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?

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.)

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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.

New Additions – DolcePunta

We are proud to announce that we are now carrying ties and pocket squares from luxury Italian manufacturer, DolcePunta.

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DolcePunta is not about crazy patterns and colors. They are not about being “trendy.” DolcePunta is about classic elegance, craftsmanship, and quality fabric.

FreshNeck is currently stocking 3-fold standard silk ties, the “softpoint”, unlined knit ties, and silk pocket squares.

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Standard 3-fold

"Softpoint" - a modern twist featuring a curved point

“Softpoint” – a modern twist featuring a curved point

Unlined silk knit ties

Unlined silk knit ties

To view FreshNeck’s entire DolcePunta selection, click here.

 

Get Your Dandy On – New Lapel Flowers

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We’ve told you before how the Lapel Flower (the modern boutonniere) is making a comeback.  They can be found adorning the lapels of dapper gentlemen from Milan to New York City. There seems to also be a bit of a coup amongst the SportsCenter crew up in Bristol Connecticut (See Ray Lewis). What these men already know, and what you’ll soon realize, is that the lapel flower is the new pocket square, a way to add a dash of style and intrigue to an outfit, without conforming to the norm.

We’ve seen a huge increase in demand, so we’re increasing the supply! We recently added 8 new lapel flowers to the Collection, from Made in Manhattan designer Harper Heritage. Check out the additions here, or go to their website to view/purchase the entire line.

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New Additions from Seaward & Stearn

Fall items have just arrived from British designer Seaward & Stearn. Featuring their trademark bold colors and patterns, these items are sure to add the “extra something” your outfit is missing.

Check out FreshNeck’s entire Collection of Seaward & Stearn ties and bow ties here.

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A Gentleman’s Partnership

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We like accessories.  Nay. We love accessories.  They can completely overhaul an outfit, bringing it from “nice” to “epic.”  However, like a quarterback surrounded with no weapons (NY Jets, anyone?), nice accessories can be wasted if the rest of the outfit is just blah.

So we’re here to get you the whole kit and caboodle (had to check our spelling on that one). We’ve mentioned before how custom suiting options have become much more affordable (“A Custom Suit For Everyone”). You may have noticed that our top pick, for both quality and customer service, was Michael Andrews Bespoke, located on Great Jones St. in NYC (with a 2nd location in Washington, DC). If you haven’t yet had the pleasure, this picture of the team sums up the ambiance.

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We encourage you to stop by, have one of the lovely ladies pour you a single malt, and have one of their impeccably dressed salespersons help you navigate the world of style, fabric, and patterns.  We have previously worked with, and can give 100% approval rates to Alex and Casey. Now that fall is upon us, perhaps you’ll opt for a tweed blazer, or a made-for-you camel overcoat. As a bonus, we’re hooking every first-time suit purchaser with a free Platinum Membership to FreshNeck. See what that gets you here.

To book your appointment, visit their website, or give ‘em a call at 866-491-1772.

New Kiton Ties and Pocket Squares

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We’re always doing our best to keep our Collection “fresh” (see what we did there?). This comes in many forms: 1) ensuring we have variety at each membership level, 2) multiples of each item so they are generally available, 3) finding the best emerging designers, 4) experimenting with products and designs.

In this light, we have been making many inventory purchases over the past month(with more to come), that will be made available on the site over the coming weeks. Since the Collection is getting a bit cumbersome (over 1600 unique items!), we will highlight some of our favorite new additions here, so you can efficiently add the ones you like to your closet.

Kiton_03Today, we’re proud to highlight our new collection of Kiton pocket squares. Kiton represents the finest in Italian luxury. Their pocket squares are 15″, made from the highest quality silk in Napoli, and feature hand-rolled edges in a contrasting color.  The new additions feature medallion prints in a variety of bold colors. Kiton pocket squares make a great stand-alone accessory with a blazer and shirt, or as a compliment to a quality tie.

You can check them all out, along with our Kiton ties, here.

By the way, these pocket squares retail for $140 each. We’re pretty confident in our value proposition, so here’s the link to prove it. 

