It’s hard to imagine that a hip-hop artist’s defining musical memory is hearing their father blast the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack in the car. In the case of Jared Lee, known onstage as the genre-blurring artist Duckwrth, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s swelling orchestrations struck a chord, so to speak, that awakened his musical creativity. “Just picture an ‘80s Mazda RX7 with red fur seats rolling up to school with that on,” he says. Today, dressed in a varsity jacket and his own snakeskin boots, he pulls off the juxtaposition.
Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, paradoxically reporting some of the highest crime rates in the country while laying the foundation for some of music’s most influential artists—Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and SchoolboyQ, to name a few—there’s an expectation that at some point, you’ll have to make a decision: enter the gang system, or forge your own path. His mother, whose maiden name Duckworth inspired his musical moniker, chose the path for him: religion.
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Interestingly, Duckwrth’s latest album The Falling Man follows the fall of a king, playing out as a sonic roller coaster ride detailing the mistakes made when on a steep ascent to greatness. “It’s about where things get out of place when you fall in love and fall out of love, when you fall for the bullshit, fall for the hype,” he explains. It’s a storyline heard best in the standout tracks “King King” and “Soprano.” The next obstacle after avoiding childhood pitfalls is not getting caught up in the stereotypical life of a rock star. “I’m as rock ‘n’ roll as it gets, when it comes to imagery and music and how I perform,” he says. “But I don’t get into heavy cocaine or getting with 45 women in one night. I’m just trying to see the world, you know? I don’t want anything to slow me down.”
RTA Harness-Detailed Wool Trench Coat / Distressed Rib-Knit Cotton Sweater / Tactical Cotton Sweatpants / Leather Combat Boots / EMANUELE BICOCCHI Skull Drop Earring / M. COHEN Curb Band RingEMANUELE BICOCCHI Sterling Silver Tiny Skull Pendant NecklaceIndeed, he’s as productive as ever, writing songs and creative directing the short film to accompany The Falling Man. Having studied graphic design at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, he even did the cover art on his earlier mixtapes. Duckwrth also boasts a personal style that’s completely his own, layering vintage with hype beast staples and Bowie-esque boots. “I really love textures and mixing in the unexpected. I wear this flight suit with fringe when I perform. It’s all about having fun with it,” he says, adding that his style heroes range from Pharrell to the character Kaneda from the manga series Akira.
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Duckwrth’s arrival signifies a new era in hip-hop, prioritizing vulnerability and inspiring fans to chase their ambitions rather than succumbing to a lifestyle they see on Instagram. “We’re presenting a different type of flavor for black men. We’re emoting,” he says, speaking about the collective of South Central L.A. artists he helped create called Just Friends. “We’re creating the space for dudes to speak on certain things they weren’t allowed to back in the day. It’s about inspiring other men to show that side.”
True to his manifesto, Duckwrth isn’t shy about putting his dreams out into the universe. “[Playing] coliseums is a big dream,” he says with resolute confidence. Perhaps it’s that gusto that inspires his vocal fan base who, among other things, credit him with saving their life. “The ones that reach out and say ‘you helped me not kill myself last night’ make me feel like I got a purpose in life because I gave somebody else a reason to live,” he says. “I have a reason to be here.”
Out of the four fashion capitals – Milan, Paris, New York, and London – London is the one most defined by just how many styles it incorporates. From punks to Sloanes, tailoring to streetwear, the city’s look is diverse and dynamic. Which is why it’s about the best place you can go to buy clothes.To the west, Mayfair is where the suited-and-booted boys hang out, standing imperiously still as they are fitted out for their latest three-piece while you’ll likely catch the streetwear crew waiting in a labyrinthine crew down the alleyways of central Soho. Style becomes a lot more of a melting pot in east London, while British workwear is the catch of the day in the northern boroughs of Bloomsbury and Kings Cross.Sure it can be confusing, and the lines will always be blurred, as is the London way, but we’ve put our best foot on the ground to trawl you around the must-see streets for menswear in London. Now if only we could get hold of a black cab.Savile RowNo one place in the world is as synonymous with tailoring as Savile Row, with the tall Georgian buildings making for a suitable setting as the city’s power players descend upon the street to kit themselves out with their battle suits.Many of the tailors have been making bespoke suits on the row since the 19th century, mainstays including the inventor of the modern dinner jacket Henry Poole and H. Huntsman & Sons, the inspiration for Hollywood blockbuster franchise Kingsman.New kids on the block Richard James and Timothy Everest blew away the cobwebs with more casual silhouettes on their arrival in the 1990s, but all the tailors on the row still hold one thing in common: they treat the making of a suit as an art and a science. If you have the money, there’s nowhere better to get yours.Mayfair, W1SJermyn StreetOnce you’ve bagged your custom-made suit from Savile Row, head to nearby Jermyn Street to nab yourself the shirt to go with it. Just as Savile Row is a byword for suits, Jermyn Street is where all the capital’s best dress shirts are made, from the historic Turnbull & Asser through to high street crossovers like Thomas Pink and smaller bespoke ateliers like Emma Willis.Elsewhere royal warrant-worthy knitwear can be found at John Smedley, preppy smart-casual wear at Hackett, sturdy, last-a-lifetime shoes at John Lobb and dandy tailoring at New & Lingwood.Alongside this roll-call of heritage British brands, the street is also home to the St James catwalk show at London Fashion Week Men’s, which brings together over 30 of the brands on the street, including a select few from outside like outerwear heavyweight Aquascutum.St James, SW1YCoal Drops YardThe most recent addition to the city’s retail landscape (it opened its doors in 2018), Coal Drops Yard is one part safe haven for some of the best menswear stores in London, one part design marvel. The latter is all thanks to a position as the capital’s official design district, with boutiques built into Victorian brick viaducts with a sweeping metal