Gentleman Bloggers: The Watch List

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Gentleman Bloggers: The Watch List

Cornerford Picks Our Favourite Gentleman Bloggers of 2019

WHAT MAKES A GREAT MALE BLOGGER?

As we’ve constantly said before; a million followers don’t impress us these days. It’s all about content creation, fantastic photography and inspiration to others. We don’t look at the numbers, instead delve deep into what each blogger brings to the table and sit down with them to offer our readers an insight into what they are really about. We ask what makes them tick, how they stay current in a very saturated industry and top tips for budding bloggers. These select few are our ones to watch for 2019.

We have picked our global best below so click ahead to discover the bright future of the blogging industry.


 

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Lukas Gruszewicz / @Luke.Baldman // Germany

Gentleman Tip: Respect time. Respect your word.

Cornerford Piece: Cornerford U Premium padded bomber Jacket because it’s effortless, cool and can be combined in many different ways.


Lukas’ great outfit photography always leaves us wanting more. The clear, crisp and clean imagery shows us that he takes his modern man lifestyle blogging very seriously and is always creating fantastic content.

A fashion addict from Germany, Lukas loves to create new styles and outfits and is constantly trying to reinvent himself.

In a saturated market, we ask him how he tries to stand out; “What makes me stand out from other bloggers on Instagram is that I’m not trying to go with every trend and to copy others. I don’t create outfits for everyday use. I’m always paying close attention to the quality of my image composition, not just a quick shot in front of my doorstep (if you know what I mean). I also don‘t have a specific style or niche, versatility is the key.

Getting frustrated in a very flooded market is difficult to manage. Lukas thinks that you should take care of ‘behind the scenes’ skills before thinking of becoming an ‘influencer’. “You have to maintain professionalism right from the start”, he says. “Buy professional equipment, learn how to photograph and edit pictures and stay consistent to the style. Quality is King.

We love Lukas’ take on the world and he left us with a wonderful insight into his thinking; “Social Media is great and I’m thankful for the things I have accomplished through Instagram, but keep in mind that it is not the real world. Spend more time with family and friends!”

An absolute Gent in our eyes.

 

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Roman / @bystandr.co // United Kingdom

Gentleman Tip: It’s the way you carry yourself, the way treat others but most importantly the confidence you have in yourself.

Cornerford Piece: The timepieces are a stunning piece of craftsmanship and everything one could want, need and hope for in a well-crafted watch. The elegant, Classic Bianco is my favourite as it's just so elegant.

Roman is a gentleman of many talents, juggling his blogging talent, degree in Interior Architecture and his job in a well-known Swedish furniture establishment. How he still manages to create stunning photography for Instagram is nothing short of a miracle!

Roman’s feed definitely caught our eye, it was hard to miss the elegance and the flow of it all. “I blog mostly about fashion and lifestyle. My favourite thing to do is curate an almost editorial look on my site. I love the way this set me aside from the typical influencer and the way they work and create content. I think going forward as bystandr, my main focus will be on solely creating editorial style content for my site.”

Roman’s Instagram feed stands out in the absence of colour, instead perfecting a sharp black and white look we’re familiar with in editorials. A real source of inspiration for the modern gentleman that breaks away from the normality of the suited-and-booted look. “I play around with fashion and looks that are thought-provoking in the hope to push my own creativity and that of others. My aim is to seem somewhat majestic.” Majestic is what we think, too.

In an already very busy marketplace, we ask him if it’s too late to start if others get inspired from him;

“It’s never too late to start anything!” he exclaims. “My top tip for new bloggers and influencers is to find your niche and the best blogs are the ones that are authentic. Don't be afraid to publish something different, the blogging scene needs to see a change.”

It’s a tight-knit community and Roman offers some great advice to new starters; “Talk to bloggers and ask for their advice. We all want the best for each other and it's not all about connecting with brands. We are a community and that should always come first, think of this as an extended family that share your love of creating beautiful content.”

Couldn’t have put it better ourselves.

 

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Raja Singh Sapra / @iamsapra // United Kingdom

Gentleman Tip: Be caring and kind, recognise everyone as one.

Cornerford Piece: The timeless Nero Classic Cornerford Timepiece.

Raja started his creative journey around 2 years ago and wanted to highlight his love for fashion as well as exploring and building a more creative side. After quickly being picked up by a few prestigious brands in a couple of months, he realised this was for him and never looked back.

“My main aim is to show that a Sikh turbaned man can also make an impact in the fashion industry and that we have a lot to offer. I want to leave my legacy in the fashion industry.”

