The One Thing Men Can Do That Women Can’t

It’s official…  Beards are back.  From Brad Pitt to George Clooney to Ben Affleck, it seems that everyone has been sporting them recently.  And why not?  Five-bladed razors are all well and good, but daily battling against something your body does naturally can be tiresome, if not on some occasions downright impossible.  If you’re looking to have a break from the razor, the good news is 2013 is the year of the beard!  Whether you want to dip your toe in the water with a bit of stubble, or are looking to jump in at the deep end by throwing away the razor and having a wild, laissez-faire attitude to your man fuzz, all systems are go!


No longer, is there the requirement for men to be freshly shaven to connote tidiness and cleanliness.  It seems that not only is 2013 the year of the beard, it’s also the year of the grunge, with young, fashion conscious hipsters sporting long beards, the more untamable and ironic, the better.  After all, when we get down to it, why grow a beard that still requires grooming?  The inner caveman in all men yearns to be wild and free from societal restraints like grooming and bathing.  Well, okay so consenting to shower regularly on behalf of loved ones, is sort of excusable, but surely the least you can do to please your inner caveman is grow the very symbol of manliness!


Growing a beard in some ways is a rite of passage.  How long can it grow?  What shape will it take?  Was grandma ginger?  A never ending learning experience as you discover whether people think you look better or worse with facial hair (heads up: a study by Behavioral Ecology found that the majority of women find bearded men less attractive however also at the same time, perceive them as deserving more respect and being more powerful and of a higher-status than their clean-shaven brethren).  Having a beard comes with a lot of perks. Wear it with glasses and you’re on the surefire route to being mistaken as a college professor…  Also, why not do something Justin Bieber can’t do?  The pint-sized teen might have made more money in his first paycheck than you’ll earn in a lifetime, but look on the bright side.  You can grow a beard. He can’t…  Score 1-0 to you.


Oh and if things really start to take off, you can always head over to the National Beard and Mustache Championships held yearly in the United States for your shot at $5000 of prize money!

But really, money aside, it all comes down to this:  With a beard, you get to look like one hell of a badass.

Just dont grow one if you play for the Melbourne FC!

Alpha Rings speaks to Adam Rosenberg – Part II


Nick Fox – What does Edward Mirell stand for, and how do you want to be known in the marketplace?

Adam Rosenberg – The brand Edward Mirell stands for, again with the background, history and heritage of our company, absolutely stands for quality, innovation – we’re definitely leaders in this category, we’ve introduced this category and we continue to lead in it. New processes, materials to achieve all the different looks that consumers are wanting to see in the market today.

Design is really important to us, we have some of the world’s most amazing designers on staff, headed by Eddie Rosenberg. So you will see as you look through our collection we’ve got about 20 men’s collections, we’ve got about 13 women’s collections and a countless number of wedding band programs in different materials. And again we stand for the quality of the materials that we use, but each collection is truly inspired. There is a real thought and emotion behind each collection that we bring to the market, that really brings something much more tangible to the consumer, something real.

NF – The Pallas band is the perfect example of that.

AR – Yeah the Pallas bands were actually inspired as we were thinking “what really gets the male customer excited?” And its that code of valour, strength that we like to adhere to, or like to at least believe we adhere to. And so we look back to the roman warrior era’s and samurai era’s and that’s where we actually came up with the Pallas collection. Looking at the different adornments on the swords and shields and armour from those time periods. The Templar collection actually came from the samurai era’s, so that’s two examples.

Edward Mirell Pallas Titanium Band

NF – And you’ve got the Samurai collection and Stealth aswell, they’re inspired collections

AR – Yeah each of the collections, even in the ladies, have the ordinary miracles collection which is the Koi fish and frogs and it really speaks of the strength of the female spirit. The Koi fish for example swims against current and survives in frozen water to come back in spring. And the frogs represent that metamorphosis of personality and person through their life so its definitely representative of the female spirit.

