Subscription Boxes – Gifts That Keep On Giving

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Giving gifts can be a pain in the ass.  How on earth are you supposed to know what to get your 12 year-old brother? Or 75 year-old grandfather (Can I interest you in a Cannabis Box, Grandpa)? We know you already have the Dapper Gentleman in your life covered, thanks to our gift-guide, but that doesn’t account for quite a few people on your checklist.

Well fortunately, there is now a way to get the perfectly suited gift for every person on your list – and here’s the best part – you NEVER have to leave your home – Subscription Boxes.

You’re already familiar with the model, because duh, that’s how you get your ties. But what you may not realize, there are over 100 companies sending out boxes for all types of people. Most allow you to purchase as little as one month, up to a year, then you’re off the hook and the recipient can decide whether he wants to keep up with the subscription (That’s how we do it). It’s a great way to help them “discover” something they may love, and there is just something about the feeling of getting a nice little boxed surprise every month.

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For the Foodie

Nature Box – Health-concsious snacks ($19.95/month)

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Blissmo Box – Eco-friendly products, including snacks ($24.90/month)

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Mantry – Manly, American, Artisinal Food ($75/month)

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Taste Guru – Gluten-free box of the month ($34/month)

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Honorable Mention: MistoBox (coffee)

For the Girl who spends her free time at Sephora hoarding samples

GlossyBox – Deluxe-sized beauty products ($21/month)

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BirchBox – Sample-sized beauty products (Women – $10/month, Men – $20/month)

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Lacquerous – Nail Polish Sharing Service (“FreshNeck for Nail Polish!”) ($14.95/month)

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Honorable Mentions: Wantable (makeup), GetFresh (men’s skincare)

For the Guy/Girl who forgets the Essentials

HelloFlo – Feminine Products ($21/month)

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Dollar Shave Club – Razors ($6/month)

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ManPacks – Build your own monthly package, including socks, underwear, razors, condoms (varies)

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Honorable Mentions: Sock Panda (socks), MeUndies (underwear)

For the Man/Woman who Hates Nothing More Than Spending a Day at Bloomingdale’s

Bombfell – Affordable, men’s clothing curated by a stylist ($69/month)

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Stitch Fix – Personalized clothing and accessories for women (varies – you keep what you like)

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FreshNeck – Seriously, didn’t see this coming? If you don’t know, now you know ($20+)

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Honorable Mention – TrunkClub (men’s clothing)

For the Gym Rat

JackedPack – Workout Supplement Samples ($14.99/month)

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Ellie – Women’s Workout Apparel ($49.95/month)

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Honorable Mentions – Klutch Club (Health/Wellness), StrideBox (Runners)

For the Animal Lover

BarkBox – Dog Goodies ($29/month)

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BestFriendBox – Dog and Cat Goodies ($30/month)

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Honorable Mention – Toys4Tails (dog toys)

Unfortunately, we haven’t yet been able to try out all these amazing boxes (and the dozens more on the market). For more information, you can visit this great third-party review site.

We’d love to hear from you. Do you have any experience with any of these (or other) subscription boxes? Which are your favorites?

Fashion and Music

From Jay-Z to Justin Timberlake, some of 2013’s greatest hits are mentioning designers and fashion trends in their tracks. With the release of “Magna Carta/Holy Grail”, Jay-Z’s latest album, designer Tom Ford not only get’s his named dropped in the chorus, but the rapper even dedicates an entire song to the fashion icon, titled “Tom Ford”.

The union between the rapper and designer seems just right. A top tier music mogul and one of the biggest names in fashion is bound to make a statement.

In the chorus, Jay-Z is rapping, “I don’t pop Molly/ I rock Tom Ford.” It seems that Ford’s pieces are Jay-Z’s drug of choice. What designer gets you “high?”

Jay-Z is not the only one dedicating his tunes to the men’s fashion world.

Justin Timberlake made his musical comeback with fashion in mind. Bringing sexy-back after a six year hiatus, his track “Suit & Tie” off his “The 20/20 Experience” album proves Timberlake is a fashion guy too. Ironically featuring Jay-Z rocking Tom Ford in the video from head to toe, this collaboration has been a huge success. The track is inspired by retro soul legends and infused with modern sound. Not only was “Suit & Tie” a number one hit but the Jay-Z and Timberlake are currently collaborating in the “Legends of the Summer” tour.

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Now Offering Unlimited Free Exchanges on All Plans!

freshneck-unlimited-exchangesYou asked for it, and we listened.  We are now offering Unlimited Free Exchanges on all of our plans.  No more $5 exchange fees.  No more monitoring your billing cycle.  You can now swap to your heart’s delight, enjoying limitless ties, bow ties, pocket squares, and cufflinks from your favorite designers.

This is in effect immediately, so start taking advantage!  The only increase in cost will be a $5 increase on the Silver plan, bringing it up to $20 (this was the cost if you were using 1 extra exchange). We will be giving a 10-day grace period on this, and changing to $20 for new signups and re-bills starting August 20th.

