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Gay Times has been important to me personally for as long as I’ve known that I’m gay. I believe in Gay Times’ enduring ability to speak to the myriad experience of our wider world. We maintain our promise to our international community of modern men, as the longest running LGBTQ publication in the world, to elevate the discussion surrounding all members of our vast and varied community.
Our relaunch represents a huge step along that journey. For instance, Boy George: the enduring hero and national treasure who has reinvented himself, whilst preserving authenticity throughout his career. At Gay Times we endeavour to remain true to ourselves while we reinterpret what it means to serve our community now, and for future generations.
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Tom of Finland : Turning the likeness of a gay liberation hero into a mind-altering drink is perhaps heresy, but at least it’s delicious. Crafted in Finland from a blend of the finest organic wheat and rye and -- crucially -- with no added sugar, the vodka pays tribute to Tom of Finland through its “smooth, spicy character and bold, playful packaging”. And, for better or worse, the bottle fits in your back pocket. Available now from selected retailers, including Selfridges.
Haig Club Clubman: Haig Club is the Single Grain Scotch Whisky produced in partnership with David Beckham and Simon Fuller, built on nearly 400 years of distilling heritage. As part of his partnership with Haig Club, David Beckham supports the Haig Club philosophy of drinking with style and the shared belief in quality over quantity. Their latest campaign, Leave As You Arrived, is born of the belief that “looking as good leaving the bar as when you arrived is the epitome of style.” I’m more of an Edina falling backwards out of a cab in Lacroix myself, but you go ahead and #LAYA, sweetie.
Billionaire Boys Club Marshall Street collection Billionaire Boys Club have released a capsule collection to celebrate two years at their highly-successful Marshall Street flagship store. Inspired by the store’s London location in Soho, the collection features the ‘LDN’ logo emblazoned in a patriotic Union Jack Print. The design has been realised in high-quality three-colour glitter… I mean, “a distinctive, yet premium finish.” The limited edition pieces available exclusively at the Marshall Street store.
Master & Dynamic: Created for the “daring and sophistication of the concrete jungle,” The Greene Street Collection draws inspiration from New York City, where fashion and streetwear collide. This latest release embraces classic military-themed colorways, and seeks to take the next fashionable step in outfitting the urban creative with sound.
B&O Play H4 Headphones: These wireless headphones have up to nineteen-hours of battery life, whilst still ensuring a high quality sound associated across the board of all B&O Play products. Nevermind the fact they’ll outlast your iPhone by a battery-life ratio of 19:1, the headphones mix exceptional design with true comfort to create a product that caters to user’s needs alongside Bang and Olufsen signature sound wherever you go.
320 MHz launches Next Generation Bio-Energetic Serum Oils: You’re at brunch. Your smug vegan friend is warbling on about the health and ethical benefits of going vegan -again. But are they beating their face with 302 MHz’s new 100% vegan skincare products? Inspired by the ancient disciplines of holistic healing, aromatherapy and advanced botanic science, founder Paul Berrow has created this 100% pure and sustainable range, which harnesses the holistic power of nature’s gifts without the use of toxic chemicals, synthetic fragrances, preservatives or animal testing. The new range also includes active bio-energetic extracts, and with every purchase from the 320MHz range, a Moringa tree is planted in Africa in your honour. You literally couldn’t eat enough avocados, sweetie.
True Grace, Portobello Oud: True Grace’s Portobello Oud is a powerhouse candle, dripping with sex. Admittedly, it’s not how they describe it, but it’s proven to be a powerful aphrodisiac*. With top notes of bergamot and ginger; middle notes of sandalwood, oud and coriander; and base notes of patchouli, musk and cedar, it’s a timeless, sexy scent, with an enduring sillage. *very unscientific, personal research
67 Pall Mall: London’s Fine Wine Members
Club: 67 Pall Mall has launched a new floor, which has doubled the seating capacity of the club, and features a decadent new bar that has expanded the already extensive offering of wines by the glass -- to 800. Challenge accepted. To join us on the floor of the bar, head to 67pallmall.co.uk.
River Island: River Island MAN has released a carefully-edited range of premium skincare “essentials.” With a discerning gentleman in mind, the range includes cleansing face and beard wash, hydrating face moisturiser, soothing lip balm and a conditioning beard oil. What’s more, if you still insist on wearing a beard, there’s a video of a hipster with face tattoos showing you how to make the most of the range. The grooming range is available in all River Island stores now. Nike From the basketball court to hip-hop culture and modern fashion, the Air Force 1 is a veritable legend in the sneaker world. The latest iteration is a luxe reimagining in black suede, for those who don’t do anything that requires going outside and getting wet.