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NF – And I love the Timoku bands, the joining of two separate materials

AR – Timoku is a really exciting new process that we have patented, it’s the first time that contemporary metals have been used in the Mokume process. The Mokume process is a Japanese metaling where they take two different materials and literally fuse them together through isostatic pressing and heat. It creates a sort of banded look which is why they normally call it the wood grain metal. But the story that the Japanese actually created for us, they say because it actually a merging of two metals, they say it’s the binding of two spirits that together make a stronger unit, but still retail their individuality. So it definitely speaks well for our wedding band program.

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NF – Thanks very much Adam!

You can see the full video here

Alpha Rings talks to Adam Rosenberg from Edward Mirell

ALPHA Rings Director Nick Fox recently caught up with Adam Rosenberg, VP of sales & marketing for Edward Mirell. This is the first of those conversations. The video can be found here
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Nick Fox – First of all I just wanted to know if you can give us a brief rundown of how Edward Mirell came to be?

Adam Rosenberg – Yes sure actually my family’s been in the jewellery business, I’m now 4th generation.  My father actually brought titanium into the consumer market, specifically the jewellery market it back in the late nineteen seventies.
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He was working as a bench jeweller prior to that my family’s been in manufacturing, wholesale and retail jewellery for generations now. He took a step outside the convention when he went to teach at Royal college in London in the trade of jewellery making and Brought titanium back from London back in the late nineteen seventies


The jewellery line was originally all anodised ladies jewellery which was pretty cool it did phenomenally well.

It was about fifteen years ago that we started manufacturing some mens bands and we sold two thousand units the first year in the second year result two hundred fifty thousand units.
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So that’s a pretty big leap and it really allowed us to realize that there was a market that was just unaddressed, men did not have a jewellery line that was designed and engineered specifically for them.
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And the brand name actually came from my father’s first name and his business partner Morella’s first name merged together. So that’s where Edward Mirell was born.
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We’ve reintroduced the ladies line about three years ago but the men’s line has been sort of a strong and heavy for us for the past fifteen years.

Contemporary vs Traditional Ring materials

In times gone by there was very limited choice for men when it came to wedding rings. Plain gold bands were pretty much the be all and end all of the Mens wedding Ring range.
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Since then more and more fancy rings have come into the market. Not only that but contemporary metals and a range of precious metals have become more accepted as materials to make rings out of. Precious metal rings include Gold, Platinum and Palladium, whilst contemporary materials include Titanium, Tungsten, Cobalt, Steel and Ceramic.
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Gold Rings in the current era are absolutely no longer the automatic first choice for a wedding band. The benefit of gold is its “perceived value”, and the fact it is deemed to be quite a traditional product. The huge downside is that gold becomes dull very quickly, is extremely expensive, and is one of the easiest metals to scratch.

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Contemporary metals on the other hand have been engineered to remain scratch resistant for longer. All contemporary metals used in commercial jewellery applications have higher scratch resistance than Gold. All of these metals are also much much cheaper than gold.

A key point for selection of a contemporary metal ring is the quality of the product. It is absolutely imperative that the client does their homework and shops around to ensure they are comfortable with the quality of their new product. Like any product, the quality of mens rings can vary wildly. Cheap mens rings are out there and can be purchased on most online marketplaces.
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Contemporary products undoubtedly offer a great deal to the modern consumer. The styles that can be replicated are exclusive and cannot be made in materials such as gold and platinum due to uniquely engineered ductility and malleability. What this does is gives the consumer a great range of choice in designs. You will not find this with precious metal rings

Tungsten and Silver Bevelled ring
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Tungsten domed ring with silver

Tungsten rings offer the most superior Scratch resistance but due to their hardness are somewhat limited from a design point of view.


Titanium & Black Titanium Cable Ring
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Titanium Fashion Ring

Titanium Rings offer an amazing blend of scratch resistance and design possibilities. The results are often quite spectacular.


Timoku Titanium Ring

Timoku-Silver-Ring TitaniumTimoku Rings are amongst the most aesthetically appealing rings found anywhere in the world. They feature all the advantages of grey and black Titanium. Exclusive to Edward Mirell due to the patent on Black Titanium.


Royale Black Titanium RingRose Gold Titanium RingBlack Titanium Rings can only be purchased in the Edward Mirell brand. This is due to EM owning the patent on Black Titanium. Products posing as Black Ti can be bought on the net, however these are just regular titanium coated black. Only the EM product has the unique properties that make Black Ti sought after by some of the worlds largest companies like Tiffany, Porsche and Harley Davidson.

