Cult of Individuality Demonstrate Their Love of Music in a Hard and Soft Rock n’ Roll Aesthetic

Although it’s not quite true, it feels like we are in a post-COVID-19 pandemic period. Lots of businesses in the US have completed their reopening processes and if you are doubly vaccinated you can go without your mask outside. As we appear to be rounding the corners of lockdowns and self-quarantines, most folks are ready to celebrate life and get their party started, even if the bank account is a little low and financial resources ae not what they used to be.

Since 2009, Cult of Individuality has represented that consumer that makes his mark on his own terms when it comes to fashion. Never waiting for general approval by fashion elites, Cult of Individuality builds on its unique set of standards which stems from the brand’s love affair with music. “Sometimes it’s more based in punk, more based in rap, or rock … it’s what we are feeling.  “Our sense of the times then makes its way onto the clothes through the cuts, colors and graphics with the result being the collection we show,” says Ron Poisson, Cult of Individuality’s creative director. And it is primarily for their obsessive love of music that Fashion Reverie has decided to highlight this menswear brand.

Cult of Individuality uses denim as its primary fabric; however, unlike other denim brands, Cult of Individuality always find something innovative and fresh to bring to its consumer base. The brand borrows from the old uses of denim and injects fresh ideas, interesting design silhouettes, and crafting techniques which not only satisfies the ever-changing tastes and palettes of its loyal fans but excites and entices new consumers into its tribe.

In an ode to the brand name, Cult of Individuality is all about creating garments that aligns with the individual taste and personal style of their consumer base, in other words, a cult of individual style. “There’s a DIY aspect to our collection as well.  It’s a street meets [Rock n’ Roll] vibe that never, ever looks mass produced.  It’s a balancing act that we feel reads at authentic.  Authenticity is very important to us,” explains Ron Poisson.

And the Cult of Individuality’s tribe is aptly served in the brand’s fall 2021 collection. You may ask yourself why comment about a fall 2021 collection during the summer? Ron Poisson explains that Cult of Individuality is driven more by inspiration and design aesthetics than seasonal outputs. Each collection contains garments that are trans-seasonal and work well at any time of the year.

For the current collection, Cult of Individuality was obviously inspired by Rock n’ Roll, and a more casual approach to rocker fashion with an injection of edge and modernity.  And that edge and innovation comes to the fore with interesting combinations of embellishments and unusual pairings.

When speaking of their music inspiration, Poisson comments on that fact that the brand attempts to tie in their collections into the current music culture. This concept is well evidenced in the current collection with moto leather jackets with metal epaulets, denim jackets embellished with plaid accents, plaid shirts that give a nod to genderless slacker and skateboard grunge culture, as well as rock n’ roll biker culture. And though these expressions of rock n’ roll and grunge have been done before, Cult of Individuality adds interesting touches and new embellishments that elevated this collection from a homage to vintage looks to something that can be embraced by younger consumers and their dedicated base.

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Now that so many COVID-19 restrictions are down, Fashion Reverie cannot wait to see what comes next from Cult of Individuality. And we are confident that upcoming collections will excite fashion pulses and keep us wanting more!!

Father’s Day 2021 Gift Guide

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It’s almost Father’s Day, one of the most under-rated holidays on the calendar. Often times, dad is expected to pull out the grill and barbeque for the family, and in return, he gets poorly thought out gifts like socks, ties, and golf tees. This year step it up and show the man in your life how much you truly appreciate him. Fashion Reverie has assembled a list of fun, useful, and thoughtful gifts that will remind him of how much he is loved.

Hawthorne Personal Care Bundles ($85)

You may not know exactly what to get dad for Father’s Day, but you can’t go wrong with giving him options. Hawthorne isn’t your average personal care company. Instead of telling guys what they need, they help guys discover what works best for them. For Father’s Day, Hawthorne has a special “Dad Quiz” that pairs you with one of their four curated bundles based on a couple of Dad-friendly questions.  Each bundle includes 3 products including a scent-specific cologne, candle and deodorant, and through June 20th, you will get 20% off.

Food52 Natural Liquor Infusion Kit ($32-$49)

For the DIY imbiber, nothing can compare to an at-home liquor infusion kit. Created by Food52, these kits come with two 16-ounce glass jars with a filtering spout and packs of pre-measured all-natural fruits and spices from an organic and sustainable farm. There are flavor packs curated for gin, rum, tequila, vodka, and whiskey, as well as a special kit made for spring. Don’t fret if you run out of ingredients, you can always order refills, and join a monthly subscription. That’ll certainly keep your spirits up.

Raycon Headphones ($99.99)

He may have been known for being Brandy’s brother, but Ray J has become a force of his own. We can’t forget that he is also a musician, so sound quality is very important to him, and it should be equally important to you. RayCon has released their Everyday Headphones which block out unwanted noise and elevate the sound quality from the speakers. With the latest technology features, these headphones are water-resistant, use active noise cancelling, and have up to 22 hours of battery life.

Nobis Huron Anorak ($425)

Made from technical taffeta nylon, the Huron pullover anorak protects you from the rain and wind, with a sporty, half-zip look. A drawstring hood provides added protection against the elements, while elasticized cuffs help keep warmth in and water out. With sealed seams and finished with a durable water repellent, this light jacket is windproof, waterproof, and yet, still breathable. This jacket is optimal for those inevitable chilly evenings.

Naked Cashmere Floral Musk candle ($40)

A man’s home is his castle, a place where he should reign in peace and luxury. Sometimes it’s the smallest things, like a candle, that invoke calmness. Naked Cashmere offers two coconut wax candles from their home collection—in floral musk or cedar. The floral musk candle is a combination of a spicy, rosy, musk fragrance. The cedar option is a woody scent highlighted by light fruits and florals overlaying a musky vanilla scent. Each candle creates a fragrant oasis of tranquility.

