GRAINS OF TIME: ORIGINAL GRAIN WATCHES

What inspires brothers to create a watch integrating hardwood and stainless steel? Growing up in the Pacific Northwest doesn’t hurt! In 2013 Ryan and Andrew Beltran felt there was a void in watch craftsmanship using all types of wood grains (Rosewood, Ebony, Mahogany, Maple and even watches made from whiskey barrels)?

Men's Watch

Further, with each watch sold Original Grains commits to planting trees, alleviating hunger and reducing poverty in Senegal, Africa by partnering with the Forest Garden Program. This program creates a systemic and sustainable ecosystem for the Senegal African community, which impacts over 12,000 lives.

Mens Fashion Watch
Watches

If there is a whiskey lover in your life we highly recommend their bourbon barrel watches created with re-purposed wood from American Oak Bourbon Barrels.

Mens Watches
Accessories for men

Interested in purchasing or following their work? Check them out here: Original Grain

P.S.- Their black Friday sale has been extended until Monday. You can still get 25% off on your next purchase. 

Cheers, Gents!

HUNTING FOR GROOMING PRODUCTS?

If the organic route is your path, look no further than The Hunting Club based out of Toronto, Canada. Heard of small batch whiskey? Sure! How about small batch grooming products all heated, blended, poured and package by hand without harmful or artificial ingredients?

The Hunting Club Hair Products

Large companies take manufacturing shortcuts to mass-produce products requiring preservatives, parabens or dyes but the Hunting Club maintains its integrity as an investor in your hair and skin using plant-based oils for preservation and scent.

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Their three main products are beard oil designed to tame your beard while keeping it soft relieving the itchiness. Rub it throughout your bristles and comb/style as desired.

Mens Grooming Producuts

They also have 2 pomades including a clay/argyle pomade which is perfect for hair that doesn’t need to gleam but needs a bit of hold and texture. The other is classic pomade for slicked back parts and shine. One thought: try mixing the two together!

Try Hunting Club products today! (they make great holiday gifts):

The Hunting Club

REMEMBERING GRANDPA CALVIN

WWII Veteran

Born December 6th, 1924 in Sokoly, Poland, Calvin Joseph Lepkowsky immigrated to New York City with his parents Benjamin and Francis along with his brother David in 1927. Francis was an expert seamstress and crafted handmade sailor outfits so her boys would look more “American” upon arrival. Settling down in Flatbush, Brooklyn, Calvin graduated from Samuel J Tilden High School. It was there he would meet his future wife of 72 years Irene Shapiro. The day after Calvin’s 17th birthday was “a date that would live in infamy” and Calvin, like every other young American at the time headed the call of duty and would go on to enlist in the Navy some 2 years later. I recall my grandfather telling me he was approached by a Marine recruiter who brazenly solicited him to join the Marines by stating “JOIN US, DO YOU WANT TO LIVE FOREVER?!” As a Jewish American soldier, Calvin wanted to increase his odds as being sent to the European theater would ensure certain death upon capture by Nazi forces. He completed boot camp with the Marines at Camp Lejeune (as Navy Corpsman served with them in WWII) in early 1943.

Calvin was assigned to the Brooklyn Navy Yard to finish his medical training and await orders. Those instructions came in the fall of 1943 and after enjoying a bowl of Oyster Stew in Grand Central Station (at the Oyster Bar still in operation) he set out for a cross country train ride to Oakland, CA. After a stint in San Luis Obispo for amphibious assault training he stood out of San Francisco Bay for New Guinea on the USS Gilliam (APA-57).  The ship was the lead ship in her class of attack transports during WWII. En route to the Philippines on December 5th, 1944 the 36 ship convoy came under heavy air attack. The fighting became so intense that Calvin was called upon to help man a 40 mm machine gun. He recalled a particular kamikaze that came so close to the deck he could see the pilots face! The USS Gilliam went on to take down two Japanese Zeroes and Calvin, being the ships newsletter illustrator was called upon to paint two rising sun flags on a gun turret to commemorate the accomplishment. The ship would go on to participate in the Invasion of Luzon and Okinawa and earn two battle stars for their actions during the conflict.

South Pacific, USS Gilliam, WWII
WWII Veterans

Calvin Joseph Lepkowsky would settle down on Long Island, NY where he had 5 children and 14 grandchildren. A loving husband, father and grandfather with an incredible sense of humor, he passed away in early September 2015 at the age of 90. He was a painter, he was a sculptor, he was a carpenter and he was my hero.

Cheers, Gents! 

OUR MAINE THING!

“Hand-made” has become an unfortunate loose term as technology has brought us the ability to mass-produce. However, for Laura Michaud, creator of The Maine Square, it’s a term she uses in its intended context. It was her interest in sewing that actually created a line of unique accessories that capture the essence of preppy New England flair.

Bow Tie & Pocket Square For Men

Perhaps its northeastern roots or maybe the love of Kennedy’s fashion influence that draws our appreciation for preppy New England style, nonetheless we’re a sucker for it!  Lobsters, pastels, anchors… a fashion subculture linked in time to communities by the sea. You’ll “feel” it from the moment it arrives!

Maine Square - Maine

The Maine Square (naturally, made in Veazie, Maine) features an array of accessories like ties, bow-ties, pocket squares and even a line for ladies.  In addition, every Maine Square can be customized with your design of choice!

Bow Tie & Pocket Square

Not only is The Maine Square a perfect gift for the holidays… but a perfect accessory as well!

Christmas Pocket Square

Interested in purchasing or following their work?
Check them out here: The Maine Square

Cheers, Gents!

THE BREAKERS: OVER 100 YEARS OF LUXURY

Henry Flagler founder of Standard Oil and Florida East Coast Railway (and countless others) had an eye for luxury. On January 1896 Flagler opened the luxury hotel The Palm Beach Inn.  After many requests for “rooms by the breakers,” Flagler renamed the establishment The Breakers Hotel in 1901.  

The Breakers Entrance
Beach Palm Beach
The Breakers

Two fires in 1903 and 1925 lead to a fireproof concrete renovation by the architectural firm Schultze and Weaver (Waldorf Astoria, The Piere) and New York based Turner Construction Company (Lincoln Center, MSG, NY Stock Exchange, NYC Subway projects, and the JFK library to name a few). The hotel reopened December 29th, 1926 and has since hosted distinguished guests such as JC Penny, The Vanderbilt’s, JP Morgan, The Rockefellers, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Harry Truman.

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The Breakers Room
Room Decor The Breakers

The hotel has clearly made efforts to both sustain its enriched and charming history all while updating its aesthetic with contemporary attributes like “HMF,” a dining/lounge named after Henry Morrison Flagler himself. The room showcases incredibly articulate gilded ceilings hand-painted by Florentine artists and food that is absolutely exquisite (we recommend the Korean short ribs, shrimp pad thai and potentially the best Wagyu beef sliders we’ve ever tried).

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The grounds include multiple golf courses (envisioned and laid out in 1896), tennis courts, spa, shopping, fitness, 4 pools, 5 whirlpools, 9 restaurants, and acres of beach for one or an entire family to enjoy!

The Breakers View

PS: We highly recommend tapas at HMF and at least one cocktail at the Seafood Bar for its views and incredibly unique bar. Ever been able to say you had a drink over a fish tank?

Seafood Bar - The Breakers

Cheers, gents!

Book a stay at The Breakers!  You won’t regret it!