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September 26, 2018
Fall Fashion event featuring J.Crew, Antonio Smith And Hector Diaz: #MeetMyCrew
You’re invited to a Fall fashion event featuring J.Crew, Antonio Smith And Hector Diaz called #MeetMyCrew! This event is free for all who are a fan of Fall fashion. Come check out some of J.Crew’s new fashion styles while learning a bit more about Antonio Smith and Hector Diaz.
This will be a great opportunity to mix, mingle, and enjoy refreshments while you receive discounts after a purchase of $125 or more. We hope to see you there! Details below.
September 19, 2018
Save Face, Money and the Environment by Switching from a Cartridge Razor to a Safety Razor
You are likely unaware, but your morning shave route is completely wrong.
If you’re like millions of men, you likely shave with cream from a can using a razor with three or more blades in a cartridge that you toss out every week or two. It’s a process daily repeated in millions of bathrooms around the globe.
Somewhere along the line, consumers were sold a bill of goods that this was the optimal way.
With billions in research, development and marketing propaganda dollars invested in the message that more hardware is better, we—the shaving sheep—have been led to believe we want and need to shave with $4 disposable cartridges. Its overengineered obsolescence at its very finest and we have wholeheartedly bought-in.
What “big brother razor” doesn’t want you to know is that there is a better way and its been under our noses for over 100 years.
Our grandfathers’ shaving hardware was simpler. The process, however was much more complex, more involved and less streamlined. Their shave routine didn’t come with a multi-cartridge razor, a pivoting head or a lubrication strip. Instead, there was one blade, a heavy sweet-smelling lather applied by a brush and the sound of feedback from a razor that lets you know when the hair is removed.
King Gillette, the original safety razor patent holder nailed it in his first pass. Where additional engineering allows for greater markups (some as high as 4,000%) for the producer, it often fails in many of the features important to the consumer: quality, price and sustainability.
Problems with Cartridge Razors
Thanks to the obfuscation of big ad dollars and our willingness to follow along, we are somewhat sheltered from the whole story as it relates to cartridge razors. Cartridge razors have their inherent shortcomings.
First, cartridge razors are expensive. The cost of the most expensive, overly-engineered cartridge razor is north of $4 each. The engineering is meant to tackle the consumers ability to pay, not the underlying quality of the shave experience.
Second, the quality and customization of the shave is nowhere near as advertised, particularly for those with curly hair. The very nature of the cartridge razor is unfriendly to many shavers and often the very cause of their shaving discomfort. Multiple-blade razors pull with one blade and cut with succeeding blades, often leaving hairs sliced just below the skin. When hairs grow back—particularly more so when they are curly—they become more susceptible to razor bumps and razor burn.
Thirdly, cartridge razors are atrociously harming the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more than two billion cartridge razors are dumped into landfills in the United States annually. That makes the cartridge razor the most wasteful item of all the consumables in our medicine cabinets.
Even the popular subscription shaving clubsultimately fail to deliver on a price point or quality that is more than marginally better than their competing cartridge razor counterparts.
Benefits of Shaving with a Single Blade
Whether you opt to use a standard single or double-edge safety razor or one of many styles of straight or cutthroat razors, the benefits are the same.
The greatest benefit is the cost. Compared to the cartridge razor, the cost to shave is significantly less. A double-edge safety razor blade ranges from $0.10 to $0.30 each and can be used for between three and six shaves. That translates into savings of up to $1 a day. Saving a dollar a day over a lifetime adds up to tens of thousands of dollars, not including the potential for interest and compounding interest. If you want to get serious about saving money in the grooming department, there is really no other alternative than the one-blade shave.
While, one-blade razors lack many of the features that simplify the shaving process, the simplification is one of the very reasons they can perform better than cartridge razors. The lack of a pivoting head allows for greater shave customization. Customizing the shave angle, the razor and blade type, the pressure and the length of your strokes all play a role in the outcome of the shave. It’s the customization that allows for closer, more enjoyable shaves that avoid the headaches of razor burn and other oddities caused by cartridge razors.
In addition, each razor blade is fully recyclable. And while you may not be a tree-hugger, you should at least appreciate that you are contributing to the solution and not the problem.
Tips for Getting Started
Now that we have determined one of at least several grooming mistakes you are making that will require you to make an adjustment.
Getting started with a safety razor has a bit large of an upfront investment. Unless you inherit an classic razor from your grandpa, a beginner safety razor may cost you $30. For the really hardcore, that price can go up as high as $200, but the marginal difference in the shave quality is somewhat negligible.