Retrospec ($14.99-$1,399.99)

Social distancing may have helped dad explore his solo fitness journey. Help him continue to meet his fitness goals with a range of gear to match his active lifestyle. From bikes and e-bikes, to skateboards and paddle boards, and even alpine and home equipment, there’s something here that will keep dad’s bod in check.

Samsung The Frame QLED 4K Smart TV ($999.99-$2,799.99)

Does dad gush over the kids’ art work? Now he can turn your home into their own mini art gallery with The Frame smart tv by Samsung. Ranging in size from 43” to 75”, these slim TVs double as art frames. When not used as a television, the screen displays art images selected by you. Choose your favorite personal images, select images pre-loaded onto the device, or sign-up for a subscription of images. The television can be suspended on the wall, set atop a mantle, or mounted onto its own studio stand for a real gallery feel. You can even add a variety of bezel edges and colors to match your décor. It is truly a customizable experience.

Porsche Limited Edition Shake Pen ($229)

We may not be able to buy dad a Porsche 911, but we can help him enjoy the Porsche lifestyle with this limited edition shake pen. The shake pen is a simple marvel of technology. With the flick of your wrist, the writing tip emerges from the body. With another flick, it disappears inside its case. When not in use, the pen is displayed in a shiny silver-white holder shaped in a Porsche 911 silhouette. This is a stylish and classy addition to an office desk. Not only is it a conversation starter, it is also a collector’s piece, limited to 911 pieces worldwide. It comes with its edition number laser-engraved at the top, as well as a certificate of authenticity.

Tactical Baby Gear Diaper Bag ($19.99-$699.99)

When on daddy duty, most guys like to be practical and tactical. For the no-nonsense Joe, Tactical Baby Gear makes a variety of military-style baby carriers, diaper bags, and accessories to survive a quick trip to the grocery store or an all-day excursion. Mix and match your pieces to your own configuration to protect your young soldiers and ensure your outdoor missions go off without a hitch.

Dior and Rimowa Luggage ($3,080-$4,620)

For the jet setting dad, help him travel in style with Dior and Rimowa travel gear, available in three sizes and three colorways. Designed for the luxe jaunter, the luggage features standard travel necessities such as TSA-approved locks, internal dividers, telescopic handles, but has an exterior accented by the Dior Oblique design embedded in the aluminum skin. There’s little chance that someone will mistake your luggage for theirs at baggage claim.

Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera ($649)

Not all guys want to take pictures with their cellphone. Some still prefer an old school point and shoot camera. The Sony Alpha a6000 mirrorless digital camera sports a 24.3-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor, captures HD video, and comes with a 16-50mm lens. This camera is light enough to easily carry around, has built-in WiFi and NFC to control the camera via your cellphone, and easily share photos.

—Carl Ayers

Fashion Reverie’s Summer 2021 Male Music Stars’ Styleout

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Summer, the season of fresh air and fresh gear. While most of us common folk have been somewhat distanced for the past year, some celebs, particularly music artists, have been out and about, showing us the latest additions to their wardrobes. If you’re a keen fashion fan, you’ve taken note of the new style trends for the summer. But just in case you may have missed one or two, Fashion Reverie has created this summer style out inspired by some the most fashionable guys to hit the stage.

Paul & Shark shirt $129 Trussardi jeans $129 Scarosso belt $155 Tod’s boat shoes $294 Ray-Ban sunglasses $164 Di Milano watch $289

Nautical – Jimin

BTS boy bander Jimin is one of the most popular, and fashionable, Kpop stars topping the charts. Known for his delicate vocals and rhythmic dance moves, he seems to enjoy a day of relaxing and rejuvenation at the waterfront. And of course the nautical aesthetic is at the top of our list for summer trends. Who doesn’t enjoy a nice day by the water? To stand out from the crowd, weather on the beach or a yacht, ditch the standard sailor stripes for a more eye-catching shirt to make some waves of your own.

Anglozine shirt $173
Gazzarrini shorts $144
Heron Preston socks $45
Adidas Yeezy slides $305
Polo Ralph Lauren sunglasses $155
Briston watch $350

Bermuda Shorts – Tyler The Creator

Bermuda shorts have never been just for the tropics. Whether in the Caribbean or in the urban jungle, you can be cool, literally and figuratively, in a pair of stylish shorts. Hardly anyone exemplifies a chill, down-to-earth vibe more than rapper Tyler the Creator. Coupled with fun shirt and comfortable slides, you’re ready for a relaxed day. Easy breezy.

Osklen shirt $186
DSquared2 pants $179
Balenciaga cropped bomber jacket $1455
PS Paul Smith shoes $315
Tateossian ring $215
March LA.B watch $371

1970’s and Military – Harry Styles

It’s coincidental that Styles is Harry’s last name, but he makes sure to live up to it. He loves taking risks by pushing the fashion envelope forward, yet he often does so by taking a step into the fashion world of previous eras. He seems to effortlessly evoke the mood of any era, but has a penchant for the 1970’s. You can convey your own 70’s style with a big patterned shirt and wide-legged or flared pants. Here, we’ve added a cropped bomber jacket to further signal the 70’s, but as the military aesthetic is another summer trend, it works perfectly.

Suitsupply Havana Suit $498
Eleventy tee shirt $162
Etro pocket square $145
Fratelli Rossetti shoes $327
Capsule Eleven chain $321

1980’s Suiting – Leslie Odom Jr.

Leslie Odom Jr. churned out look after look after look for every red carpet and press appearance during award season. The trophy-winning actor is a talent that we haven’t seen in ages. He’s an old soul, and his fashion sense seems to be right at home in the 1980’s. Boxy, double breasted suits with peaked lapels and fitted shoulders is what the new look calls for. You may not be able to sing as smooth as him, but at least you can look as smooth as him.

