MAN TO FOLLOW: Aldo Kane
Aldo Kane is a real-life action hero. The Scottish adventurer was a sniper in the Marines before setting up Vertical Planet, which offers its safety expertise to the film and television industry. Off screen, Kane has worked on stunts with Scarlett Johansson and Tom Hardy; on screen, he has descended into an erupting volcano, confronted narcos in Central America; and lived in isolation without daylight for ten days to test the body’s circadian rhythms. When he’s not going undercover in illegal wildlife smuggling networks or spending time in forced solitary confinement he lives in south-west London. All this and more is documented on his social media feed, which features easy-to-follow at-home fitness regimes, motivational musings and incredible pics.
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STORE OPENING: Adidas Ldn
Adidas has unveiled its high-tech new Oxford Street flagship. Opposite Selfridges, the four-storey ‘adidas LDN’ store replaces a smaller one next door. Innovations include interactive mirrors in changing rooms that allow shoppers to order different sizes direct from the stockroom. A ‘Bring It to Me’ feature uses in-store geolocation tracking so shoppers can scan products, check stock, request their size and purchase on the spot, making queues and designated collection spaces things of the past.
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FILM: The Irishman
Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci are reunited under Martin Scorsese for the first time since Goodfellas. The director’s massive, masterful new crime drama about memory, murder and the Mob also calls on Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel. All four actors are past their mid-70s, but collectively spend a lot of screen-time in flashbacks, playing much younger men. The Irishman, which gets a cinema release this week then streams on Netflix from 27th November, proves that they’ve all still got it – and so has Scorsese. Unmissable.
In cinemas 8th November
BRAND: Yuri & Yuri
Founded in March this year, Yuri & Yuri has opened its first shop on Savile Row. But it’s breaking with the traditions of the world’s most famous street in menswear. While tailoring is at the heart of the label, this isn’t a suit-specific brand. Rather, it’s a succinct menswear label that values craft, making clothes for men looking to present themselves as smart, but not stuffy. It offers a full wardrobe, from handmade wax-cotton safari/field jackets and tailored trousers to – our personal favourite – ‘Serie’ knitted shirts made from a vegan-friendly and durable yarn.
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TECH: Apple Airpods Pro
The new AirPods Pro headphones are great for three reasons: they’re noise cancelling; they’re water resistant; and they’ve got a shorter, slicker silhouette. The charging case is also smaller, making it easier to slip into your coat or trouser pocket. The introduction of silicone tips makes the buds themselves adjustable for ears of all sizes.
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GROOMING: Gillette Heated Razor
This is the Dyson of razors. From Gillette Labs, a heated blade offers a salon-worthy shave in your own bathroom. A ‘warming bar’ delivers the sensation of a hot towel shave at the push of a button. Two levels of heat ensure optimal comfort. It also features Gillette’s most advanced and thinnest blades – for a really close shave even if you suffer from sensitive skin. It’s pricey at £225, but you’d expect that for a luxurious experience.
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PODCAST: Belstaff Presents The Road Less Travelled
Heritage British outerwear brand Belstaff has launched a new podcast series. Hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Reggie Yates, The Road Less Travelled is a sonic celebration of famous lives well led and an inspiring Monday-morning improver. Guests so far include Andrew Scott, Naomie Harris, Raleigh Ritchie and Stanley Tucci, each one sharing their life journeys and discussing topics such as who they were meant to be, as well as the wider status quo. Through these conversations with creatives, Yates hopes to complete his mission of truly understanding what the road less travelled means in the modern world.
BOOK: The Infinite Game by Simon Stenek
The control each of the ‘Big Four’ tech companies now exerts over our daily lives makes imagining a world without them almost impossible. Apple is the world’s first trillion-dollar company; Google might operate the biggest unregulated monopoly in the history of business; Amazon is the second-largest private employer in the US; while Facebook’s influence on world politics is increasingly worrying. Will these companies be around forever? In The Infinite Game, organisational consultant Simon Sinek finds a way to answer that question.
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THE RESTAURANT: Le Comptoir Robuchon
When he died last year, Joël Robuchon was the world’s most decorated chef: his restaurants held 32 Michelin stars between them. One of those stars belonged to Covent Garden’s L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, which closed earlier this year. So this month’s opening of Le Comptoir Robuchon in Mayfair is serious news. The kitchen is headed up by exec chef Jeremy Page, who worked with Robuchon himself in Paris for more than a decade. The menu is in two parts: La Saison, a selection of contemporary, seasonal dishes using the highest quality produce; and Les Eternels, a collection of Robuchon’s beloved classics.
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