structure looming large over the space’s courtyard.Shops wise, minimalist workwear reigns supreme with brands including French clothesmaker and one of the top places to go for raw denim in the world, A.P.C., Scandi brand Rains and indie London label Universal Work all having set up shop in the new centre. Blackhorse Lane Atelier, London’s only craft jeans maker, has also moved in.Kings Cross, N1CSeven DialsSo-called because of the seven streets that converge around a single column bearing six sundials (a town planning error if ever there was one) Seven Dials carries the same sort of Georgian charm as its hop-skip-and-a-jump away neighbour Covent Garden.The tourists spill over too, which can make the compact shop units that line the seven streets a bit of a squeeze. If you can manage the huddle there’s a lot to admire, especially in the great brands on show, a mix of global players (Carhartt WIP, Urban Outfitters, Fred Perry), stylish eyewear brands (Ace & Tate, Cubitts, Ollie Quinn) and smaller, indie labels (Duke & Dexter, Super Superficial, The Cambridge Satchel Company).Camden, WC2HOxford StreetHalf a million visitors dodge each other down Oxford Street, the busiest shopping street in Europe. The street is department store central – the quintessential British high street supercharged – with gargantuan branches of the ever-consistent John Lewis, luxury haven Selfridges and affordable treasure trove Topman.Recently-opened draws for the fashion pack have started adding to the street’s already sterling reputation, the opening of flagship stores for German sportswear giant Adidas and luxury retailer Flannels the street’s new headliners.Both offer the sort of all-encompassing shopping experiences we should expect in the future with the latter kitted out with interactive sporting challenges, smart mirrors and more art installations than a modern art museum. The marble-laden Flannels store is just as impressive with 36 4k digital screens around the store and a customisation service for your freshly bought sneakers. This is shopping 2.0.Westminster, W1Duke StreetIntersecting London’s largest shopping thoroughfare Oxford Street, while simultaneously nestled on the Mayfair side of town where mega-watt fashion houses steal all the limelight, the names on Duke Street’s shop fronts appeal for their quality, without pretence.Heritage outerwear brands and British stalwarts Private White V.C. and Barbour both have shops down the road, as do super-slick, ever-wearable French label Ami, its only shop in the UK. The real scene-stealer though is the three-floored Duke Street Emporium, a majestic looking red-brick department store from the minds behind premium high street brand Jigsaw that houses a sterling array of brands, an in-house coffee shop, a plush library, and a jukebox.Marylebone, W1URedchurch StreetBuried under a sea of graffiti and artisan coffee shops, Shoreditch is the hipster’s paradise of London. Brick Lane is the big draw for tourists in the area, but once you’ve dodged the (excellent) Indian restaurants and rundown bagel shops take a walk down Redchurch Street just off of it, a small, fairly non-descript strip that has built up an under-the-radar reputation as one of the top menswear destinations in the city.Preppy American label J Crew, French workwear purveyors A.P.C. and James Bond’s T-shirt brand of choice Sunspel all have stores down the street, and there’s even a branch of ritzy barber chain Murdock if you need a spruce up.Curtain Road, a 10-minute walk away is also worth a visit, hipster haven Goodhood its crown jewel, home to ultra-hip brands like Beams Plus, Aime Leon Dore and Norse Projects along with some of its own exclusive collaborations.Shoreditch, E2Berwick StreetWhile all the moneybags hot foot it to Mayfair, Berwick Street in Soho is where the true, discerning menswear aficionados will make their way.Britpop band Oasis famously shot the cover for its 1994 album What’s The Story Morning Glory down the higgledy-piggledy road which is now home to some of our favourite brands including the wearable likes of Scandi brand A Day’s March, Australian bootmaker R.M. Williams, and local heroes Folk, Universal Works and Oliver Spencer.The holy streetwear trinity of Supreme, Palace, and Stüssy are all within a 500-yard radius of the street too, so if you’re looking for streetwear on the streets of London, trawling the alleys of Soho remains your best bet.Soho, W1FCarnaby StreetNot many streets can say they have charted the history of fashion like Carnaby Street can. Ground zero for the cultural explosion known as Swinging London, Carnaby Street later became a home from home to everything from mod style to punks, New Romantics to sneakerheads.The street was pedestrianised in 1973 and remains an oasis for not just mod fashion (Fred Perry, Ben Sherman, Dr. Martens) but just cool clothes in general, with monochrome Belgian label The Kooples, on-the-pulse sneaker store Size and Italian tech-wear purveyor C.P. Company selling their wares there.The shop units remain boutique-sized but if you’re looking for somewhere to spread your legs as you shop then historic department store Liberty is just around the corner as is the London flagship branch of treasured multi-brand retailer End.Soho, W1FLamb’s Conduit SreetFrom the bunting that floats over the zig-zagging pavement to the pastel-colored shop fronts and abundance of independent cafes, cake shops, and green-grocers, there’s not much at first glance that separates Lamb’s Conduit Street from any other quaint, picture-perfect high street.But grab your magnifying glass and spy the top-notch British brands from Oliver Spencer, which opened its first store on the street in 2008 and is spread across two shop-fronts, to the jazzy tailoring at Simon Carter and trendy, everlasting footwear on offer at Grenson. While you’re there, don’t forget to pop your head in the door of artsy Brit label YMC and the treasure chest of discovery that is menswear shop Number Six.Bloomsbury, WC1N
Actor Ahsan Khan has been appointed as ambassador for Child Protection and Welfare Bureau by Government of Punjab. The ‘Alif’ actor has been actively working for children rights and welfare for some time now.
While congratulating Ahsan, actor Humayun Saeed made an announcement through social media. “Congrats Ahsan Khan on being appointed as ambassador for Child Protection and Welfare Bureau. Wish you all the best,” he wrote.
Child Protection and Welfare Bureau Chairman Sarah Ahmad also shared the news through Twitter.
Earlier, Ahsan is also brand ambassador for Human Development Foundation and also Goodwill Ambassador for The Citizen Foundation.
SPURS have been attempting to sign new players despite preparing for Mauricio Pochettino’s exit.
Tottenham have just seen a £1.75million bid turned down for teenage Peterborough forward Ricky Jade-Jones.
