Posts tagged #fall 2015

The Scent of a Man: Four Colognes We Love This Season

Every season we get requests from our male clients for recommendations on a few good colognes.  

This fall Megan and I decided to team up and narrow down our top seasonal picks to share with you.  There are a lot of options out there, trust us we were dealing with olfactory overload after the first round. 

Granted fragrance is not for everyone, but if you choose wisely and apply lightly, you do carry a little extra allure with you. Don't be afraid to mix it up based on season too. Megan and I naturally gravitated to spicy wood and citrus scents that pair well with the fall/winter climate.

       

 

 

 

1.) Replica At the Barber by Maison Martin Margiela, $125. 

Good for the guy who is a classic minimalist looking for a clean, light scent with a little warm herbal flair. 

  • Notes
  • Top: bigarade essence, basil accord, black pepper.
  • Middle: geranium essence, lavender, rosemary essence.
  • Base: tonka bean, evernyl, white musks.

2.) Hermes Paris Voyage d' Hermes, $97.

We love this unisex fragrance and the way it plays with paradox. It is warm, sweetly delicate and at the same time crisp, woodsy an fresh. Definitely the type of scent a metropolitan man can appreciate.

  • Notes
  • Top: lemon, cardamom and spices
  • Middle: cedar wood, florals
  • Base: sandal wood, white musk

3.) John Varvatos Vintage, $66.

Perfect for the rugged yet sophisticated guy this fragrance is unapologetically masculine. It can also be worn by a mix of ages.

  • Notes
  • TopWormwood, basil, rhubarb, quince, fennel and pepper
  • Middle: juniper berries, lavender, cinnamon, jasmine, orris root and green leaves
  • Base: tonka bean, tobacco, suede, patchouli, oakmoss, balsam fir and woody

4.) Tom Ford Grey Vetiver Eau De Toilette, $78.

Our dark horse contender, this fragrance knocked another Hermes Cologne out of the running. We just couldn't get enough of this lighter Eau De Toilette version. Fresh, bold and bright the base notes of vetiver, oak and moss come through strong without overpowering the clean citrus top notes. A good match for a classic guy with elegant taste. 

  • Notes
  • Topcitrus notes of winter lemon, grapefruit, bergamot and orange blossom
  • MiddleThai basil together with orris root
  • Base: vetiver, amber wood, oak moss and musk

Finding your signature scent starts with finding the base notes you like and building from there. Don't be afraid to ask for a sample to test how you like the scent over the course of a few days. Your natural ph will alter how it wears on you. 

Here are out top four pics. Admittedly there was a dark (grey) horse that threw the judges in the last hour. Let's just say Tom Ford knows how to blend a good masculine scent and we changed our initial lineup. 

Ooh La La!

Stay Stylish,

K&M

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The Gentlemen's Roundup: Three Silhouettes to Watch for Fall 2015

This season Fall 15 menswear has gotten the slightest bit more relaxed, oversized and sporty. The inspiration seems to be found in the tension between classic sophistication and sporty street wear.

1.) The Bomber-This silhouette is a classic on the menswear scene and cycles in and out of popularity. As a follow up to last year's athletic baseball jackets the bomber typically has a zipper front instead of snaps or buttons and more pocket detailing. This year you will find it not just in the typical nylon fabric but also in suede and aged leather variations.

2.) The Overcoat- Great for cooler climates or guys who want to polish off a more casual ensemble. Our prediction is the silhouette will be in vogue for a while, mirroring the rising trend in womenswear. Keep the hemline above the knee and the color dark if you are shorter to help elongate your legs.

3.) The Quilted Vest- A classic piece in fall wardrobes, the vest has transitioned from outdoorsy rugged to sleek urban.  We like this version from BR that adds a little structure at the collar and comes in flannel (keeping it distinct from vests designed primarily for performance or corporate swag). For guys who carry their weight in their midsection, avoid the horizontal quilting and opt for diagonal lines and top pockets that define the waist, similar to this Belstaff vest.

Banana Republic Flannel Vest $140

Stay Stylish Gents,

K & M

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