Groom Prep

Who gets ready at the last minute? Last Friday, a client of mine asks me to help a friend of his out of a jam. An hour later, I find out his friend is getting married on Saturday and forgets his shirt and bowtie back home in Virginia. Needless to say, I found the right fitting shirt and bowtie and he’s a happy camper.

And you thought all the groom had to do was show up! This situation reminded me of how I prepped for my day. Unless I woke up thinking I was Denzel, I couldn’t just roll out of bed and go get married. When your big day rolls around, be smart, and use a checklist. My list was not too complicated.

1. Pack your clothes early

2. Pack grooming products in Dopp kit

3. Get shirt pressed day of event

4. Make sure you have the rings

5. Your “best man” is your backup reminder

Tuxedo: The Black Tux | Shirt: HUGO BOSS | Grooming: Scotch Porter|

Shoes: Ferragamo | Sneakers: Converse | Bowtie: HUGO BOSS | Timepiece: Burberry

Say Yes to the Tux

What do you want to wear for your wedding? Looking back on my wedding day, all I could think about is how good a salesman I am. I convinced her to go out with me, she said “yes”, when I proposed, and now get hitched in front of God, family & friends.

If you haven’t seen the show “Say Yes to the Dress”, brides to be, try on an eternity of dresses and then scream out the shows tagline. I didn’t go that far. As we changed our venue from outdoors to indoors, I had an option of wearing a suit or tuxedo. With the amount of black tie events I would attend this year, I chose to rent rather than buy. I decided to visit The Black Tux in NYC to see what fabrics & options to choose from.

The Black Tux allows you to either enter your measurements on its website, or visit one of their fit specialists in showrooms. What I loved about this rental experience, was the a la carte way of ordering. My options ranged from the entire outfit, to the individual pieces, such as bow ties, shirts, stud sets. Since I only needed a tuxedo, I chose the navy peak lapel tuxedo, as I didn’t want to wear something traditional. When it’s time for your big day, whether you buy or rent, do your research, and enjoy the moment.

Tuxedo: The Black Tux

Shirt, bow tie, pocket square: HUGO BOSS

Timepiece: Burberry

Sneakers: Converse Jack Purcell

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Renew You

How often do you take time to slow down? Life comes at you pretty fast, whether it’s school, work, or relationships, your mind & body need a chance to recharge. Gentlemen, going to a spa, isn’t just for the ladies.

Eden Day Spa, located in Soho, NY is a full service spa, with a variety of treatments. From a deep tissue massage, to a body scrub, any of their packages will put you to sleep and have you feeling brand new. As a couple, my wife and I love spending time with each other, and finding that zen like atmosphere at Eden Day Spa, re-calibrates our senses.

Like most guys, I relax by hitting the gym. Mix in some cardio, stretch and lift weights. If you are like most guys, and follow a similar routine, I recommend you squeeze in a massage therapy session, when you can. No clue on where to go, use the resources around you, websites like Yelp or SpaFinder can give you options in your area.

Shirt, shoes, & timepiece: HUGO BOSS

Jeans: AG

Belt: Allen Edmonds

Sunglasses: Persol

Grooming: Scotch Porter

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Books aren’t Dead

When was the last time you read a good book? With the popularity of the Nook & Kindle, have people forgotten what it feels like to turn a page, or use a highlighter on their favorite sentence. Bookstores aren’t on every corner like Starbucks, but they do serve a purpose when utilized. 

I paid a visit to the new concept store that Barnes & Noble opened in Scarsdale, NY. A smartly curated floor plan, with every genre you would expect. As consumers are getting excited for albums, I was glad to see a dedicated section with albums and CD’s. 


 Scouring this labyrinth of a store will work up an appetite. With a restaurant that has a combination indoor / outdoor space, this is the perfect place to grab a cup of “Joe” or wine and get lost in a book or two.

Thanks for reading, now it’s time you picked up a book. 

Shirt by HUGO BOSS

Denim by AG

Sneakers by Adidas

Snowed In?

How do you spend your weekends when it starts to snow? It was a lucky coincidence that the weekend NYC got its first wintery mix, the Bearded Dapper Gents decided to have a photo walk in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

photo: Ankara Crowns


photo: Jean Messeroux

photo: Jean Messeroux

photo: Jean Messeroux


Weather like this makes me want to bundle up and drink hot chocolate. New York may not get the blizzards it did a few years ago, but the key to surviving winters out here is to layer up. Since I’ve been wearing a lot of darker colors recently, I wanted to warm things up with some earth tones.

In addition to the basic hat and gloves to keep my head and hands warm, I decided to mix in shades of camel and brown. The dark brown check shirt was a nice contrast to the donegal cardigan sweater. Keeping me warm was the wool / cashmere overcoat and a camo scarf to keep the chill off of my neck.

If you don’t own a coat that you can wear to the office or in a casual setting, now is the time to buy one. Some of your favorite stores have either a 100% wool coat or wool cashmere blend on sale. What are some of your favorites to wear when bad weather hits your area?

Camel overcoat: H&M | Cardigan: Express

Shirt: Nordstrom | Timepiece: TW Steel

Eyewear: Salt | Grooming: Scotch Porter

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Hart of Menswear


  
  
  

Welcome to NYFWM. As the fashion world continues to push the seasons faster and faster to retail, NYC once again has the spotlight on it. Hosting NYFWM as well menswear trade shows such as Mrket, ProjectNY, & Capsule, this is the time when new brands and established labels show off their hard work.

The hardest working man this summer has to be David Hart. In addition to his own collection, David collaborated with American manufacturer Hart Schaffner Marx.  Established in 1887, HSM continues to evolve it’s tailored clothing. Inspired by pictures taken by Slim Aarons, Hart incorporates textured fabrics, double breasted suits, and floral trousers to make wearers feel as if they were visiting the French Riviera.



David Hart’s personal collection, brings out the laid back vibe of Southern California.  With a Beach Boys inspired show, the tailored pieces were highlighted by a yellow & black Samoan/ tiki print tuxedo. Solid color & floral shorts as well as color blocked polos & knit tops were key looks for the Sportswear collection.  Although this collection showcased Spring / Summer 17′, the airbrushed tees are available now.

Vegas Pt. 2

So what do you bring to Vegas if you plan on laying poolside all day? With the weather hotter than NYC, I decided to bring lightweight clothes that I can change out of by the pool, but still feel relaxed in, while walking back and forth through the hotel. Although Vegas isn’t humid, you still want to dress loose and relaxed as every hotel has climate controlled temps inside.


 Staying at the Aria hotel, hanging out by the pool is an experience in itself. If you want to sun bathe all day, get there at 9am to get a good seat or cabana. With several pools to choose from, we decided to camp out at SKY POOL. It’s $50 a person to get into that pool area, but the chairs, cabanas, and service were that much better.


  

When not swimming like Nemo or Michael Phelps, you would find me eating, reading a book, or working on my tan. What I most enjoyed about the pool area was the in house music being played, great mix that didn’t just play EDM all day.

   

Should you visit, there is another pool area that has a club like atmosphere called Liquid. Picture any MTV party you’ve seen on TV, and that’s what you’ll see there.

More on this trip, visit TripAdvisor.com

Planning your next vacation? What are thinking of bringing?

Outfit / Shop the look:

Top: H&M

Bottom: American Eagle Outfitters

Shoes: Ferragamo

Timepiece: Fossil

Eyewear: Persol, Salt Eyewear