Are These The Best Hip Flasks in The World?

I have been on the lookout for the perfect hip flask for what in fact might be my whole life (no joke!). There are so many low quality flasks out there that it actually makes the task of finding the perfect one very difficult. However, coming across SWIG hip flasks has changed all that. I honestly think these are the best hip flasks in the world. I'll show you why.

Firstly, they come in fantastic red & black bordered packaging - the perfect accompaniment if you are looking to give the flask as a gift - ideal for say a 21st birthday or Father's Day. Inside the box is not only the amazing flask itself, but it is resting on a beautiful padded cushion which adds to the sense of quality (and that is just the packaging!)

This particular flask is the Brown Harris Tweed Flask (RRP £69 / Currently on sale for £49) - as you know I am a huge fan of green/brown tweeds - and this flask was the perfect choice to pair with the same style of jacket.

The workmanship is faultless. In your hand the flask has a good weight, not too light, not too heavy, meaning both practicality and durability were taken into account during its creation. The tweed pouch was made on the Isle of Skye, using exclusive tweed sourced from the Isle of Lewis and Harris, so you know you're getting the real deal.

Another note is that if say I wanted to go out in a blue tweed jacket, you can easily order different pouches to suit your need, so I could get a blue tweed pouch or an executive one for formal occasions. This variability and customisation is another reason I like them so much.

As well as the flask itself, you can register your flask's unique number to enrol (for free) in the SWIG Society, the perks of which include an invitation to the annual SWIG Society party for members. Also if you lose your flask cap, by being a registered member you will be able to sort out a replacement for only the postage cost. Not bad eh?

I was really impressed with the cap itself, it offers a secure twist and stopper which feels like it'll last a lifetime.

You can remove the 'naked' flask from the pouch and find its SWIG number on the top right hand corner.

I literally could find no fault to these flasks. With their price being very reasonable for the impeccable quality that you receive and the clear importance to the company of putting their customers first, I deem these to be the best hip flasks in the world. My search for the perfect hip flask is over.

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Shaving Subscription Box: The Personal Barber

So a little while ago I posted this excitedly on my Instagram...

And now, after giving the Person Barber shaving subscription a test drive, I can give you more of a rundown on how it went and what I thought...

As the picture above shows, you get a great little branded package (I love the addition of "Purveyors of Handsome Living" on the side!) sent right to your door. I eagerly opened up box to find two black cards, introducing TPB and the products in the box as well as some really useful instructions on how to shave like a pro (I even learned some new things that I had no idea about!)

The products that came in the box were as follows:

  • The Personal Barber double edged safety razor
  • The Personal Barber synthetic hair shaving brush
  • Astra and Bic replacement blades
  • Red Leaf Oatmeal & Honey shaving soap and Black Tea shaving soap
  • Legends London Alum Matchsticks

I am still really impressed by all the products, and I love the little alum matchsticks - something I haven't come across before - which are used for preventing infection and helping reduce bleeding if you nick yourself.

The shaving soaps smell fantastic and the shaving brush is a very decent size. Something I didn't know about synthetic hair brushes is that they are much easier to maintain in that you can just flick them dry and they will be fine (no need for hanging in a stand like animal brushes).

What some people wonder is "What is the point in shaving in this way? - it all seems like much more effort than modern shaving". Well, in some ways it is more effort but it is also more rewarding - you receive a better, sharper shave, there's less chance of razor burn (because you only require one pass over with the razor), and you're not throwing away a ton of plastic each month using disposables, or using electricity with an electric razor.

I can't remember who it was who said it, but I always remember the notion that a traditional shave is almost like meditation, in that the man is fully focused on shaving for 5-10 minutes, where importantly it cannot be rushed lest he come out looking ragged or bloody. I think that really captures what traditional wet shaving is about - the utter - yet relaxing - focus it requires and cultivates.

This particular subscription box is the first that you would receive from The Personal Barber (in that it includes the safety razor and brush). The subsequent boxes would include various shaving goods (razor blades, soaps, aftershaves, etc.) to compliment the foundation of the first box. I've been really impressed with the products and the presentation of the box & brand that I heartily recommend it if you are looking for a wet shaving subscription box.

For further info on The Personal Barber subscription box - including prices & plans etc. - click here.

Happy shaving guys!

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Hawes & Curtis: Summer Shirts

Hello everyone,

I hope you're all starting to feel the benefit of the sun coming through now (despite warnings that this week is going to see the arrival of snow - oh how I love British weather!) But what I've got for you today is to do with shirts - colourful shirts - that I think are the perfect pairing for these Summer months.

I've loved Hawes & Curtis ever since I was into shirts; I first researched them after being impressed with the shirts that Dr Christian Jessen (a Hawes & Curtis ambassador) would wear in Embarrassing Bodies and Super-size vs Superskinny. Their choices of colours and patterns always impress me, but I managed to choose a selection below, split between stripes and solid designs, which I thought would be perfect styling for the summer:

I particularly liked the Blue Twill with orange contrast detail (c/o) - photos of me wearing it are below - I've paired it with some pink trousers and a grey blazer - the pink pairing perfectly with the orange/red detailing on the cuffs and collar of the shirt.

Well I hoped you liked my peek into this fantastic British shirt makers - do take a look at their shirts and indeed their jackets - they have some fantastic Harris Tweed jackets that I absolutely love!

'Till next time,

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