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Christmas Gifts for Him- Liberty London

Christmas is just around the corner, so here at Ruffians we’ve put together a Liberty London Christmas gift list to help give a kick-start to your Christmas shopping.

This year we thought we’d start with the boys and who better to help us with our gift ideas than the wonderful Ruffians Soho-Liberty team.

We asked our fabulous crew to scout the shelves and rails for a gift they’d be happy to receive this Christmas and lets just say, they didn’t let us down!

ALL BLUES

Silver Rope Polished Bracelet

£200

Liberty London

Ollie, Ruffians Liberty’s front of house, is renowned for his bling and is very often found staring wide eyed at the jewelry counter in the menswear accessories department at Liberty London.

But this magpie definitely has a great eye for something special and has chosen this ALL BLUES Silver Rope Polished Bracelet.

Ollie explains, ‘I love the whole All Blues range- it’s classy, simple but different. This bracelet would elevate any outfit, whether you’re at a dinner party or a night on the town!’

This stunning polished bracelet is engraved with the ALL BLUES logo, Stockholm hallmark and standard of fineness mark ensuring origin and material. Coming in three sizes, there’s sure to be a choice for everyone. Accompanied in a stylish gift box, this is a stocking filler sure to make any guys Christmas morning a very special one!

PENDLETON

Brownsville Shearling Collar Coat

£550

Liberty London

Our talented barber Matthew is well known for his quirky but trendy outfits and this choice is no exception!

Pendleton’s best-selling Brownsville coat returns for AW19 with a new jacquard pattern, inspired by age-old Native American marker trees.

‘This is a coat that even Starsky would be proud of. Its beautiful, timeless design means you’ll be looking great and keeping super warm this winter!’ Matt suggests.

‘For an effortless winter look, this coat can be worn with anything and will look awesome paired with a big pair of boots.’

Named after the Brownsville Woolen Mill, this coat is woven from the label’s signature blanket-weight wool. Cut to a generous length and accented with a genuine shearling collar, this timeless jacket is designed to keep you warm all season long.

ACNE STUDIOS

Toronty Wool-Blend Logo Jacquard Scarf

£180

Liberty London

The gorgeous Craig is Ruffians Soho-Liberty’s queen of accessories and surprisingly, this isn’t a tote bag.

‘This is a great quality, funky scarf that’s basic in colour and has a flash of branding,’ Craig tells us.

‘I’d wear it over a gilet or overcoat. It’s a blanket sized scarf, so great for the colder days!’

Showcasing the impeccable quality and addictive texture, this supremely soft, wool-blend scarf takes on an oversized, blanket-inspired silhouette with a large contrasting logo.

Drape it around your neck over outerwear in crisp weather, or snuggle up on the sofa wrapped in its felted wool cosiness.

WANT LES ESSENTIELS DE LA VIE

Branson Leather Cardholder

£80

Liberty London

‘I like things to be simple,’ our newest barber Simon told us.

‘There’s nothing worse than carrying around a huge wallet that takes up all your pocket room. This sleek and simple cardholder is perfect for the essentials: ID, credit card and a bit of cash. The fact it’s black means it goes with EVERYTHING- smart or casual!’

The leather construction offers an updated take on a simple piece, offering four card slots along with a main pocket section.

This Want les Essentials de la Vie’s Branson leather card holder is a smart grab-and-go essential this Christmas.

CARHARTT WIP

Michigan Aged Organic Cotton Chore Coat

£185

Liberty London

‘This is right up my street and could be worn by both guys and gals! With ample pockets, there’s no need for a bag or bulky trouser pockets!’ barber Keri says.

‘I love the simplicity of this jacket. The colour is versatile enough that it could be dressed up or down. It would look great for a night out or worn after work for a quick drink. I’d personally wear it with some cropped jeans or trousers, a plain tee and a pair of DMs!’

Staying true to its workwear roots, Carhartt WIP’s Michigan coat is crafted from hard-wearing organic cotton canvas.

Offering maximum durability and protection, this water-resistant jacket is designed to be worn day in and day out. Subtly distressed for a worn-in look, the aged canvas fabric will soften with wear, creating a jacket that is unique to you!

EDWIN

Sunset On Mount Fuji Hoodie

£95

Liberty London

‘A staple for any man’s wardrobe,’ manager Betty explains.

‘If my fiance had this hoodie, he’d literally live in it. Walking the dog, drinks with mates or out Christmas Shopping. If he wasn’t wearing it, I’d definitely be borrowing it! It’s a quality hoodie, fits nicely and would look great under any of the jackets chosen by the boys! The neat motif adds a bit of charm to it and makes it stand out from the usual high street hoodie!’

