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    Gant by Michael Bastian | Backstage

    Yes, even more Gant by Michael Bastian stuff. As long as they’re making it…I’ll be posting it.


    Men of Monocle

    If you’re a regular reader of the site, you already know my feelings on Monocle…It’s the best magazine/media brand currently in operation.

    J.Crew, which is certainly in the running for best clothing brand currently in operation, recently met up with the men behind Monocle in order to outfit them in their most recent gear, learn about their roles at Monocle and get their thoughts on business and travel.

    Check out the photos and interviews here.


    Musk Up

    In the world of fragrance you have your designer fragrances (which are cheap ways for brands to do very little work and make a lot of money), celebrity fragrances (which are cheap ways for no-talent ass clowns to do very little work and make a lot of money), and fragrances made by companies who have been around for centuries and actually know what they’re doing. Falling under the later category is Kiehl’s and their Original Musk scent.

    Kiehl’s Original Musk oil is believed to have been created in the 1920s at the “Kiehl Apothecary.” Discovered there in a vat labeled “Love Oil” in the late 1950s, Kiehl’s signature scent was reintroduced in 1963.

    “60 percent of the time it works every time.”


    Dapper Decorum | The Do’s & Don’ts of Style

    No. 25: The only piece of technology that should ever be visible on your body is a watch.


    Polo Ralph Lauren | Fall 2010


    Dispatch | Curated Content

    Dispatch: Curated content to read, watch, use and amuse.

    -Forbes: 400 Richest People in America 2010: Look

    -GQ: The New Business Casual: Look

    -Esquire: The NFL Stadium Food Power Rankings: Read

    -Men’s Health: The Best Tailgate Foods for Men: Read

    -ACL: Etiquette of the Stars and Stripes: Read

    -Nowness: The Art of J Craft: Look


    Drink of the Week | Dog’s Nose

    Beer before liquor…never been sicker. Liquor before beer…you’re in the clear. So what happens when you mix the two together and drink them at the same time? Well, if you’re using gin and stout…you get a Dog’s Nose.

    Dating back to the 19th century, the Dog’s Nose, aptly named because it’s wet and black, was said to be a favorite drink of Charles Dickens. The drink was even featured in one of his most famous works, The Pickwick Papers.


    12 ounces stout beer (Guinness)
    2 ounces gin

    Pour gin into stout glass and top with beer. Simple as that. If you have some lying around, dust the top with a little nutmeg for good measure.

    Note: Be sure to use a strong flavored gin so it doesn’t get lost, Beefeater is good.


    Forgetful Gentleman

    Wishing someone a “Happy Birthday” on Facebook at 10:47pm on the day of their birthday…doesn’t count. If the person to whom you’re wishing a “Happy Birthday” doesn’t at least warrant a phone call (hell, a text even), they probably don’t care whether or not they hear from you anyway.

    I’ve been a culprit of forgetting birthdays and other events that call for correspondence in the past. It’s not good for the old image.

    For those of us who need a little help keeping track and don’t have the luxury of a Don Draper style (minus Mrs. Blankenship, RIP), Scotch fetching secretary…Forgetful Gentleman is here to help.

    Founded in 2008 by two B-school buddies, Forgetful Gentleman is a service to help men stay on top of their correspondence in order to avoid looking like complete dick heads. Packaged in a handsome cigar box, a Forgetful Gentleman set comes loaded with stylish stationary covering every special occasion, partial postage, a guide to articulate writing and the option to set up an online “Personal Assistant” that will text and e-mail event reminders.

    They’re still working on the whole Scotch thing.


    Dapper Decorum | The Do’s & Don’ts of Style

    No. 24: A “Thank you” is always best received on paper.


    Beer Me…Properly, Please.

    Next time I order a Belgian IPA and it’s not served in a proper Chalice…I’m heading for the door.

    I kid, I’m not that picky. However, like wine, certain types of beer should be served in certain types of glassware. Using the proper vessel enhances the beers flavor and produces good head (he he).

    Check out this Beer Advocate guide to see whether you should be using a Becker or a Pokal with that Bud.


    Dispatch | Curated Content

    Dispatch: Curated content to read, watch, use and amuse.

    -Racked: A Masculine Makeover for Ralph Lauren’s Rhinelander Mansion: Look

    -Gilt Manual: When Coaches had Class: Look

    -GQ: The Restaurant Commandments: Read

    -Monocle: 50 Thing to Improve the Way you Live: Look


    Looking Good | New York Spring 2011

    The Spring 2011 shows have ended in New York and, as always, the gentlemen over at the aptly named, Gentlemen’s Quarterly have all of the looks on tap.

    If you held a gun to my head and told me to pick my top 5…

    Michael Bastian
    Gant By Michael Bastian
    Gilded Age
    Band of Outsiders
    Simon Spurr

    …but I’d probably just go Bruce Lee on your ass, because that’s not a fair question.