1 Peterborough forward Ricky Jade-Jones is on Tottenham’s radarCredit: Rex FeaturesThe attacking midfielder, who made his Posh debut last month against Arsenal under-21s in the Leasing.com Trophy aged just 16, is being watched by most of the Premier League.
But even though doubt has surrounded Pochettino’s future for some weeks, the club’s recruiting department has carried on as normal.
Spurs have been warned they could have to pay up to £10m for Jade-Jones who has been described by Posh boss Darren Ferguson as “the quickest player I have ever managed”.
Since turning 17 this month and signing a professional deal, Jade-Jones has scored twice – including the second goal in his team’s 2-0 FA Cup replay win over Stevenage on Tuesday.
Former boss David Pleat is still a consultant at White Hart Lane and has urged Spurs to sign Jade-Jones.
He has also told Tottenham to land Max Aarons from Norwich and they are likely to make another attempt this January.
Pleat also urged Spurs to sign James Maddison from Norwich but chairman Daniel Levy thought he was too expensive and he moved to Leicester for £22m.
Jose Mourinho could also reportedly convince Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld to sign new contracts as one of his first moves as boss.
Barcelona join battle to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as Europe’s top clubs chase axed Tottenham boss
Focus tendances retail : ces nouvelles boutiques galeries
Alors que certains voient dans le futur du retail, des expériences de réalité virtuelle, des hologrammes de leurs produits et de l’achat en boutique en moins de 2 clics, comme Farfetch qui avait lancé son pop-up à Londres l’année dernière ; certaines marques de luxe se rapprochent de designers pointues et de collectionneurs pour créer de véritable boutique galerie. Exit l’achat compulsif en deux temps trois mouvement, certaines marques préfèrent désormais prôner le slow. Dans la mouvance actuelle, elles décident de recréer des univers exclusifs, avec peu d’objets mais avec une sélection très pointue, créant ainsi un certain minimalisme mais surtout un univers qui leur ai propre.
The Row – Selected by Promostyl Londres : La dernière boutique The Row, des sœurs Olsen
L’écrin est situé dans Mayfair, haut lieu de la bourgeoisie Londonienne. Occupant 530 m², dans la Mayfair House, une grande maison de ville néo-géorgienne construite dans les années 1920, elle présente un design intérieur conçu par le cabinet d’architectes Selldorf, basé à New York.
The Row – Selected by Promostyl Semblable aux magasins précédemment ouverts de The Row, le nouvel espace de vente ressemble à une maison privée où chaque pièce de design est signé, avec pour toile de fond murs blancs, du béton poli et du parquet. En passant le pas de la porte le ton est donné avec une œuvre de James Turrell, plus loin, on y découvre des chaises Le Corbusier, un canapé Giò Ponti au rez-de-chaussée et une table de salle à manger de Charlotte Perriand à l’étage. Design minimal en verre et métal pour les vêtements et accessoires The Row qui viennent juste sublimer les pièces de cette galerie d’art.
The Row – Selected by Promostyl Milan : MSGM en collaboration avec la Néerlandaise Sabine Marcelis
À l’occasion de leur dixième anniversaire, la marque italienne a implanté sa nouvelle boutique dans le quartier de Brera à Milan. Nouvelle boutique, nouvelle dimension, une superficie de 440 m² répartis sur deux niveaux au rez-de-chaussée d’un bâtiment historique.
MSGM – Selected by Promostyl Connu sous le nom de Palazzo Silva di Biandrate, un hôtel particulier du XVIIe siècle. Retour aux sources donc pour cet espace, le design intérieur, créé par le directeur créatif de MSGM, Massimo Giorgetti, et le cabinet d’architectes milanais ML Architettura, inaugure de nouveaux codes : inspiré du brutalisme, il contraste avec la façade historique ornée.
MSGM – Selected by Promostyl Son design intérieur est épuré et sobre et tire pleinement parti de sa coque en béton apparente utilisée comme toile de fond. L’abondance de béton est associée à des carreaux de pierre, à de l’acier chromé et réfléchissant, à des présentoirs colorés et translucides commandés à Sabine Marcelis, puis viennent se fondre des écrans à LED suspendus. Un espace brut de décoffrage où sont autant mis en valeur ici les pièces de design que les vêtements de la marque.
MSGM – Selected by Promostyl New York: Celine déploie son nouveau concept de boutique par Hedi Slimane
Slimane a conçu tous les espaces en collaboration avec l’équipe interne de Celine. Bien que chaque magasin soit unique, ils partagent des traits communs, tels que l’accent mis sur la pierre naturelle et d’autres matériaux audacieux.
Celine – Selected by Promostyl Des dalles massives et richement veinées de marbre, de granit et de travertin apparaissent sur les murs, les étagères et les colonnes, tandis que les sols sont revêtus de pierre de lave de Basaltina. Slimane a déjà expérimenté le design de mobilier au fil des ans et a créé une nouvelle collection pour les magasins Celine qui côtoient les pièces vintage des années 1960 et 1970 qui mettent en valeur le savoir-faire français du travail du bois.
Celine – Selected by Promostyl Leurs formes sont souvent minimalistes, avec des éléments bruts et primitifs. Des œuvres d’art contemporaines de talents établis et émergents, qu’elles soient acquises ou commandées, constituent une autre caractéristique majeure de ces espaces, une initiative baptisée Celine Art Project.
Celine – Selected by Promostyl
Komal Aziz Khan, is a Pakistani television actress known for her role in Ishq-e-Benaam for which she was nominated for Best Soap Actress at Hum Awards. And she is also known for her role in Bisaat-e-dil.
Komal Aziz has been in trauma after a man was murdered outside her house in Karachi. Komal shared the incident on her Instagram account while being in a state of shock.
Take a look at some of the screenshots from Komal’s Instagram stories:
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In 2019, Google Ads is one of the most effective advertising tools to get more traffic to your website, and generate more leads. In fact, most businesses see an average of 200% ROI on their Google Ad spend.
To create better, more powerful ads on Google, it can be helpful to receive a Google Ads certificate. Additionally, it’s a great resume booster.
