How to shave (properly)

How to shave (properly)

Eliminate post-shave marks, grazes and in-growns with these 7 tips.
We showed you how to groom the perfect beard so now for the perfect shave.

1) First up, soften your beard by having a hot shower first. This will hydrate and soften the hairs enough to reduce irritation.

2) It's easiest to handle short hairs so clipper your imitation Saint Nicholas to a shorter, more manageable length first. The goal is gradual reduction, not total destruction in one go.

3) Use a high quality cream, nothing in a cheap aerosol can is ever good. A small dob of sandalwood scented traditional shaving cream smells sublime and goes a long way when used with a shaving brush.

4) Wet your shaving brush and work a small amount of shaving cream in to a lather. Brush over your face in a swirling motion then finally go against the grain of your whiskers.
This further hydrates your beard and lifts any stray soldiers up and in to rank with the rest of your stubble. Your razor can now do its job more efficiently.

5) A sharp, heavy razor is key. Something like a traditional safety razor or a heavy-handled modern adaption has some significant mass, the weight is enough to do the shaving without having to apply much pressure at all.
If you are applying pressure, its likely you could remove skin. Nobody wants that.

6) Shave with the grain first and against the grain never. Shaving against the grain will get you a smooth face but it will give you ingrown hairs. Nobody wants that either.
Shave in short strokes, clean your blade with each stroke. Map out the grain before you start so you can get a lay of the land. Gently go across the grain rather than against it if you must it a hard to reach area.

7) Rinse off with cold water so to close your pores, dry your face then apply a gentle aftershave balm to prevent irritation.

This entry was posted in on Dec, 18 2014

How to make a Martini

How to make a Martini

A real Martini is made with a healthy splash of gin and vermouth so here is a recipe to remember.

Learn this recipe, memorize it and become one with it for it will gain you many friends and followers.


2oz dry Gin (such as Henrick's or Kensington)
1oz dry Vermouth (suggest Noilly Prat)
Ice. lots of it.
Green olives or lemon rind to garnish

Step 1: Chill your glassware in the freezer.
Step 2: Half fill a shaker with ice then pour in your gin and vermouth, stir or shake vigorously. Strain the liquid in to a chilled glass.
Step 3: Garnish with olives or a twist of lemon. Run the lemon slice around the glasses rim if using a twist of lemon. 

If you are a delicate soul, pour the vermouth in to your glass first, swirl it around and tip it out so you only have the residual taste on the stemware.


This entry was posted in on Dec, 10 2014

A nod to the past

A nod to the past

Mercedes-Benz have always made beautiful performance cars. It is a testament to great design that features from yesteryear can be incorporated and adapted in to modern engineering.

The 300SL's signature gull-wing is iconic of the 1950's and early 60's yet remains on its modern successor, the 2014 SLS AMG.

It's always nice to see a nod to the past in fashion and design, it's an approach we can all identify with.

This entry was posted in on Dec, 01 2014

Full Circle

Full Circle

I found this blast from the past the other day. The first sale that I ever made was to my old mate, Trevor Pye, at our Greenlane Rd flat way back in 1987.

Since I started Working Style, it has been an absolute pleasure to get to know our customers over the years, many of whom remain very close friends.

It gives me great satisfaction and pride to announce that things have come full-circle with a second generation of Working Style staff now employed.

The son of my business partners Tania Neville and Andrew Cole, Will Cole is now working with us over the university holidays along side Trevor Pye's son, Harry.

-Chris Dobbs

This entry was posted in on Nov, 27 2014

Weddings with Working Style

Weddings with Working Style

Wedding season is upon us and whether you are a groom, bride, groomsman or guest, it is important to make the process as stress-free as possible so you can sit back and enjoy the big day. Working Style craft the finest men's wedding suits in New Zealand and they make the process easy.

The correct colour, weave and weight cloth on a perfectly fitted  made-to-measure suit  can make a groom feel  relaxed during a hot summer wedding and look impeccable on the day as well as in his wedding photos in the years to come.  

We have been making tailor-made suits in New Zealand since 1987. Our detail-obsessed consultants can guide you through the cloth selection and fitting processes to produce some of the finest wedding suits in NZ and around the globe.

Groomsmen can also have their wedding attire arranged easily with our Suit Loan service. Our expert fitters work with you to find the most suitable option for your wedding and to make your groomsmen look the part, you’ll certainly love the cut of their jib.

Visit the stores for a coffee or glass of wine to discuss suits, suit hire and wedding outfits in a relaxed atmosphere with Working  Style’s experienced consultants or contact your nearest branch for more information.

This entry was posted in on Nov, 18 2014

The Smithsonian

A sneak peek behind the scenes at our recent Spring/Summer 14/15 campaign photo shoot. 

Photographed by the legendary Mark Smith. Video by Jeremy Toth.

This entry was posted in the Working Style Blog on Nov, 13 2014

The Cufflink Artisan

This is a short video showing the expert craftsmanship that goes in to Duchamp cufflinks.

Founded in 1989 by Mitchell Jacobs, the company was named after the French artist Marcel Duchamp.

Jacobs once claimed "Marcel Duchamp turned everyday objects into art and I turned everyday icons of men's fashion into wearable art", a claim that stands true to this day.

Duchamp cufflinks are available nation-wide at Working Style.

This entry was posted in on Nov, 11 2014

4 Essential steps for the perfect beard

4 Essential steps for the perfect beard

Nobody wants their facial hair to join their chest hair unless they need it for warmth whilst chopping trees in the Alaskan wilderness. However, even lumberjacks have standards to uphold.
A well-proportioned beard line flatters your jaw and outlines your beard but don’t over do it by making it a perfect square edge.

Justin Theroux (pictured) shows us how it is done.

Step 1 – Place two mirrors at an angle, so you can see the front and side of your face.

Step 2 – Find your neckline (yellow line in picture). Imagine a gently curving line from behind your ear, following the underside of your jaw and finishing a little above your Adam’s apple.

Step 3 – Follow the edge of your side burns downwards then curving backwards over your jaw, to get your corner line (red line in picture). When the corner line intersects your neckline, you have the corner of your beard.

Step 4 – Finally, shave your neck below your neckline then tidy up your cheek bones.

You are now the owner of a brilliant beard, make sure to clipper the length periodically to keep it looking its best.

This entry was posted in on Nov, 06 2014

Perugian Chocolate

Perugian Chocolate

Working Style have been working tirelessly to bring you the finest collection of footwear you can find in New Zealand.

Handmade in Spain, our highlight pair this season are the single monk strap shoes, limited to just 40 pairs.

While double monks have been the talk of the town lately, single monks are a more minimalist approach to this classic design.

A fine choice if you are wanting to update your shoe wardrobe this season.

This entry was posted in the Working Style Blog on Oct, 17 2014

End of an Era

End of an Era

Once upon a time we wrote all our tailoring notes in pads and archived them for future reference.

In the last couple of years we moved to digital records and all customers' tailoring requirements are available at the click of a button.

The boys were doing a spring clean and decided that the records we had hung onto from 2006 could go.

We reluctantly agreed.

This entry was posted in the Working Style Blog on Oct, 08 2014