Fashion Reverie’s Favorite Men’s Sneaker Finds for the Winter 2023 Season

Around this time of year, the kicks you bought in the fall may be looking worn out, thanks to winter weather. To help you out, the team at Fashion Reverie has selected great footwear that will make you excited to try a new pair for yourself.

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Balenciaga Track Led Sneakers

Balenciaga is stepping up their game with the functionality of this sneaker that will have you effortlessly walking the streets of your favorite city in all weather conditions. This shoe features a stacked rubber sole, mesh paneling, front lace-up fastening and is the perfect shoe for keeping yourself on the move this winter season.

$1,400 available at farfetch.com

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Culture of Brave Heather Grit Mid-Top Sneaker

Culture of Brave, an inclusive brand of Italian-made luxury leather sneakers, is helping individuals on their daily commute with footwear that is built to last. This shoe features a Sardinian cork midsole for outstanding comfort and Vero Cuoio insolve which allows the shoes to adapt to your feet.

$790 available in limited quantities at achivesf.com

 

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ROA – Double Neal Sneaker Black

This sneaker offers a sturdy rubber sole by Vibra that is perfect for poor conditions and rough surfaces during the winter.  The mesh lining is elasticized, and the sneaker also offers a padded collar that makes it the ideal sneaker for a busy city commute or a weekend getaway hiking through trails.

$280 available at mrporter.com

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VANS UltraRange EXO Hi MTE-1 Sneakers

Vans has revamped their iconic high-top silhouette shoe for winter wear. The features include the implementation of a HydroGuard, making the sneaker waterproof with thermal insulation to help you stay warm when the weather turns frosty. The shoe also features a durable lug outsole for traction and toughness in slippery conditions.

$135 available at vans.com

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Converse Chuck Taylor All Star All Terrain Counter Climate Shoes

This sneaker is built with weatherproof fabric and features one of the brands most iconic silhouettes, including the well-known Chuck Taylor aesthetic. The colors of this shoe, coupled with the traction outsole, give it versatility from outdoor life to urban life during these winter months and make it the perfect addition to any active male’s wardrobe.

 $135 available at converse.com

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Cariuma High Top Suede Sneaker

Finding a pair of suede shoes is always great, but this pair from Cariuma can handle all kinds of conditions and is innovated for winterproof wear. Because of global warming, winter weather can be very unpredictable; however, these sneakers are water-repellent and crafted for total warmth, using vegan suede and cozy vegan shearling made from recycled materials.

$129 available at cariuma.com

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Converse Run Star Motion CX Platform

This sneaker from Converse has a funky and unique monochromatic color design and scheme that helps you stand out in the crowd. The lightweight CX goam midsolve and elevated stance makes this converse sneaker stand out. And the newly implemented technology adds comfort to your stride while on the go.

$120 available at converse.com

—Ryan Salfino

 

 

 

 

 

 

Menswear Pick: 2023 Winter Boot Roundup

The best men’s winter shoes for 2023 are here to help you add style to your wardrobe this winter season. At Fashion Reverie, we’ve selected some favorites that are sure to leave you impressed and satisfied throughout the winter season.

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TAFT x You Viking Boot

Taft, a direct-to-consumer men’s footwear brand, has launched a made-to-order program where consumers can custom design their own shoes and boots with endless possibilities for design. Don’t miss out of these custom designed shoes!!

$375 available at taftclothing.com

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Wolverine Gold Glove Boot

Wolverine, the 139-year-old boot and clothing company, and Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., launched their third, limited-edition Wolverine 1000 Mile Boot. This third limited edition celebrates the 20 professional players honored with the Rawlings Gold Glove Award this year.

$450 available in limited quantities at wolverine.com

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HARRYS LONDON Maddox F Boot

This suede ebony-colored boot gives a polished look that adds style and edge to your wardrobe. The ‘aqua’ suede leather works perfectly with the elasticized side inserts to make the boot easy to wear when you need to look good in a hurry, all while offering extra sole protection.

$750 available at harrysoflondon.com

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Blundstone Chelsea Boot

This black boot combines legendary comfort and outstanding durability for your winter wardrobe. The shoes are crafted with such high quality there is no need to break them in at any point. Just wear and go.

$210 available at blundstone.com

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Wolverine 1000 Mile Plain-Toe Rugged Boot

This dressy brown winter boot is ideal for keeping you safe from iced-over sidewalks and slippery concrete while you head out for formal occasions this holiday season. And an extra is this boot looks good and can go with almost any outfit!!