If you’re looking to get a Google Ads certificate, you’ve come to the right place. Here, we’ve created a guide that will explain why a Google Ads certification is helpful, and how you can prepare and get certified.
Why get a Google Ads certification?
Years ago when I was applying for work, I interviewed a couple dozen people who worked in the digital marketing industry to learn about their jobs and the application process. Many emphasized the importance of getting a Google Ads certification.
The truth is that many employers search for people with this certification on LinkedIn to find employees for their marketing team. LinkedIn generally offers a talent pool of higher-quality than standard job boards like Indeed. Plus, the demand for marketers skilled in Google Ads is high, while the supply of qualifying candidates is relatively low.
Thanks to the internet, it’s easier than ever before to apply for a job with little effort, so employers are swimming in low-quality choices.
To find qualified employees, then, many hiring managers use LinkedIn’s search engine to find anyone with a Google Ads certification because it’s one of the few defining qualifications that can show proven knowledge and skill. The certification shows the hiring manager that you’re somewhat savvy about the industry.
The good news is that a lot of fresh talent don’t have a certification on their LinkedIn profile or resume since they don’t know the value of it. In other words, you can easily stand out if you get certified.
Even if you don’t want a role in PPC, the certification is still helpful for any marketer. PPC advertising, especially through Google Ads, makes up the bulk of online advertising. If you understand the principles of Google Ads, you can translate those principles to other marketing efforts.
Additionally, having an understanding of neighboring areas of marketing helps with your communication among team members, and empathy. Ultimately, having that certification under your tool belt will only make you look better to employers.
How Applicable is the Certification in the Marketing Industry?
To be fair and objective, let’s acknowledge the case against getting certified.
First, in terms of actual skill and practice, a certification isn’t entirely applicable in a real marketing role. It’s possible to score well or even perfectly on this exam without having actual experience with the platform, especially when there are exam answers online.
The exam can, at times, teach you the best answer in theory, which isn’t close to the best answer in practice.
Having been in the Google Ads platform myself, I know that a few questions are unnecessarily complicated, not applicable, or biased toward a response focused on spending as much money as possible on Google’s platform. Google makes money when you spend money on ads, regardless of whether the ad leads to a sale, so their intentions make sense.
With all that said, most of the questions are still valuable because they help you learn how to navigate the platform and make accurate calculations. You can grow a lot through preparing for this exam even if you initially have little to no knowledge of Google Ads.
You should take the test without cheating, learn from your incorrect answers, and retake it to improve. Otherwise, you may have a tough time with the platform later on, which can seem detailed and intimidating to beginners.
Here’s another huge reason why you should get certified and make sure you learn a lot during the preparation process, rather than speed through it — any decent marketing agency or department that you’d like to work for is going to test you on your understanding of terminology and pay-per-click reasoning during the application process. They’re going to find out whether you really know what you’re talking about.
Therefore, the knowledge that the exams offer does have some real-world value. That doesn’t mean you have to be a total whiz. But you should understand most of the concepts tested.
Treat the Google Ads exam as an opportunity to learn rather than a task to check-off a list. Your mindset shift will make all the difference because you’ll be learning from every question asked, while others rush through the exam just to finish it.
Topics and Exam Duration of the Google Ads Certifications
There are Google Ads certifications for different topics, including video, mobile, display, and shopping advertising. The most important version is the search advertising exam since that’s the area marketers use most often on the platform. The second most applicable Google Ads test for marketers is likely Google Ads display certification.
Each exam has a different time limit, but it’s usually between 60 minutes and two hours. I’ve got a good sense for how long it actually takes since I’ve sat in a classroom with a dozen people taking the exam and have seen how quickly people finish. It usually takes 50–75% of the allotted time. A small percentage of people will use up to all the time if they’re new or focused on learning from each question.
Once you’ve passed the exam, you get a certification badge that you can show off on your LinkedIn profile. Adding this badge to your profile adds credibility and makes your profile more search-engine friendly. As mentioned, recruiters look for this certification and care about it, so you’ll be showing up more often when they search.
Google AdWords Certification Cost
The Google AdWords certification, now known as the Google Ads certification, is completely free to take. In the past it cost money, so if you’re a marketer, it’s a good idea to take it now, while it remains free. You never know when Google might change its pricing. You also get multiple attempts to take the exam.
Google Ads Certification Training
The training resources that Google offers are a handy starting point. You can learn a lot about the testing format, style of questions, and concepts that’ll show up on the exam.
Additionally, one of the best ways to prepare for the exams is through YouTube tutorials, demonstrations, and tutorial articles. Most people are visual learners, and they will learn better when they see the platform itself with a video, rather than reading about it. That said, some blog posts have great screenshots throughout to help you better understand their tutorial.
It’s important to note — many of the resources online are overkill. It’s easy for beginners to feel overwhelmed by the details. However, try to focus on learning the fundamental principles — like what to tweak to make a big impact on performance.
If a tutorial article is 5,000 words long, then it’s covering every detail of the platform, which is too much for the certification exam.
Additionally, the exams themselves can be training tools. If you don’t pass the first time, you can learn from your incorrect answers and retake it. You can use your first attempt to get familiar with the format and duration. Reflect on why you got a question wrong so that you can remember the right answer for next time.
Some of the questions asked are recycled and randomized with different numbers. You can gain a lot of applicable math skills by learning the principles behind calculations. Unfortunately, many marketers skip learning from the exam itself and miss out on the bulk of where they can grow.
Take the exam with an attitude of learning, rather than completing.
Tips for When You’re Taking the Exam
Have printed notes on hand that you can consult quickly whenever you forget minor details here and there (don’t expect to rely on these for the entire exam, though). These notes are useful in case Google decides to implement restrictive browsing limits for exam takers in the future.
Make sure your computer is plugged in so it doesn’t run out of battery life while you’re taking the exam. This tip may seem obvious, but you don’t want to find yourself in that painful situation.
Take your time with each question. Most people end up with extra time. Remember — it’s a marathon, not a sprint. You’ll be answering multiple-choice questions for at least an hour.
