It’s rare when you’re taken aback by something as basic as a bar of soap. Fragrance, quite possibly, but never a soap. My new favorite grooming product was spotted on a recent visit to the historic Racquet & Tennis club on Park Avenue in New York. The invigorating scent trumps pretty much everything out there, but it’s the extra large 5.8 heft that really grabs you. A soap made for men, or in the case of the club, gentlemen. All natural and moisturizing, it leaves your skin feeling soft, and is hard milled, meaning it won’t dissolve easily in the tray. Give it a try, an admirable summer scent from one of Rhode Island’s oldest mills. $50 for a case of 40 bars, available at Lightfoot.
Another winning collaboration over at J.Crew: the reissued Onitsuka Tiger Colorado 85. Perfect “classic gravel” color scheme, low profile running shoe silhouette, and off white sole with a bit of heft. Despite being just-released, a few sizes are already long gone, so act quick. $95, available at J.Crew.
Here’s a first look at superstar Chris Pratt’s new GQ cover for June shot by Peggy Sirota available on newsstands May 19th. It’s nearly impossible to think of anyone more versatile, or likable in Hollywood today. Pratt’s unconventional rise to stardom often required taking a second, third or fourth look. That moment for me came when he showed up in 2012’s “Zero Dark Thirty” looking bad ass as rough shod Navy SEAL “Justin.” Jurassic World, his latest big ticket summer movie, hits theaters June 12th.
Ok so in addition to being one of the most chill shoes on the planet, lets talk about the price the “Authentic” by Vans: $45. For that you can buy every color, and there are 20 beauties to choose from. The simple low top silhouette can roll in any direction, from casual lakeside, to stuffy club house. Featuring a durable canvas upper, metal eyelets, Vans flag label and Vans original waffle 0utsole. $45, available at Vans.
Skip the fancy leather duffel this summer and opt instead for a bright, bold and durable workhorse like the Base Camp duffel by North Face. Its heavy-duty fabric withstands a lifetime of abuse, and shoulder straps allow for comfortable carrying as a backpack. Daisy chains make it easy to tie to a car roof rack. Available in black, but Summit Gold gets our nod for summer adventures. $95, available at North Face.
This is the type of laid back, no frills jacket you can live comfortably in all summer, from June through September. The perfect lighter shade of blue, relaxed fit, 100% cotton. The team over at Steven Alan knows how to pick em. $280, available at Steven Alan.
For a kid who grew up in the 70’s & 80’s, this movie is about as good as it gets, “Beyond the Brick: A Lego Brickumentary.” Directed by Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson, narrated by Jason Bateman, in theaters July 31, 2015.
When it comes to describing a watch, “dainty” is not a word you want to hear. Thin black alligator strap, Roman numerals, small rectangular face, you know the type: indoorsy with pencil in hand. Watches today tell more about your personal style then they do actual time, so it’s important to get it right. If you’re going for a rugged, outdoorsy look with a touch of industrial muscle, consider the powerful Runwell Chrono from Detroit-based Shinola. The over sized stainless steel case with PVD black plating and tanned leather strap give this timepiece a deep growl worthy of the Motor City. Well-priced at $825, available at Shinola.
Japanese retailer Uniqlo has American sportswear covered this season, and it’s no surprise, as talented New York-based designer Michael Bastian is behind much of it. Four of our favorite items that will keep you looking sharp and effortlessly relaxed this June, from beach to cocktails: Ocean blue sweatshirt $20, Red color block belt $12, Navy simple lace-ups $35, Navy washed polo by MB $25.
As hair products go, Reformer by Paul Mitchell is pretty much the perfect styling tool. It has just the right amount of hold, will give your hair a subtle healthy sheen, and smells invigorating – like a relaxing spa. It’s a can’t-miss spring/summer option. $20, available at Walgreens.
This movie looks exhaustingly good and worthy of the original. “Mad Max: Fury Road” hits theaters May 15, 2015.
Today it was announced that top menswear designer John Varvatos will move his Spring 2016 runway show from Milan to New York for this summers inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men’s slated for July 13-16. This is a big coup for the CFDA, with Varvatos joining an already impressive line-up of designers scheduled to show, including Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein Collection, Billy Reid and hot new label Public School. Varvatos will close the men’s event with his show on Thursday, July 16th.
“From the time I started my brand in 2000, the timing between NYFW and the menswear calendar was never truly aligned,” said John Varvatos. “After eight years of showing in NY, I moved my show to Milan and gained a global audience. We’ve shown there for the past seven years and it’s been a wonderful experience and a real boost for our international growth. Last month, we opened a store in my hometown of Detroit and we received such an overwhelmingly positive response that it made me want to bring the fashion show back to New York. I am very excited about coming home to help launch the first ever NYC menswear week!”
Steven Kolb, the debonair CEO of the CFDA, said, “John Varvatos is quintessentially American, a leading menswear brand, a global success, and the CFDA is proud to welcome John back home. Having him show during New York Fashion Week: Men’s solidifies our efforts and emphasizes the importance of New York City as an international influence on the business of menswear.”
If you want to experience Italy’s passion for fast, elegant cars, there is no more thrilling place than the Mille Miglia. With hundreds of thousands of spectators cheering drivers on, the long-distance race from Brescia to Rome and back was held from 1927 to 1957. The race was revived in 1977 and once again cheering fans line the roads. Photographer René Staud captured the 2014 race, offering a compelling look into the history of this dashing, timeless competition. For more information: teneus.com
If you’re unfamiliar with Zara, as many American men are, it’s time to take a closer look. The savvy retailer creates the type of clean, modern essentials devoid of logos that stand up against the much higher priced competition. Founded in Spain in 1974, the company is now valued at over $10.1 billion, making it #51 on Forbes list of “World’s Most Valuable Brands.” (Apple #1, Louis Vuitton #10.) Often mistaken as a brand focused on women, the menswear continually impresses, with outerwear, bags and small leather goods particular stand-outs. Add a comforting dose of sophistication to your spring wardrobe without breaking the bank. A few of our favorites:
Double-Breasted Trench Coat, $149:
Baltic Blue Leather Credit Card Holder, $30:
Sport Briefcase, (not leather, hence the friendly price) $89:
This short has it all: simple font, intelligent graphics, salt-of-the-earth main character, and music that keeps it moving. An educational 1 minute forty.