 $400 available at wolverine.com

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Vasque Sundowner GTX Boots

These jet-black utilitarian boots are perfect for winter and can be styled with baggy, cold-weather garments. The performance beats most competitors with its waterproof leather strength that stands up to the toughest of conditions. It also has a timeless style that impresses during those cold-weather commutes.

$240 available at amazon.com

 

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L.L. Bean Men’s Snow Sneakers 4

This brown snow sneaker is all about winter comfort and comes equipped with the superior traction of Vibram Arctic Grip. The boot is perfect for adding grip on icy and wet surfaces due to a Vibram IceTrek lugged sole that offers slip resistance on slick or snow-covered terrain.

$149 available at llbean.com

—Ryan Salfino

 

 

Fashion Reverie’s 2022 Holiday Picks for the Man in Your Life

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Well, it looks like we might be heading in the right direction. According to Adobe Analytics, Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales topped at 9.12 billion an increase of 2.3 percent over 2021 Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales.

Whether we are totally out of the COVID-19 dark forest or not, consumers are coming out of the woods, so to speak, and spending and prepping for the holidays as if COVID-19 was a thing of the past. And since sales are up, there is no better time than to look at great holiday gifts for the 2022 holiday season.

This holiday season, Fashion Reverie looks to great holiday gifts for the man in your life. Remember, the men in life matter, and don’t want to be stranded in the cold this holiday season.

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SHALAJ

As Fashion Reverie has often detailed in many articles on the site, fashion is now and next. And nothing says now and next than SHALAJ. SHALAJ is a Korean streetwear brand launched in 2019 by creative director Shalaj Poonyarit.

SHALAJ is a luxury streetwear brand that is literally wearable art.  Poonyarit created the brand as a way for his artwork to be experienced through different mediums. His collections are inspired by his experiences in life around him to create pieces that express his perception and emotion.

The brand utilizes premium materials to create clothing that is more than your average piece including details such as twist hardware. Prices range from $200 to $5700. And don’t assume because SHALAJ is luxury streetwear that the brand is only for that young male consumer. There is something in the current collection for everyone, literally. Remember, 40 is the new 25, well kind of!!

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HARRYS LONDON

You may want your man to be stylish, but he also wants comfort. While lots of guys love to flaunt great style, remember, comfort and ease movement are also on the list.

This holiday season give your special both style and comfort with some HARRYS LONDON footwear. “Our objective is simple: to produce shoes that feels as good as it looks. We do this by fusing contemporary design and technical innovation with time-tested craftsmanship. Our shoes are made to meet modern-day demands, so comfort and style are always our first considerations,” details the brand.

From stylish sneakers to boots to loafers, there is footwear in HARRY LONDON’s fall 2022 collection for every man. And there are also some great accessories—belts, bags, wallets, and gloves—that will meet you guys’ daily needs.

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MicroTouch SOLO Titanium

Looking good on the outside also includes great grooming. If you guy is very busy, he may not have a lot of time to spend with his barber. With MicroTouch’s SOLO Titanium groomer, your man can keep his hair, moustache, and beard groomed at home.

The MicroTouch SOLO Titanium is precise with polished stainless-steel blades with three pro grooming guides dial in the perfect length for your style. And with 200 micro-strokes per second, you cannot go wrong. Another bonus, the price is just right at $29.99.

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BALLS

Speaking of grooming, while your guy may concentrate on his facial grooming, he mustn’t forget grooming below the belt. It is great if the carpet matches the curtains, no pun intended.

BALLS has a series of grooming tools and body lotions and creams that will keep your guys down under pristine and primed. Established as a result of some awkward conversations, the brand has created a series of products for below the equator.

“We set upon a quest to design and develop a trimmer made for effectively grooming the most sensitive of areas. “No snags on our bags” was the goal … and after experimenting with hundreds of different blades and designs, we released the Balls™ Trimmer. We believe our trimmer—with its ceramic anti-nick blades and SackSafe™ guard—and the Balls™ line of lotions and washes are the best solution to an unpleasant groin.

We also realized that men’s grooming is still quite a taboo topic … but not for our customer support team and staff. We’ve dedicated ourselves to being the best partner for all things Balls-related. Have a question? Just ask. We’re specialists with 24/7 customer support from real human beings with real balls (literal or metaphorical.)”

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State Cashmere

If you are living on the East Coast or in the Midwest, temperatures are quite chilly. Cold weather doesn’t mean that you must bundle up without any sense of style or panache. Yes, it is possible to be stylish, comfortable, and warm at the same time.

Founded in 2017, State Cashmere founders come from a family of shepherds in Inner Mongolia and grew up watching their family herd cashmere goats. “Unlike most cashmere brands in the industry, we only work directly with the shepherds from Inner Mongolia and have formed trusted relationships. We vow to never work with middlemen, traders, or brokers as they harm the profits of our shepherds and increase the prices for our customers,” details the brand.

