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The Refinery - Top Grooming Tips

Thursday, 04 September 2014

We have teamed up with The Refinery for our most recent Moss 1851 campaign to bring you the top tips on grooming. The Refinery is London's one-stop grooming emporium for men. Established in January 2000 they offer barbering, skincare and spa treatments in exclusive luxury retreats in Mayfair, Harrods and Knightsbridge.

Here are their top tips for beards and skincare.

Top Tips for Beards

The style of beard for 2014 is all about the natural look. An overly maintained beard can look a little too considered. However, this does not mean that the beard looks after itself. Chris Foster, Artistic Director of The Refinery Grooming Emporiums, gives these five recommendations for a healthy, well-groomed beard:

1. Cleanse - this should be done twice a day using a water soluble foaming face wash. This not only cleanses the beard but allows the beard to absorb it through to the skin therefore promoting good skin health.

2. Condition - beard hair should be treated the same as the hair on the head. Following a good cleanse the hair should be conditioned. For a heavy beard use aromatherapy conditioner. For a lighter beard, any good hair conditioner can be applied, left on for 2/3 minutes and then rinsed off.

3. Exfoliate/Hydrate - once or twice a week, the skin behind the beard should be exfoliated then hydrated. Use a face scrub and mask. The scrub will ensure that all dead skin etc. is washed away and not left in the beard. The mask will hydrate and refresh. There's nothing worse than beard dandruff.

4. Grooming - the beard should be groomed on a daily basis. Kent brushes have various moustache and beard brushes. Whether you want to carry them in your pocket or leave them on your bathroom shelf, this is one accessory that is vital in the maintenance of a good healthy beard.

5. Cutting - If you want you beard to look its best, a visit to the barber is a necessity and you should visit twice a month for the best results. In between, clippers can be used at home to tidy up any straggly areas.

As you can see, growing a beard is not meant to be a lazy option. The beard and skin beneath have to be kept in tip-top condition. Otherwise it will look dirty and unkempt. However, a well-groomed beard can be very attractive - think George Clooney, Ben Affleck and Hugh Jackman. Although, Ben clearly needs some help with his bow tie!

Top Tips for Skincare

The Refinery also offer up five to tips on the importance and best way to look after your skin;

1. The basis of a good regime for daily skincare is efficient cleansing. It's always best to discuss your skin type with an expert before buying a cleansing product. Gels tend to be more efficient when used on oily skin and creams are better for skin prone to dryness. Many men like to feel that they've had their face washed, so using a cleanser that can be washed off is the best option.

2. Most skin types need extra help with deep down cleansing. Blocked pores can lead to spots and blackheads. For a more oily skin, try exfoliating with the face scrubs twice a week. For a more dry or sensitive skin, once a week is adequate.

3. Most men don't understand the importance of moisturising. It's essential to moisturise daily. There is a misconception that if you have oily skin, moisturiser is not for you. However, the correct use of moisturiser will keep the skin looking fresh and non-oily. A more advanced moisturiser should be used for dry skin both morning and evening to repair damage and keep wrinkles at bay.

4. It's also important to get a regular facial, ideally every 4-6 weeks. This will maintain the skin in a tip-top condition and a skin expert will be able to deal with any problems such as dull, dehydrated skin, blocked pores, blackheads and skin which is prone to breakouts.

5. One of the most important skin care rules is to hydrate. For example; drink plenty of water, watch your alcohol intake and be mindful of your diet. Plenty of fresh fruit and veg as part of your daily intake will help the quality of your skin and keep it in a good condition.

Now you've heard the advice, it's time to act. Look after yourself.

Moss Bros

Stay Ahead Of The Trends

Thursday, 21 August 2014
Six dominant trends have emerged from SS15 on the catwalk. Luckily we have already introduced some of these key pieces for autumn/winter 14. If you're not that fashion conscious but are curious what's trending take a look at the following.

Firstly we have Relaxed Tailoring. This doesn't mean a designer has got bored half way through making a garment or just chucked something together whilst puffin' on a fag with a bottle of wine. These designs have been specifically engineered for you to feel ultra comfortable and still stay smart.

The new AW14 DKNY Formal Jackets do this with precision. Notice the way the cut at the bottom of the jacket is relaxed and makes it easy for you to slip on and off without getting uncomfortable.

Next we have Luxe Simplicity. This is simple; luxury clothing. Fabrics of the highest and most exquisite quality. New pieces in Zegna Cloth and Lanifico Cerruti Dal 1881. reflect the highest quality tailoring. For a similar look, and very affordable prices check out our new Moss 1851 range.

