Men’s Holiday Grooming Guide

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Image courtesy of firstolympian.com

The fall chill has turned into the winter freeze, so it’s time to think of all things warm and fuzzy. Kids are putting on their flannel pajamas, women are getting into their snuggies, and men are growing out their beards. Ladies, your man’s beard can be a curse or a blessing for you. If you don’t mind him pressing his itchy, wooly face against yours, let him handle it alone. However, if you prefer cozying up to softer stubble, get him these products to maintain his facial hair through the holidays and all year round.

Image courtesy of Mr. Natty Face

Image courtesy of Mr. Natty Face

The first step in growing and maintaining a healthy beard is making sure it’s regularly cleaned. Some men question what product to use for this. Your man isn’t going to want to use your facial cleanser, so I suggest you get him Mr. Natty Face Forest Soap. Gentle enough to be used daily, FFS is high in antioxidants thanks to olive oil (which also hydrates the skin), has shea butter to protect dry skin, and peppermint oil to give it all a little kick.

Image courtesy of Cold Label

Image courtesy of Cold Label

Cold Label has teamed up with celebrity barber Faheem Alexander to create “Bully,” their luxurious beard and shave oil. Bully is actually a blend of their classic shave oil and beard oil, both of which contains follicle softening oils that moisturize and condition your skin and beard. This special edition blend helps grow a full beard with a natural shine and a soft touch. Made of only ten natural ingredients, this oil is also perfect for sensitive skin.

Image courtesy of Brooklyn Grooming

Image courtesy of Brooklyn Grooming

Brooklyn Grooming’s line of beard balms is perfect for growing a longer, thicker, coarser beard. Made with organic ingredients, including candelilla wax and shea butter, this balm reintroduces moisture to his beard and seals it in. Think of this beard balm as a styling pomade for his whiskers, holding down fly-aways and leaving them with a healthy sheen.

Image courtesy of Big Red Beards

Image courtesy of Big Red

After all of the washing, and moisturizing, and waxing, his beard maintenance is not complete if he lets it turn into a matted mess. He needs to simply comb it out. He doesn’t have to give it 100 nightly strokes, but he should regularly pass a comb through it. Combing his beard not only removes debris and detangles it, but it also helps redistribute beard oil and balm throughout. For this follicle treatment, I recommend grabbing a groomer from Big Red Beard Combs. At different stages of growth, his beard will need combs of different sizes, so pick up the trio pack and he’ll be well taken care of.

—Carl Ayers

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Nick Graham: Not your Average JOE

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Image courtesy of nickgraham.com

Everyone loves JOE BOXER, but do you know the man behind the brand, NICK GRAHAM? The genius behind one of America’s favorite underwear brands, Nick Graham is not only the brains behind the household name, but a maverick who considers himself a cultural archaeologist.

And so he is. A man full of passion, ideas and information, Nick Graham has many sides to his  life. In the past, Nick’s style experiences included launching rockets into space, live streaming fashion shows from airplane hangers in Iceland, and developing the first transatlantic fashion show with his good friend, Richard Branson.  Similar to Richard’s reputation, Nick Graham is a man full of adventure who also carries a heart of gold. A huge advocate of AIDS and breast cancer awareness, Nick is also a huge spokesman for literacy.

Images courtesy of nick graham.com

Images courtesy of nickgraham.com

A man of English heritage and a Canadian upbringing it appears that Nick was destined to be a quirky gentleman. Thus, a true renegade of style, Nick is determined to restructure the way we view fashion and now menswear. His latest enterprise, best entitled with his own signature, is a focus on what he dons a ‘Post Prep’ look for men.  Packaging men’s quality shirts with quirky bow ties and ties, Nick has developed a new form of one stop shopping for men.  Allowing men to have easy options are elements of style that are typical of Nick Graham, and are revolutionary for men to dress up without too much fuss leaving enough mental space for fun, color, and conversation.

In a world obsessed with branding, marketing, and image, Nick understands how the pieces of the puzzle can nicely come together to convey messages of cultural change that will not only sale, but can inspire many to create a better future.

Fashion Reverie: Everybody loves JOE BOXER; it’s a household name.  What do we need to know to love NICK GRAHAM, the menswear brand?

Nick Graham: Joe Boxer was for me a happy accident. I moved to San Francisco in the 80’s and needed new underwear. Needless to say it got out of hand. Nick Graham is more strategic.  Menswear to me is shifting to what I call Post-Prep, a new dynamic of dressing that is opening up more options for guys everywhere, and I don’t see any one particular company addressing that developing market.