Crafted from brushed Felpa, this minimalistic piece features an attached hood with drawstring, accented with the label’s Sunset On Mount Fuji logo in contrasting colours. It’s finished with a handy front kangaroo pocket!

Don’t forget, whilst visiting Liberty London this Christmas, you can also pop in and purchase our brand new Ruffians product range from our Soho-Liberty shop, located in Menswear on LG. Our Styling Paste, Argan Beard Oil and Marine Salt Spray make fabulous stocking fillers!

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Get the Look: Festive Season 2019

The festive season is upon us! Presents need to be bought and wrapped, parties need to be attended and your hair needs to look on point. Here at Ruffians, we aim to have you looking good all year round and our barbers have put together a style guide to help you look your best this Christmas and New Year!

You’re joking…

What did the bald guy say when he got a comb for Christmas?

“I’ll never PART with it!”

Why did Frosty not have to go to the barbers?

Because he had ‘sNOw hair’!

Why did Santa’s hair look such a mess on Christmas morning?

Because of the RAIN-deer!

Ok, ok, no more Chritsmas cracker jokes! Let’s get to the point, this is your Get the Look: Festive Season 2019. Whether it’s the office Christmas party or New Years Eve fireworks, we have the top tips for getting your hair looking festively-good for the upcoming party season!

We’ve asked one of our newest barbers Keri at Ruffians Soho-Liberty to give us the lowdown on three key hair looks that will truly make you stand out from the crowd.

Meticulously Messy

If you’re going for the messy but stylish look this Christmas, here’s how to do it. Barber Keri suggests, this is a look for all- a messy textured look that works on any hair length.

Wash the hair with Ruffians Original Shampoo and towel dry until damp to the touch. Spray a healthy amount (6 or more squirts) of Ruffians Marine Spray over the damp hair- working it into the roots with your fingers. 

Keri explains, for the best results, blow dry roughly in all directions. This isn’t a neat style, go wild with your hairdryer, breaking the hair up with your fingers. 

The Ruffians Marine Spray will give a great texture, creating that meticulously messy look. To finish the style, use Ruffians Hair Powder to add density and hold. Tap the powder throughout the hair, close to the roots. The amount you use will depend on the hold you want to achieve- the more you use, the stronger the hold.

Now go crazy- ruffle the hair in all directions, activating the Ruffians Hair Powder and creating that messy textured look.

Keri adds, if your hair is on the fluffy or dry side, take a peas-sized amount of Ruffians Matt Clay in the palm of your hand. Vigorously warm the clay between your hands and then rub through the hair from root to tip, break the hair up with your fingers, pinching it into the desired look. She explains that the clay will take the fluffy edge off the look, adding more definition. 

Subtly Suave

Fancy a sleeker, more sophisticated look this winter? Keri has the how to for this look.  

This is a subtly suave look, best for mid length, longer hair. Firstly, wash the hair with Ruffians Original Shampoo and condition with Ruffians Original Conditioner

Towel dry the hair. Take your Ruffians Hair Cream and portion a pea-sized amount into your palm. Rub the cream between your hands and work it thoroughly through the hair, applying it from the roots to the ends. 

Now, Keri says you have two options, if you’re in a rush, brush/ comb the hair into the desired shape- parting the hair on the side of your preference and leave the hair to dry naturally. If you have time to spare, get the hairdryer out, directing the hair on the sides and top backwards, away from the face. Once dry, take a fingertip worth of Ruffian Styling Paste rubbing it vigorously between the palms of your hands. Really work the product throughout the hair, again working it from the root to the tip. 

Finally, for a sleeker look, use a brush/ comb to style as desired. For a more natural look, push and shape with your hands and fingers. To fix into place, finish with a strong hold hairspray, to fix into place!

Sickeningly Slick

Our barber says, you can achieve this style with most lengths of hair, longer hair will obviously push back easier than shorter lengths.

Wash the hair with Ruffians Original Shampoo and then lightly towel dry, leaving the hair damp. Keri suggests, this is a wet look so product will be added to the hair while it is wet. Ruffians Styling Paste can be used, taking a fingertip amount and working it between the palms of the hands. Rub the product thoroughly through the damp hair, pushing it backwards with your fingers, brush or comb. Using your fingers will give you a natural texture, whereas the brush or comb will give a sleeker maintained hold. 

The Ruffians product range is available to purchase from all five of our shops, or can be bought from our online store. Want to let the experts sort your hair and give you the lowdown on the best products for styling it? Book an appointment now.

