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One of the better Oud’s available. More subtle and nuanced than a Montale product, of which I own. But Montale formulates for the Middle East with more Rose in their formula. Pure Oud is not a complex formula, it has some sandlewood in it but it’s Oud notes are very nice. You can not compare this to an Arabian Oud; in an oil perfume formula. Which incidentally can cost hundreds of dollars more. It is a nice grounded Oud with deep earthy tones to it. It is not sweet nor flowery, which some people like. but I want Oud pure and simple, but I will not pay that much money for Oud in oil perfume prices. Sillage lasts all day into next for me. And its projection is within several feet. It will not announce you several blocks away. It is not a punch you in the face oud or arabian mans perfume. The sandlewood and cedar are subtle but noticable. I hardly notice any rose in Pure Oud, but I know it is there. Oud and Rose and insepperable. If you want a good Oud, you will have to pay for it.


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I’ve noticed this topic floating around on Facebook almost on a daily basis. Is tweed acceptable city wear, what is the best way to wear tweed and who can I turn to for style advice? All of these questions are not-easily answered. For some, such as the Briton of old, Tweed is serious country wear and for good reason. It is hard wearing, it is particularly good at repelling water and it fits like a glove when properly tailored – ensuring the wearer stays warm and dry at all times. Today, however, members of the Royal family, such as HRH The Prince of Wales, have found a place for tweed in the city. Here are two excellent examples of Tweed in the city.

An example by Zegna

A good example by Gant

Without being an economic powerhouse, is it possible to perfect this look? Of course it is. Like any fabric, marque or style – this look is achievable without breaking the bank. There are several sites that specialise in vintage Tweed; or just eBay the look!

Carrying on…

Tweed as city wear is a relatively new phenomenon. When looking around the streets of Auckland, New Zealand – for example – one hardly sees tweed in use at all. Perhaps this is a reflection of the growing jean and blazer attitude toward dressing down, perhaps not – who knows? For now, one should be content in knowing that tweed is perfectly appropriate for use in the urban setting.

What is the best way to wear it…

I hate suggesting to people that there is a right AND wrong way to wear different forms of clothing. Firstly, wear it with confidence as a full suit made of tweed is bound to attract attention. Secondly, three-piece suits are most definitely in. Derbies (in contrast to the snob’s opinion on style) are perfectly appropriate to wear with a tweed suit, particular dark brown with a lighter green or blue Harris Tweed fabric. Do wear Brogues, particularly brown brogues, and brown distressed monk-straps are also perfectly accepted and sexy. Think Lobb or Loake.

Who can I turn to for style advice… The Prince of Wales. The Duke of Windsor. Prince Michael of Kent. Easy.

As a final note, don’t worry too much about what people consider right, or wrong. Especially when it comes to a specialist piece of clothing and tailoring like a tweed suit. Wear it proudly and with confidence, knowing you are partaking in the use of a garment that has been traditional British wear for hundreds of years.

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The Prime Minister has confirmed the visit of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to New Zealand will take place in November.

A visit by the Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla this year as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations was announced in December.

John key has used Waitangi Day and the start of the Diamond Jubilee year to confirm the visit will take place in November, but exact dates have not been announced.

“I look forward to joining with all New Zealanders in welcoming the Prince and the Duchess to mark this important occasion,” Key said in a statement.

At Waitangi today to commemorate the 172nd anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, Key paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne on February 6 1952.

“She has reigned for 60 years, and hers has been a reign of commitment and service to her realms and territories, including New Zealand,” Key said.

“On behalf of all New Zealanders, I would like to thank the Queen for her dedication. We wish her well in this Diamond Jubilee year, which begins on the same day as we commemorate the signing of our nation’s founding document.”

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will also be visiting Australia, Canada and Papua New Guinea.


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It’s time to update your wardrobe, old chap. Don’t forget that Winter is an important season stylistically. Men don’t pay enough attention to the small details that can really upgrade (and make) your image.

Hermès Silk Pocket Square (in brown) Remember to keep the colors deep or neutral in winter, as it’s a better reflection of the season

Alexander McQueen/Double Breasted Wool Overcoat. The first photo is a picture of the very stylish Mr Cary Grant wearing a very similar style, taken in 1946, at the height of British fashion and stylistic change (think the Duke of Windsor, Grant and Churchill)

“The young men of today look like they’re on their way to a Halloween party. Why can’t they dress like you?” – Woman, to Cary Grant.

Grey Zegna Scarf (Wool/Cashmere) Simple. Understated elegance. Say no more?

Something British for the mix. These very reasonably priced Church monk-straps. (about 350 pounds, sale price, 175)

What to wear them with? Something very slim since they are (being Monks) a narrow shoe. Slim, Richard James suit, Shirt by RL Black Label, Tie by Richard James, some poka dot socks with bi-color heel and toe (caps) also by Richard James.

Paul Smith leather gloves. Beautiful.

Wear it with the following, this style is currently very popular in London, where the following originates. Burberry shirt, Turnbull Asser 2011 WINTER COLLECTION tie, PS wool pants, Lanvin shoes and Simon Spurr jacket.

HOWEVER, ONE FINAL TIP…Colors DON’T have to be all neutral and dark. This final winter fashion tip for men let you know that you brighten it up a bit. For instance, if you’re wearing a neutral outfit, it’s okay to brighten it up with a more lively scarf. Picking something bright or with a pattern isn’t always a bad thing.

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…hiatus I am back in action.

Here’s the latest. Fully rebuilt a 1972 Triumph Trident. New three piece tweed suit, just in time for summer?

How is everyone doing?

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Rest in Peace.

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“Play the game for more than you can afford to lose…only then will you learn the game.”


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