Vision of Super shirt $623
Transit shorts $188
Vision of Super socks $25
Y-3 boots $330
Marcelo Burlon bucket hat $120
Off Duty sunglasses $158

Tailored Black and White – Taeyong

No matter the season, some people like to wear all black. It’s a striking image- one that can be strong, mysterious, and complex. As the lead singer of Kpop boy band NCT, Taeyong certainly has a lot on his shoulders. Even though his is famously shy, an all-black outfit is like fashion armor, showing that he can be both quiet and powerful.

Gear Frost jacket $70
HIS gold trimmed tee shirt $59
Ksubi jeans $98
Nike sneakers $125
Other chain $87
Gas Bijoux ring $76

Vibrant Colors & Global Culture – J Balvin

Conversely, some people love explosions of color. Color is a nonverbal way of communication, and after over a year of living behind masks, we want to reconnect as much as possible. In certain cultures, different colors and patterns hold special significance. In a nod to the self-expression, vibrant colors and global culture are two of the biggest fashion trends this summer. One artist who lives out loud in full color is J Balvin. His music and fashion connects fans from all four corners of the globe. While we still may not be able to travel everywhere, at least we can be connected through our wardrobe.

MSGM shirt $192
Takeshy Kurosawa pants $1
Raf Simons sneakers $161
Ray-Ban sunglasses $144
Daniel Wellington watch $223
Northskull chain $291

Statement Shirts – Maluma

It’s not just bright colors that get heads turning, but incredible prints and patterns always make people do a double take as well. Ask Columbian musician Maluma. He’s known for making quite the entrance when he walks into the room. Another trend that is bold and fun– statement shirts may be loud–but they can do all the talking for you.

Palace hoodie $155
Polo Ralph Lauren tee shirt $50
Polo Ralph Lauren shorts $79
Norwood Chapters hat $76
Nautica watch $89
Diadora Heritage sneakers $123

Pastels & Hoodie/Shorts combo – Nick Jonas

If you prefer your attire to be more muted, there is always the option of pastels. The powdery tones may be subdued, but they are just as impactful. There has been a resurgence of men in pastel suits after Jay-Z famously rocked a mauve Frère suit to his 2020 Roc Nation pre-Grammy brunch. A year later, there’s a new king of the pastel suit–Nick Jonas, who recently wore a sea foam green double-breasted suit as he cohosted “The Voice.”

If you’re not into the pastel suit trend, you can still incorporate pastels into the rest of your wardrobe. Another trend is the hoodie and shorts combo. Make them pastel, and you’re covering two trends in one. Double the fun.

—Carl Ayers

 

 

 

Men’s 2021 Summer Exotic and Vintage Fragrances

Attraction is a multi-sensory experience. Of course, there’s the visual attraction, and the attraction to the sound of someone’s voice, but there’s also the most inconspicuous attraction to someone’s smell—which is often a combination of their personal scent, pheromones, and the cologne or perfume they’re wearing.  As the weather temperatures begin to rise, so does our interest in attracting, and being attracted to, new … explorations and opportunities.

Fellas, the ladies are going to enjoy their “hot girl summer,” so why can’t we get in on the fun? To help keep you on top of your A game, Fashion Reverie is preparing a few guides to help you smell, look, and feel your best. Our tips are helpful year round, but we’re not about to let the summer slide by without getting a piece of the action. Let’s give them something to remember us by.

Pasha de Cartier Edition Noire

Men often categorize their colognes as everyday wear or special occasion. The special occasion fragrances are meant to have an impressive impact when encountered, like a nice surprise to the nose. But the everyday fragrances tend to evoke a notion of familiarity—one that’s not shocking, but rather welcoming.  With Pasha de Cartier Edition Noire, you get the best of both worlds. It has light and airy top notes of citrus and powder, making it appropriate as a daytime scent.  But the bottom notes of wood and spice give it a mature, masculine, nighttime appeal that draws you in for a second smell.

Chris Collins Oud Galoré

Oud, made from agarwood, is sign of prestige in the Middle East and Asia. Among businessmen, the strong scent is used to convey wealth and status. But the fragrant oil is as closely tied to sensuality as it is to power. Former Ralph Lauren model turned perfumer Chris Collins has bottled the dark, sultry, intoxicating aroma into his Oud Galoré. Collins describes the fragrance as “oud entwined with hot clove and aphrodisiac cinnamon. There is love at first sight with the orris tones, but ciste labdanum and incense fill this fragrance with a mystic and enigmatic side. The woody tones of Copahu balm, patchouli and sandalwood complete this fragrance with rebellion and warmness.” The spicy complexity of the fragrance will leave it, and memories of you, lingering on the palate for days on end.

Anthony Hopkins AH

File this under unexpected. Legendary British actor Sir Anthony Hopkins has released a fragrance simply called AH. With an even-handed mixture headed by bergamot, ginger, and pink pepper coupled with orange blossom, jasmine, and rose middle notes, and grounded by musk, patchouli, and honey, this a unisex floral fragrance. Better known for fava beans and a nice chianti rather than eau de parfum, Hopkins has partnered with No Kid Hungry, a national campaign dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America. A portion of each sale of AH will be donated to No Kid Hungry, with a minimum commitment of $50,000.

Judith Leiber More is More! For Him

In another shocking twist, the creative team of famed handbag and jewelry designer Judith Leiber has turned their noses towards men. In a concept as whimsical as Leiber’s handbags, this fragrance is seven options in one bottle. The bottle houses three distinct scents—more leather! (black pepper, lemon, leather, patchouli, and cashmere wood); more marine! (sea notes, apple, cedar, patchouli and amber), and more spice! (saffron, lemon, ginger, lavender, vetiver and amber.) With a swipe of a finger, you can select or deselect which scents you want to spray, giving you seven singular or combination choices. Swipe. Mix. Create. Do you and repeat. More is more! Your fragrance, your way.