Barber: Keri Nobbs (@keri_barberxstylist)

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Ruffians Top 5: Winter Getaways 2019

It’s that time of year where you just want to escape and get away on holiday! The evenings are drawing in, clocks have gone back and winter seems to be setting in far too quickly. Fear not, we’ve put together a Ruffians Top 5: Winter Getaways 2019 that will surely help fend off the worst cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder!

Whether you’re looking for a cheap weekend break, winter sunshine or great piste for winter sports, we have you covered!

Winter Sun

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

For around £400, a 10 hour Tui flight will get you to one of Mexico’s special gems, Cabo San Lucas, this December.

A resort city on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, known for its beaches, water-based activities and nightlife.

The 20 mile stretch between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo is oozing in luxurious hotels that have entertained the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, and George Clooney.

If lounging on the beach isn’t your thing, Wild Canyon quad biking is certain to get your blood pumping. With a personal guide and your own quad, you’ll follow routes that take you between barren desert vistas and beaches stretched along the Sea of Cortez.

Peckish of an evening, grab dinner at Los Tres Gallos, an authentic Mexican spot off the beaten path of Cabo’s strip that serves killer pozole, mole enchiladas and tamarind margaritas.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (TripAdvisor)

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Beach bums listen up, Tenerife is the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands and has 42 glorious miles of supreme sandy beaches.

RedLevel at Gran Melia Palacio de Isora, an adult only boutique hotel, puts you right near two of the island’s best beaches, Alcala and Los Gigantes. It also makes a great basecamp for day trip to the volcano crater and petrified lava-filled landscape of Teide National Park.

Between refreshing dips in the North Atlantic and driving through the snow-capped peaks of Mount Teide, sneak in a meal at Restaurante Haydée, where you’ll be served up unique dishes like beet creamy rice, olive octopus risotto or spicy tuna tartare with cherry sorbet.

With return Wizz Air Uk flights from as little as £44 this December, you could have a bit of summer sun and still have cash left for the Christmas shopping!

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain (TripAdvisor)

Winter Sports

St. Anton, Austria

St. Anton is rated among the top five resorts in the Alps for very good reasons. Return EasyJet flights for as little as £41 this winter, make this affordable and fun!

Located in Austria’s Arlberg region, it is the biggest connected ski area in Austria. It is also one of Europe’s snowiest areas and boasts 340km of slopes and plenty of challenging off-piste terrain. In addition, it has a highly efficient lift system and an attractive town bursting with stylish hotels, chalets and restaurants.

With a railway station at its heart and located within two to three hours drive of three international airports, the resort is easy to reach and small enough to navigate on foot or by the free public buses.

If history is your thing, St. Anton packs some serious heritage. It’s the birthplace of the father of modern skiing, Hannes Schneider and is the spiritual home of après-ski, thanks to the infamous bars Krazy Kanguruh and Mooserwirt.

St. Anton am Alberg, Austria (TripAdvisor)

Whistler, Canada

Whistler’s two linked mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, together form the biggest ski area in North America, with over 200 trails. This automatically puts it on the shortlist of most transatlantic visitors, particularly satisfiying those who like to rack up the miles without repeating the same slopes.

For those new to the slopes, there are top-to-bottom green runs, a learning area with covered magic carpet lifts and plenty of snowmaking, perfect for snow angels and snowmen alike.

For experts, the numerous high open bowls offer a wide range of possibilities, complemented by regular dumps of powder streaming in from the nearby Pacific. World-class terrain parks are also a plus, if you’re a bit of an off-piste junky!

If you fancy spoiling yourself with some guaranteed snow this Christmas (23rd-30th Dec), return flights will come in around the £1000 mark.

Whistler, Canada (TripAdvisor)

Christmas Festivities

Berlin/ Munich, Germany

For a truly festive getaway, German Christmas markets are a great place to visit during winter.

Just a short hop from the UK, Berlin is a city rife with culture, history and festivity.

The weather will be cool and crisp, so you can wrap up warm and enjoy exploring this wonderful capital with some of the free walking tours on offer. You’ll get to cover everything from the Berlin Wall which divided the city during the Cold War, to significant landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial.

If you’ve already ticked Berlin off your bucket list, you could spend an entire winter vacation eating and shopping your way through Munich’s various Christmas markets and warming yourself up in one of the city’s classic beer halls.

Munich, Germany (TripAdvisor)

Berlin, Germany (TripAdvisor)

Stuck for last minute Christmas gift ideas for him? Look no further than Ruffians!