Image courtesy of nick graham.com

Image courtesy of nickgraham.com

Fashion Reverie: You as the founder, Nick Graham, have Canadian roots. You also have a flair for the dramatic, which is not very Canadian. Or is it?

Nick Graham: Canadians are very dramatic when it comes to hockey, beer, and Celine Dion.  But, Canada also breeds some of the funniest comedians around. Mike Myers, Jim Carrey, Seth Rogen, Leslie Nielson are all Canadian, and somewhat dramatic. There is a very high level of irony in the water in Canada, so that makes us who we are. Of course, there is also Justin Bieber, but for now, America can have him.

Fashion Reverie: How did Canada influence you?

Nick Graham: I always use some aspect of Canada in one of my lines every year.  In my first season of Joe Boxer, I sold the “Ultimate Hoser” a plaid flannel boxer that came with a detachable raccoon tail. I sold them to Saks Fifth Avenue in New York and they sold out in one day. Next fall, I am doing Eau de Moose, a collection of rustic ties and textured shirting fabrics that are built for urban wildlife.

Fashion Reverie: You have a definite “English Gentleman’s” sensibility. It’s also clean and quirky. Do you think American men can get into that sort of fashion as adult and fun?

Nick Graham: No one does Brit better than Ralph Lauren, so yes American men are already into it. He’s brilliant, and a real idol of mine. He creates a world that is firmly planted in English lifestyle, and is better at doing it than the Brits are. My parents are British, but I grew up on a ranch in Alberta where the only thing bespoke were the things on my bike tires. My great grandfather was Sir James Dunn, a Canadian industrialist, who was very dapper and well dressed. I remember as a young boy growing up on the farm, my mother gave me a very fancy men’s silk scarf one day. She had dated Rex Harrison the actor and he had given it to her. I would wear that scarf with my cowboy boots, a la Ralph Lauren.

Images courtesy of nick graham.com

Images courtesy of nickgraham.com

Fashion Reverie: Your newest menswear collection is purposefully packaged with a shirt including a tie and bowtie to match.   Do you think this type of packaging will influence men to shop and dress better?

Nick Graham: The idea is to make it easy for guys to look cool without spending a lot of time thinking about it. Most of the guys I know have ADD when it comes to shopping (including me) and this is like a cheaper, safer, more stylish medication for it. Plus, it makes great gifts.

Fashion Reverie: Do you find in America that branding and marketing is much more important than design? Do you see this as advantageous or the opposite?

Nick Graham: Design and Product rule everything, and always will. Branding and Marketing are just by-products of a great product, and when a product is good you hardly need to market it. Lots of people think you can market anything, but if the product/service sucks, it’s not going to change the consumers mind. Apple is a prime example of that.

Images courtesy of nick graham.com

Images courtesy of nickgraham.com

Fashion Reverie: The idea of the two-tone bowtie/tie is clever. I love your flair for quirky design exemplified in everyday living. Do you yourself live in a world of whimsy?

Nick Graham: The idea of Post Prep is to take the familiar and make it new. That’s why the ties are that way, they look very straightforward but have a little hidden element that makes them pop.  Yes I like whimsy, but it has to be smart. I like making people kind of lighten up and not take stuff so seriously. I do that through design, some people do it through music, film or art. Someone was in my showroom last week and said it was a cross between “Pee Wee’s Playhouse” and an American Paul Smith, which I thought was funny.

Fashion Reverie: You’ve developed a partnership with PHAIDON, Why?

Nick Graham: I love books and I also think they make you look smart. I love the way the covers of the books blended with our shirts, it created a narrative with our products that I liked. Someone said it looks like you had Robert De Niro promoting your brand, but no, its just the cover.

Images courtesy of nick graham.com

Images courtesy of nickgraham.com

Fashion Reverie: Any other collaboration in the works that you care to discuss?

Nick Graham: I’m working with my friend Brian Cox, the UK physicist, on his tour of the US. It’s a comedy show about science … or a science show about comedy, I can’t remember. It’s in March of 2015. Lots of other stuff is coming, too.

Fashion Reverie: Do you have any ideas that you have to extinguish or do you simply file them away for the future?

Nick Graham: My philosophy is there are no new ideas and there are no old ideas, either. Ideas are just that, ideas. It’s when they became real that they become businesses. I have a ton of ideas, and there are a lot of them in the file!