Hydrate. Get enough sleep. Some people overlook simple things, like making sure you have enough water and food before the exam, which can affect brain performance. Foods high in omega-3 are great for brain power.
Ultimately, getting a Google Ads certification is a worthwhile investment for your career growth. Digital marketing employers look for any valid evidence that you’re above entry-level applicants.
While it’s possible to pass the exam without understanding many of the principles, you’ll be doing yourself a disservice in the long run. Treat the exam as a learning process and an opportunity to shore up your knowledge and application of PPC terms and methodology because it’ll help you during the job interview, and in your career.
You don’t have to know everything about Google Ads since real-world experience can help you learn. But the knowledge you gain in preparing for this exam will give you a head start.
Before jumping into Christmas we need to take a moment to thank some important people… Teachers! As a former teacher myself I know how much love, hard work, blood, sweat, and tears goes into the work teachers do and that’s why this year, we are spoiling the teachers that have made such a big difference in the lives of our girls FIRST with some of the best teacher’s gifts we could find.
I’ve also spoken to a few former colleagues and teacher friends and they all are in agreement… The best teacher’s gifts don’t have to cost a lot, and sentimental quirks are cute, BUT nothing beats getting a gift you can actually use!
So here it is; our “Best Teacher’s Gifts 2019”!
Thoughtful gifts on a budget…
How about a speciality tea for your favourite “TEA”cher? The Higher Living organic range from Woolworths looks and tastes every bit as good as those fancy boutique teas and sells for only R39.99.
This year every teacher is getting Teacher Appreciation Biscuits from Artful Biscuit Co. Made from real butter and free-range farm eggs these biscuits are as delicious as they are pretty. And I know this because they are always a HIT at our birthday parties. The designs are so cute and will be delivered between the 20th and 26th November. You choose how many biscuits and which designs. A ruler, scissors, “Best Teacher Ever” apple, schoolbus, pencil, “Thanks a Latte” mug, smart cookie, a personalised chalkboard with your teacher’s name or an apple wearing glasses. This is just the “sweetest” gift to make a teacher feel special and appreciated. Cookies go for R25 each and you can add as many as you like – just be sure to order soon. Orders are limited!
Of course, we couldn’t forget about the coffee…Give your teacher an extra boost with Bean There Fair Trade coffee. Good, ethically sourced, African coffees from Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. Available from Faithful to Nature for R99.
I’ve never met a teacher that doesn’t appreciate stationary and you’ll be spoiled for choice with everything available on the newly relaunched Mstudio online store. Notepads, planners, lists and more at the best prices! You can really go wild with these making up a beautiful Teacher’s Gift hamper.
A cute Calico Ceramics ring and trinket bowl for all those bits and bobs lying around… Paperclips, pins… These bowls can be made in any colour, embellished with gold splatters and you can even add your teacher’s name. Small bowls start at R50. Buy online at www.calicoceramics.com
Gifts any teacher would love!
Boost that beauty sleep with a satin pillow slip from Dear Deer. This may seem like a random gift but actually it’s not at all. The benefits of sleeping on satin is endless! Softer hair, anti-ageing, it’s hypoallergenic and more. (Find a list of benefits here). You’ll understand when your pillows arrive and believe you me, this is a gift everyone will thank you for. Pillows begin at R200 and come in every colour you can think of for a bedroom. Because we LOVE our satin pillows so much we even got you guys a little discount code! Add “JUSTAMAMMA” when you checkout OR simply shop HERE and you’ll get 20% OFF and FREE DELIVERY anywhere in SouthAfrica!
* The discount is valid till the end of November and only applies when ordering 2 or more pillow slips.
A Living Eco String Shopping Tote for the teacher that cares about the environment… These scrunch up super small and fit right in your pocket! It’s also a great beach bag which won’t bring the beach sand back home with you. Find them on Faithful to Nature for R130.
For the teacher that “helped you grow…” PLANTS! Every home can do with a touch of greenery and if you are clueless about which plants to buy (just like me) you’ll love The Atrium. This online nursery tells you everything you need to know about the different plants available. Indoor, outdoor, low-light, bright… You can even make sure your chosen plant is water-wise and indigenous. Add a beautiful pot or self-watering container. The Atrium will deliver your order straight to your door! Prices vary between R90 all the way up to R1000 with so many extras – You decide what you’d like to spend.
Make sure your favourite teacher eats well with Bento Lunchbox from Yuppiechef. Don’t forget to add a snack or two and a little lunchbox note. These are available in 4 different colours and 2 sizes and start at R259.
If you’re going to buy bath goodies… Make sure they are GOOD! Lulu & Marula is the most amazing range making small-batch, all-natural and ethical skincare products. No fragrances, preservatives or fillers are used making this range ideal for all skin types, even sensitive ones. The Body Balms are my favourite (R299) as well as the Cleansing Balm (R376) yet nothing beats the Refreshing Tonic Mist on a hot summer’s day (R339). Another great buy from Faithful to Nature.
A woven Saturday Market Bag by MStudio for the trendy teacher… R280.
Another stunning Calico Ceramics creation…Custom, Hand-Lettered Ceramic Plates! Create a special heirloom gift for your teacher with this hand-lettered fully customisable plate. The plate can say whatever you like. A word, a name or short phase. The possibilities are endless! Order yours at www.calicoceramics.com for R250.
Wrap your teacher up in luxury with a 100% cotton Aegean Towel by Mungo. Soft and airy, woven from certified organic cotton. These come in various contemporary colours sure to complement any bathroom. Towels start from R250 and go up to R705 on www.mungo.co.za
Teachers are human too and many appreciate a good gin or wine. It’s also a good option for men – coz let’s face it, buying for them ain’t easy. Find a great selection of both online at www.yuppiechef.com
Maybe add a funky ZANA Christmas stocking too. These are awesome for wrapping gifts and can be filled with whatever you like! You’ll find 12 different designs over at www.zanaproducts.co.za for only R130 each.