From vest to hoodies to crewneck sweaters to turtlenecks, polo sweater, and cardigans, there is something in this collection for every man. And the price points will not break the bank with prices starting at $105.

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Mission Atelier

As you have probably noticed, there is a lot of accessories on the market for the male consumers for the holiday season. Many of these accessories are great options for your special guy; however, most of them don’t come with a message.

Mission Atelier creates fine jewelry with a message and purpose. Founded in 2016 by Bobby London, Mission Atelier creates fine jewelry and accessories for both men and women ranging from necklaces to cufflinks and everything in between. London’s vision initially began with a clean and abstract symbol that embodied all the elements of his design aesthetic—reimagining traditional pieces as art works and exploration of scale, proportion, and whitespace. Each collection could be considered minimalist beauty with a purpose. Their wares can be found in a number of high-end retailers in San Francisco, Palm Springs and online.

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DL Eyewear

In case you haven’t noticed eyewear is all the rage. And to be honest, eyewear can add a certain type of swag to a guy who knows how to pull off that look. Eyewear is no longer the province of the optically impaired or full-time nerds.

Founded by Dan Levy, DL Eyewear is that person that is looking to enhance their style and swag with great eyewear. “DL Eyewear is the result of decades of experimenting with my own eyewear. Essentially, eyewear should be fun. The thrill of matching a frame to your mood. The exploration of personal style. The building of an optical wardrobe. I wanted to create special yet accessible frames that people would love to wear and collect.

In doing so, we will release frames when they are ready rather than sticking to a seasonal schedule. We are investing time and considerable care in every element—from addressing a multitude of face shapes to arriving at the perfect name.

For the 2022 holiday season, the collection features an accessible variety of sunglasses ($150), optical frames ($140) and accessories for everyone on your shopping list.

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Spirit Hub

This is the season to turn it up. And everybody loves some great spirits, particularly during the holiday season. So if the guy in your life loves a good holiday kicker, some whiskey or bourbon may be the gift for him.

Spirit Hub is an online retailer offering unique handpicked craft spirits, makes for an excellent and hassle-free gift. Spirit Hub has an amazing selection of specialty whiskeys. Spirit Hub offers everything from single malt and small batches to different bourbons and scotch whiskeys. If you are a whiskey lover, you will surely find something you like at spirit hub. 

—William S. Gooch

 

 

Editors’ Menswear Pick: blú swimwear Keeps You in Style

Man, it is hot and humid. And humid, hot weather means one thing. It is cool off beach time!!

But what to wear. Ladies always have a wide range of choices when it comes to beachwear or pool parties. But guys usually go for the tried-and-true swimsuit they have been wearing for several season. Even if the swimsuit doesn’t fit that well or looks like something out of the 1980s cult classic “Weekend at Bernie’s.” (Jonathan Silverman and Andrew McCarthy did have some great swimwear.)

Ditch the old swimsuit and show out your style and great fashion sense in blú swimwear.  blú swimwear has something for all of your poolside and beach needs.

Inspired by a conversation with her son on a Caribbean vacation, blú swimwear designer Keri O’Shea, when returning to the states, searched for a suit that would check all the boxes—body conscious, but not overly revealing, fashionable yet still functional, colorful but never garish, versatile yet still clearly swimwear.  She immediately called up her dear friend, fellow mom and like-minded creative, Heather Durst, and the duo set about to rethink the modern American swim aesthetic. 

The collection consists of two silhouettes, The Bather, a slim to the body, extended square-cut suit that embodies more of the European side of the range and their version of a Trunk, but with a liner that transports the wearer immediately into the world of luxury swim.  Each silhouette is available in a range of colors and patterns. Regardless of which silhouette you choose; you’ll be glad you did.

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And like all things at Fashion Reverie—because we tried out blú swimwear—we can testify to the fact that you will love the fit, color and styles. In this time of recovery and feral summers, don’t be out of step and out of style with old garments, rev up your summer with blú swimwear.

—William S. Gooch

Editors’ Pick: Spring 2022 Men’s Fragrances That Celebrate Masculinity and Enchantment

Everyone likes making a great first impression, and when it comes to men’s fragrances, the options can be daunting. To help clear up the indecision, we are sharing three of our favorite scents that will narrow down your choices and set the mood to impress.