Apart from the razor itself, the other critical items you’ll need for your shaving journey include:
- Shaving brush. Brushes include a brush knot and a handle. The materials for both the handle and the knot vary considerably, depending on the materials. The handle can be made from wood, metal or acrylic, while the knot is usually animal hair or a synthetic material that attempt to mimic animal hair.
- Shaving cream or soap. A good lather is critical to your shave and requires either a high-quality shave soap or shaving cream. Creams can run anywhere from $10 to $50, but they typically last six months or more. Just as much utility can be had from a simple $10 cream as an expensive $30 soap, but they can last a very long time.
- Ancillary products. The wet shaving community will try to sell ancillary products like shave stands, shave bowls, alum blocks, pre-shave oils and after-shaves. These are certainly not critical to the shave but are nice-to-have additions.
When first beginning with a single blade razor it is best advised to start with a simple and inexpensive starter kit that allows you to practice and train yourself on the art. Becoming an artist can take some work. It is advised that you give yourself a week or two to become proficient at avoiding the inevitable nicks, cuts and weepers that come from inexperience. Time will help with that. Once you get accustomed to the process, there is an appreciative aura that accompanies the wet shaver. Your face, mother nature and your pocketbook will thank you in kind for your contribution.
This post was sponsored and written by Shave.net, a Seattle-based grooming product brand that provides traditional wet shaving and cartridge razor shaving to real men looking for a real shave.
September 12, 2018
What Story Does Your Clothing Tell?
The tuxedo, midnight blue, precisely tailored around an actor’s silhouette screams success as he glides down the red carpet. In his mind, he’s arrived today, and his clothing shows it.
The white wedding dress, elegantly adorning a woman, tells her guests about the special day she has in store.
That dreaded black suit he wears the day of his Father’s funeral, is an outward reflection of his melancholy state.
The same color shirt worn by a CEO every day for the last two years, is one way she fights decision fatigue throughout the day. Each article of clothing makes a statement and tells a story. Did you pull that shirt from the drawer this morning automatically? Did you select it with care? Don’t over-think it though, because most people are concerned about their clothes anyway! If there’s one thing to take away from this article remember this: Your clothing, like it or not, is a statement; an emotional picture of who you are.
Kason Coulter – Entrepreneur & Fashion Model
September 5, 2018
An interview with Endurance Nweke: What is Dapper
Dressing up dapper is never a bad option because you can wear it essentially any social setting, whether it’s for a job interview, first date, networking event, or party. Dapper isn’t only about suiting up from head to toe. It’s more about being creative with your style and getting out of the norm. In preparation for the 4th annual Dapper as **** this weekend, YPOS had the chance to interview local fashion blogger and fellow Seattle Gents influencer Endurance Weke of The Curator of Cool to grab a few tips!
YPOS: One of my favorite parts of the Dapper As * * * * party is the fashion. The guys really bring it! What is one of the easiest things guys can do to dress up and standout?
Endurance Nweke: Now we all know that women bring it every day, so guys we need to bring it once again. The easiest ways to dress up and stand out are to introduce subtle details to your outfits that make it pop. For example, utilizing a seersucker dress shirt gives you a textured look that you can play with and add other patterns and accessories to make it cohesive.
YPOS: Brightly patterned and funny designed socks seem to be all the rage right now. How can someone show off their personality and still look dressed up?
EN: The best way to show off your personality is to utilize accessories or take the time to craft your outfit selective so that each standalone piece still says something about you. If you’re opting to use accessories, it’s all about placement. Having a bright pocket square is a nice touch, but you can also have your go-to watch or bracelet and couple that with a lapel pin or broach that you can attach to your blazer that will also add some panache.
YPOS: One size never fits all. What’s an easy alteration you would suggest for everyone’s wardrobe?
EN: An easy alteration for most guys would be to have your trousers custom-fitted. Going to see a tailor is just as important as seeing your barber. Think about it – you only let one person cut your hair because they know your head like no one else does. Getting a tailor is beneficial because they will know your body will change the more you work with them. They can tailor your jeans so it’s a slimmer fit and not such a loose or airy look.
YPOS: Accessories really ramp up our outfit for “dapper.” Would you suggest tie, bow-tie, or none at all?
EN: If I had to suggest one, I’d say go bow tie. Have faith in your fit and let the bow tie bring all the attention to your face.
Endurance Nweke is a DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) native living in Seattle, currently working as a finance analyst at a tech company. Endurance has built the platform called The Curator of Cool with a purpose to educate men on menswear. Menswear isn’t just about suits, so he tries to help men create a complete versatile closet with timeless pieces that they can use for any occasion. “I just want to help men find their confidence, help them understand their bodies in order to find their own style.” #CurateYourOwnCool
Don’t forget to grab your tickets to Dapper As * * * * !!