Chelsea Monthly

Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongApril 9, 2018
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Toni & Guy is one of the most successful brands to come out of the hairdressing industry. With more than 475 salons across 48 countries, CEO, OBE and co-founder Toni Mascolo and his brother Guy started TONI&GUY back in 1963 with a single salon in Clapham, London. The company expanded successfully through the ingenious creativity, quality and exciting marketing strategy.

‘Early Days’

Having arrived in England from their native Italy in the 1950’s, The Mascolo family settled in Clapham, South London, with eldest sons Toni and Guy both following their father’s footsteps into hairdressing.

A celebrated hairdresser himself, Francesco Mascolo had taught all of his sons to cut hair from an early age and despite Toni’s interest in academic studies and a desire to pursue a career in law, his move to London put an end to that dream and Toni began working as his father’s assistant in a busy London salon.

Toni soon realised how much he enjoyed working as a hairdresser and continued to work alongside his father building a large clientele at Viccari’s salon in Cox Street, Mayfair. When this salon was sold, Francesco secured a place at the award-winning Renato’s in Dover Street, where Guy his younger son joined him to fulfill his apprenticeship.

Following three days of unemployment (the only such period in his lifetime), a young Toni Mascolo grew a moustache to create a more ‘mature’ appearance and became the manager of South London salon, Gerard’s, at just 16. Always keen to better himself, it wasn’t long before Toni moved back to Victoria Street, near Westminster, enjoying a high profile clientele and working gruelling fourteen-hour-long days in an effort to save enough money to buy his mother a house of her own. Meanwhile, Guy moved back to South London where his talent saw him headhunted to join busy Clapham salon, Cecile Moss.

Italian hairdresser Toni Mascolo a co-founder of hairdressing chain ‘Toni and Guy’ with his honorary OBE (Officer of the British Empire) awarded in recognition of services to the British hairdressing industry, in London, Monday, Oct. 27, 2008.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

12th December 1962 saw the tragic loss of their beloved mother and the realisation for Toni and Guy that they would now have to support their father and three younger brothers, the youngest of which, Anthony, was just five years old.

In 1963 Guy was offered the opportunity to take over the salon where he worked. Despite the huge risk involved, Toni elected to leave his well-paid job in a central London salon to join his brother in Clapham, though it would mean abandoning the large, loyal client base he had built.

In January 1963 the first TONI&GUY salon opened its doors and the brothers worked hard to build the business. With a large rent to pay, it was a struggle to survive. Having inherited some busy stylists from the original salon, including a young Pauline O’Donnell (later to be Mascolo, when she marries Toni in 1970), helped to boost the salon’s business, which quickly gained momentum. The brothers’ early promotional activity included leaflet drops in the local area advertising their ‘Italian style’.

A time of extreme change in youth culture, the 1960’s saw an explosion in fashion as attitudes were changing. TONI&GUY offered a unisex service in contrast to the traditional culture of salons and barbershops that were unable to cope with the new graphic shapes for women and men’s longer styles. By the end of 1964 the salon was fully booked and the brothers realised that they were destined for bigger things.

Fast forward to 2010, Toni & Guy where already a force to be reckoned with dominating the entire global sphere and most recommended amongst hairdressers and the industry as a whole.

TONI&GUY further cemented its fashion credentials as the partnership with the British Fashion Council continued to develop throughout the decade.  Toni Mascolo continued to expand the salon network, adding new territories to the ever-expanding global presence. The launch of a new salon group, essensuals London, also saw Toni establish his first franchise salons in North America – with doors opening in New Jersey and Plano, Texas. Toni received further awards thanks to his unique style of leadership, including a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the Fellowship of British Hairdressing.

Toni Mascolo departed us last year. But, his impact and legacy has and will never fail to keep his name alive for centuries to come. His family commented, “It is with deep sorrow that the family announce the passing of founder, leader, husband, and father, Giuseppe Toni Mascolo”. Toni was surrounded by his family at the time of his death.

Toni Mascolo was highly respected within the hairdressing community, he was known as approachable and someone who made time for everyone. It is no surprise that he built up a lengthy list of achievements, which transcended the industry to include business, entrepreneurship and charity. He along with his wife Pauline started the TONI&GUY Charitable Foundation in 2003, which has raised more than £2,014,735 for a variety of causes and organisations. But it wasn’t all about hair, Toni was an avid supporter of Chelsea Football Club, and launched or has been involved with, several independent projects such as coffee shops, property, and most recently his very own pasta sauce. Toni is survived by his wife Pauline, brothers Bruno and Anthony and his children Sacha, Christian and Pierre and his many grandchildren.