Nick Graham’s world is available on www.nickgraham.com

—Kelly Mills

Haspel Celebrates 105 Years

Haspel spring 015 images courtesy of Haspel

Haspel spring 015 images courtesy of Haspel

It’s a banner year for menswear line Haspel. First and foremost, it’s their 105th anniversary. And how are they celebrating? They started in September with an intimate presentation of their spring/summer 2015 collection co-hosted by Jockey and Esquire Magazine. Second, they held an anniversary party in NYC’s famed Meatpacking District. And third, they’ve teamed up with four other heritage brands to create a limited selection of accessories that compliment the lifestyle of the Haspel man.

Re-launched in the spring of 2014, designers Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos (also designers of award-winning men’s brand Shipley & Halmos) have expanded on the tradition of Haspel. A company founded in 1909 as the originator of the seersucker suit, the brand currently also manufactures menswear in linens and light denims.  For the spring/summer 2015 season, the Haspel customer has a generous selection of sartorial options, from suits to shirts to shorts, in colors ranging from optic whites to sea foam greens and Parisian blues. One of their most eye-catching pieces is their berry-colored Délavé linen suit.

Image of Laurie Haspel Aronson courtesy of Haspel

Image of Laurie Haspel Aronson courtesy of Haspel

To highlight their longevity, the company celebrated its 105th birthday with a New Orleans-themed cocktail party and retrospective at The Griffin in New York’s Meatpacking District. The retrospective included archival suiting displays from the 1930s–1970s and models in Haspel’s fall/winter 2014 collection while music was provided by legendary New Orleans jazz band, Henry Butler & Friends.

Image courtesy of Haspel

Image courtesy of Haspel

To commemorate the brand’s anniversary, Haspel teamed up with Terrapin Stationers, Mulholland, Brooklyn Watches, and AO Eyewear to develop a collection of limited-edition essentials inspired by the Haspel man. Known primarily for suiting and sportswear, the brand has never ventured into accessories, but Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos felt it was the perfect opportunity to do so. “With this anniversary, we wanted to think about the Haspel of the future and how we might round out this guy’s life and wardrobe,” said Halmos. “We also wanted to make sure our collaborators reflected the Haspel man’s sense of humor, style and confidence.”

Cheers to Haspel! For more information, go to haspel.com.

—Carl Ayers

Men’s Fall 2014/Spring 2015 Trend Report: In Praise of the Man Skirt

Images of Hood by Air fall 2014 and N. Hoolywood fall 2014 courtesy of style.com

Images of Hood by Air fall 2014 and N. Hoolywood fall 2014 courtesy of style.com

Do real men wear skirts? Well, apparently so if you are a trendsetter and aligned with what was flaunted at the men’s shows for fall 2014 and spring 2015. From Y-3 and Rick Owns to General Idea and Skingraft to Comme des Garcons and Alexander McQueen, the man skirt/apron trend has re-emerged in a more masculine incarnation. So, the question of real men wearing skits should be rethought and re-examined to if consumers are confident enough in their masculinity to wear this trend?

If the male consumer is to follow Hollywood’s lead when it comes to fashion then the man skirt should be par for the course. In 2014 alone, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Jerod Leto, Omar Epps, Justin Bieber, and James McAvoy put aside trousers and donned a man skirt on stage or for a red-carpet appearance. Sean Combs flaunted a man skirt on stage in 2012, fashion designer extraordinaire Marc Jacobs has been spotted wearing Prada pencil man skirts as far back as 2011. And action adventure celeb Vin Diesel was slaughtered in the press for wearing a man skirt in 2003.

Images clockwise: James McAvoy, Vin Diesel, Kanye West, Sean Combes, James McAvoy

Images clockwise: Marc Jacobs, Vin Diesel, Kanye West, Sean Combs, James McAvoy

Still, this re-emergence of man skirts/aprons is quite different than its trending kilt counterpart of several years back. For fall 2014 and spring/summer 2015 the man skirt/apron goes beyond its kilting predecessor. This recent incarnation is not for shock value or middle-finger rebellion. With men’s fashion gathering momentum globally, many menswear designers now have the support and latitude to stretch the boundaries of design which includes incorporating a wider range of cultural influences and embracing a wider variety of silhouettes that were once considered taboo.

New elements and trends in menswear take a while to catch on for the average male consumers. For decades men have become accustomed to silhouettes that are more tailored and streamlined. However, the past couple of decades have produced more relaxed silhouettes, evidenced in baggy pants, oversized shirts and extended crouch pants; younger male consumers are accustomed to a more expansive choice in design aesthetics.

Kayne West wore a man skirt in 2012, and though he was met with support and detractors in March of 2014 West announced that he would include a man’s skirt line as a part of his burgeoning fashion empire. “Men wearing skirts goes back hundreds of years, but never caught on in America. We have been brainwashed into thinking this is some sort of feminine act. One of the most masculine things you can do is put on a skirt. I believe this will soon be the norm … I am the trend. You watch how quickly this spreads and remember who started it,” detailed Kanye West.

