Father’s Day Gift Guide

FreshNeck is often called “The Greatest Father’s Day Gift Ever.” (you haven’t heard that?). After all, it’s the gift that keeps on giving, affords variety and convenience, all while saving money. But we know there is more to life than ties, so allow us to help you find something that your dad/husband will find hip, practical, and a little bit fun too.

For the “Triple F” (Fashion Forward Father)

SprezzaBox ($28/month)

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Monthly subscription box containing men’s designer products. Each month a new mix of products conveniently arrive at your doorstep. The items are hand-picked to offer the latest fashion trends at a steeply discounted price (typical box contains $75 worth of duds).

Black Lapel (Shirts – $99+, Suits – $499+)

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A repeat offender on our gift guides, as we just can’t find a better quality for the value.  And their new office in NYC’s garment district adds the opportunity to get fitted in person (with a glass of scotch, of course).

For Father Time

Martenero Founder Watch ($485)

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Custom watches inspired by classic sports watches of the 60s and 70s. The “Founder” is an elegant and versatile watch that merges formal details with practical design. Features applied indicators, luminous markers, and a unique ‘warning track’ to signal the changing hours. A screw-down canvas keeps water out to depths up to 100 meters, with a full exhibition case back to display the finished movement inside.

Eleven James ($249+/month)

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Members enjoy luxury timepieces worth an average of $10,000 or more for two months at a time. The annual program enables you to experience three or six different watches per year. Sound familiar?

Want to check out their impressive Collection for yourself? FreshNeck has partnered with Eleven James on a Father’s Day Pop-Up shop at John Allan’s men’s spa in midtown manhattan. Come by, grab a glass of single-malt, try on some watches and ties, get a shoe shine, and leave saying to yourself “all is right with the world.”

For the Father Who Enjoys the Finer Things

Harry’s Father & Son Shave Set ($30)

fathers-day-set-1-9e887339375d0373cd4590426833c116One real razor for dad, one toy one for your man-in-training. Engraving options available for additional $15.

Woodinville Whiskey Kit ($149.99)

setThe magic that happens inside of a whiskey barrel has always intrigued the true whiskey drinker. But unless you own your own distillery (we strongly recommend this by the way), it’s next to impossible to witness the transformation of the distillate from clear to brown, and the many flavor, aroma, and taste complexities that are added before finishing the journey as aged whiskey. Woodinville’s “Age Your Own” kit puts you in the Captain’s seat for aging your whiskey to perfection. Patience not included.

For the Discovering Father

Bespoke Post “Box of Awesome” ($45/each with membership)

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Each month they search the world over for new brands and products that are interesting, hard to find, or simply remarkable. It starts with a story. Each month, they develop a theme that will help broaden your horizons. They track down stand-out products from around the world or custom-design their own. Everything gets put to the test with hands-on trials until they’re sure they’ve got the best of the best. They call on the pros – mixologists, designers, and more – to help you get the most out of your box.

Parrot AR. Drone 2.0 ($300)

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Thought drones were only for the government, Amazon, and the crazy terrorist on “24”? There are actually quite a few on the market, ranging in price, but the Parrot AR. Drone 2.0 is our choice for it’s features and affordable price. It boasts an improved control system, a built-in camera capable of capturing 720HD video, and the ability to create its own wi-fi network.

The Dapper Man Shop

FreshNeck Co-Founder David Goldberg (center) poses with the founders of Black Lapel, The Collaterals, Everett Clothing, and Pengallan inside The Dapper Man Shop.

FreshNeck Co-Founder David Goldberg (center) poses with the founders of Black Lapel, The Collaterals, Everett Clothing, and Pengallan inside The Dapper Man Shop.

Hope you guys enjoyed your weekend! For those of you who missed it, last week was an exciting time for FreshNeck as we had our first trial with a pop-up shop here in Manhattan. Here is a quick recap of the week’s events and the goals we wanted to accomplish by opening a pop-up shop.

What is The Dapper Man Shop?

From June 4th to June 9th, FreshNeck teamed up with four other online start-up companies, Black Lapel, The Collaterals, Everett, and Pengallan; to open a pop-up shop in SoHo. Inspired by the recent “experience shops” by the likes of Bonobos and Warby Parker, The Dapper Man Shop was a place for the modern man to kick back, enjoy himself, and learn about some kick-ass fashion startups.way to promote our product by giving our customers a traditional shopping experience.  The art-gallery-turned-man-cave featured leather couches, dressers stocked with sick duds, and of course, flowing whiskey.

