How to spend $30,000 quickly

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Is it worth it? Let me work it.

As you probably already know, Raf Simons has collaborated with Ruby Sterling for Fall 2014 but did you know the collection contains a limited edition $27,975 parka? This is a true limited edition – there is only five of them. The parka has been hand-painted by Ruby Sterling himself; you could call it wearable art. So while your lady friends (and I mean actual ladies not homos) can show off the Birkin they borrowed from their moms, you can one up them with this parka. Find it here.

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Patent Penny

Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 12.11.06 PMI think every man needs to own a few signature style pieces – items that define their personal style. One of mine has always been black patent penny loafers; I have always owned a pair, or multiple pairs, since I was 6 years old. It is part of my style signature. I will never part with my patent penny loafers but I do occasional update them. I will always wear them no matter what trends dictate. My latest pair comes with subtle studs and are from Givenchy.

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TECH TECH goose

No idea how that title popped into my brain. But I have to admit that when it comes to technology I am a bit of a goose. I am always the earlier adopter of almost everything and yet usually I fail to use most of those items. The Fluxmob BOLT might change all that. BOLT is the world’s smallest portable battery backup and wall charger combined. That’s right, it is designed to replace your standard wall charger and will automatically charge with your phone and be ready to go when you are. Never again will I forget to charge my portable charger.

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$60 through Indigo.ca

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If you have read my blog before you know that I love to stockpile fragrances, sometimes it becomes a problem when people ask me what I am wearing and I have no idea. Not sure, I just grabbed one of the bottles off my shelf. Or I mixed two different ones today. But I always know when I am wearing an Arquiste, it’s always unmistakable. Up to this point, find Arquiste hasn’t always been easy due to its artisanal approach to scents and its exclusive distribution. Enter J Crew.

The brand worked with fragrance developer Carlos Huber of Arquiste, and also Givaudan perfumers Rodrigo Flores-Roux and Yann Vasnier to create the two scents, No.31 and No.57. The two fragrances were inspired by Peggy Guggenheim‘s ground-breaking 1943 ‘Exhibition by 31 Women’, the first all-female modern art show in the US, which featured the works of Frida Khalo and Helen Frankenthaler among others. You are probably now asking yourself how someone creates a scent based on an event that they never attended? This must be your first dabble in artisanal fragrances where florals are rarely talked about. I will forgive you. Well, you look to the hedonistic cocktails that were consumed on the night, the patrons and the venue itself. You do a little historical digging.

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“Guggenheim had oak chairs so patrons could sit down and admire art. The walls, floor and ceiling were all done in wood,” Huber told WWD. “Of course she didn’t just serve wine and sparkling water. There were Manhattans, negronis, and gin-and-tonics – all these cocktails that were popular during that era,” said Huber.

No.31 is inspired by the perfumes worn by the guests. The scent contains bold notes of red vermouth, eau-de-vie accord, and Bulgarian rose with damson plum, patchouli and oakmoss. Carlos describes the second scent, no. 57, as more “avant-garde, genderless”. The scent is named after the East 57th Street address of the gallery. No.57 is perfect for men, it was inspired by the woody scent of the gallery’s curved oak walls and the aromatic cocktails that filled the room. The fragrance features top notes of oak and cedar, along with notes of whiskey, cinnamon, labdanum, and vanilla. labdanum and vanilla. Yes, this means you will smell like wood and booze. It’s perfection. You can thank Jenna and Carlos. Available now.

 

Images courtesy of J.Crew

#WANTWOOD

If you are like me, hunting for the perfect bedside table is a arduous task. If you are not like me, you probably bought your bedside table based on its price and at IKEA. Enter JM&SONS to solve my conundrum. The company was founded by two furniture makers, Andre Jr. Ayotte & Mackenzie Duncan, in Toronto CA. I love their modern approach to reclaimed lumber. And besides how can you not love a company that uses the hashtag #wantwood?

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These wall side shelves would be perfect solution to a minimalist bedroom. The unit features two shelves and slit for your mobile, providing the perfect bedside storage for your books, your phone, a great candle and a glass of water. They are even designed in a left and right side mount. The unit is made of handcrafted salvaged wood and comes in gunmetal black or egg-shell white finish. $155 each.

The company is even running a contest right now to win your own. Enter the #WANTWOOD #GIVEAWAY1 contest on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram (yes, that’s right – you can enter multiple times and on all 3 social networks). You could win one of the Wall Racks. It’s simple, share one of our posts or update your status, tag @jmandsons + incl. #WANTWOOD #GIVEAWAY1 in the post.

CHRISTOPHER BATES SS2015

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Christopher Bates SS2015 collection was presented at TOM* this past week. It was a collection full of slick, well tailored suiting and classic signature Bates style. But I have to admit that I fell hard for the well tailored short shorts. Time to start your squats for 2015.

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Photo Credits: Photo 1: Janneke Tenbroek. Photo 2,3,6 : Constantine Digovets Photo 4,5: Jonathan Lambda.