Penhaligons Racquets

In a turn of events, Penhaligons has (re)launched Racquets, a new version of the 1989 fragrance that was discontinued in 2013. The scent takes its inspiration from the tennis courts and the clubs that house them. The brand describes it as “tenacious, uplifting, invigorating—and that’s before one steps onto the court. Bright, bouncing lemon doubles up with strapping leather in this sparkling eau de parfum.” The lemon top notes give way to a body of guaiac wood, footed by ambroxan and leather. Penhaligon’s scents are based on time-honored recipes for bringing the elegance of old money into the world of today. With that hallmark, it’s no surprise that the original version of Racquets was so popular, and no surprise that it was brought back and modernized for a new set of customers to enjoy.

Carven C’est Paris Pour Homme

Carven, one of the world’s most famous couture houses, has released its newest men’s fragrance, C’est Paris Pour Homme. It is intended to intimate a love story with Paris, but it ingredients reflect regions from around the globe. The fragrance opens with Argentinian lemon, Italian cypress, and Moroccan rosemary followed by French lavender, hazelnut, and Egyptian violet leaf. The bottom notes are of Virginia cedar, patchouli, sandalwood, moss, and European rock rose. This fragrance takes you on a trip around the world, but it is quintessentially Parisian love.

Azzaro The Most Wanted Eau de Parfum Intense

The latest fragrance from Azzaro is ‘The Most Wanted’ eau de parfum intense; and intense it is. This spicy scent is made for the most daring of men. On the surface, its cords seem simple- cardamom, caramel, and amber, but each one gives way to complexities underneath. The cardamom is spicy, green, and lemony. The caramel presents as vanilla, burnt sugar, milky notes. The amber wood has accords of vetiver and bourbon. Compiling all of these touches into one strong fragrance can be a gamble, but this scent is made for the risk-taker in all of us.

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Montblanc Explorer Ultra Blue

Montblanc, named for the mountain peak in the Alps that lies along the French-Italian border, has released a scent that reflects European living during the summer months. Montblanc Explorer Ultra Blue is a blend of citrus and marine accords. With its top notes of Italian bergamot, citrus, and pink pepper, buoyed by marine and ambergris mid notes, and anchored by patchouli, leather, and wood notes, this scent is reflective of the spending the season aboard your private yacht, leisurely sailing from one port to another. The mountain peak Mont Blanc may be known for its dangerous winter snow caps, but the fragrance will be revered for the depth of its summertime tranquility.

 

—Carl Ayers

Spring 2021 Men’s At-Home Spa Care

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Fellas, spring has sprung, and it’s time to get ready for the summer. They say summer bodies are made in the winter, but Fashion Reverie says it’s always the right time to take care of yourself. Due to the temporary business closings and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have realized that a lot of things we did in person can actually be done virtually, or at home. Office meetings have turned to video conferences. Grocery shopping has turned to an array of grocery and meal delivery services. And spa visits have turned into at-home staycation-style treatments.

Fashion Reverie has compiled a list of spa-worthy products you can use at home to get your hair, face, and skin glowing like never before. And as an added bonus, most of these products are from small businesses, so you’re helping budding entrepreneurs. This way, treating yourself is the gift that keeps on giving.

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Epara Cleansing Lotion ($56)

This silky smooth cleanser won’t strip your face, and softens and moisturizes the skin while removing impurities. Using plant extracts and botanical brighteners, it targets imperfections and evens your skin tone, leaving your skin nourished.

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Beneath Your Mask Illuminate Clarifying Face Mask ($70)

Comprised of detoxifying clays, superfoods and pure plant botanicals, this mask clears complexion, minimizes the appearance of pores, brightens and softens skin, increases cell turnover, and promotes healthy, glowing skin. The ingredients include honey (a natural antioxidant and anti-aging agent), coconut milk (prevents wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots), and numerous vitamins and minerals to hydrate, soothe skin irritations, increase collagen production and cell rejuvenation, heal blemishes and acne scars, and reduce hyperpigmentation. This product is good for all skin types from dry to oily because it clarifies and soothes without leaving the skin dry or raw.

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Ceylon ($30)

Skin toner is an essential element of a successful skincare regimen. This moisturizing toner helps maintain the skin’s balance and preps it before applying moisturizer. It contains witch hazel to reduce inflammation, coix seed to improve texture, and glycerin to help pull moisture to the surface of the skin.

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bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($33)

Available in 20 different shades, this tinted moisturizer keeps skin hydrated up to 12 hours after application and is proven to boost skin’s hydration by 215% in just 1 week. It is a lightweight gel-cream, 98% of its ingredients are naturally derived, and it combines hydrating skincare benefits with SPF protection. What more could you want?

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Aaron Wallace 3-Step Haircare System ($50)

The hair on the top of your head is just as important as the hair on your face. The Aaron Wallace 3-step haircare system expertly attends to all of your follicles. Infused with mango butter and black seed oil, their completely natural formulations gently cleanse, strengthen and moisturize to combat early receding hair and patches in the beard. They focus on maximum hydration and nutrition to penetrate thick hair and nourish from the tip to the root, resulting in healthier, more supple head and beard hair.

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Aba Love Apothecary ($38)

Cleansing your hair is only one step. You then need to follow-up and keep it, and the skin underneath moisturized. This beard oil calms skin with essential oils including organic vetiver and lavender blended in organic goldenseed jojoba oil. Scented with a bright woodsy aroma with a pinch of spiced floral musk, it won’t clog your pores and can be used as a facial serum, beard oil and a shaving oil.

