Schorem Barbier is an old-school barbershop in located in Rotterdam, Netherlands. They specialize in classic and timeless cuts that have proven themselves over time such as the fade, pompadour and quiff. Last year they released a line of pomades under the brand Reuzel. The word means “lard” in Dutch and is a throwback to the past when pomades were made using animal fat and fragranced using apples. The word pomade comes from the French word pomme which means “apple”.
The Ultimate Nightstand (Gear Patrol)
“Sleep is sacred, and the bedroom, the domain of dreams. While the bed is a playground of desire and respite, it is the bed’s companion piece, the nightstand — that low-slung sentinel set squat next to the frame, quiet, unobtrusive, infinitely handy — that holds our most sacred items. It keeps the life of repose within an arm’s reach: literature, technology, hydration. And, it remains a gallery of the sacred heirlooms: the nautical compass from Nantucket, the Brahma statuette from Cambodia. The nightstand has room for all, and with proper curation, it keeps on balance the utilitarian, the lofty, the memorable.”
How shoes should fit (Permanent Style)
“Let’s start with a simple summary. A shoe should be tight at the back and loose at the front. It should hold the rear of the foot firmly, to stop it from slipping, and provide enough room at the front for the toes to move freely.”
The First Straw: Entry-level Panama Hats for Summer (Put This On)
“But the right hat on the right guy can look really excellent, and summer brimmed hats have a legitimate practical use in keeping the sun off your head. For over a century, the men’s summer hat of choice has been the Panama—less affected than a boater, more panache than a ballcap.”
The Field Jacket (Mr. Porter)
“The field jacket, and the clothes that go with it, are garments of unrivalled practicality and style. They work as well in the city as they do on the savanna. And over time the field jacket has become a sort of “un-blazer”, a favourite of those whose careers are creative or rugged. From the bad old days when great white hunters decimated the wildlife in Africa, to a more enlightened era when writers, film-makers and artists went out in search of ideas, art and inspiration, this jacket has endured.”
Why It Pays to Be a Jerk (The Atlantic)
“Yet in at least three situations, a touch of jerkiness can be helpful. The first is if your job, or some element of it, involves a series of onetime encounters in which reputational blowback has minimal effect. The second is in that evanescent moment after a group has formed but its hierarchy has not. (Think the first day of summer camp.) The third—not fully explored here, but worth mentioning—is when the group’s survival is in question, speed is essential, and a paralyzing existential doubt is in the air. It was when things got truly desperate at Apple, its market share having shrunk to 4 percent, that the board invited Steve Jobs to return (Jobs then ousted most of those who had invited him back).”
Beyond Gin and Tonic (The New York Times)
“But this summer is shaping up as an opportune time for devotees to pause and add a new twist to their warm-weather routines. In recent years, bartenders and drinkers, armed with a new array of craft tonic waters and a drive to experiment, have been slowly discovering that the quinine bite of tonic goes well with a surprising number of other spirits.”
When it comes to artisanal products, craftsmen want customers to be educated in order to appreciate their products better. However, divulging production techniques and trade secrets tend to backfire. It removes much of the allure and romance surrounding the product. That didn’t stop Destileria Limtuaco from providing detailed information of how they made their latest offering, Very Old Captain Artisan-Crafted Dark Rum.
Friends Javi Marcalain, David Ong, Gerard Cancio and I made it to Style Bible’s Manila’s Stylish 8.
Weekly Roundup | Birthplaces of Famous Cocktails, When Heritage Brands Become Accidental Fashion Labels
Map: The Birthplaces of More Than 30 Famous Cocktails (Vinepair)
“We love cocktails, a lot. And although the reemergence of cocktail culture means there are hundreds of great cocktail bars across the world whipping up new cocktails every night of the week, we still love the classics. But when a cocktail attains classic status, it’s often hard to remember how and where it originated in the first place. Which is why we made this map. We dove through history books — and made a few trips to our favorite bars in the name of research — to uncover the origins of more than 30 famous cocktails. Now head to the birthplaces of these great cocktails and enjoy them even more.”