Something for the home? How about a set of artisan ceramic cups from MStudio. A set of two only costs R145.
Best Teacher’s Gifts that “extra special”, favourite teacher…
One of the best teacher’s gift I got back in the day (and one I still use), is our Lou Harvey Family Cooler bag. It’s been with us on countless family outings, days on the beach and years later it’s still just as good as new! These sell for R660 online at www.louharvey.co.za
Teachers eat too and stay at school long after the kids have left. The Long Tom Coolers (also from Lou Harvey) are perfect for keeping food fresh all day. Fill up one with a few homemade or deli snacks. Your teacher will remember the delicious treats each time he/she uses their cooler. R430 online at www.louharvey.co.za
One more bag I’ve been eyeing for a while is the Migi Designs GO GO bag. These bags are handy, stylish, durable and big enough to fit everything you may need for a day on the beach. A picnic in the park or a fun braai at friends. They also come in various designs. Check them out over at www.migidesigns.co.za Price: R680 till the end of October 2019.
Teacher write A LOT so why not do it in style with a beautiful Swarovski VINTAGE ROSE CRYSTALLINE BALLPOINT PEN available at most stores. Retails at R480.
Another incredible Migi Designs product sure to last a lifetime and provide endless memories are their Picnic Blankets. Once again the designs are simply gorgeous. You can even match with a GO GO bag. Definitely consider raising funds from fellow classmates and purchasing one big gift (just like this one) together. Picnic Blankets sell for R1350 and come in a pretty carry bag.
Our last big spoil will help keep your favourite teacher organised next year… The Weekly Edit from Alexa Lily is a beautiful weekly planner designed and made locally. From the cover to the turn of every fresh page this planner isn’t just pretty but also cleverly put together to make anyone’s life a little easier. Shop more stationary and planners at www.alexalily.co.za
Of course, vouchers are always a HIT too!
A few favourite stores include:
No one has ever turned down Woolworths
Or how about a little something from Le Creuset
Yuppie Chef is a winner with women and men
And if your teacher is a bit of an eco-warrior they are sure to love Faithful to Nature too.
Sorbet and Sorbet Man might be just the pamper session needed to get your favourite teacher ready for summer holidays!
That’s our list of the best teacher’s gifts for 2019… Let us know what you think and if you have a gift to add?
As always we’ve made things super easy… All the words highlighted in pink? Simply click on the desired item or brand and be taken to the various online stores where you’ll find the gift you’re looking for. Select, pay, deliver and your teacher’s gift worries are done!
Keena Williams, Social Media Community Manager
NOMAD NOÉ Dreamer In London Candle“My Sunday self-care routine is all about relaxing and recharging. I clean on Saturday nights (yes, my idea of nightlife), so I can wake up on Sunday to the smell of lavender, mixed with the aroma of a Nomad Noe candle (my new obsession). I like candles with aromas that fill the air. Then, I have a mini concert with my Devialet wireless speaker. This past Sunday was all about the smell of vanilla and the sounds of Summer Walker while mentally preparing for the Wild West of social media.”
Mirella Siciliano, Buyer, Cosmetics
RAHUA Hydration Conditioner“Sunday mornings are completely dedicated to my hair. I have a very simple routine, but I take a little extra time to prep my hair so I can resist as long as possible between washes during the week. My go to shampoo and conditioner is Rahua’s Hydration line. Both are super hydrating. I double wash if needed and make sure I completely rinse out the products with a warm temperature to open up the cuticle in my scalp and let the oils absorb. I usually do a quick final rinse with cold water to close the scalp cuticles. This is a quick trick I use to keep my hair healthier and shinier. Before I blow dry, I spray Oribe’s Royal Blowout heat styling spray. Then I use the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer and Sally Hershberger’s large round brush—both fundamental for easy styling. The Dyson literally cut down my drying time by 50%! Last but not least, I massage a small amount of Rahua’s smoothing balm on ends, frizz and flyaways and I am perfect to go.”
Cyle Suesz, Senior Photographer
LAB TO BEAUTY The Transforming Bath Bomb“A good Sunday situation starts with me lighting a candle. I really love the Byredo Loveless one. I start with drawing a bath and using a Lab to Beauty bath bomb. While that all goes down, I put on the Sunday Riley Blue Moon cleanser and relax in the bath for about 30 minutes. Afterwards, I put on the Midnight Recovery serum by Kiehl’s and finish with La Mer Crème De La Mer. I’ll complete my self-care with watching trash TV or playing some video games!”
Andrew Caldwell, Senior Men’s Buyer, RTW
FORIA Basics Tonic 30ml“On Sundays, I wake up and spend three hours at the gym doing CrossFit and a weightlifting class. Working out really hard in the morning leaves me feeling sort of putty-ish. To relax my muscles and body after my workouts, I’ll add some droplets of CBD oil to my favorite flavored seltzer waters. Then, I might take a nap, and I’ll burn incense or candles for ambiance. I’m always burning 5 or 6 different things because I like all kinds of different scents intermingling in the house. My all-time favorite candle is the Cire Trudone Abde El Kader, but I also like their Empire scent.”
Taylor Gross, Associate Buyer, Women’s, Men’s & Home Fragrance
CHANTECAILLE Nano Gold Energizing Eye Serum“On Sunday nights, I love to treat myself to a long and indulgent ‘me time’ routine as a way to prep for the week, both mentally and dermatologically! Starting by following the K-beauty pro- tip of double cleansing, I first use an oil cleanser such as MALIN+GOETZ’s Facial Cleansing Oil before using a water-based cleanser by La Mer. I move onto my toner, serum, and moisturizer mixed in with a little gold dust for extra glow! I am really focused on my under-eye treatments to ensure I look well rested after the weekend, so I use Chantecaille’s Nano Gold Energizing Eye Serum as my holy grail to de-puffing! I end my routine with some oils, both for the face and body. For my face I use Clé de Peau Beauté’s Radiant Multi Repair Oil, and for my body I used Kjaer Weis’s Body Oil. My final step includes a full night of beauty sleep on my Slip Silk to ensure that all of the products I just applied get absorbed by my skin and not my pillowcase!”