Australian menswear designer Brent Wilson begs to differ in a recent Sydney Morning Herald article. “I’m an advocate for people embracing their own sense of style, but I’m also quite old-fashioned … unless it’s part of your heritage or religion, leave this one to the ladies. [It’s] another fad that has come and gone and been on the runways and celebrities many times before.”

Images of Skingraft courtesy of Ken Jones, Genera Idea images courtesy of Ernest Green

Images of Skingraft fall 2014 courtesy of Ken Jones, Genera Idea fall 2014 images courtesy of Presley Slack

For fall 2014 LA–based Skingraft, Duckie Brown, Hood by Air, and Korean menswear brand General Idea included man skirts/aprons in their collections. Unlike previous incarnations of the man skirt, Skingraft, Duckie Brown, and General Idea ingeniously paired skirts with long pants—Skingraft’s oeuvre was incorporating short pants sewn into the skirt/apron. (No more crossing of the legs or keeping your knees together in sake of modesty.)

Skingraft and General Idea’s skateboarder meets urban road warrior motif with skirts in quilted and textured leather added a masculine patina to this re-emerging trend. While, Duckie Brown and Hood by Air’s foray plays more with re-thinking masculine silhouettes, Brown, in particular, has played with skirts and aprons as a form of layering and introducing different fabrications in one ensemble.

Rick Owen spring 2015 images courtesy of style.com

Rick Owen spring 2015 images courtesy of style.com

For his menswear spring 2015 collection, Rick Owens was inspired by Nijinsky in the ballet L’Apres Midi D’un Faune. The androgyny of the faune in the ballet is one of the centerpieces of the work, and Owens encapsulated that androgyny, as well as the mix of masculine and feminine in garments that paired oversized trench and double-breasted coats and graphic shirts over knee-length man skirts.

Comme des Garcon and Alexander McQueen fall 2014 images courtesy of style.com

Comme des Garcon and Alexander McQueen fall 2014 images courtesy of style.com

Comme des Garcon married graphic tees with culottes and man skirts. While Alexander McQueen’s more masculine pairing of graphic shirts with leather man skirts is a bit more commercially viable for the trending fashionisto, Comme des Garcon’s man skirt combinations are forward thinking and ideal for that male consumer who has a penchant for shock and awe.

Just a warning, when wearing a man skirt  knobby knees just want do. Knobby knees and underdeveloped legs just don’t cut the mustard if you dare to wear a man skirt/apron. Man skirts work best on men that have a great pair of calves and defined thighs.

Physical attributes aside, are you man enough to wear a man skirt? Of course, you are!!

—William S. Gooch

Fashion Reverie’s Five Men’s Summer Essentials

 

whitemainGuys, it’s summer, so it’s time to live and love life. No time to be stuck in the house and office; it’s time to be out and about. But while you’re out having fun, make sure you leave a good impression.

Sephora "Leading Man" sampler image courtesy of sephora.com

Sephora “Leading Man” sampler image courtesy of sephora.com

To do so, the first thing you need is a good summer scent. This is the perfect time to incorporate a new cologne into your regimen. Fashion Reverie suggests you head over to Sephora (or Sephora.com) and purchase the “Leading Man Fragrance Sampler.” This box set comes with four samples of Sephora’s most sought-after modern men’s fragrances (Gucci Guilty Intense, Gucci Made to Measure, Hugo Boss Boss Bottled, and Lacoste Eau De Lacoste) plus The Art of Shaving’s Sandlewood Essential Oil Shaving Cream. What truly makes this set so great is that it includes a certificate redeemable at any Sephora store for a full size bottle of any of the four fragrances at no extra cost. Did I mention this is all for $55? Yes, a real deal.

Men's summer shades images clockwise Prada Linea Rossa Aviator, Fossil Jordan Polarized Aviator, Michael Kors Gold Colton Aviator, and Tom Ford Black Brow Bar Aviator

Men’s summer shades images clockwise Prada Linea Rossa Aviator, Fossil Jordan Polarized Aviator, Michael Kors Gold Colton Aviator, and Tom Ford Black Brow Bar Aviator

Secondly, you need a good pair of sunglasses. Block out the suns rays with style. I suggest a nice pair of aviator frames, either gold frames with amber/brown lenses or gunmetal frames with dark black lenses. I’d stay away from reflective lenses, unless you want to look like a highway trooper.