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Justin Alexander Thank You & Good Luck 50ml price TBD

The first fragrance from bridal designer Justin Alexander, the fragrance, Thank You & Good Luck (T&G), is a sophisticated eau de parfum providing hours of lasting aroma that lingers close to the body. Described as a “celebration of love,” T&G is an aromatic bouquet of flowers and sandalwood and is the perfect union of masculinity and femininity combining to create a signature scent that is versatile and unisex. www.justinalexander.com

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VINCE CAMUTO Homme Eau de Toilette 100ml $82.00

Vince Camuto’s Homme eau de toilette, creates a solid first impression characterized by a fresh aromatic scent that is unmistakably masculine. The fragrance evokes the mystery and allure of the Mediterranean and is intimate without being overbearing. Homme has a slightly trendy quality that is approachable for most men, fusing pressed citron and iced gin with blue cypress and finishing with dry notes of spruce, musk, and atlas cedar. www.vincecamuto.com

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Bvlgari Le Gemme Orom Eau de Parfum 100ml $349.00

For the man looking for something a little extra with a bold profile! A new release, Bvlgari Orom is part of the Le Gemme collection and represents a journey for the senses from East to West, searching for nature’s rarest and most stunning gems. Relaunching 10 of its most loved eau de parfum’s, Bvlgari invites the wearer to find their unique expression based on their olfactory preferences. Bvlgari Orom will leave your senses delighted in luxury with top notes of bourbon vanilla, middle notes of siam benzoin, and base notes of agarwood. www. Bvlgari.com

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Byredo De Los Santos 50ml $196.00

A gender-neutral scent from Byredo, De Los Santos is an aromatic fragrance harmoniously blending earthy musk and green sage, enlivening the senses in a cloud of deep aromatic bliss. The fragrance pays homage to familiar ceremonial scents of Día de los Muertos and All Saints’ Day, capturing the transcendent quality of what it means to come together in a ritual of remembrance. With top notes of clary sage and mirabelle, middle notes of orris and ciste oil, and base notes of musk, ambroxan, and palo santo. www.byredo.com

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V de Robert Piguet 100ml $175.00

Originally created in 1947 for women when it was known as Visa, the recreation of this iconic brand now works perfect for both men and women.   V de Robert Piguet opens with an initial exotic sweetness of ylang-ylang that embraces luscious bergamot and pear. Sumptuous layers of rose, white peach and cinnamon unfold in the warm heart, hinting at the scent’s sultry demeanor. In an unforgettable finale, the juxtaposition of milky sandalwood and gourmand leather evokes a tempting delicacy.

Faithful to Robert Piguet’s original concept, but with a few new charms of its own, V de Robert Piguet is exciting and seductive like an unexpected romantic journey.

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GUESS UOMO Eau de Toilette 100ml $68.00

A new edition to the brand’s fragrance pillar, GUESS UOMO is a celebration of the cool, confident, and collected man living presently in the fullness of his passions. The amber fougere fragrance is sensual with top and mid notes of citrus, fresh floral, and intense spice and followed up with a warm blend of dark woods and sensual amber for a sweet and lingering trail. www.guess.com

Kristopher Hoyle

Men’s Spring 22 Outerwear Roundup

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Hallelujah! Collectively, we can shout and rejoice that spring is upon us. That joyous time of year when we can slough off oversized coats in exchange for lighter versatile jackets to suit the new season. It is safe to say that winter fatigue is a thing, and the thought of suiting up inside an oversized puffer coat can be an emotional drain.

Enter the spring jacket, a lighter-weight option free from the emotional heaviness symbolic of winter coats. This year, the trend for spring points toward a laid-back aesthetic embodied by a carefree attitude and relaxed tailoring to suit every man’s tastes. It’s safe to say that you can start getting in the mood to dress up.

Images courtesy of Nautica. Striped Logo Print Jacket $43.98, Reversible Tampashere Overshirt $128.70

NAUTICA
From classic nylon and denim jackets to more dressed-up fare, Nautica is a staple in every man’s closet, with day to evening options that never sacrifice style or comfort. For spring, Nautica’s lineup showcases stylish, lightweight options in bold colors and prints with an edgy sensibility that pairs well with any combination of pants and shirts.

Images courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger. Utility Shirt Jacket $349.00, Camo Hooded Jacket $229.00
 

TOMMY HILFIGER
Almost 40 years ago, Tommy Hilfiger charmed the American retail consumer with his eponymous line of preppy sportswear aimed at teens and young adults. In 2022 Hilfiger is reimagining classics in new fabrics and silhouettes to create a modern revival of American prep. Among Hilfiger’s outerwear lineup are relaxed pieces that mix well with knit cardigans and chinos for an overall look that is unquestionably cool.