Katie Alvarado, Director, Women’s Digital Merchandising
BEBOE THERAPIES Sheet Mask Set“My routine is rather simple. I don’t like to fuss with a lot of different products because my skin tends to be sensitive, so I find the ones that react best with my skin. Augustinus Bader Rich Cream is my go-to because I can put a little bit on in the morning before my makeup, yet I can put a lot on at night to soak in while I sleep. I just re-stocked on my Diptyque Baies candles with the 3-wick style, and I can’t wait to burn it all weekend—something about the scent makes you feel super relaxed and mellow. I’m a sucker for masks, whether it’s Hanacure or Beboe Therapies, and I usually try to stick to a Sunday routine of a face mask before bed—it mentally sets me up for a good week ahead.”
Tony Wang, SVP of Content
AESOP Redemption Body Balm“These Aesop products are foundational to my daily process of getting ready for the day—I shampoo, condition, and use the body scrub. Then I moisturize with Aesop’s Redemption body balm. There’s such an indulgence in long showers where I can rejuvenate, introspect, and clear the mind. The more involved the shower routine, the more it takes on a ritualistic quality for me. So on Sundays, when I usually roll out of bed in the early afternoon, I like to take the extra step of applying a deep cleansing face masque in addition to my exfoliant. The 15 minutes it takes to let the clay dry affords me the chance to meditate in silence.”
Sri Rain Stewart, Digital Content Assistant
KIEHL’S SINCE 1851 Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque“My Sunday routine is washing my hair, and sometimes I’ll include a face mask. The Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque is one of my favorites because it minimizes my pores, brightens my face, and leaves my skin feeling extra smooth. Before I moisturize, I’ll apply MALIN+GOETZ’s Replenishing Face Serum. When it comes to washing my hair, I need to use strong products to nourish my waves and curls. I use Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo, conditioner, and Intense Hydrating Mask. After, I’ll use a detangler spray and R+Co’s Turntable curl defining créme, which allows my hair to air dry to soft and shiny waves.”
If you have good taste, as the saying goes, you can shop anywhere. But knowing what to buy when you get there, well that’s a different story altogether.For all the smart-casual occasions that might come up during the winter season, it’s hard to beat a classic overcoat. Insulating, versatile and an easy way to take any look up a notch, the outerwear style is a fundamental part of any well turned-out man’s wardrobe.Wool might not be waterproof, but it is water-resistant, capable of holding 20 per cent of its weight in water before feeling heavy or wet. It’s also one of the warmest fabrics around, made up of fine fibres that trap air that can be heated up by the body. And then there’s the overcoat’s simple, evergreen cut, which means you can take it to the Christmas party just as easily as you can throw it over a hoodie to wait in line for the latest Supreme drop.In case you needed any more convincing, here we take you through everything you need to need to know about this most enduring of menswear pieces – from the best places to buy one to the key ways you can style it.What Is An Overcoat?As with many contemporary menswear staples, it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when the overcoat first emerged. Several online accounts name 1772 as the year the overcoat was invented, while others claim the early 19th century was when they really came into their own.Regardless, usage of the word itself dates back to the late 18th century, meaning overcoats were being worn before the Regency Period in Britain.Crafted from a heavy fabric such as wool (Merino, melton etc.), the overcoat is a long-sleeved coat that can be either single- or double-breasted, and usually has a single vent at the back.The topcoat, on the other hand, is a variant plenty of people often confuse with the overcoat, and is made from a lighter fabric, extending to the knee at its very longest. To add to the confusion, there’s the greatcoat, which – for all intents and purposes – is just a way of referring to an overcoat that’s particularly bulky, heavy and hard-wearing.What To Look For When Buying An Overcoat?FabricIf you’re looking to invest in an overcoat that you’ll wear for years to come, choose a style that is 100 per cent wool and that has a decent weight to it (around 4lbs for most men).“Overcoats made entirely of wool will keep you warm and can weather the storm without falling to pieces,” says Chris Gove, founder of British menswear brand Percival.Alternatively, you could try a cashmere version, but not only are these usually eye-wateringly expensive, they’re also likely to show wear at the cuffs and collar quicker than a 100 per cent wool design would. Try a wool-cashmere blend if you just can’t do without a little luxury.ZaraFitDespite being the final thing you throw on before heading outside, how an overcoat hangs off your body shouldn’t be a last-minute thought.“Fit is extremely important when deciding on an overcoat,” says Alex McCart, head of menswear buying at Reiss. “If you’re to wear it over a suit, it is important to make sure that there is enough room in the shoulders and waist to fit your blazer underneath. As well as it being very uncomfortable, it can look like the coat is too small for you.“If you’re looking for something more casual, then its best to try the size down for a sleeker look, and something with a softer shoulder.”ColourForking out for a good quality overcoat may set you back financially, but this is an investment you’re sure to receive a handsome return on. But only providing you wear it regularly, which means getting your colour choice right.“Navy is going to look great with almost all of your wardrobe, however, don’t be afraid to try on a rich camel,” says McCart. “This will look equally as good with tailoring but also a great colour to dress down with denim.”Like the shirts, trousers and ties in your rotation, block colours should be your starting point before moving on to more interesting patterns such as checks.Mango ManStyleWhile designers are constantly re-imagining the overcoat, adding elbow patches, appliqué details, contrast collars and raglan shoulders, there are two main styles to choose from: single-breasted and double-breasted.Single-breasted versions are more minimal and clean, enabling them to be paired with everything from your nine-to-five suits to a jeans and Oxford shirt combination at the weekend. Double-breasted overcoats, on the other hand, have a formidable air of tradition about them and pair more easily with tailoring unless worn unbuttoned and dressed down.