Metro Man & Metro Home

By Kim Taylor

From downpours to natural cologne, these items (sometimes literally) have you covered as we gear up for fall.

New Yorkers recognize a familiar sight after a lashing summer storm: corner trash cans overflowing with broken, flimsy umbrellas that couldn’t cut the mustard. This shall not be the fate of a Shedrain umbrella, which muscles up to the elements due to a combo of careful design, craftsmanship and high quality materials. Choose one that suits you (or pick up one as a gift) at

Aveda’s Pure-Formance for Men is an aromatic spritz of spice and warmth, rife with calming plai oil, kunzea, and certified organic essential oils of spearmint, vetiver, lavender and citrus. You can lose yourself in this multi-layered, masculine aroma reminiscent of a deep forest, which is as perfect for the board room as it is for the bedroom. Seek it out at an Aveda store or at

The FatCat PowerBar 4200 is a dream come true for anyone whose devise never seems to be charged when needed most. Not only does it hold enough battery power to charge any mobile phone, smart phone or iPod twice, it also charges wherever you please: in your laptop bag or briefcase, or even in your pocket. It’s that easy. Thank you PowerBar 4200. Compatible with iPhone, iTouch, eReaders, gaming devises, GPSs, PDAs and most other devises, find it at and

If you can’t sample cuisine on site in Kurdistan, Cuba, Cambodia, Macau, New Orleans, Haiti or Japan, the next best thing is Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations: Collection 7. This offering is 645 minutes of fascinating culinary adventure, bolstered by the insight of local experts, and is part food commentary, part political spotlight, and 100% culture-specific. This treat stretches far beyond the taste buds, and none of it’s sugar-coated. Find it and

Originally published September 2012
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