Images courtesy of Perry Ellis. Color Block Waterproof Parka $225.00, Plaid brushed Wool Topper Jacket $237.00

PERRY ELLIS AMERICA
An American classic, Perry Ellis and his namesake are credited with turning around the American menswear market in the 70s and 80s. This season Perry Ellis America continues a long tradition of blending sophisticated forms that transition from day to night with ease. Furthermore, spring highlights an array of colors and fabrics in outerwear that will work well with most any man’s wardrobe.

Images courtesy of Nobis. Mateo Men’s Bomber Jacket $495.00,
 Speck Men’s Tailored Mid Layer Jacket $495.00

NOBIS
For spring 2022, Nobis does not disappoint with its tailored utility tech-inspired apparel. The collection, dubbed Symbiosis, is inspired by the elements capturing the transitional essence of the natural world. Created with the unexpected in mind, their jackets and outerwear work double duty and move from mild to inclement weather without much fuss.

 

BUGATCHI

Images courtesy of Bugatchi. Solid Cotton Safari Jacket $299.00, Solid Cotton Bomber Jacket $259.35 

ATCHI
Bugatchi’s spring collection is a subtle line full of exceptional details found in classic luxury fashion intermixed with performance wear, suggesting a minimalist individuality that maintains a fresh modern appeal. Designed with the highest quality in mind and lightweight materials, Bugatchi delivers jackets and coats that are timeless among their contemporaries and crafted with the utmost care and excellence the brand is known for.

Images courtesy of Romeo Hunte. “It’s Just a Trench” $690.00, Hybrid trench/bomber $2995

ROMEO HUNTE
Romeo Hunte is the kind of fashion brand that inspires and gets your creative fashion muscles in the mood to flex. After what has been a long winter coupled with a worldwide pandemic depressing mostly everyone, Romeo Hunte’s spring 2022 outerwear collection is a dramatic affair! Their outerwear is like a breath of air and leans into a design sensibility with a fresh perspective that makes you giddy with laughter and looking good doing it!

Images courtesy of KENZO, Cloud Camo’ windbreaker jacket $495.00, ‘Zodiac Tiger’ windcheater $565.00

KENZO
Since its founding in 1970 by designer Kenzo Takada, Kenzo, under newly appointed artistic director Nigo, continues in a tradition of weaving energy and a zest for life into each garment, transmuting the ordinary into a modern interpretation of daring and borderless fashion. Kenzo’s spring ’22 jackets and outerwear are a mélange of prints and color in muted pastel hues and dashes of bright, bold colors that maintain the brand’s heritage while updating the fashion code for a new generation of fashion enthusiasts.

—Kristopher Johnson-Hoyle

TAFT’s New WFH Slippers Promote Comfort and Style

If you live on the East Coast or in the Midwest, one thing is certain, temperatures have dropped dramatically. From holiday temperatures that were temperate to unusually warm, 2022 is already proving to come in with a blast of very cold weather.

As most of us are still working from home, you can look great and wear fashionable garments even though there is no one’s eye to catch but your own. Who says comfort and style cannot go hand in hand, even if the only nods you receive is from the most important person in your life, yourself!!

Comfortable stylish slippers can be underestimated. That said, nothing feels better, particularly when temperatures are frosty, and you shuffling between your laptop, the kitchen, the bathroom, and back again then warm, stylish slippers that your feet can luxuriate in.

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TAFT’s new slip-on silhouette offers casual convenience, effortless style, and supportive comfort all in one. The pairs have a full-grain, Spanish woven leather exterior for easy cleaning while the sole and interior is lined with fluffy faux fur that will make your feet feel like they’re engulfed in a cloud. What makes these slippers sought after is their versatility! The WFH Slipper is thick and durable, so you can easily transition these beauties from home to the streets and beyond. The ultimate shoe for comfort is here. 

Price points for these new TAFT slips-on are slightly pricey, $295, but, oh so worth it. And even though you can’t see these fabulous slip-ons during your ZOOM or Google team meetings, that smile on your face will be a testament that your feet look good and feel good. It doesn’t get any better

—William S. Gooch

Men’s Winter 2022 Grooming Guide

 

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Don’t wait until spring to clean out your medicine cabinet and begin a new ritual of self- care. Fashion Reverie has created a list of personal care products that will not only help you survive the winter but will also give you a head start on being brightened, toned, and rejuvenated. The man who stays ready doesn’t have to get ready, and these products will have you ready to combat the winter elements as easily as a snowplow through fresh snow.

