Menswear Dialogue Series | Antica Barbieria Colla

Our Menswear Dialogue Series continues in an interview with Ms. Francesca Bompieri, daughter of the famous barber Franco Bompieri of the world-renowned babershop Antica Barbieria Colla in Milan. Francesca was friendly enough to give us some insight into one of the oldest and most respected barbershops in the world.

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Introducing | J. Paul Skincare ~ Sophisiticated Simplicity

If you’re late shopping for Father’s Day it’s not too late to come through in the pinch. Past the ties, socks and underwear, we suggest addressing his grooming regimen. Grooming is a more sophisticated way to show dad (or husband) that you care about his well-being.  Here, we introduce  J. Paul skin care.

J. Paul skin care, based in Houston, Texas is an upstart men’s grooming line focused on “sophisticated simplicity.” Started by two gentlemen named “Paul” the line was launched out of necessity. One evening while preparing for a black tie wedding, Paul #1 ran out of shave cream and was reduced to shaving with shampoo conditioner. Never wanting to find himself in this position again, he decided to create his own grooming line.

The line is targeted at men with thick, heavy beards or who have a permanent 5 o’clock shadow and consists of six core products to exfoliate, prepare, shave, restore and protect.  Made of all natural ingredients including glycerin, Vitamins A,C,E, jojoba oil, green tea extract and no perfumes or dyes, the line is an ecological option.  What makes J. Paul different form its competitors Jack Black, Art of Shaving, Billy Jealously and Lab Series is its ability to provide a smoother, cleaner, longer lasting shave using less product. The J. Paul shave uses 1/3 less product and lasts three times as long.

J. Paul is currently offered online and is stocked in Nordstrom’s grooming sections around the country.  While it’s yet to be seen if J. Paul can gain a significant market share of the saturated men’s grooming market, we’d bet a shave on it. Take a look at the J. Paul offerings below and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Style Advice | 7 Ways to Shop Canada

On the eve of a business trip across the border to Toronto, Canada (pronounced without the second “T” by natives), we’ve received a timely Q&A from a Canadian reader seeking shopping options in Quebec and beyond.  Canada is home to several big box and independent brick and mortar shops as well as eCommerce providers.  Here are a few we recommend. Have you shopped with any of these retailers?  If so, we’d be happy to hear your experience.

Q&A ~ “I’ve just discovered your site and thank you for your time and effort. I’m a portly shaped 6 foot tall black man  from  Canada. I work as a pastor in a small town with the church. I have been trying a relaxed look, sports jacket, dark jeans and sneakers because I want to be portrayed as a young and serious guy. However, I’m not sure I’m accomplishing my goal. 

I’m willing to make a change but I don’t know where to start. Would you have some advice? I don’t know where to find a good tailor. What stores do I go to? I’m willing to buy a nice pair of shoes but where and how much? Where do I get started in my city?”

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Event | AICI Teleclass ~ The Art of Dressing Men of Color

We will be joining the AICI telecalss series to discuss the world of style for black men.  Black men are known to have their own unique  and descriptive style of dress, but they also have a set of issues which continue to plague men all over the world.

This teleclass is not only for AICI consultants. Anyone interested in learning more about how to market, sell, consult, and inspire black men to achieve their individual and collective style goals can join the discussion.  We hope to see you there.

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Video | Imperial Black “Sartorial Spring” ~ Philby

Last week we introduced you to our “Sartorial Spring” journey with Imperial Black in the first scene of a three-part video series. Founded on the principles of  dressing and travelling well, Imperial Black offers men a piece of their personal experience with each product offering.  In an effort to continue the philosophy of “sartorial travel”, we present the third and final scene in our series, “Sartorial Spring” ~ Philby. See the Philby in action below and stay tuned next week for a special presentation from the creative director of Imperial Black.