When Heritage Brands Become Accidental Fashion Labels (Business of Fashion)
“Can it work? Can these old-fashioned companies remain relevant to fashion-conscious customers beyond the natural trend cycle? Tom Julian thinks that, with careful planning, the answer is yes. Heritage brands are akin to luxury brands: both rely on history to create a sense of trust, but newness to draw attention. And, diversity in the marketplace means that a single name can mean many things to many people. “At one time, a brand that was heritage and pure could only live in one channel,” Julian says. “Now, as long as the core hero product is always protected and preserved, the consumer is open to more.””
How To Wear a Blazer and Jeans this Spring (Hint: Jeans Are Not Trousers) (Styleforum)
“You want to look nice, right? Cool. But the first thing I want you to do is not picture jeans and a blazer as some kind of stand-in for a suit, or an odd jacket and trousers. This isn’t the time to floss that bespoke suit jacket – no, think of the casual blazer as light outerwear rather than tailored clothing. How you wear it is as important as what you wear. The right jacket will let you roll the sleeves up if you’re out for sangria, pop the collar if it’s a chilly night, and stuff your hands in the pockets (definitely do this).”
How to Eat Healthy Meals at Restaurants (The New York Times)
“Yet it’s entirely possible to eat both healthy and tasty restaurant meals. And because eating out is one of life’s great pleasures, we’ve put together this guide to smart restaurant eating. It ranges from undeniably healthy meals — with a rich variety of foods, heavy on fruits and vegetables, light on sugar — to fast-food meals that are at least better than the alternatives if you find yourself eating at McDonald’s.”
The male suicides: how social perfectionism kills (mosaic)
“It’s more than just job prospects that the young of the nation are working towards. “If you’re a good student, you’re respected by your teachers, parents and your friends. You’re very popular. Everybody wants to date you.” The pressure to achieve this level of perfection, social and otherwise, can be immense. “Self-esteem, social esteem, social status, everything is combined into one,” he says. “But what if you fail?””
I’m a religious user of sunscreen. I make it a point to put sunscreen on my face every time I step outside even with minimal exposure to the sun. I’m a fan of VMV Hypoallergenics’ Armada line having used their SPF 30 sunscreen which is excellent. But I felt that I needed a higher grade of protection (higher SPF and PA rating which I’ll get to it in a bit) and could make do without the moisturizing properties so I started looking for other products. My search led me to Daylong Extreme SPF 50+ Gel sunscreen by Galderma.
Lately I’ve become more active on Pinterest and have become part of their community of content curators in the Philippines. For those who aren’t familiar, Pinterest is a visual bookmarking tool that helps you discover and save creative ideas.
You can Pin stuff from around the web to boards you create. It can be about any topic you want. Personally I use Pinterest to keep track of the stuff I like as well as collect interior design ideas and style inspiration. You can check out the ‘Stuff I Like’ board I’ve created below.
What’s great about Pinterest is that each Pin has a link back to the original site where you pinned it from. That’s why it’s perfect for remembering things you’d want to add to your wardrobe or living room.
Simple Rules for Healthy Eating (The New York Times)
“These suggestions are also not supported by the scientific weight of rigorous randomized controlled trials, because little in nutrition is. I’ve inserted links to back them up with the available evidence. They are not “laws” and should not be treated as such. No specific nutrients will be demonized, and none will be held up as miracles. But these recommendations make sense to me, and they’ve helped me immensely.”
Foot Soldiers (The New York Times)
“Griffith says he was struck by his subjects’ approach to their work. “Different shiners had completely different techniques,” he said. “There’s water techniques, there’s dry techniques, different textures of the fabric.” But all shoe shiners have one thing in common: the rag, the most disposable and yet the most indispensable tool of their trade. A long strip of fabric that gets twisted around fingers and then back over the flat of the hand, the rag works the polish into the deepest cracks, then buffs it till it gleams.
