Now Open | Aesop Ginza Japan Store

Now Open | Aesop Ginza Japan Store

Aesop continues to build their presence in some high value areas, this time opening up shop in the district of Ginza, Japan. The original masonry facade and stairway for the upper level tenants was retained and carried into the interior of the 38 sq. meter space, integrating the material into the product display shelves. The design really is magnificent and works well with the image of the Aesop brand. This being the Aesop’s second standalone store in Japan, it’s truly remarkable and a job well done by the team at Schemata Architecture. (via design boom)

GANT Fragrance

GANT Fragrance Fall/Winter 2011

Gant has launched their first in-house fragrance aptly called “GANT”. It’s inspired in part by the New England waters and coastal living lifestyle. Pierre Dinand designed the bottle and pulled inspiration from wicker baskets that cargo ships in the old days used to transport fragile goods. If that wasn’t enough, Gant also commissioned Pierre Wulff to craft this unique fragrance formula. He chose some exclusive ingredients and created a scent that pulls in the freshness and airy sense of the ocean and combined these characteristics with dark woods and tar ropes.

The film below highlights the relationship between the two gifted talents and how they worked together. This cooperation is pretty special in itself as many times this work is very separate. The fragrance is available now exclusively to Gant stores in 26 countries as well as online at gant.com. For now, make a purchase online and you’ll get a .5 oz sample bottle for free.

Now Open | Aesop New York

Now Open | Aesop New York

Australian cosmetics brand Aesop has opened up shop in the New York City neighborhood of Nolita. The interior design of the space explores the construction possibilities of newspapers as reclaimed copies of the New York Times have been used as a building material and acknowledgement of the brand’s well-known respect for the written word and history of each city it sets up shop in. A unique feature of this store is the screening on the walls of Criterion films. Look for the entire cosmetics collection at Aesop’s New York shop. (via super future)

Now Open | Alexander West at John Allan’s Midtown

Now Open | Alexander West at John Allan's Midtown

Custom shirtmaker Alexander West has set up shop inside the Midtown location of John Allan’s. For those unfamiliar, John Allan’s is a grooming club for men with a few locations here in New York City and one in Chicago as well. Beyond the extensive services that range from shoe shining to massages, John Allan’s is also just an exceptional space. With Alexander West’s tailors now being on hand through the fall to fit gentlemen for shirting, it only adds to the experience that is John Allan’s. More info on location and hours below as well as a few shots of the space.

Odin 06 Amanu for Barneys New York

Odin 06 Amanu for Barneys New York

New York-based retailer Odin has delivered way more than just clothing over the past few years, with their in-house line of scents and candles doing quite well for them as well. They’ve had such great success in this segment that they’ve gone from their 04 Petrana scent straight to 06 Amanu, one you’ll find exclusively at Barneys New York (05 has already been reserved by Chanel).

As for the scent itself, it features the woody rusticity of cedarleaf and the heady complexity of jasmine sambac. Rooting textures of amberwood, musk and live moss endow this earthy scent with a lush maturity.

Introducing | Rapha Performance Skincare

Introducing | Rapha Performance Skincare

Folks, we’d like to turn you all to the first of the Rapha Performance Skincare range, which has been created to protect against the elements and repair the wear and tear of road riding. Now, imagine how effective the products will be for an average bloke like me.

The fragrance of Atlas Cedar, Lavender, Pine Needle, Rosemary, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Cypress, Cistus and Patchouli are pulled from Mont Ventoux and are used across the range. Currently, this range consists of a chamois cream, embrocation and soap, all of which we’ve actually tested and approve.

Grooming | SHARPS Barber and Shop for Fall 2010

Grooming | SHARPS Barber and Shop for Fall 2010

I’ve been testing out some of SHARPS‘ grooming products from their fall line as of late and thought it only to turn you folks to the goods. For anyone not familiar, SHARPS Barber and Shop launched in 2002 in New York and has since been selling rapidly at fine barbershops and retailers nationwide and in Canada, UK, France, Germany, Portugal, Austria, Russia, Japan, and Australia, as well as SHARPS’ own barbershops in London. They’re approach is phenomenal as any man will find appeal in the packaging design and sometimes outlandish product names.

The good thing is the products really work. Case in point, the “Happy Me All Over” soap bar. Not only does it have a kick-ass name, unforgettable name, but it delivers a healthy lather without damaging even the most sensitive skin. I say this because, folks, I have some God-awful sensitive skin which is easily irritated. The light green hard-milled soap bar produces maximum lather and is a pretty substantial in size compared to other soap bars. This will surely prevent some dropped soap incidents and give the soap bar some extended life versus the competition.

The Scent | Odin 04 Petrana

The Scent | Odin 04 Petrana

Many people are under the notion that men should avoid floral scents at all costs, but I beg to differ. The right mixture delivers a timeless scent, and 04 Petrana is most certainly ranking high on our list of scents for 2010/2011. Without getting to technical with details, just know Odin has cooked up their fourth scent, this time utilizing rare ingredients such as Black Iris, Pink Pepper and Herbaceous Coriander.

Essential: Natural Bristle Toothbrush by SWISSCO [Grooming]

Essential: Natural Bristle Toothbrush by SWISSCO [Grooming]

There’s much reason behind my decision to ditch the the modern toothbrush and go with an old-school natural bristle offering instead. Most of it stems from the fact that I’m fed up with the overly-commercialized dental care industry. Fact is when I used to walk into a drugstore to pick up a few necessities, I spent the most time looking for the right toothbrush. There are a hundred varieties of the same nylon bristle toothbrush, which tends to become less effective much quicker than its natural bristle counterpart.