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Father’s Day is a-coming in Australia, with September 3rd closing in fast. Carli Philips from The Australian lends a hand to all who are looking for the perfect gift for their pa, and makes an interesting classification.

 

There are plenty of things in this world that are out of your control — the weather, tax increases, your mortality — but what you can control are your perfectly-sculpted nails, with this Czech & Speake Manicure Set. Check the details on uncrate.

Donatella Genta selects for her readers the Czech & Speake Rose cologne for a delicate perfume on one’s skin. See her whole description here: Per un delicato profumo sulla pella la Cologna alla Rosa di Czech&Speake.

A design and perfume story as seen by KK News in China. A way for our followers abroad to learn more about Czech & Speake and our glamorous products. More details here.

For fashion It girl Alice Naylor-Leyland and her family, home in the English countryside is a wonderland. Dive with us in her fairy-tale country house to see her beautiful bathroom with Czech & Speake Fittings.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SIMON UPTON

“Cremen, Feilen, Lackieren: Was Sie für’s Fuß-und Nagel-Upgrade brauchen – und worauf die Stars schwören.” Gala Germany presents their celebrity product list for he perfect Mani-Pedi.

Mr. Jonathan Dunn, Editorial Assistant: I always pack this air-safe, leather-bound travel manicure set. It’s designed to meet international travel standards, and it’s got all the tools to make sure your nails look white and perfectly buffed when abroad. Now all you need is the sea to bleach them.

To entirely enjoy every day at the beach, it needs out-and-out preparations from intensive workouts, seriously planned diets to total body grooming. Mainly I prepare everything a few months ago, so didn’t have so much to do, but working out more intensively to get rid of some excess weight. Now when I’m ready and want to share with you some recommendations.

From fragrances to tool kits, we get to put some of the best men’s grooming products to the test here at GQ HQ. If you want to be the best-groomed man in the room, these are the essentials you need to get in your bathroom cabinet right now. Want more? 

We edit the best luxury travel accessories guaranteed to inject a little fun and glamour into the term frequent flyer.

The magazine for ultimate travel and luxury experiences recommends Czech & Speake 8 piece Manicure Set. The leather bound 24k gold plated manicure set will look gorgeous in your cabinet and will serve as an indispensable travel essential. See the other 9 object here.

The July Issue of House & Garden UK features the Frankincense&Myrrh room spray and a quote from our creative heart, Frank Sawkins. Shop home fragrance here.

The Czech & Speake Edwardian collection has become our signature range. House&Garden says it is easy on the eyes and comes in three different sizes and finishes. Check out the Edwardian Collection here.

British GQ included our traditional lustful shaving soap scented with No.88 fragrance in their Style Manual. The selection is edited by Carlotta Constant and you can learn more about the featured product by visiting the shaving page here.

L’Officiel Italia presented the new Czech & Speake Neroli body-wash and complementary 6 Weekend Soaps pack. You can read the whole article in Italian here and learn more about the new body wash here.

Shave in Style! Chris LaMorte advises from the Chicago Tribune all his bearded brethren. Czech & Speake’s Zebrano wood razor and badger hair brush get the job done in style. Between shaves, the set looks great displayed in your bathroom. His opinion on the freshness of a spring shave can be read here.

Finding the right gift for the well-dressed dad can be a challenge, though not for lack of selection. Depending on your Dad’s current grooming regiment, the sleek shaving set from Czech & Speake could be a welcome addition to his morning routine. read all about it here.

The Neroli Body Wash made it to the favourite beauty products of Grazia Germany. This luxurious lather body wash scented with Neroli is pinned as the entry to Duschgel-Himmel (Shower Gel Heaven!). See the rest of the products and the entire text here.

There’s no reason that men should have lesser medicine cabinets than women, especially with the wide-range of chic products available today. Mia Adorante suggests for this year’s father’s day a mani-pedi upgrade with the Czech & Speake 8 Piece Manicure Set.