We all know the feeling, Christmas looms ever closer and there’s just one or two more gifts that you’ve been putting off buying because he (and it usually is a he!) is just so tricky to buy for. Maybe he buys himself everything he wants. Maybe you’ve tried buying clothes but you can tell from his reaction on Christmas morning that you just didn’t get it quite right. The jumper that gets politely worn on Christmas day and then never sees the light of day again. It can be tricky, right? Well, not to add any undue pressure but Thursday 20th December (IE TOMORROW is the last recommended postage day for first class deliveries to the UK!

But at Ruffians, we think we can help and we’ll tell you why. Just ask yourself: who on earth doesn’t like a good pampering? And when it comes to that sort of thing, we’ve got products and services to suit every type of guy and every type of budget. So look no further and worry no more!

Gifts £10 or under

Ruffians products have all been specially engineered for men and we pride ourselves on using the finest ingredients. Our barbers all use Ruffians styling and grooming products as part of the service they offer our customers every day and our range has been recommended everywhere from GQ to Men’s Health. What’s more, is that we a number of luxurious products starting at £10 and under including….

Sandalwood Shave Gel (£8) and Daily Facial scrub (£10) both essential to any man’s daily routine.

Ruffians Pomade (£10) for guys who like a slick, high-shine finish to their hair. 

Gifts £30 or under

Ruffians Styling Paste, Pomade and Rough Matt Clay. are recommended by our barbers and the grooming press alike

We have lots more lovely Ruffians products for well under £30, including our famous Styling Paste. Our barbers swear by it and a quick straw poll found that they use it on over three quarters of haircuts because it’s just so versatile and suitable for so many hair types. Not to mention that the results it delivers; easy, invisible, no-fuss styling is what so many guys look for in their hairstyles right now.

Also priced at £15 is our Rough Matt Clay – this is the styling product you want if he likes his hair looking thick, textured and messy – and our Facial Moisturiser, which is a lovely way to pamper yourself every morning and is designed to protect against dryness, and invigorate and nourish skin.

Being able to treat yourself at home is one thing, but honestly, nothing beats a service in one of our sophisticated yet laid-back and down-to-earth grooming spaces across our locations in London and Edinburgh. Here’s a selection of what’s available under £30:

Ruffians Signature Facial (£15) begins with a full consultation to understand his current skincare regime, whilst examining skin sensitivity. An exfoliating facial scrub invigorates before a soothing and relaxing hot towel treatment. An upper body and head massage will help ease away his cares, while a hydrating facial moisturiser refreshes and nourishes the skin.

Our Quick Beard Tidy (£15) is for guys looking to achieve an even beard and sharp look in double quick time. Our barbers will trim, shape and edge your beard, finish and treat it with Ruffians organic Argan oil, before styling it to your exact specifications.

Matthew Heckel, barber at Ruffians in Liberty performs the hot towel treatment part of our Signature Facial
Matthew Heckel, barber at Ruffians in Liberty performs the hot towel treatment part of our Signature Facial

Gifts £100 or under

Ruffians Gift Cards are available in multiples of £20, £30, £40 and £55 and can be redeemed in all Ruffians locations for both services and the purchase of products.

Haircuts (£55)

Our haircuts come with a full consultation as standard – taking into consideration lifestyle, face shape and hair type – to ensure he leaves with a style he loves. A refreshing shampoo and conditioning treatment with an invigorating scalp massage before the cut, finishing and styling will ensure he leaves feeling as good as he looks.

Traditional Cut Throat Razor Shave (£55)

Our highly skilled barbers carry out a personalised skin consultation to understand his current shaving regime, whilst examining the direction of growth, density of stubble, and skin sensitivity. A hot towel treatment and Ruffians’ signature facial clears pores and softens the hair ahead of an expert shave and the smoothest possible finish. We also offer Cut Throat Shave Masterclasses – he’ll get the full experience as detailed above, plus training from our most experienced barbers on how to achieve the same great results at home.

Gifts £100 or over

Haircut and beard tidy with razor work: for guys with hair and a beard this is the ultimate treat: having a great new cut and having the beard conditioned, shaped, edged and trimmed to suit.

Stunning Muhle shaving kits: for guys who prefer a wet shave at home, we sell a range of Muhle shaving soaps, razors, brushes and shaving kits.

What’s available in store?

All Ruffians shops include a retail store selling gift cards, Ruffians grooming products and a selection of great gift ideas including Muhle shaving kits and guest styling products from luxurious brands such as Sacha Juan, Le Labo and more. All of our shops are open until 3pm on Christmas Eve for those really last minute gifts and treats! Find your nearest Ruffians location.