New Bow Ties from Seaward & Stearn

Perhaps its just the holiday season, or maybe you’ve been stepping up your game. Either way, our bow ties are flying off the shelf. So we’ve added to the Collection, this time with over 2 dozen unique selections from Seaward & Stearn (and with multiples of each!).

Seaward & Stearn bow tiesTo see everything we have from the British designer, click here.

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FreshNeck on the Today Show!

We’ve received our fare share of good press lately, but perhaps none more exciting that being featuring on The Today Show!

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The segment was titled “Over the Top, Under $100″, and featured some great affordable gifts.

Calling FreshNeck the “Netflix for Ties,” they said it’s the perfect gift for the “Dapper Dude in Your Life.” We couldn’t agree more.

Random Things We’re Thankful For

This post isn’t about the cheesy and cliche things we’re thankful for, like our family, friends, and health. This is more about the things we take for granted, but make each and every day just a bit better. Without further ado:

We’re thankful for BYOB Restaurants

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Because paying over $10 a beer isn’t good for our 8-beer-a-day habit.

We’re thankful for UBER/HAILO

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Because it’s easier to get that girl to go home with you when your chauffeur is waiting for you.

We’re thankful for Yoga Pants, and more specifically, Jen Selter in Yoga Pants

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Because Seriously? The pictures speak for themselves. In fact, here’s some more.

We’re thankful for One-Wipe Charlies

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Because they’ve changed our life. No joke.

We’re thankful for Living in New York City…

Because there are 180,000 more women than men. Oh, and the museums.

We’re thankful for Delivery Services.

Because we can order anything from our couch in our pajamas, from weed to Momofuku.

We’re thankful for Free Music…

Because wait, people used to pay for music? In record stores?

We’re thankful for Linsday Lohan, Amanda Bynes, Justin Beiber, and Miley Cyrus…

Because we’re looking that much better to our parents every day.

We hope this has helped you reflect on what’s truly important in your life, and all that you have to be thankful for. In all seriousness, we’re truly thankful that we get to work at a company that so many of you enjoy.

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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)

Dollar Shave Club

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?

GQ Summary – December 2013

We’re at it again! Last week we unveiled our monthly feature, a summary of GQ Magazine  (November ’13 – Michael Fassbender). This week, we tackle the annual December “Men of the Year” Issue.

As with most years, GQ’s 2013 Men of the Year come from two main pools – Actors and Musicians. The 5 separate covers feature Matthew McConaughey, Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar, Will Ferrell, and the late James Gandolfini.

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Our Takeaways from the Issue:

1. There is some really overpriced expensive stuff out there, that GQ thinks make great gifts. We’re not so sure you need a $5,995 ping-pong table, $395 Hermes luggage tag, or a $799 air purifier. (We prefer selections from our Holiday Gift Guide for the Dapper Gentleman)

2. A Tweed Two-Piece can be the most versatile fall/winter suit in your closet. It can be worn together, or separated into pants/blazer, and can be dressed up or down (think chunky sweater). Keep it slim in the leg with no break for best results.

FreshNeck Style Tip: Stick with gray, and add shots of color with your accessories.

cfb6fe3b18bb0b3633901214746978013. Everybody and their mother still yearns for Breaking Bad.

4. James Gandolfini had his demons. But he was beloved by many, and was one of the best actors. Ever. (And he showed us a big man could have style!)

images5. 2013 may have been the Year of the Woman. The Insanely Hot Woman. Like Jennifer Lawrence, Katherine Webb (Miss Alabama, of Brett Musburger fame), and Emily Ratajkowski.

images-1 Unknown Unknown-16. Sarah Silverman is still the funniest gal around.  If you haven’t seen the James Franco Roast, two snippets from Silverman:

On Jonah Hill: “Right before the show started, Seth (Rogen) rolled a gigantic fatty on the stage – because that was the only way we could get Jonah Hill onto the stage”

On Franco: “I don’t think James is necessarily gay or straight. I think he just literally can’t open his eyes enough to see who he’s f#&king”

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7. The 25 Least Influential People of 2013: featuring Paula Deen, Anthony Weiner, Miley Cyrus, Aaron Hernandez, Justin Bieber, Tim Tebow, Lennay Kekua, and others. (somehow President Obama made the list???)

8. Jason Collins, the first openly gay American Professional athlete, has not been picked up by an team. As an aging big man with mediocre talent, it’s hard to tell the true cause. But regardless, his work is just beginning.

9. Say what you will about Matthew McConaughey and his public shirtless exercising, but the man can act. Some of his best work: Dazed and Confused, A Time To Kill, Contact, Amistad, How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days, We Are Marshall, The Lincoln Lawyer, Magic Mike, and Mud. They are throwing the O-Word around for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, and he is starring in the upcoming Scorsese Wall Street destined-to-be-a-hit “Wolf of Wall Street” alongside Leo and Jonah. And yes, the man looks good in everything a suit.