As GQ says, one should not forget one’s father on Father’s day. They suggest three different Czech & Speake grooming products, fit for all budgets: the Zebrano Shaving Set, the Travel Shaving Set and the 8 Piece Manicure Set. See the entire gallery here.

Vogue Arabia Rather than reaching for (yet another) striped tie, why not pamper your dad or the father of your children with something different, in the form of indulging grooming products to replenish his dopp kit. Indeed, he’ll appreciate thoughtful updates to his shaving routine, including YSL’s after-shave lotion and Czech & Speake’s counter-friendly shaving set and stand.

From Singapore, June Chen in Her World Plus suggests the 24k gold manicure set as a luxurious gift perfect to pamper the special man in one’s life. You can find the manicure set here and read on the article here.

ELLE UK put together an extended list of 59 different luxury presents for the man that has it all. The Czech & Speake AirSafe manicure set leather bound in English Long Grain leather, in their words:  “Every man needs one. No, seriously.” You can read the rest of the article here or go directly to check out the manicure set here.

A detailed guide into personal grooming. Czech & Speake 8 piece Manicure set is an essential tool in one’s grooming rituals. If you’re in need of a pedicure, confidently make use of our manicure set. read more about it here, and make sure to check out these fun illustrations by Mr Joe McKendry.

When it comes to Father’s Day, buying presents beyond the traditional tie or pair of socks can be particularly tricky. But don’t fret. This year, the editors of W have complied fifty great gift idea for any dad. No8 is the 8 piece manicure set. you can see the entire list here.

 

 

Vie Magazine included the glamorous and luxurious Czech & Speake Gold Manicure Set bound in a soft full grain stone grey leather with a cream white interior. The instruments are 24k gold plated and you can learn more about them here.

Every man needs grooming supplies. Whether he’s looking for a better shave, natural and organic products, or travel-friendly packaging, dad will appreciate these luxe gifts that are at once personal and practical. Like the Czech & Speake 8 piece manicure set. read the whole article here.

M2 New Zealand featured the Air Safe Manicure Set in Red and Black English long grain leather. The Style News page highlights it as a problem solver and a stylish travel essential. To have a better look at the specs you can check it out here.

Having worked as the fashion and accessories editor for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle USA and W magazine, Carmen Borgonovo knows a thing or two about fashion. Here, Olivia Keating does a quick-fire round with the co-founder behind the burgeoning dress brand Borgo De Nor. Spoiler Alert: She always has with her a Czech & Speake Neroli. Read it all here.

 

Lee Brom added the Czech & Speake 8 piece manicure set to his Top 10 all time obsessions when talking to Vogue Living, Australia, in April 2017. You can check out the manicure set here and see where the obsession begun.

Take care of the details with this kit by Czech & Speake. Inside is an assortment of handmade tools encased in a leather-bound case, all of which will keep you looking neat and well-groomed (from your eyebrows to your cuticles) for decades to come. See the rest of the top here.

New looks, interior design trends for 2017 and a hint of fresh vetiver fragrance to start the year well.

“A toolkit such as Czech & Speake’s Leather-Bound Manicure Set covers all bases. Use the hardwearing clippers, scissors and file to gradually reduce the nail edge to about one millimetre of growth. Above all, resist the urge to go overboard with the cuticle nipper that’s included; this part of the nail should always be left intact”

Read the full article here and make sure you check out the gorgeous illustrations by Mr Nick Hardcastle.

 

“A Helping Hand. We shan’t beat about the bush. Czech & Speake Gold Manicure Set, £450, costs the earth. That said, encouraging nail health among the male of our species is important and requires serious investment of time and money. “

Zebrano wood was traditionally used for boat building and original skis, as it is tough, water resistant and decorative. The perfectly weighted razor features a Mach III blade and Silver Tip best badger hair is used to complete the brush. Shop here

 

 

For the Dapper Chap in your life, the Evening Standard has a couple of well groomed suggestions. For a double effect go for the Czech & Speake Shaving Set & Stand – it’s already gift wrapped and it will make for a practical gift.

We’re delighted to have been included in so many Christmas gift guides this year – here are a few more!