Raja tries to imitate a classic fashion sense that was portrayed by his granddad – his biggest inspiration and the most stylish influence on him.

The word ‘influencer’ doesn’t strike a chord with Raja, being more inclined for others to see him as a content creator, someone who finds a niche in the market and runs with it, persistently.

Raja seems to us as someone who has a fiery passion and wants to not only change trends, but to set them;

“I'm in this game for the long run. I want to leave a dent in the fashion industry. I want to walk for big brands and be on cover magazines, I want to show the world that being a turbaned Sikh does not mean you cannot make it in the fashion world. My look will not be a disadvantage but an advantage and I can't wait to continue this journey ahead.”

The world is your oyster, sir.

 

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David Calderon / @DriftingDCal // United Kingdom

Gentleman Tip: Dress and act the part.

Cornerford Piece: Bamboo Face Scrub. I'm a big fan of a good face scrub that strips away the dead skin cells and helps keep the face nice and bright. Plus, organic = winning!

 

An eclectic mashup of men’s fashion, travel and all things nerdy is why David stands out as a blogger to watch. It’s a constant journey that will see people move in directions that they’ve previously may not have thought about before. “I've always liked dressing up. It became one of the main reasons people started following me on Instagram and from that point, it was just about making my fashion content even better and finding my own individual style.”

As well as an established Instagram following, David also posts travel videos on his YouTube channel, Drifting Dudes. Someone who’s keen to constantly travel, see the world and ingest new experiences will always be in our good books. “It's just so much for seeing the world and creating all these memories that I can look back on when I'm older.”

What sets you apart in a world of many, many content creators?

David passionately tells us; “The thing that sets me apart from other bloggers on Instagram is my nerdiness. That comes across in my content, my captions, and definitely 100% my Instagram stories. I'm a huge nerd and have always been into comic books and video games. With more knowledge than most people, it drove me to start a YouTube Channel where I talk about all things nerdy - especially the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I love to post these on my IGTV Channel on my Instagram too.”

We like the way that David thinks. Always speaking openly about how his mind works, how to not let his online presence falter and to keep a clear mind. “I think the most difficult thing is to not compare yourselves to others. I'm human and sometimes I get caught in the trap of comparing myself to other content creators and then my self-confidence takes a tiny dip,” he mentions. “You really have to set your mind right and get out of the loop of self-doubt and just keep creating and keep being the best you.”

 

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Michael Joseph Hardwick / @michaeljosephhardwick // United Kingdom

Gentleman Tip: Treat people how they want to be treated. Be confident, not cocky. Be kind, helpful and welcoming.

Cornerford Item: It would have to be the Men's Soothing Moisturiser. Perfect to keep skin feeling refreshed and ready for the day.

 

A marketing exec turned influencer, Michael has the makings of a top notch blogger who could stand out from the crowd and leveraging his Digital Marketing expertise.

“Fashion is something that has always been something I've been passionate about. I love being experimental and dressing up to the nines.”

Michael is expanding into lifestyle and travel on top of menswear. But lifestyle can take many forms. “For me, lifestyle can be anything from events, to beauty and grooming products which gives an insight into my life.” Lifestyle is more than that for us. It’s a way to do good things in the world. Michael highlights this with his work with Prostate Cancer UK, something quite close to his heart after his father’s diagnosis last year. His biggest influence – Lady Gaga – encourages people to love one another and have the confidence to be your authentic self and that is what we define as lifestyle.

We loves speaking with Michael, a man of many talents and insights into the world. We learned that he is a Counter Tenor (very cool!) and you should all look out for his YouTube channel starting later this year to really see his song writing and music talents.

We always look for bloggers who ‘stand out’ and I thing Michael has this covered! “I think just being me makes me stand out. I love wearing sequins, I'm eccentric, bubbly, and above all, kind. People often say there’s something about me that is just different to others.” And there is – we get a real buzz when being in his company.

 

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Domain Esdale / @Domain_Esdale // United Kingdom

Gentleman Tip: Being a gentleman revolves around one word - respect. Its respect for yourself and those around you.

Cornerford Item: I love all the Cornerford timepieces but in particular the Executive Silver Chronograph. I wear many suits and a nice watch can add the finishing details to any outfit.

 

What can we say about Domain? A dapper man who has Gentleman written all over him. Someone who lives his life by the Gentleman mantra and always carries his rules with him; define your style, be respectful; be well groomed; have manners. These tips tell you all you need to know.