Summer’s most popular mens jewellery – Black

Black Tungsten Mens Ring

With Summer now well and truly behind us and the ever unpredictable weather of Autumn upon us, we can reveal Alpha Rings hottest items over the past 3 months.
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Black has again been popular last season, with Edward Mirell’s Black Titanium continuing to prove popular. Tungsten lines were also popular with the strong contrast of black inlays again prominent. So in no particular order, here are some of the lines that clients made popular in the summer of 2013

Black Tungsten Mens RingAlways a popular item, this particular Tungsten ring was again a hit with the Australian public. Although this ring can be bought quite a bit cheaper off some of the popular “internet marketplaces”, we have tested some of these cheaper rings and the quality has been found to be significantly substandard to Alpha Rings products. Inlays that dont meet, poor quality resin and cobalt binders are just a few examples.
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Black mens ring with silverThe most popular ring in Summer from Edward Mirell was the Black Titanium ring with twin Silver inlays. A simply amazing product that looks better in the flesh. Although we also stock a similar item in ceramic, the Black Titanium version offers superior scratch resistance and is also lighter. The Silver will scratch the same on either ring.


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One of the most beautiful Tungsten rings due to the stunning contrast offered by the black resin inlays. This has been a ring which has been very well received by our clients over the last few months and continues to be popular.


Pallas Titanium Cross Necklace

The above necklace was the most popular accessory last season. Incredibly light with a rustic almost medieval charm, one look and you can see why it has been a hit with our clients
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The above products have certainly been popular from Christmas onwards, however that should not necessarily sway your decision. The great thing about Alpha Rings is that our range is so diverse that there truly is something for everyone. As our store continues to grow strongly it is very apparant that clients love our wide selection. Unique and individual tastes are easily catered for to enable you to get what you truly want.
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So feel free to browse our Titanium, Black Titanium and Tungsten Ring collections here.

Camelbak HAWG NV Daypack

Introducing one of the greatest daypacks that Camelbak has produced, the HAWG NV.  Its niche use is for mountain biking, however this versatile back is equally as useful as a trekking/hiking pack or general daypack. The pack comes in at around 16lt + a 3 litre reservoir/hydration system.
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Whilst this might seem a fairly small capacity, the incredible thing about this pack is in the design. The various pockets  allow a large amount of additional storage that might not be available in many other packs.
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The pack has an external pocket which is designed to carry a helmet. So if you are not needing to carry a helmet, that gives significant extra storage which can be strapped closed. There is a top inner pocket with a soft lining which can carry sunglasses or a phone. My Samsung Galaxy S4 only just squeezes in there however. Side pockets allow for water bottles. The back pocket is designed to carry the 3L bladder. However if you are not carrying a bladder, this can be used as additional storage for thin items.
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The main compartment is big enough to carry all of your daily travelling needs and there is a secondary compartment with additional partitions for things such as phones, torches etc.

Camelbak daypack hydration

This pack excels with its harness system and its unique mesh back. It has both a sternum strap and a well padded, thick waist strap. The waist strap when pulled tight keeps its tension and takes a tremendous portion of the weight. Fully loaded, the weight is well distributed over the chest, waist and shoulders, taking pressure off the back and shoulders.

When I recently traveled doing a week of theme parks I had the pack loaded with the following at one point (with no water bladder)

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1.5 liter water bottle in main compartment

2 small water bottle on the side (3 liters water in total)

point and shoot camera





3 sandwiches

pair of shorts
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light second layer

2 banana’s

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The pack was well loaded, and contained everything that I needed for the day. Although heavy, the weight was well distributed and the difference between it and a more standard pack from a comfort point of view was like light and day.

The pack also has the Camelbak back mesh which keeps the pack slightly off your back in order to allow air flow between the pack and your back.

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Much has already been written about Camelbak’s hydration system. Along with Osprey they have been pioneers in this field. The system works well, is unobtrusive and does the job it is designed for.
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This is without question the best daypack I have ever used. Retailing at anywhere between $150-$200 AUD, it is not a cheap one. However this pack will last as it is very durable. This is a product that really is worth the money. Its a brilliant pack. The pack is highly fashionable and does not look like a hiking pack like some of the Osprey’s.  Suited for a wide range of tasks, there is absolutely no doubt that this would be a pack that I would buy again in a heartbeat.