From the fantastic Ape to Gentleman blog

Our local publication Belgravia

And The Telegraph‘s gift guide gives the new air safe manicure set some more love.

“Comprising eight pieces of the sleekest matte black steel this side of a TAG Heuer, This German-made manicure set is encased in an English long grain leather portfolio. It will be so coveted by the next generation they’ll be fighting over it when you eventually depart for that great barber shop in the sky”

Let your children fight over who’s getting you this, dad!

 

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Britain’s fragrance industry has come a long way since the late 18th century when James Atkinson was charming London’s high society with rose-scented hair pomade made from bear grease. It would take some time for France to recover from the French Revolution, and eventually it did, but during this time, Britain led the world’s production of luxury goods. For the next 200 years, Britain’s success stories came from names such as Atkinsons, Floris, Grossmith, Penhaligon’s and Yardley. Into the 21st century, the popularity of niche fragrance grew rapidly and a new generation of industry leaders emerged, which included Jo Malone, Ormonde Jayne and Miller Harris. Amongst these British brands, tradition has often been a common value and men’s fragrances might contain visual and olfactory references to Britain’s tradition of producing fine grooming products and its excellence in tailoring.

Czech & Speake is another brand that encapsulates what it is to be British and well groomed. Founded in 1978 by British product and interior designer Frank Sawkins, Czech & Speake is an understated lifestyle brand, which specialises in men’s grooming products and accessories. The brand is also known for its luxurious bathroom fittings. Czech & Speake’s flagship store is cleverly positioned in Belgravia, one of London’s most expensive residential areas. From Cubist-inspired bathroom fixtures to Edwardian-inspired vanity units, the shop floor is an interior designer’s dream filled with polished chrome and mahogany wood. The current tally of Czech & Speake’s fragrances is eleven and a full range of grooming products is offered as well as grooming equipment from shaving hardware to manicure travel sets. The Belgravia store is not far from Czech & Speake’s initial address in Jermyn Street, London’s historic home of men’s style. The store was originally across the road from Sawkin’s design studio at no. 88. The studio address became the name of Czech & Speake’s first and most well known cologne, which launched in 1981.

No. 88 is a classic British cologne through and through and it echoes the surrounds in which it was created. Like Savile Row, Jermyn Street is famous for its bespoke men’s tailoring. The street and its surrounding area have been home to some of London’s most trusted grooming brands for men; Geo. F. Trumper, Floris and Czech & Speake all have histories here. No. 88 smells like a barbershop cologne worn by the impeccably dressed Englishmen who walk these streets through London’s aristocratic West End.

Olfactory impressions:

No 88 is a tried and tested structure that moves progressively from light citrus to spicy floral before finishing with woods. It’s simple. It’s balanced. The top note is bergamot, which is sparkling and crisp. Frangipani and rose are warmed with spicy cinnamon notes and geranium leaves connect the top with the bottom to create barbershop-fresh harmonies. British brands have a particular sensibility when it comes to rose notes in fragrance. It’s a far less sensual expression compared to the popular rose notes of today. Rose notes in English fragrances are typically inspired by tea roses, which smell dewy, fresh and probably a bit like nanna’s talc-covered vanity drawers. This aspect of the flower is well hidden in No. 88 but its presence does bring about a poetic sense of timelessness and charm. Vetiver opens the base before No 88’s sandalwood accord becomes dominant. The sandalwood note is indicative of the era in which it was created. It’s powerful, it beats its chest, it’s an exotic woody character that takes you out of the West End, whisking you away to a distant postcard location.

Suggested wearing:

No. 88 was created before niche fragrance became a trend and it bypasses all of the ego that often comes with being niche. There is no convoluted story; it’s simply a fragrance designed to make men smell good. No. 88 pairs well with men who have an affinity for the refined world of Czech & Speake. The peaking hipster trend would have also increased No. 88’s fan base. Whether your daily attire is a three-piece Savile Row suit and Oxfords or Japanese selvedge denim and an organic white cotton tee, No. 88 inspires thoughts of a quieter world, before the internet and mobile phones, when a peaceful visit to the barber for a wet shave and reading the morning paper was a weekly routine, not a luxury or an exercise in mindfulness.