On The Go: Artistry Renewing Solution Mini-Set

Being active and busy is no excuse to not address the fundamentals of self-care. Sure, you may not have time for a deep tissue massage, acupuncture, or a trip to the men’s spa, but you can take 5 minutes out of your day to make sure that at least your face is on point. Artistry has created their Renewing Solution Mini-Set so that you can put your freshest face forward no matter where you are—at home, at the office, or at the gym. Compact enough to fit into a small dopp kit, the set includes a foaming cleanser that conditions the skin, a toner that revitalizes and hydrates, and a cream that nourishes your face. In two weeks, you’ll see a more youthful-looking face in the mirror.

Head: Karamo Mantl (for balding men)

Excuse me, sir. Your epidermis is showing! In cold weather, exposed skin is susceptible to drying out, flaking, and even cracking. That’s bad enough if that happens to your hands, but it’s particularly troublesome if it’s happening on your face and head. Bald men may be more prone to the effects of cold weather, so they should take steps to take extra care of their skin. Reality television star Karamo Brown co-founded Mantl, a skincare line that helps cleanse, moisturize, and protect your whole head from environmental stressors.

Though the product line is inspired by balding men, you don’t have to be bald to use it. Everyone needs to protect the skin they’re in. With Mantl, you can keep your head and face covered with their individual products, you can try out a starter kit, or replenish your full routine every three months with their subscription service.

Face: Givenchy Le Soin Noir

When science learns from nature, it can result in some of the best outcomes. Givenchy’s Le Soin Noir line is inspired by Vital Black Algae Sap, a concentrate extracted from sea algae which has the power to regenerate itself. That is combined with the golden sap of another alga to create an advanced formula that optimizes cell reconstruction, increases skin hydration, and stimulates oxygenation. Infused into a range of products from cleansers and serums to cremes and lotions, Le Soin Noir uses millenia-old natural biological processes to develop modern approaches to combat aging.

Eyes: Kiehl’s Age Defender Eye Repair

The cold winter days and long winter nights take a toll on our body, but no one wants to look tired and weathered all the time. Kiehl’s Age Defender Eye Repair is a men’s anti-aging cream that lifts, firms, and visibly reduces dark circles. It firms the skin around the eye to reduce the appearance of crown’s feet and under-eye wrinkles. It also brightens the skin for an age-defying visage.

Teeth: vVardis

Winter is the “get ready” season. This is the time when we prepare ourselves for the “big reveal” in the spring. We hit the gym, we take care of our face and skin, and we work on whitening our smile. vVardis has the last part covered. vVardis’ Whitening Collection is a four-piece oral care set that includes their Edelweiss whitening toothpaste, Rheinholz wooden toothbrush, Weiss bad antibacterial mouthwash, and Aletsch teeth whitening gel. Collectively, this set is engineered to strengthen, whiten, and protect your teeth while providing a long-lasting, healthy-looking smile.

Hands: O’Keefe’s Working Hands Hand Cream

Our hands may be the most exposed and used parts of our body, and with that comes a lot of wear and tear.  Often, we want the newest product that boasts of vitamins and miracle properties that are “guaranteed” to change our lives. And other times, we want what’s tried and true. Enter O’Keeffe’s Working Hands hand cream. No fuss, no muss, just old-fashioned good stuff. This hand cream creates a protective layer on your skin which increases hydration and helps prevent your hands from drying out. It is guaranteed to bring your hands relief, or you get your money back.

Body: Buttered by Kenya

We’ve all heard the song “Get Me Bodied” by Beyonce, but have you heard of Bodied by Kenya? This all-natural skincare line is custom made to order, created with no toxins, but loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. The body butter also can be used to fade dark spots, scars, skin discolorations, stretch marks, and wrinkles. On top of being healthy for your skin, it smells great! The Red Bamboo scent delivers a unique blend of spicy woods, fresh notes, and sensual accents to create an irresistibly fresh scent. The Late Night scent is addictive and seductive; it is a steamy combination of spicy notes and sensual undertones—perfect for a midnight hour rendezvous.

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Feet: Roots & Bloom

We give our feet a rough time year-round, but even more so in the winter. Often tightly trapped in dense socks heavy boots, our feet just don’t get the care they deserve. And when we neglect our feet, they can become hard, dry, and cracked. To keep yourself trotting along, get the Foot Therapy Trio by Roots and Bloom. The set comes with a multi-acid, exfoliating pads, BHA resurfacing toner pads, and an Ultra Hydration oil. They even throw in a free natural volcanic pumice stone to slough off the dead skin. With consistent use, cracked feet can become soft, smooth, and cured to babysoft condition.

—Carl Ayers

Stylish Men’s Fall 2021 Coats

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Menswear often plays a second fiddle to women’s wear. Just observe any red carpet. There is so much emphasis at what the female celebrities and very little attention is paid to what the male celebrities have on.

