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An After Shave Solution from Dollar Shave Club

Two years ago, Dollar Shave Club shattered the overpriced shaving model by offering fabulous inexpensive razors and later introducing the wonderful Dr. Carver’s Shave Butter. They then brought us those hilarious and effective butt wipes called One-Wipe Charlies last summer. After starting with our face and moving on to our ass, Dollar Shave Club is back to our face like a dauntless lover, expanding the line with a moisturizer.

Today, Dollar Shave Club is introducing Dr. Carver’s Magnanimous Post Shave, a daily all-in-one moisturizer. The non-sticky, non-greasy formula is weightless on the skin, packing antioxidants to improve texture and fight aging. Not tested on animals, its notable ingredients include Golden Barley, Prickly Pear Cactus, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Leaf Juice, Oat Extract and Vitamins A, C, and E. It also seems to be fragrance-free, so it won’t interfere with a couple spritzes of Stetson Cologne.

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The 3.4 oz travel-friendly bottle will run you a cool $9 (S&H included).

On their successful mission to takeover the Bathroom Experience by introducing effective yet unaffected grooming products, Dollar Shave Club has so far made sure we can affordably maintain a smooth, supple face and a fresh taint. One wonders what’s next…

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My New Navy Seersucker Suit from J.Crew

A few weeks ago, my cousin was in town with his wife and son. He had a window of time and wanted to know where to get a smart summer blazer. I sent him over to J.Crew and told him to look for their Japanese cotton navy seersucker jacket, which would look great on him.

When I picked him and his wife up for dinner that evening, they presented me with a garment bag.

“What’s this?” I asked.

“We loved it and thought it was so you,” he said.

I unzipped the bag to find a new navy seersucker jacket. I was blown away by the thoroghly thoughtful and completely unexpected gift. And they had correctly guessed my off-the-rack size (38R). I was completely caught off-guard and was (and remain) so very grateful at this insanely kind and thoughtful gesture.

Since I had the jacket, I figured I would see if J.Crew had any discount codes online, which they did. At the very reasonable full price, the jacket is $298 and the pants are $158 ($456 total). I got 15% off the navy seersucker pants. Four days later, the pants arrived, producing a whole suit. Then it was off to the tailor…

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Japanese Cotton J.Crew Navy Seersucker Suit

A cotton suit is a summer staple. It often comes in the shape of a twill or chino, with the tan chino suit probably being the most popular. What I love about this seersucker is it’s solid navy color where seersucker typically comes striped (blue and white, brown and white or gray and white). Made with the signature J.Crew Ludlow design, the cut of the jacket is honest and slim with a slightly lower button stance, 2.5 inch lapels and a double vent in the back. The pants are flat-front with a very comfortable fit.

My only issue with this and the two other J.Crew Ludlow jackets I own is a minor one, but a recurring issue nonetheless. The front button becomes loose after only a few wearings (after one wearing with this new one). There is nothing exceptional or unusual about how I wear a jacket or how often I button and unbutton it. Luckily, fixing a button is a skill I have, and I took care of it in ten minutes. I have many other jackets from other brands and none of them have button threading this weak. This is an issue that seems particular to J.Crew. A friend who recently bought a beautiful Ludlow suit reported the same problem to me. The solution is a simple production fix: spend twice as much time and use twice as much thread when adhering the button to the jacket in the factory.

Other than that, I am overjoyed with a very smart new summer suit.

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Podcast No. 19: The Anatomy of a Suit

Indochino is a company that makes high-quality affordable made-to-measure suits online. I’ve written about them on the blog many times. Recently, they sent out an email blast with a pretty detailed graphic that illustrated what goes into each of their suits, highlighting specific elements about the fabric, the materials and the construction. Continue reading

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The Foreign Language of White Tie at the 2014 Met Gala

For this year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute gala, Anna Wintour famously requested a dress code of white tie. Since most red carpet men prove over and over again that they barely know what black tie is, the idea of white tie must have been very confusing, as evidenced on the red carpet at last night’s Met Gala. If proper black tie is a foreign language, white tie is another planet.

Though a modern day rarity, white tie is the height of men’s formal attire and was once an nightly uniform among aristocrats. It’s what all the men from Lord Grantham down to the butlers wear every evening on Downton Abbey. It’s the costume in which Fred Astaire was perhaps most famous.

Today, the number of occasions in most men’s lives that call for white tie is less than one. A man could be forgiven for not only not knowing how to do it, but also not knowing where to get it. But here’s the thing: we’re talking about the Met Gala, a prom to which only the richest and most privileged are invited. For this crowd – a crowd with the money and resources to pull off almost anything – my tolerance for blowing it is less than zero.

Here’s a look at who nailed it, who failed it and who elegantly derailed it. (For clarity: the “derailers” were more Academy Awards/Cannes appropriate, but looked fabulous anyway.) All photos by Josh Haner for The New York Times, except for Leonard Lauder, which was taken by Julian Mackler / BFAnyc.com for Style.com.

Who nailed it…


I need to give a respectful nod to Andy Cohen, Colin Firth, and a handful of other men who also nailed it.

Who failed it…

Who elegantly derailed it…

Update…

Anna Wintour and Sarah Jessica Parker stopped by Late Night Seth Meyers on Wednesday night (5/7/14) to discuss the gala and to critique some of the men in light of the trouble many of them had with white tie (including Seth).

PHOTO NOTE: The glorious title photo of this article is known as “The Kings of Hollywood.” It was taken by Slim Aarons at the 1957 New Year’s party at the Crown Room in Romanoff’s. From left to right: Clark Gable, Van Heflin, Gary Cooper and James Stewart.

Raising the bar without raising the budget.