How to Movember Correctly

Two of our own facial-hair enthusiasts share their grooming tips and picks to keep your ‘stache from veering into unwieldy territory.  


Since 2003, the Movember Foundation has been deploying state-of-the-art mustaches as conversation starters to raise awareness and funds for men’s health. The movement challenges participants to grow, share and get active. But to be inducted as a Mo Bro (or a Mo Sista supporting all her Mo Bros) requires following a few rules and knowing a thing or two about facial-hair care.

We enlisted a couple of our grooming gurus to help with rules: Gerald Grinter, counter manager for men’s fragrance in Seattle, and Sankil Ward, men’s accessories and furnishings manager at the Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego.

Those rules are 1) start clean-shaven, 2) grow and groom for the entire month so you can reach your full mustachioed potential without breaking rule 3) no fakes, no beards, no goatees.

Gerald and Sankil will be sporting their own mustaches this month, along with members of their teams.

Here’s what you need to know and the products Gerald and Sankil swear by.




hot4Perhaps you are one of the billion people who have seen Drake recently doing his best free advertising for Moncler, the French outdoor brand?

We sell that very jacket, in three colors.

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Dad’s Style 101

fe_illustration_11One of our favorite culture podcasters, Jesse Thorn, is a menswear buff. We listen to him, we trust him and we like when he gets excited about stuff and feels the urge to share.

Here’s Thorn enthusing about the concept of dad’s style, which you don’t need to be a father to appreciate, and Japanese magazine Free & Easywhich, if you’re unfamiliar, read Josh Peskowitz’s primer article for Ralph Lauren’s website.

The dad’s style issue of Free & Easy is an annual thing. The next one comes out in February.

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What to Wear to a Job Interview

First, ask yourself whether your (future) workplace dress code is traditional, business casual or completely casual. Then watch this video, be inspired and nail that interview.

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In the 1970s & ’80s, Charles Hix provided gentlemanly style advice on the pages of GQ and in his best-selling books. Style, in his view, is as simple as “enlisting clothes to make the most of what nature has passed your way.” Because they’re timeless, we’re peppering Throwback Thursday posts with some of Hix’s greatest styling and grooming hits.

GREATESThixImage by Bruce Weber from Charles Hix’s Dressing Right

Every guy wants to be his own man–but style-wise, it’s intimidating to strike out on your own. Never fear. Seriously, never. For a guy who wrote the rule books on style, Hix seems to revel in the manly pursuit of throwing them away.

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Brilliant Hix-isms this way…


Your All-Time Top 10 Accessories

Well-chosen accessories should complement the rest of what you’re wearing. That’s complement, not compliment, which is basically to comply. The root of complement is complete.

Finishing touches can seem minor but bring everything together and leave lasting impressions. Don’t muck about. Finish strong.

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Fall Sweaters: The Turtleneck

sweaterfinalWe asked our men’s styling manager Danny Mankin how to consider various fall sweaters–because there are so many–and to put together some outfits.

Here’s Danny on the turtleneck.

–Andrew Matson



Saturdays-3108Images by Robin Stein

Surf-inspired brand Saturdays NYC started in 2009 with a staunch imperative to chill, selling espresso shots and hosting hang-outs in the storefront backyard. Years later the brand has become a serious fashion player, but the chill has not waned.

When we met with co-founder Morgan Collett at Saturdays’ showroom in New York, a zen glow hovered over him from the previous day, when he watched the sun rise and surfed in Japan with one of his idols, Kohei Chiba.

A hardcore fan of Swedish design who cut his teeth working for Acne and J. Lindeberg, Collett is also still that kid from Newport Beach, California, who got a varsity letter on his high school surf team.

Read on for our interview with Collett to learn how his brand truly represents a culture, how surfing is different in New York versus Cali–and to see images of prototype shoes in Saturdays’ SoHo showroom.

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Full Q&A through this link


dogbuddyTrystan Rowlan with Buddy; images by Studio N

Are you ready to take a lucky dog to a whole new #flex level? Consider gifting pet accessories by legendary outdoor brands Filson and Barbour.

The receiving dog will end up looking ready to open a coffee shop/work as a park ranger–or at least stunt on the other dogs at the park while wearing waxed cotton, quilted felt and durable leather.

Fun story about the dog models in this blog post: When we learned we would be carrying all this excellent dog gear, we called Seattle Humane and asked if they had any camera hams to help show it off. They brought five “highly adoptable” dogs to our Studio N for a photo shoot. Three were adopted on the spot by Nordstrom employees. This blogger rescued Luna, below.

The remaining two dogs found new, loving homes by the end of the week. Highly adoptable, indeed.

–Andrew Matson

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Eton-3146Images by Robin Stein

Toward the end of our interview with Sebastian Dollinger, head of design at the Swedish brand Eton–makers of arguably the finest dress shirts on the market–he shared his love of lying:

“One time I told a reporter the whole collection was inspired by fish. And they printed it!”

So forgive us if we have doubts about the existence of his new EDM band, which he said is called Highly Sedated and appears to be un-Googleable.

Dollinger has a rock star personality regardless, and is a master designer with a deep history at Eton. He was practically born into the company and as an elementary school kid, used to sneak into his dad’s basement to watch him design Eton shirts.

Read on for a candid interview with Dollinger and photos from the Eton showroom in midtown Manhattan.

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