Plus the return of the mac and a smart new streaming device
Brand watch: Mallet Footwear
It is no surprise Tommy Mallet is an avid collector of trainers – he is, after all, a star of The Only Way is Essex. What’s surprising is that he’s founded a footwear brand largely free of bling. His friend Evren Ozkarakasli was working in fashion, and after the two men started creating trainers for themselves they realised that this could be a viable business. Mallet Footwear launched last year and has since gained admirers such as Will.i.am and Olly Murs, left. Its new collection includes a suede Chelsea boot, £165 (malletfootwear.com).
Town and country
Zakti, the sister brand of Mountain Warehouse, is launching a 120-piece menswear range. There’s a lot of smart performance wear, plus pieces that cross over, including the Concrete Jungle jacket, £60, which is as good for the city as country hikes, and the Pro polo with anti-chafe seams, £25 (zaktiactive.com).
British summer dictates a mac is still essential, and you can’t go wrong with the Ranier from Joules, now reduced from £130 to £79.95. It’s in a “relaxed” fit, has adjustable cuffs and waterproof coating. Nice colours, too (joules.com).
5 reasons why we love … All For One SV1820 Music Receiver
1. It’s a neat, cheap tool for transmitting music from tablet or smartphone to hi-fi. 2. Its Wolfson DAC (digital to analogue converter) claims to offer a signal to noise ratio (SNR) of 90dB. 3. There’s aptX Bluetooth technology for high-quality streaming. 4. It will take three devices and switch between them when listening with friends. 5. You can stream from up to 30ft away (£49.99; oneforall.co.uk).
“I don’t know that I pay over the odds for anything. My hamburgers cost the same as everybody else’s.” Bill Gates