Lifestyle, food and fashion are Domain’s headlines. Standing out in the fashion sector as his mantra is “fashion doesn't always have to come with a hefty price tag’. People flock to his page to get couture looks at high street prices and he gives his followers value. Mixing both tailored and streetwear looks, there’s something for everyone, especially appealing to the modern day gent.

Like many Gents, Domain’s biggest inspiration happens to be his parents. “I come from a fashion back ground and growing up my parents would always let me know the importance of dressing well. Even at high school I’d be the only guy with his shirt tucked in and an immaculate knotted tie!”

Now accustomed to the influencial lifestyle, Domain had trouble adjusting at first. “In the early days I used to hate shooting content in public as everyone would stare and it would seem uncomfortable - but now I love shooting pictures and working with some great brands on national and global campaigns. The more practice you get the better you become.” Great advice for any budding blogger!

Domain’s outstanding content doesn’t come as a surprise being in the fashion industry for many years. He is now the co-founder of a successful fashion and events company. We bet that big things will come for this Gent in the future.

 

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Darren Branch / @darrenkbranch // United Kingdom

Gentleman Tip: Look after yourself physically and mentally, and of course, dress well.

Cornerford Item: Everything off the Lookbook! A style that is fresh and clean.

 

Darren is definitely someone who stands out for us in the blogging world. If you re in your 40’s, you’ll find it difficult to trawl through the insta homepage, past all of the 18 year old ‘bedroom influencers’ and find someone who fits your style enough to follow and engage with them. In steps Darren. A 48-year-young blogger from the UK who highlights men’s lifestyle, fashion and, most importantly, talks about mental health. Recently working with Whole Man Academy, Darren is a fantastic ambassador for Men everywhere.

A truly positive outlook on life, Darren brings us real content, genuine engagement and positivity on life. But not without its struggles – constantly working long hours online trying to perfect the look and photo for everyone to enjoy!

His success is based on a great blogging mantra that others should look to replicate. He tells us; “love what you do and do it well. Do not chase money and turn down brands that you do not believe in , keep it simple clean and engage with your followers and most importantly – stay original”. This is a key concept as to why Darren is making waves – only work with brands you truly believe in!

One of the most genuine bloggers we’ve met and we had great pleasure in introducing him to our top list of bloggers this year. Asking him what makes him tick, he simply put “I’m a genuine gentleman with a positive modern outlook on life with a love of fitness, fashion, film and family life.”

In a world where it’s getting harder and harder to stand out, people resort to shouting and being unnecessarily eccentric. The simple, genuine Darren’s of this world are now becoming the stand-outs.

 

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Ollie B / @ByOllieB // United Kingdom

Gentleman Tip: Let others go first, be kind, smile and learn from your mistakes along the way.

Cornerford Item: Nero Black Classic Timepiece. Sleek and goes with everything.

 



A masterclass in standing-out from the crowd? Just follow Ollie.

His imagery is fantastic, thought provoking and aesthetically boundless. He has transitioned into creative imagery from the ‘blog’ concept to tell stories through sight rather than text. And it works. Thought provoking and immersive into his world. With each feature there is a story to be told; from products to places and emotions. His new website is due to be live soon, packed with posts about photography guides, fitness plans, look books, storytelling, video and much, much more. Something for everyone to bring him a new wave of followers looking to flex their creative muscles.

Ollie has found his niche in a noisy market, but we asked if it’s too late to start now? “No, it will never be too late,” he says. “If you have an idea then just run with it. Get as niche as you can and be consistent with it for a long time.” However it’s not without its drawbacks; “People are always ready to try and shatter your work in seconds that days years to build.” Oliie seems to be speaking from experience – however, from the content he keeps creating and the stories he is telling, he seems completely unphased – exactly the right approach to take.

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He does offer tips for those who struggle and broadcasts a message; “Anyone out there who has a dream or goal and is struggling: Whilst on a recent trip to Berlin I looked over at my friend Luke’s laptop to read the quote:

People that give up don’t realise how close they were to succeeding.”

We say take that and run with it – tell your story.

 
 

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Prince Charles’ Lochnagar Whisky Going Once....

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Prince Charles’ Lochnagar Whisky Going Once....

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Prince Charles evidently has good taste. Not only is he a sharp dresser – he all but defines the traditional British gent in that regard – but he’s a serious epicurean. In nothing is that better showcased than in his choice of whisky. Whereas dear old mum might prefer a gin, HRH The Prince Charles loves nothing more than a dram.