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Men’s watches clockwise Kenneth Cole Men’s Rose Gold, Nixon Men’s Spur Rose Gold, Chanel J12 Matte Black Superleggera, and Emporio Armani Men’s AR1400 Black Chronograph

Next, make sure you have a good, metal watch. Some people may suggest a leather strap watch, but your sweat and body oils can wreak havoc on a leather strap during the summer. A nice sized, well-fitting, rose-gold or black ceramic watch looks great in the summer sun, and gives you a sense of style that subtly sets you apart from guys wearing more traditional timepieces.

Downloads332Earlier this year, a good number of people started hitting the gym in anticipation of the beach body season. Some hit the gym HARD, and some of us … not so much. Physical fitness should be a year-round endeavor, and there’s no time like the present to begin your journey. You don’t have time to hit the gym? Do you think gyms can be intimidating? I hear you, but that’s no excuse. A simple solution is to buy pushup bars and a resistance band. You can have them at the office or at home, and workout in private at your own pace and convenience. You won’t get the full results of being in a gym, but with all of the exercises and tips you can find on the internet, you can get pretty close, and you’ll be on the road to a better body. (On a side note; when traveling to stay in shape always pack a resistance ban. It’s a great way to get a quick workout in our hotel room.)

hendricks_ginLastly, what is summer without thirst-quenching libations? Happy hours, rooftop lounges, pool parties … You are bound to be asked the question “what are you drinking?” What’s going to be your response? Vodka and cran? Gin and tonic? Come on man! A man’s choice of drink is a part of his sense of his style, just as his choice of music and art. So this summer, Fashion Reverie suggest you elevate your liquor selection and align yourself with a drink that signifies you are a cut above the average. I’m not saying go as far as always ordering a cocktail with elderflower liqueur, but instead of asking for just rum, request 10 Cane Rum, one of the purest rums on the market, or instead of asking for just gin, ask for Hendrick’s gin, one of the most flavorful gins available. (Bonus points: if you travel to the Caribbean, stop in the Duty Free Shop before returning to the U.S. and secure yourself a few bottles of Hennessey Pure White. It’s smooth, light, and not sold stateside.)

Now that you have your summer fun starter kit, go out and hit the town. Be sure to come back and let Fashion Reverie know how well you’ve worked these items into your life and style.

—Carl Ayers

Menswear Style Report: Flower Power

Ovadia&Sons SS14, Paul Smith SS14, Comme des Garcon SS14, and Comme des Garcon SS14. Images courtesy of style.com and Ovadia&Son

Ovadia&Sons SS14, Paul Smith SS14, Comme des Garcon SS14, and Comme des Garcons SS14. Images courtesy of style.com and Ovadia&Sons

In seasons past, floral prints were generally reserved for women’s wear. Luckily, designers have begun to broaden their sartorial minds and expand floral prints to menswear. For some men, wearing flowers is a fearful leap. Not to worry; Fashion Reverie will guide you through the fashion field of flowers and ferns.

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Images clockwise: Rodd & Gunn-Glendowie Shirt-$145, MarcByMarcJacobs-Bellflower Print Shirt-$178, Steven Alan-reverse print floral shirt-$124, Saint Laurent Requin Collar Surfer Shirt in Red Palm Printed Silk CRÊPE-$890, and Monitaly-M15352 WEBBING SHORTS 80s Floral

First, know your comfort level. Do you like colors that are loud and bright or subdued and muted?  When it comes to scale, do you like floral prints big and bold or small and subtle? Intensity and proportion are key elements when wearing floral prints. Do you want to standout and grab obvious attention? Or do you prefer you be laid back and let only those close by see how stylish and trendy you are?

Dries van Noten SS14 images courtesy of style.com

Dries van Noten SS14 images courtesy of style.com

Secondly, what kind of visual effect do you prefer, literal or abstract; all-over print or strategically placed? The visual effect of your garments may affect how people perceive you. Wearing lifelike prints may offer the image of sophistication and seriousness, while more cartoonish versions may suggest you’re more playful and aloof.

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Gucci SS14, Prada SS14, Tom Ford SS14, and DSquared2 SS14. Images courtesy of style.com

Thirdly, dress for the occasion. Are you lounging at the beach, going about your daily routine, or hitting the town for the evening? Florals are being used on almost every type of material and garment. From mesh tank tops to jacquard blazers, you’re sure to find a way to incorporate floral prints into wardrobe, day or night.