Edward Mirell Black Titanium Rapture Collection

One of Edward Mirell’s most celebrated lines is the “Rapture” collection. The rapture collection features both patented Black Titanium and Gray Titanium within its product suite. Stunning is an overused word in the jewelry industry, but I think its fair to say that the Rapture collection is exactly that. Featuring intricate designs and precise angles, it is an incredibly eye catching collection.  The collection is admittedly one of the more expensive lines that ALPHA Rings stocks, however that is due to the run of diamonds that is consistent with all the products in the line.
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At the forefront of the collection is the two Rapture rings, the Gray and Black Titanium varieties. Both intensely beautiful, our clients who have purchased this ring and in awe of the incredible appearance this creates on their hand. The black version, as with every product in the range, offers the sharpest contrast over the Gray.

One point to note is that the Rapture rings are relatively thick in comparison to a low profile plain band, at about 2.7 mm. generally this is no issue in larger sizes, however at smaller sizes such as 7-8, some people may find it a fraction thick. I have a size 8.5 and have no issues with the thickness.
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Some may view the images and think this range is quite heavy, however that is far from the case. Most products in the Rapture range weigh in at less than 10gm.

You will note that the rings have an inner liner, this is made of Silver. The feature of the rings are the 5 angle set diamonds, set into Silver which is then set into the respective Titanium outer.
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Black Titanium Rapture Ring
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The Cufflinks in the collection are also stunning. The Cufflinks, like the rings, will undoubtedly get noticed, particularly on a white shirt. Its difficult to imagine a more striking cufflink than either of these.  As with all products in the Rapture collection, the centerpiece is the 5 angled diamonds.

Black Titanium Cufflinks RaptureGrey Titanium Cufflinks

The next group of accessories is the Necklace and the Keyring. As with all other Rapture products, the distinctive features are the same.
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Black Titanium Necklace RaptureGrey Titanium Necklace Rapture
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Black Titanium Keyring RaptureGray Titanium Necklace RaptureAnd finally we have the emerging bracelets. Very unique products, there is no doubt that these will catch the eye. Although holding a little more weight than the rest of the collection, they are still considerably lighter than steel

Black Titanium Bracelet RaptureGrey Titanium Bracelet

As Edward Mirell’s exclusive distributor in Australia/NZ you can find all of the above products online at Alpha Rings. Feel free to browse the collections in their respective categories, and we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about these incredible mens titanium rings, bracelets, keyrings and necklaces.

Carbon Fiber Tungsten Rings


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Carbon Fiber Tungsten Rings have been quite the rage for some time. They have been a consistently popular product at Alpha Rings for some time. Which one is most popular, and why? Well lets answer the second question first. Tungsten rings, due to their incredible hardness, are somewhat limited in their versatility compared to Titanium rings. Tungsten rings are limited to certain shapes and variations of those shapes. In reality, simple inlays (usually of precious metal) are generally as crazy as Tungsten rings get.
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All of the rings in this style are made in 8mm, by far the most popular width in mens rings. The rings need to be that width to enable a good visual representation of both the carbon fiber and the Tungsten.
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The Carbon Fiber surface is actually incredibly scratch resistant. They will stand up to a tremendous amount of wear and tear without becoming scuffed. That is the perfect compliment to the Tungsten, and a benefit over precious metal inlays.
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One other very important point. This ring can be bought very cheap in online markets such as ebay and Amazon. From our experience, (we have purchased products for testing) we have found cheap products to have substandard manufacturing standards. The Tungsten Carbide combines many elements which need to be in quite a specific ratio to give the overall characteristics to make good mens jewelry. This is often not the case with cheap products. How cheap must these products be manufactured for if they are able to turn a profit at such low sell points?

When you purchase with ALPHA Rings we believe you are getting amongst the best quality Tungsten Rings in the market, we guarantee no Cobalt in the ring and all our rings pass nickel release tests when batch tested.