 

Back in 1988, that took the form of a full cask of Royal Lochnagar, a whisky that most collectors will fawn over given the chance. Water in this instance may just be considered high treason. It was bottled 30 years later on the Prince’s birthday and instantly became a collector’s item.

 

To illustrate just how in-demand this particular bottle is, earlier this year in January, the first bottle from the cask was sold at auction for £9,100. Sure, that’s not quite up there with whiskies in the tens or hundreds of thousands, but it’s still a serious amount.

 

Of the original 206, 184 were sold via ballot and one remains in the Royal Lochnagar archive. Now, 20 more of these bottles of 30-year-old exquisiteness – that’s the last of the original cask – are going to be up for sale this month via the Whisky Auction.

 

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If you’re worried about the price these whiskies will set you back, let us put your mind at ease a little bit: both the lot price and the commission will go directly to The Prince’s Foundation. It’s a very good dram for a very good deed – and damn is it a very good dram.

 

Think cereal, vanilla, pear and marzipan fragrances with sweet black fruits, walnuts and coconuts underneath a creamy palate – quite frankly, it’s whisky porn.

 

If you don’t manage to snag one of the 20 beautifully-presented bottles, the last of which goes under the hammer soon, never fear. There’s plenty more to bid on, and too much to begin listing. Who knows where it would end? Just do yourself a favour and look over some of the lots available.

 

The last 20 bottles of HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay’s 1988 30-year-old Royal Lochnagar single malt scotch whisky will go to auction from Sunday 3rd to Tuesday 12th March online at whisky.auction

 

This article first appeared on Oracle Time

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MEET FABIO MARQUES - THE PORTUGESE BARBER ON DAVID BECKHAM'S SPEED DIAL

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MEET FABIO MARQUES - THE PORTUGESE BARBER ON DAVID BECKHAM'S SPEED DIAL

If Classic cuts are your thing, then you’ve no doubt heard of Figaro’s Barbershop in Lisbon - a veritable haven for traditional tailor-made barbering.

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Lesser known is the man behind the brand, and that’s because Fabio David Marques is about as unassuming as they come. Fabio tends to let his work speak for itself, and it’s this humility and dedication to craftsmanship that’s attracted some big names, David Beckham included.

Fabio opened Figaro’s back in 2014. Dedicated to preserving the dark-art of traditional men’s grooming, he and his team specialise in classic cuts from the 1920s through to the 50s. Think slick backs, pompadours and executive contours. 
    
That said, if you are feeling a little more experimental, you can walk out with a flat top boogie, a psycho quiff or a Jelly Roll. These are actual men’s hairstyles, we aren’t just making words up. But don’t be intimidated by the jargon - Fabio and the boys will always advise you before taking the clippers to your hair.

WHY CLASSIC CUTS?

“I honestly believe these are the haircuts that suit every man. They seem to respect the anatomical shape of a man’s head somehow.

The classic cuts are what I love to do and what I’ve specialised in. At the same time, I also enjoy doing longer haircuts inspired by the 1960s and 70s. It really just depends on what the customer wants and what will suit him best.” 

HOW DID YOU END UP GROOMING DAVID BECKHAM?

“I met David during a shoot that was happening here at Figaro´s. He asked if he could get a haircut afterwards. It all happened very spontaneously.”

ANY TIPS FOR GREAT HAIR?

“My ultimate tip is to find a good barber that knows what he’s doing and stick to his advice. Once you’re in the hands of a professional, he’ll help you shape and maintain your most flattering hair and beard style.” 

HOW OFTEN DO YOU UPDATE YOUR OWN LOOK?

“My own hairstyle tends to oscillate between a slightly pomped slick back and a long trim pompadour.

Sometimes I like to taper the sides and back so they’re faded. Other times, like right now, I let everything grow out to a super long trim. I’m less experimental with my beard - I’ll let it grow for a week and then go right back to a clean shave.

That said, I’m never without my moustache; it’s been 10 years we’ve been together and I don’t think I could bear to see my face without it.”



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This article originally appeared on House 99

 

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Winter Saviour

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Winter Saviour

Take Care of Men’s Skin This Winter

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A good way to think about seasonal grooming changes is to liken them to changing your wardrobe. You wouldn’t go out into the snow in swim shorts and so you probably shouldn’t leave your home without giving your winter skincare routine a little more oomph to protect yourself from the elements, either.

