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Founded in 1924, Hugo Boss is a German premium fashion brand, named after it's founder. It produces high quality men's fashion, and fragrances. Sub labels include BOSS Green, BOSS Orange and Hugo By Hugo Boss, each offer twists on fashion, including casual, contemporary, modern and formal-stylish. Check out my styling tips and latest news from the brand.

Tuesday, 14th August, 2018

T-Shirt Tuesday: The Plain Red T-Shirt Outfit

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Red Hugo Boss T Shirt For T-Shirt Tuesday

Happy T Shirt Tuesday guys!

What has happened to the weather!? Please tell me that the Summer isn’t over yet. Luckily for me, I shot these pictures when the weather was good. This week for T Shirt Tuesday it’s all about the plain red T Shirt.

I have to say I almost never wear this plain red tee, but I love it. The red is so bold and it pops, and the quality is awesome, which is what you’d expect from Hugo Boss. It’s not all about showing off logos when it comes to designer brands, and this is nice and plain, with a subtle BOSS branding to the front breast. When it comes to thinking about what to wear with red, I have to say, stick with the classics, which is what I have done.

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Monday, 26th September, 2016

Suede Jackets For Autumn – This Season’s Trend

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As you’ll have read in my Spring Suede Jackets guide, I love a good soft leather jacket.

They’re not only perfect for Spring, but they can be considered an autumn style trend too.

As you’ll know, suede is a type of leather which has a napped finish, with lamb and goat most commonly used, with calf and even deer also being used.

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Friday, 20th November, 2015

Fashion Friday No.11 This Week’s Style Tips

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Are you ready for the cold weather? If you haven’t already got your Winter wardrobe sorted out, you should have by now! If you’re in need of some additions, here’s this week’s Fashion Friday which will give you some fashion tips on what’s brand new in the world of men’s fashion lately.

H&M Knit – £30

H&M Velour Sweats – £45

ASOS Cardigan – £32

Mango Leather Jacket – £169

Ted Baker Shirt – £89

Topman Roll Neck – £25

Hugo Boss Cardigan – £129

Nudie Jeans Black Out – £115

Brand new for AW15 at H&M is this jumper in a mohair blend, with a zig-zag jacquard pattern. It comes in dark blue and brown colour, which is great for this season. At only £30, it’s got to be worth considering if you’re looking to add to your jumper collection.

The cold nights are here, and I saw these sweats from H&M and they look so warm! I have never had a velour top or bottoms before, and some may even cringe at them, but they are so soft and comfortable, and just the thing to wear while sitting back and watching a good film in the winter. You can buy these separately, but for the pair they come in at £45.

I love the colour of this cardigan from ASOS, it really is the colour for Autumn. The quality is good, it’s 100% merino wool, so for £32 this is a good deal. It’s a sandy brow colour, and is a great item for layering.

Get into leather with the Mango leather jacket. The brown colour is something different to the usual black, and will work with a number of looks, and keep you looking cool but staying warm this season. At £169 it’s a good price if you’re starting out in leather.

The party season is upon us, so having a really good white shirt is something you should have, and you probably already have. If you’re looking for a new one, and fancy spending a bit, this white option from Ted Baker looks really good. I have a few Ted Baker shirts and I love the feel and fit of them, with the patterned interior cuffs and collar adding some distinctive detailing.

Roll necks are back, so if you want to get in on the fashion without spending a lot Topman has you sorted with a stone marl roll neck. It’s a good colour for layering, and at £25 it’s a bargain.

Up your knitwear game with a more premium brand of cardigan, this one from Hugo Boss. Made from virgin wool it’s a slim fit for a modern look. It’s a great price at £139, and is available in staple colours black, grey and blue, as well as a more fashion forward dark green.

Finally are a pair of jeans from Nudie Jeans. I love the Grim Tim fit, and a black pair of jeans are a must have in any man’s wardrobe, especially in this weather. They’re a soft denim with a slight worn in look, come with a button fly and a bit of stretch. For £115, you should consider these if you’re looking at getting some premium denim for a not so premium price.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my Fashion Friday this week, as ever you can check out all my men’s fashion advice for the best menswear. You can see what I picked out last time round here, and as always you can send me your tips on Twitter @Michael84Blog


Friday, 16th October, 2015

Fashion Friday Edit: No.8

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Happy Fashion Friday to you all 🙂 The weekend is upon us, so if you’re looking for some men’s fashion advice for what to buy this weekend, or pieces to invest in going forward, you should check out this week’s fashion edit.