“Some of my favourite overcoat styles this season have been single-breasted belted styles,” says Frazer Goater, a personal stylist at Harvey Nichols in London. “I think something with texture and a herringbone finish can help make a statement too.”How To Wear An OvercoatAs you’ll likely have gathered by now, the overcoat is intended as an outer layer for wear during the colder months. Many people think it’s merely the final, winter-appropriate addition to a suit, but this essential has so much more potential.For a casual look inspired by the skinheads, try a coat with a trim-fitting gingham shirt, rolled-up acid wash jeans, ribbed boot socks and a pair of chunky Dr Martens. For something that’s refined but not formal, wear it over a slim-fit blazer, jumper, white Oxford shirt and wool trousers, then finish with Derbies.“I would also try an overcoat layered over a hoodie or denim jacket with chinos and trainers to nail that ’90s style,” says menswear stylist Sarah Gilfillan, who also recommends you pick your style of overcoat depending on your height.“If you’re a shorter guy, don’t overwhelm yourself with fabric and go for a neat, single-breasted, above the knee style. If you’re taller and a large build then you can afford to experiment with raglan sleeved styles and calf-length coats.”Best Overcoat BrandsA Day’s MarchThe cut, quality, and affordability of the clothes on offer at Swedish menswear brand A Day’s March have made it an under-the-radar favourite among the menswear pack. Its overcoats are no exception, offering contemporary updates of traditional styles with a shoulder-hugging fit and often produced using wool sourced from historic Italian mills.Buy Now: £275.00ReissPremium high street brand Reiss specialises in classic British style without the waffle. It makes sense, then, that it excels at the simply cut overcoat, crafting the heritage staple out of a neat textured wool-blend in a modern, slim fit. Grab a version in a light, oatmeal shade of camel for a slick take on this outerwear icon.Buy Now: £295.00Hugo BossWhen it comes to making clothes, Hugo Boss has German engineering down to a tee. Case in point: the brand’s cashmere and wool-blend overcoats, which swap bells and whistles for smooth, suit-like linings and notched lapels swiped straight from the tailoring handbook.Buy Now: £399.00Marks & SpencerFor proof you don’t have to skip a few meals in order to afford a quality overcoat, look no further than Marks & Spencer. The ever-consistent department store turns out classic iterations made from wool spun at the celebrated Balli mill in Northern Italy as well as more trend-led and statement takes.Buy Now: £129.00JaegerHeritage brand Jaeger has been perfecting its menswear for over 100 years, so you can trust it to put in a pretty fine stab at the overcoat. Unique touches like suede under the collar and a bespoke straw jacquard for the lining raise its super-soft cashmere blend coats above the crowd.Buy Now: £359.00Brunello CucinelliDubbed ‘The King of Cashmere’, Italian designer Brunello Cucinelli has been spinning the soft stuff into luxury clothes since the mid-‘80s. The brand’s overcoats strike a balance between unstructured styles and a those with a more rigid cut, in a smart yet modern colour palette of light greens and deep browns. Basically, outerwear doesn’t get much better than this.Buy Now: £5100.00Ted BakerAt Ted Baker, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, so expect jazzy linings aplenty at the British brand. Not that the outside has been forgotten, mind. Its overcoats are both shower-resistant and cut slightly cropped, which makes them more flattering for shorter body types.Buy Now: £359.00CrombieWith a list of famous wearers including Sir Winston Churchill, Cary Grant, and John F Kennedy, it’s no understatement to say that Crombie is the godfather of the overcoat. The brand is so synonymous with the three-quarter-length cut that some other labels often title their versions a ‘Crombie’ coat. That’s what we call showing the godfather some respect.Buy Now: £895.00NNO7NN07 (which stands for ‘no nationality’) takes a global approach with its clothing. As a result, overcoats by the Copenhagen-based label sit somewhere between British formality with their smart double-breasted cut and the looser almost unisex fit more popular among its fellow Scandinavian brands. Keep your outfit underneath slim for maximum impact.Buy Now: £400.00CelineWith revered designer Hedi Slimane at the helm, luxury fashion label Celine has been quietly stopping slim-fits falling to the bottom of the fashion pile. Its overcoats are still cut with some room, but the soft shoulders brought on by an relaxed raglan sleeve mean they work best with a sharper, slimmer fit underneath.Buy Now: £2350.00John LewisBritish department store John Lewis has one of the best assortment of menswear brands around at the moment. And being surrounded by the big boys has clearly rubbed off on its in-house label, resulting in a selection of extremely wearable (and affordable) overcoats in a range of military colours, including ready-for-anything airforce blue.Buy Now: £200.00AmiIn a list dominated by British classicism, Parisian label Ami provides enough punch of colour to make those 18th-century aristocrats blush. Orange, green and deep reds reign alongside more neutral tones, all in an unstructured fit that means they pair well alongside casual streetwear pieces.Buy Now: £850.00The Evolution Of The OvercoatFormerly used as a means of indicating (usually higher) class and social status, the overcoat found itself the subject of some serious re-appropriation in the 1950s, when the Teddy Boys started gleaning style inspiration from the Edwardian Era.Worn with high-waisted, stovepipe trousers and chunky brogues or creepers, the Teds breathed new life into the silhouette, lending it a little rebelliousness.In the 1960s, as skinhead culture began to seep out of the more radical sectors of the disenfranchised British working class, the overcoat was once again given an all-new guise.Spurred on by the Teds’ and mods’ reinterpretation of clothing traditionally associated with the upper classes, many skinheads began to team overcoats with rolled-up jeans, ‘bovver’ boots and sharply-cut check shirts buttoned all the way to the top.Later, during the early 1970s, the suedeheads – an offshoot of the skinhead subculture – would go on to fully embrace the silhouette, combining it with smarter attire, such as Prince of Wales check suits and brogues.It was also around this time that knee-length silhouettes really gained traction as the more versatile, practical style, rather than the dramatic full-length versions that originally defined the overcoat.By the 1980s, the overcoat had made an almighty return to the mainstream, becoming a key piece in the power dressing professional’s wardrobe – often cut boxy, slightly oversized and worn over the relaxed suiting made so popular by Italian designers like Giorgio Armani.Now, given the #menswear generation’s renewed interest in all things tailoring, the overcoat has returned to the forefront of fashion.
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