Skin is your body’s protective layer, designed to keep out nasties like pollution and allergens whilst keeping moisture in. But changing temperatures and low humidity levels can change the balance of water, fat and protein that make up this barrier. Furnace-like meeting rooms. Running to catch the bus with icy wind whipping at your face. Scalding hot showers. These lightning fast changes in environment stress your skin, evaporating hydration from its surface. This, and the fact that you’re no doubt reaching for tea or coffee (both diuretics) to keep yourself warm means your hydration levels in general are all out of whack.

All of these elements can lead to redness, sensitivity, irritation, dryness and other issues on your body armour. So, right around the time you pack up those shorts, t-shirts and open-toe sandals and put them to the back of the closet, so too, should you upgrade your winter grooming routine so you can keep looking like your most beauteous self, even when it’s sub-zero outside.

 

How do you use facial cleanser for men’s skincare in winter?

 

As the mercury drops, less heat means less sweat, so opt for a gentle cleanser such as the Cornerford Face & Body Wash which cuts oil and dirt without being abrasive or aggressive to skin. It’s enriched with grape seed and willow bark which help purify and freshen the face, removing impurities and pollution. Ideally, you’re doing this twice a day, morning and night, for 60 seconds at a time. In the morning, it’ll help wake you up. At night, it’ll wash away all the grime of the day, including any product build-up, so you don’t get it on your pillow and keep transferring it back to your face each night like some sort of bacterial recurring nightmare.

How do you tackle dry, itchy, red skin in winter?

Hydration in winter is not an option – it is a necessity. Men’s winter skin can dry out quicker than a barrel of mulled wine at a pub when it gets cold so learn this: Moisture, moisture, moisture – in all forms! Drink plenty of water so that you’ve got a good base to work from. Avoid dry skin that peels and cracks by using the Cornerford Soothing Moisturiser. It combines Licorice root and pumpkin seed (known to strengthen and energise) and is bolstered by a space-technology inspired ingredient that is both oil absorbing and mattifying.

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Cornerford: Behind the Scenes

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Cornerford: Behind the Scenes

Ever wondered how the Cornerford brand operates?

We’re here to show you how.

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And there’s the first façade. “We’re”.

… There is no “we”, just me. Dovy Cornerford.

I guess I can call myself the founder & CEO of Cornerford. But to be a CEO you need to have staff, right?

Everything, absolutely everything, from web design, photography, product design, shipping, marketing and social media is done by myself (with a little help from friends and family when they can!)

This isn’t a ‘come clean’. It’s a behind the scenes of the brand I’m trying to build and to show my customer the journey I go through in developing it. 

I see 100's of these new brands pop up every day on instagram, trying to reach out to 'influencers' who have had their 5 mins of fame on reality TV and to get more vanity followers for their 'brand'. There isn't a second thought to the actual customer base or the quality of the products. 

I look through every single product that I sell and if it's not good enough - doesn't go out to customers at all and I start again. Customer service makes my label what it is and without customer service, there's no point. I answer every email personally and try and give my customer the best service I can so that they have a product they can love.

Developing the Cornerford brand is a lot of staying up until 2am after a full day’s work – and not so much “fake it till you make it”, but more of front end development for the market. I believe there should be a balance between ‘retail ready’ and real-world experience. No one wants to see chiselled abs anymore, it’s been done and it’s boring, however presentation needs to still be at the forefront.

In a world that is absolutely saturated with Instagram models, show offs, wannabes and fakers, I want to show the realness of the brand for everyone to buy into.

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My girlfriend came up with the idea at one of our meetings (a pen, paper, beer and popcorn) to actually show what happens behind the scenes. "Be genuine and show people you're real".

I constantly have people say that I’ve got the image of the brand just right. When emails are sent out, there’s an impression of a global team of 100 people, but it’s just me.

To start the brand took many months of planning. I got a very modest, but successful Kickstarter (take a look at how far the brand has come! - looking back it's very cringe to me) as well as my own savings and my very best friend Joe to help a little. I knew nothing about marketing, PR, branding or watches – but have spent countless hours learning about everything, mainly to save costs - nothing but my passion of watches driving me forward. I spend my free time reading books and listening to podcasts for inspiration. Those who follow me on instagram, will see that I always show my followers what I'm reading or listening to so that they can gather their own inspiration.

From then, little by little, I have grown slowly and keep putting countless hours into making it bigger and better. My ethos from the start has always been more about customer service and to perfect that. From learning photography, Photoshop and digital marketing to helping each customer, teaching myself new skills to save cash and talking to big name buyers who knock me back 100 times over. Each experience helps me and the brand grow into my own vision.

Join me on the journey and see how it develops – coming to think of it, it’s not just me, it’s every single customer and every single fan that helps it grow!

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