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Oui The People Ingrown Relief Toner ($25)

This is not your typical facial toner. It features a simplified, fragrance-free formula of witch hazel, vegetable glycerin, and exfoliating gluconolactone, a poly-hydroxy acid (or PHA). Oui The People call this toner the “shy sister” to more powerful acids, which usually fall under the alpha-hydroxy acid and beta-hydroxy acid umbrellas. The PHA works to slough away the skin cell buildup that can cause ingrown hairs. This easier-going exfoliation uses the fatty acids and antioxidants to leave your skin with a smoother, brighter, more even tone.

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Chloe and Chad Lemongrass Body Wash ($28)

This body wash is simple and straight to the point. It is an invigorating body wash that will leave your skin moisturized without all the extra stuff that other body washes contain Made from all natural, vegan ingredients, their entire skincare line is being formulated in small batches to ensure you receive the freshest and most effective formulations. And they use only premium essential oils in their skincare, never fragrance oils.

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Gilded Body Polish Skin Brightening Polish ($45)

This body scrub—excuse me—body polish screams decadence! Combining the velvety, mineral rich “champagne” of salts, French gray sea salt & Fleur De Sel de Guerande, with moisturizing and antioxidant-rich oils and butters, creates the ultimate body buffing experience.  It exfoliates dull surface cells for smooth, radiant skin, polishes with mineral-rich salt crystals, and the natural citric acid refines and brightens. It truly is luxury in a jar.

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 Buttah by Dorion Renaud CocoShea Cream ($19)

It’s like butter, baby! This cocoa and shea butter concoction was created to moisturize, protect, and soothe. This lightweight moisturizing cream replenishes dry skin, locks in moisture, and improves the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. The infusion of hyaluronic acid and vitamin E into the African rich butters manifest a super-charged formula helps restore your complexion’s healthy glow for a more youthful appearance.

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Naturally London Exhale Detoxifying Foot Soak with Moringa Oil ($20)

You must take of yourself from the roots of your hair to the tips of your toes. The feet are often forgotten when one thinks about relaxation, but they are an essential part of your overall health and tranquility. Refresh and revive in this antioxidant-rich foot soak that draws out impurities, detoxifies and exfoliates your feet. Dead Sea salt and chlorella (algae extract) detoxify your feet from heavy metals and toxins while the moringa oil cleanses and moisturizes.

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Southern Hospitality Heel-to-Toe Gift Set ($15)

There are steps to keeping your feet in tip top form. You have to clean and moisturize, but sometimes you have to also treat and heal your feet. This set of products from Southern Hospitality include a balm to revitalize your rough, calloused, and cracked heels—it’s also good on elbows, knees, and knuckles—and a salve to hydrate your cracked cuticles. We can’t promise that you’ll become a foot model afterward, but you’ll definitely be much better than where you started off.

—Carl Ayers

Men’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and oh what a year we’ve had. Tis the season for giving, and, more importantly, for being thankful and thoughtful. So instead of giving generic gifts this season, let’s put a little more thought and intent on how we share our love.

Instead of a general men’s holiday gift guide, we have curated a list of presents for the different types of guys in your life. Remember, it’s the thought that counts. And this year, a little more thought and love means so much more.

The Outdoorsman: Sun Joe Backyard Fire Pit $219.99

As winter begins a few days after Christmas, it makes sense that we begin the list with a gift that is appropriate for the season, that he can use right away. For the guy that likes to be outdoors when there’s a chill in the air, get this Sun Joe wood burning fire pit. This cast stone fire pit is an eye-catching addition to your outdoor space and a great way to enjoy the backyard year-round, from summer s’mores with the kids to winter nightcaps with friends.

The Music Enthusiast: LuguLake Record Player $235.99            

If he prefers hosting guests indoors, he may also prefer a record player. This LuguLake record player is designed to resemble a vintage gramophone turntable, but it is loaded with modern technology. Not only does it play vinyl records, but it also plays FM radio, can play music from other devices via Bluetooth, USB, or Aux input, and has a remote control. It also has two built-in full range speakers, an independent subwoofer, and the copper horn is built with a tweeter that maximizes the realism of sound. Not bad for a replica, huh?

The Zen Master: Scented Little Moments Candle $20.00

If music doesn’t take him to his happy place, maybe aromatherapy is his mood stabilizer. Scented Little Moments is a Dallas, Texas-based small business that specializes in hand-crafted scented candles. Made in small batches, they offer a range of scents from light and airy to sultry and sensual. Additionally, if you want something more personal, they can help create a custom candle just for him … or you.

The Student: Rocketbook Smart Notebook $32

Speaking of advanced designs, who needs smart tech more than a student? Even though he may be attending class from home, some things remain the same—like the need to take good notes. Some people take notes on their laptop or smartphone, but most of us still use notebooks. Why not combine the ease of handwritten notes with the convenience of digital filing? Rocketbook Core notebook pages are made of special material let him write, scan, and send his notes to be saved in any of his cloud services. He can then wipe the notebook pages clean with a moist cloth so it can be used over and over. This one notebook becomes a hundred notebooks, and sorting, filing, and finding notes has never been easier.

The Professional: Xebec Duo Laptop Monitor $399.99

If your guy is not studying from home, but rather working from home, he may still be in the market for tech that eases his workload. In the office, a lot of us have two computer monitors. However, most people working from home use a single monitor from their laptop, and often, a single monitor just won’t do. Xebec has come up with a solution to add not just one, but two monitors to your laptop display. The double monitor quickly mounts onto your laptop, you slide the two screens into view, connect the screens via the included cables, and you’re ready to go within seconds. Now you have three screens to simultaneously view spreadsheets, emails, and any other applications you need. Fifteen seconds to set up, easy to use, and light enough to take with you anywhere.