‘The Future of the Brand’
With an eye firmly on the future, TONI&GUY continues to take on exciting new challenges and collaborations. 2013 saw label.m receive the ultimate seal of fashion approval, as the range became the ‘Official Haircare product of London Fashion Week’ – a landmark move for the British fashion council and a first for the hairdressing industry. This plus numerous collaborations with key British design talent reinforces TONI&GUY’s position as the fashion-led hairdresser.


Alessa BarbosaAlessa BarbosaMarch 27, 2018
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If you’re looking to stand out with elegance as you smoke your beloved cigar, VSB London is the company for you! Dedicated to producing the finest quality product, providing first-class service and creating stylish designs for users all around the world, VSB brings you luxurious cigar pouches, tubes and holders.

VSB London is a family run company specialising in designer luxury cigar cases and modern gentleman accessories. They use years of honourable design knowledge, premium quality materials and experienced hands to make only the best quality products for the righteous gentlemen around the world. Each product is hand checked, tested and personally packaged with only those which are flawless passed on to our customers.

VSB London have also announced an exciting partnership with the 4th annual National Film Awards where they have acquired naming rights to Best International Film category, whose nominees are Get Out, Bright, Girls Trip, Kingsman – The Golden Circlem,Borg vs McEnroe, The Shape of Water, Roman J. Israel, Esq., American Made, Barry Seal, and The Wedding Party 2. All winners will be announced on the 28th of March at the prestigious National Film Awards show in London!

For more information about VSB and their products, go to: www.vsblondon.com


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongMarch 25, 2018
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It seems there is no stopping British, TV Presenter, Louise Gookey. Each year she seamlessly takes the helm hosting some of the biggest awards ceremonies in the country. She is a presenter and journalist with a love for entertainment and the arts and has just been confirmed to host this year’s National Film Awards for the fourth year running. She can currently be seen reporting events across London for Winkball.com and talking through the papers with Penny Smith on Talk Radio. She is also the voice of the travel on both LBC London News and BBC Radio Northampton. On top of this, she has just finished presenting the latest instalment of health programs for Diabetes.co.uk which is followed by over 300,000 people.

However, Louise is no stranger to the entertainment industry having originally trained in musical theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She worked as a performer before making the move into presenting and most recently training as a journalist and passing her NCTJ qualification in Multimedia Journalism.

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She has worked with teams over at London Live, Showbiz TV, Muzu.tv, Maverick TV, Radio Jackie, Juice FM, Hoxton Radio, Vibe FM and even took some time to entertain brunch lovers across London on the Breakfast Clubs debut radio show.
Louise’s passion for presenting lead her to host an array of award ceremonies including the National Film Awards, Urban Music Awards, National Reality TV Awards and Luxury and Lifestyle Awards where she got to meet and interview guests on the red carpet as well as hosting the events.

When it comes to working with brands, she has also worked with Skinny Tan, Argos, Vax, Hoover, Ideal Homes, Cannon, British Gypsum, and Just Eat.

On top of this Louise is a huge travel fan and experiences new cultures as often as possible. This naturally led on to Louise documenting these travels and turning them into vlogs which will be published very soon.

 You can watch Louise Gookey live on the National Film Awards red carpet by logging on to www.facebook.com/nationalfilmawards live at 18.00 on the 28th of March 2018


Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonMarch 10, 2018
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Ray Chan is one of Leeds most successful entrepreneurs. His company Candy Pants celebrates it’s 10th anniversary this year so we connected with him for The Business show podcast. Read a few excerpts of the interview and listen to the live phone interview as Ray delves into his story, his businesses and also the future of Candy Pants.

So, for the readers who are just finding out about you. Tell us how you got into entrepreneurship?

I was born in Leeds and grew up in Horsforth with a family who were firmly into the restaurant business. My initial dream wasn’ to own a Chinese restaurant as I am always the one known to go against the grain. I fell into what i did by default and i felt like i had a point to prove as regards not going down the family traditional route. Funny enough, my family have gone from asking me when i am going to get a proper job to asking me for business advice.

So, Ray how did you start the business?

Well,  Leeds is a very entrepreneurial place and after University all I did was go out every night. I got to know a lot of people and build good relationships, this enabled me to build a strong network and I guess that’s what got  me started into events. When i launched Candypants, i felt as though there was a gap in the market, we wanted to target a broad range of professional people in which the night was more commercially led rather than just the music.

What are your main inspirations?

Leeds has alot of people in my sector who have studied in Leeds. For example; Nick House (owner of Mahiki), the guys from Hideout festival, they are from Leeds and the city was a great inspiration for me as the whole vibe was very supportive in my early days. I am a believer that everything happens at it’s own time.

What was the concept behind Candy Pants?

Back in 2008, I felt there was no end destination to party for professionals. The only place were DJ led venues, in with strangers you don’t know and cheap cocktails. There was certainly a gap in the market and thats what we went for!  I didn’t have an end goal, I had a vision and a plan but I am also a believer that things happen at the right time and you have to be consistent in building a name and a great reputation in the industry. We started the project in Leeds and it grew to several different countries and we have had a residency in Marbella for ages.

