Grooming Artist News Roundup: September 2017

Autumn heralds a bounteous season for gentlemanly pursuits. The casual shorts and breezy shirts of summer are replaced by a noticeably more grown-up and structured wardrobe. We switch out our zesty shaving creams for something richer, darker, smokier (more on that in the links below). As such, this Grooming Artist Roundup is dedicated to celebrating the new season.

We begin with the unofficial start of fall: Labor Day. Esquire provides a stress-free Labor Day weekend packing list so you can spend your last summer days in style, while Food Network dishes out simple standby recipes for the grill.

Once the leaves change color and you feel that first chill in the air, it’s time to work hydrating moisturizers into your daily routine; Esquire picks 6 options to prevent chapped skin. You also can’t be without a blazer, one of the biggest trends we saw on the fall runways. MR PORTER serves up 6 options along with styling tips.

And finally, we’ve included some wonderful wet shaving articles. Sharpologist condenses his encyclopedic knowledge of wet shaving into “10 Commandments of Wet Shaving,” while Men’s Journal picks 14 all-natural shaving creams to try if you’re looking for an eco-friendly way to enjoy your shave.

Enjoy!

Turns out, there is a good use for foam shaving cream: removing makeup stains from clothing, according to Kim Kardashian. (This Is Insider)

Men’s Journal’s 14 best all-natural shaving products. (Men’s Journal)

The 6 best shaving creams for fall. (Grooming Artist)

The 10 Commandments of Wet Shaving, via Sharpologist. (Grooming Artist)

One man’s journey to discovering and embracing the safety razor. (The Z Review)

8 ways to wear a blazer, just in time for fall. (MR PORTER)

Transition your skincare into cooler weather with these 6 Esquire-approved moisturizers. (Esquire)

Out of town for the long weekend? Here’s what to pack for Labor Day style. (Esquire)

Spending the holiday at home instead? Here are 30 cookout classics. (Food Network)

Grooming Artist News Roundup: June 2017

If ever there were a barometer of the resurgence and boom of classic shaving, these past couple of weeks have been it. The Observer, Men’s Journal, and even women’s health site Organic Authority have published articles about the many benefits of wet shaving. Men get an ultra close face shave, while women are able to get smoother legs with more time in between shaves.

On the topic of body grooming, Fashionbeans offers advice on different methods of hair removal on the rest of your body. Whether you wax or shave, it’s important to look like you’ve put in some effort.

Jon Wogoman of The Bald Nation also stopped by this past month to teach readers how to do a complete head shave using a safety razor. If you’ve already mastered the face shave, this is a challenge that will take your skills to the next level.

And finally, we put together a comprehensive Father’s Day gift guide with items that are nowhere close to the fallback tie. Since every dad is different, we broke down the gift guide into personality types for that personal touch.

Enjoy!

Safety razors aren’t just for men. In this article, the writer makes an argument for women to use safety razors to shave legs. (Organic Authority)

A classic barber on the resurgence and benefits of wet shaving. (Observer)

Men’s Journal also makes a case for making the switch to wet shaving. (Men’s Journal)

It’s beach season. Fashionbeans offers a guide to tidying up the rest of your body. (Fashionbeans)

A short history of shaving mugs and their place in barbershop culture. (Berk History Center)

Jon Wogoman teaches you how to shave your head with a safety razor: Part 1 and Part 2. (Grooming Artist)

Our Father’s Day gift guide for dads of all personalities. (Grooming Artist)

Having a lull while on holiday? Catch these old Hollywood films, favorites of MR PORTER’s Style Council. (MR PORTER)

2017 Grooming Artist Father’s Day Gift Guide

We owe a lot to our fathers. For many of us, they were the ones who showed us how to use a safety razor for the first time. They also stood by us during our less than palatable adolescent stages. So this year, let’s not buy him another tie for Father’s Day, shall we? Instead, let’s hone in on something he’ll love and actually use.

