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The predominant male attitude on grooming and skincare is that they are optional. At least that’s what we hear from president of Kiehl’s and noted beard-wearer Chris Salgardo.

chrissalgardoBut imagine if Rob Lowe thought that way. There would be no Rob Lowe.

So in the interest of correcting this gross misunderstanding, Salgardo wrote Manmade, a book with grooming and skincare tips men can and should use right now–and which will keep them looking younger, longer. Perhaps you know a man who could use this in his life?

Salgardo told us all about the book on the phone. The conversation is below.

And if you happen to be in/near Seattle on December 11, meet up with Salgardo in our flagship store to talk about his book and knock back a cold one. The event is called, tantalizingly, Beards and Brew.

Shop: Kiehl’s

Click here for crucial tips on nighttime skin care, how to shave properly and which common grooming & skincare mistakes men should avoid.

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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.

Shop: all men’sall Polo

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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.

Shop: patterned shirts | jackets | ties

Brilliant Hix-isms this way…

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In the 1970s & ’80s, Charles Hix was the style go-to for a growing audience of aspiring American gentlemen. His gentlemanly wisdom was on the pages of GQ Magazine and in his best-selling books. Hix’s advice has aged exceptionally well–so we’re peppering Throwback Thursday posts with some of his greatest styling and grooming hits.

hixoutdoors1Images by Herb Ritts from Charles Hix’s Dressing Right

When fall turns to a deep freeze, it’s time for city folk to take a few wardrobe cues from our mountain-man brethren. Don’t worry if you don’t know one end of an axe from the other–Hix has you covered.

Shop: men’s flannel

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You think you can mess with Karl on any level?

karl3Think again, cowboy.

Man, myth and fashion maestro Karl Lagerfeld is the subject of an article by Andrew O’Hagan which you must read.

Through the piece, we gain a greater appreciation for Lagerfeld’s intellect and specific flavor of inscrutability–a kind of sparkling aloofness which might be annoying if he didn’t hit nothing but homeruns as the designer of Chanel, Fendi and his own line, to name a few projects.

But homeruns he hits. And so he is legend. Have you ever worn a Lagerfeld watch or gifted anything Chanel or Fendi for a special occasion? Then you already know.

Read the piece 

Shop: KARL LAGERFELD | Chanel | Fendi

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In the 1970s & ’80s, Charles Hix was an American gentleman who offered holistic, 360-degree gentlemanly advice. You could read him in GQ Magazine and in best-selling books, which gained him a loyal and stylish audience. His advice has aged exceptionally well–and so we’re peppering Throwback Thursday posts with some of his greatest styling and grooming hits. 

hixshaving1Image by Bruce Weber from Charles Hix’s Looking Good

Shaving is shaving right? You pull a sharp thing across your face and then the hair is gone. But lo, there are ins and outs and all kinds of ways you can go wrong. Hix has tips and here they are.

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This way for the Hix…

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Required reading for those interested in the Venn diagram of style, culture and music: “Hooking Up” by Jon Caramanica in the New York Times’ T Magazine–an article about the influence of hip-hop on today’s newly fired-up menswear.

Click here to read the article.

SPOILER: Caramanica’s thesis is fashion runways used to influence the streets and now the streets influence the runways. The “direction of diffusion,” as he writes, has inverted. It’s also about men caring about fashion and being comfortable caring about fashion.

Below is a list of important hip-hop/menswear figures in the order Caramanica mentions them, which is more or less chronologically, with his excerpted characterizations.

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Bookmarked: Designtripper

We’ll show you our bookmarks if you show us yours. Tell us about your favorite blogs in the comments section.

A seventeenth-century Italian flat with restored original terrazzo floors. A lush and airy Bahamian cottage tricked out by a renowned interiors visionary. An inn on Fogo Island in Newfoundland with sleek, modern architecture and a commitment to social good. Serious fodder for escapist daydreams, yes, but the real tie here is Meghan McEwen, who writes about these properties and more for Designtripper.

Upping the promise of the best design and travel blogs and nullifying long, often frustrating searches on sites like Airbnb and VRBO (and maybe equally frustrating discussions that begin with “Where should we go this year?”), McEwen’s small team of contributors explore the history, aesthetic and allure of privately owned vacation rentals all over the planet. If you’re the sort of traveler who places equal weight on journey and destination, and if majestic stone hearths in cliff-built five-story cribs seem like reason enough to cash in some frequent-flier miles, chances are good that Designtripper’s digs-centric globetrotting will appeal to you.

And, yeah, if you’re just into virtual escapism, they’ve got you on that too.

The minimal, efficiently organized interface includes filters for location, rental type (homes vs. hotels and inns), food-centric destinations, family-friendly havens and even socially conscious travel. Have a good trip.

Image of Mazzini 31 via Designtripper

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