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RETAIL THERAPY: Must-haves for men.

Few strands of the fashion industry move faster than footwear, and the trend for old school styling continues apace with Puma's latest trainers, the Speed Los.

The lightweight suede design in red and black is available from First Sport.

While girls accessorise with handbags, scarves, jewellery and make-up, what can boys indulge in when a spot of retail therapy is in order?

The answer is gadgets: novelty alarm clocks, watches, shower radios and torches. And few torches are more manly than the Pifco Xenon range. Sounding more like a distant solar system, the Xenon 2D features a spotlight bulb 125 per cent brighter than standard bulbs and is both shock and water resistant.

The torches, supplied with batteries and priced at pounds 7.99 and pounds 4.99 are available from Index stores.

As more men are opting for chic single person apartments in the city, furniture manufacturers are cottoning on to a more masculine style.

Simple designs in wood or metal help to clear clutter from minimalist bachelor pads, and none more so than this magazine rack from Rosendahl.

The curved 'wallpaper' rack costs pounds 71.50 and is available by mailorder from Apects International (01937 582626) or at Rackhams.

Rich woody scents come to the fore as temperatures drop and Oscar de la Renta has launched its Oscar for men aftershave ready for autumn.

Fresh notes of mandarin and black pepper oil are blended with bay leaf, nutmeg, clove and sandalwood to create a stylish, sophisticated fragrance.

Oscar is available from Boots, Superdrug and Rackhams and costs pounds 27 from 50ml.

Boys are never too old for toys, as microscooter sales will testify, and following hot on the heels of that success story is the pogo stick.

Given a marketing boost by its reappearance on Big Brother 2, the latest sticks even fold up for easy carrying.

Prices start at pounds 24.99 and a range of pogo sticks are available at Motorworld in Stratford

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Date:Oct 10, 2001
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