This comes about from an overwhelming response from you, our valued members.  Keep the feedback coming, and we’ll do our best to implement.

If the exchange costs were holding you back, no better time to Sign Up!

Designer of the Month: Everett

 

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In case you haven’t gotten the memo, 2013 has been all about embracing your #NewCasual game. In the past, dressing down was the way to stand out from the sheep and declare your individuality.  But the scales have tilted, and it is time to add a dash of class to your casual wardrobe.  With a variety of designers and collections to choose from, Everett is an emerging brand to look out for.

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Two of Everett’s co-founders showing off the colorful goods.

After working with Everett at the Dapper Man Shop and enjoying their company at the Dapper Derby Party, this handcrafted brand deserves the proper recognition.

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Everett co-founder Tinoy shows how to rock a tie with swag.

Founded by friends Nathan Coleman, James Brooks and Tinoy Kashif, Everett is about the idea of “wearing yourself”. Built upon this motto, Everett strives to remind people that what you wear is an expression of yourself. “There will always be restrictions, but there will always be an exception. Find that exception.”

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Not your grandfather’s bow ties. Unless your grandfather was the coolest SOB around.

With #NewCasual gaining traction around the country, we asked our friends at Everett where they see fashion heading in the next five years. For them, “More and more men are learning that dressing well is a privilege and the days of having difficulty finding accessorizing options are over.” Even so, Everett believes that men’s accessories will continue to focus on subtle accents and decorative details to allow wearers to make a statement.

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Be sure to check out our new selection of Everett ties, bow ties and pocket squares on FreshNeck. Also, view/purchase their new Reserve Collection on their site, which features season fabrics (cotton, wool, etc) and silk hybrids, like 4-way bow ties.


A Tie for Any Occasion

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Neckwear can provide the ability for any man to elevate his appearance whether that’s to his boss, his friends or even his future wife. However, not just any tie will do. With today’s wide variety of menswear, it’s easy to tailor your style towards any event or circumstance you may find yourself in.

OFFICE

The office is all about showing off your confidence – without appearing arrogant. On your climb to the corner office, wear striped patterns while keeping in mind the power colors such as gold, blue and black when putting together your look. Stick with traditional silk and nothing slimmer than 3 inches.  Bring it all together with a tie bar.

We Recommend:

Silver – Ben Sherman, Antonio Ricci

Gold – Burberry, Brooks Brothers

Platinum - Armani Collezioni, Versace 

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DAY CASUAL

Get noticed for all the right reasons at your next brunch, day party or stroll around town. For a casual look, throw on a loosely knotted tie and roll up those sleeves to your collared shirt.  If you’re committed to fashion like us, think about skinny ties in solid colors and prints in non-traditional fabrics like linen and cotton.

We Recommend:

Silver –  DiBiEverett

Gold- Ivy Prepster, rag & bone

Platinum- Breuer, Bocara 

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NIGHT CASUAL 

Whether it’s a casual first date or a night on the town, neckwear shows an attention to detail as well as style and personality. Remember that night casual is different than office attire. Look for slim and dark styles or take chances in something velvet or leather. Feeling adventurous? Drop a pocket square in your jacket and try to layer with cardigans and vests.

We Recommend:

Silver - Everett

Gold - VJNY, Ted Baker 

Platinum - Armani 

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FORMAL 

Formal occasions are the time to look simple, yet classy and refined. You can never go wrong in black, but take the time to celebrate in something fresh like a bow tie or elegant cufflinks.

We Recommend:

Silver - True Forum

Gold - Vitaliano

Platinum - Codis Maya

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#NewCasual Transformation 2

The #NewCasual Transformation continues. We’ve got so much style we couldn’t pack it all into one post! Once again we join Saul Carrasco at Michael Andrews’ Bespoke in NYC. In this session, Saul demonstrates a classy yet casual look that can be worn day-to-day, at the office or out to lunch. Featuring one of FreshNeck’s exclusive ties from Michael Andrews’ Bespoke and tie bar from Dibi, Saul presents an affordable, comfortable style suitable for the most dapper men.

Saul Carrasco is a well-known writer in men’s fashion and style. To learn more about him and his work, be sure to visit his blog, Trend Styled. Also, don’t forget to pass by FreshNeck.com for all your dapper man needs

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!

FreshNeck sponsors Running Late with Scott Rogowsky

Running Late With Scott Rogowsky

Running Late With Scott Rogowsky

FreshNeck is proud to be a sponsor for late night talk show “Running Late with Scott Rogowsky.” FreshNeck joins Alabaster & Chess in providing the clothing for Scott and the show.

For those unfamiliar with RLWSR, it is a traditional Late Night talk show hosted bi-monthly at the Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo (that’s in Brooklyn).

Join FreshNeck, and the entire RLWSR crew tomorrow night, when guests will include Shark Tank’s Daymond John, comedian Gilbert Gottfried, Fat Jew, and internet-rapper Awkwafina. Tickets available here.

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“Netflix For Ties” – Choose. Wear. Exchange.

A very simple way to understand our revolutionary service:

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