 

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and though FreshNeck is geared towards men, many of us have mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, and colleagues who have been affected by Breast Cancer.  We’ve come a long way in the educating and detecting of the disease, but still have a way to go.

Here are some great resources for you to learn more about ways you can contribute:

Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Cancer

National Breast Cancer Foundation

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Susan G Komen Race For The Cure

Wear your pink ties, bow ties, and pocket squares to show support. Send us pictures of you and your colleagues rockin’ the pink (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram @freshneck) and we’ll reward one winner with a free month of FreshNeck membership.

Every pink item in the Collection here. All 79 of them.

Shirt/Tie Combos – Part 1

“We all get dressed the same way. One leg at a time.”

While true to a certain extent, we all have our own, unique routine for selecting an outfit each and every morning.  I know many guys who start with a suit, and build from there, while others begin with their shirt.  I even know a fellow who builds his entire outfit around his colorful socks!  But one thing is for sure – for any working professional, the most important part of his outfit is his shirt/tie combination.

By now, you already know the value in a limitless Collection of ties, always giving you something “fresh” to wear with your rotation of suits. But what is a tie without an accompanying shirt?  To that extent, we have partnered with Alenford, an NYC-based maker of luxury Italian-made shirts, to bring you a 4-part series, helping you match different shirts (Solids, Stripes, Checks, Plaids) with your ties.  We’ll give some basic tips, as well as some for those willing to take some risks.

Part 1 – Solids

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Solid shirts provide a blank canvas from which you can go in a variety of directions.  It is the easiest to pair, as you can go with a solid or patterned tie, in a variety of colors. For beginners, find a tie that has the shirt’s color as its secondary, or accent, color.

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The White Shirt. You can practically match any tie with it and your only consideration is how loud or somber you want your tie to be based on the suit-wearing occasion. Our opinion? This is your best change to wear that BOLD tie staring at you in the closet, such as this or this.

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The Pink Shirt. It is often said that “Real Men Wear Pink.” It’s a great way to break the monotony of white and blue, while still giving you many pairing options. You can either utilize the pink by pairing with a tie with pink accents, or use a complimentary color like gray, brown, or navy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is part 1 of a 4-part series highlighting ways to match your FreshNeck tie with your Alenford shirt.  FreshNeck members can enjoy a 20% discount off an Alenford shirt with the code “FRESH20″ (cap sensitive).

Look out for the remaining 3 parts, which will explore combinations using striped, checkered, and plaid shirts.

And remember, if you are looking for something a little more personal, our stylists are standing by to help you. Just shoot them an email at stylist@freshneck.com.

 

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.

Win A 1-Year Platinum Membership ($660)

Definition: KARMA

kar·ma (noun)

1. Hinduism & Buddhism The total effect of a person’s actions and conduct during the successive phases of the person’s existence, regarded as determining the person’s destiny.
2. Fate; destiny.
3. Informal A distinctive aura, atmosphere, or feeling:
FreshNeck referral Free Ties For LifeYou know where we are going with this: Referrals. The sincerest form of flattery. We hope that you truly believe in our service, and want to spread the good word.  But sometimes, Karma just isn’t enough, and Cash is King. Randy Moss agrees. So you may have noticed our recently launched referral program: “Give $10, Get $10.” It’s pretty simple: For every friend you refer that signs up, you’ll EACH get $10. Open to members and non-members. Men and women. Children and animals (we’re looking at you Menswear Dog.) Just click on the Give $10 Get $10 link on top of our homepage, send through any medium (facebook, twitter, email, or link), and sit back as the cash comes in.
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As if that wasn’t enough, we’re gonna add a little more incentive.  For the next 2 months, whoever gets the most referrals will win a one-year, platinum membership to FreshNeck, valued at $660.  Second place will get a six-month platinum membership ($330), and third place will get a one-month platinum membership ($55). Oh, and you’ll still get to keep the cash you earned ($10/person). We’ll post a leaderboard ever few weeks.
The contest will run from today through the end of November, with the winner being announced on December 5th.
And if you don’t want to use the membership you win (perhaps you’re of the fairer sex), you are free to gift it (just in time for Holidays!).
For additional information, email us at hello@freshneck.com, or our live chat on freshneck.com.