The brand emanates from 19th-century British gentry on London’s illustrious Jermyn Street, set up as the traditional grooming brand, we take inspiration from the best of luxury English heritage.
The famous No 88. Cologne is worn by many and has been quoted as some celebrities’ go-to cologne. It is a complex and rich fragrance of citrus, floral, spicy notes of Bergamot, Geranium, Rose and Cassia with base notes of vetiver and sandalwood.
In celebration of this wonderful scent, that’s been worn for almost 30 years, we are giving you a chance to win some of our most coveted grooming gifts.
You can win:
1 of 3 Three Compartment Gentleman’s Travel Cases worth £450
1 of 3 Manicure Sets worth £375
To enter, simply answer this question below:
Where did the inspiration for the name of the No 88. collection come from?
To read about the No.88 Cologne and discover the answer if you’re stuck, head over to our blog by clicking here: The History of the No. 88 Cologne.
Terms & Conditions
The competition is open to UK residents over 18 only. The competition will close on September 7th 2018. The product is non-exchangeable or refundable. It is subject to stock availability and must be redeemed by contacting Czech & Speake within 2 weeks of receiving an email confirming you are a winner. By entering this competition and submitting details above you agree to allow Czech & Speake to contact you through email. Full terms and conditions here.
Harper’s Bazaar included our 8 Piece Leather Manicure set in Gold and Stone in their “La Edad de oro” feature.
The manicure instruments have been handmade especially for Czech & Speake in Solingen, Germany. All have rounded edges to conform to international restrictions on hand luggage for air travel. The long-life nail file was developed especially for Czech & Speake utilising extremely high tech and incredibly sharp synthetic crystals which act like microscopic planes in the way they trim and shape the nail edge.
The Teflon coating on all the instruments dramatically boosts their life span by reducing oxidisation and acts as a dirt repellent, making them supremely hygienic.
Buying gifts for loved ones can be a minefield; men being arguably the most challenging to buy for. With Christmas fast-approaching, gift shopping will soon be at the forefront of people’s minds.
To ensure your gift is well received every time, there are three things to consider.
Ensure your gift has a purpose
Keep the gift a complete surprise
Make sure the quality is second to none
Our best selling gifts for men by Czech and Speake often get raving reviews — make that special person in your life feel appreciated with one of these gift sets:
Air-Safe Manicure Set – Blue & White £225
A fresh addition to our famous range of manicure sets for men, held in a handy travel-sized midnight blue, soft-surfaced, leather case with a crisp white interior. The 4-piece manicure set evokes class and elegance and will definitely be a welcome addition to a gentleman’s grooming collection. It includes slanted tweezers, nail scissors, nail clippers and a nail file.
The manicure tools are handcrafted for Czech & Speake in Germany. All have curved edges to conform to global restrictions on hand luggage for air travel. The long-life nail file was developed using extremely high tech and sharp synthetic crystals, which act like microscopic planes in the way they trim and shape the nail edge.
The Teflon coating applied to the instruments reduces corrosion to increase their lifespan, while acting as a dirt repellent, producing an extremely hygienic product.
Three Compartment Gentleman’s Travel Case in red leather – 4.8L £450
If your loved one takes pride in their possessions and appreciates quality and class, then look no further. The Three Compartment Gentleman Travel Case has been immaculately upgraded. The new model is architecturally superior, now able to open out flat onto a surface. The stiff leather casing and improved carrying capacity (4.8l) makes it a protective and organised piece of gear for men’s personal grooming – ideal for travelling as it is built to endure a nomadic lifestyle and will last a lifetime.
The product is made by craftsmen of an acclaimed Italian leather manufacturer using textured Santa Croce Italian calf leather of the uppermost superiority. The characteristic and fashionable granite interior cloth is of strong durability thanks to the hybrid water-resistant wax, developed exclusively for our products in Scotland.
The removable, water-resistant zip pocket has the option of being used as a separate wash bag, practical for the shower. It’s embossed with our Czech & Speake logo to match the large wash bag, and the reinforced insert design creates a more structured storage space.
No.88 Travel Shaving Set – £135
Timeless, classic and elegant in design, the No.88 collection of fragrances, shaving sets and soaps are loved by thousands of people around the world.
The No.88 Travel Shaving set makes a great gift for men because it is a fragrance and iconic label that makes an impact – the travel shaving set includes a travel sized shaving brush, a dish with 25g soap and 15ml No.88 aftershave shaker.
The beautiful scent is powerful, it opens with a sharp fresh gust of bergamot, leading to warm, rich and powerful middle notes of geranium, rose otto, cassia and frangipani, all grounded in a dark, smoky base of vetiver and sandalwood.
The aftershave contains mildly antiseptic properties, which helps to close the pores and prevent minor skin blemishes. A perfect gift for men of any age.
Zebrano Wood Shave Set – £450
Our newest shave set has been crafted from sustainable tracked Zebrano wood and is known for its figured heartwood. The heartwood is straw-like in colour and uniquely marked with narrow veining or streaks of colour ranging from dark brown to almost black. These streaks give the heartwood a zebra- stripe appearance and its name.
Zebrano wood was classically used for boat building and in the production of skis, as it is tough, water resistant and decorative.
The razor features a Mach III blade and Silver Tip best badger hair to complete the brush.
Sophisticated gift sets for men in 2018
Our gifts can be found under our gifts tab from the top menu, and are organised by budget, so whether you’re after:
We’ve got you covered with plenty of choices of elegant and sophisticated grooming gift essentials.
To read more about men’s grooming, take a look at our blog providing five essential products for men’s grooming routine.
Donna Bulseco, wrote an article for The Wall Street Journal on Czech & Speake 8 Piece Leather Manicure Set. The article is a how-to guide to nail grooming.