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I also never travel without Czech & Speake’s Air-Safe Manicure Set to use for general grooming, not just because at my age nasal hair can ruin an otherwise carefully considered holiday look, but because the safety scissors and tweezers it includes can get a man out of many a scrape.

 

Made of striking zebrano wood, this shaving set includes a badger-hair brush and razor

www.czechandspeake.com.

Most of what we think of as modern fragrances can, in part, be traced back to Germany at the beginning of the 18th century when the Italian-born perfumer Johann Maria Farina created the world’s first eau de cologne – naming it after his adopted home city. The fragrance he created was dominated by a mixture of citrus oils along with some additional herbal oils such as lavender and rosemary.

Today these same citrus oils still dominate the world of scent but it isn’t just a simple case of oranges and lemons. There is, in fact, a range of different ingredients derived from the humble orange – fruit, flowers, leaf and all – including bergamot, petitgrain and neroli.

Of these, neroli is perhaps the finest and is steam-distilled from the blossom of the bitter orange (or chinotto). This fruit, which is not edible, is a native of Vietnam and was introduced to Europe by the crusaders in the 11th century and was named in honour of Anne Marie Orsini, the 17th century Princess of Nerola, a small town near Rome, who used it to scent her gloves.

The fragrance itself is sweet, honeyed with a slight metallic tang and blends well with any other citrus oil, making it a natural in unisex colognes. Other than in the perfume industry it is used a flavouring in the Italian soft drink Chinotto, in bitter Campari and is rumoured to be one of the secret ingredients in the recipe for Coca-Cola.

Here’s a selection of some of the very best neroli fragrances for men available right now.

According to cultural cliché, your forties is supposed to be the point at which you’re veering into “mid-life crisis” territory. But this insidious myth (only sometimes true) shouldn’t stop you from exercising a bit of flair when it comes to getting dressed. In this phase of your life, tailoring makes a reliable bedrock for every outfit, a well-cut jacket being both flattering to the figure and age-appropriate. But that doesn’t mean you have to look like a banker all the time. Instead, invest in contrasting separates, like Mr Alasdhair Willis, above, who retains a subtle edge of style in this look with sand-coloured chinos and a navy double-breasted blazer. Avoid fustiness by wearing a T-shirt instead of a shirt and, in summer, try going sockless, or contrasting your smart-casual look with a pair of white Converse sneakers. For more formal events a sharp, slim-cut, single-breasted suit from Italian experts Canali, worn with a pair of round-toed “Shannon” shoes from Church’s, will ensure “cool dad” status.

Brands to look out for: Thom Sweeney, Brunello Cucinelli, Slowear

Your signature fragrance: Neroli Cologne Spray – Bitter Orange Blossom, 100ml, by Czech & Speake

As fresh as they come, this classic Neroli scent from Czech & Speake is subtle and long lasting, with hints of orange blossom and ylang ylang.

As Father’s Day approaches we have decided to gather a selection of 10 specially selected gifts for you to truly do your Father justice, guaranteed to put a smile on your Dad’s face. With a little something for everyone, the list caters to every type of Dad. Let us begin…

The manicure instruments have been handmade especially for Czech & Speake in Solingen, Germany. All have rounded edges to conform to international restrictions on hand luggage for air travel. The long-life nail file was developed especially for Czech & Speake utilising extremely high tech and incredibly sharp synthetic crystals which act like microscopic planes in the way they trim and shape the nail edge.

The Teflon coating on all the instruments dramatically boosts their life span by reducing oxidisation and acts as a dirt repellent, making them supremely hygienic.