That is not the case at Fashion Reverie. Though there is more coverage of ladies’ fashion, we do give adequate voice to menswear. And if you are living on the East Coast and parts of the Midwest, it is time to start thinking about men’s outerwear, in particular fall and winter coats.

 

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BUGATCHI’s three-quarter navy coat $599

Depending on where you live a very heavy winter coat may not fit your fall/winter needs. Though temperatures are dropping, a heavy coat is just bit too much. Fashion Reverie has just the right coat for you!!

Founded in Montreal in the 1980s, this Canadian brand prides itself on its expertise in prints and colors gives the brand a unique place in today’s fashion market. BUGATCHI’s desire to incorporate innovative and novel fabrications has led to the development of the revolutionary OoohCotton® Technology. This technology has revolutionized performance shirting precisely because it combines sought after performance and functionality with the additional comfort of cotton. 

Bugatchi has some transitional coats to tie you over until it gets very cold. Or perhaps, you live in a climate where a lighter coat will serve you just fine. Bugatchi three-quarter navy coat with hood, plaid check lining, patch pockets and zipper and snap closure is the perfect men’s outerwear coat that fits the bill if you are in the market for a stylish coat that is not too heavy.

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Rick Owens’ Puffer Coat $1450

Rick Owens has set a standard for his avant-garde designs and expanding the fashion industry’s design aesthetic. While many of his collections are comprised of garments that appeal to the consumer who has a palette for non-traditional look, Rick Owens does have some garments that can appeal to a wide range of consumers.

Owen’s puffer coat is a must for that male consumer that wants to make a statement while staying insulated from the cold. Owens ingeniously taps into an ever-growing trend of male consumers who embrace bold color. Owens’ puffer coat come in a bold orange hue. This puffer coat comes with a full satin lining and rib knit cuffs, and has a parachute, sleeping bag aesthetic.

If this fall/winter coat is your coat choice, you are going to have dig deep into your pocket. It retails for about $1450.

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Banana Republic’s Grey Herringbone Melton Topcoat $399

Everybody loves a topcoat. And if you are in the market for a great topcoat that is not going to break the bank, Banana Republic has the topcoat for you!! This topcoat is a blend of textiles, 72% wool, 21% nylon, and 7% polyester fabric. Linings are a blend of rayon/poly for the back, rayon/cotton for the front, and poly/cupro for the sleeves. The Herringbone pattern is noticeable, but it’s not a full black versus white pattern.

And this topcoat is a great investment. Because of the various fabric blends this topcoat wears well and can be worn a lot. You can also dress this coat up or dress it down. What more could you ask for!!

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J. Crew’s Ludlow Car Coat in Wool Blend $368

J. Crew is another household name brand that is offering a great coat this season at an affordable. Though J. Crew’s Ludlow Car Coat comes in a traditional menswear silhouette, the fabricated pattern incorporates a great blend of color that will appeal to the modern male consumer.

This coat is 42% wool, 41% polyester, 17% acrylic fabric is super soft, and the checkered pattern is eye-catching and is sure to get you noticed.

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Sacai x Kaws $2,000

Who says that your winter coat has to be the traditional colors of black, grey, brown or blue? Why not a risk this season and add lots of bold color. If you are adventurous, then Fashion Reverie has the perfect for you.

The outlandish Sacai x Kaws coat, emblazoned by a multi-colored print and employs sumptuous luxe fabrics such as satin and shearling for the trim of its hood. This colorful down coat is weatherproof with PrimaLoft fillings. Again, you are going to have to dig deep into your pockets, but this coat is worth it!!

—William S. Gooch

Men’s Fall 2021 Watches with Style and Heritage

Time is one of the few constants in life, but, as the adage goes, it waits for no one. From the earliest obelisks and sundials in ancient Egypt, to 14th century European hourglasses, to today’s tourbillons, man has been trying to keep up with, and keep track of time. At Fashion Reverie, we like to do everything fashionably. So, if you’re looking for some new wrist candy, we’ve assembled a list of timepieces guaranteed to keep your eye on the clock.

Talley and Twine

Since launching in 2014, Talley and Twine have the recognition of being the largest Black-owned luxury watch company. Named after a formerly dangerous intersection in Virginia, the brand represents the new vision of that revitalized neighborhood—a bright future. The brand has partnered with a number of organizations across the nation in an effort to promote health and well-being, and strengthen local communities.