 

The interview is continued via The Business Podcast. Listen  to the full interview by clicking here


Alessa BarbosaAlessa BarbosaMarch 6, 2018
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If you are  looking for the perfect place to take your mother for Mother’s Day or if you are in the mood for authentic Thai food, this is the place to go! Thai Square is a UK restaurant chain with 13 branches, 10 in London and 3 just outside London! Thai Square was founded in 1996 when the first branch opened on The Strand in central London.  The restaurants offer good value dining experience and amazing Thai cuisine. Yum!

Thai Square has officially announced an exciting partnership with the 4th annual National Film Awards, where they will receive naming rights for Best Foreign Language Film whose nominees are Happy End (France), Loveless (Russia), In the Fade (Germany/France), The Square (Sweden, Germany, France), A Fantastic Woman (Chile), Vaya (South Africa), The Insult (Lebanon), and Mersal (India). All winners will be announced at the prestigious National Film Awards on the 28th of March in London!

For more information on Thai Square Restaurant and its locations & events, go to:  www.thaisq.com 

 

 


Alessa BarbosaAlessa BarbosaMarch 6, 2018
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Every business needs printing. It starts with the standard business cards and before you know it, you need the letterhead, a brochure selling your services and a post card at the end of the year thanking your clients who obviously took action when you handed that initial business card.  British brand, instantprint  specializes in producing business cards, posters, flyers and leaflets. Their ambition is to deliver the best through technology, innovation, and development to ensure speedy turnaround times, sharper pricing and world class customer service. Perfect!

The brand has just announced an exciting partnership with the 4th annual National Film Awards which sees the print group acquire naming rights to  the Best Documentary category whose nominees are Kingdom of Us, Almost Heaven, Halfway, Williams, My Generation, Blue Planet 2, Dark States, and Moving Theatre. All winners will be announced on the 28th of March at the prestigious National Film Awards in London!

For more information about Instantprint, go to: www.instantprint.co.uk


Lisa FullerLisa FullerFebruary 17, 2018
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Entrepreneur, Jordan Kensington was invited to Buckingham Palace on Valentine’s Day (14.02.18) to be honoured by the Queen at Buckingham Palace to celebrate his achievements.

Kensington who was born in the UK but has an African background from Cameroon, Africa proudly represented the continent at the reception hosted by The Queen at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the achievements of the Commonwealth Diaspora community.

The event, which was held on Wednesday evening, was also attended by The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duchess of Gloucester, and by Prime Minister Theresa May.

The event offered an opportunity to recognise people of Commonwealth heritage who have made a positive contribution to business, community and culture in the United Kingdom.

Jordan Kensington commented “18 years of running several companies and getting hardly any recognition. It was great that the first recognition I got was from the very top! God is Good”

“I am happy, proud and excited but at the same time,” said serial entrepreneur Kensington

“I  am representing young people around the UK and the world who sometimes are underlooked to show them that hard work, dedication and being smart with our present choices certainly pays off. It is a huge honour”.

The serial entrepreneur is behind the brand Invincible, a media, events, hotel property and brand marketing agency he launched at age 18 in 1999. Kensington made his millions in the early 2000’s investing into the property market both in Europe and Africa. In the entertainment industry, he championed a plethora of artists and entrepreneurs founding the Urban Music Awards and British Small Business Awards. His net worth is reported to stand at 18 million dollars. His media and marketing agency Invincible has worked with brands such as Samsung Mobile, Footlocker, British Airways and much more.

When introduced the Queen commented “Jordan Kensington, we are all very proud of your achievements”

His book, ‘Mr. Invincible’ – Following My Intuition was released in December and sold over 5000 copies in its first week. Mr Invincible – Following My Intuition is an autobiographical journey that sees one of Britain’s most inspirational serial entrepreneurs go through his start-up years of launching a successful media, music, entertainment, and property company with offices in six countries from age 18. The book recounts memorable stories, featuring characters such as Beyoncé, Diddy, Boris Johnson, MP Vince Cable, Kanye West, and many more. Kensington is often called the King of Urban Music in Europe, as he is well known for championing urban music in Europe; through the prestigious Urban Music Awards (an organisation he created over 15 years ago).

Overall, the book sees an actual woven connection to the core title “Following My Intuition”, which shows that every aspect from random meetings, acquaintances, and opportunities exists in life to open the doors and windows to bigger and better things; especially if we decide to believe in our gut instincts, and appreciate the cards dealt with. A great read, and already shortlisted by the judging panel of the Global Best Books Awards in the “Best Non-Fiction” category.

