most functional accessories from times past (and arguably one of the most stylish) – braces.


Braces (also known as suspenders) have a history of almost 300 years, and the most ‘modern’ variants weren’t realised until 1822 by Albert Thurston. Even then it wasn’t until the late 19th century that they were truly embraced by the fashion world.

Manufactured in Italy, Steve & Co. are an international brand specialising in the creation of traditionally modern accessories, the most apt of which are their braces. To top off their ‘must have’ appeal, they even come delivered in an elegant case.

Apple iPod Nano Watch


You may (or may not) remember the iWatch concept featured on Ape to Gentleman a few weeks back – well now with the new iPod Nano, the concept has been realised, and it has to be said, the resemblance is uncanny.  As Apple has ingeniously created a lock screen that also doubles as a clock, combine it with the Rock Band by iLoveHandles and you get the iWatch. The Rock Band is created from a genuine leather strap complete with a special notch to accommodate the iPod Nano’s built-in clip.