10. Contrary to Number 3 above, many are ready to proclaim “House of Cards” the next “best television show of all time.” Hyperbole aside, Kevin Spacey is a beast of an actor (can you be underrated with 2 Oscars?).

Unknown-211. Kanye, Jay Z, Drake, and Eminem all dropped albums in 2013. Rapper of the Year – Kendrick Lamar. We’re big fans, and could do an entire post just on him (maybe we will), as he brings a fresh perspective to a game that hasn’t seen anything new in some time. Our favorite snippet: “in August, Kendrick snuck a sixty-four-bar Trojan horse into his buddy Big Sean’s song “Control” – a guest spot on a song that didn’t even make the final record. After Big Sean goes on for a while about drinking champagne in Detroit, Kendrick wakes up the entire hop-hop universe, calling out nearly ever single young rapper in the game: Drake; A$AP Rocky; J. COle; Tyler, the Creator; even Big Sean himself. The dude slaps Sean on his own song.”

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12. There is still only one man that the men want to be, and the ladies want to be with – Justin Timberlake. Musician. Actor (underrated). Funny as Fuck. Style Icon.

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Gift Guide for the Dapper Gent

Holiday Gift Guide

It’s Holiday Season. Which means you need to empty your wallet and buy some gifts for a bunch of people, all some of whom mean a lot to you. The key to a good gift is making it personal (aka, don’t give a tech gadget to your grandfather who still uses a fax machine).

There are tons of great gift guides out there, but we’re going to focus on a certain type of individual, the Dapper Gentleman. Whether this is you, your husband/boyfriend, son, or pop-pop, we’re hoping to give you some ideas that are a bit more original than what you’re used to. The problem with buying a gift for the DG? As a man of fine taste, he typically already owns most of what he wants. So the key is, get him something he may not know even exists! And if you’re a reader of this blog, it should go without saying: DON’T BUY HIM A TIE. A 3-month gift membership to FreshNeck will only run you $60, and he won’t resent you at every family affair when he feels forced to wear that same cheesy tie.

So without further ado, here are some of our picks for 2013 at different price points.

1. A Shave Kit from Harry’s (www.harrys.com) – $15+

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Brought to you by members of the Warby Parker team, Harry’s is a modern shaving line built upon quality craftsmanship and simple design (sound familiar?).  Skipping the middle man (Duane Reade) gives them the ability to charge affordable prices, as their two sets (handle, 3 blades, cream), The Truman and The Winston, come in at $15 and $25, respectively.

If the man in your life lives in New York City, splurge for a gift card to Harry’s Corner Shop, a modern-day barber shop on MacDougal Street. A straight razor shave plus a haircut will run $60.

2. Caskers Whiskey Club (www.caskers.com) – $179.99+

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Dapper gentlemen enjoy a good cocktail, but store-bought vodka just doesn’t pass muster. We appreciate brands that put a little love into their product, and typically go with the brown stuff.  Enter Caskers – which introduces you to unique, small-batch spirits that are not available at your local liquor store. They offer these rare spirits in limited quantities for a limited time (think Gilt-model), but the gifting jewel here are the Caskers Clubs, which are subscriptions to curated alcoholic goodies. Get that man in your life a yearly subscription, and “conveniently” drop by after each shipment to help him enjoy his gift.

3. Gift Card from Black Lapel (www.blacklapel.com) – $50+

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You’ve seen the name, as we’ve pimped them out in past posts. Why the repeated love? Because it’s not often you can garner a suit that looks like it cost $1,500 for just $449. By skipping the middle men, and foregoing a retail space (and the traveling salesmen some companies use), they can pass savings onto you, the customer. We’ve personally tested the goods, and one of their suits or blazers would make a great addition to any dapper gent’s wardrobe. Any he’ll enjoy the process of creating his one-of-a-kind piece. Gift cards available in any denomination over $50, and can come as a physical card or e-gift.

Bonus: Get a complimentary Gold Membership to FreshNeck with the purchase of any BL suit.

4. “The Hangover” Trilogy (Amazon) – $52.18

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This one needs little explanation. Though they seemed to get worse and worse as the sequels piled on, perhaps there is no better way to unwind and appreciate the normalcy in your life than spending 6 hours with The Wolfpack. It seems that every crew has a Phil, Stu, Doug, and Alan, but few can replicate the amazingness that is Leslie Chow.

5. Leather Beer Holster from Walnut Studio (Etsy) – $89

Walnut Studio Leather Beer Holster

Okay, so we like our liquor around here; who doesn’t like to kick back and throw down a couple of cold ones? But the dapper gentleman can’t be walking into a party (or even his own home) with a cardboard carton full of Bud Light. He prefers something a bit more artisinal, and should carry his booze around in style. Handmade in Oregon from leather and masonite, this carrying case is sturdy, reusable, and fashionable. It weighs just 10 oz empty, comes in three colors, and can be monogrammed!

