The 4 Grooming Habits Every Gentleman Should Master – For Tidy Facial Hair

A gentleman is a man who takes care of others and is attentive to his surroundings. But to be able to look outwards and respect others, it is important to take care of yourself first. There should be left no compromise whether it involves your perfectly tailored suit, well polished shoes or neat grooming habits.

Be a regular at the barber
Too many men wait with cutting their hair until they notice that it is too long. And the reality is that when you notice it, then other people have too. My advice is to book your next appointment while you are at the barber for approximately 4-5 weeks time – in this way your will be proactive and not reactive. Find a barber that you trust and stick to it. It’s almost like going to the tailor, your barber will know your hair and preferences better with time the more you see him.

Find the right hair product for you
It can be a bit of a challenge to find the right hair product for your hair and style, so make sure you know what each product is for. Pomades and waxes are great for controlling thicker hair, but if your hair is thinner, then lighter products such as sprays will be the right choice for you. If you feel lost, then ask your barber for advice – the right product can make all the difference.

Tidy up your eyebrows
Big eyebrows are not a bad thing. However, if they are meeting in the middle you have got a slight problem. Always tidy up the space between, above and below the brows for a clean look. If you do not feel comfortable plucking them yourself, your barber will always be able help you out.

Manage your facial hair…Or learn how to shave like an expert
Facial hair of any length needs to be tamed and maintained. I personally prefer the look of a clean shave. However, you might not have time for a long wet-shaving routine every morning, so knowing the basics of a good shave is key.

Since my mid-teen years I have used an electric shaver from Philips that was gifted to me by my father. It always made clean shaving an easy job when rushing out the door on busy London mornings and it always gave me a very satisfying result. This is why I stuck to the brand and tried out a couple of their models as I grew  older.

Recently I was given the opportunity to review their new Shaver Series 9000 Prestige electric shaver. A new model focused on delivering the world’s closest electric shave with uncompromised skin comfort (even on a 7-day beard).

Upgrading from less premium models it was interesting to explore the personal comfort settings letting you adjust the shaving speed according to preference and shaving style: sensitive, normal and fast. It offers a blade close shave, whilst being incredibly gentle, making for a very smooth shaving experience. I also enjoyed being able to shave longer stubble that I normally needed to trim An effortless shave is made possible by the multi-direction ContourDetect head that follows every face contour, catching even difficult hairs. The result was a very clean and long-lasting shave. Design-wise the new shaver looks very sleek and elegant too. And a cool feature is the wireless Qi charging pad that fits seamlessly into your everyday routine.

For more information on the Series 9000 Prestige click here.

#ShaveTheWayThatFeelsRight

 

Yours sincerely, Mathias le Fèvre

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Inside a £20 million London Penthouse

Panoramic penthouse view over Buckingham Palace and St. James Park – Gentleman Mathias le Fevre in Luxury London Penthouse apartment in The Nova Building by Landsec – Luxury livingspace

London is known to be the home of the global elite and with fortunes to spend the city is full of prestigious apartments in historical surroundings. Let me introduce you to the latest luxury development from Landsec in the heart of Victoria. I visited The Nova Building which plays host to a breathtaking £20 million penthouse.

Situated on 12th floor, the apartment offers big panoramic views overlooking Buckingham Palace, Belgravia and the iconic St. James Park. The apartment has been interior designed by Bowler James Brindley and is decorated with curated original art and finished with mirror polished rosewood veneers, sixties inspired wallpaper, antique bronze, buttoned leather, sky blue velvets and luxurious dark blue paint.

On its two storeys it features 4 en suites with spacious marble bathrooms, 3 reception rooms and a giant stairway in the centre of the apartment (which is large enough to assemble an entire orchestra) leading to the second floor that is dedicated to entertaining.

The best part? The apartment’s home bar and rooftop terrace. The second floor makes the perfect setting for cocktail parties with a large dining area, generous sitting room, a home bar and stairway to the open rooftop terrace.

Bored of the panoramas? You’ll be pleased to hear that The Nova Building offers a private residents lounge, residents cinema, a business centre to hold meetings or simply catch up on work, a gym and a peaceful roof garden to relax.

For more pictures and information on the penthouse apartments and area visit www.thenovabuilding.co.uk and check out Instagram profiles @createvictoria and @landsecgroup.

Editorial photography by @ciinderellab

– Mathias le Fèvre

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A Classic Gentleman’s Haircut: The Side Parting

The side part haircut is known to give a very timeless and classic look. The haircut style is a go-to gentleman’s cut and was particular popular from the 1920s – 1940s and again in the 1960s. It has certainly survived the test of time, but why? Well, it’s a particularly adaptable haircut. It’s nice for both casual and formal situations and also doesn’t take too much time to style. With a little effort in the morning, you’ll have a dapper cut ready to go.

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The basis of the haircut is a simple short back and sides and will suit most hair types and face shapes. When going to your barber ask for “a classic short cut on the back and sides, and for the top to be left long enough to part, but short enough to be neat and tidy”

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When it comes to styling the hair, I use a styling paste as I have very thick hair that needs a strong hold, while a matt clay will work better for thinner hair. I have found it best to apply the product while the hair is damp (not wet) after a shower and then shaping the parting with a wide tooth comb. It is important to find the natural parting of your hair as this will give you the best look and hold.

