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10 ESSENTIALS EVERY GUY NEEDS DURING LOCKDOWN
It’s true that you’ll find being self-quarantined a little easier if you equip yourself with a few home comforts, and it’s better to embrace the scenario we find ourselves in rather than fight against it. Here MenswearStyle have teamed up with our buddies over at Article, who over the last 7 years has established itself as a key London shopping destination for globally sourced menswear, lifestyle and homeware. We’ve picked out 10 items from their webstore that we think will make the Covid19 lockdown easier to handle for you guys.
A.P.C. Eden Cap
Last week we leaned on London’s top barbers to find out what us guys should do with our in-need-of-a-cut hair, and the verdict was to either cut it or let it grown and wear a cap. We certainly steer more towards the latter because not everyone is going to look like David Beckham with a buzz cut. This A.P.C. Eden Cap in Indigo Denim from the A.P.C. and Carhartt WIP capsule collection for Spring/Summer 2020 is the perfect companion. It will keep your hair under control (and out of sight) as well as the sun out of your eyes. Win-win!
Universal Works Liner Jacket
If you've found yourself working from home taking Zoom call after Zoom call, then there’s a way to look smart without wearing a shirt and tie. Our homes don’t have air con, so it’s less than practical, which is why we would recommend a jacket like this. The Universal Works Liner Jacket in laurel green poplin from the Universal Works Spring/Summer 2020 collection is lightweight and made from 100% cotton. Team it with a simple plain t-shirt and you’ll look smart whilst keeping cool and comfortable all day long.
Kinto SCS-S03 Mug
Whether you’re a tea, hot chocolate or coffee drinker, upgrading your go-to daily mug can be a rapid mood lifter. This Kinto SCS-SO3 Mug in navy blue and white is an interesting and unique design, with traces of handwork on the potters wheel, finished with a comfortable to hold rounded handle. It’ll look great on your WFH desk we’re sure.
Folk Wool Block Socks
Never underestimate the power of a pair of cosy socks. Sure, you might not have left the house in days, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat your feet to some comfort. Slippers can be a bit clunky, which is why we would steer more towards a chunky sock. These Folk wool socks in cinnamon are from the Folk Autumn/Winter 2019 collection and feature a thick wool blend in a colourful block mix, featuring the classic Folk circular buttoned down leather patch branding on side.
YMC Jay Skate Shorts
If you’re wearing your usual work trousers for your one-two-many work Zoom calls then you’re missing a trick. Your manager and clients are only going to see your top half, so you’re free to wear whatever you like on the bottom half - and there’s nothing more comfortable than shorts - which is why we’ve picked out these YMC Jay Skate Shorts in Navy Blue Pin Check from YMC. Just try not to stand up for any reason (courier at the door), otherwise you’ll quickly be rumbled.
Vetra French Workwear Apron
We’re in our homes for much longer than we have ever been before. All those DIY and gardening jobs that we had on the "I’ll get around to it one day" list can now finally get done. There really are no excuses chaps, so to get you motived here’s a rather manly Workwear Apron in Hydrone Blue Dungaree wash cotton twill from Vetra. We reckon the more dirt, grit and paint you get on it, the better it will look.
Ferm Living Sekki Scented Soy Candle
Having an aroma in the home will keep you calm and make you feel relaxed, which is great for our mental wellbeing. This Ferm Living Sekki Scented Soy Candle in Rust from Ferm Living rediscovers and highlights the excellence of traditional manufacturing with a fig scent. The Soy candle comes in a solid clay coloured vessel with matt texture, and the use of clay is a nod to the heritage of Japanese creations.
Veja Condor Running Shoes
Are you making the most of your daily outside exercise allowance? The one thing we can all do with minimal effort is a light jog or brisk walk for 20-30 mins. These Veja Condor Mesh Running Trainers in White and Orange Fluo are the first post-petroleum running shoe and they look slick too. The ideal runner for daily exercise, the upper is made from Alveomesh, which is 100% recycled plastic bottles, and the heel support insert is made out of Pebax RNew, which is 100% ricinus oil.
Laboratory Perfumes Eau de Toilette
Only because we’re not leaving the house and not seeing many people, doesn’t mean we can let or grooming regime slip. It’s important to keep smelling fresh for our loved ones which is why we’ve picked out this Laboratory Perfumes multi-layered and long-lasting scent intended to evoke Britain's country and coast. Its dynamic burst of grassiness and greenery matches the energy of morning, subtly maturing into rich spice as the day continues. Closing notes of warm, earthy wood and balmy ambergris bring a more subdued, reflective tone to the fragrance as evening draws in.
Hay Candy Stripe Shopper
Are you the designated food-shopping person in your household? If so, you'll love this shopping bag. With home delivery spots being reserved for the most vulnerable, many of you will still be braving the supermarket each week for your groceries. This Hay Shopper bag in candy stripe blue and orange is made from Polypropylene so you can easily disinfect it afterwards. A stylishly cool bag for life!