Monthly Archives: October 2015

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The Ultimate Men’s Gift Hit List

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socks1As an avid lover of all things cosy, it’s no surprise that my favourite item of clothing is the fluffy foot warmer. I am of course talking about SOCKS. I love them. I have so many pairs lovingly stuffed into my bottom drawer, so much so that I have had to recruit an extra space to store my collection of furry bed socks in. The only time I don’t wear socks is in the shower, and there’s no better feeling than wiggling freshly cleaned toes in a pocket of fuzzy fibres.

My boyfriend however, has so many odd socks lying around the apartment that they look like singletons at an awkward speed dating session. “Mix & Match” is what he claims he is achieving, but “Mass of mess” is more how I would describe it. I don’t know if it’s a guy thing, as often my lad mates complement each other on their mismatched sock wearing skills and I stand there in utter disbelief at the fact their right leg is sporting a pink cartoon adorned sock whilst the left leg is covered in googly eyed hamburgers, and they find this hilariously entertaining.

For his birthday, as boring as it sounds, I was determined to get my boyfriend to throw away all of his rotting pairs of socks – holes in the toe, bleach stains from being unable to use a washing machine and sticky things under the balls of the feet that I just didn’t want to know about – and replace them with some funky new kicks.

I found some great quirky pairs on The Selectiv, an Australian online outlet for urban menswear. The collection consisted of vibrantly striped and ‘freckled’ cotton liners available to buy in packs or individually, perfect to wear with low rise shoes such as brogues or loafers meaning you can pick a design you love rather than having to worry about it matching your outfit. The cotton liner socks make it so you can wear slip-on style shoes with the comfortability of wearing socks but without the bulkiness or appearance ruining the fit and look of the sophisticated shoe.

If you aren’t into footwear as much as I am there are some other great accessory options that ‘The Selectiv’ offer which will make great gifts for your male friends! Such as some gorgeous watches, belts and wallets which are all unique and highly fashionable. Good quality and high fashion menswear is sometimes difficult to come across in comparison to the heaps of ladies’ fashion wear that constantly circulates around the internet, magazines and social media. If you’re looking for a gift for your man entering into the new season, have a browse around ‘The Selectiv’ and I’m pretty sure you’ll find something to give your man to style up his wardrobe and light up his imagination.

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A legacy of Equestrian excellence

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Enriched with the Spanish heritage of Valverde Del Camino, The Spanish Boot Company provides authentic equestrian footwear to the British countryside alliance. Inspired by the illustrious Spanish town and its production of Vaquero-style leather boots, the company promises a decade’s worth of authentic quality, made-to-measure service and an enthralling cultural framework.

Located on the ancient routes of the province of Huelva, Spain, Valverde Del Camino is a thriving town reputable for it’s refined leather goods and furniture industry. The small town became known for its craftsmanship from as early as the fourteenth century and because of its innovative inhabitants, it grew rapidly in wealth and trade. After British miners brought industrial production expertise to Valverde in the late 19th century, the workers were equipped with the technical skills and knowledge needed to drive the towns business into becoming the largest producer of footwear in Andalucía.

Established in 2002, The Spanish Boot Company began its journey after Proprietor and Founder Emma Snailham finished a summer working in a Portuguese stable yard in the Algarve. The enthused rider memorably sported a pair of locally sourced Spanish riding boots and subsequently an array of complimentary British clients indicated their interest in the footwear – igniting an idea to which Emma originated her venture. Following a homeward bound detour to the historical town of Valverde Del Camino, Emma liaised with a local factory and sourced the product to the UK.

The Spanish Boot Company envisioned bringing genuine Spanish goods to the British market for affordable prices, stocking ladies, men’s and children’s country attire and accessories. Offering multiple collections from partner brands, the unique designs are lavishly handcrafted using luxurious, comfortable and durable fabrics such as cashmere, leather and tweed. With an infectiously uplifting, entrepreneurial spirit, Emma expresses through her blog a determination for expanding the business; stocking a larger variety of styles as well as new products and potential partners. Currently the online shop boasts a diverse collection of footwear and clothing – from the original riding boots to espadrilles and Polainas (half chaps) to Ladies ponchos, knitted cardigans and multi-way scarves.

Striving to construct a retail environment that is both functional and fashionable through her product range, Emma stocks best selling pieces from classic brands Grace & Lace and Liberty Freedom, which add an eccentric uniqueness to the collection. The philanthropically inspired Grace & Lace offer eclectic printed ponchos, floral fringed scarves and loosely woven knits, exuding bohemian ambiance. Liberty Freedom on the other hand, describes itself as the ‘anti-thesis to crass clothes on the high street’ promoting an oxymoronic collaboration of stately tailoring and urban punk. Both brands harness a rare and intriguing desirability that encapsulates The Spanish Boot Company’s authentic aesthetic, forming an inspiring trio of collaborative brands.

With customer service notably enlisted as one of Emma’s top priorities for the business, her success is evidenced through the consistent positive feedback received from her clients and praised throughout the website. As well as demonstrating remarkably attentive hospitality, the company offers a personalised made-to-measure service that allows each customer to tailor their chosen boots to their own dimensions, ensuring the quality and individuality of the product. The company also retail Boot Aftercare kits, prolonging the durability of their product whilst implementing a sense of brand lifestyle – a continuous journey through purchasing to wearing to then taking care of the product.

The Spanish Boot Company upholds a wholehearted endeavor to empower its audience to live an active, luxurious lifestyle through equestrianism – and other country sport – making it a viable retail choice for other enthusiasts to delve into. Experiential retail isn’t always about implementing new technologies and using advanced high tech gadgets to impress and engage an audience – sometimes all it needs is a powerful and inspiring back-story, taken from a real human experience.

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