The Devil is in the Detail


People often ask Christopher in the shop: 'What is the difference between the Christopher Hanlon® brand and others on the market.' And before he responds they would say: 'It looks like a GLOBAL brand.' The answer is quite simple: the brand has neither a major corporate affiliation nor any secret corporate ownership (whatsoever). It's a genuine artist owned and operated family heritage brand built on selling products one at a time (and I don't refer to the share market). The House of Hanlon® does not employ hundreds of people to work on their products by contrast; and each bag is made essentially by one or two craftsman plus Christopher himself. A labour of LOVE. The higher cost of the products is directly attributable to this. Exorbitant Australian labour costs based on minute, specialized production runs of 1, 5 and 10 items means the finished retail product (based on their true exclusivity and the small amount of money they make as a company) must be expensive to cover costs. By contrast to this artisan business model, large design companies can post billions of dollars in profit because they can produce and distribute hundreds of thousands of the same design. However, there is still nothing that makes a fashionista feel quite so good as a beautifully crafted leather bag; fashioned by people who love their craft and their simple hand skills that tell a story of thoughtful craftsmanship. So please enjoy and delight in the small, exclusive artisanal fruits of their labours. Afterall, they are the real Australian McCoy. FAIR DINKUM

– Sarah Parker-Cohen

Mens 3 Minute Grooming Guide


Gone are those days when a man’s skincare regime was a bar of fat laden soap and a bottle of spice cologne (if you were lucky;-). Today skincare is just as important for men as it is for women and children, but nowadays men are expected to present themselves with MORE style and greater confidence in both business and leisure. This makes skincare an inseparable part of life.

The major differences between male and female skin is the thickness (roughly 25% thicker due to androgens), size of pores (particularly around the nasal area) and shaving requirements. A man's skin is noticably thicker and oilier given their larger sized and more numerous sebaceous glands; which are quite often highly active but always influenced by hormones (particularly testosterone and DHT). Interestingly, hormones also effect hair (on the head) and are associated with hair loss in men, too.  Nevertheless the feeling of oilier skin makes some men prone to frequent washing particularly in their 'be-tween' years and again in their 'twenty-somethings'. Harsh sulphate cleansers and traditional soap bars (loaded with what are touted as 'skin-toxic' ingredients by the Green Skincare Movement) may also contain skin drying components. Take for example polypropylene, benzalkonium chloride (an allergen, sensitizer and associated with eczema) and synthetic dyes that remove the essential and natural skin protection barrier. The result? Skin is exposed to compounded dermal problems. Good skincare, expertly formulated with a solid market reputation based on empirical usage, is therefore essential to a man's grooming kit.

In my experience as a beauty writer, the most commonly reported skin problems for men are: sensitivity, stress prone skin from acne (hormones), dehydration from inferior products and diet, dullness brought about by a lack of exfoliation and reactive seborrhea, and lastly, the ubiquitous shaving rash.

These are the basic reasons why men should focus on a proven daily skincare routine – for the healthier, long term skincare benefits. Go to work!

– Sarah Parker-Cohen