Read on for our Father’s Day gift suggestions for dad based on his interests.

The Golfer

Picnic at Ascot Golf Trunk Organizer, $45.99

If dad’s idea of the perfect day involves teeing it up on the green, the Picnic at Ascot Golf Trunk Organizer will have him doing it more carefree than ever. The Golf Trunk Organizer handles all the little bits and pieces involved with a round of golf, providing storage for shoes, spikes, gloves, balls, tees, and a towel. This way, he can focus on tackling the back nine rather than a golf ball gone rogue.

The Stylish Fitness Buff

Chronos, $99

There are plenty of fitness tracking watches out there. But let’s be honest – most of them are not that attractive for the fashionable crowd, or at least don’t disguise as an actual watch well. For the dad who likes to get his 10,000 steps in and track his daily fitness in style, we highly recommend  Chronos. It’s a smart disc that attaches to the back of any watch, effectively turning it into a smartwatch. So dad won’t have to give up his beloved Montblanc to track his fitness.

Chronos syncs with a smartphone app to also control music, notifications, and alerts using vibrations and LED.

The Globetrotter

G-Ro Luggage, $449

Whether dad takes regular business trips or enjoys jetsetting around the world, his face will light up when he receives the G-Ro Carry-On. Designed for the modern commuter, the carry-on innovates with saucer-sized, indestructible wheels that keep the bag streamlined on the outside. A four-stage telescopic handle is the longest in the industry, providing shock absorption that powers over uneven surfaces.

The inside is cavernous and comes with an optional charging station so dad can stay connected on the go.

The Sailor

Mizzen + Mane Dress Shirts, $125

Dad’s cabin cruiser is his second home, and he’ll frequently take it for a spin after work. But problems arise when his office button-up can’t stand the sweat and movement from nautical adventuring. Mizzen + Mane dress shirts are made from performance fabrics – polyester and spandex – to wick sweat quickly. And four-way stretch means he can helm the ship without being restricted by stiff clothing.

These shirts are also brilliant for the boardroom: no more embarrassing wet spots during presentations. If you’re really looking to treat dad, also pick up a few of their casual pieces, which range from henleys to short sleeves.

The Grooming Artist

RoyalShave Merkur 34C Chrome Safety Razor Set, $124.95

For your old man, shaving is a ritual he treasures each and every morning. Gift him beautifully made wet shaving products to add to his collection with the RoyalShave Merkur 34C Chrome Safety Razor Set. The set features Merkur’s classic 34C HD Safety Razor. Midweight construction applies just enough pressure for effortless passes, and the stubby handle enhances maneuverability. Two-piece construction allows dad to easily change blades and clean the razor.

RoyalShave Lemon Sandalwood Soap, a brush stand, a first grade badger brush, and a pack of Merkur blades make this gift set shave ready.

The Cook

Bison Airlighter, $79.95

As any dad who loves to grill knows, getting the coal lit is the most unappealing part of the BBQ process. Lighter fluid and newspaper don’t work well, and chimney starters are messy. Enter the Bison Airlighter, a precise way to get a grill, fireplace, or campfire started. The Bison Airlighter is a lighter and fan that ignites coal in 10 seconds – so your old man can get to the fun part faster.

The Handyman

InstruMMents 01 Dimensioning Instrument, $149

Dad may say he has all the tools he needs, but that won’t be the case once he lays his eyes upon the InstruMMents 01 Dimensioning Instrument. This sleek app-connected pen has a wheel on the end; roll the wheel across any surface (straight, curved, or contoured) and it’ll calculate the dimensions in any unit you need. The app then logs the info and allows you to access it anywhere as well as share it on the go.

In other words, InstruMMents 01 beats the tape measure at its own game.