“If there’s a secret, it’s in the fingers,” Jose Gomez told The Times. He added: “Take a little time, too; don’t go too quick.””
A HYPEBEAST Guide to Japanese Fashion Magazines (Hypebeast)
“This profound invested interest has culminated in the formation of countless Japanese menswear publications that are often very specific by nature, but are known to provide an aesthetically-pleasing reading experience with stunning imagery and meticulous attention to detail. Though the general state of Japan’s publishing industry has taken a turn for the worse with 11 consecutive years of declining sales, a number of smaller publishing houses have allowed multiple angles and viewpoints of niche subject matters to be explored. Whether you’re into streetwear, high-fashion, mind-blowing electronic gadgets or just simply want to get an overview on what’s out there, these publications cover it all. Even if you can’t read the text they will certainly keep you entertained and maybe even serve as daily inspirations. Here are 17 Japanese fashion publications you should know about in no particular order.”
Eight Superb Rosé Wines for Spring (Cool Hunting)
“With the announcement of Quin Candy’s Rosé Gumdrops it dawned on us that we are once again returning to the season of celebratory pink wines. While the reputation of rosé was all but destroyed during the White Zinfandel heyday, it’s been on the rise for many, many years now—and there are plenty of superb options at an array of price points. The following selections reflect some of our favorites this season, including everything from a $12 debut from Oregon to the pinnacle of luxuriant delight, Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2004.”
One of the best things about working closely with brands you carry is being able to collaborate on unique pieces that is exclusive to your store. Last year Signet worked together with Fullcount to produce a special run of jeans using a fabric that is a mix of farmed and wild Zimbabwe cotton. For those who aren’t familiar with Fullcount’s offerings their denim garments are made mostly with farmed Zimbabwe cotton. Continue Reading
A Field Guide to the American Sandwich (The New York Times)
“Here is a celebration of the sandwich’s diversity in the United States, an attempt to bring order to the wild multiplicity of its forms.”
How to Wear a Khaki Suit Like a Grown Up (Wall Street Journal)
“Sid Mashburn, the amiable owner of the eponymous Atlanta store that prides itself on classic American tailoring, said men could easily wear the versatile look to an almost monotonous degree: “A khaki suit? That’s Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday—morning, noon and night.” He currently stocks suits in khaki twill and a tan English wool fresco; he’ll soon have options in cotton poplin and a plain Italian wool weave. “We love it for the workplace,” he continued. “It’s a way to say ‘I’m dressed up but not fussed-up.’ ””
How To Buy Direct From Japan (Styleforum)
“We’ve all run into the problem: someone on Styleforum links you to something…incredible. Problem is, it’s on a Japanese website. You might not even know what it is, let alone how to buy it. Fear not – from proxy services to more advanced internet techniques, Brad Tiller is here to solve your problems.”
The Best Whiskeys That Won’t Break The Bank (Men’s Journal)
“You can spend as much as you want on a bottle of whiskey, but a high price tag doesn’t necessarily guarantee quality. Sure, a plastic handle of corn whiskey on sale for ten bucks is never going to turn out well, but you don’t have to mortgage your house to get a memorable bottle of bourbon or rye that’s just as good straight as with a splash of soda or a dash of quality bitters. We’ve found five whiskeys that deliver great taste and high quality for under $100—perfect for a special occasion, a gift for someone you (really, really) like, or just a way to treat yourself after a long work week.”
Everything You Need To Know About Whiskey Right Now (Esquire)
“Once you put aside label matters, even including where a whiskey is made—the fundamentals of distilling and aging don’t change just because you cross a border—and what it costs, you’ll see that all whiskeys are put together from three basic building blocks: the grain, the still, and the barrel. Each requires choices to be made. It’s these choices (some of them mandated by law) that define the actual whiskey that’s in the bottle. There are at least eight different ways you can combine them to make whiskey, but only four of the ways are widely used, producing malt whiskey, grain whiskey, straight whiskey, and blended whiskey. No country has a monopoly on any of the four, and most whiskey-distilling countries make at least three of them.”