Leroy Jenkins, Topman, Obey, Prada

Images clockwise: Leroy Jenkins Floral black Palms Snapback, Tom Ford Chesterfield Floral Embroidered Silk and Cotton Tassel Jacquard Evening Slipper $3770, Prada-Red Ibiscus Motif Briefcase-$2670, Duchamp GRANDI FLORAL SOCK $17, Topman Black Floral Print Rucksack $40, and Tretorn-Otto featuring Florence Broadhurst-$80

Fourth, don’t forget about your accessories. Some men may still shy away from fully embracing floral patterns on their clothing. If that’s you, try something small. Skip the shirts, pants, and jackets and try hats, socks, belts, bags, and shoes.

Remember, for spring/summer 2014 it is all about flower power!!

—Carl Ayers

Fashion Reverie’s 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide

fathers-day-giftFather’s Day is this Sunday, and Dads are sullen with the idea getting the same humdrum gifts year after year. This is the one time when men are really celebrated for all they do with and for their children. We’re not saying there’s anything wrong with a nice tie, cologne or slippers; all we’re suggesting is that you put some serious thought into the gift. To help you out, Fashion Reverie has compiled a small selection of gift ideas that are sure to stand out from the rest.

The Way To A Man’s Heart Is Through His Stomach

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For the man that loves to show off his cooking skills, give him a Korin tabletop barbeque grill. This Japanese-style grill is ideal for patio and backyard get-togethers. Fueled by binchotan (Japanese charcoal that burns cleaner and hotter than traditional briquettes) and measuring only 18″W x 13.5″D x 7″H, it’s the perfect tabletop barbeque to let the grill master show off his skills up close and personal.

Veuve Clicquot Suit Me 5For the dapper gentleman, give him a bottle of Veuve Clicquot in their special edition “Suit Me” cover. Inspired by luxury luggage, the reusable “Suit Me” bag is a clever play on a garment bag built for your champagne. It includes an umbrella-style handle that doubles as a bottle stopper and an isothermic cover, keeping the bottle at an ideal temperature for up to two hours.

Ultimate Fathers Day Gift Basket - $82dot95If you’re at a total loss of what to get him, consider heading to Design It Yourself gift baskets. They specialize in creating and shipping gift baskets of all types and sizes. For Father’s Day, they offer an amazing selection of pre-packaged baskets with manly themes of sports, cooking, snacking, and alcohol. If you prefer to send a more customized basket, you can choose your own theme and budget, then pick out the products you want to include.

Living The Life

Roku 3 $100_redoneWant a gift that will keep him entertained for hours on end? Give him the Roku 3. It’s the best streaming-video box out there, with a superfast processor and a remote that has a headphone jack, so he can privately listen to anything he streams. Roku’s platform supports over 1,500 apps, including Netflix, Amazon Instant, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Pandora, MLB.TV, Spotify, Vudu, and Showtime Anytime, and cross-platform search makes it easy to find what he’s looking for no matter what services it’s on.

Pioneer SE-DIR800C

The Pioneer SE-DIR800C wireless surround sound headphones are great for the man who wants to tune out the world. These are not your typical wireless headphones; they come stocked with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround! Dolby Headphone technology produces up to five virtual loudspeakers in your head resulting in a listening sensation that is much more natural with sounds appearing to be outside of your head; just like a conventional 5.1 speaker system would sound. As a bonus, the charging station also works with corded headphones.

Downloads288For the guy who likes traditional games, take it up a notch with the Ted Baker dominoes set and playing cards. The set of 28 black double-six dominos features beautifully contrasting gold dots and comes in a stunning box covered in the Ted Baker beetle design. The double set of playing cards has two sets of stunning casino-quality black & purple card decks, with a vintage beetle design on the reverse. Presented in a hinged box with the same beetle design on the exterior, the set has a chic contrasting purple felt lining with the words ‘No Ordinary Card Game’ inscribed in gold on the felt.

Keeping Up Appearances

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You can never go wrong with giving a man a good watch. Take a look at the Bedlam (pictured here in dark black) by House of Horology. Housed in a 43mm stainless steel case, the Bedlam has a scratch-resistant corundum sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating and a Seiko 1/10th second quartz chronograph that controls 7 individual hands and the date indicator. If you order directly from their website through Sunday June 15, 2014, use the code “FATHERSDAY” at checkout to receive $100 off and free shipping.

M MOMENT Weekender Medium_redoneIs Dad a weekend road warrior? Maybe he’s just an occasional vacationer. Either way, he’ll be head over heels with the MCM “M Moment” weekender bag. Inspired by the iconographic M within MCM’s logo, the M Moment is an executive upgrade, featuring sheep tumble leather with satin suede lining and gunmetal hardware. Classic and timeless, this bag is perfect for any father, whether he’s jet-setting or carpooling.