The moderately priced timepieces (ranging from $135-$235, and up to $410 for a couple’s set) come in metal, leather, and canvas band selections. You can even buy additional bands to give your watch as many options as your mood or wardrobe will allow. The watch faces are distinctly void of any numbers on the dial, except for the number 7. To company founder Randy Williams, the number seven represents completion, as there are seven days in the week. Seven also serves as a reminder to finish what you start. Now in its seventh year of existence, Talley and Twine is off to great start, and they are nowhere near finished yet.

Bucherer

Bucherer is more than just a fancy watch company. They also specialize in fine jewelry, and since acquiring the Tourneau brand, Bucherer has become a retailer of other high-end and luxury watch brands. Founded in 1888, and still completely owned by the Bucherer family, the Carl F. Bucherer company is one of Switzerland’s oldest watchmaking brands continuously operated by the founding family.

With almost 150 years of longevity, Bucherer has made innovative strides in the advancement of chronometers. The brand offers simple quartz movement wristwatches as well as watches with advanced floating tourbillons. With prices ranging from $1,850 for their Adamavi to well over $400,000 for a limited edition, white gold and diamond encrusted Pathos, you have a wide range to select from, whether you’re just entering the luxury watch market or if you’re an avid collector.

Verdure Watches 199.99-574.99

Verdure Watches was founded by Eddie Johnson in 2012, but his love for timepieces has comes from observing that same adoration within his father and grandfather. Johnson became intrigued at an early age, and soon began sketching his own watch designs. His motto for Verdure is “Time Well Spent,” and it has been a proven mantra. Johnson has spent his time honing the three values of his company—beauty, precision, and longevity.

One of Verdure’s most popular pieces is the Brown Excellence watch from its Sophomore Collection. Outfitted with a brown leather strap and gold case, this watch evokes the vibe of an old school businessman. This is coupled with a partially open face allowing you to view the mechanisms below. This watch, priced at $349.99, is perfect got the gentleman who has a classic sense of style and an affinity for fine workmanship.

Doxa

Sometimes the decreased sunlight and chilly air of autumn can affect our mood. But you can begin to turn that around with little pops of color in your wardrobe, including on your wrist. Doxa offers a plethora of color options for their watch faces and rubber wristbands. Starting at $950, and with interchangeable watch bands and bracelets, your outfit color coordination is unstoppable.

Christophe Claret

Christophe Claret is a maverick of watch design. The company always seeks to create new ways of displaying time in an artful way. From watches that have hidden messages to watches that also play card games, this watch brand designs some to the most innovative timepieces you’ll ever see. One of the most mind-blowing creations is the X-TREM-1, a watch that defies the conventional framework of watches. Rather than use a digital or analog display, the X-TREM-1 tells time via two magnetic balls encased in clear tubing on either side of the watch face—one side for the hour, the other for the minutes. What makes this even more interesting is that magnets usually interfere with the accuracy of watches. For a watch that cost over $265,000, I’m sure the brand figured out how to keep everything running smoothly.

Asorock

Asorock is another watch brand with community at heart. Named after the breathtaking mountains in central Nigeria, the company was started by two young entrepreneurs, Nigerian-American Ben Iroala and Zambian-American Andre Mutale, with the aim of providing customers with watches made of high-grade components at a price point less than half of their competitors. At the same time, a portion of each purchase is put towards the construction of a library within their anticipated youth complex in a village in Nigeria.

Owning an Asorock watch is a commitment to style and an investment in Africa’s youth. Their SpeedRacer watch is far from a cookie-cutter minimalist design. With a distinct look and quality you can feel, and an affordable price tag of $125, its rugged design is made to match the round-the-clock hustle of the man on the go.

Carpenter

Simple and classic, Carpenter Watches specializes in timepieces that are timeless. Their watches are not overly fussy, and the watches give you a sense that it will someday make a great family heirloom. With each subcategory limited to 250 pieces, and priced at $895, you are guaranteed to have a stately watch that will garner attention and admiration.

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Rolex

No watch list would be complete without the Rolex. Its name recognition seems to epitomize the pinnacle of luxury watches. Highly regarded by world leaders, titans of industry, and celebrities alike, the brand has become synonymous with wealth, stature, and success. It’s somewhat prohibitive cost also makes it a rare purchase for the average person.

Recently, a US Air Force veteran appeared on “Antiques Roadshow” with a Rolex he bought for $345 while stationed in Thailand in the 1970’s. He kept the watch, and all of the original paperwork, in a safe deposit box for nearly 40 years. On the show, he found out that his watch could be sold at auction for up to $700,000. Now that’s what Fashion Reverie calls a return on your investment! If you’re not ready to pay tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars for a Rolex, you can start with an introductory piece—the Oyster Perpetual. Starting at under $6,000, it’s a solid way to affirm your affinity for quality timepieces.

—Carl Ayers

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