Last week we were invited to Baton Rouge, a new bar by French bartender Julien Escot, in Pigalle, Paris, for the launch of Essence of Cuba, a series of cocktail flavorings, designed by Havana Club in collaboration with German bitter brand The Bitter Truth. The venue is inspired by the very unique atmosphere of Louisiana, which I’m especially found of. Our friends (and our Instagram followers) would know that we travelled to New Orleans four times in the last two years, to visit friends, have epic meals and of course drink Bourbon and Sazerac, some of the region’s most notorious drinks. Needless to say, then, that we had a blast and that Baton Rouge has officially received our seal of approval…
Le club des douze is about menswear, first and Foremost. But I’ve gotten a lot of questions lately regarding grooming and skincare, and so I thought I would share with you some of my favorite brands and products. I also receive a fair amount of press releases form mainstream brands, claiming they’ve invented the ultimate set of skincare products for men, but to be honest, I find that smaller brands do it better. They’re more concerned with sustainability and using the best ingredients, and we’re definitely into that as well.
- Pantheralla socks Mon Tiroir A Chaussettes - 11 euros
- Bespoke spectator shoes J. Adler – 440 pounds / 540 dollars / 490 euros
- NATO-inspired watch Shore Projects – 115 pounds / 175 dollars / 150 euros
- Leather & canvas bag Almare Toscana – 370 pounds / 594 dollars / 440 euros
- Walnut tree wood tie clip Oncle Pape – 23 euros
- The Man Comb flip comb DAFT – 18 pounds / 27 dollars / 23 euros
- Tapered trousers Beauty & Youth - 125 pounds / 169 dollars / 159 euros
- Oxford shirt GANT Rugger - 79 pounds / 105 dollars / 99 euros
- Knitted linen tie Hackett – 100 pounds / 160 dollars / 80 euros
- Two-button blazer Journal Standard - 145 pounds / 195 dollars / 203 euros
- Brass shoe horn Izola – 20 dollars
- Standard tan belt Wood & Faulk - 85 dollars
My Greek grandfather would always wear a hat. I remember that hat very clearly. It was some sort of a fedora with a rather narrow brim that would match his seemingly unique grey worker’s suit. He looked damn cool. There’s no way I could pull off a hat the way he did, nor have I ever attempted to. If I had to do it though, I know exactly where I would go to find the perfect fit. As exotic as it sounds, I would pick one of Australian brand Past Present’s excellent hats, the ultimate destination for any gentleman looking for timeless headwear crafted with care and quality wool.
As you might have figured from reading the blog, I’m quite a huge fan of watches… Last year, I got to work and write about Briston and Daniel Wellington, two brands that I fell in love with in 2014. It’s only March and I’ve already come across a number of unique watch collections that I will tell you about in the coming months and I wanted to start with J&M Denmark, a young Danish label with a story that I personally find very inspiring.
- Cornell port jacket Penfield - 185 dollars / 172 euros
- Organic cotton jeans Nudie - 119 dollars / 111 euros
- Color-blocked sweatshirt RVCA - 65 dollars / 61 euros
- Silver chronograph watch J&M - 205 euros
- Cotton socks made in the USA American Trench - 28 dollars
- Leather & denim travel bag Kjøre Project - 365 euros
- Exfoliating powder Noer Organics - 50 pounds / 74 dollars / 70 euros
- Cut & sew oxford shirt Band of Outsiders - 295 dollars / 275 euros
- Brick sole gibson shoes Sanders - 223 dollars / 239 euros
- The Chapman fedora hat Past Present - 149 dollars
- Pearl grey ebony sunglasses Shwood - 109 dollars
- Bee Pollen & Mango Chocolate Bar Ocelot - 5 pounds
So… I love denim. I just do! I’ve always had. I love discovering denim brands, trying out jeans, the way they feel, the way the age, the way they look. Any day I get to write about denim is a good day. Today including, since we’re telling you about Mott & Bow, a new denim label that we’re very excited about and got introduced to by Thursday Boots, which I believe is one of the coolest brands launched in 2014.
Since living in England 4 years ago, I have been paying more attention to British brands. It’s not that I didn’t care before, it’s just that I was into French brands mainly because, well, I was in France and French brands have a lot to offer. But exploring England and its wealth of brands has been a fun journey and there is a lot to cover given the quality of British materials and craftsmanship. Lately we told you about Quiggleys’ sweaters, Ashdown’s duffle bags, Natural Selection’s denim… And we’re just getting started! Today, I’ve decided to tell you about Maxwell Scott Bags, a brand of luxury leather goods I discovered last month.