Calvin Klein Shirt – £70

Nike Air Max 95 Exclusive At JD Sports – £115

ASOS Bomber Jacket 2 Pack – £34

Ted Baker Swanley Socks – 3 Pack – £22

Zara Suede Jacket – £99

Hugo Boss Colasso Coat – £380

Superdry Jacket – £75

Ralph Lauren Trainers – £95

First up is this dark chambray shirt from Calvin Klein. I just love the colour and the washed out look of it. It’s a slim fit, and this combined with the dark colour will keep you looking sleek.

Next is this pair of trainers which are Nike Air Max 95. I really love Air Max 95, they are old school and super comfortable, you can really feel the difference when you’re walking on a cushion of air which covers the key points of the foot. This colourway is really nice, a combinations of different blues creating a striping effect on the backdrop of the white trainers. These are exclusive to JD Sports, with all the legendary elements which has made the Air Max 95 an all time classic from Nike.

What’s better than having one light bomber in your wardrobe? Having two! You’ve probably seen 2 packs of T-Shirts, and 2 packs of other clothing, but a 2-pack in jackets? It’s not something you see every day. ASOS are doing a 2-pack of a bomber jacket which is constructed in light sweatshirt material which is super soft to touch. They come in a grey and black colour, suitable for wearing in mild temperatures with a tee, or wear with a bigger coat when the temperatures dip a bit lower.

Ted Baker do some really nice socks, and this 3-pack of socks is one of them. You don’t have to buy them as a gift for someone else, get them for yourself. They’re made from organic cotton, and at £22 for a 3 pack, they are a good deal.

The Autumn/Winter season is the prime time for a suede jacket, and Zara have a few which are on trend right now. I’ve picked out this one in navy blue. Bomber length with collar detail, zips on the sleeves and a zip-up opening, you should consider this if you’re looking to get into suede jackets this season.

This week has reminded me that Winter is coming, and so you may be on the look out for a winter coat. This is called the Colasso from Hugo Boss, and it looks like it will stand up to the cold very well. With a zip through opening and chunky buttons to the front, the design is smart and minimal, which means you’ll always be looking smart while staying warm too. It’s £380, but it will always be stylish for many winters to come.

If you’re looking for a jacket which will keep you dry and is lighter and more competitively priced, the Arctic Windcheater from Superdry is a worthy contender. For only £75 you get a whole lot of jacket, it’s waterproof and is fleece lined, with a selection of really colourful interiors to suit your personal style.

Last up are some smart trainers which I would say look more like casual shoes, the Odle from Ralph Lauren. They come in either black or dark tan, which is the colour I have selected here. The uppers are made from Nubuck leather, with a rubber sole and leather lining.

I hope you’ve had a great week, and you’ve enjoyed this week’s Fashion Friday. As always you can send me tips on Twitter at @Michael84Blog, you can check out last week’s Fashion Friday here.


Friday, 9th October, 2015

Friday Fashion – Men’s Style Edit No.8

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It’s the end of the week which means one thing, more men’s fashion advice in the Fashion Friday roundup. We’re getting colder days and longer nights, so keeping warm and layering up is starting to become a priority. Check out this week’s picks:

Converse Baseball Jacket – £120

Cheap Monday T Shirt – £20

Mango Suede Jacket – £120

Barbour Steve McQueen Jacket – £229

Hugo Boss Zip Top – £129

Hugo Boss Knit – £119

Tommy Hilfiger Shirt – £85

Superdry Jumper – £60

First up is this Converse bomber jacket. I love the contrasting body and sleeve colour, and the black works well with the dark grey. It’s light, but there’s enough padding to keep you warm throughout the Autumn.

Just because it’s getting cooler doesn’t mean you can’t add a tee to your wardrobe. This Cheap Monday tee is new and cool, complete with the Cheap Monday wording to the front, layer it with a shirt and jacket for warm Autumn style.

Suede jackets are always big for Autumn, and Mango Man do a few really nice jackets, which are reasonably priced. This one comes in a few colours, I’ve selected it in black. It has two flap pockets on either side of the jacket, with a zip-opening. With quilted panels on the shoulders and a bomber length, it’s a good choice for this season and for years to come.

Barbour wax jackets are iconic, and I love the Steve McQueen jackets. This one is new in at House Of Fraser, and is a timeless classic.

For the milder days and nights this light sweatshirt jacket from Hugo Boss will do the trick. It’s the Zkyler from the BOSS Orange line and is made from soft sweatshirt cotton material, in a light grey colour with mottled effect. It comes complete with kangaroo pouch pockets and is a regular fit.