Frankfurter Allgemeine featured the Czech & Speake Manicure Set in the beauty for Men section. Read the article in German here.
We are delighted to be included in “The 50 best British brands” list by Gentleman’s Journal.
“From Zebrano wood razors and 24k gold-plated manicure sets to some of our favourite fragrances, Czech & Speake are steeped in heritage — and have an unwavering focus on the holistic bathroom experience…”
Click here to read more.
Founder & Editor in Chief at BOND OFFICIAL Igee Okafor, talks to us about his perfect Valentine’s date, sharing advice on what to gift a special partner and how he prepares for a date scenario.
Photographer: Daniel D’Ottavio
Valentine’s Day typically comes with controversy, some embrace the romantic affair while others aim to avoid it. One person who has great enthusiasm for a cultural occasion, especially if it involves dressing smart and fine dining, is style guru, Igee Okafor.
At just 25, Igee Okafor has established himself as an acclaimed entrepreneur and leader within contemporary men’s style and culture. The young businessman began to make a name for himself during his studies at St. John’s University, New York, with his personal style blog www.igeeokafor.com. Since graduating, he founded inspirational online platform BOND OFFICIAL, alongside securing some impressive collaborations with industry authorities including GQ, MR PORTER and Carl F. Bucherer.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, we sat down with Igee to learn more about how he celebrates…
Do you have any Valentine’s Day traditions?
I make it a point to go on those movie/dinner dates with friends/family or someone else I fancy. I’ve been gifted flowers and chocolates during as a single man and I try to do the same in return. A lot of the efforts I make has been for my mother actually! Haha, I enjoy sending her chocolates and flowers. With every public holiday, I enjoy going out and luxuriating in the process. Same goes for Valentine’s Day.
We’d love to know, what would be your perfect Valentine’s date?
I actually really enjoy getting to share intimate moments with my loved ones. So, dinner at an upscale restaurant with a significant other surrounded by my friends and family would make me very happy. I enjoy a dress code so, that has to be incorporated somehow. Transitioning into a disco dance party and then a late night movie would be ideal and truly romantic.
What is the most romantic thing you have done for another person?
From what I can remember, I once made a video collage for a significant other about our coming of age story in reference to our growth as a unit. It was a cut out of video clips detailing special moments we shared together throughout our course. The soundtrack was Tongue Tied by Grouplove and the lyrics of the song really portrayed everything I felt about this person at the time. “Take me to your best friend’s house. I loved you then and I love you now” What a tune!
Tell us about your grooming routine in preparation for your perfect date, do you like to dress up for the occasion?
When I start grooming, I enjoy loud disco music for the process. I want to feel sexy, confident, and empowered so the products I use have to aid that cause. I start off with skin first of all. I use a cleanser, an exfoliator, and then a face mask. After I’ve massaged the face masks into my skin, I include a brightening serum, and a hydrating face cream.
For hair, I just make sure to get it cleaned up by my barber. I fade the sides, and shape up my edges. I brush it in a downwards motion and I’m ready to go.
For touch ups, Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer is so light. It evens out my skin tone and skin texture. If I have any dark spots or blemishes, I cover them up with a concealer as well.
For fragrance, I enjoy mixing and matching the No.88 EDP, Villa Ausonia, and the Neroli from Czech & Speake. Combining two sweet scents with a more woodsy aroma is the kind of fragrance layering I enjoy.
As a man of style, can you share your wisdom with advice on what to gift your Valentine?
Gone are the days of being able to get by with a box of chocolates and casual gifts. I like to go for ideas that are more timeless. I believe investing in curated experiences catering to mutual interests is the best choice. If Valentine’s Day is the day to go all out for your significant other, then really go all out and make it a shared moment in time, creative and personal enough to remember.
Valentine’s should be enjoyed by all! How do you suggest those without a partner should spend the day?
Absolutely! Valentine’s Day is for everybody. For singles, I say find whatever makes you feel love and make it a point to explore or do it 10 folds. You can make it a point to create memorable experiences with friends and family which is never a bad idea. Being able to treat yourself is also an option and a top priority. You can try restaurants you’ve always wanted to try, you can see a movie or treat yourself to a great spa day. Anything is possible so you shouldn’t let the insecurities of being without a significant other get to you! There’s power in being able to be secure enough in yourself to want to enjoy your own company.
Do you have any special plans for this Valentine’s Day?
Yes, making more memorable and lovable memories.
Igee’s Valentine’s top gift picks from Czech & Speake:
No.88 EdP Spray 50ml. Click here to shop.
No.88 Aftershave Shaker 50ml. Click here to shop.
Air-Safe Manicure Set, Black & White. Click here to shop.
Neroli Cologne Spray 100ml. Click here to shop.
Villa Ausonia Cologne Spray 100ml. Click here to shop.
German magazine, Suddeutsche Zeitung, Featured our 8-piece Manicure Set in Blue & White in their style guide titled ‘Style Life, Gentleman’.
French magazine, Madame Figaro Accueil, featured our 8 piece Manicure Set in Blue & White on their extensive gift guide for men.
‘Beard, perfume, care … Our beautiful gift ideas for men’
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Gentleman’s Journal dedicated an article to Czech & Speake: “Czech & Speake is revolutionising men’s grooming. Here’s how.
“From Zebrano wood razors and 24k gold-plated manicure sets to some of our favourite fragrances, here’s how the British brand freshened up your bathroom experience….”
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To help with the tricky task of shopping for your male recipient, the Gentleman’s Journal created a gift guide titled ‘The best Christmas gifts for me (that you’ll also want)’. The list was categorised by different types of men, and our Air-Safe Manicure Set in Blue & White came under the category ‘For the well-groomed gent’
Click here to read more.