The Gamer: Playstation 5 $499.99

All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. We all need some downtime from what’s happening in our world, and the newest way to escape reality is with the recently released Playstation 5 gaming console. This is the hottest item of the year. With its onset of new technology, the system is faster, the colors are brighter, and your game immersion is next level. There are two versions—one that uses discs and is backwards compatible to play PS4 games, and an all-digital version that only downloads games from the Playstation network. You can play with virtual reality, watch movies, and control your streaming devices. The Playstation 5 may become his new all-around home entertainment station.

The Cook: Lodge Chef’s Collection Cast Iron Skillet $40

Maybe video games are not his thing. Maybe he finds his sanctuary in the kitchen. If so, he can cook to his heart’s content with a Lodge Chef’s Collection skillet. The cast iron skillet is one of the most versatile and durable tools in a chef’s kitchen. Gentle enough to create light and fluffy omelets, yet sturdy enough to endure barbequing ribs, this pan is essential. This skillet comes pre-seasoned and ready to go. He can unwrap it Christmas morning and start using it Christmas night.

The Sophisticate: Amerigo Gold Whiskey Stones & Uncle Nearest Whiskey $29.99 and $49

Every good meal should be accompanied by a good beverage. Sometimes, the beverage is all you need. And if the beverage is whiskey, then you know that good whiskey can stand alone—no chaser. He may want his drink chilled, but he probably doesn’t want it diluted. These gold whiskey stones by Amerigo address both matters. After being chilled, these stones take the place of ice—they cool down, but won’t water down, your drink. And you can’t give him the cubes alone. You must include a bottle to enjoy them with. We suggest Uncle Nearest whiskey. Uncle Nearest is the man who taught Jack Daniels how to make whiskey. Yes, that Jack Daniels. Now his family has their own operation, and they’ve already won 20 awards in the past 2 years. Grab a bottle if you can.

The Family Man: DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Smartphone Gimbal $119

The holiday season is the most special time to be around the family. This is when we make memories that last a lifetime. With smartphones increasingly replacing cameras and video recorders of yesteryear, why not use the opportunity and technology to create the next generation of family movies? Everyone’s hands are not steady enough to produce cinema-quality videos, and he may not be able to get all of the angles he wants on his own, so get him this handy gimbal by DJI. He can easily capture photos and video while static or in motion in a number of shooting modes, reduce shakiness, quickly edit and share content, and more with the tap of just a few buttons. He may not become the next Martin Scorsese, but he may be your designated cameraman for all future family events.

The Newlywed: This Is My Year Gear Hubby Sweatshirt $34

If it’s your first Christmas together as a married couple, you already have the best gift—each other. But you can put your stamp on it with this “Hubby” sweatshirt from Etsy boutique retailer This Is My Year Gear. This is a fun, unique way to celebrate the beginnings of your new life together, and it’s a gift you’re sure no one else will get for him.

The Stylish Man: Romira Design Personalized Robe $68.35

A man’s home is his castle, and he should always feel comfortable at home. Let him strut around and be the king of the hill every day in this robe by Romira Design. It comes with a crown embroidered on the back, and has additional space for his name. The robe is plush with patch pockets, shawl collar, and matching belt. There are 10 color options for the terry robe, and 4 colorways for the velour robes. Romira Design has other designs you can have embroidered on robes, and, if you like, you can you can get a matching robe for yourself.

All images courtesy of their respective brands

The Sports Fan: Serge Ibaka x Nobis Collection $50-$850

For basketball fans, the walk through the tunnel has become the must-see pre-game fashion parade. Here, players walk from the arena front door to the locker room, showing off their sense of style while cameras record their every step, and within minutes, fashion experts breakdown every outfit and identify every item worn. With the NBA encamped in a bubble zone during the last half of the season because of COVID-19, there was no tunnel walk through, hardly any stylish outfits to be seen, and barely any player fashion to be coveted. Despite that, basketball’s love affair with fashion still pulls through, but now in the form of a limited-edition collaboration between former Toronto Raptor, now current L.A. Clipper, Serge Ibaka and Canadian outerwear and accessory brand Nobis. For Ibaka, who is known for his #BigScarfEnergy, this is first foray into fashion design. The collection consists of nine pieces, including a parka, anorak, bomber, vests, hats, and, of course, scarves, all of which can be laundered at home. Hopefully we will all be able to emerge from our COVID-19 bubbles soon. And when we do, it’s fashion game on!

Any guy on your list would be happy to have any gift from Fashion Reverie’s 2020 men’s holiday guide. It is the thought that counts, so think fun, think fly, and think fashionable.

—Carl Ayers

Fashion Reverie’s Men’s Fall 2020 Coat Roundup

With the onset of the colder months, it is time to start bundling up. However, with the weather being rather erratic, sometimes we need just a light jacket and other times we need heavier insulation. To help endure the wavering temperatures, Fashion Reverie has assembled a list of fall jackets and coats that will keep you styling and profiling before the heavy snow arrives.

Images of Woolrich, Pyer Moss, Wacka Maria, and Casablanca courtesy of their respective brands

 

After this year’s battle with COVID-19, we are making up for lost time. This fall, people are heading out to shop, dine, and hang with friends. For all of the missed brunch and OOTD summer selfies, we are going above and beyond for the fall flicks. Pyer Moss’ guitar coat is a statement within itself and will bring out your inner rock star. Woolrich’s gives us a two-for-one deal with their reversible buffalo plaid jacket—plaid on one side, and a black bubble jacket on the other. Wacko Maria’s reversible fleece jacket continues the animal print trend from pre-fall while Casablanca’s printed jacket with shearling collar and cuffs (and matching pants) will keep you warm and ready well into the winter.