SavileRowSociety3If you’re still unsure of what to get a stylish dad, get him something that every woman wants … his own personal shopper. Savile Row Society specializes is an exclusive men’s club, designed to enhance the wardrobe of professional men and transform their shopping experience through a personalized web-based retail shopping and styling service. They also offer made-to-measure suits. When signing him up, use access code 756 for VIP service.

—Carl Ayers

Men’s Style Alert: Stepping Out in Style with Classic Spring/Summer Shoes

Image courtesy of marquisoffashion.com

Image courtesy of marquisoffashion.com

As temperature rise, we yearn to be more comfortable in our daily wardrobe. We swap heavy fabrics for light-gauge garments, we replace drab colors with bright hues, and we trade cumbersome boots for lighter, more stylish shoes.

Men have taken a page from the women’s playbook, and have begun to understand that the right pair of shoes can make or break an outfit. Men are more and more expanding their sartorial repertoire by experimenting with different colors, materials, and styles of footwear. Legendary fashion columnist George Frazier once said “Wanna know if a man is well dressed? Look down.” Whether you’re a purist or if you’re more avant garde, Fashion Reverie has compiled a small selection of shoes that can highlight your wardrobe and get your fancy feet the attention they deserve.

Images clockwise Harris Balmorals $645,

Images clockwise Harris Balmorals $645, Rothschild full brogue by Graziano and Girling $1055, and John Lobb’s Philip II Double Buckle $179

When it comes to dressing, some men like to err on the side of caution and stick with more traditional styles of footwear. Harris’ Balmorals cap-toe harks of a typical cap-toe, but offers a mixture of brown patinas to distinguish it from the rest of the brown lace-ups. The Rothschild full brogue (wingtip) by Gaziano and Girling is an excellent choice for the gentleman who is more serious-minded about fashion, yet wants his look to seem effortless. John Lobb’s Philip II Double Buckle (double monk strap) is well suited for the man who wants to be fashion forward, yet understated.

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Images clockwise The Leo by Pelleline $289, Stefano Castelli $425, and Ducal $445

Some men like the aesthetic of classic shoes, but prefer a more contemporary approach. The Leo by Pelleline is a mixed material cap-toe of leather and suede that exudes the wearers’ willingness to take risks with his wardrobe. Stefano Castelli presents a red lace-up with a perforated toe that represents a man who knows how to make a statement without even saying a word. Doucal’s gives us a taupe captoe with stitching replacing the traditional brogue perforations, exhibiting a man who knows how to take an old style and make it his own.

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Images clockwise LuckNow Rio moccasins $130, Mr. Hare’s Sergio $447, and Paul Smith/John Lobb Willoughby $1325

In warmer months, a lot of men opt for casual, toned-down attire. LuckNow’s Rio moccasins will have your feet stand out in any situation. Mr. Hare’s Sergio driving shoe (shown here in their “Mimosa” colorway) is for the man who wants to be stylish and comfortable whether behind the wheel or walking down the street. Paul Smith collaborated with John Lobb on the cashmere suede Willoughby (shown here in regal purple) to create a derby that is sure to be a show-stopper on any occasion.

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Images clockwise Del Toro canvas slipper $295, John Varvatos Stanton slip-on $498, and Alberto Moretti loafer 880

As the warmer months afford us the opportunity to hang out more, some of us look for shoes that can work from the early evening to the wee hours of the morning. Whether you call them slippers, slip-ons, or loafers, they are the ultimate in casual comfort. Del Toro’s canvas slipper in cobalt blue will electrify any outfit, day or night. The Stanton slip-on by John Varvatos is made of grained, black leather, and is inconspicuous enough to wear to the office. The Alberto Moretti loafer has wide diagonal stripes of calf hair that let people know that this shoe is cool and comfy on the outside as well as the inside.

—Carl Ayers

 

Editor’s Pick: Men’s Spring 2014 Tote Bags

Trend Report Tote BagsNo longer the provence of female consumers, totes and handbags as a fashion accessory for men is seeing an increase in market sales. According to market research firm NPD, typical men’s carryalls like briefcases, laptop bags and duffels have seen a decline in overall sales while men’s handbags and totes have seen sales rise three percent to $957 million through midyear 2013. This seems to be a trend that will stick around for the long haul.

There are many variables as to why men’s totes have seen a surge in their mainstream presence. NPD’s chief industry analyst Marshal Cohen states “the prevalence of more and more gadgets like iPhones, iPads, and Kindles most likely contributes to men’s increased need for more storage space.” Cohen also thinks that the growing trend in skinny jeans among men also may be a factor, “Men’s clothing has gotten tighter again, so now where do men put those car keys or phone? With this change in fashion and lifestyle, men now do need to carry a bag.”