6. Beard Wash from Beard Buddy (www.beardbuddy.com) – $24

Beard Buddy Beard Wash

Beards are officially “cool.” In fact, studies have found that men with beards look tougher, more aggressive and masculine and would make better romantic partners. That being said, your bear should be seen, not smelled. Keep it “fresh” with this organic wash containing aloe.

7. Skull Ice Cube Mold (GamaGo) – $12.00

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We’re beginning to feel like alcoholics. Maybe we’ve been watching too much Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire. But we’re not ashamed to proclaim, like Ron Burgundy, “I Love Scotch. Scotchy Scotch Scotch.” And if you like to imbibe the single malt like we do, then you should be doing it the proper way – with a single cube skull of ice. Not only will your onlookers thing you’re a badass, but the large surface area of the ice will keep your liquor cold, but not watered down. At this price, get a few for yourself as well.

8. A Puppy (www.perfectpetmatch.com) – Hugs and a Donation

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A lifelong companion. Unconditional love. Chick magnet. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving. Obviously this isn’t for everyone (or is it?), but for the right person, you can play a part in changing their life forever, while at the same time saving an animal in need. The Humane Society estimates 6-8 million dogs and cats go through shelters every year, and that over 3 million are euthanized. A new company, PerfectPetMatch, is attempting to disrupt the industry by playing matchmaker between adopters, shelters, and the animals. Perhaps you’ll have the next Menswear Dog on your hands?

9. Touchscreen Gloves from Glove.ly (www.glove.ly) – $25+

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It’s getting cold, so we are all ready with our gloves and scarves. In the past, however, we were forced to risk frostbite on our fingers if we wanted to use our technology. Well these days, no self-respecting dapper gent can go too long without a selfie, so the cool cats at Glove.ly created an affordable, simple, and comfortable high-tech glove that allows you to use your touchscreen without removing the gloves or fingers. Bonus: magnets cleverly hidden under the logo keep your gloves together when you’re not wearing them so you can stop leaving them in taxis. They come in a variety of materials (including leather) and colors for both men and women.

10. Membership to Eleven James (www.elevenjames.com) – $249/month

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Clearly at FreshNeck we’re all about collaborative consumption, sharing, and rentals. And we’ve often heard from our members asking why we don’t leverage our model for watches. Enter Eleven James, offering 2-month watch rentals from their awesome collection of Panerai, Rolex, Hublot, and more. They just launched, so we don’t have all of the details, but we’re pretty excited. Perhaps a collaboration is in the cards…

Have a suggestion for a gift that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

Versace, Versace Medusa Head on Me Like I’m ‘Luminati

Perhaps you don’t ball as hard as Drake and Migos with their “pillows Versace, sheets are Versace…shirt and shoes Versace.”

But you can add that dash of Italian flare your outfit may be missing with FreshNeck’s 8 new Versace arrivals.  Featuring bold colors and patterns, and often the famed Medusa Head Logo, it is hard to mistake a Versace piece.

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See FreshNeck’s entire Versace Collection here.

Shirt/Tie Combos – Part 2

In part 1 of this education series, we showed you some options for pairing ties with solid shirts. Here, we’re going to take things up just a notch, from solid shirts to another classic – the striped shirt. Again, we’ll be matching up FreshNeck ties with Alenford shirts.

Part 2 – Stripes

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Pairing a striped shirt with your ties isn’t as hard as it may seem, but there are a few mistakes you’ll want to avoid.  First and foremost, you do NOT want to pair a striped shirt with a similarly sized striped tie. (Bruno would call it too matchy-matchy) If you do want to go the stripe-on-stripe way, make sure they vary in size (it’s always easier if the tie is the bolder stripe.)

Click on the image to rent the tie:

The simplest, and often sleekest, combo is a striped shirt and a solid tie. Use a color that compliments the stripes, not a direct match.

The simplest, and often sleekest, combo is a striped shirt and a solid tie. Use a color that compliments the stripes, not a direct match.

 

The microstripe acts similar to a solid, so pair with a patterned tie that picks up on the stripe color (in this case, blue).

The microstripe acts similar to a solid, so pair with a patterned tie that picks up on the stripe color (in this case, blue).

When using stripes-on-stripes, vary the size and textures. Here, the textured wool and diagonal stripes compliment the lighter colored vertical stripes on the shirt.

When using stripes-on-stripes, vary the size and textures. Here, the textured wool and diagonal stripes compliment the lighter colored vertical stripes on the shirt.

When using a bold stripe color (like this pink), compliment with a subtle solid (or close to it) tie. Always easier to use a darker tie.

When using a bold stripe color (like this pink), compliment with a subtle solid (or close to it) tie. Always easier to use a darker tie.

Have some striped shirts and you’re struggling to find some good combos? Our stylists are standing by to help you. Just shoot them an email at stylist@freshneck.com.

Look out for the remaining 2 parts, which will explore combinations using checked and plaid shirts.

 

For more information on Alenford, please visit their e-commerce website at ww.alenford.com or schedule an appointment for a personal fitting with the Style Expert Luigi Leonardi by contacting him at Luigi.Leonardi@alenford.com.