To Order ‘Mr Invincible’ – Following My Intuition. Go here

 


Lisa FullerLisa FullerJanuary 26, 2018
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The Lamborghini Urus, the first Super SUV and the third model line for Lamborghini, makes its UK debut in London. The UK, which is the third largest market for Lamborghini, forecasts a doubling of sales with the introduction of the Urus, reflecting worldwide expectations. Deliveries to customers of the Urus commence in summer 2018, when the Super SUV joins the Lamborghini Aventador and Huracán super sports car model ranges.

In a presentation by the Automobili Lamborghini board to more than 500 guests at the RHS Halls in London, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stefano Domenicali said: “The UK is an extremely market for Lamborghini, which has a strong motoring heritage and a particular enthusiasm and empathy with performance cars. The Lamborghini super sports DNA of design, performance, driving dynamics and driving emotion is clear within the Lamborghini Urus, which is also as much a luxury SUV as the most powerful. An SUV for the city and the open road, the Lamborghini Urus opens the door to new possibilities for both our customers and our brand, and we are proud to formally present it to one of our most significant markets.”

The Urus features a 4.0 litre V8 twin-turbo engine delivering 650 hp at 6,000 rpm and 850 Nm of maximum torque already available at 2,250 rpm. With 162.7 hp/l the Urus claims one of the highest specific power outputs in its class and the best weight-to-power ratio at 3.38 kg/hp.

The Urus accelerates from 0-62 mph in 3.6 seconds, 0-124 mph in 12.8 seconds, and with a top speed of 190 mph it is the fastest SUV available.

In 2017 Automobili Lamborghini set a sales record for the seventh year running: up 10% over the previous year, Lamborghini delivered 3,815 cars around the world.

The UK currently operates eight Lamborghini dealers, with two further authorised outlets opening in 2018. Its Lamborghini London dealership is one of the largest by volume in the world: Automobili Lamborghini has 145 dealers serving 50 countries. The UK, which also achieved a sales record in 2017, is the third largest market behind the USA and Japan.

The Lamborghini Urus retails in the UK from £165,000 on the road.


Lisa FullerLisa FullerJanuary 26, 2018
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Close your eyes and fly to the Secret Gardens of Alexander. A utopia, a fantasy land that euphoria is the only feeling of existence! Introducing  Maria Aristidou, a specialist in couture knitwear, created a fantasy colourful world for spring-summer daywear-eveningwear for women that romance, positive energy and freedom are the safety keys to happiness. A playground of flower patterns with silk viscose and metallic yarns where elaborate embroideries decorate the luxurious knit fabrics creations for the women today.
A collection with carefree curves and sleek cuts with unexpected details, and accessories that complete the beauty of this womenswear secret garden story !!!

Lisa FullerLisa FullerJanuary 25, 2018
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With eleven botanicals in total, the remaining botanicals featured in the gin include vanilla, pink peppercorn, angelica and liquorice, resulting in a smooth and fresh taste that can be enjoyed as a sipping gin, a cocktail gin or with the classic tonic water. A CollaGin G&T is best served with a slice of fresh pink grapefruit and star anise.
CollaGin is distilled with America’s number one collagen brand which does not affect the taste, smell or appearance of the gin. Co-Founder Camilla Brown comments: “This really is the smoothest gin I have ever tasted and works so well in many different ways. We’ve used complementary botanicals and a dose of pure, powdered collagen to create a surprise and delight product that gets people talking.”

Co-Founder Liz Beswick adds: “it took a year in the making and we have had many hurdles along the way, but we are so proud of the result. The gin is fragrant, soft and the aftertaste is velvety, with a hint of vanilla. It has been worth the highs and lows of starting our own business to beautify the world of
spirits.”

Over 50m bottles of gin were consumed in the UK alone outstripping sales growth in beer and sparkling wine. Annual gin sales rose 20% to smashing through the £1bn barrier, and CollaGin is set to capitalise on this ever-growing market with their unique offering. It has also been announced today that the company has signed an exclusive partnership deal with the National Film Academy -producers of the annual National Film Awards UK to become the exclusive Gin sponsor for the 2018 awards ceremony! CollaGin will be sponsoring the Best Independent Film 2018 and sampling on all the tables at one of the UK’s most prestigious film award shows.

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Nominations for the Best Independent Film 2018 sponsored by CollaGin are;
God’s own country
Film stars don’t die in Liverpool
The Intent
Jawbone
My Name is Lenny
Lady Macbeth
Rise of the Footsoldier 3
Eat Locals

Voting is currently live here, and winners will be announced in March.

CollaGin is distilled in the Midlands, UK and bottled in Lancashire, UK. The bottle is 50cl at 40% proof and available now at DrinkSupermarket.com or  Collagin.co.uk for £34.99.

Get a taste of CollaGin at the National Film Awards UK taking place on the 28th of March 2018 or for more information. Visit: www.collagin.co.uk 



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