Menswear Grooming Opts for Black Packaging This season’s new and cult-favorite grooming essentials for men come packaged in elevated matte-black finishes. Lacking luster never looked so good

“We discovered this late 18th-century formula for eau de cologne in the 1970s,” says Czech & Speake’s founder and creative director Mr Frank Sawkins of classic Neroli. The fragrance was eventually released in 1981, and it takes a confident man to wear a floral that’s this shameless (neroli and orange blossom both ride up front), though rest assured that the concoction is grounded by a balsamic note of ylang-ylang (balsams are the watery sap from plants or trees). If you think florals are not for alphas, bear in mind that this particular formula was allegedly created for Napoleon Bonaparte.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us and StyleNest know it’s also an important time to spoil the men in our life.

We’ve rounded up the best men’s grooming gifts, from classic favourites to new brands. If you’re looking for a luxe gift to take care of your beloved, look no further than our men’s grooming edit.

All He Wants For Valentines

Hanging with a sartorial superstar is great 364 days of the year, but when it comes to Valentine’s Day, you could be hard pressed to source a gift to satisfy that dapper gentleman! So once again we’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to.

With an nod towards the traditional, these products are more than merely ornamental – a close shave, followed by a dash of cologne and a sprinkle of rose mouthwash can be incorporated into every stylish mans morning routine. So now, with Valentine’s Day sorted you can sit back, relax, and anticipate which delightful treats may be coming your way…

Luxury bathroom accessory retailer Czech & Speake is known for its Edwardian aesthetic, so the sharp, contemporary appearance of its New travel manicure set comes as a welcome surprise. Packaged in a tactile dark grey case, the instruments are coated in Teflon to make them hard wearing and dirt repellant. The set has been designed with rounded ends to pass even the strictest hand-luggage security checks, and nail file, developed especially for the brand, uses very sharp synthetic crystals to trim and shape the nail edges.

This moisturising non-greasy serum is to be massaged all over damp skin after showering or bathing. Alternatively, it can be sprinkled into a bath to leave skin hydrated and without an oily residue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Czech & Speake Frankincense and Myrrh, £75 for 100ml cologne spray, czechandspeake.com

If you’re looking for a fragrance that’s fit for a king, then this highly wearable blend of two of perfumery’s most ancient ingredients is a good starting point. Rich, warm and exotic, the frankincense and myrrh are softened (and made a little less overtly Biblical) with the help of cedar wood, sandalwood and basil, along with fresh, citrusy notes of orange and lemon. Just add a bit of gold, christen yourself Balthazar (a name I’ve always liked) and, well, you’re done. Happy Christmas, guys.

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Frank Sawkins & Tinie Tempah at the GQ Grooming awards 2015

 

Recipe for Huevos Rancheros

This is my version of Norma’s Huevos rancheros I first ate at the Le Parker Meridien, in New York

To make the fresh tomato salsa use;

4-6 ripe tomatoes skinned deseeded and chopped, small red onion finely chopped and handful of coriander roughly chopped combine the ingredients in a bowl.

Roughly chop two cloves of garlic, two jalapeños, teaspoon of sugar, coriander stalks, juice and zest of one lime and a tablespoon of virgin olive oil in a food processor. Whizz and add to tomato mix. Season the salsa with black pepper add salt just before serving because otherwise too much liquid is created. Put to one side to allow the flavours to infuse.

Heat a dry non stick pan that will take 15cm tortillas; warm a tortilla in the pan and sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese. Place another tortilla on top and flip until cheese melts (be careful not to burn).

Poach or fry fresh eggs and start to plate up: Place the fresh salsa on the tortilla cheese “sandwich” place an egg(s) on top (optional: add warmed refried beans and/or avocado pear cut into chunks with finely chopped sweet white onion with sea salt and lime juice).

Finally add a sprinkling of chopped coriander.

 

What a great brunch!

Frank Sawkins

Shaving with style – and some fragrant advice from Czech & Speake You’d have thought that an older man blogging about his search for style would know all about shaving; but I don’t. The reality is that most of us start in a rather amateur way in our teens. We experiment, maybe using dad’s razor, negotiating the pimples to create such a bloody result that even good friends flinch from close contact. From that point on, for me, shaving became a tedious daily chore.

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