Images of Pronounce, Suitsupply, Fear Of God Zegna, and TopMan courtesy of their respective brands

 

If you want a clean look, but don’t want to look too formal, opt for a long coat. Whether a trench or an overcoat, a long coat can dress up an outfit without making it too serious. TopMan’s peach-colored felt topcoat breaks up the monotony of khaki trench coats. SuitSupply’s dark red wool and cashmere overcoat is subtly textured with a herringbone weave. Why? Because the small details matter. Fear Of God teamed up with Ermenegildo Zegna for a collection of reimagined classic pieces, including this single-breasted wool coat. Pronounce hit the ball out of the park with their printed trench. Whether you think the print is chaotic or calming, wither way, it is definitely eye-catching.

Images of Brooklyn Circus, Amiri, A Cold Wall, and Lacoste courtesy of their respective brands

 

Keeping busy? You would want a coat that blends into your active schedule and enhances the vibe, not restricts it. For the man who likes to be relaxed, but is always on the go, there are a number of options. The wool body and leather sleeves of the Lacoste color block varsity jacket gives you the ease of a young man, with the nostalgia of a mature one. The Brooklyn Circus’ Triple Black Moto is all-black, all serious, and all bad ass. Amiri’s scarf patchwork bomber merges an American silhouette with the reviled silk scarves of Italy. For the outdoorsman, there’s the Clay Compression flight jacket from A-Cold-Wall. Outfitted with cables and pockets galore, you won’t have to worry about carrying your daily gear, even if it is just your cell phone.

Images of Ralph Lauren, Schott, Brett Johnson, and Theory courtesy of their respective brands

 

If there’s one quintessential coat for the cold months, it is the peacoat. Originally designed to protect sailors on the high seas, the peacoat has become a citizen staple. Schott NYC is one of the most well-known peacoat brands with its traditional broad collar and streamlined welt pockets. Brett Johnson offers a slightly more relaxed version which is softer and more pliable, but just as warm. Ralph Lauren turns up the fashion notch by giving his peacoat a beacon pattern. Theory turns the design on its ear with its plaid pattern and faux shearling collar.

Images of All Saints,Tods, Paul Smith, and Save the Duck courtesy of their respective brands

 

What’s fall without the puffer, or bubble coat? All Saints has a traditional padded coat in all black. Tod’s has created a high-collared version in military olive green with orange piping. Paul Smith stays true to their sustainability statement and recycled jackets to create their printed puffer. Save The Duck wants to catch everyone’s attention with their duckling yellow version.

—Carl Ayers

A Blast from the Past: New Fall 2020 Men’s Fragrances

Image courtesy of 72usa.com

D-19 pandemic has left us all a bit rattled and unsure. While we are looking forward to a brighter future, some of us are turning to familiar things from our past to give us a sense of normalcy. Maybe it’s an old tee shirt that brings you comfort, or a familiar blanket that gives you solace. Perhaps there are sights, sounds, and smells that help calm your nerves—reminiscing over family photos, putting in your headphones and listening to the sounds of the crashing waves, or turning to aromatherapy.

It is well documented that scents can help alleviate stress. Traditionally, people have relied on scents like lavender, bergamot, and yuzu to sooth tension and anxiety. No wonder they are popular ingredients in some of the best-selling colognes. If you’re into aromatherapy, coupled with retail therapy, Fashion Reverie has assembled a list of the best fall 2020 colognes that are modern versions of fragrances that have made us smell good and feel good.

Image courtesy of Armani

Giorgio Armani’s Acqua di Gio, released in 1996, was created to evoke a sense of freedom, full of wind and water. This original scent has notes of bitter citrus, salty sea water, and spicy woods via Calabrian bergamot, sweet persimmon, and Indian patchouli. The latest version, Acqua di Gio Profondo, builds upon the original marine, citrus, and woody chords, and introduces lavender, rosemary, and musk to take you from an aquatic Mediterranean voyage to a deep dive into the profoundness of the soul.

Image courtesy of Jean Paul Gaultier

Every decade has its reverential fragrance, and the 1990’s were ruled by Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Male. It is described as a duality of contrasts—traditional and bold, fresh and mild, strong and sensual. The base of the cologne is vanilla, tonka bean, sandalwood, and cedar, which is the layered with cinnamon, cumin, and orange blossom. It is topped off with fresh mint and lavender. In 2020, consumers received not one, but four new entries into the Le Male product line.

Le Male Aviator is an aromatic blend of mint, violet leaf, and woody notes. Le Male Eau de Toilette Airlines is a retail travel limited-edition fragrance consisting of lavender, mint, bergamot, orange, cinnamon, tonka bean, and woods. Le Mâle Pride Collector is an oriental scent like the Eau de Toilette Airline, perhaps with heavier notes of vanilla and cardamom. Le Male Le Parfum is another exotic fragrance, but this one has notes of cardamom, lavender, iris, vanilla, with woody undertones. The house of Gaultier may be scaling back their fashion product lines, but their fragrance collection is going full steam ahead.

Images courtesy of Gucci

In 2011, Gucci released its’ alpha male scent, Guilty Pour Homme. The charismatic scent, made for the man who knows what he wants, has top notes of lemon and lavender, followed by orange blossom, and grounded with cedar and patchouli. The 2020 intense version, Gucci Guilty Pour Homme Eau de Parfum, ramps up the heat with accords of chili peppers, but soothes out with fresh roses.

Images courtesy of YSL

Y for Men is a relatively new product line for Yves Saint Laurent, launched in 2017 with the fragrance Y. Created for Generation Y, hence its name, the scent aimed to capture the spirit of youth, representing a balance between freshness and strength. On top, you will notice bergamot and ginger, but its base layer is outlined by ambergris and musk. Three years later, the new Y Eau Fraiche still meets the cool factor. The icy and spicy aspects of fresh lemon, ginger, pepper, and frankincense are cooled by geranium, peppermint, juniper berries, and lavender. The Y family of fragrances may be young, but it has a promising future ahead of it.

