GQ Style Man of the Year, 2023 – Part 2

Last week we introduced you to Tobias Otting, FreshNeck’s youngest (9 years old), but but perhaps most dapper, member.

We received such great feedback (and so many questions!), so we decided to reach out to Tobias and ask him a few fashion-related questions.

FreshNeck: When did you first start appreciating fashion? What was your inspiration?

Tobias: I’ve always had an appreciation for fashion, but I got really interested in it when I saw a distinguished gentleman wearing a bow tie that fit him perfectly. I thought I could grow up to do that, too.

Looks like Tobias has the bow tie down, already.

Looks like Tobias has the bow tie down, already.

FreshNeck: How would you describe your style?

Tobias: I do not have one specific style, but I look for inspiration everywhere.

FreshNeck: How do your peers respond to your uniqueness?

Tobias: They have come to expect nothing less. (Yeah, he’s a baller).

FreshNeck: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In 10 years?

Tobias: In five years I see myself designing clothing.  In ten years I hope to be recruited to the Fashion Institute of Technology. (We have your recommendation letter ready for you)

FreshNeck: How did you get on board with FreshNeck? How do you feel about this type of service?

Tobias: A membership was my Christmas present from my father and I love the clothing. I am looking forward to getting more bow ties, cufflinks, and pocket squares (he can’t yet wear regular length ties). I also like that FreshNeck allows me to add variety to my wardrobe since I don’t like to repeat my looks too often.

imageLearn more about Tobias by following his blog, juniorsartorialist.com

Have a question for Tobias? Let us know in the comments.

 

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.

Gift Guide for the Dapper Gent

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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

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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

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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!

Tweet To Win!

You too can be sittin' on a mound of awesome ties, bow ties, pocket squares, and cufflinks.

You too can be sittin’ on a mound of awesome ties, bow ties, pocket squares, and cufflinks.

Want to win a free month of membership at FreshNeck? To be entered into our contest, simply Retweet one of our 5 Contest Posts, or twee at or about @freshneck with the hashtag #NetflixForTies.

It’s that simple.  Members and non-members both encouraged to enter. (We’ll add a free month of whatever level you’re membership is for current members).

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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