Anvil Hotel, Jackson, Wyoming: Anvil is, effectively, Jackson’s first “cool” hotel. The lobby is both a cafe and mercantile, anchored by a new wood-fire Italian restaurant called Glorietta Trattoria, and curated by high-end outdoor retailer Westerlind. 49 newly-designed guestrooms by Brooklyn-based Studio Tack are modern yet ru©ed, “reflecting the terrain and culture of Jackson.” In short, Brokeback in style.
L’OBJET Oh, Mon Dieu! No.69: L’OBJET describe their new candle as drawing “inspiration from Paris in 1969, when life was raw, wild and playful.” Many would call that “Saturday.” Oh, Mon Dieu! No. 69 is a sensual pairing of cognac and lipstick notes with undertones of incense,
leather and caramel. It is a rather delicious, moreish, “where are my pants?” olfactory experience. uk.l-objet.com.
Denon Envaya Range: The Denon Envaya speakers are certified waterproof (IP67 rated), meaning they will work even after you drop them in the rooftop jacuzzi while dancing to Lemon at Madrid Pride next summer. That’s really the only endorsement the range needs.
Polk Signature Series: Built to bring a big surround sound theatre experience to the comfort of your living room, the Polk Signature Series provides elevated sound for movies, TV and music, in a totally re-imagined design. The retro American design in Winter White has the versatility to stand out and be a talking point, or blend effortlessly into your room for the more empty white box minimalists among us. polkaudio.com
Most Wanted: Sparkling Pinot Grigio in a
Can: That’s right -- and each four can pack adds up to more than one bottle. This is really very good news.
Available at Morrison’s nationwide.
Flavour Bastard: Flavour Bastard, a “rebellious addition” to former-gay-Mecca Soho, is launching a new bottomless brunch menu. Spill the tea over a menu featuring vibrant ingredients from around the world, “designed to honour traditional flavours and classical skills, while creating the unexpected.” Or, just go for the Bastard Brew, one of their many delicious house cocktails.
Olverum Bath Oil: Olverum is a unique and highly-concentrated therapeutic bath oil which contains ten essential oils. Accordingly, an Olverum bath is a very effective way to naturally relieve stress and help you achieve a great night’s sleep. It is also a great way to ease aching or sore muscles (such a treat after a workout or a heavy weekend) and is the perfect, soothing antidote to a “cold” or man-flu. Available now from selected retailers, including Harvey Nichols.
Dali. The Wines of Gala: Following up on the best-selling cookbook Les dîners de Gala, in this delightfully eccentric guide, the surrealist master shares his passion for the gift of the gods (that’s wine). The book explores the many myths of the grape, in texts and sensuous and subversive works by the artist, always true to his maxim: “A real connoisseur does not drink wine but tastes of its secrets.” If my wine glass could talk.
Love affair : Love is always shared. In this exclusive capsule by Blood Brother in collaboration with Liberty - the intimacies of desire have been idealised into images depicting lust love and everything in between. From sunsets, precious flowers, lamborghinis and raging bulls the graphics aim to express a hard wired flaw we all struggle to overcome - everyone falls in love.
Given a nostalgic twist via the vintage imagery this definitely feels like something we have greatly enjoyed looking upon with amorous eyes.
Sonos Concept Store: The leader in smart home sound systems, Sonos, has launched its first European concept store; a retail, exhibition, screening and listening space, based in Seven Dials, London. It features state-of-theart Listening Rooms – two acoustically-tuned, house-shaped structures designed to emulate a real multi-room home listening space. Guests will be able to stream their personal music to one or both rooms and create their own, unique sonic adventures.
Seven Dials, London
FTE Watches: Kirsty and Paul have more than 25 years worth of experience between them of bringing ideas and sketches to life. They met while creating products for Habitat before both joining Made.com as two of their first employees. That knowledge and experience, combined with a love of classic detailing that make vintage watches truly timeless, inspired them to create fte — Freedom To Exist. The minimalist watch brand work on a no nonsense policy, creating simplistic wrist-wear that avoids tracking and unnecessary beeping. They just get the job done, and they do it well.
Irvine Shirts: A brand synonymous with their floral shirts, Irvine have launched their ten piece capsule collection.Stemming from a love of all things botanical, the collection takes inspiration from Kew Gardens to the desolate country fields. Selecting the best of the rest, these flower power pieces are a perfect Christmas gift.