The Green Tungsten Ring, somewhat surprisingly, is the most popular ring in its range, at Alpha Rings. The Green is quite subtle as the prominent colour of the Carbon Fiber is actually black.

Next in our list is the Tungsten Ring with black carbon fiber. This ring has a little bit of optical trickery about it. The “off black” colour within the inlay creates a kind of 3D effect. Its a fantastic ring, and it looks far better when one looks at it in the flesh than an image on the computer can do justice to air jordan retro 4

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The red carbon fiber tungsten ring is quite similar to the green ring, in that the colour is quite subtle against the black. Still a great looking ring.

Blue Carbon Fiber Tungsten RingAnd finally, this is the product in blue.  A much bolder statement, which many men do enjoy. This ring will stand out far more than any of the three listed air jordan retro 13

If you want to see more of our carbon fiber tungsten rings, feel free to browse the whole category!

Ross Leidy – Table Tennis Blade guru

Ross Leidy Table Tennis

As the director of an online fashion store, one of my passions is truly excellent service. The art of customer service seems somewhat lost to us in this day and age, as rude salespeople with an attitude become the norm. Not only that, but purchasing products that are made with love have been replaced by mass produced junk. If you get product knowledge than “Hmm, I’m not really sure”, then you have generally done well.
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Meet Ross Leidy, a great guy. A table tennis artist.
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Ross Leidy Table Tennis
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So you can imagine my raised eyebrows when I came across a true gentleman, Ross Leidy. As an avid player of table tennis, I was keen to upgrade my bat to something a little classier. Table tennis is one of the healthiest pursuits that a man or woman can partake in. It gives the opportunity to improve many of the core aspects of human health

– Balance

– Reflex and reaction time

– Cardiovascular health (very under-rated)

– Muscular Tone

– Flexibility
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– Mental concentration

– Team bonding and spirit


I happened across Ross and got him to design me a bat.  A mate of mine recommended him highly. The bat he produced was completely hand made, carved from wood. Ross engaged with me, and over the course of nearly 60 emails between us, I chose the shape, playing characteristics, handle size, handle design, wood composition and weight. To say the result is stunning is an understatement.
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Limba, Mahogany, Kiri, Mahogany, Limba

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The bat plays as well as it looks.  I write this post because I feel that it is important to promote human beings that, in their core are great people, are selfless, and have a positive contribution to society. There are many out there and they often go un-noticed. Ross in his own way contributes to the table tennis community in a very positive manner. Cheers Ross.

Its one of the most positive things a man can do. Pick up a table tennis bat, a golf club, a cricket bat, a footy or whatever. But get out there and do something so your kids can run around with you.
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And if your going to pick up a table tennis bat, give Ross Leidy a yell.

Lexus LFA – A car to dream about

Lexus LFA

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Rightly or wrongly, nothing says success like your car. Your car speaks volumes about your sense of style and to a large extent your personality. Picking up a date in a 1980 Volvo is quite cringeworthy indeed!
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Lexus LFA
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Were there one car that this author could pick up a date in, it would without any doubt be the Lexus LFA. This particular car is one that every man would love to own, but unfortunately very few will. With a price tag of around $400,000, its safe to say its out of most of our leagues.

Designed by Haruhiko Tanahashi, the car in the design phase had 500 strict not negotiables that had to be met.

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Tanashashi says of the LFA “Astonishingly lightweight, powerful and balanced, it is engineered to achieve one single goal – to deliver a truly supreme driving experience.”

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The LFA has simple astonishing performance. It is sleek, stylish and aggressive. Recently the LFA completed a lap at the Nurburgring in only 7.14. This lap time is faster than the likes of Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Nissan, Koenigsegg and more. It is the only car ever to lap under 7.20 with regular street tires!

Lexus as a manufacturer continue to set the benchmark for quality and style. The luxury/performance arm of the worlds biggest car manufacturer – Toyota, quality is delivered with an almost fanatical obsession.
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Black LFA
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There is no question that only a select few will ever get to drive, let alone own a Lexus LFA, but that doesn’t stop us from dreaming about it.

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You can have all the great clothes or fashion accessories you want, but if you turn up to work in an LFA I think that would quite safely trump anything that could be worn on your person