The Sartorialist

Moore & Giles Fine Leather Eyeglass Case, $135

Dad always leaves the house looking like he just stepped out of a GQ fashion editorial, and he wore bespoke before it was cool. Instead of taking the risk of purchasing a piece he’ll never wear, opt for something that’ll care for what he already owns. The Moore & Giles Fine Leather Eyeglass Case comes in beautiful Titan Milled leather, and the suede interior is available in 5 colorways, so there’s sure to be one that suits his tastes.

This simple eyeglass case will hold his glasses in style.

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2017: 7 Gifts for the Discerning Gentleman

Valentine’s Day is a time to give a nod to the special man in your life. But it can become challenging task when he is sartorially selective. To help you find a gift that is both elegant and something he will actually use, we have put together this list of 7 gifts for the discerning gentleman. These are thoughtful items at several price points to suit your budget and his taste.

From a perfectly fitting, Italian-made wool suit from Eidos to statement monk-strap shoes, there’s a unique gift for him.

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Eidos Basic Lana Wool Suit $1625

Helmed by young creative director Anotonio Ciongoli, Eidos is a line that fuses Neapolitan tailoring and American sportswear. Beautifully crafted in Italy, the Eidos Basic Lana Wool Suit will keep him equally warm and sharp for special occasions during the winter. A simple notched lapel and comfortable silhouette prevent the suit from looking too severe.

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Tom Ford Noir Eau de Parfum $135 for 1.7 oz.

Tom Ford Noir Eau de Parfum presents a captivating duality: oriental notes of Bulgarian rose and Italian bergamot intertwine with softer, classic notes of vanilla and nutmeg. The company describes Noir as a fragrance that “captures the twin facets of the Tom Ford man – the refined, urbane sophisticate who everyone gets to see and the intriguingly sensuous, private man they don’t.” It’s the perfect cologne for cool weather or a night out.

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Kindle Paperwhite $99.99

If he always has his nose in a book, the Kindle Paperwhite E-reader will dramatically multiply his reading options, while lightening the load. The Paperwhite holds thousands of books and features a glare-free screen and high-resolution 300 ppi display. He can easily slip it into his messenger or backpack for the commute home.

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Trunk Club (Price Varies)

No matter his sartorial expertise, when he gets busy it can be hard to make a trip to the store – or spend hours browsing the internet – to purchase new pieces for his collection. That’s where Trunk Club comes in. The subscription service asks him a series of questions to create a style profile. From there, he’ll get matched with a stylist who will help pick clothing that fits his look, size, and spending preferences. Trunk Club carries pieces from Jack Erwin, Bonobos, Ralph Lauren, and Belstaff, to name a few.

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Penhaligon’s Maduro Leaf Candle $135

At the end of the day, there’s nothing more relaxing than lighting a candle and unwinding with a glass of wine. Penhaligon’s makes this ritual even more luxurious with their Maduro Leaf Candle, a triple-wick candle that fills his space with a scent reminiscent of a smoking room in an elegant gentlemen’s club. This warm and comforting scent evokes cigars, soft leather armchairs, and a fire burning in the grate.

Spicy top notes open to a heart of cedarwood, patchouli, and oakwood. Base notes of white musk and amber anchor the fragrance.

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Dovo Inox 5/8” Full Hollow Straight Razor – Olivewood $160.81

An exquisite straight razor, the Dovo Inox 5/8” Full Hollow Straight Razor in Olivewood makes a fine gift for seasoned shavers and novices alike. The 5/8” full hollow carbon steel blade holds its sharpness, while the handle has a one-of-a-kind grain pattern that’ll make his razor uniquely his.

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John Lobb William Leather Monk-Strap Shoes $1300

The John Lobb William Leather Monk-Strap Shoes in Oxblood are for the gentleman who’s looking to step out of the classic Oxford comfort zone. With two monks and buckles, these monk-strap shoes are an adventurous alternative to Oxfords. This pair looks particularly charming in Oxblood. Best yet, he can match monk-strap shoes to casual denim and sharp suits alike.

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