There are names in the canon of “style icons” that menswear aficionados laud over. The usual suspects; McQueen, Clooney, Davis, Newman, Prince Charles, and others. Today we’d like to add a name to that list; actor Mr. Michael Kitchen. While the aforementioned men are standard bearers, there are others whom we feel deserve the same level of sartorial respect but are left out of popular discussion only because their careers or exploits may have been less documented. Mr. Kitchen is one of these men.
Savile Row Collections and Woolmark recently partnered to launch a stylish advertising campaign entitled, “Meet Me in Rio”: The English Gentleman is on Leave, during London Collections: Men featuring the revered “cool wool” fabric which keeps men around the globe looking crisp and clean while feeling cool and calm.
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.
The Daily Fashion Project is an online global initiative to tell the stories of stylish individuals through watercolor and illustrations. Authored by global style nomads and painted by one of the worlds premier fashion illustrators, Mr. Matthew Miller AKA Sunflowerman; the Daily Fashion Project includes entries from well dressed and well-heeled men and women alike. These individuals share their personal stories of how their lives, businesses and subsequently their style was found and how it’s evolved over time. ‘Where Storytelling and Style Meet. What’s Your Story?’
“I’m inspired by people around me who are constantly producing, creating, crafting, building, and I want to do the same in my own way.” ~ Grant Harris
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.