I love pull-overs when it gets a bit colder, you can smarten up a look with a V-neck knit and a good shirt, so a solid sweater is always a good thing to own. This Hugo Boss sweater fits the bill, it’s available in a large number of colours, I’ve picked the classic black colour. It’s slim fit, and made from fine merino wool, so will feel as good as it looks.

If you want to go for a smart-casual look a patterned shirt will work well, whether you layer it up or wear it with a suede or leather jacket. When it gets colder you can layer it with a sweater or cardigan, dressing it up slightly but keeping a bit of that laid back look. I really like the colours of this Tommy Hilfiger shirt, the ‘Ryan’ regular fit shirt.

Last up is this jumper from Superdry. We all need a cosy, chunky knit, and this one looks to be exactly that. A cable knit jumper, in a classic cream colour, or ‘Porridge’ as the guys over at Superdry are calling it. It’s a crew neck which means you don’t have to worry too much about what you’ve got under it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Fashion Friday 🙂 As always, you can see last week’s here, and don’t forget to send me your tips on Twitter at @Michael84Blog 🙂


Wednesday, 5th August, 2015

Boss Bottled Oud Fragrance From Hugo Boss – Here’s What It Smells Like [Review & Unboxing]

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Hugo Boss have added another scent to it’s BOSS Bottled line up, BOSS Bottled Oud which is brand new for 2015. As with tradition within the range, the bottle is the same design as the others, a cylindrical shape with the BOSS wording elegantly etched into the glass, with the branding Hugo Boss Bottled Oud.

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Wednesday, 28th January, 2015

BOSS Bottled Eau De Toilette Fragrance Review (Collectors Edition Bottle)

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The same classic scent, wrapped in a collector’s edition body. I recently received a timeless scent which is quite coveted in the world of men’s fragrances, BOSS Bottled. For the 15th year anniversary of this iconic scent, BOSS created a collector’s edition, which is the same exact smell which everyone loves, wrapped in a brand new, dark grey opaque bottle.

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Tuesday, 6th January, 2015

Christmas Clothing 2014 – Loungewear, Boxers & Top

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Here we go again! 😛 You’ll have to bear with my posts, most of them being about either what I got for Christmas, or what I got in the sales 😀 This one is mostly what I got for Christmas, in terms of loungewear and boxers, with a top thrown in for good measure! 😀

I good chunky cotton knit from Gant is a good thing to own now we have proper wintery weather, so I’ll be getting some good use out of this in the coming months. I love my boxers, you’ll know I used to buy loads and loads a while back. Well I hadn’t had too many boxer short sprees, so needed some, and got a couple of pairs of Gant and Versace; I picked up a pair of Derek Rose in the sales too 🙂

What do you wear for bed? I mostly wear loungewear like these. These two from Polo Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein are full length loungewear pants, but I occasionally wear shorts or 3/4 length variations too. A 3-pack of Hugo Boss socks too, which are really good quality and nice on your feet.

More posts of the sales/new in clothing coming soon… 😉

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Saturday, 3rd January, 2015

Michael 84 Christmas: Men’s Fragrances & Style Products

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As always I got a lot of men’s fragrances and other beauty and style type products, perfect for a style blogger or someone that reviews fragrances…That would be me! 😉 I pretty much have every scent which I want now, yeah, I do have 80+ at last count, but I got some key aftershaves which so many people like, classics which are coveted by many.

I had been looking at getting BOSS Bottled by Hugo Boss for a while, but Christmas was coming up so I held off and asked to get it for the festive season. I was lucky and they were doing a collectors edition so I ended up getting that. I can claim to be a collector, since I have Unlimited, Bottled Sport and Bottled night as well as this, the original albeit in the collection black bottle.

I’m on to my third variation of Issey Miyake too; This time Pour Homme. I do really like it, and I know it’s highly thought of by many. It is really nice, and is as clean as the bottle looks.

I got Noir by Tom Ford last year and I love it, this time round I went for Grey Vetiver and it’s so nice! To round it out I got a new scent, MAN by Jimmy Choo, but just a small bottle. All the scents I got apart from the Jimmy Choo I would describe as lighter day wear scents rather than the musky woody evening ones. I have so many of them I wanted a more rounded collection, so went for these. But make no mistake about it, these are so good, and I will be wearing them often, on nights out, and you can expect a more in depth look at each one in my fragrance reviews which will be coming 🙂

One of my favourite hair products is hair way by Sacha Juan. It’s expensive at £20 a tub, but will last me a while. I don’t use the same one each day, I like to vary it and usually use this one sparingly. It has a slightly buttery/neutral smell to it, non-greasy and works well in short hair.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a little bit of Dermalogica, and the usual smelly stuff like deodorants and the Soap And Glory Men’s Kit.