Red has grown popular recently and we love it. Our approach to Red is Ketchup (Ketchup sounds way cooler than Tomato). This colour is only available in our Moss Bespoke collection at the moment but that does mean it can be tailored to fit you perfectly. We recently dressed the England RFL star Richie Myler in it and we know he had many compliments!

Stripes was again another dominant trend. Stripes allow you to bring an outfit alive. Shirts are always the safest and best way to do it.

Sportswear is becoming more fashionable and it's influence spans further than just track and field. Although we aren't quite ready for a mesh dinner suit, expect to see a lot more trusty polo shirts in the coming seasons. They can be smartened with a formal jacket or kept casual on their own.

Finally we have Denim, the one fabric that refuses to go out of fashion. Denim remains a staple of a man's wardrobe, be it washed or raw. If you haven't got any denim - get some. We have added denim in to our Moss London collection.

Now you've got a head start on Autumn/Winter 14 and Spring/Summer 15. Take full advantage of it. 

Moss Bros

Moss London - I Am London

Monday, 14 July 2014

You may have seen it, you may not, but it’s here and it’s new. The Moss London collection is a mix of suiting and smart casualwear to give you a fresh, wearable look.

The inspiration for the new collection comes from the hub of creativity that is London. If you're young, with a sense of individuality and self-expression, aren't really into suits but want to smarten up your look, this range is perfect for you. This versatile fashion forward collection of slim fit suit styles has mixology at its heart, so if you're not sure "suited and booted" is for you, try mixing our jackets with jeans to get a tailored feel without the stiffness of a suit.  

The highlights are a navy velvet dinner jacket with black paisley print, specked charcoal jacket with leatherette trim and navy reefer jacket with black panel inlay detail.

And as for the design detail, panelling is used throughout the collection; see our two tone blue and grey shirts. Texture is important and plaids are dominant in autumnal shades of rust and burgundy, featuring across both shirts and accessories.

We’ve also teamed up with the well-inked model of the moment Billy Huxley, whose modern and unique look perfectly show cases our collection.  

So, go have some fun putting your own unique look together.

So what do you think? Let us know your thoughts on twitter and follow the #MossLondon journey. Keep a look out for the second part of the #MossLondon campaign; We Are London.

Moss Bros

We're Getting Horsey At Chester

Thursday, 10 July 2014

This Friday we'll be attending Chester Races and we're not just showing up as spectators.

The 8:20 race is the Moss Bros Handicap. The winner will receive £8,086 - not a bad little earner. Furthermore, a few friends of ours from the England Rugby League team will be knocking about dressed brightly and ready to hand out treats if you get a selfie with them. Keep up with this at our twitter @MossBros and when tweeting use the #NeighToGrey. It's all about bright suits this summer.

Now, we've also got a few tips for our race. Here's the line up (via. Racing Post);

From a sensible horse racing perspective you're best off backing Modernism. But from a fashion perspective, we think Richard Kingscote on Xinbama is looking pretty summery in wasp-like silks.

For more racing info. check out Racing Post's website:

We'll see you there. #NeighToGrey

Moss Bros

Please gamble responsibly.

Summer's Here

Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Long light days. Ice cold beverages. Great sporting events. Summer’s here and we’re just as excited as you are.

We all know how it goes, you go out during the day and the sun has a magical effect on you, it makes you drink more than you expected and tells you to stay out all day and night. This is where we come in. You need to transition from staying casual during the day but keeping a smart look for the evening. Two words for you; Linens and casualwear.

Casual shirts are always a killer look. Light and comfortable either if you choose to keep the top button fastened or loosen a few. Choose from our short sleeved and long sleeved ranges; cotton & linen.

We also have DKNY polo shirts that are perfect for summer.

Now that’s the day covered, what about the evening? Well, there are two approaches. Either you can go in a full suit, linen obviously. Or, you may want to play it safe and opt for a formal jacket. Formal jackets are always the best bet because as soon as you slip one on it makes any outfit that little bit smarter.

Linen Jackets...

Now, we’re not quite finished. Accessories are a must, you don’t want to be squinting all day now do you? Take a butchers’ at our Ted Baker sunglasses range.

Again, you’re going to be out all day and you’re obviously going to need something to carry all those bottles of… water, about. So keep it fashionable and subtle with these bags.

Oh and finally your need some comfy shoes, slip these moccasins on.

That's it. You're ready for summer. Just avoid getting grass stains.

Moss Bros
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