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Gifting is a gift.

The most special time of the year is here; a month filled with festive fun, mesmerising lights, mulled wine and cosy dinners. As we bask in the excitement of the many Christmas festivities that animate London, we also give to those we care for most. Here at Lookmate, we believe that gifting is the real gift, so, we have done the nitty gritty for you and curated our list of top Lookmate-certified products; trialled and tested by us this year. Consider it our gift to you. Because in truth we know it is easy to forget how sentimental this time of year is and with the hard work done for you, you can spend less time (last minute) panic-planning and more time enjoying the excitement of the silly season. So, whilst we cannot explain how we all find ourselves in December again, we can, however, assist you in our top gift picks ranging from all prices and sizes, tastes and needs to spoil your near and dear’s this Christmas. 

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PLAYLAB INC.

This month we celebrate our latest collaboration with New York Based creative agency PLAYLAB,INC. Internationally recognized for their off the wall creative and eclectic recent works with names such as Off-White, Bruno Mars, Need Supply Co., and Adidas, PLAYLAB, INC. thrive on exploring things that interest them, using art, architecture, and graphic design to initiate ideas. From giant worm tents for the New Museum of Contemporary Art and Storefront For Art & Architecture, to a re-brand of America for SFMOMA, to a compilation of all the times Joaquin Phoenix has walked in his films titled Walking Phoenix, PLAYLAB, INC. has developed a multi- disciplinary variety of works. In addition, PLAYLAB, INC. co-founded + POOL with Family New York, an initiative to build the world’s first water-filtering floating pool in New York, as well as CLOG, an international quarterly architecture publication.

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Hayward Gallery Edition

We are pleased to announce our latest sock collaboration with The Hayward Gallery and designer Benjamin Craven, in celebration of the gallery’s re-opening this Spring. As London’s Hayward Gallery celebrates its 50th anniversary and stages the first major UK retrospective of the work of acclaimed German photographer Andreas Gursky, We are delighted to unveil their new sock design – the Hayward Gallery Edition. The sock was commissioned by the Hayward Gallery for their launch and is now being sold exclusively in the gallery shop...

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10 Father's Day Gift Ideas for the urban adventurous dads.

The year is whizzing by. We're already half way through, which means that Father's Day is upon us again. And what to pick for someone we've spent a lifetime giving gifts to? We've expired all the "useful" options, gone through the "fun" options, explored the "informative" options. What can possibly be left to get for the dads this Father's Day (assuming they already have a subscription to Look Mate)? It's time to relax because the team here have sorted through everything and hand-picked the perfect gifts for all the urban adventurous dads out there bringing you the best gifts celebrating design, collaborations and traditions.

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Look Mate x Hedof for WWF Tiger Campaign

"It was one of those busy Monday mornings where the corporate world are answering to their weekend hangovers and the inbox is inundated with emails, you know, the type you need nerves of Valerian Steel to deal with. However, there was one email that caught my eye; the subject simply reading "Tigers" and within a few clicks, WWF was informing me that this year marked the first in conservation history that the population of Tigers had increased; this put a big smile on my face. Later that day the Tiger email kept coming back to me and eventually spurred a "what if" moment…”What if” we could put Tigers on your socks and by wearing them the Look Mate community could help Tigers too?” When I asked Hedof about this, he replied: .

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Look Mate @ LFW 2017

London Fashion Week Men’s - the highlight of the men’s fashion calendar. Cast your mind to a space of industrial modernity, dotted with press eager to set the fashion tunes for 2017 as they absorb the newest collections from innovative designers and labels. Picture the scene, Nespresso coffee on tap, prime views overlooking the Thames and a wealth of fashion talent, which all lent to the buzz on every floor at ‘180 The Strand’; the venue to host London Fashion Week. This was our first LFW and we were eager to present to the press what we had up our sleeves - 3 new exciting and colourful collaborations to brighten up dreary January - Primordial by Pedro Veneziano, Tiger Sock by Rick Berklemans and La Isla Bonita sock by Marnau Den Lindon who we were delighted to welcome as our resident artist for a day.

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How to Rock New Year’s Eve in London Town

2016; the year of the unthinkable, the year of the unimaginable. From Brexit to Trump, we have seen some eccentric events unfold, attesting to the worlds ever-changing, unpredictable nature. In turn we have experienced an interesting year, leaving us plenty to ponder and debate. Not all is doomed, however, as we have a New Year fast approaching and this of course means planning our festivities to welcome it in with open arms, starting afresh. New Year’s Eve can often be an underwhelming event, we feel an underlying pressure fuelled by superstition that if it were not a hit, your forthcoming year would inevitably follow in its disappointing footsteps. We think the perfect ingredient for a New Year’s Eve well spent should start with prime, ‘top drawer’ company, and from there all else will fall neatly into place no matter what you chose to be doing as the clock strikes midnight. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up a few quirky, unique events taking place in London town this 31st December for you and your mates to soak up the very last of the year just passed.

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Gift Guide For The Design-Centric Special One In Your Life.

As the festive season comes into full swing, we’re greeted with endless Christmas activities to help sooth our festive souls. We cosily sip on mulled wine, we brave the gloomy weather to wander Christmas markets and most of all we embrace London’s kindred spirit as we unite under the host of Christmas lights and spectacles. And whilst we bask in the glory of it all, we tend to fall victim to the stresses of the annual present hunt, this of course, stands in spite of the fact we do enjoy the gift of giving to our friends & family, perhaps just not searching for them. So to wrap up our eventful year of 2016 in high spirits, we at Look Mate have done the nitty-gritty searching on your behalf. We’ve soared high and low to track down our picks for the most innovative, practical and stylish gift ideas, meaning you can shop stress-free this festive season, and most importantly allow more time to soak up the Christmas cheer!

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