According to fashion stylist Raymond Gee, “Tote bags for men have become such a big deal based purely off of necessity and convenience. Totes have become more popular because the idea of what a man is has a gray area, that area is style and utility. Utility has always been important to men, it just caught up with style finally.” Gee also said, “Being able to have a bag that can be multi-purposed is perfect for the average man. Men still hold onto their firm beliefs of quality over quantity, opting for items that tend to last longer.”

With the tote bag providing more space, style options, and the ease of use, it’s not surprising that totes have become a staple accessory for the average male consumer. To help you stay on trend, Fashion Reverie has compiled a list of some great tote options for you!

Pier Tote $69.99, image courtesy of Herschel Supply Co.

Pier Tote $69.99, image courtesy of Herschel Supply Co.

Pier Tote

With camouflage print making its way back onto the runway for the past couple of seasons, this tote bag from Herschel Supply Co. would be the perfect choice for any stylish man who is looking to get their day to day use out of a great quality bag while staying effortlessly on trend.

Canvas Leather Week (ender) $395.00, image courtesy of Caputo & Co.

Canvas Leather Week (ender) $395.00, image courtesy of Caputo & Co.

Canvas Leather Week (ender)

The perfect bag to carry everyday in the city or away for the weekend, this carryall is a great bag for almost any occasion. The vegetable-tanned tote features adjustable leather straps and side post rivets that make the bag expandable. The tote also showcases hand-stitched strap details, giving way to that distinctive artisan look of Caputo & Co. accessories.

Sandqvist Leather Tote $418.00, image courtesy of Lividini

Sandqvist Leather Tote
$418.00, image courtesy of Lividini

Sandqvist Leather Tote

This cognac brown leather tote by Sandqvist provides the best in quality and price! If you’re looking for a tote bag that will fit an ample amount of your personal belongings while offering a simplistic but classic design, this is the perfect bag for you!

Outdoor Products $285.00, image courtesy of Opening Ceremony

Outdoor Products
$285.00, image courtesy of Opening Ceremony

Outdoor Products’ Double-Handed Large Tote

You can always count on Opening Ceremony to put a cool tongue and cheek spin on what they carry in their stores. Outdoor Products, which is one of the many brands they carry, mixes LA cool and Tokyo freshness. This is the perfect tote for any guy who wants to bring a pop of color to their look while being ironic in the choice of bag style.

Givenchy floral print tote $649.60, image courtesy of far fetch.com

Givenchy floral print tote
$649.60, image courtesy of far fetch.com

Givenchy Floral Print Tote

For the guy who doesn’t mind being a bit flashy yet wants a tote bag that is simplistic in design, this floral printed Givenchy tote is just what the doctor ordered. Able to handle the everyday task of holding all of your personal belongings and then some, Givenchy perfectly understands that when it comes to accessorizing, each piece adds to your individual “style story.

Medium Leather Tote $740.00, image courtesy of  Lividini

Medium Leather Tote
$740.00, image courtesy of Lividini

Lotuff Leather Tote

Designed as an everyday bag, the medium tote holds anything needed for the day, whether at work or out and about in the city. Coming in a number of different colors (like this awesome vegetable green), Lotuff flawlessly marries luxury and style.

$995. Image courtesy of Lividini

Ghurka Field Bag,$995. Image courtesy of Lividini

Ghurka Field Bag

This classic styled tote from Ghurka will stand the test of time. The finely polished black leather tote features adjustable shoulder straps and plenty of exterior and interior pockets to marginalize all that you need. The perfect tote to be styled with an array of looks, this bag will always be the perfect accessory.

Limited Edition Nelson Cow Hair Tote $1,000.00, image courtesy of Lividini

Limited Edition Nelson Cow Hair Tote $1,000.00, image courtesy of Lividini

Nelson Cow Hair Tote Bag (limited edition)

Robert Graham, who is known to provide his loyal customers the best in quality clothing or accessories, wants to polish off your sophisticated look with this stunning tote bag. Beautifully constructed in cow hair and genuine leather, this tote is definitely a conversation starter.

Margiela Leather tote $ 1,575.00, image courtesy of mr.porter.com

Margiela Leather tote
$ 1,575.00, image courtesy of mr.porter.com

Maison Martin Margiela Leather Tote Bag

This eye-catching leather tote bag by Margiela will have anyone style struck! With its sleek design and cobalt blue coloring, this tote provides the perfect way to incorporate color into your accessory lineup.

—John Woody

 

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