Although our company has its roots on the internet, we refuse to lose the personal touch and customer engagement.  Face-to-face. Man-to-man. Our members are so important to us, and their feedback is what has helped us build the company.  ,

A little more about the other particpating companies, each doing awesome things in their own right.

Black Lapel – custom shirts and suits for the discerning and fashionable man. I personally own one, and it rocks. And is beyond affordable.

http://www.blacklapel.com/

The Collaterals – luxurious yet practical cufflinks and collar links for the modern man. Wore them to a wedding this past week. They look badass, and are practical, too.

http://www.thecollaterals.com/

Everett Clothing – locally handcrafted neckties, bowties, and pocket squares for men. We carry the line, and are big supporters. Great product, great people behind the company.

http://www.everettclothing.com/

Pengallan, luxury slim-fit boxers and other accessories for the stylized individual. Buy two. Your girlfriend will steal one. Guaranteed.

http://pengallan.com/

Highlights:

It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon, and you’ve fancied yourself a stroll in SoHo for some summer shopping. As you turn the corner onto Broome Street, your curiosity is peaked when you notice the lemonade stand, along with two rakish gents smoking cigars on the sidewalk.  You are then personally invited, and escorted into, the Dapper Man Shop. Upon entry, a barista offers you a refreshing beverage before you take a seat on a vintage leather sofa to take in the atmosphere. As you do so, you are kindly greeted by an exceptionally well-dressed man, who invites you to explore the worlds of the participating companies. Shopping the way a man wants – while sitting on a leather couch drinking a single-malt.

While the Shop was run as a retail/experience shop by day, the space was turned into an event space by night for some awesome industry parties.  Like Pengallan’s Launch Party (it’s hard to be the best-looking guy in the room when Tyson Beckford stops by). Or Saturday evening’s Dapper Man Shop Main Event, hosted by Stoli.

A Thursday evening meet-and-greet was hosted by Damien Basile, a local blogger and designer of custom bow ties and pocket squares (check out his exclusive collection for FreshNeck). The event was sponsored by Ploonky.com and 320NY.com, and the attendees were treated to complimentary whiskey and a unique elector-swing set put on by Electric Gentleman.  The evening concluded with a bow tie-tying contest, with winners taking home bow ties from Everett.

Now that the week is over, and we have some time to reflect, we couldn’t be happier with the experience. We also wanted to send a special thank you to the founders of the other companies. You helped make the Dapper Man Shop a resounding success.

Stay Fresh.

PS – Check out the gallery below!

Father Knows Best

 

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Father’s Day is about more than giving gifts, but also about appreciating the values that the Old Man has passed down.   We may not have realized it at the time, but here’s what we learned from our fathers…

1.  Invest wisely.

Screen Shot 2013-06-03 at 11.26.15 AMMy dad taught me that clothing doesn’t have to be expensive, but should be of high-quality, and that the two don’t always come together. I remember him leaving at crazy hours on Black Friday to go shopping and questioned why he would do that.  But after he came home with a Gucci blazer for $200, I stopped doubting his bargain-hunting abilities (and stole that blazer a few years later).

2.  Make a subtle statement.

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 {While this bow tie, shirt and jacket could serve as statement pieces on their own, when put together they are visually distracting.}

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{A bold piece like this bow tie completes this polished look.}

Find one bold accessory to transform something classic into something unique.  When picking out your outfit, avoid mixing too many patterns and prints, as it tends to come off as trying too hard.  Instead, utilize one “statement piece” to to center your outfit around.

3. Confidence is key.

tumblr_mnjcr2vBfk1ryp639o1_1280Dad used to say, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”.  You never know who you will come across at any time in life, and you want to be prepared.  Our clothes are the first impression we give to onlookers.  Choose clothes that build a positive self-image for the person you aspire to be.  Clothes don’t make the man, the man makes the clothes.


Although Dad’s style choices at the time may have seemed questionable, he was trying to show me how to express myself through what I wear.  Whether that’s purchasing a designer suit or casual pants, it’s important to dress with confidence and showcase your style.

Father’s Day is the time to show your Pop appreciation for all he’s done for you.  Give him the gift of style with a monthly subscription to FreshNeck.

 Tell us a funny story about your dad’s closet….