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Thursday, 2nd October, 2014

Hugo Boss Soul: A Men’s Fragrance Review – Here’s What It Smells Like

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Hugo Boss Soul is actually quite an old fragrance, and was released back in 2005, however it’s an Eau De Toilette which I have just recently purchased. I was in Reykjavik airport trying to get rid of my Krouna, and this was a pleasant scent which was pretty affordable.

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Monday, 21st July, 2014

New Additions To My Summer Wardrobe – Jeans, Tee & Shirt

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So last week I was blogging about some of the best sales out there, and I had to pick up some things for myself. There was so many good offers and amazing fashion items to buy, but I limited myself to a shirt, T-Shirt and a pair of jeans.

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I got this Desigual T-shirt which I love. It’s a great colour for the summer, and Desigual is a brand which I have liked for a long time, but never got round to getting anything from them. I was in one of their stores when I was in Barcelona last summer and you get an idea of how vibrant they are. The brand is fun, sexy and above all else colourful, which this design is too. A red/pink colour, with scribble print along with applique lettering spelling out the brand and a Y neck granddad style collar.

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This Ted Baker shirt is one which I love. It’s a long sleeve dark blue shirt with tonal pin stripes which sets off the colour of the shirt well, and has patterned collar and cuffs which really go well with the shirt. It’s a really cool shirt, very smart and only cost £40 down from £85.
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I love a good pair of denim, and these jeans from Hugo Boss Green are amazing. They are a good wash, great quality but the biggest draw was the price. They were £129, but in the sale, all the way down to £50. When I saw them I had to snap them up, quick! When I got them I was not surprised with the quality, I have a few pair of Hugo Boss and have had more over the years, and I really like the fit and feel of them.

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Thursday, 17th July, 2014

Best Of The Menswear Summer Sales – 10 Picks From House Of Fraser

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House of Fraser has an amazing sale on at the moment, possibly the best I have come across while searching for the best menswear bargains. Here are 10 of the best items I have found for this summer, a mix of absolute bargains and summer must have fashion.

You can never have too many T Shirts, and I have picked out a couple which I think are really nice. The Mango IBZ tee is perfect if you’re heading over to the white isle, or if you just love the place or the music scene. You can get this for only £12.99 hereArmani Jeans is one of my favourite brands, so getting a printed logo t-shirt is always on the list when searching for tees. Get this one for only £38.50 here.

If you want a smarter look and prefer shirts, I have picked out two. Both are long sleeves, so are versatile and can be worn with the sleeves down when it’s cool, or when it’s warmer you can roll up the sleeves and create more of an edgy look than a usual short sleeve shirt would give. The red checks shirt is from Armani Jeans and I really like the design, the colours go very well and will create a smart casual look. It’s also half price at only £62.50, you can buy it here. The Ted Baker shirt has to be one of the best shirt bargains out there, better than half price at £40, it’s really smart, but roll up the sleeves and undo a button and you create a more casual feel. The shirt is mainly dark blue, but has fine toned pin striping to give it a little depth. Get it here.

I still love denim jackets for this summer, I got a few last summer so I am not really in the market for one personally. However if you are then this dark Armani Jeans one is worth considering. Slightly shorter than bomber length it’s made for the summer. It comes with button fastening which are embellished with the Armani Jeans branding, but other than that it’s a very clean cut jacket, and has 4 pockets. It’s yours for only £120 and you can get it here. If you want something a little smarter then how about the Diesel denim blazer. I love this jacket, the design is really cool and you’ll stand out and look unique in a denim blazer. It’s the bargain of the sale, at only £75 reduced from £250, I saw it on another sale for £125 so you’re really getting a good deal on this jacket. Get it quick here.

If you are in need of jeans then there is a lot of good denim in the sale. I love PRPS and have a few pair, made in Japan I love the quality of them. You can now get the Barracuda jeans for only £107 here. They’re dark wash and come in a straight leg. Get a pair here. The biggest bargain I have found in denim are a pair of straight leg Hugo Boss Green jeans. A smart medium-dark wash with creases to add dimension, they are only £50. Get them here.

It’s probably too warm for knits right now, but when you’re feeling the chill on a summer night and want something more substantial than a t-shirt, this Gant lightweight knit could be perfect. There are lots of colours available, but I really love this raspberry colour. I have a few Gant knits which are similar but a heavier weight, and I love them. At only £45 you can’t go wrong. Grab it here.