I try to stop by my barber every 3-4 weeks to keep my haircut sharp and tidy. For the past 6 months I have been going to Ruffians’ Shoreditch shop where TJ cuts my hair. I am always met with welcoming smiles and positive vibes, and every time I walk of there the result is very satisfying. That is why I can surely say that it is my favourite London barber shop so far.

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 When stopping by Ruffians last week I was wearing a grey houndstooth blazer, a blue striped silk tie, a classic white double cuff shirt, with navy corduroy trousers and a pair of tassel loafers.

– Mathias le Fèvre

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Our 5 star London Fashion Week Home – Hotel One Aldwych

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In the start of January I went to the now 11th season of London Fashion Week Men’s (LFWM). With a busy schedule of catwalk shows and events my partner and I decided to treat ourselves to the comfort of a stay at the Hotel, One Aldwych. Being just across the street from the British Fashion Councils’ (BFC) Show Space it was very convenient when needing a break or having to change outfit.

We spent the first evening in the hotel’s private lounge planning our week and made use of the small library looking through the numerous fashion books for style inspiration.

Every morning of our stay, we enjoyed a filling breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant.

For the first day of LFWM, I anchored my look around a classic navy suit. The suit is from Suit Supply and has a masculine cut with peak lapels and structured shoulders. It is a 2.5-button suit, carries a ticket pocket and a rather longer jacket. The cuffed high rise flat front trousers cuffs brings everything together for a stylishly tailored appeal. I layered it with a grey houndstooth waistcoat, a blue silk tie and a white shirt underneath. I chose a pair of brown single monk straps from Massimo Dutti and an automatic Moon Phase watch from Thomas Earnshaw.

As LFWM falls on our anniversary, we went to celebrate it with a three course dinner at the hotel’s Indigo Restaurant on our last night. Indigo is an award winning restaurant and is know for it’s innovative food. The Executive Chef, Dominic Teague, incorporates the finest seasonal ingredients carefully sourced from the British Isles into the Indigo menu, and it all happens to be entirely gluten and dairy-free.

After three very tasty dishes the amazing staff surprised us with an extra dessert and champagne in occasion of our anniversary. The restaurant experience was a wonderful way to end our stay and it will definitely not be our last visit to the One Aldwych London.

www.onealdwych.com

@onealdwychhotel

– Mathias le Fèvre

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Stay in Brussels at the Sofitel Le Louise

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It’s almost Christmas and I traveled to Belgium with my partner to visit her family. Before heading to the countryside we decided to spend three days in Brussels at the Sofitel Le Louise where we were warmly welcomed by the staff.

The hotel is located just in the heart of a prestigious shopping avenue, making it convenient to get around and shop last minute gifts.

The room was bright and spacious with a desk space, a large bed and a bathroom with a rainforest shower. The desk made it really easy to get through emails during the day while the in-room coffee machine had my back.

One of my favourite parts of the stay was the wide-choice breakfast served in our room. Fresh fruits, poched eggs, smoked salmon, pancakes, macaroons and I could go on!

In-between running our last errands before christmas we decided to stop by the hotel’s Crystal Lounge for a coffee. It was a beautiful venue for a break as well as a shopping city trip.

www.sofitel-brussels-le-louise.com

@sofitelbrussels

– Mathias le Fèvre

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Sunday Lunch at The Ivy Tower Bridge

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Always having been a fan of The Ivy’s beautiful yet relaxed venues, sophisticated service and modern British food, it was a pleasure paying a visit to the Tower Bridge restaurant.

Welcomed with a glass of bubbles, we were seated with an amazing view over the river and the beautiful Tower Bridge. As a starter I choose the Smoked Salmon with Crab served with slices of freshly baked rye bread and my partner had the Crispy Duck salad. Both dishes were amazing, but having tasted the Crispy Salad I’m not doubting what I will be having at my next visit.

As main course I went with a dry aged British rib-eye served with zucchini, a green salad and béarnaise sauce. It was perfectly cooked medium rare and the sauce was to perfection.

I am very impressed with the complete experience provided by The Ivy and already excited for my next visit.

@theivytowerbridge

www.theivytowerbridge.com

– Mathias le Fèvre

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Sunday Lunch at The World’s End Market

I went for a Sunday lunch with my partner at The World’s End Market, famous for its meat.

Jose Gordon’s meat has been described as the World’s Best Meat according to Netflix Documentary “Steak Revolution, 2014”.

I started with a Tartar accompanied with 2 slices of toasted bread. As for the main dish I went for the Solomillo De Buey Steak which has been matured for 100 days.


Both dishes were exceptional. I won’t  hesitate with saying that it’s the best steak I ever had! The intense taste of spiced meat combined with tenderness making it melt on your tongue. WOW! I almost fell of my chair…

Between the meals we were given a tour. The venue is composed of two floors : the restaurant and a vintage bar upstairs specialized in whiskey. The bartender introduced us to the forgotten cocktail : La Louisiane.

A seductively named drink built on rye, sweet vermouth, Benedictine, Peychaud’s bitters, and absinthe, ‘La Louisiane’ shares similar DNA to other New Orleans classics, but never made the same leap into the cocktail mainstream. It is the secret cocktail of New Orleans, and these days it’s starting to get its due.

It was a well spent Sunday afternoon and an exceptional dining experience. We will definitely be back here.

– Mathias le Fèvre

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