Image courtesy of Burberry

In the early 2000’s, almost every guy had at least one bottle of a Burberry cologne. One of the cult favorites was Touch for Men. A woody-floral-musk scent, the fragrance had a sharp air of young sophistication. Formulated of violet leaf, mandarin orange, white pepper, and vetiver, this scent let everyone know that you had arrived, literally and figuratively. The newest fragrance from the house of Burberry is Mr. Burberry Element. The Mr. Burberry fragrance family line is one of classic, traditional British perfumery. The original Mr. Burberry fragrance, which was released in 2016, incorporated elements of grapefruit, tarragon, birch leaf, and vetiver. The 2020 Mr. Burberry Element release encapsulates the modern, masculine, fresh aspects of outdoor life. The scent represents the elements of the outdoors with its ingredients of oak moss, juniper, and green almond.

Images courtesy of Tom Ford

The penultimate fragrance for fall 2020 is a Tom Ford fragrance. The Private Blend collection debuted in 2007 and consisted of twelve unisex eau de parfums that could be used alone or in conjunction with one another. With such a wide selection, a bottle of Tom Ford cologne was on every guys’ Christmas list.

Also launched in 2007 was Tom Ford for Men. This fragrance was a fresh citrusy scent that was also warm, woody, and spicy. It harked of notes of Tunisian orange, lemon leaf, grapefruit, amber, patchouli, pepper, and tobacco leaf.

In 2020, Tom Ford released his latest unisex scent, Black Orchid Parfum. The original Black Orchid scent is a 2006 floral-spicy women’s perfume, highlighted by black orchid, black truffle, black currant, ylang-ylang, incense, amber, and sandalwood. The new iteration is an intensified unisex version of the old, with the addition of black plum and heavier notes of black orchid and ylang-ylang. There is a reason why Tom Ford fragrances are so coveted, they are truly decadent, in a manner where luxury meets indulgence.

—Carl Ayers

Menswear Fall 2020 Pick: TAFT’s Fifth Avenue Sneakers

Though we are still in the lazy, hazy days of summer, autumn is quickly approaching. And with the onset of Autumn, consumers are starting to think about footwear.

As much as we love the freedom of sandals and comfortable sneakers or slides, in a month or so it will be time to abandon summer footwear and embrace footwear worn during the fall and winter. And that footwear can be stylish, fashion-forward, and comfortable.

TAFT footwear was developed in the tiny two-bedroom apartment of Kory and Mallory Stevens in 2013. In a world of poorly made shoes, TAFT products are built to last. Every pair is hand-cut and Blake-stitched using vegetable-tanned leathers from top European tanneries and mills. Your shoes will look beautiful right out of the box, and for years to come.

The quality of product and craftmanship applies to the brand’s new line of sneaker footwear. These new sneakers feature a split upper mixed with a unique side paneling. Named after the iconic Fifth Avenue in New York City, these will be an instant head-turner. You can get a sneaker anywhere; you can only get the Fifth Avenue from TAFT.

  • Black is matte black leather upper with a patent leather panel
  • Honey is full honey leather, including panel, hand painted
  • White is white leather upper, with the honey leather panel
  • Yellow is a yellow leather upper with a forest green wool panel, hand painted yellow
  • Orange is an orange leather upper with a forest green wool panel, hand painted orange
  • Navy is a wool upper with honey leather paneling
  • Lavender-scented soles (really!)
  • Suede and leather heel accents
  • Stitched construction
  • Eco Rubber Sole
  • Handmade in Spain

Images courtesy of Michele Marie PR

If you are interested in something other than fall sneakers, TAFT has you covered with its incredible line of boots. Whether you are in the market for something casual or you are looking for something sophisticated and classy, TAFT has the answers for all your fall 2020 footwear needs.

Staff

Menswear Pick: MACEOO Sneakers

If you are familiar with MACEOO as a menswear clothing brand, hold on to your horses, MACEOO has branched into footwear. And footwear that make your pulse race a little faster.

Known for his mathematically engineered precise designs, creative director and founder Mehdi Raad, the great fit of MACEOO clothing is the result of innovative algebraic algorithm based upon data from 30 million North American men. The extrapolated data ensures that all MACEOO pieces fit like custom-tailored garments. All of the garments in the collection are designed in Paris using the highest quality Italian fabrics and reflects that stylish, relaxed lifestyle of the YOLO West Coast.

Though this new footwear venture contains some traditional formal footwear, it is the sneakers that stand out. Crafted by skilled artisans from premium quality Italian leather and other fine materials, each pair is enhanced by amazing details and designed for maximum style at accessible prices. The footwear follows the brand’s commitment to the precise fits and cuts. 

Medhi Raad uniquely understands that in order to get traction in the casual footwear market, he must appeal to a younger male demographic. This demographic is accustomed an expansive array of styles, silhouettes and fabrications. And to catch their fancy, so to speak, particularly sneakers must be of the highest quality with innovative styles that will make the consumer stand out. MACEOO sneakers fit that bill.

Images courtesy of Mannfolk PR

Additionally, there is a bit of whimsy to these sneaks. In some ways, these sneakers have an abstract art aesthetic. Think Jackson Pollock and Rothko!!

Must-haves include: casuals such as Honey Brown ($198) in Italian Leather, stitched bottom, textured side and rubber soles; BlackSplash ($198) with artsy black splatter design, textured side panels, stitched bottom and rubber soles; and Skull White ($198) with the skull head design, with the brand’s Royal Blue signature insole, textured side panels and rubber soles; the Artisan Blue ($225) with contrasting braided leather details, the Royal Blue signature insole and stitched rubber soles.

—William S. Gooch

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