If you are heading abroad to sunnier shores and plan on going to the beach or even relaxing by the pool, swim shorts will be required. Calvin Klein have some quick dry shorts in a range of colours which look pretty decent, for this feature I picked out the turquoise colour to keep in with the summer theme. You can get them for only £23.50, so treat yourself to a couple of pair, I recommend a light and a dark pair. Get some here.

That was the Michael 84 edit of the top picks from the House Of Fraser summer sale. To check out the rest of the menswear sale, click here. There are so many bargains and great offers on there, you’ll need to spend a bit of time as there are so many great pieces to browse! 😀


Tuesday, 10th June, 2014

Boss Bottled Unlimited By Hugo Boss Review

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Boss Bottled Unlimited is the latest fragrance from Hugo Boss, inspired by the BOSS man’s determination and drive for success. This limited edition energizing scent is available to buy now, but be quick, because it is only on sale for a limited time. It’s a real summer style of scent, so would be perfect at this time of the year for Father’s Day.

The Bottle

The bottle is the signature Boss Bottled style which we’ve come to see in Boss Bottled and Boss Bottled Night. Those two bottles are light clear glass and dark blue glass respectively, Bottled Unlimited is in an opaque white bottle with BOSS engraved into the bottle.

The Fragrance

It is a fresh, green and slightly fruity style of scent, with just a hint of woody notes. It’s a perfect scent for the summer months, it’s very light but still packs enough punch to get you noticed. It’s a pleasant style of smell which will not offend, so can be worn in both a formal and casual occasion. The combination of the iced violet leaves and pineapple give a minty smell at first, then more of a fruity smell on the dry down, with the hints of musk and sandalwood.

Best season to wear – Summer
Scent type – Fresh/Green/Fruity
Age Recommendation – 23+
Best Worn – Day Wear, Office, Formal, Casual

Top Notes – Iced Violet Leaves

Middle Notes – Pineapple

Base Notes – Sandalwood, Musk

It’s available now for a limited time. Pick up a 50ml bottle for around £41 and a 100ml bottle for around £55


Saturday, 4th January, 2014

New Jeans From The Fenwick Sale

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I have been in need of some nice new “going out” smarter jeans for a while, so this Christmas I decided on getting a good few pair to last me for a long time. I have loved denim for about 9 years, but before that I absolutely hated it, and if you told me at 19 years of age I would be buying premium denim, I would have laughed at you!

My hate of denim could be because it was really uncomfortable, the harsh cheap horrible jeans are no fun as a kid, sitting at school with your legs crossed, playing football, running a muck in general, jeans are no good for these things. Thankfully I did grow up! :mrgreen:

Fenwick sale is always pretty special, and I do go most years. For the past couple of years I have gone for a Gant shirt or a knit, but this year I tried to stay away from the temptation (although I did look!) and focus on the jeans.

I ended up with three pair; PRPS, Armani Jeans and Boss Orange.

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I have a pair of Hugo Boss jeans and they are pretty good. These are a nice dark colour which I prefer, and are a soft denim.

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Armani Jeans are some of my favourite jeans. I have no idea how many pair I have had over the years, but it’s a hell of a lot. They are well made, and are worthy of the name Armani. These have a blue trim, with the newer logo embellished on the back pocket.

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PRPS, a denim brand well known for it’s high end jeans made from Japanese denim. I did not know Fenwick stocked these, but they do! They had 2 pair I really loved, this is one of them, made with Selvedge premium denim.


Friday, 4th January, 2013

Fragrances I Got This Past Christmas

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Christmas is now over, but one of the things I love about it is that I get a whole load of new EDT’s and fragrances. This year I got 5 new ones which I have not had before, plus a large 100ml bottle of The One by Dolce And Gabbana, a scent I have loved since it came out years ago.

The new ones are Hugo Element by Hugo Boss, Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb, Diesel Only The Brave Tatoo, Calvin Klein Encounter and Thierry Mugler A*Men.

The Hugo Element is definitely the most fresh smelling, and is probably better suited for day wear. The A*Men is my least favourite smell, it’s very citrus-like and smells like it has a tang to it. I really like the CK Encounter, it’s the most woody of these but not too over-powering, a really great smell for the evening. The Diesel is similar, but a bit lighter, and Spicebomb by Viktor and Rolph is also great for evening wear, and has a slight orange type of smell to it.

I love having such a wide range to choose from, but I also think buying big bottles of my favourites is a good way to go, I got a large Gucci by Gucci a few weeks back. After doing research I found many people saying that as long as they are kept well, EDT’s and aftershaves can last for a number of years, so it’s worth getting your favourites in large bottles. I would also hate it if/when they start to discontinue my old faves like they have done with Gucci Envy.