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By Kyle Mancini

Refine Yourself!

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The Refinery is the sophisticated man’s skin care and shaving line. Thanks to the sleek, no-frills packaging and the top quality ingredients, this line is picking off previously devoted users of other high end men’s grooming brands, and turning them into Refined gentlemen. The Travel Kit is a perfect gift for any man interested in the health and improved appearance of his skin, as well as being -well, an ideal travel kit. It can also be used as a starter pack that contains Face Scrub, Face Wash, Face Mask, Moisturizer, Body Wash, and Post Shave Balm.

Packed with essential oils, the Shave Oil is one of the strongest products in this luxury line. The non-greasy oil conditions skin while allowing you to get a close shave and helps to balance and heal skin post-shave, reducing overall sensitivity. Available at www.barneys.com and Barney’s New York Stores around the country.

Well Suited!

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to up your game when it comes to your attire, you’re going to want to take a look at your suits. The most important thing here is Fit. An ill-fitting suit can make even the most erudite professional look like a total slob. Make sure that your trousers fit so that you can put two fingers in the waistband while they’re on. If you’re larger around the middle, go with forgiving pleats. When it comes to the hem, pans should reach your shoes with a slight break. Cuffless hems make you appear taller, while cuffs tend to shorten and tend to be a style for more mature men. The sleeves of your jacket should reach the base of your thumb and should allow about ½ inch -or slightly more- of your shirt cuff to show.

You should be able to move with ease while wearing your suits, without looking like you’re going to blow a button somewhere. Traditional American suit jackets are cut with two buttons, but the more fashion forward suits have three or four buttons, which are considered to be more flattering. Closer fitting waistlines also tend to look more contemporary and they help showcase all those hours you’ve logged at the gym.

Go to an expert and have your clothes fitted. Buying fewer pieces and spending the money on proper tailoring is the key. We recommend Brooks Brothers’ 1818 collection, and suggest you visit a retailer in your area for fitting guidance. www.brooksbrothers.com

Get The Boot!

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Whenever you can find stylish footwear that offers support and comfort when you’re walking the streets of the Big Apple, you’ve got to buy more than one…and that is my advice for this Prada Leather Work Boot. These are just about the most comfortable things I’ve had on my feet in, well-ever. They go with just about everything and offer great support to both the foot and ankle. Available at www.bergdorfgoodman.com and Bergdorf Goodman, NYC.

Lip Service

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It’s winter and unless you plan on listening to your girl tell you how rough your lips are from the harsh cold of winter, you need to have a game plan on how to keep them moisturized. If you’re like me, you don’t want anything that even remotely resembles a gloss or stick that you have to carry around in your pocket. Here’s the scoop on what I have discovered to be the best protection against chapped winter lips. Go Nude. Heh, I know what you’re thinking and I can empathize. However, I am talking about the brand Nude and their lip balm. It’s organic, made with shea and capuacu butters and has a slight vanilla smell. It comes in a jar and if you will keep it by your bed or on the bathroom counter, desk drawer, etc, you will find that applying once or twice per day (I go with bedtime and first thing in the morning), you’ll have soft kissable lips without giving the matter another thought. www.barneys.com

Here’s wishing you all a happy, healthy and successful year ahead. Make sure you check in each month for more of the Coolest Finds from the Male Perspective.

Originally published January 2008
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